Friday, June 29, 2012

O Canada, Baby!

Did you know Canada..  To help cheer on Team Canada at the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games, Pampers, has teamed up with Canada's littlest athletes, and their parents to create "O, Canada Baby!" - The first ever Canadian national anthem performed entirely by babies!

Now, just in time for Canada Day, Pampers, has developed this new 60 second video of “O Canada, Baby!” to excite the spirit of play across the nation, check it out..






Fun news - Pampers is calling on all Canadian parents and their babies to share their national pride. Parents can go to OCanadababy.com to upload their baby’s video to get their own version of O Canada with their child in it.  A final video, compiled from uploaded videos, will be released during the Olympic Games to cheer on Team Canada!


Happy Canada Day!!!

Recipe Round Up 06/29

Did you know Canada.. it's been another great week over at Canadian Moms Cook. We love to share the recipes we have been working on. Remember to chat with me and co-author Muli-Testing Mommy on Twitter and Facebook about meal ideas, fun recipes and more!

What's everyone making for the long weekend? Lots of BBQ's planned??


Canadian Moms Cook


Fun Bites Food Cutter GIVEAWAY - enter this giveaway to win a super fun food cutter to help make your food fun for your kids!

Garlic Bread - an easy side dish and yummy favourite for any meal!

Summer Wraps - some easy wrap ideas along with a great deal on Wrap Trap for kids!

Copy Kids DVD for Healthy Young Children - GIVEAWAY - featuring twelve 7 minute chapters, one for each of twelve fruits & veggies!

Fun Food Friday: Flowers - a fun way to get kids to enjoy their veggies!

Happy Canada Day! Look forward to sharing more recipes next week.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

#Canthem

Did you know Canada.. this is too cool, check out how Molson Canadian rocks "O Canada" with a ‪CANTHEM‬!



Happy Canada Day!!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

MARCELLE & ANNABELLE Beauty Unveiling 2012

Did you know Canada.. Toronto Representative Faniya heading to an amazing event last week..



Last week I attended the amazing Marcelle & Annabelle Beauty Unveiling Event at bright and spacious Andrew Richards Designs. I am a big fan of Marcelle products, so for me this event was a real treat. Beauty stations were set up along the big room, where beautiful representatives welcomed everyone to introduce new products.  Wine, music by DJ on site and delicious snacks made this event even more relaxing for everyone.   



So here are some highlights of the products for our beautiful ladies coming soon to Canadian stores:

You probably know that Marcelle was the first who introduced BB cream to Canadian beauties, so now the company presents all-new BB Cream Anti-Aging + SPF 20 with its 10-in-1 multi-benefits that evens out your skin tone, hydrates and brightens your skin. The cream also smoothes out fine line and wrinkles and gives an instant lifted appearance. 



Another great addition to the Marcelle’s BB line is BB Cream-to-Powder. Its creamy texture becomes a silky powder finish on your face with all the benefits BB cream has. 



To improve your skin tone and diminish fine line and wrinkles Marcelle introduces Youth Generating Serum powered with the Marcelle-exclusive Skin D Fusion technology. It improves your skin’s elasticity, leaves you with a radiant, even tone. I tried this serum on my hand, the result is soft and tender baby’s skin.

Another Marcelle’s anti-aging line is New Age Precision that uses the most advanced age-fighting technologies. This new line is not only a “wrinkle-killer”; it also reinforces the skin’s structure and improves firmness of your skin.



As for eye shadows Marcelle presents all new 72 shades for any day, occasion or mood. You just have to see them and pick the ones talking to you.



Annabelle’s beauty innovation this year is a launch of all-new BB product line: the BB Cream Multi-Action Beauty Balm SPF 15, the BB Compact Makeup, the BB Skin Perfect Concealer, and the BB Skin Retouch Crayon.

So BB Cream Multi-Action Beauty Balm SPF 15 perfects, brightens, primes, hydrates and protects the skin which fits me perfectly, BB Compact Makeup is a powder foundation equipped with a double-sided sponge to vary your coverage, BB Skin Retouch Crayon  is a double-ended crayon that fills in fine lines  on one end and brightens on the other.



Do not forget to check this amazing new Annabelle stand of make-up products coming to the Canadian stores next month. 

I am looking forward to seeing Annabelle and Marcelle products on store shelves (most of them in July & August) and I hope some of them will be added to your favorite beauty products and find a permanent home in your cosmetic cases.  

