Monday, July 16, 2018

July 16th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. 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.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summer Week 2

Our second week of summer was quite peaceful. Mr. J left for a week of sleepover camp on Monday morning. I took Mr. K and my niece swimming that afternoon, and then home for dinner and some play time.

Mr. K and I went to an indoor play center with my cousin and her 2 year old on Tuesday, and spent the afternoon with friends by their pool.

Wednesday he and I went to the pool for a few hours, and then home to build lego.

Thursday we did 2 bike rides (a short one in the morning, and a longer one through the trails in the afternoon), and then he went to the Ottawa RedBlacks game with his dad that evening.

Friday morning we spent 3 hours at the pool, and then home for more lego and to watch a movie.

He went with his dad to soccer that night, while I picked up Mr. J and my nephew from camp.  They had a great time, and I was happy to hear that even though he was limited with what he could do (bad road burn from a skateboard wipe out the Friday before leaving for camp), it didn't stop him from having fun.

Saturday Mr. J had karate and then went to see the Ottawa Fury FC game with his dad, and we all had dinner to celebrate my father in laws birthday.

Read about our first week of summer

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Summer Fun With PlaSmart #BloggersFete

Watermelon Ball

If you spend time in a pool over summer vacation, you are going to want to get your hands on The Watermelon Ball. It's a fun ball that you can use in water - it sinks to the bottom, and then floats to the top.

A PlaSmart product, the Watermelon Ball comes in two sizes (the original, and the watermelon jr) and provides lots of fun while playing in the pool.  You can bounce it, throw it, kick it and more.  Mr. K really likes to make up games with it for points (although, somehow it always works out in his favour).

It's always funny to see the looks on peoples faces, when they think you are throwing around an actual watermelon.
Mr. K and his cousin testing out our watermelon ball at the pool last week

Once again, PlaSmart has generously agreed to be a #BloggersFete sponsor, and they are offering up one watermelon ball for me to giveaway during our event.  Check back with the blog on August 1st when the giveaway will be live.

If you can't wait for the chance to get your hands on one, then you can order the watermelon ball from amazon, and it's on sale right now for $16.98 (regularly $24.99)

Doodle Art
PlaSmart also sent us a doodle art fairy tales kit. It comes with a large sheet of doodles for you to colour, as well as markers to use.  Be prepared, you will need something to hold down the ends - since the sheet is rolled up like a scroll in it's carrying case.

Mr. K and my niece spent a lot of time colouring it last week. The one we have is filled with fairy tales, and they enjoyed searching for the different characters that they know from stories that they have heard.

It's a great rainy day activity, or quiet time entertainment in the afternoons after a busy morning.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dreaming Of A New Kitchen

When we first moved into our home (way back in 2004), I was in love with it. After living here for 14 years, I have come to want some changes made, especially in the kitchen. We are lucky, and have a large area to work with. Our kitchen has it's preparation area, and then an eating area to the side - which is separated by a counter. We changed the colour of the walls last fall; went from white to orange. It made it a little better. 

We would like to make it one large area, instead of the separate eating area (we rarely used it to eat in, more when the kids were small for lunch than anything else). We want to remove the counter that splits the kitchen, add a large island into the middle, and then extend the cupboards all the way down the length of the kitchen.

It's going to be a lot of work (adding in electrical in a new area, changing the plumbing, flooring, cupboards and backsplash). We have white cupboards (which we like), but with an all white backsplash, it is a little washed out. We would like to spruce it up a bit with different tiles. We would also like to add hardwood flooring, to make a fresh start, in the rest of the main level at the same time (why go through the hassle with renovations twice?)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#BloggersFete 2018

Hey everyone, #BloggersFete 2018 is happening soon. We will be kicking off on August 1st. There will be a twitter party, facebook party and lots of blog giveaways as well!  This is our 4th year hosting the online party, and we are thrilled to be back.

Please make sure you are following all of the co-hosts on their social media channels to stay up to date on all things #bloggersfete.  In addition to The Koala Mom, Maple Mouse Mama, myself, British Columbia Mom and Shannon's View From Here, we have a new addition to the line up this year, please welcome Craig from Big Daddy Kreativ to the team!

If you will be joining in our twitter party (August 1st at 8pm EST), make sure you RSVP below to be eligible to win prizes. Enter your name, and leave a link to your twitter profile where it asks for link. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

July 9th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

Happy July everyone! I hope you had a lovely Canada day (if you are Canadian) and that my American readers enjoy their 4th of July celebrations this week as well.

How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. 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.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Summer Week 1

The first week of summer has just finished, and it went pretty well. Hubby was off for the week, so we had lots of time together as a family.

We hosted a bbq on Canada Day, spent lots of time at the pool (this was big for the kids, because they really like it when their dad comes with us - he plays more than I do). 

Mr. J turned 11 on the 4th, so we went to see Jurassic World, and then out for dinner - he requested Red Lobster. He has been wanting to go for a while, so we finally made it.

He and hubby shared an appetizer of calamari, and then he ordered a meal that came with 2 lobster tails, 4 shrimp, sausage, potato wedges and corn on the cob.  I thought for sure we would be bringing most of it home.

He surprised us. He ate all but 1 potato wedge, and the sausage (he had a couple bites of it). He said he could finish it, but he wanted to have his birthday cake when we got home - so he needed to save a little room.

double chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles for my independence day baby

Unfortunately for Mr. J, Friday didn't go so well. We were supposed to have a few friends over and go swimming for his birthday that evening, but while out with a different friend in the afternoon, he took a tumble from his skateboard.  He ended up with some pretty nasty road burn on his side (around his ribs) and there was no way he could go into a pool with that kind of wound.  A quick change of plans had his friends coming over for pizza and a movie. They ended up bored of the movie pretty quickly though, and ran around playing hide and seek until their parents came to get them.

I hope your summer is off to a great start! I will be updating weekly.