My Last Baby Is Off To JK



That time has come. Next week my baby will be done pre-school. It feels like yesterday that mat leave was over and he started daycare.

Now, it’s just about the end of August and my last baby, who isn’t a baby anymore, will be done and start Junior Kindergarten (holy s*%t).


To be honest I don’t know if I should be overjoyed at the fact that there are NO MORE DAYCARE PAYMENTS (can I get an AMEN?) or if I should cry knowing my little one is growing up too fast and starting public school.

My last baby is off to JK. Sometimes it is really hard to believe. When Z started junior kindergarten I remember all of the anxiety I was feeling. And now, it is slowly starting to kick in.

Ya, ya, I’ve been through it already with my first and I know what to expect. But with T it’s different. He’s my baby. And he comes with some extra ‘needs’ for his new teachers and school. So I can’t help but worry.

T was a late talker. He only learned to start to speak around 2 years old, and has been in speech therapy ever since. He is still late when it comes to articulation and has trouble sometimes allowing everyone around him to understand him. He also has grown up with a horrible digestive system and gag reflex that can cause him to throw up if he doesn’t swallow or digest his food properly. These small issues have come with him everywhere he goes. It’s what needs to be discussed at every new ‘thing’ he starts; a program, a playdate, a new class, a new teacher, and now a new school.

But that little munchkin, among his many trials throughout the first 4 years of his life, has made him the strong, independent, carefree, and fearless little boy he is now.

These little things that we’ve lived through over the last number of years have made me anxious about his ‘firsts’.

I know he will be fine. He is the most social kid (beware he kisses at his own free will) and makes everyone around him smile. But as a mom, you can’t help but feel the nerves of anticipation as we start something new.

So as another chapter ends, another begins. And I couldn’t be prouder of him, or more excited for him as he begins his next journey.

The only downside? I now have to make 2 lunches…





Affording the School Year – Financial & Parenting Tips #StartSaving #TD


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Hockey. Swimming. Soccer. Baseball. These are just a few of the extracurricular activities that my kids have been signed up for.

Crazy thing is, we talk about what programs they would love to do, we find a season in which to make it work, and we book it. Yet we never seem to think about the financial burden that it comes with.

For example, I have absolutely no clue how much I spent in school year activities for my kids last year. And I totally should know! Granted I knew what each individual program cost, but not everything combined once it was all said and done. Shouldn’t I have prepared a budget for this? Yes, I should have, but I didn’t. I just registered my kids without even thinking.

Thanks to TD Canada Trust, I was invited to an evening out to discuss how to afford and manage extracurricular activities during the school year. There were great presentations from Shirley Malloy, Associate Vice President, Everyday Banking, TD Canada Trust, and Terry Carson, founder of The Parenting Coach.

I’ll be honest, I learned a lot! Such common sense tips and tricks that us as parents should already know or think about, but for whatever reason, I hadn’t been.

According to a recent TD survey, four in ten (40 per cent) Canadian parents with children under 18 years old spend $1,000 or more on extracurricular activities per child during the school year and half (51 per cent) of them find budgeting for these activities stressful“.


So to ensure that you are fully prepared as your kids start the school year (and no doubt hockey or dance lessons), here are some great tips for affording extracurricular activities:

Avoid costly surprises: When Z told us he wanted to play hockey, we were excited! But we had no idea what was involved and the amount of things we needed to buy before signing him up. So think beyond the cost of the class itself. Sometimes it’s the incidental fees related to that class or league that put us over our budget – such as the purchase of equipment or an instrument, or accommodations for weekend tournaments. Be sure to thoroughly research the class and ask instructors or coaches about all of the materials needed and any extra costs before signing up.

Create a budget and stick to it: If you are a TD customer, you can use the TD My Spend app to help manage your money and keep your budgets on track. Before the school year starts, create a budget that estimates all the annual expenses you can think of related to that extracurricular activity, plus five to 10 per cent extra to cover potential surprises like the end-of-season framed team photo or a championship sweatshirt. Saving a little each month and putting it into your savings account or TFSA can also help offset extracurricular expenses. Also, consider having your child sit down with you as you plan for these costs as it’s a great way to teach them about the importance of budgeting and saving. And, it’s never too early to learn about responsible money management, so even if it’s very little, have your child contribute to the cost of their activity.

