19 Sep

Sick of Packing Lunches Yet?

We’re not even through September and I’m already seeing desperation in tweets and Facebook posts surrounding the dreaded lunch packing. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but we have over 9 months left in the school. Have the carrot sticks cut out into 3D bunny rabbits lots their excitement? (I kid you not, I own all the cut out pieces to make a 3D bunny out of sliced carrots… I’m not even sure why I bought it, it’s just taking space up in my overflowing drawer). Are you still spending hours with your adorable bento boxes?

While I may use penguin cut outs for sandwiches, I try to make lunch packing simple, and ensure I pack things they will actually eat. I may look like the best mom in the world sending asparagus and acai, but I’d be wasting my money each day  the spears and berries are thrown into the garbage or comes home uneaten. I like to pack lunches I know my kids are going to eat. Cheese and/or ham sandwiches, pasta, apple sauce, carrots, cucumbers, berries (nearly any berry… Well other than acai) and then once in a while I throw in a little treat.


Recently, I was asked by Snack Pack if we would like to try their new EZO Lid Snack Pack puddings. I am a chocolate lover so agreed to give it a shot, to see how the kids would like it and to test if they could open the snack. We received chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch. The girls were excited to test them and my 7 year old was able to pull the cover off alone.  My youngest is only 2.5 years old and needed some help. To my surprise, the girls weren’t really much of a fan of the puddings. There are plenty of choices and flavours to choose from (see below) So we tired the Orange and Strawberry flavours that are more like gel and they really enjoyed those. So as a treat, I’ll throw one in for lunch.

21· Chocolate
· Vanilla
· Butterscotch
· Chocolate Fudge
· Tapioca
· Chocolate Vanilla Triples
· Chocolate Caramel Swirls
· Chocolate/Butterscotch
· Chocolate/Vanilla
· Chocolate Lovers
· Toffee Caramel
· Banana Cream Pie
· Lemon Meringue Pie
· Ice Cream Sandwich
· Strawberry/Orange
· Cherry/Lemon Lime
· Raspberry mix Berry
· No Sugar Added Chocolate
· No Sugar Added Vanilla
· No Sugar Added Strawberry
· No Sugar Added Strawberry/Orange

I think as parents we’ve made lunches way too complicated. I’m not sure when or why the shift changed over the years. I was reading a forum where a man (who is now responsible for packing his own kids lunch) said his mom made him the same sandwich, apple and cookies (or whatever it was) for lunch every single day… For 12 years… and he didn’t complain. I think it’s ok to get creative, but parents, we really have to be realistic about the expectations we’re creating for ourselves. Being stressed over lunches isn’t high on my priority list, but making sure my kids eat their lunch and can enjoy a tasty treat, that’s more my idea of a good lunch.

Happy back to school, only 9 months and 1 week to go… but who’s counting?

“Disclosure: I am part of the Snack Pack Blogger Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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!
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23 Jul

Multi-Grain Cheerios with Ancient Grains

Summer is in full force here in Nova Scotia and I have really been taking advantage of it.  I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve sat in front of a computer after work hours.  The warm months don’t last very long here and with such a terrible winter in 2014, it’s lucky that I’m spending anytime inside.

Last month, I was given the opportunity to review the brand new Multi-Grain Cheerios with Ancient Grains.  The timing couldn’t have been better, I had a house full of teenagers, and boy… can they eat.  Little did the “kids” know, that the bowl of breakfast yumminess, also included some hidden gems, grains!  While teenaged boys like to eat, I’m sure you won’t find them munching on too many healthy grains like spelt.

The new box of Cheerios includes some familiar classics including puffed wheat.  I actually remember puffed wheat as a kid, and while I’m sure it’s a grain that is good for you, it’s highly unlikely that I would be caught eating it, but if it’s included in a bowl of Cheerios with a hint of cinnamon and spice, I’d gladly eat a bowl (or two).

CheeriosIf you have ever taken a peek at the sugar content of cereal, you will notice that they are generally high in sugars, the new Multi-grain Cheerios with Ancient Grains has 7 grams of sugar per cup.  I took a peek at some other cereals that we have in the home and not only are they higher in sugars, the sizing is smaller as well…. that’s pretty concerning.  You may think that because a cereal has less sugar, you have to add a spoonful yourself, with the touch of cinnamon and spice, it’s not required.

