The animated holiday display windows at Printemps, a high end department store in Paris. [h/t: Martini's for Milk]
Doctor Who BBC One Christmas Ident 2009 with David Tennant
Involvement in a child's education isn't restricted to joining the PTA. These articles at suite101.com and essortment.com discuss a variety of ways for parents and care-givers to be involved in a child's education.
Two great blogs, two great give aways!
- At a peek inside the fishbowl you could win a $100 CDN gift certificate to spend at Blend Creations.
And while you're feeling lucky, don't forget my contest where you could win Label Out Loud (LOL) Sticky Labels from Mabel's Labels!
As a Mabel's Labels agent, I'm happy to offer you a chance to win Label Out Loud (LOL) Sticky Labels from Mabel's Labels. (Shipping charges may apply.)
1. Click through to look at the Label Out Loud (LOL) Sticky Labels on the Mabel's site.
2. Click on "make my custom labels."
3. Click on the "Design Motif" tab.
4. Leave a comment on this post, telling us what your favourite design is.
5. Your name will be entered in a random draw for a coupon code for LOL Sticky Labels! (Shipping charges may apply.)
It's that easy!
Contest closes Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 11:59pm (EST). Winner will be announced at http://leesvoice.blogspot.com/ by end of day on Tuesday December 8th, 2009. The winner will have 24 hours to claim the prize.
If you win, I’ll need a valid e-mail address from you, for the purpose of sending you the coupon code.
The coupon must be redeemed by Dec 31, 2009.
Only one entry per person, please!
Edited to add:
This offer has expired. I will post future promotions, coupons and give-aways on this blog.
I'm a Mabel's Labels Buzzmama and I receive free products for my involvement in the program. I'm also a Mabel's Labels web affiliate and I earn a commission if you use the following link to purchase your Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®
- 30% off Holiday Gift Tags and Return Address Labels.
Regular price: $18.50, sale price $12.95
- 40% off Selected Write-On! Stationery, in choice of Bzzz or Cowpoke designs
Regular price: $34.00, sale price $20.40
- Canada only, 40% off all 5 Backyardigans Write On! Stationery designs
Regular price: $39.00, sale price $23.40
- The discount will automatically be applied at check out.
- Sale discounts may not be combined with other offers, promotions or coupons.
- Discount not valid on previous orders
- There are no limits on how many items can be ordered at the sale price.
- The order must be placed by Internet or phone and paid by credit card or cheque to qualify for this promotion
6. Kissing sleeping women you don’t know will wake them up and lead to them falling in love with you (from Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).
5. If you’re a really good person, but in a lousy situation, simply wait around and eventually good things will just happen to you (from Cinderella).
3. Even tough women who aren’t afraid to fight aren’t as important as the men they fight alongside (from the Star Wars movies). 2. It’s OK to completely change your physical appearance and way of life for the person you love, even if he makes no sacrifices at all (from The Little Mermaid).
Read the full list with complete commentary over at GeekDad.
From time to time, people will ask me if Mabel's Labels sells bookplates or booklabels. While the answer is technically, no, with a little creativity custom bookplates can be yours!
Get creative with some personalized return address labels!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- labeling wine bottles
- labeling jam jars
- labeling cups
- creating place settings
- decorating small gifts
- gifts that double as place settings
- jazzing up menus or family newsletters
- no fuss napkin rings
- and, of course, using on envelopes and gifts!
(Available until December 31st, 2009.)
For every order of holiday products, the Mabel team will make a donation to a local family in need of support this holiday season.
The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) (the organization that represents close to 2000 writers of drama, comedy, animation, childrens and documentary programs) made a video trying to give some context to the "Save Local TV" and "Stop the TV Tax" Campaigns.
[h/t: Dead Things on Sticks]
Here's a review for tonight's season finale of Canada's own Flashpoint!
In case you missed it, last Sunday Flashpoint won seven Gemini Awards, including Best Dramatic Series!
Belated shout out to Mark Ellis, Stephanie Morgenstern and all of the talented creatives involved with the show!
Does anyone know who the orginal author for this is?
Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.[h/t: Sanrda Bell-Lundy]
If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.
I admit it. I love Battle of the Blades. I hope Marie-France gets well soon, perhaps in time for the final show.
I think that Pelletier's "Can you do it?" YouTube clips are a fabulous idea! Learn a little figure skating while we enjoy watching figure skating! Just in time to warm up for the Olympics too.
What I find frustrating is how these clips are titled with the prefix "Battle of the blades - Can you do it? Challenge ..." Which means the rest of the title is often hidden. I've inventoried the ones I could find below, with more meaningful titles:
Oct 7: Spinning
Oct 14: Waltz Jump
Oct 22: Arabesque
Oct 28: Edges
Nov 4: Turns
Nov 10: Toe Picks and Jumps
The question, however, still remains: Can you do it? (Me, not so much.)
Just like Mabel's Classic Sticky Labels, Label Out Loud (LOL) Sticky Labels are fantastic for toys, bottles, dishes and more, providing that famous Mabel's Labels durability in an exciting NEW look!
The name on the labels can be whatever you like to a maximum of 20 characters. Names are printed exactly as you type them.
[originally posted Oct 27, 2008]
Have you ever burned your hand trying to get a candle in or out of a jack-o'-lantern? Try cutting your pumpkin 'lid' a little differently.
- carving knife
- Prep the pumpkin for carving.
