5/24/17

May is the month we celebrate Mom with Mother's Day but in all honestly, we should be celebrating being a woman in so many ways every day.

Having two daughters and a son, I try to be the best role model I can be; I want to teach them valuable lessons in life while at the same time working to achieve my own goals. Showing them that no matter what, man or woman, a little hard work can actually pay off. Not only do I want my kids to grow up strong and independent, but also be proud of themselves, no matter what they are doing. 

I'm proud to be a woman and I have tried to always show it in front of the kids, especially my girls. I love learning new things and showing them that reading is a great way to learn. Sometimes today's distractions can make it hard to get into and finish a good book. I have a few books I've started reading; I'm hoping to finish them someday soon. 

My friends at Amazon sent me a Kindle, I know, another gadget? But this is different, I'd never used an eBook reader before, always my iPhone or iPad to do almost everything, including reading. Wow, what a difference. I love my tablet and phone but for reading, the Kindle is much better. It's easy on the eyes, the font size is adjustable and there is no glare, even outside in the sunlight. It's small enough to fit in a purse so I can take it with me for some summer reading. It's really neat to be able to have access to thousands of books in one place. Kindle Highlights lets me recall favourite quotes and passages, for future reference. 

Being a member of Amazon, I can purchase books online from my computer, phone or tablet and have them sent right to my Kindle cloud and access them on my Kindle (with Wifi or built-in 3G) or even the Kindle app for iPhone. There are thousands upon thousands of great titles I can add to my library. Plus, it's not a device I'm afraid to share with my oldest daughter who also loves reading! 



I typically read both fiction and non-fiction genres. I like a bit of fantasy mixed with my reality. One type of non-fiction I do like to read is life, biography, "how they got there" success story type books.

With my new Kindle Paperwhite loaded with books written by some amazing women, I found one I have been enjoying: Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. It tells life stories from the funny lady herself from the beginning of her life up to becoming an executive producer aka 'the boss'; I personally love her work (30 Rock, SNL, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt etc). In her book, she tells her own personal and very real story about living through life's perfections, and imperfections, going through the ages, stages, ups and downs while achieving her goals - a strong woman, the kind we all want our daughters to grow up to be like. 



Another great one which I got for my daughter and myself is Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen which tells the stories of some of the most remarkable women in history and the changes they made for the future of all women, despite what everyone else said or thought. It is an empowering book and great resource for my daughter to learn about some really remarkable women in history. 

There are literally thousands of great titles to choose from to fill your Kindle library at Amazon. Here are two other recommendations from best-selling female authors available on Amazon.ca, I can't wait to start reading them myself:




How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh
In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonny


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5/19/17

The first long weekend of the summer is upon us; many people are planning to head out with the family on camping trips and the like, maybe you're heading off yourself!

There are so many great things to do in Ontario and before heading off it might be a good idea to load up the phones or tablets with entertainment; while you're on the road this summer, Netflix and Rogers are here to help!

From Friday, May 19th through September 1st, 2017 you can find Netflix Download Zones at various locations in Ontario Cottage Country! 

No Wifi? No Worries! 

You can stop by the Netflix Download Zone locations (listed below) to download hours of shows and movies your family can enjoy! From long car rides to the cottage to campsite downtime after dark, Netflix has your entertainment covered. Just don't forget to bring extra battery power! 



Where to find Netflix Download Zones:

Victoria Day Weekend:

Friday, May 19
Bass Pro Shop at Vaughn Mills - 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21
Collingwood - Farmers Market at Hurontario and Simcoe St.

Canada Day Weekend:

Friday, June 30
Bass Pro Shop at Vaughn Mills - 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2
Gravenhurst - 101 Centennial Drive

Civic Holiday Weekend:

Friday, August 4
Bass Pro Shop at Vaughn Mills - 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6
Huntsville - 37 Main St. E

Labour Day Weekend:

Friday September 1st
Bass Pro Shop at Vaughn Mills - 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive

Some of our family favourite recommendations:

- Peppa Pig
- Octonauts
- Dora the Explorer
- Paw Patrol
- Beat Bugs
- A Series Of Unfortunate Events
- Trollhunters
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- Annie
- Dinotrux

For the grownups, after the kids are tucked in (and if you aren't too tired yourselves), you can catch up on your favourites like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Riverdale or Orange is the New Black without WIFI, only on Netflix


Posted in participation with the Netflix Canada Streamteam. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.




5/17/17

We have been having on again, off again rain here in Ottawa; what better way to change the dampened mood than to go shopping! Almost every season I like to go out and shop for just a few new things to add to what I have already; something to spruce things up a little without creating too much change or digging into my already tight budget.


I've always liked shopping at Sears, especially the sales. Did you hear about the reinvention of Sears Canada? You can now shop The Cut @ Sears (Sears Canada’s new off-price retail business) for brand name fashion and decor at a lot less (30-60% off ticket price)! Sears Canada also debuted its new Sears-label essentials offering Canadians products with the highest quality at amazing prices.

