3 Daddy-Daughter Date Ideas for Fall

By Now you have probably seen the viral video `The Best First Date` on You-Tube. If not I have included it in this post. I thought it would be fun to share some Daddy-Daughter date ideas for fall.

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Canada Kellogg’s Latest Products #Giveaway #‎KelloggCAInnovations

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New Kellogg’s products just in time for back to school lunch packing

I already know that my youngest will be requesting that I pack some of the new Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes Cereal in her lunch. It has become one of her favorite snacks even rivaling her love of Kellogg’s Krave Chocolate Flavour cereal (now in family size!).

New Pringle Tortillas perfect for after school snack

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[Giveaway] New Clearwater Seafoods Recipe Ideas from Chef Stefan Czapalay

Looking for quick, easy and healthy meal ideas? Clearwater Seafoods has you covered.

Chef Stefan Czapalay has sent along some recipes using the new Clearwater Seafoods products for me to share with you. Here are some fresh ideas for your kitchen.

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Rosemary Maple Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops

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CAA Members Save Big on #BTS #caarewards

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I am excited to share that I am participating in a new campaign called CAA Spot the Partner. I am a proud new card-carrying CAA Member and I will be sharing with you some of the benefits of being a Member.

We all know that CAA is great for Roadside Assistance BUT did you know that you can also save while shopping? You can earn up to 20% off your purchase in CAA Dollars® that can be used towards something like your next family getaway. Members can also enjoy additional savings on purchases in the CAA Store.

Some examples of savings available to CAA Members:

Roots: CAA Members save $10 off the purchase of $75 or more before taxes
ALDO: Earn up to 12% back in CAA Dollars for every purchase
Forever 21: Earn up to 4% back in CAA Dollars
Cirque Du Soleil: CAA Members enjoy exclusive savings of up to 20%
Best Western: Save up to 20%

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Every time you present a valid CAA membership card at one of our participating partners, you can earn up to 20% in CAA Dollars. Every CAA Dollar you earn equals $1.00 CAD, and you can redeem CAA Dollars towards your next dream vacation, travel merchandise, membership renewal, gift memberships or even your insurance renewal premium¹.

Join CAA today and start earning CAA Dollars.

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[Review] The 100-Foot Journey

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What happens when a small village in the south of France is introduced to Indian cuisine? Cultures collide, and then, deliciously, comingle in The Hundred-Foot Journey!

Release Date: Friday August 8, 2014.

Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah.

Director: Lasse Hallström.

Running Time: 2 hours; 2 minutes.

Genre(s): Drama.

Rating: PG  – Parents there are a few minor things to look out for, but not too much to worry about.

What is The Hundred-Foot Journey About?

It is a culture clash when the Kadam family moves to the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France and opens up an Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai!  The Kadams are met by protest by the chilly Michelin-starred chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, Madame Mallory.  She is not impressed with the fact that Maison Mumbai has opened up a mere hundred feet away from her establishment.  The two businesses are at odds until Madam Mallory discovers Hassan Kadam’s culinary talents and takes him under her wing. [Read more...]

Montebello & Parc Omega Day Trip #Ottawa

The family and I set out on a day trip this past long weekend. We love picking an area within an hours drive of home and heading to a new (to us) area. Don’t underestimate the fun that can be had close to home. For this trip, we picked Montebello, Quebec, set the GPS and was surprised at what we found.

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I was pleasantly surprised at the lunch we picked up at Fromagerie Montebello. The kids enjoyed their oversized ham and cheese sandwiches – over stuffed with ham, fresh cheese on a fresh bun – while hubs and I devoured our baguette and cheese. We will be back to try some other cheese and to pick up some more Tête à Papineau and Manchebello. Is there anything better than a fresh baguette and fresh cheese?

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Once lunch was done we were headed out to Parc Omega for some up close encounters. From your vehicle, you can observe wild animals along an identified path of 12 kilometers. The total duration of the car path is between 1 and 1.5 hours. Along the way you will meet some animals such as elk, deer, foxes, coyotes, bison, moose, wolves, bears, boars and musk ox. There are soooo many animals to see. You can feed the animals, not the bison(!), but only carrots. We were able to purchase some carrots ($2.50) at the Park House before we set out on our adventure. [Read more...]

Muskoka Brewery Craft Beer Tasting Event #TaptoTable

Last week I was invited to an event by the Muskoka Brewery that I knew would be a great time. The invite was for a craft beer and bar snack tasting…. a beer pairing party. I once attended a beer and cheese tasting that I absolutely loved so I knew this would be a fun-filled event with good beer and food. I also knew I would learn about the craft beer industry. Boy was I right on with that prediction.

Upon meeting co-founder Gary McMullen the passion he has for his beer is CLEARLY evident. Gary is lucky enough to have found his passion while home brewing and was able to grow that passion into his livelihood.

