Ont thing I have learnt through the years is that aging is inevitable. I too will age, just as my ancestors did before me, and at first thought this is sad, but when you see the beautiful faces of your mother, aunts or grandmothers you will see that inevitable is good - if you are blessed with good genes of course ;)

Does it come down to good genes?

I thought it did, until I realized that environmental factors, stress and quality of life all fall under the category that is....me.

After having my 2 boys, I have struggled to achieve that 'youthful' glow that illuminates from within, the kind I had in my early 20's. I know, this too happens with age of course, but what is worse is that we live in a society that is smeared with Botox, plastic surgery and photoshop-- how can a 30 something female ever feel beautiful in her own skin?

I think I found the secret to my existing youth in Elizabeth Arden's Prevage skin care line.

This stuff REALLY does work!

It has been about 1 month since I started using this line religiously and I have to say, I am totally loving the results. My skin appears softer, dead skin is almost at zero and I love the way I look wearing minimal to no make up at all. SINCE WHEN COULD I EVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT MAKE UP?? 

Now I can!! 

I highly recommend this entire skin care line because unlike other creams, eye care, and exfoliation, a little really does go a long way! Personally, I love an investment that lasts a long time, makes maintenance easier and is more cost efficient too. I hardly ever rave about products, but these are my most favorite essentials to date. 

When I want to look my best, and feel like a beautiful aging woman, I use Prevage!

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PREVAGE® Anti-aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30

The world is full of skin-damaging assaults and free radicals, unleashed by the sun and the environment. Put up your guard and help protect your skin with PREVAGE® Anti-aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30. The first ever moisturizer with both high level SPF protection and revolutionary Idebenone, proven as the most powerful and effective antioxidant* on the market today.
Now skin has the ultimate in correction, prevention and protection.


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PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum

This luxurious, corrective eye serum with a powerful combination of Idebenone, a highly effective environmental protectant, and targeted eyecare technology helps counteract the appearance of visible aging signs all around the eye area. Quickly see an impact with smoother looking lids, fewer visible deep lines and a brighter look. With continued use, it helps support skin’s natural collagen matrix for a firmer look as it significantly reduces the appearance of crepy lids, crow’s feet and dark circles. Eyes look more lifted, radiant and younger than ever.


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PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting CleanserPREVAGE®

Anti-aging Skincare helps protect and correct skin’s appearance from environmental threats, a leading cause of visible aging signs, for younger-looking, more beautiful skin.
This multi-action moisture-rich cleanser quickly dissolves impurities, makeup and surface pollution as it refines skin’s appearance with gentle bamboo microbeads and enzymatic exfoliators. Clears the way for maximum treatment benefits, leaving skin feeling cleansed, comfortable and healthy looking. Specially formulated to optimize the benefits of PREVAGE® Anti-aging Serums. Gentle enough for sensitive skin.


Here's your chance to defy aging with a chance to WIN a skin care set from PREVAGE! 
Open to Residences of Canada

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For a busy mom on the go, getting organized is often a very hard task to do. I have tried various labels, cards and even stickers just to get my life in order. In my opinion, what it comes down to is the ability to actually have the resources when you need them the most. I was thrilled to try out the Epson LabelWorks LW-400 and jumped at the chance at using it simply because I have always admired moms that have their act together, and 'seem' organized. I have to admit though I was skeptical at first because it looked so complicated- so many buttons! Boy was I wrong- this thing rocks! It is so easy to use and functional it has a lot of options all right at your fingertips! Once you figure out the borders, the font sizes, the font types, and the material you want to use, this tiny machine does the rest with the push of a few buttons!

I now refer to my little friend the LabelWorks-LW400 as my hand-held 'go-to' machine of choice! I LOVE THIS THING!! I have since made ribbons for presents that are personalized, stickers for all of our toy buckets and a label for just about every box, bag and piece of clothing we have in our home! Those labeling mamas have nothing on me ;) I am now super-labeling mama! My most favorite function is the ability to change cartridges by simply opening up the backing and pulling the old one out to replace with the new. This makes transitioning from stickers to ribbon easy, and perfect for my family since I often change my mind a million times.

So what are you waiting for? GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER AND GET ORGANIZED with Epson!! 
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Enter to win a LabelWorks LW 400 for yourself!!

Open to Residences of Canada
1 Entry per IP/Email Address.
Disclosure: I was given the LabelWorks LW-400 to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own. Please note: the winner will be awarded and prized from the company directly, and not from lil-sugar.ca.
 
 
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The LeapFrog LeapReader learning system is the perfect addition to any preschoolers learning environment. Because learning doesn't just happen at school it happens at home too! I've always wanted to buy one of these systems for my child but I didn't know which one would be the perfect one for his age category. My oldest child was always a quick learner when it came to reading, and I have found that my second child has had a little more trouble in this area. Since he started kindergarten this year I find that letter recognition and letter practice has become an ongoing challenge in our home. 

