5/24/16

Get ready for some real LEGO fun Ottawa! 

The first-ever LEGO Imagine Nation Tour is making its way across Canada with a 3-day only stop in our nation's capital, Ottawa Ontario June 10-12 at the EY Centre.

This brick building extravaganza is filled with 13 pavilions of interactive digital experiences, hands-on building activities and over 20 stunning life-sized LEGO models, offering something for the whole family.



You will find favourites like LEGO Minecraft, LEGO Star Wars, and LEGO Duplo, just to name a few. There will be building, learning from some LEGO pros and even a brick pit plus so much more fun to check out! I have a feeling this will be LEGO fans dream come true! 

So many fun things to do, I can't wait to take the family for a fun time out with LEGO! Watch for us on Instagram @AMotherhoodblog during the opening evening June 10th! 

For more information, tickets and experience descriptions visit the official LEGO Imagine Nation Tour website

Win it! 

We know you love LEGO as much as we do so we are giving one AME reader the chance to win a LEGO prize pack which includes:

LEGO Creator Lakeside Lodge and LEGO Friends Adventure Camp Rafting play sets!

Open to Canadians 18+ excluding Quebec. Mandatory entry must be done for others to count. One entry per household. 

Representatives of LEGO 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 winner's claim form with skill testing question. Winners have 48 hours to claim before a winner is redrawn. 

Giveaway ends June 6th, 2016! 



Posted on behalf of LEGO Canada. Complimentary product provided. Giveaway prize provided by LEGO. 

5/23/16

We watch a lot of family shows or shows that hubby and I enjoy together but I do have MY shows. Certain ones that nobody else in the house watches but me and that's OK! I'm all about family/couples time but enjoying some me time with my favourite show paired with my favourite snacks is a rare but welcome treat! 

As you may or may not know, I am a fan of the Netflix show Orange Is The New Black. I actually started watching it before even being invited to be an official #StreamTeam member.

For Mother's Day, Netflix gave us #StreamTeam members an early gift - an awesome comfy Netflix shirt (I refuse to let my daughter steal this one!), a Mother's Day card featuring John Stamos and also the option of screening our choice of one of two Netflix shows before they officially streamed. Have I said that I love being on the Stream Team? 



Of course, I chose Orange Is The New Black *season 4!*

Don't worry, this post isn't going to be play-by-play of what I've seen. That would not be very nice of me! I will say this: the new season is excellent so far. 

We were given access to six episodes and I binged through them enjoying moment after moment. Like I said, no spoilers but I can say that season 4 picks up where we left off in season 3. You will meet new characters and the story has many interesting twists. OMG. That. Is. All.



I personally can't wait to see where our favourite Lichfield ladies end up. 

If you haven't checked out OITNB, you should give it a watch! Seasons 1, 2 and 3 are currently now on NetflixYou can binge the entire new season as of June 17th, not much longer my friends!

Don't forget, if you haven't signed up for Netflix yet, new members get 30 free days to try it out! 

*Posted in participation with the Netflix #StreamTeam. Opinions and comments are those of the author.*

5/21/16

If you are into social media, I'm sure you've heard of SnapChat. An app that allows you to post "snaps", videos or photos with stickers and cool effects. Sure, it's an app known to be used mostly by a younger generation but that doesn't stop me from trying out what's new!

Snaps don't last long but it's a neat way to tell a quick story! 

I'm still testing the waters but you can find me on SnapChat @AMotherhoodBlog! 


This is just one of the fun things you can do with SnapChat.

Have fun! 

5/17/16

When the kids were small, it was easier to convince them to do the right thing. It was easier to talk to them, explain it to their level no matter what the subject. Now that they are older, we find ourselves not always having the answer to the multitude of questions that get thrown at us by three kids of different ages on a daily basis. 

Some conversations are light-hearted while other ones make you ponder. The conversation just doesn't come easily sometimes as we don't always have the answers or can't think of a way to explain it. 

