• Featured ImageKeurig Mix & Match Event!





    Right now on the Keurig website there is a Mix & Match event! 

    Save $4 off every 4 boxes of k-cups! 

    Also FREE shipping on orders $45+

    Hurry! This offer ends July 31/14


    Also go to the site for your chance to win 1 of 15 colourful Keurig machines! (entry at the Keurig site)

    CLICK HERE  to go to the site

  • Featured ImageFun Indoor Activities for Kids





    Rainy days are never fun and a lot of time end up with at least one child saying, “I’m bored!”

    The best way to solve that is have a few things to do for the day to keep the  children busy!

    Here is a easy list of some ideas that you and your children can do together.




    Rainy Day Activities:

    1. Indoor Camping ~ My siblings and I use to do this often indoors. We did it with chairs and sheets or using thumb tacs to hang up sheets on our walls. We use to cover one end of the livingroom to the other with sheets and placed our pillows down for comfort.  We would colour and eat under there. Even watch a movie while laying under there. You can also use an small dome tent if you have one. And set it up inside.

    2. Board Games ~ When I was a kid I loved playing Monopoly on a rainy day. Turn off all electric devices, get some drinks and snacks and play some board games! Fun for the whole family and memories that will last a lifetime! No board games in your home? Get a pen, paper and a hat. Write out words and put them in a hat (movies are also good) and play charades!

    3. Baking ~ Check to see what you have on hand and bake something with the kids. Take it a step further and have them help make supper. A great way to teach them what goes in to preparing a meal. It doesn’t have to be a fancy supper. Do something as simple as sloppy joes with cupcakes for desert!

    4. Movie Day~ Pick a few movies out and sit down with popcorn, snacks and drinks. Enjoy the movies together. (I love doing old 80s movie days)

    5. Have a Tea Party ~ Have each child bring their favourite doll or stuff animal. Make sandwiches & cookies. It doesn’t have to be tea, it can be milk in the tea cups.

    6. Colouring~ Sit down with some crayons and colour with the kids. Put the finished products on the fridge!  Check the Crayola website for free colouring pages you can print. CLICK HERE to go to the site page

    7. Treasure Hunt ~ Hide some objects around the house. (limit the amount of rooms to make it easier. ) Give the children a list of clues. Older they are the harder the clues.


    What are some fun activities for your children to do on a rainy day?


  • Featured ImageEasy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

    Chicken Dumplings


    What You Will Need:

    1 tube of Biscuits

    1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup

    1 10 oz. bag of Frozen Mixed Vegetables

    3 1/2 – 4lbs of shredded Chicken (already cooked)

    1/4 teaspoon of pepper & kosher salt




    1. Set oven for 400 oF

    2. Combine chicken, vegetables, soup, salt & pepper in a bowl with 3/4 of a cup of milk.

    3. Transfer to an oven safe casserole dish.

    4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes

    5. After 15 minutes put biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake them for 15 minutes until baked through.

    6. Remove both casserole dish and biscuits.

    7. Uncover casserole dish and place biscuits on top.

    8. Serve

  • Featured ImageFreshly Picked Glacier Limited Edition Moccasins – Toddler Review

    Freshly Picked ~ A perfect Gift for any Little One ~

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    I opened the box and was delighted to see this lovely bag that was Freshly Picked for the moccasin to keep them in when not being worn! I opened the bag to see the Glacier soft-soled shoes inside! Already envious and wished they fit me I took them out of the bag!! GlacierThey are adorable! Devyn may only be 2 years old but all ready has a passion for shoes. She’s definitely going to be a shoe girl!

    I was curious on how they would fit and stay on her feet.  GENIUS! The very strong elastic is cleverly hidden under the soft leather and cute design! stretchablesideDevyn was getting inpatient as she wanted to “Put them on Mommy” So this was going to be the big test. She’s like the Princess & the pea; if it doesn’t feel just perfect on her feet she is not going to wear them and will be vary quick to tell us they hurt.

    Freshly Picked GlacierThey go on vary easily and so far we have an initial “Oh Pretty” from Devyn. I love the design and how it goes all around the back of the shoe. I ask her to walk around and do the “stand” test to see how she feels about them. Side viewI loved the color Glacier even more in person than who it looked on the website; Freshly Picked gave me the option of which colour I wanted to review.  Butterscotch, Neon Pink, Ebony, Golden Rod, Coral, Huckleberry are just a few of the amazing shades found on their website at Freshly Picked I have 2 granddaughters and I think I’ll be ordering the Blush and Stone Suede for them for Christmas; I’m quite impressed!

