3/31/15


Bringing smiles to my kids faces makes me happy, it warms my heart to see them enjoying themselves. Even if it's just enjoyment from a simple thing such as a favourite snack after a day at school, during movie night or just because we feel like it. 

Goldfish crackers have been there time and time again to bring on the smiles and fill the kids bellies with wholesome goodness. You can't help but smile at the little fish who smile right back! It makes me smile knowing they are made with real cheese and have no artificial or flavours, have 0 trans fat and are low in saturated fat. A feel good snack in every way! They are great on their own or added to our favourite soups, so many ways to have fun with and enjoy your favourite moments with Goldfish crackers!



- Play, create and use your imagination to make snack time a learning experience - use Goldfish crackers to practice counting, sorting and playing tic-tac-toe!

- Have a princess party with dress up clothes, tiaras and magic wands! Serve up some new Goldfish princess crackers at the tea party - even make believe royalty will love these bite sized snacks!

- Pack Goldfish crackers in a reusable container on your kids lunches.
Goldfish crackers are available in single serving sizes (28g) perfect for kids on the go!

- Special milestones, like the first spin on a bike without training wheels, successful potty training or good grades, can be celebrated together with your child’s favourite Goldfish characters; FINN™, GILBERT™, XTREME™ and BROOKE™. They are featured on every package of Goldfish crackers and often appear alongside a fun game or puzzle for kids to enjoy!

Goldfish invites you to share your own "snackable moments" by sharing your #GoldfishSmiles on your favourite social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc) for a chance to win $500! Goldfish will choose one winner - the entry that makes them smile the most - to be featured on the Goldfish Facebook and Instagram pages. Not only bringing smiles but also bragging rights as the winner also will receive $500 and a years supply of Goldfish Crackers (48 packages)! 

For more information about Goldfish Crackers please visit the official website!


WIN IT!

To celebrate the release of the new Disney Cinderella move and all things #GoldfishSmiles, one lucky AME reader has the chance to win a princess Goldfish cracker prize pack worth $40 which includes:


 Goldfish Princess Crackers

- Goldfish Cheddar Crackers
- Disney Cinderella T-Shirt
- Disney Cinderella temporary tattoo
- Disney Cinderella bracelet
- Magic wand (to make dreams come true!) 



Enter by filling out the giveaway ballot below!


Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. Entrants are required to use a valid email address upon entering. 

Winners are required to fill out a prize claim form and answer a skill testing question to qualify. Prize provided by Campbell's. AME is not responsible for unfulfilled prizes however we will do our best to sort out any issues within a timely manner. Please see the full AME terms and conditions for more detail.


By entering AME giveaways the entrant understands that his or her information will be shared with representatives of Pepperidge Farm for prizing purposes only. Privacy is important on AME.


GOOD LUCK



Posted by AME on behalf of Pepperidge Farm. Complimentary product received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

3/30/15


It takes one act of kindness to cause a ripple effect and make a difference in someone's life. We Day is a celebration of a years worth of kindness from simple gestures within a community to greater acts on a  global scale, helping those less fortunate in our communities and around the world. 

National We Day is making its way to Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 1st, 2015! My daughter K and I (who are proud supporters of We Day and Me to We) are excited and once again honoured to be joining TELUS as special guests for this special event!


If you don't already know, TELUS is huge on giving back to their communities, country and around the world. Helping with one kind gesture at a time. You can learn more about TELUS initiatives here. 




Did you know that anyone can join in the Me to We initiative by downloading the We365 app? This app allows you to sign up for free (via email, facebook or Twitter) and get in on challenges to help better yourself, your community and your world. There is also a volunteer time tracker, groups and other fun things to really help you get involved.

You can learn more about the app at www.we365.com! Do good and have fun doing it!

Speaking of doing good and having fun, we are in for a treat with this years National We Day lineup

Make sure to be following @TELUS @FreeTheChildren & @CraigKielburger on Twitter using hashtags #WeDay #We365 and #changeisinyourhands on April 1st for National We Day!

Posted by AME on behalf of TELUS. Complimentary media access to mentioned event provided as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

3/27/15

We always encourage our kids to be themselves, there is nobody in this world like them and that makes everyone unique. Everyone has something they are good at, everyone gets scared sometimes. 

We try to teach our kids to always be themselves and try their best at the things they love and to try new things even if they are scared. Many times my daughter has come home with a smile after doing something she thought she couldn't. Like when she was shy to sign up for the girls dance club at school - she's on her third year this year! 



