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Back To School Shopping With Sears #SearsBTS

27th August 2013

It’s that time of year again – back to school shopping is here, and if you’re more organized than I am, you may already be done.

How is the summer already over? I’m in denial big time.

I was invited to do a little back to school shopping at Sears Canada this year, so I dragged my little people with me to see what Sears had to offer this year.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to my local Sears store actually, so I was surprised to see how big the children’s wear department was. You could pretty much find everything you’re looking for in one location – from pjs, to outerwear, athletic wear to accessories.

I had $100 to spend on both kids and with no list or idea of what I was looking for, I just walked around until something caught my eye. There were sales and promotions posted on almost every rack so the prices were fantastic. But I knew as soon as I saw the Converse clothing displays (for boys and girls), I knew that’s what I wanted to get for the kids. They love hoodies and wear them all fall/winter long and the Converse one were really nice. They’re really well made, nice stitching, nice thick cotton and not covered in decals and things I’m not a fan of. PERFECT!

The Converse line was on promotion – you could buy one item for $19.97 or two for $34.97. I decided to go with two hoodies for each of the kids, which left a little under $30 (after tax) to spend. I let the kids pick something for themselves and no surprise, they headed to the graphic tees displays. The graphic tees were also on promo – $12.97 each or $19.97 for two so it worked out perfectly. We headed to the cash to pay for our purchase and still had a little left over to pick up a cute pacifier clip for our newest little nephew.

Shopping at the store was a great experience – lots of room to move around (great if you’re pushing a stroller), nearby fitting rooms, great prices and short line ups at the register. Another great thing about shopping with Sears that I didn’t even know about until now is their Kidvantage Lifetime Wear out Warranty:

The Lifetime Wear Out Warranty covers children’s apparel and footwear as long as a child in the family continues to wear the size. If the item wears out, Sears will, at its option, either repair it or replace it with the identical item in the same size, or if it’s unavailable, a similar item of equal value in the same size. It covers children’s apparel sizes from infants up to 18, and footwear up to senior kids’ size 6 . Proof of purchase required. 

So definitely keep those receipts!!

Sears also have a Price Match Guarantee – Sears will not be undersold on any children’s apparel, footwear or nursery furniture and juvenile products. We will match a competitor’s advertised price on identical items within 30 days of purchase, or 90 days on purchases made with your Sears FinancialTM Credit Card. Who knew.

Thinking about heading to Sears to shop too? Right now, there is a great contest on Sears Canada’s Facebook page where you can enter to win a Sears gift card daily! They’re giving away 35 $50 gift cards daily and 5 $500 gift cards weekly, until the end of the contest on September 5th, 2013. So make sure to enter!!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Back to School 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.”

Oscars Dessert Party #LMDConnector

30th January 2013

I’m not a big football fan so the odds of a Superbowl party this year are out.

However, I am planning to watch the Oscars on February 24th (despite Seth MacFarlane being the host – blah) and what better way to enjoy the Oscars then with a Prosecco and Desserts party!

Nothing beats a cold glass of Prosecco, and I think a dessert party takes the pressure off the host (especially if the host, ie. me gets performance anxiety when it comes to throwing the perfect party). The nice thing about having just desserts is that everything can be made beforehand and then set up on a lovely table that I and the guests can enjoy throughout the evening. It would be a drag to miss the show because you’re running back and forth pulling things out of the oven, etc.

As an #LMDConnector, I can tell you that the Life Made Delicious website is an excellent resource for some great dessert recipes that are easy to make!

Here are some of my favorites:

CAKE BONBONS (Cake pops without the stick)

BOURBON CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

TOFFEE BAR COOKIES

TIRAMISU SQUARES (YUM)

RED VELVET CUPCAKES

RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS

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Will you be throwing an Oscar party this year?  What will you be serving??

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

It Is All About The Apps #LMDConnector

29th November 2012

We just spent a great weekend watching football and the Toronto Argonauts win the Grey Cup (look at our cute tees!). The kids and their dad were super excited about it and they had a great time.

The man’s only request was cold drinks and plenty of apps. I’m no Martha, but apps I can do.

The little one was happy with cheese and crackers and apple slices, while the boys had a variety of bites.

– Nachos are always a safe bet – chips, chicken or beef , shredded cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and salsa.

– Quesadillas are so easy and yum – we like chicken, corn, cheese and salsa in ours.

– Bacon wrapped scallops are the husband’s favorite but bacon wrapped anything seems to win every time.

– Mozzarella Sticks

– Shrimp rings and popcorn shrimp and shrimp gumbo and (insert Forrest Gump reference here).

Let’s just say we were app happy over here this past weekend. What are your go to apps and if you don’t have any, I don’t believe you.

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Fighting The Germ War #HealthyFamilies

29th November 2012

I love my germ monsters.

But with the kids in school and their extra-curricular activities and playdates, they are surrounded by other germ monsters all day long. This stresses out germaphobe mommy.

I spend a lot of time reminding the kids about how to try to keep the germs at bay at school and at home, especially this time of year.

