Easy Skillet BBQ Chicken

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With fall here, families are busier than ever with school and the start of extra-curricular activities again. It never fails that extra-curricular activities tend to land around the dinner hour and this often creates a challenge for families to get a hot meal on the table. It can often be very chaotic to try to coordinate a home-cooked meal around children’s busy schedules, so I am always on the lookout for easy and simple meals that are delicious. I was so excited when I saw this recipe made with Club House Skillet Sauces for easy skillet BBQ chicken because our family loves chicken Read More »

Reese Spread, Skor & Cream Cheese Dip

Reese Spread, Skor & Cream Cheese Dip

Recently I was so excited to learn that one of my favourite chocolate treats ever is now a soft and delicious spread! The classic combination of chocolate & peanut butter in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is now a mouth-watering spread that makes it perfect for spreading or dipping with your favourite fruit, pretzels, waffles, bacon, cookies or even just scooping with a spoon. With Fall comes the crunchy goodness of apples, and I could not help to imagine this new tasty treat combined with crisp apple slices, so I got to work to create this Reese Spread, Skor & Cream Read More »

Monster Curry Dip

Monster Curry Dip

With Halloween coming, it’s always fun to dress up snacks with  little ghoulish touches, which is fun for kids and adults in mind. Dips are one of my go-to things to serve to kids or entertaining because it’s everybody’s favourite….I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like dips. Dips are also super quick to make,  and serve with naan bread wedges, chips, crackers, tortilla chips or veggies. This Monster Curry Dip is very easy to make as I made it with busy families in mind. You may remember that I have been working with Patak’s over the past year creating recipes, Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie {Dairy Free & Sugar Free}


Happy Fall friends! I am so excited to share this gem of a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe with you because not only is it ridiculously easy and ridiculously yummy, but it is also dairy free and sugar free, which makes it a great drink or snack for vegans and those wanting to avoid refined sugar. This Pumpkin Spice smoothie is so easy to whip up with just a few ingredients, and it is a delicious way to enjoy the pumpkin spice goodness of fall without all the extra fat or calories that comes with baked goods. As you may remember, Read More »

Fall Harvest Home Tour


Hello dear friends! Welcome to this fall harvest home tour! I hope you are enjoying the sunny days, cool nights and crunchy leaves of Fall! I am so happy today to be able to share a peek of our home decorated for Fall. Fall is my most favorite season to decorate for because I love the warm colours of the harvest season, along with adding lots of warmth and coziness to our home. This year, I have teamed up with a whole group of talented bloggers to bring you tours of homes lovingly decorated for Fall! I love adding just Read More »

5 Ways To Save Money For An Emergency

5 Ways To Save For An Emergency

The matter of family finances is an important issue,  but with busy family schedules and activities, it can sometimes be the thing that can tends to get out of control or become a bit of a runaway train. A few times a year, I always like to sit down and do an audit of our family finances to see how things are going and if we are meeting our financial goals like saving money for an emergency like an illness or a period of unemployment. With so many other expenses for families such as groceries and clothing for growing children, Read More »

Rustic Fall Box Wreath +13 Other Inspiring Wreaths

Rustic Box Wreath For Fall

I love decorating for Fall….it is something that I look forward to all year! You may remember that last Christmas, I decorated this rustic box wreath for Christmas, and I could not wait to change it up and add fall colours to make a fall box wreath for the season. With a collection of silk flowers in fall colours, along with some willow branches, leaves and Chinese lanterns, I was able to create this fun & colourful decoration as a warm greeting to guests who visit our home. I have also joined together with a group of talented  bloggers to Read More »

The Beautiful New Canvas Home & Dining Collection from Canadian Tire +Twitter Party

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There is nothing that excites me more than beautiful and affordable decor for our home! Take me to a fashion mall, and I am bored to tears, but take me to a mall filled with beautiful home decor choices and I could easily spend hours enjoying every piece. I am super excited to see one of Canada’s largest retailers, Canadian Tire, debut this fabulous new CANVAS home & dining collection filled with fresh and exciting pieces that will make any home look truly stunning.  You may even remember that I decorated our Christmas tree last year with gorgeous pieces from Read More »

Mexican Salad & Taco Bar-Perfect For Families!

