10/17/19

Hey AME readers! Any of you who’ve seen pictures of me in the past may know me to have had long hair which required enough maintenance to keep it tame and honestly it finally got on my nerves. In spring 2019 when I won a free salon visit through a Facebook giveaway and I went for a "new me" makeover. I had my hair cut shorter which requires styling even in a chin-length bob.

In the past, I used my old hairdryer and round brush styling technique. This method works to an extent but usually, my arms get tired halfway through styling so my hair never ends up looking how I want it; round and bouncy. 

Winner of Allure’s 2019 Best of Beauty Award, Revlon brings us an easier and quicker way to get our hair done almost as if we just stepped out of the salon without the salon-style price tag.



The Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is a hairstyling game changer in my life and here’s why: I can now get a blowout, at home in half the time it would take me to dry my hair with my traditional hairdryer. 

It’s got a unique oval brush design with tangle-free combination bristles (nylon pin and tufted bristles) to quickly create frizz-free volume starting at the roots and beautiful, full-body curls at the ends with a single pass. It’s ceramic coating evenly distributes heat and it’s boosted by IONIC TECHNOLOGY™️, drying hair faster with less damage. 



This hair tool looks big and bulky but it’s actually lightweight and much easier to use than my brush and dryer combo. It’s got a tangle-free swivel cord which makes one-handed hairstyling a breeze. It also comes with a (limited) 4-year warranty, just in case. 

I love my new Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. It takes no time to dry and style my hair exactly how I want it, even when I’m half asleep in the morning. It also doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry, looking wiry or frizzy. My hair now always feels like I just spent some cash getting a blowout and the funny part is, I’ve never had a professional blowout, until now! 

You can find the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer at all major retailers - Walmart.ca, Amazon.ca, London Drugs and Bed, Bath & Beyond! 

Follow @revlonhairtoolscan on Instagram and Like the Revlon Hair Tools Canada Facebook page for the latest brand updates!

Happy styling mamas! 

Thank you to Revlon Hairtools Canada for graciously sending me this awesome new hair tool! Opinions and comments on this blog are my own.

10/4/19

Halloween is coming! My kiddos have already been planning out their costumes for the past few months (I'm not kidding). It’s always a tradition for us to go around as a family, enjoy the night and the kids get to collect some yummy candy from neighboring houses. As the kids get older each holiday celebration changes but we still enjoy them, we’ve made them part of our family history.

In the past, we have used store-bought costumes and have made our own when the kids were small. Now only two out of my three go out "trick or treating". For the teen, it’s a night in guarding the family home and handing out snacks to ghouls and goblins that come to the door while watching a scary movie she otherwise couldn’t watch on our big screen tv because of younger siblings and all. I’m happy to report she’s 15 and would rather settle down with a bowl of popcorn and a scary movie than a Halloween party filled with her peers (and most likely substances she shouldn’t be exposed to). 

Anyway, back to costumes. My son is resourceful (he must get it from his mama!). He chose to be one of my ultimate favourite Star Wars characters; the all-knowing master Yoda! We have a mask and can put together a Yoda-esque style fashion with little to no effort using a bathrobe. Costume #1, complete! 


Little Miss M has had an obsession with PowerPuff Girls after finding them on YouTube. You can imagine what she wants to be for Halloween this year. She’s got blonde hair, you guessed it! She wants to be PowerPuff Girls Bubbles. Bubbles is the blonde one with the blue dress! 

Hello, Google? I need your help! How can I pull this costume creation off? That show is kind of dated and I cannot for the life of me find any kind of memorabilia for a decent price. Enter Pinterest and the amazing DIY PowerPuff Girls costumes I came across! Hallelujah! A long blue t-shirt, black belt or ribbon etc, white leggings and some cute blue hair ties. Voila! We have our Bubbles covered! 



Have your little ones decided what they'd like to be for Halloween? Do you buy a costume every year or are you a money-saving DIYer like me? Let's chat in the comments! :)

9/27/19

Who didn’t grow up playing Monopoly? We all learned about money (some of us about greed), property management, taxes, jail through a simple game of cards and dice. Hasbro is known to create different versions of the classic game for board game enthusiasts alike and they’ve created a brand new Monopoly world where women are “the man”. 


I received a surprise package the other day from my friends at Hasbro. Ms Monopoly: The first game where women make more than men. 



The game itself is pretty much like the classic game except it has a new mascot, Ms Monopoly who is the niece of Mr. Monopoly. Instead of buying property, players invest in inventions created by women. When male players pass go, they collect $200. When female players pass go, they collect $240. Original chance cards, taxes, and jail are still included in this game. 


While the concept of celebrating female empowerment using a well-loved board game is fantastic; using women found inventions can teach kids a thing or two but I don’t think my son will want to play this with his sisters knowing he will get less money passing go. 


I think the original concept of everyone EQUALLY getting $200 as they pass go was perfectly fine. We don’t want special treatment in the real world and we shouldn’t in a board game either. 


If you are a huge fan of Monopoly games, this is a fun game to add to your collection! You can find it at most retail stores where toys and games are sold like Toys R Us or Walmart!

Happy gaming! 

*Product provided by Hasbro for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author*

9/11/19

It’s hard to believe when I look at her that this tall, intelligently beautiful young woman is my Teenaged daughter. Teenhood isn’t an easy part of growing up; so many changes, so many hormones and emotions. One thing teens want is to feel unique in their own. 

