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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get Well Soon Handmade Card

This week, I share a simple handmade Get Well Soon card I made several months ago. I chose a olive green and chocolate brown colour theme. (I must have had cravings at the time.) This was the first time I used my Stampin' Up! floral stamp and I really like how it turned out. Speaking of Stampin' Up!, I am giving away a Project Life Scrapbooking Kit valued at $100 to one of my Canadian readers. It's jammed packed with all sorts of goodies! 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Family Getaway - Eaton Chelsea Toronto

Eaton Chelsea Toronto

Summer has always been my favourite time of the year. I love the sunshine, warm temperatures and the myriad of outdoor activities to be enjoyed with the family. This past summer was no different. We took advantage of our summer break and headed out on a couple of fun family getaways, including a staycation in downtown Toronto courtesy of Eaton Chelsea Hotel. It was early on a Friday morning when I had checked out of the 21C Museum Hotel in Cincinnati where I had attended an exclusive press event and no sooner than I had arrived in Toronto did I find myself packing up for a much-needed weekend away with my family. Checking in at the Eaton Chelsea later that afternoon, it was such a treat to be greeted by the hotel's resident robot E.C. Not only were the kids in awe of this life-size robot, they were shocked when it interacted directly with them. He was so kind as to point out the separate line-up for the Kid's Check-In, all decorated with brightly coloured balloons. They had no idea that they would be given a treat bag filled with little goodies upon 'checking in.' Clearly our weekend staycation was off to a great start!

Eaton Chelsea Toronto - popcorn and refreshments

After checking in, we headed over to the elevators to our room and were further delighted to find more friendly staff in the lobby offering complimentary popcorn and iced tea. 

Eaton Chelsea Toronto - accomodations

Our room was a comfortable size for a family of four with two double beds, an arm chair, a flat-screen TV and a desk with all the necessary outlets for staying connected.

Eaton Chelsea Toronto - accomodations

The bathroom was also nicely appointed and the single red rose was a lovely added touch. Very feng shui, if you ask me. 

Eaton Chelsea Toronto - balcony view

As Canada's largest hotel with 1,590 rooms, the Eaton Chelsea recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and a re-branding as the first hotel of the Langham Hospitality Group in Canada. Now that's a lot of rooms to renovate! While the balcony of our room could have used some sprucing up, the view was pretty neat.

Eaton Chelsea Toronto - Deck 27

The view from Deck 27, however, was spectacular. This adult-only area is a great place to escape the busy hullabaloo of the city centre. There is also an indoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness centre offering a zen-like and relaxing atmosphere. And by 'zen-like', I mean 'child-free'.

Eaton Chelsea Toronto - Family Fun Zone Kid Centre

Of course, we can't forget the Family Fun Zone. The Eaton Chelsea offers so much for the little ones, making it a great family destination. At the Kid Centre, wee ones can partake in arts, crafts and other activities such as the larger than life Connect Four game. Visit with the pet rabbit or watch a movie while big brother or big sister hangs out at the Club 33 Teen Lounge playing arcade or complimentary video games. Guests can also take a ride on the “Corkscrew,” the only indoor waterslide in downtown Toronto. The family pool was smaller than I had anticipated and I am hoping it will be on the agenda for some renovations in the future. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Join Us at the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages VIP Breakfast!

Are you a parent who lives in the GTA or have a baby on the way? Fisher-Price is hosting an exclusive Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages VIP Breakfast, taking place on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at The Baby Show being held at Direct Energy Centre, Toronto. And we want you to join us! One lucky winner will win two (2) adult passes and yes, children are welcome to attend as well!

At the breakfast, which begins at 7:45 AM on Saturday morning, you will be among the first to learn about Smart Stages, a NEW technology in select Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn toys. In addition to enjoying a complimentary breakfast, ALL attendees will receive a Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages toy, in addition to two (2) adult passes to The Baby Show for Saturday, September 27th!*

If you are bringing your children, there will be plenty of toys to keep them entertained. Plus, children under 12 receive FREE admission to The Baby Show!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mission: Share the Love, A Hallmark 7-Day Card Challenge

Share the Love, A Hallmark 7-Day Card Challenge

Good morning. Word has reached us through postal channels that handwritten messages are on the decline. Technological advancements are wreaking havoc on handwriting skills and this could prove fatal for the written word. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to reach out to seven different people by sending out seven cards in seven days and reconnect with them offline. As always, should you or any of your SLM Force be caught, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This blog post will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck.

I have already accepted the challenge along with my daughter who sent out a card to her friend to arrange a play date. We will continue to send out the remaining six cards in the hopes of reconnecting with special loved ones. It's the least we could to do to help prevent the extinction of the written word.

Sarah Richardson Notecards from Hallmark

Win a Sarah Richardson Notecard Set 

To help you with your #7Cards7Days mission, you could win a Notecard Set containing 10 blank cards from Hallmark’s Sarah Richardson Collection. Simply complete the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Join Us for the Infiniti Q50 Twitter Party! #InfinitiUndiscovered

More often than not, I dream about traveling somewhere south where the sands are white and the oceans pristine. The sad reality remains that there are endless places full of wonder and natural beauty right here in our own great nation that I have yet to feast my eyes upon. The craziest part of all? I don't even have to take a plane. I could hop in the car and embark on an epic Canadian adventure by traveling north, east, south or west. In whichever direction I may choose, there is plenty to be discovered, endless sunsets to be Instagrammed, and centuries worth of history to absorb. And the social media junkie that I am, you know I would have to update my Facebook status and share my experiences with family and friends while on the go.

