Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back To School Surprises. #RockTheHalls @Sears_Canada #Giveaway #BacktoSchool

There is only one store that can be marked as my go-to brand for most of my clothing and household item purchases. Growing up in Newfoundland, there weren't too many choices in places to shop, now there are many more choices, but we we still choose Sears.  These days most of my shopping is done online, I love the ease of searching the Sears Canada site for deals and comparing items to see which products best fit my needs. The quality brands carried within the catalogues and stores have filled my parents and grandparents homes as well.  Sears Canada (online) is also a very convenient choice when I shop for gifts to send family members who still live in Newfoundland. I can select my gifts and send them to their nearest Sears Parcel pick up location, which is much cheaper than buying gifts and mailing through another parcel service, just sayin'.

My girl is going into senior kindergarten so this was our first time doing real Back to School shopping. My tip to survive shopping with a 5 year old that must try on everything before buying (she's very tall and slim) I don't tend to do large sums of purchases all at once, but pick and choose deals weekly to get all the must-have items on my list.

As people start the countdown to the new school year, Sears Canada is looking to brighten the day of some lucky families who have school aged children.  During the month of August, random shoppers will have a chance to win their children's clothing purchases in their Surprise and Delight event.  



I like to shop with retailers that are generous to the community-
Did you know...
Sears Canada have been a proud supporter for over 40 years of Boys and Girls Club across Canada (BGCC), Canada’s leading provider of quality after school programs that support the healthy physical, educational, social and mental development of Canadian children and youth. Sears shares Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s philosophy that providing all Canadian children and youth with access to opportunity is essential to helping them achieve their full potential and create a better future.  To help out with this year’s back-to-school season, Sears Canada and Converse will be providing the GBCC with $10,000 worth of BTS Apparel!
Connect with Sears Canada on facebook for a chance to win a $100 GC, follow on instagram, and twitter as well to keep up to speed on their latest deals and promotions.

WIN IT!

Sears Canada is giving ONE Mimi's Humble Pie reader a chance to win a $100 SEARS GC.  You may enter to win across multiple blogs, but can only win on one for this #RockTheHalls campaign. Entrant must be 18 years of age or older, and live in Canada (excluding QC).

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“Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Back to School Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Road Less Travelled #Family #Vacation #Newfoundland



This trip was on my bucket list.  Cape Norman Lighthouse was built in 1871 and operated by the Campbell Family since 1890. I am descended from this family through my maternal great-great-grandmother. Getting there was a once in a life time experience due to the remote location.  Cape Norman, NL is the north most point on Newfoundland and accessible through route 435.  Be prepared for about 20 kilometers of gravel road, no rest stops, cell phone service, or creature comforts of any kind. Hang on to your kids, there is a sheer drop off the cliff into frothy ocean below.




Fishing Point Lookout, St. Anthony, NL.
This was a much more family friendly excursion.  It features well maintained walking trails, and the most delicious seafood at the Lightkeeper's Restaurant (aka bathroom that doesn't require an emergency pit stop in moss). In certain months , icebergs will be visible and occassionally whales.  We booked a whale watching tour while in St Anthony, but that will be in another post.

Road Trip Survival Kit:

crayons
paper
small toys
granola bars (no chocolate for the summer months as it's a melty mess)
bottled water
wet wipes
roll of toilet paper
hand sanitizer
changes of clothes



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jump Up For the Back In Blue Tour! #IMCanadaTour #Giveaway (Can Only 08/14)

Correction Notice: Giveaways end August 14, 2014 not September 14, 2014.

I can barely sit in my seat as I type this post.  The Imagination Movers are "Jumping" their way across Canada once again and I'm travelling to Peterborough to see the September 23rd show!  Two years ago I brought my girl to see a show performed by the Imagination Movers on their Rock-o-Matic Tour.  They had a tour stop in our town so I couldn't resist seeing the Movers LIVE since we watched them on Disney Junior and were thrilled with their music. I wrote about our experience in this post- How To Survive a Kid's Concert. We met Mover Dave at the end of the show, he was super sweet to his young fans and I wished I had a better camera when I snapped his picture.
2012-Mover Dave and Drummer Kyle stayed
behind to say hello to their young fans.
Princess D gave her stickers to Dave and he said
"How Sweet!"
"This fall, Disney Junior and the Emmy Award-winning Imagination Movers will bring a thrilling rock concert spectacle to kids and parents across Canada. Stopping in 16 cities from coast to coast, the Imagination Movers ‘Back in Blue’ Tour kicks off in the west on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Victoria, BC, and concludes on the east coast on Thursday, Oct. 2 in Glace Bay, NS. The fun-filled show features the Movers’ trademark catchy pop rock, lots of audience participation, an insane number of high fives and even a healthy dose of flying toilet paper. There will be guitar solos, drum solos, corny jokes and even an appearance by the Movers’ little buddy, Warehouse Mouse. Tickets are currently available for purchase online through Imagination Movers Events." May 2014 Press Release.

