9/28/12



There are just a few weeks left until the long-awaited ShesConnected Conference and my belly has been getting bigger, I'm not *huge* but enough to say nothing fits at the moment. 

None of my current pants fit me except one pair I would actually wear in public but even those are tight and tops are losing the battle to the belly! I'm glad it's sweater season needles to say! 

I was worried about what I am going to wear to ShesConnected Conference. I know, "don't stress about what you're going to wear" which I wouldn't because I do have nice clothes but I'm pregnant and jogging pants with holes or hubbys pj pants are not really suitable conference attire.

Looking around at local department stores I wasn't very impressed with the lack of maternity clothes choices. Since when did becoming pregnant mean frumpy or non-fashionable! I needed some serious help!

I am proud to have Thyme Maternity sponsoring a couple of fantastic outfits to wear during my trip to Toronto for ShesConnected Conference! They offered me two fabulous outfits, one casual (for the sessions and networking) and one dressy-casual (for the evening parties). Paired with what I have left that fits me here and my favourite black flats, the clothing worry is pretty much over! 

Thyme Maternity had the honour of choosing the outfits and this is what they thought would look great for this falls conference season:


This lovely ensemble includes slim straight 5-pocket maternity denim, a red 3/4 sleeve jersey knit top and a beautiful (and warm) black cardigan sweater! Perfect outfit for sessions and networking at ShesConnected! I love the colour of the red top, it just pops and isn't something I would typically wear but surprisingly it looks nice on me! The pants are every pregnant woman's dream, no word of a lie. They are SO comfy they almost feel like you're wearing yoga pants and not denim jean. The sweater is thick, long and cozy. It covers my belly and buttons up without the buttons looking like they want to pop right off. This I believe may be my entrance ensemble. I haven't decided yet!


This knit sweater-dress is the perfect colour for the #50Shades party! Paired with either high boots or nylons with flats you can look great and be comfortable in this Thyme Maternity treasure. I absolutely loved this dress when I first saw it. It's made with thick knit material, excellent for the chilly fall weather we have been having. It's also LONG down to the knees and not above. I don't know about you but as a pregnant lady, I prefer to be a little more covered up.

You can see these and other great new fall styles at www.thymematernity.com! You can also follow @ThymeMaternity on Twitter and Like Thyme Maternity on Facebook!

Of course I also have other outfits put together from my own closet, whatever I could find that looked good and still fit and of course we all have our official 2012 SCCTO t-shirts at the conference!

I just want to make a note for those of you who are newcomers to ShesConnected, there is really nothing to it when choosing what to wear. Don't worry, everyone is as excited/nervous to be there as you are and won't be focused on who has the best outfit. Its a conference not a fashion show so make sure you are comfortable, that's the best look of all.

Thank you once again to Thyme Maternity for helping me put some comfort and class back into my conference attire - even if I have a belly in front! :)



Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Thyme Maternity, my SCCTO clothing sponsor. Mentioned items provided by Thyme Maternity for sponsorship purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. Sponsorship in any form does not reflect my total satisfaction of ShesConnected Conference nor are they associated.







9/27/12


Remembering back to my younger girlhood, I recall at one point being one of those tweens in poster pop star puppy love. You know, the trance of the boy band! We had the tapes or Cd's, we had their posed posters up on our walls and some of us had the fashion dolls, accessories and games to celebrate our fan hood of our favourite members! 

Today, if you have a tween girl you might hear the name "One Direction" (aka 1D) being squealed from her excited self. One Direction are a British-Irish boy band formed in London in 2010. They are one of today's hottest boy bands consisting of five members - Liam, Harry, Niall Louis and Zayn! You may have heard one of their hits "What makes you beautiful" or "One Thing" blasting from your tweens speakers.


Hasbro lets your 1D fan go backstage all-access with the new 1D Girl Talk game! Make it backstage with your favourite band 1D! Do you have what it takes to answer trivia questions? Are you up for a little dare on the "Will You Dare?" cards? Earn band souvenirs every time you answer a question correctly or complete a dare. If you fill your player card first you can collect the VIP pass and win the game! Game includes 4 player cards, 25 trivia cards, 10 action cards and 56 souvenir cards. 


Girls ages 8 and up can play 2-4 players which makes this the perfect game for your next tween sleepover slumber party! Just make sure you plan not to sleep that night ;-)

Check out this and other cool 1D fan merchandise (like said fashion dolls) at www.hasbro.ca!

