Kinder Surprise News! #KinderMom

I kinda left you hanging after my post about the world record breaking attempt we were going to make last month!

If you follow me on twitter, facebook, or instagram you already know this, but today I'll share what happened there, along with some other Kinder news.  We arrived nice and early while they were still setting up, so we got front row seats!  (The girls wore their matching Minion shirts from back here, which was great for keeping track of them! :)

While everyone gathered, we had lots of fun with Splash 'N Boots!  The girls were right up at the front with them, doing some rain dances (we were hoping to keep the rain away, but it didn't quite work!)  Despite the rain, we had a lot of fun!

Here's a little news report about the results of the record-breaking attempt (pay attention at 40 seconds in, because Ken & Katrina got a close-up! :)  Click Here to watch :)

We had a lot of fun doing other things at the CNE, but I didn't pull my camera out for much of it.  I did catch a photo of the KINDER® Smile Booth that was set up there!

You can now visit a virtual KINDER® Smile Booth by visiting KINDER® Canada’s Facebook page and clicking on the “Smile Booth” tab to create free, shareable digital photo strips.  When you share your photos online, you can use the hashtag #kindersmiles and see everyone else's photos too!


In other KINDER® SURPRISE® News, we were very excited to try Kinder's newest eggs that have Disney Fairies inside!  (they also have new ones with transformers inside- we're trying them next!)

We knew they were coming out this month, so we were watching the stores, just waiting for them to be put out on the shelves.  There was much excitement when the girls came home from school one day to see that we had some!  I snapped a couple of pictures and we got to opening our eggs and excitedly seeing who got which fairy! :)

Here's what we got in our eggs:  The girls are having a great time with them because they love those Disney Fairies!

We are very excited to be part of the Kinder Mom program and can't wait to see what's next!  We hope you'll have fun along with us on this journey as we share fun Kinder events, news, and prizes!

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 are my own.

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Brave and Beautiful - A Beauty Movement (My Thoughts) #iambraveandbeautiful #colbietry

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!!

Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

I, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes, have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

Alright, so the picture on the left is the one that I generally use to represent myself online, for my blog and social media.  It was taken in 2010, and it might be the last photo that was taken of me (alone) by a photographer (selfies not included!)  The photo on the right is me, on a no-makeup day a few days ago, infront of the bathroom mirror, taken with my ipod.  That's a typical look for me. I only put on makeup if I'm going out in public... and not always.  [Photo credit for the photo on the left goes to Amanda Stratton]

My Thoughts About this Project:

Colbie’s song really makes me think about how we can get caught up in comparing ourselves to people around us and find ourselves trying to fit a mold of beauty that society has set up for us.  To me, this goes beyond physical appearance, right into self worth.

  We can find ourselves believing that our worth is determined by what other people think of us.  
(“do they like you?”)

The song goes on and asks, 
“Wait a second, why should you care what they think of you?  
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?”  

Do you like you?  Why or why not?
Even worse than worrying about our outward appearances, I think, is the trap we can get caught in of comparing ourselves to others and then believing that our worth is dependent, comparatively, on someone else’s.  That thought process is flawed!

Your worth is not dependent on anyone else!  Someone else’s success cannot diminish yours.  Someone else’s opinion of you cannot diminish your true worth.  Even your own opinion of your worth cannot actually change your worth!  

Getting caught up in comparisons just takes our time and energy away from becoming the best we can be (which is the way we’ll really find ourselves happy with who we are).

Brave and Beautiful #iambraveandbeautiful #colbietry

So, like yourself! You are beautiful! 
Don’t “bend until you break” just to try to fit in with someone
 else’s idea of who you should be or what you should look like! 

share your natrual beauty -

Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on -
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup -
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
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September 2014 Sharing Time - Week 4

Welcome to September's Sharing Time Linky!

First, our week in review:

I started the week with another funny misunderstanding that Katrina had. This time it was about roundabouts..

Tuesday I shared how to make giant bubbles.

And I also shared a book review. Love this book, called Focused (by Olympian, Noelle Pikus Pace)

Now, on to the link party- I can't wait to see what you share! :)

Please join the Raising Memories Sharing Time & add a link to your latest and greatest blog posts
about activities to do with your children or fun projects that you have done!
If you're participating, please share the button on your blog & "hop over" to at least one other blog post that's been linked up- let's support each other!

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At the last Olympics, a woman named Noelle Pikus Pace won the silver medal in Skeleton. Deseret Book has published a book written by Noelle, called Focused; Keeping Your Life on Track, One Choice at a Time.

I just finished reading this book, and I LOVED it! It is filled with stories from Noelle's incredible life (which I found so interesting!). It is also filled with stories of lessons Noelle has learned at different times in her life, and the struggles that she went through while learning them.

What I love about the book is that even though Noelle has done things in her life that most of us will never do (set foot on a bobsled, compete in Skeleton, make it to the Olympics), she has had very real, very normal experiences along the way and any of us can relate to them (being distracted and affected by others' expectations of us, worrying too much about what others are doing instead of focusing on what we're doing, feeling like we don't fit in, having trouble balancing the different parts of our lives).

Each chapter focuses on a lesson we can all learn and includes stories from Noelle's life, quotes from prophets, poems, and scriptures that relate to the topic, and ways that we can apply the lessons to our selves. Also included are photos of Noelle and some of the stories and inspirational quotes from the book over beautiful photography that represents the quote's message (I love these! Example below:)

This is a really good book that I think would make a great gift!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review purposes. All opinions shared are my own.

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Giant Bubbles!

One of our favourite activities of the summer was to make Giant Bubbles!

Big Bubble Wands

We made these with instructions and a recipe that we found here. If you don't have the secret ingredient, you can buy glycerin from a craft store or a baking store/section and you can use that instead.

Homemade Big Bubbles Wand

We made the solution and the bubble "wands" one morning and went over to play in our cousins' backyard. The bubbles were huge! It took some work to get the bubbles to "close" so that they would float away, off of the wand. Most of them stayed on the wand until they popped, but that was still really fun!

Later we used some of our leftover solution to make bubbles at our house, in our front yard. Before much time had passed we had a bunch of neighbourhood kids joining us! It was a great activity and fun for kids & adults alike! :)

Note: We tried this another year with a different solution recipe that involved corn syrup. That solution worked too, but I liked this one better because it wasn't so sticky!

Tip: To get the bubble to "close", try gently bringing your sticks together so that the triangle shape of your rope/string closes. 

Makeshift Giant Bubble Wand: We didn't have all of the materials suggested in the post I referred you to, but we were able to make it work with some paint stir sticks!

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