Since Earth Day is fast approaching, what better way to get your children (and yourself) motivated to kick it into high gear then with movies and education?

I love Netflix for the simple fact that movies and documentaries are categorized for viewers like myself. I am a strong believer of showing my kids real-life without sugar-coating our environment. I feel that if they see things first hand, I can have the opportunity to show and explain to them why things happen.

We have been watching the following titles, and it has opened up a wealth of knowledge for my children. I have even noticed that they have taken a huge interest in the environment and how we can help improve it.
Be sure to check out these titles on Netflix!

One of our MOST favorite thing to do is go on nature walks -- then bring home all of our findings and label, organize and create with them! Your kids will have a blast doing this, and mommy and daddy will get a little break too ;)
Disclosure: I am participating in an ambassadorship with Netflix Canada and I have not recieved compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
 
 
Easter is a big deal in our home, I just love all the anticipation, the colors and all the Springtime life that fills the air! For as long as I can remember my parents were always a huge part in making this an extra special holiday for me. Now, with my own two kids I have carried on the tradition of making those tiny memories live on through them. 

Weeks before Easter, I decorate the house with pastels, we bake, and fill baskets with eggs...all leading to the BIG day when the 'Easter Bunny' should arrive. On Easter morning my children wake up to a trail of chocolate and special notes to set them on a hunt throughout the entire house in anticipation for the final surprise. Since my children are still very young, I love filling plastic eggs with stickers, stamps, tiny figurines and of course CHOCOLATE!! 
Kinder® treats have always been a big part of my memories as a child and I love that I can give my own children the tasty experience and joy that comes in a tiny egg. Since then, Kinder® products sure have evolved, their line now consists of soft animals, mini eggs, sets and even a treasure hunt kit- perfect for those parents who need a little 'help' in the Easter hunt department ;)  You can find a large selection of Kinder® products in stores now.

GREAT NEWS! Kinder® Hunt Eggstravaganza Facebook Contest

Kinder® is giving their Facebook fans a chance to win their own Easter basket kit. Kinder® will be giving away one basket each day to a lucky winner on April 10 and 12*.  Visit the Kinder® Canada Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/KinderCanada

GIVE BACK: Kinder® has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and will be providing 12 of these baskets to CMN hospitals.  As well, Kinder® will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. 

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.
 
 
I am still gushing over the fact that I am a Netflix StreamTeam ambassador -why? Simply because I have been a long time Netflix watcher and I can't wait to tell all of my readers about this wonderful service!

If you are looking for great value and a service that your kids love, then Netflix is perfect for your family. Your kids will love Gullivers Travels and Judy Moody and the Not so Bummer Summer- I know mine do, in fact we have watched them over and over again! With so much to offer the family for just $7.99 a month, forget the movie theater and pass the popcorn! Make movie night right in the comfort of your family room! 

In my home, every Friday we declare it 'Fun Friday' - an evening of junkfood, pizza, movies, board games and family time. I really cherish these moments with my kids because the reality of it is that one day they will be grown and won't want their mama sitting on the same sofa with them, let alone in the same room!
Moms and dad's there is so much for you with Netflix too!! I personally love House of Cards and Gossip Girl, I am actually considering canceling my cable because Netflix seems to have the whole family covered! Best part is, that you can take it anywhere without having to worry about 2 people watching at the same time. A little insider: I watch Netflix while doing laundry, and cooking on my cell phone- how cool is that?

Can't wait to share more with you in the coming months but for now, sign up here: www.netflix.ca
Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam and received products in exchange for my honest opinion; all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
 
 
Ever since becoming a mommy I have discovered that I have a new love for all things beautiful -my kids included. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder I like to look for a variety clean lines and simplicity when it comes to party decor, invitations and stationary. What's worse than planning a party with limited supplies or having an idea in your head and being unable to execute it? 

Check out Minted.com's new collection of baby and kids products - like baby shower invitations and birth announcements!! I am super-excited because they are ADORABLE!! Here's my fave: 
Party planning is hard enough as it is and finding those perfect pieces can make the simplest things become overwhelming. I was recently introduced to minted.com and I have to say I am impressed. All the things I usually look for clean line simplicity and even customization are all here on this amazing website. In my opinion the best part is delivery right to your door quality and satisfaction too! I remember being a first-time mom and having to plan my bridal shower and my child's baptism for the first time I didn't want to leave the house let alone go to a party store or an invitation boutique just to find the perfect accents to the events I was planning. 

How easy would it have been just to click your mouse and type in a few details and that the ordering and delivery come right to you and be satisfied 100% with the product? And how cute are these invitations? So many on site! Minted.com has become my go to place for all of these stationary needs I just love their packages and I know that navigating their site there's something perfect for everyone including me- a picky customer! 

 Check it out for yourself I'm sure you won't be sorry!  www.minted.com

 
 
This recipe is by far the easiest way to sneak any vegetable in my kids meals. You can replace the squash with sweet potato or potato too. If you want to substitute with another vegetable like zucchini, simply add 12 cup more of flour. ENJOY!

Ingredients:
-2 eggs
-3/4 cup butternut squash (cooked and mashed)
-2 tablespoons maple syrup
-4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
-Cinnamon to sprinkle
-1 cup milk
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-Salt to taste

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Scoop desired amount of batter onto a skillet and watch for bubbles. Once batter bubbles slightly, flip and enjoy!!


 
 
What better way to show someone you love them than with something warm and fuzzy right? 

Well, warm, fuzzy, functional, sweet and cute should do the trick to win just about anyone over ;)

Here's my recipe for these adorable sock cupcakes that almost look good enough to eat!

Ingredients:
-1 fuzzy pair of socks (I used white)
-1 large lollipop
-ice cream dish and spoon (in my case I used 4 of each)
-1 freezer bag
-ribbon to tie

Voila! Roll the socks up starting at the toes and place them in the cup, top them off with a yummy lollipop and cute poem and wrap!

So easy, and so adorable! I am giving one of these each to my son's teachers this year instead of a card.

Poem reads:
This cupcake is not to eat
It was baked with love to warm your feet!

 
 
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Two years ago I experienced my luckiest year ever! I have won small contests before, but I never imagined I would win a washer and dryer from whirlpool! Sometimes entering a simple contest, (like I thought I had) can actually have a big outcome. For me, this was perfect timing too! Our old washer was on the fritz when I heard of this contest that was giving a set away...imagine the timing and my surprise when we actually won!

Since then, I often enter contests in hope that maybe my luck will return to me. Maybe one day it will (crossing fingers) but for now, I am happy with my one BIG win. I must admit, contests and lotteries are addictive though, right? That's why I am super happy to tell you about the newest Kinder on the block. 

If you love Kinder eggs like I do and contest, winning, and fun then purchase specially-marked Kinder Surprise eggs and play Kinder Crack'n Win! What's better than a little indulgence, a treat for your child and a free entry into a major sweepstakes...I can't think of anything sweeter!

This fun promotion celebrates the launch of the new 2014 Kinder toy collection and you could win over $2.4 MILLION in instant prizes too! Simply crack open the delicious chocolate egg, find the fun toy inside and look for the special code of entry on the paper included inside then head on over to the Kinder®  Canada Facebook page to complete your entry.

SO MANY AWESOME PRIZES!! You could win a 2014 Fiat 500 POP car, a family vacation to Orlando Florida (2 winning families)!, 27,850 family night out movie passes and 201,000 free Kinder eggs too! Go ahead and pick up a specially-marked Kinder® Surprise® Egg soon, and your PIN could be a winner!

DisclosureI’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
 
 

Let me start off by saying that this was A LOT of fun for my 2 little guys. We have been bombarded with snow outside and it seems that we never truly make it outdoors to enjoy it because the temperatures are either too cold or too wet, so we invented the indoor snowman as a temporary replacement. 


I usually make 1/2 of the mixture and it works out great for 2 people, but you can make enough for 4 if you like, or 2 larger snowmen.

Here's what you need (makes 4):
-a waterproof hat (we use playmobil pieces for this)
-some 'buttons' (small beads work well)
-arms (toothpicks, twigs etc)

Ingredients:
-2 cups baking soda
-2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid soap
-4 tablespoons water
- white vinegar (about 4 cups)

Ready, go!! 
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the vinegar. You will get a crumbly mixture that should hold into a ball formation when made. Make your snowman and decorate. Once ready, cover him with the white vinegar to see him 'disappear.' My kids love playing with the left over mixture because it becomes frothy and fun! 


Enjoy!

 
 
The most frightening thing for me in the winter months is driving. The thought of slipping or getting stuck on the side of the road with my kids in tow scares me the most. Still we try to avoid situations like this by outfitting our car with winter tires, but nature does happen and so do accidents. Even when utilizing winter tires it is easy to lose control on black ice, so it’s important to have roadside assistance if the worst should come to pass and your vehicle finds its way off the road. Peace of mind is what matters most when you are a mom, and that is why I am writing to tell you about the benefits of being a CAA Member. If you are like me, taking those small measures can both ease your mind and prevent future situations from happening all together.

What can CAA do for you?
*CAA Members get access to towing services
*battery replacement
* flat tire service
 *emergency fuel & delivery
*lockout services 
*Roadside Assistance from CAA is available 24/7, 365 days a year. 
PLUS Member-exclusive savings and rewards.

Now imagine for a second that all your worries can disappear with the help of a trusted company....I know my worries are certainly limited now that I have eliminated the 'what if' factor. That's not all, CAA members receive exclusive access to a wealth of savings opportunities and discounts at many of your favorite retailers too! Save on holiday gifts at PayLess Shoes, the Banana Republic Factory Store and GAP Factory Store while maintaining the security you need for your family. 

PLUS Basic Memberships start at just $69 (plus HST). Now that is security you can trust! 

Click here to learn more about CAA Member benefits.
 
* Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions apply. Please see Terms & Conditions for coverage details.


CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which also offers travel dealshome insurancetravel insurance and auto insurance. There are more than 1.9 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and over 5.9 million members in Canada.
 
 
I always say 'it starts from home' when it comes to teaching children the importance of caring. I feel that as a parent it is my obligation to teach my children about the less fortunate and the needy, to teach them how fortunate they are to be living the life they are living and thinking of ways we can give back as a family. Living in todays society this is often a hard thing to remember, and I admit, I sometimes forget myself. 

Since the kids were little we have used the holiday season as a great way to give back by sorting through our old toys and clothes and donating them to a charity. This year, we will continue that tradition in our home and take the children through the process of what we truly need as individuals vs. what we 'want' out of greed. Between the school fundraisers, our own charity efforts and our endless attempts to make our children understand the importance of charity, I truly think some of this is setting in. This year my oldest has decided to adopt an animal and raise funds to keep the species alive, a step forward to becoming the kind of person I am proud to be raising. Tonight my youngest told me that he didn't mind if Santa didn't bring him any gifts this year because there are so many children in the world that need them...tears of joy filled my eyes instantly, a proud mommy moment indeed.

I am excited to tell you all that Kinder® has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network for the “A Joy To Share” program. Such a wonderful way  is helping to bring joy to families this holiday season . I am super-proud to be part of this amazing  Kinder® campaign for obvious reasons. When you create a greeting card on their Facebook page, Kinder® will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network! How great is that? PLUS the cards are super-cute too, check it out! 

The Kinder® goal of a $25,000 this holiday season is guaranteed to make someone smile....so let's make it happen! GREAT NEWS: The first 10,000 people who create a greeting card will receive a coupon for a FREE pack of delicious KINDER® Mini Eggs.
Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and Ireceive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own