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Stop Searching Online: Go Ask Dad

beauty, GEAR By June 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

In a world where screen-time often outweighs actual face time, the internet has become the go-to source of information – and as we all know, websites don’t always give you the most unbiased and truthful advice… It’s quick and easy to search the internet for videos and how-to articles in seconds, but do the results truly give the answers teens really need? This Father’s Day, Gillette is reminding people everywhere to “Go Ask Dad” for answers to their everyday questions.  While your Dad will certainly appreciate a card (or a new razor) for Father’s Day, taking a moment to ask his advice will mean more to him than you might guess.

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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Tide Gets it Out Giveaway

Contests By May 31, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 75 Comments

You are all laughing at me right now, aren’t you? My kids certainly are. As dirty as we got, smearing ourselves and our crisp white t-shirts with red wine, teryiaki sauce, tomato soup or crayon, soil, and jam, we could not beat Tide Ultra Stain Release. Not only did we discover that Tide gets it out – like, every little iota of stain, but I think I grew as a mom, having actual fun with my kids without worrying about the mess. Sometimes lessons as a parent or influencer come in strange ways, and I feel particularly thankful that I was able to show my kids that I’m not always a crabby, grumpy, overworked neat-freak. I sell myself so well, don’t I?!

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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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Tooth Fairy Receipt

Tooth Fairy Traditions

FAM, kids By March 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

The tooth fairy is a magical character who swoops in and leaves some funds under your child’s pillow on the night they lose their teeth. If Mom and Dad remember. (And hasn’t every parent awakened in a cold sweat trying to remember if the tooth fairy made her visit?)

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The Winter Beauty Rut

beauty, GEAR By March 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Many of our readers know that I have struggled with depression in the past, and somehow this winter has been harder than most. Today I gave myself gentle permission for some self care and set out to fix the winter beauty rut.

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Helping Syrian Refugee Families

Helping Syrian Refugee Families in Canada

charity, FAM By February 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

We all saw the news clips – from heart-stopping marine rescues near Turkey to Justin Trudeau handing out winter coats to our new friends from Syria. But sometimes, apart from handing over money to large organizations, Canadians don’t know exactly what they can do to help.

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Summer Bucket List

Contests By July 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 47 Comments

Summer Bucket ListSummer is just around the corner, and with the arrival of warm weather it’s time for outdoor activities with the kids and events that can last all day.  Olay and Crest want to help keep your skin hydrated and fresh and your smile shining bright through your endless summer fun!

To start your summer off right, try Olay’s newly enhanced Total Effects formula with 40 per cent more vitamins, which has the highest level of Niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skincare product! This moisturizer packs more vitamins than the leading prestige moisturizer and will help you get ready for the hot, sunny days ahead.

To brighten your smile, we’re giving away Crest Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips, which are super easy to use and offer great results. These strips use an advanced technology called FlexFit, allowing the Whitestrip to stretch around your smile for a perfect fit that hugs your smile’s curves. Not only do they whiten as well as a $500 in-office professional treatment, but they are the best fitting Whitestrips yet.

We have a Brighten Your Summer prize pack, valued at approximately $40*:

  • Olay Total Effects Anti-aging Moisturizer, Fragrance-Free– $32.99
  • Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit – 4 samples

*Pricing at discretion of the retailer

Ends July 30, Can only, excl. Quebec. Good luck!

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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.

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.

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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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100 Years of P&G Canada Giveaway

Contests By July 3, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , 65 Comments

100-Years-InfographicThis month marks P&G’s 100th anniversary in Canada! To mark this significant achievement, we’re looking back on some of the major milestones and celebrating the iconic products that Canadians have come to know and love over the past century with this infographic. To celebrate, we’re hosting a giveaway that includes classic P&G favorites. The giveaway is valued at $45* and will include the following:

  • Tide Original Scent Liquid Laundry Detergent, 48 Loads 2.21 L
  • Bounce Outdoor Fresh Fabric Softener Sheets 120 Count
  • Pantene Pro-V Classic All Hair Types Shampoo 375 mL
  • Pantene Pro-V Classic Clean Conditioner 355 mL
  • Ivory Soap Bars – 10 Bars
  • Bounty Basic Paper Towels 6 Mega RollsCanada only, excl. Quebec. Ends 30/7.

 

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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.

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.

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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Tips for Out on the Town Makeup (with Giveaway!)

Contests By May 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 58 Comments

katy-perryTo get you ready for an evening out on the town, look no further, COVERGIRL and Olay are here to help you achieve that star look so you steal the spotlight.

To help start the night off right, prep with Olay’s newly enhanced Total Effects formula with 40% more vitamins and the highest level of Niacinamide in an over-the-counter Olay skincare product. The enhanced formula makes this anti-aging moisturizer a must-have summer beauty staple. This moisturizer packs more vitamins than the leading prestige moisturizer and will help you get ready for your night out!

Now, onto your eyes! Lash fame… it’s a thing! Get ready to shine the spotlight on your eyes and give your lashes a starring role with NEW COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Mascara. This new mascara will help lengthen and volumize your lashes for that “Oh La La” look! This mascara is perfect for adding that extra pop for that date night or evening out on the town.

