Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Breaking News: Coca-Cola turns white!

When I think of Coca-Cola commercials during the holidays, I always think of that big, white, adorable polar bear. Don't you? For decades, the big white bear has appeared in holidays ads with Coke. Well this year, Coca-Cola is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help Canada's beloved white polar bears.

This holiday season, white is the new red. That's right. Forget what you've heard about wearing white after labour day—this year, not only is it cool to be seen in white, it's also worthwhile. That's because Coca-Cola will be changing the colour of its classic red can for a great cause, in honour of the white polar bear.

The Arctic Home campaign helps raise awareness and funds to support the WWF and its efforts to protect the polar bear's Arctic habitat. Did you know that two-thirds of the world's polar bears live in Canada? This white bear is a very important part of our ecosystem and culture.

Coca-Cola will donate $2 million dollars to the WWF over the next five years, and through the Arctic Home campaign, they'll match consumer donations made by March 12, 2012, up to $1 million dollars! Isn't that something to drink to?

Just visit iCoke.ca to make your donation. It really is as simple as that. Funds go towards the WWF's conservation efforts to protect polar bear habitats, for their survivial today and in the future.

You can also use the hashtag #ArcticHome on Twitter to find out more!

"This campaign is about working together to save one of the most important places on Earth," says Gerald Butts, President and CEO of the WWF. "As sea ice continues to melt at alarming rates, polar bears and local communities alike are threatened. With Coca-Cola's support, we can expand our reach and impact to help chart a sustainable future for this critical Arctic ecosystem."

When you're iCoke.ca, you can explore, experience and learn all about the polar bear and its Arctic home, watch videos, track virrtual polar bear sightings, and make your donation.

Coca-Cola Ltd.

Disclosure: I have received paid compensation to be part of this campaign through Urban Moms.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pirate fun

Last year, my six year old wanted to have a pirate themed birthday party. I decided to go all out with his birthday cake and ordered a great treasure chest cake from our cake lady. It was a huge hit, and it tasted amazing, as well. We played a few games, ate a lot of great food, and even enjoyed an afternoon of swimming. It was a great day, and a great birthday.

I recently stumbled upon these amazing cupcakes, though, and I know they would have also been a huge hit at my son's pirate themed birthday party! Don't they look amazing? AND of course, they're easy to make. Not only that, but image the fun the children would have decorating these cupcakes? A great activity for kids to do at a party, no? Hopefully my little one will ask for a pirate themed party in the coming years so we can make these yummy cupcakes, too!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A family four pass to see the OTTAWA SENATORS!

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to take our children to their very first NHL game. It was all sorts of exciting, for me, and for the boys, who were completely blown away by the game, the skating rink, and all the excitement. We didn't last the entire game, but while we were there, we had a blast! My children were even given the chance to ride on the zamboni, during the game, but they said no. They were a bit too shy, but hopefully next time they'll experience that!

Since it is the 20th anniversary of The Ottawa Senators, celebrations of all sorts are taking place for ALL Sens fans, big and small!

It's Kids Opening Night on Saturday, October 22nd, at 7 p.m. at Scotiabank Place, and there will be so many fun things going on, including balloon artists, special mascots, and more!

The best part? I AM GIVING AWAY A FAMILY FOUR PACK to see the Sens this Saturday night!

4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 drinks, can be yours... all you have to do is tell me what colour the Sens' jerseys are!

I'll pick a winner by midnight on October 22nd!

Contest is open to anyone who is in or around Ottawa. Or, anywhere, really, as long as they can be at Scotiabank Place on Saturday at 7 p.m. to pick up their tickets! (The winner can pick up their tickets at Concierge Gate #2 before the game!)

Good Luck! And? GO SENS GO!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cookies like grandma used to make

One of my favourite parts of childhood was coming home from school, relaxing on the couch in front of the TV, and eating a snack. The best snacks were always cookies with milk. Don't you agree? I always loved it when my grandmother baked fresh cookies for us to enjoy after school, when it was our time to relax before dinner and after school activities. Things were always so busy, but always fun. Having a comfort food to enjoy was a really great way to unwind before we had to go-go-go again.

I happen to love Oatmeal Rasin cookies, even though normally, I wouldn't touch a rasin with a ten foot pole! Luckily for me, my children also love these cookies, and they are now a new favourite snack our house! Not only are they oh-so-good, but they're healthy, too. And they're a great way to get your children to eat raisins, too. After all, who can resist a cookie, right?

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pink Network

October is breast cancer awareness month, and last year, I had quite a scare. I couldn't have gotten through my experience of waiting for a mammagram and breast ultrasound without my family and best friends with me, comforting me and offering me support.

Since October is all about breast cancer awareness, I love seeing how companies are doing their part to raise awareness and support women and men who have this disease. Seeing all the pink in October is an awesome thing, don't you think? It means we're all united, and we're all rallying together against this terrible disease.

Even though I'm an iPhone lover, I appreciate that TELUS is donating money in a worthwhile way. In May 2010, TELUS announced that for every TELUS pink Blackberry Curve sold in October, $25 would go towards to the purchase of digital mammography machines.

TELUS created a social media campaign using Facebook to drive fundraising for the cause. The Go Pink Facebook application invited people to turn their profile pictures pink, which in return generated $200,000 towards the campaign and new, much needed, machines.

By choosing to buy your Pink Blackberry from TELUS, you've helped raise over $2.45 million nationally.

Your support enabled ten Go Pink charities to purchase much needed digital mammography machines. Breast cancer touches us all and this campaign reminds us that together, we can give where we live and make real improvements to health care in our local communities.

Since 2008, TELUS has given over $15 million for research, early detection and treatment of cancer in Canada. Isn't that something awesome?

Disclosure: By working with TELUS on this worthwhile campaign, I have a chance of winning a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The person who receives the most RT's on Twitter using the hashtag #pinknetwork will win the trip.