It’s really sad to read the news lately. My heart dropped when I read that article about a little girl, the same age as miss M, pinned by an idle car after it backed into her at a school drop off of all places. She later died of her injuries. I can’t imagine what her family must be going through. Isn’t school supposed to be a place kids (and adults) feel safe?

Apparently it’s not uncommon for school parking/drop off/pickup zones to be what I call: War Zones!

Last year and the year before we drove the kids to school. The bus rules changed and we were no longer eligible. Driving them to and picking them up from school was a nightmare. A small, overcrowded parking lot with rude, inconsiderate people. Parking in no parking zones, cutting off other cars, parents, faculty and students on foot! Every day was an accident waiting to happen or a fight waiting to brew between two frustrated parents.

Hubby tried to reason with some of the parents only to be called crude names, flipped a middle finger and the worst one even called the police because he told them not to park in a no parking zone! The officers at the time agreed with hubby, that parking situation was an accident waiting to happen.

This year I wasn’t putting my family through that again. We fought for a bus for our son since his sister automatically gets a bus being a Kinder student. We won. After much pestering, we got a bus to and from school. No more nasty parking lot confrontations before coffee.

This year we have a new principal at our school. I received two emails within two days about the school parking lot.

The first were a set of simple rules and a warning to those adults who refuse to abide by them. The second was a final notice: parents must wait until all students are dismissed before picking them up. The parking lot will be closed from 2:45-3:10pm, when there are kids in the masses leaving to walk or getting on the bus in that area, including my two little ones. It gives me a bit of relief knowing some changes are being made, it’s just really sad that it took a tragedy like what happened to that little girl to make people wake up and open their eyes.

To the parents who are guilty of this irresponsible behaviour: shame on you! We all have the same goal: get the kids to school, get in and out as quickly as possible. Which is fine and dandy but when it comes to an unpredictable parking lot with cars and people everywhere, take the safe route. Wait until the traffic passes, drive SLOWLY and pay attention! Why not even park a few blocks away and walk the kids in or if they’re older have them walk with a buddy and know the rules. Anything to be safe but please don’t be so inconsiderate and only think of yourself.

Look to your left, look to your right, look in front of and behind you. Those people you see, their lives are as important as yours, remember that.


New on DVD, your little princess will enjoy watching Nickelodeon's Nella The Princess Knight! Let your Knightly heart shine! This DVD is packed with 8 enjoyable royal adventures! Whether she's hosting a regal concert at her castle or protecting her kingdom on a daring quest with her best friends Trinket, Sir Garrett and Clod, Nella the Princess Knight uses kindness and courage to save the day! Check out the trailer below!

You can find this on DVD where home media entertainment is sold on January 30th, 2018!

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You know how they say “sleep when the baby sleeps”? I chose to take a break when the kids had a break. From everyday chaos to preparing for Christmas, I started to feel run down. We didn’t even host anybody except the five of us for Christmas yet I felt as though I had.

Was it the end of the year burn out? Was I pushing myself too hard? Was life THAT demanding of me? I’m not sure but I had to hit that pause button and just focus on the bare minimum while the kids were off. I definitely needed it and now I’m back to hit the new year head on! I am going in with a positive attitude.

I don’t have "New Year's resolutions" (I don’t do those) but I have goals. Times are changing, the kids aren't babies anymore. I'm growing in my own personal ways but one thing I do know that won't change: I'll always be a mother, therefore I will always be experiencing motherhood. This blog has grown and changed over the years, I plan to continue growing and changing in that area but I'm not going anywhere despite my slight thought over the holiday season to just throw in the towel. I know, it may be a shock to some of you. After all, I have been doing this for nearly nine years!

I almost lost my way for a brief moment and forgot why I do this to begin with: my love of writing and reaching out to people, even in the smallest way. That and I don't give up. I'm not a quitter and I don't plan on becoming one. Thank you to all my regular readers who continue to be the drive I need in my blog life some days. 

I’m looking forward to 2018 of new opportunities both on the blog and in my ever busy personal life. 

Until next post...



Boxing Day (December 26th) is the day after Christmas where every store puts almost everything on sale for after-holiday, end of year savings. You’d be surprised how many people actually wait until after the holiday rush to get a discount on that much wanted big ticket item they want!

Didn’t get that holiday deal? Save yourself the hassle of going out in overcrowded shopping malls and have Boxing Day in your PJs!

All you need is a tablet, phone or computer and a wifi connection. Beat the crowds and do it your way, on your time. Click and save your way to get the deals you may have missed out on by visiting amazon.ca right in your PJs.

Boxing Day might be just one day for everyone else but on Amazon, it’s Boxing Week! You can save up to 47% on things you want like tools, electronics, video games, home and kitchen items, fashion, cookbooks and more!

