Saturday, December 29, 2012

Merry Christmas

Christmas Tree
picture copyright of Kerwin Lewis



Christmas has come and gone now, and I have been away from Tales of Mommyhood. I decided to let go of the computer for a few days of much needed, and enjoyed, family time.

We had a wonderful Christmas eve celebration with my family at my mothers house; when we came home we said goodbye to our elf, Zolly and put out milk and cookies for Santa. We then read Twas the Night Before Christmas (a tradition before bed on Christmas Eve). The boys were very happy when they awoke in the morning to find that Santa had been, and Zolly had gone (they were a little sad with that, but happy that Santa picked her up and took her back to the North Pole with him).

After gifts were opened we enjoyed a nice breakfast and played with some of the new toys. A visit with my brother and his family, and then off for supper at hubby's parents house with them and his grandfather.

I sincerely hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas with those you are close to; it is always slightly sad for me as I miss my dad - he was a big Christmas nut and it saddens me that my kids don't get to create memories with him...but I treasure the memories I have from my childhood.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Traditions

Do you have any Christmas traditions?  We have a few.

Every year, we head out to the other end of the city to drive down Taffy Lane. Taffy Lane is a street that goes NUTS at Christmas - almost every house on the street gets decked out with lights, ornaments and decorations.

This year, we drove out and did 2 tours of the street (hard to take it ALL in with just one pass); then we drove through the downtown core to see the tree's lit up and the snowflakes on Parliament Hill.

When we got home, the boys spent some time outside with hubby going down the slide in the front yard.

Some pictures from our evening




I would love to hear what some of your traditions are!




Friday, December 21, 2012

Artwork from my 2 year old

This morning, my 2 year old decided that it would be fun to throw a bottle of OPEN red nail polish down the stairs.

the lovely addition to our home

The first thing I did was take a picture; then I laughed, then I cried and then I tried to clean it.  Then I gave up and had a shower and attempted again, failing.

While I watched my 2 yr old trying to scrub at the carpet, I suddenly realized how lucky I am.  I have a loving family, a roof over our heads, food to eat, clothes to wear and presents to be put under our Christmas tree.  I have TWO beautiful, delightful, mischievous children. They are safe, they are healthy and they are with me.


making him clean his mess (attempt anyways)

After recent events, and regular everyday tragedies and illness, I am lucky.  I am lucky that my 2 yr old is with me; while I am not happy that I have this piece of art on my wall/carpet at the moment, in the grand scheme of things it is nothing....absolutely nothing compared to what others are dealing with right now.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rudolph cake

Growing up, my mom always made cakes for us to bring to school during the holidays (halloween, christmas, easter) and while my sons school doesn't allow sweets brought in, the nursery school did!

Here is a picture of a cake I made for their Christmas party last year


Friday, December 14, 2012

Safe Kids Worldwide Sanus Report Child Deaths Injuries from TV Tip-overs

One Child Dies Every Three Weeks from a TV Tipping Over
When your children are first mobile it is pretty standard to "baby proof" your home; you put up baby gates, utilize the plug covers etc.  Something that a lot of parents overlook doing however is making sure that book cases, entertainment units, dressers and tv's are bolted to the wall or some other support system.

These are all items that are heavy and could seriously injure your child, but isn't something that most people think about - I know I didn't.

December 13, 2012 – Washington /PRNewswire/ — A new report released today by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS revealed that every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over and nearly 13,000 more children are injured each year in the U.S. This represents a 31 percent increase in TV tip-over-related injuries over the last ten years.

The report also revealed that three out of four parents don’t secure their TV to the wall. Most families are unaware that securing a TV is an important safety measure. Others decide not to mount their TVs because of concerns about damaging the wall or installing the TV incorrectly.

“You wouldn’t think to bring a baby home from the hospital without a car seat or have your child ride a bike without a helmet,” said Carr. “Mounting your TV will protect your TV, and most important, your child.”


To read more go to www.safekids.org




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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Aviva Community Fund charity contest - who will be the finalists?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aviva Community Fund for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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The Aviva Community Fund charity contest has just wrapped up the semi-finals and finalists will be announced on December 17th. Judging will then take place starting on December 20th, with the Grand-prize winning ideas being announced on January 29th, 2013.

