Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Recently Launched: Barbie Business Bursery Program and Entrepreneur Barbie #Giveaway

Growing up, I was always told I could be whatever I wanted to be as long as I worked hard to achieve that goal.  This is a message that my husband and I strive to impart on our little girl.  She's only 5 and like most kids her age, there are a  number of things she wants to be when she grows up.  I've been told she wants to be a rock star, a ballerina, a figure skater and more recently even a paleontologist or some kind of scientist.  (I think as she recently put it, she wants to be a scientist who plays rock shows in her spare time.  And why shouldn't she, right?!)

I love that for decades Barbie has been inspiring girls along the way and sending the same positive message.  I grew up playing with these dolls, and while I always loved the fashion and the glamor, I also loved giving my dolls fascinating careers and big, wild adventures. 

Recently, Barbie launched the Barbie Business Bursary Program.  Kids and youth are being encouraged to dream big, and to make those dreams a reality.

About the Barbie Business Bursary Program:
The Barbie™ Business Bursary encourages Canadians to nominate a budding entrepreneur – yourself, children, siblings, cousins, students or friends – under the age of 18, who demonstrates true entrepreneurial spirit, from now until September 1, 2014

To enter the national competition, simply visit the and share your or your nominee’s entrepreneurial dream. 

Barbie will select ten amazing nominees and post their video profiles on Barbie™ my Dreams; and a jury panel will then select three winners to receive a $2500 Barbie Business Bursary to fund their big ideas.

“Barbie strives to empower  children to imagine themselves in a variety of roles from pilot to president,” says Alicia Sumar, Brand Manager, Barbie – Mattel Canada Inc. “We know from research that play is a positive force that encourages a child's creativity and imagination. Playing with Barbie® fosters the belief that anything is possible. We are proud to launch this Canadian Barbie Business Bursary initiative to help make children’s’ dreams and aspirations come true.”

To celebrate, they've released Entrepreneur Barbie.  Is she awesome, or what?  She looks all business, and I love her purse!  This stylish doll has been inspired by women entrepreneurs world wide.   

Up for grabs, I have one of these super cute dolls to Giveaway!  I'm sure she'll make a child somewhere very happy.  :)  Contest is open to residents of Canada.  Ends on August 11th, 2014.  Enter below!

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Good Luck! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Tips for Decorating Baby's Room #disneybabyCA

I am so excited to be a part of the Disney Mom Ambassador program! Our first box of beautiful Disney Baby products arrived recently, and they are going to make a lovely gift for somebody.  Here's a look at the products.

Looking back to when my daughter was born, I remember spending hours scouring pics online, looking at products and deciding how I was going to decorate the nursery.  I remember being 6 months pregnant and bursting into tears (thanks crazy hormones!) to my husband because we hadn't started on her room just yet.  I wanted it done!  And I know a lot of other Moms are the same way.

We painted my daughter's room a beautiful shade of green, because I hoped that she'd have a sibling one day and they would end up sharing for a while.  I loved the colour, I loved everything about it.  When we sold our house, the only thing that made me sad was saying goodbye to my kid's beautiful bedroom - and all the amazing memories and milestones that went along with it.  

Here's what it looked like before the Little Miss was born, in its "not quite finished" state:


5 Tips for Decorating Baby's Room

1) Choose a style that’s unique to baby!  If you give yourself a focus, it’s much easier to create a cohesive design. You could start with some fun wall art as an inspiration and use that to determine your colour scheme. Or pick some bedding you love and build the room around that. This Lion King bedding set has lots of fun, neutral colours and patterns to draw from.

2) Create a nifty-nursing station. 
Set up a table near a comfy chair, and keep it stocked with necessary supplies like baby-safe hand sanitizer, nursing pads, nipple cream, burp cloths and paper towels. Receiving blankets like this Winnie the Pooh set are always great to have on hand – they can be used as burp cloths, coverlets, and to keep your baby warm.

3) Get creative with storage. 
With a new baby occupying a room, storage may be limited, so get creative. Add a cute bed skirt to your crib which allows you to hide boxes or supplies. Or buy a multi-bin organizer, so you can store books, toys, and clothes in one convenient location.

4) Set the mood with lighting.  The nursery should be a soothing space where your baby can fall asleep easily. Try putting your overhead light on a dimmer, or buying some small accent lamps to minimize harsh lighting. This Winnie the Pooh night light is another great way to provide safety and comfort – especially during late-night feedings.

5) Leave Room to Grow – because they will!
  Remember that your baby won’t be a baby forever. It’s helpful to choose decorations that are easy to update or change as your baby grows up, so your baby’s room can grow up too. Wall Decals are detachable, reusable and they won’t harm your walls – you can remove or replace them if you’d like a change.

Do you have any advice for new parents setting up a nursery?  Share them in the comments below!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Imagination Movers: Back in Blue Ticket and Prize Pack #Giveaway #IMCanadaTour

The Imagination Movers: Back in Blue tour is coming to a city near you, and I have some amazing prizes to giveaway!

About the show:
This fall, Disney Junior and the Emmy Award-winning Imagination Movers will bring a thrilling rock concert spectacle to kids and parents across Canada. Stopping in 16 cities from coast to coast, the Imagination Movers ‘Back in Blue’ Tour kicks off in the west on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Victoria, BC, and concludes on the east coast on Thursday, Oct. 2 in Glace Bay, NS. The fun-filled show features the Movers’ trademark catchy pop rock, lots of audience participation, an insane number of high fives and even a healthy dose of flying toilet paper. There will be guitar solos, drum solos, corny jokes and even an appearance by the Movers’ little buddy, Warehouse Mouse. Tickets are currently available for purchase online through

My kids love the Movers!  We've been big fans for a long time - their silly energy is infectious and we love dancing along with them when we watch the show.  Can't wait to see them live!

Would you like to join the party?!  I have 2 incredible prize packs to give away! 

FAMILY TICKET PRIZE PACK - One set of 4 tickets, and an autographed 8x10 to be picked up at will call. 
MOVERS BUNDLE PACK - Digital download of the Movers’ latest album: Back in Blue, a Movers t-shirt, and an autographed postcard to be mailed to the winner.

The contest is open to residents of Canada.  Ticket winner may choose from the following cities:

Victoria, BC
Vancouver, BC
Kelowna VC
Calgary, AB
Moose Jaw SK
Winnipeg, MB
Thunder Bay, MB
Peterborough ON
London, ON
Kingston ON
Sudbury ON (4:30p show only)
Ottawa, ON
Glace Bay NS

 Contest ends on August 4th, 2014.  I will draw 2 winners, the first being for the tickets and the second for the bundle pack.  Enter below.  

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Good Luck!