Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kids First Day in #ldnont - Apr 17 2015

Tomorrow, Apr 17th, is a PD Day here in London, Ontario. Are you looking for FUN, low-cost or free things to do with your kids? Be sure to check out Kids First Day! My girls and I always looked forward to this great event, and likely attended this from year ONE! Will we see you out there tomorrow? We'll likely be checking out the museums, historical sites, Covent Garden, and Kiwi Kraze! *FYI - this is not a sponsored post, but an event I feel is super cool and needs to be shared!*

On Friday April 17th, 2015, we invite you to join us for free or low-cost activities at over 50 locations in London and area! From arts and crafts, to dancing, swimming, bowling, cooking, scavenger hunts and magic shows... there is a Kids First Day activity for every child.
 
Pick up your Kids First Day Passport at your first stop and get it signed at each activity that you attend. Submit your passport after your third activity for a chance to win a fabulous prize!
 
Many great locations to choose from! Highlights include: Adventures on Wonderland, ArtVenture Art Studio, MadScience of London, Boys & Girls Club of London, Michaels, Chapters, Museum London, Museum of Archaeology, Covent Garden Market, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, Kiwi Kraze, London Children's Museum, etc etc etc!
 
For the FULL list of Kids First Day FUN, download it here and print it out to take with you!
 
HAVE FUN!
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Need a Laugh? Stop in! #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

This week I'm sharing 9 funnies that I found on Pinterest!
Hope they make you lol or smile :)


Which one is your fave?
 
and be sure to link up your WW too! :)
 

Changing Lives with Coffee - Caffe Dali #giveaway

Can a cup of coffee change a life?
Caffe Dali - "Passione e Compassione della Vita" 


"The concept behind the name, is to play off of the recognized innovation and genius of the world famous surreal master, Salvador Dali. His avant-garde style reflected boldness, passion, and playfulness, but above all, a break from the establishment. The Philosophy behind Caffe Dali reflects the life and work of Dali. The pursuit of a vigorous Passion for Life and a heartfelt Compassion for Others are the two emotions which define us in everything that we do."

Changing Lives - Caffe Dali is serious about directly impacting the lives of the most innocent and the most vulnerable. Kids around the world who are orphans, children infected with aids, and those who have been sold into prostitution. A minimum 20% of all profits go towards charities: Destiny Rescue, Beyond Fair Trade, La Ola Casa Hogar, and Imani Kids Kenya.

"We use only Arabica coffee beans picked at the height of ripeness, that are naturally processed, and sun dried, that come from a variety of major growing regions of Central and South America, East Africa and other Pacific Rim coffee producing countries of the world. The trees are of the variety Arabica Bourbon; the plantations are all under shade trees and production practices are in accordance to ecological, social conscience, and specialty coffee considerations."

Buy Now! (mention orangeheromama and get 10% off!)
http://caffedali.caffedali.com/shop/

OR...
 
* I LOVE my coffee! I'll take it with 1/2 a sugar and a splash of milk please!*
 
One lucky reader will win a bag of Enigma Medium Roast!
(Can/US, ends Apr 29)
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Disclosure: I received Caffe Dali product in exchange for my post. No further compensation will be received.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Get Your Spring Clean On with P&G! #giveaway

Is it safe to say that SPRING has finally sprung in SW Ontario? It was a beautiful weekend and I finally felt the itch to get my spring cleaning on! It was 17 degrees and gloriously sunny and so what did I do? Washed the outside windows while my guy did the barbequing! I spring clean bit by bit so that I can spend more time doing fun Spring things like family bike rides or hanging out on the patio!


Go Room by Room; De-clutter, Clean, Organize, Put Back!

RENEW - Don't Forget to Clean...
  • Fridge
  • Oven
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Drapery/Blinds
  • Baseboards
  • Tops of Cabinets
  • Dry clean your comforter/quilt
  • Steam clean carpets
Don't Over-Do It! It doesn't need to get done all in one day. Taking it bit by bit is key, and always recruit help!

