Friday, August 30, 2013

Recipes for a Long Weekend!

Did you know Canada.. It's Labour Day weekend! With just about everything is closed, it's the last big hurrah of summer before (most) of the kids head back to school on the Tuesday and a lot of people celebrate this weekend with a family BBQ, one last camping trip, or maybe a last dip in the pool.  For all these fun get togethers we need yummy food and drinks to share with friends and family, check out a list of some of our favourite, easy to make recipes to host a party or bring a dish to a friend's deck.














Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jamberry Nails are coming to Canada!!

Did you know Canada.. this is BIG BIG news!  Jamberry Nails officially launched in the U.S. in 2011 and became a multimillion dollar direct selling company.  They are now arriving in Canada as of September 1st!

You apply Jamberry nail wraps yourself at home in just minutes. They are a solid film covering so they don't chip or scratch like nail polish.  They are even surviving the summer with 3 kids, with polish I can't even get 24 hours without a chip, so that's telling you something.  Lasting up to two weeks on your fingernails and eight weeks on your toes.  And they are BEAUTIFUL!  The style options are absolutely endless!



I am on my second set now and I can't even begin to tell you how many compliments I am receiveing, absolutely everywhere!  When grabbing my coffee at Timmies, from other Mom's during playdates, at the grocery store, everyone comments on how beautiful, cool and natural they look!  These are not fake nails of old, Jamberry Nail wraps are a chemical, latex free, salon quality nail wrap that bonds to your nail with heat and pressure to give you a water tight seal. You get a salon quality look for a fraction of the cost!

Here's how it works:

  • Clean unpolished nails with alcohol wipes (I actually skipped this step and it still lasted 2 weeks!) and push back your cuticles
  • Match a nail with the nail wrap that will fit best
  • Peel off the nail wrap and warm the back of it with a hair dryer, just 10-15 seconds until soft
  • While still warm press onto your nail, no worries if you got it crocked, just lift it up and reapply, then press around the edges
  • Trim the top and file downwards
  • Apply heat again for a few seconds to make sure it sticks and you are done!
The first time definitely takes a little getting used to the routine, but on my second application I was a pro and done in less than 10 minutes!




Since my nails are so short I actually cut the wraps in half so I didn't waste them and extended the use!  You'll have a few leftovers and I was thinking if you had a matching polish at home you could even just put a wrap on your ring finger for a cool look! (remember the polish will chip and wear long before the wrap though)

Not just for adults either, there's Jamberry Juniors for girls, how awesome would it be to have a Jamberry themed birthday party where all the girls came to the at home "spa" and got their nails done??

If you have ever thought about a career in direct sales you will definitely want to get in on the ground floor with Jamberry Nails!  I hope there is a consultant near me, I already have a slew of Mom's, friends and co-workers that are dying to attend a party! Contact Alisha Pierce at alisha.pierce@yahoo.com to get started TODAY!

Who would love to be a Jamberry consultant or love to host a party??


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business? 6 Things to Plan For

Did you know Canada..  Small businesses make up approximately 98 percent of Canada's employers, with more than 1.1 million small businesses employing more than 5.1 million workers around the country. Truly, small business is the backbone of the country's industry. Are you ready to become the next small business success story? Here's what you need to plan for so you can succeed.

Draft a Serious Business Plan

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A business plan covers these four aspects of your new business:
  • Defines the goals and objectives of the business
  • Outlines the business' needs for financing
  • Includes a plan for marketing the business
  • Is updated regularly as plans develop and grow
You need to know all these things before taking any steps toward creating the business, because without a plan things go awry. For example, without defining your goals and objectives, it's impossible to assess decisions according to whether  they fit within your clearly stated goals. Few business owners have the cash to start a business without some finance, so you'll need a plan to discuss what private or government loans to apply for.

No business survives without an effective marketing strategy, so this should be part of your plan and included in the initial loans you apply for. Since no business owner is able to see the full picture from inception, it's important to update and adapt the business plan as you proceed through the steps below. Some plans may not work out, and new ideals will surface as things unfold.

