Monday, August 25, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - August 25, 2014



With the going back to school schedule just right around the corner I feel like it is time for some fall meals. I know it sounds silly but it really does. 

Here is our menu for the week. 

Monday 
  • Herb Chicken, Rice, Peas

Tuesday 
  • Homemade Pizza

Wednesday 
  • Pasta, Salad

Thursday 
  • Enchiladas, Nacho Chips, Salsa

Friday 
  • BBQ Chicken, Poratoes, Grilled Veggies

Saturday
  • Pulled Pork, Ranch Potatoes, Veggies

Sunday 
  •  Lasagne, Salad


What are you having for dinner this week??? 

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Monday, August 25, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hey Arnold! coming to DVD exclusive to Walmart Only



Your favorite football head and all his pals are here with enough fun and laughs to cover several city blocks! My older children used to watch Hey Arnold every day after school when they were young. I remember so many of the episodes fondly. Arnold and his pet pig are always up to something. Let's have another generation of children enjoy Hey Arnold!

On DVD August 19, 2014 only at Walmart!





Life in the big city is one big adventure for Arnold. Living with his grandparents, who run the Sunset Arms boarding house, Arnold shares a roof with a diverse and unusual menagerie of characters (including his pet pig!). But as any fourth grader knows, some of the most memorable people you’ll ever meet are in school. With friends like Arnold’s (including storyteller Gerald, class jinx Eugene, sometime-bully Harold, and the tomboy Helga, who harbors a secret crush on our hero), you can be sure that he’s got some funny exploits to share with fans.








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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, August 11, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - August 11, 2014



The way I stay on budget in my home is to do a weekly meal plan for my family! 

Here is our menu for the week. 

Monday 
  • Pork Chops, Potatoes, Veggies

Tuesday - Canada Day! 
  • Chicken,  Rice, Veggies

Wednesday 
  • Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread

Thursday 
  • Ham, Veggies, Scalloped Potatoes

Friday 
  • Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, Cauliflower

Saturday
  • Spare Ribs, Rice, Veggies

Sunday 
  •  to be decided....


What are you having for dinner this week??? 

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Monday, August 11, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Friday, August 8, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul - The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide {#Review}



Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide

Mom's are always so busy juggling children, house, activities for the kids, homeschooling and more. Seems like I always have a few irons in every fire so to speak with it comes to multitasking and keeping track of daily life at our house. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide: 101 Inspiring and Amusing Stories for Mothers Who Do It All contains 101 inspiring and amusing stories for mothers who do it all, including:

  • Making “Me” Time
  • Feeding the Family
  • Sharing Good Advice
  • Laughing After the Fact
  • Handling Housework Hassles
  • Learning From the Kids
  • Juggling a Career
  • Feeling Guilty
  • Slowing Down
This book is a great addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and is perfect for every mom. I love reading the quick stories in this book and they are perfect for a busy mom to pick up and read when she has a minute.

What is your favourite Chicken Soup Book?

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Friday, August 08, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Looking for Adventure in August check out #Netflix #StreamTeam




How can it already be August!!!!  August is the perfect time to start crossing things off your summer bucket list that you haven't gotten around to yet, whether it is camping, hiking, geocaching or taking a day trip to explore a new place. This month Netflix has put together a list of titles to help get your family inspired to take full advantage of the dog days of summer. 

August Adventure Titles 

For The Big Kids:


For Your Little Ones: 



After watching National Treasure with the family we sat down to plot how to find our own little treasures by geocaching in our area. If you having been geocaching I highly recommend it it is a great family activity that involved finding geocaches and sometimes involves hiking in different areas and experiencing new things. Best part is that it is a free activity to do with your family minus your gas to get to the various destinations where the hidden treasures are.

Check out the Adventure on Netflix this month 
and plan your own adventure!




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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Iron Horse Festival - St Thomas, ON #LdnOnt #StTOnt




Celebrating 20 Years!!!

