16 Nov

Mexican night with Old El Paso

As a working mom, I love taco night. It’s a no brainier, the spices required conveniently come in the same box and all I need to do is shred cheese, dice tomatoes, cut lettuce, stick them all in fun bowls and voila, it’s Mexican night. But the best thing is that everyone will actually eat something even though we all have different tastes.

I will usually eat the tacos with a lettuce leaf rather than a taco shell (or 1 soft shell) to limit carbs and the kids will have a soft taco without meat but load up on cheese and veggies. Hubby likes hard shells and the next day will bring a taco salad to work for lunch. Taco night is alway a huge hit.

Recently my favourite taco company Old El Paso introduced a few new authentic “restaurant quality” taco kits. There are three new flavors . I was a little surprised Old El Paso felt the need to make a better quality product, because well, I didn’t find there was anything wrong with the original. Truth be told, I didn’t find the Chicken Tinga to be a hugely different than the original chicken flavor. It’s still yummy and has a slight zing to it, but is say it’s just as great as the chicken tacos I’ve enjoyed from Old El Paso for years. The taco kit comes with soft shells so if you have a hard shell over don’t forget to pick up hard shells as well.

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As a kid the only international dinner night we had was Italian, spaghetti and pizza. As I got older (in my 20’s) I started experiencing different flavors, different international dishes and a life time of amazing food I had missed out on. I want my kids to know about all the great foods that are out there and Mexican is one of them. While I probably won’t be successful in getting them to try chili achilles for breakfast, I hope they will be pleased that we opened up their dinner options to more than just American / Canadian dishes.

The other new flavors are Steak Asada and Baja fish. I normally only use chicken or ground beef for taco night. So these should get me out of my comfort zone.

Want to try some for yourself? You can pick it up in stores now.

Giveaway:

1 lucky Canadian reader is going to receive a box of each of the new old El Paso kits and a $75 GC

To Enter:

Post a picture on Instagram or Twitter of your Mexican inspired dish @myweeview and a #mexicanchef #tag. (Make sure to comment below with the link to your tweet)

Bonus entry:

Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post (make sure to comment below with the link to your tweet)

Extra Bonus Entry:

Check out my other posts and make a comment (make sure to comment below to let me know what post you commented on)

Giveaway closes November 28th @ 11:59pm EST. Open to canada only.

**disclaimer: sponsored content here – but seriously, taco night is awesome and we buy nothing other than old El Paso. We once tried the no name brand and the shells were stale… We will never go back! True story!

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

14 Sep

Pay as you go is the way to go

It took a number of math equations before I could accept this upcoming statement as truth: It’s been 16 years since I’ve graduated high school. Gasp! Yes, I’ve almost spent as many years out of school as I did in school. I have to admit the last few years have gone by twice as quick. During my time in school, I probably didn’t appreciate the good things, it wasn’t until I was actually out of school and into the ‘real world’ that those good things were apparent.

Looking back, the best thing about school was the beginning and the end. Every year when September rolls around you have the ability to create new dreams, to get rid of old habits and create new ones with fresh new school supplies, new teachers and maybe even new friends. When you join the real world there’s no beginning and there’s no end – it just continues year after year. You can get into a real cycle of beginning and no end, just accepting things as they are. That’s why, even though I’m not in school anymore and September means new things as a mom, I still make the forced effort to scrutinize myself and choices.

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My husband and I have been using PC® mobile prepaid plans for at least 5 years now, and at least once a year, we look at other cell phone plans to ensure we’re getting the best deal. And every year, it’s confirmed, for us the PC® mobile prepaid plans are unmatched by any other plan out there.

For us, there are many benefits to using a prepaid plan. While we have to buy our phones outright, we get to set our own plan and choose the features that we need, and it’s not dependent on when a contract is up, which is my favourite benefit. We also only pay for services that we actually use, such as texting and phone calls. This means we have to put on our thinking caps when it comes to some services, but with private messaging through social media, it can be months before we spend what many pay for in just one month.

So this new school year (whether you are returning to school or have been out a number of years and are in denial like I am…although I don’t think I’d want to go back to those old brick phones…), think about your current mobile plan, usage and what it costs.

While you’re at it, also think about your cell phone etiquette, and the example you’re setting for your kids (current or future cell phone users). According to a recent national Leger survey conducted for
PC® mobile, 75 per cent of adult respondents admit to breaking at least one social rule – or law – with their mobile phone use. And guess what, parents are among the worst offenders according to the survey, with 90 per cent of those with kids in the home admitting to bad behaviour. That’s it moms and dads, you’re grounded!

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Texting while driving, phones at the dinner table…All things that young texters are taking in and learning from the best – us. Even my 6 year old will remind me to put my cell down during dinner when I’m updating my fitness apps. Cell phones are an important part of society today, but we can’t forget the importance of using them wisely.

About the survey
The PC® mobile survey was completed using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb, between July 25 and July 29, 2014 with a representative sample of 1,336 Canadians. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of ± 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of PC® mobile. The opinions on this blog are my own.

18 Apr

Easter traditions

Most of our holidays are centered around religion. While I know it’s the most important reasons the holidays are celebrated, I also like my kids to have fun and have good feelings towards traditions that accompany the holidays. Easter is one such holiday.

As a parent with young kids, I want them to know the true reason we are celebrating the holiday. And so, I will haul 2 kids to church a few times this weekend and teach them that Jesus died for us. While this is the number one and only reason Easter truly exists, I know it’s not really going to get the kids jumping for joy. While we don’t make a huge spectacle over the Easter bunny, we still incorporate some of the fun Easter stuff, decorating eggs, hiding eggs and of course my favourite, eating chocolate.

