Deadline for #Canadian schools to win a $20,000 Outdoor Classroom via MAJESTA


One of the things I love about products I use in my household is hearing and learning the good the company does for communities, especially when it comes to kids. Education for kids means a lot to me and learning that Majesta has started their annual Tree of Knowledge Competition where your school could win $20,000 for an outdoor classroom, I was very impressed and excited all at once.



Since 2011, Majesta, Tree Canada and Focus on Forests have been helping schools take learning outdoors, and this year even more schools will have the opportunity to bring their projects to life with additional prizes available for schools that finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th place and for the school that shows the most creativity in rallying support.

Since the program was launched in 2011, more than 80 schools from across the country have submitted an application for their chance to win an outdoor classroom. Ideas for outdoor classrooms have included everything from gardens and nature trails, to shaded study areas, interactive learning spaces and musical play places.

Below are the list of Prizes that your school could win:

Grand prize consisting of an outdoor classroom from MAJESTA valued at $20,000, expert consultations from Tree Canada and outdoor learning curriculum support from Focus on Forests

Secondary prizes consisting of $5,000 for the runner-up, $3,000 for third place, $2,000 for fourth place and $1,000 for all other finalists

The most creative prize consisting of $3,000 for the school who shows the most creativity, enthusiasm and community engagement during the voting period.


To apply, Canadian schools can visit majestatreesofknowledge.ca and enter before January 13, 2013.

CANADA! #MilkUnleashed This Holiday w/ A Giveaway!


My family loves milk, I mean, seriously, my husband alone can drink a gallon of it if I let him. Me, I'm not too big on milk, but I do make sure I consume enough so that my bones stay healthy and I do make sure that the kiddos get their daily servings each day.


Since the holidays are just around the corner, Milk Unleashed once to help out since they know these times are filled with family trips, dinner parties, gatherings and so much more. They are going to giveaway a prize pack to one of our Canadian readers so that your family and you can enjoy milk wherever your family is.

Don't know what Milk Unleashed is? No problem. Milk Unleashed provides you with shelf stable milk that you can take with you anywhere and doesn't require refrigeration until after it's been opened. To learn more about Milk Unleashed be sure to pop on over to their website. I'm super excited about it as my kids love to drink milk and putting these milk boxes in their lunch is going to go so well for mommy.


PRIZE PACK:
One liter of Shelf Safe Milk (or if you have little ones under 2: Grand Pre or Baboo)
Three single serving shelf safe milks (white and chocolate) from: Chokeo Chocolate Milk, Grand Pre or Baboo
A calendar and brochure with information about Shelf Safe Milk
Cool stickers and Tattoos
Plus, one bonus prize!

Be sure to check out and browse the Milk Unleashed App below and take the Family On-The-Go Quiztacular to enter our giveaway!


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I will receive a milk prize pack in exchange for this post/my participation, no other compensation will be received.

@LAQAandCO Holiday Candy Giftbox Giveaway


I'm a girly girl. I love makeup, fashion, girly drinks and so much more. I also love to find new and unique items to make me feel even more girly and pretty. I think all of the girly girls out there can relate.

So when I found out about LAQA & Co. and their high gloss nail polish pens, I became a huge fan. Not only are you getting high quality nail polish, but they all come in their own unique box covered in artwork from talented artist.

We'll be sharing our thoughts on a couple of their nail polish pens within a couple of weeks, but right now they want to offer two Just Us Girls readers a chance at winning their Candy Giftbox, just in time for the holidays.

Their Candy Giftbox contains Pimpin & Mudpie Nail Pen, Fairyblood Fat Lip Pencil and Remover pads and each giftbox retails for $53.95.

Ice Age: Continental Drift Blu-ray Giveaway


A couple of weeks ago we shared with you our thoughts and review on the movie, Ice Age: Continental Drift. We loved it. It was filled with laughter, a great storyline and a theme song that was pretty catchy. This week we're offering one lucky reader to win not just the movie itself, but also an adorable ice tray to go along side your movie!


Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift.  Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd.  In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.


This family adventure floats to blu-ray and DVD, December 11th and will also be releasing a special 3D and Digital Download formats. This feature will aim to be an informative guide for parents on the advantages of utilizing these new formats with their families. Below is information on some of the benefits such as the stunning visuals on the 3D version, and easy viewing access on any iPad or tablet.


HIGHEST QUALITY IMAGES

The special 3D format for Blu-ray provides the highest quality images out of any other 3D format on the market. It comes in the specific format known as “format packing” in which the original content does not lose resolution when viewed in 3D. This means that you are watching the clearest image possible every single time you watch the movie.


HOME THEATRE EXPERIENCE

You don’t need a fancy home theater built into your home to get an incredible home theater experience. The special formats allow you to simply watch the movie in your living room and have it look just as it would on the big screen. This is great for quiet family movie nights as well as large gatherings and slumber parties. 

MOBILE VIEWING
A convenient feature of the special formats is that they make your viewing experience mobile. It is now possible to watch Ice Age: Continental Drift anywhere you go! This is perfect to take in the car for long family road trips. Also, parents can watch the movie while they wait for their child during a dentist’s appointment or soccer practice. 


PRIZE




Tru Kid's Hero Stick Review

We've had the pleasure of reviewing some products from Tru Kid before and had a great expereince. So when we were asked to review one of their newest products, Hero Stick, we definitely wanted to review and see how it worked.



The Hero Stick is easy to use and is very handy for your every day boo-boo's and ouchies your little ones may get. The Hero Stick also helps with bug bites, eczema and rashes as well. What I love about Tru Kid and their products is that all of them are all natural and organic.

With a son that climbs, jumps and runs every where, this stick worked great for me and was very convenient. Small enough to fit in your purse to take with you on the go and strong enough to make every ouchy feel better.

I was really impressed with how well the Hero Stick worked. Not only was this a life saver at birthday parties and family functions, but this seem to do the trick especially on Halloween when my son ran and fell. He had a scratched knee and this seemed to not only calm him down, but took away the sting of the boo-boo he got.

This is definitely a stick that will benefit every mom out there with their little ones and definitely something I hope to see out in stores here in Canada soon.

Tru Kid has provided us with a coupon code for you readers to receive a free bubbly body wash once you spend $30 or more.

The code for you Just Us Girls readers is: bubblymom

DisclosureAll opinions are my own. I received a Hero Stick at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

A Boardgame Perfect for A Girls Night In, ZinZig


Every so often my girlfriends and I go out and have a few drinks together and play catch up, but lately with the holidays near and Winter fastly approaching, we've been staying in and hanging out together and that's just as much fun.


Two things we love to do is drink wine and play games together, so when we had the opportunity to try ZinZig, a wine tasting trivia game, we jumped on it and were super excited. To play the game you do need between two to three bottles of wine depending on the number of players that are playing and if you have around six players, you can break off into teams, which is the part we liked best. There was six girls total, so breaking off into teams and helping each other out with the questions was a lot easier than being asked as an individual.

The game is pretty easy to follow, the questions, not so much, but if you're a wine expert or know a bit about wine, the questions would seem easy as pie to you. We did seem to get a few questions correct, but not many since the group of us love wine, but aren't experts on it. It was truly a fun experience and we had a great time playing together and learning some things we didn't know before hand and of course, sipping on our wine.

This game would be perfect for the up and coming holidays for a group of adults, definitely worth trying. I'll be bringing this trivia game with me for Christmas dinner to my mother in laws so we can all play together, which should be fun!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Zinzig for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

A Mother Daughter Film Worth Watching, Disney's Brave!



I was super excited to have the opportunity to watch Disney's Brave. Not only do I love that this new princess is from Scotland, but I absolutely love how independent she is and how hard she tries to let it be known that she does not need a man, she's completely capable of taking care of herself.

Brave is a thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland and follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery.

