Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Find Your Inner Strength {#Review}




Chicken Soup For The Soul: Find Your Inner Strength

Everyone has a story about how they have overcome a struggle in their life no matter what that struggle is - the sense of power you have once you have overcome something that you struggle with can not be described in words.

The stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength, composed by Amy Newmark with a foreward by Fran Drescher give you 10 chapters of empowering stories of resilience, positive thinking, and overcoming challenges:
  • Overcoming Self-Destructive Behavior
  • Fighting Health Challenges
  • Powering Through Loss
  • Moving Past Disabilities
  • Accepting the New Normal
  • Accepting What Makes You Different
  • Learning to Reach Out
  • Rising to the Challenge
  • Pursuing Your Dreams
  • Taking Back Your Life
All the stories begin by explaining what was going on in the writers life before telling you how they over came the challenges in their life.

What is your favourite Chicken Soup Book?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Transform your Home for the Holidays {#Giveaway} ARV $40 #PGMom



The holidays are the time of year when we welcome guests into our home and do some extra entertaining with family and friends. The holiday season means a lot of running around and purchasing gifts, extra grocery items and baking until our hearts content.

I always like to have my house company ready in case someone just drops in unannounced. The folks at P&G makes this task a whole lot easier.


Here are a few tips on how you can become the hostess with the mostess this holiday season:

The Bedroom
Sprinkle Downy Unstopables into your laundry to ensure sheets smell fresh and clean for their entire stay – adding a touch of luxury to their sleep! To be sure your guests feel relaxed place a Febreze Sugared Cranberry Candle on their bedside table – the aroma is certain to put them at ease!

The Kitchen 
Doing laundry can not only be a hassle for guests, but is rarely ever a priority. With Tide-To-Go Pens, you can offer them the feeling of a crisp clean outfit instantly, in the event of a dinnertime mishap.

Harsh winter air and a sink full of dishes may sound like an unsavoury way to treat your special guests. Since they’re sure to be the first to lend a helping hand after dinner, show your gratitude and make dishwashing a pleasant, post-dinner tradition. It’s simple: swap out your favourite scented suds for Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay, cutting turkey grease and rejuvenating your guests’ hands in just five washes!

The Bathroom
Travel sized portions of body wash, face cream, shampoo and conditioner are the perfect items to keep in the full bathroom for your overnight guests. As these products are often the first items forgotten when packing, guests will not have to worry when they see Olay Body Wash and Olay Regenerist waiting for them by the bathroom sink.

In the shower, add a couple shampoo and conditioner options to provide hair products that match your guests’ needs! With Pantene Smooth, your guests will have hair that stays super-sleek for up to 72 hours and, with Pantene Volume, guests who suffer from flat hair will experience 24-hour volume to get them through that holiday party!

Last but not least, remember: before the doorbell rings, spray the house with Febreze Frosted Pine Air Effects. You may be noseblind to your home smell, but guests are not!

WIN!

One of It's just my life... readers will win a Holiday Host Kit (ARV $40) that will include
*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer.

By entering this 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 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 excluding Quebec.

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, December 8, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - December 8, 2014



'Tis the holiday season and for us that brings lots and lots of TURKEY!

We decided to cook up a turkey this weekend so that we could have some economical meals for the week for our family.

What kind of meals do you cook up to save money?




~ Monday ~
Turkey
Potatoes
Coleslaw
Dressing

~ Tuesday ~
Turkey Stew

~ Wedneday ~
Pasta
Salad
Garlic Bread

~Thursday ~
Turkey Potato Casserole

~ Friday ~
Tacos
Rice
Veggie Sticks

~ Saturday ~
Turkey Soup

~ Sunday ~
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie


Monday, December 08, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Farm to Table French Phrasebook {#Review}




French native Victoria Mas shares her love for french food in The Farm to Table French Phrasebook: Master the Culture, Language and Savoir Faire of French Cuisine. My French is a bit rusty at best at times and with this phrasebook in hand I feel as though I am equipped to travel to France and order up some amazing food.

This book will also help you with your shopping at the markets, wine choices and it will assist in when you have to complain about your food also. The pocketsized hardcovered phrasebook has a lot of the little extras that you don't find in other phrasebooks.

This book is a perfect addition for the traveler in your life or someone who wants to learn more French.




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

Friday, December 05, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Do You Want to Build a Snowman?




Wednesday, December 03, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Touched by an Angel {#Review}




Chicken Soup For The Soul: Touched by an Angel

I love reading Chicken Soup for the Soul books because I can just pick them up and read a story or two depending what I have time for without feeling like I have to finish the book in one sitting.

