Mother's Day 2018 Events in GTA

Mother's Day is coming up in a few weeks and I personally enjoy doing things with my kids on Mother's Day. It's not a another day needed for unnecessary gifts. I love the precious little things they make me at school or even just a card made at home from them. I'd rather spend time doing something unique or fun that isn't going to break the bank for Mother's Day. Eating at a busy typical restaurant for 3 times the price isn't the only option. After all memories are the ultimate gift in my opinion. So I thought I'd look up some events held on Mother's day in Ontario and share with you.


At Crawford Lake Conservation Area they are having a guided wildflower walk. Apparently a good time to see the wildflowers while they are absorbing sun without trees in full bloom creating shade. Could be great for family if you are a flower lover and like a nice hike in fresh air. Kids will just love to hike Crawford. When you pay at a Halton Park you can visit any same day just keep receipt. You can take the kids to Mountsberg after even to enjoy the play barn and animals or go hiking at any of the parks. 
On Mother's day at the Markham Museum they have under Family Programs a pottery class to make a butterfly from your child's handprints! There is an instructor to guide you. You must register for program. 
  • Includes all supplies and firing for one butterfly. Cost for 1 child and 1 adult, additional adults or children $20.00 each to a max of 2 additional participants. 
  • Sunday, May 13 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $40.00 Age: 4+
  • Markham Museum Family Programs Butterfly
The Halton County Radial Railway is having a Mother's Day Special. Mom gets in free with a paid child. Good day out with the little ones. 
If you were thinking a brunch, lunch outing this one is a unique twist. Mother's Day Food Tour at Kensington Market. You get a guided walk tour and history of the neighbourhood. Samples at each location and even special dishes designed for tour. They say the sell out and to book early. On the Tasty Tours website there is also some Chocolate tours too.

  • May 12th and 13th at 10:30am runs 2.5hrs. Livelihood Cafe, 254 Augusta Ave, Toronto
  • Tickets $49 adult and $35 Child
  • Tasty Tours Toronto
This one is more for taking your mom out or if you have older children that would sit for a tea type service (must be 12+). Ireland House Museum in Burlington is having a Mother's Day Champagne Tea where they will serve a glass of champagne along with champagne infused desserts and tea, followed by tours of Ireland House Museum. If you're more curious what they are serving, visit the facebook event page linked off the info link I've provided, under discussion there is a picture of the finger sandwiches and desserts.

A more family version of tea but still brunch with tea and treats are happening at both Black Creek and Kortright Conservation Area. There is 2 seating available for both and includes brunch and guided walk or activities which some are additional fee.

  • May 13th 10:30AM and 12:30PM at Black Creek and 10:30AM and 1PM Kortright
  • Black Creek Prices: Adult- Non-Member $54.95 + tax Adult- Member: $49.95 + tax Children – Ages 4-12: $29.95 + tax Children 3 and under: Free Add-on: Make a Bouquet for Mom: $7 + HST Parking at Black Creek Pioneer Village is $7.00/vehicle (free member).
  • Kortright: Adults: $49.95 plus HST (12 years +) Children: $34.95 plus HST (3 – 11 years old) Optional Flowers Bouquet $10 plus HST Children 2 and under are free
  • Black Creek and Kortright (doesn't specify if members get discount)
For even more places to have lunch and other ideas take a look at this website To Do Canada of course they have listings for all over too and on going events etc. 

Weekly #Giveaway Linky April 29th


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!



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Giveaway! Celebrating Mommy Saves Blog $25 iTunes Gift Card

To celebrate the birth of my blog I have decided to host a giveaway. No sponsors for the giveaway here, I just thought I haven't had experience in working one, so I am work in progress and I am hoping to gain a few more readers in the process. It is after all how I came across a lot of the blogs I am familiar with and that I follow.  


I have been blogging now on Mommy Saves for almost 2 months now and have been enjoying the learning curve. I have been social on mostly Instagram and Twitter meeting new bloggers and/or mamapreneurs (my made up word for the hard working Mama's). I have been learning a lot but still have so much to learn. So here's to my first giveaway and good luck! 

