Brave Movie Review

This review was written by “Movie Dad” Joel Nickel – husband to Beth Nickel. I had the opportunity to view Disney/Pixar’s Brave recently with my wife and two children.  I am a huge fan of Pixar movies. My 7-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and I have seen nearly every Pixar movie multiple times on our home theatre. […]

REVIEW: Jake and the Neverland Pirates

Jake and the Neverland Pirates are a gang of adventurous little pirates.  Captain Hook and his crew are always taking things from them and tries to spoil their fun.  The pirates all have special gifts from Peter Pan that help them solve the problems in each episode: Jake – sword (leadership powers), Izzy – pixie […]

ivivva athletica: Disney's "Shake It Up" line

I was very excited to get the chance to try out a few pieces of clothing from the new girls clothing line ivivva athletica.  This line was created by lululemon, the Vancouver-based yoga clothing giant, for girls aged 4 to 14.  The clothes are designed with consideration of the needs of dancers, gymnasts, ice skaters […]

Math Blaster

Math Blaster is an online world that incorporates problem solving and math into every aspect of the site.  This browser-based virtual world is for kids ages 6-12 and incorporates age-appropriate challenges and math games.  Math Blaster was created by the educational company, Knowledge Adventure, which also created the virtual world of JumpStart – a site […]

Homemade Lip Balm: DIY with Kiss Naturals Craft Kits

I recently discovered Kiss Naturals, a line of do-it-yourself, all natural craft kits.  With these kits, children and adults can enjoy making bath fizzies, homemade lip balm, lip gloss, soap and even dog paw balm. What really caught my eye was the homemade lip balm kit, as I often make my own lip balm (I have […]

Science World: How to make science fun!

Before I begin, even if you don’t live near Vancouver, you can still partake in some scientific fun with your kids through online games and activities at The James Dyson Foundation website (where the goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers by encouraging young people to think differently, experiment, and invent). For those of […]

Craft Caravan: Craft Ideas That Won't Make You Crazy!

If you have a little crafter in your house you already know the time and effort it takes to gather up the supplies for craft ideas. A Vancouver-based company,  Craft Caravan, addresses this issue by offering craft ideas for little people (about 3-10 years old) through craft kit subscriptions. Each month an envelope arrives filled with […]

The 80's are Back: How to Make Fun Friendship Bracelets and Ribbon Barrettes!

How to Make Friendship Bracelets My Friendship Bracelet Maker  is a craft kit that comes with a clip and thread holders (a loom of sorts), a built-in storage drawer, 56 threads in 14 colours and instructions for making friendship bracelets. What did I think?  My sister and I both had a blast making friendship bracelets […]