Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Skylanders Happy Meal Toys Celebrate Trap Team (USA)

            Skylanders is celebrating it's partnership with McDonalds (USA).

Skylanders Trap Team toys are now appearing in the McDonald’s Happy Meals, which, while not compatible with the existing Skylanders games, can be used to unlock mini games in McDonald’s own McPlay application. The toys that are available are a mixture of Trap Masters, Villains and other Skylanders, namely being Food Fight, Painyatta, Snap Shot, Wallop, Wildfire, and Wolfgang.

The Skylanders Happy Meal packaging also comes with a $10 off coupon for Skylanders Trap Team Starter pack and $1 off a Skylanders figure.

** Disclosure: I received the Skylanders Trap Team toys for announcing the toys being available at McDonalds through Skylanders and Activision.

Yengo- Canadian Online Shoe Store Review and a Giveaway! (Canada only)

Who is Yengo? Yengo is a Canadian online shoe store. If you are looking for modern and comfortable shoes, then Yengo is the best option for you. Their focus is to offer not only comfortable shoes, but ones that will be really good looking on your feet too.

You can buy shoes from Yengo, without worrying about extra costs. They don’t have extra costs like import duties. You also won’t pay extravagant shipping costs, or unexpected processing fees. Shopping at Yengo is basically worry free.

Yengo has been in business for many years, and knows shoes inside and out. They make shoes that are comfortable, stylish and they will make you feel confident. They have a long history in Toronto and give their costumers a superior online shopping experience. They have a very large selection of shoes for Men and Women. They have shoes that range from boots, clogs, sneakers, slippers and more. 

I personally love their slippers- especially ‌LAMO ESSENTIAL LDS Austrailian Moccasin Chestnut Faux Fur slippers. My feet are always cold because I have Raynauds. I can wear warm fur slippers in the summer and my feet won't get hot! I l do like the LAMO brand on the site, but other brands are also available, in a variety of colors, price ranges and styles- so check them out! 

Yengo has offered to do a giveaway with us for the LAMO brand and will give an up to $100 credit towards one pair, to one Canadian winner in our giveaway! 

A random draw will be made on June 10, 2015 from all Canadian entries received through Random.org

To Enter:

Tell me which style you would choose of the LAMO brand if you are the winner?(don't forget to leave your contact info)

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Monday, May 25, 2015

2015 Gift Giving Ideas For Children

Find the perfect gifts for kids - every time. We have ideas for kidsgift ideas for birthdays and other special times when you need to gift.

Kidizoom® Action Cam -  VTech Technologies Canada Ltd.-

Kids can now take regular videos and photos in addition to stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos (2.24”H x 2.24”W x 0.9”D) up to 6' deep underwater with the durable Kidizoom® Action Cam when used in its waterproof case. 

The Kidizoom® Action Cam will also to the bike/skateboard/other sports gear to record their adventures with approximate continuous photo taking & video recording for up to 2.5 hours, thanks to the rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery (included) and expandable memory of up to 32 GB (Micro-SD card sold separately), then connect it to their PC with the Micro USB cable and share with family and friends. 
What a perfect gift for their birthday, good grades, etc.!

The Kidizoom® Action Cam also features a 1.4” colour LCD Screen (128 x 128 dots), 3 built-in learning games, and fun effects, frames and photo filters. 

         Availability: Currently at WALMART and starting on August 1st: TOYS “R” US, Amazon.ca, MASTERMIND TOYS -CDN Price $69.99 

HEXBUG Aquabot 2.0

The HEXBUG® Aquabot 2.0 is perfect for a year-round gift so that kids can experience the fun of having a pet fish collection, without all the messy clean-up!

The new water-born Angelfish and Hammerhead Shark are packed with smart fish technology, added sensors and an inner LED glow that makes them appear more alive than ever before! 
The Aquabot 2.0 swimmers are equipped with hi-tech sensors that enable users to wake a sleeping fish by simply running their fingers through the water, touching the fish or even tapping on the outside of the fish bowl.

