Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Great Canadian Blog Bash is BACK! #tgcbb

The Great Canadian Blog Bash


It's here! It's here! The Great Canadian Blog Bash (#TGCBB) is back for a third year!  This is my 2nd time participating in this awesome event.   #TGCBB will run from June 27th until July 11th. There will be lots of blog hopping to be done and a lot of prizes (the hosting blogs have giveaways running and the participating blogs may have some too! You can check out my giveaway HERE)

#TGCBB is set up in time for Canada Day. It is a way to celebrate Canada, being Canadian and our heritage!  Did you know that there are a lot of famous Canadians?



- Bryan Adams
- Barenaked Ladies
- Alanis Morisette (she was the first artist I saw in concert with my friends!)
- Howie Mandel (one of my hubby's favorite comedians - we saw him live a few years ago)
- James Naismith (inventor of Basketball)
- Lucy Maud Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables, one of my favorite stories/movies)
- Kiefer Sutherland

Canada is also known for many inventions:

- Insulin
- The Telephone
- The light bulb
- Pacemaker
- Zipper
- Canadarm
- goalie mask
- pablum

To celebrate Canada Day, we host an annual bbq with our friends; the kids can play in the backyard and we serve bbq hot dogs and hamburgers as well as sides and dessert.  It's a great time to catch up with our friends (time moves quickly and we often don't get together)

Mr. J cuddling with his mama

Mr. K rocking his canada day shirt! playing in the water

We don't do fireworks ourselves, but many in our neighbourhood DO so there is always something to see! I am lucky, so far neither of my boys have been scared of fireworks (and even luckier, the ones late at night do not wake them up!!!!)

What about you - how do you celebrate Canada Day? What's your favorite part about living in Canada?
Don't forget to check out my #tgcbb GIVEAWAY - sponsored by Green Beaver

133 comments:

  1. We'll be celebrating Canada Day by enjoying some of the festivities on Parliament Hill...and by watching the fantastic fireworks show at night. I love living in Canada! We live in the best country in the world! We are free, we have a beautiful and diverse country AND I happen to think Canadians are a pretty awesome group of people! Btw..had no idea pablum was invented in Canada...cool!

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    1. Have an awesome time at the hill - it's a little too busy for me; did it twice as a teenager to get the experience of it though!

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  2. Barenaked Ladies are the best!! I love them :)

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  3. I love the mountain in Canada and how friendly Canadians are!! I always realizes how much I miss home after a vacation!

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    1. thanks for commenting - I haven't seen any of the mountains :( never been west

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  4. I am proud to be Canadian because we are so friendly, we have a wide range of natural environments, we make the best poutines and our astronaut Chris is awesome!!

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    1. very true - thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love the nature and the feeling of being safe. We usually have a family bbq.

    Doreen lamoureux

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  6. I'm proud to be canadian because the moutains are amazing

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    1. would love to see them one day - probably not for many more years though unfortunately

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  7. I am proud to be Canadian because as a whole our citizens believe in doing the right things, we are proud but not arrogant, strong but not boastful and our country from coast to coast is stunning.

    Kevin Linkie

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    1. thanks for your comments Kevin! So true

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  8. I am proud to be Canadian for the diversity and friendliness of our population, the beauty of our natural scenery, the freedom and security that our country offers...

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    1. thanks so much for sharing your thoughts

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  9. I am proud to be Canadian because we can be anything we want to be

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  10. Everything about being Canadian makes me proud. Our health care system, our green open spaces, our hockey, our tim horton's, everything. I would never live anywhere else.

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    1. lots of things to love about our wonderful country!

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  11. Our country is beautiful - so much to see and do from coast to coast, and I like that we can laugh at ourselves. ;) Lots of other reasons too!

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    1. thanks for your thoughts and stopping by!

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  12. I am proud to be a Canadian because the rest of my family is!

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  13. I'm proud to be Canadian because we are friendly, funny, and smart!!

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    1. that we are! Thanks for your comment

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  14. Multiculturalism!

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    1. very much so! thanks for visiting

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  15. I am proud to be Canadian because it is one of the best country in the world to live (security wise, health wise, financially wise..) We respect multiculturality and we are one of the most open-minded country in the world.

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    1. awesome! Thanks for stopping by and commenting

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  16. Happy Canada Day and have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. Im proud to be Canadian because our Country is beautiful, our people are friendly and we are free

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  18. I am proud to be Canadian because people here are so nice and friendly.

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    1. we are a pretty friendly bunch on the whole! Thanks for commenting

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  19. I love the diversity of all of the different ethnic cultures... Oh yah and SLURPEES!

