November 26, 2015

My kids always want to help out in the kitchen, making and baking delightful treats. I don't mind, they make great little helpers but there are moments when the kids want to make something for themselves and that isn't always ideal. Using the stove is out of the question just yet, sharp knives and other electric appliances I use for baking and making are not for small hands. 

I love little baking kits that are made for kids and can be made by kids. It not only teaches them about following directions, how to mix up recipes etc but it also gives them a sense of pride knowing they made it without mom or dads help. 

Yummy Nummies Mini Kitchen Magic by Blip Toys are miniature, bakeable, makeable and snackable kits your kids will love! The best part is they can do it with minimum adult supervision! Some kits require just the fridge while others may need the microwave to cook things up! 

There are different kits to choose from like Cupcake Cuties Maker, Birthday Cake Maker Party Pack and Gummy Goodies Maker kits among many others including "real" food like tacos and pizza! Each kit comes with everything the kids need to make their very own mini kitchen magic! 

The kids tried their hand at the Yummy Nummies Cupcake Cuties Maker kit which they can use to make mini cupcakes - with icing and sprinkles! The kit comes with everything - the batter to the mixing bowls, icing, sprinkles and little spoons! Follow the directions, easy peasy. 

When they say mini, they mean mini! The kids had fun creating these pint sized cupcakes. Although the box says it makes 10 my daughter somehow managed to make a dozen. They were quickly taste test approved by all three of my kids. 

Next up - Gummy Goodies Maker which the kids created yummy, gooey goodies to share! This one is simple, add water to the powder and put it in the mold. Place the tray in the fridge and 15 minutes later, candy! 

These would make a great gift for your tween baking enthusiast or as an activity at a birthday party! Yummy Nummies Mini Kitchen Magic kits can be found at Toys R Us or Walmart! 

You can check out all of the Yummy Nummies Mini Kitchen Magic sets at!

Follow @YumNummies on Twitter and Like the official Yummy Nummies Mini Kitchen Magic Facebook Page and share your creations! 


Baking is so much fun that we want to give one lucky AME reader the chance to win their own Yummy Nummies Mini Kitchen Magic Birthday Cake Maker Party Pack! $29.99 value

Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends December 6th 2015. 

By entering this giveaway you understand the terms and conditions on AME. Your information will not be shared unless you are drawn winner in which it will be shared with representatives of Yummy Nummies Mini Kitchen Magic. 


Posted on behalf of Blip Toys. Complimentary product received for review purposes. Comments and opinions on this blog are those of the author.
It's the time of year that has everyone wishing! People are making their lists, checking them twice and Canadian Tire is giving you a chance to Wish and Win yourself a very happy holiday - you could win anything in the Canadian Tire Flyer with #CTWishandWin! 

Canadian Tire will be giving away one prize per hour for 25 days in celebration of our favourite time of year! You can enter by taking a picture of your wish from the flyer or pick one from the digital flyer. Share your wish with the hashtag #CTWishandWin on Twitter, or Instagram.

This awesome contest begins on November 23rd, 2015 and runs until December 17th, 2015! You can enter once per day by simply tweeting your wish from the Canadian Tire flyer. Click here to make your wish!

I spy with my little eye, some great things I want to add to my list like a fitness cycle for myself and new skates for the kids, maybe some extra power batteries for hubbys power tools. I even see some fabulous looking decorations that could help us make the interior more festive. The list can go on, Canadian Tire has lots of great ideas!

You can find my wish list here!

Twitter Party Alert!

To get everyone in the spirit, Canadian Tire is hosting the #CTWishandWin Twitter party! 

Party details: 

When: November 30th, 2015 @ 8PM EST
Hashtag: #CTWishandWin
Host: @CanadianTire 
Prizes include 10 X $100 Canadian Tire Gift Cards

Anyone can participate in this twitter party but only Canadians (excluding Quebec) can win prizes. Click here for full twitter party rules. 

What is your biggest wish this Christmas? Hope to see you at the party and don't forget to keep tweeting your #CTWishandWin wishes!

Sponsored post on behalf of Canadian Tire. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

November 25, 2015

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

It's getting late in November which means people are running out of holiday shopping days! Despite your effort to have everything covered before December, some of your loved ones on your list may not be checked off quite yet. It's easy to shop for those who live with you. Most of the time you know their likes, dislikes, what they have and don't have etc. What about everybody else? What about that uncle or aunt that's harder to buy for or cousins you don't see everyday but want to send merry wishes to? 