Kids Birthday Party Ideas with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Theme


This weekend was the big party(s) for our 5 year old. We did a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme and carried it over from friends party at the indoor playground to family party the next day. Lets just say Logan has enjoyed all the attention over the weekend.  


We had the chocolate cake requested for the playground party. I wrote a bit a previous post on the making of the cake. He was telling me today that a few of the kids in his class were all drawing pictures from his party, namely the turtle cake! I was quite pleased to hear of such reviews from the little folk. 


I had a mix of kids and adults more for the family event on Sun afternoon. I had done a roast beef on the rotisserie and bought some fresh buns from the local bakery. I decided to make Au Jus (from packet but was a good addition) and tossed kale salad. I had seen platters on pinterest and had to do these turtle fruit and veg platters. Green jello as mutagen or turtles themselves. 


The cupcakes were a real hit! I had used a lemon lime cupcake recipe I had ripped out from a Canadian Living magazine years ago. I cooked the cakes the day before. I crumb coated with a butter cream icing and added a bit of lemon juice to it as well. I did this just before rolling out fondant. The marshmallow fondant recipe from last post I used for cake stretched enough to cover 20 cupcakes and still had plenty to spare. I rolled out the green and used a circle cookie cutter for it. 


As you can see, he was pretty happy over the weekend and really enjoyed his cakes!

Weekly #Giveaway Linky April 22nd


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!



$200 Amazon Gift Card worldwide ends April 27
Kidslox Parental Control App 3 free month ends April 27
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$75 Hudson Bay Card April 27
Logan and Cove Mattress (ARV$1149) ends May 31
Peter Pauper Coloring Book Bundle Can and US ends Apr 25
Gluten Free Comfort Food Recipes US and Can ends Apr 28
Ancient Energy Healing Tools & Techniques Prize Pk Ends Apr 30
DK Maker prize pack ARV $75enf May 11
Ultimate Marvel Movie Collection Giveaway ends Apr 27 WW
$75 Hudson Bay Gift Card ends May 4
Maya the Bee 2 The Honey Games DVD ends May 8 US & Can
Gaiam Yoga Accessories ends May 6th
Meowijuana $50 gift card ends May 3 US & Can
Sacred Shaman Prize Pk ends May 7
$100 Amazon gift card ends Apr 30
2 Passes to Magic Festival Wizardry ends Apr 27
Pair of Cougar Shoes ends May 7
Live Clean Earth Day Prize pk ARV $90 ends Apr 30
Maya the Bee 2 DVD US and Can ends Apr 28
$75 Hudson Bay Gift Card ends Apr 27
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior Books 1-5 ends Apr 29
Boxcar Children Surprise booksl ends April 28 US and Can
Live Clean Celebrates Earth Day gift pack ends May 13
Live Clean Mineral Clay Shampoo and Conditioner ends April 24
Babytime Show Toronto International tickets ends April 24
Molang Season Two dvd prize pack ends May 10 US and Can
Flipkins Doll of choice ends May 3 US and Can
UE Boom 2 Waterproof Wireless Speaker ends May 1 US and Can
Avon Mother's Day gift pack ends May 3
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Earth Day Aveeno Giveaway ends May 12
Boogiewipes Giveaway ends Apr 30
Nutribar 5 boxes ends May 10
Bee Yourself Maya Bee 2 dvd ends May 4 US and Can
Amazon Canada Giveaway $25 ends May 10
Epic Reads For Kids Prize pk ends May 10
Lacoupe Coconut Milk Shampoo Conditioner ends May20
$100 Amazon and Recipe App ends Apr 29
Sweet Reads Box ends May 5
$50 Indigo gift card ends Apr 28
$75 Amazon gift card ends May 12 US and Can



Making a cake for the TMNT party


My son is having his 5th birthday party this weekend. He had started watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on TV a few months ago and has decided he wanted that as his theme for his party and cake.


He likes to help in the kitchen, mostly when it comes to baking. Probably because I let him help baking more then regular cooking because of time constraints and it is something easier for young kids to manage. I don't like them to see their cake before it's made but I thought he can help a bit with the making of the fondant. 


