Monday, May 27, 2013

MIA for a while


Due to family emergency, I will be away from the blog for a while. Hopefully, I'll be able to post again sometime next week or so. Thank you :)
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Places to Stay & Things to Do on Manitoulin Island this Summer #ManitoulinSpotlight


With the MS Chi Cheemaun sailing again and the everyone celebrating the unofficial start of Summer, you're now ready to plan on your amazing Manitoulin Island Summer vacation. Right?

I'm not lying when I say that Mantioulin Island is truly a magical place.  I left Toronto in 2004 and fell in love with the Island. I've been living here for almost 10 years and love living here. Plus, being close to so many stunning beaches and lakes is pretty sweet (especially in the Summer)!


Places to Stay & Things to Do on Manitoulin Island this Summer

Manitoulin Island is known as an outdoor haven for those who enjoy hiking, cycling, boating, canoeing, kayaking, camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The Island is also fabulous for those interested in visiting museums, art galleries, farmers' markets and local shops.


Accommodations

There are many places to stay on the Island. Here are but a few of the places my friends and family have stayed at:
Manitoulin Inn
Turtle Creek
Auberge Inn
Buckhorn Motel
Gordon's Park
Big Buck Cottages
Hutchinson's Cabins
Meldrum Bay Inn
Manitoulin Resort
Timberlane Rustic Cottages
Fred's Camp
Sunset Bay Resort
Black Rock Resort
Rock Garden Terrace Resort
Southbay Guest House
Paradise Motel
Tehkummah Tipis

For a complete list of accommodations, visit the Our Manitoulin site.


Places to eat

Pizzeria in South Baymouth
The Roosteraunt
Ridge's 
The Musky Widow
Carol and Earl's 
Mum's

Many more places to eat -  Head over to ourmanitoulin.com for more eateries!



Attractions

Providence Bay beach
Bridal Veil Falls
Kagawong
Cup and Saucer hiking trails
Gordon's Park Eco-Resort (stargazing, interpretive centre, edible wilds tour, and more)
Kicking Mule Ranch
Rainbow Ridge Golf Course
Farmer's Markets
South Baymouth

Other

You'll want to know where to get all your necessities while on vacation. You can find gas stations in Little Current, Sheguiandah, Manitowaning, South Baymouth, Tehkummah, Mindemoya, West Bay, Kagawong, Gore Bay, etc.  When coming off the ferry, your first gas station is the Shell gas station/Carl's Trading Post. The gas station at the north end of the Island (not too far from the Swing Bridge) is in Little Current.

Need groceries? Little Current and Gore Bay have Valu-Mart. There's a Freshmart in Manitowaning, and Foodland in Mindemoya and Little Current. There are also smaller stores that carry basic groceries in many of the townships.

There are I.D.A. and Guardian locations if you need a stop at a pharmacy. The stores are fully stocked with everything you need from sunscreen, cosmetics, baby and feminine products, allergy meds, etc. The gift sections also have a great selection of items. Little Current, Manitowaning, Mindemoya, Gore Bay all have pharmacies should you need to purchase any necessities there.



For a complete list of Island Businesses, click here.

Websites/Resources:

My "Go-To" site for all things Manitoulin is Our Manitoulin. Local events, accommodations, business links, and everything you need to know are all listed on the website.

Other sites to peruse for planning your Manitoulin vacation are: Manitoulin Tourism, Manitoulin Island, Manitoulin Island Cottage Rentals,

If you're planning on visiting beautiful Manitoulin Island, there are many things to see and do! Be prepared to be amazed by the white sand beach at Providence Bay and the crystal clear, turquoise water of the many lakes on the Island.

Manitoulin hospitality awaits!

Ferry information can be found here.


Watch for my #ManitoulinSpotlight posts. I'll be featuring a different Manitoulin business every Monday beginning next week!



