2011-10-02

Video: Reverse table cloth




[h/t: Teller]


2011-09-19

Paper roll people

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Posted over at Craft Day.


2011-09-05

Sorcerers Safari lip dub

The campers and crew at Sorcerers Safari did a lip dub at camp last week.

Not only is it a single shot from start to finish, there are some really talented campers showing their stuff! Enjoy!


2011-08-21

Music with cards

A YouTube video showing that music can be found everywhere, even in a deck of cards, if you'll just listen.




[h/t: iTricks.com]


2011-07-29

Donate to emergency relief operations in the Horn of Africa

If you wish to donate to the emergency relief operations in the Horn of Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Canadian Red Cross are accepting donations. The Canadian Red Cross is also accepting donations via text message through www.mobilegiving.ca.


2011-07-27

MLF&H: Only five days left!

Only 5 days left to grab the Ultimate Back-to-School Combo at last year's price of $39

Read all the details at the website of Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®

I've already placed my order!


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2011-07-15

You can't win if you don't play

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2011-07-12

Happiness: have meaningful goals

Rule number four, from the article 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy , is to have meaningful goals.

Harvard’s resident happiness professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, agrees, “Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable.”


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2011-07-11

MLF&H: The UBTSC (classic or colourful) is back!


Yes, I know. I'm just getting settled into the rhythm of summer and don't want to be thinking about back-to-school.

I thought you'd want to know that this year there are early bird savings to be had by ordering in July!

Also new this year you can order 40 extra skinny-minis for $11.95.

Available only until September 30th this combo includes:

  • 50 Tag Mates™
  • 40 Skinny-Minis™
  • 16 Shoe Labels
  • 2 Teeny Tags™
Choose from 6 limited edition Classic colour palettes or 27 Colourful Label Out Loud™ designs, plus 6 exclusive Ultimate Back-to-School Combo motifs available for both lines.

Read all the details at the website of Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®

I've already placed my order!


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2011-07-10

Also a cool treat, but not so healthy

Yummy and easy recipe for "Fresh Fruit Ice Cream" over at Parent Hacks.

I'm going to try upping the fruit content and finding a way to reduce the sugar and fat some.


2011-07-09

Cool summer treat

and mini-craft for kids!

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2011-05-31

Summer is a magical time for kids to learn magic

Reprinted, with permission, from Canada's Magic.

Do your children want to learn magic this summer? Then you've come to the right place! We've highlighted the magic programs for children offered through Canada this summer.


Sorcerers Safari


When talking about summer, magic and children, the first name that always comes to my mind is Sorcerers Safari Summer Camp. Sorcerers Safaris is a sleep-away camp in the Haliburton Highlands about 2 1/2 hours north of Toronto. This year's camp runs from Tuesday August 30th to Sunday Sept 4th, 2011. The camp is coordinated by Mike Segal and boasts an amazingly talented and experienced staff!

To register or for more information, visit SorcersSafari.ca.

Take a peek at the highlights from last year's camp!



Oh, Magic Camp from Rotten Pictures on Vimeo.



Not interested in a sleep-away experience?

Mega Magic Camp, Calgary

If you're looking for something in Western Canada, check out Mega Magic Camp with Sean Watson and Brent Smith in Calgary from August 22nd to August 26th, 2011.

To register or for more information, visit MegaMagicCamp.com.


Ottawa

In the Ottawa area, Eric LeClerc runs English and French language magic classes during the summer. His 2011 dates haven't been posted yet. Keep checking his website for more information.


Greater Toronto Area

Some of the Sorcerers Safari Summer Camp crew will also be teaching magic in Toronto area day camps. Some of these day camps are offering an introductory magic classes for the entire camp summer and some of the camps also offer a 'Magic Course/Specialty' that run on particular dates.

At present, the participating day camps are:

  • Bayview Glen: offers a general magic activity 3 days a week for the full summer

  • Zodiac: offers a specialty magic program (a 2 week program, twice over their 8 week summer course)

  • Crestwood (warning, website autostarts a video with sound): offers a general program 4 days a week for the entire summer


For more information about the magic taught at the day camps, contact Sorcerers Safari Summer Camp. For more information about the camps in general, or to register, contact the day camps directly.


We hope your summer is magical!

Reprinted, with permission, from Canada's Magic.


2011-05-19

Parenting experts

Inspired by this tweet:

everyone is the perfect parent until they have kids :) @karynclimans @MumsnChums @CoreExpectationless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply



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2011-05-12

Taco / burrito seasoning

Inspired by Andrea's post, "Reduced-sodium taco recipe, er, assembly" I went searching for a recipe for taco or burrito meat seasoning. So far, the troops have been pretty happy with this one from Food.com, "Taco Seasoning - Budget Friendly Seasoning for Tacos, Burritos."

Pass the salsa!


