10 BBQ/Potluck Recipes For You To Enjoy


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Warmer weather usually means more potlucks and BBQ dinners. I love having potluck dinners because it allows us to try a new dish we may have not had before. It also means less time having to cook a big meal for everyone.  Sometimes it is easy to get stuck in a rut making the same meals for every dinner. Here is a great list of 10 BBQ/Potluck recipes for you to enjoy.

Harissa Potato Salad || Strength and Sunshine

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Modern Day Treasure Hunting with Geocaching


Mike, the kids and I 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 Geocaching.com 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?

Oreck® Airvantage HEPA Air Purifier

Oreck Air Vantage HEPA Air Purifier


I have a love/hate with spring and summer. The reason for that is allergy season. My son and I both have seasonal allergies but Spencer has them worse. He is allergic to dust, pollen, feathers and grass. So that is why I have a love/hate relationship with spring and summer. I love being able to go out and not freeze or worry about snow. But I hate dealing with the allergy season for myself or my son. I hate seeing my poor son deal with all these environmental allergies.

The Oreck® AirVantage™ HEPA Air Purifier changed my feelings about my love/hate reaction to spring and summer.

3-Stage Filteration System

The Oreck® AirVantage™ HEPA Air Purifier traps allergens, dust and odor with the advanced 3-stage filteration; HEPA, Charcoal odor remover, and VOC filter. If you find you have a lot of dust or have an issue with your house smelling musty. The Oreck® AirVantage™ HEPA Air Purifier is the purifier you would want in your home to help clean your air.

The HEPA and VOC filter lasts 6 months and the Charcol odor remover
lasts 3 months I love that it traps all the dust, allergens and odor without having to keep changing them. There is also an indicator light that comes on when it is time to change your filter so there is no guessing on when you last put a new filter in. Also a handy remote control so you don’t have to get up to the purifier to turn it on. Very handy if you are in your bedroom and don’t want to get out of your bed to have it running during the night. Another bonus is that it is quiet. So it won’t disturb you while it is running.

Oreck® AirVantage HEPA Air Purifier -review

I ran the Oreck® AirVantage™ HEPA Air Purifier for a month at various times when we needed it. Then I decided at the end of the month to it up and check the filter. I was shocked by the dust and pollen in the filter. I could see how it was cleaning my home. I have to say I was very impressed.

The Oreck® AirVantage™ HEPA Air Purifier also traps odor. My house is old and sometimes when we have been gone away for a weekend without airing out the house, I found that it has an odor that sometimes comes with older homes. The Oreck® AirVantage™ HEPA Air Purifier gets rid of that quickly and leaves the house smelling fresh. Cleaner air for your whole family to breathe.

The Oreck® AirVantage™ HEPA Air Purifier is available at Canadian Tire in August 2016. 

Find out about how you can have cleaner floors with the Oreck® Venture Pro Bagged Canister Vacuum. Removing dirt, pollen and allergens from your floors and furniture. Check out my review here.

Check out my video below as I show how easy it is to use the Oreck® AirVantage™ HEPA Air Purifier.

I received the Oreck® AirVantage™  HEPA Air Purifier to try but the opinions are my own.

Summer Book Sale ~ $10 off $30 orders!





Huge Summer Book Sale! $10 off orders of $30 or more with promo code.

Promo code: bookoutlet10

The Book Outlet has over 20,000 books to choose from and every single one is already discounted so you will find BIG savings on various authors.

Great for gifts or if you want to read this summer.




Summer Fun Ideas for Kids & Giveaway





School’s almost out.

And if your home is anything like mine, after a week or two the kids are crying that they are bored!

Here are some great activities for kids to keep the summertime blues away.


Soap Clouds (Our Best Bites)











Put bars of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds.


Rainbow Bubble Snake (Housing a Forest)












Make rainbow bubble snakes easily from material around your home.


Recycled Newspaper Beads (A Storybook Life)








Make newspaper beads into a necklace


Milk Carton Bird Feeder (Inhabitots)







Make a feeder to give birds a shelter.


To celebrate Summer, Canadian Basics and Coupon Nannie want to give a fan a chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of Sterling Silver Rhinestone Pierce Stud Earrings 3mm


Enter through the Giveaway tool below

Open to Canada residents 18+

Ends July 3/15

Traveling Around With a Scoot & Ride Highway Freak



We had the chance to review the Scoot & Ride Highway Freak recently with Spencer.



I have to say this was one of my favourite reviews. We had been talking about maybe getting Spencer a scooter since he has very bad anxiety over his bike. Without his training wheels he is afraid to fall.

He has very poor balance so it makes him nervous on a bike. We thought maybe with a scooter he would gain the knowledge of balancing without the fear of falling.

So when it arrived I pulled it out right away.

I have to say the actual put together took seconds and it was so easy. There is also stickers on it to inform you how to switch it from a scooter to a push-bike.

