Celebrate #Canada150 In The Most Unique Way #Giveaway

Canadian Originals Giveaway

I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway from Canadian Originals with you today! Read on and enter below.


How it Works

Canadian Originals is a  monthly subscription box program featuring artisan products selected from the best Canada has to offer. With local, handmade items that are a surprise each month, the fun never ends. You will receive a curated collection of items not widely available abroad or across the country in your box. This makes the items not only homegrown but exclusive too.


I was so excited when I received my Canada 150 July Debut Box in the mail even though I had to wait to open it. I wanted to open it for the very first time with you so I had to wait until the next day. I seriously woke up so excited to dive into my package and I wasn’t disappointed!

The packaging was so fitting and beautiful, the smell was delicious and the products were of very high quality and each so unique. What I loved about the whole experience was that I could tell that each item was carefully chosen to create an overall one-of-a-kind experience. I can’t say that I would necessarily have gone out and bought each item myself but I genuinely loved each piece. And we all know that this makes for the best kind of gift – whether it’s for you or someone else, you can’t go wrong and you will truly love the surprise each month.

Here is a sneak peek of the Canada 150 July Debut Box:


You can subscribe to Canadian Originals in the following ways:
  • Monthly
  • 3 Month
  • 6 Month
  • 12 Month

Each option becomes cheaper with the 12 month subscription being the best value. Shipping is done with a flat rate within Canada and international shipping is also available! I’m already planning to send one to my friend in Australia to share some Canuck love!


When you subscribe to the Canadian Originals newsletter, you will receive a 10% off discount code that you can use towards your first purchase.


The first Canadian Originals box ships out on July 5th with a special Canada 150 Debut Box. They are selling out quickly but one lucky (Canadian) City Mom reader will win their very own. Enter below using the giveaway widget. Good luck!

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Fulfill Your Essential Oils Curiosities with dōTERRA #Giveaway


Essential Oils was a topic that I was very curious about, but I will admit, it seemed overwhelming to me; I had no idea where to start and I wasn’t sure I could afford what it would cost to get started.

Enter Alexandra Kingston, dōTERRA Independent Wellness Advocate. With Alexandra’s help, I was able to try a few of the most popular essential oils from the dōTERRA line. I was also able to sit down for a Q & A session with Alexandra to gain some insight on the uses and benefits of essential oils.



  1. What attracted you to working with dōTerra Essential Oils?
    • I did a lot of research and but what really got me about dōTERRA was the CPTG, Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. This means their oils are free of pesticides and contaminants. There is 3rd party testing used to certify purity, chemistry and potency, and the plants are sourced from their native ( indigenous) growing region.
  2. If you had only 30 seconds to explain the benefits of essential oils, what would you say?
    • I would tell people that essential oils are compounds naturally extracted from plants ( flowers, stems, bark, roots, etc.) Oils are 50-70 times more potent than herbs. Essential oils can penetrate the cell membrane to fight viruses, antibiotics cannot.
  3. What positive impacts have you seen within your family by using dōTerra oils?
    • I have made gradual changes over the past few years and have eliminated almost all cleaning products and now I make my own. I have spent a lot of time researching the products I was using on myself and my children and have found that most of these ( bath soap, tooth paste, laundry soap, hand soap, dryer sheets etc.) can be and have been replaced in my home with a much safer and natural approach. I cook with my essential oils, I clean with my essential oils and I support my family’s health with essential oils.
  4. If someone wanted to easily get started using essential oils, but didn’t know how or where to start, what would you suggest?
    • I would suggest a starter kit, the basics, our top ten essential oils in a kit with hundreds of ideas on how to use them.
  5. How can someone become a dōTerra member?
    • You can shop retail on my website, or you can purchase your own membership, similar to a Costco membership. $42 for a one year membership which lets you shop at wholesale as often or as little as you want. There are also Canadian enrollment kits available that will include the membership right in there and come with different oils and accessories.



I started with the Introductory Kit by dōTerra which includes the Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. Alexandra had also included an extensive list on all the different uses for these three oils. From odor reduction to polishing wood floors to easing sore joints, the uses for essential oils are endless.



Perhaps my favourite use of the essential oils I was given was the Peppermint Essential Oil used on mosquito bites. Not only does it stop the itch, it soothes the pain in a minty, tingly way!


I also found many uses for the Lavender (aromatic, soothing bath…ahhh) and Lemon (cleaning my stainless steel appliances  naturally, easily and beautifully smelling) essential oils. There are an endless array of uses. And I’ve just scratched the surface; there are over 60 different oils to choose from.

Like Patchouli for a glowing complexion or Thyme to promote alertness; lift your mood with Ylang Ylang or sooth your family’s dry winter skin with Ginger.



The dōTerra Essential Oil bottles may look small, but that is because, as Alexandra mentioned, they are up to 70% more potent than regular herbs. Add a drop or two to your bath and it goes a long way. Diffuse your oils, dilute them with water or use them topically, one bottle will last you a long time.


There are so many amazing products offered by dōTerra and I highly recommend that you take a look at Alexandra’s site to discover all of the exciting options. By now we are all aware that many of our traditional products are filled with unhealthy chemicals; there is no better time than now to start investigating essential oils.