As my oldest daughter is hitting Tweenhood hard, with new experiences, roles and responsibilities - it can be downright scary. She fell in love with Monster High about four years ago, she got her first Draculara doll for her birthday that year. The message with these dolls is that everyone is great the way they are no matter what and everyone has their own unique story. 

Monster High Haunted is coming to DVD on March 24 and its a movie that deals with just that - the movie follows our favourite Monster High ghouls as they travel to a parallel ghost world and discover Haunted High - an all ghost school shut off from the monster world. If your child is preparing to head somewhere new, going through a transitional phase, or is participating in a sports team or other activities where they may meet new friends, here are some good tips from our friends at Monster High to help our  tweens along.

Be Yourself, Be Unique

I think this one can go for both kids and adults, sometimes when you are entering something new it can be overwhelming and can make us feel like we can't find someone with common interests. It's best to always be yourself and stay positive. Eventually you will find someone who will appreciate you for who you are and one day maybe you will be the best of friends. If you pretend to be someone you're not, it will come around and haunt you in the end!

Patience is key. 

It takes time to get used to new people and new surroundings, being patient can pay off. If your child feels anxious or nervous, being patient is a good way to help calm things down and be able to get used to things easier. Good things take time as they say. 

Embrace your imperfections and embrace your individuality. 

A great way to get to know others and your environment is to get involved and participate. Encouraging your kids to be as engaged as they can be will give them the opportunity to branch out, learn new things and meet like minded individuals. Talk to them about ways they can go above and beyond to get involved with new friends!

I know as my kids grow, we will face many times where they will feel unsure. Even as an adult I often have my moments when I am unsure. Communicating and letting them know we are here for them no matter what is the foundation to helping them through the trials and tribulations of growing up. 

If you have a little ghoul who loves Monster High like mine does, check out the Monster High YouTube channel! There are some great videos on there which I think kids can really relate to.



To learn more about Monster High visit the official website here


Win it!

In celebration of new #MonsterhighHaunted on DVD, one lucky AME reader has the chance to win a Monster High Haunted DVD and doll *$40 value* by filling out the entry ballot below!

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 April 7th. 

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.




Posted by AME in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocates. Complimentary product received as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.  

3/26/15


Do you have a superhero fan in the house? We sure do! Marvel fans young and old, come out and celebrate your favourite superhero in Marvel Universe LIVE coming to Ottawa this summer! This show looks like an amazingly fun time out for the entire family and I am so excited to be able to take my kids to it this summer! 
Marvel fans assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking live entertainment to a whole new level with a mind blowing show like you've never seen before!  Watch your favourite superheroes Spiderman and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains come to life in an action packed arena extravaganza! You'll definitely feel the energy with cutting edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, motorcycles and more! This show has been hailed the most technically advanced live show ever! Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once in a lifetime, monumental performance! The fate of the universe depends on it!

Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to Ottawa, Ontario July 31st through August 2nd 2015 at the Canadian Tire Centre! Tickets can be purchased online and if you use my special code MULOC on checkout, you can save 20%*! Click here to get your tickets today! *offer valid on certain showtimes and expires April 1st, 2015*

Marvel Universe LIVE! showtimes for OTTAWA:

Friday, July 31st - 7pm
Saturday, August 1st - 11AM, 3PM, 7PM
Sunday, August 2nd - 11AM, 3PM (in French)

Other major cities along this Canadian tour are Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Vancouver and more beginning in June 2015! 

You can find out when Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to a city near you by visiting the official website!

Show some love and like the Marvel On Tour facebook page and follow @marvelontour on Twitter for the latest news and updates! 


WIN IT

I know, the show is still a few months away but its always good to plan ahead right? We want you to be amazed by Marvel Universe LIVE! too, Ottawa! Here's your chance to win FOUR tickets to the Marvel Universe LIVE! show at Canadian Tire Centre July 31st 2015!

Giveaway is open to residents of OTTAWA ONTARIO (18+) or those willing to travel to see the event. The prize is for FOUR TICKETS to opening night of Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Canadian Tire Centre in OTTAWA ONTARIO July 31st 2015 at 7pm. Travel and accommodations will NOT be provided. ENDS May 30th 2015! Fill out the ballot below for your chance to win! 



