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



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


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

See you in 2019! 


LEGO is a huge part of my kids childhood; our son is a big collector. According to him, you can never have "too much LEGO". There’s always something to build using your imagination. It’s no surprise a new LEGO set was the #1 gift on his Christmas wish list this year! 

He’ll be so surprised when he sees what Santa has in the bag this Christmas!! 

Go on a Marvel adventure with LEGO Super Heroes Royal Talon Fighter Attack! The Royal Talon Fighter features an opening minifigure cockpit, 2 stud shooters and a rear prison compartment to trap a minifigure. This set also includes 4 LEGO minifigures (Black Panther, Nakia, Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue) and their fighting weapons! Ages 7-14 $29.99 @ shops like Toys R Us! 

Hands on interactive play with the LEGO Minecraft The Skull Arena! The set comes with everything you need for your next Minecraft adventure including two Minecraft characters (with unique skins) and killer bunny! Features a buildable LEGO Minecraft Skull Arena setting with a large skull-shaped structure, lava, green and blue player podiums. Weapons include a bow and a golden axe and sword. 7-14 yrs $24.99 @ Toys R Us! 

These are just a couple of fun examples; there are SO many different LEGO sets to choose from, any LEGO fan will definitely love these! I know my son will! 

Happy (last minute) holiday shopping! 

*Posted in partnership with LEGO. Complimentary product received for feature. Opinions and comments are those of the aithor* 


Christmas time is that special time of year when extended family gets together (in some cases may be the only time of year) to catch up, spread joy and celebrate the love that holidays can bring.

Unfortunately not everybody has that picture-perfect family any day of the year let alone during the holidays and thus may find themselves celebrating it alone for whatever reason. Sometimes work schedules, finances, distance, unfortunate death, or even a family rift could cause everyone to celebrate solo but that’s OKAY.

Over the years our Christmas get togetherness has faded and the holiday is celebrated by just the five of us with zero extended family and guess what? THATS OKAY! The five of us celebrating another amazing year as a family is good enough for me! 

Everybody is an adult.

Well maybe not everyone but the ones who make any major holiday decisions are. You shouldn’t have to beg or twist anybody’s arm to celebrate a holiday with you. They probably have a good, understandable reason and even if they don’t, there’s no use ruining a perfectly good celebration being angry. They are as much as grown adult as you and make their priorities. If you’re not one of them, that’s okay! It shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the holidays on your own accord. 

We have family who choose not to take an invite to special events when given whether it be birthdays or Christmases which with kids in the mix is really sad but I don’t let it stop us from making it our kind of special and making sure we damn well do celebrate; extended family or not; these are our memories to make.  I push the temporary disappointment aside and remind myself not to expect much next time. 

Think on the bright side.

As fun as having a houseful of guests over the Christmas holidays sounds, sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy each other. We live busy lives on a regular basis in a fast paced world; I enjoy taking Christmas to bask in the moments that make me smile, the joys of Christmas that makes my kids smile, too. They’re only young once!

Start your own traditions!

The memories of holidays past are beautiful but we need to focus on the now. Starting our own traditions has always been fun from sending out Christmas cards to family we don’t get to see to frozen McCain Cake for our youngest "close to Christmas" birthday to playing a Christmas playlist while we parents sip coffee and enjoy Christmas morning with our kids unwrapping gifts in their new PJs that "Santa brought them". These are all of the memories and more we make sure they remember; not who doesn’t show up. They’re missing out, not us. 

Having absent extended family gives an excuse to hug your kids even longer and love them even more every day. We always make sure to let them know that we love them. Christmas time is special because we are here and we make it special for them. Having a small, quiet holiday celebration is nothing to be ashamed of in fact I am proud of OUR family traditions. 

God bless and have a merry Christmas! 


Posted in participation with Hallmark Canada. We received products in exchange for our views. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Tis the season to deck the halls and trim the tree, not to mention holiday meal prep gift wrapping and all the joys of family and friends throughout the holiday season. 

Hallmark Canada makes it easy with gorgeous decorations, home decor, gifts and gift wrap you’ll be proud to share with loved ones this holiday season! Don’t forget to top off your holidays with a signature holiday greeting card, Hallmark has some gorgeous ones!

