Category Archives: Giveaway

Back to School with SportChek And a Giveaway

20th September 2015

sportcheck-logoWe are officially back in school and already in the third week, with September quickly coming to an end. Yikes. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the fall, but I HATE the winter, so slow down already.

I don’t know about you but I approached things differently with back to school this year. Instead of just going out and buying the kids a whole bunch of new clothes and things before school started, I picked up only the necessities like school supplies and indoor shoes, and figured I’d pick up the rest as needed.

I picked up a couple of pairs of shoes for each of the kids as well, but quickly realized the dude would require some really good running shoes for gym. Enter SportChek! They contacted me about checking out their site and picking out some shoes for the kids, which was very timely so I was so thankful about that.

I’ve been on the site before a few times for clothes, but never for kids’ shoes. Their selection is fantastic, ranging from running shoes and basketball shoes, to hiking and trendy options as well. They have a wide range of brands and price points, and often some great sales too – they have a 20% off sale on right now actually.

So what did we pick?  My son picked out athletic shoes: Nike LunarGlide 7 Kids’ Grade-School Running Shoes

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And my daughter went for trendy and picked: Converse CT All Star Slip It Girls’ Trend Shoes

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We placed our order and received our shoes a quick two days later! They were both great picks and the kids were thrilled with their choices. And personally, I just love being able to order online within Canada, and avoiding extra duties and taxes and exchange. SportChek has you covered from shoes, boots, athletic wear, sports equipment and even fitness/sports related electronics.

I’d love to give you a chance to do a little shopping online at SportChek as well, so I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and will run until September 28, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

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Frozen Fever Books – HairStyles and Party Book #Giveaway

28th August 2015

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A little while back I reviewed this super cute EDDA USA title, The Ultimate Disney Party Book, full of great ideas for having a Disney themed party. I was recently sent two more titles from EDDA USA – Frozen Fever Party Book and Frozen Fever Hairstyles.

FROZEN FEVER PARTY BOOK

This book has 22 fun ideas for creating your very own Frozen Fever party. The book is divided into several sections: Invitations, Decorations, Cakes & Drinks, Games and Party Favors. Each section has several ideas that are simple to re-create for the perfect Frozen Fever celebration. There is also a section that includes some of the templates used for the invitations.

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Some of my favourite ideas are the Spring in a Bottle Invitation – so pretty and simple, yet such a great idea for an invite. The Sunflower Table Decoration – my little eight year old artist picked this one as one of her favourites too. I also really love Anna’s Birthday Cake – this is the most complicated thing in the book, but it’s super gorgeous.

FROZEN FEVER HAIRSTYLES

Want to re-create Anna and Elsa’s hairstyles? This book will definitely help you do just that. In it you will find 28 hairstyles to choose from. The first section of the book is called BraidSchool and it teaches you the basics that you will need in order to be able to do the more difficult hairstyles. The traditional braid, french braid, dutch braid, fishtail braid and french fishtail braid are all outlined up front. The book is then divided into Twists and Braids, Updos and Buns, and Waves and Ponytails.

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Each hairstyle is photographed with step-by-step instructions and a final photograph that shows what it should like when it’s done. From simple to intricate, each hairstyle is super pretty and an especially handy reference for changing things up.

Both of these Frozen Fever themed books are perfect for celebrating all things Frozen. Full of gorgeous photos, they’re a great gift idea for yourself or any Frozen Fever fan. Want your own set? I’m giving away a copy of each book to ONE lucky winner!! Please enter below – the giveaway is open to Canadian residents and will run until Friday, September 4th, 2015.

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Back to School with Mabel’s Labels and a Giveaway #BTS

14th August 2015

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On Monday, I blogged about Back to School and posted a giveaway involving school supplies. Today, it’s all about labels – MABEL’S LABELS.

I’ve blogged about Mabel’s several times in the past because they’re a company that I love to talk about and endorse. They offer a product that is dependable, pretty, affordable and 100% guaranteed. Their labels are dishwasher safe, microwave safe and waterproof, so they can be adhered to everything from clothing to school supplies, to rain boots, and everything in between. I adhere them at the beginning of each school year to the kids’ shoes and boots, their knapsacks, notebooks and pencil cases, their lunch paraphernalia and all their outerwear. And every end of school year, every single label is still attached. Worth every penny!

