Sunday, July 5, 2015

Put A Smile On Your Face: A Crest And Olay Giveaway Thanks To P&G!

I'm pretty sure nobody loves summer as much as I do—seriously, after the long, harsh winters we have, I cherish every sunny and warm day because they sure don't last long here. I am outside for more hours than I am inside—swimming as much as I can with my boys, enjoying backyard BBQ's,  soaking up the sun on patios with friends, and drinking lots of sangria. And beer. You know, summertime stuff.

I keep a more simple beauty routine in the summer, but I still make sure I'm taking care of myself. Olay and Crest are my go-to staples because Olay helps keep my skin hydrated (and protected) and Crest helps keep my smile shining bright through my summer days and nights.

I love the new Olay Total Effects moisturizer (with 40% more vitamins) which has the highest level of Niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skincare product.

To help brighten my smile, I love using Crest Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips. They are super easy to use and offer great results. The strips use a technology called FlexFit, which allow the Whitestrip to stretch around your smile for a perfect fit so you can leave the washroom to do something productive like organize your closet so there is more room for the new dresses you have to buy this summer! Once that's done, your smile will be even brighter.


To help keep you smiling this summer, P&G is giving away a Brighten Your Summer prize pack, including the Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Fragrance-Free, and Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit! 

I'll randomly pick a winner July 30th. To enter, leave a comment below telling me something you love about summer—something that makes you smile bright. 

Bonus entries: Follow @OlayUS and @Crest on Twitter and leave a second comment. 


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

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Smart Summer Reads: The Books To Pack For Your Summer Vacation

Summer is here, and I'm excited about going back to Greece with my family. Despite the Greek economic instability, the sea, the mountains, the way of life, and the beauty of Greece is calling my name. And I desperately need a vacation. 

While relaxing on the beach,  I'm looking forward to catching up on all the books I want to read. What are my picks for the best books to read this summer? There are so many great books you should read! I shared my picks with The Ottawa Citizen, and on CTV Ottawa Morning Live, too.


Here are my picks for the best books to read this summer: 

The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins: This is a great summer read, and a book you won't be able to put down. It's a page-turner for sure; a murder-mystery that will leave you wondering. The main character, Rachel, is searching for meaning in her life while trying to piece together clues that will help her solve a murder. If you start this book on the plane, you'll be finished by the time you land. And there you go—the perfect book to read if you're scared of flying, because you'll be lost in the story and won't even feel the turbulence!

The Vacationers, Emma Straub: Of course a book called The Vacationers made my list. The story is about a family and friends who are on a two-week vacation to Mallorca, and the struggles they face with one another. Dark secrets, marriage problems, childhood rivalries, and the dynamic of the parent-child relationship are dealt with in a beautiful way. It's a great book to bring to the beach with you. 

Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum: This is one of my favourite books of the year. It's sort of like a modern Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, and it's a haunting page-turner about a wife and mother living in Zurich. It's a story that will stay with you a long time after you finish reading it. 

In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume: A new novel for adults from my favourite childhood author, Judy Blume absolutely tops my list of books you should read this summer, and I seriously devoured this book in a couple of days. I wanted it to go on forever, though; and when I was finished, I was sad. It's perfectly Judy Blume, and tells the story of three generations of family and friends whose lives are connected and forever changed by a series of plane crashes that take place in the 1950's. The book goes back and forth between characters you will fall in love with, and the story is touching, lovely, and real. 

Let Me Die In His Footsteps, Lori Roy: This books is my second favourite book I've read this year. It was a book I couldn't put down from the second I started reading it. It's a coming-of-age story, a book about love, family feuds, evil, and mystery, and takes place in Kentucky, in the 1930's and 1950's. It's a very suspenseful book, a book that will tug at your heart, and a book you'll fall in love with. 

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee: Re-reading a classic is always a good idea, and I recommend To Kill A Mockingbird, in preparation for the new book that's being released on July 14th by author Harper Lee called Go Set A Watchman. Go Set A Watchman was actually the first book Harper Lee submitted to publishers in the 1950's, and it's only now being published. Go Set A Watchman follows an adult Scout Finch, who returns to her hometown of Macomb, Alabama, to visit her father. The book is out July 14th.  

