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  1. Simply Colors Promo Code

    Kids love personalized clothing…and really, don’t we all like something personal that we don’t have to return at the Gap?  Check out Simply Colors and enjoy their wonderful selection of kids clothes (…and now adult sizes available too!).  Enter code mamapicks for free shipping on your order.

    Posted in Gifts, Personalized.

  2. Best Mabel’s Labels Deal (Ever)

    I know I have enough Mabel’s Labels to last my kids another couple of years but…  I just think they are so useful that I will have to get more and will have to get some for gifts ahead of time too.  This deal is just too grand to pass up.  See combo packs, tag matesmamacards here.

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, Personalized.

  3. Free Printable Holiday Note Cards!

    Just in time for the holidays, Hazelbug has kindly sent this link for free holiday cards.  Aren’t they beautiful?  Check out her lovely blog and graphic work.  Thanks, Hazelbug!

    Posted in Free, Gifts, Holiday Goods.

  4. Daily Deals

    The Groupon phenomenon is sweeping the world and new websites are popping up, offering you incredible savings daily.  I love waking up to an inbox full of deals, it’s so exciting.  I have actually bought and used quite a few vouchers for restaurants and others.  Today, I got 3 free Gymboree classes from PeachyBuy before getting dressed…now that’s what I call a productive morning!

    For all of you looking for great gifts – these deals make for impressive ones that would normally be beyond your budget.  For example, Dealfind is offering a 1hr. massage + manicure & pedicure at a local salon spa for $39.  Who wouldn’t love that?

    Here are my favourites.  It’s simple, just sign up.

    Peachybuy (for moms!)

    Groupon

    Dealfind

    Dealticker

    Fabfind

    Livingsocial

    Sharingforce

    Posted in Coupons, Deals, Useful Info.

  5. What to do this weekend…Nov. 27th & 28th

    Downsview Park’s Drive Through Trail of Lights is opening this Friday!  We missed this last year due to early bedtimes…but this year, we are ready!  Click here for more information, and a weekly schedule.  Don’t forget to get hot chocolate and donuts on the way 🙂

    Sunnybrook Foundation is hosting Toronto’s Family Funfest at the Mertro Convention Centre this Sunday.

    Don’t miss award-winning illustrator and toy designer Gary Taxali as he signs his new children’s book This is Silly! (Scholastic Canada) and launches his new collection of retro toys at Indigo Manulife Centre on Saturday, November 27, 2010 – 2:00pm.  There will be complimentary snacks and refreshments at this free event.

    Go to the Shops on Donmills (Friday evening) and head to the Town Square for the second annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Santa and a few of his reindeer will be stopping by and there will a special performance by the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Jack Astors will be providing FREE Hot Chocolate to help you keep warm. Don’t miss this festive night sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

    Go to a Young People’s Concert (ages 5-12) and get to know the talented members of the Toronto Symphony and their instruments as they perform various solos. Featured in this concert is Vivaldi’s spectacular Concerto for Four Violins as well as Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition winner Blake Pouliot.  This concert takes place at Roy Thompson Hall (1:30 & 3:30 on Saturday).  Click here for tickets.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  6. Black Friday Deals @ Grand River Toys

    I am not a big online shopper but last year, I made a big gift order from Grand River Toys.  I love their selection, great sale prices and let’s face it…no one has to try on a toy for good measure.  Avoid line ups at Toys R Us and see a more creative selection tonight and tomorrow for Black Friday!

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, sale.

  7. Kitchen Stuff Plus Coupon

    With this coupon, pick one item and pay only $10!  A great choice of products…look at the 4 glass canisters, perfect for pasta!  Valid until Dec. 5th.  Click to print your copy.

    Posted in Coupons.

  8. Free: Martha Stewart Cookbook PDF

    This is a Thanksgiving cookbook…for our American friends.   I looked through the recipes and some are so great, good to have on file!  It’s free and it’s Martha.

    Posted in Free.

  9. 40% everything at Banana Republic (Factory Store)

    Posted in sale.

  10. Coupons!

    Lots of great Babies R Us coupons

    Posted in Coupons.

  11. 25% off Jackets at Olly’s

    Posted in sale.

  12. Children’s Place Coupon

    Valid until January 2nd.  Click to print your copy.

    Posted in Coupons.

