3/31/17

Get ready for big fun with Monster Trucks Movie coming to Blu-ray combo April 11th, just in time for Easter!



Monster Trucks follows the story of Tripp, a high school senior with a talent for building trucks. When he makes the discovery of a gas-guzzling creature named Creech, he protects his mischevious new friend by hiding him under the hood of his latest creation, turning it into a real-life superpowered Monster Truck! Together, this unlikely duo team up for a wild adventure to reunite Creech with his family. This fun-filled adventure never slows down with a great ensemble cast including Lucas Till (X-Men Apocalypse), Jane Levy (Don't Breathe), Thomas Lennon ("The Odd Couple"), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Amy Ryan (Central Intelligence) and Rob Lowe ("Parks and Recreation"). 

A perfect family Easter gift, Monster Trucks will be available on Blu-Ray April 11th! You can get in on the action ahead of time on Digital HD as of March 28th! 

Learn more by visiting the official movie website!

Click here for fun Monster Truck Movie printable colouring pages!


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3/10/17

Ah March break is just around the corner for us, some of you may already be enjoying the time off. Breaks always help us unwind, put aside the day to day, rest our bodies and our minds. In just a couple of more weeks my kids will have no school or real routine for a little over a week (including weekends) and neither will I. Despite not having to get up at 6:30 AM to rush the older ones off to school, March break is definitely made for the kids.

Us grownups are only here to take care of them and make sure they have an amazing week off, right? As much as we would all love to be that perfect super parent every single day, we need to take it easy and allow the kids to be kids. Electronic devices are nice to have but what can they do that doesn’t include having to charge up? Think Duracell.

  • Entertain with battery powered toys. Younger kids don’t always have access to the latest technology like their older siblings or parents may have, reintroduce the love of battery operated toys.
  • Create a memory book without using your smartphone. The Fujifilm Instax camera (available at Walmart) is a great option to allow your kids big and little to take some great shots without taking over your smartphone (and filling up your camera roll!).
  • Print out fun. The internet is a vast library of ideas; why not print out some fun colouring and activity pages for your little ones!
  • Travelling and want to keep the little ones quiet? Battery operated portable music players for kids preloaded with their favourite tunes can keep those back seat meltdowns at bay.
If all else fails, go for a board game. It gives kids a chance to learn (taking turns, team playing etc), spend time as a family and they are also fun. You can find fun battery operated games like Trolls Operation, Toilet Trouble or Despicable Me 3 Operation from Hasbro at Walmart.

We can’t trust that our kids won’t flip out once or twice despite our best efforts over March Break, but we can trust Duracell to power our kids favourite toys and games to help make us make it through with less #MarchBreakMeltdowns.
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Sponsored post on behalf of Duracell and Hasbro. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.

3/8/17

March 8th was International Women's Day, you may have seen me hashtagging it today on social media. It has had me thinking. 



Some days, moms can be hard on ourselves (I know, I do it all the time.) We beat ourselves up over the smallest things, sometimes things that are out of our control, all for the happiness of our children and our families. We always seem to forget a few things; We may be moms but we are still women, we are strong. Our girls look up to us, in their lives, we are their leading lady even if as they get older they may not admit it. 



I've touched on leading ladies of Netflix in the past, there are so many great ones and with new shows coming almost monthly, there are many more to come! 







Some of our favourite leading ladies include Stranger Things Eleven and Joyce (each for obvious reasons!), Orange Is The New Black has an entire cast of women who radiate their own strengths in different ways, even kids shows like Beat Bugs, Tarzan and Jane, and A Series of Unfortunate Events proves that girl power comes in all shapes and forms.









In a world that can be tough, I want to make sure my own girls know how smart, strong and beautiful they are inside and out. With the right encouragement and power to them, our girls can do anything they set their little hearts on. Being unique is the new normal! 









This month you and your kids can catch leading lady Julie Andrews debut on Netflix with Julie's Greenroom! the Jim Henson Company brings to life an enriching show that advocates for the arts and the positive impact creativity can have on every child's life. With an array of very special guests (Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles, and Alec Baldwin to name a few), Julie’s Greenroom might be a show you turn on for the kids but find yourself staying until the final curtain call.





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Kids and imagination go hand in hand when it comes to playing. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into my living room or one of the kid's rooms to see a homemade fort made up of pillows and blankets with one or all of the kids hiding inside.

