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Step Stool Chef

Uncategorized By May 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Step Stool ChefA kid with a passion for cooking since age two, Step Stool Chef is inspiring kids everywhere who share his love for food. With the motto, “Little guys can do big things too!,” Step Stool Chef has joined the ranks of top chefs, cooks, bloggers and foodies on the step-by-step cooking app SideChef to share his recipes and make cooking fun and easy for cooks of all levels and ages.

Ranked in the iTunes Store’s Top 10 apps in the Food and Drinks category and named on USA Today’s best apps of 2014, SideChef provides audio and visual directions, automatic timers and even tutorial videos and tips to guide cooks along the way.

The following are a list of Step Stool Chef’s recipes that are perfect for the little cook in your household:

  1. Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese
  2. Pizza in a Bowl
  3. Mac and Cheese Bites
  4. Taco Buddies
  5. Rainbow Pasta Salad
  6. Italian Baked Tilapia Parmesan & Basil Pesto Rice
  7. Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole
  8. Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze
  9. Vanilla Ice Cream Souffle
  10. Cupcake Fondue
  11. YaYa’s No Bake Strawberry Shortcake

For more information and cool recipes please visit SideChef.com.

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Mother's Day Gift Savings (with Giveaway!)

Contests By May 6, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 88 Comments

Mothers Day Gift SavingsDisclosure: MOM DON’T READ THIS.

Retail Me Not. In Canada! Who knew? Typically Canadians have to schlep to the USA, hit the outlet malls and do lots of nail biting at customs.

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And that’s before we remember the US to Canadian dollar conversion rate is now so horrible we should have remained at home. Shopping online. In our PJs. Retail Me Not CouponsWe deserve some amazing deals north of the 49th parallel, and Retail Me Not is solving the conundrum. The Mother’s Day gift savings I found through the website have made both me and my mother smile!!!

Retail Me Not DealsI left Mother’s Day shopping (panic) to the last minute this year, yet I wanted a beautiful gift that didn’t break the bank. Retail Me Not highlights savings and coupons at a variety of different stores. Some savings are in coupon code form, and others that are featured simply direct you to the retailer. Many discounts are exclusive to Retail Me Not. It was a perfect jumping-off-point for my gift shopping.

Mothers Day Gift DealsSeeing an ‘up to 70% off’ offer for Amazon.ca, I clicked. I wondered how much money I could actually save. I am typically a practical gift giver but this year I wanted to send my Mom something personal. The Dyson vacuum she wants isn’t going to cut it. Gold is always in vogue, and she is a hoop earring person, so the first part was simple. Getting distracted in the jewelry section I found another little treat for her. Gold as well, a man-sized big watch was perfect. She never fiddles with delicate jewelry and this was certainly a statement piece.

Verdict: I spent $225.55 and SAVED $3,250.45. With no cross-border shopping. And my Mom is going to look like the goddess that she is.

Retail Me Not Amazon Mothers DaySigning up for a free trial of Amazon Prime gave me complimentary two-day shipping, and just like that, I was done. Well kindof. I hopped back over to Retail Me Not to see what other savings I could find!

Want to try it out yourself? We are giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card! The only catch is that if you win, you’ll have to beat my savings.. Just kidding. Impossible! Please use this Rafflecopter form to enter. Good luck! Canada only, excl. Quebec, ends May 15, 2015.
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Disclosure: This post was gernerously sponsored by Retail Me Not and now I’m a life-long customer. All opinions are my own.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Shop to End Violence Against Women

charity, FAM By May 5, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 66 Comments

End Violence Against WomenMay is a pretty special month. Tulips, showers and Mother’s Day await, but it is also a chance to raise awareness and end violence against women. Many of us have experienced emotional or physical violence, and it is the antithesis of our nurturing nature as mothers. Violence must end. Women must be safe.The Canadian Women’s Foundation raises funds and awareness for women who have experienced physical or emotional violence. Shop for HopeThis campaign helps nearly 450 shelters for abused women and their children, and funds community prevention programs that break the cycle of violence.

Canadian Womens FoundationIn partnership with Winners and HomeSense, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has launched its exclusive Shop for Hope product line. From home décor to fresh and fun day-to-day items, this limited time collection has something for everyone. Just in time for Mother’s Day, purchase a gift for mom or an inspirational woman in your life while supporting the Foundation’s work to end violence and help raise hope. 100% of net proceeds go to organizations that help women. Even better? All of these funky, stylish items are under $25.00 CDN and can be found at Winners and HomeSense locations across Canada while supplies last. So hurry. Or simply enter our giveaway below to win the entire collection! Ends 31/5 Canada only excl. Quebec.

