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Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Review and Giveaway – We Have a Winner!

Lisa_june said…

 

I would love to read this book. My 3 year old is starting to act up with my 10 month old. I think sibling rivalry is beginning. This book will help me get some tools to react appropriately.

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Congratulations Lisa! I’ll be passing along your name and mailing address to MomCentral for delivery of your prize. I am sure you will find it helpful.

 

Thanks to everyone for reading and entering.

Cheers!

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Idea from Canadian Tire

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, are you still looking for unique gift ideas for the special mom in your life? Or are you pondering what you’d like to receive for yourself? Have you ever considered how special a clean car can feel? Canadian Tire has. How about dad and the kids pitching in to give your vehicle a Mother’s Day make-over so you can chauffeur in style?

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For me, some days it really feels like I live in my mom van. Thankfully, with the change in schools, I’m now walking Little Boo to school, but there’s still the driving to karate and swimming and soccer. Plus playdates and doctor’s appointments. And then there’s drives to and from the dog park with a stinky and often muddy pup. None of that even touches on my own activities and my chores – pilates classes, grocery shopping, masses of errands. You’ll often find me quickly sneaking in my breakfast or lunch while en route. And there’s usually a coffee at hand.

 

All of this leads to a kinda messy driving environment. The crumbs, spills, smells, and assorted debris add up. Salt and mud from the past few months had made a solid hold on my vehicle as well. I was pretty excited when Canadian Tire contacted me with an invite to check out their line of DIY detailing products. Better? Their crew was going to do all the work, pampering both me and my van. Sweet!

 

First, I want to show you a few pics of the “before” situation:

I probably should be embarrassed to share these with you, but I trust you, and I’ve shared worse here. You can see the coffee spills and dog hair, the muddy smears and the masses of pine needles from the tree next to our driveway. The crew actually found a pine cone in my glove box. Don’t ask. I have no memory of putting it in there.

This was all in my glovebox. Years of build-up. Duplicates of take-out menus. Kazillions of drive-thru napkins and ketchup packets. Just take a peek in your glove box, I dare you! See what you’ll find.

 

Basically, my van was cringe-worthy and not a pleasant environment. But then the CT crew started working their magic. While I sipped on coffee and learned about the products they were using.

 

Don’t forget the tires and rims! I never knew they could shine so bright.

For the tires they used Simoniz Tire Foam – thick foam clings to tire and dissolves dirt, mud and grime; helps to clean, shine and protect – and Autoglym Custom Wheel Cleaner – uses a special blend of biodegradable surfactants, solvents, and alkalis to safely dissolve brake dust, corrosion and traffic film from the most intricate and elaborate wheel designs. The Tire Foam works without scrubbing and doesn’t need rinsing either. For the rims, they scrubbed with a Simoniz Wheel & Fender Brush, then rinsed.

Here are a few “after” pics. See how everything shines? It smelled great too! They finished the job with a Febreze Auto Vent Clip and a line of Rubbermaid organisers.

 

Those Tub O’ Towels you see in the second image? They replaced my napkin collection. Not only will these extra large fibre-weave towels remove grease, oil, bugs, stains off any surface inside or outside your car, they also are

gentle on hands, containing lanolin, aloe vera and vitamin E. I used one myself after I pitched in to help remove a greasy mess (I am incapable of truly letting people look after me) and I was pleasantly surprised at how soft my hands felt afterwards. They smelled great too.

 

 

 

 

Here are some car cleaning tips from CT to get your own family crew started:

 

 

Step 1 – Clean the Interior. Remove loose items including floor mats and contents inside glove boxes, and trays. Vacuum and spot treat, and follow up by cleaning the dash, door handles and other vinyl surfaces using a protectant. Using protectants regularly can help prevent cracking and fading due to sun damage, and keep interiors looking new. (try – Armor All 4-pack Wipes)

Step 2 – Shine the Windows. Tackle that thin film, fingerprints and other marks that can cause buildup on interior auto window surfaces. Using glass cleaner that is specially formulated for use in cars won’t contain ammonia like household varieties, which can harm automotive window tint. (try – Invisible Glass)

Step 3 – Wash the Exterior. Rinse to loosen dirt, including bird droppings and bugs, which can damage the car’s paint. You can try new products designed specifically to remove droppings or bugs. Using the wash mitts or sponges, scrub the surface. Don’t use household soaps to clean your car’s exterior; properly formulated products are safe for you vehicle’s wax coat and will work with cold water. Some products combine both wash and wax for greater convenience. Use a drying towel to bring out the shine. (try – Simoniz Wash & Wax)

Step 4 – Focus on Tires and Rims. Special rim cleaners, tire foams and tire gels can help not only remove brake dust and road grime, but protect tires and rims to keep them looking new. Use a wheel brush to scrub away dirt. (see above!)

