<![CDATA[lil-sugar.ca - Stuff]]>Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:56:55 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Throwing it Back With Netflix This Canada Day!]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:29:00 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/06/throwing-it-back-with-netflix-this-canada-day.htmlSummer 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.  
<![CDATA[2015 LISTERINEĀ® Challenge Results are In, and YOU Can Win Too!]]>Sun, 14 Jun 2015 01:55:10 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/06/2015listerine-challenge-results-are-in-and-you-can-win-too.html
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.

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!

Great News Canadians! {Giveaway} One lucky reader will win a LISTERINE® kit

Readers can enter across multiple blogs but only win once*
  • Contest statement: “This Contest is no way administered by Johnson & Johnson Inc.”
  • *with twice daily brushing. Consult with dentist if gingivitis symptoms persist or worsen.
  • Always read and follow label. ‡No purchase necessary, please see full contest rules and regulations for details
Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc., the makers of LISTERINE® the opinions and thoughts are my own.
If you have any comments, concerns or questions about LISTERINE®, please click here <https://www.ccc-consumercarecenter.com/universal- contact-us/ca-jnjcanada-ucu/www.jnjcanada.com> to contact Johnson & Johnson Inc.
<![CDATA[Only a Single Word to Describe 'Family'...Can You Guess What It is? #StreamTeam]]>Fri, 29 May 2015 16:38:15 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/05/only-a-single-word-to-describe-familycan-you-guess-what-it-is-streamteam.htmlFamily, 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?


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.  
<![CDATA[I'm Taking The LISTERINEĀ® Challenge, Are You?]]>Thu, 07 May 2015 16:22:51 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/05/im-taking-thelisterine-challenge-are-you.html
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.

I'm ready to take the challenge, are you? 
Join me by clicking below!

*The LISTERINE® Challenge runs from January 27th , 2015 to July 15, 2015 and is only open to Canadian residents. 
No purchase necessary, please see full contest rules and regulations for details.

Always read and follow label

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc., the makers of LISTERINE® the opinions and thoughts are my own.
If you have any comments, concerns or questions about LISTERINE®, please click here to contact Johnson & Johnson Inc.
<![CDATA[Confessions of a Liar - Netflix #StreamTeam]]>Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:13:07 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/04/confessions-of-a-liar-netflix-streamteam.htmlWhile 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.
<![CDATA[Little Scientists Imaginations Run Wild #StreamTeam]]>Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:06:38 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/03/little-scientists-imaginations-run-wild-streamteam.htmlAfter 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
<![CDATA[Richie Rich Makes A Comeback on Netflix Canada]]>Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:58:59 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/02/richie-rich-makes-a-comeback-on-netflix-canada.html
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!
<![CDATA[Netflix Literary Titles Your Kids Will Love! #StreamTeam]]>Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:02:04 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/01/netflix-literary-titles-your-kids-will-love-streamteam.htmlIn 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.
<![CDATA[#SipAndKiss This Valentine's Day With Tea Leaf Co.]]>Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:56:46 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/01/sipandkiss-this-valentines-day-with-tea-leaf-co.htmlOften times I talk about how much I love my teas and the rare occasions that I get to sit back and enjoy a cup of that warm, comforting goodness. That is exactly why I am super-excited to tell you about a fantastic promotion from Tea Leaf Co just in time for Valentine's Day!

Rewind time and go down memory lane to a time when notes of sweet nothings were exchanged via a
Valentine's day candy gram. Recall the joy when your name was finally called out by the homeroom
teacher to receive that oh so special candy gram. And although the treat was sweet, it was the message
within the note that had your heart skip a beat.
Tea Leaf Co. is bringing that same spirit back with our Valentine's Day Tea Gram. They'll include a
personalized handwritten note to your sweetheart too! Our hot and steamy teas will recapture the
playful spirit of this romantic occasion. You'll be sippin' and kissin' the night away.... 
The premise of this campaign gets me nostalgic because I can vividly remember sending candy-grams to the boys I had little crushes on way back in grade school, and the heart-skipping feeling I had when I received one in return. Something about the curiosity, thought and sentiment that goes into receiving a simple gesture brings alive so many emotions. Not to mention the fact that I have grown to adore my teas- probably more than candy now- making the #Sipandkiss concept perfect in my opinion.
Tea LC's Promotional Offer:
Pre-order any gift set before January 30th and Tea Leaf Co. will include the perfect tea spoon, a 20 gram Teaser plus free shipping in Canada. Enter discount code SIPandKISS at check out. A discount of $7.50 will appear for each gift set purchased. Include a tea gram message to your sweetheart in the notes section before completing your order.

So, who will you be sending this special Valentine to? I know I will be hinting for a special package myself, because a girl can never have too much tea ;)
<![CDATA[My Secret Plan To A Successful NYE With Kids #AllHailKingJulien]]>Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:57:40 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2014/12/my-secret-plan-to-a-successfull-nye-with-kids-allhailkingjulien.html
The past few years, New Years Eve has been spent at home with the little ones while daddy works and mommy watches the clock tick. I always try my best to make this night fun but like most parents, once the witching hour takes effect bedtime soon follows and we don't actually ever make it to midnight for the 'real' countdown. I usually find myself tucking them into bed way before midnight strikes, and mommy is exhausted.

This year, I have a plan...praying it works and thanks to Netflix, it just might ;)

The first (most important) thing I will make sure I make time for is an afternoon nap. Followed by a super-delicious dinner from Boston Pizza - what kid wouldn't want to indulge in pizza right? Then once their bellies are all full and they are settled down, we will binge-watch Netflix's newest seriesAll Hail King Julien episode, after episode until midnight and with all the party favors that were provided to us, I have no doubt the kids will enjoy a NYE like no other! 

...and the award to the greatest mommy goes to....

Happy New Year to you and your family! 

Here's a clip of all the fun we will be having (shhh don't tell the kids, but mommy has already watched all 5)
Remember to visit Netflix and have a little fun with All Hail King Julien too- now streaming on Netflix.
Disclosure: As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam I am given certain perks and opportunities but as always my opinion is my own.