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Hard Candy – 7 Days of Giveaways


Day two of my Blogiversary celebration, here we go…

I’m very excited to feature Hard Candy cosmetics today on City Mom.

Hard Candy

Hard Candy is an American company based out of New Jersey but recently became available in Canada. They have some really cool products like press on eye shadow, skin luminizers and breath freshening lip gloss.

Hard Candy products are sold exclusively at Wal-Mart (in Canada) and today you can enter to win two great products.

Glamoflauge – Heavy Duty Concealer

Love, love this concealer! And when they say heavy-duty, they mean it. This stuff can cover any blemish, sunspot or scar and guess what…it can even camouflage tattoos. I don’t have a tattoo myself so I can’t confirm this but based on its qualities I don’t doubt it in the least.

I felt confident wearing this product. It comes in three shades; light, medium and tan. Make sure you select the perfect shade when purchasing. It’s so powerful that it will show through if the shade is off from your natural skin tone.

1,000 Lashes – Fiberized Lash Weave Mascara

Of all the products I use in terms of cosmetics, I just can’t live without my mascara. The 1,000 Lashes mascara is infused with fibres that thicken, separate, and lengthen lashes.

It comes in some really cool shades like Mermaid Teal and Lush Green. Experiment with the different shades for different looks. It goes on smoothly and washes off well too.


One reader will win a Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer and a 1,000 Lashes Mascara in their shades of choice.

First Entry (Must be done before completing extra entries)

Visit Hard Candy and share one of the products that are now available at Wal-Mart in Canada. Leave a comment including the product name.

Extra Entries

  1. Like Hard Candy and City Mom on Facebook. Leave a comment here on City Mom letting me know you did and under what name.
  2. Follow Hard Candy and City Mom on Twitter and tweet the following: City Mom’s 7 Days of Giveaways enter to win 7 fabulous giveaways including cosmetics from @HeresHardCandy #giveaway #win – Can be tweeted once a day
  3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook status: Enter to win 7 fabulous giveaways on City Mom: Today’s giveaway includes cosmetics from Hard Candy: – Can be posted once a day
  4. Follow City Mom on Google Friend Connect
  5. Subscribe to (and confirm) City Mom’s free updates (top right sidebar)
  6. Enter any of the other 7 Days of Giveaways features (1 comment for each giveaway)
  7. Place the 7 Days of Giveaways badge on your blog. Include the link to follow.


  1. The Hard Candy giveaway will run from June 25 – July 7 at 6 p.m. ET
  2. Entries are open to Canadian residents
  3. One winner will be chosen (using And the Winner Is) and will be notified at the email address used upon entry
  4. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification and failure to do so will result in a new winner selection
  5. Winners are eligible to win more than one giveaway

Good luck and thanks for entering!

City Mom

Calling All City Mom Fans



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The competition is heating up!  It’s going to be an intense two weeks…but we can do it!

Today on City Mom I’m asking for your help.  A few weeks ago I posted an essay that acted as an entry for Ddrops  Bliss Contest and voting has begun.

Four winners will be selected (from 20 entries) to go to Blissdom Canada 2011. 

What is Blissdom you ask?  Well it’s the Oscars of the Mommy Blogger world.  Okay, I may be exaggerating a little.  It’s actually a conference held somewhere in Canada (location is TBD) where women who blog get to meet under one roof to celebrate, learn, network and meet up with friends made through the blogging world.

I REALLY want to go.  And you can help me get there.

All you have to do is visit think link.  Scroll to the bottom to Post a Comment. 

Enter your name and email address (emails are not shared) and leave a comment in the entry field stating you vote for City Mom and click Post Comment.  It should take you less than one minute and there’s no signing up or telling your life story in order to vote.

If you like City Mom and you like my article then please vote for City Mom!  I’ll be representing Canadian and London Moms alike!

Thank you!

City Mom

The Sweetest Christmas Gift/Giveaway


It is with absolute enthusiasm that I write about the Hallmark Recordable Storybook. This little gift brought a tear to my eye and I am so excited because Hallmark has given me four copies to share with City Mom readers. And just in time for Christmas!

Personalizing your storybook…

These priceless books allow you to record your voice while reading the story. That means that your child can choose to have you tell him/her the story whenever he/she wants…even if you’re not there.

I received the recordable The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore. I asked City Grandma and City Grandpa to read/record the story. Little S sees us all the time, but doesn’t get to see her grandma and grandpa as often so who better to read her this classic tale?

City Grams and City Gramps just loved this book. They said it was really simple to use and easy to record and re-record where necessary. They thought the instructions that came attached were really easy to understand. They were quite impressed with this ingenious idea.

The books also allow for a personalized dedication on the front page before the story begins. S’s grandparents also threw in a personalized good-bye at the end of the story for an added personal touch.

There are many titles to choose from. You’ll find titles like All The Ways I Love You, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Hey Diddle, Diddle. There are also three holiday titles to choose from: The Night Before Christmas, Very First Christmas and Frosty The Snowman. The holiday Recordable Storybooks retail for $24.95 and the other titles sell for $29.95.

Check out the Hallmark website to see all the titles and to view a video that shows these books in action.

How to get your own copy…

You can visit any Hallmark store to pick up your copy and you can enter the City Mom giveaway.

Contest Rules

  1. Entries are open to Canadian and U.S. residents.
  2. Contest will run from December 15th 2010 to December 18th 2010 at 5:00pm EST.
  3. Four winners will be selected at random using
  4. Winners will receive one copy of The Night Before Christmas recordable storybook.
  5. Winners will be contacted at the email address used during entry.
  6. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to the winner notification email at which time they will provide their shipping address. If a winner does not respond within 24 hours a new winner will be randomly selected.

