Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday- December 31st


Just wanted to wish everyone a safe evening tonight for those that will be out and about.
Gerry and I will be at home watching "Looper" tonight, and no doubt earlier than 12 to bed.
Took all the decorations down both inside and out, yesterday and today.
Gerry has been off work since December 24th, so enjoying his time off but back to work on Jan. 2nd. We've been sleeping in and living the lazy life.He's also been taking Jake outdoors for his short walks for me, so that's been great, as I hate the cold! (Gerry has 5 1/2 years left till retirement.)

Didn't do any Boxing Day sales as we really didn't need anything. I see Walmart has alot of their Christmas cards, decorations and candy on sale, but the prices have not come down enough yet for me, to tempt me to buy anything.There had been some good buys on food though. I  have alot of bags, wrap, tags, etc for next year so won't be needing to buy any of that this year.

This year I was downsizing my Santa collection and starting to collect angels, but I haven't seen too many of those around. Gerry had got me a mini clock with an angel child and an angel ornament with tea light to start my collection though.

Time to watch the movie though, so once again everyone, have a safe and happy evening, with all our best wishes to you and your family in 2013.



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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Special Occasion Outfits For Little Girls


There are times in a woman’s life when she looks into her closet and realizes that she has nothing to wear. This can even be true if you are a little girl. Sometimes there are formal occasions, such as holidays, special birthdays, weddings and christening that little girls should wear a special dress.



Beautiful formal dresses suitable for girls can be found at noori dresses. There is a great variety of colors and styles available to choose from so that a little girl can easily match the theme of any special occasions. All of the dresses are made with the utmost attention to detail and quality while maintaining very reasonable prices. At the same time they will age appropriate for little girls while pleasing the developing fashion sense of a little fashionista. There is a great selection of sizes available ranging from newborn fashions to sizes 2-14 and also including plus sizes. Formal wear for little boys is also available and includes tuxedos, vests and ties.

As any style guru is aware of, finding the right accessory completes the perfect outfit. Noori dresses also offers a collection of shoes, boleros and coats which will make any outfit look very smart and well put together. If you are not sure what size your little girl may need you can use they handy size chart or have chat with one of the client service representatives that are always willing to help. 

With Noori dresses, a girl will always have something stunning to wear.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ten Money Fantasies That Make You Sound Stupid



Many people spend a lot of time thinking and planning for things that are not easy to undertake. Living in a fool’s paradise is perhaps the best one could think of after listening to what they rely on to make their future financially secure. Absurd ideas to build financial wealth make these people suffer later in the years when they realize that they do not have a single financial cushion to fall back on.

However, the fact is the not every book that one writes goes onto become a best seller, and not every novice corporation makes it to the NYSE. Here are the top ten money fantasies that make you sound stupid.

1. I Will Win Money through the Lottery

Your chances of winning lottery are 1 in 175,711,536. This information is enough to make out your chances of winning money randomly. Even if you participate in all the lotteries available to you, you cannot depend on the probability of winning them to spend the rest of your life. It is much better to work towards getting a job that would help earn as well as save money for the rainy days.

2. You Intend To Write the Next Bestseller

Writing the next best seller is what every novice writer aspires to do. There are lots of manuscripts waiting approvals from the editors and literary agents to able to make it big. Even if you able to get published, there are not great chances that you will be able to make big bucks out of it. Moreover, there haven’t been many that have been able to spend the rest of their lives depending upon the money earned through having a book published.

3. I Will Make Big Out Of My Small Business by Taking It to Oprah

Even if you have a flourishing coconut flan delivery service, Oprah won’t be interested to have it on her show. Though it’s a fact that whoever makes it to her show becomes a best seller instantly, you better calculate the probability to make it to the show. In fact, you better create small goals and take steps towards achieving them.

4. Spending More Money

There’s a great difference between buying what you need and what you can afford to buy. Spending cash when in need of something is nothing bad, but spending money thinking that you deserve to spend it is not the right kind of attitude. You definitely deserve all the cash that you earn. However, thinking to spend it the way you want is not right. Sites like, Consolidated Credit can assist with free debt consolidation advice.

