6/23/17

WE movement has raised over $45 million given to over 1000 charities around the world. What this charity does is simply amazing. We have attended WE DAY twice; it's such an inspiring, motivating and educational experience. WE Day Canada will be celebrated on parliament hill July 2nd.



Also, celebrating Canada's 150th WE Store is opening a pop-up shop at CF Rideau Centre. The WE Store is a physical manifestation of the WE movement bringing to together WE organizations - WE Charity, ME to WE social enterprise and WE Day.


The We store will be a place to come together and make a change; when purchasing a unique Me to We product, you've committed to helping transform the world. Every purchase gives a life-changing gift to a child or family in WE Charity’s partner communities, from school supplies to health care to alternative income opportunities and more.



The store will have a graphic WE wall at the back of the store that encourages interactive photos and pledges – helping to grow the movement through social media posting.

Also, people will be able to create their own beautiful bracelets at the "Rafiki Bar", at two large harvest tables. This space converts into a classroom, learning or assembly space: multifunctional and engaging!



There many great products like beautiful handmade Rafiki's, greeting cards, apparel, decor and much more! There are even special items like hats, t-shirts and water bottles celebrating Canada's 150th - We Are Canada!



Celebrating the new store, WE is hosting a grand opening on June 24 from 1:00 pm to 3:0pm. Visitors can meet WE youth ambassador and WE Day Canada speaker Hannah Alper, who will be on site for the launch. WE co-founder, Marc Kielburger and Mama Helen, one of the first women to join ME to WE Artisans in Kenya, will also be there for demonstrations. Visitors can also participate in creating a 150 foot long WE are Canada Rafiki as an homage to Canada's 150th anniversary. 

Follow along on social Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest Me to We news!




In celebration of the grand opening and Canada 150, one lucky AME reader has the chance to win a WE are Canada prize pack (t-shirt, hat, water bottle and Rafiki). 

Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Ends June 30th, 2017

Click here to see full general giveaway policy.



Posted on behalf of WE charity organization. Complimentary product received as a thank you. Opinions and comments are those of the author. Prize provided by representatives of WE. 




6/22/17

The kids are just days away from finishing school; I can hardly wait. I think I may even be more excited about summer holiday than they are. I say "holiday" instead of "vacation". We don't really go anywhere but it's a holiday from such a scheduled day-to-day! 

While summer is more relaxed when it comes to the regular "school year routine", family life is still very busy. We are usually on constant go mode with activities; I love summer. I like to be out enjoying as much of it as I can. We aren't doing camps and the kids aren't enrolled in any sports but our summer is still jam packed. Camping at the grandparent's visits to other grandparents, family BBQs, water park visits, celebrating birthdays and more.

In our family, we like to settle down in the evenings after a busy day and relax; both adults and kids. Sometimes we watch shows and movies together and some of the time (thanks to multiple screens) we sit and unwind with what we each enjoy; our favorite Netflix shows and movies.


As a fun way to unwind, take your kids on a special journey and explore with the help of Netflix. Travel has proven to be a great way to open kids' eyes to new and diverse worlds; with Netflix, you can introduce your kids to the vast Arctic Plains with Frozen Planet or deep into the depths of the jungles with Wild Ones. There are so many options with Netflix, you can virtually take them anywhere.  Start the fun by downloading this super cool Netflix printable passport and take them on a journey they won't forget!

For even more fun, check out Netflix newest addition to family entertainment Dreamworks Puss In Book: Trapped In An Epic Tale. This is a new kind of show which introduces interactive watching capabilities and puts the storytelling power in the hands of the most important audience member--kids. Kind of like a new-age "choose your own adventure", you have to see it believe it! 


Click here to download free printable colouring books to turn screen time into activity time. Don't forget to show off your little artists work with hashtag #Streamteam! 

Have fun!



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



6/19/17

Summer weather has graced us with its presence and the kids are almost done school for another year; it's time to start planning our family summer fun! If you ask my kids where they want to go for their first family summer fun day trip, the answer is easy: Calypso Water Park.


Ah Calypso, we've missed you!

It's close to Ottawa, it's family friendly and it's a place we have already begun making our summer memories at.
Rain or shine, Calypso Water Park is a great place to spend a day out with the family.

Calypso Water Park opened on June 7th and is open through September 4th. This year, celebrating Canada's 150th, kids under 1 meter (3ft tall) ride for free!  There are different attractions for kids of all ages, now that Miss M is older, I can't wait to take her on the Jungle Run! Oh and parents don't have to worry, Calypso takes safety seriously. If you visit with little ones you can rent a life jacket and there are always trained lifeguards on-site. When you need a break there are plenty of seating areas with picknick tables or you can bring a blanket and sit on the grassy areas. If you're hungry, you can bring your own lunch or stop at one of the food kiosks or restaurant on-site. There's also a fun gift shop to remember your trip with a few souvenirs.


Hoping the sun is as friendly as our first visit!

General park admission runs $27.99 to $41.99 depending on height/age and time of visit (it will cost less after 3PM). You can visit the Calypso Water Park website for complete information!

