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Friday, February 14, 2020

Canadian Debut of the Famed "Hoonitruck" Slated for 2020 Vancouver International Auto Show

Vancouver, BC -- With less than six weeks until the 2020 Vancouver International Auto Show, Valentine’s Day seems fitting for celebrating one of our top picks to fall in love with at the show, Ken Block’s World Famous Hoonitruck!

The 100th anniversary celebration takes place from March 25-29 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.


GYMKHANA TEN HOONITRUCK

A well-known truck enthusiast Block set out to create the ultimate truck build to complement his infamous Hoonicar (shown for the first time in Canada at the 2019 Vancouver Auto Show), he started with a 1977 Ford F-150. Block’s Hoonitruck is powered by a custom-tuned Ford Performance V6 EcoBoost engine lifted directly out of the Ford Racing Ford GT Le Mans development program. Making 914hp at 7,400rpm and 702 ft-lbs at 6,450 rpm, the engine is a snarling, billet-aluminum menace.

The build, which took two years in the making, features some direct tie-ins to current Ford F-150 products. The vehicle features hand-shaped aluminum bodywork (identical to the military-grade aluminum that Ford uses currently), Ford Pass remote start integration and even a functional backup camera/tow hitch setup.

Presented by SONAX Canada the truck will be on display as the marquee feature of their booth and shown North of the border for the very first time. As a proud sponsor of the Hoonigan Racing Division, SONAX Canada has more than 65 years in the production of premium car detailing and paint car innovation.

HOONITRUCK by the Numbers:

- 1977 Ford F-150
- 3.5 liter Ford Performance/Roush Yates EcoBoost V6
- 914 horsepower, 702 lb-ft of torque
- Chassis design, engineering and bodywork by Detroit Speed Engineering
- Hand-hammered military-grade aluminum bodywork
- Styling by Block and his team at Hoonigan
- Custom 20-inch fifteen52 Turbomac HD wheels
- Toyo Tires Proxes ST


To see the Hoonitruck in person visit the 2020 Vancouver International Auto Show, March 25-29 at the Convention Centre West. The truck is located in the Ballrooms at the SONAX Canada stand Space 420. For more information visit: www.VancouverInternationalAutoShow.com.


About the Vancouver International Auto Show

The Vancouver International Auto Show is owned and operated by the New Car Dealers Association of BC (www.newcardealers.ca). As Western Canada’s best attended consumer show, it is British Columbia’s new model showcase for the Canadian automotive industry and represents nearly 40 distinct brands from the world’s leading manufacturers.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Review: Mott’s Fruitsations + Fibre

Made with the goodness of Mott’s Fruitsations apple sauce, plus the benefit of added fibre that is essential to a healthy digestive system. Each cup contains 2 grams of fibre, and has no added sugar, no artificial colours or flavours and contains no peanuts or gluten.


MY THOUGHTS:

I chose the Mango Peach apple sauce because that is one of my child's favourite flavours. We actually tried all the flavours, but he likes this one most. These mini fruit cups are healthy and makes the perfect snack for school. Not just for school, it's also great for adults on-the-go. Great they have added fibre and also unsweetened.




Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes as part of the ChickAdvisor/Family-Rated Campaign. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Get Jennifer Aniston's Winning SAG Awards Look for Less


Jennifer Aniston wore a Dior white gown (in place of her standard black) to the Screen Actor's Guild Awards January 19th, 2020 at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor for Dramatic Series: The Morning Show.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

“FROZEN 2” Sing-Along Engagement Heading to Theatres Starting Jan. 17


Fans are invited to venture “Into the Unknown” alongside Anna and Elsa when Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” Special Sing-Along Engagement kicks off in select theatres nationwide on Jan. 17 for a limited time.

To get in the spirit of the special engagement, check out the sing-along version of the full “Some Things Never Change” sequence from Disney’s “Frozen 2” featuring the original song performed by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, written by Academy Award® winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez.

 


Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opened in theatres on Nov. 21, 2019, becoming the highest grossing animated movie of all time in early January.


“Frozen” won an Academy Award® for best animated feature film of the year. The film’s iconic song, “Let It Go,” with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, also won an Oscar® for best achievement in music written for motion picture, original song.
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Recipe Book Review: The Instant Pot of Diabetes Cookbook

The Instant Pot Diabetes CookbookSimple recipes for healthy home cooking.

It was a pleasure to have to opportunity to share my review on this amazing cookbook. I'm glad I was able to try out some of these healthy recipes put together by Nancy Hughes.


This Instant Pot–authorized cookbook from the experts at the American Diabetes Association contains 90 easy and healthy recipes made with simple ingredients. Inside, you’ll find nutritious, flavorful Instant Pot recipes that will easily transform into mouth-watering meals. Each recipe includes detailed instructions to walk you through every step of cooking with your Instant Pot. Recipes include family favorites as well as a wide range of options inspired by Mexican, Italian, Thai, Indian, and Cajun cuisines. Whatever you have a taste for, you’ll find it in this book! Additionally, each recipe meets the nutrition guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association.


