WIN with Kidoodle.TV – Fun for kids, confidence for parents!

Television in our home is a big privilege, it can be earned and it can be lost.  We limit TV time to weekends for the girls in exchange for eye-contact, outside playtime, school work and an over all smoother running household. It works well for us and by Friday, everyone is ready for a little TV  time!

As the girls get older I’m not always in the room when they’re watching a show.  Cleaning, dinner making, going to the washroom alone (!!)  all have me in & out of the room during that chill out time, life is busy.  The trouble is if I don’t know exactly what’s programmed for the channel they’re watching we could run into an issue…

Months ago I put on a channel that plays “retro” cartoons (aka. ones from when I was a kid)(when did I become retro?!!).  It was a show I’d loved and one the girls were loving too.  I walked out of the room for 5 minutes and when I came back I was SHOCKED by what was playing.

There, on the TV screen in my living room was a commercial for a weight loss product.  Women talking about being “fat”, voice overs for some diet something or other, and my two precious, beautiful little girls watching ever second of it.

The channel immediately got flipped, despite tears from the girls and I began to fume.  How is that garbage acceptable for children (or anyone) to see?  Aren’t we trying to send a better message than that?!

For weeks I stewed about it there had to be a place where I could safely allow our girls to watch the shows they loved and still give me some control over what they were seeing!

Kidoodle.TV

Then I was introduced to Kidoodle.TV

It’s basically everything I’d been looking for in an alternative to cable TV for our girls.  I wasted NO time in signing up for the FREE 14 Day Trial (that did NOT require a credit card) to see what they had to offer.

The Promise: “TV. Built for Kids, Loved by Parents”

The Features: $4.99/month gives YOU so much!

  • ad-free streaming video service
  • 5 customizable kid profiles, that you can tailor to each of your child’s age, likes and show preferences
  • The “Parents Room”, a secure, password required area that puts the control back in your hands.  As a parent we choose what shows are available to our children to view, place time limits on viewing and personalize each child’s profile
  • Web access means you can what all the great shows available on the go!  Perfect for those long car trips you might be planning for this summer
  • Kidoodle.TV provides safe, made for kid content only!  There’s NO chance they’re going to stumble on something intended for adults only! *Phew!*
  • Apps available in both iTunes and Google Play

Our Verdict:

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As a parent I couldn’t be happier with Kidoodle.TV and the content they have to offer.  It’s obvious that the creators have put what parents need & children love at the forefront of their design.  The shows they offer (check out our list of favourites below) are both kid friendly and age appropriate.  It’s fantastic to have control in the “Parents Room” over the content available for our girls to watch and the length of time they’re allowed to watch it for.

Kidoodle.TV Time

Now I can say to Bethany “You may watch TV for 1 hour and then that’s it.  When it’s done you’ll need to find something else to do.” and it will happen.  Otherwise let’s face it sometimes I say that, get busy & the next thing I know 2 hours have passed and the TV is still on. 

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Bethany & Audrey are loving that Kidoodle.TV gives them control over what they watch.  It’s easy to navigate and once they’re time is up, they’re both happy to carry on and go play.

Our Favourite Shows:

  • Jem & the Holograms
  • My Little Ponies (the original, retro version)
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Bo on the Go
  • Super WHY
  • The Archies

The list could go on but these definitely top the viewing list, for the girls! Ok, and me too!  Seriously, Jem?!!

Exciting News!

I’ve got 3 more pieces of exciting Kidoodle.TV news I have to share!

1. Check out the Kidoodle.TV Facebook page to find out how you could WIN 1 of 3 iPad Minis!

2. Since I know you’re going to love Kidoodle.TV as much as we do, I’ve got a deal for you!  Use the coupon code “MCC25” between now and June 30 2014 to receive 25% off a year subscription to Kidoodle.TV!

3. Canadians can enter to  WIN a 1 YEAR Subscription to Kidoodle.TV! Fantastic, right?!  A year of Jem, Inspector Gadget and The Archies for….ah, the kids!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment answering the following question – “What feature of Kidoodle.TV intrigues you the most?” and then complete the Rafflecopter form below for your entries.

