Jul 1, 2015

Nothing says summer like Canada Day celebrations! 

Happy Canada from here in the Nation's Capital! What are you doing to celebrate Canada's birthday? Here at home we typically spend it as a family day, complete with BBQ and fireworks shows.

If you happen to be in Ottawa for any festivities there is always the huge party on the hill (Parleament Hill) which includes the Chicken Farmers of Canada, various entertainment acts and of course lovely firework displays in the late evening. 

If you aren't into big crowds, there are several smaller celebrations happening all over Ottawa. Even our local community center has a Canada Day/Welcome to Summer type festival! 

You can find out more about whats going on downtown and across the city by visiting the Ottawa tourism website.


Whatever you do and whoever you celebrate with, we hope you have an amazing and memorable Canada Day! 


*not a sponsored post. opinions and comments are those of the author.*

Jun 29, 2015

The kids are finished with school for the year and summer is officially here! This means lots of fun and lots of family trips! Whether they be day trip outings or travelling to see the grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles - we always try to be prepared with the things we need as well as a couple of things to keep the kids entertained during the ride. 

For kids of all ages it's a no-brainer to bring a device loaded with apps to keep them content for a little while. Games are fun for older kids but if you have smaller ones under the age of six, why not bring their favourite Treehouse TV friends along for the trip also? 

TreehouseGO! is an app you won't want to leave home without downloading. Available to most cable service providers, you can bring your Treehouse favourites with you and watch anywhere. 

The app is free to download and easy for little kids to use. Miss M, who is two and a half likes this app. Of course she also likes anything themed with her favourite Treehouse friends! 


In the app you can find a simple menu that scrolls across letting your child choose which character they want. Once they tap on  the character, a menu with various videos opens up. Shows include My Big Big Friend, Dora the explorer, Max and Ruby, Little Charmers, Toopy and Binoo, and many more! 


If you want to unlock the videos you can simply sign in to your Cable service provider through the app for instant access. If you aren't a cable or satellite TV subscriber you get a sample of what TreehouseGO has to offer. 


The "Live Stream" icon allows you to watch Treehouse TV live as it airs. The TreehouseGO app hosts the most up-to-date and top rated Treehouse programming to stream. The It's like having cable TV on the go except geared special just for your little one. Tap on the Dora in the top left corner to sign in. 



There's also a handy "My Backpack" that allows you to download videos and watch them even without internet access. Perfect for those rainy nights at the camper!

There are parental controls you can access with a number code provided in the app. The code changes each time you access or if little ones try to figure it out (unless they can read). You can change your settings at any time and prevent little ones from making accidental changes. Access the controls by tapping the icon on the top right corner. You can also sign in this way.

By the way, when you first sign in you might notice a screen with a cool 20% discount on tickets to Treehouse Big Day Out plus a free Splash n' Boots printable colouring page! 

The next time you take a family trip, have an appointment and are stuck waiting or any other similar situation, download the TreehouseGO app and smile. Follow Corus Entertainment on twitter

Available on Apple and Android devices. 

Sponsored post on behalf of Corus Entertainment. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Jun 24, 2015


Summer time is all about letting loose and having fun. It's normal for kids to want to be outside playing with friends, riding bikes and going swimming among other activities. If you are like me and worry about your little one learning over the summer months, even preparing for school come september, you are not at a loss! 

Make summer learning fun with Hot Wheels FUNdamentals, not your average school type learning. Hot Wheels offers kids the opportunity to learn while playing with some of their favourite toys!  

Established in 2012 and designed for home or the classroom, the Hot Wheels FUNdamentals Learning Program gives children from Kindergarten to grade one the opportunity to learn basic skills, including counting, colouring language, patterns and more.

With Hot Wheels you can keep your little one on top of their learning with their very own Hot Wheels 3D Summer Activity Cityscape. With relevant content and activities online, kids can participate in programs that range from math to science, to visual arts and language.



To help carry over the great learning your little ones will achieve with FUNdamentals this summer, FUNdamentals will be incorporated into various classrooms across Canada in September. This will reach more than 150,000 teachers and kids in our country! To help ensure this program comes to your child's classroom, I encourage you to reach out to the teacher or principal of your school and ask about implementing the program with their own students! 

