Malibu Rum Sparkler Review

The weather is warming up and Summer is around the corner. These are the times where lots of barbecues and gatherings will be going on and I'm excited for them all. One thing I like to have with me while either attending a barbecue or hosting one is a delicious cocktail that goes perfect for the weather that everyone can enjoy.

A couple weeks back I had the opportunity to try out the new Malibu Rum Sparkler. One word, Delicious! It's a lighter twist to Malibu’s classic Caribbean Rum flavor but with an infusion of coconut water and hefty carbonation. This is truly a sparking cocktail with a “spritzer” effect of carbonation that almost mimics a champagne. 

I really enjoyed this drink and definitely think it's more of a chick drink that will be enjoyed more by ladies then men. This 750ml bottle is 11% alcohol, (so it's not as strong as the classic Malibu Caribbean Rum) and can be purchased at your local LCBO store for $16.95.

The light coconut flavor is perfect for enjoying on a backyard patio during a hot summer day.  I enjoyed this bottle in its original form, but I did find a cocktail recipe that sounds awesome too; I’m anxious to try this one out soon!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a bottle of Malibu Rum Sparkler at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 2 DVD Review & Giveaway #HowToTrainYourDragon2

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Academy Award® nominated movie How to TrainYour Dragon, there’s action at every turn and excitement on every ride in DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK PART 2 as Hiccup and his fearless friends embark on new adventures and battle to protect their island home. The young Vikings must put their dragon training skills to the test to defeat dangerous and surprising new enemies! The series features original voice talent from the film including Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and will include Zack Pearlman and more. Defenders of Berk, and the previously released Riders of Berk, is a must-own for any Dragons fan to catch up before the summer event when How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theatres June 13th!

If you remember a couple months back were were excited when we had the opportunity to review Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1. Not only are my kids huge How To Train Your Dragon fans, but now that they have seen both part one and two of Defender of Berk, they're even more pumped to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 when it comes out next month. This was just as good as part one, filled with our favorite characters and dragons, this new adventure would be perfect for any of you fans out there. It continues with lots of filled packed action that will have your kids very excited. Definitely a must watch before you go and see the new movie that comes out in June!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received DRAGONS: Defenders of Berk Part 2 on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

NEW Nicole By OPI: Seize The Summer Lacquers Review

Summer is around the corner. The weather has gotten warmer and the sundresses and the flip flops have come out to play. This is one of my favorite things about Summer. The fact that I can easily slip on a sundress and flip flops and be ready to go out for a barbecue or trip to the beach.

I recently had a chance to try Nicole by OPI's latest collection, Seize the Summer! The collection has four bold and beautiful colors that are just perfect for you to wear this Summer.

Lay it on the Lime
This citrusy green is the limiest… and that’s the truth. 

LeaPink for Joy
This playful pink makes me jump and shout! 

Shaved Nice
Glittering and frosty… this is one sweet treat. 

The Coral of the Story 
I’ve learned my lesson… nothing but this bright coral for me!

Although all the lacquers are very beautiful, I have to say my favorite has to be Shaved Nice (glitter). Not only is it easy to apply, you don't even need more than one coat. You also can wear it with or without a top coat. I love that it can go with anything you have on and would be perfect throughout the entire year.

Lay it on the Lime (lime green) is very bright ad screams Summer when you put it on. Neon colors are very big right now, this is definitely a great lacquer to wear. It took about four coats for me to get the right shade and look I wanted ,but I was very pleased with the outcome. 

LeaPink For Joy (pink) is another color that screams Summer. It's very bold and bright, which works out perfect for this time of year. It took about three coats for me to get the right color I wanted, but I was very pleased with how the look turned out. I would suggest for both the Lay it on the Lime and for LeaPink For Joy that you add this over a coat of white so that it shows up better and so you don't have to add too many coats to get the shade you want.

Lastly, The Coral of the Story (red). Definitely another favorite of mine from this collection. I love that I was able to only add two coats before I was very satisfied with the way it looked. The polish went on very smooth and looked perfect for the warm weather.

