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Kids Mean Nostalgia And Nostalgia Needs Cake

19th October 2015

I keep wondering if there will ever be a time as a mom, where I don’t wonder how time is passing so quickly. One minute they’re in diapers, and the next they have opinions and attitudes and want privacy and girlfriends.

Slow down children. Mommy isn’t ready for this.

And every so often, without warning, I feel this overwhelming need to slow things down and make every moment count. This is when I pry the electronics out of the children’s hands, and we have family time. Actually, despite my sarcasm, the kids actually really love spending time together doing “things that people did in the olden days” like board games and talking.

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Board games, Bingo and card games are always guaranteed to have all four of us sitting at the kitchen table, laughing and having fun. These times always remind me of being a kid, at home with my four siblings and my parents. Some of my favourite memories are playing Risk with my brother, watching movies all together, and hanging out in our clubhouse. My mom would give us her homemade treats but every so often we’d have a Deep ‘n Delicious chocolate cake too. The five of us would devour that baby without even trying.

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I suppose it’s weird to be nostalgic about a specific chocolate cake, but I am. It’s a sweet reminder of the “olden days” and the importance of family and spending quality time together. So sharing one with my own kids for the first time was just yummy cake for them, but for me it was much more than that.

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Cake. It makes the world go round.

*Disclosure: This post was brought to you by McCain Foods Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McCain Foods Canada*

The Whole 30 – The 30 Day Guide

6th October 2015

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I bought this book the day it came out, read it and then put it lovingly on a shelf fully intending to try it out at some point. I had read great things about this ‘diet’ and how it acts to reset the body and is great for people with health issues and sugar addictions.

I’m that person, 100%. Besides the fact that sugar is my spirit animal, I’m also dealing with a very intense case of PCOS that I was diagnosed with a few months ago. If you’re as lucky as I am and have every possible symptom connected to PCOS, you’ll get why making dietary changes are really important. I also have a lot of stomach issues that seem to appear whenever I eat any kind of starchy carb – if that’s not an evil thing to do to a Greek girl, I don’t know what is.

So it’s time for me to give Whole 30 a try. What I love about this book, is how easy the ‘diet’ is. Basically, you can eat MEAT, SEAFOOD, EGGS, VEGGIES, FRUIT AND NATURAL FATS. You can’t eat sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy or baked goods of any kind. You also are not allowed to measure yourself or weight yourself during the process. Measure/weigh yourself at the beginning and end of the 30 days instead.

The book is great in that it has a section that answers every possible question you might have about the diet and the food you can and can’t eat. It also covers what to eat when eating out, travelling, and during the holidays. The Whole 30 guide also gives you lots of recipes, a shopping guide, and a suggested meal plan.

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So I’m going to follow this diet for 30 days, but I won’t be that person who’s instagramming/facebooking/tweeting my meals and progress. I’m not much of a food photographer and I know most people have zero interest in seeing what I’m eating so it works out. If you’ve done this ‘diet’, I’d love to know how it worked out for you – what you found easy/difficult and how you felt after the 30 days. I hope you’ll share your experience and/or your tips for someone just starting out. After the 30 days, I’ll let you know if I made it and if it affected my PCOS in any way.

Mott’s Fruitsations and Veggie Snacks #MOTTSBTS

6th September 2013

I think the hardest part of back to school for me is the lunch situation. Last year, the kids were staying about 50% of the time and coming home the other half of the time so it wasn’t so bad. This year, they’ve asked to stay every day so I’m finding it hard to come up with a variety of snacks that they enjoy, are pretty healthy and are easy to pack. Unfortunately, my kids are not the kids that happily eat all their fruits and vegetables – it’s a kicking and screaming situation every day. It’s super fun for me.

Since I’m always looking for ways to incorporate something new into their lunches, I was happy to have them try the new Mott’s Fruitsations and Veggie snacks. They come in little pouches that are 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 100 % the daily value for vitamin C and 4% the daily value for vitamin A. They are also gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free so they’re safe to include in your kids’ school lunches. Both kids have tried them and really like them, especially my little one, so I definitely add them to their lunches as a snack, here and there.