You can learn more about the Hot Wheels FUNdamentals program by visiting http://www.hotwheelslearning.ca/

Sign up for free and download activity books and other learning materials for your little one to use this summer!


Posted in participation with Mattel #PlayAdvocate blogger program. Perks and incentives are received in part. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Jun 23, 2015

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.


Being a mom isn't easy, the days can be long and the nights longer. Sometimes we feel like we know what we are doing and other times we feel lost in the fog. One thing is for certain, whatever we do we do it for our babies. There is nothing we wouldn't do to make it better for baby. From the first moments of life, soothing our newborns to kissing boo-boo's. It's those moments in life that make it #BetterForBaby.
 
Pampers knows how special the little moments are between a mom and her baby - ​and with the whole family. To celebrate every one of those special little moments, @Pampers wants to share this beautiful little video with you! #BetterForBaby

The video displays the beautiful bond between mother and baby, it also displays how the world helps in small ways. We will do anything for our babies and make the world #BetterForBaby. 

 You might want to have a tissue or two handy...


Hockey season may be over for now but just because we hang up the jersey's doesn't mean we lose our Canadian hockey spirit!!

Have a burning question about hockey that you are just dying to ask? Well, here's your chance! 


Hockey fans gather round! Join us this SATURDAY June 27th at 1pm EDT for a LIVE Q&A with #1 NHL draft pick and future NHL star, Connor McDavid (@cmcdavid97) hosted by @CanadianTire hashtag #AskConnor! 

Click here to join the Twubs hub and don't miss out on the fun!

See you there!



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

Jun 22, 2015



Oh Canada, our home and native land! We are proud to be Canadian and my daughter is thrilled to be able to share this Canada Day with her favourite doll, her Maplelea Doll named Leonie that she got for Christmas last year

She has befriended this doll like no other. She loves her so much that after her brother accidentally dropped the doll and marked her face, my daughter didn't want to send her to the spa to get replaced. She said it wouldn't be the same doll, Leonie and her have special memories. 

Canada Day is coming up July 1st, both my daughter and Leonie will be prepared with their new Maplelea Canada t-shirt for girls and matching Maplelea doll outfit! The outfit comes with a cute Canada shirt, a hat, red shorts and a Canadian flag! 



Have Pan Am fever? Celebrate your favourite sport with a new themed outfit for your Maplelea girl doll! Leone is sporting the volleyball themed "Serve, Set, Spike" outfit which comes with a shirt, shorts, socks, headband, knee pads and a volley ball! You can also get other outfits for sports like tennis, running, basketball, gymnastics and sailing. The outfits are adorable and excellent quality, just like the dolls themselves. 



In case you live close to Toronto or may be in the area around the time, wanted to remind you about the Maplelea meet up happening at Black Creek Pioneer Village on July 5th! You can learn more about this event on the Facebook event page! Oh if we lived in the area you could bet your buttons we would be there with Leonie in hand! 

Find out more about Maplelea Girls, accessories and the meet up by visiting the official Maplelea website! Show some love on social media and follow @MapleLeaGirls on Twitter!

Posted on behalf of Maplelea Girls. Complimentary doll accessories received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

Jun 19, 2015

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I know, June is officially Dad's month to shine with Father's Day but I just couldn't help but share this new #ThankYouMom video from P&G! 

P&G is celebrating all moms and everything they do to raise athletes and great kids. This inspiring video features Canadian Olympic Heptathlete, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and her Mom, Kim. Brianne and her mom trust brands like Tide, Cascade, Dawn and Bounty, to make sure they are always competition ready!


Check out the video below!


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Although I am not an athlete, I did grow up with a mom who always did her best to make sure my brother and I had everything we need. We always used P&G products around the home like Tide and Dawn for everyday living, I still use them and many other products on a daily basis! 

Don't miss the #ThankYouMom Twitter Party happening MONDAY JUNE 22nd at 8pm EDT! Follow the host and moderators to find out how to RSVP for prizes! 

Hosted by: @Listen2Lena

Moderated by@Jen_Banks (A Busy Mommy), @Kidsumers, @FeistyFrugal 


See you there! 




