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  1. Huge Fisher Price Recall

    You thought you were having a bad day???  Fisher Price is recalling:

    7 million tricycles.

    2.9 million toys.

    1 million high-chairs.

    120,000 ramp & car toys.

    Click on each of the above to see images in the Health Canada website.  Good night!

    Posted in Useful Info.

  2. Take them to a show…

    There is plenty of great entertainment for the whole family coming up over the next few months and there is nothing like a good show when it’s cold outside and there is no where to go…  If you win the lottery, you might be able to take the fam to see the Wiggles.  Otherwise, stick to performing arts centres in your area, they have great shows at reasonable prices.  Here are a few listings:

    Robert Munsch, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 23rd.

    Doodlebops, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Oct.12th, and @ The Living Arts Centre (Mississauga) on Oct. 17th

    Junie B. Jones, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Nov. 26th.

    Splash’n Boots, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Dec. 28th.

    Franklin is coming to Sony Centre on Oct. 23rd.

    Wiggles, Rogers Centre, Oct. 24th.

    Barbie at the Symphony, Sony Centre, Nov. 26th

    Caillou, Sony Centre, Dec. 4th

    Use the code BTFUN1 to get a discount on family tickets sold by Ticketmaster.  This promo code is valid until Oct. 1st on only some of the family shows, try it.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  3. Great Wolf Lodge Promo

    Sale is on until Saturday, Oct. 2nd.  Use promo code 48HOUR.  Mamapicks visited the lodge with the kids last year in the dead of Winter and it brightened up her life instantly.  The kids had an incredible time!

    Posted in Activities & Events, Deals, sale.

  4. East Side Mario’s Coupon + Kids Eat Free

    Posted in Coupons.

  5. Free Baby Slings!

    Those of you who ordered the Udder Hider will see the similarity in this Seven Everyday Slings deal…as well as the models on the website who look like porn stars carrying babies.  It is a fabulous deal – only pay shipping on these baby slings.  Many people thought that the Udder Hider promo was a scam but everyone did receive their order (including me!).  Enter promo code: onefree

    Posted in Deals.

  6. Similac Recall

    If you are concerned about this recall, just letting you know that it is limited to the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.  If you are still uneasy (as was I), you can take a look at the list of recalled lot numbers of Similac Powder at the following sites, in addition to Similac.com/recall:

    • Abbott.com
    • Abbottnutrition.com
    • Similac.com

    Posted in Uncategorized.

  7. Mastermind Coupon – 25% off one item!

    This is the best Mastermind coupon which comes out once a year.  Valid Friday – Sunday.  Click to print your copy.

    Posted in Coupons.

  8. What to do this weekend…Apple Picking!

    Farms all over Ontario are celebrating Fall and it’s the perfect weekend to go apple picking.  Let’s just hope the weather cooperates!  You might want to stay away from very popular farms like Chudleigh’s and try something new and less crowded.  Here is a directory of Ontario apple orchards to help you out this weekend!  This website also offers great info about apple types, nutrition value, etc.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  9. Bugaboo iPhone Holder

    Coming up on my list of “greatest things since sliced bread” is the Bugaboo iPhone Holder.  The iPhone is not just a phone – it is your GPS system, MP3 Player and so much more.  It’s a lovely thing to have on your stroller dashboard.  Can’t wait to get mine.  Found it here for $35 but am planning to get it for less…perhaps on e-bay?  Will keep you posted.

    Posted in Cool Products.

  10. Britax Tent Sale @ Dearborn Baby

    Saturday, Sept. 25th, 9am-6pm.  New generation of Britax car seats will be on sale.  Bring your car seat for professional installation for $20.

    Posted in sale.

  11. Cineplex Odeon Movie Ticket Coupon (REVISED!!)

    A lovely reader notified me that this coupon is not accepted at Cineplex Odeon since it is a one-use coupon which someone sent around.  I apologize if this caused anybody inconvenience or shattering disappointment.  There is a way to get the coupon if you purchase energizer batteries.  Please click here to find out how to obtain your own coupon.

    Posted in Coupons.

  12. Baskin Robbins Coupon

    Pretty soon, ice cream won’t be so much fun.  Take your kids for a final summer cone and get a free single-scoop with purchase when paying by Visa.  Read more and print your coupon by clicking on it!

    Posted in Coupons.

  13. What to do this weekend…Sept.18th & 19th

    Enjoy the 54th Annual Pioneer Village Festival on Saturday (10am-5pm).  Check here for activity schedule!

