January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

How to Make a Playlist on Youtube (& enter to win $1000 !) #LEGOChannel

Did you know that LEGO® has an official Youtube channel now?

And while we’re on the subject, did you know that you could make playlists on Youtube?
…or am I the only one who has never tried this? ;) I know there must be others!

So, I found out about The Official LEGO® Channel and I went over to check it out- there are over 500 videos to choose from over there, and they’re always adding new ones, all from LEGO®. You can go over to their channel, and you can create a playlist of the videos you or your kids want to watch.

Here's a little video that'll tell you all about what you can find on the channel:

One thing I love about this new discovery of playlists is that if you’re letting your kids watch something on Youtube (that you approve of them watching), you can get it playing for them with the next video in cue, ready to go- and it’s okay for you to walk away, because they’re not going to be faced with a list of video options to click on as soon as “Part 1” of whatever they’re watching is over. (I’ve had this happen with innocent Strawberry Shortcake or Smurfs episodes in the past, and been grateful that I stuck around to get them safely from Part 1 to Part 2, saving them from inadvertently clicking on something that might be inappropriate!)

And here’s what I like about the videos I’ve found on The Official LEGO® Channel - I watched an episode of LEGO® Club TV with them, and I loved that it introduced them to something new- a fun way of using their imaginations, and playing creatively! Seeing what they’ve got going on at LEGO Land is amazing and inspiring! (not just to me, but to my kids).

If you haven’t tried making a Youtube playlist, get over to The Official LEGO® Channel and try making one!

How to Build a Playlist on Youtube:

• Visit Youtube.com/LEGO and watch one of your favorite videos
• Click "Video Options"?
• Select "Add To Playlist"?
• Sign-In using your YouTube Login ?
• Add your selected video to an existing playlist or create a new one?
• To prevent non-LEGO® videos from being recommended, build your playlist using only ?Official LEGO® Channel videos.

Here’s my playlist that puts one of the episode’s parts altogether, so that you can watch it without searching for the next part. Plus it’s totally ready to go at any time- your kids could watch in the car, in the doctor’s office, anywhere they need a little entertainment!

There is a lot of content on web; creating a playlist on the Official LEGO® Channel is a great way to ensure your kids are entertained and watching videos you can feel good about.
Visit the Official LEGO® Channel to build your own playlist to watch with your kids and then reply below for a chance to win one (1) $1,000 gift card to buy your family’s favorite LEGO® products!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LEGO. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Love Letter Books

This gift idea was originally shared by me over at Or So She Says, in 2010! I realized I had never shared it here and thought it would be a good one as we approach Valentine's Day :)

This is a gift idea for significant others.

For whatever reason, I find it incredibly challenging to come up with a good gift for my husband. I know I'm not alone in this, so here I am to share one idea that I came up with that has been great for me- and it's a gift that keeps on giving! (sweet!)

You can get as creative as you wish with this. It can be strictly a love letter book (which is how I've done mine) or it can be scrapbookish.

Here's what you do:

1. Search the stores for the most masculine journal/notebook you can find
(I found this small brown leather book with a lot of pages).

2. Write your first love note. It can be the same sort of note you might write in a card or something a little more lengthy.

3. Give him the book as a gift, and explain that the pages will be filled (by you) over time.

4. Every time you notice something great that you love about your husband, get out the book and write a dated note to him. Don't tell him when you've written them. Just let him find them next time he looks in the book.

5. Next time there's a special occasion, instead of buying him a card, just get out the book and write in that instead. If there are past notes in there that he hasn't seen yet, he'll see them when he re-receives the book for that occasion.

Bonus: No more cards from random occasions to stash in a shoebox somewhere or add more clutter to your home. All of your meaningful notes will be contained in one small and accessible place- yay!

I've also started something like this for each of my daughters. They look way more girly and include monthly letters for the first year of their life and then random letters after that, whenever I find time or feel inspired. They also include notes about the hilarious things they say and do.


If you're looking for more gift ideas for men, check out my Sock Bouquet!

Or for Christmas, here's a fun one: Dad's Root Deer

or click here 
to see a list of 100 great gift ideas!

Skip To My Lou

Monday, January 28, 2013

Project 365 - Week 2

This year I've decided to take on Project 365.

Here's what I've challenged myself to:

Here's week 2:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Week in Review & Sharing Time 2012

Click HERE for January's Sharing Time Linky. <--can't wait to see what you link up!


This week I introduced my Project 365

I shared a bit about the new Barbie Kinder Eggs and a contest.

...and I shared a tutorial for Handmade Paper Flowers.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

“Hand”made Flowers

Want to know how to make these adorable flowers? :)

Click over to HowDoesShe to see my post about how to make them, and then what you can do with them! :)

Barbie & Hot Wheels Surprises (& a Contest!) #KINDERMom

Tiny two-piece plastic Barbie doll figurines… and itty bitty 3-piece plastic Hot Wheels toys...

They are bringing a lot of excitement into our lives this month!!

Why do they love them so much???

