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It’s often easy to forget living in an ugly word, that every now and then we need to stop and give back to others.  One person can truly make a difference, which is why I love sharing TELUS and all their campaigns that help give back to the communities we live in.  I was trolling Facebook when I came across this beautiful story and had to share it.  It reminds me of the time I was involved in the Purple Crying Cap campaign, giving caps to babies who suffered from shaken baby syndrome.  And immediately tears came to my eyes when I watched Angel’s story.

 

 


My goals for the month of August are to be positive in the community and world around me. Each day I’m going to post pictures of simple things, beautiful things, my family, moments in time, and share with you all things we all take for granted. Those precious moments we may overlook are never forgotten when shared.

Angel is incredible, how she goes above and beyond, praying for each child and believing in the love she puts into each blanket she makes.  My heart just soared watching the video, as TELUS and Angel’s community banned together to give her the space she needed to continue her dream to help sicks kids.

Angel as a mother of a child with special needs, a child who was a (sick kid) growing up, your heart and love is such a true GIFT from God.  Keep doing what you are, giving where you live, supporting your dreams and making it so we can all share in your small acts of kindness! 

TELUS is donating $1 to Angel’s HUGGINZ business to help her keep her dreams going to help sick kids with blankets. So please share this post with your friends and family, and Angel’s story to help her and you #givewhereyoulive to help make our world a better place.

WE WANNA KNOW — What’s the most charitable thing you’ve ever done in your life for someone else.  Or what act of kindness has someone done for you.

Disclosure: We love TELUS and their kindness to our communities. The opinions in this post are our own, and shared with our readers because we care!

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Being a mom blogger and working online as a basic 24/7 job, I had to make a decision on how much of my personal life I wanted to share. The Internet is crazy, as everything goes completely viral within seconds.  You have to be forever careful about what to share personally, ie: photos of my kids, hubby and me, places we go, as most items can be tracked, discovered and re-shared in the blink of an eye.  

I’m always worried about a negative photo coming out, especially one of myself.  My worst nightmare would be a day at the beach in a bathing suit!  OMG watch me cry!  And I’m careful in educating my kids on which photos or videos they share online of themselves as I’m raising a tech savvy 8 years old and 15 year old, who think the world is still a fun and safe place, and nothing can come back to bite them in the arse.

When hubby and I got married, of course there were promises made to keep our marriage alive and growing, especially in the bedroom.  With bills, babies and stress — it’s not always easy to keep the magic alive, if you know what I mean.  But to me the bedroom and antics that go on in there are VEGAS BABY!  What goes on in the bedroom should stay in the bedroom.  But I always wondered for those people who made a video of themselves intimately — what if it got in the wrong hands?  Or worse ended up online? 

How embarrassing would that be?  

and the word FUNNY never ever crossed my mind.

Then I saw a video clip for the movie SEX TAPE and instantly broke into laughter.  Okay, it’s easier to laugh when it’s not you it’s happening to.  But add Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal as a married couple wanting to spice up their love life, only to end up sharing it with the clouds.  And you’ve got HILARITY written all over it!

 

 

SEX TAPE by Sony Pictures is definitely a movie hubby and I are going to see on date night.  My favorite line in the movie clip is when Diaz asks her husband why he can’t get the tape down from the clouds and he says: “Nobody understands the clouds,” which is soooooo true.  It makes me want to unsync each and every device I use — just in case!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done in your relationship?  You can share it here with us, trust me, it won’t go viral.  Or will it? MUAHHAHAHAHA. 

“Disclosure: I am part of the Sony Pictures – Sex Tape Movie program with Mom Central Canada. The opinions and story of this blog are my own.”

 

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This past weekend my family and I had the amazing opportunity to visit Dinotown FUNLAND in Cultus Lake, BC and we had a blast!  5 acres of extreme fun. The kids will love you for taking them there. Open from 10am till September 2014. You can pack a picnic lunch and head out Hwy 1 towards Chilliwack. Trust me you won’t regret it.

  • Live Shows
  • Dino-tastic-Fun!
  • Inflatable Bouncy Rides
  • Inflatable Water Slide
  • Peddle Boats
  • Mini Golf and more!

Ticket Prices

  • Kids 30″-54″ $11.95
  • Toddlers under 30″ are FREE
  • Adults $9.95 (get your discount coupon here)
  • Seniors $7.95

You can hook up with Dinotown on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop with all the dinosaurs, Dinotown events, and promotions.

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Disclosure: This post was not compensated. We wish to thank our sponsor Dinotown Funland for providing the prize giveaway for our readers. All opinions are 100% our own.

