Make Your Berry Dreams Come True

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blueberries are one of the most delicious and nutritious foods available to today’s consumer. Jam-packed with antioxidants, they have been shown to reduce the risks of certain diseases, inflammation and even cancer. Better yet they taste and smell fantastic.

Blueberries grow wild here in the bushes. Thing is, the bears like them too, so depending on where you pick them,you have to always keep one eye open when picking.! They also start growing in our hottest months, so its not too often that one feels like picking berries in the heat.We tried transplanting some trees a few years ago from the bush, into our yard, but they didn't take. But they are a free fruit to pick in some areas of the country and a nice and healthy fruit to eat.

For those that love blueberries, welcome:

The Blueberry Store - a great online market place for all things blueberry. You can get the tried and true blueberry baked goods and some tasty preserves and jellies. You can think inside the box with blueberry themed gift baskets or outside the box with some unique items such as blueberry themed pet supplies, blueberry bath products, blueberry mugs and so much more. If you are looking for something different why not try a blueberry BBQ sauce or blueberry salsa. The true blueberry fanatic can purchase a great variety of blueberry bushes that you can plant and grow in your own back yard. 

Make your wildest blueberry dreams come true with a visit to The Blueberry Store online or fill out the form for a free catalog.

Enjoy 25% off your next order till April 30, 2012 by using code:  BBONECOUP12

Review and Giveaway: Not Nuts by Enjoy Life Foods

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Not Nuts is a salty, sweet and crunchy trail mix that contains no nuts (no tree nuts or peanuts). Since its allergen-free it is the perfect school snack and the ideal healthy portable snack for people on the go, or for people who simply don’t like nuts.

These mixes contain no artificial ingredients, are gluten-free, vegan and Kosher-perfect for people living all kinds of healthy lifestyles. Comes in Beach Bash and Mountain Mambo.

Now the company has unveiled vibrant, attractive colourful packaging which fits the well loved deliciousness of the combination of seeds and nuts that is inside.

Trying  this product we were impressed with its freshness and great taste.
You also have to check out their full line of cookies. Yummy, yummy is all we can say, especially the soft cookies.

Enjoy Life would love to offer one of each of these bags to one lucky winner in a giveaway to be held by on March 11, 2012.

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Review and Giveaway: Unjunk Your Junk Food by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer ( Canada only)

Make the healthier choice and join the food revolution. The book Unjunk your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks will help you find healthy alternatives to your favourite snacks. It’s a great way to change your diet without giving up the snacks you love. The book is jam packed with savvy alternatives to conventional brand, “worst ingredients” list, as well as tips for reading labels to get the nutrition you need in a snack food you want. It will even help you recognize false claims made by some companies. Now you can discover how to choose a (healthier) cake and eat it too!

What I loved about this book was that it had great color pictures and was in a great easy to read format. I loved reading about why I shouldn't be eating this food or beverage and what a healthier alternative was.Great book! What I didn't like was that here in Canada we don't carry alot of the healthier versions of the foods/beverages that I saw in the book, and it tends to be more U.S based. However, the book does include site links to all the healthier versions of the foods and their web sites in the back of the book.Its still a must read book.

We will be giving away a copy of one of these books to one lucky winner from Canada, based on the fact that our book sponser, is Canadian based.A random draw will be held by on March 10, 2012 from all entries received.

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Peace of Mind When Travelling With Medjet Assist

Monday, February 27, 2012

Having a medical emergency abroad is one of every traveller’s biggest nightmares.

While some travellers may be aware of the financial troubles that can become associated with treatments away from home, and buy travel insurance, they may become surprised that the insurance does not cover the transportation, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, to a hospital close to their home. This can become especially important when you become hospitalised for a length of time without access to familiar surroundings, family and friends or even your own doctors.

A MedjetAssist membership bridges the gap that is often seen in these platinum cards or travel insurance contracts by providing emergency transport to a member who has been hospitalized as in inpatient or who has been hospitalized due to an injury 150 miles from home. This incident can occur within the United States or can happen in international incidents. MedjetAssist will arrange medical evacuation and repatriation services to the hospital of the Member’s choice by MedjetAssist authorized affiliate. As soon as MedjetAssist is notified of the medical emergency, they will establish communication between the family and a local medical provider. They will stay in communication and relay messages to the medical provider or member’s family, they will offer foreign language assistance with medical personal if needed as well as relay messages to family and friends and colleagues 24 hours a day toll free.

There are no cost limits for the medical transfer; MedjetAssist is a great way to obtain a peace of mind while travelling.

Dempster’s Launches Their New Bagel Formulation

Although I don't eat bagels, Gerry does, so he was quite willing to review Dempster's new recipe for their new fluffier and softer bagel.

