Fujifilm X-A2 Review and Giveaway

 

Fujifilm  X-A2 Review and Giveaway

Fujifilm X-A2

When I was a little girl I loved taking pictures. My dad gave me my grandfather’s camera and I would run all over our small town taking pictures of random things. I would run out of film so quickly and have to save up my allowance for more film. Now as an adult, we don’t have to worry about film anymore since everything has gone digital. Now even the most beginner photographer can learn how to take amazing pictures with the Fujifilm X-A2. The design of the camera has almost a retro look to it. It reminds me of my grandfather’s camera that I first started taking pictures on.

I am someone that likes to take pictures more than actually being in the picture. So for me I like a camera that gives me everything I need at my fingertips.  I am an amateur when it comes to taking pictures. I just like pictures to look like I know what I am doing.

Fujifilm X-A2 Review and Giveaway

The Fujifilm X-A2 includes:

  • Digital Camera X-A2
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Interchangeable lens 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II
  • Lens Hood
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM with application software & owner’s manual

What’s not included is the SD card. You can purchase one of those at any place that you purchase your Fujifilm X-A2.  The SD card is very affordable.

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The Key Features of the Fujifilm X-A2:

  • 3.0″175° tilting LCD Monitor
  • 16.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Up to 5.6 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Built-in WiFi Connectivity (Makes uploading pictures to your computer a snap!)
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Q Menu Button and Super i-Flash
  • Eye AF, Auto Macro AF, Multi-Target AF
  • Film Simulation modes and Multiple Exposure

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There are so many features on the Fujifilm X-A2 that I enjoy but my favourites are the Red Eye removal (How many pictures have you wished that they didn’t have red eyes in the past?) , the Self Portraits (which was so easy even my kids could do it.) and the Timer Setting. (Now I can be in pictures with my family instead of always just taking pictures.)

 

Last night we were making Salt Dough Ornaments and then watching Home Alone 2 with some hot chocolate. I figured it would be a great time to capture some of these moments on the Fujifilm X-A2. Since my husband is on the road right now trucking, it helps him to see what we were doing while he was gone and be a part of the memories even though he wasn’t able to be here.

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Here was Spencer painting one of his ornaments.  In our house, our lighting isn’t the best for pictures. But with the Fujifilm X-A2, you don’t even notice that our lighting is dull. The pictures of the kids were great. The close ups of their faces were so crisp and clear. We used the flash with the night setting inside and it worked perfectly.

Spencer doing ornaments

Here is Hayley doing her ornaments.

Hayley making ornaments

Then we had some fun before the movie started. We used the 10 second timer and took a picture of us before the movie. A quick family picture which we don’t do often enough. (our dog Darby had to get in the picture too!)

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Hayley took some selfies with the Fujifilm X-A2. She loved having some fun with it. She’s the Selfie Queen after all.

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Hayley's Selfie with Fujifilm X-A2

Today while the kids went to school I took the Fujifilm X-A2 and went around town taking some pictures of the Christmas decorations with the lens hood on using the daylight settings.

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I also took a picture of our furbabies:

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Darby (outside enjoying the bit of sun we had that day.)

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You can upload your pictures wireless to your smartphone with the Fujifilm camera app. Very simple to do and the app makes it simple. It connected no problem to upload the pictures to my smartphone. This is great if you love to put pictures on your wallpaper on your smartphone.

Fujifilm Photo App

Simply download the App, open it and set the camera to the Playback mode (Where you view the photos you already took.) Then press the fn button on the top and a Wireless Transfer menu will come up on screen. Choose how you want to transfer the images.

Fujifilm Photo App

On your smartphone tap Receive and then Connect. Choose the images you want to transfer, hit OK and it will start to transfer. It’s really is that simple! Then you can add the pictures to your social media accounts or show them to your friends when you are out!

The Fujifilm X-A2 would make a great gift for anyone this Holiday Season. Seeing this digital camera under the tree would make anyone smile!

Be sure to follow Fujifilm on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.  Keep up to date on products and tips.

Interested in purchasing a Fujifilm X-A2Check the list of Authorized Dealers of Fujifilm Here 

Check the Fujifilm Canada website for other products available. 

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Fujifilm Canada wants to offer one (1) Canadian Basics reader a chance win a Fujifilm X-A2.

Open to Canada residents 18+

Ends December 23/15 11:59:59 pm est

I received the product listed above for review but the opinions are my own. 

