Juice Plus Gummies Review & Giveaway!


Have you ever wanted to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible but realized it is never gonna happen. With the rising cost of food and the small amount of time any of us have have anymore it is an impossible goal to eat as many fruits and veggies as we would like to. That is why I decided to try Juice Plus!

So what is Juice Plus? Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 25 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Juice Plus+ helps bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day. Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.

I have only been taking them for a couple weeks so I don't have any major changes in health to report I am just happy to be getting this much fruit and veg into my body daily. My kids are also taking them which is fantastic! With the children's health study you can actually buy gummies for yourself and then you get a child's gummies for free! Contact a rep to find out more.

They have other fantastic products available as well. The prices are not the lowest but it is worth it for what you are getting! 

Now for the giveaway. I am not being compensated to write this post in any way and the gummies are paid for out of my pocket to show appreciation to my readers and fans.

Coturnix Quail Hatching


Yesterday I hatched 5 baby coturnix quail. It was an experience I would highly recommend to anyone interested in birds, farming, or educational experiences. The eggs were so tiny when they arrived and I had originally started off with a homemade incubator. Lets just say that was a learning experience and if you have a busted thermometer your not going to hatch anything. I got a new batch of eggs from a local coturnix quail farmer I found on our local classified ads. If you live near the Okanagan and are interested in getting some farm animals this is where you should look: Castanet Farm Ads. I also rented an incubator from a local farmer who does educational hatch a chick programs around town: Quality Farms.

Here is some useful information about hatching coturnix quail:

Incubation of eggs
*Incubation period is 16-18 days
*Turn eggs 3 times a day
*Stop turning 3 days before eggs are due to hatch
*Keep the temps in between 99.5F and 101F. Keep humidity in the 40's until hatch time then raise it to 60%

Kids love counting down the days and reading the thermometer. There is many things to learn about hatching and kids enjoy every aspect of it.

Once your babies hatch they go into a brooder and will turn active and fluffy with in a few hours. They begin eating and drinking the day they are born so make sure they have food (I use turkey starter) and fresh water. When they are first placed in the brooder dip their beaks in the water to show them where it is. I did this a few times per chick to ensure they found the water supply. They can drown quite easily so be sure to fill your water dish with rocks, marbles, or just get the same water supply I have below, I got mine for under $5 at our local farm supplies store.


Quail are adorable, and they are useful! You can raise them for eggs, meat, pets, retrieval training, and they are a very useful educational tool. Here are some great pics I have taken the past two days!
















CIL Disney Chalkboard Paint Review


My kids love to draw, and do pretty much any arts and crafts you can name. They get their artsy side from me (obviously) and I couldn't be prouder. Finding ways to engage in outdoor arts and crafts can be a challenge if you are extremely busy and need your kids to entertain themselves while you are working on other things. That is why I have come up with the outdoor chalkboard using CIL Disney Chalkboard Paint

CIL has a reputation for amazing paint products, this paint is no exception. I bought a 946 ml can from Walmart for $18 which says it covers a 7 foot square with two coats. I also purchased a large sheet of OSB chipboard from Home Depot for $9 to use as the chalkboards surface. You can buy just regular plywood but it is twice the price as OSB and the only difference is the texture. If you want a perfectly smooth finish pay the extra and get plywood, kids are not too picky about how smooth the surface is trust me. 

It took me less than an hour to apply the paint in two coats. It is very smooth, silky, and spreads nice and evenly no matter what level painter you are. I easily covered my 8x4 foot surface with two coats and had some leftover. 


My new outdoor chalkboard cost me $35 including the chipboard, paint, and brushes. 

This paint exceeds the expectations I had and the kids are going to love it. This week I am also building a canopy type shelter to keep my outdoor chalkboard in perfect shape, safe from rain, snow, etc. So stay tuned to see my next project. 

I was in no way compensated for this post. All expressions and opinions are my own, I want to share what I think are the highest quality products with you by sharing my experience. 

Free Tax Software


It is tax time. For some this means paying the government a ton of their hard earned cash and for others it means a nice return! Before I share a list of free tax software programs I know and trust I thought I could dig up some Canadian statistics about taxes.

  • $11,747 – Total income tax a person with an annual income of $50,000 will pay in Quebec for 2011, the highest regional amount in Canada. 
  • $500 – Amount families can claim annually in sports and fitness activity fees per child under the age of 16.
  • $50.3 billion – Total amount of corporate income taxes collected by federal, provincial and territorial governments in 2009.
  • $20,000 — Amount of principal each Canadian could have in tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) in 2012 without paying a penalty.
It is interesting to know how much money our government is getting from us, it is also good to know what you can claim when it comes time to file. Here is an article by the CRA that shows what you can deduct. 

Free Tax Software
There are lots of other programs available if you are willing to pay or have to pay because you have a lot to claim. Most of the free services are for simple and small returns nothing too complex. The best paid one I have tried is H&R. It is reasonably priced and you don't pay until you have prepared your return and are satisfied with the result. 

I hope this helps you get your taxes done. It is really simple to do, give it a try before you decide to spend money getting someone else to do it for you.

