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Making healthier choices everyday is sometimes a struggle for moms! We’re always on the go, have so little extra time and we often prioritize ourselves last. I’m always looking for tools and hacks that can help me indulge in the things I love the most, but that are simple and easy to use. I was so excited to get my hands on a Hurom juicer. I’ve heard so many amazing things about the machine and I couldn’t wait to experience it first hand!
I’ve heard that they are easy to clean, can make juices, smoothies AND ice cream (certain models) and they are absolutely gorgeous (so no need to try to hide it in a drawer when you’re not using it). They come in the most gorgeous colors, from rose gold to silver to black, so you’re guaranteed to find a model that fits in perfectly with your home’s style!
I tried the Hurom HZ Slow Juicer. It’s Hurom’s top-of-the-line juicer, made in stainless steel. It has a patented Slow Squeeze Technology that mimics that motion of a hand squeezing juice, so you’re guaranteed to have fresh juice that remains in its most natural state (and therefore packed with all the nutrients that you want your juice to have)! This juicer has all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a top-of-the-line juicer, such as a control lever and a fine and coarse strainer that allow you to control the amount of pulp in your juice, as well as parts that are made from quality materials. You feel it the minute you start to unbox it - the pieces are sturdy, heavy and able to withstand daily use (because it’s so amazing you’ll want to use it every day)!
One thing I noticed immediately, was how the pulp that came out of the machine was dry! I have a cheaper brand of juicer and I always feel like I’m wasting fruits and veggies because the pulp is wet, fleshy and filled with wasted juice! This is a problem I didn’t have with my Hurom!
As a busy mom on the go, one of my favorite features is how easy it was to clean. Other juicers that I have tried leak on my floor, take SO long to disassemble and wash and take forever to dry. The top fo this juicer detaches easily from the base, so it can be put in the sink, there is no leaking while you carry it, it comes apart in under 1 minute, and can be washed just as quickly! I major bonus was that is came with a drying rack so that I don’t have wet pieces all over my counter!
The Hurom HZ Slow Juicer works on everything you can imagine! Fruits, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and soybeans to create nutritious cold-pressed juices, milk, tofu, and more. I decided to try it out and make a juice and then ice cream! fruits, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and soybeans to create nutritious cold-pressed juices, milk, tofu, and more. I still can’t decide which I preferred! I made a delicious peach juice and added some sparkling water for an extra refreshing summer drink!
My juice was so delicious that I decided to make an ice cream smoothie bowl next! All you need is yogurt and frozen fruit! You’ll see below how incredible my smoothie bowl turned out! My final verdict? 10/10. This machine literally does it ALL. Smoothies, ice cream and slow pressed juice - there’s no reason to ever own another machine. It’s such good quality, so easy to clean and use, and the bonus is that it’s gorgeous too! Click here to visit Hurom’s website and check out the rest of their juicers!
When I heard that Keurig had come out with a new coffee maker, I was intrigued. I am OBSESSED with my Keurig already for a few reasons and couldn’t imagine what they did to make it better! I can make my favourite blend of coffee at home, from Starbucks to Tim Hortons to Van Houte, at a fraction of the cost, it’s simple to use, easy to clean and looks great on my counter top. I didn’t think it could get better… until I received the Keurig K-Café Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker.
The Keurig K-Café coffee maker has all the benefits of my original Keurig plus SO MUCH MORE.
With the K-Café coffee maker, you can make cappuccinos and lattes! Yes. You read that correctly. A Keurig coffee maker that allows you to make your own Starbucks latte at home. There is a frother on the side of the maker that is so easy to use, you could basically do it with your eyes closed. You add the milk to the appropriate measuring line (cappuccino or latte) and press the button on the front. It even has a “cold” button which keeps your milk cold for your cold drinks!
That brings me to my next fave feature: it perfectly makes iced drinks! Now that summer is here, who doesn’t want an iced latte? Chose your fave blend, froth the milk with the “cold” setting, add a glass of ice and press the “latte” button on the top of the coffee maker and that’s it! A perfect, made at home iced latte that doesn’t cost $7 and doesn’t require me to clean a million pieces in a complicated machine!
