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Thursday, February 11, 2016

St. Valentine's Greeting, Antique 1912 Postcard #ThrowbackThursday

a kiss on the cheek antique 1912 postcard
A kiss for St. Valentine's. Scan of an antique postcard, postmarked 1912. 

Canadian Friendly Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of Feb.11th

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Family Valentine’s Day Plans with Boston Pizza, Heart-Shaped Pizza & Feel Good Moments

I have plans for Valentine's Day. Big old plans. I even made reservations. I didn't book a sitter though, because Valentine's these days is more about the kids then it is about us.

While I'll never turn down an excuse for date night, the truth is hubby and I get to go out just the two of us fairly often. My mom, bless her heart, takes the girls overnight pretty frequently. Which means we end up having a night on the town once a month or so.

So come Valentine's I'm content to leave the romance to the rest of the crowd, and focus on the kids. My girls get more excited about Valentine's decorations and cards then I ever have, ever, at any point in my life.

Besides, I find there is something romantic about a nice family dinner. One where the kids are behaving perfectly, and you and your husband actually get to take your eyes off of them without worrying they're about to do something ridiculous, look each other in the face and chat.

In order to get that perfect moment when the kids are happily distracted, I am willing to cheat and stack the deck in my favour. Which is why I've made reservations for their favourite restaurant, Boston Pizza. And while I know the combination of favourite eating spot, plus personal colouring books and heart decorations will go a long way towards producing quiet happy kids, I've got one more trick up my sleeve. Something that that I am certain is going to wow them - heart-shaped pizzas.

For just one special day a year Boston Pizza sells heart-shaped pizzas. 

Heart-shaped pizzas are available in small and medium size, classic or multigrain, and can be ordered for eat in, take-out, or delivery, in any of Boston Pizza's standard yummy flavours (have you tried the Butter Chicken pizza yet? my favourite!), or you can create your own combo of toppings. The only catch is they are here for ONE DAY ONLY.

Not only do you get a cute, romantic, tasty, heart-shaped pizza, you also get that warm fuzzy feeling in your heart that comes from knowing you're helping a good cause, because when you buy a heart-shaped pizza you are supporting children's charities across Canada. One dollar from every heart-shaped pizza sold at Boston Pizza goes towards their charity initiative, the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, which supports five different partner charities: the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Canada, Kids Help Phone, the Rick Hansen Foundation, Live Different and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

If heart-shaped pizza isn't your thing, or if you're unable to make it to Boston Pizza on the 14th, you can still help support the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, and the bevvy of charities they partner with, by donating and getting a heart-shaped peel and win sticker. From now until February 14th if you make a minimum $2 donation to the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects  you'll get a  Peel and Win Heart with a guaranteed prize. such as $2 off dessert, a free panookie, free pizzatizer, free starter, or $5 off of your next delivery or take-out order of $25 or more.

My plan is to let each kid make a donation and get a Peel and Win Heart to open. Fun for them, and savings for mom -- win/win. Then I'm going to sit back and relax with hubby for a few minutes until the food shows up, while the girls focus on their colouring. I'm looking forward to seeing their eyes light up when they see those heart shaped pizzas hit our table. We might even splurge and order dessert, especially if we happen to win one of those $2 off coupons. Sounds like a pretty dreamy Valentine's Day dinner to me!

What about you folks? See any heart-shaped pizzas in your future? What do you have planned for Valentine's Day? Do you try and do things with just your spouse, or is it all about family time?

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Boston Pizza. As always my words and opinions are my own.

True Love, Star Wars Style...

Star Wars quote for Valentines Day

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Banjo Cat is Where it's At {almost Wordless Wednesday}

What happens when the girl dons facepaint for a play at school, and then wants to keep it on to practice banjo, and begs me to take photos of her as "Banjo Cat"...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What Will You Be Streaming in 2016? @Netflix_CA #StreamTeam Giveaway

So yesterday I talked about how, in a roundabout way, my secret New Year's resolution is to watch more Netflix. Currently hubby and I are watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a show which we intentionally avoided when it originally aired. Back in the day many of our friends were Buffy fanatics, and we used to laugh at them when they would say they couldn't do x or go to y because it was Buffy night. Seeing it in the Netflix line up we thought, meh maybe there's a reason everyone was so gaga for it back then. Let's give it a spin. A month and a half, and four seasons later, and we're still riding along.

Actually we're not just watching Buffy, we're watching both Buffy and Angel. Heck, I've even gone so far as to do some research online, trying to find out the ideal viewing order for watching Buffy and Angel concurrently. So yeah, feel free to laugh at me, because this 40 year old's current obsession involves kids in highschool college, battling, and befriending, demons and vampires. I also now kind of have a thing for Sarah Michelle (Gellar) Prinze, and I geeked out a bit when I discovered she's a keynote speaker for one of this year's BlogHer conventions (which, in all likelihood, I am NOT attending, still cool).

We've talked about what we're going to watch next and X-Files is the current top contender. It's another show that hubby and I didn't really watch when it originally aired. Though in this case I can say I did see an episode here and there, and didn't go out of my way to actively avoid it, as I did Buffy. Still I think it will be an interesting experience to watch all nine season of that, all in a row, and really get immersed in the whole narrative. Then I can look forward to when the "new" X-Files, a.k.a. season ten, hopefully eventually hits Netflix.

The other one that tops my Must Watch list is the new Marvel series, Jessica Jones. Actually, it's a bit shocking that we've waited this long to dive into this one. I've been hearing good things. I expect great things. Daredevil was just so darn amazingly good! I am ready to line up for whatever other Netflix exclusives Marvel is willing to throw at us.

And well there's a new season of House of Cards to look forward to (March 4), season two of Daredevil (March 18), season two of Marco Polo (confirmed for June), season two of Sense8 (rumored to be coming in July) and season nine of Doctor Who (which I suspect, based on last year's release dates, will hit Netflix sometime in August),

Ohhh, and I also just noticed season one of Better Call Saul is now available, and starting February 16th the brand new season two episodes will each be available, one by one, a day after they air stateside.

Dang. That's a heck of a lot of TV I've got lined up before me.

What are you going to be streaming in 2016?
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