With Netflix, the kid's favourite shows can open the lines for these tricky, sometimes awkward (aka Tween years) conversations.

Netflix gives you access to a variety of family-friendly shows that you can relate to real-life issues with a good mix of humour, angst and heart. No matter the situation, chances are there's a show with an episode that can kickstart a conversation around the topic just by enjoying the show together. 

Let's Talk About...

For the little kids:

Sibling Rivalry - The Hive Ep. S1E1: Babee's Room


Buzzabee and Rubee compete over who Babee (their new sibling) gets to room with. Mom and dad must explain to Buzzabee and Rubee that Babee needs to grow up before she can share a room.

Following the rules - Puffin Rock Ep. S1E6 Stormy Weather/ Baba's Adventure/ Rock Music


Mama tells Oona and Baba to stay close with a storm approaching. After ignoring her advice, Oona and Baba get stuck in a seagull nest during the heavy thunderstorms.

For the big kids:

Self-Love - The Adventures of Puss In Boots Ep. S1E13: Star


After Dulcinea feels like no one in the group needs her help, she tries to use a newly-discovered wishing star to show her worth -- but fails -- showing her that her presence alone has lit up her friends' lives all along.

Peer Pressure - Fuller House Ep. S1E6: The Legend of El Explosivo


After getting grounded for sneaking off to Bobby Popko's house, Jackson realizes he needs to stand up for what he knows is right and not give in to please his friend.

For the teens:

Self-Improvement - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ep. S1E4: Kimmy Goes to the Doctor!


Kimmy quickly realizes that she can't fix her problems by simply "Buhbreezing" them away -- real change comes from the inside. 

Body Image - Glee Ep. S1E16: Home


After Sue demands that Mercedes lose weight, Quinn steps in to change her mindset and together they set the stage for beauty at William McKinley High, teaching the importance of empowerment and inclusion.

Whatever the subject, you can always count on Netflix to bring the family together. 

Other great titles streaming on Netflix this May:

The Looney Toons Show 05/01
The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 05/01

Planes 05/02
Tangled 05/02
Moshi Monsters the Movie 05/10
Mako Mermaids 05/21

Don't forget, if you're not a Netflix subscriber, new members get a free 30 day trial you won't regret! Sign up at www.netflix.ca

Follow @Netflix_CA on Twitter with hashtag #StreamTeam for all of our streaming adventures! 



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

5/16/16

You've heard the phrase "It takes a village...", it's true. More or less these days it takes a community to make a difference in the lives of our youth and that is what Tangerine Bank's #BrightWayForward is doing. You may remember me talking about this special event last year


Tangerine Bank's Community Gym Program is coming back to select cities across Canada starting Sunday, May 15th in Vancouver, BC. Click here to learn more about how this program works to help make a difference in the lives of youths since 2009. 

Tangerine Community Gyms will bring together youth in communities across Canada, providing them with inspiration, motivation, and encouragement to effect positive change in their lives and the lives of others in their community. Each session will foster Self Confidence, Respect for Others, Inclusion, Teamwork, and Leadership in a Fun and Simple Way.

The Tangerine Community Gym Concept is a vital grassroots program in support of ‪#‎BrightWayForward‬, Tangerine’s public commitment to empowerment and inclusion across Canada. In addition, the programming will be the amplification of the Steve Nash Youth Basketball, a centerpiece program that has a national presence.


Tangerine Bank's Community Gym Program is making it's way to a city near you! Here are some dates you might want to write down! 

Vancouver: Sunday, May 15,2016
Calgary: Saturday, June 4,2016
Montreal: TBD September
Toronto: TBD October

Learn more by visiting the Tangerine Bank website and attending an event near you or if you can't you can participate by following along twitter @TangerineBank with hashtag #Brightwayforward!


Sponsored in participation with Tangerine Bank and Shesinfluential. 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

My laundry room is never empty. With five people in the house plus some, there is always at least, minimum one load of laundry that has to be done at some point or another in my day. One load is considered a good day, too!