Posted by AME in participation with the Feld Entertainment Blogger program. Complimentary tickets provided for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.










3/25/15


Spring time is a great time to really show the kids what it means to take care of the earth by getting them to help out in what I like to call the 'community clean up'. We get out the garbage/recycle bags, put on our rubber boots and grab a rake or two for an afternoon of picking up anything we see that has surfaced from under the winter snow. 

The yard still has a lot of melting left to do but we have started to pick up trash, debris and other things that may have ended up in the yard and became covered in snow during the winter months. It's a dirty job but it's our earth, it's our job. We can feel proud to know we helped, even if it was in a small way like cleaning our own backyard. 

Earth Day is April 22nd and we are celebrating all things enviro-friendly with @EnviroKidz by Nature's Path. They are all about making learning about the environment and animals fun and also delicious for kids! 

EnviroKidz welcomes you to try out this yummy Chocolate Garden Cups recipe for Earth Day! These cups are perfect for kids parties or after school snacks, so adorable and fun to make for the whole family. Topped with yummy organic Choco Chimps cereal, this delicious and simple eggless chocolate pudding is light and not too sweet. 



How to make and what you need: 

Easy Chocolate Milk Pudding:
1 ¾ cup chocolate milk, room temperature 
2 tbsp. cocoa powder 
2 tbsp. corn starch 
1 tbsp. maple syrup or sweeten to taste 

Garden Cups: 
1/2 cup Choco Chimps Cereal, crushed 
Sprig of mint 

Directions:
1. Combine cocoa powder and cornstarch in a small pot. 
2. Gradually stir in milk and whisk until smooth. Stir in maple syrup. 
3. Stirring constantly, bring to slow boil. Whisk for 1 minute until pudding thickens. 
4. Remove from heat and pour into small mason jars or jam jars, leaving space for topping. 
5. Chill for 1 hour until cooled and thickened. 
6. Top with crushed Choco Chimps Cereal and garnish with sprig of mint and Popsicle stick.

You can find this and other yummy recipes on the EnviroKidz official website! Check out all of the great food products they have to offer including various cereals and snack bars!


WIN IT!

One lucky AME has the chance to win an EnviroKidz Celebrate the earth Party Kit *$100 value* which includes various product and items to help you celebrate Earth Day! 



This prize includes:

- 10 free product vouchers ($50 value to use or give to party guests)
- Party treats: all the EnviroKidz products you need to make yummy recipes
- Envirokidz snack bars for guests or treat bags
- Download and print party invites
- Party banner
- Party "swag" including animal stickers from the 1% for the Planet nonprofit partners such as the Australian Koala foundation and Dian Fossey Gorilla fund. 
- Activity books full of fun, educational games and quizzes featuring your favourite EnviroKidz animals! 


Enter by filling out the giveaway ballot below!


Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. Entrants are required to use a valid email address upon entering. Winners are required to fill out a prize claim form and answer a skill testing question to qualify. ENDS APRIL 5th 2015.

By entering AME giveaways the entrant understands that his or her information will be shared with representatives of EnviroKidz for prizing purposes only. AME is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please see the terms and conditions on AME for more information.



Posted by AME on behalf of Nature's Path EnviroKidz. Complimentary "party pack" was sent as a thank you. Recipe courtesy of Natures Path Envirokidz. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.


3/24/15



Saving is important in our family, especially when we are saving on energy in our home. During the winter months we consume more energy than the entire year because of gas heating and shorter days mean longer times the lights and other things tend to be on. 

Saving on energy isn't difficult and it doesn't cost you much to switch over and start doing things to better  both your budget and the environment. Some great ideas for saving energy in your home include:

- Switching from normal light bulbs to LED bulbs. Not only do they produce less heat and energy than regular bulbs, they also last longer and brighten rooms just as well if not better. We have been using energy efficient bulbs for years now.

- Hanging laundry to dry. Once the snow is gone, the temperature rises and the sun is out more, we can begin hanging our clothes outside on the line to dry. Don't have a back yard or area to put an outdoor clothesline, no problem. You can get drying racks which can easily fit indoors in your laundry area or on a balcony or small outdoor patio space.

- Installing light timers, motion sensors and dimmers. These are especially useful for outdoor lights or lights you don't need to constantly use. We have a back door light which comes on with motion. It isn't constantly going but lights up when needed. Saving your energy and also the bulb as it's used less than a typical light.