Nicole by OPI Seize The Summer Collection will be available starting June 2014. They retail for around $10.99 and you can find them at the following retailers: Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Loblaws, Rexall and London Drug.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received samples from the new Seize The Summer Collection at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Two Babies in Diapers, Oh My! #MomTrust

It's getting really close to my new little one being here already, nine weeks! I'm very excited and nervous at the same time. I keep remembering memories about when both my eight and seven year old were babies and how fast the time flew by.

It's been so long since we've had a newborn in the house, I'm remembering now what it was like and all the work and energy it took out of me.  Looking back on how my first experience as a mom was to when I had my second child, I thought I would be a pro with my son. Although I did have some things down when my son was born, the diaper situation was  not one of them. There is a big difference when it comes to changing little girls verses little boys.

My two oldest are 23 months apart. We tried potty training our little girl once I found out I was pregnant so that we wouldn't have two babies in diapers, but honestly, you can't force a child before they're ready. So I was a mom that had two little ones in diapers at the same time. Although it only lasted a couple months before my daughter was potty trained, it still was a lot of work and very expensive having two little ones in diapers.

I would say changing diapers was my least favorite thing to do. My daughter was about six months when we were out in the mall shopping. I went into the ladies restroom to change her diaper. There was a long line, so when I got in there to finally change her, I was rushing trying to get in and out. Well I must have put her diaper on with half of her cheek hanging out because by the time we left the mall and got home I could smell what she had let out. I didn't think anything of it until I picked her up out of her car seat and felt her bum wet through her pants and looked down and saw the entire car seat wet as well. A smelly gross experience I will never forget, I had to hurry up and get her in the bath. Once she was all cleaned it was time to scrub out the car seat. Two scrubs later, the smell didn't seem as bad, but was still there a little. It took letting it air out over night for the smell to completely leave, the same with the aroma in my car. Leaving the windows down for a few hours did the trick.

I'll never rush when changing my child again. 

Now, what I learned from my daughter I thought I could apply with my son. You can only do that to a certain extent. Everyone warned me about boys when changing their diapers. Did I listen, of course not, lol. Well it took me a few diaper changes before I got that I need to hurry up, wipe and cover his private part or I would end up with pee on my face or clothes. Luckily with my son, this was the worst that happened. Nothing like what happened with my daughter.

Although changing diapers is my least favorite thing to do, I am excited to have a new experience with my little girl once she's here. Not only will I have two awesome little helpers to help me, but I'll get tons of new memories I'll be able to share. I'm sure a few of them will be about changing diapers.

We all have different experiences when it comes to babies, especially diaper stories, what's some of yours?
Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Playtex Mom Trust program. The opinions on this blog are my own.

May is National Salad Month! (Giveaway)

I can't believe we're almost done with the month of May. Time is quickly flying by and for those of us who made the goal to eat healthier earlier in the year, this time of year can be a bit hard. Especially with the warmer weather, there will be tons of barbecues coming up and why wouldn't you want to enjoy all the delicious food people bring to those gatherings.

Well, May is National Salad Month and there are tons of salads you can make to help keep you on the right track to eating a bit better. I know for me it's always hard to eat the same thing over and over again, but that's why it's good to look up new recipes and try them out so that you can update that average salad you eat for lunch with a brand new one that will have your taste-buds in aw!

Here are a couple salads that I found that taste absolutely delicious thanks to Marzetti Simply Dressed. Not only do they have tons of fresh new salad recipes you can try over at their website, but they also have some delicious salad dressings you can try to help give your ordinary salad a new pop.

1/2 cup Simply Dressed Balsamic Salad Dressing
1/2 cup pecans
2 cups shredded cooked chicken meat
1 large Granny Smith apple, diced
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped dates or favorite dried fruit
2 cups chopped cabbage
4 cups mixed salad greens
1/4 cup peels of aged white cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place nuts on a sheet pan and bake 5 to 7 minutes or until nuts are toasted. Cool and chop.

In a large bowl, combine Simply Dressed Balsamic Salad Dressing, chicken, apples, celery, dates, pecans and salt and pepper. Add cabbage and salad greens and gently toss.

Top salad with cheese and serve.

