Monday, November 19, 2018

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Cupcake Cross Cake

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Cake decorating is a hobby that I have loved since I was a little girl. When I was 9 years old, I remember decorating my first cake, all by myself. Before that, my mom would help me.  I made many in my teens, and absolutely could not wait to have kids - so that I could make their birthday cakes.  I don't sell them, but if a friend or family member asks me to make one, then I will for them.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

How About Making This Christmas Incredible?




Christmas is on the way, and it's the time where we are starting to think about gifts. How about making an Incredible Gift Pack for that special child or family in your life? You could include
The Incredibles 2 Blu ray/DVD, these cute "fast as dash" kids pj'sIncredibles stickers, a pack of popcorn - everything needed for a family movie night.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Get Cash Back on Christmas Purchases!


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Like many others, I do a lot of online shopping. I still get out and support small, local businesses. However, when it comes to certain items, there are particular stores I like to shop at. Sometimes going in person isn't convenient, and online shopping works well for that. When I shop online, the first thing I do is go to the ebates website. From there, I check to see if the store I am purchasing from qualifies for cash back, and if it does, then I follow that link. Sites like Amazon, Old Navy and Chapters - plus many others.

It's as simple as that. Sign up for an ebates account, check there first before going to the website. Any qualified purchases will get you cash back in your account! It's not a lot, but every bit adds up. I have been using the website for a few years, and it is completely legit. When you get to a certain threshold, money is deposited into your bank account.

It's a simple, convenient way to *save* a little bit of money.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Christopher Robin Now Available on Blu-Ray/DVD {giveaway}

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Christmas may still be quite a few weeks away, but I have already started thinking about what will be under the tree, and purchasing gifts as well.

2018 Christmas Gift Guide


The time has come! The Tales of Mommyhood 2018 Christmas Gift Guide is live. If you have a product or service you would like to see included, please send me an email with the subject line "gift guide" to talesofmommyhood@yahoo.ca. All products should be family friendly. Regretfully, not all submissions will be included in the guide.

Monday, November 5, 2018

November 5th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky




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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bear Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments

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I think I am in the minority when it comes to my love of an eclectic Christmas tree. I really enjoy when I see a mish-mash of different ornaments. I can remember making ornaments for my mom, and some of them are STILL hung on her tree each year.

Monday, October 29, 2018

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Monday, October 22, 2018

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Friday, October 19, 2018

The Importance of Family Photos


photo credit: Mondays With Mac Photography

Many months ago, I wrote a post about preparing a chemotherapy package for a loved one. What I didn't mention at the time, that the reason I put it together was that my father in law had just been diagnosed with cancer.

As the months went on, I remembered that my in laws had talked about wanting to have some family photos done. It didn't end up happening at the time, but in the summer I spoke with my mother in law to see if she wanted to do them now.

Monday, October 15, 2018

October 15th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky




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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Introducing Kids To The World Of Blogging

When I started blogging, I never thought it would take me to where we are today. I didn't even think anyone would read the blog outside of my family and a few close friends.  Fast forward 10 years - and I was asked to be a guest speaker in a class.

Mr. J's teacher had a project in mind for his grade 5/6 class this year, and asked for my feedback on it. He wanted the class to have a blog, with the kids being the authors of it.  Along with Chris from Canadian Dad, I went in a couple of weeks ago to talk to the kids about the world of blogging. How Tales of Mommyhood started, opportunities that have arisen because of the blog and to answer questions that they may have.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

North Star Award



Last year, Mr. K joined Beavers. He started a little bit late, but he knew one of the other kids, and 2 of the scouters. He really enjoyed the activities that they did (participating in the Santa Claus parade, fun at the meetings, hikes, museum tours etc).

Monday, October 8, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018


Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians. I hope that at some point over the weekend you were able to enjoy a nice meal with family and friends.

