Apr 24, 2014

When it comes to cleaning products, I am sometimes less than "green" and I like to stick to what I know and the brands I love. I have however used green products in the past and always willing to try something new. I know people who sit on either side of the fence, those who swear by green products and those who haven't been bought by the idea of green products, the latter due to myths about green cleaning products. 

The most common misconception about these green cleaning products is that they aren't strong enough to tackle dirt like everyday products we use. Did you know, green products actually go through the same testing and research as any product we buy, which makes them as effective. 

Well.ca is Canada's largest retailer of green and natural products with almost 20,000 green and natural products available online. To celebrate spring and to get people's spring cleaning off to a green and natural start, Well.ca is launching a specially priced Green Spring Cleaning Kit featuring some customer favourites. 

President and CEO of Well.ca, Rebecca McKillican shares some tips for people who want to green their cleaning this spring:
1) Pay attention to ingredients: Know what's in your cleaning products because thats whats going on your counter, clothes and into your water supply when you flush it down the sink. Phthalates are not always disclosed on a label, watch for "fragrances" which usually are more than just a pleasant scent.  
2) Check where its made: Different countries have different laws about ingredient disclosure. Buy Made in Canada products as much as possible.  
3) Know where to use them: You wouldn't want to use your bathroom cleaner on your new wood coffee table and you shouldn't use a lemon based cleaner on a marble counter top. 

Well.ca's new Green Spring Cleaning Starter Kit makes it easier for families to go natural for their spring cleaning and features some of the sites top green cleaning sellers. The package has six green products and you can purchase it at Well.ca for under $30.

Happy Cleaning!

Sponsored post on behalf of Well.ca. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 23, 2014

With Mother's Day less than a month away, I can't help but think back to the day (almost 10 years ago) when I became a first time mom. It's exciting, it's scary and it can be overwhelming. It's a whole new world when you become a mom for the very first time.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, it IS going to be okay and Philips Avent wants to share a New Mom Mantra with all of you. Words of wisdom new moms can say to themselves to pick themselves up on the days they feel dragged down. Simple phrases to give that boost we need, important reassurance we may need. 

Check out this infographic and say these to yourself:

You're welcome!

Baby M is coming to this stage and fast, although she still loves using a bottle it'll be soon time for it to go. Philips Avent has some great toddler cups to help transition baby from bottle to sippy cup. 

The Feeding Bottle to First Trainer cup is perfect to start the transition. It's made chunky with handles for little ones to easy grasp. The Natural Drinking Cup allows little ones to learn to drink like a grown up and comes in multiple colours. You can learn more about these Philips Avent toddler cups by clicking the links above! :) 

*Posted in participation with Philips Avent. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author*

Apr 22, 2014

Canadian musical duo, Splash N' Boots were first introduced to my kids back in 2011 and now that they are stars on TreeHouse TV, Splash N' Boots have become a known name in households across the country including ours. You can see previous posts including an interview with Splash N' Boots in my post here.

What I love about Splash N' Boots is that they are wholesome, down to earth and look like they have so much fun doing what they do, entertaining kids. Their videos are colourful and songs upbeat, I often catch myself singing along. My youngest daughters favourite is "Tilly The Tadpole" which is a song about a little tadpole and how she grows up to be a frog. 

Exciting news for Splash N' Boots, after being nominated for the 2014 JUNO awards Children's Album of the Year "Coconuts Don't Fall Far From The Tree", Splash N' Boots have been recently nominated for Children's Group of the Year (for the third time in a row) at the Independant Music Awards in May!

As a mom who has kids who love Splash N' Boots, I am happy to support Canadian talent who make kids all over smile every day. You can show your support by visiting indies.ca/voting and casting your vote for Splash N' Boots!

To learn more about Splash N' Boots newest album, check out videos and find out when they are coming to a city near you please visit www.SplashNBoots.com!


Calling all Splash N' Boots fans - We have a fantastic prize pack that will have you dancing and laughing with your little ones! This prize includes Splash N' Boots CDs "Coconuts Don't Fall Far From The Tree", "Keepin' it Green" and "Back in Yellow" as well as Splash N' Boots Dvd "Razoo"! 

Please fill in the entry ballot for your chance to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). One entry per household. Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. Giveaway ends May 2nd!

By entering this giveaway you understand your information will be shared with representatives of Splash N' Boots for prizing purposes only should you be drawn winner. Otherwise everything is always kept private.

Good Luck!

Posted on behalf of Splash N' Boots. Prize provided by representatives of Splash N' Boots. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.  

Apr 21, 2014

Ever since I can remember, I have had problematic hair. It's thin, weighs nothing and is difficult to find a good-looking cut that doesn't require too much styling but gives the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. I usually end up with flat on top, puffy on bottom style hair.