3/4 cup Simply Dressed Pomegranate Dressing
1 cup bulgur wheat
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup almond slivers
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup dried apricots, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped mint
5 oz. chopped spinach
4 oz. crumbled feta or halloumi cheese
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
Salt and pepper

Place the bulgur wheat in a bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place almonds on a sheet pan and bake 5 to 7 minutes or until nuts are golden brown. Cool.

Remove plastic wrap and fluff the bulgur wheat with a fork. Pour 1/2 cup Simply Dressed Pomegranate Dressing over bulgur wheat and mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add almonds and all remaining ingredients to the bulgur wheat. Drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup of dressing over all and gently toss. Serve.

What are some of your favorite salads? Leave a comment below letting us know one of your favorites and you can win this Marzetti Simply Dressed Prize Pack valued at $100 below:

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Simply Dressed vouchers at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Schick's Taking Stride & Sharing Stories Twitter Party & Contest @HydroSilkCA #StrideswithSchick

A couple of weeks back, I shared with you about Schick Hydro Silk's campaign for Taking Stride and Sharing Stories gallery. This campaign was designed to honor women who take stride in their every day lives and uplift and inspires those around them. Well I'm happy to say that the gallery is now live and running. You can check it out HERE! You may even find your story you shared on Just Us Girls featured on the gallery.

To celebrate the opening of this gallery, Schick will be hosting a twitter party this Thursday, May 29th at 9:00 PM EST. The people over at Schick will be sharing lots of inspiring stories about women in their lives and you can do the same. Along with sharing stories, you can also win some amazing prizes as well. To participate and join the party all you need to do is follow @HydroSilkCA and tweet with the hashtag #StrideswithSchick!

WHEN: Thursday, May 29th
TIME: 9:00 PM EST.
WHERE: Twitter
HASHTAG: #StrideswithSchick

Not only is there a Twitter Party where you can win some goodies, but Schick Hydro Silk is also hosting a month long Twitter Contest too! The contest will run from June 2nd to June 27th. All you have to do is follow @HydroSilkCA, share a story about a woman who has inspired you, using the hashtag #StrideswithSchick and that's it. Schick will be randomly giving those who tweet, with prizes throughout the month and at the end of the month there will be a grand prize given out, a $1000 Visa Gift Card! How awesome is that?!

If you have yet to share a story about a woman in your life that you deserves to be recognized in any way, be sure to head on over to the Taking Stride and Sharing Stories Gallery. Also, be sure not to miss out on both the Twitter Party this Thursday and the month long Twitter Contest in June!
Disclosure: Compensation was received in exchange of sharing about the Taking Strides, Sharing Stories Gallery, Twitter Party and Contest but All opinions are my own.

Get Rid of Damaged Hair with Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser #DamageEraser

Now that Winter has finally left and we're in the middle of Spring, it's time to break out the flip flops, sun dresses, pedicures and make sure our hair is looking good. As a mom, I'm constantly using not only my flat iron every morning to make sure my hair looks decent, but I'm also always using my hair dryer along with my hot comb to make sure it's as straight and flat as it can get.

This is not only a lot of heat on my hair, but it also causes a lot of damage as well. Not to mention that every once in a while I like dying and putting a relaxer on my hair too. With all the different heat and chemicals, no wonder the ends of my hair sometimes look a bit rough.

That's why I was pretty excited when I got the opportunity to try Garnier’s latest hair care innovation from the new Fructis Damage Eraser line. It's designed to help us ladies who use a hair straightener, blow dryer or other heat styling tools on a daily basis so that we don't have to give up on our favorite look. The Fructis Damage Eraser line reconstructs hair strength by 90% from the root of your hair to the tips so that we can still use our styling tools without worrying about our hair getting damaged.

I have to say I was pretty impressed with the line. I got to try the shampoo, conditioner and Strength Reconstructing Butter and the first thing I noticed was that each of the three products smelled absolutely delicious. I love when the hair products I use have a great smell. Another thing I noticed after using was how soft my hair felt after blow drying and how shiny it looked after I was done using my flat iron.

Since going to the beauty salon as a busy mom isn't always an option, I love that I've found a product that not only helps strengthens and reconstructs my hair, but also makes me look and feel good as well. You get the salon look and treatment without the salon price.  

