Giveaway RoundUp! – March 25, 2015

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My Current Giveaway(s):

1)  “Goldfish Crackers Offers Ways to Create #GoldfishSmiles #Giveaway CAN 26/03 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-4bf via @MyBitsandBleeps” 

2)  “Mini-Wheats #TryitHot Prize Pack #Giveaway CAN 03/04 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-4bu via @MyBitsandBleeps

3)  “Spring Cleaning #PGMom #Giveaway CAN 15/04 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-4bY via @MyBitsandBleeps

4)  “Test the Best #PGMom #Giveaway CAN 17/04 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-4c6 via @MyBitsandBleeps

5)  “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom Review and #Giveaway CAN 30/04 @ChickenSoupSoul http://wp.me/p12Gyx-4ce via @MyBitsandBleeps

6)  “Activia Challenge Kits #Giveaway CAN 25/03 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-4cv via @MyBitsandBleeps

Always keep on the lookout; more will follow soon! 

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Shaving Cream DIY

Shaving Cream

Lower your carbon footprint and quit buying chemical-infused shaving creams or those nasty aluminum bottles. Make your own shaving cream.
What You Need:
1/2 teaspoon sunflower oil
1/4 cup unscented glycerin soap
Double broiler
A cup or mug
Directions: In your double boiler, melt chunks of the glycerin soap. Stir in the sunflower oil. Move the mixture into a mug as soon as all of the glycerin chunks are melted. The “cream” will set quickly. When you’re ready to shave, simply work water against the soap until a lather builds and apply.

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Interview With Cityline Host: Tracy Moore

Since posting my Activia Challenge Giveaway [ Activia Challenge Kits #Giveaway CAN 25/03 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-4cv via @MyBitsandBleeps ]. I was given the opportunity to interview Tracy Moore (Cityline host) and I couldn’t pass it up.

A big thank you goes out to Tracy for scheduling time for me in her busy day!

Q1) Do you often have time to dedicate just to yourself (me time) and what’s your idea of a relaxing time?

A1) The genius way for ‘me time’ is to disguise it as working out.  Me time = Fitness time.  I work out 2 mornings and 2 afternoons, and Saturday morning the kids stay in their rooms until the treadmill beep.  A perfect day for me would include: going to the restaurant with the family or just with my husband, having a good conversation with my husband without interruptions, or reading for a couple of hours.

Q2)  It’s not easy to always eat right as an average mom. How does a busy one; like you, manage and maintain a nutritious diet while always on the go?

A2)  I’m good about forgiving myself.  For example, I had a busy day yesterday and by 6 pm I was famished.  My dinner was a protein shake and half a loaf of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and went to bed.  It’s ok.  I’m busy, I’m tired, I workout.  Every day is a chance to get it right.  I just turned 40 in January.  It’s ok, stop beating yourself up.  90% of the time it’s major organization.  My meals of the next day are done the day before, along with the kids lunches.  Our family doesn’t have the traditional roles.  My husband cooks the meals.  He enjoys cooking.  He includes lean meats (protein), vegetables, and complex carbohydrates.

Q3)  When did you become interested in being fit?

A3)  I was always into training my body in high school.  In University, I fell off and gained weight.  I was having fun, I was carefree, it was the only time I was unfit.  While taking my Masters, I realized it was a superficial field so to shape up my body.  In 2000 I graduated with my Masters.  Regardless of my weight, fitness has always been a concern.

Q4)  How do you balance family and career?

A4)  My husband has a lot to do with it.  I am realistic about limitations.  I can’t be the “control freak”.  I learned to let go.  Life can be messy.  Expectations have to be realistic; it’s ok if things aren’t perfect.  Balance is about mental state.  Perfect balance is about getting through it as best as you can.

Q5)  How do you fit your health routine into a busy lifestyle (going to the gym etc.)?

A5)  It’s about scheduling.  My husband and the kids understand it’s for my mental state.  I have a list for everything and it’s all in my calendar. 

Q6)  Why trust Activia?  How will it help you?

A6)  I started the challenge on Wednesday.  With my diet, I’m usually hungry at 3 pm so I’m using the challenge to feel filled up.  I haven’t done yoghurt in a long time.  I snack at 10 am and at 3 pm.  It’s a portable protein.  I’m hoping it’ll fill me up.  So far it’s good.

Q7)  What are your current fitness goals?

A7)  I’ve had a bad back for 4-5 years now.  My trainer and I are working on correcting it.  So (1) for my lower back pain, and (2) to increase my strength.  I like feeling strong, and for carrying the kids.