More than anything I loved how the relationship between the Princess and Queen grew. Throughout the movie I have to admit I shed some tears. This is such a perfect movie for any mom and daughter to watch together, as one of my friends told me before I watched the movie, "It's kinder to the mother-daughter relationship than a lot of other kids movies are," I couldn't agree more. And that was something that drew me  in more into the already great story.

If you haven't already seen this movie, go get it now! It's out in stores and it's definitely a movie worth having.


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Disney's Brave for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

Music to My Ears: Jeremy Camp's Christmas Album Review & Giveaway


Out of all my newest Christmas music I've received, this by far is my favorite. Jeremy Camp's Christmas: God With Us, is just wonderful. Both my husband and I have enjoyed listening to it this past week. Not to mention, Jeremy is pretty good looking on the eyes, lol.


This album is Jeremy's first full length Christmas project within his 10 years of being in the music industry. It's filled with Holiday spirit with classic songs that have been updated for this generation, like, Jingle Bell Rock and Let It Snow and was definitely worth the wait. Jeremy's voice is smooth and is a delight to listen to. This album has ten songs on it and I can listen to these ten songs over and over again.

Looking for a twist on some good old classic Christmas music then look no more, this is hands down one of my favorites and will be on my playlist for years.

You can check out more info on Jeremy and his music via his Facebook and Twitter pages!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Jeremy Camp's Christmas: God With Us for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Thanks to the company for the giveaway prize.

Hillsong: We Have A Savior Christmas Music Review & Giveaway


I've been playing Christmas music non stop since Thursday. It's been awesome. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Getting family together and enjoying their company, eating delicious foods and of course listening to holiday music.



So far I've listened to all my oldies and have been given opportunities to listen to new music, which I've been enjoying so much. One being Hillsong's We Have A Savior Christmas Music. With songs like, Gloria, The First Noel, O Come Let Us Adore Home and many  more, this album is filled with songs to get you into the Holiday spirit. This album is sure to be a great hit during this time of year with family and friends.

To learn more and to follow Hillsong, please be sure to check out their Facebook and Twitter pages and also check out their latest video below titled, We Have A Savior!


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Josh Wilson Presents Noel for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Thanks to the company for the giveaway prize.

Playtex Diaper Genie Elite Review and Huge Giveaway!




Playtex Diaper Genie Elite is the #1 selling diaper pail brand in protecting against unwanted germs and odors  This Diaper Genie has all the requirements moms need when it comes to diaper pails: Easy hands-free disposal with foot pedal, no bending, no twisting and no mess. The five-layer refill bag helps seal in odors and germs and helps prevent odors.

The diaper genie was always something I was aware of but never used one for my first child.  I always threw each diaper in the garbage and would empty it at the end of each day and it would never smell very pleasant.  For my second child I was able review and try the diaper genie and I wondered why I had not been using it all along!
It was easy to assemble and even easier to use!  It was so convenient to place the dirty diapers in the diaper genie and change it every few days rather then putting it in a garbage pail to smell until I got around to changing it.  It was so impressive the way it contained the odor from all of those diapers.  Changing the bag was quick and simple to do.

My only concern was the cost of the refills and I have not yet determined if the cost is worth the convenience of the diaper genie.  I priced the refills at a few stores in my area and they are generally priced the same, $4.99, which is pretty good and not that expensive depending on how many times you use and run out of the refils. The diaper genie itself ranges around $45.99. I plan to continue using the diaper genie to see how long one refill lasts and if it is worth it to buy more refills each time. I truly did enjoy using the diaper genie!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a diaper genie Elite and $100 gift card to Babies R Us for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Thanks to the company for the giveaway prize.


HUGE GIVEAWAY
10 of you lucky Just Us Girls CANADIAN readers will get the chance to win your very own Diaper Genie. Winners of the giveaway will be sent your very own Diaper Genie and then will be invited to come back and leave a comment on your thoughts on the product. Once you do you then will be entered in a draw to win a $50 giftcard to Babies R Us.

