Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - New Beginnings & New Directions

2015 started out with some sadness (we lost our pup Oliver to an accident just before Christmas) and with some new opportunities (details to come soon). We've been busy planning & sorting (household), training (a new pup!) and I have also been doing some 'New Years' fine tuning on the blog (look around - new header, new buttons, new pages).

All the to-do's and check marks are almost in place.

This 'Wordless Wednesday' installment is a picture of our new Australian Shepherd puppy, Jasper. He had newly discovered a world of gophers at his doorstep, and was sitting there looking quite Kingly over his domain.

I am hoping you'll stick around for our upcoming adventures?

2015 will be our best year yet!

(One month down.)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Foto Friday #InstagramShotsILove

Hi y'all ... Happy New Year! My little blogging 'holiday hiatus' has come to an end now and I'm back at 'er. So much fun happened over the Christmas break that I don't know how I'll ever catch you up!  

How about I start with a few pictures to get us back into the swing of things?

Castle Mountain Junction - Alberta

HWY 93 - Heading to Radium, BC.

I love the mountains! 
They certainly present plenty of camera opportunities.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Handy Holiday Kinder Surprise #MustHaves #ToDos

Reflecting back on December 2014, I can honestly say the run up to Christmas wasn't much different from years past... where the days fly by at the speed of light, and the children are buzzing with Christmas excitement. Your to-do list rivals Santa's 'Good Children' list right until the very last moment, regardless of how soon or how late your start preparations. There is always one more thing to do, one more thing to get or ah shoot - one person you forgot to buy a little treat for and it is now Christmas eve and all of the stores are closed.


I find having Kinder Surprise treats on hand to be extremely helpful to swoop through the demands of the season. I won't exactly say they are a Christmas tradition, but we love counting down the days to Christmas with a Kinder Advent Calendar.

For train enthusiasts, the Kinder train is a fun option!

I know the advent calendar and the train will likely be hard to find now (they've all been eaten!), but you can be sure they'll be back again next year. 

What I Love Best about Kinder Surprises?

These nut-free treats present (ha, see what I did there? PRESENT) a vast array of uses such as:

-Replace the orange in the toe of a stocking with a Kinder egg. The rich, smooth chocolate will please any age and the surprise is always a welcome joy in life. 

-Kinder Surprises make a nice place-setting cracker, replacing the tissue crown and joke or toy. Everyone likes chocolate. Everyone. I promise. 

-A Kinder surprise is also great for killing time, as a Christmas eve distraction, a New Years treat, a gift for the kids of the neighbourhood - whatever!

From 1-101 years, 
these treats satisfy the spirit of the season and the palate.

Make sure to write Kinder Surprise treats down on your to-do list for next year. You'll enjoy not only their handiness, but the #KinderSmiles that ensue.

Happy New Year!

DISCLAIMER DISCLOSURE: I’m a #KinderMom/Maman/Dad who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ring in the New Year with Netflix and King Julien! #StreamTeam #AllHailKingJulien

My time with the Netflix #StreamTeam is coming to a close, but I have one more fun thing to tell you all about before it's official! If you loved the Madagascar series of flicks, you'll be excited to hear that King Julien is back with a brand new show on Netflix! A DreamWorks Animation original, 'All Hail King Julien' has debuted five episodes to enjoy.

But that's not all!
King Julien is gearing up for the biggest party of the year - New Year's Eve! And he wants everyone to join him, ringing in the new year jungle style

According to a recent survey from Netflix, 42% of Canadian parents admit they won't let their kids stay up until midnight on the big night (at our house, we usually make it to 10 p.m). So King Julien decided to host his very own kid-sized countdown special , so that everyone can have a chance to celebrate - even if it is only 7 p.m! 

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

'Be Better' with Rexall - Part 2 - #AirMiles

Testing out Rexall's 'Be Better' line has been lots of fun. I can't get over how good everything smells! Some with argan oil, others with coconut and shea butter --- basically yummy! If I'm going to have to wash my hands all the time, I might as well enjoy the scent infused into the room, right?