For all you die hard black coffee fans aka sleep deprived moms, the K-Café coffee maker has got your back! On top of the cold drinks and milk frother (which should be enough to convince you that this coffee maker is the best), you can choose from 4 different cup sizes for your coffee, there is “strong” button to add more of bold taste to your regular cup of coffee and a “shot” button for the perfect latte and cappuccino or for those mornings when you have no time to enjoy a coffee but Need. That. Caffeine. Oh… or if you just enjoy espresso style coffee. #momlife
There are a few other added features that I think are super cool (but nothing beats the milk frother for me):
Auto-off function when the coffee maker is idol for 2 hours so it saves your mom brain from wondering if you turned it off.
A feature where you can turn on the coffee maker, add your pod and walk away and it will brew your coffee as soon as it is ready (with my old coffee maker I used to have to turn it on, wait for it to be ready and then insert the pod). No more wasted time!
Lastly, in case you weren’t aware, you can actually use regular ground coffee in your Keurig by purchasing one of their reusable pods! So if your fave brew doesn’t already come in a K-cup, no problem! There’s also a huge selection of Tea and Hot Chocolate Pods on the Keurig site that you can order and have delivered right to your door!
Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift idea that’s perfect for anyone? Look for further! I gathered up 3 of my fave products and you can find them all online and have them shipped right to your house! We’ll be gifting these goodies to Zane’s daycare teachers as a Thank You for taking such good care of him!!
I’m all about gifts that can double as gift wrap! So I’m going to gift each teacher a reusable 100% silicone mug from GoSili. I love these cups because they’re dishwasher and microwave safe (which also makes them a great gift for you!) and by gifting one, you’re helping to reduce the 100 billion disposable cups that go to land fills each year! I’m going to fill them with the goodies below!
Who doesn’t love to pamper themselves? Next on my list of goodies are some products from NeoStrata! They have products for every skin type and concern, so no matter who you’re shopping for, you’ll find the perfect item. At my age, we would all use some anti-aging products, so I turned to the best product on the market: NeoStrat! I chose the Firming Anti-Wrinkle Cream, the Cellular Restoration Cream, the Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum and the Dual Acid Antiaging Peel. These products will tackle dark spots, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles and will moisturize the heck out of your dry winter skin!
I topped off each mug with some essentials from EOS. Their lip balms and hand lotions will have everyone’s dry winter skin and lips thanking you and begging for more! They are so affordable, I totally recommend you pick up a few for yourself! They fit perfectly in any purse (and the hand lotions even fit in my wallet)!
I would love to hear what you give your kid’s teachers for Valentine’s Day! Am I the only one that makes a big deal about it?
Every year I go on the hunt for a new planner. Not because it’s a task I particularly enjoy… but more so because I haven’t found one that has it all. Durable enough to last an entire year, equipped with enough tools but not overwhelming, a great layout, and gorgeous. This year I stumbled upon Lake and Loft, and they will now have a customer in me for the rest of my planner days!
Finding the right planner for me, is the difference between feeling overwhelmed with my life and feeling like I’m in control. It’s the difference between missing deadlines and being on top of all that I have to do. I’m going share my fave features of my new planner from Lake and Loft! For a limited time, you can use code MNMM35 to save 35% off yours! Click here to see it and the other colors available.
First off, the details. The gold corner accents and gold binding rings tug at my heart. This planner is such a piece, that it can sit on a desk as decor and doesn’t need to be tucked away when I’m cleaning up.
It comes equipped with pockets at the front and back so store loose papers and the fun stickers that come included!
The first section is Dream - pages filled with “Big Ideas” and “Minor Details” so that you can map out how to conquer the year and every idea, thought and inspiration that comes to mind. Whether it’s inspirational quotes, the next great business venture, or just some room decor inspiration, this section is where I would put everything that wanted to keep track of, but didn’t need to access on the daily.
The second section is Plan - self explanatory! It has gorgeous tabs that separate the months. Each month begins with the most important thing: DREAM, GOALS and PLAN OF ACTION. I love writing down my goals for the month. It helps keep me focused, on track, and when I feel discouraged, I can quickly look back and remember why I’m doing what I’m doing.
Each month also has a budget section where you can write down bills to pay and keep track of your money coming in and out. There’s even a section to write down what you’re saving up for!
A necessity for me is a monthly calendar view - I like to be able to see what’s coming up at a glance.