Shop around for discounts: We were lucky that we have 3 nephews in the family that gave us all of their hand-me-down hockey equipment. It saved us a fortune! But there are stores out there that you can find bargains on used equipment and gear (and instruments, too) and don’t forget to ask friends and neighbours, or even shop online. Considering that kids will most likely outgrow equipment and gear quickly, this is a great option . I have also found buying a size up in certain items; give your child the opportunity to not outgrow it in the first year!

Don’t invest too much off the bat: If your child is young or starting an extracurricular activity for the first time, consider signing them up for classes offered through the city’s park and recreation department as they can be less costly than going the private route. Or, ask if you can try out activities before you commit or negotiate a trail to see if the program is a fit for your child. As younger children are still discovering what interests them most, you may not want to invest too much in one activity at this young age.

File your receipts: Don’t forget this one! Keep a record of all your child’s extracurricular activity costs and payments. Majority of programs can be tax deductible on your 2016 tax return. Receipts also act as a good reminder of what items you paid for this year when it comes time to plan for the next time around.

Think return on enjoyment: Remember that at the end of the day you are paying for these extracurricular activities and experiences, so they should be providing your child with a return on enjoyment. Each month, sit down with your child and evaluate what they are learning through the class, if they are having fun, what they like about it and what they don’t like about it. Use this information as a guide to when you are choosing next season’s activities, and don’t feel tied to that one activity.

Half (50 per cent) of Canadian parents say they limit the number of, or don’t sign their kids up for, extracurricular activities due to cost“.

Along with the financial impact, these activities and programs also have a huge impact on the parents! Without trying to do too much and stress out not only yourself, but your kids, here are some tips to help you find the right fit:

What would Sherlock Holmes notice? We need to pay attention to what our kids like to do. Too often parents put their kids into activities that are of interest to them or that their kids’ friends are playing rather than focus on what is best suited for the child. Does your child like to draw? Consider art or crafts classes. Does your child have a lot of energy? Sports are a great option.

Ask me! Ask your kids what they are interested in. However, be sure to hold them accountable to the choices they make. In other words, if your child changes her mind after a few weeks and wants to drop out make her finish the season so she learns about responsible commitment (of course this is age dependent).

Can I go? Can I join? Kids can be impulsive and can’t always think ahead when it comes to their choices. It’s up to you to be sure the activity is a fit for your child’s age. Look for activities where kids are the same age as your child as they can quickly get discouraged if older children in the group have an advantage over the younger ones.

Beware of over scheduling! Kids need unstructured, free play time for development too. When kids are over scheduled with extracurricular activities they could become tired all the time or miss out on family and friend time. So, don’t feel you have to sign your kid up for everything at once. Remember, school is important and they need time to process what they’re learning there too!

Save your sanity! Take stock of the emotional toll that running around with your kids takes on you. After-school activities can involve fighting traffic, rushing through dinner and doing homework late. Find balance between your needs and desires and those of your children. If one activity per child per week is what you can handle then so be it!

Budgeting and costs can be stressful. But with some planning, following these tips and even having a few tricks up your sleeve like stashing away a ten dollar bill every week, you can start feeling a little more relief!

How will you #startsaving this school year? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!

**Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by TD and I received compensation in exchange for my review. All views and opinions are my own.

I Just Have To Get Over It

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The road to his full recovery has been long. Just shy of 3 months to be exact. It was a roller coaster of a ride the last 60 + days. Lots of ups and downs, twists and turns, anxiety and calmness.

But two days ago, A was given the all clear. It was like music to our ears. I know he’s been waiting so patiently for this time to come, and finally it did.

No more concussion, no more whiplash, no more bruising and no more pain.

Over the past month or so, A has been getting better and better. He stopped doing anything athletic to let his body heal. This was extremely tough on him as he’s not one to want to sit still.  But we got out when we could so he could be with the boys. And everyday, slowly but surely, he regained all of his strength. It is amazing what the body can do.

But now that he has been given the green light to not only go back to work, but also to resume exercising, my nervousness has come back.