Disclosure: Feature posted by AME on behalf of Hasbro Canada. We received complimentary product for feature purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

9/25/12


October is almost here which means it's time to start preparing for the most spooktacular celebration of the year - Halloween!

We love Halloween at our house, we always decorate with a traditional pumpkin and various other decorations. Our favourite part of course is dressing up and going out trick or treating with the kids. 

I remember it being easier to choose their costumes when they were smaller. Now that our oldest is eight she doesn't want to be anything cutesy, she wants to make-believe and be her favourite characters in stories, books and television shows.

Lately her favourite thing has been Monster High, what better time for her to dress up as her favourite character of course than Halloween! Monster High is a kids show and the characters are based on fictional horror monsters like Dracula, werewolf, Frankenstein and so forth. Her favourite character is Draculara who is the daughter of Dracula, don't worry though Draculara isn't your typical vampire - she is a vegetarian who drinks carrot juice instead! 

WholeSaleCostumeClub.com has tons of costumes for everyone from baby and kids to adult. Costumes range from super heroes to tv show characters to your typical Halloween ghosts and Ghoules. The best part is that at WholeSaleCostumeClub.com you get a great costume for half the price you would pay at your typical specialty costume store. 

WholeSaleCostumeClub.com has just what we needed for Halloween with their Deluxe Draculara costume for girls!

The costume comes with a bright hot pink vest with attached frilly white shirt, shimmering mini-skirt and sheer black arms and legs. Also included are criss cross black and pink leggings and boot-tops. Paired with the matching wig (sold separately) she will definitely look like Draculara when shes collecting her candy door to door.



Our daughter was thrilled when her Monster High costume arrived! She says it looks "exactly like Draculara's outfit". We ordered her a large and the costume looks great and fits well except that the leggings that came with the costume didn't quite fit for some reason. They fit rather tight but she replaced them with a pair of her own black stretchy pants and voila! It looks just as good! The "boots" are really neat and fit her like leggings above her knee. It almost looks like she is wearing Draculara heels but underneath are running shoes! 

The costume is delicate so take caution when putting it on and taking it off. I helped our daughter to prevent her ripping the mesh material before really getting to wear it!

Her hair and makeup aren't done up in the picture (we'll save that for Halloween!) but here's an idea of how a large fit our eight year old girl! :) She said she liked the sleeves like that for the picture but they do fit stretched down. ;-)



If you have a Monster High fan in your house definitely check out Draculara for $28.96 (members price) and other Monster High costumes plus accessories on WholeSaleCostumeClub.com!




Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of (brand). We received complimentary product for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

9/24/12


I am so excited to share this exclusive Loose Button review and giveaway with all of you - No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip liner! Nothing I love more then adding a fabulous new beauty product to my (ever growing) makeup bag! :)

Are you like me, you like to wear makeup but aren't a real pro when applying? Yeah, there are times I wonder if my eight year old could do a better job at applying lipstick or lip gloss. It's so annoying when you *think* you put on a coloured lip liner properly only to have a crooked smile and your lipstick bleeding out over the lines you drew. Sounds like something you'd see at the circus if you ask me.

No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner is a new beauty product exclusively from Loose Button recently launched here in Canada! It's a new and innovative way to apply lipstick or gloss without the smudge and "bleeding over the lines" look.

No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner is a makeup bag must-have this fall. It's an invisible liner that prevents lipstick and gloss from bleeding and feathering. Being invisible it can be worn with any colour of lipstick or gloss making it perfect for everyday, anytime use!

Check out this exclusive No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner video:



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What's one way to have fun and burn energy? Play a game of Twister! What's one way to have fun, burn energy and learn dance moves to some of today's most popular music? Play Twister Dance!


Hasbro gives Twister some new moves with new Twister Dance! This is not your ordinary game of Twister - this time its you against the music! the Twister Dance console is preloaded with some of today's most popular music including Britney Spears "'Till the world ends" Twister Dance gets you moving while you have fun and learn the steps to your favourite songs! You can even plug your ipod into it and play your own music library!

Created for two players, Twister Dance combines today's popular music with the well-known Twister spots for a new way to learn how to dance! You'll have a blast following the lights on the Twister Dance console and dancing on the twister spots to the beat!