Set Up a Flexible Communications Strategy

Before you open the doors for the first customer, you need a way for prospective employees, customers, loan officers, and suppliers to get in touch with you. Shop around, because your local phone company isn't your only option.

Many business use BlackBerry's mobile device management solutions to create a comprehensive, all-encompassing telecommunications system without land lines or cable Internet providers. This way, you and all your employees have a reliable, affordable way to access phones, text messages, and the Internet, either from their own devices or from corporate-owned ones.

Choose the Best Location

There are several things to consider when choosing a location:
  • Is the property zoned for the type of business you're opening there?
  • Do nearby businesses compliment or compete with yours?
  • Is the community capable of supporting the business with enough customers and employees?
  • If you outgrow the facility here, what will your options be for moving to a larger building?
  • Is the crime rate low so patrons and employees won't be afraid of walking to and from their vehicles?
Choosing a location requires some research, so be sure to include this in your financial plans.

Look for Financing

There are a number of government financing options as well; many banks and financial institutions are willing to lend money to start-up businesses. Don't be tempted to swoop up the first loan opportunity that comes along, though. Wait until you have several offers in hand in order to get the best interest rate, the most generous loan, and agreeable payment terms. You'll need your business plan as well as your other market research, when you go to apply for these loans and grants.

Stock the Business

Now it's time to focus on inventory, including the things you'll need to produce work: office machines, break room supplies, and other necessities. Take advantage of rewards cards, online discount retailers like Overstock.com, and wholesalers like Costco. Unfortunately, Sam's Club closed its Canadian stores, but there are ways to get free office supplies with services like Freecycle Network.

Get Necessary Licensing

You'll need to register your business name with the government, which is now done online. You'll then need to get the necessary licensing from your province and the local municipal government. Each province and territory handles business licensing differently, as does each municipality, so check the local laws governing business with your local government. Some local governments make provisions for handling licenses and permits online, while others require business owners to come in person to apply for licenses and permits.

Starting a business and getting it running smoothly is a lengthy process, but don't let the detailed nature of the task get you down. Owning your own business is one of the most liberating things you can do, allowing you to showcase your creative talents, work ethic, management skills, and industry knowledge all at once. Taking the proper steps at the beginning of the process lays a solid foundation for the success you desire.

Whether you're one of the 2.2 million self-employed Canadian workers, or one of the 1.1 million owners of small businesses, a solid plan and faithful follow through are the most powerful keys to success.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Back to School with Well.ca #PGMom

Did you know Canada..  the big day is drawing ever nearer, but there's still time to shop at Well.ca for a few must haves and have them arrive before the start of school!




With Well.ca you could pick up this sweet P&G teen bundle for the little woman in your life heading to high school, Easy-Ups for your toddler starting pre-school or Tide to Go  for your kids' back packs - Well.ca has you covered with P&G essentials. 

To my cart I also added some much needed CoverGirl foundation for me for those early mornings and a 3 pack of Puffs for the kids to take on the first day.

Enter below for your chance to win a $10 coupon code for Well.ca so you too can pick up a last minute item!  This is a FLASH giveaway, ends August 28th at midnight!  Good luck Canada!

Giveaway

Back to School with DK Canada

Did you know Canada..  it's Back to School time!  Our friends at DK Canada have you covered with every reference book, books about science, math the natural world and more!  As always, their books are fully illustrated and expertly researched, great additions to any home.



We surprised our boys with a couple new books from DK Canada and we have been enjoying them every single day.



Math Made Easy 10 Minutes a Day: Grade JK-1 - provides quick exercises in math for Canadian children.  The book includes a 10 minute timer which the boys LOVE pressing the button and checking the clock.  They also love that each page is a single task with full interaction and it's been fun for the whole family.  Using topics like animals, birthday parties, your family and more, it's been a great experience to work with this book.  Each title in this series tests a range of skills and knowledge in the areas of number, shape, data-handling, measurement, and probability. Fully adapted to match Canadian curriculum requirements, these workbooks to support math learning at different levels of ability while fun Beat the Clock exercises develop quick mental math agility, including recalling the all-important times tables.