End ViolenceThroughout the month, you can also text for hope. When you text ‘Hope’ to 30333, you will be making a $5 donation to the Canadian Women’s Foundation to help end violence against women across Canada. Available May 1 – 31, 2015.

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Hot Pursuit Movie Passes Giveaway

Contests By May 5, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

Hot PursuitHow often do you get to a movie theatre? Not enough, I’d suspect. We have a flash giveaway for two passes for the May 6th screening of Warner Brothers’ ‘Hot Pursuit’ at a Canadian theatre near you. Enter below. Contest ends midnight, May 5th. Canada only, excl. Quebec.

Hot Pursuit is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher and written by David Feeney and John Quaintance. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara. The film is scheduled to be released on May 8, 2015, byWarner Bros. Pictures. An inept police officer (Reese Witherspoon) must protect the widow of a drug dealer (Sofía Vergara) from criminals and dirty cops.

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Lies I Have Told

LIVE, play By April 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Lies I Have ToldSome lies I have told I’m proud of and some I  wish I could take back. I’ve never really been the ‘black and white’ person, to the extent where I’d question psychometrists during IQ tests… “But what if the car travelling 50km/hr was using high-octane gas?” “Do I have to count the triangle in 2-D or can I add a dimension?”…

As many readers know, I had to testify at a pretty nasty criminal trial and marvelled at the grey areas between truth and lies. There were always many ‘truths’ in the process – the evidence, the memories and the spin put forth by the lawyers. But all of these are filtered within people’s own experiences and understanding. Even the same word can mean different things to different people. Society was a certain way during the upbringing of the jury, the judge and those of us being cross-examined, and the ‘truth’ of our era is not necessarily going to be the same as it was interpreted in 1950, 1900 or 2050.  So when it comes to ‘lying’, I’ve always seen 50 shades of grey.

As part of the Netflix ‘Stream Team’ I get a sneak peek of up-and-coming shows and this month my focus has been looking at shows that teach children, teens and adults about lying. As you can imagine, this has been tough for me, and has made me think of my moral compass over the past few years. Before I outline the spectacular shows available this month on Netflix, I thought I’d do a little soul-searching..

Lies I am Glad I told

1. The Internet is down so you will have to read a book about sharks instead of watching a shark show on Youtube.
2. We’re out of bread. Want to help mommy make some from scratch?
3. I left a note for the Easter Bunny before we left so he knows our hotel and room number on Easter Sunday.
4. Can you hang this picture honey? My nails are too long to work the drill.
5. I spoke to your teacher and he asked you to do this worksheet tonight.

Lies That Weren’t So Good

1. Instead of ‘I’m sick’ I should have said ‘I need a mental health day.’ It’s ok and I was just furthering the stigma. Sorry Clara Hughes.
2. I pretended that I didn’t realize someone had passed away because I didn’t send a card and donation swiftly.
3. “If you keep eating unhealthy foods and nothing else you will never grow.”
4. “You look amazing in that outfit.” (a close second to:”What a nice haircut.”)
5. I airbrushed a selfie and let judgemental, age-conscious relatives compliment me on how good I looked.

Have you told lies? Need some lessons on truth, lies and consequences? Maybe you just want to be entertained… on to the epic Netflix shows!

For the little ones on Netflix:

Shows for Adults Netflix

A bit older:

Shows for Tweens Netflix

And the Adults on Netflix:

Shows for toddlers Netflix

 

Bloodline
Just Go With It
Liar, Liar
Pretty Little Liars: Season 1 Episode 12 

So if you have a hankering to chat morals with your little ones, or revisit your own life, you can take in a few of these titles… of you can just stick to House of Cards….

 

 

 

 

 

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Preparing Your Kids for a Career Search

FAM, kids By April 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Preparing Your Kids for a Career SearchIf you’re a baby boomer or part of that X-Y alphabet generation, you probably don’t have a ton of student loans, never lived with your parents ’til you were 40, and only worked ‘for free’ to pad the ol’ resume. If you are a parent of a millennial, on the other hand, you probably realize that those days are gone. There is an unfounded perception that millennials are unskilled and lazy and now, years of unpaid internships are the norm. Housing prices are too high to support with entry-level jobs and university costs continue to rise. And there’s another problem. The gap between entry-level positions and senior executives from the boomer generation who are retiring is a cavernous chasm that you could drive a truck through. In a few years the top decision makers will be embarking on the Grand Tour they never made time for in their 20s, and there will be no junior executives who are able to take their place because anyone with potential has been relegated to the mailroom on an unpaid internship for a few years.