He has been waiting for the day he could get back up again. Get out and run. Get out and ride his bike. And I knew it was coming. But I didn’t know that after 3 months, I would still feel uneasy.

As some of you know from reading my first post about his accident, A was training for a half IRONMAN.  He would be up and out every day of the week training. And now after having been off the last 3 months, he’s ready. He’s ready to get back out there, gain all of his strength back, and get back to the pace he had before. Which is amazing. And a great lesson for our kids, that even if we fall we have to get back up again.

But for me, it makes me nervous. I don’t want to think of or picture him outside running or biking on the roads again. I know it was a freak accident, but accidents happen. And I don’t want it to happen again.

Am I crazy? Or do I just have to get over it?

Time will tell…



One Year Later #OTF #Giveaway




This picture was taken one year ago, on August 12th, 2015. It was the first time I had ever experienced the latest phenomenon known as Orangetheory Fitness.

I was invited by a colleague and friend to attend an event to promote the new business in the Richmond Hill area. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Little did I know my body would be put to the test for one hour, doing a cardio and core strength, high intensity exercise class. I didn’t know that I could do it. But when it was over, I felt amazing.

I have written about my fitness experiences before. I have never been a gym buff or obsessed about working out. I had been a member at different gyms and it was okay. I was liked the idea of exercise, but nothing was keeping me motivated to stay anywhere. Until that night.

It became an obsession. I loved everything about it. The studio, the owners, the people, the trainers (not to mention that clothes and swag). No one judged you. No one intimidated you. Everyone just let you be the best you could be. And that is what is the best part.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner to be a part of this OTF family. In fact, my first class I power walked the entire treadmill block. That was all I could do. I wasn’t a jogger or a runner. And that was okay. You are allowed to go at your own pace and do what you can. Granted there will be times that you will be pushed by the trainers to see just how far your body will allow you to go. In fact, I’ve been brought to the point of wanting to throw up! But its exhilarating! And it’s what makes going back that much better.

I have come a long way in the last year. I have become a jogger. Okay I still can’t run circles around my husband or anything, and fine I only jog a 10-12 minute mile, but I JOG! And enjoy it! (I know, who would think I would ever utter those words about running!). I sleep better. My heart rate is better. I am stronger. And, there is muscle people, MUSCLE!!!

Here is my first class performance summary and my most recent class summary:

Such a difference. Now I know you would have to experience it and learn more about what this actually means, but look at the heart rate average difference! Something I am very proud of.

This place truly has become like a second home to me. I get to workout with friends and I have met some amazing people. And while the group classes are trying and can be extremely hard, they are fun! And trust me when I say you will walk out of there feeling incredible.

I still can’t believe it has been a year. And I can’t wait for many many more years. I love this place. I will act as their unofficial brand ambassador any day of the week! And I want you to love it just as much as I do. Which is why Orangetheory Fitness Elgin Mills is offering one lucky reader a FREE MONTH membership!**

You don’t need to live in Richmond Hill to qualify but you do have to be willing to drive to this location.

If you want to try out the most amazing and highest trending workout, all you have to do is enter my giveaway on my Facebook page HERE.

I can’t wait to hear what you think of OTF!!


Giveaway will be live Friday August 12th – Friday August 26th, 2016 and winner will be chosen at random.

**Winner will receive one free month, valued up to $149.99 before taxes. Must purchase your own heart rate monitor for the classes**

Good luck!





Come Together with Netflix #Giveaway! #StreamTeam



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On most days you can find my almost 4 year old dancing around the house, holding an iPhone and blaring our music. He loves making his moves, and its really just hilarious to watch.

Music has been an important part of my life and my kids love listening to the radio in the car and sing along. They would rather ‘my music’ vs the traditional ‘kids songs’. Which is just fine by me!!

When we heard that Netflix Canada was premiering an original series titled #BeatBugs, we were super excited. This series for kids was inspired by music made famous by the Beatles. Each episode features some of the most well known Beatles songs and are all incorporated into stories filled with melody, hope and the wonders of friendship. Cover artists like P!nk, Aloe Blacc, Eddie Vedder and Sia are just a few of the all star artists bringing the music to the screen.

