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Minions is Available Now!

kids By December 8, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

These cute little guys are BACK (and not just on the Pinterest boards that help you plan your Minions parties), this time around they’re headlining their own film! Minions, the much anticipated prequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 is available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand December 8, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Gifts that Groove

entertain, holidays, kids, self, Shopping Reviews, tech, toys By November 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

It’s day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides and we’re channelling Austin Powers and the Fonz. These are gifts that groove.

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Gifts that Enchant and Charm

entertain, holidays, Shopping Reviews By November 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

On day 8 of our 12 days of Christmas Gift Guides, we move into the ethereal. Mystic, moving and gracious, these treats that enchant and charm will keep you and everyone around you smiling.

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Gifts that Comfort and Soothe

entertain, holidays, Shopping Reviews, toys By November 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

In the second of our 12 days of Christmas Gift Guides we zero in on gifts that comfort and soothe. The world certainly needs to feel safe and cozy these days and we are convinced a few of these selections may help!

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Uncategorized By April 1, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Naturally Dyed Easter EggsThere’s something about Easter egg waste and chemical dyes that makes me squirm. Of course there are store-bought non-toxic natural Easter Egg dyes out there, but we set out to discover our own from ingredients in the fridge. The result was muted and beautiful – almost what you would find if you happened upon a bird’s nest in nature.

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

We Used:

– Orange Slices
– Cherries
– Beet Slices
– Strawberries
– Crushed Mint
– Cranberries
– Fresh Basil
– Watermelon

After filling each glass with 1/2 cup of water, we added 2 T of white vinegar, an egg and one of the natural dying agents. After two hours, we removed the eggs and let them dry.

Natural Egg DyingNot only were the pastel results gorgeous, but the eggs were made into a toxin-free, incredible Easter breakfast after the kids found them.

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Win $150 for New Years Cards from Minted!!

Uncategorized By December 15, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 39 Comments

New Years Card GiveawayIf there’s one thing in life that is important, it’s paper. Thank you notes, holiday cards, photo calendars make friends and family smile every day. Receiving mail or writing a personal note connect us in tangible ways and being thoughtful makes the world a better place. That’s why we love having discovered Minted. This year they’ve added free recipient addressing which will save tons and tons of time every year. I’m one of those 100+ card people who spends hours on designing every element. This year with Minted, I didn’t have to. The designs are so incredible that I just had to add a cute photo. I even went for the rose gold foil on each card.

We have a special New Years card giveaway for our readers. US and Canada, ends Dec. 22. Good luck!!
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Stocking Stuffers Have Gone to the Dogs

Uncategorized By December 4, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Stocking Stuffers for Cats and DogsAccording to a recent PetSafe Survey, 98 per cent of Canadians consider their pet to be part of the family, so why should they be left out of this gift exchange this holiday season? Knowing that the average pet owner spends approximately $21-50 on their pet a month, we’ve pulled together our top five must-have stocking stuffers for your pet this holiday season!

LIKETY STIK a durable nylon and rubber treat-dispensing toy challenges your dog to figure out how to get the delicious natural rawhide treat. Perfect to preoccupy your dog for hours! $3.49-5.99 (.84 – 1.69 Oz.)

BUSY BUDDY JACK a durable nylon and rubber treat-dispensing toy challenges your dog to figure out how to get the delicious natural rawhide treat. Perfect to preoccupy your dog for hours! $7.99-12.99

EGG-CERCIZER CAT TOY — make playtime more fun or help your cat stay in shape. Adjust the dispensing holes to slow down cats who eat too fast and encourage exercise. Rewarding your pet, while providing exercise! $4.49

INDIGO TRIPLE CHEWS —delicious, long-lasting chewable treats that are made with a recipe fortified with healthy ingredients. Available in small, medium and large sizes to suit a variety of dogs. $24.99

FROLICAT BOLT — an interactive laser toy that projects a laser pattern allowing your pet pounce, chase across the floor, up the walls, and over furniture. $19.99

We’re giving away all of these awesome stocking stuffers for dogs and cats and you could win just by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. Canada only, excl. Quebec. Ends 12/12. Good Luck!!!

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Healthy Gingerbread Men (with A Natures Path Giveaway!)

Uncategorized By December 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 25 Comments

Love Crunch Gingerbread MenThe Love Crunch stopped me in my tracks. And then I discovered the Q’ia. We can’t get enough of Natures Path – nor can the kids. We are doing an epic giveaway of a huge box of #FeelGoodHoliday products, but first I wanted to share a not-so-secret recipe for healthy gingerbread men that the kids and I will be making this year. We may make the odd gingerbread dog too.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes per batch
Serves 16 cookies

As fun to decorate as they are to eat, Gingerbread Men have long held the top holiday cookie title. These DIY gingerbread men are primed to keep the top spot. With just 15 minutes to make, decorating takes centre stage. Use our organic Gingerbread Love Crunch and get creative , using berries or seeds for detail.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Nature’s Path Love Crunch® – Gingerbread
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  •  2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup fancy molasses
  • Ready-to-use frosting or icing
  • Assorted nuts, seeds, dried fruit and/or chocolate chips
Directions
  1. In a food processor, pulse granola until finely crushed.
  2. Add to a bowl and whisk with flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, baking powder and salt until well combined.
  3. In a large bowl, with electric beaters, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
  4. Beat in molasses.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients and beat just until mixed.
  6. Knead as needed to form dough.
  7. Divide dough into quarters and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Flour work surface.
  10. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll to 1/4-inch thickness.
  11. With floured 5-inch gingerbread man cutter, cut out cookies, pressing firmly. Reroll dough as needed.
  12. Arrange on prepared pan, spacing 2-inches apart.
  13. Cook in batches, baking in middle oven for 10 minutes or until just until lightly golden on the bottom.
  14. Transfer to rack and cool completely.
  15. Ice with frosting and decorate with nuts, seeds, dried fruit and/or chocolate chips as desired.

Natures Path GiveawayGiveaway alert!! Would you like a huge box of Natures Path product delivered to your door? Fill out this handy form. Canada / US. Ends 12/12. Good luck!!

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