Dec 17, 2014


At the beginning of December or even starting in mid-November, I find myself on a holiday high. I have high expectations of myself and how our family will be celebrating Christmas and New Years. Once things really kick into gear, like right now in the middle of the holiday rush, I can admit I start to feel the stress sometimes.

Is my tree decorated enough? Did I bake the right goodies? Will I have time to wrap all the gifts, did I forget anybody? Can I keep this place clean on time for the holiday guests on Christmas eve? All these questions run through my mind during this time of year with seemingly never enough time to do what we want in one day. Holiday preparation on top of every day duties, we can all agree this particular season can be a big rush and a stress inducer at it's best.   

During the holidays, especially on years like this year when our family is getting together at our house, I try not to make a big deal about it. Yes, deep down inside I want to impress my mom with my baking skills and my kids with what Santa brings brings them but honestly there is nobody to impress! Family isn't coming by to judge the decorations on your dinner table or count how many gifts you have for them under the tree. They are there to celebrate the occasion, enjoy your company and make a memory. Keep in mind that as long as everyone is together and smiling, the rest is just a bonus. 

To help the kids out, I try to maintain regular sleep schedules with bedtime not much later than they are used to during the school year. It only takes a couple of days to start a bad habit you don't want to have to break in the new year! 

If you need a boost to help you calm your nerves during the holiday season, Orange Naturals has a variety of products to help you and your family relieve that stress. You can check out the different kinds in the Orange Naturals Stress Archives


One product in particular that we have tried with our anxious children is Calm for kids. It gently eases their fears and settles those butterflies in the tummy. You can learn more about it here

Whatever you do and however you celebrate, have yourselves a happy, healthy holiday season!

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Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Dec 16, 2014

This month has been dedicated to all things holidays and that includes making and baking. I love baking different goodies and also gifting them to special people in our lives for Christmas. My only problem every single time is storing everything afterwards. 

I have lots of mix and match containers and lids. Some containers don't even have lids and I wouldn't even be able to tell you where those said lids went in the first place. Not only is it annoying when you are trying to find a container to store food in and can't but it's also annoying to have a cupboard full of mix and match items that don't even store well together. Things falling from the shelf even though you just organized it the best you could only to have it a big mess within minutes. 

This holiday season I am welcoming Ziploc into my kitchen. Holiday Ziploc® brand containers with One Press Seal are sturdy, shaped to store together and they are festively decorated in reds and greens. 



The Holiday Collection Ziploc containers give us fun, fabulous, quality products to help keep foods fresh and they also make great hostess gifts to bring to parties, potlucks, and cookies exchanges. Each container has a customizable area for messages, perfect for designating a gift recipient or labeling whats inside. 

These kitchen helpers come in three sizes: Large Rectangle (2.12L), Medium square (1.18L) and Large round (1.41L). You can find them where food containers are sold for around $4.95 a set. 

Ziploc also has Holiday freezer bags and holiday storage bags, helping save space in the fridge and freezer. These are your typical, durable Ziploc bags but with fancy holiday decorations to make it all the more festive. 

Please visit the official Ziploc website for more information! 


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Ziploc wants to share the joy and help minimize the hassle of storing your holiday goodies! ONE lucky AME reader has the chance to win a Holiday Ziploc brand containers prize pack ($75 value).

This prize includes an assortment of Holiday Ziploc brand containers with one press seal in large rectangle, medium square and large round. 

Enter using the ballot below. Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry required. Ends December 12th, 2014. By entering AME giveaways you understand your information will only be shared with representatives of Ziploc brand should you be a prize winner. Privacy is important on AME! Click here for full giveaway terms and conditions.



Posted on behalf of Ziploc. Complimentary product received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Dec 15, 2014


My kids have to be the messiest kids ever. I love them but if I had a dollar for every spill they've managed to create within their existence, I would be rich.

No matter if I use a sippy cup with a tight lid or a straw, one of them will always manage to spill it and make a big mess. One event that happens too often is the old straw and spill where the child will tip their cup despite having a straw and causing a spill mess. Juice, milk and water often meet our kitchen floor.

We have one specific cupboard for kids cups, plates and bowls. The cup shelf is full with mix and match sippy cups and lids. The kids tend to misplace or sometimes break them resulting in most of the cups ending up with no lid at all. 

