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Sunday, August 31, 2014

This was the Summer... {Mommyhood Confessions}

This was the summer that I took the whole family to Pittsburgh on a presstrip, and we had so much fun, visiting the National Aviary, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Kennywood Amusement Park, and a Pittsburgh Pirates ball game. It was the first time I took hubby on a presstrip and he managed to pick up some rare virus which infected his eyes.

This was the summer when my husband spent four weeks visiting with eye doctors and specialists, and lying in the dark unable to see. And despite the fact that this virus was supposedly incredibly contagious, some how the kids and I never caught it. This was the summer that we washed our hands forty times a day with antibacterial soap, and I was ever so happy to have that Lysol No-Touch system set up in the bathroom.

This was the summer when I mowed the lawn for the first time, ever, in my entire life. Hubby's eyes were extremely photosensitive as they healed, aka sunlight hurt, any light hurt. So he lay in the dark listening to podcasts while I attempted to do the yard work. This is also the summer when the weeds ran rampant, and I cringed thinking how the neighbours must hate the sight of our yard. This was the summer when we didn't even open the pool.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Healthful Eating, 1960s Style {#ThrowbackThursday}

When we cleaned out my Grandmothers basement, we found an older version of the Canadian Food Guide from 1969 called "Healthful Eating". It has some interesting tips. Such as suggesting that you start feeding your baby orange juice at two weeks old, that teen boys should have 16oz of butter a week (teen girls only need 10oz if you were wondering), and every meal should include bread and butter or fortified margarine.

16oz equals a pound. A pound of butter. 
That's four sticks of butter, or one big package.

Am I reading this right? 
Did this pamphlet just tell me that fats and carbs are a better source of energy than proteins?

Lard is a condiment? Yeah, no calories in lard at all. I'll be sure to add some to my mandatory bread and butter, just, you know, as seasoning.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of Aug.28th

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, August 26, 2014

#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 want to take it to Instagram and share our Canadian perspective on travel with the world. We invite Canadian bloggers (or expats) to join in. 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!

Bubbles Everywhere {Cake Magic}

Monday, August 25, 2014

Twitter Party Alert ~ Back to School #CAAChat, Aug.26th at Noon

Tomorrow at noon, head on over to Twitter for a fun CAA chat. We'll be highlighting some CAA Rewards partners, discussing back to school shopping strategies and sharing tips (and nifty prizes!) to help make your back to school adventures a little more affordable.

Twitter Party Alert

Join in the CAA Back to School Twitter Party!

When: Tuesday August 26th at Noon EST
Follow your hosts: @MyChaos, @My3LilKittens and @MapleLeafMommy
Hashtag: #CAAChat
Topic: Back to school shopping and saving strategies.
PrizesOver $300 in prizes; including gift cards from Payless Shoesource, East Side Marios, and Kernels, a Roots Wallet and MORE.
No RSVP required.

Hope to see you there!

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by CAA. As always my words and opinions are my own.
Friday, August 22, 2014

ASUS Transformer, First Impressions #IntelCanada

A Transformer (of the tablet/netbook sort and not the "robots in disguise" kind) has been on hubby's wishlist for along while. A while back we were in a toss up over to buy this baby's predecessor, or a straight up tablet. We ended up going with the tablet. So when Intel said they'd like to send me an ASUS Transformer T100 to check out hubby perked right up. "You know that's the one we almost bought last year, right?"

When it arrived I took a peek at the back of the box and noticed that the Transformer comes with a 1 year warranty that covers accidental drops, spills, power surges and fire damage. Um, I live with young children. While I sincerely hope I never have to fall back on this warranty, it's such a wonderful thing to have!

I took the Transformer out of the box, looked through the paperwork that came with it and plugged it in to charge up. And once it was charged it promptly disappeared. Hubby made off with it almost immediately. I got to hear a little bit of grumbling and cursing as it took a few minutes to get the system set up.
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