Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thermos giveaway: Lunch Kit, Straw Bottle and Food Jar!

Updated: Congrats lucky number 16 on winning the Thermos package! Email me your info!

Can you believe it's almost time for back to school? While some of you may be singing along to the Staples commercial, happy to see your little ones go back, I'm feeling... well, okay. I am kind of excited, too! I'm not nervous like last year, when my oldest son was starting kindergarten for the first time - instead, I'm happy because I know he'll do amazing!

One of my favourite things about going back to school was the shopping, of course. My son doesn't seem to share the same enthusiasm as me, but that's okay!

Last year, I looked all over for a cute backpack and lunch kit for my son to use at school, and I finally found the perfect set at Pottery Barn Kids.

This year, Thermos sent me the new blue camo lunch kit, fun-tainer straw bottle, and fun-tainer food jar. My son loves his new lunch kit, bottle, and food jar!

The lunch kit is heat sealed, leak-proof, and contains a PEVA lining. With IsoTec technology, contents stay fresh and safe from spillage. (It's really nice, and easy to carry, too!)

The fun-tainer straw bottles keeps drinks cold for up to 12 hours, thanks to the ThermaMax vacuum insulation technology. The neat thing about this drinking bottle is the push button lid with pop-up straw for easy sipping. Perfect for the little ones!

I can pack something warm for my son to eat in the fun-tainer food jar, too - the jar keeps food hot for 5 hours! It's also a great container to put sliced fruit in, because it keeps food cold for 7 hours.

Of course, I'm not the only one who gets to enjoy these fabulous new products!

Thermos is giving away one of each to one of my lucky readers, too! That's right - you can win a lunch kit, fun-tainer straw bottle and fun-tainer food jar just in time for school!

You can choose from either the pink camo set, the peace sign set, or the green army set. See pictures below.

All you have to do to win? Leave me a comment telling me if you're excited about your children starting school again!

Bonus entry: Become a follower of this blog!

Good Luck - I will pick a winner on August 24th! Contest open to U.S. and Canadian citizens.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Summer Fun!

My family and I recently went to Mont Tremblant for our summer vacation. Mont Tremblant is always a gorgeous place to visit, and we were excited to take our children there for the first time.

We got there in the new GMC Terrain, thanks to GM Canada. The ride up was a great one, despite the couple of times we had to make emergency stops due to car-sickness! (The children, not me!) However, my boys loved the vehicle, and it was roomy enough to fit all our luggage, too.

We stayed at the lovely Marriott Hotel, and thanks to the Lays Chip Trips campaign, we were able to enjoy 50% off our second night at the Marriott. It was such a great deal and something that was super easy to attain, too! The Marriott offered free buffet breakfast for the whole family, which was a great deal, and the hotel had a great pool for the kids to enjoy, as well.

Mont Tremblant is stunning during the winter months, but it's just as breathtaking in the summer, too - and there is so much to do for the entire family!

We had fun taking the gondola rides over and over again, looking at the beautiful views, taking a boat ride on the lake, swimming in the pool and enjoying the new water park in the village.

We can't wait to go back - hopefully in the winter!

For more great suggestions on where to go for family fun, Lays Chip Trips has also partnered with the Canadian Tourism Commission to bring you all the information you need about where to go with the entire family in Canada. Check out the new website to see all the great deals.

There is so much to explore and so much to do in this gorgeous country!

Disclosure - I am participating in the Lay’s® Chip Trips program by Mom Central onbehalf of Frito Lay Canada. I received Lay’s® Chip Trips points and a gift card to off-set my tripcosts to facilitate this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Playhouse Disney Canada Blog Tour!

Congrats to the winner, lucky number 5! Email me your address! Thank you!

My children are not huge television watchers, especially in the summer months, but there are some shows they enjoy watching - like recently, they discovered the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Handy Manny, thanks to my involvement in the Playhouse Disney Canada Blog Tour.

Playhouse Disney is a channel that moms have come to respect because the programming features quality shows and content that both kids and parents can like! There is something for children of all ages to enjoy.

And it's pretty cool to see our favourite characters from when we were young (Mickey Mouse! Goofy! Donald Duck!) come to life again for our children.

To show you how great Playhouse Disney is, I'm giving away a prize pack to one of you lucky readers! The prize pack includes:
- A DVD with 5 full episodes of Handy Manny, Imagination Movers, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso and My Friends Tigger and Pooh.

- Pencils and a magnetic pen.

- Colouring magnets.

All you have to do is leave me a comment about your child's favourite Disney show for your chance to win!

Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and I'll pick a winner randomly on August 18th.
Good Luck!

I am particiapting in the Playhouse Disney program by Mom Central. I received a Playhouse Disney prize pack and a thank you gift card to facilitate this post. The opinions on thsi blog are my own.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

iTunes giveaway!

Congrats Mom2Micael! You're the lucky winner! Email me your address! Thanks!

I don't know about your children, by my boys, who are 5 and 2, have almost no problems at all with using mine and my husband's iPhone and iPad. They're so young, and yet, they're very familiar with touch screen technology as well as finding the things they're looking for on our devices - such as games, stories, and songs! I wonder what the future has in store for our children, who are already so tech-savvy? Good things, I'm sure!

My 5 year old loves the app 'Elements' on our iPad, and he certainly knows more about the periodic table of elements than I do! He also loves playing the game Memory on the iPad and he has a few favourite apps on the iPhone, as well. My 2 year old loves the app Talking Carl - he laughs and laughs!

Now we have something new to add to the list of fun apps our boys love! I was selected to be part of the My Living Stories Blog Tour, which is amazing, since like I mentioned, by boys love using our iPhone's! My husband always downloads fun apps for them, and now we are adding this one to our list, too.

The My Living Stories apps combine beautiful artwork, narration and interactive features in an easy to use platform that is perfect for preschoolers to read along all on their own! It's a great way to entertain the kids on road trips, while teaching them to read, too. Bonus! Interactive sounds and animation bring your children's favourite stories to life - it's very neat! Another amazing feature? The ability to record your OWN voice to go along with the story - how cool is that?

Some of the My Living Stories include The Princess and the Pea, The Tortoise and the Hare, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My oldest son loves Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

How about a chance for you win a $25 gift card to iTunes?

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me which My Living Stories story you think your children would love the most.

Bonus entry: What do you think the best apps for children are? Let me know in a seperate comment!

This iTunes giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, and I'll pick a winner on August 9th!
Readers may enter the contest on multiple blogs but are only eligible to win one iTunes gift card as part of the My Living Stories contest.

Disclosure: I am participating in the My Living Stories program by Mom Central on behalf of Decode Entertainment. I received 3 free apps and a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.