SipSnap are a new way to help prevent spills and also save space in the kitchen cupboards. Designed by moms with moms and kids in mind, SipSnap are silicone covers that fit virtually any sized cup (plastic or glass) by simply stretching the SipSnap and placing it firmly on top of the cup. 



SipSnap Tot has a spout that allows littler ones to enjoy drinks in any sized cup while SipSnap Kid has a handy dandy straw hole for any sized straw for your big kid to enjoy his or her drink from any sized glass without spilling it all over. The set even comes with a nice stainless steel straw to start you off although you could use any kind you have. I have glass straws and these are perfect for them! 

These are great because they are universal and can be used with any sized cup. They can replace expensive matching kid and sippy cup sets or if you're like us, replace lost sippy cup lids! If you're travelling, they come with a travel container you can put them in. They fold up to save space in the cupboards and are dishwasher safe! 

My oldest daughter enjoys using the SipSnap Kid, she said it helps her not spill her drink plus gives her cup a colourful cover. My younger son prefered the SipSnap tot even though he is six he still makes messes like the best of them. My youngest however was a little too young for the SipSnap tot. She examines new things and when tipped or shaken, her SipSnap lid did leak a little bit. I wouldn't recommend using these as cup lids and throw it in your bag to go type lids. I could see us using these at home, at a restaurant, visiting with relatives or at bbq's etc. 

They are even handy for adults if you think about it! Besides some adults being as clumsy as kids, the Sipsnap kid could be used out on the patio to keep any little bugs from flying into your cold drink, too! 

For more information about Sipsnap and their makers Double Double, please visit the official SipSnap website! Get 25% off until December 21st by using my coupon code below! 

25% OFF PROMO CODE: SIPSNAP-AME (ends Dec.21st)

Show some love and follow SipSnap on Twitter and like the SipSnap Facebook page! 


Posted by AME on behalf of SipSnap/Double Double. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Dec 14, 2014


We just about have our holiday shopping chipped away and it'll be soon time to start wrapping everything. Before I get out the tape, paper and ribbons I always go through my checklist of people who we are gifting. There's always at least one person who is hard to buy for. Someone you can't get a personal gift for but don't want to just give them a gift card. 

Do you have some people on your list that you just can't think of what to buy for? Lands' End has some great gift ideas to surely please this holiday season!




Keep your BFF warm in a lovely 

Women's ThermaCheck®-100 hat and Women's ThermaCheck®-100 EZ Touch Gloves set! Keep warm and functional in chilly temps! The gloves have EZ touch tips on the finger and thumb so you can still use your phone and keep your gloves on! ThermaCheck®-100 fleece is super soft and warm but also light. Keep warm not hot! Hat and gloves are sold separately in various patterns. 



A Lands' End 100% cotton canvas wine tote might be just what you need to bring to your next holiday party. They beat those brown paper bags from the liquor store and they also make great gifts paired with a delicious wine chosen just for your them. You can also get a monogram sewn on the wine tote just for your holiday host or hostess. A simple yet elegant way to say thank you and happy holidays. 

From gorgeous clothing items to things for your home, you can find something for everyone on your list at Lands' End. 

Visit www.Landsend.com and get your last minute holiday orders in today!


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Our friends at Lands' End have a lovely Women's ThermaCheck®-100 hat and Women's ThermaCheck®-100 EZ Touch Gloves set ($35 value) to gift one lucky AME reader! Enter to win it using the ballot below! 


Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. Entrants are required to use a valid email address upon entering. Winners are required to fill out a prize claim form and answer a skill testing question to qualify.

By entering AME giveaways the entrant understands that his or her information will be shared with representatives of Lands' End should his or her name be drawn winner for prizing purposes only. Privacy is important on AME.
Click here for full terms and conditions.




Posted by AME on behalf of Lands' End. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Dec 13, 2014


It's one thing to be able to tell a story through words but it's a totally different world when you are able to show emotions and create an impacting story using animations and pictures. That's exactly what Montreal based, award winning story artist and animation director, JC Little does. 

Who is PickleWeasel? He is a mischievous and he is trouble, a brilliant animation by JC LittleThe Animated Woman. If you are already a fan of her work, this first book definitely does not disappoint! In this all-new picture book, PickleWeasel - Picture Riddles, every page is a game! 