Yesterday, hubby and I took the kids apple picking and out for breakfast. It was a little bit chilly at the orchard, but it didn't stop us from enjoying it. We had some nice family time while searching for the best apples on the trees, and then picked up the most delicious apple cider donuts at the end. It's actually the highlight of our apple picking adventures every year.

We went to my aunts house for dinner, it was a lovely meal and I always enjoy our family time together.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tomato Basil Topping Recipe

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Each spring, I plant a vegetable garden in my backyard. Every year I plant cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and green peppers, and this year I added some green bean plants.  Most of my garden finished early in September, but I just finished harvesting my tomatoes last weekend.

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 1st Monday Madness Giveaway Linky




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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Child Passenger Safety Week


I think that as parents, we can all agree that our children's safety is a top priority, and we will do as much as we can to keep them safe. One of the ways we keep them safe everyday, is to make sure that when they are a passenger in a vehicle, they are using the proper restraint. 

That might mean that they are rear facing, or they are in a high back booster seat until they have met the height and weight requirements to not need one.  Another way we can ensure children are as safe as possible in a vehicle, is to keep them in the back seat until they are 13 years old.  Even if you have a large 10 year old, they are still safest in the back seat. It has nothing to do with size, but with their bone development.

Mr. J was rear facing until 15 months, but when I had Mr. K the recommendation was 2 years. Even though he screamed through almost every car ride, I kept him rear facing knowing that he was safest that way (I won't lie though, I was absolutely thrilled when I turned him forward and the screaming stopped).

Something that not all parents know, is that car seats and booster seats should be replaced, even if your vehicle is involved in a low speed crash and the seats don't look damaged. With this week being Child Passenger Safety Week, Carstar and Evenflo want you to be aware of the need to replace the seats, read below for more information.


REPLACE YOUR CHILD SAFETY SEAT AFTER A CRASH TO ENSURE CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED ON THE ROAD

Even Low Speed Crashes Can Cause Car Seat Damage, Reduce Protection and Performance in Future Crashes


"HAMILTON, ON (September 21, 2018)– Child car seats are designed to protect children during a crash, but do you know how to ensure that car seat is safe AFTER the crash?
While most drivers immediately plan to repair or replace the vehicle after the crash, they don’t always consider that the forces that damaged their car also could have damaged their child’s car seat or booster seat.
According to Transport Canada,parents should dispose of their child seat or booster seat if the child car seat was in a vehicle during a crash. Even if the child car seat was empty or was not directly hit, it may have been damaged.

CARSTAR and Evenflo have teamed up for Child Passenger Safety Week to educate parents and caregiversabout car seat replacement after a crash.

“As a mother of twin boys, you always want to make sure your children are protected in the car,” said Shannon Spake, Fox Sports host who covers football, basketball and motorsports. “When your car is involved in a crash, it’s just as important that you take care of your car seat or booster seat as it is to address the car damage. CARSTAR and Evenflo want to make sure parents everywhere are aware of the potential need to replace their car seat or booster seat after a crash.”

“CARSTAR is committed to repairing accident damage and getting families back on the road in a safe vehicle, and the child safety seat is a major part of that vehicle’s safety system,” said Dean Fisher, Chief Operating Officer for CARSTAR. “Any time you’re replacing sheet metal, bumpers, air bags and other safety systems, you’ve been in an accident hard enough to damage the car seat. It’s a cost that many insurance policies cover, so it’s always smart to replace the car seat and ensure your child is safe and protected on the road.”

Evenflo recommends that consumers contact their car seat manufacturer if they have questions about car seat replacement after a crash.

“Crash damage to a car seat or booster seat may not always be visible,” said Evenflo Safety Advocate Sarah Haverstick. “Damage can occur even if the child restraint is unoccupied during the crash. If a consumer has a question about whether their car seat should be replaced, it is important to contact their car seat manufacturer directly for guidance.”

