3/29/13



Go JOE! 

After being framed for stealing nuclear weapons by Zartan, the G.I. Joe's must once again fight their arch enemy, Cobra and also face threats within the government which threatens their very existence! 

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum & Dwayne Johnson) is hitting theaters on March 29th across the country and Hasbro is celebrating with a new line of toys dedicated to the newest instalment of G.I. Joe Movies. 

G.I. Joe Series 1 Micro Force Mystery Bags: Like other Mystery bags available from Hasbro, each one contains a surprise G.I. Joe Micro Force figurine! There are over 40 to collect in all! 

G.I. Joe Series 1 Micro Force Pack: Create big adventures with the Micro Force pack! Featuring G.I. Joe ninja soldiers and villians with over 40 to collect! Each pack contains 5 micro action figures! 


G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3.75" Action Figures: Recreate your favourite G.I. Joe moments or create some new ones of your own with these G.I. Joe and Cobra likeness action figures. Will you be on the good side or slip over and work with Cobra? Each action figure comes with accessories and are not suitable for kids under 3 years old.


G.I. Joe: Retaliation Alpha Vehicles: Take your G.I. Joe adventures to the next level with these awesome Alpha Vehicles. Charge into action with these battle charged vehicles and unleash the full power of weaponry against your enemy! Contains small parts not suitable for kids under 3 years old. 



G.I. Joe: Retaliation Basic Mask: Recreate your favourite scenes and be in the action with these G.I. Joe and Cobra likeness masks! Other will see you in character as you defeat your enemies in costume! 

These would make great additions to any G.I. Joe fan's collection! For more information about these and other Hasbro toys visit www.hasbro.ca! Check out your local listings to find out when G.I. Joe: Retaliation plays near you! 




Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Hasbro Canada. Product was receieved for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 


3/27/13



I like having the option of taking the kids out with baby in her stroller for anything from a family walk to running errands, instead of taking the bus or car. One thing I hate is carrying a ton of baggage for one or more of the three kids. With baby comes lots of stuff and when we are out she still needs bottles, diapers etc. A diaper bag is great but what about something insulated for bottles? 



The Playtex ® SmartCool ™ Bottle Tote On-the-Go is the perfect stroller accessory! This handy insulated cooler bag holds up to 3 standard sized bottles and keeps them cool for up to 14 hours! This bag is great for storing both warm and cold bottles as its insulated as well as there are two full sized removable freezer gel packs *one on each interior wall of the bag*. If you have extra things to carry there are three deep pockets for storing extra items. There's even a detachable pouch to carry an extra bottle nipple or pacifier. The bag is made with a nylon type material, similar to that of a lunch bag which makes it easy to just wipe clean!



It has sturdy, thick zippers and a handle on top to carry if needed. It's a very well made, durable bag. Another great thing about the Playtex ® SmartCool ™ Bottle Tote On-the-Go is that it actually has multiple uses. You can store bottles when you travel, have baby babysat or have a day out with the family or you can keep snacks and drinks fresh for toddlers and older kids too! It's big enough for bottles but not too big to put inside a diaper bag. I can see this will be being used time and time again in our family for sure! 

More information about Playtex visit the Playtex Mommyville website! If you'd like to purchase the Playtex ® SmartCool ™ Bottle Tote On-the-Go you can find it exclusively at Babies R Us


Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Playtex. Products were received for review purposes. Opinions and comments expressed on this blog are otherwise those of the author. 

3/26/13



Easter is less than a week away and we are preparing for our celebrations this weekend.  Every year the kids of course get treats on Easter Sunday from "the Easter Bunny". We usually stick to something simple like certain special chocolate treats but this year, we are going to have a little more fun with Easter thanks to Hasbro Canada!

Hasbro has some great toys and games available for Easter time this year. From boys toys to girls toys, games and play doh play sets you can find just about anything for your Easter baskets this year! 


