2/29/16

Fitness at home can be a daunting task when you are starting out which makes it harder for people to stick to it and keep that promise to themselves to exercise more.  It’s always good to have a plan. Know what results you want from your exercise routine and what you need to achieve this goal.
Like anything else in life, in order to succeed in fitness and exercise you need the proper tools to get you started.  With so many options available, where can one possibly start?

No need to look for a fitness speciality store,  Sears Canada has a great selection of fitness fashions,  home gym equipment and fitness accessories to choose from to get you on the right path to a new you.  


PURE NRG has some great pieces you can mix and match to find your perfect fitness fashion! Quality fitness clothes without spending a bundle. If you’ve ever shopped for yoga pants, you know how much some brands can cost.
There are many different items available for women, men, girls and boys ranging from yoga pants to tank tops and more. Sears Canada was kind enough to send us over some fitness gear to check out for ourselves.

Pure NRG Athletics printed cropped leggings give you breathable flexibility for your work out. I am typically neutral and wear a lot of black but these cropped leggings are fun with the blue print on them. They come in different colours to your liking for $19.97! 



A Pure NRG Athletics performance tanks give you comfort and room to move during a workout, also only $19.95! I love the motivational saying on this one “Push Yourself”!

Simple exercises are fun and don’t always require gym equipment but sometimes it can be good to switch it up and add some fitness accessories to the routine.

Not ready for an entire home gym? No problem! You can get great exercise equipment and accessories right at Sears like the
Restore Strength and Flexibility kit by Gaiam. Because I have bad hips, I tend to do more stretching and strengthening exercises for my arms, upper body, hips and legs. This is a great tool to get some real stretching and flexibility exercises into the routine. It comes with everything you need to get started, including an instructional booklet with exercises to start you off.

Whenever and however you decide to start your fitness journey, know that you can count on Sears Canada to help you get into step!

Share your healthy living tips with @SearsCA on Twitter and @sears_canada on Instagram using hashtag #HappyRenewYear!

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


2/19/16

Imaginative play is always welcome in our house, especially with our younger two kids. They both love play sets and figurines, they're both very creative in role playing and even make "voices" when they are "in character". With all of the great play sets available to families these days, the imaginative creativity is endless!

Playmobil is known for its imaginative play and iconic figures and are launching a new City Action Space Theme this month! Today, children are constantly exposed to the study of space exploration, whether it be in school, on TV or in games they play. 

To help inspire the scientists of tomorrow, Playmobil is encouraging kids to reach for the stars! This new theme has everything your child needs to play real-life astronaut from the space rocket itself down to the sounds it makes! 

My son is fascinated by all things space and we are excited to add the new Playmobil City Action Space Rocket With Launch Site set to our toy collection! It has everything you need to blast off into intergalactic imaginative fun! 

Three, two, one! Countdown to lift-off aboard the PLAYMOBIL Space Rocket with Launch Site! It's got everything to make your little one feel like part of the astronaut action with working lights and sounds! This rocket is mission ready! Inspect the rocket before launch with the movable maintenance platform, and make sure everything is in tip-top shape for the space mission with the help of the repair robot!
The set includes two space technicians, rocket, launch structure, repair robot, mechanical tools, computer and tons of other accessories to keep your little ones imagination going!
This Play set does require adult assembly (You can find some great tutorials here to help you get set up), batteries are not included (make sure to pick some up if you are gifting!) and it's geared for kids ages 3 and up. 

Other additions to complete the City Action Space theme include the City Action Space Shuttle and Satellite Meteoroid Laser!

For more information on these and other fantastic Playmobil toys please visit www.playmobil.ca


Posted in participation with Playmobil. Complimentary product received in exchange for my views. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

2/17/16

I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G Ambassador. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are always my own.

February is our time to shine! We should take this opportunity to break out of those winter blues and show off our more glamourous side. It could be for a special date night with your Valentine or maybe a cocktail party with your girlfriends, step up your game and prepare to turn heads. 