This year, for its 20th anniversary, Iron Horse will be moved off of Talbot Street and into a space a little more railway: The area adjacent the Elgin County Railway Museum! The new & permanent space allows for more parking, more room, and more fun for a better Iron Horse! The preparation for the space is already well underway and is quickly shaping up to start shipping out the entertainment!

Iron Horse is packed full of music, midway, train rides, historical reenactments and so much more!! Admission to the festival itself is free of charge but various entertainment and midway attractions are available for a fee.


Headlining the music on opening night (August 21st) is non other than April Wine!!! Tickets can be purchased online at ironhorsefestival.com or in person at the Iron Horse Office (attached to the Wine Shop) or at Railway City Tourism. *General admission & cash only at the Railway City Tourism office.

The Iron Horse Festival is still looking or volunteers to help out with this great event. Are you in high school/going into high school and need volunteer hours? Are you looking to get involved in your community? Sign up with Iron Horse and have fun while getting engaged in one of St Thomas’ most popular events! To sign up call 519-207-4000 or register on-line at www.ironhorsefestival.com/volunteering.


Tuesday, August 05, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, August 4, 2014

Menu Planning Monday - August 4, 2014



The way I stay on budget in my home is to do a weekly meal plan for my family! 

Here is our menu for the week. 

Monday 
  • Sausages, Potatoes, Veggies

Tuesday - Canada Day! 

Wednesday 
  • Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread

Thursday 
  • Pork Chops, Potatoes, Veggies

Friday 
  • Homemade Pizza, Salad

Saturday
  • Crockpot Chicken, Ranch Potatoes, Veggies

Sunday 
  •  Shepherd's Pie, Salad


What are you having for dinner this week??? 


Monday, August 04, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Other Woman {#Review & #Giveaway}



Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann were so funny in this movie. This was a hilarious movie of revenge and consequences. I have to be honest when I seen some of the critics ratings of this movie I almost didn't want to see it but decided not to pay attention to what they thought because on so many other occasions I have found them to be wrong. This was definitely worth the watch in my opinion. 

On Blu-Ray and DVD July 29, 2014!




It’s time to get even! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes girl power to a whole new level with THE OTHER WOMAN. With Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann as the leading ladies and newcomers Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj bringing the jokes left and right, ladies all over better be ready for the perfect movie to end their summer in style! Cameron Diaz leads a knockout cast in this irreverent comedy about love, lust and the laws of karma. New York attorney Carly Whitten (Diaz) is nobody’s fool. So when she accidentally discovers that her too-good-to-be-true boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, she’s less than thrilled. 


Eight times Cameron Diaz has been a boss...

1. When she and the other angels kicked butt and saved Bosley after he had been kidnapped.
  

  

2. When she refused to put up with BS. Even from her students.

 


3. When she didn’t remember that she got married in Vegas, and then she hit the jackpot.




4. When she was a princess by day and ogre by night.




5. When three guys loved her, even though this happened...



  

6. When she was never too old to play dress up.



7. When she was an amazing mom.

 
  

8. When she still doesn’t put up with BS. 




My Rating: 3.75/5


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Monday, July 28, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chicken Soup For The Soul – Home Sweet Home (#Review)





101 Inspirational Stories about Hearth, Happiness, and Hard Work

Home is definitely where your heart is whether you live in an apartment, townhouse, ranch or mansion. You will find joy, laughter and inspiration in this book about cooking, family meals, decorating and more. 

Chicken Soup For The Soul – Home Sweet Home – 101 Stories About Hearth, Happiness, and Hard Work contains many chapters including some of those listed below:
  • On The Move
  • Buying And Selling
  • Dreams Can Come True
  • Remodeling, Redecorating, Repairing
  • Through The Generations
  • You CAN Go Home Again
  • Unwanted Guests
  • Do-It-Yourself Disasters
  • Downsizing and Retiring
  • What Makes A Home
Chicken Soup For The Soul – Home Sweet Home makes a housewarming gift wonderful gift or just a special gift for yourself to read. 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Friday, July 18, 2014

Take the #CleanWater Photo Challenge #PGMom



Summertime brings swimming in the pool, splashing in the sprinkler and water gun fights to cool off!

