8/21/17

Evening time is my "adult time" (get your heads out of the gutter), the time after the kids have finally fallen asleep (you can tell by the symphony of snores echoing through the hallway) and one of the only times the better half and I can sit down, relax and possibly watch something; uninterrupted.


The thing is, he and I have different tastes in movies and often different moods. For example, I may be in the mood for something slower like Atypical or a movie like To the Bone, while he wants to one of "his shows" like Marvel's The Defenders or a movie like Star Wars Rogue One. How do we persuade our partners in Netflixing to watch what we want for once?


We could just go into separate rooms or sit together in the same room on different devices but what fun is in that? Absolutely none! When I get into a brand new show I like seeing his reactions and having someone to comment on episodes with. I do like time to myself to binge watch shows I know just are not his style no matter how much convincing but when we both have an interest in a show, it gives a new meaning to the term "Netflix and Chill". 

In all honesty, it is as simple as taking turns. Kind of like what we try to teach our kids about sharing; he picks something one night and the next is my turn, so on and so forth. Often one of us will pick something the other turns their nose at only to find out, in the end, it was worth the watch. 

Check out the fun graphic below which could help you persuade your next binge partner to just sit down and watch it with you already!

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Netflix always has new binge-worthy originals, new seasons and new movies coming every month. This month you can persuade your family to watch these gems! 


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


8/18/17

If you grew up in the 90's I'm sure you remember a show about lifeguards *ahem* called "Baywatch". Paramount Pictures brings us a new and improved Baywatch movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zak Effron.

I wasn't a fan of the original show but I am a big fan of Dwayne Johnson (Sorry Zak Efron fans, he's ok too) and so is hubby; we watched this one together and actually enjoyed it. It's got action, comedy and well romance...those parts you might not want to watch with the kids in the room. It's what you would expect from the title, not that bad at all I might say!  ;-)



About the movie:
When a dangerous crime wave hits the beach, legendary Lt. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson, The Fate of the Furious) leads his elite squad of badass lifeguards on a mission to prove you don’t have to wear a badge to save the bay. Joined by a trio of hot-shot recruits including former Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), they’ll ditch the surf and go deep undercover to take down a ruthless businesswoman (Priyanka Chopra, TV’s “Quantico”), whose devious plans threaten the future of the bay.

Rated 14A - Baywatch is available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack August 29th, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Fans can dive in two weeks early on Digital HD August 15th.



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Posted on behalf of Paramount Home Media Distribution. Complimentary copy received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 


8/16/17

Back in April, I was introduced to Toddy Gear, fun and fashionable mobile accessories. I have to say they have become some of my favourite things!



Toddy Gear sent us a taste of their Back to School/Back to work designs; Monday Blues "I hate Mondays" and honestly, who doesn't? I think this new design is so fun and as usual, you get the quality Toddy Gear has to offer. 

The wedge acts as a bed for a phone; when not in use, that's where our phones can usually be found. It's compact enough to sit on my bedside shelf and strong enough to hold my iPhone 6 Plus.



The Smart Cloth has a permanent home in my purse; I always seem to only notice massive smudges on my phone screen when I'm out.




The Pocket Toddy is what I call the smart cloth's little sister; the same cloth except it folds neatly into a little square pocket, hence the name.



Lastly, the Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank allows us to charge more than one device at a time (including iPads!).




If you are looking for fun and fashionable accessories for back to school or to spruce up your home office, you can check out the entire line of Toddy Gear's different new designs at www.ToddyGear.com


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Follow the instructions and enter using the ballot below!

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Posted on behalf of Toddy Gear. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author.

8/15/17

The other day the kids and I were randomly talking about Disney movies; which ones have the best songs (all of them?), which ones have the saddest or happiest moments and so on. My kids have seen their share of Disney movies but not the older ones, not the ones I remember growing up through my childhood and teenaged years; my younger two children have never seen The Lion King. *Gasp!* 



As a big Disney movie fan myself, I'm surprised but not. We have many Disney favourites on blu-ray or DVD but the classics are on VHS, including The Lion King. Only our oldest child has had the joy of watching one of the best Disney movies of the 1990's while her siblings haven't even 
experienced the joy of singing along to "Hakuna Matata"!

