Holiday Style Picks from @LandsEnd and enter to win a $50 giftcard!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Just because winter equals bundling up and many layers, doesn’t mean it’s time to sacrifice style. Lands’ End—the classically American lifestyle brand offering authentic and nautical style—believes that both warmth and style go hand-in-hand when it comes to layering pieces and selecting outerwear. 

This year’s outerwear must-haves are offered in a variety of flattering silhouettes for every occasion while the holiday collection highlights trending patterns in plaid and tartan.
Whether it’s a dressed-up coat for holiday parties, a down jacket for the kids or a warm parka for day-to-day, Lands’ End offers the perfect selection to keep the whole family warm and chic when the temperature dips below zero.

Here are just some of my favourite style picks for the Holiday Season.

I want you to pop over LandsEnds and pick out your favourites.
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Here are some of my favourite His & Her style picks.

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December #StreamTeam feature: Calling all party animals!

Get ready to move it, move it -- on Dec. 19 the first five episodes of All Hail King Julien, a totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane new series, will arrive on Netflix. A favourite character from the Madagascar franchise, King Julien will take on the jungle's craziest adventures in the new comedy series, along with his loyal sidekicks Maurice and Mort plus a whole new cast of colourful animals.
Netflix is gearing up with the biggest party animal for the biggest party of the year -- New Year's Eve and King Julien wants to move it, move it!  I think a King Julien News Years Eve Party is in the works at EMB HQ.

Can't wait 'til Dec.19? Here's a little something to entertain you and kiddo's Madagascar style!

Waffles! Waffles! Waffles! Our favourite waffle makers from @BrevilleCanada #giveaway

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I've got some amazing waffle recipes for you!  I've discovered a fabulous vintage cook book that has the best waffles I've made and I hope you'll enjoy them too.

I've recently had the pleasure to review two types of waffles makers from Breville Canada.
The first one I adore for big groups or when we have friends when family visits over for brunch.  It's the Smart Waffle 4 piece.  Easy to clean up, 5 settings to choose from which are: Classic. Belgium, Chocolate, Buttermilk and Custom.

With this I made a kid classic.  Banana Walnut Waffles and served my kiddo's freshly squeezed orange juice blended with banana.  A nice weekend treat.
Banana Nut Waffles:
1 1/2 cups of regular all-purpose flour(sift before measuring)
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 finely chopped walnuts
1 tsp of grated orange peel
2 eggs separated
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
1/4 salad oil ( I just use grapeseed oil)
1/2 cup of mashed ripe banana's

Sift flour again and with baking powder, sugar, salt and soda into a bowl.  Stir in nuts and orange peel.  Beat egg yolks with buttermilk, oil, and mashed bananas: blend with dry ingredients.  Whip egg whites until they hold peaks, and fold them into the batter.  Bake on preheated waffle griddle until medium brown.  Serve topped with sliced bananas, melted butter and syrup.

Thinking of a more savoury dinner type of waffle to use with the Smart Waffle 4 piece waffle maker?
Try this!

Sour Cream Waffles with Shrimp and Mushrooms
1 1/2 cups of regular all-purpose flour(sift before measuring)
1 tsp of baking powder
3/4 tsp of baking soda
3/4 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of caraway seed
2 eggs (beaten)
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of salad oil (I use grapeseed)

Sift flour again with baking powder, soda and salt.  Add the caraway seed.  Mix beaten eggs, sour cream, milk and salad oil.  Blend with dry ingredients until mixed.  Bake in your waffle maker on lower setting.  Keep warm in the oven before serving at 200F.

Shrimp-Mushroom topping
1/2 pound of mushrooms, minced
2 tbsp of fresh minced parsley
4 tbsp of melted butter
1 tsp of caraway seed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 pd of cooked medium shrimp
1 cup of sour cream
2 tbsp of sherry (optional)

Saute mushrooms and parsley in butter until mushrooms are cooked.  Sprinkle caraway seed and salt.  Stir in shrimp. Heat through.  Stir in sour cream(and sherry if desired) and heat until just heated through.  Serve on top of waffles.

I love this little waffle maker.  It doesn't take up too much room and it's perfect for little hands to grab thanks to the size of the triangular waffles.  I use this the most and the settings are great for that perfect waffle.  It's called The No Mess Waffle maker and I sure hope Santa will have one under the tree for you!  Priced  at $169.99.
If you're looking for a wonderful Christmas morning waffle to make let me tell you about the Gingerbread Waffle pictured above.  Your home will smell heavenly!  Poached sweetened apples or apple sauce makes a nice accompaniment.

Gingerbread Waffles
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light molasses
2 eggs separated
1 cup of milk
2 cups of regular flour (sift before measuring)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp of salt

Cream together the butter and brown sugar.  Beat in the molasses and egg yolks and milk.  Sift flour again with baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.  Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Stir in dry ingredients into creamed mixture then fold the beaten egg whites.  Pour batter into the waffle maker and set to your preference.

Lemon Custard Sauce:
Using an electric mixer beat 3 eggs with 1 cup of sugar until thick and pale yellow.  Beat in 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel, dash of salt and 2 tablespoons of butter.
Pour into top of double boiler and cook, stirring over simmering water about 15 minutes until mixture is slightly thickened and coats a spoon.  Serve warm or cooled.

