Kids love writing and receiving letters from Santa Clause during the weeks leading to Christmas. Every year, we usually try to write the standard post-office letter to santa and get a reply within a few days. As nice as it is, younger kids can't read their own letters from Santa, a video from Santa would be even better bringing a special moment to an already magical time of year.

I was recently introduced to a new way to send a Santa message to your little ones with Portable North Pole (PNP). PNP is a free customizable video message from Santa for kids and adults who still believe ;-). Totally customizable, you can have Santa say your child's name, open a book with their photos, trace the route from the North Pole to your home and let them know what Santa might be putting under the tree at Christmas.

We thought this was a really great idea for our little ones, not to mention really neat! It brings Santa's magic to life right before your childs eyes, surprising them that Santa really does know if you've been naughty or nice!

It's very easy to get started making your children their very own video from Santa too! Visit: http://portablenorthpole.ca and follow the easy steps to create a really neat video your child and you will remember for years to come. We are going to be making our daughter her own special video, who knows who else we will send them to!

PNP is also offered in french at http://www.perenoelportable.ca/accueil.

Also, for you iphone owners there is a PNP app you can download for free from the app store to keep track of everything Santa including a password protected "Parents Zone" for shopping lists and keeping track of the videos you make on the site.

Hope you have as much fun with this as we did!

*This is not a sponsored post. All comments and opinions are honest and my own*


Although the month is just about over, November is Adoption awareness month and in light of this we had a lovely  book called "Adopted Ed" to review and share with all of you!

Adopted Ed is a children's story written by Darren Maddern and illustrated by Erin Fusco. This story teaches children about adoption as they follow little Eddie in his journey discovering his story after being teased at school by a mean boy about being an adopted child. Little Eddie guided by his loving parents, learns that he is just as special, if not more than any other child. It teaches that being "different" isn't a bad thing. There are even many celebrities that are adopted as well.

Although my children are not adopted nor was I, I still feel it's very important to educate our children about different types of families including families with children who are adopted and let them know that they too are special in every way. Adoption is such a wonderful thing, a child gets a loving family and a couple who may have once only dreamed it, now have a beautiful child to love. There is no greater sacrifice than adopting a child who needs you, in fact the author of this book was adopted himself. Adopted Ed is a fun, bright enjoyable little book for all ages! My daughter enjoyed it, she had many questions after we finished reading it. Educational and fun, learn more about Adopted Ed and more upcoming books by Darren Maddern at www.adopteded.com 

*This review was written in participation with the one2one network. I received a complimentary copy of "Adopted Ed" for review purposes. All opinions on this blog are honest and my own*


Tonight was parent-teacher meeting night at K's school and it was totally opposite to what I had played out in my mind. Thinking back to last year's "Your daughter is a lovely child however..." parent-teacher meeting that left me wondering about my parenting skills, my daughters behaviour and the school itself. I left the school that night feeling heartbroken and like a complete failure.

I liked K's teacher last year, she was a nice lady but K didn't always agree with her. In fact, I think she spent more time on the "time out" chair than actual learning time in the short period of half-days she was there. That's how bad it was. I don't know if it was my actual child or the teacher, either way she made it into grade 1 and is moving on up which was what we were hoping for.

I really like her teacher this year, K tells me his name is "Mr. D" and he's always happy. We met him briefly at the beginning of the year but otherwise just kept in touch via notes in K's homework book about her progress, what she's been doing or anything that would have happened in class that we would need to be made aware of. So, tonight hubby stayed home with the munchkins and worked on his basement and I went to meet the famous "Mr. D" K always brags about when she comes home from school almost every day.

I wasn't expecting the type of teacher I met that's for sure. He was laid back, easy-going, super happy and super friendly certainly a fun personality to work with children! He began by saying "First off, let me start by saying I really LOVE K, she's so bright and funny!".  He had nothing but good things to say about my daughter which made my heart just glow.  He didn't make any "mistakes' shes made into a big deal, it's all about learning and that's what she's doing. It was nice to see a teacher that actually cares about his students and encourages them telling them its OK to make a mistake, unlike some we've had the honour of dealing with in the past. It's nice to know that my daughter goes to school every day with a teacher she can look up to, she respects him and she loves school because of it all.