One of the biggest animated films in history— "The Lion King"—joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. The coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award®-winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"), arrives on Digital on Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 29. Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the "Circle of Life."
One of my favorite Disney animated movies, I am happy to share The Lion King with all of my kids! The Lion King truly is heartwarming with an unforgettable story, that has the magic only Disney can bring us (Hakuna-Matata!)!

The Lion King Circle Of Life Edition will be available on Digital Aug 15 and Blu-ray Aug 29 as part of the Disney Signature collection of animated films. I am so happy to add this one to our growing Disney 
collection!

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Win a copy of Disney's The Lion King Circle Of Life Edition on Blu-ray combo! Follow the directions and enter using the ballot below! 


Open to Canadians 18+ excluding Quebec. Click here for general giveaway rules. Ends August 31st, 2017!



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Posted on behalf of Disney Studios Canada. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author.

8/14/17

August is our last chance to really "get out there" before things start winding down, the socks get pulled up and we begin another busy fall season. With school just around the corner and everything that comes with it, it's always nice to take one last day trip or two with the kids; this time in a new 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport!


Since the weather was threatening to rain on and off, camping was kind of not a great idea with three kids so we headed to the Quebec side of the river and visited our closest relatives including both sets of grandparents who each live at least an hour and a half outside of Ottawa.

It's quite the car to look at, the Ford Fusion brings power, safety, and luxury into one vehicle with its amazing new features. The powerful 325 hp EcoBoost engine delivers high performance, this car also has Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive. The all-new rotary gear shift dial takes up less room and gives the interior more room for things like cup holders and a USB port right where you need it. It's a car for serious driving enthusiasts (aka my hubby) with its speed and general performance on city streets and highways. 



Adjustable ten ways and heated (or cooled) the seats alone can make the driver and passenger feel like they are in a true luxury ride. 12 speaker, 390 watts Sony surround sound with HD radio, CD, FM radio and Bluetooth capabilities; your tunes never sounded better on the road. SYNC3 technology makes it easy to get whatever's on your phone, right on the dash.


Some new safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop and go, pothole detection, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, enhanced park assist, blind spot, reverse and lane keeping system, and so much more. As hubby says, with all these features this car makes you a better driver.


The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport has many of the same technical features as the Ford Fusion we tried out in early July but it's definitely not the same kind of car. It's sporty, it's luxurious and like all Ford vehicles, it's made to drive. Although I'm sure there are many other features we didn't get to try, we had a great week with the Ford Fusion! 

For more information about this and other Ford Canada models please visit your local Ford dealer or www.ford.ca!



Posted by AME on behalf of Ford Canada. We received a week long car loan and a gift card as a thank you for our review. Opinions and comments are my own.



8/9/17

We are only days into August and I am thinking all things "back to school", "back to routine", which means not only getting the kids organized but also myself and our home. 



Over the summer we have kept up with the basics around here but hey, it's summertime and the major jobs, of course, were put off to the sidelines. My new Dirt Devil Reach Max™ Plus 3-in-1 vacuum couldn't have come at a better time!

It's small, it's lightweight and with a 24V battery, it's powerful for getting my cleaning jobs done; did I mention it's also cordless? It's easy to set up, basic "click and go" attachments. It steers under, above and around the house with ease and a powerful SPIN4PRO brushroll designed to tackle messes on both carpet and hardwood floors.  

Need to get rid of those cobwebs in the corner, crumbs in the stairs or the kids last snack mess in the back of the car? This vacuum easily converts to a cordless hand vacuum and comes with accessories like crevice tool, powered cleaning wand, carpet nozzle and stair/upholstery tool to get those jobs done. 

It's easy to empty with the simple press of a button. Just be careful if you have pets that shed, I accidentally jammed up the vacuum but taking it apart and emptying it was super easy. It also comes with a wall mount for easy, out of the way storage.

