Need a Moment? Don’t Worry, Fisher-Price has you Covered.

June 4, 2015

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.
FPMommyMoments Graphic v2Fisher-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 at our Twitter Party on Thursday, June 11th at 8pm EDT. Simply follow @thesocialcommon and @Listen2Lena and share your moment by answering the questions, remembering to add the #FPMommyMoments hashtag. To thank you for joining us, we’ll be giving away eight (8) prizes of Fisher-Price’s most sought-after gear, including a GRAND PRIZE valued at $750!

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

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Those Magical Nikon MOMents

June 2, 2015

It’s always a game-day decision whether I’ll bring my DSLR camera with me to Walt Disney World. On one hand, it’s never a bad idea to capture gorgeous, high quality memories while on vacation with the family – especially when one is surrounded by the magic, colour and splendour of Disney. However, it can be cumbersome to tote a larger camera around, especially while juggling a double stroller, a packed tote bag, and a handful of Disney-centric food (insert churro, Dole Whip, or barbecued turkey leg here).

Nevertheless, after finding so many stolen moments during our Mayan Riviera vacation last year, I decided I once again wanted to capture the memories that are often relegated to “B roll”; the moments when the boys don’t know I’m about to take a photo; the opportunities to capture a sweet smile or a friendly snicker; the landscapes I want to preserve in my mind for years to come.
DSC_0954So, beyond fabulous vacation photos, the ability to enlarge memories and take crisp scenic shots – why else should you release your inner shutterbug? It’s simple! The Nikon 3300 makes it fun and easy to preserve those moments in the lifelike beauty they deserve: stunning 24.2-megapixel photos and 1080p Full HD videos with tack-sharp details, vibrant colors and softly blurred backgrounds.

(Plus, if you love sharing photos like I do, D3300 photos can appear instantly on your compatible smartphone or tablet for easy sharing with the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter.)

Today, I’d love to share with you the stolen moments from our recent vacation at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  (more…)

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Things You Think You Don’t Need but Trust Me You Really Do

June 1, 2015

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

I’m going to file this one under: “Things you think you don’t need but trust me you really do and I’m about to tell you why.” << And then you’ll thank me.

First, an ode to the shower.

Ah, the shower. Twenty minutes of uninterrupted, blissful relaxation coupled with sweet-smelling body wash and the permission to daydream. Hey moms – you know that point where you discover that your kids will actually be okay if you close the door and enjoy a long, hot shower? And like, when you get out, you may have to deal with a minor LEGO explosion or find a kid pressed up against the TV, but hell, it’s still so worth it?

I have arrived. And I’ve earned my shower time.

This is a totally true story and illustrates perfectly just how much I enjoy a good shower. Reid, bless his kindergarten-aged heart, created a Mother’s Day “card” for me (air quotes because it didn’t fold and had weird holes and pieces of scotch tape all over it). Students were asked to say nice things about mommy – and there was even a section for mommy’s favourite thing to do.
image1 (2)See? Apparently, all those things I thought I loved (sandy beaches, venti frappuccinos, etc) pale in comparison to my one true passion in life – taking a shower.

(I wonder what his poor teacher thought as she read through his work. Dear teacher, have you ever noticed how clean my skin is? All that showering, natch.)

Now that we’ve established my hidden desire for extended H2O therapy, next, here’s a crash course in Delta Temp2O Technology.

The Delta Temp2O Technology hand showers, showerheads, and tub and shower fixtures take the guesswork out of water temperature, preventing unwanted surprises – especially useful when bathing children. Each product includes an easy-to-read LED digital display and background colour indicators (blue, magenta, red) to signal different water temperature ranges.  (more…)

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Weekend Eats: Shrimp, Arugula and Avocado Flatbread

May 29, 2015

From my friends at Avocados From Mexico, here’s the perfect light, summer-fresh meal that you can enjoy this weekend. Try this Flatbread with Grilled Red Peppers, Shrimp, Arugula and Avocado. Bonus – it can be grilled on the barbecue!
LG-pain-plat-avocat-EN1 naan flatbread
60 ml commercial Alfredo sauce
1 grilled red pepper, sliced into strips
15 ml olive oil
5 raw shrimp, peeled
1 avocado, quartered
A few arugula leaves
Fleur de sel and fresh pepper to taste
½ grilled lemon

Brush the bread with the Alfredo sauce. In a skillet over high heat, sauté the shrimp in the olive oil and arrange on the bread. Add the red pepper slices. Bake in a 300˚F oven for 5 minutes. Add the avocado pieces and arugula leaves. Season and drizzle olive oil over top. Serve with grilled lemon.

