Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Gifts For The Home

Are you having a hard time coming up with gift ideas for the coming holidays? Think close to home! Some of the best gifts you can give to someone you care about are those items that can be used inside the house. Here is a holiday gift guide on gifts for the home.


VTech-




The VTechCS6829 -  is an affordable phone with great features!


We know the holidays are a hectic and crazy time of the year, with VTech’s CS6829 you can stay connected with your friends and family during the busiest of times. The VTech CS6829 is fuss-free when it comes to setting up your landline phone, just plug in and talk; it is simple, durable and reliable; helping the working mom stay connected!



FTD-



Looking for a gift that will WOW your host? Can't find the perfect mix of simplicity and elegance, with a hint of festive delight? Think flowers! According to a recent survey conducted by floral and gifting experts FTD, only 6% of consumers give flowers as a hostess gift. Have your gift stand out by sending flowers ahead of the party, that way the guests can enjoy it too. A perfect example of a hostess gift that adds ambiance to the festivities is FTD's Snowman Sensation Bouquet. Your host will surely melt when they receive this snowman-inspired ceramic vase they can use year after year filled with bright red roses, carnations and snowflake cushion poms.





Great BIG Canvas - Marsala Wall Art




Great BIG Canvas is the first retailer to curate a Marsala inspired collection to meet the demands of customers wanting to stay on trend. The earthy wine tone is neutral enough to mix with everything already in a space. We invite you to check out this perfect collection of pieces, sure to compliment any home.




Sunbeam Canada-




Help your friends and family stay warm this winter with a Sunbeam® Cuddle Up Heated Throw. Available in two fabrics (fleece and micro plush), and 22 designs and colors – plus 13 NHL teams! – the Cuddle Up is machine-washable and dryer-safe. Featuring three heat settings and a 3-hour auto off function, it even has a handy storage pocket so you can make sure your hands (and everything else) are warm and cozy this winter season! Priced from $59.99 and up, Cuddle Ups are available at most major retailers, including: The Bay, Home Outfitters, Walmart, Sears, Home Hardware and Target. 



Carpet One Floor & Home-



Carpet One Floor & Home’s new collection of pink ribbon welcome mats will include twelve designs from professional interior designers and stylists. Twenty-five percent of the sale price of each mat is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). The mats retail for approximately $24.99 US/$34.99CDN. Each mat features a sturdy rubber backing and a pink ribbon to remind people of the cause it supports. All welcome mats are stain and water resistant, machine washable, made in the USA, are suitable for indoor or outdoor use and measure 2’ by 3’.  Not only do they support a great cause, the clever designs make a beautiful and functional personal style statement.





Salton frozen dessert maker/slicer/grater-


Frozen Dessert maker




  • Turn frozen fruit into healthy soft serve in seconds
  • Combine frozen fruit and other flavorings such as nuts, cookies, chocolate chips into a delicious refreshing soft serve dessert/sorbet in seconds
  • 2 fun dessert shapes - swirls or stars
Slicer/Grate




  • Slice,shred, grate and grind vegetables, cheese, fruits, nuts, chocolate & bread for salads, soups, tacos, pizzas, pastas, desserts and more
  • Shave ice for snow cones and slushies
  • 5 stainless steel interchangeable cones
  • Splash guard guides food directly into serving bowl and keeps counter top clean

Salton Smart Sealer-




  • Seals virtually anything in its original bag
  • Seals in the freshness of chips, crackers, cookies, cereal, frozen foods and much more in their original bags.  
  • Built in bag cutter opens sealed bags or cuts off excess before sealing. 
  • Handy magnetic back (not illustrated) - store bag sealer right on your refrigerator.
  • Great for soups, stews, spaghetti sauce and even frozen juice pops - liquids won't leak!
  • Uses 2 "AA" batteries – not included



 Circulon -

Circulon Electric Griddle


The Circulon Electric Griddle is the perfect addition to anyone’s kitchen.  Whip up everything from pancakes to eggs to hot dogs and grilled cheese – the extra-large surface means you can cook more at a time without the added mess. Circulon’s 3-layer total non-stick system ensures that food cooks evenly and that clean up is a cinch. This is a great addition to the kitchen and the perfect gift to those in your life that love to cook and entertain!

http://circuloncanada.ca/griddle/ Electric griddle is exclusive to Canadian Tire.



Circulon Double Roaster

The Circulon Double Non-Stick Roaster is the perfect double duty item that any chef will love to have in their kitchen. Made using Circulon’s Total Non-Stick System the roaster ensures your food doesn’t stick to the cookware and lets you cook without added oils and fats. The lid doubles as a second roaster giving you the option to cook an endless number of dishes!

http://circuloncanada.ca/roasters/ Double Roaster is available exclusively at Canadian Tire.




