Believe in Miracles

March 3, 2015

From time to time, I think about my shopping habits. (Usually, after I receive my VISA statement). And I think about what motivates my shopping behaviour; what drives my purchase decisions?

A t-shirt from a trendy clothing company. A designer pair of flats. Four pairs of bohemian-chic earrings from an accessories store that I totally didn’t need, but, SALE.

And I’ve been able to sum up that the single most important motivating factor for me is word of mouth recommendations. Be it a casual mention from a girlfriend, an Instagramed endorsement from a celebrity I adore, or even a texted thumbs up from a close associate – when I hear good things about a product, place or person, I am more likely to take the advice of someone I trust.

And y’all trust me, right?

It all started two weeks ago when Elaine covered the Garnier Miracle Hotel for my blog. Besides indulging at the Trump International Hotel in Toronto and sharing her thoughts on Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream, she had one bit of advice for me: Try the cream. It’s that good.

So, never one to take a friend’s endorsement lightly, I did. And I LOVE it.
packshot_ENGGarnier’s NEW Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream is pretty revolutionary – it’s the first night cream of its kind to deliver results from your first overnight use and continues to improve the look of your skin over time. You can expect to wake up to smoother, rested-looking skin that will have you believing miracles do happen overnight!

I began seeing results after the first night of use. Truly! Upon awakening, my skin looked fresher, younger and was intensely hydrated – almost as if it had been wrapped in velvet. The cream contains seven active ingredients that are powerful alone – and transformative together – such as Hyaluronic acid, LHA and Lavender Essential Oil.

(The Miracle Sleeping Night Cream also has a pleasant fragrance, which we all know is right up there on my list of “must-haves”.)  (more…)

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Your Next Microwave

March 3, 2015

It’s not the sexiest purchase you’ll ever make.

Heck, it’s not like you’ll tell your husband this weekend, “Let’s go look at some microwaves!” And when you do buy one, you may not have been anticipating the purchase – often, the only time one shops for a new microwave is when they have to suddenly replace or upgrade their current model.

However, at some point in your lifetime – maybe even sooner than you think – it will be time to buy a new microwave. And today, I’m here to introduce you to your next microwave.
DSC_0606It’s funny. Before I fell in love with my Panasonic Genius Prestige Plus Over-the-Range Microwave Oven, I didn’t give the appliance the respect it deserves, nor did I try to be particularly creative or daring in the foods I prepared. In fact, for the most part, my prior relationship with a microwave included the one and only “reheat” function.

FYI: It would be a shame to only reheat in a Microwave with Inverter Technology.

Oh, you can reheat. But you can also select from one of nineteen cooking settings, or let the microwave do the thinking for you. With Sensor Cook, built-in sensor technology lets you cook food automatically – with no need to set the power level, food weight or cooking time.

Did I just blow your mind?  (more…)

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Just Call Me Ms. Diaz

March 1, 2015

Er… or maybe Mrs. Madden. Cameron Diaz is married now, yes?

Nevertheless, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m obsessed with Cameron’s… everything.

Her style! Her hair! Her effortless way of exuding the perfect California beach babe. And through it all, remaining likable to both males (duh) and females alike. I mean, can anyone really hate on Cameron Diaz? She’s like the dream BFF (no offense to my BFF).

So it’s obvious that when I watched her performance in 2014’s The Other Woman, I instantly fell in love with her all over again. Of course, it *may* have had something to do with the fact that her character boasted the hottest collection of designer outfits and accessories – I’m talking drool-worthy with a capital D.

At the top of my list – her statement sunglasses from Saint Laurent, aptly named “BOLD1″. These YSL beauties are coveted for their classical look with a hint of modern styling, and although they are often listed as men’s sunglasses, they are striking on women as well.
DSC_0587The only problem? Finding them online was a chore, and when I did, they retailed for $345.00 USD. That’s over $430 Canadian! And while I’d be happy to spend that on a pair of sunnies I loved, I happen to own a lot of sunnies. So it just wasn’t in the cards.

