Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Experience the #CheeriosEffect {#Giveaway}

We all have that person in our life who is always there and supporting us no matter what. Someone who knows what we are thinking even without it being said.

I have been fortunate enough to be able to share my life with that person. Thirty-two years ago I met a boy who would change my life forever. He is my soul mate and love of my life who can still give my goosebumps by just touching my arm. We have conquered cancer, heart attacks and so far nothing can shake the foundation we have. He is my biggest cheerleader and the shoulder I can go and cry on when needed. He is the "o" that makes my life whole.

We all love to connect. 
That’s the Cheerios Effect.

In today's busy world it is easy to forget to connect face to face. Acknowledging those you are walking by in your day is almost unheard of since we are all walking around looking down at our handheld devices instead of where we are going.

Below you will find Justin & Savanna's Story -

Share your #CheeriosEffect Story to WIN

Cheerios is encouraging Canadians to share their personal connection stories at, where each unique story will be brought to life with a personalized video of Cheerios connecting in a bowl. They are also offering one of It's Just My Life readers a chance to win a $100 Loblaw gift card and 5 boxes of Cheerios for bringing their story to life at Click on the photo below to view my story.

Here's how you can enter: 

  • Visit to create your personal connection story video 
  • Follow and Tweet your story to "@anniecannie Here's my #CheeriosEffect. (link to story)"  (failure to use hashtag will not count in contest entry) 
  • One winner will be randomly chosen using the giveaway link below Entrants must be Canadian residents (excl. Quebec) 18+ 
  • Contest is open from October 22/14 to November 7/14

                Good Luck,                                                 

** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life...  This post is sponsored and I recieved compensation and product was provided. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. The connection story is honest and my own! **

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, October 20, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - October 20, 2014

Time to use up the turkey we have left over so I can make space in my freezer and fridge!

~ Monday ~
breakfast - smoothies
lunch - ham & cheese sandwiches (heated), salad
supper - Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw

~ Tuesday ~
breakfast - bagels and yogurt
lunch - leftovers
supper - Pancakes

~ Wednesday ~
breakfast - toast and smoothies
snack - yogurt
lunch - Noodle Soup, Fruit
snack - brownies
supper - Turkey Noodle Soup

~Thursday ~
breakfast - oatmeal and fresh fruit
snack - apple slices with dip
lunch - english muffins pizzas
snack - organic teddy bear crackers
supper - Sheppard's Pie, Garden salad

~ Friday ~
breakfast - waffles
lunch - leftovers
supper - Turkey Pot Pie

~ Saturday ~
breakfast - waffles
lunch - HM Mac n' Cheese
supper - Pork Chops, Rice, Veggies

~ Sunday ~
breakfast - muffins/bagels
lunch - soup
supper - Hot Turkey Sandwiches, home fries

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Baby Event is Back! #PampersParty

#PampersParty Twitter Party Oct. 16th 8pm EDT 
more information below

When it comes to shopping I know you all like to save money and with your busy schedule getting done all the errands in a timely fashion is very important. Being able to just go to one store and find great deals as well as getting your shopping done quickly is not only important to you but to me too. I prefer to shop at stores that have all my items so that I can spend more time with my family and less time in the stores.

To make your life easier The Baby Event is back at Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Valu-mart or Real Canadian Superstore from October 10-23. The event includes exciting offers on all things baby to make shopping even more convenient! Check out the flyer from your participating stores for details!

Here are some great tips to put to use:

1. Always go with a list. Do you often find yourself aimlessly wandering around the grocery store, forgetting what you’re missing at home? By making a to-buy list you can target exactly what you need, allowing you to get in and get out. And, you can save money by only purchasing necessities!

2. Navigate the store like a pro If you visit the same store each week, organize your list by aisles to save you from backtracking.

3. Schedule a shopping day Pick one day a week and designate as your “shopping day”. This way everyone in the family knows to request the items they need before then, which will help you avoid multiple trips to the store.

4. Pick a store that has everything you need Don’t waste time travelling, going from store to store. Instead, visit a store that meets all your needs – from food, to clothing to baby necessities like Pampers.

Also why not head over to the twitter party happening tomorrow night. Remember to head over to Kidsumers to RSVP for this event for your chance to win some great prizes.

See you at the party! 

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, as always, remain my own.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CatDog: The Complete Series

CatDog aired before my youngest daughter was even born but that didn't stop her from enjoying the series on DVD. Every night before bed she requested to watch CatDog and that became the tv show that we would wind down to every might.