CHEF’S TIP: Garnish with grated cheese and top off with a few slices of smoked salmon.  (more…)

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The New Way to Shop for Sleep.

May 24, 2015

Apologies in advance if I blow your mind, but some mental readjustment is necessary.

Think about your last experience shopping for a mattress. (Can you think that far back? It’s not something you do often, I know.) Chances are, you were confronted with the following dilemmas:

1. Which brand/ model of mattress. This brand promises 50% more support! That brand has a nuclear-tech lining. It can all start to sound so gimmicky… am I right?

2. Why the heck are mattresses so expensive? I mean, yes, a good night’s sleep is *technically* priceless, but sometimes the price of a mattress is *actually* $3,000…

3. Ahem, how will I get this thing home? (I’m not really into the whole mattress roped to the top of the car thing.) Oh, okay – now I just need to pay outrageous home delivery fees, for my gimmicky, overpriced mattress.

It’s no wonder Canadians rarely replace their mattresses, often waiting until they reach sinkhole-like proportions before being inspired into action. (I count myself in this group.) Recently, however, I was turned on to a new way to shop for sleep.
GoldenRetriever_alt (2)Introducing Endy Sleep. Beautifully crafted, affordable mattresses delivered directly to your door in a compressed, easy-to-move box. (Rest assured, this is the future of mattress buying.)  (more…)

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The Memory Maker

May 24, 2015

If you caught my recent post, Things We Don’t Do, you’ll know that one of our struggles, both as a couple and as a family, is taking photos together.

Hence, I was ecstatic to be awarded with a complimentary Memory Maker in Walt Disney World as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Memory Maker allowed me to download all of my favorite digital photos taken at the park, on rides, with Disney characters and while dining.

We took a ton of photos. 

Scanning through the downloads, there are really iconic shots in front of Cinderella’s castle, and thrillingly hilarious photos taken on some of our favourite rides. But my very favourite photos – the ones I will be printing, framing and hanging on my memory wall – are the ones where we’re simply posing as a family. Like this one.
image2 (2)The boys were sweaty from the heat. I was covering up a bad hair day. The background was not nearly as captivating as one you’d expect to see at a Disney Park. But it’s family, and we’re together, and we’re spending time away from the daily grind to enjoy each other. And the moment was captured, for us to cherish for years to come.  (more…)

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Win A Trip to Explore Quito at the #FamTimeQuito Twitter Party

May 23, 2015

It is literally the center of the world.

With a latitude of 0-0’-0’’, Quito, Ecuador – situated in an Andean valley at the very foot of a Volcano – is like something out of a fairy tale. The old city boasts architecture that has remained unchanged since the end of the colonial period, while the new city is teeming with modern office buildings and bustling crowds. Quito is quite simply one of the most thrilling, enriching and culturally educational places that you can visit with your family, offering a wealth of experiences and travel opportunities.
14813527500_6a280a340b_kHistory and architecture aficionados will appreciate the Metropolitan Cathedral, located in the heart of Independence Plaza. The churches of Quito feature spectacular interiors, especially the altars and pulpits, gilded in gold and house innumerable works of religious art. Quito’s Historical Center features steep, narrow, cobblestone streets, Spanish-style architecture, homes with colorful balconies, tiled roofs, and interior patios. It is also home to the Carondelet Palace, the seat of the Central Government.
11344549195_b26688141a_kLa Mitad del Mundo (the Middle of the World Monument) is a must for anyone visiting Quito. Located just 20 minutes outside the capital, this tourist complex was constructed to mark the equator’s passage through the country. North of Quito lay the ruins of Cochasquí, an archaeological site with burial pyramid and mounds which belonged to Quito’s first inhabitants.  (more…)

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Simple Steps to Mini Garden Success with The Home Depot

May 21, 2015

You know how some people have a green thumb? I have a black thumb. The black thumb of foliage death. And for years, I avoided any mention of gardening, flowers, landscaping… you name it. In fact, if it wasn’t for Frank Ferragine and his deviously straightforward advice, I probably would have been garden-less for yet another year.

