Stocking Stuffers: CAA Festive Packs

November 9, 2014

I normally don’t start with the holiday talk until closer to December, but this year, I’m already in the Christmas spirit!

(Ho! Ho! Ho! I can do without the snow. I’m dreaming of a green Christmas.)

Also, I feel the need to tell you about the CAA South Central Ontario Festive Packs now, because last year, they sold out quicker than you can say “Naughty List”. So, if you’re a CAA Member in South Central Ontario, listen up! Because I’ve got a deal for you.

The CAA South Central Ontario Festive Packs are back! Here’s your chance to get over $140 in value for as little as $25.50 (plus tax). They’re perfect for holiday gift giving – and quite possibly the easiest stocking stuffer ever. This year, you’ve got two options:
caa festive packThe One Cineplex Night Out pack is a great option for a tween, teen or college student on your holiday shopping list, while Four Cineplex Admit One packs are perfect for co-workers, teachers and family. The best part? The recipient does not have to be a CAA member, which means you are free to gift away!  (more…)

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Win It! Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Prize Pack

November 7, 2014

Great news, Disney fans! I’ve got a very special giveaway just for you!

Enter to win this 2-pack of Disney Blu-ray/DVDs, including the hit movies Maleficent and Planes: Fire & Rescue, both available this week! (Release date: November 4, 2014)disneyprizepackThis holiday season, delight your family with two of Disney’s most popular films.

Planes: Fire & Rescue – When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter.

Maleficent – A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Can’t wait to see if you’re the winner? Both movies are now available on DVD and Blu-ray. I have a feeling they’ll be under many trees this Christmas, including mine! (Shh… don’t tell the boys!)  (more…)

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Lessons in Customer Satisfaction: Milestones Canada

November 5, 2014

A few of y’all know that in a previous life, I was a Customer Satisfaction Specialist for a world-renowned Fortune 100 Company.

What does this mean, exactly? Well, for the particular company that I worked for, our “customers” were actually employees; hence, we were measuring their satisfaction with the internal services we had in place, such as employee benefits, pension, payroll, accounts payable, etc.

Are you yawning yet? Sorry, stay with me.

So, I helped develop surveys and statistical benchmarks, and was responsible for deploying, collecting and interpreting data. Then, I helped develop training plans to increase satisfaction wherever our scores were low. Finally, I trained those employees and re-surveyed their “customers”, to ensure our training efforts made an impact on the overall satisfaction score.

And then I became a blogger. Natural career path, right?

Okay, so I took the roundabout way of completely reinventing myself. However, the reason that I tortured you with the details of my corporate past was to underscore one point:

I know what good customer service is. 

I know what it takes to delight your audience, whether it be customers at a fast food joint, clients of a law firm, parents of a school child, or even a passenger on public transit. Because when it comes down to it, the one thing that sets a business apart – in terms of service – is the ability to consistently, positively and creatively surprise its customers. Oooh – that calls for a bolded statement:

The Service-Oriented Business: consistently, positively and creatively surprises customers.

Of course, without a real-life example, this would just be another training session in a stuffy boardroom. Ta-da! I just happen to have a recent experience I can draw from. Now pay attention food and entertainment brands, because this is how it’s done.

A little backgrounder info. Months ago, I fell into conversation with Milestones on Twitter (@MilestonesCA), letting them know that my husband and I met for the very first time at a Milestones – in fact, it was a blind date!
milestones convoEr – 2006 is a typo – our first date was actually in 2005. Which my husband totally caught, and totally made me miserable over. He now has a free pass to forget a birthday or anniversary. Not that he ever will; but according to him, it’s the principle of the matter. You’ll see below I redeemed myself with the date… but the damage was done. Men.  (more…)

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Movie Buffs Rejoice! It’s the #RedboxCanada Twitter Party!

November 4, 2014

I know, I know. You know all about Redbox from my previous post, right? But just in case you missed it, I simply have to remind y’all why it’s fabulous. Because what if I told you that you could watch everything from NEW RELEASES to old school favourites, in the comfort of your own home, for just $1.50 (plus tax) a day? That’s Redbox, friends.

You’ve likely seen a Redbox kiosk at a big-box retailer, grocery or convenience store near you. Redbox is Canada’s largest DVD “rentailer” with more than 1,350 automated kiosks across all 10 provinces, and if you’ve ever used the service, you’ll know it’s as easy as pie. Simply find a location online and select your disc (DVD, Blu-ray or Video Game) and reserve it. Go to the box, touch “pick up”, swipe your card and grab your disc. (Enjoy the show.) And the best part? You can return your disc to ANY Redbox location in Canada.