Don't let your outfit (or those amazing shoes) steal the spotlight. This year, let COVERGIRL and Pantene spark some creativity with your hair and makeup. Here are some great tips on how to get a dazzling look that will have your date mesmerized and the other ladies wondering how you did it. The best part,  you don't need to hire a personal makeup or hair artist to still feel like a rockstar.

Start with a base: Every expert will agree that having happy and healthy skin can have you glowing in pictures. Moisturize before applying primer, and when you do apply, make sure it's a product that works with your skin type. TruBlend Primer concentrates on both the skin texture and the skin type - these formulations work with your skin to create a flawless canvas. After your face is prepped, apply TruBlend Liquid Foundation to cover any imperfections.

Say goodbye to winter blues: Nobody wants to look in the mirror and be reminded of winter. Use TruBlend Blush and Bronzer to contour your face and give you a natural sun-kissed glow. 

Highlight your eyes: In the past, fashion made the mistake of being overly bold with eyeshadow colours, this season is all about being natural with your tones and blending colours. COVERGIRL has developed a colour scheme of roses, nudes and golds that are universally flattering with matte and shimmery finishes. Trunaked Shadow Palettes can be worn on their own for a soft smoky eye or combined to create a bold dramatic look. To finish, use Trunaked Eyeliner Duos, a line of pencils that glide on effortlessly to let you define your eyes and create countless luxe looks.

Give your lips a treat: Lips are one of your best accessories, make sure you treat them with care. Before, or even in place of applying lipstick (I know not everyone is a lipstick lady), use a moisturizer to keep your lips looking and feeling like a million bucks. Oh Sugar! Moisturizing Lip Treatment is infused with grapeseed oil, avocado butter and vitamins C & E. This incredible lip nourishment comes in ten tints of lightweight colour.

Let your h(air) flow: All professional hair stylists agree, hair is meant to be flowing and natural, not crispy and dry. The products you use in your hair should be as natural and healthy as the food you put in your body! Pantene's new Airspray is alcohol free, giving a light and fresh scent. Your date will have no problem running their fingers through your silky smooth hair.



I typically enjoy trying new makeup with new looks in my day-to-day so I am excited to see this new line of nude colours to work with. We can be glamorous without going Hollywood with CoverGirl and Pantene.  

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I am a child of the 80's and early 90's. One of our main sources of entertainment in that time was after school and evening TV. Our shows only played at a certain time on a certain day (until reruns began) and we enjoyed them each and every time. We got to know the characters and almost felt like we could be part of their picture perfect families in the sitcoms we watched. 

Do you remember watching Full House? That was one of my favourite shows in my pre-teen years. I don't know if it was Uncle Jesse's hair or maybe because I secretly dreamed of having sisters like DJ and Stephanie but, I loved that show. 

Netflix actually has Full House so you can relive your favourite Tanner family moments. My older daughter has even binge watched her fair share of old episodes. 

I am happy to see Fuller House, a new reboot of our old favourite, coming to Netflix! 

Fuller House follows a widowed DJ Tanner-Fuller moving back to her old childhood home to raise her sons with the help of her sister Stephanie Tanner and her childhood best friend, Kimmy Gibbler. Appearances by other beloved characters like Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky, Uncle Joey and of course Danny "Dad" Tanner will also happen.



Fuller House is about to spread nostalgia across the interwebs of Netflix addicts like myself! 

As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam we sometimes get special sneak peeks at upcoming shows! After watching some *really awesome* screeners, I can honestly tell you that if you're as excited about Fuller House as I am, you will not be disappointed! It's the fun-loving, family show we all grew to love - with bit of an updated twist. I can't say anymore, you'll have to tune in and watch for yourself on February 26th

Find out how DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy are adjusting into their new roles as adults, plus hear more about their perfect Netflix night in with this exclusive #StreamTeam video! Fuller House has a special message for us:



Check out these Netflix "collections" to celebrate the show launch! You will find some great Fuller House inspired titles for your next family Netflix night, something everyone can agree on!

TV Time for the Fam
Fuller House and Other Fave Fams
Supermoms like DJ Fuller
Steph Tanner Presents "How Rude" TV
Kimmy Gibbler and Other Pesky Friends


Will you be tuning in to Fuller House? 