Faniya

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hey Canada!

Did you know Canada..  Tundra Books has a fabulous new book for kids, "Hey Canada!".  Written by Vivien Bowers and illustrated by Milan Pavlovic, this book is filled with facts, history and tales from across Canada.



Alice, nine, and her cousin Cal, eight, are reporting the story from the car as they travel across Canada with Gran.  I love how modern it is as Alice writes blog entries from Gran's netbook and Cal is Tweeting.


They start off in St. John's Newfoundland and drive though every province and territory in Canada ending in Nunavut.


Here's some of the awesome things you will find in this book..


* beautiful illustrations
* photos of Canada like the Cabot Trail, Halifax Harbour, the Terry Fox Statue and more
* fun side notes like rules (#3 is No wildlife in the car.  Except hamsters.)
* interesting facts like that seven-eighths of an iceberg is hidden under the water and Nova Scotia means "New Scotland" in Latin
* "find it's"
* comics
* each province's flower and bird
* maps
* updates on their pet hamster
* poems


Wow, just wow!  Full of fantastic information, presented in such a way that every child (and Mom and Dad) will thoroughly enjoy it, retain it and be able to share it.  It's funny, silly, knowledgeable, beautiful and I just love it.


I am so, so happy to have been able to read this book and share it with my boys.  This will be an amazing tool for school work in the coming years and something we can enjoy as a family as we find out more about our country.  It makes us all want to go on vacation around Canada too!!


You really have to check this one out, and what a great gift it would make for this Canada Day long weekend!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Recipe Round Up 06/21

Did you know Canada..  It's been another great week at Canadian Moms Cooks with co-author Muli-Testing Mommy. Summer is here and we will be heading out to the grill, making fresh salads and more in the coming weeks.

See what we've been cooking up this week!



Canadian Moms Cook

Let's Chop Veggies Using Proper Grip ~ A video about using the proper grip on a knife for safe and effective chopping!

Homemade Burgers - how do you make your burgers? Here's my recipe, and they always stay together!

Fried Rice - an amazing side dish or even the main dish, this is so good and real comfort food

Fun Food Friday with FunBites ~ A review and giveaway for a super fun food cutting device!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Toys“R”Us celebrates the end of the school year at locations across Canada

Did you know Canada..  As kids across Canada anxiously await the beginning of their summer vacation, Toys“R”Us is preparing to celebrate school’s out by inviting children of all ages to kick off summer fun at its first ever Kids Day!  On Saturday, June 23 at all Toys“R”Us locations across Canada (excluding Express stores), crowds of kids will gather for an exciting event filled with fun and engaging activities! 



Open to the public and free of cost, Toys“R”Us Kids Day will allow little ones across the country the opportunity to:
-          Demonstrate their craftsmanship while building a mini KRE-O Battleship Boat
-          Channel their creativity into designing a Sticky Mosaics Butterfly
-          Test their accuracy during Nerf Target Practice
-          Learn some tips and tricks at interactive video gaming stations



On top of that, the first 100 families at each location will leave with free surprise loot bags to extend the fun at home.

“Every year children eagerly countdown to the last day of school as they get excited for summer fun and freedom,” said Liz MacDonald, vice president of marketing at Toys“R”Us Canada.  “This year, Toys“R”Us is thrilled to help kick off summer by offering kids a special day dedicated to play and celebrating the end of another successful school year.”

WHEN:                 Saturday, June 23, 2012
                              11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:               All Toys“R”Us stores across Canada
                              (excluding Toys“R”Us Express locations)
                              Visit http://www.toysrus.ca/storeLocator/search.jsp to find the store nearest you

WHO:                   Parents and children of all ages – all are welcome


PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Crowds of children building boats, designing butterflies, playing with Nerf blasters and demoing the latest video games all in celebration of the best time of the year – school’s out!

Have fun!!!


Summer Cash Giveaway

Did you know Canada..  It's the perfect time of year to win a little extra cash for day trips, ice creams, prepare for back to school, and we have an awesome giveaway right here.



This Lil Piglet and Tales of a Ranting Ginger, together with a group of fabulous Canadian bloggers are proud to present the Summer  Cash Giveaway June 21st 12:01 am EST- June 28th midnight.


Enter now to win $115 US cash via PayPal!!  Anyone with a PayPal account can enter to win this cash prize; open worldwide!


Good luck all!!


