11/18/19



Christmas is coming and each year it’s getting harder and harder to figure out the perfect gift for my tween and teen! Most kids today are into technology or fashion - or both. It can get expensive "keeping up with the Joneses" (which frankly I was never a fan of doing) and honestly my kids are pretty easy when it comes to gift-giving. They were raised to be thankful for what they get, not spoiled and wanting more or better. 

As much as I'd love to be able to gift them with the latest and greatest toys you see here on AME, my older two kids are now too mature for such things. Unlike their childish mother who collects action figures. Anyway, this post isn't about that. It's about what you can get for the picky tween or teen that ISN't technology-related and won't break your holiday shopping budget. 

For the musician, some ideas may be a simple instrument like a Ukelele and some accessories like felt picks, nylon strings, and a neck strap; all of the above can be found under $100 and shipped fast if you shop smart online.

Get personal! Every child (even teens) needs a gift that is just for them, it’ll make them feel even more special when it’s personalized with their likes and enjoyments. This year I’m gifting the teen some fun self-adhesive false lashes, a nice brooch that represents something she enjoys, some gorgeous gemstones to add to her gemstone collection and a cute Sailor Moon necklace, also something she is a fan of. Again these items can be found cheap online for under $50.



Stuff the stockings with socks! My kids are always looking for socks. You can never go wrong with socks! Don’t be boring though! Pick up some fun designs socks at your local Dollar Stores. The designs can be simple and also used to determine who’s are who’s so there are no siblings stealing each other’s new socks! You can also pick up more personal items like new toothbrushes, and other stocking stuffers for under $10 combined at the Dollar Store. I love that place! :-) 



Kijiji isn’t only for used stuff! You can find some mint or even new condition older kid toys like Lego or collector's items for less than trying to get it through an online auction. Check around your local online buy and sell websites for things like LEGO kits, action figures and more. 

Gift cards. Not only great for tweens and teens to shop for themselves when you can’t figure it out but also great to have handy as a last-minute gift. We all do it, forget that one awesome person who probably should have been higher on the gifting list but it’s the thought that counts at all! You can get gift cards for ANYTHING these days so the sky’s the limit, my friends!

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11/13/19

It’s that time of year when this mama is playing "Santa" along with my friends in the blogging world. We got a huge surprise last week and we just had to tell you about it!! 


Hasbro sent us the latest edition of Baby Alive: Happy Hungry Baby to review for the upcoming 2019 holiday season! Ah, this doll brings back memories from when I was a kid; I too had a Baby Alive doll in the 1980s. She was my favourite and this holiday season I hope she is under your tree for your little mama or papa to enjoy! 


Baby Alive is cuter ever with her updated features. She makes playing make-believe a whole lot more real! She moves and says over 50 phrases/sounds (including ones for "dada" too)! She comes with her own tray, bib, spoon, bowl and doll food! 

Click here to see her specs on the Hasbro website! 


Baby Alive comes with curly blonde hair and blue eyes, black hair and brown eyes or brown hair and dark blue eyes. Each doll comes dressed in a cute toddler outfit!


Great for kids ages 3+

Canadians can find them at Walmart or Toys R Us. In the USA, they are available at Target! 

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11/12/19

We were introduced to the original Osmo game system back in 2016 and ever since we have been adding more and more fun to our game collection. If you don't know what Osmo is, I'll give you a brief. Osmo is an interactive game add on for your device, in our case iPad. You can get learning games for different age groups and each game has a different challenge to help kids both learn and have fun at the same time. You check out our first review here

Over the years we have added a couple of new games to our Osmo collection, including new Super Studio! Osmo Super Studio lets kids draw their own Disney cartoons then watch their story come to life in their first animation. 


Already available in three exclusive Disney favorites - Mickey Mouse and Friends, Disney Princess and Incredibles 2 - now join all your favorite Frozen friends -- and a few new ones -- on their epic adventures through Arendelle and the lands beyond. Draw, color, and even add glitter, as you put your art into your favorite Frozen moments.

Just in time to celebrate the release of Disney's Frozen II in theaters this November! 


Suitable for ages 5-10+, Miss M absolutely loves this game. Not only because it's Frozen II but also one of her favorite activities: drawing! The kit comes with everything they need to start including Super Studio Game App (Andriod and apple compatible), Super Sketchpad, Super Studio Markers and Super Sweeper (cloth eraser). Osmo Base not included. 


