23 Spectacular Shrimp Recipes


Growing up I was never really exposed to seafood as my parents I do not like it.  The extent of my experience with shrimp involved shrimp rings at parties until some point in my mid twenties when I was taken to a seafood restaurant!  I only recently tried crab and lobster for the first time and I've never tried scallops or other varieties of seafood.  I guess … [Read more...]

Soy-Lime Vinaigrette Recipe

Soy-Lime Vinaigrette

This Asian inspired Soy-Lime vinaigrette is perfect to elevate and change up your everyday salad garden salad - it's also fairly light at only 69 calories for a generous 2 Tbsp serving!  It's a totally guilt-free way to have your salad and enjoy it too!  It also works well with heavier asian noodle salads made with soba noodles or rice noodles and is absolutely heaven … [Read more...]

How to Survive the Grocery Store with a Toddler

How to Survive the Grocery Store with a Toddler

  As a parent, you learn to dread those trips to the grocery store. First you have to bundle up the kids, make the drive to the store, and then find a way to get everything on your shopping list while keeping your children in line. A trip to the grocery store is especially hard if you have a toddler. If you need to bring your toddler with you to the grocery store, these … [Read more...]

Shed Decor: How to Decorate and Furnish Your Favorite Garden Room by Sally Coulthard


In need of a place to work, play, or relax? A shed's the perfect solution! Small in space and investment, it easily fits in a backyard or garden and, as this inspirational design guide shows, can also be beautiful. From seemingly unpromising potting sheds to tired old summerhouses ripe for a makeover, Shed Decor reveals how the right combination of colors, fabrics, … [Read more...]

How to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring


    Spring is here, which means it’s time to get your garden ready for a new planting cycle! After a long and cold winter, it’ll be tough to get your garden ready to go, but with a little bit of sweat and hard work, you’ll soon have a bountiful garden.     Check Your Supplies Before you can get your garden ready for spring, you’ll need to … [Read more...]

A trip to the Tropics #12PrintsProject


It's been a long and cold winter, so after printing my winter bench photo last month for the #12PrintsProject I felt inspired to head out with my girls and my parents for a quick trip to the tropics. Yes... the tropics! The City of Hamilton, Ontario,  has a tropical greenhouse located in Gage Park that is open to the public year-long with no entry fee and plenty of … [Read more...]

Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

Tips for traveling with a toddler

    Taking a family vacation? If you plan to travel with your toddler, you’ll need to do a lot of planning in order to have a successful trip. Although it can be a little difficult at times, it is possible! These tips will help you survive traveling with toddlers.   Take Breaks If you’re traveling with a toddler, you’ll need to take a lot of … [Read more...]

Spreading the joy of reading with Kumon Canada #KumonReads #Giveaway {CAN}


As a child I was really encouraged to read.  In fact my mother took it upon herself to teach me to read English before I even started with English classes.  (I was in French Immersion and we did not start English lessons until grade 2.)  I had access to plenty of books and we often made trips to the local library for more.  It's funny now to see my own … [Read more...]

Why I Let My Child Make Mistakes

It's not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them Successful human beings

  One of the best parts of parenting is having the opportunity to watch your child learn and grow. You get to celebrate such milestones as their first tooth, first word, and first steps. As your child gets older, you get to experience their wonderful imaginations as they pretend that they’re battling dragons or sailing on a ship. It’s easy to let your child take the … [Read more...]

Win a Spring Basket of Children’s Books! #SpringBookBasket


  Today was the first day of spring and it actually felt like spring.  I mean I had my windows wide open to air out the house and I felt motivated to get to work on a little cleaning and organizing.  Just in time for this spring weather I received 3 books to review but even more exciting than that I have 7 books in total to give away to one awesome … [Read more...]

What to do When Your Toddler Hits & Bites: Tackling Aggressive Behavior

What to do when your toddler hits & bites

  It can be hard to know what to do when your toddler starts to bite and hit. Unfortunately, this aggressive behavior is a phase that many toddlers go through. Some toddlers grow out of this stage quicker than others, and there are things you can do as a parent to help your toddler stop this behavior. Here are some tips you can use to tackle aggressive behavior in your … [Read more...]

Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats #TryitHot Prize Pack Giveaway {CAN}

MW Prize Pack

 It's mid-march and almost spring (literally hours away) but it sure doesn't feel that way!  I stepped outside this morning to find nothing but cold winter air and no sign at all of spring.  I wouldn't be surprised if we got hit more snow!   All this cold weather calls for creative ways to warm up! Why not try your Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats cereal hot? … [Read more...]

Tips for Traveling with a Newborn


Traveling with kids definitely takes a lot of patience and planning. This is especially true if you have a newborn that you need to travel with. Whether you’re heading to the airport or planning to take a road trip, these tips will help you travel with your newborn. Tips for Traveling with a Newborn Pack, Pack, Pack! If you’re planning to travel with a newborn, be prepared … [Read more...]