Enter SmartBuyGlasses.ca. They afforded me the opportunity to review the site, and of course the very first thing I did was hunt down the Saint Laurent glasses. And not only did I find them; I found them for just $233.95 CDN with fast and FREE shipping. Hello!   (more…)

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Flying this March Break? Tips to Breeze through Security.

March 1, 2015

My family is no stranger to airports. In fact, I think of myself as somewhat of an expert on the subject of family travel. Yes, we’ve survived plane delays. Yes, I’ve prepared for mid-flight meltdowns. No, I haven’t figured out how to ditch the kids for a glass of champagne in business class *still working on it*.

If you’re like me, and the thousands of Canadians who will take to the air for a vacation this March break, the Canadian Air Transport Security (CATSA) has advice that will help you go through security in no time.

Family Friendly Tips: Good news! When you’re travelling with children under the age of two, you can bring liquids such as milk, breast milk and juice that exceed the 100ml restrictions in carry-on baggage. Just have the containers ready to present to screening officers for a quick inspection. For older kids, solid foods such as apples, granola bars and sandwiches can go in your carry-on without restrictions.
CATSA 1Before you leave for the airport, make sure everyone is wearing easy-to-remove outerwear and avoid clothes with metal clasps or snaps that may trigger the metal detector.

At the airport, get boarding passes ready and check for a Family/Special Needs lane. They offer extra space to accommodate larger items like strollers and car seats.  (more…)

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What’s Your Top 10? Join us for the #FPMomsTop10 Twitter Party!

March 1, 2015

Mommy Moments. Fisher-Price has been helping them happen for a long time.

The 3:00am moments…. the “Guess I’ll shower tomorrow” moments… the more food on the floor than in the bowl moments… and especially the moments you’ll never, ever forget. These are the moments that have inspired the Fisher-Price Mom’s Top 10. Here, you’ll find a collection of Fisher-Price baby toys and gear that have been the “go-to’s” for moms for years, and new favourites that are sure to become instant classics, and inspire many moments to come.
FPMomsTop10 GraphicSo, which toys and gear made the Top 10? Find out at the #FPMomsTop10 Twitter Party! In addition to introducing the the top toys and sharing details about what make them great, we’ll also dish on those #fpmommymoments, and look forward to hearing yours!

Of course, Fisher-Price Twitter Parties are known for having amazing prizes. We’ll give away one of each of the #FPMomsTop10 baby toys and gear, and one lucky winner will walk away with ALL TEN! (more…)

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When the Lights Go Out…

February 26, 2015

… it’s not nearly as bad as when the toys go out. Trust me on this.

It was shortly after Ryder’s first birthday, which was incredibly almost six years ago (have you been following my blog for that long?). My husband and I, anticipating the influx of toys that would be bestowed upon him, stocked up on batteries just in case they were not included with the gift.

We thought we’d be incredibly clever and purchase the generic brand.

So, the toys rolled in as predicted, and Ryder wanted to get his hands on every single one right away. Since he was a single child and I had much more patience than I do now, I indulged him – ripping open the packages and setting up the robots, cars, playsets and more with the generic batteries we had purchased the day before.

Problem is, we underestimated how long a 1-year old could play with new toys. Hand on heart, the kid kept every single thing going at full blast for days on end… until seemingly en masse, all the toys gave out.

After about one week.
On a day which happened to be a national holiday.
So the stores were closed.
And we couldn’t purchase new batteries.

Can you picture the epic meltdown my toddler had? Because I still can.

We learned three very valuable lessons that day. First, set limits. There’s a difference between indulging and spoiling your kids. The boys now get to open one (maybe two) toys that they receive on special occasions, and the rest are set aside as rewards throughout the year. Second, always have extra batteries on hand, because you never know when you’ll need them. In this case, it was for toys – but it could have been for a flashlight, or another item for emergency use.

