7/12/19

We were given the opportunity to sample this album for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 
Music and I go well together, it has been one thing I love. It's there for the good times and there for the bad times. Music can help you heal, grow and discover. As parents, we have always had music in our home; the kids enjoy their own styles of music as they are getting older but one thing they heard growing up, from my "CD" collection was Backstreet Boys

I was the biggest fangirl in my teen years; I even had the chance to see them in concert ONCE, even if the seats were so far the guys looked tiny on stage, they put on an amazing show and always released great music *they still do!*. I would love to be able to see them in concert again someday! 

Anyway, this post isn't about the BSB, well, at least not all of them...

You may know him as a Backstreet Boy but did you know Howie D is releasing a family album?

Now, married with a family of his own, BSB Howie D is branching out making music for the whole family with his new upcoming album "Which One Am I"!



"When I started writing these songs with Tor Hyams and veteran Broadway performer Lisa St. Lou, it became clear that together they revealed my own story," Howie says of the inspiration and hilarity that went into writing both the album and the musical.

If you're in the US area, check out the musical debuting soon HERE


"These songs are about a kid who conquers a myriad of his own fears and learns to accept himself for the unique person he really is."

"Which One Am I?" features 12 fun songs including the first hit single "No Hablo Español"! The accompanying video for "No Hablo Español" is a real family affair. Howie D's ten-year-old son, James, plays a younger version of Howie, while Howie's mom, Paula, plays her own mother, the song's "abuelita." Howie himself makes a cameo as a guitar player!

All videos for the Which One Am I? project were shot in collaboration with Full Sail University, whose innovative programs in the arts have long been supported by Howie D.

Listen and watch the official video for "No Hablo Español" below!



"The goal of Which One Am I? is to remind people that no matter what they're going through, they can emerge victoriously," says Howie D. "I especially want kids who listen to the music to come away knowing that everything that happens teaches you how to develop into the person you were meant to be."

I had a smile when I was checking out the songs especially “Which One Am I”, if you’re a BSB fan, it’ll be your new favorite jam! Great values and great music make this album one you’ll want to add to your families music collection!

Which One Am I? is now available at iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailers! 

Learn more about Howie D. and all the great work he does on his official website www.howied.net

6/28/19

Looking for a fun afternoon or evening out with family, friends or even a date night?


Take them out to the ballgame this summer with Ottawa Champions baseball! I had the opportunity to experience the fun at RCGT (Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton) Park this past weekend with a group of fellow influencers when the Ottawa Champions took on the Quebec Capitales. Although our homeboys didn’t win, it was a really fun night! One of the ladies in our group won the "diamond dig" contest, congrats again Andrea! 


The 2019 baseball season has already begun! You can check out tickets and schedule on the official Ottawa Champions website


Regular tickets are only $15 a seat or you could go all out in a VIP suite like we did. There are special events on special days like ladies nights, discount wings, $5 Big Rig beer, 50/50 draws, contests (like the diamond dig) and fireworks show on Saturday nights! You can also show your support by picking up some Ottawa Champions merchandise at the gift shop! 


Win or lose, getting out to a ball game gives you an opportunity to get some fresh air, relax, laugh and have some fun while you enjoy some good old fashioned baseball. 


Huge thanks to Lyne of @OttawaMommyClub for the opportunity for a fun night out with friends to see the Ottawa Champions play! 


6/26/19

I have exciting news!! 

Two of my favourite Disney movies are now available for your home viewing enjoyment! 

DISNEY’S DUMBO IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL AND BLU-RAYTM.


This is a fun, reimagined, live-action version of the classic tale of the little circus elephant with ears that can fly. It’s as touching as the original animated version with a few new twists thrown in. If your family hasn’t experienced Dumbo yet, now’s your chance to bring it home on digital and BLU-RAYTM


CINDERELLA: ANNIVERSARY EDITION IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL AND BLU-RAYTM.

Who doesn’t love the magic of Disney’s Cinderella? It’s a story about a young woman whose father marries a woman with two daughters of her own. Cinderella’s new family uses her as a housekeeper/maid, giving her no freedom until one magical night a fairy godmother grants her grandest wish that makes her dreams come true with the help of some friends. A classic, happily-ever-after movie for the whole family to enjoy. Cinderella is now available on digital and BLU-RAYTM.


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AME has a copy of Disney’s Dumbo and Disney’s Cinderella to give away to ONE (1) lucky #AMEblog reader! 