Q8)  Do you have any advice for busy moms wanting to start-up a health routine?

A8)  Don’t be scared of doing something specific.  Start by scheduling time in day to move and make it work within your life.  Make it enjoyable, and simple.  You shouldn’t have to do something you hate.  If you like dancing, try Zumba.  Jog when you go pick up the kids from school, walk back.  I hate going outside in the winter, but my husband does.  He goes out with the kids.  I love the summer so we’ll stay outside.  Kids learn by example so be an example for your kids.  Do it with your kids.

Disclaimer:  Activia has provided promotional item(s) for giveaway; I have not been paid for this post.  All opinions expressed (if any) are mine alone; positive comments or review is not required.  Any information acquired from Activia‘s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.
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Get the Job Done with @Swiffer WETJET #PGMom

It’s smart, and convenient, to use the right products that will make our lives easier.  Seriously, doesn’t it make sense?  Fortunately, Swiffer products are economical enough, so you can try it to see if it’s a fit for you.  Given that it has the “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval, and a “Satisfaction or your money back” guarantee, there’s really no reason that will keep you from trying it.  Is there?

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The Swiffer WETJET kit comes with: a power mop with scrubbing strip, a multi-purpose cleaning solution, original pad, and an extra power pad.  When you first open the package, you’ll discover that it is really simple to put it together.  The package does not come with 4 AA batteries; you’ll need to have them in order for the motor to spray the liquid.  Other than the batteries, you are provided with everything … you are ready to discover quick and easy cleaning at its best.  In fact, if you leave a clean pad attached and a bottle of cleaning solution inserted you will always be ready!

Variety of products available:

Cleaning Solutions - Multi-Purpose Open-Window Fresh, Multi-Purpose with Febreze Freshness, Antibacterial Floor Cleaner, and Wood

Pad Refills -  Original Pad Refills, and Extra Power Pad Refills

WetJet can clean a variety of floors:  finished and sealed wood and laminate, marble, stone, ceramic tiles and vinyl and linoleum.

Note: the WetJet solution is very safe for pets; however, as a precaution pets should be removed from area while floor remains wet to avoid contact and the potential for minor, temporary skin irritation in some pets.

If you have ANY questions, you can always call 1-800-742-9220

Aside from the simple assembly, and the quick and easy way to clean, I personally love the scent of the cleaning solution.  I have two cats, and their smell can be difficult to conquer.  The Multi-Purpose Open-Window Fresh cleaning solution is definitely the solution.

To quickly prepare for my daughter’s birthday get together, I gave my daughter instructions to Swiffer WetJet the living room.  The living room has a door to the backyard, and is where my kitties get visits from the outdoor cats.  Spraying by the door is quite common (both indoor and out), so my living room ends up smelling a little.  This Swiffer WetJet is familiar, and easy to handle, and even enjoyable to use.

Hey, if my teen-aged daughter loved guiding the WetJet throughout the house then I’d say that chances are good that other teenagers may feel the same way!  Imagine, teenagers actually cleaning!

Disclosure:  As a PGMom, I receive products and special access to P&Gevents and opportunities.  I have not been financially compensated in any other way.  I am not obliged to give a positive review.  Any opinion(s) expressed is my own, and is given freely.  Any information acquired from P&G’s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.
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Goldfish Crackers Offers Ways to Create #GoldfishSmiles #Giveaway Winner Is … Is It You?

“Goldfish Crackers Offers Ways to Create #GoldfishSmiles #Giveaway CAN 26/03 http://wp.me/p12Gyx-4bf via @MyBitsandBleeps

Entries:  1127

Winner:  @doriscalvert

CONGRATULATIONS!

Terms and Conditions:  Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excludes Quebec). Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize.  By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.  [Please read entireTerms and Conditions]  All winners must be from within Canada.  Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out of the country.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

NOTE: My Bits and Bleeps will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.