The game is really neat. There are several levels and step by step instructions. There is no win or lose, it's all about imagination and fun! She can draw whatever she wants and let her imagination go wild while enjoying her favourite Frozen II characters! If she wants to draw a crown made out of ice cream, she can and then colour it and watch it come to life on Anna and Elsa right on the iPad screen! 


You can order your Osmo and add-on games like this one directly from the website or find it in stores like Best Buy and The Apple Store for around $25.00 CAD. 

Follow @PlayOsmo on Twitter for the latest updates! 

11/9/19

Created for young princesses and doll collectors alike, the Hasbro Disney Style Collection Princesses will be on their list this holiday season. 

Hasbro released Disney Style Collection Princesses Ariel, Mulan, and Belle



Each doll is dressed for the red carpet with styles inspired by their own movie themes! They have real looking eyelashes and hair. They also each come with accessories to match their clothes like little shoes, necklaces, bags, and headbands. I love the makeup and lashes to match the looks too! 

Ariel’s two-piece dress is inspired by her under the sea adventures in The Little Mermaid. Her dress is gorgeous, she sparkles in her signature green and purple ensemble. She comes wearing her cute pearl and shell headband and holds her purple and silver shell handbag. Her shoes are covered by her long flowing gown but you can tell they are as gorgeous as she is! 



Belle's dress is inspired by the famous dance scene in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, but with a modern twist, cocktail gown look for that red carpet beauty. She comes wearing her hair in her traditional Belle ballroom look, accented by her rose necklace, matching rose handbag and ruby coloured shoes. 



Mulan looks fabulous in her beautiful purple and blue toned ball gown inspired by her own self-titled movie Disney's Mulan. She wears her hair down with a simple blue pearl and flower headband and carries her pink fan purse. Her shoes are golden high strappy ballgown shoes, to accent her colourful dress! 



As a doll collector myself, these are an amazing addition to have in my fashion doll collection. The detail that was put into these princesses is amazing! Not only the clothing but also the faces, they look like the characters they are supposed to but better. 

The box art tells you right away that these are not your typical playtime fashion dolls and are made for little girls (and big girls like me) who like to collect and show them off by having them on display in their rooms rather than on display at the bottom of the toybox with the other toys. 

You can find these and all your favourite toy lines on the Hasbro website! You can shop right there or find out where you can get them locally, so easy! 


11/8/19

Thanks to our friends at Suncoatgirl for sending us some samples for this review! All opinions on A Motherhood Experience are honest and our own. 

Little kids often want to copy the grownups and that’s no exception when it comes to my kids, especially my girls. My youngest loves to have her nails painted, especially with fabulous kid-friendly brands are created just for them. 
Suncoatgirl water-based nail polish is perfect for the little girls who love to have colour on their fingertips! The nail polish is non-toxic, water-based and peels off; no harsh nail products like the one's mom uses. 

Suncoat nail polish is available across North America and Europe. They have two lines of Suncoat nail polish for women and a line especially for little girls; Suncoatgirl. 

Suncoatgirl offers a variety of colours for the little nail artiste in your life including cute little holiday gift packs to make her smile! The colours are awesome and the best part is this nail polish is non-toxic and peels off; no need for harsh chemicals or nail polish removers on little fingers. Perfect for small children who want to be like mommy. 

This holiday season, she can celebrate her artistic side with new Suncoatgirl DIY Colour Creation Kit which comes with 5 colours (yellow, red, blue, white and black) and 5 empty bottles so that she can mix and match colours, creating her very own unique shade of nail polish! This kit can be found at stores like Toys R Us and Rexall. 



Celebrate Christmas in style with the Suncoatgirl 12 Days of Christmas nail polish set; she gets a gorgeous colour for every day of the 12 days of christmas! From reds to greens to inbetweens, you and your little ones will love pampering yourselves with these nail polishes. This kit can be found at Jean Coutu and Whole Foods. 





Give the gift of expressing herself with the Suncoatgirl Make Me Jolly nail polish kit which includes two colours (Christmas red and green), festive nail stickers and a sweet lip balm for those wintery chapped lips! This kit can be found at Jean Coutu and Whole Foods. 




