Dinner in Minutes with #CardinalReady

My kids are vegetarian and picky. My hubby is pure carnivore and I am somewhere in the middle. So, it’s no surprise that I’m a bit of a short order cook!  I like meals that are fast and if there are individual portions, even better!

I was super happy to get to be a #CardinalReady tester for my blog!  The hardest part was picking which meal kit to try!  I am a sucker for Butter Chicken, but I decided to follow my man’s heart and cook the Pork Back Ribs in Barbecue Sauce!

My husband is on a special diet that requires a lot of protein each day. For my main side dish, I made a quinoa pilaf, as it is rich in protein. I always have some ‘omelette mix’ from Robert’s Boxed Meats in Kitchener in the freezer – a pre-diced red pepper, green pepper and onion blend.  I sauteed about 2 cups of onion/pepper mix, ’til the onions were cooked how I like them, then added a full package of Sobey’s Quinoa and toasted it a bit, then poured in the whole carton of Sobey’s Compliments brand Chicken Broth. Once this was nearly boiling, I covered the pot and turned the heat way down. Ignored it until everything else was ready to go.  Fluffed at the end and it was perfect.

I love that the ribs are sealed in two portions –  and that I can cook one or both.  The ribs can be baked or heated in the microwave oven.  I decided to try the microwave oven method, but then broiled them a bit in my toaster oven to help the sauce caramelize.

I opened one serving and put it on an oven safe dish. Covered it with a paper towel as per the directions and heated in the microwave oven for 8 minutes on med-high.  After it was done, I transferred the dish into my toaster oven and set it to broil for 5 minutes. It turned out beautifully!

Have you seen the no-shuck corn cooking method online? I tried it this summer and it WORKS! I put the whole ear of corn right into the microwave oven. Cooked it on high for 2 minutes, flipped it over and cooked another two minutes. Cut off the ‘bottom’ and slid the perfectly cooked corn out of the sleeve – not one silk string was left behind. Pure magic!

All that was left to do was to transfer the ribs and corn onto a serving plate, adding 2 ice cream scoops full of Quinoa Pilaf – and dinner was ready to go in less than 30 minutes!

Thank you Cardinal Ready and ListenToLena for the opportunity! The ribs were so good my husband was asking for more ribs (and in less than 10 minutes they were hot and ready)!

Hurry and claim your coupon here so you too can try #CardinalReady – enjoy!

❤ Jennpup ❤

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THE SEVENTH DWARF – DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

New from the Director of Disney’s Enchanted and TarzanThe Seventh Dwarf!  This fun tale brings together Snow White, The Seven Dwarves, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty. The littlest dwarf “Bobo” makes a big mistake and has to save the kingdom along with the help of the other dwarves.

THE SEVENTH DWARF

My daughter was happy to see Peyton List from Disney’s Jessie and I was happy to see Norm MacDonald (SNL) listed among the voice cast.  Besides a great cast of characters, the movie offers excitement and adventure – dragon battles, an evil witch – so much fun!

Shout! Factory is releasing The Seventh Dwarf on August 18th!  The film will be available digitally on iTunes or for purchase at major retailers.

THE SEVENTH DWARF Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the feature presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film, as well as the following special features:

  • Character Profiles
  • Sing-Alongs
  • Downloadable Royal Birthday Invitation

THE SEVENTH DWARF DVD contains the following bonus features:

  • Character Profiles
  • Sing-Alongs
  • Downloadable Royal Birthday Invitation

Movie Runtime is 88 minutes. MPAA Rating: PG. For more information on The Seventh Dwarf, please visit www.seventhdwarfmovie.com

<<Enter to WIN the DVD here, CANADA, NO QC, ENDS 09/07!>>

Please be sure to follow Shout! Factory on  Facebook and Twitter!  And if you haven’t already done so, please give my Facebook page a like (it’s much appreciated)!

❤ Jennpup ❤

Afternoon Tea at the Royal York – Review

We recently enjoyed a wonderful stay at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. One of the highlights for me was Afternoon Tea at the Library Bar with my 11 year old daughter, Delphine.

What shall we order?

I prepped Delphine ahead of time, showing her the traditional menu (she is a very picky eater, but I encouraged her to try the traditional tea).  We talked about manners and the tradition of High Tea.  Originally, I had made a reservation for four, later I called to change it, since I decided against bringing my son. He is only 5 and not quite ready for fine china.

