4/26/17

The Canadian Tire Spring/Summer 2017 WOW guide is now available! If you didn't get yours in the mail like we did, you can always visit your local Canadian Tire and pick one up for free!



There are so many awesome ideas this season for everything from gardening to camping and outdoor play along with useful tools to take care of it all. 

Did you see the kids colouring contest on pages 76 & 77 of the WOW Guide? You can have your kids enter for a chance to win a bike!


Our #WOWGuideArt
  • Have your kids colour the pages/do the puzzles.
  • Take a picture and share it on Instagram or Twitter tagging @CanadianTire and include hashtag #WOWGuideArt 

The contest began on April 11th, 2017 and runs until May 15th, 2017!

Click here to see full contest rules

This post was sponsored by Canadian Tire. All comments and opinions on this blog are always my own. 

4/21/17

My kids are creative and I'm not just saying that because I'm their mom. My oldest daughter loves to draw and she also loves to write, my boy likes to build things and he also likes drawing, my youngest loves to sing and dance. Whether it be creativity at home or at school, over the years my kids have shown they can come up with some great ideas.  

What better way to show off all of their amazing talents to my fabulous readers than to host our very own living room puppet show! 



Inspired by Netflix characters from Beat Bugs, Word Party and (new) Julie's Greenroom, the kids created their very own sock puppets and put together a little something for you! 

Enjoy this fun little improv comedy skit, brought to you by the imaginations of the #AMEblog kids and Netflix Canada! :) 




Did you see what's new with Netflix



Speaking of kids, sometimes my oldest kid will watch shows or movies rated above G on my account but forgets to logout when it's her siblings turn to watch the next day resulting in kids favourites mixed in with my grown up shows (I see you Shopkins, Richie Rich, and Barbie!). Now I can easily give the kids shows thumbs down and Netflix can make sure those shows stay on the kid's menu recommending more of what I want to stream! I really like most kids shows but I don't need to watch them when I'm solo. That's creative! ;-) 



Posted in participation with the Netflix Streamteam. Views and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

4/17/17

If you haven't already noticed over the years, I love accessories for my electronics; mainly my iPhone and iPad. In my opinion, you can't have "too many" accessories; kind of like, you can't have too many pairs of yoga pants or tote bags. :) 

Toddy Gear sent me a gift set for my iPhone; Sanibel Desktop Kit, Featuring a Microfiber Smart Cloth, a Wedge mobile stand, and a Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank.


Wedge mobile stand: Made from microfiber material, this wedge is like a bean bag chair for your device plus, it doubles as a cleaning and polishing cloth without using any special sprays to clean your device. It has a special coating to prevent any build up of mold, mildew or odors. It is washable, just let it air dry. 


Microfiber Smart Cloth: Made from the same microfiber material as the wedge stand, these cloths not only help you take care of your device but also save you from using any harsh cleaning sprays that could damage the screen or body of your device. One side is microfiber for cleaning and the other silky for shining! It's washable, just let it air dry! 


Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank: Extra power on the go for almost any device! Features include: 7000mAh battery, Dual USB ports, ideal for charging two devices at once, slim design and sleek interface with LED power indicator light. It's compatible with smartphones, tablets, and wearables that support charging via 5V/1A and 5V/2.1A USB interface. I like that its universal; it doesn't come with a power adapter but it comes with a micro-USB cord. If you have an iPhone or other devices you can just use your own cord and block. Portable and powerful, an external power supply is always a must-have for tech geek moms like me!

You can find items of this specific deign (Sanibel) each sold separate online but Toddy Gear does offer a variety of gift sets in other designs which are just as nice! 

Visit www.toddygear.com and use my special code MOTHERHOOD10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase! 

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Win it!

We wouldn't ever want to see you go without power; Toddy Gear has generously offered a Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank (winners choice style!) up for grabs to one lucky AME reader! Follow the instructions and enter using the ballot below! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Ends April 30. For full AME giveaway disclosure click here.