Contest Details:

This contest is open to residents of Canada only (unfortunately those residing in Quebec are unable to enter this giveaway) and will close to entries April 19 2014.  Please see the Rafflecopter form for more details.

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“Disclosure: I am part of the Kidoodle.TV blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

*WINNER ANNOUNCED** 3 Days of Fitness Giveaways! Day 3 $25 iTunes Gift Card

Tickle Fight

I am musically driven.  I hum while I bake, sing while I vacuum (Audrey says she loves it most when I sing when I vacuum.  I’ve yet to decide how to take that….) and I desperately need good tunes while I workout.

If a workout DVD has crumby music I’ll turn it off and not do it again, if my phone dies at the gym or outside I slow down, it’s not conscious it just happens.  I need that beat to keep me moving, for inspiration.  I love nothing more to get to the end of a workout, turn off my tunes and listen to my own heartbeat thundering in my ears as proof that I’ve done something.  Silly as it may sound, it completely makes me feel alive!

So to end our 3 Days of Fitness Giveaways I’ve decided to giveaway a $25 iTunes gift card (this will be emailed to you so please ensure you have a valid iTunes account before entering).  I’d love to compile a list of my favourite workout tunes and give them away but the truth is we all like something different.  I’d hate to give you something that made you want to shove underwear in your ears or something.

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That and also, my musical attention span is short.  Very short.  So what’s awesome today may be blah tomorrow.  So it’s up to you, choose what you love.

It doesn’t even matter to me if you use it for workout music, use it for what encourages you, inspires you – drives you forward.

The thing about being healthy is that it isn’t all diet and exercise.  While I agree that they are large portions of the journey they aren’t everything.  The emotional state of the heart we’re working so hard to protect plays a key role in having a healthy, long life.

For me, keeping my heart emotionally healthy requires a healthy relationship with God, the love of my family and an iPhone filled with great tunes!

Happy 2013 friends!  I hope it’s been a year to remember, I hope amongst the hard that may have been you found silver linings and people to love.  Here’s to wishing you a healthy, happy 2014!

Today’s giveaway is open to residents of Canada & the United States with a valid iTunes account.  It will run from December 30 2013 – January 12 2014.  Enter on the Rafflecopter form below answering the following question:

What makes you happy?  Truly & completely happy?
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Disclaimer: I did NOT receive any compensation for this giveaway and it’s not a sponsored post.  These giveaways and posts come straight from my sweaty heart to yours!

**WINNER ANNOUNCED**3 days of Fitness Giveaways! Day 1 – FitnessGlo

I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, actually I hate them.  I believe they’re give us license to make poor decisions the majority of the year (primarily December) in hopes of a big “change” for the New Year.  They masquerade around as though they’re going to make those changes easier because everyone’s doing it together but really they’re setting us up for disappointment when those changes get hard because let’s face it change is ALWAYS hard.

Don’t get me wrong change for the positive is ALWAYS worth it and pushing through the hard parts, the challenges will only make you stronger, happier and more confident that you can do it!   The thing is, you need to make those changes because you want them, because you need them and not because we’re hitting a New Year.

Every day is a new day, it’s brand new and you have the chance to make it whatever you want it to be.  The mistakes from yesterday, the years of bad decisions, the over indulgences enjoyed then regretted can’t have today, they may try to whisper you can’t, you’ve already failed why try?” but we know YOU CAN do this!

One of favorite quotes about change is from Jillian Michaels (because of course it is!)

“Think of your weight loss journey as a car. If you were driving along and got a flat tire, would you slash the other 3 tires and call it a complete loss? No. You would fix that one tire and keep going”

She’s talking weight but I’m talking life.  Don’t think that one flat tire, one mistake is your undoing, it’s a glitch.  Throw the knife away, out, change it (or if you me call Corey, he knows what to do with that pretty red thing that hides with my van’s spare tire) and move on with your life.

Each year is filled with 365 days of fresh starts and new chances – I dare you to take that chance today!

To help out with your It’s 365 New Days of Change resolutions to get healthy and happy I’m doing 3 days of Fitness Giveaways!

