.@TeddyOutReady: 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Beat the cold with Hyland’s Cold’n Cough 4 kids

Teddy with Hylands Product
Teddy is a very active boy and has lots of activities during a week including swimming, skating and a gym. He also goes to a daycare and attends different kid’s events. So with his schedule and interactions it is easy to get sick. 

That’s why when I was offered to review a Hyland’s product for kids I was eager to learn more about homeopathic medicines for kids. After some research and other parents guidance I decided to give it a try because on Wednesday this week Teddy had a terrible fever above 40C and no sleep at all. 

I checked http://www.hylands.ca store locator and found one close to us, so we went there and bought Hyland’s Cold’n Cough 4 kids. Great that the store had 20% off all products that day. 

Hylands Product

By the time we got our Hyland’s Cold’n Cough 4 kids Teddy’s temperature dropped but he started coughing, having nasal congestion and sore throat. First time Teddy refused to take the medicine so we just forced a little bit. The effect was right away Teddy slept the whole night without any cough and his eyes became clearer of cold symptoms. 

Today is Sunday and we continue giving him the medicine, and I hope he will be fine by the end of the day. I like that Hyland’s Cold’n Cough 4 kids is a homeopathic syrup, sugar free, safe and effective as it is a relief for multiple cold symptoms(they usually appear altogether). 

Teddy is very picky with tastes, Hyland’s Cold’n Cough 4 kids is fine, not irritating and not sweet, but Teddy is still getting used to it, at least for now my boy does not refuse to take it. 

It is very disappointing to get sick during holidays, and I expect Teddy will better very soon so we can continue our activities, there are so many to enjoy this holiday season. 

Have you ever tried homeopathic products for kids? Did you like them and which ones you use?
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Teddy's Christmas - Wordless Wednesday

Photobucket Teddy made Gingerbread Train Photobucket

Busy holiday time, here are some of our Christmas shots: Teddy with Santa at the mall, Gingerbread Train crafting thanks to a kit it was super easy and how we caught Santa in our living room. 
Hope you all had an awesome Christmas!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Season’s Greetings & Best Wishes for the New Year 2013

Teddy with Santa Card

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Teddy fishing with Santa at Vaughan Mills - Wordless Wednesday

This year we decided to visit Santa at his Wilderness Cabin at Vaughan Mills. Teddy had an unforgettable experience fishing with Santa. There were many nice Elfs too to help Santa this holiday season.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Lazoo clothing Giveaway

Lazoo is a quality-conscious lifestyle children’s brand and media property emphasizing award-winning design, creativity, and play. Inspired by an internationally best-selling series of Japanese children’s books, Lazoo products all embody the same core mission: to foster a child’s creative process, encourage self-expression and empower the imagination.

When we enter the world of Lazoo, we enter the realm of a child's imagination, a place of endless possibility where cars race across tree branches, mermaids teach dinosaurs to sing, and ghosts host fashion shows. In this world, kids are encouraged to think independently; "coloring outside the lines" is celebrated and all types of creative self–expression are honoured.

As mentioned priorely, Lazoo is not only about clothes and toys, but extremely interactive and colourful apps as well. Squiggles and Let's Color are two apps where the little ones are invited to draw with the use of their finger on very magical and fun drawing pages. 

With the hit of the go! button, they can then watch their masterpiece come to life on the screen! "Squiggles!" is based on Lazoo’s “Hands On! Mind On!” curriculum, developed in conjunction with top educational experts. 

Lazoo apps are designed to: 

  • Build divergent thinking skills. 
  • Foster problem solving skills including implementing, evaluating, communicating, and revising creative ideas. 
  • Assist a child in becoming comfortable with uncertainty. 
  • Encourage a resilient approach to play and creative problem solving so that a child learns persistence. 
  • Support the kind of appropriate risk-taking in play and thinking that inspires creativity. 
  • Encourage an interest in, and openness to, emotion in both play and thinking. 

