Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year's Eve

Happy New Year's Eve Everyone. What is everyone doing tonight?
Us "oldsters" are just staying home, relaxing, and maybe or maybe not staying up till midnight!
Stay safe !

Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you are forced to. ~Bill Vaughn

Today's Quick Tip



You've already spent the money to heat up the oven or your dryer so you might as well use it all.

Done cooking or drying clothes? Leave the door open and use that last bit of heat to warm up the kitchen or the laundry room.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Review: Professional C ++, 3rd Edition Mastering Complex C ++ Programming


From game programming to major commercial software applications, C++ is the language of choice. It is also one of the most difficult programming languages to master. While most competing books are geared toward beginners, Professional C++, Third Edition, shows experienced developers how to master the latest release of C++, explaining little known features with detailed code examples users can plug into their own codes. More advanced language features and programming techniques are presented in this newest edition of the book, whose earlier editions have helped thousands of coders get up to speed with C++. Become familiar with the full capabilities offered by C++, and learn the best ways to design and build applications to solve real-world problems.



The Book Review:
Reviewer: Jon


My First Impression  
  - looked like a very big book filled with lots of information
  - kind of intimidating at first
               
After reading  
    - it contains lots of information and is a very useful book for learning C++
    - the opening chapters are an overview of C++ and a refresher course (which was much needed)
     - need to know at least some programming to get the most of this book, not for beginners
      - even though it contains lots of information, it is easy to understand and work with
      - the downloadable code to use along with the book is a great help
      - looking forward to re-learning C++ after being away from it for so long (I mainly use Python, HTML, CSS, SQL and Javascript as a web developer)
               
Conclusion     
    - A must have book if you are wanting to take your programming and development skills to the next level with C++






Traveling with Kids – Tips for Smooth Journeys

While it is supposed to be a path to self-discovery, travel in modern times has become a harried exercise. Add some kids to the journey, and many parents find the thought of travel to be unbearable. Despite the challenge, it is possible to enjoy a fun vacation with kids.




A good night’s rest is essential for a fun and memorable.  Follow these expert hotel tips to ensure you are getting a good deal with a hotel that is kid friendly:
·   Check the hotel’s policy for kids to stay free. Some offer this discount for kids up to 19 years of age, while others only feature it for two year olds and higher. Check the policy to avoid a potentially expensive surprise.

·   Stick your kids in a warm car for eight hours and they’re going to get cranky. A hotel pool can be a very inviting place to relax and burn some calories. Use the booking site’s advanced filters to make sure your selected hotel has a pool.

·   Babysitting services can be what you need to get out on your own. Many resorts offer safe and engaging babysitting services that allow grownups to have some time together.



·   Find the bargains. Orlando and Las Vegas are good choices for families, with the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista in downtown Disney available for $80 a night. Midweek rates in Vegas are surprisingly cheap, with quality suites from $85 a night. Getaroom.com features “unpublished rates” through its call center which allow parents to save even more.

·   Look at suites. Consider the benefits of a larger suite instead of two separate rooms. A suite can be especially welcome for those traveling with little kids who can’t be left unsupervised in an adjoining room.

·   Watch extra fees. Parking, Wi-Fi and other services might be free, or they might not. Parking in an urban center such as San Francisco can be $50 a night, so find a hotel that offers a parking fee deal.

·   Continental free breakfasts add up. When you have hungry teenagers in tow, breakfast can be a considerable expense. Hotels that offer free continental breakfasts give your kids the fuel you need and gives you a break for your wallet.



Flying is amazing! You can travel thousands of miles in a few hours. Traveling with a screaming toddler on the plane makes it feel truly endless, however there are things you can do to ensure you survive and thrive on a plane ride.

·   Stretch those little legs. When the flying is nice and calm, take a minute to walk the aisle with your child. Remember how much energy they normally burn and understand it can be difficult to sit still in a plane for grownups, never mind a five year old.

·   Bring enough food. It’s a classic risk/reward. You risk wasting maybe $10 worth of food versus being prepared in case of delays or excessive hunger. Bring high-protein snacks, and make sure you eat as well so you can calm any frazzled nerves.

·   Some airlines allow kids under two to fly for free. This is a great bargain, but be aware many international carriers charge at least a portion of the regular fare for kid travelers.

