Monday, November 24, 2014

@HamiltonBeachCA MultiBlend Blender (Review) #HolidayGiftGuide

With the Holidays around the corner, I find myself in the kitchen more and more. I love to cook and bake a lot this time of year and having dependable appliances are definitely needed to get the job done. That's why I was excited and happy when I got to try the new Hamilton Beach MultiBlend Blender. My old blender was on its last leg and the blade wasn't working as well as it use to in the past. I've had it for about three years and I think it did its job considering I used it for more than just blending drinks.

The Hamilton Beach MultiBlend Blender has a 700 watt peak-power motor that is made for blending not only drinks, but food as well. I was pretty impressed when I learned that I could not only make shakes in this blender, but you can also make smoothies, dips, salsa, soups and more. It comes with a stir spoon for mixing thicker foods, which is great. When using my old blender for thicker foods, I usually had to stop blending and stir a spoon in there to make sure whatever I was blending would continue without leaving chunks. With the stir spoon you can blend and stir thicker food/drinks in the blender while it's still on.

The 48 ounce capacity blender not only blends a variety of food and drinks, it's dishwasher safe and it also has a shatterproof Tritan jar, which is perfect in a household that has little ones in it. So if something should happen to where I accidentally drop the blender, I know that it will be okay and won't shatter glass all over my kitchen floor.

I've been using the Multi-Blender for the last few weeks and have been impressed every time I use it. I recently made the kiddos a Hot Chocolate Shake for an after school snack, which they loved. I love how easy and smooth the blender worked and the shake came out great.

This would be a great gift for family and friends that are newly married, just bought their first house and for the up and coming holidays. The Hamilton Beach MultiBlend Blender is retailed at $42.99 and comes with a 5 year limited warranty.

Hot Chocolate Shake
1 Packet of Hot Chocolate Mix
1 1/2 Teaspoon Truvia (If you don't have Truvia, one tablespoon Sugar)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate Syrup (optional)

Directions: In mug, mix together hot chocolate packet, milk and Truvia. Warm in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. In Blender add your ice cream and pour in your hot chocolate mixture and blend. Pour in glass and add whipped cream, chocolate syrup and enjoy!

For more information about the MultiBlend Blender and other Hamilton Beach products be sure to head to
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Hamilton Beach MultiBlend Blender at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

@GaiamCanada Balance Ball Chair Review

For the most part of the day, I am sitting at work at my desk. I've been wanting to try the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair for a while now, so I was pretty pumped when I had the opportunity to review it. I was so excited to try out this innovative chair design that I immediately opened the box and began assembly. The chair was very easy to put together and the ball was easy to inflate with the pump that was included. I tested the chair out both at home and at work.

The Balance Ball Chair offers health and fitness benefits while you're sitting at home or at the office. It's designed for people between 5-feet and 5-feet, 11-inches tall. The Balance Ball Chair is just like the same balance ball you would use in your workout routine, but with an adjustable support bar, easy-glide casters and an air pump to help keep you moving throughout the day.

The chair is very comfortable and allows you to maintain correct posture at your work-space which helps to reduce stress and strain on the body. I was able to identify how poor my posture often is when using my regular office chair. With the Balance Ball Chair, my posture was quickly corrected and I immediately felt less strain on my shoulders and neck as well as my core being activated.

The chair also comes with a desktop guide that demonstrates stretches and exercises one can do by utilizing the chair. The balance ball can be removed from the chair easily and within seconds you are able to stretch and relax for a quick break. There was also a DVD included with a workout guide in order to incorporate your chair into a whole body workout. I appreciated that the chair also had wheels in order to move freely around my office as needed.

The only concern I had with the chair was the included ball smaller than the standard balance ball. The size of the ball made the chair lower to the ground than an office chair would. I was not at the height I like to be at my desk. After reading online on Gaiam, they do recommend re-inflating your ball after you first inflate it so that the ball has stretched to its final size.

Overall, the Balance Ball Chair is great and I really appreciate all of the health benefits it has to offer! I would highly recommend this chair for anyone looking to get some exercise in during the day while they're at work or in their home office. This would be a great gift for the upcoming holidays considering New Years is around the corner, this would be perfect for those with goals to exercise a bit more. 

The Balance Ball Chair retails for $139.99 and can be purchased at
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Gaiam Balance Ball Chair at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Friday, November 21, 2014

PAW Patrol: Winter Rescues DVD (Review & Giveaway)

PAW Patrol is a CG, action-adventure preschool series starring six heroic puppies led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder. Among the members of the group are Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Zuma, Rubble and Skye. All of the animals have special skills, gadgets and vehicles that help them on their rescue missions.With an unique blend of problem solving skills, cool vehicles and physical humor, the PAW Patrol works together on high-stakes rescue missions to protect the Adventure Bay community.

