The Teething Egg Review + Giveaway


I few months ago, I was sent a new teething toy for Lily to try, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! She has been doing some hard core teething lately, and has been gnawing on anything and everything! The Teething Egg is a unique teething toy that I had never heard of before I was sent one to try. It is a smooth egg-shaped teether, that is firm yet has a bit of give to it for chewing.



Let me share the things that I love about the Teething Egg:

  1. It’s the perfect size for little hands and mouth! Lily can hold it and roll it around in her hands while chomping away.
  2. It has a clip attached! Lily likes to throw things like she’s a Blue Jay in the playoffs, and with the clip I can attach it to her shirt to prevent it flying across the room or out of the stroller. Less throwing = less germs! The clip is really easy to use, and can be unclipped and clipped with one hand.
  3. It comes in so many cute colours, and the tether is an adorable chevron pattern! Because, obviously, the look of a toy is of uber importance. You can get the egg in mint green, pink, yellow, and baby blue.
  4. It’s safe! It is BPA free, Phthalate free, lead free, and PVC-free.
  5. It actually helps! There have been times since I’ve received it when I’ve passed it to Lily in the car when she’s fussy and she will settle right down when she starts chewing away on it. I know she was doing some good chomping because I can see tons of teeth marks on it when she’s done with it!
  6. You can throw it in the fridge to cool it down to help soothe sore gums.edit1



And now to the exciting part! One of you lucky mommas is getting a chance to win your own Teething Egg! I have one Teething Egg that will find a new home with one of you lucky readers! Just head over to my Facebook page, and let me know who in your life needs a little teething relief!


You can check out The Teething Egg on their website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

The Tired Mom’s Guide To Skin Care with Vichy


I am almost ashamed to admit it, but…I used to skip washing my face at night, but had no problem complaining about how gross my skin has gotten. Puffy eyes, dark circles, fine lines around my eyes, and dull, lifeless skin. And before you start telling me how important it is to take your makeup off and wash your face every night, I totally know that already. But when I’m faced with “take care of you and your skin before bed” or “your head could be on that pillow in under 3o seconds”, I opt for sleep every time. My lack of skin care is not helping the fact that I’m (GULP) in my thirties, and starting to worry about wrinkles and lines. The lack of sleep situation is working against me as well.

And then I had the chance to try a few of Vichy’s new skincare products, which I feel are made for tired moms. They sent me three products to try together and mommas, let me tell you – they are the skincare dream team.


Let me take a moment to introduce you to my new best friends!

First up is the Purete Thermale One Step Cleansing 3-in-1 Micellar Solution. If I’m being honest, I was more than a little sceptical of this one, as it is supposed to be a cleanser, toner and eye-makeup remover in one. I thought “uh-huh. Sure. Won’t be putting away my makeup remover just yet.” But guys, for real – this stuff really does do it all! I just pour a bit on a cotton ball, clean off my eye makeup, and then do a second one for the rest of my face. If I have a LOT of makeup one (you know, for the rare times I have a social event that requires full makeup), I will use my eye makeup remover first but still do a secondary clean with the micellar solution. After I cleanse with it, my skin is super soft, and isn’t all tight and dry, like after using some toners. Another bonus for anyone with sensitive skin – no scent!


Next up is the Vichy Idealia Eyes. I was first intrigued by the tube – the cream comes in a little tube with a little silicon applicator. You squeeze a bit onto the applicator and then brush it under your eyes, and up into your crows feet, if you have them like I do. I actually saw a difference almost immediately with this eye cream. The dark circles under my eyes lessened, became less puffy, and looked much brighter overall. Even my husband noticed a difference! I will say that the applicator takes some practice to get just right. At first I found it pulled the skin a bit, or I put too much cream on and it didn’t sink in right away. Once I got the hang of getting the perfect amount of cream on, I can have both eyes done in under a minute. Now I put it on quickly, it doesn’t pull the delicate skin around my eye, and the cream absorbs very quickly. My fine lines are unfortunately still there (I don’t think anything will get rid of them short of Botox – but hey, maybe that’s another blog post for another day), but regular usage of the cream definitely lightened them so they’re not as noticeable.


