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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Share Your Travel Photos -- Join in on Instagram, it's #TravellingMaple Tuesday!

Welcome to Travelling Maple Tuesdays! Each Tuesday we invite you to post a picture on Instagram and include the hastag ‪#‎TravellingMaple‬.

Travelling Maple is a website meant to showcase Canadian travel content. Canadian writers are invited to submit their travel themed posts. It can be about worldwide travel, or travel that takes place here in Canada; around the world or down the block, we want to hear about it (Remember, what's local for you can be a tourist destination for someone else).

Each Tuesday we move the party over to Instagram, sharing our Canadian perspective on travel with the world. We invite our fellow Canadians to join in (you don't need to be a blogger to take part). Just post any sort of travel photo, tell us where it's from and be sure to tag it #TravellingMaple.

If you decide to take part we ask that you share the love. For each picture you post please comment on or like at least two pictures with the #TravellingMaple hashtag.

And please be sure to follow your hosts:

We can’t wait to connect with you and see your awesome travel photos!
Monday, May 25, 2015

Stars on Ice (& in Drag), Hip Hip Chin Chin ‪#‎JergensOnIce‬

On Mother's Day I had the delightful experience of attending Stars on Ice (Thank you, Jergens!). I wanted to share a few extra photos from one of my favourite parts of the show, a group dance set performed to "Hip Hip Chin Chin" by Club des Belugas. Upbeat tune, colourful costumes, flawless footwork, first class athletes making all that ice-skating look fun and effortless... what's not to love?

 "The subject for tonight's lecture is rhythm, the beat, the driving force that holds our lives together..."

There seemed to be something a little off with broad-shouldered woman in the green dress, Throughout the routine she was coming on a little strong to her dance partner, and then at the end of the set Browning tore off "her" wig to revel Shawn Sawyer in drag. which got plenty of chuckles from the crowd.

Thanks again to Jergens for providing me with tickets to see the Stars on Ice 25th Anniversary show. (And don't forget, if you're a fan of Jergens, I've got a Jergens gift basket giveaway going on until the June 17th.)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

At the Sleep Clinic, an Overnight Sleep Apnea Test

Sleep Apnea, is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep. ~ Mayo Clinic
Many years ago my mother was diagnosed with sleep apnea and then about six years back my husband also was diagnosed. For several years now I've suspected that I might have sleep apnea as well. I 'm aware that the fact that my mom has it increases my chances.My husband tells me I snore like a lumber jack and will often just abruptly stop and then start up again. Also, I am always tired, infinitely tired. There are not enough naps in the world for how tired I am most days. Sure, part of that is the whole not sleeping for the past billion years because I have kids thing. However the thoughts that I might have sleep apnea, the being always tired and able to fall asleep anywhere at any time, that predates the kids. So I finally buckled down and decided to get tested for sleep apnea. And this is what it was like...

The instructions I received said arrive at 8pm, bring your sleeping attire and some reading material. I am 15 minutes early. I get buzzed in and sit in a chair just out side of the elevator, waiting. Around 8-ish I meet Chelsea, my tech for the night. She sees me to my room. It's nothing like I expected. For one, its private. Four walls, a door. I had in my minds eye something like in a movie, something with windows and people watching you (though later I do note there is a video camera along the one wall).

Double bed, and survey, await as I enter  my private room. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hot Wheels, Second Generation Crush #PlayAdvocate

I remember loving Hot Wheels as a kid. In particular I remember this one car which I took with me everywhere, a shiny green Volkswagen Beetle. I loved that little car. It slept on my bed next to my pillow, and it travelled with me in the pocket of my jeans. It went missing one day. I got home from a long day of adventuring and realized my beloved Bug wasn't with me. I remember being completely broken hearted, like shaky little four year old tears crushed.

I see my five year old with her new favourite Hot Wheels and I see me. She's enamoured with this little motorbike which she has named Zoomy. She told me she loves him because of the way the gold bit in the centre spins when you zoom him on the hard floors. Zoomy is her pal. When we leave the house she smuggles Zoomy out in her windbreaker pocker, when we head to the park he comes along, and yesterday I caught her setting up a picnic tea party in the hallway where Zoomy was the guest of honour.

Last time we were out adventuring, she begged me to take these photos of her and Zoomy at the park.

Does your little one have a Hot Wheels crush? Do they dote on one car in particular or just love them by dozen?

Disclosure: I am a Play Advocate. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive special access to Mattel events and products. As always my words and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of May 21

Welcome to the The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up 
This is a weekly link-up, with a new linky published every Thursday (often up by Wednesday night).

My Mother's Day Experience with Stars on Ice {Plus Jergens Giveaway!} #JergensOnIce

I had the most incredible Mother's Day, thanks to Jergens. Jergens is one of the sponsors of the Stars on Ice tour and they offered me tickets to the London performance of the 25th Anniversary show, which happened to take place right on Mother's Day. So I hopped in the car with my mom, my mother-in-law and my eldest daughter and drove to London for the afternoon.

My mother-in-law loves figure skating, so I thought this would be a real treat for her. That's the main reason I said yes to the tickets. I thought the seven year old might enjoy the show, but I also worried she might be bored silly. My mom came along mostly because she agreed that a road trip to see an ice show would be a perfect gift for my mother-in-law. And at first it sort of felt like I was just along for the ride.

Then the show started and from the moment that Kurt Browning first glided out on to the ice I was captivated. These were some of the best figure skaters in the world, each one a world class champion, and I have to say they put on one heck of a show. Each time I looked over to check on the seven year old, I would see her leaning forward in her seat to watch, glowing in the coloured lights and grinning ear to ear.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Little Miss Trouble Gets a Haircut {Wordless Wednesday with LINKY}

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