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Make Memories This Summer at the Mustang Drive-In {#Giveaway}

MUSTANG DRIVE-IN GIVEAWAY

If you’re like me, the term drive-in evokes a rush of fond memories; there was something magical about watching a movie in your car and getting to fall asleep under the stars while the adults watched the next feature.

As a Londoner, I have always been fortunate to be able to recreate this experience right in my own backyard. The Mustang Drive-In is one of London’s gems located at 2551 Wilton Grove Road which is about 10 minutes outside of the city.

Mustang Drive-In

MUSTANG DRIVE-IN IS DOG FRIENDLY

Dog Friendly London Ontario

I haven’t blogged about this yet but have shared lots on social media – in case you didn’t know, we welcomed a new member to our family this spring – we are proud parents of a Goldendoodle puppy named Jazz.

If you’ve ever raised a puppy, you know that they are a ton of work! It’s worth it but it’s still work none-the-less. I kind of thought that our movie days were over (for now) until I learned that the Mustang Drive-In is dog-friendly.

What a perfect evening it was to go on a “date night” with my husband with our puppy in tow. It worked out perfectly and opened up new possibilities for us in regards to entertainment.

Take your puppy on a date at @PremierTheatres Mustang Drive-In! #LdnOnt. Click To Tweet

THE RETRO EXPERIENCE

Mustang Drive In Retro Vibes

Perhaps the best thing about the Mustang Drive-In is that they have maintained the old-school vibe which is synonymous with the drive-in experience. Not only does this provide nostalgia for us parents but it helps to make for a genuinely unique experience for the kiddos and provides a time machine-like adventure.

DRIVE-IN CONCESSION

Snack Bar

Just like the regular movie theatre experience, the Mustang Drive-In has you covered for all the must-have movie treats. From buttery popcorn to sweet treats to fountain pop, the menu is full of fun options for the entire family.

MORE THAN JUST MOVIES

Woof n Park

It is suggested that you arrive early to get the best spot, but don’t worry because the kids will not be bored while you’re waiting for the show to start. A playground featuring new equipment surrounded by a protective surface area of sand is available up until show time for the kids to play.
A large field for soccer, baseball etc. is also available for use and arcade games inside the snack bar for the older kids/teens. And of course, there is an area for the dog’s bathroom needs and refreshments (though there were no refreshments available at the time we visited).

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Mustang Drive In Sign

You can stay up-to-date on what features are playing as well as ticket prices, specials and more via the Mustang Drive-In website. You can also follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT PACKAGE

One City Mom reader will win a Family Movie Night Package that includes two adult admissions, two child admissions and concession vouchers to be used at Mustang Drive-In in London, ON.

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Have you been to the Mustang Drive-In before or a drive-in located near you? What’s your favourite thing about going to the drive-in?

Disclaimer: we received complimentary admission in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. City Mom

Celebrate #Canada150 In The Most Unique Way #Giveaway

Canadian Originals Giveaway

I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway from Canadian Originals with you today! Read on and enter below.

WHAT IS CANADIAN ORIGINALS?

How it Works

Canadian Originals is a  monthly subscription box program featuring artisan products selected from the best Canada has to offer. With local, handmade items that are a surprise each month, the fun never ends. You will receive a curated collection of items not widely available abroad or across the country in your box. This makes the items not only homegrown but exclusive too.

MY CANADIAN ORIGINALS UNBOXING

I was so excited when I received my Canada 150 July Debut Box in the mail even though I had to wait to open it. I wanted to open it for the very first time with you so I had to wait until the next day. I seriously woke up so excited to dive into my package and I wasn’t disappointed!

The packaging was so fitting and beautiful, the smell was delicious and the products were of very high quality and each so unique. What I loved about the whole experience was that I could tell that each item was carefully chosen to create an overall one-of-a-kind experience. I can’t say that I would necessarily have gone out and bought each item myself but I genuinely loved each piece. And we all know that this makes for the best kind of gift – whether it’s for you or someone else, you can’t go wrong and you will truly love the surprise each month.

