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  1. Floor Model Sale @ Ella + Elliot

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    Ella + Elliot (Queen W. & Strachan Rd.) must be the trendiest baby/kid store I’ve been to in this city!  It might be worth checking out this sale if you are looking for furniture and other items.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  2. Cell Phone Radiation

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    Does your baby love playing or devouring your cell phone?  I have to admit that there have been times (mostly in long line-ups) that I have voluntarily handed my cell phone to my daughter to avoid an eruption of toddler impatience.  I am not proud of such moments especially because I worry about radiation.  I came upon this informative website about cell phone radiation where you can look up your cell phone and learn how to reduce exposure.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  3. What to Do This Weekend (Oct. 3rd & 4th)

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    Join a sleepover @ The ROM (5yrs.+).  These fun sleepovers will take place one Friday a month from this weekend until the end of the school year.  Enjoy a backstage pass to the galleries, a special movie screening, speak with the experts and make a souvenir to take home.  Let’s not forget PJ karaoke and a midnight snack before bunking down.  For program details, visit the sleepover registration page.  Groups welcome.  Adult accompaniment required.

    Go to the Farmer’s Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns (near St. Clair & Bathurst), Sat. 8am-12pm.  I have heard a lot about Wychwood Barns and hope to check the place out this weekend.   The barn was originally a repair shop for streetcars for the TTC.  The land and buildings were recently re-purposed into an arts centre for artists, environmental organizations, workshops and events.  I hear that the outdoor playground there is awesome and that the kids will have a great time!

    Sing & Dance with Jack Grunsky @ Solar Stage  Children’s Theatre (Yonge & Sheppard, Oct. 4th, ages 3-8).  Jack Grunsky is an award-winning Canadian musical performer who has entertained kids for years!  Enjoy his upbeat and interactive performace this weekend but act quickly because the show is almost sold out.

    Have fun at the 165th Markham Fair (Markham Fairgrounds).  Everything from meeting Dora to seeing the Monster Truck madness.  There are too many activities to mention so check the website!

    Harvest Festivals are taking place at the following places this coming weekend:

    Downsview  Park (Sheppard & Keele, Sun. Oct. 4th, 11am-4pm))

    Puck’s Farm (Schomberg)

    High Park, at Colborne Lodge (Bloor West, Sun. Oct. 4th 12:30pm-4pm)

    Scarborough Historical Museum (Scarborough)

    Springridge Farm (Milton)

    Whittamore’s Farm (Steeles & McCowan Rd.)

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  4. Fall Nights Savings @ Blue Mountain

    Indulge in a 2 night getaway at Blue Mountain for 10% off the regular rate, or a 3 night getaway for 20% off the regular rate.  I am craving a little getaway…

    Posted in Deals.

  5. Save Sophie the Giraffe!

    Sophie the Giraffe is the best chew toy for teething babies.  I swear.  It’s non-toxic, easy to hold and babies just love it!  However, it’s a bit more pricey than other chew toys ($20) which makes it that much more annoying when your baby drops it from his/her stroller and it vanishes.  Luckily, a clever  B.C. mom has designed the Sophie Saver.  The Sophie Saver is a strap that attaches to a stroller or car seat on one end and to Sophie (or another toy) on the other end.  $8 @ Sophiebelle’s shop on Etsy.  Moms are just full of ideas…and some of them carry through.

    Posted in Cool Products.

  6. Gift Idea: Straws & Connectors

    Straws & Connectors is my favourite construction toy for kids 4+ and makes for a great birthday gift (only $16.95 @ Mastermind).  The building set was a hit in my Gr. 3 classroom…the kids just loved building structures and multiple kits allowed them to build large forts.  I love to get this toy for girls because there aren’t many construction toys out there that don’t have BOY written all over them.  The set comes with 230 straws and 100 connectors and hours of busy-busy.  It’s one of my favourites because it is so simple and really allows kids to use their imagination.  If you have a baby at home, this might not be ideal for your household because the connectors are a choking hazard and they do get everywhere.

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts.

  7. Mamapicks Newsletter – Sept. 29th, 2009

    This is what has been happening over at mamapicks.com this week.  Check out the website for other daily finds.

