6/27/16

Our dogs love to eat. What dog doesn't, right? And when it comes to food we try to feed them what's good for them, like we do for the whole family. We check lists of people food for what's good and what's not, having three kids and four dogs you are guaranteed a table scrap dropped from time to time. We stick with food brands the dogs love and we know come with good nutrition and a good value. 

Typically Mr. Ruffy, Sofi, Sasha, and Daizy eat dry food. We buy a big bag or two of the kind they like. They also get chew bones often (Mr. Ruffy loves his Greenies!) and wet food as a treat. Meaning, they don't get wet food very often. They tend to gobble it right up quickly, looking for more. 

This is a bad habit and can lead to overfeeding if the meals aren't monitored. We'd like to change that and have them enjoy the best of both worlds with #mixedfeeding!

What is mixed feeding?

Basically, mixed feeding is giving your dog a variety of foods they love and not restricting them to one kind of meal. Who likes to eat the same thing every day, right? 

Here are some facts from Pedigree about wet food vs dry food and what #mixedfeeding can do for our four-legged family members! 

Approximately 30% of Canadian pet owners take their pets on vacation, with 43% of dog owners always bringing their pup along. 

Around 44% of pet owners feed their pet wet food on a regular basis, and one-quarter (25%) said they never serve their pet wet food
Wet food contains fewer calories than dry food, and helps your pet maintain a healthy body weight
Dry food is a concentrated energy source, and its crunchy texture helps maintain your pet’s oral health
Serving your pet wet food will not cause them to gain weight if it’s properly integrated into their diet. If slowly introduced, it will actually cause your pet to ingest fewer calories while also providing them with extra health benefits  
It also has numerous health benefits, including reducing urinary tract infection. Only 23% of Canadians are aware know this
There  isn’t a ‘right way’ to provide your pet with a mixed food diet – as long as they are getting some sort of combination of both wet and dry food, they will reap the benefits
There isn’t a ‘right way’ to start a mixed feeding diet – as long as your pet is getting a combination of both, they will reap the benefits


Tips on introducing Mixed Feeding into a pet’s diet:

1. Feed your pet wet food at breakfast and/or dinner. This way you can avoid leaving wet food out all day and your pet can join in on family meal time!

2. Try alternating days or meals - feed Dry one day and Wet the next, or feed Dry one meal and Wet the next to give your pet variety

3.Try a variety of flavours and textures to find your pet's favorite.

4. Mix dry kibble with wet food in one bowl for a delicious new texture or serve separately side by side.

We have been trying this new #mixedfeeding method for a few days now and the dogs seem to really be enjoying it thanks to a surprise sent over to us from Pedigree!. Of course, they enjoy the days they get wet food more than the days they get the usual dry but I think the change will be good for them in the long run. They are still quite young dogs with a lot of love to give! 

We are excited to continue our #MixedFeeding journey with Pedigree! You can follow along on social media using the hashtag #MixedFeeding! 

Instagram: 

Twitter:
@MrRuffyTheChi

To learn more about #mixedfeeding and the benefits for your dogs, visit https://www.petmixedfeeding.ca/

To learn more about Pedigree please visit http://www.mypedigree.ca

Sponsored post on behalf of Mars company and Pedigree. Complimentary products received for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

6/21/16

When we first found the house we currently live in, one of the first things that caught our eye was the back yard. Having both kids and dogs, a back yard is necessary. It may be small but it's ours. It's more than just a backyard, it's a place we can "get away", entertain, and most of all have fun!

You can find everything you need with the Canadian Tire Wow Guide both online and in the handy Canadian Tire Wow Guide catalogue that came in the mail back in April. 


If you are looking for backyard fun toys, look no further. There is a special page in the guide just for summer fun! You can find water balloons, water blasters, sprinklers, backyard slides, bubbles and much more!



We picked some things up and had a blast during our Ottawa heat wave last weekend. The kids love anything to do with water, it's no wonder summer time is their favourite season. 


Celebrate summer and back yard fun with @CanadianTire #CTWOWGuide Backyard fun Twitter Party!



Party details:

Backyard Fun Twitter Party
June 22, 2016 at 8pm ET
Host: @CanadianTire
Guests: @MonikaHibbs @barquebbq
Prizing: $1000 in Canadian Tire Gift Cards
No RSVP 
Hashtag: #CTWOWGuide 

Make sure to follow the host @CanadianTire and guests @MonikaHibbs and @barquebbq

No RSVP but you must be CANADIAN 18+ (excluding Quebec) and participate in the party using the hashtag to qualify for prizes! 

See you at the party! 

