Keep Those Hands Clean with #KandooKids


School has been back in session for almost a month now. It's great to have our normal schedule back with a daily routine. My kids have been super excited to be back in school. They not only get to be in a new grade, they both were super excited to find out who their teacher was going to be this year and to find out what friends would be in their class.

Although I am glad to have our daily routine back with the older two in school, now that summer is over and fall is here, that means the flu and cold season is just around the corner. My kids are pretty good with washing their hands before dinner and after using the restroom, but I had to remind them just in case because this is the time of year when kids get sick.


We've been using Kandoo Hand-soap with our kids for years now and I wouldn't change it one bit. Not only does their hand-soap contain natural moisturizers like, vitamin E to help moisturize our little ones hands while cleaning, it's also hypoallergenic so all kids can use it. I love that the soap comes in bright colored foam to make it easier for our little ones to know that they're hands are completely covered for a better clean.
It's easy to use with a large pump and wide base bottle to help kids use the soap all on their own. I remember when my son was younger, he absolutely loved that he got to wash his hands all by himself without the help of mommy. Standing on his step stool after using the potty and cleaning his hands made him feel like a big boy.

Kandoo Hand-soap can be found all across retailers in both Canada and the US. For more information about their hand-soap and other products, as well as tips on keeping you hands clean, be sure to head over to www.kandookids.com.
Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Kandoo Ambassadorship. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.

Happily Ever After... After Divorce


It often happens that even a strong relationship can’t stand the problems that may come up in a marriage. How to live after the divorce? Divorce is a common phenomenon in today's society. Statistics show that among the best dating sites about half the participants are people who have experienced at least one divorce.

Many people are overwhelmed with fear of facing an unknown future after a divorce. How am I going to live? It is so difficult to think of a new way of life, new experience and bitterness of possible disappointment. Nevertheless, we should strive to be in a state of love and happiness, regardless of anyone or anything. Here are some recommendations on how to live happily after divorce, return to the routine rhythm of life, or even change everything for the better.




1. Say goodbye to the past. To do this, you need to break the link with your husband and forget about how you lived together. Try to hide photo albums, his gifts, and just forget that it was your husband. Now you should start your own life. Over time you may even become friends, but now try to forget the past as painlessly as possible.

2. Take care of yourself. Schedule an appointment with a professional massage therapist, choose a new hairstyle or go shopping. You should understand that it is time to change, so start with your appearance. Feel free to join a gym, or start jogging in the morning. You will definitely meet another man in your life, so be prepared for anything.

3. Keep a diary after divorce. If you do not have a real friend you can trust, turn your secrets into text. Recent BBC surveys have proved that keeping a diary perfectly helps to get rid of emotional stress. Every time you feel very bad, fill the pages of your diary. If you love to paint, do not hesitate to illustrate your thoughts to get rid of painful feelings.

4. Get away from it all. If you have the opportunity, go on a journey. At the moment, you need to leave your house for a short time in order to get rid of different memories. You can even try online chat rooms and have a little talk with some strangers. If you have relatives in another city, visit them to let go of the past. Time will pass, and you'll be experiencing your break less painful, but first you need to get used to this idea.

5. There’s no reason to think that loneliness is now your destiny. Previous experience will warn you from many mistakes. Don't miss the chance to build a new relationship! Just soberly weigh all the pros and cons and try to find only positive moments.

@ProjectMC2 Doll Line Giveaway


Last month we shared with you our thoughts on the newest tween series from Netflix, Project MC2. This show is all about how girls can use science smarts and math problem-solving to save the world, all while looking cool doing it, without sacrificing their individuality.


My daughter is still looking forward to upcoming episodes. I also shared a picture of my daughter with one of the four dolls that has been released by MGA Entertainment. These dolls are beautifully made and definitely represents each of the unique characters on the show really well.


