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Hi! Come on in. Pleased to “meet” you! Grab some coffee. I am so excited that The Great Canadian Blog Bash is finally here!
If you don’t already know — The Great Canadian Blog Bash is a giant all Canadian blog hop where Canadian Bloggers and Canadian companies come together to help celebrate Canada Day! To me, this Blog Bash is all about celebrating some great Canadian businesses, meeting new Canadian followers and finding fantastic Canadian blogs to read. (If you’re not already taking part and you’re thinking this blog bash thing sounds pretty cool you should head over to TGCBB.ca, read all the details and LINK UP!)
Something for you….
Take a seat. The popcorn should be ready any minute now. I’ve got a great little flick to share with you to celebrate The Great Canadian Blog Bash 2013. It’s called Helicopter Canada. This 50 minute documentary was shot in 1966 to celebrate the Centennial birthday of Canada. It was meant for an international audience (i.e. to lure tourists to Canada). It’s worth a watch for the beautiful helicopter footage of our home and native land, made even more interesting by the fact that it is now forty years dated. The narrative has a wonderful tongue in cheek humour to it, as you can see from some of these quotes:
“Canada was once knee deep in ice. It began to warm up about 20,000 years ago. That process is almost complete. It is now warm enough to swim in most of Canada at least part of the time.”
“Canadians live right next door to Americans and have to protect themselves. This fort was built for just such a purpose. (Showing footage of period reenactors with cannons.) They practiced very hard but the Americans never came. (Showing tourists watching reenactors fire cannons in a preserved fort.) So now they pretend to practice and the Americans pay money to watch.”
My sister found this gem on Netflix and had to share it with me. I poked around online for a bit and discovered the National Film Board of Canada has the movie available for streaming online, so you can watch the entire flick for free. Enjoy!
A bit about my blog…
While you’re here, I’d love to tell you a bit about my blog. I’ve always seen my blog as sort of like a coffee conversation I would have while sitting with a good friend. I chat about products I enjoy and amusing things my kids have done lately, as well as rant about the things that are driving me crazy, and share the occasional recipe or two. Along with product reviews and giveaways, I write about my personal experiences as a mother and the general chaos that is my life. I also occasionally go off on a tangent about my love for books, and most specifically all things Oz related. Now that the girls are getting older, we are starting to take this adventure on the road (aka I recently added a travel section to the blog, to document our vacation experiences). Also, it’s a point of pride that my blog giveaways are always open to Canada. (Oh and this year I decide to let my gamer geek flag fly high and started a second blog called And She Games because who needs sleep anyway?)
I’ve got a few regular features I take part in.
Stop by on the weekend when I co-host the Canucks Rock Canadian Weekend Link Exchange. Which is a fantastic once a week chance for Canadian bloggers to link up your various social media accounts, hop around, meet some fellow Canucks, and perhaps find a few new followers along the way. (This feature is on hiatus at the moment, but should return next weekend aka July 6th)
Each Canucks Rock! post also features a Candid Canucks interview, where you can read about our featured Canadian blogger of the week. It’s always fun and fascinating to get to know the folks behind the blogs a bit better.
On Friday I co-host the ABC Friday Photo Share Link-Up, where we move through the alphabet from A to Z sharing posts and photos. I would really like to encourage fellow bloggers to take part in this one, so much fun!
Every Thursday I co-host the Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up. Stop in once a week to link up your giveaways, or hunt through the list for some awesome “Open to Canada” contests to enter.
Goodies over this way….
And speaking of giveaways… I’m super excited to be one of the official hosts for this year’s event. We have rounded up one amazing group of all Canadian sponsors for some very cool giveaways. Be sure to head over to my giveaway post and get your entries in for a chance at close to $1700 in all Canadian goodies. Definitely not to be missed!
Now it’s your turn. Let’s get to know one another a bit better!
Ok, finally, time to chat. My “let’s get to know each other better” question for this year is…. If you could travel anywhere in Canada where would it be and why?
For me the dream Canadian vacation would be my husband and I taking the Sleeper Train across Canada from Toronto to Jasper Park, Alberta. I’ve got three reasons behind my dream trip choice; 1)I had the chance to visit that area as a teenager and it’s so beautiful. 2)I love riding on VIA Rail and have always wanted to take the sleeper train. 3)We have a close friend who we haven’t seen since he fell in love with some internet babe, moved out to Edmonton and got hitched.
I’d love to know, what is your favourite part of Canada? Right where you live or somewhere else entirely? where in Canada would you most like to visit? (Oh, and hey, what did you think of the movie? Vintage Canadian gem, right?)