Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match DVD (Review & Giveaway)



Not every puppy is perfect for every person, and the Pound Puppies are dedicated to making sure their furry friends end up in the right hands! Join Lucky, Cookie, Niblet, Strudel and Squirt as they continue on their mission to find a person for every pup with the release of Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match on DVD. Featuring five fun-filled adventures.


MY REVIEW
My kids absolutely love the show, Pound Puppies. They're still shocked that this is a remake of a cartoon that was out when I was younger. They always ask me if so and so were in the original series. It's cute to see how interested they are in both the new and original series. 

A Perfect Match not only is a great reminder for not just kids, but people in general to learn that not every dog is right for a person. They have to fit into your family just right and with A Perfect match the Pound Puppies are trying their best to help puppies get the perfect match for them. We just recently got a new pup in our family a couple of weeks ago. His name is Max, he's a Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) and I have to say, he definitely fits perfect in our family. He's silly and goofy just like the rest of us and I loved hearing my son make the connection from watching this DVD and the new addition to our family.

You can now get Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match on DVD for $9.99 by visiting ShoutFactory.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Pound Puppies: A Perfect Match on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Book Review: The Cellar by @NatashavPreston



Title: The Cellar
By: Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 1, 2014
ISBN: 9781492600978
Pages: 347
When sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson goes missing one night, her family, friends and boyfriend are devastated. Nothing ever happens in Long Thorpe, so the disappearance of a school girl shocks the whole community. The police waste no time in launching a search and investigation, but with nothing to go on and no trace of Summer, hopes of finding her quickly fade.
Colin Brown, is a thirty-year-old solicitor living alone after the death of his mother. He suffered a traumatic and abusive childhood, and is left with no sense of right or wrong. Desperate for the perfect family, Colin, referring to himself as Clover, turns to drastic measures to get what he wants.

MY REVIEW
I have to say, this is one story that is not like others. This is a story about a teenage girl name Summer who ends up getting kidnapped and put in a cellar with three other girls. Not only are we reading what she's going through every day she's trapped in the cellar, but we also get to read what the kidnapper, Clover is going through as well as Summer's boyfriend, Lewis. 

I certainly couldn't stop reading this story once I started reading it. Not only did I love how we got to hear from a three person's point of view, but I was also terrified, disgusted, sad and so many emotions while reading the story, but could not put this book down. It's that interesting and you want to see what happens and if Summer gets out and reunited with the love of her life. It's very vivid to where you can imagine exactly the layout of how the cellar is and how each girl looks. 

I think Natasha Preston did a great job with this story. The only part I would have changed is a more vivid ending to when Summer, Rose, Poppy and Violet got out of the Cellar. We only get small parts as we're reading again from three people's point of view. Other then that I absolutely was intrigued and loved that this story had a happy ending with Summer reuniting with her family as well as Lewis. Definitely a story that will have you in tears as you're reading both Summer and Lewis' point of view. 

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Annual Easter Egg Hunt! #KinderMom


Easter is just around the corner. One of the things I love about this time of year is that we get to spend time with our family as well as eat delicious food. Each year is pretty much the same for us, we usually dye our Easter eggs on Good Friday and relax Saturday. Easter Sunday morning the kids are up and looking at what the Easter Bunny has brought them. This year the Easter Bunny got a little help from Kinder Canada as we were sent some delicious Kinder Chocolates as well as a couple stuffies to add to the kid's baskets.



After breakfast and a light lunch is served, we then  head on over to my in laws house for some great food and company along with the kids annual Easter Egg Hunt.

This Easter Egg Hunt gets better each year as the kids gets older because my mother in law comes up with awesome goodies to put in the kids plastic eggs they hunt for. Not only does she give them a bag starting them off with a couple eggs, chocolates and five dollars, the eggs the kids get to hunt for has every thing from candy to loonies and toonies and pieces of paper that have little love notes along with other prizes written on them. The kids all get so excited. Even the older cousins still get in on the hunt. Although they try now more to help out the younger kids, it's always fun to see all the kids out in the backyard running around looking for the eggs.



Once all the eggs are collected we all go inside and the kids count and open up their eggs to see and/or read what else they won. My mother in law has a piece of paper that has everything written down and calls out and asks who has a loonie, toonie, etc. Once the hunt is over it's time for us to have dinner.