Walmart Canada has you covered with great gift bundles for everyone on your list, even that hard to buy for uncle or aunt. 

Star Wars is a popular thing this holiday season and the Star Wars kid on your list will love you for this gift! Light sabers and space ships, this Star Wars package is sure to get kids excited about oral hygiene. The toothbrush timer counts down the seconds until teeth are all clean. Defeat cavities of the dark side and brush for a clean, healthy smile! $16.98 this gift pack includes 1 battery powered Oral B Toothbrush, 1 tube Crest Fluoride anti-cavity toothpaste and 1 bottle Crest Anti-cavity rinse.

With winter approaching the air is drier, give the gift of smooth skin this holiday. This Olay and Venus package comes with all the perfect ingredients to  make skin glow. $14.97 the pack includes 1 Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash, 1 Olay Ultra Moisture Body Lotion and 1 Venus razor with cartridge. 

Know someone who's all about confidence and swagger? I think I know a few! Give him an extra boost with this Old Spice Swagger package. 14.97 this pack includes 1 Old Spice Pure Sport deodorant, 1 Old Spice Pure Sport travel body wash, Old Spice Pure Sport body spray and 6 Old Spice Pure Sport bars.

These are just a few of the great ideas you can find at our local Walmart store or at! 


One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a $50 Walmart GC here on #AMEblog! Fill out the giveaway ballot below to be eligible to win! 

Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count. Winner will be drawn at random using Giveaway Tools on December 6th, 2015

Representatives of P&G are providing the prize to the winner on AME's behalf. By entering, you accept your information will be shared with the representatives of this brand should you win. Winners must qualify with a valid email address by filling out a winners claim form with skill testing question. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. More about giveaways can be found here.

November 24, 2015

'Tis the season to start thinking about holiday decorating, if you haven't already. I don't know about you but this year I'm feeling extra jolly about the upcoming holiday season. It's a busy time of year but it's still my favourite holiday, celebrating with family we don't get to see everyday, the food, the presents and the smiles. 

Every year we dig out our decorations stored away and create a holiday atmosphere in our home. We have a lovely mix of old decorations and new. We try to add something every year like maybe an ornament for the tree or other festive decorations. This year Hallmark Canada has us covered with beautiful decorations, stocking stuffers and even gift ideas that come from the heart. 

Bring a wintery welcome to the home with an Embossed Peace banner. Each panel has a beautiful embossed lettering, strung together with ribbon. $12.99 each.

This will be the first Christmas we put a tree in the living room area where the kids play. Are we crazy? No, but we do have this Keepsake Kids My First Tree which is plush and safe if the kids knock it over! You can also get little ornaments made to hang off the buttons all over the tree. $29.95 each.

Who doesn't love decorations that sing? The Time for Cookies Techno Plush is an adorable addition to our holiday theme. This pair of snowmen and their pup sing you a festive song about baking cookiesand even better? They dance, too! You can check out my video here! $17.95 with the purchase of 3 Hallmark cards or $32.95 regular price.

Traditionally, the nativity set goes under our tree. This year we are doing it a little different with new itty butts Nativity Set. It includes a plush angel, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. The box doubles as a stable setting. $39.95 each set. 

Send tidings of joy in style with beautiful Holiday Boxes Cards! You can find a variety for everyone on your list from $9.99-$19.99 each. I love displaying Christmas cards we get from friends and family. This year I'll be displaying them in this beautiful "Together across the miles" ceramic card holder. Beautiful and functional for $29.95. 

Give the magic of Disney (or decorate your own tree) with Disney keepsake ornaments like Disney's The Sorcerers apprentice or Disney's Pinocchio 75th anniversary (which sings "When you wish upon a star")! These are two of my new favourite ornaments for our tree! 

This Porcelain Ornament set of 3 are made of sculpted porcelain with metallic details. Beautiful and functional, these can be used to dress up a gift or hung on our tree. $19.95 each set. 

My little one will love this Disney Frozen: Will Anna and Elsa Miss The Ball? Puzzle and book set! Kids build the puzzle to solve the mystery of how Anna, Elsa and friends get to the ball on time. $12.95 each.

A Nordic Clipboard bundle can be a fun stocking stuffer for the list maker in your life. It can be used at the office or home, $14.95 each! 

Have a traveller on your gift list? Send them on their merry way with a scented Travel candle. 8 different fragrances to choose from for $7.95 each. 

For the Star Wars fan - Snowman shaped Darth Vader and Storm trooper salt and pepper shakers! These adorable ceramic shakers will make a great addition to their collection. $19.95 each set.

For more holiday inspiration and more great holiday cheer visit

Follow @HallmarkCA on twitter with hashtag #LoveHallmarkCA!


We love what Hallmark has to offer and know you do too! For the Star Wars fans: Enter to win the Star Wars Darth Vader/Storm Trooper salt and pepper shaker set ($19.95 value) by filling out the giveaway ballot below!

Open to CANADIAN residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). One entry per household using a valid email address. Mandatory entry must be done for extras to count.

By entering AME giveaways, you understand your information is not shared unless you are drawn winner in which case is used for prizing purposes only by representatives of Hallmark Canada. Privacy is important on AME. 

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November 23, 2015

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Being a stay at home mom means that I don't dress up very often. It tends to become a habit when you have multiple children and pets always smearing something on your clothes or in your hair. I wear minimal makeup, (5 minute makeovers!), I wear my hair up (on most days) and I wear yoga pants, a lot. Just to give you a basic picture. There's nothing wrong with this, it's me but sometimes I need some extra motivation to get going in the mornings, besides a good cup of coffee. 

Some days I need a pick-me-up by doing simple things for me. I start my day on the right foot, I am energized. I feel like I can take on the day and whatever it throws my way.

The first thing, a hot shower. With smaller kids or babies in the house it can be harder to tackle this, I know I've been there but my kids are a little older now. 
I try to get up a bit earlier than them on busy weekday mornings so I can enjoy this "me time". Plus, one bathroom means mama has to take advantage when she can! 

I am picky when it comes to my hair (because it's so thin and unmanageable most of the time!) and my favourite shampoo for the longest time has been Pantene. My hair always feels soft, clean and *gasp* manageable. Plus, it smells nice. There are different shampoo and conditioner combinations to choose from depending on the type of hair you have and what result you're looking for like 
Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal and Pantene Damage Detox work great for my type of hair. I also like using the Pantene Pro V weekly rehab cream to help strengthen my hair and keep it healthy.

When you're feeling happy, you smile more. The Oral B Crossaxtion Manual toothbrush combined with Crest 3D White Brilliance Boost Polishing treatment does the trick. If you're happy and you know it, smile! 

Speaking of smiling, without too much makeup, I can brighten up my look with COVERGIRL Outlast longwear moisture lipstick. I've been loving the Outlast collection, this lipstick comes in different colours including mauve and red of course! 

Even if I'm not going anywhere special, it doesn't mean I can't do something to make myself feel good! You should too! 
:-) #sorrynotsorry 

Check out these and other great products at

Win it

Pamper yourself with Pantene, Oral B, Crest & COVERGIRL! One lucky AME reader has the chance to win a P&GMom beauty bundle which includes: 

2x Oral B PH Crossaction Manual TB Soft Toothbrushes ($8.99)
1x Crest 3D White Brilliance Boost Polishing Treatment ($5.96)
1x Pantene Daily Moist Renewal Shampoo ($6.99)
1x Pantene Damage Detox Shampoo ($7.99)
1x Pantene Damage Detox Conditioner ($7.99)
1x Pantene Pro V Weekly rehab crème ($5.99)
1x CG Outlast longwear moisture mauve lipstick ($7.64)
1x CG Outlast longwear moisture red lipstick ($7.64)
*Valued at $50
*Pricing at discretion of the retailer  

Fill out the ballot to be entered to win! You must complete the mandatory entry to be eligible. One mandatory entry per household. Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). This giveaway is offered across various P&GMom blogs. You can enter on as many blogs as you wish however you may only win the prize once! 

Ends December 5th 2015
Representatives of P&G are providing the prize to the winner on AME's behalf. By entering, you accept your information will be shared with the representatives of this brand should you win. Winners must qualify with a valid email address by filling out a winners claim form with skill testing question. Winners have 48 hours to claim before prize is redrawn. More about giveaways can be found here.

November 20, 2015

The holiday shopping season is here and that means we are making lists and checking them twice. Do you have kids on your list? Sometimes it can be harder to buy for your niece, nephew or friend's' kids. There are so many toys out there and every kid has a different interest. One might like dolls, one might like race cars or one might be too young for either of those, the list can go on. 

Make holiday shopping easier on yourself this year and get them a gift they'll love with a great selection of toys from the Mattel Holiday Gift Guide! Check out these #ListToppers and watch those bright smiles on Christmas morning when they open the toys they want this year. 

We told you about the fun of Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move Beatbo so it's no wonder this toy is a must-have for families with younger children. He makes a great companion for your little one as Beatbo will jam out to tunes while teaching about letters, numbers, counting, music and more! He'll even take your little ones words and remix them into a party hit! Learning has never been this exciting! Ages 9M+ $49.99

2015 edition Holiday Barbie is sure to please the biggest Barbie fan on your list this year. She is wearing a gorgeous garnet coloured and silver accent holiday dress complete with earrings and even has her nails done. Holiday Barbie has been gracing holiday parties for over 25 years with her unique, festive looks year after year. The 2015 Holiday Barbie will make a great addition to anyone's collection. Ages 3 years+ $44.99 

The ghouls of Monster High are always on a new adventure - this time taking things to Boo York City in their new movie Monster High Boo York Boo York. It's needless to say the Monster High Boo York, Boo York Floatation Station Astranova doll and playset would make a great addition to your Monster High fan's collection. Ages 6 years+ 64.99

The Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage is the biggest Hot Wheels garage yet! It'll have your kids racing all day long plus it has 38 parking spots to store their special race cars. There's even a helicopter landing pad. Prepare to have hours of fun with this revamped classic! Ages 5 years+ $139.99

Little kids love to build and the Mega Bloks First Builders Block Scooping Wagon is perfect for the littlest builder on your list. It combines classic wagon play and construction fun with a block-picking surprise where your little ones can gain a deeper level of learning. They can watch the blocks through the clear compartment when they push the wagon or they can pull it along using the easy to grip, folding handle. Children can learn the importance of clean up while having fun. Once they clean up the blocks, they can dump them out to build anything they want, even directly onto the wagons handle. Ages 1-5 years $39.99

Delight your Monster High fan with fun stocking stuffers this year! The Monster High Strawberry scented lip balm is a morning must-have for young fans. To brighten up the bubble bath, the Skullete Squirting bath poof and Jewel Top Peach Potion will turn bathtime into funtime! $2.97-$5.98

You can find all of the toys mentioned in the Mattel Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 at Walmart or Toys R Us! 


Tis the season to give! This month we are offering one AME reader the chance to win 1 of 2 Mattel Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 prize packs that include the Mega Bloks First Builders Block Scooping wagon, Barbie 2015 Holiday Doll and Monster High Stocking Stuffers (prize value: $96.95)! 

Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends December 5th, 2015. 

By entering this giveaway you understand the terms and conditions on AME. Information is shared solely for prizing purposes. Privacy is important on AME.

Posted in participation with the Mattel #Playadvocate blogger program. Products and perks are obtained as part of my association. Opinions and comments on this blog are my own. 

November 19, 2015

Typically one would think we celebrate Dad's in June for father's day. This is true but November is also known as Movember, men's health awareness month and another month we celebrate the great men in our lives. 

Did you know that Thomas *yes, the train* has been a friend to children all around the world for 70 years? This means that not only our kids are fans of Thomas and Friends but their father probably was too when he was young.

To mark this special milestone, we're celebrating the special multi-generational relationships Thomas has had with families over time, especially between dads and their sons. 

To honor fathers and all that they do, Thomas and Friends is helping us find ways to take time every day to thank and celebrate the dad in our family. 

Put his health first. 

Being a parent is a busy job and, just like mom, sometimes dad's health can come second to the family. This Movember, Thomas and Friends is reminding dads everywhere to get regular check ups at the doctors. In support of Movember, Thomas and Friends is also selling blue mustaches, which can be purchased with all proceeds being donated in support of Movember initiatives which raise funds for prostate cancer research. 

Take time to show your love. 

Sometimes we get caught up in our busy routines and we can forget to show appreciation for the things he does for the family. We make sure to give him lots of hugs, daily and let him know he's special and we love him. While it may seem like a small thing, it will go a long way in making him feel loved and appreciated. 