When we arrived to check in for our reservation, we were still listed as a party of four. One of the things I LOVED about our experience at The Royal York is the high quality customer service focus of all of the staff. They welcomed the opportunity to be gracious about the error and remarked at how much more comfortable we would be in our table for four as a twosome.

We received the traditional menu, but to my surprise our attendant told my daughter there were kid-friendly options available such as ‘bubblegum tea’, ‘hot chocolate’ and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or grilled cheese sandwiches. Delphine wanted to try the traditional tea first, knowing she could order something else if necessary.

Delphine picked the apple tea and I ordered the jasmine. The apple tea was delicious and definitely child friendly.  We enjoyed waiting for the tea to steep and pouring it into the beautiful china.

For Mother’s Day, Delphine asked me what I wanted. I told her I wanted a handmade card and that I would enter it into the Rogers Daytime Channel 20 Instagram Mother’s Day contest.  Her card won and we received a one night’s stay for a family of four at the Royal York, passes to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and Afternoon Tea! Talk about a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!

The Fairmont Royal York had noted us as contest winners for our Afternoon Tea reservation. Our attendant surprised us with sparkling wine for me and ginger ale for Delphine and congratulated us on our win. I toasted Delphine and thanked her for the beautiful Mother’s Day gift she won for us!

I had visited the Royal York Afternoon Tea many years ago with my mother and grandmother and I was really looking forward to the scones and clotted cream!  It wasn’t long before this beautiful spread arrived!  Everything was exquisite, of course!

For fun, I tried the scones two different ways!  Cream on top (Cornish style), and cream on the bottom (Devonshire method).  The verdict? Delicious either way!

Ultimately, Delphine was not won over by the traditional fare, so it was the Royal York’s children’s menu to the rescue. She ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and it even arrived with the most adorable bottle of ketchup you’ve ever seen!

Check out more photos on the Adventures With Jennpup Facebook page (and please give us a ‘like’ while you’re at it).

If you will be visiting in the summer, be sure and check out the rooftop tour:

During Summer months, tea time includes a chance to explore the hotel’s famous rooftop herb garden 14 stories above ground. Starting Saturday June 20 until Labour Day weekend, rooftop tours will depart from the foyer outside Library Bar at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. – The Fairmont Royal York

The Royal York currently offers the “F-Scape to Toronto Package” which includes:

  • One Night Accommodation in a newly renovated Fairmont Luxury Room
  • Afternoon Tea For Two at Library Bar
  • In-Room “Rooftop” Amenity – Honey Jars for Two
  • Rooftop Tour for Two

Unfortunately, our weekend in Toronto was quite rainy, so we did not take the rooftop tour. But, we enjoyed the proximity of the Royal York to the “Skywalk” and were able to stay dry while walking to Ripley’s Aquarium.

If you get the chance, take a Mother/Daughter trip to Toronto! Catch a show (we enjoyed Kinky Boots) and don’t miss the Afternoon Tea!

Thank you Rogers Daytime and the Fairmont Royal York!  We hope to return again.

❤ Jennpup ❤

Mermaid of the Lake: Fin Fun Mermaid Tail Review

Fin Fun Mermaid Tail

This is a Guest Blog by my 11 year old, Delphine. Delphine is a very strong swimmer and has always dreamed of being a mermaid. For Christmas last year, she asked Santa for a Fin-Fun Mermaid Tail (sleeve) and we bought her the ‘monofin’. She has been patiently waiting for Summer and a trip to the Aunties’ Cottage to give it a go!
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Fin Fun Mermaid Tail Review by Delphine

I have a Fin Fun Mermaid Tail and recently I have been using it in the lake at my Great Aunties’ cottage and I’ve been having so much fun!

What I love about the Fin Fun tail is obviously it makes me into a real life mermaid! But, it’s also comfortable and relatively easy to get in and out of. This tail is great for us awesome swimmers, just make sure you or your child are strong enough at swimming to handle it. It definitely makes swimming in summer (or any other season) so much more fun!

I mean, if I could be a real mermaid I totally would and this tail basically does that! (But once you take it off you can still be a normal person!) This tail in my opinion would make the greatest birthday or Christmas present for your child if they love to swim as much as I do!

❤ Delphine ❤
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Delphine will be attending a “Mermaid Camp” with Waterloo Synchro soon! We are looking forward to seeing her learn some more mermaid tricks and they have promised some underwater photos! Fantastic!