For the fondant, I like to make marshmallow fondant. It is easy and tastes good just really sweet but tastes good. Kids love it of course. I find it easier and more fun to work with fondant. I always use this recipe from Wilton's site it is pretty basic. Most are the same they just had the instructions and tools laid out easy for the first time I made and stuck with it. We are kind of having 2 parties really, his fun at an indoor playground with friends and school chums and then a family party next day. Because he wanted a ninja turtle head and cupcakes will be turtles too so I tinted 2/3 of the fondant green while melting the marshmallows rather then kneading it in later. You can also add flavouring at the melting point as well as they explain in the instructions too. 


For the actual cake I have tried a new chocolate cake recipe even though I love the old one but my goodness, the scraps I cut off on this cake, so good. It is from Ricardo and may rightfully be called the Best Best Chocolate Cake. There is a ganache recipe for this cake as well which I never used before but I looked up and read that it quite common to use as a crumb coating for the fondant to stick to cake. The ganache is so good and I think it will work better because sometimes I find it soo sweet with icing and fondant. Ganache has less sugar then 4 cups of icing sugar It's mostly dark chocolate and cream. The dark chocolate just gives it richness and not so much sweetness. I used a chocolate buttercream icing in past cakes and does work great if you prefer. 


Rolling out the fondant to cover cake you need to roll out a piece that will cover and drape well over the sides. A must is this long roller for this part. It is easy to work with and you roll fondant on roller and roll out onto cake. 


I think I should have had a bit more moisture for the fondant when I rolled out but I managed with it. I also spread the ganache the day before because making the cake the day before was necessary though the ganache I think I could have done just before and may have made it smoother, easier to clear off smudges on the dish too. 


Logan requested Leonardo to be the cake. He had just gone to a party last week and guess they had a figure or something on the cake and saw some cakes online with toy on it so he (I think this was a scam for another toy) really wanted a toy on top too. I typically spend a lot of time making fondant characters usually so this gave me a bit of a break this time so I'm not too opposed. 


I need the number of his age on there just to help me remember when I'm looking back at photos more then anything. I thought since no characters or much of anything on top I decided to at least add a frame or shadow to his lettering in the name. Makes it pop a bit more. 


In the end, I'm pretty happy how it turned out. I thought the added jellybeans just dressed it up a bit from the edges of the cuts around the cake. Now lets hope him and his friends enjoy it tomorrow with the rest of the party! 


DIY Loot Bags for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party

My youngest son Logan is turning 5 at the end of this month. Ever year they get to pick a theme for their cake and party. The last couple of years we've just had house parties for Logan with family and close friends. Now that it is his first year in school and he has been watching his big brother of course over the years have his different parties at different venues, we decided to let him have a party at a local indoor playground.  


Seeing as we are having his party outside of the house, I didn't go over board with decorations and stuff. They are providing TMNT themed plates and decor at the venue which works out. We will have some family after for lunch so I may do some cool turtle fruit and veggies trays etc for here. 


One thing we are going to DIY is the loots bags. I even got to make it a craft project for the party boy! I saw these on Pinterest where I go to find all my Bday party or any crafting ideas. If you go to my feed you can see my Ninja Turtle Party Board and there will be all sorts of pins there I have gathered to help me plan my party. 


I had got the green bags at the dollar store. They come in packs of 10. I have in stock at home really great construction paper from Ikea. The colours are so bright and the paper quality is really great. It is a bit more cost wise but it is great crafting paper when doing stuff like this. Of course, any coloured paper should work as long as you get the turtle colours of blue, red, orange and purple. I cut the strips out and let my son glue them on the bag and glue eye on. I just cut of excess and that's it! 


As for the loot, I was actually quite amazed to see the amount of TMNT product at Party City. They always have stuff for me to work with. between them and some dollar stores I can manage but this theme, there is quite a bit. I got some tatoo's, pencils, rubic's cube, throwing star and a 55 count bag of TMNT Candy. I usually bulk the candy but it wasn't too much for the bag and thought it was pretty cool. 


That's some filled TMNT loot bags. Simple but effective craft and great way to get your partier in the mood! Next, I'll be working on the cake. I'll have to start the marshmallow fondant tomorrow!

Weekly #Giveaway Linky April 15th


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!