Twister Dance features fun, upbeat music including:
  • Britney Spears "Til the World ends (Twister remix)
  • Willow Smith "Whip My Hair"
  • Ke$ha "We R Who We R"
  • Cupid "Cupid Shuffle"
  • And an exclusive track "Caught up in a Twister"
Twister Dance comes with the dance console and 8 moveable Twister spots, music player connection cord and instructions. It takes 4 AA batteries, demo batteries are included to try it out right away! It can be played in three different modes: beginner, intermediate and advanced so anybody can play (ages 8 and up). Need a break from all that dancing? You can also use the Twister Dance console as a speaker only, controlling song selection and volume with your own music player plugged in!

The Twister Dance is definitely a game I would recommend for everyone everywhere who loves to dance. You can learn more about the Twister Dance and watch the special dance moves created for the game preformed by none other thanBritney Spears on www.rockthespots.com

Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Hasbro. We received complimentary product for feature purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

9/21/12


 


Can you believe we are already nearing the end of September? October is just around the corner which means it will be officially fall time before we know it! As the temperature changes from warmer days to crisp mornings its also time to start looking for fall/winter boots! 

Finding the right fashion boots can be difficult if you shop at the local retailers who's boots aren't made for the average woman. Some women have bigger feet or curvier legs than others and often find it discouraging when the latest styles just don't fit. I even find I have that problem myself with many styles of higher boots that slide on or zip up.  

Austrailian based Bennetts Boots specialize in genuine leather, designer made wide-calf boots for women! It all started with Amanda Bennetts passion for boots and dream to shower the worold with the perfect boots she soon realized many women around the world (including herself) wanted fashionable, comfortable, quality boots but they all have the same problem - getting them to fit. With this in mind and the help of her finace, family and friends Bennetts Boots were born. Desiger made boots that fit! Bennetts Boots have a variety of boots in both flat and heel, different colours in classic and casual styles.

Introducing Riley, one of the newest boots in the Bennetts boots family. Riley is a beautiful Napa leather, chunky flat boot with flair! Being flat yet chunky they are great for during the day when you walk a lot or at night for an evening out with the girls!

My pair of Riley's came in black. I love the mix-match patch work on them, they compliment any wardrobe - casual or dressy. The zipper is sturdy but also simple to zip and down, no fumbling or sticking. These are boots made for women with wider feet, ankles and calves so I ordered the smallest calf size which fit with a bit of room around. This also makes them great to wear with every day jeans.

Fashionable, comfortable and light weight these are great boots for the chillier days of our Canadian falls and early winters!



Visit www.BennettsBoots.com and check out the entire line of wide-calf boots available online! Also, like Bennetts Boots on Facebook for the latest news on new styles!



Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of BennettsBoots.com. We received complimentary boots for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.



9/20/12

 BobbleHead is Ready!


The title of this post alone should warn you well in advance that this is going to be another conference post, imagine and I haven't even been there yet this year!

Yes, there is a little less than a month to go before I take my trip to Toronto for this years ShesConnected Conference. I have been having fun celebrating with weekly #ShesChat and monthly #SCCTO chats!

Fortunate enough to find two amazing sponsors (and a special sccto fairy) to help me make my way to the conference! My hotel room is reserved and arrangements for airfare are  being made! Now I am proud to announce I also have a clothing sponsor!

Being pregnant while in attendance this year, my wardrobe was somewhat of a concern for me but thanks to @ThymeMaternity, I can put those worries at ease as they generously offered me two outfits from this years fall line which will be available online at www.ThymeMaternity.com and in store!

If you aren't familiar with Thyme Maternity, they specialize in fashionable clothing for today's pregnant woman :) Unlike the clothes you'll find at most department store maternity sections, Thyme Maternity make you look beautiful and modern, not frumpy!

Now, I can't tell you exactly what the outfits that I will be wearing are yet but I can tell you it will be one casual and one dressy-casual, specifically one for the #50ShadesofGray party! 

Expect an online "fashion show" of sorts before the conference here on AME, I'll be showing you all in pictures what Thyme Maternity chose for me! 



Disclosure: Posted by AME as a thank you to Thyme Maternity for their generous clothing sponsorship. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author!




Who doesn't love a home cooked meal? As Canadians we live in a world with a rich culinary heritage - traditional plates from around the world feeding our hungry bellies. As delicious as home made mac and cheese, creme brulee or risotto is, the clean up is the part we loathe.

