Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is one of the most important holidays of the year. Moms do so much for us and ask for so little in return. It is nice to do something for them on this special day. Whether you get a gift that is big or small, your mom is sure to like it, as long as it comes from the heart. 

Check out gift ideas such as:

Thursday Friday-

This carry-everywhere travel clutch will help  simplify any day on the go. Its removable chain strap and roomy interior makes it suitable for a chic cosmetic case or to carry all the necessities for a night out. It's ideal for keeping small valuables organized for a weekend away or everyday when slipped into an Everyday Tote. 
And offered for our readers:a unique code- ONE30 - which is for a 30% discount on all sales on the Thursday Friday website (even for items that are on sale already) !

Vanilla gift cards -

·         Vanilla Gift cards allow users to buy what they want, where they want. They are accepted anywhere Visa/ MasterCard are.
·         They come in a variety of themes and designs so they can personalized for the person who is on the receiving end.
Available in $25, $50 and $100 denominations the Vanilla Visa gift card can be used at millions of locations* where Visa debit cards are accepted. 

Suga Babes

Looking for a sweet Mother's Day gift? Suga Babes has the answer. Love, Layla is our signature line of 100% organic and vegan based bath and body products. We pride ourselves on quality products and ingredients. We use only high-grade natural products and we believe everyone should have the privilege of being pampered! Suga Babes bath and body products are great for eczema , psoriasis, ichthyosis vulgaris and ageing skin. Suga Babes is the sweet shoppe for all of your skincare needs.

**Watch this spot for more great Mother's Day gift ideas.

Tuesday April 22

Happy to say that the snow is finally receding and rain is in the forecast, which would help it to go that much faster. It sure has been a long winter. Longer for some than others, as some people go away in the winter on hot holidays, and others are left here to "deal with it". Ourselves, we were lucky to go away a few weeks ago to warm Arizona. But I must say I did feel guilty being in the warmth of the sun while Jakey and our family were still back home in the cold. 

We have been trying to sell our snow machine, but no luck. I knew there was a possibility that it just might be too late in the year already when Gerry decided he was going to sell it. We did get one helmet sold though, but were hoping to have sold the machine to use that money towards the rv we had bought. Gerry will be picking up this Friday I guess. Has to take the bus to go pick it up in Saskatoon.. may be a 10 hour plus bus ride. The rv place wanted $1500 to bring it to us- way too much!
Anyone else own an rv, I'd love to hear from you.


Walt Disney World Resort- Orlando, Florida

On our upcoming vacation to Orlando Florida, we will be once again visiting Walt Disney World Resort. After all, what is a trip to Florida without stopping by Disney World?

Walt Disney World Resort consists of 4 main parks- Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot as well as two water parks. We have never been to Epcot before so it will be the main stop of our visit, but Disney Novices should make note that you can see all parks in one day if you buy a park hopper pass, otherwise you usually stick to the one park per day.

Since we only have a one day pass, our park of choice in this visit, is Epcot. It is built to celebrate human achievement in technology as well as culture. It is divided into two main areas- Future World and World Showcase. The World Showcase includes pavilions for select countries in the world, including Canada, so this will be nice to see. The World Showcase, also features pavilions celebrating technology and science. Who needs a time machine when Disney can take you to the future with just the price of admission? 

Since we love animals though as well we are hoping to be able to have time to split our day and head over to the Animal Kingdom- but we'll have to see.

We are very excited for our return visit to Disney, and we are pretty sure that it will not be our last.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Blue Man Group- Universal Studios Orlando

While we will be visiting Universal Studios, the Blue Man Group will be there and we are going to see them one evening. This show is so well reviewed and around for a really long time, that we are very excited to see it live for ourselves. We've seen the show once before, years ago in Saskatoon, but this one looks different. The concept of the show is experimental music, comedy and multimedia, all performed by men in blue paint.

The show is now seen around the world and it often times hits on different themes such as science and technology, innocence, self conscious, the outsiders, rooftops.

The show can be so spectacular it is hard to believe that it is only performed by three actor musicians. There are so many different types of performance art that we like to see on our holidays, and we are really excited to see the Blue Man Group once again, having seen them closer to home once before, it will be really special to see them live at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida.

This is a show like no other, full of lights, music, laughter, and we are sure that it will be an evening to remember!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own .

Twitter: @UniversalORL  
Instagram: @UniversalOrlando

Universal Studios- Orlando, Florida

When in Orlando, Florida in June, we will be visiting Universal Studios. It is really a must see place for any movie buff, and it is nice to see the things that you see on screen come alive in real life. 

