Monday, July 6, 2015

Brunchin' with @SabraCanada #sabrabrunchin (Giveaway)

With Summer officially here and the weather finally warming up, it's time for lots of barbecues and family and friends get togethers. Did you know that brunchin' at home has become a trend? It's always been a favorite of mine. I love hosting brunch during the warm months with a few of my girlfriends to sit outside on our deck, play catch up and munch on some delicious food all while sipping on a mimosa.

There are a number of ways you can host brunch. You can have it like a pot luck, each person brings a dish, inside or outside and don't forget the food, there are many different foods that are perfect for brunch, I personally love french toast during brunch.

I'm also a huge salsa lover. I love it on eggs, with chips and on tacos. I also love that I can serve it with just about anything and during any time of the day, including brunch. Our good friends at Sabra Canada have the perfect #sabrabrunchin menu for a delicious cozy brunch for your next home gathering, whether you are a seasoned brunching-at-home pro or just getting acquainted.

Baked Egg
Kick off the day (agreed the day starts at noon on Sundays!) with the perfect pairing of eggs and Sabra Classic Hummus.

Breakfast Nachos (My Favorite)
Need an indulgent fix after a night out? Enjoy with your favourite Sabra Salsa to quell those cravings.

Add Sabra Guacamole for a tasty avocado twist to pancakes.

Each recipe looks delicious and would be a great addition to any brunch menu. My personal favorite is the breakfast nachos. I've made them a couple of times before and they are perfect for brunch as all you need to do is make a platter of them, sit at the table with your loved ones and dig in! 

What's your favorite brunch food?
Leave a comment letting us know and you could win our Sabra Canada prize pack that includes a Sabra Canada tray and product coupons (value of $50)

Sabra Canada is driving across Canada for their 4th Annual Food Truck Tour. They've been making stops at local hot spots, busy intersections and events while in town, sharing free hummus and salsa samples throughout the duration of the tour. Visitors to the trucks can also personalize their hummus with Sabra's savoury garnishes to create the perfect snack.

Sabra Canada Truck Tour
Edmonton, AB  - June 12 – June 19
Montreal, QC  - June 17 – June 28; July 16 – Aug 2
Calgary, AB - June 21 – July 5
Ottawa, ON - July 1 – July 6
Saskatoon, SK - July 9 – July 13
Quebec City, QC - July 10 – July 12
Winnipeg, MB - July 18 – July 21
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - July 26
Toronto, ON - August 7 – August 23; September 10 – September 14 

Follow the Sabra Truck Tour @SabraCanada
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received coupons for product at no cost. No other compensation was received.

Littlest Pet Shop: Paws For Applause DVD (Review & Giveaway)

Blythe and her best friends from Mrs. Twombly’s Littlest Pet Shop are back for more off-the-wall pet adventures! Join Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda and Minka the monkey as they plan a visit to Blythe’s fashion camp, prevent the sabotage of an important photo shoot and catch a design thief! All of this and more give us a reason to Paws for Applause!
By now you all know we are huge fans of LPS in this house. From the time my oldest was able to play with them, she's always been a fan. So it comes as no surprise that we would all love the television show as well. Now that the latest DVD, Paws For Applause is out, I knew we had to watch it together with my youngest who is just under a year old. She absolutely loves all the bright vivid colors and also loves that the show plays catchy sing-a-long songs to shake her booty to. Paws For Applause comes with five episodes. What I love about this show is how it shows the bond of true friendship and how friends stick together and help one another out no matter what. 

Now out on DVD you can purchase Paws For Applause in stores or at
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Paws For Applause on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

@ShopprsDrugMart Life Brand Skincare Detox Product Review

I'm always looking for skincare products that will help leave my skin with a clear complexion. Since I have sensitive skin, that's sometimes hard to find. So when I heard that Shoppers Life Brand skincare came out with charcoal detox products just in time for summer, I definitely wanted to give it a go since charcoal is a detoxifying ingredient with deep cleansing and absorption that draws oil, dirt and bacteria from the skin helping to unclog pores.

I was sent charcoal nose strips, charcoal peel off mask and detoxifying face mask to try. I started off by using the Life Brand charcoal nose strips and the charcoal peel-off mask in succession on the same days. The charcoal nose strips require the same process as the original  Life Brand nose strips does, wet the area you wish to apply the strips, apply strip, and wait for it to dry completely to remove. Easy peasy. When I removed the strips after my first use, I did notice blackheads came off along with it, however, I didn’t notice a huge difference in the size of my pores. Overall, the nose strips worked great and I did notice a difference.