5 Desert Recipes for the Holiday Season

5 Desert Recipes for the Holiday Season

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Mini Rolo Cookies – These are a favourite in my house. When you bite into the cookie, it has a caramel centre that is great. I like to heat them up for a few seconds in the microwave if they aren’t fresh.

 

Rolo Cookies Recipe #Recipe #family #Christmas

 

 

Caramel Magic Cookie Bars – These look like heaven in a pan. Recipe from Love from the Oven.

 

Caramel Magic Cookie Recipe

Andres Mint Grinch Cookies – These would be perfect to make to have to eat while you are watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas with the kids! Recipe from Six Sister’s Stuff

 

Andes Mint Grinch Cookies

Homemade Popcorn Balls – A simple desert that goes well with hot chocolate. Also make these and put them in a cute dish and give it to a neighbour for gift. Recipe from MyRecipes.com

 

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Peanut Butter Balls – These peanut butter balls are vegan and gluten-free. If you have a special gluten-free diet. This is for you. Recipe from Oh She Glows!

Vegan Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Balls #Recipe #Food #Christmas2015

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5 Random Thoughts for this Week

 

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This week I decided to do 5 random thoughts this week going on with me and what has been happening on Canadian Basics.

This week has been busy for me and the blog. It will get busier next week too!

Here are 5 Random Thoughts for this Week. 

  1. Great giveaways going on this week on the blog and more coming up! Check out our Facebook post with the links to the giveaways HERE  Canadian Basics Giveaways #giveaway #contest #worldwide #canada #US
  2. With the Holiday Season upon us, Random Acts of Kindess is a great way to celebrate the holidays and spread some cheer. Here are 25 Random Acts of Kindness that you can do this season. CLICK HERE  Pay It Forward
  3. Looking for something to do Saturday mornings with your children? Check out the Cineplex Family Favourites for a list of movies for $2.99! CLICK HERE family favourites
  4. Yesterday was a good day for my son, Spencer. He got the cast off his arm. The poor kid has had it on for 5 weeks. Yesterday he was sore and when he went to bed he said to me ” Mommy my brain is confused. I looked at my arm and saw no cast, I thought to myself, did I break it off? Then I remember that I had it taken off today!” Today it is doing well and he still has 2 more weeks of babying it and protecting it and then he should be good. spencer6
  5. Best post of the week was this meme post. It is still funny! 12243594_992803670741095_2288579745063662713_n

 

Check out the bloggers below for their Five on Friday 

If you’re interested in making life simpler, and also honesty from a nerdy mom of three check out Shawna from Simple on Purpose. http://simpleonpurpose.ca/tag/fiveonfriday/

For five funny things that will make you feel better about your own parenting skills, check out Jac and Juli at TwoFunMoms! http://www.twofunmoms.com/

My blog is basically all things interesting to me. Variety keeps it interesting. http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/tag/fiveonfriday/

Local to Edmonton, this mom is blogging about a little bit of everything. Things to do with the family, a simple DIY, or life as a family of 5. http://justanotheredmontonmommy.com/category/five-on-friday

Louise, of Surrey, B.C., shares about the reality of family life with some very energetic kids at Talk Nerdy To Me www.talknerdytomeblog.com

For tips on green living on a sensible budget with a smattering of parenting, ranting and raving, check out Juicy Green Mom! http://juicygreenmom.ca/category/fiveonfriday/

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Cineplex Family Favourites $2.99 Movie Admission

 

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Do you enjoy heading out to the movies with the family? I love spending time with my husband and kids at the movies. We are a big movie loving family.

Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11am for Cineplex Family Favourites. 

Watch a family favourite film for $2.99 with a portion of the proceeds going to Free the Children. 

Click below to go to the printable schedule.

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Halloween Recipes

 

 

 

 Hayley is inviting her friends to sleepover the night before Halloween.

I thought it would be fun to make them some Halloween treats for them to enjoy while watching movies.

I also love trying new recipes so this gives me an excuse to go looking for Halloween recipes.

Here are five of my favourites that I found on the internet.

Boo Bars from Babble ~ A easy recipe that even the adults will enjoy!