Cheerios have been one of the first foods I introduced to both my kids, they are great for fine motor skills, have a nice crunch and compared to some of the other cereals out there, are a better choice and now they also come with grains.


Want to have a chance to test out these out for yourself?  I have a giveaway for all of you worth $170.  It includes: The giveaway includes a NutriBullet, Lululemon yoga mat and block and three boxes of Multi-Grain Cheerios + Ancient Grains.

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Simply make a comment below and let me know how you sneak some healthy things into meals.



well, it’s obviously been a long time since I ran a giveaway, because I forgot to put an end date on this giveaway.  It’s been 2 weeks, so I think it’s time to draw a winner.

The Winner is Nancy T.

Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks to everyone who messaged me to let me know I forgot to put an end date.  Oopsie!







24 Apr

Skintimate Mandarin Burst Shave Gel – Reviews by You

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I was hopeful that summer was on it’s way, and then today, April 24th, we have snow, sleet and hail! Oh when, on when will we see spring?  While I have had no reason to shave my legs while here in Canada for the past month, I did spend some time in Cuba and was able to use the Skintimate Shave Gel a number of times in the two weeks we were there.  While I may not have looked like one…. my legs most certainly felt like model material with the silky smoothness.  I did notice after shaving really quickly that it’s important to make sure all the gel is washed off or it can leave a white residue on your legs.  Not the look I was going for while tanning  running after the kids.

So,  you all know what I think of the gel (and if you don’t know you can check my thoughts on the Skintimate Mandarin Burst Shave Gel).  I still think I’d like more of a BURST of mandarin, but the smell has no impact on how well it works.

But more importantly, here’s what you think:

Diane G. Calgary, AB – I love citrus scents and so as soon as I heard about this new product I was excited to try it. One of the first things I noticed was the ridges in the cap. If you have ever tried to take a smooth top off a container in the shower you will know what I mean. If your hands are arthritic you will really know. The little ridges really made it easy to take off even with wet hands.

I put the shave gel in my hand and noticed a light and refreshing citrus scent. I found it very pleasant and knew the smell would not overpower the scent I would wear like some products do. As I applied it that gel turned into a smooth cream. It made the blade of my razor glide over my skin and gave what seemed to be a smooth shave. Once I rinsed it off, my skin felt smooth and silky and there were no nicks or razor burns.

My ultimate test of a good shave is when I get into bed. I love that smooth shave feeling you get on your legs as you slip into the sheets. I am happy to report Skintimate Mandarin Burst Shave Gel passed with an A+

I will definitely buy this product next time I need shaving gel if it is available.

Debbie W. Hamilton, ON – Thank you for allowing me to review Skintimate Signature Scents Mandarin Burst shave gel. Initially I found myself a little too generous with the application and the shave was not as close, and the lather was a little sticky. After trying again, using only approximately a dime size amount, and rubbing it and applying to my legs, the shave was close and smooth. My underarms received the same result. The scent is not over powering, but a nice tropical tangerine scent lingered. It rinses easily leaving my skin smooth, and a light citrus smell lingered.

It provided a nice close shave and very pleased with the results.

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Monica B. Abbotsford, BC – I’ve been really impressed with this shave gel! As someone with sensitive skin, I’m prone to razor burn and irritation.. So shaving my legs isn’t usually a task I enjoy. This shave gel took me by surprise – the scent is so fresh and citrusy, and is so perfect for spring and summer. I found it lathered well and it contains 6 moisturizers including olive butter and vitamin E. My skin has been noticeably more smooth and soft, and it helps provide a close shave. My skin feels moisturized and I honestly have almost no irritation!! Once I am out, I plan to get this product again, it’s the best shave gel I have ever used. 

Jaimee M. Windsor, ON – I recently reviewed the Skintimate Signature Scents Mandarin Burst Shave Gel. LOVED IT. To test this shave gel out I let my leg hair grow, and bought a new razor, this product couldn’t of arrived at a better time, considering the warmer weather, and its now getting into short/skirt season! This had to be one of my better shaving experiences. The scent wasn’t too overpowering, and I actually liked it quite a bit. It reminded me of the tanning lotion I use regularly.