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Have you ever ordered from Mabel’s Labels? Their website is super easy to use. Once you’ve chosen the labels you want, you enter the NAME, you choose your DESIGN and then choose your FONT, and that’s it. You can see what the product will look like as you enter your info, so you can make any changes you like. You add it to the cart and you’re ready to go. I ordered THE STYLISH SCHOLARS COMBO for my 11 year old son, and with the free shipping, it arrived quickly and within a week. So you still have time to order your labels before school starts!!

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Want to win a STYLISH SCHOLARS COMBO? This combo is great because it will appeal to all ages with their sleek design (12 different design options and 2 font options). It includes 40 mini custom name stickers, 50 Tag Mates clothing labels, 16 round labels and 2 mini tags. With 108 labels (and the two tags), it retails for $42 CDN. You can find Mabel’s Labels online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Enter below to win your own Stylish Scholars Combo from Mabel’s Labels. The giveaway is open to Canadian Residents and will end Friday, August 21, at midnight EST. GOOD LUCK!!

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My Experience Using RapidLash Enhancing Serum #RapidLash

12th August 2015

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This is part two of a two part blog post where I tried the RapidLash Eyebrow & Eyelash Enhancing Serum. The first post was here, and it’s been about eight weeks since that initial post.

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A little about how the product works first. You apply the RapidLash to the upper lash line of your clean, make-up free eye. You apply it every night before bed and you should apply it at least eight weeks to get the best results. It’s also safe to use if you are a contact lens wearer, which I am.

I’m not a huge fan of putting things anywhere near my eyeballs because my eyes tend to get irritated very easily, so I was a little bit worried that I’d have some kind of reaction or irritation to the product, but thankfully I did not. I found it very light and easy to use, and the serum had zero odour to it, which I appreciated, a lot.

One of the main reasons I was curious to try out this product is because I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and I’ve had some hair loss, among a million other symptoms, and have been self-conscious about it. I wanted to see if I could see some improvement using RapidLash. Again, I know that eight weeks is the minimum amount of time to use it before you see any real change, so my expectations were low with the intention of continuing beyond the eight week period, regardless.

So, has there been any change in the first eight weeks of use? Personally, I do see some improvement, although I’m not sure it’s obvious to anyone else. Here are my before and after pics and let me just say, my before pic is taken at such a bad angle (and evidently blurry) and I didn’t realize how bad until I tried to photograph the after and realized I should have taken several angles. Live and learn I guess.

Here’s my BEFORE:

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And AFTER!

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I know, it’s hard to tell because I don’t have the same angles for the before shot – but personally, I see the most difference with the shot with my closed eye.

So am I happy with the product SO FAR? YES! I plan to continue using it to see how it improves. It’s such an easy product to use so why not – honestly the hardest part is remembering to apply it. I had a reminder on my phone that would ring every night to remind me to do so, so it wasn’t that bad at all. I will say that there were four days that I didn’t apply it because I was away in Quebec City, and forgot it at home. Other than that, I was very consistent in my use and intend to continue it to see how it goes from here. Now if only I could get something similar for the hair loss on my head, and I’d be thrilled.

If you want to try it out, check out their website for store locations and more information about the product.

Disclosure: I am part of the RapidLash campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Back to School with Crayola And a Giveaway #BTS

11th August 2015

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It’s that time of year again – Back to School! (Insert my children’s moaning and groaning here).

The BEST part about Back to School time for me, is buying all the school supplies. I find that the kids start to get excited about getting organized and ready for school when we pick up the school supplies – at least the little one does. Personally, I love it so much that I often buy too much so that I can hide some for myself. I make sure to pick up all the basics and some of the fun stuff too, and when it comes to the fun stuff, I always choose Crayola products. From the first package of crayons I bought as a new mom for my little guy, until now, with two kids who love to paint and draw and create, I have always preferred Crayola. It’s just one of those brands that people trust for quality, including myself – they call it the Crayola Difference.