    Visit Pumpkinland at Whittamore’s Farm.  Enjoy the best fall time entertainment around as Farmer Frank shoots and catapults pumpkins to unbelievable lengths at the Pumpkin Cannon Show, which runs several times each weekend day.  Kids will love the two-storey Tree Fort and Slide, along with the NEW Farm Bouncer, Tractor Track, Spider Web Tire Climb and so much more…

    The Harvest Moon Festival will take place at the ROM.  This Asian festival celebrates the harvest moon and includes stories and crafts.  Click here for the event schedule.

    See Banana Shpeel , a new style of production from Cirque du Soleil that features a colourful combination of slapstick comedy, eclectic dance and unique acrobatic acts. The action follows a diverse spectrum of performances including tap, hip-hop and eccentric dance, physical comedy and distinctive acrobatic acts performed by elite international artists – plus madcap characters spreading chaos in all directions.

    Hansel & Gretyl is playing at the Solar Stage Children’s Theatere (near Sheppard & Yonge).

    You know I am a sucker for art festivals…kids love them too.  Just buy them ice cream.  Queen West Art Crawl is taking place this weekend.  More than 500 artists will exhibit their work in locations along Queen Street West from Bathurst to Roncesvalles. Parks, galleries, cafes, retail and design shops and studios will be getting into the act with art exhibitions and activities.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  14. Mastermind Coupon: Nesting Blocks!

    Nesting Blocks are an absolute must-have!  Perfect for a one-year-old’s birthday…and will still be a hit when they are three.  Kids love building towers and this set in particular is beautiful.  Get there early on Saturday before they run out!  Click on the coupon to print your copy.

    Posted in Coupons.

  15. Mamapicks Newsletter, September 2010

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


    The Body Health Spa

    Hairless.  Can you imagine a summer without a razor or waxing appointment?  Sounds like complete freedom to me.  This mama has taken the plunge and started IPL hair removal.  As always, I ask friends, do some research and all this brought me to The Body Health Spa and Treatment Centre.  It is not a regular relaxation spa, it is a centre that offers a wide selection of non-surgical treatments for both men and woman of all ages.  These include special facials, cellulite treatments, body wraps….and of course, IPL hair removal.

    The spa is new, immaculate and relaxing with knowledgeable and friendly staff.  Upstairs you will see a teaching area – the fact that this spa trains staff from other spas made me feel really good 🙂   The technician  took the time to explain all of the details of the treatment to me with great patience.  The treatment itself was PAINLESS.  It is difficult for me to explain the sensation but there was definitely no pain involved (believe me, I was ready for pain and was even told by friends  to use skin numbing cream!).

    I can’t wait for my next session and to be hairless by next summer.  Prices are really reasonable and Mamapicks readers receive an additional 20% off!

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    What To Do This Weekend (Sept. 18th & 19th)

    Enjoy the 54th Annual Pioneer Village Festival on Saturday (10am-5pm).  Check here for activity schedule!

    Visit Pumpkinland at Whittamore’s Farm.  Enjoy the best fall time entertainment around as Farmer Frank shoots and catapults pumpkins to unbelievable lengths at the Pumpkin Cannon Show, which runs several times each weekend day.  Kids will love the two-storey Tree Fort and Slide, along with the NEW Farm Bouncer, Tractor Track, Spider Web Tire Climb and so much more…

    The Harvest Moon Festival will take place at the ROM.  This Asian festival celebrates the harvest moon and includes stories and crafts.  Click here for the event schedule.

    You know I am a sucker for art festivals…kids love them too. Queen West Art Crawl is taking place this weekend.  More than 500 artists will exhibit their work in locations along Queen Street West from Bathurst to Roncesvalles. Parks, galleries, cafes, retail and design shops and studios will be getting into the act with art exhibitions and activities.

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

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    Nesting Blocks from Mastermind Toys

    Nesting Blocks are an absolute must-have!  Perfect for a one-year-old’s birthday…and will still be a hit when they are three.  Kids love building towers and this set in particular is beautiful.  Get there early on Saturday before they run out!  Click on the coupon to print your copy.

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    Old Navy 30% off coupon

    Use this coupon ON TOP of the existing 30% off sale that is currently on at Old Navy until Sept. 23rd.  Coupon can be used for one item.

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    Slow Cooking!

