Crest Pro-Health [HD] is Creating Healthy Smiles at my House #HealthyRoutines

The first thing people notice when you greet them is your smile. I have not been the best of looking after my smile over the years. I absolutely despise the dentist. I get sick to my stomach even thinking about going and try to put it off as long as possible. I do give in and go of course because I know it is important to look after my teeth since I am only given one set of adult teeth. 

Since my put my daily life in front of the camera for all to view having a nice smile is very important to me. For years I hid behind the camera only photographing everyone else and then as a family we went through some medical circumstances that showed me what was far more important and that was that I document our daily life and have the memories to look back on in case the worse happened. 

I do not drink coffee but I do like lemonade and tea which can do a number on my teeth over time. I do brush my teeth routinely every morning and night. At first I thought the two step process was going to be over the top for me and take to long but in reality it only added about 30 seconds to my routine and that was definitely something I could live with given the results I received. I noticed how much whiter my teeth are now when I am editing my daily videos.  

I am a creature of habit so it took me a few days to get into the habit of brushing my teeth with the Crest Pro-Health [HD] 2 step process. Step 1 is the fluoride tooth paste which is to be used for 1 minute, then you spit but DO NOT RINSE your mouth and then brush for 1 minute with Step 2, the whitening gel - then you can rinse. Not rinsing in-between the process took a while for me to get used to but it only takes a few times before i caught on.

It has been over 10 days now and I have talked my husband into giving Crest Pro-Health [HD] a try to see if he can feel and see a difference in his smile. I could feel a difference in how clean my teeth felt after day one but the second day I could already see a difference in my smile so I know my husband is going to love the product just as much as I do.

Start your Healthy Routine by giving Crest Pro-Health [HD] a try and step in front of the camera so you are included in your photos and videos.   

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** Please note that this product is not meant for children. 

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Crest / P&G and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Menu Planning Monday - June 27, 2016

Summer is in full swing which means time to get the grill and instant pot out. The instant pot doesn't heat up my house and everything tastes better grilled.

~ Monday ~
Herbed Chicken
Mixed Veggies

~ Tuesday ~
Shepherd's Pie

~ Wednesday ~
BBQ pork chops

~Thursday ~
Spanish Rice

~ Friday ~
Potato Salad
Garden Salad

~ Saturday ~
BBQ Burgers 
Left Over Salads

~ Sunday ~
Ceasar Salad
Garlic Bread

~ Baking this week ~
Oatmeal Cookies
Banana Bread

What are you grilling this week on the bbq?

7 LAYER CHICKEN TACO SALAD (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

This salad is very refreshing on a hot day. It is the perfect potluck salad and a meal in a bowl. The Shopease Foods chicken breasts were a perfect addition to this version of a taco salad it allowed it to become a meal in a bowl. This was a hit with everyone in my family. 


2 Cups Spring Salad Mix
1 Large Tomato, chopped
2 Cups Corn, cooked
2 Chicken Breasts, diced
2 Cups Lettuce
2 Cups Cheese, shredded
2 Cups Tortillas, crushed

Salad Dressing

1/2 Cup Salsa
1/2 Cup Catalina Dressing

1. In a large glass bowl combine the ingredients in the order listed above. 
2. Mix up Salad Dressing and then you can pour it over the salad once you are ready to eat it if you are at a potluck or have a gathering but I recommend setting it to the side so you can just put it on the salad once you dish it on your plate. That way if you have leftovers you can save them for the next day.

What is your go-to summer salad recipe?

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

The Complete Book of Pickling

Disclosure: ItsJustMyLifeCA received products for this review. All opinions, however, are honest and my own.

I have only ever thought of pickling cucumbers in the past but this book opened up so many more possibilities. Pickling has been the go-to method of preserving foods because it is inexpensive to do. Home canning and pickling food is being used more often now due to the increasing costs of food and people wanting to know what is in the food they are eating. 

The book starts off by going over the step by step canning process and the list of equipment that you will need. I find a lot of canning equipment at yard sales in my local area so this might be a place you can check out for some supplies to start canning if you are new to canning. 

The Complete Book of Pickling
250 recipes from pickles to chutneys to salsa

by Jennifer MacKenzie, Paperback, 

The book includes classic and unusual international ingredients. Newcomers to the art will find step-by-step techniques and details of specific equipment needs. Enjoy wonderful foods year round w ith recipes such as:
- Kosher dill pickles
- Aunt Thelma's bread and butter pickles
- Pretty beet and radish pickles
- Gingery cantaloupe pickles
- White balsamic and pepper pickled strawberries
- Clementine pear chutney
- Pineapple lime tomato salsa
- Smoky three-pepper cucumber relish
This way you capture garden vegetables at their best for year-round enjoyment.

