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Friday, May 22, 2015

Help Canadian Communities Grow Real Food With Kashi's #PlantItForward Program +Kashi Prize Pack Giveaway!

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Hello friends! I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather. I was busy in my garden over the long weekend and I noticed on Facebook that many of my friends were busy planting their gardens with lots of yummy vegetables as well.
I think we are all looking forward to some fresh vegetables later this summer!

You might remember a few weeks ago, I was super excited when Kashi contacted me and asked if I would like to help spread the word about their Plant It Forward program. 
Kashi believes that we all need to know more about the food we eat and I couldn't agree more! Kashi, through the Plant It Forward initiative, has contributed over $100,000 during the past two years to Evergreen's Seeding Healthy Communities program to help build & support urban gardens across Canada so that communities can get closer to real food by planting it, growing it and nurturing it with their own hands.
I think it's so important for communities to have the opportunity to grow real food,  and to teach and inspire the next generation.
Growing things is such a fun experience for children. My kids absolutely loved starting things from seeds when they were younger!
Did you know that you can recycle an empty Kashi Box into a easy planter following these easy tips?! 
Such an brilliant and easy way to get closer to read food!
Real food can be easy to grow and tastes so good fresh from the garden!
According to the Kashi Plant It Forward survey, less than half of all Canadians (46 per cent) have gotten their hands dirty planting, growing and caring for fresh fruits and vegetables. Perhaps more surprising is that one third of Canadians will not visit a farmer's market or community garden this year. Kashi's online video, When I Grow Up, shows the need to get Canadians reconnected to real food and where food comes from.

Kashi would really like to encourage Canadians to "Give. Get. Grow." by celebrating the little farmers in each of us and to get us growing real food.
Whether we have access to a garden, or we simply grow potted tomatoes or herbs in recycled ice cream containers or cereal boxes on a back deck or stoop, there are small ways that all of us can get closer to real food.
Kashi would like us all to Put Up Your Hands for Real Food.

Kashi would like to call on all Canadians to celebrate the little farmer within by sharing a picture of hands getting dirty from planting fresh food and sharing it on Twitter or the Kashi Canada Facebook page using the hashtag #PlantItForward. By sharing and joining the conversation, hopefully we can  inspire each other to grow and care for fresh food.

Kashi Giveaway! 
Kashi has offered this amazing prize pack to one lucky reader!
{Canada Only. Must be 18 years & older to enter! Void where prohibited!}

To enter:
1}Share the  Little Farmers Video on Twitter or Facebook a with the #PlantItForward hashtag 
2} Leave the link from where you shared the video in the comments below! 
3} Fill out the giveaway form below with your email address so I can draw a winner AND contact you!

Good Luck! 

Kashi Prize Pack Giveaway

To learn more about the Plant It Forward initiative and Kashi's latest product offerings, please visit 

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Kashi. However, as always, I only partner with brands/products that I love and use in my own home. I have been feeding my family Kashi products for years, including those 'tasty little crackers', bars and cereal.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2 Easy Tips to Stay Fit This Summer +Brita® Filtered Water Bottle Giveaway!

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With school being over for the year in just one month, it will soon be the season for summer vacations, camping trips, family reunions and summer sports tournaments. I find that summer is always the time of year when a regular schedule gets thrown to the wind as we try to squeeze out every bit of enjoyment of the gorgeous weather outside. One thing that can be hard to fit in on a regular basis during summer is getting to the gym or keeping up with exercise programs/classes.
The pictures below shows the only two things that you really need to stay fit and active this summer:

1}comfortable runners for walking 

2} a Brita® water bottle
Comfortable runners can be packed and ready to go no matter where summer adventures take you. Whether camping or site-seeing, a daily walk is something that can be squeezed into a busy day in almost any location.

Traveling with a Brita® water bottle is a good reminder to put down the sugary drinks and refresh with Brita® filtered water. Whether it's a day at the beach, the morning commute to and from work, or days on vacation, Brita®'s got you covered with a new line of bottles that makes staying hydrated while on the go easier than ever.

