My Morning Pick Me Up Comes From The Ocean!

My morning Pick Me Up comes from the ocean! + Giveaway below

*Sponsored Post. All stories and opinions are my own. 

I am a coffee girl, have been for years and will be for years to come. Every morning my coffee maker grinds the coffee beans and brews a fresh pot of steamy goodness. For many years it was the first thing to cross my lips in the morning, until I started making an effort to cut back on coffee and start drinking more water. When I had a goal to drink more water, I started my day with a large glass of water right before my coffee. Helping with the dehydrating effect of the coffee and giving my body a little more of what it really needed after a long night. (more…)

It’s A Date, Our First Night Out In Ages!

*this date was sponsored by Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant. All opinions and wording are our own.

This past weekend my husband, Doug, and I managed to go out for a date. Other than work related night's out, I can not remember the last time the two of us actually went out without the children. In the past we have always relied on family to babysit, but our oldest is perfectly capable to babysit now, so we decided it was time to have an evening together, out of the house, and away from the kiddos!

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Summer TV Round-up & GIVEAWAY from Shout! Kids

Summer TV Round-up featuring My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, Transformers

SummerDVD RoundUp We have been watching this set of DVDs for about 2 weeks now and my 3 1/2 year old loves them. He knows how to put them in the computer and get the shows he wants on the screen. I would have to say that so far the favourite is Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends. He has watched at least part of it each day. When he is playing lego, or another toy, he usually has a show running. This summer TV round up is perfect for 3-9 or even older! The recurring theme in this set of DVDs is the importance of Friendship. Who doesn't want their kids to know how important friends are? Check out the details below, and ENTER TO WIN your own Summer TV Round-Up Set!   EquestriaDVD LittlestPetshopDVD PoniesDVD RescueDVD

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DVDs from Shout! Kids and Hasbro Studios

Four DVDs from the My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers Rescue Bots lines are being released this summer as the perfect way for kids to unwind with characters from their favorite shows after days of fun in the sun. Ponies

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Friends and Famil

You don’t necessarily have to be related to be family! That’s one of the lessons in My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Friends And Family, coming to DVD on June 7, 2016 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Twilight Sparkle returns with Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Spike to celebrate the magic of friendship and family! Come watch as Apple Bloom, Maud Pie, Big Mac and others demonstrate that best friends can certainly be family. And family can certainly be best friends! Episodes Include:
  • One Bad Apple
  • Maud Pie
  • Brotherhooves Social
  • Hearthbreakers
  • The Gift of the Maud Pie
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Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends

Celebrate friendship with your best pet pals!  On June 14, 2016, buddy up with Blythe and her pet pals with Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends on DVD from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. If there’s anything Blythe has learned while working at the pet shop, it’s how to make friends. And now, she and her very best friends — Zoe the spaniel, Vinnie the gecko, Sunil the mongoose, Pepper the skunk, Russell the hedgehog, Minka the monkey and Penny the panda — are going to teach you all there is to know about making new friends! It might even mean learning a few brand-new lessons themselves! Episodes Include:
  • Sleeper Room Enough Why Can’t We Be Friends? It’s The Pet Fest! Part 1 (Featuring Heidi Klum)
  • It’s The Pet Fest! Part 2 (Featuring Heidi Klum)
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Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech

The Rescue Bots are ready for tech-filled adventures! Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech will be released on DVD on June 21, 2016 from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Featuring five exciting episodes that the whole family can enjoy. Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder return for five brand-new adventures with their Griffin Rock friends, the Burns family! This time, they learn the valuable lesson that new technology can definitely be awesome. But it can also be… dangerous! Episodes Include:
  • One For The Ages
  • Space Bots
  • The Island Of Misfit Tech
  • Too Many Kades Of Justice
  • I Have Heard The Robots Singing
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My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Soarin’ Over Equestria

What could be more fun than Soarin’ Over Equestria? Rainbow Dash would say nothing! Now she and her fans are in luck because My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic:  Soarin’ Over Equestria is coming to DVD on August 2 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. The sky’s the limit with these five high-flying adventures, featuring all of your favorite winged Ponies! Join Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, the Wonderbolts and, of course, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Spike, as they show you Equestria the way it was meant to be seen… from above! Episodes Include:
  • Griffon The Brush-Off
  • Hurricane Fluttershy
  • Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3
  • On Your Marks
  • Newbie Dash
  *We received a complimentary copy of this DVD set for the purposes of review.

