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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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.

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5 Desert Recipes for the Holiday Season

5 Desert Recipes for the Holiday Season

desert recipes



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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*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.

Parissa Organic Wax Review and Giveaway


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Short season is upon us again.

Where the need to shave our legs often has come into effect.

I rather shave daily anyways but sometimes I am in a rush and don’t have time.

With Parissa Organic Wax, it saves me time and energy with 3 easy steps:

  • heat wax
  • apply thin layer
  • zip strips


It is so easy that even my 14 year old was able to wax her legs with just the instructions.


Parissa Organic Wax is made with USDA organic sugar cane.

It is also completely vegan friendly, animal friendly, cruelty free and environmentally friendly.

Can you say that about your regular body wax?

Never tried body wax before?

No problem!


Parissa has a toll free number available for you that is located on the box, paperwork and website. There is also an email address and a connect page on the website. This is available for you to use if you are beginner or professional.

Parissa aims to make your application as easy as possible.

I have been a user of Parissa wax for the past 2 years, ever since my first review because it is a great way to not have to worry about body hair without having to shave almost daily to maintain the smooth feeling for up to 6 weeks!



Parissa Organic Wax is gentle on your skin which is good news for someone with sensitive skin like me!

Parissa Organic Wax works on:

  • Legs
  • Brow
  • Underarm
  • Face
  • Bikini
  • Body

If you have ever used Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar, you will love this product.

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Parissa would love to give 3 (three) Canadian Basics fans a chance to win a box of Parissa Organic Wax

Open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) 18+

Ends June 23/15


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Prizing takes 2-6 weeks and winners must respond to email within 48 hours or a new winner will be picked. More info in disclosure
I received a full size sample of the product in this review but the opinions on this review are my own.

PUR Gum ~ New Flavour Review


I was excited to be asked to try the two new flavours that PUR gum has coming out!

I have tried PUR gum in the past so I know that aspartame-free , non-gmo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut free and diabetic friendly! (All this makes this mommy very happy!)

PUR is perfect for any special diet!


We received 2 new flavours, Cinnamon and Coolmint.

I am a big cinnamon gum fan. I love the hot feeling in my mouth. I need it to last as well.

So when the package arrived, I decided to try out the Cinnamon first.

I loved it is a perfect amount of heat and it lasted!

Mike and I were sitting on the porch playing cribbage, and one piece of gum lasted for 3 games!

I tried the Coolmint and it is a nice minty flavour but truthfully I love the “hot”.

My kids on the other hand are new fans of the Coolmint! They actually took over those packs. (I think I managed to get 2 gums out of 2 packs. lol)

They told me this was their new favourite gum! So guess we all found new flavours of PUR gum to enjoy!

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PUR gum flavours are solid flavours. They aren’t the kind of flavours that die out after a few minutes, like some gums do.

They are bold and really make your tastebuds come alive!

What PUR flavour would you like to try?

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I received a sample of this product to try for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

90 Organic Bouillon Cubes for $42!! (Shipping Included!)

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$42 for 90 Organic Bouillon Cubes! (SHIPPING INCLUDED!)

Choose from five flavours or a mixed pack!

Flavours (choose one at checkout)

  • Mixed Pack (18 cubes of each flavour)

  • Vegetable

  • No-Salt Vegetable

  • Yeast-Free Vegetable

  • Onion

  • Mushroom



And for those with special diets there are no-salt and no-yeast varieties available!

All flavours are vegan; gluten-, MSG- and GMO-free, also they are organic and kosher certified!

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These are great for soups, casseroles, stir-frys and sauces.

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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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