Sweet Routines

Honibe Honey Gummies

Having kids means having routines. We have morning routines, mealtime routines, bedtime routines (and in our house, LOTS of gymnastics and dance routines),  and the common thread running through them all is the desire for them to be healthy routines. If you have picky eaters in your house, you know that mealtimes can be especially difficult, which is why I was so excited to be introduced to honibe honey gummies™

These yummy, chewy vitamins from honibe® have 50% less refined sugar than other vitamin gummies, they are free of gluten, dairy, artificial colors, flavours and preservatives, and this one-a-day vitamin is the same price as other brands that have a recommended dosage of 2 a day. That’s a big savings! I love that this Canadian company recognizes how important it is to give back. Not only do they donate 25 cents from every bottle of honibe honey gummies™ purchased at honibe.com to Vitamin Angels, who helps at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life changing micronutrients, but they are also passionate about educating everyone about the declining bee population, its impact on our health and what people can do to help turn it around!

All in all honibe honey gummies™ definitely make our healthy routine a little easier and a lot sweeter! If you want to add a little sweetness to your family’s healthy lifestyle, enter below to win a YEAR’S supply of honibe honey gummies™

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All on the table disclaimer: While I was compensated exchange for trying the new honibe honey gummies™, all opinions are completely honest and totally my own and you know I would never share anything less than superbly stellar with all my fave readers.

A Response to Virgin Radio Vancouver

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  I spend a lot of time playing games and doing activities that my kids enjoy, but one of my favourite ways to bring them into “my world” of interests is through cooking, baking and decorating. Whenever there is a holiday coming up, I’ll sit down with my girls, poring over Pinterest and choosing our favourite cakes or cupcakes that we want to make for their class parties. This year for Valentines Day, we had a lot to choose from, but with time and budget constraints factored in, we settled on trying out Rose Cupcakes for the first time! I’ve laid out the step by step instructions with photos and notes on how to make 2 tone rose cupcakes right here, followed by a video tutorial … Keep Reading!

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*GIVEAWAY* Salt Spring in the City Event

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As a Toronto transplant, a few of my favourite things about West Coast living are the proximity to the mountains, the ocean and the scattering of islands just off the coast that produce a plethora of unique and diverse treasures with a distinct island vibe.  This island vibe is brought to the mainland with the second annual Salt Spring in the City event, returning to the Vancouver Heritage Hall March 27 to 29th. Visitors will get to experience food and fashion, paintings and pottery, wine and crafts, all woven together with it's one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, West Coast flavour. Admission is $3 for adults, and $1 for kids — with … Keep Reading!

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