The new recipe for Dempster’s Bagels ensures every bagel toasts up to be crispy on the outside yet stays soft and fluffy on the inside. Made fresh daily in bakeries across Canada, Dempster’s Bagels use a special recipe and authentic baking process. The improved recipe includes premium Canadian ingredients such as real cinnamon and spice, dried blueberries, fried onions and pumpkin seeds. The result? A bagel that’s perfect for toasting and topping.

Gerry really liked these bagels. He said they were a nice change from cereal and toast in the mornings and them being a softer bagel, made for a making a nice sandwich as well.

March 6th-"The Immortals" Arrive on DVD and Blu-ray

Discover eternal life when  Immortals arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray March 6.

This epic film centers around a mad and ruthless king (Mickey Rourke) who is on a mission to find the one weapon-Epirus Bow. This weapon can free the imprisoned Titans, mortal enemies of the Gods, and end the rule of the Greek Gods of Olympus and destroy humanity. Chosen by Zeus, only one man a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) can stop him. With a small band of followers, Theseus must embark on a quest to embrace his destiny and save the save both the mortals and immortal world.

To celebrate the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release of the epic film IMMORTALS on March 6th, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and America’s Blood Centers are organizing blood drives at 30 select universities across the country starting this week and continuing through March 9th. Students and participants will experience Director Tarsem Singh’s visually stunning film, pick up exclusive IMMORTALS premium items, while donating blood at their local college campus. 

Remaining Dates / Participating University & Colleges

· Feb. 27 - Feb. 28 – Billings & Rocky Mountain College
· Feb. 27 - Feb. 29 – Del Mar College
· Feb. 27 - Mar. 1 – University of Miami
· Feb. 28 – San Diego State University
· Feb. 28 – Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
· Feb. 28 - Feb. 29 – Louisiana State University
· Feb. 28 - Feb. 29 – University of Wyoming in Laramie
· Feb. 29 – Century College
· Mar. 1 – Case Western Reserve University
· Mar. 1 – University of Minnesota Bailey Hall
· Mar. 1 – University of the Pacific
· Mar. 5 – Montana State University
· Mar. 5 - Mar. 8 – Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus
· Mar. 6 - University of Florida
· Mar. 6 - Mar. 8 – Northwestern State University
· Mar. 7 – University of Minnesota Middlebrook Hall
For full details regarding these blood drives and participating center information, including  campus drive updates, please visit the Fox Connect Facebook Page:

Back Home!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy to say we made it back home safe and sound. Did have one flight delay of 2 hours and another very rough part of a flight approaching Denver on our return back to Canada. Nice to be home.


Vegas Trip-Day 7

Saturday, February 25, 2012

We got in too late last night for me to feel like blogging.Las Vegas is 2 hours behind our time at home, but our bodies are still running on CST.It will be hard to make the adjustment once we get back home, as I remember before doing this time change and not being able to fall asleep till 2 in the morning- just lying awake and watching the digital numbers turn from one into the next.

Today we leave Vegas, and it will be a day of planes and travelling. We'll certainly miss the nice weather with no snow, and the cheap prices for everything compared to what we pay back home. What we won't miss will be the casinos. We have a weakness to play and its not very frugal of us, and for that we feel bad.I'd say we won some and we lost some. We look forward though to getting back home to family and back to our day to day to life again, although Gerry will be back to work the day after he gets back, so not looking forward to that.

While here, we saw another couple from our home town, crossing the crosswalk.I tried to yell out to them but they never heard but I did snap their picture.

Staying at the condo, there has been daily internet fees. $50 for 3 days and then $10 a day after that. Not much I can do about that, and do like to keep in touch with you all with blogging and the family back home, so I pay the fees for that luxury.

Yesterday, we travelled about an hour out of the city to the Valley of Fire State Park.It seemed like a longer drive as there was nothing in sight but desert, until we hit the park. It is something else to see though: red sandstone formations and multi colored sandstone created over 150 million years ago.Quite the must see. $10 out of state entrance fee to get into the park as well.

In the evening we were at the Terry Fator show at the Mirage.We had this show scheduled for the end of our week and it was well worth the wait.He was every bit of what we had seen on tv of him. From seeing him on comedy shows, to America's Got Talent, we can never get enough of him. He has such an amazing ability to not only be a top notch ventriloquist but also be a great singer that can impersonate many singers, through his dolls.He made us laugh and he made us cry- thank you Terry!This is a must see how if you are in Vegas though, so don't miss it!

Vegas Trip -Day 6

Thursday, February 23, 2012

We had a great day today! Still haven't made it over to the Las Vegas sign for photo op and last day in Vegas tommorow before heading home on Saturday.

The highlight of this evening was seeing Recycled Percussion live at the Tropicana. We had first learned of the group when they appeared on America's Got Talent.Was great to see them in person as the guys give a ton of energy.Energy that pulls the crowd into their performance. Audience members are given a drum stick when they arrive and can choose a kitchen pot, pan, etc to bang away on and have fun with them during their act. They combine great drumming and guitar playing with upbeat music and a comedy of their own. After the show they meet with their fans and take time to mingle, sign autographs and do photos.This is a top of the line act that we would highly recommend as a must see on your trip to Vegas.Thanks guys for being so nice to us!

