Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bringing Fun to Your Kellogg's Cereal With the Spoon Straw Promo #Sponsor

Disclosure: I receive occasional perks as part of my involvement in the Kelloggs Blog Community. All opinions remain honest and my own.

It's no secret that we buy cereal in bulk and eat it everyday.  Our pantry is full of cereal and we were thrilled to open a new gift from Kellogg's Canada...a full set of Spoon Straws.  Featuring five different designs to match the box decor of our five favourite Kellogg's cereals; Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Corn Pops, and Krave. Yes, that was in order of our most favourite variety to our least favourite (Please note that Krave is by no means on our naughty list.  I prefer to eat Krave on it's own as an afternoon treat without milk).

My girl was first to try our set of Spoon Straws and has claimed them as her own. After trying each spoon in succession over two bowls of Rice Krispies, she announced that the different decals don't effect Spoon Straw performance- "It just gives you something different to look at."  I now send them in her school lunch bag so she can eat/drink her cereal without losing my silverware. These fun plastic spoons are available for free in specially marked boxes, for a limited time.

Grab one or five, before they are gone!

Please visit for more product and promo information.
Kellogg's wants to bring fun to breakfast. Do you love breakfast or skip it?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sunshine and Darkness. #Life

 This picture above was taken on my first Mother's Day as a mom, May 2010.  I see the smiling face 
and know it is hiding many fears and inner battles, but the joy
of holding my sweet girl was real.
I know this should have been a Mother's Day post, but life is not always as easily planned out as we like. I'm busy as a full time teacher, Mom, wife, volunteer, and member of my local church community.  Being separated from my Mom and grandmother on Mother's Day weighs heavy on my heart and I have a hard time being joyful. I don't need condolences, they are alive, but living many kilometers away on the other side of the country.  It's been this way for 20 years and never gets easier. Each holiday brings me sadness and depression, so much so, that it's taken me two weeks to write this post (or any blog post at all).  I did send tokens of appreciation to mark the occasion, but nothing truly replaces or fills the day to day absence of physical contact.

This long distance family situation has taught me that our loved ones are precious, even if we don't always agree or see each other as much as we want.  I know people who live in the same city as their mother yet continue to choose estrangement because the relationship is strained. Guess what? Relationships are hard. Parenting is hard. Finding your way in the Adult/Child mine field can be hard. Dig in and make it work.

I look at my girl, now almost six, and hope that the teen and adult years will not pull her too far away from my orbit. I was an independant child, teen, and adult who went as far away as money and resources would allow 20 years ago. I settled in Ontario and lived care-free until I had my girl.  She brought tremendous joy but her sunshine cast a spotlight on the empty places that I wish my family could fill.

Have you had to cope with long distance relationships?

Friday, May 1, 2015

An Elegant Mother's Day Gift Idea #LampeBergerCanada

With Spring showers come May flowers...

I love flowers, they are my favourite gift to receive and to give. Unfortunately, flowers fade. One way to keep the freshness of flowers in your home everyday, is to use one of the Lampe Berger Dreams of Flowers fragrances.  

Fragrance notes: "Apricot, cut grass, rose, lily of the valley, musk"
Sensual Bouquet is a fragrance I tried recently and know it would be a great Mother's Day gift for the special matriarchs in your life. I honour four women on Mother's Day weekend and will be giving the limited edition Lampe gift set featured in the photo above.

Did you know: Just 180ml of fragrance can 
yield up to 29 hours of fragrance.

What do you do to honour the women in your life? I would love to hear your gift or celebration ideas.

Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my participation in the Lampe Berger Canada Ambassador program.

Friday, April 24, 2015

My 5 Year Blog Anniversary With Giveaway (CAN/USA 05/05)

Life got so busy I forgot that it was my blog Anniversary month! I have a giveaway that is ending in a couple days- head over to my Lampe Berger post to enter. And I have a DVD set of the classic MLP episodes from the 1990's to giveaway to one winner.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Little Pony Classic TV Series DVD Release April 28! #ThrowBackThursday

I received product in exchange for review. All opinions remain honest and my own.

Like millions of other girls (boys and adults too), I collected and played with My Little Pony figures from Hasbro. I had the classic 80's ponies that look nothing like their modern reincarnation.  My five year old now has her own big collection of pony "girls" but barely resemble the ponies I played with. Here's a look at Moondancer from 1983, I favoured the unicorn and the winged pegasus ponies.
The 1990's version of the My Little Ponies figures showed a revamped doll, and birthed a television show and movies to follow.  Shout Factory is releasing this 2 DVD set on April 28.  These are the shows I remember watching with my little sister. And now I have introduced my girl to the shows that thrilled me in my youth. I was surprised by how openly Princess G accepted the classic incarnation of My Little Pony as we watched the DVD set together. She said; "Oh, these look like the older sisters to my ponies."

credit: Shout Factory

Press Release:
My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series is coming to DVD on April 28, 2015, in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios! The 2-DVD set includes all 13 episodes of the show, originally airing on television in 1992, as well as sing-alongs.

Ponyland is full of excitement, if you know where to find it, and now all of your favorite My Little Pony Tales are finally collected in one amazing set! Join the 7 Pony Friends—Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Bright Eyes, Patch, Clover and Bon Bon — for 13 episodes of outrageous fun! Games, picnics, ice cream shops, roller derbies and even UFOs… nothing is off-limits when it comes to grand Pony adventures!

Please tell me if you are/were a MLP fan too?  Photos are welcome.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Super Simple BBQ Sauce {Recipe & Gift Idea}

Recently I learned a simple BBQ Sauce recipe. Simple enough to pull off in a Preschool classroom. One of my team teachers had the great idea to make the BBQ sauce with the children and package it in small mason jars to give as Father's Day presents. So we did a trial run in advance to test the recipe.  Usually I won't sample anything made by the kids, but it smelled really good and tasted even better.  Even though Father's Day is two months away, this would also be a neat gift idea for any friend or family member who is a BBQ afficianado, or for a hostess gift if you're going to a pool party.  I will be making this recipe for myself the next time I make ribs.

Simple BBQ Sauce:

1/4 cup minced or pureed onion
3 cups tomato ketchup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce

Yield: 2- 500 ml jars or 4- 250ml jars

Updated recipe: Original post from June 2012