Monthly Archives: March 2012

Have You Joined The Finish Revolution?

31st March 2012

A couple months back, our dishwasher died.

It was a sad day.

We never had a dishwasher when I was a kid and didn’t get one until five years into our marriage. 32 years without a dishwasher – tragic, I know. Then we buy one and it dies within three years.

So we replaced it with a Bosch – we decided to go high end since it gets so much use, and the cheaper brand proved it wasn’t worth its cost. Funny enough, when we checked out the Bosch dishwasher in the store, I noticed that it suggests using Finish® products for best results. I have never tried Finish® dishwasher products before, and since we weren’t attached to another brand, I was happy to oblige.

So I had already been using Finish® QuantumTM detergent and Finish® JET-DRY® rinse agent before being chosen as an Ambassador for Finish. The reason I applied is because I’ve been really happy with how clean my dishes are – and I know that has a lot to do with the detergent I’m using.  Everything comes out super clean, with zero streaks or water spots – and nothing ever has to be rewashed. Finish® also has a dishwasher cleaner that is available – I haven’t used this yet since my dishwasher is so new, I haven’t needed to quite yet. I have no doubt it will work great, and it seems like a very simple process which is a WIN for me.

It’s official. I’ve joined the Finish® Revolution. I love their products because they work.

Finish® Canada now has its own Facebook page and they’re giving away 50,000 free samples of Finish® Quantum (while supplies last) – all  you have to do is like their page. Each sample includes three units of Finish Quantum, plus a coupon for $2 off the retail price!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Finish Blogger Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Learning Money with Leo App – Review & Giveaway – CLOSED

29th March 2012

I am not a bank.

I say this A LOT to my lovely children, who sometimes think otherwise.

As the kids have gotten older, both my husband and I really believe that the kids need to understand the value of money and how hard it really is to earn it, and why spending it should take some thought.

When my 8 year old son had just turned seven, he was desperate for an iPod Touch. I suppose I could have gone out and just bought one for him, but really, he didn’t need the thing. However, I gave him the option of saving up for it, and if he could save up the exact amount he needed, then he could decide if he still wanted to buy it. We found out what it would cost with tax and wrote the amount down so he could keep track, and he started saving. Everything he got from his yiayia and pappou (grandparents), gift money, money earned from helping out, and every coin that he found from scavenging the furniture around the house, went in his money jar.

He saved for months until he had the exact amount he needed. We went to Best Buy and with this jar of cash and coins (the cashier was THRILLED to see those coins I’m sure), we paid for the iPod. As the jar got emptied, and every last penny was gone, he realized how much that iPod really cost him. He looked at me with puppy dog eyes hoping that I would let him keep his money and just use my own to pay for it. No such luck – a deal’s a deal.

I think the best thing we can do for our kids is teach them about money early on. We have started giving the kids a weekly allowance – $8 for the eight year old and $5 for the five year old. They have to save at least half each week – the other half they can choose to spend or save to spend on a bigger item. By items, I mean toys and stickers and video games and things they don’t really need. Things they need – clothes, shoes, books, etc, will always be taken care of me and the husband. The kids are really excited about their allowances and saving their money to see who can save more. Hopefully that feeling will last for both of them.

There is a great new iPad app called Learning Money with Leo, by the Royal Bank of Canada, that is available now and free to download. It’s a great app to help little ones with an early understanding of money. There are several games featured in the app including Gather the Coins and Sort the Coins. My 5yo enjoyed playing with the app and how interactive it is. The app allows you to create several accounts, one for each child. Along with the games, there is also a coloring book which my daughter LOVED, and a read along story that has a great message about money. Kids can also earn coins that can be used to purchase stickers for the online album. I love that it’s a free app that is both fun and educational – my five year old really likes it and has played with it several times. In fact, even her eight year old brother wanted to check it out and see what it was all about.

Do you think it’s important to teach kids how to understand and responsibly use money?? Do you give your kids allowances?


