Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Cleaning with P&G #Review #Giveaway #PGmom

Sorry the blog has been quiet lately, April has been a busy month. First my birthday, then Easter and then last weekend my Mom, Hannah and I went to Buffalo for a long weekend of girls shopping. Other than neglecting the blog, I've also been neglecting my cleaning which is the perfect lead-in to this post and a great giveaway!

Do you do a big spring clean every year? Today my car's winter tires got put into storage. And so did my winter jacket. I love putting away all things winter, and welcoming my spring and summer items to the front of my closet.

Like undertaking any big project, the big spring clean can be intimidating. I try to break it down by room and job. I do the things I prefer first (organizing what to keep and what to donate) before I do the things I less prefer (the big deep clean).

Monday, April 13, 2015

Scaredy Cat Gene?

The summer my parents separated my Mom and I moved into a condo. A couple weeks later she went away for the weekend and for the first time ever I had to sleep alone in home (save my cat). Before you get used to the noises your home makes, they can be somewhat unsettling. I may or may not have slept with the hall light on. I may or may not have slept with the biggest knife from the kitchen on my nightstand. I may or may not have been 22 at the time.

When I was pregnant with Hannah I wondered if she would be a scaredy cat like me. And for three years, she's proven she can handle just about anything - the dark, scary parts in movies, etc. But now she's openly afraid of at least one thing. And if I'm honest, I don't like this "thing" either.

I understand paper towels in washrooms not only harm the environment but also create mess. I just don't understand what's wrong with old school hand dryers and why everyone is now installing the super loud, super annoying EXTREME AIR ones. Also, I don't like looking down at my hands and seeing my skin flap.

Hannah is scared of these dryers to the point where we seek out family washrooms just so we can control if they are used or not. The whole not liking/holding her hands over her ears/having big scared eyes in a public washroom has sort of had a damper on this whole potty training thing.

Are your kids afraid of anything? Do you have any traits you worry about passing on?

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Answering the Whys and Hows with Netflix Canada #StreamTeam

Hannah has started to ask a lot of questions in effort to understand the way the world works. Sometimes she asks why she can't wear her Minnie Mouse sandals in Toronto since she lived in them in Puerto Vallarta in February. Another time, she asked me why there are no traffic lights on the 401. Sometimes when she's trying to solve a problem, she'll try a few different ways and then ask for help. A show that mimics this process is one of her new favourites - Animal Mechanicals.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kellogg's Mini-Wheats #TryItHot! #review #giveaway #kelloggers

My ultimate favourite cereal is Kellogg's Strawberry Mini-Wheats. Chris likes Brown Sugar Mini-Wheats and Hannah is partial to the original.

Cereal is a quick, easy breakfast to prepare in the morning when the minutes are few and the rush to get out the door is looming.

This winter has been a cold one - did you ever think to warm up your milk (regular, chocolate, soy, almond - whatever you prefer!) before pouring it over your Mini-Wheats to #TryItHot? When served with warm milk, this whole-grain, high fibre, family favourite is a wholesome way to beat the winter chill.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#BeSuper like Barbie in Princess Power

One of the first things my best friend from childhood said to me after I told her I was having a girl was that she still had her Barbie dream house and all her Barbies for my daughter to play with. This past weekend during on a Mommy-Daughter date, Hannah was properly introduced to her first Barbie experience.

We were lucking enough to see Barbie's latest movie "Barbie in Princess Power" on the big screen - and she LOVED it. Barbie stars as Princess Kara, a girl who wants to make a difference in her community but her parents have other, safer plans. When she is kissed by a magic butterfly she develops super powers and starts to use them to make a difference in the kingdom under the alias of Super Sparkle.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Visit Edgar O'Bunny at Upper Canada Mall

Edgar O'Bunny is one stylish rabbit. He has a gorgeous suit, a kind personality and a basket full of chocolate eggs to boot! Children can meet Edgar and get photos with him at Newmarket's Upper Canada Mall now until Saturday, April 4th.

Today Hannah was lucky enough to meet Edgar. Unlike Santa, she RAN right up to Edgar and gave him a great big hug. She smiled politely for the photographer, but the choice photo came when she was prompted to say silly things. After the photo, she gave Edgar a high five and got the gift all kids wish for from the Easter Bunny - a chocolate egg. She said her favourite part about meeting Edgar was looking in his big blue eyes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

#RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat on March 24th @ 8:30 pm ET

Chris and I purchased our first home in November 2014. We had SO many questions for our first huge purchase together and our RBC mortgage specialist helped us every step of the way.

Are you thinking of buying your first home? I bet you have a lot of questions too! You should join @RBC_Canada for the #RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat on Tuesday, March 24th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm ET.

During the chat:

  • Participants can submit their home-buying questions using the hashtag #RBCFirstHome
  • RBC experts will be on hand to answer home buying questions 
  • RBC has invited a Lawyer, Realtor, Design, Home Builders, Home Experts and Mortgage experts to participate as well
  • Participants have a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 gift cards


Tweet you on March 24th!

Disclosure – I am participating in the #RBCFirstHome  blogger campaign by Influence Central. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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