If you want to try them out, head over to their FB page and print of a $.50 coupon!

They’ve also got a great Back to School contest going on right now.  You can enter to win a prepaid $500 cash card on their FB page as well!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Mott’s Fruitsations & Veggie fruit snacks Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Fibre 1 Almond & Cluster Delight Cereal

25th June 2013

Fiber is your friend in so many ways. It helps unclog the ‘pipes’, improves heart health and can help regulate blood sugar to start.

Sometimes we think of fiber and we think cardboard and yuck. But actually there are many sources of fiber that are actually quite yummy.

General Mills sent us their new cereal Fibre 1 Almond & Cluster Delight Cereal to test out for a week, but I made the mistake of leaving the box in a spot where the husband would see it. Did  I mention he eats half a box of cereal in one sitting?? Do you know where  this is going? So although we couldn’t complete the challenge because we eat cereal like our lives depend on it, the fact that it was a hit with three out of the four of us (the six year old wouldn’t even consider turning her back on her beloved Cheerios) is a win!!

Would you like to try some out as well? Right now, you can find free coupons on the Life Made Delicious Facebook page that can be used next month for free cereal!! Be sure to like the page in order to be able to access the coupons. RUN right now because those coupons will only be available while supplies last ending TODAY – just checked and there are still some to be had!!! Find the coupon link here and use it July 16 to redeem for some cereal for yourself or your brood!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Fibre 1 Almond & Cluster Delight Cereal blogger campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Easy Entertaining #LMDConnector

2nd June 2013

One of the things I love about the summer is the easy entertaining.

With the hot weather, it’s all about barbecues and lighter fare like salads and dips. And cocktails of course – let’s not forget the joy of a cold bevvie!!

Even if you’re no Martha (line forms directly behind me), you can still have a great together with some yummy, homemade options for everyone.

Another great thing about entertaining this time of year is that so many of the cold options can be made ahead of time and then set out just before everyone arrives – that equals a more relaxed event for you and time to just enjoy the day with your guests. Nothing is worse than not being able to enjoy your company because you’re stuck in the kitchen the entire time.

My go-to options for a summer get together are:

  • Various salads including pasta salad, green salads, and bean salads – all cold options.
  • Dips like tzatziki, hummus, taramosalata and an olive tapenade
  • Fresh bread and flat bread (which is like a large, crusty cracker and perfect for dips).
  • Fresh veggies and fruit
  • Little bowls of feta, olives and roasted red pepper
  • Fresh salsa which will be nice with tortilla chips or freshly barbecued meat
Pasta salads are always my favorite thing to make because they’re just easy (said the lazy cook). You can add anything to them, and they’re also a great way to offer a vegetarian option at your table as well.
My pasta salads always include an olive-oil based dressing, feta, tomato and other fresh veggies and for those I really love, I’ll add bacon too.

If you’re looking for some great recipes to serve up this summer, check out the Life Made Delicious website for tons of options!!

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

The Kraft Celebration Tour

31st May 2013

The Kraft Celebration Tour 2013 is here!!

Now in its fifth year, the Kraft Celebration Tour offers Canadians the chance to win $25,000 towards a community project for their city or town! Ten communities will be chosen to receive this special prize that can be used towards an existing or new project. All of the winning communities will also host a live broadcast of TSN from August 16-25, during the Kraft Celebration summer tour! To date, this fantastic initiative has donated $1 million dollars towards 40 community projects.

“Through the Kraft Celebration Tour, we’ve been able to continue our tremendous partnership with Kraft Canada and give back to deserving Canadians across the country,” said Stewart Johnston, President, TSN.  “For the past four years, the communities that are honoured and the stories that are told by the Kraft Celebration Tour help remind us how fortunate we are to live in such a diverse and beautiful country filled with countless remarkable people.  To be a part of something as special as this program is an honour for all of us at TSN and we can’t wait to head out on the road again.”