This park has some amazing rides, perfect for thrill seekers or people just wanting to take a step into the movie world. Some of the newest additions that we are excited to see are; Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Transformers the ride: 3D and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. There are also plenty of fun water rides, and since it is Florida in June, the weather should cooperate.

Universal Studios is not just a theme park there are plenty of things to do for those of us who are not into thrill seeking. There are plenty of world class shows, including this year the Blue Man Group. There is world class dining and shopping, plus the park puts on some fantastic annual events that are worth the price of admission just on their own. 

We are both really excited about our visit. Universal Studios adds new attractions every ear, so even if you are a frequent visitor, remember that it is not the same park as last year! 

Also, check out the new online vacation planner too for Universal Studios…it’s pretty awesome and helps to personalize the perfect day for you and your family.  


Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own .

Twitter: @UniversalORL  
Instagram: @UniversalOrlando

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Blessings

Easter blessings for everyone today. I hope you all have a nice, peaceful Easter- shared with family and friends.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday - A Time To Remember

Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified.

On Good Friday, Christians remember that Jesus died for all of us. He was crucified by the Romans on a hill outside Jerusalem .He had done no wrong. When a person was crucified, they were tied and nailed by the wrists and feet to a large wooden cross or scaffold and left to die. This is why a cross if often used as a symbol of the Christian faith.

Let us remember.

Splash Into Sea World- Orlando

On our upcoming trip to Orlando (June cannot come soon enough) we will be visiting Sea World. They have added some new attractions this year, so whether you are visiting for the very first time or the 100th it will still feel like new.

One of the new exhibits is Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, it is Sea World's biggest expansion ever. Now guests can experience life on ice through the eyes of a penguin. This is a family friendly ride that combines very close animal encounters with state of the art technology that are different every time.

For those who enjoy adventures of a different kind, you should try some dining adventures that are currently available. Come and sink your teeth in Sharks Underwater Grill, or Dine with Shamu, with a wonderful pool side table.

Seaworld also has numerous rides as well as shows to entertain and delight the entire family. For those who want to get even closer to the animals they can immerse themselves in an animal connection experiences with a Beluga Interaction Program as well as the Marine Mammal Keeper Experiences. These are wonderful ways that you can get closer to the animals themselves. 

Sea World will be a great stop on our trip, especially on their 50th celebration.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Global restaurant chain Johnny Rockets have announced their latest menu concept - the new Build-Your-Own-Burger (B.Y.O.B.) ordering option. With a price point starting at $5.49, the new menu presents you as a diner, with the opportunity to individualize your burger – as unique as your personality - far beyond standard offerings. 
As part of the new B.Y.O.B. program, you will be able to choose from a broad range of hamburger toppings, with hundreds of available flavor combinations. You can begin with one of four protein options including chicken breast, turkey, 100% soy Boca® burger and Johnny Rockets’ famous 1/3-pound hamburger made with 100% fresh, never frozen, all natural beef. You  can then create hundreds of iterations of the classic hamburger with fresh toppings that include lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, jalapenos, relish, as well as a variety of cheeses and newly-introduced sauces. Add-ons include all-meat chili, fried eggs, smoked bacon, grilled peppers, mushrooms and onion rings.Johnny Rockets will also debut a new artisan burger bun, as well as a variety of new sauce options including a zesty chipotle ketchup. 
And of course the restaurant will still carry their signature crispy American fries and premium ice cream shakes as well as a variety of classic sandwiches that have made Johnny Rockets an iconic dining destination since it opened its first location in Los Angeles in 1986.  Since that time Johnny Rockets has grown to more than 300 locations across the globe, serving 18 million hamburgers each year.
The B.Y.O.B. menu was rolled out at all Johnny Rockets restaurants nationwide on April 14th and will run till June 29th.

Gerry and I will be making a visit to one of the Orlando Johnny Rockets locations in June:

Orlando locations:
4200 Conroy Rd
Orlando, FL

9101 International Dr #1100
Orlando, FL

Watch For It- Travel Blogging Orlando

It seems like we have only got back from Arizona, and here we are planning our next escape. This time we have set our sights on Orlando, Florida. We've been before , but just didn't see everything last time, plus our time share company had a deal of $200 for a one week condo stay, at the Westgate Leisure Resort  so thought it would be a perfect time to go back! Orlando has so much to see and do though, and love the weather there.

With so many things to see and do, it will be a great trip...

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