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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Today's giveaway:
Today's Winner:

** Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is selected.
Thank you to all who entered.

Sunday- September 29th is National Coffee Day

Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 29th- is National Coffee Day, a perfect occasion to celebrate all things coffee.
Coffee is more than just a beverage. It is part of our social structure from a date with our friends, to our morning ritual. All of us have those special times in our lives that are made better with coffee. Some great coffees we'd like to share with you:

A new brand of Vietnamese Coffee which just launched in the U.S. earlier this month.The PhinDeli Corporation has a mission to bring the best of Vietnamese coffee style to all consumers worldwide with its unique taste and 100% safety.

Gerry saidThe coffee has a robust, full bodied flavor that satisfies your craving for your early morning coffee fix. Aromatic aromas prepare your taste buds for a truly satisfying experience. Now you can enjoy exotic coffee in the leisure of your own home, anytime you want.

IMUSA Electric Espresso Maker-

Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee! 
The IMUSA Electric Espresso Maker makes creating fresh, authentic espresso as easy as plugging in a cord. The Electric Espresso Maker yields a bold, robust flavor-made popular in Europe and Latin America-in a matter of minutes. Available in two sizes (3 cups or 6 cups) the Electric Espresso Maker is easy-to-use, featuring cool touch handles, a detachable base and a transparent carafe so users can enjoy watching the espresso brew.

Rich, aromatic espresso needs to be served in the perfect cup! These sets are functional, yet stylish enough to leave on your counter-top with a convenient metal rack for display. 

Enter to Win a Bauli Italian Breakfast Prize Pack ( Canada only)

Friday, September 27, 2013

For the Every Day Sweet Moments”.  Canadians enjoy croissants similarly to Italians – at home, at a cafe, or at work.  No matter which way you choose to enjoy a Bauli croissant, it’ll be a sweet moment J

The Bauli Breakfast contest runs until Oct 31st and the winner will receive a  Nespresso Lattissima, Nespresso Coffee Capsules, and a Bauli Croissant Prize Pack (valued at $500CDN).

Book Reviews- Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, Ca.

Sometimes it is really nice to look back on your travel adventures, once you have returned home. This is why we have been enjoying Sequoia National Park book by Arcadia Publishing. It is filled with beautiful black and white photographs of the park that boasts he world’s largest trees and has the highest peak in the continental United States. There is not much reading, but it is wonderful to flip through these historic photographs and thing to yourself-hey, I went there.

The second book we have been enjoying is Kings Canyon National Park by Arcadia publishing. It is wonderful to discover some new and interesting facts about the place that we have visited, including some that we were not even aware of when we were there. You can learn so much from these books, including exactly what led to the establishment of these parks, and how important it is for us to preserve these national treasures.
So as the Fall descends upon us, it will be nice to open up these books and look over the glorious images and reminisce of a wonderful vacation that we have had there in the summer months. A must for anyone who visited and those who plan to.

Today's Winner!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Today's winner:
Gizele farris said...

Please email me@
You are the winner of our giveaway here:

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More Before and After Pics

Sunday, September 22, 2013

                                 BEFORE: Our main bathroom in oak

                                  AFTER: Vanity and mirror frame were taken apart, sanded and refinished in the dark walnut stain.

Some Before and After Pics

                                 Photo: My workstation/computer/desk BEFORE

                                      Photo: Workstation AFTER- Gerry did some modifications to the desk. Changing the top on it and staining dark walnut. Wanted to have the keyboard on one level so as not to be so hard on my wrist, plus I wanted a change in the color to go more with the other colors in the living room.

Back Home from Winnipeg

Made it back from my trip to Winnipeg, on Friday. I was able to get my varicose veins done in one of my legs, so all bandaged up, and can take bandages off  tonight, but will have to keep special compression tights on for at least 2 weeks. Will be bruised too but don't know for how long. So no hot holidays where I'm baring any leg till I see what this looks like. I was told it was hereditary for me, and I'll definitely be needing my other leg done at some point in the near future.

Gerry is going to see if I can claim any of the trip, and tights, through our insurance provider, but not sure yet.

While I was in Winnipeg, I stayed at The Days Inn Airport hotel. I loved that it was so close from the airport. Maybe only 3 minutes ride. Although I paid for a cab there, I later learnt from the hotel manager that they do provide a shuttle to and from the airport,( which I did take advantage of on my way home- and thank you Days Inn for that.)