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When I arrived at the venue, the fabulously ambient Hintonburg Public House (HPH) in Ottawa, I was overwhelmed by the expertise of the other invitees. Talk of I.P.A.’s, hops and other craft beer terms quickly overwhelmed me. Once the food and beer pairings began all the expert beer talk no longer mattered to me. What mattered were the beer and the food. What mattered was whether or not I liked the beer and how the beer and the food complimented each other and heightened each others flavours. I learned what I like about each beer and how to pair it to compliment both the beer and the food. You can learn more about pairing beer and food on the Muskoka Brewery website.

The fun that Chef Phil had creating the pairings was evident when he appeared from the kitchen to describe each pairing.

First up was Summer Weiss that was perfectly paired with summery salad that highlighted Nova Scotia lobster, Quebec raspberries, fresh peas and shoots, tarragon and lemon. The salad paired perfectly with the refreshing and delicious thirst quenching beer. Perfect pairing for a patio on a hot summer day.

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Next up we were treated to Cream Ale paired with a Chicken Poutine. Yes a Chicken Poutine. I am partial to all Cream Ales and Muskokas version delivers all that I love about it. Paired with a Poutine… well that is just a bonus. The Cream Ale is smooth and rich with a little sweetness. An overall very smooth beer… making it one of my favorites.

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Back to School for All Ages

How is it August already? You know what that means right? Big box stores have started replacing swim suit displays with snow suit displays, there are more non-beach days in the week and the Back to School commercials have started. Sigh. Didn’t summer JUST start? Want to feel prepared instead of despair? No problem, follow some of these great tips and you’ll be sure to receive an A+ in no time.

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Prepare lunches – Buying and preparing a nutritious lunch is a job in itself.  Try some of these lunchbox sandwich ideas.  Not sure your kids are eating everything you’re packing? Consider giving them a top-up with a tasty gummy multivitamin like L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites. Made with naturally sourced flavours and packed with essential nutrients, they’ll be prepared for a full day of playing and learning.

Back-to-school shopping – Sit down as a family and make a list of the items your kids will need for the year ahead. Making a list of school supplies and being prepared before setting out to shop will ensure you only purchase items your children need to complete their daily assignments and have a little fun in the classroom too!

Create a schedule – Parents and kids both fall victim to summer sleep schedules; late nights and junk food are the name of the game. Get your whole family prepared by getting your kids back on schedule. Provide them with a daily routine one or two weeks before the first day back and they’ll be ready and energized for the beginning of school.

Get organized – Back to school is hectic enough with your little ones, but sending your teen back to university or college is a whole different story. Prepare them for the year ahead by sending along some Arm & Hammer™ Coldwater™ Laundry Detergent. It gets out dirt and odours while saving money on hydro bills (versus washing in hot or warm water). For the 5 – 6 weekly loads you may find yourself doing with back-to-school activities, Arm & Hammer Laundry detergent will be your new best friend, giving clothes a clean and fresh boost with the power of baking soda.

Stay healthy – Saying goodbye to your kids as they head off to university is one of those bittersweet moments of parenthood. Late classes, hectic schedules and long nights of studying might leave you worrying about their health, especially with ‘student budgets’. Why not send them off with a supply of Vitafusion™ MultiVites gummy vitamins to help maintain their health*? Filled with key vitamins and delicious to bat – forgetting to take them won’t be an issue.

What are some of your tips on making the back-to-school transition easier?

* Vitamins are considered supplements only and should not replace meals

Thank you to Church & Dwight for generously sponsoring this post.

[Review] Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

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Are you ready to save the universe while listening to some rockin’ 70’s tunes with a band of misfit characters? Well, strap yourself in for an amazing adventure as you watch Guardians of the Galaxy in theatres this weekend!

Release Date: Friday August 1, 2014.

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (voice) and Vin Diesel (voice).

Director: James Gunn.

Running Time: 2 hours; 1 minute.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction.

Rating: PG 13 – Parents may have some explaining to do after watching this one with their kids!

What is Guardians of the Galaxy About?

Peter Quill, an American pilot, is the centre of a galaxy wide manhunt after stealing an orb wanted by the villainous Ronan the Accuser.  Quill creates a team known as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to help him keep this orb out of Ronan’s evil clutches, and to save Earth. [Read more...]

[Giveaway] Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

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If you have a dinosaur lover in your house you will want to take a look at Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular coming to the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa this August. The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

It took a team of 50 -that included engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production. Included in the show are all time favorites such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Plateosaurus, Liliensternus, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, and the Brachiosaurus. The Brachiosaurus is the largest in the production coming in at 36 feet tall and 56 feet from nose to tail. [Read more...]