Thursday, 25 September 2014

Free events this weekend for kids!

Any plans this weekend? If not, here are some free events that are happening around town that you might want to check out.

On Sunday September 28 from 10-5pm, Ontario Science Centre is celebrating it's 45th Anniversary by offering FREE admission and a special price for IMAX films. Adults can watch 2 of the most popular IMAX films at the child rate of only $9. Parking is still an extra charge which is $10 per vehicle.
Ontario Science Centre is located at 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON.
For more information visit their website at

 The Municipality of Clarington is having a Family Safety Day event on Saturday, September 27 from 10-3pm at Clarington Emergency and Fire Services Station 1 in Bowmanville. The event is held to educate the public about safety in a fun way. They will have a live burn demonstration to show how quickly a fire spreads, Durham Region Police and OPP will provide a distracted driving presentation and they will also have a rollover simulator on hand to show people what it feels like to be in a accident. OPG will be there providing fire extinguisher training and kitchen safety tips.
They will also have live performances, camel rides and a hot air balloon that will take people for a ride.
Clarington Emergency and Fire Services Station 1 is located at 2430 Highway 2 in Bowmanville

Conant Complex Community Fair
The Oshawa Community Health Centre is hosting a community fair on Saturday, September 27 from 11-3pm. Free BBQ, bouncey castles, magician, air brush tattoos and much more! Jungle Cat World will be there too! They will also have information booths on programs and various services available to the Oshawa community.
Oshawa Community Health Centre is located at 115 Grassmere Ave, Oshawa
For more information call 905-723-0036 Ext. 241

Monday, 22 September 2014

Michaels Kids Club & Birthday Parties!

Looking for something for your kids to do Saturday mornings? Check out Michaels Kids club! For ages 3 and up every Saturday, Michaels has a craft session starting every 1/2 hr from 10- 11:30am. Cost is only $2 per child. You can either join in and help your child with the craft or drop them off in the class while you shop in the store!

Saturday I took my son for the first time and he loved it. He made a Chenille Stem Picture Frame.


 Afterwards they offered free face painting!

Here are the next 2 upcoming classes if you are interested in trying it out:
***These 2 classes were found on the Canadian Site.

Saturday, September 27th -Foam Leaves on Canvas

Saturday, October 4th- Hand Painted Halloween Rocks
Does your child have a birthday coming up? If so, consider booking their next party at Michaels! 

When I found out about this over the weekend I thought it was such an awesome idea!
All you have to pay is $50 for the craft room which you rent for 2 hours and the supplies to make the crafts. Michaels has a list of craft projects to choose from, and will help you find everything in the store that you need to purchase. At the end of the party each child gets to take home their craft that they made at the party.
Also included in the rental are the party invitations, thanks you cards, goodie bag tags, courtesy aprons for the guests and a keepsake apron for the birthday boy or girl. They also take care of the set up and clean up! How great is that!
For more information on Michaels Kids Club go to their website Here
If you would like more information on having a Birthday Party at Michaels check out their brochure Here

Wednesday, 17 September 2014



I don't know if you have noticed, but getting personalized jewellery is pretty hot right now. All kinds of magazines I open show celebrities wearing them. I even see a lot of bloggers getting them too. Of course I want to stay on trend, so I went online and found MyNameNecklaceCanada. I must of been on their website for hours deciding what to purchase- I wanted everything!

I finally decided on the Sterling Silver Bar Necklace. For $29.95 you can personalize the nameplate with up to 11 characters and choose the length of the box chain you want- from 35cm to 55cm.
Sterling Silver Bar Necklace
Sterling Silver Bar Necklace- $29.95

Here are some other pieces that I would like to purchase next:
Sterling Silver Celebrity Monogrammed Necklace
Sterling Silver Celebrity Monogrammed Necklace- $44.95

Small Sterling Silver
Small Sterling Silver "Carrie" Style Name Necklace- $34.95

Two Finger Name Ring
Two Finger Name Ring- $69.95

 If you don't want Sterling Silver, they do offer some necklaces in 18K Gold Plated, 14K Yellow Gold, 14k White Gold or with Diamonds!
Since Christmas is right around the corner, these floating lockets are so unique. They start at $49.95 and you can choose from many different styles.
Survivor  Floating LocketFamily Tree  Floating Locket
Family Tree Floating Locket- $49.95
Survivor Floating Locket-$64.95