Once the ideas were submitted, voting was open to the Canadian public. To vote, all you needed to do was register on the Aviva Community Fund website (either through the website itself or by using your facebook account).  You have 15 votes per round, and you may vote on as many ideas as you like - although you may only vote for each idea once per day (votes also can't be taken back once they have been cast, so make sure you use them exactly how you want to)

One of the school's in my community submitted an idea for a playground (right now, they have a large area of sand, but no playground for the kids) that is the idea that I  supported because it is in my home-town; kids need a place to play. What were some of your favorite ideas - did you vote for them?

 You can stay updated  Like Aviva Community Fund or Follow @Aviva

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Metro's Holiday Party Planning Tips - Hostessing made easy!

Hubby and I like to entertain - we throw a Christmas party every year and try and host at least 1 other large gathering (normally Canada Day). Metro has provided me with a list of tips to help make YOUR holiday entertaining easier - read on!





Holiday Party Planning: 10 Tips for Festive Fun!


From decking the halls to trimming the tree and preparing your feast, holiday party planning can be exhausting! Metro has some stress-free tips to make your party the talk of the town! We've done the research and put together a list of need-to-know tips and techniques for an effortlessly unforgettable get-together.


Creative serving – Instead of communal bowls of nuts, try a more eye catching and hygienic presentation by putting snacks in clear-glass, narrow-necked decanters. Guests can pour nut and trail mixes themselves, and it looks great, too!

Stagger serving times – If all food is served at the start of the night, guests are likely to gorge and go home early. Keep your party hopping by serving your tasty hors d’oeuvres all night long.

Impress with a signature cocktail - Channel your inner mixologist and offer guests a unique signature cocktail for your holiday party. Be sure to have other non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to offer alongside this cocktail.

Prep in advance – The ‘day of’ for the party planner is always hectic! Between set up, last minute errands, and wrangling the kids – stress is high. Try prepping what you can a few days before. Things like fruit trays, cheese and cracker platters and Swedish meatballs can all be put together a day or two in advance.

Presentation is everything – When preparing food trays and hors d’oeuvres platters, have fun! Use the Canadian winter landscape as inspiration by placing pinecones and frosted pine needles in your tray display.
Fast and fancy – Limited time? Solicit the help of the frozen food aisle! Metro’s private label line, Irresistibles, offers delicious appetizers perfect for party planners, with selection and creativity covered.

Tidy as you go – No one likes waking up to a mess, by tidying bit by bit during your party, the house will be kept clean for your guests, too!

Set the ambiance – A beautiful candle display can never go wrong at a holiday party

Provide plenty of options – Be sure to provide an assortment of appetizer options at your holiday bash to keep all types of appetites full and happy!

Enjoy yourself – This is your party, too! You've worked hard and it’s important to enjoy the environment, interact with your guests and taste your delicious treats!

I already follow most of these tips, what about you?

A big thank you to Metro for providing me with the awesome gift basket filled with fruit cake, cookies, treats, maple butter, crackers and a gift card - all to help with my holiday entertaining this year!


Bond 50


Do you have a James Bond fan in your family? This might be a great Christmas gift for them - check it out





BOND 50 DOMINATES 2012 BLU-RAY SALES CHARTS

THE DEFINITIVE JAMES BOND COLLECTION IS THE
#1 BESTSELLING BLU-RAY BOX SET OF 2012 WORLDWIDE


Sales Announcement Caps off Year-Long Golden Anniversary Celebration

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that BOND 50 is the bestselling Blu-ray box set of 2012 with projected worldwide sales totaling $50 million in consumer spend to date. The unprecedented 23-disc premium collection features all 22 classic films on stunning Blu-ray for the first time and more than 122 hours of bonus features. The highly collectable box set was released on September 24 in the United Kingdom and September 25 in North America; additional international markets followed through October.


The BOND 50 box set release was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Bond franchise in 2012. The year-long campaign launched globally at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, included a first of a kind exhibit of Bond vehicles at San Diego Comic-Con, the re-release of Dr. No in U.S. movie theaters and a Roger Moore International press day before culminating with the “007 Days of Bond: the Blu-relay Tour” throughout the UK.


“The Bond franchise is alive and stronger than ever as evidenced by the spectacular sales of the BOND 50 box set,” said Michael Brown, Executive Vice President, Marketing, MGM. “BOND 50 has become an instant collector’s item and a must have for any Bond fan this holiday season.” Debuting just prior to the theatrical premiere of SKYFALL, the BOND 50 box set includes an additional space for that Blu-ray when it is released next year.


