Friday, July 18, 2014

Take the #CleanWater Photo Challenge #PGMom



Summertime brings swimming in the pool, splashing in the sprinkler and water gun fights to cool off!

Here in Canada we are lucky enough to have seemingly unlimited supply of clean water, so it’s no wonder that we often take it for granted.

To date, more than seven billion litres of clean drinking water have been provided by humanitarian organizations across the globe using P&G packets, helping to save an estimated 39,000 lives in more than 75 countries.

This past spring, P&G and Walmart teamed up and committed to donating one day of clean water** for every P&G product purchased at Walmart or Walmart.ca during the month of April. During that month, Canadians rallied together and in the end, P&G donated 8.6 million days of clean water to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund as part of its Clean Water initiative. Since May 1, more than 20 P&G products, including Tide, Pampers, Duracell, Dawn and Pantene have continued to generate a donation equivalent to one day of clean drinking water**.

To help remind us just how lucky we are to live in this great country and to educate them on ways they can help provide clean water to those in need, we’ve developed the #cleanwater photo challenge! From July 18 through 31, P&G and Walmart want you to share photos of the role clean water plays in your life and the life of our family and friends.



The Photo Challenge starts July 18, 2014 
but it is never to late to join in!!!

The #cleanwater Photo Challenge:

Step One:
  • Using your preferred social photo sharing platform, follow the #cleanwater calendar below and post a photo inspired by the word of the day (ie. Day 1 – Hydrate). The photo could include clean water itself, or simply the impact water has (ie. a satisfied smile and wipe of the mouth after gulping clean water from a glass or a happy child after a dip in the lake).



Step Two: SHARE A CAPTION - this must include:
  • The challenge hashtag:  #cleanwater
  • The hashtag of the day: ie #Hydrate

As you participate and share your photos, you will be entered into a draw for an amazing P&G Prize pack and a $250 Wal-Mart gift card.



I am looking forward to seeing everyone's photos for the #CleanWater photo challenge. Just think you can take a picture and make a difference!




I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group, I have been offered compensation to participate in the #cleanwater photo challenge. The views, opinions and photographs expressed on this blog and in my social networks are my own.

Friday, July 18, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rio 2



We were lucky enough to see Rio 2 at the theatre and it did more than shake our tail feathers! We couldn't wait to get a copy of the Blu-Ray once it came out.

On Blu-Ray and DVD July 15, 2014!

Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD July 15. Just in time for summer vacation, this “hilarious family adventure” (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) will samba its way into your home with exciting bonus features and extras everyone will enjoy. Projected to eclipse more than $490 million worldwide at the box office, the animated hit is the must-own family title of the season.

Synopsis:

Welcome to the jungle… of fun! The cast of the animated hit comedy “Rio” returns – along with a new flock of all-star voice talent, including Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth and more – in this high-flying sequel for the whole family. The party continues when Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids take a walk on the wild side and embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.

Special Features:
  • Deleted Scene – Practice
  • Rio Refresher
  • Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil
  • The Bodybeats of the Barbatuques
  • How to Play the Barbatuques!
  • Rhythmic Rio
  • The Upbeat Uakti JamBehind The Scenes
  • Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends
  • Music, Dance, Sing-Along Machine


My Rating: 4/5

** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life... I was provided promotional material by the manufacturer or a representing PR agency. Images, information and prize provided by PR agency. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. **

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - July 14, 2014



It is Canada Day this week in our fair country of Canada. We will be celebrating it on July 1st with many local festivities and of course fireworks. 

Here is our menu for the week. 

Monday 
  • Chicken Burgers, Salad

Tuesday - Canada Day! 

Wednesday 
  • Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread

Thursday 
  • Pork Chops, Potatoes, Veggies

Friday 
  • Chicken Enchiladas, Nachos

Saturday
  • Cold Cuts, Salads, pickles etc

Sunday 
  •  Potluck Family Meal Get-together our House


What are you having for dinner this week??? 

I have linked this post up at Orgjunkie.com

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Friday, July 11, 2014

Check out Netflix for Canadiana Eh! #StreamTeam




This month we celebrated Canada Day and I thought I would check out Netflix to see how many Canadian inspired shows there were to take in this month. To my surprise Netflix has a lot of shows that fall into this category! 



I know with my 10 year old one of her favourite shows to watch when she was younger was Super Why. We loved watching the Super Readers solve problems by reading stores and entering the letters into the super duper computer to solve the problems. Super Why helps children learn letters, spelling and reading all rolled into one show and did I mention the show is also very entertaining!
What is your favourite Canadian show on Netflix Canada?




*** It's just my life... is a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to Netflix events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own. ***

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I think like a girl because I am a girl! #PGMom #LikeAGirl




I have raised my children all the same and that being said I have one boy and three girls. My girls know that they can do anything that they put their mind to just as well as their brother can. The world is theirs to grab and see what they can do with it. My girls being female will never limit them from attaining their dreams and wishes.

I feel it is very important to give my daughters a clear understanding that they are no different than anyone else. I will continue to encourage their dreams and help them attain them in anyway way I can.  So right now my daughter pictured above is wanting to return to school after 20 months of being on a medical leave. It has been her sheer determination that has gotten her as far as she has in the last two years. She had a goal set it and I helped her attain it all because she was Thinking Like A Girl!