So I'm excited to offer one of my Canadian readers the chance to win all four dolls! That's right, we're giving away the complete set of the Project MC2 Doll Line. The show is now streaming on Netflix and the dolls are now available all throughout Canadian retailers including Toys R Us, Walmart, Indigo and Sears retailing between $12.99 to $69.99. 

How awesome would it be to win this awesome prize just in time for the holidays?! Have you and your daughter watched Project MC2 yet? If so, please enter our giveaway and let us know who's your daughter's favorite character.


For more information about the show and dolls, be sure to head over to www.projectmc2.com.

Family Movie Nights w/ Netflix #StreamTeam


If you come on the blog often, you know now that my family and I love having family movie nights. It's a great way for our family to spend time together and relax. We usually do this once or twice a month and we absolutely love these nights.


On our movie nights, we make sure to have the popcorn popped, many different flavored seasonings to choose from and lots of sweet treats to snack on during the movie as well. On occasion we'll even enjoy a pizza to eat while watching the movie as well.


One of our go to sources to watch movies on these nights is Netflix. There are so many different options and new movies being added constantly. For the price you pay monthly, you're definitely getting tons of options to make sure you and your family have a great movie to watch.

Last weekend my family and I decided to watch The Princess and the Frog since it was just added. This is a movie we've seen before when it first came out and my oldest loved it. We even bought the soundtrack. So we wanted to watch it again so that our one year old could enjoy the movie just as much as we did. The Princess and the Frog is such a great movie with lots of good old southern music that's catchy and will have you dancing. It definitely had our youngest on her feet dancing. We even brought out her Princess Tiana doll for her to watch the movie with.



There are tons of movies just right for you and your family to watch. Just this month alone there has been over ten great family movies added. Here are a couple of our favorites:


What are some things you and your family do to make your movie night special?
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.

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder #Recipe


It's been way too long since I last posted a recipe to share with you all. My apologies. Although it's almost the end of September and we still have Summer weather, we did get one cold day last week that got me really excited for Fall. It was time to bring out the Fall decorations and break out the big pots to make some soup.

I was in the mood for broccoli and cheese soup, it's one of my favorites. When I saw that I had celery and carrots in the fridge that needed to be cooked soon, I figured I'd use those too. There was bound to be a recipe online somewhere that included all three. Behold Pinterest. The answer for simple, easy and delicious recipes. I found tons of recipes that included veggies and so I looked through a handful of them and found Cooking Classy's Cheesy Vegetable Chowder to be one of the easiest. I tweaked it a bit to fit what we had around the house so I didn't have to run to the store, but it still turned out pretty delicious and the family was pretty happy with it.

I'm so excited about Fall. That's one of the things I love about living in Canada. We get all four seasons and appreciate them all. Although I'll miss Summer and will be complaining that I want warm weather once Winter is here, I'm still looking forward to warm socks, cozy sweaters and cuddling on the couch with the family.

I hope you get a chance to try out this recipe. You won't be disappointed! What's your favorite kind of soup you like to make for your family in the Fall? 





Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Ingredients
5 1/2 Tbsp butter, divided
3 Carrots (chopped)
2 Celery (chopped)
1 Small Yellow Onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth
2 large peeled and cubed russet potatoes
2 cups chopped broccoli florets (from about 2 heads)
1/4 tsp dried thyme
Salt and ground black pepper
6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups milk (preferably 1% or 2%)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Directions
In a large pot over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp of the butter. Add carrots, celery and onion and saute 3 - 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Stir in chicken broth, potatoes and thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and cook 15 minutes. Stir in broccoli florets and cook until veggies are tender, for me this was about 8 minutes.

While that's cooking, in a saucepan melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Stir in 6 Tbsp flour and cook, whisk for 1 minute. While whisking slowly pour in milk, making sure there are no lumps. Cook while stirring constantly until sauce begins to gently boil and thicken. Then stir in heavy cream. Remove from heat and once all veggies are tender pour into the soup and stir. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Serve warm.

