7.16.2015

Creating Birthday Invitiations with Shutterfly

Before I decided on a theme for Jadon’s birthday party, I ended up creating birthday invitations via Shutterfly for him to hand out to his classmates.  I had already decided on the colour scheme and knew I wanted to do something with a vintage feel, and Shutterfly’s ‘One Awesome Ticket Birthday Invitation’ happened to be the perfect match!

Using Shutterfly to create the invitation was a breeze.  All I had to do was input the party details (date, time, venue and RSVP information) and Shutterfly automatically populated it into the invite! 
I also like to personalize my invites with a current photo of the birthday boy and a little note to the attendees about what to expect at the party:

The guest loved receiving the invites and their parents were equally impressed with them!  Mission accomplished!


5.20.2015

Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites + 'Make It Yours' Photo Contest Winners

The first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Kraft Peanut Butter is probably that peanut butter and jelly sandwich from your childhood, right?  Well, we recently discovered that Kraft Peanut Butter could be used in a variety of fun recipes that are kid-friendly and only require a few ingredients (perfect for the mom on-the-go!).
 
Last month, I had a blast creating a Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipe with Jadon’s help.  Using Kraft Extra Creamy Peanut Butter and a few core ingredients, we added a couple of our own ingredients that made our ‘Meatball’ Peanut Butter Snack Bites a unique and fun snack.  The kids loved it and Jadon couldn’t wait to make it again a few day later!

Need inspiration for your own Peanut Butter Snack Bite recipe?  Head over to Kraft Canada for a collection of easy recipes that the entire family will enjoy.  Our favourite has to be the Confetti Peanut Butter Snack Bites!  I mean, you can’t go wrong with a recipe that has mini marshmallows in it!

Confetti Peanut Butter Snack Bites
·         ½ cup of Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter
·         ¼ cup honey
·         1 cup large flake rolled oats
·         ¾ cup crushed crisp rice cereal
·         ½ cup Jet Puffed Fruit Flavoured Mini Marshmallows (cut in half)

Make It!

·         Mix peanut butter and honey in medium bowl until blended. Stir in remaining ingredients
·         Refrigerate 30 minutes
·         Roll into 20 (1-inch) balls, using about 2 Tbsp. for each
Follow the hashtag #MyKPBsnackbite to join the conversation on Twitter and to see more Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipes visit www.sticktogether.ca.


Make It Yours Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the four winners of the ‘Make It Yours’ Photo Contest: Maria Medeiros, Debbie Flynn, Rebecca Hart and Shanaz Allia. Be sure to visit sheblogs Canada to see the Make It Yours photo contest entries and see more great recipes.

4.21.2015

Join the #RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat Today!


Join us tonight on Twitter for the #RBCFirstHome chat at 8:30pm EST with RBC experts to answer all of your burning home-buying questions!  The RBC panel includes a lawyer, realtor, design expert, home builders, home experts and mortgage experts, as well as a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 gift certificates just for joining the #RBCFirstHome chat!

When:  Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:30pm EST (5:30pm PST)

Where:  Twitter using the hashtag #RBCFirstHome

What:  A chat with a panel of RBC experts to answer any home-buying questions - perfect for first-time and potential home buyers!

Disclosure:  I am part of the #RBCFirstHome Twitter Chat Program with Mom Central Canada and have received a form of compensation for this post. All opinions on this blog are my own.

4.20.2015

Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites Recipe

When we were asked to create our own Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipe using Kraft Extra Creamy Peanut Butter, the opportunities seemed endless!  If your household is anything like ours, it shouldn’t be a surprise that peanut butter has become a staple ingredient in a lot of the foods we eat.

Fresh off Easter weekend with baskets full of goodies, we decided to use that to our full advantage.  I had the kids pick out their extra ingredients and we started creating our very own Peanut Butter Snack Bites.
First, we combined 1 cup of large flaked rolled oats, ½ a cup of Kraft Extra Creamy Peanut Butter and ¼ cup of honey in a bowl and mixed it with a spoon until well blended.  Jadon was overly eager to lend a hand and helped me decide which additional ingredients to add (as well as doing his own taste testing along the way, of course!):

3.21.2015

Suite Escapes Family Vacation Rental Anaheim {Review}

Looking for a reason to take the family to the Happiest Place on Earth?  If our sneak peeks made you want to get away, once you step into this spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhouse, you might never want to leave!

Owned by Andy and Jennifer, Suite Escapes (formerly Enchanted Escapes) is a collection of townhomes that have been tastefully renovated with high end furnishings and d├ęcor, fresh designer paint, and stocked with everything you could possibly think of to make the home as family friendly as possible.

From the second we entered our townhome, everyone gasped in awe – no joke! The kids excitedly ran around the main floor and raced up the stairs to check out their rooms.  I instantly started snapping photos before anything was moved out of place.  The entire townhome was extremely immaculate and well kept, with attention to every single detail.


        
    Once you've traveled with kids, you come to realize that having a fully stocked kitchen, bedrooms and more than one bathroom is an absolute must.  Of course, this Suite Escapes townhome had it all and I seriously never wanted to leave.  Just think about it:  after a long day at Disneyland, all you want to do is shut your bedroom door, put your feet up and relax on a plush king sized bed.  And that's exactly what I did!