Brita®'s newest addition is the Brita® Hard Sided Filtered 1 L Bottle.
This large size bottle is the perfect accessory for any adventures that summer may bring your way!
Get your recommended daily water with only two refills and feel great knowing that one Brita® Bottle filter can keep up to 300 plastic water bottles out of the local landfill.
This bottle is going to be my  new best friend this summer as I try to make sure that I drink enough water every day! 
Brita® Hard Sided Filtered 700 ml bottles come in two new colours...grey & flowers.
The hard-sided bottles come with a firm exterior and built-in straw and filter to allow for easy drinking and portability. Like all Brita® water bottles, they are also dishwasher safe and NSP certified to reduce chlorine taste and particulate.

Brita® Sport Filtered 590 ml Bottles are also available in two new colours for 2015. This 560 ml portable squeeze bottle with a replaceable filter is the perfect companion when you're staying active on the track or in the gym.

From an easy squeeze bottle to its newest 1 litre bottle, you'll be able to take Brita® filtered water anywhere you go for healthy drinking on the go!
One of my favourite places to take my water bottle is in the car to sip on while I am doing errands or driving my kids around.
I get really thirsty while  busy mom duties and having the bottle with me in the car takes car of that!

The wonderful folks at Brita® are giving away a Brita® Prize Pack to one lucky reader!
{Canada only. You must be 18 years old and up to enter. Void where prohibited.}
To enter is easy! Just fill out the form below!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Brita®. As always, I only work with brands/products that I love and use in my own home. All opinions are my 100% honest opinions.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fresh & Fun Front Porch Decor

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 Hello friends! Are you ready for the second installment of the Outdoor Extravaganza this week? This week's theme is outdoor decor and entertaining and I am sharing our front porch. With the exception of  Christmas, one of my very favourite spaces to decorate is our front porch for summer. I adore an attractive front porch with lots of flowers and personality. Each year I try to make it look slightly different than the previous season.  Two years ago, I chose yellow as the pop of colour, while last year, you may remember that I found these fabulous chairs. Our front porch is favourite hangout for reading a book or sipping drinks in some cool shade and I love for it to feel relaxing and pretty. This year, I chose pink as a colour story to make our front porch feel fresh & fun!
When I saw these pretty floral pillows, I just had to have them. They are so lovely and perfect for a pretty summer space. They also work perfectly with the existing chair cushions and small rug I found early in the spring at Target that brings some soft green and pink to the area.
The painted bucket planters from a few years ago got a fresh new coat of paint this I was inspired by the gorgeous mini-roses I found at a local garden center, along with some white alyssum.
These planters greet every visitor to our home, which is why I try to choose flowers that will bloom all summer.
 A few more touches of pink on the side table makes a pretty vignette.
 Our front porch  becomes an extra room in the summer where we enjoy spending time soaking in the  the beautiful weather and sunsets.
 I am so in love with these little rose bushes. They add a romantic and pretty touch! 

Be sure to visit the rest of the beautiful project's for this week's theme:

A Texan Tablesetting by The Blissful Bee
Summer Crostini Bar by Craftberry Bush
Country Garden Party Table Centerpieces by Satori Design for Living
DIY Painted Outdoor Serving Tray by The Happy Housie
Hosting a Last Minute BBQ by Fynes Designs
Fresh & Fun Front Porch Decor by Echoes of Laughter

And here are some other great ideas! 

Wishing you a wonderful week! 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Save Time, Money & Energy with Toronto Hydro by signing up for eBills +Win A Washer & Dryer #HydroGTA

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As a busy mom, I really love things that help me save time and stay organized. One of the things that I seem to drown in is mail & paper clutter. It's hard to keep on top of it all, along with other things that demand my children, making meals and laundry. That's why recently I made it a personal goal of mine to go paperless with our monthly bills. This means that I have considerably less paperwork to open and file each month. To do this, I created a mail folder for each month on my computer that I sort bills into, so when I am ready to sit down and pay the bills, I have everything organized into one paperless folder and it has changed my life.  I really recommend any busy mom consider going paperless!