Here is a sneak peek of the Canada 150 July Debut Box:

SUBSCRIBE TO CANADIAN ORIGINALS

You can subscribe to Canadian Originals in the following ways:
  • Monthly
  • 3 Month
  • 6 Month
  • 12 Month

Each option becomes cheaper with the 12 month subscription being the best value. Shipping is done with a flat rate within Canada and international shipping is also available! I’m already planning to send one to my friend in Australia to share some Canuck love!

GET 10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER

When you subscribe to the Canadian Originals newsletter, you will receive a 10% off discount code that you can use towards your first purchase.

ENTER TO WIN THE JULY DEBUT BOX FROM CANADIAN ORIGINALS

The first Canadian Originals box ships out on July 5th with a special Canada 150 Debut Box. They are selling out quickly but one lucky (Canadian) City Mom reader will win their very own. Enter below using the giveaway widget. Good luck!

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7 Cool Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Cirque Du Soleil: OVO

Cirque du Soleil: Ovo London

London, we are so lucky to have the amazing performance of Cirque Du Soleil: OVO visiting our city and they will only be here until June 18, 2017.

We were lucky to attend the London premiere last night and I must share that this show is a MUST SEE for the whole family! Get your tickets here so you don’t miss out.

In addition to attending the premiere event, we also got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cirque Du Soleil: OVO production and we learned some really cool facts that we think might surprise you.

1. The Cirque du Soleil production transports the entire OVO set from city to city via 19 transport-sized trucks.

Among the cargo? 180 suitcases for the team’s personal items.

Photo credit: Twitter | @PeggyChapman16
2. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team travels with their own washers and dryers for costume laundering.

Yup! They carry six washers and two dryers on the trucks so that costumes can be washed after each performance. This ensures that all 1,000 costume pieces are clean and flawless for each show.

Cirque du Soleil Washers

3. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team consists of cast and crew members from 20 different countries.

Canada, Russia, Ukraine and China are just a few of the countries represented.

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

4. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team travels with over 100 individuals that all work together to create the awe-inspiring event.

This number is made up of approximately 50 performers, 25 management members including wardrobe specialists and 25 technology specialists.
Among this number there are two physiotherapists that travel with the team to keep the artists in tiptop shape and injury-free.

Cirque du Soleil Ovo

5. The Cirque du Soleil OVO performers are responsible for their own makeup for each performance.

When cast members join the team, professional makeup artists apply the full “face” first, in Montreal, to act as an instructional lesson. Next, the makeup artist applies a “half face” and the performer mimics this on the other side.

Finally, the performers are provided with a step-by-step guide to follow in preparation for each performance.

Cirque du Soleil Makeup

6. Many of the Cirque du Soleil artists have a diploma from “Circus School”.

Students who attend a college such as Ecole nationale de cirque or National Circus School in Montreal earn a Diploma of Collegial Studies in circus arts (DEC), a three-year program that aims to produce professional circus artists.

National Circus School

Circus School

Photo credit: ecolenationaledecirque.ca
7. The elaborate Cirque du Soleil costumes are handmade in Montreal.

When artists are brought on for a particular production, their measurements are taken to create a custom made costume. The performers spend three to four weeks training in Montreal while their costume(s) are made.

A last set of measurements are taken before the final touches are applied to the costumes as the performer’s size may have changed from the intense training.

Cirque du Soleil Cricket Costumes

It is no wonder that so much goes into the production of this iconic production. These are just a few of the amazing things there are to know about the behind-the-scenes aspect of Cirque du Soleil.

Check out the OVO trailer and get your tickets before they sell out.

Which is your favourite fun fact about Cirque du Soleil: OVO? Leave us a comment to let us know!

City Mom

Murder For Hire: Take Your Party to the Next Level

Mad Men Style Party

When it comes to celebrating the big milestones and special occasions in life, you want to do it with style; something unique, exciting and something that your guests have likely never experienced before.

