Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Experience Ford's F150 SVT Raptor!

When Ford asked if we'd review the F150 Raptor, I had to say yes.  Dear hubby had been talking this truck up for ages and so was half of his staff!  I was well versed in why one might love a Raptor, but I hadn't even seen one for myself until I picked the Raptor up.  It was definitely stylish. A deep orange colour with decal package on the exterior, and black and orange leather interior. It was hard not to fall instantly in love with it. And... the power underfoot was insane! (411hp to be exact!)


I had to make a stop at the grocery store on the way home with the Raptor and was not prepared at all to be harassed questioned about this truck. After all, I had barely had the chance to drive it! When I came out of the store, there were two men drooling over the machine. I asked if they'd like to look inside and well sheesh-- It was just like I had asked them if they'd like a million dollars. Tongues wagging, these men were completely gaga over the Raptor. 

That was only the beginning of a long week of men drooling over the Raptor. I could lie to you all and say that they first were drooling over me, then the truck... but I'd really be telling stories. Every day at preschool pickup, there were more questions about the Raptor and more waiting around while men took the Raptor for a spin!  I'm pretty sure Dads picked their kids up that week, just for a shot at the Raptor.  One lady friend loved driving the Raptor so much that WOW was all she could say. Wow!

Okay, so men and women alike are totally in love with the F150 Raptor. Its Baja'd exterior/interior was only half of the attraction. I quickly learned that most lovers of the Raptor also had an affinity for off-roading or Atv'ing. This truck fit their lifestyle to a 'T'. Equipped with front and rear heavy duty skid plates to protect the undercarriage and a front-end camera to see what is upcoming, Ford has put some thought into what its users require and want. The Raptor was also equipped with Fox racing shocks for ultimate comfort on your off-road adventure.

I know what you are thinking... a truck with 411-Horsepower HAS to be terrible on gas? It wasn't at all. When the hubby took the truck on a long-haul drive, he reset the gas mileage and eeked out 14.5 litres per 100kms.  Not too shabby and certainly, no different than most SUV's.

Check out our wood hauling adventure in the Canadian Rockies!
(Please note: We do have a permit.)




Off-road tech just stepped it up a notch!

See your stats on the dash!




What a fun, multipurpose- do - anything type truck! We drove the Super Crew edition and had no issues with room in the back seat. Two of three seats were carseat compatible, with more than enough leg space for adults to sit comfortably. If you're looking at buying a truck, you should definitely put the 2012 Ford F150 SVT Raptor on your list of 'must drives'!  Hard tested in the landscapes of Baja, Canadians would enjoy this truck- inside and out. Useful. KickAss.

Come on, have a FORD adventure!

*Peek Thru Our Window was provided with a F150 SVT Raptor for the purpose of this review. We did not keep the vehicle of course. *

Friday, November 25, 2011

It's Muppet Time! Out in Theatres NOW!

Recently, I was able to share my Muppet memories with my kiddos. With the release of the new Disney Muppet movie on the 23rd of November, some of the older Muppet movies I loved as a kid are out on DVD/Blu-ray. We have been watching 'Muppets From Space', to get familiar with all of those Muppet characters. So far they love Jim Henson's creations as much as I do and I cannot wait to take them to see this newest Muppet adventure!

Out in theatres NOW! A new adventure for the young and old alike- the newest Disney Muppet movie is sure to please!

Wanna like the Muppets on Facebook? Click HERE.

*Peek Thru Our Window was not compensated to produce this post.*

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Some Exciting News from Marks!

Never before has it been this easy to get  your awesome, reliable Marks clothing.  Proud to introduce online shopping, Marks understands how valuable your time is.  Visit Marks for all your work and casual needs! Easy to look good and be warm!

Upcoming and right before Christmas, is one of my favourite sales! Marks Family and Friends night, November 26th - 20% off everything in the store.  Check out the latest flyer HERE or check out the Winter Look Book .

Head to Marks for all of your holiday shopping needs!

Anything ordered online will even have FREE shipping
until December 31st !

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Taste of Diwali ~ VH Vindaloo


Mid-October to Mid-November every year, many people over the world celebrate 'Diwali', aka 'The Festival of Lights'. The Festival usually starts on the beginning of the business financial year and each day after celebrates another Indian theme.