Giveaway

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hallmark Canada for Grads

Did you know Canada.. over the next couple weeks there will be grads celebrating across Canada. Whether it's College and University grads ready for a career, highschool grads ready for big changes, grade school grads looking to their teen years, or the Kindergarden grads facing the big Grade 1.

Hallmark has you covered to celebrate all of these special grads, and we've been checking out a few of their products.



We shared these really cool flip flops with a friend, they are perfect for reminding your grad where they are heading. Great to slip on sore feet after wearing dress shoes for graduations too!

We are using this fun Class of 2012 photo album as a teachers gift. I snuck some great photos of the kids with their awesome teacher on class trips and I know she is going to love saving these pictures as a great reminder of a fun year.

How cool is the Moo-lah money and giftcard holder? a favourite gift of grads everywhere, whether it's for school clothes for next year, or to save towards a new laptop or maybe even a new car, this cute cow (and the cash!) will put a smile on any grads face.

Do you have any grads you are celebrating this year??

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2012's Hottest Back to School Tech from Future Shop

Did you know Canada..  Toronto Rep Faniya is heading to another event this week!



This week I am heading to Future Shop event for a preview of the 2012’s must-have tech for the back-to-school season. The product showcase will feature the latest in tablets, ultrabooks and accessories for busy students from Future Shop Experts. Also tips and advice on what students need to succeed in ever-changing digital world and be tech savvy.

Faniya
Teddy Out-Ready

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lancôme Luxe Box

Did you know Canada..  Toronto Rep Faniya has an awesome new giveaway for our readers!!

LANCÔME and LUXE BOX Limited Edition
I wrote recently about new seasonal Luxe Boxes introduced by Loose Button. Now we have fantastic news from them!  Loose Button in collaboration with Lancôme presents YouTube Sensation & Lancôme Official Video Makeup Artist Michelle Phan in Toronto.

SPECIAL PERSONAL APPEARANCE
THE BAY, YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE
TORONTO
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012
5:00PM - 6:30PM



RSVP for this event before June 21 & win 1 of 10 limited edition Lancôme Luxe Boxes with Michelle's Favourite Lancôme products http://bitly.com/LooseButtonEvent

So here are some of the highlights and features of absolutely gorgeous Luxe Box with four Lancôme full size products.



The first product I want to talk about is the eyeliner ARTLINER that does a fantastic job, emphasizing your eyes with its easy-to use handle and liquid pen that helps you line and shape your eyes to create any look you have in your mind. It glides on smoothly without scratching or skipping and lasts throughout the day.

Second is Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara, a great addition to ARTLINER that creates Lancôme’s most flirtatious lash look. If you want to treat yourself with volumized and extended lashes, Hypnôse Doll Lashes is the right choice. A new, unique, cone-shaped brush provides extremely smooth application easily reaching your corner and lower lashes. It also thickens and lifts every single lash.



Third one is L’Absolu Nu lipstick that gives you absolute elegance, creativity and sensuality. Combining lip-care with a unique and delicate texture it creates an incredible nude lip sensation and enhances a natural radiance of sublime-looking lips.

And last one is Bi-Facil award-winning make-up remover which is the essential item for any make-up lover. It gently removes all types of eye make-up even waterproof, great for sensitive eyes as well.

And now is giveaway time! One lucky reader of Did you know Canada? is going to win limited edition Lancôme Luxe Box that contains deluxe beauty products hand-picked exclusively by Michelle Phan.

So enter today and good luck!

Giveaway

Friday, June 15, 2012

BRAVE Brings Scotland to Canada

Did you know Canada.. In celebration of the release of Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” on June 22, Walt Disney Studios Canada is bringing a taste of Scotland to Canadian cities this weekend.



What: Traditional Scottish bag pipers and dancers will journey through Canadian streets on Saturday and Sunday. Lads and lasses are encouraged to join the celebration, where they will have the opportunity to see clips from the film and win prizes.

Snap a picture of the festivities, and email it to bvpm.toronto@disney.com with the subject line “BRAVE BROUGHT SCOTLAND TO CITY” and you could win a double pass for you a guest to see “Brave” next Wednesday, June 20th. Make sure to replace ‘CITY’ with the city you ventured to this weekend!

Who: Presented by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada.

When: Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th.

Where: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver downtown cores

The full schedule is available on Walt Disney Studios Canada’s Facebook page

About the film: Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humour. Opens on June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theatres.

Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files

Did you know Canada..  last week we were so excited to give away three copies of Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files!  This week we wanted to share our review of the DVD with you.



We've had Phineas and Ferb running in the background a few times but no one has really watched it until now, well the ENTIRE family is now addicted to this show!

Between the fun ideas the Phineas and Ferb work on, to their cool big sister Candace that is always trying to "bust" them - it's a riot.  Not to mention Perry who is a Platypus spying on the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

"Doofenshmirtz" is a funny word we all scream out at random times at home now by the way, and everyone bursts out laughing.

I admit there are a few cartoons I can not stand (Caillou), a few cute ones my boys have grown out of (Max and Ruby) but this is the first time we've actually enjoyed watching shows as a family and I love it!!

I am so grateful to Walt Disney Canada for introducing us to such a fun show and I highly recommend picking this up for your kiddos!!

Doofenshmirtz!


Recipe Round Up - 06/15

Did you know Canada..  It's been another great week at Canadian Moms Cooks with co-author Muli-Testing Mommy. What are you planning for Father's Day dinner? A big meal? BBQ? Take out??

See what we've been cooking up this week!



Canadian Moms Cook

Mini Chicken Pot Pies - a tasty, fun and customizable dinner. Everyone gets what they want and they are so good!

Homemade Hamburger Helper - a quick and easy one pot dish!

Fun Food Friday: Kids and Their Veggies - check out just how much fun raw veggies can be!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kellogg's Special K Cracker Chips

Did you know Canada..  Kellogg's Canada has introduced a fun new snack - Special K Cracker Chips!



They are a lightly seasoned snack at only 80 calories per serving (18 chips!!!)!  Coming in three yummy flavours; Original, Cheddar and Sour Cream & Onion.

We've been snacking on these the past couple weeks and everyone has their own favourite.  I really like Original, they are a great size, taste and texture for dipping too!  The kids and hubby all like the Sour Cream & Onion.  Hubby has even been taking them to work for a great afternoon snack.

Perfect snacks for busy Moms on the go, to take to work or pop in the kids lunch and everyone can feel good about it knowing they are only 80 calories.

We are so happy to give one lucky reader a chance to try out these new snacks too, enter below for your chance to win 3 boxes, one of each flavour!!

Giveaway

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Greet each season with new Loose Button’s Luxe Box


Did you know Canada..  Toronto Rep Faniya has some info for us on the new Loose Button Luxe Box membership..

At the end of May I was invited to attend Loose Button Press Release night.  After being at all these incredible events hosted by Loose Button I was sure to hear and learn something exciting dedicated to the beauty world.  And I was not disappointed, in opposite I had a feeling that Loose Button is truly passionate about its work and all new changes intended only to give the ladies better service and experience.

So here are highlights of Loose Button’s new program and features Did you know Canada? was one of the first to learn about.


On June 8, Loose Button introduced a new invitation only beauty membership program and first update is that the Luxe Box got a new role of reflecting seasonal waves which means instead of Monthly beauty box, subscribers are going to receive 7 -8 trial-sized beauty and lifestyle products every 3 months. This gives LB members the opportunity to try and discover which products work the best for them. Another amazing feature incorporated by Loose Button into the new program is that besides providing with the latest beauty products LB subscribers also get access to product tutorials, tips and tricks on how to use the luxury from the Luxe Box before the season knocks the doors.

Have to mention that new LB membership also includes invites to exclusive events, product launches and sneak-peeks.



As for financial part, prices for membership right now $26 per quarter, $50 semi-annually and $96 annual.  Existing members can upgrade their membership for free plus receive their first fall seasonal box for free (no June Luxe Box).  Another option for existing members without upgrade is to receive the June Luxe Box and sign up later. New membership as I mentioned is by invitation only. So please check Loose Button Support Centre for more information regarding upgrades, new membership and other questions http://support.loosebutton.com/

At the same time stay tuned for more good news at Did you know Canada?


About Loose Button
Loose Button’s mission is to help consumers discover, try and purchase quality beauty products through a unique shopping experience. Their Membership offers an exciting experience, allowing members to discover the best beauty and lifestyle products in the comfort of their own home. Members of this plan receive 7 to 8 trial-size beauty and lifestyle products in a chic box, delivered to an address of their choice, every season.


Faniya
Teddy Out-Ready

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Weldbond

Did you know Canada.. have you heard about Weldbond?? It's a CANADIAN MADE non-toxic glue, that sticks to just about anything!