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Calling all Canadian entrepreneurs: Tell @TELUS & @globeandmail your greatest business challenge for a chance to earn a $100,000 grant



Being a small/medium sized business owner isn't easy - especially when you're starting out.  A little help, like a small business grant can certainly go a long way. This is yet another reason I am a TELUS client (and fan) through and through.  A company that is invested in helping entrepreneurs grow is a company I appreciate and respect.
In March, TELUS and The Globe and Mail launched The Challenge, the 3rd annual contest inviting Canadian small and medium-sized business owners to present their biggest business challenge for the opportunity to win a $100,000 grant from TELUS. 
This great opportunity was given to entrepreneurs across Canada to submit entries at Globeandmail.com/thechallenge and the entries will be judged by a panel that includes entrepreneurs and business experts.
In 2012, TELUS received more than 1,200 entries. The 2012 winner Glassopolis, sellers and distributors of fire-resistant glass in Toronto, Ontario, invested in new machinery to increase production and customer distribution. 
If you won the $100,000 grant, what would you put your grant money toward? 

To enter the contest, entrants are asked to describe the following in an 800-word submission:

  • A challenge their business is currently experiencing (200 words);
  • A proposed solution to this challenge and how the $100,000 prize would help overcome that challenge (200 words);
  • An explanation of the results they expect to achieve (200 words);
  • A description of how their business incorporates the following values into their business: 1) community investment/commitment to charities, 2) customer service and 3) innovation (200 words)

Calling all Canadian entrepreneurs: Tell @TELUS & @globeandmail your greatest business challenge for a chance to earn a $100,000 grant!

Canadians and fellow small business owners can join the conversation and follow the contest on Twitter via @TELUSBusiness and @GlobeSmallBiz using the hashtag #smallbizchallenge, on LinkedIn and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TELUSBusiness. The contest closes May 27, 2013.

Submissions close next Monday, May 27th!
It is easy for any small business owner to enter the contest for a chance to win the $100,000 business grant. Just fill out the quick online form and submit via the website!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Another Reason To Visit #Manitoulin Island! #WordlessWednesday @MCWChocolate


Another Reason To Visit Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Chocolate Works. Need I say more?

Picked these up for some friends and some clients :)

Link up your Wordless Wednesday posts! We'd love to check them out!

#4000Party Contest 8: Oliver's Got You Covered



In celebration of @LilSugarMag and @chancesmommy both reaching 4,000+ Twitter follwers, we're having a fun-filled few days of giveaways!

To show you how much we appreciate YOU we will be giving away 1 product each day on Twitter for the next few days!! Woot!! Not on Twitter? Don't worry, we have you covered! All prizes will be announced on Facebook as well...just follow the link and enter for your chance to WIN!! 

So many chances to win, so much fun! To get started, make sure you are following us!! 
On Twitter - @ChancesMommy
On Facebook - LifeOnManitoulin
On Twitter - @LilSugarMag
On Facebook - Lil-sugar.ca
Hashtag: #4000Party 

 **No R.S.V.P necessary** Just join in on the fun and remember to enter daily (via rafflecopter) to win the prize for that day! All entrants can only win once for the duration of the contest. Open to both US and Canadian residents.

Put away the messy permanent marker! This package contains plenty of labels for everything your child brings to sleep-over camp.

This Package Includes:
20 x Original Labels
50 x Mini Labels
14 x Shoe Labels
30 x Iron-on Clothing Labels
35 x Stick-eez™ Clothing Labels
2 x Large Bag Tags

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Friday, May 17, 2013

May 2-4 is the Unofficial Start of Summer! Target Canada Makes Summer Living Easy! @target_ca {GIVEAWAY}



May 2-4 is the Unofficial Start of Summer and Target Canada Makes Summer Living Easy.

For many of us in Canada, Victoria Day long weekend is the unofficial start of Summer! You know it's true. We get really excited with the milder weather. To us, May 2-4 weekend is shorts and flip flops time! It's when we open up our cottages, head to the lake, do some serious outdoor entertaining and rev up the 'ol BBQ!