Mexican Salad & Taco Bar

Yesterday I was in the lineup at the grocery store when I struck up a convo with another mom about how families have different tastes and how hard it can be to find  a meal that everyone likes.  I know I have a few meals that are really great for individual tastes of  each family member….like this meal, or this one. But this Mexican Salad & Taco bar is perfect for families! There is something for everyone….whether they like beef, chicken or pork, OR whether they like spicy or not, more cheese please, lots of salsa or whatever makes their Read More »

Monster Egg Buddies

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Eggs are perfect for meals or snacks anytime as they really satisfy hunger and provide high quality protein. We love eggs in our house, and having boiled eggs in the fridge makes for a super quick snack when you only have 1 minute to grab something.  As you might remember, I have been working with Burnbrae Farms for the past year as an Ambassador and I have been creating recipes each month using the goodness of Burnbrae Farms Eggs. This month, we were challenged to come up with an ‘egg buddy’, so I began to think how some cute and Read More »

5 Hot Paint Trends for 2016 +CIL Paint Giveaway

Hot Paint Trends for 2016

Recently I had the honor of sitting in on a fun session with the paint & decor experts at CIL Paints to learn about what they have predicted will be the hot paint trends for 2016. I love learning about what the predicted trends for home decor are and how those colors will be interpreted in refreshing ways in our homes. CIL has predicted 5 hot paint trends for 2016 and they range from natural brights to brown-hued neutrals. And CIL feels that “paint is the easiest and most affordable way to bring the latest trends into your home.” I Read More »

7 Easy Pasta Dinners For Families +Barilla Pasta Prize Pack Giveaway

Easy Pasta Dinners For Families

Pasta dinners are always a favorite in this house. With back to school season here, the start of the extra-curricular activities and the Fall temperatures arriving, my family is ready for comfort meals that satisfy their hunger on busy days and pasta works perfectly. The wonderful thing about pasta is that it is so versatile with the addition of many different ingredients, and it can be ready in as little as 10 minutes. Here you will find 7 easy pasta dinners for families, including some of our favorites.  For families struggling to find time to share meals together, easy pasta Read More »

Why Breakfast For School Kids Matters

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Hello there!  If you have been following my blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram this week, you know  I partnered with Kellogg’s Breakfasts For Better Days program to help raise awareness about the real cost of skipping breakfast in school children. Breakfast for school kids matters because it really has an effect on their education.  As part of raising awareness this week, I was challenged to skip breakfast  for 4 days and to share how it affected my morning with videos for each day. {You can view the videos here: Day 1 , Day 2,  Day 3 , and Day  4.}  Today, I ate a Read More »

Day 4 of My Week of Skipping Breakfast Challenge

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It is a sad fact that 1 in 7 Canadian children arrive to school without breakfast.  If you have been following my blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram this week, you know  I have partnered with Kellogg’s Breakfasts For Better Days program to help raise awareness about the real cost of skipping breakfast in school children. As part of raising awareness this week, I am skipping breakfast and sharing how it affects my morning. I have shared Day 1 , Day 2, and Day 3 . Today I am giving an update on Day 4 of My Week of Skipping Breakfast Challenge. This has been an Read More »

The Real Cost of Skipping Breakfast In School Children

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If you have been following this blog,Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram this week, you know  I have partnered with Kellogg’s Breakfasts For Better Days program to raise awareness about the real cost of skipping breakfast in school children arriving to the classroom without breakfast. As part of raising awareness this week, I am skipping breakfast and sharing how it affects my morning. I have shared Day 1 and Day 2 and today I am sharing Skipping Breakfast Day 3. I have found that skipping breakfast has definitely had an impact on my work productivity, and today not only was I hungry, Read More »