I have a $50 RBC Visa Gift Card to give away to one luck winner!

Mandatory Entry:

To enter, please leave a comment below telling me why you feel it’s important to teach kids about money.

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  • The giveaway will run until April 20th, 2012

“Disclosure – I am participating in the RBC Learning Money With Leo program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of RBC Royal Bank.  I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

UPDATE: CONGRATS to my winner: LONDIA!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Week Two

29th March 2012

Just weighed myself this morning – here’s how I did using the gems:


What did I do differently this week? I cut out Starbucks, Diet Coke, bread, pasta, and junk. I’ve also been drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day.

I’ve been eating lean proteins, tons of veggies and salads with 1tbsp olive oil & vinegar as dressing, low GI fruits like apples and berries, and Greek Yogurt.

It’s working and I’m spreading out my meals so I’m not hungry. The key really is to eat protein with every meal and snack.

The hardest part really has been cutting out the Starbucks trips and the Diet Cokes. However, after watching Hungry for Change online, I just can’t drink another Diet Coke – I like my brain cells too much.

I highly encourage you to watch it – it’s online for free until the 31st of this month (Saturday) – just enter your name and email and you can watch the movie here:

This week, I’m determined to start working out!

Week Two:

Weight LOST this week: 6.5

Weight Lost to date:  9

Weight left to Lose: 91


How did you do this week?

The Golden Book of 365 Stories

28th March 2012

This book is one of my most beloved and prized possessions.

I have had it since November, 1980. If you’re bad at math, that would be THIRTY years ago.

THIRTY!!! How did that happen? I’m only 25 after all…..ahem.


It’s just a wonderful book that has 365 stories, one for each day of the year. The pictures are by Richard Scarry – and if you’re as old young as I am, you love Richard Scarry as much as I do.

I was seven back then, in Grade two and an avid reader. I never went anywhere without a book. Even at church, I would be reading in the pew. It was the only reason I liked going to church back then – guaranteed quiet reading time.

When I look through the book now, I see my siblings’ names written under the story corresponding to their birth dates. I also wrote down my birth date – evidently in case I forgot it. Even friends from back then are written thoughout the book. I was so precious back then.

No idea what happened there.

I pulled the book off the shelf in my daughter’s room the other night, and my husband happened to notice it and ripped it out of my hands.

“Oh my God, I had this book as a child!!!”


And because I like you, allow me to share today’s little ditty with you:

Do you have a favorite book from your childhood?

DK Canada – What Did You Make On March Break Contest

23rd March 2012

I know I’ve said this before on past DK Canada reviews that I’ve done, but I LOVE DK Canada. I love the variety of their book titles – so many really cool, educational books for everyone in the family. DK Canada online always has something going on, from fun promos and great sales to unique contests with great prizes. Currently, they have two contests running:

Sign up for their DK Canada newsletter (yup, that’s it!) and you’re entered to win a $150 March Break Survival prize pack (ends April 16th, 2012).

And another that ends very soon:

The What Did You Make on March Break contest is on RIGHT NOW, but ends March 31, 2012, so you have to act fast. You could win a collection of autographed Jane Bull craft books AND a $150 DK Canada Shopping spree!! To enter, parents are asked to send a pic of their child’s creations (for ages 3-14). At the end of the month, Jane Bull will judge the pics and choose a winner. All the deets to enter are here.

DK Canada sent me a Jane Bull book – Made by Me to review over the March Break (I’m a little behind, sorry!)

My daughter immediately took Made by Me hostage and would not share it at all. She stared at it for hours, and read as much as she could on her own. For that alone, this book is a WINNER.

Made by Me is a “stitch-by-stitch guide to knitting, sewing and embroidery.” There are several crafts to make within each category, and each craft has a dedicated page or two with tons of pics to help you along. If you or someone you know enjoys crafting and is looking for a beginner book to share with their kids, Made by Me by Jane Bull is a great choice!

