[Giveaway] Top Chef Canada Keeping it Clean with SpongeTowels

Have you caught any of this seasons episodes of Top Chef Canada yet? SpongeTowels is the official paper towel of Top Chef Canada. Hopefully you have seen the Chefs in action and have maybe noticed that they are using SpongeTowels. SpongeTowels are not only for the professionals as they have been my official paper towel for a long time. Having two kids that love to help out in the kitchen the SpongeTowels help with clean up. Like the chefs, you can count on SpongeTowels, with their unique and super absorbent Sponge Pockets, to tackle your messy moments because nothing absorbs like SpongeTowels! Perfect for everyday accidents and spills too!

Did you know that you could enter to win a Top Chef Canada inspired meal prepared for you by a professional chef in your home? The dinner includes clean up by the Sponge Towel team! What a treat this would be.


I am so happy to be able to bring this giveaway to you, my readers! One of you will win this gift basket filled with Top Chef Canada branded items and SpongeTowels products. The $250 basket will have you whipping up fabulous creations in your kitchen. With SpongeTowels at the ready there is no need to worry about the clean up. Good luck to all!

You will have all the tools required to put your culinary creativity to the test with the ultimate home kitchen gift basket from SpongeTowels. Contents include a variety of kitchen utensils to help you cook up a storm, and a year supply of SpongeTowels paper towels – with their unique and super absorbent Sponge Pockets, these paper towels can tackle any mess so be as daring as you want!

Gift Basket $250 value contains:
a variety of kitchen utensils to help you cook up a storm
a year supply of SpongeTowels paper towels
Open to Canada only (no Quebec)

NASCAR Hall of Fame


There are two things that residents of North Carolina take seriously. The first is barbeque and the second is NASCAR. For that reason it only seems fitting that the NASCAR Hall of Fame is located in Charlotte just a short drive from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. As you walk outside the Hall of Fame, you will immediately be in awe of the building itself and as you look down on the bricks that line the entrance, you will see many tributes to NASCAR fans by their families.


After checking in and purchasing your ticket, you will receive a Hard Card. This card will allow you to complete challenges and choose your favorite driver to lead you through your journey. After activating your card, you can hit the museum or wait for the next show in the Belk High Octane Theater. There is a short film that outlines the journey NASCAR has taken from its humble and backwoods beginnings to the NASCAR of present day. For true fans, you will enjoy seeing some of your favorite drivers over the years. For newer fans, you will gain a better understanding of how the sport has evolved the last 66 years. [Read more...]

[Giveaway] Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Screening


Disney’s Million Dollar Arm is set to release on May 16, 2014.

I have some passes to giveaway to a pre-screening of the newest Disney movie Million Dollar Arm. The movie is based on a true story and is sure to be a great film.

Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India — the boys, who have never left their rural villages — are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball — JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) — learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family. [Read more...]

Ideas for Painting with Kids ~ Artsy Play Wednesday 04/23

Welcome to the new Artsy Play Wednesday  that will now be featuring many of YOUR crafts in a monthly themed round-up. So by linking up you may get the chance to be featured and shared across all of our social media. The more crafts you link up the higher your chances of being chosen.

Here are 9 fun ideas that will get you having some painting fun with your kids. Don’t be afraid of the mess! Have fun and enjoy your time with your kids.


Arm & Hammer ~ Tips for brushing through every stage of life


Oral hygiene for every stage!

Coffee, candy and citrus fruit are all things that we love, but when it comes to our teeth – the feeling isn’t mutual. Developing good oral hygiene habits from a young age can be the difference between a life-long battle with cavities and tooth decay and a healthy and bright smile. Luckily for us, the maker of Arm & Hammer™ has come up with creative ways to keep you brushing through every stage of life – from infants and toddlers through to your teens and adulthood. [Read more...]

Artsy Play Wednesday ~ Easter Round-Up

Starting this week Artsy Play Wednesday will be featuring many of YOUR crafts in a monthly themed round-up. So by linking up you may get the chance to be featured and shared across all of our social media. The more crafts you link up the higher your chances of being chosen.
With Easter coming up this weekend, our first collection made from your posts will be a round-up of Easter crafts for kids.
Have fun making these on Easter weekend!

Cheesy Meal Ideas with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia


Have you spotted these yet at your grocers? Kraft has combined the convenience and softness of their shredded cheese with the creaminess of their Philadelphia cream cheese to create Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia. The new Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia will add a creamy melt to all of your favorite and it comes in three amazing flavours: Creamy Mozza, Creamy Herb & Garlic, and Creamy Mexicana. I could not decide which to try first so I picked up all three!!

