Friday, July 11, 2014

Kellogg's Asks "How Do You Like Your Cereal?" #CerealandMilk #giveaway (CAN 07/25)

Cereal is considered a valid meal choice at any time of the day in our house. My girl had a bowl of Special K Protein for dessert last night!

The one thing we don't agree on is the milk to cereal ratio. I lean towards dry and crunchy, and my four year old favours her cereal with more milk than crunch (aka soggy). Hubs would score in somewhere in the middle with his cereal to milk ratio.

Kellogg's Canada is inviting Canadians to join the debate. We invite you to use Instagram, Pinterest, or tweet about your own #cerealandmilk habits.
Don't forget to enter my giveaway too.  Kellogg's Canada has sponsored 30 bloggers to give away this prize pack of cereal and fun retro looking items.

PIN me and share your pinterest name to get extra entries!

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Disclosure: As a member of the Kellogg Canada blogger community I receive occasional perks.  You may enter on multiple blogs, but only win one prize pack from this #cerealandmilk campaign. Winners mailing information will be gathered for the sole purpose of mailing their prize. Personal information will never be used in any other manner. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Eska is Giving Away 10 Ipad Minis In A Social Treasure Quest #eskaquest #CAN #giveaway

Are you looking for a fun family adventure, and live near Toronto?  Eska Natural Spring Water has started #eskaquest this week and are looking for fun loving people to join their treasure hunt.  This is the season for outdoor adventures and refreshing beverages to cool down when the temperatures soar in the city.  Eska Water fits the bill for both of these things!
Beginning July 1, ESKA is asking those who are in Toronto to keep their eyes peeled for 10 hidden #eskaquest tiles they’ve placed around the city. With each tile found, you complete a fun challenge through the #eskaquest mobile app for the chance to win 1 of 10 iPad minis.  The #eskaquest mobile app is free to download from Google Play Store or Apple and there's no purchase required to participate in the quest. #Eskaquest begins July 1 and runs through July 31.
 There are two ways to play #eskaquest – Solo or with Clues. 

Solo: Participants can complete the quest any time in July by visiting to view the #eskaquest map, which shows the area where tiles are hidden. Clues: Fans can tune into ESKA Water’s social feeds throughout July for daily clues to find tiles as location hints are revealed. 

To receive daily clues please follow ESKA Water at:

Win It!

Mimi's Humble Pie readers have a chance to win an #eskaquest adventure pack.  The gift pack is valued at $125 and is stocked with everything your family needs for #eskaquest, including a handy cooler backpack to keep your ESKA water cool along with snacks, sunscreen and more!  This giveaway is open to Canadian's who are 18 years or older (excluding residents in Quebec).

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary ESKA gift pack in exchange for promoting this event. All opinions remain honest and my own. All images used by permission.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Stay-cations Versus Family Travel #Kindermom

The first week of summer vacation has been filled with lots of splash time for my girl,
and fruity drinks with a book for me.

I am a woman of contradictions. I love the idea of seeing new places and exploring the world, but hate flying, driving, being on a train, or any other method of travel. Since we don't have a teleporter in my closet, I have to grin and bear plane trips to see my family in Newfoundland.  I do not travel gracefully and used to be highly medicated to get on a plane for the 3 hour flight, but now try to be clear headed while travelling with my daughter. Keeping her busy and happy helps distract me from the anxiety of being 30,000 feet in the air.  I am learning to love travelling now as I see it through the eyes of my girl. 

When we aren't travelling, I love to set up our deck as a comfy place to soak up the sun, or bask in the shade of my over-sized umbrella.  I'm lucky that my schedule has shifted to have my work day end at 12:30 or 3:30 most days so can spend lots of time outside with my family.  Being in a home for the first time since in 20 years has made a huge difference in my desire to be a home body and prefer to host friends and family at our place.

Don't throw away your plastic inserts, find a creative way to re- use them.
Kinder Surprise Eggs are a great treat to take on the road, but please don't smuggle these into countries in which they are prohibited!  Once the chocolate egg is eaten, and the toy played with, I save the plastic egg insert and re-use it for:
  • a loose change holder in the van
  • float them in my daughter's water table
  • vitamin holder in my purse
  • put rocks or dried beans inside to make music shakers 
Can you think of other fun ways to use your plastic eggies?