I am not a "dresses and high-heels" type of lady; I do wear maxi dresses or skirts in the summer but my every day is pretty casual. For the amount of time I spend on my feet (aka chasing after my kids or pets) I like to dress semi-casual or athletic (in other words, comfy or "typical mom clothes"), with neutral colours



With my daughters in tow, time was of the essence but I was able to shop the new Sears experience for myself. Our local Sears had a new look and different layout since the last time I was there a few months ago and it was nice to see the Sears label clothing at really affordable prices. 

I got myself a new top (I couldn't find the tank tops pictured above so I went with a different kind of top), new yoga pants and a zip-up sweater (gray instead of black) for $100. I know, I could have bought more (trust me, I could have spent the entire day there just browsing) but shopping with kids and all, you understand.  I decided to buy these items because even though the summer weather is hot, I freeze in the evenings. Especially since we spend a lot more time outside or if we go to my parents in law camp or happen to plan something on a not so sunny day. I need the layers and it was great to find something both my style, my size and in my price range.  Oh, I also bought my husband and son some pants, as per their requests. I can see us going back in the near future to grab some great summer items! 

Absolutely love my new finds from Sears Canada!


You can find The Cut @ Sears in your local Sears Canada store and online at sears.ca!


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5/15/17

We couldn't wait to add this gem to our Blu-Ray collection, xXx: Return of Xander Cage from Paramount Home Media Distribution.


Synopsis: When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying adrenaline junkies on a mission to kick some ass, save the day, and look dope while doing it.

I remember seeing the original xXx in the cinema back in 2002. I went with a friend and we bought the tickets in advance and went back to their place to grab food and get ready. Well, their grandma was there and saw the tickets on the table; her eyes widened and she thought we were seeing an "adult film". Oh, we all laughed so hard; no grandma, it's an action movie, we promise!

Anyway back to xXx: Return of Xander Cage; This movie has plenty of action, explosions, and tough-as-nails characters. Did I mention besides Vin Diesel, that Ruby Rose is in it? Yes, Stella from OITNB is also an action movie star, I love her! She plays sharpshooter, Adele Wolff on xXx's team.

Hubby and I watched it (I may have already seen it twice); it's pretty much everything you'd want in a Vin Diesel movie. Overall, if you're an action movie fan like we are this movie won't disappoint to add to your own home Blu-ray collection! 

You can find xXx: Return of Xander Cage currently Digital HD (itunes/Amazon). It'll be on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD starting May 16th! 

Check out the official trailer below!






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5/5/17

Shower her with affection, gifts and treat her like the Queen she is on Mothers Day, May 14th! Make mom feel extra special this year with gorgeous gifts and cards just for her; show your appreciation for all she is and does with love from Hallmark Canada!

Fashionable fun



Hallmark has a beautiful exclusive collection inspired by all things colourful! I for one love the Catalina Estrada matching set Springtime Petals tote bag ($34.95), Blue Rose makeup bag($18.95), Flourishing Blooms Cuff Bracelet ($14.95), Flourishing Blooms Scarf ($24.95)and Hummingbird Haven Umbrella ($24.95)! Each accessory can bring a pop of colour to moms spring attire!

For the living space


Everybody needs something to brighten up a room, especially mom! The Catalina Estrada Mom picture frame ($19.95) will lovingly bring a pop of colour to her office where she can display her lovely family. I for one love inspirational quotes, the "Never Tell A Mom" framed print ($14.95) is perfect for her desk to keep her motivated! When she's done working and ready to relax, you can make her a tea in a pretty Blue Ceramic Mug with Tea Infuser ($24.95). While she relaxes, the Catalina Estrada Blue Rose candle ($22.95) can set off the right mood with an exotic palm leaf and orchid scent that's to die for! That candle is what's currently burning in my office as I'm writing this. You know, for inspiration! ;-)

Wrapping it up!


A gift just isn't a gift without a pretty presentation! Hallmark has everyone covered with beautiful signature gift bags ($7.99), assorted note cards ($9.99)and assorted signature Mother's Day cards so that you can really say it with love!




You can find Hallmark Canada products featured here at your local store or online at www.hallmark.ca

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Prize includes: Blue Rose makeup bag($18.95) + Catalina Estrada Blue Rose candle ($22.95) + Note Cards ($9.99).

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4/26/17

Springtime is here which means it's time to start thinking about things we'd like to do to our back yard, things we'd like to get for the kids to enjoy the nice weather. What better way to get things going than to check out the new Canadian Tire Spring/Summer 2017 WOW guide for inspiration!

The Canadian Tire Spring/Summer 2017 WOW guide is now available if you didn't get yours in the mail like we did, you can always visit your local Canadian Tire and pick one up for free!