    Gift Idea: Straws & Connectors

    Straws & Connectors is my favourite construction toy for kids 4+ and makes for a great birthday gift (only $16.95 @ Mastermind).  The building set was a hit in my Gr. 3 classroom…the kids just loved building structures and multiple kits allowed them to even build large forts.  I love to get this toy for girls because there aren’t many construction toys out there that don’t have BOY written all over them.  The set comes with 230 straws and 100 connectors and hours of busy-busy.  It’s one of my favourites because it is so simple and really allows kids to use their imagination.  If you have a baby at home, this might not be ideal for your household because the connectors are a choking hazard and they do get everywhere.

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    What To Do This Weekend

    Join a sleepover @ The ROM (5 yrs.+ with adult).  These fun sleepovers will take place one Friday a month from this weekend until the end of the school year.  Enjoy a backstage pass to the galleries, a special movie screening, speak with the experts and make a souvenir to take home.  Let’s not forget PJ karaoke and a midnight snack before bunking down.  For program details, visit the sleepover registration page.  Groups welcome.

    Go to the Farmer’s Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns (near St. Clair & Bathurst), Sat. 8am-12pm.  I have heard a lot about Wychwood Barns and hope to check the place out this weekend.   The barn was originally a repair shop for streetcars for the TTC.  The land and buildings were recently re-purposed into an arts centre for artists, environmental organizations, workshops and events.  I hear that the outdoor playground there is awesome and that the kids will have a great time!

    Sing & dance with Jack Grunsky @ Solar Stage  Children’s Theatre (Yonge & Sheppard, Oct. 4th, ages 3-8).  Jack Grunsky is an award-winning Canadian musical performer.  Enjoy his upbeat and interactive performance this weekend but act quickly because the show is almost sold out.

    For more fun weekend events including many Harvest Festivals, go to www.mamapicks.com

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    Free $20 Gift Card @ Winners

    The catch is that you have to spend $100…but that’s not very difficult.   Winners is always full of fantastic surprises.  Melissa & Doug toys sell for a fraction of the price and their selection of bedding for babies and kids just keeps getting better.   Winners also has a pretty good selection of costumes for Halloween at great prices.   If only the line-ups at the cash registers weren’t always so loooooooong…  On the bright side, it’s during those lengthy line-ups that I re-think the contents of my cart and get rid of  some items that I really don’t need.  Coupon valid until Oct. 20th.

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    Easy Crafts for a Rainy Day

    As it pours outside, I am reminded that we all need a good stash of indoor activities to keep us sane this coming Winter.  I blogged about this website when Mamapicks just started out so some of you may already be familiar.  Kids Craft Weekly sends you a newsletter full of easy craft ideas (with photos of the step-by-step process) every week and it’s free.  It’s fabulous…and we are going to make flowers today.  I miss the summer 🙁

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    Save Sophie the Giraffe!

    Sophie the Giraffe is the best chew toy for teething babies.  I swear.  It’s non-toxic, easy to hold and babies just love it!  However, it’s a bit more pricey than other chew toys ($20) which makes it that much more annoying when your baby drops it from his/her stroller and it vanishes.  Luckily, a clever  B.C. mom designs and sells the Sophie Saver.  The Sophie Saver is a strap that attaches to a stroller or car seat on one end and to Sophie (or another toy) on the other end.  $8 @ Sophiebelle’s shop on Etsy.  Moms are just full of ideas…and some of them carry through.you can also order online or see their booth at the upcoming One of a Kind Show.

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    Time for Apple Picking!

    There are so many wonderful farms with apple orchards in Ontario and now is the time to take the kids apple-picking!  If you are sick of Chudleigh’s (like me), and want to find something a bit less busy, check out this website for a directory of great apple-picking spots.  We personally like Applewood Farms.

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    There are many more deals, coupons and product features on mamapicks.com.

    Please forward this newsletter to your friends!

    Have I talked about the Shops At Donmills enough yet?  This weekend (July 25th + 26th), the Town Square transforms into a play zone with a bouncing castle and obstacle course.  The wonderful water fountain has turned into a great splash area for kids and it’s so much fun!  Bring towels and a change of clothes.  Last weekend, I breathed at Anthropologie while my husband watched The Boy splash around  (on a chair in the shade, mind you).  A win-win!  Family fun takes place 12pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Shops At Donmills has great family bathrooms located right next to the water fountain and Guest Services will happily warm up a baby bottle for you or provide an emergency diapering kit for $2.

    …and, come out on Saturday night for a movie on the lawn @ The Town Square.  The Princess Bride is a great family movie to enjoy together.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs.  The movie begins at dusk.  How fun!

    Posted in Newsletter.

