Fisher-Price® Moms Top 10 Toys and a #Giveaway

My girls grew up with Fisher-Price toys and so when I was asked to participate in a survey they were conducting I was only too happy to join in the fun. 


After all, not only was Fisher-Price a huge part of my daughters’ childhood, it was part of mine and my husband’s too. In fact, my whole family has loved and played with Fisher-Price toys for years and *ahem* years now. When asked what toy spoke to me the most from the Fisher-Price line, I couldn’t help but say the Brilliant Basics Corn Popper.
Fisher-Price Moms Top 10 Toys

This brightly coloured toy has been around since 1957!! How many toys can you think of that have stood the test of time like this? The Fisher-Price Corn Popper is a true classic. I even remember playing with one myself as a child (I am not as classic as the toy, so keep the peanut gallery comments to yourself).

In order to share with my readers, Fisher-Price was kind enough to send me one to review. I expected to share an anecdote or two with you, the fun of the toy and then the awesome giveaway of course, but something funny happened along the way.

First this:

Fisher Price Moms Top 10 Toys, Corn Popper

And then this:

Fisher Price Moms Top 10 Toys,  Corn Popper

Both my girls, now 10 and 12, lit up when they saw this Fisher-Price Corn Popper sitting in my office. They were flooded with memories and I have to admit, I was flooded with a few of my own. I remember sitting their Fisher-Price bouncer in the bathroom so I could have a much-needed shower, or placing them in their Fisher-Price Exersaucer while I baked in the kitchen.

What struck me the most though, was how happy they were to see this toy. It was a connection to their younger years and a ton of great memories for them too!

From the Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium to the Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack to the Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair my girls grew up with the most-loved Fisher-Price toys from the very beginning. It wasn’t until one dropped in the house unexpectedly though that I could see the impact it had on them. Look at those faces? Too cute.

While, it was fun living through the nostalgia for the week but we’ve all agreed that this toy is best in the chubby little hands of their cousin. And so it continues, another Fisher-Price baby will laugh and wonder, and probably give his kids a Fisher-Price Corn Popper to play with one day.

In the spirit of giving though, I’m so excited to be giving one of the Fisher-Price Corn Poppers away to a reader of Life in Pleasantville. Open to Canadians only, this contest closes April 2nd, 2015 at 12am EST.

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Work Smart – Win a Fellowes I-Spire Prize Pack ARV $200

Did you know 9 out of 10 people suffer from pain linked to the way they work at their desks? I can tell you that I am definitely in that group. On a daily basis I suffer from lower back pain, a sore neck and shoulders and burning eyes. That’s why I’ve made a point of making my home office ergonomically correct in 2015. My health is simply too important to ignore anymore.

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The first change I’ve made is setting up a timer for myself on my phone. I like this one, but any one will do really. The timer helps keep me focused on what I need to get done in 25 minute increments and then a bell goes off and reminds me to get up and move. This is important because the human body is not made to sit for long stretches. I am a firm believer in the “use it or lose it” mantra. This has been making a noticeable difference in my work day. I am more productive and I have more energy because I am taking the time to move around.

The second change I’ve made is the introduction of ergonomically correct tools from Fellowes to ensure that I am helping to relieve key pressure points on my body. The first concern for me was my wrists. They hurt! Until I started using the Fellowes Keyboard Wrist Rocker and Fellowes Wrist Rocker for my mouse, I had no idea how much strain my wrists were actually under. Two weeks after using the wrist rocker, I am pain free. Who knew such a simple thing could be so effective? Fellowes did.

Fellowes focuses on 4 well-being zones to ensure you’re working smart. The first zone is back tension. 7 out of 10 people suffer from back pain while working at their desk. Simple tools like the Fellowes Back Support and the Fellowes Climate Control Footrest can make a world of difference. The next zone is wrist pressure.
Wrist supports help to align your wrists and redistribute pressure points to help relieve pain and prevent potential injury.


Yes, I totally cleaned my desk up.