There are several things I do and have taught the kids to try to keep germs at bay:

– Washing our hands before and after we eat anything.

– Sneezing and coughing into our arms.

– Never sharing food or drink (or straws) with anyone.

– Keeping antibacterial gel and wipes in my handbag, and car for those really grimy moments. As soon as the kids get in the car, we use them to clean their hands until we can get home and wash their hands.

– At home, I’m a big fan of Lysol wipes (germ killers!) and I use them most often in the kitchen, and what the kiddies love to touch a lot, like the light switches and door knobs.

– If the kids are sick with the cold or flu, I try to keep them home to stop them for sharing their germs with the other children, and at home.

Now, as soon as I get that giant bubble patent, I won’t have to do any of this because the little ones will be living in that bubble.

Fingers crossed.

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Cold And Flu Season Is Coming #HealthyFamilies

6th November 2012


I loathe this time of year for many reasons:

  • Snow
  • Cold things
  • Less sunlight
  • Snow
  • Freezing my tush off in carpool pickup because I refuse to wear a winter coat.
  • My empty wallet – I blame Santa.
  • And of course, germs. Then again, germs are always on the loathe list.
But this time of year also means that cold and flu season is on it’s way.

We are so lucky!

Ugh, the MAN COLD is pure pain. Am I right, ladies?

It’s hard to deal with man colds and being sick, but the kids being sick is so much worse. I hate when they have colds or the flu – they get all grumpy and pathetic and sad, and oy I hate it. We talk about germs all the time (Mommy is a germaphobe after all), and the things we can do to try to stay as healthy as possible this time of year.

I like to remind them that germs are basically like BUGS (yes, I am a doctor too). The goal is to keep their hands out of their mouths and noses and if fear works, then I’m all for it. Of course, the six year old is a nail biter and the eight year old thinks soap is overrated, so mommy’s tactics might not be as effective after all. At home, it’s much easier to remind them about germs and washing their hands, and I do so A LOT. However, because I can’t be with them at school, all I can do is keep reminding them to wash their hands before they eat and after they’ve gone to the bathroom. I do know that having a routine at home will make it more likely that they’ll continue the routine at school. Hopefully.

I also say, ‘Don’t pick your nose’, ‘Stop biting your nails‘ and ‘Wash your hands‘ about one million times a day (and I’m pretty sure that’s a conservative number).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go wrap the kids in plastic wrap and put them to bed in their respective bubbles.

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Fall Slow Cooking #LMDConnector

30th September 2012

I love this time of year because I’m someone that appreciates cardigans and warm blankets and a hearty hot meal.

I never like to admit this but I’m not much of a cook. I’m good with a few things like casseroles, quesadillas, omelettes, and the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever had (thanks to my Martha Stewart recipe). But for the most part, I’m a big fail in the kitchen department. The fact that I have the pickiest eaters for kids doesn’t help things either.

However, I was gifted a slow cooker for my mom a while back and it’s great and I’ve been trying to use it lately – definitely need to use it more often. I think this time of year is a great time to use a slow cooker much more often, especially with the busier schedules. Now that the kids are back in school, we have strict 8 p.m. bedtime, which means dinner has to happen about 5:30p.m. I also have a husband that loves to come home to a hot meal on the table and I try to oblige him every so often. (I make him bbq in the dead of winter only sometimes.)

My go-to cookbook for my crockpot is the Canadian Living Slow Cooker Collection cookbook. It’s great and I’ve had great successes with the recipes I’ve tried so far. My favorite was the three-bean chili – very yummy although it was meatless, so the husband wasn’t that much of a fan. His favorite? Pot roast – he would eat it every day if I made it for him.

So if you’re looking for me, I’ll be in my kitchen throwing some things in my crockpot and hoping it’s tasty enough for my brood.

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Do you use a crockpot? Any advice? Do you have a favorite meal or crockpot cookbook? Would love your suggestions!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

 

My Five Year Old Touches EVERYTHING #HealthyFamilies

29th June 2012

My five year old daughter is a real sweetie. She’s funny and energetic and smart and all of that other good stuff we Moms say when we’re bragging about how perfect our kids are.

She is all of those things, and more.

She is also that adorable child that touches EVERYTHING. What’s worse? She bites her nails CONSTANTLY. Yes she touches everything and then puts those dirty little, adorable, contaminated hands in her mouth soon after.

Every gray hair I don’t have (I don’t have any – I’m sure of it), I can attribute to my lovely, sweet germ factory.

Enter Lysol!! Seriously, even though i’m currently writing a Lysol blog post that you are currently reading, I can assure you that prior to ever blogging a single word, I was a Lysol fanatic (germs – I hate you). So, I’m happy to share the joys of Lysol products because I use them all the time, every single day. I’ve worked hard to remind the little angel that she needs to wash her hands every day, especially before eating (and after), and after arts and crafts, which she does every day as well. As a child that also tends to bite her fingernails all the time, I am constantly reminding her how germs can enter her body that way and that clean hands will less likely lead to getting sick. Being five years old, I find that I have to repeat myself all the time, but it’s definitely easier to see what she’s doing when she’s home, now for the summer, than at school.

