Baking Up Fun with New Robin Hood Quick Bread Mixes

If there’s one thing that the average parent could use more of, it’s time. Being busy is one of the hallmark traits of being a parent and I’m certainly no exception! As a result, I’ve learned numerous shortcuts so that I can accomplish my tasks even when I feel like I don’t have enough time to do so!

Of course, a shortcut is no good if it doesn’t still produce the results I want and that’s why I was so excited to try the new Robin Hood Quick Bread Mixes. The mixes promised homemade taste in a convenient mix that could go from box to oven in just five minutes and as an avid baker that rarely has enough time to bake, the concept was a dream come true to me.

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Nourish Your Skin Gently with the New Live Clean Fresh Face Collection-Giveaway

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the naturally sourced skin, hair and body care products from Live Clean. And part of the reason I love the brand so much is that it’s always coming up with new innovations. The recently launched Live Clean Fresh Face collection is a perfect example and I received three of the new products to test out for myself recently.

Skincare is something I’ve struggled with for years. On the one hand, being in my thirties means that I need products that moisturize and protect my face. On the other hand, hormonal acne breakouts mean that I still need products that are gentle on my face and won’t clog pores. The new Live Clean Fresh Face products combine the best of both worlds with their hypoallergenic formula made with plant-based ingredients.

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Heal Minor Wounds Faster with Nexcare Tegaderm Dressings and Other Nexcare Products-Giveaway

My energy-filled boys get their fair share of bumps and scrapes in the course of their days and I have to admit that I’m often sporting just as many little injuries as they are. While bandages are always in the cupboards as a result, it wasn’t until last year that I discovered Nexcare bandages. The tight-sealing, waterproof bandages are the same ones used in hospitals and I love how easy they are to apply compared to traditional bandages as well as how much better they are at staying in place covering a wound.

Now Nexcare is innovating once again with its new Tegaderm dressings. These bandages take a new healing concept that is currently mostly used in hospitals, called moist healing, to help minor injuries heal faster and with less pain. Unlike the dry healing method, which allows a scab to form over a wound as the skin underneath repairs itself, moist healing seals the wound with a protective, breathable dressing that keeps the wound moist by containing the body’s fluid. I was intrigued to learn that in addition to faster and less painful healing, moist healing also generally results in less scarring as well!

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Fall is Extra Delicious with New Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn from Popcorn, Indiana-Giveaway

Popcorn is one of those snacks that I tend to forget about unless I’m at the movies, but it’s one of my absolute favourite treats when I do buy it. And while good old-fashioned buttered popcorn will always be something I love, I have to admit that I can’t resist some of the tastier gourmet popcorn snacks available. So when I heard about the new Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn from Popcorn, Indiana, I knew I had to see what it was like.

chocolate peanut butter drizzlecorn

Popcorn, Indiana specializes in fresh, delicious popcorn in a variety of flavours ranging from sweet and salty Kettlecorn to traditional buttery popcorn to decadent Drizzlecorn. And considering the fact that October is National Popcorn Month and November is National Peanut Butter Month, this brand new popcorn treat was clearly something that was meant to be! I received a case containing a few varieties of Popcorn, Indiana popcorn including new Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn to review and I was so excited to experience the blissful combination of peanut butter, chocolate and popcorn. [Read more...]

Get Disney’s Classic Fairy Tale Sleeping Beauty on an Exclusive Diamond Edition

I was always excited when a fairy tale I love was reimagined as a Disney movie and this year, one of Disney’s most beloved fairy tales of all time is being re-released in a new Diamond Edition. Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is available now on Blu-ray Superset and any princess at heart will want to make sure to add it to the family movie collection. Here’s a brief synopsis of the release:

sleeping beauty diamond edition “Sleeping Beauty” tells the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil fairy, protected by three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by “true love’s kiss.” Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa as Sleeping Beauty and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley as the evil fairy, Maleficent, the film’s vibrant visuals were created by a team that included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, two of Disney’s legendary Nine Old Men and an Academy Award®-nominated score, 1959, adapted from the incandescent music of Peter Tchaikovsky. “Sleeping Beauty” is the sixteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and was the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale. It is the tenth film released as part of Disney’s prestigious Blu-ray Diamond Collection.

Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including “Once Upon A Parade,” in which “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper. Additional all-new bonus features include never-before-seen deleted scenes “The Fair” (with Deleted Character The Vulture,) “The Curse is Fulfilled” and “Arrival Of Maleficent,” plus the Beauty-Oke sing-along to “Once Upon A Dream.” [Read more...]

Get Back to Routine this Fall with Olay, COVERGIRL and Secret-Giveaway #PGMom

With the arrival of fall comes a return to routine and that can sometimes leave moms and kids both feeling a little worn out. Early morning activities, late night study sessions…it’s not always easy putting your best face forward during the busy autumn season, especially if you got a little less sleep than you expected!

And any mom with a teenage daughter knows that looking pulled together and well-rested is just as important to a young girl too. In fact I remember that when I was teenager, one of my favourite things about the back-to-school season was stocking up on new skincare and makeup products! This year, P&G has an assortment of tips and new products from Olay, COVERGIRL and Secret that will help teenage and adult women sail through the busiest school days looking and feeling great. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your daughter, you’re sure to discover a few favourites for fall!

oasap fall snowflake parka

Put Your Best Face Forward

This is the perfect time for mom to reveal her skin’s natural luminosity and radiance with Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream – improving the appearance of pores and uneven skin tone for a flawless, airbrushed finish. Or,if firmer looking skin is your dream, try COVERGIRL + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Makeup. This dermatologist-tested formula includes Olay FaceFirm technology for all-day hydration and skin renewal, improving skin’s natural firmness in just two weeks with continued use.

We know waking up early to organize the kids can be tiring, and for many, dark under-eye circles and puffiness are a concern! With COVERGIRL + Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer you will look well-rested and ready to tackle the day – even though you may not always feel that way. Using warmer, brighter shading to counteract dark circles and Olay rejuvenating serum to soothe under eye puffiness, the concealer is applied through a unique cooling metal tip applicator, reducing the look of fatigue around the eyes for a more youthful appearance! [Read more...]

Sooth Swollen Muscles with New Deep Relief Ice Cold Spray-Giveaway

Hunching over a computer all day means that I often deal with neck pain, stiff shoulders and strained muscles. And for quite some time I’ve been using Deep Relief Heat Spray to help relax the muscles and relieve the pain. But there are times when heat therapy isn’t the best choice for pain relief, and that’s why I was curious about the new Deep Relief Ice Cold Spray.

This latest product from Deep Relief offers an icy-cold cooling sensation in a convenient spray bottle to help relieve aches and pains. Cold therapy is especially good for swollen and inflamed muscles since the cooling action reduces blood flow to help relieve swelling, and also numbs the area to help relieve pain.

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Add Fun to Lunches with Sabra Dips-Giveaway

With school now back in full swing, packing lunches has become a routine and in this house, that usually means that the lunch itself is fairly routine too. A sandwich, pudding, a granola bar…day after day I pack up the same items and for the most part, my boys don’t complain. Still, I can’t help but want to add a little more variety to their lunchboxes, especially if I can do so in a healthy way!

hummus and veggies

That’s why Sabra Dips have become my new lunchtime essential. Whether I’m making a school lunch or planning an after-school snack, the flavourful hummus, guacamole and salsa are always top picks. My personal favourite is definitely the hummus; it’s full of protein and fibre to help power my boys through their day and comes in so many delicious flavours! [Read more...]