10/20/17

You can never have too many board games; I know, we have quite the collection ourselves! Over the summer months, we are always out and about enjoying the nice weather while we have it. Now that fall is upon us, it's time to bundle up and bring back the board game! 

We have different board games to play with the kids and board games to play when the kids are in bed. Thank you to Kroeger games for sending along the two newest additions to our collection!

Tetris Dual (Ideal)

I still the days of sitting on my bed with a Gameboy playing Tetris on that greenish screen, I loved that game! Now, my kids can take the classic game Tetris to the next level with Tetris Dual! Battle head-to-head against your opponent! Create the Tetrimino shapes displayed on the LCD screen by dropping Tetris pieces into the Matrix. Score the most points by completing a full row. The person with the most points wins! (ages 6+ MSRP $29.99) You can find Tetris Dual at Toys R Us




#Hashtag It! (Endless Games)

Planning a grown-up gathering? Anyone into social media will have a blast with Hashtag it, the adult party game of tagging photos with hilarious (and often offensive) Hashtags! Play the best Hashtag caption from the cards in your hand. If yours is voted best, you win the round. See how creative you can get! (ages 18+ MSRP $29.99) You can find Hashtag It at Walmart



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Enter for your chance to win both Tetris Dual and Hashtag IT thanks to Kroeger Inc! Use the ballot below for your chance to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). For general giveaway guidelines please click here. Ends October 30th, 2017



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10/18/17

Halloween is supposed to be a fun time but many younger kids can easily get scared. I know, we have one in the house who doesn't like anything scary but doesn't want to miss out on the Halloween fun. This year we are doing something a bit different to celebrate Halloween, without too much scary. 

Get ready for "The Great Big Boo" making its way to a city near you for a fun-filled family night celebrating all things Halloween! If your kids like music, characters, candy, and fun you won't want to miss this show. 



"The Great Big Boo" will be touring Cineplex theatres across the country this fall stopping in Ottawa at the Scotiabank Theatre Friday, October 27, Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th. 


About "The Great Big Boo” 

Corus Entertainment, Cineplex and Wondersee Entertainment have partnered to launch “The Great Big Boo!”, a 50 minute non-scary live show that follows the story of Zoe and Justin who sing and dance their way through Boo Alley on a quest to save Halloween, meeting larger-than-life characters along the way. The show features a dynamic original score and spectacular dance numbers. After each show, the audience will be invited to meet the stars and join them for a fun, trick-or-treat event.


To find a show in your area and get tickets please visit www.cineplex.com/boo!

Keep an eye on the AMEblog and social for more spooky fun throughout the month of October! 


Posted on behalf of Corus Entertainment, Cineplex and Wondersee Entertainment. Complimentary tickets received in exchange for promotion. Opinions and comments are my own. 

10/16/17

How are you spending your Halloween? Are you ready to go out with the kids or are you planning a party and forgot a thing or two? With only two more weeks to get things prepared, Amazon is here to help out with your last-minute Halloween planning, making it easy at a one-stop, online shop for all your spooky shopping needs! 



The Halloween store has tons of great Halloween ideas from costumes for the whole family (including the dog!) to treats, spooky props, and hair-raising Halloween home decor!

Kids costumes: Discover a huge variety of kids costumes at prices you'll be amazed by. Easy to navigate age filters makes it easy to find the perfect costume for every member of the family.

Terrifyingly cute pet costumes: Having three small dogs means I have caught myself browsing the pet costumes myself. I think Ruffy would look so cute in this Batman dog costume!

Decorations and party essentials: Planning a spooktacular evening in doesn't have to be difficult. seasonal decorations to make it feel more like fall and all the party goodies you need to throw the best Halloween party ever! 

Scream-worthy movies and games: No Halloween is complete without at least one scary movie or get together to play a scary game! find horror classics like Stephen King's It, The Shining, and Friday the 13th. As well as move-approved favourites like Hocus Pocus, The Adams Family, and E.T.

Ultimate Screaming: With Amazon Prime Video, enjoy exclusive original content, like The Tick and The Grand Tour, as well as popular TV shows and Halloween movie night essentials like the Amityville Terror, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hotel Transylvania. Not a Prime member? Start your 30-day free trial today.

Last minute shopping: Forgot a few things or came up with a great idea last minute? No problem! Shop Amazon Prime for deals on next-day shipping plus some items are eligible for free shipping! 

Happy Halloween shopping!

Post contains affiliate links sponsored by Amazon. *Free shipping on select items check website for more info*. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. I am in no way a professional chef, I am simply sharing parent to parent knowledge through my experiences. 

10/11/17

Kids ask the darndest things at the darndest times; usually, during tv time my kids can do more talking than watching. With curious minds, they come to me while streaming an episode of Justin Time  wondering “How far away is the moon?”, while the StoryBots will have them thinking up all sorts of questions like “How do airplanes fly?” and “Why is the sky blue?”. I am supposed to also be an encyclopedia of knowledge, answering all of my children's burning questions about the world around them. Three kids and this many questions, mama needs some help sometimes.



I may not be as knowledgeable as an encyclopedia but thanks to good old Google, I can at least pretend, for the kids. I don't know how my parents did it before the internet. Whether it’s the new way they’re learning math or they’re asking these science questions that seem much more sophisticated than their age (thanks, Magic School Bus Rides Again), I can keep these talkative family TV time moments intact with Google in the palm of my hand.