Be sure to visit the Garnier website to learn more about the NEW Fructis Damage Eraser hair line and to take advantage of their limited time trial offers.

This post was brought to you by Garnier L’Oreal Canada via SheBlogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Garnier L’Oreal Canada

I Can Do It Too, With Kandoo! (@kandookids) #Giveaway

Last month I mentioned to you guys that Just Us Girls was selected to be a Kandoo Ambassador. I'm really excited about it because not only have I've been using their products since my almost nine year old started potty training, but now I get to share with you all my experience and stories when using Kandoo.

Not only do I love Kandoo because they made my life as a first time mom potty training easier, but I also love that all of their wipes are both flushable and biodegradable and that all of their bath products are tear free! This definitely makes it easier when my little ones are in the bath getting clean. I don't have to worry about them irritating their eye if they accidentally get any soap in them.

So I'm excited to announce that today we will be hosting a giveaway of the entire line of Kandoo personal care and wipes for one lucky Canadian Just Us Girls reader!

So which of the Kandoo products is your favorite? If you've never tried them, which one are you excited to try?

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Around The Clubhouse World DVD Review

Pack your bags and grab your passport. Join Mickey, Minnie and pals on a whirlwind trip Around The Clubhouse World! Climb the Eiffel Tower in France and say “bonjour” to Mademoiselle Daisy and Monsieur Donald Duck. Then, rescue Gondolier Goofy when he goes adrift in Italy’s Grand Canal; solve the mysterious riddle of Pharaoh Pete’s pyramid in Egypt, and meet a dancing dragon at the Great Wall of China. With your help – and the right Mouseketools – your Clubhouse friends can get their special passport stamped at each wonderful location. Featuring over two hours of song-filled fun, including four additional episodes, this global adventure proves it’s a small world after all!

No matter how much my kids are growing and becoming older, there is definitely something about Mickey Mouse and the gang that will always have them singing, "It's The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Come Inside, It's Fun Inside!" So when we received the latest addition, Around The Clubhouse World, I even sat down and watched it with both my kiddos. Not only do their favorite characters travel around the world, but they also share lots of catchy songs that has had my kids singing them around the house. If your child is a fan of Mickey or any of the gang, I would definitely be sure to add Around The Clubhouse World to your collection of DVD's. It's a great episode filled with information they'll learn. Not only do you have this episode, but the DVD comes with four other episodes for your children to enjoy and a free passport activity book for them as well. Around The Clubhouse World is now available in stores on DVD!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Around The Clubhouse on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Strawberry Shortcake: Fun Under the Sun DVD Review & Giveaway

Join Strawberry Shortcake and her berry best pals on some sweet sunshine adventures! Blueberry makes a berry big blunder when she overhears Strawberry and thinks her friend is taking all the pals on a tropical vacation. After Blueberry makes some very funny attempts to make things right, Orange Blossom tries to build the girls their own fabulous resort. When they all work together to make it Berry Bitty City-style, it’s perfect, in fact, that TV host Mavis Maraschino decides to do a segment on Cherry Jam right then and there! Will the girls ever get the Fun Under the Sun they’ve been dreaming of?

My daughter absolutely loves Strawberry Shortcake and the rest of the berry friends. So when we had a chance to watch Fun Under The Sun, it was filled with not only colorful bright colors that would catch any kids attention, but also filled with lots of songs and made us wish Summer was here. Luckily, it's just around the corner. Not only did she love the movie, but she also loved that there was a bonus feature that featured a music video, "It's A Beautiful Lovely Wonderful Day." This song will have your little girl or boy singing around the house. I've even caught myself humming the lyrics while cleaning. This is just another great addition to add to any Strawberry Shortcake fan's collection and now is on DVD for you to enjoy in your home. 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Fun Under The Sun on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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Throw Back Thursday #TBT with @Netflix #StreamTeam

Ever notice on Thursday's there always seems to be pictures from the past popping up on some of your social media sites, like, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? I think this trend started on instagram and just became a huge hit to everyone. I have to admit, I love participating in Throw Back Thursdays, mainly because I like reminiscing the good times from my past.

You can easily get sucked into an entire day of looking through old pictures and trying to figure out which one to share with your family and friends on the internet. I can recall a few occasions where I procrastinated work and looked through photos to share.