Give Back! When cleaning out those closets, drawers, and cabinets, don't toss it! Donate it!

Freshen the air! Get those windows open and the air flowing through! Now is also a good time to change the scent in your home to a light airy clean scent from Febreze. I'm currently using Febreze Noticeables Dual Oil Warmer with Meadows and Rain Scent.

 
Enter to win a P&G Refresh Your Home Prizepack!
Canada only, excl Que. Ends 04/27
*may not be exactly as shown
 
Prizepack Contains:
  • Tide Liquid Detergent – $9.99
  • Febreze Noticeables – $6.99
  • Febreze Ait Effects – $4.00
  • Febreze Set & Refresh – $4.99
  • Febreze Noticeables Dual Oil Warmer – $5.99
  • Swiffer 360 Duster Extender Kit – $14.99
  • Puffs Basic Tissue – $9.99
*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest.  The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G. By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program.  However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway.  If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

Update on the 'magic' of Easter

So maybe you read this post on how I was worried that the 'magic' had been lost in our home...and how I was worried if anyone would even care about the Easter Bunny this year...


..well I am relieved to say that Easter was a wonderful joy-filled time of decorating, and egg dying, and my girls still excitedly participated in the egg hunt! Phew! In fact little sister whooped big sisters tush in the time to find her list of loot! We even had a wee bit of a giggle that it took the teen almost 34 MINUTES of looking high and low!!

I guess that the tooth fairy fiasco might have just been a fluke...we'll see how things go this Christmas ;)

Tell me, how was your Easter?
Thursday, April 9, 2015

P&G and the Best New Product Awards - #PGmom #Giveaway

As a 3rd year PGmom, seeing the large number of Proctor & Gamble products on the 2015 Best New Product Awards list brought a big smile to my face! I use them, I recommend them, I buy them, I grew up using them, and I love them. I breathe easy knowing that buying a product that I trust and know works will save me time and money! Which I am pretty sure is of importance to us all!


We’re excited to announce that several P&G products received the Best New Product Award, based on results of the 2015 BrandSpark consumer survey conducted between November and December 2014.  Winners are determined based on consumer appeal and repurchase intent.
 
Here's the list of the big winners for P&G:
 
  • Oral-B Precision Black 7000 (Adult Powered Teeth Cleaning over $40)
  • Febreze First Defense (Air Freshener) *
  • Olay Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream (Anti-Aging Facial Care)
  • Pampers Sensitive Wipes (Baby Wipe) *
  • Charmin Bathroom Tissue Ultra Soft 4 Double Rolls (Bathroom Tissue)
  • Olay Sensitive Body Wash (Body Wash)
  • CoverGirl + Olay The Depuffer Concealer (Concealer)
  • Pampers Swaddlers (Diapers) *
  • Cascade Platinum Clean Packs (Dishwasher Cleaning) *
  • CoverGirl + Olay Face Lift Effect Foundation (Foundation)
  • Clairol Nice ‘n Easy AgeDefy Hair Colour (Hair Colour)
  • Pantene Overnight Miracle Repair Serum (Hair Oils and Serums)
  • Gain Flings (Laundry Detergent Pods) *
  • Tide Simply Clean and Fresh (Laundry Detergent) *
  • CoverGirl by Lashblast Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara (Mascara)
  • Old Spice Swagger Deodorant (Men’s Antiperspirant/Deodorant)
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology (Men’s Razor)
  • Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Shampoo & Conditioner (Shampoo & Conditioner)*
  • Crest Sensi-Relief Whitening Plus Scope Minty Fresh (Toothpaste)
  • Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive (Women’s Razor)

  • Looking through the list, I see that we have about 13 out of the 20 winners in our home, including the Tide, Febreze, Pantene, Gain, Gillette Fusion, Gillette Venus, Old Spice, Oral-B, etc etc!

    How many do you use?