So, are you a movie buff? You won’t want to miss our star-studded #RedboxCanada Twitter Party! Join us on the red carpet (er… Twitter) for a movie-themed chat that you won’t want to miss. We’ll dish on celebrities, screen favourites, the most epic one-liners and more!
Redbox Canada GraphicSo, grab a bowl of popcorn and settle in for the party. And you just know we’ll have some amazing prizes to give away, including MOVIES FOR A YEAR! That’s 52 free rentals, tweeps! RSVP below, and see you on Thursday night.  (more…)

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Smart Stages: Toys for Every Stage

November 3, 2014

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

When my boys were young, and when it came to toys, I was only concerned with two things: 1) Finding a quality toy from a reputable brand, and 2) praying that it would hold the boys’ attention for more than a few months. The first point? Easy. If you’ve been reading my blog for, oh, the last six years, you’ll know that I’ve always trusted Fisher-Price. But the second point? Well, that was a little trickier – because even with the most engaging, educational and fun toys, the truth is, babies by nature develop at different rates. And my babies outgrew their toys in hot New York minute.

But what if there was a way a toy could keep up with your child, with learning content that could adapt and grow as your baby grows?

Say hello to Smart Stages™ technology from Fisher-Price, a NEW learning technology for the stages babies grow through.
Smart StagesSmart Stages content can be set by parents to complement a baby’s different stages, offering toys with value and longevity to both parents and child. Imagine – the toy you purchase for your 6-month old can grow with him until he’s 36 months old, and be stimulating, entertaining – and most importantly, educationally relevant – every step of the way.  (more…)

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Natural in a Nutshell: #AdamsPB Twitter Party

November 1, 2014

It’s one of life’s greatest pleasures… a ritual that everyone must try at least once.

Eating peanut butter off a spoon, straight from the jar.

Come on! You know you want to! And with Adams Natural Peanut Butter, you can enjoy the best in peanut butter goodness, made with 100% fresh roasted peanuts and just a dash of salt. Of course, once you’ve had a taste, you’ll want to add Adams Natural Peanut Butter to everything… like Mini PB Oat Cupsa PB & J Coconut Smoothie, or my very favourite after school snack to give the kiddos: No-Bake Fruit & Nut Balls. Oh yes, I said no-bake.
recipe_5175Want to learn the natural upside of peanut butter? Join the #AdamsPB Twitter Party on Thursday, November 6th from 12:00 – 1:00pm EST.

AdamsPB Graphic v5We’ll be sharing tips and tricks for snacking, baking and pairing the most delicious natural peanut butter around, in addition to hearing your thoughts and suggestions on how to keep a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

And, of course we’ll have some amazing prizes of the delicious variety up for grabs!

You’ll go nutty (sorry, couldn’t help it) for our Adams PB Prize Packs valued at $100, featuring their famous natural peanut butter and everything you need to create some scrumptious snacks.

(If anyone makes this PB & J Popcorn, you will instantly become a neighbourhood legend. Trust me.)

⅔ cup Adams 100% Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
1 ¼ cups Smucker’s Pure Strawberry Jam
1 ½ cups toasted coconut
14 cups salted popcorn

Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Heat peanut butter and jam together until starting to bubble, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in coconut. Toss with popcorn. Spread on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake in oven 20-25 minutes until golden. Cool on wire racks.

Tempted to join the natural upside? RSVP below for your chance to win, and see you at the party!  (more…)

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Oh Yes He Did…

October 31, 2014

That moment when you push your own missed youth on your children.
DSC_1879Let’s just say that Top Gun’s “Maverick” was not Ryder’s first choice in Halloween costume… but once he saw the look on daddy’s face, he sacrificed his own desire to fulfill daddy’s one wish… to be Tom Cruise, if even for a day. #dangerzone

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Tempted to Visit Puerto Vallarta?