I was peer pressured by Frankie Flowers, folks. Peer pressured!

He said I could totally do it. He offered simple steps. He recommended the right products to get the job done. And he gushed how it would turn into a family tradition that my boys would cherish.

He was right, of course. And as a member of The Home Depot Canada #HDBlogSquad, I was more than up to the task.

Sad, clay-packed flower beds? Check.
Overgrown grass and weeds? Check.
Patches of death on the lawn? Check.

A mom with an award-winning garden and penchant for landscaping? SECRET WEAPON.

Oh yeah, I enlisted the big guns. I called mommy and asked her to spend a day gardening with us. And why not? If we’re going to turn this into a family tradition, it might as well be a multi-generational tradition.

First things first. I picked Frank’s brain. Yep, I had a chance for a Q&A with the gardening guru himself! And I’ll be frank (pun intended), he is a master at his craft. Easy-to-follow, succinct and relevant advice – with product recommendations – that turned what I once considered an ordeal into a fun day outdoors.

Introducing… our very anti-climatic flower bed. Sans flowers, of course.
DSC_0968Yeah, that’s what we had to start with, times two. When we first designed our patio, I envisioned gorgeous flower beds filled with bright colours on each side… but I never realized that dream. Because I’m lazy. And don’t know what I’m doing.  (more…)

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It’s Always a Good Time to #StartSaving!

May 20, 2015

On the surface, I look like a shopaholic. I overspend on handbags, constantly invest in depreciating assets (ahem, my new Lexus), and collect Disney Pixar Cars. (See that? I’ve stopped pretending they’re for my boys.) So, at first glance, you may shake your head and think, she’s bad with money.

Not true. In the 20 years I’ve had my Visa Card, I’ve never paid a cent of interest. I’ve maxed out my RRSPs for the last few years. And I have a hefty rainy day fund – my trusted Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). It’s like my best friend.

Wondering if a TFSA is right for you? I daresay it’s right for everyone! Unlike other types of savings, you’re not taxed on the income you earn. It’s a great way to save for your short or long-term goals, because it lets your savings grow – tax-free.

Want to learn more? Join the @TD_Canada #StartSaving Twitter Chat on Friday, May 22nd at 1:00pm EDT. Co-hosted by @LindaMacKay_TD, Senior Vice-President of Retail Savings and Investing at TD, we’ll take you through how easy it is to start saving. Whether you’re putting money aside for a down payment on a house, saving for a major purchase like a car or a vacation, building your rainy day fund or making sure you have enough for a comfortable retirement, a TFSA can help. Start Saving Graphic v2Of course, what would a chat be without prizes? To help you #StartSaving, we’ll be giving way $500 in cash prizes! I’m hoping it’s the perfect motivation for you to open, or transfer the money to, a TSFA. No RSVP required; see you on Friday afternoon!

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HP Stream: Work (or Play) From Your Happy Place

May 19, 2015

I’m in an interesting place; for the past several months, I’ve enjoyed the benefit of having both boys at school during the day. It’s the first time in over 6 years that I’ve truly had some time to myself!

But…. summer vacation.

T-Minus 30 days or so until those two little bulls invade my workspace, siphon my productivity, and drive me positively batty. They’re two Tauruses, for crying out loud! It’s go-go-go and they don’t leave me alone-at-all.

So, I’ve already been looking into options for summer camp, sports clubs, and when they’re at home, things they can do to stay entertained and engaged in learning. Now answer me this: how many of y’all cringe at the thought of handing over your expensive laptop or tablet? Yeah, me too. But with a generation of tech-savvy children, my boys are constantly looking to my computer to play games, create kid-themed content, and of course, listen to music and watch their favourite shows online.

I’ve found an amazing alternative.

