Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Peek at my Week #wordlesswednesday (LINKY) 07/29

It's been a busy exciting week around here..which means not that many pics again! oops!

1) It's movienight with the girls! We get together pretty much EVERY Wed night to keep our sanity!
2) New puzzle alert! Orangie picked up a really cool Disney Thomas Kinkade Little Mermaid puzzle!
3) It's me in my new Hollister bear hat!
4) So for national hotdog day, my teen decided she wanted to doctor hers up with some Kraft Dinner...she LOVED it!
5) *sniffle* I packed my Orangie up for her first week away at camp! I really hope she's having an amazing time!
6) When a cream filled donut, chocolate, and reese cups come together. Mmmmm..

and now, as always, be sure to link up your WW post!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kellogg's Vector Fuels Us for an Active Summer! #giveaway

When you've just booked a spontaneous week away hiking and exploring in BC, seeing a box full of Kellogg's Vector show up at your door sure gets you excited! The protein bars(11g protein) and energy bars(9g protein) taste great and are absolutely perfect to tuck away in my backpack, ensuring we don't miss a moment of gorgeous Canadian terrain! (Seriously, try the Chocolate Chip energy bar..not quite sure why it's called chocolate chip as the whole thing is chocolatey awesomeness!)

Vector is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of active, health conscious people who never stop! The *new* Vector Granola Honey Almond Flavour is seriously yum, and is packed with 20g of protein in just a 1/2 cup serving!

Learn more about Kellogg's Vector now on their website, or connect through Facebook!

Want to win a box full of Kellogg's Vector goodies? 
*as pictured above, PLUS some FPCs(free product coupons) that I forgot to include in the pic! oops.
One lucky Canadian reader will win this sweet prizepack valued at approx $45!

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*Disclosure: I received a big box of Kellogg's Vector products for FREE, as part of the Kellogger program. As always any opinions expressed are 100% my own! 
Monday, July 27, 2015

A Bride at Last, by Melissa Jagears #litfusereads

Another good quick read down! This book was not at all what I was expecting, but it was perfect for those hot summer days where I just did NOT want to go outside!

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony-until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?

Purchase a copy:

About the author: Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.
Find Melissa online: website, Facebook

My Thoughts: 
So funny enough, I may have looked at the cover on this one and VERY quickly skimmed the summary when making my decision to review this book. So when I received the book and realized that it was actually a historical fiction, and the third in a series I was really annoyed at myself and not looking forward to delving into this one. BUT I am glad that I did! This book can easily stand alone, and was a good quick read! I absolutely LOVED the storyline, and all it's fabulous twists and turns. It kept me guessing as to how it was all going to play out, and I am so glad that I gave it a chance!

Disclosure: I received a copy of A Bride at Last, from Litfuse, in exchange for my participation on this tour. No compensation received, and as always any opinions stated are 100% my own.

ICYMI - The Always #LikeAGirl Unstoppable video! #pgmom

As someone who has grown up feeling insecure and self-doubting, seeing empowering #LikeAGirl videos go super viral makes me feel encouraged that my own daughters will not grow up feeling like I do! I have always tried to harbour a "you can do ANYTHING!" attitude for my girls. I love seeing my oldest grow confident in chasing her dreams of a post-secondary scholarship in league bowling, that will hopefully pave her way to a goal career choice in forensics! It blows my mind to see her, at just 14, working away for such an awesome future! And now, just yesterday, my youngest went off to expand her confidence with a week away from home at girls camp for the first time! I can't wait to see and hear how she has grown when I go to pick her up Friday night!

Do you remember that #LikeAGirl video from last year?

Now check out this years UNSTOPPABLE video..

Always, a brand that has been championing girls’ confidence for more than 30 years, is on a mission to help stop the drop in confidence girls experience at puberty and beyond. As part of this mission, in 2014 we set out to make the phrase “like a girl” mean amazing things. Last summer the Always brand created a social experiment video that was launched on YouTube, encouraging girls everywhere to change the meaning of #LikeAGirl from an insult into doing something downright amazing!

Did you know?? - the Always #LikeAGirl YouTube video currently has over 90 million views across the globe!

Please help spread this powerful video of encouragement and strength. Lets make sure that girls know that they are indeed UNSTOPPABLE! Share the video! Follow @Always, and tweet out an empowering #LikeAGirl message! Share a photo on instagram that embodies the #LikeAGirl vision!

And please be sure to share it with me! I can't wait to see what you do!

