Jul 25, 2014

Since the summer began it feels as if time is just flying right by! There are so many things I want or need to do and there seems to never be enough hours in a day to get it all done. Thus, my ever growing to-do list never really gets completed. 



The weather has been overall nice so we don't want to keep the kids cooped up in the house all day but we still have work to do. Without daycare or even a tiny break this summer, we made an agreement with the kids that we go to the pool as long as things are done around here. Spending an entire day there is impossible with the youngest who still naps so a couple of hours is good enough. She enjoys the wading pool and the older ones usually meet up with local friends in the big kid pool. We have made it a ritual all summer that after swimming at the pool we head off to the park (which is right next to the pool area) for some swinging and climbing.

I started sorting and purging areas of the house that have been ignored. There was just too much stuff, it was overwhelming. I finally got tired of having to jam my daughter's closet door closed. We went through everything except the shelf of old VHS movies, that needs its own box and its own afternoon of sorting. I am surprised I only ended up with one bag of garbage. Two bags of "unwanted" toys and one small bag of clothes that didn't fit and couldn't be used by her sister (eventually). The donation bin is going to get a delivery at the end of the week! 

My birthday is next Thursday, I have nothing planned as usual. I bought myself an early gift, a new set of utensils with a wooden tray. Let me explain; Somehow during the school year, along with the reusable plastic ones we had bought specifically to bring on lunches, the kids made most of the tea spoons, forks and butter knives disapear. I'm tired of searching for a clean one and having everything mixed matched all over the place. I came across a really nice set on Amazon PLUS I got free shipping. You know you're a mom when you are excited about new forks and spoons.

We have some fun (surprise) events lined up in August. The kids will be very excited once they find out. You already know one of them! I'll be sharing more about that as it happens here on the blog.

We are celebrating our oldest daughter's 10th birthday at the end of the summer. That is a huge milestone - 10 years since I gave birth to my first baby.  I ordered some special Monster High party supplies. They had bigger kits than the one I went with but I know we aren't having a huge party. I do want to make it extra special for her though.  She wants the Catty Noir doll. It's rare and expensive when you can find her so I may have to pick her brain to find out which other dolls she would like if that one isn't doable. I know she will be happy either way, she's already told me her summer has been a great one so far. 

For now we will continue to enjoy what time we do have on the nice days. We may wish for the first day of school but when it comes we want summer and its fun memories back all over again. 


Posted by AME. Opinions and comments are my own. 

Jul 22, 2014


Parenting is rewarding but it can be demanding and it can get expensive, especially with younger children who require items like diapers and other baby supplies. 

Back in June, you may remember me posting about Amazon's Subscribe and Save program, geared to help people save time and money on their every day house hold and family needs. Now there is a new program offered called Amazon Family which is geared to help parents and care givers save time and money on the things their little ones need most.



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- 20% off diapers with a subscribe and save subscription
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- Access to Amazon Family exclusive discounts and offers on key necessities, including items for the nursery, toys, newborn accessories, children's books and much more!

Amazon Family is open to anyone who takes care of a child from moms and dads to grandparents and caregivers. With a variety of free shipping options for Amazon customers, families don't have to worry about finding the time to get out to the stores or lugging larger, bulkier items back home.

You can sign up today and start your *FREE 30 day trial to Amazon family and start saving where it matters most! 


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Jul 21, 2014


Last week you may have seen me tweeting and facebooking about my exciting news: I was invited (along with a guest) to see Katy Perry in concert at the Canadian Tire Centre plus a meet and greet after the show! 

As you may know, Katy Perry is a COVERGIRL for the new #InstaGLAM "Ready, Set Gorgeous" line of makeup. I for one love Katy Perry. Her music is uplifting and inspiring, shes such a great performer and shes absolutely gorgeous! She is an advocate for everything beautiful and fun, inside and out. 

I brought a good friend of mine, Melanie. We were so excited for the whole girls night out experience, seeing Katy Perry was the icing on the cake. Speaking of cake, my birthday is in a couple of weeks so it was great timing.

We headed off to the Canadian Tire Center the evening of July 16th to have the time of our lives. The drive there was a bit long, it was traffic hour and it was jammed at some places but we made it in good time! 

