Weekly #Giveaway Linky July 29


Hello folks, I am going to try and keep a log of current giveaways offered on other blogs that I am aware of. I hope to have some of my own in future. All are Canadian giveaways, a couple are open to US as well and noted in description. If you have any contests to share feel free to add in comments. Good Luck!



Cuisinart AirFryer Oven ends July 31
Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man ends Aug 1
5000 Aeroplan Rewards ends July 30
MasterCard $100 ends July 31
Stay at Ramada Inn in York Region (Toronto Area) ends July 30
$150 H&M Gift Card WW ends Aug 6
Shark Bite Game Can and US ends Aug 6
DK Dress Up Sticker Book ends July 30
$50 LegArt Apparel Gift Card ends Aug 17
$100 Starbucks GC WW ends Aug 3
Iron Man Mask ends Aug 1
Nella Princess Knight Royal DVD Can/US ends July 31
Crystal Mus Book ends Aug 1
Cultured Foods and The Kefir Solution books ends Aug 3
Unlocking the Secrets to Radiant Health Prize Pk ends Aug 4
3 Days at Smuggler's Notch Prize Pack ends July 31
Brevile Boss Blender ARV $599 ends Aug 30
Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL ends Aug 4
Joico K Pak Luster Lock Product ends July 31
Snuggle Comfort Montem Blanket CAN/US ends Aug 24
$200 Amazon GC WW ends Aug 7
Shifty Eyes Spies Board Game ends Aug 24
$100 Nordstrom GC WW ends Aug 10
$20 Amazon GC WW Ends Aug 1
Prize Box including $20 Amazon GC WW ends Aug 2
$50 Amazon GC WW ends Aug 3
Pair of Sketcher Shoes ends Aug 4
Diono Quantum Classic Stroller ends Aug 13
$200 OXICLEAN Products and $75 Loblaws Card ends Aug 8
Estarer Briefcase Handbag Can/US ends Aug 6
Breville Precision Brewer ends Aug 17
Chinese Brush Painting ends Aug 9
Sleepy Time Storybooks ends Aug 9
Peter Pauper Dragon Stationery Prize Pk Can/US ends Aug 18
Crochet The Complete Step-By-Step Guide ends Aug 20
Rusty Rivets Preschool DVD ends Aug 21
$100 Jet Blue GC WW ends Aug 14
$100 Gift Card from Breakaway Experience ends Aug 31
Who's The Dude? Board Game ends Aug 31
$100 Target Gift Card WW ends Aug 17








Farm Fresh Peach Crisp Using Ground Oat Flour

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Peaches have become one of our favourite fruits in our house, at least when they are in season from the local farms in Niagara Region. I don't know if its just me, but they are always so juicy and full of flavour when I get them at the market.



At this time of year there is so many of natures treasures to be found at the farmers market or pick your own farm. I feel I need to make at least weekly! I am so happy my kids enjoy all the harvest too because buying at the market is great but when you buy more you save more and you get a ton! I can't help myself but to buy a lot when the season is so short. Like a large 4 L basket for $10! Can't go wrong with price though it's a lot of peaches. 


Peaches aren't the only thing in season and well local cherries, plums and apricots found their way home with us as well. We are a family of four fruit lovers but eating all this fruit fresh before spoil is a bit much sometimes. A peach crisp or two or three can be a great use for some of the peaches and extend their life for a tad longer. Of course you can make a few and toss in the freezer.


This recipe isn't too far off the average crisp. It has you oats, butter and flour but I am an avoider of refined wheat flour after having some issues. Though I did use brown sugar and butter so this is very much a dessert. I use steel oats and grind in my bullet style blender whenever I need a flour that I think oats can compensate for. If you are looking for one, Amazon has a few to choice from.


I also have this recipe scaled down to a serving of four. It's about half the size of a average crisp. You can easily double, triple or multiply as much as you like, make batches for freezing. I like this size because it's just enough for after dinner treat but not so much lingering in fridge and then you feel you have to eat some after ever meal.


What goes best with any crisp? A nice scoop of vanilla ice cream. Just a dollop of course. Enjoy!


Oat Flour Peach Crisp 


2 cups of sliced peaches (about 4 or 5 depending on size)
1/3 cup steel oats or any oat grind into flour
2/3 cup of rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
pinch of salt
1/4 cup cold butter

Preheat oven to 350'F

Arrange peaches in baking dish. 

Combine all ingredients except butter in bowl.

Cut butter into chunks and crumble butter into oat mixture.

Pat on top of peaches covering.

Bake for 30 min or until browns slightly. 

