Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The 2015 Ford Mustang GT - Pure Power & Slick Style

If you've been following 'Peek Thru Our Window' on Facebook, you'll know that a few weeks ago, I had the BEST parallel park of a 2015 Ford F150 in competition, and WON the use of a 2015 Ford Mustang GT for a week!

(More on the 2015 Ford F150 Park Assist feature soon!)

The shiny, red Mustang we brought home was a manual transmission, and so (me, being extremely out of practice driving stick) I decided to let DaddyO drive the car for the week.... because I'm a nice wife like that.  DaddyO's brother was also coming from Ontario for a visit and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to let the guys have a bit of fun!

A review of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L
by: Woodward

When I was told that I was going to drive the new 2015 Ford Mustang on the weekend I was visiting the mountains, I was immediately excited to check it out. I had read quite a bit about the new redesign and was ready to put the car through its paces, and to see how it measured up against previous models.

Instantly, I was impressed by the look of the car! The muscular shape of the rear end and longer sloping hood line, hints back at the earliest fast back designs. A very welcome throwback indeed.

The interior was spacious-- I am 6'8, and I fit comfortably in both the passenger and drivers seat. The Recaro sport seats were a bit tight for my liking; however, if I were to buy the car, I would likely have these customized. The instrument layout was well designed and very intuitive, and the brushed aluminum toggle switches were also a nice touch.

The performance of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT was impressive to say the least. The power and accompanying engine and exhaust noise is addictive! The car pulls hard, breaks very well and the body showed little to no roll, under spirited driving conditions. I did however, find the shifting to be somewhat tight and at times cumbersome, as you attempt to race through the gears.

The drive from Calgary, Alberta to Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia presented every type of driving condition: Economical highway cruising (6th gear was well suited for this), tight switch backs, canyon cruising in the mountains and of course, stop and go traffic. Admittedly, the speed limit was exceeded once or twice (for testing purposes) and the Mustang did not disappoint in any of these challenging environments.

Driving a bright red sports car can sometimes cause people to look at you with disdain, especially as you pull out to pass them on a tight mountain road. YET-- to my surprise, the Mustang did not elicit sneers, but was instead greeted with multiple thumbs up and encouragement to speed up, so the car could be properly checked out.

All in all, Ford has pushed its Mustang into a new era, bringing back a few key ingredients that caused the car to be so successful in the first place. I know that the Mustangs from the mid-90's until now have been successful for Ford, but if I had purchased a Mustang last year, I would immediately sell it and upgrade to the 2015.

I hadn't imagined the guys to be 'Mustang' men at all, but I found out that a powerful (and beautiful) sports car can bring out the enthusiasts far and wide!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

'Make It Your Way' this Summer at Menchie's!

One of the best things about summer is going for an ice cream or frozen yogurt treat on a hot day! We like Menchie's frozen yogurt shops, because they offer their own custom blend of flavours that you can't find anywhere else. Using only the highest quality ingredients, Menchie's frozen yogurts are made with Canadian dairy, contain seal of approval for live and active cultures by the National Yogurt Association, plus they serve up a good dose of calcium too! Gluten-free, vegan, and certified kosher, the toppings are plentiful and each dish of Menchie's is as unique as its buyer.

This summer, I'll be talking about frozen yogurt
as a Menchie's Summer Ambassador. 

Savings tip #1 - Simply show your Air Miles card at Menchie's for a 10% savings!

New Flavour Alert - OREO - Yes, this dunkable cookie makes its debut as a fro-yo flavour sensation!

Get in on the fun! >> Menchie's wants you to show them a photo of your favourite Menchie's frozen yogurt mix! Share it with them via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and be sure to give your creation a name and to use the #MenchiesMyWay hashtag.

Calgary Crowfoot Location

"The SamiJoe"

Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt - 1/2
Raspberry Tart Frozen Yogurt - 1/2

Two spoonfuls of Skor pieces.
Two spoonfuls of crushed Smarties.
Cookie Dough chunks.
Two... maybe three spoonfuls of mini caramel cups.

Caramel syrup, depending on the day.

WIN >> 1 Menchie's VIP Pass from!
ARV ($60)


Step 1 : Follow @Menchies_CA and @MixtressSamiJoe on Twitter or Instagram. Or follow along on Facebook, at Peek Thru Our Window (look for the post to add your entry).

Step 2 : Make your way to your nearest Menchie's and design up your yogurt creation! 

Step 3 : Share an image of your Menchie's creation - 

#MenchiesMyWay - "NAME OF CREATION"
@MixtressSamiJoe @Menchies_CA

on Twitter or Instagram


Share on Facebook using the
#MenchiesMyWay hashtag - "NAME OF CREATION"
 and tag Peek Thru Our Window

Giveaway ends Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 12:01am MST. All entrants must be residents of Canada, over the age of 18. Winner will have 48 hours to respond by email or another winner will be selected. The winning creation will solely be chosen by

I can't wait to see what creations you come up with!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Retinitus Pigmentosa, Friendship & the Boston Marathon

An old friend contacted me recently, to see if I could share a story. She sent along a video and a link to an article and I promised that I would have a look.

When I had a moment, I opened the links. I read. I watched.

I cried.

I have never, ever come across a story with more spirit of true friendship than this. My eyes became salty pools, and even later as I tried to recount the story to DaddyO, I could not stop the tears. Don't get me wrong, I am not crying out of pity. Let's be clear on that. I cry because this story has all those little nooks and crannies that HOPES and DREAMS are made of.

So... let me tell you the story.

A man, born with a degenerative eye disease called Retinitus Pigmentosa, runs really fast. He loves to run and has done so passionately, for 26 years. At 45, he is a top finisher in most races he enters. He is legally blind, but still manages to tick off the kilometres speedily.

Because he is so fast, he can actually qualify for the Boston Marathon. You know, the marathon of ALL marathons.

And instead of qualifying with a 'handicapped time' (due to his blindness), Ary Tsotras will qualify in the same amount of time as a man of 45yrs with no 'handicap'.  AMAZING

While this story could so easily be about Tsotras heading to the Boston Marathon, the story instead becomes one built on friendship.

You see, there's this other guy. His name is Boyd Dunleavey.

Boydster & Ary

Boyd and Ary are training partners. In 2011, Boyd was struck with leukemia and later had a stem-cell transplant. He lives with neuropathic pain daily, but through meds and a new found love for running, Boyd ticks off his own kilometres.

This is where the story totally makes you want to HUG PEOPLE!

Ary, being legally blind, could run with any partner of his choosing at the Boston Marathon as an aide. Ary, could also complete the marathon with an impressive time. But instead, he chooses Boyd.

Training, Training, Training!

Boyd couldn't qualify to run the Boston Marathon at this point in his running career, but Ary will make sure that Boyd has the best darn race possible!

They will do it TOGETHER.

To learn more about Team Ary and Boydster, you can view their video here:

Find them on Facebook:

Boyds Journey to Beat Cancer

Team Ary 

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