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  1. 25% off at Old Navy

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  2. BOGO Alphabet Prints

    These gorgeous alphabet prints by Penny People Designs are the type of find that I want to share and keep to myself all at the same time.   The prints come in two sizes and fit into an IKEA  Ribba frame which makes framing so simple.

    Until April 3rd,  for every 13×19 print that you buy, you will get one free.  That’s a $25 saving!  Shipping is $13, but will include as many prints as you like.  To take advantage of this promotion, go to the online store and only place in your cart, the amount of prints you would like to buy.  Upon checkout, enter the promotion “Buy1 Get 1 free” in the notes to seller, as well as information about how you would like to personalize your free print(s).  Please note that everything on Etsy is in US funds.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  3. What to do this weekend…March 26th & 27th

    The Toronto Storytelling Festival has some great sessions for families this weekend at locations such as The Bata Shoe Museum.  Hearing a story from a professional storyteller is a very special experience.  Check out what is being offered by clicking on the tab that says ‘festival day-by-day’.

    Maple Syrup? Kortright Conservation Centre (Woodbridge) is still holding their annual Maple Syrup Festival.  This is a fun festival with all kinds of activities, wagon rides and ponies.  Come early, otherwise the car queue to enter the parking area can get really long.  As well, bring your own sandwiches and snacks because their food selection is limited.  Picnic tables are available outdoors.  Click here for a schedule of events.

    Wanna bake Matzah?  I have never been to Dufferin Grove Park, but apparently, there are outdoor ovens there and you can join their 12th annual Matzah Bake on Sunday (12pm-3pm).  Can you and your family mix, kneed, roll and bake Matzah in 18 minutes or less?  $5 suggested donation per family.

    Still too chilly to be outdoors?  A 90,000 sq. ft. INDOOR BIKE PARK recently opened in Markham.  There are designated areas for all skill levels.  You can bring your own bikes or rent equipment on site.  Doesn’t this sound like fun??  Check out the website for more information.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  4. Canvas Clocks

    Love the Canvas Clock Series offered by StyleKid.  Beautiful art work that is functional…it’s a real clock!  The colours are great and there are  beautiful motifs for both girls and boys.  Let me take the edge off the price with a 15% off coupon code.  Use spring15 upon checkout until midnight of March 25th.

    Posted in Cool Products, Coupons, Decor.

  5. Honda Odyssey Recall

    The Honda recall that you may have recently heard about, affects 24,680 Odyssey minivans and 4,137 Element sport utility vehicles from the 2007-08 model year in Canada.  The recall follows complaints that brake pedals begin to feel “soft” or have to be pushed lower and lower over time before the vehicle would stop.  The problem is very gradual and Honda claims that this is due to air leaking into part of the anti-lock braking system over a period of months or even years.  So…nothing sudden to worry about, however you may want to contact your nearest dealership for more info.  I sorta wish that the recall would include auto detailing.  My Odyssey is a direct extension of our family room and kitchen.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  6. Free Pastry @ Starbucks

    Get a free pastry with your coffee or iced drink until 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 23rd.  Click on the image in order to print your coupon!

    Posted in Coupons.

  7. What to do this weekend…

    Enjoy an Easter Egg hunt at Puck’s Farm, (Shomberg) on Saturday (10am-5pm).  There will be a small petting zoo, pony & hay rides and plenty of Easter related fun and games.

    Enjoy  the Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek (Oakville) which includes a wagon ride to a heated pancake house (pure maple syrup, YUM!).  Pancakes are extra.  Costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees in order to make maple sugar and maple syrup.

    If the weather is as pleasant as it was this week, go to the Beaches and enjoy an incredible playground and walking or riding bikes on the boardwalk.  If your little ones are fans of dogs, I think they outnumber people at the Beaches 🙂

    See Judy & David live at the City Playhouse in Thornhill with the show titles Red’s in the Hood.  Don’t worry if you haven’t purchased tickets in advance, there usually are plenty left if you call the theatre on the day of.

    Have a pancake breakfast at the Casa Loma with Robin Hood and Maid Marion.  Limited tickets available for Sat. March 13th & 20th.  Other Robin Hood related events will take place all week for March Break.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  8. Yo-Yo Pro Clinics at Mastermind Toys

    …and save $11 on the Raider Roller-Bearing Yo-Yo this week ($7 ea.)

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  9. 30% off at the Gap!

    Posted in Coupons.

  10. March Break Fun @ The Promenade Mall

    Kids Yoga with LuluLemon, arts & crafts, Rainbow Cinema promotions, a dance class and family manicures all take place at the Promenade Mall this coming week.  Check here for more info.

    Posted in Uncategorized.

  11. Toonie Matinees

    This March Break, take the kids to a matinee at any Empire Theatre location for only $2!  For show times across Canada, click here.

    Posted in Uncategorized.

  12. Like the Monte Luca Glider but for Less!

    Isn’t it gorgeous?  I searched high and low for an upholstered nursing chair with a descent price tag….and potential for use later on in the kid’s room or family room.  The Monte Luca glider normally retails for $995.  The one I found (The Emily Glider), is nearly identical to this one, made by a Canadian company and available in great colours.  On sale now at the Kids and Baby Furniture Warehouse for $659 AND, you get another 10% off by printing the coupon from their website bringing the price to $592 + tax.  You will notice that the validity of the coupon has not been updated on the website but it will still be honoured by Barbara at the store – she is so sweet and helpful!

