As you guys know, I’m in full on spring cleaning mode. Along with the big seasonal clean I like to refresh and restyle my main living spaces along the way. I’m so excited to show you the new Designed2B Dez custom sectional I created in grey for our living room. The neutral grey is easy to style and the fabric is so forgiving with toddler hands. When touched this textured material changes colour in a slight range of greys, it’s perfect for our main family room. I’ve teamed up with The Brick to show you 3 easy tips for styling your couch this season.
Spring is finally here! Which means spring cleaning and refreshing the home decor of a few choice rooms in our home. I love to add light and airy pillows, throws and bedding when the temperatures change. Since I picked up a few new pieces for the master bedroom, every time I post it on Instagram Stories I get tons of product sourcing questions. So I thought I would link up our newly designed sleep sanctuary in one place.
I’ve got a little helper in the kitchen for this quick and easy recipe our family loves. We recently added the GE Series 30″ Free-Standing Double Convection Range to our kitchen and I couldn’t be more excited to share how we are grilling indoors without the use of a BBQ! With it’s duel purpose oval centre burner I can easily grill directly on the extra large cast iron griddle. It gives me the versatility of a chef with multi levels of heat ranging from the slightest melt or simmer to a full on grill or fast boil. It’s easily becoming my favourite appliance in the house.
For this recipe we grilled our steaks directly on the stove top and seamlessly transferred the cast iron griddle into the gliding rack to finish the steaks in an evenly heated convection oven. It was that simple.
Easily one of our family favourites the past year is this greek fusion taco recipe. Perfect as a summer dinner or a fancy appetizer for larger scale events. Fire up the GE stove top grill and get your sizzle on!
You’ll Need: 2 large grilling steaks, 1 small container of mini tomatoes of your choice (yellow heirloom pictured) , goat feta, cucumber, Epicure’s Souvlaki Seasoning, greek yogurt, spiral slicer and a cast iron grill.
What You’ll Need To Do:
1) Dice tomatoes, crumble cheese and finely cut cucumber. I used a spiral vegetable slicer on my cucumber.
2) Season steaks with Epicure’s Souvlaki seasoning.
3) Sear steaks on stove top high heat. I try to get all sides 1-2 minutes each, depending on thickness. I finish in the oven for 5 minutes at 400 (Celsius). You are going for a medium rare or personal preference.
4) Allow steaks to rest for 5 minutes, then cut into thin strips.
5) Serve all ingredients on a warmed soft taco.
Variations: Can be served on warmed peta bread. Tzatziki flavoured greek yogurt is great as a sauce. (Pictured below)
Ready in 20 minutes!
Recently my little guy has gotten addicted to LUSH bath bombs… let me tell ya those things are not cheap! So instead of either letting him pamper himself out of house & home or burst his bath bomb dreams I decided to make some myself! How hard could it be to make a fizzy luxury bathing product? The answer, not hard at all and this is coming from a very craft inept person. Here’s my simple bath bomb recipe:
- 1 cup baking soda (Food grade, NOT washing soda)
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts or Bath Salts (I went with my fav peppermint vanilla scent from Rocky Mountain Soap Company)
- 1 tsp. water
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- 2 drops of red food colouring
Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Next add the coconut oil… mix lightly.
Here’s the only difficult part, adding the water. You don’t want to add it to quickly to the mixture or you will cause the fizzy bath bomb reaction. I found that it is easiest to use a spray misting bottle and spray a few times, mix with hands… spray a few times, mix with hands. Repeat this step until you get the mixture to start sticking together a little. You are not going for cake batter… more like still dry and flaky cookie dough. AGAIN DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH WATER or DO NOT ADD WATER TOO QUICKLY. You want to save the reaction for the bath later! Place two drops of red food colouring, toss once in bowl.
Finally, place mixture into moulds of choice. Go with what you’ve got! Cute cookie cutters, silicon cupcake trays, or just an ice cream scoop will do the trick. Press down on mixture, gently remove from mould and place on parchment paper to dry.
Early this year I was approached by Fisher-Price® to help spread the word on the importance of unstructured play. A recent survey from Fisher-Price®, found that nearly all Canadian parents surveyed (90 per cent) agree overscheduling children’s activities can be overwhelming to them as well as to their children (86 per cent). Along those lines, the majority of parents (80 per cent) believe childhood today is more complicated than it should be. This concept really spoke to me as a parent and even had me reflecting on my own childhood. I was blessed to have parents that found a really great balance between free time to play and structured community based activities in my life. Looking back, this balance really had a positive impact on my ability to grow my identity, deal with stress and build self-confidence.
By giving children toys that have been designed to encourage physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive skills and imagination, a lot of what parents seek is right there on the floor.I’m so excited to partner with Fisher-Price® to encourage families to Play More! The truth is, we need to give kids time to just be kids, am I right?
Some of you may have noticed from my IG stories that I hosted a good old fashion Play Day at my home with local moms to encourage this playful concept. Below is my event recap, including my decor! But don’t feel pressured if you were to host your own Play Day with your mommy friends to go to the extremes I did. In the end, it’s all about toys, snacks, drinks, and unstructured play time! It’s that easy, share your play moments on social media with #FPPlayDay to play along.
To help you get Play Day ready I’m giving away a Fisher-Price® toy prize pack valued at approximately $375 CDN. For an entry, simply subscribe to my blog by email on the sidebar, and leave a comment telling me your fav Fisher-Price® toy!
And be sure to check back on the blog as I’ll be sharing tips to get your little ones playing, new product news and more exciting toys and gear throughout the year.
Closes this Sunday at 11pm MST. No cash value. For more ways to enterry head to my Instagram account and look for one of these photos for all the info.