9/25/17

September is almost over and the season has been changing from summer to fall; I'm loving the changing colours of the leaves. While I do enjoy summertime, I also like fall. There's a crispness in the air which gives me an excuse to wear my favourite sweaters and sip a hot coffee. Speaking of coffee, it's Pumpkin Spice season as well. 



Get your aprons on and check out these Pumpkin Spice inspired recipes that'll make your mouth water!









9/23/17

Transformers, more than meets the eye...we are all too familiar with the old school theme song heard in our youth as we enjoyed a lesser-exciting version of one of today's top movie franchises: Transformers.



Transformers: The Last Knight is the 5th movie in the series and probably in my (and others) opinion, the most entertaining thus far. This movie redefines what it means to be a hero.











"Humans and TRANSFORMERS are at war, OPTIMUS PRIME is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of TRANSFORMERS on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); BUMBLEBEE; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours."



You can find Transformers: The Last Knight on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs are available in stores September 26 (Digital HD released September 12th).



Transformers: The Last Knight will also be available in a 5-movie Blu-ray Collection that includes Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age Of Extinction.



Visit the Transformers Movie Facebook Page to learn more!



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9/17/17

Birthdays are exciting for kids, almost as magical as Christmas (okay maybe not as magical but close enough). We as parents always want them to have that perfect, special day.

With failed "from-scratch" birthday cakes to Pinterest attempts gone horribly wrong, the pressure of it all can be quite overwhelming. Over three-quarters (that's 82%) of parents agree they wish there was an easier way to make birthdays feel extra special for their kids; without all the hoopla.

Wish granted, no party planner required!

Netflix is giving parents the best birthday gift with the launch of 14 Birthdays On Demand featurettes! Just type "Happy Birthday To You" in your Netflix search and you'll find them! 

There are titles for everyone including DreamWorks All Hail King Julien, Barbie, Beat Bugs, DreamWorks Dinotrux, Legend Quest, LEGO Friends, LEGO Ninjago, Luna Petunia, My Little Pony, Pokemon, Project Mc2, Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Word Party. Add these to your next birthday party! 


We have no birthdays in September but our next celebration will be extra special with these birthday party hacks with Netflix! Party hats, a throne fit for a king, cupcake toppers and more check out the video below for some easy and fun birthday party ideas! 


Celebrate Birthdays On-Demand with Netflix and show us how you celebrate with #StreamTeam.



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9/9/17

Warning: This post may cause "phantom itching".

Our kids started school this week. If you've got a kid in school for the first time get ready for it; the dreaded L-word could be coming to your house for an unwelcome visit.




Ah the lice letter; a little note tucked away in your child's bag letting you know SOMEONE in the class has a case of the itches and you should check your kids asap!

- Whether you think your child has them or not is to get a good Comb and do a weekly check just in case. You can buy single combs, electric combs or generic plastic combs that will do the trick. 

- Comb the hair when it's wet and do it thoroughly, on every head in your home. If you find some on one kid chances are you and their siblings may have picked them up too. 

- Myth: Lice like dirty hair! Nope. They like it clean. You like your kid's hair clean too. Try Fairy Tales Repel Shampoo. It smells gorgeous and it repels the little suckers from wanting to make a meal of your kid. They also make a conditioner for extra protection plus this stuff leaves the hair silky smooth. It's probably my new favourite lice prevention kit! 

- Preventative Spray is also really good for helping keep them away between shampoo washes.

If you do happen to run into head lice, don't panic. They sound a lot worse than they are. If you google search "head lice" there are tons of informative websites if you aren't educated on the creepy crawlers. Harmless doesn't mean we want them to stay around though! I've heard things can spread like wildfire if not properly taken care of.

You not only have to check and wash all heads in the house but fabrics that were touched by anyone's head as well. 


- Make sure to check out your local pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to direct you to the best lice solution treatment they have. Use as directed and follow these tips to help you prevent those unwanted pests from coming back!

- Wash all bedding, towels, pillows, and clothing anyone with lice has been using in the past few days; dry it on high heat. Bag any stuffed animals or other decorative pillows that you can't wash for at least two weeks.

If worse comes to worse and you just can not do it yourself, you can always hire a local service to do the dirty work for you or go see your doctor for some expert advice! :) 



Post contains affiliate links sponsored by Amazon. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. I am in no way a medical expert, I am simply sharing parent to parent knowledge through my experiences. 

9/8/17

It's official: all three kids are in school full-time. I adore my three kids but wow, that was a long summer.


People ask me what I'll do with all of my "free time". What free time? Just because the kids are in school doesn't mean I don't have other obligations (hello blog?) and plenty of productive things (hello blog?) to fill my time with. Plus, I can do it all without the distraction of someone needing a drink, snack or some other thing they REALLY didn't need to bug me for, every five minutes.