Here are my final two favourite 'Be Better' products for #Winterhealth !

Miss part one? Click Here.

Product #3 - Be Better Argan Oil Hand Soap:
A nourishing and moisturizing argan oil hand soap, with aloe vera and shea butter to soothe and protect hands. Hand-washing is especially important this time of year (cough *flu season*), so I need something to combat the Alberta dryness and well, like I said, it smells great too.

Product #4 - Be Better Pure Argan Oil Moisturizer:
This organic argan oil moisturizer is a light oil that serves to soothe and protect skin, hair, nails and cuticles. Rich in Vitamins A and E, as well as omega fatty acids and natural antioxidants, this luxurious oil is 100% natural. I love the versatility of this product! It has many uses and I'll admit to not wanting too many products in my purse.

Head to Rexall for all your #winterhealth needs and collect Air Miles while you're at it! We need to survive winter, but there is no reason why we can't dream of sunnier places and the day our reward miles will take us there.

(That's ME in the video^^)

Stay healthy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'Be Better' with Rexall - Part 1 - #AirMiles

This past month, I've been focussing on 'Winter' health and ways to stay healthy. Rexall was kind enough to send me a few products from their 'Be Better' line and I have been busy testing them out!

Obviously, we need water and sunscreen as part of our winter regimen, but some of us may need a few other helpers along the way. We can choose to have a flu shot, some may choose to venture the herbal route and some of us, may have to moisturize ourselves silly!

Whichever winter plan of action you take, Rexalls 'Be Better' line is there to give you a boost!

I have chosen 4 products that I THINK you cannot do without this winter. We'll start with the first two...

Product #1 - Be Better Oregano Oil Capsules: 
Oregano Oil is a great way to give your immune system a boost! It is a potent herbal antimicrobial that effectively tackles bacteria, yeast, fungal and parasitic infections. It is more commonly used to relieve various respiratory illnesses, but is also a good daily preventative. The capsule format allows you take the oregano oil without smelling like a fresh pizza, but it also comes in a liquid format as well (for those of us who like to gargle it).

Product #2 - Be Better Argan Oil Balm:
Not only does this product smell divine, but it is my FAVOURITE multi-use item! It is also 100% natural and has over 21 uses! (But who's counting?) The argan oil is in a base of coconut oil, shea butter and evening primrose oil, lending for added moisturizing super powers.  This GO-TO purse item is good for your nails, dry hands, elbows, lips and even, to tame fly away hairs!!

I'll be back with my other two favourite Rexall 'Be Better' products for winter health on Friday... so stay tuned! 

Now that Air Miles has partnered with Rexall in Western Canada, I can buy all my favourite products and receive Air Miles too! (And then I can fly away somewhere warm! *tee hee)

Where would you go with all your Rexall earned Air Miles?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A November Round-Up! #BusyMonth

Phew! November was very busy and hairried! (See what I did there... hair - hairy - #Movember). 

I thought I'd do a quick round-up of November in case you missed something, but also because a few things will be tying up in a day or two and I wanted to give you a chance to enter the action if you haven't already.

Limeapple Giveaway - Girls athletic wear that is comfortable and well made! They are having a great sale right now with their '12 Days of Christmas' plus we have a fantastic giveaway ending in a few days (ends Dec 5/14).

A New Partnership - In November we saw Rexall Drugstores and Air Miles Canada team up in the western provinces of Canada. I gave you some tips on staying healthy this winter and a winter health kit giveaway (ends Dec 5/14).

We DARED Canada to be a more giving nation. For all the details, head to this post to see how you can start giving back.

And we also shared our favourite holiday movies and shows to stream this season. Don't have a streaming device?? Staples Canada is helping us giveaway two Roku 3's to our readers. Click this link to go enter (ends Dec 9/14)

Now, onto December! I'm making a list and checking it twice (and thrice) so I don't forget a thing. (And here I thought I was busy in November!) Stay tuned for some fun posts coming up! 


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