Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Grow Your Garden With PC Lawn and Garden

Summer is going by so fast, even though it wasn't until yesterday that we celebrated the first "official" day of summer. I can't get enough of the great outdoors in the summertime, and any time I spend outside with my boys makes me so happy... even when I'm gardening! Or, even better, when I am enjoying the beautiful gardens surrounding me.

PC Lawn and Garden products are perfect for any garden, and shopping PC Lawn and Garden is a great experience, too—from the helpful service to the plants, flowers, and tools I need, it's my one-stop shop for everything I need for my home, front and back.

I love bringing fresh flowers inside the home, too—especially when I've grown the flowers myself!

Whether you're growing your own food—and who doesn't love fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs to pick from your own backyard to use in your summer salads?—to beautiful flowers in gorgeous, vibrant colours, PC Lawn and Garden truly has it all. If you're new to planting "edibles" in your backyard garden, try starting with PC Framberry strawberries, a delicious strawberry that has a sweet, almost raspberry flavour, to it. And here's something truly unique: try the PC Ketchup and Fries, a unique tomato grafted onto a potato plants. Isn't that so cool?

No matter what you're planting this summer in your garden, know that PC Lawn and Garden has all that you need, and if you'r like me—someone who doesn't normally do a lot of gardening—it's a great place to start, because helpful workers will answer all the question you have, and you'll leave knowing a thing or two about planting and taking care of your new garden all season long.

Happy gardening!

Saving You Mommy Minutes With Click And Collect Plus A $100 President's Choice Gift Card

Disclosure: I am a P&G mom ambassador. As part of my affiliation with this group I have been compensated to test the Loblaws Click & Collect service. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

Although I sometimes love grocery shopping, I prefer to be doing more important things with my time, like spending time with my children, working out, reading a book, catching up on other important errands, or having lunch with friends.

I have been using Loblaws Click and Collect for a few weeks now, and it's been so great—mostly because of the time I have saved.

The entire process is so simple, and makes shopping fun. If you haven't tried it yet, you totally should. Just go to shop.loblaws.ca, and start clicking away! Select your pick-up location (where you'll be picking up groceries from) and then browse each "aisle" by category or brand. It's simple and easy to shop, and takes no time at all, leaving you with more time to do the things you really love. You can choose your pick-up time, too, so it's the ultimate convenience. Once you're there, just call the number, and wait in your car for your groceries to be delivered to you.

I've saved so much time using Click & Collect. I've been able to attend events at my children's school, attend a few more classes at the gym, go to the hair salon, and clean my house—and my fridge—without feeling rushed to go grocery shopping. And it's a great way to stay on track with purchasing the items you really need. Since you're not physically browsing the aisles, you're not buying items you probably don't need anyway... like that bag of chips. (So hard to resist, I know!)

I'd love for you try Click & Collect too, so I'm giving away a $100 President's Choice gift card! I'd love to hear how your experience was, and how much time you saved, too. 

To win, just leave me a comment below telling me what you would do with all the time you save by using Click & Collect. 

I'll randomly pick a winner on June 30th. 

Good Luck!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summertime Fun (And Messes Made Easy With Tide Ultra Stain Release)

Disclosure: I am a P&G mom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and have been compensated to put Tide to the stain test. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

Ah, the joys of summer... with only a few weeks left of school, my boys are definitely already taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we've been having—by spending all their time in the great outdoors, being kids. Bike rides, playing at the park, soccer games, shooting hoops, and swimming. Without a care in the world, as it should be, when you're a child.

I truly love watching them be kids, despite the fact that they don't seem to care how very dirty they get when they're running around the soccer field. Grass stains? Check. Juice-stained shirts? Check. Of course, none of this really matters because they're having such a good time, and also, I know these stains won't be tough to get out, because I've been using Tide Ultra Stain Release, and it does the job in removing all the stains on my children's clothes. Even the impossibly hard stains. In fact, Tide removes over 100 stains in one wash. That sounds about right, because that's how many stains my kids get on their clothes each and every day.