  13. What to do this weekend…Nov.20th & 21st

    See the 15th annual Christmas Train Show (International Centre).   There will be over 50 displays and operating layouts all to do with toy trains.  Approximately 70,000 square feet of layouts, exhibits, clinics showing how to build layouts and scenery, toy trains, steam engines, videos, real roadania, photos, prints, books, apparel, Railway Historical Associations and Train Vendors of all kinds.  Here is a coupon.  If you are not into trains, don’t go 😉

    Annie is playing this weekend at the Vaughan City Playhouse in Thornhill.  Saturday and Sunday shows at 2pm.

    On Sunday, join Toronto’s annual Santa Claus Parade on Bloor & Christie.

    See the lighting ceremony in the Village of Yorkville (Cumberland & Bellair) on Saturday (5pm-6pm).

    Be a creative family…make a craft with your kids.  Check out Kids Craft Weekly for some great ideas.  I love this website for Winter fun at home.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  14. 25% off at Urban Barn

    The sale is currently on pillows, throws and rugs at Urban Barn.

    Posted in Uncategorized.

  15. 20% off Alli’s Originals

    If you like personalized jewelry, Alli’s Originals are for you.  Enter code HOLIDAY2010 for your discount!  Offer valid until Nov. 19th.

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, Personalized.

  16. 2011 Wonderland Passes

    Posted in Deals, Gifts.

  17. Free Nursing Covers

    Uddercovers is having another amazing promotion!  When you order one of their amazing nursing covers, you only pay for shipping.  Some people think that this is a scam…but it’s not.  I have ordered a few for gifts and use one myself.  The black one with white threading is great because it doesn’t stand out too much.  The size of the cover is generous and you can view your baby from the top easily.  Use promo code THANKSGIVING.  While supplies last.  The model above looks like she is holding her fallen boob…stupid photos but great deal.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals.

  18. Rogers Thanks You

    Rogers thanks you for all the time you spent on hold.  There are a few big prizes, but I think everyone gets a small prize (free video rental, temp. magazine subscription or phone cover).  The kids got a kick out of choosing the virtual gift box and giving it a virtual shake.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  19. What to do this weekend…Nov. 13th & 14th

    The Babytime Show is on this weekend.  If you are looking for baby gear, this is a great place to see everything.  If however, you are looking for family entertainment, last year there was hardly anything for kids to do (in the past there were lots of things!) and I was annoyed that we paid so much money to get in.  That being said, if you are looking for all of the up-and-coming baby products, it is great to see them all in one place!  Here is a coupon for the show.

    Buskertainment on Yonge St.  If the weather is as mild as it was all week, this could be fun!  New to Winter Magic this year, Buskertainment will run from November 12th through to December 19th.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2pm, walk throughout Downtown Yonge and stumble upon buskers of all kinds.  From caricature artists, to mimes, to stilt walkers, to illusionists – anything you can think of will be there.

    The Bata Shoe Museum is launching their third annual ‘Warm the Sole’ Sock Drive  – bring a new pair of socks to donate and your admission is free! Bring your children aged 3 to 9 over to the Museum to paint a mini-clog, try on shoes, and go on shoe hunt in the galleries.

    Miss Spider is playing at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  20. Restoration Hardware Tent

    I was looking through the Restoration Hardware catalogue and came about this amazing tent – it comes in pink and blue and makes for a perfect little hideout.  Personalization is only $6!  The tent is $150 but for the next four days, you can get 20% off!  See below.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals.

  21. 20% off at Restoration Hardware

    20% off all merchandise including catalog/online orders.  Some people don’t know that Restoration Hardware has a gorgeous line of furniture for babies and kids!  Valid Nov. 11-15th, use code FFE1001.

    Posted in Deals, Decor, sale.

  22. Mamapicks Newsletter, November 2010

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

    A Great Product and a Great Giveaway!

    Whenever I want to spend real quality time with my children, we bake together.  There are so many teachable moments in baking and such great conversation, followed by lovely anticipation for that sweet treat at the end.  Baking is especially fun and relaxing when you  are well-organized and have everything prepared…sort of like Martha Stewart.  The reality is that we are often not prepared enough to have a stress free creative activity with our kids.  That is why Mamapicks is really excited about Crafty Cooking Kits that are new to the Canadian market.

    Read more about the Crafty Baking Kit Giveaway!

