The Finest Hours



The Finest Hours DVD Review


The Finest Hours || 117 minutes || Disney DVD

Available May 24th

This movie is a great movie to watch with your family or just sit and enjoy it as a date night with your spouse.

There is a lot of action in this movie and it is intense in some moments. I enjoy action movies based on real life events that keep you on the edge of your seat cheering for the cast and hoping they beat all odds.

There is an all-star cast with Chris Pine, Casey Affleck , Ben Foster and Eric Bana.

Based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in the U.S. Coast Guard history, The Finest Hours is a tale of courage, faith and honour in the face of overwhelming odds. When a massive storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, it rips a T-2 oil tanker in half, trapping more than 30 sailors on its rapidly sinky stern. As Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his crew set out in a 12-seat rescue boat to save them, Chief Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) struggles to buy his men more time. Packed with heroic action and thrilling bonus content, The Finest Hours Blu-ray is a triumph.

This movie also includes; A Look at the True Heroes Behind the Story and a French version included.



*I received the movie above in exchange for an honest review.  *

15 Recipes For Children’s Parties



Recipes for School Party Snacks or Birthday Party Snacks

I know many of us like to make treats for the last day of school to have the kids share with their classes or have snacks ready for a child’s party.

I love having snacks ready for when the kids have their friends over for a day in the pool.

Here are 15 recipes for snacks for your children (and you) to enjoy. A few are gluten-free, vegan and nut-free.

Monster Cupcakes || Wanna Bite

monster cupcakes recipe

Butterfly Snackbags || Honey and Lime

butterfly snack bags

Candy Race Car || Basically Speaking

Candy Race Car- Great for Kids Parties

Chocolate Tahini Crunch Bars (nut free) || A Virtual Vegan 

Chocolate Tahini Crunch Bars - nut free recipe

Confetti Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting || All She Cooks

confetti cupcake with cream cheese icing

Cream Stuffed Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes || Strength and Sunshine

Stuffed Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Recipe #Recipe #Kidfriendly #glutenfree #Vegan

Mini Banana Siblings || Make and Do Crew

Banana Craft for Kids

Rainbow Cake Pops || Wanna Bite

Rainbow Cake Pop Recipe #kidfriendly

Vegan Digestive Biscuits || A Virtual Vegan

Vegan Digestive Biscuits Recipe #recipe #Kidfriendly

Copycat Restaurant Style Biscuits || All She Cooks

Copycat Restuarant Style Biscuits

Mint Chocolate Sunflower Bites || Strength and Sunshine

Mint Chocolate Sunflower Bites Recipe #recipe

Strawberry Angel Food Cake Kabobs || Swanky Recipes


Savory Spinach Rolls Recipe || Parental Journey

Savory Spinach Rolls Recipe #recipe #kidfriendly

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches || Swanky Recipes

Cucumber tea sandwiches recipe

Funfetti Thumbprint Cookies || Strength and Sunshine

Funfetti Thumbprint Cookies Recipe #recipe #kidfriendly #glutenfree #Vegan

Comment below with your favourite treat to send with your children to school.

Adventures in Babysitting



Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures In Babysitting || Feature Running Time: Approx. 94 minutes || Starring: Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson || Disney DVD

Adventures in Babysitting a great movie to sit down with the kids for a movie night.  Pop some popcorn, get some drinks and enjoy this great movie.

Sofia Carson (Descendants) and Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) star in a hilarious, action-packed tale of two sitters, inspired by the ’80s classic!

Sparks fly when free-spirited Lola and prim, proper Jenny learn they’re up for the same internship. But that night, after newbie babysitter Lola breaks “Rule #1; NEVER take your eyes off the kids,” she’s forced to call Jenny – currently on her own gig – to help track down Trey, who has snuck out. Now with all their young charges in tow, these rivals must team up and brave the big city on the wildest, wackiest adventure of their lives!

The DVD includes Never Before Seen Bloopers and a Free Magnetic Photo Frame.

Available to own.

Breville Boss To Go™ Plus


Breville Boss to Go™ Plus #Review


Since receiving a kidney transplant, I have been eating better and enjoying more natural foods. I like making smoothies for us to enjoy and helping us get our daily fruit and vegetable intake.

