30 Sep

I love chocolate!

As much as I try to eat healthy I am still going to have to satisfy a chocolate craving. I have always been a chocolate lover and most likely will always be a chocolate lover. I have my favourties just like other chocolate lovers and I can bet that 9 times out of 10 we all pretty much have the same type of chocolate on our top 10 list. One of those chocolate flavours? Reese Peanut Butter Cups. There aren’t too many combos that are more satisfying than chocolate and peanut butter (and a cool glass of milk).

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The classic chocolate and peanut butter cups that come in a bright orange package have been satisfying my chocolate addiction for years. When I was asked if I wanted to try their new product, Reese Spread, the chocolate lover inside of me could not refuse and I actually giggled a bit too.

Like I mentioned before, I try to eat healthy but there are times when I cave and chocolate is my default go to snack. I’ll usually grab an entire bar and chow down and then feel guilty. The spread gives an option to satisfy cravings in smaller doses. Like peanut butter it’s 100 calories a tablespoon, so I can spread it on a piece of toast or dip apples into the spread and get my chocolate fix. The spread is creamy yet thick and is a bit chunky as the peanut butter and chocolate are all mixed together. It doesn’t sound like that combo is even possible, but when it’s slathered on a piece of toast, you’ll see what I mean. While It doesn’t taste exactly like the cups but it’s pretty darn close, I think the difference is that the chocolate is smooth rather than the hard chocolate in the “cups”.

There is also a quick ready to grab snack with the new Reese Snack, the sticks are made from graham crackers. My personal opinion is that there are too many flavours going on to really enjoy the spread. Graham crackers should stick to s’mores. My family also agreed that the graham cracker/peanut butter chocolate spread combo wasn’t The best, but it might be something that works for you.

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I think I’m mostly excited about making cookies with this new PB and chocolate combo. I was thinking of trying the classic peanut butter cookies (you know the ones that you squish with a fork). But if you’re looking for a way to use this new spread in a recipe, here are a few to get your started https://www.hersheycanada.com/recipes/en-ca/products/spreads/reese-spreads.

Enjoy

Giveaway: 1 lucky Canadian reader will receive a $100 Reese Spread prize pack (Contest ends October 12 @ 11:59 pm EST, open to Canadians excluding Quebec).

To Enter: Please make a comment below about how you enjoy chocolate

Bonus Entry: Tweet about this giveaway and send me the link to your tweet below.

**Disclosure: My name is Lynette and I am a chocoholic… this sounds more like an anonymous meeting… In all seriousness, I am a chocolate lover so I may be biased when it comes to chocolate.  However it also means that I am well versed in the world of Chocolate.  Either way, I did get the product for free and as such this is a sponsored post.

12 Aug

Cesar’s Mix Feeding Program

If you would have told me a month ago there was a solution to my dogs rancid breath, I would have passed your suggestion by.  Sure, I know there are solutions, like chewing doggie bones but my little Cammy isn’t into those bones and sending her to the dentist… I may as well be singing off on her death certificate.  I’ve brushed them myself regularly with peanut butter flavored toothpaste but within just a few hours, doggie breath makes its reappearance.  We all still love Cammy to pieces, but she has rank dog breath.

A few months ago, I was asked to participate in the #mixfeeding blogger program with Cesars.  The mix feeding program included using wet and dry food.  This is something we  regularly did anyway.  Cammy would enjoy 1/2 a tin of Cesars on dry food every morning.  The big change would only be the brand of dry food.   I’m always up for a good challenge and it seems Cammy was ready too.

Cammy once ruled the house but now with 2 kids in toe, it’s not often she gets anything new.  The people at Cesars sent Cammy a new bed a new collar and a few other nice treats including a brush and dishes.  She was in her glory with her new digs although the girls quickly sorted through the assortment, once again leaving Cammy not being able to enjoy her new toys first. But being 12 years old in dog years, she’s learned a lot and she didn’t let it get to her.

The program started on June 25.  For one month we were to start her on the Cesars dry food as well as 1 can on wet food.  I already knew how much she enjoyed the wet food and being only ~10 pounds I figure 1/2 a serving a day is enough for a good treat.

>cesarsRight away I was surprised at how much she enjoyed her dry food.  She’s never been one to regularly lick her plate clean, but in the first few days, I noticed we had to replenish her dish.  It seemed that Cammy really enjoyed being part of the program too.  While we didn’t serve her a generic brand of dog food before, she is a senior now and we had been buying the same food for a number of years.  Perhaps a bit of a change was good?

