Quick oil change with Quaker State

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Although I have been multi-tasking for many years, it doesn’t necessarily mean I was any good at it. That is up until a year ago, when my Little Moon was born. Now, I’m pretty sure I’m a multi-tasking pro. I can do laundry, dishes and cook all at the same time.

There really isn’t a moment when I can focus on just one thing anymore, not even blogging. As I’m sitting here typing away, Little Moon is having some ChiChi.
Being a mom, you learn how to multi-task very well. You don’t go grocery shopping for just one thing, if you’re going to make a run to the store, you take advantage and get everything you need (and more). Those one stop shops/super centers are the bomb. You know what I’m talking about, right?
Like Walmart, for example, where you can get your car fixed while shopping. Uh-huh! Just the other day, while our car was getting it’s oil changed at the Walmart Auto Care Center (ACC), we were inside the Walmart Super Center grocery shopping and picking up a prescription. We were also able to pick up a bottle of Quaker State oil for our car’s oil change. The Quaker State oil was very easy to find, as it was in the Automotive and Specialty Oils aisle in the Automotive department, right beside/next door to the shop. Talk about convenient!
The mechanic informed me that Quaker State oil was a great choice because it is top quality for a low price. I like to ask questions, especially when something so important to me, like my car is involved, and the Walmart ACC team answered them efficiently, with confidence. The Walmart ACC team was approachable, knowledgeable, experienced and very friendly. Which made me feel confident that I left my car in reliable hands at the Walmart ACC.
Our car is important to us because it allows us to get from point a to b on daily family adventures. We have only had our car for about 2 years, and before we were very dependent on transit, which we all know can be a pain in the butt sometimes, especially if the weather is cray. I remember a couple times where I was late for work, due to snow because we all know that some bus routes and snow don’t mix.
Having a car has given us more freedom, taking our car on family adventures like camping in the mountains, going on road trips to other states and much more. We have been able to explore our surroundings more since having our car, and we can show our daughter more of this beautiful world.
Buying and owning a car is an investment. So we do everything in our power to keep it as “Good As New.” Below are our top 10 tips preventative measures and maintenance so your car never lets you and your family down.
  1. Regular oil/filter change
  2. Wash/detail car regularly
  3. Get wheels aligned
  4. Check battery
  5. Brakes serviced regularly
  6. Clean the interior regularly
  7. Wipe windshield wipers down/or replace if worn out
  8. Change tires
  9. Store in garage
  10. Replace burned out bulbs
Overall, we were really impressed with the ease and convenience of having our cars oil changed with Quaker State at the Walmart ACC. Which has me wondering….when was the last time you got your oil changed? I would also love to hear if you have any tips to add to my list for maintaining your car as “Good As New.”
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Zorah Pure Argan Beauty Review

Zorah biocosmétiques  is a line of high quality cosmetic-care products designed, produced and distributed in Canada. Zorah products are made with organic, eco-friendly and fair-trade ingredients. Their products do not contain any animal products or mineral oils (ex.: petroleum) and are not tested on animals, YAY!

I absolutely adore the Zorah Pure Argan makeup products. I had the pleasure of trying out the Pure Argan BBB Cream in Pinky Beige, the Length & Care Mascara, Liquid Eyeliner, Lip Gloss in Léa and Ombré Eyeshadow. The main natural ingredient in all of these products, Argan oil, protects the skin, restores its’ natural barrier and neutralizes free radicals – making it the perfect ingredient for makeup!SONY DSC

SONY DSC My favourite product from the bunch is the BBB Cream in Pinky Beige. Slightly pigmented, the cream works to reduce redness (Because of its Argan oil base, wich is a powerful antioxidant), tighten pores and smooth the skin while protecting it from free radicals. It gives my skin a healthy glow and is great to use in lieu of liquid foundation for a more natural look.Zorah Makeup Review - 3

Zorah Makeup Review - 2The eyeshadow in Ombré is awesome. It’s beautiful, smoky colour goes on smooth – lasting all day and it also has some serious skin care benefits. The eyeshadow is a great alternative to most, as the Argan Oil works to support anti-aging, which most people tend to notice the most around the eyes!

Zorah Makeup Review - 1The mascara is great because, unlike most mascaras that tend to damage the lashes, the Argan oil works to promote growth. So it’s a win/win! Not only will your lashes look great, they will benefit from wearing this mascara. What could be better!

Zorah Makeup Review - 4The liquid eyeliner also has similar benefits and is long lasting. It’s very light weight and easy on the eyelids, which can be very sensitive.

