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Nov 30, 2014
Posted in: Recipes - almond snowball cookiesCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Alright, here I go again. Time to do some more baking. I need to get as much practice in as possible for the cookie exchange that I’m attending. I know myself. If I don’t consistently bake every week, something awful happens to my baking magic powers. Last time I took a break I made muffins that were so rock hard I could have used them the patch holes in the cement sidewalk.

Yes, they really were that bad.

Today, I decided to make almond cookies lightly dusted with icing sugar. The good news: these almond cookies were super easy to make and were delicious. I tweaked the recipe to make them less sweet to suit my taste buds so if you’re looking for a decadent almond cookie, look no further! - Continue Reading

Nov 29, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts pic - kid picCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

There’s a reason why people say ‘time flies’. They weren’t kidding! In a blink of an eye November is done and I am sooooooo happy about that. There’s nothing wrong with November per se except that it’s dark and dreary and it just drags on forever. I mean, September is yucky but November is super yucky. With November at its tail end, you know what that means, right?


December is awesome for so many reasons. Of course, there are the designated holidays that we all know about but that alone isn’t what makes December so spectacular. My favourite part of December?

Winter Solstice!

When that first day of winter hits, it’s the shortest day of the year and then all of a sudden the days get longer and longer, a few minutes at a time but it’s palpable. Before you know it, March arrives and Spring isn’t far behind.

That’s what I like about December.

So, with only a few days left of November, let’s all look ahead to all the good stuff that is coming our way. Let’s be positive, enjoy this weekend to its fullest even if that means relaxing at home with a good cup of hot chocolate (real whip cream is a must).

Things to Do: enjoy this last weekend of November 2014 and appreciate the arrival of December!

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Nov 28, 2014 - brookside dark chocolate fruit crunchCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Not that I don’t already sound like a broken record (OMG, I’m dating myself. How many people actually even know what a record player is?!) but I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m not a big fan of chocolate. My big kid likes chocolate and I do concede to occasionally liking chocolate but quite often, I’d rather skip it for something savoury.

I have this friend who found a phenomenal deal on Brookside chocolates. If you know the Brookside brand, you know it usually costs at least $4 for a bag. Well, my pal went to a store and found them on sale for $2 which means I scored myself a free bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch. She tells me she loves it and that I must try it and that I’ll love it too.

Well, here we are. I’ve got a bag in my hands and she’s begging me to try it. Fine, fine, fine….

Let’s hope she’s right. - Continue Reading

Nov 27, 2014 - st francis herb farm deep immune kids tinctureCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Ugh…wintry cold season, icky sicky feelings, runny noses, coughs, germs, you name it, it’s here. G R O S S. What more can I say? It’s no wonder then that, as a parent, I try to look for different ways to keep my child healthy and well despite the changing temperatures and influx of germie wormies. Sleep more, eat well, washing hands, coughing in to your elbow, you know all that stuff but if I can get some extra help, I will.

Enter St. Francis Herb Farm Deep Immune Kids. Well, that’s quite the tongue twister. Now, I didn’t stumble upon this product on my own. I went to my local trusted health food store, asked a bunch of questions and St. Francis Herb Farm Deep Immune Kids is what the staff recommended. It sounded simple enough to use and offered an extra immune boost for my child so I took it home with me. - Continue Reading

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely detest shopping. I learn about Black Friday and yep, it’s a big shopping event. While I know a lot of people take advantage of all the deals that happen on this special day, I just can’t do it.

I am MUCH too lazy to take advantage of those sales. The idea of lining up, lugging stuff, looking for deals…just thinking about it exhausts me.

Now, with all that shopping comes a huge responsibility to our consumer dollar. I mean, if you’re going to work hard for your money, you should know what you’re buying. Thus, today’s post isn’t just about me whining about shopping but contains some serious homework for all of us to do.

Canada, the United States, and Mexico have teamed up to remind consumers about toy safety.

Here is your homework: click on the link to learn about this teamwork and learn a few tips along the way!

News Release: Canada, United States and Mexico Work Together to Promote Toy Safety

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Nov 25, 2014 - lumiere de sel himalyan salt crystal lampCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

It’s dark out. It’s dreary. While I may love the winter holidays, I certainly do not like how doomy and gloomy it looks outside my window. Recently, our family picked up one of these Himalayan salt crystal lamps.

According to what I’ve read online and on the box, it sounds as though these Himalayan salt crystal lamps offer a lot of potential benefits. It’s a natural ionizer to reduce positive ions. It provides cleaner air and it even notes on the box that Himalayan salt crystal lamps help to reduce electro magnetic pollution.

All that in one lamp? - Continue Reading

Nov 24, 2014 pic - product recallCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

It’s been a while since I last posted on product recalls but today’s post starts with a biggie. If you own a Graco stroller, take note!

1. In Canada and United States: Graco Children’s Products Inc. recalls strollers & travel systems

Reason for recall: Laceration hazard. This is a big one and it’s bad. With over 4 million sold in the U.S. and 200,000 sold in Canada, this recall affects a lot of people. The worst part is, there have been injuries and the word amputation shows up! EEK!!!! Click here for details.

2. In Canada: Urgent safety information for insulin pump users

Reason for this notice: apparently, there’s been an increase in reports of the tubing getting detached at the connect/disconnect location on the identified products. If you use an insulin pump, do check out this posting to make sure you’re not affected! Click here to read more.

3. In Canada: Stocklots Distribution recalls Boys Print Fleece Top with Hood Drawstring

Reason for Recall: Strangulation Hazard. Drawstrings…sigh. Can’t win. Not many sold but still important to post as a constant reminder for all of us to be mindful of what we buy! Click for more details.

4. In Canada and U.S. : Leatherman Tool Group Inc. Recalls Leatherman Leap Multi-Purpose Tool

Reason for recall: laceration hazard. While not many were sold, the fact that it’s a tool with a blade makes it pretty scary! Click here for more details.

5. In Canada and the United States: Mohawk Industries, Inc. recalls Altitude Shag Gold Rug

Reason for recall: flammability hazard which is not good considering it’s a rug with a lot of surface area for danger! Click here for more details.


Health Canada – how you can report a consumer product. If you experience an incident with a consumer product, you need to know how to report it. Click here to read more.

In the United States, if you have a complaint about a particular medicine, medical device, or food product, contact the FDA. Click here to read more.

Stay tuned to We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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Nov 23, 2014

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I’m going to cut right to the chase and tell you that I love Pentatonix. I have since their Sing Off days. I’m a big fan of a capella. The capacity to sing without the use of other instruments fascinates me. There’s nothing to hide behind so you either can sing or you can’t. Pentatonix, a 5 member group, takes a capella to a whole new level of genius.

If you love Christmas music, you’ll want to check out Pentatonix’s latest Christmas album, That’s Christmas to Me titled after their original song. In true Pentatonix fashion, they breathe new life to classics like Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Sleigh Ride, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Winter Wonderland has a neat new spin, infused with Don’t Worry Be Happy. I’ve never heard “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” performed only with the use of human voices. “White Winter Hymnal” is beautiful and completely boggles my mind (you should definitely check out their official video on YouTube).

I’ve always loved the song “Mary, Did You Know” but listening to Pentatonix sing it makes me want to cry. It’s captivating. My current favourite on the EP is an original song by Pentatonix titled, “That’s Christmas to Me”. It’s pure, it’s moving, and highlights the very essence of Christmas.

I listen to this Pentatonix EP “That’s Christmas to Me” every single day and I’m not kidding when I say that it puts me in a really happy festive mood. It’s a must for my Christmas holiday and likely I’ll be listening to it during the rest of the year too! - Continue Reading

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