The last step in my new skincare regimen is the Vichy Idealia Day Care Cream. I started using this cream every morning. I first fell in love with the pretty pink jar, but then I also began to adore the stuff inside! It is a light moisturizing cream that hydrates your skin but isn’t sticky or greasy. I can put it on and start putting makeup on right after. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soft every day!


Overall, I found that the using all three products together made a tremendous difference in my skin, and makes me feel better about dragging my tired butt out of the house every day. My fine lines have lessened, my skin has lost that dull appearance, and looks brighter and more refreshed. My eyes are less puffy, my dark circles have gone down. And the best part about it? The whole routine only takes a few minutes before bed. Seriously. I’m in and out of my bathroom in under three minutes with soft, clean skin. Who doesn’t want that?


My Breastfeeding Journey with Medela + 8 Essential Tips for Pumping

*Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Medela Canada and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. However, the opinions expressed on this blog and my love for Medela is my own!*

As you may have guessed from previous posts, I am a big advocate of breastfeeding (but I understand it is not for everyone, and not everyone is able to successfully breastfeed – the most important thing is that your baby gets fed, no matter how you do it!). As a mom that has successfully breastfed two kids (with one still on the go!), I feel like I have a little bit of advice to share. New moms can be overwhelmed with all the information and (often unwanted) bits of advice from friends, family, acquaintances, coworkers, and even strangers. When Lily was a newborn, an elderly woman came over to me at a restaurant and started cooing over just how adorable and beautiful Lily was…and then reached over, patted my boob and asked “Has she taken well to breastfeeding?” She’s lucky that I was just too tired to react before she walked away. But, I digress. Back to the issue at hand.


When I started breastfeeding Andrew, it was anything but easy. I had a low supply, and he had a terrible latch, which made feeding a nightmare. I’ll spare you the details, and just say that it wasn’t pretty, and it was pretty painful. I wasn’t ready to let go of breastfeeding, so I had a lactation consultant come in to work with us, and the first thing she told me was that I had to pump, and I had to have a good pump. I started a routine of pumping for 15 minutes on each side after every feed. Yeah – that’s a lot of time pumping. I seriously could not have fought through that without a double electric pump. To all you new moms and moms-to-be that are going to be breastfeeding: if there is one thing not to scrimp on, it’s the pump. The Medela Freestyle double electric pump is a lifesaver. To begin with, it saves time – you can pump both sides at once, getting it done in half the time – which means you get back to your nap (or baby snuggles) even faster. The Medela Freestyle is the most popular Medela pump for a reason – it uses Medela’s patented 2-Phase expression technology, scientifically proven to produce more milk in less time, and it is specifically designed for frequent, daily-use, which can help grow your milk supply if you’re lacking in that area like I was!


Because I pumped after EVERY feed for weeks on end, and refused to stay home all day every day, I had to pump on the run. I have seriously pumped anywhere and everywhere – I even pumped one day at the spa in the bathroom between spa treatments. This is another instance where the Freestyle pump saved me – you can totally pump on the run. It has a built-in, rechargeable battery that can be used for 3 hours of pumping! My pump has come to the cottage, to the spa, to friends’ houses, to holiday get-togethers…you name it, I’ve brought it! The portability is a huge selling feature – it is small enough to throw in your diaper bag, and it also comes with a compact cooler and ice pack that is designed to perfectly fit 4 bottles.


