Celebrate International Friendship Day July 30th w/ My Little Pony! #MLPFriendshipDay (Giveaway)

There's nothing like having friends in your life where you can just be yourself around. A good friendship can last a lifetime. I've been fortunate enough to have the same group of girl friends for over 25 years. Although we are all married with kids and live in different parts of the world, I love that if I need any one of them, they would be there in a heartbeat to help me in any way.

So I'm very excited to share that tomorrow Thursday, July 30th is International Friendship Day. This is a day to celebrate friendship. What better way to celebrate it other then with the group of ponies we love so much that embrace friendship all the time.

Celebrate Friendship Day with My Little Pony by heading to their Friendship Day page to start playing fun games and activities with your child all while learning how you both can help make the world a better place. Everyday is Friendship Day when you are with the ponies!

In celebration of both International Friendship Day and the new The Friendship Is Magic product line we're excited to work with Hasbro to offer one of our Canadian readers an amazing Friendship Is Magic Prize Pack valued at $100.

Friendship Is Magic Prize Pack includes:
Friendship is Magic Collectible Story Pack Playset
Friendship is Magic Collectible Story Playset
Friendship is Magic Collectible Story Pack with accessories
Friendship is Magic Collectible Scene Pack
MLP Tritan Bottle (14oz)
MLP Tshirt or Sleepwear

How do you celebrate Friendship day?

Vaseline Intensive Care Repair Serum Review

Now that we're in the middle of summer, wearing pants is not an option. With the last few days of hot weather we've been having, I'm been super thankful for some of my favorite skincare products that have helped my skin stay not only hydrated, but stay moisturized and healthy,

Over the last few months I've been using Vaseline's Intensive Care Repair Serum. The Intensive Care Repair Serum line is designed to help moisturize and heal dry skin and also helps moisture 10 times better than most moisturizers. I was sent all three types, the advanced relief, deep repair and radiance restore with pure cocoa butter.

I've always been a fan of Vaseline. I use their petroleum jelly on my feet every night during the winter months to help my feet from cracking and being rough. So when I had the opportunity to try out their intensive care line, I was excited.

The advanced relief helps heal and calm really dry skin with moisture. It's gentle on your skin and has the scent of rose and amber with a vanilla aroma. I loved using this on my upper body after getting out of the shower. 

The deep repair helps moisturizes and heal rough and dry skin. This was what I used on my feet every night before bed, which not only helped my feet stay hydrated, but also kept my feet soft and smooth and feeling great.

Lastly I tried the radiance restore with pure cocoa butter. I didn't use this daily like I did the other two, but I did use it maybe twice a week as it helps dry, dull skin and leaves you with the great smell of cocoa butter, one of my favorite scents.

All three products worked fantastic on my skin and are a must have year round. They work great in the summer and I can't wait to use them this winter to help my skin stay hydrated during the cold months.

Vaseline Intensive Care Repair Serum retails between $7.77-$11.49 and can be found at most drug stores and grocery stores. For more information about the Intensive Care Repair Serum line and other products from Vaseline be sure to head to vaseline.ca.
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

Camping with Kandoo #KandooKids

With August just around the corner, it's hard to believe that summer is almost over. It definitely feels like we're just getting use to the beautiful warm weather. I'm not looking forward to wearing layers again. So maybe August won't fly by like June and July did. Maybe.

One of my favorite summer activities to do with my family is go camping. There are so many different types of camping you can do, campsite camping, festival camping, wild camping and glamping. Our favorite is campsite camping. We have a pretty big family, so once a year we all get together and head to a campsite and camp for two to three days for Father's Day weekend.

It's so much fun and makes great memories that each and everyone of us will remember. Since we go camping in a huge campsite, that means no showers and we get to use the awesomeness that is an outhouse to use the restroom in. (Not fun at all)

So I make sure when I pack our essentials we need to help us get through a couple days without running water, hand sanitizer and a water carrier is a must have along with Kandoo Flushable Wipes for both kids and adults. Since the wipes are not only flushable, but also biodegradable, they're safe for sewer and septic systems. They're also moistened with lotion which ensure a thorough fresh cleaning and cleans up 30% better than toilet paper. This is perfect to have on a camping trip with no running water.

So if you're going on a camping trip this summer, be sure to make sure you pack those Kandoo wipes to help both adults and little ones stay fresh and clean. 
Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Kandoo Ambassadorship. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.

