Charge Your Day with Mercola Pure Power Protein Bars-Giveaway

Overall I eat pretty healthy but snacks are definitely my weakness. I am horrible for skipping breakfast, I eat sensibly at lunch and supper, but during the day when I get a craving for something to eat, I often end up grabbing a snack made of chocolate with no nutritional value. Considering I strive to eat a high protein diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, it goes without saying that chocolate is not the best snack choice for me.

mercola protein bar case

But I still want to be able to satisfy that urge for something sweet, and that’s why Mercola Pure Power Protein Bars sounded like they just might be the ideal solution for a chocolate-lover like me. These bars are organic, vegan, gluten-free and feature a complete amino acid profile. And with 14g of brown rice and yellow split pea protein, they’re packed with nutrition too! [Read more...]

Dig into a Luscious Rhubarb Tart and Other Summer Fruit Recipes #whatscooking

One of my favourite things about summer food is the fresh fruits and vegetables and our family goes through a lot of them. Whether we’re feasting on sweet B.C. cherries, crunching carrots from the garden or snacking on some locally picked Saskatoon berries, the bounty of summer isn’t just delicious, it’s healthy too!

And when I’m in the mood to cook, there is no produce that appeals to me more than the fruits and vegetables I get from my own back yard. Right now, rhubarb is at its prime for whipping up tasty treats!

rhubarb tart on plate

My personal favourite recipe using rhubarb has always been Rhubarb Crisp. It’s simple, delicious and freezes well so that in the cold winter months, I can still enjoy the taste of summer. But this year we have so much rhubarb that I decided to branch out and try some different summer recipes. And Kraft Canada was ready to help! I knew as soon as I saw the Rhubarb Tart that it would be a must-make for me. [Read more...]

Kids Will Enjoy an Exotic Adventure with Rio 2 Now on Blu-ray and DVD

rio 2 box artSummer is such a great time to watch a movie with a tropical theme, and this summer the whole family can sit down and enjoy the antics of the macaw Blu, his wife Jewel and their family in Rio 2, now available on Blu-ray and DVD! Here’s a brief synopsis of the film:

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.

The boys and I received a copy of the movie to review and while I haven’t sat down to watch it yet, Zackary and Benjamin have already enjoyed it a few times! Benjamin especially loves this film, partially because he loves animals and partially because the plot is just so much fun. [Read more...]

Giveaways Ending July 21

Mommy Kat and Kids has four great giveaways ending July 21!

If you haven’t already, make sure you get your entries in! Good luck everyone!

Best Bolognese Sauce Recipe with T-fal Jamie Oliver Professional Stainless Steel Cookware-Giveaway

I love cooking and I am always excited to learn something new when it comes to perfecting different dishes. And even though I’ve been cooking since I was eight years old, one of my most important lessons in the kitchen didn’t come until I was an adult. That lesson was this: the right tools make a big difference in the results.

t-fal jamie oliver professional series cookware

When I first moved out on my own, I bought the cheapest set of cookware I could find and I used it for years. After having children, I gradually started upgrading my kitchenware and almost immediately, I knew I’d been missing out. From a few cast iron frying pans to a proper set of quality cooking knives, quality items don’t just make preparation easier, they make the finished dish better too.

But I still hadn’t upgraded to a top-quality set of pots and pans when to my delight, T-fal came to my rescue and offered me the chance to cook up something delicious with the Jamie Oliver 9pc. Professional Stainless Steel cookware set. I ‘d been wanting to master Bolognese Sauce for quite some time but I hadn’t had the proper size pot to do it, so with my new cookware in the cupboard, I set out to tackle this family favourite.

spagetti with bolognese sauce [Read more...]

Raise Awareness for Clean Water and Join in the P&G #CleanWater Photo Challenge

Clean water is something we often take for granted here in Canada, but considering a lack of clean water causes more deaths that AIDS and malaria combined in developing countries, we really should be thinking a lot more about how lucky we are to have safe water to drink. A few months ago I shared information about the partnership with P&G and Walmart Canada to provide one day of clean drinking water to developing countries for every P&G product sold in month of April, and even had the chance to interview Jason Priestley about his participation in the program.

cleanwater photo challenge

Now, to help reach the goal of providing 25 billion litres of safe drinking water to others, P&G and Walmart are once again teaming up to support #cleanwater by providing one day of safe drinking water for every P&G product sold at Walmart Canada stores or at between now and July 31, 2014. And P&G is celebrating the movement with a fun photo challenge that could win you some amazing prizes! [Read more...]

Fabulous Friday Giveaway Linky

If you have a giveaway you would like to share with readers, please link it up below! If you could use the format name-prize-restrictions-end date (eg. My Blog-Awesome Prize-US-1/15), that would be wonderful. Happy giveaway entering!

Five Must-Experience Family Attractions in Medora, North Dakota #FamilyTravelND

One of the things I love about travelling is discovering the hidden treasures in every region, places that might not be as well-known as the big cities but that have their own special magic and appeal. Recently my boys and I visited North Dakota for a week and were able to discover one of those hidden treasures first-hand: the tourist town of Medora just outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

medora bank and post office

Stepping into Medora, North Dakota is like walking into the Old West and from my first glimpse of the town, I was captivated. But in addition to being a picturesque old-time community, Medora is full of fun activities, great food and unique entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! If you’re planning on making the trip yourself, these are five attractions you won’t want to miss:

Horseback Riding

boy on horse medora riding stables

A trail ride through the beautiful North Dakota badlands is a must for nature-lovers when visiting Medora. The horses at the Medora Riding Stables are incredibly well-trained and suitable even for youngsters to ride, and the chance to ride through the hills on horseback is one not to be missed. There are knowledgeable guides to point out some of the notable landmarks, not to mention the pure fun of following narrow tracks up and down the steep hills.

view of north dakota badlands

Zackary and I headed out on a one-hour trail ride and I was actually rather impressed by how much he enjoyed the ride. An hour is a long time to stay in the saddle for a novice rider but holding the reigns, directing his horse and following the tracks kept him interested the entire time. Meanwhile, I loved getting up close to the beautiful scenery and enjoying the warm summer sunshine. This is definitely an activity that adults and children will both love and a great first introduction to riding a horse! [Read more...]