I had hubby give it a try on his unfortunately growing pile of broken toys the boys produce.  We have a couple favourite monster trucks that have been in one too many crashes.  Hubby has tried MANY times to fix these and they are a favourite of the boys, but they either don't stick at all or as soon as the boys use them they break again.

He is very happy to report the Weldbond was easy to apply and it stuck!  The Monster trucks are back in action and the boys are very pleased too.

As Mom I love that it's non-toxic!!!  Not only is it non-toxic, but it's also nonflammable, free of fumes, has low VOCs, is created without animal by-products and environmentally friendly!  I also, of course, appreciate that this product is Canadian made.  You can trust what's in it and you are supporting fellow Canadians when buying it.


Perfect for:

* Woodworking
* Model Building
* Scrapbooking
* Drywall
* Framing
* Mosacis
* Cement
* Fabrics

Find Weldbond across the nation at Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Lowes, Home Hardware and Michaels craft stores.  Weldbond truly bond to most anything!

Beauty Unveiling Event from MARCELLE & ANNABELLE

Did you know Canada..  Toronto Rep Faniya is attending another event on behalf of Did you know Canada? this week..


This week I am going to attend another fascinating beauty event Unveiling of the 2012 Innovations from cosmetics brands MARCELLE and ANNABELLE. I am very interested to learn what the latest things these brands are going to introduce, especially after being first on the Canadian market with amazing BB (Beauty Balm) products.

Another great news: MarieMai, a Canadian singer and songwriter, is the new face of ANNABELLE, as her voice, energy and femininity perfectly aligns with the nature of the Canadian brand.

So more details after the event, get ready for updates!

About Groupe Marcelle
Groupe Marcelle is a cosmetics industry leader with over 75 years of acquired knowledge. As a Canadian manufacturer of both Marcelle and Annabelle brands, Groupe Marcelle offers women of all ages a complete line of beauty and skin care products. Employing over 200 people in the research and development, production and marketing of its products, the company strives to deliver superior products that go above and beyond for today's woman.

Faniya
Teddy Out-Ready

Monday, June 11, 2012

Father's Day Flash Giveaway!

Did you know Canada.. we have a flash giveaway for you today thanks to our friends at A to Z Illusions!

You'll remember we mentioned about much we love A to Z Illusions back in March.

Canadian company A to Z Illusions was created by award winning freelance photographer David Matthews. He photographs natural occurrences of letters in the alphabet and sells a wide range of products including framed words, posters, cards, magnets and more.

Enter below for your chance to win one of two A to Z Illusions Dad mangets, perfect for slipping into a card for Dad this Father's Day, and something to admire the whole year through.



Giveaway

Sac O Grande Giveaway

Did you know Canada.. we have a fun giveaway to share with you today - enter below for your chance to win a Sac O Grande Chain Chick handbag either Red, Silver or Black (depending on availability)!!



It features a sassy handle with studded trim, top zipper, back zipper pocket, and SAC O GRANDE signature hot pink lining & dust bag. Finally, " la piece de resistance" the additional chain and weaved combined shoulder straps...too much?...no worries take it off and wear it as a belt!

This one is open to Canada and US - good luck!!

Giveaway

Friday, June 8, 2012

Toronto Plastic Bag Ban

Did you know Canada..  yesterday it was announced the Toronto City Council has voted to ban plastic grocery bags COMPLETELY in 2013.

I'm sure you are all used to paying 5 cents at many grocery and other retail stores across the nation for a plastic bag, well in Toronto they are getting rid of them completely.

So to reiterate this is for ALL retail stores in Toronto.  If you forgot to bring your reusable bags from home, I'm not sure what will happen.  Hopefully stores will have an alternative available like boxes?

I'm on the fence about this one, absolutely we need to protect our environment, I was okay with paying 5 cents a bag when I forgot my own or just wanted a few bags.  I mean I never throw them away, we reuse them for a million things - packing snacks, shoes, and wet swim clothes to name a few.  I also don't always bring reusable bags when shopping at speciality stores along a strip as one would often do in Toronto, it's such a tourist spot too, if you are staying in a hotel and without a car how would you carrying everything??

What's your take on it??


Recipe Round Up 06/07

Did you know Canada..  It's been another great week at Canadian Moms Cooks with co-author Muli-Testing Mommy.  Have you been out grilling yet?  Love the grill for the taste, speed AND no pots and pans to wash!!

See what we've been cooking up this week and let us know what recipes you've tried this week!