Family Tree  Floating LocketSurvivor  Floating LocketSurvivor  Floating Locket
They also have a cute kids collection as well. These necklaces are adorable!
Fish Necklace in Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver Fish Necklace- $39.95
Ballerina Necklace with a Personalized Charm
Ballerina Necklace with a
Personalized Charm- $49.95


If you are planning a wedding, some of the items in the Men's collection would be perfect.
Monogrammed Cufflinks in Rhodium Plating
Monogrammed Cufflinks in Rhodium Plating- $29.95 
I think they provide great customer service because they offer FREE shipping and a 60 day return policy if you are not satisfied with your order. They also have a "preview" option for selective necklaces, so you can see what your name or monogram will look like before you order it.
Now how exciting is this?! MyNameNecklaceCanada has given my readers a 10% off promo code that can be used on any item you see on their website.
Use this link  or add NATASHA14 in the Promotion Code Box at Checkout.
If you get a chance, please leave a comment below and let me know what you bought- I would love to hear!
Happy Shopping!!

**Photos courtesy of MyNameNecklaceCanada

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Toronto Underground Market

Toronto Underground Market also known as "TUM" is Canada's 1st social food market designed to support and promote Toronto's growing food entrepreneurs, home cooks and chefs by testing new food ideas.
They have been running this event for 3 years now and just announced that on Saturday September 27th it's going to be their last one, but don't worry they have something else up their sleeve for the future. To celebrate their last event they will feature old favourite vendors such as Rock Lobster, La Carnita and Hotbunzz and many more. 
I have been to this event a few times and it's a great excuse for a date night. It's 19 + because they serve alcohol so get a babysitter and come out and try some really great good. Tickets are $14.99 a person which you can purchase here.  Once you are inside there is over 20 different food vendors, craft beer and local wine vendors that sell there dishes between $2-$8 each. No credit cards or debit cards are accepted- it's a cash only event. They will have an ATM machine on site just in case you forgot to bring some money. This event is going to be held at 99 Sudbury Street in Toronto. Doors open at 5pm.
Here are some of the vendors that will be there along with what they will be serving:

On the MENU: Gushi Chicken Skewers from Gushi Japanese Street Food 

On the MENU: Smokin' hot BBQ (platters & individual) from Stoke Stack Barbeque
For more information visit their website at or check out there Facebook Page here
Photos courtesy of TUM

Winner of the $30 credit to Inspired by Callie!

Congratulations to Kiley Racioppo! You are the winner of the $30 credit to Inspired by Callie. I will be contacting you shortly to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone that entered!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Ryan's Big Boy Room!

Back in August I wrote a post on my daughter's nursery and how I moved my son into the spare bedroom. Well, I finally finished decorating his big boy room so, I thought I would share it with you.

He loves boats so we went with a nautical theme. Luckily, we started decorating his room early because it took a lot of time finding all the decor. Don't you hate when you can't find something you're looking for, but then the minute you stop looking, you see it everywhere? Ugh! That's what was happening to me- so annoying!

It took us a while to decide whether or not we wanted to go with a single or double bed. In the end, we decided on a double bed so he would have more room and grow into it. We took the box spring out for now so he would be lower to the ground just in case he falls out. We also added a pillow to each side of the bed underneath the sheets for more protection.
Underneath the duvet cover he has cute little sailboat sheets- sorry I forgot to take a picture of them.

He sleeps with that shark pillow every night- so cute!

This book shelf is amazing. It's a bit pricey, but so worth the investment.  It doesn't take up any space in his room, and every night he loves grabbing his own books that he wants us to read to him. 
All the pictures in the frames are taken by yours truly. My sister lives by the lake in Pickering, so one day in the summer we met up for a play date, and I went around taking pictures of all the boats docked on the bay. One neat shot is her on a dock walking with my son and her daughter. Very personalized and a nice memory..
I am still thinking about it, but I might add some blue and white curtains and also some fishing nets to his room. If I do, I will be sure to update this post to show the changes.  
Source List: 
Bed- Sleep Factory
Pillows- Target
California Shutters-
Wall Book Shelf- Pottery Barn Kids
Oars- HomeSense
SEA Letters- Target
Life Preserver- Pottery Barn Kids
Star Pendant Light- Universal Lamp 
Frames- HomeSense
Ship Wheel- HomeSense
Growth Chart- Little Monkey Designs
Have a great week!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Inspired by Callie's Shop + Giveaway!

Did you or someone you know just have a baby? If so, check out Inspired By Callie's Shop on Etsy for some unique handmade finds!