Other books you should pick up to read this summer, if you haven't read them yet: 

Me Before You
All The Light We Cannot See
Everything I Never Told You
Station Eleven
The Husband's Secret



Happy reading, everyone. I'm sure you'll find a few books here that you'll instantly fall in love with, too. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thank you, Mom.

It's impossible to watch a P&G #ThankYouMom commercial without tearing up. As a mom, I'm always overly emotional and the P&G #ThankYouMom campaign is one I love dearly. It's a campaign that's all about giving athletes a chance to thank their biggest supporters in life–their moms.  (Aww!)

From Tide to Bounty to Pantene, P&G products are everywhere in our home, and have been for years, very since I was a child. It's touching that a company I love does so much to help others, too.

I love remembering all the times my mom has been there for me, throughout all the stages in my life. I appreciate her wise words of wisdom, even if I don't always take her (usually always bang on) advice. As a mom of two, I appreciate her even more now, because I know how hard and challenging it is to be a mom. It's all about putting your children first, no matter how you feel. And that can be a very hard thing to do at times. And I always remember to put things in perspective. A bad day doesn't have to be all that bad if you remember all the good you have in your life. That's something I learned from my mom.

Speaking of the #ThankYouMom P&G campaign, I love this video of Canadian Olympic athlete, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, and her mom, Kim. Have a look.  I'm excited to cheer on Brianne at the Pam Am games and to join in tonight's #ThankYouMom Twitter Chat at 8pm EDT.

Thank you, mom.







Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Capital Camps: Ottawa's Best Choice For Summer Camp

Are you singing along with me? School's out for the summer... almost. And we're all excited! Well, mostly all excited. The kids are excited. Parents? Well, we're excited, too. After all, we love spending time with our children, right? And we don't have to pack lunches every day! But, most of us still have to work during the summer months, and summer is long. (Not as long as never ending winter, but long.)

We're always looking for ways to keep our children busy, having fun, and staying active. Of course, most parents will sign up their children for summer camp, but with so many camps to choose from, selecting one that is perfect for your child is a daunting task.

My boys have been taking tennis lessons through Capital Camps for a couple of years, and when I found out that they also offer a variety of Summer Camps, I got so excited. After all, I know they'll have a good time, because they love it during the year—and summer camp is even more fun than the regular program!

Capital Camps has been running in the Orleans area for over 14 years, and I love their stellar reputation.
 
They promote safety as number one, and have a ratio of one instructor to every eight campers. 
 
They're huge on making sure everyone feels included, and they make sure everyone is participating so every camper has a chance to excel.
 
And, of course, their camps are... SO MUCH FUN!
 
Fun is a very critical aspect of Capital Camps and my boys can attest to that—it is a lot of fun, they are playing in a safe environment, and they always feel included, no matter their level or experience.  I love the solid reputation Capital Camps has earned throughout the years.
 
My boys are signed up for Full Day Tennis Camp and not only will they be playing hours of tennis each day, they'll also take part in other fun activities, too, like basketball, soccer, capture the flag, swimming, dodgeball, and so much more.
 
Oh, and free BBQ lunches every day... and a pizza day on Friday! Don't you want to go back to camp, too? I know I do.
 
Other camps available through Capital Camps include:
 
Half-Day Tennis Camp
Dance and Drama Camp
Multi-Sport Camp
Arts Camp
Cheerleading Camp
Flag Football Camp

 
You can register your child online, or call 613-276-4307 for more informaiton. You can also email Aaron at aaron@capitalcamps.ca, and he'll be happy to answer your questions, too. (You can also drop off your child before work, and pick them up after 5, too.)
 
Isn't summer the best? Especially when your children are in a camp you know they'll love!

 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Join The Journey With Energizer (And Win!)

We were invited to Toronto a couple of months ago to take part in a special science event with Energizer® at the Ontario Science Centre. Spending the weekend in Toronto is always fun, especially when we get to stay in great hotels like the Renaissance Hotel—from our stay at this lovely hotel, to our time spent learning in the Ontario Science Centre, it was a very memorable weekend.

My boys just received a fun personalized package from Energizer so they could conduct even more fun home experiments with the new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ battery, Energizer's longest lasting AA high-performance alkaline battery, and the world's first battery made with 4% recycled batteries. (The cool thing is, this battery is a first step in a journey towards a goal of developing batteries made with entirely recycled materials—hoping to reach 40% by 2025!)

