Friday, June 29, 2012

Today's Winner!

http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2012/06/tips-from-rebekah-george-to-combat.html
today's giveaway.
And our winner:
sbabij2@shaw.ca




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

Five Reason You Never Want To Buy A Timeshare



During your travels, there is a high probability that at some point someone is going to entice you to attend a timeshare presentation (although they probably won't call it this while they are enticing you) with an offer of what appears to be a desirable freebie (show tickets, hotel stay, nice dinner or something similar). Do yourself a favor and decline. Timeshare sales agents are incredibly good at their job and the last thing that your finances want is for you to buy one. Here are five reasons why you never want to buy a timeshare:   


Difficult To Sell 


When you are buying a timeshare, you usually aren't thinking about what it will take to sell it, but you really should be. Timeshares are extremely difficult to sell, and sometimes it's impossible to even give them away for free. Most people have no idea how much time and effort will be required to actually sell a timeshare, or how much they are likely to lose when they finally do. Because there are so many more people trying to sell timeshares than want to buy them, it can take years to sell a timeshare, and during this time maintenance fees will still need to be paid even when you can't use it. 


You Won't Save Money


Timeshare sales agents like to make it look like you will be saving money over other traditional lodging options such as hotels when they are trying to sell you on the idea of purchasing a unit. The problem is that they conveniently make some assumptions that aren't realistic. One is that you will be able to sell your unit for the same price that you paid for it when the fact is most timeshares sell for 80% or less of their original value (think cars once they leave the dealership lot). They also assume that you will pay the full price for hotel lodging when the fact is that with all the Internet comparison sites, people rarely pay full retail for hotel rooms these days. Add in the cost of financing, yearly fees and unexpected fees, and timeshares will not save you money compared to hotel lodging no matter how the sales representatives present the numbers to you.


Many Hidden Risks


Timeshares come with a large number of hidden risks that most people never consider. The biggest of these is the special assessment fees which are basically fees that the resort can levy on owners at any time when they feel they need more money. Since these can end up being thousands of dollars and can come suddenly, they are a huge risk that most timeshare owners aren't aware of when they purchase a unit. There is also the fact that yearly maintenance fees can skyrocket as the resort gets older and more repairs need to be made. What it all comes down to is that owners may have to pay a lot more than they ever expected when owning a timeshare. 


You Can Go Without Owning 


 What most people don't realize is that they can rent the exact same timeshare unit for less than it costs to own it. There are many people who rent their unit because they can't use it, and the timeshare resorts also rent out units that aren't occupied. You can often get the exact same unit during the exact same week for what a typical timeshare owner pays in maintenance fees. By renting instead of buying, you avoid having to pay the large initial investment or take any of the risks that come with owning a unit.


Financing Costs


One of the huge expenses that is never mentioned when purchasing a timeshare is the cost of financing the unit. In order to finance a timeshare, you will be paying interest rates comparable to credit card interest rates rather than interest rates that are associated with home loans. In addition, these high interest rates are not tax-deductible in most cases like housing interest rates. The financing costs can add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of the timeshare over the life of the loan. It will also be impossible to sell the timeshare until the loan is completely paid off locking in many people to a timeshare they no longer need simply because they still have an outstanding loan on it even when they no longer need it. When you take these factors into consideration, it makes little sense for most people to ever own a timeshare. The problem is that timeshares tend to be impulse purchases made during vacations when a lot of thought about what is actually being purchased isn't thoroughly researched. By understanding well before you find yourself in a timeshare pitch that it's something that makes little financial sense, you will save yourself a great deal of time, frustration and money.

Canada Day- It's Coming!



This Sunday July 1st, Canada will be celebrating its 145th birthday-the day that three British colonies formed a country within the British Empire. 


Canadians take this day very seriously, out comes the red and white gear, and nearly everyone is wearing a maple leaf. Canada day is more than just a long weekend, it is a celebration of the diversity of cultures which make up this beautiful and vast country People celebrate with backyard BBQ, outdoor concerts, and firework displays. 



And this Canada Day make sure your ready for picnics and celebrations with great take alongs from our friends at Rubbermaid.




