Apr 18, 2014

Spring time means nicer weather and more smoothies for the drinking! Mornings can be a rush around here and there is nothing easier plus healthier than a morning shake as part of your daily start. 

Whenever I take the blender out to make a smoothie or a shake, my kids automatically ask me if they can have one too. Of course they usually want it to be chocolate-ice cream style but I've influenced them to take a liking to ND shakes. 

Ever since being introduced to Orange Naturals, it's easier to get my kids to enjoy shakes that are actually healthier for them.
One of our favourite and probably easiest to make (you can usually find the ingredients year round at any grocery store) is a good Banana Strawberry ND Shake. 

- Cut up and store your bananas and strawberries and place in a container in the freezer the night before. The colder your ingredients, the better your smoothie. 

- Add in a cup of milk (chocolate, soy, almond, whatever kind you like) and a few tablespoons (to your liking) of plain yogurt in your blender. We tried it using other kinds like strawberry or raspberry which are good too. 

- Add in your frozen fruit and measured amounts of Orange Naturals ND Shake (for kids, women and men) and pulse blend. 

Pour into cups and your good to go. You could even make this at night and put the whole thing in the freezer for easy grab and go the next morning. 

Okay, so maybe you may not classify this as an "ultimate smoothie" but it's a sure winner in our household!

Little Guy enjoying his ND shake!

Orange Naturals ND Shakes were recently featured on the Global Morning show and will be aired on Steven & Chris today, April 18th! 

If you want to learn more about Orange Naturals and their products please visit the official website!

Win it!

Are you a smoothie fan? We thought so! That's why Orange Naturals is giving one lucky AME reader the chance to win a really cool smoothie prize pack right here on the blog! This prize includes a set of Orange Naturals ND Shakes for the family, a Hamilton Beach personal blender, and a superfood smoothies recipe book

To enter please fill in the entry form below. Must be Canadian 18+ (excluding Quebec) to enter. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One manditory entry per email address. Winner will be drawn at random via giveawaytools. Ends April 30th!

By entering this giveaway you understand your information will be shared with representatives of Orange Naturals for prizing purposes only. Otherwise, everything is always kept private!

Good Luck!

Sponsored post in participation as an Orange Naturals Mom. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 17, 2014

Teaching our kids about the environment, the earth and ways they can help make a difference is important. April 22nd is Earth Day, the day we celebrate the earth and our efforts to help make a difference, protecting our planet. 

Events are held worldwide from tree planting to community clean ups, its inspiring to see so many come out for something so important to our future and our children's future. 

What better way to celebrate the earth than by starting the day off with a healthy, organic breakfast that helps both animals and the planet! Just in time for Earth Day, Nature's Path Envirokids has launched two new whole grain corn puff cereals, including chocolate flavoured Choco Chimps cereal, and cinnamon flavoured Jungle Munch cereal.

My kids are big cereal eaters and I already enjoy Natures Path Love Crunch cereal as I mentioned in a previous post, I knew Natures Path Envirokids cereal would be enjoyable for my kids. I like knowing that Nature's Path Envirokids cereals are wholesome cereals. So many of our favourites unfortunately contain things that may not be so good for us despite the tastey flavours. This is a nice change when it comes to our daily breakfast favourite, cereal. Natures Path Envirokids cereals are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and made without toxic pesticides, artificial flavours or colours. 

Because Envirokids is a 1% For the Planet member, every time you purchase Envirokids products, 1% of the sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids around the world! 
Specifically, Envirokids Choco Chimps cereal supports the Jane Goodall institute, global leaders in chimpanzee protection (did you know Ms Goodall turned 80 this April?) and Envirokids Jungle Munch cereal supports Fauna and Flora International, acclaimed heroes in Sumatra elephant conservation.

You can find these new Natures Path Envirokids cereals at your local grocers across Canada starting this April! For more information about these and other Natures Path products, please visit www.naturespath.ca! You can also follow @NaturesPath and @Envirokids on Twitter for the latest updates!

Win it!

Want to treat your family to something yummy, healthy and also helps the environment? Enter to win a month's supply of organic cereals and bars from Natures Path featuring their newest cereals Envirokids Choco Chimps and Jungle Munch cereals ($50 value). Please fill out the giveaway ballot below to be entered for your chance to win! 

Open to residents of CANADA (excluding Quebec) and USA 18+. Mandatory entry must be complete for extras to count. One entry per household. Prize sponsored by Natures Path. 

By entering this giveaway you agree your information will be shared with representatives of Natures Path for prizing purposes only should you be drawn winner. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to winning email. 

