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American Girl Holiday Gift Guide 2016 #Giveaway

American Girl Merry Magenta Outfit for Dolls and Girls

If there is one thing that Little S loves more than her American Girl dolls, it is dressing the same as her American Girl dolls. This is why we were so excited when we got a look at the American Girl Holiday Gift Guide for 2016. It featured many cute matching holiday outfits for girls and their dolls, but our favourite was the Merry Magenta Dress for Girls and Dolls.

OUR MERRY MAGENTA OUTFIT REVIEW

Check out our YouTube video review and browse through some of the American Girl Holiday Gift Guide items. You’ll also get the first look at an awesome giveaway American Girl is offering one City Mom reader:

AMERICAN GIRL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2016

American Girl Holiday Gift Guide 2016

As you probably saw in the video, there are lots of awesome gift ideas in the American Girl Holiday Gift Guide for every child on your list. Some of our faves include the Girl of the Year, Lea Clark (who will only be available until Dec. 31, 2016) the cute collection of Stocking Stuffers,  Melody, the newest BeForever Doll and her pretty Christmas outfit and if we can only choose one more, the Holiday Penguin PJs for dolls and girls.

What is your favourite item?

GIVEAWAY TIME

Enter to Win 4 American Girl Books

We are so excited to offer one City Mom reader an exciting and educational giveaway to put under the tree for someone special this year.

One City Mom reader will win four great American Girl books with a total value of $70 USD. Open to Canadian and US residents. Runs until Nov.21, 2016. Use giveaway widget below to enter and to read full contest rules.

You could win these great titles:

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Holiday Gift Guide: Poppit Reveiw & Giveaway

Enter to Win a Poppit Mini Handbag Starter Set

We are excited to feature another hot toy for the 2016 Holiday Season; make a miniature world that looks so real with Poppit! Read to the end to enter to win your own Poppit Mini Handbags set.

POPPIT

Check out our video below to see all the cool things you can do with Poppit. From handbags to puppies to a Pop ‘N’ Display Bakery, the creation possibilities are endless with the Poppit line of air-dry clay sets.

It’s really easy to make miniature items with Poppit…load the Popper with clay, pop out your piece and make cute mini creations. We got to try the Poppit Mini Handbags and Pop ‘N’ Display bakery and it was really fun. Little S loves miniature things and she had a blast popping out these gems. And we think that any of the Poppit sets will make an excellent gift this year.

PICK YOUR FAV POPPIT IF YOU CAN

Poppit Collections

You can visit poppit.ca to check out all the different collections, but be warned, it might be hard to narrow it down to just one choice.

We loved the sets that we tried but would also like to try out the POPPITTM Shopkins Ballet Collection or the cute Bunnies.

ENTER TO WIN A POPPIT MINI HANDBAGS SET

enter to win a poppit mini handbags set

Today on City Mom, you can enter to win one Poppit Mini Handbags kit. Contest is open to Canadian residents and will run until Nov. 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Full rules listed in giveaway widget. Good luck!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Little Live Pets Lil’ Frog #Giveaway

Little Live Pets Lil' Frog Giveaway

We are big fans of Little Live Pets in our home; Little S really loves their lifelike movements and little habitats. We have the Little Live Pets Lil’ Mouse and their Mouse House and track. We also have the Lil’ Turtle and their habitat that we shared in last year’s Holiday Gift Guide.

This year, we are excited to bring yet another fun pet to add to your home, the Little Live Pets Lil’ Frog. Check out our video below to learn more about it and to see how it works.

ABOUT LITTLE LIVE PETS LIL’ FROGS

Little Live Pets Lil' FrogLil’ Frogs love to hop around on the ground and swim in water! Watch them make a splash as they dive in and swim about just like a real frog! They all have their own style that they love to show off!

Meet Chillow the cool frog, Lilly the peaceful frog and Splashberry the sweet frog.

So get set to get wet with your Lil’ live Pet!

Each Lil’ Frog includes:

  • 1 x Frog
  • 1 x Instruction Booklet
  • 4 x LR44 Batteries (Included)

ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN LITTLE LIVE PETS LIL’ FROG

It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping and today City Mom and Moose Toys wants to help you get started. One City Mom reader will win one Lil’ Frog Lilly (pink). Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and will run from Oct. 18 – Nov. 2, 2016. Official rules in giveaway widget.

Good luck and happy holidays!

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Stock Up For Girls Summer Wardrobe & Save with the Limeapple Summer Event on Friday, May 6th

Limeapple

If you’ve shopped with Limeapple before, you already know about this great children’s clothing line and if you haven’t, then you’re in for a treat; regardless everyone is in for some great savings with the Limeapple Summer Event.

Limeapple is a Canadian-based premier lifestyle brand of clothing for young girls and preteens that promotes girls to lead positive, healthy and empowered lifestyles.