Every year we head out to the country to celebrate Easter with my grandma, I have nearly every egg hiding spot memorized as her home hasn’t changed much over the past 34 years I’ve been around. There is one very special Easter that stands out however as it was different than any other. It was much like this year, a late Easter, the snow had melted and the weather co-operated nicely for the season. Rather than hiding eggs in the same places as every other year, “grandma bunny” hid the eggs outside. I’ll never forget that Easter as my cousins and I hunted for eggs on that crisp sunny morning in fresh dew.

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As an adult, Easters are even more fun, watching the kids search for eggs in plain sight as they fill their baskets up with chocolate energy gives me even more pleasure than when I was the one hunting for eggs. So this year, as Mommy Bunny, I hope to get outside before the crack of dawn and hide my Kinder eggs outside for the girls.

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When it comes to traditions, think outside of the box (or the living room) and give the kids something extra special to remember. If it’s a nice day, hide the eggs outside for the ultimate Easter egg hunt. You won’t regret it and the kids will never forget it.

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“DISCLOSURE: I’M PART OF THE KINDER® MOM PROGRAM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.”

28 Nov

Less Banking, More Good Times $2000 Giveaway

There are so many things I love to do with my free time, drink wine, lunch dates with friends, organize those pesky closets. With 2 kids at home and a never ending long list of errands, it’s not often that I’m really able to do any of those fun things (yes, I do enjoy organizing, it means time to myself). Oh, I also love vacations, I love the spa, I love going to the movies, I love shopping…. this list could be endless it seems.

The good people over at President’s Choice Financial® recognize that we have enough to do in our day and banking should be short, sweet and complete in no time flat. Who wants to spend their valuable time at a bank? “Not I”, I say. PC Financial® recently launched the Less Banking and More Good Times Contest. The contest is easy, simply visit the Facbook page and let them know what you would rather be doing other banking.

The best part? 40 people will win a prize valued at up to $2,000, to make their wishes a reality.

To be eligible, you have to have a President’s Choice Financial® MasterCard® or a PC Financial No Fee Bank Account. I have had both a chequing and savings account for nearly 10 years with PC Financial, and have yet to pay any fees. In fact, they even pay me interest for all my savings. ChaChing.

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So, why don’t you start thinking about what you would rather be doing than banking? How about lounging by the pool with a Piña Colada? Or squishing your feet in white sand listening to waves crash? That would be the ultimate way for me to spend all my free, non-banking time.

While you’re thinking about it, make sure to enter for a chance to win and maybe your dream could become a reality. Contest Ends November 30th, so spend less time dreaming and more time entering.

**Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for President’s Choice Financial® and receive compensation for my participation in the program. The opinions on this blog are my own.

18 Sep

Thomas & Friends – King of the Railway

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Thomas & Friends™  hit the road (or should I say track?) this year with a cross Canada tour.  Just last month Thomas was on the east coast, I have a few friends that took their kids to see the tank engine in “person”.  If you have a Thomas lover in your home and didn’t have a chance to see him live, there’s something else your train lovers can get excited over, it’s the release of the new Thomas movie Thomas King of the Railway.

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If you’re in the following cities:

  • Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas
  • Ottawa – Cineplex South Keys Theatre
  • Vancouver – Scotiabank Theater
  • Edmonton – Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
  • Calgary – Scotiabank Theatre Chinook

I have something very special for you!  I have 5 free family passes (in each city) for the Blue Carpet Screening of the movie on Saturday September 21t at 10:30 am.

Please complete this form to to see Thomas & Friends King of the Railway and the first 5 in each city will be attending the event.

If the movie isn’t enough to get your little ones excited, the new Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Castle Quest set or the Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play Thomas’ Adventure Castle track are sure to do the trick.  If you’re a family that is on the go the Take n Play will most likely be your favourite.  After building the track, it folds up neatly to be taken on trips to friends house or to visit grandma.  I remember the days when I visited grandma there were the same toys there for years.  Take n Play toys didn’t exist as they do today, I would have been much mor

e entertained to bring along one of my favourite toys with me in a simple carry along package.

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While you may think Thomas & Friends is just for the boys, there are some girls that have aspirations on becoming conductors.  My oldest daughter always pulls our her train set to play with her cousins (well, they are actually my cousins and in their 20’s) and my brother when they come to visit. The boys love putting the tracks together and she just adores spending quality time with them.  It’s probably one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen really.  A train track probably wouldn’t have been something I would have ever purchased for my daughter, but I’m so thrilled to have one just to see these young guys get on the floor, build a track and play trains with a little girl.  It truly is priceless.

*DISCLOSURE:  I AM A FISHER-PRICE MOM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

30 Aug

New Little People

Last year, I had the change to meet the Little People in real life.  I met Eddie and SonyaLee, they have been part of the Little People family since the 1960’s.  I remember playing with these characters since I was a wee one (anyone else remember the school bus?).  Well, Fisher Price has decided to add five more Little People characters.  Since each child is an individual and special (I tell my own daughter this everyday), the new characters all have different personalities.

Would you like to meet them?

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Cute aren’t they?  I can see a bit of my own Little Person in all of these characters.  My Princess is a fashionista, that loves to dance, play with animals, is sensitive and is ALWAYS asking Why… and she also likes to play soccer and is incredibly funny.  I’m sure each of you can pin point certain personalities in these Little People and pair them up with your own children.  Here she is, just being her….

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These little characters are of course are also tangible, so your kids can enjoy playing with them “at the farm”, “at school”, and the classic “on the bus”.

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Stay tuned for the fall when Treehouse will be launching a Little People contest and new game on their website.

*DISCLOSURE:  I AM A FISHER-PRICE MOM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.