WIN a Trip for 2 to Jamaica from CTS #FeelGoodMovies

Today is the first day of Spring here in Ontario and I’m sitting watching big, fat snowflakes fall upon the 2 feet already on my front lawn! Color me unimpressed..

deermeadowPerhaps you all want to smack me and tell me enough whining about Winter already and yes I know I’m Canadian but hey can you blame me for dreaming of views like this:

CTS _FeelGoodMovies ContestOh YEAH you read it right!

CTS (Crossroads Television System) is giving away a trip for two to Sandals Resort in Jamaica to honor the launch of their #FeelGoodMovies each Friday and Saturday nights!

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

Just imagining lying on the beach with the sun’s warmth upon me has me smiling….

Friday & Sunday tune into CTS at 7pm to watch their #FeelGoodMovies:

Friday, March 22: Reasons of the Heart

Sunday, March 24: Love Finds a Home

Friday, March 29: Mystery Girl

Sunday, March 31: Love Begins

“The programs on CTS offer hope and encouragement.Looking for family-friendly television? Watch us!”

Enter to WIN a Trip for 2 to Sandals Resort in Jamaica

This is open to  Canadian residents, to enter just follow the link below, enter the contest and then make sure you share it with your friends. The more you share, the more ballots you get towards wining this awesome prize!

**ENTER HERE TO WIN A TRIP FOR TWO (2) TO JAMAICA – THANKS TO CTS!**

Brought to you by CTS, Sadals Resort & Air Canada Vacations
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This is a sponsored post but as always, opinions are my own.

Jalapeno Poppers Recipe & Nordic Ware Review

Next month I will be attending the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference on behalf of Chicken Farmers of Canada. This is an honor and a privilege indeed!

Included in the conference pass is some fantastic swag! Yesterday I received 3 gorgeous pieces from Nordic Ware which I was eager to try out.

nordic wareIn the package was:

  • Nordic Ware Pro Cast Traditions Aluminum 3 qt Dutch Oven
  • Nordic Ware Pro Cast Traditions Aluminum Traditions Braiser
  • Nordic Ware 365 Chicken Leg and Galapeno Griller

Of course I was excited, each of these are quality pieces that I wanted to use immediately but it was the 365 Chicken Leg and Jalapeno Griller which caught my attention.

After talking with my husband we scrapped out planned menu and decided upon chicken legs (I will provide this recipe in another post) and jalapeno poppers instead!

Cheesey Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Jalapeno peppers
  • 3 oz Cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz feta cheese
  • 2 oz goat cheese (we used bruschetta flavored)
  • Prosciutto (one thin slice per popper)

Preparation:

Begin by chopping off the stem end of the jalapeno pepper and coring it out.

Jalapeno Poppers

Next grate the cheddar and combine 2/3 of it with the feta and goat’s cheese.

Jalapno popper stuffing

Gently stuff each jalapeno pepper with the cheese mixture, use the end of a spoon to assist moving it right to the end if needed.

Jalapeno Poppers Stuffed

Lay each strip of prosciutto flat and gently roll the stuffed jalapeno popper into it. Leave a bit of a neck at the top end and fill with the remaining shredded cheddar.

jalapeno poppers cooking

This is where the beauty of the Nordic Ware 365 Chicken Leg and Jalapeno Griller comes in, we simply sat each wrapped jalapeno popper into its own hole and put it in the oven at 350 degrees with a foil-lined baking pan underneath.

Note: If you are cooking both the jalapeno poppers and chicken legs you’ll want to pre-cook the chicken half way before adding the jalapeno poppers.

Cook for approximately 20 minutes and voila!

jalapeno poppers finished

The result was delicious, the jalapeno poppers were evenly cooked and there was no sticking or burning. The griller is a fantastic tool for our kitchen and we can’t wait to try it on the BBQ!

I LOVE Netflix Happy To Giveaway 6 Month Subscription

Last December I wrote an article where I talked about the benefits of Netflix and gave away a 6 month subscription. Well since then I’ve become utterly hooked on the TV shows which are available on Netflix.

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For those who aren’t aware of Netflix, it’s a service which costs $7.99 a month that allows us to instantly watch unlimited movies & TV episodes streaming over the Internet to our TV via a PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 or any other device that streams from Netflix. We can watch instantly on our computer too!

After scrolling through the movies and TV shows I began watching House of Cards and had NO idea how quickly I’d become hooked.

 Netflix House of CardsI won’t say much, suffice it to say I’d watched all of the episodes before I wanted to!