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Open to Canadians 18+ ONLY. Please see our giveaway rules page for more info on how to enter our giveaways. Giveaway closes July 5th, 2019 9pm EST

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Posted on behalf of Disney. Complimentary movie copies received for review purposes. Giveaway prize provided by Disney. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

6/23/19

For the past few months, we have been slowly changing up the look of our bedroom. You see, hubby and I are avid collectors of things; mostly Star Wars, Transformers, and other movie memorabilia type collectibles.

Having kids and a small space, we built some shelves and dedicated our room to our entertainment and our hobbies, two things that make us happy. 

The last time we went canvas print shopping online, we ordered family prints. This time, it's a Transformers image my hubby just loved. He wanted it for the longest time but could never figure out how to get it from the phone to the wall without printing it out himself. 

Canvas Factory is a simple and inexpensive way to get your favourite prints your way! They have different styles of prints, ours is going to be a 18x12inch (45x30cm) size print of a G1 Transformers image featuring all of our favourite characters. This is something he will like now and can pass on to our son one day. 


It's easy to get started. You can sign up or you can just order as a guest. Choose which kind and size of canvas you want, add and adjust your image, select any extras, add it to your cart!

In the cart, you can choose your shipping and payment methods, billing address and also add any coupon or discount codes you may have! Free shipping on orders over $132! Check out Canvas Factory today! 

I can't wait to get our print! Follow me on social to see when it arrives! 

Stay tuned on the #AMEblog Instagram to find out how you can win your own custom canvas from Canvas Factory! 

*Posted on behalf of Canvas Factory. Complimentary Canvas and compensation provided for this feature. All comments and opinions are those of the author.*


6/17/19

Fans of the Disney Junior hit show Fancy Nancy will LOVE the newest toys and dolls available from Jakk's Pacific! 

Ballerina Fancy Nancy comes all dolled up and ready for her next performance. She is 18" tall and fully articulated with posable limbs from hands down to her feet for some real dancing action! Play with Nancy to make her jet through the air, perform her special ballet moves and even take an ending bow. 


I love this doll because she doesn't take batteries or make any noise and to me, those dolls are the best ones. They allow little kids to enjoy them without them losing the magic when the batteries die. I love how precious the outfit is, her face looks cute and her hair is just gorgeous! 


This doll is a Walmart exclusive but you can always check out the official Fancy Nancy website for more fun books, games, and toys! 

*Thank you, Jakks Pacific, for sending us a free doll for our review!*

6/14/19

The school year seems to have just flown right by and we are literally only a couple of weeks left until summer vacation! I know the kids are more excited than I am! 

As the kids get older, life doesn't quiet down any. Summer is no exception. Just because the kids are off school doesn't mean life stops there! We still have to do our daily jobs and all that fun stuff! 

When we do have some downtime, it's always fun to break one of our many board games out of the game cupboard and have some family time together. 

Goliath Games brings us some awesome new games for the whole family on those relaxing summer evenings or rainy days:


Hydro Strike (2+ Players) In this head-to-head pinball game, you’ll need fast flipping fingers to shoot the ball into your opponent’s goal. The first player to score 5 times wins!


Shark Bite (2-4 players, ages 4 and up). Snag the fish and be the winner, but if the shark jumps, you’ll be his dinner. This battery-free game will have kids hooked at first bite! 


Charades for Kids (3 + players, ages 4 and up). This game is great for the whole family to play together as they try to guess the charade before time runs out!

There comes a time in the evenings when even parents need to have a little fun "sans kids"; Goliath Games has something for the parents too! 


Stuff Happens: Parenting Edition (2+ players, ages 13 and up.) Is discovering your kid’s secret booger wall BETTER or WORSE than a failed homework assignment that you helped with? Rank these funny and relatable parenting moments in our new Stuff Happens: Parenting Edition card game. If our Misery Index agrees with you, you get to keep the card. Correctly rank 10 scenario cards to win! This expansion can be played on its own, but if you’re ready for a diaper change, mix these babies in with any Stuff Happens deck!

Thank you to representatives of Goliath Games for gifting us with some real summer fun! :) 

6/3/19

Thank you Stadler Form for providing us product for this review!

Summer is closer than we think; we are almost at the end of May and I hear myself discussing summer vacation with my better half. During the hot summer months, we like to have our A/C's set up and make sure everyone is comfortable on days we stay in and also especially at bedtime. We do this by creating air flow with the A/C and fans. 

We were just talking about purchasing a new fan for our bedroom when I was offered a special fan from Stadler Form called "Tim". 