If you’ve been reading this blog for any time you should know I love Hallmark items during holiday celebrations but my top 5 favourites this year (not including the assortment of gorgeous Christmas greeting cards!) have to be the Blown Glass Ornament, Talking Santa, the Itty Bitty Advent Calendar, Merry Christmas Pillow and the beautiful Throw Blanket. 

Hallmark sure knows how to add a little something special to Christmas (and every holiday)! 

Did you know Walmart Canada and Hallmark have teamed up and offer Walmart exclusive products like Paper Wonder greeting cards and decoupage character ornaments!

Check out the #AMEblog Instagram post to see a sample of what Hallmark has to offer in store and online! 

Win it!

Keep warm this winter with a beautiful Throw Blanket from Hallmark Canada! 
Enter using the ballot below for your chance to win. Open to Canadians 18+ excluding Quebec. Giveaway ends December 30th, 2018.

* Please note that due to the holidays, our sponsor will be sending out this prize in the new year! Thanks for understanding! 


Posted in partnership with Lemongrass House Canada. We received products in exchange for our views. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

While you’re making your lists and checking them twice, why not give the gift of a home spa experience this holiday season with products from Lemongrass House Canada!

Two-in-one kids shampoo and body wash is formulated to be gentle on kids hair and sensitive skin. It’s made with a blend of vitamin-rich jojoba oil, nourishing aloe vera and revitalizing green tea that will leave your child's skin soft and clean. 

Baby Powder is a fine and delicate soothing powder with aloe to help protect skin. Recommended for all skin types both adults and little ones. 

Body and Massage Oil are created carefully balanced and hand blended with fragrant pure essential oils and a vitamin-rich sweet almond and jojoba base. Recommended for a variety of skin types and uses from relaxing massage to dry skin. 

Soothing Bath Milk helps draw out impurities as well as soothe and revive tense muscles. Relieve fatigue just by adding a couple of scoops to your bath to help draw out impurities.

Hand Cream is made from unrefined shea butter to deeply moisturize, heal, protect, and rejuvenate your skin. We then add cocoa butter to soften and enrich followed by coconut oil to add a healthy glow. Jojoba oil finishes off to help improve the elasticity and suppleness of your skin.

Dog Shampoo is all natural and is made of mild cleansing agents that don't dry out your dog's skin. Pure essential oils nourish your best friend's coat leaving it clean and shiny. The handmade dog shampoo is infused with green tea extract to provide natural flea control in addition to aromatherapy benefits.

You can find these and other great handmade spa products on the Lemongrass House Canada website

Happy holiday gifting! 


Christmas is coming sooner than we know it and once again #AMEblog has teamed up with our friends at Hasbro to bring you our ultimate holiday favourite picks! 

Play Doh Poop Troop kids can create their own funny faces just like the emojis with this fun kit! It comes with 12 pots of Play-Doh and accessories. $14.99 ages 3+

Stop by the Buzz n’ cut Fuzzy Pumper Barber Shop for a silly haircut and shave! This set will bring hours of fun! Set one of the characters on the chair to "grow" his or her hair/beard and use the "razor" to shave it off like a real barber! The set comes with 5 pots of Play-Doh, 2 characters and barber shop accessories including a pretend razor that makes sounds. $14.99 ages 3+. 

Furreal Friends Munchin’ Rex is one of the first Furreal Friends Dinosaurs the kids will just love! He makes over 35 sounds (including eating sounds), he looks as real as a dinosaur could if they still existed! The kids are going to love adding him to their Furreal Friends family!

Your help is needed! Transformers Powercharge Bumblebee Figure transforms from robot to Volkswagen Beetle by spinning his power charge core! Convert to the beetle mode in 17 steps and rev the car to hear sounds! This is one toy any transformers fan of any age would want in their collection! $49.99 ages 6+. 

Disney Princess Popup Palace Playset will make her feel like royalty as her dolls have their very own fancy castle to live in! This is a beautifully detailed castle that triples as a playset, storage and carrying case for dolls. It has 4 themed rooms and 13 Disney princess themed accessories. It expands two levels and extends two feet tall. Adult assembly required (Santa might want to have this baby built in advance!). $49.99 ages 3+. 