With Christmas just around the corner, these Suncoatgirl kits are surely going to make a hit in the stockings and under the tree this year! 

Follow Suncoatgirl on, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates! 

11/6/19

Kids aren’t the only ones who get excited for holidays! With Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons coming up, you want to be prepared to host the perfect holiday dinner without a hitch! 

Hamilton Beach has a variety of fantastic products that you can gift yourself to help you host and enjoy the holidays with your family. 

In need of something hot to warm yourself up? The Hamilton Beach Professional Digital Kettle is an amazing addition to our kitchen. It’s replaced our boring old, one-button plug-in kettle with its luxurious, new technology for the kitchen! 



I love my new kettle! It is completely stainless steel and sits on a base. On the base you have six buttons including settings, the on/off button and menus. The LCD panel screen (which lights up a pretty light blue) is bright and shows what's going on with your kettle from settings to temperature indicators. There are different settings for different boil temperatures depending on what you need (French press, coffee, different types of teas) and options to preset an auto-boil! It works very fast and efficiently. It has a beep indicator to let you know when your water is boiled to perfection. Our old kettle did make a "click" sound but this is so much more advanced! No more burning water or waiting. Just be careful, the carafe does get incredibly hot so make sure not to have this appliance accessible to anyone who may accidentally burn themselves by accident like little kids. 

We use a kettle quite often in our house; It's so nice to finally have one that is so precise! Not only will it help with hot drinks this holiday season, it's so cool looking, it also doubles as a fun conversation piece while I'm cooking holiday foods! 

This is a great kettle for your kitchen or as a holiday gift for that coffee/tea/hot beverage lover on your Christmas list! 

You can find Hamilton Beach small kitchen appliances at your favourite stores like Walmart for under $100 CAD! 

Happy hosting! 

10/30/19

“Hair can transform a costume when it comes to completing your Halloween look. Using hair extensions like the 3-in-1 Hair Wrap or ponytail can provide limitless options in shape, texture, and color,” says Nadine Mullings, Brand & Product Development Director at Barely Xtensions, “The only limit, is your imagination.”

 Whether it’s a princess, witch or fairy, here are some Halloween Hair Ideas:



Game of Thrones Princess.  Picture yourself as the Queen of Dragons conquering the North?  Or a princess high in the castle tower looking over her kingdom – whoever you choose to be -- the game of thrones is all about the hair, volumes, braids, and curls of hair.  If your hair isn’t quite long or thick enough – blend your natural hair with Barely Xtensions to kick it up a notch. 



Witchy Woman.  When thinking about Halloween, a witch is one of the first icons that come to mind.  The witch costume still trends as a favorite –but why not put a new spin on it?  Be a good witch, bad witch or witchy woman with a special theme.  Use your favorite movie, cartoon, photo or story to be your guide or get really creative and think about just portraying the split personality of a witchy woman. Split your hair colors and styles right down the middle, along with your makeup and wardrobe.  Or go all-out zombie style with “Walking Dead” zombie zone; half-human, half-zombie. Use color hair inserts like those from Barely Xtensions to add fun color sporadically, wherever you want it to appear. 



Superhero (or Villan!).  Avengers seems to be all the rage this season, but you can always channel and create your own Superhero.  For a last-minute costume, cat woman is easy.   Combine basic black, wardrobe staples that are already in your closet: Black long sleeve shirt, black tight pants, black boots, fitted belt, etc.  Put on a pair of cat ears and there you go, purr-fect.


Unicorn, Fairy or Mermaid.  Want the look of something magical, mystical or imagined but need the hairdo to go along with it?  For these costumes try the colored nymph braid.  Start by clipping the Instant Color Clips into your hair in a few different colors depending on what look you want. Create a half up half down ponytail to start, topsy tailing it to create a soft twist. Take the remainder of the hair and create a second ponytail underneath the first topsy tailing it as well. Finish with three-strand braiding the remaining hair for a woven, loose dreamy style.

Guest post on behalf of Barely Xtensions: 

Barely Xtensions is the Ultra-Seamless difference in hair extensions, offering affordable luxury and easy application. A revolutionary SlimClip Technology provides a smooth and sleek undetectable finish in dimensional colors. From natural highlights, lowlights and balayage to blends of pink or grey.  Find the latest styles and products like the 3-in-1 Hair Wrap and ponytail exclusively at Sally Beauty throughout the United States and Canada. 