Disclosure:  Goldfish Canada is providing the Reader Prize Pack for giveaway.  I am not obliged to give a positive review.  Any opinion(s) expressed is my own, and is given freely.  Any information acquired from Goldfish Canada and Disney’s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.
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Freebie Friday – March 27, 2015

Get free can(s) of Vigor:  the first 50,000 who sign up for the Halo Pets newsletter can get a coupon good for a free 13.2 oz can of Halo Vigor dog food, or 2 5.5 cans of Halo Vigor cat food.

http://www.halopets.com/

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Sesame Sunscreen DIY

Sesame Sunscreen

Makes: 2 ounces of butter
Application: Use half an hour before going in the sun
Storage: 2 ounces dark glass jar in the fridge
Shelf life: 6 months

What to Buy
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon shea butter
1/2 teaspoon aloe vera gel
2 teaspoons zinc oxide

How to Make It
Place the oils and shea butter in a small bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water. Heat until the shea butter has melted. Pour into a glass measuring cup and stir in the aloe vera gel and the zinc oxide. Pour into your jar.

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Find Out Why Birthdays Aren’t as Fun as They Use To Be

When my daughter was a little girl … heck, it all started when she was still a baby!  I remember going to a lot of trouble to plan each birthday celebration.  In reality, we had 3 birthday parties: 1 for her friends, 1 for the family, and 1 just for us (mom/dad/baby).  As my daughter became of school age, it turned into 4 parties: 1 for her friends, 1 for the family, 1 for the classroom, and 1 just for us (mom/child).

Each party couldn’t be simple (oh no); each party had to have a theme!  Then I had to colour coordinate it, and have appropriate music that would match the theme!  Oh it was very tiring to plan each party.

Fast forward to present day, my daughter will be 17 this Wednesday.  While I don’t have to worry so much about planning the party, I’m no longer enjoying them as much either.  This year, I’m not allowed to be present at the party; I can be home but just not around her and her friends.

In reality, I’m totally fine with that.  The reason why birthdays aren’t as much fun as they use to be is because I see my daughter growing up before my eyes.  Quite possibly, this may be the last birthday party that she’ll want me to be a part of.

Watching my daughter become a year older, every year, is bitter-sweet for me.  I’m sure it’s bitter-sweet for every mother.

Happy Birthday baby girl; I love you so much!

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Spring Clean Your Eating Habits – Tips from Dietitian Lanette Kovachi

Spring Clean Your Eating Habits This Nutrition Month

Nutrition Tips from Lanette Kovachi, Global Dietitian at SUBWAY® Restaurants

Now that winter is officially over, don’t just spring clean your home, spring clean your eating habits! Take advantage of the change in season to dust off your winter blues and kick start yourself into healthier habits that will carry you through till next spring!

To help you start this season off fresh, SUBWAY® Restaurants Global Dietitian, Lanette Kovachi has some simple tips that anyone can incorporate into their daily lives to get started on the path to healthier eating:

Eat a Balanced Breakfast

Making healthy choices begins at breakfast. Eating a balanced breakfast every morning can help promote healthy living. Try to avoid bagels, muffins, and donuts as they are packed with empty calories, loaded with simple carbs and low in protein – the perfect combo to leave you feeling hungry after a short while.

Instead, choose a breakfast that contains a good source of protein and fibre, but not high in calories like an omelette. Try swapping out a regular egg for egg whites in your omelette and pair with whole grain toast, or try a hearty bowl of oatmeal made with protein-packed low fat milk to help you feel full longer.

Snack Smart

Snacking between meals is an important way to keep your body satisfied, so you don’t overeat at lunch and dinner. Smart mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks should be high in fibre, and/or should include protein.

Tip: Try fresh fruit, cut veggies with hummus, whole wheat crackers with light cheese, low fat yogurt, whole grain granola bars, or a handful of nuts.

Go Light at Lunch

Don’t lose your momentum at lunch. Stick to a lunch that is packed with lean meats, fruits, veggies and high fibre grains. Try a SUBWAY® sandwich with lean turkey, chicken or roast beef on 9-grain wheat bread.

Tips:

·         Swap your regular SUBWAY® sandwich for a SUBWAY® chopped salad. It has all the veggie goodness in a bowl without the bread. Enjoy it as a vegetarian option or add your choice of meat for added protein like SUBWAY® Restaurants grilled, all white meat chicken strips made with no artificial colours or preservatives.

·         In need of a warm up? Try pairing a SUBWAY® chopped salad with the new Tomato Basil soup, available at SUBWAY® Restaurants for a limited time. The Tomato Basil soup is vegetarian (may contain dairy).

Downsize Dinner Portions

By dinner time, you may be feeling good about the choices you’ve made throughout the day and decide to reward yourself with a double-portioned dinner. Don’t do it. Stick to eating sensible portions throughout the entire day.