Book: Hardcover | 64 pages | ISBN 9780756651633 | 28 Apr 2009 | geared to 7 – 11 years ($16.99, but on sale for $11.89)

Don’t miss out!! Go enter the What Did You Make On March Break contest before the end of the month!!

Disclaimer: I was sent the book for the purposes of review, but my words are my own.

Disney iHome Portable Water-Resistant Stereo Speaker System – Review

23rd March 2012

I was recently sent a Disney iHome Portable Water-Resistant Stereo Speaker System (yes that’s a mouthful) to review. The Disney iHome line is a fun collaboration of iHome products, geared towards the younger set. Minnie Mouse, Phineas & Ferb, Jack (from Nightmare Before Christmas) and my beloved Kermit the Frog all adorn the product line that includes earphones, headphones, stereo speaker, portable speaker and alarm clock speaker system.

I happen to own other iHome products and I’ve never been anything but very happy with them, so I knew the iHome kids’ product line would be great as well. I will say, that I LOVE this portable stereo speaker system.

Here’s why:

  • They are really cute. Kermit the Frog?! – enough said.
  • It’s water – resistant, which makes it great for the beach, or a kid with snacks.
  • It works with all iPod models!
  • It has premium speakers, so it has really nice sound for an inexpensive portable speaker system.
  • It has two headphone jacks, which is great for sharing and allowing two people to listen at once.
  • It has an easy on/off button.
  • It zips closed, which then transitions to a convenient handle to be able to carry it around.

My five year old has officially claimed the “Kermit stereo” as her own – she LOVES it. The great thing is that I’m able to connect my iPod, zip it up and not worry about breakage. Even if it’s dropped, it has a heavy duty outer case that will protect against any damage to my iPod. She loves the handle and sometimes carries it like a purse which is really cute. She’s even shared it with her brother, allowing him to plug in his own earphones and listen to music together (using the headphones, disables the speaker temporarily).

The Disney iHome Portable Water-Resistant Stereo Speaker System is available for $39.99. Check out other Disney iHome products on their site.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above speaker system for the purposes of a review, but my thoughts are my own.

Weight Watchers Week One And 100 Shiny Gems

22nd March 2012


Hope you’re all enjoying the gorgeous weather out there.

So, before I talk about my first week back on the Weight Watchers, I wanted to blog about this great idea I read about that I am now going to borrow for my own weight loss.

I want to give credit to the blog/site that I saw this on, but I honestly cannot remember where I saw it because it was ages ago.

If I do find it, I promise to come back and give due credit – in the meantime, whoever thought of this, thank you and you’re very clever.

When you have a lot of weight to lose, it can be extremely overwhelming and perhaps, slightly depressing. So, having a tangible way of looking at how much you’ve lost, in terms of actual numbers, can help make it seem less overwhelming.

I hope anyway.

Introducing: The Jars of Weight Loss. The Gem Jars. The Gem Jars of Weight Loss. I have no idea what to call these, clearly.

You take two jars.

First jar is the total amount of weight you want to lose, mine was filled with 100 little plastic gems – thanks dollar store. (you can use marbles, stones, pennies, diamonds, whatever) 

Second jar is for the weight you do lose.

As you lose weight, you move the gems into the pounds lost jar. Eventually, if you work your butt off, you’ve moved all the shiny, plastic gems into that jar.

I just love this idea, because seriously, who wants to look at that empty jar? Not moi, so I’ll be posting a pic of my jar every week.

SO, how did my first week back go?

Weight LOST this week: 2.5

Weight Lost to date:  2.5

Weight left to Lose: 97.5

I lost 2.5 pounds in my first week back. It’s alright but I know it could have been more – this isn’t 2.5 lbs of working my ass off. If it was, it would have been higher.

But any weight loss is a win, right?

For this next week, the goal is to exercise and to stick to the plan 95% of the time.