Cooked on particles left over on the dishes need soaking and scrubbing - with a one sink kitchen like mine with no counter space, having dishes sitting around waiting is not ideal. Cooked on messes can deter even the most seasoned home chef!

Cascade and Dawn can help you in the kitchen! You can prepare the meals and desserts you love without having to worry about the baked-on clean up afterward anymore! 


For those like me who wash dishes by hand there's Dawn Power Lift, formulated with enzymes that help break down starches and tackle stuck-on food like pasta or rice, providing the amazing power of an overnight soak in just five minutes! 

I find the dish soap to be very effective, not only is it great for those bigger dishes of cooked on food but also for smaller every day jobs. The kids often leave food which dries and becomes a pain to try and scrub off. It was easy with new Dawn Power Lift, no waiting or scrubbing involved.  

Here's an example of how Dawn Power Lift worked on baked on grease after cooking a chicken dinner. This dish did sit over night dirty as is, no soaking. I just washed it normally and it came clean no problem! 


For those lucky enough to have a dishwasher, Cascade All-in-1 ActionPacs contain the same starch-fighting enzyme as Dawn Power Lift, as well as an additional enzyme to help break down proteins. Together, they make clean-up easier so more time can be used to enjoy that meal instead of worrying about cleaning up after it.  

Canadian television personality and cook book author David Rocco doesn't shy away from creating the most delectable dishes in his kitchen! With Cascade and Dawn in hand, clean up is as easy as he makes cooking the meal look! David's latest cook book, Made in Italy is filled with delectable recipes that could definitely put Cascade and Dawn to the ultimate test.

Learn more about Cascade and Dawn by visiting http://www.cascadeclean.com and http://www.dawn-dish.com. Also,Don't forget to like Cascade and Dawn on Facebook for the latest news, updates and promotions!



Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Cascade and Dawn. We received complimentary product for review purposes. Comments and opinions in this feature are those of the author. Giveaway prize provided by representatives of Cascade and Dawn.

9/19/12

Who wants it more? 





 Disclosure: Posted by AME for Wordless Wednesday. Images by AME. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

9/18/12



As our kids head off to school each morning, we worry about how they will do during their day. We worry about the food they will be eating and making sure they have the proper tools to learn. We are fortunate to have these simple worries. Not have to worry about our children ever leaving for a day of school, not have to worry about what we will be putting on our tables that night to feed them or where we may sleep that night.

As sad as that scenario sounds, it's an unfortunate truth for over half of today's children in third world countries. These children do not have access to essential services like education, basic health care, clean water and proper food. The simple things we often take for granted are the things children and their families must wake up to not having, every day of their lives.

According to UNICEF, in Senegal alone, 3 out of 5 kids don't have access to education. In today's world, no matter where you live, having an education is an essential part of life. Without it there is no hope of employment, no hope of income and no hope for food on the table to survive. It is a vicious cycle.


This is why there are great brands like NIVEA Canada who has partnered with Plan Canada - under the motto "We Care & Connect" - to help fund an education project in Senegal. Both share a goal of improving access to education by constructing, rehabilitating and equipping classrooms and providing better qualified teachers and learning materials. NIVEA Canada and Plan Canada are working as a team to help break the cycle of poverty.

It's easy for you and me to help make a difference too! Visit the 'NIVEA & Plan Canada' tab on the NIVEA Canada Facebook page at Facebook.com/NIVEACanada. You can donate to the cause through the donate button and also share the word with your own Facebook friends! The more of you who visit, the more this will benefit a wonderful cause and the lives of children across the world!


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To celebrate the partnership of NIVEA Canada and Plan Canada, we are giving away a special "We Care & Connect" Pure and Natural face cream and lip balm to one lucky AME reader! 


Giveaway is open to Canadian residents, please fill out the rafflecopter ballot below for your chance to win! 

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9/14/12


Every now and then I enjoy a new purse or bag of some kind. Being a mom, any type of bag I buy for my own personal use has to be big enough to fit the contents of almost the whole family during an outing. Ever clean out your purse or bag at the end of the month week and realize that half its contents don't even belong to you? Yeah, what's ours is theirs ladies. Our bags become a disorganized mess of everything from micro-cars, hair elastics and Kleenex to crumpled receipts, loose change and that gift card we had forgotten about.

