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Lysol Mission For Health and Lysol Healthy Families

24th April 2012

I’ll admit – I have some phobias when it comes to germs. They may or may not be rational ones – I’m ok with that.

I dislike germs. A lot.

But, I like (read: love) the opposite of germs, which to me is LYSOL!

Honestly, I buy Lysol wipes by the case, and I’m also ok with that. I use them all the time every day, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. I love them.

This is the reason why I applied and was happy to be chosen as a Lysol Healthy Families Ambassador. I will happily endorse a product I use and believe in, anytime.

Through the ambassadorship, I’ve also had the chance to try some of their new products, including the LYSOL® No–TouchTM Kitchen System and LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System. 

 With young kids and a husband who is the opposite of a germaphobe, I really appreciate the “no-touch” aspect of both these products, and I am using both in my house right now, and plan to continue to do so.

Lysol has now created a new initiative called the Lysol Mission for Health.

The Lysol Mission for Health was “started because Lysol understands health matters to us all; especially to mothers. It is not just about making better products to help moms protect her family, but also about contributing to the health of the communities we live in. That’s why Lysol started the new moms program, healthy habits initiatives in schools, the cold & flu prevention program and disaster relief efforts. Lysol is dedicated to doing more for health.”

You can get more information about Lysol and their Mission for Health, check out all their products online.

“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.”

 

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?

GIVEAWAY!

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.

Additional OPTIONAL Entry:

Tweet the following and leave a comment below saying you did – Enter to win a $50 RBC Visa card on @BOREDMommy ‘s blog – http://bit.ly/GYIzbC – Ends 4/20 #giveaway #MoneyWithLeo

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents only
  • You are free to enter this giveaway on other blogs but you can only win once.
  • Winners will be chosen using Random.org
  • The Winner will receive their prize 4-6 weeks after the end of the giveaway.
  • 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!!

What You Need To Survive A Road Trip – March Break 2012 #KinderMom

28th February 2012

March Break is almost here.

I don’t know how early you make plans, but we are last minute planners, which basically means we’re not really planners at all.

We don’t actually know what we’re doing for March Break yet, but we still have about ten days to figure it out.

The kids are really hoping that we take a road trip to the U.S. to visit their little cousins during March Break.

We’ve made the trip before, and it’s about an eight hour trip (not including bathroom breaks for the wee bladders, so add at least two hours to that). The kids were three and six the last time we went on such a long trip, so it involved many snacks, dvds, music, toys, and pee breaks (did I say that already?)

Now that the kids are five and eight, I have no doubt they will be much easier to travel with. I’m lucky that they are willing to sit in their carseats/booster seats with zero complaint, and do not get car sick – ever.

So, here are my tips for a successful road trip with kids:

  • Start with a clean, empty car. It’s impossible to get packed and organized if the car/van is a disaster to begin with.
  • Put everything  you don’t need during the actual road trip in the trunk, so there’s enough room for the stuff you will need to easily access.
  • Dedicate separate bags for different roles – Snack Bag, Entertainment Bag, Emergency Bag and Mommy’s Bag of Sanity
Some Bag Details:
Snack Bag – Easy to eat snacks (granola bars, goldfish, fruit, etc), water, juice, wipes
Entertainment Bag (I have two of these – one for each of my kids and I hang them off the head rest of the seats in front of them for easy access) – they contain a book, notebook w pen, DSi or LeapPad with games, stuffy, etc. And lot’s of DVDs!!
Emergency Bag – Change of clothes for each kid, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, wipes, Tylenol
Mommy’s Bag of Sanity – iPhone, mags, book, laptop, earphones, mints, hand cream, lip gloss, camera, notebook/pen, Starbucks card – fully loaded!
(FYI: The perfect bags for lugging lots of stuff, and that are sturdy and flat bottomed so that they stand on their own – LLBean totes – love them. Super durable!)