Tough stains on clothes are no problem for Tide Ultra Stain Release—even when we're dealing with very stained WHITE shirts. I simply remove all excess stain debris from the clothes I'm washing, if it's seriously stained, with a wet cloth with water, and I pre-treat the stain using Tide Ultra Stain Release with its Zap!Cap as a pretreatment. Then, I just wash the garment as usual on my regular wash cycle.

For more tips and tricks on stain removal, check out Tide.ca.

Happy summer, everyone!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Father's Day Gift Guide

I had the pleasure of talking about some great Father's Day gift ideas at all price points today on CTV Morning Live, no matter your budget... so you'll definitely find something here that will be perfect for the dad you're giving to this Father's Day.

Gillette Fusion ProShield Razors and Sensitive 2-in-1 Shave Get Plus Skin Care: This is a great and affordable gift to give dad, especially if you put these products in a nice package, and get the kids involved in the shopping, too. At under $20, the kids can contribute their money, and feel like the gift is truly from them, along with a hand-written card. And who doesn't need or want an excellent new razor, right? The FlexBall technology is simply the best, and the new design of the shave gel and cream will provide maximum protection.

Fuego Box: For the dad who loves to cook, spice things up in the kitchen, or just loves to eat, Fuego Box is the gift to give. It's a hog sauce of the month club, and this one is called "Dad's Spicy Box of Awesome". Sure to be a huge hit, especially for summertime BBQ's with friends and family. It's only $49.99, too.

Vivescal Man: This great supplement for men helps support healthy hair growth from within. It's 100% drug free and formulated with AminoMar C Marine Complex to nourish the hair, so men can have thicker, fuller-looking hair. Just take twice daily, and see results in a couple of months. (There is a women's version as well, and Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston use it, too!) This is available at Shoppers Drug Mart for $59.00.

Micro Pedi Man: This is perfect for the dad who doesn't want to go to the spa, because it's an at-home spa solution to remove dry and rough skin on feet, leaving feet soft and smooth. The micro-mineral roller gently buffs dry, hard, rough skin from the soles and heels in seconds. Perfect for the athletic dad or the busy dad, and fun for kids to help give dad a pedicure at home, too! You can get this at Shoppers Drug Mart, too—for only $39.99 (on sale!).

Casamigos Tequila: One tequila, two tequila, three tequila... more? If you love good quality tequila, this is the bottle you'll want to gift this year. It's the famous tequila created by George Clooney and Rande Gerber. It's very smooth, and has an excellent, almost whiskey-like, taste. Available at the LCBO for $69.85.

Adidas Golf: For the golf lover in your love, Adidas Golf has some gorgeous pieces for summer, from shorts with elastic waists to great polo shirts, jackets, and hats. All range in price from $35 to $115. Looking stylish but comfortable on the golf course is what it's all about this season!

Star Wars helmet by Bell: This helmet is ideal for mountain bike enthusiasts and features MIPS Brain Protection Technology. It retails for $399.00, but if dad is a hard-core biker, and a Star Wars lover, it's perfect for him.

If you're looking to give more of an experience than a gift, how about taking dad away to Toronto for a stay at The Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville? This hotel is absolute luxury, with gorgeous, sexy rooms, a five-star restaurant, ONE, and a great spa.

Right now, The Hazelton Hotel has two special Father's Day specials:

Men's Discovery Package: 30 minute body scrub, 60 minute facial, eye collagen mask, sports manicure, sports pedicure. (For $219.00).

Second Package: 90 minute massage, 30 minute body scrub. ($199.00).

Another great idea? Take a trip to New York City and stay at the Langham Place—my favourite hotel in New York. This hotel is gorgeous, and has huge suites, with ceiling to floor windows, and incredible service... right on Fifth Avenue.  There is even car service—dad will love being driven around in a Maserati!

