Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kelloggs Rice Krispie Treat Bird's Nests #PreschoolActivities

I like to pretend that I'm a great baker, but actually I'm not. Icing can hide a multitude of kitchen mistakes though.  I was inspired to make a no-bake treat with my Princess in honour of our Easter celebrations this weekend.

For this activity I used the original Rice Krispie Treat recipe located on the cereal box as inspiration. Instead of the recommended 1/4 cup of margarine, I used 1/4 chocolate syrup and 2 tablespoons of margarine. I also omitted the vanilla extract.

Line muffin pans with paper liners and spray with a small amount of non stick spray.  Fill with 2 heaping tablespoons of prepared Rice Krispie Treat mixture. Top with candy, icing, or sprinkles.

Other items used include:
muffin pan liners
jelly beans
candy coated chocolate eggs
prepared icing in any colour you choose
marshmallow chicks

Yields about 24-36 treats depending on how big you make them.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Kellogg Canada blogger community I receive perks occasionally. All opinions remain honest and my own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Tisket A Tasket, A Toothbrush in My Basket #KinderMom

Yes I'm the kind of parent that gives a toothbrush to my kid
a few times a year. She gets one in her Christmas stocking,
Easter basket, and birthday gift in the summer.
 Easter is kind of a big deal in my house and has been since I was a little girl. It truly is a family celebration without the restraints and stresses of holiday shopping for the perfect gift that no one really even needs. We prepare for our celebrations by donating to our local foodbank. Holidays can be a stressful time for families on a fixed/low income so foodbanks can help ease some of their stress.

I am going to spend a lot of time in my own kitchen preparing for our big Easter dinner, and preparing many different kinds of treats. This year I will be making a bunny cake and my famous birds nest chocolate cookies.
For the first time, I will set up a small
egg hunt at home using the Kinder Egg Hunt Kit.
 As for egg hunt traditions, I haven't organized many egg hunts, but instead build gift baskets that are uniquely tailored for the child who is receiving it. Easter inspires me to share the JOY of the Spring season.  I am donating 24 Kinder Surprise eggs to my after school program at work along with fun pencils to hunt for on Easter Monday since the daycare is open. Since Kinder Surprise eggs are peanut free and contain a toy within the creamy chocolate shell-it's like two gifts in one.
What is Kinder® doing to Share the Joy?
"Once again, Kinder® has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and will be providing 12 Easter basket kits to CMN hospitals. As well, Kinder® will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America."
How do you celebrate Easter?

“Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thank a Volunteer This Week April 6-12.

I have worked for a great organization since 2001.  Great because of the services they provide for individuals and families, and for the equal opportunities they provide in staffing their hundreds of programs and facilities.  The YMCA also has hundreds of volunteers that contribute to the successful operation of many fitness classes and programs that serve the community. This week my local Durham YMCA is inviting members to thank a volunteer by stopping by the membership desk and filling out a thank you card to give our hard working volunteers a pat on the back.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored nor endorsed by the YMCA. Photo credit: YMCA GTA blog.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hallmark Canada Itty Bittys #Giveaway (CAN Only 04/20)


Itty Bittys retail for $6.95 each, bundle up and collect them all.

These super cute collectables are popular around here. We just got the Springtime Mickey and Minnie to add to the Valentines Mickey and Minnie pair from earlier this year.

For a limited time, in Hallmark Canada stores, 
buy 3 Itty Bittys and receive 1 free.

One lucky Humble Pie reader will receive one pair of Itty Bittys to start their own collection.

Disclosure: I receive perks as part of my involvement with the Hallmark Canada Press Pause Panel.  All opinions on this blog are honest and my own. Photo credits: Hallmark Canada

Pretty Memo Board from @Hallmark_Canada Spring 2014 {Product Review}

"This family is busy, beautiful, and blessed."
Magnetic memo board retails for $24.95
My new favourite Hallmark Canada product is this pretty memo board. It is just the right touch of colour I was looking to freshen up my kitchen for Spring. This would also be a nice house warming or Mother's Day gift.  I don't have a lot of disposable income to buy new things for my house each season. Instead I look for ways to rearrange the furniture and accessories I have and add one or two small items to brighten up each space.  This product isn't just pretty, it is also practical. With six magnets to help pin some of my receipts or notes for easy access.  Instead of being shoved in the kitchen junk drawer. Don't deny it...we all have one.

Disclosure: I receive occasional perks as part of my involvement with the Hallmark Press Pause Panel.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My 4 Year Blog Anniversary Spring Giveaway $20 GC or Paypal {Can Only 04/25}

Well, I've been away a month and wanted a fresh start. The blue skies out my window and wearing my favourite Spring coat have put me in a good mood.  This month I will celebrate 4 years as a blogger. Though I haven't reached the heights of some of my colleagues, the blog has morphed and served my own purposes over the years. Thanks for reading and following me on my parenting journey!

I'm giving away a $20 GC as the start of my blog anniversary party.
I can negotiate what gift card you may like based on what stores I have near me, or send a paypal gift!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have fun and play nice!

Disclosure:  This post is not sponsored or endorsed by any brands mentioned within. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.