2/20/18




Disney's Lady and the Tramp was one of my favourites when I was a kid, I think we may even still have it on VHS! I'm super happy to tell you that Disney's Lady and the Tramp is being added to the Walt Disney Signature Collection. 

Future generations can enjoy this timeless tale plus, this release is loaded with three versions of the film, classic bonus material and three all-new features! You can bring Disney's Lady and the Tramp home on Digital Feb. 20 and on Blu-ray on Feb. 27.


Win it!

AME readers: enter below for your chance to win a copy of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp on Blu Ray!

Open to Canadians 18+ excluding Quebec. Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. Ends March 5th, 2018 12:00 PM EST 

Click here for general giveaway rules.



*Copy of featured film obtained for review purposes. Giveaway prize provided by representatives of Disney. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own*

2/12/18

We all want what's best for our children. We all want to raise well-rounded, independent, intelligent human beings to continue our legacies and make the future an even better place. 

When they are babies we want to make sure to be there for every first moment making sure they get the best of what we can give them from diapers to cuddles and everything in between.

As the kids are getting older things are changing, they are growing and their individual needs are changing. They are becoming their own people more and more. They are unique individuals with each their own journey to follow but one thing they have in common is the values they are learning and we have the Catholic Teachers to partially thank for that. 


Our kids have been attending Catholic schools since we started them in school (you can read more about this here.) and I strongly believe that the atmosphere children are exposed to on a daily basis helps build who they become as teens and young adults. When you have teachers like some of the Catholic teachers like the ones who have been teaching my children over the years, you know you're helping them down the right path.

Catholic teachers teach more than just your basic reading, writing and math skills; they teach lessons for the test of life, shaping the characters and values of the students they teach. These values help students become engaged and contributing citizens. Graduates of Catholic schools participate in elections, donate to charities and volunteer in their communities at very high rates.

Catholic teachers make values such as fairness, compassion, respect, concern for social justice and the environment a priority in their classrooms. We can agree, all of us benefit from this approach.

Please visit http://www.catholicteachers.ca/LessonsForLife to learn more about our wonderful Catholic teachers and all they do for our kids! 


This post is part of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers #catholicteachers sponsored program. I received compensation as thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

1/30/18

We’ve all been there, pushed to our limits and losing our cool. Whether it be from sleepless nights of an unhappy infant to multiple wakings from boogie mans in the closet or the constant young teenager power struggle, we all need a moment to calm down when we’ve had enough.




Time outs aren’t just for toddlers.
Even grown ups can feel overwhelmed from time to time. Taking a time out doesn’t mean jumping in your car and heading for the hills, as tempting at times as it may seem. Taking a time out could be as simple as going to a different room, doing something that isn’t what is currently upsetting you. Gather your thoughts and try to figure out a solution. Maybe there isn’t a solution but at least you (and your kids) will feel better calmed down.

Talk about it.
Call your best friend, partner or mom and vent. It’s never good to keep things bottled up inside even if you may think these things are trivial. Maybe they’ll have some great advice to help ease your situation. Either way, a good chat can always brighten your spirits.

Meditate
The kids can join in this too. Create a quiet, dimly lit room and do some meditation and breathing exercises. You can find a whole bunch on YouTube.

Be productive!
If you can’t sit still and have to keep moving, one thing that can help with frustration is housework or maybe a little outdoor exercise. These are both things you can include the kids in or do on your own.

Hug your child.
No matter how angry or upset you or they are, hug/cuddle them. They’re probably feeling as emotional as you are and sometimes that’s all it takes.

Remember “this too shall pass”.
That phrase has kind of been my mantra since I can remember. It just stuck with me my whole life and I’ve even found myself repeating it during hard times.

Above all, as hard as it is sometimes please try not to be so hard on yourself. We are all learning as we go in this motherhood thing.

Have any tips? Leave a comment and share!

1/26/18

Just a little update, why it’s been a little quite here on #AMEBlog...

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!!!





I honestly thought it was something that would go away within a few days, we’ve all pulled a muscle before.

It’s been two weeks of “taking it easy” due to a back injury; my lower back. I’ve been updating my healing progress over on my other blog (you can read about me almost catching fire there too!) and have been working on my creative writing blog while I’m down for the count. “Taking it easy” isn’t easy for me. I’m always in the need to be busy doing something.

I’ve had to swallow my pride and delegate tasks to everybody else in the house and it’ll be like this for a few more weeks at least. I can do some things, I have to do some things. Sitting idle won’t help. Most people would take this as a blessing and tell me to let everyone else take care of me but it is no blessing when you’re suffering chronic pain. It’s very difficult when you’re so used to being the number one that everyone comes to for everything they need, now the tables have turned.

It’s really hard to try and take care of yourself when you’re worried about taking care of everybody else. I’m lucky to have my better half by my side. I know it must be hard without me there to take the extra loads of life but he does what he has to do just the same. The kids have been trying their best, they don’t fully understand and I’m sure it’s not easy for them. My son is always concerned if I leave my walking cane too far from reach. My oldest daughter who usually rolls her eyes when asked a task, kept her eyeballs in her head this time.

We’ve tried to keep things as normal as possible except miss M didn’t take well to the change in bus stop chauffeur’s over the past two weeks. Mommy usually takes her and big brother but lately its been daddy who is in charge of the afternoon pick up, he’s been doing both. After a couple of days she looked forward to the morning walks.

Today is Friday and as a treat for helping out extra the past while, the kids got to take a trip to the dollar store with their Dad and pick out a few surprises.