What have you planned for this Father's Day weekend? 

A family outing perhaps? Why not treat dad to something special this weekend and take him to Wendy's for a Frosty!  Nobody can resist the smooth, sweet and cool Wendy's Frosty, especially Dad! Besides, not only will you be getting him a treat, you'll be helping out a good cause at the same time. 




During the weekend of Father's Day June 20th and 21st, Wendy's is celebrating father's and families alike. $1 from each Frosty sale goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption (DTFA) which helps foster kids find forever families and a home to call their own. 

Click here to find out more and don't forget to stop into your local Wendy's this weekend! Share your Father's Day Frosty on twitter using hashtag #WendysCanada! 

Follow @WendysCanada for all the latest!


Sponsored post on behalf of Wendy's Canada. Compensation was provided. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 


Nicer weather means much more outdoor activity. What better way to take advantage and use it as an opportunity to teach our kids about the earth and how things grow! Envirokidz believe that cereal can save the world - or better yet, kids can! 

With the help of mom and dad, Envirokidz help cultivate future eco-ambassadors from the ground up! They tap kids curiosity and grow their understanding of the environment that their animal mascots live in, as well as the environment our kids live in.

What this means is getting outside and getting dirty, the best part of growing up! Kids love digging, so why not let them help in the garden or even start their own mini-garden? 



You can get pint sized gardening tools and let them pick out their very own seeds! Kids are proud of their work and they won't even realize they are learning while having fun! We have done this with our kids both indoors planting potted plants and outdoors. 

It not only teaches kids about the earth and the environment around them but also how to give back to the earth and #HelpGoodThingsGrow.

You can learn more about Envirokidz products and their efforts to educate kids about the environment and wildlife by visiting the official Envirokidz website. 


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Envirokidz wants you to #HelpGoodThingsGrow by offering up AME readers the chance to win an awesome @Envirokidz prize that includes:

Canvas gardening tote with trowel and fork

Plantable kale seed paper
Envirokidz activity book
Gardening themed recipe cards
Envirokidz cereal bars x2 boxes
3 Free Product vouchers

Enter using the ballot below to get started!

Open to US and Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec and where prohibited in the USA). 

Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on June 30th, 2015.

Representatives of Natures Path are providing the prize to the winner on AME's behalf. By entering, you accept your information will be shared with the representatives of this brand should you win. Winners must qualify with a valid email address by filling out a winners claim form with skill testing question. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. More about giveaways can be found here.

Jun 18, 2015

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Dad is a man of many hats. He's a hard worker, he contributes and takes care of his family in more ways than one. He stands side by side with mom to keep things running smoothly. June is Dads month and Fathers Day is right around the corner! 




When we became first time parents back in 2004, my hubby knew as much as I did about taking care of a newborn. It didn't stop him. He wasn't afraid to dive in and take care of the middle of the night diaper changes or hold our newborn daughter when she couldn't sleep because she was colicky. As we added two more babies to our family over the years, he has become a better man and father each time. 

He is superman in the kids eyes and that makes me proud. There's nothing he can't do according to them. There's nothing he wouldn't do for them, too. 



This Father’s Day, Pampers is excited to celebrate Dad and recognize him for everything he does for his family. Check out the video below from Pampers, honouring dad.


Follow @Pampers on Twitter and Facebook using hashtag #ThanksBaby! 

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Pampers wants to celebrate Father's Day with a fun giveaway on AME! One lucky reader has the chance to win a Pampers prize pack valued at $50 which includes diapers, wipers and Ivory Snow!  

Fill in the entry ballot below to get started! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on June 30th, 2015.

Representatives of P&G are providing the prize to the winner on AME's behalf. By entering, you accept your information will be shared with the representatives of this brand should you win. Winners must qualify with a valid email address by filling out a winners claim form with skill testing question. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. More about giveaways can be found here.



One thing we haven't talked about this Father's Day week is what he would like to have for dinner. I know if mine had the ultimate choice it would be along the lines of steak or maybe burgers with his famous poutine. 


Margarine is an essential ingredient in most of what we cook here at home. When we think of foods that contain "good fats" we tend to think along the lines of avocados, salmon, nuts and seeds but did you know a soft, non-hydrogenated margarine made from a blend of plant oil is also part of the good fats family? We learn something new everyday! 