Posted on behalf of Natures Path. Complimentary product recieved as a thank you. Giveaway prize by Natures Path. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 16, 2014

Oh how I love surprises! Jergens Skincare recently sent me a lovely gift basket of goodies as a thank you for support over the years. Jergens is celebrating Investors Group Stars on Ice which is coming to the Canadian Tire Center at the end of April! I can't go to the event myself but if you would like to learn more and maybe get some tickets yourself please visit the Stars On Ice website for more information! 

I have always liked Jergens products from shampoo to body lotion, Jergens Skincare cares!

In my gift basket I found: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream, Jergens Ultra Care Skin Cream and Jergens Natural Glow in both light and medium tones. All great products to help get a natural, healthy glow and love your skin. The warmer weather is on its way, why not get a head start. 
Thank you Jergens, I can't wait to begin trying out these products!

To learn more about Jergens and these great new products mentioned here, please visit the Jergens Canada website! Don't forget to show Jergens some love by following on Twitter and Liking the Facebook page!

Win it! 

Jergens also has a special surprise for my AME readers - a Jergens gift basket for one of you to enjoy! All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter ballot below for your chance to win! This contest is only open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). One entry per household. Good Luck!

By entering this giveaway you understand your info will be shared with representatives of Jergens for prizing purposes only should you be drawn winner. Otherwise everything is always kept private! 

Posted on behalf of Jergens. Complimentary gift received as a thankyou however I am not obliged to post. Give courtesy of Jergens. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 15, 2014

The hashtag says it all...inspired and showing our support!
The BConnected Conference happened this past weekend - it was such an incredible event. I am proud to have been part of the very first parent blogger conference in Canada, more so the first of its kind in our own capital city! 

It had been a while since I had been at the NAC for anything other than a kids show, quite exciting for me even though I'm a local. The NAC was a very nice venue to host the first BConnected Conference. It's an older building and located right downtown here in Ottawa which is a bus ride away for me and almost everything is within walking distance for those who came from out of town and had a chance to tour our city while visiting.

At the NAC, elegant and intimate, tables were set up in the main Panorama room for everyone to sit together, get to know their fellow bloggers and absorb all the goodness of the sessions. Oasis served up fresh orange juice for breakfast both days. Breakfast, lunch and snacks were offered as well to all in attendance.

What I liked about the setting was that there was that hustle and bustle like any conference (everything is so exciting) but not so much that you felt too overwhelmed. We had the chance to really meet and connect with new fellow bloggers, reconnect with those we have known for years and get to know some of the faces behind the brands we enjoy working with. It was wonderful to be able to connect one on one or in smaller groups with so many. I think many who attended could agree. 

Every speaker brought their own vibe to the conference. They each had their own message, their own lessons and inspirations to share with us all. From motivating us to getting us thinking, making us laugh to tearing at those heart strings - definitely very impressed with the lineup who presented on the BConnected stage. I enjoyed every session and took in so much that left me feeling inspired to try something new and not hold back.

The exhibitors hall in the Fountain room was carpeted in red, making it feel almost like a celebrity event. We had fun meeting and greeting with sponsors. Taking pictures at the Giant Tiger booth, learning about fitness from Hostile Conditioning, talking Eco-friendly with Terra20, competing in a round of Mario Kart on Wii with Future Shop and chatting it up with other brands like Chicken Farmers of Canada.

We also had the opportunity to get professional headshots by the BConnected Conference photographer, Captivision Photography. He did an amazing job, everyone looks fabulous! 

Photo by Captivision Photography
Our 'Chief B' Lyne Proulx and the entire BConnected team worked hard behind the scenes making sure everything was just right, what an amazing job. A very special Thank you to the entire team, sponsors, speakers, attendees and everyone who helped make the very first BConnected Conference all it could be and more!
Some of my favourite moments @ BConnected!

Let's BConnected again, Spring 2015!

Posted in participation as a BConnected Conference Ambassador however all comments and opinions in this post are honest and my own.

Apr 14, 2014

Living in a digital world I find myself with more gadgets than I have fingers to count on. That's not a big deal, I mean they all serve a purpose in my otherwise busy digital life. What blogger wouldn't want the latest and greatest to make her life easier? Logitech has some great gadgets and accessories for the digital-tech enthusiast such as myself. You know, Mother's Day is in May. 

