Monday, April 30, 2012

Mother's Day Giveaway Courtesy of iheartgiveaways! (rafflecopter)

"Mother's Day... a time for warm thoughts and fond memories, for expressing the feelings and words that often go unspoken, for letting those special people in our lives know that they are loved and appreciated - always."

Great mothers deserve a treat on their special day! I Heart Giveaways, together with other awesome bloggers, is hosting a brand new giveaway especially made for moms. Seven lucky winners will be randomly chosen to win these exciting prizes:

  • $320 Paypal Cash
  • Avon Cosmetics *Imported*
  • Red & Black Tiger Dichroic Glass Pendant
  • Belleza Box Massage Kit
  • Coupon Binders
  • Pirate Party Games Pack
  • Ravishing Rose 6 Pair Earring Set

Click here to see the images and value of the prizes listed above. Note: All items will be shipped to the winner within one to three weeks after the end date of this giveaway. Non-cash items are not convertible to any form of money.

What are you waiting for? Enter on the rafflecopter below for a chance to win! Mother's Day Giveaway will accept entries until May 18, 2012. Open worldwide.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I won't ever leave home without this app.

I am a light sleeper. Have been since I can remember. People snoring, hotel room doors slamming, that low rumbling bass? Those things make me crazy. In fact, some of the worst nights' sleeps have happened in hotels I paid the most money for. Talk about frustrating. When my mom and I were planning our recent cruise to the Caribbean, I did some research on white noise machines. I wanted something small and portable that wouldn't set airport security into a flat spin (I've seen some really benign things confuse the heck out of them before!) something digital, so that we aren't dealing with something that will wear out, and something that could be really loud if I needed it to be. Enter the TMSoft White Noise App. I already have both an iPod Touch and an iPhone, so why not an app? I love this app. It comes with a variety of noises to suit pretty much anyone's taste including airplane noise, camp fire, air conditioner, rain, thunder storm, ocean waves... The list goes on. Even better, you can mix sounds and add your own. I slept like a baby on Freedom of the Seas by putting my app on Airplane Noise and popping ear buds in but my first experience with it was when I worked midnight shifts over Christmas and I needed something to quiet my mind enough to sleep during the day. It worked like a charm. This past week, I even used it while the Canadian aerobatics team, The Snowbirds, practiced over my house. Now, that is impressive! :) Check it out. If you try the free version, you lose nothing! :) White Noise App

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10K Giveaway. Check it out!

Kristin at Whole Lotta Momma is working hard to get 10K followers! Let's help her out and get our blogs and pages hopping too! Prizes for blogs who promote this as well as people who enter! Details below; Let's get this PARTY started!!! Please refer to my youtube video for instructions. Random Drawing Grand Prize:
  1. GC to Healthy Herbal Nutrients ($30.00 value)
  2. Bardot Spiral Bracelet ($49.00 value)
  3. Dr. Loretta Skincare System ($50 value)
  4. $25.00 Passionately Rivalicious Gift Certificates
Referral Grand Prize:
  1. GC to any Mary Kay Product ($30.00 value)
  2. Sweet Souls Birthstone Color Set March & Pear-Shaped Ring with Jacket Set ($49.00 value from AVON)
  3. OcuFresh tote bag filled with natural eye care products ($50 value)
  4. $25.00 Passionately Rivalicious Gift Certificates
Rest of the prizes:
  1. Full Size Bottle of Imari
  2. Paypal Cash ($25.00 value)
  3. Pig-Scriptives Wrinkle Warfare ($72.00 value)
  4. Flip Flop Hair Bloom
  5. Coupon Envelope ($30.00 Value)
  6. Amazon Gift Code ($5.00 value)
  7. Fabric Rosette Necklace
  8. One Spittie of Choice and Free Shipping ($14.00 value)
  9. Paypal Cash ($10.00 Value)
  10. Loaded Coupon Binder
  11. Children’s Book Bundle
  12. Let Go & Let God Necklace
  13. GC ($25.00 value)
  14. Coupon Envelope ($50.00 Value)
  15. Dr. Loretta Skincare System tote
  16. OcuFresh tote bag filled with natural eye care products
  17. Teach My kit of choice ($50 value)
  18. Sterling Silver Ring
  19. Heart shaped sugar cookies (2 Dozen)

Giveaway will be open from 4/23 12 pm EST and close when Whole Lotta Mama! hits 10k on facebook. Just wait for the Rafflecopter to load and enter below! Good Luck!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

This week's Caribbean Cruise Specials!