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Dinotown still exists!  I remember growing up as a kid going there when it used to be Flintstone Park.  Well the all new Dinotown FUNLAND sits on 5 acres of gorgeous land at Cultus Lake, BC and brings you adventure for the whole family!

This weekend my family and I had an opportunity to visit Dinotown with a group of bloggers #YVRbloggers and their families as they re-opened on June 27, 2014. 5 acres of FUN ALL DAY, One LOW Price! The park is open Daily from now until September 1st 10am.

 

We got to the park at 10:30 just after they opened. Upon entering there were of course some dino’s for us to see. Trace paused to let me snap of pic of him in front of one, before he bolted off to grab himself a game of mini-golf, one of his all time favorite things to do. And we hadn’t even really entered the park yet!

 

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After a few rounds of golf, we headed for our meet and greet with our fellow bloggers and their families. We were just in time for the Dinotown Super Dino Show!  Trace and grabbed seats with everyone and we sat and watched the show as Dusty and his friends sang and danced. The kids surrounding us (mine included) really enjoyed it!

After the show we walked around to check out some of the attractions. First on the list was the Giant inflatable waterslide. Trace couldn’t wait to get on it. He loves inflatables (bounce castles and jumping around). It is lots of fun for the kids. Dinotown FUNLAND has more attractions than I thought they would.

  • Inflatable water slide
  • Walk through maze
  • Large interactive snakes and ladders
  • Paddle Boats
  • Mini Golf
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Sandy Beach pit for digging and relaxing
  • Zipline
  • Ride on Big Wheels (adults too)
  • Ice Cream Parlor
  • Baseball
  • Climbers
  • Pet Hospital/Doll House/Police/Fire/Other various houses for interactive play
  • and much more!

Around noon we had some lunch provided by Wendy (staffer) just learning to tweet – GO WENDY! And we met with the Mayor of Dinotown who told us after closing down the park became mobile, showing up at Cloverdale Rodeo and various other spots, before settling on 5 acres across from the Cultus Lake Waterpark in Chilliwack, BC.  It’s the perfect spot for taking the kids to have an afternoon of fun. And the best part is one low price gets you in all day (rain or shine) and you can even bring a picnic with you. There are tables set up everywhere for families to gather and eat. I love that!

 

Check out our Dino Adventure! 

 

Dinotown FUNLAND is definitely something you have to check out if you haven’t yet. I love that we can go up, taking the Trans Canada Hwy 1 and then spend the entire day there, bring a picnic, play some golf, tackle the zipline and best of the price is reasonable!  

Visit Dinotown FUNLAND for more information

 

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Would you like to take your family to visit Dinotown FUNLAND?  If you do we are giving away a family pack of 4 tickets for you to enjoy this great adventure all on your very own.

 

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The weather here in the fraser valley is heating up. Canada Day we reached a record high of 33 degrees, hot and the summer fun took charge. And man does it ever feel so great.  Of course my summer officially begins with Canada Day. Each year we head to the Rotary Stadium for celebrations, kid fun and fireworks.  This year the kids had a blast to kick off what we hope will be a great summer for all of us. 

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So far this year I’ve done a few things on my Summer Bucket List, such as visit Devon Nursery for beautiful hanging baskets, Mini Golf at Giggle Ridge and this weekend we are heading to Dinotown!

 

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Now that the weather is kicking into full bloom. I plan on crossing even more things off our bucket list. I want to hit the waterslide, they are so much fun, and next weekend take the kids to Othello tunnels and go for a hike. Some goodies we bring along with us for any family adventures include:

  • grapes, oranges, apples
  • carrots, celery and dip
  • tuna or ham and cheese sandwiches
  • crackers and garlic sausage
  • water bottles, juice boxes
  • and no picnic is complete without some kinder surprises!  They are my boys favorite treat!

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In August we are hoping to head down to the states for a week, and take part in their City Pass.  It’s a great way to see the city, with a trip around the bay on a cruise ship, a visit to the zoo, aquarium and Seattle space needle of course. It’s always tempting to bring treats and snacks with you when you travel. But we’d like to remind our readers, be cautious.  

If traveling to the USA (Kinder® Surprise® eggs are not allowed to cross the border, which means my kiddos will have to wait till we get back for their favorite treat and toys!  BOO!

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Summer is a great time to branch out, do things you haven’t done before and take adventures.  Whether it’s a staycation somewhere out of province, or just camping in your backyard. It’s important to have fun, relax, make time for yourself and for the family. That’s what I plan on doing. Making each day count!

“Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own”

What do you have planned this summer?

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Watermelon Salad

Do you love watermelon as much as I do?  I get cravings for watermelon, especially during the summer months. It’s thirst quenching and refreshing. So what about adding it to a salad?  I never even thought of that. But it sounds yummy, and Kraft has made it super easy for you to enjoy it!

Watermelon Salad
Serves 8
Yummy watermelon salad to enjoy anytime of the day!
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 cups loosely packed torn Boston lettuce
  2. 2 cups seedless watermelon chunks (1 inch)
  3. 3/4 cup quartered cucumber slices
  4. 1/3 cup thin small red onion slices, separated into rings
  5. 1/3 cup Pure Kraft Refrigerated Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing
Instructions
  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Add dressing; toss to coat.
Notes
  1. Cook 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts and 1/4 cup sugar in skillet on medium heat until sugar is melted and nuts are evenly coated, stirring frequently. Spread onto sheet of foil; cool. Sprinkle over salad just before serving.
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Disclosure: This recipe is from Kraft and in no way is paid. All opinions and sharing are 100% our own. Thanks for reading!

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Canada Day is on Tuesday and one thing I love about Canada Day is all the delicious and yummy recipes. So today I’m going to showcase a round-up of our favorites for you to drool over!

 

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Cute finger foods for kids on Canada Day. Put them on skewers and add them to a Canada Day mug. Great for decorating and parties.

 

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Canada Day Popsicles. These look so yummy and great for a hot day to celebrate our country’s birth!  These are raspberry cheesecake. I know hold yourself back. You can get the recipe here from the Novice Chef.

 

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You’ll be the hit of the party with these cute little sandwiches. Made with maple leaf cookie cutters, spread with philly cream cheese and strawberry jam mixed together. Oh so yummy! They won’t last long but your guests will feel festive eating them.

 

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Strawberries dipped in white melted chocolate. Wow! Okay yep I can just imagine these in my mouth right now. I may eat these all before I put them on the plate or just show people a picture and say na na boo boo!

 

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This great recipe comes from we love crafty tracey. It’s layered jell-o. You don’t have to use red jell-o either, you can use any flavor you want. But red is perfect for Canada day! 

 

jellocakeMaking Sweet Jell-o Cake looks yummy and the recipe is pretty simple, and something the kids will love!  It’s perfect as a dessert for your Canada Day party!

 

sj3This one is for my mom, strawberry shortcake. She’s a huge fan and this recipe done in a glass is super sweet and easy on the eyes I might add. It’s super great to look at and eat!

This is a great round-up of recipes for Canada Day. If you have some to add, share them below in our comments.

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I love Stephen King. I always have. So when I started watching his series Haven on DVD, I had no idea what to expect. And I got way more than I bargained for, which led to binge watching this past weekend seasons 1, 2 and 3. Now I’m hooked!

Haven is based on Stephen King’s novella “The Colorado Kid” and it became Showcase’s and Syfy’s new series.  It’s a story about Haven, a small town in Maine where people have afflictions (curses) supernatural powers.  When FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) comes to town to investigate a mysterious death, she learns a few things that may just make her stay in Haven, like she’s been there before and people know her, and she’s linked to the Colorado Kid, but nobody remembers how.

 

I can’t dive in to everything because I don’t want to ruin it for you. It’s more than creepy, or supernatural. The human element of the show goes beyond X-Files, or anything I’ve seen. It’s a huge mystery, written in King’s fashion where not everything is tied up neatly at the end.

Audrey works closely with town Sheriff Nathan (Lucas Bryant) as she learns she is there to help the (troubled) those with powers or afflictions. Why? I can’t tell you. Nathan has an affliction himself, he can’t feel pain or anything. But he can feel Audrey which ties them together. And then there is Duke, The Rev, The Newspaper Men and of course it keeps cropping up just Who is the Colorado Kid and what is his tie to the Haven?  

I am in love with this series. I was a huge X-Files fan and really love Under the Dome, but nothing has gotten me as excited as Haven. It’s just fun to watch!  But there is another reason I watch.  Check out below and you’ll see why. 

Haven is also a love story. It’s about an unbreakable bond that goes back in the past, present and future and ties Nathan and Audrey together that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The chemistry between Nathan and Audrey and the storytelling is just incredible!  The writers are good as they tie things together, bringing the past and future into the fold as Audrey tries to learn who she is really is and they try to help the troubled of Haven. I’m a sucker for love stories, especially ones like this. Mix this in with all the supernatural, creepy, scary King stuff and of course this show rocks!

