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  1. Outdoor Movies

    Outdoor movies are just plain fun.  Lawn chairs, blankets, summer.  Below are some options for free flicks around the city to enjoy with your family.

    Downsview Park (Fridays) Great family movies.  The Lorax is playing tomorrow and E.T. later in July!

    Riverdale Park East (select Sundays, all PG)

    Yonge – Dundas Square (Tuesdays…more suitable for mom and dad)

    Harbourfront (Wednesdays)

    David Pecaut Square (Wednesdays)

    Polson Pier offers drive-in movies @ $25 per carload.


    Posted in Activities & Events.

  2. Gap Factory Outlet Coupon

    I think this works out to almost free…


    Posted in Coupons, sale.

  3. Organic: To buy or not to buy?

    As I walk down the aisles at the supermarket, the organic section makes me uncomfortable.  I don’t know if to buy organic.  In life, I gravitate towards an  “all or none” approach…so if I buy organic fruits, do I also switch to organic meats?  If I don’t buy organic, does it mean that I don’t care enough about the health of my family?  If my kids eat organic fruits, will the benefits get canceled out by the radiating antenna in my neighbourhood?  All these questions run through my mind and I don’t really know what to do because toxins come at us from so many places and we can not protect our children from everything.

    I did receive a helpful list last week from EWG*.  It is a shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce and it outlines which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.  I know that I can reduce my family’s exposure to pesticides by using this list if I don’t want to go “all the way”.

    *EWG is the Environmental Working Group and somehow, I got on their mailing list and they send me all kinds of scary information about toxins.  It’s a good thing they are trying to do.  They are not out to make me crazy.  The non-profit organization has two important  goals:

    1. To protect the most vulnerable segments of the human population children, babies, and infants in the womb from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.

    2. To replace federal policies, including government subsidies that damage the environment and natural resources, with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development.

    It’s all good (what they are doing) and bad (the world).

    Posted in Useful Info.

  4. Mexx Mega Sale

    Posted in sale.

  5. Mabel’s Labels: 10% off Camp Combo

    Posted in Deals.

  6. 30% off K’Nex

    At Mastermind Toys until June 26th.

    Posted in Deals.

  7. ShoeZooz!

    How cute is this idea?  And so useful for little ones who are eager to put on their own shoes!  Check out Peachy Buy’s incredible deal today.  Only $12 for 9 pairs of stickers.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals.

  8. West Elm: Table & Chairs

    I have long admired this table and chairs from West Elm and now the price is right!  The table is $125 (was $205) and each chair is $32 (down from $62).  You will probably have to call the store to order because some items don’t ship to Canada.

    Posted in Decor, sale.

  9. Mother’s Day Ideas

    I love these engraved spoons.  Just ordered one for my mom.  $12 + at this Etsy shop.



    $70 at this Etsy shop.

    Posted in Ideas.

  10. My First App!


    I am always on the lookout for great apps for kids.  The Toddler spends a lot of time confiscating my phone or iPad for his own use.  Sometimes, I even give him my phone voluntarily to keep him occupied (can you believe it???).  Then I experience iGuilt when I catch him playing Zombies or watching Dora in Russian on You Tube.

    Let me declare that I think I have found the best apps for kids.  Highly educational and fun.  My First App are classified according to age (starting at 18 months) and each helps your child develop an important skill.  The user interface is great and the graphics are bright and crisp.  My toddler is busy building and matching and my 6 yr. old is using a matrix!  They love it and I feel so good about them using these apps.

    Check out the website for more info.

    Posted in Cool Products, Useful Info.

  11. Sesame Street Live!

    Sesame Street Live  is playing next weekend at the Rogers Centre!  Imagine taking your little ones to this high-energy musical with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more of their favourite characters.    There will be lots of singing, dancing and audience participation…your kids will love it.

    Peachy Buy is offering discounted tickets ($20 instead of $30) for two shows on Friday, May 4th and the morning show on Saturday, May 5th.  Check out the details on their website.  Only one day left to take advantage of this deal!



    Posted in Activities & Events, Coupons, Deals.

  12. Mastermind Toys Coupon

    Valid April 19th – 22nd.


    Posted in Coupons.

  13. 30% off @ Mexx

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  14. What’s open?


    Here’s a list of what’s open and closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday:

    Grocery stores:

    • Most will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday


    • Closed all weekend

    Schools and government offices:

    • Closed for the entire weekend
    • No mail collection or delivery from Good Friday through to Easter Monday.
    • Toronto Public Library – all branches will be closed Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

    LCBO – closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday (some open Easter Monday with modified hours).

    Beer Store– closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, open Easter Monday


    • Toronto Eaton Centre – Open Good Friday, closed Easter Saturday
    • Pacific Mall – Open all weekend
    • Square One – Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday
    • Art Gallery of Ontario – Open Good Friday and Saturday, closed Easter Sunday and Easter Monday


    • TTC will run on a holiday schedule on Good Friday
    • GO Transit will run on a Sunday schedule on Good Friday


    • Royal Ontario Museum – Open all weekend
    • Ontario Science Centre – Open all weekend
    • Toronto Zoo – Open all weekend
    • CN Tower – Open all weekend


    Thanks for this comprehensive list.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  15. H & M 20% off Coupon!

    Finding an H & M coupon is like finding….gold.  Valid until April 8th.  Click to print your copy.


    Posted in Coupons.

  16. Children’s Place Coupon

    Valid through April 1, 2012!

    Posted in Coupons.

  17. 10% off @ You Name It Baby

    This sale is on until Friday, March30th.  Check out the website for incredible personalized gifts.  The lunch bags have always been my personal favourite.


    Posted in Cool Products, sale.

  18. Mastermind Toys Coupon

    Posted in Coupons.

  19. Organize your kitchen!

    Spring brings on that urge to get the house in order.  My pantry can sustain the whole neighbourhood.  Time to organize…



    Posted in Deals.

  20. A Mamapicks Favourite: JIAE Boutique

    My all-time best go-to for gifts for little girls is JIAE Boutique (pronounced Jiya), where everything is personalized with bling.  Little girls are always thrilled to see their name on something…and the more sparkle, the better.  I love the hairbands, tutu skirts, tanks and other accessories.  I also love making my order online/by phone and picking up my gift in Thornhill.  So easy!  Check out the website for gift options for the whole family (boys too…).

    PeachyBuy is now offering a special  coupon for JIAE  goodies.  You have until the end of the day to take advantage of that.  Mamapicks is also excited to have one personalized hairband with gorgeous flower to  GIVE AWAY!  All you have to do is go to JIAE’s Facebook page and click Like…and drop me a note with the name you would like on your hairband.  The 5th person to write in will be the lucky winner!

    Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Cool Products, Gifts, Personalized.

  21. Inside a Toddler’s Brain…

    This infographic explains how your toddler is just as nuts as anyone else’s toddler.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  22. Is your child’s behaviour normal?

    I don’t know.  But you are here, so scroll down and read about a sale or a rubber giraffe.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  23. Party Packagers Coupons

    I am starting to prepare for The Boy’s 6th birthday party.  A trip to Party Packagers is in order because this year, I am not making my own loot bags.  And you know what?  No one is going to care and I am going to save so much time 🙂  These coupons are great.  Valid until March 17th.

    Posted in Coupons.

  24. Gymboree – 30% off

    Sale on now…

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  25. 30% off at the Gap

    Spring is in the air and there are new colours at the Gap…and 30% off until March 11th!

    Posted in sale.