And most importantly? ALWAYS purchase quality, long-lasting batteries.

Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ is the world’s first battery made with 4% recycled batteries – and it also happens to be their longest lasting alkaline battery.
new-recycledEnergizer® EcoAdvanced™ creates less impact on the planet by requiring less mining of virgin material and reducing the amount of batteries consumers need to power their devices resulting in less waste. Translation: Enjoy performance for your most critical devices, while creating less impact on the planet.  (more…)

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Whatever You Love, It Lives Here.

February 25, 2015

I’m pretty sure – in fact, I’m almost 100% certain – that in a past life, I was a Texan.

Now before you laugh and say, “Sure, Lena!”…. think about it: I love big hair. In fact, I keenly subscribe to the notion the higher the hair, the closer to God. Next, I say “y’all” at least once every day, and according to a search of my entire site, y’all appears in 286 blog posts.

I’m not making this up. Hand on heart, y’all.

Finally, I’ve been known to whip out my “Real Girls Eat Meat” t-shirt over the summer months, even though I’ve been ridiculed by my vegetarian friends. And to them, I say relax! Eat a burger.
newtexTherefore, it’s obvious to me that a) I’ve either lived as a Texan in a previous lifetime, or b) I am a Texan at heart, and am long overdue for a vacation to the Lone Star State.  (more…)

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Wake Up and Smell the (FREE) Coffee! #McCaféFreeCoffee is Back!

February 23, 2015

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only. 

I won’t profess to be a coffee connoisseur. Truth is, I know very little about roasts, blends or classic undertones of velvety cocoa with hints of caramel and spice in the finish.

But I do know good coffee. And I do know I’m addicted to McCafé.

In line at the drive thru, or at home brewing McCafé Premium Roast ground coffee or K-Cups, my morning is not made until I’ve had my favourite cup of joe. Smooth, just bold enough and absolutely perfectly suited to my tastes, it’s the fuel behind my blog inspiration, getting my day off to a great start, and frankly, kicking a** like a boss.

You could call it the wind beneath my wings.

I don’t need to convince you. McCafé Premium Roast is enjoyed by millions of Canadians every single day! The medium dark roast is made from 100 per cent Arabica beans, and fire roasted the traditional way by master craftsmen, for a perfectly balanced flavour and aroma. Since its introduction in 2011, McCafé Premium Roast has been winning over coffee lovers, one cup at a time.
B-eL4gVCcAAeR5_If you’ve yet to savour the flavour, this week, McDonald’s Canada is serving up FREE McCafé Premium Roast coffee! Simply drop by any participating McDonald’s restaurant in Canada between Monday, February 23rd and Sunday, March 1st for a FREE small cup of hot brewed coffee at absolutely no charge – any time of day –  with no purchase necessary.  (more…)

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Introducing the Newest NIOXIN Campaign… Starring ME!

February 23, 2015

If you’ve ever had a bad hair day, you’ll know that I’ve had them too.

Read: Bad Hair Day? Yeah, Me Too.

After several bouts of thinning, lacklustre hair, I decided to trust my locks to NIOXIN. The NIOXIN approach began in 1987, when the founder experienced thinning hair and began to investigate the idea of treating the scalp with skincare methods. NIOXIN uses advanced technologies to deliver thicker, fuller, denser-looking hair. The three parts of each NIOXIN system – cleanse, optimise and treat – work together to help create an optimal scalp environment.

I’m a believer.

After using the system religiously for six months, my hair is healthier, thicker and fuller looking with uncompromising depth and body. In fact, I am so thrilled with the results, when NIOXIN asked me to partner with them on a Spring ad campaign, I happily signed on to be the face of the brand.

Remember this post when I teased about heading off to Los Angeles for a photo shoot? May I present my official ad campaign for NIOXIN professional hair care products:
nioxin adHave a question about NIOXIN? As me! I’m happy to help. And go on and take the NIOXIN 30-day challenge for thicker, fuller looking hair – and you will be a believer, too.