So you think you have trouble dealing with your sibling? Then you’ll howl with laughter and meow for more watching the madcap misadventures of the feline and canine brothers who bring a whole new meaning to the idea of “family bonding” in CatDog: The Complete Serie

Brothers Cat and Dog couldn’t be more different — Cat is clever and cultured, while Dog is a na├»ve but lovable goofball. But they definitely share one thing in common: a body! This crazy set of conjoined twins find themselves in all sorts of silly adventures, but through them all, the two misfits stick together…whether they like it or not!

On DVD October 14, 2014!

Originally airing from 1998-2005, CatDog: The Complete Series features an all-star voice cast which includes Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants, Rocko’s Modern Life), Jim Cummings (The Super Hero Squad Show, Reno 911) and Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents, Rocko’s Modern Life).

MY RATING: 4.5/5

** 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, October 14, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Friday, October 10, 2014

October is the most mysterious month of the year on Netflix #StreamTeam

Nothing better than to settle in with your family for movie night to enjoy a good mystery on NETFLIX. For my family this week it was Spy Kids: All The Time in the World.

We have been watching the Spy Kids movies in this house for years. Spy Kids: All The Time in the World is the 4th movie in the series. We really enjoyed this movie and I thought it was a good way to pass the torch to the next generation of Spy Kids.

Movie Summary:
Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all: married to a famous spy-hunting television reporter (Joel McHale), with a new baby and intelligent twin step kids, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook). When maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) disrupts her domestic bliss - threatening to take over the planet - Marissa comes out of retirement as a top secret agent. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action! With a little help from some familiar Spy Kids friends, Carmen (Alex Vega), Juni (Daryl Sabara), and their faithful dog Argonaut (Ricky Gervais) and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world!

My daughter has continued to watch this movie since she first viewed it on our family movie night. As a matter of fact she liked it so much she wants to be a Spy Kid for halloween this year.

What are some of your favourite mystery movies on Netflix this month?

*** 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, October 10, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Reboot Your Life {#Review}

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Reboot Your Life

We all have time when life just feels like it is stuck. We are always doing the same old, same old and nothing is changing. Why not recharge and change the path you are on. Read the inspiring stories about finding a new path to happiness to help you get back on the right track.

Find your drive to make the changes in your life to get to moving forward and following your dreams. I always find it encouraging to read motivational stories. Each story shared is roughly about 3-4 pages each. The stories are written by every day people like yourself. 

The chapter titles are:

  • Do It Now
  • Follow Your Heart
  • Take a Chance
  • Find Your Purpose
  • Start Over
  • Mind Your Health
  • Overcome Adversity
  • Listen to Your Friends
  • Take Time For You
  • Adjust You Attitude
This book is a great addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and is perfect for every one.

What is your favourite Chicken Soup Book?

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. **

Thursday, October 09, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, October 6, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - October 6, 2014

It is the week leading up to Thanksgiving and this year we are going to my parents to celebrate this wonderful day. What are your plans for Thanksgiving or the weekend coming up?

  • Breakfast - juice, fresh fruit, yogurt
  • Lunch - soap, grilled cheese, milk
  • Dinner - Apple Pork Chops, Rice, Veggies

  • Breakfast - oatmeal, v8 juice
  • Lunch - leftovers in fridge
  • Dinner - steak, potatoes, veggies

  • Breakfast - oatmeal, juice
  • Lunch - soup, milk
  • Dinner - chicken, rice, veggies

  • Breakfast - fresh fruit, juice, tea
  • Lunch - HM subs, pickles, milk
  • Dinner - Chili

  • Breakfast - fresh fruit, juice
  • Lunch - Sandwiches, milk
  • Dinner - Vegetable Soup

  • Breakfast - oatmeal, juice
  • Lunch - lettuce wraps
  • Dinner - BBQ

Sunday (Thanksgiving Dinner)
  • Breakfast - bagels, muffins, orange juice, coffee
  • Lunch -  snackies
  • Dinner - Chicken and Sliders, Ham

Monday, October 06, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion {#Review}

These Pets Are A Real Trip!

In true Littlest Pet Shop fashion I can always count on my daughter to get all her Pet Shop pets out and lined up to watch the newest adventures of Blythe Baxter and her animals.

Blythe Baxter has two amazing gifts – she can talk to animals and can create amazing fashion! Together with her pet friends- Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, Vinnie the gecko and Minka the monkey, Blythe is determined to make her dream of a career in fashion come true.

On DVD September 23, 2014!

Join Blythe and her animal friends as they visit exotic cities such as Paris, Rio and Shanghai and learn that true friends will support you no matter what!

