GIVEAWAY: @OneDirection Our Moment Eau De Parfum Spray #HolidayGiftGuide #1DFragrance


Words can't even describe how much I love the boy band, One Direction. I'm pretty sure most girls my age does, if not, they're definitely missing out. From albums to posters and movies, I'm a huge fan. So being the fan that I am, when I heard that they came out with a fragrance line, Our Moment,  I knew I wanted to try it.  Especially since the fragrance was both inspired and dedicated to us fans. 

Luckily I was given the opportunity to try their 50ml bottle. It's beautiful! The perfume comes in a gorgeous glass bottle that has a crown for a lid with a pink flower, that gives the bottle a beautiful feminine touch. I think I might have bought it from looking at the bottle alone. It looks very sophisticated and not teeny bop at all. I love how you can sniff the pink flower and it gives you a hint of what the fragrance smells like.  



The fragrance itself smells so nice and fresh. It's not too over powerful and with one squirt you will be good to go and the smell lasts for a while. I love that you get the hint of berries and flowers when you smell it. Overall this perfume is amazing and I would definitely recommend it to all girls.

This is a great gift for any girls you know that love the One Direction as much as I do. They'll definitely appreciate it. You can find the entire One Direction Our Moment line at your local beauty stores.

OUR MOMENT is available in:

Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml $70.00
Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml $54.00
Body Lotion 150ml $25.00
Shower Gel 150ml $18.00

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned product at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

GIVEAWAY TIME!
Have a girl in your life that loves One Direction too? We're giving away one 50ml bottle of their Eau de Parfum Spray. Enter below!

Holiday Shopping Made Easy w/ @Aeroplan eStore


As much as I absolutely love shopping for gifts around this time of year, it can be pretty chaotic and busy, especially when there's a sale going on. Black Friday is in a couple of days and as much as I want to save money on some of the gifts I plan on buying, I dread going into the stores with crowded aisles, toys being disorganized and rude people. Because let's face it, when it comes to holiday shopping and Black Friday, people can get a little bit crazy.



That's why I think Aeroplan is a perfect place for those of you who are like me. I would rather sip on my coffee, listening to Christmas music and purchase from my favorite stores all from the comfort of my own home. Shopping online is great in that way, plus you always find clearances and deals that are web only, who doesn't love that!


Aeroplan's eStore gives you online shopping that connects you to over 150 of your top favorite brand retailers. Some of these retailers include, Old Navy, Sears, Indigo, Ebay, The Apple Store, Foot Locker and so much more. The best part about Aeroplan eStore is that in exchange for shopping through their eStore, you get a reward! How perfect does this sound, especially since there will be tons of deals going on for Cyber Monday!


For every dollar you spend through their eStore, you can earn 1 Aeroplan Mile. This is perfect for those of us that are already a member, since we're already shopping and spending the money anyways, why not get some points in return.



If you're not a member, sign up! It's free and only takes a couple of minutes and you too can be online shopping in the comforts of your own home while saving money and earning miles!

GIVEAWAY: The Wolverine Blu-ray


We're big fans of all the characters from the X-Men series. One of our favorite characters has to be Wolverine. I think Hugh Jackman plays this character brilliantly and since The Wolverine is coming out right in time for the Holiday Season on blu-ray and DVD December 3rd. Fox is graciously offering one Just Us Girls reader a chance at winning a copy of this movie on Blu-Ray.
There’s no better way to relax by the fire than watching Hugh Jackman face his ultimate nemesis as he stars in this action-packed thriller. Watch The Wolverine in his most vulnerable state yet and witness as he fight off mutants and samurai.

While the film takes place in modern-day Japan, a country The Wolverine has not seen since World War II, he is actually from Alberta, Canada. To give you a better sense of where The Wolverine comes from, we have compiled a list of 5 things to do in his hometown of Alberta!

Go Skiing
Alberta has numerous ski resorts that are both kid and adult friendly!

 Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is a very popular outdoor activity that includes a free dinner (if you manage to reel in a fish of course).