Happy gift giving, and Happy Father's Day, everyone!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Blow-Outs And Bubbly: Grand Opening Of Society Salon In Ottawa

What's your guilty pleasure? Mine is weekly (or sometimes bi-weekly) blow-outs at hair salons in Ottawa. When I'm traveling to other cities, I always do my research and book hair appointments too, because I love getting my hair done. I like the reassurance of knowing no matter where I go, there's somewhere I can do my hair, and I love that we have a variety of great salons to visit in Ottawa, like the new Society Salon.

Society Salon just celebrated their grand opening on Sparks Street to a full house, including members of Ottawa media, Mayor Jim Watson, fashionistas and bloggers (who are always rocking perfect hair!).

This new salon is located at 167 Sparks Street, right downtown, and it's the perfect place to do your hair on your lunch break, if you work in the downtown core. It's so convenient for government workers looking for a great place to do their hair before, during, or after work. This full-service hair salon (with three cut and colour chairs, and a new blow-dry bar) has expanded to provide clients with all they need in a salon.

I love that the blow-dry bar has a menu of styles to choose from, in case you're not sure what look you want to go with. You can also purchase blow-out packages of five or 10, too—these make great gifts to give.

The mission behind Society Salon? To provide high quality hair styling services by highly educated stylists, using renowned hair products, so every client feels confident and leaves looking their best.

I'll be checking out the salon soon and I think I'm going to try the Centretown Sleek... can't wait to experience this new salon!

For more information, call 613-462-6949 or visit www.societysalonottawa.com.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Books To Match Your Travel Destination

If you haven't already planned your summer vacation yet, it's time to start. Vacations and book go hand in hand for me, so I’ve rounded up some great places to visit and paired them with some great books set in each location to make your vacation even more memorable, and I chatted about it on CTV Morning Live. 

New York City is always a good place to visit, no matter the season—and if that's where you've headed—whether by car or plane—you'll want to get reading.

Here are the perfect books to read while you're in the Big Apple: 

The Great Gatsby: This classic Jazz Age novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald is such a great book. I've read it several times and I love it.

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: This beautiful classic by Betty Smith will take you back in time in NYC about a family and their lives in Brooklyn from 1902-1919. 

Both these books will make your trip to NYC even more special and while you’re in NYC, take time to explore the different neighbourhoods and streets, and visit the New York Library, right by Bryant Park—a great place to sit and read while you're people watching.

Heading overseas to London? 

Wuthering Heights: I remember reading this book for the first time when I was 15 years old during my first trip to England. The setting made the book even more enjoyable. 

Sherlock Holmes: It’s a long read, but worth it, especially on your long flight. Sherlock Holmes is the most famous character in crime fiction, and it's a great read.

Paris is a beautiful place to visit in the summertime, and I loved reading:

The Paris Wife: This book is about Hemingway’s true love, his first wife, and their lives in Paris during the Jazz Age, and their friendship with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. A story of love and betrayal, and a definite page turner while you're vacationing in Paris. 

All The Light We Cannot See: This is a more serious book based mostly in Paris, about history, and World War Two.  

The Da Vinci Code: Who hasn't yet read this great book? It's mysterious, and a suspensful page turner of a book which also takes place in Paris. 

If you're vacationing in Maine, read anything by Stephen King, my favourite author of all time. 

11/22/63: This book is next up for me to read, and I can't wait. I've heard great things about this book that deals with some strange events, and time travel, having to do with the Kennedy assassination. Except a good read here. If you've already read this book, why not re-read a classic King novel, like The Stand, It, or Stand By Me? No matter what you read from Stephen King, you won't be disappointed. 

Happy summer vacation reading, everyone! 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Lego Imagine Nation Tour Comes To Ottawa

If your children are anything like mine, your house is basically all LEGO. Sure, LEGO is so much fun, and yes, I love seeing my children spend countless hours creating with LEGO—it just really hurts to step on the pieces that are left all over my house!

