Easter Gift Ideas

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Easter Gift Ideas


Easter is coming soon, the amount of chocolate my children gets too much. I prefer they get either outfits or small toys. So I decided to post a list of Easter gift ideas for parents to give to their children.




VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Moosical Beads – Musical baby toy features a variety of fabric textures for baby tactile development. Bead ring with light up lights and spinning squares are great for fine motor skills.

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5 Random Thoughts for this Week


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This week I decided to do 5 random thoughts this week going on with me and what has been happening on Canadian Basics.

This week has been busy for me and the blog. It will get busier next week too!

Here are 5 Random Thoughts for this Week. 

  1. Great giveaways going on this week on the blog and more coming up! Check out our Facebook post with the links to the giveaways HERE  Canadian Basics Giveaways #giveaway #contest #worldwide #canada #US
  2. With the Holiday Season upon us, Random Acts of Kindess is a great way to celebrate the holidays and spread some cheer. Here are 25 Random Acts of Kindness that you can do this season. CLICK HERE  Pay It Forward
  3. Looking for something to do Saturday mornings with your children? Check out the Cineplex Family Favourites for a list of movies for $2.99! CLICK HERE family favourites
  4. Yesterday was a good day for my son, Spencer. He got the cast off his arm. The poor kid has had it on for 5 weeks. Yesterday he was sore and when he went to bed he said to me ” Mommy my brain is confused. I looked at my arm and saw no cast, I thought to myself, did I break it off? Then I remember that I had it taken off today!” Today it is doing well and he still has 2 more weeks of babying it and protecting it and then he should be good. spencer6
  5. Best post of the week was this meme post. It is still funny! 12243594_992803670741095_2288579745063662713_n


Check out the bloggers below for their Five on Friday 

If you’re interested in making life simpler, and also honesty from a nerdy mom of three check out Shawna from Simple on Purpose. http://simpleonpurpose.ca/tag/fiveonfriday/

For five funny things that will make you feel better about your own parenting skills, check out Jac and Juli at TwoFunMoms! http://www.twofunmoms.com/

My blog is basically all things interesting to me. Variety keeps it interesting. http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/tag/fiveonfriday/

Local to Edmonton, this mom is blogging about a little bit of everything. Things to do with the family, a simple DIY, or life as a family of 5. http://justanotheredmontonmommy.com/category/five-on-friday

Louise, of Surrey, B.C., shares about the reality of family life with some very energetic kids at Talk Nerdy To Me www.talknerdytomeblog.com

For tips on green living on a sensible budget with a smattering of parenting, ranting and raving, check out Juicy Green Mom! http://juicygreenmom.ca/category/fiveonfriday/

Product Junkie http://www.ProductJunkie.ca

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Win a $25 Amazon GC or $25 Paypal Cash From Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My!

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the picture book “Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My!” by Sherrill S. Cannon.

Mice & Spiders & Webs... Oh My!

Title: Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My! | Author: Sherrill S. Cannon | Illustrator: Kalpart | Publication Date: March 19, 2015 | Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC | Pages: 30 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)

Summary: Is your child a good listener? Rosemary is a little girl who is worried about returning to school after her teacher warns the class that they would soon have some mice, spiders, and webs in the classroom. Could Rosemary have misunderstood something? How can mice and spiders and webs belong at school? Full of “Computer Speak,” this story introduces young readers to basic computer terms in a delightful way! See if your child can discover the mystery of the misunderstood words, and learn about the fun of computers with Rosemary.

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Please note that 50% of the cost of Sherrill Cannon’s books go to the following two organizations: http://sbpra.com/curejm and http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree. Here are Ms. Cannon’s other books:

Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:03:15:20140315-145024:IMG_1139.JPGMy Fingerpaint Masterpiece deals with perspective, perception and self-esteem as a child fingerpaints artwork in class, and later discovers it as part of the town’s Art Contest.




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:06:12:20140612-155332:IMG_1287.JPGManner-Man is a Superhero who helps children cope with bullies, and teaches them how to look within themselves for their own superhero.




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:08:20:20140820-114042:IMG_1390.JPGGimme-Jimmy is about how a bully learns to share. His “New Polite Rule” helps him learn to make friends.




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2012:09:10:20120910-174324:TheMagicWord-6lg copy.jpgThe Magic Word helps Elisabeth learn the magic word “please”, and to use it every day. Please and Thank you are words that everyone needs to use!




