Wednesday, August 26, 2015

See Why I Love the New @OliversLabels - #giveaway

It's that time of year again. Must label all the things! The supplies, clothes, shoes, and litter-less lunch all adds up, and FAST! The last thing you need is for any of those pricey little items to head off to school but not make it back again! That's why in this house we're big fans of labelling things!

The new designs at Oliver's Labels are creative, colourful and eye-catching. I was surprised to find that the most giddy label recipient with this last order was actually my boyfriend! There is nothing like a 40 year old man excited for his Retro Robot labels for all his tech labelling needs!! I kid you not! My teen daughter also got on board with the robot love for all her high school supplies! These cute robots are fantastically versatile, and are perfect for any age!

Other Awesome Finds at Oliver's Labels:

1) Licensed Labels - If you have a preschooler in your house, you're gonna love the section with special edition favourites like Dora, SpongeBob, Eric Carle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Team Umizoomi, or our favourite Bubble Guppies! These labels are sure to be a hit with the wee ones, but your wallet won't take too heavy a hit, as they're only $2 more! WIN!

2) Custom Packages - Seriously LOVE this! You can pick a little bit of this and a little bit of that! This is definitely my go-to package, especially if you need a wide variety of labels! The average here is only $10 per label type! SCORE!

3) Adult Section - Yes, because adults love their labels too! One of my faves in this section is the Rococco, so we ordered mini bag tags in this fab design! (but with our last name on them instead!)

4) Found-It - Oliver's Labels FREE Lost and Found system! When you choose to add Found-it™ to your labels, they're printed with your very own unique I.D. If your item is reported found, they'll send you a notification email right away!

5) Free Shipping! - from 8/26 - 9/02 you can take advantage of free standard shipping on your order!  *find more info here.

Did You Know? - "Our labels and tags can stand up to the harshest environments including the dishwasher, laundry and inside your shoe. In fact, we guarantee that the printing will never rub or scuff off. You can be confident that when you buy Oliver’s Labels, your labels will outlast the stuff you stick them on."

I have a $50 gc to Oliver's Labels to giveaway to one lucky reader!!
(Open to Can/US, ends Sept 9th at 11:59 pm EST)

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*Disclosure: I received product from Oliver's Labels in exchange for my post. Any opinions expressed on Home of OHM are 100% my own.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Random Pics from My BC Vacation - #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

I'm really not sure how to classify these pics..originally I was going to title it "Those Random Pics that You Find on Your Phone" but realized they're not exactly random..some of them are serious, some are weird, etc..I guess they're "photos that I wanted to share, but didn't exactly fit in posts" :)

1) After a rough first flight, I may be drinking a glass of red wine in an airport resto-bar at 10am!
2) This gave me serious goosebumps. Posted in many info centres etc along the coast are instructions for what to do if you find various types of tsunami debris the devastating Japan earthquake/tsunami in 2011.
3) Goats on Roof - A very cool market with local and import foods etc in Coombs BC. I'm not sure about you, but I wouldn't be standing right below those goats bottoms!!
4) Dogs in a bar. and they were absolute sweethearts!
5) Yes, that is a rest stop/scenic lookout potty cabin. This was the lowest quality standard bathroom that I could dare enter. lol.
6) Selfie with a cool carved bear!
7) Self-explanatory!
8) I absolutely LOVED this plaque that we found on a bench in Beacon Hill Park in Victoria BC
9) Cecil, my beloved koala stuffie from the Bconnected conference, riding in style through the airport ;)

Now it's your turn! LINK UP!

Dealing with my Fear of Flying - #TravelTuesday

I've now been home from my BC 'adventure' for a week and a half now, and while I was terrified of flying before we left, I actually find myself craving another flight. I may only have 4 flights under my belt, but I have learned a LOT in those 4 flights about how to cope or relax while flying. 

So I'll start with a bit about me. I am terrified of heights, have anxiety, have irrational fears(yes, I am well aware that they're irrational), and not feeling in control in situations only makes it all worse.

So flight one did NOT go well. The anxiety got the best of me and I was a teary emotional mess for about 1.5 hrs of the 3 hour flight. Don't worry, I hid it best I could by appearing to stare out the window. Believe me, I tried to look out the window and just zone out and enjoy the wonder of such an amazing new experience and breathtaking view. I tried to eat, but every slight turn or wobble of the plane made my stomach turn. Things that I had brought with me on board to enjoy like my book or computer were a waste with the lack of focus that came with the anxiety attack. 

So what was the first step in relaxing my fears? Around an hour and a half in, I clued in that I am a creature who requires COMFORT. Even when temperatures are rather steamy, I still require a snuggly blanket. So when I saw the $4 flight blanket in the pamphlet, I quickly requested it. I think the flight attendant recognized the anxiety in my face as when we tried to hand over payment she quietly declined it with dare i even say a soft motherly expression on her face. About 10 minutes after snuggling into the blanket I started to feel much calmer and I was able to close my eyes and sink into the music on my iphone. *Sidenote: Lindsay Sterling's amazing violin skills were a big BIG help.

Comfort is key. Whether that is just comfortable attire, or needing that blanket and pillow. Whatever makes you comfortable. I think for my next flight I may invest in one of those good neck pillows that I swear 70% of passengers seemed to have. Note taken.

