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  1. KidSpot Promotion

    This is a great promotion for back-to-school at an awesome little shop –  KidSpot is a great place to get embroidered stuff for kids.  Until the end of September,  receive a free personalized pencil case or water bottle with the purchase of a backpack  ( backpacks run $25-$30).  Visit them at the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre or order online!  Don’t worry about the flyer, just say Mamapicks.

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, Personalized.

  2. Online Shopping is Here!

    Posted in Useful Info.

  3. Keep it or toss it?

    Meal planning can be overwhelming at times.  Just when I felt so proud of myself for whipping up a great family dinner this past Friday in 30 minutes, I remembered that I had bought fresh fish filets that I meant to use.  How long can fresh Telapia be kept in the fridge, I wondered?  What’s worse? Throwing away the $12 I had spent or poisoning my husband?  I threw out the fish, but not before discovering this website:

    StillTasty.com!  Enter any food item or beverage and it will tell you how to store it and for how long.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  4. Our new favourite…

    A few friends recommended the Brain Quest series to me – a deck of colourful quiz questions that are age-appropriate and test kids on what they need to know.  The questions cover reading, math, language arts, social studies and science.  Last year, when The Boy was 3, he had absolutely no interest in sitting and answering questions.  Yesterday, I took some time out to be with him alone and he was so into this activity – he wanted to answer more and more questions and we had nearly 2 hours (!) of focused quality time.  I also learned that my kid has no idea what a fireman, construction worker or police man does.  Who would have thought?  At Mastermind, the Brainquest pack is $14.95 ea.  I bought mine at Costco this week for $7.95 and there were tons left.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals.

  5. Tos R Us: Free Thomas Engine Today!

    Click to print!

    Posted in Coupons.

  6. Mastermind Toys Exclusive Coupon

    Posted in Coupons.

  7. Simply Colors special promotion!

    This is a great Canadian company…and we all know that kids love personalized clothing.  My son has just grown out of his favourite Polo shirt that was personalized with his name by a freind, so this promo is here just in time!

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Gifts, Personalized, sale.

  8. Toons for Toddlers

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  9. Oh Keratin!

    Everywhere I turn, there is another friend sporting her new straight hair after a keratin treatment.  Apparently, it leaves your hair frizz-less and tame and is perfect for those who blow dry their hair.  As well, after the treatment, you can’t sweat for two days.  No sex, no working out…bonus!

    For those of you who live near Thornhill, this deal might interest you.  Available for the next 8 hours…so hurry!!!

    $49 For a Haircut, Wash, Style and Global Keratin Hair Taming Deep Conditioning Treatment at Nouveau Hair Gallery ($105 Value) http://www.dealfind.com/york-region/nouveauhairgallery?a=ed5cc93f3328 in Thornhill.

    Posted in Deals.

  10. Edible Arrangements Coupon

    So…you want to send flowers or chocolates to a good doctor, a colleague who is leaving, a new mama, or a friend who spent 6 hours helping you to re-organize your kitchen.  Be original, send an edible arrangement 🙂  Save $4 with this coupon code which you can use online or over the phone when placing your order INET0831.  Good Through Aug. 31.

    Posted in Cool Products, Coupons, Gifts.

  11. 30% off coupon for Gap

    Click to print your copy.  Perfect timing for this sale…a  resented new season ahead.  Ugh.

    Posted in Coupons.

  12. Children’s Place Coupon

    Click to print your own copy.  Valid through Sept. 1st, 2010

    Posted in Coupons.

  13. Cootie Catcher for a rainy day…

    Draw! Pilgrim is a great blog that I like to frequent!  Making and playing with this Cootie Catcher will keep them busy in these final days of summer…  Print the template here.  See instructions there.  Thank you to Draw! Pilgrim for sharing this downloadable treat!

    Posted in Crafts.

  14. Outdoor Movie Night

    Hillcrest Mall is sponsoring an outdoor Moonlight Movie event in Richmond Green on Wednesday, August 25th.  Bring your families to see the new release “Furry Vengeance” under the stars and free of charge.  The moonlight movie event preshow festivities will begin at 6:30pm – bring your lawn chairs.  Food will be provided for a nominal fee (from New York Fries and Purdy’s!). Click here for full event details!

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  15. Mamapicks Newsletter – Aug. 19th, 2010

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

    Incredible Picnic Blanket

    One of the best gifts I ever received with my first baby (The Boy), is still in use today and is so great for summer excursions.  It is the Tuffo Water Resistant Outdoor Blanket with case.  It is gorgeous, functional and comfortable.  Perfect size.  It even comes with us on the plane…to pad the airplane floor the kids sleep on.  For trips to the park and to the lake, we love our picnic blanket.  The only drawback is that you have to fold it a certain way for it to fit back in the case.
    Different patterns available at the Safety Superstore ($44.95).  Makes for the PERFECT shower/new baby gift.  Available through Amazon.com for those of you who frequent the US for $32.99.

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    What To Do This Weekend (Aug. 21st & 22nd)

    Friday to Sunday, visit the Shops at Don Mills presents another Festival in the Square, this time with Latin flair. Come and experience this free street party celebrating Ontario’s Latin cultures with live passionate musical performances on our main stage, salsa dance lessons, children’s activities, and delicious Latin food such as Colombian paella and the ever popular Mexican Tacos!  The great thing about this outdoor mall is that it is beautiful, you can pretend that you are in Los Angeles and there is a water fountain/splash area where kids can play!  Bring towels and extra clothes…and please don’t forget to visit Anthropologie, the greatest store in the universe.

