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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I'm a hooker

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I am a hooker.  Ok, it’s not what you think...I am a closet crocheter  – if that is even a word.  Not many people know of my new talent, mostly because when I tell someone they scrunch up their face and say “oh that is nice, my grandma does that too.” 

I am not a grandma, not even close, but love my new found hobby.   I am a person constantly on the go that can’t just sit; I always have to be doing something. I find sitting in my comfy chair watching TV, with a ball of yarn and a hook relaxes me. 
How I got started
This past winter I was bored, pregnant and was looking at baby things on Etsy.  I found such cute baby hats and thought “I could do that, or at least try.”  Off I went to my nearest craft store, and picked up a beginner crochet kit.  It came with variety of hooks, a book and other items I had no idea what they were for. 

I should have saved my money because the book was of no use.  I couldn’t decipher what was happening in the photos and I was shocked that the patterns are written in code.  If you have ever seen a crochet pattern before you will know what I mean.
I then turned to YouTube to help me understand the basic stitches.  There are some great videos out there to help you get started.   I sat there for a few hours crocheting a square, tearing it out, crocheting the same square then tearing it out. After about 15 minutes of doing this my hands were cramping and I had a permanent concentration line across my forehead.  I was about to throw in the towel.

I then stumbled upon what is now my favourite Etsy shop – Speckled Frog Crochet.  The patterns were so adorable, reasonably priced and were for  beginners.  I was sold and made my first purchase.  The pattern was emailed to me almost immediately with this note:

“If at any time you need assistance please feel free to contact me at this email."
How great is that?
My first hat turned out pretty good, sizing was a bit off, but I have figured that out now and am a hat making machine. 

Not sure what I am going to do with all my creations, but I just keep making them.  Here are some of my firsts...

If you are considering taking up this hobby and becoming a hooker too, pay the Speckled Frog Crochet Facebook and Etsy pages a visit. 

Other great resources


    Multibionta Vitamin Winners

    Monday, July 25, 2011
    Congratulations to the winners of the Multibionta Vitamin FPC and $15.00 off coupon.

     Here’s to your continued good health J
    Jen M


    Amy C


    Tania B

    Sparkling Goodness!

    Friday, July 22, 2011
    My household has a serious soda lover! Not only is it so NOT good for you, but it is also expensive and all those cans and bottles are not good for the environment. 

    At Christmas I decided to buy a SodaStream Soda maker for my DH as a gift that would keep on giving.  Sometimes when you buy these novelty type products they fade and get shoved in the back of your cupboard and forgotten about.  Well I can happily say our soda maker sits proudly on our counter 7 months after being purchased – and it is not collecting dust! 

    Our SodaStream gets used a number of times each week to make delicious, ASPARTAME FREE, sparkling water, soda and flavoured waters.


    • There are a variety of SodaStream machines to choose from that will suit everyone's kitchen decor.
    • A wide variety of flavours to choose from that really do taste like their bottled/canned counterpart.
    • Can order your SodaStream supplies online if you don’t have a retailer near you (Sears in Canada and selected WaterDepot stores carry these).
    • Can customize the amount of bubbles and sweetness to your own taste.
    • Everyone who has access to regular tap water can use this system.
    • Saves you money in the long run!
    • Environmentally friendly reusable bottles and refillable CO2 cartridges
    • The plastic bottles cannot be washed in the dishwasher
    • My dog does not like the “buzzing” sound the machine makes – it is really funny to see her run out of the kitchen J
    • Initial start up cost can be a bit high. The lowest priced kit starts at $99 and some models go up to $279
    Overall if your family drinks a lot of soda water or pop I highly recommend picking up a system for yourself.  You will be doing something good for yourself and your family.

    Get your family back to the dinner table - Giveaway

    Thursday, July 21, 2011
    Eating Forward, by Sandi Richard
    Juggling a new baby, work and daily house work is not easy and I am sure any mommy can attest to that.  Figuring out what is for dinner is another daily chore that shouldn’t be difficult, but a lot of us with busy schedules find grocery shopping and preparing meals to be just that – a chore.

    More often than not I end up throwing something quickly together and we eat when we can – no sit down family dinners.  
    When I had my son I was speaking with a friend, who also just had a baby, and she told me about a cookbook that would not only help me make healthy family meals (most under 500 calories), but would also help me with my grocery shopping.  I was sold!  I ran off to the local bookstore and picked myself up a copy of Eating Forward by Sandi Richard.