Canadian Moms Cook

Grilled Chicken Skewers - the homemade version of the famous recipe from Recipe to Riches, easy to change up to please everyone.

BBQ Corn - we tried a new way to grill up some corn with tasty results!

Cook School by Amanda Grant - a cookbook written for kids aged 3-11.

Six O'clock Scramble - an email subscription service that sends you weekly menu plans, shopping lists and more.

English Muffin Pizza - a fun lunch and one the kids can help with!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Camp Day at Tim Hortons

Did you know Canada.. since 1991, Tim Hortons has been celebrating Camp Day. The day where they donate all the proceeds from coffee sales to sending kids to camp.

Not a coffee drinker? Buy one for a friend and cheer up someone's day.

To make a donation through text, please text the word CAMP to 45678 to make a $5.00 donation to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation.

Here's some great info from timhortons.com that shows where your dollars go..

$10 - Provides a child with a new camp T-shirt.
$20 - Provides a child with a backpack for their camping necessities.
$50 - Provides a child with a warm sleeping bag.
$100 - Provides a child with nutritious and delicious meals three times a day.
$200 - Assists with the purchase of supplies for ropes courses and climbing towers, allowing children to reach new heights.
$500 - Helps upgrade the fleet of canoes, kayaks and rafts that give children the opportunity to try something new and exciting.
$1000 - Provides a first-class camp experience for a child where they will learn more about themselves and return home with a positive attitude about their future and the confidence to acheive the goals they learned to set for themselves.

It doesn't matter how big or small your donation is. It just matters that you give.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Thankful Friends Flash Giveaway

Did you know Canada..  today we are celebrating our best blogging buddy, Gingermommy from Tales of a Ranting Ginger.  She is the friendliest, most helpful and most trustworthy blogger I know and a leader in the Canadian Blogging Community.

My room mate and travel companion at the ShesConnected Conference in 2011, my phone friend, my lunch buddy and best of all, my blogging buddy - we have had some fun times together and here's to many more!



The best way bloggers know how to celebrate is with a giveaway!  So enter below for your chance to win $120 USD paid via paypal!!!!  Enter today as this is a FLASH GIVEAWAY!  And be sure to following Gingermommy on Twitter and Facebook if you aren't already, she's one of the best!

Giveaway

Monday, June 4, 2012

Inter-Varsity Summer Camp

Did you know Canada..  this is the last call for those amazing SHARE & WIN contests we've been mentioning - visit BOTH Pioneer Camp and Circle Square Ranch Camp websites to enter for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

The Grand Prize of a trip for two to Punta Cana, one camp session for your child and a Mabel's Labels prize pack.




Have you booked a Summer Camp for your child yet?  I highly recommend both Pioneer and Circle Square Ranch Camp.  These are camps where you can feel secure in knowing your child will feel safe, secure, welcome and happy.

These are experiences of a life time whether around the camp fire, horse back riding, playing in the water, archery, canoeing will give your child confidence that lasts forever.

Remember, with these Christian, non-denominational, non-profit organizations, they welcome youth of any faith and race - your child will be made to feel included and part of a family.  Camp life is one that promotes leadership, exercise, fellowship and FUN!

Make sure you share, share, share once you enter each contest as the more you enter the better your chances are of winning!!

So check out Pioneer Camp and Circle Square Ranch Camp both for your family and for a chance to win an amazing prize - Good Luck!!


The Mighty Badge – Reusable Name Badge

Did you know Canada..  our Toronto Representative Faniya, has been trying out The Mighty Badge!

You know that I attend lots of events on behalf of Did you know Canada?  I am always looking the ways to look professional and be easily recognized. A badge is one of the magic tools to tell people who you are; it stands for quality, trust and professionalism.



I was very excited to review the Mighty Badge Do-It-Yourself starter kit recently that includes 10 reusable name badges (10 metal badge plates, 10 lenscovers, 10 magnets and insert sheets)



With this kit I was able to create my own badges instantly using the Mighty Badge Microsoft certified software.  I was able to choose my style, font and pictures. That means if I want to change my logo, add new features or create a badge just for one particular event I can easily do that by applying a new design with Mighty Badge software and printing it. It is so easy to use and fast.



A steel plate and lenscover make my badge look so professional and smart. Now I do not worry if I scratch somehow the badge (this happened to me before in the past and it took about two weeks to replace the whole piece), right now I can replace only a lenscover,  I do not need to wait long to get my badge back.


