10/31/16

Ghosts and goblins, princess and superheroes will all be decked out tonight going door to door trick or treating. My kids are recycling costumes this year with Miss M being "Batman", Little Guy being a Ninja Turtle and K wanted to be a possessed doll.

Halloween has changed since we were kids. I grew up in a small community, almost the entire town participated in handing out candy, going door to door. I believe they still do that there today.

Not everybody participates nowadays but that's OK. It just makes finding the good houses a little harder, more work for the loot, right? ;-) 

No, Halloween isn't the same as when we were kids but it doesn't make it any less fun for the kids. Going out with them means I tend to participate and dress up somewhat. 

I'm not sure this year, I might just do my hair and makeup and be an undead like last year. It takes forever to get all three kids dressed up and out the door so I like to think up quick ones. Hubby even "dresses up". He wears a lot of Ottawa Sens hockey hoodies and sweatshirts, he claims to dress up as a hockey player every year. We just go with it. 

No matter if you stay home and hand out, go door to door or make your way to a friend's party - have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!

Leave a comment below if you are dressing up and tell us what your costume is! 


10/26/16

We are just days away from the scariest time of the year, Halloween! The kids have been excited for what seems to be months, they can't wait to put on their costumes and head out trick-or-treating.



We make Halloween a family event, every year. All of us go out (I usually dress up most years) and help the kids navigate their way through the neighborhood, take photos and make memories. One thing we tend to do before heading out for spooky fun is let the kids know what the rules are, even older kids need some reminders sometimes. 

Halloween is meant to be scary and fun, not dangerous!

Here are some great tips and tricks for a happy and safe Halloween:

·       Drive carefully. Ideally, you won’t have to get in your vehicle on Halloween. But if you do, remember there will be scores of excited youngsters roaming the streets, and they could be darting out into the road unexpectedly. Please pay attention.

·       Keep an eye on those kids. Kids can be quick and crafty. To keep them from running out into the road unattended, sampling some candy you haven’t inspected or entering a stranger’s house, don’t divert your attention from their Halloween frivolity.

·       Illuminate from within. The Jack O’Lantern is a time-honoured Halloween tradition. Carve a scary face into the side of pumpkin, put in a candle and voila! a creepy glowing scary face out front of your house. But anytime you are using a live flame, like a candle, there is a risk of fire. Minimize that risk by using small battery-powered lights to give your Jack its spooky aura.

·       Light the way. No question, Halloween is best enjoyed after dark. But it can be treacherous walking to streets with limited visibility after the sun goes down as not all streets are properly lit at night. Best to carry a small flashlight with you to ensure no tripping hazards are in your path. We always have our smartphones on us which have flashlights, just in case. 

·       Charge up. Taking the kids out trick or treating is the Halloween mainstay, the kids decked out in their costumes going door-to-door for some free candy. No doubt you will want to snap some pictures on your mobile phone, coordinate with the parents of your children’s friends, or — worst case — maybe even need your phone in the event of an emergency. It’s not a time you want to be running out of juice. Bring along a portable charger to ensure your phone is ready when you are.

·       Enjoy cautiously. For the kids, it’s all about the candy. Mini chocolate bars, bags of chips, rockets, molasses kisses … by the end of the night their treat bags are a veritable cornucopia of junk food. Parents should closely inspect all of the candy the kids bring home on Halloween, looking closely for any evidence it may have been tampered with. It is also a wise idea to monitor how much they are eating to ensure it stays in balance with a relatively healthy diet. Nobody wants to have nightmares after filling up on too much sugar! 


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10/25/16

Mornings are one of the busiest times of the day in our house. The kids get up, get dressed (thanks to setting their clothes out the night before to avoid the "I don't have any socks" outcry.), and eat breakfast.

On more than one occasion, if we are running late we will grab a quick bowl of dry cereal with milk. Cue the "mom guilt" setting in knowing we could be doing so much better to give my family a healthier start to the day starting with breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day. 