Powered by electro-magnetic propulsion and an automatic on and off sensor that activates when submerged in water, these aquatic fish propel around to explore their environment, swimming, diving and changing directions. After five minutes without activity, the Aquabots will go into sleep mode to conserve battery life.

All of its design elements were carefully chosen by our engineers to get children to think about the science behind the robot. 

The HEXBUG Aquabot is compliant with CPSIA standards. 
Ages: 3 years and up. 
Available in ten translucent colors; two button cell batteries are included with each HEXBUG Aquabot 2.0. 
MSRP: Aquabot 2.0 $12.99

The Demarini Voodoo Paradox backpack from Sports Unlimited is a great gift for kids that are into sports, who are looking to take their gear with them everywhere and anywhere. The bag's neoprene bat sleeves with BarrelLock technology provide the bag with superior strength and durability, while maintaining the its lightweight design. The compartments within the bag are large enough to hold your kids' helmet, baseball glove, or any other gear you bring to the game. A few other great features include a fleece lined cell phone compartment to store valuables, as well as a vented shoe compartment for breathable storage. At a price of only $49.95, this bag incorporates the latest technology in sporting equipment at an unbeatable price. You'll be setting yourself up for success with the Demarini Voodoo Paradox backpack from Sports Unlimited. 

*Watch this spot for more gifts coming soon.

Getting Your Fashion Footwear On with Hush Puppies this Summer

Well Summer is almost here and now is a good time to buy some sandals. There is a great selection of them from Hushpuppies.com They have casual and comfortable sandals for women on their website.

All the sandals are so stylish and contemporary. The women’s hush puppies are designed using a selection of materials such as leather, suede and latex.  Many of the sandals also have HP2OFlex. This technology provides the ultimate in cushioned comfort.

The sandals have padded insoles, memory foam heel pad, and cushioned forepart, all that cushions the foot while walking. The HP20Flex, is like walking on air.  This triangular foot bed pattern, conforms the way you walk. It provides air circulation, flexibility and superior support.

Some of the styles of the Hush Puppie sandals include the Nina Nishi - a  leather strap on sandal in colors such as white, tan or black. Or the Greta Lucca, a  classic wedge platform sandal. 

I'd personally like to recommend the Rebecca Keaton's

Comfortable and relaxed look and feel for day and evening wear. Casual or a bit dressed up. A girl can never have enough pairs of Summer sandals!

"Sprucing" Up the Yard with Tree Time

I've always wanted a hedge/ shrubs around the perimeter of our front yard. The neighbors have and I've always been envious of theirs. I thought of the white picket fence before out front but always came back to thoughts of a hedge of sorts. I've also seen a few neighbors with big trees in their front yards as well and thought our front yard was lacking something. Our back yard has alot of trees and is fenced in. Time to spruce up the front yard! The time has come and it's been done. Tree Time to the rescue!

Tree Time.ca is a Western Canadian company. They produce a large variety of native and landscape seedlings. These are shipped out of their cold storage warehouse every spring.Their seedlings can be are quickly transported and can be easily planted. They also have very competitive prices. Tree Time.ca has over 100 species available. And most of their stock is grown from seeds that have been collected locally.Tree Time been in business since 2003. They specialize in selling prairie hardy trees, and shrub seedlings.

Tree Time is also owned and operated by professional foresters who influence the environment positively. They promote tree planting to help clean the air, and conserve the soil. They also have a new growth guarantee as well. Tree Time.ca stands behind their products. They guarantee their seedlings are in good health on arrival, and will put on new growth after being planted. If you receive seedlings that you think aren’t in good health  upon arrival and you contact them within 7 days, or do not produce new growth after 30 days they will replace your seedlings.

We got some trees and shrubs for our yard recently. Some Green Ash trees for parts of our yard. And some Peking Cotoneaster shrubs for the front yard. We were even able to share some of our bundle, with my parents, for their yard.  

We put one tree from our Green Ash bundle in the front yard but also were able to add a few to the back yard. I can't wait till the trees all start growing now! 

