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Finding The Right Balance With Screen Time & Keeping The Content Safe For Kids | Kidoodle.TV ipad Mini Giveaway

Since my children were old enough to have TV catch their attention, I've had my battles with finding a balance for screen time. Sometimes I'm on top of it and my children are happily spending equal amounts of time outside playing and curled up on the couch watching their favorite cartoons. Other times I find them screeching at each other about who gets to choose what show next and then I realize, oops...they've been watching TV for the past 3 hours.... Not having satellite TV has helped … [Read more...]

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Tips For Creating An Eco-Friendly Home #DEsmarthome

Thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring today's post and asking me to share my tips for creating a greener home! Experiencing an Alberta winter in our new (but old) home for the first time was....kinda cold. It didn't take us long to figure out where the house needed some extra insulation and we even discovered where there was no insulation at all! Drafts in an old home are not at all uncommon...and if they're not taken care of you'll end up paying for a lot of money for wasted energy! Our … [Read more...]


Everyday Spring Style For Moms & the Essentials For Boys | #SearsMom #PhotoShoot #Giveaway

Come Spring I can usually be found at the skateboard park watching my 6 year old do crazy tricks on his skateboard and my 4 year old buzzing around on the ramps with his bike. This means with the big blue Alberta sky, there's always opportunity to work on my tan while doing my mom gig.  My winter mom uniform of leggings and big comfy sweaters transforms into dresses.  All day, everyday. Maxis, round necks, racer backs, knee length, ankle length...I love them all because I don't have to think … [Read more...]

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From The Archives: In The Kitchen: How To Make an Orange Julius at Home | Smoothie Recipe

When my children are sick (and therefore ridiculously picky eaters like most kids are when they're under the weather) this is filling (if you make it with whole milk) while giving them a boost of vitamin C that'll help heal their colds. Also, the nice thing about this smoothie is that you likely already have everything you need on hand to whip it up. It's delicious, frothy and tastes just like the real deal. My kids go absolutely crazy over it! - 2 cups orange juice - 1 cup milk - 1 tsp … [Read more...]


In the Kitchen: Food | Vegetarian Home Cooking by Mary McCartney

I'm the first to admit that a pretty hardcover cookbook that I know will look beautiful in my kitchen shelves gets me everytime. I just can't pass them up! It helps that the ones I've been coming home with lately are also of the healthy variety. I don't know if it's the anticipation of working on a "real" garden this spring but I've been particularly drawn to vegetarian and plant-based meals. Unfortunately many vegetarian cookbooks are just a little too over the top with ingredients lists and … [Read more...]

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Spring Into Savings with & That Time We Missed Out on Free Flights Around The World

Credit cards can be a wonderful thing when you know how to use them to your advantage. We've always had a super low rate with our credit card but these past few months we've been kicking ourselves for not using a travel rewards credit card while we were busy spending non-stop on building materials for our massive house renovation last spring and summer! I'm sure we could have flown around the world twice over if we paid attention and chose the best rewards card available! Oh well, live and … [Read more...]


Pizza & Movie Night With the Hamilton Beach Pizza Maker #HBSocialKitchen

Pizza and movie night on Friday nights is our thing. At the end of a long week, this is our way to unwind, enjoy a special family night together and start the weekend off right. The tradition is still going strong after two years and my children look forward to it each and every week! When I'm in a hurry, though, it's not always easy to wait for each of the pizzas and the garlic fingers to bake in the oven separately. When I received a Pizza Maker from Hamilton Beach to try out I was looking … [Read more...]

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Getting in Front of the Camera With the Confident Women in Your Life : #BeBeautifulTogether

When I was little and visiting my grandparents, Sunday mornings is what I remember most. This was when my grandmother would be at the counter preparing a delicious meal to be placed in the oven to cook while we were at church.  She would be in her housecoat and hose, multitasking while her curls cooled, slicing berries, beating whipping cream, sprinkling onion soup mix on roast...everything to make a Sunday dinner perfect. I'd find myself in her bedroom at her dresser, slipping on her jewelry … [Read more...]


Little Boy Bedroom Dresser Re-Do: Refinishing Furniture With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from Apple Box Design Studio | Before & After

For all my furniture painting projects, I purchase my chalk paint from Leanne Playtor Korsos, Owner and Chief Reimaginer at Apple Box™ Boutique in Edmonton and Apple Box™ Design Studio in St. Albert, Alberta. Leanne is a wealth of information when it comes to refinishing furniture and her shops are beyond inspiring with gorgeous furniture, rustic chic home decor! I remember the first time I went to her Edmonton location and ran my fingers over a piece of chalk painted felt … [Read more...]

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Turning a Small Laundry Room Into a Bedroom: Part 2 Before & After | Little Boy Bedroom | The Homemade Farm

A couple days ago I shared the beginnings of our laundry room turning into a bedroom. The entire house has been quite the transformation since we started renovations but this rooms' before and after, being that it was a dingy, dark laundry room just blows my mind! We now have a cozy, comfortable bedroom for our youngest. It's not huge by any means, but when you're 4 years old a 12x7.5' room (without a closet) seems to be the perfect little size. I wanted this bedroom to be bright and cheery and … [Read more...]