Win $1000 Gift Card from Book Outlet


Book Outlet Giveaway Aug 26 CAN US


Win a $1,000 Book Outlet gift card!

Do you love to read? Buying a book shouldn’t break the bank. And it doesn’t at the Book Outlet.

The Book Outlet is offering you a chance to win $1000 gift card.

Open to Canada and US residents.

Ends August 26, 2016 at 10 (est).


Don’t miss out on the end of summer Bear Bonanza that runs until August 26th at 10am (est). Book Outlet is offering $5 off $35 + Free Bear with coupon code winbear250. 

Your bear could be special! Each day of the sale, one bear will be placed in the order that will help their new owner to win $250 Book Outlet gift card!

A great reason to grab some great book and enter to win all at once!

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The Big List of 40 Ground Beef Recipes


I hate making the same meals all the time. I love trying new recipes to make for meals. I have found many new recipes online before that became instant favourites for my family.

This is the list 40 hamburger recipes from various bloggers for you to enjoy.

Be sure to bookmark this page so you have it for future reference.

What is your favourite ground beef recipes?


Low Carb Beef & Zucchini Lasagna || The Fit Blog

Beef and Zucchini Lasagna Recipe #Recipe

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet || My Joy Filled Life

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe || Tales of the Ranting Ginger

Italian Stuffed Peppers recipe

Homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Noodle || Cincy Shopper

Homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Noodle\

Easy Three Cheese Tortellini Bake || New South Charm

Three Cheese Tortellini Recipe

White Queso Burger || Kicking It with Kelly

White Queso Burger Recipe

Easy One Pot Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese || Pressure Cook Recipes


Hashbrown Hamburger Casserole || Thrifty Jinxy

Hashbrown Hamburger Casserole Recipe

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup || Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup #Recipe

Lasagna Buns || Basically Speaking

 lasagna buns Recipe

Sloppy Joe Twice Baked Potato Recipe || Parenting Chaos 

Sloppy Joe Twice Baked Potato REcipe

Hamburger Soup || Aileen Cooks


Hearty Italian Baked Ziti Recipe || Ann’s Entitled Life

Hearty Italian Baked Ziti Recipe

Easy Taco Bake Casserole || Six Dollar Family 

Taco Casserole Recipe

Italian Bolognese Sauce || The Baking Fairy

Italian Bolognese Recipe

One Pot American Goulash || Cincy Shopper

goulash recipe

Pasta Casserole || Penny Pinching Peach


Freezer Friendly Beef and Cheese Burritos || Aileen Cooks


Spaghetti Bake Recipe || Basically Speaking

spaghetti bake

Taco Casserole || New South Charm

Taco Casserole Recipe #food #recipe #taco

Spicy Cheeseburger Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe || Thrifty Jinxy

Spicy Cheeseburger Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe #food #recipe

No Mess Sloppy Joe Pockets Recipe || Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Sloppy Joe Pockets #Recipe #Food #Kidfriendly

Enchilada Chili Soup || Parenting Chaos

Enchilada Chili Soup Recipe #food #Recipe #Enchilada

Lazy Beef Noodles || The Frugal Navy Wife

Lazy Beef & Noodle Recipe #food #simple #frugal

Pressure Cooker Meatloaf || Pressure Cook Recipes

Juicy Pressure Cooked Meatloaf Recipe

Cheesy Meatloaf Subs || The Baking Fairy

Cheesy Meatball Subs Recipe #simple #recipe #food

The Man Meal (Meat & Potato Casserole) || Aileen Cooks

Man Meal Recipe

Sugo Alle Polpette {Pasta & Meatballs} || The Baking Fairy

Meatball & Pasta Recipe #food #recipe

One Pot Pepperoni Pizza Pasta || Cincy Shopper

One Pot Pepperoni Pizza Pasta #Recipe #Food #OnePot

One Pot American Goulash || Cincy Shopper

American Goulash Recipe #Food #Simple #Kidfriendly

Mexican Beef and Cheese Dip || Kicking it with Kelly 

Cornbread Taco Casserole || Parenting Chaos

Cornbread Taco Casserole #Recipe #Taco #Food

Not Your Momma’s Meatloaf Sliders with Portobello Mayo || Six Dollar Family

Not Your Momma's Meatloaf Sliders #meatloaf #recipe #food

Rotini Beef Skillet || Thrifty Jinxy

Rotini Beef Skillet #recipe #OnePot #Food #Pasta #Groundbeef

Southwest Beef Chili Recipe || Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Southwest Beef Chili Recipe #Food #Recipe #Chili

Cuban Empanadas || My Joy Filled Life

Cuban Empanadas Recipe #CubanFood #Recipe #Empanadas

Slow Cooker Southwestern Beef Soup || The Frugal Navy Wife

Southwestern Beef Soup Recipe #Food #Southwestern #Recipe

Cheesy Burrito Casserole || Ann’s Entitled Life

Cheesy Burrito Casserole Recipe #Food #Burrito #Recipe

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Brown Gravy || New South Charm

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Brown Gravy

Current Giveaways #Giveaway #Sweeps #Contest


Basically Speaking Giveaways #US #Canada #Worldwide #Giveaways

Here is a list of my current giveaways.  Giveaways state the location they are open for. There is no limit on how often you win so bookmark this page to keep coming back to check my giveaway list.

