Owner & Chief Cook & Bottle Washer
Wednesday November 26th 2014, 1:48 pm
Filed under: Contributors

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So MapleMouseMama is my own little version of an online journal, a diary of sorts and an open forum where I can write about this and that.  I have always enjoyed writing and even toyed with the idea of writing a book.  I had a title all picked out. It was to be calledOn Sparrow Lake.  It would be about the wonderful summers I spent on Sparrow Lake near the town of Gravenhurst in the Muskoka region, making friends and memories galore, including meeting my future husband there. ♥♥   I have not completely shelved the idea of a book, but the title would need work. ;-)  Writing is a wonderful way to express yourself, even if it is ultimately just for you.  So, even if this little blog only ever sees my eyes, I am going to enjoy it to the fullest. (**Side note; three years later and it is nice to be sharing this with more then just my family :-) )

Wordless Wednesday: November 26th, 2014
Wednesday November 26th 2014, 12:51 am
Filed under: Wordless Wednesday

I am straying from my usual Disney photo this week because of one that I came across recently.  It is probably more suited to be shared in a Throwback Thursday kind of post, but I don’t want to wait. :-)  Just a short description of this is needed.  My daughter Emily was about five when we visited my parents at their new place.  I woke in the early hours and Emily was not in the bed beside me.  Being in a strange home I thought it odd she had left the room so I went looking for her.  Everyone was asleep and it was very quiet. I checked all over and could not find Emily.  I thought I would quickly peek into my parents room thinking she had curled up with them.  Well, as sweet as that would have been what I did find was even better. Take a look..

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Emily decided to check out Nana’s make-up bag. The end result was this sad, little clown. <3

This still makes me laugh.  Such a sad little clown. :-)  Now, just to keep with tradition you can check out some wonderful Disney photos by heading over to Deb’s place at Focused on the Magic!

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#Win a $100 Visa GC With EveryoneCanDrive.ca #Giveaway
Tuesday November 25th 2014, 3:54 pm
Filed under: Giveaways & Reviews


Are you looking to buy a new car in the near future, but not sure you will qualify for a loan?  The answer to your prayers is EveryoneCanDrive.ca.  This is a car lot with the financing company all rolled into one and they are dedicated to making sure everyone in and around Whitby, Ontario and the greater Durham Region can get into a reasonably priced vehicle with no questions asked. (more…)

CampusBookRentals.com Is The Ideal Way To Save
Tuesday November 25th 2014, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Giveaways & Reviews

So your first born has gone off to college or university, staying in a dorm and they are on the dining plan.  The costs are mounting up, but you don’t want to undermine your child’s eduction by skimping on the important things right? Wrong! Okay, well not entirely wrong, just in one or two areas.  I mean, what is wrong with saving a few dollars here and there? Absolutely nothing!  I have come across a few options, but so far the best way I have seen to save money when you have the cost of higher education on your mind is through the books your child needs.  Let’s face it, the average textbook is going to cost you at least one hundred dollars and with several courses per year, times x number of years, well, we are now looking at thousands spent on books that will eventually sit on a shelf and collect dust or be used to prop up your computer monitor.  Am I wrong? I don’t think so. (more…)

Shop Locally At The Christmas Made By Hand Show! #Giveaway
Tuesday November 25th 2014, 12:25 am
Filed under: Giveaways & Reviews

If you listen closely I bet you can hear those jingle bells softly starting to make their merry tune. Yes folks, it is almost Christmas and that means it is time to get shopping!!! Now you can make a mad dash to the mall and hope to find a parking spot, then overheat in the overcrowded stores, all while fighting to get the best price on an item from some sweatshop half away around the world OR you can visit the Christmas Made By Hand Show! Give gifts from the heart this holiday season, get a keepsake photo with Santa, for free and support local Canadian artists at the Christmas Made by Hand Show happening December 6-7, 2014 at the Careport Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. (more…)

Take A Snow Day #Giveaway
Saturday November 22nd 2014, 1:32 am
Filed under: Giveaways & Reviews

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As many of us know the lovely winter weather has already begun and it is not even December yet!  What is up with that?  Well, since you can’t beat the snow you might as well get out of it – at least for an afternoon or two.  That’s where we come in. MapleMouseMama has teamed up with a couple of talented Canadian Mompreneurs to bring you a sweet winter giveaway designed to keep you out of the cold! Come on and take a snow day with us… (more…)

Getting To Know Bailey, Team Allerject Ambassador #BullyingAwarenessWeek
Thursday November 20th 2014, 10:46 am
Filed under: Food Allergies,Getting To Know...,Health Matters

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Earlier this week I wrote about Bullying Awareness Week and some of the great initiatives going on, as well as things we as parents, teachers and friends can do to help spread awareness.  I would like to invite you to read a little bit about Bailey, a high school food allergy sufferer who has joined Team Allerject to spread awareness about food allergies and in particular the bullying that many children with food allergies are subjected to.  (more…)

Amazon & Pocket Sous Chef #Giveaway
Wednesday November 19th 2014, 1:19 am
Filed under: Giveaways & Reviews

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, a time where we can all go shopping without guilt in the name of “holiday spirit.”  The number one thing about the holidays in most people’s mind is their family EVEN those family members that drive you crazy.   :-)  If your anything like me you wait until there are AWESOME coupons, discounts and deals before doing your shopping … so many holiday savings, so little time. We know that there are many last minute shoppers SO hurry over and check out all of the savings AND get all of those gifts for the family that you love! No need to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, just check out the coupons and deals on Your Life After 25’s coupons & discounts page. NOT only are we spreading the word about all of those amazing deals we are also giving you the chance to Win: Your Life After 25 Holiday Savings and Coupon Giveaway! (more…)