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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sensational Shoes in Honour of Sue!!!

So I did not win the Run For the Cure Shoe Challenge but thank you to everyone who voted.  Today I did get this email from them though

Hi Robyn, Thank you so much for participating in the Who are you Running For? Shoe Challenge. Although your shoe was not the ultimate winner, it did catch the eye of New Balance! They would like your permission to send your shoe to a New Balance store for the month of October in your area, and therefore will need your contact information. We would also love to know a little bit more about you – I have your story attached, but if you can include a little bio about yourself as well, that would be fantastic.

To me, I am excited to be recognized.  I will let you know which New Balance store they will be at, maybe College Square?

If you still want to join us let me know and I can tell you where we will be meeting.

Thanx again for the votes and support.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Last Day!!!

Hi Everyone

Today is the last day for the CIBC Run For The Cure SHOE CHALLENGE.  My shoes are #8  Click fundraising and then find the shoe challenge and VOTE for mine.
Thank you for taking the time!!

Friday, September 23, 2011


So last night I did hot yoga with my sisters and some friends, at a new place in Stittsville.  Well I thought I had did hot yoga @ a Barrhaven yoga place but it was NOTHING like last night's class.

First just entering the studio was like a sauna (not a fan of saunas).  Literally caught my breath and had to focus on breathing.
We were told to bring a towel. Well I brought a hand towel not realizing there would be gallons of sweat dripping off of my body.  The hand towel did not cut it.  A large beach towel would have.  At one point my yoga mat became somewhat of a slip and slide while I was in downward dog!  We were told to try not and wipe the sweat off, "Let it evaporate and this will help cool the body."  I CAN NOT stand having sweat dripping, off my chin, into my ears, down my back...I have NEVER sweated so much in my life!  We were told to reach back and grab our ankle while lying on our was so slippery.  I could not hold on because I was so sweaty!

The best part was having a laughing fit with my sisters in the middle of the class:)  It was bound to happen slipping  dripping and sliding on our mats.  Especially when we were suppose to be so quiet.

Would I do it again?  Not on a regular basis but once in awhile.  I would just bring a large towel, lots of h2o and I would have a pair of flip flops to wear when I left, because I stepped in a puddle of someone's sweat on the way out!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Apple Hill Farm

Today we went to pick apples at the apple orchard on Jockvale, Apple Hill.  It was so busy.  I had never seen it so busy.  The farmer said they had had 3000 people through on Saturday!

The reason could be because this is the last year for the farm.  It has been in operation for 70 years!!!  You'll never guess what they are building?!  More houses!!!

If you have not been go by and pick your own.  They have Macs, Spartans, Empires and Courtlands (my favs). We picked a mix.  It is $6 for sm, $10 for medium and $16 for large basket.  They encourage you to try them before you pick them, which means you can eat them to find the one you like the best.   You can also get pre-picked baskets and cider.  Daphne and I made homemade applesauce.  Delicious:)  I am definitely going to go back for more.

Here is one of my favourite ways to eat apples:

Lily's Cinnamon Apples (Lily is a former student and she brought this for snack one day)

Cut one Gala apple into small bite size pieces.  They do not brown quickly so you can eat them later in the day but if you are eating it right away use any apple but green.  Then sprinkle them with cinnamon to your taste.  You can also sprinkle some sugar but I eat without the sugar.  I am sweet enough (no comments about this please;)
Enjoy!  It is like eating apple pie!

From Daphne "Why do they not grow green apples?"  Do they anywhere in Canada?

Christmas Shopping yet?

Yes I have begun thinking of shopping for Christmas.  A great store we re-visited this weekend is Play Value on Carling Ave.  Lots of outdoor toys, Ravensberg puzzles galore,  all the Lego and Playmobile you could imagine and beautiful wooden toys.

There is even pool stuff galore, trampolines and floatie things you can pull if you have a boat...oh even an island Dad:)

Summer Favs

I know Summer ends this Friday but here are a list of some of our summer favourites:

I have enjoyed reading  Stephanie Nielson was burned over 80% of her body.  I like her decor style, her enjoyment of the simple beauties out there and she is a reminder to me that I am really really lucky.  Her blog lead me to  I would lone to put her blog as a button on my blog but I have had no luck.  If anyone knows how to do it please help me.  No, I am not becoming a Mormon.

The Ice Cream Truck - It has the best soft serve ice cream but we only saw it at the beginning of the summer and then never again.  Last summer we saw it all the time?!  I suspect someone complained about the ongoing ice cream truck music, or gas prices kept him from coming back over (he is from Quebec), or his hike in prices turned people away so it wasn't worth coming back here or there was some by-law that got rid of him.  Who knows?  If you do or you have seen it let me know.

Rina's Liquidation Station: beside the Foodland in Greely.  Kept this one a secret for quite awhile but she is pretty small so I thought the more people who go the better her biz.  She sells items from Costco that are no longer on their shelves, at an even better discount.  I don't know how she gets them but there are a few treasures you may have to search for them.

