30 Apr

Your Favourite Zellers Moment

Have you posted your favourite Zellers moment on their Facebook page yet?  Each person who does has the chance to win $250 and will also have their video re-enacted for everyone to see.

This week, the video is called Locked Away – I think this is everyone’s worst nightmare.

 

Enjoy, and don’t forget to send along your fondest Zellers Moment for a chance to win big.

Zellers will be shutting their doors in Canada, which is very sad. I’ve been shopping at their stores since I can remember.

**DISCLAIMER: THIS IS A SPONSORED POST. PLEASE SEE THE FULL TERMS OF USE.

29 Apr

Paying to Run a Marathon, Am I Crazy?

Sometimes I think I’m crazy, and then I do things that confirm my craziness.  I recently signed up for a marathon, well, actually it’s a 1/2 marathon, which confirms I’m only 1/2 crazy.   Whether or not it’s full crazy or 1/2 crazy, it doesn’t matter ’cause it’s actually for a very good cause.

I’m running for a cure to cancer, lymphoma and leukaemia to be exact.  The “C” word isn’t something any of us ever want to deal with, and as of today, I’ve been lucky, some members of my family – not so much.  We never know what the future holds for us, so I’d rather do something like this while I’m healthy, in case I ever need to draw from the resources, I can say I’ve done my part.

I’m really looking forward to the run.  I’ve started training, Thank Goodness I started C25K last year, so I know I can run at least a little.  In August 2012, I actually hurt my hip while on at The Lion King 3D premier in LA during an African Dance.   I’ve started of slow again, and I have until the middle of October to make it happen.

I also have to raise $3,900 to even participate in the event.  Told ya – I’m crazy – paying money to run 21. kms?  Remember, money is going towards a very good cause.

So, I’m not really used to doing this, but if you so desire, please make a donation to help me on my journey… I’ve got a long way to go!  All donations are tax deductible.

27 Apr

A New Home #2

If you follow me on Twitter or on my personal Facebook account, you will know we nearly bought a house, but not any house, a Bungalow, the perfect forever home!  I say nearly because, well, it was such a nice house there were multiple offers and we just couldn’t emotionally bid any higher. Sure the bank would have undoubtedly let us borrow more money (I love you bank – I think?!?), but our common sense (which I might be cursing in a few days) told us not to go any higher.

As you can imagine, we’re somewhat devastated.  I pretty much had all my furniture placed out in the home and even imagined my self relaxing in the soaker tub, but just as quickly as the dream was there, it’s now dead.

I am a believer that all things happen for a reason – everything, good, bad, ugly… doesn’t matter. Everything happens for a reason.  So, I’m just imagining losing this most amazing house in the whole entire world means there is a most amazing house in the whole entire world out there meant especially for us that is even better!

So, here we are, still on the house hunt.  I do have a future plan (building in a future area.. not yet developed and will only be available in late 2013) but I’m ready to move into a bungalow now.  I don’t know if I have the patients to wait much longer – obviously I don’t.

Just wanted to give you an update as to where I’ve been lately… essentially, I’ve been house hunting, at the bank, putting in offers and even showing our home to potential renters. A touch busy, which is wonderful, but I just wish I had better news for you… such as We Bought A House, instead, the news is only We ALMOST bought a house, not nearly as exciting – sorry about that!

I’ll keep you all updated as to what happens here on out, and make sure to follow me on Twitter to get updates as well.

On another note, if you have a bungalow for sale in #Halifax, please let me know!

27 Apr

Earth Day – Only once a year?

Stork Craft

The sun is shining, spring is in the air and I think we are all glad to say the warmer weather is finally here to stay. April is an exciting month because there are many special occasions to celebrate. Whether it is Easter, Passover or Earth Day we should all have a reason to jump up and down, because it’s finally Spring!

Earth Day is a “new” holiday, at least it has been in my family.  While we have done our share to help the environment for many years, I never really knew there was a full day dedicated to it.  I hope most people do more than just just take take of the earth on a single day in a year.  Our little family tries to do our part for the environment.  Simple things like carpooling, and using reusable travel mugs are easy, daily things we do for the environment can make a big difference.  So even though Earth Day has come and gone, it’s important to make everyday Earth Day.

Last year, we went one step further, we made a veggie garden.  This year, we’re trying again.  Learning from our mistakes (planting the seeds too closely), we’re hopefully this year will be more of a success.  This year, we’re getting serious!

While the dirt alone probably cost more than the the garden will reap, it’s more of a learning experience for the kids (and the parents) to see how food is made and there is also a lot of pleasure in growing a garden – so I’m told.