Follow @AMotherhoodBlog on Instagram and watch for our #AMESummer posts starting at the end of June including our upcoming trip to Calypso Water Park! 



Win it!

We want you to experience the fun of Calypso park this summer! One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a family pass (*4 day passes) to Calypso! Please carefully read rules before entering. Ends June 28th, 2017.

Enter using the ballot below!

This giveaway is open to Canada (excluding Quebec) and the prize is for 4 Calypso Waterpark (Calypso St, Limoges ON - less than one hour from Ottawa) day passes. Travel, food, parking and any other accommodations are the responsibility of the winner.

*Please note the winners family pass package will be valid from June 7th up to July 28th and again from August 13th to end of the season. 


Prize provided by Calypso Waterpark on behalf of AME. 



Sponsored by Calypso Water Park. We received a complimentary family pass for our review and feature. Opinions are those of the author.






6/12/17

Being a parent means we are constantly busy doing something; I literally never say or think "I'm bored!" and I always have something lined up if my kids decide to nag me. There is always something to do, somewhere to be, someone to deal with. There are so many things on my list daily; Raising three kids that are passed the baby stage, taking care of pets, running a household, cleaning, laundry, cooking, and my blogging plus other writing when I can slip in the time. Life doesn't seem to have a pause button. 

It's busy and it is so easy to become too busy with only so many hours in a day, this can result in forgetting to slow it down and think of number one. It is okay to take a moment for ourselves; we need to remind ourselves we (moms/dads) are as important as the kids. If we aren't happy, how can we make them happy? I have to remind myself that sometimes, the laundry piles can wait. They won't go anywhere.

How do I find the time to take care of me? I try to carve it out when I can; simple. Yes, having an adults only day or evening is wonderful but my moments are surely happy ones when I can finally take even an hour or so to do something small for me; drink an entire coffee while it's still hot, paint my nails, have that hidden snack or my favourite, take a hot shower after a long day, on my own, all alone without any little ones trying to sneak into the bathroom and "see what I'm doing". 



Taking a shower alone may not feel like a big thing to some people but in my life, it's the simple things that give me the Intuition Effect; simplify my life and make me happier.

Moments I can to take care of myself and feel "human" again. It's the small things like having the time to thoroughly wash my hair with my favorite shampoo that I keep hidden from the kids or shave my legs with my Schick Intuition razor. It's the simple things that give me the Intuition Effect.





Speaking of Schick Intuition have you tried the new Schick Intuition? It's literally one of my favorite on-the-go razors. It has a four-blade pivoting head surrounded by a moisturizing shave bar; no shaving cream required.  The sleek handle gives it grip; no nicks or cuts. 

Being a #SchickAmbassador has its perks; I really like this razor for a simple choice for the simple moments.

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Schick Effect Reader Review!


AME is looking for 50 readers to participate in a review of Schick Intuition razor. Chosen participants will be sent a release form which must be completed to receive the razor. 

Click here to sign up! (Closes June 19th, 2017)

Once participants receive a razor, they will come back here and leave a comment reviewing the razor and telling us your "Intuition Effect". Comments must include disclosure: "#gotitfree in exchange for my honest feedback on the product. This is a contest entry"

On July 12th, 2017 one lucky review comment will win a $100 Prepaid GC from Schick Intuition! 

See full Rules here

Good luck!

I received compensation from Schick® Intuition® to share my honest opinion and thoughts in this blog post. This program is only open to the age of majority residents of Canada, (excluding Quebec). All winners will receive a Schick® Intuition® razor as featured in this post. See full Rules here.

6/8/17

It's finally his day, let him sleep in, do (almost) whatever he wants and be spoiled like the king he is. He has earned it being the best dad he can be, all year round. 

Father's Day is only a couple of weeks away! What do you get for the dad that seems to have it all, you ask? I like to get him a gift he can use and enjoy.

Hubby has the basement decorated with a lot of movies, comic book, and gaming memorabilia. He likes collectible things and things he can put on display down there;  he calls it his "man cave" but I call it the "gaming room". Either way, we both have fun adding things to it. A new decoration always makes a great gift.

What about the dads in your life? Tired of the same old tools, gift cards, tie or cologne they'll never use? Hallmark Canada has some really cool gift ideas for almost any "Dad type" you want to gift! 

For your Superman:



SUPERMAN Embossed Metal Sign ($14.95)
SUPERMAN Magnetic Bottle Opener ($14.95)
SuperDAD Spatula ($16.95)

For the Star Wars fan:



Star Wars Dark Side Grilling Mitt and Light Saber Fork Set ($26.95)
Star Wars LightSaber Pizza Cutter ($26.95)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 Travel Mug ($19.95)

For the beer and wine enthusiast:



Pilsner Glass ($19.95)
"Start the party" Bottle Tag ($4.95)
Bar Towel ($12.95)
Friends and Wine Coasters ($19.95)
Hug in a glass rustic wood sign ($16.95)

For the car collectors:



1968 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Car Ornament ($19.95)
1953 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck Ornament ($19.95)

Wrap it up:



As always Hallmark offers some really great gift bags and new 3D Father's Day greeting cards! ($3.99 and up)!