Brought to you in participation with the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam. Opinions and comments are those of the author.

2/15/16

Still talking about resolutions in February? Why, yes we are! Did you know most people forget about their promises to themselves by the third month of the year if not sooner? We are already over halfway through the second month, today is always a great day to start if you haven't already. 

Hands up those who have begun and are sticking to the promise of a healthier 2016! Some people have natural self motivational skills, I envy those people. They know how to get it done! Some people just need a little boost, some help to get on the right path to exercising, eating well and being a healthier you. 

Here are some handy hints and tips from health and wellness experts from Sears Canada to help you stay motivated!


1-  Ditch that snooze button! Try waking up 30 minutes earlier than normal for a quick workout and healthy breakfast before starting your work day. This will help you feel accomplished, energized and excited all before 7am! Tip: Walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes every day burns an extra 1000 to 1500 calories in a week! 

2- Make staying on track with your goals easy! Celebrate the mini-milestones and achievements with a fun, well-deserved treat. Why not reward yourself with fresh, new workout gear like Sears PURE NRG ATHLETICS Athletic Capri or Performance Tank ($13.97). Look great while you work out!

3- Get moving! Every day activities can be an easy exercise opportunity (especially if you have stairs!). Use commercial breaks during your favourite TV show, or downtime when you pick the kids up at sports, to do some easy workouts on the go, such as leg lifts, bicep curls or marching on the spot. Why not grab a set of Hers Kettle Bell weights ($99.99) to intensify the exercise? This makes for a time-saving, efficient and effective workout!


4- Save time and money, get fit right at home! More than 55% of women surveyed prefer working out at home to spending on average $1400 annually on gym memberships. At-home fitness equipment and accessories are easily found, purchased and delivered at Sears, often for less than the cost of a yearly gym membership. 

5- Get your "Om" on with yoga and get ready to renew yourself! It benefits mind, body and soul. Yoga can help reset your mind, increase focus and creativity not to mention improve sleep. Do your downward dog pose at home on the Gaiam Printed Premium Yoga Mat ($39.99)

6- Add meal planning to your weekend To Do list and save yourself time during the busy weekdays. Set yourself up for success and make meal prep easy with the Magic Bullet Blender ($49.97) and the Breville Juice Fountain Duo ($319.99) from Sears Canada. 

7- Getting on the right path to living a healthier lifestyle is so much easier when you have a support system. Family and friends can support you by joining you, why not make it a group effort? Cheer each other on and stage weekly check-ins using a BIOS Glass Electronic Scale ($44.99) to hold each other accountable.

8- It's easy to fall off the wagon when your exercises become boring and routine, I think we've all been there at  one point! Try something new that will target different muscles like Pilates in the comfort of your home with the STOTT PILATES SPX Reformer Package ($3199.99) or channel your inner UFC athlete with the UFC Resistance Fitness Kit ($32.99)

It's great that Sears Canada offers a fitness collection with just about everything you need to get off on the right track for your own fitness routine. With name brand workout wear and accessories to home equipment like treadmills and home gyms, Canadians can achieve a challenging and engaging home workout thanks to Sears Canada. 

For more information about Sears Canada please visit your local Sears Canada store or go online at sears.ca

Share your healthy living tips with @SearsCA on Twitter and @sears_canada on Instagram using hashtag #HappyRenewYear!

Like the Sears Canada Facebook page for the latest! 

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


2/14/16

Get your tickets ready!! The Princess Margaret Cancer Center is hosting it's Princess Margaret Home Lottery! This lottery helps support the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and its journey to help those lives that are affected by cancer through cancer research. 

A ticket to the Princess Margaret Home Lottery gives you the chance to win BIG! You could win various prizes like computers, watches and more! Plus the GRAND prize of a house plus cottage plus cash! There are some MEGA prizes you won't want to miss your chance to win! 

Being a grand prize winner is a dream for anyone but even if you don't win, at least you know your efforts went toward a good cause. 

To learn more about the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery and the various prizes offered this year please click here

Twitter Party And Periscope Alert!