In the afternoon we took a private gondola ride at the Venetian.The Venetian offers both indoor and outdoor gondola rides with a singing gondolier that sweeps you down the Grand Canal. Our gondolier Pietro, originally from Italy was quite pleasant as he hosted us on our ride. A highly recommend for your trip.

Looking for great places to eat while in Vegas? We can highly recommend two great burger joints: I Love Burgers at Town Square and Johnny Rockets at the Venetian.Both of these places offer great fast food if you love the traditional All American food.

Last day in Vegas tommorow.  We'll certainly miss the weather! But have to get away from these slot machines- they can be addicting!

USA Tours of the Deep South

If you dream of an America which consists of lazy afternoons sipping iced tea on the airy veranda of an antebellum mansion or soaking up some serious jazz and soul food, then one of the most exciting USA tours you can take is down into the Deep South. Whether you want to while away an afternoon playing poker on an old paddle steamer, or whether you want to venture into the cradle of the American civil rights movement, the Deep South has something for you.

If you’re heading anywhere near Texas, be sure to stop off at San Antonio which is one of the most visited cities in this state. And you must remember the Alamo because this mission fortress is the top attraction in the city. If you fancy cooling down, the River Walk is a stunning waterside strip of shops and restaurants. Or if you’re all shopped out, then you can cruise down the river on a leisurely barge. If you’re planning your trip around Christmas, then this area turns into a spectacular river of light which is something to see.

Many USA tours will take you down to New Orleans which is a truly unmissable experience. You can immerse yourself fully in the culture and history by visiting a whole slew of museums. There are also lots of plantations and if you’re interested in seeing some antebellum architecture, there are lots of historical buildings open to the public. Save some time to visit the French Quarter and indulge yourself in the local cuisine. With everything from Creole through to Cajun you can try out traditional specialities like jambalaya, gumbo and po’ boys. Stick around for some night-time entertainment where you can take your pick of jazz joints. And watch out for festivals. New Orleans is famous for its Mardi Gras, but there are dozens of other music festivals throughout the year.

Why not finish up in Atlanta, Georgia? As one of America's most visited cities, there’s plenty to occupy everyone. This city is famous for being the home of Coca Cola, so if you’re a fan of the real thing you might like to pop by and visit the World of Coca Cola. For a fun day out, Stone Mountain Park is bursting with things to do. There are laser and firework shows, exciting children’s rides, and scenic train trips around the mountain. If you really have a head for heights, test your skills on the Sky Hike which is America’s biggest aerial adventure course. Once you’ve come back down to earth, try to make some time to find out more about the civil rights movement. Atlanta is home to Martin Luther King and there is a Historic Site dedicated to him where you can visit his tomb. The site has free admission and parking and you can follow the Martin Luther King journey and find out more about him and some of the other civil rights pioneers.

Our Trip To Vegas-Day 5

I'm a day behind again with my posting for our trip. Had more internet troubles and had to get some tech help, but here are our highlights from yesterday: We haven't been heading out for the day till close to lunch.Lazing away the mornings.

During the day we took a drive to Lake Mead for our Lake Mead Cruise aboard the Desert Princess. A 90 minute paddlewheel cruise with stories of the construction of the  Hoover Dam, and the formation of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. The boat was comfortable with seating on the top deck and the ability to walk around freely on all decks and take photos.

We had tickets booked for Celine Dion last night, at Caesars Palace, but when we got there, were told the concert was cancelled as she had been fighting laryngitis for several days and despite vocal rest and treatment, she had suffered a relapse and instructed by her doctor to cancel for the evening.Alot of people were there all dressed in their best, and alot had travelled from all over the world to see her, but there wasn't much anyone could do. 

Did some more slot playing while at Caesars but didn't get too far ahead with that. Seemed to win what we put in and played.

Traffic on the strip is terrible in the evening, so if you are going to Vegas and planning to see some shows in the evening, please allow at least an extra hour to get a place to park and find your way to the box office. Alot of walking is involved to get from point A to point B in the hotels. The parking garages are equally as huge, so it's best to write down where you parked, so you can find your way back after. We had that happen to us last night. We thought we remembered where we parked but didn't, and had to spend about half an hour looking for our car!

Sun is shining again today so I'm off for another day!  Photobucket

Our Trip to Las Vegas-Day 4

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Today we needed to do a bit of shopping to fill the cupboards and fridge so we headed over to Whole Foods on Las Vegas Blvd. I had heard good things about the Whole Foods stores and wanted to see for myself.Gerry and I loved the look of the store and all the healthy foods it had to offer inside.With the both of us having digestive problems,this store was nice to shop at for some clean eating. We also had a chance to shop for souveniers and have lunch at Roxy's Diner, which was inside the Stratosphere, where the girls that wait the tables there, also sing for the customers.