If you are looking for something small, lightweight and not too pricey, the Dirt Devil Reach Max™ Plus 3-in-1 could be the vacuum for you! You can find this and other Dirt Devil vacuums at your local Canadian Tire, Lowes or Walmart stores. 

Visit www.dirtdevil.com for more information. 



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Posted on behalf of Dirt Devil. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are my own.



8/8/17

Normally, I do the reviews here on AME but lately, we have someone who has been wanting to start writing, my oldest daughter. What better way to start than her first review here on AME! 



"I Have tried (and failed) lots of those youtube tricks to smooth and straighten my THICK hair before but with the new Conair Straightening Brush my hair looks amazing using just one brush.



My mom has the Conair Infiniti Pro Ionic Straightening Brush which is almost the same size as my straightening brush except heavier to hold. I like how my new Conair Straightening Brush is light and easy to handle. It makes your hair shiny and also smooth. This one has one setting so there's no making mistakes and heating too hot for your hair. It heats up fast and it's easy to use. It's small to store in a drawer or locker. The only thing I'd change is making it cordless.

It's perfect for a first-time hair styling tool for girls my age. I plan to use it as part of my hair styling before school!

Thank you, Conair for this amazing product you have sent to us! I would recommend this product for anyone looking for a fun, easy to use and not too expensive hair straightener."

Follow @miss_khart on Instagram!

Learn more about Conair Straightening Brush visit the Conair website!

*Written by our NEW teen reviewer on behalf of Conair. Complementary product received for review purposes. Edited by AME. AME does not recommend the use of heated hair tools or products for children under the age of 13. Always read directions before use.*






8/7/17

It's still summertime, we are supposed to be relaxing yet I still find myself with my "mom hat" on, thinking ahead. I don't want to be a downer but there are only a few more solid weeks before school starts up again.

Having three starting this year means I have to be extra diligent when it comes to school supply shopping. I need three of almost everything and some.


Our local stores mostly have what we need to get the kids started on an organized foot with school clothes but I found some really great deals online for basic supplies too. It may be only August but you know as well as I do that getting this stuff as early (and as affordable) as you can, is key! Nothing worse than last minute back to school shopping only to find half the shelves of what you need are already empty.

Our youngest starts Junior Kindergarten, that means other than her school clothes, book bag, and lunch bag, she doesn't require much to start her first year. She will need two pairs of running shoes, tennis balls (to prevent chairs from scratching floors), crayons, and a box or two of tissues.

Our son is going into grade four which is a bit more stuff than his little sister minus the tennis balls. He will need a new backpack and lunch bag, "inside" running shoes, a few duo-tang folders, pencils/erasers, glue sticks, coloured pencils, pencil case, and a box or two of tissues.

We are lucky our elementary school supplies most of the major things like paper and such but our oldest is in junior high, grade 8 and requires much more than just a backpack of simple items.

She needs a big school bag, a binder with dividers, duo-tang folders, pens, liquid paper, highlighters, a scientific calculator, combination lock, loose leaf paper and a few other items I'll probably end up forgetting.

It's always good to check your school or school board website to find out if they have a supply list, most do.

Have you started your back-to-school shopping yet? Share your deal finds in the comments below!



Sponsored by Amazon in participation with Amazon Associates. Comments and opinions are my own





8/4/17

Pringles are one of those once in a while treats we buy (and hide from the kids) to enjoy when we get the taste for something "snacky".


A new "Mystery Flavour" has hit store shelves, perhaps you've seen them at your local grocers? Canadians are invited to put their taste buds to the test and try to identify the new Pringles flavour in a Pringles #MysteryChallenge for the chance to win $10,000!

How to Enter the Pringles #MysteryChallenge:

· Try Pringles Mystery Flavour Chips for yourself!

· Follow Pringles on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest breaking clues. Pringles will be posting a new flavour clue each week from July 2 to August 21.

· Post your guess in the clue comments on Facebook using #MysteryChallenge. For Twitter, become a follower of @PringlesCA, share your guess using #MysteryChallenge, and tag @PringlesCA. You can guess as many times as you want (up to a maximum of one time per day), so keep tasting and trying.

· Contest ends December 31, 2017! 