My kids have become obsessed with the show. It premiered on August 3rd and by yesterday they were already through the first season.

Being a Beatles fan myself, I’ve grown to love the show as well and you can find me singing along no matter what!

Thanks to Netflix, we received an amazing Beat Bugs package that the kids adore! T hasn’t taken his t-shirt off since he opened the box. He not only slept in it, but insisted on wearing it to preschool today too!


Since T was so excited to get dressed up, hubs decided to play along too.  Here’s a little video we put together with the help of the cover song “All You Need is Love”.  And when you are done watching, scroll down and see how you can win with your own video!


Our good friends at Netflix want you to win with Beat Bugs! All you have to do is submit a video EITHER on Instagram tagging me @debbie_memyselfandkids or on my Facebook page Me, Myself and Kids of your family jamming to the cover “All you Need is Love” (click to get to song to sing along to)  and use the hashtag #BeatBugs and you can win a 3 month subscription to the Netflix streaming service! *open to Canada only*

The winner will be randomly selected on August 26th.

I can’t wait to watch your videos!!



*Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam. I receive product in exchange for monthly posts about new and exciting Netflix series. All views and opinions are my own…

Some of My Favorite Things To Make Back To School Easy #IPRBackToSchool



I really can’t believe that August is here. The summer is just flying by and before we know it, school is going to be back in session.

This year is especially exciting for me because my youngest is starting Junior Kindergarten. He too is excited knowing he gets to go to his older brothers school, and have his own school bag and school supplies.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Back to School event put on by Impressions PR. They hosted a number of amazing brands and vendors all showcasing the best of the best for all you need to know (and buy) to get children of all ages ready for the start of another school year. I loved each and every one of them and had to share them with you! So here we go!

Staples Canada

Staples Canada has come out with some hot trends for 2016. So many items to choose from, vibrant colours, modern designs, small and compact shape and sized product, licensed characters we all know and love, and product for the tech savvy too. Staples has all of the back to school products that every student needs at a guaranteed low price (and a 100% price match guarantee). Products are available on line ( and in store. For a complete list of the top trends and products from Staples for the 2016 Back to school season, you can view the online look book on their website.

The Lice Squad


Let’s face it, lice during the school year at some point or the other is almost inevitable. Hopefully you won’t be the one that has to deal with it, but if you are, better to be armed! The team at Lice Squad can help relieve the panic or stress that sets in if lice is in your child’s classroom. Their professional and friendly staff can help take that stress away by coming to you.

If you haven’t already heard of then you’ve been missing out! They are a true online shopping destination that has pretty much EVERYTHING. From baby and kids items, to school supplies, health and wellness, house and home product, you really can find just about anything here. What’s also great is that they offer free shipping on orders over $29.

Toronto Public Library


To be honest, I haven’t been in a library for years. I really didn’t think of a library for anything more than studying while I was in university, or for taking out books when I was younger. But I have since learned there is so much more available! They offer so many fun things for kids – downloadable kids ebooks, a pop-up learning lab and digital innovation hubs. Check out and

Made Good


I only came across these recently and let me tell you, they are amazing and addicting! It’s sometimes hard to get my picky eater to eat healthy snacks, but with Made Good, he has no issue. These snacks are peanut and tree nut free, have 1 serving of vegetables, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and non-GMO & organic. No wonder their tagline is Real goodness for real life.



For the older kids and even for us parents and teachers, travelling light is always a good thing. And even though holding a paper back book is always fun, having numerous books at your fingertips is even better. Thats why we love the Kobo. There are a number of different kinds including the Kobo Glo HD, the highest quality eReader and also the Kobo Aura H20 which is the world’s first premium eReader with a fully waterproof and dustproof design.

Mabel’s Labels

I’ll be honest, I’m a little label crazy. I love these things! And Mabel’s Labels is such good quality, they really are our go-to. Whether you need to label kids clothing, tupperware, school bags, really any everyday product, Mabel’s Labels has all of your needs covered. Their labels are perfect for school, camp, daycare, and home. Plus they are dishwasher and laundry safe and waterproof.

