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

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fresh Scents To Purify Your Home For Spring #LampeBerger #Giveaway CAN 04/26

I've been a fan of Lampe Berger products for 5 years as I sold them in a little boutique and demonstrated their ease of use to potential customers.  I recently appealed to Lampe Berger Canada to be part of their Ambassador program and was pleased to be welcomed in March.  The picture above shows my collection including two lamps and 6 fragrances.  I'm working on a video showing the easy set up process for getting the patented wick primed and ready for effective air purifying and fragrance infusion.


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I'm thrilled to have a Lampe Berger starter bundle to giveaway to one of my readers.  These stylish lamps will suit any decor and there are dozens of fragrances available to freshen your space for Spring. 

Giveaway = approx. $80 retail value.

Disclosure: I received product to aid my review and am a Lampe Berger Ambassador.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chocolate Maple Mini Wheats Birds Nests {Preschool Activities} #TryitHot

This is an updated recipe. Original post from April 2012.

I recently attempted this recipe with 9 toddlers...that's 9 children under the age of two. It was a success other than the fact that I didn't have butter, so substituted margarine. It happened to be really cheap watery margarine and ceased my chocolate. Actually, made it turn to the consistency of sand when I stirred the cheap margarine in (after melting in the microwave). This resulted in us having to use the chocolate like modeling dough to mash the cereal bits in when it cooled a bit. The little ones had a grand time and it added to the realistic quality of eating "bird's nests". My pride refused to let me document the first attempt, so I made it again with my own preschooler at home. She was eager to get into the kitchen with me and I'm sure she ate more than her fair share of ingredients before they could make it to the muffin pan. My first attempt with the toddler's yielded 12 bird's nests (doubled recipe). The second attempt gave us 8 treats on a single recipe.

Maple Bird's Nests

 Ingredients needed:

250 gram package Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

3.5 oz  Maple Mini Wheats Cereal - yields about 2 cups when crushed

3 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

200 grams of Candy Coated Chocolate Eggies

Part 1:
  • Measure cereal into a resealable food storage bag. 
  • Let the kids smash it up.
  • Line a muffin pan with 8 liners.
  • Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, add maple syrup and butter*Caution- mixture will be hot*.
Part 2:

  • Mix crushed cereal into the chocolate mixture and spoon into muffin liners.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours, add chocolate eggies to each nest.
  • Enjoy your treats and don't forget to share!

  • Optional:
    • Maple Mini Wheats can be substituted for any other flavour Mini Wheats
    • Package in cellophane candy bags to give away.
    • Add 1/4 cup of almonds or crushed pretzels to the chocolate and cereal mixture (reduce crushed cereal to 1 cup or about 2.5 oz)
    • Substitute crunchy or smooth peanut butter instead of Maple Syrup.
    • Use butterscotch or peanut butter chips instead of semi sweet chocolate. I would omit the Maple syrup and use 2 oz. butter as called for in the original recipe.

    My recipe is adapted from ~ "The New Cookie Book" by Atkinson, Farrow, and Bassett.
    Hermes House: Anness Pub. , 2003 (Page 216).

    Original Ingredient List:  7 oz chocolate, 2 oz unsalted butter, 3.5 oz Shredded Wheat Cereal, Candy Coated Chocolate Eggs

    Disclosure: I receive occasional perks and am posting as part of the Kelloggs Canada Blogger Network. All opinions remain honest and my own.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Kelloggs Mini Wheats #TryItHot #Giveaway (04/15 CAN) #sponsor

    I have always loved warm cereal for breakfast or even as a snack. Spring is around the corner but the early mornings are still chilly and I warm up my milk for cereal nearly every day.  Recently Kellogg's Canada gave me a few boxes of Mini Wheats in various flavours and a travel mug that is microwave safe (just remove the lid).  This will be handy for the days I leave for work at 5:45 am and need to bring my breakfast with me for the commute.

     Kelloggs also shared a few flavour inspirations and suggestions on how to try my Mini Wheats hot.  My favourite flavour combo is Strawberry Mini Wheats with heated Rice Milk and fresh berries.  Check out the other suggestions and let me know how you #Tryithot with Kelloggs Mini Wheats.

    Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram to see my breakfast inspiration.

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    Disclosure: I received Kelloggs products as part of my involvement with the Kellogg Canada Blogger community. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.