Have fun together.

The kids love nothing more than when dad joins them in play. Whether it be a board game, building things or just playing with their everyday toys, spending time together doing something they love will create memories to last for years to come. 

Disconnect to connect. 

This one can be difficult in this day and age as it seems everybody is always on their phones or devices. As fun as it is to sit and watch a family movie together, playing together allows more one-on-one time. Set up some trains and have them build the ultimate Thomas and Friends track, dad can share his memories of growing up with Thomas, too!

It doesn't matter how you and your kids show your appreciation for Dad - he effort is sure to show him you care. Remember, it's often the thought that counts more than the act itself. 

For more Thomas and Friends please visit


Celebrate the memory of Thomas and Friends! Enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 Thomas and Friends Turbo Flip Thomas' ($49.99 value)

Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends November 30th 2015. 

By entering this giveaway you understand the terms and conditions on AME. Your information will not be shared unless you are drawn winner in which it will be shared with representatives of Mattel.

Posted by AME in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocates. Complimentary product received as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.  

November 18, 2015

When I was a young girl, I remember telling my parents I wanted to be a veterinarian. I loved animals but I didn't quite understand what went into being a doctor for them. In my mind, I would be taking care of them and making them feel better. Even though I never became a veterinarian, it didn't stop my parents from encouraging me to follow my dreams, whatever they may be. Just like today, I encourage my kids to dream. If my kids want to be hair dressers, writers, firefighters or doctors, they can be.

Barbie spreads a positive message to kids, you can be anything! She's got over 155 careers and counting, there isn't a plastic ceiling she hasn't broken. From Mermaid to Movie Star, Pet Vet to Police Officer, Fashionista to Fairy Princess, there are countless choices for your little ones to let their imagination soar with Barbie. 

There is no such thing as too wild a dream, too big a hope or too fantastic a wish when it comes to Barbie and the tradition continues this fall with Barbie's message, "You Can be Anything"!

To celebrate, Mattel has rounded up a selection of Barbie's top career choices. Show your kids that there are no limits to their potential! 

CEO Barbie

Barbie is ready to make bold business moves and strike out on her own to achieve her career dreams. Kids may not know what a CEO is, but with Barbie they're learning that it's something they can be too! It encourages them to make believe with lots of different career options, showing them that the world is their oyster. From Public Relations to investors, there's no limit to what the can be! 

Barbie Careers Eye Doctor Playset

Your kids may be familiar with different types of doctors, including an optometrist. With this playset, Barbie takes care of her little patients by checking their eyes just like your kids doctors do. You could use this as a learning opportunity to discuss different types of doctors and what jobs they do. 

Director Barbie

Kids love watching movies but do they know what goes on behind the scenes? Lights, camera, action! Barbie is behind the camera directing the latest masterpiece your little ones think up. Role playing helps your kids learn the different jobs from lighting to directors and actors to extras that make up a team to make their favourite movies and shows.

Let your kids imagine what they would like to be when they grow up, encourage them to follow their dreams and reach for the stars. 

For more information about these and other great things from Barbie please visit! Follow @Barbie on Twitter and like the official Barbie Facebook page for the latest. 


This month, we're offering AME readers the chance to win a Barbie "You Can be Anything" prize pack that includes: Barbie Careers Eye Doctor Playset and two Barbie Fashionista dolls ($49.99 value)

Please fill out the entry ballot below to be eligible to win! Open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Mandatory entry must be done to qualify. One entry per household. Ends November 30th 2015. 

By entering this giveaway you understand the terms and conditions on AME. Your information will not be shared unless you are drawn winner in which it will be shared with representatives of Mattel.

I am involved with the Mattel #PlayAdvocate Blogger Program. Product and special perks are obtained as part of this program. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. Giveaway prize courtesy of Mattel. 

November 17, 2015

Last week I posted about Happy Planet Fresh soups, Grab and Go soups. While we enjoyed the soups to go, I wanted to also let you know that Happy Planet Fresh soups also come in pouch form. They are just like the Grab and Go kind, made with fresh ingredients, preservative free, gluten and dairy free, inspired by delicious tastes from around the world. 