Starfrit The Rock 8-piece cookware set-
With the new Rock.Tec surface technology, you’ll have a non-stick cookware set that will last for years. This new manufacturing process uses small metal pellet impact technology to modify the surface to form an ultra durable rock-like finish. The result is an outstanding release performance, 3 times better than traditional non-stick cookware.

·         The handle is made of silicone and stainless steel, for comfortable handing.
·         Extra thick forged aluminum base
·         Optimal heat distribution and even cooking
·         Guaranteed never to warp
·         3 times more durable non-stick
·         Resists scratch and abrasion
·         10 years unparalleled warranty
·         Dishwasher safe
·         Compatible with gas, electric, ceramic and halogen stovetops

The set includes:
·         1.5 Qt Saucepan
·         3 Qt Saucepan with lid
·         5 Qt Stockpot with lid
·         8" Fry pan
·         10" Fry pan with lid




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The Dorcy Motion Sensor Flood Light Will Come In Hnady



Traveling is a lot more fun and convenient when done in an RV. You can set your own pace and detour wherever, whenever, you feel like it. Gerry and I love to travel .  Now that we have the RV though, and Gerry is possibly retiring next year, we will be going out on more road trips with it, so we want to equip it as best we can with products of home and safety features for us as well.

When we received the Dorcy LED Motion Sensor Flood Light for the outside of RV, we were quite pleased! It is a great safety feature that we can add to the RV and are anxious to review it. Too bad it's winter and the RV is still covered so we'll have to wait until spring comes to have it set up on the RV.Gerry did try it out in the house and outdoors in the yard and said it offered great coverage.

Please note- this product is not just for camping or RV use.. it also works very well mounted in other areas of the home as well. Gerry said too it comes off the mount so works good to take off if raining or if one needs to use it for another purpose while at their location.

So stay tuned for that review as I am sure if you are an RV owner like us, you will find this product useful for your next camping trip as well.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Your 2014 Holiday Sweet Tooth Gift Guide

              



Christmas is a special time of year. The perfect time for sweet treats! Treats like:


Popcorn, Indiana-



Popcorn, Indiana is the perfect stocking stuffer for food lovers out there. This ready-to-eat popcorn is offered in a variety of flavors such as spicy Sriracha and America’s #1 Kettlecorn. Its seasonal Drizzlecorn, offered in four delicious flavors, is great for those looking for something salty and sweet. They even offer FIT an option for those looking for a better-for-you snack!



Shopbake.com-





Shopbake.com is Canada's first and only online bakery marketplace. Order your holiday baking treats and sweets from your favorite bakeries online, and discover new gems across Canada. 

For buyers:

Shopbake.com is your destination for the very best sellers of baked goods in Canada. Shop for cupcakes, cookies, cakes, bread, and more. Aside from regular baked goods, find nut-free, Kosher, gluten-free, vegan and other specialty bakeries close to your location.

For sellers:

Sell your baked goods on shopbake.com! Build your own shop quickly and easily, and list your products for Canadians all across Canada to purchase. It's free to open a shop!




Ganong Delecto-


These commemorative tins are limited-edition Ganong keepsakes. Each lid features a 1950’s vintage design, carefully selected from the archives of Ganong. Collect all 3 tins as part of our heritage series. Inside each tin is our Delecto Assorted Milk Chocolates: chewy milk caramels (made with real Canadian dairy milk), crunchy whole almonds, Chicken Bones nougat (spicy cinnamon flavored cream centre), maraschino cherries, maple cream (made with real Canadian maple syrup) and Pal-o-mine fudge pieces. Located on each tin’s insert will be an authentication code. Enter the code online in the 2014 Delecto Holiday Photo Challenge for an exclusive online rebate.

Ganong is Canada’s oldest chocolate company, now with the 5th generation running the business in St. Stephen New Brunswick Canada. Since 1873, Ganong has been an innovator responsible for many Canadian confectionery firsts: Delecto boxed chocolates, chocolate nut bars, heart-shaped boxes and Ganong Original Chicken Bones and much more. Discover Ganong’s Canadian chocolate heritage. 



barkTHINS-





barkTHINS are perfect for the holidays because they are irresistibly delicious treats that are especially made for sharing! Their chocolate is designed to be breakable, so as snackers are indulging, they can share plenty of pieces with their friends and family. barkTHINS also serve as:
·         A nice and yummy stocking stuffer gift
·         A dessert replacement after the big holiday meal
·         The perfect pick-me-up snack  pre-holiday meal
·         A great road trip or carry-on snack while you and your family are traveling during the holidays







PEEPS®-





NEW PEEPS® Marshmallow Minions: To honor the PEEPS Minions taste testers, for the first time PEEPS® created a Minion-shaped marshmallow reflecting their fun PEEPSONALITY®, plus enjoy limited edition comics on the back of package made exclusively for PEEPS® by Universal Studios filmmakers