  8. Making Crafts with Kids

    As it pours outside, I am reminded that we all need a good stash of indoor activities to keep us sane this coming Winter.  I blogged about this website when Mamapicks just started out so some of you may already be familiar.  Kids Craft Weekly sends you a newsletter full of easy craft ideas (with photos of the step-by-step process) every week and it’s free.  It’s fabulous…and we are going to make flowers today.  I miss the summer 🙁

    Posted in Ideas, Useful Info.

  9. Free $20 Gift Card @ Winners

    The catch is that you have to spend $100…but that’s not very difficult.   Winners is always full of fantastic surprises.  Melissa & Doug toys sell for a fraction of the price and their selection of bedding for babies and kids just keeps getting better.   Winners also has a pretty good selection of costumes for Halloween at great prices.   If only the line-ups at the cash registers weren’t always so loooooooong…  On the bright side, it’s during those lengthy line-ups that I re-think the contents of my cart and get rid of  some items that I really don’t need.  Coupon valid until Oct. 20th.

    Posted in Coupons.

  10. Time For Apple Picking!

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    There are so many wonderful farms with apple orchards in Ontario and now is the time to take the kids apple-picking!  If you are sick of Chudleigh’s (like me), and want to find something a bit less busy, check out this website for a directory of great apple-picking spots.  We personally like Applewood Farms.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Useful Info.

  11. Bring A Friend to Wonderland for $19.99

    If you have a season pass, you can bring a friend…someone like me who doesn’t have a pass!  This weekend (Sat. 26th+Sun. 27th) only.  Purchase Bring-A-Friend Tickets here.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Deals, This Weekend.

  12. 25% off @ Mastermind

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    Posted in Coupons.

  13. This Saturday…Britax Carseat Sale

    I love the Britax brand of car seats because of their top safety ratings and the child’s comfort in the seat.  I measure a child’s comfort by how far their head dangles down when they fall asleep in the car.  Have you ever spent an hour in the front passenger seat but with your hand holding up your sleeping toddler’s head in the back seat?  Not so great.  With the Britax Roundabout or Marathon, you will never have to do that…I promise.  Dearborn Baby (near Yonge & Steeles) is having a one-day Britax Car Seat Sale on Saturday, Sept. 26th.  Savings range between $20-70 depending on the seat.  St. John’s Ambulance car seat installers will be on site to professionally install your seat for an additional $20.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  14. Road Trip Costume

    What a great last-minute Halloween costume!  This kid makes me laugh.  All you need is some toy cars, Velcro and electrical tape.  Here are more detailed instructions if you still don’t get it 😉

    Posted in Holiday Goods.

  15. What to Do This Weekend, Sept 26+27th

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    The Ontario Science Centre is celebrating its 40th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 26th and you are invited!  Enjoy free admission, free showings of  the IMAX film North of Superior,  hamburgers, hotdogs and juice price under a dollar, birthday cupcakes and more.

    Springridge Farm’s Harvest Festival (Milton) begins this weekend. There is a 5 Acre Corn Trail Maze, professional puppet shows, wagon rides, dace painting, fun farm yard with sandbox, barn, etc.).  Admission to Harvest Festival: $8 for 2 years of age and old.

    Come to Queen’s Park on Sunday, Sept. 27th for Canada’s largest book & magazine festival, The Word on the Street.  There will be a marketplace as well as featured authors, poets and storytellers.  Visit the children’s area wich includes reading and activity tents for children 0-11yrs as well as a marketplace for children’s literature.  Sounds like an amazing way to celebrate reading with your kids!

    Visit the Kortright Centre for their Green Home Show and learn about sustainable energy and green building solutions through tours, workshops and demonstrations.

    Whittamore Farm’s Pumpkinland (Steeles & Markham Rd.) is already open!  Aside from the usual fun at this farm, from now until Oct. 31st, you and your family will also enjoy choosingpumpkins, wagon rides through the haunted forest and best of all,  Farmer Frank shoots and catapults pumpkins to unbelievable lengths at the Pumpkin Cannon Show which runs several times each weekend day.  We saw this show last year and it was so much fun…but it was cold so I would recommend enjoying Pumpkinland while the weather is still nice and warm.

    Markham Museum (North of Hwy. 7) is hosting an Apple Festival.  Enjoy a sample from the apple cider mill, activities for kids, museum wagon rides, heritage apple orchard, steam tractor and little train.

    If you enjoy art festivals as much as I do, join the St. Claire Festival & Studio Tour (St. Claire Ave. W, Bathurst to Oakwood).  There will be activities for kids…but I am not sure what those include!