45 quart 3-day cooler


  • Superior thermal retention keeps food and beverages cold
  • Side swing handles with comfort grip for easy carrying
  • Durable, retractable metal and plastic pull handle
  • Easy-to-clean liner featuring Microban antimicrobial protection®
  • Built in cup holders fit 12-oz cans and 20-oz bottles
  • Hinged, split lid creates easy access to cooler contents without letting all the cold air out
  • Rugged wheels to easily maneuver over multiple surfaces
  • Front drain for easy draining of liquids; holds 67 cans plus ice


Keep Canada Day and picnic snacks tasty and fresh this summer.  Rubbermaid’s new LunchBlox containers are ideal for family outings.  The containers snap together and keep foods separate, so you don’t need to put the dressing on your salad until you are ready to eat it.  And the Blue Ice packs snap into place to keep all of your snacks fresh longer.  Available in sandwich kits or salad kits.






And, know that you will be able to drink fresh tasting water wherever you go.  Just fill up the FilterFresh water bottle from any drinking fountain or tap and a carbon-based filter attached to the inside of the bottle cap and removes chlorine and other large sediment particles, leaving nothing but great-tasting water.  




 So put down the hockey stick, grab a beer and a poutine, and celebrate Canada’s birthday, it will be a good one, eh? 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Camino




I only recently heard about Camino fair trade organic  products. They are not only great for the taste buds but also for the soul. We tried their chocolate bars, candy bars, baking chocolate and coffee, and really found a quality taste in their products.

All products are made from quality ingredients grown by family farmers in Central and South America as well as Southeast Asia. The company offers a wide variety of baking chocolate and sugar which can be used to make delicious baked goods. 

If ready-made treats are more your style-indulge in chocolate covered coffee beans, chocolate candy bars and a multitude of different chocolate bars. The company also offers roasted coffee beans and delightful hot chocolates.

So try the difference that quality ingredients can make and try Camino.



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Charlotte's Tria Laser Hair Removal Experience

I was looking forward to using my new home laser hair system as I’d read a lot about them and the Tria laser hair removal reviews had seemed pretty good. The item was well packaged with its own case to store the charger and hand unit as well as plenty of instructions. The Tria system is the same as is used in professional hair removal clinics, but I read through the instructions and the high tech system is remarkably easy to use.




Is it for you?
After activating my device I performed a simple test to see if my skin was within the skin tone limits. If your skin tone is dark it can be prone to burning so there are appropriate safety controls with this device. I’ve been a moderate to heavy sun bed user for a couple of years and this worried me slightly because I was not expecting the system to work with me. Fortunately, I received a green light and I was okay to go ahead.
Under advice, I decided to try a small area first to check if there were any bad reactions and this would limit any damage or discomfort. I chose a sensitive part of my body and nothing untoward had happened by the following day so I went for it.

Using the Hand Held Device
I shaved my legs whilst bathing before using the laser as this is what the instructions stated was necessary. The Tria permanent hair removal system is simple to use and it can be done while sitting down and watching television. When the head of the laser is put to your skin it will signal with a beep to let you know that it has started and then again to inform you that the area has been treated and you can move on. The Tria laser hair removal reviews I had read had said it was best to move in a pattern of back and forth and then switch directions so that to make cross-hatch pattern to be sure the area is completely covered. I had done this on a sizeable patch of my leg, always making sure I overlapped the previous position. The system is a little time consuming, but not difficult and I had no doubts that it would be worth it if it meant not shaving.

The Pain Factor
Considering I had treated a large area, the Tria laser hair removal had not given me any cause to complain. I could adjust the intensity, but as I wanted things to progress quickly I set it at maximum to begin with. After about 15 minutes I turned it down because I could definitely feel it working and I set it at half power for the rest of my leg. The sensation is like was like a light sting when it was on the highest setting, but almost sensation free when it was on medium. It can’t really be described as pain, but I can imagine some people overdoing things early on.

The Results of Using the Tria Hair Removal System
There were immediately noticeable changes as the hairs on my leg were beginning to fall out as they appeared. This happened for a couple of weeks and then I treated the area again. This time the results were far more noticeable and the hair is thinner and staying away for longer. I can see this being a complete and permanent hair removal treatment with just another one or two sessions which will mean no more shaving for me. I’m glad I had read the Tria laser hair removal reviews because the system has given me a lot more confidence.


