Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Netflix Must-Watch Throwbacks

Saturday mornings were all about cartoons for me when I was growing up. Actually, that's not true—I spent most Saturday mornings at Greek School, not watching all the great cartoons my friends got to stay home to watch. Life was so unfair!

My boys aren't in Greek School on Saturday mornings and not because I want them to stay home to watch cartoons—but because I like teaching them Greek on my own. Even if they were in Greek school on Saturday mornings, they wouldn't have to miss their favourite shows, thanks to Netflix.

Netflix is always a family favourite, for movie nights, for Saturday morning cartoons, and for all the shows I love to watch when my kids are asleep, like Orange Is The New Black or House Of Cards.

Now my boys can watch some of my childhood favourites like Garfield, Scooby-Doo, and The Smurfs. Even more fun now is that I get to watch with them. It is always awesome to connect on different levels with my boys, and watching some of my favourite shows from when I was a child is a great way to spend even more time with my boys.




What classic shows do you love watching with your children on Netflix?

Disclosure: I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix and as part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. All views and opinions are my own. 

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!


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