Target Canada has prepared a check-list of all the essentials families will need to kick off the season.  They've thought of everything from Road Trip Essentials to Cottage Weekend and Summer Entertaining!

ROAD TRIP ESSENTIALS
The family road trip can be tough – often inching along as everyone hits the highway for the inaugural cottage visit or weekend away. To keep kids occupied (and drivers sane), be sure to pack the following:

  • Snacks – keep a secret stash of goodies to make a long trip a bit more bearable (and fast food pit stops to a minimum). Target’s owned brands Market Pantry and Archer Farms have a variety of snack items including fruit strips, granola, chips and popcorn to snack on along the way
  • Car friendly games – for long drives, best to pack some car friendly games and books to keep little ones occupied and entertained.
  •  iPad – make sure the family iPad is fully charged for tech savvy kids to quietly play their favourite games in the back.
  •  DVD – great for a rainy day or dull drive, pack favourite movies for the DVD player, such as The Rise of the Guardians, Mulan or The Lorax.
  •  Safety First – with so many cars on the highway, make sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit in the trunk.

COTTAGE WEEKEND
May 2-4 often marks the opening of family cottages across the country. Load the family van with these essentials to ensure everyone has a great weekend together and is ready for the summer:

  • Cottage comfies - Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate for the long weekend. Be sure to pack warm clothes and blankets if temperatures drop at night. The Roots Outfitters for Target collection has hoodies and jogging pants for the whole family to keep warm round the campfire.
  •  Sun/Skincare – be sure to hit the pharmacy aisle to be prepped for the elements. Don’t forget sunscreen, bug spray and a first aid kit for the cottage and boat. Target’s Up and Up line has everything to stock the medicine cabinet with all essentials for the summer.
  • Meals – bring foods that are easy to cook so you can spend more time outside having fun with family and friends. Frozen pizzas and chips and dips are easy items to have on hand for quick bites and easy but delicious appetizers for guests.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING
Canadians love to entertain outdoors and take advantage of beautiful summer-like weather. Target has everything from Bublé to bistro sets to make entertaining a breeze this season:

  • Plastic makes perfect – with kids running around in bare feet, plastic dishes and stemware make entertaining outside stress free. Target’s Threshold collection carries colourful dishes and serving trays to create a beautiful outdoor tabletop.
  • Accessorize – gardens and greenery provide a beautiful backdrop for any occasion. Add to the outdoors with seasonal accessories including bright patio rugs, umbrellas and pillows.
  • Ambiance – set the mood with outdoor lanterns and low background music (but remember, sound travels!)
  • Food - check the grocery aisle for quick and easy appetizers to pop in the oven as guests arrive. Archer Farms’ Spanakopita and Lobster and Cheese bites are crowd pleasers – just make sure you have enough on hand for seconds!

Now, if you know me in real life or if you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I am all about entertaining.  I love hosting dinner parties and I love cooking for lots of people!  

Target Canada has some fabulous ideas for your Summer entertaining! The ingredients for these next dishes are available at Target, including all the Market Place products (chickpeas and extra virgin olive oil for the dip and marshmallows for the S'mores bars). The Ghiradelli chocolate chips and Golden Grahams Crunch cereal are also available at Target.

The following recipes are courtesy of Target Canada:


{ CHICKPEA & FETA DIP }
What you need:

  •  2 cans (15 ounces each) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed
  •  2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
  •  1/3 cup roasted red pepper strips, divided
  • 1 clove garlic
  •  3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  •  Juice of 1/2 lemon
  •  TRISCUIT Crackers

Here’s how:
1. Process chickpeas, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/4 cup peppers and next 4 ingredients in food processor until smooth.
2. Spoon into serving bowl; top with remaining cheese and peppers.
3. Serve with crackers.
- Serve with TRISCUIT Thin Crisps or Archer Farms Tortilla Chips
- Two kinds of crunch: serve dip with cut-up fresh vegetable dippers in addition to crackers

and 

{ HONEY GRAHAM CRUNCH S'MORES BARS }
What you need:

