4/23/18

We are an SUV kind of family. With three kids and sometimes a dog or two, travelling in anything smaller wouldn’t make for a great trip. The Ford Escape gives you a safe and quiet ride while still boasting power and loaded with the best technology a smart SUV could bring.



The 2018 Ford Escape Titanium has a 2.0L Twin-Scroll EcoBoost engine under its sleek looking exterior. That means you get both power and eco-efficiency. It has standard auto start-stop technology which turns off the engine when the vehicle is sitting idle (waiting at a really long red light maybe?) and restarts when you lift your foot from the brake pedal so you can be on your way. 

Inside, the Ford Escape is roomy with bucket seats and a large console in front. The back seat is big enough to fit our crew with three seats. Travelling with baggage (or just our size family grocery order) is easy with large cargo capacity and the capability of opening your liftgate with the kick of your foot under the bumper thanks to the intelligent access key right in your pocket. 



The Escape has the technology to keep you comfortable with heated front seats, remote start, winter wiper de-icer, heated mirrors and heated steering wheel; always nice to have a little luxury in your ride. 

Stay connected and bring your mobile life on the go with the SYNC 3 technology and AppleCarPlay. The console (which lights up an aqua blue at night, including the cup holders) has a touch screen with swipe and zoom capabilities and with AppleCarPlay it's like having Siri right in the SUV to answer calls, read texts and play music so you can drive with both hands on the wheel.



Although our initial plan was to make an escape with Ford, we were stuck at home thanks to a ridiculous ice storm while the 2018 Ford Escape was sitting pretty in the driveway. We did, however, get to use it locally around Ottawa and what a ride! Smooth, powerful and the enhanced active park assist plus obstacle distance indicators make driving easier. The 2018 Ford Escape is an all around great vehicle if you're looking for your next new SUV!  

To learn more about the new 2018 Ford Escape please visit www.ford.ca and follow @FordCanada on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #FordEscape for the latest!




Sponsored post on behalf of Ford Canada. Complimentary fleet loan and gift card exchanged for review purposes with no obligations. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of AME. 

4/20/18


I have a fun giveaway right in time for Earth Day! 


A wonderful book called The Magical Mindful Day: A story about mindfulness, connection, and caring for the earth by Deborah Salazar Shapiro, is being released fittingly on Earth Day! This book is intended to inspire the practice of mindfulness in our little ones, raise awareness in our interactions with all living beings and remind kids that the Earth is their friend. 

I really like the ideas and lessons this book represents in simple literature young children can understand and whimsical illustrations throughout. The book is aimed at kids aged 4-8 and can be purchased in both English or Spanish editions. 

You can learn more about the book and the author behind it by visiting the official The Magica Mindful Day website! You can also find the book on the website or on Amazon! 


WIN IT!

ENTER to win a copy of The Magical Mindful Day: A story about mindfulness, connection, and caring for the earth by Deborah Salazar Shapiro! 

Enter using the ballot below. Open to Canadian and US residents 18+ (excluding Quebec and where prohibited). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Please click here for general giveaway info. Giveaway ends April 25th, 2018 9:00 PM EST. Good Luck! 

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Posted on behalf of Smith Publicity as part of a book tour. Complimentary product received in exchange for the review. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own. 


4/19/18

Earth Day is this weekend (April 22nd) but teaching your kids the importance of taking care of the environment around them is something we should do on a daily basis.

In our house, we try to do our part and set an example. We use reusable lunch containers instead of plastic snack bags. We also recycle. We sort it into bins and we reuse items that can be reused. I try to save the laundry for off-hours. I’m also a fan of donating purchased items that are still good instead of throwing them out. As they say, every little bit counts. 

In celebration of Earth Day, we are sharing some fun earth-friendly tips from our new friend Ranger Rob, to help you and I do our parts to keep our Earth a great place for our kids and the future generations.


Ranger Rob is a show about the adventures of an enthusiastic park ranger who LOVES going outside to PLAY, EXPLORE and DISCOVER in Big Sky Park! The show teaches kids and preschoolers the importance of taking care of the environment, recycling, conserving and preserving the beautiful world we call HOME. It also teaches them the importance of teamwork and friendship.

You can watch Ranger Rob on Earth Day via Treehouse (Canada): April 22- Ranger Rob Marathon 3:15pm-6:30pm ET or Sprout (US): April 22 – Earth Day Special at 9am, repeating at 3:30pm EST.