Author Bio
Charlotte actively blogs about Fashion, Beauty, Food & Drink covering everything from the latest fashion trends to tasty food. On her spare time she loves shopping, discovering new products & enjoys getting lost in new places as she writes away.

The Advantages of Twin Centre Holidays


Twin centre or multi centre holidays 2013 in the United States are a great way to get more out of your next family or couples getaway. They are a style of custom-made holiday which allows you to fly into one city and out of another, visiting several different destinations in between. This allows you to combine elements from many different types of breaks, such as a few days of lounging on the beach and then a few days of enjoying the hustle and bustle of the city. You can go from the fast paced excitement of Walt Disney World® Resort to the tranquil atmosphere of a beachside villa, enjoying both aspects of a fun holiday.

There are many advantages to booking twin centre holidays and many holiday-goers are opting for this type of holiday for their next trip to the USA. Here are some of the main advantages to booking a twin-centre holiday.



Completely Customizable

You will be able to customize your holiday exactly to your personal preferences, as many holiday companies will allow you to create custom-designed itineraries. This means that unlike a tour package which might include some attractions that you are not interested in, you will know that everything you have planned for your holiday will be exactly what you want to do.

Built in Back Up Plan

It might be that one aspect of your holiday ends up disappointing you, such as cloudy or rainy weather getting in your way of plans to enjoy the beach. When you have twin centre holidays planned with a wide range of different activities you will “hedge your bets” against any unexpected factors because you will still be able to enjoy the other aspects of the getaway such as shopping and dining. There is such a variety of things to do that the chances are most of them will be enjoyable.

The Best of Both Worlds

If you enjoy outdoor pursuits and swimming on the beach, yet also love fine dining, live music and a nightlife scene, it can be very challenging to try to find all of these elements in one place. In most situations you end up compromising on what you want to find a destination that includes all of these factors but does not excel at any of them. With twin centre holidays you can head to the best destination for each type of experience you are after.



See More of Your Destination

Many people come to visit Florida for Disney holidays in 2012 and think that they have had a full and complete experience of the state, but they have only been to Walt Disney World® Resort. There is so much more to Florida, from the big city excitement of Orlando to the lush and wild Everglades to the peaceful white sand beaches along the coastline. It is a large state and there is a lot of variety from one area to another. To only see one part of Florida is to miss out on all of the other pleasures that this vast and diverse state has to offer.

These are just a few of the many advantages to creating a custom multi-centre or twin-centre trip for your Disney holidays 2012. Why not see what kind of unique-to-you itinerary you can design for your ultimate dream Florida getaway?

Have you booked your Disney holidays yet? You might want to consider the advantages of booking twin centre holidays which will allow you to see several destinations within Florida and the rest of the USA. Talk to us before booking your Holidays in 2012.


Author Bio
Charlotte actively blogs about Travel, Beauty, Food & Drink covering everything from the latest fashion trends to tasty food. On her spare time she loves shopping, discovering new products & enjoys getting lost in new places as she writes away.

Kids of Action - New EBook Celebrating the Canadian Paralympic Team




This Summer, as Canada’s elite athletes ready for an exciting new chapter, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Pfizer Canada are honouring Canada’s Paralympic athletes with a free, inspirational e-book.

Starting today, June 27, parents, teachers and families can download Kids of Action, a free online book dedicated to Canada’s Summer Paralympic team. Audio formats of the book and e-book versions will also be available starting June 27 online at morethanmedication.ca and through a link at paralympic.ca.




Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Summer Cottage Experience with Visa and Time Horton's: Review and Giveaway (Canada only)


You may have heard, Canadians can now use their Visa credit and prepaid cards at Tim Hortons! Whether you’re heading to work, enjoying a break or on your way to the cottage, many Canadians usually make a stop for a Tim Hortons coffee. That’s why this relationship is so special. It brings together Canada’s largest payment brand with the most popular and largest quick service restaurant chain in the country.

