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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Celebrate & Inspire Self Expression Through Music With Barbie Rock 'n Royals {giveaway}

Music is a universal language and one that we all can enjoy.

You may of happened upon the viral you-tube video this week of the crying baby who wouldn't stop fussing until they heard a certain country music song.  While adorable, it also tells us that even young babies use music to soothe.  When I was pregnant I often played music for my baby bump(s)  and sure enough once they were born, they found comfort in hearing that same music.

Expression Through Music

I started my children at a pre-school age with various musical activities.  We've run the whole gamete, over time - dance, singing lessons, keyboard lessons, group music classes, and guitar lessons.  I think each type of lesson has helped shape them into well rounded individuals and given them the basis for a love (or music) and talent, that they can fall back upon,  their entire lives.   Music helps young children, right through to adulthood to express themselves in a positive way.

Whether your little one is a musical prodigy or simply enjoys singing along with the radio, music has many benefits for children.  From reducing stress, to encouraging us to stay active, to working a new area of our brains, music is a great addition to any child’s life.  Below you will find a few tips on how you can encourage your little one to express themselves through music.

  • Don’t Follow Directions Encourage your daughter to break the rules once in a while by singing or playing a musical instrument however she pleases. This will give her the opportunity to fully express herself and have fun while doing it!
  • Try Making Music Together  Music will unlock your feelings, creativity and open the lines of communication. Initiate this with a fun music video singalong in your living room or having a fun family jam session. You never know, you may find that you’re a better singer than you thought!
  • Bust a Move  Dance along with them and encourage them to try new things too. You’ll be surprised where it takes you!

Barbie: Celebrating Self Expression Through Music

 This September, Barbie will be encouraging children to embrace their inner rock star with the release of Barbie  Rock  'n  Royals  DVD.  

 In this upbeat musical, Barbie™ stars as Princess Courtney, a modern-day princess whose world is flipped upside down when she switches places with Erika, a famous rock star. The two very different worlds collide when a mistake sends Princess Courtney to Camp Pop and Erika to Camp Royalty. While Princess Courtney and Erika learn to adapt to their different camps, they must come together when they find out both camps are at risk of shutting down. Through this process, they find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible!

You Could Win a Trip To Hollywood! 

Barbie Rock 'n Royals wants to send a lucky contest winner to LA to attend the concert featuring a special guest.  Enter today!   Then, after you've entered, come back here and enter my giveaway.  Canadians, excluding Quebec (sorry) are welcome to enter to win a very special Barbie Rock 'n Royals prize pack valued at $60.

But wait...there's more:  While you are entering the sweepstakes, you can also check to see if a city near you will be airing the movie on the big screen.  If so, you can enter to win tickets.  

Good Luck! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kellogg's Vector Granola is Fueling Summer

We've had a very busy and enjoyable summer, so far.  And, it's not over yet.  While the weather hasn't been overly hot, it has been pleasant.  We just got back from our annual trip to the family cottage and I am pleased to share that it only rained once and that was in the evening and overnight hours.  As a result, getting outdoors and playing was on the agenda, daily.

We know that outdoor play leads to grumb-ly tummies.  So, it is important to fuel up before heading out for a morning kayak paddle down the river or a cartwheel into the lake.

Kellogg's Vector Granola is the fuel they need to start the day on the right foot.    New Vector Granola Honey Almond Flavour contains 20g of protein and is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of active, health conscious people who never stop.  A 1/2 cup serving of Vector Granola is made with oats, honey and almonds.  Each serving contains 5g of fiber and 10 vitamins and minerals.  Vector Granola is versatile, nutritious and a delicious granola in a stand-up and resealable pouch, and similar to Vector Meal Replacement, is designed to help fuel an active lifestyle and the summer.

Granola is a staple in our home and a great addition to any meal, any time of the day - now with this new product from Kellogg's - granola is kicked up a notch.

We've enjoyed giving the granola a try and love the flavour and full size almonds.  Starting (or ending) the day with Vector Granola is healthy and tasty too.

Look for Kellogg's Vector Granola in your local store and give it a try, I bet you'll love it.  

Disclaimer:  I am a member of the Kellogger's Network, and receive some special perks as a result of my association. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Discovering Summer #ONatural

For many families ten weeks of summer can seem rather daunting.  And, I admit, that at times it can feel that way.  Keeping the kids busy is key to keeping the peace throughout the summer months.   This year my oldest daughter is working as the support person for a boy with disabilities in our community.  My youngest children have many structured activities such as overnight and day camp to keep them busy.   We also take a two week vacation when my husband's factory takes a summer shutdown.  As we have in recent years, we head to my family cottage in the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

In the late 1950's my grandfather bought several acres of undeveloped land on the Bruce Peninsula.  His brother (my great uncle) was a traveling hardware salesman and spoke of a beautiful little town he often visited.  It wasn't long before my great uncle had bought some land and his brother, my grandfather, had followed suit.  And, the legacy of a family cottage that would see generations into the future was born.

My parents were both school teachers and so we had the entire summer to spend at the cottage.  All of my summer time memories revolve around the cottage, the Niagara Escarpment and the crystal, clear waters of Georgian Bay.   Such fabulous memories as swimming in the bay at two o'clock each and every weekday afternoon with my Great Aunt Velma.  After we swam together, my aunt and I would relax on her 'sandy beach' and warm up in the sun.  My aunt would read a book or do a crossword puzzle, and I would either play in the sand or read a book as well.  Life was  simply wonderful  during those childhood summers.

Now, I get to take my own children to the cottage every summer for two weeks.  Things have changed a bit over time, yet somehow they stay the same.  During our two week stay, the kids are unplugged from video games, iPods, internet and even television.  The cottage has a telephone, so we can stay in touch, but that phone is rotary dial.   (Cell phones work if standing in the middle of the road.)

I often wonder if my grandfather had any idea what he was starting when he purchased the land and built his simple little cottage over sixty years ago?

There are critters (big and small) galore at the cottage.  This year in particular it is over-run with pesky mosquitoes and mosquitoes can ruin holidays.  Orange Naturals has homeopathic remedies to help soothe the bite and sting, which are available in liquid and new cream - coming soon.    These remedies are available for both children and adults.

 Insider tip:  Orange Naturals is pleased to announce that they are about to release a whole line of creams.  You can read all about it in July's newsletter


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Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.