Finally, each monthly section is broken down by weeks, making it super easy to write down daily tasks, write weekly to-do lists and there’s even a little section for Weekly Wins. Not every week will be huge… nor super successful, but this weekly win section will help you focus on the positive and keep your drive going for the weeks to come.
This yearly planner is filled with such cute extras, such as Thank You and Happy Birthday Post Cards at the end, making it super easy to send a beautiful note to someone special while you’re on the go and busy running the world! Click here to check out my planner along with all the other styles!
Lake and Loft has so much else to offer besides planners! I also got my hands on the big ta-do™ weekly checklist! These tear off sheets have beautiful gold edges, tear apart by day so that you can bring one list at a time with you and are on thick cardboard, making it oh so luxurious to write. Writing to-do lists has never been so fun!!!
Lake and Loft also has note pads, greeting cards, coasters, recipe cards and so much more! Click here to visit their site and don’t forget to use MNMM35 to get 35% off your order!
With Christmas only 9 days away (I know I can’t believe it either!), I’m helping all you last minute shoppers find the best items for the most important people on your list! What if I told you that you could go to 1 store and find it ALL. Gifts for your nieces, teachers, pregnant sister, difficult to shop for husband, parents and grandparents? Check out my gift ideas below, ALL available in store or online at Indigo! I’ve covering The Gamer, The Beauty Obsessed, The Entertainer, The Kids, The Relaxer… and a few more :).
Something For Everyone
A cookbook, a guide to running an empire, some stationery to stay organized and a bit of Elmo. Finding a thoughtful book for ANYONE on your holiday shopping list is a breeze at Indigo!
CRAVINGS: HUNGRY FOR MORE: THE MOST delicious recipes with easy and simple steps to follow. This cook book is perfect for anyone who loves incredible food.
START WITH WHY: HOW GREAT LEADERS INSPIRE EVERYONE TO TAKE ACTION: Help the go getter in your lift find the inspiration to be a better leader and to inspire those around them, including colleagues and customers!
INNER TRUTH PAD - I HAVE TO DO WHAT: For the student, the parent, the organizer. This will make chores, homework and tasks easy to keep track of!
ELMO'S LITTLE LIBRARY (SESAME STREET): For the little reader in your home, this series of 4 books reinvents nursery rhymes while fitting perfectly in their little hands! Perfect for road trips and vacations, the books pack neatly away in a little box that they will not want to leave behind.
Something For the Kids
Whether you’re shopping for a future pro athlete, a scientist or an Elmo obsessed toddler, Indigo has the best of the best with prices that can’t be beat!
NHL GOAL AND 2 STICK SET: This collapsible net that can be easily stored comes with 2 hokey sticks and a foam ball that will keep kids happy and parents happier. It can be put away so there’s no clutter but will also keep your little hockey fan busy for hours!
DELUXE CLASSIC PEG PUZZLE BUNDLE by Melissa and Doug: Known for their quality and educational children’s toys, these peg puzzles are perfect for the learning toddler. The pegs make it easy for their little hands to grab, and these wooden puzzles are durable and colourful which will mean hours and years of fun! Melissa & Doug make some of the cutest toys around. Click here to see their entire collection at Indigo.
FIRE FLYER, RRRROLL MODELS by B. Toys: A favourite brand in our home, B. Toys not only makes colourful and fun toys, they give a portion back to charity, use non toxic dyes and sustainable materials. This fire engine roars, moves on its own, lights up and comes with 2 fire men and a movable ladder so that your kid’s imagination can run wild! Click here to see the entire B. Toys collection at Indigo.
SESAME STREET GEAR: Books, costumes, hoodies, stuffed animals and toys. Indigo is the place to go for everything Sesame Street! Whether you’re looking for a TICKLE ME ELMO, a P IS FOR POTTY! potty training book or a MUSIC PLAYER STORYBOOK, Indigo has it all!
Something For The Competitive Gamer
For the competitive or playful person in your life, get them a stylish game that won’t spend it’s time in a closet! You’ll be the hit at every party when you show up with one of these games!
CLASSIC DARTBOARD: Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, get every party started with a fun game of darts! This set includes a large dartboard, darts and instructions for the newbies!
TABLETOP AIR HOCKEY: It can be set up on any hard surface and will have people lining up to play! It bring the classic arcade game right into your home! This set includes 2 strikers, 2 goals and a battery powered puck for that authentic air hockey experience!