Zorah Makeup Review - 5As for the lip gloss, it helped my lips feel smooth and silky. I’m not usually a big fan of gloss (I usually go for matte lip sticks, which I would love to see in this line!) but as far as lip gloss goes – this one was great. It helped my lips stay moisturized in the summer heat while adding a pop of colour.

I usually feel a bit guilty wearing makeup – because I know that it can have some damaging effects on the skin (in comparison to going eau naturalé, with no makeup!), but this makeup line takes all that guilt away.I just love how these products work to support healthy skin. I can look my best and feel my best about it, guilt free!

Zorah Makeup Review - 6Did I mention that Zorah is fully committed to improving the environment in every step of its production and distribution processes? Zorah’s containers are 100% recyclable, their brochures are printed with vegetable-based inks on 100% recycled paper and their products are manufactured locally so as to reduce unnecessary transport. Each step in the preparation of Zorah’s products is another step towards sustainable development.

In Vancouver, you can find Zorah, pure argan beauty products at Choices Markets!

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Other Uses for Huggies® Wipes, that aren’t on baby! “Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes”

I never really understood why some of my girlfriends who didn’t have babies/kids had wipes in their house, or even in their bags. I guess I didn’t pay enough attention to what they were using them for then, “to each it’s own” I must’ve thought! Anyways, now that I think about those friends, and now that I use wipes, it’s CLICKED. I totally understand why people who have no kids or kids in diapers use wipes! Because there are about a billion and one uses for wet wipes. It doesn’t matter how old you are because Huggies® Wipes are a great way to clean up any family’s mess, not just babys!

Huggies® Wipes can be used for SO many other things. With its triple clean technology, Huggies Wipes are perfect for those unexpected messes! Like that spilled coffee in your car, or the mascara that claims to be waterproof, but while watching The Notebook for the hundredth time you realize it isn’t hahaha. With its exclusive and unprecedented TripleClean™ technology, which no other wipe can tout, no mess is too messy for Huggies® Wipesninaonthemoon-101usesforhuggieswipesbecausekidsoutgrowdiapersnotmesses

We highly recommend you store a pack of wipes in your car, like us! It’ll save you some time, and keep your car (and many other things,  kids and pets clean too. We like to keep a pack of wipes in the glove compartment and one in the back seat pocket, near LittleMoon. The Clutch ‘n’ Clean is great because it is re-usable, you can refill with as many time as needed. and is slim enough to fit into small spaces. I often find that we use them in the car after we are done eating a “drive-thru” meal or giving LittleMoon a snack, to wipe our hands and mouth. Also, to wipe down any drinks or sauces that have been spilled. I specifically remember using them after a hike in the Valley, we had to wipe our shoes down since they were pretty filthy.


We also keep some wipes in the kitchen, stroller caddy,gym bag, and diaper bag, for obvious reasons. :P

Below are some of the many ways you can put these handy wipes to good use:

  • Removing make-up.
  • Toilet paper substitute.
  • Wiping down your pets paws after being outdoors.
  • Wiping down your pets paw prints.
  • Cleaning the inside of your car.
  • Removing marker, pen, pencil and crayons from skin.
  • Wiping down yoga mat after class.
  • Wiping down armpits.
  • Removing deodorant stains from clothes.
  • Wiping down restaurant  high chairs.
  • Wiping down the handle bar on the grocery buggy.
  • Clean  shoes.
  • Wiping down flip-flops.
  • Wiping down feet after day at the beach/being barefoot.
  • Clean toys.
  • Wiping down face.
  • Wiping down hands after eating a snack/finger food.
  • Wiping down blinds.
  • Wiping down window-sil.
  • Wiping down screens.
  • Wiping down dusty leaves on indoor plants.

Did you know that you can also add vinegar to your wipes? To clean your kitchen counters? Or you can add an essential oil, like lavender too, to keep drawers/closet smelling nice. A quick tip is to keep some wipes within arms reach, that way messes get cleaned up so quickly, nobody will ever notice.


Most people are ill equipped when it comes to unexpected messes. Luckily, Huggies® Wipes come in a variety of fun, convenient packaging, so whether you keep them stashed in your living room, or bag, or car, there is a design that will suit your needs. They come in stylish designs to compliment any trendy mom’s ensemble. You can whip them out wherever you are, whatever the need!

Huggies® Wipes are best because of their TripleClean™ technology that no other wipe can tout. Huggies New and Improved. Huggies  shares  101 ways to use  HUGGIES® Wipes and their new TripleClean layers wipes. Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes!

I would love to hear about your own unique ways in which Huggies® Wipes help you and your family wipe away messes.

