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Monday, July 4, 2016

Sleep Easy with Peaceful Panda

Sleep sometimes eludes even the best of us.  I find that sleep is essential for me to make it through the next day.  My children also need copious amounts of sleep.  So, why if we are so tired is it so difficult for sleep to come?

I often lie awake at night tossing and turning - trying to find a comfortable way to lay or often my brain just won't let itself shut down.  On the other hand, my children have a difficult time winding down.  They seem to have developed into quite the trio of night owls. 

Another huge problem for a lot of families this time of year is children getting out of the normal routines while on summer holidays.  Thus, breaking up their sleep schedules and cycles. 

Peaceful Panda Intervenes

First off, Peaceful Panda is super sweet to look at.  I just love his cute and cuddly little self, and just looking at him gets me in the mood for sleep.  Now, you may be asking if this product is intended for adults or is it for children.  I say, both!   While Peaceful Panda is rated for newborns and up, I can see how having him on your (adult) bed would be just fine, too. (I might just be a big kid at heart, after all.)

Peaceful Panda is from my friends at cloud b.  It's been a while since I featured a cloud b item, yet, that doesn't mean that I've forgotten about them and how wonderful their products are.   Cloud b are known for offering us products with a purpose.  Not only are they soft and cuddly, cloud b stuffies are designed to offer children (and adults) a sensory experience. 

Peaceful Panda attaches easily to the side rail of a crib or toddler bed, or can just sit on his own for those of us who are bigger kids.  He offers eight soothing sounds to put us in a relaxing state of mind, which allows us to drift off to dream land. 

Connect with cloud b through their social channels.  Thank you to cloud b for offering this feature on the blog....and Good Night!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Olay Protects Against the Summer Sun #PGMomGiveaway

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. 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.


Summer.  It's on!  And, by early predictions it looks like a long, hot, dry summer is stretching out ahead of us (at least here in SW Ontario).  I don't mind one bit and welcome those lazy, hazy days of summer in the sunshine.  But, I am also aware how important it is to protect my skin from the sun's harmful rays. 

I am excited to share with you that there are two new Olay products being released in July, specifically formulated to protect skin from the sun.  These are two skin care products you'll want to keep handy this summer as the temperatures heat up.

Olay with advanced SolaSheer technology combines SPF with Vitamin B3 with Glycerin.
SolaSheer is non-greasy, that keeps skin healthy and ageless. 

Olay Regenerist: Advanced anti-aging Micro sculpting cream with sunscreen
( broad spectrum SPF 30 )

This is a moisturizer that lifts and protects for younger looking skin.

  • Helps protect against harmful UVA/UVB rays
  • Hydrates to regenerate volume and shape across skin's surface
  • Instantly reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Soothes skin's appearance
  • And, firms skin over time
Olay Total Effects: Anti-Aging Moisturizing SPF 15

This is an anti-aging moisturizer, now with broad spectrum SPF. 

  • Visibly smoothes fine line and wrinkles
  • Evens the appearance of skin tone
  • Enhances brightness
  • Minimizes the look of pores
  • Visibly reduces age spots
  • Restores firm look
  • Replenishes moisture

Dr. Pon is a Toronto based dermatologist who is special consultant to Olay.
  We asked her to answer a few (Canada) specific questions and even broke a sun-myth or two while doing so. 

Myth: Canadians spend less time in the sun.
Fact: While sun’s damaging effects on the skin are widely known, data from the Public Health Agency of Canada reveals that Canadians are spending an increasing amount of time in the sun, despite its known risks. Everyone flocks outside during the first warm day, but these sun seekers are also accelerating the aging process of their skin. As confirmed by Olay’s Multi-Decade and Ethnicity Study done in collaboration with Professor Alexa Kimball at Harvard Medical School, the sun is the number one cause of external skin aging, causing the degenerating of elastic skin tissue-which leads to deep wrinkles.  

Myth: Sun damage to the skin is only a concern during the summer months.
Fact: Every season necessitates daily protection from incidental sun exposure – not just the warmer summer months. Most people underestimate the amount of sun exposure they get because it is often unintentional, especially in the winter. Your skin is like a memory bank – it remembers all your encounters with UV and adds them up. Even though sun damage is cumulative, it is never too late to start protecting your skin. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine is essential in protecting against sun damage.  

Myth: SPF 30 offers twice as much protection as SPF 15.
Fact: In fact, standard math principles don’t apply when it comes to SPF ratings. An SPF 15 blocks around 94 percent of harmful UV rays; an SPF 30 blocks around 97 per cent; and after that there is very little increase in UV protection. However, Dr. Pon recommends choosing higher end of protection and using an SPF 30 for daily use. This is also the recommendation of the Canadian Dermatology Association. 


I've used Olay as my go to skin care line often over the years. And, I have to say that  I am so excited about SolSheer Technology!   It simply gives me a piece of mind of sun protection without adding an extra step to my morning regime.  I already know that these products do a wonderful job of moisturizing and helping my skin stay youthful, but, now Olay has taken it up a notch to add in sun protection. 

Great products just got better!  Look for and give them a try, hitting store shelves this summer. 

Summer Giveaway:  Canadians, please use the form provided to enter to win an Olay Gift Pack valued at $165.  (this is a quick giveaway, so enter today)

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's Dad's Day: Sunday June 19 #LoveHallmarkCA

Father's Day is on the horizon.  Do you have any plans to celebrate Dad, yet? 

We are having a very special weekend away with the two younger kids.  A few months ago I won a little giveaway which gave us a night's accommodation and a voucher for supper.  It just so happens that this weekend is also our wedding anniversary, in addition to Father's Day.  As you can see we are wrapping a bunch of celebrations all in one weekend.

I will be taking along a few thoughtful gifts for the kids to give to Dad, thanks to Hallmark Canada.

Dad, in our family is King of the Grill - these gifts are perfect for him!

Assorted Barbeque Gear

Hallmark has an excellent, masculine line of barbeque accessories, perfect for gift giving this Father's Day.   Put these items together and you have an awesome Father's Day gift for the grilling enthusiast.

(Outdoor Chef Apron $19.95, Outdoor Chef Grill Mitt $12.95 &
Best Chef BBQ Grill Towel $8.95)

Beer Flight (four glasses)

If your Dad enjoys a good brewski every now and again, then this is a perfectly suited gift! 

(Perfect for beer tasting, including a slot to put the bottle cap so you can keep track of what you are tasting.  $29.95)

Bottle Opener & Coaster Set

What Dad wouldn't enjoy either (or both) of these thoughtful little gifts?

(There is a magnet on the back of the bottle opener to keep in handy right on the fridge $9.95)
(The coaster set retails for $9.95)

These great gifts and so much more are in your local Hallmark store, now.  Join me in wishing all Dad's a very special  Dad's Day!

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