  • Besides the fact that they are entertaining, they are also very educative. Briefly, the apps offer the child 14 unique "living" drawing pages where the drawing palette includes stickering, chalk, mystery tool, ketchup tool and more! The apps include a gallery where the masterpieces can be saved preciously, or the option of sharing to friends and family by email, Facebook, Twitter, Lazoo community, or simply printing. 

    Squiggles includes an amazing interactive storybook and animated short featuring Lazoo's adorable and lovely characters, Bobu and Miku, who model creative thinking and encourage children to use their imaginations and color outside the lines.

    Here is the Lazoo apps review by S.O.S. Mom:  

    "Squiggles and Let's Color must be two of the coolest apps I have come across since I have been a connected mom. As a mother who knows her son, I can tell when he is really passionate about something. The Lazoo apps are definitely on that list! The apps' interactiveness is incredible and the colours highly inviting. The apps are built and designed with a high level of ingenuity and thoughtfulness and are an amazing tool to build and explore the true potential of a child's confidence and creativeness. 

    Allowing children to use their finger as a tool to create whatever their imagination throws their way is fabulous. My son loves to switch between the different colouring pages and doodle away and then see it come to life as he presses the go! button. As he chooses a drawing page, the app invites him to a specific task, for example to draw some spaghetti on a plate or smoke coming out of rockets. 

    Okay so, my son doesn't really draw spaghetti on a plate or smoke coming out of rockets... he's only 21 months-old! But he has all the fun in the world seeing colours appear as his finger runs across the screen. He has a real blast seeing little images appear as he taps the screen using the stickering tool! 

    This app really captivates him and helps him to practice and develop his dexterity, creativeness and imagination. But I think that is really, what is the most important, that he gets to grow those skills and learn while having fun. As a parent, I just want to ensure that my son grows from interacting with an app. Lazoo Squiggles and Let's Color gets my two thumbs up and a well deserved 10/10."

    You can connect with Lazoo via their website, Facebook page, Twitter profile or Pinterest profile

    And of course, there is a giveaway involved! Thanks to Lazoo, S.O.S. Mom and Real Momma, two winners will each win their choice of Lazoo clothing sizes 18M, 2T or 3T between the following. 

    The event will take place until December 31st and is open to all US residents.  
    Each item retails for $25. To enter for your chance to win, simply fill out the form below.

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    Saturday, December 8, 2012

    Teddy's papier-mâché budgie


    This fall Teddy joined Mixed Media program at 4Cats Art Studio. This program includes a variety of art techniques and mediums. Today we present our first post that covers his fall art sessions. One of Teddy’s favorite art activities was making a bird from papier-mâché. Teddy had to choose between an owl and a penguin. He chose an owl initially, but then changed his mind. 


    We had two budgies at home - a male and a female, but when we went on 3 weeks’ vacation this summer, we asked our relatives to take care of them. When returned we were really upset because our female budgie flew out of the cage, house and disappeared. She was blue with white belly. She was smart and rebellious. We loved her very much for her unique personality. We decided to create a bird from papier-mâché and dedicate our creation to our lovely blue girl to remember her. 

    First time we made a body budgie to be. We filled a small balloon with air and started cluing small pieces of thin paper to it. We spent some time of next class doing the same since it should be several layers to make the body firm and durable. 


    Third time we made one layer with pieces from thick paper. On the forth lesson we made a last layer from very thin blue paper and covered the whole body with some blue glazed paint. Then we made belly with feathers, wings, feet and a beak. 


    During our last class we made eyes and feather patterns. It looked so nice. Teddy was proud of his work. After this experience Teddy started calling all penguins “papier-mâché“. In cartoon, in books and even at the Zoo – now he knows what this strange word “papier-mâché“ means.

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    Friday, December 7, 2012

    Bubele's Patch Buddies US/CAN Giveaway

    S.O.S. Mom and Real Momma have teamed up to bring an exciting giveaway! As mom's of young kids, we're always on the lookout for unique and fun products, so when we found Bubele's Patch Buddies, we knew we had to share them with all of you!

