29 Feb

Our Disney Day

The last time I visited Magic Kingdom, I was 5 months pregnant. Returning 4 years later, I’m realizing, not only did I miss a lot of rides, I also forgot a lot due to preggo brain. Returning with my whole family this time was nearly like experiencing Disney for the first time again. Magic Kingdom is for everyone – young or old. The rides are not your typical scare the whits out of you kind of rides, they are mostly leisurely rides through water, on a train or around a carrousel. There are of course a few scary rides for the older Disney fans, but most of the rides are kid friendly. Even Princess I love roller “posters” went on Splash Mountain, she just squeaked by the 40 inch mark and wanted to go down the 50 foot drop more than once! To help with timing, fast passes were a must – thanks to my awesome readers for making the suggestion, I would have forgotten otherwise – and no, not due to pregnancy. We even used a fast pass to meet Mickey, Minney and the Disney Princesses. We were able to get in to see them in less than 5 minutes – it was amazing!  Each Princess spent quality time with my little Disney Princess making her feel like the most special girl in the entire park. After a day of rides, magic, performances, parades and fun, the highlight of the entire day is the evening fireworks! The entire Disney castle was lit up, with firework after fire work exploiting perfectly overhead – making the perfect back drop. Tinkerbell also flies across the sky in a brightly lit costume.  On a side note, I’ve heard that Disney is the largest FireWork purchaser and even have their own special fireworks created just for them – amazing!  This is the only place you will see a smiley face firework. The entire day was Magical, the theme was “dreams come true” and after a day like that, I can say that my and my families dreams definitely came true. To be able to experience a day with my family in such a magical place is one I will truly not forget! It meant so much more than the last trip when I was expecting. Seeing the excitement in my daughters eyes was an amazing experience as a parent! I truly hope that each and every parent will be able to experience this with their child. Disney movies play a huge role in our lives, we all know the characters and to get to meet them and spend time with them was incredible. Each and every character that we met made us feel like we were the most important people in the park. They spend quality time with the children, and the must genuinely like children – or they are incredible actors! Of all the characters, it was Piglet that brought tears to my eyes, she was just the sweetest, without saying a word at all. We have made memories that will last a life time during this one day at the most magical place! There is one thing however that I didn’t really find necessary and those are the hopper passes! There is so much to do and see at each of the parks, I just can not see the value of going from park to park in one day. The only time I can see the value is on the day you visit Animal Kingdom, it closes at 5pm (the animals are on a tight schedule) so you could go to one of the other parks later in the evening. However, parking and transportation can take a bit of time, so I’m not sure how long you would actually be there! Also another tip if you plan on renting a stroller: pre buy the rentals for as many days as you will be needing the strollers.  You get a discount for multiple days – wish I would have known this on the first day!


29 Feb

Dell Inspiron

For the past few months, I have had the opportunity to test out the new Dell Inspiron.  Prior to this new laptop, I also had a Dell Inspiron, needless to say making the switch to the new laptop was an easy and welcome one.  My old laptop had seen better days, after nearly 6 years of work and a 3 year old, there were a few keys missing and it was time for it to retire.  Well, not completely, it’s been passed on to my daughter now and she uses it now and then to play games.

Now, on to my new best friend… my laptop.  I know, kinda pathetic, but I spend a lot of quality time with this laptop and what I love the best (there are a few great features, but I will start with my favourite) is how super fast it is. I could bore you with Gigabytes, RAM and ROM, but I don’t want to get too technical – cause I’m not a technical person, I just like things to work. The laptop is like lightening fast, opening windows, pictures, downloading… whatever it is I’m doing on my laptop there is very little waiting time. (well, other than waiting for other people to finish up their work on MY laptop – that is the only waiting time I have).  You see, I am currently on vacation and I was the only one to bring a full computer so it is getting lots of use (not always by me).

Speaking of travelling, the Dell Inspiron has been a breeze to bring with my on this vacation.  It’s 17″ it’s nearly as light as a feather (that’s technical right?).  Well, not exactly a feather but certainly less than a 3 year old and I frequently have to carry her around all day.  So, bringing around a laptop has been no problem at all.  In fact, I’ve been able to put in right on to my carry on luggage and just roll it around the airport – easy peasy.

The second thing I really love about the Dell, is that it has a full number pad on the keyboard.  Most laptops do not have this great feature and it’s quite noticeable when you have to use your numbers across the top of the keyboard for everything, it really slows things up.  The number pad has been a life saver, it’s hard to believe how often I type numbers until I don’t have one at my disposal.

Now, onto the fun part!  The Dell Inspiron laptop that I received is pink – no surprise there!  My old Dell was also Pink. However, there is a super fun option to chance the cover to other colours too.  So, if I’m not in a pink mood, I can change it to black, green, blue, whatever cover I’d like (I just have to purchase them).  This is perfect for the professional but fun Mom like me.  If I ever have to take my laptop somewhere a little more “formal” I can be conservative and with a simple click and push can switch out my ultra fun pink laptop with a conservative and professional black one.  To change the skin, the laptop must be closed and with the push of a button, the skin easily slides off.  I haven’t had a reason to change it yet, but if hubster wants to take a laptop with him while away, he wouldn’t have to carry a pink one around (not that I’d ever lend him my laptop).