Oh, and let’s not forget Daddy (a.k.a. the driver in our family) – he will require a bottomless Tim Horton’s coffee, a GPS, and CBC radio. And once we’re out of range for the CBC, he will require Mommy listening to his endless talk about work…..hence, ahem, the earplugs.

 

Carrying on…..

 

Once we’ve got the car packed properly, gps programmed, bladders emptied, and kids strapped in – we are off! We try to leave as early as possible so that we can get a few hours of driving in before our lunch break, and that way we can arrive by dinner time at the latest. At least that’s the plan, but as all parents know, plan on nothing but being flexible on road trips, or you might just be disappointed at some point.
If you can plot your stops in advance (for food, gas, bladder time), then you are awesome. If not, you are still awesome, but less Martha Stewart-like.

During the actual drive, I think it’s important for the kids to actually do more than just stare at the tv and other electronics, so we take breaks from that and play games together! For my son, I create a list with every U.S. state and as he sees license plates with each state, he checks them off. Sounds simple, but he enjoys it and it gets him very interested in looking out the window and finding every state. For my younger daughter, we do a Bingo game where we have animals, nature, objects listed that she has to find. It’s super fun times. Really. I also declare set “reading times” or “drawing times”, so that we can shake things up and again, not spend hours just playing with electronics.

 

I hope this helps you when planning your upcoming road trips, whether they’re during March Break, or not. This post is part of my continued partnership with Kinder as a #KinderMom! Please make sure to stop by their Canadian Facebook page to check out their 2012 toy selection, and enter their monthly contests!! You still have time to enter their February contest for a $500 staycation – well you have two days to enter, so HURRY ON OVER!!

“Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Empire Theatre 2011 Holiday Gift Cards

27th November 2011

Do you have difficult people to shop for this holiday season?

Honestly, there are three very difficult people to shop for in my family – my mom, my dad, and my oldest brother. Every year it’s the same thing and they are always the last three people that I buy for. I ask them for suggestions and ideas so often that it’s almost painful (for me, not them – OY!). Also, my dad is actually embarassed to open presents – it’s pure torture for him. The holidays are more about family than gifts for him, so he asks the grandchildren to open his gifts for him. In the end, its a battle among my four siblings to see who will buy him new pjs & slippers, new clothes, new boots, and scratch tickets. He loves those scratch tickets!

My mom, I love her to death, but she drives me bonkers this time of year. Sometimes I’ll drag her to stores and ask her to give me ideas, but then she gives everyone the same ideas and I end up getting her the token nightgowns/robes/slippers gift or a gift certificate to her favorite kitchen store. That woman loves pots more than anyone I know.

And then there’s my brother – officially, the hardest person to buy for. He has EVERYTHING and he has very expensive taste. Let’s just say with him, I always make sure to keep the receipt!

Do you have a tough person to shop for?

Let me help you with that, because the Empire Theatre Gift Card combos are BACK!

Who doesn’t love going to the movies? This just might be the perfect gift card to give this year!!

This is the second year in a row that Empire Theatre is doing their Holiday Gift Card combos – they were a huge hit last year.

How do they work?

  • When you purchase $30 in Empire Theatres’ Gift Cards you will receive $30 in Empire Theatres Coupons. (For example, If you purchase 3 cards for $10 each you qualify. Also, if you purchase $60 you would receive 2 bundles!)

When are they available?

  • In theatres, they will be available until Saturday, December 24th.
  • Online, in order to receive them in time for Christmas, the last date to order online is December 18th!
Where can they be purchased?
What is included in the $30 coupon combo??

  • BOGO Admission (January 9 to January 31, 2012)
  • $2.00 off any Combo – excluding Kid’s Pack (January 9 to January 31, 2012)
  • $9.99 (Admission, Regular Drink, Small Popcorn) (February 1st to February 29th, 2012)
  • Buy a Large Popcorn, get a Large Drink Free (March 1st to March 31st, 2012)
  • $6.99 General Admission(March 1st to March 31st, 2012)
  • Get $4.00 off a General Admission Ticket(April 1st to April 30th, 2012)
You can also purchase gift tins that you can use as a gift box to make the gift card/coupon combo even more special. Each tin costs $1 plus tax and net proceeds will go to Kids Help Phone. You can even purchase these tins regardless of whether you purchase a gift card combo, both in theatres and online. A great way to help a great cause this time of year.