Everything You Need to Know About Snakes - we enjoy the book Everything You Need to Know About Sharks constantly from DK Canada, so I knew my boys would love this one about snakes and I was right!  Readers will discover how far a cobra can spit, a gallery of fangs, how to survive a snake attack, the life cycle of a snake, and the Titanoboa — a 50-foot-long prehistoric snake — while also learning about lizards, crocodiles, tortoises, and turtles. Amazing photos all through out the book, beautiful colours, we have REALLY been enjoying this one, even if it does give me the creepy crawlies once and awhile with the realistic photos!

Right now in DK Canada's Back to School Boutique you can save 30% off!!!  I love it when companies have sales on the products you need NOW, and these will be fantastic additions to your library at home for nightly study, future projects and discovery!


Canadian Giveaway Linky! 08/26

Did you know Canada.. We are so happy to once again bring you this weekly feature with our co-host Tales of a Ranting Ginger - Every Monday we are opening a weekly linky for giveaways open to Canadians. We appreciate everyone's interest and contributions!

Do you have a blog that is running a giveaway and it's open to Canadians?? Link up below!!

Visit here through out the week to find giveaways open to Canadians and get winning!! Good Luck!!



Saturday, August 24, 2013

Philips AVENT Natural Essentials Set #AVENTmomsCA

Did you know Canada..  we are very excited to be an AVENTmom - we are huge fans of their products, I used AVENT bottles, sterilizer and more with my twins and we have been enjoying the Philips AVENT Natural Essentials Set with our new little man!



Philips AVENT is a leader in parenting and baby products. The Philips AVENT product range includes breastfeeding, bottle feeding, toddler feeding, baby monitors and newborn gifts.



The Philips AVENT Natural Essentials Set provides the help parents need for safe, easy feeding and sterilizing. This set includes two 4-ounce and two 9-ounce BPA-free bottles featuring a clinically proven anti-colic valve within the nipple that reduces colic for less air in baby’s tummy and a more comfortable feeding experience. The set also includes an express microwave sterilizer which cleans bottles in just two minutes. Finally it includes two newborn silicone Soothie pacifiers to calm newborns while respecting the shape of their growing mouths and a rounded-head bottle brush that helps clean every inch of baby's feeding supplies.

All pieces in this set are BPA-free, and the bottles and nipples are interchangeable with other Natural Philips AVENT bottles or nipples.

I love the express microwave sterilizer, easy to use, nice to clean many bottles at once (perfect for busy families like ours!), and really appreciated the set coming with the rounded-head bottle brush - a must have and perfect to not have to buy one separately!



You can see this little man likes the bottles too!  Comfortable for Mom to hold, easy to stick in the diaper bag or purse while on the go, never any leaks either!

What a beautiful gift for a baby shower, or easy for a new Mom to pick up everything she needs in one box.

To celebrate joining #AVENTmoms we have a sweet giveaway for our readers!  Enter below for your chance to win this beautiful gift from Philips AVENT!



Giveaway

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

All Inclusive Family Vacations

Did you know Canada..  when I think of an all inclusive vacation I often think it's meant for couples, or a group of adult friends, but places like Club Med offer all inclusive family vacations for Canadians!



Many resorts now offer something for everyone, you can enjoy the luxury of an inclusive vacation stay and enjoy time together as a family.  Most beach resorts offer kids clubs where children can meet new friends, play games and have fun.  There are also many adventures, excursions, pools and beaches to be enjoyed as a family.

A warm get away is always fun in the middle of winter isn't it?  Many of us are dreaming of laying out on a beach instead of shoveling snow.  You know I love Canada and all it has to offer, but I know many of you love a quick getaway break too!

