Category Archives: Birthdays

Party Ideas

I’ve been a Pinterest user for a very very long time. Before Pinterest existed, I would bookmark, “save as” or clip magazine ideas. I used to glue these ideas into a notebook and hope that I would one day I would make some of these ideas a reality.

My daughter’s third birthday is on my mind today. Yes, I know, it’s 4 months away, but I can’t help but start to think of a theme for her big day.

For her 1st birthday, we did a McDonalds theme (Party Ideas – McDonalds Board) and 2nd we did a beach day (Party Ideas – Under the Sea).

I’m trying to think of a great theme for her 3rd birthday. She has so many different interests right now, that’s it hard to pick one. Here are a few theme ideas that I’ve considered:

What did you do for your child’s 3rd birthday? Do you have a good suggestion of something we could do? Adults would be included in the festivities.

I didn’t do what I promised (I’m sorry)

I guess I left you hanging there in my last blog post and didn’t do what I said I was going to do.  So, here is my brief overview on the life changing events that have gone on since April 2015.

  • I’m pregnant with our second child (due early December). This came as a big surprise for my husband and I, since I have fertility issues and didn’t take any drugs to get pregnant this time. It’s a blessing, but a big surprise for us. It made me laugh a little to, since I attended the Blog Out Loud event in April and in one of Dani’s speeches she said that for some reasons bloggers have a lot of children. They do!
  • We now live a small home west of the city. My husband and I had a long chat about buying/selling our current home or to renovate it. We decided to buy and sell. We sold very quickly and bought the house next door to us. The only problem is, there is a 10 week gap between closing dates, so…
  • We are living in a 30 ft camping trailer. Honestly, it’s been going very well, but the first night was very very difficult for us with our toddler. It was very discouraging, but now she sleeps like a dream all night.
  • With our new gypsy lifestyle, we have taken advantage of travelling with the trailer a few times. We went to Logo’s Land in Coden and camped at a small fair outside of Smith Falls. Coming from a family that camped with a tent trailer when I was younger, camping with your “house” with all your belongings is a hell of a lot easier.
  • Life has not been super easy lately. There has been a lot of stress in my life that I am doing my best coping with and would rather not air that here, but just to let you know that I’m ok, but it’s one of the reasons I’ve taken a step back from regular blogging.

Other little happy things:

  • Our daughter turned 2 and we had a lovely beach day birthday party for her.
  • I’m reading Grey to see what all the fuss is about, it’s o.k.
  • I’ve found two amazing threads on Red Flag Deals for Pampers codes and My Vegas Slots (dreaming of a vacation someday) that I just love browsing.
  • The weather this summer has been beautiful and we have spent a lot of time on the beach.
  • Pinterest does a great job to keep my mind off things.
  • I haven’t watched TV in over a month… Not that it was ever a problem, but kind of nice, you know.
  • Love the new Apple Music update. The playlists are amazing.

That’s it for now. No promises when the next blog post will be, but hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this one.

Hope your having a lovely summer.

Jenny

Free things you can get on your birthday in Ottawa (Canada)

October is my birthday month and what better way of celebrating getting a year older is to get free stuff. Here is a list of things that you can get for free on your birthday:

Dinner

  • Boston Pizza: sign up and get a complimentary plate of pasta or dessert on your birthday.
  • Milestones: bring three friends with you to dinner and get your meal free
  • Swiss Chalet: Kids eat free on their birthday.

Snacks

  • Baskin Robbins: Join their birthday club and get 2.5 oz scoop on your birthday.
  • Booster Juice: Get a free smoothie on your birthday. Must sign up online.
  • Starbucks: Get a free coffee on your birthday when you sign up for Starbucks rewards.

Stuff

  • Sephora: Get a free freebie in your inbox when you’re part of their rewards program.
  • Toys “R” Us: Free birthday gift card until your child turns 10.

People

  • Prime Minister: “A congratulatory letter from the Prime Minister of Canada for your 65th and 70th Birthday and a certificate for your 75th birthday.”

 

Do you know of any other great free things on your birthday in Ottawa? Let me know in the comments below.