Disclosure: I am a PGmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. As always, the opinions on this blog are 100% my own.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Peek at my Week 07/22 #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

It was a good week; peaceful and busy, yes it can be both! lol. But I realized that I just didn't take enough pictures! Here's what I've got...I'll try harder for next week! :)

1) When you see apple turnovers for $0.74 at the store, you grab them so that Orangie can bake something easily by herself! They were great! 2) Phew!! It must have just been TOM last week, because I'm down 2.6lbs this week baby! 3) This 1000 pc puzzle was crazy! BUT i have a feeling that the 1000pc dr who puzzle we're doing this week, that is only TWO COLOURS, will be completely and utterly frustrating!! lol. Oh but we love a good jigsaw puzzle! 4) This little chippy sat on the back step 'taunting' the cat for a solid 15 mins! ok, so he wasn't exactly taunting him, but eating all the seeds from the maple keys that were right around that area! George was soooo not impressed though, and sat scratching the door over and over. 5) I made strawberry blubarb muffins. YUM. 6) I snagged the WW cookbook at the thriftshop for $4, and there are some AWESOME recipes in it. It's gonna be an awesome food week! 7) This puzzle caught my eye at Chapters last night. It might even get framed. 8) Speaking of last night..we went to this awesome movie theatre last night that had these amazing super comfy recliners! $6.99 to see Minions AND super comfy?! LOVE IT! All that was missing was my blanket!

Now it's your turn! LINK UP!

7 Hours of FUN with Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates! #giveaway

It's 3 discs and 7 hours of imaginative, musical, moving and shaking FUN for young ones!  Its the best play date ever!

Plus read on, because 2 lucky readers will each win a copy!

Everyone’s favorite Nick preschool stars are ready to party and play in this one-of-a-kind DVD collection, Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates. This three-disc collection is jam-packed with over seven hours of educational and musical fun. Viewers can explore their musical side with six song-and-dance filled episodes, take a trip out west for a rootin’ tootin’ good time, or explore their imaginations with six nursery rhyme and fairy tale-themed episodes. Featuring eighteen episodes from Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, Go, Diego, Go!, The Wonder Pets!, Ni Hao, Kai-Lan, The Fresh Beat Band, and Blue’s Room, this exciting collection is available at a hot, low price! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates will be available on DVD on July 7, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

Disc 1: Dance to the Music
Dora the Explorer – La Maestra de Musica
Team Umizoomi – Butterfly Dance
Bubble Guppies – We Totally Rock
Go Diego Go! – The Iguana Sing-Along
Wonder Pets – Save the Beetles/Fiddler Crab on the Roof
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan – The Ants Dance
Special Features:
Bubble Guppies: Sing-Along Music Videos
Bubble Guppies: I Need to Rock!
Bubble Guppies: Rock It!

Disc 2: Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West
Bubble Guppies – The Cowgirl Parade
Team Umizoomi – Shooting Star!
Dora the Explorer –Pinto, The Pony Express
The Fresh Beat Band – Hip Hop Hoedown
Go, Diego, Go! – The Great Roadrunner Race
The Wonder Pets! – Save the Pony Express
The Wonder Pets! – Help the Groundhog!

Disc 3: Once Upon A Rhyme
Bubble Guppies – Who's Gonna Play The Big Bad Wolf?
Team Umizoomi – The Umi City Treasure Hunt
The Fresh Beat Band – Royal Wedding
Dora the Explorer – Dora Saves The Three Little Piggies
The Wonder Pets! – Help the Cow Jump Over the Moon/Save the Unicorn
Blue’s Room – Little Red Riding Blue

TWO lucky readers will win a copy of Nickelodeon's Bunch of Play Dates!!
(CANADA, Ends Aug 02 at 11:59pm EST)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Strawberry Blubarb Muffins #recipe

Finally! This summer, my rhubarb plant yielded big beautiful stalks! And with the abundance of berries that I have been keeping on hand in my fridge...well, this called for a nice therapeutic morning of muffin baking! 
I even sent some along with the teen for a nice homemade snack today..she's got her hands full babysitting her little cousins this week! And Orangie requested that some be leftover for her when she gets home from dads house on Thursday! Hooray for another yummy baked hit!

Strawberry Blubarb Muffins

  • 2 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup oil (veg/canola/soya/your choice!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or substitution: 1 cup milk plus 2 tbsp white vinegar)
  • 1 cup fresh chopped rhubarb
  • 1 cup fresh chopped berries (I chop them for more even flavour throughout)
  • Preheat oven to 375F. Line muffin pan with papers or lightly grease.
  • Combine flour, sugar, and baking soda in large bowl.
  • Whisk egg, oil, and buttermilk in separate bowl.
  • Add oil mixture to flour mixture. Stir until combined. Add in fruit and stir.
  • Spoon into prepared muffin pan. 
  • Bake for approx 18-20 minutes, or until golden and when a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
  • Yield: 12 large muffins.

The craving for blubarb is still not satisfied...I have a feeling there may be a Strawberry Blubarb Crisp/Cobbler in the works later this week! ;)