Well yes, they’re fun to play with- but seriously, Kinder Eggs are a blast because of the SURPRISE!!

Now, I know these are kind of meant to be a girl/boy thing- the Barbie™ eggs' wrapping is even tinted pink! And I have to tell you I am not that experienced with boys (I’m a girl, I grew up with mostly sisters, and I’ve got two daughters, so.... I know girls!) And my girls ARE girly girls. They love pink, sparkles, princesses, fairies, ballet, etc. So they totally go for the Barbie™ KINDER® eggs! However, they have a lot of fun with & get just as excited about the cars, when they can get past choosing a "plain" white egg instead of a pink one ;)

Now that KINDER® has come out with new Barbie™ and limited edition Hot Wheels™ eggs, they’ve also got a contest going on at www.facebook.com/KinderCanada where you can win one of 40 KINDER® Barbie™ Hot Wheels™ Prize Packs. All you have to do to participate is click over there and become a fan of the facebook page and then follow the instructions on facebook! I hope one of you wins!! (or, hey, 40 of you ;) (This one’s only open to Canadians.)

Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Project 365 - Week 1

This year I've decided to take on Project 365.

Here's what I've challenged myself to:

Here's week 1:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 2012 Sharing Time & Week in Review

Click HERE for January's Sharing Time Linky. <--can't wait to see what you link up!


Earlier this week I shared my experience with photographing a birth

I shared a bit about the problems I'm having with my hands.

...and a list of Fun Popcorn Ideas for National Popcorn Day!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy National Popcorn Day!

I'm not American, but I'm on board with celebrating something like Popcorn Day! :)

We've posted about popcorn in the past in a few different ways:

Paint your Popcorn! (and then eat it!)

Give popcorn as a gift!

Try popcorn with Vinegar! (My siblings & I love it!)

Have you got fun posts or ideas involving popcorn??
Please share in the comments!

Skip To My Lou

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday Thoughts (These Hands)

I've always liked my hands.

My fingers are long and thin- "piano hands", they'd say. My finger nails grow long, and I trim them so that they curve at the ends. They remind me of my mother's hands. They are mine, and I think they're nice.

Lately, however, my hands have caused a lot of frustration, a lot of pain, and a lot of sadness. It's nothing I chose for them to do. It's just something that has happened to them. I don't know what's causing it- I just know that it's painful, and that the doctors can't confirm anything or make a diagnosis at this point.

This is the second "flare up" that I've experienced. The first time Katrina was 6 months old and my saddest memory from that time is of having to pick her up, out of her crib by squeezing her between my arms, because my hands just couldn't do it. This time around, my saddest memory is of having to ask my husband to put my hair in a ponytail for me because I can't take the pain of doing it with my own hands.

A couple of times, I've thought they were getting better. I'll have a few good days, and I'll get hopeful. Then I have a bad day, and it's hard not to worry about the future and about what this means for what I'll be capable of both in the near and the distant future.

I'm sad about being unable to do things around the house, and I'm sad about how much pain it can cause just to hold my camera for a few shots, let alone a couple of hours, when I'm having a bad day.

One thing that this experience is giving me is an appreciation for the times when my hands feel well- for how capable they are when they're working right. I just pray that whatever is wrong isn't permanent, won't continue to get worse, and will leave me again- for a long time.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Henry James (A Birth Story)

On Friday night I got to do something amazing! I witnessed the birth of a friend's baby.
Today I'll share a glimpse into the birth story of Henry James, from my perspective.

Laura gave me the warning call- that she thought tonight might be the night- at 3:30 in the afternoon. Kyle called me not long before 7pm to let me know that it looked like the birth would be happening "now", and that it would be at home (not at the hospital as planned). I got in my car immediately and was surprised to arrive before the midwives!

Laura laboured at home, by herself and with Kyle for almost her whole labour, and the midwives arrived just after I did- and just before the baby!

Kyle was so sweet, telling Laura how good she was doing, being there for her in whatever way he could.

Laura was amazing. I remember the pain of a natural childbirth! She would endure those contractions, and then her face would relax into a focussed calm while she waited for the next.

The first midwife arrived, quickly texted the other midwife, and then got right to work checking the baby's heart beat, etc.

Kyle broke the news to family by holding the phone up to little Henry to let them hear him! I could hear the joyful reaction through the phone from where I stood :)

While the midwives and I gave the new family of 3 a little time to themselves, I took some photos of Henry's bedroom which had been lovingly prepared- everything carefully laid out and ready for him.

I thought the quote with this picture was very appropriate: "Love Begins at Home".

One midwife said goodbye and the other weighed and measured the baby.

Henry James
Born at 7:30 p.m
January 11, 2013
7 lbs 13 oz
21 inches long

Kyle and Laura, thank you for allowing me to be there to document such a special event in your lives!
Henry is adorable and I'm so happy for you all!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

January Sharing Time & Week Review

Click HERE for January's Sharing Time Linky. <--can't wait to see what you link up!


Earlier this week I shared my Thoughts on Blogging in 2013

And a tutorial on How To Remove Sticker Residue from Clothes

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