They made a circuit bulb holder, a hanging magnetic compass, an electromagnet and more. They had a blast. 





The Join Our Journey campaign celebrates the world's first innovation, and encourages and inspires the next generation of thinkers—our children—to begin a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) journey of their own, so innovations like this can keep happening in the future.

You can get involved with STEM at home, through fun experiments that can be created using simple materials you may already have lying around the house, like the items we used for our at-home experiments.

Did you know you can also help choose the next child innovator by voting for your favourite "dream creature" at joinenergizer.ca? Perhaps you can even get the kids involved in choosing the one they like best!



Bonus: I'm giving away the Elements of Science kit to one of my readers, along with some EcoAdvanced batteries and other goodies, so you can have some science fun at home with your kids, too!



Just leave me a comment below to win and I'll pick a winner randomly by June 25th. 

Good Luck!


Friday, May 29, 2015

A Jergens Skincare Giveaway (For Summer Smooth Skin!)

What do you love the most about this great weather? When I step outside first thing in the morning, or when I leave work for the day, I can't help but take a deep breath, and smile—the sounds of summer, and the sunshine on my skin really helps put me in a good mood, no matter what's going on in my life. And there is not much I don't love about summer, to be honest. I'd say dressing for these warm, sunshiny days is one of my favourite things to do. Spring and summer is all about cute dresses (and my closet is full of dresses!) and great wedge heels—and with that, smooth, soft, silky skin.


Because I'm always in a rush in the morning, I love using great moisturizing products that are going to leave my skin feeling soft all day long. I'm addicted to Jergens Skincare products, because they provide great moisture protection for my skin.

One of my favourite new products from Jergens is the Shea Butter Lotion which smells delicious, and kind of like coconut—the way summer should smell!

I also love the Jergens Shea Oil—I put this on after the Shea Butter Lotion which helps bring out a little shine and makes my tanned skin look almost darker. (I'm all about safe tanning in the summertime!)

Another must-have Jergens product for me? The Jergens Body BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream. This is an amazing moisturizer that helps instantly hydrate your skin while firming and correcting skin at the same time. It goes on sheer, but adjusts to your skin colour, so you get a bit of a glow, too.


Because Jergens Skincare is so fabulous, they're letting me give away an amazing basket of skin care products that'll have you wearing nothing but little dresses all season long!

This is what I'm giving away:
  • Jergens Shea Butter Lotion
  • Jergens Shea Oil
  • Jergens Soothing Aloe
  • Jergens Ultra Care
  • Jergens Ultra Care Fragrance Free
  • Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (Fair-Medium)
  • Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow (Medium-Tan)
  • Jergens Natural Glow Colour Primer
  • Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender
  • Jergens BB Body Medium-Deep
  • Jergens Fine Liquid Hand Wash White Tea
To enter to win this amazing basket, just leave me a comment below telling me what you are looking forward to this summer.

I'll pick a winner randomly by June 5th.

Good Luck!

 

Five Tips To Get Over A Bad Day

Right now, there are a lot of things that make me smile. After all, as long as my children are happy, I feel content. However, we all have bad days— those moments of doubt and insecurities and fear that can take over the mind and put you in a state of complete unhappiness.

I’m trying to enjoy every minute of this sunshine and warm weather. I love evening walks and basketball games with my boys after dinner, and love the fact that because I’m eating healthier, I’m feeling better, too. However, it doesn’t take much to turn a wonderful day into something… not so wonderful, despite the power of the sun and love from my children. It could be a sad news story I’ve read, a fight I’ve had with a friend or loved one, unpaid bills piling up, or worrying about what’s going to happen in the near (or far) future. And I do worry all the time, about everything. There are ways to stop the negative thoughts from forming into something larger, though, and these are the things I do to try to stay happy:

  1.  Perspective. This is a big one for me. I know I’m blessed and I’m extremely thankful for all that I have. I’m thankful to be living in a great city, thankful for the food on my plate, thankful for our health care system, and I’m thankful for my healthy children. The minor things that cause us irritation and sadness can be forgotten if we remember all the good we do have around us. If I start feeling down in the dumps about something, I try to remember this. It’s not that bad. And it will get better.
2.      Drive. I take the scenic route to work every day. My drive is beautiful, and gives me time to think, all by myself... of issues that are troubling me, of the things I have to check off my to-do list, and of the work that awaits me. Driving alone helps me clear my head and helps me prepare for the day. My drive into work gives me enough time to make sure I’m in the right state of mind to take on my day.