Debuting just prior to the theatrical premiere of SKYFALL, the BOND 50 box set includes an additional space for that Blu-ray when it is released next year.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dempster's English Muffins - #BreakfastReady


I am a fan of simple, quick breakfasts for most mornings. I don't mind making a fancy breakfast on the weekend, but on weekdays I like easy. Dempster's English Muffins are a great way to start the day - with so many ways of eating them.

My favorite way to eat them is toasted with butter; the butter melts into all the nooks and crannys on the english muffin - YUM!  Another way I like to eat them is toasted with a poached egg and slice of bacon on top (but that's more on the weekend).

Dempster's English Muffins are available plain, whole wheat, cinnamon raisin

What about you - how do you like to eat your Dempster's English Muffin? Leave me a comment telling me and use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win 4 FPC's (2 winners). Giveaway only open to Canada and closes on December 18th.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Boogie Wipes - Review and Giveaway

Cold and Flu season is upon us and I am sure you can all relate to the yucky feelings that come along with these illnesses -  the sore throat, congestion and sore/raw nose as a result of using tissue often.  I have just recently been introduced to Boogie Wipes.



Boogie Wipes are saline moistened wipes; instead of using your regular tissue brand for wiping/blowing your nose you would use boogie wipes (geared for kids, but anyone can use them). The saline helps to keep your nose from becoming raw and sore.

About Little Busy Bodies 
The first-ever saline nose wipe called Boogie Wipes® was developed as a solution for the creator’s kids’ sore, red, stuffy noses. Using their business backgrounds and mompreneurial spirit, they formed Little Busy Bodies Inc. in May 2007. After an intensive research and development process—hiring a chemist, surveying consumers and interviewing manufacturers—in December 2007 they sold their first pack of Boogie Wipes. The company’s products are now sold in 50,000 retail stores across the U.S. including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Costco and Rite Aid. Their international growth in 2010 fueled a 200% sales increase and $6.5M in sales.  (they are also available in Canada)


Boogie Wipes are available Unscented, Menthol, Grape and Fresh scent; you can purchase online or from a retailer near you (Toys R Us and Walmart are two of the many retailers).

I was thrilled to try these out with my boys - much gentler on their sensitive little noses and really easy to use. I have even used them on myself because I, as I write this, am dealing with a head cold.

Now for the giveaway. One of my lucky readers is going to get the chance to try out Boogie Wipes! Use the rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win. Open to Canada and USA

Mint Topped Chocolate Cookies

A few years ago a friend of mine posted this recipe (not sure of original source) and it looked so good, that I couldn't pass up making it.



I was NOT disappointed and it became a favorite of mine - super easy to make, tastes good and your guests will thank you!

How to make mint chocolate chip cookies


What you need: 

1 pkg Devils Food Chocolate Cake Mix
2 eggs                              
1/2 cup shortening
1 TBS water
1/2 cup icing sugar (for rolling)
thin mints for topping

Makes approx. 40 cookies

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, shortening and water;  use dough to form 1" balls and then roll in the icing sugar;  place 2" apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake in oven (pre-heated to 350 degrees) for 8-10 minutes; remove from oven and immediately place thin mint on top of each cookie; then place cookies on a cooling rack


Monday, December 10, 2012

House hunting and curb appeal


Eight years ago or so, we started looking to buy our first house. It was a really exciting time for us, and we actually only looked at 4 houses. The first house we looked at was really not that great – it had a decent amount of property and was somewhat out in the country, but it just needed way too much work and I wasn't happy with the floor plan. We then looked at another one (all the windows were shot and the house felt “empty”) When we found our current home, I knew immediately that it was the house for us. The moment I walked in the door, it just felt right.

One of the great things about the house was the curb appeal; the yard was maintained well and the windows and doors were in good shape; the garage door was also in great shape.  This all adds up to the external aesthetics of the house – which is really important to me.  We have since replaced our garage door, and we also had to buy a new opener and the springs went on the new door a few years later – but that’s all part of wear and tear.  To see some of the great styles that are available now check out garage doors in Brampton – my favorite style is with the glass panels along the top row – what is your favorite style of door?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Stocking Stuffer -GIVEAWAY

Christmas is a time of year that is filled with treats; holiday baking, specially crafted sweet treats available in the stores, candy canes and more.


