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  1. Canada’s Wonderland Season Pass Promotion

    I know it’s hard to think about Wonderland when it’s so cold outside… but there is only one week left to take advantage of this great offer.  You can renew your passes for 2010 for $59.99 or buy new passes for $64.99.  This is about a  $25 saving per pass!  This deal is only available until Jan. 6th, 2010 and Wonderland also allows you to buy now and pay on March 1st, 2010 for no additional charge.  Next year, Planet Snoopy will open which will offer another 2 rides and a show suitable for little ones.


    Posted in Deals, sale.

  2. What to do this weekend…Jan. 2nd + 3rd

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    Niagara Falls offers its 27th annual Winter Festival of Lights and the new Rink at the Brink (until Jan. 4th).  They say it’s sort of like the rink at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City but even more dramatic, since it offers breathtaking views of the Falls.  The light festival offers over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million tree and ground lights which can be seen within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, including the world-famous Enchantment of Disney® displays and the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag.  The Rink at the Brink offers paid admission recreational ice skating, skate, helmet and locker rentals.

    Solar Stage Theatre ( Yonge & Sheppard) presents Cinderella for ages 3-10 on Saturday.  The theatre is small and intimate and I liked how all the kids sat on pillows.  My own kids were unable to sit through a show (we went to see one a couple of months ago) but maybe yours are more into theatre…

    Visit the Ontario Science Centre for an OMNIMAX FilmThe Light Before Christmas is an animated tale where two kids are magically transported into a fantasy world complete with Santa and his full team of reindeer.  Other interesting options are The Human Body and Under The Sea.

    The National Film Board of Canada holds hands-on animation workshops twice a day on Sat & Sun (12-2pm and 3-5pm) for ages 3-13.  $5 per child and no charge for the accompanying adult.

    Saturday,  January 2 – Snow Animals
    Create your own four-legged friend for frigid weather! (Finger painting on cels)

    Sunday, January 3 – Snow Plow
    Shovelling snow doesn’t have to be a chore. Help clear the way using your hands and clay! (3D clay animation)

    Pre-registration is highly recommended, register at 416-973-3012

    Spend the evening driving through Downsview Park’s new Holiday Trail of Lights (until Jan. 3rd).  The trail features three kilometers of light displays, many of which are animated.  $20 per car.  Buy some hot chocolate and donuts and enjoy the lights!

    Enjoy Storybook Magic at Casa Loma.  Award winning magician Lawrence LaRouche and Majinx present a dazzling world of spectacular illusions that bring classic stories to life.
    Showtimes: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 2:00 & 3:00.  There will also be an exciting retelling of Peter Pan in the conservatory at 11am, 12:00, 1:00, 2:30 and 3:30 where kids are encouraged to come dressed up as their favourite character.  Both story activities require pre-registration.


    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  3. Mamapicks Newsletter – Dec.30th, 2009

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

    Canada’s Wonderland Promotion!

    I know it’s hard to think about Wonderland when it’s so cold outside… but there is only one week left to take advantage of this great offer.  You can renew your passes for 2010 for $59.99 or buy new passes for $64.99.  This is about a  $25 saving per pass!  This deal is only available until Jan. 6th, 2010 and Wonderland also allows you to buy now and pay on March 1st, 2010 for no additional charge.  Next year, Planet Snoopy will open which will offer another 2 rides and a show suitable for little ones.


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    What To Do This Weekend (Jan 2nd & 3rd)

    Niagara Falls offers its 27th annual Winter Festival of Lights and the new Rink at the Brink (until Jan. 4th).  They say it’s sort of like the rink at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City but even more dramatic, since it offers breathtaking views of the Falls.  The light festival offers over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million tree and ground lights which can be seen within the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, including the world-famous Enchantment of Disney® displays and the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag.  The Rink at the Brink offers paid admission recreational ice skating, skate, helmet and locker rentals.

