10/14/18


The following post is in partnership with Hallmark Canada. We received product in exchange for our views. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 
Fall is here! The leaves are changing colours at a rapid pace, we’ve already passed Thanksgiving with Halloween only weeks away!

Hallmark Canada has some wonderful products to help celebrate the fall season and Halloween from decorations to greetings!

Know someone who has a birthday close to or just really LOVES Halloween? Hallmark offers cute items like Glass Bead Bracelets, Skull Socks and Stickers! Gift it all in a spooky Halloween gift bag which in my opinion could also double as a trick or treat bag, don’t forget the tissue paper!



This fall especially has me thankful for my family; there is no other feeling like having a real family. We would love to welcome them into our home this fall and beyond; what better decor than a welcome placemat on our living room side table which welcomes our family and friends! We can set the table with a Bowl of Thanks and beautiful country-style napkins!



I love the Rustic Wood Sign that reads "Count the really good blessings twice", we sure will! Lastly, in the kitchen, a new set of country-themed measuring spoons sure to spice up the kitchen with their bold colours!

You can find something you need online or in your local Hallmark store!


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10/6/18




HAPPY THANKSGIVING #AMEBlog READERS!
Wishing you a wonderful long weekend filled with good food and love! 

- The #AMEblog Family

10/5/18

Ever since we have had cellphones, selfies and home photography have become more and more popular while age-old film camera/running to the drugstore to have the film developed has become something of the past.

I’ve always loved instant cameras and now I can turn my phone into one, kind of. TOMY brings instant photos and digital photography together with the KiiPix photo printer. It’s an easy-to-use instant film printer that doesn’t require any special plugs, apps or even batteries to work.


Get printed photos in a “snap”

- Simply open KiiPix
- Place your phone on top
- Push the button and turn the knob to watch KiiPix turn memories into physical, shareable photos to give to friends and family or display them on the fridge like I did!



The KiiPix requires Fujifilm Instax film to work and there are 10 photos per film; be sure your phone screen lock is on so your screen doesn’t go dark mid print and make sure the photo alignment (using the reflective mirror) and lighting are exactly how you want them or you could waste your film. For best results use KiiPix in a well-lit area, natural light works best. It takes a little while for the film to totally develop, the blotches in this image actually went away after about an hour. 

You can purchase the KiiPix by TOMY ($49.99 film not included) at Toys R Us!

Check out KiiPix on Instagram






9/19/18

“How do you do it?” Is a question I’ve heard more than once when it comes to my relationship. Not a topic I discuss often here on AME (I have to keep some aspects of my life on the private) but an important element in our family dynamic, the relationship between my partner and I didn’t happen “overnight”, it’s not always bliss but we make it work. We’ve made it work and some for 15 years.


Communication is key
Cliche to say but it’s the honest truth. If you don’t communicate, you won’t get anywhere.

Hear to your partner
You want your voice heard, so does your partner. Don’t just listen to your partner's voice, hear them out and try to find a happy medium for any problems. Compromise when it comes to trivial things like who picks the movie or the never-ending question “what should we have for dinner?”.

Do the little things
Everybody needs to feel appreciated if someone doesn’t feel appreciated they won’t be happy and you can’t be in a good relationship when you’re unhappy. Gestures of love and caring don’t have to be grand. They can be as simple as getting them a coffee when you know they need it, doing something just because. You don’t need a special day to show you care about someone and appreciate their role in your life.

Be partners in parenting
If you have kids you need to work together to raise them. You need to discuss what works and what doesn’t work. If one parent is doing it one way and the other another way it will definitely put a strain on the relationship and it’s not good for your kids. Communicate (see, there’s that word again), compromise and back each other up. You’re better as a parenting team!

Have fun together!
Make your next date night a game night for two featuring a fun and exciting box from Crated With Love date night subscription boxes! Crated With Love is like a date in a box. It comes with everything you need for a fun game. It gives a little twist on date night! You can get different games; all packaged and shipped with love rightto your door. Make it a ritual with Crated With love subscription boxes.


So, get the kids babysat (or put them to bed ultra early if you can’t find a sitter) and spend some quality time with the one you love. Enjoy your next date night!


Posted on behalf of Crated With Love. Opinions and comments are those of the author.

9/17/18

The kids may be back in school and summertime may be virtually over but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end!

You may or may not remember me sharing about new Nerf Laser Ops via Instagram; they are the coolest thing ever! They are the new age of laser blasters! 


These babies have all new designs with laser tag technology. Featuring lights, sound effects haptic feedback and a solo play experience, Nerf takes laser tag to the next level. Oh yeah and there’s also an app to expand the laser tag experience! Check out the official tv spot below:


Follow @HasbroNews for the latest and hottest on all things toys!

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9/11/18

Summertime is officially over, the weather is cooler and the kids back are back in school! Everyone is still getting back into routines with earlier nights (and earlier mornings), new schedules, places to be and people to see; it’s one of the busiest (and stressful) times of the year at our house!



With everything going on its also time to get Back To Budget! After a fun summer of family outings, school supply (and uniform) shopping plus those school fees, it’s always a good idea to get the budget back in order and learn ways we can stretch that dollar. 

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Sponsored post. Opinions and comments are those of the author.


9/10/18

The other day I went upstairs to my daughter's room and opened up the closet. Cue horror music in the background. You couldn’t see inside the closet, that’s how much junk stuff they’ve accumulated since I went through, sorted, and purged their rooms before summer break began back in June. It’s time for some Fall closet purging!

Living with packrat kids isn’t easy either; they keep EVERYTHING. Oh, we’ve had this ratty doll for ages! They keep it but yet it is in the closet with messy hair, naked (because they lost her outfit) and along with all the other unwanted things. I’d love to have a playroom/wreck room the kids can keep all their toys in but our house is too small and they’re at the age where there are less toy playing and more of other activities (other than the 5-year-old, you can’t pry her fav toys from her if you tried). It’s like a used toy wasteland in the closets though. The final place toys go before they leave forever!




Keep age in mind when sorting

Kids outgrow everything including toys. Some may be keepers for remembering the old days of babies but some are just nothing but clutter inducing because it’s considered a “baby” or “little kid” toy and your older kids want nothing more to do with them.

Keep only what they love.

Some kids do have a sentimental attachment to certain teddy bears or dolls, I know mine do. We have a certain bin for those special toys that they still want to keep but don’t necessarily play with/sleep with them anymore.

Donate what’s still good.

Before you donate teddy bears and dolls make sure to ask the place you are donating. Some places like hospitals and police stations have their own teddy programs due to hazards used toys can cause if parts like eyes or noses are loose or missing. There could be community used toy drives in your area or you could always drop them off at a Salvation Army or Value Village thrift shop. One kid's garbage is another kids treasure, they say.

Sell what’s “like new”

Chances are we have a toy or two that the kids only played with a handful of times, all the parts are intact and it works great! Used websites like Kijiji can help you get rid of it quickly.

Use bins (or boxes) for what you’re keeping. Bins can help organize the toys your kids still use and want to keep. You can find some decent bins at dollar stores or Walmart. Boxes are good for long-term storage. Just don’t store it in a basement or humid place, whatever’s inside could get mouldy and will have to be tossed out, what a waste.

Not only does purging the toys from the kid's rooms and closets make more space but also gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Enjoy it while it lasts, only a few more months until Christmas rolls around and more stuff will eventually take its place. ;-)