Springtime is here which means it's time to start thinking about things we'd like to do to our back yard, things we'd like to get for the kids to enjoy the nice weather. What better way to get things going than to check out the new Canadian Tire Spring/Summer 2017 WOW guide for inspiration!

The Canadian Tire Spring/Summer 2017 WOW guide is now available if you didn't get yours in the mail like we did, you can always visit your local Canadian Tire and pick one up for free!

There is only so much time until the really nice weather gets here, I love how convenient it is to just pick up the Canadian Tire Wow Guide for pages of awesome ideas and spring/summer must-haves! Finding what we need is as easy as browsing a few pages! 

Speaking of browsing, did you happen to see the kids colouring contest while flipping through your catalogue? 

You can find the contest on pages 76 & 77 of the Canadian Tire WOW Guide! You can have your kids enter for a chance to win a Supercycle Kickstart Bike!

Our #WOWGuideArt 

How to enter:
  • Have your kids colour the pages/do the puzzles.
  • Take a picture and share it on Instagram or Twitter tagging @CanadianTire and include hashtag #WOWGuideArt 

The contest runs from April 11th, 2017 until May 15th, 2017!

Click here to see full contest rules

I can't wait to see everyone's little artists creations! Happy colouring! 

This post was sponsored by Canadian Tire. All comments and opinions on this blog are always my own. 


My kids are creative and I'm not just saying that because I'm their mom. My oldest daughter loves to draw and she also loves to write, my boy likes to build things and he also likes drawing, my youngest loves to sing and dance. Whether it be creativity at home or at school, over the years my kids have shown they can come up with some great ideas.  

What better way to show off all of their amazing talents to my fabulous readers than to host our very own living room puppet show! 

Inspired by Netflix characters from Beat Bugs, Word Party and (new) Julie's Greenroom, the kids created their very own sock puppets and put together a little something for you! 

Enjoy this fun little improv comedy skit, brought to you by the imaginations of the #AMEblog kids and Netflix Canada! :) 

Did you see what's new with Netflix

Speaking of kids, sometimes my oldest kid will watch shows or movies rated above G on my account but forgets to logout when it's her siblings turn to watch the next day resulting in kids favourites mixed in with my grown up shows (I see you Shopkins, Richie Rich, and Barbie!). Now I can easily give the kids shows thumbs down and Netflix can make sure those shows stay on the kid's menu recommending more of what I want to stream! I really like most kids shows but I don't need to watch them when I'm solo. That's creative! ;-) 

Posted in participation with the Netflix Streamteam. Views and opinions on this blog are those of the author. 


If you haven't already noticed over the years, I love accessories for my electronics; mainly my iPhone and iPad. In my opinion, you can't have "too many" accessories; kind of like, you can't have too many pairs of yoga pants or tote bags. :) 

Toddy Gear sent me a gift set for my iPhone; Sanibel Desktop Kit, Featuring a Microfiber Smart Cloth, a Wedge mobile stand, and a Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank.

Wedge mobile stand: Made from microfiber material, this wedge is like a bean bag chair for your device plus, it doubles as a cleaning and polishing cloth without using any special sprays to clean your device. It has a special coating to prevent any build up of mold, mildew or odors. It is washable, just let it air dry. 

Microfiber Smart Cloth: Made from the same microfiber material as the wedge stand, these cloths not only help you take care of your device but also save you from using any harsh cleaning sprays that could damage the screen or body of your device. One side is microfiber for cleaning and the other silky for shining! It's washable, just let it air dry! 

Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank: Extra power on the go for almost any device! Features include: 7000mAh battery, Dual USB ports, ideal for charging two devices at once, slim design and sleek interface with LED power indicator light. It's compatible with smartphones, tablets, and wearables that support charging via 5V/1A and 5V/2.1A USB interface. I like that its universal; it doesn't come with a power adapter but it comes with a micro-USB cord. If you have an iPhone or other devices you can just use your own cord and block. Portable and powerful, an external power supply is always a must-have for tech geek moms like me!

