Month: December 2014

Better Life: Making #CleanHappensCA for the Whole Family #giveaway

After having kids I realized how important it was for me to make healthy and natural choices for our family. It wasn’t as if I was not doing this before but I became more conscious of my decisions after kids. I wanted to use products that would be not only safe for my kids but also for the environment. Trying to find a cleaning product that is natural and does an excellent job at cleaning the house was a challenge. Not to mention convincing my husband that cleaning products that do not contain bleach are just as effective as ones with bleach in it! Remember the whole idea that everything should be bleached? I think many of us may have grown up with this belief!

Better Life products were developed by two Dads who wanted to take the toxins out of their cleaning supplies. They wanted products that were natural, safe and unbeatable in performance. To be honest who doesn’t want this? Especially with a home full of children and pets who rely on us to protect them from harsh chemicals that could hurt them.

The Better Life brand stands by their promise to provide safe products and each product is:

  • hypoallergenic (a bonus for those with allergies and respiratory conditions)
  • synthetic fragrance free
  • sulfate and petroleum free
  • solvent free
  • cruelty free (they are not tested on animals)
  • no dyes or alcohol

Better Life uses plant derived products and essential oils to create their unique cleaning solutions. The essential oils leave a pleasant smell that doesn’t linger long so it won’t bother noses.

One of my favourite Better Life products is their what-EVER all purpose cleaner. Not only is the name awesome but you can literally use this product on anything and everything. We used it to clean the stove, the kitchen counters, kitchen table, bathroom sink and the list goes on and on. It performed amazing each and every time – no extra muscle was needed to remove the spills off the stove (this was my husband’s fear – that you would need more to do the same job as a regular cleaner). The what-EVER! all purpose cleaner comes in both scent free and Clary sage and citrus (my personal favourite!).

Dish It Out Natural Dish Liquid was another hit in our home. Although we have a dishwasher we still hand wash all of our pots, pans, containers and fragile glass. Dish It Out also comes in the same two formats as the what-EVER all purpose cleaner. It removes grease easily and because it is sulfate free it will not harm your hands (no more gloves needed!).
Even the Kitchen Sink works literally on everything including your kitchen sink. It is the product to use when you need that little extra to get off stains, food and even marks on the wall! 
Take It For Granite works to clean, polish and shine all your high end counter tops (granite, marble slate, concrete). It is safe to use on your counter tops and wont damage them.
Einshine Stainless Steel cleaner is used to clean the stainless steel appliances in your home. We don’t currently own any so I gave them to my co-worker who LOVES it. She found it cleaned well and left no streaks or smudges.
Simply Floored removes the need to carry around a bucket full of dirty water around with you while cleaning the floors in your home. All you need to do is spray the product on the floor and wipe off. No need to put water on to wipe off the solution. I actually enjoyed cleaning the bathroom floors when I used this – never has it been this simple before! Simply Floored was also named the top all surface cleaner by Real Simple! 
We were also given a bottle of Automatic Magic dishwasher gel. We have currently been using the pod like dishwasher gels from Costco and notice that many times they do not release all of the soap or it gets stuck on our glasses (yuck!). One squirt is all that is needed for regular loads (two for larger loads) and it left no streaks on any of the glasses and left our dishes sparkling.
Better Life even has laundry detergent – their Spin Credible laundry detergent comes in two styles: Lavender Grapefruit and Free & Clear. I have never been so excited to do laundry – I love all lavender scented products!! The bottle is ultra concentrated allowing you to get 64 loads per a bottle and is compatible with both standard and HE machines. 
The best feature of Better Life products? They are so safe and natural to use that you do not have to worry about letting your child use them to help you clean! Children love to clean but none of us want to let them use harsh chemicals (what if they spray it in their eyes, get it on their skin or what if they ingest it somehow?!!). My boys were able to get in on all the cleaning action this week and we loved it!
Better Life products can now be found in Canada and are sold exclusively at Target! You can find their products in the regular cleaning aisles.
Make sure to follow Better Life on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up to date with new info.
Better Life is giving my Canadian readers a chance to win a Better Life package of products valued at $50.00! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products free of charge. All opinions expressed are mine alone. 

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Elite Man MultiVitamins: Increase Energy & Boost Immunity #review

While we all try our best to ensure we are eating well rounded meals following the Food Guide it can still happen that we are not consuming enough of certain vitamins and minerals. A lack of proper nutrients can lead to multiple health conditions as well as an overall feeling of fatigue and I know for myself irritability!

A multivitamin is essential to ensure we are providing our bodies with the nutrients it needs to function at it’s best ability. Picking a multivitamin is usually the hardest part! A multivitamin should be geared towards gender – both males and females have different dietary needs and your multivitamin should reflect this. My husband will always require different amounts of nutrients and what works for me may not work for him. A good multivitamin will have minimal side effects (this can be trial and error) – how many of you have purchased a package of vitamins only to have it make you feel nauseated? A good multivitamin is easy to swallow and leaves no odd aftertaste in your mouth (I can’t stand the slight fish taste some leave – yuck!).

Elite Man multivitamins has taken many factors into consideration and developed a multivitamin that contains an unique blend of vitamins geared towards men. The blend contains thirty three essential vitamins and minerals as well as extra vitamin C, D, E, B6 and B12. The B vitamins are important for energy, a lot of the time when we are tired frequently a low level of B12 can be the cause.

Elite Man multivitamins work to help to improve focus, boost energy and promote digestion. My husband found he had a slight increase of energy which also helped with his focus during work hours and his workouts. He wanted to get his workouts done when taking his multivitamins!

