The most frightening thing for me in the winter months is driving. The thought of slipping or getting stuck on the side of the road with my kids in tow scares me the most. Still we try to avoid situations like this by outfitting our car with winter tires, but nature does happen and so do accidents. Even when utilizing winter tires it is easy to lose control on black ice, so it’s important to have roadside assistance
if the worst should come to pass and your vehicle finds its way off the road. Peace of mind is what matters most when you are a mom, and that is why I am writing to tell you about the benefits of being a CAA Member. If you are like me, taking those small measures can both ease your mind and prevent future situations from happening all together.What can CAA do for you?
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I always say 'it starts from home' when it comes to teaching children the importance of caring. I feel that as a parent it is my obligation to teach my children about the less fortunate and the needy, to teach them how fortunate they are to be living the life they are living and thinking of ways we can give back as a family. Living in todays society this is often a hard thing to remember, and I admit, I sometimes forget myself.
Since the kids were little we have used the holiday season as a great way to give back by sorting through our old toys and clothes and donating them to a charity. This year, we will continue that tradition in our home and take the children through the process of what we truly need as individuals vs. what we 'want' out of greed. Between the school fundraisers, our own charity efforts and our endless attempts to make our children understand the importance of charity, I truly think some of this is setting in. This year my oldest has decided to adopt an animal and raise funds to keep the species alive, a step forward to becoming the kind of person I am proud to be raising. Tonight my youngest told me that he didn't mind if Santa didn't bring him any gifts this year because there are so many children in the world that need them...tears of joy filled my eyes instantly, a proud mommy moment indeed.
I am excited to tell you all that Kinder® has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network for the “A Joy To Share” program. Such a wonderful way is helping to bring joy to families this holiday season . I am super-proud to be part of this amazing Kinder® campaign for obvious reasons. When you create a greeting card on their Facebook page
, Kinder® will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network! How great is that? PLUS the cards are super-cute too, check it out!
The Kinder® goal of a $25,000 this holiday season is guaranteed to make someone smile....so let's make it happen! GREAT NEWS: The first 10,000 people who create a greeting card will receive a coupon for a FREE pack of delicious KINDER® Mini Eggs.
Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and Ireceive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own
What is bedtime like in your home? Do you sing, read a book, cuddle, bathe or is it a fight or struggle to get your munchkins off to dreamland?
For me, bedtime has always been my favorite time of the day. Not because it is the time mommy can relax, but rather the time I truly get to spend one-on-one with my little ones. I guess I was always one of the 'lucky' ones when it came to our beditme routine, aside from the odd struggle to go to sleep, I have always had our routine to a science. Being a mama who is often alone at bedtime (hubby is always working) I guess it was just imperative that I master the art of bedtime at home or all chaos would break loose!
In my home, I usually start bath time at around 6:30 pm for added comfort and relaxation. My oldest especially loves bath time with JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® products because he suffers from really bad eczema and these products seem to soothe and relieve him of discomfort while in bed.
The best news is that the improved JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® baby products, are paraben-free, dye-free and phyhalate-free!! Such a relief to know your baby's skin is safe!
Bath time is followed by stories, books and conversation. I just love hearing all about their day at school and their thoughts on the future, makes me want to be a kid all over again.
Here's where my bed time may be VERY different from yours...
Since Cookie and Neigh fall asleep easily, I sort of give in to two tiny 'no no's' when it comes to sleep time. Cookie MUST fall asleep holding my hair and Neigh tends to fall asleep while I am wedged in between my two cuddly boys, I then carry him to his bed once everyone's asleep. I know it is WRONG to spoil a child, but in all honestly this portion of bed time takes 5 minutes and they are off to dreamland by 7:30 pm. Like I said before, I am alone most nights, so for me this ensures a happy bed time with memories I will cherish forever...
So, how do your kids go to sleep? I would love to know!!
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I am participating in the JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of JOHNSON’S® NATURAL®. I receive compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”
How do you get a 3 yr old and 5 year old to play together? You give them a bucket full of old clothes, costumes and accessories of course! Dress up has always been my "go to" activity of choice because it brings out so much imagination in my boys. I just love seeing the scenarios they act out over and over again from their favorite cartoon or even everyday life. For my boys, princesses, tiaras and sparkles have always surrounded our dress up moments.