You can find items of this specific deign (Sanibel) each sold separate online but Toddy Gear does offer a variety of gift sets in other designs which are just as nice! 

Visit www.toddygear.com and use my special code MOTHERHOOD10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase! 

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Win it!

We wouldn't ever want to see you go without power; Toddy Gear has generously offered a Smart Charge Deluxe Power Bank (winners choice style!) up for grabs to one lucky AME reader! Follow the instructions and enter using the ballot below! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ excluding Quebec. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Ends April 30. For full AME giveaway disclosure click here.

Posted on behalf of Toddy Gear. Complimentary product received for review purposes. The voice of this blog is my own. Giveaway prize provided by Toddy Gear


The Easter bunny is about to make his grand visit once again, gifting our kids with Easter goodies; we will also be celebrating the return of one of our favourite seasons, spring. The snow is finally gone and the temperature (although slowly) has been rising; giving us much nicer, sunnier days. 

For those celebrating this weekend, we wanted to wish each of you a very happy easter with your family and friends! May your hearts be filled with joy and your tummies with chocolates! 

From treats like Rice Krispies nests to fun crafts for kids, we hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Easter from our house to yours! :) 


Spring is finally here to stay; April showers will hopefully bring us our May flowers! Next weekend the Easter bunny will be hopping into town! I'm getting ready with my kids making some yummy Easter treats with the help of Kellogg's Rice Krispies Spring Edition cereal!

You can't go wrong with Rice Krispie treats. They're easy enough to make that the younger kids can help or older kids can even make them themselves!

Rice Krispie Nests we made! 

How to make:

You can find this and other full recipes by visiting the special occasions section of the Rice Krispies website 

Don't have time to make anything? These babies come in prepackaged mini size, they're small enough to fit in an Easter egg which makes them perfect for adding to the Easter baskets and perfect snack size for little kids!

Share your creations with Rice Krispies on Pinterest, Twitter using hashtag #RiceKrispiesSpring!

Like the Rice Krispies Facebook page for the latest product news and updates!

Win it!

Enter to win a Kellogg's Rice Krispies Spring prize pack! Simply follow the directions and enter using the ballot below! Good luck!

Open to Canadian residents 18+. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Ends April 20th, 2017. For more info about giveaways please see the disclosure page.

Posted in participation with the Canada #Kelloggers bloggers. Product recieved in exchange for my opinion. This blog is my own voice. 


Celebrate Easter with homemade hats and a fun filled family parade! Two special family events happening in Ottawa to celebrate Easter!

Hop on over to Carlingwood Shopping Centre this weekend, April 8th and 9th between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm for an Easter Hat creation event! You and your family can create a fun Easter hat (for free), get a chocolate treat from Laura Secord, share your photo using the #CarlingwoodEasterParade photo booth and there will also be free face painting!

On April 15th starting at 11:00 AM, bring your Easter Hat and participate in the Carlingwood Easter Parade for your chance to win some awesome prizes! 
You could win:

  • Grand prize $100 Gift Card
  • Runner up $50 Gift Card
  • Fifteen (150 Third Prize winners $25 Gift Cards
There is also free face painting for the event! After the parade, you have the chance to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny (fees apply). 

Find out more by visiting www.carlingwood.com/events

Follow Carlingwood Shopping Centre on Twitter and Like the Facebook page for the latest updates! 

Sponsored post on behalf of Carlingwood Shopping Centre. 


Easter is just around the corner! Sunday, April 16th is a traditional celebration of our religion as well as a fun time for the kids to be kids, eat chocolate from the "Easter Bunny" and celebrate springtime!

If you're looking for some fun and creative Easter craft and treats ideas for your little ones to keep busy with, check out the links below for some original and creative easter crafts and treats!

Have fun!

*Links posted with permission. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own."