Lately I have been looking for the best tote for someone like me. It has to be fashionable but also casual, something that will look nice with whatever I'm wearing. It has to be (like I said) spacious. I like lots of pockets with zippers and snaps, I'm not very fond of open-concept bags. My search is over thanks to Lug, they have the perfect tote and some!

Allow me to introduce to you the Windjammer Everyday Tote by Lug. When I set my eyes on this beauty I could not refuse it. The Windjammer Everyday Tote by LUG is THE tote for organizing your things and having enough room for everything to have its own place.  


The Windjammer Everyday Tote is stacked with LUG features like padded shoulder straps, hidden water bottle holder, removable coin pouch and key fob, and plenty of pouches and pockets to keep you organized. They also added a special soft lined pocket with pull tab and magnetic closure - perfect for keeping my iPhone at hand! Best of all, this tote bag is made of LUG's lightweight material, so my stuff won't drag me down! You can check out all ten vibrant colours available on www.luglife.com

I absolutely love my Windjammer Everyday Tote by LUG, especially in the plum colour I received! It looks compact but it's really roomy with tons of pockets and slots to help organize your things from everybody elses! I like how it's got a top zipper and the main pocket area is big enough to fit my tablet in with my other stuff and still light weight if I need it for travel too! This is definitely the bag to have for moms on the go like me!

  
Show Lug some love by liking Lug on Facebook and following @Luglife on Twitter! 


Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of LUG. We received complimentary product for review purposes. All comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

9/13/12


Back to school time is quite the routine change, getting up earlier than we did during the summer months and getting out the door to school and work for the day.This means changes for everyone including our pets!

Our four legged friends may have become adapt to having us home and at their beck and call whenever they need but what if your pet suffers separation anxiety? They cannot stand the thought of you being in the bathroom without waiting outside the door let alone have to wait paitently for you to return home at the end of the day.

Some dogs may react to their owners abscense by whining or worse, barking non-stop which can be troublesome if you have neighbours close by. They may become bored and destructive, watch those couch pillows. If you're lucky enough to have a dog who just stays quiet and relaxes while you're gone, kudos to you but for those of us with anxious pets Iams has some great tips to help relax fido before you head out the door.

  1. Skip the production - If your dog gives you the "sad eyes" when they hear you pick up your keys try to avoid showering them with love and affection to try and reassure them you'll be back. This may make things worse, instead a simple "See you later" and "Hi (dogs name)" when you return will do. This is sort of helping them stay calm by setting an example by leaving and returning in a  calm manner.
  2. Tire them out - a crisp morning walk in the park is good for anyone, especially your dog! If you are an extra early riser and have time to do so, take your dog for a walk and play a couple of rounds of fetch at the park. It's good for both of you plus you'll most likely have the park to yourself being it so early.
  3. Stimulate the mind - In the morning, instead of feeding your pet out of their ordinary bowl try one of those neat food dispensers you can get at most local pet stores. You're pet may spend a good portion of the day trying to figure out how to get the food to come out! You can also leave them toys, a bone to chew on or even leave the TV or radio on (low) for background noise destraction.
  4. Hire help - Doggy walkers and pet daycares are becoming more popular for those who don't mind paying for a pet sitter. They can keep your pets entertained, fed, walked and exercised for you and you don't have to worry about them for a couple of hours during your day thus relaxing their own anxiety.
  5. Practice patience - Dogs honestly think their owners are leaving forever, trust me I know all about this one. Our Zeus will whine and whine until my hubby comes home, he is his master and his best friend. In his eyes a trip to the corner store without him is the end of the world! Try to be patient with your pet who may not quite understand why you leave every day but with proper training and time will catch on that eventually you do come back at the end of the day.
That morning walk is always great but don't forget the most important part of your pets day, when you return. After dinner and the kids are tucked in hubby always takes his big Doberman Zeus out for a walk. They spend time together, Zeus gets his exercise and it helps tire him out for the night!



Thanks Iams for sharing these great tips for dog owners like us!
For more information about Iams and their pet products visit the website at www.iams.ca and interact on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/iams.



Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Iams. Iams products coupons were exchanged for this post. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

9/12/12

A little mid-week inspiration...


This is the reminder that hangs as you walk in the front door...one of my favourites! 




Disclosure: Posted by AME, image by AME. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author.

