Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

It is time to bug out with two new super heroes! The exciting new animated TV series Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with ZAG. 

Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir"

On DVD May 3, 2016!


Marinette and Adrien, two seemingly normal kids live what appears to be an ordinary teen life in Paris with daily encounters that create amusing circumstances in school, with friends, family, and even with strangers. But when the evil Hawk Moth threatens their beloved city of Paris, they transform into the superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir using super powers gained with the help of their magical friends. Hawk Moth is using his evil energy to transform normal people into super villains, so our two heroes need to use all their skills to defeat him.

Check out the official trailer:

My Rating: 4/5

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Menu Planning Monday - May 2, 2016

Our freezer full of meat from Shopease came on Tuesday of last week so we have more than enough options to choose from. It is so convenient having all my choices for dinner in my freezer and not having to pick up anything last minute and going off budget. 

~ Monday ~

~ Tuesday ~

~ Wednesday ~
Meatball Soup

~Thursday ~
Mexican Rice

~ Friday ~
Out and about

~ Saturday ~
Pork Chops

~ Sunday ~
Pasta Bake

~ Baking this week ~
Banana muffins
Peanut Butter Cookies

Where do you go for menu inspiration?


This last month has been a journey. A journey of how to save more money and finding activities I can do with my family on a very strict budget. I consider it a challenge to find ways to spend time together and spend as little as money as possible.


You are reading this right. I have been cutting my own bangs now for years in between hair cuts. It was a way to help make my haircut last longer without paying more money out. I had already started cutting my families hair years ago but never ventured into cutting my own hair until watching a few youtube videos and deciding it was definitely something I could do. 


The only reason I ever stayed away from making my own bread is because two people in my family do not like the thick crust on homemade bread. This month I invested in a Pullman Pan and that changed everything. I finally had the proper pan I needed to make bread for my family so everyone would like it. The initial investment of the pan was a bit but it outweighs the savings I will get in just a month alone. Not to mention knowing everything that is in what we are eating. 


We did a room purge on our daughter's room and the toys and things she no longer wants have become extra money. Seriously we have made over $200 by just selling her things. 


I do not have a green thumb but I want to try to grow different leaf lettuces, tomatoes, and beans, etc. I am going to start with the easy to grow items and get them going this year to see how well I do before I invest in the garden. 


I decided to soak some Navy Beans and make some beans for some family meals instead of buying canned beans. The instant pot I have really makes baking beans very easy to do. All I have to do is soak them over night and start the process in the morning. At the end of the day, I have enough beans for a few meals for the week. 


This is the one that takes the longest because my furbaby is still very much a puppy and she loves to play more than she loves to sit still for a haircut. I work at it off and on for a week before she is finally done with her grooming. Maybe not quite a week but definitely a few days. 


This month I needed to color my hair again because the grey is taking over my head. Usually I could care less but with the grey but I have a few things to attend this month that I need to make sure the grey is away for.  

How did you save this month?

Chicken Soup for the Soul For Mom, With Love

Mother's Day is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to show the mother in your life just how much you care. This edition is a celebration of mothers and motherhood. With heartwarming stories by mothers and their children of gratefulness, love, inspiration and even amusement, this book does what we so often fail to do – say “I Love You, Mom”, making it a great gift not just for Mother’s Day, but always. 

Chicken Soup For The Soul
for Mom, with love
101 stories about Why We Love Our Mothers
and support Boys and Girls Clubs of America

This year Chicken Soup for the Soul has published for Mom, with love that says:
*Thanks for Being My Teacher
*Thanks for Always Being Right
*Thanks for Being There
*Thanks for Your Strength
*Thanks for the Memories
*Thanks for Being My Role Model
*Thanks for the Laughter
*Thanks for Being My Rock
*And Now I Can Take Care of You

About Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes the famous “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. In 2007, USA Today named “Chicken Soup For The Soul” one of the five most memorable books in the last quarter century. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, almost 250 titles in print and translations into more than 40 languages, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” is one of the world’s best known phrases. Today, 20 years, after it first began sharing readers’ experiences, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to provide extraordinary stories through its new books but has also evolved beyond the bookstore.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for high-quality products including wholesome and balanced pet food that recognizes the unique relationship between pets and people and a new line of delicious nutritious comfort food inspired by the connection between food and feelings. Chicken Soup For The Soul is “always there for you.”

For More Information

- Visit the Chicken Soup For The Soul Website.
- Connect with Chicken Soup on Facebook and Twitter.

** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life received a copy of this book from Chicken Soup For The Soul for review purposes. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. **

Where Does the Dirt Hide at Your House? #YesToTheMess #PGMom

The following is open to Canada only.

The sun peeks through the windows on a bright sunny spring day and just shows all the dust in the house. I really wasn't thinking when I picked out most of my furniture to be a dark colour. It shows all the dust. During the winter, we don't get a lot of sun so the dust gets over looked from time to time. Definitely, a case of what you don't see won't hurt your or in my case bug you. 

We have a bookcase full of books and they are not fun at all to dust. The dust just settles between the pages and we end up having to pull them all off the shelves to make sure we have gotten all the dust. The Swiffer Dusters make cleaning these dreaded shelves fun. My 12-year-old even likes to clean them as long as she can use the Swiffer Dusters and that in my books is a good thing!