Later we headed up to the Stratosphere Tower where we got to see great views of Las Vegas and the surrounding area, but neither one of us are brave enough to ride the rides they offer at the top!

The day ended with the Viva Elvis Show. I had seen this show with Gerry over a year ago and liked it when we saw it the first time, but was quite disappointed with it this time.The show made some changes and seemed to be selling sex more than anything.From guys and gals in underwear to pole dancing, and groping in some of the acts, it really wasn't what we had gone there to see. The music at times was so loud that even the lead singers were drowned out.I really hope that they will bring back more class to this show.

Our Trip To Vegas- Day 3

I wanted to write about our day 3 yesterday, but besides being busy I ended up having Blogger problems and not being able to post. But I seem to have worked that out this morning so will tell you want we did yesterday.

It was a slow start to the day again since Gerry and I both were suffering still from the effects of travelling. Not sure if its jet lag,or the pills we take to relax when we fly, but we both still weren't feeling our 100%.

We did some gambling during the day on the slot machines , winning a bit but losing too. But it's still fun to try your luck.

Later that evening I was quite nervous about taking my first ever and Gerry's first ever, helicopter ride with Maverick Helicopters.Our helicopter pilot Josh,made is a most pleasurable experience though, and the champagne they offered inside was a tremendous help to calm my nerves. The  flight was approx.12-15 minutes over the Las Vegas strip.  Loved the big windows in the helicopter, that offered a panoramic view as well as the ability for the helicopter to fly so close to the hotels.

We had been in a small plane before and that was not as smooth as the helicopter. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and now we are both happy to say we have completed another task off our bucket list!

Following our helicopter flight we did the CSI: The Experience- Las Vegas at MGM Grand. We had the opportunity to review it and it didn't meet our expectations. The cost per adult is $28, which is quite high for the experience that you get.We came away feeling less than satisfied, however for CSI buffs this experience would be more entertaining.

On to day 4 ......


Our Trip To Vegas- Day 2

Monday, February 20, 2012

It was a nice sleep last night in our king sized bed at the Delta Bessborough. We have a queen sized bed at home but I just love all the space of a king bed. Our room at home would be too small for a king bed. We have a mobile home and the bedroom wouldn't be large enough for one.

Enjoyed a complimentary buffet breakfast as well at the hotel.

Flew out of Saskatoon and into Las Vegas, but were missing a piece of luggage when we got into Las Vegas, along with other people on our flight.After we got all that worked out and had to speak to someone, we found out it was on another plane or at another airport and would get to our condo at 1 am.That was our clothing suitcase and the one that carried my lap top.

Picked up our car rental from Payless and saw that the fees were different from what I had printed off online. Different than what they were quoting at the counter.Had to go over this with them and delete all their unnecessary "add ons" as I would call them.

Made it into the condo late and straight to bed. 2 hours time difference from ours at home, so a bit hard on the old body to get used to. Add to that the Gravol I had been taking for the plane and fighting stomache inflammation,and yeah, I was hit hard, but today- day 3, is a new day.Will tell you all about it later.. off for breakfast.


Our Trip to Vegas-Day 1

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hi everyone-
Well, we left today from home and on the way to Las Vegas for a week.Have the girls and my sister all taking their turns looking after the guinea pigs  that we left behind and house sitting.

Today was a 6 hour drive south to Saskatoon,Sask..Long drive but nice to arrive.Even better to arrive at a great hotel like the Delta Bessborough.As you can see, our room is beautiful. Modern decor with old fashioned flare.The Signature Club Junior Suite room is quite accomodating!

Once settled in,we went downstairs and  were welcomed by Stefan, director of Sales and Marketing.Stefan gave us and a few others, a wonderful, knowledgable tour of the hotel and its history. We would recommend anyone staying in the area to stay at this hotel.The staff we all came across have been very friendly and it's like home away from home. Thank you Delta!

Tommorow we fly to Vegas!


SafSlim™ Lean Belly Challenge

Friday, February 17, 2012

The SafSlim™ Lean Belly Challenge program is encouraging Americans to reduce their waistline over the course of 90 days with SafSlim™.

The grand prize winner, based on inches lost and healthy habits gained, will receive a $25,000 cash prize, a trip to New York City for her/him and a friend to meet Montel Williams and receive a one-hour personalized workout session. The grand prize winner and friend will also receive a one year free gym membership and a year supply of SafSlim™ to help them maintain their new shape.

Deadline for sign ups is February 20, 2011 so sign up soon!

Coming to Blu Ray and DVD March 6- The Immortals

Drink from the fountain of eternal life as The Immortals from Universal Pictures, is released on DVD and Blu-Ray, March 6.

