Start Your Mom Cave with Twistos® Baked Snack Crackers

Finding the ri150g_TwstBITES_Goudaght ‘snack’ to gather your favorite dip can be a long and disappointing search.   I tried my first pack of Twistos without much hope, and was pleasantly surprised.  Twistos® Baked Snack Crackers are great on their own too.  They make a great non chip or cookie snack, with lovely savory flavours like Asiago (my fave) and Parmesan and Garlic are a great way to sooth a salty craving.

Twistos® also thinks that they understand what moms need for Mother’s Day.  Mom’s really just want some time to collect their thoughts and breathe without being needed for just one second.  Or I do at least.  To sit down for five minutes without some sort of request, or need to referee some drama.  Just one moment.

My favourite moment is when I have finished the housework and my living room is clean for five minutes.  I like to sit and look upon my accomplishment and pretend it is like that all the time.

And then the family walks in and stuff explodes everywhere.  Oh well.

This Mother’s Day, Twistos® wants to celebrate one hard-working, selfless mom with a space all for her own to unwind and recharge: enter the Mom Cave.  Monique was profiled by Twistos®. With three children, 15 extracurricular activities on the calendar each week and supporting the charity she founded dedicated to providing backpacks with school supplies for underprivileged kids, Monique makes the rest of us look bad. After hearing Monique’s story, Twistos® surprised her with a Mom Cave makeover in her home and captured it all on tape.

For Mothers Day, Twistos® wants every mom to enjoy her own Mom Cave.  To help create your sanity saver, they are giving away a prize that includes Twistos® products and a $100 Urban Barn gift card!!  Enter below with your qualifying answers. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, ages 18 and older (excluding Quebec).  This giveaway ends on May 20th, 2016.

Hoover WindTunnel Air Review & Giveaway

It SUCKS…..but totally in a good way :)

I may have cried a little when I was FINALLY asked by a vacuum company to review their product.  The name Crunchy Carpets does not come lightly here.  The amount of dog and car hair that is shed by 3 cats and 2 dogs is awe inspiring.  We break vacuums in this house.  They shrivel up and die when faced with not only the animal hair but the detritus of 5 humans, 3 of them small and prone to dropping a LOT of stuff.    The Lego and other weird bits of toys cannot be easily avoided and a vacuum needs to be tough to survive the gauntlet.

We broke down and invested in a Dyson upright  and it has so far survived a lot longer than the previous victims.  Thus I was very keen to get to try the new WindTunnel Air Bagless from Hoover. It is a good deal smaller and lighter than the Dyson, so for invulnerability and storage it gets a thumbs up.

Hoover WindTunnel Air



This thing SUCKS- like you can feel it pulling at the carpet sucks.  It is a very powerful machine for something so small.  This enables a deep down clean beyond the surface dust and hair.   You can see how much it is finding when you go to empty the container.

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My daughter and I have been suffering from various mystery allergies lately, so having a machine with a good Hepa filter like this one, has been easing the effects of dust and pollen and so on.  But my favourite feature is the HUGE 8 foot stair hose that attached to the handle gives you 12 feet of sucking power for stair and cobwebby ceilings.  The hose attaches near the bottom of the machine, making it very flexible depending on what you are trying to clean.



Tara spilled a container of cheerios down between the two couches in a corner and the flexible hose had no problem finding them.  The Dyson hose extends from the top of the machine and so anything other than up HIGH causes a bend in the hose that blocks the sucking power.  Nothing to worry about with the Hoover.



I have been having a great time (this is like CHRISTMAS for me) comparing my vacuum with the Hoover WindTunnel.  It has been great seeing what it can do better.   And you can too!  Hoover has kindly provided a WindTunnel for me to giveaway to a lucky reader.

All you need to do is visit the Hoover WindTunnel website and tell me in the comments what feature you are most interested in.   I will draw a lucky winner on June 3rd. (Canadian readers only)


Disclosure: As part of my affiliation with this brand I received  product to review. The opinions on this blog are my own.


Their are More Than Just Great Shows at the Children’s Festival

Activities CollageAfter enjoying some of the MANY amazing performances at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival last year Tara, Caitlyn and I had such blast at the Children’s Festival Fun Zone.   There was much face painting, crafts, painting, and much much more going on that the girls couldn’t decide what to do next.

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I am sure the events THIS year will be just as much fun for the kids and parents.  Which is why I am SO happy to share a giveaway for a Family Four Pack of Wristbands for the Activity Zones valued at $32.

