Today We Remember #LestWeForget

Today, and for the past couple of weeks, I proudly wear my poppy in remembrance and thanks to all those who have served, do serve and will serve.

Because of your sacrifices we enjoy freedom’s many parts of the world wish they had.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

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The Little Moments

Every morning on my way to the office I have to cross one particular street. On the other side is a bus stop for the kids, I know because of, let’s call him: Spider-kid.
Every morning he watches for cars and ‘races’ them running from one street to another (basically the width of two houses).
He does this while wearing his Spiderman hat too.
It’s adorable and he in fact beats me every day…My car seems to not be at speed there 😉 (within reason, if there’s a car behind me obviously I’m safe and not going to cause a problem by going too slow).
It’s just the cutest and sweetest way to start my day and I wanted to share it.
Kids. They really do the cutest things :).
Where do you find your happy moment?

Get Your Family Game On with Hasbro

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As my regular readers and friends know, in
our house, board games and games in general are always fun and special shared time.

So many memories of family time involve board games (Monopoly, Life, and Clue to name a few) and now with my husband and our friends we’ve built upon that with Taboo, Funny or Die and the classic and oh-so-fun Twister!

Going out is indeed great fun with friends, but staying in and playing some classic (and trying some new) board games is always a fun time.

How do the best games nights go? Well, as much as hubby and I enjoy actually playing against each other, having friends over definitely adds to the fun.

Our ingredients for a Great Games Night:
Invite some great friends (or of course, have the family over)
Plan some yummy snacks (see the book in the picture for tips)
Pick some great games
Let the fun begin!

Games where teams form are always fun, but so are board games, it all depends on the group at the time. A few favourite board games of ours are Clue, Minion Operation and of course Monopoly. And a new couple favourites for even more fun are Funny or Die and Taboo. Hubby and I admit, Taboo when we tried it out was immediately acquired.

The last long-weekend of the summer is upon us, and what better time to have your own games night than this.

Which games will you choose? What’s your favourite party snack? I’m thinking outdoor Twister followed by some Funny or Die and Taboo with ‘Itty Bitty BLT’s’ :).

Like, comment and share and you may just win a fantastic ‘Get Your Game On’ prize pack ;). ***Canada Only

Road Trip to #Gettysburg Part Two

Admittedly this post is a little delayed, but that shouldn’t take anything away from it.

On our second full-day at Gettysburg, and I mean full too, we accomplished A LOT.

We started off at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitor centre and attended a fantastic lecture (complimentary too) put on by one of the fantastic NPS park rangers. This one was an overview of the whole battle and was made all the better since we had driven it the day before. We highly recommend attending one of their talks, or more.

We then did the video, the cyclorama and museum on-site… and some shopping afterwards of course. I thought the cyclorama was simply a painting, but wow, it was that and so much more. An interactive telling of Pickett’s charge from Cemetery Ridge where you are ‘in’ the line, we were very impressed.

The museum took you from beginning to end and showcased many of the poignant stories from the battle along with a history of the period. The one that touched me was the story of a Union soldier who was identified post-mortem by the sweet picture of his children he was clutching when he passed.

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After our adventures at the visitor centre we headed to the Jennie Wade House for a tour. Jennie was the sole civilian killed during the battle and seeing the actual spot where she was killed and the actual bullet hole was very moving. This tour is another must. She was a young girl who was only at this house to help her sister Georgia who had just given birth to a baby and was killed while making bread and biscuits for the Union soldiers.

Where Jennie was killed

Where Jennie was killed

Myself and Jennie's statue

Myself and Jennie’s statue

That evening we enjoyed another fantastic meal, this time at The Farnsworth House.

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The food was period fare and included a starter of Jennie Wade bread (which I’m trying to find the recipe to) and a delectable menu. The Farnsworth House also offers haunted ghost walks. I was all over that. Our guide was Tom and he was fantastic. The house itself is said to be occupied by spirits and when we were in the attic the door did slam by itself. Tom said that was the spirit of a little boy named Jeremy who likes to play. We also saw the window from which snipers took their shots during the battle and in fact, it is strongly suspected that the shot that killed poor Jennie Wade came from here.

The window where the sniper shot likely came from

The window where the sniper shot likely came from

Our guide Tom

Our guide Tom

Tom took us up the road and showed and told us more stories, and just the history alone makes these tours so great, and we ended on a road where there are said to be a lot of spirits. I of course took out my camera and got a couple of ‘interesting’ pictures. Judge for yourself, but I know what I see ;).

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All I know is, we’re counting down until we can go back… and I will have my camera ready again too ;).