Josh Wilson Presents Noel Review & Giveaway


American Thanksgiving has passed and for my household that officially means it's okay to put up our tree and crank up the Christmas music. So this passed weekend we did just that. We took the kiddos to our town's Santa Parade and the next day we went to get a tree and started decorating.


I just love Christmas music and Josh Wilson's first full length Christmas album, Noel, was no different. This full Christmas album, Noel, is to go along side with his up and coming Christmas tour that will be starting soon and from the success of his previous Christmas tour, Noel: A Unique Christmas Experience.

He gives you his version of a couple of songs we all know and love, plus adds in a few songs that some may not have heard or be familiar. I know I was pretty excited to hear a few of his songs I grew up listening to in church when I was younger.

I was very impressed with the album as this was my first time hearing anything from him and have been listening to it ever since. This is going to be perfect to play during Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner for the family. If you're looking for something new to add to your Holiday music be sure to check out Josh Wilson Presents Noel!

Be kept in the loop about new tours, albums and more. Follow Josh on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Josh Wilson Presents Noel for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Thanks to the company for the giveaway prize.

Celebrate The Simpsons Season 15 on DVD Giveaway

Can you believe The Simpsons are in their 16th  24th (Thanks Ms. Key!) season?! It's crazy that it seems like yesterday I was sitting on the couch with my siblings watching as Bart got in some type of mischief and got himself in trouble. The Simpsons have been around forever and now one of you lucky readers of Just Us Girls can win your very own copy of the 15th Season on Blu-ray, perfect to give to a Simpson fan for Christmas or keep yourself. 

Enjoy hours of laughter as TV’s longest-running scripted show when The Simpsons S.15 comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 4th! The season 15 discs are jam packed with special features including a special introduction from series creator Matt Groening, deleted scenes, an animation showcase, sketch galleries, and unique, Blu-ray only bonus episodes. Additionally, you can re-watch episodes featuring some of the best guest stars to date, including J.K. Rowling, Simon Cowell, and Glenn Close. Available in stores on blu ray and DVD, December 4, 2012.

SO, WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER?

@EcoTraction Perfect For This Winter and Spring! #NoRoadSalt




I love finding out about new companies, especially ones that are made here in Canada and ones that have items that can help and benefit my family. One of the latest new companies I've gotten familiar with is, Eco Traction. Eco Traction is an all natural volcanic, non toxic mineral that grips to ice. You can use this in place of salt during Winter. It helps prevent slips and works instantly once sprinkled on ice and snow.



Eco Traction was created by founder, Mark Watson after his dog died from licking harmful road salt. This lead Mark to looking into non toxic alternative road salt so this would never happen to anyone again. Loosing your pet is like loosing a member of your family, I can't even imagine loosing our dog from toxic salt.

Another great thing about Eco Traction is that once Winter is over and the snow has melted you can sweep minerals onto your lawn because it helps improve soil and helps your lawn grow healthy in the Spring, so you get twice the action for you paid for.

I was sent two 10lbs containers of Eco Traction along with a 5lbs bag of Eco Traction and two of boxes of their Eco Air, which you can see in the photo below.



Unfortunately, as it's not snowing here in my part of town I was unable to try out Eco Traction, but I have high hopes for it and have seen so many positive reviews that I'm confident in this product. Not to mention that this morning it got the stamp and approval for PTPA, which means this is definitely parent approved and that works for me!

One thing that I did get to try was their Eco Air. Eco Air helps with odor and moisture elimination and  this is definitely a need for everyone even if you don't have pets or kids. For me, I used one box next to my dog, Izzie. We love her dearly, but my nose is highly sensitive to smells and odors so sitting one next to her sleeping area was a must. Another place I used this was my hallway closet. This is where all of our shoes are kept. This was needed here because my husband's work boots and my kids shoes aren't filled with roses and  I often have to febreeze this area. I was happy to see that when I tried Eco Air the odors actually disappeared and I've never been so pleased. I noticed a difference in the smell of the spots where I put the Eco Air box within 24 hours. This is definitely something all of us should be using and not just by pets or where shoes are, but you can put this in your fridge, you can put this in your vehicle, in your kids closet, anywhere there might be odor or moisture.