@VTechCanada's Kidizoom Action Cam Review


Although my kids absolutely loved staying in and watching YouTube and playing video games during their summer vacation, there were days where playing outside and leaving the internet for the entire day was a must in my house. Technology has come so far and although there's so much you can do with it, I love seeing my kids outdoors getting some physical play time going on. So, when you can have both, technology and your kids play outside being active, it's a win, win.



That's exactly what VTech's new Kidizoom Action Cam does. It allows our kids the opportunity to go outside, get adventurous and record their journey as they have fun. Whether you're on a bike, skateboard, scooter or even in a pool, the Kidizoom Action Cam can record it all.

The camera is easy to set up. It comes with a flat mount, bike mount, mounting shell, water proof case, wrist strap and a usb cable to put your recordings on your computer and create a pretty neat video to share with your family and friends. Not only is this an action cam, but it also comes with games your kids can play while they're out.


Both mounts are pretty easy to attach to both skateboard and bike and in little to no time your kid can begin on their outdoor adventure and record their journey as they go. This is pretty neat. It comes in two colors, purple and yellow. I decided on the yellow as it's a neutral color so that both my son and daughter can use it. Both my kids have been having a blast with this action cam. They've been recording their bike rides to the park and riding their skateboards.



Although summer is about to be over, the adventure for your kids can still continue with this camera. The camera is easy to handle, light and is easy to bring with your kids on the go, so if they wanted to record their adventure at the park or when going swimming, they can.

The Kidizoom Action Cam is retailed at $69.99 and would a great gift for any kid this upcoming holiday season. With the weather proof case, think of all the adventures your child can record throughout the year.

For more information on this and other products from VTech, be sure to head over to www.vtechkids.ca
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a VTech Kidizoom Action Cam at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

@cloud_b Twilight Noah's Ark Review


Over this past year, I have gotten the opportunity to work with Cloud B a number of times and it's been pretty great since I have a little one who doesn't like to go to sleep in the dark. We've been on a regular schedule to where our one year old is now use to a certain routine when putting her to bed. This includes making sure some bed time music and a night light is on so that she doesn't feel lonely when she goes to sleep. 

So when we had the opportunity to review Cloud B's Twilight Noah's Ark, I knew she would love it. Noah's Ark is a story that I'm very familiar with growing up in a Christian home, it's also one we've shared with our older two kids and can't wait to share the story with our youngest one.



The story of Noah's Ark and animals two by two is now brought to life for kids to enjoy with an Ark that projects a starry night for your child's bedroom ceiling and walls. Not only does this Ark have lights that automatically shut off after 45 minutes, but the Ark also comes with four mini plush animals to help transform playtime to nighttime.




My little girl has been enjoying playing with the plush animals and Ark since the top of the Ark is detachable and makes for great play time. My older two even love playing with the Ark with my little one. They love placing the small plush animals on their fingers and talking to their younger sister. The Ark has been a great toy to play with before bed and then I place the Ark on her dresser and turn it on for her before I leave her room.

For more information about Twilight Noah's Ark and other Cloud B products be sure to head to www.cloudb.com
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Twilight' Noah's Ark at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

@CuddleandKind: Helping Feed Children, One Doll At A Time


Don't you just love when you find a company that not only has products that are cute and adorable, but also takes time to give back to children in need. That's exactly what cuddle+kind is all about.

I was recently introduced to this company and fell in love with them. cuddle+kind sells adorable, high-quality, hand-knitted cotton dolls for kids of all ages. Not only are these dolls beautiful, but they're also making a difference. For every cuddle+kind doll purchased, this amazing company provides 10 meals to hungry children around the world through their partners, World Food Program USA and Children’s Hunger Fund.

It breaks my heart to know that their are kids out in the world who aren't fortunate enough to have meals provided for them. Being a parent to three kids, I know how important it is for kids to have three nutritional meals a day. Along with snacks, these meals help keep our children healthy and strong. They're our future, we have to take care of them.