One thing I dislike most about doing laundry is having to rewash things that should have been done right the first time around because the stains didn't come out or worse, the smells return!

When it comes to laundry detergent, I'm picky. Not only because most of the family has sensitive skin but I also want a detergent that gets the job done in every aspect. A detergent that gets my family's clothes spotless while keeping them white and most importantly, odour free! 



Tide launched the new Tide + Downy Odor Defense collection to meet our laundry needs! With the help of Febreze in-wash odour defence technology, the Odor Defense Collection is a laundry regimen specifically designed to eliminate odours instead of just covering them up with a pretty smell. Each product in the collection works at a different fibre level to break down that dirt and body soil so those nasty smells don't come back, or "rebloom". 

Reblooming is what I was talking about earlier, the smells returning just after you wash that clothes! Example, your sweats smell it just minutes after returning to the gym or those bath towels smell like they haven't met a wash in weeks yet you just washed them the day before! Other laundry detergents may mask, or fail to fully remove the malodor-causing bacteria. (EW!)

Now we have a simple solution to this problem that plagues almost every household, and it involves using these three products: 

TIDE PODS PLUS FEBREZE ODOR DEFENSE: This 4-in-1 laundry detergent pac cleans odors from fabrics while removing residue and surface stains. Always remember to keep laundry detergents including pacs, stored out of the reach of your children.

TIDE ODOR RESCUE WITH FEBREZE ODOR DEFENSE: This in-wash booster deep cleans to remove dirt and odor that have gotten trapped down in fibres. Just add to your wash along with Tide Pods plus Febreze Odor Defense and Downy Fresh Protect with Febreze Odor Defense and let it do the heavy stain and odor lifting for you. 

DOWNY FRESH PROTECT WITH FEBREZE ODOR DEFENSE: Downy's motion-activated beads eliminate and combat odors while also sealing in the odor protection technology so clothes stay fresh all day long. Just add it in with your detergent at the start of the wash cycle. Available in Active Fresh and Fresh Blossom scents. 

AME Freshness Tip: make a scented bag and put it in your drawer, suitcase or purse by cutting the end off an old nylon and placing some Downy motion activated beads inside. Tie the top with a string or ribbon for decoration and voila!

You can find Tide products at your local Walmart or online at www.walmart.ca#MomsShopWalmart


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Fight Odour the right way with Tide + Downy Odour Defense! Enter for your chance to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card! 

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Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for others to count. One entry per household. 

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 winner's claim form with skill testing question. Winners have 48 hours to claim before a winner is redrawn. 



This giveaway may be offered on more than one blog. You may enter as many blogs as you like however this prize can only be won ONCE. More about giveaways can be found here. Giveaway ends May 31st! 

5/11/16

Every season brings something new including fashion everyone can love. Did you see the newest arrivals at Sears Canada? They have fresh and new spring fashion for the whole family with styles they'll love, fitting to the season! 

It's time to freshen things up and #SpringIntoSears!

Who said you can't wear white when you want to? This lovely white patterned Jessica short sleeve top is perfect for that casual outing or even at the office. The material is light enough not to feel stuffy but still fashionable. Pair it with a nice pair of pants, capris or a nice patterned skirt.



What's an outfit without accessories? This top paired with a lovely faux pearl and gold bead Jessica necklace accents the white top beautifully! The necklace is adjustable so you can wear it as long or as short as you like. 



Looking for more fantastic Spring style tips? Lynn Spence shares her best fashion advice on behalf of Sears Canada

Pattern Party: Mixing patterns is on trend again this season and it doesn't have to be scary! Look for colours that complement each other, and keep in mind the scale of the prints. A bigger print should be paired with a smaller print instead of smaller with smaller.

Blush, baby: Expand your "basics" horizon with new neutrals like blush. This soft pink goes with anything, is great with an array of skin tones, plus it's pretty!

White all year long: It's no surprise, white pants have been making a comeback since January! Three key tips for wearing white: 1- Make sure your pants are as opaque as possible (think denim), 2- Think slim vs skin tight for fit, and 3- If you're still afraid to rock white denim, pair with a long tunic top!

