School is out and it can be a very frustrating time for parents. Half of the parents I talk to are worried about securing child care, the other half have no idea how to keep their kids entertained long enough to catch their breath. I’m a firm believer in letting kids get bored once in a while, it inspires creativity, but leaving them to their own devices for the duration of summer break is a recipe for disaster. Below you’ll find a round-up list of 25 kids activities and crafts that will help keep your littles busy during the break. Continue Reading
Budgeting is hard when you are young, single, and childless, and even more difficult when you throw little ones into the mix. I know that saving money as a mom can seem impossible, but there are some very simple things you can do to help build up savings while raising a child. Here are 5 super simple ways to save money in your everyday life. Continue Reading
Spring is here which means it’s time to wash away the staleness of winter. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a daunting task and it’s actually something I have learned to, dare I say, enjoy? I do a major deep cleaning twice a year, once in the spring then again in the fall, and the last few times have actually gone pretty smooth. It’s no longer this overwhelming, loathsome time of year and it helps me to mentally prepare for the change in season. I’m deeply affected by the weather and use my autumn clean to prep myself for the cold months ahead, while the spring clean is to kind of pull myself out of the winter slump. Well, spring is here baby and I’m ready! check out my 5 tips for painless spring cleaning so you can shake off the winter with ease. Continue Reading
There are benefits to both owning or renting your home. Ownership gives you full creative control and the equity that comes with your purchase but you are 100% responsible for any mishaps that may come up and need to be committed to staying in one spot. Renters have fewer options when it comes to design but large, expensive repairs that come up are taken care of by the property owner and you’re not locked down (unless you have a lease). At this point in my life, I enjoy renting but have been longing to spruce up my rental unit and give it that fresh, new feel. After assessing my options the following list was created of 5 different non-permanent ways to remodel a rental or apartment. Continue Reading
This super neat trick will transform your cupcakes from basic to pro, real quick, and it’s much easier than it looks. Armed with the Wilton 3-Colour Swirl Coupler and some serious Pinspiration I was able to create the multicolored cupcake frosting that gave these cupcakes a professional looking edge. Continue Reading
I’m fairly certain my kids have eaten a granola bar every school day since they started 3 and 4 years ago. Every. Day. As I was packing their lunches a while ago, the list of ingredients on the box of bars caught my eye. Why was it so extensive?! Surely you didn’t need so many ingredients to make granola bars and why were there so many I couldn’t pronounce? Pinterest to the rescue! I found what looked like a super simple and minimal ingredient recipe for no-bake granola bars that I wanted to try, so I did. And they’re awesome. Continue Reading
Just because it’s not summer yet is no reason to avoid cooking with everyone’s favorite summer squash! I’ve honestly been on such a zucchini kick lately, we eat it at least once a week. My kids rolled their eyes SO hard when I told them I was making this but they quickly realized this chocolate zucchini muffin recipe is decadent, moist, and delicious. Continue Reading
Mug cakes are the revolutionary new dessert that every busy parent needs in their lives. Let’s be real, sometimes (most of the time) between work, kids, and household responsibilities, extra time simply doesn’t exist. So unless it’s someone’s birthday, or whatever, I’m not baking an entire cake, no matter how bad I want it.
In walks the Mug Cake. Let’s have a moment of silence for whoever was the genius (presumably parent) that discovered we could make single serve cakes… in a cup. I hope you enjoy these 10 Mug Cake Recipes! Continue Reading
For as long as I can remember, we have been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s meant to get our engines started and provide the fuel needed for a smooth ride through school or work. Now, imagine trying to navigate your day on an empty tank. You’re hungry, irritated, tired, and can’t concentrate. That’s difficult enough for an adult to handle, but did you know 1 in 6 kids goes through that every day? Continue Reading
Play on gigantic Nintendo controllers, experience virtual reality, and immerse yourself in the rich evolution of the most influential video games ever to be released. Need I say more? Well, just in case… Continue Reading
The holiday season is upon us and has made it’s way to Science North! Continue Reading
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday Parks Canada wants you to visit any of its National Parks, Marine Conservation Areas, and/or Historic Sites for free! All you need to do is visit their website to order your 2017 Parks Canada Pass. While you’re there, you can also enter to win an unforgettable trip to Western Newfoundland. Continue Reading
At 6 and 7 years old, my kids still need nightlights in both their bedrooms and the bathroom. The ones in their rooms don’t bother me but the bathroom light does. It’s either on the entire night, costing me money and wasting electricity, or isn’t bright enough to illuminate the whole bathroom and forces us to turn on the blinding overhead light. We’re a family that likes our sleep and tend to be annoyed easily if we’re forced out of our warm comfy beds for a bathroom break. That means making nighttime trips to the toilet easier benefits all of us.
