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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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 »

Hoisin Glazed Chicken Skewers

Hoisin Glazed Chicken Skewers

One of my family’s favorite meals right now is chicken skewers. They love, love, love chicken skewers and I love how easy they are to make. As soon as I told them that we were having “hoisin glazed chicken skewers” for dinner, everyone was excited because hoisin sauce is a favorite in this house. With Blue Dragon’s Hoisin Sauce, this glaze for chicken is easy to whip up but the flavor is amazing! Kids love skewers…so it makes a great family meal! I think I could serve these a few times a week and everyone would have happy tummies! This Read More »

Mango Chutney Grilled Fruit Skewers

Mango Chutney Glazed Fruit Skewers

There is no easier summer dessert on the planet than ice cream…and when some grilled fruit skewers are added, the dessert becomes even more tasty & scrumptious! Threading some cut-up fruit on skewers takes very little time and with  a yummy & flavorful brushed-on glaze such as  Patak’s Sweet Mango Chutney with a little honey and orange juice, the result is so delicious! You must give this easy dessert a try! The wonderful thing about this glaze is that it caramelizes on the grilled fruit so that it is warm, sweet and slightly spicy…which makes an amazing partner to vanilla Read More »

The Gift of A Beautiful Real Wood Watch by Jord for Father’s Day

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When looking for Father’s Day gifts, I often find it  hard to find something that is special & unique for my husband as he is not one for fancy or expensive things. However, he is a true outdoors man and every summer he looks forward to getting away to camp & fish and be in the fresh air. So when I found these beautiful wood watches by Jord, I thought they were absolutely perfect for my husband with his love of the out doors and nature.  I chose this gorgeous Sully watch for him in green and it arrived in Read More »

Scrambled Eggs Breakfast Nachos

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Nachos

Who doesn’t love nachos? I mean seriously…do you know one single person who doesn’t like nachos? I don’t. I think it’s a finger food  liked by everyone that is  fun and casual. These scrambled egg breakfast nachos are a fun take on the traditional nachos and are an easy way to serve eggs for breakfast that are unusual but easy to make and delicious! All that is needed is a skillet,  a carton of liquid eggs {or 8 eggs} and toppings that your humans love. This recipe is a wonderful addition to easy grilling or camping meal ideas as well. My Read More »

Learning & Planting with Kashi’s #PlantItForward Program

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Over the past few weeks, I have had so much fun helping to spread the word about Kashi’s #PlantItForward Program. For the third year in a row, Kashi has partnered with the Evergreen’s Seeding Healthy Communities program to help build and support urban gardens across Canada so that Canadians can get closer to real food by having the chance to grow fruits and vegetables. Helping Canadians get closer to real food by teaching them how to grow it is a wonderful life long skill to nurture. Kashi wants everyone to Put Your Hands Up For Real Food! According to the Read More »

Curried Shrimp Boil Skewers

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Barbecue season is here and we have been busy grilling many of our favourite summer dishes. With winter being so long, we aim to squeeze out every possible minute of summer fun by eating & cooking outdoors as much as we can. One of our very favourite grilled meals are skewers or kabobs. They are so versatile as they can made with all kinds of variations of meat, seafood, vegetables, marinades, flavours and sauces. My kids gobble them up, so that makes it a winning dinner too. I have been working with Patak’s over the past year as an ambassador, Read More »

Asian Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

Asian Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

It’s no secret how much our family loves skewers for meals in the summer. I have shared the delicious recipes for both Curried Shrimp Boil Skewers and Grilled Curry & Lime Pork Skewers as some of our favourite summertime grilling recipes, and now we have a new favourite to add to the list…Asian Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers. The glaze for this recipe was the easiest thing in the world to create…I just combined two of Blue Dragon’s sauces to create one delicious glaze that was brushed over the skewers.  These are two sauces that you may even have in your Read More »

It’s the Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party! Come Link Up Your Outdoor Projects!

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If you have been following along for the past few weeks, you know that I have been sharing outdoor projects every Wednesday, along with 5 other bloggers for the Outdoor Extravaganza.   Week 1  was all about Plants & Gardens and I shared this little fairy garden.   For Week 2, the theme was Decor and Entertaining and I shared our Front porch decor: And Week 3’s  theme was Build & Paint, and I shared this Magazine-Rack-Turned-Outdoor-Planter project: Now it’s your turn to share your outdoor projects! Please feel free to share any outdoor project, new or old, by adding your Read More »

Recycled Magazine Rack Turned Outdoor Planter

Recycled Magazine Rack Turned Outdoor Planter

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Can I just say how much I love this time of year? In my part of the planet right now, the sun rises at 5:30 am and doesn’t set until 10:00 pm…with many hours of glorious sunshine in between. And do you know what that means? So much time to be outside. Hours to garden.  Moments to savour while front porch sittin’. I have loved being a part of the Outdoor Extravaganza this month because it has given me a chance to focus on getting some great outdoor projects done. This here little Read More »

Help Canadian Communities Grow Real Food With Kashi’s #PlantItForward Program +Kashi Prize Pack Giveaway!