5. Planning To Marry Rich

This is good for people who are not able to stand on their own two feet. You can do this, but do not make it your career goal. It is not good when you act powerless in front of your family and friends since it gives them an impression of your incapability to make it on your own. Instead, work towards getting a better job by going back to school. Getting back to school means you can make all the big bucks on your own rather than waiting to hunt a rich person to get married to.

6. I Will Get Richer Through Inheritance

Depending on inheritance doesn’t make you rich forever. Working towards multiplying it will do so. It may also be that the inheritance that you receive goes out to paying for the educational expenses of your children, or even paying out debt.

7. A Rich Relative

There are some people who believe that they can receive large sums of money as gifts from their relatives by helping them in their old age. This is the most imprudent way of expecting to get cash rich instantly.

8. Planning To Become an Actor/ Singer to Earn Cash Overnight

You cannot spend your entire life thinking of becoming the next superstar by uploading a video on a social networking site. Earning riches needs a lot of prudent planning and hard work. Planning to become an actor or singer instantly is not a wise option.

9. Starting Own Business and Making It Big In A Short Period

Starting a business is a risk and risking it by making the wrong moves to make big out of it is foolishness. You should take small steps and plan making it bigger through your long terms tactics.

10. Asking the Government for Help

The government does not issue grants to help people get rich. Instead, it helps people the other way through transparent processes.

Conclusion

Fantasizing about money cannot be substantiated anyways. The fact is that not every other book can become the next fifty shades of grey and even overnight successes are not a piece of cake. However, you can earn substantial sums of money by planning rationally to start a business or even getting other means of income.

Author Bio

AJ writes a weekly column for finance based for newspaper. She loves traveling and writing in his free time, especially regarding finances and getting out of debt. 

Treating Yourself This Holiday Season





This time of the year we are busy running around getting gifts for everyone else, so now is a great time to get something just for ourselves. 

Groupon or Living Social type vouchers are a great way to buy deals on a product or a service at a deeply discounted price. These vouchers have a time limit during which they should be used, it is estimated, however, that between 20%-40% of vouchers are forgotten or simply the buyer never ends up using them. Coup Flip has launched a service that allows people to buy and sell deals, such as unused Groupon or Living Social vouchers. You can shop deals according to the category (such as travel, food and dining, clothing etc) your location or price. The vouchers are guaranteed to be authentic and valid by coup flip. They can be valid for several months and up to a year, leaving you plenty of time to use them.

What if you have a bought a group buy deal with all the best intentions of using it, only to realize that you will not have that opportunity before the deal expires? You can now simply sell deals to another user on Coup Flip, which sets a competitive price for the unused deal. As soon as you resell Groupon or another deal, and the group buy is authenticated you get money back in your pocket. Since there are no fees to use this service it is a hassle free way to recoup your losses.

Right now Coup Flip is running a holiday special with 25% additional discount offered on top of Groupon or Living Social discount. The company is now launched in 40 US cities so a great deal can be found just around the corner. 

Now that is something worth flipping for!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Wishing All My Readers, A Safe and Happy Holiday Season

I just want to take this moment to wish all my wonderful readers a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

It will be a quiet one for us. Ria is in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and not back home till Christmas evening. The girls will both be coming over however, with their boyfriends Boxing Day for supper.This year too, will be our first Christmas with our new dog Jake, who is like one of our kids.He loves when parcels come in the mail, opening boxes to see what I am reviewing, so he'll love when we start opening gifts tomorrow morning.

Alot of our family members do not talk with one another so it's unfortunate, but we won't be having a big, happy family get together.

Very cold here as well. -32 with the windchill today. Gerry is picking up some last minute food items at the grocery store today. He gets off work early then has about a week off work so that will be very nice for the both of us.

Ria is coming home to an empty fridge. Her breaker somehow got kicked while she was gone. Having only ferrets to feed dry food, no one went in the fridge, till a few days went by, then my brother who takes them out to play in the evenings, opened it and noticed. Too late and everything was warm. We had to throw almost everything out!

Erika is also having troubles at her apartment,(both run by the same landlord but different location in town). She's got a leak within the walls and water running under the tub. Can't get the plumber over till at least Jan. 2nd. Most times Gerry will fix things for the girls but this is something someone else will have to look at.