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This year’s Activity Zones include: Face Painting ,Making Music with Found Objects, African Dance & Music, Shadow Puppetry,  Circus Skills, Bicycle Spin-Art, A Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Weaving Experience, Origami, Magical Mystery Maze, Sock Puppets and Twist & Toddle!

The wristbands will allow entry to all the activities for you and your family!

Deadline for the contest will May 19th.     The Festival is running from May 27th to June 2nd!!!  The lucky winner can pick up their bands at the Festival Box Office on the day they choose to enjoy the activities.

Comment below about what YOU love about the Children’s Festival and why it is so important to Vancouver and I will draw a name randomly.







Oil of Olay Total Effects Giveaway from Proctor & Gamble

Oil of Olay has been my go to moisturizer since it was also the one my Mom used too.  I love their cream with sun protection and really notice a difference when I am diligent about using it.  Now that the whole ‘anti-aging’ thing is hitting me as I creep further into my forties I am glad to try out the various products from their ‘Total Effects’ line.

The Total Effects line carries 7 anti aging skin care benefits into 1 formula for visibly younger-looking skin. From cleansing to moisturizing, Total Effects offers an array of products dedicated to making your skin look its best. Using an exclusive VitaNiacin formula, Total Effects moisturizers out-perform several leading department store products and are also proven effective in fighting 7 signs of aging—the look of fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, the appearance of prominent pores and age spots, uneven skin tone, surface dullness and dryness.

I have been using their ‘Tone Correcting Eye Treatment’ and LOVE how soft and supple the skin is around my eyes now.

Thanks to P&G I get to share the love of Oil of Olay with you my readers.

Olay Total Effects Giveaway


Comment below about what you think is your anti-aging annoyance that you are trying to tackle and you can win an Oil of Olay Total Effects package worth over $140.  Deadline is this Friday February 15th.  Will announce winner on Saturday.

Get pretty :)

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. 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.

Petsmart: For Your Four Legged Family Members

Don’t let the left over turkey be the only gifts your family dog or cat gets this Christmas.  Your local Petsmart is the perfect place to find special treats for dogs, cats and even lizards (we can’t forget the Gecko).  To help make sure your four-legged friends are not forgotten on Christmas morning, Petsmart has kindly offered this amazing gift pack for me to give away to one of my lucky readers!!

The Pack includes this amazing choice of fun gifts for your pooches: Plush Chance DogMartha StockingRudolph Plush ToySnowflake Ball,  and Martha Pajamas – which I NEED to see a readers dog in!!  To finish off this amazing prize pack, Petsmart is offering a $50 Petsmart Gift Card.

The contest will run until next Wednesday, the 19th at midnight.   Sadly this is a Canada only draw.

To enter leave me a comment below about any ideas or traditions you have for including your dog or cat (or other type of pets) in your holiday traditions.

This will be our first Christmas with Lily and Zia and the excitement of it all will probably make their tiny heads explode.  Treats will be involved.

Happy Holidays!!!


Target Canada End of Summer Giveaway

Target is really excited about coming to Canada.  To check out all the fun, please visit their Facebook page for lots of contests, and more info about their openings.

In the meantime – I have a giveaway here courtesy of Target Canada!

Win the ultimate Target Canada summer prize pack. The price pack, valued at over $80.00, consists of the following items:

·         Sunglasses

·         Frisbee

·         Water Bottle

·         Chapstick

·         Beach Chairs

·         Bucket and Space

·         Beach Mat

·         Beach Cinch/cooler

All in fun Red and White Target colours!!!!

Leave me a comment about what you will miss the most about summertime….will draw a lucky winner


Shame on Jane – Mothers Day and Much More

Shame on Jane is well known among the celebrity set thanks to her quirky and fun and totally YOU jewellery.  They kindly sent me a sample of their fun REMINDER Rings to check out.

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The Reminder Rings are a riot…..for people like me this is the step up to writing on my hand or tying strings on my fingers!  Mine are more inspirational – they remind me to think beyond the daily – “Make a Difference,” “Repair the World,” and “Inspire Change,” are but a few of them.  But there are true reminders for things in your life or things that should be, like “Make a Reservation,” or “Mani/Pedi.”  Each ring is 2.5mm wide available in sterling silver or sterling silver plated with 18k gold.

I am running totally behind on my blog and for things like this, but they have great ideas for Mother’s Day on their site….check them out.

For me they are doing a giveaway of a set of the rings….a fun gift for a friend, mom, sister or yourself.  Simply comment here about what the rings would mean to you and I will enter you in a draw….winner will be drawn this Thursday right before Mom’s Day…oops.


George’s Cream Review & Giveaway

Georges Cream 450g Jar

I have to admit that I tend to stick with the creams I know and don’t venture into unknown territory all that much. However, I am also a HUGE supporter of all things Canadian and am happy to try and talk about Canadian products. George’s Creams are one of those.

The first thing that I love about these creams…I have tried their Special Dry Skin Cream, and their Special Moisturizing Lotion…is that they are basically scent free and are absorbed with very little oily feeling left on your skin.

George’s Cream Inc. is a private Alberta based Canadian manufacturer and marketer of two specialty skin care products, and is owned by co-founders George Doherty and Skip Gibson. The company’s signature brand, George’s Special Dry Skin Cream, is named after its creator, George Doherty, a pharmacist and entrepreneur. George’s products do not contain urea, lanolin or parabens, and they are hypoallergenic and fragrance free.  They are both available at grocery, mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide including Shoppers Drug Mart & Loblaws.

The Special Moisturizing Lotion is a lighter version of their Dry Skin formula.  It is gentle enough for your face and to use everyday. George’s Special Dry Skin Cream is great for problem areas…for me that is my feet in the summer, and is great to use after you have had a shower.

They have kindly offered a giveaway to my readers….


Valued at $35, this package is a great way to sample and see what George’s products work for you!  To enter, leave a comment about what season bothers your skin the most.    I will draw a winner on February 11th (Saturday).  For more information and special deals on George’s products, go and LIKE their Facebook page too!

(Canadian Readers Only – Sorry!)

Tag Junior Reader Giveaway!!!

Phew! Just in time for Christmas!!!

Leapfrog have given me a Tag Junior to giveaway to my vast army of readers!

The Tag Junior is for ages 2 to 4 years and retails for $39.99. LeapFrog revolutionized how kids learn to read with its LeapPad® Learning System, then did it again in 2008 with the Tag Reading System, for children from ages 4 to 8 years old. Tag Junior brings stories to life in a way that is just right for 2- to 4-year olds, encouraging little ones who are first discovering books to begin building a lifelong engagement with reading.

My two oldest have grown out of the Tag System, but it was a great confidence builder for both of them and helped my son who was having trouble with reading at the start.

Tara is at the perfect age for the Junior (2.5) as she is emulating her siblings reading books and loves us to read to her.

For kids like me who are addicted to all things electronic, having things around that are actually beneficial educationally for them, is a bit of  relief to guilt ridden parents like me!

If you want to try to win one…leave me a comment below about what your first memories were when it comes to books and we will draw a name on December 15th.  That should be enough time to get it before Christmas.

Canadian entrants only…sorry US!


Judy Moody and the (NOT) Bummer Summer

These are the types of movies my daughter loves, and I have seen her bring home the books too by Megan McDonald.

These are also the types of movies that parents can enjoy watching with their kids….thank goodness!

“Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty) is about to begin what she believes will be the best summer ever.  But that was before she found out that her mom (Janet Varney) and dad (Kristoffer Winters) were heading to California and her Aunt Awful (Heather Graham) was coming to stay. Not to mention, her two best friends—Rocky (Garrett Ryan) and Amy (Taylar Hender)—were going splitsville on her, for the whole entire summer!  Will she be stuck entertaining her little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller)?  Stink, who has Bigfoot on the brain?  Just when summer is starting to look Bor-ing with a capital B!, Judy, with a little help from Aunt Opal, comes up with the most thrill-a-delic plan ever.  She challenges her friends to a thrill-point race for the most mega-rare, NOT bummer summer ever. Can her pal Frank “Eats Paste” Pearl (Preston Bailey) help save summer?  The race is on!  All she has to do is…learn to walk a tightrope, surf a monster wave, ride the scream monster—no hands, natch—at the local theme park, make it all the way through an Evil Creature Double Feature and survive…a poop picnic!  Add in a few thrills and chills, a treasure hunt for Judy’s teacher Mr. Todd (Jaleel White), a midnight stakeout in the backyard, a runaway ice-cream truck and a chase scene with a dash of Bigfoot.  What have you got?  The Judy Moodiest summer ever!”

And Crunchy Carpets has FIVE DOUBLE PASSES to the screening on Junes 4th at 10 am at Silvercity Metropolis in Burnaby.

First five people to retweet my tweet about this contest by June 1st  will be sent a secret PIN code to download and print your own ticket.