2/8/19

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! In our house, Valentine's Day isn't just about celebrating romance; it's about celebrating L-O-V-E in all ways! Sure, the man and I like to have our date night but I also like to gift the kids with a little token of my love on this special day too! 

C'est l'amour! 

Some fun Valentine’s Day facts:

- Approximately 145 MILLION cards are exchanged (not including those classroom cards for kids) industry-wide making Valentines Day the second largest holiday for greeting card giving.
- In addition to Canada, Valentine’s Day is also celebrated in the USA, Mexico, UK, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy!
- Hallmark first offered Valentines Day cards in 1913 and began producing them in 1916.
- The average person in North America spent about $143(US) on Valentine’s in 2018 according to the National Retail Federation.
Hallmark Canada sent us a fun box of Valentine's Day goodies to share with our family and friends! 



Sweet gifts and other goodies:
From soft Canicorn and snoopy plushes to techno puppy’s and candy dishes; Hallmark Canada has great ideas for everyone for Valentine’s Day! The Story of Us card keeper is actually being showcased in an upcoming Hallmark hall of fame movie on the W Network! Check your listings!

Hallmark Greetings from the heart:
Hallmark always offers gorgeous, sentimental and fun greetings for every occasion including Valentine’s Day. Some of our favs include the Paper Wonder cards; click here to see them showcased!

Wrap it up with love:
As always, beautiful gift bags and delicate tissue to wrap all your Valentine’s Day gifts up with love!

You can find these and more great items at your local Hallmark store! You can also now find a fun assortment of Hallmark goodies at Walmart!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!


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1/17/19

As I watch my kids grow up, it amazes me how much things have changed since I was a kid. I sound really old saying that but it’s true! It seems everything from technology to ways of thinking and even the way we as parents now do things is from a totally different world and it kind of is! 



What’s changed?

Playing with friends:

Back in the day, it was simple: Younger kids parents visited each other and all the kids played. Older kids told mom and/or dad they were going to so and so’s house, parents said ok and the child rode off on their bikes until curfew time. 

Today: Younger kids have play dates, playgroups and more scheduled for them. There are groups and websites dedicated to these things for the real die-hard play daters! Older kids are chauffeured to and from friends houses at arranged times by both parental parties due to other scheduled or organized events; life is just so much busier nowadays! 

Birthday parties:

Back in the day a couple of close school friends and family gathered for a simple backyard party or indoors depending on the weather. Mom would decorate with some simple balloons, streamers and pin the tail on the donkey. Simple candy bags or even just the cake and ice cream were good enough for the guests and the birthday kid wasn’t expecting $100 gifts. 

Today: everything from decorations, guest list to cake and loot bags is organized in a pretty theme. Don’t believe me you have been under a rock for 30 years. Pinterest anyone? Every kid in the class gets an invitation to rsvp for this lavish party. If not a lavish party, an expensive venue like cosmic adventures or laser quest. Very nice but don’t expect extravagant birthdays in our house; we kick it old school, baby! 

Entertaining oneself:

Back in the day the great outdoors is all we needed. We knew the rules, we made our mistakes and we lived through them. A simple tv with two hours of cartoons all weekend on one channel was exciting! We also used to read these things we called "books"; not only entertaining but also educational. If we couldn't find a book we found some paper and crayons and let our imaginations take over. There was so much to do with so little back then. 

Today: "I’m bored" is a phrase most parents dread. Despite the seemingly never-ending technology, toys and more we have to entertain us, it’s never enough. Using one's imagination I guess isn’t a thing anymore with kids these days!

Slang

Back in the day if you said something was "sick" it meant "disgusting". Flossing was part of your dental routine and dabbing meant to lightly blot or poke something! 

Today "sick" means "awesome". Flossing is a dance move and please do not ask me what dabbing is, it’s just weird. There’s more but I just can’t. 

Shopping:

Back in the day we had limited selections at limited stores. Our music was on cassette tapes and our movies on VHS. When computers first came out data was stored on floppy disks. 

Today: You can shop online and have it delivered the next day including groceries. You can order dinner online, you can even order a vacation rental online. Movies and music are now downloaded and streamed. Don’t ask me what the cloud does, I still don’t know! 

Discipline:

Back in the day children were scolded or punished for misbehaving when they knew better. Privileges like video games, bike riding or ice cream after dinner were taken away and a lesson was taught. Parents helped each other if one saw another's child misbehaving they alerted the parent or if no parent was around they would scold on behalf and let the parent know. People didn't get offended if you stepped in to help. It was all about communities helping raise the kids. I know I got scolded by more than just my mother growing up. 