This system is wonderful! It teaches children how to read right and engage with words and letters! Our little guy has been using this on a daily basis and already i see an excitement in his learning patterns. The books are engaging and the voice is soothing, not to mention set up was easy too! Simply plug the device into your computer go to the website and download the software. Everything was included and so simple to use I would definitely recommend this as a learning tool for any child learning to read and write. 

On another note, it is very portable compact and simple to store I have now brought this in our bag when visiting people to keep my kids entertained and learning while on the go. This would make a great distraction on a plane or long car ride, the characters come to life and stories can be read to your child without any work involvement whatsoever. I think it is super-important to make reading fun, and there is no better way to do that then with a toy that is equally enjoyable as a learning tool as well as a playing device.
Lil-sugar is THRILLED to announce that LeapFrog is giving one 
lucky winner a Musical Rainbow Tea Party Set!! 
Rainbow Tea PartyAges 1-3 Years | $24.99 

Kids will love learning with the Musical Rainbow Tea Party! The lovable light-up teapot bubbles with personality while percolating and teaches kids about colors, matching, manners and counting, too! Kids will love matching and building motor skills as they play. Host a special tea time for two to learn lessons in sharing. And, best of all, the Musical Rainbow Tea Party features 50+ songs, phrases and tea party sounds! 

* Musical Rainbow Tea Party is a 10-piece set that lights up in six colors and features songs and surprises! * Tip the teapot to see it light up, hear fun sounds and see the tea move realistically! 
* Teaches colors & matching, manners & greetings and counting.

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Contest open to residences of Canada
1 Entry Per IP/Email Address 

Disclosure: I received a product in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own; LeapFrog is responsible for the shipment of the winners prize once chosen.
 
 
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Take a look at this year's hottest toy of the season! I don't think there's one kid on this planet who would argue that this toy rocks! For the longest time my little man has been asking for the rainbow loom... And for his birthday he got exactly what he wished for, thanks to Mastermind Toys! Simply put, the rainbow loom is a bunch of elastics with a loom to thread them on and in the end, they make beautiful and fun jewelry for kids to trade, enjoy and fashion. 

If you are beginner like me you will be sticking to the basic bracelets pattern that everyone is sporting like the 'fishtail'. But for a child like my son who is only seven the possibilities are endless. Create simple patterns or more intricate patterns like the 'starburst'. Looming has now become a phenomenon! So many colors so many ways so much fun! 
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My little man even made 22 pink rainbow loom bracelets for anti-bullying awareness week. He gave one to each of his classmates to wear to show just how serious he was about the cause. Of course this took hours to do but I was so proud of him in the end. Now the whole family is looming, I even learned how to make a few clothing pieces four our Barbie dolls...maybe time for a carear change?

Has your child hopped on the rainbow loom bandwagon yet?

 Here's your chance to win a rainbow loom set for your family! 
Enter below for your chance to win! 
Open to residences of Canada
1 entry per IP/Email address
Disclosure: I was given a Rainbow Loom from Mastermind Toys in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own. Mastermind toys is responsible for the shipment and handling of the winners prize.

 
 
Cold and flu season has started! What better way than to aid your child's well-being with Fintstones Gummies With Immunity Support! For years, parents have trusted this brand and now it has gotten even tastier! Oh how I wish that they had gummies when I was little, just love that taking a daily vitamin can be fun for kids too! I can't wait to try these with my kids, in fact they are on my shopping list this week....because I know healthy doesn't have to be challenging.

INTERESTING FACTS:
A new survey commissioned by Bayer Healthcare Consumer Care shows that –
  • 67 per cent of Canadian moms with kids 10 and under say healthy meals for their kids are often compromised because of busy and hectic schedules; 
  • 55 per cent of moms agreed their kids are getting enough vitamin A, while only 41 per cent said their kids are getting enough zinc.  Both of these help to maintain healthy immune function;
  • Almost two thirds of moms agreed that they have added other ingredients to vegetables to make them taste better.

To celebrate the launch of FLINTSTONES™ Gummies Plus Immunity Support in Canada, the maker of your favourite children’s vitamin is offering one of my readers an ultimate fun activity in your city.  You can pick from a list of activities in your city.

To learn more, visit the interactive booklet (below) that includes some fun ‘Did you know?!’ facts along with interesting survey results.

ONE LUCKY LIL-SUGAR WINNER WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE PACK TO THE SCIENCE CENTRE!!
Pick from the list activities in your city below. Travel to and from activities will NOT be provided. Open to GTA Residences only.

Bring the family together to learn about science at the Ontario Science Centre! The Science Centre delights, informs and entertains families of all ages. Take the night off with this SUPER-FUN package!


