Friday, October 17, 2014

Make Your Next Stop the Java Cafe #Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I went off on a mission to test-drive Shell’s new Java Café coffee!  I mean, if you didn’t have to fill up for gas in one place and grab a coffee in another, you would save yourself the trip and the time, right?

Convenience, quality, value and options – Shell wants you to get what you need and to get on your way! Java Café coffee offers up the highest quality and the best coffee-on-the-go. With pots changed every 90 minutes, Java Café coffee is always fresh and full of the flavour that you love.

The Java Cafe is also fully equipped with an extensive variety of blends, along with a complete selection of condiments (flavoured creamers, syrups, Splenda). Make your coffee just how you like it, at any time of day.

And hey, if you aren’t a coffee drinker, the Java Café has thought of you too! A fine selection of teas or hot chocolate are also available (and um... pastries??  So many to choose from!).

Want to give Shell Java a try??


Enter to WIN $150 of Shell Canada Fuel Gift Cards and 24 Java Cafe coffee coupons (12oz). The giveaway is open to residents of Canada, ages 18 and over. Ends Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 12:00 am M.S.T.

Good luck!

Monday, October 13, 2014 - FLASH SALE - Wed. Oct 15th ONLY!

Who is Limeapple?

Limeapple is a clothing brand for young girls sizes 4-14, that promotes active, healthy lifestyles. Their designs of fun active wear, swimwear and casual wear are perfect for any activity and stand out through maximum comfortability . 

Pre-shrunk, plus many other fine qualities:

  • Fast drying fabrics
  • Moisture Wicking Capability
  • Flat seaming, gussets, taping around zippers, locking zippers, reverse stitch lining
  • Little pocket for Ipods
  • Thumb holes for longer cuffs
  • Longer length tops (perfect for my tall kid!)

AND the best part about Limeapple is... they are a locally based Calgary company who has been in business for over 10 years! 

Find Limeapple online,


**Flash sale with up to 50% off everything on the site 
including 25% off  the new Fall arrivals for 
Wed. October 15th ONLY!**

*Look for our future review of Limeapple products.*

Friday, October 10, 2014

Purging, Losing Teeth and Mystery Boxes

I have been a cleaning, purging and organizing machine this week! (Let's face it, I have been waiting 5.5 years to do a thorough purge. A move with two kids under three done in haste, left boxes unpacked and stored in silly places... just waiting for -- time.)

Plus, with the little gaffers in school all day, I can make their crap "treasures" disappear and they usually aren't the wiser.

What else happened this week?

This guy lost 3 teeth. 3!

He cried when the first tooth fell out... partially because I think he was surprised, but also he can be a teensy emotional. We had our first tooth fairy experience (thankfully a child who does not wait up for the tooth fairy) and then, a few more teeth got wiggly. Pretty soon we were down 3 teeth! 

You know that song, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!"  That's us! It took me looking up some of his baby stats to recall that every time this guy got one tooth -- he got four! So it seems like this will be something he might have to get used to.

And then you know what happened??  

Beebo, pranked me.

For real.

A little background first. This girl likes her bugs, her reptiles, her birds and even... mice. We have found dead things in her room before, so when you are purging through 'kid stuff' and you come across a box like this-- with her handwriting on it and these words - "Gismo R.I.P July 31 2:06pm", you get a little frightened.

WTH could be in the box??

I decide (after consulting my FB lovelies) that NO WAY am I opening this box. Its contents could be too scary.  Further purging had me come across slips of paper with the words "Great Gismo" printed on them.  

WhoTH is Gismo?

Did I miss something? 

When Miss Beebo arrived home from school I made HER open the box. She laughed and laughed. She laughed at me even harder when I told her that a whole bunch of other people were wondering WHAT was in the box too?

She took off the lid, removed the tissues and laughed and laughed! She had pranked me! Age 8.5 years -- pranked!  She thought she was freaking hilarious!

She knew I would eventually find the box and do exactly this.

Oh well -- I laughed because well, it was funny. And also because, I AM REALLY GLAD THERE WAS NOTHING REALLY GROSS IN THERE!


Have a great Thanksgiving weekend Canada!

Gobble, Gobble.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Sa"Tater"day #GrowCalgary

A few Sa"Tater"days ago, Xman and I went digging for potatoes.

Grow Calgary is an urban farm in Calgary, that helps supply the Calgary Food Bank with fresh produce.

