20 Oct

Memories with McCain’s

With thanksgiving behind us and Christmas right around the corner it’s hard not to be nostalgic about the wonderful traditions I remember as a young child and try to make the best memories for my own kids.

I remember spending time at my grandparents house surrounded by loving family and friends and an abundance of food.  We played games, we sang songs we joked we laughed we cried (when it was time to leave) overall, my parents have left me with the most amazing memories.


A few things will stick in my mind forever, like the hours we spent playing IQ 2000  and the Game of Life – I think there were only 2 games at granny’s house.  Whenever I see either of those games I’m taken back to my childhood and teenaged years and it puts a smile on my face as it’s all good memories.  Thankfully I don’t have a van full of twin boys.

I was recently asked by McCain if I was interested in their classic cakes.  When I received the email, I couldn’t help but think of the time I spent at my grandmothers as a child with all my cousins.  The McCain Deep n Delicious cakes were guaranteed to be in my grandmas fridge when we visited.  The moist chocolate / marble/ vanilla cake with creamy chocolate or vanilla frosting and topped off with perfectly laid out sprinkles.  Without even seeing a cake in front of me, I can recall  the perfection in each cake and eating more than a slice or two over the years.

It’s not that my grandmother can’t or didn’t/doesn’t bake, she can certainly whip up a pie better than anything I’ve ever made, but value for dollar and in terms of a bought cake, the McCain Deep n Delicious cakes are one of the best and she could always have a frozen one waiting and ready to go for our arrival. Even today when I go to my grandmas house (and I won’t tell you how old she is, but I am 35… So take that into consideration), there’s still a Deep n Delicious cake waiting for us.  While I personally love the chocolate cake (you’re surprised, I know) with chocolate frosting, there are a lot of different options:

Who would think that a signature cake would bring back so many great memories? I’ll think of my grandparents place for years to come every time I’m served a piece of delicious McCain cake.  And, just to add some extra nostalgic feeling, I’ll make sure to serve it on the finest China with a cup of tea, just like granny.  Or have a piece while watching the Blue Jays game with my grandfather while he watches the game with two sets of glasses on… These are good times!

“Disclosure: This post was brought to you by McCain Foods Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McCain Foods Canada.”

15 Nov

Blogger Opportunity – #WineWithChicken

I’m a Chicken Farmer Ambassador and have had a pretty fun time taking on new recipes and experiences for the past 7 months (including visiting a farm).  Guess what, Chicken Farmers wants to extend some of that fun with you, they are going to help you throw a #WineWithChicken dinner party.  They are looking for 4 bloggers to participate in a dinner party with you and 3 of your friends on December 7th.

Does this sound like something you would be interested in?  Chicken Farmers will help you prepare the perfect party.  If so, here’s the link for you to apply : http://shesconnectedblog.com/winewithchicken/ Applications will be accepted until November 23rd.

To get you excited about the program, there’s also going to be a Twitter Party on November 20th at 8pm EST.  There will be prizes and holiday chat to get you in the spirit.

Please RSVP to the twitter party here — http://appconnected.com/winewithchicken/
Good luck, see you at the party, and I will be just a wee jealous for the lucky bloggers chosen for this campaign.  This mama wont be able to dip into the wine this year, so please have a small drink for me too!
**Disclosure – I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada Brand Ambassador program by ShesConnected. I received compensation in exchange for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

01 Aug


Hi everyone,

I’m in the Big Apple – which is great cause I’m starving!

I’m here for BlogHer and also for some personal business too… Hubster and I celebrating our anniversary.

It’s my first time here, and so far, am loving it. There’s lots to see and lots to do, I’m sure I’ll be run off my feet by the time Sunday rolls around.

So, if you’re here too, and you see a short, pregnant lady walking around really slow, please say hello. Let me know below if I should keep an eye out for you as well.

So far, I’ve seen David Lettermans studio, Time Square, Grand Central
station and a Yankees game. And right now, I’m ready to get a great nights rest in the Hilton on these comfy beds.

Hope to see you here and if not, hope we’ll get to meet another day.

Oh yea, follow me on Twitter for the most up to date info… FB is picky and I can only rely on wifi while in America!

Take care,


On another note, I’m adding this update through my phone with the WP app, so if it is a little wonky… That’s why.


06 Feb

Target GC – Closed

Last month, a group of bloggers got together to giveaway a Target Gift Card, and it was a huge success.  The lucky winner was 352,946 Mike Austin – congrats Mike, hope you enjoyed  your prize.

Here we are, doing it again. This time, once lucky winner is going to receive a  $400 in Target Gift Card.

To Enter:

Just start filling out the Rafflecopter form below. Easy as pie.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note you only need to enter once on any of the participating blogs as we all will have the same form. The giveaway is open to both US & Canada. I know Canada doesn’t have Target *yet*, but I didn’t want to exclude my fellow Canadians. You can always bring them with you for some cross-border shopping!