Ever want to do a Throw Back Thursday with movies or television shows from when you were a kid? Well, now you can thanks to Netflix. There are tons of old movies and television shows from when I was a kid available to watch. And even though they were shows that we thought were pretty awesome as kids, going back and watching some of them now makes me laugh because of how far the entertainment industry has come.

Here are a few old shows and movies that are available to watch on Netflix that's fun for the whole family and will definitely bring back many memories:

  1. Ghostbusters
  2. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  3. The Mighty Ducks
  4. The Facts of life
  5. Different Strokes
  6. Clifford

If you have yet to subscribe and became a member to Netflix, you can still try it out for 30 days with full access to all of their programs they have. Once your 30 days are up, you have the option to continue or cancel your membership, but why not continue, it's only $7.99 a month and gives you access to so many shows that will keep you and your family entertained forever.

What's great about Netflix is you can stream from just about anywhere and watch your shows. From your television on a video game console or even your smart phone, tablet and computer, Netflix is available for you and your family to enjoy.

So which show or movie would you want to watch for a #TBT?
Disclosure: I am part of the Stream 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.

#Blended in Theaters May 23rd! (Giveaway)

It's been a while since we last seen both the hilarious Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore both on screen together. Their last movie together was 50 First Dates back in 2004, so it's been ten years, but we don't have to wait too long for their next movie, Blended.

BLENDED marks the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in the hit romantic comedies “50 First Dates” and “The Wedding Singer.”

After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.

Blended will be out in theaters this Friday, May 23rd and to celebrate we're hosting a giveaway where one lucky US reader of Just Us Girls can win a Blended prize pack valued at $48!

Prize Pack Includes:
        Blended Tote Outdoor Kit and Lip Balm
Coffee Beanery sampler, one-pound coffee + Blended branded tumbler mug

Be sure to keep up with everything Blended on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus & Tumblr!

The Best Job In The World..Being A Mom! #NaturallyAtHome

Being a mom can definitely be challenging. There are some days where you just want to hide in bed and hope that the next day is a bit better. But I honestly wouldn't change this experience for the world. There are the hard days that make the good days so enjoyable. There are times where I look at both my kids and see myself in them. It's crazy how that happens and I can't wait for our third child to get here this Summer so I can experience being a mom to a newborn all over again.

Mother's Day has come and gone and I have to say this was a good one. I love that my kids get so excited as they get older. It's like Christmas to them, but gifts for me. They love to help the hubby make me breakfast in the morning and watch me while I'm opening up my gifts from them. It's become a tradition that the hubby gets up early and sets everything up for the kids to help cook, wakes the kids up and me pretend to sleep in longer so that they can wake me up once everything is done.

After breakfast is in our bellies and gifts are opened, I relax with the kids for a bit before we head on over to my in laws where I meet my mother in law and two sister in laws and we sit in the backyard relaxing and let the men barbecue for us and take care of the kiddos. We're served drinks and our food and each hubby brings our favorite desert so that we can enjoy it after our cooked meal. It goes by super fast, but it's such a great day and filled with lots of memories.

Once the day is over everything goes back to our normal routine, but I still feel the love from Mother's Day and appreciate how much both my kids and husband love me. Time is flying by too fast, so I'm enjoying every single day as a mom and can't wait til I'm a mom of three.

Naturally At Home will be expanding and including a newsletter available for all moms to read. It includes healthy tips and tricks that we can all use with a household that has kiddos running around. Be sure to check it out along with following them on Facebook and Twitter!

Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Playtex DG Activated Carbon Filter Review #MomTrust

It seems like there are new products coming out left and right to make our job as being a parent a bit more easier. I love that Playtex is one of those companies. They just keep coming out with products that help make a different for both baby and mommy.

That's why I was super excited to receive their Diaper Genie Activated Carbon Filter. This filter is designed to lock in odors instead of covering them up with a pretty fragrance. They come in a package that contains one carbon filter case and includes four carbon filters.

