~ CLOSED ~ Focus on Family Roots {w/Giveaway & Twitter Party Info}

Focus on Family Roots ~ Shortly after getting married, my new hubby and I moved to the beautiful Kennebecasis Valley, which is an area in southern New Brunswick that surrounds the Kennebecasis River.


There are several covered bridges in this immediate area, this one was built 103 years ago.

Even though we both grew up in a neighbouring city, moving to the “Valley” always felt right. It was like we were going home.  Which in many ways we were.

This is where my mom grew up, as did her parents, grandparents and great grandparents. This is where my parents built their first home and where three of my siblings and I were born.


Music Man also has roots in the “Valley”, so I guess it was no surprise to either of us that we were drawn to this area of the world with such deep family roots and why it has always felt like home.

I know there are many gorgeous places in the world, and I admit to being biased. But in my mind, there is none as beautiful as this Kennebecasis Valley, quirky names and all!

If you think Kennebecasis is an unusual name, we lived most of our married lives and our kids grew up in…Quispamsis. Then there is Nauwigewauk (where my parents and grandparents lived) and the not to be missed, Apohaqui, which is just up the road.



I’m proud to say this area of the world is still peppered with my relatives. I have siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and countless cousins who live in one of these quirkily (is that even a word??) named places. It’s no wonder this area has always felt like home!

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Families enjoying a beautiful Sunday afternoon of skating and a little ice-fishing village that popped up on the frozen Kennebecasis River.

A couple of days ago, it was beautiful outside and I had a few errands to run. So I took along my new FujiFilm X-A3 digital camera to capture some images of this place that so many in my family call home.


Even though I have only been using this camera for a short time now, I am already loving the fabulous, easy to use features:


  • New Retro Design
  • New Touchscreen
  • Versatile Shooting Modes & Mode Dial


Shooting Modes –

  • Advanced SR AUTO
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Sport
  • Advanced Mode
  • Custom
  • Manual
  • Night
  • Scene Position
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Portrait Enhancer
  • Landscape

Scene Positions –

  • Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Party
  • Night (Tripod)
  • Snow
  • Flower
  • Fireworks
  • Beach
  • Text


  • Selfie = taking a beautiful self-portrait
    • 180° tilting LCD screen for better selfies
    • Portrait Enhancer mode makes skin look brighter and smoother
    • Eye detection AF automatically focuses on the eyes, transforming ordinary selfies into great self-portraits
    • Grip design optimized for taking a self-portrait
    • Self Timer
  • Focus down to 15cm with Auto Macro
    • Auto Macro function captures objects just 15cm from the sensor
    • Faster AF speeds for close-up shots and low-contrast conditions


  • On-the-spot instax printing!
  • Share every moment via email and SNS with easy wireless transfer to your smartphone.
    • Use your smartphone to browse and transfer photos and movies from your camera.
    • Transfer up to 2GB at one time.
    • Send location data from your smartphone to you camera
  • Focus with a Touch with the new smart application – FUJIFILM Camera Remote.


  • Automatically transfer and save photos on your PC via Wi-Fi
    • Microsite – Install this Fujifilm app to enjoy photos on smartphone, tablet devices or PC.


  • Outstanding image quality, made possible by the newly-developed 24.2 megapixel image sensor.
  • Film Simulation
  • Advanced Filters. Artistic photography made fun and simple.
    • Toy Camera
    • Soft Focus
    • Miniature
    • Partial Color (Red/Orange/Yellow/Green/Blue/Purple)


  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Extended battery life of approximately 410 frames per charge
  • Electronic shutter with the maximum speed of 1/32000 second
  • Enhanced Autofocus settings
  • AF+MF (full-time manual)
  • Release Priority / Focus Priority
  • Motion Panorama 360°
  • Get creative with multiple exposures
  • Full HD video recording
  • AdobeRGB support

Fujifilm’s new X-A3 mirrorless camera gives you high-quality images, great features and retro style that makes your photography fun. I found the 180-degree tiltable LCD to be great for selfies and it also lets you check your composition before you take a picture.


The barn next door to my sister’s property. The contrast between the red doors and window frames and the grey building is so striking!