@MartinsFI Fantasy Island Family Pack Giveaway

We have a little over a month left before our daily routines are back to action and our kiddos are headed back to school for another year. Although I'll be excited to get back to my normal routine, I will definitely miss summer and spending time with the kids.

It's been pretty busy over here so far this summer. Between the hubby out of town for work, family barbecues and all three kids birthday's are back to back, planning summer vacations can some times be difficult for me. Not only are they a lot to plan, but they're expensive as well. I imagine it can be that way for most of us.

So I'm really excited to share with you an amazing family friend amusement park where I'll be taking my family in the next couple of weeks. I'm talking about Martin's Fantasy Island.

Martin's Fantasy Island has been open for families for over 50 years. It's located in Grand Island, New York, just minutes away from Buffalo & Niagara Falls. So it's pretty close to those of us living in Ontario!

The park has lots of rides that include a water park, miniature golf, shows and attractions for the entire family to enjoy.

So I'm excited to be working with them to give one of our Canadian readers a chance to take their family there this summer with an amazing family giveaway.

The prize includes five admission passes, five food passes and to help you get to your destination, a $50 gas gift card! How awesome is that?! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment letting me know what would you do first during your visit? Will you go to the water park, check out a live show? The giveaway will end Monday, August 3rd, so you'll still have plenty of time to plan a trip before the kids head back to school!

For more information about Martin's Fantasy Island, be sure to check them out online on their website as well as Facebook and Twitter!

Let The @Netflix_CA Streaming Adventure Begin! #StreamTeam

I remember what it was when I was a kid. Sitting home watching my favorite shows and movies whenever they came on TV, that would then have my siblings and I pretending afterwards that we were on that same adventure.

Life is a little bit easier for our kiddos with Netflix. With a touch of a button they can watch lots of adventure shows and movies as many times as they want without commercials or waiting for it to come on television.

My kids have been loving their summer so far, hanging out with friends, getting into their own mini adventures, but our weather this summer has been kind of wacky, it's been raining quite a bit where we live. So on rainy days when the kids are stuck inside, it's great to know they can watch adventure happen on screen watching kid friendly shows and movies on Netflix. There are lots of great titles to feel their adventure needs.

Speaking of adventure movies and shows, if your kids are fans of the How To Train Your Dragon movies, then they're going to love that Netflix has just released a television series, Dragons: Race to the Edge following both Hiccup and Toothless. This series is filled with adventure that will keep your kiddos entertained. 

Along with the Dragons: Race to the Edge series, here are a list of a few other adventure shows/movies that you can stream on Netflix. 

3. H20: Mermaid Adventures (Season 2 is now streaming)

One of my childhood favorite shows, The Goonies is now on Netflix. I love that I can watch this childhood favorite of mine with my kids. Another favorite of ours is The Adventures of Puss in Boots. This is one of my son's all time favorite, so it streams pretty often in our house. 

What are some of your family's favorite adventure shows or movies to stream?
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.

Book Review: The Wednesday Group By Sylvia True

Title: The Wednesday Group
By: Sylvia True
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 24th 2015
ISBN: 9781250051882
Pages: 288

Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband's latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he's nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute in a public restroom. Bridget, a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital, is sure she has a loving, doting spouse, until she learns that he is addicted to chat rooms and match-making websites. Lizzy, a high school teacher, is married to a porn addict, who is withdrawn and uninterested in sex with her. Flavia was working at the Boston Public library when someone brought her an article that stated her husband had been arrested for groping a teenage girl on the subway. He must face court, and Flavia must decide if she wants to stay with him. Finally, Kathryn, the young psychologist running the group, has as much at stake as all of the others.

As the women share never-before-uttered secrets and bond over painful truths, they work on coming to terms with their husbands' addictions and developing healthy boundaries for themselves. Meanwhile, their outside lives become more and more intertwined, until, finally, a series of events forces each woman to face her own denial, betrayal and uncertain future head-on.

From author Sylvia True comes The Wednesday Group, a captivating, moving novel about friendship, marriage, and the bonds that connect us all.

 I found this book to be a page turner. I couldn't put it down. It's a quick read that's raw, honest and intriguing. This would be a great book for any woman to read, not just women who are dealing with the same situation because this story unfolds and shares what each woman goes through both physically and emotionally and just how strong women are.