Fitness GloOne of my favourite FitnessGlo! Bosu workouts with Amy Dixon

Today’s giveaway is a 3 month gift subscription to FitnessGlo!  One of my favourite online workout websites.  Featuring workouts from celebrity trainers Amy Dixon, Michelle Dozois, Petra Kolber and more, these live workouts are excellent!

With workouts for the basic beginner to intensely advance, Bosu, step and Tabata they have it all covered.  My workouts each day consist of many different workouts, but at least one if not all each day are a FitnessGlo! workout.  They also stream from many different options making them a no excuse option for getting my workout in where ever I am.

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada & the United States and will close January 3 2014!  Until the winner is drawn and announced however head over to FitnessGlo! and sign up for the 15 day FREE trial membership.  That way you don’t have to wait another day to start making your changes!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and answer the following questions

What’s motivating you to make a change in your life?  If we began a Facebook Group for “It’s 365 New Days of Change” would you join us in encouraging and supporting one another?

Good luck and happy sweating!

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Disclaimer: I did NOT receive any compensation for this giveaway and it’s not a sponsored post.  These giveaways and posts come straight from my sweaty heart to yours!

Syracuse Family Getaway Giveaway!

We are super excited to share with you a fantastic Getaway Giveaway happening. Check out all the fantastic details below and then enter to win!!!

Welcome to the Syracuse Family Getaway Giveaway!

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This Giveaway is made possible by the Syracuse Tourism Organization!

HOSTED BY: OTTAWA MOMMY CLUB

CO-HOSTED BY: CANADIAN BLOG HOUSE ~ JOURNEYS OF THE ZOO ~ LIFE IN PLEASANT VILLE ~ SHANNON’S VIEW FROM HERE

GETAWAY PACKAGE:

  • 1 room with 2 double beds for 2 nights at Double Tree Hotel by Hilton for a family of four with buffet breakfast for four each morning based on availability. Valid through 4/30/14
  • 4 Tickets (2 adult & 2 children) to the Pole Position Raceway in DestinyUSA
  • 4 tickets (2 adult & 2 children) to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • 4 tickets ( 2 adult & 2 children) to the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST)
  • 4 tickets ( 2 adult& 2 children) to Wonderworks in DestinyUSA
  • $100 Gift Certificate to spend at DestinyUSA Mall

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Double Tree Hotel By Hilton

The Double Tree Hotel by Hilton has 250 guest rooms equipped with 32-inch flat-screen TV’s, and large work desk with an ergonomic chair to check emails using the high-speed internet access. Your family can enjoy the relaxing courtyard area with seating, plus the heated, indoor pool with a whirlpool spa and the heated, outdoor pool with a sundeck. You can dine at Regatta Bar & Grille, offering cocktails and light food. Feel welcomed as you receive a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival!

raceway2Pole Position Raceway in DestinyUSA Mall

You can sign up for the Arrive & Drive program that allows customers to show up individually or in small groups and race in standard races. These races last approximately 10 minutes (14 laps) and drivers are separated into two categories. In addition to the adult karts (56″ minimum height required), they have kid’s karts for racers who are at least 48″ tall and can safely drive.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is home to more than 700 animals of all shapes and sizes. From the smallest animal (milkweed bug) to the largest (Asian elephant), the zoo offers unique viewing opportunities for families!

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MOST

The MOST’s vision is to be a pre-eminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment. MOST offers exhibits on Life Sciences, Discovery Cave, Science Playhouse, Technotown, Flight and Space, Planetarium, Telecommunications Lab, and more!

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When you enter the building, everything will be upside-down, so in order to participate in the fun, you must be inverted. Step inside the inversion tunnel and be turned right side up to begin your journey. Once you are properly aligned for your adventure, family fun awaits with more than 100 hands on exhibits a 4 D theatre, Lazer Tag, Canyon Climb Ropes Course, and Sky Tykes Ropes Course. Make WonderWorks a stop on your Things to Do list when visiting Destiny USA.