3.      Music. Music soothes the soul. I swear, there is no better (or cheaper) therapy then getting lost in your music and your favourite songs. There is a song to match my every mood, and depending on how I’m feeling, I know exactly what to play to help change my mood from sad to happy, or to hopeful, at least. Music can really soothe the soul. So listen to your favourite songs while driving or walking or running and you’ll see how quickly you start to feel better.

4.      Get out. What can cure a bad day in a heartbeat? A glass of wine and a night out with close friends. We are busy all the time, so planning a night out with friends you haven’t seen in a while can be a daunting task, but when you finally get together for some great conversations and laughs, you’ll feel uplifted and happy. After all, that’s what friends are for.

5.      Eat well and exercise. I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before, right? But it’s true. Keeping a regular exercise routine is important for your body and mind. Eat well, too—after a few weeks of choosing the salad over fries, you’ll notice a difference in not only in how you feel, but in your appearance, as well. And when it comes to working out, it is important to change things up sometimes, too, but if you’re satisfied with the workout routine you’ve got going on—stick with it. I love getting lost in my music when I’m at GoodLife Fitness, and not worrying about looking at the clock. It’s amazing how when I don’t think I can push myself any more, I end up doing a longer workout than I anticipated. Do things you love, and your body will thank you.

Try to stay positive about your situation and remember that it’s probably not as bad as you think. Remember all the times you’ve had issues that were resolved, and remember to put things in perspective.
 
Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for GoodLife Fitness. I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with GoodLife. All views and opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Summertime Giveaway with COVERGIRL and Olay

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 is finally here, and so are the wonderful days of lounging outside on patios with friends and family, backyard BBQ's, swimming with the children, enjoying evening soccer games, and, of course, shopping for a new summer wardrobe (hello, dresses!) and new beauty products.

When you're getting ready to head out, whether it's for a date night at a romantic Italian restaurant, or a girls night out on a patio, COVERGIRL and Olay can help bring out the most beautiful you. (It is amazing what a little make-up can do!)


I love the Olay Total Effects Anti-aging Moisturizer. This new formula has 40% more vitamins and the highest level of Niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skincare product. Pretty awesome. This new anti-aging moisturizer is a must-have when you're shopping for new summer beauty products—your skin will truly love it.

Of course, with glowing, healthy, radiant skin, you'll need to bring out your eyes, too—and show off your lashes! The new COVERGIRL Super Sizer Mascara is amazing and totally helps lengthen your lashes while adding mega volume for a stunning look and gorgeous eyes. This mascara makes lashes grow.

Here's how you can get gorgeous lashes in three easy steps:

  1. Place the Lash Styler’s narrow, long core and short bristles right at the base of the lashes.
  2. Pull the Lash Styler through the lashes from root to tip, twirling or rotating it a bit as you go.
  3. Sculpt and style the lashes until you reach supersized, corner to corner volume.
What goes great with mascara? A great eye liner, of course. I have tried all the products out there, and there are only three eye liners that I will use, and Intensify me! Liquid Liner by COVERGIRL is one of them. It has a great paddle tip that provides two looks, actually—thick and dramatic or thin and elegant and it can help you achieve the perfect cat-eye, effortlessly.

I know you totally take my word for it when I talk about the beauty products I love to use, but I want you to put them to the test, too! Thanks to P&G, I'm giving away these great products to one of my wonderful readers.

Here's what I've got for you:
Just leave me a comment below telling me what you love the most about summer and you'll be entered to win! I'll pick a winner, randomly, by June 30th.

Note: P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G. By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.
This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

P&G in Cincinnati

I spent the last two days in beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio, thanks to P&G. I had the chance to learn all about Tide HE Turbo technology at P&G's Research and Development Headquarters.

But first, Cincinnati... not a city that was on my personal bucket list, but one that I am very glad I got to see and experience. I left with many happy memories and I can't wait to visit again. The city is charming and beautiful, with great history and a cool vibe. It's also very clean, which I loved. The people were super friendly, and the hotel I stayed at—21C Museum Hotel—was amazing. It was modern and hip and had a great roof top bar with fantastic city views. And very comfortable beds.

