Saturday, August 23, 2014

Amazing #CAARewards with @CAASCO

Everyone knows that I am a CAA member...and actually have been for years. To be honest, I've only ever used the card for emergencies (which are few and far between) until now! I never realized how many great partners CAA works with to provide members with AMAZING rewards like discounts and exclusive offers. You also can earn CAA Dollars® by using your card...and it's not only in store, there are a ton of online partners as well. I've been asked to be a part of a Spot the Partner campaign with CAA which will allow me to tell you all about all the great places CAA helps you save you money.

We were recently in the US for a quick family vacay (based around a ball tournament of course) and stayed at the Hampton Inn in Seneca Falls NY. Yep...used my CAA Membership to get a discount on our room. On a side note, I also purchased CAA travel insurance for the family for under $40 for the week we were there (crazy right?). Anyway, so I started off my getting a discount at the hotel and continued right along as we shopped for 4 days!

Now, I am a self-proclaimed shopaholic, so don't put it past me to constantly shop online as well. I do, it's true... and I think I actually may have a problem...LOL. I was checking out all the cool partners that you can shop online for with CAA rewards, and guess who caught my eye....hello Starbucks and Teavana. I can stock up on all my faves and throw in a new mug to top it off! Other killer rewards of where I usually shop online are Sephora (there's not one in my area and I typically only use their brand of make-up)....Walmart and Aldo. Plus using the site is super easy. Click on the offer you want, enter your CAA Membership number, shop and make your purchases, and receive your CAA dollars 90 days after your purchase. Easy.
Don't like to online shop? Go into a store and show your CAA Membership at places like the GAP and get 10% off your purchase, even off sale items. We're hitting up the mall this weekend for a few more items for M and back to school. Plus for the month of August, Gap Outlet is offering 15% off purchases of $75 or more! Dont' forget to download the CAA app to find out where all the great deals are and much more!

What do CAA dollars get you? It's pretty simple, savings. Use them to buy travel merchandise, upgrade your Membership and even gift a Membership to a friend or family member.Still haven't signed up to become a CAA Member? Click HERE to get started!

I have a ton of links to share with everyone!!! 
Check out the Rewards Portal HERE 
Check out the CAA Partner Stores HERE more rewards info
Check out all the awesome Back to School deals HERE and Dell giveaway HERE

Plus follow CAA on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM

Keep an eye out for my next post where I take you guys with shopping with me and show you how I like to save!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Color Run - Post Race!

We participated in a July 5K by The Color Run in the GTA, and had a BLAST until is started to POUR!!! I had both M and T with me, and they were not happy campers they last 1K. Prior to the rain though...we all had a great time running through the color zones and getting covered in powdered paint. We unfortunately didn't get any pics to share as we literally RAN back to the cars in the rain to get some kind of coverage. The sun did decide to come out when we were getting changed...by that time both kids were in FULL MELT DOWN MODE, so we didn't have a chance to head back for the post race party.

The race package you get when registering is awesome! T-shirt, bag, sweat band, bracelet, and temporary tattoos...plus come freebie samples of some healthy treats. You also get a color pack to toss at the end of the race as well.

We got to the start line and waves of runners started to go in intervals out the chute. It honestly was a ton of fun, we had a great time with friends and walked/ran whenever we wanted to. I liked that there was no pressure and with out a doubt we will be doing this again next year! It has even got us looking at other fun 5K runs we can do as a family.

Thanks to The Color Run for making us a part of your tour!

Want to see if there is event coming near you?? Visithttp://ca.thecolorrun.com/events/ to check the closest location to you and use code COLOR5OFF to get $5 off your registration fee! (make sure you actually type in the code). You get an AWESOME kit when you register too... lots of goodies to get you ready for the race!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tiny Love - Product Review

I received a few things to try try out from Tiny Love. The Woodland take along arch clips onto anything from car seats to play yards and is a ton of fun. There are 3 different dangling toys that hang from the bar. I liked that each of the toys could turn so your LO can check our both sides of each. I loved that it was easy to clamp on to anything you needed and that with a simple twist the arch folded up and can fit into any diaper bag. The toys are fun and I loved the theme of this, the owl is super cute! T loved the mirror and laughing at himself while he was trying it out.