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  16. Mamapicks Newsletter – Sept. 22nd, 2009

    This is what has been happening over at mamapicks.com this week.  Check out the website for other daily finds.

    Create-A-Dream Bedding Exclusive Discount!

    Last week I was on a mission to find a toddler blanket.  The girl is now 2-years-old and still in a crib.  A baby blanket is too small and a twin size blanket is way too big!  I searched high and low and couldn’t find anything other than some crazy-priced quilts.  Luckily, I found what I was looking for at the Thornhill Mompreneur Night last Thursday.  It was kismet!

    Create-A-Dream is a company run by a lovely mom who designs a unique, high-end line of children and baby bedding.  The designs are whimsical and original and you can mix and match patterns.  Everything is printed with Okotex certification (meaning that the bedding does not contain any harmful dyes or chemicals) on the finest of fabrics.  You can purchase a complete set or choose an item to complement what you already have.

    I purchased the toddler down duvet with a beautiful duvet cover for $60 which is the deeply discounted price currently offered exclusively to Mamapicks readers!  Check here for the rest of the great deals

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    What To Do This Weekend

    The Ontario Science Centre is celebrating its 40th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 26th and you are invited!  Enjoy free admission, free showings of  the IMAX film North of Superior,  hamburgers, hotdogs and juice price under a dollar, birthday cupcakes and more.

    Springridge Farm’s Harvest Festival (Milton) begins this weekend. There is a 5 Acre Corn Trail Maze, professional puppet shows, wagon rides, dace painting, fun farm yard with sandbox, barn, etc.).  Admission to Harvest Festival: $8 for 2 years of age and old.

    Come to Queen’s Park on Sunday, Sept. 27th for Canada’s largest book & magazine festival, The Word on the Street.  There will be a marketplace as well as featured authors, poets and storytellers.  Visit the children’s area wich includes reading and activity tents for children 0-11yrs as well as a marketplace for children’s literature.  Sounds like an amazing way to celebrate reading withyour kids!

    For many more fun weekend events, go to www.mamapicks.com

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    Pampers on Sale @ Walmart

    Nothing can make me happier these days.  That’s a little troubling, I know….  Walmart’s 15th Anniversary Sale includes the huge boxes of pampers (100+ diapers, depending on size) for $26.97 (down from $37)!   Sale ends on Oct. 2nd.  Although The Girl might be toilet-trained by the time we get to the fourth box, I figure that I can always use the 90 day return policy.

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    Creative Costume Ideas For Halloween

    Halloween is coming up and I am going to try to bring you some creative do-it-yourself costume ideas.  This adorable Lego costume is from Country Living and comes with complete instructions.  For more ideas, see the Holiday Goods category on www.mamapicks.com.

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    Alphabet Photography

    My best find from the recent Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Fair was Alphabet Photography.  Inspired by the book Alphabet City, photographer Jennifer Blakeley spent 3 years traveling North America in a quest to complete her extensive portfolio of everyday objects that resemble letters of the alphabet.  You can purchase any set of letters to make up any word or name.  I bought my son the letters of his name and he was fascinated!  This gift can become a timeless part of any child’s room but is even more suitable for adults (i.e. the words love or family in a family room would look classy).  The studio is located in Niagara Falls but you can also order online or see their booth at the upcoming One of a Kind Show.

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    Britax Car Seat Sale

    I love the Britax brand of car seats because of their top safety ratings and the child’s comfort in the seat.  I measure a child’s comfort by how far their head dangles down when they fall asleep in the car.  Have you ever spent an hour in the front passenger seat but with your hand holding up your sleeping toddler’s head in the back seat?  Not so great.  With the Britax Roundabout or Marathon, you will never have to do that…I promise.  Dearborn Baby (near Yonge & Steeles) is having a one-day Britax Car Seat Sale on Saturday, Sept. 26th.  Savings range between $20-70 depending on the seat.  St. John’s Ambulance car seat installers will be on site to professionally install your seat for an additional $20.

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    There are many more deals, coupons and product features on mamapicks.com.

    Please forward this newsletter to your friends!

    Have I talked about the Shops At Donmills enough yet?  This weekend (July 25th + 26th), the Town Square transforms into a play zone with a bouncing castle and obstacle course.  The wonderful water fountain has turned into a great splash area for kids and it’s so much fun!  Bring towels and a change of clothes.  Last weekend, I breathed at Anthropologie while my husband watched The Boy splash around  (on a chair in the shade, mind you).  A win-win!  Family fun takes place 12pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Shops At Donmills has great family bathrooms located right next to the water fountain and Guest Services will happily warm up a baby bottle for you or provide an emergency diapering kit for $2.

