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Red Robin Gingerbread Decorating Contest

When the kids are itching for food and we are far from ready to feed them, sometimes we just need a dinner out.

Red Robin is close to where we live and is often a go-to for our family of five.  The kids always enjoy the kid’s menu and the parents enjoy that we can get a delicious burger at a reasonable price and with fabulous service.  The kids love their helium balloons and are happy to colour their menu and solve the puzzles.  There are usually three special crayons left behind in my purse, helpful on many occasions.


Today, we are excited to present a contest with and the prize from Red Robin!

We would love to have a gingerbread creation decorating contest!  If you have already created your gingerbread masterpiece or are planning on doing so, please email us the photo (to, or you can share it on our facebook page, to enter your crew into the draw for $20 from Red Robin.

Please enter by Sunday, December 22nd (8pm), at which time we will create a post and a facebook album from all submitted photos and open it for votes.

Thanks and Good luck!


Holiday Game Gift Guide



Board games are the best gifts at Christmas because no matter who gets them, EVERYONE GETS TO ENJOY THEM!

In a season where families come together, there is nothing better than sitting around the table with family and friends enjoying good conversation, some snacks, and lots of laughter while playing games.

Below is a list of games that would look good under the tree or in a stocking this coming Christmas.

The game selections are followed by potential locations where you may acquire a copy.  These locations are: Locally –  Toys R Us (TrU), All A-Board Games (AAG), High Octane Comics (HOC), Chapters (Ch) and Tumbleweed Toys (TT).  Online – (Am), (SC), and ( and (GG).

Children’s Games

Sleeping Queens – Gamewright Games (TT, Am)

Designed by a 6 year old girl, this card game is quick and fun.  The player to wake up the mostQueenswins.  Each Queen has her own special powers.

Rattlesnake – Fantasy Flight Games (AAG,SC, GG)

Roll a dice and place a rattlesnake egg on the board.  The eggs are powerful magnets that attract each other.  Make sure you don’t attract any other eggs!!!  The winner is the player who places all their eggs on the board first.  An excellent dexterity game for children 6 and up.

Spot It! – BlueOrange Games (TT, Ch, SC,, Am)

A great recognition game!  Every card has one shape that is identical.  Will you be able to see your match first?  Lots of fun for all the family with several rule variants to give different twists to each game.

Loopin’ Louie – TCG (TrU)

If there is one children’s game you get this Christmas then THIS IS THE GAME!  Trust me when I see your kids will play this non-stop and then after they are in bed it is the adults’ turn!

 Family Games

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Discovery Toys – Alison Gregory

Christmas is a wonderful time of year – and also a busy time of year. As one of your local Discovery Toys consultants, I want to make it a little easier on you, so I’ve come up with some suggestions for gifts for various age groups, and a great deal as well.

The Rainfall Rattle is a favourite of mine for infants (and up to preschool) – this smaller version of a rain stick makes a soothing sound, with fun bright coloured beads raining down. It’s great for distraction (worked like a charm during immunizations), tummy time or as a musical instrument.

For toddlers, Castle Marbleworks is always a hit! Chiming balls rolling down a colourful track provides hours of play. The track can be changed to allow for play while sitting, or standing – it’s great when little ones are trying to master their balance. The visual tracking that happens while following the ball (or toy car or train…) is an important skill for reading in the coming years.

Flip Flop Faces is a hit with preschoolers! This introduces emotions with a game that also helps with hand eye coordination. There are lots of ways to play the beanbag toss – emotions, colour matching, spelling and more! Even I’ve found it challenging at times!! And I don’t know a single child who hasn’t used the “bowls” as hats, or stepping stones. The game is also available with French Beanbags.
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Carcassonne: A Board Game Review

Carcassonne by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede

Rio Grande Games

2-5 players

45 minutes

Age 8+

Online: $21.95 (+ shipping) Local: $32.95


Last month I reviewed the Kids of Carcassone.  The Kids of Carcassonne is one of the many variants of a game called Carcassonne.  Carcassonne is one of the most popular designer/Euro games available as it is a great family game while also having enough strategy and decision making opportunities for any ‘serious’ gaming geeks, such as myself.

In Carcassonne, players create a landscape (playing board) by placing a tile.  Tiles must be placed so that either fields connect with fields, cities connect with cities, or roads connect with roads – just like a jigsaw.  When players place a tile, they then place a meeple either in a city as a knight, on a road as a thief, in the field as a farmer or on a cloister as a monk.  When a city or road is completed, or a cloister is surrounded by other tiles, any meeples connected to these areas are removed and the players score points determined by the number of tiles used in creating the city, road or cloister.  Farmers are scored at the end of the game based upon how many completed cities their field touches.  The player with the most points wins!

To those who have not yet played Carcassonne the game may seem a little complex.  This could be no further from the truth.  The game play is quick and simple – draw a tile, place a tile, place a meeple, and then score if needed.  The randomness of the tiles drawn and placed means that every time you play the game it will be different.  I highly recommend this game for everyone.  It is a new classic!

Carcassonne also has many expansions.  These expansions are add-ons that supplement the base game while adding a new twist and new rules to the game.  Expansions include: The Princess and the Dragon, the Tower, King and Scout, and the Catapult.

Family Thoughts:

Dad #1:  A great game to pull out when you have friends over.  I particularly like the fact that you create your own game board and that this changes whenever you play the game.  I would suggest getting the expansion The Princess and the Dragon for some extra fun.

Son #1, age 14:  There is so much variety in this game and it never plays the same twice.  It’s always fun to play with a lot of people.

Mom #2: I love this game!  It’s pretty simple and can be played in a friendly way or get very heated when playing, competitively, with a partner *ahem*, whoops!   A game that is loads of fun to play with friends and it’s never the same.

If you wish to try any of these games before buying then please contact Clive at



Pom Pom Frenzy: Crafting With Kids

I came across this adorable craft project while snooping around on the site:  It is a fabulous site for crafting ideas, kid related topics, decorating, recipes and anything mom related.   I have started to make a few of these pom, poms for the various up-coming holidays.  For Halloween I thought about spray painting them orange and putting faces on them and then make a few and spray paint them red and green for Christmas.  My daughter had the idea of spray painting them part red, part green and leaving some of it white for Christmas.  I want to try sprinkling them with glitter in order to make them appear like a snowflake.  There are so many options with this quick and easy craft that I am still trying to decide what direction to take or maybe try them all.  Other ideas include making them as room decorations and hang them from the ceiling or use them for a birthday party, bbq, or any themed party gathering – Mardi Gras, Cinco Day Mayo – the options are endless and make great decorations for kid parties as well as adult parties.
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