This is why I was very excited to become part of the Crayola blogger program – me and the brood are big fans. Recently, they sent us a box of goodies for back to school, and we were super excited to check out all their new products and those products that are new to us. Our little eight year old artist got right to it immediately and picked her four favourite products – the Glitter markers, Metallic markers, Watercolour pencils and the scented PowerLines Markers.

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So to celebrate Back to School (YES I’m celebrating – Mommy needs some alone time!), I have a fab Crayola giveaway!! One lucky winner will win a great $50 package that includes:

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  • 24 ct crayons
  • 24 mini twistables fun effect
  • Ultra-Clean Broad Line Markers, 10 ct Tropical
  • Power Lines Scented Markers
  • Ultra-Clean Stamper Markers
  • Coloured Pencils, 24 ct
  • 24 Washable Watercolour Paints
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt Tip Metal Scissors
  • Construction Paper Pad, 120 ct
  • 5 Paint Brushes, assorted

Would you like to win this fab Crayola prize? Enter below to win! This giveaway is open to Canadians only, and will run until August 19, 2015 at MIDNIGHT EST. GOOD LUCK!
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LostMy.Name Personalized Books #Books #Review

9th July 2015

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Personalized books have come a LONG way, baby. Most of the ones I’ve seen haven’t been very impressive, looking both cheesy and of poor quality. But then I discovered LostMy.Name personalized books.

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LostMy.Name books are special. They’re a softcover book, made with a lovely, heavy quality paper that gives them a substantial feel. The illustrations are absolutely glorious and really work with the story to make this book unique.

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The story is about a little girl or boy who loses their name and goes on an adventure to find it, letter by letter.

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I adore this book – it’s a great story, and any little person would love it too. I think a personalized gift makes a perfect gift, and one this special will be a winner. The site says these are ideal for two – six year olds, but my eight year old loves hers too.

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The ordering process is one of the best things about these books – it is just SO easy. Just enter the child’s name on the site, choose boy or girl and click the CREATE YOUR BOOK button and it’s done. You can click to preview your book in several languages including English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian. The book is $34.99 with free worldwide shipping, and you can choose to have it gift wrapped for an additional $4.50. Make it even more special by including your very own dedication and they’ll print it on the first page for you.

Want to order your own copy? Head over to the site and check them out. You can also find LostMy.Name on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

*I was sent a personalized copy to review, but my opinions are always my own.* 

The Ultimate Disney Party Book

7th July 2015

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This book is SO cute.

I was sent a copy of The Ultimate Disney Party Book by Jessica Ward (with Cynthia Littlefield) for review and it’s just delightful.

If you have a Disney fan at home or plan on organizing a Disney themed party, this book is full of fab ideas of some of the most beloved Disney movies and characters. The book features eight different parties – five of them feature Aladdin, Monsters, Inc., Planes, Toy Story, and Wreck-It Ralph. There’s also sections dedicated to a Disney Princess party, a Mickey and Minnie Party and a Captain Hook party.

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The best thing about this book is you really don’t have to be Martha Stewart to pull off any of the great ideas. The instructions for every element, including large full-colour photos, are very clear and thorough so even someone like myself (I’m no Martha) can easily pull it together. The book includes recipes, invitation and decor ideas, games, and party favors. You will even find templates at the back of the book to help with the construction of your party elements.

There are so many cute ideas but if I had to pick some favourites, Abu’s Caramel Apples (from Aladdin), Rapunzel’s Golden Braid Garland (from Tangled – SO genius), and Mike Wazowski Cupcakes (From Monsters, Inc.) are mine.

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You can check out other Disney EDDA USA titles on their site and find them on Facebook and Twitter.

A 1000 Islands Gananoque Getaway #FamilyTravel #AttractionsOntario

7th July 2015

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Last weekend, I had a mini overnight getaway with the family, to Gananoque and the 1000 Islands and we had the best time. Living in Kingston, we live really close to Gan (20 minute drive) but we’ve never really taken the time to visit with the kids. As a kid myself, we used to visit at least once a week with my family. I fondly remember driving to Gananoque every Sunday after church, with my parents and one or two of my siblings in my Dad’s baby blue Thunderbird. We’d take the scenic route, filled with countless farms, so my little sister could see all the cows and horses on the drive there. We would get ice cream at the Dairy Queen, visit for a bit, and drive home. We loved those drives, so I made sure to take the scenic route this time as well, for my youngest who loves animals. All the way there, we yelled out whenever we saw any animals and it brought me right back to doing that for my little sister, way back when.

