Start Your Day Right with Nutrient-Packed Berry Blast Bran Muffins #ONatural

Thanksgiving is the official kick-off of the holiday season for most families and ours is no exception. But between the colder weather, the extra treats and the decrease in time spent outdoors, it’s also the season when colds and flues start to attack with a vengeance. And that’s certainly been the case this year! My oldest son coming home from school with a cough has gradually led to every single member of our family spending at least a day in bed with a fever and a hacking cough.

Now that we’re all pretty much recovered, I know I need to do more to ensure we’re getting proper nutrition during the holiday months. Since a good breakfast is always a great place to start, I decided to create a hearty, nutrient-rich muffin recipe that would help my boys start the day off with plenty of energy and plenty of nutrients too!

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Fabulous Friday Giveaway Linky

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It’s Time To #StreamInto2015 with Staples Canada and Choose an Ultimate Holiday Movie-Giveaway

One of my favourite things about the holiday season is watching holiday movies and there are so many to choose from! While I can watch almost any holiday movie and enjoy it, I do have a few special favourites and so do my boys. Zackary loves the silliness and high energy of Jingle All The Way. Benjamin prefers classic cartoons including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. And I’m often torn between classics like Miracle on 34th Street and new holiday favourites such as Elf.

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So this year, I’ve teamed up with Staples Canada for the #StreamInto2015 campaign to choose an Ultimate Holiday Movie! I’ll shortly be receiving a Roku 3 Streaming Media Player, some movie snacks and a TV stand for my brand new TV so that my boys and I can launch a month-long movie marathon and choose a winner worthy of being crowned the Ultimate Holiday Movie. But this is one mission that will be even easier with help from you! [Read more...]

Treat Your Little Goblins to 4 Easy and Healthy Halloween Snacks #whatscooking

Halloween is just a few days away and since kids will soon be indulging in all kinds of sweet treats, I thought I’d create a few healthier Halloween snacks for my little monsters this year. Planning a Halloween party menu without overindulging on sweets doesn’t have to mean skimping on fun and these four simple recipes are proof of that!

Four Easy and Healthy Halloween Snacks for Kids

Halloween Pumpkin Oranges

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Such a fun and easy treat! Simply peel mandarin oranges and insert a small slice of celery into the top to create instant delicious mini pumpkins that kids will love to gobble up! [Read more...]

A #BeRadiant Experience with Demi Lovato, Always and Tampax-Giveaway #PGMom

While I’m a woman with plenty of self-confidence today, in my teens I was painfully shy with no self-esteem. It took many years of learning and growth to reach the point of recognizing my own self-worth and while the reward was worth every moment of that journey, it’s one that I can’t help but hope will be easier for the young girls in my life today. Having strong, confident female role models can certainly help with that and Demi Lovato is the perfect example of a young woman that is using her talent to help those around her.

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Recently, thanks to a partnership between Demi Lovato and the Always and Tampax Radiant collection, I had the chance to see Demi Lovato perform live in Saskatoon and while I knew there would be plenty of great music to enjoy, I didn’t know just how inspiring the event would be. I took my sister and my young niece to the concert with me and from the moment we arrived, we were ready for fun.

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Top 4 Sunnyvale Hotels for Families

Sunnyvale, California is a destination that has plenty to offer a family on vacation. From parks to museums to mini golf courses, kids and adults alike will find plenty to keep them entertained. And with so much to do, staying for a few days is probably a good idea. Sunnyvale has a huge variety of hotels to suit every need but for family travel, these four hotels are a great choice.

top four sunnyville california hotels for families

Best Hotel for Families on a Budget – Days Inn and Suites Sunnyvale

Offering an outdoor pool, free Internet, and free continental breakfast, this cozy hotel has everything a family could want for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Rooms feature mini-refrigerators, coffee makers, cable television, and microwaves so that families on a budget can keep food in their room or eat out as they wish. Prices start at just eighty dollars a night! [Read more...]

South Park: The Complete Seventeenth Season is Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

south park complete 17 season blu-rayThe adult animated series South Park is one of those guilty pleasures that I’ve indulged in ever since my early twenties, though I have to make sure the boys aren’t around when I watch it now! And if you’re a fan as well, you’ll want to check out the recently released South Park: The Complete Seventeenth Season now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Here’s a brief synopsis of the disc:

All ten episodes from South Park’s epic 17th season are stuffed into this exclusive two-disc set. Join Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Princess Kenny as they infiltrate the NSA, bring peace to the Middle East, tame some strange, and fight in the greatest battle of their young, hot lives. Throw in some big, floppy, never-before-seen deleted scenes to dangle in your face and you’ve got a box set that will make everyone jelly. [Read more...]

That Meaningful Connection with Somebody Special…It’s the #CheeriosEffect-Giveaway

Have you heard of the Cheerios Effect? It’s not exactly a celebration of cereal; it’s actually a real scientific principle that you can test out at home. Drop two Cheerios into a bowl of milk and eventually they will float together and connect. And just like Cheerios, we humans are hard-wired to be drawn to one another and seek out our own connections in a similar way.

I’ve had a few especially meaningful connections in my lifetime, but one of my most memorable was with my best blogging friend Jen. We first started just casually chatting online. I’d actually been a little shy about reaching out to other bloggers and she helped me realize that there was an entire supportive community that I could join. Similarly, I helped her with some of the finicky back-end things involved in running a website.

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