This Father's Day treat him to something extra special with one of these tasty recipes courtesy of Becel margarine. Why Becel? Because Becel is a surprisingly easy, versatile and delicious way to get good fats into your daily diet. 

Becel margarine can be substituted on a 1:1 ratio for butter in almost any recipe (including baked goods!). Not all margarines are the same either, I know this from first hand experience. Traditionally, hard-stick margarine contains trans fat. When choosing your margarine, opt in for soft, non-hydrogenated like Becel that is low in saturated fats and has no trans fat.  

For the Father's Day BBQ try zesty Grilled Thai Turkey Burgers, these could end up being part of our Father's Day weekend tradition! If you like spicy and zesty, these are the burgers for you! I can tell you I am not one for spicy food all the time but these look and sound delicious just from reading the recipe! I would definitely love to try them on Father's Day or during another festivity this coming summer!


For a side of goodness,
Corn On The Cob Topping Twisters. I don't know why I hadn't thought of these myself. A simple, healthy and delicious add on to any BBQ meal - even when it's not Father's Day! 

The best part about both these recipes is that they are customizable. You can add and use ingredients that suit his taste and make it his special dinner. 

Whatever you decide to make him for his special day, give him the benefit of heart healthy eating with Becel margarine. For more information about ways you can incorporate heart health into your life with Becel visit www.becel.ca

Show some love and follow Becel on social media at:

Becel Canada on Pinterest
@Becelca on Twitter
@Becelca on Instagram
Becel Facebook Page


Sponsored post on behalf of Becel. Compensation was received for participation. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 


I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Summertime is all about celebrations in our family. Whether it be celebrating Canada Day, a family birthday, milestone or just getting together with close family and friends for an intimate dinner - we make a reason to celebrate. 

What's a celebration without a delicious meal? Cooked in the oven or on the BBQ, we are here to entertain our guests with great company and great food!



To help create magical events, The Food Network Chef Michael Smith has teamed up with Cascade Platinum to share tips on how to make your dinner parties sparkle and shine with these helpful tips and tricks!

1 - Spend time to save time: Prep as much in advance as you can from food to the table. Smart preparation will give you more time to spend with your guests!

2 - Make your guests feel special: Thoughtful details tell your guests they are special. Set the mood with music, place cards, flowers and sparkling dishes and glasses. Chef Michael uses Cascade Platinum in every cycle to make sure everything is ready for a big event. 

3 - Start with a bang! Do something colletively right away. A group activity subtly reminds everyone "We're in this together!"

4 - give your guests something fun to do: At some point, engage your guests in an interactive activity, something hands on that's not work.

5 - Clean as you go: Get the mess out of the way, and load the dishwasher as you prepare dinner (or if you are like me and don't have a dishwasher, wash them as you go). With Cascade Platinum, you don't need to worry about pre-rinsing. It cleans up the stuck on food in one wash, my mom uses Cascade when we visit with all the kids, I can tell you it works!

6 - Share the work: Many hands make light work. After the main meal and before dessert, encourage everybody to picth in with clean up. 

7 - Grand Finale: End the evening with something spectaacular, something memorable, or Chef Michael's favourite - something flammable



You don't have to host a party to have a #SparklingClean dinner. Sitting down to family dinner is always a special occasion every day! It brings us all closer together, one meal at a time. Why not give your family a special dinner by putting Michael's tips to work! With Cascade Platinum, you're sure to have sparkling clean dishes every day! 

Visit www.foodnetwork.ca/cascade for more tips and recipes from Chef Michael Smith and Cascade Platinum.


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Keep your dishes #SparklingClean with Cascade and Chef Michael! One Lucky AME reader has the chance to win 3 tubs of Cascade valued at 17.99* each! 


Enter using the Giveaway Tools ballot below! :) 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on June 30th, 2015.

Representatives of P&G are providing the prize to the winner on AME's behalf. By entering, you accept your information will be shared with the representatives of this brand should you win. Winners must qualify with a valid email address by filling out a winners claim form with skill testing question. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. More about giveaways can be found here.

GOOD LUCK!!!





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