Today marks the beginning of the third week of school. This is about the time that you realize the fuzzy, fluffy animal shaped backpack you bought your daughter, which has now been leaving furry bits all over your daughter, her room, the bus and her locker, was not such a good idea.
This school year I worked with the good people at Best Buy Canada and Best Buy mobile to prep myself for back to school. I wanted to actual put the products to use before writing my review so my readers would have a true vision of what I experienced during the first couple weeks of school.
I have never shopped at Best Buy for back to school in the past, this was a completely new experience for me. The Ogilvy Road location in Ottawa was the first store I visited on my back to school journey. The staff, manager and on site experts were very helpful in helping me find the best items for my family and I. ****FULL Disclosure: I may have liked the store so much because two of my former students work there…they both mentioned that I hadn’t changed in 10 years.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is my first Android device. The screen had the biggest impact on my choice of tablets. It definitely has the wow factor that is lacking on my iPad with a 2560 x 1600 pixel WQXGA Super AMOLED screen, which works out at 360 pixels-per-inch. I also found my Tab S interfaced with my laptop and school programs seamlessly. For my needs, this was the perfect product to add to my office. On a personal note, the app store quickly became my new favourite place to visit. My days are very long, I am up early with the daily morning organizational chores, I send my day in a busy fast paced school setting and usually end my day sitting by the pool deck for 3 hours. My Tab S, keeps up with my hectic schedule, with no need to recharge during the day. I am very impressed with the battery life on this device.
Keeping my family and I organized has been challenging, I’ve been working with two apps that are making my life easier and more organized:
Artkive, is the best app I have found for organizing my children’s art work and special projects. Artkive lets you snap a photo of your child’s artwork, save it to the cloud and share with family and friends. Create profiles for each child as photos get tagged with name, grade, date and title. Create printed books of your child’s work which makes for a fantastic keepsake or gift for grandparents, uncles and aunts.
Cozi Family Organizer has helped keep our family on the right track. This app helps manage the chaos of back-to-school and everyday life. It allows you to keep track of all family-members’ schedules, share grocery, chore and to-do lists in real time and access, view and update from any mobile device or computer.
Did I mention that both apps are free?
The FitBit posts I see on social media have made me very curious about this device and how it could help motivate me to become more active. I am a very competitive person and enjoy making and achieving both long term and short term goals. This fitness gadget has become my constant accessory this past month. I updated to the premium membership and have a greater insight into my sedentary periods of the day, how much I am sleeping each night and my input vs output on a daily basis. My biggest aha moment has been seeing how many steps I take at school during the day. I had thought my job had become more sedentary but now I realize how active I truly am during the school day.
Best Buy Canada also has detailed BTS Shopping List that my three kids and I found very helpful during our back to school shopping adventures. But we only went shopping for our electronics after the first weekend after school started, that way we knew exactly what was needed for school. In 14 weeks we will be celebrating Christmas in my home, this list has also helped my three mini me’s identify items that would be perfect under our tree this December.
If you would like to find out more about what Best Buy Canada has to offer for the back to school season or just to help make your like a little less chaotic check out their Twitter handle @BestBuyCanada and use the hashtag #setmeupBBY to follow along with the conversation.
But wait, there is more! I am giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win a $250 dollar gift card from Best Buy Mobile to use towards a new device, mobile accessories (apps, cases, etc) or an upgrade. Just leave me a comment telling me what your favourite Best Buy product is and why. You can enter daily and the winner will be emailed on Monday September 22nd 2014. This contest is open to residents of Canada.
If you win, you can also take advantage of the some of the amazing Best Buy services such as:
i. Lowest Price Guarantee: Our Lowest Price Guarantee to customers is the best in Canada. We guarantee it in-store and online. We are adding thousands of new categories every month to our online assortment
ii. Reserve and Pick-up: Customers can reserve their product online without entering any credit card information and pick up their item at the store of their choice in as quickly as 20 minutes.
iii. Assortment: Nobody in Canada can offer a better selection of products. We are adding thousands of new categories every month to our online assortment
iv. In-store Pick-up and Web kiosks: If we don’t have something in-store, our Blue Shirts will assist customers to purchase the product online at one of our in-store web kiosks and have the product shipped to their home or the store for easy pick-up.
I was compensated for this post, but all view & opinions are my own.
Are you ready for the Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular Ottawa?
The Guthrie Family is very excited to attend this spectacular show at the Canadian Tire Centre. There are eight performances in Ottawa from August 20th to August 24th 2014. For show times, dates and to purchase tickets please check out the CTC website.
The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.
Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period. The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail. It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production.
The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic. Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire — all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.
When we watched this video from USA Today, the kids had a much better idea what Walking with Dinosaur The Arena Spectacular has in store for us.
I have four tickets to give away to the Ottawa premier of Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular on August 20th, 2014 at 7pm.
To enter just tell me which is your favourite dinosaur? You can enter everyday until August 10th. The winner will be notified on August 11th, 2014.
Follow along with all the dinosaur adventures in Ottawa by following along with the #WWDOTT hashtag.
My family and I will see you at the show. For the recored, my favourite dinosaur is the T Rex, all teeth, all business & a loving parent.
The further along in my career I proceed, both in the educational and social media fields, I understand the importance of making a good first impression. I don’t often write about fashion, as I am not an expert nor do I pretend to be. However, this collection from Roland Mouret makes me want to know about the history of the design and be first in line to purchase some new pieces that deliver the punch I need to make an unforgettable first impression. Looking forward to the collection this August, just in time for back to school shopping season.
