Support the Earth in Style with LNBF Bamboo-Based Clothing-Giveaway

When it comes to the clothes I wear, I choose fashions that are versatile, functional and make me look and feel fabulous. Whether I’m slipping into comfy pants and a tank top to run my boys to school or dressing up for a special event, a great outfit has me brimming with confidence when I step out the door. But I didn’t often think about whether the clothing I chose was as good for the earth as it was for me. That all changed recently when I was introduced to Leave Nothing But Footprints!

LNBF is a Canadian-based clothing company specializing in fashions that respect the earth and look fantastic. Offering organic cotton, Tencel and bamboo-based viscose pieces, this clothing is timeless, elegant and a great choice for eco-conscious shoppers. Taking its name from the “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories” philosophy, the company provides pieces for women that want to protect the earth without sacrificing style and quality. Recently I had the chance to choose a few bamboo-based pieces so that I could experience the difference for myself. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait!

lnbf top and pants

I chose the Diana Ponte Dress, Darcy Slim Pants, Avant Top and Maya Jacket to review. I thought the pants, shirt and jacket would make a great fall outfit for both casual and semi-casual wear when paired together, and I just couldn’t resist adding the classy Diana dress to my clothing collection too! When the pieces arrived, I slipped into them to see how they looked and felt. [Read more...]

Halloween is Healthier with Go Gourmet Squoosh Fruit Pouches-Giveaway

In just a few weeks, one of my very favourite holidays will be arriving…Halloween! I’m notorious for going overboard with food, decorations and treats during almost every holiday celebration, but Halloween has always been one of my personal favourites. Custom tombstones, creative costumes and more help to make the day one that my boys and I anticipate for weeks in advance.

But there’s no doubt that all the candy involved in the holiday isn’t necessarily the healthiest choice for little ones. And I learned years ago that switching up those treats for something different, and ideally healthier, isn’t disappointing for little ones at all. In fact, they often get extra excited about getting a more original addition to their treat bag!

squoosh halloween treats [Read more...]

Keep Your Closet Organized with a Shoe Rack from Ohuhu

When it comes to keeping my house clean and organized, I’ve learned that having the right tools for the job can make a world of difference. And our front entryway was the perfect example of why sometimes an inexpensive product is a must-have for keeping a space neat and tidy. Our shoes and boots were taking over the small closet space inside the door and an Ohuhu 20-Pair Shoe Rack seemed like the perfect solution for keeping our shoes organized, but still accessible.

The shoe rack was compactly packaged and very simple to put together. I just inserted the bars into the plastic end pieces, hammered each connection lightly to lock the bars in place and set the rack up in the entryway. Then it was time to fill it with shoes and get our space organized!

ohuhu 20 pair shoe rack [Read more...]

Ensure Your Home and Family are Secure this Fall with Products from Master Lock-Giveaway #LSSS

Fall is a season that’s always seemed to me to be one of preparation. Knowing the temperature will soon drop and the ground will be covered in snow reminds me of all the little household errands I need to do in order to be ready for winter. And part of that means making sure that my family and our belongings are safely stored away.

wheat and sunset

From a secure outdoor padlock on a shed full of outdoor equipment to a door security bar on a patio door that won’t be used all winter, having the right locks and security items are a must when I’m going through my fall safety checklist. And to help you ensure your family is safe this fall, Master Lock has put together a very special giveaway! [Read more...]

Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Crystal Burst Power Paks Get the Laundry Done So You Can Have Fun-Giveaway #AHFreshStart

There are a lot of chores that I’m not terribly fond of doing, and laundry has to be one of the jobs that I like least. Between washing the clothes my two active boys dirty each day and scrubbing railroad grease off my train conductor boyfriend’s work gear, laundry is one of those jobs that just feels never-ending. Because of that, I’m always looking for clean clothing shortcuts. And Arm & Hammer™ has compiled some great ones in this handy infographic!

arm and hammer infographic

With a good supply of Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Crystal Burst Power Paks and these great tips on my side, I was ready to spend less time working and more time doing the things I enjoy. And to help me with that, Arm & Hammer™ sent me a fabulous customized package containing a few of my favourite things! Godiva chocolate, Detour Coffee Dark Horse Espresso beans and tickets to take my family out for a movie night meant that I could relax and indulge myself since I’m now saving time on my laundry routine! [Read more...]

Warm Salmon and Roasted Vegetable Salad with New Sobeys Seafood Steamer Makes a Quick Healthy Dinner #JustCookTheBag

Fall has always been one of my busiest times of year, but it’s also a time when I want to make sure that my family is eating healthy. And on one of those busy nights when my boys have extra-curricular activities and I’ve had a busy day of work, making a nutritious dinner that we’ll all enjoy can be a challenge!

That’s why I’ve fallen in love with the new Sobeys Seafood Steamer! The newest food option at Sobeys fish counter isn’t just delicious; it’s also a great quick and easy option for a healthy dinner. Using a special oven-safe bag that was inspired by the French cooking method en papillote (steaming fish in a parchment paper pouch), fish is customized to suit my family’s tastes then sealed in a handy pouch I can bake to perfection at home!

warm salmon roasted vegetable salad recipe

I decided to try the Seafood Steamer in one of Sobeys’ delicious-sounding recipes, so I headed to my local Sobeys fish counter to customize my meal. I found two beautiful boneless salmon fillets and requested them prepared with the Garlic & Parsley butter. A few minutes later, my Seafood Steamers were ready! Then it was time to get cooking, and the Warm Salmon & Roasted Vegetable Salad seemed like a perfect healthy fall dinner! [Read more...]

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum, Imagicards and Word Whammer Build Literacy for Life

I remember when my oldest son was about six months old and it occurred to me that he didn’t really have any baby toys. He had stuffed animals and a few rattles, but nothing interactive with buttons and music. I made a trip to the local store and found a toy that I could hang on the crib with handy rubber straps. Featuring a butterfly, caterpillar and ladybug, it had music, sound effects and talking characters. Zackary absolutely loved it.

That toy was a LeapFrog toy and though I didn’t know it at the time, that was when we took the first step to becoming a LeapFrog family. In the years that followed, my boys have learned and played with countless LeapFrog infant and toddler toys, the Leapster Explorer, the Tag Reading System and every single LeapPad tablet.

leapfrog leappad platinum imagicards word whammer

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I was chosen as a member of the LeapFrog Mom Squad, since it would mean even more chances to experience the toys my boys have loved since they were babies. And sure enough, my very first LeapFrog package was one that had my youngest son Benjamin in paradise! Even better, these newest toys from LeapFrog are the perfect choice for building literacy skills, something my Grade 1 boy is going to be doing a lot of this year! [Read more...]

Celebrate Fall with a Salted Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe #whatscooking

September is apple season and to me, that always means apple crisp! Crisps are one of my all-time favourite desserts and while I love the tart rhubarb crisps that I often make in the spring, I also adore a sweet and spicy apple crisp when fall arrives.

This year, Kraft Canada is featuring a variety of delicious apple crisp recipes, from classic baked apple crisp to twists on tradition including Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake and Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp with Warm Vanilla Sauce! After drooling over the tasty treats, I couldn’t help but want to create an apple crips dessert of my own. So I decided to add a gourmet twist to a classic with a Salted Caramel Apple Crisp!

salted caramel apple crisp recipe [Read more...]