Join @PMLotto for the #SupportPrincessMargaret Twitter Party happening FEBRUARY 17th at 7:00pm ET. 

There are prizes to be won and the best part, you don't have to RSVP! Just follow the host @PMLotto and @thePMCF on twitter and use the hashtag #SupportPrincessMargaret! 


Join the #SupportPrincessMargaret Twitter Party twubs here! 

See you at the party! 

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

2/11/16

Sponsored post on behalf of Pampers. I am part of the #PampersBabyPanel bloggers. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author


Throwback Thursday is always a fun way to share your favourite moments from your life's past. I have shared my own memories from time to time, mostly on Instagram. 

Today is a special kind of #TBT - we are celebrating the memories that are our babies and the diapers that helped us get through some of our toughest (and messiest) baby days - Pampers. 




Once upon a time this little one was a Pampers Swaddlers baby. Now, she's such a big girl! Hard to believe that photo was taken three years ago! #TBT

What's your favourite #TBT with your little one?

Visit the AME Facebook page and you can enter to win an awesome #PampersBabyPanel #TBT prize pack courtesy of Pampers which includes diapers, wipes and ivory snow detergent! 

Good luck! 

2/9/16

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and if you're like me you may be looking forward to staying in with your better half and having your own romantic date night at home. 

Staying in is the new "date night" - in a recent survey, 77% say they watch Netflix together because they like spending time together without leaving home. 51% of couples said they bond over shows together. 


While hubby and I may not always have the same taste in what we watch, we can agree that staying in is the way to go. It is nice to get out and have a romantic dinner but when in our budget do we normally have this? Very rare. Plus, finding a reliable babysitter for three kids (plus our dogs!) on a day like Valentine's Day is next to impossible. It's hard enough to get them to stay in bed on a regular night, never mind having a babysitter try to succeed! 

Valentine's Day is what you make it so get out the heart shaped candy, pop some popcorn and settle down for some serious romance with your sweetheart right at home. 

Bring on the #SHOWMANCE with Netflix! Here are 5 great romantic movies to get your night started! 

Valentine's Day is a great movie - the title says it all. The movie follows different characters on Valentine's Day. I haven't seen it yet but it's got a lot of great actors so it's bound to be a pleaser! 


Who can say no to a Cinderella fairytale orphan-girl-meets-prince love story? We all loved Drew Barrymore in Ever After - A Cinderella Story.

You may need tissues for P.S. I Love You. A story about love, loss and about remembering when a grieving widow learns her recently passed husband left a series of love notes behind to help her through the most difficult times. 


Not as tear inducing as the previous movie, The Vow still brings a great romantic story of a couple facing the worst when a young woman (Rachel McAdams) wakes up from a car accident with amnesia and her devoted husband (Channing Tatum) does everything in his power to help her recover and win her back.


Who can forget everyone's favourite history-based romance movie - Titanic. We all know how the story goes - poor boy meets rich girl, falls in love amidst tragedy. It's a long movie but a good one if you are one of the very few people in the world who hasn't seen it. 

These are just some of the great movie titles available on Netflix this Valentine's Day! What's your favourite romantic movie? 


Posted in participation with the Netflix #StreamTeam. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

2/2/16

One word I hate is Cancer. It affects the lives of thousands of Canadians every year, it has affected friends and family (including my own) - people we care about. It has affected our lives. Every fight is as brave as the next, I would love to one day see nobody have to fight Cancer ever again. It is important that we keep spreading the word and doing what we can to help support those who's lives have been affected by this horrible disease. 

Join us against the fight for Canadians undergoing cancer treatment on February 4th, World Cancer Day. People have been showing their support by shaving their heads and raising money for cancer treatment and research. 


There are many different ways you can help. One of them is joining the Canadian FireFighters #NoHairSelfie Challenge and demonstrate your support by shaving your head on World Cancer Day. All funds go to the Fire Fighters Cancer Research Fund at The Princess Margaret. Click here to find out how to join! 