Distraction helps! There are so many options here. Bring what works best for you, whether it be music, movie or tv, a book, handheld gaming system, knitting, puzzle book, etc. Or try to focus on the purpose of your trip, or where you are going. I knew that I was headed for mountains, wildlife, a kid-free week of exploration..believe me, that certainly helped! ;)

Food and/or Drink! There is something to be said for a soothing cup of tea or coffee, nibbling a snack, or enjoying a beer or wine. I honestly think that had i been able to sip a cup of wine on that first flight, even though it was 7:15am things would have gone a whole lot more smoothly! Don't let hunger feed your fear! (but keep it simple and don't overdo it!)

Learn about air travel! Take a deep breath, because flight is seriously SAFE. Dare i say that it is probably the safest mode of travel! The National Safety Council says that the odds of dying in a car accident are 1 in 112, but from air/space travel only 1 in 8357! I enjoyed this posting on Fodor's from a flight attendant perspective.

Pull down the window shade. There were a couple times that though I was trying to enjoy my birds eye view it was also making me nauseous! 

Pick your seat! Even though I do have a crazy fear of heights, I found that I loved to look out the window. It was incredibly interesting picking things out or realizing what you were looking at. We saw a forest fire, and even hot air balloons below! I also found that I enjoyed my flight more when i was seated away from the engines. I found it was harder to relax near their loudness.

Bring something that makes you happy! Now obviously I should have shared the selfie of me and my boyfriend that we took high above the clouds, but instead I'll share this...

Yup, I brought a favourite stuffie with me! 

and obviously my tips are just If you need further help to deal with a fear of flying, don't hesitate to contact your physician!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Views from the Plane #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

I had never been on an least that I could actually remember. I'm 35, and I think I was 4 the last time. So frankly it was quite the new experience.
The first 2 hours I was freaked out beyond belief, as my body tried to get used to movement...I'm a girl who has a ridiculous fear of heights, gets easily motion sick, and also has a whole whack of irrational fears..and yes i am well aware that its the safest form of travel...but try to tell someone that as you see the ground quickly moving further and further away! Anyways, when I finally relaxed (as much as i could) I was able to appreciate the amazing rare view from above.

2) descending into Vancouver..those are cargo ships.
5) hot air balloons!
6) mountains

As I finally settle back into routine I will certainly be sharing more pics from my trip to breathtaking BC (Vancouver, Tofino, Ucluelet, Victoria, etc)

Your turn! Link up now! :)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales DVD #giveaway

You've got to love a show that continues to interest an almost 11 year old! Ok, and maybe her 35 year old mom! There are only so many children's show that are just this adorably awesome. And how wonderful that Strawberry was around when I was a child!

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales is available on Digital HD now, and on DVD on August 11.

DVD Includes Digital HD,
Bonus Printable Coloring Pages and Party Pack!  

The spotlight shines on the importance of being true to yourself in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales.  Join Plum in “Snowberry and the Seven Berrykins” as she learns to believe in herself when putting on a small and simple play for a young audience.  In “Berryella and Prince Berry Charming,” Huck agrees to be in a production, but then quickly realizes that he’d be happier behind the scenes. Strawberry, Lemon and Raspberry star as three princesses on a quest to rule a kingdom in “The Littlest Berrykin,” and realize that they can never succeed without kindness and generosity.  With berry important lessons, it’s curtain up on good times and friendship!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales on DVD!
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Another Busy Week #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

It's been a busy one around here! and now it's almost time for me to head off on my super exciting vacay!
Take a peek at my week!
1) View out the Hyatt hotel room window in Toronto
2) Loved watching the CN tower change colours. It was almost mesmerizing! Especially with the almost full moon behind it!
3) We wandered a bit after dinner at the Beer Markt, and found a fab Belgian inspired pub that we LOVED.
4) When you find out it's National Ice Cream Sandwich make ice cream sandwiches! YUM!
5) I jumped on the bandwagon...I also bought the "I Am Not A Blogger" shirt from Walmart!
6) Orangie had an awesome time at camp. It was her very first time spending a week away from home!
7) Giant gummi bears are delicious!
8) So it roasting cauliflower with Franks Red Hot Bollywood sauce on it!
9) A relaxing wonderful holiday weekend with my family was much needed!

It's your turn! Link up! I love seeing what you've been up to!

Monday, August 3, 2015

TobyMac - #THISISNOTATEST - album review and #giveaway

An entire album that is positive, powerful, catchy, and seriously has you dancing in your seat (if you're a tad more reserved like I am)...or you can just be all out dancing around and singing like a few reviewers that I read! lol. TobyMac's This is Not a Test album is his SIXTH release. So you know it's gonna rock! I just cannot say enough about just how awesome this cd is!!
Toby McKeehan (known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman.  Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music.  While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk.  Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001.  Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008).  This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released.  Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and - perhaps most relevant of all - the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going.  "It's the truth," he says.  "I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart.  I believe God can use a song to open someone's mind and heart."   

This Is Not A Test  (Deluxe Edition) Songs: 
1. Like a Match
2. Backseat Driver (featuring Hollyn & TRU)
3. This Is Not a Test (featuring Capital Kings)
4. Lights Shine Bright (featuring Hollyn)
5. Til the Day I Die (featuring NF)
6. Feel It (featuring Mr. Talkbox)
7. Move (Keep Walkin')
8. Love Broke Thru
9. Beyond Me
10. Love Feels Like (featuring dc Talk)
11. Undeniable
12. Lift You Up (featuring Ryan Stevenson)
13. Fall
14. Beyond Me (Phenomenon Remix)
15. Like a Match (Garcia's Remix) 

Release Date: August 7th. Preorder now, and get 4 songs instantly!

Take a listen to one of the awesome songs..this one just spoke to me..maybe it was Hollyn's voice?

One lucky reader will win a copy of TobyMac's This is Not a Test cd!
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