Monday, April 20, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - April 20, 2015


Our freezer of meat is now gone so we need to make our menu plan on what is on sale this week. I love shopping the sales every week so my meal plan will focus around what is on sale.




Monday - Pork Chops, Potatoes, Veggies

Tuesday - Chicken, rice, veggies

Wednesday - Garden Vegetable Soup

Thursday - Lasagne, Salad

Friday - Chicken Parmesan, Rice, Veggies

Saturday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Sunday - Homemade Mac & Cheese

Monday, April 20, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Little Pony Tales - The Complete Classic TV Series (#Giveaway)



Shout! Factory gave me a copy of My Little Pony Tales to preview in advance of the release. My daughter enjoyed watching the same shows as her older sisters did so many years ago and you can too.

On DVD April 28, 2015!



Attention My Little Pony fans of yore, My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series is coming to DVD on April 28, 2015, in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios! The 2-DVD set includes all 13 episodes of the show, originally airing on television in 1992, as well as sing-alongs.

Ponyland is full of excitement, if you know where to find it, and now all of your favourite My Little Pony Tales are finally collected in one amazing set! Join the 7 Pony Friends—Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Bright Eyes, Patch, Clover and Bon Bon — for 13 episodes of outrageous fun! Games, picnics, ice cream shops, roller derbies and even UFOs… nothing is off-limits when it comes to grand Pony adventures!


Episodes include:
Slumber Party / Too Sick To Notice
Princess Problems / An Apple For Starlight
Battle Of The Bands / And The Winner Is…
Up, Up And Away / Sister Of The Bride
Stand By Me / The Tea Party 
Birds Of A Feather / Send In The Clown
The Masquerade / Out Of Luck                                               
Happy Birthday, Sweetheart / Gribet
The Play’s The Thing / Shop Talk                                           
Bon Bon’s Diary / Just For Kicks
Impractical Joker/ The Great Lemonade Stand Wars              
Ponies In Paradise / Who’s Responsible
Blue Ribbon Blues / Roll Around The Clock


~ WIN ~


ONE Lucky readers of It's Just My Life... will win DVD copy of both My Little Pony Tales. Giveaway ends on May 16th 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. See Giveaway Tools form for entry and T&C.




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Sunday, April 19, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Homemade Meatballs (Video Included) | What's Cooking Wednesday?



Who has time to waste in the kitchen night after night making homemade meals for your family. I know my life is very busy and I do not have that kind of time on my hands that is why when I make a meal I try to get more than one meal out of it. 

When I make meatballs which are a family favourite in my house I make sure I prep enough for at least one extra meal so that it can be in the freezer and brought out at a moments notice and be made into something amazing for dinner. 



Scooping my meatballs with a cookie scoop so they are all the same size. 



The meatballs have finished cooking and now they are just cooling off so I can bag them for the freezer for another meal the following week.

Homemade Meatballs - Printable Version

3 lbs Ground Meat (I used pork)
1 Large Onion Diced
1 tbsp MincedGarlic
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Bread Crumbs
4 eggs
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 cup Parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. I find it easier to just mix it with my hands to make sure it is well incorporated. 
Shape into small meatballs and place on a baking sheet. I lined my baking sheet with parchment paper for easier and quicker clean up. I also used my cookie scoop to make the meatballs all the same size. 
Once assembled place meatballs in over and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. 

I made two batches of meatballs so once they were cooked I put them in a freezer bag to freeze for another meal. 




Happy Cooking,                                            


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, April 6, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - April 6, 2015


Time to get back to planning and posting my menu plan to hold myself accountable. My house runs a lot smoother when I plan out our week.




Monday - Ham cauliflower bake with salad

Tuesday - Chicken, rice, veggies

Wednesday - Pork chops, potatoes, veggies

Thursday - Homemade Pizza, Salad

Friday - BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes and veggies

Saturday - Homemade Mac & Cheese

Sunday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggies

Monday, April 06, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#GettheMostOutOfLife with @ShopprsDrugMart #contest #win



Shoppers Drug Mart has always been one of my happy places. I love browsing through my local drug store and now Shoppers Drug Mart has a new information hub where you can get tips and information on health and wellness online.