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    1. yummy slurpees! thanks for stopping by

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  20. I love that Canadians are so friendly. I'm always hearing us saying, excuse me, pardon me, and please/Thank you!

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    1. that's great! thanks for your comments

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  21. yup, I've got one of the kids that are scared of fireworks! all loud noise really with his sensitive ears :(
    I always seem to forget that Howie Mandel is Canadian, he seems more American to me, must be all those years of living there lol
    Thanks for taking part again this year!

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    1. thanks for stopping by Jennifer. Howie is one of my hubby's favorite comedians, so it's impossible for me to forget.

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  22. Lovely post. A BBQ during the Canada Day weekend sounds like the perfect thing to do, a nice tradition you have going there. We don't really have plans, been a busy couple of weeks and I think we will just be happy to slow down and relax for a few days. There are a few things going on around town that we might check out. I'm taking part in #TGCBB too, make sure you drop by :)

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    1. I will check out your post - thanks for visiting!

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  23. I am proud to be a Canadian because of many things. we have laws that protect animals. our health system is great. we have lots of green grass and trees. there are many great reasons to live in canada

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    1. yes, there are many reasons why I love it also! Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  24. I love being Canadian because it is such a beautiful country, the people are amazing and our freedom to be and do whatever we want.

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    1. thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your thoughts!

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  25. I love the diversity of our landscape, from East to West.

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    1. It is amazing isn't it. I have driven out east, but never out west

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    2. I've been out west, but not east! Let's put it on our bucket lists.

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  26. I love being Canadian because I feel lucky to be here!

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  27. I am proud being Canadian for many reasons: the health care, the multiculturalis, the food, the natural beauty, the scientific inventions, the amazing women like Montgomery and Catherine Parr Trail.

    I will be attending the Canada Day Parade and having a bbq.

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  28. My father fought for Canada, as did my grandfather. I'm very proud to be Canadian and am grateful for what my dad and grandfather fought for, our freedom.

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    1. My grandfather also did - thanks for visiting

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  29. Because we are known for being polite!

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  30. I am proud to be canadian when I see our military in the world (I was in the military and my husband is in the military and where ever we go most of time if people learned that we are canadian they thanks us for our job and for our help :)

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    1. thanks for sharing your thoughts. We definitely have a lot to thank our military for

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  31. Im proud to be a Canadian because people here have freedom, better health care and financial support. A lot of Canadians are very friendly as well.

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  32. I'm proud to be Canadian because we have the best 'national sport'!

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  33. I am proud to be part of this beautiful country.

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  34. I am proud to be a Canadian because of our healthcare system. I can't even imagine being an American without health coverage. Very scary. I have a couple of diseases and have to make frequent trips to specialists. It makes me very proud that free health care is available to Canadians!

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    1. very true - I have also been lucky in our healthcare system

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  35. I am proud to be Canadian because we are a friendly and helpful country!

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  36. I work in natural resources in Northern Ontario. Every time I go to work, I am reminded of how there is no place in the world I would rather be. This country is just so beautiful, and there is so much for me to explore without even leaving my own district of my own province.

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    1. Canada does have a beautiful landscape. Thanks for commenting

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  37. I'm proud of our healthcare & disability systems - without them my mom (and, more than likely, me, my husband, and my brother) would all be broke at this point taking care of my mother.

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  38. I am proud to be Canadian because we are a welcoming and friendly country. :) Bcteagirl

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  39. I am pound to be a Canadian because I love this beautiful country.

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  40. I am proud to be a Canadian because we are good, polite & friendly people!!!

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  41. Heading to the cottage for Fireworks!!

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  42. Proud to be Canadian until Harper was elected... will be proud again when we restore our environmental record!

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  43. I'm proud to be Canadian because we are generally well-liked by people from other countries.

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  44. Finally, truly Canadian Sites. I have been entranced lately checking out Blogs, reviews and contests etc. Seems that I was forever surrounded by South of the border teasing and let downs from constantly being led to the words: U.S. only! Feels like I hit the jackpot last night as I came across a Strictly Canadian Site, which led me to another and another and then here. This is great, no more wondering and searching the fine print to see if my efforts are worthwhile! Kristi B.

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    1. I am glad you found Tales of Mommyhood! *most* of our giveaways are open to Canada - some are US only, but we lay that out in the title of the post! Thanks so much for stopping by

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  45. I'm Proud To Be Canadian for many reasons but just the simple fact that I can express myself freely, in a decent manner of course because I am Canadian, is awesome?Kristi B

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  46. It is such a good country that it has become the country of choice for anyone having to leave their own nation.It is the fairest and offers immense opportunities for all.