·   Spend layovers wisely. The first priority during a long layover is to get some nourishing food. After that, try to find a deserted gate area or even a section of a terminal. Allowing kids to sprint 50 yards is an amazing way to release some of their energy. Do jumping jacks as a family to get the blood moving and the spirits high.

·   Babies are going to cry. Don’t apologize if your baby is crying on the plane. The changes in air pressure hurt, and there isn’t much you can do. If the baby has eaten and has a dry diaper, you’ve done the best you can. Be sure to bring your own wipes, creams, diapers and formula with you. Don’t put essentials in checked luggage if you’ll need them with you in seat 24E.



 Don’t pack the kitchen sink!  This saying is vital for those who have the urge to bring everything under the sun on a simple trip. Work with your kids to figure out what they absolutely need to bring. The following tips will help travelers to pack right and light and to enjoy relatively stress-free travel:

·   Get a full charge. Make sure all iPads, iPods, phones, tablets, and video games are fully charged before your trip. While you want the kids to enjoy the scenery of a road trip, giving them a little screen time can help keep them in a decent mood.

·   Bring a simple stroller. Inexpensive umbrella strollers area much better option than bringing your larger and fancier kid buggy. Keep it simple with a lightweight stroller that will save your back while traveling.

·   Kids are messy. Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on so you can get junior out of his juice-soaked pants. Be prepared for the unexpected.



·   Washing machines are your friend. If you are traveling to a relative’s home or are renting a house, remember you can always do laundry. A nine-day trip doesn’t mean each kid needs nine complete outfits. Bring four or five that match well enough and simply do the laundry halfway through the trip.

·   Pick the right days to travel. For example, avoid subjecting kids to red eye flights, and consider flying on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to avoid massive crowds.

·   Pack art supplies. Paper and crayons are still great ways to spend time while traveling. They don’t need to be charged and they help many kids to tune out distractions and relax.

Following these following tips for hotels, flights, and packing are a great way to ensure the next trip with kids goes smoothly. This will give you more time to build great memories instead of worrying about the headaches of traveling with little ones. 



Bob Diener, President of getaroom.com, with  unpublished rates typically 10-20% lower than the hotel’s lowest rate. getaroom.com offers daily flash sales and unpublished rates up to 60% off the hotel’s rates. getaroom.com, the value site offering daily flash sales and unpublished rates up to 60% off the hotel’s rates.



Take the Holiday Bar to the Next Level PLUS a Giveaway (Canada only)

During the holidays, we all know food has its place at the table but the Holiday Bar is where the party comes to life. To ensure you have the know-how and proper supplies at your party, Molson Canadian 67 has three tips to help you host an unforgettable night with your closets companions.




    1.      Take Stock

When stocking your bar, make sure you’re including something for all tastes. Light options, such as Molson Canadian 67 at 3% alcohol, allows your guests to enjoy a drink containing lower alcohol than traditional beer or standard mixed drink.  Building your stocked bar can be intimidating and lengthy process if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Use this handy chart that provides a list of everything you need to stock to get the most out of your bar on two different budgets, plus all the essentials to have on-hand for garnish and mixing like a pro. 




     2.     Mix it up

Cocktails are a very popular option for any occasion, and having a signature cocktail at your party will help set the tone of the event and impress your friends. This year, why not give The Avro Arrow a try.


THE AVRO ARROW
1 oz Canadian Whisky
1/2 oz Canadian Maple Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
4 drops Sriracha
Shake, strain and serve over ice
in a lowball glass.
Top with half of a 341 ml bottle
of Molson Canadian 67, and stir.



     3.       Be Responsible

Account for all tastes by providing virgin cocktails that look and taste as delicious as their alcoholic counterparts – the designated drivers will appreciate the thought. Keep a list of designated drivers and a cab company number on hand to ensure the safety of all guests after celebrating the beginning of a new year. Cab tip: Call Taxi Guy at 1-888-TAXIGUY at anytime to be connected with a cab.

Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy New Year. Cheers!





Molson Canada is giving away to one of our lucky readers, the prize pack shown below and 
will include: 2- I am Canadian baseball caps, 4- 67 glasses, 2 -I am Canadian Car flags, 1- Molson Canadian golf shirt (M) and 1- Molson Canadian Toque. ($50 value)




T contest is open to Canadian residents only and the winner must be of legal drinking age (18 or 19 and above, depending on their respective province). A random draw will be made by Random.org on January 9, 2015 from all entries received up until time of the draw.