Anyway, here's something to get the family excited: The first ever LEGO Imagine Nation Tour is travelling across Canada this summer, and I'm excited to take my boys to this fun event. They were so happy to receive a special package filled with some great LEGO sets. The LEGO Imagine Nation Tour is going to be in Ottawa June 10-12 at the EY Centre. This brick building extravaganza is basically a LEGO lovers dream come true—no matter how old or young you are!

There are 13 pavilions of interactive digital experiences, hands-on building activities, and 20 cool life-sized LEGO models.

The Imagine Nation Tour includes activities for each play theme your kids are interested in (from Star Wars to Ninjago). You can also learn building techniques from a Master Builder, contribute to a 40' community-built LEGO maple leaf mosaic, and so much more, like:

  • Build anything you can imagine in the Brick Pit, full of thousands of LEGO bricks of every colour and size.
  • Demo the newest LEGO video games.
  • Test your building prowess in the Bridge Build Challenge and compete to create the strongest bridge.
  • Show off your LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, LEGO Star Wars, or LEGO Minecraft model as part of a large themed model display area.

The event offers five sessions throughout the weekend. For more information on this fun event, and ticket information, click here.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Five Reasons To Stay At The Hazelton Hotel In Yorkville

I love travelling to Toronto, whether by car, train, or plane. Every stay in Toronto is memorable and enjoyable, especially when I'm able to stay in the heart of Yorkville—after all, there is no better place in Toronto to dine, people watch, and shop.

I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at The Hazelton Hotel last week, and it was every bit as wonderful as my previous stay.

The Hazelton Hotel is simply luxurious, in every way imaginable.

Here are five reasons to choose The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto:

1. The service: The service is second to none at The Hazelton Hotel; the concierge service is there to help in any way possible, from providing child care services, a personal chef, priority tickets to sporting events, airport transfers, and a personal car service to get you around Toronto. (Truly incredible!) There is an in-house doctor on-call, too.

2. The food: You can enjoy ONE restaurant on the patio, indoors, or through 24-hour in-room dining. You're guaranteed priority reservations at ONE restaurant, and you'll want to experience the wonderful food celebrity chef Mark McEwan prepares. Everything on the menu is delicious, and there is no better place to people watch in Toronto.

3. The rooms: The rooms are spacious and luxurious, with comfortable beds, a pillow menu, floor-to-ceiling windows in the large dressing room, deep soaker tubs, separate glassed-in rainfall showers, heated floors, and mirrors with a built-in television in the bathroom. The dark marble is stunning, too. The hotel has 62 rooms and 15 suites.

4. The spa: The spa at The Hazelton Hotel is the ultimate for relaxation, whether you're enjoying the pool, or getting a manicure and pedicure. There are plenty of options for both men and women, too, and the spa provides everything you need so you can escape into a tranquil, relaxing environment during your treatments.

5. The neighbourhood: What's better than a hotel that has excellent service, incredible food, spacious, luxurious rooms and a world-class spa? A hotel that's in the perfect neighbourhood, one where you can walk everywhere to experience all the city has to offer, from shopping to fine dining and more.

The Hazelton Hotel is simply the best in Yorkville, and I think this summer would be a perfect time for you to check it out, too. You'll love every minute of your time spent at The Hazelton Hotel, and you'll be planning your second trip back before you even check-out. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line and I'll help answer any of your questions.

Thank you, The Hazelton Hotel, for the must wonderful and luxurious stay. I can't wait to see you again soon!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Of Colour: Top Gardening Trends With #PCGarden And A Gardening Giveaway

I admit it... I don't have much of a green thumb, but I love beautiful gardens and flowers in the summer. Whether it's at my place, my in-law's, or my parent's home, I appreciate pretty flowers and a lovely garden, and so do my children.

Now that the first long weekend of summer is behind us, we're totally in summer mode. I was even motivated to get my garden ready. However you're imagining your outdoor living space, I'm sure it involves some greenery, plants, vegetables, and flowers, right? It just makes everything look and smell so much prettier!

President's Choice has excellent Garden Centres so you can pick up all all you need in one place. And  they make it easy for you, too, because they'll be able to answer your questions, and they already have in store what you're looking for, from the latest trends (think bright, happy colours with dazzling shades and hues) to the gardening tools.