Full contest details can be found here!.


We were sent some of these "Mystery" flavoured Pringles to try out; I tasted a ranch/cheese with a bit of bite type flavour, I'm not sure exactly what the Flavour name would be. Maybe Nacho-cheese? My oldest and hubby agree, something with Cheddar. 

Check out the video below to see what "flavour" our youngest decided it was...;-)


Try them, take a guess and enter the #MysteryChallenge! Good Luck!


Posted in participation with the Kellogger's blogger program. Opinions and comments are those of the author.


8/3/17


My family loves snacking on veggie plates so I came up with a simple creamy sour cream parmesan dip everyone enjoys. The best part, it goes great with veggies, crackers or dipping chips!


How to make:

1 cup sour cream
2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons French salad dressing
Garlic or salt, and pepper to taste

Mix ingredients well in a bowl, serve chilled with your choice of sides *veggies, crackers, chips etc*.

I don't know the exact nutritional value of the dip but you can always alternate ingredients to suit your taste!

Enjoy!




7/26/17

My oldest daughter is having a birthday next month. We have been throwing around ideas for her party since the summer began and when I say we, I mean she. Having a birthday close to back to school time means mom and dads funds are limited. 

After some serious consideration, she's decided on something we can both live with: a couple of girl friends over for an afternoon of movies, snacks, and fun. Finishing off with cake or cupcakes (that she hasn't made a solid decision on yet). I think this could work out quite well for someone like me who is the furthest thing away from a professional party planner.



The planning has begun! We are going to transform part of the house into a teenaged movie party room. Either the basement living room or the one upstairs, we will see how that goes with two younger kids around. Either space has plenty of seating room for the girls to relax and have fun.  

The one problem with having a summer birthday is that the birthday girl is on summer break and around me almost ALL of the time which makes it difficult to be any kind of sneaky when it comes to getting things for her birthday be it gifts or other fun party items

I like being able to shop online for some things and have them delivered, it beats bringing everyone out to the store and although it's not a surprise party, I can still be sneaky with her present! 

Stay tuned in August for an update on our 13th birthday party fun!


Sponsored by Amazon in participation with Amazon Associates. Comments and opinions are my own. 







7/24/17

July is almost over, it's hard to believe we will be saying "back to school" soon enough. Until then we will continue enjoying our summer holidays. The city can get overwhelming in the summer. We live across the street from a park and pool. It's nice but it can get loud and crowded pretty fast. I like to have quiet from time to time, life is hectic enough. We've been leaving the noise of the city for day trips on the weekends to visit family out of town. When I say out of town, I mean there is no cell phone reception, out of town and that's fine with me.
 

Beautiful view of a beach we went to while visiting family at Lac D'Argile; the kids love swimming in the lake (it's super warm on really sunny days). I forgot my bathing suit the last time we went but next time, I'm going in! 


Off to the park after swimming! They burn the left over afternoon energy before supper and we can take a short (but much needed) break with some adult conversation.  


What better way to warm up a chilly evening than a camp fire? The kids were amazed when their grandfather lit it up. I, on the other hand, was paranoid and kept nagging them to back away from it; you never know! It was pretty though, something mesmerizing about the dancing flames. 


We arrive early and leave just before the sun goes down; living in the city, I think we tend to forget the beauty this planet has to offer. I'll get more pictures on our next trip to Lac D'Argile, we'll be taking a special ride with Ford! 

Stay tuned for more summer fun! 

7/19/17

Online shopping has been welcome into my life since the dawn of the digital shopping age. Convenience in shopping from your computer, the simplicity of your package arriving at your door. The only thing I don't like is missing out on a good deal.


One place I enjoy visiting, even if it's just to check out the latest deal is Amazon.ca. It's not just another online bookstore (although they have some great books you may want to check out!)! They have a wide variety of items for different lifestyles; categories ranging from Home Decor, entertainment, clothing, electronics and more. You can literally spend hours browsing their catalog, I have! 

Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you get even more savings plus free shipping on select items; I've always loved that feature because honestly, shipping can kill the online shopping mojo, am I right? 