This new mascara has a unique Lash Styler that is designed to allow maximum mascara-to-lash contact and can give your lashes 400% bigger, corner-to-corner volume.

Go on, twirl it and get the best false lash look in 3 easy steps:

  1. Place the Lash Styler’s narrow, long core and short bristles right at the base of the lashes.
  2. Pull the Lash Styler through the lashes from root to tip, twirling or rotating it a bit as you go.
  3. Sculpt and style the lashes until you reach supersized, corner to corner volume.

For more drama, pair your wonderful super-sized lashes with Intensify Me! Liquid Liner. Its paddle tip provides two looks – thick and dramatic or thin and elegant and can help you achieve the perfect cat-eye.

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*Pricing at discretion of the retailer. Available in select stores May 2015.

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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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!

Olay Body Wash

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.

 Pantene, Olay, 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:

  • Pantene Dry Defy Shampoo & Conditioner- $9.99 each*
  • Pantene Velvet Crème Infusion – $11.99*
  • Pantene Fade Defy Shampoo & Conditioner- $ 9.99*
  • Pantene Vibrant Color Magnifying Gloss- $11.99*
  • Olay Fresh Outlast Body Wash- $5.49*
  • Crest 3D Brilliance Boost – $5.99*

*Pricing at discretion of retailer.
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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.

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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Jason Priestly Drinking Water

Children’s Safe Drinking Water: An Interview with Jason Priestley

charity, FAM By February 25, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

How important is water? Very. A lemonade stand to raise funds for water wells is fabulous, but there are still 1800 kids who die EVERY DAY due to the lack of clean water in their communities. A billion people around the world don’t have access to safe water. Even with access to medications, people often take their pills with toxic water – it’s the only option.

A  lack of education means that some wells are dug only feet away from the spots where latrines are situated, causing even more harmful bacteria.

P&G Clean Water - Jason Priestley 1UrbanMommies had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Jason Priestley – actor, director and activist who travelled to the Dominican Republic and is working to promote the Children’s Safe Drinking Water program (CSDW). Since the program launched, it has succeeded in donating over 20 million days of clean drinking water to those in need, and we hope to reach our goal of 25 million days of clean drinking water by March 31, 2015.

It doesn’t take a lot to make a big difference. Just 10 cents provides one P&G water purification packet that creates 10 liters of clean water. The packets are stirred into 10 litres of water and after ten minutes, the water can be strained through cloth (even a t-shirt works) and is safe to drink.

Just $1 gives a child clean water for 50 days.
$7.50 gives a child clean water for a year.
$30 gives a family clean water for a year.

Procter & Gamble and Walmart have partnered in a simple program to provide water to people in need. Every P&G product sold at Walmart Canada will provide 1 day of clean drinking water for a family. And these are the products you are buying anyway like Tide, Gillette, Bounce, Pantene and Tampax.

Here’s our exclusive interview with talented and kind Dad, Jason Priestley.

P&G Clean Water - Jason Priestley 3UM: There are so many charities and people in need – why water?

JP: I am a dad. 1600 children die every day. Its shocking to us who live in Canada where there in such an abundance of drinking water. This is a simple program that makes huge difference in people’s lives.

UM: I read your piece on your trip to the Dominican. When I travelled to Liberia with Right to Play I saw the need for clean water and also health education. How does Children’s Safe Drinking Water choose where to help? What about education?

JP: Kids can’t go to school half the time because they’re sick. There’s not enough education. We need to do something to break that cycle – water is one of the basic building blocks of society. Clean water makes people healthy and strong so they can get to school.

UM: You have 2 children – how to you teach them to be socially conscious?

JP: That’s one of the big challenges we all face. It’s difficult but I try to look at everything as a potential teachable moment. Scarcity and the importance of water is all around us – in California too. Water is a precious commodity. We talk a lot about the importance of helping others, not just giving people money but the tools they need to improve their lives. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Water is a tool. It restores people’s health and also their dignity, improving their lives and the strength of the community.

UM: How can Canadians help?

JP: This is such a simple program. Go to a Walmart store or walmart.ca and buy the household products you use every day. P & G takes care of donating. It’s a 1 for 1 swap. 1 product = 1 day of drinking water for a family.

So far they’ve given 21 Million days of safe drinking water to families in developing countries.

UM: How do they determine where to distribute the water purification packets?

JP: They work with not for profit agencies across the globe to determine need. Unsafe drinking water kills more kids every year than HIV, aids and malaria combined.

UM: I know I went through many life changes after visiting Liberia. What was your big take-away, as a dad, after travelling to the Dominican?

JP: I loved the children. Children are the same everywhere you go: happy, joyous, playful and beautiful. There kids playing in the dirt with a ball and stick are no different than my children. I felt the need to help them. They are innocent, joyous and pure and they deserve better. We can see what the future hold for these kids even when they can’t.

A billion people don’t have access to safe water. 1600 kids die every day.

You can learn more at Walmart.ca/cleanwater

Disclosure: I am a P&G Mom and was give then chance to interview Jason Priestley. I was not compensated for this article and all opinions 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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