Thursday, 28 August 2014

Frozen Sale - Up To 60% off at zulily

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Save up to 60% on all Disney's Frozen apparel, toys and gear at zulily on Thursday, August 28th! With Disney's Frozen being the highest grossing animated film of all time, this is sure to be the wish on every little girl's gift list this year, so you are not going to want to miss this sale. To get you and your little one in the spirit of the sale, zulily has put together some special tutorials on how to create the magical updos and braids of Anna and Elsa. Share these images with your friends, and don't forget to tell them about the zulily Frozen Sale.



      



       

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

6 Must-Haves For Back To School - The Parental Version

The first day of school is next week,  which I am both happy and a little nervous for at the same time.  Happy to get back into a routine and if I'm being really honest, I love my boys but this mama needs a break sometimes too and sending at least my oldest off to school is usually the only time I get half of one.  Nervous because I have not met his teachers yet...  yes, that was plural, there were two names on the sheet that he brought home, not one...  and after 2 months off, how easy is it really going to be to get back into the swing of things?

Everyone is always talking about what steps, tips or items are needed for making back to school an easy transition for our children, but what about us...  they are not the only ones who get stressed out at this time because they don't have enough of something or can't remember some of the basics that they've learned the year before.  So do we, except ours is doubled because it's not just our own that we are thinking of but theirs and how we can help them.  Which is why I have compiled a list of my must-haves 'parent back to school items' to help the school year run smoothly for me.


     1.  A Calendar - Whether it's my phone or my actual agenda book, I know that I am always going to need something to help me keep all of the inservice days, events and appointments for both, him and my youngest in order.

     2.  A Schedule - This does not mean the same as number 1, in fact this goes back to a routine mentioned at the beginning of this post.  About a week before, so tomorrow, we will be starting our bedtime (his not mine, I only wish) at 8 pm and waking up at 7 am, I am really hoping that this will give us enough time to eat, brush teeth, get dressed and be at the bus stop by 7:45 am.  Did I mention that my son is not a morning person?  Neither am I for that matter, but I am hoping that the 'practice' before hand will change that.

     3.  A Cheque Book - I know that my sons school is always asking for money, not that I mind because I totally don't...  I just know what it's like for the field trip form to be due and to not have any cash on hand.  Prepare yourself and make sure you have enough, if not make sure to order them, you never know when there may be a fundraiser or even a hot lunch that you want your child to be a part of.  I know my cheque book was a lifesaver on a few occasions last year.

     4.  Snacks - I don't know about you but my son is a bear after school, he comes home all grumpy and basically I can not talk to him until he's had something to eat (kinda like me in the morning before my coffee).  When I think after school snack, I think of one that has been around since the beginning of time, milk and cookies...  Not just any kind of cookies though, they've got to be Rich Product's Our Specialty Nut-Free Frosted Cookies.  Since I've tried these melt in your mouth sugar cookies I am hooked, for starters they are not to sweet, even the icing has just the perfect amount to cure my sweet tooth, not to give it an ache.  They are so pretty to look at that my almost 2 year old thinks it's a birthday cake, I know this because he sings "Happy Birthday" every time i give him one.


The best part of Rich Products is that they are committed to becoming the leading nut-free cookie povider, with their line of classic and frosted cookies.  It took them nearly 2 years to develop a line of 100% peanut and tree-nut free cookies to ensure high quality and a great tasting treat.  Each package is clearly labeled to add peace of mind to parents, teachers and anyone else who may be interested in there product.


Did you know that more than 50% of moms have received warnings or guidelines from their child's school regarding nut allergies.  Last year I became one of those statistics, a little boy in my sons class was/is allergic to peanuts so anything that we brought for snack time or a treat for the class had to be peanut-free.  I was amazed to see how many products are not clearly marked...  Each package from Rich Products is clearly labeled to add peace of mind to parents, teachers and anyone else who may be interested in there delicious cookies.

     5.  Learning Tools - Everyone can use a little bit of help in continuing the education that our children are getting at school, whether they are from flash cards, a desktop computer or even a robot.  Yes, I said a robot, one that is controlled by an app on your phone...  just like Sphero. I have to admit until I received one of these I really didn't even know very much about it, I still don't on account that my children will not let me try it out, all I get to do is sit back in the side lines and watch them have fun with it.  I have officially named them The Sphero Hogs.


I'll tell you what I do know though...  Sphero not only creates toys that are connected but by blending technology with robotics, the toys teach and inspire our little future inventors.  The company has created the SPRK - Schools, Parents, Robot, Kids Program which allows you to download free lessons to sharpen their skills in programming, math and science.  I know my boys are both still a little young to be thinking about programming or even any career in general but my oldest has expressed an interest in `video game making'.  I know, right?  Probably, every little boys dream but it's not a bad one.  If I can help him along by building a foundation with Sphero to reach his dream, I'm gonna start as young as I can.

