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Monday, April 14, 2014

'Our Finest' Makes Holiday Dining Easy and Tasty! #WalmartEaster


These days, I find myself busier than ever. Between school drop-offs, pick-ups, volunteer times, birthday parties, work, music lessons, doctors appointments -- life is go go go!  I need quick and easy, I need a one-stop-shop!  

Holiday meals often make for an extra chore and with so many places to see and be, the one-stop-shop becomes even more important!   I usually head to Walmart to pick up our Easter goodies (Hello-- 1lb Pure Chocolate Bunnies for $3 or 'Our Finest' Mini Eggs for half price over the Cadbury brand!), but this year I was challenged to see if I could outfit us for Easter brunch and dinner too with only $100. 


What I learned this shopping trip?



The 'Our Finest' line is reliable, wholesome and the right price.  And, there were many things available in-store that I wasn't even aware of.
















For brunch, I picked up 'Our Finest' Greek Yogurts and Juices to go with some cinnamon buns, eggs and bacon.  


For our Easter dinner, I purchased a frozen veggie mix and a lovely Hickory Smoked Spiral Cut Ham with a Honey glaze!  This fully cooked, on the bone ham was only $15 -- so I bought two! We decided to 'test drive' one before our big holiday dinner and oh my... truly yummy!  The leftovers were awesome on bread or added into beans.  If you need a ham for your holiday dinner, this Spiral cut ham from the 'Our Finest' line at Walmart comes highly recommended from a) people who love our meat and b) for the quality ingredients and wholesome taste.  I WILL PURCHASE THIS HAM AGAIN AND AGAIN!




Along with all of our baskets and goodies, I was also able to pick up a gorgeous Easter Lily and some fun napkins to spruce up our dinner table.


The Best Part:

I was in and out of the store in under an hour, with all my healthy (and not so healthy) fixings and all for just under $100 !  ($99.98)


If you haven't checked out the 'Our Finest' line at Walmart, it is high time you did!  This premium line has many options to suit any occasion.



Get Your Easter on at Walmart!  



 #WALMARTEASTER













*Peek Thru Our Window was provided with a Walmart gift card to facilitate this post.*



Friday, April 4, 2014

#TurboFAST - New Episodes Begin Today on Netflix Canada





My kids thought "Turbo" was a pretty fun DreamWorks movie. 

They were lucky to preview a few new episodes...

-- A Netflix Original


-- You'll agree it is a laughing good time!





“Turbo FAST” is an outrageous, high-octane ensemble comedy series teaming the world-famous super-powered snail Turbo (Reid Scott) with his posse of adrenaline-junkie buddies to form the Fast Action Stunt Team (FAST).  Together, they amp up everything to the extreme: extreme adventure, extreme challenges and extreme excitement.  Each member of the Stunt Team – Turbo (Reid Scott), Whiplash (John Eric Bentley), Burn (Grey DeLisle-Griffin), Smoove Move (Phil Lamarr), White Shadow (Michael Patrick Bell), Skidmark (Amir Talai) and Turbo’s brother and team medic, Chet (Eric Bauza)– has their own customized shell and catch phrase (Ya dig?).




Home base may be the Los Angeles microcosm Starlight City, complete with a customized racetrack to practice their moves, but thanks to Smoove Move, this souped-up posse grooves to a global beat and travels far and wide to take on villains from all over the world. With their tricked-out shells in tow, the team attempts outrageous stunts, races on the coolest tracks and takes on the craziest challengers, including masked Mexican lizards, surfer cockroaches and giant Sumo snails. No matter how wild things get, the Fast Action Stunt Team always has each other’s backs. The first-ever Netflix original series for kids, DreamWorks’ Turbo FAST delivers a whole new level of excitement.  Snail Up! 






Anywhere, anytime, only on Netflix! 










*Peek Thru Our Window is participating in the Netflix Stream Team -
But as always, the opinions are our own.*

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Aggie Days Brings the Farm Into the City #YYC #Giveaway




My kids love Aggie Days and yours will too!





Aggie Days is a hands-on agriculture educational experience. This FREE event includes cow milking, sheep shearing, livestock auctioneering, an amazing corn maze and lots more! A wide variety of farm animals delight from a huge draft horse to tiny baby chicks, only a few days old.  Your kids will learn where their food comes from and feel like they've gone to the farm!

Family Fun Days : Saturday, April 12, 2014 and Sunday, April 13, 2014 (10am - 4pm) 

Where: Stampede Park BMO Center, Calgary

Cost: FREE, no coupon required.

*This is a wheelchair accessible event!*



QUICK GIVEAWAY:


WIN 

1 - Parking Pass to the Stampede Grounds 

and

1- Cowgirl Cookie Cutter












*This giveaway ends Friday, April 4th!