It took about 2 weeks to fully notice the big difference but one day, it struck me really hard.  We were sending Cammy for a sleepover and I always feel so embarrassed for poor Cammy’s dog breath.  When I went to pack her up and cleaned up her eyes and beard I noticed she didn’t smell bad.  Not only didn’t she smell bad, she didn’t smell at all.  I was shocked.  She really had the worst doggy breath ever.

I know these are pretty big claims to make.  And I have tried to come up with every other reason that her breath could be normal now, but nothing else in her life changed.  It’s the only thing that has been different in the last month an a half.

I will say without a doubt, the Cesars dry food has definitely convinced me that it’s doing good things for my little Cammy.  I can’t explain how or why, but I have continued and will continue to feed Cammy this food even though the program has been completed for over 2 weeks now.  A part of me does want to go back to the old food just to test, but for the sake of those around her, we much prefer her current breath over what we had for the last years.

Thank you Cesars for getting us out of our regular routine and for asking us to try something new.  We always love Cammy but now we enjoy snuggling even more without having to hold our breath.

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Giveaway: 1 lucky Canadian reader is going to receive a prize pack over $100. (contest ends August 30th @ 11:59 PM PST)

To Enter: Please make a comment below about a time you have been surprised by something.

Bonus Entry: Tweet about this giveaway and send me the link to your tweet below.

Extra Bonus Entry: Tell me a little about your Fur Baby.

**Disclosure: I was selected to be a part of this program through the PR agency and received perks for being a part of the program… including but not limited to – a dog with great breath now!

18 May

Delta Temp2OTM shower head

I remember as a child I would act out what my parents did with their daily routine.  While dad lathered his face with shaving cream and took a sharp razor to his face, I would use Popsicle sticks, clean them off in the water and then take another swipe to get that “close shave”.

IMG_5567The same thing is now happening in my home with the two girls.  Luckily I’m not the one needing to shave my face, but I do put on makeup, straighten my hair and paint my nails.  The girls are right there behind me.  I’ve made them fake makeup and we have kiddy nail polish so they can have fun playing dress up as well.

As it turns out, it doesn’t stop there.  My 6 year old now wants to take showers just like her mom and dad.  I admit, there’s nothing more I love than a hot shower or tub, who doesn’t love the “quiet time” with  water splashing and massaging your back (while the kids bang on the door asking what’s taking so long).  I’m not sure at 6, my daughter doesn’t really understands the true benefits of a shower (apparent quiet time), but she’s starting to take them on her own now.

Since I enjoy a steaming hot shower, my own guesstimate on an appropriate water temperature for a  baby/toddler or child is most likely way off.  I think I’ve been known to over compensate towards coldness because I know my tolerance for hot is above average.  Delta has created the perfect solution, a shower with the Delta Temp2OTM shower head, it has a built in thermometer.

My vision is very poor, my eyes are -9.5.   The first few times I was using the new delta shower head, I didn’t even know there was a temperature displayed.  Thankfully there’s a change in colour when things get really hot or cold, all I knew was that I liked it when the dark purple colour nearly turned red, but red was too hot.  I would fiddle with the hot and cold water until I got it to that perfect level.

One day, I wore my contacts in the shower (not recommended, I’ve lost a few this way) and I was very amused and chucked to myself over the brilliance of the actual temperature degrees displayed on the devise.  This is genius for parents like myself that have young kids that want to be independent and use a shower.  The suggested temperature for kids is 36-38, I personally would think 36 is probably the best temperature to keep them comfortable.  With the colour change, it’s easy for parents to keep a close eye on the kids without having to hover and stick your hand under the shower every few moments to ensure the temperature is right.

Where the temperature is displayed, there are no spray holes which creates a natural shape for rinsing shampoo from hair.  I find this most beneficial for the 6 year old it has significantly reduced the amount soap that ends up in her eyes.  She’s still learning how to tilt her head back to get rinse out the suds. For myself, I have had nearly 30 years of bending my neck back to a certain angle to get the shampoo rinsed from my forehead, now I have to put it back even further than I’m accustomed to, but once again no soap in eyes is a good thing.

This will also be great for cleaning our dog, with the handle I can take the shower head down, and know that the temperature is ok for our dog.

On another note, I love it when the kids want to copy me and brush their teeth!
Winner: @tobyhir

Giveaway:

One lucky Canadian reader is going to receive a Delta shower head.  Open to Canadians only and closes on June 1st @ 11:59pm PST.
To Enter:
Please make a comment below about what other types of things kids tend to copy.