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    What To Do This Weekend (Nov. 13th & 14th)

    The Babytime Show is on this weekend.  If you are looking for baby gear, this is a great place to see everything.  If however, you are looking for family entertainment, last year there was hardly anything for kids to do (in the past there were lots of things!) and I was annoyed that we paid so much money to get in.  That being said, if you are looking for all of the up-and-coming baby products, it is great to see them all in one place!  Here is a coupon for the show.

    Buskertainment on Yonge St.  If the weather is as mild as it was all week, this could be fun!  New to Winter Magic this year, Buskertainment will run from November 12th through to December 19th.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2pm, walk throughout Downtown Yonge and stumble upon buskers of all kinds.  From caricature artists, to mimes, to stilt walkers, to illusionists – anything you can think of will be there.

    The Bata Shoe Museum is launching their third annual ‘Warm the Sole’ Sock Drive  – bring a new pair of socks to donate and your admission is free! Bring your children aged 3 to 9 over to the Museum to paint a mini-clog, try on shoes, and go on shoe hunt in the galleries.

    Miss Spider is playing at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

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

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    30% off at the Gap!

    Print your coupon here.

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    Eynat Don Photography & Mamapicks Exclusive

    Eynat Don is the incredible photographer of the above photos.  I met her this past Spring when she invited me over for tea and a shoot of myself and my newborn baby boy.  I was thrilled because I didn’t have any professional photos of my other kids when they were infants…and I was already well aware of how those precious few months of infancy go by in a blink.

    Eynat’s studio is in her home and she works wonders there,  capturing spontaneous moments that are intimate and so real – you can almost relive them.  Isn’t that what good photos are all about?  She made me feel comfortable and I fell in love instantly with her warm and quirky personality.  She was 9 months pregnant then and climbing chairs and tables…anything for a good shot.

    Read more…

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    Joe Fresh Coupons

    3 great coupons to print!

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    Best Resorts for Families!

    A great list put together by vacationstogo.com!

    In Jamaica, Franklyn D. Resort was made for families with young children. Guests are assigned a “vacation nanny” who will look after the kids. This service is complimentary from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. and evening babysitting is available for a fee of $6 per hour.

    The Beaches resorts in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos also are designed to please young guests. Little ones can meet favorite Sesame Street characters and older kids can join scavenger hunts, hang out at the soda bars, play Xbox games or enjoy karaoke nights at their own club. There’s also a nursery for tots up to 23 months old.

    Read the rest of the list…

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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.

  23. Bath & Body Works Special (Nov. 11th only)

    Posted in Deals.

  24. Gap, Old Navy, BR: 30% off coupon

    Just in time!  This coupon knew I was waiting for it.  Also valid at the Gap Outlet Store.  Click to print your coupon.

    Posted in Coupons.

  25. Incredible Baking Kits Giveaway!

    Whenever I want to spend real quality time with my children, we bake together.  There are so many teachable moments in baking and such great conversation, followed by lovely anticipation for that sweet treat at the end.  Baking is especially fun and relaxing when you  are well-organized and have everything prepared…sort of like Martha Stewart.  The reality is that we are often not prepared enough to have a stress free creative activity with our kids.  That is why Mamapicks is really excited about Crafty Cooking Kits that are new to the Canadian market.  They include EVERYTHING you need to bake with your kids.  All you add is eggs,water and oil.

    Last week,  Saturday morning was chilly and wake-up time was the usual inhumane 6am.  By 10am, we were going a little nuts with The Boy (4.5) and The Girl (3).  We needed something great to do with the kids and decided to try out the Paint Your Own Animals Cookie Kit.  The kit included everything from the cookie mix to the icing mix and brushes for the kids to paint with.  Instructions were simple and the baking experience was so contained and stress-free.  My kids measured, talked, painted, cooperated, tasted…  We all had so much fun and then enjoyed the cookie creations together.  It made me think that the baking kits are also great for playdates and get-togethers where you need an activity to keep the kids busy.  A real must-have for your pantry.  The deluxe kits have up to 12 pieces, perfect for a birthday party.  Nut-free and kosher kits are available too.

    Me, Myself and Us is the Canadian distributor of the kits.  You can check out the product line on their website.  They are giving away two Crafty Baking Kits to three lucky Mamapicks readers! To win, become a fan on their Facebook page.  Here, you will find information about retail stores that carry the kits.  Write to Mamapicks to let me know which location is closest to where you live.  The first three people to write in will receive a package containing two amazing Crafty Baking Kits! (Please note packages must be picked up).  Good Luck!

    Posted in Activities & Events, Contests & Giveaways, Cool Products.