This book has 108 colourful and uniquely drawn pages and picture riddles inside range in difficulty from easy to some being more of a challenge. It's geared toward older kids around ages 8 and up but my six year old son also enjoyed it as much as his older sister and I did. If you don't know the answer to the picture riddle, it's not hard to find. Just look under your thumb! And, if you look at the top corner of the pages in the hardcover version there is a cute little PickleWeasel flip through animation. Love the extra touches!

Our favourite PickleWeasel moments - Can you guess the answers? 
This is a great book for all ages. Although I do love traditional hard cover books, the Kindle version of this is great because you can touch and swipe making it even more fun. A little birdie told me it's got extras included. 

It's a bit of learning and a whole lot of fun with quirky pictures and riddles that will have you smiling. I can't wait to see the rest of the PickleWeasel collection! 

A great addition to both your Kindle and home library collections, PickleWeasel Picture Riddles is available on Amazon in both Kindle edition and hard cover! There may still be time to get PickleWeasel under the Christmas tree this year! 


Show some love and follow @AnimatedWoman on Twitter and Like the Animated Woman facebook page for more! :) 


Complimentary digital copy of this book was provided for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author! Screens by AME. Don't steal. 

During the holiday season most of us are busy with the hustle and bustle. Preparing our homes and purchasing gifts for our annual family celebration. There is another part to this holiday season which isn't always holly and jolly. This is when you stop and realize how lucky you are to have this holiday feast in front of you and an abundance of gifts to delight the eyes and hearts of your children because many families don't know where their next meal is coming from let alone have to worry about their family during the holiday season. 

One thing our family likes to do is give in the form of clothing and toy donations to our local charity. Right before the holiday season went into full swing we arranged several donation boxes and bags of gently used items our family outgrew or just doesn't need anymore. It feels good to give even if its just a small contribution because everybody needs a little help sometimes, especially during the holidays.  

Families that struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis have it rough during the holiday season. In the next year, McCain Foods will be donating food and monetary support to Food Banks of Canada to help fill those plates in need. 

We all know how much good can come from helping others. This holiday season McCain Foods wants to fill social media news streams with good tidings! You can get involved by sharing your good news stories via social media!

Did someone do something great and you 'd like to say thank you? Tweet it! Are you planning something special for someone in your community? Post it on Facebook! Did you bake up the best cookies for the cookie exchage? Share it!

Every time you share your good news using hashtag #McCainShareGood, $5 will be donated to Food Banks Canada (up to $50,000).



Follow @McCainFoods on twitter and check out the McCain Foods Facebook page for more! 


WIN IT!


In celebration of sharing the good tidings, our friends at McCain Foods is offering up a #McCainShareGood prize pack for one lucky AME reader!

This prize includes: 


- Up to $25 in coupons for McCain products

- McCain reusable tote bag
- Tuscana Large rectangle fluted bake ware
- Cuisinart Elements Cake/Pie server


Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. Entrants are required to use a valid email address upon entering. Winners are required to fill out a prize claim form and answer a skill testing question to qualify.

By entering AME giveaways the entrant understands that his or her information will be shared with representatives of McCain Foods should his or her name be drawn winner for prizing purposes only. Privacy is important on AME.
Click here for full AME giveaway terms and conditions.


Sponsored post on behalf of McCain Foods Canada. Compensation and donation provided as a thank you for sharing. Giveaway prize sponsored by McCain Foods Canada. Opinions and comments on this blog are honest and my own!

Dec 12, 2014

When the family gets together, it can be a wonderful time. It can also be a hectic time with nerves flying everywhere as we want things to be just so. As much as we try to plan things like the best of them, sometimes our Christmas celebrations can go a bit awry. Unexpected happenings which at the time may be embarrassing or even maddening but over time, they make great memories and great stories to share.

One moment in particular before I had my own family, I wanted to bake cookies for my aunt who was coming for dinner. I followed the recipe exactly as it said (or so I thought) and baked up a yummy looking batch of "sugar" cookies. For some reason I did not taste test them before serving them to my aunt and cousins. The look on my aunts face when she bit into the first cookie was priceless. I accidentally misread a line in the recipe I was following and added 1/2 CUP instead of one tsp of baking soda. Salty! The whole batch had to go into the garbage. I was embarrassed and disappointed but we eventually all laughed it off. These days I make sure to triple check and have taste testers on hand to help. Nothing like reminiscing with funny stories with family during Christmas. 

