THE Annual Bittersweet Sign That the End of Summer is Near. #LetsGoToTheEX #CNE #EX #ad

It’s THE annual bittersweet sign that the end of summer is near.  It’s a Toronto tradition that we always look forward to.  No need to ask me twice; I’m ready!  I’ve been going to the EX since I was little … we’re talking 5 decades !!

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

With so much to see and do at the EX, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single favourite activity.  You can pick from:

  • rides
  • games
  • shows
  • shopping
  • food
  • and so much more!

I always find the time to see the animals.  Who doesn’t enjoy watching the alpacas, llamas, piglets, chicks, calves, goat, and even turkeys?  I’ve learned to have patience while parents with their small children have rushed to get the best spot to look at the animals and potentially touch them.  I think (almost can guarantee) that I am more of a child than most children when it comes to animals.  I LOVE animals!  I could watch them all day long, and I always wish I could touch them.

Shopping at the EX is always fun.   When I take a little time to shop, I always try to do a walk-through the Shoppers’ Market, the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion, the Marketplace, and the Warehouse Outlets [this is where I can do some serious damage to my wallet!].  There are many deals to be had … and many new products to discover too.

This year’s ‘Food to Try’ List is long and adventurous.  I’ll admit I’m not too adventurous when it comes to my food.  So while I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them pass in front of my eyes, I didn’t actually try any.  I’m not brave enough and I’m not embarrassed to say it.  I look forward to hearing my daughter’s opinion of them!  She definitely doesn’t have a problem trying new food; I can envision her trying a good chunk of this list.

2019 CNE New Foods:

Frozen Cookie Dough Spaghetti, Wasabi Spice Cream, Pickle Pizza, Pickle Lemonade, Tokyo Street Dog, Spicy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bacon Burger, Pho Fries, Unicorn Funnel Cake, Maple Bacon Churropop, Cheesecake Curds, Peeping Pierogi burger, BBQ Chicken Hearts, Mushroom Coffee, Japanese Soufflé Pancakes, Japanese Soufflé Pancakes, Funnel Cake Chicken Sandwich, Smouldering Fire & Ice Bowl, Gluten-Free Viet Burrito, Deep Fried Avocados Tacos, Dragon Fruit Lemonade üsensation, and Haggis Macaroni & Smoked Cheese

What’s special to note, this year, is that you can look forward to the 70th annual Canadian International Air Show!  It’s FREE with admission. You can read all about the CIAS one the CNE‘s website; however, the essential point, as CNE explains: “It’s now the largest and longest running Air Show in Canada with more a million people throughout the Greater Toronto Area watching the spectacular aerial display each year.”   In my opinion, it’s the Grand Finale to the Finale of the CNE and of summer.

There are only a few days left to visit the CNE so stop reading this post and GO !!!
Get all the details you need by visiting  https://theex.com

Once again, Thank You CNE for sending me!

Canada’s Wonderland Means Endless Fun #ad

Being a parent of an older child has its challenges but it has its definite victories.  Independence is one of those ‘victories’!  Being able to say “Off you go and meet me here in an hour.”; for example, is liberating.

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

Why mention this, you ask?  Summer isn’t over yet and that means there is still time for you to enjoy time at Canada’s Wonderland.  It’s a theme park that offers fun, fun, fun!  If you’ve never been, I suggest you plan a trip and, get ready for thrilling rides, fun games, live shows/acts, yummy food, and even a place for water lovers (splash station, Lazy River, water slides, wave pool)!  Did I mention ENDLESS FUN?

I was fortunate to have been invited back to Canada’s Wonderland (once again) to participate in their blogger program.  Are you kidding?  I wasn’t about to pass on the opportunity to be called ‘the best mom ever‘!  I was offered family passes, parking and even food vouchers to experience the park ~ I’ll admit that this was a treat for me as well.