Because I’m not an expert photographer, I love that the Eye Detection AF and Portrait Enhancer mode automatically adjust for proper focus and enhanced skin tones. I also really like the 24MP APS-C sensor that makes every image a winner and how convenient is the built-in Wi-Fi!? It lets you connect to the Instax SHARE printer, transfer photos to your smartphone or tablet, or shoot remotely.

The touchscreen LCD monitor offers intuitive controls, just like a smartphone, plus the Super Intelligent Flash and Macro mode are ideal for night shooting or close-up photos.


My sister was coming over for tea and I made this Cranberry-Orange Bread, and of course, I needed to snap a picture.  I LOVE the macro feature on this camera!

I am completely in love with my new Fujifilm X-A3 camera and I think you will be too.  Whether you want to take photos of the kiddos ice skating, a panoramic vista of a distant vacation island, selfies with your friends or your niece’s wedding, you will love how versatile this Fujifilm X-A3 is.

This camera is really a huge step up from your cell phone!

If you want to check out everything new and exciting at Fujifilm, be sure to visit them on…


…and follow along using the hashtag #Fuji4Families




Come Join Us on February 8th at 9 pm EST

  • Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm EST
  • Hashtag: #Fuji4Families
  • Hosts: @FujiGuys; @SJConsulting_CA
  • Eligibility: Open to Canada

Prizing: Total Prize Value of $2400!

Grand Prize: X-A3 Camera/kit (valued at $750 CAD)
2nd Prize –X-A10 camera/kit (valued at $600 CAD)
2 Prize Winners of –2 SP-2 printers + film (valued at $250 CAD each)
5 Prize Winners of – mini 8 instax cameras + film (valued at $110 CAD each)

Come join us for some great conversation, prizing and FUN!

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GROUP GIVEAWAY – 1 Fujifilm X-A3 kit valued at $750

END DATE – Giveaway ends on February 15, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST

ELIGIBILITY – Open to Canada 18+ excluding Quebec.





Disclosure: We are participating in the FujiFilm campaign managed by SJ Consulting. We received compensation in exchange for our participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are our own


  1. Photos of vacation

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    I would take pictures of my grandkids!!

  3. Probably my kids or latest meal, lol

  4. kathy downey says:

    The first photos i would take would be of the grandkids !

  5. Gail Butler says:

    I would take pics of my new grandson!

  6. I would go outside and take photos of Toronto!

  7. Matthew Tully says:

    I would most likely take one of our daughter or one of the cats to start, but there would be a whole lot of testing. :-)

  8. TJ Turnbull says:

    I love taking pictures of nature and the beautiful things within it

  9. I would take a picture of my two beautiful daughters. They are so photogenic, but also love to be the photographer.
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  10. My Kids!

  11. Darwin Chau says:

    I would take a picture of my family first!

  12. I would take a photo of the lake in winter – it’s amazing

  13. My baby is due next month. I would take a picture of her.

  14. I would take photos of my kids

  15. I Would take lots of pictures of my kids

  16. I would first take a picture of landscape.

  17. Alisha Duncan says:

    I would probably take pictures of my children first, but it could be food too… depends whats in front of me at the time!!

  18. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would take pictures of the sunset or beautiful outdoor pictures!

  19. I would take a picture at our family reunion this summer.

  20. I’d take pictures of nature and abstract art for my scrap booking !

  21. The squirrels and the outdoors when I go for my morning walks

  22. I would be taking a picture of my grandchildren for my first picture.

  23. Angelica De La Rosa says:

    My instagram feed is full of food photos..I would definitely start taking photos of my meal with this camera!

  24. Amy Heffernan says:

    I would first get a photo of my kiddies. Thanks!

  25. Elizabeth R says:

    I am going on a cruise so I am hoping to snap whale pictures!

  26. Loving the outdoors and the area that I live, I’d capture a photo of the fabulous Bay of Fundy in any of its amazing daily tides.