Peace in,

❤ Jennpup ❤

Warning: Mermaid Tails are not for every child! Please ensure your child is a very strong swimmer, has a good ‘dolphin kick’ and does not attempt flips or more advanced moves without an adult directly supervising. Safety first!

Celebrating 60 Years of Santa’s Village – Review and Giveaway 07/20

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Santa’s Village is 60 this year and we recently attended to visit our old favourites and to check out what’s new. Read below for a $5.00 discount per person at Santa’s Village–exclusively for AdventuresWithJennpup.com readers, and for my Santa’s Village contest!

I love Santa’s Village. I love spending a day at this family friendly amusement park nestled among tall pine trees. I love watching my kids with their elf ear hats on, gleefully hopping from ride to ride with virtually no delay.  It is the perfect place for the under 10 set and grandparents can keep up with the youngsters as the distances between attractions are small (and many of the grandparents will remember visiting as children and bringing their own kids there). Ah, memory lane!

First stop – Mrs. Claus Bake Shop – help yourself to a FREE coffee. Ah, now you’re ready to go!

Santa’s Village is located smack dab on the 45th Parallel – halfway from the Equator to the North Pole – this photo opp is a must!

Greetings from the 45th Parallel!

 

Village Stage

 

For 2015, Santa’s Village brings back old favourites and new entertainers as well. Kitchener-Waterloo residents will be happy to see beloved entertainer Erick Traplin performing. The full entertainment schedule is available here. For our recent visit, “Johnny Toronto” was performing. Much laughter was to be heard from this fun performance!  Last year, we were lucky to see Dan the Music Man in July and Erick Traplin in August.

These shows are so much fun!  Plan your visit to be sure and see your favourites!

Feeding the Reindeer

Of course Santa keeps his reindeer at the village – they get to enjoy a nice Summer vacation!   Feeding the reindeer and also visiting the animals at the Petting Zoo bring a lot of smiles to everyone’s faces.

One thing I really enjoyed are all of the little touches that are just waiting to be noticed.  While waiting to meet Santa so the kids could make their early Christmas list requests (of course my daughter asked for a DOG) and receive their elf hats, clocks told the time from around the world as a miniature train circled the ceiling. Santa’s To Do List, a lovely lamp post with ‘snow’ swirling inside and books that you’d expect to find in Santa’s library provided entertainment and smiles.

 

Did Santa get your wish list item? A helmet for me – perfect!

Our first stop (after coffee) was to ride Rudolph’s Rollercoaster. I rode with my 5 year old son. My 11 year old daughter was too scared to try it, but as the day went on she became braver and we eventually rode it together 5 times!  With little to no line-ups on a Thursday, we were off and on rides as much as we wanted!

After visiting Santa, the kids made a bee-line for the Airplane, Jumping Star and Merry Go Round. Both kids enjoyed all three rides, going from one to the next as much as they liked! Benches and shady pine trees make it a lovely spot for parents to wait and watch, but of course, you can join in as well!  The rides are long and full of fun. There’s a big Christmas ornament ferris wheel nearby (and a perfect little ice cream stand for those afraid of heights). My son and I enjoyed the ferris wheel and I enjoyed taking pictures of Santa’s Summer Sleigh and the Splash Pad.

Pizza Pizza Time!

We enjoyed all of our favourites from last year! When we were ready for lunch, Pizza Pizza was ready for us with the ooey-gooiest cheese pizza ever – the kids were in cheese heaven!  We purchased a full sized pizza family combo with 2 pops and 2 juice boxes. The pizza was ready very quickly and it was delicious!

We took a ride on the train through the park (a great way to see all the park has to offer and plan your visit).

Santa’s Village is on a beautiful waterway and you’ll definitely want to take a ride on Santa’s Summer Sleigh. Enjoy kitschy music and see the beauty of Muskoka! Young and old enjoy this boat ride.

My daughter loves the ‘games of chance’ where every player is guaranteed a pretty decent prize.  This year my son picked an inflatable “Boots” monkey from Dora the Explorer. My daughter won a ‘donut bear’ and later won an inflatable elephant.

Winners!

New this year to Santa’s Village is a Zip Line that takes you over the lake where Swan paddle boats paddle along. We watched a little girl get harnessed up, climb a tall ladder up a pine tree and then whiz over the lake to the other side. It looked like so much fun!  The Zip Line had a cost of $10.

