Thursday, May 25, 2017


Mr. J's soccer season started this week. As we were gearing up for the start, we purchased new cleats and shin guards. We talked about what this season might be like, and he was happy to learn there were 4 or 5 boys on his team that he had played with previously.

This year we received an email letting us know when and where their first practice was, as well as a snack schedule.  In past years, we have always just signed up for when we wanted to bring snack - which meant we could choose a week that worked for us. I always try and sign up at the beginning so that we can get it over with quickly.  It doesn't take much effort to pick up some fruit and get it sliced up, but I don't really think that snack is necessary.

At the practice, a few of us parents were talking and all agreed we would be happy NOT doing snack this year. At the end of practice, one of the moms mentioned it to the coach, and he agreed. He said it wasn't necessary, and if we were all in agreement then we could just provide water for our own children - to make sure they stay hydrated.

After so many years, it just took one parent mentioning it to STOP the snack.

What are your thoughts on snacks with kids sports?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Getting Kids Involved In Technology With #LevelUpKids Summer Camp

This post is part of the and #LevelUpKids sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

Mr. J is 9 (soon to be 10) and absolutely loves technology. He loves playing video games, watching you tube videos and would much rather use a computer than put pencil to paper. Whenever he has any sort of presentation to do in class, he always uses a slideshow to help enhance what he is sharing with his classmates.

I am glad that he is able to embrace tech the way he has, as it is a huge part of our lives, and it will become more a part of his life as he grows.  Instead of limiting his access to technology, I am trying to ensure he enjoys learning the behind the scenes aspects of this world.

He loves watching videos, so I want him to learn how to create them. He loves learning new programs, and learning how to code could help him develop his own.

He and I recently had the chance to attend an event that was organized by #LevelUP. The kids had the chance to learn about and use SCRATCH to create their own hide and seek game. They were also able to play Minecraft and control robots using an iPad.

It was such a fun event, and Mr. J can't wait to attend a week long summer camp put on by Level UpThere are many different camps available for kids to choose from. Mr. J is most interested in the YouTube camp offered. He really wants to create his own channel. They have camps geared to Minecraft, Web Development, Game Design, Mobile Maker, You Tube, Programming, App Creator and Robotics. There is also a coding camp for girls.

The summer camps that Level Up offer engage kids in STEM education. They are geared to tech, but the kids get so much more out of it than that. These camps help kids learn the following skill sets:
  • Problem Solving (if something isn’t working properly, they need to work through it until they find the problem)
  • Math (spatial directions, measuring distance, calculating areas and more) 
  • Team work (construct arguments and critique others, working as a team to solve problems) 
  • Precision (for programs to work, they need to be precise as well as be written and formatted properly)
  • and more! 

There is more to tech than just staring at a screen. A lot of steps are involved in the creation of the items we love to use. Level Up gives kids the opportunity to be at the ground level of this process. This program also realizes that kids need to be active. A long lunch break each day gives the kids a chance to get outside and be physically active.

To keep up to date on what's new with Level Up, follow them on their social channels (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and check out the website.


Level Up Kids wants to help your kids learn to love tech.  They have very generously offered me a week of camp to giveaway to one of my readers.  This is open to Canadian residents only, and must be used this summer (2017).

For your chance to win, complete the form below. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Long Weekend Recap....and New Hair For Mr. J

Victoria Day weekend is over, and it's always a busy one for us.  We spend some time getting my veggie garden ready, and hubby takes care of the back yard - getting it ready for the season.  This year, he added some stepping stones on the ground beside our deck.  We have not had luck with grass in that area for the last few years, and it's pretty much been mud.

I am so excited for my veggies this year. I still need to add some green beans. I have slicer tomato, cherry tomato, cucumbers and sweet peppers right now. I also have a raspberry bush we planted last year, which is supposed to bear fruit it's second year - so I am hoping to see some berries this year.

Saturday was a busy day; hubby and Mr. K top dressed and re-seeded the back yard. Mr. J had karate and then a hair appointment because he wanted a new style.  I have a friend that has a studio in her house, and he even got to have some cat cuddles while we waited.

Sunday we decided to surprise the kids. They love staying at a local hotel for a night away, so we booked it last week. The boys thought we were just going out to watch the hockey game and have dinner.  Then we told them we were spending the night and they were thrilled.  We played in the games room for a bit, then Mr. K and I headed up to the room (he was ready for bed) and hubby and Mr. J went and listened to some jazz in the lounge.  We slept in a bit Monday morning and then I took the boys for a swim and we finished the stay off with a delicious brunch.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Victoria Day Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

Happy Victoria Day everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful and safe long weekend!

If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sunshine and Sangria Round Up

Summer is almost here and the weather is starting to co-operate.  The rain has slowed down and the sun has started to shine.  A hot summer day is the perfect time to enjoy a nice refreshing glass of Sangria on your patio.

After enjoying a delicious glass of Sangria while out for lunch last week, I decided to put together a round up of recipes - just in time for the May long weekend! I hope you enjoy them.

Red Wine Sangria from Bit of Momsense
Fruity Red Wine Sangria from Happy Foods Tube

White Wine Sangria Two Ways from 5 Minutes For Mom
Fruity White Wine Sangria from Merry @ Merry About Town
Peachy White Wine Sangria from The Inspired Home
Summer Melon Sangria from Almost Super Mom
Strawberry Basil Sangria from Ann's Entitled Life

Rose Sangria from Grey Is The New Black

After giving them a try, don't forget to come back here and let me know what you think. Have a safe and fun long weekend!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

I have very fond memories from watching my dad play ball as I grew up. Many of the men on his team became very close friends of our family, and I always smile when I think about them.  Ball was such a part of his life, that my mom actually considered playing "take me out to the ball game" at his funeral.....but the priest wasn't so keen.

I played baseball 1 season, but it wasn't for me. Neither was ballet, soccer, baton, or basketball. I did all of those activities for 1 or 2 years, but eventually gave them up. As an adult, I realize that I just wasn't a fan of organized activities. I really enjoyed playing basketball in my driveway with my brother or with friends, but not really on a team.

When my kids were super small, I really hoped they would fall in love with a sport. Mr. J started playing soccer at 5 and has always enjoyed it - he will be playing again this season.  Mr. K tried soccer last year, and didn't love it. He enjoys kicking the ball around with his brother and dad, but didn't love being on a team.

He tried basketball in the fall, and while he enjoyed it, it didn't seem to be his thing.

This spring, he decided he would like to try playing baseball.  We bought him a glove and a ball so he could practice, and he loves to throw it around.

Last night was his first practice/game (they practice for 30-40 minutes and then play a game with another team afterwards) and he LOVED it. That may change as we get further into the season, but when his turn to bat came (he has never swung a bat before - not including hitting a pinata) and he connected on the first pitch, he was thrilled. The smile on his face was incredible.

His next turn at bat didn't have the same result, but he still made it to the base, and his third turn was pretty good as well.

When the game was over he was disappointed that it was done, and sad that he has to wait until next Wednesday to play again.  The nicest thing for us is that the teams are small (only 6 players - and the coach pitches) and 5 out of the 6 go to his school.

I am hoping that he has found his sport - and that he continues to love it!

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope all you moms had a great Mothers Day.

If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.

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