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


Win it

Gear up for Back to School with Toddy Gear! Enter to win a Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank (your choice style!) from AME!

Follow the instructions and enter using the ballot below!

Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Ends August 31. For full AME giveaway disclosure click here.


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!

Win it!


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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We want you to experience some lightweight cleaning! Enter to win a Dirt Devil Reach Max™ Plus 3-in-1! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Ends August 30th, 2017. Click here for general giveaway policy.


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!