Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Healthy Shopper Picks from Fall 2014!

Here we go...the Healthy Shopper picks are here for this Fall, and to be honest.... totally the best picks yet! Ok, lets get started!

Olympic Dairy -  CHIA Balkan style yogurt - It doesn't contain preservatives, gelatin or gluten which is great. I liked the texture of it as well. My typically favorite flavors aren't available so I found myself getting the vanilla and adding some apples and cinnamon to it. Loved it!

Made Good™ - The granola minis and hit at home and in the office! I loved these for a quick breakfast and my 2 pm snack. These are made from ethically sourced organic ingredients and whole grains, and are SUPER yummy!

Pamela’s Products - Artisan Flour Blend and Sugar Cookie Mix - Well, as you can guess those didn't last long and possibly the best tasting cookies we've had from this type of mix. The flour we used as a replacement to the little areas I used whole wheat flour before, and it works awesome.

Simply Natural – Simply Natural pasta sauces - They are certified organic, fat free and are AWESOME for helping us make a quick meal tasty with a healthier option for the family. I actually liked all 4 of the sauces where the kids tending to go with the tomato basil as a go-to. .

Allimax - Extracted allicin from garlic to help boost your natural immune system, and come in vegetarian capsule form. These can be taken daily to support overall health...I took them and found myself not getting sick when both kids came down with a cold. Its a natural replacement to all those other over the counter pills.

Hyland’s, Inc. - Tiny Cold Tablets and Cough Syrup - These came at the perfect time! M had a cough and T was congested with a runny nose. I loved that both are easy to dose, the tiny capsules are AMAZING. T was 100% better the day after getting the recommended dose and a good night sleep. It was like night and day honestly. The cough syrup worked great for M! I gave it to her before school and she said she didn't cough once the whole day. These homeopathic options for LOs are right on the money!

Honestly, the group of products chosen this I can tell you right now, I'll without a doubt re-purchase the Hyland's products and the Made Good™ the minute they run out. The apple granola minis are killer!

For more information and to find out where you can grab all these great products and coupons, please visit

Want to find out more about these great products? Check out their websites!

Made Good™
Pamela's Products
Simply Natural


Monday, October 20, 2014

Philips Advent Moms - #AVENTmomsCA

I received 2 training cups to review as part of the 2014 Philips AVENT Mom program in Canada. T got to try out a Trainer and a Natural Drinking Cup as part of the first round of the program.
The Trainer is great because it has a soft spout and handles to make it easy for little hands to use and is safe to use on sensitive teething gums. This cup is great starter cup for those learning to use a cup for the first time, and then they can grow with these cups too. The spouts and handles can be used with all cups and bottles.The Natural Drinking Cup is dishwasher safe, and comes with a snap on lid to keep the rim of the cup clean. I loved this cup for T who will soon be transitioning to a regular cup. Philips AVENT patented a leak-proof valve so T can only drink out of it a little at a time. Also he needs to tilt the cup up and the liquid will only come out when held at a certain angle as well. He's actually taking to this one really well, so I'm hoping to pick up a few more and put them in the cup rotation! Ha ha ha!

Pregnant or a new Mom? With AVENT you can sign up and receive tips, advise and exclusive offers via email and a ton of coupons to help you save some extra $. I remember referring back to a few emails I was sent when I had M about how to deal with colic, and I ended up using a few tips that worked perfectly on her. You can sign up HERE.You can also follow them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER


Monster High Freaky Fusion - Flash Giveaway!

Well... I have some good news!!! Monster High Freaky Fusion launched September 30th so it's timefor a flash giveaway time right in time for Halloween!!! The ghouls travel back 200 years and discover the workshop of an old scientist.....yes...this is where Monster High begins! Check out how the ghouls try to get home and end up getting fused together in an effort to save Frankie! M loves Monster High... so she's super excited about seeing this movie!

Official Trailer:\

Ready for a giveaway??? Here's what's up for grabs ($100 value):   
  • 2 dolls from the Monster High Freaky Fusion “Fusions” Doll Assortment
  • 1 Monster High Freaky Fusion Frankie Recharge Chamber
  • 1 Blue-Ray DVD combo pack

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Monday, October 6, 2014


Well... it's back in South Central Ontario for the 4th year!!! THE GAME OF LIFE -CAA Edition is here, and there's a TON to be won!!! There are new mini games like CAA Rewards™ Mall Memory and Petro-Canada’s Fill ‘Er Up! Earn and spend GAME OF LIFE Dollars (G.O.L.D.), and earn bonus entries along the way. Make it to the airport and you're done for the day! The best part: you get a new chance every day to earn extra entries (including social get sharing!). THE GAME OF LIFE - CAA Edition runs from September 29th to November 23rd!!

I remember growing up playing THE GAME OF LIFE--it was always so much fun! It was a time for family to get together and have some quality time away from the TV. I loved game night!!! Plus, with my busy schedule (being a working Mom of 2 is a hard job) I'm trying to make it a habit to "unplug" us at least 1 hour a night, so we can spend some quality time together. It's hard... it really is, but we're trying to make it a daily occurrence now.... and making game night once a week makes it easier!

You can take this online contest to go (I've been playing on my phone) and have a chance to win 2,600 instant prizes and a dream vacation!!! Seriously, who couldn't use a REAL vacation! With all that life throws at us, it's time to take your family (or your partner, depending on which vacation prize option you choose) away with you! CAA is not only Roadside Assistance--they also have travel packages, life, home and auto insurance and access to savings and rewards which I've totally taken advantage of!