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  47. I am proud to be a Canadian because I love this country!

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  48. I'm proud to be Canadian for the beauty of our landscape, the freedom of our country and the friendliness of our people!

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  49. I'm proud to be Canadian because we (most of us) accept everyone for who they are.

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  50. I'm proud to be Canadian because we (most of us) accept everyone for who they are.

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  51. being diabetic,... I am pretty fond of the whole 'life-saving-insulin" thing.

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  52. I'm proud to be Canadian, where the ability to choose abortion is not being under attack.

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  53. I'm proud to be Canadian because of our wonderful musicians like Natalie McMaster and Leahy!

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  54. because I love having freedom in this country!

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  55. I am proud to be Canadian because I was born in a beautiful place. We can swim in the ocean and see beautiful mountains at the same time. Or if Oceans dont suit our fancy there is an abundance of lakes and rivers to choose from. We have great drinking water; amazing places to hike. And above all I hear Canadians are the nicest by far :)

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  56. The best place on earth to live. Mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers, hiking trails, etc. the list goes on :)

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  57. We have great authors like Margaret Atwood!

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  58. We go to our local park for our fireworks display on Canada Day. I love the diversity of our country. There are so many different people, so many places to see, the climate...

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  59. We have great poutine!

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  60. I'm proud to be Canadian because of our awesome public broadcaster...the CBC!

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  61. Free healthcare! Among many, many, many other things.

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  62. Countless reasons why I'm proud to be Canadian. But as of late, feeling particularly proud that Canada legalized gay marriage way back in 2005

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  63. I love being newly Canadian (just got my citizenship last year) because my family is Canadian (that I married into) and I love the free healthcare and I really do love snow :)

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  64. We really do have some great Canadian bands don't we!

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  65. Because of Jian Ghomeshi! *swoon*

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  66. I love Canada!!!

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  67. Because I love this country. I am proud to be one of them too.

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  68. The lakes and the people!

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  69. Im proud of our free health care. I know if I lived in the states I wouldnt be able to afford it!

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  70. I am so proud to be Canadian and thankful that my grandparents decided to come to this wonderful country.

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  71. We are home to Tragically Hip!

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  72. Proud to be Canadian for so many reasons but especially because of our amazing maternity benefits offered!

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  73. I am proud to be Canadian for the great country and great people and the beauty here.

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  74. Because we pull together in the face of disasters.

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  75. I am in love with being a Canadian. Being from Southern Alberta and watching neighbors homes being washed away, being damaged by the floods, I immediately packed the kids up in the van with a friend and we took food, and any kind of odds and ends that we could raid from our garages such as masks, gloves, paper towels, whatever we could find. We drove almost 2 hours, what would have taken 30 mins usually, every road was flooded! We went into the flooded neighborhoods that were starting their clean up and we unloaded at an outside neighborhood station set up for people to get what they need. Mostly food and water. An lady from England, living in Canada for only a couple of years was amazed that we would do such a thing. My reply to her was, I would have accepted nothing less, of course I am going to help. That gratefulness that I received from her made me so proud to be Canadian.

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  76. We celebrated by doing fireworks and a delicious BBQ cookout. I also had poutine. Jussss' sayin! Thanks for participating in The Great Canadian Blog Bash and we are very happy to have you!

    Nancy

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  77. I am proud to be a Canadian because this give me a better life and better chance. :)

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  78. We celebrated Canada day in Ireland and rocked our Canadian shirts in style!

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  79. I am proud to be Canadian because of our equality and same-sex rights. We live in a country where my wife & I were allowed to be legally married and in turn, our daughter will have it easier having two moms (and a dad). Canada Rocks!!!

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  80. I am proud to be Canadian because we have poutine and caesars!!!

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  81. Because we have the best public broadcasting service!

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  82. I am proud to be Canadian because people are always willing to step up and help out others in need

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  83. Canada Day - went to fireworks.
    I'm proud to be Canadian because we are polite!

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  84. I am grateful for being Canadian because of your healthcare it has helped me threw alot of health problems that I wouldn't of been able to afford in the states.

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  85. I am so grateful for being Canadian for so many reasons, we are such a friendly, helpful country who would do anything to help out our neighbors!

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  86. I am proud to be a Canadian because I love the other half of my family here.

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  87. That's so cool that a Canadian invented the zipper - I had no clue! I love Canada for many reasons, one of those is our great healthcare system. Stopping in from #TGCBB!

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  88. I'm proud to be Canadian, because we invented Beavertails.

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  89. I am proud to be a Canadian because I love all the program they provided for my children.

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  90. I love our scientific contributions such as insulin an so many other great discoveries. So much to be proud of

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