Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jewellery That FIGHTS? Fights Eczema, THAT IS...& CONTEST!

Pure Hazelwood Eczema Necklace for Adults & Teens
William Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet that "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  If the same logic follows, then eczema by any other name would be as itchy.  Okay, I'm making a joke, but it's winter eczema time again for my kids and I.  No matter how hard we try, it doesn't go away, and we consider ourselves victorious if we're one step ahead of it before a big flare up.

Do you suffer from the nuisance known as eczema?  The trouble maker that makes you red, itchy, and a fed up?  Did you know that Pure Hazelwood sells jewellery that FIGHTS...fights eczema, that is!  I tried this jewellery to see how it would work against my eczema, and perhaps you would like to try it too?  They have a cute line from babies, children, teens, to adults--for both boys and girls, men and women.  It also makes a beautiful and inexpensive gift for friends and family that suffer from this nuisance skin condition.  (Prices range from $12.99 to $16.99 CDN only!)

The Pure Hazelwood company believes that their products help to relieve symptoms related to inflammation, including: skin problems (psoriasis, eczema), teething pain, colic, arthritis (joint pain),  digestive disorders (heartburn) and mouth sores.  Now, I cannot confirm or deny any of their claims, but it is worth giving a try if you or a family member suffers from any of these conditions.  Check with your physician if you are not sure if it's right for you.  

Their products include hazelwood therapeutic jewellery such as baby and adult necklaces, bracelets, and anklets--but they also make skin care products like moisturizing lotion and zinc ointment.  Fun fact: their products are made of 100% natural hazelwood from the Canadian Boreal forest.

Check out the information that Pure Hazelwood has offered on the following conditions, below.  I do not endorse any of this information, and recommend that you contact your family physician if you are unsure if the products are right for you or your family members.

Teething pain

Reflux or colic
Arthritis, joint pain
Pure Hazelwood Jewellery for Kids, only $12.99 CDN!
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Check This TOYLESS Holiday Gift Idea!

What's In the Box?
The Toy of the Moment OR an Education...You Decide
There is a time in every parenting journey, in which a frazzled mom and overwhelmed dad collectively cry: “No more toys!”  This cry is usually heard at 3:00am, after a sharp piece of Lego has harpooned a parent in the tender tootsie, which in turn sets off all the electronic toys to fire lasers, bark, and drive around in the room like a booby trap.  With five children, ages 5- to 10-years old, I’ve often been fed up with all the toys, especially when they lay discarded in a corner.
With the holidays top-of-mind, is there a polite way to ask for a gift that isn’t a toy?  I believe that there is a way, especially for close family relations, and for family friends that inquire what to gift.  And with such a segue, I believe it would be appropriate to ask for an RESP contribution in lieu of a gift.  It’s actually quite easy for both the recipient and gift giver.
RESP Fund Collection Is Easy This Season With Heritage's eGifting Program!
Recently, Heritage Education Funds introduced the RESP eGifting program (a Canadian first), which is powered by FundRazr, Canada’s leading crowdfunding platform .  Through this simple approach, family and friends anywhere can help grow a child’s Heritage Registered Education Savings Plan, and parents electronically collect the funds.  Some fees apply, so do familiarize yourself with FundRazr's rate structure.  
Not only is it a safe and secure way to contribute a financial gift, but the gift is conveniently applied directly to a Heritage RESP.  And in terms of privacy, parents have full control over who receives the gift-giving link.  For peace of mind, do note that Heritage Education Funds have been in business for 50 years.  
Sound like a good alternative to toys this year for the holidays?  Here’s more information about the Heritage eGifting program!

What gifts are your kids hoping to receive this year for the holidays?  What gifts would you rather that they receive, instead of what’s on their wishlist?

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Toronto Adventure Valley Winter Break Camp! EXTRA 10% Off Discount With CODE!