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Roses et Reines Gentle Bath Salts by L’Occitane

Roses et Reines Gentle Bath Salts are the ultimate relaxation remedy. They’re made with rose water, with roses from Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco, Turkey and Haute-Provence using a traditional method of steeping the rose petals in oil – resulting in a more saturated rose scent. The Roses et Reines Gentle Bath Salts  pair perfectly with a nice glass of wine and a good book for the ultimate night in.SONY DSC

Roses are known to produce a sedative effect when inhaled – making them the perfect de-stresser. They also help to relieve skin irritation and work to balance out oily skin while leaving it soft and evenly toned. Roses contain natural antioxidants and antibacterial components – which are helpful if you suffer from acne or the occasional pimple as they work to combat these problems without drying out the skin.

Roses are rich in vitamin C, which has some serious benefits of its own. Benefits include anti-aging effects, protection from free-radicals, reduction in inflammation, fading of any spots or post-breakout marks and boosting the skins natural defence against UV rays. If I had to pick any flower to soak in, rose petals would be my number one choice. They’re relaxing and they make your skin more beautiful, I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Roses et Reines Gentle Bath Salts can be found at L’Occitane shop across Canada.

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Celebrate how babies bring out the best in all of us with Pampers #BetterForBaby

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Pampers believes that even though babies are little, they are powerful agents of change. Babies have a profound impact on our lives and on the world. When a baby comes into your life, you want to be a better person for that baby. Babies bring out the best in each of us. They make our lives better. And that’s why there’s nothing each of us wouldn’t do to make life better for babies.ninaonthemoon-pampers-betterforbaby-babiesbringoutthebestinallofus-dimemedia

From the very beginning, as in the day Gabriel and I found out that we were going to be blessed with our first child, we knew we were going to have to improve some things in our lives- and make it a lifestyle. For example, before finding out I was pregnant, we would rarely have breakfast, or balanced meals. And the day we found out I was pregnant, we took a pledge that we would NEVER skip breakfast again! We also promised each other that we would eat healthy, and not skip meals.

We did this because it was important for us to have a healthy lifestyle, especially for when our baby would be born. So we could lead by example and show her healthy eating habits.

There are a couple other things we did in order to prepare ourselves for our baby, like enrolling in a first-aid course, and doing yoga and meditation together. I didn’t expect  us to change much more, but  when our Little Moon blessed us with her presence out here, we did. Gabriel and I grew so much, as individuals, partners, family, and global citizens. I’ve learned to be patient, to multi-task, and be more involved in our community. We are eager to continue learning, exploring and sharing this beautiful journey with her.IMG_3712

And we continue to strive to be the best version of ourselves because Little Moon brings out the best of us. There’s nothing each of us wouldn’t do to make life #BetterForBaby. Pampers believes that babies bring out the best in all of us. Pampers has unveiled a new video – The Pampers Better for Baby video- to celebrate the many ways babies bring out the best in all of us.IMG_5280

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Bamboobino After-Bath Hat for Baby Review

Our little Moon has a ton of hair, which I often dried with a baby cloth. But, I often found myself wondering if there was something else that could help her hair dry naturally, like the hair towel wrap I use. And, that’s when I was pleasantly surprised to find Bamboobino After-Bath Hat.bamboobino-afterbathhatreview-ninaonthemoon-yvrmoms

Bamboobino is a nationally recognized brand and an industry leader in bamboo children’s clothing, bed + bath and accessories, that is made right here in Vancouver. Bamboobino was created by a mum of 2, Sharon Chai, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Bamboobino is the result of wanting the softest, most practical and least damaging (to humans and to the environment) fabric.

I love Bamboobino After-Bath Hat, it is super soft and very absorbent. Bamboobino After-Bath Hat is made of  70% rayon from bamboo, 30% organic cotton, which is more absorbent than cotton. The After-Bath Hat wicks moisture away naturally, is anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.

Little Moon uses her Bamboobino After-Bath Hat for only about half an hour after her bath. Not only do we use it for after-bath, but for after-swimming too! It keeps her head warm while absorbing that last bit of moisture after bath and swim time toweling.

Bamboobino After-Bath Hat  is so great, even Gabriel uses it after his showers. The  After-Bath Hat fits Gabriel like a glove, it’s very snuggly. So, it doesn’t just have to be for baby, it can be used by siblings, and even dad.

Bamboobino After-Bath Hat is eco-friendly, as bamboo is a sustainable choice. Bamboo is perfect for baby skin as it gets softer and more absorbent with each wash. And don’t worry, it’s easy to care, just machine wash and tumble dry, or hang dry.

Bamboobino has a great assortment of super soft, absorbent, easy care wear and accessories for baby and toddler. Oh, and a couple things for mom too, like nursing pads.