I loved that each chapter was focused on each woman's point of view and how different each of the ladies are, not only in the way they live their lives, but as they come together in a support group, you can tell that on any other occasion these ladies would all be in different social circles. What I love is that although they are all different, they all seem to form this friendship that works well for them, so that if they need support, one would be there for them. 

The Wednesday Group is more than these women dealing with the fact that their husband's are sex addicts, it also shows us how strong women are when put in difficult situations that would seem like the end of the world at first. 

Although the end of the book leaves you imagining what happens next to some of the ladies, I'd like to think that we do kind of get an ending that lets us know that each of these ladies will be okay. Towards the end of the story, each of these ladies are put in an eye opener situation that leaves them realizing what they need to change in their lives in order to help them move forward in their life.

A great story from beginning to end, I can't wait to see what comes next from Sylvia True!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Wednesday Group at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion Review

When it comes to having my skin survive the winter months and preparing for the summer here in Canada, it can be hard to find the perfect daily moisturizer that works great for me. So when I was offered a chance to try the new Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion, I was pretty excited to see how well it would work on my skin.

Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion helps dryness and deeply penetrate damaged, sensitive skin. This fragrance free lotion helps work with your skin’s own natural exfoliating process to help loosen flakes all while hydrating and deeply moisturizing your skin and helps removes the discomfort caused by dry skin.

Coming out of the colder months, my skin suffered a lot. Mainly my feet. Over the last few weeks I've been using the Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion and I've never been so pleased with the outcome. I use it a few times a day. Once in the morning before getting ready for the day and at night before bed after showering. What I mainly wanted to focus on was getting my feet back to being smooth and using this lotion daily before bed has done just that. What I love most about the lotion is how luxurious, soothing and healing it was.

If you have dry, rough or cracked skin, this lotion is a must to help your skin get back to being nice and smooth. The Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion retails for $10.99 and can be found at most retailers. For more information about this and other Curel products, be sure to head to www.curel.ca.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Jergens Natural Glow Product Review

Now that we’ve all been alerted to the severe dangers of tanning beds and too much sun exposure, it’s time to take a look at products that offer natural-looking colour without the fear of the harmful effects of sun-damaged skin or worse, skin cancer. I was never a tanning bed junkie, but I definitely put in my fair efforts trying to get that golden sun-kissed colour. Regrets? YES. Oh, how I wish I could rewind the clock on that mistake! So I was pretty excited to try the new Jergens Natural Glow products, Colour Primer In-Shower Scrub and Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer.  So how well do these self-tanning products work?

I've been trying out both Natural Glow products for a few weeks now. I started out with the Colour Primer. It’s an in-shower scrub meant to exfoliate your skin prior to an application of colour. Just as easy as your regular shower gel, I just squeezed a dab onto my loofah and lightly scrubbed my entire body. Perfect. Soft newborn baby skin, ready for some streak-free colour. I didn’t get a chance to use a colour-enhancing lotion. I spent the next few days gardening and working outdoors (with SPF protection, of course!), and each night after my shower, I applied the Natural Glow Tan Extender. I used it exactly the way I would use a regular daily moisturizer straight out of the shower. And I definitely noticed my skin begin to darken into a nice natural glow, exactly the way the bottle advertised. I used the primer only once a week and the tan extender daily, and I followed this routine for two weeks. These products left my skin feeling soft and smooth, and I have gorgeous colour! I definitely recommend these products to my readers. All thumbs up from this Just-Us Girl.

Both of these Jergens Natural Glow products retail for $12.99 and can be purchased at most major retailers. For more information about the Natural Glow and other Jergens products, be sure to head to www.jergens.ca.

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

Get Relief From #Migraines with Stopain Migraine #migrainerelief

It can be like any other normal day. Relaxing with the family, having the best time making memories when all of a sudden you get this sharp pain and you feel like you just want to curl up in bed and hide from everything. That's what happens to me every so often when a migraine comes along. A migraine is defined as a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.

It's no fun with Mr. Migraine wants to come and ruin the great time you were having. I've been having bad migraines ever since I was a teen. I believe they started when I was about 16 years old. As the years have passed they aren't as frequent as they once were, but when it does come, it's something I want gone instantly, so I usually take some pain pills and end up lying in bed for most of the day until it's gone. Its sucks and it's not fun. Although I'm the one in pain, I feel bad for my family because the day is put on hold until the migraine disappears.