How was your week? If your following along and/or also working to lose weight and get healthy, please leave a comment below with your link so I can come visit. I’ve decided to get rid of the linky for now, but I still want to support you so let me know. If you’re interested in Weight Watchers and want to know more, I wrote a post about the program yesterday with deets on how the whole thing works, so feel free to check it out.

(FYI: None of the Weight Watchers posts are sponsored.)

Peekaboo Beans – Review & Giveaway – CLOSED

22nd March 2012

Peekaboo Beans is a Canadian playwear line for children ages 3 months to 8 years (a tween line for girls (up to size 14) launches in September). The pieces are stylish, functional and meant to mix and match from season to season. Everything is pre-washed, drawstrings are sewn in, waistbands are extra wide and can flip down to shorten length, and some tops have thumbholes in the sleeves to help with sleeves bunching up when layering. Many of the pieces are reversible or convertible; pants turn into shorts, jackets turn into vests. It’s definitely a clothing line with both child and mom in mind.

I was sent the Tea for Two Coat in Lilac to review for my 5 year old daughter. Right now it is on sale online from $85 to $42.50.

My thoughts: The first thing I noticed about the jacket is that it’s very well made with a nice heavy cotton and a bit of spandex for some stretch. All the finishings are very nice – well-placed seams, lovely touches like puckered seams at the sleeve, pretty bows at the pocket, and a contrasting print inside the hood. In terms of sizing, with this coat in particular, I find that it does fit much bigger than expected. I would have probably gone with a size 6 as opposed to a 6x/7 but better big than small when it comes to children’s clothing, especially outerwear. It will last us at least a few seasons, and because of the make and weight of the coat, it could easily be worn in the Fall, right through to Spring. According to the label, it is machine washable and can be put in the dryer so that’s a plus as well. I will say that the line is priced on the higher end, but I’ve noticed sales on the site often and they’re usually at great prices so you have to jump at them quickly.


Peekaboo Beans has recently launched a direct selling platform to bring these features directly to customers through Playdate Soirees. A Playdate Soiree is a personal shopping experience where you can view the entire Peekaboo Beans collection while the kids play.  They currently have 85 Stylists across Canada and the USA, but only a handful in Ontario, and none in the City of Toronto. This post is sponsored by an online friend, Vicky, who is a stylist based out of Ottawa, Ontario. She is recruiting Play Stylists in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes who can join her team and represent the line. Play Stylists earn 18-25% sales commission and receive generous discounts on clothing for our own kids.

If you are interested in obtaining a catalog of the line or joining Vicky’s team, you can get more info from Vicky personally by contacting her at or finding her on Twitter and Facebook.


I’m giving away a $45 gift certificate to one lucky winner!


To enter, please go to the site and then leave a comment below to let me know what you would pick as your prize!


  • The giveaway will end Thursday, March 29th at 5 p.m. est.
  • Open to Canadian residents only.
  • Winner will be chosen using
  • Please remember to leave a valid email address and/or Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win.


UPDATE: CONGRATS to my winner! #12 Kimberly! Thanks to all who entered!!

Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 – The Program

21st March 2012

I just started back on the Weight Watchers, (my first week’s weigh-in will be posted tomorrow), because after waffling on what program to do, I’ve decided this is the one for me. Since I get so many visitors asking about Weight Watchers, I wanted to share a post with some details about the new Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 program.

The Basics:

  • Based on your current weight, you get a daily PointsPlus target. This number will get smaller as your weight goes down.
  • Everything you eat and drink has a PointsPlus value.
  • You get 49 additionally points each week, which you can choose to use or not use.
  • You can earn more points every day by exercising. The weekly goal to start is to earn 14 points each week.
  • Track it all either on using their paper tracker or online (their online tools are not free, fyi).
  • You can choose to attend meetings for additional support (these are optional but highly encouraged).

Daily Food Goals:

As with any balanced diet, you need to aim for a certain number of servings of each food group – the paper trackers are great for keeping track of how many servings you’ve had.