What's on Netflix this month?

For the little ones, new episodes of Word Party are now streaming on Netflix, and don’t miss the launch of Super Monsters on October 13th just in time for Halloween. For the older kids, blast into action with new seasons of Skylanders Academy and Voltron: Legendary Defender

Right in time for Halloween, the highly anticipated Stranger Things 2 when the return to Hawkins - and the Upside Down - comes to Netflix on October 27. I can't wait to watch! 

Don't forget to keep an eye out on the AME Facebook page for a special Stranger Things giveaway! ;-)

Happy Streaming! 


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

10/9/17

We are already almost a month into the school year and I have to say, the laundry monster is still rearing its ugly head. Although we are out of the baby stages of "50 loads a day", our kids still give us a run for our money when it comes to dirty clothes. As the kids get older the stains and messes seem to evolve.

With glue and sparkles from Kindergarten through juice and food spills of elementary and junior high, making sure their school clothes stay neat and clean can be somewhat of a battle if I'm not prepared with the ultimate laundry weapon, OxiClean™!




OxiClean™ is the #1 stain fighter brand in Canada. It works on a wide variety of stains getting the toughest ones out the first time.

Pretreating is key for stubborn stains. Hubby works on cars which means grease, nothing gets grease out of clothing. With OxiClean MaxForce Foam Pre-Treater, the greasiest stains get blasted away the first time with its foaming action. You can spray and treat really serious stains up to 7 days!

My daughter loves mustard and sometimes mustard loves her school uniforms. These garments aren't ones we can just go out and replace. If she stains them, OxiClean MaxForce Spray is there to help me save them. It combines 5 types of stain removers to help get toughly dried on stains (like condiments) out the first time!



One thing I dislike is buying white socks or really any white clothing because they never stay white, especially with kids. OxiClean White Revive Laundry Stain Remover whitens 40% better than bleach with powerful whitening and brightening agents that won't damage the clothing getting those whites back to their intended colour the first time!

For those colours use OxiClean Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover. It has tough stain fighters paired with colour-safe brighteners to guarantee your colours look new and radiant longer.**

We may lose the laundry battle from time to time but we are prepared to fight tough stains with the help of OxiClean!

You can find OxiClean at your local Loblaw or Real Canadian Superstore stores.

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** As with any product, always read instructions on the package before use **

Have you taken the OxiClean challenge? Visit www.oxicleanchallenge.ca for your chance to win of eight weekly prizes of OxiClean stain fighters and a grand prize of a laundry room makeover by HGTV’s Sarah Baeumler! Share your own OxiClean results on social media using hashtag #OxiCleanChallenge!

Enter below for your chance at an OxiClean prize pack! 

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Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and OxiClean and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

10/6/17

It's that time of year again; the one night everyone can get away with dressing up in a costume and nobody will bat an eyelash. Halloween is only a few more weeks away! We love Halloween at our house! Just like any celebration, it's fun for everyone who is in the spirit of things.  

I enjoy digging out the Halloween decorations and decorating the house, carving the pumpkins and helping the kids figure out what they want to be. Usually, the kids are the only ones who dress up but there have been times where the whole family joined in. Like that time I wore hubby's Sons of Anarchy hoodie with my leather boots, did my hair and makeup and went out as a "biker chick". 

As each Halloween passes, we see how much the kids have grown and continue to grow. It reminds us that this won't last forever. They won't always want to go out with Mom and dad, why not make this year fun for everyone!

You guessed it, hubby and I will be going out dressed up as a duo. Yes, we will still be the kid's chauffeur, bodyguards, and candy sorters but at least we are prepared to have some spooky fun!

So, what did we choose? Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf; awesome right?!



His wolf costume came with a scary wolf mask, tattered lumberjack shirt, and wolf gloves (pictured above). We shopped a bit and found a big faux wolf tail to go with it. All we need to do now is get an old pair of pants to rip up a bit and voila; we have our big bad wolf!  Just a tip: the costume may scare little kids so make sure you let them know it's you under that mask!

For my costume, Red Riding Hood (I dropped the "little" because I'm 5'9" tall and that just sounds weird). I found a gorgeous (and inexpensive) long red hooded cape. I'll pair it with a red shirt and black pants; I would do a dress but chances are on an October evening, it might be a bit nippy out. I plan to go all out with hair and makeup though! Curling my hair and red lipstick! I'll top off the costume with a wicker basket filled with random props for humour.




Both of our adult costumes cost under $100 together with great Halloween finds from Amazon and using items we already have here at home. We can't wait to make some memories this Halloween! 

Do you go out for Halloween? Do you and your kids have your costumes planned out? Stay tuned throughout October for more Halloween fun here on AME! 



Post contains affiliate links sponsored by Amazon. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. I am in no way a medical expert, I am simply sharing parent to parent knowledge through my experiences. 


10/2/17

Get ready to set sail on another adventure with the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie!


I am happy to share, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is about to set sail to a living room near you!



About the movie:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor, and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years. Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, and is joined by Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (Best Supporting Actor, “No Country for Old Men”) and Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor, “Shine”).

You can now find it on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on October 3rd!

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Win a copy of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 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 October 15th, 2017!



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Sponsored by Disney Studios Canada. Complimentary Blu Ray was received in exchange for coverage. opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.