    Join the walk or family carnival & BBQ with Labour of Love: Walk for Women & Babies on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 9 a.m.  The Women & Babies Program at Sunnybrook is moving from Women’s College Hospital to its new, state-of-the-art home at Sunnybrook’s Bayview campus!  After the walk, go to the McLean House Park for a barbecue and family-themed carnival. If you can’t make it to the walk you may attend the carnival by making a donation on the day of the event. At the carnival kids can play games, dance, jump on bouncy castles, watch magicians, have their face painted, create crafts and much more!  The website says that there will also be a Barney concert.

    Two weekends left to enjoy free programming at heritage sites such as Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, and Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre. Programming at the sites features music, drama, crafts for kids, heritage recipes to taste and other fun for the entire family.

    Check out more great weekend events on www.mamapicks.com

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    Cootie Catchers for a rainy day…

    Draw! Pilgrim is a great blog that I like to frequent!  Making and playing with this Cootie Catcher will keep them busy in these final days of summer…  Print the template here.  See instructions there.  Thank you to Draw! Pilgrim for sharing this downloadable treat!

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    Gymboree Friends & Family Sale

    Valid now through August 22nd.  Click to print your copy!  Sale is on everything…time to stock up for the new school year.

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    Making life a little less hairy…

    I first heard about Haircuts on Wheels shortly after having The Baby.  The Girl & The Boy needed haircuts and nothing seemed more daunting (and annoying) than getting them all in the car on time, waiting for the hair dresser (because let’s face it, we always have to wait), keeping one kid busy while the other is getting the haircut…and intermittently nursing an infant.

    I called Kimberly and set up an appointment (I also rescheduled a couple of times which didn’t phase her because she is a mom and knows what it’s all about).  She arrived on a sunny afternoon with a huge smile and it was like Mary Poppins landed in my house.  Read more…

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    Gogog’s Crazy Bones Series II

    Mamapicks feels a little silly that she didn’t know about Gogo’s Crazy Bones.   But now she does and everything is ok.  If your kids are crazy about them, you can pre-order series II and get $10 off a box of 30 flow packs at Indigo.ca.

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    There are many more deals, coupons and products featured on mamapicks.com.

    Please forward this newsletter to your friends!

    Posted in Newsletter.

  16. What to do this weekend…Aug. 21st & 22nd

    Friday to Sunday, visit the Shops at Don Mills presents another Festival in the Square, this time with Latin flair. Come and experience this free street party celebrating Ontario’s Latin cultures with live passionate musical performances on our main stage, salsa dance lessons, children’s activities, and delicious Latin food such as Colombian paella and the ever popular Mexican Tacos!  The great thing about this outdoor mall is that it is beautiful, you can pretend that you are in Los Angeles and there is a water fountain/splash area where kids can play!  Bring towels and extra clothes…and please don’t forget to visit Anthropologie, the greatest store in the universe.

    Join the walk or family carnival & BBQ with Labour of Love: Walk for Women & Babies on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 9 a.m.  The Women & Babies Program at Sunnybrook is moving from Women’s College Hospital to its new, state-of-the-art home at Sunnybrook’s Bayview campus!  After the walk, go to the McLean House Park for a barbecue and family-themed carnival. If you can’t make it to the walk you may attend the carnival by making a donation on the day of the event. At the carnival kids can play games, dance, jump on bouncy castles, watch magicians, have their face painted, create crafts and much more!  The website says that there will also be a Barney concert.

    Two weekends left to enjoy free programming at heritage sites such as Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, and Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre. Programming at the sites features music, drama, crafts for kids, heritage recipes to taste and other fun for the entire family.

    Check out the Butterfly Festival at Tommy Thompson Park on Toronto’s waterfront (Saturday) to explore the monarch migration.  There are lots of activities for all ages including sketching workshops, bird banding demonstrations, walking and bicycle tours.  Most of the activities require pre-registration. read more about the schedule of events here.

    Casaloma features a Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday morning!  Ages 2+.  Kids bring their teddy bears for a picnic in the garden where they also listen to Goldilocks and The Three Bears and decorate cookies!  Pre-registration required.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  17. Gymboree Friends & Family Sale

    Valid now through August 22nd.  Click to print your copy!  Sale is on everything…time to stock up for the new school year.

    Posted in Coupons.

  18. Today’s Groupon…

    If you don’t know about Groupon it’s time!  Groupon is all about the power of buying in big numbers – it’s an amazing coupon for a group and one is published daily.  Today’s deal is $25 for $50 worth of apparel at the Gap.  The deal is on till midnight!  Click here to read more about Groupon and the deal.

    Posted in Deals.

  19. Toys R Us Tade In Event

    Posted in Deals.

  20. Gogo’s Crazy Bones Series II

    Mamapicks feels a little silly that she didn’t know about Gogo’s Crazy Bones.   But now she does and everything is ok.  If your kids are crazy about them, you can pre-order series II and get $10 off a box of 30 flow packs at Indigo.ca.

    Posted in Deals.

  21. $10 at Joe Fresh

    Offer valid until Sept. 9th at Loblaws, Zehrs, Fortinos and the Superstore.  Joe is my favourite place to buy pajamas for the kids!  Great styles, fabric and prices.

    Posted in Deals.

  22. Old Navy Coupon

    Posted in Coupons.

  23. 40% off Photolab portraits and more…

    A great time to think about photo cards and calendars for Christmas or the upcoming Jewish New Year.  Offer valid until August 26th.  See portrait package info here.  Photolab is at your local Loblaws.

    Posted in Deals.

  24. StyleKid Summer Sale!

    Posted in Coupons, sale.

  25. Kitchen Stuff Plus Warehouse Sale

    Posted in sale.