The Cheerios Effect: Share Your Story to Win

#CheeriosEffect

Have you heard of the Cheerios Effect? It is a real scientific principle that is nicknamed after the cereal; it’s about the fact that if you drop two Cheerios into a bowl, they’ll always eventually float together and connect. How cool is that?!

ABOUT THE CHEERIOS EFFECT

Every morning, a story of connection is played out in your breakfast bowl. And just like those two tiny, floaty little Os, we’re all drawn together. We believe nothing could be more natural. So no matter who you are, where you live, or who you choose to share your life with, we believe everyone is worthy of connection – and everyone has a story worth sharing. – The Cheerios Effect

I really love Annie & Lisa’s connection story as it reminds me a bit of my own story that I created (see below):

MY #CHEERIOSEFFECT STORY

Kelly and Melissa

When I was asked to create my #CheeriosEffect connection story so many people ran through my mind. Of course there is my husband, my daughter, my family and friends but I decided to share my story about my oldest friend Melissa.

Melissa and I met at the age of 10 when were in Grade 5. Melissa moved to London and started attending my school; 27 years later, Melissa and I are just as close. To say she is my best friend is an understatement; we are more like sisters without the fighting over clothes. :)

Melissa and I chat almost every morning where we discuss the latest dramas with our children, our shared business and living an authentic, positive life. I think we both look forward to our morning chats as it starts the day off on the right foot and it keeps us close and current.

Melissa holds a special place in my heart because she has been there for me through thick and thin. She is a pillar of strength for me at times when I need it most. She is part of my “team” of people who make life happier when things are good and easier when things aren’t so good.

For these reasons I chose to dedicate my Cheerios Effect story to Melissa. Who would you dedicate your story to?

SHARE YOUR #CHEERIOSEFFECT STORY TO WIN

One lucky City Mom reader will win a $100 Loblaws Gift Card and five boxes of Cheerios!

Here’s how:

  • Visit cheerioseffect.ca to create your personal connection story video (it can take less than 2 minutes)
  • Follow and Tweet your story to @_CityMom and be sure to use the #CheeriosEffect tag in your tweet (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 Oct. 23/14 to Nov. 2/14
  • Have fun!

#CheeriosEffect

City Mom

Halloween Round-Up: Fun Things to Do in #LdnOnt

Halloween Round Up

I can’t believe just how fast the summer flew by; then September and now we are just 21 days away from Halloween. I don’t know about you but it has completely snuck up on me and I do not at all feel prepared.

In the case that you need a little motivation to get in the Halloween spirit, here is a list of fun Halloween-themed events to do with your kiddies around the city. Enjoy!

MOMSTOWN LONDON 2ND ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BASH

  • Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Middlesex Centre Wellness and Recreation Complex, Komoka
  • Cost: Free for momstown pass holders, $5 for non pass holders per child 6 months +
  • About: Halloween games, songs, crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers!  Join momstown London with your little goblin(s) for an afternoon of Halloween fun!  No tricks, just treats!
  • For More Info: eventbrite.ca/momstown-halloween-party

BABY’S FIRST HALLOWEEN BASH

  • Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: 296 Horton Street East (Directly above Tim Hortons)
  • Cost: Free!
  • About: Join momstown London for a special Halloween party for babes 0-12 months. There will be keepsake crafts, sensory bin fun, Halloween songs and rhymes to help baby celebrate their very first Halloween! Baby will enjoy lots of social play while moms enjoy some Halloween treats! Don’t forget to dress baby in their costume!
  • For More Info: facebook.com/events

PAPER PASSION STUDIO HALLOWEEN PARTY

  • Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Paper Passion Studio, 1700 Hyde Park Road
  • Cost: $5 per child
  • About: Join Paper Passion Studio for some Halloween fun!!  Treats, paper crafts and fun for kids of all ages! RSVP is requested so they can ensure there are enough materials for everyone.
  • For More Info: paperpassionlondon.com