Includes: 
Ontario Science Centre
Adult Admission X2
Child Admission X2
Disclosure: I recieved compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. I am not responsible for the distribution of the winners prize, the company will be responsible for compensation of the winning prize and communication.
 
 
I was recently given a wonderful package to review, the Deep Relief package has everything to get me through the winter months without aches and pains---or so I hope. I broke my leg when I was very small and over the years I find that once the cold weather hits....so does the pain in my joints! For many years I have experienced pain and ongoing problems with my leg and my knee so I thought that the Deep Relief Spray would be a perfect fit to relieve me of some of it. What perfect timing for this package to arrive!!

Heat Spray begins to work immediately as you apply to sore aching muscles, increasing blood flow and relieving pain. Continuous spray format offers convenience when treating hard to reach areas. 

• Soothing warm relief
• Fast acting, long lasting
I am usually skeptic about products and my body, but I have to admit that this spray is super-fast acting and really feels good on contact. The smell is wonderfully soothing and the easy to use spray bottle is a great way to get to those hard to reach places. As soon as I sprayed some on my knee area I felt heat and pressure somehow seemed to be relieved. Hours later, the pain seems to be masked and I was able to continue on with my daily activities. This spray is now a must-have item in my house, especially in the winter months when I need it most. 

One Lucky Reader Will Receive a Prize-pack Valued At Over $75!!
* Dual Action Neck, Shoulder, & Back Pain Relief (hands free)  
* Ice Cold Pain Gel 255g
* Sprain & Strain Relief Spray 
* Deep Relief Heat Spray  
* Deep Relief Yoga Mat 
* Deep Relief cinch bag 

**Open to Canadian Residences -Must be 18 years+- 1 entry per IP/Email Address

 For more, visit: Twitter @MyDeepRelief Facebook  and www.deeprelief.ca
Disclosure: I was given the prize-pack shown for review, all opinions are my own. Deep Relief is responsible for the distribution of the prize once the winner is chosen.
 
 
I think for every new parent one of the hardest jobs in the world has to be packing for your first outing with baby. What do you bring? How much do you bring? And then shoving it all in a bag is another story of complete chaos! The second hardest thing about packing a bag is finding all the stuff you shoved into it once you have arrived at your destination. Moms, Dads, you know what I mean...
I was recently blessed with an adorable nephew who now accompanies me everywhere I go, so when I was given the chance to review the Bumble Collection Kelly Commuter bag I jumped at the chance to test it out. With 2 boys of my own, still young enough to need "stuff" and a nephew on my hip I really wanted a bag that fit it all while maintaing organization. This bag is wonderful when it comes to dividing things and organizing. With velcro walls and inserts for dividers that adhere to them, customization is easy. I now divide baby essentials, extras and older kid gadgets in one bag instead of 3! 
More Features
  • Water Resistant & Stain Resistant
  • Hard bottom to allow bag to easily stand up
  • Customizable removeable interior velcro dividers to eliminate mess
  • Dual exterior side pockets
  • Back zipper pocket to store soil-proof changing pad
  • Adjustable and removeable shoulder strap
  • Multiple pockets: two exterior side pockets, exterior zipper pocket, front velcro pouch pocket and customizable interior dividers that can create up to six seperate compartments
Measurements: Length: 15 inches x Width: 6 inches x Height: 11 inches

Another added bonus is the weight of this bag- so lightweight, unlike other brands. I can now juggle an infant, 4 year old and 7 year old easily without breaking my back! Helps that these bags are gorgeous too!! Just love the filigree pattern and neutral look to it don't you? I want you to be stylish too!!

 Now, one lucky Lil-Sugar reader is going to WIN one!!
Enter below for entry--Good Luck! 
Disclosure: All opinions on this blog are my own. I was provided with 1 Kelly Commuter Bag as a review and another to host the giveaway. Contest Open to US and Canadian Residences. 
 
 
Once again I am here to tell you about all the cool features the Playskool ShowCam has to offer and let me start off by saying that this awesome camera has not left Neigh's side since we had it delivered to our home. Even on our family holiday last week, we had to bring this camera through customs, an airport and on the beach to capture every second of excitement. 

My kids most favorite feature by far has to be the silly graphics and sounds! They easily accessed these features without the help of mom and dad and have used them for almost all photos taken. With over 50 effects to customize pictures and accompanying sounds, it is easy to make short stories and imaginative photos. Besides, what child doesn't love to instantly make their parents into a princess or pirate right? So much fun and imagination in this camera!

