Holidays & Occasions

Peekaboo Beans: Gifts for Kids on the Grow!

Peekaboo Beans Gifts

One of my favourite holiday-themed things that I have seen on social media this season is this fun Christmas Wish List printable that helps kids keep a balance when choosing what they want for Christmas.

Christmas Wishlist Printable
When it comes to the “I’ll Wear” part, I have the BEST gift idea for you whether it’s for a boy or girl, toddler or youth, your child or someone else’s…you will love it!

PEEKABOO BEANS

If the brand name Peekaboo Beans is new to you, it’s your lucky day, and if it’s not, then you already know what I’m talking about so get shopping!
Peekaboo Beans is a line of children’s playwear for kids “on the grow”.

We create the best playwear in the world for children to live, move and play in. We design clothes that foster independence and self-confidence. We empower children to dress themselves and grow in comfort and style.

When I was contacted about Peekaboo Beans, I did a quick read on the brand and browsed through the FALL 2015 catalogue, but it wasn’t until we received our outfit that I fully grasped how cool this line of clothing was.

HIGH QUALITY CHILDREN’S CLOTHES

The very first thing I noticed about the garments was the high quality appearance and feel to the fabric. We received the Fossil Fancy Dress, Frill Factor Leggings and the Gemstone Coat all made of cotton and 5% spandex to give a little stretch for ease of play and room to grow.

Little S was so excited about the style of the clothing, she put it on right away and wouldn’t take it off (the jacket) even to eat. We both also loved the fact that the labels are not your typical sewn-in labels. S is one of those children that wants all her labels cut off and dislikes the itch. Peekaboo Beans says “We say no to itchy necks (and bums) and yes to PLAY!”

Peekaboo Beans Review

FUNCTIONAL AND FUN

I’m not exaggerating when I say they have thought of everything…they have the quality and durability that appeals to us parents and the fun style and colours which appeal to the kids and well let’s face it, to us moms too!

I really love the little extras that are included with Peekaboo Bean garments that really go a long way.

All the Peekaboo Beans garments include:

  • Soft, removable labels
  • Custom, quality fabric that is comfy for playing, pretending and even napping
  • Design elements for easy on and off
  • Pre-shrunk to avoid surprises out of the wash
  • Flat-lock stitching for less irritation

Jackets include:

  • No drawstrings and reflective piping (for safety)
  • Chin guard to avoid pinching chins when doing up zippers
  • Easy to use zipper designed for little hands learning how to dress

PEEKABOO BEANS FOR YOUR FAMILY

Peekaboo Beans Clothing

There is so much to say about Peekaboo Beans that I can’t possibly fit it all in here in a single post. From the Peekaboo Beans Play Revolution to their career opportunities as a Play Stylist to their Soiree opportunities for in-home-shopping to their free returns and exchanges policy. I encourage you to check it out in more detail. Be sure to find check out the Peekaboo Beans Holiday Gift Guide too.

We’ve only had our Peekaboo Bean outfit for a couple of weeks and S has worn it multiple times…every time she wears it, we get compliments and questions about where the adorable outfit came from. We have also washed the items a couple of times and we are very pleased with the consistent fit and quality after washing.

I will definitely shop at Peekaboo Beans again for Little S and likely my nieces and nephews! For me, it is worth investing in quality and comfort and to help stretch my dollar further. These clothes will last longer than your average chain clothing store so you will buy less often and be able to pass them down to younger siblings.

Find out more about Peekaboo Beans on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram.

City Mom

Holiday Gift Guide: LITTLE LIVE PETS™ LIL’TURTLE TANK {#Giveaway}

Little Live Pet Lil Turtle Tank

Adorable and fun and the best words to use to describe the LITTLE LIVE PETS™ LIL’TURTLE and TANK which make them an excellent gift this holiday season.

We received the Little Live Pets Turtle and Little Live Pets Lil ‘Turtle Tank to check out before Christmas. Here, Little S unboxes them and shares a demonstration:

LITTLE LIVE PETS™

Little Live Pets are a series of various animals such as owls, turtles, mice and more that fit in the palm of your hand and interact with you in various ways. Many of the pets also have their respective habitats that are available to make the experience even more life-like.

Little Live Pets have been rated as one Toys ‘R’ Us’ Top 15 Toys and are very reasonably priced. You can check out the full lineup of pets at www.littlelivepets.ca.

GET YOUR OWN PETS

Little Live Pets are sold at many popular retailers including Toys R Us, Home Hardware and Loblaws (to name a few).

