Friday, March 30, 2012

Cooking With My Boys!

I could write a book about all the things I love to do with my children to keep them - and myself - happy and busy. Since cooking is not the thing I do best, I often do other things, like crafts, painting, and having fun with outdoor adventures, like looking for fossils, swimming, and going for walks to the park. However, sometimes, I do cook with my children, despite the fact that my kitchen looks like a tornado went through it after we are done!

I usually stick to cooking safe (read: easy!) recipes, and I always go to here to find the best and easy recipes for my family.

As soon as I saw the recipe for the Broccoli and Tortellini Light Alfredo  Sauce, I knew it would be a huge hit with my boys, and a great way to get them to eat their veggies, too!

I get them to help out by grating fresh cheese, setting the table, and helping serve the food. It's a family affair, and we are left full and completely satisfied - this dish is delish, and healthy - a family favourite, for sure!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Easter treats made easy with Life Made Delicious!

Today is cold. But, it's still not April. We were just spoiled with really nice weather last week. We're talking plus 30 degrees nice weather. We're talking kids running through the sprinkler nice weather! Today, we have the fire place on. However, spring is officially here, and that means it's time to start thinking about Easter. Easter is the biggest celebration for my family, because we're Greek. Easter is even bigger than Christmas for Greek people!

We enjoy the lamb on the spit as well as dozens of other dishes, but I always love to make a few special treats for the entire family to enjoy, like carrot cake with fresh cream cheese icing.

I also love making cupcakes with my children, especially for special holidays like Easter, and this Easter cupcake recipe from Life Made Delicious is simply adorable, don't you agree?

Actually, all the Easter dessert recipes look amazing, and I know I'll be making a few this year!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Celebrate and Save with Fisher-Price!

As a busy mom of two little boys, I always looking for new educational and fun toys to help keep my children busy. Fisher-Price is a very familiar name in our household, because Fisher-Price is tried, tested, and true. Ever since I was a child, I have loved Fisher-Price products. I love that I've passed my love on to my children now, and I love how they old classic toys are back in stores now, from the record player to the musical television that I enjoyed as a child. When I was a new mom, most of the baby products and toys in my house were made by Fisher-Price.

Right now, Fisher-Price has some amazing deals for moms to help them save on the items that they'll need to help keep their little ones busy, while having fun. Fisher-Price's Celebrate and Save promotion is amazing! You can save up to $90!

What other excuse do you need to shop, right? It's the perfect time to stock up on all those gifts for friends who are having babies and for the little infants in your life, whether your own, or for a close friend. You can even think ahead and get some items checked off your Christmas shopping list. That's planning ahead! With deals like this, you're going to want to start shopping now.

Coupons are available in-store at Toys R Us and Zellers and online.
You can save $20 off any Fisher-Price swing that's $130 or more, and save $10 off the Ocean Wonders Awuarium - my boys loved this when they were babies! You can also save off any Little People items, as well as Imaginext items.
Disclosure: I am a Fisher-Price Mom and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Comfort food

It's one of those days. The weather is less than perfect, I've got a hundred things on the go, and I have not had a second to sit down to think about what I'm going to make the children for dinner.

It is amazing how quickly time passes when you're busy, and this is both a blessing, and a curse. Whenever I am stuck, and left with no ideas for dinner, I visit Life Made Delicious because there is always something on their site that I know my children would love to eat.

As you know, I'm not the best cook there is - and I am slowly learning that this is okay. However, when I get my recipes from LMD, I feel confident that I won't screw up, and I feel confident that my children will love what I put in front of them. There will be no massive explosions in the kitchen, and there will be no "But moooom... we don't like this!" coming from the mouths of my babes.

I like to play safe, and cook my boys different pasta dishes that are always healthy, too. Pasta just happens to be my favourite meal to eat!

For more ideas on what to cook for dinner tonight, check out these amazing ideas!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Ontario: There's No Place Like Home...

Before becoming a mom, I complained an awful lot about living where I do, because I found that there wasn't enough TO do. Well, all that has changed, because boy, do I love where I live now! I love the wonderful museums we have, I love the safe streets, and I love all the events and fairs and festivals that go on in Ontario throughout the year, including winter.

There is always so much to do in Ontario that my family could choose to do something different almost every weekend, right here in Ottawa.

One amazing activity for the children to partake in in the winter is Winterlude, a huge winter festival that takes place right here in the nation's capital! Skating on the world's longest canal is more fun than you can image, and I'm not just saying that because of the Beavertails and hot chocolate we can enjoy while skating!

This province has so much to offer families with children of all ages, from outdoor activities to cultural experiences in one of our many fine museums.

We love to visit Crystal Gardens and Snowflake Kingdom over Winterlude, because there is so much for the children to do, and see.

To find out more about what Ontario has to offer your family, check out Ontario Travel for all the information, and make sure Ontario is on your list of "Places to vacation to as soon as possible!"