You can find these and other great Father's Day gifts at your local Hallmark Canada store or online at www.Hallmark.ca

Happy Father's Day!


Win it!

Does a dad in your life have a man-cave, garage or other "get away" place? Help him decorate it by gifting him a new Superman Sign!

Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Ends June 19th, 2017
Click here for general giveaway policy.




Posted in participation with the #LoveHallmarkCA Hallmark Canada blogger panel. #ad




6/5/17

Little kids and bubbles go hand-in-hand; Miss M absolutely loves them, especially since she finally learned how to blow bubbles using a bubble wand. You can't get a happier face than when a little kid sees bubbles floating around; in the bath or in the backyard, bubbles are
pure joy!




The weather has been nice on and off for the past couple of weeks, what do you think Miss M has been asking for? Bubbles! When Funrise Toys offered to send over some of their new Gazillion Bubbles products, we couldn't resist. I know my kids will definitely have a blast with these this summer!

Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Mill ($26.99)



Make BIG bubbles in seconds with the push of a button with the Gazillion Bubbles Giant Bubble Mill! It's easy to set up with 3 AA batteries *not included*; all you do is pour the Giant Gazillion Bubbles solution in the bottom reservoir and push the button for instant bubble fun! The Giant Bubble Mill comes with an 8oz bottle of non-toxic Giant Gazillion Bubbles solution.


Gazillion Bubbles Giant Power Wand ($14.99)



This Giant Power Want isn't your typical bubble blower. It creates massive bubbles at the push of a button; wave it around and they get even bigger! It includes a tray which you fill with the bubble solution, dip the wand in (face side down) and hold down the button on the handle for huge bubble fun! The Gazillion Bubbles Giant Power Wand comes with a 4oz bottle of Giant Gazillion Bubbles solution. 

Gazillion Bubbles 2L Bubble solution ($9.99)



Sometimes awesome bubble blowers don't come with enough bubble solution to suit your needs; we are covered for most of the summer with this Giant Gazillion Bubbles 2L bottle of bubble solution! 

You can find Gazillion Bubbles toys at Walmart or Toys R Us



Win it!

We want you to enjoy the fun of bubbles this summer with your little one! Enter to win a Gazillion Bubbles Giant Power Wand ($14.99)! 

Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Ends June 19th, 2017

Click here to see full general giveaway policy.

Prize provided by representatives of Funrise Toys.





Posted on behalf of Funrise Toys. Product received for review purposes. Opinions, comments, videos, and images are those of the author.

6/2/17

I've had a kid in a car seat or booster seat for the past 12 years; we've seen all kinds. They all had things in common besides keeping our babies safe; they were bulky, heavy and mostly awkward.

We've been talking about switching Miss M's current bulky car seat she's been using to a booster seat for the summer. We wanted something smaller but still safe for her age/size. We wanted a reliable, safe and simple booster; something that could grow with her and go with us. 



We were recently introduced to the Mifold Grab and Go Booster; it brings booster seats to a whole new level! 10X smaller than your average booster seat, just as safe! I'm amazed at the size, it fits in my bag!

How can a booster seat that small be safe? Like all car seats and booster seats, Mifold passed Canadian standards and also has guidelines like the others. It's made for children aged 4+/40-100lbs/40"-57".

How does it work compared to a regular booster?

A regular booster lifts the child up to the seatbelt where Mifold holds the seatbelt down to the child.

When I first took the Mifold out of the box I wondered "that's it?"; it's super compact! It comes in a variety of colours, too! We chose the slate grey one.

Is your daughter the right size for it?

Yes, my daughter does meet the recommended age, height and weight for this booster. Always check the guidelines of the booster or car seat to make sure its suitable for your family before you purchase. 

It's easy to set up:

- Select the width setting for your child; small, medium or large.
 Place flat on the vehicle seat against the seat back. Sit child in Mifold with bottom and back against the seat.

- Feed lap belt through the guides and fasten. Pull shoulder belt to snugly adjust lap belt low on hips and into thighs.

- Attach the Mifold shoulder clip to the vehicle shoulder belt and adjust so the seat belt is snug.

It's easy enough for an older child to do on their own; with a little practice!

When clipped in she can move side to side a little bit but she can’t lean forward, it didn’t slide off or become loose. I am overly pleased with the Mifold for its functionality, size and cost (under $100!).  I would recommend this seat for anyone looking for that perfect on-the-go, easy-to-use booster seat! 



You can find Mifold Grab and Go Booster seats at Canadian Tire or on the Mifold website! Don’t forget to like the Mifold Canada Facebook page for the latest updates!

Win it!

Enter using the ballot below for your chance to win a Mifold Grab and Go Booster (winners choice colour)!

Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding QC). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. One winner will be drawn on (end date) and contacted via provided email. Winners have 48 hours to claim a prize before a new winner is drawn. Ends June 19, 2017

Please see blog disclosure page for more info about giveaways.



Discloser: Posted on behalf of Mifold Canada. Complementary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.