The Tummy Time Sea Adventure mat is really colorful and fun. My kids used it in the backyard, and T used the tummy time support as a pillow....but we did have a little buddy test it out as well. The pillow is great for support and the mirror is awesome. I really liked the size of this mat, it's perfect for travelling and going on vacation. The sea theme is awesome, I found T just liked to play with everything, so I'm sure he would have loved it when he had tummy time.

Finally, Follow Me Fred is great from when you LO starts to crawl to even when they are in their toddler stages. He moves, barks and can even go in circles. Both T and M liked playing with him. Fred has ears that crinkle, he plays music, woofs and walks across the floor. T was carrying him around for a good couple of weeks before even letting M try him out. T loved following him around and playing games with him.

Once again Tiny Love created a great group of items that help LOs build on their fine motor and cognitive skills while being colorful, fun and a blast to play with. Thanks Tiny Love!

For more information and ordering please visit http://tinylove.com/

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CAA Distracted Driving Campaign #CAAfocus

Every year CAA launches their Distracted Driving campaign!  It is an awesome initiative where you go online and pledge that you will do your part to end distracted driving. I've seen a ton of people talking or texting on their phones while they are driving...including a bus driver (with a bus full of kids) and the driver was on their phone sending a message. This is not OK! And...yes... I did my part a called in the bus number, because... if my kids were on that bus and someone saw what I did, I would hope they would call so I know my children are kept safe. Honestly after seeing that...I decided to not even take my phone out of my purse in the car.

Did you know that distracted driving is one of the most common causes of collisions? Are you surprised? I'm not! The worst part.... this is totally avoidable, so why risk changing your life forever? Sometimes it's not even technology that distracts you... take the time to think about everything you do in the car besides drive. Make-up? Eat? Pick up something off the floor? Turn to talk to your kids? There's a ton of ways and each one of them is not a good enough reason to risk your life and the lives of others.

I realize, we've all sent a text message while driving, and we know it's not a good idea.... but here's your chance to promise to put that phone away! This is my pledge and promise to both myself and my kids.
Lets let everyone know why this is SO important and help save lives!

Now, it's your turn! From July 29th - Sept 12 "Make the Promise to end Distracted Driving" and don't forget to join the Twitter Party on Aug 5th at 12pm EST. Be sure to use #CAAfocus

CLICK HERE to take the pledge to keep your focus on the road!

Check out CAA at http://www.caasco.com
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament! #MTFan #CAArewards

We had a chance to go to Medieval Times this past weekend. M and T loved it! We started off by receiving our crowns and then got to take a picture with the King and Princess before going into the arena. Once we got in the arena we were thrilled to find out that we got to sit in the front row where we could waive our flags and cheer on our knight! We got to cheer on the red knight, Baron Ruiz de Roig, and he was awesome!

The tournament started off with us welcoming the horses and them giving an awesome performance. M loves horses, and T was just in awe of their size! We then got to see one of the birds of prey fly around the arena, and it landed right in front of us!

Dinner included tomato soup with garlic bread, both M and T loved it. The main course included chicken, a spare rib and herb-roasted potato. Dessert was coffee/tea and an apple turnover. M thought it was totally fun to eat with our hands all evening... T... well... there wasn't much of a change there but he ate a ton! LOL!!

The tournament included different events including jousting and hand to hand battle. Round after round our red knight kept winning and moving on to the next event. Each of the knights who were victorious in the event received flowers to hand out to their court. M was actually named the Queen of the tournament by our knight. He gave her a sash as a token as well....she was in heaven!! A little embarrassed, but she can't stop talking about it! To top it all off, the red knight actually won the whole tournament, so I think our cheering worked! 