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    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub Giveaway


    Sweet Pea Savings has teamed up with MyStrollers.com and a Bunch of great bloggers to bring you this amazing giveaway!

    MyStrollers.com is giving away a Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub!
    Sleek, smart, and made to support your growing baby in numerous ways, Naked is a bathtub like no other. You can count on it from newborn to toddler. Recline it, expand it, drain it, collapse it and hang it up to dry. Babies love bath time like no one else. I like the design and color, it is made for every baby to feel super comfortable and have fun time.

    Here are some of the features of this nice Bathtub:
    • Provides two support positions for stages newborn to toddler
    • Collapsible design and hook make storing easy
    • Recline position cradles newborn, which helps keep their head above water
    • Fully-expanded basin accommodates infants and toddlers
    • Rotating support brace for quick and secure positioning
    • Simple, one piece design makes transitioning between stages easy without losing parts
    • Drain plug for quick, complete water drainage
    • Slim profile for easy storage
    • BpA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free
    • Ages: Birth to 18 months
    • Dimensions: 18.25" x 33" x 6.5"
    The giveaway will end on 12/20 at 12:01am. It’s a two weeks long so if you can’t get to the entries at once, just come back later! And there are entries you can complete daily so you can rack up the entries!
    All entries will be verified!
    DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is in NO way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Information collected is NOT collected by Facebook. In signing up for this promotion, participants release and indemnify Facebook from all liability. My Strollers.com is responsible for the shipping of the prizes they have sponsored.
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    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    CuddleTunes Bears Giveaway US/CAN

    Welcome to the #MyGiftGuide Giveaway Event hosted by:

    MommaYoung at Home, CandyPo, Cluttered Genius & Aries Mommy

    I can think of so many special reasons to give a CuddleTunes Bear as a gift, the Bear who records  messages, songs or phrases from family members: nice and funny, loving and caring. Kids are very curious but depend on people around them. Hear loving voices make them feel safe and quiet.
    • How about giving CuddleTunes Bear to the family with a Daddy deployed and a baby on the way. Record Daddy's voice and play it for your little one so baby recognizes his voice.
    • Or to the little one that just needs to hear mommies voice for a little reassurement.

    Who would you give a CuddleTunes Bear too? I would give one to our nieces new little baby.
    We have two of these precious little bears to give away.
    Giveaway ends December 14th at 11:59pm, open to US & Canadian residents, ages 18+. 
    Please enter using the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck!
    Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. The opinions I have given are my own. Teddy Out-Ready is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.
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    Saturday, December 1, 2012

    Cuddle Tunes Bear Event

    Cuddle Tunes Bear Event
    Hosted by MommaYoung
    Co-Hosts - Candypo, Cluttered Genius, Aries Mommy,
    (2) Prizes: Cuddle Tunes Bear
    Event dates: 12/5 - 12/15
    Free Blog Event! Sign-up here:
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    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    Milk Unleashed Canadian Blog App & Variety Pack Giveaway

    The holiday season is fast approaching, which means visiting family, shopping, gifts, cooking and maybe a little time for mom thrown in for good measure. Having an on-the-go lifestyle can be challenging to say the least and Milk Unleashed is here to help!

    With handy single-serving shelf safe milk there’s no need to ever run out! You can take it anywhere at any time! Milk Unleashed goes wherever your family goes, whether it’s a lunchbox, a cooler, purse or a diaper bag!

    Milk Unleashed also has a Canadian Blog App to try out:

    On-The-Go Games and Tips! Even cruising down the freeway can be an adventure! With these fun games and tips you can have some family time even when you are out on the road!
    On-The-Go Snacks! Have you ever wanted to try the world’s best smoothie? Well Milk Unleashed is here to make all your dreams come true! Find out the best snacks to grab that will make your next outing even more thrilling!

    One lucky Teddy Out-Ready reader is going to receive a free Milk Unleashed variety pack consisting of

    •  One liter of Shelf Safe Milk (Grand Pre or Baboo)
    •  Three single serving shelf safe milks (white and chocolate) from: Chokeo Chocolate Milk, Grand Pre or Baboo
    •  A calendar and brochure with information about Shelf Safe Milk
    •  Cool stickers and Tattoos
    •  Plus, one bonus prize!

