Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Happy Monday everyone! My kids only have 3 days of school left - as of 345pm Wednesday, our summer vacation starts! I am so looking forward to having them home for the summer. Can't wait for the fun and new experiences to start.

If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Friday, June 23, 2017

17 Dr. Seuss Themed Recipes

Oh, the places you'll go! What would childhood be without Dr. Seuss.  The rhymes are a great way to help kids with reading basics, and the stories are pretty much nonsense which engages kids and makes them laugh and laugh.  We have a few of his stories, and the kids have always loved them.

Dr. Seuss is also a popular birthday party theme for little ones, and this round up features 17 recipes themed around some of his popular tales. Alternately, they would be fun to make and serve as a snack while you sit cuddled up with the kids to read - which is one of my favourite activities.

Which Dr. Seuss story is your favourite? I love Oh, the places you'll go.




17 Dr. Seuss Recipes and Crafts




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Danone Helps Support Active, Healthy Lifestyles and Brings The Danone Nations Cup #DNC2017

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Danone and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

Mr. J at the end of his first soccer program
My kids love being active - bike riding, swimming, walking to school, they just really enjoy being on the move. Team sports and organized activities are a big part of children’s lives. Both of my kids have played soccer, and this year Mr. K is playing baseball.  Mr. J started playing organized soccer when he was 5 years old. He has always really enjoyed being outside kicking the ball around, whether it is with friends, his brother, his dad (who played soccer well into his late teens, and has now joined an adult league) – or even by himself.


I will often find him in the back alone practicing dribbling the ball and shooting on the net. He tries different kicks, and footwork for when he needs to get past someone.

Team sports are a great way to learn some life skills. When you are on a team with many other kids, there are different personalities in the mix. It gives you a chance to learn how to work together and also how to adapt. Coaches all have different styles, and you may mesh better with one style than another – but no matter what, you still have to be able to work with them.


In addition to those life skills and specific skills needed to play the game, soccer gets kids outdoors and active. Danone is all about healthy lifestyles and active families. As Canada’s leading yogurt manufacturer, their mission is to bring health through food to Canadians and to promote overall healthy, active lifestyles. They have been a supporter of Breakfast Clubs of Canada since 1996, and have also been the driving force behind the Danone Nations Cup (the world’s largest soccer tournament for kids age 10-12) since 1999.

The Danone Nations Cup isn't just another tournament though. This international competition sees over 32 countries participating every year. This event helps kids realize a dream they may have of representing their country against some of the best young players around the world. Canadian selection camps were held in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City during April, May and June. The national final will take place July 6th, 2017 in Boucherville, QC.

For 2017, a special edition is happening and the selection process has been expanded; Danone is proud to be bringing separate boys and girls teams to the international final. 12 boys and 12 girls will be chosen to represent Canada at the international final in New York. Since its inception, over 65,000 Canadian youth have tried out for Team Canada, and hundreds of them have gone on to represent their country at the international final.

Ottawa’s own Kristina Kiss (who just happened to be a grade behind me in high school), former Team Canada player, Olympian and Pan Am medalist, will be head coach for one of the girls’ teams. The boys’ teams will be coached by Dean Howie and Patrick Leduc.

It would be so neat to represent Canada at an event like this. I wonder if my kids (or anyone they play soccer with) will ever have the chance.  To follow along or stay up to date on the Danone Nations Cup, be sure to follow their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

If you think your child would be able to participate, be on the lookout next year when the tryout dates/locations are announced.

For now, lets all get ready to cheer on the Canadian teams attending this years international finals in New York - Go Canada!

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Happy Monday everyone!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Teacher Gift Idea: Sangria Kit



Every year at this time, there are countless posts on facebook groups asking what to buy for their kids teachers. There are many, many ideas that float around. While most of the "stuff" is cute, if you have the idea, likely other parents in your child's class have the same one. How many mugs, planters, etc does a teacher need?

I have always stayed away from "stuff" for that reason. One year I ordered an edible arrangement for his two kindergarten teachers. I have done cake pops, homemade cookies and most often, gift cards (and some years only $5 each, as that's what we could afford). I ALWAYS include a handwritten note to the teacher.

Last year I got the idea from an acquaintance to do food for the staff instead of individual teacher gifts. It seemed to go over well, and I did it again at Christmas. I was going to do it next week, but then I had the idea to give them ingredients for Sangria. I bought oranges, lemons and limes, and was going to pick up a bottle of wine. Then I was going to print out a recipe and put it in a pitcher.

After buying the oranges, lemons and limes, I popped into the wine store located within the grocery store  - and they had these cute totes filled with wine and cider - AND a recipe. So, instead of stopping to buy pitchers (which they may not need cluttering up their kitchen), I bought 4 of the kits.

I added in the citrus fruits I had purchased, wrote a note to each of the teachers and attached it to the handle. I stopped in to the school on my way home and left them in the staff room for the teachers to find at lunch.

If you are crafty, you could make your own tote, or purchase something cute on amazon.

I do feel that it's more than just my kids teachers that make a difference. Many of the teachers that run the different clubs and sports, and directing the Christmas play, are not my children's teachers. I will drop off a cake or some cookies next week for the whole staff to enjoy.

DIY Sangria kit; end of year teachers gift idea

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Easy Coconut Chocolate Squares

Easy and delicious Coconut Chocolate Squares


I am sure by now you all know how much I love chocolate. Anything with chocolate, and I am willing to give it a try. I am always on the lookout for new recipes, and when they are created with healthy ingredients, all the better.

I love that there is no added sugar in this recipe for Chocolate Coconut Bars. I feel good about letting my kids have a treat like this!
Give them a try - let me know what you think!



Ingredients

· 1 3/4 cup shredded coconut, large flakes

· 1/2 cup coconut oil (measured solid)

· 1/4 cup pure honey

· 1 teaspoon vanilla

· 2 tablespoons coconut oil (measured solid)

· 1/2 bar of chocolate of choice (about 12 small squares)


Directions

In the microwave or on the stove, melt the half cup of coconut oil. In a medium bowl, combine the shredded coconut, melted oil, honey and vanilla.

Mix well until all the coconut is covered and looks "sticky"

Line an 8x4 pan with parchment paper and using a spatula, press the coconut mixture into the pan. Press down firmly. The more you press the better the bars will hold together.

Place in the freezer to set.

While the bars are setting (give them at least 20-30min) make the chocolate topping. In a small pot melt the remaining coconut oil and chocolate bar over very low heat. High heat will cause the chocolate to burn.

Whisk frequently until everything is melted and combined.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the coconut bars making sure the chocolate is evenly distributed.

Place the in the freezer for 30 more minutes until chocolate is hard.

When ready to enjoy, remove from freezer cut into bars. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and serve.

Makes 8 squares.


Easy and delicious coconut chocolate squares




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cool Chocolate Covered Oreo Round Up



I love Oreo cookies, and I love chocolate. When I found out that chocolate covered Oreo's was actually a thing, I was ecstatic.  I did some at home (just melted chocolate with the cookies dipped in them) and then I ordered some molds that would put a design on them. I bought molds with a heart - they can be used anytime, but were perfect for my kids on Valentine's Day!

They are SO simple to make, and you can do some really fun things with them. I decided to hunt for other ideas. 

8 Cool Chocolate Covered Oreo's



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