If you’re looking for more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, and be eco-friendly year ’round, check out this section of the Fisher Price website.

On another note: Fisher Price also has some other exciting news for all the Little People fans, a new Little People show on Treehouse on weekend morning at 9am EST.

**Disclosure: I am a Fisher-Price Mom and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

26 Apr

Finish Revolution – Challenge – Brownies

I love a good challenge, I especially love a challenge that has measurable results. This month, I had a challenge from Finish to test their tabs on some impossible to clean dishes. I wasn’t sure what to cook for the challenge, so I asked my family and friends on my Facebook wall for some advice. They came up with some great suggestions, eggs, spaghetti and lasagna were the top choices. As much as I wanted to try lasagna, I’m just not sure I can make it from scratch, although I should probably try; it is Hubster’s favourite meal (Hi Honey, I’ll try to make lasagna sometime, promise).

One thing I knew I could make was chocolate brownies. Rather than following the instructions, I actually unfollowed them on purpose. The recipe called to rub butter or Pam along the bottom of the baking dish, but the rebel that I am, I didn’t put anything on the bottom – I wanted a real challenge. I baked the brownies (and ate the brownies) and even scrapped the bottom of the dish – not to clean it off, I just wanted to eat more brownies and all that was left was along the bottom.

I left the brownie dish on the counter for a few days, to make sure all the brownie was stuck to the pan and really hard. Eventually, I put the dish into a completely packed dishwasher and added the Finish Tab, with a bit of a questionable grin.

Me: “Mom, do you think this is going to work?”

Mom: “I don’t know Lynette, I don’t think it really can”.

Needless to say, Mom and I were a little sceptical.

We patiently waited for the “maid” to it’s job. Then we realized the dishwasher was put on delay to only start over night. So, we had to wait even longer…

When I arrived home from work the next day, my Mom was like an excited child expressing her great astonishment as to how clean the brownie dish had become. I’m sure the look of shock was on my face as well.

We inspected the dish more closely and there was the slightest little pieces stuck to the side of the dish. I don’t know if it’s even worth mentioning. Here is an extremely close up (I know we bought a camera with 12x zoon for something).

Needless to say, we were more than impressed… we were shocked actually. It’s not that I was trying to set Finish up to fail, but I really thought this was an amazing test. We didn’t pre rinse, we didn’t pre wash, we just put the dish into the dishwasher and let it do it’s thing and it worked… well, very well, extremely well, unbelievably well.

DISCLOSURE: I AM PART OF THE FINISH BLOGGER PROGRAM BY MOM CENTRAL. I RECEIVED COMPENSATION AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

24 Apr

Wordless Wednesday: Waterfall (w. Linky)

I have been spending a lot of time on YouTube lately, learning how to do these fancy Waterfall braids.  Here is one I did on my God daughter!

Isn’t it adorable?  I’m trying to learn to do it on myself… it’s a little bit harder, but I’m getting there.

If you have a Wordless Wednesday, please make a comment below and link it up.

24 Apr

Inter-Varsity Camps – 2 Trips to Punta Cana #PioneerCamp

 

Have you entered to win one of 2 trips to Punta Cana?  If you haven’t yet, check out this post to see how you can enter to win.

These giveaways are being brought to you by Inter-Varsity Camps, Pioneer Camp and Circle Square Ranch.

Here’s a bit of a synopsis of the Pioneer camps:

Alberta 

  • in-line with CSR – 1 lake, 1 pool
  • primary focus activity – horsemanship

Manitoba 

  • smallest of the 4 Pioneer camps
  • most extensive wilderness/tripping activities –> 5, 10, 20, days out in the wilderness with other campers
  • LIT program

Ontario

  • Adventure Camp – Ages 5-10, 2-1 camper to staff ratio (if not 1-1), activities: archery, mountain biking, swimming, creation station (arts & crafts), etc.
  • Girl’s Camp / Boy’s Camp – wilderness, canoe ,kayak , 1-5 day wilderness trip – Ages 7-16
 … And there’s 20% OFF FOR ALL NEW CAMPERS …

Remember camp? Yes, me too… I have very found memories.  During the summer I went to day camp, and then usually once a year I went to a Christian Camp for a weekend, which was never enough.

Here’s a video of some of the programs available.

 


Looks familiar doesn’t it? So much more than just sports is learned at camp, it’s about making friends, making choices, being independent, having fun and exploring!

I so wish these camps existed out east, I’ll be looking for a camp to send Princess Adventure to soon enough.