Posted on behalf of Toddy Gear. Complimentary product received for review purposes. The voice of this blog is my own. Giveaway prize provided by Toddy Gear


4/16/17


The Easter bunny is about to make his grand visit once again, gifting our kids with Easter goodies; we will also be celebrating the return of one of our favourite seasons, spring. The snow is finally gone and the temperature (although slowly) has been rising; giving us much nicer, sunnier days. 

For those celebrating this weekend, we wanted to wish each of you a very happy easter with your family and friends! May your hearts be filled with joy and your tummies with chocolates! 

From treats like Rice Krispies nests to fun crafts for kids, we hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Easter from our house to yours! :) 




4/9/17

Spring is finally here to stay; April showers will hopefully bring us our May flowers! Next weekend the Easter bunny will be hopping into town! I'm getting ready with my kids making some yummy Easter treats with the help of Kellogg's Rice Krispies Spring Edition cereal!

You can't go wrong with Rice Krispie treats. They're easy enough to make that the younger kids can help or older kids can even make them themselves!


Rice Krispie Nests we made! 



How to make:



You can find this and other full recipes by visiting the special occasions section of the Rice Krispies website 

Don't have time to make anything? These babies come in prepackaged mini size, they're small enough to fit in an Easter egg which makes them perfect for adding to the Easter baskets and perfect snack size for little kids!



Share your creations with Rice Krispies on Pinterest, Twitter using hashtag #RiceKrispiesSpring!

Like the Rice Krispies Facebook page for the latest product news and updates!


Win it!



Enter to win a Kellogg's Rice Krispies Spring prize pack! Simply follow the directions and enter using the ballot below! Good luck!

Open to Canadian residents 18+. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Ends April 20th, 2017. For more info about giveaways please see the disclosure page.



Posted in participation with the Canada #Kelloggers bloggers. Product recieved in exchange for my opinion. This blog is my own voice. 



4/6/17

Celebrate Easter with homemade hats and a fun filled family parade! Two special family events happening in Ottawa to celebrate Easter!



Hop on over to Carlingwood Shopping Centre this weekend, April 8th and 9th between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm for an Easter Hat creation event! You and your family can create a fun Easter hat (for free), get a chocolate treat from Laura Secord, share your photo using the #CarlingwoodEasterParade photo booth and there will also be free face painting!

On April 15th starting at 11:00 AM, bring your Easter Hat and participate in the Carlingwood Easter Parade for your chance to win some awesome prizes! 
You could win:

  • Grand prize $100 Gift Card
  • Runner up $50 Gift Card
  • Fifteen (150 Third Prize winners $25 Gift Cards
There is also free face painting for the event! After the parade, you have the chance to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny (fees apply). 

Find out more by visiting www.carlingwood.com/events

Follow Carlingwood Shopping Centre on Twitter and Like the Facebook page for the latest updates! 


Sponsored post on behalf of Carlingwood Shopping Centre. 

4/3/17




Easter is just around the corner! Sunday, April 16th is a traditional celebration of our religion as well as a fun time for the kids to be kids, eat chocolate from the "Easter Bunny" and celebrate springtime!

If you're looking for some fun and creative Easter craft and treats ideas for your little ones to keep busy with, check out the links below for some original and creative easter crafts and treats!

Have fun!
























*Links posted with permission. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own."

3/31/17

Get ready for big fun with Monster Trucks Movie coming to Blu-ray combo April 11th, just in time for Easter!



Monster Trucks follows the story of Tripp, a high school senior with a talent for building trucks. When he makes the discovery of a gas-guzzling creature named Creech, he protects his mischevious new friend by hiding him under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life superpowered Monster Truck! Together, this unlikely duo team up for a wild adventure to reunite Creech with his family. This fun-filled adventure never slows down with a great ensemble cast including Lucas Till (X-Men Apocalypse), Jane Levy (Don't Breathe), Thomas Lennon ("The Odd Couple"), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Amy Ryan (Central Intelligence) and Rob Lowe ("Parks and Recreation"). 

A perfect family Easter gift, Monster Trucks will be available on Blu-Ray April 11th! You can get in on the action ahead of time on Digital HD as of March 28th! 