Being a P&GMom, I get the opportunity to try out some great products. NIOXIN is proudly part of the P&G family. NIOXIN is a treatment therapy for your hair, the secret to thicker looking hair. NIOXIN is the only salon brand with 20 years of expertise and solutions for thin-looking hair.

P&G sent me on a "Moms time out" experience at the Texure Hair Salon in downtown Ottawa earlier this month! I had a fantastic experience at the Texture Hair Salon. The staff are friendly and welcoming, they really make you feel at ease and at home. The atmosphere says professional but casual and they really know hair.

I received a full NIOXIN treatment, cut and style plus I learned a few things about hair from the amazing stylist Natalie who brought my hair back to life, not to mention finally found the perfect cut I like!

A little more about NIOXIN:

NIOXIN brand was first developed by a mom like you and me, who experienced thin-looking hair after having her first child, and has become the #1 choice by hair stylists to help women and men see fuller, thicker-looking hair. Seeing is believing, you can see results after two weeks of using NIOXIN! 

NIOXIN takes a Skincare approach to hair care, offering customized system kits for a variety of hair types. Each kit includes a cleanser, scalp therepy and treatment for everyday use. There are different levels of NIOXIN, depending on what level of hair loss/thinning you're experiencing. Natalie gave me a level four. 

The three step system took less than an hour to do. It does take up to three weeks with regular use of NIOXIN to really notice a thicker look but my hair did look a whole lot healthier and full of life after just one treatment and a new cut!

The first step is the shampoo, massage it into your scalp and saturate hair. Leave it in for 10 minutes (in which time it feels tingly but thats normal) and rinse out. Use the conditioner, I leave it in for about 2-3 minutes and rinse it out. After a good towel dry, use the treatment which acts as a hair booster giving thicker looking locks. 

So far I can say I am satisfied with the results after a few days of use. I can't wait to see the difference after a few weeks! I like these products because you don't need to use a lot to obtain good results. It says for daily use however I don't wash my hair every single day so it's a good cleanse between treatment washes. I can imagine the kit I received to take home with me will last a good while.

Texture Hair Salon Stylist Natalie and I
Thank you to P&G for sending me for a NIOXIN Moms Time Out experience at the Texture Hair Salon and introducing me to a great product. 

To learn more about NIOXIN, visit the official website and follow them on twitter and Facebook

Win it!

Want the secret to thicker looking hair using NIOXIN? Well, our friends at P&G want to give one lucky AME reader the chance at a more lusterous mane by giving away a NIOXIN treatment kit! 

This kit is valued at around $105 and includes:

NIOXIN system kit (includes cleanser, scalp therepy and treatment)
NIOXIN Diamax Treatment 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per email address. Giveaway ends May 30th, 2014. 

By entering this giveaway you understand your information may be shared with representatives of P&G should you be drawn winner. Otherwise, everything is always private. 

Thanks and good luck!

Posted by AME in participation with the #PGMom program. Perks and incentives are received as part of the program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. Prizes sponsored by P&G.

Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter everyone! Today is the day we celebrate all things spring, all things new and all things family. Children may only see bunnies and chocolate eggs but let them have fun because in time, they too will discover there is more to it than just springtime colours and sweet chocolate. 

It's a day we may not be up early going to church for but we celebrate our gratefulness for all we have in our own ways. Through making our children smile and laugh, through making memories with loved ones who may not be there tomorrow. We celebrate life.

We celebrate with traditional Easter goodies for the little ones (and maybe some for us adult chocoholics too) and a simple yet satisfying Easter dinner in the evening. Nothing big but still makes for some great memories. 

To those celebrating Easter this long weekend - enjoy the goodies but most of all enjoy each other. 

Apr 18, 2014

Spring time means nicer weather and more smoothies for the drinking! Mornings can be a rush around here and there is nothing easier plus healthier than a morning shake as part of your daily start. 

Whenever I take the blender out to make a smoothie or a shake, my kids automatically ask me if they can have one too. Of course they usually want it to be chocolate-ice cream style but I've influenced them to take a liking to ND shakes. 

Ever since being introduced to Orange Naturals, it's easier to get my kids to enjoy shakes that are actually healthier for them.
One of our favourite and probably easiest to make (you can usually find the ingredients year round at any grocery store) is a good Banana Strawberry ND Shake. 

- Cut up and store your bananas and strawberries and place in a container in the freezer the night before. The colder your ingredients, the better your smoothie. 

- Add in a cup of milk (chocolate, soy, almond, whatever kind you like) and a few tablespoons (to your liking) of plain yogurt in your blender. We tried it using other kinds like strawberry or raspberry which are good too. 

- Add in your frozen fruit and measured amounts of Orange Naturals ND Shake (for kids, women and men) and pulse blend. 