NEW PEEPS® Hot Cocoa & Cream Flavored Marshmallow Dipped Chicks in White Fudge: New for 2014, delectable hot cocoa-inspired marshmallow chicks dipped in white fudge – the Minions fully approve of this fireside indulgence

NEW PEEPS® Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks: New for 2014, peppermint flavored marshmallow chicks remind the Minions of sweet candy cane bliss

NEW PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Snowmen: Fluffy snowmen-shaped marshmallows come to life in this larger new size for 2014; the Minions also decorated them with a red scarf and black buttons

PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Mint Flavored Trees: Mint marshmallow trees covered in milk chocolate

PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks: Delightful Candy Cane flavored marshmallow chicks dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with red speckles

PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Flavored Chicks: Bakery-inspired Sugar Cookie-flavored marshmallow chicks dipped in mouthwatering milk chocolate

PEEPS® Gingerbread-Flavored  Marshmallow Gingerbread Men : Gingerbread flavored marshmallow in smiling gingerbread men shapes

PEEPS® Marshmallow Trees: Green tree-shaped holiday marshmallow decorated with red, yellow and blue garland and topped with a star

PEEPS® Marshmallow Snowmen: Snowmen-shaped marshmallow adorned with top hat and candy cane decorations

PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse-Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer: Chocolate-mousse flavored marshmallow in red-nosed reindeer shapes

PEEPS® Holiday Rainbow POP: Four assorted green, red and white festive marshmallow chicks on a stick



Disclosure: “The PEEPS® product, information and gift have been provided by Just Born Quality Confections.”



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Leading Health and Ancestry DNA Service- 23 and Me Canada

There will always be a big part in us that would like to know where we came from, what our ancestors were like, and what we will pass on to the next generation in our family. We can always ask our elders but we can also find out by doing something very simple... get our DNA tested.

23andMe Canada offers information on our health and ancestry through their DNA kits. All we have to do is order a DNA collection kit containing detailed instructions on how to provide a saliva sample. When a kit arrives, register the specific bar code number so your specific information will be processed. And then the DNA kit should be sent back to 23andMe in a pre-paid packaging provided by them.

Gerry and I both got kits we did and sent out over for testing. It was very simple. We just had to spit in a vial, seal and fill out the registration form out online, and mail our sample in.








We will be waiting for 8 weeks for the results. It is a really cool concept. Our privacy is assured and security of information is of utmost important to them. Learn more about DNA testing at 23andMe.ca now.

We'll let you all know how the results turned out as soon as we know! 


***The kits  sell for $199 per person and shipping.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday- December 12

I'm planning on cancelling one of our 2 credit cards at the end of this month. We have one that gives us points for gas gift cards and has no annual fee. As well, the one we are cancelling we've almost had for a year. It gave us welcoming points that were able to give us a $50 gift card, then we continued to use it, paying it always as we used it, and occurring no interest, for the year. But our year will come to an end soon and unfortunately it will cost $150 for the year to use it next year.That fee was originally waived when we signed up and got our bonus points as well, but we don't want to pay $150 for next year and they wont waive the fee. With the card we were able to get approx. $400 in gift cards through the points, and like I mentioned, incurred no interest, so I'd say we did good with that one. We had gotten an offer in the mail for another but a person has to read everything and see if it works good for you. Bonus sign up points and as well no annual fee is the two things I would look for. Do you have credit cards and make them "work for you?"

Will our days still short here for the winter, we are finding we are having to turn on the lights/power sooner in the evening and as well for longer in the morning. Also using more power now for the outside Christmas lights and inside ones on tree, but maybe it's minimal? We don't have the outside lights on for hours at a time- usually a few hours in evening. Have seen some houses leave them on all night!

Getting darker earlier also is seeing us all sitting down earlier in the evening to watching tv and snacking, and snacking.I'm not walking this winter at the rink, but bike a few times a day to do something at least! We hope that when Gerry retires next year that will change and we will both get out more to exercise. even our Jakey is getting fatter! Anyone else seeing this trend?

Also started drinking green tea. Hoping it will give me some health benefits and energy- both of what I lack!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday December 10

Absolutely can't believe how the time is flying by. Where is December going??
We are being blessed with warm weather but to me, Gerry and Jakey I think we'd all  be happier if there was no snow though and we could actually go sit outside.We got dumped on with snow the other day and poor Gerry had to do a bunch of hand shoveling.. not easy...especially too when he is used to using his quad or snow blower- Both died on him on the same day. The quad actually had the winch break, that lifts the blade, so he had to buy a new one to the tune of $180. The snow blower he's still not sure of but he said he'll need to take a look at it.