So I was really excited when I was sent Stopain Migraine to try out and see how it would help me. Stopain Migraine is a fast-acting topical pain relieving gel that's used safely and effectively to relieve migraine pain. It should be applied to the back of the neck and behind each ear. I love that you can use Stopain Migraine alone or in combination with other migraine medications without fear of drug interactions. It can also be used up to four times a day unlike other migraine medications, which is perfect seeing as a migraine can last anywhere between 4-72 hours.

A couple weeks back I was in the middle of making a side dish for our family reunion and Boom! All of a sudden Mr. Migraine was back and in full action. I took a pain pill and then quickly remembered I had Stopain Migraine and was so happy. As I applied the gel it took less than a few minutes before I was feeling a bit better. The cool sensation on the back of my neck and ears had me feeling a bit relaxed and I was able to finish cooking my side dish and was able to attend the family reunion later that day without feeling like I needed to be lying in bed.

Stopain Migraine is definitely a must have for those of you who suffer with migraines. Even if you don't have them often, having this in your medicine cabinet once the migraine comes on is great to have.

For more information about Stopain Migraine you can visit them online at www.stopainmigraine.com or follow them on Facebook. You can purchase Stopain Migraine at your local Walmart or online at both Walmart.com and stopainmigraine.com. Before you buy it, be sure to save a few bucks and get this $3 off Stopain Migraine coupon.

Want to win a bottle of Stopain Migraine? Be sure to check out their contest where 10 winners will win a $50 Walmart gift card where you can purchase Stopain Migraine and they also have their weekly giveaway on their Facebook page where two winners are announced each Friday until 7/17.

Disclosure:  This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received a package of Stopain Migraine for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Lalaloopsy Sugary Sweet Little Doll: Mallow Sweet Fluff (Review & Giveaway)

Over the last few months, my daughter had an amazing opportunity that allowed her to review and play with products from one of her favorite toy brands, Lalaloopsy. We've shared our experience and her thoughts with all of you and have one more to share with you before the Lalaloopsy Toy Box Program comes to an end.

Our last Lalaloopsy doll we received was the Mallow Sweet Fluff doll from the Sugary Sweet Little Collection. They're the cute younger siblings of the Lalaloopsy characters. These littles came out just in time to go along with the new Lalaloopsy movie: Festival of Sugary Sweets, which Joey also received and absolutely loved. She loved that she had a movie to watch with her ever growing Lalaloopsy dolls. The Mallow Sweet Fluff doll is candy themed, seven inches tall and comes with a little pet. Because of the beautiful colorful hair of Mallow Sweet Fluff, the doll isn't able to sit down, but that didn't bother my little girl one bit.
It's the day of the Lalaloopsy Land annual Festival of Sugary Sweets! When all the finest cooks and candy makers in the Land share their talents with the most talented eaters of candy and baked goods. Everybody is getting ready for the big day! Festival of Sugary Sweets was a great movie. What I loved about it was the positive messages the movie gives about friendship and problem solving when working together.

Like all of the Lalaloopsy dolls, TV show and movies, this always inspires my little girls imagination. She takes the dolls with her everywhere she goes. Watching her play and imagine in such a tech-savvy generation makes me very happy.

The Lalaloopsy Toy Box Program is ending, but we want to offer one lucky Just Us Girls an amazing prize that includes a Lalaloopsy Prize Pack valued for $100! This giveaway is for our Canadian readers only. Be sure to leave a comment sharing your kiddos favorite Lalaloopsy character!

Lalaloopsy Crazy Hair Doll
(2) Lalaloopsy Tinies
Lalaloopsy Large
Lalaloopsy Little

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a Lalaloopsy Doll and movie at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

@JohnFriedaCA Beach Blonde Collection (Review)

I am a huge fan of any John Frieda products, I have never been disappointment with any type of products I buy from their line. When I heard that they were coming back out with their Beach Blonde Hair and it was improved, I knew I had to try it. Just like before, the Beach Blonde Collection offers a summer look as if you've just come back from the beach. I was sent all four products from this line, their Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo, Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner, Kelp Help Deep Conditioner and the Sea Waves Salt Spray.

The Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo is a minty-cool cleanser that purifies hair, by removing daily dirt and excess product. The seaweed formula that's in the shampoo, cleanses and adds texture to hair, helping to prep your hair for style. I have medium length hair and I really love what the Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo did for my hair with just after one use. My hair felt soft, looked fuller, had a nice shine, and the ends were fully nourished. 

The Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner, also minty fresh, helps untie knots and snags in your hair. It nourishes your hair and refresh your scalp helping to restore the shine in your hair. I continued to use the shampoo for a few weeks, in combination with the conditioner, but found a lot of buildup in my hair after a few weeks, so instead of the conditioner I used the Kelp Help Deep Conditioner Masque and absolutely loved the feel of my hair immediately after. The Kelp Help Deep Conditioner seeks out damaged hair fibers and quenches them from root to tip for silky-suppleness and healthy-looking shine. 

After using the shampoo and Kelp Help Conditioner, I towel dried and blower dried my hair. It was left with the bounce and healthy feeling. I didn't wash my hair for two days and the moisture and volume was still there, which made me really happy.

On my days when I am rushed out the door, I leave my hair naturally curly and let it air dry. I decided to use the Sea Waves Salt Spray to see how my curls would go. The Sea Waves Salt Spray helps  heat damaged hair with intense moisture. The leave-in, non-drying formula is suitable for all hair colours and features the summery coconut scent.  I normally have frizzy hair and only use mouse and a little spray to keep to down. The salt spray was great once my hair was air dried it wasn't as fluffy and frizz, it seemed to balance my hair and left it looking healthy and still bouncy. 

The Beach Blonde Collection retails at $10.99 per product. For more information about this collection and other John Frieda products, be sure to head to www.johnfrieda.ca.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received John Frieda's Beach Blonde Collection at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Jergens Shea Butter Product Reviews

With warmer months come wearing shorts, skirts and lots of sandals and flip flops. So making sure my skin stays moisturize daily is always on my to do list. One of my favorite brands to help my skin stay moisturized is Jergens. So I was super excited when their new Shea Butter products came out and I had the opportunity to try them.

I was sent both the Jergens Shea Beauty Oil and the Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer. Both worked amazing and had my skin looking beautiful and feeling healthy. When using any type of lotion I always make sure to lather up once I'm out of the shower. Did you know that the best time to apply lotion is right after you're out of the shower? This way your body can lock in some of the water that's on your body and use it to hydrate your skin. So that's when I used the Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer the most.

Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer combines both a unique Hydralucence blend with African Shea Butter, which helps replenish moisture, enhance sheen and improve skin’s moisture barrier for more beautiful, radiant skin. Shea Butter is a premium ingredient known to nourish your skin, this is definitely a most moisturizer to use daily.

What I loved about the Deep Conditioning Moisturizer was not only the smell, but also how it was a great thick, but not heavy, consistency that left my skin feeling vibrant and hydrated. It didn't leave me feeling greasy and gross.

The Jergens Shea Beauty Oil is made with both Shea Butter and Argan Oil and is designed to designed to quench, hydrate and condition skin of all types. This body oil can also be used after showering since it gives your skin six times more radiance, sheen and hydration.. When I wasn't using the Deep Conditioning Moisturizer after my showers, I was using the oil, which hydrated my skin better than most body oils I've used before in the past, which was awesome and had my skin glowing. I loved that the body oil was very light when applying and absorbs really fast, leaving you with a happy results.

Both products have definitely become two of my favorite skin products to use. Since we here in Canada get really harsh Winters, using both the Shea Beauty Oil and Deep Conditioning Moisturizer will definitely be a must to help keep my skin hydrated during the cold months.

Both products retail for $10.99 and can be found at most stores. For more information about these products and other products from Jergens be sure to head to www.jergens.ca.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Jergens Deep Conditioning Moisturizer and Shea Beauty Oil at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

@HEXBUG AquaBot 2.0 Shark Tank Review

I have a 12 and 2 year old at home. There is a big age gap between them, so when there is something that can bring them together, whether it's a movie, television show, food or even a toy, if it's something that allows them to spend time together, I'm one happy mom.

So I was really excited when I heard about the new Aquabot 2.0 Shark Tank from Hexbug. Both of my boys absolutely loved this. It had the boys playing together for a few hours. My youngest was making shark noises over and over again. The boys liked that the pink angelfish just swam around over and I appreciate the fact that there is an automatic shut down after 5 minutes of it not being used. 

The tank and fish were easy to set up and we only had to place the shark on the edge and fill the tank with water. There was no assembly required. My oldest put everything together himself, set up is that easy. This was awesome, as we had a pet, "fish," without the cleanup of taking care of a real life fish. 