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 cups Honey Graham Crunch cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups Market Pantry miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (11.5 oz.) bag milk chocolate chips

Here’s how:
1. Spray 8 or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.
2. Melt butter in large saucepan over LOW heat; add 3 cups miniature marshmallows. Cook and stir until melted and smooth; remove from heat. Add cereal; mix until well coated.
3. Press firmly into prepared pan with the back of a buttered spoon or waxed paper. Sprinkle 1
1/2 cups miniature marshmallows in single layer over top.*
4. Heat chocolate chips in medium microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Heat in additional 10 second increments until completely melted. Spread evenly over top of marshmallows. Let stand until chocolate is set. - Makes 16 bars
- If desired, toast marshmallows by heating under broiler a few minutes until lightly browned. Then drizzle with chocolate.
- This recipe can easily be doubled and made in a 13x9-inch pan. (You will need to purchase 2 bags of miniature marshmallows.) - Sprinkle over hot cereal.
- These make a great snack just served plain or mixed with dried fruit.
- Stir slightly crushed cereal into ice cream or frozen yogurt for a crunchy treat.



{ WIN IT }

Who's ready for Summer? Are you excited for May 2-4 Weekend? Leave a comment telling me how you'll be spending your Victoria Day weekend and you can win a $50 Target Gift Card with which you can buy your Summer entertaining essentials (or buy something nice for yourself)!

Open to residents of Canada. Ends June 3, 2013.



Disclosure - I was compensated for this post, however all the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.

School's Out For Summer! Not Quite, But A Staycation At @Fallsavenue @FallsWaterpark is Perfect for Family Fun This Summer! #likenowhereelse {GIVEAWAY}


People used to always tell me "Oh, we hate road trips" or "Road trips are so awful" and "You can't go on a road trip with young kids."



When we were kids, my parents took us on tons of road trips and we had a blast! We'd drive from Montreal to Florida every year. We'd also make shorter road trips from Montreal to Toronto or Montreal to New York to visit our family.  What I loved the most was the adventure! I loved driving to Florida with my family and passing through all the States until we reached our destination.

I always knew that when I had kids of my own, I wanted road trips to be part of their childhood memories.

School's Out For Summer! Not Quite, But A Staycation At @Fallsavenue @FallsWaterpark is Perfect for Family Fun This Summer! 

Before I had my daughter, people told me "It's impossible to travel with kids."  We've had to make long drives from the Island to Toronto every few weeks in Little One's first two years of life because of her appointments at Sick Kids Hospital.  6 hour drives were no problem. Ever.

Plus, when you live on the Island, kids have no choice but to get used to traveling and being in their car seats for a few hours. Everything is so far to get to. Being in a car seat for a while is not an option. 

Since we're too busy on the farm to leave on vacation for an extended period of time and airfare costs are quite pricey, we love the idea of a Staycation.  We want to travel as a family and keep our travels to just Ontario. We love exploring our province. 

I realize traveling may not be easy for everyone, so here are a few things that work for us:

  • Plan your stops.  We stop for pit stops and breaks to stretch our legs every 3 hours. It helps break up the drive and if Little One needs to run around for a bit, she can. We know exactly which rest areas and gas stations we will be stopping at. 
  • Pack lots of snacks and water/beverages! Healthy snacks to nibble on while en route always keeps our 4 year old busy.
  • Play road trip games like "I Spy" or the Alpahbet Game. We also look for unusual license plates or landmarks in towns we pass through.
  • Play some music! Little One can last a 6 hr drive to Toronto just chatting away or singing away. Music always livens up the drive and keeps the driver awake!
  • Favourite toys, books, activities - We pack a little backpack for Little One's items. She often "reads" books to herself or colours in her activity book.
  •  iPod or DVD player.  Little One enjoys playing alphabet and math games on the iPod and she loves watching her Disney DVDs! We bring a bunch of DVDs as a last resort. Normally we bring them out near the end of the drive if she's getting antsy.
  • PLAN LOTS OF FUN THINGS TO DO AS A FAMILY! A trip to Niagara Falls was the best thing that happened to our family recently. When we found out we were going to Niagara, we made sure to sit down and discuss all the things we wanted to see and do. Having a game plan is key for us. This said, a little spontaneity is great too. We don't always follow our plan. For example, on day 2, Little One decided she didn't want to do any sightseeing anymore and wanted to spend the rest of her vacation at the waterpark. Fine by us!
Here are a few things we planned that made our trip amazing!