You can keep up with the latest, deals, products and connect with the people over at Eco Traction on their Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages!

You can find find Eco Traction at the following stores:
CANADIAN TIRE
HOME DEPOT
SHOPPERS DRUG MART
HOME HARDWARE


Be sure to check out our huge giveaway prize from Eco Traction and head on over to both Multi-Testing Mommy and Linkies Contest Linkies as they also have reviews and giveaways running about Eco Traction. And be sure to check out Life on Manitoulin Island and A Domesticated Momma tomorrow as they'll have their reviews on Eco Traction and post a giveaway too! Remember you can enter all giveaways, but you can only win once!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned products for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Thanks to the company for the giveaway prize.


Mommy Parties: The #LittlestPetShop Playdate thanks to @HubTVNetwork

We had yet another great opportunity to be a host to one of the Mommy Parties. This time it was something I knew my daughter would flip over, The Littlest Pet Shop. And of course, I was right. When I told her we'd be hosting a play-date with a couple of her friends, her eyes lit up. She's been loving The Littlest Pet Shop for the last couple of years now and Santa has managed to bring her some nifty items of The Littlest Pet Shop family.

This past weekend we gathered a handful of teenybopping Justin Bieber and One Direction loving girls and put them in a room with food, treats, goodies, music and the highlight of the day, The Littlest Pet Shop: Blythe's Big Adventure parts one and two. This was a premiere screening that none of the girls had seen before as it just premiered on November 10th on Hub TV, so they were all super excited when it was time to watch the show.


To start off the play-date was a small lunch which was mac and cheese (my daughter's all time favorite) in a cup, which the girls seemed to love. We then had snacks for them all to munch on during the show and throughout the entire play-date  which was brownie bites with sprinkled icing they got to top themselves, popcorn and juice boxes.


During lunch I sat out some of the toys of The Littlest Pet Shop that my daughter had on the table for all the girls to play with. They ate, laughed, danced, talked and they also did their nails and about an hour and a half into the play-date I had the girls bring down the treats and watch the movie.

They loved the show and watched it twice. The songs were catchy and the show itself was colorful and vibrant and they loved the new character, Blythe.



This turned out to be one of our most successful play-dates ever, the girls had tons of fun and at the end were rewarded with a few goodies to take home, some Littlest Play Shop lip balm and mirror/brush. While the girls were leaving I was being asked when the next play date was, I guess this was a success!


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the Littlest Pet Shop package from Mommy Parties at no cost for the purpose of this review and to host a party. No other compensation was received.

Iams: Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Drive




We've posted before about Iams. Our Boston Terrier, Izzie, has been in our family for the last four years. She is a member of this family and we look for products that will help keep her strong and healthy so that she's with us for years. One brand that we've used for a while now has been Iams.

One thing that I just learned about Iams is there Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Drive program. They are going into their 14th annual drive and I couldn't be more honored in being a loyal customer. I love seeing companies that we love take their brand and do something good with it.

The program has been running since the beginning of October and will end at the beginning of the new year, January 2, 2013. The Iams Home For The Holiday help raises awareness of pet adoption while also ensuring proper nutrition for more homeless pets.


Iams will again work with founding partner Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and more than 4,000 animal organizations worldwide to encourage pet adoption.