Panda Mandarin


Have you ever thought about teaching your kids another language? Panda Mandarin was born when a mom and teacher was looking for a more engaging way to teach her daughter Mandarin. It is all done in an engaging and fun way and offers a variety of classes, camps and online programs. There are lots of benefits from learning a second language for kids so if you are considering it, check them out!


This one is for the parents. Whether you are on parent council or get involved in any of the school extra curricular activities, Entripy can help. They are Canada’s leader for custom printed apparel. Whether you need a giveaway for your child’s party, have a fundraiser for your child’s school, Entripy can screen prints, embroider or digitally print custom t-shirts for any occasion.

Back to school planning and shopping can be daunting and time consuming. But with the help of some of these great companies, you will be all set!

Check them out and hope you have a great 2016/2017 school season!

Tell me, what will you be shopping for?


**Disclosure: I attended an event and received product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own…





The Star Wars Universe is Expanding! @Netflix_ca #StreamTeam


It was only this past year that my kids got into Star Wars. My husband is a huge fan and when a friend of ours downloaded the entire series for him, he was so excited. I had seen a few of the movies but wasn’t quite caught up. I enjoyed it and thought it would be a great family event to all watch together. Because of the boys’ age, we weren’t sure if they would like it or be scared. But turns out, they loved it and have become, well, addicted.

And now you can too!

The Star Wars universe has expanded on Netflix! Members in Canada were able to stream Star Wars: The Force Awakens on July 15. If that’s not enough of a Star Wars fix, you can also catch up on the last days of the Galactic Republic with the entire Clone Wars series and feature film right now.


With the Clone Wars and The Force Awakens now on Netflix, families can bond over a beloved franchise that parents grew up with and kids will love.

Download Star Wars art here and find links to the service below.

For those who are excited about the launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Netflix, I wanted to share a fun themed recipe on how to make your very own Wookie Cookie at home!


May the Force be with you.




Stay Comfortably Chic with @nudypatooty #Review #Giveaway



There’s nothing like summer. I look forward to this time of year pretty much all through winter. Who doesn’t? The only thing I could go without in the summer is the extreme heat. This 40 degree weather not to mention the humidity kills me! I don’t know how the kids handle it being outdoors all day at camp!

Sweat. It gets to all of us, including me. If I am outside in this heat for long, I can feel the drips starting. Who wants that? Especially if it happens to you under your arms. Who wants ‘pit stains’? NO ONE!

That is why I am happy to tell you about a great product that I came across at a recent women’s event.

I had the opportunity to meet a woman by the name of Michelle, who transformed herself from a woman in the financial corporate world to entrepreneur.

Michelle came upon the realization that she wasn’t wearing her favorite clothes because embarrassing perspiration stains, antiperspirants permanently staining her clothes and the high cost and inconvenience of dry-cleaning.  When she looked for a solution on the market she realized there was no practical option available, so she decided to develop one herself! Then, Nudy Patooty was born!

What is it you ask? Nudy Patooty is a line of undershirts and t-shirts, made from organic bamboo fabric right here in Toronto, Canada.

Nudy Patooty was created to relieve fashion lovers of these potentially embarrassing inconveniences. Each piece is made of organic bamboo fabric, which regulates your body temperature to keep you cooler when its warm (Can I get an AMEN). And, each Nudy Patooty features a patented fabric technology in the underarm to wick and absorb moisture away from the body, so you stay dry and your clothes stay clean. This undergarment serves as a lightweight and comfortable barrier between your body and your favorite outfit. I’ve tried and tested it and it works! My white t-shirt, still white! And you couldn’t even tell that I was wearing it!  Even better.


