What To Do With The Kids Over The Weekend In Edmonton? Mike The Knight Is In Edmonton February 22 + More Canada Tour Dates

One of my favorite things to do with my children is take them to live kids shows! It makes my heart so full when I see how happy they are while enjoying their favorite characters on stage. Koba Entertainment always puts on a quality kids show and right now they're touring around Canada with Mike the Knight! Mike The Knight in the Great Scavenger Hunt! Koba Entertainment sets out on their bravest mission to date starring the cheerful yet bountiful Mike the Knight in his first ever North … [Read more...]

When Your Lunch Making Supplies Takes Over…Simplify With Rubbermaid LunchBlox™ Kids #BetterLunchInASnap

With my dishwasher being directly across from my big lunch supplies drawer it's all too easy to just toss in the clean containers. By the end of the week it's always in need of a little re-organizing if I'm not conscious about putting things back where they belong or if my kids help me unload dishes. And by the end of the month if I've ignored it for too long it needs a complete empty-everything-on-the-counter-and-re-organize. See? It looks nothing like it did here! Part of the problem of … [Read more...]

How To: Built-In Bookcases The Easy Way With Ikea Billy Bookshelves

When we bought this house the living room was one of my favorite rooms because I knew it was going to be really pretty and functional when I was finished with it. There was wall in particular that I wanted to get my hands on but didn't because I thought it was going to be a pricey project that would take more time than I had. So I shoved the media dresser and TV against it and called it a day. Except that the sun hits this room and the TV in particular by mid afternoon and in the summer months … [Read more...]

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How To: Live With White or Light Furniture With Kids & Pets | How I Clean My Cream Sofa

Whenever I share a photo of my living room I get a lot of "HOW do you have white furniture with kids?!" or "my dog and kids would destroy that!" or "brave woman....brave."  The truth is that white or cream or beige furniture gets dirty and it doesn't always look as nice as it does in the photo above. I suppose it's sort of a good thing that I can see the dirt so I know when my sofa, chairs and stools need a good cleaning. And...no. I don't banish my children from the sofa when they're … [Read more...]

How To: Clean & Remove Scratches From A White Farm Sink (Like The Ikea Domsjo)

Many of us who have installed the big white farm sink from Ikea (the Domsjo) end up shedding a tear or two when we notice our first grey scratch on our beautiful shiny white sink.  It's a sad, sad moment but it has to happen in order to break you in so you don't spend the next several months washing overloaded sinks of dishes in absolute fear  ;) Before we had a dishwasher I spent the better part of 6 months hand washing dishes and scuffing my sink here and there.  I do baby it quite a bit … [Read more...]

Goodbye Dirt & Dust. Hello, Dyson DC66: Asthma & Allergy Friendly™ Certified Vacuum | #DysonMagic

Your home may look clean, but microscopic dust remains hidden in floor crevices or ground into carpet, rugs and soft furnishings. Within this dust are allergens, and inhaling even a small amount is enough to trigger an allergic reaction. Did you know that a single gram of house dust can contain around 100,000 mold spores alone?  Some allergens are just 0.5 microns in size. That's 0.000197 inches. Or 200 times smaller than a human hair. This means they can easily enter the body through … [Read more...]

Camp & Cabin: Cozy Polar Fleece Plaid Onesies + A $100 Visa Gift Card & Onesie Giveaway!| #CampandCabinCozy

Living in a farmhouse in rural Alberta during the winter is cold. Cold as in last week it was -40 Celsius and I found myself hovering over the wood stove muttering about why of all places to we live we chose a place that has 7 months of winter?! Things are looking up though. I recently received a very soft package in the mail that I immediately ran to my bedroom with. I came out dressed head to toe in red plaid polar fleece and it was amazing. I finally have a fleecy onesie!! The one below to be … [Read more...]

Old Fashioned Poached Eggs & Toast (the new, easier way) + A Hamilton Beach Giveaway | #HBSocialKitchen

Poached eggs and toast are a family favorite. They're our Saturday and Sunday morning usual but I have to admit they're sort of a pain to make if doing it the old school way with boiling water and vinegar. I mean it's not THAT big of a job...it's just not very neat and clean and sometimes your eggs come out looking like jelly fish - great for serving kids, totally embarrassing when serving your guests! Hardboiled eggs are a gamble too. Cook them for too long and they're dried out and tinged … [Read more...]

Winter Fun Photos: Blowing Snow & Capturing #BabyMoments | Canon SL1 Part 2

Last night I was sitting at the genius bar with my macbook just about to head to triage for further testing (seriously, it's a place for sick laptops!) when the gal behind the counter looked up at me with her eyes bugged out as to say "are you freaking kidding? 47,000 photos and you've never backed up?" I haven't backed up my macbook once in the almost 4 years I've had it and I started to get a little panicky. I was supposed to sign a waiver that stated Apple was not responsible for any lost … [Read more...]

Capturing Moments Around The Homemade Farm With Canon + A Giveaway! | #BabyMoments Canon SL1 Part 1

My "babies" might be turning 5 and 7 in a couple days but that doesn't mean taking photographs of their milestones and achievements has slowed down! Since we moved to the farm I've taken an embarrassing amount of photos but with a beautiful backdrop and lovely lighting it's hard not to want to capture all my babies ALL the time! It's tricky though as your children get older. The patience isn't there, they don't really like getting dressed up and honestly, they've got better things to do than … [Read more...]