For fashion, inspiration visit the website at barelyxtensions.com or connect with Barely Xtensions on social media! 


10/28/19

We love doing kids toy reviews here on #AMEblog but did you know we have a hobby we enjoy almost as much as being parents? 

My partner and I are big kids at heart. We get nostalgic seeing old toy commercials and videos online. We even collect our favourites; mine being Star Wars and his being Transformers. We have quite the collection of things the kids aren’t allowed to touch (they honestly are so used to our collecting they aren’t even interested unless it’s for them). 

For the past while, hub's has been working on his special G1 Transformers Collection; he’s got all the popular bots like Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Megatron to name just a simple few. He has over 50 different transformers both Autobots and Decepticons. 


You’d think to be his wife I would be annoyed with his collecting hobby but I’m just as bad. I love the collector's Transformers especially when he’s got them out on display! 

We are excited to team up with Hasbro Pulse and The Toybox Collection to bring you a review of the latest Transformers collectors want and probably can’t get unless they preordered him back in September; Transformers Generations War for Cybertron Titan WFC-S29 Omega Supreme


This Transformer is HUGE standing tall at 2 feet! This Transformer has a G1 inspired design and transforms into Autobot Command Center mode. He comes with 6 Fire Blasts accessories to simulate battle effects on figure and Command Center mode plus also comes with Micromaster, Autobot Countdown, who fits inside the rocket, tank and control tower. He can ride around the defender perimeter how cool is that! 

This is NOT your typical toy and certainly NOT one I would recommend for a young child. He isn’t cheap to buy because he is a collector's item at (USD) $159.99. 

You might be lucky to find him online but so far it seems he’s sold out! 

Click here to see his full specs on the Hasbro website!

Check out our video showcase below! 


10/26/19

Put down that pile of laundry, sit down and listen up mamas.

I know you do a lot. You’re raising little humans, some of you tiny newborn humans and some of you tiny humans with medical issues and so on and so forth. You’re keeping your home together physically, financially and it’s hard whether you are doing it single or are lucky enough to have a partner to share the life with. Your kids and your spouse/partner have everything they need. They will be fine and sometimes, they can even manage to fend for themselves. 



What you need to do is take care of yourself. I cannot stress the importance of this. Not taking care of yourself will leave you feeling like an empty shell unable to give your all to the people and things that mean the most to you in your life. It’s not good for your health physically, mentally or emotionally; I know from experience, sadly to say.
It took a break down to realize I needed to slow things down and start focusing on me. I run half of a household, how can I do that when the physical and mental tanks are always running on empty. I couldn’t. 


They say "a happy mom has a happy family", I think it should be "a healthy mom has a happy family". 

Learn to say no! I had a bad habit of trying to fix everything for everyone. Not only does it not help the person learn how to solve their own problems but also puts extra stress on me having to solve everyone else’s problems including my own. Set boundaries and stick to them. You’re not being selfish, you’re taking care of yourself. 

Take moment for yourself doesn’t mean throwing your hands up in the air and not taking care of your responsibilities as a parent or whatever, it means taking it easy and not worrying about the things others can handle themselves. 

Take a moment and do something for yourself. Read a chapter of that book you've been wanting to finish, watch the latest episode of This Is Us, Meditate and take your mind off of the stressors of the day for just a moment, do anything, just make sure it's for YOU.  

You only have one life to live, live it by your rules and take care of you. Everyone will thank you for it in the long run. 💚💜

Click here for some "me day" tips from Her Real View! 

10/25/19

They came from a galaxy far, far away; in a big giant box that was quite the surprise for this Star Wars fan! 

The story of a generation comes to an end this winter when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theatres on December 20th, 2019! I for one cannot wait to see this final movie of the franchise; I have been a huge Star Wars fan ever since I was a little kid. 

We are celebrating "Triple Force Friday" and the legacy of Star Wars with Hasbro's all-new incredible lineup of action figures, premium collectibles, and role-play costume items inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. 