Today too many (not all but many) kids get away with way too much from throwing tantrums to talking back/swearing at adults and worse. Now, I know in some cases there are valid reasons however I'm talking about the average kid here. Not ALL parents raise their kid the same way and that's OKAY but for those parents who protect their kids when their kid is in the wrong you aren't doing anyone any favours. Today people get so offended, parents will fight while children get away with bad behaviour and no lessons are learned. Other parents will stand by if someone else's kid is misbehaving and not say a word in fear they'll step over some boundary. So much has changed since I was a kid. 

Maybe I sound REALLY old fashioned (or old in general HA!) but wow have times surely changed. Honestly, I wouldn’t raise my kids in today’s age the way my parents raised us back in the day. The world is a more populated place, times have changed and we all evolve with those times including parenting. I’m sure our parents said the same thing about their parents' generation. 

It’s amazing how time works sometimes.


Not a sponsored post. Written and published by #AMEBlog. 
Posted in partnership with Paramount Home Media Distribution Canada. Complimentary copy received in exchange for coverage. Opinions and comments are those of the author.

Jim Carrey stars in Showtime’s "Kidding" as Jeff, an actor who stars as Mr Pickels on a kids tv program that teaches kids to be their kindest selves and make the world a better place. When life starts to show this father and husband that the world is, in fact, full of unkind people who are rarely their best selves. Jeff’s own imperfects begin to show in his daily life with long-buried anger inside him results in him acting in unexpected ways. With his mind unravelling, resulting in a journey of humour and heartbreak. Rated 14A

I have been a Jim Carrey fan since his days back on tv's "In Living Color". He (to me) was a comedic icon of the 1990's thrilling us with comedies like "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", "Dumb and Dumber", "Liar Liar" and "The Mask". Some other favourites of mine include "The Truman Show", "Bruce Almighty" and "Fun with Dick and Jane". I am really happy to hear that his new show was well-received by the audience because it truly is a unique and entertaining show.

You can find "Kidding" Season 1 on DVD starting January 31st, 2019.

And for those of you who are already fans of the show, you’ll be happy to know it’ll be back for Season 2 sometime in 2019! 

1/7/19

Posted on behalf of Paramount Home Media Distribution. Complimentary movie received in exchange for coverage. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Do you have a Tom Cruise fan in the house? New from Paramount Home Media Distribution, Mission Impossible 6 Movie Collection (Blu Ray, DVD + Digital copies plus a collectors booklet about the movies) is available for your home movie collection! 


A "mission" two decades in the making. Tom Cruise is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, one of the greatest action heroes of all time, in the adrenaline-pumping, suspense-filled blockbuster franchise MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. Filmed in the most exotic locations around the world by the biggest directors in Hollywood, this must-have 6-film set will thrill any action fan. Your mission, should you choose to accept it – experience the most action-packed collection ever! 

You can find this where movie collections are sold! 

12/31/18

May 2019 be filled with much love, health and happiness! Happy New Year! 

#AMEblog 

12/18/18

Posted in partnership with Hamilton Beach. We received complimentary product for our review. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

Coffee has been part of my life ever since my late highschool years. It has seen me through many early mornings, fatigue ridden afternoons and long nights that required my utmost attention. It’s almost like a warm best friend! 

I won’t just drink "any coffee", it has to be good coffee and over the years I’ve learned that in order to brew a good cup of coffee you need a good machine. Boy have I been missing out. From 12 cup drips to single serve machines I’ve tried them all and nothing compares to my new Hamilton Beach® FlexBrew® 2-Way Thermal Coffee Maker!


Not only does it brew a 10-cup carafe on one side but also single serve on the other side making it perfect for on-the-go families! In the single serve side you can use K-cups or your favourite home brew. Both sides has its own water reservoir. I know I will be using the single serve feature during those busy mornings rushing the kids out the door!


The 10 cup carafe is stainless steel keeping your coffee extra hot! It uses flat-bottom coffee filters (paper or reusable) to brew your java. It’s got pause and serve too in case you just can’t wait for the whole pot to brew. 

The functions on this machine are simple with a big button for a full pot or single serve options. You can brew bold or regular. It’s also programmable with an automatic shutoff. 

Being a 2-in-1 machine it looks huge but once it’s placed on the counter, it looks as fantastic as the coffee it brews tastes! 

We tested it out first by brewing a full 10-cup carafe; we are used to strong coffee and the BOLD brew option is perfection! I was amazed at the difference between the regular and bold brews. Oh and the thermal carafe keeps it hot for a few hours!! Not that coffee lasts that long in our house but good to know we can always have hot coffee on the brew! 

If you’re looking to ring in the new year with a new coffee maker, this is one I highly recommend. Hamilton Beach also makes a 12-cup version of this maker too! 

You can learn more about the Hamilton Beach Flexbrew 2-in-1 coffee maker by visiting the official Hamilton Beach website

12/17/18

We wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! Thanks for being an AME reader! 

See you in 2019!