Monday, May 21, 2012

Making Friday night even more awesome: the Pizza Hut Dinner Box!

I work full time, so when I'm finally home at the end of a long work day, I prefer to spend those precious hours with my children, playing, talking, laughing and just catching up.

Most nights my boys will (thankfully) already have eaten dinner by the time I get home, because my inlaws and parents look after them when I'm at work and often do the school pick-up. On the nights that I'm lucky to be with them before they've had dinner, I like to keep things simple, and save the complicated cooking for the weekend. That's why we love to have pizza most Friday nights. It's a simple dinner solution, and the entire family is always happy. Pizza is, after all, my favourite meal.

Pizza Hut is my favourite place to bring the kids on Friday nights because I know we'll be well fed, and leave completely satisfied. Right now, Pizza Hut has something totally awesome for the family: the Dinner Box.  

The Pizza Hut Dinner Box is an entire meal in a box, and includes appetizer, main course, and dessert. Inside you'll find 10 signature WingStreet boneless chicken bites, 1/2 a PANormous Pizza, and Chocolate Dunkers. Your kids will LOVE this, trust me. The best part? It's just under $20. Talk about a great family dinner!

What goes great with pizza on Friday night? Making it even more awesome by ending the evening with a movie and some popcorn. This is a really fun Friday night family tradition we've come to love.

Pizza Hut recently gave me some gift cards so my family could experience the delicious Dinner Box, and we loved it so much. I'm so excited because they're also giving one of my fabulous readers a $50 gift card, too, so YOU and your family can experience this awesome meal, too.

To enter to win, just tell me what your Friday night tradition is! I'll pick a winner randomly on June 1st, 2012. GOOD LUCK!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Strawberry and cream cupcakes, oh my!

I love entertaining my friends over the summer. Summer entertaining is more relaxed and laid back, and we can just all chill outside with a cold beverage while the BBQ is on. The thing is, I'm not the greatest cook, and I often buy a lot of foods that are already prepared when I'm having people over. Getting a party catered, or taking the steps I know will make things easier for me is totally okay with me.

However, I will always make something for desert. And because summer is almost here, I am really into deserts that are light and not too heavy. Like strawberry and cream cupcakes. Don't they just sound divine? I know this will be a summer treat staple in my house! Especially because my children love strawberry picking every summer. Now, we can do even more with our fresh fruit!

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.

BBQ Time!

I just got back from spending a few days in Biscayne Bay, Miami. I was at the Ritz-Carleton for the Mom 2.0 conference, and it was absolutely incredible. Connecting with my fellow bloggers, re-connecting with old friends, listening to inspiring women speak, enjoying the ocean and taking in the scenary, and, of course, enjoying the food. Getting back to Ottawa wasn't too hard because the weather is starting to really get nice. Yesterday, my boys and I spent hours at the park, and the summer-like weather reminded me of all the yummy things I love to eat in the heat. The best part about summer? Less is more. Seriously, my appetite totally shrinks in the summertime, which is a great thing, since I'm often by the pool or in the pool. Salads and BBQ's? Yes, please!

I love the BBQ ideas I have found on Life Made Delicious, because they're easy and so delicious. Salmon is a family favourite, and in the summertime, we can BBQ it up a number of different ways. I love the grilled salmon with sugar snaps and corn - and, the best part? So do my children!

I hope you all get to enjoy a lot of quality time this summer with your family, and I hope you're getting to BBQ often, too - after all, that's what summer is all about!

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.

Fisher-Price toys keep my boys busy!

Finally, May is here!

It seems like we've been waiting forever to say that, and to finally put the April showers behind us, but now, I want to press "pause", to make sure we enjoy every second. I love when the rain gives up and we're left with new flowers and green leaves on the trees.

Yes, summer just happens to be my most favourite season. I love it for so many reasons, but mostly because it means I get to spend a lot of quality time with my children, indoors, and outdoors, of course, at the park, in the pool, in the backyard, and just those days when you want to stay in and play to your heart's content. My boys recently received an amazing big package from Fisher-Price, and they were just giddy with excitement to see the box. It was almost as big our front door! (Well, not quite that large, but you get the idea...)

My boys truly love the new Imaginext toys from Fisher-Price. They're so much fun to play with, and my four year old especially loves the variety of the toys he received. His favourite, still, is the Batcave. Thanks for Fisher-Price my little one has fallen in love with a superhero, and it's adorable to see him playing with all his toys. It builds the imagination, and I cannot get enough of him talking while he's playing. Thank you Fisher-Price!

Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price Play Panel and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Speroway: Delivering Hope For Needy Children

As a mom of two children, I like to raise awareness of organizations that do good for other children, especially for children who are sick or in need. Feed The Children Canada, who has changed its name to Speroway - is an organization I'm proud to support because of all the work they do for needy children here in Canada, and as far away as Haiti.

Speroway is a registered Canadian charity that responds to the needs of children and their families here in Canada and around the world by providing food, medicine, education, and other essentials. They deliver and distribute more than 13.5 million pounds of food in 32 countries around the world.

Their new goal? To build a medical clinic in Haiti! And to help raise awareness of this worthwhile cause, they're running a pretty amazing contest right now. Just check out this prize pack:

1 iPad HD 2012 (16GB)
A $500 WaySpa Gift Card
A Cineplex Night Out Gift Pack for 4
2 “Big Kaboodle” combo packs from Mabel’s Labels

It's so simple to enter the contest, too - just go here, and voila, you're entered!

And just so you know, you don't have to donate in order to enter the contest.

Full contest rules here.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post.