Zone 3 is neck, shoulder and eye strain. Even as I type this I can feel the pain in my shoulders and I know I’m not alone. 5 out of 10 people who work at a desk feel this pain daily. Simple solutions like the Fellowes Keyboard Tray and the Fellowes Document Holder can relieve pressure in the neck and shoulders. Finally Zone 4 is the environment you’re working in. Indoor air may be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. This is a concern for me, particularly in the winter when my windows are closed up tight, allowing very little fresh air to flow through. Fellowes air purifiers safely remove 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores and odors.

There you have it; four major workplace concerns and the easy solutions to fix them. I’m going to be implementing these changes over the course of the year as I strive to make my workplace environment better for my health. One lucky reader from Life in Pleasantville though is going to be able to fix their work environment immediately!

We’re giving away one I-Spire Prize Pack which includes: Monitor Support, Mouse pad wrist rocker, Keyboard wrist rocker, Lumbar support, Document Lift and a Foot Support. ARV: over $200! Prizes are not necessarily referred to in this post)

This fantastic giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and will end on February 11 at 12am EST.

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Movie Buffs Rejoice with Redbox Canada

When the wind is whipping outside and the snow is higher than my trusty Sorels, I love nothing more than curling up on the couch with a big blanket and a great movie. I use this time of year to get caught up on as many movies as possible, especially new releases, which can be hard to find when you’re streaming. That’s why I love Redbox Canada that has all the latest movies at ridiculously affordable prices (hello, $1.25 a movie!). Just in my area alone, I have ten Redbox locations that are easily accessible and convenient. My favourite location of course is our local Walmart where I can pick up my groceries and a movie on the way out.

How does Redbox Canada work? Simply reserve your movie online, find a kiosk close to you and pick up your movie. You do not have to return your movie to the same kiosk! If another location is more convenient when it’s time to take it back then return it there. Also, if you’re walking by a kiosk and it feels like a good time for a movie, you can pick one up without reservations. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

So here’s the question? Why do we have to give Fridays get all the attention as the designated movie night? Movie night can be any night in my humble opinion and I love that Redbox agrees. This month they are offering Free Movie Thursdays where customers can get a free one-night DVD rental each Thursday at all Redbox® kiosks across Canada throughout the month of October.

“What’s better than getting a quality movie when you want it, where you want it, all for free?” said Kate Brennan, Senior Communications Manager at Redbox. “We’re inviting our customers in Canada to get a headstart on the weekend by picking up a free one-night rental at Redbox. Whether you’re a returning customer, or new to Redbox, we hope you’ll enjoy a movie on us!”

To receive a free one-night DVD rental on Thursdays in October (Oct. 9, 16, 23 or 30), all you need to do is visit a Redbox kiosk, enter the promo code THURSDAY at checkout and swipe a valid credit card to cover any additional nights you hold onto the DVD. If you return your DVD by 9 p.m. local time the next day, there won’t be a charge. Enter your email at checkout to be sent a receipt.

From highly anticipated new release titles such as “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Neighbors” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” to recent releases like “The Other Woman,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Brick Mansions,” starring Paul Walker, Redbox offers a variety of genres in convenient locations in both DVD and Blu-ray Disc® formats.

Redbox is Canada’s largest DVD “rentailer” with more than 1,350 automated kiosks across all 10 provinces. To find a location close to you, simply go to

To make celebrating movie night any night of the week even sweeter I’m giving one lucky Canadian Life in Pleasantville reader a full year’s worth of movie rentals from Redbox Canada. That’s 52 amazing movies to share with your kids, your girlfriends, your husband or with no one at all (I am embarrassingly teary in chick flicks – best I be alone). So enter using the form below and get yourself to a kiosk tonight or next Thursday (October 30, 2014) for your FREE movie rental from Redbox.

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Summer is Brief, Capture Every Moment #30SummerDays #Giveaway

On the occasion of Canada’s 147th birthday, I’m pretty excited to kick-off this giveaway for a Nikon Coolpix S9600. For the month of June Staples Canada challenged me to participate in their #30DaysofSummer photo challenge on Instagram. I have to admit that looking through my pictures now, it’s been fun to watch the evolution of the season, from flowers first budding to kids playing in the pool and I’m inspired to keep going…to capture every moment!