Beyblade Basic Battle Tops: Although for ages 8 and up, my son loves Beyblade (he calls it Beybade). He is always talking about it! He has a couple already and wants to continue to add onto his collection so these Beyblade Battle tops are a great addition! Collect, customize and compete with Beyblade Preformance Top System spinning battle tops! Includes 5-piece top, left-spin ripcord launcher, collector card and assembly tool. Each sold 
separately



Kre-O Transformers Micro-Changers Mystery Packs: I love these mystery packs Hasbro has available and I'm glad to see them out once again for Easter! Not only do they make a great extra but also great to give out as little gifts to guests with children who may visit for the holiday. Kids can build their own Transformers adventures with the 2-in-1 Microchangers figure in these mystery packs! Build up a Kreo robot figure (with included parts), take it apart and rebuild it into a vehicle! Kids can get either Warpath, Airachnid or Rampage! Ages 6 and up. 



Angry Birds Star Wars Mystery Bags: Similar to the Transformers mystery packs, these contain a collectable Angry Birds Star Wars character. My son has an iPod touch and one of his all-time favourite games is of course Angry Birds! Each mystery bag contains two random Angry Birds Star Wars which could be one of two exclusive characters such as Han Solo (in carbonite) and Wedge Antilles birds! You never know what you'll get! Ages 5 and up.



NERF Super Soaker Microburst Blaster: Spring has sprung and we are already looking forward to a summer with NERF Super Soaker! This is a simple hand-held, pump and squirt water blaster. It has the same great bright orange colour on it as the other models, it shoots up to 20 feet away with its refillable tank! Ages 6 and up. 



Furreal Friends Hop 'N Cuddle Bunnies: My oldest daughter asked me for a bunny the other day. I explained to her how much work they are and how we already have three dogs. What better way to give her what she wants without the extra work with a Furreal Friends bunny! These bunnies are cute and cuddley. They hop around when you put them down, make cute bunny noises and will circle around back to you! Great addition for any Furreal Friends collection! Ages 4 and up. 



Furreal Friends Snuggimals Walkin' Ponies: All the fun of a real Pony but smaller as these cute little ponies trot when  you pet their backs, make pony sounds and come with accessories for your little farmer to take care of them! Ages 4 and up. 



Littlest Pet Shop Totally Talented Mystery Bag: A mystery bag for LPS fans everywhere containing a special celebrity style pet to add to your Littlest Pet Shop collection! Ages 4 and up.  


My Little Pony Littlest So Soft Pony is soft and sweet, she'll cuddle with your little one any time! Using her included accessories, your little one can be her Pony Parent and help take care of her! Perfect for playtime with the younger ones anytime. Ages 4 and up. Each pony comes with their own accessories.



These are just some of the great Easter gift ideas Hasbro Canada has to offer. Check out Hasbro.ca for more ideas! 


Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Hasbro Canada. Products were received for review purposes. All opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

3/25/13



I am always looking for new and fun things to simplify mommyhood, especially with a three month old baby. It's always handy to take shortcuts and use accessories that cut time and make things a little easier. 

Playtex® is well known for it's baby products and ways to make life a little easier on moms both seasoned and new. I have used many a Playtex® product in the past with my older two children when they were babies. I'm happy to see Playtex® is still coming up with great new products for parents that are not only safe but useful for the busy everyday. 

Playtex® SmartPrep Formula Dispenser is great if you need to be organized in advance like busy mornings, travel or even when you have a sitter watching your baby - you can always make sure you are measuring the right amount of formula. Make it even easier by prefilling your bottles with boiled water and voila! Simply add the formula, mix and warm! 



It has four Precise-pour spouts that each hold 8oz of powder so you always get the right amount and little to no mess! It has a snap n' click leak proof seal for when you store it on the go.



My experience:

This is a really great accessory to have as you can use it for baby cereal as well as baby formula. Great for preparing things for a day out, travelling or having a sitter. You can have peace of mind knowing that the proper amounts are already measured and you don't have to worry about any mistakes when it comes to making the baby formula/cereal. I like how the snap lids seal shut to ensure freshness and no leaks or spills. It's a great size to put into the diaper bag too. 