These shirts are perfect for those super hot days and of course a must have on vacations!
Nudy Patooty comes in several feminine styles made for all body types.  Whether exploring a new city, or commuting to the office, stay cool and comfortable this summer with Nudy Patooty.
Here are some great tips on how Nudy would benefit you. Whether your a mom, expectant mom, teenager or young adult. These garments are made for everyone:
  • Laundry piles up fast enough with little ones around, so who has time to hand wash and iron delicates on top of that?  Wearing a Nudy Patooty means you can simply toss it in the laundry at the end of the day and then hang your sweaters and blouses back in the closet and save the cleaning for another day.
  • For pregnant and nursing moms our crop top is the perfect solution to hormone induced hot flashes
  • Teens going through hormonal changes can mean embarrassing sweat stains during a stage of live where many already struggle with insecurities.  Make sure your teen feels comfortable and confident by wearing a Nudy Patooty.
Prices range between $48.00 – $58.00 and can be found online at
Sign up for their mailing list and enjoy 15% off your first order!
**GIVEAWAY** Our friends at Nudy Patooty would also like to offer one lucky reader a Crop Top!
All you have to do is enter the giveaway on my Facebook page HERE
**Note giveaway is open to Canada only**
**Note you cannot enter on a mobile device**
If you don’t already, follow Nudy Patooty on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter
Tell me, what item would you like to try first?!
**Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own…

Celebrate Canada with @netflix_ca #StreamTeam


On July 1st, we celebrated Canada’s 149th birthday! As a statutory holiday, we all had the day off and we wanted to do something fun as a family. This year we chose to go to the Blue Jay game! And because it was Canada day, it was full of Canadian pride, and the Jay’s organization put on a great show for the crowd to celebrate while we sang Oh Canada.


We had such a great day at the game and by the time we got home we were exhausted. We all wanted a night in and what’s better than relaxing in front of the TV with Netflix!

This month, Netflix has rounded up a series of shows that celebrate Canadian star power. Here are a couple for the kids and adults that we love!

For the Kids:

The Magic School Bus

An oldie but a goodie! This show has been around since I was a kid…both educational and fun.

Super Why

My kids adore this show!

Justin Time

A fun treat for the kids!

For the Adults:

Russel Peters

Have you ever seen this?  He is hilarious!  A must watch!

The Change Up

All I have to say is Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.  Right?!

What will you be watching this month on Netflix?

Let us know what your fav’s are!!



*Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam. I receive product in exchange for monthly posts about new and exciting Netflix series. All views and opinions are my own…


Capture Your Childs Imagination with Sago Mini


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As parents we are always looking for ways to boost our children’s creativity or imagination. I know I always look for things that will help foster play and speech for little T ever since he was diagnosed with a minor speech delay when he was 2 years old.

Thats why when I heard that Sago Mini introduced a new playset that also included an app, I knew I had to try it.

This adorable new playset is for kids age 3+ and is called Jinja’s House. Thoughtfully designed to capture kids’ imaginations, the portable toy house offers endless possibilities for role playing and creativity. The house opens to over two feet wide revealing lovely indoor and outdoor play areas to let kids make up their own stores. With interchangeable play accessories like a movable slide, table and chairs, tiny slices of pizza and miniature postcards, kids can really make the experience their own. And when it’s time to tidy up, all the accessories fit neatly inside. The portable playset folds up and can be secured with attached band; the carrying handle makes it easy for kids to take anywhere. The set is also small enough to fit in a parent’s bag, making it perfect for on the go fun.


It was perfect for T. We got to have a conversation about all of the accessories, what they are and where we can put them. He got to make up his own story about what Jinja and Rosie were doing while they were playing. It really brought out his imagination! You can see it in action here!

Jinja’s House is available on and Indigo’s online store for $29.99 USD/ $34.99 CAD.

What I also love about Sago Mini, is they offer a number of Preschool Apps. Since we had just played with Jinja and Rosie, T wanted to continue to play with them. We downloaded Sago Mini Friends. Here you can take all the Sago Mini friends on playdates! Since play time is so important for kids and their social skills, this app invites kids to lead the play. You can help Robin fix a birdhouse, play dress up, pop and blow up balloons, you name it, Sago Mini has thought of it!

T loved it, and what’s better is that we got to work on his words and articulation as we went through each of the playdates, talking about what the friends were doing.  Mom approved.

If you aren’t familiar with Sago Mini, check them out. They are an award-winning toy company with over 10 million downloads, 18 apps and a new line of toys. Beautifully detailed to seed imagination and grow wonder, Sago Mini is beloved by preschoolers around the world. It brings thoughtful design to life for both kids and parents. Based in Toronto, Sago Mini is a subsidiary of Toca Boca, the No. 1 mobile-first kids brand in the App Store. To learn more, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Come back and tell me what you love about Sago Mini and stay tuned for more!




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