11/17/17

We are a family of pet lovers and I have to say a new addition is about to join us! This holiday season the kids are going to have fun with a new furry friend from Hasbro.  

Furreal Chatty Charlie, The Barkin' Beagle is unlike any other pet we've met before! Not only is he soft, moves and barks like a real puppy but his special collar also translates his barks to English so kids can understand what he's saying with over 80+ barks and phrases! 



Watch his ears move as he tries to hide his face, pet his back and watch him respond to sound and touch! He loves to cuddle and even wags his tail. Whether he’s barking, talking, or being cuddled, Chatty Charlie, the Barkin’ Beagle pet is an awesome pal! Ages 4 and up. 4 x 1.5v AA alkaline batteries required. Demo batteries included. $49.99



You can find Furreal Chatty Charlie, The Barkin' Beagle at most local toy retailers! 


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Our friends at Hasbro are giving one lucky AME reader the chance to win their own Furreal Chatty Charlie, The Barkin' Beagle pet! Enter using the ballot below!

Canada 18+ Only (excluding Quebec). See giveaway rules on AME. Ends December 3rd, 9pm EST.



Posted on behalf of Hasbro Canada. Complimentary product received in exchange for coverage. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 


Enchant the little princess on your gift list this year with Disney Princess Dolls by Hasbro! Having two girls you can bet there is always at least one or two princesses on the list! These gorgeous dolls will be under our tree, we thought you and your little princess would like them too! 

Disney Frozen Olaf’s frozen Adventure Musical Elsa Doll


You can never have too many Elsa dolls as far as our 4 1/2-year-old stands. She still loves Disney's Frozen very much and this year requested a singing Elsa on her Christmas list. Disney Frozen Olaf's Frozen Adventure Musical Elsa Doll brings this ice princess to life as Elsa sings about the joys of celebrating the holidays together! I don't know about you but I really like her holiday-themed outfit (and shoes) straight out of the new short! Press Elsa's stomach to hear "When We're together" and sing along with her! Ages 3 and up. 3X A76 batteries included. $29.99*


Disney Princess Enchanted Ballroom reveal


Tale as old as time brought to life with this beautiful Beauty and the Beast playset. Transform the beast into a prince with the push of a button. Place Belle and her Prince on the stand, press Belles necklace to hear the famous song as the lovebird's twirl and dance. Ages 3 and up. Requires 3 A76 button cell batteries. Demo batteries included. $49.99*


You can find these and many other Hasbro Disney Princess dolls and playsets at retail stores like Walmart or Toys R Us!



Posted on behalf of Hasbro Canada. Complimentary product received in exchange for coverage. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. *Prices may vary depending on store*

11/16/17

My youngest daughter has extremely long hair, she won't let me cut it. Which is fine because I get to try different pretty hair styles on her and she doesn't mind having her hair in braids for school. On more than one occasion we have went somewhere and had someone refer to my little blondie as "Rapunzel", it's only fitting that princess will be under the tree this year!


Everyone's favourite, long-locked Disney princess is brought to life with Glow N Style Rapunzel doll from Jakks Pacific! Her hair, of course, is what makes her very special! With the push of a button her long gorgeous hair magically glows while Rapunzel says 1 of 16 different phrases and sings "I see the light". Kids can create different hairstyles with the 5 hair play pieces and tiara (included). She even comes with her own Pascal hair clip that your little girl can wear too! She also comes with her own pair of shoes to top off her look. Ages 3-7 $59.99



You can find Glow N Style Rapunzel at local toy retailers like Toys R Us or Walmart. 



Follow @JakksToys on Twitter and Like the Jakks Facebook page for the latest toy updates!

Posted in exchange for product. Comments and opinions are my own. 

11/15/17

Having two sisters means a lot of Barbie, little pets and pony talk. While they spread their sparkles and giggle at the cuteness, he’s in his bedroom building up a storm with his favourite, LEGO!