As a parent, it is the little details that make this camera perfect for a growing child. Imagination disappears or becomes limited once you grow up, so for me this is really important to capture in the younger years. I can remember making costumes, and becoming my most beloved character as a child, and I just love seeing my children's faces when they too can submerge themselves in imagination. The ShowCam makes this easy, by making every scene an imaginative one that is portable and instant.
Since the animations and sounds do not transfer once on the computer, I have taken some photos of the kids projections so that you can see how this function works....so fun!  As you can see below, the kids are having a great time projecting the photos and video's to the wall while becoming their favorite character. 
Great News! The Playskool ShowCam is Parent Tested, Parent Approved --you know that it is a product you can trust!! Given our results so far, I can attest to this as being on your child's wishlist this Christmas for sure! 
Connect with Playskool Website | Facebook | Twitter

Disclosure: As a Brand Ambassador with PTPA and Hasbro, I received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions expressed on this blog are my very own.”

Look for the PTPA Seal on select Hasbro Products in their latest contest!! Just snap a picture and get entered to WIN. Click here for more information.



PLUS!!! Enter to WIN a Playskool ShowCam below!!! 
**Note- open to Canada only
Colour choice will not be up to contestant
Please note if you won a Show Cam from one our ambassadors during the month of October that you will not be eligible to win another Show Cam for the duration of the campaign
 
 
Have you seen the newest addition to the Playskool family? The Playskool ShowCam makes your little photographer into a professional in seconds! With mommy snapping a load of photos all the time (at least 5 per day- I'm obsessed) it's no wonder my kids are also really into photography--my youngest (age 6) really has an eye for it too! Often times it is hard finding a 'toy' camera that resembles and has the functionality of a 'real' camera. When this camera came home it was instant love with little Neigh and his adventures. There was no need for instructions, we simply added batteries (4 AA batteries) and he instinctively knew what to do! Photo genius if you ask me!
So far, his favorite feature of the Playskool ShowCam has been the 2-in-1 feature. With the flick of a switch, images are projected onto any flat surface-how cool is that?

Neigh likes this because of the fact that he can instantly take a photo and then project it onto the wall for a show all his own. and even show's a slide show of your child's photos when you press the orange button. Mommy really thinks this is neat too!! I wish my camera had this feature, because sometimes seeing things on the large screen can be so much better ;)

Lately all I have been hearing is 'mommy smile' and then Neigh runs to the bathroom (only room dark enough) to see his masterpiece....creativity at its best! As a family we have really enjoyed the little performances my kiddos will put on to showcase their latest photo-skills too. The other night we sat through roughly 50 photos that the children took while on a nature walk -they were so proud! We have a long way to go before the kids get 'bored' too, because it has 1 GB of memory! That's roughly 1000 photos!! 

The Playskool ShowCam is also a PTPA Award-Winner! In my opinion it is also mommy approved for durability, functionality and hours of FUN!! Check out what other parents had to say about this fun camera on the PTPA site! 

Visit Playskool on Facebook and Twitter! 
Disclosure: As a Brand Ambassador with PTPA and Hasbro, I received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions expressed on this blog are my very own.”

GREAT NEWS!! Enter Below  for your chance to win a Showcam of your own !! 
**Note- open to Canada only
Colour choice will not be up to contestant
“This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #ShowCam 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. “
 
 
As you probably already know, I have a small (HUGE) makeup addiction, and what better way to get my attention then to offer me some products for review...that's exactly how Jacha Minerals got my attention and kept it. When I was given their products for review I was worried because they are not a 'big box' brand and I am usually skeptical about trying new things. I was so happy I did though, these products are exactly what I was looking for for everyday wear - light on the skin, a great compliment to any skin tone and combination, and best of all (in my opinion) NO SPARKLES!! 
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Let me explain, I really hate when bronzers have a 'sparkly' appearance on the skin, like most products today have. I really think that a good bronzer should compliment the skin tone not reflect it! The Jacha Minerals Matte Bronzer in Sunkissed is perfection on a brush! It has the perfect mix of that caramel tone that I was looking for and the powder can be re-applied to give a darker appearance in areas when needed too. For example, I usually apply 2 coats to my cheeks and brush a soft veil of the bronzer over the rest of my face and neck to give the cheeks a slightly darker coloring.

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As for the Mineral Photo Touch Foundation, it has now become my staple foundation for everyday because it is light, yet gives perfect coverage to even out all my little sun spots.This foundation goes on smooth without a heavy texture or coverage. LOVE this! Jacha has actually matched my skin in the perfect shade too, and all they needed was a photo of me to do this! No more cakey appearance or uneven skin tone that doesn't match my neck! I have been using this every day for the past 2 months and I still have about half a bottle left too. Great value for this product.



Jacha Minerals has no potential skin irritants, the products are free of talc, mineral oil, fragrance and heavy fillers and are infused with light reflecting pigments and antioxidants too! Healthy, beautiful skin and great coverage!

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Here's a photo of me wearing JACHA!
Want to #WIN a Jacha Minerals Photo Touch Foundation & Sunkissed Bronzer for yourself?
ENTER BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!!