A family stroll to check out the sites and sounds of Niagara Falls was the perfect way to begin our mini vacation.  The Clifton Hill, the main drag is always packed and bustling with people! I love the energy.  We even stopped and watch a few musical performances and dancers. Little One was in awe!


Since Hubby hadn't been to Niagara in ages and this was Little One's first trip, we had planned to check out as many attractions as we could.  Hubby really enjoyed the Guinness World Records Museum.  Hubby is a facts guy. He likes statistics and is a total trivia nut.

We also went to Ripley's Museum (Ripley's Believe It Or Not!) My husband would have liked to stay longer and read through every single rare and mind boggling display in the collection.  I think we rushed him. The man can spend an entire day reading! He soaks that stuff all up! He loved it!

 I was surprised that with all the oddities, Little One wasn't scared.  She was rather intrigued by it all. I really thought she was going to cry!

We went to Brick City and some other fun places for kids to enjoy.  Little One really enjoyed the LEGO exhibits.


 Of course, we just had to go to the Rainforest Cafe! Little One had never been before, and I worried that the tropical rain storm and the gorillas and elephants would make her scared. I was wrong again! She loved everything about the Rainforest Cafe and just had a blast. She was so amazed by her surroundings.


Here's Little One having a chat with Oprah. Too cute! Edward and Bella from Twilight on the right, and the Star Trek guys and Pope Jean Paul II below.
 Again, I thought Little One would be afraid of the wax museum, but she loved it!


Of course we had to go to the Hershey Store! I think that was one of my favourite spots to visit!  We may or may not have bought $100 worth of chocolate. No, I'm not kidding.





Though Little One thoroughly enjoyed sightseeing and going to all those cool attractions, her absolute favourite part of the trip was...

She loved it so much that she didn't want to do anything else but stay at the water park. She also made us promise to take her back to Niagara for her birthday.  As you can see, Niagara Falls & Fallsview are definitely #likenowhereelse!

This Summer, will you be 'Staycationing'? We really love @Fallsavenue and @FallsWaterpark. The perfect family getaway that is still 'close to home'.

Check out my other post about our stay at Falls Avenue Resort!  You can win the following...


The Prize:
  • Fallsview Family Suite at the Sheraton on the Falls
  • Four Passes to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
  • Celebration Dinner at the Rainforest Cafe

How to Enter:
Simply enter for your chance at winning a Niagara Falls getaway at the contest link here. Contest winner will be drawn on June 3, 2013!

Make sure to follow @fallsavenue and @FallsWaterpark, as well as @chancesmommy @inRdream @orangeheromama @Gingermommy and @adomesticmomma and their #likenowhereelse tweets!

For more information, please visit www.fallsviewwaterpark.com and www.Sheratononthefalls.com
Connect with Fallsview Waterpark and Falls Avenue Resort on Faceook. 


Disclosure - I am a Falls Avenue Resort Brand Ambassador. Though affiliated, all the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.
Thursday, May 16, 2013

#4000Party Contest #7: Win a Set of 5 Funkins! @myfunkins



In celebration of @LilSugarMag and @chancesmommy both reaching 4,000+ Twitter follwers, we're having a fun-filled few days of giveaways!

To show you how much we appreciate YOU we will be giving away 1 product each day on Twitter for the next few days!! Woot!! Not on Twitter? Don't worry, we have you covered! All prizes will be announced on Facebook as well...just follow the link and enter for your chance to WIN!! 

