It's no secret that I have a mental love affair with Lenny Kravitz...ok, maybe a physical one too. So, when the chance to see him live (again) I didn't think twice about purchasing tickets for the whole family to attend. You see, I never leave my kids with anyone and my husband and I believe that they should be allowed to attend anything we do. One BIG problem though, I didn't think about the sound volume before hitting that purchase button on my computer screen.

Enter Moggies Earmuffs to the rescue!

Not only were my kids excited to be coming to a real-life adult concert, but they were super happy to be sporting special duds on their tiny ears too! 

Moggies offers you the best hearing protection for kids.  Children are much more 
likely to want to wear earmuffs instead of earplugs, which tend to fall out anyway 
and are uncomfortable.
Moggies Earmuffs have been independently tested for noise reduction capability.  The resulting NRR rating is 20.  That means that Moggies Earmuffs reduce noise 
by an average of 20 dB. 
The one thing that I really loved as a mother, was that the kids were able to still hear the music with the earmuffs on. They seemed perfectly comfortable and didn't really notice that they were wearing them for an almost 4 hour show! The earmuffs are easily adjusted, and compact enough to throw into your bag while on the go. I would highly recommend this product for any child who is frightened of loud noises, for weddings, concerts, monster car shows and even for highly sensitive children who suffer from SPD. The only con I have is that I wish I had heard of them sooner. 

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This summer we moved, and decided to start off anew in a rural area and in a town where we knew no one and have never even visited before. For my husband and I this meant new beginnings, a fresh start and a reason to plant roots. But for the kids, this means meeting new friends, being outsiders, and fitting in even if it means sacrificing themselves.

I know what it's like to start a new school, it really isn't fun and it takes a strong personality to survive the initial transition, something I am not sure my children possess. They are however really anxious and ready to take on the mission we are referring to as 'school project 101.'  Our mission is simple and comprised of 3 easy steps: 
1. Stay true to yourself - never sacrifice your own beliefs for principles for someone else's
2. Get to know at least 3 people - really make the effort to try
3. Have fun and enjoy

We came up with the idea of making a 'mission' from the Netflix series Project MC2. Although it is geared towards super-cool girls, my boys have taken comfort in knowing that kids their age can use science and math problem-solving skills to save the world - and look cool doing it without sacrificing their individuality. With this imaginary mission, I know my kids will have the foundation to at least attempt to succeed in anything they put their minds to-- and perhaps even make some new friends too.


We have watched these episodes over and over again...I truly hope that it works.

Are your children ready for back-to-school?

Disclosure: I am a member of the the Netflix Stream Team and have been given a Netflix membership and a few perks  to help facilitate my posts. As always, all the opinions on lil-sugar.ca are my own.  
 
 
Summer nights bring later bed times, warmer weather and so many stories to share with the kids.

Most of the time when my husband or I talk about our past when we were children, our kids look at us like we are aliens from outer space...recently that age gap has become smaller because we have introduced them to a few shows that we loved as young children on Netflix.

To be completely honest, they actually like them too! Now, we are the 'cool' parents sharing stories that have actually become a reality and in some cases a favorite among the whole family of avid Netflix watchers.

Old has become new again, and all is well on the parenting front ;)

Since our weather has not been very co-operative, here are a few of MY personal faves, and the kids new faves you can enjoy with your family this Canada Day weekend.

Disclosure: I am a member of the the Netflix Stream Team and have been given a Netflix membership and a few perks  to help facilitate my posts. As always, all the opinions on lil-sugar.ca are my own.  
 
 

I am happy to report that I have completed the 2015 LISTERINE® Challenge and my teeth and mouth feel super-happy! Seriously, folks my mouth seems to do a happy dance every single time I rinse and the best part is that freshness seems to last all-day long too! Now, I feel like I have visited the dentist almost everyday just because of that smooth, fresh feeling that lingers.

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Think you don't have time to rinse? So did I, until I was chalenged to do so and now i am really shocked that rinsing after brushing is a simple task when you do it over a period of time - practically becomes a part of your routine without even knowing it. One of the best aides is knowing that LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE® kills 99.9% of germs that cause early gum disease...who wants gum disease when you can avoid it, right?

JOIN the challenge and rinse with LISTERINE® everyday for 2 weeks in order to prevent the early stages of gum disease too! PLUS you will have the chance to win $20,000 too!!!!  Entering is easy, join the challenge HERE!

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Family, what exactly is a 'Family'? Today, that word can mean so many different things, made up various people and relations to one another. The one thing I know is that a 'family' is not always conventional and it can never be exactly the same as someone else's. So, how do you explain this to children, how do you explain the importance of family and the family unit if it differs from person to person?

Easy. 

It didn't take much for us to introduce our children to the term 'family' because they are surrounded by so many people who genuinely love them. In my opinion, blood does not always make you a family, but a commonality and purpose towards something good makes people bonded for life....and that is family.

I think it is important for a child to know that structures change, people change but the heart is what connects them to a unit known as the family structure. In our home, we have no bearings on religion, culture, race, social status, or sexual preference because quite simply each person who makes up our unit is different in one way or another. Netflix Canada has tremendously aided our children by introducing various family units to them, and making them understand that families are all different but love is always the same.
Check out these adorable titles your whole family can enjoy:
What is your favorite 'Family' themed show?



Disclosure: I am a member of the the Netflix Stream Team and have been given a Netflix membership and a few perks  to help facilitate my posts. As always, all the opinions on lil-sugar.ca are my own.  
 