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Allstate Foundation #GetThereSafe Tips for Parents with New Teen Drivers

This is part of a sponsored safety campaign with DiMe Media and  Allstate Foundation. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


The Allstate Foundation’s “Driving Change” program – is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, the Foundation has reached more than 56 million people with resources and information that have contributed to driving down teen car crash fatalities by nearly 48 percent.


Did you know that parents are the NUMBER ONE influence on teen drivers? That’s why it is VERY important for parents to lead by example. Make sure to buckle up, don’t use your cell phone and don’t speed.

Tips for Parents:

  • Model your own good driving behavior behind the wheel. And remember, your teen is watching.
  • Use these laws as a starting point to setting your own rules of the road for your child.
  • Ride with your teen driver at least 30 minutes a week, especially the first year after your teen is licensed.

I think it’s very important that parents start a conversation with their children even before they get behind the wheel for the first time. For example, my parents would always explain to us how driving was a big responsibility because not only is the driver in control of their lives, but the ones of their passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians. My parents also sat us down and told us what they expected from us while driving. I know some families who even had a hard-copy agreement that clearly stated the family driving rules, expectations and penalties if rules/expectations are not met/broken.

Below, are some of  our tips for parents of new teen drivers:


  1. Buckle up. 61% of teen passengers killed in a car crash weren’t wearing a seat belt.
  2. Put phone AWAY. Absolutely no talking/texting.
  3. Slow down. 84% of parents and 79% of teens admit to speeding.
  4. Don’t drink and drive. Not even a drink because that will show your teen exemption.
  5. Limit night driving. 6PM to midnight is the most deadly time for teens on the road.
  6. Limit passengers. Teens are 4x more likely to be killed in a car crash with 3+ friends in the car.
  7. Create rules. Like the ones listed above and penalty if they are broken.

85% of parents worry about their teen getting in a car crash, and one of the most important things a parent can do is take an active role in educating their teen driver (or soon to be drivers), it can save lives. Head on over to the Foundation’s helpful resources including the Parent/Teen Driving Agreement and the Driver Coaching Guide as well as information regarding Teen Driver Laws from around the country: https://www.allstate.com/resources

Allstate Foundation is running a social media sweepstakes through July 3. All you have to do is share some of your tips for new drivers/teen drivers to #GetThereSafe via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tagging @AllState. All eligible entries will be placed into daily drawings to win $1,000.  For more information about Driving Change, visit  http://www.TenYearsofDrivingChange.com

Watch the video below, where we share a couple of our family tips for parents with new teen drivers:

It’s our responsibilty as parents to educate our young *new* drivers, it can save lives! @Allstate #GetThereSafe #Ad #Sweepstakes

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MyChelle ‘Hello, Beautiful’ Collection for Sensitive Skin

Hello, beautiful! Let me introduce you to Mychelle Dermaceuticals, who create the most effective, nontoxic skin care products. MyChelle products deliver fast, powerful, visible results without nasty ingredients or toxic chemicals. Mychelle experts scoured the world for the most potent natural ingredients and put them to work in their skin-saving formulas that calm, nourish, treat and love your skin to its most beautiful.

Yesterday I tried out the MyChelle Demaceuticals Pure Harmony ‘Hello Beautiful Collection’ for Sensitive Skin. First of all I have to say, I love that these products are vegan! I started out with the Pure Harmony Cleanser – eliminating any residue left from my busy day downtown.


The cleanser was gentle and hydrating, leaving my skin clean, smooth and ready for the Pure Harmony Mask. I applied the mask all over my face and left it on for 20 minutes. The mask was incredibly soothing on my skin, working to calm any irritation caused by environmental stresses.

After wiping away the mask, I applied the Pure Harmony Serum. The serum is packed with anti-oxidants and works to reduce the appearance of puffiness and redness by calming the skin. I absolutely love serums, I feel like they really penetrate the skin with an abundance of nutrients.

Next came the Pure Harmony Mist – which is also rich with nutrients, awakening the skin and promoting regeneration. The mist was a nice touch to the step by step process.

After the mist, I applied the Pure Harmony Cream, adding even more nutrients and moisture to my skin without any irritation – a perfect ending to the five step process.mychellehellobeautifulcollectionforsensitiveskin

The collection also includes an SPF cream that I used the next morning under my makeup to protect my skin from sun damage, slowing down the aging process I just worked (not very hard and with enjoyment) to prevent.