As a kid, I spent hours outdoors every day playing with my siblings, at the playground across from our house and another in our neighbourhood. They really weren’t more than an open field and a couple of swings, but we still had great fun kicking a ball around and flying kites and just general shenanigans. It would have been amazing to see an initiative like the Kraft Celebration Tour come in and transform those barren spaces into something amazing for those in the community. Today, both spaces are much improved with so many more fun things available to the kids that play there – jungle gyms, sand pits, splash pads and seating areas just to name a few of the changes. Are there spaces like this in your community that need help and improvement? Perhaps there’s a new project you think would be great for your community instead and you need help to make it happen?

Here’s how to nominate your community:

  • Go online t0 kraftcelebrationtour.ca and tourneedecelebrationkraft.ca until June 7, 2013
  • Submit a short essay and up to five photos explaining why your community deserves to be a part of the Kraft Celebration Tourand how the $25,000 community award will go towards the creation or improvement of a local community space. Make sure to also mention how the award would help promote community spirit, a passion for sports, and an active lifestyle.
  • On June 30, 2013, the 20 finalists will be announced.
  • Canada will then vote to decide the 10 winning Kraft Celebration Tour stops via 10 weekdays of head-to-head online voting beginning July 8, 2013.
You have ONE WEEK to get your essays and pics submitted so don’t wait!!!
Keep track of all the excitement of the tour by following along via the Kraft Celebration Tour FB page and TSN FB pageAlso, you can follow along on Twitter via the hashtags #KCT and #tourneedecelebrationkraft or by following the tour’s personalities:

Kraft Celebration Tour: @KCTAndy, www.Twitter.com/KCTAndy

Darren Dutchyshen: @dutchysc, www.Twitter.com/dutchysc

Jennifer Hedger: @jenniferhedger, www.Twitter.com/jenniferhedger

Jay Onrait: @JayOnrait, www.Twitter.com/JayOnrait

Dan O’Toole: @tsnotoole, www.Twitter.com/tsnotoole

Marc Labrecque:@mlabrecqueRDS, www.Twitter.com/mlabrecqueRDS

Luc Bellemare: @lucbellemareRDS, www.Twitter.com/lucbellemareRDS

Valérie Sardin: @valsardinRDS, www.Twitter.com/valsardinRDS

“Disclosure – I am participating in the Kraft Celebration Tour Blogger Campaign. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

What To Take To Your Summer Picnic #ButterballCanada

29th May 2013

With the school year ending in less than a month, summer break is definitely on our minds.  We are all looking forward to a more relaxed schedule and enjoying our meals on the patio. We’ll also get to enjoy more family barbecues with our extended family and I think pasta salad is the perfect thing to take to a barbecue or potluck this summer.

Pasta salad is so easy to make because it’s a great opportunity to toss everything you enjoy into a bowl, add a dressing and poof, you’ve got some good eats.

I decided that for this bow tie pasta salad, I was going to incorporate the popular Butterball turkey bacon. The turkey bacon is really easy to cook – just throw it in a pan and flip it every so often (yes, I’m a professional chef, clearly). I’m a fan of very crispy, almost burnt bacon so that will explain why the bacon looks the way it does in the photo. Feel free not to incinerate yours!

Once it’s all cooked and ready to go, chop or crumble it into smaller pieces. For my pasta salad, I used bow tie pasta, cooked al dente and cooled. Then I added diced red pepper, green pepper, cucumber, tomato and a olive oil based dressing to toss. If I hadn’t run out of feta, I would have added some as well – yes, a Greek person running out of feta is totally blasphemous.

I tossed all the ingredients together, added the bacon at the end and topped it with some parmesan cheese, and it was DELICIOUS!! It will keep for a day or so, so you can make it the night before your picnic or event!

YUM!!!

So delicious, two photos are required to fully appreciate it.

 Of course, Butterball offers other great options that will work for your summer events, including their turkey burgers and turkey dogs!

For more information about Butterball and their product line, check out their site or find them on FB and Twitter!

*DisclaimerThis post is sponsored by Butterball Canada. All opinions on this blog are my own.

Butterball Turkey Burgers #ButterballCanada

29th May 2013

It’s finally spring time and barbecuing is in full gear at our house, so we were excited about trying the latest Butterball product – Butterball turkey burgers!!