This epic action film occurs years after the Greek Gods of Olympus won their battle against the Titans, leaving them imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros, and aching for revenge. The mortal King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) searches for the long lost and immensely powerful Epirus Bow, intending to release the Titans and punish the God’s for failing to save his family. Once released the Titans could end mankind and destroy the Gods. As village after village becomes destroyed a young stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother. He may be the world’s only hope to stop the destruction and decay. Theseus must embrace his destiny on a journey to stop a mad and brutal king from becoming the master of the world.

How to Overcome the Desire to Spend More Than What You Have

People who fail to live within their means typically spend years trying to dig themselves out of financial holes. Gaining control over your finances means overcoming the desire to spend more money than you actually have in your bank account. A person who is in control of their spending habits has the ability to save money for emergencies, invest for the long-term and retire with enough money to live. People who are accustomed to spending more than they have must overcome the desire through discipline and dedication to creating new, healthy spending habits.

These six tips are excerpted from, where you can find many more ways to save money at home, in business, when travelling, etc.

1. Avoid impulsive spending – Shopping on an impulse is a sure way to spend money that you did not intend to spend. To curb your desire for impulsive spending, always create a list of the items you need and take the list with you when shopping. Avoid buying things you do not need simply because they are on sale.

2. Pay for items with cash - Paying for items with cash helps you to deal with the money you have at the present time. Many credit cards come with high interest rates and penalties for missing payments, paying late and going over your spending limit. Many people find themselves in credit card debt for many years because they are only able to pay the minimum amount due. Severely restricting your credit card use will help you avoid overspending.

3. Buy store brands and use coupons – Shopping for groceries is a necessary expense but you can avoid spending money you don’t have by buying store brand products and using coupons for items you buy on a regular basis. Store brand products cost less than name brand products, which saves you money on your grocery bill. You can check your weekly paper and advertisements that come in the mail for coupons to products that you continually use.

4. Stop trying to keep up with the latest fads – Almost every month it seems a new gadget or car is available for consumers to buy. Desiring the newest music player with the latest gadgets is normal, but also unwise if you have a music player that works fine. Avoid spending money on the latest fads. Keeping your car as long as possible is another sure way to save money. Buying a new car simply cost too much money and the car only depreciates in value. Invest in the maintenance of your current car, and you will be able to keep it running well for many years.

5. Eat out less and prepare your lunch – Another expense that causes people to spend more than what they have is eating out for dinner or lunch during work. It is easy to use your credit card when eating out, with the thought that you will pay for it later. Preparing a lunch to take to work and cooking in the evenings will save you a lot of money in the long run.

6. Change your mindset – Your spending habits are reflection of how you view money. To overcome the desire to spend more than what you have, you need to define your short-term and long-term financial goals, create a plan and stick with it. Wealthy people often delay instant gratification to establish a nest egg for the future.

Shop Online For Auto Insurance

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When you buy auto insurance there are many factors that are taken into consideration as you obtain your final quote.

Things like your age, driving history, the type of vehicle you drive and even your location, as well as the type of coverage you obtain, can influence how much you end up paying for insuring your vehicle. Younger drivers tend to pay higher rates of insurance compared to more seasoned drivers, with more years of experience under their seatbelt. In fact, a clean driving record without accidents or tickets issued is a good indicator that you will pay lower insurance rates. It’s important to consider the type of car you drive when shopping for insurance, certain types of cars, such as sports cars or convertibles, or even the color of your vehicle can affect the bottom line. Where you live can have a large impact on insurance rates as well factors such as crime rate, traffic and construction are often taken into consideration by insurance companies.

While it may be tempting, to choose the lowest coverage available in order to save money, it’s best not to skimp on what you have. While no one wants to overpay for insurance, too little coverage can cost you more in the long run, when you need to make a claim.

When shopping for car insurance one of the best ways to save money is to obtain multiple online quotes from different companies, and then decide on the insurance that is right for you.

Take Your Health To Heart

February is heart month. Heart disease and stroke takes 1 in 3 Canadians before their time and is the number one killer of women, more than all cancers combined. Today, nine in ten Canadians over the age of 20 will have at least one contributing factor for heart disease and stroke. Small changes such as exercise and a heart healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables are great first steps for a big difference. This February, take your health to heart and help support the over 85, 000 volunteers as they raise funds to help combat this number one killer.

Please visit our friends who also support Heart Month:

-Planters -

Nutty Heart Health Facts:
· Replacing foods in a diet that are high in saturated fats with plant-based foods that are high in unsaturated fats – like peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts and pecans – can lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol while leaving HDL ("good") cholesterol levels unchanged. Doing so can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
· Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts are an important source of plant-based protein and can play a role in a heart healthy, well-balanced diet. They also seven grams of plant protein and are a natural source of energy.
· *Scientific evidence suggests (but does not prove) that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of heart disease.
· A one ounce serving of Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts provides a good source of:
o Six essential vitamins and minerals including Antioxidant Vitamin E, which helps to maintain cells; Thiamin and Niacin, which helps to convert food into energy; and Magnesium and Manganese, which are important for metabolism and bone health
o Dietary fiber, which supports and maintains normal digestion and promotes heart health

Today's Winner

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Today's Winner

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Today's giveaway:
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Thank you to all that entered!