If you live in the greater Toronto area, Toronto Hydro is providing the opportunity to go paperless by making signing up for eBills easier than ever!

How paperless eBills can help you save:
    • 24/7 access to your account from anywhere that has internet access
    • Online access to all your bills for the past two years, in one place
    • Better for the environment - it's paperless
    • less mail to open, less paper to file!

Furthermore, all Toronto Hydro customers who sign up will receive a FREE bottle of Fleecy Fast Dry™ and be entered to WIN a GRAND PRIZE of a Samsung high efficiency washer & dryer.{Samsung WF5600 front-load steam washer and DV5600 front load dryer.}

To sign up for paperless eBills, qualify for a bottle of  Fleecy Fast Dry™ and for a chance to win a washer & dryer, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the newest programs from Toronto Hydro, please like them on Twitter: @TorontoHydro.

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Toronto Hydro. All opinions are 100% mine. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Make Grilling Easier Than Ever with Cookina® +Cookina® #WhatsOnYourGrill Giveaway!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by COOKINA®. However, as always, I only work with brands/products that I truly love and all opinions are 100% mine. I totally loved this product and we plan to use it all the time for our grilling adventures.

Hello  friends! I hope you are having a great week so far as we kick off the very first camping weekend of the season! We can barely wait to get out for our first trip of the season, but it won't be this weekend as my husband is away for work for 2 weeks. However, while he is away, I will enjoying the good weather with the kids and grilling up a storm with our Cookina® Reusable Grilling Sheet!  You might remember that last week I wrote a full review about our experience using the sheets, which you can read about HERE.
 I love this sheet so much because it makes grilling a breeze with tasty, delicious food cooked on one sheet including veggies that won't slide off and fall through the grill! 
With these grilling sheets, you get all of the flavour without all of the mess!
You can also get those delicious looking grill marks too!
And the Cookina® grilling sheets help to keep your grill clean!
They are also great to take camping or to cottage rentals to place on grills so don't have to worry about cleaning grease and grime from previous users.
And for people with food allergies, it can help protect food from being exposed to allergens on the grill from previously barbecued foods.
Best of all, these sheets are a SNAP to clean in warm, soapy water.
These sheets are definitely worth the investment of around $14.99. And as a busy mom, I so appreciate the fast clean up that gets me out of the kitchen faster!

COOKINA® #WhatsOnYourGrill Giveaway!

The lovely folks at COOKINA® are giving away 1 prize pack as shown below to one lucky reader!
This prize pack will contain 2 each of: Cookina® Oven Protector, Cookina®Reusable Grilling Sheet and Cookina®Reusable Baking Sheet to help make grilling and baking and clean-up easier than ever!
{This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, 18 years of age & older, Void where prohibited.}
To enter is easy! 
Just fill out the form below and TWEET or share on FACEBOOK to increase your chances of winning!

Just cut & paste the tweet below and add in the food you would like to grill using Cookina®! 
{Share a recipe picture if you can too!}

I would love to grill{insert food here}with the Cookina Reusable Grilling Sheet! #WhatsOnYourGrill

I would love to grill mushrooms with the Cookina Reusable Grilling Sheet! #WhatsOnYourGrill


Share On Facebook what you would love to grill with the hashtag #WhatsOnYourGrill

To find out more about COOKINA Barbecue, visit and

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How To Make A Fairy Garden & 4 Other Fabulous Outdoor Plant & Flower Projects for the Outdoor Extravaganza 2015!

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Hello there! I am so excited to share this amazing Fairy Garden project with you, along with the projects of 4 other talented bloggers as part of this year's Outdoor Extravaganza, hosted by Shauna at Satori Design For Living! If you have never visited Shauna,  please go over and see her beautiful projects!