The Breville Boss To Go™ Plus is a blender that should be in every home. I love that it comes with 2 (450ml) dual wall insulated cups and a (750ml) mega café-style tumbler with 3 travel lids. The lids give you a better drinking experience because it has a handle and you can close the drinking lid. It helps someone like me often spills their drinks while in the car, not to have to worry about them. They also fit in my cup holders which is a plus!

Key features of the Breville Boss To Go™ Plus:

  • Kinetix® Blade and Bowl System with unique folding system.
  • Central serrated blades that pull ingredients down, large curved sweeping blades rapidly turn ingredients into tiny particles.
  • 2 x 450ml dual wall insulated cups with a smooth edge and lid.
  • 1 x 750ml mega café-style tumbler
  • Smooth rimmed cups without clips or threads for a nicer drinking experience.
  • 3 Travel lids.
  • 1 stainless steel milling and grinding container and lid.
  • Overload protection.
  • Appliance science and recipe book.

The Breville Boss To Go™ Plus has helped me with making some amazing smoothies for my family to enjoy.  While I have a few recipes of my own of smoothies that I love, the Breville Boss To Go™ Plus comes with a recipe book that has a lot of great recipes for Smoothies, Smoothie Bowls, Milk Alternatives, Mocktails and Protein Boosters. The front of the book also gives you ideas on making your own smoothie recipe.  I keep this book handy when making my grocery list so I what I need to purchase to make some of these great recipes.

I made my Summertime Pineapple Smoothie with the Breville Boss To Go™ Plus. It was easy to use, which I liked and made making this smoothie, a breeze!


Summertime Pineapple Smoothie Recipe #Smoothies #Healthyliving #Recipe

First you add the ice and the yogurt together. Then blend until the ice is broken up.

Then place in the pineapple. (Don’t use as big as a measuring cup as I did. I had made a few smoothies that morning so I had a whole pineapple chopped up in there. )

Summertime Pineapple Smoothie Recipe #healthyliving #smoothies #recipe

Then blend again and enjoy! You can make the flavour more exotic by making ice from coconut water.

Summertime Pineapple Smoothie #healthyliving #recipe #smoothie

It is an easy to make recipe that can be enjoyed anytime.  The best part is putting it in a travel cup allows you to take it on the go for your morning walk or for traveling to work.

The Breville Boss To Go™ Plus is so easy to operate that my 15 year old daughter, Hayley, was able to make her own smoothies. I also love that it is compact enough that it doesn’t take up a lot of cupboard space in my kitchen.

Click here to purchase the Breville Boss To Go™ Plus or to find a retailer near you. 


Summertime Pineapple Smoothie
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  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks.


  1. Place ice cubes and yogurt in blender and blend until ice is broken apart. Then add the pineapple and blend until smooth.
  2. Place lid on cup and enjoy!
  3. You can also make ice cubes with coconut water to make it more like a tropical drink. I just used regular water ice cubes.

Modern Day Treasure Hunting with Geocaching


Mike, the kids and myself love to geocache. It allows us a time to get out and do some “hunting” to find a small box to locate treasure.

Hayley and Spencer going geocaching for the first time 2 years ago.

Geocaching is easy to do and is a great low cost way of spending some time with the family.

I signed up on and set up an account for us to keep track of our geocaches.

Next, I purchased some few small trinkets from the dollar store. I usually grab some small army men. You need small items because when you find a geocache location, sometimes you take an item out and put one in. So I try to have small army men on hand.  When you locate the geocache you also put your name of your group in there. Then on the geocache app mark it as found. Not all geocache locations require a prize drop off.

We also use a GPS from the car or our phone. On the geocache comments, sometimes there is little hints to tell you where it may be too. We found one from reading it and figuring out the clues. The GPS doesn’t give you the exact location just the area that you may find it. We have some that were hard and took us a bit to find them. But that’s what makes it fun, it is like searching for treasure. Once we find it we are excited to go onto the next one.

I recommend starting with the easy ones first so you can get to know how the app works and how you can locate the geocache. We made the mistake of after a few easy we went hard and we couldn’t find it. So we went back to the easy to get use to the “clues” and using the GPS.

Make sure you also bring bug spray, sun screen, a hat, pencil and a camera. If you are going to be out for awhile, pack a picnic lunch or make sure you have some treats. If you want to bring your dog with you while you are going, be sure to have a bowl and a water bottle for them.

Hayley and Spencer after they found their first geocache site. (Spence loves giving a thumbs up in pictures.)