- Mark where you're going to cut the 'lid.' The front (shown as top of the photo) will be a semi-circle, while the back will extend all the way down the back of the pumpkin.
- Using your favourite method, clean out and carve the pumpkin.
- Now you're able to put a candle in through the back of the pumpkin, with much less risk of getting burned!
[Remember to keep children away from lit flames and matches!]
[Cross-posted at Craft Day.]
Is there a law of parking that states "no matter where you park in an empty parking lot, another car will quickly come in and park so close to you that you can barely open your door wide enough to get out of your vehicle?"
There should be.
Is your child:
- heavier than their peers, and you feel uncomfortable putting them in a car booster seat at such a young age?
- too tall to stay in their car seat but too light to go in a car booster seat?
- so precious to you that even though they meet the specifications of using a car booster seat, you wish to keep them in a five-point harness?
With the help of the kind folks at Transport Canada, here's a list of seats that may be useful to you.
|Britax Frontier||Apex Safety 1st||Graco Nautilus|
- "no tangle" belts
|- converts to backless booster|
This information is provided for your convenience. Confirm details with product manufacter and Transport Canada.
If you have questions about child safety or other road safety issues, please contact Transport Canada directly.
Oscars, Tonys, stand aside boys! Here are The Mabels!
This one's for you, our wonderful, loyal customers! We're celebrating those of you who have been with us the longest, spread the word about us online and off, or who simply use our products in marvellous ways.
Each of the five winners will receive a $100 Mabel's Labels' gift certificate and a set of 45 limited edition sticky labels (not sold anywhere!). Plus, those with blogs, Twitter pages and websites will be eligible to display a graphic of their 'Mabel' Award online.
Read all the details here.
Deadline for entries is midnight EST, November 1st, 2009.
Perfect for the holiday you celebrate! Gift Tags are round tags that are personalized with any information or message you like.
Added bonus: If your kids think that your handwriting looks similar to Santa's, keep them on their toes by getting St. Nick a set of these labels!
Designed to stick to presents, Holiday Gift Tags come in four great designs: Festive Forest, Holly Jolly, Twinkle Twinkle and Winter Wonderland.
Available until December 31st, 2009.
Personalized Holiday Return Address Labels
By popular demand, Holiday Return Address Labels are back in a fun snowflake design. Printed on evergreen, rosy red or winter night with white writing. Colours sold separately or in a mixed pack.
Available until December 31st, 2009.
While you're going through your child's back to school wardrobe, make sure you've got something that could pass for picture day. Some schools have picture day as early as the second week!
Typically, photographers ask the children to wear a top of a solid colour. (Which can be more difficult then it sounds. It seems all shirts have big designs on them now!) The last thing you want to do in September is go back to the malls to get more clothes!
While you are doing your back to school shopping, don't forget to pick-up an extra pair of shoes. Most daycares and schools ask for children to have a pair of "indoor" shoes, so the kids don't track the mud and leaves and snow into the classroom.
Don't forget to put your child's name in them too! (There are only so many styles that come in preschooler sizes!)
Whether it's obtaining a laptop lunch system so you can make adorable bento box style litterless lunches or it's finding a favourite recipe for homemade granola bars, one really needs to give the lunch routine some serious thought.
Aside from wanting to give your kids something yummy and nutritious to look forward to, you definitely don't want some of your 15 minutes of fame coming from being featured in an article like this one: "Grossest Lunches."
According to Nadine's research, lunchtime no-nos include:
- frozen sandwiches
- liverwurst and
- dog food!
Nadine Silverthorn over at Sweetmama.ca has some terrific tips for little helping little ones overcome the anxiety associated with the First Day of School Milestone. These include deep breathing, visualizations, art therapy and acting out the fear. (She describes these things in a way that you can implement them with your child!)
For older kids, Catherine Wakelin (Sweetmama.ca) and Christine Carter (Science For Raising Happy Kids) share some tips for transitioning back to school.
- If you want to have an extended conversation with your child's teacher, please make an appointment so your child's teacher can schedule his time and plan accordingly.
- Please, please, please thank the teachers who take the time to meet with you for extended conferences.
- Teaching is a lonely profession with few extrinsic rewards. A quick email saying, "Hey, that was such a cool project! My son really enjoyed it!!!!" takes 2 minutes to write and will be remembered by your son's teacher for years.
- Tell your child's principal when your child's teacher does great work.
- Your child's teacher is a partner with you in caring about your child's learning. Treat them as a partner, not a boss or a servant.
Mabel Moolah™ is back!
Spend $80 or more on your next order and collect $25 in Mabel Moolah to use towards your next purchase!* It’s as easy as that. (Canadian and American orders placed between August 15 - September 15, 2009.)
* Read all the fine print at Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®!
Disclosure: I'm a Mabel's Labels Buzzmama and I receive free products for my involvement in the program. I'm also a Mabel's Labels web affiliate and I earn a commission if you use the following link to purchase your Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®
Ann Douglas has put together a fabulous post titled "Back to School Guide: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Season of Shopping for Hot Gadgets, Cool Clothes, and School Supplies."
Topics of her post:
- Rethink school-year routines.
- Get your kids back on a school-year sleeping routine before it's time to head back to school.
- Establish the shopping ground rules before you hit the mall.
- Keep your schedule as free as possible during the first week back at school.
- Keep things simple on the mealtime front.
- Take time for yourself.
- Set some goals for yourself as a parent.
|What do I need to label for back to school?|
Good question. It's always a good idea to have labels / bag tags / teeny tags for: