Author Archives: Marya R

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 »

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

Vacation

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 »