    Our household is not filled with adventurous eaters, chicken and rice is more than a common occurrence.  The meals in this book are things that regular people eat and I think that most people with kids would easily try these meals – the crispy lemon chicken and calabrese lasagne were just two of our faves! 

    This book is super duper fantastic and it turned me into a bit of a foodie.  Every week I was excited to see what we would be having and my family loved trying new foods.   

    Sandi has created a system that provides you with 10 complete weeks of really delicious meals (5 per week).  Following her system frees up time in your life and helps you plan everyday family meals that you can enjoy together.   

    Here are a few of my favourite things about this great book:

    • This is more than a cookbook, Sandi teaches you how to pull together a delicious healthy meal and create weekly shopping lists to help the entire family participate in the meal prep.
    • This book doesn’t just contain recipes, but entire meals.  Some of these can be made in 20 minutes or less!
    • Each week comes complete with a shopping list (Eat Sheet) that is broken down by category, and can be downloaded and printed from eatingforward.com.
    • Each meal indicates prep time so you can choose which one you should have on which day based on your time constraints.
    • Every recipe contains nutritional information, including information for those with diabetes.
    This book has changed the way we view dinner time. I highly suggest picking yourself up a copy so you can love your family dinners too.

    The Giveaway

    Cookingfortherushed.com has graciously donated a cookbook for one (1) lucky winner so you can experience the Eating Forward system.

    Mandatory Entry

    Leave a comment below telling me what features of Eating Forward you think will help you the most (i.e. the colour coding of recipes to judge how much time I need to prep for a meal)

    Daily Entry

    Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. 
    #Win an Eating Forward Cookbook from Food Network host Sandi Richard and    http://tinyurl.com/3fyhbll  Cdn & US 8/03.

    This can be done once per day.  Please leave your profile name and link to the tweet in the comments section.

    Additional Details

    The giveaway will end on Wednesday August 3, 2011 at 12pm EDT and is open to residents of Canada and the US.

    The winner will be contacted via email and have 48hrs to respond.  I use Random.org to pick the winner.  Good luck!

    CLOSED...Give yourself a boost with this Multibionta Giveaway

    Friday, July 15, 2011
    I am part of a group called Bzzagents and a few months ago they send me a bottle of Multibionta Vitamins to test and review.

    Multibionta is a multivitamin that contains probiotics.  Now I am sure you are wondering what probiotics are and how they help you...  Probiotics are friendly bacteria that promote good health, help boost your immune system and protect your digestive system.

    I have just started taking these as they arrived when I was pregnant and I wanted to continue taking my prenatals.  Since I started taking them a few weeks ago I feel that my energy has improved - now that could be because my little one is now sleeping through the night J – who knows!

    Multibionta is challenging all Canadians to start feeling the benefits of the only probiotic multivitamin available in Canada in their "30 Days to Great" challenge. Sign up on their site, www.multibionta.ca and they will send you a $10 coupon to get started.  If you try their product and you don’t notice a difference in 30 days they will refund you your money.  What do you have to lose?
    If anyone follows my other blog, you will see I am a big believer in ensuring good health and not getting sick. Cold and flu season are not far off so giving your immune system a boost now is a great idea.  

    As with any vitamin or medication please consult your physician before taking. 

    The Giveaway
    • Four (4) winners will receive a Free Product Coupon (FPC) for a box of 30 caplet Multibionta or Multibionta 50+ (aprox value $15.99) to start you on  your way to better health  AND
    • Each of the 4 winners will also recieve a coupon for $15 off any 60 caplet bottle of Multibionta
    Mandatory Entry
    • Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect, and let me know which benefit/benefits you look forward to having by taking these vitamins!
    Bonus daily entry
    • Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. This can be done once per day. Please leave your profile name and link to the tweet in the comments below.
    Giveaway will end on Monday July 25th, 2011 at 12pm EDT and is open to Canada only. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hrs to respond.  I use Random.org to pick the winners.  Good luck!

    Disclosure: I am a BzzAgent.  I received sample products and coupons as part of this WOM Campaign. The opinions of the product are my own.