Italy, France, Mexico and more amazing locations are waiting to be discovered.  Something so great about Canada is how accepting, integrating and supportive we are of so many different cultures, how fun would it be to learn more about these places with the whole family.  Great to chat about at school after the trip too!

Have you thought about using the better price points of an all inclusive vacation to show your family the world?

Back to School with @HilroyCanada!

Did you know Canada..  it's only about 2 weeks to go here and the time to shop is now!

ACCO Brands Canada has you covered with products from Hilroy, MotherWord and more!  That's right, Mom needs a few back to school products too doesn't she?  Who else will organize these kids!



I love the MotherWord New Mom notebook, it helps you track feedings, immunizations, sleep patterns, diaper changing, doctors appointments and more!  I really love the bungee closure so if you are sticking a few extra papers inside you can keep everything together, because everything to do with baby seems to include a mountain of paper work doesn't it??  I also have some fun extra MotherWord stickers that I can write on to stick where ever I need them!  MotherWord also offers Daily Agendas, the Ultimate Magnetic Family Calendar, everything to keep track of appointments, school functions, sporting events, play dates and about a million other things we do every week. :)



For the big kids we have really cool pencil cases and notebooks, everything is so much more fun and colourful than when I was growing up!  I think I want to keep these notebooks for ME! ;)  Hilroy offers tons of funky and fun back-to-school supplies with colour, textures and patterns like Glitter Glam, safari, colour splash, and chevrons!

Another item perfect for Mom or older students - the Mead Organizher loyalty card holder!  Perfect for loyalty cards, business cards, gift cards, credit cards or even student cards!  They come in fun and fashionable colours, perfect for every personality!

Follow Hilroy Canada on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on the latest gear and you can visit retailers like Staples, Walmart and more to find these fantastic products that will have the whole family set for back-to-school!  To celebrate the big back-to-school event we have an awesome prize pack to giveaway!  Enter below for your chance to win THIS!



- Zwipes Dividers - Staples
- Notetote Purple Binder - Various retailers
- Hilroy Neon Nature Small Notebook - Walmart
- Hilroy Notebook with hearts - Various retailers
- Hilroy Enviro Recycled Line pencil pouch - various retailers
- Hilroy Neon Nature Casemade Binder - Walmart
- Motherword Perpetual Daily Agenda - Various retailers
- Motherword Stickers - Various retailers
- Motherword To Do List - Various retailers
- Motherword Ultimate Magnetic Family Calendar - various retailers
- Five Star Zipper Binder - Staples

Wow!  One lucky Canadian reader will head back to school in style with this prize pack, enter now!

Giveaway

Monday, August 19, 2013

Canadian Giveaway Linky! 08/19

Did you know Canada.. We are so happy to once again bring you this weekly feature with our co-host Tales of a Ranting Ginger - Every Monday we are opening a weekly linky for giveaways open to Canadians. We appreciate everyone's interest and contributions!

Do you have a blog that is running a giveaway and it's open to Canadians?? Link up below!!

Visit here through out the week to find giveaways open to Canadians and get winning!! Good Luck!!



Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Healthy Heart

Did you know Canada..  If you are serious about maintaining good cholesterol and a healthy heart, you need to know every possible bit of information you can use to help you achieve this important
goal. And if you are at risk for heart disease or stroke, this need for information becomes even more vitally important.

You know that if you are at risk then you are quite literally fighting to stay alive. When it comes to fighting the good fight against cholesterol and heart disease, there are a number of measures you can adopt to give you maximum protection.

For one, you can stay healthy by maintaining a good level of cholesterol. This means eating right. In other words, stay away from fatty, greasy, cholesterol filled foods! If it means not being able to enjoy a second helping of pasta, burgers or bacon, we can live with that right? You've got to do what you've got to do, in order to maintain the health of your heart.

If it means waking up in the morning to spend 15 looooong minutes doing jumping jacks and sit ups, you'll just have to grin and bear it. In the end, a good diet and constant exercise are two of the biggest factors in keeping your heart healthy and avoiding heart attacks and strokes.

