Jun
30

Alone Time With Netflix #StreamTeam

by MARIA on June 30, 2014

Netflix_StreamTeam_BadgeOh how I adore my alone time with Netflix.

It really doesn’t take much to make me happy after the kids are in bed – a iced latte, pyjamas, many pillows and my Netflix. I love it so much, and I’m ok with that. I like that I can relax in bed, and watch some great tv shows, and binge watch at my leisure.

Of course, I have my favourites:

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK - I may have watched the new season over a two day period. Fantastic second season and excited to see Season Three.

HAPPY ENDINGS – This one is an old one, but whenever I need a laugh, every episode makes me howl. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched them but it’s my go to happy place show.

THE KILLING – SO good. So sad it’s almost over but crazy excited about Season four coming up in July!!!

SUITS – Fantastic show – witty, smart, and full of obscenely attractive people. Love it.

I also have a very long list of shows that I have yet to watch that are conveniently on Netflix. I LOVE that I don’t have to wait a week to see the next show – seriously, binge watching is where it’s at.

I can’t wait to watch:

SHERLOCK – My cousin in Toronto and I are constantly texting each other about what we’re watching (we are both addicted to really bad reality tv) and she RAVES about this show. I’ve only heard great things so it’s number one on the list.

Veronica Mars –  I adore Kristen Bell, so I’ve always been curious about this show.

The Good Wife – Oh, Mr. Big, you had me at hello.

Bates Motel – I’d love to see this but I’m a total wimp so, it’s been on the watch list with Dexter for a while now.

I love Netflix – did I say that already? Seriously, it’s worth every penny.

Do you have Netflix? What are your favorite shows to binge watch???

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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Niagara-Parks-Butterfly-Conservatory Last week we took a trip to Niagara Falls for a couple of days – the kids had never been and the husband had a business trip so it was the right time to go. The kids were super excited (to miss school) and stay in a hotel, which they LOVE to do. As with any road trip we take, and we love a good road trip, I made a list of our must see attractions and The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory was number one on the list.

We had gone as a couple years ago before having kids, and we loved it so we knew the kids would as well. It’s about a ten minute drive from the Falls, so you will definitely need to drive or take public transportation to get there. We went first thing in the morning to avoid crowds and school groups and we really recommend you doing that so you can walk at a leisurely pace and really enjoy as many butterfly species as possible. There are over 2,000 butterflies (45 different species), flying around in a lovely tropical (ie. steamy) environment. The kids LOVED just walking around, seeing all the different butterflies, and hoping one would land on them.

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Many of them did in fact. On their shoes, on their backs, and even their heads. They were beyond thrilled. My son fell in love with this particular butterfly – it landed on him and stayed there the entire time we were there. We eventually passed him off to a staff member who told us he had just been born that day.

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There were so many gorgeous butterflies and unique flowers in the conservatory, you could spend hours looking at everything – the kids loved it and didn’t want to leave. The building itself is surrounded the botanical gardens so once you leave you can enjoy the gorgeous setting as well. There are almost 100 acres of gorgeous grounds to experience, including a beautiful rose garden. Don’t miss this Niagara Falls attraction – !!

Some Useful Info: Tickets are free for children under 5, $8.50 plus tax for 6-12 year olds, and $13.50 for 13+. Parking is $5 and the hours of Operation vary so check online!

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FYI: Not a sponsored post.

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Jun
17

The Lego Movie DVD Giveaway

by MARIA on June 17, 2014

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EVERYTHING IS AWESOME, especially this Lego Movie DVD Giveaway!

This is a super cute, funny movie that your kids will obsess over and want to watch ten times a day, and then sing the EVERYTHING IS AWESOME song over and over in a slightly annoying, my ears are bleeding loop.

The Lego Movie, is the first full-length Lego film directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. It features Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. 

The kids and I thought Chris Pratt was perfectly cast as the loveable Emmet (we are huge fans of Parks & Rec in this house). Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Allison Brie is the incredible cast of actors that voice some of the characters including President Business, Bad Cop, Vitruvius, Lucy, and Batman.

This is a fun family flick for the entire family. Check out the DVD special features to learn how to build some of the fun items in the movie including the double decker couch!

Would you like to win your very own copy? Enter below! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only! GOOD LUCK!!

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One of the great things about moving to a new house, is the opportunity to purge many, many things that haven’t been used or touched in ages. You become a purge machine. At first, it’s weird to enjoy the process of throwing things out, but I quickly learned that the less you own, the less stress. Clutter is evil, people.

One of the areas that needed a thorough cleaning out in our old place, was the medicine cabinet and the other bathroom storage crammed full of bottles and boxes that hadn’t been touched in ages. I’m that person that takes the little samples from hotel stays and then keeps them for future hotel stays/travels during which, I accumulate more little sample bottles for future stays. This totally makes sense, no?