In celebration of this exciting announcement, Visa is offering a chance to win a dream cottage getaway. From June 28 to August 15, 2012, Visa cardholders will be automatically entered into a draw for a summer cottage experience, simply by using their Visa to pay for purchases at Tim Horton's. I used my own Visa pre paid card towards great tasting treats and coffee from Tim Horton's (Timmy's). Although I am not a coffee drinker, they have cold drinks available as well and always a great selection of tempting bake stuff and healthy meal choices.Gerry, on the other hand loves their coffee. When does Tim Horton's NOT have a line up both inside or out?? Goes to show how much everyone loves them.


On another note, our new dog Jake is enjoying summer as well. Loves being outdoors playing, as long as things don't get too hot, and the bugs don't get too bad! 



Hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer! It's gonna be a hot one!




I received a great Summer gift basket courtesy of Visa Canada to help me and my family enjoy summer!


Visa would love to offer one of The One Income Dollar's readers a chance to win their own prepaid $50 Visa gift card, to spend on as you wish- whether it's for visits to Tim Horton's or your own fun in the sun time out with the family.A random draw will be made by Random.org on July 20, 2012 from all Canadian entries received.


To Enter:
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Tuesday- June 26

I'm not too sure what the temperature is today but it's suppose to get to 26 and it's muggy! I usually like to walk in the afternoon after Gerry goes back to work, but I'm instead going to type away and eat chocolate.Weather is calling for a thunderstorm tonight, followed by a few days of rain and this upcoming weekend calls for a heatwave.


Well, we are into our second week with our new dog, Jake.Oh, I know he looks cute but he CAN get himself into trouble.Besides taking my shoes out when I go to run errands,( and I've started spraying them with bitter spray my daughter Ria lent me), he started digging now in the yard...and we're not sure why. I'm guessing it could have been when Gerry was weeding the garden, since that's the spot he started digging. So, Gerry spent about $90 and made the fence around what you see in the garden photo below, but he has found other spots to dig by. Just wanted to know if anyone else with a dog has had this problem, and if so, any suggestions on how to get him to stop.I have read alot of ideas online but looking for a tried and true method.Any suggestions dog owners?






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Affordable Ways To Market Your Business


Marketing is one of the most important tools for 21st century businesses, and has been used more so than ever in the recent years in an attempt to overcome economic crisis.



Despite this however, the expensive PR stunts and big advertising campaigns that big businesses use are out of reach for medium and smaller-sized businesses that are already stretched to financial breaking point in most areas of day-to-day operations, never mind marketing – and that’s if they have any dedicated marketing staff on the payroll at all.

There are however a few methods that companies of almost any size can use to get more out of their outreach for little to no money, and here are a few of them:

1.       There are plenty of advertising opportunities that are more affordable and a lot more relevant than TV and billboard adverts. Firms that use vehicles can for a small fee place important company details and signs on the side of them, and if these vehicles are used by employees for personal use, perhaps a small subsidy on the price they already pay for the pleasure can be offered in order to persuade them.

Banners and signage on company property is another affordable option – the price of the sign in question is pretty much the only expense - and if designed and taken care of properly it can be an important signifier for the firm, especially if your property is in a noticeable place with plenty of footfall.

2.       Making sure that your company’s brand image to the outside world is a cohesive one is another way to market your firm. Using email footers for external communication should be based on a template that includes name, position, company logos and even details of any relevant industry awards. These show professionalism whilst promoting the company every time an email is sent.

Business cards are also an excellent marketing tool, and all senior staff at least should have cards showing the company logo and details as well as the details of the owner of the cards. This is completely free advertising on your behalf, and every time one of these cards is given out, the name of the business is being spread.

Another cheap marketing option in many industries is merchandise and using pens or gift bags with company slogans on acts as free advertising. Buying cheap office supplies by Rajapack and personalising them with logos can be a cheap and easy way to market your firm.