Big breakfasts can be time-consuming and let's face it, not everybody is a happy morning person who wants to start cooking before their first cup of coffee. Quaker makes it easy with an assortment of Oatmeal cereals, hot and cold that can be prepared in delicious and easy breakfast recipes the whole family can enjoy.


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal


Warm flavours of a holiday dessert favourite come together in this creamy breakfast oatmeal.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups (500 mL) Quaker® Quick Oats
3 1/4 cups (800 mL) milk
3 tbsp (45 mL) honey or brown sugar
3/4 tsp (4 mL) pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) pumpkin purée
1/3 cup (75 mL) vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 cup (60 mL) toasted chopped pecans

Directions:

In large saucepan set over medium heat, stir together oats, milk, honey, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Stir in pumpkin purée and heat through. Divide evenly among 4 bowls; top with dollop of yogurt and sprinkle with pecans.

Tip: Top with dried fruit, such as raisins or cranberries if desired.

Through the power of Quaker Oats, we can once again own the morning or at least breakfast time. From hot cereal to cereal bars and more, you can head off on your day with peace of mind that the family is off with a belly full of goodness. It's the little things that make our morning moments. #SpoonDrop 

Discover more goodness on the Quaker Oats official website!

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Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One entry per household. Ends November 6th, 2016. For more information about giveaways please see our disclosure page. 

Good Luck! 




Posted on behalf of Quaker. Complimentary products obtained with no obligation to post. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own. 

10/13/16

The kids have been back in school for a month and I am sure by now you or someone you know has already suffered from a cold and/or flu virus. I know, we already have. Our whole house was hit within a couple of weeks of the kids returning to school, where it seems to be a very popular hangout for bacteria and germs! 

Join us for a Twitter party and get your family ready for the cold & flu season with Boiron Canada! 



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Sponsored post on behalf of Boiron Canada. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own. 

10/11/16

The spookiest day of the year is only a few more weeks away, the kids keep on reminding me every day. While I've already begun taking out my Halloween decorations and costumes from previous years, the kids haven't exactly decided on what they want to go out trick or treating as yet. 

They're usually pretty good at coming up with ideas way in advance and we have had some great costumes over the years. 



It has been a wishy-washy decision, unlike other years. One day the boy wants to be a zombie and the next he wants to try on one of his old Batman costumes and maybe give it one more go around before retiring it from Halloween fun. 

For the oldest, this may be her last year coming out with her siblings (so she says). She has mentioned she wants to be a "possessed doll" but hasn't really said much more than that. Of course, our Miss M wants to be a princess. Not just any princess, though, she wants to be Elsa from Disney's movie Frozen.

While they are making their final decisions, I am finding Halloween inspiration through their favourite shows on Netflix! If your little one hasn't quite decided on a costume yet, check out these Netflix-inspired  Halloween costumes for little kids with step-by-step instructions you can make in a breeze!





What I like best about DIY costumes like these is that you and your kids can always add things to make them your own. 

These are just a few simple and cute costume ideas to get you started, all it takes is a little inspiration and imagination to be whatever they want to be this Halloween. 

Countdown to Halloween with spooktacular programs streaming this month only on Netflix Canada

Have your kids decided what they want to be yet? 


Posted in participation with the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own. 



10/10/16



Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian #AMEblog readers!

No matter how you celebrate, may your plates be filled with delicious food and your hearts filled with joy and love. 
xo


10/5/16

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The point of wearing pink isn't just for fashion, you're also making a statement, showing your support for those who have been affected by cancer. It shows your support in hopes of one day finding a cure. 

Ardene has collaborated with Barbie and the Rethink Breast Cancer Foundation to create a limited edition lifestyle collection: Ardene x Barbie. Not only are these comfy and trendy but they have a socially conscious message at the core. This initiative brings a fresh and youthful approach to cancer awareness. 



For the month of October, 100% of net profits of the Ardene x Barbie collection will help support Rethink’s work to empower young people impacted by breast cancer. The Ardene x Barbie collection includes*: 

  • Barbie Beanie 
  • Barbie Lounge Joggers 
  • Super soft Barbie joggers 
  • Super soft Barbie Tee Barbie Ringer Tee 
  • Barbie Boyshorts 
  • Barbie Bootie Slippers 

*Each item sold separately.
You can find these at Ardene online or in select stores for a limited time.  

