Some Great Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Father's day is slowly approaching. Boy I can't believe we are in the later half of May already. The cold start to spring and hotter ending has kind of got y senses all confused. None the less, June is just around the corner. Now if you need to do some shopping for good old Dad or your hubby or any other Father figure you feel deserves praise, I have a couple of gift ideas to share with you from Indigo online. You don't even have to get our of your PJ's to get these gifts.

The Outsider: A Novel by Stephen King

Of course there is the obvious gifts you'll find at Indigo in store or online like books and I know my husband can't get enough Stephan King. I know he was a big author when I was growing up but he's still full of imagination and my husband is still enjoy what he's offering. If someone you know likes Stephan King The Outsider could be a great gift.

A lot of guys like to come home and unwind with a beverage in hand and most will opt for a beer. If this sounds like someone you know this Pilsner style beer glass is a nice touch and if you think they'd enjoy trying their hand at creating the perfect brew you can pair it up with this craft beer recipe book

Pilsner Glass – Smile There’s Beer Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer by Randy Mosher

If the fella you are buying for is into more of the food type recipes this Burger Press is worth a look at, it could be paired up with with Webers New American Barbecue recipe book. I have a Weber BBQ book and it's just falling apart from the spine I've used so often.

BURGER PRESSWeber's New American Barbecue(TM): A Modern Spin On The Classics by Jamie Purviance

What about the Dad that loves to play games! The man who loves to be in the backyard or campsite a good Horseshoe set could be a winner! Hey this could work in your favour if it's for your hubby and he's in the yard playing with the kids while you can sit back with that cup of coffee or dare I say a glass of wine! Maybe you know a Dad who could use some down time with some pals instead and a new Poker set will be well received.

Outdoor Games - Horseshoe TossPremium Poker Set

Well, there it is, hope you are inspired. Also until May 24th there is free shipping no minimum site wide! By the way, i you happen to be looking for any kids gifts Playmobil is 25% off this week too!

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Weekly #Giveaway Linky May 20


Hello folks, I am going to try and keep a log of current giveaways offered on other blogs that I am aware of. I hope to have some of my own in future. All are Canadian giveaways, a couple are open to US as well and noted in description. If you have any contests to share feel free to add in comments. Good Luck!



Logan and Cove Mattress (ARV$1149) ends May 31
Miik $100 Gift Card ends May 31
Marjolein Bastin Garden Bag from Hallmark ends May 22
Two Books To Add to Your Summer Reading end May 22 US and Can
Dribblem Kick Score Playmobil Canada ends May 25
Hallmark Stainless Steel Bottle ends May 21
Super Turbo Diets Prize pk ends May 24
Skechers D'Lites Shoes ends May 23
Bubble Guppies Bubble Puppys Awesome Adventures Dvd US and Can ends May 28
Breville Smart Tea Infuser ends May 28
Bohemian-Arrow Sandals Ends May 31
Sketchers Shoes ends May 24
Canvas Champ Print 12 x 8 ends June 3
Design Me Hair Collection ends May 22
Playmobil World Cup Soccer Set ends May 25
$200 Amazon Gift Card ends May 23 Worldwide
$150 PayPal ends May 28 Worldwide
Star Wars Story Gift Pack ends May 25 Can and US
Grow and Learn Canada Books pk ends June 8
$100 Starbucks Gift Card ends June 1 worldwide
2 Star Wars Level Reader Books ends May 25
Instax Share SP2 Printer ends May 28
Little Tikes Build House Ends Jun 1
Breville Coffee Maker ends June 12
Royal Canadian Circus in Edmonton ends June 25
Farleyco.ca Prize Pack ends June 10
Build or Boom Board Game ends June 22 Can/US
Superfood Blender Recipes Book ends June 7 Can/US
Daphne and Velma on Blu Ray ends June 10 Can/US
Hasbro Lock Stars Collection of 8 ends June 10
Loud House Season 1 vol 2 DVD ends June 11 Can/US
Radiant Glow Collection Avon ends May 25
Joico Prize Pack ends May 26
Downy Swap Kit ends May 31
Tickets to Magician's Nephew Shaw Festival ends May 30
Playmobil Fifa Set ends May 31












Taking Advantage of the Free Disney Dining Offer

Disney is such a wonderful place to visit. It is very magical and offers you everything to make your vacation amazing. However, a lot of these things can be pretty costly leaving you a not so amazing debt for when you get back.