SIX-IN-ONE WOODEN GAMES COMPENDIUM: 6 of the best known board games, including checkers, chess and pick up sticks, come packed in this easy-to-bring-anywhere board game!
5 IN 1 WOODEN GAMES SET: a perfect stocking stuffer, this 5-in-1 wooden games set includes backgammon, chess, checkers, dominoes and pick up sticks.
Something For the Relaxer
We have one of these in our lives… the person that either loves taking spa like baths… or the person that should spend more time relaxing! Help that person make the most of the holiday season with these spa-like essentials!
SILVER BIRCH & JUNIPER MERCURY 3-WICK CANDLE and POURED GLASS CANDLE: This fresh and unique aroma will transport you to a world where holiday shopping and wrapping is done and there is no cooking left to do!! Guaranteed to please even the pickiest of people, the 3 wick candle is a beautiful centre piece for any table this season, while the smaller candle makes the perfect stocking stuffer!
DETOX BATH SALTS: These 100% natural bath salts are formulated with lavender and eucalyptus essential oils and highly detoxifying Cambrian Blue clay. Just a handful of them will help to clear the mind and body… exactly what everyone needs this season! They also come in a CALM formulation.
THYMES EUCALYPTUS HAND LOTION: The perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a teacher! Made with skin-conditioning jojoba oil, honey and soothing aloe vera, it has the most beautiful scent.
THYMES EUCALYPTUS BATH SALTS: This single use package of bath salts is a great stocking stuffer and will help anyone forget their day’s stresses. It comes in an array of scents, such as Lavender, Goldleaf Gardenia and Aqua Corraline.
Something For The Tea Drinker
The tea aficionado in your life will think that they’ve seen it all, until you gift them these items that will blow their mind!
NUDE RASPBERRY HONEY: Available in stores (but worth the trip to your local Indigo), this smooth raspberry honey gives your tea the perfect extra kick that it needs. It’s subtle and not overpowering, but the hint of raspberry will make you wonder how you’ve ever lived with just regular honey before!
TEA DROPS BOOST TEA SPRINKLES: These sprinkles that include a blend of organic matcha, ginger, and lemon can just be added to water and magically dissolve! No steeping or waiting necessary! This is, by far, one of the coolest presentations for tea that I’ve ever seen!
TEA FORTE - WORLD OF TEAS: Available in stores, these loose teas from across the world in single serve packages mean that you can take your favourite teas on the go! You’ll travel from Morocco to China to Japan and enjoy every bold flavour in this box set.
PERFECT TEA MUG - HOLIDAY PLAID: A perfect gift for dad, this large tea mug that includes a lid and removable infuser, will keep him enjoying his favourite tea all winter long!
Something For the Hostess
Spoil the hostess with the mostest by gifting them items that will not only make entertaining easier, but also more stylish!
GREY MARBLE & WOOD COASTERS and WHITE TERRAZZO & MARBLE RECTANGULAR BOARD: More than just a kitchen accessory, this marble board and set of coasters are decorative pieces that will impress any hostess!
AURIA GEO ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER and AURIA DIFFUSER OIL BLEND FOREST: This gorgeous ceramic silver diffuser is a statement piece in any room, and combined with one of the many Auria Diffuser Oil Blends, they will turn any space into a relaxing escape!
CUT GLASS LOWBALL: With gold trim and conversation starting wit, this set of glasses will be a hit at any party! With sayings like: “dare to be fabulous”, “meet me under the mistletoe”, “pleased as punch”, “cheers daring”, they are perfect for any gathering!
ROUND MARBLE BOARD – YUMMY and GOLD CHEESE MARKERS - SET OF 5: Looking for a gift that will leave someone speechless? This beautiful white marble platter with gold accents is the perfect gift, and if you really want to splurge, pair it with this unique set of cheese markers!
Something For The Beauty Product Obsessed
We all have a friend or family member that loves to pamper themselves, so help them this holiday season by gifting them the best of the best!
LAPCOS VARIETY SKINCARE PACK: This set includes 7 masks and 1 exfoliating pad that addresses a different skin issue every day of the week!
ILLUME GIFT SET - BEST DAY EVER, WHITE BERGAMOT: This gift set includes a rollerball fragrance, hand creme and lip balm with a mix of mix of grapefruit blossom, blue fig, sparkling blackberries, bergamot, waterlily, lotus flower, cedarwood, crisp vetiver and cool white musk!