Elves Island was quite transformed this year! Santa’s Village has two bouncy castles, one for kids 5+ and one for kids 4 and younger. Last year, the younger kids bouncy castle was on Elves Island, but now there is a mini aerial park set up  called “Elf Sky Challenge” where kids can test out their skills before heading to Sportsland for a bigger challenge.  Parents and children were seen climbing around together. We witnessed lots of encouragement and help from staff and it looked like a lot of fun, too! 🙂

New for 2015 – Elf Sky Challenge – a new children’s aerial adventure park on Elves Island!

Santa’s Village has a campground in case you need a place to stay. Whispering Pines Campground, includes twenty roofed rustic cabins, full serviced sites, pool, rec hall, and nightly programmed family activities. After an extensive renovation in 2010, Whispering Pines has been voted Muskoka’s best campground four years in a row!

 

There are many locations picture perfect for an annual family photo!  We decided to go ‘silly’ for the 2015 version!

Funny faces!

And we all took lots of #Elfies of course!

I highly recommend a visit to Santa’s Village this Summer!  It has something for everyone!  My kids both enjoyed decorating gingerbread cookies and this year we gave the splash pad and beach a try.

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My daughter loved the splash pad the best and my son was all about the beach!  Everything about Santa’s Village just warms my heart. There is more to do and see there than ever before!  Be sure and pick up their 60th Anniversary Commemorative Book and if you’re headed up soon, drop in for SantaFest: “To commemorate the park’s anniversary, Santa’s Village—in partnership with the local community— will host the inaugural SantaFest, a street fair held in downtown Bracebridge on Saturday July 25 (10am to 5pm). There will be children’s entertainers such as Ronno and Johnny Toronto, gingerbread decorating, face painting, and a host of other activities ideal for the young and young-at-heart. The highlight of the day will be a special 60th anniversary parade, beginning at noon. Fuel up on the eggnog beforehand, because it promises to be a full day of fun.”

Muskoka perfection!

The best part of the day for me was when my daughter decided to face her fear and ride Rudolph’s Roller Coaster Sleigh Ride. She rocked it and left feeling completely proud of herself! It was the perfect end to a perfect day!

So proud of herself! 5 times!!

Santa’s Village will be announcing various promotions and deals throughout the season to commemorate the park’s magical 60th anniversary. To keep abreast of them, people should opt-in to the Nice List on the Santa’s Village via my exclusive link below or like their Facebook page.

>>Adventures With Jennpup readers can access an exclusive $5 discount on tickets here!<<

Enter to win a Family Pass for 4 – one day’s admission this 2015 Season – click on the link below!

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Adventures With Jennpup Santa’s Village Giveaway 07/20

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Be sure and check out my Facebook page and give a LIKE – there’s a huge photo album with all of our pictures from Santa’s Village!

*Our family received a family pass to check out what’s new at Santa’s Village for 2015. All opinions belong to @Jennpup!

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests – Review & Giveaway

My daughter is My Little Pony obsessed.  She loved them when she was little (me, too!) and now she loves them as a tween. Now that she is a little older, her love for My Little Pony involves Cosplay, watching YouTube videos of the voice actors at ComicCon and enjoying her favourite twentysomething YouTubers who also love My Little Pony.  One of her good friends at school is a secret Brony (a boy or adult male who loves My Little Pony). When she dressed up as Applejack for Halloween last year, her Brony friend congratulated her on pulling off her first MLP Cosplay – she unlocked an achievement!

Applejack Cosplay

Applejack Cosplay

She was thrilled when we were asked to Review the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Cutie Mark Quests” compilation DVD. She loves that the DVD is not just a season of episodes in order, but instead the episodes on this disc focus on the Cutie Marks each of the My Little Pony’s have.

My Little Pony helps children learn how to resolve conflicts and be better friends to one another. Every pony and every child brings a unique gift or talent to the world – it is their cutie mark. Learning about what makes one special is an important part of a child’s world – so this is a perfect collection to own and enjoy.  We will be taking this one on the road to the Cottage as it is sure to keep both of my kids entertained.  My 5 year old little guy is definitely a Brony in training and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

The DVD is approximately 110 minutes long and features a bonus Sing-Along!  Visit ShoutFactory.com for more details.

Shout Factory is releasing this DVD on June 30th!

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests

Would you like to win your very own copy of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Cutie Mark Quests”?

Enter below! Tweet daily for bonus entries. Be sure and follow Shout Factory on Twitter and Facebook. Contest is open to residents of Canada, 18+, Sorry No Quebec. Contest closes on July 2nd. Thanks and Good Luck!

Love,
Jennpup

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – Adventure Review!