Show a little ankle: Ankle length pants are a key spring and summer must have. Look for pants that leave room between the hem and the top of your foot. Show some skin, it will make you appear taller and gives a great polished look!

Go bold with accessories: If you're shy about doing bold looks for clothes, try a statement accessory like a beautiful floral bag, or a bright shoe to get that exciting Spring look.

Choose you: You know your body best, so make sure you feel comfortable in whatever trend you might be trying out. I know big full skirts don't always work for me, and that's ok, but it doesn't mean I shy away from bold and daring looks, I look for the ones I love and love me back. Be risky, feel good and have fun! 

Check out Sears Canada’s Get The Look page to shop more stylish finds

#SpringIntoSears by visiting www.sears.ca or your local Sears Canada location and find your Spring style! 

LIKE Sears Canada on Facebook.com/SearsCanada

Follow @SearsCA on Twitter and @sears_canada on Instagram hashtag #SpringIntoSears


*Posted on behalf of Sears Canada. A product was provided for review purposes. Comments and opinions are those of the author.* 

   

5/9/16

Everywhere you look, you see technology. You see kids handling devices we could only have dreamed of when we were young. Not only are kids using these devices for entertainment like games and videos but they are also using them to learn with a vast library of apps available both free and paid. 

What if we could take playing beyond a screen? 

Meet Osmo, the award-winning educational gaming device that lets kids use both technologies while also giving them hands-on play. With Osmo, you get more than just your typical iPad accessory. 

Osmo, with its unique gaming accessory, changes the way children interact with the iPad by opening it up to hands-on play. The Genius Kit comes with 5 games that foster learning in key areas:
  • TANGRAM fosters spatial relational skills.
  • WORDS teaches spelling and critical thinking skills.
  • NEWTON fosters creative problem-solving skills.
  • MASTERPIECE teaches drawing and creative confidence.
  • NUMBERS teaches counting, addition, and multiplication.
Whether it be helping kids with math problems or helping them with their drawing skills, the Osmo Genius Kit Gaming System for iPad is a fun way for kids to play, create and learn beyond the screen.


Osmo works with most versions of iPad including the mini (which I have) and does not work with Android based tablets. 

The Osmo Genius kit includes a white iPad stand, a red reflective mirror for the iPad camera, sets of game pieces (alphabet letters and wood tangram shapes, number and dot tiles). Masterpiece and Newton apps don't require any pieces. All of the apps are free to download from the app store but you do need the Osmo kit to get playing! 

Start off by downloading all the necessary apps you'll need and signing up with your email to register your Osmo. It's simple to set up by placing your iPad in the base and clipping the red reflective mirror over the camera of your iPad. The base is adjustable to fit the iPad mini (as seen in the photos in this post). Yes, you do have to take off your case but dDon't worry, it is safe and won't scratch or damage your iPad! Osmo is created to sit at a table with the iPad, not lounge on the couch which in my opinion is much better for them (and better for your iPad!). 

My older two kids are used to playing games on their tablets but not like this! 

Choose your app and watch your child enjoy learning. There are different games and activities with different levels and different interests. My oldest really liked Masterpiece and Newton while her younger brother gave a try at Numbers and Tangram (puzzles). 

My youngest is only three so she is still a bit too young to use most of the apps but she did like playing around with Masterpiece.

I even found myself playing Newton when my kids were in a different room. You have to draw lines or use objects - whatever you can think of to bounce virtual balls into the target for points! As you go on level by level the games and activities become more advanced.


Overall, if you are looking for both a learning tool and great entertainment for your kids aged 5-13, you should get an Osmo! 

You can order your Osmo directly from the website or find it in stores like Best Buy and The Apple Store. 

Follow @PlayOsmo on Twitter for the latest updates!

Review on behalf of Osmo. Complimentary product recieved for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are my own. 