Toronto's Adventure Valley Runs Through the Winter Break!
Keeping kids engaged, happy and active during the Christmas break is no easy task.  Fun, friendship, fitness and mental stimulation are all essential components to a successful winter break.  Toronto's Adventure Valley Day Camp offers all this and more at their XTREME XMAS CAMP, running from December 21st to 31st, 2015!  The camp is open to kids ages 3- to 13-years old, and is conveniently located at Steeles and Leslie, connecting both Toronto and the GTA.  Yes, door-to-door bus service and hot lunches are available, making the camp even more convenient!  
Adventure Valley Xtreme Xmas Camp Welcomes Boys & Girls, Ages 3- to 13-Years Old
Boys and girls in grades 1 - 8 get to choose the activities that they wish to participate in the most, such as sports, Lego, arts, cooking, robotics, chess, dance, rocketry, outdoor adventures, ceramics, archery, cartooning, pottery, snowcapades, card games, and more!  For campers 12- and 13-years old, there is a partial leadership training option available! 

Choose From Arts, Sports, Cooking, Chess, Dance, Rocketry & More!

PROGRAMMES FOR NURSERY/JK/SK KIDS: For kinder age campers as young as 3-years old (must be toilet-trained), Adventure Valley plans an exciting day of activities that mix in nature, art, cooking, music, dance, sports and loads of outdoor fun!

Kids as Young as 3-Years Old (Toilet-Trained) Can Attend Adventure Valley!
Week 1: December 21 - 24, 2015 ($295)
Week 2: December 28 - 31, 2015 ($295)

DISCOUNTS (3 Available):
1.Join us for both weeks of camp to receive a 10% discount!
2.Second, third, fourth, fifth child (etc) receive 10% discount!
3.See BELOW for EXTRA 10% off discount code (MUST be written on your registration form.)

Kids Pick Their Activities at Adventure Valley Winter Break Camp!
9am - 4pm
Extended care available

Opt In for Hot Lunches or Door-to-Door Bus Service (Additional Cost)
Hot lunch programme ($32/week + HST)
Door-to-door bus service ($80/week + HST)
Extended childcare, 8:00am - 5:15pm ($50/week)

Send the Kids to Adventure Valley Xtreme Xmas Camp This Winter Break!
Register Today for Camp!
for EXTRA 10% OFF!
Code expires Dec 31st, 2015


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Adventure Valley Winter Camp Website
REGISTRATION Adventure Valley Winter Camp


What do you have planned for the kids or grandkids this winter break?  If you are planning on staying "at home", have you considered a winter break camp like Adventure Valley?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Best Cheesecake In the World Recipe - with photo illustration directions!

The Best Cheesecake In the World!
Cherry Topping Shown
I'm pretty nervy calling this the best cheesecake in the world, but people always ask for it, guests fight over it, and there's never even a crumb left. Even better, if you follow the directions and make no substitutions, it will turn out perfectly for you.

What;s special about this cheese cake recipe, is the homemade crust, the amount of butter I use, and my "creaming" technique for blending the cream cheese and sugar together perfectly (described below). Note: I use a food processor (Cuisinart) for this recipe, otherwise the cream cheese layer turns out less smooth and less creamy. Besides, it's much faster.

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Ingredients for Cheesecake Recipe
World's Best Cheesecake Recipe!


1½  cups graham wafer crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup sugar (in a separate container than the sugar above)
½ cup melted, unsalted butter (if you use less butter, do note that the crust will be hit and miss)
550 g / 19 oz plain cream cheese bricks, cut into small rectangles (this equates to 2 & 1/5th bricks of cream cheese "bricks", in the 250 g size). Recipe has not been tested with cream cheese in a tub. 
½ tsp vanilla (pure vanilla or vanilla extract both okay)
3 eggs
*Optional: 595 g / 21 oz canned fruit topping or filling (ie: cherry or field berry/bumbleberry work best)