$500 USD gift card or paypal ends April 17
Lonely Planet Kids Activity Books ends April 19
Bach Flowers, Chinese Medicine and Herbal Teas Prize Pk Can/US end April 22
Kroma iPhone Case Prize pack Can/US ends Apr 17
$150 Disney card worldwide ends April 17
Canvas from Canvas Factory ends April 20 Can/US
$200 Amazon Gift Card worldwide ends April 27
Kidslox Parental Control App 3 free month ends April 27
Live Clean Mineral Clay Shampoo and conditioner end April 24
$75 Hudson Bay Card April 27
Logan and Cove Mattress (ARV$1149) ends May 31
Choice of Mac Air, $900 Amazon or PayPal Can, US, UK and Aus ends Apr 20
Tiny Toys Big Adventure prize pack ends Apr 19
Peter Pauper Coloring Book Bundle Can and US ends Apr 25
Gluten Free Comfort Food Recipes US and Can ends Apr 28
Ancient Energy Healing Tools & Techniques Prize Pk Ends Apr 30
DK Maker prize pack ARV $75enf May 11
Ultimate Marvel Movie Collection Giveaway ends Apr 27 WW
$75 Hudson Bay Gift Card ends May 4
Maya the Bee 2 The Honey Games DVD ends May 8 US & Can
Gaiam Yoga Accessories ends May 6th
Meowijuana $50 gift card ends May 3 US & Can
Sacred Shaman Prize Pk ends May 7
$100 Amazon gift card ends Apr 30
2 Passes to Magic Festival Wizardry ends Apr 27
Pair of Cougar Shoes ends May 7
Live Clean Earth Day Prize pk ARV $90 ends Apr 30
Maya the Bee 2 DVD US and Can ends Apr 28
Molang Season 2 DVD ends Apr 20 US & Can
Disney Juniors Puppy Dog Pals Dvd ends Apr 20
Pop a Lotz Surprise Pops Toy ends Apr 18 US & Can
Avon Like a Boss Tees ends Apr 20
$75 Hudson Bay Gift Card ends Apr 27
Family Game Night Prize Pack ends Apr 22
Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior Books 1-5 ends Apr 29

Disney World App My Disney Experience


If you have made some reservations to Disney World and you have a smart phone, you must download this app. It is key to planning your awesome vacation. It will save you time and possible money. It will help you enjoy your stay. You don't need to have you SIM card in so if you weren't planning to bring your phone because of roaming charges and what not, just bring a pin to take out SIM on plane and you can put in again when you return and you won't use phone part of phone.


Everywhere in Disney has WiFi so you are covered and the app is a great key to making reservations for rides (FastPass+) or dining. This year they also offer mobile ordering for dining too! Now I was organized when we went but we did get stuck (especially when it unexpectedly pours right around lunch where everyone has hidden) in massive lines. Now you can sit at your picked table and just place the order on your phone and when its ready you'll get a notification to go to mobile pick up area and get it. If you have the meal plan it deducts credit or you can have a credit card hooked up to the app. Even if you aren't using the mobile ordering the app gives you all the menus at all the restaurants to help you prepare while getting hungry.


The app not only helps you buy stuff but it tells you wait times at the main rides in all the parks. Now that is a great app in itself really. You can filter too so it's only for the park you are in or going to. Also, use for mapping and how long to get to that point. You can see how long to walk to ride or restaurant or you can see how it would take you to get to other park bus, boat or train.


You can pick your set FastPass+ on it and then when you are done the first 3 of the day you can start reserving others. You can read up on all the attractions and find out what are you must dos. You can see where the Characters are going to be at what times so you can plan accordingly. They even have the washrooms listed. All the entertainment is listed to so if there is something you wanted to catch, time it to be in that area around that time.


You can even book extra tours if you'd like and read all about the different offers available. Of course, once you are there and you get your picture taken at a PhotoPass spot you pictures will show up on the PhotoPass section of the app! Which are available to you to purchase for weeks after your stay. Other things like Guest Services, recreation at hotels and all the hotels themselves and their amenities etc. Spas are on there and shops. It also lists all the show times and hours of the parks. They can vary with events and early morning hours for guests at the hotels.

This App is an essential tool before, during and after your trip. Have you used the Disney App before? If so, what was your favourite feature? Is there something that I missed that you think is worth the mention? Comment below and let us know. 