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Who Will Clean Up? Join us at the #RoyaleOscPurrs Twitter Party

February 20, 2015

It’s a night of Hollywood royalty. A night when the collective artistic achievements of so many individuals are recognized and rewarded. It’s a night when dreams come true.

On Sunday evening, hundreds of millions of movie lovers will tune in to see who will take home the coveted statue. It’s about art… it’s about industry greats… it’s about cinematic masterpieces.

Oh heck, it’s really about the parties, isn’t it?

Of course it is! And that’s why we’re throwing a Twitter Party to celebrate movies, celebrities and more! Join us for the #RoyaleOscPurrs Twitter Party on Sunday, February 22 at 7:00pm EST.
Royale OscPurrs GraphicNow we know that no one wants to get stuck with clean up duty! That’s why we’re making it easier for you – with prize packs including ROYALE Tiger Towel and a gift card to treat yourself to dinner and a movie. Our grand prize features ROYALE Tiger Towel for an entire year!

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Sunday night.  (more…)

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I’m Part of a Squad. A Home Depot Blog Squad. Fabulous!

February 19, 2015

It’s no secret that I’m a little less DIY (“do it yourself”) and a little more DIFM (“do it for me”). And there’s no shame in that! I am happy to keep contractors gainfully employed, and with every home reno and small room makeover we complete, we get a little more confident… a little more creative… and a lot more willing to take on bigger projects.
B-OdvBqCMAAGpIDOf course, taking the time to complete a room facelift or renovation is 50% ability, and 50% inspiration! And as part of the very first Home Depot Blog Squad, I am thrilled to be in the company of some of the most inspiring design and decor bloggers in Canada.

Together, we’ll be tackling small reno projects – with products and advice from Home Depot Canada – and working to encourage YOU to take on some projects of your own. Let’s just say that you can do it, and we can help.

Today, I’d love to share some of the home decor and design projects that have been happening behind the scenes by the #HDBlogSquad.

Tim Lam of Design Maze
Shannon Acheson of AKA Design
Brittany Stager of My Daily Randomness
Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators

And… moi! Okay, so I don’t have my small reno project available *just yet*. Between our recent family vacation and a tiny (really, super tiny, like minuscule) plumbing fiasco, we are a bit behind schedule for a laundry room “facelift”.

(Can a laundry room be pretty? I’d like to think so! And trust me, I’m working to make the most of the tiny cell that has been zoned for laundry purposes on our second floor. You can look forward to my reno in the coming weeks!)

In the meantime, check out the DIY’s above, and be sure to follow the #HDBlogSquad hashtag on social to stay on top of our exploits.

Are you currently working on any home renos? Do tell!

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The #cleanwater Twitter Chat

February 19, 2015

FACT: 80% of Canadians take clean drinking water for granted… while one billion go without.

It can be said that nearly all Canadians enjoy an unlimited supply of clean water, so it’s no surprise that a survey by P&G and Walmart Canada found that the majority of us take safe drinking water for granted. And, many of us may be shocked to learn that one billion people in the developing world do not have the same luxury.

FACT: Diseases from contaminated water kill more children than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

To help combat this global issue, last year P&G and Walmart Canada teamed up to donate one day of clean drinking water for every P&G household product purchased at Walmart or Walmart.ca. The Canadian initiative supported the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) that aims to save one life every hour by 2020 through the provision of two billion litres of clean water each year.

FACT: Canadian actor and #cleanwater activist, Jason Priestley, supports the initiative.

“More than 1,600 children die every single day from water-borne illnesses,” says Jason Priestley, who recently visited rural batey communities in the Dominican Republic where he was able witness the impact of the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program first-hand. “I believe that everyone should have clean water. As a dad, the thought of children dying every day from preventable diseases caused by lack of clean water is an unfathomable tragedy.”