 

So, do you think your kids might gift you with a DIY car makeover this Mother’s Day? Have them make it a fun family task with dad on a warm weekend morning. It might become a habit!

 

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary car make-over, along with a variety of products so I could have my family keep up the clean at home. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Me and My Windows Phone { #summerswitch }

I’m half-way through my test-drive of the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone. Time for an update! What do I love? What do I not love? There’s stuff on both sides to be sure.

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Loves
The screen size. This phone has a 4.5 inch display, as compared to my iPhone 4 with a 3.5 inch display. Huge difference! Whether reading an email, writing myself a note, or watching a video, this larger display makes for a more enjoyable experience, and easier on my eyes. The phone is bigger and heavier than my old phone, but neither is an issue. And it is really not heavy at all compared to phones I had in the past! I quite like the substantial feel of it in my hand.

Live Tiles. These allow me to pin my most used apps to my start screen for easy access. But the tiles don’t just sit there. Many of them update me with the most currently available information. My AccuWeather tile is constantly updating the current conditions and forecast highs and lows. My pinned email account lets me know how many new messages have arrived. The pin for my photos scrolls through my camera roll,
providing a constant slide show. One of my faves – “My Daily Planner” app gives me the option to pin a tile which shows me my daily events, updated automatically each day. I can do the same with my daily tasks. Super easy to keep me on track!

The camera. Now, I’ve been reading some of the reviews from my fellow testers, who have mixed views on the camera. Primarily because of a lack of sharpness in the images. I have to admit that I probably just don’t have the eye to notice that. Much like Hubs can’t understand why I don’t care whether or not we watch a movie in HD. For me, the quality of the 8.7 mp camera with image stabilization and a Carl Zeiss lens is great in normal shooting situations. I do find the zoom produces a very blurry image (not unlike my experiences with my iPhone camera), and shooting into a lighted area from a darker one creates a pretty spectacular field of just light. But, I have my Nikon for more challenging photo shoots. Overall I have been very impressed with the quality of the pictures I’ve taken with this phone.

The camera related apps and lenses. Fun! The native editing tools in Creative Studio are awesome. The standard crop, rotate and auto-fix are available of course, but Creative Studio also provides a set of filters (like with Instagram) plus the ability to enhance focus and create blur, allowing you to highlight particular areas of your image. Edit your photos right on your phone!

For those of us with wiggly kids, a lens called Smart Shoot may become a best friend. When using this lens, the camera will take a quick series of 5 images with your single click. Then it will present you with the set of 5 so you can choose and save the best. You might actually get everyone looking at the camera at the same time.

And CamWow is just a bunch of fun. This lens is packed full of filters and distortions to add some innovation to your picture taking. I’m a fan of the pop art look myself.

This sketchy one is fun too.

 

And I can’t forget panorama.

 

– Nokia apps. In particular I love the Nokia Music streaming service and Mix Radio. There are numerous curated playlists in different genres. You can buy a premium subscription for enhanced sound quality and the ability to skip an unlimited number of songs you don’t like each month. But the quality and variety in the free service is great. These playlists are a great way to find new favourites, or to just find the music that suits your mood on a particular day. You can pin a playlist to your start screen for easiest access, and can even save material to make it available offline.

 

Office functionality. I can open and edit Microsoft Office documents. Enough said.

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Things I Don’t Love So Much

Availability of apps. I mentioned this in my first post. There are a number of apps I am missing, including Hootsuite, Instagram, and some games. Instance is an ok way to access my Instagram account, but it doesn’t have the same or as many filters. I am using Rowi for Twitter, and I’ll probably adjust to that. My bank doesn’t (yet) have a mobile banking app for the Windows Phone. The WPBlogger app is pretty useless. You can just type and post – no saving as a draft, no ability to add images. I gather the WordPress app is much better though and have heard good things from friends mobile blogging with that. I hope more and better apps will become available over time, as the Windows Phones become more widely used.

