Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - Peek at my Week 07/23 (LINKY)

It's that time again...time for a little Wordless Wednesday fun! Here's a look back at this past week!
These pics are mostly pulled from my Instagram if you're an IG addict like me, I hope you'll follow! :)

1) CHAOS at the gas stations when gas made a drastic drop(and then increase again by midnight) in price TWO separate days in ONE week! Hope it does it again soon!

2) My garden is doing well!  Hooray!

3) Silliness at keeps you going!

4) Made my teen ridiculously happy this week when she spied the shoes that she wanted so badly...and I said YES! I even got the biggest hug ever! (hooray!!)

5) Bought a new gnome for the 'collection'...he still needs a name though..any ideas??

6) The man and I took the kids to Niagara Falls over the weekend..had a FAB time and caught some great fireworks! :)

7) I spied some long car ride napping going on...she wasn't tired though! ;)

8) and finally, last night a girlfriend and I bought The Fault in Our Stars...I'm pretty sure we're the only ones left on the planet who haven't read it! ;)

Your turn! Link up your Wordless Wednesday post!
and you know that I love and appreciate comments, so I hope you'll leave me one :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

#recipe: Blueberry Banana Waffles

And another breakfast hit was found at my house this morning! I decided to see what would happen if I put blueberries in our banana waffles....and the kids gobbled it up! This recipe was immediately written down and added into the 'special recipes' box on my stove!

  • 1 1/4 cup flour (I used approx. 1/2 whole wheat, and 1/2 all purpose)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • few shakes of pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon or nutmeg)
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (I halve or quarter mine depending on size, as my kids don't like the goo)
  1. Preheat waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Stir in milk and eggs until mixture is smooth. Mix in mashed banana and blueberries.
  2. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour in approx. 1/3 cup of mix onto hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Serve hot, topped with confectioners sugar, maple syrup, or topping of your choice!

Makes approx. 4 large waffles.

Jump in! P&G #cleanwater Photo Challenge! #pgmom

It's SUMMER! Which makes me think of WATER! Whether it's splashing in the pool or just enjoying a refreshing cold glass of it!

As Canadians, we have a seemingly unlimited supply of clean water, so it’s no wonder that we often take it for granted.  Yet approximately one billion people in the developing world do not have the same luxury, and diseases from contaminated water are killing more children every day than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. More info can be found here on the P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water website.

Quick thought: How many times in a day does clean water touch your family's life? How many times in a week? In two weeks?

To help remind Canadians just how lucky we are to live in this great country and to educate them on ways they can help provide clean water to those in need, P&G has come up with the #CLEANWATER photo challenge. I am participating and hope that you will too! From July 18 through 31, P&G and Walmart want you to share photos of the role clean water plays in your life and the life of our family and friends.

How to Play

Step 1: Using your preferred social photo sharing platform, follow the #cleanwater calendar and POST A PHOTO inspired by the word of the day (ie. Day 1 – #Hydrate).  The photo could include clean water itself, or simply the impact water has (ie. a satisfied smile and wipe of the mouth after gulping clean water from a glass or a happy child after a dip in the lake).

Step 2: SHARE A CAPTION - this must include:
  • The challenge hashtag:  #cleanwater
  • The hashtag of the day: ie #Hydrate
YOU Could Win! One lucky #cleanwater participant will be randomly selected to receive a $250 Walmart gift card and a bundle of P&G products!!
#cleanwater photo challenge starts TODAY (July 18th)! JUMP IN!
Be sure to check out the #cleanwater Pinterest board too!
* I am a PGmom. As a part of my affiliation with this group, I have been offered compensation to participate in the #cleanwater photo challenge. The views, opinions and photographs expressed on this blog and in my social networks are my own.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - peek at my week 7/16 (LINKY)

This week I thought that I'd go back to a style of post a lot of you really seemed to enjoy! I've taken some pics off my Instagram to share some of the things that went on in my little world this past week :)

1) a fantastic haul from the local farmers market with my favourite little orangie-haired helper!
2) celebrating 7-11 with some free slurpees! (did you get one?)
3) 8.5 km trail-running hiking and chatting with a girlfriend I've known for 21 years now!
4) sunday morning breakkie of blueberry pancakes and fruit
5) got back into my love of toasted tomato sandwiches this week..topped with guac was divine!
6) Tuesday night movie night with's been years of our weekly girls night and I LOVE IT.

Link up your Wordless Wednesday post! Can't wait to see it!
and if you love this style of post, let me know! :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Kellogg's Best Friends in a Bowl - #CerealAndMilk! #giveaway

"..milk and cereal...cereal and milk..."
Have you seen the new Kelloggs commercial yet? It's soooo super catchy! I find myself singing the song in my head at various times throughout the day! BFF's cereal and milk are definitely favourites in this house, and not just for breakfast!

What do Bert & Ernie, Forrest & Jenny and Thelma & Louise have in common? They go together like a bowl of cereal and milk of course! For the 78 per cent of Canadians who eat cereal for breakfast, cereal and milk are practically inseparable. In fact, according to the Kellogg’s Cereal & Milk Survey, 85 per cent of cereal lovers say they can’t have one without the other.

Although it’s clear that Cereal & Milk are best friends in a bowl, the survey revealed that across Canada, star-crossed cereal lovers actually disagree on the ideal cereal to milk ratio. Forty per cent (40%) say that one third of the bowl should be filled with milk. Thirty per cent (30%) maintain that you should add milk only until your cereal begins to float. And a small but mighty six per cent (6%) of cereal experts are adamant that there should be more milk than cereal in the bowl.
Canadian cereal lovers were more definitive about whether they like their cereal crunchy or soggy. With 83 per cent of respondents saying so, crunchy cereal is what Canadians crave. Still, that means nearly one-out-of-five (17%) favour soggy cereal. Yes, you read that correctly: soggy cereal.
Enter to win a Kellogg's Canada #CerealAndMilk Prizepack!
(example of prizepack below, may not be exactly as shown)
(arv $50, open to CANADA only)
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#daytrip: Geocaching is Great Family Fun!

I first learned about and got involved in the wonderful world of geocaching back around 2006. It definitely wasn't as popular then as it is now! Ok, let me just stop a minute and let explain it...

 So my crew and I went out exploring last Sunday to find various caches in SW Ontario. We went to 3 beautiful small cemetaries, a rickety old wooden bridge, Rock Glen Conservation area (and managed to run into a friend!), Arva Ontario, etc etc.
It was definitely an awesome day filled with laughter, bug bites, impromptu google searches for what poison ivy looks like, excitement over cache loot tradsies, beautiful scenery, wildlife encounters (we weren't expecting chickens?!) and some 'nerdy' tech fun!

Have you ever been geocaching?
I'd LOVE to know!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - best things in life... {linky}

This one has really been speaking to me lately....what do you think?
and while you're here don't forget to link up your Wordless Wednesday post!