For now I’ll continue to “take it easy”, let my minions help me out, do my stretches and try to get past this hurdle that decided to pop up so soon into 2018.

**Stay tuned for more on #AMEblog in the coming weeks including some reviews, a fun gel polish tutorial for you beauty DIYer’s and maybe a few giveaways😉!**


1/24/18

It’s more daddies and more problems in the uproarious family comedy DADDY’S HOME 2! When it comes to raising their kids, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad
(Will Ferrell) finally, have this co-parenting thing down. That is, until Dusty’s macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s sweet-natured father (John Lithgow) come to town, throwing the whole family into complete chaos. As old rivalries create new problems, Dusty and Brad’s partnership is put to the ultimate test in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy that gives new meaning to the term ‘blended family.’

You can find this title on Blu Ray, DVD and 4K HD where home media entertainment is sold on February 20, 2018. Daddy's Home and Daddy's Home 2 will also be available in a double movie set! 

For more information about Paramount Pictures, please visit www.paramount.com! Follow @ParamountPics on Twitter for the latest home entertainment news and releases. 

WIN IT!

Make Daddy's Home 2 part of your Blu Ray collection! TWO lucky AME readers have the chance to each win a copy of Daddy's Home 2 from Paramount Home Media Distribution and AME blog! 

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 Feb 2nd, 2018 12:00pm EST. 

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 Paramount Home Media Distribution. For more information about giveaway please see our terms and conditions page.




Posted on behalf of Paramount Home Media Distribution. Review copies of movie titles obtained for review. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author.



1/22/18

January has had us cooped up from the cold, a couple of weeks ago we had record breaking freezing temperatures past -35 degrees (Celsius). What better to do than catch up with the latest and greatest (and make your next to watch list) on our favourite streaming network, Netflix!

This new year finds some great new Netflix shows visiting our livingroom while some of our favourites return for new seasons.



Lots to keep the littles entertained on cold blustery January snow days:Trolls: The Beat Goes on is a new Netflix series based on the hit movie. Join Llama and his Mama (voiced by Jennifer Garner) Llama Llama series (based on the hit nursery rhyme) on January 26th. For the older kids, A Series of Unfortunate Events brings a second eerie season to fans; my son loves that one in particular.

For those nights in away from the cold, Netflix always has something for the parents to kick back and relax with. I for one am excited about the return of Santa Clarita Diet, a dark comedy about a wife and mom turned raw-hamburger meat-eating zombie (played by Drew Barrymore) and her husband (played by Timothy Olyphant) trying to keep it all under wraps. If you haven’t watched the first season, you have time as we have yet to find out exactly when new episodes will come!

Also, the hit show This Is Us along with One Day At A Time are now streaming. I think I may be the only person ever who hasn’t watched them yet. They’re officially on my 2018 “to watch” list!

February brings viewers some really great titles like Queer Eye; making its debut after 15 years, crime drama Seven Seconds, 1990’s high school based drama Everything Sucks and On My Block. Later this year Sci Fi fans can look forward to a reboot of Lost In Space set to launch mid-2018! Just a few you might want to add to your own 2018 “to watch list”!

Check out www.netflix.ca or your Netflix app for the latest movies and shows you and your family will love. Know someone who doesn’t have Netflix? They can sign up and get 30 days free! Tell them!



Posted in participation with the Netflix StreamTeam. Special perks are obtained in affiliation but all opinions, comments and recommendations are those of the author.

1/17/18

It’s really sad to read the news lately. My heart dropped when I read that article about a little girl, the same age as miss M, pinned by an idle car after it backed into her at a school drop off of all places. She later died of her injuries. I can’t imagine what her family must be going through. Isn’t school supposed to be a place kids (and adults) feel safe?

Apparently it’s not uncommon for school parking/drop off/pickup zones to be what I call: War Zones!

Last year and the year before we drove the kids to school. The bus rules changed and we were no longer eligible. Driving them to and picking them up from school was a nightmare. A small, overcrowded parking lot with rude, inconsiderate people. Parking in no parking zones, cutting off other cars, parents, faculty and students on foot! Every day was an accident waiting to happen or a fight waiting to brew between two frustrated parents.

Hubby tried to reason with some of the parents only to be called crude names, flipped a middle finger and the worst one even called the police because he told them not to park in a no parking zone! The officers at the time agreed with hubby, that parking situation was an accident waiting to happen.

This year I wasn’t putting my family through that again. We fought for a bus for our son since his sister automatically gets a bus being a Kinder student. We won. After much pestering, we got a bus to and from school. No more nasty parking lot confrontations before coffee.

This year we have a new principal at our school. I received two emails within two days about the school parking lot.

The first were a set of simple rules and a warning to those adults who refuse to abide by them. The second was a final notice: parents must wait until all students are dismissed before picking them up. The parking lot will be closed from 2:45-3:10pm, when there are kids in the masses leaving to walk or getting on the bus in that area, including my two little ones. It gives me a bit of relief knowing some changes are being made, it’s just really sad that it took a tragedy like what happened to that little girl to make people wake up and open their eyes.

To the parents who are guilty of this irresponsible behaviour: shame on you! We all have the same goal: get the kids to school, get in and out as quickly as possible. Which is fine and dandy but when it comes to an unpredictable parking lot with cars and people everywhere, take the safe route. Wait until the traffic passes, drive SLOWLY and pay attention! Why not even park a few blocks away and walk the kids in or if they’re older have them walk with a buddy and know the rules. Anything to be safe but please don’t be so inconsiderate and only think of yourself.







Look to your left, look to your right, look in front of and behind you. Those people you see, their lives are as important as yours, remember that.