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A Lego Birthday Party


Growing up my parents always made a big deal about birthday parties. This is something I want to do for my kids. It isn’t always about the money you spend on the party but the little details that make it special. We have a note book for each of our children. Each birthday we get all of the guests to write or draw a little something. My parents did this for me and I love to look back at my birthdays as a child.

This year our son really wanted to have a Lego birthday party. It was difficult to find any Lego decorations or games. Here are a few things that we did to make his Lego birthday a exceptional one.


Loot Bags

–  Use a 1” circle

punch to cut out 6 circles for each bag. Attach with foam adhesives to the coloured paper bag so they are raised. Write Lego on each circle. You can also make name tags with the Lego font to attach to the bags.

Lego Activities

–  Each child received a 3 in 1 Car Lego kit. We set up a ramp in our backyard for the children to race their new Lego cars down. This was also a part of the loot bag to go home.

–  Give the children a large bin of Lego and see who can build the biggest tower in a 1 min. This is one of those games everyone can participate and really enjoy.

– Give each child a plate of Lego and vote for who made the most imaginative creation, best animal, and most creative vehicle.


Lego Snacks

– Marshmallow Lego men heads. Cut a small marshmallow in half height attach to a larger one. Dip in yellow melted chocolate. Use a food colour pen or fine tip icing to draw the Lego men faces.

– Primary coloured smarties always makes for a yummy snack and goes along with the colour scheme

– You can find

 Lego candies at your local bulk store.

– We used a lego box our son made for all the utensils

– Purchase yellow cups and used black permanent markers to draw on different lego man faces. Each one was different so the kids knew which cup was theirs.


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I had a lot of fun organizing this party for our son. It was a great colour scheme of 4 primary colours, which made it easy to find coloured plates, forks and na

pkins. Our son really loved helping out in making the decorations with his Lego. I hope this gives you some Lego ideas for your little ones special day.



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Win Tickets to Disney On Ice Treasure Trove at Copps Coliseum!

Disney-on-Ice-Treasure-TroveTammy and I are both so excited to be bringing our kids to Disney On Ice for the very first time next month. The last time either of us have been is when we were kids. Not only will we be heading to the show, but having dinner beforehand with other Hamilton area mom bloggers, and some Disney Characters!

Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to your hometown!  Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses -Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White.  Ahoy, Mateys!  Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land!  Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’  Tick-Tock!  Tick-Tock!  Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards.  Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove will be at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton March 14th-17th and we have a set of FOUR tickets for opening night to give away to one lucky winner!!

CONTEST CLOSED! Congrats to the Winner!


show photo 1Thursday, March 14 – 1pm & 5pm
Friday, March  15 – 2pm & 7pm
Saturday, March 16 – 11am, 3pm & 6:30pm
Sunday, March  17 – 11am & 3pm

If you are planning on purchasing tickets, follow this link and be sure to use the following coupon codes:

For $44 on Weekdays, use promo code MUM44

For $4.00 off per ticket on Weekends, use promo code MUM4

Excludes Front Row, Rinkside, and VIP tickets. No double discounts. Additional Fees May Apply. Weekday is defined as Monday thru Thursday and Friday Matinee. Weekend is defined as Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday.

Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.


5 years ago today I lost a very special person – My Grandfather.

I can’t believe it’s already been 5 years since I’ve lost my Grandpa. Someone who held more than a special place in my heart. A man that I hope would be proud of me today.

I’ve been waiting to write this post since I started getting serious about blogging and I can’t think of a better time to do it than today. While it may seem sad to write about my Grandpa’s passing, I think it shows just how strong of a connection we had. 

The last time I saw my Grandfather was on my wedding day. He was miraculously released from the Hospital just in time to be there. Something that I wasn’t sure would happen. He showed up with a smile on his face, a bigger than I had seen in a very long time.


Grandpa and Grandma at my wedding.

Having him make it to my wedding meant the world to me. I even made a point to stop on my way down the isle to kiss him. An act that I was told meant more to him than I could have even imagined.


Grandpa didn’t make it through the night long enough to stay for dinner, or have a dance together. He wasn’t feeling well and I knew it. When he left I tried my best to hold in the tears. I told those around me that it was the last time I would ever see him, I knew it with every ounce of my heart.


5 years ago today I was on my honeymoon in St. Lucia getting a facial while my husband was getting a massage. While we lay there in the quiet, I suddenly heard this soft lullaby rendition of ‘It’s A Small World’ being played – a song with a lot of meaning. One we used to tease him with as kids, singing over, and over until he just couldn’t take it anymore.

When we were done I turned to my husband and asked if he had heard it too. He didn’t and I knew instantly, my Grandfather had just passed away.

Throughout the rest of our stay he tried reassuring me that I was wrong. The moment we landed, I was unable to get a hold of my parents on the phone. My sister acted distant. I knew. There was no doubt in my mind. Our friends drove us home and I told them what I believed had happened. We got home late, walked through the front door and found my parents sitting in my living room. I was right. He was gone. I was able to tell my Mom the day it happened before she had the chance. 

As it turns out, Grandpa wasn’t miraculously released from the Hospital for my wedding- he released himself. He left because he had to make it to my wedding, for him and for me. It was the last thing he had to do. When he left that night he refused to go back into the hospital until he knew I was on the plane. And that was him, more stubborn than stubborn. Always thinking of others.

Grandpa, you are missed more than you know.

And seriously, how handsome was he??

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School visit. My baby is growing up WAY too fast!