Tip: When making dinner at home, try to keep your portions down by using a smaller dinner plate. As a general guideline, keep your meat serving to about a quarter of your plate, your starch (i.e. potatoes, rice or pasta) to a quarter and fill the rest of your plate with veggies. Try to eat just enough so you feel satisfied, but not uncomfortable.

Cut Back on Sodium

We all know that sodium is something that we need to be mindful of. Here are some simple ways you can cut back:

·         Making fruits and vegetables the basis of your diet will slash sodium levels. Fresh fruit and vegetables are filling, healthy, and naturally low in sodium or sodium free. And best of all, it will fill your diet with tons of disease fighting-nutrients.

·         Read the nutrition facts on the packaging at the grocery store to evaluate some of the everyday items you buy. For example, look at your sandwich bread and compare it to the other labels – try to pick the bread that has the lowest sodium and the highest fibre.

·         While cooking at home, replace table salt with salt-free seasonings; there is a delicious variety available in the spice aisle of the grocery store. 

Be a role model for healthier eating

Making healthier eating choices and leading by example is a great way to influence positive changes in people’s lives, especially children. When you cannot eat together at home, choose a better on-the-go option like SUBWAY® Restaurants. SUBWAY® has a kid specific meal deal called a Kids’ Pak® which comes with a four-inch sandwich, apple slices, Minute Maid Apple Juice and a giveaway such as a toy – just what you need to make eating better easy and fun!

My View:

I think that reviewing our eating habits, and trying to keep them in check, should be important year-round.  The reality is we all fall off the wagon every so often, and that’s fine as long as we bring it back.

Being responsible for my daughter’s diet was definitely much easier when she was younger.  Now, as a teen, she has developed an eating habit that I don’t approve of all of the time.  I am; however, proud that I did instil some values that shine through every so often.  When my daughter was little, I would only allow fast-food eating a few times a year and that was the only time she was allowed to have pop too.  If we were out, and she was hungry, I’d allow her to pick something to eat at SUBWAY®.

Now, as a teenager, she ‘hangs out’ with her friends and has junk food much too often. That’s what teenagers do, after all.  I’m happy that when she goes out; especially when she goes out with her friends, she still prefers going to SUBWAY®.  In my opinion, it’s the healthier option out there.

Lanette Kovachi has served as the Corporate Dietitian for the SUBWAY® brand since 2000. In this important role, she oversees the nutritional information for all SUBWAY® menu items and advises the Headquarters team on nutrition and health-related issues.
Disclosure:  Subway Canada provided me with compensation to share this post. I am not obliged to give a positive review. Any opinion(s) expressed is my own, and is given freely. Any information acquired from Subway’s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.
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Activia Challenge Kits #Giveaway CAN 25/03

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

It’s been a long, hard winter, and spring is the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button.

Getting back in to the swing of things this spring isn’t impossible …

CityLine host Tracy Moore will be sharing her personal perspective and you can pick up some healthy new habits this season. Tracy has been known to say that juggling two young children, a husband and a career takes the balancing skills of a tight-rope walker and the juggling skills of an octopus, so she can share her advice on how to pull it all off as we enter one of the most exciting times of the year, including:

  • Fitness: Tracy will share her favourite get-active tips for the warmer weather. Fitness is one of her passions: on Friday, March 27, Tracy will host a hula-hoop Guinness World Record attempt at Dundas Square in Toronto, with the goal to get as many people as possible hula-hooping as a team to help the city make history as the place that knows how to have fun while staying active.
  • Eating right. Sometimes getting back in shape actually starts with what we eat. A balanced diet gives your body the nutrition it needs, and Tracy has signed on as the ambassador for the Activia Challenge, a special month-long initiative that educates Canadians about the importance of dairy products as recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. Tracy can share her advice for eating right at all times of day and on the go.

PRIZE:  I have 4 (four) special VIP kits from the Activia Challenge for giveaway! (each features a reusable bag and product coupons)

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When Does it Start/End?

Begins on: time post goes live  and   Ends on: whichever comes first: March 25, 2015 at 8 pmEST or first 4 comments posted below!

Terms and Conditions:  Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excludes Quebec). Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize.  By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.  [Please read entire Terms and Conditions]  All winners must be from within Canada.  Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out of the country.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

NOTE: My Bits and Bleeps will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.

Disclaimer:  Activia has provided me with the above-mentioned promotional item(s) for giveaway; I have not been paid for this post.  All opinions expressed (if any) are mine alone; positive comments or review is not required.  Any information acquired from Activia‘s various social media formats has been authorized, and has been done so as to facilitate my post/review.
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