ILLUME BAR SOAP - HEY GIRL HEY, COCONUT MILK MANGO: A perfect stocking stuffer, this bar of soap will become a necessity in every beauty routine. It’s smell is devine and it leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed!
AWAKENING GINSENG AND EUCALYPTUS UNDER EYE MASK: Available in store, these under eye gel pads, made in Korea, are enriched with 12 hydrating extracts which leave the skin around your eyes feeling revived and replenished!
I wish I could say that I covered everything Indigo has to offer… but I could spend weeks writing gift guides filled with unique and beautiful items! Head over to their store or visit their site to take advantage on amazing holiday sales! I would love to see what you pick out so don’t forget to tag me on Instagram in your pictures!
This blog post was written in collaboration with with Indigo.
All thoughts and opinions (as always) are 100% my own.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FlavorYourWorld #CollectiveBias
Your friends will be lining up for game day when you decide to spice up your appetizers this year with TABASCO® Sauces. I’m sharing my drool worthy Cheese Dip, Guacamole and Bean Salsa recipes with an added twist: the TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce, Chipotle Pepper Sauce and Green Jalapeño Sauce. They can all be found in the “Sauces” aisle at your local Walmart near the other condiments.
The TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce is made with only 3 ingredients: aged red peppers, salt and distilled vinegar. It can be used in almost any dish and adds a kick of spice that your guests will obsess over! I used it in all 3 of my recipes and it’s a staple in my kitchen, but depending on the type of spice or flavor you want to add to your dishes, you can substitute it for the other 2 as well! You can also leave the bottles out for your guests to add as they please to their food.
Game Day Spicy Bean Salsa
You can make this salsa as chunky or as smooth as you want! Depending on the consistency you’re looking for, you can add the beans and tomatoes to a blender before adding the rest of the ingredients. We love foods with an aded kick of flavor so we were super generous with the TABASCO® Sauce.
Add 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained to a bowl. (You can add to a food processor and chop or blend depending on the consistency you want your salsa to be!)
Add 3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced (for a chunky sauce) OR add to the same food processor as the beans and blend.
1 small onion diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tbs lime juice
Kicker Cheese Dip
Surprise your gameday guests with this fun twist on a classic cheese dip! You can mix in the TABASCO® Sauce while making it, drizzle it on top (OR BOTH!).
In a medium sauce pan, warm over medium heat 3 tbs of butter and 2 tbs of flour
Add 1 cup of milk, while stirring constantly
Add 1 cup of shredding sharp cheddar cheese
Continue to stir and mix until fully melted
Add in 1 tbs of TABASCO® Sauce (the flavor of your choice!)
Top with chopped chives
Creamy Kick Off Guacamole
For a creamy guacamole add all the ingredients to a blender! For a chunkier guacamole, follow the recipe below!
This post is sponsored by First Alert Canada and the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. All opinions are my own.
When is the last time you checked your fire and smoke detectors to make sure they were working? What about your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors? I was shocked to learn from First Alert’s 2017 Survey of Canadian Households that more than one-third (35%) of Canadian homes do not have a CO detector installed and that the majority of Canadians do not have the recommended number of smoke alarms installed to protect their home from the threats of smoke and fire.
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device, such as a furnace, boiler, stove or car. It is the #1 cause of accidental poisoning in Canada and is responsible for more than 300 deaths each year, which should be enough of a reason for you to run out and buy detectors for your home IMMEDIATELY. Equipping your home to be safer doesn’t end with carbon monoxide detectors! According to the Canadian National Fire Information Database, 80 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms… and I refuse to let that be my home!
First Alert offers several smoke and CO alarms equipped with 10-year sealed lithium batteries which means you don’t need to remember to change the batteries! 10-year alarms also eliminate the risk of ever having an alarm deactivated due to battery removal. It doesn’t hurt either that the CO detector and smoke alarms are so sleek looking, easy to install and simple to use. You take them out of the package, press the test button to ensure they are working, and install with the screws that are included. The First Alert packaging even includes instructions and recommendations on where to put smoke and CO alarms in the home! They blend right into your home decor and you can sleep better at night knowing that you’ve done all you can to keep your family protected!
Check out First Alert’s website to learn more about equipping your home with the latest in home safety!