- Get rid of ghost energy. Did you know that even when an electronic like a TV, cellphone charger or computer is powered off it can still consume what they call "phantom power"? Using electricity unless they are completely unplugged. What a waste! By plugging electronics into an energy efficient power bar you can reduce the use by turning off the power bar itself, thus cutting off any unwanted, unused and wasted electricity. We live on power bars with all the electronics we have. 

- Installing a ceiling fan can help circulate air in your home with air conditioning. With a ceiling fan running you can turn down cold and still be comfortable. We rent our home so we cannot install a ceiling fan, we use standing fans or square fans in the summer and keep the windows open but my parents always had one running in the house, even lightly in winter to help circulate the air. Great idea that has been used for years! 

- Save some hot water by changing the shower heads and kitchen faucets to energy efficient ones. You can find these at your local hardware store. Also, it's a good idea to reduce the temperature of your hot water tank when you leave on a vacation or in the hotter summer months. I find we tend to not need the water as hot during the blistering month of July into August most of the time. 



Investing in small changes around your home will help you save in many ways in the long run. Did you know that since 2006, through the saveONenergy coupon program, Ontarians have reduced enough energy to power a city the size of North Bay for a year! That's a lot of power my friends! 

You can get in on the savings too! From March 27 to April 26, saveONenergy spring coupons offer discounts on LEDs and a wide variety of energy efficient products at participating retailers across Ontario! The Spring Coupon Event is one of many offered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and local distribution companies to help Ontarians better manage their electricity consumption and reduce electricity costs!



Download your FREE coupons today by visiting saveONenergy.ca/coupons! Follow @saveONenergyONT on twitter for more tips and tricks to help you become more energy efficient!


Posted on behalf of saveONenergy. Complimentary coupons and gift card received as a thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are honest and my own.

3/23/15


It's time to break out of our winter sweaters and put our cleaning clothes on. The snow is finally starting to melt, the days are longer and sunnier - sure signs that Spring is around the corner! Spring not only means the change in season but in our house it also means a change in our own home - SPRING CLEANING!

Although the house does get a weekly cleaning, over the winter months things can accumulate from clothing to toys and just things in general. Dust appears to grow out of nowhere, you don't even want to look under the couch. The front hall looks like frosty the snowman melted and everyone's tired winter gear strewn about. You get the picture, the house needs some serious TLC!

Out with the old, in with the new. It's time to declutter, degerm and make everything shine, one room at a time. Summer comes faster than we know it and we want to be out there enjoying the beautiful days, spring cleaning is a must-do!

Putting dust in its place is easy with Swiffer 360 Duster Extender kit. Dust clings to it like static and with the extender, we can reach those areas we didn't know could have dust! I love using the Swiffer Dusters in those hard to reach places like between the cable box/blu ray player in the livingroom and they are gentle enough to get dust off the front of the flat screen tv. They are also great to get the kids helping out too, dusting the lower areas of the house.

Opening up the windows when the weather warms up is a great way to naturally change the air in our home. Febreze is also here to help us avoid becoming nose-blind with Febreze Air Effects and Febreze Noticeables products from room to room.



Once we get the house back in order we can make our way down to the laundry room. Tide Liquid Detergent is put to work to wash those tired winter snow suits, mitts, hats and anything else to put away for next year. Bedsheets, curtains and other household linens get a refresh plus a spritz of Febreze will keep them smelling great.




Once the bathroom has a fresh shower curtain, clean decorative spring themed hand towels and everything from the sink to the toilet is sparkling clean, we like to place a fresh box of Puffs Basic Tissue on the side counter. It just gives the room that welcoming look plus, you never know when you have a nose in need! 

As a mom of 3 plus dogs, I'm happy P&G is here to help us get things going with great household products for just about every task we have on our spring cleaning list!

Find your favourite products by visiting www.PGEveryday.ca and follow @PGEverydayCA on Twitter for the latest news and updates!

WIN IT!

We want your spring cleaning to be a success! That's why ONE lucky AME reader has the chance to win a "Spring Cleaning Success" bundle ($60 value) courtesy of P&G! This bundle includes everything you need to get your spring cleaning on:

- Tide liquid detergent - $9.99
- Febreze Noticeables - $6.99
- Febreze Air Effects - $4.00
- Febreze Set and Refresh - $4.99
- Febreze Noticeables Dual Oil Warmer - $5.99
- Swiffer 360 Duster Extender Kit - $14.99
- Puffs Basic Tissue - $9.99

Fill out the entry ballot below for your chance to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec) with a valid email address. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One mandatory entry per household. 