My only problem was when it came to actually pouring powdered formula out of it. Formula tends to have a sticky texture, especially higher-iron ones and I found it a little difficult to pour. You almost have to shake it out. I think it would probably be easier to pour dry baby cereal from it though. 

That of course is minor and I think this is an over all good addition for on-the-go families. It would make a great gift for a baby shower too. The Playtex® SmartPrep Formula Dispenser can be purchased for around $6.99 anywhere Playtex brand baby items are sold.

Don't forget to become a member of Playtex Mommyville where you can find information about everything from pregnancy to your baby's different stages, get advice from other parents in the forum and also learn more about Playtex products! Visit www.playtexmommyville.ca to sign up for free today! 



Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Playtex. Product was received for review purposes. All opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

3/21/13



You may or may not know this but I blog from home. I don't have a specific area I really call "mine". Having at least one of three children at home with me at all times makes it difficult to sit in one spot if I have a long to-do list. I have my netbook and USB drives for digital files, a notebook for contacts and ideas, and a couple of folders for everything else.

One thing I have always been fond of is Post-it Notes! Those brightly coloured little sticky note pads that makes remembering important things so much easier. I use them for absolutely everything from writing down important dates, projects, ideas, things we need around the house and just about anything else I need in my face to remember! My fridge often looks like a Picasso of Post-It's colour! 

Post-it has a whole new line of sticky-pads made just for people like me, Post-it Mobile! Post-It's that go virtually everywhere you do from tiny little reminders to full sticky-back pads, all in vibrant Post-It colours!

I took a look at the new Post-it Mobile line which includes a Post-it for just about everything! 




- Post-it Mobile Attach and Go Notes and Tabs Clip Dispenser: Clip-On dispenser attaches to bags, purses and more. Durable, low-profile dispenser protects and organizes. Great for reminders, to-do's and quick notes. $4.99

- Post-it Mobile Attach and Go 3 in 1 Pen: Three convenient products in one - flags, a medium ballpoint pen and a bright yellow highlighter! Clip it to notebooks or planners, carry in breifcase, bags or purses. $3.29

Post-it Mobile Attach and Go Car Visor Pop-up Note Dispenser: Sturdy dispenser clips to places like car visors, desk shelves etc for instant accessibility. Compliments any car interior or decor. Helps keep your Post-it Notes neat, clean and close at hand. Includes 3 in x 3 Pop-up Notes for $6.99

Post-it Mobile Attach and Go Full Adhesive Note Pad: Stick an entire pad to laptops, notebooks, planners and more. Full adhesive means notes stay neatly together. Pad and notes stick securely, remove cleanly. $3.89

Post-it Mobile Attach and Go Flags Dispenser: Great for laptops, notebooks, planners and more. Sticks securely and removes easily for a durable, low-profile organizer. Use flags to colour code, direct attention and find what matters fast. $3.99

- Post-it Mobile Attach and Go Notes and Tabs Dispenser: Two products in one - jot on notes and divide sections with tabs. Sticks securely, removes easily from laptops, notebooks, planners and more. Durable and low-profule dispenser protects and organizes. $3.99

- Post-it Mobile Attach and Go Tabs Dispenser: Use these tabs to divide sections for easy reference on the go! Durable and low-profile to keep your notes safe. $3.99

- Post-it Mobile Attach and Go Insert: Versatile combo of Post-it Full Adhesive Notes and Post-it Tabs. Reusable, durable and low profile insert fits most ring binders and planners. $5.99

- Post-it Mobile Attach and Go Pocket: Insterts into three-ring binders and planners and like the others, also sticks securely and removes easily from laptops notebooks, planners and more. Transparent, so you can see your papers and supplies. 3M Dual Lock Fastener snaps secure. Available in 3 sizes 9" x 12" for schedules, handouts and presentations, 6 7/8" x 9 7/8" for papers and supplies, and 2 5/8" x 3 7/8 for business cards, receipts, credit cards and cash. $4.99. 