9/7/12



This week was a milestone week in our house, not only was it the first day of school for K on Tuesday but also her brother as I mentioned was going to be an official junior kindergartner on Thursday!

This was a day we were both looking forward to and not at the same time, I was nervous sending our youngest out into this big big unknown world. He had never been to any kind of daycare or program away from home - ever. As usual worry was for nothing as we left for his first official day of junior kindergarten, little guy couldn't have been happier.
He was excited to finally begin, he was excited to take the bus and I think above all he was excited to finally do what his sister has been doing - going to school!

I worried once we put him on the bus though, I wondered all morning how he was doing. Hoping the phone wouldn't ring with an issue on the first day. Of course it did but luckily it was minor, the teachers just wanted permission to clean up an accident and by all means if that's all it is go right ahead!

The rest of the afternoon was quiet until it came time to get the kids, I was in for a surprise. As the bus door opened at our stop the bus driver stopped my kids from getting off. She looked at me and said in a stern voice "You need to talk to your son, he was ALL over the place". I was not expecting that and it didn't really make me feel very good. I apologized on his behalf, reminding her he is still new and we went on our way. That night before bed we talked about the first day of school and also bus rules, more or less a reminder that no matter how excited we get, we sit for safety on the bus. 

The next morning was day #2 and my biggest concern was the bus so when he got on the bus I went up a couple of steps to talk to the driver about what had happened the day before. I reminded her he is new to all of this and to please have a little patience with him. She sat him beside his sister like we had originally suggested which worked out great for everyone as there were no complaints upon drop off in the afternoon.

Our first week of school was a success, now lets enjoy the weekend and breathe shall we? ;-)


Disclosure: Personal Post by AME. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. Image by AME.

9/6/12


Getting a baby or tot to stop scratching from skin irritants like dry skin, chicken pox or eczema is frustrating for both parent and child. Little one doesn't understand that not only does scratching cause pain (scratches burn!) but it also causes infections and can make things worse. For parent it's frustrating trying to keep them from scratching up and damaging their sensitive skin while trying to sooth them.

When we were told about PTPA award-winning ScratchMeNot mitten sleeves for little ones, I thought back to the time when our older kids were newborn babies. The oldest had a bad habit of scratching herself with her tiny nails. She would be sleeping, get an itch or a flinch and accidentally scratch herself causing her to cry and end up with a scratch on her face. We usually put little socks on her hands but they didn't always stay on, Scratch Me Not is going to be perfect for our new baby to be! We won't have to go through that with this one!


ScratchMeNot Classics are fun and fashionable flip-mitten sleeves created to help prevent little ones from constantly scratching themselves and also keeps little hands out of mouths. They go on across the shoulders, down the arms covering the hands. Inside the  mitten is silky material while the outside is also soft for little ones sensitive skin.



ScratchMeNot provide a protective layer between skin and fingers, great for those with new borns or suffering from skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox, poison ivy, burns or any other itching. Easy for parents to put on; Hard for children to remove! 

Check out the entire line of ScratchMeNot mitten sleeves and find out which retailers carry them near you! Show ScratchMeNot some love, follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook





Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of ScratchMeNot. We received complimentary product for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of AME.

9/5/12

Tuesday morning kids in the neighborhood headed out the door to begin another school year! The kids were excited although little guy only had his JK orientation today, he starts full-days on the bus on Thursday!

Speaking of bus, we had a little issue with ours. They had the kids scheduled on the same bus for pick up and drop off from school except they had them at different stops. Unless I could teleport myself somehow to two places at once this was not going to work so I called and made other arrangements to have them off at the same place. 

Our first morning went well considering as hard as we tried we could not manage to keep our 8:30pm bedtime ritual at all over the course of the summer. Sleepy heads did well though, had everything organized from clothes to lunches and bags at the door the night before. The bus was on time to pick up and the weather was pretty mild. 

During the afternoon I took little guy for his orientation. Preggo me walking with a four year old who wobbles, bobbles and pulls while holding hands - we made it just in time. Little guy was greeted by the teachers assistant, she seems to know her stuff when talking to four year olds! She made little guy make eye contact which made him pay attention and he introduced himself properly. That's exactly how you have to get my boys attention too! 

