5 Ways to Prepare for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is approaching. Sometimes some spend time with their special someone and some spend it with their families. This is a great list of 5 Ways to Prepare for Valentine’s Day that you will want to check out! 

I have spent Valentine’s Day alone with my husband or with our children playing board games and watching movies. I often bake a special treat or just have fun getting the kids ready for their classroom Valentine’s Day parties. 



If you are planning on spending Valentine’s Day with your special someone, check out this list of Frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples, You don’t have to break the bank while spending time with your loved one.

5 Ways to Prepare for Valentine's Day

Spend some time with the kids making up their Valentines with this list of FREE Printables for Valentine’s Day.   

5 Ways to Prepare for Valentine's Day


Make a special desert for Valentine’s Day. Check out 5 Cheesecake recipes that you might enjoy. 5 Cheesecake Recipes for the Holidays

5 Ways to Prepare for Valentine's Day

Have some fun with the kids and make these Confetti Squares. Easy to make and the kids will enjoy the treat! Peanut Free Confetti Squares Recipe

5 Ways to Prepare for Valentine's Day

Last but not least. Enjoy the day however you want, with friends, family or even with your pets enjoying a great movie. Love doesn’t have to be romantic love and you don’t have to spend a lot to show your affection. 

5 Ways to Prepare for Valentine's Day


Five Must See Christmas Movies

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Five Must See Christmas Movies

The Christmas Season is HERE.

We all have our favourite Christmas movies but here is my list of 5 must see movies for you and your family.

The fifth on my list is ELF that is with Will Ferrell. This movie is full of laughs and that warm fuzzy feeling you want from a Christmas movie.

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Five On Friday – My First Month on a New Blog Name



The month from May to June has been a busy time for me. New blog, new start, getting ready for the kid’s summer vacation and turning 38.


For my #FiveOnFriday, I decided to share how my month has been.

On June 14th I turned 38. The passed year has been amazing to me. From receiving a kidney transplant in August, to getting my G2 and able to drive on my own, and starting a new blog. While starting a new blog wasn’t my idea, my hand was forced, so far I am loving it! I hope my 38th year rocks as much as my 37th.


I started my first Youtube video and plan on doing more reviews on Youtube. You can check me out here: Basically Speaking Youtube Account. I plan on doing more video reviews of products that I have to share with you. Please subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss anything.


Looking for some recipes for the End of the Year school parties? Check this list out! There are even vegan, gluten-free and peanut-free options! 15 Recipes for Children’s Parties. 


My Oreck Venture Pro Bagged Canister Vacuum Review video is right here. Feel free to play it if interested in learning more about it. It helps reduce pollen, allergens and dirt in your home. The best part? I know it isn’t noisy like previous vacuums I have owned because my son doesn’t say it is too loud and my dog doesn’t try to attack it!

Last but not least, Looking for a last minute gift for your Father, Husband or even your Father-In-Law? Check out the Breville Father’s Day Gift Guide HERE

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How was your week?

5 Desert Recipes for the Holiday Season

5 Desert Recipes for the Holiday Season

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Mini Rolo Cookies – These are a favourite in my house. When you bite into the cookie, it has a caramel centre that is great. I like to heat them up for a few seconds in the microwave if they aren’t fresh.


Rolo Cookies Recipe #Recipe #family #Christmas



Caramel Magic Cookie Bars – These look like heaven in a pan. Recipe from Love from the Oven.


Caramel Magic Cookie Recipe

Andres Mint Grinch Cookies – These would be perfect to make to have to eat while you are watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas with the kids! Recipe from Six Sister’s Stuff


Andes Mint Grinch Cookies

Homemade Popcorn Balls – A simple desert that goes well with hot chocolate. Also make these and put them in a cute dish and give it to a neighbour for gift. Recipe from MyRecipes.com



Peanut Butter Balls – These peanut butter balls are vegan and gluten-free. If you have a special gluten-free diet. This is for you. Recipe from Oh She Glows!

Vegan Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Balls #Recipe #Food #Christmas2015

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5 Random Thoughts for this Week


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This week I decided to do 5 random thoughts this week going on with me and what has been happening on Canadian Basics.

This week has been busy for me and the blog. It will get busier next week too!

