Will Stroet is Coming to Toronto

My kids and I absolutely LOVE Will Stroet, the children’s musician and entertainer. I cannot wait to tell my kids that Will Stroet is Coming to Toronto to perform on November 30th, 2014. Last year, my family went to see Will’s Toronto show and we had a blast together. We sang and danced and left with huge smiles on our faces and our hearts filled up! One of our favourite Will Stroet songs is still Full of Beans… perhaps it is because my kids are FULL of Beans! Here it is to enjoy for you and your little ones. You … Continue reading

The Vegan Cook’s Bible

The Vegan Cook's Bible

from Robert Rose Inc. As I mentioned in an earlier cookbook review post, in 2014 I have been making a concerted effort to eat more of a plant-based diet. At first the thought seemed quite daunting, but over time it has become much easier and just a way of life. So, when I was provided with a list of new titles from Robert Rose Inc., I was excited to see The Vegan Cook’s Bible by Pat Crocker on the list and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The Vegan Cook’s Bible is so much more than a cookbook! … Continue reading

Tip: When Baking with Peanut Butter…. {recipes}

Baking with Peanut Butter

We are HUGE fans of peanut butter in our house, so you can only guess that we do A LOT of baking with peanut butter! In fact, our favourite brand of Peanut Butter can only be purchased in the US so this past summer, hubby and I stocked up for the year! Can you guess how many large jars of peanut butter we bought? Need a recipe to try out that uses Peanut Butter to put this tip to the test? For those of you who enjoy baking with peanut butter as much as I do, here are some of … Continue reading

Knock Knock Banners – a great gift idea! {Giveaway}

Knock Knock Banner Giveaway November

One of our featured Gifts on our Gift Ideas page are banners from Knock Knock Banners, a Canadian owned and operated business. The name “Knock Knock Banners” was inspired by the variety of knock-knock jokes that Helen’s husband, made and taught to Matteo, their son. I love reading stories of how small businesses began and Helen’s story is definitely worth reading. Visit her website and read her “About Us” section to learn more about her family and how her business began. A child’s name is so important! A child should be proud of their name. One way that you can … Continue reading

Decorating for Halloween {Giveaway}

Happy Halloween

This past weekend, my children and I decorated for Halloween. I absolutely LOVE to decorate for Halloween. The kids get SO excited and the fun decorations bring such joy and excitement into our home. One of my favourite stores that make such fun and CUTE (because I’m not all about the scary side) decorations is Hallmark. Hallmark always has such a fun variety of decorations for every holiday. While the children and I LOVE decorating for Halloween, I know my husband starts to cringe a wee bit inside. Halloween brings EXTRA excitement and noise to our home, which sometimes…..well, watch … Continue reading

Cream of Mushroom Soup #CarnationSoups

Cream of Mushroom Soup

What’s better to prepare on a cool Fall day than some warm, creamy and delicious soup?! This time, I selected some Cream of Mushroom soup and here is how it all began… The recipe that I used calls for Carnation® Evaporated Milk. Did you know that Carnation Evaporated Milk is just milk with about half of the water removed? Less water makes the milk richer and creamier in taste and is a perfect (and easy) addition when cooking for the family. In fact, because you can add water (1:1) to Carnation Evaporated Milk to make it like regular milk, it … Continue reading

Artsy Play Wednesday – Water Beads Giveaway {Linky}

Calming Jars with Water Beads Canada

Earlier today, I shared a post on how to make a Calming Jar with your children using Water Beads. Each 10g pack of Water Beads makes approximate 4 cups (1-litre) once hydrated! I encourage you to head over to that Calming Jar post to learn more about our experience with Water Beads from the Dollar Store compared to ones from Water Beads Canada. It’s a Water Beads Giveaway! Prize: 11 Packs of Regular Water Beads (all different colours) 7 Packs of Pastel Water Beads (all different colours) 4 Packs of Large Water Beads (all different colours) $49.50 Value Open to: … Continue reading

Water Beads – an AMAZING Activity for Children {DISCOUNT}

Calming Jars with Water Beads Canada

What are Water Beads?   Water Beads are colourfast, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly “beads” that are a super absorbent polymer with the capability to absorb 80 – 100 times their dry weigh in water. Water beads can be used as a clean soil alternative for growing plants, decreasing your water time to every 3 – 5 weeks. They can also be used for colour and texture in floral arrangements, and most importantly (in my world), they can be used for activities for children! Water beads are shipped in a dehydrated, bead-like state. You simply add water and watch them grow, … Continue reading

Have you Heard of the #CheeriosEffect? {Giveaway}

It is important to take a minute or two as often as you can to think about the people that are most important in your life. Better yet, let them know how important they are by creating your own unique video (it is SUPER easy and takes less than a minute) to send to them. It sometimes takes seconds, but when we reach out to our friends and our family, it can mean so much to them! In today’s world, we live such busy lives. It is so important to take the time to stop and think. To help celebrate … Continue reading

50 Amazing Ways to Steal One on One Time With Your Kids

50 Amazing Ways to Steal Time with Your Kids

I have been focussing a lot lately about how important it is to plan specific one on one time with your children. Why? Those special moments show your child how important they are, it reinforces how much you care and it allows you an opportunity to deepen your connection and bond with your child. Sometimes, finding special moments to spend that one on one time with your child can be a challenge, but thankfully Karen from Simply Fun Families has made it SO easy for you! Not only has Karen created a special book with 50 AMAZING ideas for spending … Continue reading