Each Shark Tank comes with an Angelfish, that has smart fish technology. All you need to do is tap on the tank to wake the sensor and an inner LED glow that makes it appear more alive than ever before! The AquaBot 2.0 Shark Tank retails at $33.99. For more information about this and other AquaBot toys from Hexbug, check them out online at www.hexbug.com.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Hexbug Aquabot 2.0 Shark Tank at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Brunchin' with @SabraCanada #sabrabrunchin (Giveaway)

With Summer officially here and the weather finally warming up, it's time for lots of barbecues and family and friends get togethers. Did you know that brunchin' at home has become a trend? It's always been a favorite of mine. I love hosting brunch during the warm months with a few of my girlfriends to sit outside on our deck, play catch up and munch on some delicious food all while sipping on a mimosa.

There are a number of ways you can host brunch. You can have it like a pot luck, each person brings a dish, inside or outside and don't forget the food, there are many different foods that are perfect for brunch, I personally love french toast during brunch.

I'm also a huge salsa lover. I love it on eggs, with chips and on tacos. I also love that I can serve it with just about anything and during any time of the day, including brunch. Our good friends at Sabra Canada have the perfect #sabrabrunchin menu for a delicious cozy brunch for your next home gathering, whether you are a seasoned brunching-at-home pro or just getting acquainted.

Baked Egg
Kick off the day (agreed the day starts at noon on Sundays!) with the perfect pairing of eggs and Sabra Classic Hummus.

Breakfast Nachos (My Favorite)
Need an indulgent fix after a night out? Enjoy with your favourite Sabra Salsa to quell those cravings.

Add Sabra Guacamole for a tasty avocado twist to pancakes.

Each recipe looks delicious and would be a great addition to any brunch menu. My personal favorite is the breakfast nachos. I've made them a couple of times before and they are perfect for brunch as all you need to do is make a platter of them, sit at the table with your loved ones and dig in! 

What's your favorite brunch food?
Leave a comment letting us know and you could win our Sabra Canada prize pack that includes a Sabra Canada tray and product coupons (value of $50)

Sabra Canada is driving across Canada for their 4th Annual Food Truck Tour. They've been making stops at local hot spots, busy intersections and events while in town, sharing free hummus and salsa samples throughout the duration of the tour. Visitors to the trucks can also personalize their hummus with Sabra's savoury garnishes to create the perfect snack.

Sabra Canada Truck Tour
Edmonton, AB  - June 12 – June 19
Montreal, QC  - June 17 – June 28; July 16 – Aug 2
Calgary, AB - June 21 – July 5
Ottawa, ON - July 1 – July 6
Saskatoon, SK - July 9 – July 13
Quebec City, QC - July 10 – July 12
Winnipeg, MB - July 18 – July 21
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - July 26
Toronto, ON - August 7 – August 23; September 10 – September 14 

Follow the Sabra Truck Tour @SabraCanada
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received coupons for product at no cost. No other compensation was received.

Littlest Pet Shop: Paws For Applause DVD (Review & Giveaway)

Blythe and her best friends from Mrs. Twombly’s Littlest Pet Shop are back for more off-the-wall pet adventures! Join Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda and Minka the monkey as they plan a visit to Blythe’s fashion camp, prevent the sabotage of an important photo shoot and catch a design thief! All of this and more give us a reason to Paws for Applause!
By now you all know we are huge fans of LPS in this house. From the time my oldest was able to play with them, she's always been a fan. So it comes as no surprise that we would all love the television show as well. Now that the latest DVD, Paws For Applause is out, I knew we had to watch it together with my youngest who is just under a year old. She absolutely loves all the bright vivid colors and also loves that the show plays catchy sing-a-long songs to shake her booty to. Paws For Applause comes with five episodes. What I love about this show is how it shows the bond of true friendship and how friends stick together and help one another out no matter what. 

Now out on DVD you can purchase Paws For Applause in stores or at www.shoutfactory.com.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Paws For Applause on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

@ShopprsDrugMart Life Brand Skincare Detox Product Review

I'm always looking for skincare products that will help leave my skin with a clear complexion. Since I have sensitive skin, that's sometimes hard to find. So when I heard that Shoppers Life Brand skincare came out with charcoal detox products just in time for summer, I definitely wanted to give it a go since charcoal is a detoxifying ingredient with deep cleansing and absorption that draws oil, dirt and bacteria from the skin helping to unclog pores.

