Waiting Made Fun With The New Nintendo 2DS XL!

Nintendo 2DS XL

DISCLAIMER: We received product and compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Go here, be there, do this, there is always something on the calendar! Life is busy; schedules happen! With this being the first big year of homework, we have been struggling to find that balance. Between extracurricular, homework and just simply being a child, it’s been tough. Turning car rides into screen time, the New Nintendo 2DS XL (which is pre-installed with Mario Kart 7) keeps Ava entertained with the desired screen time she wants.

Nintendo 2DS XL

One of my favourite things about the New Nintendo 2DS XL is that it’s portable. This portable gaming system means that Ava has something she doesn’t have to share with her sister and it truly is the perfect entry-level system for kids as young as 6 years old.

Nintendo 2DS XL
Nintendo Selects games offer a large selection of classic Nintendo games for only $29.99 , such as Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario 3D Land, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and the New Super Mario Bros.2

Did I mention that the New Nintendo 2DS XL comes with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed and you could play with characters like Mario, Luigi, and Pikachu.

Nintendo has several portable gaming system options—from the Nintendo 2DS to the New Nintendo 2DS XL and New Nintendo 3DS XL your family can find a system that fits your needs and budget (prices range from $109.99 to $239.99). Both the New Nintendo 2DS XL and Nintendo 2DS come with an AC adapter; however, you must purchase it separately for the 3DS.

With all the different options and features, it’s a matter of figuring out which personal portable gaming system works best for your budget.  With 3 different personal gaming systems, your child will get that high-quality game experience they want, at the low price you need!

Nintendo 2DS XL

Those long car rides to soccer practices and games can be tiring. With Ava’s personal New Nintendo 2DS XL, we can still let kids be kids. We can avoid screen time all we want but for some kids playing video games is part of being a kid!

To learn more about these Portable Nintendo Gaming Systems & Games visit them on Facebook or check out the website! Happy Gaming!

 

Goodbye Boring Sandwich! Hello Soft & Delicious Flatbread Recipe

delicious flatbread

School Lunches..I’ve been at it for a few years now and it sucks folks, I get it! I don’t judge you for secretly kind of resenting your child for requiring 3 meals a day! It’s something about school lunches that particularly turn children half demonic. Not anymore! This delicious flatbread recipe will calm your child’s angry in a hurry!

Of course, you understand, no one wants to eat a sandwich every single day for lunch and nor do you want to be in the routine of making one every day! With all the food allergies out there, feeding your children is getting harder and harder! We’ve tried it all and nothing speaks to Ava more than my homemade flatbread!

delicious flatbread

It’s so incredibly easy to make and she’ll even let me put spinach on it!! Yup that’s right, the big green leaf that most kids hate, as long as I keep the flatbread coming, she’ll eat spinach. #momwin

It boggled my mind that Ava would eat Subway flatbread sandwiches but turned her nose up at almost anything I would send to school with her. Turns out, she just really liked the Flatbread! I began making my own at home and now school lunches are something Ava enjoys!

delicious flatbread

Ready to make your own delicious flatbread? Let’s get cooking!

Flatbread Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Very Warm Water
  • 2-2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. If you have a stand mixer, use the bowl of your mixer with the dough hook attached. Mix together all the listed ingredients. Knead the dough for 5 minutes in the machine or 8-10 minutes by hand.

  2. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until doubled which is about one hour. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and cover them with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out the pieces of dough into 6-8 inch circles. Dry fry them on a hot frying pan 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are puffed a bit with some browned spots. If they are taking longer to cook, increase your heat so that they don’t dry out.

  3. Stack the cooked flatbread on a wire rack to cool down and then store in a plastic bag after they have cooled.

ps… This also makes for amazing flatbread for a DIY Pizza making night! More dinner ideas? Check out my Pinterest Board for more ideas!

Add a side of Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad for the perfect well-rounded lunch!

delicious flatbread
Yup that’s spinach you see there!!

Need more lunch ideas? Try our Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

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delicious flatbread

 

4 Easy Ways to Create Successful Family Routines

Disclaimer: In this post about family routines, we received some product in exchange as a perk of being an Easy Daysies Mombassador. Some product was already ours! All opinions expressed are 100% my own, and as always, if I don’t love it, I don’t share it!

School is back in, you’re trying to settle into the routine of waking up and getting out the door. There are so many things to remember, the lists just go on and on. We’ve been at the school game for a few years now, however, each year we struggle almost the same as the first year! With an army of products we rely on and a few new ones, this is how we survive family routines

#1. Easy Daysies- My Day Home collection

Each of us girls has our own Easy Daysie Magnetic Schedule because let’s be honest, life happens and anything we can do to make it simpler is welcome! I learned early on in parenting that as long as the job gets done, does it matter what order it happens in? Not really… pick your battle. We have X amount of things to do to get our of the house so let’s give them a visual image reminding them of what needs to happen, let them pick the order and see the joy as they check off their to-do list like mama!

Made of 70% recycled material, these Easy Daysies Magnetic Schedules have been on my must-have list for months now. We all have a bit of anxiety especially in the morning when life happens quickly and this helps children become more co-operative, independent, & less anxious.

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#2. BIC Stationary Pens

Come on now.. who doesn’t love a good pen?! Pens are kind of one of those unwritten (no pun intended) essentials for keeping organized. How many times have you been looking for a pen and cannot find one anywhere? Lots right?! So you know BIC Cristal pens and our BIC Gel-Ocity Quick Dry pens are important and how nothing makes a type A mama feel better than a color-coordinated calendar! Maybe you’re a doodler? Who doesn’t love a fun little doodle in a bright color to bring joy to your day!

family routines

#3. Notebook/Day Planner

Next to my Day Planner is my notebook, always a notebook. Sometimes a good blog title just happens and if you’re not ready with good pens and a notebook then did it even happen? I usually have 2 or 3 notebooks stashed in my bag when I’m feeling exceptionally creative or am out with the kids around and cannot think straight!

