Edmonton’s K-Days: Summertime Family Fun | July 18-27 #Kdays

After the kids had been home from school on summer break for a few weeks K-Days swooped in to save the day and gave us just what we needed - a full day good old fashioned fun at the midway. We always get the kids their ride-all-day bracelets, bring lots of sunscreen and plan to be on the grounds for an entire day until everyone is dragging their feet and finally ready to go home. The treats are always fantastic (look for the gourmet caramel candy apples inside with the fudge...they make their … [Read more...]

Cavalia: The World’s Most Magical Show Brings Odysseo To Edmonton! | Win Tickets Valued at $200 #OdysseoYEG #Giveaway

  Majestic, magnificent, graceful, completely beautiful....this is Cavalia. One of the most magical shows I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing is back in Edmonton this year with Odysseo and I'm absolutely overjoyed knowing that I'll be able to share this experience again with my friends and family! Cavalia is unlike any other show...it's a fascinating evening from start to finish and  has the entire audience captivated; you are moved to tears, your cheeks hurt from smiling so … [Read more...]

When It Comes To Green Juice Do You Need An Expensive Juicer or Blender? | Juicer Giveaway! #HBSocialKitchen | Green Juice Recipe

Making green juice and green smoothies is something I loooove to do. It doesn't occur everyday like it should but I call it a semi-win if I'm getting in at least a few juicing sessions a week. Now when it comes to juicing we tend to see dollar signs....do we need a $400-$600 high powered blender or a $300 juicer? For me, the answer is no. And you might be surprised (like I was!) that my less expensive Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor actually has a few more pros going for it than my … [Read more...]

School’s Out! Gearing Up For A Family Vacation? Here’s a Travel Checklist For Breezing Through Security With Children | #CATSAscreening

On our most recent visit through airport security I forgot that I had a can of Santa Cruz pop in my bag for my kids as a treat. When airport security noticed it they were super cool about it (as in, not grumpy that I was holding up the entire line at 6am) and said, "Oh not a big deal...do they want a sip before we have to get rid of it?" Excitedly, loudly and mistakenly, I said,  "Here boys! Come have a sip! I hope it doesn't explode when I open it!" .... Um yea. Don't ever say that in airport … [Read more...]

How To: Kill Weeds & Grass Naturally Without Chemicals | My Recipe For Homemade Non-Toxic Herbicide That Works!

We recently put a big load of gravel on our driveway and in no time the weeds and grass starting poking through!  A toxic, poisonous herbicide like RoundUp would work quickly but that's absolutely out of the question. My first instinct was to try vinegar. It's cheap and I always have a ton of it in the house since I use it for cleaning.  After a quick google search it sounded like vinegar is a great weed killer and works even better when combined with salt and dish soap.  Here's what worked for … [Read more...]

Join CAA’s Autogreen Twitter Party For Your Chance To Win (3) $100 Home Depot & (4) $50 Sheridan Nurseries Gift Cards! 12-1pm EST June 24th, 2014

Let’s face it—helping the environment can often feel overwhelming. But if everyone chips in, even the smallest, simplest changes can make a real, significant impact. That’s why CAA wants to know one simple thing: What’s your eco-promise for 2014? Join our Autogreen Twitter Party on June 24 between 12-1 p.m. EST where we’ll be chatting about the CAA Autogreen program and sharing our favourite ways to help the environment. Use hashtag #CAAautogreen to join the fun and enter to win great … [Read more...]

When Entertaining Stresses You Out | 4 Little Tips To Keep It Together #testdrivemoms

I have a girlfriend who I so admire for her put-together-ness. When it comes to a gathering at her home she's on the ball. Like the potato salad made the day before kinda gal. Me, on the other hand...I'm more of a throw it together in the hour(s) before. Granted, a lot of our visitors are the "hey we'll be over in 20 minutes if that's good?" and we're definitely the type to invite people to drop by the day of, so I suppose my entertaining style (if you can even call it that) comes in handy! But … [Read more...]

Natural Wellness: Using Aromatherapy to Elevate Your Mood & Get a Good Night’s Sleep! $125 doTERRA Essential Oils + Diffuser Giveaway!

So essential oils? They always kinda felt a little hippy-dippy to me. I dabbled in them and used them in spurts but was never consistent and always had a fear that I would leave my house smelling like patchouli. Until recently I hadn't taken the time to really use them regularly but now that I'm learning more and using essential oils consistently I'm a believer! And a little bit obsessed! They've come to the rescue many a time and I'm happy to report that I don't smell....earthy. Good news for … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Spring Cleaning Without Getting Overwhelmed | #testdrivemoms

With the change of seasons a deep clean is always necessary. That ritualistic act of dumping the winter gear into a laundry basket to be washed and put away feels liberating. Sure it adds to the never ending laundry pile, but it also gives us that freed up space that we all desperately crave during the colder months! And how about that moment the kitchen windows are finally swung wide open and the air gently flows and swirls from the kitchen to the living room? Glorious. When it comes to … [Read more...]

Animal Welfare Approved: Local Farm Using Sustainable Agriculture Methods & Earns Animal Welfare Approved Certification

Animal Welfare Approved audits, certifies and supports farmers raising their animals according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Called a "badge of honor for farmers" and the "gold standard," AWA is the most highly regarded food label in North America when it comes to animal welfare, pasture-based farming, and sustainability. All AWA standards, policies and procedures are available on the AWA website, making it the most transparent certification available. The … [Read more...]