    Just in time for the new school year, your best investment will be a slow cooker.  I bought one 6 years ago and it sat in a box in the garage and thankfully, Sears wouldn’t take it back.  Last year, I opened the box and started slow cooking.  I must say that nothing feels better than throwing together a few ingredients in the morning and having a savoury dinner ready by the afternoon with no work in between.  Nothing.

    For a great recipe and slow cooking websites, read more…

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    Let’s shop like our American friends…

    My American friends don’t remember what it’s like to shop at a store.  They order everything online and return most of it too.  With free shipping and returns, I can see the convenience.  Now available in Canada for Gap, Old Navy & Banana Republic.

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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. The Body Health Spa

    Hairless.  Can you imagine a summer without a razor or waxing appointment?  Sounds like complete freedom to me.  This mama has taken the plunge and started IPL hair removal.  As always, I ask friends, do some research and all this brought me to The Body Health Spa and Treatment Centre.  It is not a regular relaxation spa, it is a centre that offers a wide selection of non-surgical treatments for both men and woman of all ages.  These include special facials, cellulite treatments, body wraps….and of course, IPL hair removal.

    The spa is new, immaculate and relaxing with knowledgeable and friendly staff.  Upstairs you will see a teaching area – the fact that this spa trains staff from other spas made me feel really good 🙂   The technician  took the time to explain all of the details of the treatment to me with great patience.  The treatment itself was PAINLESS.  It is difficult for me to explain the sensation but there was definitely no pain involved (believe me, I was ready for pain and was even told by friends  to use skin numbing cream!).

    I can’t wait for my next session and to be hairless by next summer.  Prices are really reasonable and Mamapicks readers receive an additional 20% off!

    Posted in Exclusive Discounts, Useful Info.

  17. 30% off sale items at Stylekid.

    Use code SALE3o at checkout, valid until Saturday, Sept. 18th.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  18. Kitchen Stuff Plus Coupon

    Click on the coupon to read and print your copy.

    Posted in Coupons.

  19. An additional 30% off coupon for Old Navy

    As I already mentioned this week, Old Navy is having their great baby sale with 30% everything.  With this coupon, you can get an additional 30% off one item.  Exciting.

    Posted in Coupons.

  20. 40% off at the Gap

    Click to print your copy!

    Posted in Coupons.

  21. H & M Coupon

    I love H&M for their style and great pricing.  I always come out with a Hello Kitty something or other for The Girl.  Never have I seen a coupon for H&M!  If you are a iPhone or iPad user, you an get a 20% off coupon for one item. The free H&M app (search the App Store for “H&M” on your device) contains a hidden coupon. Just open the app and shake your device until the coupon pops up! Valid until Sept. 23rd.

    Posted in Coupons.

  22. Old Navy Baby Sale

    Sale is on until Sept. 23rd.

    Posted in sale.

  23. 40% off great restaurants in the GTA!

    This promotion started yesterday and ends TODAY.  Take a look at the participating restaurants on Dine.to and you can buy gift certificates  at 40% off!  Think birhtdays, Christmas, etc…

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  24. What to do this weekend…Sept. 11th & 12th

    Wha?  It’s the weekend again?  Hope all your kids had a wonderful first week back at school.

    This weekend, visit Wychwood Barnes Artscape (Bathurst & St. Clair) for the Roald Dahl Festival.  Lots of interesting writing and drama workshops are being held for ages 8+.  Check here for more info.

    Enjoy the Children’s Festival at the Markham Civic Centre (Hwy. 7 & Warden) on Saturday.  In its 12th year, this festival is York Region’s largest children’s event, featuring entertainment, crafts and activities for children from two to twelve.

    My favourite event of the year is the Cabbagetown Art & Craft Festival which takes place at Riverdale Farm which boasts it’s own Fall Harvest Festival at the same time.  I used to have my own booth at this craft fair before the kiddies came along and sucked diverted my creative energy.  You will see tons of young families, lots of pets, all walking around absorbing the city’s artistic talent  in a beautiful outdoor fair.  At the farm, your kids can see the animals and taste the best corn-on-the-cob ever.

    Toons for Toddlers (what a wonderful concept!).  This weekend, they are featuring: Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue.


    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  25. Get your costumes early…

    If you buy a costume at Old Navy, you have their generous return policy (90 days) on your side.  Better get the right size before they sell out.  Another great place to get costumes on a budget is Winners.  They bring in a great assortment of costumes…and they are so cheap that adding them to your kids’ costume trunk is always fun.  Last but not least, for something totally unique, Etsy is a great place for hand-made original costumes (like the noodle bowl above).

    Posted in Holiday Goods.