To avoid such stresses, it does help to plan as much as you can. You need to be realistic and if you know whats offered there, you can decide how much that certain things really mean to you and by that I mean when you start to research you may not feel that certain something is worth it or you may find something there that excites you just as much for less.


When we decided to go we booked on the Free Quick Service discount. This can be a great deal especially if you were planning on staying on site regardless and really worth it if you were planning to use a park hopper ticket. Reason being the offer is only available for certain dates at certain hotels (there is a variety of choices for each level value, moderate and deluxe) and you have to book package with hopper tickers and stay on site.


We did originally think we were going to stay off site but once I started doing some research and since I never had been there nor did I have any idea on how much there was to see and do before planning, we quickly decided that being on site and the privileges associated with it was for us.


The quick service dining plan gives you 2 meals and 2 snacks for each person every day that you are there. You also get a refillable mug that is bar-coded to fill at any fill station in the restaurants. Great to bring back to rooms or take to the parks. There is many places to choice from and you can familiarize yourself with all the choices long before you leave for your trip. I looked up best dining  for quick service and on the Disney Experience app or the website you can look at all the menus and pricing anytime. For the best value of the plan try this link. This year they have added 2 alcohol or specialty drinks but desserts are off from previous years. New this year as well is the mobile service. You can use the app on your phone to order meal and sit at table while waiting instead of in line.


I prefer to have the drinks over the dessert. If you don't drink alcohol you could have fancy specialty drinks as drink and dessert. You could use snack credits for actual treats and a lot of treats are shareable. The way the plan works, is say you are staying 8 days 7 nights for a family of 4 you would start with 64 credits. You can use for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can use 12 credits one day and 4 the next. It's flexible on how you use. The best to do is use snacks for breakfast items like muffins, cereal and fruits. I did bring some stuff from home too like cereal to eat at the hotel and some snacks. Also, if you happen to be there at the Food and Wine festival time at Epcot, you can use snack credits for the food samples too which is nice.


The only place you will need reservations and is a great use of a meal credit is the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Be sure to make reservations as soon as they open. I had a tough time but if you do, just keep checking once a day and eventually you'll get a spot. You can only go for breakfast or lunch for quick service.


Bottom line is the free dining plan can be a great deal. It is paid with your vacation in advance like an inclusive vacation and we didn't have a problem using just credits to eat with. Plenty of food and we had a quite a few left over that we used for souvenirs (Disney pezz dispensers and other wrapped treats saving money on souvenirs) and snacks on the plane. We didn't have to stress out about leaving the parks. We were able to hop to other parks to eat etc. We really didn't need a car staying on site and saved there. If all these things aren't important to you, there is other deals throughout the year. They usually have a Canadian sale for the winter that is for tickets. Throughout year there is sales from 20-30% off. If you are planning to eat at park at all though, and are flexible with when you can go try calculation with plan and see what the price is with other options to compare the savings.


You can start by looking at Disney's website for special offers. Travel agents will have the same special offers but may differ with blocks of hotels and dates. If you would like to read up more on the dining plan, like all the restaurants available and foods this site has some good information.

Weekly #Giveaway Linky May 13


Hello folks, I am going to try and keep a log of current giveaways offered on other blogs that I am aware of. I hope to have some of my own in future. All are Canadian giveaways, a couple are open to US as well and noted in description. If you have any contests to share feel free to add in comments. Good Luck!