Here are 5 Random Thoughts for this Week. 

  1. Great giveaways going on this week on the blog and more coming up! Check out our Facebook post with the links to the giveaways HERE  Canadian Basics Giveaways #giveaway #contest #worldwide #canada #US
  2. With the Holiday Season upon us, Random Acts of Kindess is a great way to celebrate the holidays and spread some cheer. Here are 25 Random Acts of Kindness that you can do this season. CLICK HERE  Pay It Forward
  3. Looking for something to do Saturday mornings with your children? Check out the Cineplex Family Favourites for a list of movies for $2.99! CLICK HERE family favourites
  4. Yesterday was a good day for my son, Spencer. He got the cast off his arm. The poor kid has had it on for 5 weeks. Yesterday he was sore and when he went to bed he said to me ” Mommy my brain is confused. I looked at my arm and saw no cast, I thought to myself, did I break it off? Then I remember that I had it taken off today!” Today it is doing well and he still has 2 more weeks of babying it and protecting it and then he should be good. spencer6
  5. Best post of the week was this meme post. It is still funny! 12243594_992803670741095_2288579745063662713_n


Check out the bloggers below for their Five on Friday 

If you’re interested in making life simpler, and also honesty from a nerdy mom of three check out Shawna from Simple on Purpose. http://simpleonpurpose.ca/tag/fiveonfriday/

For five funny things that will make you feel better about your own parenting skills, check out Jac and Juli at TwoFunMoms! http://www.twofunmoms.com/

My blog is basically all things interesting to me. Variety keeps it interesting. http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/tag/fiveonfriday/

Local to Edmonton, this mom is blogging about a little bit of everything. Things to do with the family, a simple DIY, or life as a family of 5. http://justanotheredmontonmommy.com/category/five-on-friday

Louise, of Surrey, B.C., shares about the reality of family life with some very energetic kids at Talk Nerdy To Me www.talknerdytomeblog.com

For tips on green living on a sensible budget with a smattering of parenting, ranting and raving, check out Juicy Green Mom! http://juicygreenmom.ca/category/fiveonfriday/

Product Junkie http://www.ProductJunkie.ca

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Tips on How to Talk to Someone That Is Hearing Impaired


Tips on How to Talk to Someone That Is Hearing Impaired


I have been wearing hearing aids for 3 years now since my kidneys went into failure.

My genetic illness causes problems with my ears. The Genetic Doctor stated that if I had some tests, it would probably show that my ears weren’t formed right in the womb. But also when you have kidney failure it can affect your hearing.

So 3 years ago I decided for the first time in my life to get hearing aids. Growing up I didn’t want to be known that I was “different”, so I learned tricks like reading lips or doing the nod and smile when you can’t hear someone. My hearing wasn’t as bad as it is now, so my speech wasn’t affected too much. But as I got older it get worse, until I ended up in the hospital for kidney failure and almost completely deaf. I knew it was time to get over my reservations of having hearing aids and get them.

Here are some tips on how to talk to someone that is hearing impaired.


  1. Some people speak louder and slower to people that are hearing impaired. So words are ” How ….are ….. you….today.” Just because I am hearing impaired so that doesn’t mean I need slower speech. It also makes it a lot harder if you speak slower to understand what you are trying to say. Talk normal. Yes a bit louder helps if we aren’t wearing hearing aids but you also don’t have to scream at us.talk
  2. Some people continue to mumble no matter how many times we inform them that we can not hear them. If you are mumbling, odds are you aren’t properly forming you words so reading lips won’t work either. Please if you are naturally a soft spoken person (and I understand some people can be.) please speak up. I want to be able to join in the conversation.mumbling
  3. Talking from another room. If the person who is hearing impaired is in the kitchen and you are in the living room, talking to them doesn’t work. You have to either call them over to you or you need to go to them. We can hear our name but we can’t hear everything else. I don’t know why, but I can always register my name if someone calls it. But when someone just says “Can you come here” , my ears don’t register it.canthearyou
  4. If a sign is on someone’s door to knock loud, please do. I had one up for my parcels that get dropped off. The UPS , FedEX and Purlator delivery guys are great. They will knock loud. They also know me by now. But anyone else acts like they are afraid to knock. If someone has a sign up, it means they want to know you are there so don’t be afraid to knock LOUD! knock loud
  5. If you are with someone who wears hearing aids, please keep in mind that a busy store or restaurant can sometimes be troublesome. I know with my hearing aids, I pick up a lot around me. So I need the person I am with to speak up a bit more even though I am wearing them. The reason is they can’t always focus out the background noise.clarify-little-fuzzy


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Five on Friday October 16

Five on Fridays (October 16)

With one of my favourite holidays coming up, Halloween, I want to talk about it.