Pour into cups and your good to go. You could even make this at night and put the whole thing in the freezer for easy grab and go the next morning. 

Okay, so maybe you may not classify this as an "ultimate smoothie" but it's a sure winner in our household!

Little Guy enjoying his ND shake!

Orange Naturals ND Shakes were recently featured on the Global Morning show and will be aired on Steven & Chris today, April 18th! 

If you want to learn more about Orange Naturals and their products please visit the official website!

Win it!

Are you a smoothie fan? We thought so! That's why Orange Naturals is giving one lucky AME reader the chance to win a really cool smoothie prize pack right here on the blog! This prize includes a set of Orange Naturals ND Shakes for the family, a Hamilton Beach personal blender, and a superfood smoothies recipe book

To enter please fill in the entry form below. Must be Canadian 18+ (excluding Quebec) to enter. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One manditory entry per email address. Winner will be drawn at random via giveawaytools. Ends April 30th!

By entering this giveaway you understand your information will be shared with representatives of Orange Naturals for prizing purposes only. Otherwise, everything is always kept private!

Good Luck!

Sponsored post in participation as an Orange Naturals Mom. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 17, 2014

Teaching our kids about the environment, the earth and ways they can help make a difference is important. April 22nd is Earth Day, the day we celebrate the earth and our efforts to help make a difference, protecting our planet. 

Events are held worldwide from tree planting to community clean ups, its inspiring to see so many come out for something so important to our future and our children's future. 

What better way to celebrate the earth than by starting the day off with a healthy, organic breakfast that helps both animals and the planet! Just in time for Earth Day, Nature's Path Envirokids has launched two new whole grain corn puff cereals, including chocolate flavoured Choco Chimps cereal, and cinnamon flavoured Jungle Munch cereal.

My kids are big cereal eaters and I already enjoy Natures Path Love Crunch cereal as I mentioned in a previous post, I knew Natures Path Envirokids cereal would be enjoyable for my kids. I like knowing that Nature's Path Envirokids cereals are wholesome cereals. So many of our favourites unfortunately contain things that may not be so good for us despite the tastey flavours. This is a nice change when it comes to our daily breakfast favourite, cereal. Natures Path Envirokids cereals are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and made without toxic pesticides, artificial flavours or colours. 

Because Envirokids is a 1% For the Planet member, every time you purchase Envirokids products, 1% of the sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids around the world! 
Specifically, Envirokids Choco Chimps cereal supports the Jane Goodall institute, global leaders in chimpanzee protection (did you know Ms Goodall turned 80 this April?) and Envirokids Jungle Munch cereal supports Fauna and Flora International, acclaimed heroes in Sumatra elephant conservation.

You can find these new Natures Path Envirokids cereals at your local grocers across Canada starting this April! For more information about these and other Natures Path products, please visit www.naturespath.ca! You can also follow @NaturesPath and @Envirokids on Twitter for the latest updates!

Win it!

Want to treat your family to something yummy, healthy and also helps the environment? Enter to win a month's supply of organic cereals and bars from Natures Path featuring their newest cereals Envirokids Choco Chimps and Jungle Munch cereals ($50 value). Please fill out the giveaway ballot below to be entered for your chance to win! 

Open to residents of CANADA (excluding Quebec) and USA 18+. Mandatory entry must be complete for extras to count. One entry per household. Prize sponsored by Natures Path. 

By entering this giveaway you agree your information will be shared with representatives of Natures Path for prizing purposes only should you be drawn winner. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to winning email. 

Posted on behalf of Natures Path. Complimentary product recieved as a thank you. Giveaway prize by Natures Path. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 16, 2014

Oh how I love surprises! Jergens Skincare recently sent me a lovely gift basket of goodies as a thank you for support over the years. Jergens is celebrating Investors Group Stars on Ice which is coming to the Canadian Tire Center at the end of April! I can't go to the event myself but if you would like to learn more and maybe get some tickets yourself please visit the Stars On Ice website for more information! 

I have always liked Jergens products from shampoo to body lotion, Jergens Skincare cares!

In my gift basket I found: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream, Jergens Ultra Care Skin Cream and Jergens Natural Glow in both light and medium tones. All great products to help get a natural, healthy glow and love your skin. The warmer weather is on its way, why not get a head start. 
Thank you Jergens, I can't wait to begin trying out these products!

To learn more about Jergens and these great new products mentioned here, please visit the Jergens Canada website! Don't forget to show Jergens some love by following on Twitter and Liking the Facebook page!

Win it! 

Jergens also has a special surprise for my AME readers - a Jergens gift basket for one of you to enjoy! All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter ballot below for your chance to win! This contest is only open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). One entry per household. Good Luck!