ConAgra foods was gracious enough to send Peek Thru Our Window a sample of their VH Vindaloo sauce, so we could experience a taste of the festival at home!

Sweet Potato and Corn Vindaloo with Spinach
Total preparation time: 15 minutes

4 cups (1 L) sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
1 ½ cups (375 mL) frozen corn, thawed
1 bottle VH® Vindaloo Cooking Sauce
2 cups (500 mL) baby spinach
1 cup (250 mL) green onions, finely sliced

1. In a large pot of boiling water cook the potatoes until tender, about ten minutes. Drain, but do not rinse.
2. In the same pot add corn, sauce, spinach, onions and ½ cup (125 mL) water. Cook two minutes then stir in sweet potatoes. Warm through and serve over rice.

Serves 4.


I added chicken breast chunks into ours... so my vindaloo may look different.  The sauce was rich, with a light curry flavouring;  DaddyO found his a little spicy, but I enjoyed the level of spice.  When I served it to the kids I was worried they would find it too spicy, so I cut in 1/2cup of sour cream and that really helped mellow it out for them.  Overall, it was a fast and easy meal to make-- loaded with veggies!


VH Vindaloo sauce--
Pick one up and try it today!

*Peek Thru Our Window was sent a bottle of VH Vindaloo Sauce by ConAgra foods to try this recipe and post.*

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Athabasca Falls, Alberta


Athabasca Falls, Alberta
Read all about it HERE.


A sign that made me giggle while at
Athabasca Falls. Really, no??

Barbie: The Doll

I had never really given much thought about Barbie dolls. As a child, I played with some dolls like Barbie (they were my mom's), but never had 'real' Barbies. For the most part, I was a tomboy who enjoyed playing 'Cops & Robbers' with the neighbourhood boys, so the dolls never really got much play.

I had, of course, heard all the lovely things about Barbie that may lead a little girl astray in the confidence department.  Barbie is the gateway doll to other things, such as Anorexia and Bulimia. She might also personify perfection, thus making most pre-teen girls feel like cr*p.

Mattel has tried to expand the Barbie line in the past,  to reflect today's realities more accurately. Enter, Tattoed Barbie & Pregnant Midge. The Tatted Barbie *might* make your child want a tattoo, ~sigh~ (Unexpectedly, she's selling ok with little complaints). In my head I am thinking... we'll probably go down that road anyways, so right, okay. However, Midge was actually pulled from the shelves, despite being part of a collection of Barbie's called, "The Happy Family Line". A Barbie that is pregnant by her hubby Ken should be a fine and dandy ideal, but parents complained that because the doll was sold separate from the other family members, it sent the wrong message. They also believed the doll would lead to other questions about the finer details of "where do babies come from?"

People will complain about anything it seems, hard to please everyone.

I digress...

Like I said, I never gave the whole Barbie thing much thought. Until I asked my daughter what she would like for Christmas and a Barbie is what she said. She currently has a few tiny Disney Princesses that have all fallen apart. They came with little dresses to dress them in, but for a 3 year olds tiny fingers, the dresses have proven difficult. Played with to death, they are broken and the time has come for new dolls. Since we don't have any Barbies, I wondered where Beebo knew of them?

At preschool, unseen to MommyO and DaddyO, Beebo and her gals play with Barbies. The dresses are bigger and easier to put on and they have real hair to brush. They even *gasp* make Disney Princesses in Barbie-size, adding to the fun.

What to do? What to do?

Well, last weekend, DaddyO and MommyO had a bit of a date night. On our way to our night of fun, we decided to do a little Christmas shopping (Read:I almost never get to see the toys before buying because I do so much online shopping! Why take two kids to Toys R Us?? Shipping is not that expensive and results in no meltdowns at the cash register by said children). We were there to get a Barbie or two, but found ourselves to have become....um, how shall we say it??


"AcK! Where are Barbie's clothes?" I exclaimed!

"When did Barbie start looking like such a sl*t!?" said DaddyO.

We tossed Barbies aside with reckless abandon....we did not want these Barbies for our daughter!! Of course I'd expect to find a Barbie dressed in a bikini--as in, "Beach Barbie", but we found LOTS. Some Barbies wore such little clothing, or such trampy clothing rather, that I was actually disgusted.

Was Barbie always like this and I just never realized?