By entering AME giveaways you agree to our terms and conditions. You also understand your information is kept private and will only be shared with representatives of P&G for prizing purposes should your name be drawn winner. 

GOOD LUCK!



Posted by AME in participation as a P&GMom. Special perks are obtained as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 




3/20/15


Having kids brings many moments of nostalgia with so many of our childhood favourites still brought to life today in the TV shows our own kids watch and the toys that they play with. It gives us a moment to share, to tell our story about our favourite childhood things to our own kids. We all know how much a kid loves a "back in the day" story. 

One in particular that brings back memories is Thomas and Friends. That show has been airing on TV since I can remember and although it has changed over the years, my kids are as big of fans as we were growing up. We have a small collection of Thomas and Friends toys, I wish I had saved some toys from our childhood, I think they would have enjoyed them as much. 


Playtime is an essential part of growing up and as parents, we like to get down and play with our kids. It not only grows the bond between us but it also creates wonderful memories for everyone. Here are some great tips to help you create some ever-lasting memories with your little ones.


Let them be the conductor.


When our little ones decide how to play for themselves, they experience the freedom in making choices. They also learn to build a connection between choice and consequence or choice and effect. Playing a combination of "open-ended" toys such as blocks and "close-ended" toys such as their favourite Thomas & Friends toy. By using their imaginations they will be able to use the toys however they want and also learn while they play. 


Go off track. 


It's so easy to lose track of time when you are playing with your favourite toy! When children are really engaged in play they are able to let their curiosity and imagination make new ideas and concepts. We all have schedules to keep but if you happen to see your little one engaged in play, try to let him play a little longer. I often find myself saying yes to "5 more minutes mom?". 


Embrace the theme.


Bring your child's favourite characters to life with a themed party or even a play date. They will love it and be totally immersed in their favourite toys. Be sure to have a camera ready to capture all the precious moments of family and friends. You will look back on the Thomas & Friends party hats for a good laugh and walk down memory lane in the future. 

Little guy showing his baby sister how his Thomas and Friends trains work! 

ALL ABOARD FOR FRIENDSHIP with the Thomas & Friends Photo contest! 

Capturing the memory of your little one's bond between them and their favourite Thomas & Friends toy is priceless. Share your favourite memory in the #ThomasAndMeCanada Photo Contest and be entered into a contest for your chance to win a trip to Thomas Land Theme park opening in Carver, MA this summer 2015!


It's easy to enter! All you have to do is visit www.thomasandfriends.com/en-ca/thomasandme submit your photo and fill in your info to enter the contest. You'll get an email once your submitted photo is approved and voila! 

Join @ThomasFriends on Twitter and follow along with other Thomas and Friends fans with hashtag #ThomasAndMeCanada!


WIN IT

In celebration of making memories with Thomas and Friends, one lucky reader has the chance to win a Thomas and Friends Trackmaster Breakaway Bridge set ($21.99 value).

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 April 1st. 

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. For more information about giveaway please see our terms and conditions page.




Posted by AME in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocate ambassador program. Complimentary product for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. Prizes provided by Mattel. 




A couple of months ago I posted about the BLACKS Shoebox Direct service where you can have your physical photos scanned, digitalized and arranged in a nice memory book to keep while storing your old photos for years to come. 

I think the longest part of the whole process was deciding on what pictures to send in and in what order. I wanted everything to be perfect and when our bundle arrived back to us - it was perfect and some! 

What we got in our BLACKS Shoebox was a usb flash drive containing all of our scanned photos, a CD containing all of our scanned photos, the original prints we sent in, a beautiful hardcover photo memory book plus a 12" x 12" softcover proof book of the images.


Everything in the package is amazing. We don't have many physical pictures of our own kids so we decided to take a bunch of pictures from our own childhoods and some of each of our parents when they were younger and turn them into a gorgeous memory book for everyone to share. Some of the photos were really old and they were brought back to life thanks to BLACKS.


Maybe next time we gather enough photos we can take a trip in and check out what BLACKS has in store too! 

Check out BLACKS.ca for more information about the Shoebox Direct service! 


Posted on behalf of BLACKS (part II). Complimentary product provided as a thank you. Opinions and comments are my own. 

