When I was a teenager I used to spend hours baking in the sun, wanting to be darker and attain that 'Hollywood glow'. Little did I know that it was dangerous and looked horribly 'fake' on my skin tone. That 'healthy' glow lead to sunspots, aged skin and endless lost hours! I also did not know that over 78,000 Canadians are diagnosed with skin Cancer every year.With 5,500 of those cases being in cancer’s deadliest form, Melanoma. (stats: La Roche-Posay)

I stopped tanning simply because I became more educated and saw results I did not like....thankfully it was before something serious developed. Everywhere we turn there are ads, people and even statistics displaying the harmful effects of sun-exposure. So why do we still do it? 

La Roche-Posay, the #1 Dermatologist recommended skin care brand, needs your help to raise sun protection awareness with Save Lives!

The Save Lives! program featured on the La Roche-Posay Canada Facebook page is giving people a chance to raise awareness and place education as a top priority when it comes to sun-exposure. Now, You can vote in the advice gallery every day until July 15th on your favourite story. 

The most voted for stories will have a chance to win the grand prizes, so feel free to encourage friends and family to participate and vote! Raise awareness of melanoma and the importance of sun protection and early detection. Remember 90% of skin cancers can be cured if detected early enough! Canadians are also encouraged to visit MySkinCheck.ca for tools and resources needed to check for early signs of skin cancer.

 · Your skin is damaged after 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun 
 · You need to use a golf ball-sized amount of sunscreen to adequately protect yourself from head to toe 
 · 43% of individuals only apply sunscreen when the sun is very intense 
 · 36% of Canadians think having a tan is important
 · Melanoma represents 1/3 of all new cancers – one of the fastest growing cancers worldwide 
 · In North America, one person dies from melanoma every hour 
 · 1 in 7 Canadians will develop skin cancer in their lifetime 
 · 7 in 10 women don’t know how to properly apply sunscreen lotion 
 · 4 in 10 individuals don’t use sunscreen becuase of texture

It's not too late to start living healthy and join a revolution against the harmful effects of the sun! Visit: https://www.facebook.com/LaRochePosayCanada ro recieve weekly tips! Then, share with your friends and learn together. 

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When my first born son arrived, my husband and I made a point of capturing memories on video and keeping them. Little did we know that 3 short years later, our little genius would figure out how to erase all those precious memories with the touch of a button. Memories lost forever! The problem with camcorders today is that they have a large capacity to store videos without having to download or export them. So, like many people do, we kept adding to our video collection without ever backing them up!

I found with the new Sony Full HD Camcorder this step makes it easy to export because it has a built-in USB-cable that allows for easy transmission from camera to computer. As well as, a removable SD Card for simple sharing. These simple features would have saved my files in the past. The truth is, I like many, am lazy and do not have much time to sit and fidget with a device for hours. The most amazing part of this camera? Still remains, the projector feature. Another feature that Sony has come up with to make the lives of busy families a little bit easier! Less cords= 1 Happy Mama ;)

Simple memories like my boys playing Barbies with their father, are the memories that I will cherish forever!
Some key features to remember when purchasing this AMAZING Camcorder:
Why Chose a HandyCam?

The Best Video
 When shooting an important moment that you’d like to preserve for the future, you need the best video and sound. Handycam® camcorders feature “Exmor R”™ CMOS sensor delivers great videos in low-light and advanced features like focus tracking, face detection and smile shutter, Up to 60x optical zoom – that’s 60 times more zoom than a cell phone, Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode lets you say goodbye to shaky video and Uncompressed Full HD 1080 60p video

True Audio
Sound is just as important as video when it comes to preserving your memories. Handycam® camcorders feature Sony sound expertise: 5.1-channel surround sound, S-Master audio, Built-in zoom microphone, Wind-noise reduction, and Optional wireless microphones for crystal clear audio up to 100m away

Better By Design
Handycam® camcorders are designed to shoot video without compromising other features: Long battery life (up to 11 hours), Large touch-screen LCD, Intuitive feature navigation, Shoot still photos while shooting video, and GPS with in-camcorder maps, geotagging

Share Easily
Sony has incredible built-in features to make sharing so easy: Built-in projector lets everyone enjoy on-the-spot sharing (image projected up to 60” diagonally), Highlight playback to enjoy video clips quickly and easily, PlayMemories™ software provides easy online sharing through sites like YouTube™ and Facebook™, Built-in USB cable for easy download and charge, Enjoy direct playback from HDD, One touch DVD burn (optional DVDirect), and HDMI cable included in the box for immediate sharing on an HDTV

Of course, there are also those memories that are much more elaborate that every parent wants to capture on film. Like, my son's Junior Kindergarten graduation. Here is a snipet of the ceremony. Again, memories that with time will fade, but because they are captured on video, will now last a lifetime!