October 30, 2014

So here’s the thing. If you participated in our recent #VisitPV Twitter Party, you must be jonesing for a vacay down south.
VisitPV Malecon 27And who could blame you? Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican Beach resort city of discovery and exploration. There’s something for everyone in the family to experience and enjoy, and the tours and adventures are almost limitless:

– Zip Line and Canopy Tours
– Sea Turtle Release Program
– Sea Lion Encounters
– Beautiful Beaches
– Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
– Volunteer Opportunities with the SPCA of Puerto Vallarta

Friends who have recently vacationed there (including our sassy host, @SassyModernMom) have assured me that Puerto Vallarta is a safe, friendly, adventure-filled destination and is perfect for families, fun, and an educational adventure. I can’t wait to vacation there myself!  (more…)

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We’re Celebrating Your #fpmommymoments!

October 30, 2014

Oh, those Fisher-Price Mommy Moments.

From the moment your baby cries for the very first time… to the moment he takes his first step. And, every little thing in between. These are the moments we’ll always remember; the ones we’ll come back to again and again, reliving them as if they were happening before our very eyes. Those smiles. Those giggles. Those perfect memories, frozen in time.

And sometimes, the moments are as simple as sneaking in a shower, a second cup of coffee, or a long overdue phone call to a friend.

Need a moment? Don’t worry, Fisher-Price has you covered.
fpmommymomentsFisher-Price, the world’s most trusted brand in toys, is there to support today’s parents with toys that are geared to each and every stage of your child’s growth, including all those milestone moments. Their wide range of innovative baby gear and fun and engaging toys are all designed to help today’s busy mom make the most of her time together with baby.

Today, I’d like to invite you to follow along as we share our #fpmommymoments on Twitter. Beginning on November 1st, 2014, every day at 12:00pm EST, I’ll be tweeting a question from my @Listen2Lena Twitter handle. Simply follow me on twitter and share your moment by answering the question, remembering to add the #fpmommymoments hashtag. From all the entries received in a 24-hour period, we’ll select a winner to receive a very special Fisher-Price toy. The program will run for fifty (50) days, which means that we’ll give away 50 toys!

(Hint: the more you tweet using the #fpmommymoments hashtag, the more chances you have to win! A winner will be randomly drawn from all the eligible tweets in a 24-hour period, before the contest refreshes and begins again.)  (more…)

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Walmart Canada #MomoftheYear Twitter Party

October 29, 2014

It’s no secret: Mom has the most important role on the planet.

Shaping, molding and nurturing one of our most important resources – our children – is no small feat, and is one that requires patience, perseverance and passion. Through countless hours, Canadian mothers play many different roles, and display courage and self-sacrifice that deem them real life heroes to their families and the communities in which they serve.

In honour of all that moms do and the impact they have on those around them, @WalmartCanada is pleased to host the #MomoftheYear Twitter Party, celebrating all Canadian moms, including the six 2014 Mom of the Year recipients. Join us on Tuesday, November 4th at 8:00pm EST for a chat dedicated to that special lady – our chief scheduler, organizer, driver, coach, nutritionist, caregiver, best friend… and more.
MomoftheYear GraphicThe Walmart Canada Mom of the Year Award gives all of us the chance to say “thank you” to those mothers who have had the biggest impact on us. Get ready to share your favourite moments and memories (and, you may want to bring a box of tissues too). In addition to an inspiring, emotional chat, we’ll also have hundreds in Walmart gift cards to give away, including TWO grand prizes of $200 gift cards. (See our official rules here.)

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

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It’s Better than the Caramilk Secret.

October 28, 2014

Which really isn’t a secret at all. Um, hello? Food Network? They tour those candy plants all the time. It’s called “Unwrapped.”

But what’s better than the Caramilk secret, you ask? The secret to truly delicious tacos. And having just spent a week in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico – courtesy of Transat Holidays – I consider myself to be quite the expert on the subject.
photo (4)Above, you’re looking at the trio of tacos… beef, shrimp and chicken, prepared at Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma in the Mayan Riviera. Azul Fives is a gourmet inclusive hotel, which means – you guessed it – we had sinfully delicious food for the entire week. However, even though I was confronted with limitless options, I tended to come back to the humble taco… every. single. day.

They were THAT good.

And after a while, I began questioning, why are they so scrumptious? What makes them better than any taco I’ve had? The seasoning was on point, the fixin’s were average, and the tortillas were pretty standard fare. But there was just something about the way they all came together, in magic harmony, that set them apart. So I did what I do best: I painstakingly dissected the meal until I discovered the hidden secrets. (Okay, so maybe I dissected several meals. It’s called research!)

I have good news.