Getting a Product Off The Ground


My son does not like reading. When he has trouble with a word he gets frustrated and wants to quit, even with lots of positive reinforcement. He is 6 and in grade 1. I have been looking into all these websites that are supposed to be helping your child learn to read and yes some of them look great and probably do help, but I want to be involved more then just plopping my son at a computer and letting him learn on his own. I also don't want him glued to a screen. I am a huge advocate of getting out and being active with your kids. So what can I do to create a get up and go reading tool?

All I can tell you is that I have figured out a way to keep my son engaged in reading, happy to read, and getting him moving all while keeping myself very involved in the process. This application can be used at every age and kids get excited to do it. I am in the process of creating a product and cannot wait to make it readily available to the public! Not only will it involve reading but general life skills.

There are lots of different things I am working on at the moment, prototypes, patent search, as well as product testing. To try and turn your dream into reality there are tons of things that need to be considered. Here are a few articles I have been reading to help me through the process!

Luckily for me my product is helpful, affordable, expandable, and very useful! I can't wait to get some samples ready for you!

Raising a Mixed Flock (kids + birds)


My kids are absolutely everything to me. I was never afraid of introducing my kids to birds or birds to kids because I knew to take the necessary precautions and I knew my kids were not afraid of animals. That is not always the case, some kids are afraid of meeting new animals and some folks don't know the proper steps and procedures to teach their kids. I am here to tell you, what I have figured to be a great way to raise kids around birds. 


When first introducing kids to birds keep them a safe distance from the birds. Most birds are quite curious and want to peck around and see if your holding any treats. Kids may get scared if a bird comes pecking at them.  


Do not let your child get face to face with a chicken even if the bird is a newbie or not, animals are very unpredictable. Chickens will gladly peck your little one right in the eye. 


Teach your child to be gentle to the birds. I have seen a chicken get injured from kids picking them up and squeezing too hard. This can cause an egg inside the chicken to break causing health problems and the chance that you will need to remove the egg shards, learn more here.

Teach your kids about predators! My son was faced with a terrible sight when he walked outside to find a freshly killed duck. He was just seconds away from coming face to face with a raccoon, which had just finished laying into my duck. This could be dangerous so teach kids what to look for and how to approach these situations. This is an excellent place to read about predators here!

Whether raising for meat or eggs your child should have fun learning about the meaning of the birds, why you have them, what they do, and what is going to become of them. I have quails as well and they are meat and egg birds. My kids know what they are for and what happens to them.

The most important thing your kids need to know is to wash their hands after handling birds! There are many germs associated with birds and to keep yourself and your family healthy just wash up when your done.

Protect your birds from the Avian Flu H5N1



There has been a couple of outbreaks of Avian Flu (Bird Flu) in my province and it is well worth my time and effort to protect my beloved flock. I have had losses before and the last thing I want is to be sick with no flock and a quarantined area. The losses and risks are huge, no eggs, no birds, and a seriously bad virus that can affect others are not my idea of a good time. 

So what is the Avian Flu? The H5N1 virus is the strain of avian influenza that has infected numerous species of birds in Asia, Europe and Africa since the end of 2003. Avian flu viruses can be divided into highly pathogenic and low pathogenic strains based on its ability to cause disease in poultry. Low pathogenic avian flu is a natural infection of waterfowl that may cause minimal to no signs of disease in domestic poultry and wild birds and is not a serious threat. Highly pathogenic avian flu is rarely found in waterfowl, but causes severe disease in domestic poultry with a high death rate. 

Two kinds of avian flu viruses, H5 and H7, are known to include highly pathogenic viruses. Not all H5 and H7 influenza viruses are highly pathogenic, but H5N1 is. This form may cause disease in chickens and some other species of birds that affects multiple internal organs and has a mortality rate that can reach 90-100 percent, often within 48 hours.

**Avian flu is not the same as regular influenza. At the moment the virus does not appear to be able to spread readily between humans. The only reported human infection was caused from handling birds infected with H1N5. You cannot get infected with these viruses from properly handled and cooked poultry or eggs.

How can I protect my flock from getting H5N1? 
  • Keep wild birds away from your flock! Netting, screens, and pens are a great help in ensuring your flocks safety. 
  •  Wash your hands often to kill any signs of the virus. Especially after handling your birds, eggs, or raw poultry products.
  • Only eat well cooked poultry products! 
  • Do not eat sick or dead birds. See your doctor if you have a fever after coming into contact with any sick or dead birds. 
  • During an outbreak avoid taking birds to shows or bringing birds home.
  • If you are receiving new birds be sure you know the supplier and can trust that the birds are healthy and have not been in contact with Avian flu.
  • Disinfect your footwear or keep an extra pair of boots that are meant for home only!
Prevention is the key. So if your like me and your province, state, country, town, etc.has any form of an outbreak be careful. Do everything you can to protect yourself. 60% of humans infected with H5N1 have died and their flock destroyed. Do not panic, just be aware and take the measures needed.


Where I got most of my information:

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