Aug
29

Summer Time Adventure Movies with Netflix #StreamTeam

by MARIA on August 29, 2014

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Summer is almost over.

I don’t know about you but I am tired. As a stay-at-home mom, I’ve been with my kids EVERY SINGLE DAY for the ENTIRE SUMMER BREAK.

We took road trips, we worked on our new house, we swam every day, we played, we bbq’d, we laughed, we cried, and we (me) hid in the bathroom for quiet time whenever possible.

I’m DONE.

We also had lots of lazy days and nights at home, which I love since I’m a homebody/mommy hermit.

We had many, many movie nights and many of those movies we streamed from Netflix. Have I mentioned my love for Netflix? Yes I have, but just to reinforce the point – I love me some Netflix.

With small kids, we’ve seen (been forced to watch) every possible animated movie ever released, so whenever possible, we try to expose them to something else.

Among the flicks we watched, we saw Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and National Treasure, or as my kids refer to them, The bald guy Movie and The Nicholas Cage movie.

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We tend to stick to funny movies and adventure flicks with the kids, so these were well received. Besides, how can you not enjoy classic Nicholas Cage???? You can’t. You just can’t. Don’t even bother trying.

Yes, the story lines might be a tad ridiculous and unbelievable but that’s what movies are all about. Also, Nicholas Cage can do no wrong  (if you don’t believe me, just watch Face/Off or ConAir).

If you need an adventurous movie night with the family, try one of these flicks. Then again, if you have Netflix, your options are endless. If you don’t have it yet, it’s the best $9/month you’ll ever spend.

Disclaimer: I’m part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. All views and opinions are my own. 

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Aug
29

Back to School with Hilroy

by MARIA on August 29, 2014

I don’t know about you but school supplies make me giddy.

The fact that I haven’t been in school in 15 years is irrelevant – I need school supplies!!

Yes, I still buy school supplies for myself all the time. Yes, a good pen is something to be hidden in secret places so my kids don’t take them from me, and YES I have a closet that is totally dedicated to school supplies, pens and notebooks. Yes, I have a slight addiction. No, I’m not about to change any time soon.

Anyway, back to school is a time of year that thrills me for many reasons, but mostly it’s the school supplies.

When I’m buying them for myself, they need to be attractive to look at and useful, although if it’s pretty, I’ve been known to make an exception. When I’m buying them for the kids, it’s about what they need and getting a great price. But enough about them.

I thought I would share my absolute favourite line out right now which you can find exclusively at Target – Nate Berkus for Hilroy. It’s pure love, and if you’re a fan of gold accents, this line is for you.

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You don’t have to settle for old school supplies anymore, when there are so many gorgeous options out there! Gorgeous, and affordably priced and everything is available at Target and Target Canada!!

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Aug
27

BioSteel Hockey Camp 2014 #MazdaFan

by MARIA on August 27, 2014

We were thrilled to recently be invited to the BioSteel hockey camp in Toronto this year, sponsored by Mazda. Unfortunately, the morning of the event, my son who is a huge hockey fan, was very sick so we ended up having to cancel. To say that he was heartbroken is a huge understatement – he was crushed. He knew he was missing out on a great experience, and sadly, he was right.

BioSteel training camps are an annual week-long event that brings together some of the league’s best players for an intensive week-long training program. This year’s camp, sponsored by Mazda, had both on-ice and outdoor activities with the last day featuring a four-team tournament and a chance to win the camp cup. Players that attended included Michael Cammalleri, Tyler Seguin, Wayne Simmonds, Michael Del Zotto, Brian McGrattan, The Subban brothers – P.K., Malcolm and Jordan Subban, Chris Stewart, Michael Latta, Brett Ritchie, Jay Harrison, TJ Galiardi, Michael Dal Colle, Devante Smith-Pelly, Paul Bissonnette, Josh Ho-sang, Max Domi and more prospects. (Thanks to my fellow blogger Maria, who was also at the event that day for providing the player’s names.) Even the Great One, Wayne Gretzky made an appearance with son Ty.

I previously had four official videos posted here of the camp days, but they’ve since been removed for some reason. Thanks again to Maria for sharing her video of her day with me.

Check out this shoot-out goal by Jordan Subban during the camp.

Here’s the amazing shoot-out goal by Josh Ho-Sang that people are still talking about.

And Paul Bissonette’s Mazda commercial, filmed during the camp.

If you ever have the opportunity to go and check out BioSteel training camp, take it!

Disclosure: I was part of the Mazda BioSteel Hockey Training Camp Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Aug
26

Blended – Giveaway

by MARIA on August 26, 2014

blended-dvdBlended. Is. Funny.