I just wish the weather were warmer.. brr it's cold  here! Hopefully it will warm a bit over the holidays so I can go out for a skidoo ride with Gerry. I hate the cold.

We just got a new, used truck. Gerry traded in his smaller truck for a 4x4, full sized truck, but it worked out to pretty much the same payments.Gas will be not bad for it as well. Much better in the snow and for hauling for him.He is quite happy with it. It's a bit older than what we had by 2 years I think, but looks new and still has a year warranty on it.

Enough of my rambling though. Happy Holidays Everyone!


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Friday, December 21, 2012

HP Study Shows Canadians Too Busy to Enjoy Holidays


According to a new national survey from HP Canada and Ipsos Reid, the vast majority of Canadians (96%) say spending quality time with family and friends is what is most meaningful around the holidays. But one in five Canadians (21%) are too busy with holiday preparations to do exactly that. Interestingly, even though many Canadians (72%) say receiving the gift they want is not important, almost half (48%) find that shopping and wrapping gifts takes up most of their free time during the holidays.

HP Canada wants to inspire Canadians by showing how they can spend valuable time together and save time and money on holiday preparations, with the launch of HP Holiday Headquarters.From festive ornaments and decorations to gift boxes and photo calendars, HP  Holiday Headquarters offers a huge selection of easy, affordable and time-saving templates, plus advice and tools to make this year’s holiday season preparations a truly enjoyable opportunity to bring family and friends together.

HP Holiday Headquarters also offers Canadians particularly meaningful tools to personalize their greetings this season. Asked how they will express holiday greetings this year, nearly a third of Canadians (29%) plan to write cards and letters and approximately the same number (30%) say they prefer to receive cards or letters.

I will be using my own HP Deskjet D2430 for printing over the holidays!




You can view the full release here: HP Study Shows Canadians Too Busy to Enjoy Holidays

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Today's Winner!

Our giveaway today:
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And our winner is:
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** Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is selected.
Thank you to all who entered- and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Great Stocking Stuffers



As the poem goes, all the stocking are hung by the chimney with great care in hopes that St. Nicholas will soon be there. While everyone hopes that St. Nick will fill their stocking, sometimes it is left up to us. When thinking of fun stocking stuffers, the sky is the limit. Traditionally these are small gifts that often can bring a great smile to the recipients face. This is a great opportunity to give some practical items that may not be ideal as a main Christmas gift, or choose gifts that are fun or whimsical in nature. Who knows, you may even spot St. Nick!


Some great stocking stuffers for this year's stockings:

Bic Flex4-

Help get your prince charming mistletoe-kiss ready with BIC® Flex 4™. With the Holiday season officially launched, BIC is ready to help guys put their best face forward so that they can get up close and personal with the ones they love. BIC® Flex4® disposable razors are the perfect addition to any male stocking, offering a quality shave for under $10. The BIC® Flex4® disposable shaver features four flexible blades that individually adjust to your skin for an ultra-smooth shave with a lubricating strip with aloe and vitamin E for a smooth glide. For more information, please visit: www.bicworld.com.


Duracell-

Whether you need power for your or another little ones toys, Duracell - the # 1 trusted battery among parents in Canada - has engineered all of their batteries with DuraLock, a new technology which preserves power for up to 10 years in storage. Just in time for the holidays, it is guaranteed power when you or your loved ones need it. 




Need to make a quick call to double check a wish-list? There is nothing worse than getting halfway through the day and seeing your cell phone or Ipod is running on empty. Luckily, the Duracell Instant Charger is a handy portable power solution that allows you and your loved ones to charge their new USB-powered devices on the go. Small and light, it can charge many gadgets and is great to keep in your purse or pocket. Suggested retail price is $44.99. Click here for more information.





eyeSlices® are innovative eye treatment pads that combine the natural essence of nature with bio-innovation to bring about an all-in-one solution to all common eye concerns. Seen on Dragon's Den, I wanted to try these for myself and can honestly say they lifted my eyes and I felt refreshed instantly.