You too can create authentic-tasting Mexican tacos at home. You can even go ahead and grab your favourite dinner kit if you don’t want to start from scratch, because I’ve come to realize that it’s all in the condiments. So here’s what you need:

1. Chipotle Mayonnaise. Almost all of the tacos I enjoyed came with a chipotle mayonnaise for dipping, were pre-drizzled with the stuff, or both. Hence, I’ve decided that it’s an absolutely mandatory accompaniment to all tacos. The smoky, creamy sauce adds an additional layer of heat while smoothing out the more peppery flavours. You can purchase chipotle mayonnaise from a well-stocked specialty food store, or simply search for a recipe online (a recent search yielded about 2,270,000 results).  (more…)

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It’s a #StayfreeContest Twitter Party! $1000 + in Prizing!

October 24, 2014

So, I did something a little different… I participated in two Twitter Parties. About women’s underwear. And I had a hell of a good time.

In fact, I don’t think I can ever refer to them as “unmentionables” again… because not only were women talking about them… they were sharing photographs too! Oh my!

That’s why, when I was asked to help moderate the #StayfreeContest Twitter Party, I couldn’t refuse. After seeing how much fun the conversations were from the previous two parties, I wanted in! Ready to leave your inhibitions at the door? You won’t want to miss this chat!

Join the #StayfreeContest Twitter Party on Wednesday, October 29th at 8:00pm EDT, hosted by @SassyModernMom. In addition to super fun conversation, a few true confessions, and a lot of laughs, of course we’ll have some ah-mazing prizes up for grabs – specifically, more than $1,000.00 in prizes, including our GRAND PRIZE valued at $500! (Prizes are open to Canadians only.)
StayfreeContestTwitter-Party-Grand-Prize-Image-Value-500BONUS:  Starting in November, @The_PantyParty will be hosting a daily prize giveaway contest that you will not want to miss! Be sure you are following them on twitter and get prepared to answer some fun panty themed questions for your chance to win great daily and weekly prizes as well as a Grand Prize valued at $1, 000.00!

RSVP now for your chance to win, and see you on Wednesday night!  (more…)

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Do You Travel in Style?

October 23, 2014

It’s t-minus 24 hours until your epic vacation, and you’re staring at the already-full suitcase in front of you. You could close it right now, secure in the knowledge that you have the bare essentials for your trip, have chosen your best outfits, and will bring your own brand of fabulous to your destination. Or, you could sneak in an extra pair of cute flip flops, that sunhat you just had to buy, and about four additional “back-up” outfits.

Do you travel in style?

Join us for our #FamilyTravelCA Twitter Chat on Tuesday, October 28th at 9:00pm EDT. We’ll be chatting about your personal travel style, with prizes sponsored by The Shopping Channel!

In addition to hundreds in TSC gift cards up for grabs, we’ll also be giving away a *very* stylish grand prize: a Heys 3-Piece FLARE Inspired Fashion Spinner Luggage, valued at $459.97!
513832_SIXMDStart your next voyage out on the right foot with the fantastic features and trendsetting design of these travel essentials! Heys is excited to partner with FLARE, a leading Canadian fashion magazine, to create the FLARE inspired fashion spinner luggage. Each of the hardside luggage in this three-piece set is uniquely designed to be lightweight and durable, offering easy, stress-free travel. They are made of an impact-resistant polycarbonate composite material (polycarbonate is used in the making of bulletproof glass) and feature a unique frameless design that gives them great flexibility.

The pieces have beautiful distinct patterns to set them apart from other luggage, so you will always know which is yours. They also feature a diamond textured surface to help prevent surface scratches and scuff marks. The all-new interior is fully lined with a stylish pattern; it has a zipped divider, four pockets and a buckled compression strap for compact, organized packing.

Available in six (6) patterns, there’s one to suit every fashionista. RSVP now for your chance to win, and see you on Tuesday night!  (more…)

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Attn Movie Buffs: Meet Redbox

October 22, 2014

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

On a day-to-day basis, I’m a romantic comedy kind of girl. Chick lit novels, Seinfeld reruns, stealing kisses from my husband. It’s a nice genre to live in.

However, like everyone, there’s a little drama in my life too… and while I steer clear from episodes of horror, raising two children always places me firmly in the adventure category. And action. And often, satire.