Cruise the Caribbean or Mexico in style from $56 CAD per night

Indulge in a fabulous cruise vacation to the Caribbean or Mexico where the beaches are endless, oceans are crystal blue and sunsets are breathtaking. Featured Itineraries include exciting ports of call in Mexico, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles and more. Your Caribbean or Mexico adventure awaits, book today to receive the best deals available!

 Check it out!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blogger sign up for a free $100 giveaway! has a new giveaway for bloggers.  Free is always the way to go when you can to help promote your blog.  I have gone that way with my other blog; Gluten Free Songbird and had some pretty nice results.  According to Gretasday, the details are as follows;

Event Details:
- The giveaway will go live on Chic Algene's birthday (May 8, 2012)
- Open Worldwide
- Prize: $100 Paypal Cash for One Winner
Sign Up Fee & Info:
- NO COST for the first link (Facebook Page only)
- To participate, please share this free event on your site and complete the form below.
If you would like to include more links (Twitter, Pinterest, Votes, etc.) for this giveaway, then please send the fee to via Paypal. Each additional link will cost $2.

Check out sign up details here.

A love of travel fostered

Growing up, we always traveled.  Sometimes it was to visit family members. Sometimes it was because my air force father was posted to a new location.  Pretty much every summer we camped, because a Master Corporal in the air force did not have the kind of money to stay in hotels. 

When I was really small, we had a motor home which my father regretted selling until his final day on Earth.  After that, we got a more practical Chevy Suburban and trailer.  I was born in a small town in Alberta named Cold Lake because the lake was THAT cold. It was a large lake even by the Lakeland region standards and it never warmed up in the summer after being frozen over in the winter.  I spent many, many hours in that freezing cold lake when we returned to live there while I was between the ages of 8-12.  We would camp at the local Provincial Park every summer and sometimes we would just go down for the day.

When we moved to Bagotville, Quebec, we would park the trailer at the military campsite which we had to drive across the runway to access.  I didn't think about it until recent years, but camping could not have been all that fun for my mother who had to cook outside or on our gas stove and do dishes with water she heated on the stove. 

Spending most of my childhood in Alberta, I have many memories of camping in such beautiful regions as Jasper Provincial Park. It was nothing to see caribou wander through the campsite or to see big horned sheep hanging off the edges of the Rocky Mountains. As a child, I did not realize how privileged I was to see such beautiful parts of my vast country of Canada. 

My father was from British Columbia.  At least, he grew up in Vernon in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, the only desert area in Canada.  My husband has told me repeatedly that the Okanagan reminds him of the hills and vineyards he saw when he was on a three week exercise in Sicily with the Air Force. :) 

I feel honoured to have had an introduction to the beauty of various regions through my upbringing.  My mother was from the east coast of Canada as a child, and my brother and I were exposed to life in Nova Scotia when we were still quite small.  My uncle worked on a lobster boat and I remember being horrified by the sight of what looked like giant bugs on the dinner table. ROFL 

I toured old forts, explored beaches and woods and wildlife and learned to have keep an eye out for nature because you just never know when you might see a fox running alongside the highway, or a beaver in a pond or some other wild creature.  My parents have pictures of me feeding a chipmunk before I was school aged for Pete's sake! 

My husband experienced a similar upbringing on the east coast, spending summers on the beaches of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  I feel that we were very fortunate children and have tried to share our love of travel, in a different form perhaps since we are not really campers, with our wonderful daughters.  It's as intrinsic as my love of music and it is here to stay, along with many wonderful memories. 

New Blog

I decided that it would be really great to have a blog exclusively for talking about my travels, past and present and my experiences as a travel agent in training. Heck, travel agents are always training as far as I can tell and with travel as part of the training, I am on cloud nine.