The teacher seems nice, very soft spoken. She asked me some questions about little guy and any concerns I may have. Of course my main one was the potty area which she said is no problem, just send spare clothes. Hopefully he has a clean first day. Little guy didn't want to leave when we had to go. I had about 30 minutes to get home and take a breather before going to get K at her *temporary* bus stop. 

Of course when I left with little guy from home to get K it was pouring cats and dogs outside. I brought a umbrella but it didn't help because the wind was gushing everywhere plus little guy tripped and fell on the way soaking the knees of his pants. What an afternoon we had! 

Despite the rain K said she had a good first day and was happy to see her friends. She told me she thinks it's going to be a good year and you know what? I think so too! Now, we wait for our second first day of school on Thursday when little guy becomes an official Junior Kindergartner!



How was your first day back? 


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9/4/12

It's September which means that not only are we preparing ourselves for back-to-school but it also means that fall blog conference season is just around the corner! I can't believe it's just a little over a month until ShesConnected in Toronto! I still feel like I have so much to organize and get ready!

It was fantastic to be lucky enough to score a weekend pass to begin with, it has been quite the search to find the perfect sponsor(s) to help me make my way to the conference!

I have some big news to tell you! I am proud to officially announce two of my 2012 ShesConnected Conference trip sponsors - SkinFix Inc and ThreeWorks Snacks!


Skinfix Inc are a Canadian, PTPA award-winning skin care company who specialize in keeping your skin looking its best. They have a cream for just about anything from dry skin and dry lips to breakouts and diaper rash. Having used *and still use* Skinfix products I can honestly say I am a firm believer in the product and what it can do for your skin problems. To check out the entire line of Skinfix products please visit www.skinfix.ca. Look for upcoming posts about them here on AME! Show my sponsor some love by following them on Twitter and Liking them on Facebook!


ThreeWorks Snacks, the distributors of Apple Chips (among other healthy food snacks), recently released their great healthy packaged foods into Canada! We were so excited when they asked us to jump on board to help spread the word about their new Apple Chips! We can't wait to share with you as they come! To learn more about ThreeWorks Snacks and their products please visit www.ThreeWorks.ca! Give my sponsor some love by following them on Twitter and Liking them on Facebook!

Thank you once again to these two fabulous Canadian brands for having AME represent them and also attend Canada's #1 digital women's conference; ShesConnected!

I will make you proud!



Disclosure: Posted in participation with AME 2012 SCCTO trip sponsors and does not reflect my overall opinion about mentioned conference. Not affiliated or endorsed by ShesConnected, its afiliates or official conference sponsors. Opinions on this blog are honest and those of the author.


9/2/12

We didn't spend our Labour Day weekend having parties and gatherings, on Saturday we instead spent our day rearranging, cleaning and giving our house an overhaul since our new dining room table arrived! Getting a new piece of furniture always motivates me ;-)

We had been talking about replacing the one we had for a while, it only had 2 matching chairs and it did not sit a family of four comfortably let alone a soon to be family of 5. Time for a change, it isn't brand new but its new to us and I like it! It makes a big difference in the look of the room too. The kids think the diner-look benches are pretty neat! 




Last weekend mom brought over a small desk for K, if she needs a quiet place to do her homework or maybe for that computer shes wishing for (she wants to ask Santa). The desk was set up and things moved around. Gave her room and everything else an overhaul, so much junk and garbage was thrown out plus I have a few boxes and bags of used things to give away too! You can call it a end of summer clean up!

I still have to go through the kids clothes (again) after the summer weather starts to diminish which won't be for another while yet. They have more than enough clothes for fall/winter its just to organize it all and put away or giveaway the summer stuff we won't need next year.  

I won't even mention my closet, I was looking for some jeans or pants - anything that fit me and I actually forgot about two pair of jeans I had put away that are brand new but were too big. Well guess what? Lucky preggers me fits in them now, I don't know for how long but they do fit! Hubby also has a bad case of "keep it in case" - half the top shelf of the closet is old clothes "in case". In case what, we decide to travel back in time and wear them again? It's time to get rid of the old and make organized room for the newer that we actually DO wear. It's not just MY clothes, notice the "we". ;-)

As great as doing my closet right now would be though, really next in line for the major stuff is of course the painting. Mostly upstairs like the bathroom and kids room, those are the rooms that took the most damage from wear and tear than the rest of the house.

Hopefully we will have the time and energy to get it done by the end of fall! 

Are you doing any end of summer clean ups at your house?



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