I was sent charcoal nose strips, charcoal peel off mask and detoxifying face mask to try. I started off by using the Life Brand charcoal nose strips and the charcoal peel-off mask in succession on the same days. The charcoal nose strips require the same process as the original  Life Brand nose strips does, wet the area you wish to apply the strips, apply strip, and wait for it to dry completely to remove. Easy peasy. When I removed the strips after my first use, I did notice blackheads came off along with it, however, I didn’t notice a huge difference in the size of my pores. Overall, the nose strips worked great and I did notice a difference.

I then turned to the charcoal peel-off mask. My first go with the charcoal peel-off mask, I followed the directions to the letter. “Apply a thick, opaque, even layer to clean, dry skin.” Don’t do this.  You’re supposed to avoid the eye and mouth area, and with the thick layer that they suggested, it will drip before it dries. Since this is a peel-off mask, the drips will be a thick goopy, sticky type of drip. As with the nose strips, I noticed unsavory stuff from my pores come off with the mask, and my skin was as soft as a babies bottom. Woot! However, I didn’t notice a huge difference in the appearance of my skin.

I waited two days and then did the process all over again, starting with the nose strips, then the peel-off mask. This time around I didn’t use enough of the mask to be considered “opaque”, I used only enough to grip any stuff from my pores while still able to see a bit of my skin underneath. After peeling the mask off a half hour later, I got that lovely smooth feeling and I definitely saw an improvement in the size of my pores! I was thrilled!

Moral of the story, find the process you’re comfortable with, give it time, and you will see results. I definitely like these charcoal products!

In addition, I also received a one-use  Life Brand French clay detoxifying face mask packet. I love these single use packets. I don’t often use a face masks on a regular basis (if I use them too much, my skin produces too much oil), so these little packets are great for keeping my bathroom shelves clutter free and for trying out different types of masks without spending a bunch of money on a full size bottle and finding out it isn’t right for you.

The detoxifying mask, made my face feel very clean and tighter. Not like a dry feeling or residue type of tight, but my skin felt more firm. This is the type of mask I would use before an event to help me feel more refreshed.

All of the Life Brand Skincare Detox products are exclusively sold at your local Shoppers Drug MartLife Brand Charcoal Peel-Off mask, $6.99, Life Brand Nose Strips, $8.99 and the Life Brand French Clay Detoxifying face mask packets retail between $1.99 or 3 for $5.

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

Teen Beach 2 DVD Review #TeenBeach2

Dive in and rock out with the hottest surf sequel under the sun! Now that summer ‘s over and school has begun, Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack’s (Maia Mitchell) relationship seems headed for a wipeout – until Lela, Tanner and the “Wet Side Story” kids show up! Dazzled by the novelty and variety of the modern world, Lela wants to stay, but the real world and the “reel” world just don’t mix. Can Mack and Brady find the magic to get the kids home and get their own romance back on track before it’s too late? Packed with electrifying song & dance numbers and hilarious fish-out-of-water wackiness, Teen Beach 2 is “wow-abunga” fun for everyone.

As summer is ending we get to see how our favorite couple, Brady and Mack, are doing once school starts back up and they're pushed back into reality with both their different group of friends and their plans for their future are involved. It turns out they are both pretty different when not on summer break and begin to have problems. Meanwhile, Lela is starting to change and has been wanting something more, something different ever since Brady and Mack left their world. She no longer wants to play the part in the movie where she's the damsel in distress. She wants to find out who she is so she ends up traveling to the real world and Tanner follows her. Once there they run into their friends Brady and Mack and things start happening to their world since the two leading characters are no longer in the movie. As Brady and Mack are still having their problems, it's up to Lela and Tanner to help them realize that they belong together.

Teen Beach 2 is back and better than ever with lots of new catchy songs and some of our favorite old ones, with a twist. This was such a great movie for my daughter and I to watch together. We had a girls weekend and re-watched Teen Beach before we watched Teen Beach 2 and now it looks like we'll be having a Teen Beach 10th birthday party for my daughter. She is a huge fan and I have to admit, so am I.

If you had tweens and teens who loved the first movie, be sure to grab Teen Beach 2 as it is now out on DVD!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Teen Beach 2 on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.