Category: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

RealPad: The Tablet for All Ages #review

How many people do you know that have struggled to learn how to use a tablet? Your parents perhaps? Or maybe even yourself – I know my children can navigate a tablet much better than I ever will be able to!

A tablet is the perfect alternative to a traditional desk top computer – you can take it outside with you in the backyard or even out on the porch with your morning coffee or tea. Tablets allow us to keep in contact with our loved ones as well as follow major world events. But what happens when you can’t figure out the technology? The screen and icons are too small? Perhaps it is just too difficult to set up.

While this may not seem possible in our technologically advanced times unfortunately for many people it is. My Mom is included in this group – she has let her own tablet sit and go unused because it is just too difficult for her to figure out how to use. It is awful for her not to be able to use it but also a missed opportunity for her to be in contact with her grandchildren from home via video calls, emails and social media sites.

The RealPad from AARP has been designed to be user friendly for the 70 million Americans who are 50+ who have yet to embrace tablet technology (yup – 70 million!).

RealPad comes pre-loaded with useful apps and educational videos on how to use the tablet (no need to fumble through a user guide that is difficult to follow – just watch the video!). An extremely helpful toolbar at the bottom helps you locate the information you need quickly – especially when something goes wrong. I literally opened the box the tablet came in, charged the tablet, pressed the on button and I was ready to go. I could easily connect my email, facebook and twitter accounts. Navigation is simple with only one button to exit the screen. The icons were large, easy to recognize and navigate my way through.

Easy to read labels on the back identified USB source, power source and headphone connections. Connecting to our home Wifi network took under five minutes – most of my trouble with that was trying to remember my password!

Curious to know more about the specifications of RealPad?

  • Intel 2.1  GHz Duel Core Processor
  • 16 GB of storage
  • 7.85″ HD display (1024×768 resolution)
  • 5 mega pixel rear camera to take stunning HD photos and videos as well as a 2.0 mega pixel front camera
  • 24/7 live help (yes you heard that right – LIVE help!)
  • RealPad comes pre-loaded with 20 step by step videos
  • Android 4.4 operating system
  • RealPad has a total weight of 14 ounces

The real bonus came when I let my children test it out as well. Both of my boys are pretty advanced with technology (they definitely did not get it from me!) and they fell in love with RealPad. It was easy for them to use, they loved the entertainment section as well as the ability to pair it with their blue tooth headphones to listen to videos, music and their games. This allowed them to be the perfect helpers with their Grandma when it came for her to use it! As I am letting my children use it I wanted to buy a tablet holder so they could lie on the couch or in bed watching their favourite program or movie, I found a great little tablet holder at, it’s like a mini bean bag and it allows you to rest your tablet anywhere you want without the worry of it falling over.

One of RealPad’s best features? It’s price! At $189 US, it will be hard to find a better deal. A RealPad can be purchased on the AARP site or through Walmart.

Whether you are looking at purchasing a tablet to stay connected with your parents RealPad is an excellent as well as affordable choice in the tablet market.


Disclosure: I received a RealPad in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Creating Lasting Memories During the Holiday Season With Posterjack #giveaway

A photograph can capture an important milestone, a special secret, a happy moment and so much more. These moments are captured forever on canvas print as a way for us to always hold on to that moment.

The holidays are the perfect time to collect the best memories of the year and have them developed into a canvas print and delivered to a special person in your life.

Canvas prints by Posterjack make not only great gifts to give to Mom and Dad but are also the best Grandparent gifts – I let our kids choose their favourite picture of themselves (sometimes we get lucky and find a great one with Grandma and Grandpa) in order to put it into print and to be framed. They love being able to give their Grandparents such a special token of love on Christmas Day.

For our family, this year will mark our first Christmas without my Grandfather. This will be extremely difficult for all of us but even more so for my Dad. We wanted to capture my Grandpa and I fell in love with this picture (he was so camera shy!) and will be enlarging it for my Dad to give him as a remembrance gift for Christmas this year.

No kids in the house? No problem!

Long before I had children I loved photography. Being able to catch a perfect moment in nature is what I loved the most. A tree bark or pond has the most intricate details if you take the time to stop and look at it.

This holiday season why not treat yourself or a loved one with your own canvas print of your work of art. My office has one wall dedicated to my own photography and it reminds me every day of my passion and to never give up on my dreams.



This holiday season, Posterjack wants to help you turn your work of art into print! They are generously giving one Working Mommy Journal reader a $100 credit to!

I am super excited for one of you – I had our wedding photographs put into prints and framed by Posterjack which were so beautiful I cried (and this was four years after my wedding!).

Canadian residents, 18 years of age and older can enter via the Rafllecopter form below. GOOD LUCK!

