Suite Escapes Family Vacation Rental Anaheim {Review}

Looking for a reason to take the family to the Happiest Place on Earth?  If our sneak peeks made you want to get away, once you step into this spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouse, you might never want to leave!

Owned by Andy and Jennifer, Suite Escapes (formerly Enchanted Escapes) is a collection of townhomes that have been tastefully renovated with high end furnishings and d├ęcor, fresh designer paint, and stocked with everything you could possibly think of to make the home as family friendly as possible.

From the second we entered our townhome, everyone gasped in awe – no joke! The kids excitedly ran around the main floor and raced up the stairs to check out their rooms.  I instantly started snapping photos before anything was moved out of place.  The entire townhome was extremely immaculate and well kept, with attention to every single detail.

    Once you've traveled with kids, you come to realize that having a fully stocked kitchen, bedrooms and more than one bathroom is an absolute must.  Of course, this Suite Escapes townhome had it all and I seriously never wanted to leave.  Just think about it:  after a long day at Disneyland, all you want to do is shut your bedroom door, put your feet up and relax on a plush king sized bed.  And that's exactly what I did!


The Path to Smoother Skin with La Roche-Posay Canada's Lipikar Baume AP+ & a Giveaway!

When we were approached to test out La Roche-Posay Canada’s new Lipikar Baume AP+, we jumped at the chance in hopes that this could be the cream that would help eliminate Zoe’s rough patches on her cheeks. 

Zoe’s skin has always been a bit more sensitive than her siblings’ and she has had a rough patch on both of her cheeks since she was basically an infant.  We’ve tried countless creams, stopping short of prescription ones, and haven’t yet found one that helped those rough patches.  That is, until, we tried Lipikar Baume AP+.

For starters, we absolutely love the texture and thickness of Lipikar Baume AP+, and was surprised at how it quickly absorbed into Zoe’s skin without leaving a sticky residue, despite the richness of the cream.  Over a period of two weeks, we also began to notice an improvement in the rough patches and will continue to use Lipikar Baume AP+ as it helps diminishes our target skin issue.


Shoppers Drug Mart Winter Skin

We all know how harsh the change to colder temperatures in the winter months can be to our skin.  Personally, my face and hands get extremely dry and rough.  It doesn’t matter how much I moisturize – it always seems like the dryness reappears in a different spot.

Thankfully, Shoppers Drug Mart has a wide range of skin care products to help you and your family get through the cold winter months.  I’m very excited to try Clinque Smart Custom Repair Serum.  I’ve tried Clinque skin care products in the past and have been impressed with how they treat my skin and repair the rough, dry patches.  

Although I know what skin care product I’d like to try, it doesn’t necessarily mean I know which ones are good for my skin.  If you’re like me (confused and in the dark) about your winter skin care regimen, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Experts offer in-store complimentary skin consultations using the beautyRx tool.  This special Skin Analysis consists of two important steps:
  1. Moisture Checker – measures your skin’s hydration levels
  2. Video Microscope – magnifies your skin’s surface by 30 times to help diagnose your skin type
Based on the results of your Skin Analysis, your Beauty Expert will be able to recommend the skin care products that will help bring your skin back to its natural beauty.


Our WeDay Vancouver Experience with TELUS

It's not every day that you open up an email with 'WeDay' in the subject line, but the morning it happened to me, I nearly screamed and had to do a double take.  Then a triple take.  TELUS actually wanted me to join them in their suite at Rogers Arena to watch WeDay.  Ummm, YES!

Being a step-parent to my 14 year old daughter has allowed me to look back and try to remember the issues I faced when I was her age.  I feel that in doing this, I'm able to relate to her better and help her deal with any issues she may be facing as she grows into a young adult.
By having inspirational days like WeDay, which is geared towards positively influencing a generation of young citizens by making them aware of global issues and increasing their self-esteem and self-worth along the way, we're driving a generation to succeed and to empower each other in doing so.  I, myself, felt such a strong charge of positive energy in the arena that I couldn't help but be excited and feel uplifted, knowing that these kids have WeDay to look forward to each year.

Not only are these kids given support and guidance in how to make a positive influence in our world, they're also treated to special appearances and performances from their favourite celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Orlando Bloom, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and newcomer Shawn Mendes.
WeDay also introduced their global platform for social change to us:  Free The Children, Me to We, We Act and We Day.  Each one of these platforms have the same message; to shift the change from 'me' to 'we' and educate individuals to the power of community.

I'll never forget my first WeDay experience, which I was able two share with my good friend Jessica from North Shore Mama, as well as other positive influencers in the community.  To learn more about WeDay and their global initiatives, head over to their website and find out how their founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, are driving their beliefs and bringing them to the awareness of our young communities.


Tiny Prints Holiday Cards Review + a Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of the year again.  I mean, Christmas is SIX days away!  I’m slightly panicking and I’m not really ready for anything.  My tree is half decorated, I’ve been meaning to wrap presents for three days straight and I haven’t sent out my holiday cards yet.
Thankfully, Tiny Prints came to the rescue once again with their gorgeous holiday cards, speedy service and delivery, and amazing customer service.  I ordered my cards last Thursday and had them at my doorstep by Tuesday morning!

The thing I love about Tiny Prints and their website is how user-friendly it is.  You don’t have to be a computer whiz to figure out how to create a professional looking holiday card – just simply choose your favourite card template, upload and insert your photos and choose the many different colour, paper and envelope options that Tiny Prints has to offer.  And don’t forget to add envelope liners and matching address labels to complete the look!
We ended up going with the luxe Holiday Heritage holiday card in Eggshell with foil stamped details in red.  I loved this template because I was able to choose not one, but three of my favourite shots from our outdoor photo session with my friend and budding photographer, Amy Teixeira (more on that in another post!).  
To match the stunning details of the card, I also chose the pearl white shimmer paper, antique gold envelopes, and black and white polka dot envelope liners:

Still need to order your holiday cards?  Check out the current Tiny Prints promotions and place your order today and get it by Christmas Eve with Super Rush delivery. 

{Win It!}

We couldn’t be happier with our Tiny Prints holiday cards and we’d love to share the love!  One of our lucky readers will receive a $50 Tiny Prints credit to use on their very own holiday cards or towards any other Tiny Prints product.  Giveaway is open to US residents only, and ends Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 9pm PST.  To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.