Under the tree and new to his collection, LEGO Super Heroes Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack will be bringing him hours (if not days or even weeks,) of building adventures. This 622 piece set comes with everything he needs to build and ride Batman's all-terrain vehicle and reclaim The Mother Box from the evil parademons with the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack. The Knightcrawler features 4 posable limbs, each with 2-wheel tracks, plus dual 6-stud rapid shooters and a cockpit for Batman. Includes 4 minifigures: Batman, The Flash and two Parademons. Ages 7-14 $64.99CAD



Big fun small enough to fit in a stocking, LEGO Super Heroes Mighty Micros Spider-Man vs. Scorpion will make a mighty micro addition to his LEGO collection. With his 79 piece set he can play out a daring duel between Spider-Man and his venomous enemy, Scorpion. Scorpion’s Mighty Micros car features movable pincers and tail with a sting, while Spider-Man’s blue and red buggy features exhaust pipes. The super villain also has a mini-scorpion to match Spider-Man’s mini-spider. Includes two minifigures with mini legs. Ages 5-12 $12.99CAD



No matter what the set, his imagination can soar. He creates some really awesome things that only his mind could come up with. Despite LEGO being deemed one of the most painful toys to step on barefoot, it's always welcome in our home! ;-)

You can find these and other great LEGO sets at local toy retailers such as Toys R Us or Walmart this holiday season! 

Follow LEGO on social! Instagram @LEGO Twitter @LEGO_Group and LEGO Facebook page.

WIN IT!

Our friends at LEGO Canada have generously offered up a LEGO prize pack for my AME readers! Enter to win both LEGO Super Heroes Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack and LEGO Super Heroes Mighty Micros Spider-Man vs. Scorpion sets!

Canada 18+ Only (excluding Quebec). Click here for full giveaway rules on AME. Ends November 24th 9pm EST.




Posted on behalf of LEGO CANADA. Complimentary product received in exchange for coverage. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own. Giveaway prize provided by representatives of LEGO Canada. 

11/14/17

Choosing our children’s way of education is an important decision we have to make at a fairly early age. I know we were discussing school options long before our babies were even ready for preschool. There are so many questions to ask when choosing where to send our children to school and to me, the only way to make a good decision is to make an educated decision based on what’s best for my family and my kids.

Growing up both my spouse and I attended Catholic schools. That means we were exposed to the kinds of morals and value systems that we now want our children to grow up with: kindness, generosity, the value of friends and the everlasting love of family. The decision for us was a simple one: Catholic school for all.


Times have sure changed but one thing hasn’t; having our kids in Catholic school has opened them up to a world of new experiences and learning values that we strongly believe in. Our elementary and high school are great examples. They are very community-based and everyone is treated like one big family. The teachers, especially for the younger aged children understand that education is more than just ABC’s and 123’s.

Catholic teachers promote fairness, compassion, respect, concern for social justice and the environment as priority values to help their students become engaged and contributing citizens. In fact, graduates from Catholic schools even participate in elections, donations to charities, and volunteer in their communities at very high rates.


Catholic teachers teach lessons for life. They help shape the characters and values of the children they teach; because, in the end, life is the real test. I am proud to have chosen a Catholic school from the beginning. With the right positive guidance, my kids will be set for life after school.

Learn more about Catholic Teachers by visiting www.catholicteachers.ca/LessonsForLife.




This post is part of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers #catholicteachers sponsored program. I received compensation as thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

11/13/17

I may get pitchforked for saying this as "early" as it is but I've been thinking about Christmas presents for the past several weeks. Not ones for me (well, maybe a few) but for everyone else. I'm a big gift giver, I love making people smile especially during the holidays. I've even picked up a few ahead of time. 

Call me crazy but I can't help but think of someone who would love what I just found an amazing deal for. I always know if we don't do it now, it'll be never. The closer you get to the holidays, the slimmer the pickings become for what you really want to give them under the tree this year. 


I don't know about your kids but mine have been rhyming off things they are hoping for the last few months!  From LEGO sets to Barbie, Fisher-Price for the little ones and video games for the tweens/teens, Amazon has a great holiday toy list to help us pick out the perfect toy for our kids, nieces, and nephews!  

Now that the kiddos are covered, giving a gift someone can actually use is always appreciated, I've heard Instant Pot  is an amazing tool to add to the kitchen, it may or may not be on my own gift list. 

Know someone who doesn't know the amazing mornings with a good coffee or tea, introduce them to a new Keurig. A gift like this isn't complete without a new set of cute mugs to go with it! 

Looking for something for the tool guy? Check out this great assortment of Ryobi tools! 