2011-05-08

No expectations

Happy Mother's Day!

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2011-05-02

It's your responsibility

Election in your area today?
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2011-04-28

When was the last time you squeezed your lemons?

From Freshly Squeezed:


Needing to know your lemons is not an illusion.

International Grand Illusionist Ryan Joyce has sent a personal message to remind everyone just how important it is to squeeze your lemons! Knowing if something feels different could just save your life!




Read more to find out how much money has been raised by Ryan for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.



[h/t: Canada's Magic]


2011-04-23

Reference: blogging tools

Great post over at Problogger titled "15 Blogger Resources Not Previously Featured on ProBlogger." My favourite:

6. Timely: A Twitter tool that tells you the best time to tweet for maximum impact.

7. TinEye: A reverse image search tool.

and

13. Color Scheme Designer: A simple tool that creates color combinations with the click of a mouse.


2011-04-21

Apropos of nothing

Three Little Kittens
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Written By: Unknown, Copyright Unknown

Three little kittens,
They lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear,
We sadly fear
Our mittens we have lost.
What! Lost your mittens,
You naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
You shall have no pie.

The three little kittens,
They found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear,
See here, see here,
Our mittens we have found.
What! Found your mittens,
You darling kittens!
Then you shall have some pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
You shall have some pie.

The three little kittens,
Put on their mittens,
And soon ate up the pie;
Oh, mother dear,
We greatly fear
Our mittens we have soiled.
What! Soiled your mittens,
You naughty kittens!
Then they began to sigh,
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
They began to sigh.

The three little kittens,
They washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry;
Oh mother dear,
Look here, look here,
Our mittens we have washed.
What! Washed your mittens,
You're such good kittens.
I smell a rat close by!
Hush! Hush! Hush! Hush!
Hush! Hush! Hush!
I smell a rat close by.


2011-04-20

The universe has to move forward

RIP Elisabeth Sladen

"The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it's a world, or a relationship... Everything has its time. And everything ends. "

--Sarah Jane Smith, School Reunion


2011-04-15

Out vs in

I previously mentioned Priscilla Claman's terrific post on "How to Avoid Impossible Assignments."

This part of the first paragraph caught my attention:

Burnout occurs when you expend more internal resources and energy than you take in. It's not just a matter of working hard, which at the best of times can feel exciting and motivating. Burnout is exhausting — whether you are working hard or not.
It reminds me of a previous post titled "Relax" which also talks about the importance of filling one's own tank.

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2011-04-12

Clutter vs focus

From the article "Scientists find physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus, process information"

Or, to paraphrase in non-neuroscience jargon: When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.

Read more.

I wonder if the brains of people who seem to work best amongst clutter differ from those subjects in the study mentioned in the article.




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2011-04-10

What do clowns, magicians and mimes have in common?

If you see a bad painting, do you hate all painters? If you hear a bad singer, do you hate all singers? What's different about clowns, magicians and mimes?

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2011-04-09

Dr. Twhoooo

Dr. Twhooooo.

Nice! Wonder who the creative mind is?

[h/t: DoctorWhoReview]


2011-04-08

2011-04-06

Mabel's Labels: Limited Edition Camp Combo™

This combo was designed for everything that goes to summer camp. This combo provides excellent value and a variety of waterproof and laundry-safe labels. Two friendship bracelets are included FREE with every order of this combo.

Read more about it at Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®!

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2011-04-03

Ooey Gooey

Overheard on the playground:

Ooey Gooey was a worm,
A big fat worm was he.
He sat upon a railway track,
A train he did not see.
The train came roaring round the bend,
The driver gave a squeal,
The guard got out his pocket knife,
And scraped him off the wheel.
Ooey Gooey!


2011-04-02

How to steal like an artist

I really like this post "How to steal like an artist (and 9 other things nobody told me)" by Austin Kleon.

My favourite points:
2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.

8. Be nice. The world is a small town.

and especially:
10. Creativity is subtraction.

The graphic that goes with the last point tickles something in me. Click through to the article and see for yourself.


2011-03-25

Anxiety vs dwelling

Last month's MSNBC article "Everything you know about beating stress is wrong" had lots of things to love, like dark chocolate being good for reducing stress hormones and encouraging the venting of anger now and again.

I was surprised by the finding that subjects who avoided thinking or talking about their sadness had a lower risk of depression. So much for talk therapy as a one-size fits-all strategy.

Pass the chocolate.

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2011-03-23

What's fashionable and painful?

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2011-03-15

Happy 8th birthday Mabel!

Can you believe it's been 8 years since Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!® arrived on the scene? And just like last year, FREE surprise gift bags will be included in randomly selected orders between March 15-22nd!

A minimum of 25 goody bags will be given away, each with an approximate retail value of $30, including free shipping.

Visit their blog for complete details!