So many chances to win, so much fun! To get started, make sure you are following us!! 
On Twitter - @ChancesMommy
On Facebook - LifeOnManitoulin
On Twitter - @LilSugarMag
On Facebook - Lil-sugar.ca
Hashtag: #4000Party 

 **No R.S.V.P necessary** Just join in on the fun and remember to enter daily (via rafflecopter) to win the prize for that day! All entrants can only win once for the duration of the contest. Open to both US and Canadian residents.

#4000Party Contest #7: Win a Set of 5 Funkins! @myfunkins



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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#WordlessWednesday ~ 4 Generations


#WordlessWednesday ~ 4 Generations

May 15th.  On this day last year, my grandmother passed away. I'm so glad my Little One was able to spend some time with her while she was still alive. 

Link up your Wordless Wednesday posts. We'd love to check them out!

#4000Party Contest #6: Set of 4 Pancake Puddle Books! @pancakepuddles



The week of fun giveaways continues as Lil-Sugar and I celebrate both of us reaching 4,000+ Twitter follwers!

To show you how much we appreciate YOU we will be giving away 1 product each day on Twitter for the next few days!! Whoot!! Not on Twitter? Don't worry, we have you covered! All prizes will be announced on Facebook as well...just follow the link and enter for your chance to WIN!! 

So many chances to win, so much fun! To get started, make sure you are following us!! 
On Twitter - @ChancesMommy
On Facebook - LifeOnManitoulin
On Twitter - @LilSugarMag
On Facebook - Lil-sugar.ca
Hashtag: #4000Party 

 **No R.S.V.P necessary** Just join in on the fun and remember to enter daily (via rafflecopter) to win the prize for that day! All entrants can only win once for the duration of the contest. Open to both US and Canadian residents.

TODAY'S PRIZE:

#4000Party Contest #6: Set of 4 Pancake Puddle Books! 

Their sense of humour, vivid imagination, and realistic reflections of childhood experiences offer an interesting dimension to their stories for young children. These two gifted writers will be endearing themselves to the hearts and minds of children for many years to come.

Did you know that Pancake Puddle Books have recently received the PTPA Award and are Parent Tested Parent Approved? 


Come watch the video trailers on YouTube for the books:

The Pancake Princess/ No More Peanut Butter, Daniel!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4rRg2SjJ84

Lucinda Queen of Everything and Wake Up, the Baby's Coming
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxMQEsULrPg

Enter to WIN a set of all 4 Pancake Puddle books!!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Saddest Day


I was finishing up some last minute work for a campaign when I looked at the clock on the bottom right hand corner of my computer screen.  All of a sudden an overwhelming sense of sadness washed over me. The date! The date made me burst out in tears. It was a reminder of the saddest day of my life.

My grandmother passed away a year ago tomorrow.

May 15, 2012. I still cry every time I think of her.

Sometimes I feel like I'm going bonkers, because one minute life is amazing and so many fabulous things are  happening for us. The next minute, I'm just so sad. Weepy...and missing her so very much.

My heart hurts so much, I feel like I can't breathe.



Still thinking of you each and every day, Lola.

Tonight we'll celebrate your life by lighting a candle for you, saying a prayer, and cooking some Filipino food like you used to make.


Chill to Win with @TimHortons! {Giveaway}


I can almost feel it! Summer is almost here! Blue skies and lots of sunshine make me think that beach weather is just around the corner!

I have to say that warmer weather also makes me think of Tim Hortons Iced Capps and Raspberry Frozen Lemonade (which I dubbed #RasFroLem on Twitter last Summer)!  Okay, I won't lie. I also drink Iced Capps in the cold Winter months because I love them.

I'm excited to share with you something super fun!

Chill to  Win with @TimHortons!

Throughout Chill to Win, Tim Hortons guests who purchase any sized Iced Capp have the chance to win thousands of hourly prizes, including digital cameras, Coleman beach kits, daily prizes of $1,000 and one of ten $10,000 MasterCard® Prepaid card grand prizes. Winning is easy – just peel the tab on the side of the cup to find a PIN code and enter this code at www.chilltowin.com for the chance to win.