Below is a full press release with more information on the designer, dates and his social media channels.
Banana Republic and celebrated designer Roland Mouret are pleased to announce the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection – a limited-edition, covetable capsule highlighting Mouret’s keen understanding of fit and the female form through the use of Banana Republic’s signature Sloan fabric. Banana Republic’s Sloan Collection of dresses, skirts and pants has gained acclaim for the use of contour stretch fabric. The women’s capsule launches exclusively at select Banana Republic locations worldwide and online in early August 2014.
The foundation of the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection – the Banana Republic Sloan fabric – is a unique blend of rich, bi-stretch fabric, which creates a “magic” fit that shapes through figure-flattering silhouettes. Mouret, famous for his exceptional skills in draping, structure and style, naturally gravitated toward this signature material, which he hand-draped, cut and pinned on the body to create this iconic capsule. The nearly 30-piece collection shines a light on Mouret’s craftsmanship talents through the use of this dynamic fabric.
Mouret is best known for his feminine, hourglass fitted dresses, which have become a favourite among Hollywood stars. In 2006, the British based designer with a French heart and soul, became a household name when A-listers first wore Mouret’s now-famous Galaxy dress on the red carpet.
“Partnering with Banana Republic on this project was such an adventure for me,” says Roland Mouret, founder and designer of his namesake label. “The common goal for this collection is to offer incredible fit through an assortment of hourglass silhouettes using Banana Republic’s Sloan fabric, extending my love of structure into accessible prices. These pieces are multi-functional for the modern woman to wear and accessorize in her own way, making her always ready for life’s journey.”
The Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection pushes fashion and function with must-have additions to a stylish modern wardrobe. Key details include bold colourblocking, graphic perforated details, leopard prints, playful proportions and, of course, svelte cuts on everything from blazers and pencil skirts to sheath dresses. Apparel includes petite styles and will range in price from $62 (belt) – $205 (dress).
“I’m so inspired by Roland’s skill for draping and attention to fit,” says Banana Republic Vice President of Women’s Design, Melloney Birkett. “He has such a strong sense of how to dress a woman, and brings a beautiful sensuality to his work. Roland’s vision really matched ours as we worked together to use his design expertise as a build to Banana Republic’s Sloan fabric to create a truly covetable collection.”
The Roland Mouret for Banana Republic Collection will be featured in Banana Republic’s August campaign, including select print, online, direct mail and in-store. Join the conversation on Twitter with @BRStyleCA @RolandMouret.
Secret Agents and Femme Fatales! Are you ready to party?
On Saturday, April 26, secret agents and femme fatales will gather incognito at the Canadian War Museum. Their mission: to put an end to child hunger in Ottawa… while having a great time, of course!
The Ottawa Gala, presented for a tenth year by TELUS, and featuring HOT 89.9, is the city’s premiere event for young professionals and has raised over $700,000 for local youth initiatives since its inception in 1993.
This year’s event will be held at the Canadian War Museum, and a stellar entertainment lineup will feature Ottawa Gala favourites HOT 89.9 and DJ ACRO, and newcomers The Hornettes. For more information please check out www.ottawagala.ca.
Date: April 26th, 2014
Time: 8 PM – 2 AM
Ticket Prices: General Admission – $65
VIP Tickets – $115 each
Time: 8 PM – 2 AM
Ticket Prices: General Admission – $65
VIP Tickets – $115 each
It has been a long cold winter in Canada. There is no doubt in my mind that this weather has had its’s toll on both our mental and physical well being. I love winter, really I do. However, even my love for the wintery weather was waining.
My children’s activities keep me busy to say the least. We have become masters of multitasking including: car homework; pool side reading log completion and blogging in the parents room at the gymnastics centre. The girls swim and/or in the gym close to 20 hrs per week collectively, for us multitasking is key to maintaning our sanity.
We began using Spectro products this year after my oldest began to suffer dry skin from the cholrine in her practice pool. The dry patches on her hands, would crack and bleed making swimming almost impossible. We began using the kid-friendly Shower gel in January 2014, and quickly noticed a difference in her skin. KT did was not is as much discomfort and could focus more on her swimming, it was a win-win situation for us.
Andie is a gymnast, she loves everything about the gym including the uneven bars. She is at the gym 9 hrs a week . Andie chalks her hands before beginning her routine, which then transfers onto her suit, skin, hair and eventually my car. It is chalk-a-palooza after a training session on the bars. Her hands suffers the most from this activity, she washes them so many times that they become dry and itchy. Andie hates to be itchy, she tells me it’s like spiders on her skin. She has been using the kid-friendly hand mositurizer and the adult protective gel this winter. Even her coach has noticed a difference in her performance as she is not afraid to try new moves to add to her routine.
My son is 5 and is constantly coming home with mystery stains, bumps and bruises. He hates to wear socks and his boots are wet all the time. Due to this wetness his feet, toes and in between spaces take a beating. Beckett also hates having any creams or lotions on him…ever. At night I have been sneaking in once he is asleep and slathering on Spectro’s hypoallergenic cream, it has no perfume and is demonologist recommened. Beckett’s feet have healed nicely and he no longer has cracks between his toes.
Working in a public school, I am unable to wear perfume or heavily scented toiletries of any kind due to allergies. Using the Spectro products I have been able to keep my skin from suffering and respecting the rules of my workplace.
This is the first time we have used the Spectro line of products and I am impressed. We will be repeat customers.
I was given a selection of Spectro products this winter, this review and opinions are my own.