Author Archives: Marya R

Holiday Sanity Savers with GLAD #GLADfortheholidays

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I have posted many times before that this is my absolute favourite time of year. I have also talked about how it is important to slow down and enjoy the time, rather than getting caught up in the “stress” that seems to appear this time of year. We see it all around  - “only 4 weeks to Christmas.” “Are you ... Read More »

How to Fix Bamboo Flooring Scratches in Minutes

How to fix bamboo flooring scratches in minutes with one simple item!

I’ve never been a big fan of dark flooring. In our previous house we put down some light, neutral-toned vinyl flooring, and it was wonderful – it hid everything! Four kids plus a cat was no match for that floor! And then we moved to our lovely new home, where the owners thought that dark bamboo flooring would look nice. ... Read More »

Free McDonald’s Coffee AGAIN!

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Just in case you may have missed it, McDonalds Canada will be giving away a free small coffee! Every day from November 20-26, 2015! I really like their coffee (and of course, I LOVE free stuff!).  And even with the free coffee, you still get to collect the stickers which count towards another free McCafe beverage!  I like to save ... Read More »

Conquer Clutter This Holiday Season

How to conquer clutter this holiday season - four great tips to help you out!

If you couldn’t tell, Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year! There are so many reasons why, from the great music, to the food, friends & family, the decorations…pretty much everything! But with all the busy-ness, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with clutter, as normal household chores get left undone sometimes. Here are some ways to prevent that from ... Read More »

Groceries to Stock Up on During Holiday Sales

Groceries to stock up on during holiday sales

We are entering my favourite time of the year – Thanksgiving, then my birthday, Halloween, and then Christmas!  Lots of fun family time, and lots of GREAT food!! There are a few grocery items that are often really cheap during the week or two heading up to these holidays. These items are great to use for any meal, not just ... Read More »

10 Minute Cheddar Cheese Sauce #GayLeaMom

10 Minute Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Now that school has started, life has gotten a lot busier and more scheduled. Not only is there school and homework, but there are birthday parties, sports, piano lessons, and evening kids’ clubs. So with this busyness in life, I love simple but delicious meal ideas. This 10 Minute Cheddar Cheese sauce is so quick to make, and is so ... Read More »

One Dollar Sanity Saver – Keeping Kids Occupied

One dollar sanity saver

These days I don’t carry a diaper bag around with me anymore (hurray!!!). And while I’m thrilled with not having to lug all that stuff around, I do miss a few things. First of all, having wipes around – they were great for everything!  Second is having something to give the kids to occupy them if we’re waiting – at ... Read More »

Ground Beef Hack – Simplifying Dinner Prep

Ground beef dinner hack

I love making life easier. Any sort of tip or trick to make meal prep faster and easier is great to learn. And while I love cooking meals and casseroles with ground beef, it takes a certain amount of forethought. Get the meat out the night before. Thaw it in the fridge. Put it in the frying pan and start ... Read More »

No-Bake Chocolate Cookies – #GayLeaMom

These not-bake chocolate cookies are perfect for an after-school snack! #GayLeaMom

Even though summer is almost over, we are heading into another week of hot, sticky weather. We haven’t had too much of it this summer, so I am not complaining (especially since it will be cold enough very soon). But the hot weather is not great for baking. I love finding “no-bake” options for snacks and treats. The recipe for these ... Read More »