Jul 28, 2015

I grew up in the country, we had farms (although we did not live on a farm) and animals, forests, rivers, trails and wildlife. I can say I learned a lot about nature and life just growing up with it literally right outside my door. 

We are raising our kids in the city and they haven't seen the kind of wildlife we grew up with, at least not up close. There's a difference between seeing animals live in their environment and seeing them on TV or in books. 

This summer has been all about getting out and having fun as a family, we've been on a fun-filled day trip almost every week since school ended for the kids!

This week our summer adventures lead us to Parc Omega in beautiful Montebello, Quebec. The perfect destination to get away for something quieter, something down to earth and something back with nature. It's about an hour and a half drive from Ottawa, if you're lucky enough to avoid city traffic.



Parc Omega brings Canadian wildlife face to face with families from all over the area and beyond. Elk, Caribou, Deer, Buffalo, Wolves, Bears, Geese and other gorgeous wildlife lives at Parc Omega and we were invited to take a tour of this glorious nature park.

The car tour allows you to drive along the path following the map and directional arrows to give you an up close and personal view of nature at its finest. You can rent a caged vehicle to use but we were brave and took the truck through. These animals are so docile, we knew there wouldn't be any worry.



We fed carrots to the Elks who greeted us on our route. I admit, it had been a long time since I had seen much wildlife so close and I was a bit nervous at first but it didn't take us long to make friends! Some were quiet while others more eager. One even managed to lick me while I tried to take photos of the kids feeding the Elk in the back. It was trying to get my attention for carrots! The kids were amazed by all of the animals. It's not every day they see this!



The wolves and bears seemed to sit lazily in the sun, wouldn't we have all loved to spend our Friday afternoon that way! There were new additions to the park like Black Wolves and newborn baby wild pigs (who were along side their big mama!) and baby deer! 

We noticed the many beautiful carved native art like totem poles and statues throughout the park. There is even a beautiful play house and play park area. The boardwalk gives you a better view of some of the animals, if you can brave the heights like we did! 



There is so much more to Parc Omega than just the animals and beautiful scenery. It's got history and you can learn about it in the Trading Post while you stop to get some carrots (sold on site) and take a break for lunch with the deer. We took our break near Trout Lake and had some cute baby deer join us for our snack. There were Geese nearby and the lake was just beautiful.




We had so much fun at Parc Omega, I thought a little video would help give you a better idea if you have not been, yet. 


I would definitely recommend visiting Parc Omega this summer with your family. It's an experience with new friends you won't soon forget!

For more information and to plan your next day trip visit www.parc-omega.ca

Have you been to Parc Omega this summer? Share your memories with @Parc_Omega on Twitter or @parcomega on Instagram using hashtag #parcomega!


Complimentary visit provided for this post. Opinions and comments on this blog are always honest and those of the author. 






Jul 27, 2015

A friend is more than just someone you know. They are someone you can count on it any situation. If you need to vent, they know how to listen. When you feel like crying, they hand you a tissue. When you both need a good laugh, you know what stories to tell and the best part is you wouldn't want to be laughing with anyone else. 

Friendship comes from all forms from people you may have grown up with to people that live provinces away from you. One thing is for certain, they hold that special place in your heart. That's the power of friendship.

International Day of Friendship is coming up on July 30th - a day to celebrate friendship. My Little Pony has been teaching everyone young and old about the power of friendship for over 30 years - that's amazing! 



To celebrate #MLPFriendshipDay, you can visit http://mylittlepony.hasbro.com/friendshipday and check out cool project ideas and help strengthen friendships to help make a difference in your community.

WIN IT!

Hasbro wants to celebrate International Day of Friendship with a My Little Pony Friendship is magic giveaway! One lucky AME reader will win an assortment of products from the new line (valued at $100) that includes:

- Friendship is Magic Collectible Story Pack Playset
- Friendship is Magic Collectible Story Playset
- Friendship is Magic Collectible Story Pack with accessories
- Friendship is Magic Collectible Scene Pack
- MLP Tritan Bottle (14oz)
- MLP Tshirt or Sleepwear


Assorted prizes may or may not be as shown. 
Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends August 10th 2015. 

By entering this giveaway you understand the terms and conditions on AME. Your information will not be shared unless you are drawn winner in which it will be shared with representatives of Hasbro. Qualifying winners have 48 hours to fill out a claim form including skill testing question before another winner will be drawn.




Sponsored by Hasbro Canada. Complimentary product received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 







Jul 24, 2015

It's summer time and that means it is officially the season for outdoor play! No matter what, active kids mean accidents happen. They can be climbing a tree, playing at the park, riding a bike, running around being kids and then it happens. They take a tumble or a fall and you have yourself a non-life threatening, minor injury that needs a bandage and a hug from mom or dad. 

Be prepared for the occassional summer scrape or bump with Nexcare Sensitive Skin Products. They help with any minor injuries that may happen during those fun and active summer months, as well as all year round. Kids will always be kids! 