Gifts ideas for a 7-year-old girl

It may be Monday, but I’ve already got the weekend on my mind. Next Saturday, I will be celebrating a Frozen-loving, adventurous, imaginative, crafty friend’s daughter 7th birthday! Now, I’m no gift expert, so I’m looking at you for help. What do I give a 7-year-old for her birthday? Here are some ideas I’ve been given so far (let me know if they are good or bad):

Another suggestion I was given are books. Why kind of books does a 7-year-old like to read?

Let me know folks!

Sale on Books for Children at Bookoutlet.ca


Did you know that there is only 96 days until Christmas?!?!?

That’s why I’m so happy to see that the BookOutlet.ca is having a crazy sale on children books right now. Here is a list of a few books that my daughter loved from age 6 – 12 months and hope that your kids will love them too:

Baby Shaker Teethers ($2.99) – She loved this book. Not only are the images very colourful, the teether works great to keep her distracted while we were out and about.

Busy Zoo ($3.99) – She liked her crinkly fabric books. We had this one, a Curious George one and a Lamaze company one.

Bright Baby ($8.49) – This set makes an excellent baby shower gift. A friend of ours got us this set and it includes similar items to the two mentioned above and a bathtime book.

That’s Not My Meerkat ($3.99), That’s Not My Snowman ($3.49), That’s Not My Raindeer ($3.99) – Our daughter loves these Usborne Touchy Feely Books, although we never read the meerkat one, we did read about the polar bear, puppy, cat, tractor and train.

Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet Book ($2.99) – This book can turn any sad face into a happy face. We actually bought this book in French from Chapters. Just a little wiggle from this spider can really make her day.

Here are a list of books that I remember loving as a child that are on sale:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly ($3.99) – I can’t wait to buy this for my daughter. I remember loving this book as a child.

Baby Beluga ($3.49) – Anything by Raffi is a winner for me.

Shipping is not free over $25+, but it’s very reasonable within Canada (almost free).

If you have any questions about any of the books I’ve mentioned above, please comment in the section below.

 

Although this post may contain Bookoutlet.ca affiliate links, the comments and recommendations are completely my own. I would recommend these books regardless of being affiliated with this company. Just a bonus that they are having a sale on these books right now. Enjoy!

 


The Best Seller In Bargain Books

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Kids Kingdom Kanata (Review)

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Last weekend, I took my 12-month old daughter to Kids Kingdom in Kanata (66 Hearst Way, Kanata). My first impression of the location was good. It was HUGE, very clean and had lots of natural light.

Admission for Kids Kingdom, it was $5 for 23 months and under, $15 for kids aged 2-12 and $3 per adult.  Your admission include access to:

  • Infant play centre
  • Inflatable bounce area
  • Kids Kingdom castle play structure
  • Inflatable obstacle course
  • Parents lounge*

Once we paid, we had to put away our shoes (socks only!), bags and coats. No outside food or drink permitted.

We only stayed at the Kingdom for about an hour. My daughter can’t walk by herself yet, so we just kind of cruised against all the netted walls, went down some slides and played with foam blocks. I think she had a great time. She fell asleep right away when we left.

As great of a time that we had, I was a little disappointed about a few things:

  • The price to spend an afternoon at Kids Kingdom is expensive. I find $15/per child (luckily we only had to pay $8 for the two of us) expensive. Maybe by the time my daughter is 2, they will have a bit more. Not only do you have to pay admission, but you also have to pay to play any of the arcade games and if you want any food or drink.
  • No outlet covers on the plugs. I noticed near the arcade area that some outlet plug covers were missing. No biggie, just gentling reminding Kids Kingdom that baby proofing at a kids playground might be a good idea.
  • No bags allowed. I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t allowed to bring my bag in. I realize that it’s to avoid bringing in food and drink, but I like the idea of having my diaper bag close by with wipes and diapers if I needed to change her. Since it was our first visit, I didn’t ask questions and just gave them my bag to put away.

Overall, I think the visit was a success, but I don’t think I would go back again anytime soon. I’d probably wait until she’s invited to a kids birthday party to go back. IMO, I feel like I could spend less than $5 on a Happy Meal at McDonalds and let her run wild at one of the McDonald’s Playplace for a lot cheaper (however, I realize that I may feel differently in a few years).

