Summer Survival Guide for Work at Home Parents

Summer-Survival-Guide-for-Work-At-Home-Parents

I do love the summer time! There is a certain excitement and joy that fills the air. A freedom that surrounds us. The children have a break from school. Some parents have a break from preparing school lunches or enforcing homework routines. BUT, there are new struggles during the summer months for many parents. I go into Summer Survival Mode as a work at home parent. Here is a Summer Survival Guide for Work at Home Parents Most parents that I have spoken to recently need a survival guide for the summer, regardless of whether they work at home, away … Continue reading

One Way to Make Learning FUN This Summer! {Giveaway}

Ontario Science Center

Are you looking for some summer activities to keep your children happy and occupied? Do you try to continue the learning process throughout the summer to keep your child’s mind active? Here is one way to make learning fun this summer… If you are within driving distance to Toronto, why not take a day trip to the Ontario Science Centre? The Ontario Science Centre is a fun-filled place where you and your child(ren) can spend an entire day exploring and learning together. There is definitely learning to be done by both young and old. SUMMER LEARNING TIP: Consider visiting @ontsciencectr … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Giveaway (and MORE!)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Giveaway

I’ve been using my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone for approximately one month now. This is my first official experience with an Android phone and I have to say that I have truly been enjoying the experience. My favourite part about it is how INCREDIBLE the camera is! Look at the clarity of the photos it can take: Do you see the detail around the flower and leaf edges? The vibrant colours? The clarity? I LOVE photography, but I don’t always love to lug my big DSLR camera around with me. I’m thrilled to have a phone that takes really amazing … Continue reading

Encourage Children to DREAM

Encourage Children to DREAM

We need to encourage children to DREAM! On my very first day of school, when I was in Kindergarten, I was encouraged to dream. I remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was also asked to share my favourite food. I recall randomly throwing out “firefighter” and “oatmeal” as my choices, two completely random things that sat on a piece of paper above my cubby for the entire school year, staring me in the face. I liked oatmeal, but certainly didn’t love it. Perhaps that was what I had for breakfast that morning, I … Continue reading

What Would YOU Do if You Won FREE GROCERIES for a YEAR? {Giveaway}

Free Groceries

When you become a parent, your world changes completely. The answer to one, simple question can change over night when you become a parent. For me, prior to having children, if I were to answer the question: What would you do if you won free groceries for a year?, my answer would definitely be considerably different compared to after having children. The great news is, you have an opportunity to win FREE GROCERIES for a year as well as six $1000 Food Basics Gift Cards! This free groceries giveaway is called the Food Basics “I Want It All Event”. Here’s … Continue reading

Did You Know That Caffeine Intake is Directly Related to Eye Health?

healthy drink

Yes, you read that question properly. Last week, I learned that my caffeine intake is directly related to eye health. Who knew? I sure didn’t. Here is what happened… About a month ago, I started to notice that I was experiencing muscle spasms in one of my eyes. This was happening in my dominant eye, so when the spasms occur, it is very noticeable. At first, I didn’t think anything of it, but when it started happening on a daily basis, I began to wonder if something else was wrong. The final push that made me visit my eye doctor … Continue reading

Healthier Butter Tarts

Healthier Butter Tarts

I know, I know, you don’t believe me that there is such thing as HEALTHIER Butter Tarts, but please do know that I have found the solution! And the best part is that it combines my Grandmother’s Traditional Butter Tart Recipe and makes it slightly healthier. Now, I want you to understand that I am not magical, these are definitely not HEALTHY Butter Tarts, but they can be considered a HEALTHIER Butter Tart, so read on to find out how I discovered this. The goodness of a Butter Tart is all in the FILLING, would you not agree? That is … Continue reading

Grandma’s Butter Tarts {RECIPE}

Grandmas Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts are definitely one of my weaknesses! I absolutely love how they melt in your mouth. My favourite kind are with just a few raisins. This recipe is from my Grandmother. When I was in University, my parents left me alone for the entire summer as they went up to the cottage. I was so excited to have the house to myself, but specifically, I was excited to bake in the kitchen. My Mom didn’t love it when I asked to bake in her kitchen (I think it was because of the mess that I often created as I … Continue reading

Easy School Lunches with Schneiders Simply Lunch {Giveaway}

Schneiders Simply Lunch

I know that I really shouldn’t leave packing lunches to the morning, but I do. It is our routine and I just cannot seem to get into the habit of packing up lunches the night before, despite the fact that it would make our mornings smoother! That is why when I was introduced to Schneiders Simply Lunch, I was very excited! There are mornings where we all sleep in and packing lunches is a last minute panic. There are two lunch kits available: Ham & Cheese lunch kit includes smoked ham slices, Colby cheese, wheat crackers and chocolate chip cookies … Continue reading

Give Mama the Gift of WINE!

Gift of Wine

Do you ever have “one of those days”? Of course you do! All Moms have “those days” – some more often than others. After a long or difficult day, I often enjoy sitting down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine to unwind. Giving myself permission to have the gift of wine is something that I need to do more often! Sometimes, when I still have some unwinding to do, I will go on a walk, plugin my earbuds and listen to my favourite music. I know some friends who enjoy taking a nice, long bath. Whatever … Continue reading