Mudroom Makeover

Mudroom Makeover

Arriving home after a shopping trip recently, I came through the garage door into the mudroom and I found myself stumbling over an unwelcome pile of shoes. It then became apparent to me that this situation had to change and I had to find another solution for this small room.  It seems that this has been the summer for a few makeovers with our new outdoor living room and our front porch. The four year old boy and eight year old girl that moved into this house 10 years ago have grown into big people and those little shoes are Read More »

How Children Lose Learning Time In School

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Hello there! Thank you so much for joining me again today as I document Skipping Breakfast Day 2. If you read my blog post yesterday or watched my Skipping Breakfast Day 1 video on Youtube, you know already that I have partnered with Kellogg’s Breakfasts for Better Days program this week to help spread awareness about the negative effects of children arriving at school without breakfast and how it affects their day. It’s a sad fact that in Canada, 1 in 7 children arrive to school missing breakfast, and this has a profound affect on their education. Please watch the video below Read More »

Giving Children The Best Start with Breakfast

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Yesterday was the first day of school for my junior high student {my daughter starts school next week} and we celebrated with an early morning breakfast with his best friend and  his mom before the boys went to school. I know both of  us moms felt so lucky to be able to share an enjoyable and fun breakfast with our teen boys before they trudged off to the fun & excitement of Grade 9. After the boys  left for school,  as I was clearing off the table and cleaning up the kitchen, it was not lost on me on how Read More »

Strawberry Banana Coconut Milk Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Coconut Milk Smoothie

Have you ever tried a smoothie made with coconut milk? To be honest, I have never thought of putting coconut milk in a smoothie before I started playing around with this recipe. Now I have  discovered that I LOVE coconut milk in smoothies…it is the bomb! Coconut milk  makes a smoothie  taste creamy, rich and delicious. This recipe for a Strawberry Banana Coconut Milk Breakfast Smoothie has fresh fruit, Blue Dragon Coconut Milk, no added sugar and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. This fast & easy smoothie makes a nutritious breakfast or snack and you can substitute any fresh Read More »

S’mores Samosas with Mango Chutney Dipping Sauce

S'Mores Samosas with Mango Chutney Dipping Sauce

I have never met a dessert that I didn’t like! These S’mores Samosas served with mango chutney dipping sauce are a fun spin on samosas, which are traditionally filled with vegetables or meat, that will satisfy any sweet tooth. S’mores Samosas are totally inspired by everyone’s favorite dessert…except graham crackers are swapped out for wraps and the campfire is swapped out for some light frying which results in ooey, gooey chocolate and marshmallows surrounded by a warm and crispy wrapper. Patak’s  Sweet Mango Chutney  gives just the right amount of spicy kick to the melted chocolate for an amazing dessert Read More »

Easy Spaghettini with Garlic, Red Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Easy Spaghettini with garlic red pepper, & extra virgin olive oil

Pasta is one of our family’s favourite meals and we usually have some sort of pasts dish at least once a week. You know what pasta is? It’s a fast & delicious dish to make when there is not a lot of time to cook, and it lends itself to so many wonderful variations, like this Easy Spaghettini with Garlic, Red Pepper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil. With pasta that cooks in mere minutes, along with the fresh flavours of garlic and red pepper, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and cheese, family dinner is on the table Read More »

18 Beautiful Indoor Lighting Ideas For Your Home

Beautiful Indoor Lighting For Your Home

As anyone who has watched all the wonderful home decor shows knows….beautiful lighting can make a room absolutely shine! Sometimes a new light fixture can instantly refresh a room and make it feel updated,  on-trend and luxurious, without even changing anything else. So in light of that, no pun intended, I have put together a collection of 18 beautiful indoor lighting ideas for making any home feel brighter, stylish and up-to-date.  I would even say that next to painting a room, it can have the biggest impact on a space for a relatively small investment. We recently added a hanging black Read More »