Having recently switched up the kid's rooms a little bit, we wanted to give our son something new and something fun for his room without taking up too much of his already small space. 

Pacific Play Tents were the solution! A stylish bed tent for our only boy to hide away from his sisters plus it takes up little to no room, fitting perfectly over his twin bed. The HQ Bed Tent is easy to assemble and comes with everything you need to get started, including magnetic poles and a storage bag. You simply follow the directions inserting the poles into the correct slots, fit it over any twin bed mattress and voila - your kids have an at-home camp set up in minutes. I suggest having two adults put it together; one to hold one end while the other inserts the poles but I managed to do it myself with little frustration. 


My son's room still needs to be repainted, he had a cars theme before but wants to change it up to something more "G.I. Joe" style, he loves his new tent! It gives him (the only boy other than dad in the house) some privacy at night and when he just wants to get away and be alone. He calls it his clubhouse! 



Pacific Play Tents are award-winning high-quality kids' play environments designed to bring priceless smiles and imagination to your kids. They promote child interaction, imagination, and creativity plus, endless fun! Whether you're looking for a tent, a tunnel, parachutes or play houses, you can find it at Pacific Play Tents.



Unique features Pacific Play Tents have that others do not:
- Tents and tunnels are larger in size than others on the market
- They can be used both indoors and outdoors - many are even waterproof
- They are built to last, even through rough play.
- They come with colour-coded, G-3 Super Poles for easy setup.
- Tents and tunnels are inter-connective, which means kids can build their own make believe cities, mazes, and forts!
- Each tent comes with a carrying case for storage or to take on the go. 
- There is a tent for every age and stage.

You can check out the variety of different tents offered online at www.pacificplaytents.com!

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Ends March 20th 2017 9pm ET. 

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Posted on behalf of Pacific Play Tents. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments on this blog are honest and my own. 

3/6/17

We all try our best to live a healthy lifestyle but life gets busy and sometimes our personal health and fitness goals may get put on the backburner. How many times have I woke up in the morning and said "today is the day I will start exercising more/eating better!" having a brain full of ideas until something else comes up and those ideas get put aside, life goes on.

One way to keep your health and fitness goals intact is being organized! Introducing The Healthy Grail Health Planner by Randa Derkson of The Bewitchin' Kitchen



The Healthy Grail Health Planner has 22 pages that include logs, lists, plans and trackers that can be personalized to help you keep your health and fitness goals organized! Check out Randa's video below where she tells us all about her planner in more detail!


The Healthy Grail is being introduced for a limited time at a "pay what you want price"! It's in ebook format (in three lovely colours) which means you can print it out yourself or bring it to a printer to have a booklet made just for you! Click here to get your copy today! 

3/2/17

Winter isn't quite over yet despite most of the snow melting and springtime teasing us with temperatures warmer than the usual around this time of year. As a Canadian, I'm no fool - I know we will have a few more weeks left of my least favourite season!

I'm thinking ahead to warmer days, looking forward to when the snow finally melts for good, the birds come out to play and it's officially springtime once again!

This spring I am upgrading my foot wardrobe; being a sneaker-style woman I am super excited to show off my brand new Skechers Burst 2.0 new avenues (in black and white)!



New Skechers Burst 2.0 New Avenues shoes are slip-on sporty casual walking sneakers with a soft mesh knit fabric upper, flexible outter sole and Air Cooled Memory Foam insole. They are both comfortable and stylish, I have been wearing them inside to try them out and I cannot wait to wear these outside when the weather gets nicer! By summer time, they will be my go-to shoe! 

Life has both us parents running around like crazy, hubby also got himself a new pair of running shoes for the upcoming spring season - Skechers Relaxed Fit: Skech Flex 2.0 Kominar (in black/grey)! Did you know that Rob Lowe is the new face (or foot?) of Skechers men's shoes? Click here to see him featured on Skechers Instagram! 


These shoes give him true freedom of motion with sporty style and comfort. They have a sporty mesh fabric with stitching accents, synthetic upper, Air Cooled Memory Foam insole and lace up for a comfortable athletic training sneaker. 

While these are just two styles, Skechers Canada has hundreds to choose from for everyone in your family; mom, dad and the kids! 

Follow Skechers Canada on Twitter and Instagram for the latest in comfy and affordable footwear fashion! 

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TWO lucky winners will be drawn and emailed by March 20th!

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