If, despite all your precautions, you still find yourself at high risk for heart attack or stroke, there is something else you can do. You can also buy Lipitor. This amazing medication has been shown to reduce the risks of high cholesterol.

How are you keeping up the good fight?


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back to School with @SearsCA! #SearsBabysRoom

Did you know Canada..  the kids have grown another size, we need jeans, pants, sweaters, long sleeve t's, shoes and more around here, the fall weather feels like it will drop on us at any moment!  My big boys are also preparing for back to school, it's a big year for them - Grade 1!  That means going to school every day (instead of every other), bringing supplies, and feeling more a part of the school.

I've been planning for awhile, watching for sales, picking up bits here and there, but the time is upon us for the BIG shop, and I love having the boys with me to pick out their preferred colours and styles.  Everyone shops different but I like to have the kids with me for at least part of the shop so they can get excited about getting the clothes on that they picked out.  I also get a few surprises online - like camo prints pants I ordered last week on sale that were a big hit.



Yesterday we hit up Sears Canada in London ON and took great advantage of their multi buy deals.  The boys each picked out a Star Wars themed shirt and they were 2 for $17.97.  We had to get the little man a cute outfit too, only $13.97 for 2 pieces - fabulous!



Besides these great savings, why else is Sears Canada THE back-to-school shopping destination?! They have a price match guarantee and (a really BIGGIE here) the Kidvantage Lifetime Wearout Warranty offered on all kids apparel and footwear with a receipt, as long as a child in the family is wearing it!

Sears knows that no matter how good of saving there is, you still need some cash!  This is why you need to check our Sears “Back We Go” Facebook contest.  Entrants have the chance to win one of five weekly $500 Sears gift card prizes, and 35 daily $50 Sears gift cards to put towards
your back-to-school shopping! Wow!!  Make sure you enter this one TODAY!

Disclosure: I am part of the Sears The Baby’s Room Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Staples Canada - THE Place for Office Supplies!

Did you know Canada..  well, it just feels like fall today in my neck of the woods, how about you?  With cooler weather it gets me in the mood to get the kids ready for back to school, and with them busy during the day it means Mom needs to get her home office together too!



I headed to Staples Canada recently, because when you think of office supplies, it's the place to go right!  I was really excited to see the Martha Stewart Home Office™ section, what a beautiful AND function group of products!  I thought the Chalk Board labels were so fun! and the Tags are just genius.  Fun colours for not so fun organizational items like drawers and folders, you can create a whole office in style, or even use these to make that corner in the kitchen your own!



I also picked up something that I love - pens!  Even with the days of smart phones you can never have enough pens.  Mine are always missing, stolen or decide not to work the moment I need them most!  Thankfully Staples Canada has a isle dedicated to my favourite must have.



Hubby picked up some blank dvds for file storage, I picked up a cute little note book from the clearance section and the kids noticed the Soda Stream stuff!  How fun would it be to have a Soda Stream in a small office, or especially, the home office!  They also have coffee/tea pods - a must have to get through any office day. :)

Why not pick a cool day this August to set up your own home office, or freshen up the office at work, it makes everyone in a better mood and Staples Canada has everything you need!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Got Game? Link up!

Did you know Canada..  our blog post "THE GAME OF LIFE zAPPed" is being featured over at And She Games.. today, do you have a gaming post to share?  Join the linky below!

The boys have requested iPod Touches for their 6th birthday, many of their friends have one.  What age do you think is appropriate for something like that?



Link up here:

Canadian Giveaway Linky! 08/12

Did you know Canada.. We are so happy to once again bring you this weekly feature with our co-host Tales of a Ranting Ginger - Every Monday we are opening a weekly linky for giveaways open to Canadians. We appreciate everyone's interest and contributions!

Do you have a blog that is running a giveaway and it's open to Canadians?? Link up below!!

Visit here through out the week to find giveaways open to Canadians and get winning!! Good Luck!!



