Sunday, June 21, 2015

Celebrate Summer With Darkside From Sphero {Review}

Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate the end of school and the beginning of summer? Look no further than the latest innovation from Sphero. Darkside is an app-enabled robot based on the original Ollie, but even better! This latest version is cooler looking and has its own personality. The black looks great and there are customizable colour schemes to really make the device your own.
Like Ollie, it charges by micro USB and takes about three hours to charge for 1 hour of play. You use your smartphone or tablet to command the robot...but this rebel likes to command itself from time to time as well. Spinning, flipping and rolling along at speeds up to 14 MPH, it takes a bit to get the hang of controlling Darkside but that's part of the fun.
Changing tires, performing tricks and racing around with a range of up to 100 feet makes this the perfect summer toy! We've had a blast playing with Darkside over the past few weeks and we're still entertained every time we fire him up. Adults and kids alike are all impressed and want a turn taking it for a spin. The fun factor is undeniable but I am just as impressed with the durability of Darkside. It is incredibly tough for a robot that does so many cool (not to mention fast) tricks. Darkside is definitely the next generation in remote control fun!
Darkside retails for about $169 CAD and can be purchased at Best Buy Canada,, and 

*Disclosure - I received the product mentioned free of charge for review purposes. Opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bring Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Home With Minnie's Pet Salon

Mickey Mouse Club House is a favorite show for most kids. It has the perfect combination of interaction, music and adventure to keep children engaged. Of course, kids and adults alike love the timeless Disney characters. Minnie is my favorite and she is the star of the latest Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD release. 
Minnie's Pet Salon features over 2 hours of entertainment with 5 episodes centered around caring for pets. We had a great time watching the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse gang have fun with their pets and solve problems using Mouseketools. The DVD even comes with a super cute pet comb for your little ones to play with!
Minnie’s sparkling new Pet Salon is open for business…and adventure! All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show.  With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help.  Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand.  But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU  - to find them in time for the big show.  With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

Minnie's Pet Salon is available to buy on DVD now! 

*Disclosure - I received the product mentioned for review purposes. opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kellogg's Has Put The Prize Back In The Box

Do you remember digging around the cereal box trying to find the awesome prizes they used to hide in there? I remember collecting tons of toys and knick knacks over the years. My family had three kids so it was always a race to be the one to open a new box so you'd get first dibs on the toy. 

A few weeks ago my husband and I were chatting about how in recent years there are never fun surprises for kids in cereal. Then like magic, a box from Kellogg's arrived at my door announcing that they were putting the prize back in the box!
This spring, Canadians will be able to experience the joy of a fun treat inside boxes of Kellogg's cereal! 

 Keep an eye out for specially marked family-size boxes so your kids can start their very own Cereal & Milk Spoon Straw collection. You will find one spoon straw in each participating box and there are five different ones to collect, each featuring a different cereal theme. My favorite is the Froot Loops spoon with Toucan Sam!
The spoon straws are perfect for eating your cereal and then slurping up your leftover milk with the straw. I really love that they come apart making cleaning them a breeze. 

Pick up a box (or five) today and put the magic back in breakfast!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Celebrate 25 Years of Stars On Ice With Jergens {Giveaway}

I remember watching figure skating on television with my mom when I was a kid. As much as I enjoyed watching the skaters compete, I really preferred the rare occasions when they aired events that weren't competitions. It is so fun to watch the top skating talent let loose and have fun with their skills. That's what I love about Stars On Ice. You really get to see the skaters shine as they put on a fun show, with no worries about judges.There is nothing quite like watching Kurt Browning put on a show purely to thrill skating fans!
Stars On Ice is currently touring Canada and Jergens is a proud sponsor as the show celebrates it's 25th Anniversary. Kurt Browning not only headlines the show but he's also responsible for the choreography.  He's joined by Canada’s top figure skaters like Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Joannie Rochette, Scott Sawyer and more! The generous folks at Jergens have sent me tickets so my family and I can check out the show when it hits Edmonton on May 16th so stay tuned for a post sharing my experience after the show. You can check out the dates and times of all the shows at

Along with the show tickets, Jergens also sent me an awesome gift basket full of Jergens products! My basket included some Jergens lotion and BB Cream along with Natural Glow products that are great for giving your skin a tan look without the sun. My favorite new product included in my basket is the Shea Beauty Oil. I apply it after I shower and am left with radiant, hydrated skin that looks and feels amazing!
Of course, Jergens didn't want to leave you out of the fun, so they are offering an even bigger gift basket to give away to a lucky Canadian reader! The prize basket includes the following items:
    Jergens Shea Butter Lotion 620mL
    Jergens Shea Oil 150mL
    Jergens Ultra Care 100mL
    Jergens Ultra Care Fragrance Free 100mL
    Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (Fair-Medium) 150mL
    Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow (Medium-Tan) 120mL
    Jergens Natural Glow Colour Primer 165mL
    Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender 220mL
    Jergens BB Body Medium-Deep 220mL
    Jergens Fine Liquid Hand Wash White Tea 287mL

Use the form below to enter for your chance to win and remember you can come back everyday for daily entries. All entries are optional, so you only have to complete entries you want to.

*I received tickets to the Stars On Ice show as well as a Jergens gift basket from KAO Canada. Opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Home Buying Questions? Find the Answers at the #RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat

After renting for many years, we just bought our first house! When we decided to buy, we were excited but also overwhelmed. There are so many steps to the process and each step comes with more questions and concerns. What do I need to qualify for a mortgage? When is the down payment due? What conditions do I include in an offer? It seems like there's an endless amount of information to sort through to find the answers.
If you're considering buying a house, you are probably full of questions just like we were. Well, RBC wants to help you out! They will be hosting an #RBCFirstHome twitter chat where you can submit your home buying questions using hashtag #RBCFirstHome. There will be many experts on hand including a lawyer, Realtor, home builders, home experts and mortgage experts. You couldn't assemble a better group to help answer home buying questions!

And as an added bonus, there will be five $100 gift cards given away to lucky chat participants so gather your questions and mark your calendar for April 21st!