I was first intrigued with the idea of making a fairy garden last summer when I visited a large, local greenhouse & garden centre and saw a number of these charming gardens on display. My inner child was absolutely smitten with these tiny gardens of imagination, so I started making plans for making one. My friend and I started collecting small fairy garden worthy treasures to add to our gardens, but the summer got away from us and it never happened. Insert sad face here.
However, we never forgot our plans, so when the local stores began putting out this year's plants, we spent some time shopping for the perfect small plants for our gardens.
I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had creating this tiny garden!
It is easy & fun and such a relaxing thing to do!
And every time I look at this little garden I smile!
I will share a few tips so you can easily make your own fairy garden too!
We found MANY of our items at the dollar stores and a goodwill store, including the glass cottage, so hopefully you won't need a big budget for this project!
For this project, you will need:

-a container for your garden. It can be a plant pot, shallow basket or container. {Mine came from a second hand store}
-small plants of varying heights and textures.  Ideally...high plants for the back of the garden and low plants for the front. {I picked up plants at Walmart, Home Depot & Canadian Tire}
-small objects for creating pathways and patios such as wood coins, small stones, pebbles or wood blocks, etc. {Mine came from the dollar store}
-moss and moss-covered rocks. {I got mine from the dollar store.}
-a small glass house, cottage or structure, if desired. Check second hand stores and yard sales.
-mini furniture such as doll house furniture or barbie furniture. [Mine came from a second hand store}
-any other fun bits you can find such as mini-animals, birdhouses, etc.
-potting soil
-black garbage bag for lining
-spray paint {I already had paint}

Part of the fun of this project is scouring the dollar store, yard sales,second hand stores, your garage or the forest floor for fun things to add to your fairy garden! 
For this project, I chose a basket because I love the look of baskets. This shallow basket came from a second hand store and cost only a few dollars, but you could use any shallow container you wish.
To make the garden water-proof, I lined the basket with a black garbage bag so the plants could be watered without turning into a dripping mess.
I had some mini-furniture,, but I didn't think the colour would show well with the plants, so I spray-painted them white and let dry for a bit.
Start the fairy garden by planting the tallest plants and/or placing the structure at the back of the container so that it becomes a focal point. Then mark out where things such as stone pathways or patios will go before moving on to adding the rest of the plants.
Now fill in the garden with the rest of the plants and fun bits you have on hand.
And lastly, add moss and/or moss rocks to cover bare areas.
My little garden has an 'English Cottage' theme, but you could choose any theme you wish!
My good friend Peggy wanted to make an Asian-inspired ZEN garden and she collected all of these things {except the plants} from second hand stores over the last year,  including the little glass panda.
I love how her garden turned out! 

And here are two other fairy gardens that we found at our local garden centre that I just loved:

Fairy gardens are a fun project for both adults and children!
 I am so excited to be a part of this year's Outdoor Extravaganza!
For the next 3 Wednesdays in May, we will be sharing fun projects related to the outdoors and ending the Extravaganza with a link party so everyone can share their outdoor projects!
Be sure to visit ALL of these FUN outdoor projects!

Texas Centerpiece by The Blissful Bee
Whimsical Herb Garden by Craftberry Bush
Front Yard Garden Tour by The Happy Housie
Vintage Tool Box Flower & Herb Planters by Satori Design for Living
DIY Patio Planter by Fynes Designs
How to Make a Fairy Garden by Echoes of Laughter

See you next Wednesday with more fun outdoor projects!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Skillet Blueberry & Cream Cheese Strata

