Monday, July 28, 2014

The Other Woman {#Review & #Giveaway}

Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann were so funny in this movie. This was a hilarious movie of revenge and consequences. I have to be honest when I seen some of the critics ratings of this movie I almost didn't want to see it but decided not to pay attention to what they thought because on so many other occasions I have found them to be wrong. This was definitely worth the watch in my opinion. 

On Blu-Ray and DVD July 29, 2014!

It’s time to get even! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes girl power to a whole new level with THE OTHER WOMAN. With Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann as the leading ladies and newcomers Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj bringing the jokes left and right, ladies all over better be ready for the perfect movie to end their summer in style! Cameron Diaz leads a knockout cast in this irreverent comedy about love, lust and the laws of karma. New York attorney Carly Whitten (Diaz) is nobody’s fool. So when she accidentally discovers that her too-good-to-be-true boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, she’s less than thrilled. 

Eight times Cameron Diaz has been a boss...

1. When she and the other angels kicked butt and saved Bosley after he had been kidnapped.


2. When she refused to put up with BS. Even from her students.


3. When she didn’t remember that she got married in Vegas, and then she hit the jackpot.

4. When she was a princess by day and ogre by night.

5. When three guys loved her, even though this happened...


6. When she was never too old to play dress up.

7. When she was an amazing mom.


8. When she still doesn’t put up with BS. 

My Rating: 3.75/5

~*~ WIN ~*~
My Canadian readers have a chance to win a Bluray/DVD copy of the movie The Other Woman

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Monday, July 28, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

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 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.


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

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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. 

  • Chicken Burgers, Salad

Tuesday - Canada Day! 

  • Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread

  • Pork Chops, Potatoes, Veggies

  • Chicken Enchiladas, Nachos

  • Cold Cuts, Salads, pickles etc

  •  Potluck Family Meal Get-together our House

What are you having for dinner this week??? 

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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

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Healthy Shopper Picks for 2014

I know at my house we are all about eating healthy and knowing what is in our food that we are eating. My middle daughter has a lot of dietary issues so it is vitally important for us to know what is in her food. I also know that we are not alone in wanting to know what we are eating. This is where the healthy shopper comes in. 

Summer is the perfect time to make the switch to eating more naturally and organically. For 15 years, The Healthy Shopper coupon book has encouraged consumers to try high-quality natural and organic products at more affordable prices. Its book Unjunk Your Junk Food has become trusted source for helping families eat healthier and live better. Andrea and Randy’s latest venture is the launch of The Healthy Shopper Store January of this year.
My family loves to barbecue and the Simply Natural sauces were a hit at our house. We put the sauces on everything that goes on our bbq this summer and every time we have been more than pleased with the taste. Seriously check out the picture below of our dinner fresh off the grill, it doesn't just look delicious it is delicious. 

Simply Natural Organic Barbeque Sauces - All Simply Natural products are made without the use of preservatives, chemical additives, food colourings, irradiation or any genetically modified ingredients. Simply Natural by Chelten House is committed to producing the finest quality all natural condiments, including its delicious organic barbeque sauces, using the freshest ingredients and recipe expertise. It only produces its products in small batches to ensure quality control and a delicious taste.

Simply Natural Organic BBQ Sauces have a homemade flavour that will leave you simply wanting more. Look for the Simply Natural Brand of Organic Tangy, Smoky Flavour and Barbeque Sauce with Honey at your local health food store. Suggested retail: $3.99 Cdn.

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.

Wednesday, July 09, 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. 

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

  • Chicken, Rice, Broccoli

  • Pasta, Salad

  • Pork Chops, Potatoes, Peas, Carrots

  • BBQ Chicken, Rice, Roasted Veggies

  •  Tacos, Nachos

What are you having for dinner this week??? 

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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.

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Friday, July 04, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Travel Essentials! #pgmom {#GIveaway}

It is officially that time of year!!!! Summer Time!!! This summer for us means a lot of day trips in the car to various attractions only a few hours away. When it comes to day trips I like to plan them out and make sure that we have everything packed that we are going to need.

P&G has made packing for my summer road trips so much easier by putting together a Summer Travel Essentials as well as some great tips:

Take time to prep
  • Dedicate time well before departure to plan your pack—yes plan. Check the weather forecast, ensure flight times are accurate, check construction and closures and find alternative routes to make a realistic travel route to get you there on time. If flying, remember to double check what you can bring in your carry-on to avoid anything being thrown out.
  • Avoid the morning of mad dash to gather all necessary toiletries and invest in a travel set of essentials.  Do you need a full size shampoo and conditioner for the family to share, or can you use the adorable mini travel-sized items, like the super cute and convenient miniScope Outlast ($2.99*) to maintain fresh breath on the go? If you have essentials you just can’t duplicate, like an electronic toothbrush, add them to your last minute pack list.
Make a list, check it twice
  • If heading on a road trip, packing the family and your trip essentials can mean a tightly packed car. Making a check list of what you really need will help eliminate those “nice to have” items that will overflow the car.
  • Involve the kids – throughout the week have the kids write down items they use in the day on a chalk or white board in a central location (i.e. kitchen fridge). At the end of the week, go through the list together and narrow it down to the must haves. You may be surprised by some of the things you use daily!

To pack it right, pack it light!
  • The lighter the better! We know packing with kids and pets it may be difficult to live by this mantra, however keeping things light and simple leaves room for souvenirs.
  • Downsize by bringing items that have more uses than one. Bring Pampers Sensitive wipes ($3.99*) – they work wonders for baby’s bottom and do double duty by wiping faces  clean of juice spills and other sticky messes. Be sure to have Puffs Basic Tissues ($5.99*) on hand to aid in the unexpected clean up!
  •  Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets ($8.99*) are a great static solution on the go. Rub along your electric-charged clothing item to help remove pesky static!
  • When packing clothing, try rolling versus folding. It often helps keep things less-wrinkled and can save space in your suitcase. And to keep everything smelling fresh, longer, spray the inside of your suit case with Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength ($2.99*).
Car essentials
  • It’s easy to get tempted by road side stops for fries and ice cream, which can add up and increase your budget. Try bringing cut fruit, veggies and bags of trail mix to help curb everyone’s appetite! And don’t worry about the mess, Bounty DuraTowels White Paper Towels ($3.49*) are perfect for spills and sticky fingers.
  • Bathroom pit stops can often be annoying if certain amenities are missing – don’t leave the house without bringing your own Charmin Basic ($4.99*) so you’re always fresh and comfortable. Keep your mouth feeling fresh too by bringing Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush ($7.99*) and ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss($3.99*) so you can head back into the car feeling rejuvenated, ready for the next leg of the trip.
  • Long car rides can often result in smells you’d wish you left at home. With leftover snacks sitting around, get rid of the odours by using aFebreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener ($3.99*) to keep your vehicle fresh for hours and hours.
Safety first
  • Always remember to bring a first aid kit. No one wants to get sick on vacation so be prepared for everything that may get thrown your way. From cuts, bruises, to colds and allergies, be ready to tackle it all so the fun never stops!

One of It's just my life... readers will win a Summer Travel Essentials Prize Pack(ARV $50) that will include

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/mamanP&G. 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.

Thursday, July 03, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0