In this wintery adventure, join Ryder and the PAW Patrol as they make a trip to Jake's Mountain to save Alex and look for a snow monster, No job is too big, no pup is too small!

My kids absolutely loved watching Paw Patrol. My seven year old son didn't take his eyes off the screen when the episodes were playing. It even kept my 3 month old entertained by the bright and fun vibrant colors. Winter Rescues includes six episodes that are fun, colorful and filled with lots of adventures that the pups and Ryder find themselves in. 

I love that this is a kid friendly show that not only is fun to watch, but also has pretty catchy songs, especially when the Paw Patrol is on their way to help. My son has been singing the song non-stop and has even gotten it stuck in my head as well. Another great thing about the show is that it gets your kids excited to see how the Paw Patrol will get through each adventure they come across to help their community. Definitely a great show for young kids to watch because it shows them how the Paw Patrol works together as a team.

 For more information about Paw Patrol and other shows, be sure to check out Kaboom Entertainment on Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate Paw Patrol: Winter Rescues coming to DVD in Canada, we're giving away a Paw Patrol Prize pack courtesy of Spin Master. The prize pack will include a DVD of Winter Rescues, a Deluxe Talking Plush and HQ Playset or Deluxe Trans Vehicles. The giveaway is open to our Canadian readers only.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received PAW Patrol: Winter Rescues on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - Family Movie Night #HTTYD2

Many of you already know, my family and I love a good movie night. We do it pretty often, especially in the Fall and Winter. It gives us time to come together and watch a family movie that we can all enjoy while munching on a few snacks.

So last week I shared with you guys a couple different options you could serve when hosting a How To Train Your Dragon 2 Family Movie Night. If you haven't checked out those recipes yet, head on over. The Swamp Water and Dragon Treats were a big hit in my house and goes great when watching the movie.

Last week we received a box filled with not only the How To Train Your Dragon 2 movie, but also party plates, napkins, cups, snacks and stickers and activity sheets for us to enjoy during our family movie night. The treats were a great add. So after dinner last Friday, we all got ready and settled down in our family room and took out our treats to eat. The kids absolutely loved munching on some of their favorite snacks while watching the movie. The hubby and I even enjoyed a few snacks as well.

From beginning to end the kids couldn't take their eye off the movie. They were excited to see not only their favorite characters from part one, but also to see some new characters in the movie. They're super excited to see the third movie already, I am too! Filled with lots of action and a great story line, I loved how there was lots of humor in the movie as well to keep everyone entertained.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is now out on both Blu-ray and DVD in stores now. This would definitely be a great Holiday gift for the entire family. We had such a great night watching part two and can't wait to take the kids to see part three whenever it comes out.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received How To Train Your Dragon Movie Night Kit at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Goodies From @TimHortons #HolidayGiftGuide

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!”

I don't know about you, but cold weather for me means lots of warm beverages for the family and I. Who doesn't love a good cup of coffee or hot chocolate on a rainy or snowy day during the Winter months?! Especially one from Canada's favorite coffee place, Tim Hortons! I absolutely love Timmies. I'm there at least a couple times a week grabbing myself a French Vanilla or Tim Bits for the kiddos.

This Holiday Season, Tim Hortons has a few holiday goodies that would be a perfect gift for any coffee lover. I was sent a Timbit Tree Ornament, Tim Hortons Holiday Mug in green, but they also comes in red and blue, Tim Horton's Dark Roast Coffee in K-Cups, which also comes in Tassimo format as well and their delicious Candy Cane Hot Chocolate.

Let me just say, the Candy Cane Hot Chocolate was a hit with my kids and their friends after they had fun in the snow. They came in to a warm, chocolaty, minty drink with lots of marshmallows. I'm a huge fan of their coffee for K-Cups, the new Dark Roast Coffee smelled heavenly while brewing in my Keurig and taste amazing. This hit the spot, especially since I didn't feel like driving in the snow to pick up a french vanilla.

These Holiday items from Tim Hortons are very affordable and can be mixed and matched to fit any budget. The entire gift set is $29.66. This is a perfect gift for hosts, co-workers,  friends and family members and to even buy for yourself. These items are also great last minute or unexpected gifts you might have during the holiday season. They're also easy to ship gifts for family and friends that live far away from you. This would be perfect for a college student away from home during the holidays.

For more information about the Holiday items from Tim Hortons, be sure to head to your local Tim Hortons or online at
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the products mentioned above at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.
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