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Hello friends! I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather. I was busy in my garden over the long weekend and I noticed on Facebook that many of my friends were busy planting their gardens with lots of yummy vegetables as well. I think we are all looking forward to some fresh vegetables later this summer!   You might remember a few weeks ago, I was super excited when Kashi contacted me and asked if I would like to help spread the word about their Plant It Forward program.  Kashi believes that we all need to know more about the food we Read More »

2 Easy Tips to Stay Fit This Summer +Brita® Filtered Water Bottle Giveaway!

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With school being over for the year in just one month, it will soon be the season for summer vacations, camping trips, family reunions and summer sports tournaments. I find that summer is always the time of year when a regular schedule gets thrown to the wind as we try to squeeze out every bit of enjoyment of the gorgeous weather outside. One thing that can be hard to fit in on a regular basis during summer is getting to the gym or keeping up with exercise programs/classes. The pictures below shows the only two things that you really need Read More »

Fresh & Fun Front Porch Decor

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  Hello friends! Are you ready for the second installment of the Outdoor Extravaganza this week? This week’s theme is outdoor decor and entertaining and I am sharing our front porch. With the exception of  Christmas, one of my very favourite spaces to decorate is our front porch for summer. I adore an attractive front porch with lots of flowers and personality. Each year I try to make it look slightly different than the previous season.  Two years ago, I chose yellow as the pop of colour, while last year, you may remember that I found these fabulous chairs. Our front Read More »

Save Time, Money & Energy with Toronto Hydro by signing up for eBills +Win A Washer & Dryer #HydroGTA

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As a busy mom, I really love things that help me save time and stay organized. One of the things that I seem to drown in is mail & paper clutter. It’s hard to keep on top of it all, along with other things that demand my attention…like children, making meals and laundry. That’s why recently I made it a personal goal of mine to go paperless with our monthly bills. This means that I have considerably less paperwork to open and file each month. To do this, I created a mail folder for each month on my computer that Read More »

Make Grilling Easier Than Ever with Cookina® +Cookina® #WhatsOnYourGrill Giveaway!

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 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by COOKINA®. However, as always, I only work with brands/products that I truly love and all opinions are 100% mine. I totally loved this product and we plan to use it all the time for our grilling adventures. Hello  friends! I hope you are having a great week so far as we kick off the very first camping weekend of the season! We can barely wait to get out for our first trip of the season, but it won’t be this weekend as my husband is away for work for 2 weeks. However, while he Read More »

How To Make A Fairy Garden & 4 Other Fabulous Outdoor Plant & Flower Projects for the Outdoor Extravaganza 2015!

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Hello there! I am so excited to share this amazing Fairy Garden project with you, along with the projects of 4 other talented bloggers as part of this year’s Outdoor Extravaganza, hosted by Shauna at Satori Design For Living! If you have never visited Shauna,  please go over and see her beautiful projects!   I was first intrigued with the idea of making a fairy garden last summer when I visited a large, local greenhouse & garden centre and saw a number of these charming gardens on display. My inner child was absolutely smitten with these tiny gardens of imagination, Read More »

Skillet Blueberry & Cream Cheese Strata

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  Who doesn’t love a great blueberry dish such as a blueberry cream cheese strata? Camping Season is almost here and I am SO excited! Last weekend, our family invested in a brand new tent for camping season 2015! Our current tent was 10 years old and for the last 2 summers we have used it, it had a broken zipper on the door which meant that the door couldn’t be zipped up all the way. So of course, all the bugs in our vicinity knew where to come for a midnight snack! It was obviously time for an upgrade, Read More »

5 Tips For Prepping Meals For Busy Families On the Go!

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There is nothing that makes me happier than making a good meal for my family! Home-cooked meals are not only budget-friendly and can help the family’s food allowance go far, but are far more healthy than eating out. What I am about to show you is very simple, basic food that is prepared to cover a few meals and it is something that the kids can help with too! I know that there are a ton of posts out there showing how to make meals for the freezer and or crock pot, but my family enjoys those types of meals Read More »

Give Love to New Moms In Need this Mother’s Day with World Vision Gifts #WorldVisionGifts

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One of the things that I cherish most in life is my role as a mother. My role is not only to love & protect my children, but to help guide and nurture, and send them off into the world as caring, responsible and productive individuals. My kids are now 14 and 18 years old and even though my daughter is in University, I still treasure those fleeting moments when I get to nurture her as a young woman. One thing that I have discovered is that we never stop being mothers to our children. I feel so very fortunate Read More »

Support Growing Real Food In Urban Gardens Across Canada This Summer with Kashi’s #PlantItForward Program

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  Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Kashi. However, as always, I only partner with brands/products that I love and use in my own home. I have been feeding my family Kashi products for years, including those ‘tasty little crackers’, bars and cereal.   With Spring here, my family is really looking forward to getting our garden started this season. When our children were smaller, we did not have a lot of time to garden, so some years we just grew a few tomatoes in pots on our deck or herbs such as chives, dill and basil.  This year, Read More »

The Best BBQ Tool for Summer Grilling & Camping

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by COOKINA®. However, as always, I only work with brands/products that I truly love and all opinions are 100% mine. I totally loved this product and we plan to use it all the time for our grilling adventures.     Hello everyone! Are we all a little excited that summer grilling season is just around the corner? I know I am.  Although we haven’t had a chance to do spring cleaning with our deck, BBQ and outdoor furniture yet, we are enjoying the sunny days and grilling away. I am especially excited this year  for Read More »