I then turned to the charcoal peel-off mask. My first go with the charcoal peel-off mask, I followed the directions to the letter. “Apply a thick, opaque, even layer to clean, dry skin.” Don’t do this.  You’re supposed to avoid the eye and mouth area, and with the thick layer that they suggested, it will drip before it dries. Since this is a peel-off mask, the drips will be a thick goopy, sticky type of drip. As with the nose strips, I noticed unsavory stuff from my pores come off with the mask, and my skin was as soft as a babies bottom. Woot! However, I didn’t notice a huge difference in the appearance of my skin.

I waited two days and then did the process all over again, starting with the nose strips, then the peel-off mask. This time around I didn’t use enough of the mask to be considered “opaque”, I used only enough to grip any stuff from my pores while still able to see a bit of my skin underneath. After peeling the mask off a half hour later, I got that lovely smooth feeling and I definitely saw an improvement in the size of my pores! I was thrilled!

Moral of the story, find the process you’re comfortable with, give it time, and you will see results. I definitely like these charcoal products!

In addition, I also received a one-use  Life Brand French clay detoxifying face mask packet. I love these single use packets. I don’t often use a face masks on a regular basis (if I use them too much, my skin produces too much oil), so these little packets are great for keeping my bathroom shelves clutter free and for trying out different types of masks without spending a bunch of money on a full size bottle and finding out it isn’t right for you.

The detoxifying mask, made my face feel very clean and tighter. Not like a dry feeling or residue type of tight, but my skin felt more firm. This is the type of mask I would use before an event to help me feel more refreshed.

All of the Life Brand Skincare Detox products are exclusively sold at your local Shoppers Drug MartLife Brand Charcoal Peel-Off mask, $6.99, Life Brand Nose Strips, $8.99 and the Life Brand French Clay Detoxifying face mask packets retail between $1.99 or 3 for $5.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Life Brand Skincare Detox products at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Teen Beach 2 DVD Review #TeenBeach2

Dive in and rock out with the hottest surf sequel under the sun! Now that summer ‘s over and school has begun, Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack’s (Maia Mitchell) relationship seems headed for a wipeout – until Lela, Tanner and the “Wet Side Story” kids show up! Dazzled by the novelty and variety of the modern world, Lela wants to stay, but the real world and the “reel” world just don’t mix. Can Mack and Brady find the magic to get the kids home and get their own romance back on track before it’s too late? Packed with electrifying song & dance numbers and hilarious fish-out-of-water wackiness, Teen Beach 2 is “wow-abunga” fun for everyone.

As summer is ending we get to see how our favorite couple, Brady and Mack, are doing once school starts back up and they're pushed back into reality with both their different group of friends and their plans for their future are involved. It turns out they are both pretty different when not on summer break and begin to have problems. Meanwhile, Lela is starting to change and has been wanting something more, something different ever since Brady and Mack left their world. She no longer wants to play the part in the movie where she's the damsel in distress. She wants to find out who she is so she ends up traveling to the real world and Tanner follows her. Once there they run into their friends Brady and Mack and things start happening to their world since the two leading characters are no longer in the movie. As Brady and Mack are still having their problems, it's up to Lela and Tanner to help them realize that they belong together.

Teen Beach 2 is back and better than ever with lots of new catchy songs and some of our favorite old ones, with a twist. This was such a great movie for my daughter and I to watch together. We had a girls weekend and re-watched Teen Beach before we watched Teen Beach 2 and now it looks like we'll be having a Teen Beach 10th birthday party for my daughter. She is a huge fan and I have to admit, so am I.

If you had tweens and teens who loved the first movie, be sure to grab Teen Beach 2 as it is now out on DVD!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Teen Beach 2 on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Curious George 3: Back To The Jungle DVD Review

Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Featuring the voice talents of Angela Bassett & John Goodman, with music by the Plain White T’s, join Curious George on his fun-filled journey that the whole family will enjoy!

The latest installment in the Curious George movies was just as good as the other two. I remember reading the books when I was younger and even watching the cartoons on TV, so watching the Curious George movies with my kids has always been fun and reminds me of my childhood. This time George is going back to the jungle, but not on purpose. As our favorite monkey is as curious as ever on a mission to space, he accidently lands in Africa. While he's there he's exploring and making new friends while the person who loves him the most is on a mission to find him and bring him home. This movie is great for families with young kids, because it's not only a great story-line, it also has some catchy songs that will have your kids singing for days. Curios George 3: Back To The Jungle is now out on DVD for you to bring home. 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a Curious George 3: Back to The Jungle on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.
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