This year, I wanted to bring more colour into my home, and to just sit back and enjoy summer nights with my family around our patio or by the pool. I was inspired by the Garden Centre to create a look I'd love, but one that was easy to maintain as much as it was beautiful.

PC Lawn and Garden sent me all the tools I needed to get started, and I do love a good challenge. Anything I didn't have at home already, I could easily get from the Garden Centre.

I love that you don't have to spend hours actually gardening; you can buy low maintenance annuals like PC Gigantic Selosia Dragon's Breath, PC Super Gigantic Confetti Garden Mixes, or PC Coleus Flame Thrower Spiced Curry, to spice up your planters. You can also try pre-planted garden mixes, if you're unsure of how to start. See? Simple solutions for everyone, no matter how green your thumb is!

PC Lawn and Garden products certainly helped get me in the mood to garden, and also assisted with all the work I had to do in my backyard and front yard to bring my garden to life this summer. Next up: growing our own food! We want to try planting some herbs and vegetables in our backyard, so we'll have fresh tomatoes and cucumbers to eat all summer long—perfect for my delicious Greek salad on a hot summer day!

I want you enjoy your summer garden too, so together with PC Lawn and Garden, I'm giving away a gardening kit including seeds and gardening tools as well as a $50 PC gift card so you can get whatever else you need for your garden!

How to enter? 

1. Leave me a comment below, telling me what you're planning on doing with your outdoor living space this year.

2. Tweet about it! "I entered to win a #PCGarden kit and a PC gift card from @MrsLoulou to help my garden grow. "

3. Come back here and leave another comment telling me you tweeted about it, and you'll be entered twice.

Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Get Your Workout On With My Legwear Shop

Now that summer is here, I'm back to a regular workout routine. My mornings start with me enjoying breakfast with my boys, putting on my work out clothes, taking the kids to school, and heading straight to the gym.  It's amazing how much better I feel after a great workout, especially now that the days are warmer. It's so much easier to push myself and motivate myself at the gym when I'm in "summer mode".  If I'm not at at the gym, I'm in the pool, or lounging by the pool, and knowing I'm feeling my best makes putting on a bikini that much easier.

Having cute workout clothes helps, too—having tops and pants that fit well and look good so you can have a killer workout is very important, you know!

I recently discovered www.mylegwearshop.com and love the variety of leggings and active wear they offer—and I'm so happy they sent me some active wear, too. Ordering online was simple and fun. The only hard part was deciding which pair of leggings to select... and which tops to choose out of the many they have online. I'm happy to report that my package arrived within days, and everything fit perfectly.

My Legwear Shop aims at helping people dress comfortably, whether at work, at home, or at the gym. I love that their core principle is CCC: comfort, confidence, and convenience. I couldn't agree more—and I love the styles and products they offer.

If you love shopping—and online shopping—make sure to check them out. I promise you, you'll love what you see, and more importantly, you'll love the items you select, from premium athletic wear, leggings, yoga pants, and tops.

Now go get your sweat on! Thank you, My Legwear Shop, for the awesome athletic gear. Working out is even more fun now.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Shopping Made Easy With Loblaws Click And Collect

Disclosure: I am a P&G mom. As part of my affiliation with this group, I have been compensated to test the Loblaws Click & Collect service. The opinions and views on this blog are my own. 

So we all know that grocery shopping is not always fun. It's time consuming, and no matter how long I spend walking from aisle to aisle, I arrive home to remember the one item I actually truly needed—is still at the grocery store! Sigh. Of course. I remember the days when my boys were much younger, when grocery shopping was even more of a challenge. I had to plan my trips to the grocery store around my baby's nap time, and sometimes, I would be a nervous wreck grocery shopping, scared that my baby would have a meltdown and start crying.

What has made my life much easier—and will certainly help out new moms, too— has been using Loblaws Click and Collect. It's online shopping, made easy. And it's actually so much fun, too!