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2011-03-13

Legal documents on sale!

Oohhhh..... MegaDox.com is having a sale on it's documents! According to their webiste:


I previously mentioned MegaDox during my quest to obtain an online privacy policy.


2011-03-12

Piff Paff POOF!

From Canada's Magic:

This March, Magicana presents Piff Paff Poof!

Poof the rabbit and his magician Julie Eng will be performing at The Lower Ossington Theatre (aka the LOT) in Toronto. Audiences will see some amazing magic for the young at heart – colourful, visual, participatory, funny and, most of all, magical.

In addition, Poof will also be joined by either Mark Lewis or Tricky Ricky (Richard Lyn), two of Canada's best children's entertainers.

Visit the Piff Paff Poof website for more information or to purchase your tickets!

See also:


2011-02-26

Asked vs helped

As sales reps know, "It’s easier to farm than to hunt."

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2011-02-20

Mabel's Chairty Drive for McMaster Children’s Hospital!

From the Mabelhood blog:

Mabel’s Labels has partnered with Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation to run a charity drive in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital (Mac Kids). Between February 14 – 25, 20% of any Mabel’s Labels purchase placed by phone or on mabel.ca will be donated to Mac Kids.

For more information, read the full post.



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2011-02-06

Be still my heart and get crafting!

A heart craft round-up:

Woven heart pockets

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3-D heart
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Quick and easy Homemade Valentine's Day cards


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Print your own maze Valentines:
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[Download the PDF for the Heart Maze.]
[Download the PDF for Heart Maze Valentine's Day cards.]


One a little more little kid friendly.
[Download the PDF for Heart Maze Valentine's Day cards.]


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Heart sun catcher
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Heart necklace
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2011-02-04

Desire vs despair

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2011-02-03

Skinny-minis just for me!

You may recall that almost a year ago I became a Buzzmama for Mabel's Labels.

As a Buzzmama I voluntarily represent Mabel’s Labels. By sharing the conversations I have about Mabel's Labels, back to the company, I become eligible for free products.

Recently, I was delighted to find these in the mail:



They were a gift for me from the Buzzmama program!

I love my Skinny-minis and use them on everything and anything such as reusable food containers, skate guards, pens, pencils, books, electronic equipment, DVDs, USB keys and more! They are dishwasher/microwave safe, peel and stick labels. These labels are extremely versatile and long-lasting

Thank you Mabel!



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2011-02-02

MLF&H: Mabel Moolah™ is back!

From now until February 11th, you can earn $25 in Mabel Moolah™ for every $70 purchased! (That is $70 before taxes and shipping, after discounts.)

Mabel MoolahRead all the fine print at Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®!



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2011-01-31

Shout out to Crayola Canada customer service

Thank you to Crayola Canada customer service rep Chris (Kris?), possibly the nicest customer service representative with whom I've had the pleasure of interacting.


2011-01-18

Homemade Oreo cookies

I was over at Dirts and Rocks earlier this month and happened upon a recipe for homemade Oreo-style cookies.

I can't wait to try making them! Yum!


2011-01-14

Bring out your lurks!

Dani says that it's Delurking Day. So wave or say hi in the comments!

(And you can leave your lurks by the back door.)


2011-01-13

Alzheimer's

Read up on the "10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's" at Alzheimer's Society of Canada. While you're at it, read "Take Action for Healthier Living" which was created for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
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2011-01-12

MLF&H: Introducing the NEW Loot Bag Combo

Question: I want to give some Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®
to my children's friends, but I can't afford to spend $20 per friend. Are there sample sized packages I could buy?

Answer: Yes, there are now! Mabel's Labels has recently announced their new "Loot Bag Combo." From their website:

The Loot Bag Combo was inspired by celebrities who love to include our waterproof Sticky Labels and Bag Tags in their children's birthday party loot bags. These sweet combos make great party favours and add a personalized touch to gifts for only $5 per child.

A minimum order of 6 sets is required. Each set includes
  • 1 Bag Tag and
  • 5 Sticky Labels.
Additional sets can be added in multiples of 2 for $10.

Express shipping is required for this product. Due to the specialized nature of this product, it is not eligible for coupons or discounts and it does not qualify for fundraising commissions.
For all the details about this new product, visit Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®





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2011-01-10

Monday

You know it's Monday when your "Unresponsive script" message box has a status of "Not Responding."

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2011-01-07

Urgent!

Just because you can do it immediately, doesn't mean you should.

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2011-01-06

Thank you notes

Is the hand-written thank you note important to you? It is to some ParentHackers who have some interesting tips to share about making the process relatively tear-free!

Looking for some fun stationery to use? I've got some designs over at CafePress*. I also make custom cards at Nightshade Creations.



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2011-01-05

Calm vs fatigue

Because it takes a lot of energy to be anxious.

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