My Smudge Proof Kitchen Makes Entertaining Easy #testdrivemoms

Smudge Proof Kitchen
I’m the kind of person where my mood reflects my surroundings. If I’m surrounded by a mess, I’m not in the best mood (that’s putting it very politely, just ask my husband). Thankfully I have a Smudge Proof Kitchen and maintaining a clean workspace in my kitchen is a breeze.

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Top 5 Places You Forget About When Spring Cleaning #testdrivemoms

Top 5 Places You Forget About When Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! I know it was a long wait for many of us (I’m looking over at you East Coast friends), but now that all the snow is gone and streets are dry it’s time to start fresh. That’s what I love about spring cleaning, it’s a fresh start in my home. I know the title says Top 5 Places YOU Forget About When Spring Cleaning, but it’s really where I forget to spring clean – I just figure there are more out there like me.

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Preparing An Anniversary Dinner With PC Products & #Cbias

As a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community, I wanted to share how I prepared an anniversary dinner for my husband and I. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

AnniversaryYesterday my husband and I celebrated three years of marriage. We have been together for a total of nine years, married for three and wow, we have been through a lot: babies, moving in and out of provinces, and two houses. We survived the loss of our first son, high stress situations and renovations. There are many reasons to celebrate, which is why I wanted to create an amazing anniversary dinner.

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Woolzies Dryer Balls

Dryer BallsI’m not a fan of dryer sheets or bars. I really don’t like the idea of the chemicals going all over my clothes and interfering with my sensitive skin. Also, did you know that over time they can build up on your dryer vent, causing a fire hazard? So we don’t use them, but the static is annoying. We’re walking lightening rods.

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Top 10 Newborn Must Haves

Newborn Must Haves It has been a little over a year since we brought Carter home after a month of being in the NICU. By the time we made it home from the Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House® it was 10pm (we stuck around for dinner and bingo in celebration of Carter being discharged) and I was tired but couldn’t wait to start using all the fun things I bought previously. I was pretty thankful I jumped on the ball as early as I did, if I would have waited the “normal” amount of time before I started buying all the baby gadgets and goodies, I would have been too late and we would have come home to a big empty nursery. Now that a year has come and gone and I have had time to experience it all, here are my Top 10 Newborn Must Haves:

Cuts of Beef – Meat Cheat Sheet



Summer is coming and when I think of summer, I think of BBQ. We’re huge beef consumers come summertime: grilled steak, burgers, even roasts. As soon as May comes around, they’re all done on the grill. Since I like to know what I eat and where it comes from I have found the above infographic incredibly helpful and I wanted to share. Think of it as your meat cheat sheet.


How To Get Rid Of The Flu Fast: Detox Bath

How to get rid of the flu fast

How To Get Rid Of The Flu Fast, that’s always a question I search when I feel like I’m getting sick. There’s never really a clear answer. Thursday I began to show some minor flu symptoms: headache, body aches and just not feeling 100%. Then Saturday came, and I felt like I was knocking on deaths door. I had big shopping plans on Sunday and didn’t have time to milk a flu so I took matters into my own hands and made a DIY Detox Bath. I originally got the idea from The DIY Guinea Pig, but changed up the measurements and added sea salt (I read somewhere that it’s good to add sea salt to detox baths).

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How To Properly Dispose Of a CFL Bulb

My husband just sent me an email about CFL bulbs, and what could happen if you disposed of them improperly. In the newsletter he sent me was a man’s foot completely mangled with little flesh but a lot of bone. Don’t worry I’m not posting that photo, but he received those awful burns because he went to change a CFL bulb without allowing it to cool. It was so hot, he dropped it and the bulb shattered and he stepped on it with the exposed mercury. CFL bulb disposal has a few steps and you should follow each one. I wanted to share how to properly expose of these bulbs since they are becomming more and more popular:

  1. Evacuate the room, taking care not to step on the broken glass littering the floor
  2. Ventilate the room for a MINIMUM of 15 minutes (EPA recommendation)
  3. DO NOT clean the debris of the broken lamp with a vacuum cleaner as this will spread toxic mercury droplets throughout the house either immediately or upon the future use of the vacuum
  4. Wear protective gloves; use a broom or brush to sweep the debris into a dustpan; empty the contents of the dustpan into a plastic bag; seal the plastic bag
  5.  DO NOT dispose of the plastic bag into an ordinary refuse receptacle
  6.   The debris is lawfully a Hazardous Material and must be disposed of accordingly