To Enter:
Leave your email address and a comment to Molson Canadian

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wishing Our Friends, Family and Readers- a Very Merry Christmas




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Monday, December 22, 2014

Your 2014 Holiday Sweet Tooth Gift Guide

              



Christmas is a special time of year. The perfect time for sweet treats! Treats like:


Mrs. Fields-





Mrs. Fields Goes to the Movies!  Get ready for the most wild and adventure-filled Night At The Museum ever with exclusively licensed products available only from Mrs. Fields.

Pharaoh’s Golden Tablet Gift Box:  Bring your holidays to life with this treat-filled replica inspired by Pharaoh Ahkmenrah's magical gold tablet in Night of the Museum. Opens to reveal 24 Nibblers® bite-sized cookies, 2 brownies and 5 oz. of butter toffee. Perfect for storing all 3 Night at the Museum DVDs once the treats are gone. Solves the ancient Egyptian riddle of what to give for the holidays.

Dexter the Monkey:  The capricious capuchin of Night at the Museum is back with sharable sweets. Ships with 18 Nibblers® bite-sized cookies and 2 frosted cookies. Also available as an add-on to the cookies of your choice.



Popcorn, Indiana-



Popcorn, Indiana is the perfect stocking stuffer for food lovers out there. This ready-to-eat popcorn is offered in a variety of flavors such as spicy Sriracha and America’s #1 Kettlecorn. Its seasonal Drizzlecorn, offered in four delicious flavors, is great for those looking for something salty and sweet. They even offer FIT an option for those looking for a better-for-you snack!



Shopbake.com-





Shopbake.com is Canada's first and only online bakery marketplace. Order your holiday baking treats and sweets from your favorite bakeries online, and discover new gems across Canada. 

For buyers:

Shopbake.com is your destination for the very best sellers of baked goods in Canada. Shop for cupcakes, cookies, cakes, bread, and more. Aside from regular baked goods, find nut-free, Kosher, gluten-free, vegan and other specialty bakeries close to your location.

For sellers:

Sell your baked goods on shopbake.com! Build your own shop quickly and easily, and list your products for Canadians all across Canada to purchase. It's free to open a shop!




Ganong Delecto-


These commemorative tins are limited-edition Ganong keepsakes. Each lid features a 1950’s vintage design, carefully selected from the archives of Ganong. Collect all 3 tins as part of our heritage series. Inside each tin is our Delecto Assorted Milk Chocolates: chewy milk caramels (made with real Canadian dairy milk), crunchy whole almonds, Chicken Bones nougat (spicy cinnamon flavored cream centre), maraschino cherries, maple cream (made with real Canadian maple syrup) and Pal-o-mine fudge pieces. Located on each tin’s insert will be an authentication code. Enter the code online in the 2014 Delecto Holiday Photo Challenge for an exclusive online rebate.

Ganong is Canada’s oldest chocolate company, now with the 5th generation running the business in St. Stephen New Brunswick Canada. Since 1873, Ganong has been an innovator responsible for many Canadian confectionery firsts: Delecto boxed chocolates, chocolate nut bars, heart-shaped boxes and Ganong Original Chicken Bones and much more. Discover Ganong’s Canadian chocolate heritage. 



barkTHINS-





barkTHINS are perfect for the holidays because they are irresistibly delicious treats that are especially made for sharing! Their chocolate is designed to be breakable, so as snackers are indulging, they can share plenty of pieces with their friends and family. barkTHINS also serve as:
·         A nice and yummy stocking stuffer gift
·         A dessert replacement after the big holiday meal
·         The perfect pick-me-up snack  pre-holiday meal
·         A great road trip or carry-on snack while you and your family are traveling during the holidays







PEEPS®-





NEW PEEPS® Marshmallow Minions: To honor the PEEPS Minions taste testers, for the first time PEEPS® created a Minion-shaped marshmallow reflecting their fun PEEPSONALITY®, plus enjoy limited edition comics on the back of package made exclusively for PEEPS® by Universal Studios filmmakers

NEW PEEPS® Hot Cocoa & Cream Flavored Marshmallow Dipped Chicks in White Fudge: New for 2014, delectable hot cocoa-inspired marshmallow chicks dipped in white fudge – the Minions fully approve of this fireside indulgence

NEW PEEPS® Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: New for 2014, peppermint flavored marshmallow chicks remind the Minions of sweet candy cane bliss