All that being said, I was pretty intrigued when Illumibowl reached out, claiming to solve the aforementioned bathroom grievances. They asked that I try their product out and give an honest review.
Elena and the Secret of Avalor, presented by the Disney Channel, is airing this Sunday, November 20th at 7pm ET/PT! It’s a special crossover television movie event combining Princess Sophia and Elena of Avalor. Continue Reading
The leaves are changing, school has started, the weather is getting cooler. One of my favorite things to make during the fall and winter months is soup. It’s warm, comforting, and easy. I’ve rounded up 30 Soul Warming Soup Recipes for you guys, from some pretty fantastic bloggers. Enjoy!
The folks at Dynamic Earth are up to their old tricks again! If you’re looking for somewhere to get spooked in Sudbury then you’ll definitely want to head over to the home of the big nickel. The intricate Pumpkinferno display, the family-friendly haunted house, and the interactive, Halloween themed presentations in the theater, are just a few of the reasons we recommend Halloween at Dynamic Earth to anyone in the area. Continue Reading
Did you know Groupon offers discounts goods as well as experiences? I didn’t but I’m super glad I do now! I try my best to be incredibly frugal, but there’s no getting around some purchases. There are things in our home that we simply need to buy, for a functional living space. Continue Reading
The thought of anything bad happening to your child is every parents worst nightmare. Hands down. While terrifying, it’s our job as parents to teach our kids the necessary tools and information needed to protect themselves. In the event your child gets lost or separated from you, can they answer these 5 questions? Continue Reading
Teaching your kids to become involved in their community is rewarding, both emotionally and physically. It not only helps to build character but benefits the organization you choose to aid. Social responsibility doesn’t happen over night though, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your whole family is making the most of the time and energy they have to give. Continue Reading
If you’re on Facebook, you’ve undoubtedly seen the ads for Dollar Shave Club. They offer a no-nonsense, gender neutral way to save on shaving. It’s a sad truth that the beauty marketplace has us believing women need pink razors and men need blue. And the cost for a decent razor is astronomical! Anyways, I kept seeing the ads in my newsfeed, and while I’m not really on the subscription-box-bandwagon yet, I thought these guys might just be onto something. A months supply of blades, delivered to your door every month, for a fair price. I decided to try them out, and let you guys know if the low cost reflects the quality of the product. Continue Reading
Fountain Tire is celebrating their 60th anniversary and they want you to come celebrate too! Continue Reading
My kids were born 11 1/2 months apart, which mean we have 2 birthdays back to back each year. I usually do a group party for them and all their friends, but this year I wanted to try something different. In lieu of a party, I offered them a trip to Toronto, where we would visit 2 attractions and hang out with their super-cool Great Aunt. The obvious choice for them was Toronto, since they had never been. I was born there, and spent many summers, but I had not yet braved the 4hr drive down south with them yet. We decided on LEGOLAND® Discovery Center (in Vaughn) as one of our attractions, so I was tickled when they agreed to let me do an honest review in exchange for our tickets. I had no idea what to expect, as it was also my first time there, but I can confidently say, we will DEFINITELY be going back. Here is our experience! Continue Reading
I’m super happy to announce that Canadian Mom Blog is welcoming it’s first (of hopefully many) regular contributor(s)! This tree-hugging, goat loving, mama of 2, is sure to make you drool with her delicious and wholesome recipes. They’ll be featured on a new series called #WhatsCookingWednesday where a new recipe will be posted each week.