Pizza Night Done Right

Monday, February 13, 2012

When you are in a hurry and don’t have time for dinner, ordering a pizza is a fast and easy solution. However, with delivery charges, that pizza order can be as expensive as eating out.

Thankfully, there is a solution; DiGiorno’s frozen pizza taste as great as delivery but cost only a fraction of the price. There is a great variety of pizzas available from thin crust, garlic bread pizza, stuffed crust pizza and rising crust pizza, which a huge choice of toppings there is something to suit any taste bud.

DiGirono’s pizza brings your favourite Italian Pizzeria right into your oven.

Your One Income Story by Sandy of Pa.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I have been married 36 years and our family lived on a single income for 23 of those years. We had two goals: have enough money to pay our bills and be able to educate our daughters. We had two daughters in college together for 3 years. We wanted them to graduate without debt, so I worked the years they were in college. I didn’t have a car for three of those years but we paid their college costs: the last great gifts we could give our daughters.

It wasn’t always easy and we weren’t always sure we could pull it off. I made it my job to make the money go as far as I possibly could. He made it, I saved it. To me it was a challenge to beat the system and a game of sorts. What new way of saving could I find this week, month, year?
When I got pregnant with our first daughter, three months after we married, I started to watch every penny. We used the envelope system, dividing up the money into categories and never going into savings unless it was a real emergency such as a health related bill or a dead furnace in the middle of an upper New York state winter. I had been raised that debt is acceptable for your home, your health or an education. That’s it.

I remember in the early years being invited to cook outs where everyone brought steaks to grill. Others would have rib, porterhouse, etc. and my husband and I would have a marinated and pounded chuck steak. Really. I shopped stores according to the sales and with a top price in mind. If it wasn’t on sale or above my top price we didn’t eat it. Household items were bought used, on clearance or taken as much appreciated hand me downs. For years our kitchen table, and dining room table since we only had one, was a picnic table and benches dressed up with a table cloth and bench cushions made from sheets. Our curtains were made from sheets. Our shower curtain was made from a sheet. And those sheets, on clearance or from a yard sale.

The best thing I ever did was learn to cook from scratch. I figured if you could buy it in the store now, somebody had originally made it at home and if they could do it so could I. I canned and froze when I could get things cheaply. I never turned down the offer of free garden produce even if it was the 1 millionth zucchini offered to me. I made zucchini pickles, zucchini relish, zucchini parmesan, zucchini pancakes, just about zucchini anything. I also went to the local farmer’s market near closing and got cheap stuff the stall holder didn’t want to pack up and take home or if there were “uglies” no one else wanted. I commonly bought a case of cracked eggs, took them home and froze them. Much cheaper .

Our most challenging period was the year my husband lost his job, we moved and rented our former house and the renters stopped paying. Two mortgage payments didn’t leave a lot for other things. I bought 50 pound bags of potatoes and onions, searched out vegetarian and SUPER cheap recipes, couponed like crazy and got creative. For example, the outfits my daughters needed to go and see Grandma that summer I made using a borrowed pattern and remnants of some of the many afore mentioned sheets. They looked cute.

Now, we are almost to retirement and because we are frugal we have enough to retire. We did a lot of small things to save small amounts of money but that money added up to college educations and a peaceful retirement. It also added up to a good life. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Coming in April: Avoiding April Showers Giveaway Hop

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Avoiding April Showers is a Giveaway Hop being hosted by Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink, Seeds of Life, Taking Time for Mommy and And The Little Ones Too. It will be running from April 16 - 30th and The One Income Dollar will be giving away 2 copies of my book: Stretching the One Income Dollar.Stay tuned for great giveaways!

Use It Up: A Quick Chef Salad

If you have a little of this and a little of that for leftovers kicking around, you may be able to to create a quick and easy lunch : a Chef Salad

Some of the ingrediants you can use to create your simple salad:

- greens: leftover lettuce of any type, or  reduced at the produce dept., tossed salad
-turkey or chicken pieces ,( perhaps still left in the freezer from your Christmas holidays)
-ham pieces,( also leftovers from Christmas or deli ends)
-roast beef
-boiled eggs- sliced
-shredded cheese,( I always have a baggie in my freezer shredded)
-shredded carrots

and off course your favorite dressing!

Today's Winner

Friday, February 10, 2012

Today's giveaway:
and our winner:

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Today's Winner

Today's giveaway:
and our winner:

** Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is selected.
Thank you to all who entered!

Fall in Love With Burgers in Las Vegas

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Do you believe in love at first bite? We certainly hope to find it.

On our fast-approaching trip to Vegas, Gerry and I, plan to dine at I Love Burgers at the Town Square in Las Vegas,Nevada.