We were a bit early which was fine because it gave us a chance to check out (and take pics of) all the things set up around, check out the merchandise kiosks, find the section we needed to be in and scope out the closest washrooms!


CoverGirl made it all about #InstaGLAM with a big birthday cake photo booth where you could have your picture taken. The line ups were a little crazy so we didn't get around to getting a picture but we did take #InstaGLAM pics of our own! 

Before getting our seats we met up with the person who was in charge of the meet and greet for some information and our meet and greet stickers. We went on our way to our seats. We sat down in time to see the first acts Ferras and Capital Cities, who got the crowd pumped and ready an incredibly energetic night!

The place was sold out and I don't think many people were sitting in their seats once Katy took the stage. 

The show began with a giant prism opening up to reveal Katy in an outfit with neon glow lights all around singing her hit ROAR. Throughout her two hour set, Katy made several costume changes to accommodate the stage setting from Egyptian theme to cats, bright neon smiley faces to flowers and a giant dress. 



Many of her hits were preformed like "Dark Horse", "I Kissed a Girl", "Birthday" and "Unconditionally" to name a few. Katy seemed to be magician-like, popping up in different areas of the stage throughout the show. She walked on air and flew with balloons! The set was very well put together and allowed her to get up close and personal with some of the fans in the "Reflection Section". 



There were surprises throughout the show like a pizza which Katy gave to a young fan, as long as he promised to share. Another fan got to be sung to by Katy while she sat on a birthday throne and wore a birthday hat! Not to mention the funny floating CoverGirl lipstick among other interesting props. 

We missed the last couple of songs because as she began Firework, we were whisked away to the floor area to watch the rest of the song and then off to the back stage area for our anticipated meet and greet! There was a small group of us.

We were lead to a very shiny "Prismatic Lounge" where tables and seats were set up. Very pretty and so Katy Perry. We were asked to put away our phones as no cell phone pictures were allowed and we all stood (most likely nervously) in line to wait for Katy to appear. 

Once she entered the room it was kind of surreal and went really quickly. Everyone had their moment to say hi and have their picture taken. I told myself to play it breezy but what happens in my mind and what comes out of my mouth are two different things sometimes. I ended up shaking her hand, saying nice to meet you and that she put on an amazing show. Big dumbfounded, starstruck, teenaged-adult moment at its finest but I don't care! It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience! :-) 



Katy Perry's #PrismaticWorldTour is one I am so happy I had the opportunity to see! Huge thank you to COVERGIRL for sending my friend Mel and I for an evening we won't soon forget! 


Posted by AME in participation with the P&GMom program. Perks and compensation are received as part of this program however comments, opinions and photos on this blog are my own. 




Jul 18, 2014

Water is an essential source of life for everyone. People, plants and animals all rely on it to replenish, refresh and nourish lives. Water is also one thing we all take for granted here in North America. 

Being summer water seems all the plenty for us. Everyone is swimming, boating, playing water games or jumping through sprinklers. People wash their cars and water their gardens. Water is the go-to beverage after coming in from outdoor play or working out. It seems like we have an unlimited supply yet we take it for granted every day. 

Did you know approximately one billion people in the developing world do not enjoy the same luxery as we do. Diseases from contaminated water kill more children everyday than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. 

You may have heard about the P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water program which helps provide clean drinking water to people in need through a water purifying technology developed by P&G. One small P&G purification packate turns quickly turns 10L of dirty water into clean, fresh, drinkable water. 

For every participating P&G product purchased at Walmart from May May 1 2014 to March 31 2014, P&G will donate a day of clean drinking water for those in need. 

To help remind Canadians just how lucky we are to have access to clean water and to help educate them on how they can help provide clean water to those in need P&G has created the #CleanWater photo challenge! From July 18 to 31st, P&G and Walmart want you to share photos of how clean water makes a difference in your life! 


How it works:

Using your preferred social photo sharing platform (I'll be using Instagram), follow the #cleanwater calendar (above) and post a photo inspired by the word of the day (ie: Hydrate). The photo can include clean water itself, ways you are using water in your daily lives etc, get creative! Don't forget to use the daily hashtag and tweet out your picture! 