Bonus Entry: 

Follow me on Twitter and send out a tweet about this giveaway. (Make sure to put your tweet link in the comments below). 

**Disclaimer: I have received this product from Delta to try out, and it turns out, we like it… So I wrote about it.  If you have kids/pets at home, chances are you may like it too, but as always these are my personal views.

17 Apr

Being Fit is a Daily Thing

 

 

 

 

I was part of subway Canada’s commit to fit 6 week challenge once again this spring. If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen the weekly updates and tips on daily activities you can do to help you stay fit and keep motivated.

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What were Carl’s weekly tips? Well if you missed them, here they are, plus a bit of my thoughts:

Week 1: More Water

This week’s challenge is to drink 1L more water daily than you usually do, to a maximum of 2.7 L for women and 3.7 L for men.

My thoughts: Although I know the importance of water, I do need that reminder.

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Week 2 – Load Up on Fruits and Veggies

Your challenge for this week is to have fruits and/or vegetables with every meal and every snack throughout the week. Vegetables should take up half of the space on your plate, and fruit acts as a great substitute for unhealthy desserts. I challenge you to try some new vegetables, too!

My thoughts: if I’m hungry and want to make a smart choice, fruits and veggies are absolutely the best. I know I can pretty much eat as much as I want without feeling guilty. I also load my subs upwith veggies – including banana peppers.

Week 3 – Squats

We’re going to start slow with 10 squats in the morning on Monday, and 10 in the evening. Throughout the week, I challenge you to increase your squat count by 10:

* Tuesday: 20 in the morning and 20 in the evening

* Wednesday: 30/30

* Thursday: 40/40

* Friday: 50/50

My thoughts: I’m really terrible with this challenge. While I completely understand the benefits, it’s really hard to get squats in throughout the day. I have to start working them it into my routine, perhaps while I wait for coffee to brew.

Week 4 – More Sleep/Relax Time.

Each day this week, try to replace time in front of a screen – computer, TV, phone, tablet – with reading a book or quietly relaxing before sleep.

My thoughts: It’s not always possible with a bust household. Once the kids are asleep, I do like to take a bit of me time, and like I always tell girls “good nights make for good days”. I always feel better after a good nights rest.

Week 5 – Food Journal

This weeks challenge is to keep a daily, written food journal of everything you eat.

Keeping a food journal helps us to know exactly what we’re eating and when. Tracking this information will help you to better understand your eating habits and make you really think before you eat something. You’ll be able to see how much you’re eating throughout the day, and if there are specific patterns to your eating habits – do you eat a snack at 3pm every day because you’re hungry, or just because you feel like it?

My thoughts: if I had to suggest just one thing, it would be to keep a food journal including calories. Using an app and keeping track each day has been the most successful method I have used to date. If you’re looking for a sure way to trim down, this is your absolute best bet. The hard part is sticking to your daily allotment of calories however. If you keep a journal but continue to “go over your limit” you’re not going to see results.

Week 6 – Me Time

This week’s challenge is to take 30 minutes for your own personal health goals each day. This could mean taking a 30-minute walk, listening to a podcast on the latest health trends, or reading a magazine to learn about new exercise routines or healthy dinner ideas. No matter what your individual training schedule is, it’s important to take time to turn down the intensity of exercise and let your body recover.

My thoughts: in a busy house hold, it’s very easy to lose track of yourself and your goals. I think having that daily mental check is important.

Overall, the thing with fitness and health is that it’s something you truly need to look at each and every day. Dont look at these tips and think they are for one week at a time and that’s it. These are all things to incorporate into each and every day. Don’t focus on being health just for tomorrow because with it comes to health, today is the day that counts and all we’re guaranteed is today.

Giveaway:

1 lucky Canadian reader is going to win a $25 subway canada gift card. (Open to Canadians, closes April 24th @ 11:59 pm PST)

To Enter:

Please make a comment below about your favourite tip or if you have another tip you’d like to add

Bonus Entry:

Follow me on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post (comment below with a link to your tweet you can include @subwaycanada in your tweet too)

*Disclaimer: I love Subway and have for many years, so I’m super pleased to work with them on this campaign.
Winner: Tammy Dalley

12 Feb

Valentine’s Day Love – Red Velvet Blizzard Cake

We’re in the middle of winter here in Canada.  Despite the cold weather, every year around this time, things heat up because the warmth of love is in the air – if just for a few days.  I truly enjoy showing people love.  I have a lot to give, so while many feel Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday, I think it’s fine if we’re reminded if only once a year, that it’s marvelous to show other people love and celebrate it.