WIN THE LIL ‘TURTLE TANK

Lil Live Pets Reviews

One City Mom reader will win the Lil ‘Turtle Tank and Lil’ Turtle included. This contest is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who are 18+. Please read the full rules in the giveaway widget.

Good luck!

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DIY Rustic Wooden Ornaments

DIY Rustic Christmas Ornaments

I have recently shared that I am looking to create a rustic, beachy Christmas this year in our new home as our old decorations aren’t going to fit in with our brand new colour scheme. That is why when I saw my friend Jennifer’s post on Facebook about these rustic tree ornaments she was making, I fell in love. The images she shared were beautiful and I know from following her on FB, that she is quite talented in the DIY and “upcycling” department.

Not only did I want some for myself (I’m buying four) I wanted to know how she did it. I figured that if I was curious, there were probably a lot more people who would be curious too. Jennifer has graciously agreed to share a ‘how-to’ for us so that we can make our own or perhaps just gain some inspiration to get out and discover ways to “upcycle” what is right in our own backyards.

There has never been a better time to do so as rustic, shabby-chic and natural elements design is right on trend.

Please “meet” Jennifer and learn how to make these beautiful, rustic wood ornaments.

JENNIFER’S DIY RUSTIC WOODEN ORNAMENTS

Hello! My name is Jennifer and I’m a habitual recycler and upcycler of just about anything I can get my hands on! I love to create and repurpose items that I often find curbside or in my backyard.

These simple DIY Rustic Wooden Ornaments are no exception; they’re made from branches from my yard that came down in a windstorm a few weeks ago. The steps are simple and the tools required are minimal:

MATERIALS

  • Branches (mine were 2 – 2.5” in diameter)
  • Wood-burning tool (I use one from Lee Valley)
  • Circulating chop saw or table saw (I use The Mister’s)
  • Hand drill
  • Pencil
  • Decorative ribbon

HOW TO

DIY Rustic Wooden Ornaments How To

  1. Cut branches 1/4” thick, sand away any rough pieces
  2. Drill a small hole in the pieces (for ribbon)
  3. Draw your pattern onto the wood pieces (I did rustic trees)
  4. Using your wood-burning tool, trace pattern on each piece
  5. Repeat for each ornament
  6. String with ribbon and hang!

THE FINISHED PROJECT

These ornaments make great personalized gifts! Be creative…get outside and see what you can find to re-purpose. How inspiring!

DIY Rustic Christmas Ornaments

PIN FOR LATER

If you like Jennifer’s rustic ornaments and would like to save it for later, here is a fun image that you can use to Pin!

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Thank you Jennifer for sharing your how-to and for this wonderful inspiration as we head into the holiday season.

City Mom

American Girl Beforever Doll Maryellen’s Poodle Skirt Outfit & Jukebox

American Girl Maryellen Larkin

If you’re a follower of City Mom on Pinterest and/or Instagram, you likely know that we are big American Girl fans in our house. It’s not just Little S who loves AG…I have not outgrown my love for dolls and collectibles, so we share this love together.

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AMERICAN GIRL BEFOREVER

Among American Girl’s wide variety of dolls and accessories is their Beforever line of dolls from different era’s, e.g. Maryellen Larkin from the 1950’s.

Maryellen Larkin

Maryellen Larkin is the newest member of our family (and AG’s), as Little S received her as a birthday present. We love Maryellen because she is just so cute and deliver’s an excellent message for young girls…follow your heart instead of the crowd; an important principle for girls today.

MARYELLEN’S WORLD

Maryellen Larkin's World

Another aspect that we love of all the Beforever dolls including Maryellen, is the education their “world” provides on important times in history.

Maryellen is from 1954 so her clothing, accessories and furniture reflect this era. There are also three books (and perhaps more to come) that provide more insight into the life of a nine-year-old girl growing up in the 1950’s.

THE AMERICAN GIRL BRAND

American Girl All For Girl

We fell in love with the American Girl brand for more reasons than the cute dolls, fashion and furniture; we fell in love with the motivating message for girls to be all they can be and to follow their inner star. From the American Girl award-winning advice books like The Care and Keeping of Us, A Smart Girl’s Guide: Friend Troubles to their All For Girl, Girl for All campaign that will unite 3 billion girls who have each other’s back.

American Girl is a brand that I am proud to share with my daughter and one that I truly enjoy her immersing herself in. It is nothing but positive, showing the strength and inner beauty within all of us.