Lets find out how certain things about Halloween came about!

  1. Dressing Up ~ Dressing up in costumes and going “guising” was prevalent in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween by the late 19th century. Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils.costumes
  2. Jack O’-Lanterns ~ The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns.      jackolantern
  3. Black Cats ~ The Druids feared cats – believing that by using evil powers, humans could turn themselves into cats. So during Samhain on November 1, many cats were thrown into the fires to get of rid the evil.  Cats are stated to be familiars to witches. The reason why the Black Cat is a the focus is it looks dark and spooky and has stayed a Halloween cat. Due to this, many shelters will not adopt out Black Cats at Halloween time just like Bunnies can’t get adopted around Easter.
  4. Why do we dress up ~ As far back as the 5th century B.C. Celtic tribes in Ireland believed that the spirits of the dead were allowed to come back to earth once a year on October 31st. The Celtic New Year began on November 1st and the belief was that, on the night before the border between the world of the living and that of the dead became blurred. The spirits of the dead would then be able to cross over for this one night into the world of the living. So they dressed up in order to fool the spirits of the undead.
  5. And now some pictures of my Halloween decorating outside my home. We decorate every year. The coffin we made. The blow ups are things we purchased over the years. 

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Five on Friday ~ 10/09/15





Today for my Five on Friday ~ 10/09/15, I am going to talk about five things I am thankful for to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving this weekend!




  1. I am thankful for my husband. He has been a soldier by my side while I was fighting kidney failure. He is an amazing father to both our children. Even though he is gone through the week because he is a trucker, he always is a phone call away if any of us need him. He has even parented through the phone for the kids or lend a ear for them. We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on the 4th of October.IMG_1467
  2. I am thankful for my children. They make me laugh, drive me a bit crazy and cheer me up. They are amazing children who always try to be good kids. I can’t wait to see what kind of adults they will be but also hope they don’t grow up too fast!hayleyandspence
  3. I am thankful for my transplant donor. I don’t know my donor but he is my biggest hero. I think of him daily and think of his family who lost this young man. I can’t say enough about how important this stranger is to me. I will never meet him but I will always carry him in a special place of my heart.  (Today is my 2 month post transplant anniversary! I have had no rejection so far and the kidney is working great! Hope this keeps up!!)
  4. I am thankful for my family and friends who have been by my side. Those that visited me in the hospital while I had my kidney transplant and those that cheered me on through the internet. I had people that I met online show me such compassion that I hope to be able to show them some day. My sister was really amazing. The night I had a transplant, she stayed by my side with my husband waiting for me to come out even though she had a birthday party for my niece the next day. I can never thank her enough.
  5. And as always a Canadian funny. I am thankful to be Canadian and live in this amazing country!


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Five on Friday ~ 10/02/15




I have been doing Five on Friday for 3 weeks with some great bloggers.

This week on Five on Friday is recipes.

The cooler weather makes me want to pull out the slow cooker and turn on the oven to make some meals.

Here are 5 of my favourites for Fall.

  1. A cold evening, nothing warms you up like Corn Chowder. It is so easy to make in the slow cooker and it only costs $2 a serving. A great meal for the family without breaking the bank. Corn Chowder Slow Cooker Recipe
  2. For a desert that will warm your bellies, why not try this Apple Cake recipe. It is so easy to make and a favourite in any family! Slow Cooker Apple Cake Recipe
  3. This recipe is one of my favourites because it is so easy to make but so good! If your children love tator tots, this is a recipe to try for them. Tator Tot Casserole Recipe
  4. Who doesn’t love Chicken Noodle soup? It is perfect on a cool fall day. You can have it by itself or with a sandwich or some toast. Check out this recipe to warm you up! Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
  5. As always I love to end my Five on Friday with a Canadian funny.


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