     6.  Memory Keeper - One of the greatest things, I think that I got to do last year, was go with my son and his classmates on his first trip to the farm.  My phone was fully charged and ready to go but by the end of our visit, which in reality was only about 4 hours in total, my phone was completely dead and I didn't even talk on it or text once, it was just from all the pictures I took.  I don't know what I would do if I lost them and I know that this year will be full of more memories that I am going to want to be able to save and keep nearby.


Lyve along with the free app, is the only cross platform that will bring all of your photo memories together.   It collects, protects and rediscovers photos you didn't even know you had still stored on your different devices and puts them all in one place, making them easily accessible.  Can't remember which file you put those first day of kindergarten photos...  no problem because LyveHome automatically finds and organizes them for you, letting you relive those wonderful experiences all over again.

I'm sure throughout the years as I get more experienced my list may change, most likely adding not deleting anything but for this year, these are my 6 must-haves for back to school.  For more tips like this take a look at the PTPA Back To School Guide.

I'd love to hear from you...  do you have anything that you rely or depend on year after year?

GIVEAWAY TIME

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Back to School Brand Ambassador Program with Sphero, Lyve and Rich Products. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”


Monday, 25 August 2014

Back To School Readiness Week - Stewie Boomstein Starts School

There's no doubt that with Back To School comes even just the tiniest bit of nervousness in my son, regardless of how much he tells me he is looking forward to it.  He is starting Grade 1 this year, which means ALL DAY classes, even I'm nervous.  Kindergarten last year was just 4 hours away from me, this is going to be nearly 8 hours...  Will he eat all of his lunch?  Will he even touch any of it?  Will he miss me too much?  Will I miss him too much?  I have all of these questions and so much more...  I could only imagine what's going on in his mind.

Much like little Stewie in Stewie Boomstein Starts School, my son likes to be prepared, he's never really been one who has a routine but he doesn't like to do things out of the norm and when he does you can tell he feels shy and even a little uncomfortable.  His first day week in Kindergarten was treacherous, not just for him but myself as well, I think that a lot of it had to do with the fact that when they started, to get the little kids in transition with their school adventures, they had them going one day on and done day off for the first few days.  Let's just say that during this time there was a lot of tears and heartaches from both of us...  once they started to go to school on a regular basis, things changed and he was all of a sudden willing and wanting to go.

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Stewie Boomstein kinda goes through the same thing, his first day doesn't go so well because he is far too worried to have any fun, even when they are doing things that he knows he will enjoy.  The synopsis says he is a cranky child...  I think he is just scared, and kids tend to put there guard up when something frightens them.  In the end his family banded together to help him fix the situation, I think one of the most important thing to do when your child has a problem, is to talk to them and try to find a solution to the problem together.  I love that at the very end of this book Stewie's Mom asks an expert questions so that they may help another parent who is having the same problems, it is definitely something that I wish I would have had last year.

Did you know that it is Back To School Readiness Week?  In honor of this very stressful time for all parents, you can sign up to receive a Daily Back To School Tip delivered straight to your email by clicking here

Friday, 22 August 2014

Deep Relief #Review

Have you ever started something, thinking that it was going to be a piece of cake, only to realize that it's not so easy peezy lemon squeezy...  Yeah, that was pretty much me and the thought of the 30 Day Squat Challenge.  I took one look at it and thought "No problem.", boy was I wrong.  Day 2 has come and gone and although there was supposed to be a day 3, being as clueless as I am, I didn't even look at the page that it was on and just assumed that due to how much pain I was in, it was supposed to be a 'break day'.  My assumption was in fact incorrect but to be honest, even if I knew that I was supposed to do 60 squats as opposed to none, it wouldn't have mattered much because I could barely stand up, let alone squat down.

You may think that I am over exaggerating but I assure you that I am not, even something as simple as going to sleep was a task due to the fact that it felt like someone was consistently pounding on my thighs...  I knew that the only thing that would give them any kind of relief and let me get even a little bit of sleep was something that was made specifically for this kind of thing...  Deep Relief Dual Action Warming Rub may say that it's for your neck, shoulders and back pain, but that's not the case, in fact it can really be for anywhere on your body where your muscles are full of aches and pains, hence why I used it on my legs.


How does it work you ask?  The dual action formula has a combination of ingredients that penetrate and provide pain relief for up to 6 hours from those aching muscles.  The hands-free applicator has got to be my favorite feature besides the fact that the pain goes away for a bit.  One thing I hate when having to apply any type of medication, is having to get it on my hands, regardless of how much I wash them they never feel like they are clean and the smell most certainly lingers, with the hands-free applicator I don't have to worry about this.

To find out more information on this or any other Deep Relief products visit their website http://www.deeprelief.ca/en/default.htm or their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/DeepReliefCanada

 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

How to Clean Your Kids Closet

I swear everytime I ask my son to clean his room, it's like a tornado has come through it and blown everything into his closet.  To be honest, I can't really blame him, he has way too much stuff and doesn't know where to put it all...  heck, even I get overwhelmed when I'm in there trying to find a place for everything.  However, it was starting to get to the point where I couldn't open the closet for fear that something would fall or even worse...  jump out at me.  It was time to get his closet back to how it's supposed to look and not like the local garbage dump. 