Looking for cool stocking stuffers?

Yellies! Are little spiders that respond to sound. You can talk soft, loud, play music, clap etc and watch them run around! The louder you talk the faster they go! They come in assorted colours for $19.99 ages 5+.

Lost Kitties Blind Box! Can you find who'z hidin inside? Each carton includes a Lost Kitties figure, 2 randomly packaged accessories, and a meme sticker -- all hidden inside soft, shaping compound. The included shaping compound can be used to create all kinds of cool things for the kitties. $5.99 ages 5+

Lock Stars Special Collection Multipack will give them a kick start on a new collection! Not sure what Lock Stars are? Little collectable locks! With the pull of the tab kids will discover 4 decorative locks (including a fuzzy one!), 8 keys, 4 mini lock pals, and 8 charm accessories to kick off their collection! There are 24 in the whole Lock Stars collection! $24.99 ages 4+.

Littlest Pet Shop Galaxy Pets pack gives the LPS fan 11 cute galactic deco pets including four classic and seven teenie pets! There is also a gold shaped habitat with an extra surprise teenie inside! $19.99 ages 3+. 

Win it! 

We want to make Christmas for one #AMEblog reader just a little merrier so we’ve teamed up with Hasbro to bring you the following giveaway:

Enter to win a Disney Princess Popup Palace Playset!

Please enter using the ballot below. Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be completed for extras to count. Giveaway begins November 20th 12AM EST and ends November 30th, 2018! 

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Posted in partnership with Hasbro. We received sample products in exchange for our feature. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. Giveaway prize provided by Hasbro. 


We can’t have the holidays go by without including something Star Wars. It is, after all, one of our favourite movie franchises! 

Last year we gifted the Chewbacca Mask by Hasbro which is still one of the most played with toys in the boy’s room. This year we thought it would be fun to add the Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Electronic Yoda mask to the collection. It looks just like Yoda and like the Chewie mask, when you wear it and move your mouth you’ll hear fun Yoda sounds and phrases, he also wiggles his ears! So funny! Fits most head sizes $34.99 ages 5+.

Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie is one of the most fun electronic toys this holiday season. Coming together with FurReal Friends and Star Wars, Hasbro brings us one incredible Wookiee! 

Chewbacca is known as Han Solos Co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars movie and now you can bring him home for yourself! This interactive Chewie is the ultimate sidekick with over 100 sound and motion combinations including his facial features (eyes, nose and mouth!) and arms. He roars, whales, growls and more, just like Chewie does! He reacts when moved around and speaks back in Wookiee when spoken to. He has sleek fur and comes with his own bandolier with a satchel. $130 ages 5+.

Check out a little sneak peek video below! Seriously, a must-have for any Star Wars fan, young or old(er)! 

Win it! 

We know there is a Star Wars fan or two out there who would love a gift this holiday season! That’s why we’ve teamed up with Hasbro to give one #AMEblog reader the chance to win a Wookiee! 

Enter using the ballot below to win your very own Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie! 

Open to Canadians 18+ (excluding Quebec). mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Giveaway ends November 23rd, 2018 

Posted in partnership with Hasbro. We received a sample product to feature. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. Giveaway prize provided by Hasbro. 

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The following post is in partnership with MGA Entertainment, Mattel and HEXBUG. We received product in exchange for our views. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

The holiday season is coming faster than we know it with Christmas right around the corner!

Check some gifts off your list with these fun gift ideas for kids of all ages from great brands like MGA Entertainment, HEXBUG and Mattel this holiday season!

From MGA Entertainment

Crate Creatures Flingers (ages 4+)

Crate Creatures are fun interactive pets that you need to unleash from their cage to find out which special features they have. All you need to do is pull their tongues, squeeze their bellies or turn them upside down to find out what your creature is capable of. Break into the crate and unleash your new beast friend!

Ready2Robot Singles (ages 4+)

This is the only collectable line for kids that lets you build, mix and match custom 'bots and battle your friends in a robot-brawl. Add on your blasting and slime weapons to take your battles to the next level! There are over 1,000 ways to mix and match your bots.