3.       Social networking has become an increasingly indispensable tool in marketing, for those who know how to manipulate it effectively. Having all staff on a site like LinkedIn, networking with other industry professionals and providing their opinion on the latest trends in blogs and comment boards will give your company a presence on the internet, which although might take a while to craft, will ultimately pay dividends. To be known as a cutting edge thinker in the industry, abreast of latest developments is a huge boon, and could also eventually start to bring in new business as your reputation precedes you.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Tokidoki Ramblers Hobo Bag



Review by: Ria

Got to do a review for the Ramblers Hobo Bag ($128.00) from Tokidoki - yippee! Tokidoki, which means “sometimes” in Japanese, has a great website which sells many neat items such as bags, vinyl toys, clothing, make-up and other accessories.


This hobo bag sure makes a statement with it's multi-colored, Japanese-inspired print! The large bag is covered with international jet-setting motifs; passports, hotels, money, types of transportation and names of many countries/states. The bag also features a small Tokidoki nameplate on the front with logo as well as the cute heart & crossbones zipper pull. This heart and crossbone logo is also stamped on the rivets that attach the handle to the bag. The inside of the bag is lined in a blue print fabric and includes an inside zipper pocket as well as two smaller cell phone sized pockets.


This bag is quite large so it's good that I am into big purses that I can throw everything into! Measurements are approx 14 x 5 x 11 Inches. I can fit my laptop in here - and then some! This would make a perfect overnight bag for travellers or a cute statement bag for anyone. With the snappy print, heavy duty zipper and faux leather trim, this bag feels like it will last for many years to come!


Tokidoki would love to give away one of these bags to one lucky winner from Canada or the USA. A random draw will be made by Random.org  on July 2, 2012 from all entries received.


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tips From Rebekah George to Combat "Allergy Face" Plus a Giveaway

Puffy face… watery eyes… red nose -- these beauty challenges are all too familiar to the approximately 40 million people who suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies. As many allergy sufferers know, some of these triggers can be miserable and cause a major case of "Allergy Face."

Beauty expert Rebekah George invites you to check out some of her tips and tricks, on behalf of the Zyrtec brand to help you survive allergy season.

Highlights of the video include:
  • How to feel better: Take a Zyrtec as the first step to help you feel better - it works at hour one on the first day you take it. Once you feel better you can take the proper steps to look better too!
  • How to be pretty not puffy: Layer on a copper bronzer and pink blush combination to really give skin oomph to help reduce redness and brighten up a puffy face.
  • How to get rid of the red nose: Layer on a moisturizing lotion at night and a lighter weight oil in the morning, followed by a yellow-based concealer to reduce redness.
  • How to brighten the eyes: Use a gold shimmer eye shadow or a white cream eyeliner pencil underneath your eyebrow arches to make a big difference without a ton of makeup.
  • How to use your accessories: If you're running late and don't have time to cover up all your allergy symptoms, lipstick and a pair of sunglasses are your best accessories. 


Zyrtec is offering a giveaway to our readers of a  “Allergy Face” beauty survival kit.The kit contents include:

Aveeno Positively Radiant tinted moisturizer- to help give your skin that extra glow
RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity eye cream- to help firm and smooth under the eyes
Visine Soothing Wipes- to gently wipe away pollen and other allergens
Neutrogena Revitalizing lip balm & Moistureshine gloss- to instantly moisturize lips
Neutrogena Healthy Skin brightening eye perfector- to de-puff under the eyes
Neutrogena Healthy Volume mascara- to enhance lashes without clumping, smudging or flaking


A random draw will be held by Random.org on June 30, 2012 from all entries received, from Canada or the USA.

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Win A Cruise (Canada only)



Enter here to win one of 4 cruises for two! This prize also includes airfare!

Entry Frequency: single
Not open to: QC
Age: 21+Expires June 30, 2012


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

10,001 Ways of Living Large on a Small Budget

Living on a small budget can take some skill, but it can also offer fantastic challenges of making your money go further.


The book, “10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget” by the writers of Wise Bread, is filled with exciting tips on how to live, eat, shop on a shoestring budget from the extremely popular personal finance blog.



Tips included are on 9 ways to see the world for free, 6 steps to eliminating your debt,7 ways to score free food, as well as many more fun and frugal lifestyle ideas. I loved this book. It was full of great tips in a multitude of categories and hard to out down once you start reading.


The best way to stick to any budget is to have fun along the way and this book will show you how.

