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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Baby Event is Back at your local Loblaws Store! #PGMom #PampersParty

Visit your local Loblaws location between October 10 - 23 during this year's Baby Event.    If you remember last year's event you'll know that at the Baby Event, you are going to find promotions on baby needs,  including Pampers. 

I can remember very well trying to shop with a baby and how challenging it can be.   More often than not, time is limited when the baby is content enough to get some shopping done.  We liked to call it  operating  on baby  time.   With a little planning, shopping with a baby can be done.    The evolution of many chains has found us shopping at one-stop stores - like many in the Loblaws family.  Shopping in these types of stores has been a real game-changer for busy moms (and dads).

Our tip for getting in and out of the store unscathed is to have a game plan - know how much time you have and know what you are going to buy.  Make sure you have your money, or debit/credit card on your person, and have your bags for packaging handy.   Make sure your baby is comfortable (fed and changed) right before you head out the door.  Shopping won't be impromptu again for a while, but it can be done successfully.  

Participating Baby Event retailers include: Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Valu-mart and Real Canadian Superstore

Can grocery shopping feel daunting? Check out these tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your trips to the store.

Always go with a list
Do you often find yourself aimlessly wandering around the grocery store, forgetting what you’re missing at home? By making a to-buy list you can target exactly what you need, allowing you to get in and get out. And, you can save money by only purchasing necessities!
Navigate the store like a pro
If you visit the same store each week, organize your list by aisles to save you from backtracking.
Schedule a shopping day
Pick one day a week and designate as your “shopping day”. This way everyone in the family knows to request the items they need before then, which will help you avoid multiple trips to the store.
Pick a store that has everything you need
Don’t waste time traveling, going from store to store. Instead, visit a store that meets all your needs – from food, to clothing to baby necessities like Pampers.
Look for specials and shopping events that ill help save money
Visit Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Valu-mart or Real Canadian Superstore from October 10-23 for the baby event. The event includes exciting offers on all things baby to make shopping even more convenient! Check out the flyer from your participating banners for details!

Twitter Party Tonight!

Join  @Listen2Lena, @ADomesticMomma, @AMotherhoodBlog and @Kidsumers tonight for a Pampers Party to celebrate the Baby Event at Loblaws stores.

RSVP: Listen to Lena.

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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Fun at Glama Gal Tween Spa & Ticket Giveaway #gghallowtween2014

Halloween is such a fun time of year for those of us who are young or young-at-heart.

We love decorating our home, and even enjoy a few tricks or treats this time of year.  My little 8 year old girly-girl is into Halloween just as much as I am (a girl after my own heart).  Together, we make delicious sweet treats and prepare our loot bags to give out to our trick or treaters. We have her costume all ready to go - Jillian is going to be a mermaid this year.    My little diva loves at home manicures and pedicures that I give her, using alternating orange and black polish during the month of October.

 Glama Gal Tween Spa is also celebrating Halloween at their locations,  this October....while the manis and pedis at home are fun, a Glama Gal experience would be the ultimate for any young girl, including my Jillian. 

Glama Gal Tween Spa is a PTPA award winner who now has seven locations across Ontario, offering spa experiences for young girls.

This October, Glama Gal has some spooky glama-fun planned for Halloween, that you won't want to miss.  Read on, if you dare.....

October Glama Girl Tween Spa Specials
Girls will be boo-tiful after attending one of these amazing events.

On October 30th, from 6-8pm, join Glama Gal for the annual Hallow'Tween Party.  At this party you can expect to find a Witches Brew Dinner with a Spider Web Pizza,  and Eyeball Cupcakes for dessert.  Then, enjoy the Monster Mash Dance Party, Magic Potion Lip Gloss Creation Station, and Witches Caldron Manicure Station with Halloween Nail Art.  Don't forget to participate in the best costume contest and everyone goes home with a Creepy Crawly Swamp Bath Bomb.  Tickets are only $40 per tween.

Doesn't that sound like the best way ever for a young girl to celebrate Halloween?

October 31st, from 10-11:30am,  is the super cute Little Munsters Bash.  This is a party for both Mummy and their munster.  The bash will include ghoulish snacks such as Banana Ghosts, Witch Carrots, and Tangerine Pumpkins.  Have fun creating together a Handprint Bat Bag, decorating your own Mini Pumpkin and your own Mummy Cupcakes.  After all that fun, take a minute to enjoy a little pampering with a Glow in the Dark Mini Mani.  Cost for this event is $35 per mummy and little munster.

Throughout the whole month of October, stop by your nearest Glama Gal to experience their Halloween Spa Special.  How does a Pumpkin Spice Mani and Pedi sound with Spider Web Nail Designs?  Participate in a Trick or Treat Gummy Worm Mist Facial and take home Witches Brew Bath Bomb.  The cost of the Halloween Spa Special is $35 per ghoul.

