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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Last Road-trip Weekend of the Summer - A Fuel Giveaway


What makes a road-trip? Is it the car, the route you take or the music you listen to that makes the drive exciting? Whether you have been driving cross Canada or cruising to your local watering hole this summer, I'm guessing you have been on some exciting drives! That’s why Shell just launched the Shell V-Power Formula for Driving Excitement Contest--to honour and discover some of the best drives in Canada.







From now until September 9, casual road-trippers and driving enthusiasts alike can enter to win a chance to make their exciting drive a reality. One Grand Prize winner will receive a week-long luxury car rental, a hotel stay and a year’s worth of Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline. To enter, click HERE



Start planning your next road-trip right now!



GIVEAWAY:

PeekThruOurWindow.com has $100 in Shell Fuel Gift cards to give away to one lucky reader!  Follow the rules of the linky below. (Must be a Canadian resident over the age of 18 to enter. Ends Friday, Sept 26/14 at 12:01am MST.)














Good Luck!







*Please note: Shell Canada provided the prize for giveaway, but is in no way responsible for the facilitation of the giveaway. *




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Maine Boating Adventures/Special People & Places



These pictures speak for themselves! No need to say more.


(Click picture if you'd like to enlarge.)











A.k.a - My favourite place in the world!












To read a round-up of our Maine 2014 adventures,

  click HERE.




Presently enjoying our last Wednesday before school starts next week. 

This summer has flown by!






Monday, August 25, 2014

Our Vacation to Maine 2014 - The Food




What's that saying again... 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do'?




Click the pictures to enlarge if you'd like to see them better!






We certainly ate our fair share of seafood while visiting coastal Maine. 
Mussels, hen clams, and lobster abound!







Oh, and did I mention the blueberries??

We picked more than 5 gallons of blueberries in under 45 minutes and we did not even crack a dent in the field! It really was the "Infinite Blueberry Field" according to Xman!







Do you like to indulge in local fare when on vacation??





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Book Envy


I love books.

I will admit to not having read all the newest titles out there, but give me a room full of books to browse through and pour over, and I am one happy girl.

The cottage we are staying at in Maine belonged to a dear Grandpa. His roots, deeply entrenched in American history, are met with an equal love for some very famous American literature works. I wish I could have spent more time with this man while he was alive; I believe we would have had much to talk about.



I have also found some rather fun cookbooks from the 1930's.

My book envy runs strong in this place--

Not even the library can get me worked up this much!



Are you a book lover?
What types of books get you drooling?








Monday, August 11, 2014

East Coast Moments


We're on vacation, enjoying some quality family time and relaxation. Here are a few pictures of what we've been up to so far!


(Click photos to enlarge.)















Stay tuned for more of our Maine adventures!!

To read about our last visit to Maine in 2011, click HERE.










Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Lucky Shot



Sometimes, you only take one shot... just one picture, and you get this:




This was one of the best thunder and lightning storms we've ever experienced!

It was LOUD!   #BOOM






Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's A Tough Job, But Someone Has to Do It! (AKA- If you are asked to be #ToyTesters , you say YES! )



Saturday morning began with an early start... Beebo and Xman had important work to do downtown Calgary and we couldn't be late!





We arrived at the Telus Convention Centre for the 'Walmart Canada Toy Testers' event. Our jobs were clear-- find the Top 20 toys to be found in-stores soon!  We put on our phone number I.D bracelets (great idea by the way!) and the kids ran off... LITERALLY.





Thankfully, Beebo and Xman were in the same age category (the room was broken up into various age groups), or I really would have got my 'workout on' !  




Xman found a remote controlled helicopter right away, because you know... the remote control helicopter is a "thing" in our family.  DaddyO asks for a remote control helicopter for Christmas EVERY YEAR, and if he isn't indulged by Santa or the kids or myself--- Papa Buz usually saves the day with the gift of choice.

I will definitely be purchasing one of these helis. The Air Con Roller Copter was indestructible and it even climbed walls!  Fun had by all with this toy!




I was a little surprised that Beebo went straight to the dolls area and then stayed there! She plays with some dolls at home, but they're not her go-to toy.  I still find the Monster High dolls a little freaky, but thought the new Monster High Fusion dolls were kind of neat.

Then Xman found the NERF display...





I have to admit it has been easier to keep the toy gun thing at bay, having an eldest girl and a younger brother set. But, Xman has been finding out about these things at play-dates and I get it, the NERF guns are rockin' fun!  His eyes glazed over at the newest NERF creations, stopping at the Bow & Arrow.  After some instruction, he was nailing the target, hitting the bulls-eye often.

This might be the first item on his list to Santa now.




Finally Beebo was ready to go check out the art toys. I was very impressed with Crayola's latest creations and so was Beebo.  We did some drawing on a Giant Light Up pad, loving the size of it... then moved on to an interactive tablet gadget.  Themed in 'Fashion Design' and 'Car Design', you can now design your own-- then turn them into real life images with your tablet! #Brilliant


Overall, I was glad that we participated in this Walmart toy event. We are at an in between stage for toys, so it was nice to find a few new toys to love.


Keep an eye out for Walmart's Top 20 toys, coming soon!



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