FAMILY BOO-SEUM HALLOWEEN PARTY

  • Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: London Children’s Museum, 21 Wharncliffe Road South
  • Cost: Tickets are available for purchase online:
    • $10 per person
    • $5 for children under 2
    • Free for children under 1
    • Free for Children’s Museum Members!
  • About: The London Children’s Museum becomes the BOO-seum for one special night of family friendly trick-or-treating and Halloween celebration! Come and join us in a safe, warm and well-lit family environment for everything Halloween! Don’t forget to wear your costume!
  • For More Info: londonchildrensmuseum.ca

HAUNTED VILLAGE HAYRIDES

  • Date: Various dates ranging from October 17 – 30, 2014 (see more info for specific dates)
  • Time: Various times (see more info)
  • Location: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.
  • Cost: $11 per person – Advance ticket orders recommended.
  • About: Frankenstein in Upper Canada: A Play by Jason Rip. Directed by Sheri Munroe.
  • After the nameless Monster has destroyed his family and his happiness, Victor Frankenstein pursues his creation North, traversing London township on the way. A bout of illness keeps both scientist and experiment in one place for a time. A missing chapter from Mary Shelley’s ground-breaking and terrifying novel.
  • For More Info: fanshawepioneervillage.ca

HALLOWEEN IN THE VILLAGE

  • Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Wortley Village (various locations in village)
  • Cost: Free!
  • About: From Pumpkin Carving to a Haunted House there is lots of fun to be had at Halloween in the Village. Check out the More Info link for a full listing of events and times they take place.
  • For More Info: halloweeninthevillage.com

STORYSPOOK VILLAGE

  • Date: October 24 – October 30, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Storybook Gardens
  • Cost: $15 per child (Adults & children under 12 months are free with paid child admission)
  • About: Enter through the haunted castle and meet costumed characters at our Trick-or-Treat stations located throughout the park.
  • For More Info: storybook.london.ca

As with all City Mom roundup posts, if you know of an event in the city that I have not listed here, please feel free to leave the details in a comment below.

Happy Halloween!

City Mom

Renovating our Guest Bath & Saving With #CAARewards

CAA Logo

 Back in July I shared a post with you that explained all the benefits of a CAA Membership. The focus was really on the fact that CAA offers so much more than Roadside Assistance.

My ‘to-do’ was to spot one of the CAA Partners and report back to you on my experience using my CAA Membership to save. Today I’m really excited to share my experience.

 HOW I SAVED

CAA Rewards

Of course in order to save, I first became a CAA Member, which I did with ease. Next I visited the list of CAA Partners to learn all about the saving options.

For me, I knew right away where I wanted to save; we are redoing our guest bathroom as we haven’t touched it since we moved in almost five years ago. Everyone knows that the most effective and cheapest way to revitalize a room is by applying a new coat of fresh paint.

Luckily for me, I discovered that CAA Members receive a 25% savings at DULUX Paints. So off to the shop we went; but the story gets even better.

When we arrived to the store, we discovered that DULUX was already running a promotion for 40% off their manufactured paints. I figured that I would probably use that promo rather than my CAA Reward as it was a greater saving; I was pleasantly surprised to learn that CAA Members receive an additional 5% savings on top of any promotion that DULUX is already running. How great is that?!

CAA Rewards

Most reward programs have that fine print that says something along the lines of “not to be combined with any other offer”. The gentleman at the store (who was extremely helpful) let us know that they offer CAA Members a discount in addition to their sales. Both my husband and I were really impressed!

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT DULUX

CAA Rewards

The gentleman at the shop was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We showed him our inspiration (see photo below) and explained that we wanted to brighten up the dark room with a shade of white that did not match the plain white trim, but also didn’t clash with it.

He led us to the colour palate wall and explained that we should find a colour that matched with our inspiration and then work up the wall to find the lightest shade. This way it doesn’t clash with our white trim and matches our inspiration art.

Our Inspiration

Overall we had an exceptional experience at Dulux Paints and with a CAA Membership you get to save big which is always a bonus!

For what would have normally cost us $69.99 (before tax) as CAA Members it cost us $38.49 + tax (with their sale). And guess what? Their sale is on until October 12th  so that gives you enough time to get your CAA Membership and save like us, not to mention many other saving options!

Have you checked out the CAA Partners yet? Where would you like to save?

Disclosure: I am participating in the CAA campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

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