The restaurant offers traditional burgers such as beef and turkey along with more exotic varieties such as chicken, salmon and vegetarian-all at incredible value. You can choose a specialty burger or create your own with choices of 15 different toppings including farm fresh vegetables, smoked meats and creamy cheeses.

Indulge in delicious sides which include homemade onion rings and French fries.

Apart from awesome burgers and sides, I Love Burgers offers one of the largest selections of domestic, imported and artisan beers on the strip. If beer is not your style, try one of their unique cocktails that are the talk of the town.

This will be our first visit and we are quite looking forward to it.

Keeping Your Teen in the Latest Fashion

Moms everywhere know the importance of keeping their teenage daughters in high fashion; however it is not always easy to stay within your budget when buying for teens. Not only do teens desire name brands when it comes to juniors clothing, but they also want quantity. This means spending more money, right? Not necessarily, you can find cheap juniors clothes and still please your teen. You can now purchase trendy juniors clothing without blowing your budget. Spring is just around the corner so hot new trends will be in hot demand for girls everywhere. 

Erika,my 19 year old daughter, loves the clothing. She said is it fashionable and very affordable for teens who want to buy more than one item of clothing with their clothing budget! Plus now you can save even more by shopping in their clearance section.

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Cheerios Heart Month Giveaway ( Canada Only)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cheerios Celebrates Heart Month

As we get older and even for the young it is important to always keep our heart health in mind. A heart beats anywhere from 80,000 to 100,00 beats a day as it works to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. It is essential to life and we should treat it as such, which means maintaining low counts of bad cholesterol.

Studies have shown that a bowl of Cheerios a day can help lower cholesterol. Additionally, Cheerios are full of fiber, which in addition to helping the heart also helps regulate the digestive system.

You can find all the wonderful benefits of this tasty cereal at

Cheerios would love to give away The Cheerios Giveaway kit to one lucky winner from Canada .Valued at approximately $50,it includes: a set of four heart shaped bowls, Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, and the brand new family sized Chocolate Cheerios.A random draw will be held by on March 1, 2012 from all entries received.

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New Product Giveaway: Wrigley's is Freshening Your Breath For Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us are looking for ways to freshen our breath in anticipation of an encounter with that special someone.

Wrigley’s is introducing new 18 count Juicy Fruit®, Eclipse® and Orbit White® gum in pellet split packs. The new packaging offers 50 % more gum in the much loved flavours at only a very slight price increase-offering customers more gum for their buck. The new pack can be easily split in half and kept in various places or shared with someone-because you just never know when you will need to freshen your breath.

Wrigley's would also love to give away a **Year's Supply of their new gum to one lucky winner from Canada or the USA .A random draw will be held by on February 15,2012 from all entries received.

** approximately 24 packs. 24 packs is technically 48 packs since the new format includes two packs so it’s like you’re getting one for every week of the year or a “year’s supply”!

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Great News From Best Western International

Monday, February 6, 2012

· Spring Promotion

o To kick off the spring travel season, Best Western’s “Stay 3, Stay Free” Spring Promotion launches today. Best Western Rewards members who register for the promotion at and stay with Best Western three separate times between now and April 8, will earn a voucher good for a free night at any of Best Western’s 4,000+ hotels in the world. The voucher is valid until June 30, 2012.

· Be a Travel Hero Facebook Promotion

o Launching today on Best Western’s Facebook page is a new “Be a Travel Hero” Promotion which rewards business “travel heroes” for their time on the road away from friends and family. The promotion encourages Best Western Rewards members to build a virtual vacation for their family and friends for a chance to win a grand prize dream vacation and other great prizes, including Best Western Travel Cards and MasterCard Gift Cards up to $500 in value, Avis rental car vouchers and AAA/CAA memberships.

· Lowest Rate Guarantee

o offers travelers with the lowest rates available and is now guaranteeing this with a special Low Rate Guarantee offer. If you, as a  consumer book a Best Western hotel at a lower rate than what is offered at, the chain will give you a $100 Best Western Travel Card good for future stays at any Best Western hotel. This new Low Rate Guarantee is part of Best Western’s mission to make its award-winning website the consumer destination of choice for hotel bookings.

Castle on the River

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is one of the most uniquely sounding cities in Canada, it is therefore not surprising that it is the home of some exceptional hotels such as Saskatoon Delta Bessborough.

We will be staying at the Delta as we wait for our flight to Vegas. Delta Bessborough is more than a hotel, it is like a castle.In fact it is often referred to as “Castle on the River”.

The Delta lounge is decorated in English Jacobean style with solid oak furniture covered in fine rich tapestries.