Join us on Wednesday, February 25th at 8pm EST for the #cleanwater Twitter Chat.
clean water graphicWe’ll share a wealth of information about this incredibly important initiative, chat about the program’s accomplishments and goals, and have amazing P&G prize packs on hand to reward our chat attendees. Our GRAND PRIZE is valued at over $250, which includes a $200 Walmart Gift Card.

(Plus, please welcome @Jason_Priestley – he will be our special co-host, tweeting LIVE on the chat!)  (more…)

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Can You Fake a Good Night’s Sleep?

February 17, 2015

As a mom of two young boys, I have only one answer… I WISH!

While sleep is a necessity, a good night’s sleep is a luxury ’round here. I mean really, does any mom actually sleep well? I’d like to meet her and shake her hand! (And, maybe, swap families with her.) Hence, when I was invited by the good folks at Garnier to indulge in a good night’s sleep at the Garnier Miracle Hotel, I was immeasurably excited.

Until I realized that I’d be in Orlando, juggling work, family and roller coasters – ergo, likely not getting any sleep at all.

So I did the next best thing – I bestowed the gift of a good night’s sleep to Elaine Atkins of Toronto Beauty Reviews, and asked her to report back on her experience at this exclusive, widely coveted event. Take it away Elaine!
B9r7RRgCEAIj9xpAre you always chasing a good night’s sleep? As we age and lead busier and busier lives (think work, social obligations, kids, and even household chores) we lose a little bit of quality sleep with each new task we take on.

I was invited to check into the Garnier Miracle Hotel to help me get that rest that I so desperately needed. So, where is this mysterious Garnier Miracle Hotel, you ask? It’s none other than the Trump International Hotel in Toronto, decked out by the Garnier Canada team.  (more…)

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Are You a Cooking Nut? Health Nut? You’ll Love Your Coconut.

February 16, 2015

It’s been called one of nature’s true superfoods. A health food that provides a great flavour option to many new cuisine recipes and old favourites. A healthy product that adds zest to the flavours of everyday life.

It’s the coconut, of course.

Growing up in a South Asian family, I have a longstanding relationship with this delicious fruit. From coconut milk in curries to flaked coconut in desserts, it is a dietary staple and offers a supporting role  in almost all of our meals. In fact, one of my fondest memories is watching my dad grind fresh coconut flesh, which my mom would freeze and later drop into soups and stews.

Today, I’m proud to continue our traditions with more options than ever before. Our planet’s “most nutritious food” is now in a wide range of products for everyday use: New Grace Organic All Natural Coconut Products are processed to the highest organic and natural standards, and conveniently packaged for use in your kitchen.

So, what can you do with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Milk, Organic Coconut Sugar, All Natural Coconut Chips and Organic Coconut Vinegar? You can make Tomato Coconut Soup – a flavourful, comforting soup bursting with aromatic spices and seasonings.
DSC_0368aThis soup is perfect for cold winter nights when you want to snuggle up to comfort food. The classic tomato soup has been reinvented with the addition of coconut milk and pungent spices popular in Jamaican cookery – ground coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon and smoked paprika.  (more…)

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It’s Always a Party! Introducing the Kettle Style Popcorn Popper!

February 15, 2015

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Salty, savoury popcorn with a sharp burst of cheesy goodness and a mild, Italian herb flavour. Do not adjust your computer monitor. You HAVE just stumbled on the perfect popcorn, popped in the perfect popcorn popper.
DSC_0428Now I’m not one to mince words, so I’m just going to come out and say it. You need the Hamilton Beach Kettle Style Popcorn Popper in your life. You need it like meat needs salt. Like apple pie needs cinnamon. Like Kanye West needs an awards show. And once you have it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Introducing… the very best small appliance for every popcorn lover you know.
DSC_0400Yeah, that’s it right there. Kind of looks space age, doesn’t it? But whether it’s a date night in or a movie-watching party with friends and family, this popper delivers. Enjoy hot and delicious theater-style popcorn that can be prepared and served right in the same bowl! Simply measure your oil and kernels into the popping chamber and turn it on. (I swear, that’s all there is to it.) When the popping slows down to two seconds between pops, your popcorn is ready to eat.