After my struggles with breastfeeding and pumping, I feel like I have a bit of wisdom to share…so for all you nursing/pumping moms and moms-to-be, I give you my 7 Essential Tips for Moms when Pumping:

  1. Get comfy: you’re going to be there awhile. Rest on some pillows, put on the tv, and put baby somewhere they will be safe and happy (or, as happy as they can be when not being held!)
  2. Buy yourself some big cups and put them everywhere you will be pumping and breastfeeding. When nursing or pumping, I often found that I would be completely fine, and suddenly become as parched as the Sahara. Drinking tons of water is essential when breastfeeding or pumping!
  3. Nursing cover – if you need to pump or feed somewhere not-so-private, a nursing cover is great to keep your tatas hidden away!
  4. Get yourself a sterilizer. I had an electric steam sterilizer, and I use it constantly when pumping. Between all the parts and bottles, my sterilizer is on rotation.
  5. A good pump is worth every penny. You can boost your supply, cut down on pumping time, and stash away breastmilk in the freezer. The Medela Freestyle pump is hands down worth it!
  6. If it hurts to pump, something isn’t right. Uncomfortable, maybe. But definitely not painful. Look into other options if you are in pain when pumping – it was painful when I first started pumping, and after a bit of experimenting, I realized that the flanges that came with the pump weren’t the right size for me.
  7. All in one systems save a ton of time. If you can pump right into the bottles or breastmilk storage bags that you will be using, you don’t waste time transferring milk into other containers (or risk spilling it!), and you have less stuff to wash. That’s a win for any mom.
  8. The Freestyle comes with straps that attaches the pump to your bra for hands-free pumping…but if for some reason you don’t have them, invest in a cheap sports bra for pumping. Now, I know some women can stick the pump on and go hands-free with just the pump, but if you’re a bustier gal like me, you may not find it that comfortable. There are specific pumping bras out there that you can buy, but you can just buy a cheap sports bra, cut little holes in the front and stick the pump. Just like that, you have 15 minutes hands free!


The major bonus that all you new moms will come to love about pumping (because let’s be honest, it’s not exactly a fun experience) is that it gives you FREEDOM! That’s right moms. That breastmilk you’re pumping out is liquid gold. That little bottle gives you a few hours to yourself, to spend however you please. You can go party with your friends, go to a movie by yourself with no little people attached, shop without a stroller…or if you’re like me, you’ll just wander around Target or Walmart.


For those of you new moms who are actually aware and rested to have a functioning brain, you might be happy to know that all of the pump parts that actually touch the breastmilk are made without BPA, DEHP, and other phthalates.

It sounds so cliché, but Medela played a huge role in my success in breastfeeding, including their Calma Feeding System…but more on that in the next post!


Change is on the Horizon

As some of you may have noticed, I was a little absent from my blog the past month – but I promise it was for a good reason! I recently accepted a new job starting in September, and took most of August to spend as much time as I could with my little ones before starting school, daycare, and work…all in one week. Needless to say, we are in for a lot of change this coming week.


We’re big on group selfies around here

August has been full of emotion for me. Just the choice to go back to work has been a big one, and it didn’t happen without a lot of thought and consideration. I have always been torn between staying at home with my kids and going back to work. I love being with my kids more than anything, but for me, there was so much more to it. Other than the obvious financial benefits of a dual-income household, there were a few other big issues going through my mind.


Soaking up the end of summer at the waterfront

I love my profession. I’ve never really written about my work on my blog, but I am a social worker. Over the years, I have worked with kids and their families in different capacities, and I truly love what I do. I consider myself so fortunate to be in a profession where you often get the warm fuzzies at work, and see heartwarming stories of success. But to me, it is more than that. I have worked so hard over the years to get to where I am (not to mention the years of schooling!), and being a social worker is a big part of me. It is a huge part of my identity, and it is something that I am incredibly proud of. I know that as much as I love being with my kids, giving up that part of me isn’t something that I am ready to do.


Another big factor in returning to the workforce is that (and please don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me-hear me out!) I truly believe that daycare played a huge role in preparing Andrew for school. I’m not putting down stay-at-home mamas at all, all kids are different – but for me and Andrew, it was definitely the right choice. He needed the time away from me to learn to be him and he flourished socially and intellectually at his daycare centre. With that being said, I had the best of both worlds. After I had Andrew, I only went back to work for a few days a week, so he had the benefits of the daycare centre and we both had the luxury of extra time together just the two of us to explore, play and learn together. I believe that daycare has been an amazing experience for him.


