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  1. Personalized Growth Charts

    Love the idea of personalized growth charts that are not made of wood…  This company, called Name Your Design has great wall art, stationery and other great stuff, all beautifully designed.

    Posted in Cool Products.

  2. Free Movie Rental

    Print this coupon for one free rental.  Valid Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st.

    Posted in Coupons.

  3. Beautylicious!

    The Yorkville area of Yonge & Bloor welcomes you to enjoy salon and spa treatments at great prices.  Yes, kinda like Winterlicious & Summerlicious of the restaurant industry.  Check the website for packages.  Only through Nov. 7th…so book now!

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  4. What to do with all those leaves!

    The last of the beautiful foliage is around us and while the weather is still mild, it’s great to go outside, collect leaves and do something crafty with the kids.  Here are some ideas:

    1.  Create a nature notebook – kids can glue their favourite leaves on the pages of the notebooks.  You can make it into a scavenger hunt and give them a sheet with instructions (i.e.  for the first page of your notebook, find a yellow leaf.  For the second page, find a Maple leaf…etc.)

    2. Leaf Collage – glue leaves on large piece of paper in a nice arrangement.

    3.  Make a Fall bouquet for the dinner table.

    4.  Have kids draw a large tree trunk with branches and glue the leaves on the tree.

    5.  Make leaf people – glue the leaves on a piece of paper and have kids add yarn for hair and fabric scraps for clothes.  Googly eyes and pipe cleaners are available at the dollar store and are great for this project.

    6.  Foliage Friends – this is also a neat craft which really expands the imagination.  Check out the instructions on the website.

    Posted in Crafts.

  5. Give & Get Shoes

    Valid until Oct. 31st!

    Posted in Deals.

  6. What to do this weekend…Oct. 23rd & 24th

    Go to the Zoo!  Hay maze, Fall entertainment at the Halloween Harvest Stage. Trick-or-Treat your way through Kids Zoo (10:00am-3:00pm). Bring your own Trick-or-Treat reusable bag for this event, and take part in the Critters and Costumes Parade at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in free when accompanied by an adult.

    See The Wiggles @ Rogers Centre.

    On Sunday, go to High Park for their Halloween Pumpkin Float (4-6pm).

    Something a little more unusual…Bloor St. Pancake Breakfast & Bed Race.

    Black Creek Pioneer Village is having a Gourdfest and other great Halloween activities this weekend.

    Mystic Drums‘ (leading provider of world music education) has a  show on Saturday in Richmond Hill.  I have never been…but it sounds amazing!  For ages 2-10.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  7. Up to 75% off Vincent Kids Shoes

    The above Graffe boots are only $8.49!  This is not a Canadian site but they do ship to Canada.

    Posted in sale.

  8. Toys R US Weekly Specials

    Some great deals on Barbie Dolls, BOGO all Play-Doh, buy-one-get half-off Disney princess dress-up sets, and more.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  9. Apps for Toddlers and Babies

    Today’s Parent has published a selection of great apps for babies and toddlers.  These apps…what did we ever do without them?  They help moms everywhere make it through a trip to the supermarket, preempt a hairy tantrum, and they teach kids all kinds of things in such fun ways.  Check out this selection for apps that are appropriate for tots and babies.  Some seem worthy…while others appear to require a pod in your baby’s crib.  it’s pretty easy to tell which ones were invented by parents.

    Posted in Cool Products.

  10. Currently at Kitchen Stuff Plus

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  11. Free Printables!

    Mamapicks is always on the lookout for free printables…especially labels.  I found this adorable selection of gift labels, cards, calendars and more – shared by Creativemama.  Download, and print on your own labels or paper with a colour printer.  This is the kind of stuff you might order from stationary sites…but it’s free!

    Posted in Cool Products.

  12. Pier 1 Imports: $10 coupon

    Receive $10 off a minimum $30 spend until Nov. 7th.  Click on the coupon to print your copy.

    Posted in Coupons.

  13. 40% off at the Gap TODAY

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  14. Give & Get at Olly Shoes

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  15. What to do this weekend…Oct. 16th & 17th

    Green Acres Day Camp is having a free Pumpkin Picking Fun Day on Sunday.  Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking, Smores, Carnival Games, Farm Animals, Cotton Candy, Mini Golf, lots of fun and FREE Pumpkins! Lunch food will also be available at a nominal cost.

    Only three weekends left  to visit Wonderland this season!  Don’t miss Camp Spooky, the new Halloween attraction for the whole family which features a costume parade, treasure hunt, pumpkin patch maze and more.  As far as Mamapicks knows, a non-pass holder can enter the park for $19.99 if coming with a season pass holder.

    On Saturday, there will be a Fall Fair on Mt. Pleasant Road between Eglinton & Davisville which can make for some street fun for the family.

    On Sunday, Humber Arboretum (Hwy 27 & Finch) hosts a Fall Colours Hike.  Pre-registration is required.  What is the Humber Arboretum?  Sounds beautiful, read about it here.