What is your favorite memory that you've caught on video or the memory you most wish had been captured on video? 

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The prize pack includes:
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- Mickey Beach Towel
- Set of 2 Mickey Tumblers
Open to Canadian residences. 

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When we moved into our current home, the main thing we looked for was space. I tend to buy very large furniture, so this was very important! So, when we found this home, 5 years ago we were thrilled. I have never liked my kitchen, and we bought the house with the intention of gutting most of it out and renovating...little did we know, with children this is a hard task. 

With our last home we were able to completely renovate the entire home (floors, walls, ceilings etc) within 2 short months, I never thought 5 years later I would be staring at the same orange cupboards that I hated on day one. My husband is not the 'do it yourself' type of person, and we hardly have time to ourselves, let alone have time to get someone to come and design a new kitchen for us....lets not even get started on the overall costs involved.

So, as I sat staring at those orange cupboards, I decided to take matters into my own hands... after-all how hard could it be? And what would we lose anyway?

Here is a photo of our kitchen before:
Dark, boring and pretty much not my style at all....

Rustoleum paint for cupboards was my solution! No sanding, no priming, just straight paint and sealer! Now that is my kinda project...off I went...
This project did take a little longer than I expected because I had to paint the framing, the inside and outside of the cupboards and take each one off the hinges ALONE....but here I am almost DONE!!
I love my NEW cupboards, and the price point (just over $100) and by the end of this weekend it will all be FINISHED!! Now off to my next project....transforming my orange fence (the previous owners must have loved that colour) to Grey.....
Wish me luck!!
Me and Meg

If such a class exists (which I'm most certain it does) I hope a tiny, little five-year-old is teaching it. They have the sales gig down. 
At some stage we have all had a sales job and what many of us don't realize, is that, we are always selling ourselves - especially if you have kids.  The thing is, for as much as we are trying to "sell them" on the virtues of manners, discipline, listening etc.; kids are the ones making the major deals and doing it so very often.

Let me give you an example. The setting: my mother's pool. I have just plucked my three out of the water. I feel that, after three hours of swimming, a break is needed. I told them we were going inside for lunch. Here is the ensuing conversation.

Malone: Mom, after lunch can we go back out?
Me: No, I want you guys to stay inside for a little bit.
Malone: Oh, is a little bit like just 'til we're done lunch?
Me: No. I don't know. Just eat.
I make myself a salad and sit down. Barely five minutes has gone by, there is peace.
Malone: I hammered my lunch. I'm so hot, I wish I could go swim right now. Can I go down by the pool, just put my feet in? Uncle Funk is out there, he'll watch me. Swimming is good for you, right mom? It's exercise. I love exercising in the pool.
Me: No. I want you guys to stay inside for a bit. 
Malone: Can I have a bath? I just want to get my body wet, I'll be inside too, which is what you want.
Me: I'm eating, just stop right now. Put on Max and Ruby.
Malone: Max and Ruby are swimming! Oh look mom, it looks like so much fun. I can't wait to be back in the pool. Mom, are you going to swim today?
Me: Yeah, I'll go in later.
Malone: Mom, do you love having a pool? I love it. I wish I could go outside and just look at it. 
Me: Malone stop talking.
Malone: Oh, mom the boys are here! They must be here to swim. Can I go swimming?
Me: Yup.

I gave up. I relented. Sold. I bought something I didn't want to. I got pressured into doing something I didn't want to do, mainly because it just doesn't stop.

I have these kinds of conversations all the time. Maybe my biggest problem is that I engage in these exchanges. I believe kids are the best salespeople. They are unrelenting, they can quickly find a new angle to try and "get you", and they're unabashed. They don't care if you say no, they will keep coming at you and coming at you until you say yes. Their persistence is amazing.

I'm sick of being pressured by my kids. My new tactic, say "no" once and then drop the hammer on them if they don't clue in. My problem is, usually when I give them a consequence it's something stupid like "Malone, if you ask to go outside one more time we are leaving." Even though, I don't want to leave. We are not going to leave. So what I have done is put myself in a little bit of a pickle. Malone knows it too. Then I have to come up with some "reason" as to why we actually aren't leaving and give her the "you got lucky" speech. Then she runs away from the conversation cheering "yeah, I got lucky AGAIN." Shit.

I think what I need to do is when I am presented with these situations I literally have to stop everything I'm doing - no distractions. I think if I enter into the sales pitch with my total focus I can come out on top. Surely, a five-year-old can not still win a battle when we go toe to toe?