These new Post-it's will definitely make blogging on-the-go be a little more organized. You can find these and other great Post-it products at your local office supply store like Office Depot. 

Check out everything Post-it online at www.post-it.comFollow Post-It on Twitter and like them on Facebook too! 



Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Post-it. Product was received for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

3/20/13

The last snowfall of winter? I hope so!




Snow covered street.




Where did the sidewalks go?
Posted by AME. Opinions & comments are those of the author

3/19/13



Laundry is one of those unavoidable, mundane daily tasks I have to face being a mom of a family of five; Three kids and two adults can accumulate a LOT of laundry. From simply living to accidental spills, loads of laundry are almost a daily thing in my house. Maybe we should consider buying a second washer and dryer set maybe? ;) Just kidding! 

Laundry isn't so bad when you're using the right detergents and softeners. When you have to throw back items because the stains aren't coming out or they just don't smell fresh - then there's a problem.

Right now we purchase different kinds of detergents, one for the kids and grown-ups and one special for our baby's sensitive skin. We don't want to use anything with perfumes or dyes that might cause her irritation just from wearing a cute outfit! 

We now have a solution to having to use multiple detergents - Introducing softness for sensitive skin with new Free & Gentle/Free & Sensitive line of laundry detergents and softeners from P&G




Wash with Tide Free & Gentle Liquid laundry detergent, specially designed for sensitive skin. It contains no dyes, chemicals or fragrances and you can bet your laundry will come out as clean as ever. Gentle enough to use on clothes for baby's too. 

Soften with Ultra Downy Free & sensitive liquid Softener, experience the softness of Downy without any dyes, perfumes or worries. Ultra Downy Free & Sensitive is the leading "free" liquid softener that is also dermatologist tested so that you can enjoy your fabric softer, fresher and with fewer wrinkles. 

Protect with Bounce Free & Sensitive dryer sheets. Enjoy the softness and freshness of dryer sheets without dyes or perfumes, like your sensitive skins BFF!

I love the new Free & Gentle/Free & Sensitive line of laundry detergent. Not only do they smell awesome and do the job but I don't have to worry about buying a separate detergent for the baby clothes anymore either! 

Laundry facts:

Did you know that during World Wars I & II, an animal and vegetable fat shortage triggered the creation of detergent surfactants. Proctor & Gamble invented Tide in 1943! 

Surfactant molecules have two parts. One is "water loving" and the other is "water hating". The water-loving (hydrophobic) part breaks the surface tension of water. The water-hating (hydrophobic) part is attracted to oil and grease in soils, loosening and removing them from fabrics. 

Detergents usually contain more than one type of surfactant to address the needs of removing certain types of soils and cleaning different types of fabrics. 

Other ingredients in laundry detergent can include: Fluorescent whitening agents (to help maintain whiteness or brightness) Enzymes (to help break down complex soils such as blood and grass) Fragrances (to help clothes smell clean). 

We learn something new every day! 

Learn more about these and other great P&G products by visiting www.pg.com! Want to try great P&G products before you buy? Sign up for the P&G BrandSampler! Also, don't forget to sign up for great savings on some of your favourite household brands by signing up for the P&G BrandSAVER

Disclosure: Posted by AME in participation with the #PGMom Ambassador program. Perks and incentives are received as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.Product info provided by P&G.


3/18/13



Sometimes you can find hidden treasures in the least expected places. Mortimer Snodgrass is a fun shop offering gifts of all kinds for kids of all ages and pets too!

Mortimer Snodgrass sounds like a name taken from a fictitious character from a story but really, the name originated from the family dog! He has quite the story to his name! 

If you live in the Montreal, Quebec area you can take a look at the shop in-person for yourself or if you prefer shopping online they offer that too. Did I mention that Mortimer Snodgrass ships everywhere? 

What I like about gift shops like this is that you can find a great unique gift for someone that you may not have otherwise thought of yourself. Little trinkets, toys, apparel, stuffed animals and items to use around the home for health and wellness are just a few of the great things you can find at Mortimer Snodgrass. There's something for just about everyone. 