Am I a movie buff? Sure, but I tend to gravitate towards one category in particular… brace yourself… I am a science fiction geek. It’s true! If it involves space, mutant warriors, sorcerers and/ or rebel starships, I am all over it. In fact, I’d rather spend three hours with X-Men than some sappy Nicholas Sparks hero. So, when I do find time to relax and unwind, you can usually see me popping a good old sci-fi flick into my DVD player.

RBXca_KIOSK_LFT2_v2Now I know there are ways to get your movie fix. But what if I told you that you could watch everything from NEW RELEASES to old school favourites, in the comfort of your own home, for just $1.50 (plus tax) a day? That’s Redbox, friends.You’ve likely seen a Redbox kiosk at a big-box retailer, grocery or convenience store near you. Redbox is Canada’s largest DVD “rentailer” with more than 1,350 automated kiosks across all 10 provinces, and if you’ve ever used the service, you’ll know it’s as easy as pie. (Just not American Pie, k?)

Simply find a location online and select your disc (DVD, Blu-ray or Video Game) and reserve it. Go to the box, touch “pick up”, swipe your card and grab your disc. (Enjoy the show.) And the best part? You can return your disc to ANY Redbox location in Canada. That means if the boys are getting antsy at the in-laws, I can rent a movie from a Redbox in Oshawa and return it in Toronto. And hello, just $1.50? SOLD.

Now here’s the thing. Fridays get all the attention – it’s the end of the work week and the start to a care-free weekend. Redbox is changing that with Free Movie Thursdays offering customers a free one-night DVD rental each Thursday at all Redbox kiosks across Canada throughout the month of October.

“What’s better than getting a quality movie when you want it, where you want it, all for free?” says Kate Brennan, Senior Communications Manager at Redbox. “We’re inviting our customers in Canada to get a headstart on the weekend by picking up a free one-night rental at Redbox. Whether you’re a returning customer, or new to Redbox, we hope you’ll enjoy a movie on us!”  (more…)

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Set Your Current Location: Paradise

October 20, 2014

Well, technically it’s *my* current location, and that’s why I’ve been offline for a few days.

HOLA AMIGOS! Greetings from the Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma in the beautiful Mayan Riviera, Mexico. My new role as Family Travel Expert for Transat Holidays demands that I travel for work… life is tough, eh?
Azul FivesFeaturing the renowned Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience concept, the Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma features oversized, luxurious, tastefully designed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites, private rooftop lounge decks in penthouse suites as well as an upscale, all-service spa. The hotel is strategically located in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, just 35 minutes south of Cancun International Airport.  (more…)

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Shop The Neighbourhood

October 16, 2014

Thinking about it, I spend a lot of time talking about the big guys: popular retail, grocery and restaurant chains, both national and international. New products, sales, promos… I’m all over it, like a shopaholic with a platinum credit card. (Or me, with my platinum credit card.)

However, it’s come to my attention that I simply don’t spend enough time tooting the horns of local businesses – and the owners who dedicate a large part of their lives to creating quality, unique (and often delicious) products.

It’s time to change that.

Home grown businesses not only offer local character and prosperity; they build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbours in economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes. And the distinctiveness! Small businesses produce products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their customers – which guarantees a much broader range of product choices. In fact, some of my most unique purchases have been from gift shops, clothing boutiques and cafés in my very own neighbourhood.

Do you shop your neighbourhood?

I’m so pleased to announce my collaboration with Yellow Pages, a company with a century-long legacy of working with Canada’s small businesses. This year, I was one of five writers from across Canada selected to create authentic and original local stories coming from real neighbourhoods and real residents. Introducing Shop The Neighbourhood.
blogger_post-torontoOn my feature list? How about Elm Hill Cookies, chock full of sweet treats baked fresh every morning in the heart of downtown Oakville. Or Sienna Boutique, an upscale women’s clothing store serving a community of fashion lovers for almost three years. And I can’t forget about Cagneys, a gastronomic fixture in Streetsville for the last 40 years.  (more…)

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Let’s Go Streaking Canada!

October 16, 2014

Years ago, if you told me that in 2014, I’d be tweeting with the hashtag #StreakWeek – to encourage a man to DROP HIS PANTS – I would have thought you were crazy.
StreakWeekBut humour me for a moment, will you? Because I actually have an incredibly important message to share – one which happens to be the driving force behind the onslaught of boxer briefs that are about to invade our social space.

Yes, folks – it’s #StreakWeek – and it’s all for a great cause.

