Tomato, Artichoke, and Asiago Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Recipe {Plus a #FreshBBQ Giveaway}

Not to rush things, but can you believe the August long weekend is already here? That means the summer is half over. Blink again and the kids will all be back in school!

This summer we’ve been enjoying all the backyard barbecues we can, storing up the sunshine for the rest of the year, so of course we kicked off the long weekend with my amazing marinated steaks and some sides. I mean, it’s pretty much mandatory to have a barbecue for August long, isn’t it?

Summer Fresh dips & local produce make a delicious stuffing for grilled portobello mushrooms.

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My Little Pony Celebrates Friendship Day {Plus a #MLPFriendshipDay Giveaway}

July 30 is International Friendship Day! Of all the things to celebrate, friendship seems like a pretty good one to me. Friends help you, support you, care about you, and watch your back. Friends accept you for who you are. Friends are loyal and trustworthy and always have your best interests at heart. Who are you celebrating this Friendship Day?

My Little Pony and the global youth service movement generationOn have teamed up to share some fun activities and simple service project ideas that strengthen friendships and help make the world a better place.

My Little Pony Friendship Day

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A Classic Way to Freshen Your Home {Plus a Lampe Berger Giveaway!}

Remember those embarrassing ads where the young woman confides in her mother, “Sometimes I just don’t feel fresh?”

Well, I cook every day, we have a dog and two kids (one of whom is still in diapers at night), and sometimes my home just doesn’t feel fresh. I open the windows when I can, but there are times when the weather doesn’t allow me to leave them open all day or I need some extra help in getting rid of household smells. Thankfully, I’ve just discovered catalytic lamps from Lampe Berger.

Originally developed by pharmaceutical dispenser Maurice Berger in the late 1800s, these flame-less, low-temperature catalytic combustion lamps speed up the decomposition of odour molecules to purify the air in enclosed rooms and diffuse scent at the same time, leaving the air fresher, cleaner, and lightly scented.

I received this elegant pewter Maille lamp to try along with some samples of Lampe Berger’s home fragrances and a bottle of So Neutral, Lampe Berger’s unscented blend.

Lampe Berger lamps and fragrances help clean and freshen the air in my home.

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My Cloth Diapering Journey

Big news on the potty training front! At her request, Kay has spent a large part of the last three days in big kid underwear. I expect that it will take a little while longer for her to be potty trained at night, but we’re clearly at the end of our cloth diapering days. Of course I’m excited for her – she positively beams with pride every time she goes on the potty – but a big part of me is sad to say good bye to this stage. My baby is growing up so fast!

All this has gotten me reminiscing about about the last five and a half years and how we got started with cloth diapers.

My Cloth Diapering Journey

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This West Coast Mommy is Looking for a Cloth Diaper Reviewer!

This West Coast Mommy is looking for a cloth diaper reviewer!

Well, it had to happen some time. Kay is almost three, and she’s well on her way to potty training. And once she’s officially out of diapers, I’m officially out of a diaper tester and model! So that means I’m looking for a cloth diapering mama in Canada or the US who would like to come on board for cloth diaper reviews and possibly other reviews as well. (Yes, you keep all review items.) If this interests you, read on for more info and to apply.

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My Amazing BBQ Steak Marinade Recipe

Summer has settled in with a vengeance! On sweltering hot, muggy summer evenings, the last thing I want to do is stand over a hot stove or turn on my oven. And that’s why summer is grilling season! Honestly, there’s nothing better than sitting on the patio with a cold drink and watching the kids splash around in the kiddie pool while the enticing smell of steak on the grill fills the air.

Make this simple and delicious marinade right in the freezer bag for tender, juicy, flavourful steaks and no extra dirty dishes!

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Find Me on Yummly!

Technology is always moving forward, and gone are the days of the little box of handwritten recipes on index cards. I have to admit I don’t even remember the last time I cracked a recipe book. Instead, now I search for recipes and meal ideas online. That’s why I wanted to let you know that my gluten-free and paleo-friendly recipes can now be found on Yummly as well as on my site.

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Win a Set of Cariloha Resort Bamboo Sheets

Win a Set of Cariloha Resort Bamboo Sheets (US/CAN, 7/30)

Welcome to the Keeping Cool in the Sun Giveaway Hop hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro!

Hot summer nights can leave you too sticky and uncomfortable to sleep, but I recently discovered that bamboo sheets from Cariloha are a great way to stay cool at night. Not only is bamboo twice as soft and three degrees cooler than cotton, it even wicks moisture away! If you’re struggling to beat the heat, check out my list of 7 Ways to Stay Cool on Summer Nights.

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