Air Chargers Vehicle + Launcher (ages 5+)

Experience the thrill of high-speed racing action with the Air Chargers Vehicle Launcher. Pump your car to charge it and hear the fun racing sounds it makes when it launches. Children can control the speed for a thrilling race experience!

Social Star (ages 13+)

#SocialStar is a great game to play with friends or even Mom and Dad to teach them all about the world of social media. It‘s the only game where players must climb the social ladder and gather ’Likes’ in order to gain fame. Have a laugh as you work to complete challenges and dares that strive to take you out of your comfort zone. Uncover whether you truly have what it takes to be the Star of Social Media.

From Mattel

Flushin Frenzy (ages 5+)

This one is kind of gross but amusing if you have kids who like toilet humour and know it’s a joke. Its the game of one plunger, some poop, and fast reflexes! Flush the handle on the toilet to roll the die, and when a number comes upyou have to plunge the toilet that number of times. But be careful, after any given push of the plunger the poop may COME FLYING OUT OF THE TOILET! The first player to grab it gets points etc. I personally don’t like the concept of playing with poop but for older kids (and some adults) this game is quite amusing.

Gas Out (ages 5+)

Another toilet humour style game except this one is based on farts and is a card game. Having a son, I know who will find this game the most fun. Kids won't be able to stop giggling with the Gas Out Game! Guster the Gas Cloud is full of discomfort and he's ready to rip!


VEX Battling Boxing Robots (ages 8+)

Step into the ring and immerse yourself in STEM action, assembling the VEX Balancing Boxer 2-Pack by HEXBUG. Compatible with the VEX Pilot App.
615+ snap-together pieces. Includes 2 Boxing Bots.

HEXBUG Ring Racer

This self-stabilizing remote-controlled robot runs mesmerizingly on dual spinning rings. Watch it spin, tumble, and flip over a full 360 degrees! Push your robot to the limits. Two-speed settings allow you to drive in regular mode, or blast-off into turbo mode! Create your own clever stunts and recharge your bot’s batteries to keep the fun going!

Happy holiday shopping!


November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM)!  Throughout the month, Canadians are encouraged to invest in their financial well-being. This means taking control of their finances and reducing financial stress by making a budget, having a savings and debt reduction plan, and understanding their financial rights and responsibilities!
In celebration, Tangerine Bank is hosting TWO Twitter Parties this month where you can join in and learn all about Financial Literacy chatting with special guests and also a chance to win a prize! 

See details below!

#RetirementPlanning Twitter Party
Date: November 15, 2018 at 8:00pm ET
Host: @TangerineBank
Guest: Caroline Cakebread @CCakebread, Pension Expert
NO RSVP | $500 in Prizing | Anyone can participate but only Canadians excluding those in the province of Quebec can win prizes

#ControlYourFinances Twitter Party
Date: November 26, 2018 at 8:00pm ET
Host: @TangerineBank
Guest: @RobinTaub, Financial Literacy Advocate
NO RSVP | $500 in Prizing | Anyone can participate but only Canadians excluding those in the province of Quebec can win prizes

*Posted on behalf of ShesConnected for Tangerine Bank. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author*

Posted in participation with Disney blogger panel. We received complimentary product in exchange for this feature. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

Our oldest was just a baby when Disney Pixar released The Incredibles back in 2004! We are excited about the Blu-ray release of the long-awaited sequel, Incredibles 2! 

It took 14 years but our favourite superhero family is back in Disney Pixar's Incredibles 2! This time, Helen aka Elastigirl (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, while Bob aka Mr Incredible (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with the kids when a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot that only the Incredibles can overcome together. 

An enjoyable family film that's full of laughter and heart, a great watch for the whole gang! Fans can reunite with this incredible family of Supers instantly on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD at your local retailer and On-Demand now!


Bring home the fun! Enter to win a Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 on Blu-ray! 

Open to Canadian residents 18 + (excluding Quebec). Use the ballot below to enter. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count! Giveaway ends November 16th, 2018 12:00AM EST. 