For the times we want to get our groove on or just listen to some music while we work - Ultimate Ears presents the BOOM wireless Blue tooth speaker. Personal entertainment never sounded better. Download the UE BOOM app (free from the app store) and have total control over how your music or videos sound with different settings to suit how you like to listen. The sound from this speaker is amazing and I'm not just saying that. It's fun and portable with a battery life of up to 15 hours. I love how it can be paired with more than one device at the same time (can't decide who should DJ? Take turns!) and that you can also pair it up with another UE Boom and have the two working together for extra surround sound boom! I have the pink Ultimate Ears Boom but they also come in other colours like blue and white or black! Follow @UltimateEars on Twitter for the latest news and updates!

For the iPad, Logitech keeps our investment well protected with this sleek and stylish Folio Protective case. It's light weight and allows different positions or doubles as a stand for reading, typing or just playing games, anywhere. The Logitech Folio Protective case is available for other devices as well like the iPad Air, Mini or Samsung Galaxy and also comes in different colours. 

To rid our livingroom of multiple remotes (and avoid fighting with the wrong one for the wrong purpose), Logitech brings us the sleek and stylish Harmony Smart Control. This device allows you to control up to eight home entertainment devices without a bunch of remotes. It comes with a remote and a hub but there is no need to fight over the remote because the Harmony app allows you to use your iPhone as a remote and even lets you personalize it your way. You can control devices hidden in cabinets or behind walls, and access Internet services like Netflix and Hulu through your PS3 or XBox360 and more!

Visit the official Logitech website and follow @Logitech on Twitter for more information about these and other great home and personal entertainment gadgets and accessories. 

Posted on behalf of Logitech. Sample products provided for review. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own. 

Apr 11, 2014

On April 9th, 2014 National We Day wowed over 16,000 students and educators from over 430 schools from across the country at the Canadian Tire Center in our nations Capital. Big thank you to title sponsors RBC and TELUS for their generous support for We Day! We were invited by Telus along with a group of other bloggers to attend this amazing event.

The entire day was just so full of inspiration and the energy is just indescribable. Founders of We Day and Free the Children, Craig and Mark Kielburger are so passionate about what they do, inspiring the world to be the change for a better tomorrow. 

So many young people are becoming more and more involved with the We Day inititatives. They can't just simply buy tickets to this special event, tickets to We Day must be earned through service. One local action and one global action is all it takes.

Every presenter on that We Day stage had their own story to share. Speakers like Martin Luther King III, Spencer West and Queen Noor and even our own Ottawa Sens captain Jason Spezza, Chris Neil and Chris Phillips among other greats took the stage with passion and power. Their voices heard and messages absorbed by everyone in the arena. Entertainment from Neverest, Simple Plan, Kardinal Ofishall and JRDN kept the crowd pumping with great music. It's so wonderful for these artists to be so deeply involved with something as great as We Day. 


We Day is about people coming together as a global community, one strong voice made of many to carry out and inspire our youth that today IS tomorrow and they can make a difference one small task at a time.

Miss K with Mark Kielburger (she met Craig last year!)
Thank you once again to Telus for having us as special guests. I don't think a single soul left the Canadian Tire Center feeling less than inspired and empowered by the messages heard at We Day.

Posted by AME on behalf of Telus/We Day. We attended the show on behalf of Telus. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 10, 2014

April has been one busy month! One exciting experience after another but we have not forgotten about one of our favourite Springtime holidays, Easter! As the kids are getting older, we try to be a little creative for Easter as far as the Easter bunny goes. 

Traditional Easter egg hunts are a must, indoor or outdoors and chocolate treats must be had but if you are looking for something extra to add to the Easter basket this year, Hasbro Canada has some great ideas beyond the bunnies for everyone!

Get creative with Play Doh! As you know, Play Doh offers a wide variety of fun, hands-on, creative toys for little ones. This Easter why not play "chef" and create some desserts with the Play Doh Sweet-Shoppe Double Desserts play set. Don't forget to add to the fun by leaving Play Doh Spring eggs around for the little ones to find, these aren't your ordinary Easter eggs! 

Does your little one have a Furby? Why not add to the Furby family with new Furby Furblings! Smaller in size but just as much fun, Furby will have your kids laughing and playing along with its silly antics for hours. Add some Furby fun to your traditional egg hunt with Furby Boom surprise eggs! 

For the animal lover who wants a puppy for Easter (or any other holiday!) why not a Furreal Friends Butterscotch My Walking Pony for a pet instead? Your little one can groom and feed Butterscotch plus she walks and interacts with your child! You can find her along with a whole collection of Furreal Friends from Hasbro! 

And last but not least, for the super hero fan in the house, Marvel Super Hero Mashers. Spider-Man, Captain America, The Hulk and other great favourites to add to your little ones growing collection. The best part, your little one can mix and match each character and create the ultimate super hero!