I was sent along a few items to get a taste of what the shop has to offer. 



The Hot/Cold packs are awesome! I've seen similar ones, these are fun because they are shaped like different animals. The Chick is big enough to put on a grown man's shoulder. We tried that one out after hubby hurt himself last week. He was impressed at the amount of time the heat actually lasted for only being heated for 15 seconds in the microwave. The Polar Bear is a smaller sized, I'd say it's made more or less for the freezer although you can also heat it up. It's great for smaller areas and kids. The larger size Hot/Cold packs go for $12 while the smaller ones go for $6. These would make a fun "get-well" gift!

The Night Owl night light is cute, my son claimed it right away. He and the dark do not get along and he is always flipping the switch on in the hallway at night. It takes 3 AA batteries and you simply press the owl to turn it on or off. The light is pretty dim but good enough to give some peace of mind to a little boy who's afraid of monsters under the bed. 

You can check out these and other great items online at www.mortimersnodgrass.com

Special Coupon Alert!!

Now, until April 1st 2013 get 20% off your Mortimer Snodgrass purchase by using coupon code snodmotherhood! *One code per customer*

Show some love to Mortimer Snodgrass by following on Twitter and liking on Facebook


Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of MortimerSnodgrass.com. Product was received for review purposes. Coupon code provided by MortimerSnodgrass. Opinions and comments expressed on this blog are those of the author. 


3/15/13



You read that right! Best Buy Canada, which is well-known for selling today's top home electronics and newly added baby gear, now have expanded and offers toys and games for kids of all ages!

Although pieces and parts aren't for every mom, we all grew up with it. My brother had tons of Lego and at one point even built the Olympic torch out of them! I can't build anything for the life of me, believe me I've tried. Hubby on the other hand can spend hours with our son building different things with Lego. 

I do like Lego because it gives a sense of learning with play. Kids can do whatever they want with Lego, build things only their young imaginations can come up with and Lego is also a great way to spend time together doing something as a family.

Lego has changed over the years, today's Lego is not your typical block. Lego offers some great Lego play sets for all ages and stages including ones for girls available at Bestbuy.ca!

We were sent over some of the Lego sets to take a look at. We took a look at 5 Lego play sets:

Lego Hero Factory Bruizer ($15.99) - The LEGO Hero Factory has a monster to deal with. Bruizer is a stone-faced beast created by the evil brains and is armed with a swinging rock-smasher fist, rock shoulder armour and razor spikes! Watch out for him!

Bruizer features a removable evil brain, swinging rock-smasher fist, spikes and rock shoulder armour. With 62 pieces and a sturdy posable design, Bruizer is geared toward ages 7-14 years old.



Creator 3 in 1 Fierce Flyer ($17.99) - Let the imagination soar to new heights with the LEGO 3-in-1 Fierce Flyer. This ferocious bird of prey has detailed wings, gripping talons, and movable tail feathers and feet. If you don't feel like soaring the skies Fierce Flyer can be rebuilt into a scorpion or a beaver! The scorpion features movable legs and pincers, and a jointed tail with stinger! The beaver features movable tail, feet and arms! With three different animals to create and 166 pieces, Creator 3-in-1 Fierce Flyer is geared toward kids ages 7-12 years old. 



Lego Star Wars Naboo Starfighter ($12.99) - Take to the skies above planet Naboo but the Naboo Starfighter Lego set. Naboo's precious resources must be protected from the evil Trade Federation. Use this Naboo Starfighter mini model with blaster to defend this planet against worldly threats!

You can hang the Naboo planet from your ceiling and start your Star Wars Lego collection! The Naboo planet is 3" in diameter while the starfighter is over 4" long once built. A simpler model with 56 pieces (including Naboo pilot mini figure), Lego Star Wars Naboo planet and starfighter is geared toward kids aged 6-12 years old. 

