Thursday, April 07, 2016

Our Ketchup Challenge

Canadians enjoy our ketchup.  For years Heinz purchased their tomatoes from local farmers and manufactured ketchup in a nearby town.  All of that changed a while ago when Heinz pulled out and left many famers and factory workers wondering where to turn next.

Enter…French’s!

French’s has moved into the same factory, hired staff and are once again purchasing their tomatoes from local, Canadian farmers.  This has led Canadians to stand up and take notice.  A ketchup challenge is taking place across the country! IMG_0577

I will admit that I’ve been a Heinz ketchup girl since I was a child and only once did I make the mistake of buying a different ketchup.  Oh boy was I sorry when I did!

But now…all that is changing! 

Like many Canadians, once we finally got our hands on a bottle of French’s ketchup (thanks to my friend Gord who found them at his local store, as they’re disappearing off the store shelves as quickly as they are stocked) we set up a family taste challenge!

We quickly realized that they looked different so it needed to be a blind taste test.  Enter the official blindfold – my nephew’s dinosaur sleepers.  Smile

My brother David was first up.  IMG_0565

Next, Trish.IMG_0566

I was the third victim to go and lol….check out my dear SIL!

As you can see we had a lot of fun with this!

In the end 5 of us took the Heinz vs. French’s ketchup challenge.  All 3 adults were surprised that we would happily eat either ketchup as that wasn’t expected!

When encouraged to make a decision the final was:

Heinz:  1

French’s:  4

French’s was chosen by all 4 girls and I know that it will now become the ketchup of choice at our house! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Meeting the Baby Pandas!

Last week was March Break for Hannah and she had lots of fun with her friends at daycare.  She was the only other child besides Ange’s 3 so they were able to do lots of neat things.  Movie day, games, science class and a trip to the Toronto Zoo.  I took the day off work and surprised Hannah by going with them. 
As I was dropping her off at Ange’s I said, ‘I sure wish I was going to the zoo with you.’  IMG_0370
Her quick response was, ‘Call your boss!’
I surprised her by saying, ‘I did!!  And he said ‘yes’!’  She started jumping around and squealing with excitement!  Love being able to surprise my sweet girl and that she enjoys the time we share together as much as I do.
We left early knowing that the zoo would be busy as the new baby pandas had just started greeting visitors a few days earlier.  We arrived before opening and as soon as we were in the gates headed directly to the panda exhibit.  We only had to wait about 30 mins. and they were worth every moment of the wait even though the babies were sleeping.  IMG_0383
The babies are 5 months old and are named Jia Panpan (male) which means Canadian Hope and Jia Yueyue (female) which means Canadian Joy.    They were absolutely adorable!!IMG_0386
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Mom and the babies were inside while daddy was outside.   I think I have a new favourite animal!!IMG_0392
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I hadn’t been to the zoo since Hannah was a baby as she goes a few times a year with Ange.  I loved seeing all the different animals!IMG_0401
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It was such a treat to spend the day with Hannah, Ange and the boys.IMG_0417

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Hannah’s 7th Birthday Party!

The Monday before Hannah’s birthday, she was excited to celebrate with family and friends at her  birthday party!IMG_0215
Such fun was had by all!  Hannah is blessed to have many friends and to be a friend to many!IMG_0185
Hannah and her cousin  Makenna.  The best of friends!!IMG_0182
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Auntie Trish made this most amazing cake for her!IMG_0181Thanks Auntie Trish!!
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It was a late night after the party so she opened a few gifts but we left many for the following night.IMG_0237
I have a feeling there might be a shortage of Shopkins in our local stores right now. SmileIMG_5200
It was a great time celebrating my little girl and sharing time with her sweet friends! 

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Happy 7th Birthday Hannah XiaoFen!!! Mommy Loves You!

My sweet, amazing, wonderful girl turned 7 years old on Saturday!IMG_0311
She woke up to traditional celebratory balloons.IMG_0245
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She quickly wanted to go downstairs and open her gifts!  Frozen Early ReaderIMG_0255
Ice Cream Pillow craft kitIMG_0260
and, Friends Vet Clinic Lego.  I bought the Lego a number of months ago and when she saw it on ellieV toys on YouTube last month she really liked it which I’m glad about.  (This channel plus Disney Parks are the 2 YouTube channels Hannah is allowed to watch.)
After gymnastics we met my parents at our favourite Chinese food restaurant for lunch.  Great choice Hannah!
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More Lego fun!IMG_0277
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Lunch was followed with a surprise visit to a local pottery painting store that Hannah has wanted to visit for a while.  It was made extra special when her cousins were there too!IMG_0300
In Kallen’s excitement he painted mommy too!  I think he enjoyed that!IMG_0304
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Painting was followed by an impromptu play date and I finally took my sleeping birthday girl home to bed after partying all day!
Sunday the celebrations continued with a birthday lunch at Nana and Papa’s!
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I love you so much my sweet, sweet Hannah XiaoFen!!!  Happy 7th Birthday!!!IMG_0281

Monday, February 22, 2016

Christmas Disney Wrap-up Day 3 ~ Magic Kingdom

(Catch up post from Tuesday, December 15, 2015)
Tuesday morning we were up and on our way early as we had a pre-park opening breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest RestaurantDSCN0756
It was nice to take a few pics on our way to the restaurant while there were few people in the park.DSCN0768
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Thanks to the challenges we had with Sharon’s ticket the day before, Hannah and I were able to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train this trip using the bonus FP+ reservations we had.  Great ride!!DSCN0786
Family fun on the carousel.IMG_2223
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Unfortunately the battery in my camera ran out of juice at this point so this is all the pics I had of this great day.  Supper was a delicious meal at Kona Cafe.  Nana and Papa headed back to the room after supper while Hannah and I decided on a Christmas monorail resort tour.  I was able to snap some pics with my phone to capture some of this mommy and Hannah time that we shared together.
Stop number one was the Contemporary Resort.  After a busy day in the park we took  our shoes off, found a quiet spot in the gift shop and spent more  than 30 minutes quietly reading together.  Sweet moments.IMG_4934
Each of the monorail resorts features an amazing Christmas gingerbread house.  The theme at the Contemporary was ‘Frozen’.IMG_4931
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This is the gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian!  This structure is made of gingerbread and even features a little shop on the other side where you can purchase cookies and more. IMG_4942
Each trip Hannah and I try to do something new at Disney.  This trip we walked along a beautiful waterside path that follows the water between the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resort.  We stopped and enjoyed the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom from the beach at the Polynesian.  Well…one of us watched the fireworks. Winking smile IMG_1785

Up next:  Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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