Truth be told, I stared at a blank screen for almost half an hour, trying to figure out an “angle” for this story. Should I be funny? Or should I try to tug at heartstrings? Should I lay down the facts in a cold, clinical fashion… or should I ease into the subject matter with tenderness? In the end, I decided the no-bullsh*t way is simply the best way to tackle it.

Let’s talk about testicular cancer.

While not the most comfortable topic to talk about, testicular cancer is actually the number one form of cancer found in young men, having affected an estimated 1,000 Canadian guys in 2014 alone. Perhaps I should have italicized young men, because this particular cancer preys on men in the prime of their lives.  (more…)

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Takeout? Pfft. It’s Taco Night!

October 15, 2014

I get it, I really do.

Takeout is easy. It’s a quick and painless solution for a weeknight meal, when patience is low and hunger is high. And for the most part, dialing-a-dinner allows you to partake in a variety of cuisines – ones you may not normally have the know-how to cook at home.

Tick tock tick tock.

The thing is, dinnertime is inevitable. There’s just this informal social custom that you have to feed your family every night (rolls eyes). Also inevitable? Those nights when you know you *could* whip up something fantastic, but dammit, you just don’t want to. And the second your will starts to waver, you begin your path to the dark side… which often ends with, “Would you like fries with that?”


Because with Old El Paso Restaurante, you can have fun, vibrant, restaurant-style tacos right in the comfort of your own home! This exciting new product is available in three delicious flavours –Baja Fish, Steak Carne Asada and Chicken Tinga (pictured below). Restaurante products are packed with authentic taste – the perfect way to fix your craving for Mexican cuisine.
Chicken TingaBut most importantly – the tacos are EASY to make! Honestly, in and out in under 30 minutes…. which is about as long as it takes for your delivery order to make it to your door. The Restaurante dinner kits, complete with soft tortillas, sauces and spices, take the guesswork out of dinner. All you need on hand is your desired protein and a few veggies… and OLÉ! A food fiesta like no other.  (more…)

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Ain’t No Party Like a #PampersParty!

October 14, 2014

It’s such a pleasure to partner with brands that I’ve had a long-standing relationship with. Loyal readers of my blog will know that there is only ONE product that I’ve never dared to cheat on. Through thick and thin – lured by coupons, sales, or manufacturer claims of superiority – I simply haven’t wavered in my loyalty or trust. And, it happens to be a brand that I’ve used on the two individuals who matter most to me in life – my two boys.

The product is Pampers, of course.

And there’s no better time to grab a box or two: from October 10 –24, participating Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstores stores will offer fabulous promotions during their Baby Event! To celebrate the savings, gather your best shopping tips, grab your latest shopping list and come join us at the #PampersParty Twitter Party on Thursday, October 16 at 8:00pm EDT!
PampersParty Graphic v4To make things more exciting – Canadians will have a chance to win fabulous prizes:

2 x Pampers Family Prize Pack – $500 in Pampers products from Swaddlers to Easy Ups
1 x Savvy Mom Style Prize – $100 Gift Card
5 x Baby Needs Prize Packs – $150 Pampers Package

Do you know someone who can use $500 in Pampers products? Sure, we all do! Be a great friend and RSVP for a chance to win BIG! Looking forward to partying with you!  (more…)

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This is Southern California Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

October 14, 2014

As a family travel contributor, I’m often asked about what I look for in a perfect family vacation. For the most part, my formula for making memories is pretty straightforward: take one part luxury travel, one part kid-friendly activities and add a stunning locale as the backdrop. The recipe is steadfast and undeniable; you’ll have created holiday magic.

Hence, it’s no surprise that The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Southern California is just my ticket.

A celebrated icon along the California coast, today The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel boasts a newly re-imagined and modern vibe. Perched timelessly atop a 150 foot bluff, against cascading views of the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is tailor-made for travellers who desire a playful approach to luxury.
Ritz Carlon Laguna NiguelI snapped the above photo during a tour of the hotel, one of the highlights of our recent #DisneyVacayCA adventure. Standing on a balcony, perilously hanging over the edge, I gasped in awe at the view from this celebrated Dana Point landmark. Squinting against the glare of the sun, I tried to decipher the figures below, wondering where my husband and boys could be. Were they squatting on the beach, building castles in the sand? Or dipping their feet in the cool Pacific Ocean? Our tour moved on, and I reluctantly tore my eyes away from the breathtaking scenery.  (more…)

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