Weekly #Giveaway Linky April 8th


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!


$500 USD gift card or paypal ends April 17
Lonely Planet Kids Activity Books ends April 19
Portable Baby Bottle Warmer Can/US ends April 13
Bach Flowers, Chinese Medicine and Herbal Teas Prize Pk Can/US end April 22
6 Bags of Spokes Chips ends Apr 9
 Furreal Roarin Tyler ends Apr 11
How Not to Die Cookbook ends Apr 12
Wisdom & Messages From Your Spirit Guides book ends Apr 14
Kroma iPhone Case Prize pack Can/US ends Apr 17
$150 Disney card worldwide ends April 17
$100 Target Gift Card ends April 13 Worldwide
Canvas from Canvas Factory ends April 20 Can/US
$150 PayPal ends April 10 worldwide
$200 Amazon Gift Card worldwide ends April 27
Kidslox Parental Control App 3 free month ends April 27
Live Clean Mineral Clay Shampoo and conditioner end April 24
$100 Amazon Gift Card ends April 10
Stubby An Unlikely Hero prize pack ends April 14
$75 Hudson Bay Card April 27
Indigo $50 Gift Card ends April 13
Logan and Cove Mattress (ARV$1149) ends May 31
$100 at the Keg ends April 13
Choice of Mac Air, $900 Amazon or PayPal Can, US, UK and Aus ends Apr 20
Viva la Juicy Soiree Perfume ends Apr 11
Tiny Toys Big Adventure prize pack ends Apr 19
Peter Pauper Coloring Book Bundle Can and US ends Apr 25
Gluten Free Comfort Food Recipes US and Can ends Apr 28
Ancient Energy Healing Tools & Techniques Prize Pk Ends Apr 30

Add Some Extra Fun and Have Some Great Souvenirs Disney Pins

There is so many things to think about once you have decided to go to Disney World and just as many articles, books and blog posts discussing many of the popular things Disney. Such as pin trading. You may have heard of the Disney pins or maybe not but the more amazing thing is did you know all the "cast members" (people working at Disney World) all wear the pins and more importantly, they trade them if you ask? It is a great fun thing to do for the kids! My kids absolutely loved this, it was a huge thing on the trip. They were always looking at everyone for a new pin they wanted of a certain character etc. 


To have the kids pin trade at Disney though, you probably want to prepare ahead of time. At Disney World the pins I believe start at $8.99US and go up from there. They do have kits you can buy like a lanyard and 2 pins for around $17.99 as a starting point but 2 pins isn't quite enough I'd say 5 at least. Buying at Disney, not best either. This is something that can create excitement at home for the trip to come.
In the US their is options on Amazon and Ebay where you can find pins as low as a $1. You can get a nice little starter set for all the kids that they can pack on their carry on for when the get there and start trading. In Canada however, search Disney pins on Amazon and you'll pay more then you would at the park. I did see lots on Ebay for Canadian's like 30 pins around $40 including shipping, not so bad.


Another option, the option I had used but really depends where you live if available, is Kijiji and of course that is a hit or miss sometimes too. There is a couple of sellers in Hamilton Ontario ( if you search Kijiji in GTA they won't show up) who sell 5 pins for $15 and you choose your 5. I also see another who sells $1.50 each at the time of this post. Kijiji fluctuates and can be different when you view pending on inventory if any.
When we bought back in 2016 we decided to drive to Hamilton which and got a bunch to start. The kids had them in hand, it was another thing to look forward too and something to enjoy at moment too. We picked up a couple of lanyard's at a party store and they were all set.


When we were at Disney we bought some pins too as a souvenir to our trip that year. I'm sure they won't trade those one though. While we are home we have them on a cork board. I would actually like to frame the cork board and hang up on wall. Get one for each of their rooms and have them displayed until the next trip!

Visiting the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) with Children


We decided to visit the ROM in Toronto this past Easter weekend. Our four year old has been obsessing over dinosaurs and other creatures lately so we thought we'd try with him. The last time we went he wasn't born or just a baby and older son was 5 or 6 so it was a few years back and really first time visit for the 4 year old.

