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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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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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!

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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...]

Learn a Fun New Skill with Traditional Japanese Origami by Nick Robinson

As a child, I spent a lot of my summer vacation reading. And while, for the most part, I chose fiction books when I headed to the library to stock up on new titles, I also occasionally enjoyed reading through craft books. It was such a book that gave me my first introduction to Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.

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It’s been years since I’ve tried my hand at any Origami creations with the exception of my personal favourite from childhood, a crow with a moving beak. But I still remember how relaxing I found folding sheets of paper into different shapes. That’s why I couldn’t resist the chance to review Traditional Japanese Origami by Nick Robinson. [Read more...]

You’ll Be a #WoodsExplorer With These 6 Hiking Essentials in Your Backpack-Giveaway

One of my favourite things about camping with my boys is getting in touch with nature and while we do that in some ways even just relaxing at our campsite, I like to take it one step further with nature hikes. Discovering the area’s wildlife and native plants is fascinating, and my boys get plenty of exercise at the same time. Family fun that encourages learning and good health is a winning combination in my opinion!

To ensure that we make the most of our hiking excursions, proper preparation is a must. And for me, that means a Woods Hybrid 40L Daypack filled with my six hiking essentials! These are the must-have products that go into my backpack before heading out on a hike.

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Plenty of Water

Taking water on a hike is obviously a must since proper hydration is so important. But it’s all too easy to underestimate the amount of water that’s needed for a hike. One cup (250ml) of water per person, per hour is the minimum amount that I ever take on a hike. For a one-hour hike with my boys, carrying a 1 to 2 litre bottle, depending on the weather, ensures we’ll all have an appropriate amount, plus a bit extra. [Read more...]

Add Adventure to Your Summer with 4 Tips from Thomas & Friends-Giveaway

If there’s one thing that my boys and I both love, it’s an adventure. Even a simple trip to the park has the potential for endless fun with a bit of imagination. And to inspire kids and adults alike to enjoy new adventures, Thomas & Friends has four great tips that will help your family make the most of their summer!

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Get Creative

Just because your little one wants to go to Mars doesn’t mean it can’t happen! We encourage you to bring your child’s wildest dreams to life with a little creativity and imagination. When they’re older and reflect on the special time you spent together, they’ll remember the work you put into making their dream come true! [Read more...]

Combine Fun and Learning with Magformers Building Sets-Giveaway

When it comes to finding the best toys for my boys, I tend to favour those that encourage creativity. That’s why building blocks have been a favourite with Zackary and Benjamin for years now; the building possibilities are only limited by the imagination of my children. But recently I had the chance to review a toy that gave children a different way to create…Magformers! These clever geometric shapes contain magnets on each side so that they can snap together in all kinds of ways.

Recently I had the chance to review some of the newest Magformers sets and I knew my boys would be only too happy to help me out. I received the Unique 44pc set and the WOW 27pc set to review. I loved the idea of a set that included wheels since my boys love any kind of vehicle. But they had just as much fun seeing how many shapes they could build with the Unique set!

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