Not only is Pierre Somers a father with concerns for his own children, but as the President and CEO of Walter Surface Technologies, he has come up with idea to save Canadian businesses. Parents are no longer having 10 children (can you imagine?!) and grooming them to take over the family business. Companies need to be introduced to the next generation of leaders, and these millennials need to be working hand in hand with current top executives in order to learn all facets of a business. Because there are hundreds more executives retiring than trained up-and-comers to fill their roles, Somers has developed an internship program called ‘Next to Succeed‘ for graduates that not only solves the gap, but will help the next generation pay off debt without having to live in their parents’ basements.

Somers states that “Many CEOs have pushed succession planning to the human resources department, and due to low budgets the ‘solution has been unpaid internships at a time when students have debt. If interns aren’t paid, however, they aren’t valued and are starting their whole career on wrong foot. This is an inadequate solution for forming next generation leaders.”

Next to Succeed Walter Surface TechnologiesI had the pleasure of meeting Ryan Boyd, the first successful intern in the Next to Succeed program.  He explained the perilous job search he faced upon graduating and how many of his classmates are still working retail jobs or earning wages in fields other than what studied. So how did he land the role that is the envy of bright young stars across Canada? His Dad put an article on his bed about the new internship program with Walter Surface Technologies. Open not only to residents of Montreal, it was a well-paying internship with housing included where the employee would learn many facets of the business – from flying on the corporate jet to meet with the board of directors, shadowing executives and working on a high-level project in an area of his schooling. Boyd had been offered a full time entry level marketing position in another company but turned it down to be able to get the exposure and training with Walter Surface Technologies. We experienced close-knit, working relationships with senior management and was offered continued work with the company once the internship was complete. As Boyd says, “You don’t have to limit self to just one department. If you are going to be a CEO you have to understand them all.” To me it sounded like an executive MBA that you’re actually paid for. And also a win-win for the graduate and the business.

As a parent, the job search and career path topic will become more and more stressful as my own kids advance in age. Both Somers and Boyd had brilliant ideas on how parents can help prepare for a future job search, and the UrbanMommies team has filled in a few ideas of our own.

Preparing Your Kids for a Career Search

(aka. How not to have a 40 year old child living in your basement)

1. There is no ‘secret recipe’ as to what will make them stand out.
2. Work together on developing skills that will be required in future applications – video components are becoming more de rigour within an application
3. Help your kids have a vision for themselves and have them be specific about why an opportunity would be a fit for them.
4. Remember that emotional intelligence and empathy are essential life and job skills.
5. A person is a brand, and every social media interaction reflects that brand. Related: register websites for your kids’ names.
6. Resumes are becoming more and more creative in order to stand out.
7. Volunteering and having a cause that they are passionate about over several years is important.
8. It’s never too early for media training and learning how to be comfortable in new social situations.
9. Identify their interests and passions early and helps them explore through education and interviewing people in those areas.
10. Even if they will have student loans in the future, try and have them save at least 15% of all money they earn early so that they have a cushion of ’emergency funds’ when they graduate.

Somers plans to challenge other Canadian companies to follow in his company’s footsteps. “This isn’t just giving back. I’m a parent as well as CEO. Millennials are future and we have to let them create the future. We need to let them quickly become leaders.”

 

 

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Growing an Edible Garden – With Giveaway!

Contests By April 22, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 73 Comments

Growing an Edible GardenSo who else is obsessed with their gardens? (Or the idea thereof..)  It doesn’t have to be that hard – seriously.  New edible products found at your local Real Canadian Superstore garden centre will help you with growing an edible garden to be the envy of the neighbourhood. And we have a few gems to give away, so keep reading and throw away the treadmill because there are Goji Berries in the mix!

PC® Mint Strawberry Herb (New) It’s unbelievable how much this herb tastes like fresh strawberries and refreshing mint! A creative culinary touch for garnishing summer beverages and desserts.

Goji berry plantPC® Goji Berry (New) Considered both a fruit and an herb, sweet Goji berries are full of antioxidants. They’re usually sold dried but the shiny red berries are also wonderful fresh, adding a pop of colour to both your garden and your meals.