Introducing the HP Stream 11. It’s an incredibly light, authentically portable Windows-based laptop computer. And before I can list out the features and specifications, there’s really just one thing you simply MUST know: it starts at just $199.99. That’s right – the reputation and reliability of an HP computer for under $200 MSRP.
DSC_0959But that’s not all! Sure, it’s great for little ones because it won’t break the bank, but it’s also perfect for teens, university students, and commuters who want a light, cloud-based computer. 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage is included for one year, so you can easily store and share your favorite photos, videos, documents, files, and more. You’ll also receive Office 365 Personal, so you can continue to work on the go.  (more…)

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Wake Up to Your Favourite Beverage

May 18, 2015

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

It was December 2005. I had spent the night – for the very first time, eek! – at my then-boyfriend’s place. In was an airy loft, with wall-to-wall windows and a homey setting that was unfamiliar and welcoming at the same time. In typical Lena fashion, I found myself wide awake at 6:00am. Next to me, my boyfriend slept soundly, no doubt enjoying a well-deserved Sunday morning sleep-in.

I tossed and turned. What time does he wake up? I wondered.

If it was say, 7:00am, I could deal. A quick bathroom break and a swish of mouthwash, and I could wait it out. But what if he was more like a 9:00am waker upper? Or – gasp – a nooner?

I mentally counted forward from our bedtime of 12:30am. 6 hours… 7 hours… surely I could bet he’d be awake in about an hour or two at the most…

8:15am. Still asleep.
8:56am. Oh! He scratched his cheek! And then turned over and resumed snoring.
9:32am. This. is. torture.

Inspiration struck. I could make coffee! I mean, who doesn’t wake up when the aroma of fresh coffee permeates the air, right? I tiptoed down the stairs (two-floor loft by the lake, ladies – yeah, there was a reason I reeled that fish in) and realized almost immediately that there was one flaw in my master plan: I had no idea how to make coffee.
coffbuzzSo sue me! We had those K-Cup coffee things at the office, and my parents are tea drinkers, so I didn’t grow up with a coffee brewer. I considered the contraption on his countertop (which, looking back, was a very basic model compared to the rocket-science renderings today) and wondered if I could work it out based purely on a physical assessment.

1. Water reservoir: Easy enough. Just fill to the “fill line” indicator for 12 cups. Better safe than sorry!

2. Filter: Also, a piece of cake – except it took me 20 minutes to find them. WHO stores filters with their spices? Oh yeah, bachelor here.

3. Coffee grounds reservoir: Add 10 scoopfuls – that should be enough, right? Okay, add more. Going on the assumption that strong coffee is better than weak coffee. Press start.  (more…)

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Your Guide to a Beautiful Summer: Five Simple Steps

May 15, 2015

It seems that every time I want to talk about summer, the temperature takes a nose dive. I mean, come on already! I just spent 7 days in the Orlando sunshine… I expected the warmth and humidity to follow me!

Alas, we’re likely still in for a few weeks of spring weather (which is still a nice upgrade from winter weather), and then… bring on the heat!

Traditionally, we’re bombarded by summer beauty ideals: weight loss to get a “bikini body”, a deeply bronzed tan, perfectly tousled beachy-hair. And if you live in California and currently star in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, perhaps that would be something to aspire to. For the rest of us? Here are five simple steps to a beautiful you.

1. Begin with a healthy smile. Is there a better reason to smile than summertime? I think not! Show off those pearly whites by selecting an electric toothbrush that offers the ultimate clean. My very best recommendation is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean – with the highest level of performance from a Sonicare power toothbrush to date, DimondClean is clinically proven to remove up to four times more plaque than a manual toothbrush in four weeks.

image001 (2)Hear that, ladies? In just one month, your teeth can be FOUR TIMES cleaner. That’s something to smile about!

Another reason I love the DiamondClean: it improves gum health in two weeks and is proven to whiten teeth in as little as one week. I’ve been a loyal customer of Sonicare toothbrushes for over 6 years now… I can definitely attest to the quality and results. However, if you need just one more reason to make an investment into a healthier mouth, here it is –

It is available in white, black and PINK. Pink!!! The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean features a slim, ergonomic handle with a stylish finish, and five cleaning modes to target specific areas, such as Gum Care and the unique Polish and White modes.

So, maybe you won’t have a “bikini body” by purchasing this toothbrush, but you will have a beautiful smile and the knowledge that you’re putting oral health first.