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Empire Theatre Gift Card Holiday Campaign by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

The Barbie I Can Be Campaign

10th November 2011

As a little girl growing up in a family of five kids, I was raised with a very strict focus to respect and hard work. Things like makeup didn’t even factor until high school grade 10, and even then, my dad was not a fan. I have to say, in retrospect, I’m so thankful for that. My parents emphasized the importance of integrity, loyalty, dedication, a strong work ethic and a sense of humor. My mom and I would always talk about my grandmothers and great grandmothers who survived war, hunger, and illness with such strength and perseverance. I was raised with empathy, smarts and the ability to swing a hammer, and for that I’m forever grateful to my parents.

Now that I have a daughter of my own, I really understand how hard it can be to instill positive values in your children. At five years old, she doesn’t understand why she can’t wear lip gloss like her friends (At five! WHO needs lip gloss at five?), or why her ears aren’t pierced. She constantly talks about Rapunzel and how she dreams of having long, “lellow” hair just like her. My response is to always make her think by asking her questions. I want her to learn to question things. I want her to know that she can do anything she wants to do, and be whatever she wants to be, and being a girl shouldn’t even factor into her decision process. I want her to know that her beauty radiates from within, and that the person she is to herself and others will always matter more than what she’s wearing or what she looks like. So I ask her questions – I ask her what she thinks something means, or why did this person make this choice. We’re always talking, always questioning and I never want that to end.

I’m very proud to be a part of the new Barbie I Can Be campaign, and the launch of the new website, BE THE VOICE, dedicated to “helping moms with the task of raising their daughters so that they are smarter, stronger, happier, and more fulfilled.” With the addition of the in-house expert Terry Carson (of The Parenting Coach), the site will feature new themes and discussions each month.

Please make sure to stop by Be The Voice to engage and continue the discussion of how we can support each other to raise strong women.

Disclosure – I am participating in the Barbie I Can Be campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Mattel Canada.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.


Kinder Canada – My Kinder Moments

9th November 2011

I adore this picture of my son and I – it was taken at the Children’s Museum in Ottawa, and he was SO happy to be there. It was such a fun weekend, and we were really happy. Also, I love this kid more than I could ever put into words, and I’m pretty sure it’s clear in this pic, so it’s definitely a favorite. This is why I added the cute frame to it over on the Kinder Canada Facebook page.

As a Kinder Mom, I’ve been working with Kinder Canada for a while now and I’m happy to be promoting their next great thing right now – My Kinder Moments. Have you been to their page lately?  My Kinder Moments is a fun tool that allows you to frame your special photos in cute themed frames. You can register right there on the Kinder Canada Facebook page and create your own framed photos too. And right now, every time you frame one of your photos using a Kinder Moments frame, you will be entered to win a prize!

This month’s prize? You could win a compact digital camera valued at approximately $500!! What a great prize – if only I could win!! So head on over and frame some of your favorite memories!!!

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“Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. However, as always, the opinions on this blog are my own.”

My Kids Perfect Lunch

2nd November 2011

 

 My son has always been a very difficult child to feed. Every single thing he ate made him gag, and the minute it did, that food item was something he would never touch again. We got to the point where the only things he would eat were pureed apricot, firm bananas, bread, potatoes and plain pasta.

Mealtimes were torture.

As he got older, it got better but variety was NOT his spice of life. I was worried about school lunches, but that was put to bed when he insisted that he come home every day for lunch

Fast forward to my now seven year old who is a much better eater but still likes what he likes.

On the days when he needs to stay for lunch, I usually make him a turkey sandwich (the only type of sandwich he’ll eat), and also include a banana, cheese & crackers, water, juice box and something chocolate. And yes, he basically eats the same thing every time he stays for lunch.