    I chose Glacier as I found it would go with more of her clothing especially jeans and a t-shirt! Their pastel shade goes amazing with coral and most every day clothing! I requested size 7 toddler as that is the size Devyn takes in other shoes and they were true to their size! Living in Canada it can sometimes get cold up here so there was room she could put socks on if necessary too and they would not be too tight :)

    I asked Devyn if she wanted Mommy to take them back (That is always the test) No she didn’t want that to happen and when I told her they were featured on Shark Tank she wanted to call all her imaginary friends to tell them!telling I asked her what she would rate them out of 8 (in her world everything is out of 8) She gave them an 8!!

    8outof8I must agree with Devyn; The Freshly Picked soft leather moccasins are very cute, are extremely well put together and Freshly Picked offers a variety of stylish colours. They also offer onsies which would compliment any moccasins as an amazing shower gift.


    You can find Freshly Picked on Facebook, Twitter,  Pinerest,& Instagram. Check them out including thier website and see what stars kids have Freshly Picked on their feet :)





    **I was provided a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins of my color choosing  to review however all opinions expressed are strictly my own & Devyn’s ***

    Freshly Picked is offering one lucky Canadian Basics fan a chance to win a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins of their choice! Ends July 25/14
    Good Luck!

  • Featured ImageGold Seal No Drain Tuna Review/Giveaway




    For those that don’t know, I am on a special health diet. I have kidney failure which requires my diet to be quite strict.

    My diet is pretty much a no salt, no phosphate, high protein diet.

    It is extremely hard for me to have a high protein diet. The main reason is I don’t always have time to cook up something and need something fast!

    For those times on hand I keep canned tuna and salmon stocked in the cupboard.

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    I was asked to review Gold Seals No Drain Tuna. I have to say that normally I hate draining tuna cans. It can make a bit of a mess opening them.

    So I was looking forward to trying Gold Seals No Drain Tuna.

    So today I made my lunch with it! It was a great lunch! (without the mess I normally make!)

    Here are the recipes I made with it! What recipe do you use for Gold Seal No Drain Tuna?


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    Tuna Pasta Salad


    What You Need:

    1 small package of Macaroni noodles

    1  can of Gold Seal No Drain Tuna

    3 stalks of Celery

    1 Yellow Sweet Pepper

    1 pinch of Ground Black Pepper

    1 cup Mayonnaise

    **Note you can experiment and add different vegetables. You can add 1 cup of shredded cheese (any kind) to give it added flavour.)


    1. Boil water in a large pot  (3/4 full)

    2. Add macaroni noodles once the water is boiled.

    3. While noodles are boiling, chop up vegetables.

    4. open can of Gold Seal No Drain Tuna.

    5. Stir and watch until noodles are soft.

    6. Drain water from noodles

    7. Allow noodles to cool down.

    8. In a large bowl add vegetables to the tuna. Add mayonnaise and pepper.

    9. Add noodles and mix well.

    10. Cover & place in the fridge for an hour.

    Tuna Salad on Crackers

    What You Need:

    A box of crackers (any kind will do as long as they are big enough for a topping)

    1 can of Gold Seal No Drain Tuna

    1 pint of Cherry Tomatoes

    I head of lettuce

    2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise

    1 pinch of pepper


    1. Open the Gold Seal No Drain Tuna and empty the can into a bowl.

    2. Mix tuna with mayonnaise.

    3. (if you wish you can also add vegetables or cheese)

    4. Add pepper.

    5. Get a cracker on to the plate.

    6. Place a piece of lettuce on the cracker, add a small scoop of the tuna mixture.

    7. Half a cherry tomato and place on top of mixture.

    8. Once you use up all the mixture either enjoy right away or chill and enjoy later!

    Gold Seal is currently on Facebook and they frequently post great recipes! CLICK HERE to go to the Gold Seal Facebook Page

    Recipes are also located on the Gold Seal website. CLICK HERE to go to the Gold Seal website


    ** I was provided the Gold Seal No Drain Tuna for this review however the opinions expressed are mine alone.

    Gold Seal is offering a Canadian Basics fan a chance to win $50 in Gold Seal Gift Certificates! Contest ends August 1/14 and open to all Canadian residents

  • Featured ImageSummer Potluck Recipe List!




    With BBQ season happening, here is a great list of 5 recipes you can make to bring to your next potluck!

    Don’t be afraid to use these recipes and spice it up your own way by adding different ingredients.


    1. Broccoli Salad Recipe ~ Easy salad recipe that everyone would enjoy!

    2. Asian Roman Noodle Coleslaw ~ A new twist on an old favourite!

    3. Cheese & Bacon Potato Rounds~ Try jazzing it up by making it spicy with jalapenos!

    4. Lego Brownies ~ Simple to make and fun for kids!

    5. Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad **Copy Cat Recipe** ~ A copy of a Wendy’s Restaurant salad that is sure to be a hit!