May 22, 2015

Style and uniqueness go hand in hand when it comes to my kids. I have always felt it to be important to give the kids freedom of expression when it comes to what they wear - it's not about what you wear, it's about how you wear it. With kids, their personality can shine through in something as simple as what they decide to wear. Maybe a favourite outfit matched with a pair of mismatched socks because they like both pairs and just wanted to wear them.

Whether it be dressing up to go somewhere or dressing up during playtime, our kids don't hesitate when it comes to expressing themselves and allowing their true personalities to shine right through. They know what they like and they know how to wear it! 

Barbie has been an icon in fashion around the world for decades, expressing herself and her style. She is encouraging little ones to #BeSuper by using their own #SuperStyle to show the world who they are inside and out. My girls go crazy for anything Barbie from movies to fashion and dolls - they love to #BeSuper with Barbie.

It's needless to say we are excited about the new Barbie Fashionista dolls! Our girls can take their unique expression one step further and use the dolls to outwardly express what makes them beautiful on the inside and showcase their uniqueness and individuality. There are 23 unique dolls in this collection with eight different skin tones, 22 different hair styles, 18 different eye colours and each one is dressed in trendy street fashions.




You can find these and other great Barbie gear at Walmart.ca/Barbie

There is more Barbie fun to be had with the release of the new Fashionista music video in stop-motion on BeSuper.com! Stay tuned with AME for more details about that in June! ;-)


Win it!

We want your little ones to show off their #SuperStyle, too! One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a set of THREE Barbie Fashionista Dolls for themselves! 

Enter using the ballot below!

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on May 29th, 2015. Valid email address and skill testing question to qualify. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. More about giveaways can be found here.

Prize provided by representatives of Mattel. By entering the giveaway you are accepting that if you win your contact info will be shared for shipping purposes only. Please allow 4-6 weeks after giveaway closing for your prize.


GOOD LUCK


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Disclosure: Posted in participation with our Mattel #PlayAdvocate ambassadorship. This is a sponsored post. Opinions and comments are my own.

May 21, 2015

When I was growing up, there was literally nothing to do when the weather got nice other than going outside to play. We would play from early morning until the evening and would come in frequently in between to grab a snack or something to drink. We never seemed to run out of ideas for things to do from riding our bikes to playing with our friends. With the imagination of a group of kids, the sky's the limit! 

Oh how the times have changed! With technology literally at our kids fingertips, as they  get older we see them with their heads down staring at a video or game on a tablet more often than getting their shoes on and enjoying what's outdoors. 


Shedding winter routines


Days are longer and we should be celebrating, not hiding inside! One great way to get the whole family out and about is to take a nice family walk. How about after dinner, once the homework and chores are out of the way? It doesn't have to be anything major, just a walk around the block, to the corner store for a slushie or maybe the park for a romp on the play structure. It will help everybody get some exercise and spend some quality time together.


Break out the outdoor toys


Every fall, before the snow settles on the ground, we gather up all of our summer toys and put them safely away in our outdoor shed until next year. The best part is that half the time, the kids forget what they have in the shed so when we break them out, they are amazed that they forgot how fun those water blasters, bikes and trampoline are.


Learn a new skill


Whether it be how to ride a bike, a new sport or game, summertime is a time for learning. Teach your kid something fun you played when you were growing up. Not only will they learn a new skill but also a lesson is perseverance and bravery, plus its a great moment in their childhoods you can share.


My kids favourite outdoor activities besides going to our local park to run and play, is jumping and bouncing on our trampoline in the back yard. There isn't a sunny day in the summer that they aren't on it, practicing cool flips and making eachother laugh. They also love spending the hotter summer days at the pool. It lets the older ones socialize as well as cool off while they play! 

I try to encourage them to play outside more than use electronics no matter what the season but there is just so much more wonder and so much more to do during the nicer weather. 


From going for family walks or just to play across the street at our park, getting out and enjoying ourselves is time well spent and time spent together.  


Win it!

To help keep you active with the right sporting goods, one lucky AME reader has the chance to win a Barbie Scooter of their very own!



Enter using the ballot below!