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Mummy Dogs from Southern Living

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Homemade Sunbutterfingers (Nut-Free) from Comfortably Domestic

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Candy Corn Fruit Parfait from Suburbia Unwrapped

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Veggie Skeleton from Feeding Frenzy

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The Seventh Dwarf Premieres at Cineplex #Canada

 

 

 

 

Shout! Factory is bringing a highly anticipated animated feature to Cineplex screens near you

The Seventh Dwarf premieres as a special Cineplex Family Favourites Movie Presentation at participating Cineplex theatres on Saturday August 15 (11am) and Wednesday August 19, 2015 (12:30pm) for a special price of $2.99.

 

Join all seven dwarfs for an adventure as big as they are small! It’s the eve of Princess Rose’s 18th birthday. Everyone in the kingdom has come to Fantabularasa Castle to celebrate including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. But just before the stroke of midnight Bobo, the youngest dwarf, accidentally pricks the finger of Princess Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) with a cursed needle and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber! To find Rose’s true love Jack to save her with a kiss, Bobo and the other six dwarfs must go on a treacherous journey, face a fiery dragon and outwit the jealous, scheming and evil witch, Dellamorta!

THE SEVENTH DWARF is rated PG and has a run time of 88 minutes.

For more information on THE SEVENTH DWARF, please visit www.seventhdwarfmovie.com

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THE SEVENTH DWARF arrives on Canadian home entertainment shelves everywhere on August 18, 2015 from Shout! Factory.  Shout! Factory is distributed in Canada by eOne Entertainment.

For information on Shout! Factory: CLICK HERE

Participating Cineplex Theatres:

Alberta

Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing (Calgary, AB)

Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum (Calgary, AB)

Scotiabank Theatre Chinook (Calgary, AB)

Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton (Edmonton, AB)

Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton (Edmonton, AB)

Cineplex Odeon Windermere and VIP Cinemas (Edmonton, AB)

Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge (Lethbridge, AB)

Galaxy Cinemas Medicine Hat (Medicine Hat, AB)

Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer (Red Deer County, AB)

Silver City, Cross Iron Mills (Rocky View, AB)

Galaxy Cinemas Sherwood Park (Sherwood Park, AB)

 

British Columbia

Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford and VIP (Abbotsford, BC)

SilverCity Metropolis (Burnaby, BC)

Galaxy Cinemas Chilliwack (Chilliwack, BC)

SilverCity Coquitlam (Coquitlam, BC)

Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall (Kamloops, BC)

Famous Players Orchard Plaza (Kelowna, BC)

Cineplex Odeon Westshore Cinemas (Langford, BC)

Colossus Langley (Langley, BC)

Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown (Pitt Meadows, BC)

Famous Players 6 Prince George (Prince George, BC)

SilverCity Riverport (Richmond, BC)

Cineplex Odeon Strawberry Hill (Surrey, BC)

The Part Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas (Vancouver, BC)

Galaxy Vernon (Vernon, BC)

 

Manitoba

SilverCity Polo Park (Winnipeg, MB)

SilverCity St. Vital (Winnipeg, MB)

Famous Players Kildonan Place (Winnipeg, MB)

 

New Brunswick

Cineplex Cinemas Dieppe (Dieppe, NB)

Cineplex Cinemas Regent Mall (Fredericton, NB)

Cineplex Cinemas Saint John (Saint John, NB)

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Cineplex Cinemas Avalon Mall (St. John’s , NL)

 

Nova Scotia

Cineplex Cinemas Dartmouth Crossing (Dartmouth, NS)

Cineplex Cinemas Bayers Lake (Halifax, NS)

Cineplex Cinemas Lower Sackville (Lower Sackville, NS)

Cineplex Cinemas Sydney (Sydney, NS)

 

Ontario

Cineplex Odeon Ajax Cinemas (Ajax, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Aurora Cinemas (Aurora, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Barrhaven Cinemas (Barrhaven, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Barrie (Barrie, ON)

Galaxy Belleville (Belleville, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Clarington Place (Bowmanville, ON)

SilverCity Brampton (Brampton, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Brantford (Brantford, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Brockbille (Brockville, ON)

SilverCity Burlington (Burlington, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Cambridge (Cambridge, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Chatham (Chatham, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall (Cornwall, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Queensway (Etobicoke, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Guelph (Guelph, ON)

SilverCity Hamilton (Hamilton, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Gardiner’s Road (Kingston, ON)

SilverCity London (London, ON)

Cineplex Cinemas Markham & VIP (Markham, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Milton (Milton, ON)

Coliseum Mississauga (Mississauga, ON)

