What Does Having it All Mean to You? Share & You Could Win!

Food Basics I Want it All Contest

What does “having it all” mean to me?

Ten years ago, my answer would have been very different than it is today. Back then I think I would have answered something along the lines of a marriage, a family, a big house, a fancy car, a prestigious career, extravagant vacations, and a wardrobe that would make J-Lo jealous.
Not that there is anything wrong with that answer but as I’ve matured and gained more wisdom and become a mom, my answer is very different than the one I just made up.

Today my answer to the question, “what does having it all mean to me?” is pretty simple…having it all means that my family and I have our health and happiness and the general necessities in life like a roof over our head, clean water, access to healthy foods that are readily available, education, the ability to participate in our community, opportunities for physical fitness, access to healthcare and so on; anything else is gravy! Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy gravy, but for me I don’t need it to feel like I have it all.

Have it All

I believe that when my daughter looks back on her childhood, she is not going to wish that we had a bigger house, a fancier car or more “things”. The memories that fill her story will be that of the simplest things like laughter, unconditional love, special milestones, her friendships, her teachers, her extended family, family vacations (regardless of their location and star rating associated) and the fact that we were there for her through it all.


Having it all means different things to different people and there is no right or wrong answer. We are all driven by different things and it takes such a variety of personalities to make our world what it is.

Today Food Basics is asking you to answer the question “If you won free groceries for a an entire year, what would you do with the savings?” and you could win $1,000 worth of groceries.

It’s really easy to enter…just follow these simple steps at and to learn about the contest rules. Contest runs from May 19, 2016 to June 29, 2016.

Food Basics Contest


And guess what?! It gets better…visit a Food Basics store starting on June 2nd, 2016 for your chance to win 1 of 3 grand prizes of groceries for a year ($10,000 in Food Basics Gift Cards)!

That’s almost $200 extra in your pocket each week! When speaking of having it all – how would that extra cash help you achieve your dream of having it all?

For me I think that I would use the savings to go towards my “gravy” like saving it up to take an extra vacation or to treat Little S to some new adventures and/or splurge a little and have some fancy date nights with my husband…the possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to visit to enter. Have fun and good luck!

City Mom

The Cheerios Effect: Share Your Story to Win


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?!


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):


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?


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

Here’s how:

  • Visit 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!


City Mom

Finish® BOGO: Win a $10,000 Kitchen Makeover!

 Finish BOGO Ultimate Kitchen Makeover

Have you ever been to a party where no matter how many comfortable, inviting couches there are strewn about the house, not a soul occupies them? Instead, guests huddle around the kitchen? Perhaps sitting at bar stools, or even standing? I have witnessed this phenomenon many times in my home and in others and I am sure that you have too.

Because of this, I feel safe in saying that the kitchen is the heart of any home. In our home, the kitchen is the place that many important aspects of our day take place; it’s where I make my coffee first thing in the morning and therefore where survival begins.

It’s where we gather at the end of a busy day to share a meal and nourish our bodies and our minds. It’s where I feed my creativity by experimenting with new and old recipes alike. It’s where artwork ends up, to-do lists linger and tiny fingerprints collect. It’s where the love is!


Because the kitchen is the most important place in the home, I am happy to share a fun opportunity with you. It starts with a deal; buy any two participating Finish® products in store, mail in the official rebate and receive your refund by mail.

But there’s more…when you do that, you’re entered into a contest to win one of ten $10,000 BOSCH kitchen makeovers!

The only issue you may have is deciding which Finish® products are your favourites. In our home, we are fans of the entire Finish® line from the Quantum to the Powerball to the Gelpacs. It doesn’t seem to matter which we use, the result is always the same: sparkling clean dishes!

Check out the Finish Canada Facebook page for more details.


City Mom's Kitchen

One of the things that attracted me most to our condo when we were searching was the kitchen. I have to say that it’s pretty darn close to my dream kitchen as it is, but nothing is perfect and a girl loves to dream.

What I love about my kitchen is the openness; from my sink I can see the TV in the living room, the entrance to Little S’ room, the entrance to our room and thank to strategically placed mirrors, our front door. When I’m in my kitchen, I have eyes on our whole home.

I love the amount of counter space that we have and I’m never hard pressed to make room for appliances, bowls, etc. when cooking. I love that we have a place to put bar stools so people can gather around while someone is working.

But, as mentioned, I do love to dream! So much so that I even created a My Future Kitchen board on Pinterest. If ever there is a kitchen makeover in my future, these pins showcase some of my favs.


What would your dream kitchen look like? Would you go with The Urban Kitchen or are you more a Country Kitchen kind of family? Does the Mid-Century Kitchen speak to you or is The Elegant Garden Kitchen more fitting?

Whatever your taste, the kitchen gallery has a kitchen that will suit your needs. Have some fun and check them out and build your own pin board of dream-kitchen-ideas so that you’re prepared if you become one of the ten lucky winners!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Ultimate Kitchen Makeover Blogger Campaign on behalf of Finish. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

 City Mom

My Embarrassing Stain Moment & Resolve® Tip Exchange


As moms/parents, we are no strangers to stains. In the early days of parenting, the hardest stains to get out were those strained carrots, sweet potatoes and peas. As our children grew we started to deal with grass stains, mud and grape juice!

Now-a-days it seems like paint, more mud, more grass and marker stains are at the crux of our stain-removal-woes. We all have our handy tricks to get out tough stains, some conventional and some not so much, either way we find a way (usually) to get those stubborn stains out.


