June 2012

Canada Day 2012 in London {#LdnOnt}

Happy 145th Birthday Canada!

Grab your red and white and get reading coz there’s lots of fun stuff to do this holiday weekend.


When: June 30, 2012

Where: Victoria Park

Time: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

What: Enjoy Latin food, dance, music and other exciting entertainment

Cost: Entrance to park is free

For more info: Visit calientefestivalhispano.com


When: Saturday June 30, 2012

Where: West Park Church

Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Fireworks at 10pm)

What: A BBQ, games for the kids, classic car show for the adults and fireworks to celebrate Canada!

Cost: You will be able to buy food tickets and wristbands for food and some activities.  E.g., a “family pass” will get you 15 food tickets and two wristbands for only $15.

For more info: Visit westpark.on.ca


When: Sunday July 1, 2012

Where: Harris Park/Fork of the Thames

Time: 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm (Fireworks begin at 10pm)

What: Join Miss Canada, Jaclyn Miles as one of the MCs for the day to celebrate Canada’s birthday. Enjoy entertainment and fun with Fireworks at 10.

Cost: Free admission!

For more info: Visit celebratecanada.info


When:  Sunday July 1, 2012

Where: White Oaks Park – 1119 Jalna Blvd.

What:  Live entertainment, free inflatable rides, local and international foods, movies, wading pools and fireworks to end it all.

Cost: Various costs see more information.

For more info: Visit southlondoncanadaday.com


When: Sunday July 1, 2012

Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm  (Baseball at 1pm)

What: Historical debates, vintage baseball, cake and lemonade.

Cost: Regular Fanshawe Pioneer Village admission ($7)

For more info: Visit fanshawepioneervillage.ca


When: June 30 & July 1, 2012 (Fireworks on July 1)

Where: Port Stanley Beach and surrounding area

Time: Various times. See June 30 schedule and July 1 schedule.

What: A two-day festival featuring live entertainment, face painting, treasure hunt, fish fry, strawberry social, garden party, boat parade, a free Laughter Yoga session and much more. The event finishes off with Fireworks on the beach at 10pm.

Cost:  Free. Other costs may apply.

For more info: Visit portstanleycanfest.ca




However you choose to celebrate this holiday weekend, we hope you have a fun and safe weekend!

If you have information on any other London and area Canada Day weekend events, please feel free to share the info below in a comment.

Kinder Surprise & Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted


Little S and I recently went to see Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in theaters and I must say that if you haven’t seen yet, you HAVE to go see it! It’s entertaining for both the kids and the adults. Little S was glued to the screen and I really appreciated the adult humour throughout the film.


If you have heard yet, Kinder Surprise is being taken over by the cute characters from Madagascar 3. Check out Kinder Canada’s Facebook page to get a peek at Alex, Julien, Marty and the other characters from the movie inside the Kinder Surprise!

These special edition toys are on shelves now but hurry because word is that they are selling out quickly; stores are having trouble keeping them on the shelves!

As a #KinderMom I was lucky enough to receive some of these special edition treats. Little S has come to know the toys inside the Kinder Surprise very well, but she was delighted when she found the Madagascar 3 surprises inside. Of course it piqued her curiosity in the movie, so it seemed only fitting that we should go see the movie together.

As soon as we entered the theater, she began asking for her Kinder Surprise. Luckily Cineplex had a special edition kids pack featuring Marty and the other Madagascar 3 characters that of course included a Kinder Surprise.

It was interesting because on the way to the theatre Little S was asking me what my favourite part of a Kinder Surprise was. I must admit that it was hard for me to choose between the AMAZING combination of white and milk chocolate and the joy I see when Little S cracks open that yellow egg to reveal the prize inside. In the end, my selfish side won and I chose the chocolate. Chocolate wins every time!

What’s your favourite part of a Kinder Surprise?

Kinder Surprise 2012


Make sure to ‘Like’ the Kinder Canada Facebook page so you can stay up-to-date on all their latest promotions and contests and special edition treats.

I hope you enjoy the show!

Summer Cash Giveaway – $115


Join us for the Summer Cash Giveaway and enter to win $115 US Dollars!

 This Lil Piglet and Tales of a Ranting Ginger together with a group of fabulous Canadian bloggers are proud to present the Summer Cash Giveaway June 21st 12:01 am EST- 28th midnight.

Enter to win $115 US cash via PayPal. Anyone with a PayPal account can enter to win this cash prize; open worldwide!

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Good luck!

EcoPlace Organics: Local and organic food


It's My EcoPlace

It is with true passion that I get to share a London gem with you today. It’s not every day that I get to combine my love for food, my interest in organics and my desire for London all in one post, but with EcoPlace Organics, that’s exactly what I get to do today.


EcoPlace Organics delivers local, certified organic produce, baking items and extra treats to your front door or your workplace when you place an order online. I love it because it adds an important convenience to the life of a busy mom.

Traditional grocery shopping can sometimes be overwhelming. You know the right foods to buy but they’re not always available and often the choices are daunting. With EcoPlace Organics the tough decision-making is done for you and delivered to your home. How easy is that?

There’s nothing like fresh-from-the-field produce that is not only local, but organic too. What’s more amazing is having it delivered right to your front door! EcoPlace Organics is an excellent choice for busy families that provides peace of mind that you’re feeding your family only the best!


