We Host A Bright Starts Play Date And Try Their Hot New Toys

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Recently, we had an opportunity to partner with Mom Select and Bright Starts to host a play date and try out some of Bright Starts newest and hottest toys.

We excitedly sent out invitations to a few friends ranging in age from 6-36 months, (which is the recommended age for these toys).

Mia and Everly

We also decorated our house for the occasion.

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The party couldn’t come fast enough. All day the kids kept peeking at all of those exciting new toys. Even the older kids were fascinated by them!

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As soon as Mia and Everly’s friends arrived, we opened up the toys and began our play date.

The Learn and Giggle Activity Station (pictured below) was a blast! There are so many things to do, including a musical book, a fun little cat and gold fish bowl, an interactive window pane and little switches and surprises around every corner.

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Our friend Cooper just loved the Roll and Glow Monkey. This light up toy makes music and rolls when you press the button.

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Even I had fun chasing the Roll and Glow Monkey around.

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The Spin and Giggle Puppy was a popular toy at our play date too, especially with our youngest guests. Shaped like a bowl, it can hold many of Bright Starts’ Bunch of Balls. When you press the center button, it spins, sending the balls flying. It also lights up and makes music too!

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After all of that fun it was time to eat! Bright Starts provided us with some delicious and easy playdate recipes for both kids and moms, which I have included below.

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But why eat at a table, when you can have a picnic on the floor!

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At the end of our play date, each of our friends got to bring home a special cookie.


Everyone had a blast at our Bright Starts play date! What did we think of the toys? They were, and still are, a hit. Any of these would make a great gift for a child between the ages of 6-36 months.

Watch some highlights of our play date in this video…

Bright Starts Play date Recipes

Bright Start Bars – Naturally sweet and easy to eat, these make excellent finger foods for little ones!

Ingredients: 1 banana, 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats, 1 tablespoon of applesauce, 2-3 tablespoons of raisins or dried cranberries, a pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 2. In a medium bowl, mash the banana to a smooth consistency, using a fork. 3. Add the oats and applesauce to the banana and stir until combined. 4. Stir in the raisins/cranberries and cinnamon, if using. 5. Using your hands, form the mixture into bar shapes on prepared baking sheet. 6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm. 7. Allow to cool before serving.

Play Date Parfaits – Creamy and sweet, these parfaits were a hit with both moms and kids!

Ingredients: 4 cups of vanilla yogurt (or a flavour of your choice), 1 pint of blackberries, blueberries or strawberries (or a combination), 2 cups granola

Directions: 1. In a large glass, layer 1/2 cups yogurt, 1/4 cup granola and a handful of berries. 2. Repeat laters. 3. Serve immediately.


Nesting Story received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed  here are my own.


The Baby Show

unnamedWill you be in the Toronto area this weekend?  If so, pop by The Baby Show!  (see below for details)

Be a part of attempting a Guinness World Record today!  The Baby Show is having a massive carseat installation happening today

and you can be a part of it!  Here’s the link: Click for carseat safety 


Here are some Quick Facts

Dates: Location:

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 9am to 6pm Direct Energy Centre, Hall D Sunday, March 29, 2015 – 10am to 5pm Exhibition Place

Ticket Price:

$15 online and at the door (cash only).

With over 100 national and local exhibitors, The Baby Show highlights include:

Massage Area

New and expectant moms can experience a free therapeutic treatment to help alleviate ailments related to pregnancy and caring for baby.

Blacks PicStop

Moms should be in more pictures! Visitors to The Baby Show can get their pose on at this photo booth for a great photo!

Babywearing Corner

Find the perfect fit for you! Learn how to wear your baby and love it. Select carriers will be sold at a special show price.

Well.ca Green Zone

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors who meet the criteria of being sustainable and eco-friendly sponsored by Canada’s online store for health, beauty and baby essentials.

Seminar Stage

Plan your visit and hear local and national parenting experts speak on a variety of topics ranging from pregnancy, labour and delivery to nutrition for parents and baby. All speakers are also available for a question and answer period after their talks. Visit our website for a show schedule.

FREE 15 Minute Sleep Consultation

The KinderSleep team will be on hand to help you with your sleep concerns and answer your questions.

Emergency Rescue Academy (ERA) Health & Wellness Mat

Take part in a prenatal yoga class and you could walk away with one of 20 yoga mats from Gaiam! Learn about infant massage, dance your way to fitness, learn about infant CPR and so much more!

DK Rest Area and Reading Nook

DK Rest Area and Reading Nook is a spacious area designed to encourage literacy and give you a perfect place to take a break. Sit down on a comfy chair and read up on pregnancy and parenting or read your little one a fun and colourful board book. You can also join a fun baby circle with the Toronto Public Library.

Contests & Giveaways

  • You could win one free month of childcare courtesy of Kids & Company.
  • 50 lucky moms-to-be will be invited to the Dear-Born Baby VIP Baby Shower and could win doorprizes and an amazing prize valued at $3,000!
  • Pick up great samples and enter giveaways from some of our exhibitors.
  • Enter for a chance to win a nursery from Direct Buy and more fabulous prizes in our ContestBooth!
  • Change your baby’s diaper in the CeraVe Diaper Change Area and pick up a sample!
  • 4,000 grab bags available at the door valued at over $30 each!Click for Car Seat Safety!

    Kick off the show and get your car seat installed by a professional on March 27, 2015 at this fun event and join The Baby Show and Baby Parka in a Guinness World Record Attempt for the most car seats installed at once! Sponsored by Canadian Tire, Graco and Blacks this fun event will be filled with entertainment, car seat safety and some great prizes!

    Important to note:

  • No discounts at the door: You must buy tickets online in order to redeem savings.
  • Parking at the Direct Energy Centre is $14.
  • The Direct Energy Centre is conveniently located in Toronto and easily accessible via publictransit.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for contests and deals online at www.thebabyshows.com/toronto