Monday, 22 September 2014

One-Day Parenting Workshop With Alyson Schafer in WInnipeg #Giveaway

Lazy mornings where your running for the school bus because the kids just don't want to get ready, having to break up the kids from a fight just because they can't seem to agree, explosive tantrums that you just don't want to have to deal with...  We've all been there before, numerous times but how should we handle it, that's what I want to know.  I wish I could say that I am an expert of all things being a mom, after all I have been doing for 6 years now, but that is so not the case.  In fact everyday with my boys there seems to be a new challenge, some that I can master right off the bat and others that I have to make mistakes before i figure out the right way to deal with it.  I'm sure we could all agree that a little bit of help could go a long way in certain situations.

Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and author of Ain't Misbehavin, Honey I Wrecked The Kids and Breaking The Good Mom Myth is holding a one-day parenting workshop on October 4th, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM at The Millenium Library in Winnipeg.  This workshop is perfect for parents with children ages 2 years - 12 years and will include topics that I know I need help on, such as:
  • The real reasons behind your child's misbehaving and how to correct it.
  • The 10 most important discipline tools.
  • How to work through parenting differences between you and your partner.
Tickets are on sale now for only $149.00 and will include a light lunch, for more details and to register visit here, follow Alyson on Twitter and like her on Facebook.  Don't live in Winnipeg but have parenting questions, join Alyson on Twitter for a chat, details below.

Enter to win one ticket to the One-Day Workshop with Alyson Schafer on October 4, 2014 from 10:30 and to 5:30 pmMust live in Winnipeg or any of the surrounding areas and be able to make the workshop.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Not Just Any Puzzle A Piczzle #Review and #Giveaway

I have to admit when it came to the Piczzle I was a little skeptical... Oh, who am I kidding? I was A LOT skeptical.  I honestly thought that I was going to get a photo puzzle that claimed to be on cardboard, only to receive it and have it really be on a flimsy piece of cardboard...  So not the case!

I received a basic 8"x10" 30 piece puzzle from Piczzle and I was pleasantly surprised to see first off that the picture puzzles came in, not only a box with the image on the cover but also a plastic re-sealable bag, for easy put away.

 The quality of the picture was so good that the first thing that I noticed as soon as I opened the box, were my son's beautiful eyes and his long eyelashes.

Once I started to put the puzzle together, I realized that I didn't exactly pick the best photo...  The middle was easy but the edges, with all the white and flesh color...  Not so much!  It's a good thing it was only 30 pieces instead of 50, that may have been a little difficult for me.  I found the pieces to be extremely durable and although they haven't tried it themselves yet, I have no doubts that it would stand the test against my children's little hands. 

Piczzle Photo Puzzles are fully customized with many different options to choose from including: shape, sizes, standard or wooden and even the amount of pieces.  For more information and to stay up to date on all of their products like Piczzle Photo Puzzles on Facebook and subscribe to Piczzle Photos on YouTube.

Now for the fun part - Enter to win your very own personalized Small Cardboard Puzzle.  Giveaway open US and Canada must be 18+ to enter ends October 8, 2014.

*Disclosure - I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

The days are growing colder and shorter and the nights are getting longer...  before we know it the holiday season will be here.  It's time to let all of the shoppers know what you have to offer for their loved ones.  The Mommy Mix is pleased and extremely excited to announce that we will be having our first ever Holiday Gift Guide and we would love to present your products to our readers.

The gift guide will start at the beginning of November and will be promoted until the middle of December.  We are now accepting submissions for until December 1st on the following:
  • Stocking Suffers
  • For Her
  • For Him
  • For Children
  • For The Home
  • Personalized Gifts
I have a few options for your advertising needs, all which will include:
  • A post featuring your product
  • Inclusion on The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Page
  • Inclusion on The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Pinterest Board
  • Inclusion in a special 'The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide' newsletter
  • Social Media exposure including 3 tweets, throughout the duration of The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and 1 Facebook post
REVIEWS will be written with 100% honesty, either with my opinion, my husbands or with help from my little assistants - Lucas 6 years and Colton 2 years old.  Reviews will be FREE of charge with a full-sized, non-returnable product with a minimum retail value of $50, unless otherwise agreed upon before hand.  If the product you wish to be featured does not meet the minimum requirement a fee or multiple products equaling to the amount may be accepted.  All reviews will have 1 to 2 no-follow links of your choosing as well as photos taken by myself and any photos you wish to add.

