Posted on January 26, 2018

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Littles | Amazon Finds

Valentine's Day Gifts For Littles Amazon Canada

1. Pink Princess Castle (on sale!!) | 2. Mini Guitar | 3. Pink Cow Hopper | 4. Pink Fuzzy Robe | 5. Mini Red Wagon | 6. Valentine’s Day Puppy Lego | 7. Anatomical Plush Heart | 8. Fisher-Price Doodle Pro

I love surprising my little girls with cute gifts, and when there’s a theme to the gifts it’s even better!

Last year I discovered Amazon, finally, and I am hooked! The amount and variety of fun gadgets and trinkets you can find blows my mind. 

This Valentine’s day is not just for the adults – I browsed Amazon for all the things I think my 4 and 2 year old daughters would love! I am looking forward to them opening their bounce hoppers and working out all that extra energy that they have at the end of the day.

What do you do to make Valentine’s Day special for your family?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on January 25, 2018

8 Things To Do In Gilbert, Arizona With Kids

8 Things To Do In Gilbert, Arizona With Kids

My family loves visiting Arizona. You have the heat of Mexico with the comfortable amenities of home all in one location!

Not only is it hot in Arizona, it is relatively inexpensive to fly from Canada (if you just bring 1 or no checked bags). 

For all 5 of us to fly, that would be 2 adult tickets and 2 child tickets and 1 infant on lap ticket, we could fly round trip for $1150 CAD. Compared to a family vacation to Pueto Rico which the flights would cost us $2300 CAD.

But in this blog post I’m not sharing why we love going to Arizona, I want to share what we did in Gilbert, Arizona during our last couple trips!

Fun Activities For Families To Do Around Gilbert, AZ

  1. Grab a coffee & tour Agritopia: I don’t know how to describe the Gilbert Agritopia other than it is such an unique community! And I wish we had known about the tours of the Gilbert Agritopia (they happen every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:00am), but we still were able to appreciate the beauty of their Biblical Garden while sipping on our “monsoon slushes”. It’s a stunning place to grab a coffee and enjoy a nice walk with your children.
  2. Swimming: It may sound simple but if you can find an AirBnB or hotel with a pool your kids will be entertained all week. Fortunately, Matt’s parents have a vacation home in Arizona (our girls call it the “pool house”) and the pool is where our girls spend most of their day.
  3. Sports Game: Thankfully the Phoenix area has so many sport teams and games to watch – there is baseball, hockey, football, volleyball, basketball. There are so many options depending on your budget!
  4. Top Golf: I was hesitant about taking the girls to Top Golf the first time, but it ended up being an awesome time! We have nothing like Top Golf in Canada let alone Edmonton. It’s similar to a driving range but it’s a fun twist on whacking a ball. At the time Abigail was 1 year old and Annaliese was 3 years old, we had Abigail sit in the stroller the whole time and then Annaliese took a turn hitting the ball. TIP: Request the lowest level for peace of mind with younger kids. 
  5. Outlet Malls: We loved walking around the outdoor Phoenix Premium Outlet mall or San Tan Village during the weekdays because it’s basically empty. The girls could walk around freely while Matt & I window shopped or stopped for a coffee.
  6. Indulge In Amazing American Fast Food: Let’s name off all the delicious restaurants that the US has and Canada does not – Chick Fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, Sonic’s Drive-Thru, P.F Changs, In-N-Out, Jack N’ The Box, White Castle. Sometimes I wish I lived closer to the border…
  7. Stock Pile BoSa Donuts Every Morning: I had never heard about BoSa Doughnuts and I don’t know if they are a Phoenix thing or an America thing, but they are beyond delicious! Our top picks are the apple fritters, plain old fashion, and glazed twist.
  8. Hiking in the Desert: Hiking in Arizona is completely different than hiking in Canada. But it’s an awesome unique experience! Our favourite trails close to Gilbert are in San Tan Mountain Region Park. There are trails for all levels of experience and difficulty.

What’s your favourite family vacation spot?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on January 22, 2018

Drugstore Makeup Review | Covergirl Vitalist Products

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All of us are looking for a flawless finish from our makeup, right?