One lucky participant across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest etc will win a $250 Walmart gift card and an awesome bundle of P&G goodies as a thank you for sharing! 




You can also check out the #cleanwater Pinterest board to see everyone's pictures throughout the two weeks. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with and I wish all my winners the best of luck for the grand prize! :)

Happy Photographing! 


Posted in participation with the PGMom ambassadorship program. Compensation and perks are received as part of the program however opinions, comments and photos expressed on this blog are my own. 


Jul 17, 2014


Summer time is meant for fun. I, like many mothers out there, enjoy taking my kids to the pool for some water fun. One thing I have been reading more and more as each summer passes is how self concious we women can be when it comes to wearing a swim suit. 

It doesn't matter what body type you have either, the average woman doesn't feel great in a bathing suit. A recent survey revealed that Canadian women are most uncomfortable when wearing a bathing suit. I can vouch for being one of those women. 

To help women like you and I feel great about ourselves, Toronto based stylist Alexis Honce has partnered with Special K to share some great tips and advice on how to pick the perfect bathing suit for you. 


Alexis Honce
Top 5 bathingsuit shopping tips from Alexis Honce:

- Get in the mood! Bathing suit shopping can be stressful and you will want to feel and look your best when you head out to shop. Shave your legs, do your hair & makeup, as this will give you a boost when checking out yourself in the mirror. 

- Think about what looks good on your body shape. Do halter-tops flatter your figure or does a wider neckline? The clothes you wear can give you tips to what style of bathing suit you should buy. Find out your body shape first and what cut of suit will flatter it and then head out to the stores to find the perfect one! 

-  Pat attention to the trends. Every season there are new colours and patterns that are in fashion and it helps give a modern and fashionable spin to your beach look. 

- Don't forget to accessorize. A beautiful cover up, sunglasses , and a sun protecting hat can add flare to your beachwear and also show a little personality. Love big hats - now is your chance to show them how to wear it! Cover-ups are always best in bright colours and prints. Make a statement!

- Have fun in the sun! 

I like the final tip from Alexis - Have fun in the sun! She's right, don't worry so much about what everybody else thinks and love your body as beautiful as you are! :) 

For more information about Special K products and more healthy living tips and tricks please visit the Special K website

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Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One mandatory entry per household. 

By entering this giveaway you understand your information will be shared with representatives of Special K for prizing purposes only. Otherwise everything is always private on AME! 

Good Luck!


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Jul 16, 2014

Why yes, this is a picture of my Katy Perry tickets for tonight's show at the Canadian Tire Centre...


I couldn't be more excited! Not only do I get to see Katy Perry in concert (AND meet her) but I also get to bring a good friend of mine! She will probably agree that we are long overdue for a girls night together!

You can follow along for all the fun via social media on Twitter @AMotherhoodblog and also Instagram! I'll be using hashtags #InstaGLAM & #PrismaticWorldTour!

A huge thank you goes out to @COVERGIRL for the invitation to this once-in-a-lifetime evening, one I have a feeling we won't soon forget! 



Posted by AME. I receive special perks being a P&GMom but I am in no way obligated to post about them. This is my way of saying Thank You. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Jul 15, 2014


Get ready for the big top as the world famous Shrine Circus makes it's way to Ottawa this August! 

One of my fondest memories growing up is going to the circus with my family. We only went once but it was an evening to remember. I remember sitting on my parents knee watching the performers as they wowed the audience young and old. It will be so great to take my two older kids to see the amazing show that makes the Shrine Circus all it is. 

Celebrating 251 years of family tradition, The Shrine Circus is a brilliant show under Canada's most beautiful Big Top. From acrobatics to clowns, animals and so much more, kids will be amazed and parents will be brought back to those nostalgic childhood memories of their first circus experience. 

Details about the Shrine Circus:

Friday, August 8th to Sunday, August 10th at the R.A. Center in Ottawa. 

You can expect an evening of amazement as the famed Garcia Family performs the thrilling Human Cannonball and the death defying Wheel of Destiny. Along with the spectacular thrill acts, the Shrine Circus 2014 has an all new showcase which includes the TARZAN Zerbini performing Elephants, the Year of the Horse Spectacular with Zerbini Liberty Horses and the Zamperla Zoppe Jioke Acrobatic Riders, plus Trapeze and Aerial Artistry, Juggling, Sword Balancing, the Perilous Pole Perch, Musical Comedy, High Flying Teeter board Acrobats, Classical Clowns and so much more! 




