<![CDATA[lil-sugar.ca - Stuff]]>Sat, 28 Nov 2015 21:08:48 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[How To Avoid The Dreaded '5 More Minutes' #StreamTeam]]>Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:00:17 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/11/how-to-avoid-the-dreaded-5-more-minutes-streamteam.htmlIn our house, a solid bedtime was always an important indication to determining how strong of a parent we really were. Most of the time my husband has failed at actually getting the kids to bed on time- but I can't blame him because he is only really home 1 day of the week to actually live up to warrior parent status. For me, bedtime has always been a mission, if successful (which I am most of the time) then I feel accomplished and I may actually have a little time of my own to binge watch some episodes of my favorite Netflix sitcoms.

Lately however, my accomplished parent status has diminished because my kids are getting older (sneakier too) and they have caught on that the rest of the world really doesn't go to bed at 7:30 pm like they do. I especially liked the time when my sneaky 9 year old changed the kitchen clock so that it read 1 hour earlier - letting the little bugger stay up 1 hour later. Kids will do just about anything to squeeze in that extra few minutes - So what's a parent to do? Give in of course!


Thankfully Netflix has caught onto the 'smartie-pant' generation and has saved parents who might slip up once and a while (like me). They have fixed the bedtime battle, by providing the new launch of DreamWorks Animation Dinotrux Favorites, an entire episode of the latest hit all in a nice little 5-minute package -- letting your little negotiator think they’re getting away with the age-old ‘just five more minutes’ ploy. 

Smart right? You can thank me later ;) 
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[Halloween Inspiration With Netflix Canada!]]>Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:44:30 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/10/halloween-inspiration-with-netflix-canada.htmlLooking for a little Halloween inspiration? Look no further - Netflix has you covered!

Ever imagine yourself submerged into a movie plot, fighting your way to freedom or captured in a moment you wish would last forever? THAT is what Halloween is all about. Fun, adventurous and exciting events to make memorable both in photo ops and stories of the future. What better way to become a character you love, then to become them for an entire day? The hair, the makeup, the little details that add to all the excitement surrounding the big day of ghoulish activity.

Can you guess what story inspiration we used last year for our adorable little men?
That's right! Pirates of the Caribbean! The boys loved their costumes so much that they have decided to sport them again this Halloween, and I have to admit, I am not complaining! Who knows, they may turn out to be the Johnny Depp's of the future one day ;) It was so fun to see them transform into something of power and silliness all at once - I don't think we had a single meltdown that day too - bonus for this mama!

...now take a look at this...

Below is a photo of my nephew who loves the movie Ratatouille, so his parents have decided to make him into a mini chef like Alfredo Linguini in the movie- isn't he adorbs? Helps that his real-life daddy is a chef too! Like father, like son ;)
Whatever your inspiration is, make this Halloween special by acting out and becoming one of your favorite characters! Here is a list to get you started on ideas: 
Happy Halloween!
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[Bribe Your Kids To Better Behavior With Netflix Canada!]]>Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:33:00 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/09/bribe-your-kids-to-better-behavior-with-netflix-canada.htmlEvery Friday night our family pops a huge bowl of popcorn and settles in for a warm, cozy movie under the blankets. I look forward to this all week, and I can imagine the kids do too - since they come home from school every single Friday singing 'Happy Fun Friday Mom.' It's a tradition I started from when they were old enough to actually watch television - a tradition I intend to keep going for as long as I can.

Summer has been busy, and admittedly Fridays were often spent in the backyard or at an event. So, now I've made it my mission to regain our 'Fun Fridays' once again! Summer meant slacking, and with that also came lazy days and less enforcement on rules and overall family structure. 

I'm about to get that back too....how you ask?

Please welcome Ms Nanny McPhee!
Ever since the first part of Nanny McPhee was viewed by my little ones, they have been terrified of ever getting a nanny in our home. I know, it's not nice to bribe....but...THIS NANNY HAS RETURNED and THIS mama will use her to my best abilities to instill good family values and rules in our home.

Looking forward to a more organized fall season with children who listen and Fun Fridays filled with popcorn and love- and perhaps a little escape too! 

Check out these films from Netflix Canada that will have you longing for a vacation:

What are you looking forward to most this Autumn?
<![CDATA[Hot, Sweaty and LOUD! Moggies Earmuffs To The Rescue! <Promo Code>]]>Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:48:15 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/08/hot-sweaty-and-loud-moggies-earmuffs-to-the-rescue-ltpromo-codegt.htmlIt'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. 

SPECIAL code for Lil-Sugar readers!! 
<![CDATA[Solving Our Back To School Problems With Netflix #StreamTeam]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:54:02 GMThttp://lil-sugar.ca/6/post/2015/08/solving-our-back-to-school-problems-with-netflix-streamteam.htmlThis 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.  
<![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 LISTERINE® 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*
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Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc., the makers of LISTERINE® the opinions and thoughts are my own.
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<![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 LISTERINE® 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.