 

Although this app issue may be allowing me to break my sudden Candy Crush addiction. Just saying.

 

The search button. This little magnifying glass icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen has become the bane of my existence. I am constantly bumping into it and having my screen shift to the Bing search screen. I realise this is a my clumsiness issue, but it’s in an awkward spot for me. It would be great if I could have a way to disable it. (I have disabled it from the lock screen, but that’s the most I could find.)

 

 

So, it looks like the pros are outweighing the cons so far. Will report back again soon!

Float Your Way to Relaxation at the Rest Nest Float Club

When the stresses of everyday life start to get too much, we may turn to such treatments as massage therapy, or maybe try meditation or yoga. Actually, we should be investing the time and effort to protect ourselves with these treatments and activities before stress gets overwhelming. An ounce of prevention and all that. Am I right? I was recently invited to try out a new, relaxing spa treatment here in Toronto at the Rest Nest Float Club . What is floating? Well, a little bit of heaven is my answer to that.

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Floating is about eliminating sensory input to allow total relaxation. Alone in a private pod, within a private room, you float in 10 inches of water and dissolved magnesium salts. There is no sound, and there can be no light. The water is set at body temperature, so you even cease to feel that after a while. No inputs. No efforts. Total relaxation. Sensory deprivation in the best of ways.

The Rest Nest is a brand new location, extremely clean and comfortable, with lots of light and great atmosphere. There is reception and a seating area on the ground floor, with an attendant desk, lounge, lockers, and treatment rooms upstairs. Complimentary tea and water are provided and guests are encouraged to take the time to slowly ease back into their day after their float. There’s even free wi-fi! Rest Nest has three float pods, each in its own treatment room with a private shower. The treatment area is separated from the main room by a closed door to dampen sound, although each room is itself fairly soundproof. This experience is all about tranquility.

Now, I am claustrophobic, so I was initially hesitant to try this treatment. What would it be like in the pod? How hard is it to open? Will I feel trapped? The owner reassured me and suggested that I could always try with the pod open at first and then lower the lid when/if I felt comfortable doing so. I’m trying to test my limits lately (like wall climbing!) so I went for it. And it really wasn’t claustrophobic at all. The pods are quite large and I could sit up comfortably in them with plenty of room to spare. That tiny little opening under the lid doesn’t look like much, but it’s ample for air flow. The lid itself is easy to lift and lower with one hand so I never felt trapped.

The pod is filled with about 10 inches of extremely salt water. You will float with absolutely no difficulty. It feels very secure and comforting. You can choose to float in total darkness, or use one of the softly coloured light options, via a button inside. The pod is also outfitted with a spray bottle of unsalted water and a clean cloth, in case you get the salt in your eyes.The red button in the picture is a “panic” button, just in case you have a problem or start to freak out. It sends a signal to the attendant who will immediately come and check on you. They haven’t had anyone press that button yet though ??

How was my experience? I honestly loved it. I will say though that the first session felt a little strange and it wasn’t so easy to let myself relax. I had one moment of worry, not really panic, during my first visit. I had put the lid fully down after a few minutes, and that was fine. But then I turned out the lights. I felt wonderful, even opening my eyes to fully appreciate the complete darkness. And then I started to THINK. Wrong. This experience is about letting go and clearing your mind and relaxing. And when I started to think, I realised I no longer knew which way I was facing in the pod. Was I near the button for the light? What if I pushed the panic button instead? Could I find where to push up on the lid? All of these thoughts were pretty silly really, because I just had to sit up and feel the curve of the lid to orient myself. I was completely safe. I found the light, turned it on and enjoyed the rest of my session. On my second visit I was much more prepared, and I even managed to reach a sort of trance state in the pod, not quite asleep, but not quite awake either. And in total dark for the whole session.

 

Mentally, the float helped me to empty my mind and give up my stressors for at least a short time. Physically, the float eased my muscle aches, relaxed my body, and gave me an overall sense of well-being. I came out feeling fabulous, and the benefits lasted for days. Honestly, even looking at the image of the open pod above helps me to relax.

Bottom line – this one gets my strong recommendation. But promise me that if you try it, you won’t give up if you aren’t sold after your first float. The experience is so different than anything you’ve likely done before it does take a little adjusting. My first float was great, and I didn’t leave with a negative feeling at all, but it wasn’t all it could be. My second I was able to give in to the relaxation more easily and the experience was incredible.