Two stressful hours, a lot of patience and some help from the folks at Organize It, I finally managed to get it back to normal with these simple steps and organizing tools.

Take it ALL out - I didn't dare try and put anything away with out first examining the situation fully.  I took everything out of the closet including the clothes.

Make piles for the clothes - Too big, too small, just right, outfits...  I admit my kids get clothes a size ir two too big for their birthdays, Christmas...  and just to get them out of the way I throw them in the closet, some of the time never to be seen again until they've grown out of it...  During my cleaning spree, I put the clothes that are too big and the ones that are too small into two separate storage bins, one that my oldest has grown out of but my youngest will grow into and the other bin whose fate will be decided upon at a later date, I took them and stuck them both into storage...  Out of sight, out of mind.  I hung up the matching outfits I managed to find, using the Kids Wood Clothes Hangers With Clips, I love that they are adjustable making it easier to hang pants of ANY size (for children, of course) without stretching them.  I will never have to search for a top or pair of pants again and for this, I am thankful.


Throw out the garbage - Do they play with it?  Is it stained? Is something growing out of it?  If you answered "No" to the first two and "Yes" to the last one, just get rid of it.  I threw away two garbage bags full of stuff, just from that tiny little closet.  Chances are if it's in there, it's been forgotten and there was never any sentimental value in the first place, so they will not miss it.  Also I can't be the only one who uses what she has on hand when it comes to putting stuff away, that includes cardboard boxes, which is fine but they can get pretty banged up sometimes and that means it's time to move on.

Get proper storage - Did you ever notice that the bottom of the closet is usually just a place to store things?  I mean who really puts anything useful at the bottom of their closet?  Umm, we do...  now!  The bottom of my son's closet is now the home to a Denier Eyelet Storage Tote and Four Interlocking Wire Storage Cubes, which I have to add I put together all by myself,  I didn't even ask my husband for any help.  It took a little longer that I would have liked, but that was only because I had decided to skip ahead and not bother with the instructions, which meant that I put the plastic connectors on wrong, plus my toddler wanted to play the 'throw something in the cube while mommy is still trying to put it together and cry for her to get it out' game...  fun for him, not for me.


The storage cubes are versatile and can be used in many different ways - stacked on on top of the other, side by side, individually, or how I used them, two on the top and two on the bottom with one being a basket, fitting perfectly under the hanging clothes. The tote fits perfectly on top of the storage cubes and the metal eyelets make it easy for him to lift when he wants to play with what's inside.

Find a home for everything - If you haven't thrown it out or put it into storage, it needs to be put away neatly.  With the Four Interlocking Wire Storage Cubes my son now has a spot for those stray balls, his board games are easily accessible for him and his 'superhero bases' are neatly put away. I have no worries that when he picks his mega bloks to play with, the bottom of the cardboard box they were in will give out and everything will fall to the ground, leaving a huge mess because the Denier Eyelet Storage Tote is made with a sturdy fiberboard and polyester lining plus it's much more pleasing to the eye than cardboard with chunks taken out of it.


I'm not sure how long the closet is going to stay as clean as it is and I definitely don't want to show you what the room looked like once the closet was all clean, that is another day and another post entirely.  Next step clean the bedroom...  Wish me luck!




Tuesday, 19 August 2014

zulily Mountain Buggy - Nano Exclusive Sale and Giveaway

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This is for all of you new parents out there! zulily has just released the Mountain Buggy - Nano Travel System: a one-of-a-kind Stroller and Protect Infant Car Seat combination system that features the lightest car seat on the market and a stroller that folds ultra compact into a shoulder-strap bag, perfect for a family on the go! The best news — we can both win one! Here's how…  

A little about the Mountain Buggy - Nano:
• Includes the Protect Infant Car Seat one of the lightest on the market at 8.3 pounds
• Lifts out of its sturdy LATCH base without disturbing Baby and into the Nano easy-push 13.7 lb stroller
• The stroller folds ultra compact into a shoulder-strap bag to simplify travel for a family on the go
• Available for $349.99 with free shipping!


zulily Mountain Buggy - Nano Giveaway!
 I'm entering the zulily travel system giveaway contest and if I win one, so can one of you! 
Starting today (8/19) through Thursday (8/21), you can enter the zulily Moutain Buggy - Nano Giveaway by sharing your favorite Nano color in the comments below.


    

Thursday, 14 August 2014

SHop Back To School Products At Little Passports

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Pick up classroom favorites at Little Passports! For a limited-time only, kids can start the new school year with fabulous Back to School essentials. Choose from a Little Passports Back to School Bundle for only $19.95 or a Little Passports Premium Lunchbox and Chalkboard for only $29.95. Even better, pick up both! Plus, learn about Back to School traditions around the world by checking out the new blog post from Little Passports. Shopping and learning...it's a win-win! 


  Little Passports Back to School Bundle for only $19.95
Includes: 1 Folder, 1 Notebook and 5 Bookmarks
 

Little Passports Premium Lunchbox and Chalkboard for only $29.95
Features: Chalkboard, 7.5" x 6.5" x 4", sturdy tin design