Tim isn’t your typical fan; although he can be plugged into the wall like a traditional fan, he can be plugged into an external battery via USB for easy mobility and placement not having to worry about finding an electrical outlet on the opposite end of the room you need the fan plugged in. The external battery is NOT included, the one pictured is my own. 

Tim is the perfect size for a smaller space like our smallish bedroom. He’s also flexible with his fan ring being able to be rotated to the perfect angle we need. He provides excellent airflow from easy breeze to full power. Tim comes with his own adapter and USB cable, you’ll have to provide your own battery pack but anyone with a smartphone most likely has at least one; we have several. 

I know, I’m such a geek when it comes to appliances and tech! This fan is what I have been looking for! Check out my demo video! 


Tim goes for $69.99 and you can find him (and other awesome fans for your home) on the Stadler Form Website


About Stadler Form
Stadler Form-branded household products are leading the industry in innovation and design. Stadler Form products include a modern and innovative line of humidifiers, dehumidifiers, aroma diffusers, air purifiers, fans, and heaters. All products are developed and engineered in Switzerland with the goal of providing practical household use with an aesthetic edge. With four Swiss designers at the helm, the Stadler Form brand, encompasses all that is possible in function/form, simple construction and design.

5/15/19

We received complimentary dolls to facilitate this post. All opinions and comments are those of the author. 
New #SNAPSTAR fashion dolls from YULU are unlike other fashion dolls we’ve seen lately; here’s why: 

Lola, Aspen, Dawn, Yuki, Echo and Izzy each have a distinct personality and style. But here’s what makes this squad completely unique: #SNAPSTAR dolls are fully articulated and posable beyond almost any other fashion doll on the market. I love how the boxes look like smartphone boxes!


Each doll comes fully dressed to impress with her own outfit, cellphone, purse, and other accessories. The dolls clothes AND removable wigs are interchangeable so the fashion fun never stops! Oh! You can also get extra fashion outfits to complete the collection. 


Once you have your dolls set up and dressed up, use the unique #SNAPSTAR stand and green screen (included) for literally countless poses and pics, without seeing the stand! Customize the dolls with dozens of customizable styling options for hair, makeup, accessories, scenes and more with the free #SNAPSTAR Studio app (available on iOS and Android).


You can turn your doll into a social media star as you pose, snap and share photos using hashtag #SNAPSTAR on Instagram.

#SNAPSTAR dolls are beautiful and fun to play with. They are created for tweens and I can see why; not only because of the social media aspect but they are delicate and not made for rough play. These dolls would make a great addition to anyone's doll collection. 

#SNAPSTAR dolls and fashion packs are sold exclusively at Walmart

5/10/19

*We received complimentary product in exchange for this feature. Opinions and comments are those of the author.*

Spring is in full swing with melted snow, sunnier days and warmer weather; some of us are already thinking up our next patio get together despite the odd rainy day. After all, it IS a great season to celebrate, no matter what the weather. 

Whether your celebrating upcoming Mother's Day, Father's Day or "just because", Hamilton Beach has you covered with a great selection of tools to help make your job a whole lot simpler. 

You don't have to go far to get that outdoor grill taste at home with the new Hamilton Beach Family Size Indoor Grill! 


Rain or shine, let the good times roll with this handy electric grill geared to feed a family of 8 on a non-stick grill! Cooking BBQ meal has never been easier; the handy preheat light lets you know when it's hot enough to grill and food is cooked in 10 minutes or less. It also has a grease tray so the fat drips away from the food making it both a cleaner and healthier way to cook! The tray is removable and dishwasher safe, too! 

Sleek and compact Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill

Perfect size for a small kitchen!

Handy Grease Tray

I cannot wait to break this baby in on our next family BBQ dinner! You can find this where Hamilton Beach small appliances are sold and on the official Hamilton Beach website! 

5/3/19

We love our fur babies but sometimes one of them can get a little out of hand when it comes to “singing the song of her people” (aka barking)! 

We’ve introduced a harmless and simple way to remind her when she’s barking too much with the PetSafe Spray Bark Collar! 

The collar fits most dog sizes and is adjustable. It looks a little like a shock collar but it’s not at all; I would never use one of THOSE on my furbabies, that’s just cruelty! 



This one simply spritz’ a little unscented mist when the dog barks too loud or beyond one or two ruffs! It’s rechargeable and refills can be bought at most pet shops or online! Oh, and it doesn’t go off with background noise if one of the other dogs is the barking culprit! 



