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Friday, March 27, 2015

Ready to Launch into Outer Space, Like a Girl


Things I love: 
1. My four year old spotted this card in the store and was completely enamoured with it. She wanted to buy it for her dad for his birthday.

2. My mom and my sister bought the card and set it aside for her fifth birthday. They used magic marker and white out to change the American flag on the astronauts suit into a Canadian flag, and they turned the little boy astronaut into a girl by giving her pigtails. I think this makes them pretty much the best relatives ever.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link Up - Week of March 26th


Welcome to the The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up 
This is a weekly link-up, with a new linky published every Thursday (often up by Wednesday night).

Sign Up for P&G Everyday, Get Coupons, Samples and More AND Help the Children's Miracle Network


So remember a few weeks back when I was going on about how much I love the sampler packs you can get once you're signed up to be a member at P&G everyday? Well if the though of coupons and product samples didn't sway you I've got one more really great reason why you should head over to the P&G everyday site and sign up.



This month, for every person who signs up to become a member, P&G will donate $1 to Children’s Miracle Network (This program started on February 6, 2015 at 8 a.m. EST. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network will be made up to a maximum value of $50,000. You must be 19 years of age or older to register for P&G Everyday.)

The P&G everyday site is a fantastic source for product reviews, tips and tricks, coupons and samples. This month alone they are offering up to $35 in print-at-home coupons on trusted favourites like Tide, Pantene, Olay, Crest and more. If you aren't already a member I urge you to head over and sign up this month, and help raise funds for a great cause.

Disclosure: I'm a P&G Mom, and as such I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. As always the opinions on this blog are my own.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Raccoon Eyes vs. The Magic Brush


Ok guys, time to tell you about one of my favourite products ever -- Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Line and Dark Circle Minimizing Brush. Yeah, I'm spontaneously raving about what basically equates to concealer a.k.a. make-up. Trust me, I'm as surprised as you are. As I've mentioned, I'm not really a make-up kind of girl. I don't usually go in for lotions and potions, so this is one of those things that I normally would never in a hundred years have gone out and purchased. 

However as a P&G Mom I receive monthly care packs full of P&G products. In one of those care packs I received the Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Line and Dark Circle Minimizing Brush (hereafter referred to as the "Olay eye cream"  or "magic brush" because the official name is just too darn long). This isn't something I started using recently. I think the magic brush arrived at my house over two years ago. It sat around for a while because, well, as I mentioned, I don't normally do creams and lotions. Usually when P&G sends me Olay products my mom scoops them up. This time she left the Olay eye cream brush here with me, muttering something about raccoon eyes and suggesting maybe I should give it a try.

Cute, but not the look I'm going for.

Yes, it's true, mom life, late nights and experiments in sleep deprivation, often leave me with dark rings under my eyes, or "raccoon eyes" as my mom calls them. The magic brush is my secret weapon. After I apply this stuff I look like a regular human instead of a sleep deprived zombie. 

Happy Birthday to You... Eventually {Not So Wordless Wednesday}


Several weeks back, way back in February, my littlest one turned five. At the time the birthday girl was sick, hubby was sick, I was sick, even my mom was sick. I hadn't had a chance to go shopping for a present. Thankfully I had a few things stashed away in the closet so I picked out something to wrap up just so she'd have a gift to open on her birthday. All the rest of it, the cake, the gifts from her sister and other relatives, was put off until everyone was feeling better.

My birthday is two weeks after hers. It came and went and we still weren't healthy enough to celebrate. I wouldn't never have guessed it would take that long, and that we would end up celebrating our two birthdays belatedly together, but it's just the way it worked out, as this nasty virus kept cycling through our household.

I have got to say she was one very patient kid. When it came to putting her birthday off she didn't whine or complain once. When I asked her how she was feeling she would say, "Good. Pretty good. I think I'm good enough to have my birthday now, maybe.", and I would remind her that we weren't going to celebrate until everyone was feeling better as I helped her blow her nose for the forty-second time that day. She did ask me approximately forty-seven million times if I was certain that she would have cake, as the having or not having of birthday cake was by far the most important component of the whole birthday celebration thing as far as she was concerned.

And eventually.... eventually there was cake, there were presents, and she was a very happy kid.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link Up ~ Week of March 19th


Welcome to the The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up 
This is a weekly link-up, with a new linky published every Thursday (often up by Wednesday night).
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lego Cake, Nailed It! #CakeWreck #NailedIt {Wordless Wednesday}


As I've admitted before, I am a lousy baker. My sister on the other hand usually manages to bake up some pretty tasty stuff (like these Eggnog Snickerdoodles or this Chocolate Dipped Biscotti). However this time.....

Awesome Lego birthday cake photo courtesy of Doug Cornellus.
Slightly less awesome "Nailed It" version courtesy of Holly Pageau.





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