The world doesn't have to disappear the moment you get behind the wheel. Imagine heading out on a road trip in an Infiniti Q50 with built-in technologies that let you bring your world with you. Stay in touch, in the know and up to speed with the only thing that moves as fast as the Q50 – your life. With a revolutionary InTouch™ dual-screen system, you can sync your devices, update your calendar, and check your email. Do you enjoy the convenience of a personal assistant? Infiniti has one of those for you, too! Love to listen to your favourite playlist while exploring the Great North? Turn on the BOSE® sound system or crank up the HD radio. Now you can discover Canada in classic Infiniti comfort all while enjoying advanced technology, advanced luxury.

If a cross-Canada road trip isn't quite on your radar just yet, then mark your calendars on September 29, 2014, when a new series called Canada Undiscovered will air on nature and wildlife specialty channel Oasis. Hosted by TV personality Sean Moffit, the 3-part original series will highlight unique and rare natural wonders across Canada. Prepare to be taken on a coast-to-coast road trip while learning fascinating historical facts about some of Canada’s most unique locales including Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia, Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan and Sable Island in Nova Scotia.

To celebrate, Infiniti Canada is throwing a Twitter party and special guest Sean Moffitt will be there as well. You are invited to join in the chat for a chance to win fantastic prizes! Here are all the important details:

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time: 9:00 pm ET

Party Hashtag: #InfinitiUndiscovered

Host: @infiniticanada

Prizes: Throughout the party, we will be giving away seven Infiniti Canada prize packs (valued at approximately $100 each) which will include cool swag and a $50 gas card. There will also be a Grand Prize valued at approximately $300, which will include a $250 gas card!

Please be sure to RSVP using the linky below and use the hashtag #InfinitiUndiscovered to be eligible to win.

New to Twitter and/or Twitter parties? I have written the following tutorials to help you out, complete with screenshots:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Unwrap a Smile With KINDER® SURPRISE®

Unwrap a Smile With KINDER® SURPRISE® egg

September is typically a busy month for many parents and doubly so for those of us who are teachers as well. With the hustle and bustle of the back-to-school season, it is easy to get caught up in the routine of daily lunch prep, homework, piano practice, dance class and tennis lessons. Honestly, I don't remember ever being this busy when I was a kid. I do, however, remember how my parents would bring home a special treat for us. Sometimes it would be in recognition of our best efforts in school. Or sometimes it would be for no particular reason at all. Whatever the case may have been, unwrapping a KINDER® SURPRISE® egg always put a great big smile on my face and gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. It also brought my parents much joy to see us so happy as we assembled our little toy while enjoying a sweet treat. And now, decades later, I get to revel in the same joy with my own children. And this month, I rejoin a fabulous group of KinderMoms, KinderDads and KinderMamans to bring you the latest and greatest on KINDER® Canada! 

Limited Edition KINDER® SURPRISE® Toys

This month, KINDER® launches their newest toys that can be found in specially marked KINDER® SURPRISE® eggs. Transformers and Disney Fairies fans will want to keep their eyes peeled over the next few weeks as these special treats will be hitting store shelves. There are 8 Transformers toys and 10 Disney Fairies toys available in specially marked KINDER® SURPRISE® eggs. I am personally looking out for Tinkerbell and Bumblebee.


Record-Breaking News

For those who haven't heard, on August 30 at the CNE, KINDER® Canada broke a GUINNESS World Record for the most people opening candy at the same time. We're talking 817 KINDER® eggs, people! Participants received a free chocolate treat to help break this record and all I can think of was how many different toys they must have found inside.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Back to School Glam Jam at Glama Gals Tween Spa Oakville

Back to School Glam Jam treats

As a Glama Gals Tween Spa glambassador, I couldn't have been more delighted to have received a special invitation to attend the Glama Gals Back to School Glam Jam a few weeks ago. Quite frankly, they had me at "chocolate fountain." From the moment I walked into the Glama Gals Oakville location, it was like the heavens had opened up and showered the place with angelic treats and divine sweets. There were fresh fruits, marshmallows and rice squares for dipping, adorable mini cupcakes that were too cute to eat, and fruit smoothies to wash it all down. These ladies sure know how to throw a party!

Back to School Glam Jam chocolate fountain

My daughter and I headed upstairs to meet my friend and her two daughters who joined us as our special guests. The two-level location was very unique in comparison to the Glama Gals Toronto location.

Glama Gals Tween Spa Oakville

Yet, the stunning decor mirrored the same hot pink, black and white theme that you will find at all Glama Gals locations. There is even a feature wall where you will find the Glama Gal Sisterhood Oath. And don't you just love the fabulous chairs?

Glama Gals Tween Spa Oakville decor

First up for the girls was a lavendar facial where they were able to relax and allow slices of cucumbers and lavendar spray to work their magic. Following this was a special 'do at the braid bar. Each girl was also invited to selected from a pretty assortment of headbands with bows.

Back to School Glam Jam braid bar

Next up was the nail bar. The girls selected their favourite colours and chose a special design for added bling on their ring fingers.