Enjoy the photos of me putting poor Gerry to work- he has the better green thumb than I do- and more energy at times I think as well!

2015 Graduation Gift Guide

It’s Graduation time again! The next couple of months are when College and High School graduates will be getting their diplomas. This is quite an accomplishment and deserves some recognition.

If you know a special person in your life who is graduating in 2015, then I’m sure you would like to get them a something for this occasion. There is always the option to give money, but sometimes a gift would mean a lot more to them.

You may be having a hard time finding that perfect gift for the Grad, so here are some ideas for Graduation Gifting 2015: 

Dated Mugs with Designed Handles
MSRP: $12.95/each
Give your graduate something to toast and present
them with a Class of 2015 and YOU DID IT! Tassel mug. Ceramic, dishwasher safe.

Autograph Graduation Bear
Special: $12.95 with any purchase
MSRP: $16.95
Sign your name right on this fabric bear- his square shape offers plenty of room for autographs.
Includes marker with permanent black ink.

Hallmark has an excellent assortment of mugs, photo frames, thank you cards and gifting options for grads – whether they are graduating from grade 2 or 12.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Review: Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs from 1-800 PetMeds

Having an RV now, and traveling most times with Jakey, (our little Yorkie), we had come across the problem that the bed was quite high for him to jump up onto. We were always asking him if he wanted to go up there or would just have to put him up there at bedtime. But there was the worry that if he would get up there, and we weren't nearby, he'd try to jump off and hurt himself on the floor.
For this reason, anytime we went out, we'd have to remember to close off the door to the bedroom so he wouldn't be tempted to jump up on the bed.
I thought there has to be a better solution, so started searching for steps that he could use to get him up and down. I also was looking for steps that would also fold easy for storage, while traveling in the RV. 

Well, I found the Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs from 1-800 PetMeds.

They are perfect. A must have for small dogs and cats for the home or those high RV beds. Also great for arthritic pets. Highly recommended. The steps even have carpeting on them, for added no slip protection for them.

How it works:

Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs' solid wood construction includes a wooden brace to lock the stairs in place and built-in side rails to prevent sliding and other injuries. The large size has smaller step treads and is intended for small - medium sized pets. The extra large size is intended for larger pets and those needing access to higher levels.

Safely aids pets in ascending and descending
Folds flat for easy storage and portability
Solid wood construction with a walnut finish
Built-in side rails provide added protection
Large and extra large models available
No assembly required and supports up to 200 lbs

** Disclaimer: these pet steps were provided to me free for review, but the opinion in the post was my opinion and did not impact my review in any way.

RV's, 5th Wheels- Must Have's

Gerry and I love to travel. Whenever we can, you will find us in our RV traveling from one place to another. It's actual hard for us to stay put here during the winter months, but we don't like to leave our dog Jake in the winter at the kennels, so we usually stay home from October- March. Itching to get out again.

This upcoming Fall, we are hoping to start on Snowbirding. Gerry is retiring soon and this is what we've been planning on doing for quite some time. Of course, before we can go on Snow birding, we need to make sure that we have planned everything accordingly. Our home should be secure. Our stuff needs to be stored. And we have a budget that we will stick to while on the road.
Your RV or 5th Wheel is like your second home though and you want to have it all equipped. Some things we're taking:

Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs - (from 1-800 Pet Meds)-

Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs provides a safe and stylish way for pets to ascend and descend. The solid wood construction folds flat for easy storage and transport. The stairs require no assembly and can be placed against beds, chairs, sofa, tables or any desired area. The pet steps are perfect for small pets, aging pets and pets with joint issues. Perfect for the RV and 5th wheel for our furry friends!

For: Dogs and Cats

Renogy 200W Monocrystalline Starter Kit-

The Starter Kits are a great introduction for people who have just started getting into solar—a combination of being great on budget, and easy to get set up and running without too much effort. The Starter Kit provides the convenience of having the essential components of a solar system in one kit and because the items are bundled together, you save more than if you were to buy the items separately. Of course, as with having any solar system, the ability to have renewable energy on hand while off-grid is more than a little helpful, even if just to help provide lighting or charging your devices. With our Starter Kit, all the items included are under warranty: the accessories for a year and the panels for twenty-five years. 