I really cannot say enough good about this hotel though. It definitely was a top class hotel- in a class with hotels such as Radisson and Marriott. Loved the decor from the moment I walked in, and was even greeted by the manager, who was on his way out, but knew I was coming for a hotel review so stayed, chatted and showed me around. The hotel really had a homey feeling, super clean and newly built. I could ramble on and on about the place- but if you are staying in Winnipeg and need to be near the airport, do not pass up the chance to stay here.  

September 22- First Day of Autumn

Happy First Day of Fall Everyone! I'm happy to say it sure doesn't look like the photo above, here, yet!
Our leaves are slowly changing on some of the trees but for the most part we have alot of green still.
Temperatures haven't been too bad either, although, I've had to put the furnace on  to take the chill out of here, and have put one of the heavier quilts on the bed too.
 It's always cooler in the trailer than at times outdoors. Plus I have some issues with being warm, so always with slippers and most times a sweater on.
Gerry is busy outdoors  today, and think it may turn into a nice day to be able to outdoor walk again today. My sister and I started walking last week at the arena, as the weather wasn't the greatest. Although I have a treadmill at home, it seems too much like exercise, and prefer driving over to the rink and walk laps there with some company.
Would love to hear what the weather is like in your part of the country.
Enjoy your first official Fall Day!

Finding Ways To Relax

Thursday, September 19, 2013

We all have those days that we just want to curl up on the couch, and avoid anything and anyone for a little while. In fact, everyone needs a little bit of ‘me’ time. Everyone has something different that they use to unwind from their day to day worries and lives. Some of us like to watch movies and television shows and get all engrossed in drama or the laughs that take us away from our own realities. Since, many people stream their entertainment online, you are never limited as to when you choose to relax and ‘veg’ out.

While just relaxing on the couch works for some, for others, they have to keep their mind occupied with what they consider to be fun tasks to truly be able to enjoy themselves. Some people use online games such as CanadianDollarBingo  or other bingo games online to de-stress. Others can use more traditional mind twisters such as Sudoku or the cross word puzzles. By switching your train of through you are able to relax and can find more time to enjoy yourself and live in the moment.

For some keeping their mind occupied is not a form of relaxation. They often have to physically ‘do’ something with their hands to have fun. Hobbies such as knitting, model making or video gaming are great solutions for those that like to keep their hands busy so that their mind can be at ease.

No matter what you do, remember to take some time for yourself.

Review and Giveaway: Sons of Anarchy Season 5 (Canada only)

Monday, September 16, 2013

“Sons of Anarchy” is one of the very rare television shows that is loved by the general public as well as the critics. The show centers on the lives of an outlaw motorcycle club, taking place in California’s Central Valley.  The main protagonists of thee show Jackson “Jax” Teller (played brilliantly by Charlie Hunnman) starts questioning his life and the role and motives motorcycle club.
Gerry and I have been huge fans of the show since day one. While it’s a nice ritual to watch a new episode on a weekly basis, we could not turn down the opportunity to “binge watch” and review Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy  which just came out on DVD and Blu-Ray via 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. In many fans opinion season 5 is one of the best seasons of the show.
The DVD features all the episodes, as well as deleted scenes, a gag reel, commentary from the creator and so much more. It is an excellent venue which allows the fans of the show to feel like they have more of a behind the scenes look, at one of the greatest television dramas on the air today. We are already enjoying Season 6!!

**We also want to share this awesome photo of the cast, led by Kim Coates  and Theo Rossi, riding their motorcycles  Sunday, August 25 in Los Angeles in support of The Boot Campaign.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment would like to giveaway a complete Sons of Anarchy Season 5 to one lucky Canadian reader. A random draw will be made September 29, 2013 from all Canadian entries received- by

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Today's Winner!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Today's Giveaway:
and our winner:
Lynn Cook

Lynn please contact me so I can make some arrangements to get you your prize out to you! Thank you!

UPDATE: To Give Away- To One US Reader

I have 4 U.S. coupons for FREE Healthy Choice frozen meals to give away to the first reader who messages me here in comments that they are interested. These are of no use to me and expire 05/2014.

maryjaco1 said...
I am very interested in them, please.