Achieving Success With Accounting Software



Accounting is a task that all businesses have to undertake.  It is an vital practice to sort and record taxes, tax code updates and any outstanding invoices, but it need not be quite as stressful as it may sound, or as expensive as it used to be.

Accounts software package from IRIS has enabled businesses to cut the high cost of physical filing systems and allowed complete visibility of financial records to accountants at any time. With a comparatively small up front expense, this software is easily implementable.

If your business needs to be audited, would you be able to provide the adequate records? Using the appropriate digital accounting solution allows you to view all your financial records at the click of a mouse. Despite the scale of your business, the right accounting software can save you both time and money, allowing you to focus on obtaining new clients and increasing income.

Your customer base is arguably the main reason for utilising an accounting software package. Without them you wouldn’t have a business, so it stands to reason that you want to make sure all their details are looked after. Financial software will allow you to monitor all in and outgoings, customer information, previous invoices and credits to their accounts. This means any time a query arises you will be able to answer it quickly and efficiently.

Employee finances are clearly another record that requires monitoring and updating. A software solution allows for automatic syncing between employee time sheets and payroll software. This means that there aren’t ever any inconsistencies when it comes to pay day, keeping employees happy! This is particularly relevant if your business bills clients by the hour, when consistency in rates of pay is very important. Tax updates and VAT can all be systematically calculated and reported to an accountant with minimal hassle.

Most accountancy software systems are also now hosted in the cloud. This reduces IT overheads for businesses hugely, as it removes the need for an in house server. Consequently, this means that no outsourced IT firm is vital for installation, setup or maintenance of the software. The software will always be updated to the latest version from the data centre where it is hosted by the software firm. Accessibility is no longer an issue as the system can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

Accounting is the sustenance of any business, monitoring the incomings and outgoings. If you are struggling to keep track of your finances or balance the books, using easy-to-use, adaptable accounting software is definitely advisable. You will make your accountants happy and easily oversee the total worth of your company.   

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cookies for Kids Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook





Bake sales can be a big deal.Some of them can even change lives. 


Cookies for Kids Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook”, author Gretchen Holt-Witt once baked 96, 000 cookies over one holiday all in an effort to fund research for pediatric cancer, raising over $400, 000. Through this, the cookbook was born filled with recipes cookies, brownies, bars, cupcakes, quick breads, and more!


I loved that the cookbook is  full of inspirational quotes and stories and tips on starting your own bake sale.

Spiral bound, hardcover, 176 pages.


Best yet, all of author's proceeds and royalties will be donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for pediatric cancer research.


Have You Tried Twistos?



I've said it before and I'll say it again. We love our snacks during tv time, but Gerry and I will feel guilty when we're snacking on something unhealthy.


Pepsico Foods Canada  has a new way to snack healthier though. New Twistos Baked Snack Bites.Low in fat and calories but high on great taste. Located at your local grocery store in the cracker aisle- three flavors currently available: Parmesan & Garlic, Asiago, and Bruschetta. Made with all natural flavours.


Gerry took the Bruschetta to snack on at work and to share with co-workers.The two bags in the above photo, stayed here with me.They are very crunchy and tasteful .I couldn't stop eating them so had to bag clip them and put them away! I already would love to see Twistos add more flavors, and am a new fan.


However, not only are they a poppable snack for anytime and anywhere, but they can also be added to your soup,or as a salad topper.


SRP: $2.69 for 150g bag 

Monday, June 18, 2012

I Feel Like a New Mom

I must say my new dog, Jake, has been tiring me out. I feel like a new mom.
He wants to be inside, then outside. He gets up at night or early morning and wants to go out to pee, and he likes to be by your side always.Sometimes too close actually and you really have to be careful he's not under foot, or behind your chair.


Its been a bit of an expense. He costed us $200 plus a trip out of town, although I got a deal on a one night hotel stay, had gift cards for his leash, collar,etc., and sold some things of mine for gas money.The previous owners did provide us with some dog food, an outdoor water dish,and rope for part of his dog run Gerry put together.Erika bought him a few toys as well as three bags of treats, and we'll be doing some upcoming dog toy reviews for him to test out.


