Friday, 28 June 2019

#LoveBigGiveaway Tour


DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines I disclose paid partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Kat Kronenberg.

ABOUT THE BOOK


Written by Kat Kronenberg
Publisher’s Synopsis: The once thriving, African savanna has turned dry and desolate. Baboon watches animals who are so hungry that they seek only their own interest. Rhinoceros destroys Termite’s castle in his race to find food. Hare chooses not to share food with her family, and Lion steals from his pride. But after Baboon sees Rhinoceros give Hare his snack-on-a-stick, everything changes! Baboon realizes that a trans-formative power exists between the animals and the stardust that surrounds them once they share smiles and truly believe in themselves and each other. Read on to see if Baboon can save the savanna with this new secret and a very stinky, unlike hero…
Ages 3-10 | Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press | January 8, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1626346000
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GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Kat Kronenberg’s Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg, and a school visit from the author valued at $550! Plus, everyone can be a winner by visiting Kat’s website and collecting all of the fun downloads.
One (1) winner receives:
  • A school visit from Kat Kronenberg*
  • A copy of Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg
  • Kat’s new Light-Up Heart of Stars plush toy
  • All of the downloadable activities and extras from Kat Kronenberg’s website
Five (5) winners receive:
  • A copy of Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg
  • Kat’s new Light-Up Heart of Stars plush toy
Giveaway begins June 20, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 20, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 17 and older.
Kat Kronenberg is responsible for prize fulfillment. *Date, time, and school for the visit is to be worked out between the winner and author Kat Kronenberg. The school must be within 2 hours driving distance of any major airport and on the mainline. Parent’s at the school must be offered a chance to buy Love Big so that their students have the opportunity to take home an autographed copy with their name in it – thrilling. Kat Kronenberg must be able to set up at least one more school visit in the area. Click here for the giveaway rules.

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TOUR SCHEDULE


June 20, 2019
The Children's Book Review
Book Giveaway
June 21, 2019
Word Spelunking
Book Giveaway
June 24, 2019
Jrsbookreviews
Book Giveaway
June 25, 2019
Heart to Heart
Book Giveaway
June 26, 2019
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Giveaway
June 27, 2019
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Book Giveaway
June 28, 2019
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Giveaway
July 1, 2019
Confessions of a Book Addict
Book Giveaway
July 2, 2019
The Fairview Review
Book Giveaway
July 3, 2019
A Dream Within A Dream
Book Giveaway
July 8, 2019
Rosco's Reading Room
Book Giveaway
July 16, 2019
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
Book Giveaway
July 18, 2019
To Read, or Not To Read
Book Giveaway

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Cotton Candy Ice Cream Taste Test

Not a sponsored post.
Part 1


Part 2

St Jacobs Market Impromptu Food Chronicles: French fry Edition : A Taste of Greece


Walking through the market and our stomachs grumble, fact. Not from being hungry, or you don't think you are hungry till the smell of the pop up food vendor shops or staple stores hit your senses like a wave of get in my belly intense flavour.  The aroma as we were heading down one aisle following both our nose and now hunger for something to eat, and we see it. We see the object our senses awoken to... The French Fry Sign.But not just any fry. The aroma has a certain flavour profile and the ingredients listed, that was it.

THE FRIES
You get real potatoes, skin on cut to perfection, perfectly salted perfect sized fries. Marinated in rosemary, thyme, and chives and then topped with feta cheese. Served with this kalamata  dip on the side that I can't even. It was just that good. These fries are a must for a quick snack or a keep you going so you can continue around the entire market. At $4.25 the price is right, fries are shareable and you get more real food. There is so much more to get there as well and if I had not been so memorized by those fries I would have taken a deeper dive into all the food on offer. But because I didn't and only had fries on the brain, I have no shame; from that sign , the ingredients and the aroma made it impossible for me to think of anything else. Since since there is so much more there how about you run to their Instagram page and check it out https://www.instagram.com/atasteofgreece1/  Just by seeing their pictures man I missed out, but those fries. Seriously wiped any other thought from my brain , esp once the dip hit my taste buds.







(Who gets the last bits...... no perfectly cut, topped to perfection spud gets left behind, nor any of that feta)
A Taste of Greece delivered just that, and I wanted to stay there and lick the dip container. But instead I took the fry fork and flipped it and it spooned it out.  Any waste would have been pure blasphemy.
As a staple inside one of the buildings, A Taste Of Greece will always be there for you. Nostalgia adorns their cash spot with a piece of the original wood before the devastating fire to the market many years ago.



Yes I was graciously given the fries to try ( which I am so grateful for and my taste buds are too), but all opinions and writing style is mine and given in a very honest way. I can't fault them in anyway except maybe a tall glass of that kalamata dip for the side but then that would just be being greedy at how amazing it is.  This to I would buy in bottle form as a take home. 
Whether you are hungry or not you can always find room for fries. Make sure to get yourself on to any GRT bus or train and get your self driven to the market for free. You have Thursday and Saturday left to ride when the market is open.