    Solar Stage Theatre ( Yonge & Sheppard) presents Cinderella for ages 3-10 on Saturday.  The theatre is small and intimate and I liked how all the kids sat on pillows.  My own kids were unable to sit through a show (we went to see one a couple of months ago) but maybe yours are more into theatre…

    Visit the Ontario Science Centre for an OMNIMAX FilmThe Light Before Christmas is an animated tale where two kids are magically transported into a fantasy world complete with Santa and his full team of reindeer.  Other interesting options are The Human Body and Under The Sea.

    There are more ideas and events for the weekend on www.mamapicks.com

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    Kissable

    Nothing more scrumptious than a really good lip balm/gloss in December.  Soft, refreshing and kissable.  If the wind is howling and your hair gets stuck to your lips, you know you need to keep looking.  I was in Los Angeles last week and stocked up on anti-bacterial soap at Bath & Body Works.  Yes, I know we have this chain in Canada now but “3 for $10” sounds so much better than “5 for $20”.  I decided to try the Mint Lip Tint and Mint Lip Buffer and fell in love with both products.  Highly recommended!

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    Great Coupons!

    I was surprised to find that the Help! We’ve Got Kids website (the book is a great resource for Toronto parents) has about 60 printable coupons for places like Melon Head, Olly Shoes, The Shoe Company, and many indoor playgrounds that might come in handy this week.  Enjoy!

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    Chapters.Indigo

    This sale is valid Dec. 26th – Jan. 3rd and applies to regularly priced books.  Includes the kids’ selection too!

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    Happy New Year!

    These is a collage of my Facebook statuses from 2009.  If you want to make your own, go to this nifty little application!  Sort of fun to see what life has been all about.  I wish you all a healthy and happy 2010!

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

    Please forward this newsletter to your friends!

    Posted in Newsletter.

  4. Happy New Year!

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    This is a collage of my Facebook statuses from 2009.  If you want to make your own, go to this nifty little application!  Sort of fun to see what life has been all about.  I wish you all a healthy and happy 2010!

    Posted in Ideas.

  5. Kissable

    Nothing more scrumptious than a really good lip balm/gloss in December.  Soft, refreshing and kissable.  If the wind is howling and your hair gets stuck to your lips, you know you need to keep looking.  I was in Los Angeles last week and stocked up on anti-bacterial soap at Bath & Body Works.  Yes, I know we have this chain in Canada now but “3 for $10” sounds so much better than “5 for $20”.  I decided to try the Mint Lip Tint and Mint Lip Buffer and fell in love with both products.  Highly recommended!

    Posted in Cool Products.

  6. Coupons, coupons…

    handprintI was surprised to find that the Help! We’ve Got Kids website (the book is a great resource for Toronto parents) has about 60 printable coupons for places like Melon Head, Olly Shoes, The Shoe Company, and many indoor playgrounds that might come in handy this week.  Enjoy!

    Posted in Coupons.

  7. A Year of Lex

    This video clip might make you want to have another baby just so you can do this too.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  8. Boxing Week @ Sephora

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    Until Jan. 3rd…still time to go.

    Posted in sale.

  9. Diapers Promotion (expired)

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    Monday is the last day to enjoy this big saving at The Real Canadian Superstore (Loblaws Superstore).  This is the 5th time I am going to buy “the last box of diapers”.  The Girl shows signs of readiness for toilet training and then changes her mind!

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  10. 30% off any Porter flight!

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  11. Boxing Week at Pottery Barn

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    Posted in Deals, sale.

  12. Chapters.Indigo

    chapters30This sale is valid Dec. 26th – Jan. 3rd and applies to regularly priced books.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  13. Need Jeans?

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    Hill Street Blues (Yonge & Major Mackenzie, Richmond Hill) is an amazing store for jeans.  They have every brand you can think of and that is their specialty.  Feels like the store has been around forever, famous for their “buy one pair, get another for half price” deal.  Their website really doesn’t do them justice.  Hill Street Blues has great Boxing Day deals for both men and women.  I am craving a good pair of jeans!  …but I have been pregnant for 2.5 out of the past 5 years so those jeans are going to have to wait.    However, I hope that you can satisfy your jean craving!