I had been asked why I didn't get a dog from the SPCA, but their fees are just as high as what I paid for Jake, plus he's the type of dog I wanted.


In 2 weeks he has to go for a booster needle- $90.
In 2-4 weeks after that he will be neutered-$230
Last night's hair cut: $35







On another note: while out of town,picking up Jake, we ordered a king sized bed from The Brick. Got over $700 off and got a free 22" tv with it. Hope to sell our queen bed, frame and one of our tvs, plus bedding we have, for as much as we can get, so we have less to pay out.Always wanted a king bed!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Special wishes for all our dad readers for a Happy Father's Day!
I'm sorry for the end of the day greeting. 
Just getting back from out of town the other day, housework to catch up on, Father's Day supper here with the girls and the work of a new dog, the day kind of just got away on me.


Hope everyone had a great day !

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Accountancy Services for Businesses







Starting your own business is the dream of many. Between the start up costs, building clientele and supplying a good product, as well as the day to day business of running your company many people forget may feel overwhelmed with the accounting aspect that accompanies a new business.


While some may be tempted to go at it alone, it is truly beneficial to have a professional accountancy service such as Nixon Williams help you address those needs. As your business grows so do your taxation issues, therefore its important to know what you have to pay but maybe more importantly what you do not need to pay, and how you could use that money to further grow your business.


Nixon Williams is one of the premier contractor accountants in the UK specializing in services such as helping existing business, IR35, IT contractors, company formation, tax returns, bank accounts, pensions, insurance and investments as well as mortgages. They offer a complete accountancy service, combining traditional values with the use of modern technology. As a professional practice they constantly review their advice and legislation and procedures to ensure that the clients get the very best advice and appropriate tax efficient solution. To better their clients to better understand their needs, the company strives that all the paperwork be easy to read and in plain language. All the work is done as quickly and inexpensively as possible and you will always be dealing with a named person. 


Leave the number game to the professionals and focus on your life.

Getting Money Back for Continuing Care




Having a relative with a long term, devastating health condition can be equally as devastating for the family.

In the UK they could qualify for NHS continuing Healthcare which would fund the full cost of care, including accommodation and nursing costs if they live in a care home or pay for nursing care at home. However, many are unjustly denied such benefit and many more could claim back the money that they have already paid. While fighting for good quality of life, it is often difficult to take up another fight with red tape which is why Cheselden  can help with things like reclaiming any wrongly paid care fees, having nursing home fees refunded, and avoiding paying care home fees altogether. There are no upfront costs do not charge fees or disbursements as your case progresses. 

The cases are funded by Cheselden so that they only get paid when you win. Claims can be made on behalf of family members, if you have the legal authority to act for them. Every effort will be made to get the claim settled in a fast manner and keep the case out of court. Most importantly you will also understand the whole claim process. You can enquire about claims for current or even retrospective funding. There is a wide range of services offered for individuals, solicitors, PCTs and care homes. 

The teams will look after cases from the start to the finish, so that you can look after what really matters-your family.

Sobey's Savour the Summer Giveaway (Canada only)

Sobey's Savour the Summer Giveaway!!



No Purchase Necessary. Savour the Summer Giveaway is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who are over the age of majority in their jurisdiction. Contest starts on May 11, 2012 at 12:00 noon ET and ends on June 21, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For entry and official rules visit http://www.sobeys.com/summer.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New on DVD and Blu Ray- Thin Ice





There are very few things that Mickey Prohaska ( Greg Kinnear ) wouldn’t do to escape the frigid Wisconsin winter. Reuniting with his estranged wife (Lea Thomson) and jump starting his insurance career would also be a bonus. Thus, when a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) moves into town, Mickey attempts to con him- in order to achieve his goal. As his attempts spin out of control, Mickey finds himself in a spiral of deceit and double crossing.


On DVD and Blu Ray June 12, “Thin Ice” is a blend of hark humour and Midwestern noir, and when the ice breaks no one will know what’s coming.


Watch the preview trailer here.


** Gerry and I liked this movie and would recommend seeing it.

On The Road Again

Tommorow we'll be heading out to pick up our new dog, in Prince Albert, Sask.(4 hour drive south for us.)
So excited!