I flew to Chicago and from there, landed in Kentucky, which is actually where the Ohio airport is located. (I did not know that... I thought I got on the wrong plane and ended up in the wrong State!) Now I can say I was in three States in one day.  Anyway, Kentucky, from what I saw of it, was charming and lovely and now I want to move there... in a pretty little farm house with lots of beautiful, lush green trees on my property, and, of course, the classic white picket fence.



21C Museum Hotel had a giant yellow penguin greeting me in front of my hotel room. This really helped me not get lost going back to my room. (Thanks, yellow penguin!)


The view from the roof top bar of the 21C Museum Hotel were lovely, too. (Hello, Macy's!)


The city was just lovely.


And this is the bridge I was dying to drive over... and had the chance to as I was leaving the city. I only wish I had taken a better picture, but it was an overcast afternoon.


Okay, enough about awesome Cincinnati. The picture below is why I was brought to Ohio! This is the Resesarch and Development building for P&G and Tide. How cool to step inside... and learn all that I did. I truly can't wait for the chance to go back to see more. To actually be employed by P&G would be a very neat thing, too. Seriously, my entire life I've been devoted to P&G products (Crest, Olay, Cover Girl, Pantene, Pampers, Tide, and the list goes on...) so to be a P&G Mom, it's a very special thing indeed.


Touring this building and seeing and meeting so many researchers and scientists who work hard every day to give us the products we've come to know and trust was a very special treat.

I was blown away seeing all the work that goes into developing a new product, like Tide HE Turbo. I think it was equally impressive that I met the team behind the new Tide HE Turbo products, too. Needless to say, everyone at headquarters looked clean because they are the experts when it comes to cleaning clothes. And they do tons of laundry as part of their research. It smelled so very fresh in the entire building! We were shown a few great presentations and some cool experiments that got us thinking about laundry in a new way.

High-efficiency washing machines are becoming the norm in Canada. (Almost half of Canadians own an HE washing machine.) HE washing machines are incredibly advanced, but many HE washing machine owners are still looking for improved laundry performance, because most of the time, they are not using the right product or the right amount to do the job. To get the best results, consumers need to use the right amount of detergent, and use detergents specifically designed for HE washers.

Not all detergents are created equal; many other brands say they are for HE washers but have actually not changed the formula of the detergent. HE Turbo is a new standard for laundry detergents that uses smart suds technology, and attacks dried-on stains better than before. It's the number one recommended detergent by washing machine manufacturers, too. Also, it's safe for all washing machines. I love that it uses far less suds than before, thanks to the new Smart Suds technology. The suds disappear almost immediately. This means that less water is being used, which is very important. Also very important? You're getting incredibly clean clothes, even on a quick cycle, because of the fast-activating ingredients... yay!


We even got to put on the white P&G lab coats to take part in a science experiment, too. It was so cool. Here's where you can see the difference:

video



The suds in the new Tide Turbo HE were instantly gone. It was so cool to see. We learned a lot, and had so much fun. Thank you for the most interesting and informative day, Tide and P&G!

(More) Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites Goodness

You all know I'm no master chef—or baker—in the kitchen. However, I make up for that in other ways. Recently, though, I found an amazingly easy recipe, one that even my children love helping me make. It's a snack that's packed with so much goodness, and is so delicious, and healthy, I don't mind making them every week.

The Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites of Goodness that I made recently were a huge hit in my house. I love that I'm able to make my boys a delicious snack that they love eating, and I think it's great that we can incorporate different ingredients in them to make them taste different each time. And total bonus? They're no bake snack bites. So they take no time at all to make.

Here's another recipe I love: the Kraft Honey Pistachio Peanut Butter Snack Bites. These are so yummy, you won't even realize there is no chocolate in them!

These are just as simple to make. Here's what you need:

  • 1/2 cup Kraft Peanut Butter with Honey
  • 2/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup large flake rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
All you have to do is mix the peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until blended. Stir in the remaining ingredients, put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, and roll into 1-inch balls, using about 2 Tbsp. for each. Voila!


If you entered the My Peanut Butter Snack Bites Makes It Yours Photo Contest, we're pleased to announce the winners. The winners are: Maria Medeiros, Debbie Flynn, Rebecca Hart and
Shanaz Allia. Congratulations, and thank you for entering!

Follow the conversation by following #MyKPBsnackbite on Twitter and for more delicious
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Enjoy your Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites!