Learn more by visiting the official movie website!

Click here for fun Monster Truck Movie printable colouring pages!


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Enter using the ballot below for your chance to win a copy of Monster Trucks Movie on Blu-ray combo! Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Please see the disclosure section for more information about AME giveaways.




Posted on behalf of Paramount Home Media Distribution. Complementary product received as a thank you. Opinions and comments are my own

3/10/17

Ah March break is just around the corner for us, some of you may already be enjoying the time off. Breaks always help us unwind, put aside the day to day, rest our bodies and our minds. In just a couple of more weeks my kids will have no school or real routine for a little over a week (including weekends) and neither will I. Despite not having to get up at 6:30 AM to rush the older ones off to school, March break is definitely made for the kids.

Us grownups are only here to take care of them and make sure they have an amazing week off, right? As much as we would all love to be that perfect super parent every single day, we need to take it easy and allow the kids to be kids. Electronic devices are nice to have but what can they do that doesn’t include having to charge up? Think Duracell.

  • Entertain with battery powered toys. Younger kids don’t always have access to the latest technology like their older siblings or parents may have, reintroduce the love of battery operated toys.
  • Create a memory book without using your smartphone. The Fujifilm Instax camera (available at Walmart) is a great option to allow your kids big and little to take some great shots without taking over your smartphone (and filling up your camera roll!).
  • Print out fun. The internet is a vast library of ideas; why not print out some fun colouring and activity pages for your little ones!
  • Travelling and want to keep the little ones quiet? Battery operated portable music players for kids preloaded with their favourite tunes can keep those back seat meltdowns at bay.
If all else fails, go for a board game. It gives kids a chance to learn (taking turns, team playing etc), spend time as a family and they are also fun. You can find fun battery operated games like Trolls Operation, Toilet Trouble or Despicable Me 3 Operation from Hasbro at Walmart.

We can’t trust that our kids won’t flip out once or twice despite our best efforts over March Break, but we can trust Duracell to power our kids favourite toys and games to help make us make it through with less #MarchBreakMeltdowns.
Follow @Duracell on Twitter and like the Duracell Facebook page for the latest updates!

WIN IT!

Share your tips and tricks to avoid #MarchBreakMeltdowns for your chance to win Duracell batteries and a $50 Walmart Gift Card! 

Simply follow the directions and enter using the ballot below! One lucky AME reader will be drawn and contacted via provided email on March 30th, 2017.

Open to Canadians 18+. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. For more info about giveaways see our disclosure page



Sponsored post on behalf of Duracell and Hasbro. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

3/8/17

March 8th was International Women's Day, you may have seen me hashtagging it today on social media. It has had me thinking. 



Some days, moms can be hard on ourselves (I know, I do it all the time.) We beat ourselves up over the smallest things, sometimes things that are out of our control, all for the happiness of our children and our families. We always seem to forget a few things; We may be moms but we are still women, we are strong. Our girls look up to us, in their lives, we are their leading lady even if as they get older they may not admit it. 



I've touched on leading ladies of Netflix in the past, there are so many great ones and with new shows coming almost monthly, there are many more to come! 







Some of our favourite leading ladies include Stranger Things Eleven and Joyce (each for obvious reasons!), Orange Is The New Black has an entire cast of women who radiate their own strengths in different ways, even kids shows like Beat Bugs, Tarzan and Jane, and A Series of Unfortunate Events proves that girl power comes in all shapes and forms.









In a world that can be tough, I want to make sure my own girls know how smart, strong and beautiful they are inside and out. With the right encouragement and power to them, our girls can do anything they set their little hearts on. Being unique is the new normal! 









This month you and your kids can catch leading lady Julie Andrews debut on Netflix with Julie's Greenroom! the Jim Henson Company brings to life an enriching show that advocates for the arts and the positive impact creativity can have on every child's life. With an array of very special guests (Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles, and Alec Baldwin to name a few), Julie’s Greenroom might be a show you turn on for the kids but find yourself staying until the final curtain call.





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