I had his helmet and his Scoot & Ride Highway Freak ready for him. When he walked up to the porch I brought it out to show him.



He was very excited to try it out. (Which was a relief for me. Sometimes new physical activities is a fight because he fears getting hurt.)

He put on his helmet and away he went. Up and down the sidewalk as if he has always owned this scooter. It was amazing as a parent to watch him since he rarely just freely tries something new.


Since that day he has wanted to take his Scoot & Ride Highway Freak everywhere. He rides it to the store with me, down the sidewalk while Mike and Hayley are playing with the RC car out front of our house and just because he wants to ride around.

Now he can keep up with his friends who are riding their bikes around while he rides his Scoot & Ride Highway Freak. If I had known he would have loved it. We would have picked one up sooner!

Spencer gives his Scoot & Ride Highway Freak 2 thumbs up!



I love that he has a lot of confidence riding it. If I had known how well he would take to it, I would have picked one up sooner! If your child is nervous on the bike, I recommend trying a Scoot &  Ride Highway Freak.

Features of the Scoot & Ride Highway Freak:

  • Height Adjustable handle-bar
  • Anti-slip Sandpaper on the scooter
  • Back Brake
  • Slider Changes Scooter to Push-Bike
  • No tools needed to assemble
  • Anti-slip handles
  • Soft EVA seat
  • Kick stand

Ideal for children ages 3 to 6 years and can carry up to 50 kgs. (110lbs)

The handle-bar is adjustable at 2 levels to help with ergonomic posture while riding either as a scooter or a push-bike.

CLICK HERE to order your own Scoot & Ride

CLICK HERE to see what store in your area carries Scoot & Ride


I received the product above to review but all my opinions on this blog are my own.

Ice Ball Maker & Sphere Ice Mold Review




I had the pleasure of reviewing the Ice Ball Maker & Sphere Ice Mold from Ball Brat.

Summer is here and cool drinks are something that everyone wants.

The Ice Ball Maker & Sphere Ice Mold allows you to cool the whole drink without several ice cubes. You only need one Ice Ball to make your drink cool and refreshing!

How to use:

  • Wash the tray first before the first use. (Dishwasher Safe)
  • Fill the bottom of the tray full of liquid. (3/4 cup of water)
  • Slowly press the top tray down until liquid comes out the holes.
  • Place mold in freezer for 4-6 hours.
  • Remove from freezer and slowly break up the tray.
  • Remove the top tray and remove the ice balls

It is that simple!




The Ice Ball Maker and Sphere Ice Mold from Ball Brat is:

  • 100% BPA Free
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Leak free design
  • Lifetime Money Back Guarantee
  • Easy-to-release silicone tray

I enjoy the Ice Ball Maker & Sphere Ice Mold because it makes drinks fun for the kids. They love having the Ice Balls in their drinks. The Ice Ball Maker & Sphere Ice Mold would be also great for making ice for punches. Use a fruit juice and freeze it. And it will make colourful and flavoured ice for your punches.

We make these Ice Balls often so we always have some on hand.

CLICK HERE to order your Ice Ball Maker & Sphere Ice Mold from Ball Brat


I received the product to review but the opinions expressed are mine alone

10 Easy To Make Summer Recipes




The warmer weather is here and so is the need for easy to make meals because no one wants to be slaving over a hot stove during a heat wave.

Here are 10 great summer dishes that are quick and easy and perfect for the whole family.


  1. Cajun Shrimp and Rice from The Food Network
  2. Spicy Italian Ham and Cheese Cups from Kevin & Amanda
  3. Asian Brussel Sprout Slaw with Carrots and Almonds (Vegan) from Cookie & Kate
  4. BBQ Turkey Burgers from Six Sisters’ Stuff
  5. Double Decker Tropical Avocado Smoothie from Cooking Classy
  6. Bacon Ranch Chicken Pita Pizza from Yummy Healthy Easy
  7. Strawberry Turkey & Goat Cheese Panini from Eckert’s Family Recipes
  8. Black Bean Enchiladas from Garden Fresh Foodie
  9. Fruit Pizza from Pinch of Yum
  10. Loaded Baked Potato Salad from Closet Cooking



10 Great Salad Recipes


With summer here, a lot of the time I am too hot to cook and want something easy for supper.

Salads are my go-to meal.

Here are 10 great salad recipes for your family to enjoy.

Great for Potlucks too.




  1. Asian Noodle Salad recipe
  2. Curried Chicken Salad recipe
  3. Grilled Potato Salad recipe
  4. The Best Shredded Kale Salad recipe (vegan friendly)
  5. Layered Vegetable Salad recipe
  6. The Best Macaroni Salad recipe
  7. Fruity Pasta Salad recipe
  8. Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing recipe
  9. Chopped Italian Pasta Salad recipe
  10. Broccoli Salad Recipe