09 Jan


One of my Twitter friends Tamara @WonderMoms_Ca, made a quick tweet about her shock as to what people tweet about and when tweeting, remember – everyone can see it .  Everyday, I am completely flabbergasted by at least a tweet or 10 as they fly by my stream.  Many thoughts that come to mind are:

“Are you Serious”

“Did you REALLY just Tweet that”

“What are you thinking?”

“um.. Wow, just… Wow”

…. but I never actually tweet those thoughts out.  Just cause I think it, doesn’t mean I have to tweet it.

You know the offenders – cause you have them in your streams too.  Might not be the same people, but the unbelievableness is just the same.

Perhaps people don’t realize twitter is a public platform, and just like when in public, filters have to apply.  You do not have to say everything that pops into your brain.  Sure, you have to stay true to yourself, but there is a limit.

There are plenty of things that zoom through my head that I wouldn’t tell strangers, friends and not even my husband.  You know the things I mean. The stuff you just think about and then say to yourself  “I can’t believe I just thought that… weird”. And then you are embarrassed for even thinking that stuff and you hope the Thought Police from George Orwells book Nineteen Eighty Four is all fake … yeah that.  It usually happens when lacking sleep.  Well, it seems some people are tweeting those weird and often completely inappropriate thoughts.  So really, there’s no need for thought police at all, ’cause people are giving up each and every brainwave – willingly.

Sure, there are things I might say to a friend, or even in a small group of people, but if it’s something I would not be willing to get up and say in front of a 11 300+ audience, then it’s not going to be tweeted – even if it’s sent specifically to one person with an @, because guess what, all my followers can see those tweets too.

In an effort to bring awareness to this subject, a hashtag was born #ICantBelieveYouJustTweetedThat.  However, It’s a bit long for the allotted 140 characters, so it’s been shortened to #ICBYJTT !  Feel free to use this #Tag any time you see a tweet go by that blows your mind.

Happy Tweeting and remember, just cause you think it, doesn’t mean you have to tweet it.  Judgement doesn’t have to fly out of your computer screen once you sign into the “blue bird”.


10 Oct

Blogging questions: Answered

I get questions like this all the time:

“I was just wondering if you would be able to help me out with my new blog and how to get more followers (or just readers) to it.  I would really appreciate the help.”

Today’s question was from Insane Mamacita from Canada and I thought – I should write a post about this!  I usually take the time to respond to each and every question with a heart felt effort – cause you know what, I too was once a newbie blogger!

Here are a few tips for a new blogger to build their audience and their traffic!

1. Get friendly

Make friends with other bloggers, comment on other  people’s blogs, get to know the people behind the blogs so people can know you! (and remember to leave your link).

2. Tell ’em who you are

At the bottom of your email, as a signature block, put your blog site, Twitter, Facebook and every other link possible to your site and who you are.  This way, each and every single one of your emails will have a link to your new blog.

3. Tweet others as you want to be tweeted (Thanks Raylene, at It’s Ok to Be Weird for that adorable quote)

Get active on Twitter!  Tweet, retweet, engage and repeat! I have to admit, I am not the best at keeping up with other people on twitter! This is one area that I am working on – so for anyone reading this saying “practice what you preach” I’m sorry, I’m not perfect!  Twitter is a huge tool for getting known, so get your tweet on!  For people like me who are not great at keeping up on Twitter, join a Tribe on Triberr (who are your friends) and then you will be giving your bloggy friends some RT love!

4. Patience young grasshopper!

It takes time – a lot of time… A lot of time!  Building brands doesnt happen over night, but it will happen. Soon enough traffic will come, through all different forms.  The more posts your write, the more your site will rank in Google and the more traffic you will get.  The more you are active on Twitter and make other bloggy friends, they will want to know what’s going on in your life and they will visit.  But it all takes time – a lot of time!

So, stay at it!  Keep your chin up and go forward… There are many blessings that come with blogging, it’s an outlet and it’s fun too!

Thanks for the question!  Congrats on your new site and enjoy your new journey.

19 Jun

Magnum Heir – $250,000 in cash & Prizes (How would Canadians spend their winnings?)

Magnum has made it’s way into Canada and to Celebrate, they are looking for a Magnum Heir to win $250 000 in cash and prizes.

So, what do Canadians think of this giveaway?  Good Question, check out this video to see what REAL Canadians think of the Magnum Heir prizes. (Tammi from My Organized Chaos and I got the scoop from real Canadians).


Have you Entered yet? Check out the Magnum Facebook Page!
**Disclaimer: This is part of a compensated campaign. All opinions expressed in this article are my own and not influenced in any other way. Please see the full Terms of use.