Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wipe Away That Runny Nose with Boogie Wipes! #KandooKids

It's that time of year again where we're constantly wiping our door knobs with lysol wipes, making sure our kids are constantly washing their hands and for me, making sure that I have the essentials I need so if my kiddos get sick, I'm prepared and ready to go.

A few weeks ago my youngest got sick. She had a stuffy nose and wasn't feeling too good. I'm so glad that I had Boogie Wipes handy. Although she can't blow her nose herself, the Boogie Wipes are pretty amazing. They're made with Natural Saline that help dissolve mucus that's caused by the common cold. They're also hypoallergenic so they can be used by all kids, adults too!

I really like that they're not hard on your nose like tissue can be and they keep your nose from being sore and tender. They also contain Vitamin E, Aloe and have Chamomile on them to help moisturize the skin.

Boogie Wipes are great to have in the home this time of year and come in handy when you're traveling as well with their travel pack. It's small enough to fit in your diaper bag or purse and come in Fresh Scent, Grape and Unscented and come in a pack of 30 count or in a 90 count canister.

They're definitely a must have for anyone with little ones, this time of year. I like sending my older kids to school with their 30 pack count wipes so that they always have them handy in case they or a friend needs a wipe.

 For more information about both Boogie Wipes and other products and where you can purchase them, you can head on over to www.boogiewipes.com.

Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Kandoo Ambassadorship. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.

Getting The Kiddos To Sleep With A Little Help From Netflix #5MoreMinutes #StreamTeam

Around here our bedtime routine runs pretty smooth. Dinner is between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and showers are at 7:30 p.m. After showers the kids have a little time to hangout before brushing their teeth at around and in their rooms for 8:00 p.m. After the hubby and I say goodnight to them, they are to read for 20 minutes and afterwards are allowed to watch one show on Netflix. TV's and lights are out by 9:00 p.m.

We've been doing this routine for the last three years or so. It wasn't always that easy. I remember there being lots of kinks in the beginning. An example, there was a time where both my older kiddos thought the "one show," rule before bed could apply to anything on Netflix. Including movies. LOL

They had us because technically we didn't say it had to be a television show and we didn't say how long the show had to be. Which brings me to the next thing they tried to pull on us, watching television shows that were an hour long. They got us again. They were watching a television show, it just so happened that America's Funniest Home Videos runs over an hour long. So kids 2, parents 0. This lead to the new rule of the television show couldn't be longer than 30 minutes.

Finally, we got it right. 

Now, Netflix has a great new feature for the show, Dinotrux Favorites. The show is five minutes long. How awesome is that. I really hope they do this for other kid shows too. This would be perfect when my youngest daughter starts this routine like her older siblings. I can put on one show for her that lasts five minutes and then off to bed she goes.This would definitely be great to have as an option and will definitely come in handy for getting little ones to bed on time.

In the meantime, here are some 30 minute shows that my kids have been enjoying and watching before bed this past month:

What are some of your kids favorite shows to watch before bed?

Disclosure: I am part of the Stream Team Campaign with Netflix and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Monday, November 16, 2015

#Disney's Inside Out Blu-ray Combo Pack (Review)

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger,Disgust and Sadness.
It's not uncommon that we all go through lots of emotions throughout the day. What I love about the movie Inside Out is how much they captured what our kids go through, but also captured adults too. This was such a great movie that my family and I got to enjoy for our movie night. We had been wanting to see it for a while, so I was pretty pumped when we got the chance to watch it.

The main character is Riley and her emotions, Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. These five emotions go through a lot to make sure Riley is happy. So when she gets the news that she's moving to a different state, the emotions try their hardest to make sure Riley doesn't feel sad, but the emotion Sadness starts touching the memories made from Riley's past, which sends both Joy and Sadness to an adventure outside of headquarters that leaves Disgust, Fear and Anger in charge of how Riley starts to feel on her first day at a new school.

Through this adventure Joy realizes that Sadness is an emotion that is okay to have and that you need it in order for you to grieve things left behind or lost so that you can start to make new memories where you're at.

I have to say towards the end of the movie, it definitely had both myself and my daughter tearing up. This is such a great movie that the entire family should watch together. Definitely one to add as a gift this Christmas for your family to open and enjoy together.

Inside Out is now available on both DVD and Blu-ray in stores. Be sure to make this a movie you watch with the entire family, you won't be disappointed. 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Inside Out at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

HappyThanksGathering From @SCJohnson #HappyThanksGathering

The holidays are both a beautiful and emotional time for me. Although I've been living in Canada over the last ten years, I was born and raised in California. So around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, it gets a bit emotional because I definitely start to miss my family even more than I usually do.

Since Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October, I make sure to still make a Thanksgiving dinner for my mini family and talk on the phone and video chat with my family in California throughout the day. This helps me feel a lot better with the fact that I'm 3,000 miles away.

Not everyone is fortunate to go home for the holidays. When family and friends can't be together for Thanksgiving, celebrating becomes just a little less joyful. Almost half of Americans (45 percent) say they would skip certain family traditions if they had to spend Thanksgiving alone, while nearly one in five (19 percent) would skip the holiday entirely.

So this Thanksgiving, SC Johnson is launching Happy Thanksgathering, giving families who might not be together this holiday season the chance to gather, to give thanks and to celebrate. How amazing is this?

Now through Wed, November 25th, you can visit www.HappyThanksgathering.com for daily chances to enter a sweepstakes to win a $1,000 “Help Me Get Home” Visa rewards card to put toward a trip home this holiday season. You'll also have the option to enter a second sweepstakes for the chance to win a $250 “Help Me Host” gift card to help pay for a holiday feast with loved ones.

This is an amazing opportunity that can help you spend the holidays with your loved ones. For more information about the SC Johnson's Happy Thanksgathering program, please visit www.HappyThanksgathering.com and check out SC Johnson on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Compensation was received.

Monday, November 2, 2015

From Old To New, Getting Creative w/ Crayola's #ThreadWrapper

My ten year old absolutely loves showing her creative side. Whether it's making cupcakes, writing a story or sewing up some pillow covers, she's is definitely one that loves expressing her uniqueness. So when we were selected from Crayola Canada to test out the new Crayola Creations Thread Wrapper, I knew this would be an amazing opportunity for my daughter to get her creativeness on and turn some of her old toys that she no longer uses into something new.

The Thread Wrapper is an amazing way for young girls to get creative with items they already have and make them look new again. This was definitely a huge hit with my ten year old. She absolutely loved how she could turn her pens, sunglasses and even her hair brush from their original look into something more beautiful. Believe it or not, this has made her love these items once again as they look super cool and brand new.

What I love about the Thread Wrapper is that it opens up my daughter's creativeness and imagination so that she can turn anything she has into something better to fit her personality.

Not only are you able to create new looks for your toys with the Thread Wrapper, but your child is also able to create their own thread colours as well. They can use the one of the six threads that already comes in the package or they can use thread that parents have around the house to create their very own unique thread colour to use to improve the look of their toys.

This would make a great gift for any young girl who loves showing their creative side. With the holidays around the corner, I'd definitely add this on a gift list for any young girl in your family.

The Thread Wrapper includes:
Threading Unit
Re-threading attachment
6 spools of thread
2 spools
1 fabric marker

For more information about Crayola's Thread Wrapper and other Crayola products, feel free to head over to www.crayola.ca
Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post. Although all opinions are my own, I received the Crayola Thread Wrapper in exchange for my review.
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