I had to get a little used to using the shaving cream, it’s been a while since I used a foaming kind, and I had sprayed out what I thought was a decent amount, only for it to begin expanding like crazy when applying it! Not bad, a little goes quite a long way, thats always a plus. After applying a layer onto my legs and shaving, and finishing my shower, my legs came out feeling silky smooth! I couldnt believe how smooth they actually felt, and kept touching my legs.

After trying this out, I can definitely say it’s worth the buy, light scent, good coverage, and leaves you smooth. Awesome. 🙂

Wendy H. Drayton Valley, AB – This is the first time I have tried Skintimate products. I love this shave gel, you don’t need a lot of it to cover you legs, one little squirt does the job. It lathers up real fast and feels so creamy and silky. My legs after shaving feel feel so soft and silky. I usually have extremely dry skin patches on my leg but after using Skintimate they are not as visible as before. The fragrance is wonderful. My son even had to squirt some on his hands and he was amazed and how it lathered up by rubbing his hands together. I was real skeptable when I first squirted it into my hand as it was gel like and I wondered how this would shave my legs, but after rubbing it on my legs it lathered up so quickly.

thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this great product.

Julie G. Clinton, ON
Spring had sprung, the grass was green,
My legs were hairier than they’d ever been.
Skintimate Mandarin Burst arrived in the mail
To rescue my legs from their gross, hairy veil.
When I pressed the nozzle I was instantly pleased
With the scent of lemons, limes and oranges freshly squeezed.
The foamy coverage was supreme,
It truly made shaving a blissful dream.
So little product went such a long way,
It’s definitely a shave gel I’ll purchase some day.
It left my legs smooth and moisturized, too.
Skintimate Mandarin Burst, I’m impressed by you!

Darlene S. Hope, ON – I was anxious to try this as I love the orange/mandarin scent. I was disappointed. The scent seemed to lack the ‘burst’. The performance of the product was excellent. My skin felt smooth, no excessive rinsing. My only issue was the scent. I had to really get my face into my arm pit or up against me leg to smell it.


There you have it, the over all consensus is that it’s a good shaving cream and I agree.  Thank you to all the reviewers as promised,  the reviewers were entered into a draw and the lucky winner is Julie G. Clinton, ON.  

I hope we will all be able to show off those shaved legs soon, lets get the sun shining and put the snow away until the fall… I mean next winter… I mean… forever!





09 Mar

Skintimate Signature Scents Mandarin Burst

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In just a few days, it’s going to be my 34th birthday.  While I’m not overly excited about being a full year older, I am thankful for nearly 34 years of life experiences.  With the relentless winter we had this year, I would think that spring would never come if it weren’t for nearly 33 years of experience that tells me spring will eventually arrive.  Some days it feels like winter has been so long we skipped right over spring, summer, fall and hopped right back to winter again.  According to history, this did happen one year, but thankfully that’s never been my experience and history and experience are two different things.

Since winter has been absolutely dreadful, my family and I are going south to replenish our vitamin D tank.  I’m packing all the essentials, sun screen, bathing suits and flip flops, I can’t wait to get out of this snow.

To get me excited for my trip and the spring season that is right around the corner (Right mother nature….), I recently had the opportunity to test out the new Skintimate Mandarin Burst shaving gel.  Just the name of the gel had my mind wondering off to far away places, especially since I visited an orange farm while in Florida last year that grew mandarins.  I quickly reminisced about the amazing smell at the farm, then I remembered the ant bites, then I thought of flip flops, then I thought of boots and snow and the never ending winter… This weather is even taking over my imagination.  I really need to get out of here.


The shaving cream is more of a gel, but lathers up very thick, soft and foamy making for an easy and smooth glide with the razor.  I was hoping for a stronger mandarin scent, it’s very mild; while I’m not too big on over powering scents I think I could have handled more mandarin burst as the name implies.  As for moisture, I have a terrible case of alligator scale legs and still 2 days after using the gel they feel and look less cracked than usual.