Transformers: Rescue Bots Adventures in Time and Space

Having 2 boys in my home, one a tween, soon to be teen, and a preschooler, it is hard to find things they both enjoy to do. One thing my oldest will do with his little brother is sit to watch a show with him. When we received the Transformers: Rescue Bots - Adventures in Times and Space, they sat down to watch together. While Lorne is older than the typical audience for this series, he certainly enjoys it as a show to watch with his little brother. autobots If you are looking for a cute series for the younger kids, but will also hold the attention of older children, who likely know and love the Transformers franchise, then Transformers: Rescue Bots is sure to please both ages.
Transformers: Rescue Bots – Adventures in Time and Space Griffin Rock’s Autobot first responders — Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder — are back for five more action-packed adventures! Only this time, they’re proving that they’ll stop at nothing to protect their Earth friends, even if it means traveling through all of time and space! Executive produced by Jeff Kline (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS features the vocal talents of LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), Steve Blum (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), Maurice LaMarche (Emmy® Award winner for Futurama) and the legendary Peter Cullen who voices OPTIMUS PRIME when he makes cameo appearances in the series. Episodes Include:
  • It’s A Bot Time
  • Unfinished Business
  • Switcheroo
  • Time After Time
  • The Last Of Morocco
Enter to win your own copy of Transformers: Rescue Bots - Adventures in Time and Space DRAWING March 25th, 2016 a Rafflecopter giveaway   ☆We received a free copy of this DVD for review purposes. 

My Dad is a Pretzel – Book Review

image1 "My Dad is a Pretzel" by Baron Baptiste. It's a great book to read and learn simple and safe yoga positions and techniques to do together with your children. I love this book. When we were children we learned so much from books, and these days it's so easy to learn from YouTube that sometimes we don't share the way we learned with our children. I love having these books at home because they are fun to read and just encourage the joys of learning and reading together. ~ Reviewed by Natalie ~~~~~~~~ Yoga for Parents and Kids Limber up with this unique, child-friendly yoga book! Created for parents and children to share together, but also suitable for adults and older children to use alone, My Daddy is a Pretzel not only introduces a range of postures, it also connects the practices to everyday life, showing how families can integrate their yoga with their activities in the world. A light-hearted look at yoga, yet one with a lasting message, My Daddy is a Pretzel is a wonderful introduction to yoga for readers of all shapes and sizes. NAPRA Nautilus Award Finalist For all ages Written By: Baron Baptiste Illustrated By: Sophie Fatus ~~~~~~~~~ You can check out all the titles on Julie's website HERE Follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/juliesbarefootbooks ☆We received a free copy of this book to facilitate a review.

Review: Scentsy Fragrance Bars

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Tracy Waterlot
Indep Scentsy Consultant
I had the pleasure to review 3 scents from Scentsy this week. I love Scentsy for their fragrances, and the fact the the burners are flameless! Having children and pets, a flameless burner is perfect. I have 2 large burners, one in my kitchen and one in my bedroom.  As well as a night light burner in my bathroom. Scents provided: wpid-20151220_142252.jpg Juniper Berry - When I first took a whiff of this one, I really did not like it. BUT I decided to use it in my bathroom burner and I ended up loving it once it melted. It is not as strong as I thought it would be at first smell. Nice fresh nature scent. wpid-20151220_142338.jpg Rosewood & Freesia - This has a nice floral scent, not too overpowering. I am not usually a fan of florals, but I rather like this one. I think it may be one I use to combine with another scent in the future. Personal preference for berries and fresh scents sways me away from florals at times. I will definitely update on combinations I try.   wpid-20151220_142325.jpg Honey Pear Cider - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this in my kitchen. I am a big fan of fruity and spice scents. This was definitely a fav for my kitchen burner. Tracey has taught me (by following her posts on her facebook page), that if you happen across a scent you are not too fond of, have fun experimenting with mixing scents. There are lots of suggestions available online for this, but you could try combining two scents and see what happens. You might just be pleasantly surprised. If you book or attend a party, you get to smell all the scents available and see just how pretty the warmers are in person. My experience with Scentsy vs. Store bought scents is that they last WAY longer and the scent does not dissipate. Get in touch with Tracy to find out what scents you will like best, they have so many in various fragrance categories. She will help you find the right scent or sent combination to suit your senses! ☆We received a free products to facilitate a review.

