Monday, October 20, 2014

Gifts For Men This Christmas!

Let’s face it: shopping for men is officially impossible. Trawling department stores yields row upon row of hopelessly boring ties, hip flasks and socks, and attempting to find a suitable aftershave is a minefield (if a sweet smelling one). But don’t worry ladies, it is possible to find the man in your life a practical, purposeful gift this Christmas and we have a few ideas for the well-groomed man, the foodie, the outdoor man and the gadget geek man. 

For the well-groomed
It might seem a little obvious, but you can’t go wrong with shaving accessories. Whether you opt for a classic packaged, high-quality brush for lathering up, some decadent post-shave balm, or a new, top of the line electric razor, it’s something he’ll use every day. For the jet-setter, consider a flight kit for his next business trip, or if he must insist on boycotting the razor, some beard oil will keep his facial tresses smelling.

For the foodie
If the guy you’re shopping for considers himself something of a gourmand, thank your lucky stars, for the opportunities for present shopping are endless. A chilli plant will give him the chance to grow his own fiery seasoning, while a teppanyaki grill is a cool way to prepare a sit-down dinner in front of his friends. As for drinks, consider a hand-curated mixed case of craft beer, a thoughtful and trendy treasure to stash under the Christmas tree.

For the outdoor type
The survivalist in your life can never have too many Swiss army knives, so invest in one in the certain knowledge it will be used, even if it’s just to knock the cap off a beer. A hand-cranked generator will keep a camper with a phone happy, and at full charge, or for ultimate brownie points, buy him a Go Pro to capture all his extreme survival antics from a first person point of view.

For the gadget geek
A true feat of modern engineering, the pop-up hotdog toaster is now a thing. If this sounds a little random, consider a Chromecast, a nifty device that turns any TV with a USB port into a smart one. If your male recipient is a keen golfer, he can attach a Swingbyte to his favourite club and perfect his swing without leaving the office, or cool down his beer in an instant with a freezable Chillsner.

With plenty of time and lots of options to pick from, don’t panic, you’re sure to get him the perfect present.

Keep Your Teeth Cavity Free This Halloween w/ Xyla Toothpaste & Mouthwash

October is one of the months where our kids will have lots of sweet treats to eat. From treats we make at home to treats they get at school, plus the candy they will receive when they're out trick or treating, keeping their teeth healthy and bacteria free is important.

I was really excited when I received a package from Xyla Canada that included not only toothpaste and mouthwash for my hubby and me, but also toothpaste and mouthwash specifically for the kids.

Xylitol has been used in the dental field for over 60 years to help promote oral health and the prevention of disease caused by bacteria. The toothpaste and mouthwash also helps protect your teeth from tartar, reduces the plaque and freshens your breath.

We received the Refresh Peppermint Toothpaste for adults along with the Refresh Peppermint Mouthwash and both my husband and I have been very impressed. I love that both mouthwash and toothpaste weren't too minty and they have left my mouth feeling clean and protected.

My kids got to try the Refresh Very Berry Toothpaste and Mouthwash and are happy using both. They're not fans of minty mouthwash or toothpaste, so having the Berry flavored toothpaste and mouthwash was a big hit and they loved it.

We've been using both toothpaste and mouthwash all throughout the month of October and I love knowing that with all the sweets we've been eating lately, our teeth are being protected.

The mouthwash and toothpaste for kids are both perfect for your kiddos to use this month, especially after Halloween when they'll be eating their Trick-OR-Treat candy. 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received samples of Xyla Toothpaste and Mouthwash at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Mysteries in October @Netflix_CA #StreamTeam

October is one of my favorite times of the year. I absolutely love Halloween and everything that goes with it. From decorating the house to making lots of Spooky Treats for my kids to enjoy, this is definitely a month I look forward to every year.

One thing I love is to cuddle on the couch with a throw blanket, have some popcorn and hot chocolate and watch spooky mystery movies with  the hubby and kids. Throughout the month of October we have spooky movie nights where we get the family together, bring out the spooky treats and watch movies. It's a fun time for all of us and it definitely brings us closer together.

Now, we have some traditional movies that are a MUST watch every year on DVD like, Hocus Pocus, The Adams Family and Halloweentown (my all time favorites). We also watch a few mystery family movies on Netflix as well. It's great because each year Netflix has some great mystery movies/shows on for us to stream and watch and never disappoints. We watched Spooky Buddies this past weekend and my kids absolutely loved it. We've watched it before, but it gets them every time. They absolutely love the buddies movies and this is one of our favorites.

Here are a few of our favorite spooky mystery movies we love to watch as a family that are available on Netflix for you and your family to watch during this mysterious month!

What are some of your family's favorite mystery movies and/or shows you like to watch during the month of October?
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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Announces Celebrity Host Lineup #Cotton24Hours

Hosting for the third time, Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s return to Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show. The couple will be joined this year by E! News’ Jason Kennedy and TV host Michael Yo from “The Insider” on CBS. The entire show will be streamed live from South Beach, Miami, online for 24 hours, beginning Friday, November 7, at 8 p.m. EST, through Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. EST. That's a long show, I'm excited to watch. It's nice to know that even if we sleep a few hours during the show, we can wake up and continue to watch live. Will you try and stay up the full 24 hours to watch?

I love that Cotton is making its way back into our lives. I remember when I was younger, I had so many outfits that were made from cotton. They were clothes that were made to last. You don't see too much of that anymore, so I'm happy to see that there will be a 24-hour show dedicated to show all of us that Cotton is still here and hasn't gone away.

Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show, will celebrate “The Moments of Our Lives” with hourly themed looks from over 70 brands providing “cotton moments. From weekend getaway look to first job, the show will feature a unique cotton look every minute for the show's full 24-hour show. That's a total of 1,440 cotton looks, an outfit a day for over three years.

For more information about the upcoming 24-Hour Runway Show use #Cotton24Hours and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

Treat Your Trick-OR-Treaters w/ Xyla Lollipops & Hard Candy This Halloween (Review)

October is one of my favorite months. Not only is it the beginning of my baking season, but it's also when we celebrate one of my favorite holidays, Halloween. We all know this month there will be lots of candy given to our children, which means they will consume a lot of sugar, which also means cavities can form in their teeth.

I was sent a few samples of lollipops and hard candy from Xylitol Canada, a company that provides natural sweetener products under the name Xyla, to try and substitute candy with sugar for my kids. This was a great test for me to see if they would notice if there was a difference in taste from other candy that contains sugar.

They didn't.

I was one happy mama to know that the kids didn't taste a difference and enjoyed both lollipops and hard candies. The lollipops and hard candies are one of the most effective treats in preventing cavities for all ages and have no artificial color in them. This is pretty awesome.

I have to admit I've had a few of them myself and I love them. My favorite is the grapefruit lollipop. I love these because I've been watching my weight since having the little one and like all of us, I get a sweet tooth every now and then. These are perfect to pop in your mouth when you get a sweet craving and a treat you don't have to feel guilty about. All of our samples we had in the house are gone because the kiddos ate them all up, so I know I'll definitely have to order a bag of each of them soon.

This would be a great treat to hand out to those kiddos coming to your door this year for Halloween. Something the kids will love and the parents will be happy about. 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received samples of Xyla Lollipops and Hard Candy at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.
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