The Rest Nest Float Club is located in the downtown neighbourhood of Yorkville, at 21 Yorkville Ave. There are numerous parking garages in the area, including one just down the block. On-street parking is available but extremely limited. The location does offer so many options for lunch or shopping before or after your treatment, so make a day of it if you can. Float sessions are 60 minutes long, and cost $100 per, or 3 sessions for $240. You can also buy a membership with one float each month at a cost of $80 monthly. So the costs are about the same as a massage.

Keep in touch with Rest Nest on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Happy floating!!

Disclosure: I received complimentary treatments to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Protect Your Investment with Mabel’s Ultimate Back to School Combo #BTS

Boo had a week of camp in mid-July. As I was getting his gear ready on Sunday night, I went to grab my trusty Mabel’s Labels to get his name on his new water bottle, baseball cap, etc. Except I couldn’t find them. I looked everywhere I could think of, haunted by this nagging feeling that I’d poked them away somewhere really safe. Somewhere that made perfect sense at the time. But now, it looked like they were lost forever.

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Devastated! I have a good collection after all.

This week he is at camp again, and again I went looking. No luck. But then out of the blue on Monday it hit me – I knew exactly where I had put them, and it was a totally logical spot. Labels retrieved, items named, and all is well again. For the record, Boo lost his unlabeled, new water bottle at that first camp. The first item that never found its way back to us, after all these years!

With school starting in less than two weeks, moms and dads across the country are stocking up on supplies for the new year. Backpacks, lunch bags, pencils, crayons, hoodies, indoor shoes, and more. The costs add up, but you can protect your investment and make sure your items get home again safely by labeling everything with your child’s name. Mabel’s Labels has you covered with this great combo pack of durable, washable, labels:

 

 

 

 

It’s everything you need!

 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Vacation Time – Sort Of

Hello my dear friends! As of August 1, I am officially on vacation. Sort of. Boo and I left Friday afternoon to fly home to Newfoundland for our annual visit. And I took the weekend totally off from blogging. But I didn’t stay off line. Oh no. You see, my mom is about as addicted to Facebook as I am, and so we spent Saturday night sitting in the front room, enjoying a drink and some lovely music (VOCM’s Cabin Party – classic country, for the record) while we both played on Facebook and commented back and forth on the goings on we saw. It’s how we roll.

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We have a lot of plans for the next two weeks, but I do still have some writing to do while I’m here. The focus of most posts will be on family fun and family travel. We were checking out some fun attractions around the GTA before we headed out, and I’ve saved those posts for now. They’ll be coming up over the next little while, and hopefully will help you plan the rest of your summer. You can see many pictures from our adventures over on the Raising My Boys Facebook page.

There’ll also be posts about our adventures here in the far east of the western world. This afternoon we are heading to Middle Cove Beach to hunt for sea stars and jelly fish. Or just climb on the rocks. Plus, I need to dip my toes in the North Atlantic again.

 

So, be good while I’m gone. But I’m not really gone. Does a blogger ever really take a vacation?

Habitat’s Gingerbread Build – A Deliciously Sweet Way to Give Back as a Family

A couple of weeks back, Boo and I had the opportunity to take part in Habitat for Humanity GTA’s Gingerbread Build. It was a great chance for families to get together and create their own personal gingerbread masterpieces to take home, while enjoying a festive atmosphere and yummy treats. There were raffles, a silent auction, hot chocolate, and even visits from Santa himself!!

Photos: Gingerbread Build is edible architecture for a cause

 

Each kit came with a gingerbread house (either pre-built or ready for construction – your choice), and an assortment of candies and icing for decorating. You could tell that there were some seasoned pros in attendance. They were the ones who had brought a box of cereal squares with them to decorate their roofs with shingles. Every kind of gingerbread house was represented, from the randomly strewn with candies, through ones attempting designs (like ours), right up to these masterpieces. It was pretty awesome. Habitat volunteers were present with extra candies and icing for sale if you used up everything in your kit and still had the desire to decorate more.

 

We ended up taking ours to finish at home, along with an extra bag of icing. Boo had started outlining the windows in Nibs, and when we ran out nothing was going to substitute. I made it to Bulk Barn finally, so we’ll be finishing up our house this weekend.