To help get you into the Summer spirit and enjoying those delicious Iced Capps, Tim Hortons is giving one very lucky Life on Manitoulin reader a gift basket!


The Tim Hortons gift basket includes:

  • 1 yoga mat
  • 1 beach tote
  • 1 $25 Tim Horton's Gift Cards 
Looking forward to Summer days, chilling by the lake, the beach, the pool and sipping on Iced Capps! 

To Enter: Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to residents of Canada. 

#4000Party Contest #5: Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Kit from @MeMyselfUsInc



My friend, Lil Sugar Mag and I are super excited that we've both reached 4,000+ followers on Twitter!

To celebrate, Lil Sugar (a.k.a. @LilSugarMag) and I are having a PARTY! To show how much we appreciate YOU, we will be giving away 1 product each day on Twitter for the next few days! Woot! Not on Twitter? Don't worry! We have you covered! All prizes will be announced on Facebook as well!
Just follow the link and enter for your chance to WIN!

SO MANY CHANCES TO WIN! SO MUCH FUN! TO GET STARTED, MAKE SURE YOU ARE FOLLOWING US!
On Twitter - @chancesmommy and @LilSugarMag Hashtag #4000Party
On Facebook - Life on Manitoulin and Lil-sugar.ca

 **No R.S.V.P. necessary** Just join in on the fun and remember to enter daily (via Rafflecopter) to win the prize for that day! All entrants can only win once for the duration of the contest. Open to both US and Canadian residents.

We absolutely LOVE this super cute Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Kit from @MeMyselfUsInc


Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Kit: Cupcake lovers young and old scream for Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes! Bake perfect cupcakes in silicone ice cream cones and decorate with sundae sprinkles. Kit includes: 6 Silicone Ice Cream Cones, Vanilla Cupcake Mix, Vanilla Frosting Mix, Sprinkles (Star, Chocolate, and Rainbow shaped). SRP $24.95

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Brunch Made By Hubby w/ @MLFConnects #Bacon Portions {Giveaway}


My husband loves his bacon.  When he discovered Maple Leaf Bacon Portions at the local grocery store, he thought it was the best thing ever.  Seriously, I've never seen a man more excited about a grocery purchase ever.

Maple Leaf Bacon Portions are a great idea - so you never waste bacon again. You can keep your bacon fresh for any time you need it. No more need for scissors or the knife to open the packaging, because it comes with easy-to-peel packaging!

When my husband told me about this amazing "easy-to-peel package" and "never waste bacon" concept, I laughed because...We NEVER waste bacon in this house! Bacon doesn't last long enough here with a husband and Little One who love their bacon! This said, I do think it's an ingenious invention because there are days when  you don't  need an entire HUGE package of bacon. The "portions" do come in handy!

Check out what my husband and Little One made me for Mother's Day Brunch!


I  have never seen a frittata this fluffy! It was delicious! I wanted to share the recipe with you, but it's my husband's secret recipe and he won't even share it with me! He did say that one of the most important ingredients is the Maple Leaf Portions! I think he cooked up the bacon in the cast iron skillet and then used the bacon grease to cook the frittata.


Isn't that gorgeous?

Here's a little video of my two loves. They're so cute! Shameless plug coming up...I made this video with my BlackBerry Z10's STORYMAKER! I love that feature!



Humour me for a second while I tell you a super cute story.

Listening to Hubby & Little One making lunch for "the moms" & fam. I was laughing so much, I was crying.

HUBBY: This is how we make a Frittata for Mother's Day.

LO: I know what a Frittata is! Hakuna Frittata! It's a wonderful thing. It means no worries for the rest of your life...

Isn't that hilarious?! My 4  year old cracks me up! I think we should hence forth call that frittata the Hakuna Frittata! Any Lion King fans out there? *sigh* You know you're a parent when...

If you check out the Maple Leaf Foods website, you can find lots of great recipes to make with bacon! Check out these Maple Bacon Waffles I made! I used maple syrup from our farm!