Another show I’ve fallen for is Breaking Bad….this show has me rapt with attention and eager for more.

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Another feature we appreciate is the parental controls. We are able to set the Netflix to the appropriate rating so that our children see only shows we approve when they’re searching.

WIN 6 Month Subscription to Netflix

I’m happy to say I have a 6 Month Subscription to Netflix to givewawy to one lucky Canadian reader. Entering is simple, just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter form below.

To Enter you must be a resident of Canada, 18+, winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification email. Contest closes March 29, 2013.

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BlackBerry Z10 Review

Earlier this month BlackBerry Z10 hit the stores with a BANG! People were eager get their hands on this new technology which was being touted as the hope of this Canadian company’s future.

My introduction to the Z10 happened at the BlackBerry Z10 launch party in Toronto. While there I had the opportunity to play with the display models and learn the ins and outs from the BlackBerry reps.

As I stated in my article linked above there were some features I immediately liked.

Look and Feel

The Z10 fit nicely in my hand, had the perfect weight and I found it simple to navigate through apps using the touch screen.blackberry z10

After using the device for a few weeks which was sent to me by Telus, I stand by my initial opinion, the BlackBerry Z10 is the perfect size for my hand. It’s stippled soft touch gripped back surface makes it easy to handle. I have noticed that the apps can hesitate at some intervals, there doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason that I’ve found as of yet but it’s not enough of a lag to sway me from the Z10.

BlackBerry Z10 HUB

This is a great feature, it’s one spot where you can easily view all of your notifications, phone call alerts and more.

This is easily accessible by swiping across the screen to the right at any time, even if you’re already within an app.

BlackBerry Apps

As a blogger there are certain apps which I rely upon to engage on social media. I do most of my interactions remotely and the absence or difference of these on the Z10 is annoying.

Facebook on BlackBerry Z10

There is a Facebook app on the Z10 but it’s had me so annoyed I actually stopped using it. This app would be fine for the average Joe, assuming he’s not focused on keeping up with his Pages or Groups.

Personally I live in the Pages and Groups section of Facebook and have been able to keep up easily while using the Facebook apps on the Samsung Galaxy SIII, Note II and my iPhone. BlackBerry has really dropped the ball on this one in comparison.

When you go to the Facebook HUB by hitting the icon on the upper left you’ll see your Favorites, Groups, Lists and Account info. This feature comes close to competitor’s Facebook apps but misses the mark in it’s details.

Other device applications allow you to see your Pages as well, the BB Z10’s FB app does not. It also doesn’t show your groups in a compressed or sort list. For a blogger who belongs to many groups this is a cumbersome way of keeping up. Time is important, and this my friends takes far too much.

If you click on a photo within the FB app there is no way to share or save it, yet another feature I rely upon.

I’m certain that RIM will be upgrading the FB app but it’s limitative at the moment.

Instagram Missing from BlackBerry Z10

The photo sharing platform Instagram isn’t yet available for the new OS. Also missing is Twitter’s new video sharing tool, Vine. I think many bloggers will agree these apps are used widely and BlackBerry would be doing themselves a service to offer them.

Camera

BlackBerry has shown they’re quite clever with the camera features they’ve introduced with the Z10. Obviously they’ve spent time focusing upon this in order to move into a more personal user rather than the typical Business BlackBerry user of the past.
With software Face detection and time travel element they’re pulling into the ranks with Samsun and Mac. It’s very aggressive with auto exposure and white balance, losing details on textures. For my purposes the photo quality isn’t great, photos taken in low light are very dark and I’ve found my photos “pixelly” in comparison to other devices.

Battery Life

The Z10’s batter has held up well for me. It is comparative to my iPhone and Samsung Note II and far better than the Samsung Galaxy SIII which I’ve found to drain quickly.
This phone is a serious improvement for BlackBerry users, if I were using it only for personal reasons it would be a solid choice. In my world where I use social media to keep in touch and my camera on a regular basis it just falls short. Unfortunately the competitors options are more useful for me today but BlackBerry is getting closer.
This post is not sponsored nor was I compensated. I was provided with a BlackBerry Z10 for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

SodaStream Canada Review & Giveaway

There’s a new product that is sweeping the beverage industry in Canada! SodaStream allows you to make your own carbonated beverages in an environmentally friendly way.

 

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SodaStream turns tap water into sparkling water in just seconds! SodaStream has over 30 flavors, including diet flavors, teas, cola, fruit flavors and energy drinks. Personally I am trying to drink more water so I’m excited about their selection of flavoured waters.