Butterball turkey burgers are gluten free and 220 calories per patty. They’re packaged (six to a box) in a resealable bag which is great for freezer storage. The burgers can be cooked from frozen on a grill or in a pan in less than 15 minutes or so. Win!

The real question is what are you going to top your turkey burger with??

This time around, I topped my turkey burger with garlic mayonnaise, sliced tomato and Butterball Turkey Bacon (is it weird to top a turkey burger with turkey bacon – if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!) Next time, I’ll be adding some romaine lettuce and feta too!! The great thing about turkey is you really can top it anyway you like.

We really enjoyed the burgers, and I think they’re a great option when you want a burger but want a change from the red meat variety. Butterball Turkey Burgers are absolutely a great option to have at your next barbecue – everyone will love them!!

For more info on Butterball Canada, check out their site, or find them on FB or Twitter!

*DisclaimerThis post is sponsored by Butterball Canada. All opinions on this blog are my own.

Butterball Canada Twitter Party #TurkeyTakeover

9th May 2013

I’ve been blogging for Butterball Canada monthly since January and have had the chance to try several of their products so far. My last two posts will be coming up soon and will be all about their turkey burgers and summer bbq options.

Next up is the Butterball Canada #TurkeyTakeover BBQ Challenge Twitter Party, this Tuesday, May 14 at 9 p.m. EST!! Lots of great prizes and BBQ talk so you need to be there!! Here’s everything  you need to know!

DATE: Tuesday May 14, 9 p.m. EST

Host: Butterball Canada

Hashtag: #TURKEYTAKEOVER

Moderators: @ParentClub @Nugglemama @MommyMoments @OurFamilyWorld and me!

RSVP below to be eligible for prizes

In the linky, make sure to enter your Twitter Handle “@yourTwitterhandle” in the Link/Blog Title field, and Twitter URL “www.twitter.com/yourtwitterhandle” in the Link Field*

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Get Healthy With Yoplait Source Greek Yogurt And A LuluLemon Giveaway

24th April 2013

Have you heard about the new Yoplait Source Greek Yogurt yet??

Truth be told, if I could pick anything to eat for breakfast, I’d have to admit I would eat Eggs Benny because there is just nothing better. However, health-wise, it’s just not something you can eat every day, unfortunately. So, my second choice is always yogurt and fruit – plain yogurt with fresh fruit. Love it. Same goes with Greek yogurt – I like it and the fact that it’s actually good for you is just a bonus.

There is actually a new Greek yogurt on the market now by Yoplait called Yoplait Source Greek Yogurt. It has twice the protein of their regular Source yogurt, has no added sugar and is only 50 calories per serving. It comes in several flavors including Vanilla, Strawberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry/Peach, Strawberry/Blueberry, Blueberry/Raspberry, and Vanilla Lemon. So, yum to that.

When it comes to getting healthy, obviously you need to do more than eat yogurt. Funny enough, through my constant reading/researching of how to get my old self back, I’ve learned many a thing about how to make it happen. Putting it into practice is a whole other animal, but I can tell you that these steps make a great start:

  • Drink WATER as your main beverage – ditch the juice and pop and crap that are just empty calories. Water with fresh lemon is the best thing to de-bloat that body of yours too.
  • Veggies are your friend – eat them every day, every meal.
  • Cut out all sugar, processed, junk and fast food.
  • Eat protein at every meal.
  • Eat fresh fruit but not unlimited because of the sugar.
  • Exercise every single day, in some capacity. Punching in the air while watching reality tv doesn’t count.

Are you looking to get healthy this year? Let me get you started with some yummy yogurt and something cute from Lululemon!!

GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away some coupons to try out the new Yoplait Source Greek Yogurt for yourself, AND a $100 LuluLemon gift card to one lucky winner!!!

To enter, please leave a comment below with your best tip for how to get/stay healthy and what works for you!! That’s it – one comment!

RULES:

  • Open to Canadian Residents
  • Giveaway will run until Monday, April 29 2013
  • Please make sure to leave an email and/or Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win!
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD

Disclosure – I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

UPDATE: Congrats to my winner – #43 SUE! Thanks to everyone who entered!!!

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