Eat at Rouge Restaurant
This delicious establishment was placed on a list of the Top 50 Restaurants in Canada (Vacay.ca). The ambiance is just as beautiful as the environment around you. 

Explore Dinosaur Provincial Park
Dinosaur Provincial Park is a must see if you are going to Alberta! You can be involved in a dinosaur dig and even camp on the grounds!

Snowshoeing
This activity provides a great workout and is kind to your wallet! 

Let Your Imagination Go Wild w/ #ImaginextAdventures #HolidayGiftGuide


I remember when I was younger, I use to love playing with my siblings and pretending to be a teacher, mom, baker anything that was fun and kept us busy playing. We would play for hours and have so much fun with one another. My favorite thing to be was a teacher. I loved giving out lessons to my younger siblings and teaching them things that I had learned from school. Plus my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Seal was one of the nicest, patient and creative women I knew.

Time has changed, but the creative and unique imagination that kids have, has not.

You ever over hear your little one playing? Maybe pretending to be a super hero saving the day or a super fast race car driver? My son's imagination is growing more and more each day and he can play with his toys for hours using lots of his toys to create many different worlds. I love to hear and watch him play. From being a fireman, a race car driver and even a character from minecraft, my son's imagination runs wild and I'm enjoying the show. I have a few more years before he's out of this stage and I plan on enjoying every bit of it while I can.



We were fortunate and had the opportunity to review the Imaginext Rescue City Center, geared for children ages 3-8. My son is pretty familiar with Imaginext and their toys. Last year he was into Batman and so he received both the Super Friends Gotham City and Gotham City Jail from Santa. He loved them and still plays with them til this day. I love that the toys are at a decent price, strong, durable and made to last long. They both still look pretty new and it's been a year!
What I loved most about the Rescue City Center is that it gives my son more time to play and pretend to be a hero that he can some day be. As much as I love seeing him play Batman, I love it even more that he's pretending to be a firefighter and knows that they helps put out fires and save people. With the Rescue City Center your little one can help create an adventure that has him being the hero of the town saving the gas station, hospital, bank, hotel and much more. This will definitely keep your little ones imagination running and busy for hours. Definitely a great gift for this up and coming Holiday season.


ED VENTURE
Imaginext is introducing the new Ed Venture video, including Ed as dino warrior, as a fireman and as a knight! Sit your kiddos down and have them check out the 22 minute video below. My kids loved it and have been watching it over the last couple of days. It's filled with lots of adventure with some pretty cool characters!


Are your kids ready for an adventure?! If so, have them head to www.imaginextadventure.com/ to help destroy the sun sucker in order to save Canada from darkness. Once the 9 clues are solved and the game is won they can enter to win one of five $300 Imaginext prize packs.

Each prize pack will include:
Imaginext Rescue City Centre
Imaginext Mega Apatasaurus
Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle
Imaginext Batcave
Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price Imaginext Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

A Joy To Share This Holiday Season! #KinderMom


It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is near and my family and I will be putting up our Christmas tree and decorations this weekend as we do every weekend after American Thanksgiving. We also will be talking to our kids (as we've been doing every year since they got the meaning of the holiday) about what they are grateful for and how much our family is blessed to have all that we have. There are some kids and families that may not be fortunate enough to get anything for Christmas this year and I love that my kids want to help those that are less fortunate.

We love to donate items. Items that I haven't used in our home, haven't been opened or toys that the kids haven't played with in a while. We've been donating to the Red Cross for years now and my kids love that the toys that they once loved and played with will be going to children who don't have much and will love the toys just as much.



Other than donating, the hubby and I feel that the kids are now old enough to give back a little more. Each year the kids get shoe boxes from their school to help send goodies to kids in Africa, but we want to do something this year together as a family. So along with them sending off shoe boxes, this year we will be taking both kids to our local soup kitchen to help serve and pass out food. I think this will not only be great for my kids, but for the hubby and myself as well. It's been a while since I was in a soup kitchen and can't wait to do it again.