We were recently sent the SodaStream Genesis Green machine to review and I have to tell you I was hesitant, I really expected the drink to be disappointing. I was wrong. We were given a sample pack of different varieties which our family enjoyed. One nice feature of SodaStream drinks is that we can control how much syrup we add to suit our tastes.

Setting up the SodaStream was a breeze, they included diagrams so I couldn’t make a mistake. My daughter was right there with me, enjoying being in charge of our review.

Step 1: Fill the bottle with tap water and screw onto machine

Soda Stream 1

Step 2: Push the button to carbonate to desired “Fizziness”. The instructions suggested 3 pushes which works for us.

Soda Stream Carbonation

Step 3: Tilt the bottle forward and screw off slowly, allowing the carbonation to activate

Soda Stream process

Step 4: Add in your flavoured syrup, adjust the amount to your taste.

Soda Stream Syrup

Step 5: Give it a few gentle shakes to fully combine the flavour

Soda Stream shake

The Result: A great bottle of soda or sparkling water that everyone can enjoy!

Soda Stream

There are many models available on the SodaStream website, you can choose one which suits your decor.

The main benefits of SodaStream:

  • Each cylinder makes 60 L of pop
  • Each bottle of syrup flavour makes 12 L of pop for $7
  • Wide variety of flavours
  • Reduces the number of bottles my family uses
  • Diet flavours are sweetened with Sucralose and Acesulfame potassium and contain no aspartame
  • Less sugar than regular sodas. Pepsi has 41 grams of sugar, while the SodaStream cola has only 9 grams

WIN Your Own SodaStream!

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One lucky Canadian reader will win a prize valued over $200, the Green Fizz starter kit! Colour will depend upon inventory at the time of shipment.

Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, this giveaway ends March 7th and the winner will have 48 hours to respond.

 This is a sponsored post, I received the Soda Stream kit in exchange for this review. The opinions are my own. 

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Streaming ChromeBook Laptop Giveaway #ChromeBookEvent

 

Welcome to the $250 Streaming ChromeBook Giveaway hosted by This Lil Piglet, Sober Julie and Simply Stacie, along with several other bloggers who made this giveaway possible! One lucky reader will win a Samsung ChromeBook laptop valued at $250 US.

This giveaway is open to US and Canada and ends March 7th at 12:00 AM EST. Come back everyday for more chances to win by completing our daily entries! (Canada winner would receive a $250 gift card to Amazon.ca)

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A Busy Week Ending With BlackBerry Z10 Launch in Toronto & Flo Rida

It has been a very busy week here, one which ended with the BlackBerry Z10 launch party in Toronto.

Monday began with my announcement of the Zerona Canada #RapidInchLoss twitter party, this is something I’ve been working on and am very excited that we have 2 grand prizes worth $2900 available to be won.

The week continued with Mother Nature showing herself as wacky, we had some really warm days which caused all the snow to melt followed by a huge snow story…booooo!

Wednesday morning had me writing a piece that has created a murmur of appreciation, thankfully man people agree with my sentiments of supporting one another which I wrote about in Mommy Bloggers Remember Your Etiquette. Unfortunately with the good comes the bad and there have been a few remarks which were carefully not directed towards me in an obvious manner in public….but they truly proved my point.

On Wednesday night I attend the Black Berry Z10 launch party with Telus Canada in Toronto. It was a launch party to be remembered!

Blackberry Z10 launch

Photo courtesy of My BitsAndBleeps

I was interested to see what BlackBerry was bringing to the table. I am a former BlackBerry lover who reluctantly moved towards other options when I felt BlackBerry’s technology wasn’t keeping up.

My first impressions of the new BlackBerry Z10:

Photo courtesy of Telus

BlackBerry Z10 hits the mark with the look and feel.

The BlackBerry Z10 has come from behind to the level of other popular devices, it’s sleek-looking and quick to respond with the touch screen. The images upon the screen are clear and sharp, there is no hesitation (which I’ve hated in other devices) when I was moving between the apps, browsing and home screen. The Z10 fit perfectly within my hand and I was comfortably able to use it with just one hand.

BlackBerry has increased their Apps

The number and type of apps available for the BlackBerry have officially increased. There are over 70,000 apps available which suit my needs well. Keep in mind that I’m not an app freak, if you are looking for specific apps you may find them missing but there are alternatives available.

The truth about typing on the BlackBerry Z10

For people like my Husband with “thick fingers” typing on a touch screen has been something to be avoided in the past. BlackBerry’s new Z10 may not be the first choice, but in April of this year they’re releasing the Q10 which has a fully functional push keyboard.

