Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Saving Money At The Grocery Store

I am sure I am not alone when I say that our grocery budget is a big part of our monthly spending.  I have been fortunate enough to discover a few ways to save a little bit of money on these purchases though.

I price match, use coupons and also use rebate apps on my phone to get cash back.  One of the apps I use is Checkout 51.

When my groceries are put away, I take my receipt and upload it to Checkout 51.  Any offers they have that match purchases I have made will put a little bit of money into my account.  Once I have reached $20, I cash out and a cheque is mailed to my door.

It is totally legit, and I have cashed out a few times.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

West Ottawa Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free!

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Mr. K at one of our favourite restaurants after his nursery school graduation. Unfortunately,
they do not have a kids eat free option
Let's face it - we don't always want to cook.  Sure, you can order in but sometimes it's nice to just get out of the house and let someone else take care of the prep work AND the clean up!  It's also really nice if you can find a restaurant where kids eat free (cause really, eating out is expensive enough, having to pay for the kids just adds to the bill).

Eiffel Tower Cookies and Bridal Shower Fun

My mom and I hosted a bridal shower for my cousin on the weekend.  Her fiance proposed while they were visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris last summer, and I wanted to incorporate that into the shower some how.

We decided to do a brunch instead of a traditional afternoon shower. We served croissants, egg cups (eggs mixed with veggies and baked in a muffin tin), fruit and yogurt as well as a baked egg ring (eggs, cream cheese, peppers all scrambled together and then placed on top of pillsbury crescent roll triangles, then baked)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tips For Eating At Restaurants With Young Kids

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Mr. J's birthday lunch!
Like many, my hubby and I enjoy eating out every now and then.  We also like to actually ENJOY our meals, and cranky kids or screaming babies take away the enjoyment.  Many parents get stressed out when thinking of taking their family to a restaurant - but I assure you, it IS possible to have a great family meal out!  We have been going to restaurants since the kids were young.  Here are my tips to help things go smoothly! (If you are in Ottawa, check out my list of restaurants where kids eat free!)

April 20 Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

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Friday, April 17, 2015

S'more Time! Round Up of S'more Variations

Every year at this time I start looking forward to S'mores.  We have a propane fire pit on our deck; we enjoy roasting marshmallows most weekends, and I try and always have the items on hand to make S'mores.  If you have never made them before, check out my post on how to make a perfect s'more.

I asked some of my fellow bloggers about their favourite way to enjoy S'mores and was able to come up with some great recipes for a round up!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Learning From Our Kids

I love being a mother.  As challenging as it can be sometimes (or, a lot of the time) there is so much fun and joy that my kids bring to me.  They have taught me a lot about myself, and a lot about others as well.