There is only so much time until the really nice weather gets here, I love how convenient it is to just pick up the Canadian Tire Wow Guide for pages of awesome ideas and spring/summer must-haves! Finding what we need is as easy as browsing a few pages! 

Speaking of browsing, did you happen to see the kids colouring contest while flipping through your catalogue? 

You can find the contest on pages 76 & 77 of the Canadian Tire WOW Guide! You can have your kids enter for a chance to win a Supercycle Kickstart Bike!


Our #WOWGuideArt 

How to enter:
  • Have your kids colour the pages/do the puzzles.
  • Take a picture and share it on Instagram or Twitter tagging @CanadianTire and include hashtag #WOWGuideArt 

The contest runs from April 11th, 2017 until May 15th, 2017!

Click here to see full contest rules

I can't wait to see everyone's little artists creations! Happy colouring! 

This post was sponsored by Canadian Tire. All comments and opinions on this blog are always my own. 

4/21/17

My kids are creative and I'm not just saying that because I'm their mom. My oldest daughter loves to draw and she also loves to write, my boy likes to build things and he also likes drawing, my youngest loves to sing and dance. Whether it be creativity at home or at school, over the years my kids have shown they can come up with some great ideas.  

What better way to show off all of their amazing talents to my fabulous readers than to host our very own living room puppet show! 



Inspired by Netflix characters from Beat Bugs, Word Party and (new) Julie's Greenroom, the kids created their very own sock puppets and put together a little something for you! 

Enjoy this fun little improv comedy skit, brought to you by the imaginations of the #AMEblog kids and Netflix Canada! :) 




Did you see what's new with Netflix



Speaking of kids, sometimes my oldest kid will watch shows or movies rated above G on my account but forgets to logout when it's her siblings turn to watch the next day resulting in kids favourites mixed in with my grown up shows (I see you Shopkins, Richie Rich, and Barbie!). Now I can easily give the kids shows thumbs down and Netflix can make sure those shows stay on the kid's menu recommending more of what I want to stream! I really like most kids shows but I don't need to watch them when I'm solo. That's creative! ;-) 



Posted in participation with the Netflix Streamteam. Views and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

4/17/17

If you haven't already noticed over the years, I love accessories for my electronics; mainly my iPhone and iPad. In my opinion, you can't have "too many" accessories; kind of like, you can't have too many pairs of yoga pants or tote bags. :) 

Toddy Gear sent me a gift set for my iPhone; Sanibel Desktop Kit, Featuring a Microfiber Smart Cloth, a Wedge mobile stand, and a Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank.


Wedge mobile stand: Made from microfiber material, this wedge is like a bean bag chair for your device plus, it doubles as a cleaning and polishing cloth without using any special sprays to clean your device. It has a special coating to prevent any build up of mold, mildew or odors. It is washable, just let it air dry. 


Microfiber Smart Cloth: Made from the same microfiber material as the wedge stand, these cloths not only help you take care of your device but also save you from using any harsh cleaning sprays that could damage the screen or body of your device. One side is microfiber for cleaning and the other silky for shining! It's washable, just let it air dry! 


Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank: Extra power on the go for almost any device! Features include: 7000mAh battery, Dual USB ports, ideal for charging two devices at once, slim design and sleek interface with LED power indicator light. It's compatible with smartphones, tablets, and wearables that support charging via 5V/1A and 5V/2.1A USB interface. I like that its universal; it doesn't come with a power adapter but it comes with a micro-USB cord. If you have an iPhone or other devices you can just use your own cord and block. Portable and powerful, an external power supply is always a must-have for tech geek moms like me!

You can find items of this specific deign (Sanibel) each sold separate online but Toddy Gear does offer a variety of gift sets in other designs which are just as nice! 

Visit www.toddygear.com and use my special code MOTHERHOOD10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase! 

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4/16/17


The Easter bunny is about to make his grand visit once again, gifting our kids with Easter goodies; we will also be celebrating the return of one of our favourite seasons, spring. The snow is finally gone and the temperature (although slowly) has been rising; giving us much nicer, sunnier days. 

For those celebrating this weekend, we wanted to wish each of you a very happy easter with your family and friends! May your hearts be filled with joy and your tummies with chocolates! 

From treats like Rice Krispies nests to fun crafts for kids, we hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Easter from our house to yours! :) 




4/9/17

Spring is finally here to stay; April showers will hopefully bring us our May flowers! Next weekend the Easter bunny will be hopping into town! I'm getting ready with my kids making some yummy Easter treats with the help of Kellogg's Rice Krispies Spring Edition cereal!

You can't go wrong with Rice Krispie treats. They're easy enough to make that the younger kids can help or older kids can even make them themselves!


Rice Krispie Nests we made! 



How to make:



You can find this and other full recipes by visiting the special occasions section of the Rice Krispies website 

Don't have time to make anything? These babies come in prepackaged mini size, they're small enough to fit in an Easter egg which makes them perfect for adding to the Easter baskets and perfect snack size for little kids!



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