    …and, come out on Saturday night for a movie on the lawn @ The Town Square.  The Princess Bride is a great family movie to enjoy together.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs.  The movie begins at dusk.  How fun!

    Posted in Newsletter.

  17. Pampers on Sale!

    Nothing can make me happier these days.  That’s a little troubling, I know….  Walmart’s 15th Anniversary Sale includes the huge boxes of pampers (100+ diapers, depending on size) for $26.97 (down from $37)!   Sale ends on Oct. 2nd.  Although The Girl might be toilet-trained by the time we get to the fourth box, I figure that I can always use the 90 day return policy.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  18. Cool Costume Ideas

    It’s all about the tutus for this Halloween!  Check out this adorable clown costume 🙂  You can be creative and put it together yourself, or buy it on Etsy from Lulabugs1 Shop for $40US.

    Posted in Cool Products, Holiday Goods, Ideas.

  19. Ticket Giveaway Winner!

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    Congratulations to Sharon W. who was the 10th “caller” in our ticket giveaway.  Enjoy the show!  Thanks to all of you who wrote in.

    Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Useful Info.

  20. Free Kid’s Pack @ AMC

    See Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at any AMC Theatre and receive a free kid’s pack with this coupon!  Expires October 29th, 2009.

    Posted in Coupons.

  21. Toys R Us Deals

    I noticed that there are some really great deals at Toys R Us this week:

    Buy 1 get 1 free on all $14.99 Barbie Dolls

    2 for $15 on all $9.99 Play-Do Kits

    30% off all Potato Heads

    25% off all Little Tykes kitchens and shopping carts

    30% off great selection of board games

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  22. Creative Costume Ideas

    Halloween is coming up and I am going to try to bring you some creative do-it-yourself costume ideas.  This adorable Lego costume is from Country Living and comes with complete instructions.

    Posted in Ideas, Useful Info.

  23. Old Navy Baby Sale

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    Posted in Deals, sale.

  24. Create-A-Dream Bedding – A Mamapicks Exclusive Discount!

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    Last week I was on a mission to find a toddler blanket.  The girl is now 2-years-old and still in a crib.  A baby blanket is too small and a twin size blanket is way too big!  I searched high and low and couldn’t find anything other than some crazy-priced quilts.  Luckily, I found what I was looking for at the Thornhill Mompreneur Night last Thursday.  It was kismet!

    Create-A-Dream is a company run by a lovely mom who designs a unique, high-end line of children and baby bedding.  The designs are whimsical and original and you can mix and match patterns.  Everything is printed with Okotex certification (meaning that the bedding does not contain any harmful dyes or chemicals) on the finest of fabrics.  You can purchase a complete set or choose an item to complement what you already have.

    I purchased the toddler down duvet with a beautiful duvet cover for $60 which is the deeply discounted price currently offered exclusively to Mamapicks readers!  Other  special prices for Mamapicks readers are:

    The Baby Yoga Matt – $60

    Fitted Crib Sheet – $15

    Complete Kid’s Twin Set (5-piece) – $145

    Complete Baby Crib Set (5-piece)- $180

    If you need a gift for Rosh Hashanah, new baby or are looking for something special for your own child, contact Create-A-Dream at orit@createadream.com.  The service is very quick!  Special prices are not available on the website.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Decor, Exclusive Discounts.

  25. Pinkalicious Ticket Giveaway!

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    Pinkalicious is a wonderful off-Broadway musical, opening in Toronto on October 10th!  The play is based on the popular children’s book “Pinkalicious” by Elizabeth & Victoria Kann, about a girl who just can’t stop eating pink cupcakes and ends up at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis.  At first, turning pink from head to toe seems like a great thing but soon, Pinkalicious has to find a way to get out of this predicament!

    This fun musical will run at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts from October 10th – March 21st, 2010.  There will also be a performance on Thanksgiving Day and Family Day.  Check here for tickets and show times.  I think this is a great way to introduce your child to live theatre!  The play is suitable for ages 2-10.

    Pinkalicious is offering Mamapicks readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the play!  We are so excited 🙂 The 10th person to answer this question will be the lucky winner. E-mail me to let me know in what other big city Pinkalicious is currently playing.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Contests & Giveaways.