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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Update and a Giveaway!

Can you believe it is half way through 2013 already?

The first half of the year has brought about some changes here at my blog.  I am doing significantly less reviews and giveaways.  The truth be told, I had become a little burned out and needed a break.  I am no longer an ambassador for Disney Junior and General Mills.   I do miss my affiliation with those brands, but can recognize that the brand had to find other avenues of exposure.  (and I am okay with that)  I remain a #PGMom, which I am so thrilled about.  I've been able to try out some awesome products, offer some amazing giveaways to my readers, and even participate in giving back within the community with a donation of diapers to a food bank.

The wonderful thing about blogging - you make it what you want it to be.  I am so proud of some of my blogging friends who are successfully making a living from their blog.  I am as equally proud of blogging friends who are making a difference with their blogs.  My blog has always been an outlet for me,  I don't share a whole lot of personal information and sometimes I just wish I could.  {insert a sigh here}  But, it does allow me to feel that I've been productive, in an otherwise non-productive life, and for that I am very grateful.  My blog has also given me some amazing in-real life friend, who are inspirational moms and who I am so happy to call friend.

I am also so grateful to the readers who have stuck around.   Thank you for the interaction, so I don't feel like I am speaking to myself!

Traditionally, in the summer months I take a two week holiday, which is coming up very shortly.    I am really looking forward to spending some time with my husband and younger kids.  My older daughter is a CIT at camp and babysitting this summer, and won't be coming with us.  They grow up so quickly it seems.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun summer.  Soak it up and enjoy every moment!

To celebrate summer and to say thanks, I am giving away a $25 Tim Hortons gift card to my Canadian readers



a Rafflecopter giveaway

86 comments:

leanne_mac said...

I love swimming

leannemacg at gmail.com

elaing8 said...

I don't have any big summer plans.
I like to sit out in the sun, relax and read.

Annie1 said...

I'm enjoying quality time with my grandkids and my husband at the beach this summer!

That's about it!

Thanks

RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

Soozle said...

I plan to spend LOTS of time at the beach!

pamalot said...

we have been doing a lot of road trips, we went to Stratford to the festival, T.O. to the ball game and to Goderich for some time at the beach.

Mary Ireland said...

Summer time is sit by the pool enjoying the water and visiting with the neighbours.

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

We are going on a few road trips, visiting grandparents, heading to the beach and enjoying the outdoors!

Punxgirl said...

No big Summer plans. Fav summer activity are weekend BBQ's with family and friends. :)

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Amy C said...

Our favourite summer activity is going swimming.

Sue2Sueper said...

My favorite summer plans are to visit my mom and dad who live in a small peaceful town and enjoy the silence.

stacey dempsey said...

so far summer has been pretty laid back, one thing we love to do is go tubing down the river, but it is still a little cold so in august we should be able to do that

Jane In The Jungle said...

Ya'll have a great vacation Pam!

Christy Martin said...

I have absolutely nothing planned. I am a part time student, so the most enjoyable thing has been doing my reading outside!

Pip444 said...

We don't have anything special planned other than going to Banff one weekend.

Andrea said...

WE are going to visit relatives and having others come and visit us.

spike said...

Nothing special planned, other than enjoying some patio time with a frozen lemonade or Iced Capp!

Jeannie Lam said...

No big summer plans this year. Just hanging with family and plenty of park time with the kids.

silverneon2000 said...

I enjoy getting out more to go for walks with my Husband and kids.

Londia

silverneon2000 at yahoo dot com

Sweet Panda said...

We don't have any big plan this summer as of yet. But we love to go swimming and backyard BBQ during summer time

Jonnie (JB) said...

Our summer plans include a few day trips, attending some festivals, lots of fishing and a vacation to Nova Scotia. Hope you have a great break!

the_jaunty_loon said...

My goal is to swim everyday this summer. (Last year, I hardly swam at all and it was like I hadn't had summer at all!)...So far, so good, and my daughter was home for a few days so I go to swim with her!

Glogirl said...

My favourite summer activity is taking local day trips.

Belinda M said...

We really enjoy going swimming as often as we can during the summer

karine123 said...

My big summer plan is to go to Colombia this summer :)

2012july said...

I plan to visit family and friends, and spend lots of time gardening.

Beth Gallinger said...

My only plan for the summer is to tan on the deck.

Wayne Lecoy said...

Please enter me in your giveaway.
It would be great to
win a $25 Tim Hortons gift card.
In response to your requirement to
Share with you my summer plans, or favourite summer activity.
I don't have any summer plans other than go to the beach,
enter contests,read books and
enjoy the sunshine.
Thank you for having this giveaway!!

Flo said...

My grandkids who are 6 and 9 are coming to visit for the first time. I am really excited. We usually travel to see the once a year.

Florence C
fossie@hotmail.com

Lindsay Cyr said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! We are not doing too much this summer as I am returning to work after a year of maternity leave so I won't have any vacation time. We are looking forward to next summer though as my sister is getting married! My daughter will be the flower girl and my son the ring bearer. I'm already looking forward to it! Hope you have a great vacation with your family :)

ksceviour said...

we love to go swimming,,road trips,,bbq with friends,,and go camping!!
(Karla Sceviour)

linett said...

love my beach time with a good book

Doris Calvert said...

