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: 

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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! :)