Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy First Day of Fall!

Today is the first official day of fall, but with the weather we are having I am going to pretend it is still summer. We have been so lucky to have temperatures in the high 20's for the last few weeks.  I have been able to spend time at the outdoor pool (both on my own and with the kids).


I publish a summer bucket list every year, but don't normally do one for fall.  With school back in session, we don't have the same amount of free time, but I thought this year I would put some things down that we normally do - and I hope to this year as well.

  1. Apple Picking - we normally go to Mountain Orchards, but I don't think we will make it out there this year. I hope to take them to one of the ones a little closer.
  2. Baking Apple Crisp - I make apple crisps and pies every fall, and then freeze them to have over winter.
  3. Saunders Farm - we go in the summer for outdoor fun, but in the fall they make it spooky. Hoping to get there at least once before Halloween.
  4. Pumpkin picking and carving - we don't go to a patch to pick our pumpkins, but the place we go to has a huge selection already picked for families to choose from.
  5. Walk through the forest - I love walking in a forest with the changing leaves. There is something about the crisp air (not right now though) and the sound of leaves crunching as you walk through them.
What types of activities do you make sure to do with your family in the fall?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Win a Rumidifer RD10!

As much as we all hope the gorgeous weather will stay, it's not going to be long before winter sets in and our houses become dry.  Rumidifier wants to help you out this winter,  by providing ONE Rumidifier RD10 unit to one of my lucky readers.  This is open to both US and Canadian residents.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






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Thursday, September 14, 2017

15 Perfect Fall Instant Pot Recipes


As summer turns to fall and the weather starts getting cooler, the meals I make for my family change as well. With hot weather, I prefer a lighter meal - often having salads with a protein to make it complete.  During the fall and winter, I like having a heavier meal - like hearty soups and stews.

This round up is perfect for those cool fall nights: keeps you warm and your belly full. The best part? The Instant Pot does most of the work for you. You don't need to be stuck in the kitchen over the stove.

15 Perfect Fall Instant Pot Recipes



Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Summer 2017 Re-Cap

This summer was probably one of the roughest we have had. The kids didn't have many friends to play with, and that meant more time together than they would like. This, of course, lead to a ridiculous amount of fighting.

Even with all that fighting and bickering, we managed to have a pretty decent summer.  Mr. J went away to summer camp for the first time. The kids spent a lot of time with their cousins, which I think is extremely important.  It's great that they can be friends as well as cousins. Mr. J is only 6 months younger than his cousins, so they will all end up at the same high school together - in the same grade.

Once again we purchased a swim membership, and Mr. K and I definitely got our moneys worth out of it. We averaged 3 trips a week over the summer, and I plan on using the fitness portion of the membership throughout the fall and winter.

The kids both did summer day camps that they enjoyed, we had trips to the park, a few bike rides (not as many as I would have liked), Saunders Farm, Rays Reptiles, nerf fights, water fights and some down time as well.

Mr. K spent the majority of his summer sleeping in a tent in our living room. His dad added blankets to the furniture so that he also had a fort in front of the tent.  I had hoped to try camping for the first time this year, but that didn't happen. I did, however, sleep in the tent for a few nights with him when he asked.

Over the summer I made the decision to return to work part time. I am on the hunt for a position that will work for me and our family. That was a decision that didn't come easy, but once I made up my mind, I have been quite excited about it.

I hope that you had a wonderful summer - feel free to leave a comment below with what the highlight was for you!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Lion King Signature Collection


As a teenager, The Lion King was one of my absolute favourite movies. I actually saw it 3 times in the movie theater - that's how much I loved it.  The story, the characters and the soundtrack.  I would play the songs on repeat while doing homework or day dreaming about my latest crush.


As I grew older, my love for the movie remained unchanged. It had been many years since I watched the film, but when it was added to The Walt Disney Signature Collection, I was sent a copy to review.

Even though the years have passed, time hasn't changed my love of The Lion King. I don't know what it is that spoke to me back when it was first released, but whatever it is continues to do so.

I loved Simba, but I think that I would have to say Rafiki is probably my favourite character in the movie.  

The digital release was August 15th, and the Blu-ray/DVD release was today, August 29th.  "It is time" to introduce a whole new generation to Simba, Timon, Pumba and the rest of the cast.  

Blu-ray bonus extras include:
  • The Recording Sessions
  • Inside The Story Room
  • Visualizing A Villain
  • The Lion King: Song Selection
  • and more....