Santa loves to throw in some treats to the kids stockings, but how about something to help out with oral care?  Nothing wrong with enjoying the sweetness as long as your also taking care of your teeth/gums.  Plackers is celebrating their 40th anniversary right now and want you to join in!

They want to help ensure that you and your family are treating your mouth's right and are offering up a prize pack to one of my readers. The prize pack consists of a 6 month supply of Plackers Kids Flossers (pretty cool, berry flavored and they come in animal shapes so they appeal to kids) as well as an assortment of flossers for the whole family to use.

This giveaway is open to both Canada and US; use the rafflecopter form below to enter.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Exploring our beautiful Country


Canada has so many wonderful cities that are filled with beautiful scenery, history and culture.  I haven’t done much traveling in my life, and while I would love to visit other countries (Ireland is at the top of my list) there is so much here in Canada to explore that I want to focus on taking in all that my home has to offer. 

I have visited the Maritimes and cannot wait until the boys are a few years older to head out that way again; the first time I was in Halifax was for a family reunion when I was 10 years old. I remember visiting the harbor, taking the ferry over to PEI to visit L.M. Montgomery’s house (Anne of Green Gables was my favorite book growing up) and also wandering around Peggy’s Cove.   I have not had the chance to make it out West though, and Vancouver and Calgary are top on my list.  I would love to experience the Calgary Stampede and visit the Zoo, maybe make a trek out to Banff and see for myself how beautiful it is.

When I travel, I like to stay in a suite whenever possible. As much as eating out is wonderful – it can also get expensive and tiring after a few days. Having a full service kitchen to at least make a sandwich in is a huge plus for me and executive suites in Calgary has everything I look for when I am researching accommodations.    

At the moment we have no immediate travel plans; Mr. K is a complete disaster in terms of sleep when he isn't in his crib which kind of makes planning vacations a little difficult. We are hoping that once he is in a bed it will be a little easier for us to have family trips away and create some wonderful memories for us and the boys. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Rice Krispies Treats

As part of the Kellogger's program, I receive gift boxes filled with yummy treats. The latest box included the makings for holiday treats.

1 box Rice Krispies, 1 box Vanilla Rice Krispies, icing, cake sparkles and the makings for  some delicious treats!

Mr. J hard at work decorating while Mr. K watched
 The boys and I set to work - I did the stove work (you can make them in the microwave, but I prefer the stove top method). Once the mixture had cooled enough to work with, we made a few shaped treats.
our finished products: the 3 of us worked on the present, the left stocking was Mr. K's and the right Mr. J's

What is your FAVORITE Rice Krispies treat? Do you like them plain or prefer a variation?





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic





Growing up, My Little Pony was a favorite of mine. I enjoyed watching the show, and I even had some of the pony toys at home to play with.  I was really excited when Mr. J and I discovered that there had been a new version created. He likes to watch the show, so when I had the opportunity to review the Season One DVD - I jumped at the chance.

It is a 4 disc DVD collection which features all 26 episodes from Season One, as well as bonus features of Sing Along's, Printable coloring sheets and Brand new audio commentaries with cast and crew.

Shout! Factory Kids, in Collaboration with Hasbro Studios,  will be releasing My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (season one) EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon.com/Amazon.ca December 4th. The SRP is $34.99 - it is available to order now.

If your kids are fans of Twilight Sparkle,  Rainbow Dash, Apple Jack and the other ponies, you won't want to miss out on this 4 Disc DVD collection!

We haven't had a chance to watch ALL of the episodes yet, but he loves learning about Friendship through the Ponyville ponies!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide





Christmas shopping is now upon us - I have put together a 2012 gift guide - included below you will find some of my favorite products (some of them I have received for review, and others are items that myself or my family really like - and yours may too!)


Pamper Me Gifts
I am a Norwex Independent Representative and they have a great line of personal care products - below are a few pamper me products I love
awesome stocking stuffer - leaves your lips wonderfully smooth

leaves your skin feeling silky smooth (if you use it shaving, such silky smooth legs!)

For the car enthusiast

clean your car  WITHOUT soap!




For the Kids


We had the pleasure of reviewing a Plasmacar - it is probably at the top of my list for holiday gifts; it's fun for the whole family and definitely worth the price.



Nothing says “winter” like a snowy winter wonderland! Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.