Elite Man multivitamins can be purchased online on for a price of $39.95US with free shipping. International orders (Canada and Europe) can also purchase through Amazon by clicking on Other Sellers on Amazon and choosing the Elite Man multivitamin on the bottom with shipping options to Canada and Europe. The order is fulfilled by Vitamin Elite. Until the end of 2014, Vitamin Elite is also offering a 25% off coupon code! Just enter code at checkout: WK24PTTS.

While taking a multivitamin and ensuring a good overall nutritional intake is important, never ignore your body and it’s symptoms. A doctor’s opinion is always important if you are feeling extremely fatigued and unwell. Always make sure to read labels before trying a new multivitamin to check ingredients.

Elite Man is giving my US and Canadian readers a chance to win their own bottle! US and Canadian residents, 18 years of age and older can enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure: I received a bottle of Elite Man multivitamins in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own and those of my husband. Always read labels and consult a pharmacist or physician before trying new products. WMJ is not responsible for any side effects that could be associated with taking a multivitamin.

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The Publicist Book One by Christina George #AudioBook #review #giveaway

A young, independent woman trying to find her way in the publishing world in New York. The Publicist Book One by Christina George in audio book format has it all: adventure, finding oneself and a forbidden love.

About the Book

There is always more to every story.

A young woman wants to change the age old institution of publishing. Will she succeed? Maybe not but Kate sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system – books that don’t always sell and author egos that are often as big as the island of Manhattan!

Enter the star Editor, MacDermott Ellis. MacDermott is tall, handsome, charismatic as well as married. He is always ready to save the day. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be leading her decisions. Then there is Allan Lavigne, once a revered author, now as forgotten as yesterday’s news and his nephew Nick, who wants to sweep Kate away from New York for another coast, California.

As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, the over the top author expectations and the careful dance of, “I’m sorry your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week”, she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more celebrities and more scandal.

My Thoughts

This was my very first audio book (no lie – my Dad is a huge fan of them but I have never listened to one before) so I was super excited to wind down each night with this book.

When I first saw the novel I thought it would be solely a romantic novel  but I was pleasantly surprised. While there was a strong focus on the sparks between MacDermott and Kate, we are able to see into Kate’s life as a young publicist trying to make a difference in the world. She is like any other young woman trying to find her place in the world – she struggles, she loves and she cares for those around her. Sometimes it is her caring heart that causes her to be hurt in turn.

I loved the audio book format of this book – the narrator was excellent truly bringing each character to life. It was so easy to fall into the story this way – I was able to close my eyes, lay back and let her bring them to life. This is definitely one book that will not disappoint!

About the Author

Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.

Rating: 5/5

Make sure to follow Christina on Twitter and Facebook.

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Disclosure: I received an audio book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth Headphones For Your Active Lifestyle and Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

Tweens and active individuals alike will love the Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth Headphones! Sleek, easy to use with a great charge life these headphones will be the perfect gift under the tree this year.

Kinivo BTH240 bluetooth headphones is the new re-design of the popular BTH220 headphones. Kinivo took customer recommendations into consideration and the new design includes: increased battery life, micro USB charging port, sleeker design as well as a reduced LED brightness.

It was easy to fall in love with the sleek wrap around design of the BTH240 headphones. The headphones wrap around the back of your neck allowing a comfortable fit without it getting in the way or feeling uncomfortable. Pairing with our devices was simple (thank goodness!) – press and hold a button until the light is flashing, go to settings on your device and link to the headphones.

What impressed me the most about the BTH240 headphones was the battery life. Unlike many other devices these have lasted several days on one charge. The box states that the battery life is ten hours but I think they are much longer than that. They have stayed charged longer then the device they are connected to!

The sound quality was impressive for their size – everything comes through crystal clear.

Kinivo is giving my Canadian and American readers the chance to win their BTH240 Bluetooth headphones! This will definitely make someone happy this holiday season! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a pair of BTH240 bluetooth headphones in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

December 1st is just around the corner and every year we like to count down to Christmas Eve in a special way.

This year we made our own Advent calendar (along with their Kinder chocolate calendars – we can’t not have those ones!). We put together a list of all the activities we wanted to do together as a family before Christmas and began our new craft.

You will need:

  • Christmas bowl, basket or bucket
  • 24 candy canes
  • white paper (or a colour of your own choosing)
  • ribbon
  • hole puncher
  • scissors


Print out your choice of daily activities for the month. Some of them we repeated (like the crafts, cookie baking and colouring).

Cut out each item into a rectangular shape. Fold the paper in half. Using a hole punch put a hole in the top left corner.

Cut out twenty four equal lengths of ribbon.

Thread the ribbon through each rectangular note and tie each one onto one candy cane for a total of twenty four times.

Number each note making sure you are being realistic with what you will be able to accomplish for each day of the month – we knew we wouldn’t be able to build a gingerbread house during the week so these activities were saved for the weekend.

After they are numbered place them decoratively in your bin or basket and display in a prominent place in your home.

Ideas for your family activities (we repeated a couple of these because they are so much fun!):

  • write a Santa letter and mail
  • make homemade tree ornaments
  • bake cupcakes 
  • colour in a Christmas colouring book
  • watch a Christmas movie with popcorn
  • read Christmas books together
  • bake Christmas cookies
  • put together a Christmas gift for our teacher
  • build a gingerbread house together
  • visit Santa Claus
  • have a Christmas-sing-a-long
  • bake cookies for Santa
  • hot chocolate and movie night
  • wrap family gifts
  • put on a Christmas play at home
  • crafts together

Most importantly – have fun with your ideas! How do you like to count down to Christmas?

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