A huge box of awesome arrived at our door; from a galaxy far, far away. The box itself had me in awe. Not only the size, but the graphics on it would amaze any Star Wars fans young or old. 


Inside the box was where the real fun began with 16 different items ranging from The Black Series collectibles to The Vintage Series action figures, which are more for the grown-ups in my opinion, and interactive role-play toys more suited for the kids. 


We made a Star Wars-themed video (which you can check out below) in celebration of our new collectibles and toys; Thank you so much to Hasbro for sending these to us to check out and enjoy! 


Check out @AMotherhoodblog and @TheToyboxCollection on Instagram for more Hasbro fun! 

Follow @Hasbro on Instagram and Twitter using hashtags #Starwars and #TheRiseofSkywalker to celebrate a galaxy of new toys that are out of this world!

May the force be with you, always! :-) 

10/17/19

Hey AME readers! Any of you who’ve seen pictures of me in the past may know me to have had long hair which required enough maintenance to keep it tame and honestly it finally got on my nerves. In spring 2019 when I won a free salon visit through a Facebook giveaway and I went for a "new me" makeover. I had my hair cut shorter which requires styling even in a chin-length bob.

In the past, I used my old hairdryer and round brush styling technique. This method works to an extent but usually, my arms get tired halfway through styling so my hair never ends up looking how I want it; round and bouncy. 

Winner of Allure’s 2019 Best of Beauty Award, Revlon brings us an easier and quicker way to get our hair done almost as if we just stepped out of the salon without the salon-style price tag.



The Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is a hairstyling game changer in my life and here’s why: I can now get a blowout, at home in half the time it would take me to dry my hair with my traditional hairdryer. 

It’s got a unique oval brush design with tangle-free combination bristles (nylon pin and tufted bristles) to quickly create frizz-free volume starting at the roots and beautiful, full-body curls at the ends with a single pass. It’s ceramic coating evenly distributes heat and it’s boosted by IONIC TECHNOLOGY™️, drying hair faster with less damage. 



This hair tool looks big and bulky but it’s actually lightweight and much easier to use than my brush and dryer combo. It’s got a tangle-free swivel cord which makes one-handed hairstyling a breeze. It also comes with a (limited) 4-year warranty, just in case. 

I love my new Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. It takes no time to dry and style my hair exactly how I want it, even when I’m half asleep in the morning. It also doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry, looking wiry or frizzy. My hair now always feels like I just spent some cash getting a blowout and the funny part is, I’ve never had a professional blowout, until now! 

You can find the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer at all major retailers - Walmart.ca, Amazon.ca, London Drugs and Bed, Bath & Beyond! 

Follow @revlonhairtoolscan on Instagram and Like the Revlon Hair Tools Canada Facebook page for the latest brand updates!

Happy styling mamas! 

Thank you to Revlon Hairtools Canada for graciously sending me this awesome new hair tool! Opinions and comments on this blog are my own.

10/4/19

Halloween is coming! My kiddos have already been planning out their costumes for the past few months (I'm not kidding). It’s always a tradition for us to go around as a family, enjoy the night and the kids get to collect some yummy candy from neighboring houses. As the kids get older each holiday celebration changes but we still enjoy them, we’ve made them part of our family history.

In the past, we have used store-bought costumes and have made our own when the kids were small. Now only two out of my three go out "trick or treating". For the teen, it’s a night in guarding the family home and handing out snacks to ghouls and goblins that come to the door while watching a scary movie she otherwise couldn’t watch on our big screen tv because of younger siblings and all. I’m happy to report she’s 15 and would rather settle down with a bowl of popcorn and a scary movie than a Halloween party filled with her peers (and most likely substances she shouldn’t be exposed to). 

Anyway, back to costumes. My son is resourceful (he must get it from his mama!). He chose to be one of my ultimate favourite Star Wars characters; the all-knowing master Yoda! We have a mask and can put together a Yoda-esque style fashion with little to no effort using a bathrobe. Costume #1, complete! 


Little Miss M has had an obsession with PowerPuff Girls after finding them on YouTube. You can imagine what she wants to be for Halloween this year. She’s got blonde hair, you guessed it! She wants to be PowerPuff Girls Bubbles. Bubbles is the blonde one with the blue dress! 

