Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Spring, near Calgary.


Monday, March 28, 2011


Have you been to or heard about this place?

I am not posting any pictures,
because you really must see the link for yourself.  GUZOO

CONTACT your local MLA, HERE.

Go HERE to sign the petition to shut them down.

None of this is right.

Lay's NEW Kettle Cooked Chips & A Giveaway

It's no secret that i LOVE chips!  In fact, i'd take chips over chocolate anyday! (Did i just say that out loud?)  Well, Lay's has done it again folks.  They've gone all Kettle-cooked, with all-natural flavouring in our favourite Canadian flavours!  

I had the opportunity to test-drive all four flavours a few weeks back: Ketchup, Jalapeno Cheddar, Dill Pickle and BBQ.  The love affair first began with Jalapeno Cheddar.  I began with this flavour because i deemed it *my least* favourite, and i'm the type that likes to eat my least-to-favourite thing on my plate (because i roll like that).  But you know, the Jalapeno Cheddar was actually pretty darn good.  Just enough hot, with the right amount of cheddar--and, it tasted real (not all fake powdery).

The next night, DaddyO and i watched a movie.  Perfect opportunity to try out another bag of the Lay's Kettle Cooked.  We went for the Dill Pickle this time, since we had already done the hot thing the day before (sheesh, admittance of two bags of chips in only two days).  WOW and YUM!  They didn't have the same tang and saliva inducer that you might encounter in a *regular* bag of Dill Pickle.  The flavour was a lot more like eating a real dill pickle... and the added crunch of the kettle cookedness made me feel like i was, indeed, munching on pickles.

Night three (cuz i had to make these chippies disappear and not linger around my house for days!)- i pulled out the BBQ flavour.  I really, really, LOVE Ketchup and just had to make it my last tested flavour.  I have to say, i usually find BBQ not really living up to its name.  I always think BBQ chips could be just a bit more bam!  The new Lay's Kettle Cooked BBQ flavour had that Boom Boom WOW i was looking for.  Super delicious!

And last, but certainly not the least-- the unique to Canada- Ketchup flavoured chips. ( Read THIS post, to share in my love for Ketchup Chips! )  For me, the Lay's Kettle Cooked Ketchup chip was AWESOME.  DaddyO did agree, that these were the ultimate Ketchup chip.  Kinda like, really great french fries with the skins on--salty and ketchupy!  I won't lie- i've bought these a few times since testing... *whistling*

Okay, so now the fun part begins!  Lay's has offered up a really fun giveaway and who am i to keep the chip bowl all to myself!

Giveaway Prize Pack worth $150 (approx)~
New Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips (all flavours) - experience the taste testing with the family!
• Bamboo serving bowl
• BBQ set
• Apron
• Fresh herb garden
• Portable picnic blanket

All entries must be received by 9pm MST on Mon., April 4th, 2011. A winner will be chosen at random ( The winner will be notified on Tues., April 5th, 2011 via email. The winner will also be announced on the Giveaway/Winners page of this blog. If you do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Open to Canadian Residents Only.

Leave me a comment, telling me which flavour of Lay's Kettle Cooked chips you think you'd like best! (Don't forget to leave your email address!)

EXTRA ENTRIES (please leave a separate comment for EACH entry)
1) Like Lay's Canada on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me that you 'LIKE' them.
2) Follow Peek Thru Our Window with Google Friends Connect.
3) Follow SamiJoe on Twitter - MixtressSamiJoe .
4) Tweet this giveaway! (You may do a daily tweet, provided you come back and comment the link!)

All Cdn Residents #WIN $150 Lay's Kettle Cooked Giveaway Prize Pack! @MixtressSamiJoe

Good Luck! 

*I was approached by Fleishman-Hillard Canada to participate in an online campaign involving Frito-Lay. The following post is a reflection of my own personal thoughts and ideas and do not represent those of the named brand. *

PS- Today is my birthday.  I'll be rockin' age 34 this year!  Woot woot!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Earth Hour is tonight!

830pm- 930pm tonight!
Turn off the lights and all things electric...
light some candles,
cuddle and smooch with the honey!