The perfect stocking stuffer or gift for yourself, to relax, restore and revive.
Each package contains one set of re-usable cooling eye gels, good for 10 x 5 minute treatments.

A Friend and a Cup of Coffee



During this busy season it is great to unwind, or meet up with a friend over a cup of delicious coffee.

Coffee has transcended our culture from being just a warm drink to a huge part of our day to day lives. These days you do not have to venture into a coffee shop to enjoy a unique, fresh brew; you can do so right in the comfort of your own home, saving you both time and money.

So this holiday season make sure to enjoy both the great taste and the experience a good cup of coffee can offer.





Review: Balsam Hill Holiday Wreath


One of my favorite things during the holiday season is looking at all the Christmas decorations around the neighborhood.  Each house and family decorates just a little bit differently, thus bringing individuality into their holiday traditions.

When looking for some stunning holiday decor, look no further than Balsam Hill. The company offers a multitude of holiday decorations, including artificial Christmas trees, ornaments and accessories for them, wreaths and garlands as well as many others.  The pieces are so realistic and stunning that they are the choice for top set designers for shoes such as Oprah and Ellen.  




This year we have had the chance to feature a stunning Greenbrier Mountain Pine Christmas Wreath featuring holly leaves, red berries, long pine needles and twigs.  It is the first year that we have a wreath on our home and I must say it boosts the merriment of the season every time we see it. The goal at Balsam Hill  is for you to enjoy a picture perfect, hassle-free Christmas.




And with the beautiful and realistic decorations from Balsam Hill, you don’t have to just hear carols about a winter wonderland,  you can live within it.



Monday, December 17, 2012

Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas - Christmas Cookies In A Jar

There are few things that say “Christmas” quite like holiday cookies. If you want to give a gift from the heart this year that helps express the excitement of the holiday season, creating Christmas cookies in a jar is the perfect way to share your enthusiasm for the spirit of the season. They’re easy to create, aesthetically pleasing, and one of the most useful gifts you could offer this year. 

Step 1: Choose a Recipe 

Before you can even begin to select the right jar to meet your needs or purchase the ingredients from the grocery store, the first thing you have to do is choose a recipe that you like. It may help to actually bake a few of the cookies on your own to decide which one is your personal favorite. Unfortunately, there are many to choose from. Whether you want to go with the traditional “emergency cookies’ packed with quick oats, cranberries, and white chocolate chips or you’d prefer something a bit more exciting like M & M cookies or you even want to go with something completely different like Christmas Crunch cookies, the key here is to choose a recipe that gives you a chance to create beautiful layers inside the jar, so you’ll want a variety of different ingredients to help build that amazing look. One of my favorite recipes is Cowgirl cookies because they look beautiful layered in a jar. You can find the recipe at The Larson Lingo along with a free printable label like the ones shown in the photo below.


Step 2: Select a Jar

Every recipe is going to require a different sized jar, and if you’ve never done this before, you may have a bit of trial and error on your hands. I've found that the best choice is to use a quart-sized Mason jar, as that’s the most traditional option here. You can pick them up at a local craft store like Michaels. In some cases, though, you may have to go smaller or larger depending a bit on which recipe you choose. If you’re planning in advance, you can keep your costs down by purchasing your Mason jars at the right time of year. In the late fall, well after summer gardening season has ended, stores often put their canning supplies on sale, like their complete stock of Mason jars, helping you save quite a bit on your holiday gift budget. You can also often pick up vintage Mason jars for less than you would imagine at antique and thrift stores. 

Step 3: Fill your Jar 

To complete this step, you may want to have a wide-lid jar or a funnel large enough for each of your ingredients to go through. It helps to make the layering process easier. Add each of your ingredients to the jar, one by one, pressing each layer down with the back of a spoon. If you want to get really creative, when you’re finished, take a skewer or a knife and press it down the sides of the jar, like you might with a child’s sand art project, to create beautiful patterns in the layers.