I have a little announcement to make:

Three of my favourite things: shopping, sharing and earning come together with Amazon associates. A program that allows you to search your favourite deals, share them on your own website with your audience and potentially earn from purchases made through your links. It's easy to get started and free to sign up.



I am an official Amazon associate and I will be posting awesome deals I find with the option for you to buy them through my link. You'll thank me! Click here to learn more about Amazon associates and how you can join, too! 


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



7/17/17

Typically when I am with my kids, I'm with my kids. I won't send them off to play and read a book or be buried face-down in my iPhone liking and commenting to my heart's content. Other than to take a cute photo, my phone stays in my purse. I love my kids and the quality time we do spend together but it's summer holiday for them and honestly; this mom needs some me time, at least once in a while.

Sneaking is the new binging.

#MomSneak. Did you know that 95% of Canadian moms say they had more "me" time before kids, and over half (58%) admit to being a little sneaky when it comes to getting some alone time and taking an hour out to do what they love most; binge watching the latest on Netflix!  

We have to be creative when it comes to getting away from the kids; we even have two designated areas the kids are not allowed to go into: our basement living room and our bedroom. These are the two places where we go (besides outside on our deck in the nice seasons) where the kids know they aren't allowed to follow; Mom goes in her room for a reason - alone time. When they were younger and didn't understand said rules, locking the bathroom door even if we didn't really need to go to the bathroom, was essential to keeping our sanity. 

So, don't be ashamed if you smuggle your tablet into the bathroom to sneak a peek at the next episode of GLOW or catch up on The Walking Dead while you're parked in the grocery store parking lot to just take a moment to get away. You are not alone. You'd be surprised at the funny ways moms (and dads) sneak around to get their binge on during "me time". 

A recent survey says 16% of moms feel less stressed and more refreshed after sneaking in some "me time". Don't worry dads, we know why you take so long in the bathroom, you need it just as much as we do. 

Have your kids caught you sneaking? Click here to download a free printable activity sheet! 

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


7/14/17

Summer has not been very nice in terms of weather; so far every day we have planned something, the weather decides to change to cold, dreary rain. Not even the nice summer rains I remember years ago. Anyway, we are Canadian and we never let the weather put a damper on our fun, am I right?


This week we headed to Limoges, ON for our 3rd annual Calypso Theme Waterpark family adventure. We had a good time even though the weather wasn't what we had hoped for; the overcast decided to follow us from Ottawa.

The kids hit their favourite slides with the youngest two delighted they were tall enough this year for ones they couldn't ride last year. Although she did go on more slides this year, the youngest still wanted to play in the Zoo Lagoon where it was warmer.


My better half had fun in the Kongo with the kids and I took the girls in the (much warmer) lazy river, giving him a break to relax on the beach chairs. My son was having too much fun, by the time we were done a ride he was heading off to go for another round.

We ended our day with a hamburger from the cafeteria leaving tired and happy after a fun family day!

Click here to see our Instagram pics!

You can join the fun at Calypso Theme Waterpark now until seasons end in September! Planning a visit with your family? Click here to visit the official website and get info on rides, tickets and more! 

Posted on behalf of Calypso Theme Waterpark. We spend a day complimentary of Calypso in exchange for our review. Opinions and comments are our own. 

7/12/17

We are already half way through July, the summer time seems to go by too quickly. Throughout the outings and fun we've been having, I found myself thinking: this is one of the last few summers that we'll have all of our kids around. Maybe not, I could end up with adult children who forever want to live in their childhood bedroom, I can't predict the future but they aren't babies anymore.



Long gone are the days of late night feedings, dirty clothes, and smelly diapers. I feel as though I'm saying goodbye to one chapter and saying hello to a new one in my life, my book is getting thicker; I am still mom, I'll always be mom but I am no longer that new mom. I no longer have to worry about all things baby. I am a mom of bigger kids now and these kids are growing up fast; if I blink I might miss something. They're not babies anymore.

With a new chapter will come new challenges for both kids and us parents; we are now raising a teen, a tween and a school-ager. Being a parent, every day is an adventure, even when they aren't babies anymore. Don't worry, I'll still be writing my motherhood journey, one experience at a time! 