This was my line of thinking when I began planning my husband’s milestone surprise birthday party. After some research, I happily discovered Murder For Hire, a high quality, interactive murder mystery dinner theatre experience.

I loved the concept of providing entertainment for our guests in a home setting and providing something just a bit unusual. For the guests that preferred to sit back and watch, a live story unfolded right in front of them. For the more outgoing guests, an opportunity to become a part of the story presented itself. And to round it all off, all the guests were able to interact with the actors and take part in trying to solve the murder. It was so much fun!

THE MURDER FOR HIRE EXPERIENCE

Murder For Hire is a company based in Thorndale, Ontario (just outside of London) and is dedicated to the presentation of the highest quality interactive murder mystery dinner theatre, paying particular attention to detail. The company was established in 2006 by Kay Rogers whom writes all of the scripts for the stories as well as the creation of costumes, props and sound effects for each show.

When you visit the Murder For Hire website, you can check out the different script options. I chose the Diamonds, Death and Second Chances show because I loved the idea of the late 60’s themed basis. The script is based on an auction of fine jewels hosted by Lady Ophelia so I decided to go with a Mad Men-inspired theme. I even asked the guests to dress up in their favourite 1960’s look…it really added to the experience.

I served 60’s style foods like Swedish meatballs, deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket and a cheese ball. I also set up a Martini Bar so that guests could sip away in style.

The party starts like any other, mingling among the guests; the Murder For Hire actors blend seamlessly into the crowd and begin to tell their back stories. This shapes the characters for the upcoming events. With fun sound effects, vibrant props and costumes, the mystery unfolds until the climax takes place; the murder.

During this time, the cast will get to know you and your guests too and they will throw in some fun surprises that will seriously take your party to the next level. Again, I don’t want to give away too much, but let me just say that I never knew some of the guys in my life looked so good in leisure suits!

It is then time for the guests to gather the evidence, question the actors and submit their hypothesis on whodunit and possible motives. The truth is finally revealed and awards are given out to party guests based on various criteria (I don’t want to give anything away here) that are fun!
This all takes place over a few of hours and provides a really fun and out of the ordinary experience. We opted in to add a photo booth setup to enhance the experience and to make sure we got some great shots of all the fun costumes and actors. You receive all the images on the spot on a handy USB card.

Murder For Hire Photo Booth

The Murder For Hire team does a wonderful job of staying in character and providing laughter, entertainment and the opportunity to bring out your inner detective. This is something that I would highly recommend for your next celebration.

TAKE ANY PARTY TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Each month, there are featured Murder For Hire scripts to bring your party to the next level…check out GHOULS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN! for a unique way to celebrate Halloween, or CRIMES OF PASSION to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a whole new way. And the Holidays will never be the same with the 2017 featured script, THE CHAOS IS KILLING ME, a Christmas themed show featuring the annual CHAOS (Canadian Honorary Association of Santas) Convention. Sounds fishy huh?!

CONTACT MURDER FOR HIRE

If you want to throw a party that your guests will never forget, be sure to check out Murder For Hire online or call 519-495-1446. You can also follow on Facebook to learn more.

Thanks to Kay and the Murder For Hire Team for providing such a fun and memorable event to celebrate such a special day in our lives!

City Mom

Huge Limeapple Children’s Apparel #BlackFriday Sale Nov. 25 & 26

Limeapple Black Friday Clearance Sale

More often than not, when Little S is out and about wearing a piece of Limeapple apparel, we receive compliments and always the question: “where did you get that?” and of course, we happily reply, “Limeapple!”.

Awarded Best Tween Line via the Earnie Awards, Limeapple not only sells style, but quality too. From active wear to school wear to party attire, Limeapple has everything and anything for your stylish, active tweens.

LIMEAPPLE BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Limeapple Black Friday Sale

Just in time for the holidays, Limeapple is offering yet another amazing sale that not only includes 50% off all clearance items, but also these awesome outfit bundles at amazing package prices. This sale only lasts for two days (Nov. 25 & 26, 2016) so grab the deals while you can.