NEW PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Snowmen: Fluffy snowmen-shaped marshmallows come to life in this larger new size for 2014; the Minions also decorated them with a red scarf and black buttons

PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Mint Flavored Trees: Mint marshmallow trees covered in milk chocolate

PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks: Delightful Candy Cane flavored marshmallow chicks dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with red speckles

PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Flavored Chicks: Bakery-inspired Sugar Cookie-flavored marshmallow chicks dipped in mouthwatering milk chocolate

PEEPS® Gingerbread-Flavored  Marshmallow Gingerbread Men : Gingerbread flavored marshmallow in smiling gingerbread men shapes

PEEPS® Marshmallow Trees: Green tree-shaped holiday marshmallow decorated with red, yellow and blue garland and topped with a star

PEEPS® Marshmallow Snowmen: Snowmen-shaped marshmallow adorned with top hat and candy cane decorations

PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse-Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer: Chocolate-mousse flavored marshmallow in red-nosed reindeer shapes

PEEPS® Holiday Rainbow POP: Four assorted green, red and white festive marshmallow chicks on a stick



Disclosure: “The PEEPS® product, information and gift have been provided by Just Born Quality Confections.”



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Friday, December 19, 2014

What is Hanukkah?


Although not Jewish ourselves, we hear about Hanukkah and wonder "what is Hanukkah"? Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebration observed for eight days and nights starting from the 25th day of Kislev of the Hebrew calendar which when translated to the Gregorian calendar as sometime between late November until late December. 

This year, Hanukkah fell on December 16th and ends on the 24th of the same month. Also called The Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication, it is a commemoration of the re dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and is observed by lighting a candelabrum or the nine-branched menorah or Hanukkah, one additional light per night until the eight and final night.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Carrington Farms Shares Coconut Oil Recipes For The Holidays

We've got some new recipes for you- from Carrington Farms. Healthy recipes for you and your holiday guests.


Coconut Banana French Toast
A decadent holiday brunch

A chocolate lovers sweet treat!


Carrington Farms’ vitamin and mineral-full health food products are a great way to start adding a little more nutrition to your everyday life! Additional recipes can be found on their web site.

12 Days of SUBWAY® Sweepstakes ( Canada)



SUBWAY® Canada knows that cash cards make great stocking stuffers!

Just in time for the holidays, SUBWAY® Restaurants launches its 12 Days of SUBWAY®  Sweepstakes – giving SUBWAY®  fans the chance to win some last minute stocking stuffers by commenting on daily Facebook posts.

Fans can also treat a loved one (and themselves!) with SUBWAY® Canada’s Holiday Cash Card Promotion. Load a $25 cash card to give a friend and get a free six-inch customizable SUBWAY® sandwich .


The sweepstakes runs from December 13th throughout December 24th, 2014. For a chance to win, simply visitwww.facebook.com/SubwayCanada and comment on the daily 12 Days of SUBWAY® post using #12DaysSweeps to be entered in a random draw for a chance to win the prize associated with that day of the contest.

The Holiday Cash Card Promotion runs from November 17th – December 31st, 2014 at participating SUBWAY®Canada Restaurants from coast-to-coast.




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Gifts For The Home

Are you having a hard time coming up with gift ideas for the coming holidays? Think close to home! Some of the best gifts you can give to someone you care about are those items that can be used inside the house. Here is a holiday gift guide on gifts for the home.


VTech-




The VTechCS6829 -  is an affordable phone with great features!


We know the holidays are a hectic and crazy time of the year, with VTech’s CS6829 you can stay connected with your friends and family during the busiest of times. The VTech CS6829 is fuss-free when it comes to setting up your landline phone, just plug in and talk; it is simple, durable and reliable; helping the working mom stay connected!



FTD-



Looking for a gift that will WOW your host? Can't find the perfect mix of simplicity and elegance, with a hint of festive delight? Think flowers! According to a recent survey conducted by floral and gifting experts FTD, only 6% of consumers give flowers as a hostess gift. Have your gift stand out by sending flowers ahead of the party, that way the guests can enjoy it too. A perfect example of a hostess gift that adds ambiance to the festivities is FTD's Snowman Sensation Bouquet. Your host will surely melt when they receive this snowman-inspired ceramic vase they can use year after year filled with bright red roses, carnations and snowflake cushion poms.