Disclaimer: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Kraft Canada.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Stepping Out In Style With Hudson's Bay Company and I.N.C

There are a million reasons I love spring and summer, and shopping for new clothes is on top of that list.

I love dressing for this weather, and I love clothes that can be worn different ways for when I go out with the girls for drinks, for when I'm just hanging around with my children, or heading into work.

What I look for when I'm shopping is versatility in the pieces I buy. And shopping the I.N.C line at Hudson's Bay is one of my favourite things to do, because they always have just what I'm looking for. Versatility. Style. Comfort. I can always find something totally appropriate—whether it's for work, going out, or just kicking back with the family.

I received the most amazing package from Hudson's Bay Company, filled with the season's must-have fashion items—from jeans to a bright pink top with zipper detail, to a lacy white top (that is so sexy, worn alone, or with a sweater) to the most stunning two-piece palm leaf very Mad Men inspired outfit that I could not wait to wear.

The Skinny Leg Crop Jean, of course, could be easily paired with any of the tops I received. Talk about versatility!

 
I had a charity fashion show to attend a few nights ago, and I had the perfect outfit to wear to the show—the Printed Square Neck Scuba Tank and the Stretch Foliage Pencil Skirt (I think it's so Mad Men, no?) I got so many compliments on this outfit, and the best part? I can pair the skirt with the white top, or pair the top with the jeans for a more relaxed look—perfect for an evening enjoying a glass of wine with friends.
 



Another favourite look of mine from the collection was this Embellished Tie Front Peasant Top. It is the perfect, breezy top to wear for casual afternoons, shopping, a lunch date, or hanging out with family and friends. It's comfortable and so, so pretty. I love the details on the front of the top, especially. This was worn with the jeans and cute wedge heels.




Of course, pieces that can be worn from the office to dinner are my favourite, because they are so practical. I instantly fell in love with the white and green Trapeze Contrast Knit Cardigan as soon as I tried it on. The green colour on the white is perfect for spring. I wore the sweater over the white Stretch Lace Two-Piece Top.

To dress things up after work, I took off the sweater, added a statement necklace to the white top, and put on some higher heels. These two pieces should be in everyone's closet! They can be worn again and again, and I think white for spring is summer is absolutely essential.



I.N.C. is a great line to shop because of the variety of pieces they have. From dresses to pants to sweaters to tops, you'll definitely find something you love this season. And because the pieces are so practical, yet stylish—so versatile, yet unique—you won't have to buy an entire new wardrobe. A few new pieces from I.N.C. is all you need to get you through your spring and summer days.

Oh! And here's a total bonus: in honour of the line's 30th anniverary, the pieces are available for 30% off, in-store and online, from May 15th to May 21st. (No promo code required!) Not only are the clothes fabulous, the shopping is made easy, too—and who doesn't love a great sale like 30% off? That's guilt-free shopping!

Disclosure: I am part of The Hudson's Bay Company and I.N.C campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Get Ready for Summer Giveaway with Pantene, Olay and Crest

After hectic mornings getting the kids out the door for school—a time I cherish, despite how busy it is—I take the scenic route to work. The weather has been perfect, and I love that I'm surrounded by so much beauty on my drive. Windows down with my favourite music playing is always a great start to my day. May is my favourite month, because it's the beginning of summer.  Nothing makes me happier than stepping outside in a little dress and feeling the hot sun on my skin. Sadly, spring and summer go by in the blink of an eye, and because of this, I do as much as I can to take it all in, by staying outside as much as possible. Sunny skies, hot temperatures, and a light breeze... absolute perfection. Nights on patios with friends, pool parties and backyard BBQ's, vacations... all things to get really excited about. Here's something else to get excited about: a spring and summer beauty routine.

Now that the harsh months of winter are behind us, it's time to treat ourselves to the right hair and beauty products so we're fully ready to step out in style. There is no better time than now to get back into a good beauty routine with the right moisturizers and products that'll help you have the smoothest skin and the shiniest hair.


P&G has some great solutions to help get you ready for fun in the sun.