Weekly #Giveaway July 22


Hello folks, I am going to try and keep a log of current giveaways offered on other blogs that I am aware of. I hope to have some of my own in future. All are Canadian giveaways, a couple are open to US as well and noted in description. If you have any contests to share feel free to add in comments. Good Luck!



Cuisinart AirFryer Oven ends July 31
$75 Amazon Gift Card ends July 27
Lego Animal Atlas Book Giveaway ends 7/23
$100 Visa Gift Card ends July 29
Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man ends Aug 1
5000 Aeroplan Rewards ends July 30
Gaiam Yoga Prize Pack ends 7/26
Japanese Knitting Book ends 7/26
Adorable Bedtime Stories ends 7/28
$250 PayPal WW ends July 29
MasterCard $100 ends July 31
Stay at Ramada Inn in York Region (Toronto Area) ends July 30
$150 H&M Gift Card WW ends Aug 6
Shark Bite Game Can and US ends Aug 6
Bread Baking Kit Pkg Can/US ends July 23
DK Dress Up Sticker Book ends July 30
Candle and a Ring ends July 27
Cozyphones Headphones Can/US ends 7/25
$50 LegArt Apparel Gift Card ends Aug 17
$100 Starbucks GC WW ends Aug 3
Iron Man Mask ends Aug 1
Nella Princess Knight Royal DVD Can/US ends July 31
Crystal Mus Book ends Aug 1
Cultured Foods and The Kefir Solution books ends Aug 3
Unlocking the Secrets to Radiant Health Prize Pk ends Aug 4
3 Days at Smuggler's Notch Prize Pack ends July 31
Brevile Boss Blender ARV $599 ends Aug 30
$15 Amazon GC ends July 25
LegArt Leggings $50 GC ends July 26
10 $15 Amazon GC ends July 24
Maple Organics Samples ends July 25
Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL ends Aug 4
Joico K Pak Luster Lock Product ends July 31
Snuggle Comfort Montem Blanket CAN/US ends Aug 24
$200 Amazon GC WW ends Aug 7
Shifty Eyes Spies Board Game ends Aug 24
$100 Nordstrom GC WW ends Aug 10
$20 Amazon GC WW Ends Aug 1
Prize Box including $20 Amazon GC WW ends Aug 2
$50 Amazon GC WW ends Aug 3
Pair of Sketcher Shoes ends Aug 4
Beasts Of Balance Game ends July 24
$15 Amazon gift card ends July 25











































Toronto's High Park a Great Family Day Out


My mother enjoys long walks and enjoys the walks more when there is beautiful gardens to look at or some cute little critter. The boys, they enjoy a hike but to them a reward of a cool playground for a quick game of tag or hide and seek makes the walk more enjoyable. At High Park in Toronto there is plenty to please them all. 


The Gardens here are manicured and mature. High Park is set on just shy of 400 acres. The Hillside Garden is full of beautiful plantings and fountains. There is a gorgeous garden with the most beautiful mature trees with a water feature going down the hill with the garden that is a must see. Full of butterflies and different wild flowers that make for lovely photo opportunities. 


Once you're down the hill, there is the Grenadier Pond. There is some trails that go around the pond and there is fishing permitted at certain points of the pond too. 


After a quick stroll past part of the pond we climb up the hill again and passed through the Children's garden area. This area seems to be more of use for educational camps or tours. Caught a snap of this little chipmunk hanging out in the hay. You can stroll the gardens the we cut through the wooded trails to cut to the amazing playground the kids were impatiently waiting for. 


The Jaime Bell Adventure playground at High Park is great for adventure. It is a unique playground with lots of space and play areas to have fun. 


It has the appearance of a fairy tale village. There is areas for all ages. It's also partially fenced in mainly in the toddler side so they can't get too far out but likely take enjoyment in hiding in one of the buildings. 


My boys decided to go for a hide and seek approach since there was lots of secret passages and great spots to hide. 


Logan loved these tires that hid you from view and also gave you access to climb down too! 


The playground was great fun. After a stop at the hot dog cart and ice cream truck that I think are almost always situated in the area, we decided to venture to the zoo before heading out. 


It isn't a huge zoo but impressive and free to visit. We stopped and had a picture with the Llama basking in the sun. There was Bison, Yak's, Peacocks, Wallabies and Emu's to name a few.  


That was it for our visit today but we didn't touch half of the park. There is a wadding/splash pad area on the other side as well as a large outdoor pool and many trails etc. For more information you can visit http://www.highpark.org/about-high-park/



Weekly #Giveaway Linky July 15


Hello folks, I am going to try and keep a log of current giveaways offered on other blogs that I am aware of. I hope to have some of my own in future. All are Canadian giveaways, a couple are open to US as well and noted in description. If you have any contests to share feel free to add in comments. Good Luck!