1. Preheat oven to 350° F / 180° C.
2. Mix graham wafer crumbs and 2 tbsp of sugar together. Stir in melted butter thoroughly.
3. Press graham wafer crumb/butter mixture into the bottom of a standard pie plate (I use a ceramic pie plate).
4. Bake for 10 minutes on middle rack, then remove from oven to cool while you prepare the "cream cheese" layer. *Note: crust will not look done, and will appear butter-soaked and wet. This is correct.
5. Reduce oven heat to 300° F/ 150° C.
6. Beat cream cheese and sugar in a food processor (I use a Cuisinart), alternating the cream cheese and sugar until both are depleted.  Next, add in the  vanilla.  (You can mix by hand in a large bowl, but it will take longer and will not turn out as "smooth".)
7. Beat in eggs one at a time, making certain that no shells join the mixture.
8. Pour over hardened graham wafer crust, and bake for one hour on middle rack.  Circumference of cake should be very lightly brown, and center should be firm.  Cake will rise, so walk softly in the kitchen.
9. *Optional: If desired, add a canned fruit topping after cheese cake has cooled for 30 minutes (I generally use cherry or bumbleberry/field berry).
10. Chill for at least 3 hours (I make the cheesecake the night before, and chill overnight).
My Blueberry Cheesecake
Just change topping!
Other Ideas for Toppings:
-cookies decide
How to Make the Graham Wafer Crust
How to Make the Cream Cheese Layer
Before & After Baking!
This Best Cherry Cheesecake...or bumbleberry, or peach, or raspberry or...
If you baked my world's best cheesecake recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know how you enjoyed it! Did you top it or serve it plain?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Columbia Sportswear Winter Outdoor Gear Review!

Chilling in Columbia Gear
We are big fans of Columbia Sportswear in our household.  From my newborn's very first one piece snowsuit many years ago, to my kid's winter snowsuits, to some of my favourite trail shoes, fall jackets and a trusty raincoat.  Columbia plays an important role in my family's active outdoor lifestyle, and Columbia's lifetime warranty really stands behind the gear they make.  This is a company that wants you to put their clothing to the test!
In Bounds 650 TurboDown Interchange Jacket (Nocturnal, Atoll Colour ) &Carson Pass Beanie (Graphite Colour)
Women's In Bounds 650 TurboDown Interchange Jacket ★★★★★ - When I first put on this 2-in-1 jacket, I felt like I was in a cozy "nest". It was snuggly and warm, and hugged my curves in all the right places. Fit like a glove and was the perfect weight for winter. The outer jacket had lots of great features like an "arm pocket", and zippers under the arms should you need to vent your heat while exercising. The outer jacket's hood I found very lightweight, and not substantial enough for the Canadian winter (although fine for spring). The outer jacket fit like Columbia's usual size medium, which allowed for two layers of clothes beneath (ie: a t-shirt and hoody).  I would have loved the outer jacket's pockets to be lined with warm fleece (for my cold hands), as Columbia does with some of my other jackets.

The inner jacket was as fluffy as a cloud with 650 TurboDown fill.  I was sorry that the inner jacket was hoodless, although I can appreciate the "two hoods" dilemma.  I'm all about the hood, and will never wear a hoodless jacket, which rules out wearing the inner jacket on its own for me.  The inner jacket was not a standard size medium (as it obviously needs to fit inside the outer layer).  However, this meant that  I could not "layer" underneath (photo above shows two tight layers).  In the Canadian winter, layering is a necessity for me in order to keep warm, and I wonder if I will be chilly without being able to fit in that second layer?  However, the outer jacket does feature an adjustable, snap back powder skirt, which prevents wind from blowing up the jacket.  It might bug some that dark-coloured down is visible on the outside of the inner jacket, and gives it a dirty appearance.

Final words: A great-fitting, warm jacket.  Perfect for winter driving in the car, or normal winter situations.
Carson Pass Beanie (Graphite Colour)
Carson Pass Beanie ★★★★★ - I was really delighted with the Carson Pass Beanie pom-pom winter hat, shown above.  Not only did it have a handknit look (it's not), but the inner band is fleece-lined, which means it didn't feel scratchy on my skin.  I even received a compliment about the hat, saying it was what they are "showing" this season in high fashion magazines.  And oh, it was just as warm as it looks.