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Camping Season is almost here and I am SO excited! Last weekend, our family invested in a brand new tent for camping season 2015! Our current tent was 10 years old and for the last 2 summers we have used it, it had a broken zipper on the door which meant that the door couldn't be zipped up all the way.
So of course, all the bugs in our vicinity knew where to come for a midnight snack!
It was obviously time for an upgrade, so we visited a camping store on Saturday to choose a new & larger tent that will hopefully last us another 10 years of camping trips!
Now I am busy testing a few new camping recipes like this delicious & filling Skillet Blueberry & Cream Cheese Strata!
One of the things that I really enjoy about camping is the fun of cooking all of our meals outside!
Skillet meals and tin foil packets are fast & easy meals to make, with few dishes to wash afterwards so it's a kind of cooking that I really dig!
Our cast iron skillet is absolutely indispensable for camping trips and we use it everyday and almost for every meal.
And for us, any recipe that involves eggs in the skillet is a GREAT way to start the day with eggs providing high quality protein and staying power to get everyone through the daily morning fishing trip on the lake!
I love this NEW egg product from Burnbrae Farms...Naturegg Simply Eggs™ liquid eggs which are 100% eggs with no added ingredients.
Natureggs Simply Eggs™ are perfect for camping trips because they take up less space than a carton of whole eggs in an RV fridge or cooler and are ready to use in dishes and recipes while providing all of the quality and nutrition of whole eggs. 
{And I don't know about you, but I have opened the cooler more than a few times to find a gallon of milk stashed on top of an egg carton full of now-cracked eggs, which makes mama  a little frustrated!}
This recipe is tasty and easy and can be breakfast, brunch or dessert.
Feel free to use any berries in season or a combination.

Skillet Blueberry & Cream Cheese Strata
This sweet strata can be prepared the night ahead {if you have access to a fridge} and simply popped from the fridge to the oven, grill or campfire when you roll out of bed 

1 loaf of french bread, torn or cut into cubes {you can also use any bread or rolls}
1 package of cream cheese, cut into cubes
1-1/2 cups blueberries {or any berries or combination}
1-2 cartons of Burnbrae Farms Simply Eggs™
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon {optional}

To make:
1. Spray skillet with cooking spray. {If you don't have a skillet, a large foil pan will also work.} Add bread cubes to skillet.
2. Mix Simply Eggs™ with milk & sugar. Pour over bread cubes.
3. Sprinkle blueberries and cream cheese cubes over strata. Sprinkle with a little sugar on top.
4. Cover with tin foil and place on grill or campfire on medium high heat. Let cook for 35 minutes or until egg mixture is set. Remove from heat and let stand a few minutes.
5. Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream or ice cream, if desired! 

So remember to pick up a couple of cartons of NatureEgg Simply Eggs™ when picking up groceries for camping trips this season! They are super convenient to have on hand, take up less space than carton of whole eggs and cannot be cracked if stored in a cooler!

I am so thrilled to the news of the #GreatCanadianCampout Twitter Party on May 26th at 9 pm EST with  SJ Consulting, Burnbrae Farms and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Join us for an hour of fun, delicious egg recipes and campfire memories. Make sure you RSVP and follow the hosts to be eligible to win the prizes and I hope to see you at the #GreatCanadianCampout Twitter Party!

Here are ALL the details!

Date: May 26th
Time: 9 pm EST
Hashtag: #GreatCanadianCampout
Hosts: @BurnbraeFarms, @CWF_FCF; @SJConsulting_CA
Eligibility: Open to Canada only. For official rules and regulations, please read HERE.


1 – Grand Prize: Coleman Instastart All-in-one Grill, 2 Stackable coolers, CWF Hoodie, $100 Gift Card, $100 Burnbrae Farms Gift Basket – Total Value $500
2 – Second Place Prizes: 2 Coleman Stackable Coolers, 1 CWF Adopt an Animal Kit, $75 Burnbrae coupons: Total Value $175
5 - Third Place Prizes: 1 CWF Adopt an Animal Kit; CWF Flashlight; $50 in Burnbrae Farms Coupons – Total Value $100

Come join us for some great conversation, prizing and FUN! RSVP below, prizing is open to residents of Canada 18+, excluding Quebec.

For more great recipes and information, please follow Burnbrae Farms here:
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Here are some of my other recipes inspired by the goodness of eggs!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

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