GIVEAWAYS WITH REVIEWS will be FREE of charge with a full-sized, non-returnable product with a minimum retail value of $50 for the review and  a minimum retail value of $25 for the giveaway.  I highly recommend including a giveaway with your review in order to gain more exposure, not just for the product being featured but to your brand as a whole.  All giveaways will include links to follow and/or subscribe to your emails as well as social media accounts, giving my readers additional entries when they do so.  For further publicity I will be adding giveaways to any forums or giveaway websites that I am a member of.

SPONSORED POSTS WITH NO REVIEW PRODUCTS - If you wish to have your products featured without sending any items for review, a fee of $50 will be required before the review is posted.  You will have to provide all hi-res images and will still receive 1 to 2 no-follow links.

GIVEAWAYS WITHOUT A REVIEW are available with a fee of $30 paid through PayPal, once the giveaway is posted and a minimum prize value of $25.  These posts will receive a one paragraph feature on either the product or business with 1-2 no-follow links of your choosing.  All giveaways will include links to follow and/or subscribe to your emails as well as social media accounts, giving my readers additional entries when they do so.  For further publicity I will being adding giveaways to any forums or giveaway websites that I am a member of.
Please note:  All reviews/giveaways will be done on a first come basis.  The giveaway can be open to US or Worldwide but this is not a requirement, however it MUST be open to Canada.  You will be responsible for the shipping, including any shipping and/or duty fees of all items, this includes the items for review and the prizes. 
Please keep in mind that The Mommy Mix is not limited to just the options mentioned above, we are always open to other ideas.  I would also like to point out that I am from Canada just in case it makes a difference for shipping purposes.  I would love to hear your thoughts and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Picture Perfect Clothes From Tea Collection

It's two weeks into the school season, you know what that means...  it's time to think about Picture Day and what your little ones are going to where.  Some parents have already had to make the decision and others are still anticipating that day.  Lucky for me, ours isn't until October so I still have lots of time, but that doesn't mean that I'm not already going through my sons closet, trying to put together a decent outfit.

Right now until September 18th, Tea Collection is offering 25% off of their Fall Favorites, that covers the taxes and than some for you.  I don't know about you but saving money for me at this time of year is a definite bonus.  With lots of colors to choose from, there is something for every skin tone and most of the outfits are in the 'earthy fall colors' so they are perfect for any outdoor family park portraits too or even just a day out with the family.

*DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.*


Monday, 15 September 2014

How To Plan A Birthday Party On A Budget

I have gone 6 years thinking that my kids birthday parties had to be lavish and somewhat extraordinary, not in the Big Top Circus kind of way...  but I thought I had to pick a theme, character wise and stick with it, as well as rent out some type of location and invite everyone we knew and the food, well there just had to be lots of different plates.  Well, this year we decided to go 'Old School' as  my mom would say...  the kind of house parties that we had back in the day, the kind that you don't see very often.  We could have spent more money on the actual party since we were saving on a venue but we decided to take the opportunity to try and save a little...  Here's how we did it:

     1.   Invites - We set up an event on Facebook a month in advance, this way it gives everyone a chance to book it off of work or make other arrangements for their children.  I know that the kids love to get paper invitations handed to them but they are most of the time unneeded, especially if the guests are all family and close friends.  I love the convenience of the Facebook events, it makes it so much easier if any changes need to be made as well as keeping track of the RSVPs...  but the best thing about it, is it is completely FREE.

     2.  Decorations - Pick a theme and stick to it!  That doesn't mean that if you pick a Sesame Street theme like we did, that all of the decorations have to be characters, just the colors are fine.  In fact the only things that we had that actually featured our theme was the Elmo Party Balloon that we were lucky enough to get from The Dollar Tree and the Elmo and Abby birthday cake.  The rest was just one bag of assorted color balloons and 3 tablecloths in red, blue and green (also from The Dollar Tree).

     3.  Food - As much as I used to believe that you had to have lots of food at a party, they really are more for the kids and I have never heard my son say "I can't wait to go to that party, I'm going to eat so much food!", it's all about having fun for them.  I don't have to have 2 different kinds of meat or 5 different kinds of salad...  Hot Dogs on the bar-b-que, a vegetable and fruit tray as well as 2 different kinds of chips are good enough...  Kool-Aid Jammers (which were on sale)  and a few $1 - 2L's, is all that is needed.

photo credit: stevendepolo via photopin cc
       4. Candy Scramble -  How many times has your child come home with a treat bag full of junk?  I know I just throw away most of the stuff.  I used to buy stuff that I thought my guests would like and appreciate but that can be quite costly and how do I know that they weren't going home and just throwing things out as well.  If the kids are hold enough, have a candy scramble, give them each a bag and go nuts throwing them in the air and let them work for their goodies, they'll have fun and since they worked for them they will taste sweeter. 