If you ever have any questions, our team is more than happy to help assist you and can be reached via phone at 1-800-330-8678 or via techsupport@renogy.com

Orion Bear Deterrent-

Orion Safety Products introduces its new non-lethal sight and sound Bear Deterrent.  The product produces a loud “gunshot” sound, a bright dynamic flash and smoke, and it is designed to scare bears away before they are close enough to be in attack mode.  Field tests in Alaska have demonstrated Orion Bear Deterrent can be effective at 300 feet.  

Though lethal bear attacks are rare, there has been an increase in bear attacks and maulings as more people live in or visit bear habitats according to a 2014 article in National Geographic.  The report also suggests that people who live in or visit areas where bear and other large animals live, can educate themselves and take precautions to reduce risk of an attack.  Bear deterrent products are recommended for hunters, campers, hikers or anyone living in rural areas frequented by bears.    
Orion Bear Deterrent is an excellent, long-distance alternative to bear pepper sprays and other deterrent products available.   “Bear spray products and other deterrent products do not work at longer ranges, and they may not work in all weather conditions,” explained Jay McLaughlin, President Orion Safety Products, “When bears are close enough to use some of these other products, it can be a terrifying and dangerous situation.  Protecting yourself and your family is critical.  Orion Bear Deterrent works at distances as great as 300 feet with both a visual and sound signal to frighten bears away.”     

Orion Bear Deterrent offers additional advantages over currently available alternatives.  It is non-lethal and a safe alternative to weapons, traps and poisons.   While bear sprays may not work in wind, rain or other weather conditions, Orion Bear Deterrent works in all weather conditions with no risk of fire.  It is lightweight (launcher and 4 shells weigh only 6 ounces), waterproof, and compact – a holster is available, so you may quickly access it when needed.  Orion Bear Deterrent produces a loud “gunshot” sound, over 120db and is louder than most audio bear deterrents, and it produces a bright, dynamic flash (over 11,000 candela) and smoke.  This multi-sensory device gives the user a better chance of deterring a bear than a product that only produces a sound, visual alert, or chemical deterrent.  The product is also less expensive than most bear deterent sprays.  
Orion Bear Deterrent is ideal for use when hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping in remote areas.  It is also great for people who live in wilderness areas and other areas where bears may dwell.  Orion Bear Deterrent may also be used to ward off other large animals including dogs.   It can also be used as an emergency signal allowing rescuers to hone in on your location if you are lost or injured.  The product comes with a launcher “gun” and four Orion Bear Deterrent shells.  Replacement shells, launcher holsters, shell holders and other accessories are available separately.    

About Orion Safety Products

Orion Safety Products, Easton, MD, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of highway and U.S. Coast Guard Approved signals.  They have manufacturing facilities in Easton, MD, Peru, IN and Bristol, PA.  For more information, visit www.orionsignals.com. Orion Bear Deterrent is available at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Gander Mountain and other outdoor, camping and hunting equipment retailers or call 1-800-637-7807. In Canada the best way to find this product is by contacting the Orion Customer service department at  mcustomersevice@orionsignals.com


Homcom Torque Multiplier Wrench Set -

This Homcom Torque Multiplier Wrench Set uses gear reduction to help you loosen and remove lug nuts by hand. It is compatible with nearly every heavy duty vehicle, including semi-trucks, RVs, tractors, buses and more. It is capable of generating up to 4800 lbs of torque, allowing you to remove lug nuts without the use of power tools. A perfect companion for emergencies on RV road trips or just for completing some DIY maintenance.
Package includes:
    ·         4 x sockets: 41 mm (1-5/8"), 38 mm (1-1/2"), 33 mm (1-5/16") 6 point sockets and a 21 mm (13/16") - 4 point socket; 75 mm tall
    ·         1 x storage case
    ·         1 x wrench
    ·         1 x speed handle bar
    ·         1 x long bar