MARYELLEN’S POODLE SKIRT OUTIFIT & JUKEBOX

Little S and I were fortunate enough to receive Maryellen’s Poodle Skirt outfit and her Jukebox. Little S unboxes and demos these two items in the following video. We will also highlight a few key points below:

Maryellen’s Poodle Skirt Outfit

Maryellens Poodle Skirt Outifit

Poodle skirts were very popular in the 1950s, and Maryellen is thrilled when her mother buys this one for her to wear to her first day of fourth grade! This outfit includes:

  • A black quilted skirt featuring a pink poodle with a stitched leash
  • A pink blouse with a cute Peter Pan collar and contrast polka dots on the sleeves
  • A polka-dot kerchief that can be worn in her hair or around her neck
  • White bobby socks
  • Black-and-white saddle shoes

Maryellen’s Jukebox

Maryellen's Jukebox

In Maryellen’s day, jukeboxes were often found in restaurants and diners. People would scroll through a list of songs, then put in a few coins to play their favourites.

This jukebox lights up and plays six pre-recorded ’50s-style songs when the buttons are pushed. Plus, girls can connect their own electronic music players to play all their favorite songs! Includes a 3.5 mm audio cable. Note: Electronic music player not included. Requires 4AA batteries, not included.

Little S absolutely loved these two items to go along with Maryellen and she says that girls would love to find these items under the tree this year. If your child doesn’t already have Maryellen, she will also make for an amazing gift this holiday season!

AMERICAN GIRL IS FOR CANADIANS TOO

As we enjoy sharing our AG experience on social media, I often get a lot of inquiries on how we Canadians can buy American Girl items and the answer to that is pretty easy. Canada now has American Girl boutiques in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver and hopefully more soon!

If you don’t live near any of these cities, not to worry, you can shop online at americangirl.ca. Sign up for the newsletter and you’ll even get notifications of special promotions like free shipping!

SPEAKING OF FREE SHIPPING

This one you’ll have to act fast on, American Girl is offering free shipping until November 24th, 2015 via americangirl.ca on orders over $100.

We encourage you to get to know the American Girl brand if you don’t already. You will love the quality, selection and “extras” that come with the experience.

Happy holidays from us!

Disclaimer: we received the above mentioned products to perform this review. The opinions are 100% our own.

City Mom

Milk Bottle Bunnies: A Fun & Easy Easter Craft

Milk Bottle Bunny

Surprise your children Easter morning by serving their juice or milk in these cute Milk Bottle Bunnies.

Super-easy and inexpensive to make, these sweet milk bottles turned Easter Bunnies are a fun way to decorate and celebrate Easter.

Below I’ll share the steps to make them; you can create them alone and surprise your kids on the big day or include your kids in creating the craft with you for a fun Easter activity.

MILK BOTTLE EASTER BUNNIES

List of Materials

Bunny  Bottles Materials

  • Glass bottles (Milk bottles from the dollar store)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Pink Acrylic Pain
  • Pink pom poms
  • Jewelry string
  • Pink & white foam for ears
  • Pink ribbon
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue gun & glue
  • Black marker
  • Straws (optional)

Steps to Make the Bunnies

  1. Clean the bottles inside and out and let them dry
  2. Apply one coat of white pain and let dry
  3. Apply additional coats until you get a nice thick finish (I used three coats)

Add Three Coats of Paint

  1. Once the bottles are dry, plan out how you want to arrange the bunny’s face
  2. With a glue gun, apply the eyes
  3. Cut two, two pieces of jewelry string two inches each
  4. Fold each piece in half and glue at the middle on to the pink pom pom

BunnyNose

  1. Once the glue is dry, snip the looped ends to create whiskers
  2. Add more whiskers if you would like
  3. Apply the nose under the eyes with a dot of glue
  4. Draw the bunny’s mouth under the nose with a thin black marker
  5. Add a dot of pink paint to each cheek
  6. Cut out foam ears (I used the ears from the foam masks purchased from the dollar store)
  7. Glue the ears with the glue gun just above the eyes
  8. Tie a pink bow around the top of the bottle
  9. Add your child’s favourite breakfast drink & straw (make sure that no paint or materials got inside the bottles as you were creating them)

CUSTOMIZE YOUR BUNNIES

As you can see in the photo, I made two very similar bunnies with small differences. You can add customizations to yours too – the possibilities are endless.

What is your favourite Easter Craft?