Lily has started phasing into daycare to prepare for next week when she starts full-time, and unfortunately has not gone as smoothly as I had hoped. This is my first time having a child in daycare full-time, and I have experienced a tremendous amount of guilt, although I know I’m lucky to have spent the extra time at home with her (Lily is 14 months now). With that being said, I have confidence in the daycare staff. I trust that they are going to do an amazing job getting her settled, just like they did with Andrew. I feel bad for Lily, and I feel bad that her teachers (and probably everyone else in the building) is going to have to listen to my little angry bird Lily shrieking for the first couple of weeks. With that being said, the staff at the daycare are absolutely phenomenal – I don’t have enough words to write how grateful I am for the love and patience they showed Andrew over the past few years. I was in tears on his last day – I don’t think those wonderful women know just what a big impact they have had on our family.


My decision is not without anxiety, guilt or worry. Far from it. Every day I have been worrying about everyone in our household – What if Andrew is scared and lost when he starts kindergarten? What if Lily is miserable and hates daycare? What if Ryan feel overwhelmed when he needs to take on more things around the house when I’m working? What if I regret my decision and would rather be at home with my kids? The worries are endless, but I’m slowly learning that these worries can help make me a better mom. I can prepare myself and my kids for different outcomes. They can become a little more independent and experience new things that I can’t teach them. They will be exposed to new people, things, and concepts every day.


Thankfully Ryan has taken next week off to help us all transition into this next phase in our lives – Andrew is starting a new daycare and starts junior kindergarten, Lily starts at her daycare, and I start a new job. I am so overwhelmed with emotion and anxiety (and there have been enough tears to flood the Sahara) about all there is to come, but I know in my heart that I have made the best decision for my family and I. As I’m writing this now, I have begun to cry, so I know it’s time to wrap up this novel of a post. Change is hard, but change can be good. Somehow my sweet babies have started to grow and it is time for momma to give them a little push to spread their wings. Time to fly my sweet babies!

Last-Minute Summer Planning with Groupon

*This is a sponsored post , however all opinions and love for Groupon are my own!*

Somehow, it’s already August and the end of summer is too close for comfort. Am I the only one that looks back and wonders where the time went? I always have these big ideas about all the things I want to do and places I want to see with the kids in the summer.

So…now here I am, trying to cram as much fun as I can into the last few weeks of summer before school and work start up. An easy way to start planning and looking for places to go is with Groupon!

I’ve been using Groupon for years, and it’s always been a great place to buy products, and find great deals for local attractions, restaurants, spas and getaways. Not only is it a great way to save, but you can easily discover new places to visit locally that you’ve never heard of before! I’ve discovered quite a few new restaurants through Groupon, simply because it looked like a great deal so I decided to try it. They always have new deals, so make sure you check back often to see what they have added. As an added bonus, if you sign up for their emails, you can get new deals emailed to you daily, and they often send discount codes to save even more money!
The website is really easy to use, and you can quickly browse and sort through the different categories to see what is available in your city. I really can’t emphasize enough how great the deals are on local attractions – I’ve used it SO many times. We’ve even bought tickets before to see the Wiggles when they were here! Andrew was Wiggles-obsessed at the time, so he was thrilled to see them and Budget Master was pretty impressed with the killer deal I got!

Pop over and check out Groupon Things to Do to see what is available near you to cram in some last minute summer planning, and visit them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Project Stand For Love

You guys! I am seriously one proud momma over here – my son literally brought happy tears to my eyes! Let me back up a bit and give you a bit of background….

A few weeks ago, in the wake of all the tragedies across the world, Bethanie from The Garcia Diaries started a new movement called Project Stand For Love. She voiced what many of us moms are currently feeling – with all the terror, the tragedies, and the sadness surrounding us, how are we supposed to raise children in this world? How can we cope as mothers? How can we fight back? The answer is simple. By spreading love and kindness. By teaching our children that love will always win. That love is the most powerful thing out there.

She asked some of us bloggers to print out a little note that she created, and use it when executing an act of kindness. The goal is to spread kindness, hope and love, hopefully that person will pay it forward.