Legend of Chima - Nest Dive ($19.99) - Take a journey into the Eagle tribes treetop territory and test your skill! Attach Eglor onto the Eagle speedor, pull the cord and aim for the leaf ramp to fly up into the nest to claim the CHI for the Eagles! You can attach a power-up for improved precision! Set comes with mini figure, 2 weapons, Speedor, rip-cord, 6 CHI and 5 game cards. With 97 pieces this set is suitable for ages 6 and up.






Lego Ninjago The Final Battle Temple of light ($89.99) - Prepare for the final battle in the land of Ninjago! Sensai Woo and the golden ninja Lloyd have uncovered the sacred four elemental blades which must be placed in the temple of light to awaken the golden mech for the final battle! This set is neat because you can build the temple and then the golden mech! The temple of light set includes 5 mini figures, the golden mech with trap doors, weapons rack, gong and ladder! This set has 565 peices, geared toward kids aged 8 and up. 

Each set brings something different to imaginative, creative play from flying eagles to saving the planet and beyond, the skies the limit when it comes to LEGO!

Check out these and other great Lego sets online at www.bestbuy.ca! 

Show some love by following @BBYCanada on Twitter and Liking the Best Buy Canada Facebook page! 

Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Best Buy Canada. Mentioned product was received to facilitate this review. All comments and opinions expressed on this blog are those of the author.

3/14/13



Our little man turns five years old this week. Five years already, wow. Time sure has flown right by. 5 is a major milestone birthday, in my opinion. No longer is he a baby but my tiny Miracle man has grown into a wonderful, bright little boy who is a joy to be around every day. 




It's hard to believe that was me in that picture, five years ago. Holding our little boy in the NICU at the general hospital. I always knew he was a special little guy. 

He started junior Kindergarten in the fall and has been thriving. He went in as a quiet, timid little four year old without a clue about the big big world he was about to embark on. 

We did find out along the way that little guy has delays in speech development and it does affect his overall learning abilities but with our help, the help of the school and friends around him, he has improved and continues to show improvement, beating the odds and proving them wrong again. 

He may have trouble pronouncing some words but he thrives in so many other areas. Recently he was honoured in school along with a select other few children in recognition of showing love for their school community. He received a special certificate at an assembly in front of the school! Proud mama moment!

He always wants to participate in games, even if its just his big sister. He always wants to help me, even if I'm just doing a simple task - he shows he is always there for his family. He has a favourite stuffed animal, a dog he named Ruffy (after my Chihuahua). Some nights he won't go to bed unless he has the dog tucked in bed with him. He likes to sing and dance, even if he doesn't know all the words. He's scared of the dark but insists he's a "Ninja Turtle" - his imagination is wonderful. 

He's all a little boy could be and more from his love of animals to his interest in anything with wheels - he is my little man with so much to give to the world and he is only five years old. 




This week I celebrate my little miracle man, all he has brought to the family and to me as his mother. Everything is totally worth it from the sleepless nights of the baby years to the fears they bring us getting on a school bus for the first time when they tell you they love you each night before bed. You know you are doing something right. 

He may not say much but he knows how to say enough to melt his mama's heart. Every. Time. 

Happy Birthday Little Man - Love always, Mommy. xox


Disclosure: Personal post by AME. Images by AME.


3/13/13



I am a coffee addict. There, I said it.  On the go or at home, I can't go a day without my coffee fix and in fact I need several in a day to keep going between meals. During the warmer months I tend to slack off on my coffee drinking, it's already hot enough without warming up from the inside out. I do tend to miss the pick-me-ups. 

I have never tried an energy drink before but I was interested in trying out a new ready-to-go cold drink from Starbucks! 

Last year Starbucks introduced customers to Starbucks Refreshers - sparkling green coffee energy beverages. They are lightly carbonated, caffeinated and now made for on the go available in cans!



I was sent some Starbucks refreshers to try out. Now, these are caffeinated drinks so I would not recommend letting your kids at them unless you want to peel them off the walls mid-afternoon. No, I didn't give any to my kids but I can imagine from trying it myself what it would be like had they tried it too.