Here are some awesome new P&G products I'm loving:

The Pantene Dry Defy system is designed for women with really dry hair that's lost it's natural movement and shine. It's perfect if your hair is feeling a little lifeless from the winter. (Hello, that would be me!) This is a three step system that helps replenish lost moisture. The three step system includes an intense hydrating shampoo and conditioner, as well as a Velvet Crème Infusion, which absorbs into hair and starts working right away, leaving hair soft and velvety for all those mid-afternoon strolls, patio lunches, and trips to the park... or to the mall, to pick up a new pair of shoes, because really, we can never have too many cute wedge heels!

I like to lighten up my blonde highlights in the spring and summer. I love the new Pantene Fade Defy because it really helps my hair colour stay resilient and vibrant. (Yay!) This collection includes a shampoo and conditioner formulated with three amino acids found naturally in the hair’s core that help colour form more intensely in the hair fibre. You can apply Fade Defy Vibrant Color Magnifying Gloss afterwards to seal it in and avoid damage, too. Now you can blow-dry away.

Want to rejuvenate your skin? Experience Olay’s new Fresh Outlast Body Washes formulated to work with skin’s natural pH. This body wash comes in four premium scents, like Cooling White Strawberry & Mint, made with essential oil fragrances. The smell is heavenly and delicious. You'll have totally kissable skin after using this body wash.

Longing for pearly whites? You can whiten your teeth with the new Crest 3D White® Brilliance Toothpaste which works to enhance your smile’s beauty with an Illuminating Complex. Pair it along with new Crest 3D White Brilliance Boost –a polishing treatment designed to amplify your smile’s brilliant whiteness. I do this two step teeth cleaning routine every morning and night to help brighten my smile.

Pantene, Olay, and Crest want to help kickstart your spring regime with a gift box including all the products I'm mentioned here! Valued at $80, the giveaway includes:
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. This contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G.

By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.
 
This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

Good Luck and enjoy the gorgeous weather!

Friday, May 8, 2015

It's An HE Turbo Twitter Party!

Now that warmer days are here, there's really no need to ever be indoors—unless it's to sleep, and even then, it's with the windows open, so the sounds of summer can be heard. This weather, you guys... it's perfection. Finally, after the longest winter ever, we're able to kick back and soak up the sun.

The only thing keeping me indoors is... argh—never-ending piles of laundry that somehow, despite the fact that we're wearing less clothing than we did in the winter—seem to keep piling up. (And maybe it's because my boys seem to roll in mud, like, every day, going through so many t-shirts and short every day!)

There is no magic solution to laundry, unless someone else is doing it for me, but the next best thing is using a product that's going to make my job more efficient so I can get back to doing the things I really love. It's a fact that laundry is the most time consuming household chore, so Tide has come up with a solution.

HE Turbo Clean detergents truly save time, water, and energy by using proprietary, quick-dissolving Smart Suds™  technology that help prevent HE Washing Machines from running addition rinse cycles. Basically, The Smart Suds™ technology in HE Turbo Clean detergents won’t carry over suds, meaning that an HE washer won’t go into additional rinse cycles that add up to 25 minutes to cycle time and waste up to 10 gallons of water.

Does this mean less time waiting for the laundry to be done? Indeed it does! So get the sangria ready, because you'll be spending more time on the patio than in the laundry room this summer. I can talk to you more about this exciting news, but you'll have to wait until Monday to hear more.

I'm excited to be moderating a fun Twitter Party on Monday, May 11th at 9:00pm EDT. We'd love for you to join us for the #HETurbo Twitter Party. I promise, it'll be fun, and we're giving away some fabulous prizes... like what?

Like...

Seven Tide HE Turbo Clean bundles and over $1500 in Visa Gift Cards. That's a lot Visa Gift Cards! 

The Grand Prize winner will be taking home a Tide HE Turbo Clean bundle and a $500 Visa Gift Card.



All you have to do is RSVP below for a chance to win. Don't forget to enter your Twitter handle in the Link/Blog Title field, and your Twitter URL, too, in the Link Filed.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Burst into Spring with Shoppers Drug Mart and Enter for A Chance to Win!

Lately the weather has been absolute perfection, with warm and sunny days. I simply cannot get enough of how nice it is outside, finally.

Spring is most definitely in the air and summer is close behind, which is my favourite time of the year. I love spring for so many reasons—we get to stay out late, enjoy the sunshine, and feel the warmth on our skin. I also love spring a lot because it's always the perfect excuse to go shopping, to stock up on spring essentials!