The hotel is situated on 5 acres of Elizabethan gardens with breathtaking views of the South Saskatchewan River. Fine examples of Grotesques, Gargoyles and Heraldic Emblems exist on the exterior of the building. The Delta’s Garden Court cafe-overlooking the river- is known as Saskatoon’s finest Sunday brunch . Despite its historic exterior and public areas, all the rooms feature modern amenities as well as a pool, fitness facility, Damara day spa and a business centre (with 13 meeting rooms) that the modern travel comes to expect. Yet, these modern convinces flow with the hotels classic charm.

We are very excited to stay in such a grand establishment that seems like it could be out of a fairy tale.Romantic hotel packages are also available,perfect for upcoming Valentines Day getaways.

CSI Experience Las Vegas

On our upcoming trip to Vegas-in two weeks-Gerry and I will be investigating a murder...well not technically, of course. We will be partaking in the CSI exhibit (based on the hugely popular television show and its various spin offs), at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

The CSI Experience involves you in the hands on science, the challenges and thrills involved in solving a crime mystery. At the exhibit you can be assigned to one of three different crime scenes each with a unique storyline and clues. During the experience you get to try advanced scientific technology, numerous scientific disciplines used by criminal investigators and forensic scientists today. Visitors will use the scientific process to identify evidence at the crime scene and determine which should be further studied. They will then analyze the evidence in a multidisciplinary crime lab with the help of forensic scientists. The evidence gathered will help formulate a working hypothesis –which can be then validated and communicated to their superiors.

During the exhibit the visitors can try on various scientific jobs including toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic pathology, forensic art, firearm and tool mark identification and well as blood splatter analysis. It is a perfect opportunity to try different jobs that we only see on television.

The overall goal of the exhibit is to promote public awareness in the advances in forensic science and advance critical thinking skills. Also, it will be the perfect opportunity to see whether we can believe everything we see on TV.

Counting Your Dollars

A smart way to consolidate your finances and get an overview of your money situation is to monitor your spending. It can be sobering, even shocking, when you actually write down—to the exact dollar—what you spend money on every day. Yet, financial planning is very common. In fact, most families claim to partake in some form of financial planning. The amount of of debt in this country speaks to a different reality though.

Most people, contrary to their claims, simply do not keep track of the dollars they spend. They gripe and moan about a $100 utility bill, and then will gladly drop twenties on various items throughout the day. What's to blame here is not ignorance, but rather a culture of debt. Our society, especially here in America, has come to view the global treasury has the best prepaid debit card. We can go as far into debt as we want, because we'll pay it off later. But later you—we—will have just as many debts and financial obligations as we do now, if not more. The best way to handle your financial situation is to keep track of your dollars now, on a day to day basis.

There are an abundance of web applications that will organize your finances for you, but you might be better off doing it yourself with nothing more than a piece of paper and a pen. Make a little spreadsheet for yourself, outlining each day of the week. Don't use Excel. Do it by hand (I'll explain why in a minute).

Calculate how much money you make in an average day. At the top of each of the blank days in your spreadsheet write this number. At the end of the day on Monday, write down how much money you spent underneath how much you made. Don't fudge the numbers. Add up every dollar you spent: breakfast, lunch, and dinner; prorated portions of your monthly bills, including credit card payments, car insurance, utilities, etc.; the amount of the gasoline you expended getting to work; your morning cup of coffee, your afternoon cup of coffee; your Happy Hour beer. All of it. Don't leave out anything.

The amount you spent in the day should surely not exceed the amount you earned. At least not habitually. Obviously, there are days when you must make a large payment on something. That's why you're keeping up with your expenses for the week. Come up with an average of how much you spend compared to how much you earn. If these numbers come up even you're in big trouble. Ball up that piece of paper and toss it in the recycling bin. It should feel cathartic to start from scratch. Start reducing your daily and weekly expenditures. It's the only way to plan realistically for the future.

Spread The Love This Valentine’s Day With Dr.Lucy's Cookies Plus a Giveaway

It’s that time of year again – 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, 8 billion conversation hearts and countless other sweet treats line store shelves across the U.S., waiting to help the smitten express their affection. But for the 15 million Americans with dietary restrictions including food allergies and Celiac Disease, traditional Valentine’s desserts are limited.

Lucy’s Cookies makes giving Valentines Day sweets easier for those suffering from food intolerances .Cookies that are gluten-free, vegan, and made without milk, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts—but you’d never know it. Each cookie features a satisfying, airy crunch, and is baked to perfection in their own carefully controlled bakery.

We absolutely love these cookies in our home.We love the fact that they are a healthier cookie free of intolerances some of us suffer from, and the best part being that they taste so good that it's really hard to stop yourself from eating more than or two.

There are seven different flavors including the new Chocolate, Maple Bliss and Ginger Snap varieties you can find something for all your sweeties, whether they have a dietary restriction or not! Plus, at only 120 calories for three cookies, your valentines can indulge with less peril to their waistlines.

Dr.Lucy's would love to give away a variety pack of their new flavors to one lucky winner from Canada or the USA. A random draw will be held by from all entries received on February 14,2012.

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