The Purr-fect Forever Home

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us again! With the holidays coming up, it’s hard to resist spreading the joy to others – maybe even towards a furry little cat companion.

Cat adoption is a momentous occasion for your family, and certainly fitting with the theme of the festive season. Unfortunately, the process isn’t always as easy as you might think! To help ensure a smooth transition for you and your new feline friend, here are some ways you can create a happy, forever home: [Read more…]

Chicken Soup for the Soul You Said The Dog Did What? & You Said the Cat Did What?

Chicken Soup for the Soul has been sharing YOUR stories for the last 20 years! The latest books are the first that my children (11 & 7) have both shown an interest in. It is quite understandable as the two books they are fighting over sharing are filled with stories about people sharing stories about their cats and dogs.

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About You Said the Dog Did What?

Our canine friends make us smile every day with their crazy antics, their loving companionship, and their amazing intuition. You will enjoy reading all the 101 heartwarming and often hysterical stories in this book about our canine companions and the magic they bring to our lives. This collection will make you laugh and touch your heart and after reading the stories we know you’ll say, “The dog did what?”

My kids are loving this book! I hear them giggling while they are reading. Often they will finish a story and want to tell me all about “this amazing dog!”. [Read more…]

Cooking with a Greek Housewife #ThisisAthens

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One of the highlights while visiting Athens, Greece was heading to the home of a Greek housewife to cook a traditional meal with her. What better way to immerse yourself into a culture than through its food? The tour was booked through “Athens Walking Tours” and our hostess for the evening was Fofi. I was able to take advantage of this tour as a post-Tbex tour that was included with the purchase of my ticket for the popular travel blogging conference. [Read more…]

Peppermint Kiss Cookies

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The snow is flying outside and I am in the mood to bake some Christmas goodies. I try to add new recipes to my holiday baking each year. The family insist on their favorites, including my Cardamom Butter Cookies, but I like to add something fun. This recipe is fun to do with the kiddos. [Read more…]

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

This soup reminds me of living in Calgary, Alberta and our weekend trips to Banff, Alberta. There is an amazing small restaurant that has amazing food. As soon as you walk in to this restaurant you are wrapped in warmth and amazing smells coming from the open kitchen. I can duplicate that experience with this recipe all the way over here… 3,400-ish kilometers away!
This soup is also one of my favorites. I know the recipe by heart and make extra so I can freeze individual portions. I stole the recipe from my mom and I can’t tell you where she got the recipe as it is top secret. Enjoy!
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[Giveaway] Winter Whites Giveaway

Canada, known for its long, cold and harsh winters, might deter some. But as true Canadians, this simply means we know exactly what to do, whether it’s bundling up and getting outside or staying cozy and warm indoors with friends and family. However, preparation for the holiday season and busy social schedules can lead to self-neglect.

Don’t let winter get you down! Take a moment to look and feel your best this season by keeping your teeth and skin radiant, your clothes clean and white, and your dishes sparkling. No need to shy away from those classic holiday photos – now you can confidently flash that smile, host a sparkling dinner party and wear your favourite white outfit – all because you can!

So while Canadian winters may be long and cold, they certainly don’t need to be dull!

Enter to win a Church & Dwight Winter Whites prize pack. $75 value.

Church & Dwight Winter Whites Prize:
Signed Alison Sweeney novel, Scared Scriptless
Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ Toothpaste
Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Truly Radiant™ Extra White Battery Brush
Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Truly Radiant™ Extra White Replacement heads
OxiClean™ MaxForce™ White Revive™ Paks
OxiClean™ 4X Concentrated Extreme Power Crystals™ Dishwasher Detergent
Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda
Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Original

Total Value: Over $75

[Review] Disney’s Big Hero 6

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Strap on your favourite superhero suit and get ready for a laugh out loud adventure! Join Hiro, his friends and Baymax, Hiro’s robot companion, as they fight a mysterious masked foe and solve a mystery in Disney’s latest animated feature Big Hero 6!

Release Date: Friday November 7, 2014.

Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr and Genesis Rodgriguez.

Directors: Don Hall and Chris Williams.

Running Time: 1 hour; 28 minutes.

Genres: Action, Animation, Action, Comedy.

Rating: PG – It is a good film for the family to see together!

What is Big Hero 6 About?

Hiro Hamada, a robotics prodigy, and Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, come to develop a special friendship when a dangerous event happens in the city of San Fransoyo, Hiro eventually becomes mixed into the chaos. Hiro then turns to Baymax and his closest friends to help save the day. In order to do so, Hiro transforms his friends into a group of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” [Read more…]

Santorini Tour with a Photographer

On my second day in Santorini, Greece and I still have not seen the sight I most looked forward to. The iconic blue domed churches. In Canada I see them in every Greek restaurant and I often stare longingly at them wanting to be there. Well I am here now and I still have not found the blue domed churches. My mother and I ventured around the area of our Villa and had snuck down some side streets that looked like we may be rewarded with our sought after view with no luck. Although we were rewarded with some FANTASTIC views……

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….we were looking for the iconic blue domed churches of Santorini. [Read more…]

Mystery Boxes Giveaway!

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I am so pleased to be able to bring you this fun giveaway again this year. From November 3rd to the 24th, you can enter for a chance to win one of 5 amazing mystery boxes filled with goodies that you’re gonna love! Good luck! [Read more…]

[Giveaway] Barbie Amaze Chase VIP Viewing Party

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I love contests and giveaways. That is how I started this whole online social thing… my roots if you will. Part of being a great contester is sharing the great contests you find. Sharing also creates a good contest karma. One of my favorite contests is one with many many winners. The Amaze Chase VIP Viewing Party Prize Pack Contest has 30 winners!!

I am sharing two contests with you! One on the Barbie.com site and a Barbie inspired giveaway hosted by yours truly! [Read more…]