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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Days of Yore, What A Snore! #StreamInto2015



Do you recall the days where you'd wait (maybe patiently) for 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' to come on television during the Christmas season? We'd write down that 'Charlie Brown & the Peanuts gang' with their dismal Christmas tree would be on at 630pm the eve of December 18th, or hope that our parents would let us watch the somewhat crass tale of 'A Christmas Story', with all of its pole-licking, long-legged lamp surprises!  Back in the day (and really, not even that long ago), that is how we watched stuff. We might have had a Beta or VHS tape of classics recorded off the television, but we certainly did not watch these holiday season specials on our cell phones, at the touch of a few buttons, when and where we wanted to.



Today... in the age of streaming, I can watch 'Christmas Vacation' with the Griswolds eleventy-billion times if I want to. At any time of day or night -- from a wide variety of devices! And I don't have to worry about the kids not putting the DVD away back into its case, nor risk the disc being scratched and ruined. (That all says WIN to me!) We are using a Roku 3 device for most of our streaming needs and love how easy it is to move around the house, but whatever device suits your fancy and gets the job done works!




#StreamInto2015 with us this upcoming holiday season! 



*Sips hot cocoa & pops popcorn*






What is your favourite holiday show?



















*Peek Thru Our Window is participating in the Staples Canada #StreamInto2015 campaign. All opinions expressed belong solely to PeekThruOurWindow.com.*

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The World I Know





This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.



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Whoosh – the thermostat clicks on early morning as the temperature dips below 18 degrees Celsius. The alarm buzzard is soon upon me and I’ll hop in the shower to wake up.  A hot, steamy shower to start the day awakens the senses and the skin! Freshly laundered towels soak up the drops, as the whistle blows from a kettle of newly piped tea in the next room...

Now imagine all that without the benefits of oil.   ( Hot water,  power,  heat.)

While I am sure I can ‘camp’ for a stretch knowing that one day I’ll return to the land of unlimited power, or I may even espouse to live off-grid one day via solar – the truth of it all is this:

Life’s greatest comforts are just too good to pass up.

Laura Ingalls was a cool gal, but I kind of like my natural gas fireplace. It provides warmth and at the click of a button it begins and I do not have to forage all the wood. Also, the whole entire population is not foraging for wood… and I kind of like trees too, after all.

Annually, the oil and gas industry in Canada makes payments to the government averaging $18 billion/year – most of which goes towards public services such as roads, schools and hospitals. The industry also employs more than 550,000 people across Canada (directly or indirectly). The Canadian stock exchange holds value in oil and gas, while many Canadian companies supply goods and services to the Oil Sands to construct and to operate their projects, mines and upgrades.

Then there is me. I NEED A VEHICLE.

If I lived in the city, I would take public transit when allowable and I would walk many places. However, I live at least fifteen kilometres from the closest town, so even biking or running is out of the question. (Especially in the winter.)  I am not completely up on my horse keeping skills, but I am pretty sure feeding a horse monthly might actually cost more (and damage the environment just as much) than feeding my trusty, well maintained vehicle.

After all… living in Alberta, I don’t have to look far to see the powers of oil production at work.  In fact, they are right outside my living-room window –






Being that we are the 5th largest producer of crude oil in the world, we should probably know more and care about the oil and natural gas industry, right? I aim to be mindful of the environment and the more I research this industry, the more I learn about the efforts many companies are making to do this right.

I mean, I am not 100% ready to give up my way of life just yet – I like having fruits and vegetables to eat that are not indigenous to my area, I like my children taking the school bus to and from school (car-pooling at its finest) as well. And in these parts… a lot of our friends work in the industry, making us that much more invested.


For more information about the Oil Sands Industry visit  : Oilsandstoday.ca









This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Unwrap a smile with Kinder! #KinderSmiles



Fall is my favourite time of year. While it is short lived in these parts, originally from Ontario where the maple trees turn a fiery hue of red, apple picking and the smell of apple crisp wafting through the house lend some fabulous memories. Let's not forget about the smell of the leaves... or the crunch they make when you are walking in the woods. I love cool nights and snuggling under a warm blanket with my family, sipping on hot chocolate and market spiced tea lattes. I love that we live where we can experience this amazing and beautiful season (though if Alberta could sport a few more maple trees, that would be so pleasing). What do you love?


While I love that the kids are back in school (hello... this is my first year with BOTH kids in all day school *fist pump*), that means they are away from me for the equivalent of a 40 hour full time job. Every moment we are together now is even more precious than it was before. 

This year I am a #KinderMom. A few special perks of the job are unwrapping smiles -- almost nothing is better than unwrapping a smile! Whether I pull out the Kinder Surprise as a Friday, end of the week treat -- or I save it for that moment I must take a super important phone call (a.k.a - keep them occupied), Kinder Surprise is always enjoyed!


Smiles come from spending time together. Head to the Kinder Canada Facebook page to the virtual 'Smile Booth' to create a free, shareable digital photo strip. Every photo shared on Twitter or Instagram with the #KinderSmiles hashtag will be aggregated into a photo gallery.



It's easy! 








 Final result:











So, set a moment aside this weekend and go have some filmstrip fun!



Oh and while you're looking, Kinder now offers licensed toys. So far we've come across the Disney Fairies, but be sure to look out for the Transformers toys too!













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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monster High Freaky Fusion Fun - A #Halloween Giveaway



Newly released September 30th,
Monster High is back with an all-new movie adventure--
 




Monster High Freaky Fusion! 






Do you know what it feels like to go on the adventure of a lifetime? During the Bite-Centennial, the ghouls discover an old scientist’s workshop and travel back 200 years to the beginning of Monster High. But when they try to get home, they go through a vortex that fuses some of the ghouls together! With the help of the Hybrids, the new monsters in school, they learn how to control their combined flaws and together face their greatest challenge…to Save Frankie!
To watch the official trailer, click HERE



To celebrate and to have a little Halloween fun, Mattel has offered up a FREAKY prize pack for one lucky reader of PeekThruOurWindow.com!  (ARV $145.00)


The prize pack includes:

• Two dolls from the Monster High Freaky Fusion
“Fusions” Doll Assortment

(Please note, we cannot guarantee which dolls the winner will receive.)



o Lagoonafire – a mix of Lagoona Blue and Jinafire Long
o Dracubecca – a fusion of Draculaura and Robecca Steam
o Clawvenus – a blend of Clawdeen Wolf and Venus McFlytrap
o Cleolie – a combination of Cleo de Nile and Toralei
o Neighthan Rot – a unicorn-zombie boy





The Monster High Freaky Fusion Frankie Recharge Chamber




& A Monster High Freaky Fusion Blue-Ray DVD Combo Pack !




To get in on all the FREAKY fun, you must be a resident of Canada over the age of 18. The winner has 48 hours to respond by email or another winner will be chosen. Follow the Rafflecopter below to enter! Giveaway ends at 12:01am Saturday, November 1st, 2014.














GOOD LUCK!

















Friday, October 17, 2014

Make Your Next Stop Java Cafe at Shell Canada #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.

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??


GIVEAWAY -


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

Limeapple.ca - 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,

Web 






**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!

PHEW!



Have a great Thanksgiving weekend Canada!

Gobble, Gobble.








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