I took this as an amazing opportunity to teach Andrew (who just turned 4) about kindess to others and giving back to our community.

I began with a few small things right in my own neighbourhood. I left freshly picked raspberries on a neighbour’s doorstep. Next, I took homemade cupcakes to a new mom on my street. I explained to Andrew in very simple terms what I was doing and why.


A few days later, I asked Andrew if he would like to bake some cookies to take to the local firestation, police station, and EMS station. He was thrilled with the idea, and we spent the afternoon baking cookies, packaging them up, and making thank you cards.


Our homemade thank you cards


Andrew excited and ready to go with his bag of treats

We invited his cousins to come along with us on our little adventure, and we couldn’t have asked for a better reception at each visit. The paramedics spent time chatting with the kids, giving them little ambulance cars to take home and offered to take them in the trucks. The police officers thanked them and assured Andrew that he would share with all the other officers. The firefighters took all the kids in each of the trucks, gave them firefighter hats to take home (with the option of pink hats as well!), and showed them the jaws of life. The kids had a blast, which made me happy…but I wasn’t sure if Andrew really ‘got it.’ Did he really understand why we were doing this?

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That brings me to the point of this post. We were driving home from a morning outing a few days ago, and Andrew and I had an interesting conversation:

Andrew: Mommy, it’s really hot out.

Me: Sure is, buddy.

Andrew: Do you remember when took cookies and cards to the firefighters and paramedics and policemen?

Me: Yup.

Andrew: Maybe we could give the garbage man some cookies and water because it’s so hot out. I bet he would like that.

Annnnnnnd cue the tears. I could not have been more proud of my little man. For real.

So, we rushed home and made cards and got bottles of water ready to go, because I had no flipping clue what time the recycling and garbage got picked up. Then, we headed outside to wait. I had no idea how long we would have to wait in the blistering heat, but gosh darn it, I would wait however long it took for him to finish his own act of kindness. He stood there eagerly waiting with the card and bottles of water with a huge smile on his face.


Eagerly waiting for him to get to our house

Thankfully, karma was on our side and the recycling truck pulled up in less than two minutes. The “recycle man” as Andrew called him, was visibly shocked when Andrew shyly handed over the water and card and told him it was hot and he thought he might like them. And you know what? Kindness really does breed kindness. After he put the water and card in his truck, he picked up our recycling bins and said gruffly, “Let me get these for you” and carried them up to our garage. Kindness makes the world a better place. I think we brightened each others day.


To learn more about Project Stand For Love, check out the hashtag (#projectstandforlove) on Instagram, and pop over to The Garcia Diaries to get the free printable and join in this amazing movement.

Healthy Eating Meal Delivery with Miss Fresh + Discount Code

In most aspects of my life, I’m a planner, and meal prep and planning is no different! At the beginning of every week I sit down to plan the meals for the week and make my grocery list. Hands down, the worst part isn’t grocery shopping with kids in tow or cooking every night, but actually deciding what to make. It takes a lot of effort to make fresh, healthy meals for a family every night. That’s why I was thrilled to try out Miss Fresh, a new meal delivery service that simplifies every step of the meal planning process.

Miss Fresh is a Canadian company that aims to help people lead a healthier lifestyle by making it easy to eat delicious food at home. They really do simplify the meal planning process – you just go online and look through the menu for the following weeks, choose the meals you would like and the size.


For our first week, we chose the Mahi Mahi Burgers with Spicy Mayo, Lemony Chicken with Salsa Verde, and Lemony Broccoli Rabe with Sausages. As promised, the box of ingredients is delivered to your doorstep in an insulated box. One of our boxes was left out in the heat for a few hours before we got there, and everything was still cold inside when I got home! The first time we had ours delivered, the box came pretty late in the evening, after the advised time frame, but the second box we ordered came midday, within the time frame, and was delivered by UPS.