If you can't afford to donate or don't have the time to volunteer, but still want to help others this holiday, Kinder Canada is providing a great opportunity to get involve and share this holiday season by creating a Holiday Greeting Card on their Facebook page for their, "A Joy To Share," program. For each card that is created, Kinder will be donating $1 to the Children's Miracle Network. Aren't they amazing?! Just another reason why I love this company.

The kids and I created a holiday greeting card as well and they were very happy to know that in exchange for creating the card that there was going to be a donation made to help families at Children Miracle Network Hospitals.



Creating a card is easy and takes a couple of minutes. You can also save the card on your computer, print it out and share it with your friends and family on Facebook. Let's help Kinder Canada reach their goal of $25,000 this holiday.
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”

REVIEW: Feel Safe & Protected w/ @ReactMobile


I'm definitely one of those moms that worry way too much. I can't help it. I try and protect my kids and keep them safe as much as I can. Although we live in a decent town, one of Ontario, Canada's safest, I think I'm an over protective parent from events that happened in my childhood growing up in California.

When I was younger around my daughter's age now, eight, I remember walking from cheer-leading practice with one of my best friends. We were walking to her grandmother's house before our parents came to pick us up. While walking there I remember a group of guys trying to talk to us. We ignored them and kept walking, but a couple of them started to follow us. All I remember is panicking and telling my friend that we need to run. We started running and thankfully, we ran into a familiar face, my best friend's older male cousin. We told him what happened and when we turned around the guys were no longer there. All I can remember feeling is scared out of my mind and wanting to be home.



I never want my kids to experience that kind of fear and even living in a safe town, anything can happen. The other day I read that there was a man trying to get a young girl who was walking home from school into his van, this happened just one town over, 15-20 minutes away. Although my kids ride the bus to and from school, I still get nervous and worry for them all the time and for other kids in my town, especially the ones that have to walk home. No one should have to feel unsafe.

This is why I'm pretty excited to share with you an app called React Mobile. React Mobile is a safety alert app for both the iPhone and Android. It turns your smartphone into a powerful lifeline. If only we had the technology we have today when I was younger, this would have been a life saver.

With React Mobile you can alert friends and family where you are and if you're in danger or not. It's easy to use and activate. With a push of a button you can alert those that are in your emergency contact, including the police, your whereabouts and if you're safe or not.


The app has a Follow Me button that allows you to add the contacts that are in your phone access to your whereabouts in real time whenever you feel like you could be in danger. This is a perfect feature for those of us who like jogging or taking walks alone. This is also a great feature to have if you have kids/teens that walk to and from a friend or family member's home around your town. When you have made it to your destination and are safe all you have to do is click on the I'm Safe button to let your contacts know that you are okay.


In an emergency all you have to do is press the shield that then activates an alert that contains a GPS location of your whereabouts. This can be shared via text and email. Once the SOS is activated it automatically gives you an option to call 911 or not.


Their SOS button also allows you to share on your Facebook and Twitter too, which I think is great. With how social media is today, if you got hurt or felt like you were in danger, Facebook and Twitter are the two most popular social media outlets that can help spread the word to get you help.


This is definitely an app that is worth checking out. It's free, easy to use and the most important thing, it can give you a piece of mind knowing that help is only a button away if you should need it. You can download the app from Itunes and Google Play Store.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own. Compensation was received in exchange for reviewing the app.

GIVEAWAY: Make Holiday Drinks w/ Soda Stream #HolidayGiftGuide


With the Holidays being only around the corner, there will be tons of Holiday parties going on. This means there will be lots of delicious food and drinks being served. Why not make one of those drinks from the awesomeness that is SodaStream?!
If you remember a couple months back, we had a great opportunity to review the SodaStream. My family absolutely loved it and we still use it. I've had a few gatherings and have gotten nothing but compliments about the SodaStream. This would make for a perfect gift for a family member or friend, especially the hostess in your life.