What makes this contributor special is she is none other than my big sister!
Coupons are cash. Want to reap the benefits but don’t know where to start? Here is a simple crash course to kick off your savings journey. Continue Reading
They say 3rd time is the charm but I nailed this recipe the 2nd time I tried it. These cheesy bacon burger bombs are a melt-in-your-mouth flavor explosion. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to sell you on these so I’ll get right to it, and tell you just how to make these bad boys for your next dinner. Continue Reading
Coffee is life. At least, I like to think so at 5am when my kids are harassing me for a hot breakfast.
I’m super happy to share some news with you guys! I was recently approached about reviewing Fressy Bessie food products and my review is up on Mommy Effect. Continue Reading
Your alarm goes off. You wake up, ready to jump out of bed and greet another day. But the stiffness and pain in your joints stops you. Your kids want to play a game of two on two basketball and you’re all in – until those achy joints get in the way again. Family life is an active life, and it’s frustrating to say the least! We want to be able to get up and get moving with out families but this pain can stop you, dead in your tracks. Continue Reading
Dynamic Earth has always been a tourist hot spot, here in Northern Ontario. They’re known for their many attractions including; housing the Big Nickle, as well as interactive underground tours, and a geology exhibit, just to name a few.
Halloween at Dynamic Earth this year is pretty exciting and pretty spooky! Here is some information about the different exhibits, then, you can find a review of our family’s experience below. If you follow me on social media, you probably already have an idea of how it went 😉 Continue Reading
The amount of leftovers after a Thanksgiving feast can be overwhelming. I have rounded up 10 recipes to help you use up those leftovers in ways that will make your taste buds dance (including one of my own!). These recipes are separated into 2 categories; Recipes Originally Made With Turkey and Recipes You Can Swap Chicken for Turkey. Don’t be afraid to experiment! If it can be made with chicken, it can likely be made with turkey. Continue Reading
Fall is here! You’ve probably noticed apples going on sale at your local grocer lately. That’s because all around the country, it’s apple harvesting time! You can buy a TON, and for very cheap, come September. Here are 20 delectable apple dessert recipes to put those juicy, healthy fruits to good use. Continue Reading
I have been so busy with back to school shenanigans that I haven’t had much time to write. In other words, it’s the perfect time for a giveaway! Continue Reading
Fall is coming, it’s inevitable. With fall comes back to school, back to routine, back to hectic schedules, and meal planning a plenty. This list of easy slow cooker meals will make your busy week a little bit simpler.
Meet Ashlyn. She’s my beautiful 5yr old daughter. Last week, Ashlyn cut off 16 inches of hair, and donated it to the Canadian Cancer Society. Continue Reading
I’m fortunate enough to live in an area that’s rich in berry picking goodness. Specifically blueberries. Sudbury is the “Blueberry Capitol” after all. Sometimes, it’s nice to switch things up and go strawberry picking. To ensure we had ample opportunity to fill our baskets, the family and I visited Ruby Berry Farm located in Chelmsford Ontario. It’s located approximately 20 minutes north-west of Sudbury. Continue Reading
Laundry is time consuming and expensive. I can’t help you make it quicker, but I can help you make it cheaper. I have been using this homemade laundry detergent recipe for over a year now, with consistently great results — and I only wash in cold water! It only has 3 ingredients, which if you look at a bottle of standard detergent, is considerably less than the commercial counterpart. Continue Reading
Looking for something to do this weekend? All Ontario Parks are offing free admission for the day on July 17th. The initiative is called “Healthy Parks Healthy People” and is in partnership with Coleman Canada. Continue Reading
For nearly 60 years the French River Trading post has been a key stop for travelers along Highway 69. Located 45 mins south of Sudbury and just over 3hrs north of Toronto, the aptly named “French River” Trading Post is located in the municipality of French River, Ontario. Once a small motel and souvenir shop, it has now flourished into a one-stop Ontario hospitality business.