Add New Style to Your Wardrobe with MeMoi Fashion Leggings

I must admit that I’ve never really understood the appeal of leggings. They seem like an unnecessary accessory under a dress and too revealing to wear on their own instead of pants. But I do love trying new fashions and so when MeMoi offered me the chance to review a pair of its fashion leggings, I couldn’t resist seeing what all the fuss was about.

memoi leggings

I received a pair of MeMoi leggings in the Black Collage pattern. The leggings had a smooth and silky feel that appealed to me as soon as I took them out of the package. And as soon as I pulled them on, I started to understand why so many women have a love affair with leggings. They were unbelievably comfortable! [Read more...]

Get Your House Spic and Span with Cleaning Products from Libman-Giveaway

In one month, I will be moving out of my childhood home forever, and I have to say that I feel terribly unprepared. Even though I’ve cleared out a lot of garbage, packed up a lot of treasures and sorted through a lot of clutter, there’s still so much to be done! And once all my belongings are cleared out, there’s the house to clean as well. Luckily, I recently received some handy new cleaning products from Libman that should help to make tidying up a little easier!

The Libman Company has been providing reliable and effective cleaning tools in the United States for over a century and the company’s products are now available at Home Depot Canada too. I received the Wonder Mop, Tornado Mop and Precision Angle Broom with Dustpan to review and with the entire house to clean, I couldn’t wait to put them to the test!

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Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Hot Wheels FUNdamentals #PlayAdvocates

With school out and my boys home every day, there’s plenty of playtime filling our hours right now! And while I don’t mind leaving my boys to their own creative devices for the majority of their summer vacation, I do still want them to have some intellectual stimulation as well. Zackary challenges his mind quite regularly with educational games and nightly reading, but finding fun learning activities for Benjamin is a little bit harder. Luckily, one of my boys’ very favourite brands, Hot Wheels, has come to the rescue!

My oldest son was a huge Hot Wheels collector when he was younger and at one point, he knew the name of every single one of his almost 200 Hot Wheels cars. (I didn’t even realize they had names until he asked me one day what the car’s name was and I found it printed on the bottom!) And while Benjamin wasn’t quite as obsessive about Hot Wheels as his brother, he also spent many happy hours playing with the tracks and racing the cars.

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Teach Kids About the Earth with Help from EnviroKidz-Giveaway

One of the things I love about my house is the fact that the yard is big enough for a garden. I enjoy growing my own vegetables each year for so many different reasons. The taste is so much better, I don’t have to worry about pesticides and chemicals on produce and I can save money on my weekly grocery bill. What more could any health-conscious mom on a budget ask for?

envirokidz products

But in addition to all those benefits, planting a garden is also a great way to teach children about the importance of plants in our environment. And that’s why I love that EnviroKidz is so passionate about encouraging kids to learn about the earth and the way it sustains us and our animal friends. In fact, the company is doing that in a very fun way this year with a prize pack that will let kids get their hands dirty and grow something tasty! [Read more...]

Celebrate Canada’s Unique Beauty with New #AirWick Canadian Park Series Fragrances #MomentofCanada

I’ve lived in a small town in the Saskatchewan prairies for my entire life and no matter where the future takes me, I’m sure that the lush Qu’Appelle Valley and the endless farmland fields will always feel like home. But while I may have always lived in the same small town (and even in the same house), I’ve had the opportunity to see so much more of Canada over the years. I’ll always be a Saskatchewan woman at heart, but being Canadian means so much more to me.

In fact, since I was a child, I’ve loved the mountains and forests of British Columbia almost as much as I love the fields of Saskatchewan. My mother was raised in B.C. and most of her family still calls the province home. As a youngster, road trips to visit my aunts, uncles and cousins were a must every summer. And while connecting with family was fabulous, the landscape was just as wonderful to me. On every trip we used to spend at least a few days camping on the private family beach. Waking up to go for a swim in the crystal clear lake and then wandering the forest picking wild blackberries is one of my fondest memories.

kathryn lavallee and family british columbia

As I grew older, I had the chance to see a different side of Canada as well: the urban side! Saskatchewan is very much a rural province and I remember how shocked I was to learn that the population of the city of Toronto was 2.5 times bigger than my entire home province! While the number of people in the city overwhelmed me at first, I soon fell in love with the art and culture of the city. The diversity of Toronto is like a living testament to the diversity of Canada itself! [Read more...]

Make Potty Training Easy With These 4 Simple Tips-Giveaway #KandooKids

My mom always told me that she potty trained all five of her children with help from a popular book called Potty Training in Less than a Day. While she said potty training using the book’s method really took about a week, she still found the results impressive. So in later years when I was potty training my own boys, I made sure to pick up a copy of the book for myself. By combining some of its methods with a few tricks of my own, my boys were using the potty on their own in just a few days! Since June is Potty Training Month, I decided to share the four tips that I found most helpful during the process.

awesome potty training tips for kids

Make Using the Potty Easy

It goes without saying that dressing your child in overalls or a complicated jumper during potty training is a recipe for disaster but for the first few days, take things one step further and skip pants altogether. The goal is to teach children independence so making it easy for them to get their clothing off to use the potty just makes sense. Buy a few pairs of loose-fitting underwear and let your little ones wear just that while mastering the process of pulling down their underpants to sit on the potty. (Following this tip is why I also generally potty trained my boys during the summer!) [Read more...]

Add Hotel Luxury to Your Bedroom with Comforter Sets from Maple Harbour

If there’s anything that can make a bedroom feel instantly more inviting, it’s a good comforter set. And until recently, that was something that was noticeably absent from my bedroom. I had high quality Egyptian cotton sheets and a comfy pillow-top mattress but my blankets were noticeably blah. So when Maple Harbour gave me the chance to review one of its products, I was thrilled. The company offers an assortment of stylish and fun sheets, quilts and comforter sets sure to add personality to any bedroom.

maple harbour flora bedding

Since I’ll soon be moving out of Saskatchewan, I decided on the eight-piece Flora Comforter Set to review because it had an outdoorsy look that reminds me of my home province. I love the idea of bringing that memory of the prairies along with me when I leave and I also loved the subtle, yet striking colours of the comforter. [Read more...]

Get Kids Ready for Summer Camp with New Write On Labels from Stuck on You-Giveaway

With the end of June just one week away, plans for summer have already begun for most families. And for many, that means planning for summer camp! I still have so many great memories of attending overnight camp as a child and I learned plenty of fun skills too. But while I brought back a lot from those camp days, my forgetful nature meant that I left things behind too…literally!

Luckily, my boys won’t be going through the same thing thanks to the handy new Write On Labels from Stuck on You! The company’s personalized labels have been a must on my shopping list each new school year and now the Write On Name Labels and Write On Clothing Labels are helping to ensure gear that goes to summer camp with my boys comes back home safely again!

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