3/19/15

We have a busy household. There isn't a day that goes by that I do not have to clean the house, do laundry, wash dishes - you know, the everyday stuff. It's never fun to do any of that but it needs to be done! It makes it easier when I am using products I know work and that I can trust will get the job done quickly, no matter what the task. 

Being a P&G Mom, I get to try out some really great (and much loved) products to use in our every day from my makeup bag to the laundry room and beyond. 



P&G are excited to announce that several of their best products received the Canadian Living Best New Product Award 2015 based on the brand spark consumer survey conducted in November and December 2014. Winners of this award are based on consumer appeal and repurchase intent. Meaning how much we love it and if we would buy it again.

I am proud to see many of my favourite P&G brands on this list such as Pantene, Febreze, Tide, CoverGirl, Pampers and Old Spice to name a few. I know I'm not the only one who goes back to their favourites time and time again. You can check out the entire list by visiting www.BestNewProducts.ca!


WIN IT!

We have had the opportunity to try many of our favourite award winning P&G products and now you have the chance to try them too! Enter to win some of the great award winning products and put the best of P&G to the test!


This prize is valued at $65* and consists of:
  • Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Shampoo $7.99
  • Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Conditioner – $7.99
  • Pampers Swaddlers (Size 3) – $14.99
  • Pampers Sensitive Wipes – $1.99
  • Febreze Air Effects Crisp Clean – $3.99
  • Cascade Platinum – $9.99
  • Tide Simply Clean & Fresh – $9.99
  • Gain Flings – $8.99
*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer.

Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec) can enter using the entry ballot below! One random winner will be drawn on April 6th 2015 via provided email. Mandatory entry required to participate in bonus entries. By entering AME giveaways you understand your information is never shared unless your name is drawn winner in which case your information is shared with representatives of P&G for prizing purposes only.

By entering this giveaway you agree your information will NOT be shared unless for prizing purposes should you win. For more information about giveaways please see our giveaway terms and conditions.


Posted by AME in participation with the #PGMom program. Perks and incentives are received in affiliation however opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

3/18/15

ATTENTION bloggers and social media enthusiasts:

Join us as we celebrate the upcoming 2015 BConnected Conference with the #BConnectedConf Twitter Party TUESDAY, MARCH 24th at 8-9pm EST!


RSVP and follow host @BConnectedConf + mods @Canbloghouse and @AMotherhoodBlog for an evening of fun! 

You could even win prizes such as a pass to the BConnected Conference and other amazing prizes from our sponsors like Chicken Farmers of Canada, Sucuri and more!

Click the image above to visit the BConnected website for more information, official rules and to RSVP for your chance to win!

See you at the party!

Posted in participation with BConnected Conference. Opinions and comments are my own.
We have been talking about redoing our kids rooms for quite some time. Hubby has visions of what he would like to do with them, themed in the kids current interests and favourites. Our son chose a superhero themed room. He loves everything super hero. 

My mom paints, she has done so my entire life on and off and it makes me so happy to share with you, the paintings she created for our sons room! 


You can get posters, wall stickers and all kinds of fun decals in stores but they can get expensive (plus the last time we did decals they didn't stay on the wall very long) and paintings like this aren't something you see every day. They are something our son can enjoy for his entire life, a keepsake from his grandmother and he loves them! 



Posted by AME. Paintings by P.O. with permission to share. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

3/16/15


We met when you were 28, I was 23. Can you believe it's been 12 years? You have changed throughout the years, as have I but not how you may think. You have grown from the young man I knew to the mature father and husband I now love. 


Happy 40th birthday, my love. We may not have a fancy car or a big house but there are things you have given me which nobody else could ever and that is our three beautiful children plus a lifetime of love and commitment. 

God gave the world a great person when you were born, we have your parents to thank for raising you. I am happy to be here to celebrate this milestone with you, look back on the memories and can't wait to share the next 10 years with you to celebrate the next. 

Wishing you all the happiness and love you deserve on your 40th...now go eat some cake!






Posted by AME. Image by AME. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.


As we prepare for Tax season, we make sure we have all of our important things in order and make copies of each item that we need to keep. In order to keep hard copies intact and organized we like using a file cabinet to do so. 


You can always store your hard copies in a Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box which keeps your papers secure and protected all in one place. Made with durable steel material to stand up to daily use and measures measures 13.5" wide x 10.5" hight x 6" diameter. Plenty of room to put the most important things. It comes with two keys to lock and limited year warranty. 