(Failing the honey part, solo bubblebath by candlelight?)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Links Not Working??

I sincerely apologize to anyone who may be trying to get to my blog- read my blog- or to click on links within my blog etc!  I signed up for a custom domain through Blogger and am still waiting for the process to complete.  I hope to be back to normal soon.

Did you know that you can now purchase a 'custom domain' through Blogger?? 
Go to Settings, then to Publishing.  Cost is $10 USD per year.

(I hope that by promoting Bloggers newest upgrade, the Blog-Gods will be kind to me and i won't have to manually fix all my links! EEEEE!)

*Hang in there and i promise i'll make it worth your while!  A $150 Prize Pack Giveaway from Lay's NEW Kettle Cooked Chips is upcoming!  Yum!*

PS- I am off to Race City Motorsports Park tomorrow in Calgary to go test drive and drag race NEW Ford Vehicles!  Sound good??  Click THIS LINK to see how you can join in the fun!

Wordless Wednesday

Beautiful K-Country on a gorgeous sunny day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Ford Event- This Saturday in Calgary!

I'll be at Race City Motorsports Park this Thursday, testing things out for myself!
Perhaps you'd like to test out the new Ford F-150 Ecoboost too??

Join in all the fun, this Saturday, March 26th, 2011
at Race City Motorsports Park in Cowtown!

You can even book your test drive ahead of time, CLICK HERE.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday In My City~ Pictures of The Week

Our week sure was a busy one! 
If you recall, it began with this...

Yeah, scary scary Batman! The hot tub is what??
We did manage to save it in time thankfully, phew!

We had a BIG birthday party - for our newly turned 5 years old.
(Someone please remind me when i suggest a bouncy anything
in the future that much stress is added when the possibility of
bloody noses exists.)
But it was a-hoy matey good time!

Pretty Beebo.  5-- WOW!
Where did the time go?

A beautiful full-moon!
DaddyO took this picture, but i HAD to share it.

A zoo trip to complete the week.
I really liked the camels.
(Not sure why?)

Unknown Mami

Be sure to visit our lovely host Unknown Mami !

My mini-hiatus is now complete.  Er...back to blogging!

PS~ I get to drag race new 2011 vehicles this week for Ford Canada! 
 I'm stoked!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Sweet Life- Knowing is Half The Battle

There is a lady i have known since highschool.  We were acquaintances mostly, until our 'circles' meshed when i was in university.  This friend of mine has been writing a blog;  A journal of sorts.  Sure, we all write blog entries- about our life, about our kids, about our 'bad days'.  This lady at 'The Sweet Life', is writing about her daily ins & outs raising a T1D child (he has Diabetes).

Her blog has completely opened my eyes!  I am learning so much every day.  I am thankful for this facet;  the blog, as a vessel for sharing and learning.  If you know someone raising a child with T1D, please encourage them to pop over to her blog.  If you do not know someone raising a child with T1D, then maybe you'd like to check it out too?  Her writing is honest, sincere, and her darling son is just that- darling.

So far, this is my favourite it HERE.

If you suspect your child may be diabetic, check THIS POST.

I cannot imagine what being a mother to a child with any illness/disease is like. The strength it must take daily is something i cannot comprehend.    Knowing these Moms makes me stronger.

*During the spring and early June/July, many Canadian cities are hosts to walks for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Make a donation to the cause HERE.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordful Wednesday

If you've been wondering where we've been all week,
we've been off in Banff at the Douglas Fir for some R&R.

These guys are just a wee too friendly...

Hi Mr. Mule Deer!

Back to the grind soon.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday In My City- Oh My!

Hmm...seems a breaker tripped.
Hmm... we're hoping we caught it in time.

Only time will tell.

We hope your Sunday, is a little better than ours??


Unknown Mami

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Send All The Prayers You Can

Seriously, WOW!

Fantastic footage, but... please keep Japan in your thoughts today okay?


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordful Wednesday

I LOVE this painting!

For more works by Chrissy H. Nickerson,
click HERE.

CHN is a local artist, working mostly in oils. 
She currently resides & paints in Canmore, Alberta.