This sounds pretty great for me. The last time I used a diaper genie was when my now almost seven year old was a baby and since we have a little one on the way, this filter seems like it's going to make a world of difference when using the diaper genie. I can remember using my diaper genie before in the past and although while closed the smell didn't leak out, but once you opened it to put another diaper in it, the odor was just overwhelming. So I am definitely looking forward to trying this filter out with the new baby once she's here and the dirty diapers start piling up.

One thing I do love about these filters is that they aren't just for your diaper genie. You can use them for just about anywhere. It's great when potty training and I've been using one in the back of my minivan which contains all of my kids soccer and dance attire.

Let me tell you, just one of the filters have been a huge relief to have in the van when traveling back and forth from one practice to another. Not to mention when I carpool and have a few soccer friends and their equipment in the van as well. You simply don't smell anything at all. This has definitely been making our trips a lot more easier. If they can cover up the mask smell of soccer and dance, I'm sure these filters will make a huge difference when using your Diaper Genie.

To find out more about the DG Activated Carbon Filter and other Playtex products be sure to head on over to for more info!
Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Playtex Mom Trust program. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Taking Stride & Sharing Stories w/ Schick Hydro Silk! (@HydroSilkCA)

It's been almost a week since Mother's Day has past us. It was such an amazing day feeling so loved and appreciated by my hubby and kids. Not only did I pick up the phone to wish both my mom and sisters a Happy Mother's Day, but it made me realize how many wonderful women I had in my life growing up and still do have in my life. From my grandmother, to my many aunts and a few different women I have now who I'm lucky to call friends.

My grandmother was a huge part of my life. I got to spend 18 years of my life with her before she passed away (12 years ago) and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about her or still talk to her when I'm having one of my days where I just want to crawl in bed and cry. She was such an amazing woman who I looked up to. She not only had 13 kids, but she was also a woman who worked two jobs, came home and still made sure her kids were taken care of. Not only did she take care of her kids, but she also took care of those who were in need. I strive every single day to be more like her. She was and still is a role model I look up to.

So, my question to you, my lovely readers, is when was the last day you appreciated a woman in your life when it didn't fall on a holiday? When did you last pick up the phone or tell a woman in your life face to face that she's doing an amazing job being a mom or that she's appreciated and loved?

In honor of all women who take stride in their every day lives, Schick Hydro Silk is inviting Canadians to share stories about the women in our lives who mean the world to us in an online gallery called, Taking Strides, Sharing Stories. The gallery gives women a chance to post inspiring stories about themselves or a woman they know as well as share these stories on their social media pages to encourage others to do the same.

What I love most about this campaign, other then sharing inspiring stories, is that for every story or image shared in this gallery, $1.00 will be donated to a Women's Mental Health Program. Along with the donation being made once you share a story in the gallery, you'll also be automatically entered to win a trip for two to Costa Rica! How amazing is that?

The Taking Strides, Sharing Stories Gallery goes live, May 22nd across Canada, but you can be one of the first to share your story in the gallery now by leaving a comment below sharing your story about a woman in your life. You'll not only be able to see your story once the gallery goes live, but you'll also be automatically entered in our giveaway to win a $40 Schick Prize Pack just for leaving a comment.

I'm looking forward to reading about all the many different inspiring and loving women in your life.
Disclosure: Compensation was received in exchange of sharing about the Taking Strides, Sharing Stories Gallery, but All opinions are my own.

Dove (@DoveCanada) Purely Pampering Bodywash & Beauty Bar Review #PurelyPampering

After a long day of working, getting the house cleaned, running errands and going to and from after school activities with the kiddos, there is nothing more relaxing then stepping into my shower and my busy rinsing the day away. Whether it's a long hot shower or a bubble bath, I am always looking for products that can not only relax me by their beautiful intoxicating smell, but bath products that have me feeling clean and refreshed when I'm done.

That's exactly what Dove did once again with their new Purely Pampering Bodywash and Beauty Bar. As you all know by now, Just Us Girls absolutely loves Dove and all their bath and beauty products. I've been using them for years and with each new product I become more impressed with Dove.

I was recently sent both their bodywash and beauty bar for their Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla Scent and new, Pistachio Cream with Magnolia. I have to say these two scents in both bodywash and beauty bar had me feeling like I was on cloud nine while taking a shower.