We watched it with the kids one night and despite some moments that were perhaps a tad too old for them (thankfully the jokes went over their heads), we really enjoyed it. It was hilarious, and the kids agreed. It is impossible not to adore Drew Barrymore, but add Adam Sandler and it’s just too good not to watch. But this movie isn’t just about the two big stars – it features a great cast who make the movie what it is. They’re hilarious and perfectly cast to make this movie funny and entertaining.

Want to win a Blu-Ray/DVD copy of Blended? Enter below!!

Open to Canadian Residents only!!

 
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Aug
25

Back to School With Mabel’s Labels

by MARIA on August 25, 2014

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It’s Back to School time again.

We’re saying goodbye to no schedule, no peer drama, no homework and eating whenever the hell we feel like it. BOO.

One week left means it’s time to pick up any last minute items you need and of course, labels!!!

I label EVERYTHING that the kids take to school or there is a high probability that I will never see it again. I label their bags, lunch bags, water bottles, coats, shoes, boots, pencil cases….you get the idea. Basically, I label everything but the children themselves, and I only use Mabel’s Labels.

I was introduced to Mabel’s years ago when I first blogging, and I can say this is one product that just doesn’t disappoint. They cute, they’re excellent quality and they do not come off, even in the microwave, dishwasher and washing machine!

mabels-labelsMabel’s Labels has four great options for back to school labels – The Ultimate Back to School Combo, Stylish Scholars Combo, the Tween Pack and Book Labels. It really depends on your kids’ age and their needs. With my children being younger, the Ultimate Back to School Combo is perfect.

The Ultimate Back to School Combo includes, 40 Skinny Minis, 50 Tag Mates, 16 shoe labels and 2 (waterproof) Teeny Tags. They come in a variety of colours and designs to appeal to a wide audience. My daughter chose aqua and pink labels featuring a dolphin graphic – her favourite animal. This combo costs $42, but keep in mind that you get a lot of labels – they last us at least two school years.

Place your order soon because the labels will be dispatched to you in 24 hours with free shipping, so there’s definitely still time to get them before school!!! These combos are only available until September 30th, so get on it!!!

mabels-labelsKeep in mind, if you’re all set with your school labels, Mabel’s has so many great products to choose from – household labels, hockey equipment labels, allergy alert labels, and lootbag combos, to name just a few. Make sure to check out their site for all the great options that are available.

Make sure to follow Mabel’s Labels on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for label inspiration, giveaways and fun promotions.

 

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Aug
01

Netflix Canadiana #StreamTeam

by MARIA on August 1, 2014

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We are a Netflix loving family – I believe I may have mentioned that a few times on this blog. The love just never dies.

This month, as part of the Stream Team, we checked out some great titles that have a little Canadiana connection. These titles are either made here in Canada, filmed here or take place here.

I sat down with the kids to check out some of these titles together, while others we’ve seen (several times) and seem to be on regular rotation already.

The kids and I both really enjoyed Alpha and Omega and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – we actually love all the Wimpy Kid movies, but this one is the new favourite.

We also discovered a new favourite show – ELIOT KID.

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It’s cute and hilarious – personally, I loved the look of the cartoon. My seven year old especially enjoyed the people with the giant eyeballs. It appealed to both my little one and my ten year old, which is always a huge plus because as they get older, it doesn’t necessarily happen that often anymore.

Some other great titles with a Canadiana link include the show Erky Perky and Johnny Test, which the kids have also seen and enjoy. I did try to convince them to check out some of the spookier titles like GooseBumps, with me but the little one wasn’t having it so we decided to keep it light.

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Next time you’re looking for something to watch with the kids, make sure to check out some of these titles on Netflix!!

Disclaimer: I’m part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. All views and opinions are my own. 

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Jul
25

Movie Nights Are The Best

by MARIA on July 25, 2014

The Husband and I love to watch movies. We’ve been known to watch several every week – yes we are party animals. Our clubbing days are clearly OVER.

It’s why I like giving away movies on my blog – I like to share my addictions. I’d give away every movie we watch if I could, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

So to celebrate the month of my birth, the lazy days of summer, cardigans, caffeine and the days of the week (I don’t really need a reason), I’m giving away two movies this time around.

300: Rise of an Empire

&

Winter’s Tale

 

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This giveaway is open to CANADIAN residents only and will run until July 31, 2014!! Please enter below using Rafflecopter and GOOD LUCK!!

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converseI love shopping online.

I love the searching for great sites, I love the choosing, I love the buying and I especially love the arrival of said purchase. I LOVE IT ALL.

Just ask my credit card (insert husband sad face here).

The great thing about having great online options in Canada is that you can avoid the additional costs of duties and taxes that inevitably get added on to your purchase. It’s also easier to return or exchange items when the company is within Canada, I think. Shopping a Canadian site is a nice, stress-free option.