I like Nexcareproducts because they are silicone-based and have an adhesive that stays in place and holds without being harsh on the skin when you remove them. They are one of the kid-friendly brands of bandages we can count on to make the boo-boo go away. 

Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin Adhesive Pads are great for protecting wounds such as cuts, minor burns, abrasions and post-surgical incisions.



Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin Tape is a new kind of tape that has been clinically designed for fragile or sensitive skin; idea for use on infants. Features a constant adhesive strength for as long as it’s left in place, unlike traditional tape that increases adhesion over time. This explains why bandages are usually so difficult and painful to remove!



Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin Eye Patches (also available in a junior size) were clinically designed for that extra sensitive skin around the eye.  A central non-adherent pad prevents eye secretions from sticking. The product is idea for treating amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes) as part of your doctor recommended treatment. 



As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry”, make sure to pack some Nexcare™ in your first aid kit. Summer has just begun, be prepared! 

You can purchase Nexcare Sensitive Skin products online at amazon.ca and at the following stores:

Shoppers Drug Mart

Sobey’s

Jean Coutu

Overwaitea

London Drugs

Rexall


To learn more about Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin line and other great products, please click here to visit the official website! Show some love and like the Nexcare™ Facebook page for the latest updates!


WIN IT!



We want you to be prepared with Nexcare this summer! One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin products summer prize pack which will include a variety of Nexcare™ Sensitive Skin products to add to your summer first-aid kit!


Enter using the Giveaway Tools 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 August 3rd, 2015.

Representatives of Nexcare are providing the prize to the winner on AME's behalf. By entering this giveaway, you accept your information will be shared with the representatives of Nexcare 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!!!

Sponsored post on behalf of Nexcare™. Complimentary product was received for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author

Jul 21, 2015

Summer is all about getting out, taking advantage of the gorgeous sunny weather and having fun. There are times though through busy schedules, that we need to just take it easy, relax and unwind. Maybe even take the time to reconnect with our families. Just because we play together doesn't mean we're always really together. 

On those evenings when the mosquitos are out to feast or those days when the weather doesn't want to cooperate with our summer fun, we can turn to games to keep everyone occupied. Not video games, real games. Games we grew up with and remember playing at the cottage, games we can sit down with our own children and teach how to play. This kind of family fun never gets old. 



This summer, Mattel is challenging YOU to have a game-night with your family! Here are some great tips and tricks to make the most out of family game night:

Prepare your space.

Transform your everyday living space into a fun family game room! It's as easy as making sure there are enough comfy seats for everyone who's playing and setting up some yummy snacks for everyone! You could even put on some fun music to set the mood. Something upbeat but not too exciting! Doing even the smallest things like this will show the kids you take gaming night and family time seriously.

Play a variety of games. 

We have a large collection of games from kids games to games just for grownups. During family game time it's nice to have a variety to choose from to keep everyone entertained and allow everyone to try something new. Start the gaming with UNO™ followed by Apples to Apples and finally how about a little Pictionary. These games are sure to keep everyone entertained and gives everyone the opportunity to win at a new game!

Disconnect to connect. 

As someone who is online almost all the time, this one can be a toughy. It's always a good rule to have everyone disconnect from technology during family game time. To get that real one-on-one quality time and not have attention spanned to the TV, tablet or smartphone. By disconnecting from technology, even for a little while, we are better able to reconnect with our loved ones!

Have a blast on your next family game night! Learn more about UNO™, Apples to Apples and Pictionaryplus other great family games by liking the Mattel Games Facebook page!

Tell us, how do you connect with your family during the summer months? How do you make family game night at your house?



WIN IT!

Mattel wants you and your family to have some real Mattel Game time this summer. AME readers have the chance to win one of two Mattel Games bundles that include UNO, Apples to Apples and Pictionary for your game playing enjoyment!

Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends August 3rd 2015. 

By entering this giveaway you understand the terms and conditions on AME. Your information will not be shared unless you are drawn winner in which it will be shared with representatives of Mattel. Qualifying winners have 48 hours to fill out a claim form including skill testing question before another winner will be drawn. 



Posted in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocate blogger program. Complementary products were obtained as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

Jul 20, 2015

When I was quite young, summertime always seemed never ending. From the moment that school bell rang on the final day in June, we had our freedom. We could wake up early, get dressed and head outside for a day of wonder. Our parents didn't always have a plan, often they even had to work but we always managed to make the most of it and have an overall good summer. 


I would spend weekends at my grandparents or aunts houses, sometimes we would go to a local beach for the day and swim. Other times when the weather wasn't so great we found ourselves inside doing crafts or maybe driving each other a little bit crazy. We always found something to do and spent plenty of time as a family. 

As a parent today, summertime still feels never ending. We are always busy coming up with ideas for things to do with the kids. From a picnic of healthy snacks in the park to fun at the splashpad or local pool and even day trips we planned ahead, we want our kids to also feel like summer is never ending and make the most of the time we have while they're still young. 

Whatever you do this summer, Orange Naturals has what you need to make your own summer first aid kit! What do you have in your first aid kit? 