  27. Corrina Paisley says:

    I would take a picture of my 2 Chihuahua boys, Charlie and Leon! <3

  28. I would take a picture of my kids! This would be amazing, especially since my camera broke a few months ago.

  29. definitely my kids

  30. I would take a picture with my friends!

  31. Angela Mitchell says:

    I would have to take a picture of my kids first with the camera.

  32. I would probably take pictures of a little of the wildlife near us, the beautiful local scenery, my ‘co-operative’ grandchildren and definately at our Family Reunion this Summer. Looks like an amazing camera. I especially like the wireless details.

  33. We are planning a trip to see our grand-daughter she was born February 1st I would be taking countless pics of this precious baby girl

  34. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    I would take a pic of our 3 kids :)

  35. I would first take pictures of my family and cats.
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  36. I would take a picture of an outdoor scene.

  37. Anne Taylor says:

    I would immediately take photos of my grandkids and my new grandbaby due early this summer!

  38. kristen visser says:

    First thing I would do it go to my daughters favorite park and take pictures of them on the swings, the slide and walking through the park and by the ducks :)

  39. Betty MacDonald says:

    Well this was a pleasant surprise Monica. Just went in to read (I love how you describe a place and a scene with words) I felt I was there with my grandparents & great grandparents too It was beautiful and I love the names quirky as they may be. Then I got to see your awesome camera and while I’m not in a market for a camera I am tempted because I take lousy photos on mine and I think you and your sisters always take amazing ones. I think if I got one the first thing I would do would be to take a photo of the winter wonderland outside.

  40. Oh my word! I think I’d either take a picture of my baby or my dog… or my baby AND my dog! haha

  41. I have 1-year-old twins, a 3-year-old and a food blog. I’ve been looking for a new camera that will do a great job capturing my ever-moving daughters and all the shots I take for the blog – this one sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  42. I would probably take pictures of my two cats first. Then off to the local walking trails for some nature shots like waterfowl, birds and even small animals.

  43. Scott MacMillan says:

    The sunset from the roof of my apartment building.

  44. I would practice by taking pictures of my first grand son, to get ready for a trip to Irland in the fall.

  45. Stephanie says:

    I would take a picture of the sunset!

  46. Tara Fillion says:

    I would take a picture of my gorgeous kitty cat first!!

  47. Tara Betterley says:

    I would take pictures of my vacation with my family. We are travelling to Nova Scotia this summer!

  48. I would take a picture of our new kitten!

  49. I would take a candid shot of the pets and my kids.

  50. I would probably take a pic of hubby and I.

  51. I would take a picture of my dog

  52. BlessedTA says:

    My family

  53. Erin McSweeney says:

    oh i would take pictures of my nieces and nephew

  54. debbie paisley says:

    I would take pictures of my 2 little pugs Cooper and Morgan

  55. Tricia Cooper says:

    The first picture I would take would be of my daughter! <3

  56. I would take a picture of my family first.

  57. I would take pictures of family.

  58. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    My very first photo would be of my flowering orchids. :-)

  59. I would take pictures of my family first thing if I won!

  60. family, for sure. thanks

  61. Theresa C. says:

    I’d love to take a picture of all our girls when they come home at the same time!

  62. Marilyn M says:

    Camera sounds amazing First photo would be of my granddaughter she loves to make funny faces for the camera

  63. I would take a photo of my child first.

  64. Florence Cochrane says:

    I would take some beautiful pictures for my family.

  65. I would probably head outside and get some rosey cheeked photos of my family.

  66. Vicki Hill says:

    I plan on going to my hometown of Quipamsis soon and I would take pictures of my nieces and nephews in the places I knew growing up.

    I grew up in Gondola Point before it was amalgamated woth Quispamsis.

    Small world.

  67. lori butler says:

    i would take pictures of the beach at my in laws house

  68. I would take a picture of snowy landscape.

  69. With the arrival of digital cameras, my SLR film camera is gathering dust in a corner. I live in an area surrounded by glorious landscape and winning a Fujifilm X-A3 Fuji digital camera would definitely get me back into photography. The first photo that I would take would be of the deer that roam in the field next door.

  70. I would take a picture of my granddaughter at Disney Paris; heading there soon!

  71. Joanne Elford says:

    I would take pictures of the deer and coyotes behind my house.

