As you may know from my little side gig, Kids Deserve Art, I love supporting mom entrepreneurs, artists and innovators. So I thought I’d bring you three of my faves. Checkit!

Mabel’s Labels


Everyone loves Mabel’s wonderful sticky water-proof labels! I was first introduced to them when Mabel’s Labels suggested I give their labels a try as loot bags for one of our parties. Now my kids (and their friends) are enjoying the labels on their schoolbags, lunch bags, water bottles, pencil cases, piggy banks and more. The cost for the loot-bag combo (like all of their combos) is very reasonable: $30 for 6 sets — each set includes 5 sticky labels and one bag tag.

Name Your Tune CDs


Name Your Tune CDs suggested this as a loot bag item for one of our birthday parties too. How could I say no? The CDs were a hit with both kids and parents, especially since Volume 2 is brand NEW! If you go for the loot bags, you can get 10/more for $10 each. The company wraps them up for you in pretty cellophane bags with a ribbon — all ready to go for your party!

Tip: If you decide to go with Mabel’s or Name Your Tune’s fab personalized loot bags, make sure you indicate the gender of each child (even if you think it’s obvious).

My friend Susannah Findlay — whose daughter went to preschool with The Monkey! — makes these awesome products by hand out of environmentally-friendly felt (made from recycled pop bottles!). My kids enjoy taking their own “wallet” full of mini gel pens and a pad of paper on road trips to the cottage. You can also get purses, crayon “rolls,” bags, adorable aprons and more. Prices are so reasonable, from $10 to $15 (i.e., for the aprons).

For more of my fave mom-created products, check out my article over at! What are some of your fave mom-made products?


xo Haley-O

PS. All of these products were generously given to me for review, and I loved them, so I had to share.

I just came from The Flying Machine gala at the Toronto International Film Festival. As chance would have it, I sat right next to Heather Graham herself and her boyfriend. I’ll tell you all about it when I wake up — I’m exhausted after a long TIFF-filled weekend! Suffice it to say, though, I was happy I could tell Heather in person, right when the last credit rolled, that it was a really special film.

To see my full review of the film, go to Celebrity Candy. Better yet, go see it in the theatre! If you’re in Toronto, you can catch it at the TIFF Lightbox, Sunday, September 18.

More to come on the main page later this week. The Monkey got a chance to hold the actual doll from the movie (in red, above), and run her hands dreamily along the magnificent flying machine…. Lucky girl!

So go and take your kids: marvel in the groundbreaking 3D stop-motion animation, learn a ton about Chopin, get lost in the art…. I am a huge fan of this truly special film — so much so that I had a hard time holding back tears at the end. I get emotional when I witness something so intelligent, complex and creative for children. More deets, pics, magical moments to come asap!

Call 416.599.TIFF | 1.888.599.8433 for tix!


xo Haley-O

Look how sweet he is! And he just wants to help! Got a little one who’s afraid at night? You need NORBERT THE NIGHTMARE NIBBLER!

One of the reasons I love Norbert is because he was conceived (a labour of love!) by a really lovely Canadian mom, Susan Smith, whose son was having some bad nightmares: “My son, Sam, was having a lot of problems with nightmares and I struggled to figure out how to help him cope with them. Not only was his sleep being disturbed, but mine and my husband’s as well!”

To help her son, Susan took matters into her own hands and decided to create a loveable monster who would ease her son’s fears and help all of them get some sleep.

Hence, the adorable Norbert was born! And his job? TO NIBBLE AWAY YOUR KID’S NIGHTMARES.

Does he do it? YES he does. I’m pleased to report that my own children were soothed by the mere presence of Norbert in their rooms.

How can you get one? Just go to the online Nibbler store where he’s available exclusively, and you can purchase him for $24.95 (plus shipping/taxes). Norbert is available across North America.


Approx. 12” from top to toe
100% Polyester Fibers
Plastic Pellets
No removable parts
Embroidered features
Made in China
Double Fold, Fully Bilingual Hang Tag—featuring the Nightmare Nibbler Poem
CPSIA Compliant
Green Parents’ List Approved
Recommended age: 3+

Sweet dreams!

xo Haley-O

Disclaimer: My children were both given a complimentary Norbert to enjoy.

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