Aside from bandages for your cuts and scrapes, try Bumps + Bruises to ease just about any well, bumps and bruises. Are you prone to bug bites like we are? Try new Bite + Stings to ease the pain when those pesky mosquitos, bees and other bugs try to ruin your fun! Both of these are available in liquid and NEW cream form for both adults and kids! 

You can learn more about these and other great Orange Naturals products in the July #ONatural newsletter! Signing up is FREE! :) 

Have you checked out the #ONatural blog lately? It's packed full of great articles about family health, tips, tricks and more! Show some love and like the Orange Naturals facebook page and follow @OrangeNaturals on Twitter for the latest! 


Sponsored post in participation with the #ONatural Bloggers program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Jul 17, 2015

As parents, it's natural for us to have hopes and dreams for our children from the moment they are born into this world. We dream of them growing up happy, healthy, educated and well-rounded. We hope they meet someone special, get that dream career and maybe one day get married and have a family of their own. 

That is the thing about kids, they are unique just like you and I. We have our hopes and dreams for them but really, they have hopes and dreams for themselves. Regardless of what my kids decide to do with their lives, be it the path we hope they take or follow their own hearts and dreams, it is our job as their parents to support them and help them find their own destiny.

Support their interests

Dance, soccer, science or art - whatever your child has a particular interest in, let them explore it so they can discover where their true passion is. Showing your kids you support their interests gives them the chance to decide what's best for them and what they should pursue in the long run.

Give them options

When it comes to activities, let your little ones have a hand in choosing how they spend their time. No matter what they choose, giving them the chance to do the decision making lets them know your support them and listen to their true voice. 

Challenge them

One of the best ways to get your kids interested in other things outside their comfort zone is to get them involved and try to encourage them to try new things. This will give her a wider range of interests and broaden the horizon for future aspirations. You never know unless you try! 



This month Ever After High™ is encouraging kids to find out if they are a Royal or a Rebel! How can you tell? Take a look at the following characteristics and find out! If your child checks off more on the Royals traits than the Rebel, she probably has more in common with Apple White™ or Alistair Wonderland™. If your little one is more on the Rebel side, she will have more in common with Raven Queen™ or Dexter Charming™!



Royal Characteristics:

As a Royal, you  believe it is your duty to follow your destiny. You've long dreamt for the day you would sign the Storybook of Legends and you can't wait to live your "happily ever after".



Rebel characteristics:

You are a rebel who is ready to rewrite your story and live your own life. You believe everyone should be able to live their own "happily every after".

Visit the Ever After High™ website, take the quiz and find out which side your little one is really on! 


WIN IT!

We want to know, are you a Royal or a Rebel? Take the quiz and enter for your chance to win one of two prizes of TWO Ever After Highdolls! 

Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends August 3rd 2015. 

By entering this giveaway you understand the terms and conditions on AME. Your information will not be shared unless you are drawn winner in which it will be shared with representatives of Mattel. Qualifying winners have 48 hours to fill out a claim form including skill testing question before another winner will be drawn.




Posted in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocate blogger program. Complementary products were obtained as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.


Jul 14, 2015

Things can accumulate quickly when you have a family. Kids outgrow just about everything from toys to clothes plus furniture and we tend to put things aside accidentally creating an unwanted and unneeded collection of things. 




Garage sales are a popular choice to easily sell items you don't need or find items you need at a fraction of the cost brand new. I honestly don't have time to set up tables and sit outside trying to sell our used things so I find myself turning to the internet. We have tried various buy and sell websites in the past always to find at least one fault in them we aren't satisfied with. I am happy to have been introduced to a new way to buy and sell online with VarageSale. 

VarageSale is a free online marketplace app that allows families to buy and sell affordable second hand items locally and connect with new people in nearby neighbourhoods. 

VarageSale is easy to set up by downloading the free app and connecting your Facebook account. You choose a password and find your community. You can head off on your own or follow a quick and easy tutorial to get your started. Within minutes you are all ready to start searching for your next treasure or posting some of your own.



I posted my first item, some toys we had put aside that the kids outgrew. I used the app to post it although you could do it through the web too. You are allowed one photo, a title and description. You can update and edit your post as you please too.

Unlike other buy and sell type websites, VarageSale is based on location. Chances of finding the perfect item only to realize its not in your city, are slim to none. On other buy and sell sites I have used posts can easily get lost in the swarm of ads people post by the minute. VarageSale allows you to give your post a free bump so it stays at the top for longer, upping your chances of having it seen by your community. You can really get to know the community too, with features like "liking", watching and even commenting on items. It's like one big virtual garage sale - VarageSale. I can't wait to see what happens next! 


Visit www.VarageSale.com  OR download the free app to sign up (for free) and see how easy it is to buy and sell local! Show some love and Like the VarageSale facebook page to stay up to date on the latest!

Post your first item using the VarageSale app and use hashtag #VSDeal in your item description and you can earn yourself a cool $10! Don't forget to tweet your first post @VarageSale and show off what you're selling!

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