Master Lock can help keep your most important documents safe and secure with Master Lock Vault. It is a digital safe deposit box where you can keep copies of important documents like tax files, bank records, health records, insurance policies, list of important passwords etc all organized in one place. Master Lock Vault is available for free and is a great, secure way to never lose what's important. Plus, you can access it anywhere from a computer or smartphone.

From March 16th to April 16th, any registered Master Lock Vault user will be eligible for the Tax Relief Sweepstakes for the chance to win one of five $1000 prizes! Visit the Master Lock Vault website for full details and contest rules! 

Posted by AME on behalf of Master Lock. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 


3/14/15


Today our son turns seven years old. No longer a baby, he's growing up to be such a great boy. He makes us proud, he makes us smile. 

His story has been told among family and friends since his shocking birth in 2008, since then he has been an inspiration. He has gone through a lot in his seven years and although he can be shy, he is braver than the best of us. 

At seven years old he loves to play video games, he enjoys drawing pictures and adores super heroes. He is our little super hero in more ways than one. 



Happy birthday little man. We know no matter how big you get and no matter what you do, you will make us proud because you will always be you! 





Posted by AME. Photos, opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author

3/13/15


My kids are super kids. From the smiles they give to make someone feel better to the honest kindness they have when they give us drawings they worked so hard to make, our kids are super kids.

They don't have to do anything that makes the local paper or go viral online to be super kids. Just being themselves, being kind, giving and never forgetting to be themselves above all else makes them super. There are many ways in this world that you can be super, everyday. 


This is the year to #BeSuper! Barbie has invited kids from across Canada to tap into their own inner superheroes and use their imaginations to show how they are super! We all know one small act can make a big difference and with some imagination and determination, every kid can prove that anything is possible. Here are some great tips to help you and your little ones be super! 


Be Kind. 


As parents, we all want to teach our children how to be kind to others and the best way to do so is leading by example. You will always be their #1 superhero. Super Squad leader Noemie from our own Ottawa, Ontario set a great example with her "Happy Hearts" fashion charity which raises money through silent auction and a fashion show. She raised nearly $15000 for CHEO. 


Be Bold.


Give your kids the opportunity to set their own path and make their own decisions. Help empower leadership, let them be bold and realize that anything is possible when they put their minds to it. For example Super Squad leader Veronika from Surrey, BC recycled juice boxes from her school and used the money raised to give wheelchairs to 60 people in Guatemala. 


Be Creative.


Creativity is essential in helping your child reach their peak power potential. Imaginative play is a great way to get that creativity flowing, the sillier the better! Have a crazy dress up party or how about some kooky crafts! The possibilities are endless. Super Squad leader Mya from Stettler, Alberta used her creativity to create a fun program that uses stickers to reward healthy eating called "Lunch Apeel". She went across Canada to spread the word about her program and empower other kids to use their creativity and be super!


For even more tips, join the Barbie Super Squad by visiting www.BeSuper.com. It's easy to get started and it's free to join! 



As a member you get access to the downloadable Super Squad handbook which has tips and super monthly missions. Completing monthly missions means your little ones can earn badges and also be entered into contests to win cool prizes like a custom mini-movie to tell the world how awesome they are and product prize packs!

SuperDuper_K signed up and ready for superhero duties!
Something fun for you and your little ones to sit down and do together. We had fun coming up with a good superhero name for my daughter SuperDuper_K! For this month's mission she said kindness is an everyday thing. She will continue to be kind to her siblings, friends and help those who may need a hand.

We will have to go back next month to complete another mission and get a new badge but in the meantime the website offers all kinds of fun things like videos, games, comic strips and much more!

Have you seen the Barbie #BeSuper exclusive apparel and accessories available at Walmart? Your little one can look as super as she can be with Barbie in Princess Power exclusive tops (some with a cape on the back!), bottoms, pj's and accessories like umbrellas, sunglasses and hats! Visit walmart.ca/Barbie to see the whole collection!



Get in on the fun and chat on Twitter using hashtags #BeSuper to see what other Barbie superfans are up to!


WIN IT!

In celebration of #BeSuper, we are giving away a Barbie super pack filled with all kinds of goodies like apparel, accessories, dolls, books, coupons and more ($100) to one lucky AME reader!

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 April 1st. 


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.




Posted by AME in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocates. Complimentary product received as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.