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  14. La Vie En Rose Sale

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    Posted in Deals, sale.

  15. Cool Hats For Kids

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    I love buying funky hats fro my kids and also think they make great gifts.  I saw these on Monday on Yonge St., just north of Eglinton in a little store that sells Tibetan crafts.  They are so colourful and fun!  Comfy fleece on the inside, not itchy wool.  Available in two sizes $22 for ages 2-4 and $25 for ages 5+.  Get 20% off this week and next.  I bought two of the colourful monkey hats which left The Girl absolutely PETRIFIED…but The Boy loves his!  Tibetan Arts is located at 2487 Yonge St. (416) 932-8684

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts.

  16. Westjet Seat Sale to Vegas!

    To make sure that my husband doesn’t leave me after baby #3 arrives, I want to send him to Vegas.  He really deserves a break.  Look at the deal I found!  Flight + 3-nights at  New York-New York for $450 CA (all in).  Westjet is having a seat sale so if Vegas is on your mind, book by Dec. 31st (for travel by Feb. 10th) to take advantage of the great prices!

    Posted in Deals, sale, Useful Info.

  17. Mamapicks Newsletter – Dec. 22nd, 2009

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

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    DIY Project: Organize Your Kids’ Art Table

    Three easy steps on:

    www.mamapicks.com

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    Family Skate

    Tim Hortons has released their FREE holiday skating schedule. They currently sponsor these free public skates in many locations all over Ontario.   Check here for locations and schedules.

    The Shops @ Donmills has a Winter Skating Oval which is  now open (free of charge) for your enjoyment. Bring your own skates, and feel free utilize the lockers behind the water feature to store your belongings and parcels.

    Hours of Operation*

    Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Saturdays 9:30 am to 6:00 pm**
    Sundays 11:00 am to 6:00 pm**

    * Weather permitting
    ** Figure Skating performances will take place on weekends in January & February from 12noon – 2pm (public skating will not be available during these show times)

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    The Mummy Tummy

    Finally, a good explanation about the terrible thing that happens to our tummies when we become moms.  This was an interesting read for me (and hopefully will be for you too!).  It gave me hope and justification for my flab.  I promised myself to get my body back after baby #3.  Hmmm…I’ll have to find a reasonably priced trainer who is an expert in the Tupler Technique…anyone??

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    Cool Hats For Kids

    I love buying funky hats fro my kids and also think they make great gifts.  I saw these today on Yonge St., just north of Eglinton in a little store that sells Tibetan crafts.  They are so colourful and fun!  Comfy fleece on the inside, not itchy wool.  Available in two sizes $22 for ages 2-4 and $25 for ages 5+.  Get 20% off this week and next.  I bought two of the colourful monkey hats which left The Girl absolutely PETRIFIED…but The Boy loves his!  Tibetan Arts is located at 2487 Yonge St. (416) 932-8684

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    $10 off Crazy Forts

    I’ve heard great reviews from friends about Crazy Forts.  Some recommend buying two boxes so that the kids can create bigger structures.  This week at Toys R Us (until Dec. 24th), buy it for $35.97 (reg. $44.99).  Since publishing this post, some Mamapicks readers have written in (thank you!) that the product is not so great and that the structures are difficult to put together and the rods don’t stay in the balls.  So, mixed reviews on this one!

    You will also receive a $5 gift card if you for a minimum spend of $19.99 on any Hasboro games and a $10 gift card on a minimum $50 spend on Hot Wheels, Playsets or Barbie Dolls this week.

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    Chocolate Yogurt Mousse Cups

    These mousse cups were tried and tested by Mamapicks this weekend.  Healthier because they are made with yogurt and no whipping cream.  We enjoyed it with sliced bananas and strawberries…YUM.  Easy to prepare except for the overnight draining of the yogurt which I just ignored.  This recipe is from Canadian Family.  If you have a winning recipe, please share!

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

    Please forward this newsletter to your friends!

    Posted in Newsletter.