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Destiny USA is a new 2.4 million square foot destination that includes Carousel Center, a dominant super regional shopping center already attracting 20 million annual visits. The brand new expansion will mix all types of retail including; luxury outlet tenants, restaurants and entertainment such as WonderWorks, OptiGolf, T.G.I. Friday’s, IMAX. LAZ. A stunning three-story glass atrium will provide perfect weather year round.

Giveaway is open to Canadians 18+ except to the province of Quebec. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted.

Disclosure: Our Family Stone did not receive compensation for this giveaway, and is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. The Syracuse Tourism Organization will directly ship the said prize to winner’s home. The winner has 48 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be drawn.

Soothing with Eucerin Review & #Giveaway!

We’re a sensitive bunch around here.  Our hearts, our eardrums (ok, just my eardrums…kids are so loud!) and our skin.  Bethany and I in particular have very sensitive skin.

I have eczema and in the winter months it can be a disaster.  I can get so dry on my eyelids that the sweat from a workout burns the skin, and my arms chap so badly.  In the summer shaving, while necessary often leaves me scaly despite gallons of lotion.  It’s both gross and embarrassing, and if it weren’t for the whole having to braid the ol’ leg hairs if I didn’t shave, I wouldn’t.

I always thought I had it rough…until Bethany came along.

Right from the day she was born Bethany’s skin has been giving us trouble.  We have to be incredibly careful with laundry detergent and don’t use any fabric softeners (thank heavens for dryer balls).  We’re cautious on bath/body soaps and approach most lotions with extreme caution.

This past winter she was officially diagnosed with psoriasis.  Her little legs were a mess and I felt so bad for her.  We tried SO many over the counter creams/lotions, and were always left wanting.  Some worked mildly but left a stinging burning feeling, others didn’t hurt but didn’t work.  We were at our wits end, it was looking like our doctor’s suggestion of petroleum jelly was going to be the only recourse.

Then we were give the chance to try two Eucerin products – Eucerin Calming Crème and Eucerin Aquaphor Protectant Ointment.  Both products promise relief from dry, itching skin and while I was skeptical to say the least, I figured it was worth a try.

I am SO glad we tried! 

Eucerin Calming Creme

As I do with anything new I tried it on myself first.  Over the past month or so I’ve been using the Eucerin Calming Crème on my dry, cracked and sometime bleeding hands and elbows.  The change in them is noticeable.  They no longer burn and have healed up so nicely.  I love that the cream doesn’t leave my skin feeling slimy or slick, but soft and moisturized.  I keep it down by where I workout and put lotion on my hands before I begin and have no problem with hanging onto my weights.  (Something that couldn’t be said for other lotions).

Eucerin Aquaphor Skin Protectant Ointment

The Eucerin Aquaphor Protectant Ointment has worked out well for my post shave legs, however it’s a little heavier and I generally prefer the cream.

Bethany’s skin is responding very similarly.   Her legs have healed up completely and while some of that is due to the weather warming up I believe the other is due to the lotion.  It’s fragrance-free, collodial oatmeal formula is working wonders on our house.

I think, after many years & dollars spent searching for a solution to our dry skin issues we’ve finally found something that works!  These lotions go a long way and will last a long time, but when it comes time to purchase more you can bet I’ll be buying the Eucerin Calming Crème.

With Summer here, how would YOU like to win you’re own Eucerin Calming Crème and Eucerin Aquaphor Protectan Ointment?  Canadian residents can enter to WIN below using the Rafflecopter form!

Tell me – Do you or anyone in your household have skin troubles?

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Disclaimer: I received these products to review.  All opinions & views are my own.

 

Softsoap Body Wash Giveaway!



Weekday mornings around our house can tend to be a little bit crazy.   Regardless of what time I’m up (5am FTR) to get my workout in, when kids 1 & 2 get out of bed or how many things I have ready to go the night before – most mornings are nuts.  By the time I get my butt up the stairs for my 42 second shower, I’m usually feeling a little flustered, actually…completely fried.

I turn on the shower with one had, while brushing my teeth with the other, and while I wait for the water to get warm, I lay out my clothes and plug in the appropriate appliance.  Then I put it all down, see the steam rising and open the door.  The hot water hits and it all starts to melt away.