Our week began on Tuesday with the older two starting grades 4 and 8. I give them credit for being on the ball when it came to getting back into the swing of things in the morning. It helps to be organized the night before, I told them! 

There weren't very many complaints from our oldest two after the first day of school. K couldn't remember her locker combination so we got her an easier lock to handle but that was the height of this weeks drama. Grade 8 is stressful enough without a panic attack at break time. Our boy likes his class, he likes his friends and he likes his teacher. He's always been positive when it comes to school. I hope he keeps that attitude. 

Little Miss M started her first year of school on Thursday. That was the scary part; Kindergarten here she comes! She was excited all summer to ride the bus and be able to go to school. She climbed off that bus the first afternoon with a huge smile; she loves kindergarten and I'm so happy about that. One of my worries was her transition from being at home with me full time to being at school with a bunch of strangers all day. Two days in and she had nothing but smiles. That was until she realized it's the weekend and she doesn't get to take the big yellow bus nor go to school for two whole days.

We talked her through her tears and she is looking forward to getting up bright and early on Monday for her first full week of school.

Our first week was tiring but we made it with as few bumps along the way as possible. Now, let's enjoy the weekend and hope week 2 goes as well! 


Did your kids start school recently? Share your first week in the comments below! :)


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9/1/17

There is only less than a week left until the kids are back to school. I don't know about you but we have everything organized, labeled and ready, even the new first day of school outfits!




We went shopping at Joe Fresh to check out what they had in store. From head-to-toe, you can find some great deals for everyone in the family. Right now you can save 70% off select items in clothing for the whole family.


Our little Miss M is not only starting her first day of school but her first year. We picked out something simple, functional and cute for her with a pink popover dress and matching leggings. We also got her a cute grey pull over top and another pair of leggings to match; she can never have too many pairs of stretchy pants!


Joe Fresh has some really great stuff for boys too! Since the weather is still nice out, for the most part, our son picked an awesome "Dude" t-shirt and shorts set for his first day of grade 4! 


Back to school wouldn't be possible without us parents so of course we checked out what was in style for the fall. Hubby found a great pair of mens lounge pants and he bought the entire collection of Joe Fresh men's active hats! Although they do have some lovely women's fashion, I couldn't find anything at that specific I wanted to add to my own collection this time.


Thanks, Joe Fresh for helping us out with our first day of school outfits! You and find these and more great family fashions at your local Joe Fresh store *many are located within a Loblaws grocery store) or online at www.joefresh.com!

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8/28/17

The last few weeks of summer have been spent organizing the kids who are heading back to school in just a few days and I've been attempting to reorganize the house a little. I think I'll make better progress once the kids are officially back in the full swing of school. They say to take it one room at a time, that's what I've been doing!


The basement (laundry room) was cleaned and organized in mid-July after our neighbours clogged their basement plumbing causing a flood in ours. Thankfully we are smart enough to use laundry baskets and bins, not leaving things directly on the floor of the laundry room, in the case of accidents just like that.

The kitchen got a redo as far as organizing the cupboards go. The cupboard I keep everything plastic containers had been rampaged by the kids and myself, always in a hurry to grab a container and have to dig around for a matching lid. I ended up recycling a whole bin of just lids. Insane, I know! It looked like something from hoarders. I did order new containers for the upcoming school year. I also got rid of old travel mugs; no matter how well you wash them they're just no good after a while. They get gross, they get tossed and replaced with new ones.

My closet is tiny but I managed to organize it a little better. I tend to do a clothing purge twice a year so that wasn't an issue, there are always spare clothes hangers. I noticed I have gathered a small collection of shoes. I should probably get a closet shoe shelf instead of line them up across already limited space on the closet floor. Bags, wow I have bags! To save space I folded them up neatly and put them all into my large suitcase. If ever I travel again, I'll figure out what to do with those bags like a closet bag hanger; could also be used to organize my row of shoes. Now if I could get hubby interested in sorting through the two boxes of clothes he hasn't touched in years, that would be great!

The linen closet still needs work but my mom gave us some new towels so it gave me an excuse to refold just about everything the kids attempted to fold (aka scrunched up or just shoved in between other towels) in the closet.

The kid's rooms are just, I can't even find a nice word for it; they need a lot of work. I haven't had the chance to get to that part yet but I have big plans for the fall. You know, once they are in school and I can go crazy getting rid of stuff giving their rooms a real do-over. At least I managed to sort through their clothes, donate what doesn't fit and bag the summer clothes for next year.

I'm sure I'm missing a few things on my Fall to-do list!

What do you do to get ready for the upcoming season?