This holiday season, Campbell's is encouraging Canadians to spill the beans (or wine perhaps in some cases?) and celebrate the humour of your most embarrassing or stressful holiday moments by sharing your confessions at www.campbellsholidaysecrets.ca! You can also share your story via social media with Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest! When you submit your story, you also have the chance to enter to win 1 of 100 pre-paid $100 credit gift cards!



You can always rely on Cambell's to help you serve up some great food hacks, nobody will tell the difference! 

Did dinner not cook as expected and you need to start over? Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips can help fill time – Fill a bowl with these and no one will notice that dinner’s late!

You don't want to make the same mistake and burn the turkey like last year. Campbell’s® Condensed SoupThe perfect foundation for classic recipes. Campbell's soup is always the first step to classic food hacks that even your mother-in-law will love.

Did you put your foot in your mouth by bragging about the best sugar cookies ever and your batch didn't exactly turn out? Pepperidge Farm® CookiesYour guests would prefer these. Throw out those home made disasters and serve up some of these. A quick fix for any occasion

Lastly, if you are far from a master baker Santa doesn't always have to have chocolate chip cookies on his plate! Serve him up some Goldfish® Chocolate Grahams. They also make a good snack to serve before dinner while the guests wait on the main course! 

Show some love by following @CampbellCanada on Twitter and follow the holiday fun using hashtag #HolidaySecretsExposed!


Win it!

To help make things run smoother this holiday season, Campbell's is offering one lucky AME reader the chance to win a #HolidaySecretsExposed gift basket with useful Campbell's and Pepperidge Farms products to make the holidays go a bit smoother. 


Enter using the ballot below. Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry required. Ends December 19th, 2014. By entering AME giveaways you understand your information will only be shared with representatives of Campbell Canada should you be a prize winner. Privacy is important on AME! Click here for full giveaway terms and conditions.



Posted on behalf of Campbell's Canada. Compensation and a gift basket provided as a Thank You. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 









The holidays are all hustle and bustle, getting things decorated, baked and cleaned up for holiday guests. The kids have massive lists for Santa and those elves have to get hard at work wrapping everything just so.

Behind all the Christmas business are a tired looking mom and dad. We can't have that when we have guests to host. P&G has some great products for his and her to ensure mom and dad look and feel their best this holiday season. 

For him:

Men can be as bad as women when it comes to taking care of themselves in the washroom. Do you really blame them? They only want to look and smell their best for the ones they love, too. The new Old Spice Swagger line should have him smelling and feeling fresh in no time! Start off with in the shower with Old Spice Swagger body wash paired with Old Spice antiperspirant to give him an irresistible scent from head to toe. If the holiday celebrations run into the night and he needs to freshen up in a flash, try Old Spice Re-fresh body spray to quickly get that fresh feeling back and get on with the festivities!

For his hair he can keep silky smooth, volumized and flake free with Head & Shoulders Advanced Thickening Tonic while Old Spice Spiffy Wax can keep his 'do in place all day! 

Clean up those Movember moustaches with Gillette Fusion ProGlide with Flexball technology power. Designed to respond to the contours of a man's face, this razor will have him feeling smooth and fresh under the mistletoe. 

For her:

A happy mom means a happy holiday season. It's time to pamper ourselves just a bit, moms. Mom will look her best with the new Herbal Essences The Sleeker the butter line which includes shampoo, conditioner and The Sleeker the butter smooth and creamy hair milk which all work to smooth hair and keep flyaways from happening all day long! 

If you are like me and enjoy styling your hair with blow dryers, curling irons or flat irons for special occassions, try Pantene Pro-V heat potion serum to add an extra layer of protection to your hair from damage up to 450 degrees to help keep it healthy looking. 

December can be such a draining month with so much to do and so little sleep happening. Keep dark circles under control with Olay Regenerist Luminus Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl and watch the appearance of bags and dark circles dissapear.



However you celebrate the holiday season know that you (and him) can both pamper yourselves to look and feel your best for your festivities with help from P&G! 

For more information about P&G and the products mentioned please visit the PGEveryday website! Show some love and follow @PGEverydayCA on Twitter and like the P&G Everyday Facebook page!



Win it!


We want you to look and feel your best this holiday season. That's why our friends at P&G are offering up an amazing P&G His and Hers prize pack to one lucky AME reader!