    Wii Party Mobiles are traveling around Ontario this month and will be at different locations around the GTA this weekend.  Stop by the Wii Party bus to test out the latest from Nintendo.  Click here for locations.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  16. Boo-Tacular Halloween Adventure!

    Looking for a fun Halloween weekend event?  Thumbprint Adventures is a children’s enrichment program, embracing the art of play and imagination into creative learning.  During the upcoming  Halloween event (Oct. 3oth, 2-4pm), your child will have the opportunity to take part in a fabulous adventure and art project.  The fee for this event is $20.00 per child.  Pizza lunch included!  Space is limited so you must register in advance.  The Thumbprint Adventure Studio is located near Rutherford & Bathurst in Thornhill.  Don’t forget to inquire about their fabulous birthday parties, P.A. Day events and future holiday adventures.

    For more info:

    vaughan@thumbprintadventures.com

    P: 905.597.TPA1 (8721)

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  17. Air Canada Promotion: Disney Resorts

    Posted in Deals.

  18. Caring for your skin…and your baby’s

    Life is so busy that sometimes it’s hard to find time for taking care of ourselves – for me, the 2 minutes it takes to remove my mascara sometimes proves too much when all I want to do is go to bed already.  But lately, I’ve been looking in the mirror and really…it’s time to work a little harder, feed the skin, make sure that those fine lines are not entirely my fault.

    When my friend gave me a series of Arbonne products to try, I was so happy.  This came just in time as I was making a personal resolution to take better care of myself and to make it a priority to indulge in something other than Nuttella.  I tried the skin care line as well as the line of skin care for babies/kids and loved it.

    The skin products are very luxurious and I especially enjoyed the eye cream.  My skin felt more supple and hydrated within a very short time.  I read a bit about the formulas and was happy to find that Arbonne stays away from harmful ingredients such as PABAs and the company is committed to designing products that are botanically based and not tested on animals.

    The baby products went a long way in my house – especially since I am trying to expose my children’s skin to products that are safer.  The Boy (4), has very sensitive skin and always reacts to sunscreen.  Arbonne’s delicate sunscreen won me over when I tried it on him and saw no reaction.  I also tried the baby oil on The Baby…and it is by far, the silkiest baby oil I have ever used.  I ordered the whole baby line!

    If you would like to try the products, there is a great way to do so with your family and friends.  You can host a beauty workshop for 5 people and receive $120 worth of products.  As well, for the next month, Mamapicks readers receive 35% off the Arbonne baby line!  You can contact Lital at 416-999-3255 or send her an e-mail.  If you live downtown, you can contact Sharon.  Just say Mamapicks and enjoy!

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

  19. Naturalizer Shoes Coupon

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  20. Mastermind Toys Promo

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  21. What to do this Thanksgiving Weekend…

    The following activites are taking place all weekend, including Monday!

    Visit Harbourfront for the HarbourKIDS  fall festival this weekend (11am-5pm, geared to ages 5-12).  It is all about the harvest, celebrating both the bounty of nature and the bounty of the human spirit.  There will be live musical performances, a Haitian storyteller, a real-live hootenanny, potato sack races and much more…all free.  Check here for a schedule of events.

    Unionville hosts a Little Oktoberfest.  There will be entertainment and rides on a double decker bus.  Don’t forget to feed the ducks at the pond at the end of the street.

    Great Pumpkin Fests are taking place at our favourite farms:

    Whittamore’s Farm (love the pumpkin show).

    Downey’s Farm (a sea of pumpkin makes for great photo opportunities).

    Southbrook Farms (great pies and desserts…)

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  22. Foogo Products On Sale

    I love Foogo.  These Thermos insulated products are made to keep contents hot or cold for hours.  Stainless steel, they are BPA-free, light weight, durable and dishwasher safe.  There is a cup for every stage.  The food jars are great for school or outings.  The straw cups have great lids.  These normally cost between $16-$20.  Until Thursday, you can find them at Toys R Us for $9.99.  A set also makes a great gift for a toddler who has enough toys!

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals.

  23. Toys R Us Deals

    Nothing makes kids happier than Play-Doh.  It keeps them occupied, their imagination going, and it’s a really relaxing after-school activity.  It’s also something they can do at the table while you prep dinner.  This week, all $19.99 Play-Doh sets are half price!  Stock up for Winter.

    Posted in Deals.

  24. Children’s Place Coupon

    Ugh.  So hard to change seasons.  Such mixed feelings about kids growing out of their clothes too.  Do you know that The Boy has been wearing sandals with socks to school because a) Like his mom, he is finding it hard to let go of summer, b)  He needed new sneakers and his mama didn’t take him shoe shopping till yesterday…  Anyhow, this coupon comes in really handy now when the kids need lots of new things.

    Posted in Coupons.

  25. Gap Coupon

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