4/3/20



It’s been 23 days since our schools closed their doors and we were told to stay home due to the ongoing spread of the deadly COVID19 virus that we first heard of hitting China earlier this year. We don't know if this will last for weeks, months or more. Living in a time of uncertainty is not what we expected for 2020, am I right?

Things have been so weird. Things have been so scary. All non-essential businesses are closed, businesses that are open have limited hours, limited stock and are starting to have limited patience. Thousands of people have lost their jobs, the world has become a really depressing place. 

I think we are all collectively trying not to lose our minds with so many videos, articles and bad news everywhere we look in places online we used to go to have fun. We can go out for walks, but we need to stay 6 feet apart. No playing at parks, no sports, no groups bigger than 5 people in one area at a time. 

Avoid going out, stay home and flatten the curve. Do take all precautions if you do need to go out for the essentials (food, medical, or gas). If you don’t have a face mask, improvise. It doesn’t matter if you’re sick or not, protect yourself and your community.

Here is an easy no-sew tutorial below on how to make a mask! 
 


How have I been coping? Honestly, good days and bad days, I'm sure we all have. But I have three kids to raise through all of this. Their dad and I are together in this which I am thankful for because I know not all families are as fortunate as ours to be able to be together under one roof during this scary time. 

My best advice is to keep the little ones away from the news, tell them on a need to know basis (updates about school maybe). Try to keep things as normal as possible, whatever normal is for you these days. We’ve been easing into maintaining some sort of educational foundation while home, Monday to Friday at least, give or take. The teen is in touch with her teachers etc, the tween does his learning apps and watches learning videos, the same goes for the youngest. It’s a pretty simple bargain. One hour of "learning" and you can play afterward. The best advice is to keep in touch with your kids' schools. Don’t worry if they don’t do it every day; this time is stressful for us all. 

Also, do things to take your mind off it. Read a book, listen to music, write something, etc.

I will still be posting periodically here on AME, I want to keep it the fun, upbeat place it's always been but I also wanted to share my update and let you know we are doing OKAY. 

I hope everyone is staying safe and washing their hands. We can get through this together. God bless you all my AME readers. 

4/1/20

Do you scour your TV and streaming services daily looking for something to watch? How about 279 original episodes of one of the world’s top-rated sitcoms?! Give yourself some much deserved "you time," and relax and get comfy in your favorite spot on the couch – as now is the time to binge-watch The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series!

The only way to see The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series commercial-free is to own it on Digital, Blu-ray & DVD. All individual seasons and compilation sets are available to purchase here: http://www.ownwbtv.com/?bigbangtheory.

All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Prime, and GooglePlay.

Speaking of spots on the couch, one of our favorite memories from The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper – is his infamous "spot on the couch!" If you have never seen the series – one thing you must know is that Sheldon’s spot is Sheldon’s spot! According to Sheldon, no other spot in his apartment is as good as his spot on the couch. Remember that one time Penny tried to sit in it?!!!

If you didn’t catch that episode – don’t worry – you have plenty of time to catch up on it today!



And just remember – if someone takes your spot on the couch when you are ready to binge The Big Bang Theory – Sheldon gives you permission to say – "It’s Complicated. Just Move!"

*Posted in partnership with WB Entertainment*

3/30/20

The past few weeks we have been trying our best to keep everyone indoors and entertained while we participate and do our part with social distancing. One thing I am happy about is that we are all movie buffs with a big enough library of movies and shows to keep everyone entertained! We may not be able to get out but digital movies are still available for our enjoyment. 

Calling all animal lovers! Dolittle is coming to blu Ray and digital just in time for some April indoor movie nights! 

Robert Downey Jr.'s latest film DOLITTLE will be available digitally on March 24th and then on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD on April 7th. It's a film that children and families are really going to enjoy together! 
After losing his wife, he hermits himself away behind the high wall of his manor but is forced to set sail on an epic adventure when the queen falls gravely ill. Helping Dolittle in search of a rare cure are his rambunctious animal friends—including Chee-Chee (Malek), an anxious, self-conscious gorilla; Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer, The Help), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck; the bickering duo of cynical, neurotic ostrich Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick, “Silicon Valley”) and chilly-but-chill polar bear Yoshi (Cena); as well as a headstrong parrot named Polynesia (Thompson).
On top of a great movie, you get a whole bunch of awesome extra blu Ray features on the side! Dolittle is definitely a fun-filled adventure for the whole family! 

For more info visit the Dolittle Movie website! 

*Posted in participation with Taro PR.*
We have been proud partners with Hasbro Canada since 2012. The brand not only creates great toys and games to keep our families entertained but Hasbro also has great initiatives and always reaches out in times of need. This recent world pandemic is no different, except it is. 

As we hunker down in our homes with our families, social distancing, Hasbro has some great news for families alike during this challenging time, take a look below! 

In an effort to provide a constant resource for families during the global health pandemic, Hasbro is announcing today that they will be launching #BringHomeTheFun, a global initiative providing parents and caregivers resources to help keep kids occupied, calm, and engaged during an extended time at home and indoors. Hasbro has been helping kids and families play together for more than 80 years, and we know that now more than ever households are looking for ways to foster quality family connections and reduce the reliance on screens.

Whether families are looking for activity challenges to keep kids busy, ways to use games and toys to stimulate their brains, or ideas for helping kids cope with emotional stress and more, BringHomeTheFun.com is a one-stop resource that is here to help.

As part of its ongoing commitment to families worldwide, Hasbro is also proud to partner with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to support the #SaveWithStories campaign. The Company will provide thousands of Hasbro toys and games to continue to inspire learning, creativity, and fun for vulnerable children across the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hasbro Canada has also provided financial support to the Breakfast Club of Canada, an organization that helps feed more than 250,000 children and youth across the country. This donation will directly support those currently enrolled in the program as well as local community organizations that are assisting food-insecure families and children during this challenging time.