Plus, if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can save more with free two-day shipping!

So, make yourself a hot cup of coffee, slip on those fuzzy bunny slippers, sit back and enjoy the post-holiday savings!

Happy shopping!

*Sponsored post on behalf of Amazon.ca, Amazon Associates. This post contains affiliate links. Opinions, comments and recommendations are those of the author.  


Have you ever sat down and thought about how fast time really goes by? We are already getting ready for another holiday season and ringing in a new year. As we say goodbye to 2017, Netflix brings us fun with interesting statistics about what people binged throughout the past year, what shows brought us together and what shows we may or may not have cheated on our best friends/spouses with.

In 2017, Canadians were watching a lot of drama. Not being able to keep our eyes off shows like Greenleaf, Suburra: Blood on Rome and Ingobernable. Comedy kept us laughing with shows like Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Friends from College and Big Mouth. Those shows some may or may not have "cheated" with (watching ahead without your binging partner) were thrillers like Narcos, Ozark and Black Mirror. Lastly, the shows that brought us together (the ones we watched with our partners, kids or other people we enjoy watching Netflix with) were retro favorites like Stranger Things or revamps of classics like Fuller House (season 3 continues with new episodes on December 22nd!), Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, all three of which I recommend watching if you haven't yet. 

'Tis the season for Holiday movies and Netflix has a wonderful variety to make your Christmas a lot merrier! It's always been a tradition of mine and hubby's to watch holiday movies this time of year, even when it's just the two of us. We just watched "Four Christmases" last night! The holiday movies are easy to find by typing either "holiday" or "Christmas" into the search bar. 

If you are in need of a gift for someone, give them the gift of a Netflix gift card. My mom and her husband live off of Netflix since we introduced them a few years ago. Most grocery stores, Walmart and Costco's have gift cards in different amounts plus new users get a 30 day trial for signing up. It's a win-win with Netflix. 

Happy Holiday streaming!

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


Have you seen the new Disney Pixar movie Coco yet? If you have a fan of the movie in your house or just happen to love all things Disney Pixar, read on!

Townleygirl is celebrating Coco with an exclusive kids beauty product line right in time for the holiday gift-giving season! Townleygirl products are kid-friendly and washable. I know some lucky girls who will have these in their stockings this year!

Lip balm - set of two scented lip balms in pink strawberry and green watermelon. ($1.99)

Press on nails - Wheel of 24 cute Coco themed decorative press on nails that come off with warm water. ($3.99)

Hair Chalk - set of four vibrant colours inspired by the movie Coco. Washes out easy with shampoo. ($5.99)

Also, for the Disney Frozen fan, exclusive beauty kits for the princess in your life!

Disney Olaf's Frozen Adventure Beautiful Nails set comes with 3 nail polishes, gem wheel, nail file and wood stick. The polishes are water-based and peel off. ($6.99)

Townleygirl also sent me a new and exclusive set, Disney Olaf's Frozen Adventure lip gloss set with matching bag. It comes with four different flavoured lip glosses and a cute collectable bag to put them all in! This one isn't on the website yet but you can always go check out all the awesome products Townleygirl has plus special savings just in time for the holiday season! 

Follow @Townleygirl on Instagram for the latest in kids beauty products! 

Win it!

TWO lucky AME readers have the chance to win a Townleygirl Prize Pack which includes 2-3 Disney Pixar Coco/Olaf kits from www.townleygirl.com

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (void QC). Enter using the ballot below. Click here for giveaway guidelines. Ends December 15th, 2017!

Posted in participation with Townleygirl. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 


Just about everyone has a mobile device. Gifting the hard to buy this Christmas is easy, give them something they can use every day - Toddy Gear!

The Desktop Essentials Tech gift set has everything they need to keep their device clean and charged up! The set comes with a Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank, Microfiber Smart Cloth, Wedge (TM) Mobile Device Stand, Matching microfiber travel pouch and a gift box to wrap it all up in. 

Toddy Gear has also added some new items over the past few months such as Screensters (Toddy Cloth-like characters), Car mounts and Power Cords that can all be coordinated with one of the many matching designs found on the Toddy Gear website. There are some really cool designs including new holiday themed ones! Toddy Gear sent me a gift set in Silent Night

If you are looking for fun and fashionable accessories to gift this holiday season, you can check out the entire line of Toddy Gear's different new items and designs at www.ToddyGear.com!


Want to have this under the tree? Enter to win a Silent Night Desktop Essentials Tech gift set from Toddy Gear! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Ends December 15th. Click here for AME Giveaway Guidelines. 

Posted on behalf of Toddy Gear. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.