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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We've Got Frozen Fever!

Disney's Frozen is one of our family's favorites... it's in regular rotation on family movie night and the soundtrack is belted out from my 8-year-old's lips at least once a week (usually more!).

Needless to say, we are all fans of Frozen in our house, so we are thrilled to hear that the follow-up short film, Frozen Fever, can be seen exclusively in theatres with Disney’s new live-action version of Cinderella, opening on March 13. If you want a sneak peak, I've got it for you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Taking Care of Your Skin: Winter Tips + Enter to Win!

I'm a bit of an addict when it comes to creams, lotions and potions (...and nail polish!). Having eczema means I'm always on the lookout for the best skin care products to soothe my dry, itchy skin and, more often than not, I end up at Shoppers Drug Mart to try out the latest products.

In turn, I'm super excited to be a Shoppers Drug Mart #GettheMostOutofLife Ambassador for the month of February! You may have noticed my recent social media posts, where I've shared tips and articles from their healthy living website.

One of my resolutions this year is to take better care of my skin, and there's a lot of helpful information and easy recommendations on the site to make this a no-brainer when it comes to reaching my goal.

Check out the site for yourself and, while you're there, enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card! I'm hosting a 3-day contest on the site, starting today. All you have to do is tell us what Life Brand products (or tips) you use to take care of your skin.

Enter here!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cute Valentines for Your Valentine {Free Printables!}

When it comes to Valentine's Day, what's not to love? ;)

My family will attest to the fact that I adore any reason to make stuff... crafts, party decorations, cupcakes and cookies - the list is endless. In the case of cupid's day, I heart making cute valentines.

So, if you find yourself scrambling for last-minute cards for your child's class, look no further.

I hope you enjoy these free, printable valentines - made with love from me to you! Simply click on the image below to download the PDF file. (You'll need Adobe Reader to open the file; you can download it here for free.)

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

First Birthday Party Planning Made Easy + DIY Hot Air Balloon Lollipops

I adore parties… from planning to execution. In fact, I tend to go a bit overboard, but when it’s that much fun, who needs more than four hours of sleep? (Kidding…)

From the moment my son or daughter picks a theme, I start planning and trawling Pinterest for the best cake ideas.

Each year, my kids tell me that *this* party is the best one yet! But then something happens, like when my daughter chose Frozen as her theme. The movie had just come out a few months prior and there was no Frozen-themed anything! No plates, cups, napkins, decorations... zip, zero, nada.

So, I had to get creative and design it all myself... which definitely isn't for everyone. It takes up a ridiculously huge amount of time and isn’t something I would have been able to do when the kids were smaller.

In fact, when I think back to my kids’ early birthdays, I remember spending my free time (henceforth known as time I should have spent sleeping) cobbling together the best parties I could muster. It would have been great if there were resources to make it a bit easier. 

Well, parents of today – rejoice!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Food Fiction

I came across an article on a Mom blog today that concerned me. 

It was a sponsored post for a snack item that, although described as "nutritious fuel" for kids, is clearly a treat. ("Chocolate-filled" doesn't make me think "nutritious"... you?) The dip recipe that accompanied it contained an entire container of Cool Whip Light. (This, alone, raises red flags for me; its two main ingredients are hydrogenated vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup. 'Nuff said.) It also listed a small amount of frozen fruit in the ingredient list, but it seemed almost token.

This product, with the dip, was described as being "a wholesome snack". 

I might sound like a judgey parent right about now, but here's the thing:

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Glimpse of My Very Merry Christmas: #NikonMOMents Part 4

Christmas has got to be one of my favorite holidays. From the homemade goodies to the festive decorations, there's not much I don't love about it! (Although I must say, I don't enjoy putting it all away.)

It is truly a magical time of year and I make sure we have lots of fun prepping for it. We have traditions like making cut-out cookies, taking turns putting the angel on top of the tree (it was my daughter's turn), and reading "The Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve.

My daughter read our special story this year... what a fantastic reader!

This year was especially memorable because both kids helped decorate the tree. Last year, my little guy tried to help... but the stress of a three-year-old hanging breakable ornaments was, well... stressful!

In the past, I tried to capture my family's Christmas memories on a point-and-shoot camera, but I've never been able to get a good picture of the tree all lit up. The lights always looked fuzzy and blurry, making the images less than desirable. This year, however, I was able to take all of the shots I wanted and they all turned out, thanks to my trusty Nikon D3300 DSLR. I got a new zoom lens, too, which allowed me more range than my 35mm portrait lens.

Here's a little glimpse into the sights and sounds of my family's Christmas this year...

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gifts That Give Back: #TOMSforTarget {#SeasonsTweetings}

I love to shop.  I really love it.

But I hate feeling guilty for splurging on new clothes that I may not actually need.

So when I first saw the #TOMSforTarget line, I knew I had found THE perfect, guilt-free way to indulge because, not only are the items fabulous (think: cozy sweatshirts, scarves, hats and more), but they help give back to our community.

In fact, every item from this special holiday line benefits Canadians in need! How amazing is that?

Each product purchase equals a donation to either the Canadian Red Cross or Food Banks Canada. It's such an easy way to do a great thing this holiday, by simply buying the gifts you normally would anyway.

If you're still looking for a few last-minute presents, here are my picks...