Finally, those things that you just don't get as a child, all made sense. This is what critics of the Barbie doll saw! My child-eyes could never have realized how inappropriate most of the Barbie dolls actually are.  And don't even get me started on the Ken doll... what a dork!  Choices for Ken were: A Pink Tuxedo (cause all men like to rock a pink tux!), A Baby Blue sweater vest with khakis and Surfer Ken.

We did find a Barbie doll to come home with, but had a good laugh at how strong our feelings were about doll clothing--lol! And perhaps, just perhaps, this was our first real moment where we realized WE ARE parents.

It only took buying a few Barbies to knock it all in!

Does your little girl play with Barbies? 
What do you think about the 'issues' surrounding Barbie play?

*This post has been reworked, but was originally posted on Peek Thru Our Window on December 1, 2009.*

Monday, November 14, 2011

Plumbing Woes

A few weeks ago when I went to Blissdom, hubby flooded out the laundry room (Did I tell you about that??). I'm pretty sure he knows how to do the laundry, so I have to believe that it was just bad timing. After all, that could have happened to me and I may not have been so cool about things!  Overflowing, stinky water kinda yucks me out.

Anyways, it seemed like the 50ft snake had done its job and that everything was working well. Until today...  turned the dishwasher on and within 30 minutes I smelled something. Venturing to the laundry room, we saw water coming out. Apparently, the issue is no longer only in the laundry room. You can imagine my excitement at the prospect of not being able to do laundry OR using the dishwasher for however long it takes to get a plumber out here and the problem fixed. I would love a va-cay from these duties, but every minute that ticks by only prolongs the inevitable.

Nothing freaks me out more than plumbing issues.

Hand washing my dishes all of the time would get to me and no- absolutely not would I want to wash my clothes by hand.  It's not that I am lazy, but admit that these devices are huge time-savers.  Props to anyone who does dual labour on a regular basis--- you are a star! *   

Here's hoping the plumber comes swiftly and fixes the issue right away. I think everyone should have a *one time* excuse of---"Ah, did my kids really stick that down the sink/toilet etc?"

Don't you think?

Pray to the plumbing Gods and to keeping the bill cheap!

Have you ever had a plumbing disaster??

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday In My City: A Hike near Jasper, Alberta

Caribou. Much bigger and more majestic than the picture lets on.


A River Runs Through It...


The only thing good about going up...
is coming back down again.


What a view!


Unknown Mami

Sunday. Always a great day to check out what the rest of the gang has been up to! Visit Unknown Mami, our lovely host for all the details~!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Today We Remember

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Please take a moment to remember today.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wordful Wednesday: A Poem

Last Friday was my Grandmothers funeral. I was not in attendance as I had already flown home to Alberta, but my brother read a poem that expressed our feelings. I have a difficult time getting through the words without crying, but that is perhaps because I was there for her final moments.  We love you Grandma more than you know and rejoice in knowing  you are finally resting peacefully.

God saw you getting tired
when healing was not to be
so he closed his arms around you
and whispered "come to me",
a golden heart stopped beating,
your gentle hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
he only takes the best.

In tears we saw you sinking,
we watched you fade away,
our hearts were almost broken,
you fought so hard to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping,
peacefully and free from pain,
we could not wish you back,
to suffer that again.

So keep your arms around her Lord,
and give her special care,
make up for all she suffered,
that seemed to us unfair,
so many times we've needed you,
so many times we've cried,
if love could have saved you,
you never would have died.

~author unknown~

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mom's Night Out 2 Donate & Dine Event- November 4th

Last night was our 2nd "Mom's Night Out 2 Donate & Dine" event.  It was truly successful in that all the donors were really excited about their 'good deed' and we had a much bigger group;  however, a few fell ill (including myself who was finishing off a cold) and another curve ball or two was added just to keep things interesting.  We even had one lady who was turned away because they had too many people!   That is a good problem to have I'll admit, yet all geared up and ready to go -- and given how much it is needed, why turn anyone away? 