The melt is all you will remember. [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning the Car Trunk #CollectiveBias

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Today is the first day that I truly believe that spring is finally here. I sent the kiddos off to school without snowpants and winter coats. Hubby and I took a drive out to the cottage to take a look around and make sure everything is safe and sound. Hubby and I even stopped at a chip wagon for a quick-lunch. All sure signs that spring is here!


While we were cruising about town today we stopped at Canadian Tire to get some ideas on how to spring clean the trunk of my car. Another sure sign of springs arrival is that a lot of items have collected in the trunk. It is time to remove the snowbrush, hockey pucks, emergency shovels and make way for soccer gear, beach items and cottage weekend essentials. I definitely need to clean out the winter junk so that there is room for all the items we use for spring activities.

Here is an “before photo” of my trunk. It is embarrassingly messy. [Read more...]

Ladies Lunch over New Wendy’s Salad


Today I sent a last-minute invite to my friend Maggie for lunch. It is something I have been meaning to do for far too long. I suggested salads at Wendy’s and my gracious invitee agreed.

Maggie chose the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad and I opted for the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad. Maggie had regular Ranch instead of the BBQ Ranch dressing and enjoyed her salad.


BBQ Ranch Chicken

o Savory backyard BBQ in a bowl
o premium ingredients that you see around your grill. Fire roasted corn, freshly diced tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and a honey BBQ sauce.
o The salad is served with a BBQ Ranch dressing, made with real buttermilk, parmesan cheese, ancho chili peppers, honey and brown sugar.

My friendly cashier told me how much she loved the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad so I was pretty confident I made a great choice. I opted to replace my out of stock Asian dressing with the recommended Pomegranate Vinaigrette and it was a great substitution. I loved the roasted edamame and spicy cashews. Maggie and I both ordered Root Beer to drink. I love Root Beer and was a mused to discover that Maggie loved it too.


Asian Cashew Chicken

o Spicy
o Not your typical canned fruit and ginger dressing
o fresh and yummy ingredients such as fire roasted edamame (my favorite), fresh red peppers and cucumbers, a lettuce blend of 11 different kinds of greens and a light Asian Chili Vinaigrette dressing
o Delicious and nutritious - and only 370 calories!

We did not talk about Yoga pants and men’s wear like in the video above but we did have some much-needed girl talk. You can find more videos and learn more about the new salads on the Wendy`s YouTube channel. Most of the talk surrounded our kids, as it always seems to. Love talking parenting with my girl friends. It is great to know you are on the same parenting page with someone who is a close family friend. We promised to get together again soon. Why hadn’t we done this sooner? I have to share a silly thing about our lunch. I called Maggie, invited her to lunch, picked the restaurant and offered to pay. When the cashier rang in our order I could not find my debit card. Oh how embarrassing is that? Maggie quickly pulled out some cash to cover our lunch. I found my debit card just in time for Maggie to get her change. Maggie, I will pay you back… really… this was NOT planned. I am blushing.


Wendy’s was the first restaurant to add salad bars to the quick service restaurant scene over 30 years ago. The salads are all prepared fresh in store and it was obvious when we ate our salads. You can tell that the cucumbers, red peppers and tomatoes are sliced in the Wendy`s kitchen and the all white chicken breast was freshly grilled when we ordered our salads. I have also just learned that every Wendy`s kitchen has a salad spinner. Every day they hand chop heads of romaine and iceburg lettuce and mix it with a triple washed leafy green spring mix.

The Wendy`s salads are 50% lower in fat grams, 29% lower in sodium and 61% lower in saturated fat. The salads are also available in small and large sizes. Small is perfect as a side salad and the large is perfect for a meal. The popular culinary trends of today are reflected in the new flavours of these new salads.

Call up a friend and invite them to lunch. Reconnect and chat over some of the great flavours of the new salads but please…. please… remember where your debit card is.

Disclosure: Although this post was graciously sponsored by Wendy`s all opinions and language are my own and in no way do they reflect Wendy`s.

Artsy Play Wednesday 04/09 Kool Aid Dyed Easter Eggs

Artsy Play Wednesday with sun and less butterflies

Hosted by:

Capri + 3 Multi-Testing Mommy Shannon’s View From Here

Country Fit Family

Welcome to this new weekly feature on Shannon’s View from Here! This is going to be co-hosted by myself and three great new blogger friends of mine. Every Wednesday we will highlight all of your lovely crafts that you have been doing with your children. Each Wednesday one of us four bloggers will highlight one of our own artsy play craft that you can enjoy with your kiddos. We invite you to link up what you have been up to. I look forward to seeing what you are all up to! [Read more...]