Even better? The Kettle Style Popcorn Popper is dishwasher safe, and the top and bottom nest for space-saving storage. Plus, you can pop up to 24 cups per cycle, so your family is never left waiting for more. It’s actually kind of perfect.  (more…)

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Bang On!

February 13, 2015

It’s no secret that I like changing things up, especially when it comes to my hairstyles. Long… short… dark… light… curly… straight… you name it, I’ve done it. Several times. In the past year.

However, if there’s one look I’ve yet to master, it’s bangs. You see, I’ve been told I have “the face” for bangs; I just normally make the same mistake over and over again… cutting my bangs in the summer. When there’s humidity.

Hint: humidity + bangs = no bueno.

Therefore, I decided that for once, I was going to make a smart decision about when to chop my locks. Ah, cold, dry winter air – you’re horrible for skin, but heavenly for bangs!
IMG_2047 (2)Straight, well-behaved bangs are literally all I want in life, besides fresh air, clean water and chocolate bars. And thick, long bangs are a bold statement! They say: “I’m so confident in my appearance you only need to see 66% percent of my face to get the gist of how amazing I am.”

Of course, they also say: “Cheaper than Botox.” (more…)

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On the Journey to Extraordinary, There’s Always a Holiday Inn Hotel

February 11, 2015

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

I probably think *way too much* about the hotels I’m staying at. Whereas my husband simply asks if there’s available WiFi – and secondly, if there’s a pool – I tend to have a plethora of questions I need answered before I can settle on my final destination.

What is the experience the brand is promising me in terms of functional, emotional, and social benefits?

Is this promised experience worth my time, money and effort?

How confident am I that I will experience what the brand promises?

At InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), they’re looking to answer these questions. In their 2015 Trends Report, Trust Capital: The new business imperative in the Kinship Economy, IHG provides a blueprint that various organisations can follow to build trust with different demographics and across different geographies.
holiday-inn-hotel-and-suites-anaheim-californiaFor example, think about your own experiences when travelling with your family – or more specifically, your extended family. Chances are, the things you find important (digital solutions, effortless booking, status and prestige of the hotel) may be quite different from the things your parents value (personal service on-site, flexible booking options, reputation of the hotel).  (more…)

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Winter Escape: Walt Disney World!

February 11, 2015

As I sit in my home office, banging away at my keyboard, the light coming in through the window is hurting my eyes. Because it’s bright white. All over. As in, everything outside is covered with snow. Waaa!!!

Also? I’ve been having dreams. Dreams about cold, creamy Dole Whip – the soft-serve pineapple miracle you can only find at select Disney Parks. Could it be because just one week ago, we were in sunny, warm and perfectly balmy Orlando, enjoying one of our best family vacations at Walt Disney World Resort?
IMG_1914Yeah, probably so.

As we arrived at the Contemporary Resort (our home away from home), I was surprised to find the hotel teeming with guests; you see, the wait times at the park suggested we were actually in “low season”.

“It’s the conferences,” a cast member said. “When the parks are empty, conference resorts are full.”

By why are the parks remarkably less busy in the months of January and February? All vacation planning websites point to February as being one of the best times to visit Walt Disney World due to the smaller crowds. And for Canadians, while the weather is *only* on the 20’s… it’s NOT in the -20’s, you feel me? So what gives?

It turns out that January and February are sandwiched between the Christmas holidays and March Break – two of Disney’s busiest stretches – and therefore, often overlooked in family vacation planning. And, because the beginning of the year is also considered “winter” in the sunshine state, many travellers opt for the intense heat of the Caribbean to ease their cold weather suffering.