    If the winner has small children under 2 Milk Unleashed will also send them the Infant Pack with Baboo Milk!

    This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends December 5, 2012.
    To get your chance to win, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck this holiday season! a Rafflecopter giveaway
    If Rafflecopter form on this page does not work, please enter following the link:

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    What Teddy was doing during stormy weather - WW

    Few weeks ago during stormy weather Teddy spent some time in Hamilton, helping his aunt with her pies and warming up by the fireplace.
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    Monday, November 19, 2012

    Teddy at Fall Home Show

    This fall I was lucky to attend Toronto Fall Home Show 2012 and took Teddy with me. I was looking for some design and renovation ideas for our home. The show was on Saturday so after Teddy's 4Cats art class our next stop became Exhibition Place that hosted Fall Home Show. It was an interesting transition for Teddy from one creative spot to another.

    To my opinion it was not quite kids event, but I wanted Teddy to explore and learn something new, see interesting styles, colors, communicate with other people and have a nice day. It is amazing how kids can find something exciting in simple things like splashing water in jacuzzi, rolling in a big chair or watching moving stands.

    Teddy was gladly posing for the camera, standing on direction squares on the floor. Pink Panther was obvious  one of Teddy's friends there. Then my boy found  Sid's Ponds and Gardenscapes Inc display and spent much time near their nice pond playing with little frogs. 

    Fashionable chairs and sofas were very beautiful, Teddy even tried to find what he liked the most. The doors display was quite attractive since there were so many of them. When Teddy opened one door he turned out to be in the same room which was strange experience but so much fun.

    We had a chance to see TV gardening expert and author Frank Ferragine on the main stage.

    So we walked around the whole show, saw many displays and booths. Overall I found the show was really interesting, it covered different areas of home improvement and renovations. Though we were not ready to start our home renovations right away it was nice to get the ideas, talk to the professionals, learn about new innovations and designs all in one place.  

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    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    Baby Cargo Stroller Giveaway

    What I love in strollers is convenience and style. Baby needs to feel very comfortable in it and mommy needs a stroller practical, stylish and easy to use. S.O.S. Mom is making this giveaway possible with the help of a very generous and amazing sponsor called Baby Cargo. They are offering one lucky family a baby stroller 200 series, retail valued at $149.99. Excited much? Thought so! 

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    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Teddy at Remembrance Day Ceremony - WW

    On Sunday we attended the Toronto Zoo's 27th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. The weather that day was so nice and warm like supporting this event. Lest We Forget.
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    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Do you like Ostriches?

    Do you like ostriches? We do, considering that the biggest one is 250-350lbs and the tallest 7-9 feet bird in the world. 
    This summer during our vacation we happened to be close to the Ostrich Farm and took advantage of this opportunity to see these flightless birds closely. One thing is to see one or two of them in the zoo and completely different story to see dozens of them and watch how they interact with each other within group. 
    You can see different characters - good and bad, exactly like people. Ostrich can run 70 kilometers per hour. Although cheetah can run 120 km/h, but it can run only for few minutes and after that it is done. 

    Ostrich enjoying some treats 
    Ostrich from the other hand may maintain that speed for 15 minutes at a time. So if it will be a 15 km race between them, then ostrich would be a winner. 

    Teddy was not as exited about ostrich as we were, although he tried to pet one. He was impressed with the ostrich feather and the size of ostrich egg, which he has some difficulties to carry – it weighs 3-4lbs. 

    We tried ostrich burgers and an ostrich pie there. Ostrich meat is delicious or maybe we just were hungry? We bought ostrich egg and cooked a huge omelet at home. We invited all our family to taste it. Not bad. 

     We cracked egg gently and made nice ikebana vase out of it. Ostrich can live up to 70 years, quite comparable to human life span. Do you like ostriches now?
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