Posted on behalf of Canadian Tire. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

6/17/16

Father's Day is coming up this weekend, the perfect time to show dad how much you love him and spoil him for the day with things he loves and things you know he will enjoy. 

Sears Canada has gifts for dad from the outdoorsman to the modern men of your life, dad will look great with that smile on his face. Sears recently survey'd over 1000 dad's across the country to come up with inspiration for the Ultimate Gift Guide for Every Canadian Dad, whether he’s a jock, fashionister or backyard baron.



Sears Canada's research has found FOUR key "dad" personas and created fully shoppable gift guides. 

·         Outdoorsy Backyard Dad
·         Cooking connoisseur Foodie Dad
·         On-trend Modern Dad

·         Fitness-focused Dad Bod

For the backyard Dad:



Backyard Dad is one of the most popular of his kind, mostly on weekends during the hot summer months. He can be found sporting his King Of The BBQ apron while grilling a delicious meal for his family. In fact, 36 per cent of dads claim that on a typical weekend afternoon, you will find him firing up the grill. Here are some top picks for the family’s favourite grill master.

Backyard Dad Source Guide:
1) 
CRAFTSMAN C3 19.2 Volt Lithium-ion ½-in. Brushless Drill Driver $149.99 2) Broil King Premium Rib Rack $47.97
3) 
Napoleon Travel Q Portable Propane Grill $219.99
4) 
Earthwise 20” 3-in-1 Corded Electric Mower $229.99
5) 
Earthwise 1500 PSI Electric Pressure Washer $119.99.


For the foodie Dad:



Foodie Dad pairs Brie with his Sauvignon Blanc, garnishes with pink Himalayan salt and prepares open-face smashed avocado toast for his family on the weekends. Make Foodie Dad happy with these connoisseur-approved gifts.

Foodie Dad Source Guide:
1) 
Hamilton Beach Dual Zone 3-in-1 Griddle $71.99
2) 
Henckels H.I. Classic 6-Piece Steak Knife Set $48.99
3) 
T-Fal 2-Pack Pizza Pans $13.99
4) KitchenAid Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set $479.99
5) Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker $109.99.


For the Modern Dad:



Modern Dad sports the sockless trend on weekends and a printed pocket square with his suit during the work week. He’s definitely not afraid to wear the latest menswear. Add to his already stylish wardrobe with these sharp looks at Sears Canada.

Modern Dad Source Guide:
1) 
No.99 Wayne Gretzky Dobby Stripe Pants $29.99
2) 
Point Zero Men’s Cotton-Linen Short-Sleeve Shirt $29.99
3) 
Clarks Men’s Fallston Style Lace-Up Leather Shoes $59.99
4) 
Point Zero Men’s Cotton-Lined Cargo Shorts $29.99
5) 
No.99 Wayne Gretzky Men’s Cotton Check Shirt $24.99
6) KGB Duffle $24.99

For the Dad Bod




More than a half of Canadian dads (55 per cent) prefer to read sports magazines and 50 per cent chose TSN as their favourite TV channel. Sears Canada calls him the Dad Bod, inspired by his favourite athletes. He’s always on the lookout for new workout routines, healthy recipes and the latest trends in fitness to help get in shape. Help him train hard and live a healthier lifestyle with these items from Sears Canada.

Dad Bod Source Guide: 
1) Juice Bullet $79.97
2) Saucony Men’s Mystic Running Shoes $49.99
3) NordicTrack C 600 2.6-CHP Treadmill $699.99
4) Champion Men’s Power Train T-Shirt $25.00
5) No.99 Wayne Gretzky Men’s Body Mapping Performance Golf Shirt $29.99.

You can find everything Dad in store or online at http://bit.ly/26670wl.

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Sponsored post on behalf of Sears Canada. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

6/16/16

I love it when a show I enjoy comes out with a new season of episodes for us to get our binge-watching on. The only problem most of the time is that it is about a year between seasons, no matter what the show. 

I tend to watch a lot of different shows, different styles with different storylines and different characters - it's hard to remember exactly what was happening from one season to the next. I tend to re-watch and binge-watch while doing so. 

It turns out I am not the only one, especially with Netflix shows like Orange Is The New Black. 

During a survey conducted by the people of Netflix, they found that most fans of Orange Is The New Black, rewatch old episodes in preparation for a new season. 

We are some die-hard fans! Netflix also released the series most re-watched episodes. As expected, viewers prefer to re-indulge in the last three episodes of a season (those always make great refreshers!), but the one that remains supreme is, of course, season 1, episode 1 when Piper Chapman leaves her supportive fiancĂ© Larry for her new home: a woman’s prison. I have seen that episode a few times myself. 