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be for “lovers” either.  It’s important to show love to everyone we meet throughout the day (everyday) and especially to those who are nearest and dearest to us.  Caring doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive presents like diamond rings; giving people your undivided attention, being truly engaged, listening, and helping around the house are simple ways to show others you love them. I’m a firm believer that love is present in it’s actions and not simply in words.
I’d be remiss however if I didn’t mention a little something about chocolate (and ice cream) at Valentine’s Day.  It’s pretty much my favorite things together in harmony, love and chocolate and ice cream. The only thing that would make it better is if I was on a warm beach. Valentine’s Day … chocolate … Ice cream … Beach – ok that was kind of a hint – I hope my darling husband is reading this.  Friends, could you please tag him, I prefer to be discrete.

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And I’m back…. But without a tan 🙁

This Valentine’s my family and I cooled things down with a little Red Velvet Blizzard Cupid cake from Dairy Queen.  This cake is the perfect size for our little family of 4 / 5 (my mom’s with us most of the time).  We each had a few small pieces without feeling too guilty.   Generally Dairy Queen cakes are for special occasions with lots of people, birthdays, anniversaries and big parties.  This mini Red Velvet blizzard cake (at only $12.99) is perfect for a smaller get together, family or maybe for lovers to share.  The cake is made with the classic Dairy Queen ice cream but on the inside there’s  a layer of red velvet cake and a layer of blizzard.  We were also able to get the cake personalized in less than 1 minute.  I should have thought of something more creative, but I guess Happy Valentine’s pretty much covers it.

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We often call desserts “love”, so this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to bring a little “love” home.  This little red velvet blizzard cake is available in adorable cupcake form too.

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Giveaway: 1 lucky Canadian reader is going to receive a $20 Dairy Queen GC as well as a special jewellery box with a fitting surprise.

To Enter: Make a comment below on how you show others love

Bonus Entry: Follow me on Twitter @myweeview and Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post

Bonus Entry: Like my page on Facebook

 

Giveaway is open to Canadians, closes February 28th @ 11:59 PM AST

 

 

*Disclosure, this is a sponsored post.  But seriously, please think about love not just at Valentine’s Day, but all year round.

 

21 Sep

Moms Helping Moms

There is one thing around the world in which we can all agree upon, the love a mom has for her babies is unmatched. Politics, religion, culture, country, social status or money plays no role when it comes to mommyhood and the unending love she has for her children.

Like every other mom before me, I never experienced or understood (or expected) the depth of true unconditional love until I had children myself. I want to ensure my children have all their needs (and a lot of their wants) filled, I would go so far to sacrifice my own wants to ensure the kids get theirs. I can not even begin to imagine what it would feel like as a mother to be unable to deliver on the most simple needs like feeding my own child.

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Tilda is a brand that helps moms-to-be around the world get the basic nutrition required while growing their little Bundle of Joy. With every bag of Tilda rice bought, an expecting mom will get a nourishing meal who otherwise may have an empty belly (other than their growing baby).
Not only do I think the concept is amazing the Tilda bismati rice has also been a huge hit with my little eaters.

I was nervous to make the Tilda rice at first because (confession time here….) I have only been successful at making minute rice. I followed the directions exactly, which included letting the rice soak for 1/2 hour, and after cooking I had perfect, fluffy bismati rice that I made. The girls enjoyed it so much they went for extra servings and the leftovers were perfect for a homemade soup.

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The Moms Helping Moms promise that Tilda has made is an easy one for this mom and family to support. I wish every mom and mother-to-be around the world is as fortunate as I have been, but in reality, it’s not the case. Purchasing Tilda rice is an easy way to make a huge difference for an expecting mom and baby.

Giveaway:

Want to be part of the mission? Tilda is giving 2 lucky readers a chance to try out their bismati rice.

To Enter:

Make a comment below about how fortunate you feel or other ways you help those in need.

Want a bonus entry?

Tweet about this campaign … (With a link to this giveaway in your tweet) and leave the link to your tweet below.

Want another bonus entry?

Make a comment on another post and let me know which one you posted on below.

Giveaway closes October 5th @ 11:59pm AST. Open to canada.

**Disclosure: this post is sponsored, but I do feel this is a great message to send out to readers. We have rice for dinner regularly and by purchasing Tilda I’ll be helping a mom and baby to be. All thoughts are my own and your thoughts and experience may be different – and that’s ok! That’s what’s makes us unique & special.

“Low birth weight can seriously affect babies’ physical and cognitive development, so it is essential that they receive vital nutrition from the start.” -Tilda