Made with real fruit juice and only 60 calories per 355ml can, Starbucks refreshers are something new out of the ordinary cold energy drinks. They contain vitamins B, C and energy from green coffee extract! The coffee extract may throw people off but I think they are overall flavourful, not too sweet and there is a kick to them. 

These ready-to-drink Starbucks drinks can be found in grocery, convenience and gas station convenience locations across the country. Ready-to drink Starbucks Refreshers come in new flavours including raspberry, pomegranate, strawberry lemonade and orange melon!

For more information about Starbucks refreshers and other products visit www.starbucks.ca!


Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Starbucks Refreshers. Sample product was received for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

3/11/13


One of my favourite seasons is just around the corner, Spring time! To me, Spring time is like getting a fresh new start. The snow melts and buds of grass and other plant life begin to spring up fresh and new. Spring is also a time we like to get rid of accumulated stuff from winter like clothes, jackets, blankets and other things we will need but don't need to keep out. A little Spring cleaning every year, even if we don't always like doing it!

Ziploc recently launched new Ziploc Space Bags collection which offers a variety of products that help Canadians de-clutter the home and reclaim our space! 




Ziploc Space bags let you vacuum seal your items like clothes, linens and such into a see-through storage bag. It takes less space than bulky bins, reduce dust collecting while your stuff is in storage and your guaranteed to remember whats inside when you do need it! All you have to do is label it when your done! 

Ziploc Space bags come in a variety of different sizes for different uses such as Cube and Jumbo bags for bigger items like pillows and comforters, You never know when you'll have a guest or need an extra blanket! The hanging bag which allows you to store up to 10 garments, perfect for jackets, snow suits and other seasonal wear. The travel Space Bags are perfect for trips, I could have used these when I was travelling for conferences last fall and broke the zipper on my suitcase because it was packed poorly. If you need a variety, the Combo assortment pack is available for all your storage needs! Real space savers, even though they are just simple plastic bags!




I have seen these before from other brands, infomercials making them look like magic bags. What interested me about these are that they are Ziploc brand and I know from experience using Ziploc freezer bags, sandwich bags etc that we are looking at quality storage bags which will not only do what they claim, but also last. 

Compress, protect and organize your home with Ziploc Space Bags! For more info about these and other Ziploc products visit www.ziploc.ca

Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Ziploc. Product was received for review purposes. Opinions and comments expressed on this blog are those of the author. 


3/10/13



I don't know if I am the only one with one of these but isn't this cool? My picture is on a special "Thank You" Peanut Butter Jar! No, you won't be able to find this in store, it's a special gift. You're probably wondering how this happened, it's not that crazy a story I promise!

If you have been reading this blog for some time now you may have noticed I have worked with Kraft Canada on several different product reviews and giveaways here on A Motherhood Experience. I also Tweet often, I'm very active in social media (when I can or have the urge to just tweet my heart out) and I guess Kraft has noticed over the years. 

I was sent an email a few weeks ago asking for my info, a picture and if I could be sent a peanut product from Kraft Peanut butter. Intrigued and honoured that they thought of me, I said yes and sent my Twitter link so they could use that image for whatever they had in mind! 

A couple of weeks later I get a package via courier which looked like it could be a container or jar of some kind. To my surprise it was a jar of Peanut Butter with my picture and a personalized "Thank You" from Kraft!

That is one gift I never thought of. I knew it was going to be something personalized but not my very own Peanut Butter jar! The kids thought it was so neat and couldn't believe it "Mom? On a peanut butter jar?!" 

"Thank You" right back at Kraft Canada for taking the time and consideration to make a blogger and brand supporter feel appreciated. It's always a pleasure working with a brand who knows not only bloggers but knows people too.



Disclosure: NOT a sponsored post. Mentioned product was sent as a surprise gift. All opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. Image by AME. 


3/8/13


Spring ahead, fall back. We do it twice a year - change the clocks back or ahead an hour for daylight savings time. On March 10th we will be springing the clocks ahead an hour and getting some much needed extra daylight (and maybe extra vitamin D) in our lives. 