PC® Super Gigantico Tomatoes (New and Exclusive) Plant bigger and harvest quicker, that’s the beauty of these tomatoes, now with two new varieties specially selected by a team of Canada’s top garden writers.

San Marzano Plum Tomatoes (New) Developed in Italy and considered by some to be the ultimate plum tomato. A garden must if you make your own pasta sauces.

 Blush Tiger TomatoesBlush Tiger Tomatoes (New) With striking orange stripes, these tomatoes look just as fantastic as they taste.

PC® Simply Salad (New) This season’s new varieties include Wonder Wok for stir-fry fans and a great Arugula collection, some mild, some with the stronger peppery flavour.

UrbanMommies is happy to be giving away a $75 prize pack including all of the above products as well as a few stylish gardening perks. Let us know how the gardens are coming once the country thaws from the harsh winter!!!!

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Interac Flash

grow, LIVE By April 22, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Interac Flash

Money seems to go fly away these days faster than the speed of light. Remember when the ‘dollar store’ actually sold things for a dollar? And you could legitimately include limes in a $29 grocery purchase? (Sorry Gwyneth). It’s tough to make a living, to raise a family and to teach your kids about money. But it is even harder to explain the mysterious disappearance of hard-earned money. Many Canadians have fallen victim to electronic pickpocketing, skimming or huge retail data breaches that have seen bank accounts dwindle and necessitated thousands of hours of time invested in cleaning up the mess left by criminals.

I was always a traditional money girl, starting with a piggy bank and bank book followed by my first debit card. It’s PIN (cough) may still be the same. Afterwards came the ‘student’ credit card at university with the bonus of a bunch of free tupperware. Like all people, I have forgotten my wallet on top of phone booths (remember those?) and let my credit cards disappear into restaurant kitchens for a shade too long. As life got busier, I admit that I was not always the best (double cough) at checking statements or bank balances. Times may have changed with the inventions of the internet, chip and PIN technology and e-billing, but wouldn’t it be great if there were a superhero protecting us from fraud? There is. Now Interac has made our earnings even more safe.

Interac Fraud PreventionBank-issued Interac debit cards with chip technology (the ones that give you access to your millions stashed in your bank accounts) are now more secure than ever thanks to comprehensive fraud prevention tactics and the new introduction of Interac Flash. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the Avengers, though I do think Interac should be given a place in the superhero hall of fame.  

“Interac Flash, the contactless payment functionality of Interac Debit, has all the benefits of Interac Debit but it allows you to pay for smaller purchases faster and easier.  When making a purchase for less than $100, you can choose to use the functionality by simply holding your card in front of a supporting reader at check out.” – Mark Sullivan, Head of Fraud Risk Programs, Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation

Knocking Out Skimming

Interac debit card fraud losses, as a result of skimming, are at a record low – decreasing 45 per cent to $16.2 million in 2014 from a previous low of $29.5 million in 2013. All ABMs and Interac debit cards have been converted to chip technology – and by the end of 2015, all point-of-sale (POS) terminals will be converted. To date, virtually all cards and ABMs have been converted and 96 per cent of POS terminals.

Not only that, but cardholders are protected from losses through Interac’s Zero Liability Policy.

Fighting Electronic Pickpocketing

And what about pickpockets? I remember playing the ‘Artful Dodger’ in the musical Oliver once. I was much more skilled as a dancer than I was at being a pickpocket, but that was years ago – before the era of electronic pickpocketing. Two out five Canadians (40 per cent) are concerned about electronic pickpocketing. But… when Canadians use Interac Flash, they are safeguarded against counterfeiting and transaction replay types of fraud, including electronic pickpocketing. As a contactless enhancement of Interac Debit, Flash protects cardholders with layers of security, including chip technology and spending limits. No single transaction can be more than $100 and total spend without a PIN can not exceed $200. Once a limit is reached, a cardholder must insert their Interac debit card and enter their PIN for verification, i.e., conduct a regular Interac Debit transaction.  The limits are then re-set.

Combatting Retail Data Breaches

Now that we’re talking about nailing criminals and spy stuff, I should discuss retail data breaches. Interac has that covered too.  With an Interac debit card, the number on the front is useless to criminals if they don’t have your PIN. Unlike credit cards and other debit card products, Interac rules do not allow the number on the front of the payment card to be used as an account number; it is only an identifier for Interac transactions. This means that any data captured or stolen through skimming or a breach is entirely useless to a criminal because it cannot be used to conduct transactions, online or in person. No personal financial information is ever shared or stored with retailers.