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On one of the Facebook groups that I’m a part of, a lot of people had some things to say about the Kingdom. Here are a few quotes:

  • “We spent 5 hours there last week with kids aged ranged from 5-8 years old.”
  • “You could easily do 3 hours.”
  • “… it’s very different from Cosmic. My son actually preferred this [Kids Kingdom].”
  • “It’s great there and the food is good.”
  • “We went last week, it’s more of a gym tale, monkey around our that play time 4 kids that used to be on merivale road….I found it pricey for what’s there, personally it doesn’t compare at all to cosmic adventures but it is a cute little place to go for a few hours when you don’t want to drive out to the east end. If it is any indication, two five year olds enjoyed playing with the giant balls in the kiddy area and watching the cartoons that are on the tv in the eating area than they did playing on the structure…and their blow up slide thing wasn’t up and working.”

Most people seemed very happy with their visit and a few nah-sayers seemed to be with me about the price thing. HOWEVER, it was brought to my attention that you can purchase a $100/year membership. So maybe that will be easier to swallow if you plan to visit it frequently.

Have you been to Kids Kingdom? What did you think? How would you compare it to Cosmic, Ikea or FunHaven**?

 

Update (August 30, 2014): I went to Kids Kingdom again (Don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s fun there), I was still disappointed to see that no outlet covers were on the plugs. I went with my mom and she spoke to someone there and was told that the reason that there were no outlet covers, is because the parents keep removing them to  plug in their cellphones (!!!). That’s kind of shitty of parents to do that and not put them back on, however, there were also no outlet covers in the arcade area either… So I’m not sure what to believe. 

On a better note,  I was able to bring my diaper bag into the play area with me. Last time I went, I couldn’t. It was really handy to have my wallet on hand to be able to purchase 2 coffees (almost $4 for 2 small coffees!). 

 

 

* I’m not sure what the “parents lounge” is? Maybe just where you sit down in the cafeteria section?

** I have never taken my daughter to any of these places, however, I’m really interested to hear about what you have to say.

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McDonald’s Birthday Party Review (with VLOG)

On Sunday, we celebrated my daughter’s 1st birthday at McDonald’s. Remember going to a McDonald’s birthday parties in 80s? It was pure awesomeness. At our party, we had a little get together with friends and family at the McDonald’s off Moodie Drive. We chose this McDonald’s location because they host birthday parties, have a Playplace for the kids to play in and it’s close to the highway. 

I have nothing but good things to say about my experience. 

After watching the video below on YouTube titled “McDonald’s Birthday Party Semi Review,” (posted April 6, 2014) I have to admit, I was a little concerned about what I would be paying for. After my experience on Sunday, I really feel like I need to make my own YouTube video to speak about my experience having a McDonald’s birthday party.

McDonald’s Birthday Party Semi Review

My McDonald’s Birthday Party Review

Below you will see pictures of the decorations on the tables, including the signage that reserved our section from 11-2pm. Loot bag toys and McDonald’s birthday party placemats for the kids.

 

Birthday Decorations Birthday Decorations 2 McDonald's Birthday Loot Bags McDonald's Birthday Party Placemats

As mentioned in the video, I would have her party again at this McDonald’s location. They did an excellent job and I was very happy with our experience. If you have any questions about hosting a McDonald’s birthday party in Ottawa, please feel free to contact me anytime.

 

Happy Birthday!

Here are some wonderful Happy Birthday songs I found on YouTube for kids (that are under 30 seconds long):

 

Happy 75th Birthday Batman!

Yesterday was Batman’s 75th birthday. According to this source, July 23 is DC Entertainment’s official Batman Day.

To wish the cape crusader a “happy birthday” here’s a video from Baman and Piderman – Frow Da Party.

Enjoy!

Speaking of McDonald’s Birthday Parties

Please visit my Pinterest board for party ideas for hosting a McDonald’s birthday party.

http://www.pinterest.com/jolkins/party-ideas-mcdonalds/