Can you imagine the look on their faces when they received this delivered to our door? First instinct was to open up all the eggs and find each character to play with- but then mama would be stuck eating all the chocolate (who would argue that). Instead we decided to open one up on special occasions so that we could fully enjoy both the chocolate AND the surprises too!
These boys really love the fantasy of Disney princesses and come into character very nicely! While my youngest is now shifting towards becoming the next super-hero, we just love playing make believe and bringing characters and fantasy to life! My oldest has already demanded we give out some of these eggs at his upcoming Birthday party too!! ...Let's hope they last that long ;)
...1 month to go!! I think I should lock them up until then!
No doubt your tiny Princess and Superheroes will be happy with the new specially-marked Kinder® Surprise® packages because in every two out of the three eggs they will find a limited edition Princess or Marvel Super Hero toy. Want a sneak peek at the new toy collections? Check them out on Kinder’s Facebook Page
Disclosure – I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. All opinions on this blog are my own.
With September being the month of school, Staples asked parents all around Canada to submit their answer to the question "What does going back to school mean to you?"
From over 600 entries, 3 winners had to be chosen in 3 categories and this job was NOT easy!! I fully enjoyed being a panelist for this contest though, such a sense of nostalgia and memories from school days past as well as my own children's experiences with going to school played a really important roll in assisting with choosing a winner.
Here are the final winners of the Staples #GoingBack contest!
I hope the winners enjoy Canon T3i Prize packs-- I know I would ;)
__________________________________________________Best Written Entry – Marlene’s “My Son’s First Day of School”I still get all choked up when I think of my son’s first day of school. He was very shy, had his new lunch kit, new clothes, I walked him to the room, we found his name, and he sat down. Then he looked at me and said “you can sit here mommy, beside me, its ok, I’ll share my lunch with you.” with big tears in his eyes. Broke my heart.
Best Photo Entry – Line S.
Best Video Entry – Edepippo1
-2 medium zucchini
-1/2 medium onion
-1 tsp baking powder
-8-10 tbs whole flour (I use whole wheat)
-pinch of salt
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Grate zucchini and onion and towel dry to remove as much excess moisture as possible.
3. Place zucchini in a medium bowl and stir in the egg.
4. In a small bowl, mix together the baking powder, salt and 8-10 tablespoons of flour.
5. Combine the flour mixture with the zucchini mixture.
6. Add additional flour if it is still too wet.
7. Spoon on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, then turn over, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
**Should golden brown on on both sides when done.
Cooking Time: 25 mins (approx)
Excited to announce that Staples has once again announced their second annual Share Your First Day of School Story contest!! Canadians, get ready for some excitement!!
Parents love to share their photos of their precious little ones attending their first day at school. Whether it be the first day of kindergarten or the beginning of a new grade, the emotions, the happiness, and the tears all make this day memorable. I can distinctly remember Cookie's first day of school, I cried the entire day, only to realize he didn't miss me one bit. This year my youngest goes to kindergarten, I wonder what a house without children will feel like and the tears form once again at the thought. For me, back to school means missing my babies, but giving them a little Independence to grow....only a few more days now.
Here's a photo of Cookie on his first day...so happy!!
Do you have a great Back to School story worth remembering? Then, enter to win with Staples and you may just receive a camera to capture the memories to come!
(3) Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit ($600 CAD each) awarded to Best Video Entry
, Best Written Entry
and Best Picture Entry
. Contest Schedule:
- Submission Aug 22 – Sep 09
- Judging Sep 09 – Sep 18
- Judges Announce Winners Sep 1
To enter, simply visit the Staples Canada Facebook page
to submit your photo or or written piece, or the YouTube video
to enter a video response....can't wait to see all of them!!
Disclosure: I have received compensation as part of an ambassadorship with Staples Canada, in exchange for this campaign, All opinions are my own.
Can you believe the school year is already here? Seems like this summer flew by me so quickly!
This September, my youngest will be starting JK and I am dreading the fact that he won't be with me at home anymore. I cannot even imagine having some time to myself, and at this point I don't think I will like it much. With all the shopping, prepping and nervousness of the school year approaching, I thought maybe I should do a little 'dream' shop of my own for back to school...because a mama's gotta have 'cool' things too right? PLUS what better way to keep my mind off of the kids, then to occupy my free time with the latest technology and organizational tools.