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on June 7th, 2015. Valid email address and skill testing question to qualify. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. More about giveaways can be found here.

Prize provided by representatives of Mattel. By entering the giveaway you are accepting that if you win your contact info will be shared for shipping purposes only. Please allow 4-6 weeks after giveaway closing for your prize.



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Posted in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocate Ambassadorship. Complimentary product is received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are honest and my own. 

May 20, 2015


The weather has been rainy lately but that doesn't stop us from thinking ahead, the warmer months are on their way! We are thinking about what we will be doing this summer, where we will be going this summer and what we will be packing for our family outings this summer!

There are so many things to think about when you are preparing for summertime. Some people send the kids off to summer camp, others head off to the cottage or camp grounds with the family, some enjoy day trips and staycations. All of these things have one thing in common, they all require us to bring things with us and things can get lost. We are only human. 

Clothes, personal items, food, containers with items we need like utensils, dishes etc. It's such a long list. One way not to get confused or lose anything is to label them and I am so happy to see that Stuck On You has a new variety of labels just in time for summer season!

If you're sending your kids off to summer camp this year, check out the Super Value Camp Pack stick on clothing labels. This set comes with everything you need to label just about everything your kids will take with them to camp. You get 120 classic stick on labels in three different sizes (60 small, 44 mini and 16 round dots). Great for labelling camp clothes, bags and items important to you as these are not your typical plastic type labels but made to adhere to material. 



The Travel Kit can help your little one stay organized. You get a personalized toiletry kit with four personalized bottles for things like shampoo, body wash, spray and lotion. The bag has pockets with zippers and a hanger on top for easy storage.

Nothing says summer like a new personalized Summer PJ Set! Stuck On You has a great selection of fun summer Pj's for little ones. You can choose from different colours, designs and personalize for your little one! Each set comes with a shirt and matching shorts. Shirts comes in sizes 2 to 8 and the shorts only up to size 6.

New Write On labels make organizing everything else a breeze. Blank labels in your chosen colour and design for your labelling needs from home to camp and beyond. Labels are waterproof, microwave and dishwasher safe. You can write on them with a regular pen or permanent marker, peel off the protective paper from the clear part and smooth it across. This helps prevent rub-off from use, handy! 



With Stuck On You by your side, you will be on your way to enjoying an almost carefree summer! Check out the official website for even more great personalized labelling products!

Show some love and Like the Stuck On You Facebook page and follow Stuck On You on Twitter! Stuck On You can also be found @stuckonyouofficial on Instagram! 


WIN IT

We want you to be prepared this summer with all your labelling needs so our friends at Stuck On You are offering AME readers the chance to win a 1 of 2 $30 Stuck On You GC's! 

Enter using the ballot below!

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on May 30th, 2015. Valid email address and skill testing question to qualify. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. More about giveaways can be found here.

Prize provided by representatives of Stuck On You. By entering the giveaway you are accepting that if you win your contact info will be shared for shipping purposes only. Please allow 4-6 weeks after giveaway closing for your prize.

Good Luck!




Posted on behalf of Stuck On You. Complimentary product received as a Thank You. Opinions and comments are those of the author.

May 18, 2015

Disclosure: 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.

Mom's just want to have fun right? Most nights I know, you don't even want to think about getting dressed up let alone heading out on the town but face it mama, you owe it to yourself.

You owe it to yourself and your family to get out and enjoy yourself at least once in a while. I am preaching to the choir right now because I myself don't get out nearly as often as I should. Ditch the yoga pants and dust off that little black dress! 

Next time you plan a date night, girls night or whatever - get yourself out of the house night, be prepared to steal the spotlight with COVERGIRL and Olay! You don't have to be going anywhere fancy to feel fancy!

Start the night off right and prep with Olay's newly enhanced Total Effects formula with 40% more vitamins and the highest level of niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skin care product. The advanced formula makes this anti-aging moisturizer a must-have summer beauty staple. It packs in more vitamins than the top leading moisturizer and will help you get ready for your special night out!

Now, onto your eyes! Did you know "Lash Fame" is a thing? This month, get ready to shine the spotlight on your bright, beautiful eyes and give your  lashes the starring role with New COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Mascara. This new mascara will help lengthen and volumize your lashes for that pretty "Oh La La" look! This mascara is perfect for adding that extra pop for that date night or girls night out on the town. 