Along with the ingredients, you get a recipe page for each recipe with ingredients, and step-by-step instructions on the other side to follow along. Although you do have instructions, you do need to have basic kitchen skills to make the recipes. I felt a bit like a Masterchef contestant preparing the mahi mahi, as I’m not used to preparing fish. I love having the recipes so I can repeat the yummy ones on my own!



All the ingredients are divided up by recipe and labelled to make it really easy when it’s time to prep. I have a particular fondness for teeny tiny things, and the bitty bottles that some of the ingredients came in make me strangely happy!





The days I tried Miss Fresh made meal prep so easy – not a lot of time spent trying to plan and prep meals, and we ended up with meals that were healthy and yummy – food I was happy to serve my family.

The first meal we tried was the mahi mahi burgers – I am happy to report that the entire family ate the burgers, even Lily!


Next up was the Lemony Broccoli Rabe with Sausage – another hit with the family. It was super easy to prepare, and very quick from start to table.


Last up in this delivery was the Lemony Chicken with Salsa Verde. I wasn’t sure how the kids would feel about it, since the salsa verde was made with anchovies and capers, among other things – but Lily actually ate it plain with a spoon. Everyone polished off the chicken in no time!

My top reasons for loving all over Miss Fresh?

  • Easy – you just pick your meals online, and the ingredients and recipes are delivered right to you.
  • All the meals can be made in under 30 minutes (perfect for when I go back to work!)
  • The meals are healthy, and use flavours that are a little different so it encourages the whole family to try some new flavors
  • The meals are more upscale for a meal delivery service (have you ever seen mahi mahi on the other sites?)
  • All the seasonings and herbs are fresh – I find it makes such a difference in cooking

There were only a few downfalls to Miss Fresh. The first was the portion size – they are probably appropriate portions, but if you have a big appetite you might find them on the small side. Secondly, it is intended to be used as a regular meal delivery service – meaning you have to enter your credit card number and the service keeps repeating until you cancel. With that being said, you can easily skip as many weeks as you want with no penalty – you just have to remember to do it! We skipped quite a few weeks and then I ordered another week of meals to try (Ryan’s favourite meal so far was in our second order – the pan seared beef and papaya salad. If you get the chance, give it a try!). I wish you had the option to just log in and order meals whenever you feel like it – instead you have to either keep skipping weeks or deactivate your account.

If you want to give Miss Fresh a try, you can hop over to their website and use promo code BRAWCRAW25 to get $25 off your first order!

You can also check out Miss Fresh on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.


Summer Road Trips with KidloLand + GIVEAWAY

I’m going to be a braggy mom right now, but…for the most part, my kids are pretty good in the car, which makes road trips pretty painless. I do plan ahead and pack lots of snacks and toys, along with Andrew’s tablet, which was a great investment for us! I am always on the hunt for new apps that will keep Andrew engaged for plane rides and road trips, so I was thrilled when KidloLand offered to let us try out their app. KidloLand is an app (available for iOS and Android via Google Play Store, iOS or Amazon Appstore). It’s designed for kids 5 and under, and has 300+ nursery rhymes, songs and 100+ educational activities. The app is free to download and you pay for different packages or you can purchase a yearly subscription that allows you access to all current and future packages (they’re constantly adding new content). This app was a huge mom-win for me for a few big reasons.

First reason it was a hit for me – BOTH my kids loved it! I had originally planned to download it for Andrew, as it is perfect for a pre-schooler but with all the music and bright colours, Lily loved it too! Being able to entertain both kids in the car at once? That’s what I call mommy heaven. Another great aspect of it is that it is educational! I don’t even think the kids know that they are learning. It introduces a number of concepts (such as sorting, sequencing, mazes, shapes) with bright and colourful activities while the kids are having fun.


Another bonus of KidloLand is that you can use it without internet, which is crucial for road trips! I love that I can play nursery rhymes and songs without the internet…because if I’m being honest, I don’t actually know the words to half the nursery rhymes out there and I have to Google them. Once you buy your subscription, you can download whichever games/activities you want and hit the road without worrying about ads – there are zero popups or ads in the game!