Summer in Canada, after all, is brief. Especially this year, since we just came out of the worst winter in decades. That’s why Staples Canada also wants YOU to capture every moment with a new wi-fi enabled camera that makes it easy to take great shots and share them instantly on your favourite social network (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)

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Here’s what you need to know about this great camera:

16.0 Megapixel CMOS image sensor
22x Optical Zoom – NIKKOR Glass Lens and Up to 4x Digital Zoom (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2,200mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
3.0″ (approx. 460k-dot) TFT-LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Full HD 1080p movies with stereo sound and New 5-Axis Hybrid VR
Features Target Finding Af, intelligent autofocus that instantly and accurately determines your intended subject and focuses on it
Built-in Wi-Fi® for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet
18 Scene Modes and Scene Auto Selector for effortless photos and videos
High-performance CMOS image sensor lets you shoot without a flash
Easily apply creative Image Effects like Glamour Retouch, Quick Retouch, Red Eye Correction, Skin Softening – no need for additional photo or video-editing software
Includes Subject Tracking, which automatically locks onto a moving subject and helps keep it in focus until you’re ready to take the shot
Features Lens-shift Vibration Reduction – keeps the shot steadier, even if your hands are not
Dimensions: 2.5″ H. x 4.3″ W. x 1.3″ D.
Product Weight: 0.45 lb
2-year manufacturer’s limited warranty (details with product)
Included in the Box: Nikon COOLPIX S9600 Digital Camera (Black), Lith-ION Battery, Charger, USB Cable, DVD, Strap

This #30SummerDays giveaway is only open to residents of Canada and closes July 15, 2014 at 11:59pm. ARV of this prize is $299.

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Game of Thrones Giveaway

I started reading the book Game of Thrones not too long ago and I was enthralled. I absolutely loved the book. So, it goes without saying that I couldn’t wait to see the series and I immediately ran out to get it.

To me, it lived up to the book and it didn’t, all at the same time. There are things that have been translated from the book quite literally to the screen, and despite the fact that I read it, I was still surprised to see it so graphically portrayed on film. On the other hand, because there is so much detail in the book, it was impossible for the series to catch every detail. While both the book and series are excellent, I think the book is the clear winner. There are those that disagree.

This is what I gather from those who have done both. If you’ve read the book first, you’ll be a little let down by the series. If you’ve watched the series, you’ll never be able to get through the book. Either way, you’re bound to love one or the other.

Season 2 of Game of Thrones starts April 1st. This is your opportunity to get on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. With Future Shop Ottawa’s help, I’m giving away a copy of Season 1.

Here’s what you need to know.

Open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec). Contest closes April 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM. Follow Future Shop Ottawa on Twitter, then come back here and tell me in the comments what book to movie/television adaptation is your all time favourite. If you already follow, just leave your comment. Easy Schmeasy.

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Marley Headphone Giveaway

You may have guessed that I love music. I can’t play it, or sing it or write it, but I can listen to it and I do. Every. Single. Day.

When Future Shop Ottawa approached me about giving some Marley Headphones away I jumped all over it. What better way to listen to music than on a set of incredible headphones! I’ve been testing out a pair for three weeks now and I love mine. They have soft ear cushions and high performance speakers. They also have a three button remote with microphone and volume control. Perfect for watching a movie on my iPad or listening to music on my iPod. You’ll love these.

So here’s the contest: Like my page on Facebook here, Follow @FSOttawa on Twitter here, and finally leave a comment telling me you’ve liked and followed on your favorite song of the day this week. Was it, What Makes You Beautiful, Island in The Sun, Lovers In A Dangerous Time, Man in The Mirror, or Gel.

Only one entry per person. Contest begins Friday, March 2 and will end Monday, March 5 at 5:00. Contest is open to Ontario residents only. If you already like me on Facebook and follow @FSOttawa, you can enter by leaving a comment on your favorite song of the day. I will draw Monday using for the winner! A set of on ear headphones valued at $110 will be sent to the winner. Good luck

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