We will be experiencing the circus this year as special VIP guests! I can just imagine the excitement in their eyes when we tell them about the "big top" surprise! This will not only give us a chance to watch the amazing show but also to get a behind the scenes look at the Shrine Circus and the performers, trainers and animals who make it amazing.  

You can purchase tickets online to avoid line ups at the ticket booth! General admission is $30, VIP is $40 and Ringside seating is $50 a ticket (ticket prices + tax & service charge). Enter promo code HOT DOG at www.Shrine-circus.com and get 2 tickets for the price of 1!

For more information about the Shrine Circus, show times and to see when they will be coming to a city near you please visit the official Shrine Circus Website!

For the latest news and updates don't forget to like the Shrine Circus Facebook page and follow @TheShrineCircus on Twitter!


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Our friends at the Shrine Circus want to give one lucky AME reader the chance to give their family an evening to remember! 

Win a VIP family pass (for FOUR) to attend the Shrine Circus (evening date of your choice) in Ottawa! Please fill out the giveaway ballot below to enter!

Must be a resident of Ottawa or willing to travel to the event on your own behalf. One mandatory entry per household. By entering this giveaway you understand your information will be shared with representatives of the Shrine Circus for prizing purposes only. Otherwise everything is always confidential here on AME! 

Good Luck!


Posted on behalf of the Shrine Circus. Complimentary event passes were given in exchange for promotions. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Jul 14, 2014

Summer fun is about to begin, days spent at the pool or park, just being outside enjoying the beautiful sun.

There's nothing like being all ready for a day of fun when you have an "Oh no!" hair moment. You took your shower and got all ready but notice you missed an entire strip on your leg. Oops! You can fix it in minutes without jumping back into the shower with Gillette!  

Gillette brings Canadian women a new way to keep those legs smooth in a jiffy with the new Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace. It's the smallest and most compact razor available in Canada! It comes ready to go in a convenient travel case and has an easy-grip mini handle that fits any Venus razor blades! You can choose from your favourites like new Gillette Venus Spa Breeze cartridges. Great to throw in your travel bag, gym bag or purse. No need for shave gel, just a splash of water lathers the cartridge to give you a close, smooth shave on the go. 

A common "Oh no!" hair moment for me is frizzy, frazzled "summer humidity" hair, as I call it. It's when you can do absolutely nothing with your hair without it turning frizzy and frazzled looking by the time you are finished doing your hair! 

Ladies, there is a solution to keeping our tresses under control with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Wave Enhancer Spray and Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Cream Pomade. The 7-in-1 wave enhancing spray allows for maximum styling so you can achieve that beach hair look with ease. After a quick spray, apply the cream pomade for genius curl and wave control. It leaves your hair soft, touchable and beautifully defined for up to 24 hours!



Have you ever had an "Oh No!" hair moment? We'd love to hear a time when you could have used these time saving products! Share your story with @Gillette using hashtag #InASnap for shaving mishaps and @VidalSassoon using hashtag #GoodByeFlyAways with your frizzy fumbles!

Win it!

Our friends at P&G want to rid you of "Oh No!" hair moments this summer by offering up a Summer Hair Care Survival Kit ($45 value*) to one lucky AME reader! 

This kit includes:
  • Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace
  • Gillette Venus Spa breeze cartridges
  • Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Enhancer Spray
  • Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Creme Pomade
Share your "Oh No!" hair moments by commenting below this post for your chance to win this Summer Hair Care Survival Kit courtesy of P&G! Please make sure to enter using the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! :)

Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Mandatory entry must be completed for extras to count. One entry per email/per household. Please use a valid email address upon entering for prize contact purposes. Ends August 1st at 9pm EST! 

Please note this giveaway may appear on various P&GMom blogs. You may enter on as many of our blogs as you wish however you may only win this prize once. 

By entering this giveaway you understand your information will only be shared with representatives of P&G for prizing purposes should you win. Otherwise everything always stays private and confidential here on AME! :) 

GOOD LUCK!