I also like that the Mighty Badge has a magnet fastener that does not “hurt” my clothes as a pin one. Another nice feature is that the Mighty Badge stays firmly in place thanks to a magnet fastener again, keeping it in horizontal position all the time, so I do not need to check it constantly.

I was so curious to know who stands behind this amazing product and excited to learn about Marla Kott, an incredible Canadian woman entrepreneur and the CEO of Imprint Plus.



Marla’s relationship with Imprint Plusthe Mighty Badge developer, began in the mid-80s, when she was working as a Chartered Accountant in Quebec.  At that time Marla Klott often consulted her childhood friend Ellen Flanders and future Imprint Plus owner on her start-up printing company.

In 1990 when Marla was given an opportunity to invest in Imprint Plus, she stepped in as an angel investor with a small capital investment of $20,000 to keep the company in business.

In 2000 Marla Kott left accountant job and moved to Vancouver to become the full time CEO of Imprint Plus.  Under her leadership and strategic direction, Kott has grown the company into a thriving international exporter of name badges and has expanded of operations to include sales offices in Toronto, US and the UK.  Sales have increased by 221% from $2.6 million to $8.5 million as reported in the fiscal year end May 31st, 2011, and the customer database has increased from 2,600 to 35,000.

“When we originally entered the badge market” , says Marla Kott, CEO of Imprint Plus”there was a strong need for a badge that not only provided value but was polished, professional and could be created instantly. Today, the Mighty Badge has done that.  It provides the sophistication of customized name badges at a fraction of the cost, and they’re still among the only reusable and recyclable name badges produced in the world.”


Marla Kott and her team received many prestigious awards including Marla’s ranking in Profit Magazine’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs for 7 consecutive years.

So now I rely on Mighty Badge as my powerful tool, see me wearing it during the upcoming events.

About Imprint Plus™
Imprint Plus was the first to invent the magnet-backed name badge, to position name badges as a corporate marketing tool, and the first to create reusable name badges.  Imprint Plus™  designs, develops, manufactures and distributes name badges, plates, signage and other business branding tools. The company now serves 35,000 customers from 21 industries in 67countries. Imprint Plus™ is headquartered in Richmond, BC, Canada with offices in Washington, Florida, Toronto, Ontario, and Edinburgh, Scotland.


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Friday, June 1, 2012

Bearhug.ca

Did you know Canada.. have you heard about Bearhug.ca?? They have the coolest shirts for Canadians, all t-shirts are designed, printed and made in CANADA. You not only get the SOFTEST and coziest shirt you've ever had in your life, not only get the coolest looking Canadian shirt around, you are supporting your fellow Canadians out in the work force.



These tees are hypo-allergenic, UV resistant, made from a blend of organic cotton and naturally sustainable bamboo - they are so soft and light, perfect for our hot and humid summers.

Not only are they of the highest quality, but they have the best designs, check these out..



Hockey Gold: the US vs Canada hockey game. Here’s that beautiful golden goal from start to finish. Each players movement plotted out from the moment Crosby picks up the puck!!



A tip of the hat to the Trans Canada, the highway that spans this vast land.



3 Children's designs available: The Polar Bear, The Beaver and The Loon.



My guys tried these ones, they are officially the coziest shirts they own they tell me, and they were so proud to wear them to school to show their friends. My boys are bursting with Canadian pride and that is so special!

They wash like a dream, keep their softness, clean up nice after messy dinners, you couldn't ask for a better shirt. And it's all made right here at home, I love it!!

Show your Canadian pride this coming Canada Day with one of these really cool shirts!!

We are SO EXCITED to let you know Bearhug.ca is giving us a chance to let one of our readers WIN a Bamboo Made in Canada t-shirt of their choice, enter below!!!

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Recipe Round Up - 06/01

Did you know Canada.. it's June first! Soon the kids will be out of school and there will be plenty of get togethers, time to get busy in the kitchen making some fun treats to share.

Here is what we and Multi-Testing Mommy have been cooking up over at Canadian Moms Cook this week..



Canadian Moms Cook

Skor Toffee Bars - a hit at any get-together, goes great with coffee and only takes minutes to make!

Fruit Smoothies - easy, yummy, full of fruit, see how we make them!

Fun Food Friday: Butterfly Cupcakes - make a super fun and easy butterfly topping for your cupcakes!

What are your summer go-to recipes?

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