Find Alexandra on Instagram or contact her through email. She’ll be able to get you started on your journey with essential oils.



Alexandra is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance your and that of your family’s health. Today she is offering on City Mom reader one dōTERRA Introductory Kit which includes one each 5ml Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils.

Please use the widget below to enter to win. Good luck!

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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!


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mía mariú: Colors For Your Every Mood Giveaway {Can/US}


I recently learned of this cosmetics and skincare line, mía mariú and I’m glad that I did. I was asked to try out a few of the cosmetic products and I was very impressed. But let’s back up a bit and learn more about mía mariú.


mía mariú is a health and beauty company that promotes beauty inside and out. It is based out of Dallas Texas and is founded by CEO Jeannie Price.  Mía Mariú botanical skin care, mineral cosmetics, natural health supplements and fragrances are available exclusively through Independent Advisers and online.

mía mariú also offers a flexible business opportunity with and innovative approach to social selling using the power of e-commerce, social networking and personal service. Women can easily balance their career and personal lives without sacrificing their time with family and friends


I got to try only a few items from the extensive mía line; the Uniquely You Touch Up Kit, three of the Hydrating Stick Glosses and one of the perfecting brushes. There are so many other products that I would like to try like the mineral blush and the perfecting mineral foundations.


Uniquely You Touch Up Kit:

I really liked the mía mariú touch up kit. It comes complete with Magic Satin Powder and three eye shadows in Sexy, Flirty and Savvy. The kit also comes with a cute little application brush that I was able to use to apply my eye shadow and use to line my lids. In the photo below, I used just the cosmetics and tools included in the kit (as well as mascara) to create this look. It took me less than three minutes!


The eye shadow is of good quality. You don’t need to use too much to get a noticeable effect. It also lasts all day long. The size of the compact is 3.5” x 3.5” so it fits easily into handbags. The mirror inside is the same size so it’s big enough to actually use for application. It truly is an on-the-go touch up kit.


Hydrating Stick Glosses:

I was able to choose three of the eleven shades of hydrating gloss so I chose Beso, Encanto and Capricho. I love them all and for different reasons. Beso is great for a daytime look and really brightens your face. The Encanto could pass for a bold day look or a nice evening shade, and the Capricho is a nice neutral look for day or night.

I love the smooth texture of the hydrating glosses and I know how they got their name; they hydrate your lips efficiently without being sticky and gooey. It’s the perfect combination of colour, style and purpose!



One City Mom reader will win a Colors For Your Every Mood Set which includes:

  • 1 Uniquely You Touch Up Kit
  • 3 Hydrating Stick Glosses (colours of your choice)
  • 1 Perfecting brush

This giveaway has a retail value of $109 and is open to Canadian and US residents. You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Enter to win $500 at The Children’s Place!

The Children's Place School Uniforms

I know no one likes talking about “back to school” this early in the season but let’s face it, September isn’t that far away. There’s no better time than now  to start getting prepared for the first day of school. From backpacks to new shoes to school outfits, The Children’s Place has us parents  kids covered this season!

I’m smitten with the School Uniform section at The Children’s Place. Check out this cute outfit that I’ve put together for Little S’ first day of school. Even though she is not required to wear a “uniform” I still plan to send her back to school in style!

How cute are these clothes?

The Children's Place School Uniform


Today you can enter to win a $500 gift card to The Children’s Place! Wouldn’t that be perfect for back to school shopping? Contest begins today (July 15) at 9:00 am EST and ends July 30 at 10:00 pm EST. This contest is open to Canadian and US residents excluding Quebec & Hawaii. Please use the entry form below.

Note that you  may enter this contest on multiple blogs but there is just one $500 prize.

Good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway has been sponsored by The Children’s Place and hosted by Kidsumers. I have not been compensated and all opinions are my own.
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Coming Soon: Peanut Butter Cheerios {Coupon}

Peanut Butter Cheerios

Have you heard the news? Two pantry staples have come together to make a nutritious and delicious breakfast meal that the whole family will love.

That’s right, Cheerios and peanut butter found a love match (must be the love in the air with Valentine’s Day nearing) and came together to create Peanut Butter Cheerios.  Starting March 4th, 2013 you can find them on shelves in your favourite grocery store.


As a Life Made Delicious Ambassador I am happy to say that I got to have a sneak peek (or should I say, sneak taste?) of the new Peanut Butter Cheerios and they are delish! They have a distinct peanut butter flavour without being too overwhelming. And with only 8 grams of sugar per serving, they act as a healthy breakfast choice.


Starting February 5th (at noon), you can visit the General Mills Facebook page to get your buy one Cheerios flavour (BananaCheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, or Chocolate Cheerios) and get one Peanut Butter Cheerios FREE coupon.

Then on March 16th and March 17th, you can redeem your coupon in store.


In our home we have a few different favourite peanut butter pairs. My husband just loves his peanut butter and banana sandwiches and I am a sucker for anything peanut butter and chocolate. Little S likes her PB straight up…no bells or whistles for that girl.

How do you like to eat peanut butter? What’s the most unusual PB pairing you’ve seen?


Share your favourite PB pairing and you could win a Peanut Butter Cheerios Prize Pack valued at $50. Please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure – I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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