 Step 4: Decorate your Jar

Once it’s filled, add to your jar a bit. Choose a pretty holiday fabric to put on top as well as a matching ribbon. Put stickers on the jar or paint it. Get creative with whatever you think will look best, because it will make the gift look a bit more attractive in the end.

photo credit: Lin T via photopin cc 

Step 5: Attach the Recipe 

They can’t create your amazing cookies if you don’t add the recipe, so copy it onto an index card or some matching scrap booking paper, punch a hole in the corner, and add it to the jar with a bit of beautiful ribbon. Or print out the free stickers with directions from the Cowgirl cookie example shown below.
In either case, you'll have a beautiful handmade holiday gift for friends and family.

 photo credit: chuck-reynolds via photopin cc

About The Author: Jan Kremer is an event planner and baking enthusiast who shares her Christmas cookie recipes, holiday party planning tips and seasonal gift ideas with blog readers at www.holiday-gifts-gift-baskets.com

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday-A Good Day To Organize the Pantry and Fridge

I always try to keep my fridge and pantry organized and free of outdated food. This means using up what you do have before it has a chance to expire or not buying too much to begin with.

My pantry is "unusually" full and only because we only got our Santa's Choice boxes in earlier this month-over $1,000 in food, which we froze, stored, and shared things WE didn't eat, with family and the food bank.( Please let me know if I can refer you..as my name can get entered into a cash draw!) 

Let today or this week, be a day you clean out YOUR fridge and pantry. Washing the insides of shelves, wiping off bottles and jars, and checking for expiry dates on your food.




Friday, December 14, 2012

Another Sad Day in America



Iams Home For The Holidays


The Iams Home 4 the Holidays program is now in its 14th year of helping shelter animals find their forever homes. 

To help mark this milestone, Iams provided an exclusive gift basket filled with amazing pet supplies that are sure to help taking care of Jakey a breeze!





Jakey says: Thanks Iams!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Kids Upgrade Snacks for Santa Keeping Milk Safe until Santa is Ready to Sip


It’s a longstanding Christmas Eve tradition to leave out cookies and milk for Santa. But what happens if kids pour a big glass of milk for Santa before they go to bed around 9 p.m. – but then he doesn’t arrive until well after midnight? It’s not going to taste fresh, and might even be not safe to drink.

A better idea is to leave out a shelf safe milk box with those cookies. It’s Grade A, real milk that doesn't require refrigeration until it’s opened (no preservatives added). Single-serving milk boxes – similar to juice boxes – can be stored in the pantry for up to six months without refrigeration.

Santa can take the convenient carton with him to sip in the sleigh as he heads on to the next house…without worrying about spilling!

For a fun kids craft idea, create a custom cover for the milk carton. Click here for a template to print out and color, paint or bedazzle! Upload a photo of your kids’ creations to the Milk Unleashed Facebook page or Twitter to get free samples of shelf safe milk.

Holiday Gift Guide for Children



Most of us know that it is better to give than to receive. The reaction you can receive from a well chosen gift can be priceless and well worth the hours of searching. If you are looking for the best reactions possible, it is even better to give gifts to children. A child’s face can really light up as their tear through that gift wrapping paper, to get to that coveted gift inside. Their emotions are unbridled and the joy is evident, after all, continuing family traditions with children and the magic of the season is what the holidays are truly about.

We have some great gift giving ideas for the little ones on your Christmas lists this year
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The Heart for Heart Girls ™ -




The Heart for Heart Girls are changing the world one heart at a time.

What if you could change the world just by buying a doll? You can, with Hearts For Hearts Girls™ dolls! Each doll is a girl that wants to make a difference in her life, community, and culture. When you buy a Hearts For Hearts Girls doll, a portion of the purchase price is donated to children’s causes in countries around the world.  Get to know the girls who want to make a difference! Every Hearts Girls doll represents a real girl from a real place around the world. Each has her own story to tell and ideas about how to make life better for her family, community, country, and the world around her. All Hearts For Hearts Girls dolls stand 14 inches high, are beautifully dressed in their ethnic clothing and have gorgeous hair that girls will love to style and play with.

You can meet the Hearts for Hearts Girls at hearts4heartsgirls.caNahji from India, Lilian from Belarus, Tipi from Laos, Dell from USA, Rahel from Ethiopia, Consuelo from Mexico.  These make wonderful Christmas gifts due to their interactivity and educational nature.  