Hello, Google? I need your help! How can I pull this costume creation off? That show is kind of dated and I cannot for the life of me find any kind of memorabilia for a decent price. Enter Pinterest and the amazing DIY PowerPuff Girls costumes I came across! Hallelujah! A long blue t-shirt, black belt or ribbon etc, white leggings and some cute blue hair ties. Voila! We have our Bubbles covered! 



Have your little ones decided what they'd like to be for Halloween? Do you buy a costume every year or are you a money-saving DIYer like me? Let's chat in the comments! :)

9/27/19

Who didn’t grow up playing Monopoly? We all learned about money (some of us about greed), property management, taxes, jail through a simple game of cards and dice. Hasbro is known to create different versions of the classic game for board game enthusiasts alike and they’ve created a brand new Monopoly world where women are “the man”. 


I received a surprise package the other day from my friends at Hasbro. Ms Monopoly: The first game where women make more than men. 



The game itself is pretty much like the classic game except it has a new mascot, Ms Monopoly who is the niece of Mr. Monopoly. Instead of buying property, players invest in inventions created by women. When male players pass go, they collect $200. When female players pass go, they collect $240. Original chance cards, taxes, and jail are still included in this game. 


While the concept of celebrating female empowerment using a well-loved board game is fantastic; using women found inventions can teach kids a thing or two but I don’t think my son will want to play this with his sisters knowing he will get less money passing go. 


I think the original concept of everyone EQUALLY getting $200 as they pass go was perfectly fine. We don’t want special treatment in the real world and we shouldn’t in a board game either. 


If you are a huge fan of Monopoly games, this is a fun game to add to your collection! You can find it at most retail stores where toys and games are sold like Toys R Us or Walmart!

Happy gaming! 

*Product provided by Hasbro for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author*

9/11/19

It’s hard to believe when I look at her that this tall, intelligently beautiful young woman is my Teenaged daughter. Teenhood isn’t an easy part of growing up; so many changes, so many hormones and emotions. One thing teens want is to feel unique in their own. 

When it comes to personal hygiene, New Canadian brand Thirsty Naturals (available at Loblaws stores this September) know what teens want when it comes to keeping fresh and fabulous. Thirsty Naturals is proud to create a healthy,100% naturally-sourced, plant-based face and body care products with young people in mind. Something that is grown-up but not too grown-up, just for teens. 

We were sent over two Thirsty Naturals products to try out; Thirsty Naturals foaming facewash and Thirsty Naturals moisturizer. Oh, and they also included a fun towel headband for face washing! 



Thirsty Naturals foaming facewash is 100% natural for your teen's skin. It smells like sweet spearmint and is loaded with natural botanicals like witch hazel, willowherb, pepperberry, Riberry, and Muntries. Thirsty Naturals foaming face wash keeps skin nourished with super berries and deep cleans pores by removing excess oil with natural witch hazel. 

Thirsty Naturals daily moisturizer smells like sweet citrus berry with a hint of cardamom and chamomile. This balancing moisturizer absorbs oils and balances skin tone thanks to black bamboo cumin, magnolia, and manuka. Other ingredients include willowherb, chaulmoogra, pepperberry, riberry, and muntries.



Thirsty Naturals also has other products such as dry shampoo, body wash, and natural deodorant. You can find all of Thirsty Naturals wonderful products for your teen through their official website

9/8/19

Experience a whole new world of magic and adventure with Disney’s Aladdin! Two ways to enjoy this Disney classic with the new live-action adventure (starring Will Smith as Genie) and the signature edition of the animated classic (starring the late Robin Williams as Genie). 

Add two great movies to your Disney Home Movie collection now on Digital as of the end of August and coming to BLU-RAY September 10!

Disney’s Aladdin is one of my favourite classic animated movies ever! What’s great about the live-action versions of our favourite classics is that Disney does a magical job at keeping the essence of the original while presenting a whole new world to a whole new audience. If you love the animated version, you and your family will definitely enjoy the live-action movie!

DISNEY’S ALADDIN


Available on Digital August 27 and Blu-rayTM September 10Disney’s “Aladdin,” the thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, lands in homes on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Aug. 27, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 10. Fans of all ages will enjoy the exciting, humorous tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin (Mena Massoud), courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and the larger-than-life Genie (Will Smith) with all-new bonus features. The release of the live-action adventure coincides with the addition of the original animated classic to the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection  —  granting “Aladdin” fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies. 

