4/30/18

I really like online shops where you can have your digital images printed for either framing or have them done on a canvas (we’ve done this before but one is never enough!). There are many options to choose from online and I have been lucky enough to work with some of them recently.

CanvasChamp offered to send us a 16 X 20 canvas print for our family photo collection. this time we decided to go with a picture of the two of us, one he keeps telling me is one of his favourites. 



Get started right on the first page of the website by deciding what kind of print you want to be done. There is a wide range of different sizes and styles like custom canvas prints, metal prints, and photos on wood prints, too! Prints range in price according to size and what extras you want like glossy, pop art, caricatures or pixel painting. They also offer free standard shipping on orders over $149.

I chose the canvas style and uploaded the picture. It was a little bit tricky to fit the image onto the display and have it look exactly how I wanted it but after playing around with it, I figured it out! There is of course always a live chat available if you do get into any issues you can't resolve yourself so that's a plus! 

Step by step I chose the size of print, wrap/border style, hardware (comes with free wall hangers or you can order a frame etc) and lastly, I went through the extra options but decided not to add any extra costs into the cart. 

It took only a couple of weeks for my print to arrive and I am not disappointed! Unlike other canvas's we have, this one is a poster board style which is more sturdy than a typical stretched canvas. The image came out perfect with vibrant colour, I am happy to display it in our living room! 



If you're looking for good quality prints at a good price, be sure to check out Canvas Champ


Sponsored post on behalf of CanvasChamp. Compensation + product received in exchange for this feature with no obligation. Opinions and comments are those of AME. 

4/28/18

May is one of my favourite months, it's hard to believe we are only a short few days away! Not only is the weather much warmer, giving us an excuse to get outside more, but also - Mother's Day! The day to celebrate the everyday superheroes in our lives. Sunday, May 13th is our day Moms. 



All I really want for Mother's Day is 24 hours not to worry about a single thing; unfortunately, with a houseful of busy kids, pets and beyond it might not happen exactly like that but at least a few pretty presents can make me feel special for the day. Hallmark Canada sent me a sneak peek box full of Mother's Day goodies to put a smile on any tired mom's face. Scroll down to see all the wonderful things

Gifts to help her relax and replenish.




Soft slippers for her tired feet ($29.99), "Glamour has no age limit" water bottle to replenish after exercise ($24.95), Crafters and Co. comfort wrap for relaxing ($34.95), Floral grey scarf ($14.95 - special $9.95) and Marjolein Bastin Bird, Butterfly and Floral accessory bag ($16.95)

Gifts to pretty up her home.


Marjolein Bastin napkin rings for the breakfast table ($$24.95), Marjolein Bastin bird tea towel ($9.95), Mom Love Is Strong Love frame print ($19.95)


Cute collectables because, why not?


Happy Go Luckys Springtime ($12.95), Floral Print Snoopy ($12.95), Fierce Love: It's a Mama Bear thing book ($15.95).


For the "on the go" Mom.


Stylish, elegant and one of my new favourite things, Colourblock Tote in Camel ($24.95 special $14.95)


Cards and popups!


Gorgeous Signature cards that say "ILY" in just the right ways ($9.99-$11.99).


Beautiful and lifelike Wonderfolds Cards ($7.99) 

Hallmark has so many gorgeous gifts and greeting cards, it was hard to choose what I wanted to keep for me and what I plan to gift to my own mom for Mother's Day. 


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One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a Hallmark Canada Colourblock tote from Mark & Hall ($24.99 value). 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Ends May 10th, 2018 9:00PM EST!
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Posted in participation with the #LoveHallmarkCA panel. Complimentary product received in exchange for this feature. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

4/27/18

Winter is finally melting away and the sun is starting to show its face a little more often. I think Spring is FINALLY here, for real this time. 

Being cooped up for most of the winter had me hiding and feeling tired, who wants to get up when it's cold? Every morning I have my coffee and now I have something to help give a little boost. Wait, what? Hold on, before all my fellow coffee lovers get up in arms about adding something besides cream/milk or sugar/sweetener, hear me out; it isn't as bad as it sounds. 

Coffee Booster is a natural vitamin supplement meant to go in your coffee (or other morning beverage) to help on-the-go people like you and I, get the proper vitamins we need for whatever ails us. It's clear, taste/ odour free and takes just one teaspoon for you to give yourself peace of mind that you did indeed take your vitamins today! 


Coffee Booster offers four different liquid supplements: Multivitamins, Mind, Antioxidants, and Collagen at $33 each bottle. One bottle lasts 12 doses and its recommended to take a break after 3 months.

Coffee Booster isn't meant to take the place of nutrition from a proper diet but it can help give you a boost where and when you need it. Always remember to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. 