Here is a little message from our friends at Hasbro, click to see the video!


Thank you, Hasbro team for being here for our families now and always!

Be safe, stay home! 

*Posted in participation with Hasbro Canada*

3/17/20


One thing I dislike is carrying a bunch of items at once. I’m forgetful so I lose things or I leave important things behind. So carrying a purse with a phone and a wallet and whatever else a mom like me puts in there is always a disaster waiting to happen and frustration on my part when I can’t find what I’m looking for. I prefer to think of myself as a minimalist when it comes to certain things, my purse being one of them. 



Caseco
sent me the sleek and stylish Rodeo Dr. Clutch/Phone case for my iPhone 8 Plus. It’s a phone case and wallet/clutch all in one. It’s got a built-in mirror, detachable magnetic phone case, 9 card slots (3 with the mirror and six in a hidden reverse wallet on the opposite side), ID window, a zipper pocket, and a hand strap. It is sleek in style and functional, something I would recommend for the busy mom who doesn't need a diaper bag! 



It's great to have everything in one place and if I don't need my wallet, I can still use my phone as the magnetic case comes off inside. 


This is definitely one of the most functional wallet-style cases I have had! I can put it in my bigger purse like a wallet or use it as a clutch when I don’t need my big bag; so multifunctional! 

You can find this and other great cases at Caseco.com!

Follow the latest in cellphone cases and accessories on social @Caseco_inc on Twitter and @casecoinc on IG!

*Posted in partnership with Caseco. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author*

3/16/20

Anyone who has a pet knows, they are not "just pets". They are not "just dogs" or "just cats" or even "just birds" or "fish". They become part of our lives, they become part of our families. We would do anything for them just like we would for our own human children. To me an animal is a living, breathing being with feelings and emotions as much as you or I; they just have different ways of expressing themselves. 

As much as we give our pets from a loving home to treats, good food and vet visits, they give back to us something irreplacable; unconditional love. You can be at your lowest, looking and feeling at your worst. All it takes is a rub from your pet, those eyes looking at you, almost understanding what you are going through and making you feel even just a little better. 

There is nothing I wouldn't do for my pets and that includes spoiling them with the best of the best in pet care products from our friends at PetSafe Canada! 



PetSafe® Canada has a bunch of great products that can help set our pets on a path of healthy, happy living for 2020 and beyond. Afterall, that's all we want for them is for them to be happy pets! 

Here are the top 5 products PetSafe® Canada recommends to keep our pets happy and healthy:

1. Smart Feed Automatic Dog (or cat) Feeder
This automatic feeder connects to your smartphone, allowing you to schedule, monitor and adjust your pet's feeding schedule remotely. It also comes with a 'Slow Feed' option, which dispenses food over 15 minutes for pets who eat too quickly.



2. Drinkwell® Pet Fountains
PetSafe® has a new range of pet fountains in different sizes (1.8L, 3.7L, and 7.5L) that features a free-falling water stream to encourage pets of all sizes to up their hydration levels. With multiple flow settings and easy to clean parts, this is a great product for your pets even when you are not at home.




3. Ricochet Dog Toy
This is an interactive toy that challenges dogs and keeps them active at the same time.  As your dog plays with one of the interactive paired toys, a fun and exciting squeak sound is heard from the other toy. When your furry friend investigates the second toy, the sound bounces back to the first toy!



4. Frolicat® Multi-Laser Toy  This toy is the ideal solution for keeping pets active. It has two different lasers rotating in a 360 degree that cats can chase. It also has an auto shut-off timer, to keep things convenient and safe for your pet. Originally this is made for cats but our dogs like laser pointers too and have just as much fun as a cat would! 




5. Easy Walk® Deluxe Harness
This harness is designed specially to discourage dogs from pulling while walking on a lead. The chest strap rests low on the breastbone, making sure there is no coughing, gagging or choking whatsoever. They also come in four different colours, which is an added bonus!


You can find these and other great pet care items by visiting the PetSafe Canada Website and LIKE PetSafe Canada on Facebook!

*Posted in participation with PetSafe® Canada. Complimentary product received for review purposes.*

2/29/20

Did you notice 29 days on your calendar this month? That’s because February 29 is a Leap Day, a day that comes around every 4 years to help synchronize the calendar year with the length of time it takes the Earth to complete its orbit around the sun - which is 365.25 days! It’s an extra 24 hours to do whatever you want, without feeling guilty that you don’t have the time.

In the words of Chandler Bing – “Can I BE anymore excited?!”

Some fun facts about Leap Year:

* Leap Year was first introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC.

* The odds of being born on Leap Day are about 1 in 1500. I actually knew someone in elementary school who's little brother was born on a leap year.

* There are about 187,000 people in the US, and 4 million people worldwide who were born on Leap Day.

* Leap year babies get their driver's licenses when they are officially four years old (or 16 calendar years)!

* How do you know if it’s going to be a Leap Year? Most years that can be divided evenly by 4 are Leap Years, with the exception on Century Years. Century Years are not Leap Years unless they can be evenly divided by 400.

So what are you going to do with your extra day this year? On behalf of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and the Digital, Blu-ray & DVD releases of Friends – we wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Leap Year. Since this day only comes around once every 4 years – it’s a day to sit back, relax and binge with your “friends.”



Don’t forget the only way to get your Friends fix, commercial free is to own the series! All individual seasons and compilation sets of Friends are available to purchase here: www.OwnFriendsTV.com. All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Prime, and Google. DVD and Blu-ray sets can be purchased from all major retailers - including Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Happy Leap Year! 

*Posted in association with Warner Bros.Home Entertainment*