Shoppers Drug Mart has everything I need to take care of myself and my family. They have a huge selection of products, no matter what you're looking for; from home decor, to cards and gift ideas, to children's products and, of course, all the beauty products I desire. Shoppers Drug Mart continues to be my one-stop place to shop, and this spring, there is so much to shop for. Shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart is effortless, easy, and doesn't take up too much of my time. The service is always great, which really helps, but more importantly, the products I know, trust and love are always available for me to purchase.

Here are my favourite Burst into Spring products from Shoppers Drug Mart that I totally love for spring... and I know you will, too.

Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream: Olay didn't become the number one female facial skin care brand for nothing; Olay is always a great skin care product that works beautifully on my skin and face by providing amazing protection from the elements while keeping my skin hydrated and looking energized. I was able to buy Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream and I love that I can use both day and night. The Tone Perfecting Cream instantly brightens my skin and helps reduce the appearance of dark spots over time. Total bonus.





Life Brand Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50  is the perfect sunscreen for my entire family. I always stock up on this sunscreen for the spring and summer and use it on all of us, for perfect protection, knowing it's also not harmful for our skin. (We used this in Greece last summer, too, and it really helped our skin stay sunburn free!)




Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer: I picked up this skin moisturizer recently and I love it—I love it because it does  a great job of keeping my skin feeling smooth, soft, and silky, while at the same time giving my skin that extra glow it needs for spring. The scent is sweet and it's super easy to apply. It also comes in different shades, depending on your skin colour—so it will be matched perfectly to your skin and give you just the right amount of glow.




Crest 3D White Brilliance Mesmerizing Mint Toothpaste: The most important thing you need for any season? A beautiful smile. I am addicted to Crest 3D White Brilliance Mesmerizing Mint Toothpaste; it's the perfect minty taste and keeps my teeth looking white, and feeling clean.




Venus Swirl Razor with FlexiBall Technology: Smooth, silky skin is so important for spring and summer, because I pretty much live in little dresses as soon as the weather warms up. And because I'm always in a rush with my children,  I love the Venus Swirl, because it's easy to use (meaning it contours over all the curves of my skin without any mishaps, and it always leaves my skin smooth.)







There are so many fabulous Burst into Spring products available at Shoppers Drug Mart that'll certainly get you in the spring shopping mood, but what's even more amazing is that when you spend $10 or more at Shoppers Drug Mart you can win 1 of 3 prizes of $10,000. For details, visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart store or shoppersdrugmart.ca/spring.

And when you're shopping in-store, you'll be able to earn Shoppers Optimum Points on almost every purchase. (You can also join in the conversation on Twitter. Just use the hashtag #BurstIntoSpring!)

I've got a great giveaway for you, too! Just leave me a comment below telling me which Shoppers Drug Mart Spring products you want to try this spring and you will be entered to win a gift basket full of Shoppers Drug Mart Spring products.

Happy Spring Shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart—and Good Luck!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Stella and Dot Mother's Day Engravable Necklace Giveaway

Mother's Day is around the corner and while I'm not overly sentimental, I love giving (and receiving) on this special day.

What I receive from my boys that I love and appreciate the most are personal tokens of love and affection that come from the heart. A handwritten card is pretty much all I need to make me completely happy on Mother's Day, or any day of the year, for that matter. The gifts my boys give that come from the heart mean so much to me.


When I receive other types of sweet gifts, I'm also very thankful. Gifts like spa treatments,  luxurious hotel stays, and jewellery always make great gifts.

I was given this gorgeous personalized necklace by my Stella and Dot Independent Stylist, Kristy Price, recently, and I wear it almost every day.


It's the perfect engravable necklace and it goes with almost everything I wear. It was a special early Mother's Day gift I received, and now I want to give you a special Mother's Day gift, too!


I'm giving away an engravable necklace just like the ones above to one of my readers. The necklace is valued at between $64-$74 dollars, and you can choose which one you want for yourself once I pick my winner. (You can check out the options here.)

If you win, you'll not only receive a beautiful neckacle, you'll also receive a catered Style Session (with wine and cupcakes provided!) for a fun night with friends.

I'll pick a winner randomly on May 10th. 

To enter: Leave me a commenet below telling me what your favourite Mother's Day gift is! (Please include your contact information.)

Note: This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, however, only those living in Ottawa will be able to enjoy the second part of the giveaway—the catered Style Session.

Good Luck!

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