Mar 31, 2015


Bringing smiles to my kids faces makes me happy, it warms my heart to see them enjoying themselves. Even if it's just enjoyment from a simple thing such as a favourite snack after a day at school, during movie night or just because we feel like it. 

Goldfish crackers have been there time and time again to bring on the smiles and fill the kids bellies with wholesome goodness. You can't help but smile at the little fish who smile right back! It makes me smile knowing they are made with real cheese and have no artificial or flavours, have 0 trans fat and are low in saturated fat. A feel good snack in every way! They are great on their own or added to our favourite soups, so many ways to have fun with and enjoy your favourite moments with Goldfish crackers!



- Play, create and use your imagination to make snack time a learning experience - use Goldfish crackers to practice counting, sorting and playing tic-tac-toe!

- Have a princess party with dress up clothes, tiaras and magic wands! Serve up some new Goldfish princess crackers at the tea party - even make believe royalty will love these bite sized snacks!

- Pack Goldfish crackers in a reusable container on your kids lunches.
Goldfish crackers are available in single serving sizes (28g) perfect for kids on the go!

- Special milestones, like the first spin on a bike without training wheels, successful potty training or good grades, can be celebrated together with your child’s favourite Goldfish characters; FINN™, GILBERT™, XTREME™ and BROOKE™. They are featured on every package of Goldfish crackers and often appear alongside a fun game or puzzle for kids to enjoy!

Goldfish invites you to share your own "snackable moments" by sharing your #GoldfishSmiles on your favourite social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc) for a chance to win $500! Goldfish will choose one winner - the entry that makes them smile the most - to be featured on the Goldfish Facebook and Instagram pages. Not only bringing smiles but also bragging rights as the winner also will receive $500 and a years supply of Goldfish Crackers (48 packages)! 

For more information about Goldfish Crackers please visit the official website!


WIN IT!

To celebrate the release of the new Disney Cinderella move and all things #GoldfishSmiles, one lucky AME reader has the chance to win a princess Goldfish cracker prize pack worth $40 which includes:


 Goldfish Princess Crackers

- Goldfish Cheddar Crackers
- Disney Cinderella T-Shirt
- Disney Cinderella temporary tattoo
- Disney Cinderella bracelet
- Magic wand (to make dreams come true!) 



Enter by filling out the giveaway ballot below!


Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. Entrants are required to use a valid email address upon entering. 

Winners are required to fill out a prize claim form and answer a skill testing question to qualify. Prize provided by Campbell's. AME is not responsible for unfulfilled prizes however we will do our best to sort out any issues within a timely manner. Please see the full AME terms and conditions for more detail.


By entering AME giveaways the entrant understands that his or her information will be shared with representatives of Pepperidge Farm for prizing purposes only. Privacy is important on AME.


GOOD LUCK



Posted by AME on behalf of Pepperidge Farm. Complimentary product received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

Mar 30, 2015


It takes one act of kindness to cause a ripple effect and make a difference in someone's life. We Day is a celebration of a years worth of kindness from simple gestures within a community to greater acts on a  global scale, helping those less fortunate in our communities and around the world. 

National We Day is making its way to Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 1st, 2015! My daughter K and I (who are proud supporters of We Day and Me to We) are excited and once again honoured to be joining TELUS as special guests for this special event!


If you don't already know, TELUS is huge on giving back to their communities, country and around the world. Helping with one kind gesture at a time. You can learn more about TELUS initiatives here. 




Did you know that anyone can join in the Me to We initiative by downloading the We365 app? This app allows you to sign up for free (via email, facebook or Twitter) and get in on challenges to help better yourself, your community and your world. There is also a volunteer time tracker, groups and other fun things to really help you get involved.

You can learn more about the app at www.we365.com! Do good and have fun doing it!

Speaking of doing good and having fun, we are in for a treat with this years National We Day lineup

Make sure to be following @TELUS @FreeTheChildren & @CraigKielburger on Twitter using hashtags #WeDay #We365 and #changeisinyourhands on April 1st for National We Day!

Posted by AME on behalf of TELUS. Complimentary media access to mentioned event provided as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

Mar 27, 2015

We always encourage our kids to be themselves, there is nobody in this world like them and that makes everyone unique. Everyone has something they are good at, everyone gets scared sometimes. 

We try to teach our kids to always be themselves and try their best at the things they love and to try new things even if they are scared. Many times my daughter has come home with a smile after doing something she thought she couldn't. Like when she was shy to sign up for the girls dance club at school - she's on her third year this year! 