Go anywhere there is water!! We love to be out on the water and in the sun.

Doris Calvert said...

commented on my Tide is Febreeze

Fan R. said...

Camping is my fav summer activity.

Heidi said...

Heading to a cottage shortly, followed by a jaunt for a few weeks to NY and PA. Can't wait!

Tricia said...

My favourite summer activity is walking.

Jasen H said...

Favourite summer activity is bicycling

lelalacc said...

i wish i had some summer plans :) but my fave summer activity is walking - really long walks in interesting/new neighborhoods in the sun and heat are totally my thing. great way to exercise and get lots of fresh air.

entering in rafflecopter as jen s.

Tasha said...

My favourite summer activity is road trips and camping!! I can't choose just one lol

bellz said...

spending one day a week at the beach

Samorjj said...

I have two weeks to fit in everything from the aquarium to the berry farm. My favourite is relaxing on the lawn while the boys play in the sprinkler.

Brenda Penton said...

Planning on staying close to home and getting in some beach time and have a few fires in the back yard

Debbie said...

We are planning road trips. Some are overnight, but no big plans
(Debbie W)

Lori Bazan said...

No major plans other than enjoying the summer and having plenty of BBQ's with friends and family!

Stephanie LaPlante said...

My summer plans are to spend more time with my aunt in Crystal Beach.

carschick2000 said...

I love swimming and go for nature walks!

409cope said...

I plan to do what I love most, swim in my pool. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sarah Stickney said...

i'll be taking my son to the aquarium

Olivia @ This West Coast Mommy said...

We love having a picnic and playing at our local waterpark.

Jennifer L. said...

We are visiting the local pool and amusement park and hope to soon get to my parents' cottage.

Kristi R. said...

We like going to long walks by the water.

Rene Beaubien said...

We are building new summer ideas, having a young family we can't do the things we used to in quite the same way (ie fishing). This summer we have been invited to a friend's vacation cabin for a few days!

Tanis S said...

We like to spend our time at the beach and camping!

Andrew Pham (apham17) said...

No plans yet, hoping to go camping this summer

Rebby said...

I'll be attending a whole bunch of festivals this summer!~

flowerchild said...

Our favourite summer activity is to go camping.
thanks

josiefiorda said...

camping

Salad For Breakfast said...

my fave summer activity is swimming!

sarah sar
texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

Angela M said...

My favorite summer activities are going for walks and barbecues.

Holly Messana said...

The kids and myself are going back to my hometown for a month, sitting lakeside at my parent's place enjoying nothing but the birds, fish and the sun. can't wait.

Julie Bolduc said...

I plan on spending time sg the pool

Magnolius T. said...

I am enjoying the last two months of my mat leave and also looking for a new job.

Janice M said...

A favourite summer activity is hiking! I especially love trying new trails I have not been on before.

Victoria S said...

I love backyard bbqs and cottage weekends!

Victoria Ess

Karryk said...

Spending as much quality time as possible with the kids

Anu Chopra said...

Going to Sauble beach for awhile and lots of other BBQ and pool parties!

Sydney Bows said...

I just got back from Myrtle Beach and I love swimming.

Tina L. said...

Just spending time outdoors

Nicole B said...

Going to the cottage

Andrea Amy said...

not doing too much, just sticking close to home. Will get out to take the kids to the park on the days where its not too hot (don't do well in the heat) and that is about it.

Lori Jean said...

We do ALOT of camping....also like alot of family parks...emerald lake, african lion safari etc~~~Lori R Jackson is my rafflecopter name

Lori Jean said...

We do ALOT of camping....also like alot of family parks...emerald lake, african lion safari etc~~~Lori R Jackson is my rafflecopter name

Sam Stamp said...
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Happy Chinadoll said...

Spending time with my daughters by taking them to the park and pool more often.

mongupp said...

Hanging out with the kids

Dayna Janzen said...

We haven't really made any plans :( Sadly! Too broke this summer!

SG said...

Love long walks around the lake in the summer.

Tammy D said...

We love camping and swimming!

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Cathy C said...

I love our summer family vacation We try to go on a road trip every summer even if it is just a 3 day weekend trip

Rhonda said...

I'm just so happy to be out on our deck surrounded by flowers and bbquing/hanging out!
via Rhonda W G.

Amy said...

I live near the beach so we'll try to get down there as much as possible this summer.

Susan Margaret said...

My fave activity is sitting in the shade and reading!

Lee-Ann said...

We love renting a cottage for a week in the summer. :)

Lori Butler said...

our summer plans got cancelled due to a car accident, however, we do have an upcoming camping trip :)) woot

loven mommy said...

We've done a couple road trips to cottages that friends and family have invited us up to. the rest of the summer will be house hunting. our house sold and we have to find something before we are homeless. so maybe a couple day trips to local parks but no more getaways.

lisa neutel said...

I love hanging out at the beach and making fun summer memories with my family