If you aren't ready for a total makeover by shaving your head, you can still show your support by downloading the free #NoHairSelfie app and sharing your image. One share can reach many people. You can also make a donation to the cause right through the app. 



Also, join us for the #NoHairSelfie Twitter Party on February 4th at 7pm ET. Hosted by @nohairselfie and @thePMCF using hashtag #NoHairSelfie. Not only will you be helping an amazing cause by simply participating BUT you also have the chance to win $500 in prizes! 

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


2/1/16

I am so excited to tell you all that in less than 3 months, BConnected Conference 2016 is coming to Ottawa, Ontario! I am also honoured to be on the committee for a third year! If you don’t know what BConnected Conference is, you haven’t been following me for long enough. My posts about the first and second BConnected Conferences should give you a good idea!


This year, BConnected Conference is bound to be a weekend we won’t soon forget. It will be located right in downtown Ottawa at the beautiful Marriott Courtyard Ottawa in the Byward Market on April 23rd – 24th, 2016.
During your weekend at the BConnected Conference, attendees are offered five amazing components throughout the weekend including 9 interactive sessions, round table discussions, 4 insightful keynote speakers, an exhibitor’s hall AND a Friday evening (April 22nd) tweetup featuring a special event Tour, Sip and Socialize with Ottawa Tourism! This is going to be a fun event where attendees can take part in The Haunted Walk tour which will take place in the Byward Market area. 

The evening will finish with social hour at a nearby local craft brewery from 9pm to 10pm that entitles you to a free beer and munchies! 

Saturday and Sunday are filled with so much action! We will have speakers and exhibitors who will be sharing their skills and experience with you so you can become more familiar with their brands and products to obtain hands-on and useful information to enhance your social media skills. 

It’s a fun and intimate event for influencers, small businesses, home based businesses, brands and speakers alike!

A 2-day conference pass gives you:
  • 4 keynote Speeches
  • 9 hands-on learning sessions from amazing speakers
  • Round table sessions
  • Access to the Exhibitors Hall
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks each day
  • To attend the Tweet up (tours) on Friday evening
  • To attend the Saturday evening BConnected Social Blowout Party
  • Free Professional Head Shots by Barnyard Studio du Coin
  • Reduced rate at the Marriott Courtyard Ottawa until March 22nd, 2016
  • BodyGym class every morning by Fitness with Jules
  • Swag bag
  • And more surprises!

What else can you expect at BConnected Conference 2016? I’m glad you asked!

The BConnected Conference is pleased to present Dan R Morris and Rachel Martin of Blogging Concentrated! This well-known and energetic duo will lead an amazing 3 hour workshop on SEO and Social Engagement on Sunday April 24th, 2015 from 2 pm to 5 pm.  You can learn more about them on their website

Also, join Blogging Concentrated for dinner after the conference, too! Mingle with fellow bloggers and learn even more from the pros! Click here for more info and find out how you can get your ticket! 

SEO: In this session we share – using down to earth and relatable answers – how to use SEO to create traffic and results. We start by sharing the research involved, move to how to skillfully craft engaging content and then end demonstrating how to measure results using various tools.

Social Engagement: Does your page reach all of those who clicked or liked it? Are you looking for better engagement and reach? So often social is looked at as simply the platforms — Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram — and how to manipulate them. However, in this talk, we look beyond the platforms and study the unique power of the written word, video and images that social uses to drive traffic, increases brand awareness and generate revenue.

Workshop Fee: $20 with a BConnected 1 or 2 Day Pass/$60 Workshop only (includes a snack)

Where do you want your blog to take you in 2016? Come join us at the 2016 BConnected Conference and see how they can help you take your blog to the next level! 

So, if you are looking to expand your social media and blogging skills while increasing your network of friends and colleagues, be sure to buy a ticket to the 2016 BConnected Conference




We hope you’ll B there!

We #Love2BConnected and you will too! Win a 2 day pass + Sunday Workshop with Blogging Concentrated at this years BConnected Conference! Join us at the beautiful Marriott Courtyard Ottawa in the Byward Market!!





Click here to enter today!!!


Posted in participation with the BConnected Conference Committee. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.