Inspired by Callie was created by a lady named Hilary. While she was anxiously waiting for her little girl to arrive, she kept busy by getting out her sewing machine (that she had never used before), and learned how to use it! She always loved receiving handmade baby gifts so she decided to create some unique things for herself.
She started by making receiving blankets for herself and friends because she found homemade ones are much nicer and more personal than those you buy in a baby store. After encouragement from friends and family, she decided to invest in some quality, fun, cute fabric and supplies and open an Etsy shop which she named after her daughter called "Inspired  by Callie"
Here are some of the items she sells:
 Got a baby that is teething? These wooden teething rings have no harsh chemicals, finishes, paints, lacquers or stains.
The ‘ears’ are made of cotton and terry cloth which can be easily removed for washing.
Natural Wooden Teething Ring- $11 CAD

I hate when my baby's toys fall on the ground, so this toy leash is great for avoiding that. Attach one end to the toy and the other end to any car seat, high chair, stroller etc.
Toy Leash, Sippy Cup Leash, Sophie Saver- $9 CAD
How many pacifier's have you lost? I know, I have gone through a ton! The metal clip attaches easily to clothes to prevent your baby spitting it out and having it fall on the ground. Plus, it will always be attached to their clothing so it will never get lost.
Pacifier Clip- $5 CAD
Winter is unfortunately coming soon, so stock up on these adorable flannel blankets which make a perfect car seat blanket!  They measure approximately 42” x 34”
Flannel Baby Blanket- $15 CAD
Speaking about Winter. Check out the Infinity Scarfs! They are approximately 70'' long and perfect for fall and winter.
Navy Anchors and Stripes Infinity Scarf- $20 CAD
All of these items come in different fabric designs. There is also an option to mulit buy to decrease the price or you can make a custom order by picking your own fabric!
Inspired by Callie ships to Canada and the US. To place an order go to her Esty shop HERE. Also check out her Facebook page HERE
Want to win a $30 credit to Inspired by Callie's shop? Here is how to enter:
1.) Like Livinlifewithstyle Facebook Page HERE
2.) Share the link posted on my Facebook Blog Page to your Facebook Page
3.) Like Inspired by Callie's Facebook Page HERE
**Shipping to be included.
Giveaway closes on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 9pm EST. This giveaway is open to Canadian & US Residents.  Winner will be selected via a random draw. Good Luck!!

(This contest is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Facebook. We hereby release them of any liability.)

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Chalkboard Sign from Harpers Haols

So if you remember in my last post (SEE HERE) I talked about my order from Mabel's Labels for my son for preschool this week. Well, I decided to also get him a chalkboard sign to hold for his 1st day of school picture on Tuesday. Of course I thought about doing this such last minute, so at midnight on Friday, I started searching Etsy to see if I could find someone to create one in such a short amount of time.
I came across Harpers Halos. Tamara has a store on Etsy with several pre-made chalkboard designs. I emailed her right away, and she replied very quickly and said she would be able to work with my deadline. Since all of her designs are already pre-designed, all you have to do is purchase the design you like.  Then in the notes at the payment section add in the details you want on your chalkboard (ie. Name, Age, School, etc) It was so easy!
Once she has completed your order she will then send you a proof to approve. After it has been approved you then take the high resolution image to your local copy store to print it! That's it! You're done! What's great about printing it yourself is that there is no shipping charge!
Harpers Halos does all kinds of chalkboard designs. Not only does she do first day of school signs she also does birthday's & baby announcements. Here are some of my favourites:
First Day of School Chalkboard Sign- $5.59 CAD. Comes in Sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20

Birthday Chalkboard Sign- $16.77 CAD Comes in Size 16. x20


Pregnancy Announcement Chalkboard Sign- $5.59 Comes in Sizes: 8 x 10, 11 x 14 and 16 x 20


In addition to chalkboard signs she also sells headbands and clip sets. They come in sizes according to age, so make sure you specify which size you would like at checkout. Unfortunately, at this time she only ships to the US, so for all my Canadian followers it's a sad day :( Hopefully in the future she will start shipping to Canada because I want a bunch!! Headbands start at $4.47 US
Here are some of my favourites.

If you are interested in purchasing something from Harpers Halos- Tamara has generously provided a coupon code for you to use at her Etsy Shop. At checkout use code - NEWFAN for 10% off!!
She also has a Facebook page (SEE HERE) if you want to follow her
Happy Shopping!!!