Do your kids like books? What better than to personalize one for them - check out the I See Me books

Gift Cards

Books



Edible Gifts


Buy amazing, small batch specialty food directly from artisan food producers across Canada. Find something perfect for the foodie on your list, like gourmet peanut butter from Vancouver's Monkey Butter or 100% wild blueberry juice from PEI. Check out FoodiePages.ca!




Friday, November 30, 2012

Frankenweenie - Available on Blu ray combo January 8, 2012



Disney and Creative Genius Tim Burton (Creator of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”) Proudly Announce the Home Entertainment Debut Of

FRANKENWEENIE

Including an All-New Short “Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers” and Burton’s Original Live-Action “Frankenweenie” Short!

ON BLU-RAY TM COMBO PACK, DIGITAL AND ON-DEMAND - JANUARY 8, 2013!



gifts for the holidays


I much prefer to give gifts to others, than to receive them myself. Below you will find some great ideas for your loved ones - and if you like to give back to your community, think about purchasing the tin of cookies. National Bank donates to Breakfast Clubs of Canada for every tin sold. I was provided with one, and have included it with my donation box for the food bank this December.







Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Walking in a winter wonderland



Today was our first REAL day of snow for the season. We have had a few days with minor flurries, but when we awoke this morning - the ground was covered in fluffy white stuff.

The boys had breakfast and played around a little bit, then they got rangy. When that happened, I ordered both of them downstairs, got their winter stuff on and sent them out onto our back deck. They had so much fun playing out there - on the slide, with their trucks - Mr. K had fun just picking up the snow and licking it off his gloves!


Mocktails & More

My friend Julie has published an e-book, Mocktails & More; she is hosting a twitter party on Tuesday, December 4th 9:00pm..

The book has some delicious themed drinks - The Grinch, Sleigh Bell Smoothie, and hey - who wouldn't want to try out a Candy Cane Warmer?



Great prizes available, RSVP below

Peanut Butter Balls

recipe originally from Kraft

This is a Kraft recipe that my mom has made for as long as I can remember. They are a recipe that immediately transports me back to childhood. They were my favorite Christmas treat, and I recall how eager I was whenever my mom made them - which was only at Christmas.

When I was 16, I discovered just how much of a pain they are to make. I wanted to help with the Christmas baking, and decided to attempt these. I was no stranger to baking, but had never made anything quite so "sticky" before.

I called my mom in tears, they weren't rolling properly and I was so upset - - my favorite recipe, and I was failing.  She calmly walked me through it and I managed to get them done.....when they were finished, I vowed to never make them again.....

Then the next year came and I forgot my "vow" and called my mom in tears again....it took me quite a few years to "perfect" the art of making peanut butter balls - but now, I can safely say I have my methods down and they are easy for me to make.

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup icing sugar
2 cups rice krispies
2 tbsp melted butter
chocolate to coat (I am not sure exactly how much is needed, as I tend to use more than is recommended. I would say a small bag of chocolate chips should be good - but if you haven't made them before, you may want more just in case)

Mix the first 4 ingredients together with a hand/stand mixer; chill (MIN 1 hr, but I prefer to do this in 3 steps, so overnight)

Roll dough into small balls (size is up to you); chill (again, MIN 1 hour, but I do overnight)



Melt chocolate in a double boiler; quickly roll balls into chocolate and place on wax paper covered baking sheet to set (I use 2 small forks for the coating, you need to be quick because the chocolate is hot and will melt the balls)


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas crafts for kids

This is a guest post - please welcome Alice to Tales of Mommyhood!

As of yet I don’t have any children of my own that I need to entertain 24 hours a day, however I do have quite a few nieces which I see on a regular basis who constantly fight for my attention.

School holidays, birthdays and any family occasions normally result in them getting overly excited and usually end in tears. However, overtime I have I found that around the Christmas season they seem to have the most energy. Whether it is due to excitement or the sugar they are consuming with all of the Christmas treats, I can never get them to settle.

Despite this, I have managed to find that the best way to keep them entertained and extremely happy is to give them something fun to play with, whether this be a puzzle, a game or something craft related.

As it is the season to be jolly I have decided that the best way to keep our little monkeys amused would be to help them make their own Christmas cards. Relatives love homemade cards as it is obvious that lots of thought has been put into producing them, however it also means your children have created something that they are proud of, and it lets them use their creative imagination.