Some popular episodes include: 

Season 1:

Episode 1 - “I wasn’t ready”                                              
Sentenced to fifteen months for a crime committed in her youth, Piper Chapman leaves her supportive fiance Larry for her new home: a woman’s prison.

Episode 12 - “Fool me once”
Painful truths reorient several relationships and careers: Pennsatucky feels disrespected by Piper; Larry gives a revealing radio interview.

Episode 13 - “Can’t fix crazy”
Red’s scheme to reclaim her kitchen backfires; the inmates stage a Christmas pageant; Piper’s plans unravel even as she realizes her life is in jeopardy,

Season 2:

Episode 11 - “Take a break from your values”
Piper is shocked at an unexpected change in her status; Soso’s hunger strike attracts new support that takes on a religious fervor.

Episode 12 - “It was the change”
Tensions run high as a prison power outage forces several issues to come to light; Piper finds herself compromised and is forced to think on her feet.

Episode 13 - “We have manners. We’re polite”
Several futures hang in the balance as the inmates face and confront their worst nightmares: Life will never be the same again.

Season 3:

Episode 11 - “We can be heroes”
Caputo and Piper confront labor issues. A miracle occurs in Norma’s group. Crazy Eyes’ erotica winds up in the hands of the staff.

Episode 12 - “Don’t make me come back there”
Daya goes into labor. Sophia suffers a hate crime. Stella helps Piper with a business snag. Taystee takes on a new role.

Episode 13 - “Trust no bitch”

Miracles and conversions occur, but Piper and Caputo know that some situations can’t be dealt with through spiritual means.

Other Canadian-specific highlights about OITNB fans you may find interesting:

·         Almost one quarter of Canadian respondents (23%) plan to watch the previous season while 42% plan on re-watching all seasons before the season 4 launch

·         Close to half of respondents (43%) said they will start preparing for the new season (S4) this week, and Canadian fans are willing to give up house chores to do so -- cleaning the house (41%) and making your bed (38%)

·         Outside of refreshing their memory, one third said they like to re-watch to relive moments with their favourite characters and 30% said they look for possible foreshadowing

Over one quarter (28%) said they re-watch because it’s their favourite show and they can’t get enough

-          It can be lonely in Litchfield. Over one third of Canadian respondents (32%) said they plan to re-watch by themselves.





OITNB season 4 is streaming June 17th only on Netflix and you can guarantee I will be "busy" for the next several evenings.


Posted on behalf of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

6/14/16

Bath time is an important time for you and your baby. You bond, you play and you get to know each other through a special bedtime ritual. 

When babies are young of course the best type of shampoo, body wash, moisturizers etc are those made for sensitive skin. 

Even though our youngest is already three years old, we still use sensitive skin bath washes and shampoos during her bath time. They make her skin soft and smooth plus they always smell so nice! 

New Cetaphil baby line of bath products are paraben and colorant free, made specifically for sensitive skin. They work great, smell nice and aren't oily nor leave any soapy residue. Products in the Cetaphil Baby collection include:

Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo ($9.99), Ultra Moisturizing Wash ($9.99), Daily Lotion ($14.99) and Moisturizing Oil ($14.99) and are available nationally.



Searching for Canada’s Cetaphil Baby

Cetaphil Baby celebrates bath time by inviting Canadians to share their baby bath time photos on Instagram with the hashtag, #CetaphilBabyBathtime during the month of June. 

There will be four weekly winners and one grand prize ($1,000 value) winner who will become Canada’s Cetaphil Baby! He or she will receive a personalized family photo shoot, fantastic baby gear and one year’s supply of Cetaphil Baby products. The winner will also be featured online. More information is available at www.cetaphilbaby.ca.


Posted on behalf of Cetaphil Baby. Complimentary product received. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

6/13/16

When someone you love is sick, you want to take care of them. You want to give them what you can and make them feel better, even if it's just a smile. Cancer takes more than you know away from someone fighting the battle. It can take away their self-worth, dignity, and more. #WINKday is all about supporting women who are facing or have faced cancer. 


Look Good Feel Better workshops are here it provide these brave women with valuable cosmetic tips and tools to look and feel more like themselves during treatment and beyond. Confidence starts with a WINK! 

How can you help? 

This year, Shoppers Drug Mart is once again putting women's health first and taking it to the next level!

On June 16th, 2016, visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart store and snap a #WINKDay look to @shopprsdrugmart on Twitter or @ShoppersDrugMartOfficial on Instagram. 

SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. will donate $5 to Look Good Feel Better to a maximum for $30,000. 

Join the #WINKDay Twitter Party!