What do you think? Have you seen the show?

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    I’ve been a loyal Telus customer for years. Why? I could tell you it’s the great service I receive on my television package. It’s the amazing up-time of my Internet, which is important as a blogger. I could tell you their customer service has always been amazing. But honestly — the real reason is because I like brands who care about their customers and their communities.

    Telus is one of the nations largest community givers. Did you know that? I’m sure you’ve seen commercials for their “Give Where You Live” campaigns. I think it’s amazing that Telus not only cares about the communities we live in, but they strive to give their customers (NEW & LOYAL) rewards and appreciation. Take a look at what they did for Ramona!

    Okay yep I cried watching this. Did you see how happy she was when she was up in that plane?  How super fantastic is that?  Thinking of Ramona, got me thinking. What would my special day look like if I were to be rewarded?  What would I want to do?

    MET_ShoppingSpreeLogo_300x225Honestly I can if I were to have a dream day it would be — to go shopping at Walmart with an unlimited budget. Okay I know not the most fantastic day to you maybe.   But to me it would mean getting things for my kids they really want and need.  Runners with no holes, as many pairs as they want!  Food for my freezer and shelves for at least six months.  Western Movies and Music for hubby and clothes that fit him, and maybe a new computer for myself to keep blogging.  I’d love to be able to say READY… SET… SHOP! to my family and have them not worry or stress about the money, because they’ve been selfless, kind and supportive of me through these years.  I’d also love to share my shopping spree grabs with my homeless community and people in my community. Kinda like TELUS!

    What TELUS did for Ramona is incredible but they aren’t stopping there.  The TELUS Care-a-Van team is going to Guelph this week with a host of events and activities on their agenda to specially thank TELUS local customers in the Guelph community.

    TELUS is performing acts of caring throughout the Guelph community throughout the week. They are donating $5 to the Guelph Children’s Foundation for every use of the hashtag #actsofcaring. So if you have a mobile phone or computer, get hashtagging to help Guelph out!

    TELUS is going to door to door to the homes of their top 100 customers to thank them personally with care packages – a small token of their appreciation.

    TELUS is hosting a BBQ (free) event for the top 1000 customers and their families located at the local TELUS store. They are presenting the cheque to the Guelph Children’s Foundation in the amount of $5000 — in response to all the uses of #actsofcaring

    Now can you see why I love being connected to a brand like TELUS?  I mean who doesn’t want to be part of something special like this?  TELUS is recognizing customers, supporting local causes and giving back to the communities they are involved with. To me that is something pretty special.

    If you could do anything special for the day what would it be?

    “Disclosure: I am part of the TELUS Grand Gestures Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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    Disney is back at it again with the loveable characters from PLANES!  In this all new comedy adventure “Planes: Fire & Rescue” this movie is about second chances, featuring a crew that is devoted to protecting Piston Peak National Park from burning wildfire.  Dusty, the world famous air racer suddenly learns his engine is damaged and racing is out of the question for him. He decides to shift gears and finds himself launched into the world of aerial firefighting.  Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a group of all-terrain vehicles known as the “Smokejumpers” and together the team must battle massive wildfire.  Dusty has to learn what it takes to become a true hero all over again.

     

    PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE (In Disney Digital 3D™) WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS

    Release Date: July 18, 2014

    Voice Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara

    Director: Bobs Gannawa

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    My kids are super stoked to see this in the theater. We loved the first Disney’s Planes, and this one looks like even more fun with tons of great characters kids can relate to. I also think it’s a great way to bring awareness to how fires are not just fought in burning buildings. Everyday heroes go unrecognized, and Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue brings to light those heroes and what they do to keep us safe.

     

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    We are super happy to announce we have up for grabs (5 FAMILY PASSES AVAILABLE) for CANADIANS ONLY to win to see the movie in the select cities and theaters below. Click on the tabs to see what theater and city is closest to you. Each pass admits a family of 4 for each city winner.

    EDMONTON

    Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton

    Wednesday, July 16th

    7:00pm

    OTTAWA

    SilverCity Gloucester

    Wednesday, July 16th

    7:30pm

    TORONTO

    Cineplex Yonge & Dundas

    Wednesday, July 16th

    7:15pm

    VANCOUVER

    SilverCity Riverport

    Wednesday, July 16th

    7:00pm

    WINNIPEG

    SilverCity Polo Park

    Wednesday, July 16th

    7:00pm

     


     

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