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Monday, January 19, 2015

This Winter, Rip Your Clothes ON with Downy #RipYourClothesOn #PGMom

Now that the holidays are over, the snow and cold weather that comes with the winter season begins to feel less festive and more bone chilling. Arguably, the best feeling is being able to come in from the cold and change into the warmest,coziest outfit in the closet. And wouldn’t it be nice to still feel sexy and inviting in that chosen outfit?

This winter, Downy is challenging Canadians to share their favourite fashion looks that make them want to rip their clothes on. How? Sprinkle a little Downy Unstopables into your load of laundry and your clothes will smell oh so fresh you’ll just have to cuddle up with your loved ones! Add Downy Infusions fabric softener to leave your clothes feeling extra soft with an added boost of irresistible scent.

I admit freely, that this time of year is tough for me. My skin is dry and clothing only irritates it further.  In an attempt to feel a little more comfortable, I always add Downy Unstopables and Downy Infusions to my laundry load.  In the past, it has been the desire for fresh, and invigorating scents, now it is also to help soften my clothing. 

During the winter months, I can often be found hanging out around the house in cozy pajamas and big fluffy socks just to stay warm and comfy.  What's your winter style, that makes you want to Rip Your Clothes On?

Follow Downy on facebook and on twitter.  And, stay tuned for a fun #RipYourClothesOn giveaway here and on fellow #PGMom blogs!

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Welcome 2015 - Let's Kick off the New Year with a Giveaway! #ONatural

I tend to have a love/hate kind of thing going on when the calendar switches from December 31st to January 1st.  I don't know why - but, I always feel a little nostalgic about bidding a fond farewell to a year well lived and loved.   While I start the new year with a little trepidation, I want the transition to be a positive one for myself and my family.   I like to take a small break & a big breath, and take stock of my goals for myself and our family for the upcoming year.
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I am proud of the changes we made throughout 2014.    We worked hard to improve our eating habits and found great homeopathic health alternatives with Orange Naturals.    Now, as we move into 2015, we'll keep the line and continue to strive for our goal of living a healthier lifestyle.

I think the best way to keep us on track is accountability.  So, on New Year's Eve, as we sat around our kitchen table I asked each family member their New Year's resolutions.  I think it caught the children off guard, so I told the kids that they could answer the question in a day or two.   The younger kids goals turned out to be things like fighting less with one another and spending less time playing video games.   Which, I consider to be great goals for eleven and eight year olds!

For myself, my accountability is to my family.  I've vowed to feed my family less processed food and have on hand healthier snacking choices.  It's not earth shattering really, and I'm pretty sure I've tried previously.  This time, I am equipping myself with the tools to succeed.  I am going to be better at reading and understanding product labels.  Too often, I've been known to just throw items into my grocery cart without really looking at what I was purchasing to fuel our bodies.    I am going to get better at menu & meal planning and stick with it.  I am finding inspiration from my new cookbook: 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake.  

Kick off the New Year with a Giveaway!

Orange Naturals is graciously offering my readers a chance to enter to win a fantastic prize pack to kick off  2015.

Canadians, please use the form at the end of this post to enter to win a prize pack.   Each winner will be sent a 1 year print subscription to the awesome Ecoparent magazine (http://www.ecoparent.ca/), a copy of the New York Times Bestseller: 100 Days Of Real Food:How We Did It, What We Learned, And 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love! by Lisa Leake and $100 worth of Orange Naturals products of your choice!  {Approximate value of this prize pack is $160}

Kick off your year by getting to know Orange Naturals.  I have been very fortunate to work and get to know their great products over the last six months.    Whether you are looking for ways to manage your stress in 2015, or if you are seeking better sleep in 2015 - Orange Naturals can help you with that. 

Here's a few quick links to help you get started....

Orange Naturals newsletter
Orange Naturals on facebook
Orange Naturals blog


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How To Create a Fun Play Area for the Kids!

Is your kid tearing your house down around your ears? Do you ever wish there was a space in your home they could safely play in for five minutes while you make yourself a cup of tea? Believe it or not, creating a play area for your kids is super easy. Here’s how you do it.


The first step in creating the ideal play space is choosing the space itself. Where in the house has the room to construct such a thing? If you don’t think there’s anywhere you could put a play area without invading living areas too much, consider turning your back patio into a sun room. Sun rooms are spacious, airy, let lots of light in and are perfect for building a play area in. Speak to a professional or specialist like Additions Building for more information.

2. Safety

Once you know where you’re going to put everything, the task becomes about making sure your kids are going to be safe in there. Make sure doors and windows have locks that are secure but you can still access them in case the kids try to lock themselves in. Accidents will happen, because children are experts at personal injury, but being aware of and minimizing potential risks can save a lot of headaches.

3. Storage

You’re going to want to be able to keep the new play area tidy when the kids aren’t using it, so having adequate storage is going to be key. Putting your toys away is a chore though, so make it part of the game by providing storage options that are toys themselves. Decorated toy boxes are easy to come by and can become a veritable treasure chest when bestowed upon an imaginative kid.

4. Know Your Audience

Speaking of imaginative kids, what are yours like? Are they boisterous or quiet? Are they active or artistic? Do they like getting their hands dirty? Though this all seems glaringly obvious, many parents seem to have a “one of everything” mentality. Tailoring the area and the things within it to the kids who will be using it will keep you from filling it with expensive toys they’ll never use or enjoy.

5. Activities

Continuing on from the last point, once you’ve figured out the sort of things your kid is into, you can start choosing the sort of toys and activities with which to fill the space. If your kids are more creative then you would focus on things like building, music, problem solving. If they’re more active then look for things that keep them moving - a few balls, a skipping rope, even a small slide or set of swings if they’ll fit.

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Setting up a play area in or around your home can seem like a really daunting proposition, but it really isn’t. The biggest challenge is figuring out where to put it. The rest can be taken care of with a bit of forward thinking and clever planning on your part.

 Have you ever built a play area in your home? How did you go about it? Leave your tips in the comments below!