This month as a #GettheMostOutOfLife blogger, I will be sharing some of the tips and health information with you on my social media platforms. Shoppers Drug Mart will be hosting a contest for the month of April and they will be giving away a Life Brand Prize Pack every 3 days. 

Be sure to stay connected with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to get the latest details about an upcoming twitter party with @ShopprsDrugMart 




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Wednesday, April 01, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Explosion of Colours Science Experiment #StreamTeam




March break is over and it is time to get serious about homeschooling. Spring is is finally on the horizon with flowers and trees coming back to life after a long winter here in Ontario, Canada. 

I love to concentrate on science once spring gets here because with everything budding and coming to life again we can do some neat experiments. 

Inspired by some volcano action in Deadliest Volcanoes on Netflix I had heard of a neat experiment that you can do with simple household items and some milk. 

Items Needed:
Milk
clear dish
food colouring (various colours)
Dish Soap (I used Dawn)

The video below shows our experiment in full. 



Take a look at some of the shows that are inspiring us to get more hands on with science this month. 

For Your Big Kids: 








For Your Little Kids:



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Thursday, March 26, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SHEPHERD'S PIE | What's Cooking Wednesday?


Yum


Can we all say comfort food! My family loves some tummy filling comfort food on those cold days where the dampness gets into your bones. This week I thought I would share one of our favourite comfort foods Shepherd's Pie. 

SHEPHERD'S PIE - Printable Version

1 lbs Ground Meat
1 medium onion diced
1 cup Beef Broth
1 1/2 cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables
2 cups Mashed Potatoes
1 cup grated cheese

In a frying pan, brown ground meat with onions until cooked. 
Add beef broth and vegetables. *I run frozen vegetables under warm water before adding them to the frying pan.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Mix up some cornstarch and water to thicken the meat and vegetable mixture to desired consistency.
Add mixture to 10x12 pan. Top with mashed potatoes made to your liking. 
We like to top our Shepherd's Pie with cheese to add some cheesy goodness to it. 





Happy Cooking,                                            


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BBQ Chicken Sauce | What's Cooking Wednesday?


Yum


The temperatures stayed above zero all week so we started the grill up again to enjoy it before we hit cooler temperatures. So thankful that we can get some grilling in before spring officially hits even. 

Rob's BBQ Chicken Sauce - Printable Version

2 clove Garlic
2 tsp Butter
3/4 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tbsp Celery Salt
1 tbsp Prepared Mustard

In a saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. 
Add the next 6 ingredients.
Bring to a boil, stir constantly. 
Remove from heat and set aside. 
Let sit for about 15 minutes before using on Chicken. 

We make a full batch as listed above and put the extra in the fridge to us over a course of a few weeks. 




Happy Cooking,                                            


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EXODUS GODS AND KINGS



The artistry in this movie was absolutely stunning. I did find the story a bit flawed but then most bible based movies are to a degree. You can't please everyone when you try to adapt the bible into a movie. Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton put on amazing performances in this epic tale. The film itself it not the bible and it isn't right to hold it to such a standard because after all it is an adaptation. It is a movie that is definitely worth viewing. 

On Blu-Ray and DVD March 17, 2015!




Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment tells the remarkable epic adventure of Moses in a spectacular display when EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS hits Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 17. Critically acclaimed performances from a brilliant ensemble cast, including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley, have helped catapult the film to nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the worldwide box office1.