Ginger Cream:
Whip 1 cup of heavy cream with 2 teaspoons of sugar; fold in 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger.

Never buy frozen again with this recipe!
If you'd like to skip buying prepre madeozen waffles you can make your own with this recipe.  I just pop in the toaster.  Super easy, super yummy and great for a quick breakfast.

Rich Waffles
1 1/2 cups of regular alll-purpose flour(sift before measuring)
3 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp sugar
3 eggs separated
1 cup of light cream (I used 18%!)
1/4 cup melted butter

Sift flour again with baking powder, salt and sugar.  Beat egg yolks with cream and melted butter. Mix into dry ingredients.  Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry and fold them in.  Bake in your waffle maker.  
Serve with Honey Butter
Beat 1/2 cup of butter until creamy and gradually beat in 1/4 cup honey. Spoon into a bowl.
So these are my favourite waffle recipes.  I think you'll enjoy them all and with Christmas around the corner I hope you'll make the Gingerbread waffle.  Kids love them.

And because I love my No Mess Waffle Maker from Breville Canada...Guess what!  I am giving one away.
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*recipes were found on Breakfast & Brunch, circa 1966 by Sunset Books

Innotab Max from Vtech #2014HolidayGiftGuide

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Christmas Season V-tech has just recently launched the new Innotab MAX from v-tech.  VTech’s 4th generation kids’ learning tablet has a variety of great new features.  We like it for the age appropriate content,  it durable and has an ever expanding educational apps you can purchase that your child will never tire of.
You know kids love speed.  InnoTab® MAX is the fastest 7" kids’ tablet that gives your child the best of both learning worlds with a unique combination of our educator-supported learning library and carefully selected educational Android apps for years of learning fun!
Kids can send and receive voice messages, photos, drawings and more to and from iPhone® and Android smartphones.   I love sending my son secret messages this way.  Mostly saying "I love you"!

Who is InnoTab Max for? 
Kids aged 3-9.

What we like about it?
  • The battery power on this is actually pretty good too.  
  • It's multitouch screen is clear and vibrant.  
  • It has built in tutorials 
  • a progress log and parental settings 
  • educated supported
  •  plays your own video 
  • MP3 player
  • offers a Wifi Safe web experience
  • Supports cartridges and android apps
  • Rotating Camera

Where to buy? It's on sale!  Visit

InnoTAB Max is a wonderful tablet targeted for kids. Parents.  Claim your iPads back and get vtech.

#Giveaway! Teaching your kids about financial literacy‏ with @RateSuperMarket #RSMrewards

Thursday, December 11, 2014

December marks the official beginning of the holiday season, but it also signifies a time of high spending with gift-giving, family get-togethers and parties. This can come at a price, and most Canadians work hard to manage their finances among the holiday cheer. is here to help with free, up to date information on the latest Canadian personal finance offers, guides, tips and articles to ensure you get more from your holiday purchases. 

This holiday season, also wants to help moms teach their little ones about spending, saving and personal finance at a time where spending is at an all-time high and kids see mom opening her pocketbook more often. Here are a few tips and tricks to educate your little ones on financial literacy.

Five tips for teaching your kids about money:
1. Start early. It’s never too early to talk to your children about financial responsibility. Start as soon as they're able to count and make money the topic of regular family discussions. Enjoy a fun family night with Monopoly or The Game of Life to teach the importance of making smart money decisions. Monopoly can help children learn the importance of budgeting and setting aside an emergency fund. The Game of Life demonstrates how focusing on education can increase earning potential. A cash register and toy store can teach them that buying goods/presents comes at a cost. These lessons are especially important during the holiday season where they are due to receive cash gifts or gift cards – you can educate them on the importance of spending wisely.

2. Want VS. need. We’ve all heard kids proclaim they NEED a toy or new gaming console. Don’t give them everything they ask for and don’t feel guilty about it. It’s important that children understand the difference between needs and wants, and that they may have to wait to buy something they desire. This will help encourage them to make sensible spending decisions.

3. Teach your child to save regularly and plan purchases. Set up a process for saving money, whether in a piggy bank for young children or a bank account if they’re older. Regularly monitor to see how much they’ve saved and introduce goals for saving and planning larger purchases. You can find out which bank account on the market is best for your child's needs here.

4. Money means choice. Money is a finite resource, and therefore it is crucial for children to learn how to make wise choices about spending. If your kids are young, during story time read them a book that teaches the basics of budgeting and saving. Remember to chat through lessons-learned at the end.
If you have a young adult, test out the Rewards Calculator on It's a quick, four-step tool that identifies which available credit card provides the best rewards for your needs (cash back, travel, gas or specialty rewards) based on your current, everyday spending habits.

5. Lead by example. As a parent, you have a great deal of influence on your little ones, especially when it comes to financial habits. Children have a tendency to copy their parents’ behaviour, so be open about your spending habits and savings goals, and try to limit the amount of shopping trips you take as a leisure activity. They might start to think money is unlimited and spending is fun. 

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