    Posted in Deals, Decor, sale.

  13. What to do this weekend…and March Break

    Have a pancake breakfast at the Casa Loma with Robin Hood and Maid Marion.  Limited tickets available for Sat. March 13th & 20th.  Other Robin Hood related events will take place all week for March Break.

    Go to Kortright Conservation Centre (Woodbridge) for their annual Maple Syrup Festival.  This is a fun festival with all kinds of activities, wagon rides and ponies.  Come early, otherwise the car queue to enter the parking area can get really long.  As well, bring your own sandwiches and snacks because their food selection is limited.  Picnic tables are available outdoors.  Click here for a schedule of events.

    See a show this March Break  – Max & Ruby, Pinkalicious, Robert MunschYo Gabba Gabba (enter code MUNO on the Ticketmaster website to get $5 off your tickets), The Monster Under the Bed (ages 6+ at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre)

    There are also special March Break activities at the ROM, CN Tower, Bata Shoe Museum and the Science Centre.

    For more indoor fun, you can also try Wizard World at Exhibition Place.  I haven’t heard any reviews about this…so no guarantees!

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  14. Is your baby keeping you up at night?

    So is mine.  A good friend’s words help me keep it all in perspective.  Her motto is now my own:  My baby is doing what he is supposed to be doing. And thank goodness for that.

    Posted in Uncategorized.

  15. Mabels Labels Coupon Code

    By far, Mabel’s Labels rank high on the Mamapicks chart of useful kids’ products.  You can label everything from shoes to clothes with your child’s name.  The weather is looking so good…and it makes me want to label sand toys (!).  Enjoy 15% off your order with coupon code KIDS and you might get a little surprise with your order as Mabel’s Labels is celebrating their 7th birthday and adding goodies to random orders until March 17th!

    Posted in Coupons, Gifts, Personalized.

  16. Turn your child’s handwriting into a font!

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    The Boy is now writing.  He mostly writes lists of the names of the kids in his class.  He often makes a dotted outline of a letter for himself (just like on the worksheets at school) and then goes over the dots.  It’s quite charming.  I recently thought about capturing his handwriting style as it develops over the next few years and decided to look for a way to create a font for my computer called The Boy.  I found a website which generates personal fonts.  All you have to do is give your child (or anybody else you want to create a font for) the printable sheet to fill out the letters of the alphabet.  Then, you scan the sheet and the program generates the font for you.  This costs $9.95.  Click here to try it, it’s quite simple…and it’s a really nice way of saving your child’s handwriting, using it for various projects, and sharing it with them when they are older.

    Posted in Gifts, Ideas.

  17. Mastermind Coupon

    Sometimes finding the right gift for the 7+ age group isn’t easy.  This coupon may help!

    Posted in Coupons, Gifts.

  18. Special Preview Prices at Olly Shoes

    Posted in Deals.

  19. What To Do This Weekend…

    You’re on your own this weekend as Mamapicks just had a baby boy.  I apologize in advance if the site is not updated regularly over the next week.

    Posted in This Weekend.

  20. Pamper yourself…

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    There is nothing like a good cut or style to make a mama feel amazing… and there is nothing like a good deal to help us justify spending money on looking good.   Lena is an incredible stylist who works at the Finishing Touch Salon near Centre & Dufferin.  She is offering first-time clients an unbelievable price on Tuesday & Wednesday appointments.  $15 for a blow-dry and $35 for cut+blow dry.  Trust me, she is incredible and you’ll be back for more!  Just tell her that you are a Mamapicks reader.

    Posted in Deals, Exclusive Discounts.

  21. Toy Recommendation

    Once in a while, you buy a toy and it actually peaks your children’s interest for more than 1 day.  This one (Pipe Builders) has been occupying both The Boy & The Girl for over two  months!  Who would have thought?   They are always busy building letters, numbers, shapes and structures. I purchased the large tub of plastic pipe builders at an amazing American store called Lakeshore Learning (they supply educational toys, learning materials and craft supplies to schools, museums, playgrounds and regular families).  If by chance you are in the US, you must visit!  Some of Lakeshore’s products (Pipe Builders included), are available here in Canada through Wintergreen Learning Materials.  The set includes 240 plastic pieces and is well worth the purchase!

    Posted in Gifts, Ideas, Useful Info.

  22. The Cry Translator

    I am so addicted to my iPhone.  I don’t own many apps – I just use it in order to get my e-mail, look up the weather in cities that my friends are frequenting (hoping that they are as cold as I am)…and keep my kids from having tantrums.   As #3 is due any day, my next technological investment just might have to be…The Cry Translator.  I remember this being discussed on Oprah.

    Apparently, there are five distinct cries made by infants: hungry, sleepy, annoyed, stressed or bored. These five cries are universal to all babies regardless of culture or language.  The translator is an iPhone application that reads your baby’s cries and translates his/her needs withing 10 seconds.

    I will let you know if it’s any good very soon…

    Posted in Cool Products.