For myself the touch keyboard on the BlackBerry Z10 is a snap, it responded well and the predictive text function was a handy feature.

Onto the Entertainment at the Launch

While standing in line waiting to check into the event there was an undercurrent of excitement as people realized who the surprise entertainment was. I kept hearing folks whispering about Flo Rider being in da house….and of course I didn’t mention that I hadn’t a clue who this was.

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It wasn’t until this striking beast of a man took the stage and began his first song that it hit me. I LOVE THIS GUY! Flo Rida was amazing, he brought energy to the room that actually had us looking away from our screens and moving to the beat.

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I was very grateful to have attended the BlackBerry Z10 launch with Telus, it was an education and FUN evening filled with laughter, celebrities and friends.

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I do look forward to sharing more of my impressions after I have a chance to use the device which is being sent to me next week.

What Would You Do If You Won $50,000 #GoldenKitten

We’ve all done it, spent time musing about what we would do if we won big money. Recently I posed the question on my Facebook fan page and the answers stemmed from responsible choices, to donations to frivolous dreams.

Royale is celebrating their 50th Birthday and with the celebration they’ve launched a huge contest where you can actually win $50,000!!!

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This is a massive grand prize, there will also be 4 runners-up and you can win one of the 500 instant-win prizes up for grabs!

440 Golden Kitten Tickets are hidden inside specially marked Royale bathroom tissue, facial tissue, paper towel and dinner napkins

60 are located online through royale.ca or the Royal Kittens Facebook Page – you’ll need to play a fun game first for your chance to win a Royale Golden Kitten ticket!

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If you’re lucky enough to find a Golden Kitten ticket, enter your PIN code online and you could win one of 500 instant-win prizes – before being entered to win the $50,000 grand-prize or one of four runner-up prizes! Instant win prizes include:

 

  • Samsung TVs
  • Samsung Tablets
  • Samsung Blu-Ray Players
  • paFinder Gift Cards
  • Limited Edition ROYALE Kittens (plush)

Personally $50,000 is a lot of money, I think I would have to use it for practical purposes like paying down debt but let’s ignore that for now and dream a bit shall we?

I’d love to travel, to just take off and see some of the amazing sites around the world! Here are just a few of the locations I’ve Pinned while I was dreaming:

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Tahiti

Iceland

Iceland

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Bora Bora

Perhaps I’d think of the family and get a boat for our summer fun.

Boat

Or maybe I’d finally install that 2nd bathroom I’ve been dreaming of….

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I could sit and dream about it all day long, how about yourself?

What would you do if you won $50,000?

 

I am participating in the Golden Kittens Blog Tour by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Royale. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Happy New Year Canon Rebel DSLR Giveaway (WW)

I’ve teamed up with 12 other bloggers to bring you an amazing giveaway. To celebrate 2013,  we are giving away a Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit!
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This giveaway is open to entrants 18 years or older, worldwide. If our randomly drawn winner is a resident of the United States, he or she will receive the Canon DSLR described above. If a non-US winner is selected, a cash prize of equal value ($599) will be delivered via PayPal. Entrants from outside the United States should have a valid PayPal address prior to entry. Cash option also available for winning US resident upon request.

The winner will be notified through email on January 29, 2013, and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway starts Monday, January 14, 2013 and ends Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. Once the giveaway ends, the winner will be chosen randomly using the Rafflecopter widget and contacted within 24 hours by email. This post will be updated with the winner’s name on the Rafflecopter widget once confirmed.
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How Would You Like 6 Months of Netflix?

Our family is a huge movie watching family, this can get quite pricey over time. We found Netflix and our bank account is thanking us!

For only $7.99 a month, we can instantly watch unlimited movies & TV episodes streaming over the Internet to our TV via a PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 or any other device that streams from Netflix. We can watch instantly on our computer too!

I have a 6 Month subscription to Netflix Canada to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader!

Canadian holiday traditions may be changing, as families are curling up to watch movies during the holiday season. According to a new survey from Netflix, over half (58 per cent) of households with children reported that they watch movies together during the holidays. Along with Holiday dinners, cooking, baking and shopping, watching TV and movies together is a new holiday tradition!

You can also give the gift of Netflix to friends and family by purchasing aNetflix gift card.

With shows and movies like this who wouldn’t want a subscription?

ENTER TO WIN!

To Enter you must be a resident of Canada, 18+, winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification email. Contest closes December 28, 2012.

 

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