Some of the first potatoes harvested, were whisked away to a fire pit for our lunch (digging is hard work). It was the BEST baked potato ever! In the first section of the picture below, you'll notice that these farming acres are very close to Calgary's Olympic Park. Urban farming around the ring-road--- what a great idea!

Xman and I discovered the apiaries on site. We watched students learn about bees and how to keep them happy. What a handy thing to have nearby the fields you are farming.

Fresh honeycomb... yes please!

At the end of the day...

1500 lbs of fresh organic Calgary grown potatoes.

We can't wait to get more involved with the Grow Calgary program. 

Stay tuned for season 2015!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Reward Yourself with Smarter Driving & Java Cafe Coffee from Shell #AirMiles

Shell stations across Canada want to make your day a little easier with less stops and more convenience!

1. Plan & Combine Trips – Avoiding rush hour traffic and construction zones can save a lot of time on the road. Did you know that trips of less than five kilometres do not allow the engine to reach its peak operating temperature, using more fuel and creating more exhaust emissions?  Driving with a warm engine to accomplish a few tasks saves all around!

2. Get your Java fix AND earn rewards – Get rewarded for something you already purchase and enjoy the always fresh and full flavoured Java Café coffee blends. Perfect for people on the go, with a variety of flavours and condiments available to choose from, customize your coffee any way you like it! In addition to a convenient quality coffee, now through November 9th, you’ll earn 5 bonus Air Miles reward miles with your Shell Java Café purchase.

3. Drive Smoothly – Stop n’ Go traffic can be a bumpy ride, but combined with speeding, quick acceleration and hard stops, can increase fuel consumption by up to 25 percent!

4. Measure your tire pressure once a month – Properly inflated tires last longer, making your vehicle drive safer and save on fuel.

5. Choose a higher quality gasoline – All 3 grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline contain five times the amount of federally-mandated cleaning agents. What does this mean exactly? It means that by using Shell gasoline, the car will clean up gunky intake valves and fuel injectors while it works. A clean engine is always more fuel efficient and produces fewer emissions.

6. Lighten Your Load – Heavy items in your trunk or on top of your vehicle can decrease the efficiency of your vehicles aerodynamics, increasing fuel consumption.

*Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency Auto$mart Thinking Program*


To kick off delicious and rewarding Java Café coffee at Shell stations across Canada, we have a fabulous giveaway for one lucky reader of

To enter, you must be a Canadian resident over the age of 18. Ends Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 12am M.S.T.

Good Luck!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Do you have 'Simply Better' moments?

Do you have simply better moments?

You know, those little moments in your day that make you stop and smile.


Sunshine, rainbows and fresh breezes.
The smell of hot loose-leaf tea freshly steeped.
Going to the gym.
Hearing my children laugh.
Going for an hour long massage.
The feeling I have after volunteering in my community.

Whatever it is that makes your day simply better, Edo Japan wants to be a part of your day and to celebrate what makes each day simply better by turning the moments that make you happy into a reality.

On September 1st, 2014 Edo launched and wishes anyone and everyone to submit a simply better moment of their own. Until November, Edo will be selecting submissions from and will make a simply better moment happen for one lucky winner each week!

For example: 

(Submissions are limited to 119 characters - short and sweet!) 

Edo is dedicated to serving their customers fresh, healthy meals made with simply better ingredients, and they are excited to be going above and beyond by making simply better moments come true for the people who live, work and play in their communities.

Where to find Edo Japan online!

Website: Simply Better
Facebook: Edo Japan
Twitter: @edo_japan


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Ingredients - Paleo "Reese" Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • 1 cup Almond Butter 
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips 
  1. Place almond butter, coconut oil and honey in a glass bowl, then microwave for approximately 30 seconds or until melted.
  2. Stir in shredded coconut and mix thoroughly. (optional)
  3. Add a spoonful of the mixture into 12 mini muffin tins in a thin layer.
  4. Place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted.
  5. Pour melted chocolate on top of each, then place in freezer for 30 minutes or until set.


- I used silicone muffin pans this time, but next time I would use a metal pan with a muffin liner. Using the liner would give the "Reese" cup its traditional crinkles around the edges.

- I let my chocolate cool down too much and had difficulty spreading it. In the future, I might forgo the muffin tin shape and choose to freeze the almond/coconut middle and then dip in chocolate to coat.

But really though, no matter what these 5 Ingredient Paleo "Reese" Cups end up looking like... they taste great and are healthy(ish) too!



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