5/4/16

Posted in participation with the #PampersBabyPanel blogger program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 


Being a Mother means that we wear about one hundred different hats a day as we navigate the new waters of parenthood. Being a Mother means more than dirty diapers and cleaning up messes. We are care takers, nurses, helpers, cooks, confidants, and teachers. Our days, dedicated to making life better for our baby, teaching them and trying to give them only the best as they grow up quickly before our eyes.


Nobody said it would be easy, my Mother showed me that even before I became a Mother myself. She was always there in situations throughout my entire life so far Those times when I didn't even have to tell her I needed her, she knew. Through the good times and the bad, over the years, we have grown closer thanks to her teachings. I see my mother in myself as I raise my family now. 

She knew she wanted only the best for me, even as an adult she wants the best for me and now my children. 


Every baby shower gone by, she has gifted us with the best gift ever - Pampers diapers and the knowledge that babies really do need the best we can give them, even diapers. Seriously, a tip for you new moms out there: you cannot have enough diapers and you need to get the best ones. Remember, a happy baby makes a happy mommy! I have used Pampers diapers and wipes on all three of my children. Compared to other brands, they are my absolute favourite and I highly recommend the investment if you use disposable diapers and wipes. 

My mother has taught me so much through life, diapers were just the beginning. 

Have you seen the new "Thank You Mom" video in celebration of the upcoming Olympics? Once again, P&G brings us a tear-jerker that will make you want to call home to Mom. Check it out by clicking here!


WIN IT!

We want to say "Thank You Mom" to one lucky AME reader! Enter using the ballot below for your chance to win a Pampers Mother's Day prize pack which includes: 


  • Ivory Snow Detergent 1.18L
  • Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Super Newborn 80 ct
  • Pampers Baby Wipes Sensitive 3X Pack
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. 

This giveaway may be offered on more than one blog. You may enter as many blogs as you like however this prize can only be won ONCE. More about giveaways can be found here. Giveaway ends May 10th!


5/3/16

It's hard to believe we are already in MAY! This year (especially the last few months) have been so busy with so many things going on, I am actually looking forward to this Mother's Day - the one day, aside from our birthdays, that is honestly, and truly ours for the taking! 

Hallmark Canada is the place to go for these Mother's Day must-haves! 

For the gardening Mom: 



- True Nature Fairy Door $24.95 - This adorable fairy home is perfect for her flower garden. 

- Fairy Figurines $19.95 - Made with weather resistant resin, each fairy includes a display stand. Choose from "Heart of Gold", "Just Believe", "True Nature", and "Seize the Moment" for a sweet fairy to watch over her favorite flowers. 

For patio drink time:

- Tea Towel assortment $12.95 each - These are perfect for her next patio party. Just the right blend of witty and sweet, each has a saying on them. 



- Lights in Bloom Round Ceramic Lantern $19.95 each - Let her know she lights up your life with these lovely coloured lanterns. 

For the traveler: 

- Love and Laughter and Hugs insulated travel mug $12.95 - Keep mom feeling as special and warm as the coffee she loves in this sweet travel mug. 



For the home:

- Mother's Day Frames $16.95 - Whether the frame says "Mom" or "First Mother's Day", the memory it holds will be forever treasured. 

- Note Pad $5.95 - Jot down a note to Mom reminding her how special she is on this cute, happy notepad.

No matter what gift you choose for mom this year, make sure to top it off with a Hallmark Canada greeting card! It's #NoOrdinaryCard, Hallmark Canada has something for your #signaturestyle!



Not only does Hallmark Canada have a great assortment of gift ideas for Mother's Day (and every other occasion), but you can also sign up for free Hallmark rewards to earn points toward savings on future purchases, get sneak peeks and more! 

Click here to learn more about Hallmark Rewards! 

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY FROM HALLMARK CANADA! ENTER USING THE BALLOT BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A HALLMARK CANADA MICKEY MOUSE CHALKBOARD NOTEPAD SET



*Posted in participation with the #LoveHallmarkCA blogger program. Opinions and comments are those of the author*