GOOD LUCK*







Monday, March 31, 2014

Blowing Out The Candles To Welcome Another Year

Last Friday, I turned 37 years old. 





Birthdays, for me, are what they are--


We've tacked on another year, we have the 'monkey song' (as my Bestie calls it!) sang to us, we receive a present or two and we blow out the candles on our cake. One day that is all about us! Ta-da!


But this year, my birthday held a different meaning for me... it meant I had another year to keep living. Another year to be a Mom, a wife, a sister, a friend and a citizen.  This birthday, I was reminded of how lucky I am to have another year and of how fast all that can change.

I will remember March of 2014 as the year that two women I have known since grade school, died from cancer. (One of them being laid to rest on my actual birthday.)  Both women were YOUNGER than I.  It hardly seems fair at all.

Years and years ago, I might have only heard of their deaths through the grapevine, or I might have read their obituaries in the newspaper.  I haven't seen either of these women since high school, but through platforms like Facebook, I have been able to know what they have been up to, watched them build families and careers, and I've witnessed their tremendous courage and passion for life.  They inspired all those who knew them to never take life for granted.  Ever. And to be thankful for each and every day we are given.

Life is the most precious gift.













Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Candle Lit Evening is in Order! -- #EarthHour



830pm- 930pm

this Saturday, March 29th!

Turn off the lights and all things electric...

light some candles,

cuddle and smooch with the honey!

(Failing the honey part, solo bubble bath by candlelight?)



*Remember, this doesn't have to be a once a year event!  
Make every Saturday night at home a candle lit night! * 












Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Throw It All In Da Pot! #Paleo #ThisAndThat #Veggies



Lately, my kids have been requesting this--


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I am not opposed at all.



We have found that we prefer it made with bean & pea vermicilli (not the rice kind), as it is way less sticky and we feel less bloated after eating it. Also, it has great texture and is excellent the next day as a cold lunch.

If you are okay with any type of noodle, have at 'er! 


Add in more liquid if you want it soupy... season to taste!


  • Cooked Chicken Breast, or any other fowl
  • Mushroom
  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Onions
  • Edamame
  • Gr. Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mini Corn Cobs
  • Lemongrass
  • Ginger, Sliced (4-6) or a dollop of pureed ginger
  • Curry Paste (if desired)
  • Fish Oil
  • Vermicilli (Bean/Pea)  *Be sure to put this in last!*

This recipe is very simple, takes little time to prepare and lends the Chef license to put in 'this or that'. 

Let me know how you like it.












Friday, February 28, 2014

Make Your Oscar Party Fun & Fit with Tips from Shana Schneider #Oscars #FitWeek

The Oscars have become one of those entertainment moments of the year, where many people gather to see the actors and actresses walk the red carpet-- but more importantly, to see what they are wearing.  Noshing and toasting will often become a big part of the gathering, so why not spice things up a bit and get moving with some 'FITastic' tips.



Fitness expert and Founder of FITWEEK, Shana Schneider is dedicated to helping women turn any week into a fitness week.  

Five ways to make the Oscars Fitastic!
1~ If you like the dress the actress is wearing, do 10 straight leg kicks alternating between the right and left legs. (Go ahead and add some jazz hands or spirit fingers for some flare!)
2~ If you don't like dress, stand up and do 10 cross body jabs alternating between the right and left arms. (That dress should be pummelled and appear on the worst dress list!)
3~ On commercial breaks, put on your heels.  Sit on the floor and do a V-sit. See if you can hold it for the full break with your legs fully extended.  You can also bend your legs so they're in a 90 degree angle to make it a little easier.  (The shoes are really just there so you have something cute to look at.)
4~ When the actor or actress appears whom you think is going to win, do 10 cross body standing crunches.  Reach up with your left hand; bend your left arm and raise your right knee so they meet; put them down, then do this on the opposite.
5~ Whenever they ask "Who are you wearing?" do 10 squats. Stand 6-8 inches away from your couch or chair and as you squat, just barely touch your butt to the seat and then stand back up and squeeze those glutes. On the 10th one, sit back down and enjoy the show or at least until the next exercise starts.

BONUS


*When they use the the Mani cam, grab water bottles or hand weights and do 12 reps of biceps curls.

*When they use the 360 cam, stand up and do 10 leg circles on each side. Trace a circle on the floor with your toe pointed.  Feel free to do this one with your heels on too!


If you feel like showing your Red Carpet workout, share a photo on the FITWEEK facebook page or Tweet @Fitweek or #hashtag your photo with #fitweekoscar .








*Keep Fit and Have Fun!*
~ Bodybreak, Hal & Joanne Mcleod






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