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Getting Animated at the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

| October 9, 2014 | 16 Comments
Getting Animated at the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

The animation world descended upon Ottawa September 17-21, 2014 for the 20th edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). This festival showcases the best, the up and coming and the brightest in animation from all over the world. The OIAF also honours studios that have made significant contributions to the field of animation. This […]

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Technology Edge

| October 8, 2014 | 1 Comment
Technology Edge

Remember when people used to talk about the newest thing, on the cutting edge of technology? This was back in the day when stretches of time existed between the latest thing. Now it feels that we live each day on the technology edge, with a continuous stream of newer faster cooler smaller. I am certainly not […]

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Recycle Your Unwanted Electronics to See #WhatsInsideYours

| October 6, 2014 | 12 Comments
Recycle Your Unwanted Electronics to See #WhatsInsideYours

Families are becoming more reliant on technology to get through life nowadays. I remember when we wrote letters and called to stay in touch with people, read the morning newspaper to catch up on what was happening in the world, and either wrote out or clacked away on a typewriter to write out a report. […]

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Celebrating the “First” of Everything! – A Review and Staples Giveaway~ CAN 10/31

| October 2, 2014 | 90 Comments
Celebrating the “First” of Everything! – A Review and Staples Giveaway~ CAN 10/31

It’s been almost a month since school started up again. Wow! Where has the time gone? These days, the weather certainly feels like Fall and we’re back into the swing of lunches, after school programs and homework! Homework? This was new to us this year! When I say new to “us”, it’s true. Our oldest […]

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The Sensi WiFi Thermostat – A (warm welcome) Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 10/19

| September 25, 2014 | 69 Comments
The Sensi WiFi Thermostat – A (warm welcome) Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 10/19

I titled this post “A (warm welcome) review” because the Sensi Thermostat ensured my house gave me a warm welcome after a weekend away at an unseasonably cool time of year. My family and I travel quite a bit and because we try to be frugal, we tend to adjust the temperature to avoid wasteful heating […]

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How Shell’s Campaign Helped Me Realize My Family’s Energy Consumption

| September 4, 2014 | 5 Comments
How Shell’s Campaign Helped Me Realize My Family’s Energy Consumption

Energy. It is at the center of many debates as of late, and it will shape how we as Canadians will work, vote and live. Like many Canadians, I can see the validity of both sides of the great energy debate. There has been a lot said against energy. What must also be discussed in […]

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Long Distance Loving with Google+

| July 15, 2014 | 8 Comments
Long Distance Loving with Google+

On Tuesday evenings, I read a story to my glamchildren.  Some of my glamchildren are in Kingston and there is one in Calgary( he’s meeting us in hangouts but not yet ready for the apps).  I am in Ottawa.  Through the magic of Google+ we all get together in a Hangout and pick a story […]

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Canada Anti-Spam Laws CASL Affect YOU

| June 17, 2014 | 11 Comments
Canada Anti-Spam Laws CASL Affect YOU

  On July 1st 2014 Canada’s new Anti-Spam Laws take effect. These laws were drafted in December 2010. The law intends to keep unsolicited, unwanted commercial electronic messages (CEM) out of Canadians’ in-boxes, while still permitting   businesses, and consumers, to maintain   mutually beneficial relationships Canada is quite tardy to the party,  coming in […]

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To Tech or Not to Tech?

To Tech or Not to Tech?

So as parents I’m sure we have all come across this issue at some point in time: Whether or not babies and children should be introduced to technology or not. *** Just let me say that in this post, this is strictly my view on the subject, and in no way shape or form do […]

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Picture Keeper PK 16 #Review and #Giveaway CAN/US 03/23

| February 27, 2014 | 34 Comments
Picture Keeper PK 16 #Review and #Giveaway CAN/US 03/23

     I take a lot of pictures. I love to capture the big events and the small moments, the milestones and the every day. I love looking back at the pictures and so do my kids. The difference today is that most of my pictures are on the computer whereas when I was growing […]

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Free ‘Let’s Play’ App Shares Tons of Fabulously Fun Play Ideas

| November 25, 2013 | 1 Comment
Free ‘Let’s Play’ App Shares Tons of Fabulously Fun Play Ideas

Play is the ‘work’ of childhood.  When we are young, we play to learn. The new ‘Let’s Play’ App, a free download from Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS), is full of wonderful play ideas and insights to exercise kids’ minds, muscles and imaginations. Content is based on the expertise of independent speciality toy store owners, […]

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Texting While Driving #IRL – In REAL Life

| May 24, 2013 | 7 Comments
Texting While Driving #IRL – In REAL Life

Be assured that this is not being written from the driver’s seat of my vehicle at red lights and slow cruises during the morning commute.  Boring as it may sound, I am writing this on my laptop, at my desk, in my home office. Like I said, boring. But it’s safe. Texting and driving has […]

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Banana Phone and the Generation Gap

Banana Phone and the Generation Gap

Have any of you had an experience that really made you feel the generation gap between your kids and yourself? I had that experience through, of all things, a game of Banana Phone with Big Bro. 1. As I handed him the banana and pretended to talk to him with mine, I realized that a […]

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Since when does every 8-year old own an iPod?

| April 19, 2013 | 7 Comments
Since when does every 8-year old own an iPod?

Back in the dinosaur era of the 1980s, my parents bought me a Commodore VIC-20. Remember that bad boy? It was the cheaper relative to the Commodore 64. I didn’t know the difference, nor did I care. I had a computer. Not that I really did anything with it besides hook it up to the […]

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Technology Shmology

| February 21, 2013 | 5 Comments
Technology Shmology

I remember in grade school (and come to think of it, junior high and high school too!) anytime we had to watch a movie in class the teacher would be fumbling with the VCR, the cables, the remote… this new-fangled technology was too much for them.  Usually a tech-savvy kid would step-in and fix it. […]

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21st Century Mama

| January 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

I was blessed with the arrival of my son this past October. With the birth of my child, also came my birth as a mother. The emotions attached to parenting and being fully responsible for the well-being of my little “Bubby” is overwhelming, to say the very least. I attempted to read as much literature […]

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