As we arrived at the park, I was able to say “off you go and meet me back here in two hours” but don’t forget I had to wait 20 years to be able to say those words!!!

NOTE:   I would never say those words to a young child; of course, but as I mentioned above, it’s very liberating to be able to do it now.  I’ve put in the time, as a parent, to have earned the ability to do so now.  I do miss the younger years and the different stages that children go through; however, being a parent of an adult child has its own bonuses.  Enjoying outings ‘as friends’; instead of as ‘mommy and child’, is satisfying in its own right.

The first two hours at the park was spent separately; I had a chance to explore on my own and, my daughter had a chance to explore on her own.  My daughter hopped on and off a plethora of  rides.  I’m not a ride-person so I spent my time walking around and watching the various shows like the Victoria Falls High Divers, and the Flying Frontenacs Stunt Divers.  Once we met back at our meeting spot, we set out for some lunch.  Canada’s Wonderland offers a variety of options that are sure to tickle even the finickiest of taste buds!  Shhhh, don’t tell, I even enjoyed a cold one!  The rest of the day we spent time together as a family.

Rain or shine, there’s so much to do:

  • over 200 attractions (this year’s additions: LumberJack, Flying Canoes and Splash Island Expansion ‘Lakeside Lagoon’)
  • 77 exciting rides (16 roller coasters)
  • 20-acre water park
  • many live shows
  • with 10,300 parking spots … you’re sure to find a parking spot so you can get inside the 3 million square foot park and ENJOY!

Unfortunately, there’s far too much to experience all in one day.  We will have to return before the summer is through.  We’re eager to enjoy more rides, events, and I think I’d like to spend more time on the Lazy River.

Have you visited Canada’s Wonderland?

The #CIAS2018 is Coming to Toronto #ad

In just a few days Toronto will be hosting the 2018 Canadian International Auto Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Come February 16-25, 2018 the show floors will come alive!  This is a yearly show that I try to attend … always.

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Every year the show is packed with exciting must-see events and/or features!  Most years I get invited to attend Media Day; however, this year I am unable to attend that day so I’ll be among the general attendees trying to get a prime spot.  No matter, it will be exciting nonetheless.

Who doesn’t feel the thrill when viewing the amazing selection of cars in the AutoExotica – Power & Passion?  The list of exotic cars is extensive and gorgeous; for example, Lamborghini, McLaren, Bugatti, and Pagani to name a few.  Breathtaking examples of fine automobiles that can get your heart pumping, without a doubt.

This year CIAS is celebrating 70 years of Porsche!  Pop in to see classic and historically significant Porsche models.  The “70 Years of Porsche” will be on display on Level 100 of the North Building, just to the west of Auto Exotica in a space that was occupied last year by “50 Years of Formula One in Canada.” The company history, a focus on key individuals in its evolution and nine of its most famous cars over the decades will make up the exhibit.

50 Years of Hot Wheels: Castrol Alley will feature a celebration of the worlds’ largest car manufacturer – Hot Wheels – and their 50th anniversary special presentation. An extensive kids build zone, merchandise sales area and giant cityscape Hot Wheels track along with some of the iconic full size Hot Wheels cars will engage and delight both young and young at heart on the 700 level in the South Building.

Stroll through the automotive history gallery and view several iconic brands.  They’re sheer decadence and elegance of yesteryear.  There will be 17 classic cars that will leave you breathless. One fine example is a 1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.  This gallery is one of my favourite places to be!

Did you know that you could win $10,000 for racing eSports cars?! There will be daily competitions on the premiere racing game, Forza Motorsport 7.  The eSports Arena is located in Castrol Alley.  Don’t forget to click VIEW CHANNEL for daily live streaming of the competition! Competitions are open to gamers of all ages.  Good Luck to all!

About the Canadian International Auto Show

With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International Auto Show 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 boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles.

Come on Toronto, and visitors, plan your visit!  Tickets are currently available online at a 10% saving.   http://www.autoshow.ca