St Jacobs Market Impromptu Food Chronicles: Ice Cream Edition : Grandpa Shantz's Homemade Old fashioned Ice Cream


Ice cream the one true cold summery treat that can bring us all together . Everyone seems to have a story with ice cream , a fond memory or two, a flavour that causes a reminisce.
Now C@@@@@s you have had my heart but nestled away a the St. Jacobs Farmers Market is an ice cream surprise you must be sure not to miss. A secret needs telling and shouted from the roof tops.

I am talking about Grandpa Shantz's Homemade Old fashioned Ice Cream.
The whir of the machine, the sound hypnotizes you to even at the very least check out what is happening, and what is the machine itself.

Coming in close and realizing it is 2 John Deere mowers created to form an old fashioned ice cream maker, you sit and stare for a minute. Thinking can it be true, has Grandpa Ross Shantz really done it 13 years ago creating an ice cream making machine. The answer is simple and a resounding yes.


This will be the second year that Hannah, her brother, and of course the odd visit by Grandpa Ross himself have been at the market. First year for me to find them( first year back at the market in a very long time sad to say what a gem I have missed) and first year for them with a social media presence. So head here to their Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/shantzicecream/, give them a follow and then head to the Market , Tuesday , Thursday or Saturday and grab yourself a cup. Now do yourself a favour and just buy the $5.00 adult size right off the jump, you will regret that you didn't if you just get the small $3.00 kid sized one. 



THE ICE CREAM



Cold creamy perfect hinted taste of Vanilla but so intense at the same time. A perfect balance of all homemade natural ingredients.  By all rights as well you can taste the homemade and the love from a multi generation family business, bringing everyone's favorite treat to you.  There would be nothing better than a cup on any summer day.  If it can happen hint hint, maybe some take home mini quarts would be divine.  So velvety smooth, not processed the taste of home. It is hard to explain to taste without having the sensation for yourself.  How can I convey it tastes real with love, but that is exactly the perfect description. Creamy coating in your mouth , swirls of delicious homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

There were caramel and chocolate syrups for the topping of your Vanilla Ice Cream but wanted to really taste and give the ice cream it's due.  Now that we have the next ones will be topped with some caramel to give it a go.

This photo below explains everything perfectly regarding how they make it and I couldn't say it better. With a nod to the engines as well.

I would like to graciously thank Hannah ( Spelling on point I hope so  :) ) , for agreeing to sponsor out our 2 cups to taste and try. While given product for free all the thoughts , opinions and my writing style is mine alone and an open and honest review. The fact is I am still thinking about it and wished I had had some for a late night snack last night and for my hot chocolate this morning as a topper) 
The market is open tomorrow Thursday , grab your fiver and get over there. With all the GRT transportation free right now there is no excuse not to get up there .  

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Two Little Golfers Being Positive Blog Tour and Giveaway



DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose paid partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Jenn Holt for this post and review.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Written by Jenn Holt

Illustrated by Harry Aveira
Publisher’s Synopsis: Coach Jenn takes Alice and Izzy on the golf course to show them the value of positive self talk,  a positive attitude, and to never give up, no matter how hard it gets. The story is told with some cute illustrations, and is great for all sports kids.
Ages 0-7 | Publisher: Outskirts Press | October 29, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1977201263
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MY REVIEW:
You hope to encourage and teach your child to incorporate positivism in their life and that they see life through happier eyes. We want them to take every situation and try to spin the happiness web instead of the binding negative/ complaint one. Thus being our hope of course. That is what is great about books so well written and geared toward children in little mind speak. Jenn Holt has done just that with her cute but moral of the story book Two Little Golfers. Coupled with the most adorable illustrations by Harry Aveira this is a must have to addition to your home library. The vibrant colours also dance off the page when you are reading the book as well garnering attention from your little as you read.
Such a great read and you can take the lesson and apply it to all facets of life. Just switch out Golf and insert something else and you have a recipe for a positive more happier life if you just follow along in the lesson. The mini bit of Golf knowledge thrown in was a plus as well.
An added bonus is the interactive page at the back of the book . I love when books have that as I find it creates more of a memory for the child of what they read, was read to them, or that they learned. In this book particular it is a great way for kids to talk about a bad day and turn it into a positive.


TOUR SCHEDULE


The Children's Book Review
Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway
June 10
Word Spelunking
Book Review
June 11
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
Book Review
June 12
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Review
June 13
A Dream Within A Dream
Book Review
June 14
The Fairview Review
Book Review
June 17
Confessions of a Book Addict
Book Giveaway
June 18
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Review
June 19
Jrsbookreviews
Book Review
June 20
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Book Review
July 5


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Jenn Holt's Two Little Golfers Being Positive and one dozen pink golf balls and pink tees!

One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of Two  Little Golfers Being Positive
  • A set of one dozen pink golf balls and pink tees
Two (2) winners will receive:
  • An autographed copy of Two  Little Golfers Being Positive
Giveaway begins June 10, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 10, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 17 and older.
Jenn Holt is responsible for prize fulfillment.


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