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The following post is in partnership with YULU Toys and Zing Toys. We received products in exchange for our views. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

Toys and games go hand-in-hand during the holiday season. To be honest, we can never have too many games. With three kids of different ages, we are always looking for fun new games to add to their collection and YULU has some great ones we will be putting under the tree this year! 

Tic Tac Tongue - Are you ready for a duel battle between lizards? Put on a lizard mask and get ready for some face to face action with Tic Tac Tongue! This is a game of skill, speed and agility and in order to win you have to be the first to knock down the target that matches the card you draw. Catch the bugs and catch the giggles with this fun new game! Each game comes with 4 masks (with washable mouthpieces and tongues!), 10 game cards, 10 target cards and rules. This game is recommended for ages 4+ and can be purchased at your favourite shops like Indigo, Toys R Us and Incredible Novelties for $19.99 CAD. 

Spy Code Hackathon - After the success of the original Spy Code games in 2017, YULU expands its spy-line with a new Hackathon. Players must work together to hack the code. Your identity has been stolen by a group of villains and is saved inside a super-advanced console. You are in possession of the console and your Spy Code squad (aka your family and friends) has instructions to hack and retrieve the secret information. However, only one person can see and work on the console at a time. You can only hear each other. How cool is that? Work together, keep talking and start decoding the console. There are eight modules. You have limited time and there is no room for mistakes. What are you waiting for? Get hacking, quick! This game is recommended for ages 8+ and can be found at Toys R Us for $44.99.

Cut The Wire - It's a mission impossible, race against time style game that will have everyone entertained.  You are challenged to defuse the device as quickly as possible by testing each of the wires. The aim of the game is to figure out which wire is the special defuse wire! Take turns to review the clues that flash up on the device and then have a go at cutting the wire. Turn the game of Cut The Wire up a notch by switching from classic mode to timed mode. While playing in timed mode, each player has only 15 seconds to take their turn. If a player doesn’t make a move in time, the device will explode and the player will be eliminated. Stay calm, listen to the clues and defuse the device before it explodes! Ages 14+ $29.99 Walmart Canada exclusive! 

My son has been asking about these; he's going to be thrilled! Joining the world of Stikbot are the new Stikbot Monsters (by Zing) that let aspiring stop-motion animation movie makers create themed pop-up movie scenes right at home. 

Glove A Bubbles - Just because the weather is cool doesn't mean the bubbles have to stop! Although created to be an outdoor toy, Glove A Bubbles (by Zing) are just as much fun in the bathtub! Basically, an all in one bubble glove, open and start having fun! It comes with a glove, solution and resealable bag. You can find party packs of these for under $25 on Amazon! 

Happy Holiday Shopping! 


I hate to say it but we all know, winter's coming and we are not the only ones who need some gear to keep warm during the sub-zero, colder than cold should be, temperatures of our lovely Canadian winters.

Our dogs are all short hair breeds which means outdoor time is very limited in the winter. They can’t handle the cold for very long and look forward to snuggling up in their blankets beside the kitchen heater after some time outside.

Chiko is the dog who is so small we could never find anything other than old doll clothes to fit over him. He looked cute but Chiko needs something both stylish and functional. We had the opportunity to shop canine fashion at its finest with Canada Pooch

Canada Pooch offers a variety of stylish and functional canine clothing for dogs of all sizes to suit our Canadian winters. We picked out the Everest Explorer Vest and the Cozy Caribou Hoodie in the smallest size they had.

I am very impressed with the quality of the jackets and the sizing! Every time we think the smallest size fits little Chiko, he ends up swimming in it. These two jackets fit well (measured according to the websites recommendations) and he looks SO CUTE in them!

If you have a furbaby, check out Canada Pooch's Fall/Winter line. Free shipping over $60! 

Follow @CanadaPooch on Instagram!

Follow @SmallPawBigPaw on Instagram for Chiko and friend's latest adventures! 

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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!

Win it!

Enter using the ballot below for your chance to win a Glass Bead Bracelet courtesy of A Motherhood Experience Blog and Hallmark Canada!

18+ Canada (excluding Quebec). One entry per person. Please see our giveaway guidelines page for official extended #AMEBlog giveaway rules. Giveaway ends October 26th, 2018!

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