     5.  Bake It Yourself - The cake is not something that I skimp on, not because of my baking skills but because of my decorating skills.  I swear if I would gave tried to make an Elmo cake it probably would have looked like a big red blob, but it is something that others do have the gift for and can save at least $40.

     6.  Buy On Clearance - Any of these things can be bought even cheaper than at a dollar store, if you just keep your eye out for deals and know your theme early.

Do you throw Extravagant Expensive parties or Savings Soirees?  What are some of your top tips for money saving parties?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

3 Tasks To Planning A Party In Your Home That Nobody Talks About

Colton will be celebrating his second birthday on Friday and this is the first time that we will be hosting anything in our own home.  With myself being a November baby I know how much I used to hate the fact that my parties had to be indoors, while my brother got to have his outside because of this the ones that were at a restaurant were always the ones I looked forward to more.  That is why for Lucas' birthdays (January baby) we always try to host it at a community center or a restaurant with a play area, somewhere the kids can go nuts and run around.

Planning a party can be fun.  Planning a party in your own home...  not so much!  Any party sites you visit always tell you about the basic things you need to do to get ready for a party, no one tells you about the manual labor that needs to be done.

     1.  Taking Inventory - Every year, just about everyone asks what they should get my boys for their birthdays...  I usually just shrug it off and say "Whatever you want, they will be happy with." which is 100% true but than their drawers end up with 20 different pairs of pants and t-shirts but they have no sweatshirts that fit them.  My kids are messy but bit that messy, so a lot of times the clothes don't get worn and they get forgotten about until it's too late.  I have cleaned out the closet and the drawers and took an inventory for what is needed for the near future, including sizes and when they ask I am ready with an answer.

     2.  Fix Things - Just like in every household, I have things that need to be fixed, I live in an apartment so it's not like myself or my husband has to fix them, it's really only a matter of a simple phone call...  but I am a procrastinator and so of course, these things have been put off.  Until now, I finally made that call and someone will hopefully be here today.

     3.  Clean - This does not mean tidying up or doing the 'dailies' this is cleaning the couch, washing the walls (which I hate), cleaning the windows and making sure their is no clutter.  I know what your thinking...  That stuff should be done already but I'm a procrastinator, remember?

In the end I know it will all be worth it, seeing the look in his eyes when everyone sings Happy Birthday to him (his favorite song at the moment), watching him open presents (so far birthdays and Christmases he's been to young to care) but most of all watching him be around the ones who love him.

I'd love to know your secrets.  What do you so to get ready for a party you are hosting that nobody else knows or that nobody else would do?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Provacare Review and #Giveaway

Okay ladies, now don't be shy...  Who here has had a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis?  And who here doesn't always feel like they are doing a good job in making sure that it doesn't happen again?  This doesn't say anything about an individuals hygiene because I believe that even the cleanest person can experiencesome form of uncomfortableness in their nether regions at least once in a lifetime...  It's a part of life.  Sometimes with no explanation things just happen but it's up to us to find ways to prevent them from happening.

Provacare Feminine Foaming Wash is made with Hazel Water and natural Aloe, making it gentle enough for sensitive skin and easy to use as a part of your daily routine to prevent irritation and odour.  This unique foaming wash is dermatologist tested and helps to contribute to a healthy vaginal balance, even more so when used during menstruation, pregnancy and treating a vaginal infection.

As much as we would hope that it would never come down to it, if all else fails Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care Capsules are also available, these:
  • Help treat both bacterial & yeast infections
  • Help prevent infections from recurring
  • Naturally helps treat symptoms of burning, stinging and excessive discharge 
For a limited time only, you can download a coupon for $5.00 off these capsules.  To find out more about these or any other Provacare product, as well as information on proper vaginal hygiene please visit their website.

Plus enter below to win your very own Provacare Feminine Care Package valued at $60.  Giveaway open to Canada only must be 18+ to enter ends October 1, 2014.


*Disclosure - I received one or more of the products mentioned above for review purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*