You may also find her at, The Elevation Gallery.

*WINNER* Discover Canada- M&M's $70 Prize Pack Giveaway

A WINNER has been chosen (at random),
for the $70 M&M's Giveaway Prize Pack!!

Prize Pack includes: Various sizes & flavours of delicious M&M's- Canada's BEST!  Rare M&M's swag and the hilarious book by the Ferguson brothers- "How to Be a Canadian: (Even If Your Already Are One)"

A Late Night Comment,


RBM said...
I'm a GFC follower
February 27, 2011 1:46 AM

*Winner has been contacted and is eagerly awaiting shippment!*

And DON'T FORGET... the Spokescandies Yellow, Blue, Red, Orange & Miss Green are touring Canada all year!  They need your help, so they don't miss out on all the great stuff (people/places/things to do) Canada has to offer!

Help the M&M'S® Spokescandies discover the BEST of Canada by tweeting your recommendations to @mmscanada using the hashtag #CanadasBest, or by posting to the M&M'S®- Canada Facebook Page wall!

Tweet @mmscanada , Facebook or email the Spokescandies with your suggestions! 

*I was approached by Fleishman-Hillard Canada to participate in an online campaign involving [Brand name – eg:M&M’S® ]. The following post is a reflection of my own personal thoughts and ideas and do not represent those of the named brand. *

Monday, March 7, 2011

Top Canadian Moms

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and make a vote for...

Peek Thru Our Window!

See, it is that easy!

(If you like, also check out the other fine blogs needing some voting love!)

"Are You Truly Canadian?"

It has to do with this:

Head on over to City Mom,
to see if you are a
True Canuck!

(Be sure to watch the video!)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Only a few days left to enter...

Click HERE,

if you'd like to enter to win a
$70 M&M's Prize Pack Giveaway!

Ends Monday, March 7, 2011 @ 9pm MST.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

'Like' Original Joe's Western Canada

Okay Western Canada- fabulous deal from one of my favourite restaurants!

and get a coupon for
FREE Chicken Wings!


(Coupon must be used by March 10th, 2011
and is limited to the first 10,000 downloads)

Beebo Let's Loose!


Dancin' out some energy, in these cold-cold temperatures!
Gotta get it all out somehow.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordful Wednesday

It's been a Chucklehead kinda week...

Not quite sure what look Xman was going for...??

Being bats...

Beebo's drawing of Angelina Ballerina!
She is our little artiste!

Whatever the Chuckleheads do, there is sure to be a trail of paper
and dress up clothes behind them!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tell Me Tuesday

Tell Me Tuesday with Canadian Mama
Hosted by Canadian Mama

Last week, i had a little rant about how chocolate milk has been switcheroo'ed for something called 'beverage'. While it isn't a staple in our home, just the fact that a milk company would change their ingredients without really informing the public, has me up in arms about the state of 'eating right'.  So instead of buying the odd carton of chocolate milk, i have decided it is better to do (as a few readers suggested) the Low-Sugar Nestle Quik syrup; at least its ingredients are normal and actually, not scary! 

I also promised i would tell you about FRESH Orange Juice. Seems what might be nutritious for us, should actually be fully researched to see how the heck it is made? Would you be grossed out to know that fresh Oj, (like the stuff in gable-topped containers a la Tropicana) is actually ONE YEAR OLD??

Yep, how fresh is that??  
Ugh. Um...frozen OJ from now on for us.  Read this LINK!

Tell Me Tuesday This Week:
Hubby and i *might* have the chance to sneak away for a mini-vacation.  We have never been on a vacation without our kids.  Needless to say we are dying for one and are stoked at the prospect of it.  Thing is, we don't want to spend a lot of money... but we NEED to have sunshine and warmth.  Ahhh.  You've seen our temps here right??-- We must get away!  (Timing- End of April, 5-7 days)

Here's how you can help!

We've been thinking about going to Las Vegas and I know that lots of you have been there before!  So, i need to know all about where you stayed and the things you did??   Was it fun?  Not fun?  Would you do it again or no?  Recommendations plz!