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Friday, October 24, 2014

Have a Haunting Halloween with Hallmark #PressPausePanel

Halloween is one week away!  I am not exaggerating when I share with you that we begin our countdown to the next Halloween on or around November 1st.  We are officially the Halloween-a-holic family on our block.   I begin decorating for Halloween at the end of September, as we like to enjoy our decorations for a whole month.

This year, I added some fabulous new decor items from Hallmark.

As part of the Press Pause Panel, Hallmark sent over a box full of some of their Halloween items for our family to enjoy.  You can find these items at Hallmark stores all across Canada and I promise that they will make your Halloween festive and put a smile on your face.

Our Top Three Favourite Halloween Items from Hallmark

My absolute favourite item is the Trick or Treater Greeter with motion.  This talking decoration is perfect for hanging on your door.  It is motion activated - it lights up and speaks to anyone approaching your door  It is perfect for Halloween night, and the days leading up to the 31st to put you and your visitors in the Halloween spirit.

 Cost is $24.95, or purchase for the special price of $19.95 with a purchase. 

My eight year old daughter absolutely loves the Tricks the Toe-tappin Treat Bag with motion and sound.   This cute little bag sings and dances when his button is pushed.  It's super cute for setting on your table as your center piece and filling with some of your favourite Halloween treats.

 Cost is $29.95, or purchase of the price of $15.95 when you buy 3 Hallmark cards. 

Of course, we put a lot of time and effort into carving our pumpkins for Halloween night.  My children love getting in on the action with their Dad and get the pumpkin ready.  This year we are excited to try out Hallmark's Pumpkin Personalities Decoration Kit.   The kit allows decorators to customize their pumpkin with stick on decorations and 3D eyes that light up and glow when you activate.

 Cost of the kit is $14.95.

Hallmark Canada really has some awesomely fun decorating items for Halloween this year.  The quality of Hallmark is excellent and these are items which we will have for years to come.  Find these items that I mentioned at your local store, plus so much more.  Happy Haunting with Hallmark. 

Disclaimer:  I am a member of the Hallmark Press Pause Panel, and as such I receive special perks as part of my association. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Being Thankful #ONatural

October is quite possibly my favourite month of the year.  The colours all around us are amazing and I love to breath in the crisp Autumn air.  As I reflect upon Thanksgiving during the month of October, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for and I feel so blessed to be living this life with my husband and children.  Life hasn't always a bowl of cherries and we've definitely seen our share of lows, but through it all we've weathered the storms together.

One thing I haven't discussed  much on my blog is the fact that I am a disabled mom.  Most people wouldn't think that I am disabled by looking at me, yet, not all disabilities are visible.  A back injury has left me struggling with pain and exhaustion.  I know that having a mom who is different isn't always easy for my children.  Over the years I've gone through a wide range of emotions - from anger, to sadness, to depression over the situation.    Accepting my circumstance hasn't been easy, but it was necessary in keeping my sanity.

So, during this month of Thanksgiving, I am most thankful to be able to realize that while it isn't ideal, my injury has afforded me the opportunity to watch my children grow.   Not being able to go back to my job has given me the gift of time with my family.

Orange Naturals has become a big part of how I care for my family.  It is also a big part of how I care for myself.  My main objective is to keep my injury at the level it is at right now, and hopefully not deteriorate any further.  Orange Naturals D3 Drops is one of my favourite products.  It's true when they say that good things come in small packages.

Orange Naturals D3 Drops not only gives me a boost of that all important sunshine vitamin,  it also helps support bone health and building a strong immune system.   With winter on the horizon, it is important to me to keep my vitamin D3 levels in check.  I also tend to suffer with seasonal depression and find that ensuring adequate amounts of D3 makes a big difference.

Orange Naturals D3 Drops definitely pack a punch and it's an excellent natural health product that fits a need in my life.  

In this season of Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? 

I love sharing my thoughts on different products from Orange Naturals, and hope you may be inspired to find out more about their product line of Canadian homeopathic products.  Stay in the loop by subscribing to the ONatural monthly newsletter

 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. 

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.