My morning showers are my few minutes to reset.  Whether it’s a weekday morning mad rush to get in, get out and get clean or a leisurely Saturday morning suds, the hot water and the ritual tasks of washing leave me feeling fresh and refreshed.  It’s the essential part of my day that helps wash away Crazy Mommy and restore, Happy Mommy.

It’s a process that’s important to me and one that hinges greatly on the products I’m using at the time.

I mean let’s be honest, us girls want to get clean and all but really, we just want to smell good!  A great smelling shampoo & body wash is half the battle, at least it is for me.

When I heard about the two unique lines of Softsoap body wash and was given the opportunity to try them out, I jumped on it.  Who wouldn’t?  I mean, wouldn’t you want to take that shower experience to a new level (hint: you’re gonna get a chance in a few..).

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The Softsoap Fruity Collection – has a wide variety of fragrances to choose from, all with an intense fruity and/or floral scent, each packed with rich moisturizers for every inch of skin!  I love (and had tried before this campaign came along) the Sweet Honeysuckle and Orange Peel body wash from this collection.  It feels invigorating, with a great little kick to wake you up!

The Softsoap Body Butter Collection – is thick, creamy and my new favourite!  With intense, naturally inspired fragrances its an indulgent experience one can’t but enjoy!   Currently, I’m enjoying the Heavenly Vanilla body wash with its warm, deep fragrance and quick lather it’s the perfect calm for my morning rush.

I love how well these two collections lather up!  It hardly takes more than a dime sized amount to get a beautiful, bunch of bubbles brewing.  I like my showers hot, in fact some mornings the hotter the better, which while it feels great in the moment can often leave my skin feeling dry and dehydrated.  After more than a week using the SoftSoap Heavenly Vanilla body wash I’ve discovered my skin feeling more moisturized, my legs are a little less lizard like and my hands seem softer.  I don’t even need to slather on the body lotion post shower any more – score!

Life as a Mom can be crazy some times, days fill up with a million “to do’s” and self indulgent luxuries sometimes feel like a thing of the past (remember when you used to be able to drink your tea while it was still hot or eat a whole chocolate bar alone? Good times…) but they don’t always have to be.   I know a shower isn’t exactly a luxury here, in fact if you sweat like me it’s more a necessity but having the right “supplies” to make those showers more enjoyable is.

Take the time to grab your favourite loofah, turn up the hot water and check out the Softsoap Fruity or Body Butter Collections for your perfect fragrance.   It’s not always about the amount of time we spent on ourselves but the quality of the time we get so… go ahead, give your skin the moisture it deserves because after all Softsoap skin is in™!

Not sure which one to choose?  It can be hard… I know, so let us help you out!  Why not enter to WIN a gift basket full  of Softsoap Fruity & Body Butter Collection body wash?

Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win the Softsoap Gift Basket!  Please note that this contest is open to Canadian Residents only (full terms & conditions found in the form below).

Don’t want to wait till I draw a winner to start the Softsoap experience?  Check out these great saving opportunities here!
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Lego Duplo: A lesson & a GIVEAWAY!!

It’s hard to believe that with November already half over (seriously, HALF OVER!) Christmas is just around the corner.  Stores are filling up with all things red, green and sparkly, houses slowly being covered in tacky & obnoxious lovely lights & talk of Christmas pagents around the dinner table.

It’s a time of year that holds joy, memories, laughter and family, it’s one of my favourites.  I love the music, the emotions, the traditions (the cookies) and now that I’m a mother, the opportunity to teach our girls about the Spirit of giving.

Each year as we wade our way into the Christmas season Corey and I spend a great deal of time trying to ward off the “Gimmies” and promote the “Givies”.  We want our girls’ desire to give to others to be greater than their desire to receive, most of all we want them to understand that Christmas isn’t at all about the gifts under the tree but the people around it and the gift that God’s given in Jesus’ birth.

