Archive for December, 2010
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Here’s a look at My Favorite Things! I’m no Oprah, but I am a mom and here are a few things that make my life easier. Use it as your own must haves or some great ideas for the Mom in your life.
On the web:
1.) Bubble Friends Forever – http://bubblefriendsforever.com/
Fun fun fun… all kinds of great products and ideas from a Calgary mom who has an amazing imagination! From Bubble Name bobbles (for your kids coats and to collect) to awesome backpacks and kids activities. There are ALL kinds of great Christmas gift ideas there. Unique and wonderful fun for your kids!
2.) Heritage Makers – http://www.getphotosmart.com
I CAN’T live without my pictures and memories. Maybe it all started when I lost all my pictures when I was a kid in a house fire. To me, “THINGS” aren’t as important as our memories. And what a better way to preserve your memories, than in an amazing keepsake book. I’ve made great photo books for the grandparents, a honeymoon book for my husband and yearly memory keepsakes for my boys. This is a MUST in my books!!!!
FREE FREE FREE:
3.) Family Fun Calgary – http://www.familyfuncalgary.com AND IT’S FREE!!!
EVERYTHING you need to know… This site was created by Melissa Vroon and Voula Martin, two Calgary women who have known each other a long time. One day, Melissa said to Voula, “Why isn’t there a website where you can go and find all the fun things to do in the city with the kids? Someone should make a site like that.” And Voula replied, “So why don’t we create it together? Thank you ladies for this GREAT site and reference guide for all parents!!
4.) Lite 96 Christmas Music – www.lite96.ca
Free free and free. Yes I know I work here… but it’ll put you in the Christmas spirit. It’s not always about just one song; it’s about what Christmas music means. It’s about the season it represents. Christmas. Christmas is about remembering your childhood and how excited you would get about the presents under the tree. Christmas is about going to church with your parents to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to listen to your dad sing… as bad as he was… It’s also about remembering loved ones who have gone before us. It may bring a tear to your eye, but in loving memory.
5.) Portable North Pole – Go to http://www.portablenorthpole.ca
Technology has come such a long way. If you have kids you HAVE to send them this personal message from Santa! Yes it’s free. Only costs if you want to make your message into a keepsake… if not you can watch it again and again and again for free! . PNP – Portable North Pole console will be online throughout the Holiday season, allowing you to send personalized video messages FREE to your children, parents and friends. Your kids will LOVE this!!!
Not too expensive:
6.) Starbucks – non fat Latte or Tim Horton’s Cafe Mocha – This is an easy stocking stuffer for your coffee lover!!!
A little bit more:
7.) Body Shop Bubble Bath and Essential oils- http://www.thebodyshop.ca
Aromatherapy doesn’t just smell good, it so beneficial as well. It helps you relax and gives you stress relief. It’ll help your mood and well being. Aromatherapy can also give relief of minor discomforts; boost your immune, respirator and circulatory system. Aromatherapy doesn’t “cure” major illnesses but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them. Essential Oils are the heart of aromatherapy. They have been used to heal wounds, energize, improve skin tone, relax muscles, improve sleep, and relieve tension headaches and so on and so on!!
8.) Massage Gift Certificate
Its soooo important to take some time for yourself… Get a massage. Get a pedicure. Or just get a sitter!
On the Good list – More Expensive:
If you’ve been thinking about the iPhone… stop thinking about it. Do it! As a mom it’s not only good as a phone… but the apps are SO GREAT!!! Great for you and great for entertaining your kids!!! There are times when you’re at the grocery store or at the doctors’ office, and the kids are getting restless. With an iPhone you can get the “Kid” friendly apps. We have flashcards, memory games and even movies!!!
But with the iPhone, you’ll need an iTunes gift card!!! So Mom can get the Starbucks or Tim Hortons App. The Grocery app “Bread and Butter”, or my favorite Sudoku!! AND you can also add Lite 96 to your iPhone – go here to download the APP!! It’s FREE!
And my FAVORITE:
10.) Canon T2i Rebel – on the expensive side.
But since pictures mean SO much to me, I was getting fed up with pictures not turning out and not being the quality I wanted them to be. It’s intimidating at first to use an SLR camera, but with time you’ll figure it out, and be glad you did. (Plus, there are some GREAT classes you can take to get familiar with your new best friend.) http://www.mtroyal.ca/programscourses/continuingeducation/arts/photography/
Bonus Code : MUST