Oh, if you didn't notice, Amazon not only has holiday shopping guides but also Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales going on for over 50 days! Combine that with Amazon Prime's FREE shipping and you have everyone on your holiday gift list accounted for! 

Happy shopping!


Post contains affiliate links sponsored by Amazon.  Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.
  



11/9/17

Little kids love to play pretend, with two girls in the house let's just say I've had to change the hiding place for my makeup and nail caddies more than a few times because innocent fingers got into mommy's expensive stash. I don't mind once in a while, a little lip gloss and it's always cute to have nice colours on her fingertips as long as the products are made for her and not from mommy's grownup stash. 

Townleygirl was founded in 1952 and is the leader in children's cosmetic and hair accessories. Partnering with popular brands like Disney, Dreamworks, and Universal, they create the greatest and safest products on the market. 



With products like sheer lip gloss and peelable nail polish, kids will have a fantastic time dressing up as their favourite characters, and parents like us will have an easy clean up when they are all done.

Townleygirl's mission is to design and distribute safe, fun and high quality branded beauty products at affordable prices for children and pre-teen markets. They strive to be the category leader for both markets; offering relevant, compelling, and innovative beauty products that inspire imagination. 

My Little Pony Beautiful Nails Set comes with everything your little nail artist needs to create beautiful kids manis at home! It comes with three (non toxic) sparkle nail polish colours, nail gem wheel, cuticle stick and a sparkly nail file! $5.99

My Little Pony Nail Art Collection add to the fun with this MLP inspired nail art collection which includes stick-on nails, gems and MLP nail stickers! 
$4.99


My Little Pony 4 Pack Body Glitter Spray is both scented and sparkly; the pack comes with 4 different scents/colours perfect for your mini beauty enthusiast.
$5.99



My Little Pony Lip Gloss and Balm Set gives them the best of both balm and gloss to My Little Pony fans! Each one has a different scent/flavour, cute! 
$6.99



My Little Pony Triple Lip Gloss Pallet - Triple the colour, triple the fun! Your little makeup enthusiast will be able to get her Pony on and let her true inner artist shine with these glimmery lip glosses all tucked into a cute little pallet case! 
$3.99




My Little Pony Cosmetic Set comes with everything your little glam doll needs to get her pretty pony on. This kit comes with MLP hand sanitizer, lip gloss, nail polish, nail gem wheel, cuticle stick and MLP patch plus a cute cosmetic case to store it all in!

These will make great gifts or party favours for the little makeup artist in your family! We took a look at these MLP sets but Townleygirl has many different character themes to choose from! You can find them all over on the Townleygirl website! 

Follow @TownleyGirl on Instagram for the latest kids cosmetic fun! 

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TWO lucky AME readers have the chance to win a Townleygirl Prize Pack which includes 2-3 My Little Pony items from www.townleygirl.com

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (void QC). Enter using the ballot below. Click here for giveaway guidelines. Ends November 19, 2017!



Posted in participation with Townleygirl. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

11/7/17

If you have a child who is an avid toy collector like my kids, keep reading! 

Introducing L.O.L Surprise, a collectable, fun toy (and treasure) to add to the wish list this year! L.O.L stands for Lil Outrageous Littles, small collectable dolls and trinkets found beneath layers of surprises!



We received a sneak peek of L.O.L Surprise Tots, Lil Sisters and Charm Fizz Bath Bombs! Each L.O.L Surprise has 3 to 7 layers to peel off and each layer gives a hint of what you will find in the centre of the ball from secret messages and tattoos to collectable stickers and accessories. Each Lil Outrageous Little comes with its own unique features that are sure to put a surprise and smile on the faces of kids of all ages! There are over 80 to collect in all! 

L.O.L Surprise Tots 
$13.99 - $16.99



The bigger of the three, L.O.L Surprise Tots are wrapped in 7 layers of fun! Under each layer, the girls got stickers and hints to which Tot was inside! Once they opened up the ball they revealed: "It Baby" and all of her accessories (tiara, shades, coffee, dress and a pair of tiny shoes) hidden within the ball! The ball doubles as a holding container for all of her things (with included hanger) and a playset. Use her in the bath for additional surprises! Ours cries, drinks and goes potty! Each doll also comes with a list of dolls to check off for the serious collector!



