Add Fun to Lunches with Sabra Dips-Giveaway

With school now back in full swing, packing lunches has become a routine and in this house, that usually means that the lunch itself is fairly routine too. A sandwich, pudding, a granola bar…day after day I pack up the same items and for the most part, my boys don’t complain. Still, I can’t help but want to add a little more variety to their lunchboxes, especially if I can do so in a healthy way!

hummus and veggies

That’s why Sabra Dips have become my new lunchtime essential. Whether I’m making a school lunch or planning an after-school snack, the flavourful hummus, guacamole and salsa are always top picks. My personal favourite is definitely the hummus; it’s full of protein and fibre to help power my boys through their day and comes in so many delicious flavours! [Read more...]

Encourage Your Little One’s Early Mental Development with Merdy Twinkles of Joy Blankets-Giveaway

While my boys have long outgrown their baby years, that doesn’t mean that there are no more babies in my life. In fact, with five younger siblings all in relationships, there’s been a new baby cousin born every year since I gave birth to my oldest. And that means that I get plenty of opportunities to shop for the newest and best baby products for my new nieces and nephews.

Finding that perfect gift for a baby is a task that I absolutely love and this year, the adorable new Merdy Twinkles of Joy blankets are a perfect choice for that new baby on your shopping list. These blankets feature a unique multi-sensory design that incorporates neuroscientific technology to help encourage early mental development of babies and children. I received one of the blankets so that I could see first-hand what it was like and even before it was unwrapped, I was impressed.

merdy baby blanket [Read more...]

Experience the Total Non-Stick System of New Circulon Prime Cookware-Giveaway

Good cookware is one of my absolute must-haves in the kitchen and while I have very particular tastes about what type of cookware I like to use for certain dishes, I have struggled in my search for a good, multi-purpose skillet. I use cast iron frying pans for fatty foods but for low-fat cooking I find that I have issues with food sticking to the pan. On the other hand, I tend to shun non-stick cookware because of the potential health risk when the non-stick coating starts peeling off. I admit it…I’m terrible about remembering not to use metal utensils with non-stick pans!

That’s why I fell in love with the brand new Circulon Prime cookware at first glance. Not only is this cookware incredibly stylish (I especially love the red set), but it’s also incredibly functional! Featuring a special Total non-stick system of high and low grooves that increases the durability of the non-stick surface, it’s the perfect solution for anyone that craves the effectiveness of non-stick cookware but doesn’t always remember to grab a non-metal utensil while cooking!

circulon prime deep skillet egg poacher [Read more...]

Make This Creamy Salted Caramel Latte Recipe and Other Delicious Drinks with New Pure Via Stevia Liquid Sweetener-Giveaway

As somebody that is fairly health conscious, but also shuns artificial ingredients in my food, I’ve been a fan of Pure Via sweetener since it was first introduced in Canada. This naturally sourced option is made from an extract from the leaves of the Stevia plant and provides low-calorie sweetness that doesn’t cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

Pure Via sweetener is available in a granulated form that I love for baking and for sweetening my coffee in the morning. But the granulated version doesn’t dissolve very well in cold beverages, so I was pretty excited when the brand new Pure Via Stevia Liquid sweetener was introduced! The liquid version of my favourite low-calorie sweetener dissolves instantly in both hot and cold liquids and comes in a handy portable bottle with a no-drip lid perfect for a busy mom.

pure via creamy salted caramel latte recipe

To let people see for themselves how delicious new Pure Via Liquid is, the company developed some fabulous and delicious cold beverage recipes perfect for a hot day. While autumn may be here, Saskatchewan is still enjoying plenty of warm, sunny days so I decided to test out one of the recipes and see how I liked it. And of course, as a confirmed coffee addict, I couldn’t resist whipping up a Creamy Salted Caramel Latte! [Read more...]

Kids Will Love the Nutty Taste of #DarePeanutFree Bear Paws and Wagon Wheels with Wowbutter-Giveaway

I’m very lucky to have two boys that so far don’t have any food allergies, but of course not everyone we know is so lucky. Our small-town school is very reasonable about peanut allergies and each year the teachers inventory the students and limit foods allowed in lunches on a class-by-class basis. The first few years, Zackary was still able to take peanut butter sandwiches and other nut-filled treats to school, as nobody in his class was allergic. But this year both of my boys have children with peanut allergies in their class.

dare bear paws and wagon wheels wowbutter

That means I need to be careful when I’m packing snacks because, as the teachers say, if a snack isn’t labelled as being peanut-free, it’s not safe to send to school. So I was thrilled to learn about the new Dare Bear Paws and Wagon Wheels snacks made with Wowbutter! These treats use peanut-free Wowbutter, a spread that tastes just like peanut butter, to let kids enjoy a great nutty-tasting treat without actually eating nuts! [Read more...]

Freshen Your Home and Enhance Your Decor with Lampe Berger Paris-Giveaway

Living in a century-old house means that there are often areas that smell a little musty, especially when the weather starts to change. I have a few different air fresheners I like and an air purifier in the living room, but I’m always on the lookout for new solutions that might work even better and recently I found one that’s perfect for quickly freshening an individual room.

Lampe Berger Paris lamps are beautiful glass canisters that hold a scented home fragrance fuel. By simply lighting the lamp for a few minutes, blowing it out and putting on the diffuser top, the lamp removes unpleasant odours from the air while at the same time adding a wonderful fragrance to your home. I received a lamp and a bottle of Chocolate Indulgence Home Fragrance to try for myself and I was eager to see just how effective the Lampe Berger lamp was.

lampe berger lamp [Read more...]

Let Your Kids Blast Up Some Fun with BOOMco Toys from Mattel #BOOMcoBLAST

My boys are always excited to check out the latest new toys and so when a large BOOMco box from Mattel arrived at the front door recently, Zackary and Benjamin were bouncing off the walls with excitement. This new line of blasters features fun soft tips that will stick to targets without damaging breakable household items.

boomco blasters

Luckily, we are having a week of gorgeous weather here in Saskatchewan, so we headed outside to let the boys test out the blasters. The little CLIPFIRE blasters were especially popular since they were easy to load and had great range. After practicing with the target for a little while, the boys had a blast shooting the darts straight up into the air to see how high they would fly! [Read more...]

Maximize Your Home WiFi Experience with the NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WiFi Router

It took me a lot of time to realize the difference that a great router makes in a home network, but once I did, I never used the cheap router given to me by my Internet provider again. And a few months ago, I got the chance to boost my Internet’s performance significantly with the fabulous NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router.

Now, NETGEAR is at it again with a router that boasts top-of-the-line performance and speed, going above and beyond any other router I’ve ever experienced. The NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WiFi Router is the Cadillac of routers and I was so excited when the company sent me one to test out for myself.

netgear nighthawk ac3200

What first won my heart about NETGEAR was the company’s easy installation process thanks to the NETGEAR genie. The step-by-step walkthrough always helps me get my new technology up and running in a flash and this time was no exception. The NETGEAR genie also provides some handy performance features such as making any printer connected to the modem AirPrint compatible. Being able to use an iPhone to print any time without having to install apps or connect to a PC is such a great timesaver! [Read more...]