Let's enjoy the rest of this summer and make some memories because they're not babies anymore. 

7/7/17

With hectic school-time schedules now weeks behind us, we are enjoying our summer holidays spending time doing things as a family. From swimming to visiting the camp site to waterslides and day trips just because, whatever we are doing, we can be sure our feet will love summer as much as the rest of us with new Skechers summer kicks!


While hubby enjoys his flip flops and sandals as much as the next guy; he still wears shoes during the hot summer months. That's what ankle socks are made for, right? I really like these Skechers Citywalk - Elison. They're casual and comfortable but don't lean too much into the typical "running shoe" look which makes them great for different summer occasions wearing shorts or pants.



Staying away from my shoes, our oldest, K will be wearing a new pair of Skechers YOU - inspire (in gray) this summer. Comfy and lightweight, they are a perfect shoe for a young lady to Sport.



I was lacking in the sandals department. Up until last fall, our oldest daughter could fit into my shoes, slippers, and sandals. This often resulted in her borrowing and eventually taking over most of my footwear. I'm kind of happy she's a size bigger now; I know she won't take over my new Skechers Reggae Slim - Keep Close sandals. I had better keep my pedicure intact because I have a feeling I'll be getting a lot of wear out of these comfy babies this summer.



Putting on shoes can be a task for little kids. When you're getting ready to go somewhere, laces can take forever or not get tied at all. Miss M has always done best with slip on or velcro shoes. Skechers Bobs Pureflex - Sporty Chic II bring comfort and ease in a lightweight summer slip on shoe. We chose this colour because she loves pink but they do come in other colours also.


You can find these and more fantastic summer footwear on the Skechers Canada website!

Stay tuned for a special feature on shoes for kids that like a little light in their lives! ;-)

Posted on behalf of Skechers Canada. Complimentary shoes received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author.

7/3/17

You have to love summertime in Ottawa. Last weekend our nation's capital threw a huge birthday bash on Parliament Hill in honour of Canada's 150th.

The celebrations continue throughout the summer; Ottawa's Bluesfest returns July 6-16th! This year’s line-up includes over 200 artists including 50 Cent, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Claude Munson, Tegan and Sara, Sam Roberts Band and Pink to name just a few. It sounds like it's going to be an exciting weekend!

In celebration, we spent the past week on the road to Bluesfest with a 2017 Ford Focus Titanium sedan.


We took our first long ride in the rain and although we are used to driving in an SUV this car handled wonderfully on the otherwise slick highway. The leather seats are comfy, there is AC, heated steering and heated seats (depending on the weather, right?) and of course you have your safety features such as childproof door locks and airbags. 


It's got power, it's fuel efficient, it's got a luxury look, and my favourite part; the technology. Standard Intelligent Access with push-button start; it means you can open doors and the trunk with keys in your pocket, start up with the push of a button. The blind spot info and lane keeping systems make driving easier by showing you when you are too close to an object (like the curbside or another vehicle), the rear camera makes backing out less stressful with lines showing you your safe zone right on the screen. It's amazing what Ford has put into their cars over the years!


Another fun feature was the SYNC®3 technology with Apple CarPlay (or Android Auto if you're an Android) which allows you to connect your phone to the car and use voice (or touch screen) activated navigation to interact with the car! We could receive phone calls, text messages show up on the screen with the option to have them read to you, find out where the best routes were avoiding construction or road closures, ask for the nearest gas station or Tim 
Hortons,  and of course the most important part - access our favourite iTunes playlist!  The sound was really great (hello, Sony!); it was fun being able to listen to a shuffle mix of our over 1000 songs in iTunes. 


Overall, we had a great time with the 2017 Ford Focus Titanium; it's powerful, fun, and luxurious for a smaller car. We are kind of sad to have to say goodbye but we had a great experience!

You can learn more about this and other great Ford Canada vehicles at your local Ford dealer and online


*Sponsored post on behalf of Ford Canada. We received a week-long car loan to review and access to 2017 Ottawa Bluesfest as a Thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.*