Canadians can participate by lending a hand by:


  • Donating through Bags 4 Bowls – For those who are already pet parents, Iams will donate one bowl of food to a participating Iams Home 4 the Holidays animal organization for every specially marked package of Iams pet food purchased during the campaign.
  • Adopting from a local shelter – Every day more and more animals end up in shelters or in rescue care, and more than 25 per cent are pure breeds*. This is important to keep in mind when deciding to bring a pet into your life, the animal you’re looking for is probably in your neighborhood shelter. To find a participating animal shelter or rescue organization near you, visit iams.ca or facebook.com/iams
  • Volunteering – Shelters need volunteers to do everything from feeding, caring for and keeping rescue animals company, to assisting at events and fundraisers. If you can’t adopt but would still love to help do so as a volunteer.
  • Visiting Facebook.com/iams – Visit the Iams Facebook page and click to “Like” the page or various messages, photos, videos, etc. For each “Like” comment Iams will donate meals to participating animal shelters.



For more information about the campaign or to find out how to get involved, become a fan of the Iams Facebook or visit www.iams.ca.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received FPC's for IAMS dog food for the purpose of this post. No other compensation was received.



@Splashnboots Coconuts Don’t Fall Far From the Tree



I absolutely love finding music that my kids can listen to without me having to by the radio version of a song. When given the opportunity to check out and review Splash 'N Boots latest album, Coconuts Don't Fall Far From The Tree, I was excited because I wanted to see how my son would like it. He's not much of a music person like my daughter is and I was hoping this album would change that.

Turns out he loves it and shouted out to me that they were on TreeHouse a few days prior, lol. Both him and my five year old niece have been dancing and singing to the album ever since we got it. His favorite song had to be, "Dinosaurs in My Kitchen." He loves dinosaurs and while listening to this song and hearing the lyrics he laughed and danced as he imagined dinosaurs in our kitchen eating his chicken, lol.

I love that not only are the songs from this album catchy and makes you shake your booty, but they're also fun and out going and the lyrics are easy enough for kids of all ages to learn and sing to. Another thing I loved about this album was that all the songs helped with something, whether it was going on the potty or eating a certain food, I love how they make everything fun for kids.

Fun for all ages, this is definitely an album worth getting for your little ones, you won't regret it. Check out this teaser below to see and hear how much fun this album is!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Coconuts Don't Fall Far From the Tree for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Thanks to the company for the giveaway prize.

@CardSwap Where Swapping GiftCards Are Worth It!


You ever receive a gift card to a store or restaurant and end up not using them? Or you get one to a place you never heard of or don't like? Well today I want to share with you a company called, CardSwap. CardSwap is basically where you can sell your new or used gift cards in exchange for either another gift card towards a place you really want or for cash. Simple, right?

I had the opportunity to check out and sign up for CardSwap myself and purchase one of their gift cards.  I chose a cineplex card for a great date night out for the hubby and myself. Let me tell you, now is the time to be swapping cards, especially since Christmas is literally around the corner. If you have gift cards you want to get rid of you can seriously make some extra money or you can swap them for cards you'll actually use or want to give to someone as a gift.


Signing up was very easy and only takes a minute. You have the option of signing up through your facebook account or through your email. Another great thing about CardSwap is that when you buy a card, you receive SwapPoints. These can be used towards another gift card or you can swap them out for cash. The number of points you get per purchase does vary depending on what card you're buying and from where. In my opinion I would let me points accumulate so that I could purchase another card to somewhere else I want to shop at. 

Feel free to check out CardSwap and maybe even sign up, it only takes a minute. 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received credit towards CardSwap for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Thanks to the company for the giveaway prize.

#Disney's Brave Giveaway



We're so excited to be able to host this giveaway for one of our Canadian readers to get a chance at winning Disney's Brave on blu-ray. Our review will be posted later next week, but I wanted to post this giveaway so our Canadian readers can have a chance at winning their very own copy. I'm super excited to see this film, which will be watched over the weekend. Here's a bit more about the movie:

BRAVE:
An original and thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, “Brave” follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery. The 5-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (1 Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray Discs + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy) has something for everyone – from the home entertainment enthusiast who demands the highest quality, state-of-the-art technology offerings, to the family who enjoys the interactive and engaging bonus features that only Blu-ray can provide – making this unique and beautiful film a “must add” to any home media collection.

GOOD LUCK!


