Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy to be a Fisher-Price mom! (My boys love it, too!)

Winter is almost over, and I'm so, so ready for the change of seasons. Spring cannot come soon enough. We were lucky to have spent a week in sunny, warm Florida at the beginning of this month, but now, the days are dragging, and I can tell my boys are getting sick and tired of dressing up in their winter attire. I know this because they tell me every day, and complain to me about the fact that we don't live in Florida.

Of course, we stay busy, with playdates and visits to our favourite museums, and I try to keep my boys entertained with reading time and crafts and more, but sometimes, the best play takes place when they recive a new package from Fisher-Price, toys that they play with for hours on end.

Fisher-Price has been a huge part of my childhood, and every time I see an old vintage toy from the days when I was young, it brings back special memories. Of course, so many items belonging to my children now are by Fisher-Price, too many to name, in fact!

My boys were so happy to tear into the new package that Fisher-Price sent me, toys that were age appropriate and fun to play with. They received the Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ The Joker's Fun House and Batman's awesome helicopter, as well as the Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batcave. These awesome toys have kept both my boys happy, and I love seeing them playing together and happy. It totally reminds me of when I was a little girl, fascinated with He-Man and She-Ra and their castles. It's so cute to see my boys playing so nicely together!

I love hearing the little discussions they have when they're lost in the world of play, my youngest, who just turned four years old at the end of January, brings his Batcave with him to other rooms of the house sometimse, to play in a more quiet area of the house. The little action figures (Batman, Robin, The Joker) are quite cute, too.

Thanks, Fisher-Price, for always coming up with new and awesome toys for my children to fall in love with. It's great seeing them lost in imagination!

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.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

GIVEAWAY: The LG Optimus LTE smartphone!

I have always loved watching awards shows. I love the Acadamy Awards, especially. I used to watch every single nominated film, which made watching the Acadamy Awards that much more fun. Since becoming a mom, I haven't had as much time to see every nominated film, but there are always a handful I'll make time to watch before the big night. And usually? I'm bang on with my predictions of which movie will take Best Picture, or who will win Best Actress and Best Actor.

I've always been in love with the world of entertainment, and interning at Entertainment Tonight was sort of like a dream come true for me. I left that internship early to accept a job offer in radio back home, a decision I have come to regret. Anyway, I digress... back to The Oscars! Seeing my favourite actors hit the red carpet in gorgeous gowns and perfect hair makes me excited. You know what's even more exciting than just watching The Oscars at home? Tweeting about The Oscars. Seriously, watching awards shows has become so much more fun since Twitter has come into our lives. Actually, watching anything on TV is so much more fun with Twitter!

It's constant chatter, and laughter, and OMG's, and what is she wearing, and ew look at her hair, and can you believe how beautiful she looks, and look at him, he's so dreamy, and hands off, Clooney is mine, and so on, all night long.

It's like, a virtual party, you know? Social media plays a huge part in allowing people to stay connected during awards shows. And that's just awesome. Twitter and Facebook are so much fun after a show's season finale, or after a big awards show like The Oscars. Comments, chatter, conversation, disagreements, and nods in unison bring us even closer, even though we're not in the same room.

Without our smartphones, watching awards shows wouldn't be as fun. I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on the all the fun we'll be having on our phones come Oscar night, so I'm happy to announce that I am giving away - thank you TELUS! - a brand new LG Optimus LTE! This smartphone will be your perfect companion for awards season. And although the winner won't actually receive the phone in time for this year's Oscar celebrations, there will always be something to watch together.

The LG Optimus LTE is a state of the art smartphone equipped with both an 8 megapixel camera and video camera.

The LG Optimus LTE is the perfect blend of super-fast data speeds and an amazing 4.5” HD display. Powered by Android2.3 and equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, the LG Optimus LTEis sharp, bright, fast and powerful.

The LG Optimus LTE lets users stay connected to everyone through video chat with a 1.3MP front-facing camera. It also offers an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording to take self-portraits or just capture life’s moments.