Review and Giveaway ( Canada only) Earth Rescue

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We all like to keep our home clean, but at what cost? With all the harsh chemicals that are currently available on the market, you have to ask yourself if that sparkly clean tub is doing more harm than good for your health and that of your family.

Luckily with Earth Rescue products, available from Walmart you do not have to compromise between cleanliness and your health. Now you can clean safely without harming yourself, your kids, pets or the environment. Earth Rescue products are made from 100% naturally derived ingredients, they are fully biodegradable, and 100% VOC free and solvent free.

You can get pretty much anything that is needed to keep your home spic and span, including laundry capsules, bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, all purpose cleaner as well as more. Remember that when it comes to choosing between your cleanliness and health, you should not make compromises. I tried these products and love them. They do just as good as my regular name brand cleaners AND they are good for the environment. 

Earth Rescue products are available exclusively at Walmart.

Earth Rescue would love to give away a set of these Earth Rescue products to one of our lucky Canadian readers.
A random draw will be made by on September 25, 2013 from all entries received.

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Winnipeg Next Week

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Next week  I will be flying to Winnipeg for an outpatient procedure, and to have ease and convenience I will be staying at the Days Inn and Suites Winnipeg Airport, Manitoba for the evening.
 It is always great to stay near the airport, because you don’t have to worry about finding your hotel when you first get into a new town, and when you leave you don’t have to worry about delays on your trip to catch your flight.
The Days Inn is located 2 min from the Winnipeg International Airport and has easy access to downtown Winnipeg. Furthermore the hotel offers free WiFi, which is a must for me when I travel, as I always like to stay connected with home and keeping up with my emails and blogging.

There are a lot of recreational activities you can do at the hotel such as enjoy a dip in their hot tub, or check out their indoor salt water pool with a waterslide. The kids can enjoy a splash in a smaller pool that is perfect just for them. And another plus- a fitness facility.
The hotel offers free parking, and although Jake is not traveling with me its nice to see that the hotel is also pet friendly. The Days Inn offers very nice and comfortable hotel rooms, and they offer hotel suites as well for those looking for just a little bit more comfort and space when they travel. With a complimentary breakfast for you when you stay at the hotel, I am sure it will be a relaxing experience, before I head back home.

Last Day in Fresno- Saturday the 7th

Monday, September 9, 2013

We're home! So been trying to play catch up now-as well as trying to keep up with my regular schedule of doing things. Just wanted to share some of the things we did and saw on our last day in Fresno on Saturday before our flight left.

Was able to make a shop at one of my favorite stores- Whole Foods. We always try to visit Whole Foods when there is one in the location we are staying at. Found some healthy bulk food snacks, and beauty products to being home with me. The Fresno location is quite big and we found very friendly and clean! It's a great place to stop if your eating away from home.

After the Whole Foods stop we had time to make about an hour's stop at the Fresno Zoo...wish we would have had more time there but I was sure to see my favorite animals- the monkeys! And do a  feeding for the giraffe! It sure was another hot day though!

And once we landed in Saskatoon and didn't get settled till after midnight, it was a restful sleep at the historic, Delta  Bessborough Hotel

Jakey- below- beat from his time away from us!

And what the airline did to another one of our suitcases! This is one of the second pieces of luggage that we've had that's been broken in some way or another. So sad .

It was a great time away though and we truly feel blessed to have seen what we saw, but as always, nice to be home .

Day 6- Final Day California- Home Tomorrow

Friday, September 6, 2013

Today we left Visalia and drove about an hour to Madera. It will be close to Fresno, when we fly out tomorrow. About a half hour drive. Less busy here in Madera.
We checked in this afternoon at the Springhill Suites-a Marriott hotel. We had stayed in a Marriott in Visalia and they really are nice hotels. From the moment we pulled up to the building, we knew we were going to like this place. Inside, the decor was so warm and inviting- and so was the staff. We feel very much at "home" here.

While in Madera we had a few tours set up for ourselves- the first being Home Grown Cellars, an 80 acre Alex Lehman (owner), took busy time out from the field to show us around, tell us about the business and allow some sampling.  Almonds, fresh off the trees, pomegranate wine and juices and even pomegranate honey!We can definitely tell you that fresh from the farm is the best way to go!

