Saturday, November 30, 2013

Downy Infusions and Downy Unstopables - Find your magnifi-scent! (#PGmom #Review & #Giveaway)

I have a confession to make. I have always hated laundry...and then I became a Mom now I hate laundry even more! The sorting, the washing, the all seems so tedious and with a toddler, never ending.

The only thing I LIKE about laundry is smelling it...and that's because of Downy.

Recently I found out I'm a Shiny Pop Star because I like to mix Downy Infusions Honey Flower with Downy Unstopables Shimmer.

Want to find out your magnifi-scent?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Febreze Sleep Serenity (#PGmom #Review & #Giveaway) #mysleepserenity

Sleep has never been more precious to me since becoming a Mom. 

A few months ago Chris started a new job where our whole house is up even earlier every weekday morning, and every minute bundled in bed sheets before the alarm goes off and our cat starts meowing has become even more precious.

Febreze Sleep Serenity transforms any bedroom into a peaceful environment (now, if only it would make our cat quiet).

New FLINTSTONES Gummies Plus Immunity Support (#Giveaway)

Nutrition and immunity have always been essential to kids’ overall health and wellness. Providing your kids with balanced snacks and meals, and keeping up their immune function can be a challenge. This can be especially true in the fall when the changing temperature signals the start of flu season.   

A new survey commissioned by Bayer Healthcare Consumer Care shows that –
  • 67 per cent of Canadian moms with kids 10 and under say healthy meals for their kids are often compromised because of busy and hectic schedules; 
  • 55 per cent of moms agreed their kids are getting enough vitamin A, while only 41 per cent said their kids are getting enough zinc. Both of these help to maintain healthy immune function;
  • Almost two thirds of moms agreed that they have added other ingredients to vegetables to make them taste better.
For more information, please view the PDF booklet.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Create new traditions with 25 Days of Christmas from Simply Fun Families

When Hannah got home from daycare today she declared: "I like Santa." I'm not sure why this happened today (perhaps a Christmas-themed craft?) as I've slowly been decorating our home all week.

Last year we moved on November 30th. We didn't have a Christmas tree, I purchased AND wrapped Hannah's presents in front of her (the joy of mat leave) and a strung one lonely set of lights in our dining room window.

Now that she's nearing two I wanted to make this year a bigger, better, and definitely more organized occasion.

Enter Simply Fun Families' 25 Days of Christmas.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Skwooshi is mess-free, creative fun!

Skwooshi is a LOT of fun. 

It is a mess-free, odour-free, wheat-and gluten-free, creative dough. From Irwin Toy, Skwooshi comes in 10 fun colours and individual packs as well as larger sets for maximum creativity. It never dries out and you can mould it in to shapes quite easily. 

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Hot Toy of 2013 - Playskool's #BigHugsElmo (Review & Giveaway)

I was 14 years old when I discovered Tickle Me Elmo in a toy store in August 1996. You squeezed him and he let out his signature giggle. Elmo’s laugh is so contagious, I just knew he would make me feel better on crummy days. I begged my Mom to buy him for me for Christmas. “What does a girl entering high school need with a Sesame Street toy?” she retorted.

Fall came, and the colder the weather got, the more popular Tickle Me Elmo became.  There were stampedes of people whenever a retail store got a shipment. It became pretty clear that no matter how badly I wanted Tickle Me Elmo, he was not going to be under the tree. Christmas Eve came and along with it, the tradition of our parents allowing us to open our “biggie” (aka most expensive) present. My box was roughly the shape of the one Tickle Me Elmo came in. It couldn’t be him….could it?

Unbeknownst to me, my Mom had returned to the toy store that day in August. My very own Tickle Me Elmo had been hiding in our hall closet all those months I openly pined (and whined) for him, my Mom holding her breath that he would stay silent in the box, preserving the surprise. 

Ladies and gentleman, Big Hugs Elmo is the hot toy of 2013, and I’m so happy (and a little relived) that my daughter already has him before the holiday rush.

$185 Cash Giveaway

Who doesn't need a little extra cash for the upcoming holiday season?

Tales of a Ranting Ginger and This Lil Piglet are our giveaway hosts and together with a group of amazing Canadian bloggers will help one lucky winner win $185 CASH. This giveaway is worldwide, the only stipulation is that the winner must have a PayPal account.  

The giveaway starts on November 4th and closes on November 18th. Please read the terms and conditions within the giveaway entry form.

Good luck!

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Fun with Grain Farmers of Ontario at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair #RAWF13

Yesterday Hannah experienced her first Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto. As a child, I loved attending the fair - it really does bring the farm to city kids and teaches them why farms are important. Seeing the animals and winning crops, hearing and SMELLING the animals, you really do feel like you are visiting a farm for the day.

Our first stop was the Grain Farmers of Ontario's main booth. Hannah enjoyed playing in the faux corn fields, using the touch screen (which taught about different parts of Ontario), playing online games and seeing all the products made by wheat, corn and soy bean! (Did you know we have grain to thank for Crayola Crayons, Coca-Cola and Crest?)

Saturday, November 02, 2013

A Spotted Halloween with Pottery Barn Kids

Hannah had a very successful second Halloween. Although she missed being a part of the daycare parade because she was sick, she was still able to trick or treat and look super adorable while doing so. (She also got quite the candy haul, has perfected saying the world "chocolate" and got to see some pretty impressive outdoor Halloween decorations.)

This year Hannah dressed as a Cheetah from Pottery Barn Kids. They offer a slew of classic costumes from animals to Dr. Seuss.