I (and the rest of my family) have been enjoying the new laptop.  It’s super easy to use and I actually have 2 accounts set up on it.  My own and then one for guests – which gets used frequently.  Even my Mother, who is just learning how to use computers, can hop on this laptop and make her way around on the internet without my help whatsoever.  However, for the more advanced users like myself there are options like photo and video software.

Overall, I could not be happier with the Dell inspiron, it’s my second one and I loved my first one as well.  My first Dell did have one issue with the power adapter, however after sending it in to Dell to get fixed I did not have a problem afterwards.  I have not had any issues with this laptop at all, in fact I even noticed there has been an increase in the battery life.  Currently, there is 67% left which equates to nearly 3 hours before the battery dies – incredible.



28 Feb

Canadian Paraplegic Association 60th Anniversary ($1000 Giveaway)

There’s a lot of info in this post, please make sure to read it thoroughly!

The Canadian Paraplegic Association of Nova Scotia is celebrating their 60th Anniversary and they are having a celebration!  A fundraising celebration with music, entertainment and dancing with the Tuesday Night Band.

Here are the details:

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 @ 7pm

The Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 HollisStreet, Halifax, NS Commonwealth Room A/B.

Buy tickets for the event online

Single tickets are $50 or two for $90

(If you’d still like to support the Canadian Paraplegic Association, but are unable to attend the event, you are still encouraged to buy a ticket)

To help the word get out –  Jen from A Busy Mommy and I have a few fun prizes to giveaway & we will also be hosting a Twitter party on March 15th @9pm AST

To Register for the Twitter Party, please add your Twitter handle to the link below (open to Residence of Nova Scotia). #CPA60Anniv 

Here are the prizes for the party ($800 worth)

  • 4 Esso gift cards, $50 each
  • 4 Sears gift cards, $50 each
  • 4 Sobeys gift cards, $50 each
  • 4 Empire Theatres movie ticket packages (each package is 5 tickets @ $10/ticket = $50 total per package)


Giveaway: To help spread the word, we also have a giveaway worth $200. 1 lucky Nova Scotia reader is going to win:

    • 1 $50 Esso gift card
    • 1 $50 Sears gift card
    • 1 $50 Sobeys gift card
    • Empire Theatres movie ticket package (5 tickets worth $50)


To Enter:

    • Complete the Rafflecopter form below


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Good luck, please tell your friends and we hope to see you all there!

**DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post – but just as important none the less. PLEASE SEE THE FULL TERMS OF USE.

26 Feb

Where have you been?

We’re not quite home yet, but our vacation is soon coming to an end.  I’m sure you are all wondering where the heck I’ve been and what I’ve been doing these past weeks, well,,, I was on vacation, a big vacation.  I spent an entire month of February in Florida.  The first part of our trip was in the Kissimmee area.  I’ll have a few posts up here, but if you want to see more of what we did, check out this I See Kissimmee website as I was one of their weekly blogger.  Basketball games, Disney Hollywood Studios, shopping and more, we were really busy the first week.

Then, we went to the beach for nearly 3 weeks. Ft. Myers Beach to be exact and not to worry, I’ll have a post or two about out time here.  It has been incredible!  The beaches are amazing, completely amazing… and the weather – you can’t beat it!

So please bare with me while I enjoy the last few days in Florida.  I’m terribly sad to leave, just thinking about going back home to the cold weather breaks my heart into a million pieces.

21 Feb

Wordless Wednesday: Beach (W. linky)

I Love the beach.  We have been on vacation now for 3 weeks and have 1 more week to go.  I Love the Beach, I Love the Beach, I Love the Beach…. I don’t want to go home, I don’t want to go home….

If you have a wordless Wednesday – or a not so wordless Wednesday (like mine), please link it up.

21 Feb

Secret Envelopes at Elements

Last November a few Halifax Tweeters had a Tweetup at Elements in Halifax (at the Westin Hotel).  We had an amazing meal, and a wonderful night.  Elements uses local ingredients for it’s creations – it’s amazing what is available right in our own backyard.  The Chef, Raj Gupta (which I once worked with back in the good old days when I was going through university), is very precise, pays extreme attention to detail and it really showed when we visited Elements in the Fall.

Our Waiter, Jose, is also an old co-worker of mine, I was so surprised to see him working there, it had been at least 8 years since we have seen each other.  Back in the day, he was my Spanish and Salsa teacher as well – between serving meals.  Jose was always one of the top servers where we worked – he has a smile that is infectious.

This month, Elements has a very fun promotion.  When you dine in, you are given a secret envelope – which needs to remain sealed!  The next time you visit, the staff at Elements will open up your envelope to reveal a prize.  I love surprises, especially when you can win things such as:

  • A Weekend for Two at The Westin Nova Scotian
  • $50.00 Hotel Certificate
  • $25.00 Hotel Certificate
  • $30.00 off food
  • $25.00 off food
  • $10.00 off food
  • $5.00 off food
  • 20% off your food bill
  • 10% off your food bill
  • Buy one Entrée & get 1/2 off 2nd Entrée
  • and MORE…

Everyone is a winner!!

Once I get back home, my husband and I will be visiting Elements. I’ll let you know what I win… fingers crossed for a weekend for two.

So, all you Haligonians, get out there for some local cuisine at Elements and let me know what you win (and tell Raj and Jose I say “Hi”)

Update: I just opened an envelope with a $25 GC for the next time I go to Elements!