L.O.L Surprise lil sisters
$8.99 - $10.99



Lil Sisters being smaller offers 5 layers of surprises revealing a hint of which L.O.L Lil Sister you will get! "Lil Curious QT" was waiting inside with her accessories! So cute! Bathe your new baby for additional surprises! The ball also doubles as a container to store (and hang) her and her accessories in! 



L.O.L Surprise Charm Fizz
$4.99-$6.99



Unwrap 3 layers of hints, drop the bomb into the bath and watch it fizz to reveal a trinket charm! We got a cute pink cup! Although you could just use a container and some water, these can be super fun for bath time! 



L.O.L Surprise are a definite hit with my kids! You can find them at Toys R Us, Walmart, Loblaw, HBC, Red Apple, Showcase, Northwest and many other Canadian toy retailers! 




WIN IT!

One lucky AME reader has the chance to win 1 L.O.L. Surprise! Tot (Series 2) and 1 L.O.L. Surprise! Lil Sister (Series 2) courtesy of MGA Entertainment! 

Canada 18+ Only (excluding Quebec). Click here for full giveaway rules on AME. Ends November 17th 9pm EST.


Posted on behalf of MGA Entertainment. Complimentary product received in exchange for this post. Opinions and comments on this blog are our own. 

11/3/17

Disney/Pixar's Coco is about to hit theatres on November 22nd and YOU have the chance to take your family to a screening to see the movie before everyone else! Isn't that exciting! 




Click here if you want to read more about the movie and download some awesome FREE colouring/activity pages! 





Enter to win 4 tickets to see Disney/Pixar’s Coco November 16th 7:00pm at Cineplex Cinemas OTTAWA, ONTARIO! 

Enter using the ballot below! 

Open to Ottawa Ontario residents 18+ (and those in surrounding areas able to travel to see the show). Winner must be local or able to travel to attend the event in Ottawa, Ontario. Travel or accommodations are NOT included. Giveaway ends November 10th, 2017 9:00PM EST.

Prize: 4 tickets (family pass) to the screening of Disney Pixar’s Coco in at Cineplex Cinemas OTTAWA, ONTARIO! 


Posted in participation with Disney/Pixar. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

11/2/17

Summertime feels so far away with all the rain, wind and cold weather we have been getting lately; all signs that the big W is on its way, Winter! 

Hey, we're in Canada. Don't be so surprised I'm talking about Winter when we are just getting used to Fall. 



As beautiful as the leaves falling from the trees are, cooler temperatures mean a change in our wardrobe. I know some people might still want to wear their sandals, flip-flops or even go barefoot despite it being cold but I'm not one of those people. I like to keep things cozy, I start wearing wi. Bathing suits, shorts, summery skirts and sandals (among other things) are packed neatly away for another season while we dig out our big comfy sweaters and check out new boots for the colder months. 

I have found my winter footwear style with Skechers On The Go City 2 - North Ice! Inspired by Skechers GOwalk platform, these boots combine innovation and style in a modern casual cool weather boot look. They feature innovative 5GEN midsole design inside and a soft suede outside with new Skechers Goga Max insole for one of the most advanced walking experiences ever. 


Typically I go for a shoe or boot that is slide on or zip up but I decided to try these out for both fashion and function. I didn't want something too dressy but still stylish. As for comfort, there is no doubt in my mind, Skechers is one of the most comfortable brands of shoes I've tried. The boots have good grip traction on the bottom, are lightweight and you can feel the softness of the insole as you walk plus, they're warm! 

For my better half, the Skechers Relaxed Fit: Format - EDGIN are the footwear of choice. I admit, he chose his pair first and I copycatted with nearly matching colour boots but his boots are slightly different. He can push the limits of rugged style and comfort with these boots! They are soft suede upper in grey (or pigskin nubuck in black depending on which pair you choose), in a lace up casual comfort ankle height hiking style boot with stitching and overlay accents. The insole is made from Air Cooled Memory Foam. Similar to mine, these boots are as lightweight but warm and comfortable, as Skechers boots should be! 

No matter what your taste, you can find these and other great styles of boots for fall and winter by visiting the Official Skechers website! Make sure you take an hour or two to yourself, they have lots of options! 

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Posted on behalf of Skechers Canada. Complementary product received for review purposes. Comments and opinions are those of the author. 
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