This is why I love what cuddle+kind stands for and how they help those children in need. As parents themselves, they want to help improve the lives of children all over the world and to make a difference.



There are nine different dolls to choose from. The dolls are Artisan handmade in Peru and hand-knitted using 100% cotton. Each doll is beautiful, unique and stylish. They would be the perfect cuddle buddy for your little one. They would be great baby shower gift, birthday or Christmas present.



To find more about these adorable dolls and more about how cuddle+kind is helping feed children all over the world, be sure to head to www.cuddleandkind.com  and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

To buy one of these beautiful dolls for your little one, be sure to head over to their INDIEGOGO page.
Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Compensation was received.

Zoom-O Disc Launcher Review


My son is always on the go. He's eight, very active and always loves doing something different and challenging. We try and keep him busy as best we can throughout the year with soccer, hockey and track, but even with being active through sports, he still loves to be active at home.

We have a trampoline in our backyard that we use during the warm months, but even that some times doesn't do it for my son. He loves active games and toys that challenge him, so when we received the Zoom-O Disc Launcher, I knew he would love it.



With the Zoom-O Disc Launcher you get to load discs into the launcher, pull the trigger and watch it take off towards sky. You then can try and catch the disc as it floats back down to the ground. This kept my son busy for a few hours. He loved it and enjoyed running around the yard trying to get the disc as high as he could. With discs being able to fly up to 100 feet, he's told both the hubby and I, he will try and get the disc that high before it gets too cold to play outside.






The Zoom-O Disc Launcher is great for kids of all ages who love a challenge and love to keep active. You can definitely work up a sweat playing with this toy. My son even had some of the neighborhood kids playing with him. He would shoot the disc from the launcher and the kids would try and catch it. Whoever caught it would be the one to launch the next disc. 

The Zoom-O Disc Launcher is retailed for $11.97. For more information on the disc launcher and other similar toys be sure to head over to www.rptoys.ca.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a Zoom-O Disc Launcher at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

@Cloud_B Sleep Sheep Essential Gift Set Review


Bed time for a little one can be overwhelming. I like to think that a daily routine works great for kids of all ages. With a one year old in the house, there are nights where she fights me to go to sleep and those nights are tough.

Over the last couple of months I have to admit bedtime has been so much easier. We received a Sleep Sheep Essential Gift Set from Cloud B. I've reviewed a couple items from them before and I've never had a bad experience. In fact, our chameleon is still in little one's bed and gets turned on when she's getting ready for bed. 




The Sleep Sheep Essential Gift Set includes Cloud B's Sleep Sheep, Twilight Buddies and their Baby Sheep Rattle.

Sleep Sheep is a plush with a hidden sound machine that plays white noise to help calm and comfort little ones while they fall asleep. With the options of playing soft sounds of nature or the reassuring sound of a mother’s heartbeat, Sleep Sheep is a great companion for a relaxing, restful night. It also safely attaches to your baby’s crib with a velcro strap.

Twilight Buddies Sheep is a cute, cuddly companion that helps eases fear of the dark by projecting a starry night sky onto bedroom ceilings and walls. It includes three real constellations within the star pattern. What I love about the Twilight Buddies Sheep is that it also has an automatic timer that shuts off after 45 minutes so that it's not on the entire night.

The Baby Sheep Rattle is great for quiet play and is small enough that it's a great toy to take with you while you're on-the-go. It's designed for developing little fingers to grab onto and is perfect for them to play with while traveling.



With our nightly routine of bath time after dinner and then a sippy cup of warm milk, at around 8:00pm my little girl is tired and ready for bed. She knows it's bed time when we put on both her Sleep Sheep for soothing noises and her Twilight Buddies Sheep so that her room isn't completely dark while she's on her way to sleep.