However,  if my little man was choosing his perfect lunch? It would be the following:

  • grilled chicken breast with caesar salad (from his pappou’s (grandpa) restaurant
  • fresh bread with tarama (yes he likes his Greek grandpa’s food)
  • a barely ripe banana – but only if forced to take a piece of fruit
  • anything chocolate
  • really cold water
Oh, and he would appreciate his lunch items at their perfect temperature too, thank you very much.

Kids are fun.

Need some lunch time inspiration for your kids? You should check out  the Dempsters Lunchbox online.

“Disclosure – I am participating in the Dempster’s Lunch Box Inspirations program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Dempster’s Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Dempster’s Lunch Box Inspirations & Giveaway

26th September 2011

DempstersHow was your morning this morning??

A morning person I am not, so getting the kids up and ready in the morning is nothing short of painful – every single day.  However, starting the day at 7a.m. on weekdays allows us to move SLOWLY, and still have time to have breakfast, get dressed and ready for school. With my daughter only in afternoon Kindergarten, I only have to worry about making lunches for my son, and even that’s a couple days of week. He prefers to come for lunch but will stay sometimes.

I make lunches in the morning because I actually like to involve my son in what he’s getting for lunch. I give him a couple of options from each food group and he chooses from those – that way, it’s guaranteed to be as healthy as possible, while still ensuring that he will want to eat it. Sometimes he eats his entire lunch, and sometimes he doesn’t – although when kids are given fifteen minutes to eat their lunch (this is the case at my son’s school), it’s pretty impossible to finish it within that time frame.

When the kids come home from school, I always check the kids’ lunch bags to see what hasn’t been eaten, and it helps determine what their after school snack will be.

Do you need help with making lunches? You should check out Dempster’s Lunch Box Inspirations where you’ll find tips, recipes, products and promotions. You can also find Dempster’s on Facebook, so join in on the conversation over there too!

GIVEAWAY!

I have a fab prize to give away, thanks to Dempster’s, I have a  Hamilton-Beach Panini Grill to giveaway to one of my readers!

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Leave a comment below telling me the funniest, grossest, and/or nastiest thing you’ve found in your kid’s lunchbox.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

  • Tweet the following once:

Enter to win a Hamilton-Beach Panini Grill on @BOREDMommy ‘s blog http://bit.ly/qmct4x #giveaway #DempstersLunch

  • Follow me on Google Friend Connect or tell me if you do
  • Follow my Facebook page or tell me if you do

RULES:

  • This giveaway will run from Monday, September 26 until Monday, October 3rd, 2011.
  • Open to Canadian Residents ONLY.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org

Disclosure – I am participating in the Dempster’s Lunch Box Inspirations program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Dempster’s Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

UPDATE: Congrats to #17 – KIMBERLY – Thanks to everyone who entered!!!

Making Time To Play Everyday

26th September 2011

It’s not just my kids that love to play – I’m a big fan of play time.

I’m not talking about video games and I’m definitely not talking about anything involving the television. Don’t get me wrong, we have TVs and we watch them, and we also have video games (which we play on weekends only). However, I think playing with toys is crucial to allowing kids to use their imagination and learn to share and play well with others.

I’m a big fan of play that requires both imagination and creativity, so toys such as legos, building blocks, costumes, and board games are very popular in our house. Of course, getting outside is also important – and my husband is in charge of outdoor play including soccer, baseball, biking and playing at the park. We also have days that are dedicated to family time to ensure that we have play time together. These include the very popular Sunday night game nights, where BINGO is currently the game of choice.

As a Kinder Mom, I think it’s great that Kinder Canada also believes that play helps kids learn and grow because I totally agree. Have you had a chance to check out Kinder Canada lately? They have a great contest on right now. They are giving away TEN gift baskets valued at $200 each, to ten lucky community members. There promises to be lots of exciting things happening on the Kinder Canada Facebook page, so please make sure to like them so you can enter to win a basket and be in the loop for future fun!!

Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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