Saturday, October 25, 2014

Have you managed to settle back into routine yet? #pgmom #giveaway

Summer vacation is long gone and hopefully you've all settled nicely into a nice and easy routine. Ok, who am I's chaos in our house! I'm a working single mom, with one kiddo in elementary school, and one that just started high school. It seems like someone is always running in the door or out the door or needing something like yesterday!

So the Back to Routine box from P&G is certainly a blessing in our home! I'll tell you right now that I CANNOT live without the CoverGirl + Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer for these so-tired-always-seem-to-be-on-the-go eyes or the Secret Clinical Strength for my GO-GO-GO life!  And my new to high school teen is a big fan of the squeaky fresh face that Olay Fresh Effects {Acne Control Scrub!} Salicylic Acid Acne and Blackhead Clearing Scrub gives her first thing in the morning, and the wake-me-up tingle from the Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer! My teen is really good about getting to bed at a decent time, but those crazy early mornings are taking a bit of a toll!

Give Her a Good Foundation

Not only is this time of year a big change for mom, but it’s also a huge adjustment for teens, and we all know a little help from the wise goes a long way during a period of transition!  This is a great chance to bond with your daughter and pass along some of your key beauty tips, giving them the tools for success when it comes to confidence in the classroom.  Help give them a fresh face this back-to-school season with Olay Fresh Effects {Acne Control Scrub!} Salicylic Acid Acne and Blackhead Clearing Scrub, designed to provide unstoppable freshness that lasts all day. Also, for those early school mornings, Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer will awake and energize skin with its feather-light gel, packed with an instant boost of cooling hydration and COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Concealer will help cover those imperfections and dark circles that we all hate.  As a final part of your teen’s morning routine, COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation will even her skin tone while pulling oil and sweat away from the skin instead of trapping it under the foundation.

One lucky CANADIAN reader will win this sweet P&G Back to Routine prizepack!
This giveaway is valued at $122* and includes:
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Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Baby Event ends TODAY at your participating Loblaws retailer! #pgmom

Oh baby! This is not to be missed if you have a little one in the house! Have you seen the special flyer? There are some AMAZING deals to be had, but the 2 weeks of everything baby is ending TODAY (Oct 10 - Oct 23) at participating PC stores listed below.

Oh those busy sleep-deprived girls were 3 yrs and 11 months apart. I had the little one almost always attached to me, and then the older one who wants to run and grab everything and be 'helpful' or wanting to also be attached to me depending on how she was feeling at that minute. And then trying to get everything that was needed? One stop shopping was a saving grace! And our retailer also served the much needed cup of COFFEE, to give me that boost I needed while trying to get it all done!
When it comes to shopping, you are a savvy mom looking for a store that has everything you need for baby, and the whole family. At participating retailers, you can shop for quality food, baby necessities and at some locations, even clothes for the entire family! By choosing a retailer that offers everything in one place, you save time and have more time for the little ones.

Participating retailers include: Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Valu-mart and Real Canadian Superstore

Tips for Making Your Shopping Trip More Efficient
Can grocery shopping feel daunting? Check out these tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your trips to the store.

1. Always go with a list. Do you often find yourself aimlessly wandering around the grocery store, forgetting what you’re missing at home? By making a to-buy list you can target exactly what you need, allowing you to get in and get out. And, you can save money by only purchasing necessities!

2. Navigate the store like a pro. If you visit the same store each week, organize your list by aisles to save you from backtracking.
3. Schedule a shopping day. Pick one day a week and designate as your "shopping day". This way everyone in the family knows to request the items they need before then, which will help you avoid multiple trips to the store.
4. Pick a store that has everything you need. Don’t waste time travelling, going from store to store. Instead, visit a store that meets all your needs – from food, to clothing to baby necessities like Pampers.
5. Look for specials & shopping events that’ll help you save. Visit Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Valu-mart or Real Canadian Superstore from October 10-23 for the baby event. The event includes exciting offers on all things baby to make shopping even more convenient! Check out the flyer from your participating banners for details!

What will you be shopping for today?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - KW OKTOBERFEST (linky)

Pretzels, Yummy German buffet and Polka, events downtown, silly pretzel selfies, floats with lederhosen and dirndls, BEER, Onkel Hans, singing beer steins, and Orangie taking silly parade selfies = AWESOME time! :)

Your turn! Link up your WW post, and grab my button too!
Wordless Wednesday on Home of OHM

Friday, October 10, 2014

Simple Apple Spice Oatmeal #recipe #porridgeday

I do love a good pot of oatmeal. There are so many health benefits, it's filling, and fantastically budget friendly! I especially love when my kids will eagerly gobble up a bowl of mom's homemade oatmeal instead of a bowl from sugar-filled packet.