Making your own cards doesn't have to be expensive, there are different ways you could make your own cards in a bid to save some money this Christmas period. You could either buy all of the supplies yourself from a craft outlet, or you could alternatively purchase Christmas cards from online companies such as Vistaprint, who help you design gorgeous Christmas cards which you can create and make your own. You don’t need to be technical to make Christmas cards online ( In fact it usually is less messy and involves little glitter which normally gets stuck in the carpet)

I think Christmas is the time of year where we as adults get the opportunity to find the child in us and join in with all of the creative opportunities Christmas can bring. Use your imagination, think outside the box and get involved in the festive spirit. The kids would absolutely love it, and it’s a time for the whole family to come together and do something as a group.

Monday, November 26, 2012

How to help friends/family when their child is in hospital

My latest post is up over at the CHEO Moms and Dads blog - head on over and have a read!

Unwanted Gift Cards in your wallet? CardSwap.ca

I love buying gift cards. I love receiving gift cards. It's always nice to be able to go on a shopping spree, and NOT have to foot the bill!  However, there are times where I receive gift cards to stores I don't shop at - on those instances, they have stayed in my wallet for months (sometimes even years) hoping that I will eventually see something to purchase.

That doesn't need to be the case though. With CardSwap you can SELL your unwanted gift cards. It is super easy - you register with them; enter the card information you have and wait to see what they offer you (up to 92% of the card value).  Once you have completed the sale, you mail them your card (with their free shipping label); they will verify the balance and either mail you a cheque or credit your account with swap points.

If you want to BUY a card, you view the available cards they have and make your selection. You then can either purchase the card using existing swap points OR pay with your visa/mastercard, interac online or paypal account.

I was given 5000 points (equivalent to $50.00) to use for my review of the site. As I have written above, it is super easy to use. I haven't sold a gift card with them, but when I bought mine (2 chapters cards worth $25.00 each) they arrived super quick (4 days later). The first thing I did was verify the balance on the cards - and they were fully loaded to $25.00 each as they should be.

This will be an awesome way to buy gift cards for stores that are not in your area (I have friends/family that don't live near me, and they have stores which we don't)

I definitely recommend using the site if you need to purchase cards (you get "bonus" swap points when you purchase - they depend on the retailer/amount of the card). If you find yourself with unwanted cards this Christmas, then you know where to look!

Want some great news? Card Swap is offering one of my Canadian readers a credit of $40.00 to use! That's right - one of YOU will be able to shop from their site - my question to you is: would you gift the card you choose, or keep it for yourself?

Giveaway - Ice Age: Continental Drift




Daddy & Me Time

The Extraordinary Family Adventure Floats to Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 11

In Ice Age: Continental Drift, Manny and Peaches butt heads as Manny becomes over-protective of his daughter. In this feature, we will offer some tips on how dads and daughters can spend some time together and help create a stronger bond between the two, including going to the movies, camping or creating a DIY project for mom.  

Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift.  Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd.  In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
Go to the Movies

The movies are a fun outing for any day of the week. Choose a new movie that interests you both, or check out a theater that plays classic family favorites. Depending on the time of the movie, you can go to lunch, dinner, or dessert afterwards to talk about your favorite characters.

Camping

Camping is a great way to take a break from everyday distractions like texting and Facebook and enjoy the great outdoors instead.  It provides the perfect opportunity to teach your daughter how to pitch a tent and start a fire. Many campgrounds also offer great hiking trails and rentals of canoes and paddleboats if near a lake.

DIY Project

Everyone has a creative side and a DIY project is perfect for showing it off. You can try a large project such as sprucing up an older piece of furniture. Or maybe try a smaller project such as a plant holder for the back patio. Whatever you choose, make sure mom approves and consider all safety precautions. 

Day Trip to the Zoo

Even though the chances of seeing a wooly mammoth are slim, the zoo is a perfect place to take your daughter for quality bonding time. You can walk around in search of your favorite animals or take a guided tour to learn new and interesting facts. Make sure you bring a camera along so you and your daughter can take plenty of photos with the monkeys! 

Shopping… Dad’s Don’t Be Scared

A great way to bond with your daughter is to let her roam in her natural habitat… the mall of course! In order to keep things from getting out of hand, make the time about picking out the perfect gift for mom or another relative. And to balance it out, you can bring your daughter along the next time you are shopping for the latest gadget or sporting equipment.

