15 Recipes For Children’s Parties

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Recipes for School Party Snacks or Birthday Party Snacks

I know many of us like to make treats for 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

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*NEW* PUR Mints ~ Review





We were lucky previously to try PUR Gum for a review. CLICK HERE to see the review

This time we were able to review for the *New* PUR Mints.

When I was asked, I jumped at the chance and I told Hayley. (She also helped me review the PUR Gum previously.)

Hayley was so excited to try it. She really enjoyed the PUR Gum and couldn’t wait to try the PUR Mints.

We received a great package in the mail of all the flavours of the PUR Mints to try.


We were opening these packages the minute we received them to try.

We received:

  • Tangerine Tango
  • Polar Mint
  • Mojito Lime
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint

PUR Mints are great for special diets because they are Gluten Free, Vegan Friendly , Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free and Aspartame Free, Diabetic Friendly and Safe for Pregnant Mothers. PUR Mints also contain No GMOs.

PUR Mints are sweetened with Xylitol, A naturally-occuring sugar alcohol and a healthy alternative to sugar or artificial sweetener.  As a mom, I would rather give PUR Mints to my children knowing they contain a more healthier alternative to sugar.

PUR’s Tangerine Tango Mint (Spencer’s Favourite):

These mints are great if you love the more fruitier style mint. It tasted as if you had a tangerine in your mouth. Spencer ended up taking these mints to school and sharing them with his friends. When he came home he asked “Mommy do we have anymore? My friends loved them as much as I do!” Safe to say, I better order him some more.


PUR’s Polar Mint Mint (My favourite):

When I have a mint, I like it to freshen my breath. While I loved all the mints, this was my favourite by far! My breath felt crisp and clean from having a mint. You didn’t have to load up on a few mints like other companies to get that clean feeling. PUR’s Polar Mint Mint is perfect if you love that strong minty flavour.


PUR’s Mojito Lime Mint (Mike’s favourite):

I admit I was worried I wouldn’t like this one. I just thought “Lime in a mint.” That seemed unusual to me. But that all changed once I tried it! It was really good. The lime and mint go to together so well and the mint tasted like you were sucking on a lime. I really liked it. Mike really liked this one the most. He asked me to order him some more for when he is trucking on the road. If you love the Mojito drink, you will enjoy this mint! (Spence also enjoyed this mint. He likes the fruity mints.)


PUR’s Spearmint Mint (Hayley’s favourite):

If you like spearmint tasting gum, you will love this mint. It is a lot less powerful than the PUR’s Polar Mint Mint but still freshens your breath. Hayley loved it because it tastes like spearmint flavour gum. She enjoyed the taste and right away wanted it for herself.

IMG_4681PUR’s Peppermint:

This is another great mint if you don’t like spearmint but want something to freshen your breath that isn’t as strong or bold as PUR’s Polar Mint Mint, then this one is for you! Tastes exactly like a peppermint candy. Cleans and freshens your breath.


Honestly Mike, Hayley and I enjoyed all the PUR Mints. Mike was surprised how great they tasted without sugar in them but a healthier alternative to sugar. Spencer isn’t one for the stronger mints but there was even flavours for him to try. With PUR Mints there really is something for everyone.


PUR Mints is offering an exclusive offer for Canadian Basics fans!

For the month of June, purchase on the PUR website and receive $10 with our promo code: CDNBAS10

CLICK HERE to order your PUR Gum or Mints


I received the product to review in this blog posting but the opinion expressed are mine alone.

15 Nut-Free Snacks for School Lunches




 Canadian Basics


Sometimes it is hard to decide what to pack in your child’s lunchbox.

Here is a Nut-Free list that you can use.


  1. Fruits that are easy to grab. (Apples, grapes, oranges, bananas)

  2. Vegetables with dip (Carrot sticks, sweet pepper strips, snap peas, broccoli, celery)

  3. Apple slices ~ Soak them first in cold water with lemon juice. 1 cup cold water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

  4. Goldfish crackers.

  5. Banana and WOW butter on some Ritz crackers.

  6. Homemade muffin.

  7. Pretzels.

  8. Pita chips & Hummus.

  9. Low butter popcorn.

  10. Homemade Trail Mix with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips and dried fruit.

  11. Cake Mix cookies.

  12. Tortillia chips and salsa.

  13. Fruit Loops or Cheerios in a baggie.

  14. Raisins.

  15. Cereal Bars (read package carefully to make sure it is nut-free.)



What are some Nut-Free snacks that you pack in your children’s lunches?

PUR Gum Review – Perfect For ALL Special Diets!!

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Myself and my kids loved PUR Gum!
And I am sure you and your family will love it as much as us!




When the package arrived we received 4 different flavours:

  • Wintergreen Gum

  • Pomegranate Mint Gum

  • Spearmint Gum

  • Peppermint Gum

Even though we enjoyed them all! We each had our favourite flavours!

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Hayley (my 12 year old) loved the fruity mint flavour of Pomegranate Mint Gum. She said it tasted exactly like pomegranates and not that fake tasting flavour that some fruity gums have but it still gave her a
fresh breath feeling with the mint. She ended up having almost the whole pack and shared it with her best friend!


Myself , I liked the Spearmint Gum and Peppermint Gum the best! I like a gum a stronger mint flavour so these were perfect for me.  I am always chewing gum so I think I found a new brand that I will be using for now on!!


Spencer’s  (my 8 year old) favourite was Wintergreen Gum! He is a boy of few words so he just gave me two thumbs up on this one! lol

I love that PUR Gum is a healthier choice of chewing gum!

PUR Gum is sweetened with Xylitol, a naturally-occuring sugar alcohol and a healthy alternative to sugar or artificial sweeteners!!


PUR gum is gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, non-gmo, celiac, diabetic friendly, dairy free and safe for pregnant moms!

As a parent that makes me happy! Not only do I not worry giving my children this, but also their friends with special diets!


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