The first step was to do a major purge so I started by tossing everything that expired or was close to expiring. Things that hadn’t been used in ages were tossed soon after, as was anything that smelled off or looked funny in terms of it’s consistency. I threw out bags of stuff and I did it while the husband was at work, because no one can work in “I told you so” conditions. I also made a list of everything that needed to be replaced or replenished – everything from bandaids to vitamins to sunscreen.

targetstuff.jpgThe lovely people of #TargetCanada sent me a gift card to help me replenish my cabinets and suggested I check out the Target Up & up brand items while I was doing so. Of course I said yes, because I’ll be honest, I love Target. I’ve loved it when I had to drive an hour across the U.S. border to get there, and I love it even more now that I can drive ten minutes in my hometown to get there too. Walking the aisles of Target ALONE, while the kids are at school equals bliss, so I couldn’t say no.

Normally, I spend most of my time in the home section so I’ve never really taken the time to check out all the pharmacy aisles. I was actually surprised at how many products exist in the Target Up & up brand and the price difference was insane. The Up & up brand of products actually spans more than 40 categories including healthcare, household, beauty, baby and personal care. I was able to find everything I needed including vitamins, toothbrushes, sunscreen, acetaminophen, eye drops, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, and antacid, while paying a much lower price than what I would pay for a national brand. There are some items that I am brand loyal to of course such as my skin care, but I don’t see why I should pay more for so many every day items when I don’t have to.

There are handbags to save up for after all. Now go forth, to Target, and shop.
*I was sent a Target gift card  for this post, but my thoughts and handbag obsession are my own.*

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Apr
23

GRAVITY – Blu-Ray/DVD combo Giveaway

by MARIA on April 23, 2014

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What can I say about this movie? I LOVED IT so much – it’s incredible.

It’s visually STUNNING and so well done – the anxiety and stress of what is happening is so real and non-stop. My stomach was in my throat about 90% of the time.

Even my kids really enjoyed it – although my seven year old may have been afraid to sleep, but that’s to be expected when the most stress she feels most days has to do with what flavour of organic lollipop to choose.

(Is it me or does it seem weird that organic and lollipop would be used to describe the same thing?)

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the award winning Gravity features Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring.  But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes.  The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue.  As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

I can’t even tell you how many times I was holding my breath and on the edge of my seat while watching. The special effects will absolutely blow your mind – it is nothing you’ve ever seen in a movie before. In fact, if you truly want to understand how incredible the effects are, you need to watch the special features on the Blu-ray to see how they achieved them. I was even more impressed after seeing how they pulled it off.

Yes, I loved it. Yes, these are some sexy astronauts. Yes, I’m giving away a copy to one of you today!

I’m trying something new by using Rafflecopter for this giveaway. It seems this is what all the cool kids are doing these days. So enter below and GOOD LUCK!!

*Open to Canadian Residents only. Giveaway ends April 30, 2014.*

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Apr
22

The Netflix Stream Team #StreamTeam

by MARIA on April 22, 2014

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It’s been ages since I last blogged thanks mainly to the big house move, but I’m back. Hi. I’ve missed you.

I’m excited that my first post back is all about Netflix and becoming a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I am a huge fan of Netflix, as is the husband and the kids. We watch it all the time, and I’m pretty sure there isn’t a day that goes by that someone isn’t watching something on Netflix. All the documentaries and tv shows and obviously, movies – it’s just too good. So when the invite came to join the Stream Team, it was a definitely a no brainer.

Netflix really comes in handy at our house on Friday nights in particular. Friday nights are our family movie nights, where the entire family sits down to enjoy a flick. Since we have Netflix set up on every tv in the house, as well as every iPad, iPod and iPhone (we are a tad obsessed), choosing something to watch on Netflix is super easy! Personally, I love that there are options for both my seven year old daughter, and the ten year old who has now entered the ‘boring, not cool, that’s for babies’ stage of life.

With school breaks like March Break or even just a long weekend like we just enjoyed, we are always able to access and watch some great shows and movies, thanks to good old Netflix.

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My ten year old is currently OBSESSED with Doctor Who, and he’s slowly made his way through almost every episode. In fact, the entire family is hooked at this point. It’s great that he can access almost every episode of the show so easily, which saves me from having to buy the DVDs.

my little pony

The seven year old is all about My Little Pony and I could probably recite some of the episodes if asked. I mean she, SHE could recite the episodes if asked. I’m a grown woman – I don’t watch My Little Pony.

Ahem.

There are so many great movies available to watch as well – some of our favorites, that we’ve watched a few times include:

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, TURBO, and my personal favorite, HUGO!

All it takes is some popcorn and cold beverages, Netflix and a Friday night, and you’re set to enjoy a lovely evening with your brood.

ENJOY!!

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Disclaimer: As part of the Netflix Stream Team, I’ve received perks in exchange for my current/future posts – however, all of my thoughts and Netflix obsession, are my own.

 

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Nov
29

Stuff That In Your Stocking – Man Of Steel

by MARIA on November 29, 2013

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday and to the winner of The Conjuring  – Maria!

To celebrate the holidays, I’m giving away some great movies all this week!! Each giveaway will end at the end of the day so make sure to enter for your chance to win a different movie every day! And remember, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enter – all are welcome.

Today’s movie…..Man of Steel.