Just don’t forget your pin. And make sure it isn’t the same as the one you were given at age 8.

So what are the bad guys doing now? “Criminals are looking for large amounts of cash and highly fenceable goods, not a few coffees,” reinforced Sullivan. “Interac Flash is about speed and convenience for small value purchases but we know cardholders want security and that’s why it offers strong protections, including protection from criminals attempting electronic pickpocketing to a lost card where someone tries to fraudulently spend $100.”

No more digging in your purse or diaper bag to scrounge for enough change for a coffee. Scotiabank, RBC Royal Bank, and TD Canada Trust are the first financial institutions to offer the enhancement, along with Sunova, Conexus, Cambrian and Affinity Credit Unions.   Other Canadian financial institutions are also working to provide their customers with Interac Flash soon.

So maybe it’s time to worry a little less about fraud so you can focus on catching up with your other favourite superheroes.

Disclosure: This post was proudly sponsored by Interac. As always, the opinions shared here are mine, all mine. Modified Flash logo provided by Fanpop.

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Arash Gets a Day Off

LIVE, rest By April 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

BMODayOffNot sure about you, but as a small business owner, I get very few days off (and as a Mom, asking for help has been a lesson I haven’t quite mastered!). It’s strange that despite how hard I work in business, I tend to freeze up when my bank telephones. Am I overdrawn? What is wrong? Apparently I must be banking in the wrong place because when I watched this video I started tearing up and started craving a Montreal smoked meat sandwich!

Sheila BMO ArashA herd of caring Bank of Montreal bankers – branch managers, tellers and assistants – proved that they are truly there to help a hard-working client. Sheila, the Assistant Branch Manager, knew that Arash hadn’t had a day off from his deli since he started the business, and genuinely connected with his kindness and diligence. Sheila and her BMO team surprised Arash at his deli and send him to a local hotel for some coveted rest and relaxation while the bankers staffed the popular lunch spot.

Arash gets a day offI melted and tingled when I saw the video. The internet definitely needs more of this! His real tears and appreciation were contagious, and not only was he shocked, but the BMO staff were authentically thrilled to be there helping him out.

Serving over 400 sandwiches also created the best single day Arash had ever had in his business. Sometimes accepting a bit of help and taking some time away is a very good thing. (PS. Moms are you listening?)

To ensure that the help that BMO provided lasted beyond just one day, the bank also provided Arash with a small business banker to support him with business planning and solutions, as well as shock-absorbent mats to outfit his workplace.

To join the “Arash’s Day Off” conversation on Twitter, follow the hashtags #HelpGiven or #BMOdayoff.

Disclosure: This post was proudly sponsored by BMO. As always, the opinions shared here are mine, all mine. And pay if forward stories like this? I’m always happy to share. 

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Spring Beauty Boost Giveaway

Contests By April 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 74 Comments

Pantene Dry DefyDisclosure: 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.

With winter winding down and warm weather here to stay, it’s time to finally free our hair from winter toques, shed the extra layers of sweaters and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Unfortunately, the long, harsh Canadian winter can leave hair feeling dry, your skin longing for nourishment and your smile a little less bright!  P&G wants to offer solutions and help get you ready for fun, spring activities.

Has winter wind left your hair lifeless? Don’t fret! The Pantene Dry Defy system is designed for women with chronically dry hair that’s lost its natural movement and shine. It’s is perfect if you’re hair is feeling a little lifeless from the winter wind. This is a three step system that works to replenish lost moisture and block damage sites, where it’s most easily lost. The three step system includes an intense hydrating shampoo and conditioner, as well as a Velvet Crème Infusion, which absorbs into hair and starts working immediately, leaving your hair soft and velvety for all those mid-afternoon strolls and trips to the park!

Want to make sure your favourite hair colour doesn’t fade? Look no further –  Pantene Fade Defy helps your colour stay resilient and vibrant. This collection includes a shampoo and conditioner duo formulated with three amino acids found naturally in the hair’s core that help colour form more intensely in the hair fibre. You can apply Fade Defy Vibrant Color Magnifying Gloss afterwards to seal it in and avoid damage!

Crest WhiteWant to rejuvenate your skin? Experience Olay’s new Fresh Outlast Body Washes formulated to work with skin’s natural pH. They are lower in sulfates and contain 3X more mild cleansers than before! The upgraded body washes come in four premium scents, like Cooling White Strawberry & Mint, made with essential oil fragrances, for a fresh clean that outlasts your day and keeps that spring in your step!

