Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree Review & Giveaway


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My Little Pony Equestria Girls™: Legend of Everfree || Shout! Kids||      74 minutes

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Sing-alongs 
  • An authentic patch for Camp Everfree. 


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When the students from Canterlot High School go on a field trip to Camp Everfree, they’re surprised to find a magical force is causing strange things to happen. Twilight Sparkle, with the help of the Mane 6 and especially Sunset Shimmer, must confront the dark “Midnight Sparkle” within herself and embrace her newfound magical abilities to save the beloved camp from closing down for good! 

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Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Deal




Save $10 off the regular price with Canadian Basics

Looking to have some fun with the kids this summer?

The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is a great place for you to enjoy some fun and make some memories.

I love taking my children to The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark to hit the slides with them. Then when you are done The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, head over to view the Horseshoe Falls.

Regular admission to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is $53.79 plus tax but Canadian Basics is able to offer you $10 off the regular admission.  Making your ticket only $41.82 plus taxes.

What a great deal!


SwapTales: Leon! App Review

*This is a sponsored post but all my opinions are my own. * 

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I love encouraging my children to read because I am someone who loves to read book and enjoys losing myself in one.

When you go through the thoughts and emotions of a character, it allows you to go on an adventure that you probably wouldn’t normally go on.

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Now with technology, children can have just as much fun reading with SwapTales: Leon! app for the iPad or iPhone.  This is a child-friendly app that is an interactive storybook. I wish there was something around like this when I was a kid. It reminds me of the choose your own adventure book for kids when I was a kid.

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Free Printable Halloween Colouring Pages


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Halloween is one of my favourite times of year. I love celebrating and decorating up the house.

I also love printing off colouring pages for the kids to enjoy. Sometimes we use printable colouring to decorate our fridge for Halloween.

Here is a list of free printable Halloween colouring pages for your children to enjoy.

MES English Printable Halloween Colouring Pages

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A List of Halloween Movies For Kids

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Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. (tied with Christmas.) And I enjoy sitting down with a big bowl of popcorn with the kids to watch some fun Halloween movies.

You don’t have to watch scary movies to get into the Halloween spirit.

I have picked out a list of movies that my kids have enjoyed over the years.


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Blinky Bill The Movie {Review}

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Binky Bill: The Movie || Run Time 93 mins. || Rated PG || Screen Australia and Shout! Factory Kids 

Staring Voices: Toni Collette, Rufus Sewell, David Wenham, Ryan Kwanten, Robin McLeavy , Richard Roxburgh , Barry Humphries, Deborah Mailman, Barry Otto.  


Blinky Bill is a little koala with a big imagination. An adventurer at heart, he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his explorer father’s footsteps. His father, Mr. Bill, went missing in the Outback sometime ago and Blinky is the only one who believes his dad is still alive.

When Blinky discovers a mysterious clue that hints at his dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback!

He makes a lot of friends along the way who work together to try to find Blinky’s father.

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This movie is full of laughs and adventure. I sat down with both kids for a family night and we watched this movie together. This movie comes as a Blu-Ray/ DVD and allows you to do a digital download so you can watch it anywhere. Great if you going on a road trip. I love using movies like this for a night out at a hotel. Allows the kids to wind down after a day of adventure. This movie has quite a few colourful characters. I really love how it is set in the Outback.

Spencer gives it two thumbs up! 



  • Blinky Bill The Movie!
  • The Plot
  • The Characters
  • The Evolution
  • The Voice Actors
  • What’s Your Favorite Aussie Animal?
  • What’s Your Favorite Aussie Food?

PLUS a music video!

Order this and other movies online HERE

You can also check for Blinky Bill: The Movie at your nearest department store.

Check out the trailer below to find out more about this great family movie.




I received the above movie to review but I only post reviews that I think my readers will enjoy and the opinions expressed are my own.

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – Now Accepting Submissions

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The Holiday season is coming up in the next few months.

And I have decided to put out a post to let everyone know that Basically Speaking is accepting submissions for the 2016 gift guide. The gift guide will help our readers to find information about products while they are deciding what to purchase for their loved ones this holiday season. (This mom also loves learning about new products for gift giving. And for products that I want to own in my home. )

Your Reviewers: 

I review the products along with my husband and two children.  My daughter is 15 years old and my son is 11 years old. I also have younger relatives who can contribute to reviews items.  We also have a Schnoodle dog and a Siamese cat who also review products for those with fur babies.

When does the Gift Guide Start:

From November 1st until December 21st, I will be featuring gift ideas on Basically Speaking. This will be a great way to let the readers learn more about your products while they are making a decision on what to buy for their loved ones. (I know Gift Guides help this mom out when deciding what to buy for her family. )

Are you looking to get your Brand noticed?

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5 Inspiring Parenting Quotes


Parenting isn’t an easy task. Sometimes it is good to hear words of wisdom to know we are all dealing with the same questions or concerns.

I love to print off quotes to put up near my desk to remind me that everything isn’t easy and that many have the same struggles. It gives me that added push through my day.

Here are 5 inspiring parenting quotes that you could use in your daily life.


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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: http://beadonor.ca


Read the beginning of my journey HERE

Read my full transplant story HERE


Journey To Space Review & Giveaway



When I was a child, I was always interested in space. I remember doing a few projects on our solar system and learning about each planet.  My children also love learning about the solar system.  We are close to the hometown of one astronaut named Chris Hatfield. Chris Hatfield has come to my children’s school to talk about being up in space in the space station. So watching Journey to Space made it feel more real about what he talked about in an assembly.


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Journey to Space || Narrated By Sir Patrick Stewart || 45 minutes approx. || Shout! Factory in conjunction with Big Picture Digital Productions.

Available to purchase on ShoutFactory.com and Amazon.ca


Discover how NASA’s shuttle program has led to its exciting new era of space exploration. Learn about the important role of the International Space Station. Uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart.

This movie is perfect for children to learn about the space station and what kind of work they are doing up there. Also to help teachers teach outside regular textbook material. To bring to life what is happening up in space with the space program.

This is a wonderful movie that even had me learning stuff that I didn’t know that was happening with the space program.

Shout! Factory would like one Basically Speaking reader the chance to win their own copy of Journey to Space.

Open to Canadian Residents.

Ends 08/22/16

Good luck!


Journey To Space Giveaway


*I received the product above to review but the opinion expressed in this blog is my own. *