Please watch and share this video below and encourage the girls in your life:


Always is inviting girls and women everywhere to join the movement and share what they proudly do #LikeAGirl. Tweet, take a picture, shoot a video or send a message using the hashtag #LikeAGirl to take a stand and show young girls everywhere that doing things “like a girl” should never be used as an insult – that it means being strong, talented and downright amazing.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Karma Boutique - #ShopLocal - Daily Vlog 7.4.14 - Day 4



On a quiet Saturday afternoon I decided to venture downtown to see if there were any new stores that I haven't been into. I love our quaint little downtown area where you can walk from one end of it to the other. While on my walk downtown I found the cutest little boutique named Karma Boutique.



Karma Boutique has a great collection of vintage one of a kind pieces. I will say that Karma Boutique is one of the best ladies vintage clothing stores in our city. One of the unique features of Karma is the personalized service from the shop owner, Laura. She was just amazing and always willing to help find the right piece.


One of things that stood out to me was their vast collection of vintage purses and shoes. Now what lady doesn't enjoy some purses and shoes! Don't stop just stop looking at the purses and shoes you are able to get your complete outfit there right down to the jewelry.


So if you are looking for a gem of a store look no further than Karma Boutique.

Connect with them on facebook - Karma Boutique.




Tuesday, July 08, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, July 7, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - July 7, 2014



Looking forward to a calmer week around here this week where we have more time at home!!! YEAH!

Here is our menu for the week. 

Monday 
  • Take Out due to a dinner fail for cooking time
Tuesday (Run Club)
  • Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans

Wednesday 
  • Chicken, Rice, Broccoli

Thursday 
  • Pasta, Salad

Friday 
  • Pork Chops, Potatoes, Peas, Carrots

Saturday
  • BBQ Chicken, Rice, Roasted Veggies


Sunday 
  •  Tacos, Nachos


What are you having for dinner this week??? 

I have linked this post up at Orgjunkie.com

Monday, July 07, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Friday, July 4, 2014

Welcome to TD Sunfest!!! - Daily Vlog 7.3.14 - Day 3



We headed into London Thursday afternoon to take in some of the sights of TD Sunfest. We have always loved Sunfest but what I didn't realize is that on the opening day the music and entertainment people do not start until 5pm which meant we were a tad early to enjoy the sounds of Sunfest. Hoping to be able to head back over Friday night or Saturday night to take in some of the wonderful music Sunfest has to offer.


If you are in the London area and looking for something great to see and do head over to Victoria Park in the center of downtown to take in TD Sunfest and everything it has to offer. But for now here is our daily vlog of what we ended up seeing while at Sunfest. Miss Shaylin (my 10 year old) did a lot of the camera work for the festival. She is just practicing her camera skills so sorry it is a bit shaky!

Friday, July 04, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Chicken Soup For The Soul – Living With Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias




Chicken Soup For The Soul – Living With Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias – 101 Stories Of Caregiving, Coping, and Compassion gives patients, families, friends and caregivers hope and encouragement in dealing with this terrible disease.

I can say that this terrible disease has hit my family a few times both my grandmother and great grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's and Dementia. It robbed them of their memories and of independence over the years. While we as a family cared for them and loved them unconditionally. Caring for someone with Dementia's can be a daunting task at the best of times.

I really loved reading the stories in this edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul as I could relate to my extended family in caring for my grandmothers. This book is great for anyone dealing with Dementhias it is encouraging and gives you hope as you read the heartfelt stories.

Connect with Chicken Soup for the Soul -
Find More on their Website 
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** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life... I was provided promotional material by the manufacturer or a representing PR agency to facilitate this review. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. **

Friday, July 04, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

First Daily Vlog Post is Live!!



I am offically a family daily vlogger now that my first video has gone live on youtube. So starting on July 1, 2014 my life with daily vlogging has begun!!!!


I have decided to vlog my daily life because life is short and my children have moved away ... ok three out of four no longer live at home full time so this is a great way for them to feel like they are connected with us even though life has taken them on various paths in life.

So without further ado here is my first vlog:



Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals - Cookbook Review




Disclosure: It's just my life... did not receive compensation but did receive products for review purposes. All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers’ opinions.

I love cooking for my family and there is nothing better than one-pot meals and casseroles to fit into my busy life but still give us something tasty to eat. Casseroles are convenient and easy to prepare not to mention very friendly to my budget! 125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals is a great addition to my cookbook collection.

125 Best Casseroles and One-Pot Meals is packed full of tasty recipes including soups, skillet meals, casseroles and stews. While flipping through the pages I seen many great recipes including Three-Cheese Baked Penne & Roasted Vegetables, Chicken Basque, Easy Beef & Leek Stew in Chive Popovers, Three-Bean Sausage Chili w/Tomato-Avocado Salsa, Lamb Shanks Braised with Figs & Root Vegetables and Garden Paella.

I love that the recipes contain every day ingredients making them easy to make since you do not have to purchase different ingredients than you have on hand. Most of the recipes can be made a head of time making them very convenient to prepare when you have time during your day.

Do you have any favourite one pot meals? Please share with me any links to recipes you have posted in the comments.

Connect with the publisher, Robert Rose, on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, June 30, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - June 30, 2014.



It is Canada Day this week in our fair country of Canada. We will be celebrating it on July 1st with many local festivities and of course fireworks. 

Here is our menu for the week. 

Monday 
  • BBQ Hamburgers, Salad

Tuesday - Canada Day! 

Wednesday 
  • Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread

Thursday 
  • Sunfest London

Friday 
  • Chicken Enchiladas, Nachos

Saturday
  • Cold Cuts, Salads, pickles etc

Sunday 
  •  To Be Decided 


What are you having for dinner this week??? 

I have linked this post up at Orgjunkie.com

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0