Nov
28

MATTEL HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY #MattelHoliday

by MARIA on November 28, 2014

You may have noticed more giveaways on my blog than usual and you’d be right.

I love giving away many things this time of year – it makes me happy to do it, hence many giveaways!

This one is the ultimate MATTEL HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!!!!! (said loudly, with fireworks)

One lucky CANADIAN (sorry my American friends) will win FOUR great prizes (Approx. M.S.R.P. $280), just in time to give them to a little person in your life!

The prize includes (shown with my little people – who were eager to take pictures so they could rip everything open):

BARBIE® 2014 Holiday Doll

“She’s pretty. She’s nice. I like her dress.”

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BOOMco. Stealth Ambush™ Blaster

“It’s my favourite.”

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BARBIE® Glam Camper™

“It’s nice. It’s cool because it opens into many different things. I love it.”

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MONSTER HIGH® Freaky Fusion™ Catacombs

“Super cool.”

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This is one fabulous prize!!! This giveaway is open to Canadian Residents only so please, go forth and enter below!

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Nov
28

Our Ultimate Holiday Movie & Roku Winners #StreamInto2015

by MARIA on November 28, 2014

It’s been just over two weeks since I posted my Stream into 2015 post with Staples Canada and the Roku giveaway.

It was definitely a hit!

We were challenged by Staples Canada to watch as many holiday movies that we could and decide on our Ultimate Holiday Movie.

We’ve watched tons including Arthur Christmas, Elf, Fred Claus, A Christmas Story, The Grinch Stole Christmas, Jack Frost…..the list is LONG.

But after a very scientific process, ahem, we decided on our ULTIMATE HOLIDAY MOVIE!!!!

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We just love Elf. Elf is our favourite!

And if you haven’t seen it……actually I’m quite sure that’s not even a possibility, so I won’t even finish that sentence.

And now the real reason, why you’re reading this post — my two winners of the ROKU 3 prizes!!

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Thank you so much to everyone you entered!!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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Nov
21

Canadian Online Shopping with Shop.ca #ReInventTheMall

by MARIA on November 21, 2014

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I have a little problem.

Let me rephrase that – my spouse thinks I have a little problem.

A shopping problem.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a problem because it’s relaxing and enjoyable.

It’s even more enjoyable, for me anyway, during the holidays because it’s a unavoidable necessity. I HAVE to shop.

I come from a huge family and have many nieces and nephews, and siblings, and parents, and of course my two little hyenas and the husband and a friends to shop for, so it unfortunately gets pricey pretty quickly.

I try to do as much of my holiday shopping online as possible, because there are so many more options than I can find in the small city that I live in.

This is why I really like Shop.ca.

The best thing about it for me is that it’s Canadian (I. Am. Canadian), so I can avoid duties and taxes and crazy surcharges and shipping, that is always the case when shopping on U.S. sites. There’s nothing I hate more than finding a great gift online for a great price and then having to let it go because the shipping is outrageous. With Shop.ca, shipping is FREE!!! Plus, I’m all for supporting great Canadian business.

I’ve been looking for presents for my 10 year old son who loves hockey and just by searching NHL on the site, I found over 2,300 results including autographed photos which of course, are on his birthday and Christmas lists this year. Success!! The site is super easy to navigate, not cluttered which makes a big difference in my opinion, and full of great products. If money was no object (where my money tree at?), I could do some serious damage.

I’m looking at you Nespresso machines. For starters.

If you have an Aeroplan account, you can earn 5X the miles on the site as well, which you can then redeem for things like Shop.ca gift cards. Double win! If you’re on Twitter and/or Facebook, definitely make sure to follow Shop.Ca because they’ve got great gift ideas posted and they’ll even help you find the perfect gift just by tweeting with the hashtag #ReInventTheMall. You’ll also find a helpful shopping guide on their site for all the lovely people in your life.

Happy Shopping!! Feel free to email me for my Christmas list. #Kidding #NotKidding

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We have a weekly family movie night with the kids every Friday Night at our house. It involves everyone in their jammies, sprawled on the sectional with blankets and snacks and inevitably ends with either me or the husband falling asleep while the kids laugh at us.

This past week we watched How to Train Your Dragon 2 with the help of a fun package we received in the mail. The kids and I are huge fans of the first movie so we looked forward to watching the second one. Along with the DVD/Blu-ray, we received plates/cups/napkins/stickers/decorations and some fun activity/colouring sheets. Normally, we don’t go to this much trouble before sitting down to watch a movie but when it arrives at your door, I’m all for it. The kids were totally into it – even the 10 year old, who is too cool for everything these days, enjoyed himself.

First, I decorated the fireplace, while my daughter naturally posed with the DVD in hand.

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Then, I set the table – plates I can throw away, instead of wash are my new favourite thing.

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Then I set the kids up with the activity sheets while I got dinner ready – ie. put the pizza on the plates. Watch out Martha Stewart.