We had an awesome evening together and it is a bonus that CAA Members save not only on the actual ticket price but earn CAA dollars at the same time! I use my CAA card everywhere for awesome rewards, for just being a member! I've used it anywhere from hotel discounts to discounts on travel insurance! Thanks CAA and Medieval Times!

To get your tickets check out http://www.medievaltimes.com/toronto.aspx
You can also follow them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER

Check out CAA at http://www.caasco.com/
Or follow them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Reallite flameless candles - Product Review

I received a Reallite and a Rainlite candle for review. Both candles I received were medium in size and ivory in color. Reallite candles are real wax candles, but they use batteries (2 AA)...so there isn't an open flame. The flame itself is actually and LED and it moves around like a real flame would. I loved that it has a timer on it so I don't have to remember to shut it off....it even comes on by itself too, which I thought was awesome. I love candles, always have but have stayed away from them for a while because of the animals and the kids. With these...I don't have to worry..plus the quality is awesome! They also come in 3 sizes and in a ton of different colors. I LOVE the turquoise ones...totally my style.

The Rainlite candle.... is awesome for the backyard!!! This one can be used inside or out and comes with a remote so you can choose whether you want the candle to flicker and how bright you want it as well. There is an 8-hour timer on this candle, which is perfect for hanging outdoors....and there are drainage holes to clear out any water that can get in the candle when it is outside. No worries there, it is totally waterproof and the heat won't ruin it either! These come in 3 sizes as well. I really liked this, it was a nice touch to hanging out in the back yard. I would love if they were able to somehow incorporate a citronella scent or maybe a patch to add to the candle. That would be awesome!!! It would save us from having to worry about the citronella candle flames as well too!

Thanks Abbott for sending us out 2 to try out... you have some awesome accessories and options for all the candles too!

For more information and ordering please visit http://www.abbottcollection.com/
You can also follow them on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM

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Transformers: Age of Extinction - Product Review

We received 2 Transformers Age of Extinction figures for review. The Deluxe class figure we received was Scorn.... and man is he mean looking. He turns from a robot to a spinosaurus.... this one was for ages 8 and up so M did find it a bit difficult to change, honestly though... so did I. I'm sure once T is old enough and into these he'll be all over it! 

He's starting to get into action figures and understanding how independent play can be fun, so he'll love this! M and Daddy have played with this one a few times together and they don't need the instructions anymore to change it back and forth. Plus they go head to head with the other figure we got to try out.

The other one we received is for ages 5 and up and is from the Flip and Change line. We received Grimlock, who goes from a robot to a T-Rex in seconds. This one was less complicated to change over to the dino so M had fun and played more with this one.

Both these figures we enjoyed playing with... it made everyone sit down and play with each other. Plus... it peaked some interest in M to go to the ROM and learn more about dinosaurs. She also tried to talk us in to letting her watch all the movies as well... that's still a work in progress! LOL.

Thanks Hasbro!

For more information and ordering please visit http://www.hasbro.com

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hold-On-Handles and Cool ’N Cargo Stroller Cooler - Review

I received a JL Childress Cool ’N Cargo Stroller Cooler and a Hold-On-Handles for review from Oyaco. The Hold-On Handles are great now that M doesn't go in a stroller but T does. It's also great if your kids are older and don't need a stroller but you want to keep them close. This rope can be attached to a stroller (it has a carabiner) or you can slip your hand through the loop to use it anywhere at anytime. This is awesome... T likes it, and I don't have to use a backpack with a leash or a harness. The handles are cute... we have a lady bug and bumble bee....they are colourful and both kids can use them comfortably. The straps are adjustable, and I really liked the quick release buckle...just in case someone gets wrapped up! Everything is non-toxic and they used lead-free paint as well. Now that T is all over the place I really liked these for quick trips to the mall or grocery shopping when I just wanted to grab the umbrella stroller and hit the road. It's great for travelling and perfect for keeping them within arms reach while giving them a bit of independence.