Is your city on the list?
Victoria, BC
Vancouver, BC
Kelowna VC
Calgary, AB
Medicine Hat AB
Moose Jaw SK
Winnipeg, MB
Thunder Bay, ON
Peterborough ON
London, ON
Kingston ON
Sudbury ON (4:30 pm show only)
Mississauga ON
Ottawa, ON
Glace Bay NS

WIN IT x 2!

#1- FAMILY TICKET PRIZE PACK Consisting of (1) one set of 4 tickets and an autographed 8x10 picture to be picked up at will call. 

#2-MOVERS BUNDLE PACK
A digital download of the Movers’ latest album: Back in Blue, a Movers t-shirt, and an autographed postcard to be mailed to the winner.


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There are other bloggers buzzing about this fun tour and giveaway. You may enter across multiple blogs but only win once!




Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received perks and/or compensation for my involvement. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Kellogg's Asks "How Do You Like Your Cereal?" #CerealandMilk #giveaway (CAN 07/25)

Cereal is considered a valid meal choice at any time of the day in our house. My girl had a bowl of Special K Protein for dessert last night!

The one thing we don't agree on is the milk to cereal ratio. I lean towards dry and crunchy, and my four year old favours her cereal with more milk than crunch (aka soggy). Hubs would score in somewhere in the middle with his cereal to milk ratio.

Kellogg's Canada is inviting Canadians to join the debate. We invite you to use Instagram, Pinterest, or tweet about your own #cerealandmilk habits.
#CerealAndMilk
Don't forget to enter my giveaway too.  Kellogg's Canada has sponsored 30 bloggers to give away this prize pack of cereal and fun retro looking items.

PIN me and share your pinterest name to get extra entries!

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Disclosure: As a member of the Kellogg Canada blogger community I receive occasional perks.  You may enter on multiple blogs, but only win one prize pack from this #cerealandmilk campaign. Winners mailing information will be gathered for the sole purpose of mailing their prize. Personal information will never be used in any other manner. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Eska is Giving Away 10 Ipad Minis In A Social Treasure Quest #eskaquest #CAN #giveaway


Are you looking for a fun family adventure, and live near Toronto?  Eska Natural Spring Water has started #eskaquest this week and are looking for fun loving people to join their treasure hunt.  This is the season for outdoor adventures and refreshing beverages to cool down when the temperatures soar in the city.  Eska Water fits the bill for both of these things!
Beginning July 1, ESKA is asking those who are in Toronto to keep their eyes peeled for 10 hidden #eskaquest tiles they’ve placed around the city. With each tile found, you complete a fun challenge through the #eskaquest mobile app for the chance to win 1 of 10 iPad minis.  The #eskaquest mobile app is free to download from Google Play Store or Apple and there's no purchase required to participate in the quest. #Eskaquest begins July 1 and runs through July 31.
 There are two ways to play #eskaquest – Solo or with Clues. 

Solo: Participants can complete the quest any time in July by visiting eskaquest.com to view the #eskaquest map, which shows the area where tiles are hidden. Clues: Fans can tune into ESKA Water’s social feeds throughout July for daily clues to find tiles as location hints are revealed. 

To receive daily clues please follow ESKA Water at: 

facebook.com/ESKAWater 
twitter.com/ESKA_Water 
instagram.com/ESKAWater

Win It!

Mimi's Humble Pie readers have a chance to win an #eskaquest adventure pack.  The gift pack is valued at $125 and is stocked with everything your family needs for #eskaquest, including a handy cooler backpack to keep your ESKA water cool along with snacks, sunscreen and more!  This giveaway is open to Canadian's who are 18 years or older (excluding residents in Quebec).



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Disclosure: I received a complimentary ESKA gift pack in exchange for promoting this event. All opinions remain honest and my own. All images used by permission.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Stay-cations Versus Family Travel #Kindermom

The first week of summer vacation has been filled with lots of splash time for my girl,
and fruity drinks with a book for me.

I am a woman of contradictions. I love the idea of seeing new places and exploring the world, but hate flying, driving, being on a train, or any other method of travel. Since we don't have a teleporter in my closet, I have to grin and bear plane trips to see my family in Newfoundland.  I do not travel gracefully and used to be highly medicated to get on a plane for the 3 hour flight, but now try to be clear headed while travelling with my daughter. Keeping her busy and happy helps distract me from the anxiety of being 30,000 feet in the air.  I am learning to love travelling now as I see it through the eyes of my girl. 

When we aren't travelling, I love to set up our deck as a comfy place to soak up the sun, or bask in the shade of my over-sized umbrella.  I'm lucky that my schedule has shifted to have my work day end at 12:30 or 3:30 most days so can spend lots of time outside with my family.  Being in a home for the first time since in 20 years has made a huge difference in my desire to be a home body and prefer to host friends and family at our place.

Don't throw away your plastic inserts, find a creative way to re- use them.
Kinder Surprise Eggs are a great treat to take on the road, but please don't smuggle these into countries in which they are prohibited!  Once the chocolate egg is eaten, and the toy played with, I save the plastic egg insert and re-use it for:
  • a loose change holder in the van
  • float them in my daughter's water table
  • vitamin holder in my purse
  • put rocks or dried beans inside to make music shakers 
Can you think of other fun ways to use your plastic eggies?

  “Disclosure:  I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”