Three years ago, I attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on a special blogger trip with Ford Canada. I had the chance to see into the past of the Ford Motor Company while exploring the Henry Ford Museum, and then glance into the future as the Ford’s newest vehicle was unveiled for the first time. Of course, I also spent a bit of time admiring the many other gorgeous vehicles at the auto show too!
If there’s two things that get me in the holiday spirit, it’s Christmas baking and Christmas movies! We have plenty of favourites of both in this house, so if you’re looking for some new recipes to try and some great Netflix entertainment to watch while you’re baking, here are my top four picks for Holiday Squares and Shows!
1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares / The Search for Santa Paws
One of my holiday standbys, I love these squares because they’re so quick to whip up. Simply blend peanut butter, butter, graham crumbs and icing sugar together, press it into a pan and top it with melted chocolate. Then let the chocolate set and enjoy! These squares are an irresistible combination of peanut butter and chocolate that are almost too sweet to handle. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you watch Disney’s The Search for Santa Paws. Combining puppies and Christmas is sure to put a smile on your face, and watching the adventures of these adorable dogs is one of the sweetest things you’ll experience this Christmas! [Read more…]
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Canadian International Auto Show held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The Auto Show has been a tradition of mine for years as I never miss the chance to spend a day (or two!) eyeing all the hot new cars manufacturers have lined up for us to ogle. With nameplates like Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, and Porsche all on display, it’s easy to start thinking about buying a few more lottery tickets or selling a body part to make a down payment.
But as much fun and excitement the exotics offer, a good portion of the show’s 600,000 square-foot floor is dedicated to everyday cars and trucks purchased by Canadians daily. With over 1,000 vehicles on display, it’s the best place for visitors to comparison shop without any pressure or hassles. Having checked out various makes and models, here are a few of my favourite picks for Canadians:
At the show Mazda won 2014 Canadian Car of the Year for their mid-sized Mazda6 sedan. While the floor was buzzing with excitement over the win, I found myself just as excited by its smaller brother the Mazda3. With gorgeous flowing lines, the bold grill and swept-back headlight assembly completes a package that says, “Hey! Let’s go someplace fun today!”
Inside I found controls to be within easy reach, while its BMW-esque dashboard (particularly the center display unit) gives a sense of premium styling and features. Fuel economy is also a key feature with Mazda’s Skyactiv suite of technologies delivering impressive results while maintaining Mazda’s peppy drive characteristic. With a choice of sedan or hatchback, there’s plenty of options and trim levels to appeal to a wide array of buyers (personally I love the GT hatchback with the larger 2.5L engine). I wasn’t too thrilled with the overly sized center tachometer, but that’s a minor detail I’m willing to overlook given how terrific the rest of the car is. [Read more…]
I’ve had the chance to attend a few of the fabulous shows put on by Koba Entertainment and I’m always impressed by what a great job the company does at producing live shows featuring beloved cartoon characters that the whole family can enjoy. The company’s newest production, The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure, recently came to Regina and my boys and I headed off to check out the show. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Who explores a coral reef, discovers a seaweed farm and joins the jellyfish ballet – all before snack time? The Backyardigans! Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha, Uniqua and Austin are back on stage, singing and dancing and ready to plunge sea deep into adventure. Dive into the action as these five friends explore clues, discover underwater magic, and match wits with an egocentric, seaweed farming octopus and a pair of playful (but messy!) dolphins. With a splashy range of song-and dance styles to wade along to – including psychedelic soul, Bollywood, bossa nova, and more – our heroes save the day. With non-stop excitement and surprises, this watery tale will mesmerize, entertain and delight audiences of all ages! [Read more…]
Everyone’s favourite preschool pals, The Backyardigans, are hitting the stage in an all-new live adventure and you could be there to see it! The newest production from Koba Entertainment, The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure, is packed with all the singing, dancing and imagination that makes these backyard buddies such a hit with preschool children everywhere. Here’s a brief synopsis of the show:
Who explores a coral reef, discovers a seaweed farm, and joins the jellyfish ballet – all before snack time? The Backyardigans! Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha, Uniqua and Austin are back on stage, singing and dancing and ready to plunge sea deep into adventure.
Dive into the action as these five friends explore clues, discover underwater magic, and match wits with an egocentric, seaweed farming octopus and a pair of playful dolphins. With a splashy range of song-and-dance styles to wade along to – including psychedelic soul, Bollywood, bossa nova, and more – our heroes save the day. With non-stop excitement and surprises, this watery tale will mesmerize, entertain and delight audiences of all ages! [Read more…]