 

This was a great opportunity for me to include Boo in my work with Habitat. He is too young to go on a real build site, but the Gingerbread Build is perfect for him. We may not be building actual homes for families in need, but 100% of funds raised from this initiative go directly to that home building. I made sure to talk to him about why we were there, and why this organisation means so much to me.

 

Although the build weekend is over, take-home gingerbread kits are available until Friday, Dec. 19, so there’s still time to get yours and make a difference in the lives of GTA families waiting for their home. Visit gingerbreadbuild.weebly.com for all the details and to place your order. And don’t forget – you can also purchase a kit to donate to a family living in a local shelter, to make their holidays a little brighter.

* Gourmet Gingerbread kits include one 9″ gingerbread house in cellophane wrap, two gingerbread cookies, one red “tool box”, two bags of icing, oodles of candies and a tax receipt! *
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, as always, remain my own.

Finish Quantum vs. Eggplant Parmigiana

Cheesy, yummy goodness. I love eggplant parmigiana. It’s not the fave of the rest of my family, but sometimes Mom gets to pick the meal. When that happens around here, it’s usually some kind of baked pasta. Often lasagna, but eggplant parmigiana is a special treat.

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However, as yummy as it is, I don’t love cleaning up after it. Baked on mozzarella and parm are not fun to get off. Check out this baked-on, hardened, sticky mess.

 

The bottom of the pan is never too bad, since it’s the eggplant slices that sit directly on it. But the edges are always coated with stuck-on, baked-on cheese. In my experience, this is not an easy clean-up job.

This is the type of dish that Hubs would just put in the dishwasher. Then I would re-wash it with a nylon scrubbie after it came out. (We have a history with this. Sometimes I wonder if he does it on purpose to create more work for me, since he doesn’t really like baked pastas.)

I have not had much success with my usual detergent getting off baked-on cheese, or starchy things like mashed potatoes or white rice. But, since I have joined the #FinishRevolution, and I have been challenged to get a messy dinner cleaned up with Finish Quantum in the dishwasher … in it went.

I did wait til the next night to get a full load as well. So it had some time to really dry out and set in. Was I nervous? A little. But Finish Quantum had been doing well for me so far.

The results? Surprising and exciting! See for yourself:

 

 

Sparkly clean! There were a few little dried bits left (you can see one if you look closely at the first picture). But they flicked off with my fingernail. The turners came clean too:

 

(Please ignore the holes in my counter top. It’s on “the list.”)

What do you think? Personally, I think this experiment was a success!

underWAY – review and giveaway

I’ve mentioned here before that I’m trying to lose some weight. I think many of us, especially as we are staring down the barrel of swimsuit season, are feeling the same way. I’ve been trying to cut back on my calorie intake, and drinking lots of water, but I find I am always starving!!! And a hungry me is not a pleasant me. (Just ask the Hubs.)

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So, I was pretty excited to hear about this product – underWAY supplement drinks – and to be invited to try it out and participate in this MomCentral blog tour. I was sent a big package of underWay drinks and Smart for Life products (cookies, cupcakes, soup, cereal, shake, etc.)

I received 4 bottles each of two flavours of underWAY – grape and acai-pomegranate. Each bottle is considered to be two servings – 10 calories per serving and only 2 grams of carbs. Each bottle has 9 grams of fibre. The drink is not only a supplement, but an appetite suppressant. The fibre is a special formulation called HeroFiber, a soluble dietary fiber that helps maintain normal levels of cholesterol, glucose and insulin that are already in the normal range and promotes slower absorption so we feel fuller longer. So, drinking one of these between meals, you are not only hydrating with a sodium- and caffeine-free beverage, you are also tricking your stomach into thinking you are consuming more calories than you are, and fighting against the urge to snack. Plus, we all know fibre is important in our diet, so getting more is a good thing.

Of the two flavours, grape is definitely my favourite, though both are good. I guess I would compare them to something like a sport drink flavour, or weak kool-aid. Not too intense, not really sweet, nicely refreshing. I found the Acai-Pomegranate to have a bit of an aftertaste, though it didn’t last long. The Grape I am really enjoying and haven’t noticed any aftertaste. There is also an Orange flavour, according to the website. I’m not sure how to describe this, but the drink felt “hearty” going down. Not thick really, but substantial. I had one last night on my way to an event, having not had time to eat dinner. I was hungry, but not starving. I drank a full underWAY and I really did feel satisfied and conquered my desire to dash through a drive-thru somewhere on my way. I was happy with that. I can see these drinks working well for me during my work day. I am particularly prone to giving in to snack cravings and tummy rumblings mid-morning and mid-afternoon, when I’m sitting at my desk and healthy options are not plentiful. I will be bringing a bottle to work with me each day next week to see how they help me stay on track, while not feeling those hunger pangs (I hope!).