The LG Optimus LTE is an LTE device that will also run nationally on TELUS’ coast-to-coast HSPA+ network (which covers 97% of the Canadian population), so TELUS customers across Canada can enjoy it virtually anywhere.

Good Luck! I will pick a winner randomly on Sunday, February 26th. One entry per email address, please.

Iron Kids: Keeping Your Kids Healthy, One Gummy At A Time!

Our mission at IronKids is to help your kids stay healthy and active. From Multi-vitamins to Omega 3's, our great tasting gummies are specially formulated to support the health, growth and development of your children. Start your kids on the path to lifelong health with Ironkids Gummies.

As a mom, I try hard to ensure my children are eating well. Of course, like most of you know, this can be a very difficult task at times. Getting my boys to eat the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day is not easy! That is why I think it's so important to include a daily vitamin in their life - one that they love and look forward to taking.

My boys also take the Omega-3 gummies, which are Canada’s #1 omega for kids.
They are specially formulated with pure source DHA and EPA, essential fatty acids that are needed for the optimum development of a child’s brain and nervous system and supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. IronKids Omega-3 gummies are made with only natural flavors and natural colors and they are Health Canada approved. Only pure source triple distilled fish oil is used to ensure that your child gets the purest product possible. All IronKids Gummies are made in a nut free facility, and are allergen and gluten free.

For the last couple of years, my boys have been in love with Iron Kids vitamins. I'm not kidding - these are the best children's vitamins around! I sometimes have to hide the bottle because my boys, if they had their way, would eat handfuls at a time! There really is no better tasting vitamin, and they also come in an adult version, as well - I like the taste of the adult vitamins, as well, even the B12 vitamins, but my favourite will always be the children's multi-vitamins. So tasty, better than any other we have tried!
Every time we're in at the Superstore grocery shopping, we always stock up, because we go through so many of them.

If there is one brand of vitamins I would recommend to everything I know, Iron-Kids are it - both for adults, and children alike!

Monday, February 13, 2012

A CHEESY giveaway for YOU!

The holidays are over, Valentine's Day is upon us, and soon, winter will be over. Sure, I'm optimistic, but there is nothing I am looking forward to more than seeing green grass and blue skies again. I love having friends over for appetizers and drinks, especially when we can make use of the backyard patio. I also love coming up with new and tasty snack ideas for my guests - and my children, too!

Parmalat Canada recently sent me an amazing package La Crème Cow - a new line of spreadable snack cheeses that I fell in love with! My boys, of course, also could not get enough. Available in three delicious flavours, Original, Light, and Parmesan and Peppercorn, each wedge of cheese has a delicious mild taste with a very smooth and creamy texture. La Crème Cow spreadable cheese is a great everyday snack option because it is convenient - each piece is individually wrapped and can easily be stored and spread on whatever you enjoy.

We love ours on crackers, and I have to say, it's hard to just stop snacking on this tasty treat! Of course, what good is enjoying a tasty snack like this if I can't share it with my readers?

I'd love to send one of you a $100 exclusive La Crème Cow review pack which includes product coupons, cheese tray with utensils/serving plates/napkins, and an assortment of yummy crackers!

All you have to do to win? Leave me a comment below telling me what your favourite snack is!

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, and I will randomly pick a winner on February 18th.

Good Luck!

Love month!

February is all about love, don't you think? Of course tomorrow is Valentine's Day, so that means there will be NO mention of the word diet, right? I mean, what good is Valentine's Day if you can't enjoy chocolate and everything sweet and oh-so-sinful?

I love everything red, pink, and white on February 14th. Especially if it comes in the form of something sweet to eat! Like the icing on these most delicious cupcakes... mmmm!

I also think this chocolate sweetheart cake is simply fabulous!

A special treat to make for your loved one and/or your children on the 14th. And it's really simple to make, so you don't have to spend all of Valentine's Day in the kitchen!

Leave it to my friends at Life Made Delicious to come up with cute, easy to make treats for every event!

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.