5 Minute Mexican Omelette +Burnbrae Farms $25 Coupon Giveaway!


By next time this week, both of my kids will be back at school and the morning craziness will begin afresh for another academic year. That means that lazy mornings and late breakfasts will be relegated to weekends only, and quick breakfasts will rule once again. My teenage son’s favourite fast breakfast is a 5 Minute Mexican Omelette. There is no heartier breakfast than a fast 2 egg omelette, which can be ready in a mere 4-5 minutes. With one frying pan, 2 eggs, a bit of salsa and some shredded cheese, this is a very filling breakfast that will Read More »

Back To School Must Have Top Tech Tools & Tips

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 As a mom of both a 2nd year university student and a junior high student, I know that tech tools are at the top of the list for back to school tools for students. They want to be able to work smarter and faster from anywhere….whether it be school, home, library, a friend’s house or the local coffee shop. Today’s kids are active and on-the-go with sports and other activities, so tech tools that are lightweight, portable and powerfully productive is an important feature. Both of our kids have gotten their own tablet/laptop around Grade 7 so that they could Read More »

Capturing Summer Vacation Memories With The New Fujifilm X-A2 Digital Camera +Fujifilm X-A2 Giveaway!


A picture is worth a thousand words, which is why I have been a scrapbooker and keeper of memorabilia for years. Pictures give us a tangible time capsule of memories to cherish of good times with family & friends for years to come, and without them we would be lost. One of my favourite memories to capture each year is that of our camping vacation. As we look over past years’ pictures, it’s so fun to see how our kids have grown, when we upgraded to a new tent and the summer we bought a new-to-us boat for fishing adventures. Read More »

Back To School Minions Treat Bucket with Free Printable Tag

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It’s back to school time and time to get the kidlets ready for another new year of learning, fun and friends! It’s always fun to celebrate special times in life with fun projects, so I created this Back To School Minions Treat Bucket as a little treat or crafting surprise for kids. It’s a great table decoration for a special back to school breakfast or dinner, or you could even have kids help assemble them to give out to friends as a special back to school treat! Making little buckets full of fun, bright things are my absolute kind of Read More »

Our New Outdoor Living Room

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This week I finally got to decorate a ‘room’ that I have been dreaming about for years…our pretty new outdoor living room! As you may remember, I have shared our outdoor dining space and  hostess station, but there was still a space that  I have wanted to make  into a comfortable sitting area for visiting, conversation or reading. I have been looking for a patio set since forever, but I could never find a set that fit our space or budget…until I found this amazing set from Best Buy which I made into the perfect cozy corner for lounging and hanging Read More »

Easy Tandoori Beef Burgers


Burgers are such a summer favorite at our house that I am sure that I could serve them a few times a week with no one complaining! However, it is a so fun to change things up by experimenting a bit and mixing in some unexpected tastes and aromas, like when I created these grilled curry pork burgers last summer.  They were delish and surprisingly easy with the help of Patak’s Indian sauces and pastes. So this summer, I experimented with the exotic flavour of Tandoori paste to come up with these delicious beef burgers to feed my crowd of Read More »

Asian Turkey Slider Salad

Asian Turkey Slider Salad

Summer is the season for delicious salads, and we are always experimenting with new flavors and ingredients to find a new favorite to add to our repertoire. The idea for this Asian Turkey Slider Salad started when my teenage son asked for a salad with ground turkey as he was looking for healthy, lean meat option. Asian flavors are always a hit at our house in any form, so making spicy Asian  turkey sliders to add to a salad with more Asian style ingredients was sure to be a winner. The great thing about making sliders is that they take Read More »

Blueberry & Peach French Toast In A Foil Packet #BBFEggs

Blueberry & Peach French Toast In A Tin Foil Packet

There is no easier meal or dish to make while camping and enjoying the outdoors than a tin foil packet. It really is your best friend when you want convenience. One of my family’s very favourite breakfasts is french toast with fresh fruit, so I decided to de-construct conventional french toast to make this super easy & delicious Blueberry & Peach French Toast in a tin foil packet with the help of Burnbrae Farm’s Cinnamon French Toast Liquid Eggs product. My family is going camping tomorrow and I am so excited to make this fantastic breakfast for all my humans! Read More »