Evenflo offers additional child passenger safety tips:
Make sure your child’s age, weight and height are within the requirements for any car seat you are considering for purchase
Check the Transport Canada guidance to help determine what type of car seat is appropriate for child’s size and development level
For help with car seat installation and use, contact your car seat manufacturer or find a certified child passenger safety technician near you

For more tips on driving and collision repair, visit www.carstar.com. CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers high-quality, reliable repair service in 35 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair, and they will send a tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your car. For information and store locations, visit here."

Monday, September 24, 2018

Effects of a Tornado, and Realizing We Need To Be More Prepared

(photo taken by my husband a few months ago, not from September 21)
Living in the Ottawa area, I have always felt pretty safe in terms of natural disasters. The part of the city we live in isn't near water, so flooding isn't likely to happen. We get the odd earthquake, but nothing super big and damaging. There has been a random tornado warning over the years, but other than a little bit of high wind and hail, no touchdowns or real damage.

Until now. Last Friday, there were tornado warnings for our area. Late afternoon saw some pretty high winds and rain, and a tornado touched down just a bit North of us - 20 minute drive away. It was categorized as an EF-3, and it touched down in 3 areas (Kinburn, Dunrobin and Gatineau). A little while later, an EF-2 touched down about 15 minutes east of us.

Many areas of the city were without power for hours (some for less than 8, and others 48hours +). We were "lucky", and only out for about 22 hours. Other than some minor inconvenience, we were totally fine.

Seeing the footage of the areas hit by the tornadoes is heartbraking. Knowing that people lost their homes, vehicles, and pets. Hearing about the people that were hospitalized with injuries (thankfully, I haven't heard of any deaths yet, but there are some pretty serious injuries) - is absolutely devastating.

Many I have spoken with felt the same type of security as I did, and likely did not take the tornado warnings as seriously as we should have.

It has also made me realize just how important it is to be prepared.

We had lots of propane for the BBQ, so were able to make breakfast on the side burner Saturday morning, and boiled water for a neighbour so they could make tea.

We had lots of non-perishables that we could eat (crackers, bread, cereal, peanut butter, potatoes, rice). May not be the most nutritious meals, but food to keep us going. We made sure to not open the freezer, so that hopefully all the meat and food we had in it would stay frozen.  The fridge, we didn't open until the next morning, when we knew most items would have to be tossed anyways. Our eggs were still super cold, and the butter was still fine too.  We tossed the pepperoni, cheese and a few other items that we were worried about.

We were able to use our phones as flashlights, and since we had gas in our vehicles could power up to make sure we didn't lose charge.

What I do need though, is an emergency preparedness kit. I plan on putting together a small bin with flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kit, some bottled water (our water supply was fine, but depending on what happens, it might not be), blankets, matches or lighter).

If you want to contribute to those that have been affected by the recent events, you can donate to the redcross.

As hard as it is being without power (when we are so used to it), it really is just a minor, minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. The hydro workers and first responders worked so hard this weekend to get things cleaned up and power restored. It does NOT go unnoticed or unappreciated. I am sure that their families were missing them, and also worried for their safety while they were trying to get things restored for the rest of the city.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

September 17th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky




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Monday, September 3, 2018

September 3rd Monday Madness Giveaway Linky




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Sunday, September 2, 2018

End of Summer Cottage Fun

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Every summer we try and make it to my aunt and uncles cottage in Golden Lake. We normally go up and spend the day, and come home after supper.  We did not have a chance to get there in June or July, and August was coming to an end. Last week, when we went to the beach, the kids were asking me about it, so I got in touch with my aunt to see if we could come for a visit.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Summer Week 9

Well, this is it - the final summer update. I am quite surprised at how fast this summer vacation flew by, although I know that I say that every year. As the kids get older, it seems to go by quicker and quicker.

Hubby was off this week; he took them for their back to school hair cuts at the beginning of the week, Mr. K turned 8, there were some epic nerf battles (with hubby and Mr. K, me and Mr. K, Mr. K and a friend), hubby got a brand new truck, Mr. K and I had some special errands to run on Thursday (one of them buying his cub scout uniform), and Mr. J and hubby went golfing. We had our annual visit to the Carp Custom Creamery for ice cream, and are finishing up by spending some time at my aunt and uncles cottage today.