Logan and Cove Mattress (ARV$1149) ends May 31
Lacoupe Coconut Milk Shampoo Conditioner ends May20
Hallmark Prize Pack ends May 15
Pana Chocolate Recipes Cookbook ends May 20
Miik $100 Gift Card ends May 31
Marjolein Bastin Garden Bag from Hallmark ends May 22
Two Books To Add to Your Summer Reading end May 22 US and Can
Dribblem Kick Score Playmobil Canada ends May 25
Hallmark Stainless Steel Bottle ends May 21
Super Turbo Diets Prize pk ends May 24
Skechers D'Lites Shoes ends May 23
Bubble Guppies Bubble Puppys Awesome Adventures Dvd US and Can ends May 28
Breville Smart Tea Infuser ends May 28
PG Beauty Prize Pack ends May 15
$20 Starbucks GC Worldwide Ends May 14
65" TV or $800 PayPal or $900 Amazon GC US, UK, AUS, & CAN Ends May 19
Aukey Bluetooth Headphones ends May 20
$75 Hudson Bay Gift Card ends May 18
Sketchers for Up To 4 and Two prizes of 1 Pair ends May 18
Bohemian-Arrow Sandals Ends May 31
Sketchers Shoes ends May 24
Daddies Do Kids Book ends May 18 US and Can
Custom Stamped Jewellery Citrus Silver $50 ends May 18
Canvas Champ Print 12 x 8 ends June 3
Design Me Hair Collection ends May 22
LOL Surprise Prize pk ends May 19
Playmobil World Cup Soccer Set ends May 25
$200 Amazon Gift Card ends May 23 Worldwide
$150 PayPal ends May 28 Worldwide
Star Wars Story Gift Pack ends May 25 Can and US
Grow and Learn Canada Books pk ends June 8
$100 Starbucks Gift Card ends June 1 worldwide
2 Star Wars Level Reader Books ends May 25
Instax Share SP2 Printer ends May 28
Little Tikes Build House Ends Jun 1
Breville Coffee Maker ends June 12
$25 Starbucks Gift Card ends May 18 Can and US
Royal Canadian Circus in Edmonton ends June 25
Farleyco.ca Prize Pack ends June 10
$100 Target Gift Card ends May 18 Worldwide










Homemade Mini Burgers

With the onset of May, the warmer weather seems to finally be upon us. In my neck of the woods, we kind of went from Winter to Summer. These days have been warmer then the average early May temps and more reminiscent of a early or even mid June. Nonetheless, for me a little bit of sunshine and above zero temps are enough to get me out there with the BBQ. 


Today being one of those beautiful days, I thought the family would enjoy some burgers, or mini burgers in this case. I actually opted for the mini burgers because the bun I sourced was a whole wheat type dinner rolls from the bakery section. They looked like the perfect texture for my homemade burgers so I decided to shrink the burgers for the bun. 


Of course, the kids sure didn't mind that at all. After all if we go out for dinner ever and mini burgers are on the menu, it is highly likely they will be chosen. They are still kind of neat to eat for adults too. I tend to buy cocktail style tomato right now, and they fight the burger just right. Even my onion was the right circular size. It was like it was all meant to be.


Homemade burgers are really quite easy to make and don't take long to make either. You do have to get your hands dirty but it is well worth it. Once you try and make your own burgers, you may never buy store bought again!


The trick I used to get the burgers the same size was to put meat in the centre between two pieces of parchment paper (or wax paper) about the size of a cookie sheet. Then you take an actual cookie sheet and press down to flatten the meat to about 1/2 thick. Alternatively you can use a rolling pin too.


To cut into circular shape I use a circle cookie cutter about 1/2 an inch bigger all around then bun allowing for shrinkage. If you don't have circle cutter you can try a glass. If you can't cut through you can just press to get shape then follow out line with knife. You'll have to collect scrapes and repeat press/cut process again until all meat used up.