While I'm working, I go to shop.loblaws.ca, and start my grocery shopping, without having to get in my car to drive to the grocery store to shop. This has saved me a lot of time, and I'm loving how efficient and easy it is to find everything.

Once you select the store you'll be picking up your groceries from, you can start your online shopping. You can even browse by aisle, and by brand. You can start in the bakery aisle, then go to dairy and eggs, and then meat and seafood, pantry, baby needs, household supplies, baby needs, and beauty. So simple and easily laid out, to make your shopping experience better. It's impossible to forget what you need when you're shopping in such an organized way. I love that you can see all the products you're shopping for, too.

The process of selecting your items is easy and only takes a few minutes—much less time than going to the grocery store to do your shopping! When you're finished your online shopping, you select your pick-up time, and drive to your Loblaws location at your convenience. Once there, you just call the phone number, and wait in your car for your groceries to be brought to you. It is simple, quick, and very efficient—and you should definitely give it a try and let me know how much you love it, too!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Grocery Shopping Chaos (And Saving Mommy Minutes)

Disclosure: I am a P&G mom. As part of my affiliation with this group, I have been compensated to test the Loblaws Click & Collect service. The opinions and views on this blog are my own. 

One thing I love about being my own boss and working from home is having the flexibility to take my children to school, and to pick them up at the end of the day. In the hours between, I get a lot done, starting with going to the gym. I love my weekly routine, and working out is one thing I do first thing in the morning before I tackle all my work—housework, working, and the dreaded trips to the grocery store.

I can honestly say I spend a lot of time in the grocery store, buying food for my family (it truly is amazing just how much food two boys can eat in a week!) and other household items.

Of course, by the end of the week, I'm giving my kids whatever we have left in the house for breakfast and their school lunch, reminding myself that I need to head to the grocery store to stock up yet again, because no one wants a cheese sandwich for lunch.

I would say I'm in the grocery store an average of an hour or two every week. And that's being generous. Although I try to stay organized and shop with a list, I often find myself shopping in a scattered way throughout the grocery store. This is why we sometimes have several boxes of crackers and no bread at home. And this is definitely why I have a hard time coming up with dinner ideas every night, because I don't plan ahead like I should, or shop with a list. Often, I get home, only to discover I've actually forgotten to buy the things I needed. You know, the important things like milk, orange juice and eggs? Sigh. There has got to be a better way to grocery shop!

I know I could be doing so much more with my time if there was a more efficient and easy way to grocery shop. Just imagine how much more you could be doing instead of pushing a shopping cart around the grocery store aimlessly? I know I would rather spend the extra time at home, writing, or putting in another half hour at the gym, or grabbing lunch with my friends, especially now that patio season is in full swing. Heck, I'd even rather do another load of laundry!

Efficient grocery shopping means I can save mommy minutes, and that sounds like a solid plan to me.

I'll be writing about just how I plan on doing this next week—and I'll be giving away a gift card to help you, too.

Who doesn't want more time to do the things they actually want to do? Sign me up!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Luxurious Experience At The Guerlain Spa

I just got back from a beautiful trip to New York City, and I'm missing it already. Of course, every time I leave, I start planing my next visit in my head, because I can never get enough of the most vibrant city in the world.

On this trip to New York City, I had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing the incredible Guerlain Spa in the Waldorf Astoria. Pinch me—I was totally living a Blair Waldorf day. The Guerlain Spa is quite simply the epitome of luxury in this world-class hotel. Tranquility awaits as soon as the elevator doors open on the 19th floor—and it's quite the breathtaking view, too.

After changing into my robe and slippers, I was brought to the relaxing waiting lounge where I enjoyed a cup of tea before my facial.

Guerlain has been devoted to skincare and beauty since 1828. In 1939, Guerlain created one of the first spas in the world on avenue des Champs-Elysées, and today, Guerlain is just as popular as ever for those who are passionate about beauty, skin-care, and fragrance—and luckily, you don't even have to fly to Paris to experience it.

