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mm_logo_wordmark_reverseI had to get the exciting bit out of the way first — I’ve been a fan of Mastermind Toys since my older guys were babies, ordering many toys from their online shop. They are now opening their third Ottawa location in Chapman Mills Marketplace.

They are throwing a party and we’re all invited!

Attend the Grand Opening celebrations at 71 Marketplace Ave, from July 10-13, 2014, and receive loot bags for your kids, a special offer for you, and participate in giveaways. Attentive staff will be on hand to help you and complimentary gift wrapping will be available all weekend.

Did I mention the cupcakes? Who can say no to cupcakes?! (PSA: cupcakes are on Saturday only.)

Mastermind Toys has published their list of Hot Summer Toys, and was kind enough to send us something to play with, too!IMG_0308 (more…)

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Who doesn’t love a touch of vintage flair on a summer patio? Taking something old and re-purposing or re-envisioning it is a style technique as old as time. Cheerios is doing it with their classic staple of childhood past and present, by introducing their new Honey Nut Cheerios Hearty Oat Crunch — my kids couldn’t wait to open the box and try it, and give it their full endorsement!

Backyard entertaining is a summer must for us — our small house makes indoor events a challenge. Here is a simple candle lantern you can make yourself to decorate your breakfast nook or your backyard gazebo:

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The last couple years I’ve had really good luck. I’ve won contests, I’ve been in the “right place” at the “right time” and I’ve been very grateful for whatever good vibes the universe has been sending my way. Friends have asked me for my secret, but I really don’t have one other than to tell them I like to “pay it forward” and invest in future good karma.

Recently I participated in a contest hosted by a local salon, with the prize of a haircut. I shared the story of my worst haircut ever (I’m still waiting for my parents to email a copy of my school picture that year), and my wonderful friends jumped to the request to “like” my entry. My sad story won.

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There are certain scents that can instantly transport me back to a certain place and time, and one of those is the smell of Oxy medicated acne pads. They drop me right back into senior high when bad skin started becoming an issue for me. Over the years, I have revisted Oxy products when I go through rough periods with my skin — affordable, effective, and easy to use, their products have often taken up space on my bathroom shelf.

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