How to Enter

  • Main Entry: ‘Like’ Hallmark on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did.
  • Extra Entry: Subscribe to City Mom free. Leave a separate comment letting me know you did that too.

This contest is running on a short time line to ensure the books arrive to the winners in time for Christmas! Good luck and happy holidays!

Waste Reduction Week / Giveaway

Hey London, let’s step up to the plate and hit one out of the park; funny, I’m not even a baseball fan but this timely analogy seems fitting as we’ve got quite the challenge ahead of us. Starting today and running until Sunday, October 24th Waste Reduction Week (WRW) is taking place and London is at the forefront of this initiative.

WRW dates as far back as the mid 1980’s when a number of environmental organizations rallied together to hold waste reduction events. In 2001 these organizations came together to create the national event now known as Waste Reduction Week in Canada. The Recycling Council of Ontario was the leader of the efforts put in place in our province and London has been a determined member of the RCO for many years.

The WRW action is a call to all Canadians to reduce their waste; plain and simple. Many of us are already doing our part in our homes and at work to reduce our waste. This dedicated week is designed to remind and motivate individuals and families to share their experience and find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

In 2008 London accumulated an overall total of 159,380 tonnes of waste. Of that total:

  • 59 percent or 93, 650 tonnes were delivered directly to a landfill
  • 41 percent or 65,730 tonnes of total waste was diverted
    • 9,400 tonnes were reduced on-site (at home) through composting and/or grasscycling
    • 18,270 tonnes were reduced through centralized composting
    • 27,660 tonnes were recycled through the curb side program, multi-residential program, materials delivered to the Community EnviroDepots, public space bins and electronics
    • 10,400 tonnes were reduced through other programs such as wood and scrap metal waste and white goods

There is a multitude of ways in which you can contribute and you’re probably already doing many of them but here are some helpful tips to assist you this week:

  1. Visit the websites linked above to find new ways to follow the three R’s and to learn of the programs London offers.
  2. Visit City Mom each day this week to learn of new ideas to carry out waste reduction in your home.
  3. Participate in the City Mom challenge and giveaway.


  1. After reading this post, go out into the world and practice the three R’s in as many new and unique ways you can.
  2. Come back to City Mom, click on the ‘Leave a Comment’ link at the top of this post and share your experience with us.
  3. You can enter as many times as you would like with a new idea that you have implemented each time.
  4. Entries must include something you did to support Waste Reduction Week.
  5. Challenge is open to Canadian residents only.


  1. The submission that has received the most ‘Thumbs Up’ votes (City Mom will not be voting) by 5:00PM ET on Sunday October 24th will receive a package of two Filtrate High Performance  furnace filters by 3M (to fit your furnace). These filters are designed to help your furnace perform more efficiently; this will save you money and reduce energy consumption. Filtrate High Performance filters also contribute to improving the air quality in your home for the health and safety of your family.
  2. The winner will be contacted at the email address provided during entry.
  3. Good luck, have fun and happy reducing!

Send your child to school with a waste-free lunch:

  • Use reusable containers for sandwiches instead of sandwich bags
  • Buy lunch items in bulk or family size to reduce packaging
  • Use a thermos for beverages instead of juice boxes or bottled water
  • Use a reusable lunch bag instead of plastic or paper lunch sacks
  • Send an absorbent cloth for wiping up after lunch instead of wipes or napkins

Photo courtesy of Photographed by Nuttakit.

City Mom is on Vacation


City Mom has gone country…and loving every minute of it!

Everyone needs a vacation now and then even from the things you love, so while it pains me a little to write this, I feel it’s only fair to let you know that I’m taking the week off and asking a favour; I’m handing the keyboard over to you. Your assignment is to create this week’s post by sharing your favourite Thanksgiving recipes. Just enter it into the Reply field to share with everyone. 

So until next week…happy eating and happy Thanksgiving!

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Will You Be Working on That This Weekend?

“No!  I will be spending time with my family;  my amazing little girl, whom I only see 3.5 hours a day, and my husband,  with whom I get about half that amount of quality time.”  This was my desired response when asked this question from a colleague at work.  My actual response was a simple “No, I won’t be.” 
This question left me buzzing, antsy fingers and all, with the only possible remedy coming in the form of a good workout on the keyboard.  I wanted, and needed, to dig into this. 

Can a parent be successful and at the top of his/her game in all facets of life?

Let’s look at the main aspects of a typical person’s life:

  1. Family (children, partner)
  2. Extended Family (parents, siblings etc.)
  3. Career (hours at the office, overtime, networking etc.)
  4. Social
  5. Health & Wellness (exercise, nutrition, personal hygiene, hobbies)
  6. Sleep

This list is not presented in any particular order but the items do jump out at me as the six main components of one’s life.  Is it possible to perform the best you possibly can in all six areas or is it inevitable that one or more will suffer?  Do we need to dilute our performance, spreading out our energy and focus or can we achieve top results in all areas?

Am I expected to work on a project over the weekend?  Will I get ahead faster? Will my career suffer if I choose not to?  I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist to know the answer to these questions is a big bold Yes!  So where to hone in?  This is obviously a choice made on a very individual level and personally my family comes first…but what area of my life is losing out because of that?

The words ‘balance’, ‘prioritization’ and ‘time-management’ seem to be key in answering these questions but first we need to find time, energy and focus to explore those areas to put our skills to the best possible use; and all this is making me dizzy.

What are your thoughts?  How are you finding harmony in your life?  Share your tips, ideas and thoughts and have a relaxing weekend!

Photo courtesy of photographed by Stefano Valle.

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