Pick one up today – they’re exclusively available at Walmart across Canada.




Who says we can’t be cool while staying warm?

Iscream carries everything from cozy plush kids blankets and fun microbead pillows to trendy lounge wear and accessories, all to fill your tween’s needs, staying stylish and up to trend. Visit Iscream and let’s have some fun!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

KFC's Free Sandwich Voucher With Purchase- Plus a Giveaway From KFC ( Canada only)


Enjoy KFC's free sandwich voucher when you purchase the KFC Canada's Festive Meal for One.Yummy!

Plus we are hosting a KFC giveaway for a $25 KFC gift card.

A random draw will be made by Random.org on December 20, 2012 from all Canadian entries received.

To Enter:

Leave your email and a comment for KFC

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Sign up as an email subscriber
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 Best of luck to all-

Gift Giving For The Women On Your Christmas List


Whether it is your mother, sister, daughter, or friend, buying that perfect gift for a woman on your holiday list can present its own unique challenges. Every woman is unique and it can be at times difficult to find a gift that shows how much you care. Since women often take care of everyone around them, the holiday season is the most opportune occasion to reverse the table and shower them with affection. Whether it is the perfect gift for the body, or the mind or the soul, this holiday season don’t forget to pamper the women in your life.

Please visit our friends who have some great gift giving ideas for the women on your Christmas gift list this year:



ObusForme-Personalized Comfort Drivers Seat
Provides the comfort of heat, 6 massage motors and your choice of lumbar support size!

The ObusForme drivers seat is so comfortable and most women I know are always cold, so this is a perfect gift to give. We don't all have heated seats in our cars, but now we can. Heat and a massage this winter-wow!

Features include:

  • Inflatable lumbar support allows you to choose your firmness and size on the lumbar support
  • Soothing heat and massage relaxes the muscles in your lower back, bottom and thighs
  • High density foam gently cushions your back for improved posture and a smoother ride
  • Stylish conveniently placed pump allows you to inflate / deflate the lumbar pad to your exact need
  • Convenient, ergonomically designed hand held remote lets you choose your comfort level of heat massage and lumbar support
  • Ideal for driving or while sitting at home or in the office
  • Elastic straps and plastic hooks hold the cushion securely in place
  • Includes 110V AC adapter and cigarette lighter adapter for use in your vehicle , home or office
  • Automatic shut off and one button power off safety devices
  • Exterior: 100% polyester. Interior: polyurethane foam






Dyson-Stunning Dyson Slim-

Dyson has cut the cord and engineered a new way to clean. Digital Slim™ is a lightweight cordless vacuum cleaner, engineered for nimble, high performance cleaning.

 Weighing-in at a scant 2.26 kilograms (5 pounds), Digital Slim™ has a balanced weight distribution that offers superior performance for high, low, hard-to-reach and in-between spaces.


A light aluminium wand reaches from floor to ceiling and can be detached for up-close tasks like car cleaning. At the business end, a motorized cleaner head combines anti-static carbon fibre filaments with stiff nylon brushes to tackle fine dust on hard floors and ground-in dirt on carpets. 

This will make a great gift for the woman on your gift list who loves taking pride in keeping her home clean. 



Thank You India

Thank You India takes prides in quality jewelry that is timeless. Every time you wear a piece,you'll be sure to get a compliment. Best part, when you purchase a Thank You India piece you become part of the chain of giving back; they are a fair trade company!
Consider this Christmas, a precious piece from Thank you India.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tree Is Up!



Got the tree up on the weekend...downsizing as well on my Santa collection this year. Want to start collecting angels instead.Sold about half of my Santas this week, but will keep the others till my new collection builds.
Do you have a Christmas collection?

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Kellogg's And Christmas Rice Krispie Treats!

Review By : Ria (my daughter)

Received another fun kit from Kellogg's - The Christmas Rice Krispie Treats! 