My 5 year old has Autism. He is the loveliest, happiest little guy – and he lights up our lives. He teaches us so much every day about how to enjoy life – and he brings out the best in his big sister!

Autism Ontario puts together some wonderful programs for families to attend. It is so nice to go to an event knowing the staff are expecting kids who don’t necessarily behave or react the same as ‘neurotypicals’. 🙂  Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada partnered with Autism Ontario for their first “Sensory Friendly” evening on Sunday, April 19th.  We registered and received a 4pm-5pm entry time.

We arrived right around 4pm – just as the Blue Jay’s game was letting out.  Ripley’s Aquarium is right under the CN Tower and right next to Rogers Centre.

Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto

This meant there was a LOT of parking suddenly becoming available.  We parked at a lot just off of Bremner Boulevard – the rate was about $24 for the ‘day’. We could have saved by parking elsewhere, one resource I looked at before heading out was this: http://toronto.bestparking.com/destinations/cn-tower-parking/   But in the end, I just wanted to be close by and we didn’t have to pay for our Ripley’s Admission so it seemed ‘worth it’.

After checking in, we visited the washrooms. My son is on a potty training routine and the toilets at Ripley’s were ‘auto flush’ which scared him – so no successes while we were there. Both kids loved the initial fish tanks that were around to explore.  My son tried to count the fish in one tank (over 1,000 – not sure he can count quite that high yet, so we moved on).

Counting Fish!

So much for the kids to see and do!

One of the first really cool things we saw – reminded us we were at a RIPLEY’s – inventor of the “Believe it or Not” series – check out this YouTube video I found!  Fleshy Sea Pens!

There’s lots to see and explore! Eventually you get to the amazing shark tanks! A conveyor belt keeps the crowd flowing, but gives lots of time to see everything! You are fully immersed in the aquarium – it was really cool! Currently, Ripley’s is running a #SharkSelfie contest until June 26, 2015 – so we were certain to take lots of selfies for our weekly entry! 🙂

Jennpup #SharkSelfie

After the Shark tank, there was so much for the kids to do and explore!  There were snack bars, slides, horseshoe crabs to touch and sharks to pet. My favourite area was “Planet Jellies” – truly an out of this world experience!

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The kids had a blast and it wouldn’t be complete without an “Exit Thru the GiftShop” – my 11 year old picked a stuffy Jellyfish to hang from her ceiling. It will definitely remind us of a great day!

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I hope you get the chance to check it out soon! 🙂

Love,

Jennpup

P.S. Want to try to win tickets?
This contest from DurhamRegion.com ends May 3rd, 2015 – enter here.
ParentSource.ca has a contest to win Ripley’s Passes and another for a CN Tower experience ending April 30th, 2015 – check out their current contests here!  Good luck!

Pay it Forward – Adventures With Jennpup – Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Ticket Giveaway

I’m gearing up for Spring! Time for some new adventures. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto is hosting an Autism Friendly event on the evening of Sunday, April 19th via Autism Ontario. Our entire family is able to attend Ripley’s Aquarium for free (free tickets sold out very quickly).

“Autism Ontario invites children with autism and their families to enjoy a sensory friendly evening at Ripley’s Aquarium! Sound will be lowered, lights will be raised, and a quiet room will be available for individuals who need a break from the excitement.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

I am happy to share that Ripley’s Aquarium proudly accepts the Easter Seals Access 2 Entertainment card so children and adults with disabilities can use this card to bring a support worker for free with their paid admission. Information on this program can be found here: http://easterseals.ca/english/access-2-entertainment-card

We’ve never been to Ripley’s Aquarium and we are really looking forward to it!  I’ll be sure and add pics and a review to the blog.
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This kindness means I have two tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium to give away! This is a “Pay it Forward” contest. If you win, please pass on a kindness of your choosing to someone else. I love entering contests and am really happy to have the chance to host one for a change!

One winner will be selected and must reply within 48 hours. Contest closes April 25, 2015. The winner will receive 2 tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto which expire May 30, 2015, transportation and expenses not included, just two tickets! This contest is open to Ontario, but best suited to someone in the GTA, who is able to use them prior to the expiry date. Please check Ripley’s calendar when planning your visit for their hours and any early special event closures.

Enter by clicking on the “Entry-Form” link below and following the steps – Good Luck!  You can enter every day by tweeting via the entry form:

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Be sure and click on the words Entry-Form above or here! 🙂

Thank you!