                                       (Pomegranate tree- not quite ripe yet!)

                               (Almond trees and almonds on ground through middle of road
                                ready to be picked up).

Madera is The Heart of Pomegranate Country and the Pomegranate Festival will be arriving here in November. A week long celebration with arts/crafts, food, wine, & more!
Alex told us tours are normally by appt. only.

After a trip to the fields we headed over to Quady Winery, which specializes in dessert wines. We were graciously welcomed by the owner Andrew Quady, with a personal tour of his business and accomplishments over the years.

A great part of the visit of course was the opportunity to sample the wines made here.
Our pourer was Cynthia, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and made us feel at home. We even got to try out their wine slushies! Wine is for sale and very reasonably priced.
Saw some unique items in store too: made with wine corks-check it out:

We highly recommend a visit for your own taste tasting when in the Madera area.

Day 5- Our California Vacation

Today was to be another hot day in California- had a great sleep and stay in our room at the Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center last night. Here for another day as well. The hotel staff have been friendly and the room very homey. Marriott we love your thick, plush towels, and bathroom accessories.It was nice to have a great sleep in their comfy king sized bed, and our room has extra amenities of home like an iron and ironing board, microwave and fridge! Really, if your going to be travelling, be sure to consider a Marriott!

We've used Visalia as our home base yesterday evening and today, as we drove into Sequoia National Park.
I'm so glad we have seen all 3 of the parks while visiting in this area. Be sure if you plan on a trip to see Yosemite you also see Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. You won't be disappointed!

Our stops today in Sequoia National Park included:
-The Giant Forest Museum
-Moro Rock,( which we just saw from a distance and decided not to do the 350 stairs + climb-plus missed a turn somewhere to see up close and personal.)

-Tunnel Log ,( fallen sequoia that was tunneled through and you can drive through with a small car)

-General Sherman Tree,( largest tree in the world!)

-and a stop at Wuksachi Lodge and dining at the top of the mountain,( 7200 feet up!)

September is National Breakfast Month

September is National Breakfast Month, but it’s also BUSY with back to school! Between getting the kids ready, school supply shopping, making sure homework is done, and keeping track of new teachers, upcoming play dates, and tomorrow’s soccer match…sometimes it’s hard to find time for breakfast. 

Below are yummy, time saving recipes for the kids, and nutritious, fresh options for mom. 

The Kids Favorite:

Breakfast: French Toast Mini Bagels
Whisk together 4 large eggs, ½ cup whole milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a shallow dish until combined well. Soak 4 Thomas’ Plain Mini Bagels in mixture, turning occasionally until softened but not falling apart. Heat 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter in a 12-inch, heavy, non-stick skillet or griddle over moderately high heat until the foam subsides. Transfer soaked bagel slices to skillet cut-side-down with tongs. Cook about 2 minutes total until golden brown on both sides. Serve with maple syrup.

Something for Mom:

Breakfast: Gouda, Ham and Apple Bagel Thins®
Toast 1 Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thins bagel. Place 3 to 4 slices of ham and 1 slice of smoked Gouda onto one half of the Bagel Thins bagel and place under broiler until cheese is melted. Top with 2 to 3 slices of apple and other Bagel Thins slice. (263 calories, 6g dietary fiber, 16g protein)

Day 4- Our California Vacation

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Another long day! It's after midnight back home, 10 pm here in California, and just getting to my blog post for the day.

We left Miller's Landing in Bass Lake this morning- it was the first time we had seen the area, since we had arrived late the night before. It's a beautiful area and a very nice place to come to relax.

We even passed by a peach grove, orange grove, grape fields and many fresh fruit stands.

Today was alot of driving for Gerry, and the mountains to and from Kings Canyon had alot of switchbacks. I was even having some motion sickness after a while, as we drove to and from Kings Canyon and then into Visalia. Took some back roads down the mountains and there was alot of twists and turns in the roads. The scenery in Kings Canyon was amazing though, and quite scary at times as you climb quite high into the mountains and can see the canyon below.

Today in Kings Canyon National Park we saw:

-General Grant Tree- one of the giant sequoias in the park

-Roaring River Falls

-Zumwalt Meadow

My post today is more pictures than writing. Just a long day and must get to bed. Heading to Sequoia National Park tomorrow!

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