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The DK Canada Gift Boutique for Holiday Shopping #giveaway

I love to read as I am sure many of you have figured out by now! Reading takes you to a whole new place, allows you to learn new things as well as enjoy some good quality down time. 

One of the best gifts you can give a child is the gift of learning. Children love to explore and learn about their favourite topics. As parents (and aunts, uncles and grandparents!) we are here to nurture this love and have some fun with their learning at the same time!

DK Canada has their spectacular Gift Boutique full of fantastic reads that will be sure to be a hit under the tree this holiday season.

Have a budding scientist in your home? Maybe an animal lover? We are bringing your little learner a fantastic giveaway with two great titles, Utterly Amazing Science and The Animal Book.

These books will have you learning right along with your little one while you explore the world of science and the animal frontier. Both books are in hardcover format so no worries about ruining your book while out on your adventure! They can definitely do some travel time with you.

Utterly Amazing Science takes a look at the core principles of science. Using fun, interactive elements (pop ups, pull outs, flaps) each page in this book features colourful illustrations and fun activities that covers key topics such as force and motion, light and colour, elements and matter. To top it off the book is packed full of interesting facts that will keep your child constantly learning and discovering.

The Smithsonian Animal Book covers the world’s extraordinary diversity of animals. This guide is full of creatures both big and small. A tree of life greets young readers at the beginning of the book charting the complex relationships between species. Every plant and animal is presented in proportion with in-depth pages giving a sense of scale for each animal. This will satisfy the most avid animal lover’s interests! The Animal Book is also a 2014 Mom’s Choice Award Gold Award Winner!

Now Canadian residents can enter to win their own copies of these two incredible books from DK Canada and Working Mommy Journal!

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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PAW Patrol:Winter Rescues is Coming to Canada! Review & Giveaway

Six heroic puppies have come to the rescue with their team leader, Ryder, in PAW Patrol: Winter Rescues!

On November 4th, the #1 show on Nick JR US is coming to Canada for the first time on DVD. PAW Patrol combines fun adventure with awesome cuteness.

The adorable puppies – Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma and Skye are back. Led by a super tech savvy ten year old named Ryder. They work together to protect the Adventure Bay community with the belief that “No job is too big, no pup is too small”.  Which is the best lesson we can teach our children – that their actions and words count. If they try hard our children can succeed at almost anything.

In this snowy adventure, the pups and Ryder make a trip to Jake’s Mountain to save Alex and look for a snow monster!! The pups will have your little one problem solving and laughing right along with the shows. 

The show also places a strong focus on citizenship, social skills and problem-solving, teaching kids that working together helps get any job done – the perfect movie for your little one to not only enjoy but also learn from.

PAW Patrol: Winter Rescues will be the perfect addition under your Christmas tree this year. Our youngest son was literally screaming and jumping up and down when his copy was delivered to the door. He could not wait to pop the copy in the player to watch. 

Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) can now enter to win their own copy of PAW Patrol: Winter Rescue AND PAW Patrol swag. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Our Christmas Traditions with Kinder Surprise #KinderMom #giveaway

Wow – just like that Halloween is over and it has actually started snowing. Yes – snowing! We had little snowflakes coming down over the weekend. It is now time to start looking forward to the holiday season – yay!

The holiday season is a fantastic time for families to focus on quality family time and the love between each of us. We are able to shower our families with love and show them how much they mean to us. Homemade gifts are always a huge hit under the tree for us.

One of my favourite family traditions is our stockings! I loved waking up to find my stocking by my  bedroom door full of special goodies picked out just for me – including chocolate goodies (yup – my chocolate love goes way back!). Now every year we include delicious chocolate Kinder eggs in the boy’s stockings. I love the Kinder eggs that come in Christmas tree shapes – they fit perfectly in the stockings.

Our family tradition of Advent calendars will continue this year with the Kinder Advent Calendars. Not familiar with Advent calendars? This is one tradition that you will love. The Advent calendars are used to help countdown to Christmas Eve and behind each day’s door is a chocolate surprise. Our boys have always loved their calendars and the bonus is all month long the boys get to work on recognizing numbers.

The Giveaway!

This month we want to spoil you with a Kinder Surprise Pack. One Working Mommy Journal fan will win a prize pack that includes:

One KINDER® Advent Calendar
One KINDER® Hollow Santa with SURPRISE®
One KINDER® SURPRISE® 100g Christmas egg

Sounds awesome, right?! So hurry up and enter now for a chance to win! Don’t forget – you can enter as many Kinder Surprise giveaways during the month of November from the Kinder Family but you can only win once 🙂 Good luck!

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Disclosure:  I am a #KinderMom/Maman/Dad who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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