Great BIG Canvas - Marsala Wall Art




Great BIG Canvas is the first retailer to curate a Marsala inspired collection to meet the demands of customers wanting to stay on trend. The earthy wine tone is neutral enough to mix with everything already in a space. We invite you to check out this perfect collection of pieces, sure to compliment any home.




Sunbeam Canada-




Help your friends and family stay warm this winter with a Sunbeam® Cuddle Up Heated Throw. Available in two fabrics (fleece and micro plush), and 22 designs and colors – plus 13 NHL teams! – the Cuddle Up is machine-washable and dryer-safe. Featuring three heat settings and a 3-hour auto off function, it even has a handy storage pocket so you can make sure your hands (and everything else) are warm and cozy this winter season! Priced from $59.99 and up, Cuddle Ups are available at most major retailers, including: The Bay, Home Outfitters, Walmart, Sears, Home Hardware and Target. 



Carpet One Floor & Home-



Carpet One Floor & Home’s new collection of pink ribbon welcome mats will include twelve designs from professional interior designers and stylists. Twenty-five percent of the sale price of each mat is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). The mats retail for approximately $24.99 US/$34.99CDN. Each mat features a sturdy rubber backing and a pink ribbon to remind people of the cause it supports. All welcome mats are stain and water resistant, machine washable, made in the USA, are suitable for indoor or outdoor use and measure 2’ by 3’.  Not only do they support a great cause, the clever designs make a beautiful and functional personal style statement.





Salton frozen dessert maker/slicer/grater-


Frozen Dessert maker




  • Turn frozen fruit into healthy soft serve in seconds
  • Combine frozen fruit and other flavorings such as nuts, cookies, chocolate chips into a delicious refreshing soft serve dessert/sorbet in seconds
  • 2 fun dessert shapes - swirls or stars
Slicer/Grate




  • Slice,shred, grate and grind vegetables, cheese, fruits, nuts, chocolate & bread for salads, soups, tacos, pizzas, pastas, desserts and more
  • Shave ice for snow cones and slushies
  • 5 stainless steel interchangeable cones
  • Splash guard guides food directly into serving bowl and keeps counter top clean

Salton Smart Sealer-




  • Seals virtually anything in its original bag
  • Seals in the freshness of chips, crackers, cookies, cereal, frozen foods and much more in their original bags.  
  • Built in bag cutter opens sealed bags or cuts off excess before sealing. 
  • Handy magnetic back (not illustrated) - store bag sealer right on your refrigerator.
  • Great for soups, stews, spaghetti sauce and even frozen juice pops - liquids won't leak!
  • Uses 2 "AA" batteries – not included



 Circulon -

Circulon Electric Griddle


The Circulon Electric Griddle is the perfect addition to anyone’s kitchen.  Whip up everything from pancakes to eggs to hot dogs and grilled cheese – the extra-large surface means you can cook more at a time without the added mess. Circulon’s 3-layer total non-stick system ensures that food cooks evenly and that clean up is a cinch. This is a great addition to the kitchen and the perfect gift to those in your life that love to cook and entertain!

http://circuloncanada.ca/griddle/ Electric griddle is exclusive to Canadian Tire.



Circulon Double Roaster

The Circulon Double Non-Stick Roaster is the perfect double duty item that any chef will love to have in their kitchen. Made using Circulon’s Total Non-Stick System the roaster ensures your food doesn’t stick to the cookware and lets you cook without added oils and fats. The lid doubles as a second roaster giving you the option to cook an endless number of dishes!

http://circuloncanada.ca/roasters/ Double Roaster is available exclusively at Canadian Tire.




Starfrit The Rock 8-piece cookware set-
With the new Rock.Tec surface technology, you’ll have a non-stick cookware set that will last for years. This new manufacturing process uses small metal pellet impact technology to modify the surface to form an ultra durable rock-like finish. The result is an outstanding release performance, 3 times better than traditional non-stick cookware.

·         The handle is made of silicone and stainless steel, for comfortable handing.
·         Extra thick forged aluminum base
·         Optimal heat distribution and even cooking
·         Guaranteed never to warp
·         3 times more durable non-stick
·         Resists scratch and abrasion
·         10 years unparalleled warranty
·         Dishwasher safe
·         Compatible with gas, electric, ceramic and halogen stovetops

The set includes:
·         1.5 Qt Saucepan
·         3 Qt Saucepan with lid
·         5 Qt Stockpot with lid
·         8" Fry pan
·         10" Fry pan with lid




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