As my oldest daughter is hitting Tweenhood hard, with new experiences, roles and responsibilities - it can be downright scary. She fell in love with Monster High about four years ago, she got her first Draculara doll for her birthday that year. The message with these dolls is that everyone is great the way they are no matter what and everyone has their own unique story. 

Monster High Haunted is coming to DVD on March 24 and its a movie that deals with just that - the movie follows our favourite Monster High ghouls as they travel to a parallel ghost world and discover Haunted High - an all ghost school shut off from the monster world. If your child is preparing to head somewhere new, going through a transitional phase, or is participating in a sports team or other activities where they may meet new friends, here are some good tips from our friends at Monster High to help our  tweens along.

Be Yourself, Be Unique

I think this one can go for both kids and adults, sometimes when you are entering something new it can be overwhelming and can make us feel like we can't find someone with common interests. It's best to always be yourself and stay positive. Eventually you will find someone who will appreciate you for who you are and one day maybe you will be the best of friends. If you pretend to be someone you're not, it will come around and haunt you in the end!

Patience is key. 

It takes time to get used to new people and new surroundings, being patient can pay off. If your child feels anxious or nervous, being patient is a good way to help calm things down and be able to get used to things easier. Good things take time as they say. 

Embrace your imperfections and embrace your individuality. 

A great way to get to know others and your environment is to get involved and participate. Encouraging your kids to be as engaged as they can be will give them the opportunity to branch out, learn new things and meet like minded individuals. Talk to them about ways they can go above and beyond to get involved with new friends!

I know as my kids grow, we will face many times where they will feel unsure. Even as an adult I often have my moments when I am unsure. Communicating and letting them know we are here for them no matter what is the foundation to helping them through the trials and tribulations of growing up. 

If you have a little ghoul who loves Monster High like mine does, check out the Monster High YouTube channel! There are some great videos on there which I think kids can really relate to.



To learn more about Monster High visit the official website here


Win it!

In celebration of new #MonsterhighHaunted on DVD, one lucky AME reader has the chance to win a Monster High Haunted DVD and doll *$40 value* by filling out the entry ballot below!

Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends April 7th. 

By entering this giveaway you understand the terms and conditions on AME. Your information will not be shared unless you are drawn winner in which it will be shared with representatives of Mattel.




Posted by AME in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocates. Complimentary product received as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.  

Mar 26, 2015


Do you have a superhero fan in the house? We sure do! Marvel fans young and old, come out and celebrate your favourite superhero in Marvel Universe LIVE coming to Ottawa this summer! This show looks like an amazingly fun time out for the entire family and I am so excited to be able to take my kids to it this summer! 
Marvel fans assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking live entertainment to a whole new level with a mind blowing show like you've never seen before!  Watch your favourite superheroes Spiderman and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains come to life in an action packed arena extravaganza! You'll definitely feel the energy with cutting edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, motorcycles and more! This show has been hailed the most technically advanced live show ever! Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once in a lifetime, monumental performance! The fate of the universe depends on it!

Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to Ottawa, Ontario July 31st through August 2nd 2015 at the Canadian Tire Centre! Tickets can be purchased online and if you use my special code MULOC on checkout, you can save 20%*! Click here to get your tickets today! *offer valid on certain showtimes and expires April 1st, 2015*

Marvel Universe LIVE! showtimes for OTTAWA:

Friday, July 31st - 7pm
Saturday, August 1st - 11AM, 3PM, 7PM
Sunday, August 2nd - 11AM, 3PM (in French)

Other major cities along this Canadian tour are Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Vancouver and more beginning in June 2015! 

You can find out when Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to a city near you by visiting the official website!

Show some love and like the Marvel On Tour facebook page and follow @marvelontour on Twitter for the latest news and updates! 


WIN IT

I know, the show is still a few months away but its always good to plan ahead right? We want you to be amazed by Marvel Universe LIVE! too, Ottawa! Here's your chance to win FOUR tickets to the Marvel Universe LIVE! show at Canadian Tire Centre July 31st 2015!

Giveaway is open to residents of OTTAWA ONTARIO (18+) or those willing to travel to see the event. The prize is for FOUR TICKETS to opening night of Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Canadian Tire Centre in OTTAWA ONTARIO July 31st 2015 at 7pm. Travel and accommodations will NOT be provided. ENDS May 30th 2015! Fill out the ballot below for your chance to win! 



Posted by AME in participation with the Feld Entertainment Blogger program. Complimentary tickets provided for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.