It’s #MLPFriendshipDay! Celebrate by spreading the word and the spirit of friendship.

Today we celebrate something that I just adore and think is the loveliest thing ever: International Day of Friendship with My Little Pony and #MLPFriendshipDay!

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I have always loved My Little Pony and still have my originals…obviously I’m a believer in the ‘never grow up’ theory of life :). The ponies are all about the power of friendship and the day is all about the same. My family of course has had a massive impact on who I’ve become in life, but so have my friends. They mean the world to me and even though I may not see all of them as much as I want to, they know I’m always thinking of them all and I’m there for them and vice-versa. The ponies and their friendships pass on such positive messages to kids, and I love that.

Friendship is powerful and My Little Pony and Hasbro are happy to celebrate it and further it with fun. When you go to the official page for Friendship Day here: http://mylittlepony.hasbro.com/en-us/friendshipday you will see some wonderful and heartwarming activities and lessons that correspond to the pony personalities. As a bookworm, I’m partial to Twilight Sparkle and her sharing of the magic of education, but Fluttershy and her helping of animals also touches my heart as I am a proud cat mommy to three all adopted from shelters. The site has activities and ideas broken down by pony into these segments and more and encourages the spreading of friendship through them.

To help celebrate this wonderful day, we’re having a very special giveaway too. To qualify, we have two levels:

1. Tell me about your BFF and why they are so special to you.

AND/OR

2. Pick a Pony activity on the website and tell me why you chose it and what you’re going to do. Donate a book, take your dog for a walk, it doesn’t have to be complicated, every little step counts in my books. Share a picture of it to encourage others to do the same.

Bonus entries if you do both.

You can enter here or on the Facebook page, open to Canuck Pony fans only, and what a lovely prize pack it is! It includes treats from the Friendship is Magic line as well as a lovely PJ set and water bottle with a retail value of approximately $100!

I will notify the winner who will be notified after this closes on August 15th to give lots of time for projects to take place.

The power of friendship and its impact is bigger than any one individual, and a little bit goes a very long way. Let’s all celebrate and spread the positivity of it today for the big day, and everyday and I bet the world would be a whole lot happier if we did :). Happy International Friendship Day from me to you!

Keeping the Bugs OFF! and Outdoor Summer Fun!

This weekend in particular is definitely going to be one where the bugs will be out…the detriment of many an outdoor activity, bugs can and do make things unpleasant for some. However, as we had SUCH a long winter, and we all want to take advantage of being able to be outdoors again.

As a kid I was always outside in summer. We had a boat so dealing with the bugs was a constant thing and over the years I did build up rather amazing mosquito swatting skills.

Now that I’m a grown-up (in calendar only LOL), I am wanting to still spend lots of time outdoors, but instead of the boat, we’ve been working steadily on our backyard for fun in the sun.

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Outdoor living spaces are more and more becoming the trend. The traditional picnic table and umbrella is being replaced with conversation sets and awnings. And we want to enjoy these spaces too, that’s where our fun and awesome giveaway comes in from OFF!

Valued at $200, the prize pack includes:

·         Two OFF! Clip-ons

·         Two refill packs

·         Linen Hammock

·         Outdoor bulb lights

·         Flower bulbs

·         Outdoor pillows

·         Good morning mugs for him + her

·         Decorative pots

Everything you need to spice up your backyard and keep the bugs away too.

Open to Canadians only, enter by leaving a comment here and/or liking and sharing the post on the Facebook Page.

Contest opens now and closes July 24th at midnight est. Just in time for the August long-weekend!

Learning when to stop so as to avoid burnout

‎This weekend, after an admittedly rough week, I listened to my hubby (and my cats) and took a break.

I hadn’t slept well in over a week. My hubby had been ill and I had a hec‎tic week, well, more than hectic actually…and I ran out of adrenaline. Well, it certainly felt that way anyway.

I decided that after getting a few tasks out of the way on Saturday (after yet another bad sleep the night before) so I wouldn’t have any guilt, that it was time to sit.

Yes. Me. I sat still. It was epic.

I was even in my pj’s by 6:30 Saturday night.

I discovered the joy that is the history documentary. And lo and behold, suggestions kept popping up on the screen…well those had to be watched too, it would have been wrong not to ;).

And guess what? I actually slept Saturday night. My hubby woke up before me in the morning and let me sleep even longer.

Did I ever need that. And do I ever realize how important it is to charge your internal batteries.

I’ll be taking a page out of my cats’ books from now on…they’re the experts on relaxation after all 😉