This new mascara has a unique Lash Styler wand that is specially designed to allow maximum mascara-to-lash contact and can give your lashes 400% bigger, corner-to-corner volume. This is an amazing product for those with thinner lashes (like me!). 

Go on, twirl it and get the best false lash look (a la Katy Perry) in 3 easy steps!

1. Place the Lash Styler's narrow, long core and short bristles right at the base of the lashes. 
2. Pull the Lash Styler through the lashes from root to tip, twirling or rotating it a bit as you go. 
3. Sculpt and style the lashes until you reach supersized, corner to corner volume. 



Add even more drama to your eyes by pairing Super Sizer mascara with new Intensify Me! Liquid Liner. Its paddle tip provides two looks - thick and dramatic or thin and elegant and can help you achieve the perfect cat-eye.

Find more of what you love at www.covergirl.ca and follow @COVERGIRL on twitter for the latest updates!


WIN IT!

We want to share the spotlight with you! Thanks to our friends at P&G, one lucky AME reader has the chance to win this fabulous "Steal The Spotlight" *prize pack which includes:

- COVERGIRL Super Sizer Mascara ($6.99-$9.99)
- Intesify Me! Liquid Liner ($6.99-$9.99)
- Olay Total Effecs Anti-aging Moisturizer, Fragrance-Free ($32.99)

*Pricing at discretion of the retailer. Available in select stores May 2015*

Fill out the entry ballot to get started! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on May 30th, 2015.
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. More about giveaways can be found here.

GOOD LUCK!!!



May 15, 2015


Disclosure: 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.

Spring is a time of renewal and that doesn't just mean the trees and the flowers! We need a little renewal, a little light shed on us after a dark, cold season. P&G is excited to get us ready to enjoy the sunshine, featuring award winning products available at Shoppers Drug Mart! 

I am so excited to see that Shoppers Drug Mart is giving Canadians 10x the Shoppers Optimum points** when we purchase select P&G beauty products between April 25th and May 22nd! Some of my favourite names are in on this deal including:




Head on over to your local Shoppers Drug Mart, give yourself a little makeover and gain some Optimum points at the same time!



Win it!


We want you to look and feel your best  and that's why we are giving one lucky AME reader the chance to win a $50 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card!


Fill out the entry ballot to get started! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on May 30th, 2015.
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. More about giveaways can be found here.

GOOD LUCK!!!




**Points are issued according to the net pre-tax purchase total of eligible products using a valid Shoppers Optimum Card®. Calculation excludes Shoppers Optimum Bonus Points®, RBC® Shoppers Optimum® MasterCard® points and points associated with the RBC ® Shoppers Optimum® Banking Account. Cannot be used with any other offer or promotion. Offer valid until May 22, 2015, while quantities last. We reserve the right to limit quantities. No rainchecks. Offer may be changed or terminated at any time without notice. See cashier for details.

May 12, 2015

During #NationalPetWeek we held a giveaway for a huge pet prize pack from PetSafe Canada in celebration of #PetHappy!




Congrats to our winner Jeannine aka MyBitsAndBleeps. She shared a heart-warming story about her kitty, Jake and how he helps fill a deep void after losing her first beloved babies:




The loss of a pet is such a hard thing to deal with. I am happy to hear this story turned out to have a happy ending! We hope Jake enjoys the #Pethappy prize his pet-mama won for him! Congrats again!

You still have time to get your entry in on the PetSafe Canada Facebook page for your chance at the GRAND PRIZE of pet goodies worth $2500! If you entered MY giveaway, you're already entered in for the grand prize so GOOD LUCK! 

Stay tuned in JUNE for a special PetSafe product review and announcement of the GRAND PRIZE winner! I can't wait to find out who it will be! :) 


*Posted in participation with the PetSafe #PetHappy campaign. Product was received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own*

May 11, 2015

We were going to go to this years Ottawa Comiccon. We've never been and have always wanted to go. It looks like a really fun event and we had planned to go with my mom and step dad. My step dad Jim, was particularly excited to go because Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate SG-1) was going to be there during the weekend for meet and greets with the fans. He is one of his biggest fans of ever! I still remember my mom and I watching MacGyver back in the late 80's. Ah those were the days! 