There are geocaches all over the world. More than 2.5 million geocaches are waiting to be found in over 180 countries. It is a great way to discover the area around you. When we head out east this summer for our family vacation, we plan on doing some geocaching out there. What a great way to discover Canada through different means than the traditional way of hitting tourist spots.

Comment below and tell me if you have ever gone geocaching or are you planning to in the future?

Udderly Smooth Summer Giveaway


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Summer is here and even though you need to take care of your skin year round. It is just as important when you are outside even more during this season.

Not only should you be wearing an SPF sunscreen but you should also think about keeping it moisturized. Dry skin can still happen in the heat of the summer.

Udderly Smooth® is one product we always have on hand in our home to keep our skin moisturized.

About the Company:

Family owned and operated, Redex Industries, has manufactured Udderly Smooth® products for over 30 years. Manufactured in Salem, Ohio, under the direct guidance of Bill Kennedy, CEO and Registered Pharmacist. Originally invented for use on dairy cows and now used for dry and chapped skin. 

Find out where you can purchase Udderly Smooth® in the U.S. and Canada.


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Udderly Smooth® wants to offer one Basically Speaking reader a chance to win a $50 prize pack.

Open to Canada and U.S. (excl. Quebec)

Ends 08/10/16

Udderly Smooth Summertime Giveaway

Smoothie Recipes to Enjoy at Home


I am trying to eat and drink healthier foods since receiving my kidney transplant. I find that smoothies are a great way to get a lot of the fruits, vegetables that you may not get in your meals. It is also easier to hide certain fruits and vegetables, if you have a child who will not eat them as often.

You can bookmark this great list on your computer and even share it with your friends by using the buttons above.

This is list has many wonderful smoothie recipes from some blogger friends of mine who were willing to share with others their recipes.


Strawberry Pineapple Oatmeal Smoothie || Coffee With Us 3


Rainbow Smoothie Recipe || This Mama Loves

Rainbow Smoothie #Recipe

Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie || This Mama Loves

Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe #Vegan #Recipe

Summertime Pineapple Smoothie || Basically Speaking

Summertime Pineapple Smoothie #healthyliving #recipe #smoothie

Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl || Simply Stacie

Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl #Recipe #Healthyliving

Detox Cactus Smoothie || Cookie Named Desire

Detox Cactus Smoothie #Recipe #HealthyLiving

DIY Healthy Patriotic Smoothies || Northern Cheapskate

DIY Healthy Patriotic Smoothies #Recipe #HealthyLiving #July4

Apple Spice Smoothie || Simply Stacie

Apple Spice Smoothie #Recipe #HealthyLiving

Vegan Cran-Raspberry Mint Smoothie || Kicking It With Kelly

Cran-Raspberry Mint Smoothie #Vegan #Recipe #Healthyliving

Orange Vanilla Protein Smoothie Recipe || Budget Savy Diva

Orange Vanilla Protein Smoothie #recipe #Healthyliving

Strawberry Pineapple Kale Smoothie || Mom’s Messy Miracles

Strawberry Pineapple Kale Smoothie #HealthyLiving #Recipe

Energizing Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake || Sweep Tight

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Avocado Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie || A Cookie Named Desire

Avocado Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie #Recipe #Healthyliving

Cranberry Peach Smoothie Recipe || Lori’s Culinary Creations

Cranberry Peach Smoothie Recipe #Recipe #Healthyliving

Cucumber Spinach Smoothie || Coffee With Us 3 

Cucumber Spinach Smoothie #Recipe #HealthyLiving

Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie Recipe || Organized Island

Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie #healthyliving #recipe

Burps and Boogies Giveaway – US Only


Welcome to the Burps and Boogies $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway! 
Thank you to the awesome sponsor of this giveaway: Burps and Boogies.Hosted by: Lil’ Blog and More

 Aren’t baby props, so adorable? It’s such a cute idea, and always helps parents get memorable pictures, for them to enjoy, for years and years to come.

Surprisingly, they’re affordable, too! Burps and Boogies has a great assortment, with great price points. The have wide varieties of costume props, shoes, blankets, wing props, and much more! 

– Giveaway – 
1 lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to use at the Burps and Boogies website! 
Entering to win this giveaway is super easy, with the GiveawayTools form, below:


The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are
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This giveaway starts July 9th, 2016, and will end on July 31sst, 2016 at
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new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the
name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

Modern Oats Giveaway – US Only

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