Love,  Jennpup

PS – Here’s another contest from Metroland Durham Region giving away 4 tickets to Ripley’s, Enter Here!

Walk Off The Earth, Shores of Erie International Wine Festival 2014

So I definitely pulled off Operation #BestMomEver!

Delphine read the note in her lunchbox and cried – and on the 3 hour drive she said “You spoil me”.  It has been so wonderful to provide a Summer of memories with very little cost thanks to all of the many ‘wins’. Those words were great to hear, and she is one of the kindest souls I’ve ever known – she deserves a little spoiling every now and again.WOTE

We arrived at the shuttle bus parking lot around 5:30pm and we were the first car to park. The bus driver (Joyce!) was so lovely!  I hope she wasn’t working the next night in that freak storm that shut down the festival
On the Bus
Off to the Festival, T-shirt purchased and changed, ready to see the AMAZING Crissi Cochrane.  She was FABULOUS and of course we picked up her new CD “Little Sway” 🙂 

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Then we purchased some yummy food!  Sobeys was selling a fantastic fruit/cheese/cracker spread to go along with the wine I did not get to drink!  Mom duty called. The festival had their big 10th Anniversary official opening with “Oh Canada” and “The Star Spangled Banner” (see photos in the Flickr photostream of everyone standing at attention)!  They released balloons and it was all very lovely. The team behind the festival have done a great job of growing this into a “MUST VISIT” event.
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Then who do we see getting out of a van to the right of the stage?  Walk Off The Earth!!  I grab Delphine and we run over to snap some pics. Pretty soon after, we notice that Sarah and Taylor are meeting fans at the security gate so we run over for a quick meet-and-greet.  I am now able to RELAX as the main mission of the night has been accomplished! My little girl got to meet her heroes! 🙂 @SarahBlackwood1 and @WalkOffTaylor. Sarah loved her T-shirt, and “Beard Guy” loved her fuchsia highlights. 😉

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Now my next mission is securing a front and centre standing spot for the main event!  I encourage Delphine to sit in our lawn chairs and rest – she is going to need all of her energy to make it to the end 🙂
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Finally, it is time for the second opener, Vancouver’s Bed of Stars. Beautiful singing reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright and Thom Yorke!  We loved it.  But the Stars turned into rain and we were getting lightly rained on during the show…  I remembered my hat and my Agnes Scott College blanket.  Delphine stayed dry wrapped up and I kept my glasses from getting wet with my sun hat. 🙂

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The rain meant an extra long delay before Walk Off The Earth could safely start the show, but at least the rain ended.  We enjoyed watching @WOTECrew set up – having no idea we were watching some very talented performers!  Walk Off The Earth put on an astoundingly brilliant show. Rock ‘n Roll posing, mosh pit jumping, circus style tossing of instruments across the stage, beautiful harmonies and stellar musicianship – and @WOTECrew played and sang beautifully, too (more pics of the whole event and the @WOTECrew in this Walk Off The Earth Flickr Album)!  What an incredible gift to give my daughter – seeing these masters at work!
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Definitely won the title of #BestMomEver!

Thank you so much to the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival!  You gave us a once in a lifetime experience!

Love, 

Jennpup

 

Today I get to be the #BestMomEver!

On the first day of school, I put a note in my 10 year old daughter’s lunchbox. It was a “To Do List” with wishes for a great first day and encouraged her to reach out to new/shy/sad children. On the second day it was more of a quick “I love you and I’m so proud of you” kind of note.

We went to “Meet the Teacher” night last night and I asked her if she was enjoying getting the notes from me. She said she really liked the first one, but the second one – not so much. I asked her if she’d keeping reading them or just ignore them and she said she’d keep reading them so long as they were more like the one she got the first day (BURN!). She wanted me to make her another “To Do List”. 

I also lied to her. I told her that today I’d be picking her up early so she could go to the dentist, so the dentist could try again to get X-Rays taken (she was uncooperative when we tried a month ago). 

Here’s today’s note:

WOTE

 

I wish I could be a fly on the wall. She will be totally freaking out. “WOTE” is her absolute favourite band “Walk Off The Earth” – I have been dreaming of being able to take her to see them for awhile now.  Fortunately I won tickets from the Shores of Erie Wine Festival‘s Twitter contest so today I get to be the “Best Mom Ever”. I also love Walk Off The Earth and can hardly contain my excitement, I have no idea how I’ve managed to keep this secret! 

Be kind to one another (and yourself),

-Jennpup