Easter egg huntin' with Kinder® #KINDERmom

It’s that time of the year again and the Easter Bunny is gearing up for our annual Easter egg hunt!

This year we’re going to try to stay away from too much chocolate and candy, but one can’t really shy away from the coveted Kinder® egg. Since there’s quite an age difference between Miss S and the younger kids, she will get the bulk of the Kinder® eggs, with Lil J getting most of the toys inside the eggs. A win-win for both, right?

Of course we can’t forget about Baby Z, who is finally old enough to somewhat participate. She’s obsessed with books and reading, so my best bet is to get her a few books and a couple little toys.
Just a few of the goodies!
As for the actual hunt? In the past, I’ve always put candy and chocolate in those small little egg shells and hid them around the house. This Easter I’m planning on doing the same but, instead of candy and chocolate, I’ll include little toys or trinkets {and a few Kinder® eggs here and there!}. Each egg will also have a note inside with a hint on where the next egg is, with each location containing three eggs – one for each kid. I’m hoping this will make it more fun and less competitive in terms of who gets more eggs, {although the kids are usually pretty good with splitting them up in the end}, and it’ll also help them think and strategize. Plus, I’m hoping it’ll prevent us from “forgetting” about lost eggs and finding them weeks later!

At the end of the hunt, a big surprise will be waiting for them, which will be new this year. I couldn’t help myself!


Celebrate the outdoors at Active Baby's Grand Re-Opening and 5 Year Anniversary event!

When we first posted about Active Baby’s new Upper Lonsdale location in early March, July and Chen {co-owners and husband & wife duo} were in the process of settling into their new store and gearing up for their Grand Re-Opening event, which is scheduled to take place at the beginning of next month.
After much anticipation, Active Baby started the month of April with a bang – an explosion of giveaways worth over $7,000, including a Mountain Buggy Evolution Terrain worth $549.99!  These amazing giveaways lead up to Active Baby’s big Grand Re-Opening and 5 year anniversary celebration on May 3-4, 2014.

If you’re planning on joining July and Chen at their Grand Re-Opening on May 3rd or 4th, you’re in for an amazing time!  With free parking behind the store and a huge selection of the best products on the market for today’s active family, the first 50 customers to make a purchase during the weekend will receive a gift bag filled with goodies from Active Baby’s fabulous sponsors.  In addition, all attendees will receive exclusive discount offers only available during the Grand Re-Opening event!


Add a touch of creamy melt to your dinner with Kraft Canada and Philadelphia!

During the week, I’m a full-time working mom of three. My evenings consist of arriving home around 5ish {later if I have to do a grocery run}, getting dinner ready while making sure the little ones are munching on some sort of healthy snack, possibly doing a load of laundry or two while dinner is on the stove, helping Miss S with her homework {or telling her 5 million times to actually do her homework during dinner prep and after dinner}, eating my dinner while trying to make the littles eat their dinner, downtime, bath time, bedtimes, blog time, party planning and then a sliver of me time.  A date night on the couch with hubby while watching one of our favourite shows is also somehow squeezed in there (if I’m not folding laundry, blogging or getting crafty).

Sleep. Repeat.

In the midst of all this chaos, the one thing I heavily rely on is a quick and easy kid-friendly dinner recipe.  Or any recipe that’s quick and easy, really, since the kids are supposed to eat what we eat {and you know how often that happens!}.

I was thrilled when SwankMama was given the opportunity to sample the newest addition to the Kraft Canada family:  Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia Cheese and Philadelphia cream cheese together? It’s a melt made in heaven!

Kraft Canada has specially blended their signature shredded cheese and added a touch of Philadelphia, so that you can use it in your everyday dishes and still achieve that cheesy taste with a little extra creamy melt. Cooking with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia will definitely make dinnertime easier for us, as we can skip the “grate the cheese” step all together!

Last night I decided to incorporate an entire bag of Kraft Creamy Mexicana Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia to my favourite baked macaroni and cheese recipe:


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Get your taxes done right with Staples Canada & TurboTax + a Giveaway!

Spring is finally here which could only mean that tax season is too. To me, doing my taxes is about as exciting as dusting my house, doing laundry or making dinner – it needs to get done but I don’t enjoy doing it.

Thankfully, Staples Canada came to my rescue this year with my very own “tax survival kit” complete with TurboTax Standard 2013 tax software, chocolate, Staples office supplies and a HP Envy 4500 Smartphone and Tablet Printer! Seriously, what better way is there than to do taxes with a bag of chocolate and a shiny new printer? {I may have dipped into the chocolate before I started my taxes…shhhh!!}
Using TurboTax Standard software made the “filing your taxes” task much less daunting than I anticipated. With step-by-step instructions, free product support by phone, email or chat, and a guarantee that you’ll receive your maximum refund amount, it seem like using TurboTax Standard is a no-brainer!

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