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8/25/17

In just a couple of more weeks, we will be sending our three kids off for a brand new school year. I've finally got all of their things together including our sons new Marvel Avengers back to school gear from the Disney store!


Kids love characters, my son will be starting grade four with this Avengers Hulk backpack. It's got a hard shell Hulk face, two zippered compartments, mesh interior with pockets and adjustable padded shoulder straps. It's really roomy inside which is good, my son usually has a bag full to take home from school! 


The matching Avengers lunch bag features Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, and Captain America on a hard shell cover design. It's large in size with two zippered insulated compartments to keep his lunch cold! 


The Avengers Water Bottle is leak-proof and features a screw-on flip top sipper cap with attached straw plus a handy finger-grip carabina clip for easy storage on the go! 

And of course, the collection isn't complete without Avengers Stationery set! This isn't your average stationery set either! The case features Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Panther and Black Widow embossed on a hard cover. The pencil case acts as a little folder carrying all Avengers branded tools for school like pencils, a pen, eraser, pencil sharpener, markers, crayons, glue stick, scissors, and note pad.


You can find the Marvel Avengers back to school set at your local Disney Store or online.


Posted on behalf of Disney Store. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 




8/23/17

With back to school comes figuring out a way to keep the kid's new school items (which we all know cost an arm and a leg in some cases) from being lost.



My favourite label brand, Mabel's Labels sent us enough labels to cover every kid this coming school year. I love that they have labels for literally every age and stage from babies to school aged to high school and beyond, they even have labels for seniors! There are many colours and icons to choose from to suit your kid's personalities and allow their items to really standout; not to mention, they're durable. 

Little Miss M is not a baby anymore! She's starting Kindergarten and I know all too well how easy it is at that age not only to misplace your items but they can be taken by accident and we all know how little kids act when they are sure it's "theirs". Stick a label on it, avoid the tears. The little kid's shoe labels are so cute; they should really help her keep her shoes on the right feet!


The Little Kid School Combo comes with 40 Mini Custom Name Stickers, 
50 Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels, 12 Preschool Shoe Labels (6 pairs), and 2 Personalized Mini Tags. 104 Labels & Tags - $42.00CAD

Our one and only boy is growing up and with that comes his funny personality. His new emoticon labels will help keep him organized while showing off his silly side.


The Ultimate BTS combo comes with 40 Mini Custom Name Stickers, 50 Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels, 16 Custom Shoe Stickers (8 pairs), 2 Personalized Mini Tags. 108 Labels & Tags - $42.00CAD

My oldest is going into grade 8 and has a bad habit of forgetting where she puts her things sometimes. I've labeled her things since I got my first set of labels; at least she can distinguish them easier from other people's things in the school office lost and found. 


This year we got her the Middle School Label pack which comes with 40 Mini Custom Name Stickers, 50 Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels, 16 Round Labels, and 2 Personalized Mini Tags. 108 Labels & Tags - $42.00CAD

They may not have a tracking device in them to pinpoint the exact location of items (maybe a future project?) but hey, knowing your kid is coming home with the right pair of shoes or items they thought were gone forever because they recognized their Labels is more than enough for me, saving everyone time and hassle for sure! 

I've been a fan of Mabel's Labels since I was first introduced back in 2010, the rest is history. You can find your style at mabelslabels.com!

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Posted on behalf of Mabel's Labels. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Comments and opinions are my own. 

8/21/17

Evening time is my "adult time" (get your heads out of the gutter), the time after the kids have finally fallen asleep (you can tell by the symphony of snores echoing through the hallway) and one of the only times the better half and I can sit down, relax and possibly watch something; uninterrupted.


The thing is, he and I have different tastes in movies and often different moods. For example, I may be in the mood for something slower like Atypical or a movie like To the Bone, while he wants to one of "his shows" like Marvel's The Defenders or a movie like Star Wars Rogue One. How do we persuade our partners in Netflixing to watch what we want for once?


We could just go into separate rooms or sit together in the same room on different devices but what fun is in that? Absolutely none! When I get into a brand new show I like seeing his reactions and having someone to comment on episodes with. I do like time to myself to binge watch shows I know just are not his style no matter how much convincing but when we both have an interest in a show, it gives a new meaning to the term "Netflix and Chill". 

In all honesty, it is as simple as taking turns. Kind of like what we try to teach our kids about sharing; he picks something one night and the next is my turn, so on and so forth. Often one of us will pick something the other turns their nose at only to find out, in the end, it was worth the watch. 

Check out the fun graphic below which could help you persuade your next binge partner to just sit down and watch it with you already!

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Netflix always has new binge-worthy originals, new seasons and new movies coming every month. This month you can persuade your family to watch these gems! 


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