It's traditions like these that will be long lasting memories for my kids that they'll always remember and look back with a smile. I can't wait to share that with our new addition that will be here this Summer.

Along with helping us Kinder Moms fill our kiddos basket with some goodies, Kinder Canada is also partnering up with Children’s Miracle Network and will be providing 12 baskets to CMN hospitals. Kinder will also be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization that's dedicated to saving the lives of children. I don't know about you, but if this is definitely a company that I fall in love with over and over again, not only is their chocolate delicious, but they do so much to help others, it warms my heart.
Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Reading In The Spring With @Raincoastbooks (Review & Giveaway)


As we say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring, it seems we only have a couple more months left before the kids are out of school for the Summer. I'm noticing a bit of less homework for my little ones, but one thing that the husband and I make sure they keep up with no matter how little homework they have is reading.

We have our kids read for about 20 minutes a day about five days a week. On days when they aren't reading, we love finding family books that we all can enjoy together and read as a family.



We were all pretty happy when we got a delivery from Raincoast Books. They sent us a collection of Spring picture books from Chronicle Kids that were both appealing from the pictures and from the stories as well. We were sent, I Didn't Do My Homework Because, Lately Lily, At The Same Moment Around The World, Busy Bunny Days and Here Comes Destructo-Saurus!

Each book was filled with beautiful colorful printed pictures along with great easy to read and follow stories that kept my kids focused on reading and actually enjoying each book.

My daughter's favorite has to be Lately Lily, a book about a girl and her adventures traveling. She said it reminded her of when we go to our yearly trips to California to visit family and all of the new places she gets to visit and learn about.


My son of course loved Here Comes Destructo-Saurus! I think he loved how cool the dino looked more instead of how he was acting. He mentioned a couple of times that making a mess and throwing a tantrum would get that dino in time out.




We definitely enjoy seeing our kids read and hearing how excited they are during the book and once they finish reading their book. The fact that they go straight to their bookshelves in their rooms now and pick out a book they want to read before bed makes me even more proud. My daughter has started chapter and series books and so far she is loving that she can read more than one book to enjoy her favorite characters.

To find out more about these Spring Books and how to add them to your collection, be sure to check them out on Amazon, Kids Books and Indigo. Also be sure to follow RainCoast Books on Twitter for news about up and coming new books that both you and your child will love!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned books at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Playtex Training Time Soft Spout Review #MomTrust


As my son is getting older, it's time that we start transitioning him from a bottle to a sippy cup. One thing I love about Playtex is that they have cups that help transition your little one from four months and up and as you all know from reading our past experience with Playtex, that their products are something I trust and know I can depend on.



They have an entire line that can help your little one say goodbye to their bottles and hello to the next stages of becoming a toddler. Their line includes:


Training Time: – TrainingTime cups are designed to help transition from bottle to sippy cup and come in spout and straw formats for ages 6 months+.

AnyTime: – AnyTime cups are designed to be easy for little hands to hold so your child easily controls the flow of liquid. Available in a variety of spout, straw and spoutless formats for ages 9 months+.

PlayTime: – PlayTime Insulated cups are break proof and 100% Leak-proof guaranteed*. Insulated to keep drinks cool.

TravelTime: – Your little one is all grown up and ready for their next adventure! TravelTime Insulated cups are 12oz and insulated to keep drinks cool.

We decided to go with their Training Time Soft Spout that's for babies four months and older. Not only was this a great cup to start with, but it was also pretty easy for my son to get the hang of using it. We have tried a few different ones, but he definitely prefers this sippy.



It lasts long, is very durable and quite simple when it comes to cleaning and use. I love that he is able to hold as the cup is easy to grasp and small enough to fit in his hands. The fact that it's dishwasher safe is a bonus because it's already very easy to clean if you didn't want to use your dishwasher or didn't have time to wait through a cycle.  I would consider this cup for babies that are old enough or your toddlers if you're still searching for the right cup to start with.

The Playtex Twist ‘n Click cups are available at all major retailers across Canada.

Also for more information on new products from Playtex, be sure to follow them on their Facebook!
Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Playtex Mom Trust program. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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