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Monday, October 10, 2016

A Family Getaway to Melody Bay Resort: Where Memories Are Made

I sincerely hope that every family has that one special place, where they can carve out some time each year for a family getaway.  A place which is safe - where your children can roam and explore and you never give a second thought.  A place which is one with nature - where you can enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.  A place which is comfortable and cozy - where you think of in your mind's eye when life seems to knock you down. 

Our such place is a Parkbridge Resort called Melody Bay.    Melody Bay is situated on Upper Buckhorn Lake in the serenity of the Kawarthas, part of the Trent Severn Waterway (Ontario).  It is a place of peace and where my family enjoys, just being together.

Melody Bay has Beautiful Amenities

Melody Bay offers cottagers an extended season from April right through November.  Our family spent a few lovely days during mid September.  While it is definitely a quiet time of year, there are lots of benefits to visiting in the off season.  Melody Bay has two heated pools, this time of year they have closed the adult's only pool and put all their resources into the larger pool for everyone's enjoyment.  We spent as much time as possible in the beautiful pool. 

The kids enjoyed spending time in the kids clubhouse, where they were able to connect their devices to Wi-Fi.  The kids clubhouse also had a lounge area and lots of room to play and connect with other children at the resort.

We also enjoyed the (adult) lounge where we could connect to Wi-Fi too, watch television, and have a conversation.  There is a lovely deck overlooking the lake right off the lounge, which provides a great view of the beach, and dock area. 

Melody Bay has Cozy Accommodations

While most people visiting Melody Bay are seasonal cottage owners, there are also a couple of units which are available to be rented out.  These cottage units are fully equipped, impeccably clean and so very cozy.  It rained for an entire day during our stay and we never once felt confined indoors.  The cottage has lots of natural light and we actually enjoyed watching the rain fall from the sky, while we were nestled inside. 

The unit has air conditioning or a furnace depending on your needs at the moment.  There is a covered patio area that includes an outdoor table, and chairs and a barbeque right on the deck.  We enjoyed meals on the deck and it gave us the opportunity to chat with other cottagers passing by. 

Each unit also has a fire pit to use.

Melody Bay is set amongst Serenity

If you are familiar with the Buckhorn area of Ontario, you'll already know that Melody Bay is situated in one of the prettiest and pristine areas within the province.  Buckhorn has a bakery, and a grocery store, and a pizza joint that we visited.  It is situated close to Peterborough if you are looking for a larger center, but really staying at Buckhorn has a certain charm.  There is so much natural beauty surrounding Melody Bay Resort.

With Melody Bay Resort being right on the lake, we enjoyed kayaking.  There is also a beach area to enjoy those long dog-days of summer.  The Buckhorn yatch club is minutes away from our resort and we were fortunate to have extended family that docks their lake cruiser there.  We enjoyed a lovely afternoon out boating throughout the Trent Severn waterway.

Visit Melody Bay

You can find out more about Melody Bay Resort by visiting here.  As well, as finding out about other Parkbridge resorts in the area, and why resort cottage ownership may be perfect for your family. 

Melody Bay is lovingly kept and the residents show pride of ownership.  Melody Bay Resort is our happy place - a place that feels like home, and where memories were made.

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Thank you to Melody Bay Resort for welcoming our family and hosting us for a few nights recently. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Thanksgiving Decorating with Hallmark Canada

I was just chatting this morning about Thanksgiving and if I plan to roast a turkey this weekend.  The answer, was, of course!  I love Thanksgiving and spending some family time together.  We usually make a point of getting out to the conservation area and take a little walk and enjoy some of the wonderful autumn splendor. 

Hallmark has some lovely Thanksgiving decorating and gift ideas in store to help give your home a warm and inviting feel.

From cozy throws to Thanksgiving tea towels and cute oven mitts -adding a few special touches couldn't be easier or affordable.

Tea Towel Bundle is perfect for adding a Thanksgiving festive touch to any country, or urban kitchen (or anywhere in between).  The coordinating set makes a wonderful hostess gift or maybe perfect for your own home.

The Oven Mitt goes nicely with the towel set in coordinated fashion.  The fabric just screams Autumn and is a true kitchen essential this Thanksgiving.  It has a handy loop for displaying and has a quilted, padded interior lining.  Another perfect hostess gift, that will be treasured for years to come.

Fabric Pumpkin is an awesome way to add a little pop of Autumn d├ęcor to any room in the home.  This nicely sized pumpkin has perfectly sewn darts that give this pumpkin it's shape. 

We hope that everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving enjoying time with those they love most. 

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

There's a New Puppy in Town: Tekno Newborns

Who can recall the original Tekno, the robotic puppy all the way back in 1999?  The original came out just as technology was making it way into mainstream toys.  Now, technological toys are the norm, and the Tekno newborn is looking to join your family!

Little Tekno Newborns will melt your heart.   We are a cat and dog loving family, so naturally, we absolutely love the little Tekno newborn puppy which arrived at our doorstep just begging to join our tribe.  

Here's why we love these little cuties...

  • Loves to play, just like an 8 week old puppy
  • Walks, sits, begs and jumps right into your hand on command
  • Program your puppy to sing
  • Wiggle and wags tail and ears
  • Expressive eyes
  • Interacts with you and other Tekno pets

My ten year old daughter has a blast playing with the Tekno Puppy and maybe terrorizing our poor cat a little.  It is pretty cute to watch the Tekno Puppy walk across the kitchen floor toward our pet cat. 

Tekno Puppy is battery operated, it is small and while it does make a few puppy noises, it isn't overwhelming. 

If you have someone in your family who would love a pet, but for whatever reason, you don't/can't have one, this is a pretty fun compromise. 

Start your own Tekno Newborn collection by visiting Toys R Us, Canadian Tire, Walmart and other Canadian retailers.  (MSRP: $24.99)

Disclaimer:  We were offered a sample for our blog review and post.