I also received the selection of Smart for Life products. I’ve been reading about their Cookie and Cupcake Diets. You can get more information through the link below, but, basically, you replace most of your meals and snacks over a period of time with regularly consumed cookies or cupcakes that are filled with healthful ingredients and specially formulated fibre. They all contain a balance of fruits, veggies, proteins and grains designed to give maximum nutritional punch. I have been trying another diet plan that included snack and meal replacement bars, and I have to say that I find the Smart for Life product much more appealing. I found the other replacements I had tried tended to be sweet and sugary tasting. I don’t have a big sweet tooth to begin with, so this doesn’t really work for me. But the Smart for Life cookies are filling and tasty and not sweet. I think I might actually be able to keep that up. And you can substitute one of their soups or cereals for a cookie or cupcake serving, adding variety. (Plus you eat a healthy dinner – details in the diet plan.)

 

You can learn more about Smart for Life and underWAY products, developed by physician Dr. Sasson Moulavi, at www.smartforlife.com and www.under-way.com. Check this out for yourself and see if you think these products are something you think could help you achieve your healthy weight goals.

 

Now for the big fun … my first giveway! Yes, MomCentral and underWAY are providing ten prize packages to lucky blog commenters. These packages will contain eight bottles of underWAY supplement drink, plus an assortment of Smart for Life products. The same package as I received to try out for this blog tour, so you could try out this program for free too. To enter, please simply leave a comment below telling me why you would like to try underWAY and/or Smart for Life products. Contest closes on August 4. I will be choosing 10 winners from all comments received, using random.org. Contest is open to Canadian residents only. You may enter the contest through multiple blogs participating in this tour, but can only win once. *Be sure to include an email or a Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win!*

 

In the meantime, if you want to try the drink out for yourself you can receive a 10% discount on online orders of underWAY with the following code: MCCAN10OFFUW.

 

Disclosure – I am participating in the underWAY program by Mom Central on behalf of Better Health Beverage, LLC. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

P&G; Has Solutions for Those “Oh No!” Summer Hair Moments #PGMom {Giveaway}

How many times have you settled in at a backyard BBQ, wearing the sweetest little sundress, only to look down and see that crazy patch of hair you missed just above your ankle? You will see it all night once you’ve noticed it. Others probably will never notice it, but you will and it will drive you nuts. If you’re like me, you’ll be sure to comment on it and point it out to someone or other, because you can’t stop focusing on it. But what if you had a secret emergency fix in your bag?

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Meet the Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace. This is the first mini razor of its kind in Canada. It comes ready to travel with a convenient, portable compact case and a Venus Embrace blade cartridge. The easy-to-grip mini handle fits into any Venus blade cartridge, allowing you to choose your perfect match blades or switch it up with something seasonal such as Gillette Venus Spa Breeze cartridges with scented shaving gel bars. Throw it in your purse or gym bag, and don’t forget to pack it in your suitcase for family vacations. There’s no need for shave gel, just a splash of water guarantees that instantly smooth skin is a quick shave away. So, if you have this in your purse, just excuse yourself, slip into the bathroom and fix up your little “oh no” moment in no time. I love this convenience!

 

Not a good humid hair day

Of course, the heat and humidity can play havoc with our beautiful tresses as well. I will never complain about heat and humidity. I love it! But I do like to have some control over my hair. Vidal Sassoon has a couple of products specifically for this season – Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Enhancer Spray and Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Crème Pomade. The 7-in-1 wave enhancer spray allows for maximum styling so you can achieve that tousled, beach hair look with ease! After a quick spray, just apply the crème pomade for genius curl control, leaving hair soft, touchable and beautifully defined for up to 24 hours.

 

Treating your hair right and prepping it to withstand the humidity is a much better and more fashionable approach than my usual stand-by – the hair elastic and ponytail.

A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive these products to try themselves, valued at approximately $45 and including: Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace, Gillette Venus Spa Breeze cartridges, Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Enhancer Spray, Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Crème Pomade. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, August 15. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

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, as always, remain my own.By entering this 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.