During my visit, I was treated to the new revolutionary Beauty Lift Facial. It sound intense, but it was relaxing. It was a stretching and massaging facial created to target wrinkles and fine lines while activating microcirculation. My complexion was instantly more radiant after, and my cheeks were more plump and full. The eyebrow bone was naturally lifted, as well. The aim of this incredible facial is to stretch and relax the most tense areas, prevent the drooping of facial features, and restore volume and density to the parts of the face which lack firmness. The lady doing my facial was extremely professional, and knew my skin better I knew it myself. I was well taken care of.

After my facial, I had my make-up professionally done, and the timing was perfect, since I was off to a wedding in at the Loeb Central Park Boathouse.

My experience at the Guerlain Spa was relaxing, comfortable, and very luxurious. I would recommend this spa to anyone visiting New York City; not only will you get to walk through the stunning Waldorf Astoria, you'll be treated to a one-of-a-kind spa day that'll you be very thankful to have experienced.

For more information, call the Guerlain Spa at 1-212-872-7200.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May Is For Muddy Gardens Minus The Mess

Disclosure: I am a P&G mom ambassador. As part of my affiliation with this group, I receive products and have been compensated to put Tide to the stain test. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

It's May, and although it's been unseasonable cold this month, the last few days have finally proven that spring is most definitely here—and we have some work to do to get our gardens ready for summer!

The sun is shining, the days are long, and I'm wearing my flip flops... which makes me so excited. Although I'm not naturally someone with a green thumb, this nice weather prompted me to get out and grow a little garden with some pretty flowers and tulips, as chosen by my children. That's right... we planted flowers outside and they look so pretty!

So far, so good, as the plants are alive and thriving, and... I didn't even break a nail. (Ha!) I did, however, get my white t-shirt covered in soil, and I was a little concerned I wouldn't be able to remove the stains so my little T would like like new again.

I put Tide Ultra Stain Release to the test, and was so surprised to see that after one wash, it was as good as new. Tide Ultra Stain Release really does "get it out", no matter what type of stain you're dealing with. Getting muddy—you or the kids—is no problem with Tide Ultra Stain Release. Phew!

In fact, Tide removes over 100 stains in one wash, which is very good news since I'm a busy mom of two kids, who, especially now that the warmer days are here, are always outside playing without a care in the world if their clothes are getting stained and dirty. 

The process is pretty, simple, too. 

Here's how I get out even the toughest stains when I'm doing laundry:

1. I remove all excess stain debris from the garment (with a wet cloth, blotting the fabric to dilute the stain). 
2. I pre-treat large, tough stains by using the Tide Ultra Stain Release Zap!Cap as a pre-treatment (only if the stain is pretty big). 
3. I pop the clothes in the washer on a regular warm wash cycle and use Tide Ultra Stain Release. 

You can find out even more great tips on stain removal at tide.ca.

Now, go outside and get dirty—you'll have one less thing to worry about now that you know your stains won't be a problem anymore!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Style And Comfort Together: A Hush Puppies Shoe Giveaway

I'm a girl who can't wear flats. Seriously, for some reason, even walking the streets of NYC for hours on end—or Disney World, or Athens—is more comfortable for me if I'm in shoes with a little bit of a heel. Of course, the shoes have to be stylish, too.

When I used to think of stylish shoes Hush Puppies didn't instantly come to mind, but after trying some of their new boots and heels, I've been pleasantly surprised with the results. People are always surprised when I tell them my favourite pair of high-heeled leather and suede boots are Hush Puppies. Style and comfort together is key.

I'm glad Hush Puppies asked me to work with them in getting the word out about their new line of shoes for summer, and I'm even happier that I get to give away a pair of shoes to YOU!

I know you'll love Hush Puppies just as much as I do. I can't wait for you to discover why this shoe company is renowned for their comfy shoes and fashionable trends.

To enter to win, leave me a comment below telling me what you look for when buying new shoes. 

I'll pick a winner randomly by May 20th.

Good Luck!

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