  18. Danier One-Day Sale Tomorrow (expired)

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    Posted in Deals, sale.

  19. Chocolate Yogurt Mousse Cups

    These mousse cups were tried and tested by Mamapicks this weekend.  Healthier because they are made with yogurt and no whipping cream.  We enjoyed it with sliced bananas and strawberries…YUM.  Easy to prepare except for the overnight draining of the yogurt which I just ignored.  This recipe is from Canadian Family.  If you have a winning recipe, please share!

    Posted in Recipes.

  20. $10 off Crazy Forts

    I’ve heard great reviews from friends about Crazy Forts.  Some recommend buying two boxes so that the kids can create bigger structures.  This week at Toys R Us (until Dec. 24th), buy it for $35.97 (reg. $44.99).  Since publishing this post, some Mamapicks readers have written in (thank you!) that the product is not so great and that the structures are difficult to put together and the rods don’t stay in the balls.  So, mixed reviews on this one!

    You will also receive a $5 gift card if you for a minimum spend of $19.99 on any Hasboro games and a $10 gift card on a minimum $50 spend on Hot Wheels, Playsets or Barbie Dolls this week.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Gifts.

  21. 50% off all merchandise at MEXX

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    Discount applicable on the regular price until Christmas.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  22. Tim Hortons Free Skate!

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    Tim Hortons has released their FREE holiday skating schedule. They currently sponsor these free public skates in many locations all over Ontario.   Check here for locations and schedules.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  23. DIY Project: Organize your kids’ art table!

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    1)  This DIY project comes from my brilliant friend (Ms. Barak).  The “Lazy Susan” is from IKEA ($9.99). 2)  I gathered some sippy cups with missing lids.  However, I would recommend using cups with a flatter bottom so that more surface area comes in contact with the wood.  I used crazy glue to adhere the cups but you can also use velcro or screws. 3)  Done!  Rather than a big messy box of crayons, markers and pencils, we now have an organized and practical apparatus 😉

    Posted in Ideas, Useful Info.

  24. What to do this weekend…(Dec. 19th & 20th)

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    Disney on Ice presents Princess Classics at the Rogers Centre, Dec. 18th-27th.  Tickets range between $15-$90.

    Go see a family flick.  The Princess and the Frog is playing at a theatre near you!

    If the weather is mild, enjoy a Victorian Country Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village.  Festive demonstrations and hands-on activities include homemade presents, decorations, and tasty treats.  Weekends 11am-4:30pm.

    On Saturday & Sunday, World of Circus (John & Leslie) is holding their Winter circus show.  We have been to this venue for a circus birthday party and it was amazing.  I think their show will be great too.

    The National Film Board of Canada holds hands-on animation workshops on Saturday mornings with a different theme each week! Admission is only $5 per child and the accompanying adult is free.  Register at 416-973-3012

    1.  For ages 3-5, Can’t Sit Still Workshop, Sat. 10:30-12:30.  Kids watch NFB animated movies and then participate in an animation workshop.                                                           2. For ages 6-13, Animate This!, Sat. 12-2:30pm.  Kids explore the history and technology of animation and make animated creations using professional tools.

    Spend an evening driving through Downsview Park’s new Holiday Trail of Lights.  The trail features three kilometers of light displays, many of which are animated.  $20 per car.  Buy some hot chocolate and donuts and enjoy the lights!

    Enjoy Storybook Magic at Casa Loma.  Award winning magician Lawrence LaRouche and Majinx present a dazzling world of spectacular illusions that bring classic stories to life.
    Showtimes: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 2:00 & 3:00.  There will also be an exciting retelling of Peter Pan in the conservatory at 11am, 12:00, 1:00, 2:30 and 3:30 where kids are encouraged to come dressed up as their favourite character.  Both story activities require pre-registration.


    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  25. Measure Me Wall Sticker!

    Love this wall sticker from another great Etsy shop!  It comes in three different colour combinations.  I find that it’s always more challenging to find decor for a boy’s room and this is really cute.

    Posted in Cool Products, Decor.