2016-04-28

Michael Buble duet with 15 year old boy

This video has been around for a while, but it still makes me happy!


2016-04-22

Mabel's Labels camp packs!

"Can I go to sleepaway camp this year?"

"Of course you can Sweetie."

In my head: Doh!  Summer's coming up fast and I don't know what the kids schedules are going to be.  And they need new summer clothes and swimwear and sandals.  And labels!  We're almost out of labels for all of this stuff!

Thanks goodness for Mabel's Labels!

Mini name stickers are dishwasher / microwave safe and UV resistant labels are not only great for lunch and snack containers, they're also fabulous for electronic gadgets, notebooks, pens, markers, and all the little odds and ends.  For bigger items, they also have equally wonderful (just bigger) name stickers.

Tag-mates™ are clothing labels that are washer / dryer safe and best of all stick tight to clothing labels without ironing.  Some of the clothes are worn and faded, but the labels are still going strong!  (Of course if you really want iron on labels, they have those too!)

Growing feet mean new shoes, sandals, and boots too, which means new shoe labels are in order.

To help you save some money, they offer fabulous combo packs.

This year, Mabel is offering two brand-new label combo: a new “Day Camp Labels Pack*” and a new “Sleepaway Camp Labels Pack,**” available until the end of July.

We placed our order on Saturday, after lunch.  Ordering the Sleepaway combo was easy-peasy:
















Customize your label text, icon, and colours in the lower right.









You can see what your labels will look like in the upper left.










You can even pick single colour designs too, just click on "solid" in stead of "multicolour":

We settled on this "foxy" design:
Guess what arrived in the mail on Wednesday?

And it was filled with lots of crunchy label goodness:


Everything was perfect!



Thank you Mabel's Labels for your continued awesomeness!

*Day Camp Label Pack : Designed especially for kids heading to day camp, this brand new, value-packed collection of UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags has everything needed to designate items like clothes, footwear, backpacks, sports gear, lunch boxes, and more, and avoid mix-ups and lost items at busy day camps this summer. Personalize them with names and fun day camp icons.
MSRP: April early bird price: $17.99; then $19.99 through July; www.mabelslabels.com 
Available: April 5 to July 31 only!

**Sleepaway Camp Label Pack: This value-packed collection of UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags is designed especially for everything that goes to sleepaway camp, such as clothes, footwear, toiletries, swim gear, life jackets, and more. Personalize them with names and fun sleep away camp icons.
MSRP: April early bird price: $35.95; then $39.95 through July; www.mabelslabels.com 
Available April 5 to July 31 only!





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Disclosure:  I received free labels to allow me to write this review.



2016-03-18

Things that bring me joy

If I were to get rid of everything I own that doesn't bring me joy, I'd have to spend a fortune buying back a bunch of things I need!

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Doodle by Lee. The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2016-03-10

Shout out to technical forums!

Thank you to everyone who contributes to technical forums.

I would especially like to thank poster Michael and participant Thomas77 in this six year old thread "Win7 Pro x64 bit HP LaserJet 3015 driver problem" on the Microsoft forums.

This is good advice that's good for versions of Windows even beyond 7:

Try to install printer driver with the following method:
1. Click Start, click Control Panel and double click Devices and Printers.
2. Click Add a Printer.
3. Select "Add a local printer".
4. Select "Create a new port". Choose "Local Port" as the type of the port.
5. In the box "Enter a port name", type the address as the following format.
\\ [IP address of the host computer]\[The Share Name of the printer]
Then click Next.
6. Choose the correct driver in the driver list. If no available driver, click the button Windows Update, wait for the process finishes and then look for the driver again.
7. Finish the installation.


2015-06-20

Happy people embrace impermanence

In the article "7 Habits Happy People Have (But Never Talk About)" they mention that among other things, happy people embrace impermanence.

Happy people recognize life is a balancing act between holding on and letting go — and they're comfortable releasing things that no longer serve them.

Holding on and letting go.  Push pull.  Contract relax.  Yin and Yang.  Life is definitely a balancing act!



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Doodle by Lee. The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2015-06-18

Competence vs willingness to help

And so it goes with children ...

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Doodle by Lee. The code for this doodle and other doodles you can use on your blog can be found at Doodles.


2015-01-17

Two more favourite things

Two more favourite things put together. Richard Wiseman - esque creativity and Neil Patrick Harris come together in an Oscars commercial:



2014-12-26

X Company trailer

Remember  Flashpoint?  It was co-created by Toronto's own talented Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis.

Watch the trailer for their latest project, on the CBC YouTube channel:


2014-12-24

Origins of the NORAD Santa tracker

From NPR:

This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Shoup's children, Terri Van Keuren, 65, Rick Shoup, 59, and Pam Farrell, 70, recently visited StoryCorps to talk about how the tradition began.

Read more.


2014-12-20

Two of my favourite things

Weird Al and magic together.  What's not to like?

From YouTube:



[via iTricks]


2014-12-09

On having a grateful heart

From the Elephant Journal:

By now, most of us have heard the news: grateful people are happier, healthier and generally more fulfilled.


And while these are all really great side effects of gratitude, for me, one of the coolest things about gratitude is the way it affects the heart. The heart creates an electromagnetic field that expands up to five feet from the body. Its electrical field is 60 times stronger in amplitude than that of the brain.
Studies show that when people cultivate positive feelings, the heart’s frequency changes and its waves become smoother and more consistent, while anxiety or stress caused waves to be shorter and less organized. Though most positive feelings were capable of affecting the heart in this way, researchers noted that gratitude changed the heart’s rhythm more easily and faster than any of the others.


Read more.


2014-11-30

Mabel's cyber sale

From the Mabel's Labels Twitter feed:


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Disclosure: I'm a Mabel's Labels Buzzmama and I receive free products for my involvement in the program.


2014-11-15

Canada: Win a copy of Forcing the Ace

"Forcing the Ace," written by Erin Thomas is a recently released novel is intended for children ages 11 to 14.

Here's the teaser from the back cover:
Sometimes the real magic happens offstage.

Alex wants to enter the Silver Stage magic competition, but he needs a sponsor. Jack, a veteran card wizard, is willing to take on the role, but only if Alex agrees to team up with Zoe, another young magician—and Alex’s rival. Working with Jack and sharing the spotlight with Zoe, Alex comes to see that there are other ways to be a magician besides competing—and that magic is about entertaining people, not fooling them.


Read a young person's thoughts on the book and a Q&A with the author.
 
You have a few more days to enter the contest to win yourself a copy of the book.


2014-11-09

Toronto: Coupon code for 20% off Magic Tonight



James Alan, over at Abracadaberet, has kindly offered me a coupon code for 20% off tickets to Magic Tonight!

Use the coupon code cmagic to receive your discount.

Tonight's special guests are Matt DiSero and Michael Close.  Upcoming guests include Glenn Ottaway, Jason Palter, Bill Abbott, Paul Pacific, Chris Mayhew and more!


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* Offer is subject to change without notice.  I earn a commission when you use the coupon code.