100 Interesting Facts About Canada to Celebrate #Canada150

Canada is having its 150th birthday this year, to celebrate I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 100 Interesting Facts About Canada to Celebrate #Canada150. While a variety of theories have been put forward for the origins of the word Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement". (This post is part of a blog hop so be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the #ECMCanada150 blog posts.) Image … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Prize Pkg Blogger Giveaway, $280 Value

I love to bake and cook and have been hearing so many fabulous things about the relatively new Instant Pot. If you're unfamiliar, Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being safe, convenient and dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. I am very sad to say, even though it is on my "wish … [Read more...]

Help End the Cycle of Violence Against Women {w/Twitter Party}

May 1-31 marks the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s annual Campaign To End Violence. As the only national foundation in Canada, the Canadian Women's Foundation is dedicated to giving women and girls a chance for a better life.  They specialize in helping women move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. The Canadian Women's Foundation's Campaign to End Violence is an initiative to raise awareness and funds for more than 450 emergency shelters and violence … [Read more...]

2017 Spring WOW Guide Twitter and Instagram Colouring Contest

We all know that kids love to colour and are always so proud of their work. Now you have an opportunity to showcase your emerging Picasso or van Gogh and just maybe they will be the winner of a new bike in the 2017 Spring WOW Guide Colouring Contest! Definitely a budding Picasso right here! It's fun and easy for the kiddos to enter. All you need to do is grab your new Canadian Tire Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue, which is now available! (If you didn't get your copy in the mail, just … [Read more...]

The Agricultural Alphabet Starts with Bee

The Agricultural Alphabet Starts with Bee ~ I’m someone who truly appreciates nature, including, and probably most importantly, the wondrous bounty of fruits, vegetables, and flowers it provides us with each year. My sensibilities as a cook are always greatly heightened with the arrival of each year's new crop and the anticipation of using fruits and vegetables literally bursting with flavour and freshness. Photo credit: Florian Martys via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA Let's face it … [Read more...]

Let’s Do Our Part to Give Poverty The Boot {w/Twitter Party}

Did you know Roma Boots merges fashion with philanthropy to give poverty the boot? Well, they do! Their mission is to bring impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education. For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. Honestly, why can't every company do this? It would make such a huge difference in the lives of so many! ABOUT ROMA BOOTS Roma was founded in 2010 by Samuel Bistrian, who wanted to … [Read more...]

It’s Heart Month ~ What To Do If You Suspect a Heart Attack!

I am very excited to announce that I was chosen as a 2017 brand ambassador for Bayer. As a brand ambassador, I  have been compensated for this post. However, as always, all opinions expressed are my own. It’s hard not to have hearts on your mind in February. Every store is full of them: chocolate hearts, heart-shaped cakes, heart-shaped frames. This annual celebration of romantic love isn’t the only reason to give that blood-pumping organ in your chest a second thought this month. February is … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Have You Tried the New Kellogg’s Products? {w/Giveaway}

Well, there is no doubt about it, we are definitely in the midst of the belly of the beast known as "Winter". The weather has been cold, snowy and icy and if you're thinking there is not much to look forward to, except, more of the same, then I have a fun surprise for you! This year, Kellogg Canada is debuting eight new products that are sure to satisfy your taste buds and make this long cold winter more bearable. From quinoa and dark chocolate to mixed nuts and real fruit pieces, these … [Read more...]

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Family {w/Recipes}

Chinese New Year, the start of the lunar year, is the most important traditional holiday in China. This January denotes the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, as defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Celebrations will begin on January 27, 2017, New Year's Eve, and typically last around two weeks, making this the longest holiday in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year, Saturday, January 28th will officially usher in the Year of the Rooster.  Millions of people across the world are right … [Read more...]

4 Exciting Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples

Valentine's Day is one of the most celebrated events in the world. Since it is drawing closer again, many couples, even singles, are particularly amped up for it. Various plans are now being made for this day and many of us can hardly wait. Photo via Visual Hunt If you are one of the people who observe Valentine's Day yearly, then you presumably know the typical drill on this day. These days, February 14th is no longer celebrated by couples alone, rather by nearly everybody. It is a day … [Read more...]

Super Popular Recipes ~ The Top 16 Recipes of 2016

As cliché as it sounds, it really is difficult to believe that 2016 has come and gone. It was a busy year for me. With our kids now grown and living in other provinces we decided to downsize and in September, sold the home that we had lived in for close to twenty years. Music Man and I have set out on a new, exciting and hopefully fun adventure. We are presently renting a great house, but are hoping, in the very near future, to find the perfect "fixer-upper" to renovate. Stay tuned as I am … [Read more...]

Bulletproof Coffee, It’s Just the Beginning!

It is no secret that I LOVE coffee. Pouring myself a hot cup of delicious coffee is just about the first thing I do every morning. And...I'm a bit of a coffee snob too. Cream and sugar, those are for other people. Until recently, I always had my coffee steaming hot and black. When I started to write this article, I was trying to remember the first time I ever had coffee.  Although I couldn't recall specifics, I am pretty sure I developed my love for coffee back in high school. Which believe … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Must-Haves From the 2016 Hallmark Holidays Collection {w/Giveaway}

The Christmas holidays have always been, by far, my favourite time of the year. The holiday “season”, is aptly named "season" because it’s far more than just a single day. It seems to be the only time of year that we all come together and share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract we have all have signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. If you are still out, searching high and low for the perfect gift for that special … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Creating Memories with my Instax SHARE SP-2 Printer (w/Giveaway & Party)

The Christmas holidays are easily one of my favourite times of the year.  However, this year is going to be a little different for us. Our daughter is living in a remote area of the Northwest Territories and won't be home for the holidays. I think she is missing many of our family traditions like baking together, decorating the tree and the house, going out for a festive dinner with a group of family and close friends, Christmas at the market, apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes and the … [Read more...]