If you haven't tried Happy Planet fresh soups yet, you are missing out on some real, hearty goodness. We tried the Portuguese Kale & White Bean soup, made with plum tomatoes and fresh herbs, in pouch form. Hearty and full of goodness, as Happy Planet soups are known for. These soups just get you from the first taste, bursting with fresh flavours. 

With these pouches you can feed two people or three if it's a small serving. If you are eating solo and have too much you can store the leftovers in the resealable bag. They are amazing on their own, heated up or as a base to your own soup masterpiece. 

There are many delicious Happy Planet fresh soups in pouches to choose from like Thai Chicken, Santa Fe Chili, Berkeley Butternut Squash, Indian Split PeaMediterranean Minestrone and more! 

You can find Happy Planet products at most major grocery and natural health food stores across Canada. You can use the Happy Planet Store Locator on the website to find a store nearest you! 

If you'd like to learn more about Happy Planet and what they have to offer, you can visit or follow them on social media @teamhappyplanet on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. Also, don't forget to like the Happy Planet facebook page!

Happy eating!

Sponsored post on behalf of Happy Planet. Comments and opinions are those of the author. 

November 16, 2015

This is the time of year I bake the most. There is something about the crispness of the season that brings me to want to bake up warm and yummy treats for my family. When it comes to baking, I like to keep things simple.

Have you tried the Anything Goes Cookie Dough from Becel®? This recipe is an absolute staple to have in your kitchen. As the name suggests, you can add almost anything you desire to the dough and create your own one of a kind family cookie recipes even your grandmother would be jealous about! With this recipe, you get soft and chewy cookies every time.
Becel Anything Goes Cookie Dough:


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup Becel® Buttery Taste margarine*
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large Naturegg™ Omega 3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

How to make
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190° C).

- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.

- Beat Becel® Buttery Taste margarine with sugars in large bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended. Gradually add in flour mixture; beat just until blended. 

- Add your choice of mix in’s (i.e. chocolate chip, dried fruit, seeds, toffee bits, etc.). Drop by tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets, 2-inches (5 cm) apart.

- Bake 7 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool 2 minutes on wire rack; remove cookies from sheets and cool completely. Makes about 52 cookies. Baking times may vary depending on your stove. It took 10-12 minutes in our older stove.

I love baking cookies and my family loves eating cookies, it was fun to come up with some yummy ideas together. When it comes to cookies though, I tend to always lean on the traditional side and this recipe is just perfect for whatever your heart (or tummy) desires. 

Since it's November and hubby was asking for raisin cookies we created a cinnamon oatmeal raisin cookie based on the Becel® Anything Goes cookie dough recipe above. Using the dough recipe simply add your desired amount of raisins, 1/2 cup instant cinnamon oatmeal or regular oatmeal with a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. The oatmeal makes the dough a little thicker which is great for rolling into balls and pressing down with a fork. Simple yet so delicious! 

For the kids (and maybe moms midnight snack?) something more traditional with a full on chocolate chip explosion cookie. Using the dough recipe add in your desired amount of chocolate chips. The key is - the more chocolate chips, the better! These were a hit with the whole family, the kids requested I make these for our holiday dessert buffet. 

No matter what you bake this holiday season, try replacing butter with margarine like Becel®, 1:1 in any recipe. It's one of the easiest changes you can make and it's great for the heart healthy diet, too. Soft, non-hydrogenated margarine, like Becel® Buttery Taste, contains 80% less saturated fat than butter and has zero trans fat. Traditionally when we think of foods that contain good fats, we think of avocados, salmon, nuts and seeds. But it's important to remember that soft, non-hydrogenated margarine like Becel® is made from a blend of plant oils and also part of the good fats family. 

Submit your cookie creation for a chance to win #BakingWithBecel!

From November 16th to December 13th, Becel® is encouraging you to get creative! Share a photo of your AnythingGoes Cookie Dough creation with Becel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest and be entered for your chance to win 1 of 4 baking prize packages valued at $625!

You can enter through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. To enter, post a photo of your baked-with-Becel creation alongside a tub of Becel. Don't forget to use the hashtag #BakingwithBecel #Contest, tagging Becel's social media pages where appropriate! Each week between November 16 and December 13th, a contest participant will be chosen to win a $625 prize pack! 

Please click here for full details on participation and prizing. 

For more information about Becel® please visit or follow Becel on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for even more cookie inspiration!

Sponsored post on behalf of Becel®. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.