*** Gerry has one of these- tried it out on our RV and with minimal effort, was able to remove all wheel nuts. Highly recommended!

and to go with this torque is the  One -Inch Male To  Half Inch Female Socket Adapter by Cheater Wrench-

"Once you've broken a tough lug nut loose with your torque multiplier, you don't want to keep using that tool to fully remove the nut. It takes 58 revolutions of the input shaft to turn the output shaft just once. And removing the nuts by hands can be a bother and take time as well. If you use a 1" male to 1/2" female socket adapter, you can keep your socket on the lug nut and attach that adapter to a 1/2" impact gun. Then you can use the impact gun to very quickly run off the lug nuts. Break each one loose first, then take them off in no time with this adapter."

The Drive 4G-M

Staying connected is essential for all people, but even more so for those on the go. The Drive 4G-M allows people to have a strong reliable signal even where it is extremely weak. The Drive 4G-M  is simple to install and works with all U.S. carriers. Simply install it in the RV, run the antenna to the roof and it immediately starts boosting signal with the RV. The Drive 4G-M gives you faster download speeds and improves battery life. It’s a must for anyone traveling long distances in an RV.

Honeywell HeatBud Ceramic Personal Heater-

The Honeywell HeatBud Ceramic Personal Heater is a portable, energy efficient solution that provides just the right amount of heat for you. This unit is perfect for all personal spaces and can be implemented in home, at school or in the office. Designed with ceramic technology that provides fast, even heating, it is energy efficient and uses only 250 watts. Offered in four fun colors, it has a modern, compact design that fits anywhere. Use on and/or underneath desks, tables and work spaces. With one button manual controls, it is simple to use. It's a great way to keep your space cozy and warm.

ObusForme  1.5” Memory Foam Mattress Topper-

·      This memory foam mattress topper conforms to your body shape to enhance your sleep.
·      No need to worry about mattress creaks or squeaks as memory foam changes shape when you move providing support throughout the night.
·      It reduces pressure points at your shoulders, hips and legs, and also improves your blood circulation causing relaxation.
·      This mattress topper will provide added comfort to an existing mattress without having to spend the price of a new mattress. 
·     It is a quick and affordable solution for a better night’s rest.
      The plush velour cover is also machine washable for ease of use and can also be spot cleaned for your convenience.  

The Bedlocker Electric tonneau from Pace Edwards-

RVers with fifth wheels know just how valuable every inch of storage space is. That’s why the motorized Bedlocker Electric pickup bed cover from Pace Edwards is a must have. It’s built to accommodate your fifth when traveling, and is incredibly easy to use – open and close it with a keychain fob. Park your trailer, then close the Bedlocker Electric to add extra, secure storage capacity. The cover can be opened to any position on the pickup, and when not in use, this hard tonneau conveniently retracts into a canister at the front of the truck bed.

Starfrit's Lock &  Lock Classic containers-

Since 1997, Lock& Lock has revolutionized food storage containers which always seem to have one recurring problem: leaking. With its 4-locking mechanism and a resilient silicone seal, food is kept fresh longer without having to worry about leakage. Containers are offered in two types of plastic: the original version in polypropylene and a transparent version, the Krystal line (no BPA). To its plastic collection, Lock & Lock has added the Glass Lock & Lock and the Ceramic Lock & Lock product lines. All great practical solutions for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food, organizing your kitchen pantry, cooking meals (Glass) and so much more. 

Lock &  Lock Classic (Plastic)
Lock & Lock Classic containers, the original 100% air and liquid tight containers, are essential when it comes to storing and re-heating your food. Each freezer and dishwasher safe piece (container and lid) is also microwave reheatable. They are the perfect practical solution for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food and so much more.


This LED lighting solution from InnoTechRV.com provides both decorative multi-color and white outdoor lighting for your RV awning area.  The waterproof RGB LED light strip kit comes with everything needed to install the LED lighting system using either 12VDC or 110VAC power.  