Final words: I would highly recommend the Carson Pass Beanie.  If you like it too, you can purchase it in three different colours.
Columbia Women's Conspiracy Razor OutDry Shoes (Charcoal, Fuscia Colour)
Women’s Conspiracy Razor OutDry Shoes - When I put the shoes on to do some trail hiking, I fell in love with the soles and could hear the sucking "grip" sound they made as I first tried them out on the hardwood floors in my house.  What a great grip for a walk off the beaten path!  The shoes fit me true-to-size, and they were instantly comfortable.  They also looked great, and I immediately received compliments from friends.  I really liked how the pattern on the shoe's fabric, continued on the side of the soles.  

However, after 3 wears they had really cut deeply into both my achilles tendons, and I had to rest them.  I've never had the same happen with other Columbia shoes, (which count as some of my favourites), so I'm thinking that the part behind the achilles tendon was designed on too much of a "sharp" angle. 

Final words: I love Columbia shoes, and this pair is worth having a look at.
Columbia Luminescent Boot Cut Pants (Black Colour)
Women's Luminescent Boot Cut Pants - What an extremely comfortable pant, that holds your tummy in as if by magic! I loved that the pants were stretchy, which would make them perfect for every figure. The inside waistband had a tiny pocket to keep a key or cash, which I appreciated. I noticed that the pants fit about one size too big, so medium (my usual Columbia size) was swimming on me (and the "boot" cut was exaggerated with excess fabric). I also observed that the length of the pants were extremely long. I'm tall at 5'8", but these would best fit a woman around 6' in weight.

Final words: Very comfortable pants, but purchase one size down.  Unless you are a very tall woman, prepare to alter the length.
Inner Luminosity Hoodie (Purple Dahlia Colour)
Inner Luminosity Hoodie ★★★★★ - I only have rave reviews for the inner luminosity hoodie, shown above in the purple dahlia colour.  It was very lightweight and a great fit.  As it was see-through, I needed to put a second layer beneath, (ie: tanktop or t-shirt).  This would not be a piece for the winter, but would work for any of the other three seasons.  This will become a staple of my casual wardrobe.  I tested out the hoodie while I was coaching my son's soccer team, and I was very comfortable indeed.   

Final words: Great shirt - nice cut and fit.  If this shirt looks like your style, purchase it in both colours available.
Women's Bugaboo Snowpants (Black Colour)
Women's Bugaboo Pant (Snowpants) ★★★★★ - I fell in love with these snowpants, because of the beautiful, tailored fit.  They actually fit as meticulously as a dress pant.  They were super warm, and featured four pockets (2 rear, and 2 front), and boasted an internal leg gaiter, so snow, ice and slush wouldn't find their way up the pants.  They were the perfect length for me, at 5'8".  Whereas the waistband was adjustable smaller, it was not adjustable upwards to fit larger.  

I would have really loved an elasticized waistband, as I tend to wear my dayclothes beneath snowpants (ie: jeans and non-athletic bottoms).  I'm not sure how the snowpants were intended to be worn, (ie: only with panties beneath, with long underwear, or just with regular clothing), but I am the warmest in the winter wearing a full clothing layer beneath.  

Final words: A great snowpant with an excellent fit, and well worth the purchase!  If you have a big tummy or if you're planning on wearing your day clothes beneath, consider purchasing (or trying on) one size up.  Otherwise, the snowpants will fit well - but only with a slim layer beneath.
Columbia Minx Fire Tall Boots (Ruby, Acid Yellow Colour Shown)
Minx Fire Tall Omni-HEAT Waterproof Boot - When I first ordered these boots, I mistakening thought that they would be tall because of their name "Minx Fire Tall".  However, these are not in fact a tall boot.  You will get you noticed if you wear the red colour, although they are also available in a standard black.  If you're a "lazy lacer" like me, do note that these boots cannot be worn as slip-on ones.  The soles have decent grips for winter, and the top 2.5" of the inner boot are lined with a very cozy fleece.  