  • Lean Protein: 2 servings a day – like 3oz of chicken or 1/2 cup of beans (Personally I eat more protein that that, especially if exercising).
  • Fruits and Veggies: 5 servings a day – 1 cup of lettuces of 1/2 cup of other veg.
  • Low Fat Dairy: 2 servings a day  (Serving sizes really depend on what you’re eating – for example, milk vs. yogurt vs. cottage cheese)
  • Whole Grains – They don’t really specify a total number of servings but
  • WaterAt least six glasses of water a day – They call it liquids and include milk and diet pop in that number, but I ignore all that and count water only. Milk really counts as dairy anyway.
  • Vitamin – They encourage a multivitamin daily.


  • Although you can technically eat whatever you want to eat on Weight Watchers (as long as you keep track of your points), they do really suggest that you stick with “Power Foods”. Power foods are basically the healthier options that any dietician will encourage you to eat – lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, etc. The best thing about the Power Foods is that they are more filling and use up less points, so it’s a win all around.
  • Prior to this updated Points Plus 2012 program, Weight Watchers stated that most fruits and vegetables carried a 0 point value – so technically you could eat as many as you want and they wouldn’t count. Obviously, this was flawed because fruits and vegetables still have calories, so you definitely have to keep track of them. Now, with Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012, they suggest that you eat about 5 servings of fruit and/or vegetable servings a day, which makes much more sense in the end. The starchier veggies like potatoes and corn do not have 0 point values however, so you have to remember that.
  • As anyone will tell you, exercise is key when you want to lose weight, and Weight Watchers is no exception.
  • You can earn points for working out (the number depends on  your weight, the amount of time you worked out and the intensity) – you get a chart when you sign up that will give you those amounts.
  • Your starting goal is 14 points earned each week.
  • Each activity point you earn equals one food point – so you can choose to eat those or not.

Pointers for success:

I know a lot of people on Weight Watchers, so I’ve read and heard some great advice for success and meeting weight loss goals. These aren’t rules or anything, just things that work for some people on the program.

  • Although you can technically eat whatever you want, eat healthy and mindfully so that you’re actually eating well and losing.
  • Make sure to eat your daily points in full every day.
  • Cut out white flours, sugar and salt as much as possible.
  • Drink water as your only beverage. If you feel bloated, add a slice of lemon to your water to help.
  • Don’t use the additional weekly 49 points regularly – only use them only on rare occasion when you have a party or event.
  • Do some sort of daily exercise.
  • Even when you do earn additional points from exercise, don’t use them.


Are you on Weight Watchers? What is your best advice for success? What do you do with your weekly points and earned activity points – save them or use them? Would love to hear about your weight loss is going.

(Please note: I don’t work for Weight Watchers – I’m just someone trying to lose weight gained from babies and burgers.)


In LOVE With Downton Abbey

19th March 2012

I FINALLY sat down over the weekend to watch Downtown Abbey.

I watched the first five episodes in a row. I would have watched more but I think it was 4 a.m. at that point.

I’ve just finished Season One and already well into Season Two.

It’s official – I LOVE Downton Abbey.

I adore everything about it.

The clothes, the “scandals”, and the arrival of the TELEPHONE!

It took maybe twenty minutes to fall in love.

Where to start?

  • Maggie Smith is perfection, but then she is perfection in EVERYTHING.
  • O’Brien and Thomas drive me mad.
  • The never ending circle of gossip and backstabbing by the staff is beyond entertaining.
  • Edith. Poor Edith.
  • Everything is SO proper – makes me wish I could have lived back then, if only for the frocks.

And of course, one of the most delicious characters – Mr. Bates.


Oh Mr. Bates, it’s impossible not to fall in love.

Did I mention?

SWOOOOOOON. Seriously. Every damn scene.


Have you seen it yet?

What do you love about it?

Oh, and by the way, if you haven’t seen it because it’s not your “cup of tea”, you are missing out.

Give it a chance. If only for Mr. Bates.

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