Mar 25, 2015


Spring time is a great time to really show the kids what it means to take care of the earth by getting them to help out in what I like to call the 'community clean up'. We get out the garbage/recycle bags, put on our rubber boots and grab a rake or two for an afternoon of picking up anything we see that has surfaced from under the winter snow. 

The yard still has a lot of melting left to do but we have started to pick up trash, debris and other things that may have ended up in the yard and became covered in snow during the winter months. It's a dirty job but it's our earth, it's our job. We can feel proud to know we helped, even if it was in a small way like cleaning our own backyard. 

Earth Day is April 22nd and we are celebrating all things enviro-friendly with @EnviroKidz by Nature's Path. They are all about making learning about the environment and animals fun and also delicious for kids! 

EnviroKidz welcomes you to try out this yummy Chocolate Garden Cups recipe for Earth Day! These cups are perfect for kids parties or after school snacks, so adorable and fun to make for the whole family. Topped with yummy organic Choco Chimps cereal, this delicious and simple eggless chocolate pudding is light and not too sweet. 



How to make and what you need: 

Easy Chocolate Milk Pudding:
1 ¾ cup chocolate milk, room temperature 
2 tbsp. cocoa powder 
2 tbsp. corn starch 
1 tbsp. maple syrup or sweeten to taste 

Garden Cups: 
1/2 cup Choco Chimps Cereal, crushed 
Sprig of mint 

Directions:
1. Combine cocoa powder and cornstarch in a small pot. 
2. Gradually stir in milk and whisk until smooth. Stir in maple syrup. 
3. Stirring constantly, bring to slow boil. Whisk for 1 minute until pudding thickens. 
4. Remove from heat and pour into small mason jars or jam jars, leaving space for topping. 
5. Chill for 1 hour until cooled and thickened. 
6. Top with crushed Choco Chimps Cereal and garnish with sprig of mint and Popsicle stick.

You can find this and other yummy recipes on the EnviroKidz official website! Check out all of the great food products they have to offer including various cereals and snack bars!


WIN IT!

One lucky AME has the chance to win an EnviroKidz Celebrate the earth Party Kit *$100 value* which includes various product and items to help you celebrate Earth Day! 



This prize includes:

- 10 free product vouchers ($50 value to use or give to party guests)
- Party treats: all the EnviroKidz products you need to make yummy recipes
- Envirokidz snack bars for guests or treat bags
- Download and print party invites
- Party banner
- Party "swag" including animal stickers from the 1% for the Planet nonprofit partners such as the Australian Koala foundation and Dian Fossey Gorilla fund. 
- Activity books full of fun, educational games and quizzes featuring your favourite EnviroKidz animals! 


Enter by filling out the giveaway ballot below!


Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. Entrants are required to use a valid email address upon entering. Winners are required to fill out a prize claim form and answer a skill testing question to qualify. ENDS APRIL 5th 2015.

By entering AME giveaways the entrant understands that his or her information will be shared with representatives of EnviroKidz for prizing purposes only. AME is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please see the terms and conditions on AME for more information.



Posted by AME on behalf of Nature's Path EnviroKidz. Complimentary "party pack" was sent as a thank you. Recipe courtesy of Natures Path Envirokidz. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.


Mar 24, 2015



Saving is important in our family, especially when we are saving on energy in our home. During the winter months we consume more energy than the entire year because of gas heating and shorter days mean longer times the lights and other things tend to be on. 

Saving on energy isn't difficult and it doesn't cost you much to switch over and start doing things to better  both your budget and the environment. Some great ideas for saving energy in your home include:

- Switching from normal light bulbs to LED bulbs. Not only do they produce less heat and energy than regular bulbs, they also last longer and brighten rooms just as well if not better. We have been using energy efficient bulbs for years now.

- Hanging laundry to dry. Once the snow is gone, the temperature rises and the sun is out more, we can begin hanging our clothes outside on the line to dry. Don't have a back yard or area to put an outdoor clothesline, no problem. You can get drying racks which can easily fit indoors in your laundry area or on a balcony or small outdoor patio space.

- Installing light timers, motion sensors and dimmers. These are especially useful for outdoor lights or lights you don't need to constantly use. We have a back door light which comes on with motion. It isn't constantly going but lights up when needed. Saving your energy and also the bulb as it's used less than a typical light.

- Get rid of ghost energy. Did you know that even when an electronic like a TV, cellphone charger or computer is powered off it can still consume what they call "phantom power"? Using electricity unless they are completely unplugged. What a waste! By plugging electronics into an energy efficient power bar you can reduce the use by turning off the power bar itself, thus cutting off any unwanted, unused and wasted electricity. We live on power bars with all the electronics we have. 