With the reminder of Daylight Savings its also a good time to remember to change the batteries in your smoke detector and go over some simple family-friendly fire safety rules with your family. The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs in partnership with Duracell recommend these simple yet essential steps to maximize fire safety within your home:

- Install at least one working smoke detector per storey of your house and outside all sleeping areas. Test your alarms monthly and remember to change the batteries twice a year during daylight savings.

- Create a floor plan and fire exit plan that clearly outlines the best way for the family to get out of the house incase of an emergency. Post it in a common area such as the fridge where everyone can see and make sure to practice your fire drill once a year. You can even make it a family thing by creating a special date to preform your family fire drill. 

- With everything being electronic these days from computers to telephones, wires are all over the place. Keep wires safely out of doorways and avoid running them under carpet which is a fire hazard. Also never overload your outlets with too many plugs especially power adapters which can tend to get hot and overload causing fire. Use electronics that are approved by recognized agencies like Canadian Standards Association (CSA). 

- Enjoy candles like I do? Make sure candles are completely out, use a candle douser instead of blowing on them which can send the flame flying if your not careful. During a power outage use flashlights or battery powered lamps instead of candles. 

- Cooking is the number one cause of fires in the home. Remember "look while you cook" and never leave unattended food cooking on a stove top. 

- Give space heaters space. Keep them at least a metre away from flammable items like curtains, bedding and magazines. Remember to turn space heaters off before leaving the house or going to sleep. Also keep children away from space heaters at all times.

Be safe and have a happy spring everyone!


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3/7/13




We began teaching the kids how to care for their teeth at a young age. They say the best medicine for young, healthy teeth is selecting healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and avoiding overly sugary foods especially between meals when the mouth's natural saliva is low. 

Seeing a dentist every six months is recommended as soon as your child has teeth, for routine check ups and to make sure everything's growing as it should. We are lucky because on top of regular dental care, our kids school offers dental screening from a dental hygienist twice a school year and he/she reports any problems to the parents which may need a dentist visit sooner than the regular scheduled check ups. 

Brushing basics

Supervised tooth-brushing routine has always taken place to make sure they are doing a decent job. We go through a lot of kids tooth brushes as its recommended to replace every three months.




Hubby and I use Oral-B electric tooth brushes, I switched almost a year ago and hubby not too long ago -what a difference! I'm happy to say there is also a new electric tooth brush for kids aged 8 and up now too! Since I've had mine, K has been asking about having her own and I really don't like the ones you buy, they die and you can't replace the battery. The new Oral-B Pro-Health for Me Vitality electric toothbrush is the perfect tooth brush for young mouths. It has a waterproof handle with a fun design and is compatible with multiple toothbrush heads including Ortho Brush head designed to clean away gunk around braces! Like the adult version, this toothbrush also features a brushing timer to ensure they are brushing for the dentist recommended two-minutes and its rechargable! 




If they prefer the manual method, try the Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health tooth brush. It removes 90% of plaque in hard to reach places, helps reduce gingivitus and more to ensure your kids have a clean and healthy mouth! 

Don't forget the floss!




I've always been a fan of the floss and my kids follow by example.  We all know flossing is important to help remove plaque and food particles from those spaces between your teeth that the brush can't reach. Flossing also promotes healthy gums. Research shows that regular flossing with brushing can reduce the chances of gum disease. Using floss such as Glide that slides easily in tight spaces, follow these easy steps:

- Wind 18" of floss around your middle fingers
- Gently glide floss between teeth to the gum line
- Curve the floss to contact as much of the tooth as possible
- Gently move the floss up and down
- Use a fresh section of the floss for each tooth

Have a reluctant brusher? There's an app for that! Download the Yuck Mouth game and make a game of it! Available for Apple devices and Android or you can play online

Help teach your family about the importance of proper tooth care early. There are some great tips and tricks on oralb.com to help you learn about dental care for all ages and stages from baby through childhood. 

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