Charge Your Day with Mercola Pure Power Protein Bars-Giveaway

Overall I eat pretty healthy but snacks are definitely my weakness. I am horrible for skipping breakfast, I eat sensibly at lunch and supper, but during the day when I get a craving for something to eat, I often end up grabbing a snack made of chocolate with no nutritional value. Considering I strive to eat a high protein diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, it goes without saying that chocolate is not the best snack choice for me.

mercola protein bar case

But I still want to be able to satisfy that urge for something sweet, and that’s why Mercola Pure Power Protein Bars sounded like they just might be the ideal solution for a chocolate-lover like me. These bars are organic, vegan, gluten-free and feature a complete amino acid profile. And with 14g of brown rice and yellow split pea protein, they’re packed with nutrition too! [Read more...]

Kids Will Enjoy an Exotic Adventure with Rio 2 Now on Blu-ray and DVD

rio 2 box art Summer is such a great time to watch a movie with a tropical theme, and this summer the whole family can sit down and enjoy the antics of the macaw Blu, his wife Jewel and their family in Rio 2, now available on Blu-ray and DVD! Here’s a brief synopsis of the film:

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.

The boys and I received a copy of the movie to review and while I haven’t sat down to watch it yet, Zackary and Benjamin have already enjoyed it a few times! Benjamin especially loves this film, partially because he loves animals and partially because the plot is just so much fun. [Read more...]

Best Bolognese Sauce Recipe with T-fal Jamie Oliver Professional Stainless Steel Cookware-Giveaway

I love cooking and I am always excited to learn something new when it comes to perfecting different dishes. And even though I’ve been cooking since I was eight years old, one of my most important lessons in the kitchen didn’t come until I was an adult. That lesson was this: the right tools make a big difference in the results.

t-fal jamie oliver professional series cookware

When I first moved out on my own, I bought the cheapest set of cookware I could find and I used it for years. After having children, I gradually started upgrading my kitchenware and almost immediately, I knew I’d been missing out. From a few cast iron frying pans to a proper set of quality cooking knives, quality items don’t just make preparation easier, they make the finished dish better too.

But I still hadn’t upgraded to a top-quality set of pots and pans when to my delight, T-fal came to my rescue and offered me the chance to cook up something delicious with the Jamie Oliver 9pc. Professional Stainless Steel cookware set. I ‘d been wanting to master Bolognese Sauce for quite some time but I hadn’t had the proper size pot to do it, so with my new cookware in the cupboard, I set out to tackle this family favourite.

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New Dare #REALFRUIT Berries and Chews are Perfect for Summer Snacking-Giveaway

My boys and I live a pretty healthy lifestyle, complete with plenty of daily physical activity and a wide variety of wholesome foods. But all three of us have one big weakness when it comes to healthy eating…candy! It’s only natural that Zackary and Benjamin, at four and eight years of age, would be big fans of candy but I have to admit I’m as bad as they are. I resist the cravings for the most part but every once in a while I just have to indulge!

When that happens, I often buy a bag of Dare REALFRUIT Gummies. With real fruit juice in a variety of flavours, they’re a more natural choice for a delicious sweet treat. And now, Dare Candy Co has released two brand new candies perfect for summer snacking! Dare REALFRUIT Berries are soft and chewy bite-sized berries made with real raspberry juice. The berries are peanut-free, gluten-free, gelatin-free, fat-free and have no artificial colours or flavours. And Dare REALFRUIT Chews are gluten-free, come in five delicious flavours, are made with real fruit juice and also contain no artificial colours or flavours!

dre realfruit berries and chews

My boys and I received samples of the new Dare REALFRUIT candies to test out and of course, all three of us were happy to take on the task. We tried the Dare REALFRUIT Berries first and Benjamin especially just loved them. He tends to favour softer, sweeter candies and the rich raspberry flavour of the berries was perfect for him. I liked how easy portion control was with the berries too; when my boys wanted a snack I could quickly count out five or ten berries for each of them for a reasonably-sized treat. [Read more...]

Summer is More Refreshing with Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist

After a long week of work, there’s nothing I love more than relaxing in the backyard with a cold drink enjoying the summer sun. And when I’m choosing a drink, I want something that’s fruity, summery and won’t leave me feeling bloated or weighed down.

This year, Molson Canadian 67 has created the perfect summer beverage for women like me: new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist. This light beer with a hint of tangerine flavour has only 67 calories per serving and is available for a limited time in select provinces across Canada!

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Serve Your Drinks In Style this Summer with New Drinking Mugs and Lid Sets from Bernardin-Giveaway

Every year in the late summer and early fall, I find a way to preserve the extra vegetables and fruit that I grow in my garden or get from the local market gardens and most of the time, I do that by canning. From my family’s favourite plum jam made with plums from the tree in our back yard to pickled beets made with the surplus of fresh beets I grow in the garden, there are all kinds of tasty and delicious ways to make sure we can enjoy the bounty of summer all year long.

And when it’s time to start canning, I’ve always trusted Bernardin for high-quality canning supplies including mason jars, pectin, lids and canners. But this year, there’s no reason to wait for autumn to enjoy Bernardin! The company has recently come out with some fun new products perfect for cooling down on a hot summer day.

bernardin drinking mugs

My personal favourite is the adorable new Bernardin Drinking Mugs. Everyone knows there’s nothing trendier than serving food or drinks in canning jars and these new mugs from Bernardin make that even easier! While I’ve been using them for beverages so far, I also think they’d be perfect for serving a salad or a dessert at an outdoor party. Guests will enjoy the stylishness of the presentation, and the handle on the jar makes eating the food even easier! [Read more...]

Say #GoodbyeFlyaways and Shave #InASnap with New Products from Gillette Venus and Vidal Sassoon-Giveaway #PGMom

Summer is definitely the season for wearing cool, flowing dresses while sporting cool, flowing hair and I have to admit, it’s one of my favourite things about July and August. There’s simply nothing better than feeling the warm breeze blowing while being outside in the sunshine.

But summer clothes can mean summer woes at times, whether it’s because occasionally the sun tends to leave my hair looking less than luxurious or because I have a tendency to sometimes sashay out the door in a strappy dress forgetting that I haven’t shaved my legs or underarms. Luckily, this year Proctor & Gamble is coming to the rescue with some products that will end summer hair problems once and for all!

pg summer hair prize pack

My thick, straight hair is actually fairly well-behaved in all weather, but if you have curly or wavy hair and the humidity causes you grief each summer, Vidal Sassoon has two fabulous new products to help tame your tresses. When there’s just no avoiding humidity, embrace your natural wave with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Enhancer Spray and Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Crème Pomade. The 7-in-1 wave enhancer spray allows for maximum styling so you can achieve that tousled, beach hair look with ease! After a quick spray, just apply the crème pomade for genius curl control, leaving hair soft, touchable and beautifully defined for up to 24 hours! [Read more...]

Scan Quickly and Efficiently with the D+Oi ZCan+ Scanner Mouse-Giveaway

Fairly often when I’m working, I’ll need to scan documents and pictures, either to post on my website or to send to others. Since I work upstairs on my laptop and my combination printer and scanner is downstairs, it’s always a hassle having to stop what I’m doing to go to another part of the house and use my device.

Now, D+Oi has come up with an innovative way of making scanning while working incredibly easy. The company’s new ZCan+ Scanner Mouse lets you scan in seconds using your computer mouse, so you never have to move somewhere else to get your scanning done! I received the new mouse to review and I was sure it would help me save time while working.

d+oi zcan+ scanner mouse [Read more...]