$100 Breakaway Experiences Gift Certificate ends June 25
Cuisinart AirFryer Oven ends July 31
International Nursery Rhymes Books ends July 16
$100 Sephora Gift Card ends July 20 WW
$75 Amazon Gift Card ends July 27
$100 Target Gift Card ends July 17 WW
Skechers Reggae Sandals ends July 21
Lego Animal Atlas Book Giveaway ends 7/23
Heal It With Herbs Product ends 7/18
Burnbrae Prize Pack ATV $250 ends 7/16
$100 Visa Gift Card ends July 29
Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man ends Aug 1
Wiggles Toronto Tickets Giveaway ends July 20
5000 Aeroplan Rewards ends July 30
Gaiam Yoga Prize Pack ends 7/26
Japanese Knitting Book ends 7/26
Adorable Bedtime Stories ends 7/28
$250 PayPal WW ends July 29
Stratford Festival Niagara On The Lake Magician's Nephew Pkg ends July 22
MasterCard $100 ends July 31
Stay at Ramada Inn in York Region (Toronto Area) ends July 30
$150 H&M Gift Card WW ends Aug 6
Shark Bite Game Can and US ends Aug 6
Bread Baking Kit Pkg Can/US ends July 23
Fun Zone Splash Face ends July 18
DK Dress Up Sticker Book ends July 30
Candle and a Ring ends July 27
Cozyphones Headphones Can/US ends 7/25
$50 LegArt Apparel Gift Card ends Aug 17
$100 Starbucks GC WW ends Aug 3
Iron Man Mask ends Aug 1
Nella Princess Knight Royal DVD Can/US ends July 31
Crystal Mus Book ends Aug 1
Cultured Foods and The Kefir Solution books ends Aug 3
Unlocking the Secrets to Radiant Health Prize Pk ends Aug 4








































Summer Fresh Salad


One thing I love about the summer weather is all the fresh produce! I love salad's and I eat a lot of salad year round. I'm really all for salad! It is a great way to get in a healthy and varied mixed of nutrition. You can opt for a leafy salad, a grain salad, fruit, potato, pulses and bean salads etc etc. So much nutrition and vitamins the natural way. When you are trying to eat and maintain a healthy diet salads are very resourceful. 


Currently we have started picking season and I had picked my second batch of a 4 liter basket of strawberries. We are unfortunately at the end of the short strawberry season here in Ontario but while they are here and I have an abundant, they are a great addition to a leaf salad. What better leaf then arugula! My favourite hands down. Such a unique peppery taste! I can just munch arugula straight from the garden with nothing on it. 


Strawberries aren't the only highlight in this salad, summer brings all sorts of local farm fresh food. I love going to the farmers market. Our local market isn't quite cutting it though and it's not always very local. I love to make a trip once a week or every other at least to St Jacob's where there is a large market 2-3 times a week and you get any local fruits and vegetables as well as other great things like honey, maple syrup, breads etc at great prices. Although if you are shopping the markets, be sure to know that the product is indeed coming from their farm and not imported which isn't always as obvious.


I picked up the bell peppers and onions at the market too. The other great thing about this salad is that for protein I used leftover grilled chicken. Great way to use leftovers. Another source of protein would be cheese, and feta always goes nicely with strawberries and arugula but if you opt for no dairy or have an allergy it is certainly not needed. Balsamic dressing adds zing and pairs well with all the ingredients mentioned. Olive oil is always a first choice of oil in any dressing I like to make. 

Ingredients

4 cups arugula
1 cup hulled and sliced strawberries
1 cup of cooked chicken grilled or otherwise
Half a bell pepper
1/2 cup green onions
1/4 cup pepitas (shelled sunflower seeds would work too)
Feta (optional)

Dressing

Salt, pepper 
oregano and dash of garlic powder (optional)
2 tbsp of balsamic 
1/4 cup olive oil

Toss ingredients in a bowl. Mix dressing in bowl then toss on salad when ready to serve. 

Weekly #Giveaway Linky July 8


Hello folks, I am going to try and keep a log of current giveaways offered on other blogs that I am aware of. I hope to have some of my own in future. All are Canadian giveaways, a couple are open to US as well and noted in description. If you have any contests to share feel free to add in comments. Good Luck!


