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What to buy when you get a new puppy…

We have a new addition to the Stephenson family. My Mom has a new puppy at her house, an Italian Spinone pup named Fergus. Ugh. He’s so cute. And also trouble. But so cute. While Mom has been training him to sleep in his crate, I realized that the same worries she was having – was he getting into mischief, was he crying because he was in distress, she could find assurances in, if only she only had a baby monitor. She was worried about checking on him, for fear of rusing him if he was fine, and almost asleep (do you recall doing the ninja moves to get in and out of the nursery?)

Oscar and I were staying over one night, to babysit Fergus while Mom was out for an evening, and I realized that a baby monitor would be most helpful. So that night, on my app I went onto Amazon and searched a ton of monitor options. I’ve come to realize that baby monitors are the easy term to search for on Amazon, but some sellers have clued into the fact that people, like myself, are buying them for pets so if you type in “puppy monitor” you get some good options too.  I’ve also come to realize that the prices on these monitors are WAY better than when Oscar was a babe. Here are some I was interested in buying…


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I ended up picking The ATWIN Indoor Surveillance Monitor With Pan/Tilt, Night Vision, Two-Way Audio, Motion Detection. Technology has come such a long way that I felt like I didn’t need to invest in a brand name monitor like I did years ago (especially for a puppy). So how did I decide? Without a brand name to rely upon, I relied a lot on the reviews on Amazon. I liked all of the reviews and the price, at $75 seemed amazing.

It allows my Mom to watch a certain area of the kitchen, where Fergus sleeps (and has gates, protecting him from wandering the house while she’s out).

And unlike my baby monitor while Oscar was a babe, this doesn’t have a baby monitor, but instead, is an app on your phone. So while Mom is out, she can click on the app and instantly see what’s going on. We’ve been at lunch before and she’s pulled out her phone, clicked on the app image and instantly we’re connected to her kitchen watching Fergus sleep, or in this example, Fergis chasing Oscar.

The monitor itself also pans, and tilts, all with you moving your finger on the screen, on your phone. AMAZING. There is a slight delay / lag, but nothing that makes me frustrated. So if you’re looking for a puppy monitor like I was, as a baby shower gift, this one may be right for you. 😉

Purchase: Night Vision Baby Monitor by YATWIN

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Project 62 at Target

I’m dying. D-Y-I-N-G. Target has launched a line called Project 62 and it’s glorious. Drop dead gorgeous / glorious / fantastic. I don’t even know why I tease myself going onto their site, to see what I can’t have. It’s torture.

I’m seriously considering a drive down to the US or just having it shipped to me via Cross Border Pickups. I’m obsessed with these in particular….

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Halloween Party Prep

No. 1 Blood Bag Reusable Drink Containers  /No. 2 Skull /No. 3 Smoke Machine  /No. 4 60″ Skeleton Cutout  / No. 5 Inflatable Spider / No. 6  Rubber Bats / No. 7 Candy! /

Fall was in the air in Toronto and now it’s back to feeling like Summer again. Which is terribly lovely –  as before we know it the temperature will drop, the winds will pick up and the weather starts becoming less and less pleasant (not to mention darker, and darker earlier and earlier in the days). One of our favourite holidays growing up was Halloween as my little brother Peter adored it – and still does. I’m loving it watching it through Oscar, and he’s asked that we host a Halloween party this year. I’m not sure if I’m up to it, but I started to look on Amazon.ca for Halloween goodies and found some of these that have made their way into my cart. The smoke machine would be brilliant for on our porch or, in our garden should we host the party. The Rubber bats remind me of some similar ones I had as a child – and my beloved bat would hang out with my Barbies. So they are obviously in my shopping cart too. Do you host any Halloween Parties? Any suggestions? One Halloween party I recall my Mother gave us all toilet paper rolls and told us to make our teams into “Mummies”. It was hilarious and fun – so if (and that’s a strong “if”) we host a party, I’d for sure do the toilet paper. 😉


Here are some ideas gathered for hosting / celebrating Halloween! 


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