Ice Age: Continental Drift Review & Printables


Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift.  Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd.  In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

MY REVIEW
I've watched the movie Ice Age since before I had kids. I remember watching the first movie with my younger siblings who are now all adults. Ten years later I'm still enjoying the movies, but now with my kids.

When we got the opportunity to watch Ice Age Continental Drift I was pretty excited. My kids absolutely loved the previous movies and this was no different. Filled with tons of laughter, a great storyline and with an awesome cast, Ice Age Continental Drift is a perfect family movie for everyone to enjoy. Not only is this latest addition fun for kids, but adults too. I love that there was adult humor in this movie. The new addition to the cast did a pretty good job fitting in as well. My kids loved seeing Manny's daughter and loved that Diego finally found a love interest, it was great and this would be a great add to your collection and a great gift since Christmas is around the corner. Look for Ice Age: Continental Drift coming to stores on DVD and Blu-ray December 11th!

Please enjoy these two free activity sheets for your kids to enjoy and something for them to look forward to before the movie is out at stores! Just click on the printable you want and print out, enjoy!



Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Ice Age: Continental Drift at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Toys R Us Canada Midnight Madness Tonight Nov.16th!

Christmas is getting closer and closer. Have you finished your Holiday shopping yet? If not then I want to share with you that Toys R Us Canada is having an early go on the Black Friday sale for us shoppers and hosting a Midnight Madness with tons of deals that NEED to be taken advantage of!

Moonlight Madness will take place in EVERY Toys R Us and Babies R Us in Canada including online! The sale begins in store and online at 6pm EST.

To provide us shoppers with the best prices on products, they have divided Midnight Madness into four separate event times which is listed below:



Some of the select deals available during the Moonlight Madness Sale on Friday, November 16, while supplies last (no rain checks):


In-store: 6 p.m. to midnight (or until supplies last)
Online: 6 p.m. EST to midnight EST (or until supplies last)


50% OFF Step 2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen – Reg $199.99, Now $99.97 
50% OFF Westin Convertible Crib – Reg $399.99, Now $199.97 
50% OFF Fisher-Price Amazing Animals Sing Along Choo Choo Train – Reg $54.99, Now $27.47 
50% OFF Step 2 Wagon for Two Plus Tag Along Trailer – Reg $139.99, Now $69.97 
40% OFF Barbie Three Storey Dream House – Reg $199.99, Now $119.97 


In-store: 7 p.m. to midnight (or until supplies last)

Online: 7 p.m. EST to midnight EST (or until supplies last) 


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Thirsty Thursday: Caramel Apple Cider


During my search a couple of weeks ago for copycat versions of my favorite drinks from Starbucks, I've shared with you a copycat version of their Salted Caramel Pumpkin Latte and last year was their Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Now I bring you a quick and easy version of their Caramel Apple Cider.

I remember last year going to Starbucks and buying a few of these and going back for more because they were so good and the kids absolutely loved them. As soon as it started getting cold my daughter asked for some warm apple cider. So when I found the recipe for a cheaper and easier way to make these bad boys at home, I had to try them.

The kids came home from school and were so surprised and excited. I've never seen them finish any warm beverage before. Normally they get super excited about hot chocolate too, especially when I add marshmallows or whip cream, but they never seem to finish their first cup. These cups were emptied and they were asking for seconds.

This recipe is definitely something that can be doubled or even tripled if you have more than four guests. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years or just for sitting around the house on a cold day watching a movie or reading your favorite book. Enjoy!



CARAMEL APPLE CIDER
Source Adapted from Crockpot 365
Serves 4

Ingredients
4 cups of Apple Cider
3 Tablespoons of Ice Cream Topping Caramel Syrup
1/2 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon of ground cloves

Directions: Using a crockpot mix in all of your ingredients and stir well. Place on low for about four hours and walk away, that's it! Once the four hours are done serve in mugs and enjoy.

If you have left leftovers place in the refrigerator and you can serve it again the next day by filling up a mug and placing it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.


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