For your chance to win a copy of Ice Age: Continental Drift on Blu-ray (and an added bonus, an Ice Age 4 ice cube tray), simply answer the following question(leave the answer in a comment, and don't forget to fill out the rafflecopter form) :

In Ice Age: Continental Drift, what do the pirates use as a ship?
·        An iceberg
·        A rock
·        A tree





Friday, November 23, 2012

New products from Kellogg's

Have you heard what is new from Kellogg's? They have some exciting new products on the shelves - check your local retailer and give them a try! Being a Kellogger is great - I received some FPC's in the mail to go out and grab a few boxes of the new products.


I picked up the Cinnamon Toast Eggo Minis for the boys (they DEVOURED them immediately) and the Flatbread Breakfast Sandwich for myself.

They also have regular Eggo's in a mini version, and their are 3 varieties of Flatbread Sandwiches to choose from.


Another new product they have is Breakfast Shakes that come in Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate  - I am excited to give them a try, but my local store doesn't carry them, so I am on the hunt....

What's your favorite Kellogg's product?


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dempster's Sandwich-It!


Between hubby's lunch for work, toast at breakfast for me and the boys, grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch - we definitely go through a lot of bread. Within the last year or so, I have switched over to whole wheat bread to try and get in some extra whole grains. I love the fact that Dempster's has 100% whole grain bread.

One of my favorite ways to use Dempster's bread is to use up leftovers. I Sandwich it! I make a turkey sandwich....a REAL turkey sandwich....every few weeks I roast a turkey breast and have a whole turkey dinner with mashed potato, stuffing, gravy and carrots. I always make sure that there is enough left for lunch the next day.

the fixings for my favorite sandwich
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Steam Whistle Brewing - Holiday Packs available



One of my hubby's favorite beers is Steam Whistle; he has been drinking it for awhile, and last St. Patricks Day we even managed to snag a few "boot" glasses from a local pub we frequent (we paid for them)!  Of course, when he found out that they had come out with a holiday pack he was wanting it!

The wonderful staff at Steam Whistle were kind enough to deliver a Holiday 6 pack to me today, along with a Steam Whistle bottle opener - he is going to be VERY happy when he gets home from work.

If you have a beer lover in your life, check out the holiday pack as a gift option this Christmas!  Great to bring with you if your attending a Christmas/New Years Party!



Give the gift of craft beer this holiday season!

(Toronto, November 16, 2012) – Steam Whistle Brewing, craft brewers of the Gold Medal Pilsner at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, are stocking shelves for the coming season with their vintage-inspired holiday gift pack.
Craft beer has become the new favourite of foodies interested in buying all-natural beverages from upstanding local producers. In the LCBO’s 2011-12 annual report, Ontario craft beers led all product segments with almost 45% growth. “The sales performance of Ontario craft beers are all the more impressive given they are achieving growth on top of previous strong sales growth,” states LCBO President & CEO, Bob Peter.
Gift-giving, holiday parties and festive menus all call for craft beer and Steam Whistle’s seasonal packs are wrapped and ready for the holidays including festive graphics and a box-top gift tag, great for personalized gift giving. Now in-store at Ontario LCBO & Beer stores: Steam Whistle’s Holiday 6 Pack ($13.25) and Holiday12 Pack ($24.65).





“Good beer is a meant to be shared with good food and good friends”, offers Steam Whistle Brewmaster, Marek Mikunda, “and the holiday season provides many opportunities for such celebration”.

About Steam Whistle
Steam Whistle, an independent brewery housed in Toronto’s historic John St. Roundhouse, has a passionate focus of making just one beer of exceptional quality that Canadians can be proud of. A 2012 Gold Medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards, their refreshing Pilsner is crafted with traditional European brewing methods and only four, natural (GMO-free) ingredients under the watchful eye of their Czech Brewmaster. Steam Whistle Pilsner is packaged in signature green glass bottles, cans and draught, and is shipped fresh across Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and BC to Beer and Liquor Stores as well as licensed bars & restaurants. Steam Whistle welcomes more than 100,000 visitors to the brewery each year to the on-site retail store, for a tour, or to attend one of the many on-site events, concerts and art shows. Highly awarded for its premium beer, its business success, community support and environmental practices, Steam Whistle Pilsner is one of the premiere craft beer brands in Canada. To learn more about what they do really, really well visit www.steamwhistle.ca
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