‘Nightmare’ might be a little too dramatic but this story definitely goes on my list of embarrassing moments.

Take a look at this photograph:

Resolve Tip Exchange

The scene: a romantic anniversary dinner at The Keg, our favourite celebratory restaurant. We had a babysitter, dressed ourselves up and had just ordered our pre-dinner drinks. Of course, I needed a photo to capture this special moment so I asked a stranger sitting nearby.

Just after the photo was taken, I reached for the camera and upon doing so I hit my drink in my other hand and it came splashing down all over my husband’s white cotton pants.  He was covered in tomato juice, and when I say covered, I don’t mean a few drops; the entire drink poured on him.

So not only was his outfit ruined, he was soaking wet but thankfully there was a small saving grace;  we live just a few minutes away so he ran home and changed. Needless to say our evening was a little dampened (no pun intended)!

See what others recommend for this type of stain like mine.



It’s for nights like this, that I am happy we finally have a place to go to share our tried and true stain-removal methods and a place to find help for those stains that leave us scratching our heads. Resolve’s new site, Resolve® Tip Exchange, is your one-stop-shop for stain removal fun.

You can visit and share a stain-removal tip and when you do (once a week) you are automatically entered into a draw to win a grand prize $5,000 shopping spree as well as 12 weekly prizes of prepaid credit cards up to $250!

And if you have one of those head-scratchers, you can ask a question and get answers from the experts!



What is your most embarrassing stain moment? What is the toughest stain you’ve had to conquer and how have you beat it?

Disclosure: I am part of the Resolve® Tip Exchange Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

Stash Your Stuff with Storage Worx & Win!

Storage Worx

I’m no stranger to what it’s like in studentville at the end of the school term. Living in the heart of the city affords us a front row seat to view the leftovers of a school year well-lived. Many of the downtown streets become strewn with debris that finds itself homeless come springtime.

This is risky business as it can result in some pretty hefty fines for homeowners, landlords and even the students heading home. No to mention it’s not good for the environment.

Student Garbage


Luckily Storage Worx has students covered this year.

Storage Worx is London’s  newest full-service self storage facility offering a full line of boxes & moving supplies, climate controlled units and contractor units. They are located in Meadowbrook Business Park just off Exeter Road.

Starting February 21 to April 20, 2013, UWO and Fanshawe College students can take advantage of a promotional offer to stash their stuff over the summer. Check it out:

4-Month Student Storage Package – $395
  • 4 Months of 5′ X 10′
  • Secure Climate Controlled Storage
  • Free Disk Lock (Yours to keep, A $12 Value)
  • Free Move-In with our truck and driver
  • Delivery back to your place when school starts
  • $15 worth of Free Boxes to pack it all in!
  • All you have to do is load & unload

Storage Worx makes moving out and moving in a seamless process from start to finish and students (and their parents) get to have peace of mind that their stuff will be safe, dry, clean and ready for them come next fall.

Check out the award-winning facilities at Storage Worx. And I don’t use the term ‘award winning’ lightly. Storage Worx received the national Self Storage Facility of the Year award for 2012. You’ll see why:

 Storage Worx Facilities

 Storage Worx Facilities


Follow along with Storage Worx on Twitter and Facebook and stay up-to-date on their latest offers and storage information.


And there’s more, today you can enter to win an Apple 16 GB WIFI iPad mini with Storage Worx. Please use the Rafflecopter widget below and to check out the full contest details.

Contest open to legal residents of Canada only (except Quebec). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win. Contest closes: April 15, 11:59 pm EST, 2013.

Only one email address or IP address will be accepted. Multiple entries will be disqualified. No cash or other substitution, assignment or transfer of prizes permitted. Full contest rules are included in Rafflecopter entry form. Contest VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and happy storing!

City Mom

Win a MINI Tablet with Lysol Canada

Lysol NoTouch Hand Soap Dispenser Contest

Do you love doing crafts with your kids? Does the thought of getting creative together excite you? Does the phrase ‘the messier the better’ ring true to you? If you answered yes to all these question then you’re in luck!


From March 11 to April 8, 2013 you can decorate a Lysol® No-Touch® hand soap dispenser with you children and upload a photo of it on the Lysol Facebook page. Uploaded pictures will count towards an entry for daily prizes including a MINI Tablet valued at $329. There will be 21 daily prizes awarded. Check out the full contest rules and regulations here.

Here are some quick, key points to keep in mind when decorating your Lysol® No-Touch® hand soap dispenser:

  • no photo manipulation
  • cannot mimic cartoons, gaming, video, book, TV and/or other licensed properties, and
  • must not contain any visible logos or trade-marks

To browse other creations and to submit your own, visit the Lysol Canada Facebook page.


And to help you with your contest entry, you can visit the Lysol Canada Facebook page to print your coupon to receive $5.00 off of the purchase of a Lysol® No-Touch® hand soap dispenser.


We love our No-Touch® hand soap dispensers; we have one in each bathroom and one at our kitchen sink. When we were asked to decorate one, we were excited. I gave Little S full creative rights and only observed the process. She decided to keep her materials pretty simple with just paint and stickers.

The result is a colourful and vibrant work of art. Although we are not eligible to enter the contest (as a Lysol blog tour participant) our prize is the functional piece of Little S’ art that we can display proudly in our guest bathroom for all to see and admire.


Good luck and happy decorating!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Kid Who Touches Everything blog tour by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Lysol. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

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