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Spring cleaning is not something that I normally enjoy very much, but this year is definitely an exception to that! I’m preparing for a move to Ontario sometime after the summer and that means that not only do I need to do a lot of purging and packing, I also have to ensure that my house is looking its best for potential buyers that stop by!
Still, cleaning has never been one of my favourite things to do and so I’ve developed a few shortcuts for getting my house looking great in a flash. Sometimes a quick trick will help me save time on a cleaning job so that I can get more done!
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There’s nothing like spring to bring out my inner creativity, and this year I had the chance to really show off my springtime style with a fun trash to treasure spring makeover project! Giving an outdated item new life is something I’ve always enjoyed, both because it saves money and because it lets me put a unique twist on items in our home. While I had a few different project ideas, the one piece of furniture most in need of some tender loving care was our back yard picnic table, so I set out to take it from drab to fab with a budget of just $25!
After two weeks of gorgeous weather, a huge snowstorm had me frightened I’d have to abandon the project, but I’d managed to cover the top of the table in time to keep it dry enough for the makeover. My blow dryer came in handy as well for ensuring the seats were dry enough to sand and paint. I started by using the sanding attachment on my power drill to smooth the top and seats while removing the peeling paint at the same time. [Read more...]
When my youngest was a toddler, I started using a video baby monitor and I couldn’t believe how much easier it made my life. The monitor synced to my smartphone so that I could check in on my sleeping youngster anytime. And it also provided me with a convenient way of keeping an eye on him when he was awake!
Now, one of my very favourite tech companies, NETGEAR, is taking the concept of video monitoring to new places with the Arlo Smart Home Security Camera, a completely wireless and portable video monitoring system perfect for everything from securing property to supervising children. Recently I received the NETGEAR Arlo VMS3230 System to test out and I couldn’t wait to get it hooked up.
I am a huge fan of Canadian Beef, and while I have a few tried and true beef recipes that I make for my family, I am always looking for new and innovative ways to cook up that perfect beef creation. Last month I had the chance to do just that with the help of Canadian Beef’s new free app, The Roundup. And the Carne Asada tacos I created with help from the app were a hit with the whole family!
The Roundup contains all the information you need to purchase, prepare and store any cut of beef. From safe handling tips to various cooking methods to a plethora of mouth-watering recipes, it’s a beef lover’s dream come true. And to celebrate the release of this delicious app, Canadian Beef is hosting a fun-filled Twitter party you won’t want to miss! [Read more...]
From the hottest new video games to the coolest construction toys, my boys love everything fun and trendy. And while keeping up with the newest fads is too much for me, I recently discovered an easy way to surprise my boys with the latest toys and games. Nerd Block Jr. subscription boxes contain an assortment of fun toys for boys or girls, delivered right to our door every month!
I received the March Nerd Block Jr. box recently and as soon as I opened it, I saw a few toys that my boys would especially love. Anything that’s sticky or gooey is always popular and this box contained not one but two different gooey toys sure to provide hours of fun. The Mega Bloks SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water micro action figure is something I knew had to go to my youngest son Benjamin, a huge SpongeBob fan. And my joke-loving oldest son Zackary is going to have a blast with the fake ice cubes and whoopee cushion in the April Fool’s Kit! [Read more...]
Dairy-Free Mushroom and Red Pepper Frittata with Almond Breeze Makes a Better Breakfast #CoolerWithAlmondBreeze
Just over one month ago I received a fabulous Almond Breeze package to help me embrace better health in 2015. One of my top health challenges has been eating breakfast each morning and I was sure that Almond Breeze would help me conquer that goal. It made such delicious morning smoothies that eating breakfast was suddenly no longer a chore!
But after awhile I realized that I did start to tire of eating the same breakfast each and every day. So I decided to put my creativity to work and see if I could create a savoury Almond Breeze breakfast alternative. I couldn’t have been happier with the results after cooking up a dairy-free Mushroom and Red Pepper Frittata!
Spring is officially here, Easter is fast approaching and that means that I’m already starting to dream of the sweet treats in my future! When it comes to getting sweet, I tend to favour natural products whenever possible and that’s why I’ve fallen in love with honibe. The company’s Honey Lozenges helped me through many a cold this winter and now its brand new Honey Gummies vitamins are helping ensure a healthy and tasty spring!
To celebrate the arrival of warmer weather, honibe is hosting a fun-filled Twitter party you won’t want to miss! Come join in the #honibeSweet Twitter party on Wednesday, April 1 at 8pm EST to buzz about health, honey and so much more. Of course, there will be some fabulous prizes up for grabs as well! [Read more...]