Learn more about the benefits of Coffee Booster and where you can buy some by visiting the official website!


Follow @Coffee_Booster on Twitter and @Coffee.Booster on Instagram for the latest! 




*Product review on behalf of Coffee Booster. Complimentary product received in exchange for my honest opinion. 

4/25/18

The other night I was thinking in bed (who needs sleep right?) and one thought that came to mind was "wouldn't it be nice to get a new family print for the living room?". It's funny how things work out because my friends at Canvas Factory offered me a custom print of my choice!

Canvas Factory offers a variety of custom print options like canvas, glass and metal prints as well as a variety of different sizes. You can also customize canvas collages as well. 

Unlike traditional framed photos, I find canvas prints give an artsy feel to a room while allowing me to customize my decor to suit my family. We have several canvas prints in our living room that have quotes on them, it's nice to have an actual family photo print or two! 
It's easy to get started: Visit the website and click the blue "Create A Canvas" button, follow the easy steps and within minutes, your custom print will be ordered! 

With our style and size selected (40cm x 50cm canvas), we decided on one of our favourite family photos from a trip we took to Park Omega a couple of years ago. We then decided on a mirror wrap, no filters or text on it as we just wanted the family photo. It took about 5-10 minutes and it there was no hassle at check out. Canvas Factory accepts Paypal, Mastercard and Visa as methods of payment. 

I like the fact that they give you a proof before ordering so you can make sure your canvas looks exactly how you want it to. Also, the customer service is great. Someone from Canvas Factory emailed me with a concern about my image before sending it off for printing but it turned out alright in the end! It was nice to have customer service that cares about the product and the customer's satisfaction. 



My print came within about two weeks of ordering. I am very impressed by the quality although this particular kind is gorgeous, it's also very fragile. Literally, a canvas print stretched on a frame. The only problem I have now is deciding where to display it! 

If you're looking to put life on display, check out Canvas Factory today!  


WIN IT!

We want you to have life on display too! One lucky reader has the chance to win a free 40cmx50cm canvas print from Canvas Factory ($58 value)! 

Open to Canada and USA residents 18+ only (excluding Quebec or where prohibited). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Ends May 2nd, 2018 9:00PM EST.



Sponsored post on behalf of Canvas Factory. Compensation + product received in exchange for this feature. Prize provided by Canvas Factory. Opinions and comments are those of AME. 

4/23/18

We are an SUV kind of family. With three kids and sometimes a dog or two, travelling in anything smaller wouldn’t make for a great trip. The Ford Escape gives you a safe and quiet ride while still boasting power and loaded with the best technology a smart SUV could bring.



The 2018 Ford Escape Titanium has a 2.0L Twin-Scroll EcoBoost engine under its sleek looking exterior. That means you get both power and eco-efficiency. It has standard auto start-stop technology which turns off the engine when the vehicle is sitting idle (waiting at a really long red light maybe?) and restarts when you lift your foot from the brake pedal so you can be on your way. 

Inside, the Ford Escape is roomy with bucket seats and a large console in front. The back seat is big enough to fit our crew with three seats. Travelling with baggage (or just our size family grocery order) is easy with large cargo capacity and the capability of opening your liftgate with the kick of your foot under the bumper thanks to the intelligent access key right in your pocket. 



The Escape has the technology to keep you comfortable with heated front seats, remote start, winter wiper de-icer, heated mirrors and heated steering wheel; always nice to have a little luxury in your ride. 

Stay connected and bring your mobile life on the go with the SYNC 3 technology and AppleCarPlay. The console (which lights up an aqua blue at night, including the cup holders) has a touch screen with swipe and zoom capabilities and with AppleCarPlay it's like having Siri right in the SUV to answer calls, read texts and play music so you can drive with both hands on the wheel.



Although our initial plan was to make an escape with Ford, we were stuck at home thanks to a ridiculous ice storm while the 2018 Ford Escape was sitting pretty in the driveway. We did, however, get to use it locally around Ottawa and what a ride! Smooth, powerful and the enhanced active park assist plus obstacle distance indicators make driving easier. The 2018 Ford Escape is an all around great vehicle if you're looking for your next new SUV!  

To learn more about the new 2018 Ford Escape please visit www.ford.ca and follow @FordCanada on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #FordEscape for the latest!




Sponsored post on behalf of Ford Canada. Complimentary fleet loan and gift card exchanged for review purposes with no obligations. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of AME. 

4/20/18


I have a fun giveaway right in time for Earth Day! 


A wonderful book called The Magical Mindful Day: A story about mindfulness, connection, and caring for the earth by Deborah Salazar Shapiro, is being released fittingly on Earth Day! This book is intended to inspire the practice of mindfulness in our little ones, raise awareness in our interactions with all living beings and remind kids that the Earth is their friend. 