EcoPlace Organics was started by Londoner Emily Peat. Emily is a Civil Engineering student at the University of Waterloo and she is extremely passionate about local and organic eating as well as supporting our local farmers.

Emily developed the idea to gather produce from local organic farms, baked goods from Organic Works bakery and other fair-trade organic items and package it all up in one convenient bag. It comes delivered in a renewable resource fiber bag and arrives on your door step the very same day that Emily picks it up from the source. You can count on your delivery to be super fresh and super yummy!


I was so excited when I arrived home and found my package at my doorstep. Delivery was made at the exact date and time I was told. Since the items included in the delivery are always chosen based on seasonal and local availability you don’t need to choose any ingredients or make any decisions and what you receive is a surprise*. This added to my excitement as I couldn’t wait to see what I was getting.

Here is what I received:

• 4 Jona Gold Apples
• 1 bunch of green onions from Hyde Park
• 1 potted herb from Hyde Park
• 1 living green leaf lettuce (Strathroy)
• 1 living cilantro (Strathroy)
• 4 potatoes (New Hamburg)
• Strawberries
• ½ lb fair-trade Ethiopian Limu coffee
• 100 g of organic, fair-trade mint chocolate (to die for!)
• 1 Luft & Co. renewable resource fiber bag with a food grade lining


Visit ecoplaceorganicsdelivery.com to place your order. Orders submitted by Friday at noon will be delivered on the following Wednesday. Payment is easy and can be done through your bank account if you have a PayPal account** or through Visa or Debit as a PayPal guest.

Visit THIS WEEK to see what will be included in your delivery, or wait and let it be a surprise! Either way, you’ll be impressed with what you receive and how easy the process is. And don’t forget that delivery is automatically included in your order.
You can also get deliveries at your workplace…get a group of coworkers together and receive a discount on your package price.


Today on City Mom, one lucky reader will win one weekly delivery package from EcoPlace Organics (a $35 value). Follow the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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*Note: you can look ahead on the EcoPlace Organics website under THIS WEEK to see what will be included in your delivery. **PayPal accounts are free of charge.

It’s summer; thank goodness for the Lysol® No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser


Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser

Bathing and hand washing go into overdrive in our house during the warmer months. Kids just seem to be dirtier when it’s hot out…there’s more dirt, sweat, insects etc. It’s at this time of year that I am particularly thankful for the Lysol® No-Touch Hand Soap dispensers we have in our home.

Since putting the dispensers by our bathroom and kitchen sink, we have not had to argue with Little S about washing her hands…the exciting sensor and touch-less system are incentive enough and the novelty hasn’t worn off!


It’s events like this past weekend that make me realize how grateful I am for the innovativeness of the Lysol products. Check out these photos…


 I have no idea what kinds of germs snakes carry, but I wasn’t about to find out…after all the petting fun, it was straight to the bathroom for a thorough wash. Thanks to the Lysol dispensers, hand washing has become a fun and welcomed activity. It has even become a habit! During our hand washing routine, we take the opportunity to share with Little S all the good reasons to wash our hands regularly.

TIP: Kids should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds for an efficient wash. In order to ensure Little S washes long enough, we implemented a fun activity to help her time it. Each time she washes, we sing the ABC’s (including the ‘now I know my ABC’s…part) from start to finish. When the song is over, she knows she can rinse.


Is your child one who touches everything? I’m assuming yes, because what child isn’t…so you’ll love to learn that Lysol Canada is giving away 12,500Lysol® No-Touch Hand Soap dispensers. Visit the Lysol Canada Facebook page to enter!

What kinds of things do your children get into? Why would you love to have a Lysol No-Touch dispenser in your home?

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon VIP Ticket Giveaway {#LdnOnt}

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular

Did you know that the How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular is coming to London at the JLC from July 4 – 8, 2012? And today on City Mom you can enter to win a Family VIP ticket package!



You’ll get to experience the heart-warming story of Hiccup and Toothless brought to life as fire-
breathing dragons soar through the skies of the JLC.

The live production rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and heartfelt laughter into an original captivating story set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons.  Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, it centers on Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers.  Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.


Visit cidentertainment.com for more information on the different VIP packages that are available.


This prize is presented by CID Entertainment, you can enter to win the Hero’s Welcome VIP Package today on City Mom. Here’s what this exciting prize includes:

Hiccup and Astrid welcome you in person to the Isle of Berk in true Viking fashion! Meet & Greet the stars of the show before they head off to battle in a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

A post-show “tech-talk” with the family friendly Dragon expert who will explain the technical magic that brings these amazing creatures to life!

And if that’s not enough, there is more…

  • Incredible Reserved Seats with an amazing view of the action
  • Professional photo, in a costume of your choice, with your family in front of an amazing How to Train Your Dragon backdrop
  • Exclusive How to Train Your Dragon 3D Poster
  • VIP Gift Bag featuring official How to Train Your Dragon merchandise
  • How to Train Your Dragon VIP Laminate: Your passport to the Isle of Berk
  • VIP Parking Pass
  • VIP Entrance into the venue and the Isle of Berk (The only quicker way in would be on Toothless’ back!)


Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win this awesome package! Please note that you must be from London or willing to travel to London for the performance on Wednesday July 4 or Thursday July 5, 2012.

Good luck!

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