2. Get a celebrity smile. Okay, your teeth are clean and healthy, but are they at their whitest? Nothing sets off a tan like an electric white smile! (Okay, maybe not nearly Ross on Friends, but closer to Ryan Gosling in Hey Girl memes.) Check out Philips Zoom DayWhite and NiteWhite. It’s the only professional take-home whitening system with revolutionary technology ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) that provides better comfort and results.  (more…)

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Are You #Nuts4Peanuts? Don’t Miss Our Twitter Chat!

May 13, 2015

It’s no secret: Canadians love peanuts! Did you know… the average Canadian consumes nearly three kilograms of peanuts and peanut butter per year, and 9 out of 10 Canadians report they have peanuts or peanut butter in their home?

(Waving both arms in the air over here.)

I totally get the peanut love, because when it comes to nutrition, the peanut packs a powerful punch. Just one serving (1 oz.) is chock full of protein, fibre, healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals recommended daily in Canada’s food guide. On top of that, recent research shows that eating peanuts in moderation can help to keep your heart healthy. They contain oleic acid, a heart-healthy source of unsaturated fat and are naturally 100% cholesterol-free.

Are you #Nuts4Peanuts? You won’t want to miss our Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 14th at 12:00pm EDT. We’ll celebrate the wide-“spread” love of peanuts and peanut butter, share recipes, nutritional tips and more!
PBC-Twitter-Chat-graphic (2)Have questions? We have answers! Dietitian and nutrition writer @SueMahRD will join the chat to share good eats, nutrition trends, and fascinating food facts. And of course we’ll have prizes – 5 grocery gift cards and a BONUS surprise!

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you tomorrow afternoon!  (more…)

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This Summer, Grab the Hottest Outdoor #LooksForLess!

May 9, 2015

It’s one of the biggest joys of the summer season in Canada.

PATIO LIVING!!!

And where can you find a wide breath of fun, colourful design accessories to brighten things up, and a fantastic selection of contemporary patio furniture – ALL at unbeatable prices?

Walmart Canada, of course! Next Thursday, join us for the @WalmartCanada #LooksforLess Twitter Party. We’ll showcase the hottest trends of the season, provide design and decor inspiration, and of course, give away a prize or two.

Okay, we’re giving away NINE amazing prizes – including THREE BONUS prizes! You’ll just have to attend to join the fun!
2015-Summer_Outdoor_Living_Icon_May 5Of course, we can’t give you decor advice without bringing in the experts! @LeighAnnAllaire – Cityline’s colour and design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and DIY doyenne – will be on our party to answer all your outdoor style questions. It’s a party you won’t want to miss! (Click here for Twitter Party rules.) (more…)

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Help Raise Hope with the Canadian Women’s Foundation

May 9, 2015

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only. 

If you LOVE to SHOP for a great cause, here’s how you can help raise hope.

As of May 1st, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Winners and HomeSense, launched its exclusive Shop for Hope product line. From home décor to fresh and fun day-to-day items, this limited time collection has something for everyone. And just in time for Mother’s Day, purchase a gift for mom or an inspirational woman in your life while supporting the Foundation’s work to end violence and help raise hope.

100% of net proceeds go to organizations that help women.

Once again, I’m proud to support The Canadian Women’s Foundation; Canada’s only national foundation dedicated to giving women and girls in Canada a chance for a better life.

“We invest in the strength of women and the dreams of girls. The Canadian Women’s Foundation raises money to end violence against women, move women out of poverty and build strong resilient girls through funding, researching and promoting best practices. We are a leading voice for women in Canada.”

I’ve already purchased a few gorgeous items for Mother’s Day (shh! My mom reads my blog, I won’t tell!) and I love the selection this year! (Of course, if you attended our #raisehope Twitter Party last week, you already know all about it.) Here are a few of the gorgeous pieces – and you can view the entire line here.
ShopforHopeLove what you see? One lucky reader will win ALL the Shop for Hope items – which is an estimated value of over $150! To enter, simply fill form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck!  (more…)

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Turn Laundry Time into Turbo Time

May 8, 2015

I just have one question for you: What could you be doing, if you weren’t doing laundry?

Good news – you just may have the chance to find out! Summer’s just around the corner, meaning more time outdoors and less time to worry about household chores that can often keep you locked inside. (Looking at you, laundry.)

Designed to address the issues moms (and dads!) most commonly face with their HE machines, HE Turbo Clean™ detergents save time, water and energy using proprietary, quick-dissolving Smart Suds™ technology that helps prevent HE Machines from running additional rinse cycles.