We were excited to get tickets and plan out a day together but unfortunately Jim fell very sick with a serious illness. Over the past few months this illness has caused him to go from independent to dependent. He requires surgery and was in no shape to go anywhere except the hospital. 

Going to Comiccon was cancelled and the dream of meeting his idol gone, or so we thought! 

A friend of the family was able to attend Comiccon this year. He attended with the goal of trying to make Jim's dream come true. He came from out of town and pushed through crowds to get a photo of the star. Not for himself but for Jim, his #1 fan. 

Jim didn't get to meet the star but he got this:


A special message: Richard Dean Anderson posed with a big "Get well soon Jim" sign that the friend brought along for him to sign. For someone as big a fan as Jim is, this is as good as it gets. I can picture the smile from ear to ear. What a special present, I was so happy when my mother called me to tell me the good news. I had to share it with all of you! :) 

Thank you to Jimmy, Denise and Dan who made this possible. Thanks to the Comiccon team and Richard Dean Anderson for making Jim smile and feel just a little bit better. Even a small act of kindness can mean the everything in someone else's world. 

Get well soon Jim!! Xo



*Not sponsored or endorsed by Comiccon. Picture posted with permission*



Disclosure: 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.

Spring weather is the most unpredictable of all! Get ready for whatever the weather throws your way with daily haircasts for Ottawa and Toronto! What is a daily haircast? Like a forecast for the weather, a haircast lets you know what the weather will be like and what kind of hair you should expect. 



Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist, Justin German and Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, Pantene Principal Scientist, have some great tips and tricks for anything the weather throws your way!


Dr. Roland Wilkerson says: Fly-aways are caused by a combination of friction - like wind, water absorption in the hair and an increase in static electricity, and can often be more apparent if there is hair breakage present, resulting in an unmanageable and unruly appearance. 

Justin German says: When it's windy, your best option is pulling your hair back into a ponytail or up in a sleek bun to keep your hair secure. Don't trust our bobby pins to do all the work, use Pantene Extra Strong Hold Hairspray, it will keep your hair in place, even in high humidity while boosting shine. 



Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson says: When hair is damp, humidity molecules can wedge themselves in between layers of the unsealed cuticle, causing unwanted frizz. Pantene Seriously Sleek Serum with Argan Oil is a lightweight solution that controls frizz by helping to seal the cuticle and prevent hair from responding to humidity exposure.

Justin German says: Just because it's humid outside doesn't mean you should avoid moisturizing products - to tame frizz apply 1-2 pumps of the Seriously Sleek Serum for 24 hours of humidity control. And, as an added benefit, it will boost shine and make  hair silky soft!



Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson says: Hair that has experienced intense and prolonged exposure to extreme heat lacks essential moisture and often feels rough or dry to the touch. This is caused by micro tears in the fibre and high inter-fibre friction due to the damaged surface. The conditioning agents present in the Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal collection help restore moisture and prevent further damage by mimicking the natural protective layer of the hair. 

Justin German says: During Canadian summers, the heat can take its toll - make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner that will balance your hair's moisture levels like Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal. It's best to avoid using heat styling tools on your hair when it's already scorching outside, however if it's essential to your style, this collection will help seal in moisture and protect the hair against further damage!

As a long-time Pantene user, I can tell you that following these tips can save you lots of hassles and help you avoid bad hair days no matter the weather!

Pantene products can be found at your local Loblaws store! Visit www.Pantene.ca for more information about the full product line!

Show some love and follow @Pantene on Twitter, @Pantenehair on Instagram and Like the Pantene Facebook page for the latest updates!


WIN IT!

We want you to be prepared no matter the weather! We are giving one lucky AME reader the chance to win Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner as well as their own $25 Loblaws gift card to purchase their favourite stylers to go with it!


Fill out the entry ballot to get started! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using GiveawayTools on May 30th, 2015.
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. More about giveaways can be found here.

GOOD LUCK!!!