As they get older the lessons are beginning to sink in for them and some of the traditions we’ve set in place are starting to make sense.  Every year I organize a food drive for the company I work for.  It’s a wonderful event that never ceases to bring tears to my eyes as I watch mountains of food be unloaded for those who’s tummies are hungry.  Being that Bethany & Audrey come to work with me, they’ve been able to experience the joy of giving through these Food drives each year.  From the invitations in the mail, to the pick ups at each business, to the doors of the Food bank our girls see the good that comes from people. They see the blessings in the bags of groceries and they’re learning that the tears in the eyes of their Momma & their Grammy are tears of thankfulness and blessing.  They’re learning that giving strikes deep into the core of who  you are and can be such a great joy!

This year, we have another great giving opportunity from our friends at Lego!

This year Lego Duplo is showcasing 8 of the hottest toys for the holidays and they want to give 1 lucky Our Family Stone reader the opportunity to win their favourites!

Here’s how you win:

1. Take a look at the image below, see those 8 amazing Lego Duplo sets?  Look at them carefully, think hard about who you know that might LOVE a chance to play with them.

2. Leave me a comment telling me which 4 Lego Duplo Sets  you like to win and why!

3. The winner will receive those exact 4 sets, mailed to them before the holidays, prewrapped!!  (They thought of everything!)

1. Snow White’s Cottage, 2. Play with Numbers, 3. My First Zoo, 4. Brick Box, 5. Creative Cakes, 6. My First Supermarket, 7. Sleeping Beauty’s Room, 8. Play with Letters

That’s it!  It’s that simple.  Check them out, leave a comment and cross your fingers!  Then think about who you’re going to share that awesome Lego goodness with!

Contest details: This contest is open to residents of CANADA only, it will close November 20th 2013 and the winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  This giveaway is time sensitive in order for you to receive your products on time and it’s super important I receive your information right away :).  Also keep in mind you’re free to enter across multiple blogs for this contest but may only claim 1 prize!

Disclosure: I am a LEGO DUPLO Play Agent and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own

Chilliwack Chiefs Tickets Giveaway

Remember last year?  When Hell Froze over?  You know, that time, when NHL play-offs were in full swing I bought our kids Vancouver Canucks shirts ( momentary laps in judgement.  MOMENTARY OK?!!).

It’s over now.

Hockey season is around the corner, the Canucks returned to the regular “behavior” with the 11/12 season and I’ve regained my sanity.   It’s also the time of year when my team, our “Home Town Team” gets back into gear and the Chilliwack Chiefs will once again hit the ice.

We are EXCITED around here!  Bethany and Audrey can’t wait to get back to cheering on their “boys” and I can’t wait for them to regain a proper outlet for said cheers (This summer they have practiced their “Go Chiefs! Go” cheering on my Mom while driving the bobcat, Corey while mowing the lawn and random people riding motorcycles).

The home opener is only just over a week away and we have some exciting news to share!

D. Gartner Contracting Ltd in partnership with the Chilliwack Chiefs organization is hosting a giveaway!!  Up for grabs is a gift basket that includes 2 tickets to the Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday September 15th home opener, dinner at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen and more!  I’m excited that they’ve given us the chance to share this fantastic giveaway with you!

Check out the form below and enter to win and then please tell your friends.  Let’s fill the arena on Saturday September 15 and show these “boys” and this team that their home town loves them!

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OXY wants to give YOU an iPad!

My 13th year was hard, in fact of all my “teen” years I think 13 was the worst.  In that 13th year I started high school, learned to shave my legs, had a cast from my hip to my ankle for 6 weeks & had my first taste of puberty.   There were bras and change rooms and PE theory (what?!), BO (not mine, A to the men), class rotations and sex ed to conquer. It was chaos and I hated it.

Of all the crap that 13 dumped on my head, acne was the worst.  Gone were the days of my porcelain , tiny freckle kissed skin and here were the days of pimples, zits and the odd BOIL in the center of my forehead (I’m totally not exaggerating).  It was horrible, traumatic and looking back I hate the pictures.  We tried all sorts of face washes and creams, prescriptions & trips to the dermatologist.  Nothing worked, and I clung to the fact that one day I would “grow up” and the pubescent acne of my teenage years would be only a distant memory.