Today I was invited into my 4yo’s kindergarten classroom for an observation day. I watched him go about the morning as he usually would – a glimpse into a part of his day that I am no longer part of. My baby is growing up!

Even though I only got to spend an hour with him, I’m so happy I got the opportunity. I met his friends, saw how he interacts, and even got to do a craft alongside him. I still find it bizarre that he isn’t home with me anymore. It makes me realize that time with his little brother home is limited, soon they will both be in school. A reminder to slow things down, take a step back and really focus on being MOM. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s 100% necessary.

Seriously, how do they grow up so fast?


What we did together today. His Valentines day envelope!



Awww, what a cute little TOXIC caterpillar!

On our first full day in Florida, I was sitting outside enjoying the warm sun when my dad walked over and placed a ‘strange creature’ that he had found in the garden in front of me. I was immediately intrigued. I’ve always been that girl who would pick up bugs, capture frogs, and would chase her little sister with a snake in each hand (Sorry Julie). I certainly wasn’t afraid of a cute little caterpillar.

At one point my Dad joked that it was probably ‘one of those venomous caterpillars’. I scoffed. I snapped pictures, took some video, pet it, and even held it in my hand – no fear.

After spending a considerable amount of time exposing my skin to this furry little creature, I set it free, went to my ipad, opened up Google and typed in “Brown Furry Caterpillar”. Turns out, maybe I should have been afraid. Very afraid.

Turns out this guy was the moth Megalopyge opercularis (don’t ask me to pronounce that) or more commonly known as the puss caterpillar, who turns into the southern flannel moth.

It also turns out that he was, in fact, quite toxic. One of the first posts I found on him made my heart skip a beat:

“The Puss Caterpillar or woolly slug is the most poisonous caterpillar in the USA. This little monster will spit acid at any ‘attacker’ and is loaded with poisonous spines all over its body that cause extreme reactions on contact with human skin. Because these creatures can be mistaken for cotton balls as they are quite striking in appearance, people rashly pick them up and really suffer for it. This creepy crawler likes citrus trees, elms, oaks and many different garden plants, so do keep your eyes peeled.”

Source: Environmental Graffiti : 10 Beautiful But Dangerously Toxic Caterpillars

I was shocked. The more research I did told me that this little creature could have caused me intense, searing pain. Not to mention other symptoms like headaches, nausea, vomiting, shock like symptoms or respiratory stress. How I walked away unscathed by this little monster is a miracle. As I mentioned above, I took some video of him too, but before you watch please remember DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME, or if you ever come face to face with one of these. If you listen very closely you can even here my Dad joke about it being venomous. And my scoff. Guess I know better now!

Lesson learned, I won’t be picking up any strange insects any time soon. Cute, is not always cuddly.



Five things you should never, EVER forget on a road trip with young children.

1. Snacks

Make sure you pack a lot of snacks for your trip. And I mean a lot. If your kids are anything like mine, one will eat on your lunch break, and the other will refuse, claiming to not be hungry – until you are on the road half our later. Of course. Pack food that is easy to eat on the go, and food that doesn’t get too messy. Stay away from the sticky icky stuff that will get all over everything. Think about packing small plastic bowls to put smaller items like crackers or raisins in. And hey, if your kids are going to be stuck in a car for a long, long time, why not pack them a few special treats they wouldn’t always get – like fruit snacks!

2. Activities 

Plan a handful of activities for your children to do in the car. They can be something as simple as a colouring book and crayons, or something more educational like a book to help them practice their letters (we found a great dry-erase one at the dollar store!). Look for small puzzle games, sticker books or look and see books. The Activities don’t always have to be something they hold in their hands, why not make a game of your surroundings. Have your children point out every time they see a white car, or a sign with a certain restaurant on it. Activities will help them stay occupied, and hopefully somewhat quiet and content.

3. Comforts from home 

Do not forget to bring items that will help make your child feel comfortable on the road. Especially if they have a favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed toy that they can’t sleep without. These items will help with a sense of familiarity with everything else being so new. Getting them to sleep in strange places can be tough, this one simple thing can make it easier on everyone. Make sure that these items are on your list. Twice. You do not want to forget them. You have no idea how hard it is to find a Curious George doll these days….


4. Keep things accessible 

Try and keep your snacks, their toys, and anything else that you may need on the way down accessible while on the road. You will thank me when you have a child  – or children – screaming in your ears. Keep a bag with snacks, drinks and activities right behind the centre console of your vehicle. If you have a baby or toddler who has a habit of throwing things, like their bottle or sippy cup, think about using one of those toy leashes attached to their seat. This would have come in really handy for us. My shoulder is still sore from trying to contort so many times to reach my 2yos cup in the various places he threw it.

5. Patience

If there is one thing that you need to remember it’s patience. There will be times where you are ready to rip out your hair, pull over to the side of the road and stomp your feet in your own hissy-fit, or lean your head on the steering wheel and cry. I experienced it all at points. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE road trips, and encourage families to take them, but I am not one to lie – it has its challenges. Lucky for me I am, for the most part, a very patient person. So when the going gets tough, take a deep breath in, blow it out slowly and chant the word patience. Over and over. Remember that your children are out of their element. Keep in mind the average time they are usually in the vehicle and put it into perspective. It’s not easy for an adult to stay still for 13 hours in a vehicle all day, and I could imagine even worse for a child. Hopefully, some of these tips, plus others from our trip, will help give you some great idea’s for making your road trip enjoyable.

So with these 5 things in mind, pull out your map, plan your destination and hit the road! Next up for us? Maybe a visit to the Smithsonian this summer!