They were delicious! A definite keeper! I'll be making these again (and again).  The recipe is on the Maple Leaf website here.

{WIN IT}
Now that I've probably got you thinking BACON, would you like to win some? TWO lucky Life on Manitoulin readers will win $20 in FPC (free product coupons) EACH. That's $40 of product in total we're giving away.


To enter: Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to residents of Canada. Ends 5/29.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Electrolux Canada's Ergorapido® Brushroll Clean 2-in-1 Vacuum is a Mama's Best Friend {Review & Giveaway}



There. I said it. Electrolux Canada's Ergorapido Brushroll Clean is a Mama's Best Friend. It's true. Well, maybe third best friend (my first two being Hubby and Little One)!

The one thing I absolutely hate about living in an old farm house is the fact that I am forever having to sweep and vacuum.  I'm talking every day.  To be honest, it's exhausting, annoying and who has time to lug a big 'ol vacuum around every day? I don't!

Dirt dragged into the house, dust from the gravel roads and lane...it's a full time job keeping this house clean and I am failing miserably.  Seriously. It makes me want to cry.

I was recently given the opportunity to try out the Electrolux Ergorapido and I am in love.

I know what you're thinking:

  1. Sure. What's so great about a vacuum cleaner?
  2. Of course you're going to say you love it if you get to test it out for free and keep it.
First of all, it's not just a vacuum cleaner. "Extra cleaning power with no strings attached" - and, they really do mean no strings!  The Ergorapido is cordless and it has Brushroll Clean Technology.  What does this mean? This exclusive innovative feature removes tangled hair from your vacuum's brushroll and deposits it into the dust cup in seconds! 

I also love the fact that it's bagless!  One thing I am annoyed with is having to go to the store to buy replacement bags for a vacuum cleaner. With the Ergorapido, it's easy. Just press the buttons to release the compartment that has the dust cup inside it and dump out the mess into the garbage can. Easy peasy! Hooray for bagless cyclonic technology!

Because the Ergorapido is cordless, you don't have to worry about running out of your power cord or getting all tangled up in it. Initially, I was a bit worried about the fact that this is battery-run. From past experiences with battery-operated vacuums or appliances is that A) They run out of juice quickly and B) They don't have much power.  

I am happy to report that this is not the case with the Ergorapido. It's also got a patented 180 degree swivel head that allows you to clean around and under anything. The docking station is also where you charge your vacuum. The docking station and vacuum itself are so compact that they can be kept in the corner of any room and be out of the way. I am thrilled that it doesn't take up too much space.  If you've ever been in an old farmhouse, the one thing you'll notice is that there is NO storage space!

Another thing I love? It's so lightweight that even my 4 year old can use it with ease. She LOVES vacuuming with the Ergorapido. This makes me a very happy Mommy! She thinks it's so fun and says "it just glides!" 
I had a super cute video of Little One vacuuming the living room for me. She even released the dust cup and emptied it all by herself. For some reason, I'm unable to upload the video though. 


The Ergorapido is also a 2-in-1 lightweight stick vacuum and handheld vacuum, which is perfect for our house. We have no carpeting in our  house, and it cleans our floors so well!  This works really well on our stairs and wood and linoleum floors. Yes, linoleum. Early 1970s vintage to boot. Yes, that is going to change this year, as the patterns are absolutely dizzying. Honey, are you reading this? 

Oh, as for question #2, I'd never give a product praise if I didn't love it and believe in it. 

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Disclosure - I received the above product for review purposes. All the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.




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City girl moves to the country, falls in love, and marries a farmer. She tries to incorporate her city ways with her new country lifestyle and blogs to keep in touch with friends, family & students who live far, far away :) Can this city girl go country? Watch as she learns all sorts of exciting things about life on the farm and in a small rural community. *UPDATE* We are now parents! Our baby girl was born on Nov. 11, 2008 (at 28 weeks gestation- 12 weeks premature, but she's quite the trooper)!!!
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