This prize pack includes:

- Old Spice Swagger body wash, Old Spice antiperspirant, Old Spice Re-fresh body spray and Old Spice Spiffy Wax


- Herbal Essences The sleeker the butter shampoo, conditioner and hair milk


- Pantene Pro-V heat potion serum


- Olay regenerist luminous dark circle correction hydraswirl


Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Enter using the ballot below. Mandatory entry required. Ends December 29th, 2014. By entering this giveaway you understand your information will only be shared with representatives of P&G should your name be drawn winner. 


This giveaway is offered across various P&GMom/MamanP&G blogs. You may enter on as many as you like however you may only win this prize once.



Posted on behalf of the P&GMom ambassadorship program. Perks and incentives are received for participation. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 



Dec 11, 2014


Every year technology makes some great advances with new devices coming to the market that can possibly help make our lives easier. Laptops, smartphones and tablets have opened the doors to everything mobile and now we have new aged "wearable tech" that can allow us to do even more. 

We all know what a blue tooth headset does, it allows us to be safe and hands free while chatting on our smartphones but what exactly is this new aged wearable tech and what does it do? 

Wearable tech is exactly that - Technology you wear! From smart watches that keep you in the know on the go and fitness bands that monitor your body to dog training collars for Fido and even soothing stress calming devices that work with your brain waves, there is a wearable gadget for just about everyone.

Best Buy Canada has teamed up with Canadian Comedienne Debra DiGiovanni (who is also a self proclaimed technophobe) to introduce you to the world of wearable tech in a series called "What the heck is wearable tech?!". 


In this fun video and blog series, you can find out first hand how these gadgets work. In her first video, Debra demonstrates the Muse head band gadget. It looks like it would take some getting used to. The second video focuses on the fitness wearable tech - the Fitbit Charge fitness tracker. I have heard of FitBit before but I have not personally tried the bands out myself. Debra gives us a hilarious outtake of what one could expect while using this gadget. Take a look at this video: 

If you're planning on getting that special someone new wearable tech like the Fitbit Charge this holiday season Best Buy Canada is the place to go. There are hundreds of different things to choose from at prices you can afford plus if your a self proclaimed technophobe yourself, the Geek Squad is always there to lend a helping hand.

Show some love and follow @BestBuyCanada on Twitter and Like the Best Buy Canada Facebook page for the latest updates on your favourite electronics and more! 


Win it! 

Did you like the wearable tech demonstration? I hope so because one lucky AME reader has the chance to win their very own Fitbit Charge Fitness Tracker ($140 Value) courtesy of Best Buy Canada and AME! 


Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. Entrants are required to use a valid email address upon entering. Winners are required to fill out a prize claim form and answer a skill testing question to qualify.

By entering AME giveaways the entrant understands that his or her information will be shared with representatives of Best Buy Canada should his or her name be drawn winner for prizing purposes only. Privacy is important on AME. Click here for full terms and conditions.

Posted on behalf of Best Buy Canada. Store gift cards were received as a Thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are honest and those of the author.

Attention all bloggers and social media enthusiasts! I have some exciting news to share with everyone! If you haven't already heard the buzz, the 2015 BConnected Conference has been officially announced! Yay!!



What: Join us for the awesome two-day blogging conference you won't want to miss. The BConnected Conference offers four amazing components: 11 interactive sessions, 4 keynote speakers (including returning keynote Dino Dogan), an exciting exhibitors hall showcasing some great brands, a Networking cocktail party so you can really get to know your fellow bloggers, plus so much more!

When:  May 2nd and 3rd, 2015

Where: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Aylmer/Gatineau, Quebec Canada.



I had such a great time last year that I'm doing it all over again! This will be my second year involved with the BConnected Conference - this year as Community Outreach! My shiny new button will be up on the sidebar as soon as its ready!

If you have any questions about the conference, concerns or are just as excited as I am for this please don't be shy to reach out on Twitter or send me an email! I will be happy to answer any questions or if I can't, point you to another team member who can! 



You can learn more about the rest of the team on the website including our 'Chief B' Lyne Proulx who has done amazing work putting this all together. You'll want meet everyone when you come to the conference! 

Early bird tickets are on sale RIGHT now for $179 + fees. Maybe ask Santa? Order yours (or a gift for a loved one) today! 

The BConnected Conference and team are always welcoming and friendly whether you are a seasoned blogger or new blogger, we hope to see you there. Be sure to visit the website often for updates and follow along on social media Twitter and Facebook, too! 



Posted in participation as part of the BConnected Conference 2015 team. Opinions and comments on this blog are always honest and those of the author.