MicrosoftStore.ca March Break Scavenger Hunt

Although Jadon was back at school this week after two weeks of Spring Break, that didn't stop us from participating in the MicrosoftStore.ca March Break Scavenger Hunt!

We've partnered up with MicrosoftStore.ca to bring the magic of the Surface 3 into our home and along with us on our Spring Break adventures.  I had so much fun learning about the features of the Surface 3 that I had no idea about before we took on this challenge (truth: I didn't really know what the Surface 3 was!!).  Thankfully, we were loaned a Surface 3 device to complete the March Break Scavenger hunt and, I won't lie, it's a keeper!

Here are a few things you can expect from the Surface 3:

  1. Convenience:  Since you can use it as a tablet or laptop, the Surface 3 is the perfect device for a student, working professional or anyone on-the-go!  
  2. Style:  With its 10.8-inch full HD display and sleek design, it'll be the centre of attention while you work at the coffee shop.
  3. Personalization:  Accessorize your Surface 3 with an optional backlit keyboard (sold separately), which comes in a variety of colours to suit your style.
  4. Features:  The Surface 3 comes with a full-size USB 3.0 port and an integrated kickstand (one of my favourite features!), and has the ability to run desktop software with a fast Intel processor.  It also features a 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP autofocus rear-facing camera.
  5. Creativity:  The Surface Pen is AMAZING!  It's the absolute perfect babysitter for the kids - they can spend hours drawing and creating individualized artwork on OneNote.
Part of our challenge was to have the kids draw their favourite activity from Spring Break:

Loving the Surface 3 so far?  From now until March 27th, you can save up to $170 on your Surface 3 purchase at MicrosoftStore.ca.  

There's also some more amazing March Break deals happening at MicrosoftStore.ca, which starts today until March 29th, and includes sales on the Surface Pro 4 and X Box One!

Follow #MicrosoftMarchBreak for more details on our MicrosoftStore.ca March Break Scavenger Hunt challenge!


Getting Fit with Sport Chek

Every year I make a promise to myself to be more active and every year I feel like I could always do more.  Thankfully, I recently partnered up with Sport Chek to get my butt into gear (literally!).  They set me up with a Fitbit Charge, workout gear and a new pair of Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 running shoes, and it was exactly what I needed to start focusing on my fitness again.

Over the past couple weeks, I've been tracking my daily fitness activities with my new Fitbit Charge and it's addicting!  Believe it or not, I had no idea what a Fitbit was before this and it's almost hard to imagine life without one anymore, ha!  Not only does it track how many steps you've taken in a day, but also the calories you've burned, how many stories climbed, the distance you've travelled (walking distance, of course) and more.  Plus, I've been creating daily challenges with my fellow Fitbit-ers, which is definitely keeping me motivated.

{Win It!}

Sport Chek is generously offering one of our Canadian readers a chance to win a $100 gift card!  To enter, please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9pm PST.


Treat Your Hair to Garnier Whole Blends

As parents to three children of various ages, there's not a day that goes by where we don't want what's best for our family - whether it be the food we serve to the clothes we buy, or just simply how we choose to live our everyday lives.  The same goes for the beauty products that we choose to use on our children.  Thankfully, Garnier has come out with a new line of hair care products aptly named Whole Blends, which is suitable for the entire family (excluding babies) including children that are old enough to use regular shampoos and conditioners. 

I love that Garnier Whole Blends products are Paraben Free, and contain Natural Extracts and gentle sulfates. Each blend focuses on a unique hair action too. Lately, my hair has been suffering from a dry spell, thanks to my love affair with my curling wand.  After using Whole Blends Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner infused with avocado oil and shea butter, my hair felt smoother and is easier to manage.  I can't wait to see what my hair will look (and feel!) like over the next couple weeks as I continue to treat it with Whole Blends.

 My kids (ages 3 and 6) were treated to Whole Blends Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner with coconut oil and cocoa butter.  The first thing my son commented on was the "yummy" smell of his new shampoo and conditioner - a win already!  Both my son and daughter have naturally curly hair and Whole Blends was able to tame their curls, while making them soft, smooth and frizz free.

Try It!

Garnier is giving SwankMama readers a chance to try a sample of Whole Blends!  Follow this link and join the Garnier movement today.

Spread The Word

Love to party?  Join the Garnier #WholeBlends Twitter party on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7pm EST for your chance to win some fabulous Whole Blends products!


4 Angels Beauty Care Review + a Giveaway!

Is it really January 21st today?  Weren't we just celebrating the holiday season?  I mean, I still have some Christmas presents to exchange haha!  Talk about procrastinating...

Early this month, I decided that 2016 was going to be the year of taking care of myself, amongst other things.  I'd like to think that I'm on the road to achieving that, but with two young kids, it's sooooo easy to get sidetracked.  Which is why I'm going to let you in on one of my secret vices...

4 Angels Beauty Care is an amazing beauty boutique specializing in shaping the perfect eyebrows.  I've been personally hooked since my first visit and now Navkiran (owner of 4 Angels) is the only person I allow to touch my brows.  However, brows are not their only service - they also offer waxing and massage services, including an Indian Head Massage, which I was treated to during my last visit.

The Indian Head Massage was definitely different from any head massage I've had in the past (if you're experiencing a headache or migraine, I would recommend to wait until you feel better before getting this head massage.)  The massage started with your choice of oils (castor, almond, olive or baby oil) and a number of rhythmic taps to my entire head.  It definitely helped to relieve some tension and the oils brought some much needed moisture back to my hair.  I ended up leaving the oil in overnight, which I would highly recommend if your hair is on the dry side.

{Win It!}

4 Angels Beauty Care is giving two of our readers a chance to win a Divine Brows service, complete with a full consultation, threading, massage and brow makeup.  To enter please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open worldwide!


Family Holiday Shoot with Amy Teixeira Photography

Another holiday season equals the perfect time to have our yearly holiday shoot with my talented friend, Amy Teixeira of Amy Teixeira Photography.  It's our second year in the row working with Amy and she always seems to capture each of my kids' personalities perfectly.  Plus, it always helps when the kids feel comfortable and completely at ease with their photographer because, as all of you moms & dads know, photoshoots with kids are unpredictable!

We decided to keep the shoot simple and let the kids pose however they wanted to (with Amy's creative direction, of course!).  The shoot took place on the Seawall at George Wainborn Park in Yaletown and we totally lucked out with amazing weather.  It was a bit chilly, so the jackets stayed on until Amy was ready to snap away.

The love that these three have for each other is priceless!

We can't wait for our holiday cards to arrive from Minted!

Book your next family shoot with Amy here and view her work here.

I'd love to know your tips for a successful family photoshoot.  Leave your comments below!

Photo credit:  Amy Teixeira

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