The 16' LED strip is backed by strong 3M tape to enable it to stick to any clean surface and can be cut to length. Two options for wireless remote control are provided, RF and infrared. The RF wireless remote is capable of controlling the strip through walls and without direct line of sight to the controller. The remote controls can select from up to 16 different colors including white and you can control the brightness by dimming the light output. InnoTechRV.com supplies a range of innovative electronics products for your RV including Tire Pressure Monitoring, Holding Tank Level  Monitoring and Centralized Tire Inflation/Deflation Systems. 

Mr. Heater-The Portable Buddy-

North America's Most Popular Portable Propane Heater! This patented radiant 4,000-9,000 BTU Liquid Propane heater connects directly to a 1 lb. cylinder and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed spaces like RVs or Campers up to 200 sq. ft. The expertly engineered size to BTU ratio is augmented with a fold down handle to give this heater maximum output while retaining a minimalistic footprint. To light the unit, simply rotate the knob to pilot and push. Then the integrated Piezo sparking mechanism will take care of the rest. With the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and accidental tip-over safety shut-off you can be sure that you will enjoy years of comfortable indoor safe heat.”

We'll need this locking device for our tow dolly- as we wouldnt be without taking our SUV as a second vehicle. We've traveled before with just the RV and you really need the second vehicle to get to those smaller spots where an RV just wont go.

The Master Lock No. 379DAT features a universal trailer coupler lock, designed to fit 1-7/8in (48mm), 2in (51mm) and most 2-5/16in (59mm) couplers. The advanced locking mechanism provides resistance to picking and prying. Resists rust and corrosion! And the Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ceto Swimwear Review

I had the opportunity to review some nice swimwear from Ceto Swim recently, reviewing their Foiled Snake Print. The one piece I tried on was in a black/silver combo, that also comes with a poncho cover up. I was quite impressed with the combination: a very classy bathing suit with stylish cover up.

I do recommend when you are ordering to please consult the sizing chart, so you buy the right size and do not have to worry about returns or exchanges. My swimsuit was bought bigger than what I wear in day to day clothing, but surprisingly fit well and wasn't too big at all.

Ceto Swim is an online swimwear company that was founded in 2014. 
It is an exclusive online retailer, known for it’s swimwear vendor Chuck Handy. With 35 + years in the swimsuit industry Chuck Handy promises to push the limits on this new swimwear line. 

They offer a very large range of  fashionable and also flattering swimwear. They want to make  you feel confident, while at the pool or beach, and they also have unique ideas on materials, manufacturing, styles and design.

Chuck Handy swimsuits, are sold as sets. The Tankini and one piece swimsuits are available in sizes 8-24W, and come with a matching coverup. Each piece is also constructed with pillow soft foam, molded cups, and T3 Tummy Tamer Technology. This technology, ensures flattening and a comfortable fit, such as the Foil Snake print I reviewed throught them.

I'm thinking this would make a very nice suit/cover up for holiday getaways or even a cruise!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kellogg's Canada Brings Back Premiums in SMP of Kellogg's Cereals

Remember a time when opening a box of cereal brought the excitement of finding a surprise inside? It was thrilling and adventurous—like going on a treasure hunt at the breakfast table.

This spring, Canadian families can experience that delight again as they open specially-marked, family-size boxes of Kellogg’s cereal with one of five collectible Cereal & Milk Spoon Straws inside! Each spoon straw features a beloved Kellogg’s character and will bring a little more FUN to breakfast. 

I love the spoon and straw idea for kids for their cereal. I remember as a kid I used to either eat the cereal dry right out of the box, or as a kid your always using a straw to blow bubbles in something liquid.  I do hope that Kellogg's Canada will continue offering premiums in their cereals. As a kid I remembered when mom would bring food and cleaning products home that would contain a little surprise in them. I always wanted to be the one to open the box right away and dig it out! Oh the good 'ole days! Let's bring that back again!