Shopping With Dad- Book Review

ShoppingWithDad_HC_W_3 Shopping with Dad I really enjoyed reading the book with my son (who is three).  The pictures are great, with a lot of details.  The story is funny and silly, which easily keeps the attention of a three year old.  The poetic nature makes it easy for parents to read, over and over. The story of how accidents can happen sometimes, is a relatable adventure for both parents and children, and is told in an entertaining and lively way. When asked what he liked about the story, our little guy says he liked the pictures and the part of the story where the little girl has a big “Ah-ah-choooooo”. This book will be a favorite for years to come. ~ Layla ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Shopping with Dad
Venture to the grocery store with this father-daughter duo on a very lively shopping trip. As their cart swings down the aisles, the pair create minor calamity left and right. The rhyming, bouncy text teaches an important lesson about accidents and responsibility, all with a healthy dose of humor.
Ages 3 to 7 years $7.99 Written By: Matt Harvey Illustrated By: Miriam Latimer ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To Order these books or others visit Julie on Facebook or her website HERE. ☆ We received a free copy of this book to facilitate a review.

Gift Review: Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Ultimate RC Speedway

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Ultimate RC Speedway GGSW_0228_Logo Playtime with miles of learningTM! WOW! Clayton just loves playing with this set. My little guy has a short attention span and is not one to "sit and play", that was until we put this together for him! He will play with the race car, and use his other Go Go Smart Wheels cars on this track. It's huge, so you will need lots of space to leave it out. There are a few variations in the booklet included, on how you can set it up. As will any of the sets, you can switch and change the tracks to the configuration you want. Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway 180200-Img6-prod 180200-Img5-prod 180200-Img4-prod My favourite feature on this set is the elevator. As you drive the car forward, it is moving a crank to raise the ramp and move the car up to a higher level. You can see here in the video how much fun Clayton was having with it! (sometimes hard to get Clayton on camera, he usually hides these days 🙂 ) We have purchased an additional remote control Go! Go! Smart Wheels® car for Clayton for Christmas to add to the fun of this set. Now he will be able to race with someone else.   If you are looking for toys that offer more than just playtime to their children, Go! Go! Smart Wheels® are imaginative playsets that incorporate technology and mechanical play for learning fun. Ralph and his race car will entertain your little one with a light-up driver button that activates music and fun sounds, also teaching the letter "R" and the vehicle's name. The speedway consists of 4.5 feet of interchangeable tracks and it features a stunt ramp, an elevator, movable gears, starting flags and track switches that are all triggered by the RC race car. Kids can use the RC SmartPoint® Racer in standard and remote control mode. They can get it to zip around the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Remote Control Speedway through its four action zones and over nine SmartPoint locations, using the steering wheel-shaped remote control for an exciting interactive experience! Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Remote Control Speedway features include:  4.5 feet of interchangeable tracks  5 mechanical features  9 SmartPoint locations  Steering wheel-shaped remote control  Light-up driver button activates fun phrases, music and sounds Age recommendation: 1-5 years Available Fall 2015 at Walmart, Toys R Us, Sears, Loblaws, Mastermind Toys, Amazon.ca  Website: http://www.vtechkids.ca/gogosmartwheels Social media chananels: *this product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

Gift Review: Sunset Gourmet

Gift Review: Sunset Gourmet image5 I recently had an opportunity to review several Sunset Gourmet Products, and I'm excited to share the experience with our readers. First was the Harvest Beer Bread Mix image1 I substituted 7up for the beer. This was so simple, the photos shown are of my son making it. You just add the 7up to the mix, stir, place in a greased pan and pour the melted butter on top and bake. It was delicious and I would definitely make this again for my family. image2 The Mediterranean Lemon Chicken Stew Mix stew was also simple to make. After the chicken was cooked, I added the packet of mix to heated olive oil, then added chicken and chicken broth, simmered and tossed the tomatoes in for the last 5 minutes. image6 (1) This stew was absolutely delicious. My husband, who is very picky even ate it! I was really surprised how much it tastes like something you spend all day making. I think I would have realized that it makes so much (enough for 7 adults at least), I would have definitely invited guests for supper tonight! image3 The Chocolate Molten Laza Cakes were absolutely amazing. I just can't stop eating them. Also made by my son, it was another super simple process that created a delicious desert that went way above and beyond my expectations. image4 Before this opportunity I was familiar with Sunset Gourmet. I'm already using many products at home, mostly seasonings, spices and sauces that I was introduced to through the Freezer Meal workshops that Judy has hosted in the past. This was a different experience, preparing a meal to eat right away. I loved that it was so straight forward that my children could help. I also loved that everything cooked perfectly at exactly the amount of time indicated in the packaging and complimented each other so well. To place an order, or ask questions, or learn more about the products check out her website & Facebook page: Website Facebook Page Thanks & Have a great day! Natalie

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