Felt bad about spending $30 on a non winning scratch ticket the other day. It was a Christmas one and thought I gotta win something if I spend $30- but nope. Well, that one hurt- and lesson learnt. If your meant to win the universe will have you win I'm sure on a $1 ticket. You hear alot of those stories where someone wins the lottery and it's their first time buying a ticket or they only bought one. Guess most lessons are tough lessons.


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What is Happening With The Web Site??

Some of you may have already noticed that the site has changed a bit. For a few days we were a totally different look and now back to a half half look of what the new site was going to look like and the old site.

Sorry, my fault.. and I'm trying to get some order back to it. I wanted to try to switch from Blogger to Word Press but unfortunately, me not being too techie and really not great with computer stuff at all, I just couldn't do grasp it. Seemed too complicated for me and now I am trying to switch it all back. Unfortunate as well for me, I lost money doing this, as someone had to take the time to work on a new site for me. I'll chalk this up as a lesson for the books on " being happy with what you have."

So please be patient and we'll try to have some order back up soon.




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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

(2014) Stocking Stuffers for Teens





Sometimes it is the smallest things that make the biggest impression. When looking for holiday stocking stuffers for the teen in your life, make sure to remember that it is the thought that counts. We have found some great ideas to fill in any teen's stocking this Christmas, ideas like:


Jamba Juice-



To kick off the holiday season, Jamba Juice has launched its new eGifting capability: a convenient new way for guests to purchase Jamba Juice gift cards online and share a nutritious gift with family and friends! And what’s more, the healthy living brand is bringing back its special, limited time only gift card promotion, rewarding customers who purchase $25 (or more) in Jamba Juice gift cards. 

From now until December 31, purchase a gift card via eGifting or in-store and receive a FREE 16oz smoothie or 12oz juice of your choice! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. Teens are going to love seeing this card in their stockings!

To learn more about Jamba’s new eGifting capabilities and to order gift cards online, please visit www.jambajuice.com/jambacardFor more information about Jamba Juice, please visit www.JambaJuice.comor follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @JambaJuice!



Kiss-



For her stocking:
Your teen can sport a sparkling glitter manicure that stays shiny and bright with an ultra-smooth finish, without the hassle of glitter removal!  Two ways to wear… Whether she chooses to glue them on or use the mega-adhesive tabs, they’ll wear for up to a week. And now available for the Holidays : Limited Edition KISS Gel Fantasy Nails in Rock Candy or Painted Veil.




Garnier-



FRUCTIS DAMAGE ERASER products
Offering  the best possible products and service to make life simpler for your teen that loves looking their best. When appearance is everything.
Fructis Damage Eraser products offer:
90% hair strength reconstructed root-to-tip. Their shampoo and conditioner will
reconstructs strength, repair and protect hair from future damage. 
Perfect for the effects of winter's dry air and styling tools.


Clean+ products by Garnier-



Your teen is going to want the latest from the Garnier Clean+ Skin Care line! 
These ten new skincare products will make their skin bright and hydrated. 
Perfect for filling her stocking.


DigiPals-



These cute mobile device companions feature a microfiber compartment fitted for most Smartphones, MP3 players and small point-and-a-shoot cameras on the market today.  While securely housed in the DigiPal with its zipper closure, users can clean their device’s screen by gently rubbing the DigiPal over the screen. The mobile device companions also feature an additional zippered compartment ideal for carrying essentials including school IDs, money, earbuds or lip balm. While designed with kids in mind, parents and teens will love cleaning and protecting their mobile electronics with these device companions, too.



ChapStick-




ChapStick® this year has seasonally-inspired lip balms which are reminiscent of the warmest holiday memories and will keep lips looking and feeling mistletoe-ready. During the long, harsh winter months, dry lips seem inevitable, but with ChapStick® Pumpkin Pie and ChapStick® Candy Cane lips everywhere can spread holiday cheer.


·         ChapStick® Website 

 Disclosure: “The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.”


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2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Teens


When it comes to holiday gift giving, teens may be the toughest to shop for, especially, if you are not sure what is in and current in their lives. However, there are several gift ideas that are sure to please any teen in your life. Check these out  for some suggestions:


UE BOOM-


Give the gift of music this year with the UE BOOM ($199.99) by Ultimate Ears. This ultra-portable mobile speaker has a 15-hour battery life, plus a water- and stain-resistant acoustic skin. Its cylindrical shape gives you a 360-degree sound experience and it comes in a variety of colors, and there’s even a limited edition lineup with the latest design by the popular DJ, Skrillex.



Kanata's Plushera Throw-


Your teen will love the luxury with this ultra soft throw.
The deep plush construction of this throw creates a blanket that feels wonderful to cuddle up in. A versatile 50 x 60 inch size and also available as an oversize throw in 60″ x 70′ in selected colors . The perfect gift for holiday relaxing. Not just another blanket- this is comfort.




**Watch this spot for more holiday gift ideas for Teens.