Summer Hasn’t Ended Yet! #CanadasWonder #YukonStriker #ad

It’s crazy how we’re half way through summer; however, that doesn’t mean that summer has ended!  We still have plenty of time to cross a few things off of our “To Do” lists so let’s get focused.

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

Canada’s Wonderland, just outside of Toronto, each summer has been a must for my daughter (now 21 years old).  The park is situated on 300 acres, with more than 200 attractions including 16 roller coasters, two children’s areas and a 20-acre water park Splash Works.

Before proceeding, let’ s get one something clear:

  • I am afraid of heights.
  • I don’t like rides.
  • I am afraid of high speed.
  • I don’t like soaring through the air.
  • I don’t like to be flipped and tossed around.

So why would I enjoy Canada’s Wonderland?  Simply put, it’s for everyone!  While I don’t enjoy rides, it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t visit at all.  There’s so much to do, see, experience, and enjoy at Canada’s Wonderland … it really provides great family fun!

The 2019 Season welcomed Yukon Striker ~ the world’s longest, fastest, and tallest dive roller coaster, and Canada’s first dive coaster.

As per Canada’s Wonderland:

“Yukon Striker promises an exhilarating journey along its 3,625 feet of mountainous track where guests will be treated to a spectacular view stretching to the Toronto skyline. The coaster features a ‘hold and dive’ element where riders will literally be hanging on the edge of their seats, on one of three wide, floorless trains, breathlessly awaiting the 90-degree, 245-foot drop. Once released, the coaster dives from zero to 130 kilometres per hour straight down into an underwater tunnel before soaring up over steel track, propelling riders through four dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Yukon Striker will claim several world records:

  • The fastest dive coaster at 130 km/h (80 mph);
  • The longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet (1,105 m);
  • The tallest dive coaster at 245 feet (75 m) – includes underground.”

Ride Stats:

Height of drop: 245 feet (75 metres) *includes underground tunnel
Top Speed: 130 km/h (80 mph)
Inversions: 4
Length: 3,625 feet (1,105 metres)
Duration: 3 minutes, 25 seconds
Trains: 3
Riders per Train: 24

Whew!  I’m just happy that I didn’t have to ride this crazy dive coaster!  While my daughter and her boyfriend had a blast on the Yukon Striker and many of the other thrilling rides, my partner and I either walked around, cooled off in the water park, or enjoyed a hot dog (ok, ok … or two).  After a few hours, we met up with the “kids” and explored more of the park together.

As a family that includes an adult child, it’s often difficult to find fun things to do together.  Adult children have minds of their own, which means they have their own views on everything, they have jobs and therefore their own schedules, and they frequently have a girlfriend or boyfriend.  We embrace our daughter’s boyfriend as a member of the family, and often refer to him as “son” and even “son-in-law”.

[It’s probably because our family is small to begin with.]

I know we enjoyed our day at Canada’s Wonderland and are looking forward to our next time.  These are just a few pictures so you can have an idea about our day:

So now what I’d like to know is have you had a chance to enjoy your summer?  Have you gone to Canada’s Wonderland this summer?

For more park information including events, tickets and hours of operation, visit http://www.canadaswonderland.com/

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and #Giveaway #LoveHallmarkCA #myhallmark #ad

Spring has definitely arrived! The birds are chirping, the snow has melted, and Easter has just passed us by.  Now, Mother’s Day will soon be here so I’d like to offer you some wonderful gift idea selections from Hallmark Canada, aside from their beautiful Hallmark cards!

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

There are so many ways to honour your mother and anyone that is a mother-figure in your life.  Mother’s Day is actually celebrated, around the world, on different dates and for different reasons.  North America celebrates it on the second Sunday in May.

Spring 2019 Greeting Cards

On a personal note my Mother has already passed on; however, I will honour her in a different way and on my own time.  I miss her terribly and I wish she were still here. For those of you who no longer have a Mother (for a variety of reasons) may choose to honour a Mother figure, friends’ that are Mothers, or to skip the whole celebration altogether. That’s totally acceptable!

Spring 2019

For those of you that choose to celebrate the day, here is just a small selection of:

  • gifts for mom including a beautiful frame, mug, and candle
  • the NEW Snug-a-Loves Plush that is great for little ones at Easter or even to tuck into mom’s gift!
  • NEW gift bags and coordinating tissue
  • an assortment of Mother’s Day cards including Hallmark Signature, Paper Wonder, vacuum-sealed ittybittys, and NEW kids’ interactive cards including stickers & paints!

NOTE:  all Easter themed greeting cards were already shared on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels and will not be included in this post.

P.S. I have a GIVEAWAY up on my Instagram page!  Winner will be selected and contacted via my Instagram page.

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

Ok, ok, I’ll be nice and just give you the link right here.

~Lots of love, Jeannine!~

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!