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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link Up ~ Week of Dec.18th

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).
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Cookies {Cake Magic}

Er.. or perhaps more precisely, cookie magic.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Power the Holidays with Duracell this Season, #PowerSmiles {#PGmom Giveaway}

As we all know Christmas time brings new toys, aka new things that need batteries! Honestly it seems like 9 out of 10 of the toys my kids receive from friends and family at Christmas time (you know all the ones hubby and I don't buy?) need batteries!  And we all know there's nothing more disappointing that a child receiving a Christmas gift without the accompanying batteries to power it up.

When you purchase Duracell to help power smiles this Christmas, not only will you be powering your family’s holiday joy, you’ll also help make a child’s hospital stay a little brighter. Duracell has been a long time supporter of the Children's Miracle Network. Once again this Christmas season they're donating money and batteries to help support sick kids in hospitals across Canada.

To help #PowerSmiles this holiday season, Duracell is donating a year's supply of batteries to hospitals across Canada. To help ensure kids can still be kids, even when in the midst of illness, these batteries will power up the thousands of playroom toys and games that children and their families will be playing with during the holidays and throughout the new year.

In addition Duracell's goal is to raise $150,000 in cash donations for the Children's Miracle Network. For every pack of Duracell Quantum and CopperTop batteries that Canadians purchase at Walmart from December 1st to December 31st, 2014, Duracell will donate 20 cents to Children’s Miracle Network.

As a PG Mom I was lucky enough to receive one of Hasbro's top holiday toys for this year -- Transformers: Age of Extinction Chomp and Stomp Grimlock and of course some Duracell Quantum batteries to power him up.

Your 20-inch Chomp and Stomp Grimlock figure is a giant robot with a mighty sword whos ready to take on any enemy. He changes in 1 step to a dino with a terrible, chomping jaw and light-up eyes! Power Battlers and One-Step Changes figures (sold separately) activate different lights, sounds and weapons, and his weapons pop out for battle!

I'm excited to be leaving this under the tree for my littlest robot lover. The box says ages 5 and up. Her 5th birthday will be in February, but that isn't too much of a stretch, I think she'll be good. She wants to move on to "real" Transformers but isn't ready for complicated transformations. This 1-step changer should be just perfect for her.

Have a little robot lover of your own at home? Want to win a Chomp and Stomp Grimlock? Read on!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Great Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of Dec.11th

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).
Monday, December 8, 2014

The Woods are just Trees.... {Monday Musings}

I have had the lyrics to the songs from Into the Woods burning and bouncing around in my brain non-stop for weeks now.

  "The way is clear,
    The light is good,
    I have no fear,
    No no one should.
    The woods are just trees,
    The trees are just wood."
Red Ridinghood, Into the Woods

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link Up ~ Week of Dec.4th

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).
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Disney’s Into The Woods – Canadian Advance Screening Giveaway

One time, back when I was in gradeschool, we were packed into a bus and herded off to a local highschool to see a play called Into The Woods. The parts that were odd, the parts that stick out in my memory, is first the fact that I was in grade 7 or 8 at the time and the play was about fairytale characters, and secondly that we only stayed for the first half of the play and had to leave at intermission. I remember quickly getting over my initial disappointment at being forced to watch a play for little kids, one with fairy tale characters like Cinderella and Rapunzel in it, and being drawn into the story and the songs, those glorious songs, and I also remember being really disappointed that "due to time constraints" we had to leave after the first half ended.

Years later I tracked down a DVD copy of the Broadway musical, you know, the one with Bernadette Peters as the Witch. Watching the play in it's entirety I quickly understood why we had only been show the first half. Into The Woods is not a children's story. It is dark in these woods, deeply dark.   

Over the years I've watched Into The Woods many times, taking in both live local productions and repeat viewings of that Broadway DVD, and to be honest I have a sort of love-hate relationship with it. I love the songs. Man do I ever love those songs. I also love the story, but I sort of hate that depressed dark shadowy feeling I'm left with after watching it. 
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