Friday, August 9, 2013

Planes Flying Into Theaters Today

Did you know Canada.. Planes is a new amazing Disney movie hitting the theaters this week. From creators of Cars, Planes are going higher and definitely faster into the wide opening sky to pursue the dreams, fell in love and find many good friends around the world.

Planes

The movie starts with Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster plane, who is dreaming to join the around-the-world “Wings of the Globe” race along with other planes despite his fear of heights. It is great that around him buddies also hopelessly believe in him like forklift Dottie and fuel truck Chug. When I and my little one watched the movie we had a strange feeling that Dottie and Chug were Dusty’s mom and dad.

Planes

Dusty turned out to be very lucky to get into the race and compete with other planes in speed and endurance. It was impressive to see Dusty’s knowledge of other planes, their achievements, skills and best turns. He also showed so much support and respect to every single plane competing in a race.

The competition started and as the reporter questioned: everyone wanted to know who will be #2, since no one doubted previous races winner Ripslinger would be #1. But as it sometimes happens that nothing can stop big dreams and everything can change in Planes lives, from being a favorite and #1 to a loser, and from emergency room patient with no hope to continue the race to a super plane thanks to good friends support.

The movie is also filled with romantic moments, first one I love when incredibly hot Mexican plane El Chupacabra was trying to win the heart of beautiful Canadian plane Rochelle with his passionate singing. And my second favorite is when South Asian plane Ishani invited Dusty to show the heartbreaking surroundings during their Asian flight. Huge advantage that this movie came out in 3D, giving amazing views of the sky, clouds and planes crossing the air. It was really spectacular movie to watch and my boy loved it a lot, nothing is compared to flying into the sky.

Planes in 3D opens in theatres today, so Ladies and Gentleplanes are you ready to join the race and fly across the Globe?

Faniya
Teddy Out-Ready

Disclosure: I was provided tickets to an advanced screening by Walt Disney Studios Canada 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Canadian Made - Skights

Did you know Canada..  this summer has been a bit... off.. hasn't it?  Cooler than normal (except for the one crazy heat wave), we've been getting chilly at evening baseball games and in the shade, it's been making it hard to dress my busy baby.



That was, until I heard about Skights!  Mommy owned and Canadian Made, Skights are awesome!  Protecting from knees to toes, they keep my little man warm and toasty and protect his legs and toes as he gears up for crawling and rolls around the floor.  I remember when my twins first started army crawling we found a trail of blood all the way down the hall where my little guy had cut his "push off" toe.  We tried in vain to keep him in socks, but he always kicked them off or took them off, we usually found the sock in his mouth instead of on his foot protecting his toe!

I was so, so impressed with how well Skights fit and stayed on, even with my crazy little man kicking and rolling.  The knees are padded which is perfect for my almost crawler, and they are SO. CUTE!



Available is 6 cute colours - I think they compliment so many outfits perfectly! Skights are stylish, and don't interfere with whatever your little man it wearing!  You still have access to the diaper, doesn't effect potty training and washed perfect!

You can learn even more about Skights by following them on Facebook, Twitter and checking out this article on Together Moms! We are so excited to offer a Skights giveaway to our readers so they can see for themselves!  Enter below for your chance to win 2 pairs of Skights - one size small and one size large!

Giveaway

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Skechers GOwalk shoes

Did you know Canada..  I have been trying to go walking every day with the baby so I have enough energy and GO to keep up with my little man!

But you know what, all this walking hurts my feet!  Especially since I wear sandals allll the time, I kinda hate socks (unless they are really cute), so I have been having really sore feet for months.  But then, THEN, I discovered Skechers Go Walk shoes, they are amazing!


With an integrated orthoLite sockliner - it's an anti-microbial sockliner helps inhibit odor from barefoot wear and prevents slippage.  JUST what I need, I get to wear bare feet!!

The resalyte midsole is lightweight and effective impact absorption elevates walking experience and reduces pressure on ankle and knee joints.  It is like walking on air!  These are the coziest shoes ever!