By entering this giveaway you understand your info will be shared with representatives of Jergens for prizing purposes only should you be drawn winner. Otherwise everything is always kept private! 

Posted on behalf of Jergens. Complimentary gift received as a thankyou however I am not obliged to post. Give courtesy of Jergens. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Apr 15, 2014

The hashtag says it all...inspired and showing our support!
The BConnected Conference happened this past weekend - it was such an incredible event. I am proud to have been part of the very first parent blogger conference in Canada, more so the first of its kind in our own capital city! 

It had been a while since I had been at the NAC for anything other than a kids show, quite exciting for me even though I'm a local. The NAC was a very nice venue to host the first BConnected Conference. It's an older building and located right downtown here in Ottawa which is a bus ride away for me and almost everything is within walking distance for those who came from out of town and had a chance to tour our city while visiting.

At the NAC, elegant and intimate, tables were set up in the main Panorama room for everyone to sit together, get to know their fellow bloggers and absorb all the goodness of the sessions. Oasis served up fresh orange juice for breakfast both days. Breakfast, lunch and snacks were offered as well to all in attendance.

What I liked about the setting was that there was that hustle and bustle like any conference (everything is so exciting) but not so much that you felt too overwhelmed. We had the chance to really meet and connect with new fellow bloggers, reconnect with those we have known for years and get to know some of the faces behind the brands we enjoy working with. It was wonderful to be able to connect one on one or in smaller groups with so many. I think many who attended could agree. 

Every speaker brought their own vibe to the conference. They each had their own message, their own lessons and inspirations to share with us all. From motivating us to getting us thinking, making us laugh to tearing at those heart strings - definitely very impressed with the lineup who presented on the BConnected stage. I enjoyed every session and took in so much that left me feeling inspired to try something new and not hold back.

The exhibitors hall in the Fountain room was carpeted in red, making it feel almost like a celebrity event. We had fun meeting and greeting with sponsors. Taking pictures at the Giant Tiger booth, learning about fitness from Hostile Conditioning, talking Eco-friendly with Terra20, competing in a round of Mario Kart on Wii with Future Shop and chatting it up with other brands like Chicken Farmers of Canada.

We also had the opportunity to get professional headshots by the BConnected Conference photographer, Captivision Photography. He did an amazing job, everyone looks fabulous! 

Photo by Captivision Photography
Our 'Chief B' Lyne Proulx and the entire BConnected team worked hard behind the scenes making sure everything was just right, what an amazing job. A very special Thank you to the entire team, sponsors, speakers, attendees and everyone who helped make the very first BConnected Conference all it could be and more!
Some of my favourite moments @ BConnected!

Let's BConnected again, Spring 2015!

Posted in participation as a BConnected Conference Ambassador however all comments and opinions in this post are honest and my own.

Apr 14, 2014

Living in a digital world I find myself with more gadgets than I have fingers to count on. That's not a big deal, I mean they all serve a purpose in my otherwise busy digital life. What blogger wouldn't want the latest and greatest to make her life easier? Logitech has some great gadgets and accessories for the digital-tech enthusiast such as myself. You know, Mother's Day is in May. 

For the times we want to get our groove on or just listen to some music while we work - Ultimate Ears presents the BOOM wireless Blue tooth speaker. Personal entertainment never sounded better. Download the UE BOOM app (free from the app store) and have total control over how your music or videos sound with different settings to suit how you like to listen. The sound from this speaker is amazing and I'm not just saying that. It's fun and portable with a battery life of up to 15 hours. I love how it can be paired with more than one device at the same time (can't decide who should DJ? Take turns!) and that you can also pair it up with another UE Boom and have the two working together for extra surround sound boom! I have the pink Ultimate Ears Boom but they also come in other colours like blue and white or black! Follow @UltimateEars on Twitter for the latest news and updates!

For the iPad, Logitech keeps our investment well protected with this sleek and stylish Folio Protective case. It's light weight and allows different positions or doubles as a stand for reading, typing or just playing games, anywhere. The Logitech Folio Protective case is available for other devices as well like the iPad Air, Mini or Samsung Galaxy and also comes in different colours. 

To rid our livingroom of multiple remotes (and avoid fighting with the wrong one for the wrong purpose), Logitech brings us the sleek and stylish Harmony Smart Control. This device allows you to control up to eight home entertainment devices without a bunch of remotes. It comes with a remote and a hub but there is no need to fight over the remote because the Harmony app allows you to use your iPhone as a remote and even lets you personalize it your way. You can control devices hidden in cabinets or behind walls, and access Internet services like Netflix and Hulu through your PS3 or XBox360 and more!

Visit the official Logitech website and follow @Logitech on Twitter for more information about these and other great home and personal entertainment gadgets and accessories. 

Posted on behalf of Logitech. Sample products provided for review. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own.