Translation: less time waiting for the laundry, and more time sipping lemonade on the patio.

Now, I’d love to share more details with you (and trust me, you’ll want to hear more!) so of course we’re throwing a Twitter Party! Join us for the #HETurbo Twitter Party on Monday, May 11th at 9:00pm EDT.
Tide BLOG_LRG_MY07Now, I know what you’re thinking… a laundry Twitter Party? What else have you got for me Lena? Oh, how about SEVEN (7) Tide HE Turbo Clean bundles and over $1500 in Visa Gift Cards? It’s true! In fact… the Grand Prize winner will walk away with a Tide HE Turbo Clean bundle and a $500 Visa Gift Card. Now THAT’s what I call cleaning up!

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

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Current Location: Lagoon View, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

May 7, 2015

We’ve been in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World Resort for just about 24 hours. And in that time, we have:

1) Discovered our new favourite resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
2) Enjoyed burgers and drinks by the pool
3) Fallen asleep in the sun (me) while (the boys) made sand castles and floated down a lazy river
4) Walked to Epcot simply to enjoy a Dole Whip
5) Savoured the best New England Clam Chowder

And just when I thought I’d had the perfect 24 hours, I enjoyed a coffee on the balcony in the morning with this view:
20150506_165045I am officially in my element. Tonight, the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration begins! We’ll be spending the day in Magic Kingdom before the festivities this evening. Have a wonderful day, all!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

May 5, 2015

Guacamole and fajitas. Mexican flags and mariachi bands. Margaritas, margaritas, and…. more margaritas.

It’s Cinco de Mayo!

This year, I’m so pleased to team up with Avocados From Mexico. In fact, you could call me the Avo Whisperer. All year, I’ll be sharing the best recipes featuring – you guessed it – Avocados From Mexico, in addition to party ideas, nutrition facts, meal inspiration and more. And today, I’m excited to let you in on a little secret… a recipe for the BEST GUAC you’ll ever have!
carnivale-guacamole-788x440Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of this delicious spread:

5 Hass Avocados from Mexico, cut into medium chunks
3 roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
1 serrano chili, finely diced
3 tbsp garlic chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
3 tbsp olive oil
sea salt season to taste

Halve Hass Avocados and remove seeds. Cut into medium chunks (about a half inch thick) inside the Avocado shells, then scoop into a bowl with a spoon. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. (Don’t mash it into a paste; leave somewhat chunky.) Season with salt and taste, then mix a little bit more to combine thoroughly. Pair with corn chips.

All ingredients can be adjusted to suit your taste! We use non-traditional lemon juice instead of lime juice, because I’m a fan of the milder flavour. (As we say in my house, “lemon in the guac, lime in the cerveza!”) And, if you’re hankering for more Avo Inspiration, join our #AvoMexico Twitter Chat today at 12pm EDT! We’ll dish on the best, um, dishes! See you at noon!

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SKECHERS: The Official Shoes of Summer 2015

May 3, 2015

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Okay, okay – I’m not sure if I can declare SKECHERS as the “official” shoes of summer (are there legalities around that??) – but I am absolutely certain that ’round here, SKECHERS are the top choice.

So, maybe we’ll call them the Official Shoes of Lena’s Family. (Not the same ring to it, I know.)

Here’s the thing. Y’all are always asking me what I’m wearing, what I’m buying, what I love, and what I lust after. And I’m always eager to share! So of course I want to tell you about my family’s favourite kicks this year.

(For those who aren’t hip to street lingo like I obviously am, “kicks” mean sneakers. I know this because I Googled it. Three minutes ago.)

It’s rather simple; we’ve all found an amazingly comfortable, totally stylish and incredibly affordable pair of shoes, and they all happen to be SKECHERS. From Memory Foam to Power Switch to Game Kicks, they’ve got us covered.
DSC_0797First things first – yes, our shoes are dusty, scuffed and less-than-perfect. And that’s because when I say they’re our favourite shoes, and we wear them every day…. they actually are! This is NOT a vanity review; we’re not putting the shoes on just to show them off, and then throwing them to the back of the closet. Nope! They’re actually always on our feet!  (more…)

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