What my family and I both love about the SodaStream is that it's Eco-Friendly. You save money and you help the planet by purchasing less plastic bottles. Each syrup flavor makes 12L of pop for around $7, that's less than a dollar per liter. Who doesn't love to save?! You can make soda from home that the entire family can help make and enjoy.

My kids absolutely love making their favorite drinks with our SodaStream. It sits next to my Keurig and Coffee maker as an option for something to drink when I have visitors. We also love that SodaStream is branching out when it comes to their flavor syrups. They've worked with Kool-Aid, Country Time, Crystal Light and now they're teaming together with Ocean Spray to bring you three new flavors: Cranberry, Cranberry Grape and Cranberry Raspberry.



SodaStream is offering one of my lovely Canadian readers one SodaStream Source Plastic Black along with the Ocean Spray flavours retailing for about $150!

Enjoy Baking & Cooking This Holiday w/ The Help of @DKCanada


The Holidays are here, the Holidays are here! I'm sure by now you all know how excited I am for this time of year. With the weather getting colder and the Holidays being near, one of my favorite things to do around this time of year is cook and bake. I'm sure we all can agree that when the Holidays are near, our homes are filled with the delicious smells of food and drinks.

One thing that I always use during this time of the year is my crock-pot. It's amazing what one pot can do when you put all your ingredients in it and let it sit for hours. You come back to a delicious meal that's better known to my family as comfort food. I love making any of everything in my crock-pot, from stews to warm beverages, this pot will be a constant in our home over the next few months.

Not only do I love using my crock-pot during the Fall and Winter, but I also love to bake. Baking delicious treats for my family and friends to enjoy. It brings a smile to my face when I'm able to bake and give it away as a gift to a family member, friend or neighbor. The kids don't seem to mind it too. They love coming home to a new treat after school.



Want to create and enjoy some amazing meals this Fall/Winter too? Be sure to check out DK Canada. Right now they have a 30% sale on their books in their Food and Drink Boutique. A few weeks ago I was given two amazing cookbooks that I've already enjoyed using and can't wait to continue using them. I got the Cooking Season by Season book and also the The Slow Cookbook. Both are perfect for this time of year.



The Slow Cookbook is filled with over 300 pages of different amazing recipes you can use for your crock-pot and the Cooking Season by Season book has something any time of the year. I love that it's broken up into sections so that  you can find what's perfect for any and all occasions no matter what month it is.

The Food and Drink Boutique sale is only for a limited time, be sure to get these amazing books on a 30% discount while you can!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the books mentioned above at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

Read The Book & Enjoy The Movie on @Netflix #StreetTeam


I'm an avid reader, my husband is too and my kids are becoming an avid reader more and more each day. I love reading a great book because you can let your imagination run wild when it comes to how you think the characters looks and sound and how you picture the setting.

One thing that gets me excited is reading a great book series and finally seeing it come to life in a movie. There's something about watching the book you love come on big screen for you to enjoy, over and over again.

Last week was National Young Reader's Week and what the kids and I did was watch a few movies on Netflix that were made based off of great books. We sat down together and watched, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, a movie my family knows and loves.



We also sat down and watched Thomas and the Magic Railroad. This was my son's favorite, he absolutely loves Thomas. Another series I loved as a kid when I was younger was reading the Goosebumps and The Babysitter's Club books. I loved it even more seeing it on big screen and love that I can watch those on Netflix as well.

Here are a few titles of great books turned movies you and your kiddos can watch!


Big Kids
1.      Diary of a Wimpy Kid
3.      Hugo
4.      The Baby-Sitters Club
5.      Goosebumps




Little Kids
1.       Ramona and Beezus
2.       The Magic School Bus
4.       The Swan Princess

Don't have a Netflix account yet? Still deciding whether or not it's a good fit for you and your family? One thing I love about Netflix is that you can try it out, free for 30 days before being charged. This helps out a lot and gives you plenty of time to decide if you like what Netflix has to offer. With a free month to watch all the shows and movies you love, I'm sure you'll love it. Not only does Netflix has a wide range of movies and television shows, but it's also very affordable with being only $7.99 a month.