Just like the Women's Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Boot I tested last year, I think it's a shame that the fleece does not line the entirety of the inner boot, as they would feel much warmer.  I love that these are a waterproof boot, and not just for fashion.  These comfortable boots fit me true-to-size, and are rated to -25° F/-32° C.  If your feet give off good heat, the Omni-Heat thermal reflective warmth will work well for you.  If you have cold feet during the winter, the Omni-Heat feature may prove ineffective.

Final words - I would recommend these boots to -10 ° C/14 ° F, or to wear as "car boots".  If you don't spend an extended amount of time outdoors in the winter, these will keep your feet dry from car to work.

Columbia Lumianation Longsleeved Shirt (Black Colour)
Lumianation Long & Short Sleeve Shirts - This is a very comfortable, lightweight shirt, that feels silky to the touch, but check if the fit is right for you.  I found that both the longsleeved and shortsleeved shirts fit very generously, so I would recommend purchasing at least one size down.  I like how this shirt is a longer one, so it can be worn with low-rise pants.  It also has beautiful ruching at the sides, and the fabric flows nicely.  If you are a slim woman, this will be a good fit for you.  However if you have a tummy or fatty upper body, the shirt will accentuate your faults and appear as maternity wear on your figure.    

Final words: Purchase one size down.  Great for a slim build; not flattering for heavy builds.

Columbia Women's Winter Catalyst Gloves (Black, Light Grey Colour)
Women's Winter Catalyst Gloves - Columbia winter gloves provided a really great fit and were comfortable to wear.  I loved that the Women's Winter Catalyst Gloves were lined with a plush "fur" at the top of the hand, which extended into the finger compartment.  It's a shame that they did not line  the thumb or the other side of the finger compartment, as it would have made for a warmer glove.  I would have also liked to see the finger tips of the gloves plushed up with fleece, as I had found that this is where Columbia gloves had been lacking in the past.  I loved that the gloves featured both a cinching belt at the wrist and an elasticized one at the forearm.  These made for a better fit, and helped to seal the cold out.

Final words - Great fit! If you generally have warmer hands in the winter, the Columbia Women's Winter Catalyst Gloves will be a great purchase and you'll love them.

Do you own any favourite Columbia Sportswear items?  Do you have all your winter outerwear set for winter this year?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My Dyson V6 Absolute Vacuum Cleaner Party! See How It Stacks Up

Flashback: My Son With His Toy Dyson Vacuum Cleaner
My very first experience with the Dyson vacuum cleaner company was 7 years ago, when my now 10-year old son was only a 3-year old toddler. He was obsessed with vacuum cleaners, and spied a toy Dyson vacuum cleaner that was free with the purchase of a regular Dyson vacuum at Best Buy. The day he saw the toy Dyson vac, it took me over an hour to get him out of the store! Then, we could not bypass Best Buy without him wanting to spend time pretending to vacuum with the toy Dyson!

Back to the story: I called the Dyson company to see if I could purchase that same purple, toy Dyson vacuum cleaner.  And to my chagrin, they were not sold separately.  However, the extremely nice Dyson customer service representative sent the toy Dyson to my son as a gift!  When it arrived at our house, he was flabbergasted and could not believe it was the same toy Dyson as the one he had played with at the store!  It even sucked up small scraps of paper.  And henceforth, my son and the Dyson were inseparable.

Almost a decade later, and my son still brings up the toy Dyson that he used to play with; he wishes that he still had it.

A video posted by Jenna Em (@snymed) on

I recently had an opportunity to host a party for my nearest and dearest friends--with vacuum cleaners!  The premise of the party was to measure how the Dyson V6 Absolute compared to my regular vacuum cleaner.  Of course, there were awesome tunes, spontaneous dancing, and great food.  You can see the Dyson V6 Absolute unboxing video I made on Instagram, above.
Getting Ready for the Party
I shopped for the party, including ingredients for my famous cherry cheesecake (whose recipe I will share in the near future).  As I prepared the food, the kids strung up balloons and did a pretty nice job of decorating.
A First Look at the Dyson V6 Absolute
Once I got the food on the grill, guests started arriving and getting a feel for the Dyson.  Some of the comments I heard included that the Dyson is so lightweight, and that they could not believe that it is a cordless vacuum cleaner (just charge in between uses).  Actually, watch the video below to hear the comments for yourself, and see how the Dyson performed against my usual vacuum cleaner!
VIDEO: The Dyson V6 Absolute VS. My Regular Vacuum Cleaner!

