Important Conversations to Have this Father’s Day

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. With Father's Day quickly approaching, I can think of no more appropriate time to have an important conversation with the men in our lives about taking better care of themselves. Let's face it, most dad's, husbands and men, in general, are super busy, independent (as in...instruction manuals are for other people and asking for directions is unheard of...lol), and tend to put … [Read more...]

Daily Tips to Look and Feel Great in 2017

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. I really don't mind the winter months. Now is the time of year for turning on the heat, cozying up in front of a crackling fire or enjoying the warmth of a wood stove. Let’s face it, there is nothing as magical as sitting in front of a roaring fire while watching a white, fluffy snow blanket … [Read more...]

9 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar

Most of us have vinegar around the house. White vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid, water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. Although we often use it in the kitchen for baking, canning, cooking; vinegar is not just for use in the kitchen. It can also help with a variety of cleaning tasks since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer. Even if you are familiar with using it, you may still be surprised at some of these nine … [Read more...]

19 Innovative Uses for Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Non-stick cooking spray is something that I use almost daily when baking and cooking. Whether to spray cake pans, muffin tins, a loaf pan or pizza pan, it is a staple in our kitchen. But, did you know there are many other uses for that trusty can of cooking spray? In the Kitchen 1.  No mess ~ When spraying do it over the sink or an open dishwasher to prevent any messes. 2. Knives ~ Fresh garlic and dried fruit can stick to your knife like glue. Give both sides of you knife a quick … [Read more...]

#makeitCDNbeef Twitter Party Oct. 22, 2015 – International Chef Edition

After a slow and rainy start to this past summer, September and October have been fabulous! We still have our patio furniture and barbecue out on the deck. It is starting to get a little chilly, but that hasn't stopped us from firing up the barbecue as often as we can! With the impending winter barreling down upon us, it is so nice to be able to still spend time outside. We love doing many outdoor activities like gardening, camping, hiking, family dinners and, of course, barbecuing! We … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Safely Hiking New Brunswick’s Fundy Coastline {$750 #WoodsExplorer Giveaway}

My family and I love to get out at least a couple of times each year and enjoy the rugged beauty of Canada's majestic Fundy shoreline. We are fortunate to live in relative proximity to many provincial parks, as well as Fundy National Park, Fundy Trail, Cape Enrage and the Fundy Footpath. Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Fundy National Park and with over 100 kilometers of trails, your favorite beach, river valley, or waterfall is just waiting to be discovered! Fundy's trails … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Canadian Beef Twitter Party {& McDonald’s Giveaway}

This summer has been so beautiful, I want it to go on and on. I can hardly believe we are already more than halfway through August. However, instead of getting down about the approaching end to summer, I plan to make the most of the remaining sunny days and long evenings! It is so nice to be able to spend lots of time outside. We love most outdoor activities like gardening, camping, travel, family dinners and of course barbecuing! We have a brand new shiny barbecue this year and have put … [Read more...]

Canada’s Largest Garage Sale and 25 Great Tips! {w/Giveaway}

My daughter and I have spent many a fun Saturday morning browsing the many garage sales in our neighbourhoods. I'm not exactly sure why I love them, but I do! I think it must be the thrill of the hunt. Finding that perfect painting, the piece of dishware you are missing, tools, books, furniture and the list goes on! A couple of years ago, my hubby and I were looking for a new table for our dining room. We saw that a home not far from us had lots of furniture for sale, so decided to check … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef Twitter Chat ~ June 10th at 8PM ET

The weather has been beautiful lately and it finally feels like summer has arrived. It is so nice to be able to relax out on the deck in the evenings! And, with the arrival of great weather comes all types of fun activities like gardening, camping, travel, family dinners and of course barbecuing! We have a brand new shiny barbecue and are so excited to be tossing the first steaks and burgers on the grill and making lots of salads and sides to go with them! If like us, you are looking … [Read more...]

16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks

  Are you like me? You love cooking and baking, but not the amount of time it takes to actually execute that perfect dinner, cake, bread or lunch? Over the years, I have learned lots of shortcuts as well as some tricks for making the entire cooking and baking process much more enjoyable. My 16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks UPDATE - Forgot to add this tip that we have used for years and years. When freezing ground meat,put it in a freezer bag, flatten and remove all air before … [Read more...]

Mealtime Options ~ Mealtimes don’t need to be a big hassle

Anyone with kids knows those first few weeks of "Back-to-School" is one of the busiest times of the year. Everything seems to happen at once: shopping for school clothes, footwear and school supplies; homework; packing lunches; planning dinners; registration for social and sporting groups and then car pooling to get to those activities; getting back to a routine and the list goes on...it can wear out even the most organized of families! … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Tips & Tricks From a Registered Dietitian!

I recently had the opportunity to get some lunch box tips from dietitian Anne Marie Armstrong. Anne Marie is a registered dietitian with Atlantic Superstores and a mother of two.  She liaises with stores across the Atlantic region, providing nutrition tips and answering customers' questions about healthier eating. With "back to school" in full swing, it was great to be able to pick her brain and get the low down on bagged lunches from a dietitians point of view.  Anne Marie was able to … [Read more...]

Holiday Food Safety to Protect You, Those Pregnant and Your Entire Family From Foodborne Illnesses {Healthy Living}

Holiday Food Safety ~ The festive season is rapidly approaching, in fact it has arrived!  Accompanying this fun season is lots of baking, entertaining, and dinners with family and friends.  While it’s always important we all follow proper food safety steps, it’s especially important for women to pay close attention to food safety during pregnancy. To protect themselves and their unborn baby, pregnant women should follow the four key steps to food safety:  Cook; Clean; Chill and Separate.  These … [Read more...]

Health Canada ~ Food Safety Tips for the Holidays {Healthy Living}

Food Safety Tips ~ Food is an important part of many holiday celebrations. However, many of the foods found at holiday parties, such as baked goods, eggnog, cider, seafood and turkey, can carry viruses, bacteria or parasites that could cause foodborne illness ("food poisoning"). Health Canada would like to remind all Canadians of some basic steps they can take to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness during the holiday season. … [Read more...]