City Mom

Holiday Events 2014 in London {#LdnOnt}

Local Events Listing

Whoa the holidays came fast. So fast in fact that I have missed sharing some of the fun festivities taking place in the city. But you know the old saying; it’s better late than never!

 WINTER WONDERLAND AT VICTORIA PARK

  • When: Friday November 28, 2014 – January 1, 2015
  • Where: Victoria Park
  • Time:  5:30 pm to 11 pm (lights) 10 am – 10 pm (skating rink)
  • What: More than 75,000 lights decorating trees in the park, there are a variety of festive displays, and don’t forget Santa’s Mailbox for all those good little boys and girls who need to get their wish list to the North Pole. Victoria Park’s festive decorations and outdoor skating rink are a longstanding tradition in London’s celebration of the holiday season.
  • Cost: Free! Donations will be welcomed to help support 40 London agencies that offer support for vulnerable Londoners.
  • For More Information: Call 519-661-4500

BIRD’S EYE VIEW FROM CITY HALL

  • When: Starting December 17, 2014 to December 30, 2014 – various times:
    • December 17 to December 22 – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • December 23 – Closed
    • December 24 – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • December 25 & 26 – Closed
    • December 27 to 30 – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • December 31 & Jan 1 – Closed
  • Where: City Hall – 12th Floor Promenade Deck
  • What: Catch a bird’s eye view of the lights at Victoria Park.
  • For More Information: Call 519-661-4500

SHREK  THE MUSICAL

  • When: November 19, 2014  to January 3, 2015
  • Where: The Grand Theatre
  • Time:  Various performance times
  • What: Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is the heartwarmingly-upended fairy tale featuring a crusty but lovable ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his swamp. Together with a wise-cracking donkey, a defiant princess, a vertically challenged bad guy and a gang of storybook misfits, this unlikely hero discovers that real friendship and true love are not only found in fairy tales. Recommended for children 8+.
  • Cost: Various ticket prices
  • For More Information: www.grandtheatre.com

 BUDWEISER GARDENS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE SKATE

  • When: Sunday, December 21, 2014
  • Where: Budweiser Gardens – Enter via Gate 4
  • Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • What: Free skate where The Knights play! Children under 12 require a helmet.
  • Cost: Free! Toys and cash donations will be accepted at the door to help support the Children’s Aid Society.
  • For More Informationbudweisergardens.com

SNOWYBOOK VILLAGE

  • When: December 20 & 21, 2014
  • Were: Storybook Gardens
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus between 10 am  – 12 pm)
  • What: Make Snow Goo in the Elves Workshop, warm up at the outdoor campfire, and enjoy a skate on the beautiful outdoor skating trail.
  • Cost: Regular Storybook Gardens admission
  • For More Information: Visit storybook.london.ca

THE NUTCRACKER

  • When: December 21, 2014
  • Were: Centennial Hall
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • What: Highstreet Asset Management Presents: Canada’s Ballet Jӧrgen
  • Cost: Various tickets prices from $39 – $89
  • For More Information: Visit centennialhall.london.ca

Rockin New Years Eve

ROCKIN’ NEW YEARS EVE

  • When: December 31, 2012
  • Where: Victoria Park
  • Time: 5:00 pm to 12:00 am
    • 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm  – Family Skating
    • 6:00 pm  to 9:00 pm – hats, party favours, balloon creations
      5:00 pm to 12:00 am – Hot Chocolate and Coffee
      7:15 pm  to 7:45 pm  – My Perfect Princess Party (featuring Cinderella and Belle)
      8:00 pm – Cassandra Hodgins (TV coverage begins at 8:30 pm)
      9:00 pm – Children’s Fireworks
      9:15 pm – U-Turn
      10: 40 pm  – Spirit of the West
      MIDNIGHT – Fireworks
  • What: Ring in 2013 with skating, entertainment and fireworks!
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information: london.ca

NEW YEARS EVE HOOPLA

  • When: December 31, 2014
  • Where: Storybook Gardens
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • What: An outdoor New Year’s celebration event for families, that includes a campfire, outdoor skating, crafts, snack food, and a countdown to an early new year’s beginning at 8:30 pm.
  • Cost: Pre-Registration is required. $11 to $15. Children under 2 are free.
  • For More Information: Call 519-661-5575 to register or visit rec.london.ca (Use course code 261771)

Here’s to a happy a safe New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2015! From my family to your, happy holidays!

If you are aware of any other holiday themed events taking place in the city, please leave it in a comment below. Thanks!

 

City Mom

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