Using Swiffer products makes spring cleaning at my house a breeze and makes it easy for me to say "Yes to the Mess!" whether it is spring cleaning or trying to keep up with my children and furbaby from carting more dirt into my house on a daily basis. 

The belief that messes are a part of a child’s development is increasing with the generations. Seventy-five per cent of millennials think that letting kids make messes encourages their creativity- this is in comparison to the 62 per cent of Boomer parents. 

A mess can be a great learning opportunity, in so many ways. Nearly all parents (97 per cent) agree that young children learn a lot from cleaning up a mess.

There are several celebrities who vouch for the creative process. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar recently hosted a Swiffer event in New York City where she encouraged parents to say “Yes to the Mess” in an effort to foster children’s creativity and independence. 

This month It's Just My Life wants you to have an opportunity to say #YesToTheMess by offering a Swiffer kit to handle the clean up with ease. 

The kit (valued at $83*) includes:
- Swiffer 360 Duster Starter Kit $5.95*
- Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit $29.97*
- Swiffer WetJet refill $14.88*
- Swiffer Sweeper $14.97*
- Swiffer Dry Refill $9.97*
- Magic Eraser $7.24*

In the meantime you can find Swiffer coupons on PGEveryday.ca

~ WIN ~

One of my readers is going to be able to say #YesToTheMess by winning a Swiffer Bundle is valued at $83*. 

Disclosure: P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G.By entering the following 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.

Menu Planning Monday - April 25, 2016

The instant pot has been my appliance of choice for cooking in for the past week and I can't see that changing any time soon. The instant pot has been a total life saver for me. 

~ Monday ~

~ Tuesday ~
Garlic Bread

~ Wednesday ~

~Thursday ~
Sloppy Joes

~ Friday ~
Pork Chops

~ Saturday ~
Chicken Ceasar Salad

~ Sunday ~
Carrot Sticks and Celery

~ Baking this week ~
Banana muffins
Peanut Butter Cookies

Where do you go for menu inspiration?

Netflix Siblings Playlists to the Rescue #StreamTeam

We are a one TV in the house kind of family. We do this on purpose so it brings everyone together when it comes to TV viewing. There is only one problem with bringing everyone together to watch TV and that would be trying to decide what to watch. 

Now that summer break is on for our university daughter she is home as well as our 12-year-old daughter who obviously lives with us. Getting these two to agree on a show can sometimes be a chore. Netflix has created siblings playlists and they have been a blessing for us. 

A Tale of Two Distant Ages Playlist has been the perfect fit for deciding what show we will be watching on a rain day over the next 4 months while both girls are home together. 

From time to time there is just not a show they can agree on so we pull out the fortune teller to see who gets to watch the show of their choice. The one shown below is already filled in but if you click here it will take you to a blank one that you can fill in for our viewing needs.

How do you settle sibling conflicts when it comes to tv viewing?  

*** 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. Before I was part of the streamteam I subscribed to Netflix and will continue to do so after my affiliation with them. The opinions on this blog are my own. *** 

My Trip to New York City

I hate to admit it but it took a work trip to get me to New York City. I was also blessed to take my oldest daughter with me on this trip to NYC. 

It isn't that I haven't ever wanted to go to NYC it is just trying to fit it into my life has been near impossible. 


I am not a fan of flying and even less of a fan of flying alone. Can you guess how I traveled to NYC? Yep, alone and by plane. I had a plan to listen to some podcasts I had downloaded for my trip to the big apple. I had two flights to get to New York City because there was no direct flight from where I was flying out of. 

I wish I had a photo to share of my landing in LGA but unfortunately when I boarded the plane the other person was in my window seat, closed the window and snoring. Sad I know! Anyway totally not impressed with that. So I just sat in his seat. Hence no photos of landing in NYC. 


I was picked up at the airport by a lovely driver. I so wish I could remember his name. He was just delightful and such a breath of fresh air for my drive into Manhattan. He pointed out all the sights along the way to me and told me what the weather was going to be like during my trip. He dropped me off at The W Union Square where I would be staying for the night and meeting up with my travel companion also know as my daughter. 

We were staying by Union Square and I loved the mixture of old and new architecture. The buildings were beautiful and gave me a new appreciation for New York. The one thing I have to say that surprised me the most is I have always heard how New Yorkers are not nice people and that was not my experience at all. I found everyone I met along my journey to be so nice and accommodating and helpful. 

I didn't have time to do a whole lot of tourist stuff or sightseeing for that matter but I did have time to take in the sights close by our hotel and most importantly enjoy my time with my daughter away before she finishes her last year of university. We really did have the time of our life and I can't wait to head back to New York City with my husband. 

Thanks Netflix for treating us like Rock Stars for the two days we were in NYC. We enjoyed all the events we attended (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 Premiere coming April 15th) and most importantly made memories that will last a lifetime. 

What is one thing we must do next time we go to New York City? 

*I was provided complimentary lodging and travel from Netflix, for coverage of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 premiere event coverage. No other form of compensation was received.