  “Disclosure:  I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Grand Gestures for Loyal Customers @Telus Is Putting Smiles On Faces With #ActsOfCaring

There are customer service wins and customer service fails.  It seems like I can't go through my newsfeeds without seeing status updates about friends who have encountered crummy service providers and businesses. I have more than my own fair share of horror stories, but this is not that kind of post.  I wanted to help promote a happy story about a lady named Ramona.  I don't know her at all, other than the bits and pieces shared in her video.  She has been a TELUS customer for 20 years and was given a day to remember for the rest of her life. I'm not the teary-eyed type, but my heart couldn't help but leap with excitement for her as I watched her special surprises unfold in the video below.

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Have you ever thought about what events or dreams would fill your own Grand Gestures kind of day?  If given the chance to pick my own dream day, it would have to involve being a panelist on my favourite game show Match Game or to have a jam session with my favourite singer/songwriter Jann Arden. Both of those scenarios top my list of daydreams.

Did you know...
  • The TELUS Care-a-Van team hosted events and activities that all week long to specially thank TELUS local customers and the Guelph community. 
  • TELUS is literally performing everyday acts of caring all over the Guelph community throughout the week. As part of this, they were donating $5 to the Guelph Children's Foundation for every use of the hashtag #actsofcaring. 
  • They went door to door to the homes of the top 100 customers to thank them personally with a care package.
  • TELUS hosted a free BBQ lunch for the top 1000 customers and their families at the local TELUS store. 
  • Guelph Children's Foundation recieved a cheque in the amount of $5000 - in response to all the uses of #actsofcaring.  Donald Woodley (member of TELUS Board of Directors) presented the cheque.
In an age when bad service is shouted from the social media soap boxes of every disgruntled customer, I would like to applaud TELUS for their customer service win!

Disclosure: This is a compensated post on behalf of Telus  and Mom Central Canada. All opinions remain honest and my own. I am not eligible to win or benefit from the Grand Gestures #ActsofCaring Campaign.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Celebrate the Special Men in Your Life. #PressPausePanel

Book sells for $9.95
My best memories of my dad include just spending time together. Long road trips, camping, fishing, and his long-winded anecdotes that tend to run in circles with no real punchline- all are precious and have a special place in my heart. Celebrating Father's Day with my husband has become a chance to highlight all the hard work he does for our family. I haven't narrowed down exactly what I'm giving my husband this year but Hallmark Canada has given me a bunch of really great ideas.

Dad's Remote
$9.95 with purchase until 06/15/14

For more gift ideas visit Hallmark Canada online or in-store...


Hallmark has reserved one Magic Prints travel Mug for me to giveaway.  It retails for $14.95 and is available with a few different sayings.  It features the non-toxic Crayola Magic Print paper and mess-free mitt for easy clean up.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

My HOTTIE @BwayNails #imPressManicure #Sponsor

 A few weeks ago I received these imPress nail kits and was putting off actually trying them.  I figured it would take me forever and I don't have a tonne of down time.  I don't even have time to wait for nail polish to dry. The imPress press on manicure kits are made by Broadway nails and as far as I'm concerned, are the next best thing to acrylic nails from my local salon/spa.  I actually gave up getting acrylic nails because I got a nasty infection and they also destroyed my nail beds. It took me months to get healthy nails once the acrylics came off 6 years ago.
 Here are my sad nails before the manicure application.  They are healthy but rarely grow long enough for a manicure to be worth my money.  I actually followed the easy steps outlined on the product sleeve, and lined up all ten imPress nails before starting. Prep your nails by wiping with the enclosed wipe pad and begin application (start with your pinky fingers and end with your thumbs). Peel the plastic backing off the nail and apply firmly to your clean nail. Repeat the process with each nail and wait at least ten minutes before getting your nails wet.
My nail design was called HOTTIE and were in the medium length range.  I would choose designs in the short range when I purchase in the future as they got in the way of some fine motor dexterity. I love the way these nails are packaged in the faux nail polish bottle with twist off lid. You could toss these in your purse or luggage and not worry about them falling out of their bottle.

The package suggested up to a week of wear. They lasted 5 days for me (the thumbs came off first) which was 4 days longer than I predicted as I work in an all day child care setting and have to wash my hands no less than 80 times a day-no exaggeration. The remaining nails took a little longer to remove. The packaging suggested a soak in nail polish remover before attempting removal. I tried to pry off gently and if I felt resistance I re-soaked to help soften them even more. My nail beds were just as smooth and healthy after removal as they were before.

Verdict: These nails were as easy to apply as promised. I would definitely use them again for a special event or if I'm on vacation and want a pretty manicure.

Disclosure: I received these complimentary nail kits as part of the Influenster Vox Box Community. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.