We got to pick out one of the holiday packs and Little S fell in love with the Bells Boutique Pack which includes the following items:

This pack is on sale for $100 CAD! Amazing huh?! The other packs are filled with cute and functional pieces for equally amazing prices. Be sure to check them out.

Check out our images below and click to see a larger version:

Limeapple Bells Boutique Pack

Be sure to check out the Limeapple Sale section to see the items that will be selling at an additional 50% off for this Black Friday sale.

PIN YOUR FAV FOR LATER

So I know I’ve got you all excited but you’ve got to wait right? The sale doesn’t start for another two days so I’ve got some handy prepared pinables for you to save so that you can go back to them on the 25th and 26th .

Which is your favourite?

Limeapple Jungle Active Holiday Pack on Sale Nov 25 & 26

Limeapple Bells Boutique Holiday Pack on Sale Nov 25 & 26

Limeapple Merry Minky Bubble Holiday Pack on Sale Nov 25 & 26

Limeapple Joy Boutique Holiday Pack on Sale Nov 25 & 26

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

City Mom

Keeping my family happy & healthy with the flu shot

Ontario Flu Vaccine

Prior to last March, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the last time I had the flu. I never really made getting the flu shot a priority. I’m not considered high-risk, and none of my family members are either, so it’s not something I had thought a lot about.

But that changed at the end of last winter when I did catch the flu and I was sicker than I could ever remember. I had to miss five days of work, was not able to care for my family, could not have any close contact with my daughter for over a week and I was really scared that I was seriously ill.

When I could barely take a breath and my chest felt like an elephant was sitting on it, I knew it was time to seek medical attention.  I was really worried that I had pneumonia but after a chest X-ray, that fear was diminished. Unfortunately, with the flu, there is nothing that can be done to “cure” it.  Needless to say, it was one of the worst weeks of my life and I vowed to myself that I would never let that happen again.

FLU 101

With my daughter as my main concern I decided to do some research into influenza and the flu vaccine to prepare for the 2016 flu season and what I learned was quite interesting:

  • Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death
  • People experience a number of symptoms, including:
  • Fever
  • general aches and pains
  • Extreme fatigue
  • For some people the flu can lead to complications, such as pneumonia
  • The flu is spread by coughing, sneezing, talking and from hands and surfaces contaminated with the virus
  • In Canada, influenza generally occurs each year in the late fall and winter months. Anyone can get the flu. Even healthy individuals can become seriously ill with the flu
  • Young children, especially those under 5, are at higher risk of serious illness, and even death, from the flu
  • School-age children are most likely to spread the virus due to their close proximity to other children at school
  • The flu virus can live up to 8 hours on surfaces. A sneeze can spread the virus up to 2 metres (6 feet) away
  • The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu.

FLU VACCINE 101

With the scary statistics and my past experience, I came to the conclusion that the flu shot was a must for my family; again, I wanted to do some research and I learned even more interesting and vital facts. You can visit ontario.ca/flu to dig a little deeper, but below, I have highlighted some of the important information I discovered.

  • Getting the flu shot is your best defense against getting the flu; if you do get the flu after receiving the shot, it can reduce the severity of your symptoms
  • You cannot get the flu from the vaccine.
  • The flu virus is pretty smart and may change year to year; the formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and is updated, when necessary, to match the virus strains that the World Health Organization believes will circulate during the upcoming influenza season. That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated every year!

GETTING YOUR FLU SHOT

I absolutely love how easy the Ontario government makes it for families to get their flu shots. Simply visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-flu-shot/, enter your location (or enable location services) and a list of pharmacies and other locations will display to show you where you can go to get your free vaccine.

I encourage you to take a look at the Ontario Flu site to find out all the information that you need to make an informed and healthy decision for your family.

Here’s to happy and healthy flu season!

City Mom

This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions are my own.

 

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