Great Summer Campout DVD US/CAN ends July 9
Fear Free Food Book ends July 9
DK Canada Star Wars Book prize pk ends July 13
FUJIFILM Instax SHARE SP-2 ends July 13
$100 Breakaway Experiences Gift Certificate ends June 25
$50 Indigo Gift Card ends July 10
Cuisinart AirFryer Oven ends July 31
Hasbro Lost Kittie Collection ends July 11
Great Summer Campout DVD ends July 9
Living Libations Teeth Essentials Prize Pack Can/US ends July 13
Angels and Light Workers Prize Pk ends July 12
International Nursery Rhymes Books ends July 16
Take Up a New Hobby This Summer Prize Pk ends July 15
$100 Sephora Gift Card ends July 20 WW
$75 Amazon Gift Card ends July 27
$100 Target Gift Card ends July 17 WW
$100 J Crew Gift Card ends July 13 WW
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card ends July 10 WW
Hasbro Lost Kittie Collection 8 Cartons ends July 11
Angels and Light Workers Prize Pk ends July 12
Living Libations Teeth Essentials ends July 13 US & Can
Take Up a New Hobby This Summer Prize Pk ends July 15
International Nursery Rhymes ends July 16
Skechers Reggae Sandals ends July 21
Incredibles Toy ends July 14
$75 Amazon Gift Card ends July 11
Lego Animal Atlas Book Giveaway ends 7/23
Heal It With Herbs Product ends 7/18
Toronto Festival of Beer Passes ends July 15
Boiron Prize Pack with $50 Canadian Tire GC ends July 14
Burnbrae Prize Pack ATV $250 ends 7/16
Family of Four Passes Brooks Farms (Toronto Area) ends July 11
$100 Visa Gift Card ends July 29
LOL Surprise Prize Pack ends July 12
Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man ends Aug 1
Wiggles Toronto Tickets Giveaway ends July 20
5000 Aeroplan Rewards ends July 30
Gaiam Yoga Prize Pack ends 7/26
Japanese Knitting Book ends 7/26
Adorable Bedtime Stories ends 7/28$250 GC ends July 29


































Weekly #Giveaway Linky July 1


Hello folks, I am going to try and keep a log of current giveaways offered on other blogs that I am aware of. I hope to have some of my own in future. All are Canadian giveaways, a couple are open to US as well and noted in description. If you have any contests to share feel free to add in comments. Good Luck!


Jack Jack Attack Toy from Incredible's ends July 8
$250 MasterCard ends July 7
Yoga and Pilates Prize Pk. ends July 5
$200 Cariloha Apparel Gift Card US/Can ends July 4
Creating the Perfect Garden Prize Pk ends July 6
Great Summer Campout DVD US/CAN ends July 9
Fear Free Food Book ends July 9
$100 Starbucks GC WW ends July 3
Whiskey Rocks with Case ends July 6
DK Canada Star Wars Book prize pk ends July 13
$200 Amazon GC WW ends July 6
Marvels Avengers Infinity War Prize Pk Can/US ends July 6
$75 Amazon Gift Card ends July 6
Leap Frog Ice Cream Cart ends July 3
FUJIFILM Instax SHARE SP-2 ends July 13
$100 Breakaway Experiences Gift Certificate ends June 25
$50 Indigo Gift Card ends July 10
$250 Egg Prize Pack ends July 2
STEM Books ends July 2
4 Tickets to Magician's Nephew at Shaw Festival (Southern Ontario) ends July 4 Can/US
Cuisinart AirFryer Oven ends July 31
Owl Kids Summer Book Prize Pack ends July 2 US/Can
Hasbro Lost Kittie Collection ends July 11
Great Summer Campout DVD ends July 9
Living Libations Teeth Essentials Prize Pack Can/US ends July 13
Angels and Light Workers Prize Pk ends July 12
International Nursery Rhymes Books ends July 16
Take Up a New Hobby This Summer Prize Pk ends July 15
$100 Sephora Gift Card ends July 20 WW
$75 Amazon Gift Card ends July 27
$100 Target Gift Card ends July 17 WW
$100 J Crew Gift Card ends July 13 WW
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card ends July 10 WW
Camping Egg Prize Pack ARV $250 ends July 2
Hasbro Lost Kittie Collection 8 Cartons ends July 11
Angels and Light Workers Prize Pk ends July 12
Living Libations Teeth Essentials ends July 13 US & Can
Take Up a New Hobby This Summer Prize Pk ends July 15
International Nursery Rhymes ends July 16
Skechers Reggae Sandals ends July 21
Incredibles Toy ends July 14
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Leisurely Day Out At Jack Darling and Rattray Marsh.

During the summer months, I stay at home with my children and make a point of visiting my mom once a week. She is getting on in years but...