As the kids get older, it is even more apparent to me how important it is to spend time together as a family. Playing board games, going for ice cream, seeing a movie, bike rides etc. It's not always about what interests us as parents, but spending time doing things that the kids like, even if it's not something we particularly enjoy.

School starts back in a couple of days, and while I am looking forward to having a bit more routine, it's just one year closer to them growing up and leaving home.  I am happy that they are growing and maturing, and seeing the changes makes me smile, but it's something that is bittersweet. They will always be my "babies", and I will always want to snuggle them and hold them like when they were young, but they don't seem to want that anymore.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mr. K Turns 8!


Mr. K turned 8 years old earlier in the week. We had a birthday party on the weekend with a few of his friends (nerf fight, pizza and a pinata). On his actual birthday, the 4 of us went to see a movie, and then out to dinner. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

August 27th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky




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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Summer Week 8

Week 8 is over, and we are heading into our very last week of Summer vacation. It was our first week with no soccer for the kids, which meant we could actually go out and not have to worry about being home to get ready.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Beach Day!

Summer is almost over, and with soccer taking up so much of our time in July and early August, I wanted to make sure we made the most of the last 2 weeks of summer. We headed to Brockville at the beginning of last week, and I planned a beach day with some friends for later in the week.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Summer Fun Day Trip

This summer has been so busy with camps and soccer, that we didn't really have time to do a lot of fun stuff. We swam, the kids played with friends (Mr. K had a number of nerf fights over the last 8 weeks), there were sleepovers, and lots of time with grandparents.  With school starting back after Labour Day, I wanted to make sure we got in at least one fun day trip.

Monday, August 20, 2018

August 20th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky




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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Summer Week 7

Wow - only 2 weeks left of summer vacation for us, and then back to school.  Week 7, the kids were in a multi-sport camp at a local golf club. They did archery, tennis, volleyball, basketball and ball hockey, as well as swimming every day and some other small activities in between.  It is by far one of the best camps they have ever done, and they are super excited and wanting to go back next year as well.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Boxcar Children - Surprise Island {giveaway}


If your family is a fan of The Boxcar Children, then you won't want to miss the exciting sequel, Surprise Island!  Available for purchase on DVD, Blu ray and Digital download August 7th.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Summer Week 6

It's a little difficult for me to believe that we have actually had 6 weeks of summer vacation already. The time just seems to be flying by. Both kids were home with me this week, although Mr. J went for a sleepover at my brothers one night.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Summer 2018 Reading List Update


A few months ago, I wrote about my 2018 reading list - a list of books I was hoping to read before the year finished.  I updated it in February, but then kind of forgot about it - until this week.  The ones that are struck out are the ones that I have read this year.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

#BloggersFete Facebook Wrap Up Party


The time has come, and #BloggersFete 2018 is winding down. We will be wrapping up on August 10th at 8pm with a facebook party.  Once again, we have some great sponsors for the event - and lots of prizes up for grabs.

In order to enter to win, you must mark yourself as going to the event, be following the 6 of us bloggers, and complete the mandatory entry.  The party starts at 8pm EST, but you will have until 1159pm EST to complete your entries. Any entries after that time will be void.

I hope you had a lot of fun partying with us over the last week and a bit, and we are looking forward to next years event already.

Check out the Plasmart Watermelon Ball giveaway - it runs until 1159pm EST August 10th, 2018.

Please help us show our sponsors some appreciation, by sharing the sponsor spotlight post on your social media channels. We are always fortunate to have some pretty great brands interested in working with us.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Summer Week 5

Last week Mr. J was in another soccer camp. This one was a representative camp (competitive); he is planning on trying out for rep next season, and this was a good glimpse of what the competition is like.  He really enjoyed it, but was he ever exhausted. There was a huge difference between the two weeks - it was very apparent they worked them much harder.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Welcome To #BloggersFete 2018 #giveaway


Today is the day! The start of #BloggersFete. A few years ago, I joined with a group of Canadian bloggers to throw a big party in celebration of our individual blogs anniversaries. We had so much fun, we decided to make it an annual event.

