Author Archives: Marya R

One Dollar Sanity Saver – Keeping Kids Occupied

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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 »

4 Simple Steps to Bring New Life to Worn Running Shoes

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am getting a little tired of this “Back-to-School” money gouge. I heard today that it costs the average Canadian child over $425 in back to school items!! I know that there are many expenses that are unavoidable, but I’ve been trying to cut corners whenever possible, and have found footwear to ... Read More »

Back to School Life Lessons from Netflix #Streamteam

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In just two weeks, we will be saying goodbye to summer. An end to laid-back, relaxed days, and a return to routines and schedules. It can be a little nerve-wracking for everyone involved. Our 5-year old is now in Senior Kindergarten without his big brother in class with him – big changes. The 6-year old is in Grade 1 – ... Read More »

Packing for Vacation WITH Kids in Just 10 Minutes

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We love going away as a family – whether it’s a quick trip to the grandparents’ house, a weekend away, or a week of camping. Unfortunately, though, the majority of the packing falls on my shoulders. I don’t mind it very much, but it is very time-consuming. After a few years of this, mostly out of necessity, we came up ... Read More »

GLAD for GOODWILL #Donate4Good

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You have probably followed my sister Jenn’s process of selling her house, over the past few months.  Moving is a great incentive to get rid of excess “stuff” – first by getting your house ready to sell, then by packing everything, then by unpacking and deciding what to do with everything.   We went through the whole process ourselves 2.5 ... Read More »

Dragons: Race to the Edge! #StreamTeam

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 I don’t know about your families, but our boys are always ready for adventure!  Whether it’s ninjas, pirates, or superheroes, their dramatic play always involves heroes and excitement! As they fight the invisible bad guys, they develop so many skills, and feed their active imaginations.  That’s why they were so excited to hear that Netflix had a new series about ... Read More »

Taco Salad & Giveaway #GayLeaMom

Taco salad - perfect for picnics

We love summer here at our house. We change gears from the fast-paced school days to some laid-back summer fun days! One of our favourite day trips is to head out to the beach. We pack a lot of snacks and spend most of the day there. Everyone has a great time and comes home exhausted! With these laid-back days, ... Read More »

Boredom Buster: Old Electronics “Repair”

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Kids always love to “fix” things – toy hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers are a staple of toddler play. So a great way to extend that play is to work with old electronics! Kids always wonder how things work, or what is inside. Old clock radios, stereos, phones, and even electronic toys are great to work with.  All you need is ... Read More »