I love reading stories of divine interventions and answered prayers. They give me so much hope to hear of people prayers being answered. I also had a sense of peace when reading some of the stories. I have been inspired but the stories I have been reading in this book. If you are looking for a gift that provides encouragement to someone in your life than Chicken Soup for the Soul - Touched by an Angel 101 Miraculous Stories of Faith, Divine Intervention, And Answered Prayers, composed by Amy Newmark with a foreward by Gabrielle Bernstien is the book to give to them.

The chapter titles are:
    • Messages from Heaven
    • A Gift from an Angel
    • An Auspicious Visitor
    • Miracles Happen
    • My Guardian Angel
    • Divine Messengers
    • Miraculous Healing
    • Answered Prayers
    • Divine Intervention
    • Renewing my Faith

What is your favourite Chicken Soup Book?

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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. **

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Healthy Shopper Fall 2014 Picks {#Giveaway}




We absolutely loved The Healthy Shopper products from this spring. The BBQ sauces were amazing. I jumped at the chance to use their Fall 2014 products because I just knew I would not be disappointed.

The Healthy Shopper is a coupon book for natural and organic products in Canada. They pick the products that they feel are some of the best on the market and feature them in their coupon book. Here are the products they are featuring for the fall.
Olympic Dairy’s new Chia yogurt, the first yogurt on the market with chia seeds. The addition of chia seeds makes Olympic yogurt even healthier and completely surpasses other yogurts that contain artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Chia is also considered a super food and is a source of protein and fiber. It’s the richest plant-source of healthy Omega 3 oil,important for heart and cholesterol health, and is now recognized as a weight-loss helper too. Olympic yogurt also contains pre- and probiotics for an extra immunity boost. Flavours include strawberry, vanilla, plain and pandan.


Our personal favourite, Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis. They’re nut-free, making them a school safe lunchbox essential and each bar or package of minis is made with whole grains and a vegetable powder equivalent to the nutrients found in one serving of vegetables. This yummy snack meets a minimum of 20% of an adult’s required daily intake of vitamins A, B1, B6 C, D and E coming from the vegetable sources. Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Minis are non-GMO, wheat-free, vegan and Kosher. Flavours include chocolate banana, chocolate chip, strawberry, apple cinnamon, and mixed berry.

I couldn't keep these in the house. They were seriously devoured a few packages within minutes and I had to hide the rest of them so we could enjoy them at an upcoming football game. They were soft and chewy and so easy to eat while at the football game.

The Healthy Shopper encourages Canadians to put healthy and organic options in our shopping baskets. Today, parents want less and less artificial ingredients and more natural when it comes to feeding their families, with 58% of them purchasing natural and organic. So, The Healthy Shopper Picks have become a much anticipated and trusted resource for educating consumers on finding healthier organic alternatives to some of our favourite products.

You don't have to take my word on how good the products are because The Healthy Shopper will be giving one Canadian It's just my life... reader a chance to win this awesome prize pack.


Happy Eating!                                            

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.

Friday, November 21, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, November 17, 2014

Staying on Budget by Menu Planning - November 17, 2014



Staying on our budget for the month is difficult to do with the ever rising costs of food in our area. I am sure we are not alone in the rising costs of food and it can really cut into a budget.

I find Menu Planning to be my saving grace every week. I plan my meals for the week and even sometimes on a Sunday you will find me cooking up a storm with the chili, soups and stews for the week so they are ready to eat and I pack the rest away in the freezer for quick meals on those busy days.

Do you plan ahead when you are making meals?




~ Monday ~
Homemade Pizza
Salad

~ Tuesday ~
Lazy Day Casserole

~ Wedneday ~
Garden Vegetable Soup

~Thursday ~
Pasta

~ Friday ~
Chicken Parm
Rice
Veggies

~ Saturday ~
Chili

~ Sunday ~
Leftovers


Monday, November 17, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Some Laughter to Brighten your Day #StreamTeam


The wind is blowing through the trees and the temperature has dropped. For family movie night this week we are looking for a movie to snuggle up with on the couch. Mr. Popper's Penguins was the perfect movie to pick with those adorable little penguins.

Mr. Popper's Penguins was inspired by the classic Newbery Award-winning children's book. My daughter is the perfect age to enjoy Jim Carrey's antics on the screen.

Jim Carrey, Mr Popper,  plays a successful Real Estate Developer in New York City who gets an inheritance from his father that turns out to be five penguins. Mr. Popper's is a divorced father of two and when he decides to hand the penguins over to the Central Park Zoo his son arrives and thinks the penguins are his birthday gift.

Mr. Popper makes a promise to his son to keep the penguins in his apartment. He takes care of the penguins for his son but later he does come to love these precious penguins.

We all thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Popper's Penguins and it left us all laughing and smiling for the evening. If you are looking for a good feel good movie for the family Mr. Popper's Penguins is definitely that movie.

