Valentine’s Day on the Way! #LoveHallmarkCA #myhallmark #ad

According to Hallmark’s Corporate site, Valentine’s Day is the second-largest holiday for giving greetings cards.  Approximately 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged industry-wide (not including packaged kids’ valentines for classroom exchanges).  I’ll admit I’ve seen a lot of Valentine’s Day cards in my time!

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Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Although Valentine’s Day is one sweet holiday, there is a bit of history to it:

“According to Roman legend, during the third century, Valentinus was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs and sentenced to death. While jailed,  Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. The night before he died, Valentinus wrote a farewell note to the girl, which he signed, “From Your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, Feb. 14, 269 A.D.
Hundreds of years later in fifth century Rome, people honored Juno, the pagan goddess of love and marriage, on Feb. 14. During the celebration, men would draw women’s names and court them for marriage.
Around 498 A.D., Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 as St. Valentine’s Day to honor the martyr Valentinus and to end the pagan celebration.
In 1849, Esther Howland of Worcester, Mass., published the first American valentine.”

Isn’t that something?  Flash forward in time; Hallmark first offered Valentine’s Day cards in 1913 and began producing them in 1916! They’ve been perfecting all of our Valentine’s Day gift giving desires ever since.  Hallmark offers so many options for all of your gift giving needs … and they cover all of your special loved ones!

Look for their Pet Husky Techno Plush, Mickey & Minnie itty bittys®, Story of Us Card Keeper, Valentine’s Gift Bags and coordinating tissue, assorted Valentine’s Day cards including Kids, Signature and Paper Wonder!  And so much more!

Look for my upcoming social shares for pictures of Hallmark product that you’ll love; as well as, a possible giveaway!  For now I’ll leave you with this post.

P.S. I have a GIVEAWAY up on my Instagram page!

Visit:   https://www.instagram.com/mybitsandbleeps/

Lots of love, Jeannine!

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The Auto Show Returns! #CIAS2019 #ad

It’s time for the CIAS [Canadian International AutoShow] once again! As usual, I will be in attendance. Actually, for several years, I have been attending as part of the media on their Media Preview Days.  This year will be one of those years, so look for my shares on social media! My goal on my blog is to entice you to go to the show; since 1990 I have been eager to go each year. Be forewarned, by no stretch of imagination am I professing to be an auto guru of any kind; however, I admit that I melt each time I see a sexy car.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

The CIAS is a wonderful place for prospective buyers to view innovative manufacturer advancements in the auto sector, and potentially hone in on their vehicle of choice. In my opinion, manufacturers are riddled with challenges to keep up with the ever-changing market, which includes the consumers’ changing needs!
About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca

With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.

This year, more than 30 vehicles will be making a Canadian or North American debut at the AutoShow, including passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, concepts, racecars and electric vehicles. Among the cars being unveiled in Toronto include:

  • The all-electric SUV Audi e-tron
  • The new Audi Q3
  • The Audi R8
  • The all-new new BMW Z4
  • The all-new three-row Cadillac XT6
  • The high-performance Cadillac CT6-V
  • The return of the Chevrolet Blaze
  • The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
  • The top-end model of the Dubai-built Devel Sixteen
  • Ram Heavy Duty Truck (HD) new Heavy Duty debuts with 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque
  • The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500
  • The all-electric, high-performance Genesis Essentia Concept
  • The 2020 GMC Sierra HD
  • The 2020 Hyundai Palisade
  • The Infiniti QX Inspiration
  • The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR
  • The McLaren Senna
  • The EQC SUV ~ the first fully electric Mercedes-Benz
  • The Nissan NISMO Leaf RC (with re-styled body)
  • The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
  • The all-new Volkswagen Jetta GLI
  • The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz all-electric SUV concept

Also expected to make their Canadian debut in Toronto are undisclosed reveals from Toyota, Lexus, and Subaru.

Plan your trip in advance to maximise your show experience.  While you can’t bring food or drinks into the show, there will be food vendors in the North Building and concessions in the South Building.

Will I see you at the show?

The 2019 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca, takes place February 15th to 24th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For tickets and show information, please visit autoshow.ca.

Remember to stay connected with the Canadian International AutoShow on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow, Twitter @autoshowcanada and Facebook /autoshowcanada

Book Review: It’s Okay Not to Be Okay ~ by Sheila Walsh #ad

When Sheila Walsh discovered “I’m not good enough and I’m good with that,” everything started to change.

We’ve all experienced that moment when we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila wants you to face the pain head-on and then start again, from right where you are.

In It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, she helps you overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way you think about God, yourself, and your everyday life. She shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help you move forward one step at a time, knowing God will never let you down.

It’s never too late to start again… and there is healing and freedom in just taking the first step.

Not self-help. God help.

Ever feel like you aren’t enough?  In my opinion many probably do, at some point in their lives.  After reading Walsh’s latest book, ‘ It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time ‘ [Publisher: Baker Books], it’s abundantly clear that no matter how ‘broken’ one has become God is always there to accept you the way you are and will help you build yourself up again.  There is a way to healing and Walsh’s guide offers us encouragement and hope.

Life has its ups and downs and; unfortunately, the bumpy ride will continue to be bumpy throughout our lives.  Some moments can be bumpier than others but the point of Walsh’s book is that with Christ we can move forward.  We are able to start fresh and move forward, even in the dark moments.

Walsh’s encouraging words will certainly help transform your outlook.  She offers strategies that are both wise and practical.  Jesus has your back.  You can count on him and depend on him!  After all, it is not man that moves the mountain; in fact it is God.  All we have to do is have faith … as little as it might be!

*** you can find this book at Amazon.ca***

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”


Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than 5 million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess and In the Middle of the Mess. She is cohost of LIFE Today with James and Betty Robison and her Wednesdays in the Word program, with more than 100 million viewers. Walsh is a popular speaker and Bible teacher around the world. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, their son, Christian, and their three pups, Belle, Tink, and Maggie.