SilverCity Newmarket (Newmarket, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square (Niagara Falls, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas North Bay (North Bay, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville (Orangeville, ON)

Galaxy Orilla (Orilla, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Oshawa (Oshawa, ON)

Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas (Ottawa, ON)

SilverCity Gloucester (Ottawa, ON)

Cineplex Cinemas Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)

SilverCity Richmond Hill (Richmond Hill, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Sarnia (Sarnia, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie (Sault. St. Marie, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre (Scarborough, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Morningside (Scarborough, ON)

Coliseum Scarborough (Scarborough, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas (St. Thomas, ON)

SilverCity Sudbury (Sudbury, ON)

SilverCity Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay, ON)

SilverCity Fairview Mall (Toronto, ON)

SilverCity Yorkdale (Toronto, ON)

SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas (Toronto, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo (Waterloo, ON)

Seaway Cinemas (Welland, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall (Windsor, ON)

Colossus Toronto (Woodbridge, ON)

 

Quebec

Cineplex Odeon Brossard (Brossard, QC)

Cinema Cineplex Odeon Delson (Delson, QC)

StgarCite Gatineau (Hull, QC)

Coliseum Kirkland (Kirkland, QC)

Coliseum Laval (Laval, QC)

Cineplex Odeon St. Foy (Ste-Foy, QC)

 

Saskatchewan

Galaxy Cinemas Regina (Regina, SK)

Cineplex Odeon Centre Cinemas (Saskatoon, SK)

Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon (Saskatoon, SK)

 

For more information go to the Cineplex Theatres website: Click Here

Summer Fun Ideas for Kids & Giveaway

 

 

 

 

School’s almost out.

And if your home is anything like mine, after a week or two the kids are crying that they are bored!

Here are some great activities for kids to keep the summertime blues away.

 

Soap Clouds (Our Best Bites)

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Put bars of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds.

 

Rainbow Bubble Snake (Housing a Forest)

 

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Make rainbow bubble snakes easily from material around your home.

 

Recycled Newspaper Beads (A Storybook Life)

 

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Make newspaper beads into a necklace

 

Milk Carton Bird Feeder (Inhabitots)

 

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Make a feeder to give birds a shelter.

 

To celebrate Summer, Canadian Basics and Coupon Nannie want to give a fan a chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of Sterling Silver Rhinestone Pierce Stud Earrings 3mm

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Enter through the Giveaway tool below

Open to Canada residents 18+

Ends July 3/15

10 Easy To Make Summer Recipes

 

 

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The warmer weather is here and so is the need for easy to make meals because no one wants to be slaving over a hot stove during a heat wave.

Here are 10 great summer dishes that are quick and easy and perfect for the whole family.

 

  1. Cajun Shrimp and Rice from The Food Network
  2. Spicy Italian Ham and Cheese Cups from Kevin & Amanda
  3. Asian Brussel Sprout Slaw with Carrots and Almonds (Vegan) from Cookie & Kate
  4. BBQ Turkey Burgers from Six Sisters’ Stuff
  5. Double Decker Tropical Avocado Smoothie from Cooking Classy
  6. Bacon Ranch Chicken Pita Pizza from Yummy Healthy Easy
  7. Strawberry Turkey & Goat Cheese Panini from Eckert’s Family Recipes
  8. Black Bean Enchiladas from Garden Fresh Foodie
  9. Fruit Pizza from Pinch of Yum
  10. Loaded Baked Potato Salad from Closet Cooking

 

 

Slow Cooker Hoisin Honey Pork Ribs

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Slow Cooker Hoisin Honey Pork Ribs is great for a meal with a side dish or for a potluck.

Easy to make recipe that the whole family will enjoy.

Printable recipe below.

 

Slow Cooker Hoisin Honey Pork Ribs
Author: Canadian Basics
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 6
Great for a meal or a potluck
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 lb (1.5kg) pork side ribs trimmed of fat and cut into 3 portions
Instructions
  1. Combine hoisin sauce, liquid honey, soy sauce and garlic in a large bowl.
  2. Set aside ⅓ cup of the mixture.
  3. Add ribs, stir well until coated.
  4. Transfer to 3.5 to 4L slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook for 8 to 9 hours over low heat or 4 to 4 ½ hours over high heat.
  6. Prepare the ribs to a serving plate.
  7. Brush with reserved mixture.
  8. Serve immediately with mashed potatoes, salad or your favourite side dish