Friday, August 30, 2013

Explore.Learn.Experience. ~ The Vancouver Aquarium

Thinking of what you should do this long weekend?  You need to buy your tickets and go to The Vancouver Aquarium!  This is a great way to spend quality time with your family and loved ones!

I had the pleasure of spoiling my niece and nephew there last Thursday and we had so much fun!  There is so much to explore, learn and experience!  The Vancouver Aquarium offers something for everyone!

This summer, The Vancouver Aquarium is featuring the Penguins and the Jellyfish.  These are two MUST see exhibits!  

You MUST go and check out the newest addition to The Vancouver Aquarium which is the African Penguins.  These little guys are so neat to see in person and they have daily penguin walks through the Beluga Whale habitat.  With an interactive learning presentation, you are sure to walk away knowing a little more about these birds than you did before you arrived.
Come by this weekend and watch these little guys waddle around learning new behaviors, experiencing the sights and sounds and getting some well deserved exercise in.

Did you know that jellyfish are 95 percent water?!  Come check out the new exhibits and interactive displays of how a jellyfish hunts, eats, protects themselves, reproduces and much much more!
The jellyfish invasion is mesmerizing with over 15 different species of jellyfish you could spend all day staring at them!

The Vancouver Aquarium has so much to offer with over 50,000 animals to see and learn about!   From dolphins to seals, to whales and otters and so much more!

Pack a snack for yourself and the kidlets and head to the Aquarium today!  Make sure to save room for lunch, as the food offered at the aquarium is amazing... I had the fish and chips and they were some of the best I've ever had!

Get there early to avoid the line-ups and have fun!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

#50ShadesOfSummer Have Come and Gone

Can you believe it my friends, 50 days have come and gone?!

Don't be sad my friends #50shadesofsummer is not over just yet!!

From today until August 27th you can enter yourself in the draw to win 1 of 3 prizes of  a set of prinstagram books (which is 2 books).  All you have to do is enter below and you are done!  Winners will be announced August 28th, 2013 at 10 am!

Thank you so much to all of you who participated!  We enjoyed all of your pictures and allowing us to get a glimpse into all your lives!

Good Luck!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The CW Super Fall Schedule

Okay my friends we are even closer now to my favourite time of year!... Fall!  I love it for the colors, the fresh crisp air, the pumpkin spiced lattes but most of all, T.V.  This is when all the NEW shows and seasons start!
Today I am featuring The CW's fall line-up as part 2 in a 5 part series of all the new and returning shows of the fall.

The CW's Fall Lineup

Hart of Dixie Mondays
The CW starts their spectacular fall line-up with the adventurous life of Zoey Hart!
We last left Zoey, in New York and planning on staying for awhile, after really truly finding herself and her feelings for Wade, not George as most of us had thought.  Season 3 will have a lot of surprises; I am hoping a big one will be that Wade and Zoey reconcile, but now she is being reeled in by Dr Breland's nephew who is easy on the eyes, if  I might say so myself.  Will Zoey return to Bluebell or will the big city life suck her back in?  Find out this October 7th at 8pm

+The CW Television Network 

Beauty and the Beast Mondays
I must admit, I have lost my interest in this show but I am hoping season 2 will reel me back in.  We ended season 1 with family secrets revealed and Gabe taking drastic measures to find a cure.  Although Vincent is still immortal this hasn't changed Cat's feelings for him as they both work to lock up the bad guys and figure out her connection to Muirfield! The secrets all start October 7th at 9pm
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Supernatural Tuesdays
Running for 8 seasons strong, Supernatural is back for its 9th season. And this season we will see the strong brotherly bond continue as they fight the fight together in a world where the normal constructs of heaven and hell which aren't there anymore.  There will be the king of hell living in their dungeon and angels walking around everywhere, so it will be up to them to stick together to try and control the world.
Rumor has it there is a Supernatural
 spin off in the works and will include Sam and Dean.  Continue the demon hunting October 8th at 9pm
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Arrow Wednesdays
DC's Comics Arrow is back for Season 2 as The Hood who has been battling against the dark arrow and has now succeeded prepares to battle against other comic book villains.  This season focuses on Oliver's

transformation from The Hood to Green Arrow as he struggles from being a vigilante to hero,  Laural will have a new job with a new partner who turn out to be 'Orphan Black' and this season introduces the Flash (rumor has will be a segway into a pilot for The Flash).  The Black Canary will also be introduced to us this season.  These comic characters return October 9th at 8pm
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The Tomorrow People Wednesdays
They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities.  

Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People — John, Cara and Russell — a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. The Tomorrow People are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra.  Ultra sees the Tomorrow People as a very real existential threat from a rival species, and the outcast group has been forced to hide out in an abandoned subway station just beneath the surface of the human world. Trading in secrets, Jedikiah offers Stephen the chance for a normal life with his family and best friend, Astrid, if he will help in the struggle to isolate and eradicate the Tomorrow People. On the other hand, Cara, John and Russell offer Stephen a different type of family and a home where he truly belongs. Unwilling to turn his back on humanity or the world of the Tomorrow People, Stephen sets out on his own path — a journey that could take him into the shadowy past to uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious disappearance, or into an unknown future with The Tomorrow People. This NEW series begins October 9th at 9pm.
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The Vampire Diaries Thursdays
Words can't even describe how excited I am for this premiere!  Every season gets better and better and this one sure isn't any different!

Elena and Caroline embark on collage just as would any teenager who just graduated from high school.  Elena is feeling very torn between the guilt of not wanting to leave home where Jeremy’s finally settling back into school, and she’s got this really loving and thrilling relationship with Damon that she’s been experiencing all summer. She’s completely unaware of Stefan’s jeopardy or Bonnie’s death. So she’s sad about leaving home like anybody would be, but very excited to get a new start at college with her best friend.

Caroline is in true Caroline Forbes form, trying to make the best of her college experience, in spite of several disappointments that come her way, and a challenge that she has to face in her relationship with Tyler who she still loves very, very deeply and remains deeply committed to. But college is not easy when you’re moving away from home and you’re trying to service a relationship that defined you in high school, and now where does it go in college? And she, more than anybody, will be really struggling with adapting from this sort of bright and sunshiny high school Caroline Forbes to the girl that’s trying to live a good life at college in spite of a lot of obstacles that are going to come her way  One of the big questions here is where is Tyler and when we finally get to see him?Bonnie will go through an arc in the beginning part of the season that forces her to accept this huge consequence that she has for sacrificing herself for Jeremy, and kind of overreaching with her magic. She will still very much part of the show and begins to accept the fact that she’s dead, and that’s just her reality, which not easy for her to swallow. 
Jeremy begins this season dealing with the fact that his peers already had a memorial for him. So he has to deal with the awkward social situation that he’s about to walk into which leads him into a very man kind of role. He becomes the man of the house. He really grows up between last season and this season. He takes on a protagonist type of action role.  And he’s currently — until people learn the truth — he’s Bonnie’s mouth piece. He’s helping hide her secret of her death and he’s reluctantly communicating with all her friends and family as her, at her request, and he really, truly believes that Bonnie needs to ‘fess up, or at least that her friends need to be aware that she’s no longer with us.  All this Vampire drama begins October 10th at 8pm  

Reign Thursdays

This show is about a young women from the history books named Mary Stuart, who the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. She has been the Queen of Scotland since she was six days old and has now blossomed into a head strong beautiful teenager, filled with a lot of expectations.  She and her four closest friends, aka ladies in waiting, have been sent to France to meet her future fiance, Prince Francis and to secure a strategic alliance with the French. But upon her arrival her future Prince is not sure how he feels about being tied down to just one women, as he has been a bit of a ladies man, which allows for this half brother, Bash, to catch her eye and a royal triangle beings to form.

While at the French Court, fierce foes and dark forces conspire to sabotage the marriage of Francis and Mary even threatening her life.  Mary rallies he her ladies in waiting and prepares to rule the new land and balance the demands of her country and her heart. October 10th at 9pm

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The Originals  Tuesdays
If you are a Vampire Diaries fan you MUST watch this show!  A spin off on the Original Vampires from mystic falls, it's like double the show each week!

Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart.
When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him 
in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. For Klaus, the thought of answering to his powerful protégé is unthinkable, and he vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family to ensure that New Orleans will be ruled by The Originals once again.  The Originals start to gain power back October 15th at 8pm

+The CW Television Network 

The Carrie Diaries Fridays
It's the summer of '85, and for the first time, 17 year old Carrie Bradshaw can call Manhattan home.  After her boyfriend and best friend betrayed her, Carrie is happy to accept the offer to spend the summer living in the downtown loft apartment of her Interview magazine boss.  But as summer turns to fall and Carrie heads into her senior year of high school, she and her friends and family discover that letting go of old loves and embracing new dreams comes with tough new realities but also incredible opportunity.  Will Carrie survive senior year?  The fun begins October 25th at 8pm

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Don't forget this is part 2 of a 5 part series in which I will be featuring the new and returning shows for each network for this season!  Following those posts I will have a printable television schedule available for all of you!  If you see that I have missed something please let me know!

Happy Wednesday My Friends!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Little Miss Mama is Turning Oh So 30!

Have you heard of my friend Little Miss Mama?!  Well here she is:

And I would like to wish her a HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Little Miss Mama and I go waaaaay waaaaay back to when side pony tails were cool, slouchy socks were all the rage and Vanilla Ice's 'Ice, Ice Baby' was playing on everyone's cassette players (yes I said cassette)!  Although we lost touch for awhile it's like we never missed a beat; two peas in a pod you could say, I mean how many of you out there lick your chips before eating them?!  I only know one other person who doesn't look at me weird when I say that and it's her!

This friend has blossomed into an amazing wife, mother, fashionista and blogger.  Little Miss Mama is a Jill of all trades and this fashionista mama should be on your weekly, if not daily, read.  She has so many mama tips, life tips, recipes, diy projects, the latest fashion trends, giveaways and the list goes on and on, so go check her out already!

Right now she has an amazing giveaway going on you should check out.  Have you heard of yoga jeans?  They are the best jeans ever, they stretch, come in low, mid and high rise (to keep us all sucked in) and they come in a wide variety of colours to fit your style needs!  These jeans are like cashmere on your legs, the softest jeans ever and you must try them!!  Head on over to Little Miss Mama and enter to win a pair of these jeans, a $200 value!

Happy Birthday to an amazingly beautiful friend inside and out!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ABC's Fantastic Fall Premiere Lineup

Hi my friends,

We are almost at one of my favourite times of year... Fall!  I love it for the colors, the fresh crisp air, the pumpkin spiced lattes but most of all, T.V.  This is when all the NEW shows and seasons start!  My bank account loves me as I am glued to the T.V. but my anxiety doesn't, as the caffeine is pumping through my veins trying to keep me awake to see it all.

Today I am featuring ABC's fall line-up as part 1 in a 5 part series of all the new and returning shows of the fall.

ABC's Fall Lineup

Monday September 16

Dancing With The Stars
New stars, new dances, new injuries and it all starts at 5pm EST/8pm PST.

Friday September 20

Last Man Standing
Tim Allen is back for a second season making us laugh in this hilarious comedy of a man struggling in a world full of girls. The family fun starts at 5pm EST/8pm PST
+Last Man Standing

The Neighbors
Coming back for a second season, how would you survive these neighbors?  Find out how theirs do at 5:30pm EST/8:30pm PST
+The Neighbors

Shark Tank
The sharks are back and ready to spend their money, What inventions will this season bring us?  The new season starts at September 20th 6pm EST/9pm PST

Monday September 23rd

A show I didn't think would make it past it's first season returns for a 6th season.  Watch as an F.B.I agent and a book writer fall in love while trying to separate business with pleasure at 7pm EST/10pm PST

Tuesday September 24th
This night all brand new series

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 
Merging the world of comics and television in Marvel's first television series.  Agent Coulson provides a human look into the larger-than-life Marvel superhero universe and is back with this elite team.  They are ready to investigate the new, strange and the unknown across the globe.
5pm EST/8pm PST
+Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Goldbergs 
This comedy will take you back, waaaay back to the 80's; the big hair, ugly sweaters (that are now reserved for Christmas parties) and Rick Springfield.  A family like all others except with a lot of yelling, an overbearing mom, a gruff hot tempered dad, and three siblings that couldn't be any different makes this family a family we can all relate to! 6pm EST/9pm PST
+The Goldbergs