Episodes Include:

  • To Paris with Zoe
  • Shanghai Hi-Jinks
  • Plane It On Rio!
  • The Expo Factor, Part 1
  • The Expo Factor, Part 2

Bonus Features:
  • Sing-Along

MY RATING: 4.5/5

** 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, September 30, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, September 29, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - September 29, 2014

It is officially Autumn with this cool air upon us it is time to cook up some seasonal recipes. Do you cook the same recipes week after week or do you switch up things for the seasons?

  • Tacos

  • Chicken Tortellini Soup

  • Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, veggies


  • Mac & Cheese

  • Leftovers

  • Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

  •  Pasta, Salad

What are you having for dinner this week??? 

See what others are making over at Orgjunkie

Monday, September 29, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Friday, September 26, 2014

Homeschool Friday - Trip to Pioneer Village

One of the definite perks of homeschooling is being able to go to tourist attractions during the non-peak time of year. Today we went to visit Pioneer Village with our homeschool friends where we were able to spend some time in the print shop printing our own papers if you will and setting up the presses.

I am very fascinated with the houses in Pionerr Village since most of them were built around the same time period that my own house was built. It warms my heart to think about the families that called my own house their home hundreds of years ago.

\Take a glimpse into this house set up for the 1820's living on a farm as a true pioneer on our land. The modest furnishing that they had just making do with what they had and have no care in the world as far as electronics goes.

How I would love to truly experience are simple time in life where we would cultivate the land to feed our family and live in one room all together and not off in our own little rooms on our laptops. You must admit that really does sound good.

I hope you enjoyed your glimpse into Pioneer Times here at Pioneer Village. I know the group I toured the village with just loved exploring while we were there.

If you want more of a glimpse into Pioneer Village be sure to check out my daily vlog on YouTube for that day posted below.

What are some neat tourist attractions in your area that you like to do?

Friday, September 26, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Back to your Routine with COVERGIRL, Olay and Secret #PGMom {#Giveaway}

It’s time to get back-to-routine!

September can be a very busy time of year.  With a new schedule to help get back into the groove of homeschooling both my daughter and I want to be prepared! Now that the first few weeks of school are underway and we know that our schedule is working for us, it’s time to make sure that I get back into the full routine. I find that I totally slack in the summer when it comes to make up and skin care because I am always in and out of the pool. Don’t sweat it though, this season Olay, COVERGIRL and Secret have got you covered!

Put your best face forward...

I start my day pretty early... meaning my alarm goes off at 5am Monday to Friday for my husband to get up and ready for week so I have started getting up shortly after that and that gives me a head start to my day. I allows me to get my vlog up in the morning as well as make sure my blog post is complete and ready go. The other little "perk" it gives me is the beauty of getting ready for the day before my daughter is even out of bed. I am able to have my shower and do my morning routine without interruption unless you count the dog pawing at my leg to pet her and give her some attention.

Lately I have been using COVERGIRL + Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer so that I look well-rested and ready to tackle the day – even though I don't always feel that way. Using warmer, brighter shading to counteract dark circles and Olay rejuvenating serum to soothe under eye puffiness, the concealer is applied through a unique cooling metal tip applicator (check it out in my photo below), reducing the look of fatigue around the eyes for a more youthful appearance!

Give her a good foundation...

Do you have a teen or tween daughter? I am teaching my daughter to take care of her skin at an early age that will help control the outbreaks that come with being a tween by giving her a fresh face this back-to-school season with Olay Fresh Effects {Acne Control Scrub!} Salicylic Acid Acne and Blackhead Clearing Scrub, designed to provide unstoppable freshness that lasts all day. For my daughter in university the COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Concealer will help cover those imperfections and dark circles that she gets from staying up late working on school work {wink!}. As a final part of her morning routine, COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation evens out her skin tone while pulling oil and sweat away from the skin instead of trapping it under the foundation.

Time for the Giveaway!!!!

You don't have to take it from me as far as how these wonderful products work you have a chance to win the products mentioned and more to try for yourself and share with your daughter.

One of my lucky readers gets to win this fantastic Back-to-Routine Kit!  This giveaway is valued at $122* and includes:
I will need the winner to provide desired tone for the CC cream (Fair-light or Light-medium) and P&G do their best to send the appropriate product while quantities last.
*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer.

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, as always, remain my own. 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. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My week in photos.... {Wordless Wednesday}

Every week I am going to share my week in photos here on my blog. I love to take pictures as well as video and this is my first week of sharing my photos with you. 

              Until next week....                                                                                 
Do what you love and love what you do,                                

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0