I’m a huge fan of makeup, whether it is drugstore or high end. As you know I am obsessed with the natural no-makeup look, and while I stick to a strict 10 minute routine (let’s be honest, sometimes I have even less time in front of the mirror) I am not shy to try new products.

From the first look I love the new black and white packaging, it’s a modern twist from their regular eye-popping colours.

So without further adieu, CoverGirl released their new Vitalist line that includes:

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  1. Vitalist Go Glow Luminizing Lotion
  2. Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation with SPF
  3. Vitalist Healthy Powder
  4. Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter
  5. Vitalist Healthy Concealer

I love incorporating these new products into my routine, one of my favourites from the new line is the foundation.

The CoverGirl Vitalist Elixir Foundation is great for normal to dry skin types – I’m not sure if my girls with oily skin will love it, but you could pair it with the powder to set it throughout the day.

Though be careful because the foundation dries a shade or two darker than it applies, some scientists would call this oxidizing, so when choosing your shade!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on January 18, 2018

Easy Dairy & Egg Free Cinnamon Rolls

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Dairy & Egg Free Cinnamon Rolls
Delicious, fluffy cinnamon rolls without eggs or dairy.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 tsp rapid-rise yeast
  2. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  3. 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  6. 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
Instructions
  1. In a bowl in the microwave at 30 second increments, heat the almond milk and 3 Tbsp coconut oil until warm and melted .
  2. Transfer mix to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on yeast. Let activate for 10 minutes.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp sugar and the salt and stir.
  4. Add in flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring as you go (you may not add it all). The dough will be sticky and too thick to stir.
  5. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl (a bit of coconut oil works perfectly). Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. Brush with 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil and top with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 - 1 Tbsp cinnamon.
  7. Tightly roll up the dough.
  8. Then with a serrated knife or a string of floss, cut the dough into 1.5 - 2 inch sections and put into a pan.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and let the dough rise in the pan while oven is preheating.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  11. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve immediately.
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Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on January 15, 2018

The Best Places To Get Free Boxes For Moving

The Best Places To Get Free Boxes For Moving In Canada Edmonton Blogger Canadian Mom

There was an amazing and overwhelming response to my question yesterday: where are the best places to get free boxes for moving?

This is what I love about the Instagram community – you are always ready to share your life experiences with me!

From your answers, there are many restaurants and stores that offer to hold their shipping boxes for you when their weekly/monthly orders come in, but you need to call ahead to find out the date of their deliveries and make sure they know you will be coming to pick them up.

There are even services to come drop off bubble wrap and boxes, then when you’re done with their supplies they will come pick it up.

Or you can rent green eco-boxes that are hard plastic, come with lids, and then return them to their drop off location. There are so man options for moving your things!

Here is a list of all the places that have boxes for free:

Top Recommendation: Liquor Store, especially the wine boxes.

Starbucks, especially the coffee boxes.

Tim Hortons

McDonalds, especially the fry boxes.

SuperStore, especially the apple boxes.

Dollar Store

Canadian Tire

Shoppers Drug Mart

Walmart

Grocery Store, especially the egg boxes.

Facebook Mom Groups

Kijiji

 

Here is a list of unique moving services, that is not for free:

Uline, ships you moving traditional supplies.

Eco-Box, environmentally friendly moving supplies. Available in Edmonton & Calgary.

Frog Box, environment friendly moving supplies for rent. Available across Canada and parts of the USA.

 

P.S dont forget to share this with any friends or family that are thinking about moving soon!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on January 9, 2018

Mom Style | Best Button Down Blouses For Breast-Feeding

It’s one thing to finally fit into regular, non-maternity clothes but when you’re still breast-feeding your closet is still limited. I have you’re back because I found you the best button down blouses for breast feeding! 

This time breast feeding my baby I discovered the wonderful invention of button down shirts instead of the option of ugly nursing shirts or hoisting up my whole shirt, we’ve all been there when you forget an undershirt and you’re sitting there with your tummy exposed. It feels vulnerable and uncortable, at least for me it does.

I’ve linked a few stunning button down shirts, most are 40% off right now so it’s a win!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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