- Installing a ceiling fan can help circulate air in your home with air conditioning. With a ceiling fan running you can turn down cold and still be comfortable. We rent our home so we cannot install a ceiling fan, we use standing fans or square fans in the summer and keep the windows open but my parents always had one running in the house, even lightly in winter to help circulate the air. Great idea that has been used for years! 

- Save some hot water by changing the shower heads and kitchen faucets to energy efficient ones. You can find these at your local hardware store. Also, it's a good idea to reduce the temperature of your hot water tank when you leave on a vacation or in the hotter summer months. I find we tend to not need the water as hot during the blistering month of July into August most of the time. 



Investing in small changes around your home will help you save in many ways in the long run. Did you know that since 2006, through the saveONenergy coupon program, Ontarians have reduced enough energy to power a city the size of North Bay for a year! That's a lot of power my friends! 

You can get in on the savings too! From March 27 to April 26, saveONenergy spring coupons offer discounts on LEDs and a wide variety of energy efficient products at participating retailers across Ontario! The Spring Coupon Event is one of many offered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and local distribution companies to help Ontarians better manage their electricity consumption and reduce electricity costs!



Download your FREE coupons today by visiting saveONenergy.ca/coupons! Follow @saveONenergyONT on twitter for more tips and tricks to help you become more energy efficient!


Posted on behalf of saveONenergy. Complimentary coupons and gift card received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are honest and my own.

Mar 23, 2015


It's time to break out of our winter sweaters and put our cleaning clothes on. The snow is finally starting to melt, the days are longer and sunnier - sure signs that Spring is around the corner! Spring not only means the change in season but in our house it also means a change in our own home - SPRING CLEANING!

Although the house does get a weekly cleaning, over the winter months things can accumulate from clothing to toys and just things in general. Dust appears to grow out of nowhere, you don't even want to look under the couch. The front hall looks like frosty the snowman melted and everyone's tired winter gear strewn about. You get the picture, the house needs some serious TLC!

Out with the old, in with the new. It's time to declutter, degerm and make everything shine, one room at a time. Summer comes faster than we know it and we want to be out there enjoying the beautiful days, spring cleaning is a must-do!

Putting dust in its place is easy with Swiffer 360 Duster Extender kit. Dust clings to it like static and with the extender, we can reach those areas we didn't know could have dust! I love using the Swiffer Dusters in those hard to reach places like between the cable box/blu ray player in the livingroom and they are gentle enough to get dust off the front of the flat screen tv. They are also great to get the kids helping out too, dusting the lower areas of the house.

Opening up the windows when the weather warms up is a great way to naturally change the air in our home. Febreze is also here to help us avoid becoming nose-blind with Febreze Air Effects and Febreze Noticeables products from room to room.



Once we get the house back in order we can make our way down to the laundry room. Tide Liquid Detergent is put to work to wash those tired winter snow suits, mitts, hats and anything else to put away for next year. Bedsheets, curtains and other household linens get a refresh plus a spritz of Febreze will keep them smelling great.




Once the bathroom has a fresh shower curtain, clean decorative spring themed hand towels and everything from the sink to the toilet is sparkling clean, we like to place a fresh box of Puffs Basic Tissue on the side counter. It just gives the room that welcoming look plus, you never know when you have a nose in need! 

As a mom of 3 plus dogs, I'm happy P&G is here to help us get things going with great household products for just about every task we have on our spring cleaning list!

Find your favourite products by visiting www.PGEveryday.ca and follow @PGEverydayCA on Twitter for the latest news and updates!

WIN IT!

We want your spring cleaning to be a success! That's why ONE lucky AME reader has the chance to win a "Spring Cleaning Success" bundle ($60 value) courtesy of P&G! This bundle includes everything you need to get your spring cleaning on:

- Tide liquid detergent - $9.99
- Febreze Noticeables - $6.99
- Febreze Air Effects - $4.00
- Febreze Set and Refresh - $4.99
- Febreze Noticeables Dual Oil Warmer - $5.99
- Swiffer 360 Duster Extender Kit - $14.99
- Puffs Basic Tissue - $9.99

Fill out the entry ballot below for your chance to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec) with a valid email address. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One mandatory entry per household. 

By entering AME giveaways you agree to our terms and conditions. You also understand your information is kept private and will only be shared with representatives of P&G for prizing purposes should your name be drawn winner. 

GOOD LUCK!



Posted by AME in participation as a P&GMom. Special perks are obtained as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.