For this recipe we followed the directions on the oatmeal bag for a serving for 4, which was a tad too generous for our needs. oops.

1 1/3 cups of quick oats
2 1/3 cups water
2 apples
1 tbsp. brown sugar
several dashes of pumpkin pie spice (to suit your taste)
(optional: topped with a splash of milk to cool for eating, and/or make it a bit creamier.)

1) Prepare your apples: I peeled them, put them through my pampered chef cutter/corer, then sliced the wedges into thin little pieces.
2) On stove, bring water to boil.
3) Gradually stir in oats, apples, spice and sugar. Cook for 3 mins, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
4) Dish it up! Will be extremely hot! Let it cool off a bit, or top it off with some cold milk if desired.


So what's the deal with #PorridgeDay? - The aim of Porridge Day is to raise money for charities who provide nutritious daily meals and education to starving children in developing countries. For more info visit Mary's Meals.
No, this is not a sponsored post...I just happened to see that it was PorridgeDay today, thanks to and love to 'celebrate' days whenever I can :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - Handsome Georgie for Gap Cats

Lately Georgie cat has been all up in tea parties...and Orangie has loved just how much Georgie gets into it,..really he's just there for the all-you-can-drink(water)...while watching all this go on I then realized that he NEEDED to don some proper tea party attire...

HOW TO: In these photos Georgie is modelling the collar  *literally* cut from a Baby Gap size 2 dress shirt and then buttoned on...I think an 18mo would be best for his next dress collar :)

*yes, this is technically a choking hazard, he only wears it in attendance at tea parties, and never unsupervised*
Do you dress up your CAT?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Focus on the Road. End Distracted Driving. #CAAfocus

I admit it. My daughters are 10 and almost 14 and yet I am still uncomfortable with them going out alone in my neighbourhood. And it's not for the reasons you're thinking, it's because of the MANY accidents that have happened in our neighbourhood over the last FOUR years that we've lived here. The cause? DISTRACTED driving. Single car accidents. Up on the sidewalks. Taking out community mailboxes. Hitting trees or fences. Thankfully there have not been any pedestrians involved, but it's going to happen sometime. There just seems to be more and more distraction happening when driving, and it's SCARY. You always think not me, or not in MY neighbourhood...but it is. It's everywhere.

CAA's Distracted Driving campaign is on right now. With the kids back to school our roads are even busier than ever (more kids walking to school, or walking to and from the bus), parents dropping kids off, etc. It is imperative that we all band together to put an end to Distracted Driving. We need to stress the importance of not driving distracted, and as parents we have to set an example to our children, and especially our tweens & teens, that we will not drive distracted. We need to  all "Make the Promise" to end Distracted Driving and encourage our family and friends to do the same!

* Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of collisions and easily one of the most avoidable.

* Distractions can come from almost anything that makes you look away from the road. A split second is all it takes to dramatically change the rest of your life.

* Driving requires your full attention. Losing focus on the road can lead to weaving in and out of your lane, missing a traffic sign and putting yourself, passengers and others at risk.

CAA South Central Ontario  (@CAASCO) and other traffic safety partners have come together to launch an education and awareness campaign. They are urging all drivers to "Make The Promise". It's simple, go online to and promise to your family and friends to focus on the road!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Holidays with SpongeBob / SpongeBob ScaryPants Collection - #giveaway

It's October 1st and I am now officially in Halloween and Holiday mode! Time to start getting my fall / autumn on and get excited as we head into holiday season. My youngest was so excited to crack open the SpongeBob ScaryPants Collection and get watching. She's been far too obsessed lately with Halloween...and I get questioned daily with what costume would go with the purple lipstick that she's been coveting...really?!

Bikini Bottom is about to become a whole lot scarier as SpongeBob and his friends encounter ghosts, curses and other frightening things! SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection is a 2-disc special filled with frightening fun, including 17 episodes and two bonus features. With all the craziness that SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and other friends get into, fans won’t want to miss this!
SpongeBob ScaredyPants Collection is available now on DVD.

Here's your chance to experience Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine's Day, Bikinni Bottom-style. So join SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, and the rest of the crew for Holidays with SpongeBob, a 3-DVD gift set featuring over 4 hours of absorbing celebrations and random days made extra special by everyone's favourite undersea fry cook!
Holidays with SpongeBob is available now on DVD.

Enter to win BOTH collections: SpongeBob ScaryPants AND Holidays with SpongeBob!
(TWO winners! Open to CANADA, ends Oct 15 at 11:59pm EST)
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