Here's what I would LOVE to have for my back to school list:
ASUS 15.6" Laptop, 1.80GHz Intel Pentium 2117u, 4GB RAM, 500GB GMA HD, English, Pink
Because every mama needs a pretty computer for organizing school events, planning parties, and surfing the net at the local coffee shop!! This is number 1 on my list this year, as I have had to share the family computer for a VERY long time, and with both the kids gone, I will need something to call my own. I also love that this is a great and powerful computer that won't put you over budget (only $399.98 after savings)Product Details
Lexar™ 8GB TwistTurn USB Flash Drive, 3-Pack
I love the bright colors of these convenient Flash Drives! They come in a set of 3, and are perfect for organizing files, photos or storing events in order. I will be using mine for taxes, photos, and school events so that they are readily available while on the go!
$19.98/3 packProduct Details
Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse, Liquid Colour
This is instant love! I am a mouse lover, I admit!! I really do miss scrolling on a good old mouse, but it seems these days the bulk of a wire really holds me back...until I saw this!! I love that it is colorful (perfect for me) and WIRELESS!! Need I say more?Product Details
I think if I convince my husband to buy the computer, I can handle the other two items on my own...
Let the back to school crazies begin!! I am however, grateful for Staples
because it really is a one-stop shop for all my back to school needs. This year I will be purchasing my kids lunch bags, supplies and backpacks from them without having to endlessly look for those perfect items on their lists. I am so excited to note, that Staples has a huge roundup of awesome, funky and fun back to school gear that will make any child, adult and even 'mommy' happy ;)
One in three Canadian students will start the school year without basic supplies, according to study Staples Canada partners with hundreds of local charities across the country
during the Staples for Students School Supply Drive (More)
Yet another reason to run over to your local Staples and purchase your back to school must-haves!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but did receive a gift bag of products from Staples. All opinions are my own.
Let's face it, sometimes dessert is necessary...ok for some of us it is always necessary! lol
Every year, in the summer we have made a traditional dessert in our home called 'edible sand.' Basically it consists of cookie crumbs and Philadelphia cream cheese and usually eaten in a plastic bucket, but for the purposes of this post I we did not have many cookie options nor clean new buckets to eat from so we substituted with a plain bowl and Dad's Original Oatmeal cookies. I personally love this dessert because it is easy, and a great way to get the kids involved...not to mention a really easy dessert for a beach party or summer event too!
Here's what you need:
-Cookies: any type will do, just make sure they are brown/black in colour and have a harder consistency.
-Original Philadelphia cream cheese: haven't tried other flavors, but I am sure they will be equally as yummy!
Directions per 1 serving:
-Place 2 cookies in a blender and blend well
-Take 1 tbs of Philidelphia cream cheese and place in bowl.
-Cover cream cheese with cookie crumbs, mix and enjoy!
A few days ago, I was asked to bring the boys to the Circus and experience the entire show from beginning to end. Since I often joke that my oldest should join the circus I thought this would be a great opportunity to experience the excitement first hand, and boy did we ever!! Upon arrival we were greeted by the Shrine Circus Ring Master, and lead through the behind the scenes excitement leading up to showtime. What a treat to see all the animals and performers anxiously awaiting the show while preparing for this magical event.
While, Cookie was obsessed with becoming a circus performer, I think this was the icing on the cake! He now wants to travel via suitcase and leave home to become a great performer--OVER MY DEAD BODY! lol Seriously, after seeing a show like this, I really do have a lot of new found respect for the professionalism and effort put into this art form though. It really takes a lot to put on a show like this, so if he wants to one day become a great circus act then so be it, I will support him 100%....just not NOW! lol
The show is spectacular! Lights, funny clown acts, REAL LIFE animals and so much more! A true circus act, the type you only see on television. For my kids, this was truly an amazing experience and I am so glad they got to see this first-hand because in a world dominated by technology and instant gratification we as individuals do not always stop to enjoy good old-fashioned entertainment.
The Shrine Circus is still running so get your tickets now! Visit: www.shrine-circus.com
and remember to use the code 'FUN" to get a 2 for 1 coupon code!.