  72. ashley meyer says:

    i would take a picture of my daughters

  73. I would take a picture of my dog as he loves to have his picture taken.

  74. Jessica Gardner says:

    Hi there if I won I would take unlimited pictures of my Mother. (On October 27th 2016, my Mother had a cerebral aneurysm that had ruptured, and needed immediate surgery to stop the bleeding & to live. She didn’t get surgery until about 24 hours later where she was shipped off about halfway across the province from me. The team of neurologists she had said she was very very very lucky to be alive. In middle of November she was returned home and suffers from headaches daily, but she and our family are so so so grateful that she is still with us; she is our rock, she is the one that holds us together.

    I would take pictures of my Mom, so so much pictures of her <3

  75. Holly Storm-Burge says:

    I would take photos of my kids!

  76. Rhonda W G. says:

    I’d most likely take pics of my 2 little dogs!

  77. I would take a picture of my kids.

  78. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I would take pictures of my dogs first.

  79. I would take a picture of nature first.

  80. I would take photos for my blog Simple Local Life. :)

  81. My 2nd granddaughter was just born Jan. 20th so I need a good camera to take lots of pictures!

  82. Family picture first, then pets and beautiful snowfall scenery.

  83. I would take photos of my little son running around with this camera.

  84. My kiddo – he loves having his picture taken!

  85. Monique L.S. says:

    Probably a picture of my girls being silly.

  86. SUMMER PLEWES says:

    It would of course be the children~ Then pets, then most likely food lol

  87. I would take a picture of my girlfriend and dog

  88. Shelley Dahlgren says:

    I would love to take photos of the field in our backyard as it greens up this spring!

  89. Debbie S. says:

    I would take a picture of my grandkids first.

  90. I would take a picture first of my son! The light of my life

  91. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I would take pictures of my Spring vacation.

  92. ruth moreira-lozon says:

    Thank you for the opportunity! This camera looks amazing. I would definitely take pictures of my kids, as well as of the beautiful sunsets we see in the park near the school. the sun comes up just over the hill, and you can see the silhouettes of the trees. it’s so gorgeous!

  93. First picture I would take is of my little ones playing together!!

  94. Rachel Linder says:

    Thank you for this chance, I would take pictures of everything, trips, wildlife, family, etc… my digital camera I have now cant focus on things far away and if you zoom in it gets blurry. So I would give my little brother my old one if I won this. Good luck everyone and God bless you all

  95. I’d prob take photos of my cats, hubby & pics at events that we have coming up!

  96. christine w says:

    I would take pictures of the snow and landscape.

  97. I would take a photo of my kids skating on the Rideau Canal!

  98. Just capture the everyday with my kids. The youngest never stops moving, it’s a challenge to photograph her.

  99. my kids

  100. Shirley Anne says:

    I’d take a picture of my family

  101. The first picture I would take would be of my fur babies!

  102. Husnah Khan says:

    I would take photos of my siblings and parents.

  103. I’d take pictures of my quilt for my blog. A family tradition!

  104. Mandy English says:

    I would take photos of my friends and I to document every memory

  105. I would take pics of my adorable nieces and nephews

  106. Alana Starkie says:

    I would take a picture of my daughter out playing in the snow!

  107. I would take a picture of my mom!

  108. Sonia Carneiro says:

    I would take a group picture of my niceces & nephews..

  109. I would take a photo of our downtown cityscape

  110. Jeannette McMillan says:

    I’m going on vacation in march so I’d definitely take my first pic there!

  111. I’d take tons of pictures of my kids with this camera!

  112. My daughter’s first birthday is coming up!

  113. Katy Emanuel says:

    I would take a picture of my kids on one of our adventures exploring our new community and province!

  114. caroline m. says:

    I would take a photo of my kids first.

  115. Karen E Hill says:

    I would take pictures of my three dogs. For posterity sake.

  116. Probably the dog… she is ALWAYS close by :)

  117. Would totally take a pic of my little guy!

  118. I’d love to get a photo of my kids in the snow!

  119. Jessica Whitehouse says:

    I’d take photos of my kids and furbabies!


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