With these and other great ideas from Hasbro, your kids are sure to have smiles on their chocolate covered little faces! 

Now through April 24th, 2014 Hasbro toys and games are 30% off at Target

For more information about these and other great toys for all ages visit www.hasbro.com!

Win it!

One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a fantastic family fun prize pack courtesy of Hasbro Canada and Target! Perfect for keeping the family entertained, you could win:

- $50 Target GC
- Mousetrap game
- Monopoly Jr game
- Disney Princess Pop Up Magic Pop Up Castle game 
- Classic Jenga
- Elefun & Friends Hungry Hungry Hippos game
- Connect 4 
- Twister

Please enter by filling out the entry form below. Giveaway open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be met for extras to count. One entry per email address. Giveaway closes April 30th, 2014.

By entering you understand your information will be shared with representatives of Hasbro Canada for prizing purposes only. Otherwise, everything is always private!

Posted by AME on behalf of Hasbro Canada. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Prize via Hasbro Canada and Target. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 9, 2014

Even though it has taken a longer than usual time for the cold weather and snow to finally decide to die down, Spring is in the air! Do you know what comes with Spring time? That's right, spring cleaning! Love it or hate it, it has to be done either way. We spend our winters indoors, collecting dust bunnies while we try to keep warm. Spring time is our chance to open up the curtains and freshen up our homes! 

By now you may or may not know how much I enjoy using Mr. Clean and Swiffer as two of my main spring cleaning weapons. That is why I am happy to be involved with a really fun Twitter party coming up in April!

What: #CleanFreeSunday Twitter Party with @MrClean, @Swiffer and @Febreze with special guest, author and parenting expert, @KathyBuckworthModerated by: @AMotherhoodBlog & @ThisBirdsDay

Spring cleaning is an opportunity for the whole family to work together. When chores are done during the week, enjoy quality time in the form of a #CleanFreeSunday. How will you spend your #CleanFreeSunday?

When: Wednesday, April 16th 8pm-9pm est. 

Prizes up for grabs:

5 Spring Cleaning packs ($80 value)

- Swiffer Sweep & Trap
- 2 x Swiffer Sweeper Dry Refills
- 2 x Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle
- Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer
- 2 x Febreeze Air Effects Allergen Reducer
- Swiffer 360 Duster
- Swiffer Duster refills

3 Ultimate Spring Cleaning packs + Clean Free Sunday ($250 value)

- Swiffer Sweep & Trap
- Swiffer Sweeper Dry refills
- 2 x Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle
- Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer
- 2 x Febreze Air Effects Allergen Reducer
- Swiffer 360 Duster
- Swiffer Duster refills
- 2 x Tide Pods
- Downy Infusions
- Downy Unstopables
- Bounce Sheets
- $100 Visa gift card

RSVP below and participate in the chat, make some friends and maybe even win a prize! I cannot wait to chat with all of you! 


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Posted in participation with the P&GMom program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 8, 2014

Colourful eggs and chocolate bunnies, Easter time is just around the corner and the kids are just hopping with excitement. I have always loved Easter time and its always been important to continue celebrating year after year, giving my own kids memory after memory.

Easter egg-treasure hunt

Now that my kids are a little older things can start to get fun around Easter where egg hunts are concerned. Instead of our typical "hide eggs in relitively easy areas" routine, I thought about a treasure hunt type egg hunt. In various places around the house the kids would find colourful notes with a clue on it to where an easter egg could be hiding. Each clue's difficulty level goes by age. Example for my son I may give him a clue like "I'm hiding where mommy makes supper" and he may find one hiding somewhere in the kitchen, things like that. Once they find all of the clues and eggs it will lead them each to one last clue and an easter basket of goodies at the end.

We are making Easter extra special this year with goodies from Kinder Surprise! From Kinder Surprise eggs to Kinder Mini and Plushies, the kids are sure to be smiling! 

Share the Joy

Besides chocolately treats and cute plushies, Kinder once again has partnered with the Children's Miracle Network for Share the Joy and will be providing 12 baskets to CMN hospitals. As well, Kinder will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North America.

Join the Kinder Hunt Eggstravaganza on Facebook and win! On April 8th, 10th and 12th, visit the Kinder Canada Facebook page for your chance to win your very own Kinder Easter Basket kit!

If you're on Twitter, follow along using hashtag #KINDERMom and be inspired this Easter and every day! :) 

Posted by AME in participation with the #KINDERMom program with Mom Central Canada. Perks and inscentives are received as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.