Our other dog Chloe, had died two years ago and there has been a big void- for me especially.


We will be changing his name though to Jake. He is a Yorkie Chihuahua mix also known as a Chorkie, and his birthday is one day after mine.He will be one in August.


Should be able to do a  bit of shopping while there as well. Love the Dollarama store and will need to buy all his pet needs too, so will have to make a stop at the pet store too.


Staying at the Comfort Inn Prince Albert. New place for us to stay with alot of great amenities: This Comfort Inn hotel features:

  • Free wireless high-speed Internet access
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free local calls
  • Free weekday newspaper
  • Free coffee and tea
  • Pet-friendly 
Will keep in touch.



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If You Own a Blog- Check Bloggabase Out

Bloggabase is a new, friendly site, set up by bloggers for bloggers. They connect bloggers looking to request information or receive products to review on their blogs with companies and brands. They cover every sector from tech and travel, through to food and parenting and their full site goes into beta launch in July 2012.


I signed up- and hope you do too as they need more bloggers.


** Please note: I had to sign up in Google Chrome, as the site may not be fully operational in other browsers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review : Eureka AirSpeed® Gold AS1001A



Let’s be honest-no one likes vacuuming. Between the weight of the vacuum, changing of bags and the constant search for the nearest plug, it is one of the most hated household chores. Good quality vacuums can make this chore a little easier, but they also can come attached to a hefty price tag.


Recently , I had a chance to review Eureka Air Speed® Gold AS1001A, a product comparable to Dyson DC25, DC33 & 41, but at half the price! 


The Air Speed Gold has two tubes with limited twists and turns which decreases the distance for the dirt to travel, while at the same time increasing the suction. This is the one instance when saying ‘it sucks’ is a compliment. The WhirlWind® Cyclonic Technology maintains suction power longer separating large particle from dust therefore decreasing need for maintenance. The HEPA filter captures 99.7% of the allergens and dust, providing you with a home you can breathe in. The 32 foot cord means that my never ending search for the nearest plug is finally over. The flip bottom dust cup makes cleaning the vacuum that much easier. 


The Air Speed Gold has some fantastic features and with the affordable price tag that doesn't "suck"!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Today's Quick Tip


Save the bottoms of your green onions, with root. You can replant these in the garden or in the house/apartment, and they will re-grow.Just snip off what you need of the green part, for recipes or sandwiches.

Monday, June 11, 2012

(Canada) Pizza Hut Serves Up Gourmet Taste Without the Gourmet Price


Pizza Hut Serves Up Gourmet Taste Without the Gourmet Price
Introducing Signature Singles – Italian-inspired, thin crust pizzas for only $5

Pizza Hut home of Canada’s favourite personal pan pizza, is adding even more excitement to its menu with the introduction of brand new gourmet pizzas for one.

Chef inspired Signature Singles combine Italian-style thin crust with unique and premium toppings.

And Pizza Hut is so sure that guests are going to love them that from June 11, 2012 to July 22, 2012 they are priced at just $5 each.






Something for everyone!

Pizza Hut dine-in restaurants are offering four delicious styles of Signature Singles with new bold, fresh flavors:
  • Quattro Formaggio
Extra cheese please! Cheese lovers across the country will melt over this pizza’s medley of gooey cheddar, parmesan, pizza and fresh mozzarella.
  • BBQ Chicken
Bold yes! But big on taste! Enjoy both the sweet and savoury flavours of grilled chicken breast, gooey cheddar, pizza mozzarella, crisp green peppers, red onion and a smoky BBQ sauce.
  • White Pizza with Garlic Shrimp
Seafood enthusiasts will enjoy the delectable hybrid of juicy shrimp, zesty lemon sauce, pizza mozzarella, roasted garlic and marinated Roma tomatoes.
  • Heat Lover’s™
Feel the heat with a spicy combination of hot peppers, savoury pepperoni, bacon crumble, beef topping, sliced ham and pizza mozzarella, laid over a delicious layer of Old World sauce.

Signature Singles are available at participating dine-in locations. Check PizzaHut.ca for a list of participating restaurants.