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When we arrived in Gananoque, the kids and I (Daddy joined us later that evening) checked in at the Comfort Inn & Suites Thousand Islands Harbour District on Main Street. It’s a great choice if you’re staying one night or several. It offers free breakfast, free wifi, free coffee and newspapers, a fitness center, pool and sauna. It was perfectly located and within walking distance to the downtown, the waterfront, museums, The Town Hall and Town Park, and neighbourhoods filled with heritage homes. You can park your car for free and just enjoy the outdoors and walk everywhere, even with two grumpy children (who perked up after some ice cream).

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Gananoque is a small town (population 5,200) filled with history and beautiful scenery. If you’re a nature lover, it offers a perfect location for freshwater fishing, cycling, golfing, cycling, boating, hiking, helicopter tours and walking tours. You’ll find museums, live theatre, shopping, dining and the casino – there really is something for everyone. You need to remember to bring your camera as well, there are so many great spots for some beautiful photo opps.

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With so many ways to spend a day or two, we decided on a visit to the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, a Haunted Walk Experience: Ghosts and Legends of Gananoque and of course, a 1000 Islands Boat Cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed all three attractions, kids included. Come back tomorrow to see more details about our experiences with all three of these attractions.

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*This post was sponsored by Attractions Ontario, but my experiences and opinions are my own.*

RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum And A Giveaway #RapidLash

10th June 2015

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Do you dream of longer-looking lashes?

Me too! That’s why I jumped at the chance to try out this innovative product – RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum. It is clinically proven to boost the appearance of eyelashes with a simple once a day application, in as little as four weeks. All it takes is a nightly application to the base of the upper lashes.

Want to try it? I picked up mine at Shoppers Drug Mart – it was in the BeautyBoutique (it retails for $59.95).

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Would you like to win your own RapidLash to try out? Enter below to win! Here are the rules for this giveaway:

  • You may enter this giveaway on other participating blogs but you can only win once.
  • This giveaway is open to Canadians only (INCLUDING Quebec!)
  • Winners should expect their prizes to take 4-6 weeks to arrive.
  • The giveaway will end JUNE 20, 2015 at MIDNIGHT EST.

I’ll be back in a few weeks to blog about my experience using RapidLash as well.

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“Disclosure: I am part of the RapidLash campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Storing Your Stuff In Ziploc Bags With Easy Open Tabs And A Giveaway

2nd June 2015

ziploc bagsZiploc has released a new line of bags with Easy Open Tabs, that are easy to grip and easy to open. They come in many different sizes, including:

  • Snack  Bags
  • Sandwich Bags
  • XL Sandwich Bags
  • Small Freezer Bags
  • Medium Storage Bags
  • Medium Freezer Bags
  • Large Storage Bags
  • Large Freezer Bags
  • Large Fresh Produce Bags

The tabs are also colour coded – BLUE for freezer, PINK for storage and GREEN for sandwich and snack, to easily identify the contents. Ziploc bags are great for food storage but I think they’re great for travel and organizing things at home. For example:

  • Use them to store craft and art supplies.
  • Use it as a pastry bag to pipe frosting when you don’t have the real thing.
  • Fill it with ice and put it on a little person’s booboo.
  • Use them for snacks in your handbag.
  • Use the larger size to protect and store your kids’ art.
  • Great for travel and keeping your bottles away from your clothes in case of leakage.

I could go on forever really, but who has that kind of time? Thanks to Ziploc, I have a giveaway for you! This prize pack includes:

  • A variety of Ziploc bags with Easy Open Tabs
  • A salad spinner
  • A cutting board with color-coordinated mats
  • Blank recipe cards
  • Vegetable Steamer
  • Chip Clips
  • Sharpies
  • Cooking for the Rushed cookbook by Sandi Richard

The giveaway is valued at $150 and is open to Canadian Residents only. The giveaway will run until Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. GOOD LUCK!

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