Get an A+ on Style this School Year with Goody Hair Accessories

My mom has had short hair for my entire life, so I didn’t have anyone to teach me how to style my hair. For school pictures and special occasions, she would have my babysitter curl and style my hair. The rest of the time it pretty much just did what it wanted and I remember once, in Grade 3, a teacher actually told me I needed to brush my shoulder-length hair more because it was so tangled.

In elementary school, I had bangs and hair that was at least shoulder length in the back and sometimes longer. In high school I said goodbye to the bangs and grew out my hair to a simple one-length style with a centre part. But no matter how my hair was cut, I struggled with finding ways to style it.

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Hunt’s Snack Pack with New EZO Lids are Perfect for Your Back-to-School Lunchboxes

With the new school year almost here, I’m stocking up on my boys’ favourite lunch meals and snacks. Luckily for me, they both like fairly basic, easy-to-find items like fruit cups and ham sandwiches. And of course, no lunch is complete without a Hunt’s Snack Pack pudding cup in my boys’ minds! Zackary favours butterscotch and Benjamin prefers chocolate, but both of them agree that Snack Pack pudding is delicious!

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The only thing my boys didn’t love about Snack Pack is how hard the pudding cups were to open. Zackary could generally get the lid off eventually, though he sometimes made a mess in the process. Benjamin never could manage to pull off the lids and had to have me, or else a teacher, do it for him. But now that’s changed with the brand new Snack Pack EZO lids! [Read more...]

Three Tips for Back-To-School Beauty from P&G Experts and a Walmart #BeReady2Roar Special Offer-Giveaway #PGMom

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When I was a teenager, one of the things that I loved most about going back to school was getting to show off a fun, new look. I was pretty clumsy with makeup in my teen years, but I still had a few must-have products! My favourite was COVERGIRL Pressed Powder in Classic Ivory and I used to love wearing it paired with black eyeliner and lip gloss. It may have been a somewhat gothic look, but it suited me at the time!

Fashions may have changed since my youth, but the thrill of trying new makeup for the big first day back at school is still there! And this year, Walmart is the top stop for all your teen’s favourite beauty products from Pantene, COVERGIRL, Olay and Venus! Even better, COVERGIRL Make-up Pro Veronica Chu and Pantene Consulting Stylist Justin German have some great tips to help your teen make the most of that first day back!

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1. Every great beauty look starts with a great regimen

  • Following a daily hair care regimen is the basis of great looking hair! One of the staples of this is a shampoo and conditioner like the Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner – I love this collection because it’s designed to repair hair, control moisture levels and prevent damage for a soft, smooth, moisturized feel. This makes it a fantastic option for girls experimenting with new styles and putting their hair through its paces so it looks healthy and strong. – Justin German
  • Similarly, great makeup starts with great skin. For young women in their teens or early twenties, their bodies are still growing and factors like stress and hormonal changes can cause skin to act out. I always recommend following a cleansing routine morning and night, followed by a good moisturizer. One of my favourite cleansers is the Olay Total Effects Refreshing Citrus Face Scrub – the oil free formula won’t clog pores and cleanses without over drying. For a moisturizer, apply the Olay Total Effects Featherweight Moisturizer – I like this one because it’s super light-weight and includes an SPF for added protection. – Veronica Chu

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Fabulous Friday Giveaway Linky

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Get Your Child Ready for #StudentLife with Great New Products from Canadian Tire

One of my favourite memories from my young adult years was relaxing in a dorm room with my best friend Sarah as we chatted, watched movies and cooked up yummy treats. It was a completely new experience to me, since I’d always lived in a house with a yard before. But great décor and some convenient cooking items helped give the area personality, and I absolutely loved spending time in the small space.

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I have a few years to go before I have to start thinking about outfitting my own kids for campus. But when that day comes I’m sure that they’ll be even more comfortable than I once was, thanks to the amazing campus products available at Canadian Tire. From the bedroom to the living room and studying to cooking, life away from home has never felt more like being at home! [Read more...]

Discover Comfort for Mom and Baby with the i-Angel Hipseat Carrier-Giveaway

When I first became a mother, the whole concept of “babywearing” wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now. I went through my oldest son’s entire childhood with him balanced on my hip as I struggled to do even the simplest of tasks. By the time my second son was born, babywearing had become much more commonplace and I was thrilled.

Over the first few years of Benjamin’s childhood, I tried wrap carriers and more complex structured carriers, but all had some common element I disliked. Wrap carriers were difficult to tie and often slid or stretched out of place after a few hours of use. Structured carriers had multiple straps to adjust and often seemed to put my baby in an uncomfortable position. I just couldn’t seem to find a solution I loved.

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The End of Summer is Extra Sweet with No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream #whatscooking

The first day of school is less than a week away here in Saskatchewan, but I’m holding onto summer as hard as I can! And with highs of around plus 30 degrees all week, that’s not hard to do right now. To make the most of the last few days of our vacation, I really wanted to whip up a treat that just screamed summer. And after being inspired by Kraft Canada’s S’mores recipes, I knew just what flavour of treat I wanted!

Of course, S’mores are generally a treat served hot and gooey straight from a campfire. And since we’re still enjoying luxuriously warm weather, I was in the mood for something cold instead. That’s how this absurdly easy no-churn S’mores Ice Cream was born!

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New GLAD Disney Sandwich and Snack Bags Make Lunches Fun and Easy

When it comes to making school lunches fun, I have a middle-of-the-road approach. I like adding a little something special to my kids’ lunchboxes to get them excited about their food, but I’m not willing to spend hours creating elaborate themed lunches. That’s why I love finding simple, yet fun ways to make a school lunch fun and this year, GLAD Canada has teamed up with Disney to help me do just that!

glad disney sandwich bags

New GLAD Disney bags in sandwich and snack sizes feature favourite children’s Disney characters, from Woody to Elsa. Recently I received an assortment of the new bags and a grocery gift card so that I could put together a fun themed lunch for that all-important first day of school. And with these cheerful bags, it was no problem at all! [Read more...]