October sounds like it's shaping up to be a blast at Glama Gal!   Be sure to purchase your tickets to these events early as they are always a huge hit and sell out quickly.

  Happy Halloween, have fun and get your glam on.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a ticket giveaway on behalf of Glama Gal to send one lucky young girl to the Hallow'Tween Party on October 30th at their choice of location!

Glama Gal locations: 
Vaughan, Ajax, Oakville, Newmarket, Toronto, Sudbury and Markham

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Celebrated Thanksgiving with Family, Food & Pajamas #Shop #FallMarketPlace #BrightIdeas #CBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Thanksgiving 2014 is about to go down in the history books.  We had a rather low key immediate family turkey dinner on Saturday here at home, and then on Sunday evening we celebrated with my sister and her family, my brother, and my parents.  This year we have so much to be thankful for, my Dad has been battling cancer since being diagnosed last December.   It's been a tough road at times enduring the treatments and just last week we was in the hospital for surgery to remove the prostate.    He came home earlier in the week with two catheters and he isn't quite comfortable yet to get dressed.  So, when he mentioned that he would have to wear pajamas to Thanksgiving dinner, we all said we could wear our p.j.s too.  Dare I say, that wearing pajamas to a big meal is kind of brilliant!

Since we were having our turkey dinner on Saturday, my daughter and I headed off to Walmart Friday afternoon to pick up our sundries and grocery supplies.  It was a great time to visit too, the store wasn't overcrowded since it was early afternoon, and we had the opportunity to check out the Fall Market Place Demonstrations which were taking place in store on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

The #FallMarketPlace demonstrators were friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about the products they were displaying.  We stopped off at the cart which was displaying everything needed for a Thanksgiving weekend meal, from start to finish.  

I have to admit that I am not a very creative chef, I have my repertoire of meals and stick to those few recipes.  I love using meal helpers such as pre-made appetizers, or easy meal solutions like Hamburger Helper.  I have a freezer full of beef courtesy of my beef farmer in-laws, so hamburger helper is a staple in my pantry.   It is so quick to whip up in a frying pan and then throw in some fresh or frozen veggies, and cheese.  I feel good about serving hamburger helper to my family on a busy weeknight, as I know that the sodium content has recently been lowered, and the possibilities can be endless.  

After having turkey dinners on both Saturday and Sunday, we were still pretty stuffed from eating those big meals.  Thanksgiving Monday arrived and it was spent as a nice quiet day at home, yet,  I still had to make supper for the family.  With a refrigerator full of leftovers from our meal on Saturday, I wanted to use them up, but didn't want to just have re-runs.  At the demo on Friday I watched how to make Hamburger Helper using deli rotisserie chicken and thought it would be great way to use our leftover turkey.

I also had a box of Our Finest Cheese Puff Pastries in the freezer that I had picked up while at Walmart as part of my shop on behalf of #CollectiveBias and thought they would be a nice addition to our meal on Monday evening. 

Our Finest  Cheese Puff  Pastries as our starter

Hamburger Turkey Cheesy Italian Casserole
  • 1.5 cups of shredded cooked turkey
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 box of Hamburger Helper Cheesy Italian
  • 1 cup of frozen corn 
  • Grated parmesan cheese
1.  Begin by pouring milk, water and contents of the hamburger helper into a frying pan, turned to medium heat.  Let heat thoroughly.
2. Add the turkey to the mixture in the frying pan and stir to combine.
3. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
4. Add frozen corn and cover again.
5. Let the mixture simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and serve, topped with grated parmesan cheese.

Turkey casserole with left over stuffing and cranberry sauce, along with a fresh salad for dinner
The turkey casserole turned out excellent!  You would never guess it was made with a box of Hamburger Helper - it was the perfect comfort meal to end Thanksgiving weekend.  In fact, my children had noticed the box of Hamburger Helper on the counter and were wondering why I hadn't made it.  

To finish off our meal we enjoyed a slice of  Market Fresh Pumpkin pie and Strawberry Rhubarb pie.  You can never get too much pie, yet, we opted for the smaller 350g size of pie.  The smaller size pies are ideal for smaller groups or when you just want a small treat.  

Market Fresh 350g Pumpkin Pie for dessert
I am pleased that we visited the Fall Market Place demos leading up to Thanksgiving, and for the meal inspiration they provided.  Honestly, I would never of thought to substitute poultry for the hamburger.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.   For the most part the weather was gorgeous and the trees are in full splendor.  We had great food, and spent the weekend in the company of the people we love.

We have so much to be thankful!