Do you do any pickling or canning and if you do what do you do every year?

Disclosure: It's just my life... did not receive compensation but did receive products for review purposes. It's just my life... may, however, receive compensation through purchases from affiliate links in this post. All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers’ opinions.

Menu Planning Monday - June 20, 2016

Do you ever find that sometimes you are sick of cooking the same thing week after week? I can tell you that is exactly where I am when it comes to menu planning. 

This week I am searching for recipes that are a little different, different I should say for me. It is time to shake things up in the kitchen. 

~ Monday ~
Layered Chicken Taco Salad
Recipe coming Wednesday!

~ Tuesday ~
Shepherd's Pie

~ Wednesday ~
Chicken Alfredo
Garlic Bread

~Thursday ~

~ Friday ~
Pork Chops

~ Saturday ~
Scalloped Potatoes

~ Sunday ~
HM Pizza

~ Baking this week ~
White Bread

Where do you go to look for new recipes? Do you have a favourite blog you visit or website?

Wants Vs Needs

I know I have blogged about this before but for some reason lately I have been getting into more and more conversations with people on the difference between a want and a need.

There are times when a need and want are hard to clearly define and wants can become needs depending on circumstances.

  • designer clothes
  • latest electronic toy
  • video games
  • toys
  • candy 

  • food to eat
  • a place to live
  • winter coat (it's cold here)
  • a pair of footwear

The key is to figure out your own wants and needs. All of our wants and needs are going to be different. But you do need to sit down and figure out what yours are.

Here are some helpful questions that will help you determine the difference between a want and a need:
      - What do I need when I wake up in the morning? Toothbrush, towel, hair
        brush, blow dryer, clothes, food
      - What do I need to get to work or school in the morning? Bus pass, vehicle
      - Are there things I need for work or school? Books, computer, pens 

Let's give an example... you need a sweater for winter because your other one is worn out or too small. Do you need that new designer sweater for $80 you saw at the mall last week or will one for $15 do just the same and keep you just as warm. I do realize that there is a difference sometimes in quality... I know that first hand... I usually buy our clothes from brand name stores and shy away from Big Box stores because one the quality is usually better and also the prices are better at the brand name stores if you shop the sales and look for their discounts. 

Prioritizing is so hard not to mention at times no fun but once you get down what you truly need vs what you want you will find life a lot simpler. I am speaking from experience. Just give it a try... sit down and make a list.

Look Ageless this Summer with Olay

Olay Total Effects 7 with SPF 30 is my new summer favourite. I have sensitive skin and I have recently noticed some signs of aging when it comes to my skin. I am a simple lady and I don't like to do a high maintenance routine with anything in my life. That is why I love this moisturizer so much. It combines a moisturizer and sunscreen all in one. 

The bonus with this product is it protects your skin from the sun but also makes wrinkles less noticeable, moisturizes and since you only have to purchase one product it's so budget savvy. Being budget friendly and easy to find in stores puts this moisturizer on the top of my list. 

When applying Olay Total Effects 7 it absorbs quickly into my skin not leaving it with an oily feeling and makes it feel so soft. Have switched to a moisturizer with SPF yet? As a parent, we make sure our children always have sunscreen on but when it comes to our own skin we say it is important to use SPF but we don't actually do it. 

While 67% of women put “Contains SPF/UV to protect against sun damage” in the top 10 properties a facial moisturizer should have*:
o Only 45% use a daily moisturizer with SPF
o 40% don’t use any SPF in the winter

Olay Total Effects 7 is not the only product adding SPF 30, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream has also added SPF 30. For your chance to try these products for yourself you can enter my giveaway below for both products plus a $100 Visa Gift Card. 

Disclosure: P&G has only provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed and/or administered by or associated with P&G.By entering the following contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. 

Greek Chicken Marinade (Video Included) #WhatsCookingWednesday

Are you looking for something to pack some punch for dinner tonight?

Greek food and seasoning is a favourite in our household. I marinated the chicken for 2 plus hours and the seasoning was throughout the chicken. I baked this in a casserole dish and the sour cream mixture made my Shopease Foods chicken pieces very moist and flavourful.

2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 cup Sour Cream
3 cloves Minced Garlic
1/2 TBSP Oregano
2 TBSP Lemon Juice
1 Small handful Parsley
Salt & Pepper 
4 to 6 Chicken Pieces

1. Combine Olive Oil, Sour Cream, Garlic, Oregano, Lemon Juice, Parsley, Salt, and Pepper. Place in a resealable bag. Add chicken pieces to bag to marinade seal bag and place in refrigerator. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
2. After marinating, preheat oven to 375F. 
3. Place chicken in a casserole dish. Bake at 375F for 50 minutes or until golden brown on top.

What is your favourite chicken recipe?

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