In between dancing, sharing laughs and having nibbles, the ladies tested the Dyson V6 Absolute against my regular vacuum cleaner.  Some of the challenges they performed included vacuuming up dry cereal off a hardwood floor, sucking up ribbons from the rug, cobwebs from the corner of the ceiling, and vacuuming under a chair.  Throughout the challenges I repeatedly heard the ladies say how surprised they were by the Dyson's power, and how well it swivelled and turned on a dime.
Let the Games Begin!
Take a look at how the Dyson V6 Absolute compared to my regular vacuum cleaner.  If you watched the video above, the results are hard to argue with.  The cordless Dyson did a better job at cleaning, and a much faster job too!

The Results Are In
Then it was time for my famous cherry cheesecake.  As usual, there was not a crumb left on anyone's plate and it was very well-received.
My Famous Cherry Cheesecake and Coffee
Lastly, it was time for lootbags as the party drew to a close.  As my guests prepared to leave, I got not one but two requests to take my Dyson home to try out some more.  Nice one, guys, but take your hands off my Dyson!
Dyson Bags All In a Row
Do you own a Dyson vacuum cleaner?  Are you satisfied with the vacuum that you're currently using?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Kid's Releases on Bluray & DVD This Month! (October 2015)

Kid's New Bluray/DVD Releases - October 2015
With the cooler fall weather, has come some great kid's bluray and dvd releases to warm the spirit.  Movies like Adventure Time: The Enchiridion (Oct 6), Disney's Aladdin: Diamond Edition (Oct 13), Disney's Tomorrowland (Oct 13) and The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series (Oct 20).  Watching family movies in my household is a popular evening pastime, and we love having a bluray and DVD library of favourites at our fingertips.  

October 2015 Kid's New Releases (Bluray/DVD):  

Adventure Time: The Enchiridion on DVD (Oct 6) - The Enchiridion is an ancient book with codes of conduct, guidelines, and other helpful information for heroes. Watch heroes Finn and Jake unlock the secrets in this 16 (full length episode) DVD, all originating from the Adventure Time hit-series.  

Aladdin: Diamond Edition on blu-ray/DVD combo pack (Oct 13) - With the assistance of a 10,000-year-old, comedic, shape-shifting Genie (Robin Williams), street-dwelling Aladdin and self-confident Princess Jasmine work together to foil evil sorcerer Jafar's plan to rule the kingdom!

Tomorrowland on blu-ray/DVD combo pack (Oct 13) - To save the world from disaster, a science-minded teenage girl and an inventor (George Clooney) join forces to visit futuristic "Tomorrowland", where evil machines and robots abound. 

The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series on DVD (Oct 20) - This 15-disc set contains all 91 episodes of the popular series, which follows the Thornberry family as they travel the world in their Communications Vehicle (or CommVee) looking for rare animals to film. Daughter Eliza learns to speak to animals, and deciphers the lifestyles and habitats of the world’s most exotic creatures

Have your kids or grandkids watched any of these movies or series?  Which ones sound the most interesting?

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Sears Canada "Grow Out Guarantee" Has Your Kid's Clothing Covered & CONTEST!

My Son's New Fall Pjs From Sears
Have you heard of the Sears Canada "Kidvantage" programme? If your child outgrows a Sears clothing item during the school year, simply exchange it for the next size up! This "Grow Out Guarantee" covers sizes 4-16 (girls) and 4-18 (boys). Read more about the Kidvantage programme HERE!

As the mom to 5 kids, ages 5- to 10-years old, I have made use of the Kidvantage Grow Out Guarantee previously--and wrote about the Kidvantage programme previously in this blog post.  If you are planning on making use of the guarantee, may I suggest that you have the:
  1. original (legible) receipt and 
  2. corresponding fabric label, still attached to the clothing (so that they can cross-reference the item).  
I take this one step further, and keep the original price tag with my receipt, and store them together in an envelope.  This can be useful, if the receipt had faded over time.