Are you ready to play? HERE is where you can get started! You can follow CAA on FACEBOOK and TWITTER

Want to know what the over 2,600 instant prizes are?

  • Petro-Canada™ Preferred Price Cards ($0.10 off per litre)
  • Petro-Canada™ Car Wash Cards
  • Payless ShoeSource Gift Cards
  • East Side Mario's Gift Cards
  • Cineplex Entertainment - Adult Admit One Tickets
  • Husky Energy Gift Cards
  • Options Gift Cards
  • Dulux Paints Gift Certificates
  • Kernels Popcorn Gift Cards
  • LensCrafters Gift Certificates
  • Teleflora Promo Codes
  • Starwood Pre-Paid VISAs
  • Best Western Travel Cards
  • Walmart Gift Cards
  • Sephora Gift Cards
  • The Body Shop Gift Cards
  • Tiger Direct Gift Cards

3 Grand Prize Options to choose from!
When you register for the game, you will have the ability to select from the 3 following destination options.
  • Florida Family Fun - 8-day trip for 4 people to Orlando theme parks
  • Northern European Cruise - 7-night Norwegian escape for 2 people with Holland America Line
  • Signature Argentina 2-person - 13-day tour of the best of Argentina (Buenos Aires, El Calafate & Mendoza)

Contest open to CAA Members and non-members. Complete rules and regulations are available at HASBRO and its logo and THE GAME OF LIFE are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2014 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. ®CAA and CAA logo trademarks owned by, and use is granted by, the Canadian Automobile Association.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Baby All Gone - Product Review

M got to try out Hasbro's new Baby All Gone doll. She comes with 2 diapers, 2 feeding packs, a
bottle, dish and spoon. She speaks over 30 phrases and your LO actually has to feed and change the baby. The food comes in powdered form in which you add a few teaspoons of water and mix it up. M loved feeding "Susie" and T got involved by giving her a bottle when she asked for it. M and T also decided to feed her on the potty so she didn't dirty a diaper, which I thought was funny.

Baby All Gone speaks both English and French, and you can toggle between the languages as well as turning her off but holding down the heart on her bracelet. Our "Susie" was stuck in French for a bit but M figured it out and turned her back into English mode.  You can buy refills for her as well, extra diapers and food. You can't feed her regular food, so make sure you add some to your LO's Santa list this year! 

I loved that M felt like she was taking care of a real baby. T is older now, so she really doesn't get to help out that much anymore, and I think she really liked the responsibility! I have a feeling this id going to be on quite a few lists this holiday season. Thanks Hasbro! 

For more information and ordering please visit


Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Tooth Fairy is a cash grab!


Friday, September 19, 2014

#CAARewards with @CAASCO - I'm Hooked!

So, the month of August I've been shopping and getting M ready for SK! Needless to say we've been bouncing around from mall to mall looking for everything she needs...and well..everything she WANTS too! LOL. I hit up the GAP and scored a few items for her and well...a new hoodie for me! Then we ran by Kernels and got a large bag of butter salt (her fave) for the price of a medium! T was happy about this one... he LOVES popcorn, and we would rarely get a large, so he was a happy boy! I did so some shopping at Sephora,...totally should have ordered online to earn my CAA dollars instead! Mommy brain to the rescue on that one, boooo. I just can't believe how many places you can use your CAA card to get discounts...honestly. Half the time I don't remember, so I actually have been using the CAA app to show me rewards in my area! Roots has been having a sale on sweats... yep...used my CAA Membership to get a discount on top of the sale prices! We had a blast shopping and now I'm almost addicted...ok... I am. LOL.

Thanks to CAA for making shopping easier for me! Not that I needed any excuses to get out there!

Don't forget that with CAA you can also use your Membership for insurance, so you never have to worry!

As a reminder...CAA dollars can get 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!

Here are all the links for 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



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to School, sales, backpacks and lunch bags...oh my!

Back to school time is usually a very stressful time for both kids and not so much! We love back to school shopping and the excitement the comes with it! This was the first time M picked out her backpack and lunch bag by herself.... she actually dragged a shopping basket around to collect all her goodies and made sure that she wasn't forgetting anything off her list! She picked out some awesome new stuff and I got some great deals on all her BTS essentials and had an opportunity to re-stock our art supplies too! It was awesome! Make sure you stock up before everything is swept up!

I also love this time of year, because well... there's a ton of sales, and I'm not shy about how much I love to shop. I picked out a new Lug backpack (as a great alternative to a diaper bag), Lug lunch bag (for work) and tablet (which M has already stolen) from one of my fave office supply+ more stores. They made it super easy to walk-in, look around, and I was able to get brand name items for amazing prices. Plus the staff I ran in to were really helpful.

We also did a full look through her closet for the first time in a long time to be honest! I'm so glad we did it.... I was able to get rid of a bunch of items that didn't fit her anymore, make a list of everything we needed, and was able to find replacements relatively quickly.

M had a great first week of school, she's now one of the oldest in her class and it's the first time she'll be put in a more of a leadership role in her room. I'm interested to see how much she is going to change over the course of this year. She also lost her first tooth, which is HUGE! She was so was awesome! She also has another wiggly one that should be out in the next week or so, so next week will be a blast too!

These last few weeks have been quite the adventure so far! I'm excited to see what's next! Hopefully more shopping...but that may just be wishful thinking!


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


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!


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 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 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?? Visit 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!