The Sleep Sheep Essential Gift Set retails for $74.99. This would make a great gift for a baby shower or a great Christmas gift for a little one. For more information about this gift set and other Cloud B products, be sure to check them out www.cloudb.com/Canada
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Cloud B's Sleep Sheep Essential Gift Set at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

What Kids Want: Frozen Bowling Set Review


With a little toddler running around now, our household is even more busy. She definitely keeps me on my toes and I try and make sure to keep her busy throughout the day. Lately, we've been having a lot of fun with What Kids Want Frozen Bowling Set.


This fun bowling set is perfect for both indoors and outdoor play. We've been having a blast with it outside on warm days the last couple of months and when it's a bit chilly outside, she loves to play with the bowling set in our kitchen while I'm cleaning.




This set helps both of us as she has something to occupy her time with and I can get a few things done around the house. Plus, I love playing with her too, as does her older siblings. Who doesn't like to bowl?

The set comes with the bowling ball along with six pins with your child's favorite character on the pins. From Frozen to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, boy or girl, your child will love playing with this bowling set.  This set retails for $14.99. It's inexpensive and lots of fun and with the holidays coming up, this would be a great to give a little one. 

For more information about What Kids Want Frozen Bowling set and other toys, be sure to head over and visit www.rptoys.ca.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received What Kids Want Frozen Bowling Set at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Relaunch of The Bratz Dolls + #Bratz Hello My Name Is Set #Giveaway


My daughter is a huge fan of The Bratz dolls, has been for years. So when I heard that they had relaunched their dolls, I was pretty excited to see the new sets.

The Bratz brand has always stood for self-expression, individuality, diversity, confidence and creativity. That's why I've always been a fan these dolls . I love that they stand for so many positive things to help young girls express their own individuality.

Now the dolls, which have a reinvented look that speaks to a new generation of girls, will also provide ample activities and avenues for girls to create their own worlds, discover and express their true selves.



There are six new collections:

  • Bratz Hello My Name Is reintroduces the core Bratz friends, each with an iconic outfit that showcases their individual personalities, and accessories true to their interests and hobbies.
  • Bratz #SelfieSnaps lets fans get to know the Bratz friends via their selfie snap styles and fun emoji icons. Each doll comes with tech-inspired accessories, a smartphone and two phone cases.
  • Bratz Fierce Fitness showcases the Bratz healthy hobbies in the most fashionable and fun way. Hit the trails with Cloe in her visor, backpack and binoculars or rev up for a race with Jade and her sports bag and hydration bottle. Yasmin is channeling her inner Namaste with a yoga mat and gear.
  • Bratz Study Abroad explores incredible countries around the world. Each doll adopts the culture’s traditional fashion and styles those unique elements into her own wardrobe.
  • Bratz #SnowKissed celebrates the Bratz love of fun winter activities. Each Bratz comes ready to hit the slopes in stylish snow gear including an après ski outfit, hot cocoa mug and a sticker sheet to customize their snowboards, sleds or skis.
  • Bratz Create-It-Yourself Fashion Set gives consumers the creative freedom to design their own Bratz fashions with a rotating platform and mannequin to decorate an outfit for their Bratz doll. 


I'm excited to be offering one of our Canadian readers all of the dolls from the Bratz Hello My Name Is Collection. These dolls would make any young girl happy and would be a perfect gift especially with the holidays around the corner.

Be sure to check out the Bratz emoji’s app with your kids so they can share whatever mood they're in with their besties through the Bratz Emoji app available now for Android and iOS.

Which Bratz is your child's favorite?

Jergens Moisturizer For Wet Skin Review


Although Fall is creeping in around the corner, I'm still enjoying the last few warm days we've been having out here in Canada. Laying out in the sun is one of my favorite things to do when it's warm out. I also like to make sure that while I'm out in the sun for long periods of time, not only am I protected by wearing sun screen, but also that my skin itself is hydrated.

I've been using Jergens Moisturizer For Wet Skin for the last couple of months and my skin looks and feels fantastic. I love to stay hydrated and keep my skin hydrated too, so I make sure that I apply lotion as soon as I get out of the shower. It's best to apply lotion on when your skin is damp because it helps lock in the water on your skin to keep your skin hydrated. The lotion contains a new breakthrough formula that blends with water when your skin is most receptive to moisture.