With age appropriate styles, bright colours and on trend designs, it’s a favourite among girls and moms alike. From active wear for a their favourite activity to casual wear for school or boutique clothing for special events, Limeapple offers something for every girl.

LIMEAPPLE SUMMER EVENT – FRIDAY MAY 6TH

Limeapple Summer Event

Little S and I are going to be trying out some of the Limeapple styles and sharing our thoughts with you in the next couple of weeks, but we couldn’t wait to share the big sale coming tomorrow, Friday, May 6, 2016 with you because it’s that good.

It’s pretty simple:

  • Buy one item, save 25% on your order
  • Buy two items, save 30% on your order
  • Buy three items, save 35% on your order
  • Buy four or more items, save 40% on your entire order

And as always, shipping is free on orders over $20 to the US or Canada and prices are of course in CAD which makes this event even more affordable as there are no surprises when your credit card statement comes.

Ordering is super-easy with easy to understand size charts, high-res images of each item and easy navigation. Visit limeapple.ca on Friday, May 6th to stock up on summer clothes and save one day only.

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Teach your children pro-social skills with Faraway Woods

Have you heard of the free podcast series Faraway Woods? If not, you are in for a treat…we love Faraway Woods in our house:

ABOUT FARAWAY WOODS

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Faraway Woods is a free podcast produced by CLIMB Theater; an interactive podcast for early childhood (ages 4-9) that teaches pro-social skills.

How is this achieved? The Faraway Woods program has two parts: the first is a series of free, interactive audio dramas in the form of podcasts. The second part includes free, follow-up activities that teachers and parents can do with their children after they’ve listened to the podcast.

Faraway Woods comes from the imagination of playwright and CLIMB Theater Artistic Director, Peg Wetli affectionately known as “Peggly”. Through unique characters, important social skills such as empathy, are demonstrated throughout the stories.

WHY WE LOVE FARAWAY WOODS

Faraway Woods Podcast

When I first learned of Faraway Woods, I was intrigued, but I wasn’t sure what Little S would think as she had never listened to a podcast before. Together we snuggled up to listen to the first episode and immediately we were hooked, we even acted along with a flashlight shadow puppets. It provided an awesome bonding experience.

We were pleasantly surprised to discover that not only were the stories enjoyable to listen to, they were also interactive; Mrs. Meriwinkle, a motherly wallaby, asks her listeners to join in with some physical activity like hopping, jumping and acting along with her instructions.

We also love the way the stories encourage children to use their imaginations; with vivid descriptions of the characters, kids can create images in their minds of what each personality looks like and how they interact with the other creatures. This is something that watching movies or TV just doesn’t provide.

LISTEN TO FARAWAY WOODS

The greatest part is that Faraway Woods is available at no cost, though if you really love the experience, you can donate to CLIMB Theater to ensure the stories live on. Visit iTunes or Stitcher to access these wonderful tales and be sure to let us know what you think.

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Disney on Ice Dare to Dream: A Must-See Show!

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream London

The Disney on Ice franchise sure knows how to put on a good show and this year’s Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show was just as magical as ever and an amazing way to kick off the start to the March Break!

This year’s show was referred to as the “ultimate princess event” and it certainly did deliver a princess-packed adventure for myself, my friend and our 3-year-old daughters (who of course dressed the part in their own princess dresses and crowns, along with most other little girls in the audience)!

We all got tangled up in fun with Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana. Our little girls sat and watched in awe as the Disney princesses came to life on ice!

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Cinderella

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Sleeping Beauty

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Snow White

Mickey and the gang made some cameo appearances along the way and the classic Disney princess stories of Princess and the Frog, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were featured.  The more modern story of Tangled is also featured and includes some unforgettable, hair-raising moments.

THE GRAND PRINCESS FINALE

I had heard that there was a spectacular finale where all the favourite princesses take to the ice and create the Ultimate Disney Princess moment of a lifetime and this definitely did not disappoint!  Each Disney Princess gracefully appears in coordinating costumes of white and gold…even Belle and Ariel make an appearance!  Our little girls could not contain their excitement.

I highly recommend going to see this show!  It is completely worth the money; the looks on our daughters’ faces were absolutely priceless!  They loved the experience and we did too, especially getting to watch their faces light up in excitement and be completely mesmerized by the magic that is Disney.

Kids tickets start at only $15 for the Friday and Saturday 7:00 PM performances! *Restrictions and fees may apply. Promo Code: KIDS

GET YOUR TICKETS

There are still seven more performance times available at Budweiser Gardens in London:

 March 11, 2016  10:30 a.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 12, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 13, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.

Get your tickets HERE.

Visit DisneyOnIce.ca to learn of other great shows taking place throughout Canada.

Enjoy the show!

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