Support Children’s Literacy Through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation by Voting for Your Favourite Children’s Book-Giveaway

When I was a child, I had a huge collection of books. Some were gifts from family, some were ones I purchased and some were books of my mom’s from her own childhood years. But even so, I was such an avid reader that I usually also had a huge stack of books that I’d brought home from the school library.

As hard as it is for me to believe, it’s likely that some of the same books I brought home from that library are still there today. The average age of a book in some Canadian school libraries is 15 years, which is already long considering how often the books are read, but some are kept much longer than that. And often books are repaired with tape and staples to keep them in circulation because there’s no budget for new copies.

disney classic books

That’s why for the last ten years the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has supported underfunded schools to help encourage literacy and learning. And to celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has a very special contest that will help put the most beloved books of all time in libraries across Canada! [Read more...]

Get Nostalgic While You Make Extra Money with #FirstCrush

I have to admit that I have a bit of a hoarding tendency. To me, objects are memories and whether I’m looking at the grotesque clay mask I made in art class in Grade 7 or the railroad spike I found while crossing the old trestle with a group of friends in Grade 9, seeing those objects always has me thinking about so many amazing moments. In fact, even the house I live in is full of memories, since it’s the one in which I was raised.

But now it seems that I may be moving in 2015 and that means that not only will I be leaving the home I know so well once and for all, I will also need to do a lot of downsizing. Getting rid of some things will be easy. After all, I never really use that juicer so why keep it? But others, the items that are holding memories for me…those will be harder to lose.

memorabilia kathryn [Read more...]

Fabulous Friday Giveaway Linky

If you have a giveaway you would like to share with readers, please link it up below! If you could use the format name-prize-restrictions-end date (eg. My Blog-Awesome Prize-US-1/15), that would be wonderful. Happy giveaway entering!

Experience Affordable Connectivity with Smartphones and Tablets from Alcatel OneTouch-Giveaway

With my oldest soon turning nine, I’ve realized that it will likely soon be time to find him a cell phone of his own. For the moment he gets by without one just fine since we live in a small town. He can walk or bike anywhere he needs to go, he knows the house number if he needs to call me while he’s out and his circle of friends is small enough that the parents all have each other’s phone numbers anyways.

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But soon Zackary will be reaching the point at which a smartphone becomes a device for social interaction as much as for phone calls. Texting is a huge communication form for his generation and not being able to join in means that he will potentially be left out of activities planned through text. And as if that wasn’t enough of a motivation, my boys and I are moving later in the year as well. Zackary doesn’t really need a phone in a town as small as ours, but our new home is going to be in a significantly bigger area.

The problem, of course, is that even though I know my kids having phones one day is inevitable, I’m not willing to spend hundreds of dollars on one. As careful as my oldest son is with his electronics, I know how easy it is for accidents to happen and the idea of having to replace an expensive smartphone for my child just doesn’t sit well with me. That’s why I was so excited to learn that Alcatel OneTouch, one of the top ten phone manufacturers in the world, had recently come to Canada. [Read more...]

Protect Your Snow Goggles from Damage and Loss with the StingRay

When I was in my teens, snowboarding had just become one of the trendiest winter sports in Canada and I wasn’t about to be left out of the fun. I bought a second-hand board from a friend, outfitted it with a good pair of boots and bindings, and hit the slopes. But I soon learned that, as with any sport, the basic equipment is just the start. A good helmet is a must, especially for a beginner, and a high-quality pair of winter goggles is so helpful as well.

stingray sport goggle stopper

Since having kids, I haven’t been snowboarding for a few years, but I still have my equipment downstairs and my boys are almost old enough to join me on the hills. That means I’ll soon be investing in a fair amount of gear and obviously, I want to keep that gear in good shape! That’s why I found the concept of the StingRay from StingRay Sport so intruiging. [Read more...]

Warm Up This Winter with an Easy Vegetarian Spinach and Lentil Vegetable Soup Recipe #whatscooking

If there’s one meal that I absolutely adore, it’s soup. I’m a bit of a soup addict and whether it’s a thick and hearty chowder or a light vegetable-filled broth, I simply can’t get enough of it. There are some varieties of canned soup that I quite enjoy but to really satisfy my craving for soup when it hits, homemade soup wins every time.

That’s why, when I was battling a cold recently, I decided to whip up a vitamin-packed Spinach and Lentil Vegetable Soup to help power my body in a very delicious way. Topped with flavourful Kraft Cracker Barrel cheese, it was a great filling dinner choice. Best of all, this soup is so easy to throw together!

spinach and lentil vegetable soup [Read more...]

Downy Softness and Great Fashion Will Make You Want To #RipYourClothesOn This Winter-Giveaway #PGMom

Despite spending most of my time at home, I do have a bit of a passion for fashion and there’s nothing I love more than the chance to dress up. Whether I’m enjoying drinks and appetizers with a group of local ladies or a fun dinner out with a close friend, if I’m going out, I dress up! After all, as a work-from-home mom, it’s not something I get the chance to do too often otherwise.

suzy shier sweater dress

And like most women, there are a few outfits in my closet that always make me feel fabulous when I wear them. A personal favourite this winter is my new Suzy Shier sweater dress. The fabric is so soft to the touch and I love the body-hugging design that still keeps me warm on chilly days thanks to the thick material and long sleeves. What more could a winter fashionista ask for? [Read more...]

Winners-January 15

Congratulations to the lucky winners of the January 15 giveaways!

  • Sensodyne ProNamel Holiday Prize Pack-$50 Value – 2617 – Anne T.
  • Nature’s Path #FeelGoodHoliday Prize Pack-$50 Value – 1531 – Debbie W.

Winners, you have 72 hours to respond to the email I sent or I will draw another winner. Thanks so much to everyone that entered!