Posted on behalf of Treehouse for Earth Day. Complimentary product exchanged for the feature. Opinions on this blog are my own.


4/13/18

We have been bringing jewellery and technology together for some time now and I have to say it always amazes me. My most recent find is Code to Canvas, jewellery that comes to life with augmented reality (AR).

Okay, what is AR you ask? It’s like VR (virtual reality) except instead of having to sport headgear to submerge into a virtual world, AR brings the virtual world into yours using the help of your phone. AR is one step away from being a hologram.


Code to Canvas brings your jewellery to life with AR. Using the handy app on your phone, you can bring unicorns, cats and butterflies to life on necklaces, keychains, rings and more. You do need to use screen record or snap a screenshot on your phone to take images of the AR action but it’s still pretty cool and makes a great conversation piece.


Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted and comes either silver or gold plated starting under $30. Code to Canvas offers three designs: The Cat, The Unicorn or The Butterfly on a necklace or keychain.

Check out Code to Canvas, they are always adding new designs like soon to come Zodiac signs!

Like the Code to Canvas Facebook page and keep up with the latest on social media!


Posted on behalf of Code to Canvas. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

4/10/18

Handmade items are always a popular choice when it comes to a gift for someone you love (even if it's for yourself!). I personally love them. Not only do you get a quality made item but they are gorgeous and it always feels good to help out a small business owner and support someones passion. 

Fellow blogger and Ottawa-based entrepreneur, Kamerine owns and operates Tiny Feet Creations. Custom handmade jewellery celebrating the tiny feet in our lives! You can read all about how Tiny Feet Creations came about, here! It's such a sweet story. 

Just in time for upcoming Mother's Day, I was sent over this beautiful black onyx (stone of energy and focus) and rose quartz (stone of love) Mama bracelet. It's beautifully designed and custom sized to my (very tiny) wrist! What's cool about this besides the fact it's absolutely gorgeous, the beads are arranged in morse code and spell out "Mama". 




All designs are created with beautiful hand selected beads, metals and gemstones. You can find earrings and necklace sets, bracelets, car diffusers, and more all handmade and personalized for you! You can see the entire Tiny Feet Creations collection at the TFC Etsy shop

Thank you Kamerine for allowing me to add one of your beautiful pieces to my jewellery collection!

Like Tiny Feet Creations on Facebook for the latest releases, giveaways and Ottawa-based creative workshops offered! 


Posted on behalf of Tiny Feet Creations. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 


4/1/18



May your day be filled with chocolate treats and yummy eats! 
Happy Easter from the #AMEBlog family! 
xo

3/26/18

It’s officially Springtime and even though there is still some snow on the ground, I’m ready to welcome the new season and new shoes!

Winter kept me warm with my Skechers On The Go City 2 North Ice boots, one of the most comfortable pairs of boots I’ve worn. It felt like I was wearing really warm, comfortable running shoes all winter to be honest. Now, with the changing season, it’s time to put the boots away and step out in something new!


This spring I’ll be sporting Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0! Soft jersey knit fabric upper in a lace up athletic sporty training sneaker with stitching accents and Skechers famous Air Cooled Memory Foam insole. They come in a variety of colours, I chose black/coral.



For him, Skechers After Burn M Fit Air in grey/black. A comfortable, athletic shoe for the everyday, smooth nubuck leather, synthetic and mesh fabric upper in a lace up training sneaker. They have air cushioned heels and of course Air Cooled Memory Foam insoles. He can be picky when it comes to his shoes. Not only does he say they are comfortable but they also come in a 13 wide which is sometimes hard to find for him. 




What I love about Skechers is as someone with back and hip problems, they are one of the only brands of shoe I can comfortably wear without the worry of foot cramps or sore feet after wearing them for long periods of time. I would recommend trying out Skechers if you're looking for comfort and style at an affordable price. 

You can buy Skechers shoes at many different stores like Mark’s, The Bay or at a Skechers factory outlet store (I believe there are two locations right here in Ottawa).

Whatever your style, step out in Skechers this spring!


Win it!

One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a pair of Skechers shoes! Step into spring and enter using the ballot below!

Open to Canadians 18+ Excluding Quebec. One winner will be drawn to win 1 pair of Skechers shoes of their choice provided by the sponsor. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Please see our disclosure page for more. Giveaway ends April 8th, 2018 9:00 PM EST.


Posted on behalf of Skechers Canada. We received complimentary shoes for our opinion. Giveaway prize provided by the sponsor. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author.