The “Hello Beautiful” collection has 5 sets, “Sensitive Skin,” “All Skin Types,” “Age Spot/UV Recovery,””Dry Skin,” and “Youth Blemish Control.”  The “Hello Beautiful” collections make excellent sample sets (to try something new), travel companions (take your MyChelle faves everywhere you go) and even gifts. Plus, the collectible box is something you can use long after the products are gone. 

For those of you with sensitive skin – who are also looking for the added benefit of health safe ingredients, I would recommend checking out MyChelle Dermaceuticals, which can be found at ALL Whole Foods. mychelle-hellobeautifulkit-

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Mudderella Whistler 2015

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Believe it or not, I used to be athletic…many years ago, obviously hahaha. I don’t know why I stopped, it just happened so quickly (or so I thought) that after a couple years it was intimidating to get back on the field with grown ass women. I don’t know, maybe it was the scheduling with school, work and other activities?  Ugh, anyways, after  several failed attempts at joining team sports as a young adult, I decided to take a different route and do individual work-outs to stay fit, like running and swimming.

Maybe it’s just me, but I realized as I got older that getting in shape and staying fit can be a solitary event due to schedules (work, kids, etc.). And now that I have a little family of my own, I crave something that is more social. So, that’s when I got the idea to invite a couple of friends out for a walk/run twice a week. It turned out to be perfect for us because we’re able to get a lil’ sweaty and catch up (especially while doing some lunches, opps, I mean LUNGES!).


We usually work out for about an hour. We like to change things up with every City block. For example, we’ll start at one corner and sprint to half the block then jog to the end of the block. Then on the next block we’ll start with lunges until we reach a certain tree, then we’ll sprint to another tree or end of the block (depending how far, LOL). And so on… We’ve also started running up the stairs at the local school and swinging, I mean trying to do pull-ups on the monkey bars, which I am awful at…but we just laugh it off.

Our workouts are fun and give us something to look forward to. It’s a great way to bond, encourage one another, and feel empowered. Yeah, we still got it, girl! I’ll be honest, during the winter we slack, but during the summer we’re on-top of things. And  this year we are taking our team to the next level by  participating in  Mudderella Whistler, a full-day athletic event series and experience for women. The Mudderella Training Program tips has also been very helpful, so make sure to check’em out to if you need some ideas/tips for training.

Muderella is the first and only full-day athletic event series designed for women, by women, to challenge all-round strength, balance, endurance and agility in a team environment. We are so excited to step up to the challenge and prove to ourselves that we are much stronger than what we believe. And about spending a fun day in Whistler together, obviously!

Fitness goals, as well as success, vary from person to person. My goal for Mudderella Whistler is to accomplish a challenging obstacle course, get COVERED in mud while having a killer time with my girlfriends! :)

Have you ever competed in Mudderella? Be sure to check out www.Mudderella.com for all the latest info. The current 2015 event schedule of events is:

– NorCal – June 27, 2015 – Vallejo, CA

– Toronto – July 11, 2015 – Kitchener, ON Canada

– Capital Region – July 25, 2015 – Clarksburg, MD

– Colorado – August 22, 2015 – Snowmass Village, CO

– Pittsburgh – September 12, 2015 – Slippery Rock, PA

– Whistler – September 26, 2015 – Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler, BC

– New England – October 3, 2015 – Thompson, CT

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Citrus Verbena ‘Fresh Body Milk’ and ‘Fresh Shampoo’ by L’Occitane


I am obsessed with the scent of the Citrus Verbena ‘Fresh Body Milk’ and ‘Fresh Shampoo’ by L’Occitane en Provence. Verbena is the perfect summer fragrance with origins in Provence, France – making it an exotic little getaway in a bottle. It’s fresh, fruity and the perfect pick me up for summer mornings. I’ve also read that verbena has a calming effect on the nervous system, perfect for those who have a tendency to feel a little overwhelmed or overworked at times. The Fresh Body Milk left my skin feeling smooth and the Shampoo left my hair squeaky clean, with a softness that comes naturally from citrus. The Verbena scent is lemony and vibrant, awakening the senses without being overly perfumed.

And I can’t forget to mention that L’Occitane is a wonderful brand, with a serious dedication to protecting the environment. They’re committed to limiting their impact on the environment through responsible production, distribution and recycling of products. All of the key ingredients in their products such as Verbena are produced using organic and sustainable practices. They even go as far to focus their sustainable practices within the designs of their stores – using energy efficient lighting, sustainable wood, low VOC emission paint (VOC stands for ‘volatile organic compounds’ – which are known to cause a number of health problems) and renewable energy sources. It’s just wonderful to see such dedication to our environment on so many different levels. Considering this dedication and the lovely Verbena scent, I will be coming back for more once I run out (which is probably going to be soon!).

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