This is our FOURTH year! A few of the bloggers have changed over the years, but we are all Canadian, and all very appreciative of our readers.

Monday, July 30, 2018

July 30th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky



The end of July is here already - summer is half over. We have been keeping busy, swimming, bike rides, nerf fights and summer camp.  I hope you are enjoying your summer as well.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Summer Colouring Sheet Printable

If you have little ones, then you know that sometimes we need to find new things to do, and sometimes, we just need to go back to basics.  One thing that almost every child I know loves to do is colour.

Certified Cartridges has supplied me with this free colouring sheet printable for you, so please go ahead and save it to your computer to print out for your little ones.  Certified cartridges recycles your old printer cartridges to help save on waste. They are based out of Montreal, and have an actual store front there. However, they are happy to serve the rest of Canada with online shopping, and free shipping within Canada for orders over $49.00

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Summer Week 4

This was an interesting week. The kids were both in day camps. Mr. J was attending a soccer camp that is run by the soccer club he plays for, and Mr. K was in a biking camp. Both camps spend the majority of their time outdoors.

Of course, after no rain in the last few weeks, and super hot temperatures - this week was when we got hit with the a rainy week. Monday was overcast, and not much rain during the day (but huge downpour in the evening and over night), Tuesday saw some rain in the afternoon, and wednesday rained almost the entire day.

Thursday was absolutely beautiful.

Despite the rain, the kids enjoyed their camps. Mr. K has done the bike camp the last 2 summers (2 weeks each summer), and I am sure if I signed him up again he would happily go back. It's pretty much the highlight for him each summer.

Mr. J has done PD day camps with the soccer club before, but never a full week. I was a little concerned that he would be done with soccer after playing all day, and then having a game Monday night, and practice Wednesday - but he wasn't. He has been called up a few times to U12 games, which are Tuesday nights - and this week was no exception. He was happy to go, and the coach even asked him to come to their practice last night.

He has another week of soccer camp next week as well, hopefully he loves it just as much.

I spent a lot of the week getting things ready for #BloggersFete. We kickoff August 1st with a twitter party, so there has been a lot of behind the scenes stuff to get ready for that.

I also went and saw Mamma Mia 2 with my mom and brother earlier in the week.  On Thursday I went to visit my cousin who just had her second child, and got to have some brand new baby snuggles, and some playtime with her 2 year old.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

#BloggersFete 2018 Sponsor Spotlight

For the last few years, I have joined together with other bloggers and put on the #BloggersFete event. This is our FOURTH year for the online party, and we are so thrilled to be doing it again.  The event would not be successful without the help of our kind and generous sponsors, that each year offer up prizes for our readers and #BloggersFete participants.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Family Game Time Fun #BloggersFete


My kids and I love to play board games and card games. We have the usual family games that you will see in most homes, but sometimes it's nice to try something new.


I was recently sent a box of games from Asmodee Canada for us to test out and have fun with.  Mr. J was away at my brothers, so Mr. K and I opened it up and had some fun. We played Go Cuckoo and Timeline that afternoon.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Summer Week 3

This week got off to a rough start. Week 2 had Mr. J away at summer camp, and Mr. K alone with us all week. Within 2 minutes of being together on Saturday, the kids were already fighting. Thankfully, saturday had them separated for most of the day.

Sunday we went to watch the final game of the World Cup, and then Mr. K spent the afternoon with his dad, and Mr. J spent the afternoon with his grandparents.

Monday, July 16, 2018

July 16th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky







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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.

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).

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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#BloggersFete 2018 Twitter Party


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.

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.

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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.

Monday, July 2, 2018

July 2nd 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.