*Posted for Breast Cancer Awareness month on behalf of Ardene and Mattel. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author*

10/3/16

What do you mean I have time to actually do my hair? Yes, when we are going out somewhere, as busy as I am, I still take the time to doll myself up now and then. One thing I dislike is my hair. I don't know, maybe I was born with it or maybe it's from years of bad hair products and whatever else I've done to my mop top but most days, it is an uncooperative flat mixed with frizzy, mess. This stuff could scare little kids, my own kids are just used to the scary morning look.  

What helps make it manageable and less embarrassing is using the right products for my hair like shampoo and conditioners I know work. I minimize the styling products that  tend to weigh my already thin hair right down or products that may end up giving me that "I didn't wash my hair in a week" look. Another thing that helps is using the right tools. I use heat when I style. It takes away that "frizzy, beach-hair wannabe" look I end up with if I just simply let it air dry. 

Conair has been an innovative beauty and personal care company for as long as I can remember. Everything from styling products to brushes, hair dryers to straighteners, curlers, and shavers, you can find the right tool for your needs with products from Conair. 

Meet the Infinity Pro Ionic Straightening Brush by Conair


A new way to get straight, sleek and shiny hair without the flatiron. This takes my three step hair routine down by one! 

To get rid of the frizz, I have been using the old  brush and blow dryer or flat iron methods for years. I've tried different types of straighteners until I found one that works for my hair. 

I have always wanted to try a straightening brush. The concept of having two steps in one is amazing for me, anything to help save me time in the bathroom before the kids start banging on the door! 

Features:

400°F (204°C) High Heat*
- Advanced Ionic Conditioning
- Silicone Bristles for added shine
- Diamond Ceramic Technology
- 30 seconds instant heat
- Limited time four-year warranty

How it works:

Very simple to use, just plug it in, flip the switch to the setting you want and let it heat up. It only takes 30 seconds to reach full heat! 

It's got three heat settings for every type of hair. I tested it out on medium at first but high seemed to give me the best result for my hair. 

Brush your hair and style it as you usually would! Your hair runs through between the regular and diamond ceramic bristles giving it body with a sleek and shiny look within minutes. Tip: If you have longer, thicker or curly hair, separate and brush your hair in parts instead. 

The results:


For the best results, I let my hair completely air dry naturally after washing and towel drying it. I heated the brush to high and brushed my hair as I would if I was styling it but without the blow dryer. Within minutes my "beach wave wannabe" style was gone! The brush has a 360° rotating wire so it not being cordless isn't a problem. The brush isn't heavy and it literally took minutes to tame the mane. 

Seriously impressive, I did not use any hair products other than shampoo and conditioner from wash through style. Good-bye Flatiron, it's been great but I found better. 

Thanks Conair for sending along the Infinity Pro Ionic Straightening Brush, my hair thanks you too! 


Posted on behalf of Conair. A complimentary product obtained for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 

10/1/16

It's hard to believe 2016 only has a few months left to it, that went fast!

With the change of season, I had a change of heart when it came to the old #AMEblog logo. That "Mom" character needed to go. For now, I have made this temporary banner - A Motherhood Experience The Blog. It needs some work but that'll come with time. Everything else is staying the same including fun articles, reviews, and giveaways! 


I'd like to announce a new adventure, I have created another blog! I would love if you would go and follow on social media!

Lifehood Story is my new blog. Life is a story in the making and this is my lifestyle blog about it. Less mommy-blog and more everything else. I will still be keeping up with parenting stories, crafts, recipes and more here on AME. I know I have some readers who may not have kids, #LifehoodStory will be for you! Read more about my adventure in the first post! 

For now, Lifehood Story has associated Instagram and Twitter accounts @LifehoodStory. If it gets enough readership it might earn itself a Facebook page and a proper domain. Only time (and you) will tell! 

Enjoy and thanks for following!