Grill in Style this Summer with 10 Amazing BBQ Tips and Ozery’s OneBun®-Giveaway

I am a huge fan of barbequing and once the weather is warm enough to eat outside, I’ll sometimes use the barbeque all week long. From chicken and steak to hot dogs and hamburgers, it’s a sure-to-please meal if it’s been on the grill!

But I’m not a fan of the big, doughy hamburger and hot dog buns and their high calorie count, so that’s why this year I’ve fallen in love with Ozery’s Pita Break! The company’s OneBun® flatbread buns are a lighter alternative to traditional buns and are free of artificial colours, flavours, additives and preservatives. To help you have an extra delicious barbeque season, Ozery’s Pita Break has ten great barbeque tips you’ll want to check out before you hit the grill!

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Eating Healthy is Easier with Loblaws #GuidingStarsCA Program #PCStars

I do my best to feed my family healthy and nourishing meals and for the most part, I think I do a pretty good job. But sometimes deciding which foods are the best choices is tricky. I try to always glance at food labels and check the amount of sugar, protein, fibre or other nutrients that some of my purchases contain. But I simply don’t have time to compare every variety of yogurt to determine which brand has the least sugar and fat while still providing protein and calcium.

president's choice guiding stars

So what’s a busy parent to do? Turn to the Guiding Stars! This new program from President’s Choice is in Loblaws stores across Canada and gives popular foods a simple star rating so that families can determine with a quick glance which choices are the healthiest. The system grades foods based on a credit and debit system and then assigns the star ranking. Things like vitamins, minerals and fibre increase a food’s ranking while things like saturated fat and added sugar move it down. The program makes good food choices easier and, best of all, it’s easy enough for a child to understand! [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!

Try Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread for an Easy Camping Lunch #whatscooking

My boys and I absolutely love going camping. From large excursions with the Scouts group to family getaways to nights in the backyard, if we’re under the stars cuddled up in a blanket around a crackling fire, we’re in our happy place. And as with many other special things in life, one of our favourite things about camping is the food!

Like most kids, my boys are never going to turn down classics like hot dogs and marshmallows. But I love getting more creative with my campfire cooking and one of my all-time favourite ways to make a campfire main course is by using foil. I love the versatility of being able to cook up a foil packet containing all our favourite foods. And the minimal cleanup of the method is an added bonus!

Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread

There are some great recipe ideas for foil-wrapped campfire meals on the Kraft What’s Cooking website; the Foil-Pack Taco Chicken Dinner looks sublime! But I found that most of them were more dinner ideas and I wanted to make something more suitable for a camping lunch. And so my Campfire Ham and Cheese Bread was created! [Read more...]

Kids Can Show Off #SuperStyle with New Barbie Fashionista Dolls-Giveaway

It took me a long time to develop a personal sense of style, but now that I’ve finally discovered what looks I especially love, I show them off whenever I get the chance. And I’m secretly very proud of the fact that I’ve raised my boys to have that same love of fashion and showing off their personal style!

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Two of my boys’ own personal style trademarks are button-up shirts and hats. Their school clothing generally consists of a simple outfit like jeans and a fun character t-shirt, but their casual dress-up clothes have a lot more personality. A light button-up plaid shirt paired with shorts and a fedora is something both my boys always love wearing. And I love the great reaction their clothes receive when I take them out! It’s one of their many outfit choice that showcases some #SuperStyle! [Read more...]

Celebrate Your Unique Family with Great Shows from Netflix #StreamTeam

I’ve never been much of a fan of the concept of a “traditional” family, perhaps because my own family was so different. My mom was my dad’s second wife; he’d had four children with his first wife that were all so much older I tended to think of them more as aunts and uncles than sisters and brothers.

My own parents then also divorced after having three children together: my two siblings and me. My dad remarried a third time and had one last son. My mom remarried as well and had two daughters, but then divorced again. She’s currently engaged to the man I generally think of as my stepfather.

kathryn lavallee family

That means that in total, I have two older half brothers, two older half sisters, my own brother and sister, a younger half brother and two younger half sisters. And that’s not including the stepsiblings. When trying recently to describe the origin of a book I received as a childhood git, I actually used the phrase, “my ex-step-grandma.” [Read more...]

Get Bonus Shopper’s Optimum Points Buying Great P&G Brands at Shopper’s Drug Mart-Giveaway #PGMom

Shopper’s Optimum Points have been one of the most popular loyalty programs in Canada for years now. And for a limited time, a fabulous partnership between Shopper’s Drug Mart and P&G is giving you a new way to earn even more Shopper’s Optimum Points!

shopper's optimum points

Until May 22, 2015, purchase select brands at Shopper’s Drug Mart, including Pantene, Clariol Age Defy, Secret Clinical, Crest Brilliance, Olay Regenerist and Olay Luminous, and earn ten times the Shopper’s Optimum Points! Since points can be redeemed for money off future purchases, there’s no better time to stock up on the brands you already love! [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!