 DISNEY’S ALADDIN SIGNATURE COLLECTION


Available on Digital August 27 and Blu-rayTM September 10Embark on a magic carpet ride with the entire family when Disney’s original animated classic “Aladdin” soars into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, granting nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure and Academy Award®–winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score) for the first time in 4K Ultra HD™. The Signature Collection Edition of “Aladdin” takes flight two weeks early in 4K Ultra HD™ and Digital in HD Aug. 27 and lands on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ Sept. 10 — with a brand-new sing-along version; all-new bonus features, including original cast recordings; and classic bonus material. 


WIN IT




Enter to win BOTH movies using the raffle copter ballot below! Must be Canadian 18+ to enter! One winner will be chosen on September 16th to win BOTH movies! 



a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Posted in participation with Disney. All comments and opinions are those of the author.*

8/12/19

It's hard to believe summertime is almost over! We have been keeping our days (and weeks) busy full of summer activities! I'm sure you did too! Between summer camps, swimming pools and bbq's, it's been another summer of non-stop busy!

With the end of summer comes back to school and back to busy mornings. Hamilton Beach has some great small appliances that make keeping the routine (for yourself or the kids) intact while on the go.

Shake it up, Baby!



A single-serve personal blender that doubles as a travel cup? Yes, please! The Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Single-Serve blender is perfect for those busy morning breakfast smoothies. What better way to make your morning shake and take it with you without piling on the dishes first thing in the morning! This blender is compact, unlike other conventional blenders and the pitcher doubles as a travel cup complete with sippy style lid.

Java if you must:


Single-serve coffee makers are all the rage! The Hamilton Beach Flex-brew single-serve coffee maker is really great because it takes both k-cups OR you can use the handy single-serve cup that’s included and brew your favourite coffee right at home. 

Ice, ice, baby!

Did you know: You can brew iced coffee right with your single-cup brewer by brewing it slowly over ice. Add sugar and milk to taste. You can add more ice or pop it in the freezer for a few minutes to get your desired coldness. 
You can also blend ice cubes, coffee, milk and your desired amount of sugar or sweeteners for a homemade iced coffee slush!

You can find my own ice coffee recipe over on Her Real View Blog! 

8/1/19

Disney’s DESCENDANTS 3 IS AVAILABLE ON DISNEY DVD AUGUST 6TH! 


​This highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie continues the contemporary saga of good versus evil as the teenage daughters and sons of Disney’s most infamous villains - - Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as the villain kids or VKs) -- return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it’s up to Mal and the VKs to save everyone in their most epic battle yet.



Win it! 

Win a copy of Disney’s Descendants 3 by filling out the ballot below! Must be 18+ Canadian residents only! Ballot closes on August 10th, 12:00AM EST. One winner will be drawn at random to win a copy of Disney’s Descendants on DVD! 

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*DVD provided to us for review. All comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author*

7/26/19

*Thanks StickerKid for sending us complimentary labels for review! Opinions are those of #AMEblog.*

Summertime is the season for fun! Family outings to the beach, sleep-away camp for the older kids and sleepovers at grandmas house; things will go missing. It's inevitable when you have kids. 

How many things have gone missing over the years? I’ve since lost count. Even us adults will misplace our items more times than I care to admit.



One thing I find does help is personalized labels. The kids like decorating their items with them which gives them a sense of uniqueness and can make the item feel more special with their name on a fancy sticker. Not to mention if they DO lose them in a setting like camp or grandmas house, they’ll know who the item belongs to. 

StickerKid sent us some personalized samplers to check out and we just love them. They’re no more expensive than other personalized sticker brands and they have more options when it comes to colors, fonts and emoji/graphics you can use on them. 



It’s easy to get started to order by visiting the site, choosing the labels or bundle you want, customizing it to your liking and checking out to pay! The shipping came from Europe and took only about two weeks; plenty of time to order for the remainder of the summer or back to school time! I know I’m starting to get organized early! 



I chose black/white with funny emojis for my teen, pink/purple with piggies for my youngest and red/angry birds for my tween son. 



StickerKid labels are durable, washing machine and dishwasher safe. 
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