    Enter to win a P&G Best New Products Prizepack!
    (arv $55 - Open to Canada, exc Que - ends 04/27)
     
  • Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Shampoo $7.99
  • Pantene Pro-V Damage Detox Conditioner – $7.99
  • Pampers Swaddlers (Size 3) – $14.99
  • Pampers Sensitive Wipes – $1.99
  • Febreze Air Effects Crisp Clean – $3.99
  • Tide Simply Clean & Fresh – $9.99
  • Gain Flings – $8.99

  • a Rafflecopter giveaway

    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.
    P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest.  The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G. By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

    This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program.  However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway.  If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

    The Grain Farmers of Ontario - March Classic #GFOclassic

    There is just so much conflicting info out there on gluten-free, organic, paleo, GMO's, etc, and over the last few days social media has blown up with the news that the 'foodbabe' is full of s*#t...well duh. So when I was invited to attend the Grain Farmers of Ontario - March Classic, I knew that as a confused consumer and parent I should be in attendance. I've grown up believing that it's best to keep your diet as simple and real as possible, and wanted to hear what the experts had to say.

     
    The March Classic is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada drawing upwards of 650 attendees from farms across Ontario, government, and industry – with record attendance of 850 at the 2014 conference. The 2015 event will continue to build on the success of past conferences. Centred around the theme of ‘Ontario Grains: Growing Stronger Together’, our guest speakers will provide attendees with a fresh perspective on promoting grains with consumers, the role of science within agriculture, and the influence of public perception and politics on agriculture.
     
     
     
    Dr. Julie Miller Jones - Grains and Health
     
    A board Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Food Scientist, and Licensed Nutritionist (MN), received her B.S. degree from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Currently, she is a Professor Emerita and Distinguished Scholar at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She speaks worldwide on many nutrition topics such as whole grains and dietary fiber, carbohydrates, sugars, the glycemic index, gluten and gluten free, and food safety issues and healthy diet patterns such as DASH or the Mediterranean diet, and facts and fables in nutrition.
     
    Key Points -
    • Many of the claims about changes in wheat and disease are just that...claims!
    • Less than 5% of population are getting the daily required amount of fibre!
    • Whole grains are associated with reduction in disease and obesity.
    • 6% of population should avoid wheat/gluten, the rest are not allergic/sensitive.
    • The problem is glutton, not gluten - calories, not carbs, cause weight gain!
     
     
     
    Dr. Joe Schwarcz - Agricultural Myths and Facts
     
    Director of McGill University's "Office for Science and Society" which is dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is also an author of 14 best sellers including Is That a Fact? (2014)
     
    Key Points -
    • 99.9% of the 60 million known chemical compounds in the world are natural. But the 0.01% that are synthetics get all the attention.
    • Chemicals are not to be feared or worshipped, but understood.
    • The presence of a chemical does not equal the presence of a risk!
    • Over 60 chemicals found in apples, including acetone and formaldehyde, but "only the dose makes the poison".
    • "Nocebo Effect" - if you believe that something is harmful for you, you can develop symptoms.
    • Every 3.5 seconds a person dies of starvation.
    • "Correlation is not the same as causation!" - this is the increase of autism and organic food sales..but it doesn't mean they're related!

    •  


    Grain Farmers of Ontario represents Ontario’s 28,000 growers of corn, soybean and wheat. Our farmers' crops cover 5 million acres of farm land across the province, and are a major economic driver for Canada. Ontario-grown corn, soybean and wheat crops generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output, and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

    To learn more about the good in every grain, be sure to check out goodineverygrain.ca, which includes a blog, recipes, education, Q&A, and an online shop (that includes a free resource kit for teachers!).
     
    Good In Every Grain has also just started a great instagram account that gives you a farmers viewpoint / daily life of grain producers in Ontario! One of the ambassadors is the awesome @chancesmommy!
     
    So as you can tell, this was quite the informative and educational day, and I was honoured to be one of the few influential bloggers invited to attend. I hope this post encourages you to learn more about the good in grain.