Good Luck!

  1. Win a Dino Dan + Mack & Moxy DVDs CAN/US 08/17/16
  2. win $50 Bumbini credit CAN/US  08/20
  3. Win Journey To Space Blu-Ray CAN 08/22
  4. Win a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 Paypal Cash WW 08/29/16
  5. Win a Chocolate Gift Basket or Chalk Markers US 08/29/16

Canadian Twitter Parties


Weekly Twitter Party List for Canadians #TwitterParty #Contest #giveaway


Canadian Twitter parties are a fun way to learn about new products and give you the chance to win some great prizes.

Twitter parties are pretty simple.

First, you need a twitter name. Sign up here if you don’t have a twitter account.

Then, you need to find a twitter party. (That’s where this page comes in, list is below this posting)

The party may ask you to RSVP. And if that is the case you need your twitter name. (mine is @BasicallySpeakn)

Then view the host at the schedule time on twitter and respond to the questions that are asked by using A and the question # to let the host know what you are responding to. (As you get use to the party you will be able to respond to fellow tweeters at the same time and it makes the party a lot of fun! )

Also be sure to use the #hashtag that the party requires during the party. The host will let you know what hashtag to use. (ie #BBQTime #ChristmasGifts)

When a winner is announced they will use your @twittername and you will see a notification pop up for that. You may have to fill out a form to receive your prize but the host will notify you of what you have to do to claim the prize.

And that’s it.


Be sure to say hi to me on Twitter (@BasicallySpeakn)

If you have a twitter party that you would like submitted to the list, please use the contact form below.

You can also contact me by the contact form if you would like me to host or moderate a twitter party.



Join the #BTSVision Eye Opener Twitter Party on August 23 @ 11am (est).

Hosted by: @SavvyMomdotCA @RealCdnSS


  • 3 prizes throughout the party consisting of a $50 PC® Gift Card
  • 1 grand prize at the end of the party consisting of a pair of sunglasses valued at up to $279



Join the #BoironFamily Twitter Party on August 23 @ 8pm (est).

Hosted by: @BoironCanada @theinspiredhome

Moderators: @thebigtodolist @atchaos


  • Great Boiron Prizes.



Join the #BTSwDreamWater Twitter Party on August 23 at 9pm est.

Hosted by: @DreamWaterCAN @UrbanMommies @JulieNowell


  • Dream Water products
  • sleep kits and more.


Join the #CDNFoodies Twitter party on August 24 @8pm est.

Hosted by: @FoodiePages

Moderated by: @PrsrvtnSociety


  • You will have a chance to win the August CHEF’s BOX just for participating during the party.


Join the #StepUpStandTall Twitter Party on August 26th at 8pm est.

Hosted by @CanadianTire


  • Canadian Tire gift cards
  • Canadian Olympic Team items.


*Note: You can also win prizes throughout the week using the same hashtag*




Children of Icarus Blog Tour & Giveaway

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the young adult fantasy Children of Icarus written by Caighlan Smith. The tour will run from August 10 – August 24, 2016


About the Book


Title: Children of Icarus | Author: Caighlan Smith | Publisher: Switch Press | Publication Date: August 1, 2016 | Genre: Young Adult Fantasy | Number of Pages: 312


Book Description:

It’s Clara who’s desperate to enter the labyrinth and its Clara who’s bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It’s no surprise when she’s chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.

History and Inspiration Behind the Book

Since I was a wee kidlit, I’ve loved Greek Mythology. That love has only grown and nowadays heavily influences my writing, some more than others. Children of Icarus, my new novel, is counted among the “some”. The inspiration for this book was, of course, drawn from the myth of Icarus—the boy who flew into the sun. But a lot of the setting of the book comes from the myths about Icarus’ father, Daedalus, who built the labyrinth. Children of Icarus takes place within a labyrinth, which the main character has been chosen to enter. She was promised paradise should she find her way out of the labyrinth, but paradise seems more unlikely than ever as she’s forced to confront one horror after another. Many of said horrors have been inspired by Greek mythology, mainly the adorable monsters that populate every great hero’s tale.

The thing is, I had the idea for Children of Icarus back in junior high. The plot was different in every way back then, aside from the setting of the labyrinth. Even the protagonist was an older, altered version of the way she is now. I actually started writing the story back then, but barely got a page in before giving up and moving on to something else. Fast-forward many a year, and I’m studying Greek mythology for my Classics minor at university. It reminds me of that old idea I had, so I revisit it and decide to tell the story of how my protagonist ended up in the labyrinth. I started writing from there, and everything about the story changed. For the better. And now we have a book. Ta-da!

About the Author


Caighlan Smith was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador on June 1st, 1994. She grew up in the scenic coastal community of St. Philip’s, overlooking the dramatic north-west Atlantic. As a kid, she loved to play in the woods around her house, loved to tell stories and believed in magic.

