Exciting new bloggy news

by DaniGirl on March 2, 2011 · 23 comments

in Reviews, promotions and giveaways

As you know, I am very selective about advertising, product reviews and giveaways. Any service or brand that gets featured here comes with my personal endorsement, which I won’t give lightly.

Not too long ago, I had a great offer for a year-long blogging affiliation that would have come with an all-expenses-paid trip to BlogHer 11 in San Diego, and I turned it down because I simply couldn’t see myself investing emotionally in the company in the way I’d need to blog about it authentically. It was a huge multinational and I’m sure you’d recognize the name, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me, and for the blog. Turning down that free trip to BlogHer was painful, but in retrospect it was 100% the right choice.

And today, I’m dancing on my toes with excitement to tell you about the offer that I *did* accept! Yep, this is the thing that I’ve been not-quite-able to talk about for weeks. *squee*

Starting this weekend, I’ll be one of 10 Canadian moms chosen to be the official bloggers for: Fisher-Price Canada! Is that not awesome? I can’t think of too many brands I love and trust as much as Fisher-Price. Our closets and toy bins overflow with Fisher-Price products, from the Rainforest cradle swing to the Healthy Care highchair (that endured all three boys and was still good enough to give away for more use) and the Healthy Care booster seat that we’re still using to the Little People sets of every shape and size to the GeoTrax that Lucas just inherited from Tristan — and that’s just off the top of my head! I’m sure there’s oodles more if I looked around. I can tell you free of any endorsement or affiliation, we love Fisher-Price toys and gear.


So when the opportunity came up, it was easy for me to say yes to Fisher-Price. This weekend, they’re bringing all of the bloggers together in Toronto for a meet-and-greet and a (eep!) photo shoot. Lucas and I will be flying out to Toronto on Friday afternoon, and rushing back on Saturday to make it home in time for Tristan’s birthday party on Sunday. I’d hoped the whole family could go, but they were focusing on kids under five years old for this particular photo shoot.


As you can see, I didn’t even have to look too hard into my Flickr archives to demonstrate our ongoing affection for the Fisher-Price brand!!


(Although, I have to tell you, it pains me to feature some of these old pictures from a photographic perspective. Even though I’ve always loved taking pictures, I’ve sure come a long way in the last few years!!)


And how cute is this? All three boys eating their first birthday cake in the same Healthy Care high chair! That’s Tristan in 2003, Simon in 2005 and Lucas in 2009, from left to right.

Tristan age 1 (eight long years ago!)SimonLucas is one

I’m so pleased to be working with Fisher-Price and Mom Central Canada for the next year on this project, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. Our whole family is excited, including Beloved who still waxes nostalgic about his Fisher-Price Sesame Street Little People set from the 1970s. Do you have a favourite Fisher-Price toy or product?

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen March 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

I’m looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!

2 Julia March 2, 2011 at 8:17 am

LOL I had the same highchair for 2 of my kids. Have a great time in TO and Congrats. πŸ™‚

3 Lara March 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

How exciting!! I can’t wait to read along, both about FP and about the experience of doing something like this!

Our house is full of fisher price from the high chairs to baby swings, to the toys of my youth that have come to live here to the new and improved FP. Those baby swings…. saved my life πŸ˜‰

4 Alicia March 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

Wow, very cool. Congrats!

5 Meshl March 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

Aw, congrats!

I’ve also been meaning to congratulate you on the photography site too! I’m so happy for you and maybe just a tiny little bit envious! Thank you so much for the lightroom info. πŸ™‚

6 mimi and pipi March 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

hey !! we are ssssooooooooooooooooo excited for you and Lucas for you up coming excursion ,can’t wait hear all about it when we arrive on th 18th for the BIRTHDAY PARTY MARATHON!!!!!! love and have a safe trip

7 andrea from the fishbowl March 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

Sounds like the perfect gig for you Dani! What will it entail? Share the deets!

8 LW March 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

For me it is a Happy Apple that was given to my mum at her baby shower in Toronto before returning (pregnant) to the UK. I had to track a vintage one down in the US on ebay when my kids were born as it was never sold here as far as I can work out!

9 coffee with julie March 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Congrats! not only does FP make great toys, but they bring back such good memories from my own play days as a kid. Have fun in TO! πŸ™‚

10 Karen Wilson March 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Yay! RT @DaniGirl: Exciting new bloggy news!! I'm going to be blogging for Fisher-Price Canada for a year!! http://bit.ly/gragID #playpanel

11 Natasha March 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Congrats on the new gig. Fisher price has some amazing products. Your a lucky girl! I can’t wait to read your reviews.

12 Shannon March 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Awesome"@DaniGirl: Exciting new bloggy news!! I'm going to be blogging for Fisher-Price Canada for a year!! http://bit.ly/gragID #playpanel"

13 Paula March 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

What a wonderful team you and Fisher-Price are going to make. Congratulations on the contract and I hope you and Lucas have a wonderful time at the meet and greet.

14 Coco March 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

What a great experience. I think the big boys might be a wee bit jealous of Lucas getting to go to TO with you. My favourite FP toys were the barn with animals and the fabulous doctor’s kit. I really thought one of my children would become a doctor as they played endlessly with that kit.

15 ShopHaven March 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

RT @DaniGirl: Exciting new bloggy news!! I'm going to be blogging for Fisher-Price Canada for a year!! http://bit.ly/gragID #playpanel

16 Carly March 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Great news, Dani! Congratulations!!!

We love FP around here too . . . the Little Man is still playing with the Little People a fair bit and I saved my Little People stuff from when I was a kid we have fun mixing the new with the – ahem – old.

I love FP so much that I typically get a FP themed ornament for Christmas ever year. I have the Chatter Telephone, the School Bus, the School House, and something else that’s escaping me now. I guess I am getting – ahem – old. πŸ™‚

17 Mary @ Parenthood March 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Sounds exciting! I am surprised to learn they make highchairs though. I associate them with toys! Guess I might learn something this year! Congrats!

18 Chantal March 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

Dani that is awesome! Congrats to you! I still have the Fisher Price car garage circa 1980 that was my brothers when he was a child πŸ™‚

19 Laura March 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Holy moly – this is great news! Congratulations Dani, it sounds like the perfect fit. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear more about it too. ( I love Fisher Price. It lasts forever. My parents kept my old farm and school house and I’m *cough, cough* 39 years old!)

20 Anonymous March 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

How exciting!! I love Fisher Price as well…my daughter has so many sets already which we’re saving now for her new baby brother and I still have my old sets from the 70’s that she still plays with too; the Sesame Street one and a Cottage set as well!! Looking forward to hearing more about it!

21 Gabriella March 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Oops that was me above, the anonymous commenter!

22 Trixie March 8, 2011 at 8:47 am

You’re a natural for this! I hope it’s a hoot! Me, I couldn’t get enough of the school house (tho I also loved the garage and the doctor’s kit). Oh my, I wish I had that school now. I’d display it in the dining room for a daily smile. Seriously. … Oh, and when Sam was a toddler, our friends hauled out the FP barn & animals for him to play with at their house and I dropped to the ground and missed dinner. They had all the original people in their farmer clothes and that little black & white dog! Good times, I tell ya….

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