Make sure to preheat your grill for at least 10 minutes. Then set to medium heat. They are pretty small and thin burgers so they don't take long to cook. I had to prep everything else first then grill these when ready. It's about 3 min per side.


We go through lots of cheese here so we have a big Costco chunk of cheese. I just sliced some strips off and cut in half for again perfect size. Put the cheese on before taking off the grill and close grill for about 30 sec or more to get the cheese to hug the burger.


Here we have it, a pretty awesome mini burger! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 





Family Visit to the Toronto Zoo and How to Save on Admission


We hadn't been to the zoo in a couple of years. It was a yearly trip but things get so busy with Liam getting older and into sports and to be honest, it's a lot of walking with nothing in between. I'm all for the walk but when you are pulling a wagon with a 50 pound kid in it, plus our snacks and stuff (and sometimes a second kid wants the perk) it can be a bit daunting. 


However, this year Logan has been studying Penguin's in JK. I'm impressed that he has quite a bit of knowledge on the different Penguins and held on to some facts he learnt in school. He was still longing to see the Chameleon as well so I figured out how to make the trip more manageable on the pocket and how to we can see more without walking an extra 4 miles. 


First off if you plan to visit, to me I find it to be a bit on the expensive side. I understand that the cost of operating such a place may warrant these fees and so on but it is an expensive outing for a family. For a family of 4, 2 adult tickets at $29 each and if the children are over 2 it's $19 each for them! Plus $12 to park. That's $108 just to get in. Unfortunately, that doesn't include the few rides and stuff in there nor does it include the "Zoomobile". It does include the Splash Pad (when opened, not on our visit). 


There isn't too many options to cut the costs. One of my favourite options is through Airmiles. I collect Airmiles and numerous other points, it's free and I have enjoyed a lot of benefits from it. I don't ever buy anything because of Airmiles that I wasn't already planning on buying unless it is ridiculous good deal which is almost never. The best way to collect Airmiles is with credit cards because they give the most and make it worth while. If you shop at one of their sponsored stores you can probably earn quicker too. Otherwise, it takes a while to accumulate points. However, lots of you have that card for years and rarely ever check in on it. You probably have enough for the 2 admission pass to the Zoo. It is a total of 450 Airmiles. Usually, that is worth $40-$50 dollars in this case it's closer to $60 so I find this a good use of the points! I did however only use one for the adults and we paid the $19 each for kids (using for the kids would only be $38 which isn't as good of deal) and $12 for parking. So we entered at $50.


The other option is a City Pass if you are visiting out of town or are taking a week off in the summer and want to visit the destinations on the Toronto City Pass, it saves you on money at all the tourist locations. You get to visit CN Tower, ROM, Casa Loma, Ripley's Aquarium and either Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre. You have 9 days from first visit to visit the rest. Better bet for someone visiting out of country/province then a local unless your planning a whole stay-cation.  


As I was saying before, one of the downfalls of the Toronto Zoo is how spread out it is making it long walks to the different sections. We normally would take a wagon in case for Logan, he is 5 and handles walking well but for such a long day it is a good measure. Though from our last few experiences, we didn't get to a lot of spots because we were done after the long stretches in between. So we decided to ditch the wagon and use the Zoomobile. It is pretty pricey but it's a good rest here and there, you get to see some stuff along the route etc. I'm up in the air with it because a family of 4 cost $30 and that is discounted. $9 each otherwise. There is only 4 stops which I think isn't efficient and they make the Canadian section down the steepest hill and there is no transportation for that point. I personally think they should sit down and re think this whole set up. 


We did skip a portion of walking right at around Africa section and we didn't have to do the walk from Canada to Tundra area so probably saved us 30 min around those points. Logan wanted to see Cheetah's but we didn't do the 20 min walk to back track for them however. We caught glimpses of the Jaguars and Flamingo on the drive to Tundra. Overall, using the Zoomobile worked good for this trip. My phone still tracked us to walking 41/2 miles even using the Zoomobile. 