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2013:11:06:20131106-210036:IMG_0871.JPGPeter and the Whimper-Whineys, helps parents cope with whining, disguised as a fun story. Peter is a rabbit who whines all the time, and might have to join the Whimper-Whineys.




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2013:11:06:20131106-210036:IMG_0873.JPGSanta’s Birthday Gift includes Santa in the Christmas story. (After reading a story of the nativity to her granddaughter, she was asked “But where’s Santa?”)




The Buzz About the Book

Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My! features a wonderful rhyming tale with an important underlying message about “being a good listener”. As an added bonus, the book also features bright and kid-friendly illustrations with cameo appearances of characters and covers from previous books. I highly recommend this (and other books by Sherrill S. Cannon) for children ages 4 to 8 years.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

I adored this fun story and know it will become a fast favorite among readers.~ Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks

“This book is educational, while entertaining too, and is a great teaching tool on being a good Listener.” ~ Lu Ann, Rockin’ Book Reviews

“This is a very fun book for both children and adults. It carries an important message, but at the same time introduces computer terminology that perhaps not every child will be familiar with.” ~ Crsytal @ Castle View Academy


About the Author: Sherrill S. Cannon

Sherrill CannonSherrill S. Cannon is a former teacher and a grandmother of ten, who is also an Award-Winning Best-Selling Author! Her multi-cultural books have received thirty-six 2011-15 National and International awards. Most of her books try to teach something, like good manners and consideration for others. All of her books are part of two fundraisers, one to help find a cure for Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease at http://sbpra.com/curejm/ and another for the anti-bullying campaign at imbullyfree.org at http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree 50% of the cost of her books on these sites will go directly to each organization!

Sherrill is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children, She is a resident of New Hope, PA and travels with her husband of 55 years throughout North America in their RV, sharing her books along the way!

Website * SBPRA Website * CureJM Website

Google+ * Twitter * Facebook * Pinterest * Goodreads


** Book Blast Giveaway **


Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: December 9, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Sherrill S. Cannon and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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I See Me Personalized Children's Books Giveaway


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Both my children don’t have unique names but yet it is really hard to find items with their names. (Hayley & Spencer)

For some reason Hayley is never spelled correctly and Spencer is never there. I would have thought their names would be easy to find.

That’s why I love I See Me Personalized Children’s Books.

I can get lots of great items for my children for gifts. Books, placemats, colouring books, lunch boxes and more!

Right now is a great time to order gifts because from now until December 16/15 get 20% off at http://www.iseeme.com/ with this promo code: SPECIAL

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Enter to win My Sing-Along Book and Personalized Music. (valued $39.99 usd)

Open to Canadian and US residents

Ends December 9/15 11:59:59pm est

Good Luck

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Fight Allergy Season with Boogie Wipes



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Most people have seasonal allergies but in our house it is year round.

My allergies are more seasonal. I get a stuffy nose and runny eyes. Nothing to exciting but it can be draining.

But my 10 year old Spencer has a huge list of allergies that aren’t seasonal.

  • dogs
  • cats
  • dustmites
  • mold
  • horses
  • feathers


Any one of these allergies makes him break out in hives, watery eyes, sneezing and cough. But the worse for him is the daily stuffy nose. It really frustrates him and you can tell because he can’t breathe well.




Kandoo and Boogie Wipes sent a package to us to review for this allergy season.

It came with:

  • Boogie Wipes Gentle Saline Wipes for Stuffy Noses
  • Kandoo Simply Suds Bubble Bath (For Sensitive skin)
  • Boogie Mist Gentle Saline Mist for Stuffy Noses (Grape Scent)
  • Travel Case for Boogie Wipes


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The first thing Spencer wanted to try was the NEW Boggie Mist Gentle Saline Mist for Stuffy Noses. It was easy to use. He used it himself without assistance from me. All I did was tell him how to do it. It was a shock at first but he actually asks for it daily. We saw the Allergist the week after we tried the saline mist and she was happy he was using it. She stated it would help him breathe a lot better.

NEW Boogie Mist is something I will be keeping in my home for now on especially with Spencer’s long list of allergies.



The Boogie Wipes Gentle Saline Wipes for Stuffy Noses allow relief without making your nose raw. I hate when my nose gets sore from wiping it. I was even using these wipes. I find they don’t make your nose irritated especially if you have a cold or allergies. I think this will be replacing facial tissues in our home to give us relief that facial tissue doesn’t.