The JL Childress Cool ’N Cargo Stroller Cooler is great for ball games and outings. It is insulated to keep
everything cool and it can attach basically to any part of the stroller. The shoulder strap makes it easy to carry and the buckles are perfect for attaching it to the basket area of the umbrella stroller. This keeps it out of the way and also helps the stroller from flipping when T isn't in it. I also likes that there were a ton of pockets to add other items like my phone and some sunscreen. It makes my life easier by not having to carry a huge diaper bag on top of the cooler bag too. I liked this for the car as well.... yep.. attached it to the back of my seat so it's easy to reach and then can transfer it to the stroller once we get out.

These are both totally awesome!! Perfect for all our summer adventures, thanks Oyaco!

For more information and ordering please visit www.oyaco.com
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Legoland Discovery Centre!


We had the opportunity to visit Legoland Discovery Centre in Vaughan. We started off by going through the factory tour... I picked up an activity pass for M ($5) which got her a lanyard with a fun activity booklet attached with a few games, info and spots for her to collect embossed stamps from each of the areas she visited. Collect them all, and you get a lanyard badge at the end of your journey!

There are a ton of things to do here...my favorite.. the 4D cinema! I loved that we could feel the wind and even get splashed on with a light mist...and M loved when it actually snowed in the theater! M and I went on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride where we had to shoot enemies along the way, then picked up our family picture we took in front of the green screen right before entering the discovery centre. I bought the $18 package which got us 1 print, a key chain and the digital copy. There are other packages to choose from too!

MINILAND was awesome... I loved looking at the Dome, CN Tower and the ACC! M loved building her race car and racing Daddy's car head to head in the building centre. T enjoyed DUPLO village while M was in the construction site running around. We also rode Merlin's ride, which was super fun, and then hit up the Master Builder Academy for some quiet time to just relax and make a few cool things to add to the table of items everyone who visited created. There is also the Ninjago Laser Training Camp (which M tried out) where you have to dodge the lasers and get through without touching them.


Another cute thing they do... mini figure trading. Basically, bring in any mini figures and you can ask anyone (even staff) to trade with you. They say yes... and you switch your figures. I loved this idea!! Legoland also holds birthday parties, which seriously, I think any kid would love! For more information about birthday events, click HERE. M loved the entire place...she got to explore and experience everything. T had a great time playing with Legos for the first time, and he's officially obsessed, so we had to pick up some on the way out for him!

We had a blast visiting Legoland Discovery Centre...thanks for having us! We'll be back!

For more information please visit http://www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/toronto/ or http://www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/toronto/our-attractions/attractions-overview.aspx
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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Color Run!!!

Well... I've finally bit the bullet and REALLY changed our eating habits AND added the gym to my daily(ish) routine. It was time for us to make smarter choices, and really... we're actually enjoying it. SO.. to celebrate... we're doing the happiest 5k on earth! Yes people! M, T and I are doing The Color Run!!!! I figured, a double stroller and I can take on this non-competitive run (and most likely walk it...they're heavy in the stroller man!) as my very first race!!! EEEEEK!!! Honestly, it just looked like so much fun, we have to try it out!

What's the hype all about The Color Run? Well... it's actually a paint race that allows you to celebrate being happy, healthy and lets you just be yourself! Take the kids...walk it...run it.. whatever! Its all about having fun and loving life...and well.. getting covered in a ton of powdered paint! The Color Run has exploded in popularity... over 170 races in 30+ countries in 2013 and they are growing so quickly that I'm sure there is a race coming to your area!

Keep an eye out for my post-race post! I'm super excited about doing this race, and hope our team has a blast!!!

Want to see if there is event coming near you?? Visit http://ca.thecolorrun.com/events/ to check the closest location to you and use code COLOR5OFF to get $5 off your registration fee! (make sure you actually type in the code). You get an AWESOME kit when you register too... lots of goodies to get you ready for the race!

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