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.

© 2015 YYZ Bambina. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

P&G wins Best New Product Awards #PGmom #giveaway

It's no surprise that I REALLY love P&G products. Did you know that several P&G products received the Best New Product Award, based on results of the 2015 BrandSpark consumer survey conducted between November and December 2014? Winners are determined based on consumer appeal and repurchase intent.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Make March Break Magical at Wizard World! #WizardWorldFun

If you asked me to describe Wizard World, I would say it's a mini indoor CNE for kids. (The for kids part is very important - you won't be admitted without one!)

Happening now until March 22nd, 2015 at the Better Living Building on Exhibition Grounds, Wizard World has it all. Rides, games, shows, fair food and animals too.

We were lucky enough to visit today - opening day - and Hannah had a great time.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Have a Hoppy Easter with Zack & Quack and the Treehouse Ultimate Collection Cube #Review #Giveaway #Unboxing

With thawing temperatures this week, I'm starting to get excited about spring and Easter. Kaboom! Entertainment has us covered with the perfect DVDs to celebrate the slow arrival of slightly warmer weather!

Zack & Quack Popping Hopping Easter

Zack (a dynamic boy) & Quack (an impulsive young duck) live inside the most amazing pop-up book ever! It's a place full of fantastical surprises – where pulling pop-ups makes exciting and unexpected things happen.

Hannah loves books, especially pop-ups, so it was wonderful to watch her watch show that takes place within one. As someone who suffers hiccups on a regular basis, Hannah enjoyed watching the episode "Popping Hopping Hiccups". Belly Up, a frog with an amazing accent, spends the episode trying different ways to loose his hiccups as the gang jumps through several pages.

Zack & Quack Popping Hopping Easter includes 5 episodes that run 11 minutes each. It's the first time Zack & Quack are on DVD in Canada!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Brother, My #TideColdHero #PGmom

There are people who refuse to be chained to a desk all day. There are people who refuse to work within four walls. There are people who willingly work in -40 C weather in the winter in our great country to benefit others.

My brother is one of these people. His job involves working outdoors and/or in dark dusty tunnels. He works for the Toronto Transit Commission. He ensures hundreds of thousands of people get where they are going each and every day - no matter how cold it is outside. He is my #TideColdHero.

A chilly "office" view

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Clean Water Family Kindness Challenge #CleanWater #PGmom #Giveaway

Since April 2014, Canadians have come out in droves to support the P&G and Walmart Clean Water Program, raising more than 20 million days of clean drinking water for families around the world and propelling the initiative to within 20 per cent of its year-long donation goal. P&G has pledged to donate the equivalent of one day of clean drinking water for every participating P&G household product purchased in Walmart stores or online at until March 19, 2015. By stocking up on P&G products, you’ll be taking a small step to make a big difference. 

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Spring has sprung at Hallmark Canada #LoveHallmarkCA #Review #Giveaway

It's officially less than two weeks until spring! Whether or not the winter weather will completely ease up on us is to be seen, but we can dream of spring - especially Easter and Mother's Day - with great new plush toys, books, home gifts, stationary and gift bags from Hallmark Canada.

Spring has always been my favourite season - notably because my birthday is in April. As I got older I also became a big fan of Easter, and of course, when I was blessed with Hannah I now like spring best because of Mother's Day.

For all the occasions that occur in spring, Hallmark Canada has you covered.