This is why I also love the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System and have been using it ever since it came on the market – it’s perfect for everyone, but especially for young kids who don’t think about germs as often as this neurotic, germ-hater does. Now if only I could convince my husband to install one of those automatic sinks in our home, I would be all set!

Please check out the Lysol Canada Facebook Page for more info on all their products!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Fiber 1 & Nature Valley Snacks – Giveaway – CLOSED

29th June 2012

I am a snacker.

I like something that isn’t a ton of calories but is filling and will keep my stomach from growling until the next meal comes along.

I had a chance to try some of these new snacks that  Fiber 1 and Nature Valley have just released:

  • Nature Valley Granola Thins – 90 calories and they come in chocolate and peanut butter flavours.
  • Fiber 1 Chocolate Caramel & Pretzel Chewy Bars – 100 calories (5 grams of fiber).
  • Fiber 1 Brownies  – 110 calories (5 grams of fiber) and come in chocolate peanut butter and chocolatey fudge flavours.
My favorite of the three were definitely the peanut butter Nature Valley Granola Thins. I love that the others have 5g of fiber because, fiber is your friend and if you want to snack on something chocolate, these will do the trick! Keep in mind that they are all a small portion but stay within 90-110 calories so they are a perfect size for a small snack.

Want to try them out yourself? Head over to the Life Made Delicious Facebook page right now and click to get your free coupon to print off, redeemable July 24th, 2012.

GIVEAWAY!

I am also offering someone the chance to win a Fiber 1 and Nature Valley Snack Kit, valued at $50. The kit includes one box of each of the snack I mention above plus this super cute weekender tote (my pic doesn’t do it justice)!

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Please leave a comment below telling me which of the three snacks you would like to try!

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL ENTRY:

Please tweet the following (ONCE) and leave a comment telling me you did: Enter to win a Fiber 1 & Nature Valley Snack Kit ($50) on @BOREDMommy ‘s blog! http://www.boredmommyblog.com/ #LMDConnector #Giveaway

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents only
  • Giveaway will run until July 3, 2012 (11:59 p.m. EST)
  • You can enter this giveaway more than once (on other blogs running the contest) but you can only win once.
  • Winner will receive their prize 4-6 weeks after the end of the contest.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Disclosure – I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

UPDATED: Congrats to my winner, comment #44 – Ashley Gillian. Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Lysol Fabric Mist Lives Here

3rd June 2012

Fact: I’m a Lysol fan.

Fact: My husband has the SMELLIEST shoes on the planet.

No matter the brand of shoe, whether they are leather or fabric, or the time of year, his shoes are disgusting. They smell horrid.

It was funny at first, but I soon realized that nothing that smells that bad can possibly be that funny.

We’ve tried keeping the shoes outdoors, but it didn’t last. They either get rained on, or become the site for spiders to have babies. I tried contacting a lawyer, but divorce is SO pricey these days.

Enter Lysol Fabric Mist – or what I like to call “fresh sanity in a bottle.”

I also call it the marriage saver (if you’ve smelled the husband’s shoes – have you heard? THEY REEK – you’ll know I am not exaggerating… much).

Officially, Lysol Fabric Refresher Mist is great for eliminating  “tough odours around the house such as cooking, sweat, smells from cleaning/personal care products. It also kills 99.9% of bacteria on fabrics, therefore eliminating the root cause of odours caused by the bacteria.”

It smells delightful too – the Blossoms and Springtime scent is fantastic. Yes, I use it as a way to save my marriage (and de-stinkify my husband’s shoes), but I use it elsewhere too. It’s great to freshen up the couch cushions between steam cleaning, carpets and even drapes. It leaves everything smelling fresh and clean and it’s a nice and easy way to get things smelling better in a fix.

Love me some Lysol Fabric Mist.

For more information on this product, check out the Lysol Canada FB page.

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

Finish Revolution Challenge – Cheesy Pasta

21st May 2012

As part of the Finish Revolution Blogger Program, I have blogged about my deep appreciation for Finish products and how well they work with my dishwasher.

Yes, I loved them even before becoming a part of this blogger program.

I have also been asked to test the Finish Quantum tabs product to see if they could effectively clean some of the toughest stains that I encounter while cooking for my lovely family. Usually, the dishes that give us the most grief are those used to bake casseroles in the oven, and those that I’ve left out for a couple of days and haven’t bothered to deal with (I call these lazy pots). Don’t judge.

For this post, we decided to go with a lazy pot of cheesy pasta.

Here is the lovely before:

Please note the caked on, dried out mess that I was almost certain my beloved dishwasher could handle – thanks to Finish!

And here is the after, following a regular wash and no rinsing or scrubbing beforehand.

Hello clean pot. I’m not sure if it translates to the photograph, but the pot was spotless and squeaky clean.

Thanks Finish.

“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.”

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