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Holiday Traditions || Our Lemax Christmas Village for 2020

One of my fondest memories from Christmases past is setting up a Lemax Christmas village with my Grandma. She had a skating rink, little shops, a church and carollers. I remember the magic I felt setting it up and sitting in the dark while she clicked on the lights. We’d share hot chocolate and discuss what all the little people were up to that holiday season. It’s one of the strongest memories I have of her and even to this day these memories fill me with joy. My eyes filled with happy tears as I wrote this. I miss her.

Two years after her passing I decided to start this holiday tradition with my family. The first year we picked out a few houses, set them up with the kids and shared holiday treats that evening. The kids loved it and so did I. Fast forward a few years, and we are still carrying on this tradition. Now that the kids are older they love to be involved with the pieces we add each year. Picking something new and reminiscing about previous year’s favourites is totally part of the fun. I can’t wait to show you our set up for this year.

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Cleaning Time!


We all know I am a big fan of a costco find, but add in a great promo price… now I’ve gotta share it with you! From September 28 to October 12, 2020 the eureka stick vacuum (NEC160c) will be at promotional pricing both instore and online. Online from $149.99 to $109.99. And In-store from $139,99 to $99.99. This cordless 2-in-1 stick vacuum has a detachable hand vacuum for small areas cleaning. Multifloor capabilities with quick pick up on our hardwood, to carpet. 60 minutes run time. And the best part for me is being lightweight enough for Alastair to help. A mini cleaning crew is just what I need in these QuarenCLEANING times. Head over to my Instagram to see the steps you’ll need to complete to enter for your chance to win one. Or head over to costco, these vacuums sell out at regular price, with this promotional I’d start the car! Happy cleaning! 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by eureka but my thoughts and opinions remain my own.

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Olay Retinol24 Review: I used It everyday for over 30 days, these are my results

I have seen Olay products in my life as early as I can remember. I loved watching my Grandma go through her nighttime skincare routine as I sat patiently observing on her bathroom counter top. It is easily one of the first beauty brands I recognized because of my Grandma’s ritual daily use. Flash forward 30 years and I’m so proud to continue to speak to Olay products in my life. This isn’t the first mention of their quality products on my blog, for years I have proudly partnered with this brand showcasing my favourites. But I’m not going to lie to you when they approached me and asked me to try the Retinol24 line I was very nervous. A few years ago, I did try retinol and didn’t have a great experience. I had red itching irritation and I was quite concerned that may just happen again. That’s why I wanted to try this product for a long period of time, photograph my skin weekly and then speak to it. I’ve used this daily for way over month with no irritation on my face. I’m so excited to see brighter, more even skin and even a decrease in fine lines! 

Now you may be asking yourself what is retinol? In short, retinol is a form of Vitamin A. They can brighten and smooth skin while fading signs of damage, like scars, sunspots and wrinkles. But many retinoid products can cause redness, flaking, or dryness like what I had experienced in the past. This might mean the retinoid level is too high, you’ve been given the wrong type of retinoid for your skin type, or the formula was not optimized for daily use. In the past, I’ve used a pricey high percentage retinoid product and had just that: a sensitive skin reaction. I was apprehensive about using it again, but I am so excited to report that Olay’s Retinol24 was gentle enough for me to use everyday with no irritation on my face for over 30 days.

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Family Cooking Time

If you’ve followed our family over the years you know that locally sourcing products has been a goal of ours. I love to support Canadian companies as much as possible. Naturally when Janes reached out to partner we were so excited to share a product we’ve been buying for years. Janes produces high quality fish and chicken that we use to make quick and easy meals. Our weekly go-to is a crispy chicken caesar salad. The kids LOVE this meal and I love the simple quality ingredients that go into it. Plus it takes under 25 minutes. Mom score!

Here’s our quick and simple recipe to help you take back your time in the kitchen, so you can have more time with those that matter most:

Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad: (4 servings) 

1/2 box of Janes Pub Style Chicken Nuggets (I found mine in my local grocers frozen food section)

1 small box Mixed Organic Greens of choice

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This Family Day Long Week… #yeg

With Family Day fast approaching I’m so excited to share a family favourite meal with you! We definitely find the winter hectic in our household. Between school, soccer, skiing lessons and my husband’s shift work it can be hard to meal plan something healthy and delicious every single day. Luckily we’ve been LOVING Panda Express, it’s well-balanced, fast and affordable meals that my whole family loves. We can each customize our plate options so even my pickiest eater happy (IE my husband 😂). It’s the best of both “woks!” 

If you were looking to try it as a family, this Family Day kids eat free with any bowl or plate purchase! Panda Express has crave-worthy meals made with quality ingredients, fresh vegetables, at least 8g of protein, and only 300 calories or less. Just look for the Wok Smart logo when ordering. My kids love the grilled vegetables and the new honey chicken. 

Here are three Edmonton locations offering the kids eat free promotion for the Family Day: https://www.pandaexpress.ca/en/locations

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