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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spoiler Alert! How Do You Watch TV? {Survey}

Old TV
image from kozzi.com
Given the number of complaints I'm seeing lately about TV show "spoilers" being posted on social media, I decided I'd like to find out more about how my friends and readers feel. How do you watch TV? Live? Recorded? Do you have an opinion on how much/little should be shared after a show airs? Is there a timeline for how long radio silence should be observed?

If you have a few moments, I'd really appreciate your response to the following survey. I hope to get enough responses to write a post on the results, so please feel free to share the link with your friends! Cheers!




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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter at Our Place #KinderMom

I've spent today spring cleaning and digging out the Easter decorations. Yes, I decorate for Easter. Not a lot. Just a few knick knacks, a wreath, a string of pastel-coloured plastic eggs. And of course, our Easter bunny hutch. That's a must-have, and the only Easter decoration we ever had as kids.

The Bunny Hutch of 2012
Much like a Christmas tree, the Easter bunny hutch is the centerpiece of the celebration. It's the focus for the celebration, and provides a spot for the Easter Bunny to leave any little non-egg treats or presents he might bring. You'll see in the image that Boo's basket is all ready underneath there in anticipation of the big morning. You can decorate the hutch however you wish, but we have always included a little house for the bunnies. This year we are thinking of making one from Lego. We'll see if I can find the Lego windows and doors to make that happen.
Hubs and I weren't sure where we stood with the Easter Bunny this year. Boo is 8 now, after all. But when I mentioned yesterday that Easter is coming up next weekend, he kind of freaked out a little that the hutch wasn't yet in place. "The Easter Bunny needs somewhere to put the presents, Momma!" Whew! So glad the magic is sticking around a little longer.

To be clear, the egg hunt is the focus of our Easter celebration, and it isn't a big gifting occasion. When we were kids, my brother and I would get a new spring outfit and probably some outdoors toys, like a skipping rope or baseball glove. Hubs and I have continued that with our boys. They get a small gift, geared to the season. Bubble toys, gardening sets, a soccer net, that kind of thing. Last year Boo got a new bell and mirror for his bike. Unfortunately I don't have anything yet this year, so I'd better get on it!

I do have the chocolate however, mostly thanks to Kinder Canada, who sent me an Easter Egg Hunt kit as part of the #KinderMom program. (Thank you!!) Do you do an egg hunt with your kids? Indoors or out? I've always been fascinated with outdoor hunts, as the spring weather in St. John's was never amenable to that. We do ours indoors still. My biggest problem is remembering how many eggs I've hidden, so I can make sure they all get found! Hubs mocks me every year as I struggle to remember how many and where they should be. 

I actually remember one time, when I was little, finding Easter eggs in July.  OOPS.

To make things easier, and safer for the dog, I place chocolate eggs and jelly beans inside plastic eggs before I hide them. Less chance of missing something that big, and less chance one of the animals will get into them and get sick. Interestingly, Boo has never seemed to catch on that it's the same plastic eggs re-used every year. The power of belief is strong in this one! I also limit the hunt to two rooms - living and dining room. As the boys get older, the hiding spots get more hidden. In the beginning there were just a few eggs placed around the room in pretty clear view. You don't want them to get too frustrated and spoil the fun!

Once again this year, Kinder Canada has partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network for Easter. They will be providing special baskets to CMN hospitals, and will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. I appreciate that the company gives back in this way.



Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always are my own.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Miche Bags - One Bag, Many Looks! {Review}


My mother always had a huge collection of purses.They'd be carefully stacked on the shelf in her closet, and there was one for every outfit. But I'm not sure she actually switched them out all that often - there was always a fave. For me, I'm far too lazy busy to switch out my purses ever. I have a large one for when I need to carry extra stuff and a smaller one for every day. Every day. Other than those, I switch when a purse wears out. But sometimes it would be really nice to change up my look a bit, whether to match an outfit, the season, or an event. Or maybe just even my mood.

And that's where Miche comes in.

Miche bags provide the easiest way ever to change your purse. You start with a base bag in black in one of four sizes (the classic is also available in brown). Then you choose "shells" or covers for the bag, from a huge variety of colours and patterns. The shells attach to the bag in about two seconds, with magnets. No need to empty your purse or transfer items to a new bag - just pop off the current shell, pop on a new one, and you're done! Voila! "New" purse.

The bags come in Petite, Classic, Demi, and Prima. You can think of the Prima as more of a tote, the Petite as an evening bag, and then the Classic and Demi as small and large purses. The Petite and Classic bags work with "wrap-around" shells that literally wrap around the base bag, as shown above, or "slip-on" shells that add extra storage with side pockets. The Demi and Prima have slip-on shells only.

For this review I received a petite base bag with the "Sarah" wrap-around shell. The petite measures 4" wide x 8" long x 6" tall. I found it a great size for an evening out - wallet, brush, lipstick, phone, and still some room left. There is one elasticized inside pocket that is perfect for your keys and lipstick to keep them close to hand. I love the look of the chain on the 20" handle, but did find it had a tendency to attach itself to the magnetic strip at the top of the bag when you laid it down. Not anything to worry about.

The Miche line has a great variety of shells, from conservative through wild animal prints. You can have a look at the collection here. Colour, pattern, materials - there's so much to choose from. I love how easy it is to change your look without transferring the contents of your purse. Plus, the shells take up so much less space than a full purse, and naturally cost less as well. So you can afford to have lots of options in your closet! Saving space, money, and time. Sounds good to me!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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