If you have already seen Mr. Popper's Penguins there are more funny flicks on NetFlix this month for you to choose from...

Big Kids
1. Shrek Forever After
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

3. Despicable Me
4. Dr. Suess' The Cat in the Hat
5. Kung Fu Panda 2
6. Mr. Popper's Penguins


Little Kids



*** 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. ***

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, November 10, 2014

Eating on a Budget for a Family



Living on a budget and still eating healthy is very important to my family. I like to get the most out of our money while still eating healthy without all the prepackaged foods. I know it sounds nearly impossible but I am always up for a challenge. I actually thrive on the challenge. One way to help with that is by menu planning each week and taking into consideration our schedule for the week.



~ Monday ~
breakfast - cereal
lunch - Soup & Sandwiches
supper - Leftovers

~ Tuesday ~
breakfast - Oatmeal
lunch - Nacho Dip
supper - Costco

~ Wednesday ~
breakfast - toast and smoothies
lunch - Egg Salad Sandwiches
supper - Chicken Stew

~Thursday ~
breakfast - oatmeal and fresh fruit
lunch - Soup & Grilled Cheese
supper - Lazy Day Casserole (Open Cabbage Rolls)

~ Friday ~
breakfast - waffles
lunch - leftovers
supper - Homemade Pizzas

~ Saturday ~
breakfast - Turkey Bacon & Eggs
lunch - Ham Sandwiches
supper - Taco Soup

~ Sunday ~
breakfast - muffins/bagels
lunch - leftovers
supper - yet to be decided


Monday, November 10, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mexican Food Night Turned Me into a #mexicanchef


The past few days have been very stressful and full of activity at our house this week with our dog having seizures and her just wanting to be cuddled all the time not leaving me a whole lot of time to cook our daily meals. The Old El Paso Restaurante kits arrived at my house just in time to say the least.

Mexican food night is my favourite night! Earlier this week Old El Paso Restaurante arrived on my door stop in three great flavours to tantalize our taste buds - Chicken Tinga,  Baja Fish and Steak Carne Asada. I couldn't wait to plan my meals for the week and add in the Chicken Tinga for my family to try.


All I had to do was add chicken to my Old El Paso Restaurante Soft Taco Kit so that made dinner very quick and easy for life on the go! All I had to do was to make sure the chicken was thawed in time to cook dinner. The marinade for the chicken was so easy I just had to add water, onions and chicken to the pan. The smell just went through the whole house while it was cooking making our mouths water.  

Once the chicken was done cooking we pulled it out of the pan and shredded it up for our taco feast! We let the water in the sauce evaporate before serving and I am telling you it was so good. We added our favourite fixings to the mix and enjoyed tacos packed with flavour.


You don't have to take my word on how good dinner was my friends at Old El Paso have offered one lucky reader of It's just my life... a chance to get their #mexicanchef on with a great prize pack that includes all three Restaurante taco kits PLUS a $75 visa gift card to help you purchase all the essential ingredients to create your own Mexican meal at home!

Here's how you can enter:
  • Just Tweet or Instagram a photo of your favourite Mexican-inspired dish using the hashtag #MexicanChef and then leave a blog comment with the link to your post so I can check it out
  • One winner will be randomly chosen using the giveaway link below 
  • Entrants must be Canadian residents (excl. Quebec) 18+ 
  •  Contest is open from November 6/14 to November 30/14


Good Luck,                                                           



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Thursday, November 06, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#ShiftAShade This Fall with Clairol




If you watch my videos or follow me on social media you may have noticed that my hair colour changed. I documented my transformation on YouTube as well as on instagram as I had you all come along with me on my trip to the big city.

I was met at the door by the Clairol team when I entered Hair on the Avenue to have my before photo taken. Then I was off to meet with colorist extraordinaire Luis Pacheco to choose my new hair colour. I gave him free reign on my hair colour because the dye comes out and the hair grows has always been my theory and besides he is the professional not me.

Before Shot
I had already started to go darker with my hair a few years ago but I definitely never would have been brave enough to go this dark without someone else's professional opinion. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith that things will be how they are meant to be. As you can see by my before picture I was a mousy brown at best. Although it did compliment my skin tones a lot better that my natural dirty blonde hair colour it still didn't have the zing I was looking for.

After a wonderful consult with Luis from Hair on the Avenue they ended up using Clairol Nice and Easy R4/131 Rich Dark Brown. I have to say that I was more than pleased with the results of the new colour. I love how it compliments my skin tones and makes me glow! I am getting compliments on my hair colour where ever I go and every is telling me to keep my hair colour this colour as it really suits me! Thanks so much to the Clairol team for allowing me to have such a pampering day.

You can Shift A Shade too! Here's a coupon for Clairol's Nice and Easy.

For more of a look at my day you can find the YouTube video here:





Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0