It seems to be something that can work very quickly; within a couple of days, we noticed a change in Sofis bark patterns without her even having to wear the collar. She's beginning to understand when to bark and when it’s unnecessary.



Excellent device for bark training your furry friend so you can all live in peace and quiet...sometimes! Check out the PetSafe Spray Bark Training Collar on the official PetSafe Canada website



Note: this device is NOT harmful to animals; our dog didn't mind it and it actually worked to help her know when and when not to bark! 


❤️🐾  Posted on behalf of PetSafe Canada. We received a complimentary product for review purposes! Opinions, comments, and dogs in this post are those of the author! No dogs were harmed in the making of this review and all dogs were compensated with treats! ❤️🐾 
Posted in participation with Hasbro Canada. Complimentary product received for feature purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

They may not have come from a galaxy far, far away (although I like to pretend they do); Hasbro sent me the latest (and in my opinion) most awesome set of Star Wars action figures just in time for May the 4th (aka Star Wars Day)!




Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures is a new series of action figures geared toward introducing a younger crowd to the old favourites. I personally love these as a collector myself. They are pretty tiny in size so I wouldn’t recommend them for really small kids. 

I love that they look almost like the original characters from the original Star Wars Movies (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi). Hello, nostalgia! Each character is 3.75" in size and comes with a little accessory ("weapon"), mini comic book and QR code on the box which you can scan to get even more character content! 



Wave 1 includes of Luke Skywalker (in his Return of the Jedi outfit including gloved hand!), Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and R2D2. Wave 2 includes Princess Leia (in her Hoth outfit), Han Solo (in his Return of the Jedi outfit), Imperial Storm Trooper and Yoda. 



Hasbro sent me 6 of the 8 characters (pictured above) from both waves to start the collection so naturally, we bought the missing characters to complete the set (pictured below). That is until wave 3 comes out! 


We had to buy them! 
You can find Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures action figures at Toys R Us Canada and Walmart Canada for around $9.99 each! 



May the force be with you! 


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Bring home Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures action figures and start your collection! 

One lucky #AMEblog reader has the chance to win 6 Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures characters from Hasbro! 




Prize includes a mix of wave 1 and wave 2 characters: Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Imperial Storm Trooper and Yoda! ($60 value)

Open to Canadian residents 18+ with a valid email address. Ends May 17th, 2019 12:00AM EST. See our giveaway guidelines page for full rules and disclosure. 

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4/29/19

Posted in participation with Oral-B and Crest. Complimentary products received to facilitate post. No other form of compensation was received. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

What can you give mom for Mother’s Day that she will actually use? Something to take care of the most important person, herself! 

Why not something practical, something she can use several times a day like the new Oral-B Genius Pro 9600!


This is a technologically advanced electric toothbrush she will be proud to unbox! The Oral-B Genius Pro 9600 is so smart, it’s genius! It removes 500x more plaque than a manual toothbrush and you can monitor your brushing habits (knowing when you're putting too much pressure on those gums) using the Oral-B App 4.1

Other cool features include Gum Guard, Professional Timer, Oscillating rotating pulsating technology, new pro-clean mode, and more! Plus, the toothbrush charger is pretty awesome; it can charge both toothbrush or your phone! It also comes with a holster for your phone which makes it easier to use the app and face recognition using your phone's camera for features like the Position detection technology which tells you if you’re brushing the right way! 


The Oral-B Genius Pro 9600 comes in different colours including this gorgeous Orchid Purple! You can find the Oral-B Genius Pro 9600 for SRP: $289.99 CAD at Walmart.ca!

You can’t have a good oral care routine without good toothpaste and we are trying something new with all-natural products by Burts Bees! 


Burt’s Bees Toothpaste is made with ingredients you can trust and works just like the leading toothpaste to fight cavities (which is what we all want for our pearly whites). Burt’s Bees offers different kinds of toothpaste for different needs like freshness, whitening and stronger teeth; available in three formulas for adults and two for kids! You can find Burt’s Bees Toothpaste for SRP: $6.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart in May! 

With these two in her bathroom, mom will love her "me time" even more!

4/22/19

Posted in partnership with Hallmark Canada. Complimentary product was received for review purposes. Opinions and comments are those of the author. 

The snow is finally melted and spring has finally sprung!! We may still have rainy days but that just means the sun is coming soon! I can't wait for the sunny days of springtime to really hit; when things start to bloom and life just comes back after a cold and bitter winter. 