Quality of the app is great – bright, colourful, games and activities that are highly interactive. Kids can even touch the screen during songs for little pop ups and ways to interact. It is easy to navigate; Andrew had the hang of it within a few minutes.


Hands down, my favourite part of this app was the fact that it entertains multiple age ranges. Andrew loved the activities and some of the songs, and Lily was in awe of the nursery rhymes – she loved listening to the music and watching the animations.


You get serious bang for your buck with this app. I know it seems a little more expensive from the beginning if you are paying for a subscription as opposed to dropping a few dollars for an app, but there are SO many activities included in the app. I don’t even think we’ve gotten through all of them! You can download as many parts of the app as you want, and just delete the ones they don’t use. If your child gets bored easily, then this is the app for you. Andrew was more than happy to relax in his carseat on the road and jump from one activity to another while we were in the car. He loved all the choices he had, and could jump from listening to a song to doing a learning activity all within the same app (which meant I heard less of “Mommy! Mommy! I want a new game” which I appreciated).


If this app sounds like something you think your kids would love, then it’s your lucky day! FIVE lucky readers will win a 3-month subscription to KidloLand! It’s available on iOS or Android. Head to the Bawlers & Crawlers’ Facebook page and let me know on the pinned post who you would like to win the app for! (Contest is open to US and Canadian entrants, 18+ years of age.)

Legoland Toronto Visit + Giveaway!

I love hearing family stories, and stories of items being passed down from one generation to another. This past Christmas, Andrew inherited one of Ryan’s favourite toys from when he was a child – a huge Rubbermaid bin filled with Lego. Ryan’s mom kept his Lego from his childhood for all these years, and Ryan passed it onto Andrew at Christmas. It was Andrew’s first time with Lego, and he was a fan from the start. It is so sweet to see Ryan and Andrew bonding over the Lego. Over Christmas vacation, they spent hours building elaborate structures together. I knew at that moment that Legoland would be in our future!

When we had the opportunity to visit Legoland Toronto as a family, we jumped at the opportunity – we knew it would be an unforgettable day for Andrew, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We told him where we were going, and showed him a few pictures online, but I don’t think anything could have prepared him for the sight of it when we walked in.

Due to the fact that we were going on the weekend, we planned to arrive early, as I had heard that there were lineups to get in, and there was limited capacity. It does get busy early (there were lineups when we got there), but it is very organized, with lineups for seasons pass holders (now how much would Andrew love that?!), prepaid tickets, and a line to buy tickets.

Andrew’s head was spinning from the moment we got in line – the exterior of the store looks like it is built out of Lego, and there was lots to look at as we were waiting inside the store once they opened. Downfall of waiting in line is that it is inside the store – meaning I heard tons of “Mommy I want that!”

You follow a set path throughout most of Legoland, and as we were there early, it moved pretty well, although I wonder if it gets crowded at peak times. I was actually surprised that it wasn’t busier – on a Sunday morning. It might have something to do with the fact that entry is delayed, so only one group starts at a time. The design is actually pretty smart – your visit begins with a group photo before you enter, so you enter with peopleabout a minute ahead and behind you, so there aren’t mass crowds piling in at once. You can see your photo when you go inside – they are a little on the pricier side (smallest package is $18), but you can pick whatever background you choose as the photo is shot on a green screen.legoedit3

Once you do your photo, you go through the Lego Factory, where you can see how Lego is made, and see your height and weight in Lego bricks. Following from there you can do the Kingdom Quest ride, and look at Mini Town. That was my personal favorite – they have built some of the most well known areas and attractions from Toronto. It was pretty cool to see!


Once you get into the main area, there is SO much to do! Andrew and Ryan loved the Mini Racers, where you can build your own car and race it down different ramps. The cafe is there too, although we didn’t try it, as we went shopping and out for lunch afterwards (what can I say, if I’m at Vaughan Mills, I’m going to shop!). The Fire Training is great to burn energy – it’s a big play structure that is enclosed so kids can only get in/out through an entrance manned with staff.