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And then the brood watched the movie, without killing each other which is always a lovely bonus.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place five years after the first movie, where we find Hiccup and Toothless still together and inseparable friends. They discover a secret ice cave with hundreds of wild dragons and the dangerous Dragon Rider. This leads to a battle between both worlds, with Hiccup and Toothless and all their friends in a fight to save the future of both man and dragon. Of course, there are surprises and heartbreak, but I’ll spare you the details so I don’t ruin it for you.

The kids really enjoyed the movie, especially the second time around, and making it a theme night with fun activities, made it that much more fun. Want to have your own fun night? To start, you’re going to need the DVD/Blu-ray and I’m giving away a copy right here. Check out the trailer below if you haven’t seen it and please enter below to win – the giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.

 
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Nov
17

Monster High Freaky Fusion – Giveaway

by MARIA on November 17, 2014

To celebrate the latest Monster High movie – Monster High Freaky Fusion – I have a great giveaway, just in time for the holidays!!

Do you know what it feels like to go on the adventure of a lifetime? During the Bite-Centennial, the ghouls discover an old scientist’s workshop and travel back 200 years to the beginning of Monster High. But when they try to get home, they go through a vortex that fuses some of the ghouls together! With the help of the Hybrids, the new monsters in school, they learn how to control their combined flaws and together face their greatest challenge…to Save Frankie!

So what does this giveaway, valued at just under $148 include??

Monster High Freaky Fusion Blue-Ray DVD Combo Pack – MSRP $30.99

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Two dolls from the Monster High Freaky Fusion “Fusions” Doll Assortment (CCB25) – MSRP $29.99

  • Lagoonafire – a mix of Lagoona Blue and Jinafire Long
  • Dracubecca – a fusion of Draculaura and Robecca Steam
  • Clawvenus – a blend of Clawdeen Wolf and Venus McFlytrap
  • Cleolie – a combination of Cleo de Nile and Toralei
  • Neighthan Rot – a unicorn-zombie boy

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The Monster High Freaky Fusion Frankie Recharge Chamber (BJR46) – MSRP $56.99

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To enter, use Rafflecopter below! This giveaway is open to Canadians only, and will end NOVEMBER 24, 2014!! GOOD LUCK!

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Nov
14

Game On With Mattel #GameOn #AnytimeIsGameTime

by MARIA on November 14, 2014

mattel-game-on I love a good board game.

As kids, we played board games all the time and I knew as a mom, that I wanted to share the fun of a great board game with my kids too.

As soon as they could play, we introduced board games to our children. Every birthday and every Christmas season, the kids would get a new one as a present.

We regularly play board games as a family as well, at least once a week. With electronics limited to just weekends, the kids will often be somewhere in the house playing a board game together….I just follow the sounds of fighting and/or laughter to find them.

When Mattel approached me about their Game On promotion, it was a no brainer. We love so many of Mattel’s board games – Apples to Apples and Blokus are on regular rotation, so the kids were excited about trying some new games.

image (4) A few days later, a big colourful box arrived (yes we still have the actual box – evidently the eight year old could not part with such a “colourful box for her stuffies”). We received four Mattel board games:

* UNO

* BIG PICTURE APPLES TO APPLES

* MAD GAB

* BOUNCE OFF

The kids immediately opened Bounce Off to try it out, and mass giggling ensued as did balls bouncing all over the place. Eventually they actually tried playing it according to the rules and had a great time. They’ve played it a few times since and each time they seem to get better at figuring out how to bounce the ball in order to actually get it into the grid.

They’ve also played UNO several times together – they easily figured out how to play and they love it. This one is a classic that anyone can play and have fun playing. This one travels well as well – great one to bring along on a trip.

However, if we had to choose one, our family would pick Apples to Apples hands down. We received the Big Picture version of the game for this promotion but we’ve owned Apples to Apples for years and it’s the game that makes us laugh non-stop every time. It’s so much fun and the kids and adults laugh hysterically. It’s the only game I know what is equally appealing to kids and adults. The Big Picture version finally allows younger kids to enjoy this great game – and it is fantastic. You can not go wrong with Apples to Apples as family entertainment – this one definitely needs to be part of your game night rotation.

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With the holidays just around the corner, Mattel offers great gift ideas at great price points. All their games are really affordable, and can be purchased in Canada at Target, Walmart, ToysRUs, and Chapters/Indigo.

Would you like a chance to win a Mattel board game? Mattel believes that Anytime is Game Time, and to prove it, they’re holding a 24 hour contest every week for 25 weeks on their FB page. Make sure to follow their page and their Twitter account, so you don’t miss a chance to enter to win.

Mattel is also the maker of the very popular game Pictionary, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch this video of the Pictionary Mall Surprise filmed at Sherway Gardens in Toronto – it’s so much fun. I would have loved to experience that first hand. It’s very cool – so watch it. I insist.


My 8yo is still trying to figure out how to get that giant bear stuffy in her bedroom. I think I’ll stop complaining about her regular sized stuffies now.