I had never watched any of the Superman movies, (gasp from the crowd), before this one. The brood thought it was fun, and loud and a really impressive flick to watch. I will say that Henry Cavill is perfectly cast as Superman – his bone structure is perfection. Chiseled doesn’t begin to cover it – seriously. This was a great movie – we all enjoyed it, including the little people, although the seven year old was not impressed with the kissing.

To enter to win a BluRay/DVD copy of Man of Steel, leave me a comment below and tell me what is your favourite thing about the holidays.

For an extra entry, please tweet the following once and leave me a comment below telling me you did:

“Every day this week @BOREDMommy is giving away a great DVD. Enter to win today’s giveaway! #EndsAtMidnighthttp://tinyurl.com/233al4r

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents
  • Giveaway ends TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT EST, November 29, 2013.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • Make sure to leave a Twitter handle or email so I can contact you if you win

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaways this week! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Congrats to my winner THERESA! Thanks to everyone who entered!!

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Nov
28

Stuff That In Your Stocking – The Conjuring

by MARIA on November 28, 2013

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday and to the winner of Pacific Rim – Laura Monroe.

To celebrate the holidays, I’m giving away some great movies all this week!! Each giveaway will end at the end of the day so make sure to enter for your chance to win a different movie every day! And remember, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enter – any and all lovely Canadians are welcome.

Today’s movie…..The Conjuring.

I would love to tell you that this was a great movie but I was too scared to watch it. I’m a wimp what can I say. The sad thing is I REALLY want to see it, but I’m that person that will be afraid to look under the bed for months afterward. Also when the husband travels, I would be standing by the front door with the biggest spatula I have and my kid’s hockey stick as protection. But I can tell you that the friends who have seen it, said it was scary as hell. PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!

To enter to win a BluRay/DVD copy of The Conjuring, leave me a comment below and tell me what part of the holidays gives you NIGHTMARES! Feel free to be witty – I like witty.

For an extra entry, please tweet the following once and leave me a comment below telling me you did:

“Every day this week @BOREDMommy is giving away a great DVD. Enter to win today’s giveaway! #EndsAtMidnighthttp://tinyurl.com/233al4r

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents
  • Giveaway ends TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT EST, November 28, 2013.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • Make sure to leave a Twitter handle or email so I can contact you if you win

Come back tomorrow when I will be giving away some seriously blue eyes and unbelievable bone structure – aka MAN OF STEEL! A Superman EVERYONE can appreciate. 

Congrats to my winner #2 – Maria @amotherworld. Thanks to everyone who entered!!!

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Nov
27

Stuff That In Your Stocking – Pacific Rim

by MARIA on November 27, 2013

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday and to the winner of The Hangover Part III BluRay/DVD – #4 Amy Worrell.

To celebrate the holidays, I’m giving away some great movies all this week!! Each giveaway will end at the end of the day so make sure to enter for your chance to win a different movie every day! And remember, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enter – any and all lovely Canadians are welcome.

Today’s movie…..Pacific Rim.

The husband loved this one – he found it incredibly entertaining and full of amazing, non-stop action. Did I mention JAX (aka Charlie Hunnam) is in it??? Believe me, you’ll want to watch it – he’s just delightful in it. It really is a fun, LOUD action movie that everyone will enjoy. And Charlie Hunnam is in it.

To enter to win a BluRay/DVD copy of Pacific Rim, leave me a comment below and tell me the absolute worst gift you’ve ever received!

For an extra entry, please tweet the following once and leave me a comment below telling me you did:

“Every day this week @BOREDMommy is giving away a great DVD. Enter to win today’s giveaway! #EndsAtMidnighthttp://tinyurl.com/233al4r

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents
  • Giveaway ends TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT EST, November 27, 2013.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • Make sure to leave a Twitter handle or email so I can contact you if you win

Come back tomorrow when I will be giving away The Conjuring! Nothing says the holidays, like absolute terror. :)

CONGRATS TO #10 LAURA!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Nov
26

Stuff That In Your Stocking – The Hangover Part III

by MARIA on November 26, 2013

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday and to the winner of The Great Gatsby BluRay/DVD – #11 Siobhan!!

To celebrate the holidays, I’m giving away some great movies all this week!! Each giveaway will end at the end of the day so make sure to enter for your chance to win a different movie every day! And remember, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enter – any and all cheery, moody and jaded Canadians are welcome.

Today’s movie…..The Hangover Part III.

The final instalment of the wolf pack, and Bradley Cooper’s hair, and Alan and Mr. Chow and yup, the monkey.

To enter to win a BluRay/DVD copy of The Hangover Part III, leave me a comment below telling me what you’re favourite stocking stuffer to give/get is!

For an extra entry, please tweet the following once and leave me a comment below telling me you did:

“Every day this week @BOREDMommy is giving away a great DVD. Enter to win today’s giveaway! #EndsAtMidnighthttp://tinyurl.com/233al4r

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents
  • Giveaway ends TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT EST, November 26, 2013.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • Make sure to leave a Twitter handle or email so I can contact you if you win

Come back tomorrow when I will be giving away PACIFIC RIM!

CONGRATS to AMY WORRELL!! Thanks to everyone who entered!

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