But today, I want to show you why it’s the perfect time of year to experience Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re thinking of booking a last minute vacation or planning for next year, here’s what you need to know.

The Pros

First, knowing that any vacation to Walt Disney World can be a sizable investment in time and money, let’s discuss the benefits of visiting over the winter.

1. Discounted Hotel Rates. Of course the very first point is that you can save money! The second week of January right through to the middle/end of February is considered value season at Walt Disney World. Staying at a resort hotel is attractive due to the cost savings – anywhere from 10-30% per family – and your choices for hotels and rooms are even greater if you plan ahead.  (more…)

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That’s Amore! It’s an #airmilesshops Twitter Party!

February 8, 2015

Ah… Valentine’s Day.

A chance to show your loved ones how much you care – preferably with candy, flowers or a romantic dinner à deux. (Me? I’m a Prada kind of gal. As in, nothing says love like Prada on your shoulder.)

And if you’re still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, I’m here to reward you.

Simply log onto www.airmilesshops.ca. NOW until February 14th, AIR MILES card holders will earn 2x reward miles! So, whether you’re shopping for a romantic gift for someone special, buying an adorable something for the kids, or treating yourself during your shopping ventures online, you’ll earn 2x reward miles just for shopping through airmilesshops.ca! Amazing!

And, with over 200 online stores to choose from, chances are you’ll find the perfect gift. Victoria’s Secret. People’s. 1-800-Flowers.ca. WaySpa.com. Even Apple Store Canada, because sometimes the way to a woman’s heart is through her brand new iPhone.
23846-15-AMS_Billboard_980x270_CSR1To celebrate the day of love and 2x reward miles, we’re having an #airmilesshops Twitter Party on Monday February 9th at 8PM EST! Join us to chat about the best online Valentine’s Day deals, gifting suggestions, and of course, a chance to win AIR MILES reward vouchers! RSVP below to be eligible for prizes (CAN only) and we’ll see you on Monday night.  (more…)

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Have Your Dessert… and Eat it Too!

February 7, 2015

Family Dinner. One of the best ways to connect as a family, bond with your children, and create lifelong healthy eating habits.

(It’s also a great time to find out who your child’s first crush is. Tee-hee!)

Unfortunately, sitting down to share a meal with loved ones is becoming less common; Statistics Canada has reported that Canadians are now 10% more likely to eat meals alone than they were in previous decades. But there are so many benefits to sitting down to eat with your children on a regular basis! First and foremost, it provides structure to a child’s day. It helps build a stronger family unit, especially when kids share some of the responsibility for picking the meal and helping with its preparation.

And when parents provide a balanced meal, children eat more nutritious food, and they learn to respect their appetite.

But what about dessert? How often does the entire family stay at the table together to satisfy their sweet tooth? When dessert is a regular part of a family meal, children develop healthier attitudes towards sugar and sweets. Because not only is sugar a necessary part of the daily diet, let’s be honest – we all crave something sweet every now and then. When you eat sugar in small quantities, it satisfies your craving and prevents you from going overboard.

The good news is that dessert can also be nutritious. Something like Danette is the perfect example – it’s made with 75% milk, has only 15 grams of sugar and comes in individual-sized containers that take the guesswork out of portion sizes.

Want to learn more? You won’t want to miss our #DanetteforDessert Twitter Party!
DanetteforDessert Graphic YM 03_V3Join us on Tuesday, February 10th at 8:00pm EST as we chat about family dinner (and dessert!), and introduce you to a healthy, delicious way to treat your entire family. Of course, you know we’ll have some amazing prizes up for grabs!

We’ve got a TON of Free Product Coupon bundles to give away, and to the GRAND PRIZE winner… Dessert for a Year! And when it’s Danette for Dessert – with a silky texture in six delicious flavours, including classics like Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Caramel, Choco-coconut, Vanilla and Coffee – you know it’s a scrumptious way to spend time with the family.  (more…)

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