Disclosure: I am part of the Street Team Campaign with Netflix and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

GIVEAWAY: Chicken Soup for the Soul: It's Christmas



Title: Chicken Soup for the Soul: It's Christmas
By: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Amy Newmark
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
ISBN: 9781611599251
Pages: 416
This collection of 101 festive holiday stories will warm readers’ hearts and spread the wonder of the holiday season with its tales of love, joy, and awe. A fantastic holiday gift and a great way to start the season!
Christmas is an exciting and joyous time of year, a time of family, friends, and traditions. You will delight in reading the 101 merry and heartwarming stories about holiday traditions, family, and goodwill. Remember, all our stories are Santa safe so they can be enjoyed by the whole family.
MY REVIEW
Chicken Soup for the Soul: It's Christmas gives you over 100 short stories about love, fun and stories about the Holidays. This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. I enjoy getting together with my family and friends and sharing memories and stories with one another. With this book I was able to relate to a few stories, laugh at some and tear up reading some of the stories. 

It's a great book with filled with amazing stories that will inspire you and get you in the Holiday spirit. Whether or not you have five minutes free or more, you can enjoy this book wherever you are. I love that I can read a few different stories as I wait for my kids at a doctor's appointment or while sipping on tea on a rainy day. Each story is broken down into different sections that are listed in the table of contents. You have stories under The Naughty List, Making Memories, Bittersweet Christmas and more. Definitely a great book to read over the Holidays that will have you being thankful for your life and the people in it.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Chicken Soup for the Soul: It's Christmas at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

GIVEAWAY: The Little Mermaid II & Ariel's Beginning: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray/DVD Combo



The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
All of your favorite characters from The Little Mermaid continue their adventures in this enchanting sequel to one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Even though her parents tell her merpeople and Atlantica are just “old fish tales,” Ariel’s daughter, Melody, dreams of being part of that magical world. In an unforgettable story that will take your breath away, all the good creatures on the land and under the sea must join forces to show Melody that both her worlds can live in perfect harmony.



The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
One of Disney’s most beloved characters reveals the extraordinary events that led up to her transformation into a princess! Long before Ariel walked on land and into Prince Eric’s heart, she was one of seven beloved daughters of powerful King Triton. But times were troubled in the underwater kingdom – and music was banned! In this magical adventure, Ariel, her fun-loving sisters, and her loyal friends Sebastian and Flounder strive to bring music and friendship back to Atlantica. Featuring breathtaking animation – and some thrilling surprises – The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is an enchanting tale you’ll share with your family again and again!

MY REVIEW
Everyone loves the story of Ariel and Prince Eric and how they got their happily ever after. It was one of my favorite Disney movies as a child and I still love it and could watch it over and over again. Now, with The Little Mermaid II, you're looking years later when one of our favorite Disney couple's start a family. 

My daughter and I were both very excited to watch The Little Mermaid II because I we both hadn't seen it before. It was such a great movie and not only was a great mother-daughter movie, but this time Ariel's daughter, Melody, is trying to be a part of the world that Ariel is from. It gives a bit of an opposite twist on what King Triton went through with Ariel wanting to be human and on land. It was great to see all the characters we loved come back in this movie and it was filled with amazing songs that I still hear my daughter sing and it's been about a week since we watched The Little Mermaid II.

This Blu-ray and DVD combo comes with not only The Little Mermaid II, but it also comes with Ariel's Beginnings where we see Ariel way before Prince Eric was on her mind. We get to see the many adventures her, Flounder and Sebastian go through and it's pretty awesome to see many different characters they bring in and how we get to see more of Ariel's sisters. This is definitely a great collection to have. Just in time for the holidays, The Little Mermaid II & Ariel's Beginnings is now available in stores for purchase!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Little Mermaid II & Ariel's Beginning at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

GIVEAWAY: Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Jake's Neverland Rescue DVD



In "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue," Jake embarks on his most heroic mission ever as the magic of Never Land begins to disappear just as the ancient Forever Tree seems to be fading away. After a mysterious figure known as "The Guardian" arrives to explain that only the pirate who truly believes in himself can save Never Land from vanishing completely, Jake must break off from the rest of his crew and go alone on a mission to save the Forever Tree, the source of magic throughout all of Never Land. Guiding Jake on his quest is Tinker Bell, who makes her first-ever appearance in the series.