While shaving my legs isn’t a task I overly enjoy, there are a few things that I do love about it.  It means summer is here (or a really nice spring day), and it also means sundresses, shorts and bathing suits which are much better than snow pants and scarfs.  So, while I don’t really enjoy the deed, I’m very glad for the nice weather that requires shaving for.  I’d do it every day if it means warm weather and the ocean.


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12 Nov

Monsters University DVD & Blu-Ray


Monsters University is the Prequel to Monsters Inc.  It’snot very often a sequel is ever as good as the first and it’s even less often than prequel is even worth mentioning.  Last Spring Monsters U came out in Theaters and now, just in time for Christmas, it’s out on Blu-Ray & DVD.

The movie is set back a few years before Mike and Sulley are working in Monsters Inc.  They first meet in scare school and are ultimately both kicked out.  Mike is a hard studying student while Sulley is the son of a famous scarer and believes he will just float through school.  The enter a contest, known as the annual Scare Games, to get back into the scare program with a few unlikely friends in their “fraternity”.

The relationship between the two and Randall is exposed (as to why they dislike each other), and many aspects of the movie bridge to realization why things are the way they are in Monsters Inc.

I have watched this movie a few times with Princess Scarer.  We actually saw it in theaters last spring.  I usually like to screen these kinds of movies first as I wouldn’t want her to have nightmares.  But, since it was in theaters and a few family members were going I thought we would just enjoy the night out and I would sit close in case I had to cover her eyes.

There are a few scary parts to this movie.  The whole concept is that monsters come into kids rooms at night to make them scream to give the Monster World energy.  Aside from that there are monsters in the movie, some looks cute and cuddly, but a few monsters do look scary.  Fortunately, Princess wasn’t scared of the movie and she actually really enjoyed it.  She was exited to watch it over and over again once it came out on Blu-Ray & DVD.  I found the movie to be really funny, there were a few words I didn’t care for, but overall it was a decent show for the kids that even parents can enjoy.  I’m not sure if it’s as good as the original, but I would say it’s a very close second.  I would recommend this movie for kids a little older than preschool.

There are a few printables available on the Monsters University website, such as Student ID cards, Spot the Difference, and Pin the Tail on the Scare Pig.


06 Oct

The Little Mermaid on Blu-Ray & DVD

The Little Mermaid Cover

The Little mermaid is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.  I was 9 when it was first released in 1989, so when I first heard it was being re-released on DVD, I was just a bit excited.  Just in time for Christmas, the Little Mermaid Diamond Edition is now available on Blu-Ray & DVD as of October 2nd.

It’s been a few years since I’ve watched the Little Mermaid and seeing it from an adult perspective is much different than through the eyes of the 9 year old I once was.  I see the overbearing parent and understand his frustration. I see the carefree naive teenager and see my own daughter although she’s only 5. I see the wolf in sheep’s clothing when Ursula becomes the beautiful woman with an amazing voice, and underneath it all is a very terrible inside.  I see the smitten man that has fallen for outside beauty and been duped by a witch…. This movie is just like people in real life – except a few of them have fins, and there’s a talking crab and a not so smart seagull – ok maybe that part is true.  But you get my point this movie has very real and believable characters, perhaps that’s what makes it so “real”.  Minus the magic part and the mermaids.

My daughter was in awe with the movie as well.  When it was over, I asked her what her favorite part was and she replied “the wedding”.  And then of course asked me about get own wedding day.  All questions I couldn’t exactly answer, but I did my best.  She also mentioned our time at Art Of Animation when we stayed in the Little Mermaid rooms.  I was surprised she remembered everything so well.

The movie does have a few scary moments,  Ursula herself is nothing short of being a true devil.  The bait has been switched from an apple to a pair of legs in exchange for Ariel’s beautiful voice.  Of course young love wins and Ariel finds herself making a deal with the devil.  I was surprised my little one wasn’t more frightened, it did give us an opportunity to talk about people with ulterior motives and not to be fooled by outside looks even if others are.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible music!  Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, Part of your World, Les Poissions… I can hear you all singing each of these as I type them out.  Incredibly amazing soundtrack.

Overall a great movie, I’m hoping my own little mermaid didn’t get ideas from Ariel when she makes it her goal in life not to listen to King Triton.  And I can learn from King Triton that some children just have a strong will about them and they will be the one teaching the parents, so it’s best just to let it go.

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