Now I don't know how long they have had a Tim Horton's at the zoo (for any non Canadian friends, it's our coffee chain) but I truly appreciate it. One thing I'll give Tim Horton's credit for is they don't price gouge at Tourist locations which is such a relief. We had an early lunch before getting there, we had packed snacks for while we were there and left at dinner so we didn't buy food but kids were dying for a Popsicle. Once we were by Tim's though I got a frozen lemonade and a Ice Capp for the price of one Popsicle ($5). While I was in there, I only saw breakfast foods on board in middle of afternoon and think they offer all day breakfast. You may want to inquire ahead of time if you're planning to have lunch, especially later lunch. There is other food options around the park and you can definitely pack your own lunch to eat at many picnic sites too. 


Of course no trip to the zoo with the kids could be done without a visit to the Kid Zoo! They still managed to have a last blast of energy playing tag with some other kids for 20 min. They just walked over 4 miles now they are running around while we are having a well deserved rest. In this area there is the Splash area which opens May 19 for the weekends and then daily over summer holidays. It is a very large and busy area in the middle of the summer. 


Weekly #Giveaway Linky May 6


Hello folks, I am going to try and keep a log of current giveaways offered on other blogs that I am aware of. I hope to have some of my own in future. All are Canadian giveaways, a couple are open to US as well and noted in description. If you have any contests to share feel free to add in comments. Good Luck!



Logan and Cove Mattress (ARV$1149) ends May 31
DK Maker prize pack ARV $75enf May 11
Maya the Bee 2 The Honey Games DVD ends May 8 US & Can
Sacred Shaman Prize Pk ends May 7
Pair of Cougar Shoes ends May 7
Live Clean Celebrates Earth Day gift pack ends May 13
Molang Season Two dvd prize pack ends May 10 US and Can
Earth Day Aveeno Giveaway ends May 12
Nutribar 5 boxes ends May 10
Amazon Canada Giveaway $25 ends May 10
Epic Reads For Kids Prize pk ends May 10
Lacoupe Coconut Milk Shampoo Conditioner ends May20
$75 Amazon gift card ends May 12 US and Can
Crazy Easy Vegan Desserts Recipe Book US and Can ends May 9
Carlton Cards Celebrate Mom Prize Pack ends May 9th
Hallmark Prize Pack ends May 15
Pana Chocolate Recipes Cookbook ends May 20
Life Experiences.ca $100 Gift Card ends May 7th
Miik $100 Gift Card ends May 31
Marjolein Bastin Garden Bag from Hallmark ends May 22
Two Books To Add to Your Summer Reading end May 22 US and Can
Dribblem Kick Score Playmobil Canada ends May 25
Hallmark Stainless Steel Bottle ends May 21
Super Turbo Diets Prize pk ends May 24
Skechers D'Lites Shoes ends May 23
Bubble Guppies Bubble Puppys Awesome Adventures Dvd US and Can ends May 28
Breville Smart Tea Infuser ends May 28
Mini O by EZVIZ Security Camera (Pink) ends May 10
Hallmark Stainless Steel Bottle ends May 10
PG Beauty Prize Pack ends May 15
$20 Starbucks GC Worldwide Ends May 14
65" TV or $800 PayPal or $900 Amazon GC US, UK, AUS, & CAN Ends May 19
Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker ends May 12
Aukey Bluetooth Headphones ends May 20
$75 Hudson Bay Gift Card ends May 18
Sketchers for Up To 4 and Two prizes of 1 Pair ends May 18
Bohemian-Arrow Sandals Ends May 31
Sketchers Shoes ends May 24
Daddies Do Kids Book ends May 18 US and Can
Custom Stamped Jewellery Citrus Silver $50 ends May 18




Some Great Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Father's day is slowly approaching. Boy I can't believe we are in the later half of May already. The cold start to spring and hotter...