Posted in participation with the P&GMom program. Perks and incentives are received as part of this program however thoughts, opinions and comments on this blog are always honest and my own. Prize provided by representatives of P&G. 

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Jul 11, 2014


Bam, Pow! It's BATMAN to the rescue! Well, at least a mini version anyway! 

So many times my son has worn his old Batman costume, running around pretending he is the caped crusader! He even makes the "I'm Batman" voice and doesn't respond to anything but "Batman", totally in character. He would be great at cosplay. 

We usually get our costumes closer to the actual Halloween season, the kids enjoy wearing them for the actual day and then keep them as fun dress up costumes for the off season. Grey Batman had a good run, over time the costume has had some wear but unfortunately like all good things kids enjoy most, our boy outgrew the one he had.  

Shopping online once again brings out its brilliance by bringing us great costumes year-round from online shops like FrightCatalogue.com! Shops like this are excellent for finding just about any kind of costume you want, any time you want. The only thing you need to do is place an order and wait for your new costume to arrive! 

We found our boy a really cool retro Batman costume, "the Blue Batman" as he calls him. There are different ones to choose from, they even have ones for adults. They also had the one he had previously worn but we decided to change it up. 

Little guy couldn't wait to model his new costume! 



The Brave and Bold Deluxe Boy's Muscle Batman costume has everything our little guy needs to dress up as his favourite caped crusader! It features a muscle chest jump suit that has the Batman logo on it, really getting into gear! It has attached boot tops, so no need to worry about finding matching boots! It also comes with a yellow Batman belt, mask and cape.

What I like about this costume is that it's an officially licensed costume that doesn't cost any more than those you'd find in store around Halloween time.

This Batman costume costs $34.97 at and comes in sizes from toddler to 12-14, great for Batman fans of all ages! You can find this an other great super hero themed costumes at FrightCatalogue.com! Oh and you can take an extra 20% off your order over $40 with code FRIGHT20! 


Posted in participation with Costume Reviewers. Complimentary costume provided for review purposes. Comments and opinions are my own. 

Jul 10, 2014



Having a new baby is an exciting time. It can also be an overwhelming time when new parents can feel as if there are a gazillion things to do but they can't be in two places at once.

Baby monitors have become a very popular choice on new parents or parents to be baby registry and wish lists. Baby monitors allow you to of course hear and now see your baby, making sure everything is good.

Best Buy has a variety of different baby monitors for the home including one of our favourite brands, D-Link.  The D-Link DCS-825L HD Wi-Fi Baby Camera in particular turns your smartphone or tablet into a live monitor with a simple app. This camera connects to your iOS or Android device to turn it into a video baby monitor for checking on your infant wherever you are. With the free myDLink app (which only works with D-Link cameras) you can monitor your baby 24/7 remotely through the internet whether you are at home or somewhere else. 



Other features on this camera include night vision, remote lullabies, two-way communication, mini SD card slot, HD quality picture and alerts for loud sounds such as crying, motion, and temperature.

The camera is also mobile, if you happen to be travelling and want to keep an eye on baby you can connect your mobile to the cameras wireless network for local monitoring. Perfect for when you are on vacation or visiting someone else's home! 


The D-Link DCS-825L HD Wifi Baby Camera comes with everything you need to get set up, QJG, Power adapter, wall mount kit and desktop base as well as two accent rings in pink and blue to go with the nursery decor. Check it out in store or online at BestBuy.ca!



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Our friends at BestBuy.ca are offering up a D-Link HD Wifi Baby Camera ($179.99 value) to one lucky AME reader! Please fill in the giveaway ballot below for your chance to win! :) 

Open to Canadian residents 18+. Mandatory entry must be completed for extras to count. One mandatory entry per household. Please use a valid email address upon entering for prizing purposes. 

Your information will not be shared with anyone except the representatives of Best Buy Canada for prizing purposes only. All information remains private here on AME. Non qualifying entrants will be deleted. All giveaways may be monitored. 



Good Luck!

Posted by AME on behalf of Best Buy Canada. Store gift cards were obtained as a thank you for this feature and giveaway. Prize provided by Best Buy Canada. Opinions and comments on this blog are always honest and those of the author.