Here in Canada we are lucky enough to have seemingly unlimited supply of clean water, so it’s no wonder that we often take it for granted.

To date, more than seven billion litres of clean drinking water have been provided by humanitarian organizations across the globe using P&G packets, helping to save an estimated 39,000 lives in more than 75 countries.

This past spring, P&G and Walmart teamed up and committed to donating one day of clean water** for every P&G product purchased at Walmart or Walmart.ca during the month of April. During that month, Canadians rallied together and in the end, P&G donated 8.6 million days of clean water to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund as part of its Clean Water initiative. Since May 1, more than 20 P&G products, including Tide, Pampers, Duracell, Dawn and Pantene have continued to generate a donation equivalent to one day of clean drinking water**.

To help remind us just how lucky we are to live in this great country and to educate them on ways they can help provide clean water to those in need, we’ve developed the #cleanwater photo challenge! From July 18 through 31, P&G and Walmart want you to share photos of the role clean water plays in your life and the life of our family and friends.



The Photo Challenge starts July 18, 2014 
but it is never to late to join in!!!

The #cleanwater Photo Challenge:

Step One:
  • Using your preferred social photo sharing platform, follow the #cleanwater calendar below and post a photo inspired by the word of the day (ie. Day 1 – Hydrate). The photo could include clean water itself, or simply the impact water has (ie. a satisfied smile and wipe of the mouth after gulping clean water from a glass or a happy child after a dip in the lake).



Step Two: SHARE A CAPTION - this must include:
  • The challenge hashtag:  #cleanwater
  • The hashtag of the day: ie #Hydrate

As you participate and share your photos, you will be entered into a draw for an amazing P&G Prize pack and a $250 Wal-Mart gift card.



I am looking forward to seeing everyone's photos for the #CleanWater photo challenge. Just think you can take a picture and make a difference!




I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group, I have been offered compensation to participate in the #cleanwater photo challenge. The views, opinions and photographs expressed on this blog and in my social networks are my own.

Friday, July 18, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul Miracles Happen {#Review}



101 Inspirational Stories about Hope, Answered Prayers, and Divine Intervention

What a perfect to pick up and read when you need a pick me up while enjoying a cup of tea. I have really enjoyed the stories of answered prayer and amazing coincidences. I hope really stories of hope. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen: 101 Inspirational Stories about Hope, Answered Prayers and Divine Intervention contains 101 inspiring and hopeful stories including:

  • Miraculous Connections
  • Power of Prayer 
  • The Doctor is In 
  • Dreams and Premonitions 
  • Divine Appointment 
  • Guardian Angels 
  • Divine Intervention 
  • Messages From Heaven 
  • Angels Among Us 
  • Love That Doesn't Die 
  • Everyday Miracles 
  • Count Your Blessings


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Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rio 2



We were lucky enough to see Rio 2 at the theatre and it did more than shake our tail feathers! We couldn't wait to get a copy of the Blu-Ray once it came out.

On Blu-Ray and DVD July 15, 2014!

Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD July 15. Just in time for summer vacation, this “hilarious family adventure” (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) will samba its way into your home with exciting bonus features and extras everyone will enjoy. Projected to eclipse more than $490 million worldwide at the box office, the animated hit is the must-own family title of the season.

Synopsis:

Welcome to the jungle… of fun! The cast of the animated hit comedy “Rio” returns – along with a new flock of all-star voice talent, including Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth and more – in this high-flying sequel for the whole family. The party continues when Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids take a walk on the wild side and embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.

Special Features:
  • Deleted Scene – Practice
  • Rio Refresher
  • Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil
  • The Bodybeats of the Barbatuques
  • How to Play the Barbatuques!
  • Rhythmic Rio
  • The Upbeat Uakti JamBehind The Scenes
  • Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends
  • Music, Dance, Sing-Along Machine


My Rating: 4/5

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Annie Brown · 0