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Kandoo Simply Suds Bubble Bath is great. A lot of soaps irritate Spencer’s skin but Kandoo Simply Suds allows Spencer to have a bubble bath without the irritation most soaps bring. It is great that there is a product that allows all children to enjoy a bubble bath. Even Moms can use this for a relaxing tub time.



Boogie Wipes & Kandoo make living with allergies a little easier so children (and adults) can enjoy their day!

CLICK HERE to get a coupon for Boogie Wipes (CANADA/US)

CLICK HERE to Purchase online or store locator


I received the above listed package for review. But the opinions on this blog are my own.

$15 for Personalized Children's Name Labels (a $30 Value)


I love buying personalized items for my children. I found it hard though to find their names often or spelled correctly. This is a great way to have it spelled right!

$15 for Personalized Children’s Name Labels ($30 value) from L’il Pals Decals

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The Daycare package includes:

  • 18 Circle tags: 1.25″ diameter
  • 18 Slim tags: 2″ x ⅓” tall
  • 30 Tiny tags: ¾” x ½” tall



  • Choose from a variety of fun images, backgrounds and fonts
  • High-quality vinyl waterproof labels
  • Dishwasher, laundry and microwave safe
  • 100% customer satisfaction guarantee
  • Free shipping across Canada





The Beatrix Girls Giveaway (CAN & US)

Who are The Beatrix Girls ? 

They’re musicians, they’re dolls, they’re role models for a new generation of empowered young girls. Sure, they’re adorable with great clothes and fabulous hair, but there’s so much more to them than that!
The Beatrix Girls are an accomplished pop band with real music that girls are sure to adore. Each member of the band sings, plays a different instrument and even writes the songs.
They’ve achieved the pop-star success that young girls dream of – and they’ve done it through talent, tenacity and old-fashioned hard work. Best of all, none of that success has gone to their heads. They’re young, they’re real and they’re spunky.

Where to buy:

  • Purchase The Beatrix Girls from Walmart, Toys R Us and Amazon


Facebook – facebook.com/TheBeatrixGirls

Twitter – twitter.com/TheBeatrixGirls 

Win a Beatrix Girls Prize Pack!

Prize Pack includes:

  • 1 Beatrix Girls Doll with stand & Instrument

  • 1 The Beatrix Girls Debut Album “Meet the Beatrix” CD

  • Stickers

  • Poster




Ends: December 11,2014



Good Luck!

*Canadian Basics is not responsible for prize shipment*

Open to US & Canada

Winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tools. Giveaway ends December 11 at 12pm EST. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen at random. 

Questions?  Email: info@canadianmomreviews.com


Red Apple Reading Review & Giveaway


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Red Apple Reading is an app program that assists children from ages 4-9 years of age.  It makes reading fun for the child in your life.

Red Apple Reading program has an extensive program for your child. There is downloadable flash cards, worksheets and activity ideas in the resource area of the dashboard once you sign up.

My son , Spencer, has some problems with his speech. He is in speech therapy. He has always struggled with the phonics of reading.

Red Apple Reading has assisted with him learning his phonics.

The colourful pictures really keeps the child’s attention while they learn.



Spencer enjoyed it and it was helping him to improve between his visits with the speech therapists.

Spencer is really into video games and apps for the ipad. This was one I approved of him playing.

On the dashboard a parent can check out the child’s progress.

You can have up to 3 children set up for Red Apple Reading. The children do not have to live in the home with you in order to use it.

If you can’t afford the subscription then Red Apple Reading has assistance. Contact them and it goes case by case.

There is also a 30 day money back guarantee. So you could have your child try it for 30 days to see if it is for you and them.

The Red Apple Reading is $149 for a Lifetime Membership which includes:

Lifetime membership – no more to pay ever

  • Over 700 games & videos teach reading skills

  • For kids ages 4-9

  • 70+ hours of interactive fun

  • Access for 3 children

  • Instant online access PLUS 5 free members-only apps ($25 value)

  • Dashboard – track progress, manage account, download workbooks & other resources

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If you have a child like Spencer who does struggle with reading or phonics, this is a perfect program to give your child added learning.

CLICK HERE to purchase

 Red Apple Reading would like to offer one Canadian Basics reader a chance to win a subscription.

Enter below in the Giveaway Tool

Open to Canadian and US residents 18+ (excluding Quebec)

Ends November 29/14