Anyways, that's how life rolls sometimes and hopefully, the next time we will all be ship-shape ready and penciled in!  Nonetheless, I appreciate everyone who tried to donate, those who did donate and those who supported!  It was a very nice evening out, getting to know a few new ladies and see a few familiar ones too, while noshing on some pizza and drinks. (Sorry Ladies- only now just realizing I never snapped a shot of us all!)   Thanks to Boston Pizza for giving us a deal and allowing us to sit kid-free in your lounge. ~Bliss~  Special mention to this lady, who made us all matching yarn bangles-- once again astounding us with her neverending crafty talents!  Thanks so much for adding a special touch to the evening. 

Yesterday was also "Random Acts of Kindness" day and although our night to donate was planned weeks in advance,  I think we kicked butt in being really nice people. ;)

If you would like to organize your own "Mom's Night Out 2 Donate & Dine" event, feel free to contact me and I can tell you how to get started.

If you'd like to join us next time and you live in the Calgary area,  let me know that too and I'll keep you in the loop!

There are many clinics on-going across Canada and many more pop-up events.  Give a gift that is priceless.  Your donation means a lot and can help save the lives of three people!

Blood- it's in you to give.


Fun OR Mean?

You've likely seen this floating around Facebook. I LOVE the two boys at the end of the clip! Personally I think this 'joke' is a bit mean and can't see myself trying this on my children. But... I did laugh while viewing, so I am not completely innocent.

What do you think?
Is this funny or just plain mean?

Would you do this to your children?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

He's Making A List...With the Help from Canada Post!

Every year, Canadians rely on Canada Post to deliver their Holiday mail on time, safe and sound;  however, many little Canadians rely on Canada Post to get their serious business done.  Canada Post is proud to be a middle man.

Write to Santa and he'll write back. Canada Post will make sure it happens!

The Art of Letter writing has taken a back seat these days, so this is the perfect opportunity to teach your child exactly how to write a letter. Santa understands that not all children know how to write, so feel free to decorate your letter too! (Please, no glitter glue. It is very pretty but makes a mess of the postal machines!)    

• Celebrating 30 years as a national program helping Santa reply to his mail.

• Some 10,000 volunteers – postal elves – help Santa with this monumental task!

• Santa receives more than 1 million letters (1.225 million in 2010), and 43,000 emails every year! That’s 2,000 mailbags full of mail!

• Santa receives letters in more than 30 languages (including Braille) – he answers each one in the language it was written in!

• Since the national program began, Santa’s Post Office has answered more than 19.5 million letters (and some 369,000 emails!)  Placed end to end, that’s a 200 kilometre-long trail of mail!

• The Canada Post Santa Letter-writing Program is an employee-led volunteer initiative – employees give 190,000 hours of volunteer time – supporting literacy by encouraging children to write letters.

• There have now been two generations of both letter writers and postal elves involved in this holiday tradition – children who wrote those first letters are now helping their own children write to Santa.

• To protect Santa’s mail, only Canada Post employees – current and retired – are allowed to handle Santa’s mail.

Santa’s Corner – Santa’s online post office – is visited a quarter of a million times a season.

On November 1st, “Santa’s Corner” by Canada Post went live.  It has weekly Youtube videos from Santa, games, and a place to email Santa. (Note: Only letters sent by mail to Santa receive a personalized letter by mail back. Emails to Santa receive a generic response by email.)  Lots of fun your children won't want to miss!

Children are reminded to please include their complete return address to ensure a reply from Santa. Letters to Santa should be addressed to:

H0H 0H0

If you're in search of other information regarding your Holiday mailing, be sure check out Canada Post's website for mailing options and cut off dates

To find some unique gift giving ideas at Canada Post, click HERE.

Tis the season...only 51 days left!
Get those letters into Santa soon!

*Peek Thru Our Window is proud to tell you all about the hard working elves at Canada Post. No compensation was provided. As always, the opinions expressed are my own.*

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Very Special Lady

Last night, Halloween, my Grandma passed from this world.  Coincidentally, it was my Grandpa's favourite day of the year (he passed away 8 years ago).  How cool that my Grandma went to meet him on his favourite day.  Kinda makes you wonder if it was fate?

My Grandma was easily the kindest lady...person... I have ever met in my life.  She was a fantastic wife, mother, Grandma and friend.  She will be sorely missed by everyone she knew.  She definitely lived an 'eventful' life, but her enduring smile and kindness is something I hope to remember and take with me everywhere I go.  People like her come along once in a lifetime.

I love you Grandma and may you Rest in Peace.