Enter my new favorite – ShoeMe.Ca. If you love shopping for shoes, and who doesn’t, ShoeMe.ca is the best online option in Canada.

ShoeMe.Ca has over 180 fantastic brands to choose from, for Women, Men and Children’s shoes (they also sell socks, shoe care and Herschel bags and products). They offer specialty sizing for wide and narrow feet, for smaller feet (size 6 and below) and bigger feet (size 10 and above). They even sell Steel Toe/CSA Approved options!

ShoeMe.Ca also offers FREE SHIPPING AND RETURNS within Canada – LOVE IT. And you must check out the Outlet section so you can check out all the shoes on sale, and clearance. Right now you can take an additional 20% off with the Outlet!20 promo code.

I was given the opportunity to try out the site and order some shoes and it took me forever to decide, because I wanted SO MANY PAIRS! They’ve got so many gorgeous shoes, from flats to heels to sneakers and boots, it was just difficult to decide. The list of brands is incredible – Fly London, Franco Sarto, Toms, Converse, Sam Edelman, Keds, and Rocket Dog, just to name a few. The selection is incredibly diverse and fantastic. It is impossible not to find something you’ll love. That was my problem – I loved many, many pairs, but in the end I went with my ultimate favs – Converse.

Specifically, I chose the Converse Women’s Chuck Taylor Metallic Silver Hi-Tops and I’m so glad I did. I LOVE THEM.

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SUPER LOVE.

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INFATUATED, WANT TO SLEEP IN THEM, KIND OF LOVE.

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ShoeMe.Ca is a great online Canadian option for buying shoes for everyone in the family. They accept all credit cards and Paypal for payment options. Connect with them online on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for the newsletter to stay in the know about their sales and promotions.

Need some shoes? Use my promo code BoredMommy25 to get $25 off your next purchase over $100!!

*This is a sponsored post, but my words and opinions are my own.*

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Jul
18

Rio 2 – Activity Sheets And BluRay/DVD Giveaway

by MARIA on July 18, 2014

Rio2-DVDRio 2 has arrived on Digital HD (July 1, 2014) and on Blu-ray/DVD just this week, July 15, 2014.

The cast of the animated hit comedy Rio returns — along with a new flock of all-star voice talent, including Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia and more — in this high-flying sequel for the whole family. The party continues when Blu (Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg1), Jewel (Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway2) and their three kids take a walk on the wild side and embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law!

The RIO 2 Blu-ray™ and DVD brings everything you loved from the first Rio, but with even more laughs, excitement and music! Not only will kids get nearly an hour and a half of bonus features on the RIO 2 Blu-ray™, but they’ll also get their groove on with two downloadable bonus songs from the RIO 2 soundtrack: “I Will Survive” and “Poisonous Love,” both performed by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) and Nigel (Jemaine Clement). For even more fun, every Blu-ray™ comes with 15 exclusive levels for Angry Birds Rio™ and Music Machine Sing-Along and Dance-Along songs for a whole family party!  There’s also Janelle Monáe’s “What is Love” lyric video, a deleted scene, character auditions and much more!

I’ve added some super cute Rio 2 activity sheets below that you can download and print for the kiddies!

RIO 2 MAZE

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RIO 2 WORD SEARCH

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RIO 2 ISPY

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Would you like to win your own copy of Rio 2? Enter below!

Open to Canadian Residents and the giveaway ends Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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Jul
16

July Ipsy Bag Reveal

by MARIA on July 16, 2014

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I just joined ipsy last month and finally received my first bag yesterday.

Each bag has a theme and this month’s theme is Sensationally Sun Kissed.

Here’s what was included in my bag:

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Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray Conditioning & Texturizing Spray

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08

Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm

POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer

A card offering Free Shipping at ULTA.com with any bareMinerals purchase – with the promo code IPSYBAREFS.

I should have also received another product – the bareMinerals5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 but it wasn’t in my package. I emailed them about it and received an email very quickly, letting me know they would send me a replacement as soon as possible.
ipsy-julyMy thoughts on the July Ipsy bag:

Do I love it? It’s ok. I love the little cosmetic bag, it’s adorable and my seven year old keeps stealing it, so it’s definitely a hit. I’ve heard from a friend that the beach spray is fantastic, but I haven’t tried it yet. The bronzer powder is nice and I adore the packaging, but I have never tried bronzer so it’s going to take a little practice so I don’t end up looking like a tan zebra. I really like the pixi balm in terms of it’s consistency and packaging but the shade is VERY PINK. The oddest thing by far I think, was the dark tanning oil. Do people still wear tanning oil in this day and age? Aren’t we all slathering ourselves with sunscreen at this point? I just think it’s a big miss, and I’ve read the forums and people are not loving it at all. I agree – awful idea to add a tanning oil.

Do you get ipsy? What did you get this month? Are you happy with your July bag??

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