Author Archives: Marya R

Christmas Shopping in Style #AvionVIP

PicMonkey Collage

We are coming to that time of year again – time to hit the malls in search of that perfect gift.  And while I, myself, have never really been bothered by all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, there are many who are.  But your experience could be greatly improved with just  a few simple services. Imagine this. You ... Read More »

Penguin Craft and Movie #StreamTeam

Penguin craft for little hands

What a wonderful snowy afternoon! The kids spent a few hours outside enjoying the first real snowfall of the year. They were busy shoveling, sledding, and of course, throwing snowballs! We love celebrating the arrival of winter, and so we had a little hot chocolate/popcorn/movie party when they came in.  Since it is winter-y outside but not yet Christmas, we ... Read More »

Bread Bowl Recipe for Soup

Bread Bowl for Soup

Here’s a fun way to serve soup or stew on a cold winter day! This bread bowl recipe is very simple and such a delicious way to spruce up a meal.  It looks very impressive, tastes great, and the best part is that you get to eat the bowl when you are done! The kids love that part (actually, so ... Read More »

Boterkoek – Dutch Butter Cake #GayLeaMom

Boterkoek 7

 Being of Dutch background, I  enjoy traditional Dutch foods: pepernoten, speculaas, croquetten, boerenkoel, dropjes, and many others. I love sharing them with our children, and introducing them to different flavours (yes, a salty black licorice is  delicious!).  And so when I had a chance to share a recipe through the #GayLeaMom program, I wanted to choose a great Dutch recipe.  When you hear Gay ... Read More »

Healthy Snacks for Clean Holiday Eating


 As we have mentioned a few times, Jenn & I are making an attempt to enter this holiday season in a little better shape. Eat a little healthier, move a little more, and be generally more fit.  What I’ve found is that I am completely tempted by all sorts of delicious holiday foods and snacks, so I’ve come up with ... Read More »

Prepping Your Home for Winter


As the days and weeks pass by, we are slowly heading into the winter season. There are so many things to do to prepare, and readying your home is one of them. Here’s a great list we’ve shared over at with a great step-by-step list (or a “honey-do” list).   Prepping Your Home for Winter    Read More »

Incredible Hulk Costume – DIY

Incredible Hulk Costume DIY

My 4-year old recently decided he wanted to have an Incredible Hulk Costume for Halloween! As I’m not a fan of buying entire costumes or spending a lot of money, we decided to make his own. How hard could it be?   As usual, we did a quick Pinterest search for some Incredible Hulk Costume inspiration (and ignored the “Hulk Hogan” costumes) ... Read More »

Exciting New Flavour From KFC #SweetChiliCrunch


Want to hear what top secret adventure I have been up to this past week? I had a chance to join several other bloggers at the test kitchen for KFC Canada, where all the recipes are developed and tested.  We were brought there (hush, hush) to hear about the history of KFC, and more importantly, to learn about their brand new ... Read More »

Travel Hack: When You Forget The Dog Leash

Brilliant travel hack for when you forgot the dog leash!

So we were visiting family for the long weekend. I got my own things packed.  All the kids’ things packed. Even the husband’s things packed. We get to a service station and realize that we did not pack the dog’s things - we forgot the dog leash. As if I don’t have enough to think about when getting ready.  We did grab ... Read More »

Septic care, Giveaway, and Majesta e-z Flush Challenge

For the first 12 years of our marriage, we only had one bathroom. That was fine when it was just the two of us, but after the first, second, third, and fourth child, it became pretty busy and crowded. And so we finally moved to a new house with three bathrooms! Three!  As wonderful as that is, it also comes ... Read More »