I left the school feeling very proud of my daughter tonight and like I'm actually doing something right when it comes to school. As soon as I got home she was asking me what Mr.D said about her and I told her he had only good things to say. That put a huge smile on her face, I could tell in her eyes she was worried I would come home disappointed by something and I didn't, far from it. I am proud of her beyond words, there were so many times I worried that things would just spiral in the wrong direction when it came to school. She didn't like it, she didn't like her classmates and some days she wanted nothing to do with it altogether and I know that isn't her. All I wanted was for her to enjoy learning, enjoy experiencing school and be happy doing it. It feels good seeing her smile knowing her class is going to the library that day or its Friday which means "Friday fun tubs". Like they say, you do what makes you happy and school finally makes her happy. I am happy when my kids are happy.

To all the teachers out there like K's who actually take the time to show concern, consideration and compassion for both student and parents, thank you. You are the reason our kids thrive in the classroom!


The holiday season is just around the corner, that means Christmas time and more social gathers so less time to put into the everyday of housekeeping.

We are getting ready for the holidays around here this week. Starting day 1 with a thorough clean of the place including cleaning those leaves in the backyard, you never know what's hiding under those leaves so huge thanks to dh for taking care of that!

Next up on my list is organizing and getting rid of junk I seriously do not need to be keeping like old clothes nobody wears, old toys, broken stuff we put away to someday "fix" and never got around to it. General clutter.

Okay I am not a clean freak, but I like my house looking good and tidy however I am somewhat disorganized. I do organize but it doesn't last. Like the linen closet I spent time folding & placing just to have it rampaged not even a week later by the kids looking for a towel or facecloth. Closets get junk piled in them "for now" that lasts a while, until I get fed up and make time to redo it.

It needs to be done and done this week so this is a goal, for my sanity and sanity of my family - get the place organized before it's time to decorate. All it'll take is a few boxes, bags and a whole lot of patience ;-)

- Posted by @AMotherhoodBlog

*All opinions on this blog are honest & my own*


Last night was the Ottawa prescreening of the new Russell Crowe movie, The next three days and I was lucky enough to attend the viewing on behalf of Maple Pictures!

"What if you had 72 hours to save everything you live for?"

The Next Three Days is a suspense thriller about a family torn apart when the wife (Elizabeth Banks) is put in jail accused of murder and her determined husband (Russell Crowe) has just three days to figure out how to get her home to their son and bring their family back together.

Now, I'm not going to spoil the movie for anybody waiting to see it when it opens by telling you too many details but I will say it won't disappoint.

I for one enjoy Russell Crowe's films, he puts alot of emotion into this role. It really makes you think about the worth of your loved ones. I for one don't know If I could go to the extent Crowe's character goes to get his wife back, that would be something else!

With non-stop thrills, The next 3 days hits theaters November 19th!

To see the trailer and get more information visit the official movie site!

*This is not a sponsored post. I wrote about this film based on my opinion after attending a screening event. All opinions are honest and my own*


Today is a day for all to remember, for some to reflect upon all the brave Canadian souls who fought and are fighting on behalf of our country. We salute you. To all the brave families grieving loss of a loved on, we salute you.

Here is a poem, a memory to all and one we all know for this and every Remembrance Day:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

- John McCrae

Let us remember those who gave their lives for our country.

*Poetry by John McCrae found via google All opinions on this blog are honest & my own*


Tonight I learned that my son has become super picky. When it comes to dressing him for bed the quicker the better due to everyone just being tired and sometimes this results in mixed-matched pjs.

Tonight I threw together batman pj bottoms and a dinosaur t-shirt for the munchkin who's been extra cranky today. So, we put the pants on and everythings cool but then when it came time to put the dinosaur t-shirt on the little guy yells "No no no!" and runs away from it.

I asked him what's wrong with the shirt and he replies "Baman stirt", pushing the t-shirt in my hand away.

So, I rummaged through still not seeing where the batman shirt was and tried another shirt with fish on it. No dice. He yelled at me and protested my attempt to just get any shirt on him, no he wanted "Baman!"

After a thorough search of his closet I found it in his drawer, put it on him and he smiled.

It's funny how the little personality is starting to come out in him, he's becoming specific in what he wants not only in clothes but food, toys, tv shows, etc. Pretty much anything and as long as it's in reason like his batman shirt, why not let him be happy.

To anyone else it's just a shirt but to my little man he's a super hero in his matching pjs.

- Posted by @AMotherhoodBlog

*All opinions on this blog are honest & my own*