We just celebrated Easter and that’s just the beginning of things! There are so many things to be thankful for come springtime like the chance to start anew with a new season, freshening up the house with new spring accents and looks plus heart filled holidays like Mothers Day coming in May! 

Hallmark is here to help make sure your spring celebrations are as special as ever. It's all about the memories we make together. 

For that springtime walk, Patina Vie Umbrellas ($24.99) and wrap scarves ($19.99) will keep her stylish and dry even when it rains. 


Patina Vie Umbrellas ($24.99)

wrap scarves ($19.99)
Mom can create her own relaxing atmosphere with beautiful 7oz Scented Candles in Linen Fields/Morning Grove/Garden Terrace/Vintage Bouquet scents ($19.99), beside her favorite photo framed in an elegant Mother is Born Frame ($16.95).
Scented Candle in Vintage Bouquet ($19.99)

(A Mother is born Frame $16.95)
She can put her feet up and relax with her favorite hot beverage in her new Mom Mug ($12.95). 
Mom Mug $12.95
Who says plushies are just for kids? Whether it's for tiny hands or someone with a big heart, Snug-a-Loves assorted Plush friends are sure to make them smile! ($9.99)


Snug-a-Love Plush Bear ($9.99)
Once you have chosen the perfect gift for mom this year, show her how much she cares by delicately wrapping it lovingly in special Hallmark tissue papers, gift bags of all sizes and of course top it off with a sentimental or funny card; she will remember it like all the great Mother's Days you have given her! 



For more great products to celebrate springtime and mother's day, make sure to visit your local Hallmark Canada store! 

Follow @Hallmark_Canada on social media for the latest updates! 

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4/8/19

Do you have a tween who is creative and likes to make their own movies? You may have heard of Stikbots by ZING, THE toy when it comes to creative movie making. My son has been talking about them FOREVER; he will be so excited now that he will have his very own set! 

How cool are these?


Stikbots are easy-to-pose figures that are ready for your next stop-motion movie! Stikbot figures are plastic stick figures with suction cup hands and feet, which can stick to almost any flat surface. 

You can get single or packs of Stikbots in a variety of styles (including animals) and colours with new Multi-Colour Stikbots! You can also get Stikbot Animation (or Zanimation) studios which include a reversible green/blue screen to help make your movies! 

With the free Stikbot Studio app, available on iOS and Android, kids can snap individual photos and stitch them together into a film, complete with built-in music and sound effect options. You can share your amazing creations using #Stikbot and see what others are making all over the world! 

Want more? Visit the Stikbots Toys official website to see how others made their creations come to life! You can also follow the Stickbot world on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube

You can get your own Stikbots and studios for under $20 available at stores such as Walmart. 

*We received complimentary product to facilitate our review. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own*
The Easter bunny coming soon! We have some goodies that don’t include sugar to add to our Easter baskets this year! We’re celebrating this fun-filled holiday with some great toys including the best from Jakks Pacific Toys!

When my teen (yes, teen) saw the Squish-Dee-Lish she HAD to have it. We got a Panda on a...donut, I think? Either way, it’s cute! Each one is a surprise bag, squishy animal/food combo. Something to add to the older kids Easter Goodies.

Squish Dee-lish!

Who’s Your Llama are Blind boxes that contain a quirky, cute little Llama and accessories. The box also doubles as a camper for your new pet Llama! There are 24 Llamas to collect. We got the Trauma Llama who comes with a little leg cast, neck cone, and wheels for his back legs; I guess he wasn’t very lucky! Weird little toy but hey, that’s what kids love these days! 

Who's Your Llama?

JigglyDoos are cute, rubbery little animals that wiggle and jiggle! They come in sets of two and you can collect all 32 in Series 1 available now! 

JigglyDoo's!
Know a die-hard Harry Potter fan? These Harry Potter Wands aren’t so much Toys as collector's items. They are detailed die-cast replicas. These are also “blind bag” type goodies, not knowing which wand you will get. The box says “The wand chooses YOU”. There are 12 wands to collect. We got Minerva McGonagall's wand, neat! 

Harry Potter Wand
These are definitely not your typical bunny and chick style Easter gifts which makes them even more fun to add to this year's Easter baskets and hey, maybe start a toy collecting hobby with the kids! Just saying!

You can find these and many more toys on the official Jakk's Pacific website!  

*We received complimentary products to facilitate our post. Comments and opinions are those of the author. Images also posted @AMotherhoodblog on Twitter and Instagram*