Very stylish too, I've already received compliments on them out and about, folks commenting on how cozy the soles must be too.  If you play sports or work out hard at the gym, these shoes would be perfect for wearing afterwards to help your feet recover.  The GOimpulse technology and innovative materials is designed to flex and twist so your foot can move more naturally.  You can really feel the difference.

What activities have you been doing this summer?  Do your feet hurt like mine did?


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Little Pony Equestria Girls In Store Today!

Did you know Canada.. today, August 6, My Little Pony Equestria Girls, a brand new full-length feature, is available in stores!

When Twilight Sparkle's crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, she purses the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into.. a teenage girl!

That's right, this fun movie re-envisions the main characters of Friendship Is Magic, normally ponies, as human characters in a high school setting!  This was a very exciting turn of events for all our My Little Pony fans!


TO regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight must learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High.  Luckily, she will have the assistance of Spike and five teenage girls who remind her of a certain group of ponies back home. ;)


Taking place after the season three finale and before the fourth season of Friendship is Magic, if you have a serious My Little Pony fan at home, this is a must see!  What a fun surprise to bring home this week to enjoy during the summer.  We have watched it a few times already, the kids are enjoying comparing the girls with their pony counterparts.

Not only an amazing movie, the DVD also comes with a fantastic set of bonus features, including..

  • Through The Mirror of Equestria Girls
  • Karaoke Songs
  • Pony-fy Yourself
  • Printable Movie Poster


Pony-fy'ing your self is tons of fun and just this feature would keep a group of kids busy for the afternoon!

The DVD is priced at $16.99 SRP and the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo at $24.99 SRP.   Containing both French and English tracks, this is a movie you won't want to miss!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Canadian Giveaway Linky! 08/05

Did you know Canada.. We are so happy to once again bring you this weekly feature with our co-host Tales of a Ranting Ginger - Every Monday we are opening a weekly linky for giveaways open to Canadians. We appreciate everyone's interest and contributions!

Do you have a blog that is running a giveaway and it's open to Canadians?? Link up below!!

Visit here through out the week to find giveaways open to Canadians and get winning!! Good Luck!!



Thursday, August 1, 2013

What's your morning routine? #PGMom

Did you know Canada..  with my little man just turning 6 months, mornings have not been going as planned lately.  I've been trying to catch a few extra zzzz's in the summer before my older boys go to school full time in September, little man used to cooperate by napping when my hubby left in the mornings, but not anymore!  He is ready to party!  This means my morning routine needs to go at the speed of light, but there are a few products I just won't skip.



One of my favs is the Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizing Brush - It contains a daily under-eye moisturizer that hydrates to firm skin’s appearance and minimize the look of fine lines. A hint of tint instantly reduces the appearance of dark circles.  It goes on easy, matches my skin tone well, and there's a noticeable difference when I use it.



I also have a new hair-do, shorter than you saw in my pampers video, it's now short and flippy, which I love, but having thin hair you have to have some product in there to make it keep it's shape and control the frizzys from blow drying every day!  Pantene Silky Moisture Whip works perfect for my thin hair, it doesn't weigh it down helps protect against heat damage and regulate hair’s moisture- delivering silky hair that shines!

Olay Quench Plus touch of sun is a favourite of the summer!  Carrying around the baby makes me HOT so I'm in tanks all the time.  I love using the quench plus touch of sun to help even out my skin tone and it works perfect!  No streaks or orange tint, just adds a bit of colour where I need it.

What are some of your morning must haves? (even when you are in a rush!)



The Great Mystery Boxes Giveaway

Did you know Canada..  The Great Mystery Boxes Giveaway is here!  We've co-hosted this very fun and exciting giveaway in the past and so excited it's back!



Myself, along with The Knit Wit By Shair, Maple Leaf Mommy, Mom vs the Boys and Little Miss Kate have complied together over $1750 in prizes to be one in 4 themed mystery boxes:

Kids - worth over $250
Health & Beauty - worth over $500
Baby - worth over $500
Box of Intrigue - worth over $500

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