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Longing for pearly whites? You can whiten your teeth with the new Crest 3D White® Brilliance Toothpaste which works to enhance your smile’s beauty with an Illuminating Complex. Pair it along with new Crest 3D White Brilliance Boost –a polishing treatment designed to amplify your smile’s brilliant whiteness.

 PanteneOlay, and Crest want to help kickstart your spring regime with a gift box including all the things you need to help you get started! With Mother’s Day approaching quickly, we’re excited to give you the opportunity to indulge a little early and offer your readers the chance to win prizes for their moms as well! Valued at $80*, the giveaway includes:

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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.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Tide HE Turbo Giveaway

Contests By April 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 88 Comments

HE TurboDisclosure: 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.

Did you know many Canadians now own, or are planning to purchase, a high-efficiency washing machine? These machines have more computer sensors than the first spaceship sent to the moon – pretty cool right!? As these futuristic washers become the norm in homes across the country, consumers should consider using a detergent that’s specially formulated for HE washing machines.

This month, P&G Fabric Care is introducing a new industry standard in High Efficiency (HE) Detergents – Tide HE Turbo – to deliver the best clean from a HE washer. A first-of-its-kind, the HE-Turbo Seal is available on select Tide products, allowing shoppers to identify the detergents specifically designed for their HE washers.

HE TurboHE Turbo products can save time and energy thanks to new proprietary quick-collapsing Smart Suds technology. With HE Turbo Smart Suds, your laundry rinses clean without sending HE washers into additional rinse cycles that can add up to 25 minutes to a wash and waste up to 10 gallons of water. Tide HE Turbo products can be used in all washers, but are specially designed to maximize the energy and water saving benefits of HE machines. What’s more, Tide HE Turbo promises six times the cleaning power in half the time compared to regular detergents used in a HE washer.  Tide HE Turbo is available at Walmart stores in Canada.

To celebrate, we are offering a giveaway opportunity for one lucky reader! Here’s what’s included in the bundle, valued at $62*:

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Dealing with Fickle Picky Eaters

EAT, FAM, family meals, kids, lunches By April 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Fickle Picky EatersOne day they like mustard and the next, it’s only BBQ sauce.

And while one kid loves gnocci the other will only eat pasta.

Sandwiches with cheese are gross but macaroni and cheese is a favourite.

Smoothies aren’t real food, but when frozen into popsicles they are perfectly good sustenance.

Deceptively DeliciousNo Cry Picky Eater SolutionDealing with fickle picky eaters can give moms and dads a bunch of extra grey hair, and at times it is hard to remember that fussy eating is a normal stage for kids when learning about themselves. Experts constantly weigh in on methods to ensure healthy eating and Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook about hiding healthy foods within meals sold millions of copies and Elizabeth Pantley’s No-Cry Picky Eater Solution is also a great resource that flies off the shelves. So you’re not alone if you’re a tad frustrated!

Personally, I’m a really (really) busy mom, and while sometimes I cook up a storm, I can’t always guarantee home cooking, nor can I ensure that the kids will eat their painstakingly prepared school lunches. (One with mustard and one with BBQ sauce). When they were babies I knew if they were eating too many carrots and squash because they’d have an orange hue to their skin. Now, I have no idea if their calcium levels are adequate, their iron is ok and in Canada (especially on the East coast this year) I can pretty much guarantee that the kids have a vitamin D deficiency. Research shows that up to 85% of people do not have adequate vitamin D levels and Vitamin D deficiency is at its peak after the winter season.

Our family has been taking Iron Kids and Adult Essentials gummies for a few months, and we are all loving it. With a wide selection of nut and gluten-free options, I give them a few per day based on what their diet has been like recently. The multivitamin is great, but usually I toss them a calcium as well. IronKids Calcium is also fortified with vitamin D to ensure that your kids can absorb and utilize the calcium they need for bones and teeth. Calcium intake can decrease significantly without daily intake of vitamin D

The boys won’t leave the house until they’ve had their vitamin treats, and they compare shapes and flavours with each other in delight. This begins my day knowing that I’ve covered the bases in case they forget to eat their lunch because the school soccer game is too distracting, and my stress level about their nutrition has been dramatically reduced.

We have a summer full of sailing, golf, soccer and tennis so the whole family needs all the nutrients we can get!

IronKids GummiesYou can learn lots more about nutrition and health on the Iron Kids website, and they also have a great bi-weekly newsletter!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Science Nutritionals blogger program with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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