I really like the ideas and lessons this book represents in simple literature young children can understand and whimsical illustrations throughout. The book is aimed at kids aged 4-8 and can be purchased in both English or Spanish editions. 

You can learn more about the book and the author behind it by visiting the official The Magica Mindful Day website! You can also find the book on the website or on Amazon! 


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ENTER to win a copy of The Magical Mindful Day: A story about mindfulness, connection, and caring for the earth by Deborah Salazar Shapiro! 

Enter using the ballot below. Open to Canadian and US residents 18+ (excluding Quebec and where prohibited). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Please click here for general giveaway info. Giveaway ends April 25th, 2018 9:00 PM EST. Good Luck! 

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Posted on behalf of Smith Publicity as part of a book tour. Complimentary product received in exchange for the review. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own. 


4/19/18

Earth Day is this weekend (April 22nd) but teaching your kids the importance of taking care of the environment around them is something we should do on a daily basis.

In our house, we try to do our part and set an example. We use reusable lunch containers instead of plastic snack bags. We also recycle. We sort it into bins and we reuse items that can be reused. I try to save the laundry for off-hours. I’m also a fan of donating purchased items that are still good instead of throwing them out. As they say, every little bit counts. 

In celebration of Earth Day, we are sharing some fun earth-friendly tips from our new friend Ranger Rob, to help you and I do our parts to keep our Earth a great place for our kids and the future generations.


Ranger Rob is a show about the adventures of an enthusiastic park ranger who LOVES going outside to PLAY, EXPLORE and DISCOVER in Big Sky Park! The show teaches kids and preschoolers the importance of taking care of the environment, recycling, conserving and preserving the beautiful world we call HOME. It also teaches them the importance of teamwork and friendship.

You can watch Ranger Rob on Earth Day via Treehouse (Canada): April 22- Ranger Rob Marathon 3:15pm-6:30pm ET or Sprout (US): April 22 – Earth Day Special at 9am, repeating at 3:30pm EST.



Posted on behalf of Treehouse for Earth Day. Complimentary product exchanged for the feature. Opinions on this blog are my own.


4/13/18

We have been bringing jewellery and technology together for some time now and I have to say it always amazes me. My most recent find is Code to Canvas, jewellery that comes to life with augmented reality (AR).

Okay, what is AR you ask? It’s like VR (virtual reality) except instead of having to sport headgear to submerge into a virtual world, AR brings the virtual world into yours using the help of your phone. AR is one step away from being a hologram.


Code to Canvas brings your jewellery to life with AR. Using the handy app on your phone, you can bring unicorns, cats and butterflies to life on necklaces, keychains, rings and more. You do need to use screen record or snap a screenshot on your phone to take images of the AR action but it’s still pretty cool and makes a great conversation piece.


Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted and comes either silver or gold plated starting under $30. Code to Canvas offers three designs: The Cat, The Unicorn or The Butterfly on a necklace or keychain.

Check out Code to Canvas, they are always adding new designs like soon to come Zodiac signs!

Like the Code to Canvas Facebook page and keep up with the latest on social media!


Posted on behalf of Code to Canvas. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

4/10/18

Handmade items are always a popular choice when it comes to a gift for someone you love (even if it's for yourself!). I personally love them. Not only do you get a quality made item but they are gorgeous and it always feels good to help out a small business owner and support someones passion. 

Fellow blogger and Ottawa-based entrepreneur, Kamerine owns and operates Tiny Feet Creations. Custom handmade jewellery celebrating the tiny feet in our lives! You can read all about how Tiny Feet Creations came about, here! It's such a sweet story. 

Just in time for upcoming Mother's Day, I was sent over this beautiful black onyx (stone of energy and focus) and rose quartz (stone of love) Mama bracelet. It's beautifully designed and custom sized to my (very tiny) wrist! What's cool about this besides the fact it's absolutely gorgeous, the beads are arranged in morse code and spell out "Mama". 




All designs are created with beautiful hand selected beads, metals and gemstones. You can find earrings and necklace sets, bracelets, car diffusers, and more all handmade and personalized for you! You can see the entire Tiny Feet Creations collection at the TFC Etsy shop

Thank you Kamerine for allowing me to add one of your beautiful pieces to my jewellery collection!

Like Tiny Feet Creations on Facebook for the latest releases, giveaways and Ottawa-based creative workshops offered! 


Posted on behalf of Tiny Feet Creations. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 


4/1/18



May your day be filled with chocolate treats and yummy eats! 
Happy Easter from the #AMEBlog family! 
xo