12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 6



Growing up in the Okanagan, I was surrounded by beautiful orchards and vineyards…and of course wineries!  But one winery has a special place in my heart, Quail’s Gate.  Which is why I’m super excited about this stunning gift basket (valued at $390) giveaway for Day 6 0f my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway filled with Quail’s Gate wine and loads of local Okanagan goodies!


I used to catch the school bus across the street from Quail’s Gate winery, and at that time the only thing on the property was an old log cabin pictured below. My parents still own our family house down the street, and now I am so lucky to live down the road with our little family; I simply adore this area.  The winery has grown into the most beautiful place, producing some of the best wine in the province!  If you ever have a chance to sip a glass of wine on their patio at the Old Vines Restaurant, you’ll see why I’m so in love.


Quail’s Gate is giving away a gorgeous gift basket filled with their Family Reserve wine and a ton of local products that are perfect for holiday entertaining!



The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (must be 18 years of age or older to enter).
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 5



On the fifth Day of Christmas I give you some amazing baby decor and gear with a $300 Pehr Designs Gift Card!  It’s no secret that I’m in the throws of baby-land…and LOVING every second of it!

We’ve been so blessed with two healthy boys, and have really enjoyed having some quality baby gear to dress up Max’s nursery and make bed and bath time so cozy (and cute)!   The Petit Pehr products are one of my all-time favourites, from the perfect swaddles to the incredible mobiles, this company has it covered.  Should you not have kids yet… enjoy your sleep!   All kidding aside, they have beautiful home decor items such as pillows and throws as well.


It is such a pleasure to know that another lucky family will be able to win this $300 gift card to help make their baby’s (or adult) space a place that they love as well!  Good luck!


In the meantime check out their site and subscribe to their newsletter to get 15% off of your purchase.  I linked some of my favourite baby items below that we are in LOVE with!


Winner will be drawn on December 17th and announced on December 18th.  Open to residents of Canada and the USA.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 4

Lifestyle, Smoothies


On the fourth day of Christmas I give you a Vitamix 5200 blender  (valued at $579)!  If you haven’t used one of these machines before, you are in for a TREAT!


Our Vitamix blender was a game-changer in our kitchen!  The cool-running motor processes the toughest whole foods down to the tiniest seeds.  From soups to smoothies, it is up there with my most-used kitchen gadgets and makes ‘clean’ eating so much easier (it is so powerful that you can actually make heated soup out of cold ingredients!).  I even used it to make these Date Power Bars pictured above!


Of course, I couldn’t feature the blender without a recipe to go with it.  This Pink Smoothie pictured above is FILLED with antioxidants and fibre from the beets which are also a good source of folic acid, manganese and potassium.  Eating beets may even reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease and promotes healthier hair and complexion.  Not a bad thing to cram into a smoothie!

Serves 2

Pink Smoothie:

  • 1 c. raw peeled beets, diced into 1/2″ chunks
  • 2 1/2 c. water
  • 1 c. Greek raspberry yogurt
  • 1/2 c. berry pomegranate juice
  • 1 c. frozen raspberries


  1. Cook the beets in the water on medium-high heat in a small saucepan until the beets are very tender, approximately 30 minutes.  Set aside to cool (do not drain).
  2. Once cooled, place all of your ingredients into your Vitamix blender and blend until smooth.


The contest is open to residents of Canada and the US, good luck!  The winner will be drawn on December 17th and announced on December 18th.


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Butternut Squash Lasagne

Main Dishes


We are constantly feeding a crowd at our house, and one-pan dishes that we can make ahead like lasagne are life-savers for entertaining!   Nature’s Fare Market had the most gorgeous squashes on display the other week, and the butternut squash were calling my name.  I usually make soup with the squash, but I wanted to make something a little less predictable this time.View The Post

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Homemade Applesauce

Baking, Breakfast, Snacks


Applesauce has to be THE easiest thing on earth to make.  And possibly the most gratifying.  Never mind the fact that you can make it with just a couple of ingredients in thirty minutes or that it is packed with goodness, it leaves your house smelling AMAZING!  My mom has always made applesauce in the fall, always using fresh local BC Tree Fruits apples, making this a bit of a tradition for me.View The Post

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