Did you know that the Sear's Kids Room carries brands such as Nike, Adidas, Converse, Carter’s, Osh Kosh, Levi’s, DC, Jockey, Joe Boxer and more?

“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Sears and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

WIN 1 of 10 $25 Sears Canada gift cards from, Sears Canada and PTPA!  Contest open to Canada and ends on October 29th, 2015.

How to Enter:
Use the entry form below to enter the contest, and follow the instructions.  GOOD LUCK!

Sears Kids Room Giveaway

Monday, September 14, 2015

Nairn’s Oat Cookies & Crackers Now Available in Canada & CONTEST!

Nairn's Oat Cookies & Crackers!
If you've been reading recently, chances are good that your mouth has been watering and you've gone straight into snacking mode.  Now with the kids and grandkids back in school, snacks are definitely top of mind, especially when they come home famished!
Greek Yogurt, Strawberries & Nairn's Crackers
My own kids get so hungry after school, that I bring a mini picnic basket to tide them over until we make it home.  Many a day, our snack basket also feeds the kids' friends, en route to our home for a playdate!
Hummus, Veggies & Nairn's Crackers
What do I usually pack in my mini picnic basket?  Fruit, veggies, and crackers and cheese always satiate the kids' hunger and provide good nutrition until dinner.
Berries, Nut Butter and Nairn's Crackers
My kids' school is nut-free, so I save peanut butter (and anything that looks like peanut butter) for our time at home.
Salsa, Sandwich Meat and Nairn's Crackers
For between meal kid snacks, I find that crackers are not as heavy as sandwich bread.  It's easy to pair chicken or turkey breast sandwich meat with crackers, and a tempting dip like salsa for an added zing.  This is also an easy lunch for a finicky child, like my eldest, who recently decided to eat a lighter school lunch each day.
Nairn's Cheese Flavoured Crackers! {Drool}
I save "treat food" like cookies until after dinner, to keep their appetites alive.  Look at this tempting choice from Nairn's, below!  Did you spy chocolate?
Nairn's Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies! {Faint}
Have you heard of or tasted Nairn's Scottish Oat Crackers and Cookies?  The company has been around since 1896!  The cookies are available in Dark Chocolate, Stem Ginger, and Mixed Berry flavours.  And the crackers come in Cheese, Organic Oats, or Roughly Milled Oats varieties.  
All of these Nairn's products are made from wheat-free recipes with whole grain oats. They are high in fibre, naturally energizing to keep you or the kids going throughout the day, and allow you to switch a refined grain for a whole grain.

Take a look at these healthier Scottish Organic Oat snack crackers, which are great for families at home or on the go!
  • Organic whole grain oats (89%)
  • A source of fiber
  • Wheat-free
  • Zero trans- or hydrogenated fats
  • No added sugar, GM ingredients, artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
Where to Buy? 
Nairn’s Oat Cookies and Crackers are available at major grocery stores across Canada, including Loblaws, London Drugs, Sobeys, Metro, Foodland, Longo’s, Highland Farms, Whole Foods Market, Overwaitea, and independent health food stores.
Nairn's All Dressed Up in Guacamole!

Check out the NEW Nairn's Canada Facebook page for the guacamole recipe, shown above!  They will be featuring back-to-school lunches on their new Facebook page this fall. 

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Win 1 of 3 Delectable (and Edible) Nairn's Gift Packs From!

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WIN 1 of 3 gift packs of Nairn's products inside a designer tin from!  Prize includes a sampling of six delicious flavours of Nairn's Oat Cookies and Crackers, all made from wheat-free recipes with whole grain oats!  Keep it for yourself, or gift it to someone special! Contest open to Canada, and ends on Monday October 12th, 2015.  

How to Enter:
Leave a COMMENT below stating which Nairn's Oat Cookies or Nairn's Oat Crackers you would like to try the most.  Then use the entry form below to enter the contest.  GOOD LUCK!
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