I received both Moisturizer For Wet Skin Green Tea Oil and Coconut Oil. They both smell lovely. I love how it applies on smooth and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or greasy. It goes on and locks in twice the moisturizer in half the time for radiant skin.

So even though Summer may be ending, I would definitely recommend using Jergens Moisturizer all year long, especially during the harsh Winters so your skin stays both healthy and hydrated during the cold months.

Jergens Moisturizer For Wet Skin is now available at most retailers and retails for $7.97. For more information about Moisturizer For Wet Skin and other Jergens products be sure to head over to www.jergens.ca.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Jergens Moisturizer For Wet Skin at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received


@FoodNetwork's #Halloween Baking Championship #BakingChampionship


It's hard to believe Halloween is right around the corner. We make a big deal out of this holiday in our home. We love baking, cooking and creating Halloween crafts during the month of October to celebrate Halloween. One of my favorite treats to make for the kids are Mummy Dogs and Monster Munch. Both are simple to make and I love that the kids can help make these spooky treats.




One of my favorite thing to do in the Fall is to bake, so to get inspiration I love to sit down and watch The Food Network to see what cool creations the chefs come up with. Not only do I love watching the channel for inspiration on ideas to make in my own home, I also love watching their cooking and bake off competition shows and I'm super excited for their Halloween Baking Championship.



The four episode, one hour show will be hosted by Richard Blais and the judges are the ever so lovely, Carla Hall, Sherry Yard and Ron Ben-Israel. The contestants will have a chance to prove their spooky, creative baking abilities in order to wow the judges  in order to win the title, Halloween Baking Champion and a grand prize of $25,000.



Mark your calendars as The Halloween Baking Championship airs, Monday, October 5th at 9:00pm. Get ready to watch the competitors as their baking skills are put to the test in difficult challenges that will cause quite a fright!

Which ghostly treat will be sent to the baker’s graveyard and never return?





Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Compensation was received.

A Decade Later....Hurricane Katrina


It's hard to believe that it's been a decade since the devastating natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina occurred. Although the hurricane hit many areas like the Bahamas, South Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, the main place effected by it was New Orleans, Louisiana.




I remember exactly where I was when the news broke out. My first child had just been born a couple weeks before hand, so I was at home doing laundry and listening to nursery music. I remember getting a phone call from my mom and turned on the news to see what was happening. I remember being in tears as I saw how so many people were in pain and hurting, how many homes and businesses were destroyed.

10 YEARS LATER...

Fast forward ten years later and the city of New Orleans is stronger then ever and looking great, I was fortunate enough to visit the lovely city earlier this year in February for a few days with a couple of the ladies of Just Us Girls. Driving around the city I got to see some of the new homes that were built after Katrina and how full of life not only the people, but the city itself was.





The aftermath of Katrina was devastating. There were so many homes, businesses, schools and much more that were damaged and destroyed. It took a lot of work, but with the help of many volunteers, the city is looking beautiful and standing strong. Johnson Controls  was one of the companies that helped. They stood with Tulane University to rebuild and resume classes within five months after Hurricane Katrina's devastation.






Ten years later, the university and New Orleans residents are building a better future one project at a time. Johnson Controls is proud to continue helping the Tulane City Center, a non-profit organization founded by the Tulane School of Architecture, rejuvenate the community.

The company’s financial commitment helps fund the Tulane City Center’s education, advocacy and project design services throughout New Orleans. Johnson Controls funds also helped open Parisite Skate Park, named after its proximity to Paris Avenue, which has helped more than 5,000 young residents channel their energy and athletic skills in a safe recreational environment. It's safe to say that with companies like Johnson Controls continuing to help out, the city of New Orleans is in good hands.

Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Compensation was received.
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