MY REVIEW
I was very excited to have the opportunity to review the Jake and the Never Land Pirates movie because my daughter loves the television show! She loves the characters and often pretends she is a pirate too, after watching the episodes. When I brought home "Never Land Rescue" my daughter was so excited and wanted to watch it immediately. We put it in, made a snack and watched the adventure!

This movie was great! Disney Junior never disappoints with their television shows and their movies! Jake and the Never Land Pirates is age appropriate and demonstrates effective problem solving skills and good behaviour (from the little pirates not Captain Hook). My daughter also loved that the DVD had four additional episodes that she had never watched before! The other special thing about this movie was that it came with a special "sword of destiny"! It was an inflatable sword that came with glow-in-the-dark stickers to decorate it. This assisted my daughter in her role play as a pirate!!!

The weekends are the time we look forward to as a family because we love to spend as much time together as possible because we are so busy during the week. My husband, my children, and myself, like to have a movie night each weekend. This movie was awesome to watch as a family and allowed us to spend some quality family time together!

Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Jake's Neverland Rescue is now available to purchase on DVD, just in time for the Holidays!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Jake and the Neverland Pirates on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

GIVEAWAY: OPI San Francisco


We have definitely been in the Holiday spirit lately with all the giveaways that we've been having on the blog along with our 2013 Gift Guide. So we are here again with yet another giveaway. Earlier this year we shared with you all our review on OPI's San Francisco Collection.


The amazing people over at OPI would love to offer one of our Canadian Just Us Girls readers a chance at winning 6 of the 12 nail lacquers from their San Francisco Collection, that's half!

The San Francisco Collection brings you these unique 12 chic lacquers that are perfect for both Fall and Winter. They even have three of the twelve nail polishes from the collection liquid sand, which adds such a great texture to your nails that you don't even need a top coat over it.

Below are the names and descriptions of the entire collection. Want to win half of the collection? Be sure to leave a comment letting me know which color you can't wait to try!

A-Piers to Be Tan
I shore do like this chocolaty tan.


Dining al Frisco
Just feast your eyes on this fresh-air blue!


Haven’t the Foggiest
Can’t tell you why I love this misty gray...I just do!


Peace & Love & OPI
This holographic sage and eggplant is far out!


Keeping Suzi at Bay
There’s no holding back this assertive navy blue.


Incognito in Sausalito
You better keep this almost-black blue under wraps.


Lost on Lombard
Oh garn-et! I’m all turned around!


I Knead Sour-Dough
Are you bready to wear this toasty warm brown?


Muir Muir on the Wall
This trailblazing plum is the fairest of all.


In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
Good golly, Miss Trolley, this rich burgundy takes me away!


Embarca-Dare Ya!
Betcha can’t pass up this marvelous magenta.


First Date at the Golden Gate
You and me and this shimmery ruby make three.


It’s All San Andreas’s Fault
I’d move mountains to get this textured earthy taupe!


Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!
Dog-gone it...fetch me that textured matte blue!


Alcatraz...Rocks
There’s no escaping this arresting textured gray

REVIEW: #Disney's Planes Blu-ray/DVD Combo #HolidayGiftGuide



The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, Disney's high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world's fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems...he's not exactly built for speed, plus he's afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for—and the inspiration to soar.

MY REVIEW
Yet another great family movie that you and your kiddos will enjoy. My son is a huge Cars fan, so when I first saw the trailer for Planes, I knew he would love it just as much. I was right. Not only did he love it, but he got all excited that he took out some of his Cars toys to come watch the movie with us as we viewed it as a family. 