So go, play a board game because it doesn’t matter what time it is – ANYTIME IS GAME TIME.

*Disclaimer: I was sent board games for the purposes of this review, but my opinions are my own.*

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Nov
11

Stream Into 2015 with Staples Canada #StreamInto2015

by MARIA on November 11, 2014

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If you know me personally, you know that I have a weird obsession with school supplies. And notebooks. And other things, but let’s just stick with the reason why I love Staples. Although I haven’t been in school for many, many years, I spend an obscene amount of time at Staples, looking at all the shiny things. It’s one of my happy places.

Not weird at all.

This will explain my joy of working with Staples this month, although our focus is on another one of my joys – movies.

We are a movie family – we tend to stick close to home, and when we have free time and especially during the weekend, we watch movies. Quite often, we will use a streaming media player to watch movies – super convenient and easy for the everyone in the family to use.

roku-3Staples Canada sent us a ROKU 3 Streaming Media Player (yes they sell more than just school supplies!) so that we could participate in their fun Stream Into 2015 campaign which is all about bringing family together during the holiday season, sharing holiday movie classics, and testing out some great media streamers for the holidays. We’re going to be spending this month watching many, many holiday movies using our new Roku 3 and by the end of the month, we’re going to choose our ULTIMATE HOLIDAY MOVIE.

Of course it’s only fair if I share the Staples love, and thanks to the lovely people at Staples, I have TWO Roku 3 Streaming Media Players to give away to TWO lucky people!!! To enter, check out the Rafflecopter below – I’ll be back on November 28th to reveal our Ultimate Holiday Movie and pick my two Roku 3 winners!!!

This giveaway is open to CANADIANS ONLY. GOOD LUCK!

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*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but my thoughts are my own.*

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Nov
11

Godzilla & Edge of Tomorrow Giveaway

by MARIA on November 11, 2014

I’m giving away some more great movies this week!

I hope you’re a fan of action movies because I’ve got two great DVD/Blu-rays that we really enjoyed.

It’s the GODZILLA and EDGE OF TOMORROW GIVEAWAY!!

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They’re both fun and a great way to spend an evening, although if we had to choose we really loved Edge of Tomorrow. Funny, creative and action-packed – a flick the boys in this house rave about.

With the holidays just around the corner, these are a perfect gift for your movie lovers or the perfect stocking stuffers!!

So use Rafflecopter below to enter – open to CANADIANS only. The giveaway will last until Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

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Oct
28

Great October Picks on Netflix Canada #StreamTeam

by MARIA on October 28, 2014

If you read my blog, you’ll know that we are huge fans of Netflix in our house.

This month, we noticed that Netflix set up a new section in the Genre section titled Halloween Favorites, which were then further separated by Family options and those of the gory persuasion.

We’ve had the chance to watch several flicks with the kids this month that we really enjoyed. Some we’ve seen before but loved enough to watch again, and some new ones as well.

Some of the flicks we enjoyed as a family include:

Hotel Transylvania – the kids love this one and I do too, but oy Adam Sandler’s Dracula voice drives me crazy, and not in a good way.

Corpse Bride – Love it.

Addams Family Values – The kids fought me on this one because it looked “old from the 80s” but they loved everything about it.

Ghostbusters – We tried this one with the kids because I think we need to expose our children to the classics, but they weren’t into it. I watched it again after they went to bed because Bill Murray can no wrong, ever.

Without the kids, I watched:

Sleepy Hollow – I’ve seen this a few times but it is so good and so visually fantastic and creepy that it’s a must see on a regular basis. Johnny Depp is so good, he is absolutely in his element.

And I used to love watching scary movies but then I had kids, and I can’t seem to stomach them anymore, sadly. If I wasn’t such a wimp I would totally watch:

Cabin in the Woods – I’ve heard it’s funny and very scary and Chris Hemsworth is in it so there’s that.

Paranormal Activity – Seriously, I’ve wanted to see this since it came out, but the trailer makes me curl up in a ball and rock back and forth whimpering, so I’m thinking it’s not going to happen.

The Grudge – All I know about this movie is something to do with a shower, and a hand coming out of someone’s head or not. I have no idea but it looks too scary for this wimp.

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Have you seen any great scary flicks on Netflix this month?

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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Oct
28

Joe Fresh – Giveaway

by MARIA on October 28, 2014

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It’s SADLY that time of year again where the days are too short and it’s too cold to be anywhere but hiding in the house under warm blankets.

Unfortunately, most people have to leave the house to shuttle the little people to school or work or shop or buy their daily bucket of Starbucks coffee.

So, it feels like the perfect time to give away a $50 gc for Joe Fresh.

I was just there yesterday and noticed tons of great sweaters and accessories – I picked up a thick black infinity scarf which I may never take off.

I may have also picked up a new black cardigan because the fifty other ones I already have needed a new friend.

Oh and hello, have you seen the shoes? Very sexy sexy.

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Enter below to win a $50 GC for Joe Fresh. This giveaway is open to CANADIANS only and ends FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2014.

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