Trophy Wife
Do you all know the saying 'third times a charm?'  For party girl Katie, she is hoping that's true as she becomes Pete's third wife!  Pete comes with a lot of baggage, 3 children and two ex-wives, who are still actively present in their lives.  As Katie tries to tap into her inner motherhood she turns to her friends who know less than her when it comes to being a mother or an adult. Find out if Katie has what it takes!  
6:30pm EST/9:30pm PST
+Trophy Wife

Lucky 7
In Queens, a group of seven gas station employees have been chipping into a lottery pool for months and have finally won!  But will willing solve all their problems? Mo Money Mo Problems? 7pm EST/10pm PST
+Lucky 7

Wednesday September 25th

The Middle 
A hilarious comedy about a middle class family who have never moved out of their small town and embracing what life throws at them.  Staring Patrica Heaton and Neil Flynn.
5pm EST/8pm PST
Back In The Game
James Caan is back on television in this dramedy about his daughter and her son moving back in with her estranged father (James Caan).  Against her wishes, her dad signs her son up for little league forcing her back in the game to coach a team of misfits. This dramedy brings together three generations, reconnecting them as one family.
5:30pm EST/8:30pm PST

Modern Family
The best show on Wednesday nights is BACK!  And with a one hour season premiere to boot!! The family we have all welcomed into our home is better than ever and ready to make us laugh our socks off!!!
6pm EST/9pm PST
+Modern Family

This country hit is back for a second season and we couldn't be happier! A mixture of success, lust, love, drama and good ole country music!
7pm EST/10pm PST

Thursday September 26th
Don't call or text me for these two hours

Enough said.
The best medical drama since ER, is back for its 10th season.  Can you believe it?! TEN!  And it keeps getting better and better.  I have been waiting four looooonnng months for Grey's to come back and cannot wait any longer...
5pm EST/8pm PST

Sunday September 29th
Don't call me on Sunday I'm busy!

Once Upon A Time
This season is sure to keep us guessing and inside sources say this season will be divided into two distinct 12 episode batches.  Will they all make it back to Storybrooke or will they be stuck in Neverland?
5pm EST/8pm PST

Revenge is the name of the game and for the Graysons, they are always in the centre of all the drama.  But Emily is not the only after the Graysons, Jack is too.  Now that he knows who the real Amanda is what will he do next?
6pm EST/9pm PST

A family run law firm is turned upside down when their brother in law has been murdered. Sex, lies and betrayal is the name of the game in this family drama.
7pm EST/10pm PST

Wednesday October 2nd

Super Fun Night
Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends have had a standing Friday night date night for the last 13 years.  As a budding lawyer, her promotion is getting in the way of their date nights, so she suggests Friday Night Fun Night should go on the road in order for her to spend time with a cute new lawyer.
6:30pm EST/9:30pm EST

Thursday October 3rd

All you Gladiators get ready for an epic season premiere, just when you think you know, you have no idea.
7pm EST/10pm PST

Sunday October 6th

Americas Funniest Home Videos
Back for its 8 millionth season! Let the laughs begin at 7pm!

Thursday October 10th

Once Upon A Time In Wonderland 
A spin off from Once Upon A Time, Alice, a beautiful young girl tells a tale of a strange land that exists on the other side of the rabbit hole with an invisible cat and a hookah smoking caterpillar.  Her doctors think she is insane and must seek treatment to cure her.  Alice agrees as she wants to put all this 'craziness' behind her but just in the nick of time the sardonic Knave of Hearts and the impressible White Rabbit arrive to save her from this doomed fate.  Check out this sweet fairy-tale come to life every Thursday night at 5pm EST/8pm PST

Don't forget this is part 1 of a 5 part series in which I will be featuring the new and returning shows for each network for this season!  Following those posts I will have a printable television schedule available for all of you!  If you see that I have missed something please let me know!

Happy Wednesday My Friends!