Monday, December 5, 2016

December 5th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

December is here, and our Christmas tree is up! Have you put yours up yet? If you are looking for gift ideas, make sure to check out the 2016 Gift Guide

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anointment Natural Skin Care Gift Ideas

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Anointment Natural Skin Care is a Canadian based company. By making their products in small batches, by hand, it helps them ensure quality in all their products.   Originally selling their products at the Halixa Farmers market starting in 2002, they expanded to the wholesale market in 2009.

Anointment wants to help you with your Christmas shopping this year.  They have ideas for the special men in your life.

Wet Shave Kit

Our wet shave gift set is sure to bring some happy nostalgia to your shaving routine. This ready-to-use gift set includes a handsome handcrafted pottery shaving pot (made by talented potters in Prince Edward Island), a wooden-handled shave brush and our easy-to-use our old-fashioned shaving soap. Anointment Shave Soap is a down-to-earth, unscented alternative to shaving creams and foams and is even better than your grandfather’s soap! With moisturizing French green clay, skin-soothing ground sandalwood and flaxseed, and castor oil for impressively dense foam, every shave is a time-travelling treat!

Men's Grooming Kit 

The 3 piece set comes with soap, beard oil and hand printed axe handkerchief. The scent is an earthy Woodland Sage.

They have many other products for New Moms, baby, skin care, soaps and lip balm.  These petit fours soaps would make a great hostess gift, or a perfect addition to a guest bathroom!

These products are sold in the gift sets, or they can be purchased separately. You can shop directly from the website or you can find a retailer to purchase from. For Wholesome Products At Low Prices

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If you are looking for products that are Gluten Free, GMO- Free, Vegan, Paleo, or Raw they have you covered. With free shipping in Canada on orders over $49 and great prices (often lower than Amazon) on best selling non-perishable products (eg. Coconut Aminos, Great Lakes Gelatin and Collagen, Liquid Castille Soap, Canned Wiled Planet Tuna and Charlies Soap Detergent) you will want to have a look at the website to see what they offer. aims to make wholesome, natural products available to all Canadians at affordable prices. They represent over 100 brands that provide high quality, natural products.  You can even earn money by referring friends to their site.  

Head on over to and let me know what products they carry that you love! The Earth Mama Angel Baby products were great for me post-partum.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tekno Newborn Robotic Pets Available Now

My kids want a pet. A dog or a cat. They have been asking us hounding us for a few years. While I would love to have one, and thing we will eventually add a dog to our family, I know that we are not ready just yet. The kids are busy and while they say they will take care of a pet if we get one, I don't believe them. They will want to play with their friends instead of taking the dog for a walk or picking up after it in the yard.

This Christmas, they will, however, be receiving a kitten and a puppy. Just not REAL ones. This is where Tekno Newborns comes into play.  They have robotic pets. Kittens and Puppies that walk, run, sit and will even jump into your hand.

They make noise, are sensitive to touch; they are tiny, and they don't make a mess. There are 6 colours available for purchase, and they can be found at Toys R Us, London Drugs, Loblaws, Canadian Tire and Walmart. MSRP is $24.99.

I am excited to see my kids open these up on Christmas morning.

November 28th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

The 2016 Gift Guide has launched - new items will be added between now and December 20th - keep checking back!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hand In Hand Parenting

I think all parents will agree that raising kids comes with challenges. Some are minor and easy to navigate through and others are much more difficult and can leave us feeling defeated.  We have had our share of issues to work through with the kids from behaviour, sleep and sibling rivalry - just to name a few.

I have read many different books written by different "experts" - all who have different styles and views on parenting and how things should happen. While I have been able to relate to some of what I have read, nothing has had me nodding my head in agreement quite like Listen: Five Simple Tools To Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges.

"Listen" is a great book, and all about Listening.  There are different scenarios outlined in the book, and different ways of achieving the desired outcome.

After reading through the first few chapters, I realized that it was very similar to how I try and parent on my good days, and that I needed to bring that way into my bad days also. It also helped me stop beating myself up about the bad days.

Patty Wipfler is the author, and she has also launched a series of videos to go along with the book. If you are struggling with parenting challenges I urge you to check out the book or the videos; and remember, we all struggle with parenting at certain times - you aren't alone.

To connect with Hand in Hand Parenting, you can find them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Delicious Homemade Tomato Soup

I am really big on homemade soups, and tend to make a pot every week during the winter. I alternate between hamburger, potato, vegetable, minestrone and turkey.  One that I hadn't made before, but was craving, was tomato.

A few weeks ago I looked up some recipes online and found one that seemed to have great reviews. I had all ingredients on hand so decided to make it.

Turns out, I didn't love it. I didn't really even like it that much. It was kind of bland.  So, on the hunt I went.

I asked friends and queried in a Facebook group for favourite recipes.  I had many to choose from, but they all seemed to have cream in them (I sometimes have trouble with dairy, so I wanted to stay away from it). Some of them looked really good, and I would have omitted the cream, but didn't have other ingredients.  I really just wanted a SIMPLE and quick recipe. I ended up taking components from a few of the recipes I read and trying it out to see what would happen.

I have to say, it turned out delicious.

6 tomatoes - quartered (you could remove the seeds, I didn't)
1 large potato, peeled and quartered
3 cloves of garlic (I used a grater, but a garlic press would work well)
1 box of chicken stock
1.5 tbsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients into a large pot and let simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potato is tender.

Let cool and then carefully pour into a blender - (affiliate) I use my ninja for this. You could also use an immersion blender.

Serve warm with croutons and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.