 Other features of the Instant Pot Diabetes Cookbook include:
  • * Pressure Pointers to help you understand how your Instant Pot works and what it can do
  • * A table of cooking times for a variety of ingredients from grains to veggies to meats
  • * Essential kitchen equipment and ingredients to have on hand to make diabetes-friendly cooking with your Instant Pot a breeze
  • * Complete nutrition information with each recipe to make diabetes meal planning easy

MY THOUGHTS:

I really enjoyed this book and my family loved the dishes I made that was used from this recipe book.  The images makes my mouth water. Although not too many photos, the layout of the recipes on each page are well put together and easy to follow.  Since our family don't eat a lot of meat at home, the vegetable dishes are great! Sometimes I just need some inspiration and creative ideas on how to make a simple dish. Most of the ingredients listed are easy to find and it's what I use almost every day or every week.

The pasta dishes and rice dishes are what I make most of the time. I like how Nancy put together a variety type of dishes; dishes from breakfast, entrees with meat, vegetables, pasta, appetizers, salads, sweets and desserts, as well as soup.

Here was one of the recipe I prepared: the "Freezer-Fix Chili" (from page 74 of the cookbook).



About the Author:

Nancy S. Hughes is a bestselling author and leading food consultant. She has written more than 20 nationally published cookbooks and developed recipes for 60 additional cookbooks with over 7,500 published recipes to her credit. Nancy has been honored to work with clients across the U.S. and Canada. She works with major corporations, health-focused organizations, magazines, and web-based clients including: the American Heart Association, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Betty Crocker, Del Monte Foods, the Canola Council, National Processed Raspberry Council, Rice Federation, eMeals, and Nestlé. Visit her website at www.nancyshughes.com.




Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the above book for my review in this post. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: Shinesty Holiday Apparel {Review}

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching. And if you are still looking for last minute holiday gifts or some fun holiday apparel for yourself or for a special someone, check out Shinesty. Perhaps you want matching family Christmas Pajamas.




I was recently introduced to Shinesty. I ordered my holiday snowflake dress from them and I was excited to try it. I love it and was impressed with the quality of the material! There's so many ways to describe these designs: it's fun, it's festive, it's weird, it's hilarious, colorful and cozy all at the same time.  Also, it's the perfect to wear for a Christmas dinner or Christmas party. I think unique is a the word I'm looking for.




Shinesty offers a variety of outfits for both adults and kids ranging from outerwear, boxers, pajamas, suits, and even Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Yes, that's right! The famous Ugly Christmas Sweaters seen in the collection below. Whatever you're looking for, there's something for everyone.


 Have a very Shinesty Holiday Season!



Disclosure: I received samples of the above product(s) from the PR Firm/Company for my review in this post. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Pho Hoa Noodle Soup Expands to Southern Surrey


SURREY, British Columbia, Dec. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pho Hoa Noodle Soup, the leading North American based Vietnamese food franchise, announced the grand opening of a new location in Surrey, British Columbia. This new location will be located at 1724 152 St. Surrey, Canada V4A4N4. The Southern Surrey Pho Hoa will hold its Grand Opening Event on December 14 - 15, 2019.


The Grand Opening Event will feature a Buy One Get One Free promotion on all regular size pho. “We are very excited about opening this location because it gives us the opportunity to serve the same delicious Vietnamese food that our customers know and love to the communities in Southern Surrey,” says Hai Nguyen, Director of Operations for Pho Hoa and Jazen Tea in Canada. “We have been working hard to open this new location and we hope that everyone in the Southern Surrey area will be able to stop by for BOGO pho this weekend!” 

Pho Hoa Noodle Soup was recently recognized on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and ranked #2 in the Asian food category on Entrepreneur’s Top Food Franchises List. With low franchising costs, simple operations and healthy and affordable prices, the concept is the right opportunity for anybody looking to become a business owner. Additionally, the company has recently announced and enticing opportunity for those looking to franchise: Pho Hoa will waive the Jazen Tea franchising fee of $15,000 CAD for franchisees who open a co-branded Pho Hoa and Jazen Tea location. To find out more, visit phohoa.com/franchising.

In the next 6 months, Pho Hoa is slated to open 9 new locations. To find out more about franchising opportunities, please visit: www.phohoa.com

About Pho Hoa and Jazen Tea

Founded in 1983, Pho Hoa Noodle Soup now operates in 6 countries internationally, and offers delicious and healthy pho noodle soup at an affordable price. As one of the largest Vietnamese Fast-Casual dining chains in the world, quality and consistency remain the company’s top priorities and the driving force behind their success as a franchise.

Jazen Tea was founded in San Jose, California in 2012 and has since expanded to 19 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The company specializes in creating fresh fruit teas, made with real fruit and high quality tea leaves. Jazen Tea was recently featured by Franchise Gator as one of the industry’s Top Emerging Franchises.
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