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Another bonus was that once you get into the main area, it is pretty stroller-friendly. I had no problem navigating my Britax throughout Legoland. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of seating throughout, but we just plopped down on the floor a few times when we needed a break, and saw tons of other families doing the same thing. If you’re nursing a baby like I was, I found curling up on the ground outside the Fire Training was perfect, as I knew Andrew was contained and I could just relax while I nursed Lily.

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The one thing I loved the most about Legoland was that there is tons to do – there are bins of Lego and baseplates everywhere, so if Andrew had a creative urge, he could wander over and start building. The decor was great – Lego structures everywhere, there was even a Lego motorcycle that Andrew particularly liked.

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The rides were pretty fun as well, although there are only two, so I could see the lines getting long if it was really busy. I liked how interactive they were – in one you shoot at objects throughout the ride, and the other one you have to pedal to get your carriage in the air…so at least I got some cardio in while I was there! Andrew loved both rides.


The 3D movie was really fun – it’s not too long, and Andrew was pretty excited by it. A bonus is that the movie changes every fifteen minutes, so you could go more than once.

Next time I go, I would like to take advantage of the classes they offer. They happen fairly often in a classroom in the main area. It looked pretty cool and a few different classes are offered throughout the day. Maybe next time when Lily isn’t so little!

They even had a play area for little ones, Lily’s favourite part was the big foam Lego bricks, where she killed some energy crawling and climbing.

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The one thing that I didn’t like about Legoland was the passport that they sell when you buy your ticket. It is a lanyard with a booklet of Lego information with spots to collect stamps. We were told that you collect stamps at each Stamp Station throughout, and they get a reward if they got all the stamps. We figured the reward would be some type of Lego, like a Mini-Figure, but it was a little plastic badge to put on the lanyard. Andrew (and us to be honest) was pretty bummed about the prize. There was Lego trivia and activities to do within the passport, but Andrew was a little young for it. It might be fun for older kids to do, but not really worth it for a 3-year old.


All in all – a great way to spend the day as a family. Although it is all Lego-based, there is such a variety of activities that I’m sure it would entertain any kid!

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Ziggy Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets

So….I have this thing with baby blankets. I love them. I currently hoard them in Lily’s closet. I have way too many – I don’t even think I’ve used half of them. But I love them. They are always so pretty and soft, they smell like babies, and you can use them for everything!

When LaLune Naturals contacted me to send me a few of their Ziggy Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets, I was thrilled! I was even more excited when I got them because they are gorgeous! They sent me three blankets in gender neutral prints. Now, since having a daughter pretty much everything has been pink and sparkly, but I really did love the grey and white patterns on the blanekts for a change! They are clean and modern – there is a chevron print, a cross print, and an arrow print


The first thing you will notice when you take these out of the package is that they are SO soft. I just wanted to wrap myself up in them. They got even softer after being washed. They are the perfect summer blanket for babes, as they are very lightweight.


Another thing I noticed right away is the size of it – they are so big (48″ x 48″) that they make swaddling a breeze (as you may have guessed, Lily is not a huge fan of swaddling anymore, so I tested them on a friend’s baby). The size of them also means that they can be used for so many different things – everything in my life needs to multitask. I’ve used it as a blanket for her to play on, to cover her carseat in the sun, as a nursing cover (so lightweight that we’re not covered in the sweat by the end of it), and I can easily throw it over her in the summer to shield her from the sun without worrying about her overheating. The large size of the blanket also has me hopeful that she won’t outgrow it like her baby blankets. I’m hoping she can use it as a toddler – might be a good starter blanket when I’m ready to give her one (yup, that’s right, I’m one of those moms that is a real stickler for not having things in her crib. Her crib looks like a barren jail cell. Mattress, sheet, and that’s it!)

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the blankets, and the attention to detail. The edges are all finished nicely, with no loose threads or fabric coming apart. These blankets would make alovely gift for a shower, or for a mom-to-be to treat herself!

If you want to treat yourself or that new mom in your life, pop on over to Amazon to pick up a set!





*Although I was provided these items for free for review, all opinions are my own*