Planes is not only a great family movie, but it teaches your kids that anything is possible if you try. I loved all the characters and I loved that it was a little bit similar to Cars. You have Dusty the main character who is a crop duster who loves flying fast, but is afraid of heights. It's great to watch him as he overcomes his fears. Another reason this is a great movie for kids to watch. Teaching them to face and conquer their fears so that they can be the best they ca be. Dusty dreams of racing against the world's fastest planes and after he proves over and over again that he's not only determined, but that he won't give up, he ends up being surrounded by tons of old and new friends that support him and believe in him.

A must see for the entire family, Planes will be out to purchase November 19th on blu-ray and DVD just in time for the Holidays!

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Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Planes on blu-ray/dvd combo at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

GIVEAWAY: Customize Your Holiday Cards This Year w/ @Minted


It's that time of year again! Time to start getting your family together to take those yearly Holiday Family Photos to send to family and friends in your Holiday Cards. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by, it feels like yesterday I was just sending out holiday cards and now I'm trying to think of a new idea on how we can take our picture to send to family and friends for this year.

We normally try to send out our holiday cards the week of American Thanksgiving so that our loved ones that are far away can get them in time. With the web being filled with tons of ideas, I've been looking on Pinterest a lot lately to find a new family pose we can use to share on our card. Last year the photo was just of the kids, this year I want both the hubby and I to be included.

Minted has thousands of independent designers that come up with amazing greeting cards for all occasions. From wedding invitations to birth announcements they make sure all of their cards are designed well and printed out on quality fine paper and they just recently launched their new Holiday Cards Collection for 2013.





What I love most about Minted is that if they don't have what you're looking for, you can create your own card by customizing it however you like. You have options to change fonts, text color, whether or not you want to add one, two or three photos on your card or none at all. With Minted your Holiday cards this year will surely be in style with a unique card that best represents your family.

Be sure to check Minted out on their different social media pages to keep up to date on deals and sales they may be having. You Can Find Minted:



The Best Man Holiday, Now Out In Theaters! #BestManHolidayGNO


It's been almost 15 years since we last saw our favorite characters from the hit late 90's movie, The Best Man. I can remember vividly when this movie first came out, it was all my friends and I could talk about. Now reunited, we get to see how much the characters we once loved have grown in this long anticipated sequel, The Best Man Holiday.



Times change. Friendship doesn't. 

Some of us ladies from Just Us Girls was invited to see an early screening of the movie and let me tell you, we were not disappointed whatsoever. This movie has been a long time coming and exceeded our expectations. There are some movies that are a classic and then years later a sequel is done and it's just not as good as the first movie. I have to say, The Best Man Holiday is not one of them. This movie was fan-freaking-tastic! We laughed, we cried, we did both at the same time, we were very impressed with how well it was written. It shows you the ups and downs when it comes to life and how important friendship and family are.

It was amazing to see all the characters back on the screen together. I'm happy that it took this long for part two to come out, if they would have rushed it years ago, who knows if it would have turned out this good. I won't share any spoilers because this is a movie that needs to be seen, I promise you won't be disappointed. And even if you haven't seen the first movie, they did an amazing job sharing with you what happened to the characters so that you don't feel lost when watching this sequel.



As a thank you for coming out to the screening we were sent a Best Man Holiday gift box filled with goodies from the movie. We received the original movie on DVD, the soundtrack to The Best Man Holiday, a fleece blanket and each of us girls got a shirt. I've been listening to the soundtrack these last couple of days and it has definitely put me in the Holiday spirit with classic songs performed by lots of my favorite R&B singers.



If you're looking for a movie to see this Holiday season, head on over to the theaters because The Best Man Holiday is now out! This is a movie that can be watched with your partner or you can even make it a ladies night out. It will definitely make you appreciate the people in your life.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. Screening & Girls Night Kit was courtesy if Universal Pictures. No other compensation was received.
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