      
One thing I should mention is if you have a younger child who especially doesn't care for a day of walking, a stroller is a good idea. Wagon's aren't allowed as we found out the hard way. However strollers are, although maybe a problem if they are super wide. You can also rent a stroller apparently for $2. They also don't allow large bags. A back pack with some waters and snacks fine but there is stipulation on size etc. 



First we went through the biodiversity area while we read interesting facts on different animals. The kids thought the Narwhal with it's spike nose was pretty interesting. Logan remembered seeing a episode of Octonauts with a Narwhal.
Then the kids really enjoyed the CIBC Discovery gallery. Especially the younger one. They spent a bit of time digging for bones. They seemed to find this quite entertaining. 


There was a few areas here meant for kids, even a toddler area with some toys and books to and lots of benches to rest while they play.
They had a few different costumes to try on. Even some knight chain-mail or helmet to try on. It was fitting for my older son because we just read Narnia Prince Caspian and they often mentioned the armor. 



On this same level there is a bat cave that mimics the habitat they live in as you get to walk through what is made to be a cave and find out some interesting stuff on caves and bats.
There is a little forest area they liked where they had pictures of things that were hidden in this forest setting. It was great to see how animals can blend into their surroundings. We spent a bit of time finding all the things.
 

We finally made it to the Dinosaurs. Logan was quite interested in these guys, but when it became more reading and a very busy area with an appetite ensuing his interest was falling. I think he was expecting more of a Dinosaur's Alive theme park thing like at Canada's Wonderland which is more entertaining for younger ones I guess.  


We decided to purchase lunch because we checked in ahead and saw there was a variety and not crazily priced. You can check out the menu to see for yourself Druxy's at ROM. You could bring a lunch they have other spots for people who packed a lunch too. Their is a McDonald's set to open this spring right across the street. I couldn't find info on whether they allow you to go in and out on ticket so it may be something to call about if you are interested in that. 


After lunch we attempted level 3 to see some mummies and knights armors etc. A few hours was all Logan could really handle with it not being very hands on in these areas. Level 2 was more set up for the younger folk in mind. Liam could have spent an hour or so longer in there looking at stuff but it is a lot at once. All in all it was a good outing, we didn't expect to see everything and figured our son may tire after a while so we weren't disappointed to that effect.
If you are planning on visiting and want a great save check out the deal at Costco.ca it's quite a bit cheaper per person as a family we saved $20. I don't believe you need a membership to shop at Costco.ca online either unlike the store.

#Giveaways linky of April 1


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!


Easter Books Prize Pack ends April 3
Spring Baking Cookbook prize pack ends April 5
Elegant Note Cards prize pack ends April 7
$500 USD gift card or paypal ends April 17
Hyba Active wear $150 gift card ends April 8
Lonely Planet Kids Activity Books ends April 19
Portable Baby Bottle Warmer Can/US ends April 13
Bach Flowers, Chinese Medicine and Herbal Teas Prize Pk Can/US end April 22
5 Tickets to Medieval Times ends April 2
One Copy of Simply Citrus by Marie Asselin Apr 2
$75 at Hudson Bay ends April 7
6 Bags of Spokes Chips ends Apr 9
 Furreal Roarin Tyler ends Apr 11
How Not to Die Cookbook ends Apr 12
Wisdom & Messages From Your Spirit Guides book ends Apr 14
Kroma iPhone Case Prize pack Can/US ends Apr 17
Super Wings Remote Control Jett ends Apr 3
$150 Disney card worldwide ends April 17
$100 Target Gift Card ends April 13 Worldwide
Canvas from Canvas Factory ends April 20 Can/US
$150 PayPal ends April 10 worldwide
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card worldwide ends April 6
$150 Jet Blue Gift Card worldwide ends April 3
$200 Amazon Gift Card worldwide ends April 27
Kidslox Parental Control App 3 free month ends April 27
Live Clean Mineral Clay Shampoo and conditioner end April 24
$100 Amazon Gift Card ends April 10
Stubby An Unlikely Hero prize pack ends April 14
$75 Hudson Bay Card April 27
Indigo $50 Gift Card ends April 13




Leisurely Day Out At Jack Darling and Rattray Marsh.

During the summer months, I stay at home with my children and make a point of visiting my mom once a week. She is getting on in years but...