Find Great Deals with 8 Garage Sale Tips and #LeonsGarageSale Starting July 31

I’m a huge fan of garage sales and in a small town, there are a lot of them. In fact, one of my favourite summer activities is cruising around town looking for great deals at local garage sales. I especially like looking for kids’ toys and over the years, I’ve found some great ones! Since my youngest son loves stuffed animals so much, garage sales have been wonderful for finding new furry friends for my little one without having to spend a fortune!

stuffed animals

If you’re a garage sale fan too, these eight tips will help you make the most of your garage sale experience: [Read more...]

Keep Your Skin Looking Better for Longer with the Le Mieux Skin Perfecter-Giveaway

Considering I’m in my mid-thirties, I’m pretty pleased with my looks so far. While I have a few more wrinkles than I did in my twenties, my skin is still quite smooth and has fairly even tone. But I know that I need to be proactive if I want to keep my skin looking great in the coming years, and that’s why I was so excited when I got the chance to review the Skin Perfecter by Le Mieux.

This device is a 4-in-1 multitasking hero that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and infuses using ultrasonic vibrations. It sounded similar to a home microdermabrasion device at first, but when it arrived I realized that it was something quite different. I charged up the sleek handheld unit and got ready to test it out!

I have to say that with any new skincare device, the potential sensation it might create during use is at the top of my mind. I couldn’t help but be a little hesitant as I first touched my skin with the metal end of the Skin Perfecter since I wasn’t sure how it was going to feel. There was just a slight vibration as the device moved over my face and I have to admit that it was hard to believe the Skin Perfecter was doing anything.

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Layered Bean Salad with Tuna and Feta is Perfect Picnic Fare #whatscooking

In less than a week, the closing date for my house sale will be here and I’ll be saying goodbye to my childhood home forever. Having lived in the same house almost my entire life, it’s an emotional time for me. But it’s also a busy one since the house has accumulated so much over the years. And between packing, throwing out garbage and giving away items I’m not putting into storage, I don’t really have the time or utensils to cook proper meals at the moment.

Luckily for me, Kraft Canada came to the rescue with some incredible portable picnic recipe ideas! The recipes are quick and easy to whip up, can be eaten quickly or taken on the road and, best of all, require hardly any cooking! I decided to put a twist on a popular recipe on the website: Layered Bean Salad with Feta. While it’s a hearty enough salad to be a meal already, I need all the energy I can get at the moment. Adding tuna was the perfect way to make this tasty salad even healthier and more filling!

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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!

Trying Three Delicious French Recipes Perfect for a Classic Dinner Party #MakeItHappenMonday

I love to cook and I especially love mastering new cooking styles and techniques from around the world. But, until recently, I’d never really delved into French cooking. Broil, braise, sauté, flambé…the techniques seemed a little too intimidating for me! Luckily, that all changed when I took part in Motrin’s #MakeitHappenMonday challenge! I set myself a goal of mastering a dinner-party-worthy menu of basic French dishes and then spent the next two weeks turning my dream into a reality!

french dinner party meal

Now my menu has come to fruition and, thanks to a lot of preparation and some great advice from chef friends and others, it was absolutely spectacular. The three-course meal was everything I hoped it would be, and I loved learning so many new things along the way. [Read more...]

Find Out if Your Child is a Royal or a Rebel with Ever After High-Giveaway

As a child, I was always a bit of a rebel. I was high energy and fearless with a love of adventure so I challenged myself in all kinds of ways. And while I didn’t realize it at the time, I was a rebel in another way too. I believed then and believe now that I control my destiny and determine my own future through my choices and actions.

royal or rebel

Ever After High know that there are both Royals and Rebels in the world: those that believe in destiny and those that believe they create their own future. Royals think it’s their duty to follow their destiny and dream of the day that they sign the Storybook of Legends and live their Happily Ever After. Rebels are ready to rewrite their story and live their own life. They think everyone should be able to choose their own Happily Ever After. [Read more...]

Encourage Summer Reading with a Kobo eReader and 5 Great Tips-Giveaway

Summer is definitely a time of fun, sun and plenty of outdoor activities. I tend to relax the rules a bit and give my boys more freedom during summer vacation, which means later bedtimes, a little more screen time and more treats than usual. But I still want to ensure that they’re working their minds during the summer months and I know reading books is a great way to do that. Luckily, Kobo has five great tips to help encourage kids to read more in the summer!

kobo glo hd

1. Let Them Choose

Part of the fun for kids is being able to pick what they’re going to read. Get them excited about new stories by allowing them to explore different authors and genres. [Read more...]

Summer is Full of Adventures with Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix #StreamTeam

My boys have a fascination with heroes, which is part of the reason they both loved the How To Train Your Dragon movies. Hiccup’s transformation from a misfit to a hero always left Zackary and Benjamin excited, and of course dragons make the movie even more entertaining.

dragons race to the edge package

But now, my boys get to enjoy the adventures of Hiccup and his friends in a whole new way with the release of the Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge! After the arrival of a fun box featuring snacks and some merchandise from the show, all three of us were ready to check out the new series. And we weren’t disappointed! [Read more...]