Caighlan, who is studying English, Classics and Creative Writing at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, is a supporter of universal girl-child education and has been involved with the Teachers Action for Girls campaign in Uganda.

Her great loves are reading, gaming and, of course, writing. The “C” in her name is hard, the “gh” is silent.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice
Giveaway ends: August 24, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Caighlan Smith and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to

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Keeping Cool With Groupon #Ad #Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.


This summer has been HOT!

Groupon #ad #spon


We have been trying to find ways to keep cool. I am thankful to have central air in my home to keep us cool when we don’t have to venture out into the heat.

Keeping my central air running is important right now. I haven’t had my central air tuned up in about 3 years. I checked over on Groupon and saw that there was a great deal for an air condition tune-up and furnace tune-up.

Groupon Goods #ad #spon


Saving money is important for me as a house owner but I also want to keep my central air maintained so it runs efficiently, keep us cool and not over run to the point it is running up my bills.

The great part is for an extra $31, I can get a furnace tune-up and be ready for the winter. With my husband on the road working, I like to make keep the house maintained so he doesn’t have to worry about it.

Groupon helps me with doing just that and saving money in the process.

Who doesn’t like saving money?

Also gives me a great excuse to spend the money I saved on decorating the house with items from Groupon.

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for home improvement help, toys for the kids, or whatever your heart desires, check out Groupon Goods to find the best deals.

Visit Groupon on Facebook and Twitter to also keep up to date with some great Groupon Good deals.

What is have you purchased from Groupon lately?


My 1st Kidney-versary



Today I celebrate my 1st Kidney-versary!

A year ago today at 5am, I woke up in recovery and was told by the nurse that surgery went well.

It felt like 15 minutes passed during the surgery, not 5 hours. I was extremely happy that it went well and it was done. I can’t explain the feeling that came over me even though I wasn’t quite with it due to the anesthesia. I was just feeling complete happiness. I can only compare it to the day I gave birth to my children and my wedding day. I was in extreme bliss and I swear that I didn’t stop smiling until I ended back in my room.

My kidney transplant story

I wish my first day was easier but I really didn’t enjoy the effects of anesthesia had on me since this was my first major surgery.

A few days later though when I was able to eat food, was amazing. (I am sure I will use the word amazing a lot in this post but really nothing can fully describe everything that I was feeling this past year.) I had never been one to love chocolate. (I know! Who doesn’t like chocolate!) And the first real non-liquid meal I had, I had a chocolate pudding for a snack. I actually tasted the chocolate and really tasted it for the first time. All my food at that point tasted so much better.

me walking

I slept sitting up probably for the first few weeks. Laying down hurt too much and I also took awhile to sit up. So I found that sleeping in a chair with my feet up worked best.

I got use to the effects of the medication the first few months. One time I was crying for no reason playing Canasta online. I was told later by a nurse that it was because of my medicines and because I had been through such a huge traumatic life change.  It was all catching up with me. It confused me because I was happy.

This past year I have been able to travel without a machine. Even going away overnight isn’t a chore anymore. We went on a week camping trip out east in July with the kids. It was so nice not to have to worry about bringing a machine and a lot of supplies. If I had done that on dialysis. I would have had to packed 11 boxes of solution plus supplies plus my machine. We wouldn’t have went.

My husband and kids have me back fully now.  I find my son is completely different in that he doesn’t have anxiety like he once did. He is now able to sleep in his own room and plays upstairs alone. All these things were something that he wouldn’t do before. He was always afraid something would happen.

pd machine

Seeing my dialysis machine leave my house was a big bonus! But sometimes I feel like the hospital will be calling me and saying that I have to hook up. It is like you worry that you aren’t suppose to give it back and should still be on it. I think it is reasonable to feel this way since I was on the machine every night for 4 years. I also feel guilty eating salty foods. I try to balance my diet so I am still eating good for my health  but allowing myself treats that I never could have on dialysis.

I had a pretty good year in that my kidney is acting like a kidney that has never been transplanted. My creatinine ranges from 52-76 (Canadian creatinine numbers). My creatinine before surgery was 1600, so that gives you an idea on how great it is working!

Only things I have to do while having a kidney transplant is to:

  • Not eat grapefruit. (Affects my meds.)
  • No herbal medicines.
  • Wear SPF 50 or above sunscreen every time I go out (even in the car).
  • Wear a hat.
  • Stay away from sick people. (very hard sometimes since people when they are sick still go to functions. )

The sunscreen and hat is because I am more able to get skin cancer on my prescriptions so to prevent it, I need to remain covered.

I was lucky to get a kidney so quickly. Many wait years and years.

With every thing that I do, I think of my donor. His gift is why I am here where I am today. While a transplant is not a cure, and rejection can come at any time. I plan to do everything that I can before that moment comes. (Hoping it never comes). I understand not everyone will want to donate their organs when they pass but I hope that everyone on my Facebook page will consider it. My donor gave me a life that I never knew existed. I have never felt this was in my whole life. He also gave me a chance at life.

be a donor #BeADonor

Sign up to be a donor here:


Read the beginning of my journey HERE

Read my full transplant story HERE