When it comes to personal hygiene, New Canadian brand Thirsty Naturals (available at Loblaws stores this September) know what teens want when it comes to keeping fresh and fabulous. Thirsty Naturals is proud to create a healthy,100% naturally-sourced, plant-based face and body care products with young people in mind. Something that is grown-up but not too grown-up, just for teens. 

We were sent over two Thirsty Naturals products to try out; Thirsty Naturals foaming facewash and Thirsty Naturals moisturizer. Oh, and they also included a fun towel headband for face washing! 



Thirsty Naturals foaming facewash is 100% natural for your teen's skin. It smells like sweet spearmint and is loaded with natural botanicals like witch hazel, willowherb, pepperberry, Riberry, and Muntries. Thirsty Naturals foaming face wash keeps skin nourished with super berries and deep cleans pores by removing excess oil with natural witch hazel. 

Thirsty Naturals daily moisturizer smells like sweet citrus berry with a hint of cardamom and chamomile. This balancing moisturizer absorbs oils and balances skin tone thanks to black bamboo cumin, magnolia, and manuka. Other ingredients include willowherb, chaulmoogra, pepperberry, riberry, and muntries.



Thirsty Naturals also has other products such as dry shampoo, body wash, and natural deodorant. You can find all of Thirsty Naturals wonderful products for your teen through their official website

9/8/19

Experience a whole new world of magic and adventure with Disney’s Aladdin! Two ways to enjoy this Disney classic with the new live-action adventure (starring Will Smith as Genie) and the signature edition of the animated classic (starring the late Robin Williams as Genie). 

Add two great movies to your Disney Home Movie collection now on Digital as of the end of August and coming to BLU-RAY September 10!

Disney’s Aladdin is one of my favourite classic animated movies ever! What’s great about the live-action versions of our favourite classics is that Disney does a magical job at keeping the essence of the original while presenting a whole new world to a whole new audience. If you love the animated version, you and your family will definitely enjoy the live-action movie!

DISNEY’S ALADDIN


Available on Digital August 27 and Blu-rayTM September 10Disney’s “Aladdin,” the thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, lands in homes on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Aug. 27, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 10. Fans of all ages will enjoy the exciting, humorous tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin (Mena Massoud), courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and the larger-than-life Genie (Will Smith) with all-new bonus features. The release of the live-action adventure coincides with the addition of the original animated classic to the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection  —  granting “Aladdin” fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies. 

 DISNEY’S ALADDIN SIGNATURE COLLECTION


Available on Digital August 27 and Blu-rayTM September 10Embark on a magic carpet ride with the entire family when Disney’s original animated classic “Aladdin” soars into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, granting nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure and Academy Award®–winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score) for the first time in 4K Ultra HD™. The Signature Collection Edition of “Aladdin” takes flight two weeks early in 4K Ultra HD™ and Digital in HD Aug. 27 and lands on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ Sept. 10 — with a brand-new sing-along version; all-new bonus features, including original cast recordings; and classic bonus material. 


WIN IT




Enter to win BOTH movies using the raffle copter ballot below! Must be Canadian 18+ to enter! One winner will be chosen on September 16th to win BOTH movies! 



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*Posted in participation with Disney. All comments and opinions are those of the author.*

8/12/19

It's hard to believe summertime is almost over! We have been keeping our days (and weeks) busy full of summer activities! I'm sure you did too! Between summer camps, swimming pools and bbq's, it's been another summer of non-stop busy!

With the end of summer comes back to school and back to busy mornings. Hamilton Beach has some great small appliances that make keeping the routine (for yourself or the kids) intact while on the go.

Shake it up, Baby!



A single-serve personal blender that doubles as a travel cup? Yes, please! The Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Single-Serve blender is perfect for those busy morning breakfast smoothies. What better way to make your morning shake and take it with you without piling on the dishes first thing in the morning! This blender is compact, unlike other conventional blenders and the pitcher doubles as a travel cup complete with sippy style lid.

Java if you must:


Single-serve coffee makers are all the rage! The Hamilton Beach Flex-brew single-serve coffee maker is really great because it takes both k-cups OR you can use the handy single-serve cup that’s included and brew your favourite coffee right at home. 

Ice, ice, baby!

Did you know: You can brew iced coffee right with your single-cup brewer by brewing it slowly over ice. Add sugar and milk to taste. You can add more ice or pop it in the freezer for a few minutes to get your desired coldness. 
You can also blend ice cubes, coffee, milk and your desired amount of sugar or sweeteners for a homemade iced coffee slush!

You can find my own ice coffee recipe over on Her Real View Blog! 

8/1/19

Disney’s DESCENDANTS 3 IS AVAILABLE ON DISNEY DVD AUGUST 6TH! 


​This highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie continues the contemporary saga of good versus evil as the teenage daughters and sons of Disney’s most infamous villains - - Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as the villain kids or VKs) -- return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it’s up to Mal and the VKs to save everyone in their most epic battle yet.



Win it! 

Win a copy of Disney’s Descendants 3 by filling out the ballot below! Must be 18+ Canadian residents only! Ballot closes on August 10th, 12:00AM EST. One winner will be drawn at random to win a copy of Disney’s Descendants on DVD! 

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*DVD provided to us for review. All comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author*