From Ridley Scott, the acclaimed director of Gladiator, comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and engrossing 3D immersion, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey to escape Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

The EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Blu-ray 3D™ Collector’s Edition comes with a cavalcade of bonus materials that will take you behind the scenes of the amazing retelling of the historical tale. The Keepers of the Covenant documentary explains how Ridley Scott brought ancient Egypt to life with hours of never-before-seen peeks at the film’s development.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY 3D™ FEATURES
Disc 1 – Blu-ray™ Disc
Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition
The Exodus Historical Guide, a Feature length Trivia Track
Nine (9) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine
Disc 2 – Blu-ray™ Bonus Features
Keepers of the Covenant Documentary including 14 Enhancement Pods
The Lawgiver’s Legacy: Moses Throughout History
The Gods and Kings Archive
Promotional Featurettes including the HBO First Look
11 Galleries
Disc 3 – Blu-ray 3D™
Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition 3D
Disc 4 - DVD
Eight (8) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS BLU-RAY™ FEATURES
Disc 1 – Blu-ray™ Disc
Exodus: Gods and Kings in High Definition
The Exodus Historical Guide, a Feature length Trivia Track
Nine (9) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine
 
Disc 2 - DVD
Eight (8) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS DVD FEATURES
Disc 1 - DVD
Exodus: Gods and Kings Feature Film
Eight (8) Deleted and Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Co-Screenwriter Jeffrey Caine


My Rating: 4/5









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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles {#Review}




Chicken Soup For The Soul: Hope & Miracles

I love reading stories of Hope and Miracles - with so much turmoil going on in this world it is always nice to read stories of hope and faith.

The stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Miracles, authored by Amy Newmark and Natasha Stoynoff, forward by John Edward gives you 10 chapters of inspirational stories of faith, answered prayers and divine intervention:

  • Messages from Heaven
  • Miraculous Healing
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Against All Odds
  • Divine Intervention
  • Answered Prayers
  • Think Positive
  • Dreams and Premonitions
  • Mysterious Miracles
  • Miraculous Reunions


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Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Homemade Hamburgers | What's Cooking Wednesday?


Yum


The temperatures are above zero so that means time to get the grill going. We love having things cooked on the bbq and it tastes even better after a long cold winter like we have had this year. To start our grilling season off we are starting with Hamburgers. 

Homemade Hamburgers - Printable Version


1 lb ground meat (turkey, chicken or pork)
¼ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup decided Onion
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Worchester Sauce
1 clove garlic
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and form into patties. 

NOTE – we double this recipe because we like to make 1/4 lbs patties.




Happy Cooking,                                            


*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from www.ShopeaseFoods.com. The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB



Bring home the adventure!

I really enjoyed the first two Night At The Museum movies and I was glad to see that they did not stray away from what was already working. I did get a little teary eyed seeing legendary greats on the screen Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney. I found this a great closer to a series which has now come to an end. Ben Stiller delivers when it comes to Night at the Museum. I was not disappointed. 

On Blu-Ray and DVD March 10, 2015!
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB
If it’s laughter you’re after, get ready for the most hilarious night ever! Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!

The Blu-ray™ comes with tons of special features that will have the whole family laughing! You can check out how Stiller got into character for his alter ego Laaa, get a behind the scenes look at The British Museum and learn how the film’s iconic fight scene inside an M.C. Escher painting came to light. Best of all, every Blu-ray™ comes with a bonus Digital HD movie – not only do you get a Digital HD version of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, but you also get a Bonus digital movie – your choice of one of the other movies in thefranchise.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
Includes all of the DVD features plus:
·       Five More Deleted and Extended Scenes
·       Bonus Digital HD Movie1
·       The Theory of Relativity

·       Becoming Laaa
·       A Day in the Afterlife
·       The Home of History: Behind the Scenes of The British Museum
·       Fight at the Museum
·       Creating Visual Effects
·       Audio Commentary by Shawn Levy

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·       Two Deleted and Extended Scenes
·       Improv, Absurdity and Cracking Up - The Comedy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
·       Two Galleries
·       A Digital HD Version of the film, allowing fans to watch on their Big Screen TV, tablet or smart phone anytime, anywhere!


My Rating: 3.75/5









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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0