I absolutely love how both bodywash lathers up and had me feeling like I was being pampered. Every mom deserves that feeling after a long hard day. Not only did both have amazing smells, but I love how both bodywash has 1/4 moisturizing cream that helps give dry skin the extra nourishment it deserves. Especially after the long Winter we've had, using the Purely Pampering Bodywash from Dove has certainly made my skin feel like Winter was never here.

As for the beauty bar, I was very impressed. I've only ever used Dove's original bar and so trying two different new scents that were from Dove's Purely Pampering line had me excited. Both scents are amazing. The way the bar lathers up on your skin making your skin not only feel soft and smooth, but makes you feel clean as well. Once you step out of your shower or bath, you'll feel like you've just stepped out of a spa, which is exactly what every woman needs after a long day.

You can find out more about Dove's Purely Pampering line over at You can also find this line in your local retailers such as Walmart, Shoppers, etc. Bodywash between $4.99-$5.99 and the beauty bar for $5.99-$7.49.

Calling all women 30+ who will be celebrating birthdays from September 9th - October 28th! Dove is looking for you! Dove believes women of all ages should feel beautiful and they want to celebrate this with real women in their next ad campaign. To find out more information and requirements, please feel free to head over to from May 5th to May 30th, 2014!

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

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizers Review

Now that Spring is here and we've said goodbye to that harsh Winter we had, it's now time to make sure that our skin is feeling refreshed and hydrated in time for Summer. I don't know about you, but the Winter did a number on my skin, even when putting on my daily lotions. I'm so glad Spring is here.

I was recently sent all three of Vaseline's Spray and Go Moisturizer. They come in three different scents, Original, Aloe Fresh and Cocoa Radiant. What I loved most about using these Spray and Go lotions was that they didn't leave me feeling greasy or sticky and left my skin feeling soft, hydrated and fresh looking.

Another thing I love about these spray and go moisturizers is that they definitely come in handy when you're trying to save time. Instead of pumping out lotion on my hand to apply to my body, using the spray and go lotions directly on my skin saved a lot of time, especially on those days when I'm in a hurry. The spray's dispenses the lotions evenly all over your body, so all you have to do is spray, rub in and be on your way.

A couple of weeks ago when we had one of those really warm and humid days out, my daughter's skin got really dry and needed some type of moisturizer on quick that would help re-hydrate it and using the Spray and Go Aloe Fresh worked great. The spray not only absorbed within a few seconds, it also had her skin looking and feeling hydrated. I've been having both the kids use these sprays after bath time and in the morning so they're skin is completely moistened.

If you're looking for a quick on the go moisturizer that isn't too heavy and works quickly be sure to check out Vaseline's Spray & Go. They can be found at retails for around $6.99-$8.99 a bottle. If you want to give some other Spray & Go products a try check out our review for the St. Ives' Hydration Spray Lotion and Vaseline's Men 24 Hour Spray Lotion, all products from Unilever.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned products at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

That Awkward Moment Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review & Giveaway

Three hard-partying Manhattan bachelors make a pact to have as much fun as possible while remaining single. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love, and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships.

The hubby and I were definitely looking forward to sitting back and watching what we thought would be just a hilarious comedy movie. We were wrong. Although there were definitely some funny parts in That Awkward Moment, it was more of a romantic movie. Which was even better. A movie revolving around a group of friends who all vow to be single to help out one of their friends who got cheated on, turns into them all keeping from one another that they are basically in relationships. 

I loved seeing each romantic side of each character and how they all opened up to the women that they were seeing. It's definitely a good watch that had lots of jokes that guys would definitely get and understand.  This is definitely an indoor movie date night that couples would enjoy and even if you were watching this movie with a group of friends, everyone has been in their twenties trying to figure out not only life, but their love life as well. 

That Awkward Moment will be available on blu-ray and DVD to purchase May 13th! 