The thing is, that never happened.  As the teenage years flowed into the twenty somethings my acne matured right along with the rest of me.  While the rash like acne of those early years was no longer a problem there was the stress induced acne of my early twenties and the bright red acne patches of my pregnancies.  I keep waiting for the day, I can say I’m acne free…it’s yet to arrive.

15 years later I’m still struggling with acne and I’m hoping I’ve now embarked on a journey to win the battle once and for all.

OXY Canada‘s ever changing line of skin care, is once again evolving.  With something for everyone, there’s little wonder OXY has been a household name for years.

Now, not only are they providing you with the solution to all your skin care woes, they are giving you the chance to win some pretty fantastic prizes!

When you visit the OXY Canada Facebook page, you have the opportunity to enter to win 1 of 3 iPads or 1 of the weekly prizes drawn for $50!  It isn’t hard to do, click on the OXY Canada Facebook link, “Like” them and follow the prompts to enter to win.

But hang on!  That’s not all, along with giving me the chance to try some of their products the fabulous folks over at OXY have also give me a BONUS CODE to share with you!  That means you’ll have another chance to win, just for visiting us here at OFS, sounds pretty good to me!

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You are able to enter once a day until the contest ends and are allowed to use multiple codes to earn extra bonus entries!  Stay tuned and over the next few days I’ll be linking up to other bloggers offering you their own unique codes to use!

Everyone wants clear skin, and just about everyone wants a new iPad (I do) so click on over to the OXY Canada Facebook page and enter for your chance to win!

Disclosure: I am participating in a Mom Central Consulting campaign for OXY and receive compensation for my post. All opinions on this blog are my own

 

 

 

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil – Review & Giveaway!

The deeper I dig into all things “healthy” and “healthful” for my family, the more I am amazed at the incredible products out there that I’ve never even heard of!  Sadly 2 years ago if you’d have asked me what quinoa was I would have answered “A country in the Mediterranean?”  We’ve embraced Spelt flour, Bulgar, quinoa (it’s a yummy grain!) and most recently Coconut Oil.

 

The fantastic people over at Tropical Traditions heard that I wanted to give coconut oil a try and they sent over a jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for me to try!  I can’t even tell you how excited I was – seriously I can’t, it was that big (it had been a long day).

I’ve heard of all the fantastic uses for coconut oil and I was itching to dive in and give them a whirl myself.  When the parcel arrived last week I was surprised by two things.  First the jar was HUGE and two, the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil was a solid, something like vegetable shortening.  I’d never seen coconut oil before and it surprised me.

None the less I headed home, hit the internet for recipes and ideas on how to use it and off I went.  Tropical Traditions has a page on their website for all the different uses for the coconut oil and it was super informative, gotta think outside the box ya know.

Thanks to Tropical Traditions I am basically a rockstar to my husband and Audrey, you see thanks to their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and THIS recipe for health(ier) oreo cookies I made the best cookies in the entire world.  On top of that, it’s the very first time I’ve been able to eat an Orea in 6 years!  Thanks to my corn allergy store bought ones have been off limits and I never thought I’d get the chance to have them again.  WRONG!

I was blow away at how well the coconut oil blended in and how delicious the cream filling was with a teeny hint of coconut.  I also did a batch with a mint flavouring and it easily masked the coconut flavour if that’s something you have an aversion to.

Although I’ve yet to try it, I’m also planning on shaving my legs with the coconut oil and I have a massage bar recipe to try – stay tuned, I have a feeling it’s going to fantastic.

Without a doubt I will be buying Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil again when this runs out, if for nothing more than to supply my husband, daughter and customers with the worlds most fantastic Oreo like cookies!

Want to try Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for yourself?  Guess what?  You can!  The fantastic people at Tropical Traditions who showed so much love for me are going to show it to you too!   Open to residents of Canada and the United States this contest is perfect for almost everyone.  Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and wait to see if you win.

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Don’t want to wait to win?  Head on over to the Tropical Traditions website to find out how you can purchase your own Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  Then, once you’ve tried it come back and tell me what you think!

Disclaimer: tropical traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.