Veggie Pate - I do not eat pate of any kind  that is until I tasted veggie pate.  I do not know where to get it in Ontario but I usually pick it up when I am in Quebec.  It tastes like Stove Top stuffing. So good!

 Cake in a Mug - love chocolate cake? I was sent a recipe of how to make an individual cake in a cup.  You cook it in the microwave in a matter of minutes.  You could share it.  It is so quick and so good.  If interested email moi.
OR you could try this:
 Don't wanna make your own cake?!  I highly recommend Sweet & Sassy, 90 John St N, Arnprior.  You have to try the Birthday cupcake, even if it isn't your b-day:)
The Dirty Word We Don't Use (article on the Yummy Mummy website)
by Katie Bickell

Pillows @ Saunders Farm - I have never been to Saunders for the Halloween season but we did go last weekend and played in the mazes and on these GIANT pillows.  they are like trampolines.  I laughed so hard while jumping...even peed a bit:()  We had sooooo much fun.

Groupon Coupons:  If you have not joined up to get daily deals from Groupon you should.  Many of the things we did this summer was because we had a Groupon deal.  I can help you sign up (then I get Groupon $$ to buy more coupons)

Well if Fall is your favourite season enjoy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy 70th Birthday Dad!!

Happy 70th Birthday!
70 Memories/Quirks Unique to My Dad!

1.        Doing “gymnastics” early on a Saturday morning
2.       You gave us the love of travel
3.       You picked an awesome area to raise us, yeah 10 Larsen Court!
4.      Our Nova Scotia trip
5.       Getting me to try diving lessons
6.      When I job shadowed you in Gr 8 and we travelled to Cornwall in a snow storm
7.       Our trips to Dominican Republic
8.      Seeing you horseback ride in the Dominican Republic. The one and only time I have ever seen you ride a horse.
9.      Your slide shows
10.    Our dinners out when you visited me in St Catherine’s, 5 cent wings yummmmmm!
11.     Our unique names Robyn Noelle Aimee
12.    Inheriting the “early bird” DNA
13.    Family trips to Florida
14.    Hours spent entering data into the Commador 64 in order to get new games
15.    Mustangs – we both owned one
16.    Your words of encouragement when I opened the school
17.    Letting Jeff live with us
18.    Scaring our guests at our Halloween party by going to the basement window and shining the flashlight under your chin yikes!
19.    All the souvenirs you brought back from your travels
20.   Your special pancake recipe
21.    Playing cards at the cottage
22.   Your beer label collection
23.   Watching Law & Order with you
24.   Hanging out at the hospital waiting to get by arm x-rayed after I broke it
25.   How you grab both sides of our face when you give us a kiss
26.   Your warning emails about viruses or just new info to be aware of
27.   Fishing with your Grandkids
28.   Silly comments after you fell asleep on the floor, then woke up all dopey
29.   Steak and potatoes every Friday on the BBQ
30.   My love of “crackle” from the pork roasts
31.    Taking me to all my dental surgeries and then making sure I got home OK afterwards (16 teeth pulled) one time you bought me Amelia Badelia books
32.   Your coffee gravy
33.   Your BBQing in general
34.   Thankful for you watching our kids
35.   Thank you for never noticing my bad haircuts
36.   Helping me with my homework
37.   Watching and trying to play Jeopardy with you
38.   Spending the whole day and night at the hospital waiting for Breton to be born
39.   Fires in the fireplace on a Sunday afternoon
40.  Family cross country skiing adventures
41.    All our cottage vacations
42.   Your careful arrangement of all our stuff piled high on the roof of one of the many station wagons we had
43.   Waking up and seeing you after I had been hit by the car (and Mom was trying to feed me ice cream), then wheeling me up to my room while I rode in the bed
44.  Taking me to be tested after I got hit by the car
45.   You letting us put make up on you
46.  You taught us a love of Boney M, Tina Turner and Rod Stewart
47.   The Christmas tree falling after you just had taken our photo
48.  Proofreading all my essays/projects in high school
49.  Surprising me on my birthday by inviting Barb B.
50.   Teaching me to mow the lawn with the electric mower
51.    Helping me with my Gr6 science fair project on radio communications
52.   Thanx for doing my taxes all those years
53.   All your “inexpensive” fixes around the house
54.   You wearing mismatched socks to work
55.   Going to all those Expo and Blue Jay games
56.   You working hard to provide for us
57.   Taking us to all those shopping centers when we were on vacation
58.   Thanks for never putting me down, although you did say my 1st tattoo was stupid?!
59.   You helped me buy my first car
60.  Sorry for putting back the razor after I used it and then letting you use it – ouch!
61.     All our trips to Toronto
62.   Taking us to the race track
63.   Never taking us to McDonalds (thank you)
64.  Going to see ET at the theater
65.   Our trip to California
66.  Going to Capital City Speedway
67.   Planting the daffodils
68.  Letting us stay at your place in Florida even when you were not thereL
69.  Our trip to Boston and seeing the Jays play at Fenway
70.   A glass of orange juice and a glass of milk, a working man’s breakfast
Happy, happy, happy birthday Dad!! Thank you for all the memories!