My Black on Black 100 year Limited Edition Notebook from Hilroy, is where I make notes, scribbles and all the ramblings of my day. When the idea is permanent and a plan is set, it’ll find it’s way over to the more stylish Notes book from Hilroy.

family routines

and last but definitely not least.. #4 Google Home

There are far too many questions that I don’t remember the answers to. Goodness, when did homework get so hard? Our Google Home has become a part of our family routines as it helps with math, spelling to knock-knock jokes and more! When in doubt, ask Google!

Routines are what make the world go around. Having visuals is so important not only for kids but for us too! Probably why I create to do “piles” on my kitchen table! With all of these tools in place, we are all destined for success.

Do we still have bumps in the road? Sure do! Are we still going to have bumps in the road? More than likely? Do these 4 tools help us create successful family routines? We wouldn’t be here without them!

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3 Simple Ingredients For a Delicious Baked Garlic Butter Chicken

You look up and suddenly it’s almost 5 pm and I realize my family may want to eat dinner.  With nothing planned, panic sets in. I have plenty of butter, garlic, and chicken on hand but that doesn’t necessarily make a dinner. Or does it? Introducing Baked Garlic Butter Chicken, not to be confused with Butter Chicken!

Garlic Butter Chicken

Paired with any of your favourite sides, these 3 simple ingredients turn into a delicious  Baked Garlic Butter Chicken in a real hurry! You can also use any of the butter & garlic mixture on top of steamed veggies for some extra flavour!

From stove to table in 40 minutes, those busy nights when the kids need to be fed again and you’re looking for a semi-healthy option, this is a must! It’s one of our go-to meals and all the extra garlic will be sure to help keep both the colds and vampires away! You’re welcome!

Garlic Butter Chicken

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Baked Garlic Butter Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3 cloves Minced Garlic
  • t tsp Rosemary butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3-5 Chicken breasts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a baking dish with a pat of butter.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper; arrange chicken in a single layer in prepared baking dish and set aside.
  3. Add butter to a skillet and melt over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently. DO NOT burn the garlic.
  4. Stir in the rosemary butter and remove from heat.
  5. Pour the prepared garlic butter over the chicken breasts.
  6. Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until chicken's internal temperature is 165F.
  7. Remove from oven and let stand a couple minutes.
  8. Transfer chicken to serving plates; spoon a little bit of the garlic butter sauce over the chicken and serve.

 

Garlic Butter Chicken

Garlic Butter Chicken

Need some side dish inspiration? Try our Tomato Garlic Salad Recipe or event our Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe.

Looking for something a bit more fun? Try out Cheeseburger Spring Roll Recipe, Or maybe you’d fancy our Thai Spring Rolls? If you’re looking for something really fun and kid friendly, try our Chicken Cordon Bleu Poppers

When in doubt, head over to my Pinterest board for more ideas!

 

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Garlic Butter Chicken

Being A Sugar Wise Family After A 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Kellogg and have received compensation for this Sugar Wise post. All opinions are my own.

At the beginning of the summer, I completed 30 days sugar-free. Like many other Canadians, I was looking for ways to reduce my sugar intake and become sugar wise. During my challenge, I tracked the sugar content I was removing from my diet. It sat in a container on the kitchen counter for all to see.

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2 weeks into my sugar free challenge

I had done my research about going sugar-free responsibly. I was mindful that this was initially my challenge and hoped it would help educate my entire family. Reading the ingredient lists was frustrating as you learn many different names used to say sugar or sweetener.

Thankfully as I grew up eating various Kellogg’s cereals, the cereal aisle is not as torturous. Kellogg Canada encourages Canadians to main a well-balanced lifestyle by including Kellogg’s cereals as part of your day. Looking for the bright blue Sugar Wise TM logo made finding options for both me and the girls so much easier!

Sugar Wise

Kellogg’s Sugar Wise TM cereals include time-honoured and trusted favourites like Special K® Original, Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Rice Krispies® Brown Rice and Crispix®.

Sugar aware parents can take comfort in knowing that Kellogg Canada also offers Sugar WiseTM cereals. These 5 different cereals have simply 1-4 grams of sugar which help us feel good about eating and serving these cereals to our families. Starting my girls’ day with a nutritious breakfast is a welcome piece of mind. I know that my girls are getting the energy they need to make the most of every morning.

Sugar Wise

In a recent conversation with my Dad over a bowl of Rice Krispies, it was obvious that Kellogg’sCrispix’s is one of my favourite cereals and knowing it is a great source of 8 essential vitamins and minerals was a huge help coming out of my sugar-free challenge.  My Dad still starts his workday with a healthy 3 grams of sugar serving of Corn Flakes as he prefers the taste over all other cereals!

After seeing the amount of sugar that can be unknowingly consumed, Kellogg’s cereals are always welcome in my home! Offering a variety of great tasting, nutritiouscereals specifically with you and your family in mindand to help start the day right and with the wholesome simplicity of wheat, corn or rice (i.e. Simple Grains). #SugarWise #KelloggPartner

Sugar Wise With Kellogg's

To learn more about Kellogg’s“Sugar WiseTM” cereal offerings, please visit www.kelloggs.ca 

Leave us a comment below telling us your favourite breakfast cereal!

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