Date: Thursday June 16, 2016
Time: 1:00pm ET
Hosts: @LGFBCanada and @ShesConnected
Guests: @EllyTweetyBird and @SherryLAbbott
Prizing: $500 in Shoppers Drug Mart Gift  Cards!

Canada Only

Learn more about what LGFB offers and how you can help at Winkday.ca.





Sponsored post on behalf of Look Good Feel Better. Opinions on this blog are those of the author. 
Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I have been compensated to share Pampers deals and test diaper subscription services. The opinions on this blog are my own.

It's baby shower season which means it's time to think of a great (and useful) gift you can give that mom-to-be in your life.

As nice as gift baskets, stuffed animals and about 100 soft blankies that they will get are, a practical gift is always very appreciated. Think diapers.

New parents have a lot of things to think about from the nursery to the diaper bag, sometimes there could be so much going on that you forget to pick up a couple of things, one of them being diapers on your grocery run. Yes, it's happened to me on more than one occasion. Nothing like the feeling of panic knowing your little bundle is about to use her last diaper. 

You can never have too many diapers and when they are newborns, multiple sizes are a must-have because they grow so fast. When I was pregnant with my oldest (who's now 11 by the way), I was given the gift of a diaper cake. It was thoughtful, practical and we were thankful for it! 
Products you use (and love) like Pampers can be delivered right to your doorstep, avoiding the stress and hassle of rushing out to the store with subscription services. 

Why not give her the gift of diapers plus have them delivered to her door? If you Google search "Pampers Diaper Subscription" you can find various local retailers who are participating in this awesome diaper subscription service that lets you pick your diapers and order them in advance, delivered to your home. Don't ever worry about forgetting again!


Want to save even more? Download the Checkout51 app and get $3 cash back on Pampers Wipes, Pampers Cruisers, Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Easy Ups or $2 back on Pampers Baby Dry (while quantities last). 


Also, get $1-$3 off Pampers products at pgeveryday.ca and pampers.ca.

Happy savings! 

6/8/16

Sponsored post on behalf of Gillette. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

Living in an age of technology is a good thing. We have everything we need at our fingertips on tablets, computers and smartphones. Often, screentime outweighs the face-to-face time that is important. The internet has become everybody's "go-to" place to find answers to whatever questions they may have. 

The internet is a sea of information from videos to articles, images and more but does it truly give the answers our teens really need? This Father's Day, Gillette is reminding people to "Go Ask Dad" answers to their everyday questions. While Dad may enjoy a new book (or razor) for Father's Day, a good heart-to-heart will be the true gift he will love.

Check out this video from Gillette where real teens and their fathers participated in the "Go Ask Dad" experiment. In the end, they realize something very important: The internet may "know it all" but it's Dad that really "knows best".



After you have that special talk, why not give Dad an extra gift, helping him look his best every day without breaking the bank! Ties, socks, and underwear are things he can buy on his own, something he'll actually enjoy? The new Gillette ProShield razor. This razor has lubrication before and after the blades so his skin will be smoother and shielded from irritation. At only $14.99, the Gillette ProShield won't irritate the bank account either! 

Take your gifting game to the next level and get Dad a subscription to GilletteShaveClub.ca, he will never have to worry about restocking his blades again! 


6/7/16

Summer is around the corner and kids are going to want to have some fun! One thing that is always a winner is going to water slide parks. Everyone always has a blast (including us adults). The only problem is the kids want to go all the time and we just can't go every single day. Well, at least the kids can now with Playmobil! 

Let their imaginations take them away to their own water park whenever they want with the help of the Playmobil Waterpark with Slides playset



Take a break from the summer heat and have some fun at the Playmobil Waterpark with Slides! With two jumbo slides, your little one's Playmobil friends will slip and slide down to the wave pool at the bottom. When they want to ride the slide again, use the cable winch to pull the tube up to the top of the slides! Just make sure to wait for the big octopus to give you the green sign before you slide again! Spinning the octopus creates fun ripples and waves in the pool! 

This set includes two adult figures, one child figure, multi-level structure with slides, pool, tube, life ring, rotating octopus, cable winch, and other accessories. You can find the Playmobil Waterpark with Slides at most stores where toys are sold for about $79.99. 

The set (as most Playmobil sets) requires some building and help of a parent to do so. It took us (aka me with little guy more or less playing with the figures) about an hour to put it together and people, I am not good at putting things together even with simple instructions! 

You don't need to add water to agen fun which is what I like. The kids used their imagination. They have other characters from other sets like the recycling and hockey guys, they also joined in the pool party fun! 

This is another great one to add to the Playmobil collection!



Have a splashing good time!


Posted on behalf of Playmobil. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 
Summer time is right around the corner! We are planning our family summer with activities and more! 

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