 
Call me superficial, but the one thing I always notice about a person upon first meeting is their teeth. Ever since I can remember I have always had this thing about having good teeth and keeping good oral-hygiene, it's just one of the things my parents instilled into me since a young age I guess, but it doesn't mean I actually take care of my own. I admit, I usually only brush two times a day (if even that) because of my ongoing busy schedule, and often times I feel like I have neglected my mouth over the years. Lately, I get swollen gums as a result, and I always promise that I will try harder next time to keep this from happening... but it always comes back!

That's why I am super-excited to tell you about the LISTERINE® Challenge*!  The LISTERINE® Challenge* is built upon the misconception that bleeding gums are a result of brushing too hard, when actually, bleeding gums are a sign of early gum disease that can be reversed with LISTERINE®. I can't wait to treat my mouth to a much-needed retreat and be on my way to a fresher smile.

With the LISTERINE® Challenge*, Canadians have a chance to win $20,000 too! How amazing is that?

I hope that with this challenge I can learn to take more care of my mouth as well as develop a routine that I can stick to in the future. Setting goals is just the beginning of a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. I think it's time I focus more on me so that my children will also see how important it is to take care of themselves too.

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While pregnant with my first born, I promised myself that I would never lie to him under any circumstance. . 
Then came the time when I had to stretch the truth a tiny bit - "No honey, the needle won't hurt at all." And again when my youngest started school and I told him that I sit in the parking lot everyday waiting for him to be done - he still believes this by the way...shhhh!

Over the years, I have come to realize that lying is not a bad thing if you are doing it to protect the feelings of someone else. We all know that as parents we sometimes have to stretch the truth or even pretend that something is real (aka man in read) just to keep childhood alive, and sometimes it comes in the form of a lie unfortunately. 

Trying to explain this to a 6 and 8 year old is tough however. We all know that children will tell the truth at the most embarrassing moments and in fact lie when they are supposed to tell the truth. The best way that I can open up the lines of communication with my children and teach them about telling the truth is by allowing them to identify with a character and then explain why they lied or whether it was the right thing to do afterwards. Big thanks to Netflix Canada for making my job as a mother a little simpler with these fun titles:

Side note: My most favorite Netflix title involving the theme 'Liar' is and always will be Pretty Little Liars - if you haven't watched, be prepared to binge watch all the seasons within a month. (That's exactly what I did)
Disclosure – I am part of the Netflix Canada #streamteam and receive perks in exchange for my affiliation with them. All opinions expressed are my own.
 
 
After the LONG and really exciting March Break I have had with the kids, I learned a really important lesson....
Kids NEED stimulation. 
I'm not just talking constant environmental changes, but real stimulation. The kind that proposes an answer to the million questions that are going on in their tiny brains. So, what do you do with 2 really inquisitive kids while on a week long venture to drive you insane? 

Question everything - and learn so much!

I made it my personal venture to find everyday things and make them extraordinary - like this Ivory soap bar below:
Who knew that by placing a bar of soap in the microwave for 1-2 minutes would make this wonderful mold-able doughy substance? Simple things, simple minds with endless possibilities...my kids are on their way to be great explorers and little scientists, and yours can too with these educational shows on Netflix Canada NOW!

Disclosure – I am part of the Netflix Canada #streamteam and receive perks in exchange for my affiliation with them. All opinions expressed are my own
 
 
I admit, I have a little diva on my hands and he's 8! Cookie is all about the jewels, stardom and everything 'pretty' in between - he has dedicated his life to becoming famous and rich and boy am I in trouble!

For the longest time I have referred to him as 'Richie Rich' because well, growing up, this kid was the kid I idolized - I mean, who wouldn't want to be the kid who has it all right? Can you imagine how excited I was to see that Richie Rich has now been re-vamped to relate to the little divas and dudes of today - ecstatic! 

My kids don't often love what I chose to watch but I begged them to try at least the first episode of this series, and guess what? They LOVED it! Now, little Cookie can relate to me when I call him Richie and aspire to be a little more ambitious because he now knows that just because fame and fortune can find you by chance, it is not always easy to attain and maintain - with it comes work and integrity.

Personally, I love this show just as much as I used to in the past...maybe even a little better since my kids are now watching it with me ;)

Check out Richie Rich and a whole bunch of destiny inspired titles on Netflix Canada this month!
 
 
In my opinion, there is nothing like a good book to keep your imagination hooked and wanting more.

Nothing, except maybe a movie!

I admit, I've always been a sucker for an exciting novel, but since Netflix has taken on a whole list of my own personal childhood favorites, I've found myself yearning to watch more movies. The truth is, my kids will most-probably never read the same stories I read and I most likely will never actually pick up that old book to re-read it either - so binge watching on Netflix becomes a happy medium for mama and kiddos alike ;) Besides, you really can't get quality tales like these nowadays anyhow (how old am i? lol).

Here is a list of some personal favorites that have been keeping us warm this winter:
For the older child:

I forgot how much I loved the Babysitters Club until i sat down and watched the film myself. It's amazing how quickly I remembered the names of the characters and the whole series of events that happened over the duration that I read this book series as a kid. I can only hope my children get to experience the art of reading and sharing with the generations to follow.

Disclosure:  I am part of Netflix Canada™s Stream Team and get perks as part of my association, but as always, opinions are are completely my own.