Thanks to VVS Films, we're giving away three blu-ray/DVD combo copies of That Awkward Moment to three lucky Just Us Girls Canadian readers!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received That Awkward Moment on blu-ray at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Trish Stratus Yoga Event in #Toronto (#Giveaway)

Trish Stratus (WWE Hall-of-Famer) is hosting a pop-up Stratusphere Yoga Studio at the Ritz Carlton in Toronto this Spring from May 5 - May 31. Stratusfy your curiosity by attending these classes and get a taste of some of Stratus’ top instructors. Plus, experience Stratusphere Yoga, a hybrid workout system designed by Trish herself, that incorporates strength training into a yoga flow to challenge the body while invigorating your mind for a workout that merges the best of both worlds.

Those of you who live in Toronto or are planning a trip to the city this month can take advantage of a daily schedule offering a variety of unique classes, including Trish's revolutionary workout system, Stratusphere Yoga. Following class, you have the option to take advantage of the hotel's award-winning spa when you purchase the yoga-spa pack, which gives you unlimited access to  Spa My Blend by Clarins.  

Since Mother’s Day is around the corner, why not treat yourself or a mom in your life to some yoga and spa treatment? This would be a great gift for any mom who needs a little relaxing.

Class and yoga-spa packs, are available for purchase online at

One lucky Canadian reader of Just Us Girls will win 1 free yoga class and 1 Day Spa Access. How perfect is that? Especially those of you who are locals in the city or who are visiting soon.

Devil's Due Blu-ray Review & Giveaway

After a mysterious night on their honeymoon, Zach and Samantha McCall (Zach Gilford, Allison Miller) find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything on video for posterity, Zach begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially attribute to nerves, but it soon becomes evident the disturbing changes to Samantha’s body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, part of the quartet of filmmakers known as Radio Silence (V/H/S), and produced by John Davis (Chronicle), Devil’s Due utilizes a found footage-style of storytelling to deliver an emotional, character-driven thriller that showcases supernatural scares, and disquieting dread.  

Last weekend I spent the night cuddled up in bed, popcorn in hand, ready to be scared straight with the newly released horror movie, Devil’s Due. Both the hubby and I are huge horror movie fans. I like to be scared and shocked. The movie really mimics the “found footage” kind of horror film similar to what you’d see in Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project. The storyline is near-identical to Rosemary’s Baby, but with a few exceptions. There wasn't too many big plot twists or surprises but it was a pretty straight forward scare.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Devil's Due on blu-ray at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment Wipes Review & Giveaway

Throughout the many years, I have used many different acne skin products to help get rid of my acne. Here I am, 29 and still getting acne. It can definitely be frustrating, especially when you think you've found a product that may work and it turns out they don't work that well on your skin.

I was sent OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment Wipes to try and I have to be honest with you, these seem to be the best wipes I've used so far to help with my acne. These wipes are the only medicated wipes in Canada that are clinically proven to kill acne bacteria on contact and quickly help heal acne blemishes. They unclog pores quickly removing dirt, oil and dead skin letting the oxygen through to help your skin breathe and keep bacteria away. The alcohol free formula on the wipes prevents over-drying while the oil free moisturizers help relieve redness to your skin due to dryness.

The packaging is the first thing I love. The fact that I can just throw these in my purse and take them with me to use just about any where when I need them is definitely a plus. The size comes in handy, especially being a mom on the go. When I opened the flap only one wipe came out which is very useful as you don't have to worry about the wipe drying out or wasting more than one wipe. The wipes have a slightly rough texture and are surprisingly small; each one is only about a quarter of the size of a piece of facial tissue.

I've been using them once in the morning and once in the evening and I am very happy that I have found a product that vanishes early signs of pimples and horrible acne. After washing my face in the shower as I do on a regular basis I just used the wipe on my face, paying special attention to my forehead and chin since I’m most prone to breakouts in these areas. Afterwards my skin feels refreshed and actually clean like there is no built up of dirt.

I would definitely recommend these wipes for any of you out there that are like me with bad acne. Not only do they work really well, but they are very affordable retailing for $7.99. To find out about more Oxy products be sure to check them at on their website.

One lucky Canadian reader will win an Oxy prize pack valued at $50 that includes:

1 Oxy Emergency Cleanser = $9.99
 1 Oxy Emergency Spot Gel = $12.99
1 Oxy Emergency Wipes = $7.99
1 pHisoderm pH up = $9.99
1 pHisoderm pH down = $9.99

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