I always have fun reviewing silly things like this with my boyfriend Chris. It's a fun way to spend the evening/afternoon making something together. The Christmas Kit included a box of Rice Krispies, marshmallows, cookie cutters, sparkle decorating gel, cake sprinkles, gift bags/tags and candy canes. We easily whipped up the Rice Krispie mix, using the recipe on the bag of marshmallows and divided the mixture up, adding green and red food coloring to some of it. The kit also came with some ideas for making Xmas-y themed treats and we found other ideas from the Rice Krispie website. Many of the ideas used licorice  strings or fondant, which we didn't have, but we made some pretty cute treats without it!

Rice Krispie Treats are such a cheap/quick snack to make at anytime, and with all the Xmas add-ons, we had a blast making these ones. For some reason I made everyone's eyes red (we only had two colors of Glitter Gel!) and I figured they all needed angry eyebrows to go with the red eyes!

My favorite creation was what I thought was Chris' "Christmas Zombie" but turned out that he was trying to make "The Grinch!" The "presents" were super easy to make and could have also been done by making a pan of Rice Krispies and cutting them up into squares, then decorating. 



And the same tip from a previous post- if you are going to be using your hands to mold your designs, spraying Pam on your hands works great to keep everything from sticking to yourself! Unless you WANT the Rice Krispies to stick to yourself like I did with my Krispie Moustache! 




Have fun with your Christmas baking and think of Kelloggs when making holiday treats this year!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Free Box of KD ( Canada Only)




Kraft Dinner is giving away 20, 012 FREE BOXES of KD!
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Don’t go out hungry! Tweet that you want KD to be your last meal using #KDpocalypse and they’ll mail you a free box.

Need to tweet, then they send you an URL to get a free box. Hurry, to get yours!

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How Not To Worry While Travelling


With winter descending upon us in full force, some people dream of keeping warm with hot cocoa by the fire place, while I dream of sandy beaches and palm trees. Sometimes, you just have to get away. Traveling is one of the most popular endeavors that people like to spend their time and their money on. Whether you are jet setting across oceans, on that once in the lifetime trip or travelling slightly closer to home, it is a great opportunity to leave your troubles behind and just relax. However, there are a few things that can make any traveler nervous. What if I get sick while abroad? What if the airline loses my luggage and all I have on my honeymoon are the clothes on my back and not even a toothbrush? Speaking from personal experience, if your luggage is lost the airline might provide you with a toothbrush (but no toothpaste) and a change of clothing-which in my case was only a huge over sized white see-through t-shirt.
So you can hope that nothing bad will ever happen to you or travelling companions or you can get proactive and obtain travel insurance before your trip. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Many think that travel insurance is only needed if you have a pre-existing condition and might get sick in the foreign country and get stuck with a huge hospital bill. You have to remember that accidents do happen and watching the traffic rules (or lack of them thereof) in some countries might be enough to persuade you. Whether you get the flu, or break a bone having medical coverage is extremely important. Medical transport from one country to your home country can literally cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. That’s more than most houses! But travel insurance can cover much more than just medical expenses, it can take the worry out of traveling.
Most travelers know that by taking multiple connections to your final destination you can save quite a bit on your travel. However, flights do not always arrive on time and you can land at the airport just to see the plane you were supposed to be on takeoff. Travel insurance can cover incidences such as missed flights, flight cancellations, or flight delays which occur due to weather- and with snow storm season approaching this could be an issue. Finally, coverage can also help replace, lost, stolen or damaged baggage, as well as documents and if your luggage is delayed there are options for emergency replacement of essential items…toothpaste, perhaps?
There are many things to worry about when you travel, such as; who will water my plants? Did I pack enough pairs of shoes? Will my hairdryer work overseas? How will I charge my phone at the airport? Save your vacation time to worry about your tan, and not if you whether you will have the money in case of a travel emergency. For a literally a few dollars a day, you can get a peace of mind.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Review: Kamik Mount Snow Boots




Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but keeping warm is so delightful.

Those of us living in areas plagues with vast amounts of winter snow and plunging temperatures, try to maintain a delicate balance between being fashionable and bundling up like a yeti. We often strive to find utilitarian clothing and accessories that can be presentable when out in town or shuffling our way through mounts of snow.

Recently, I reviewed a pair of Kamik Mount Snow Boots that did just that. In the winter my feet are always cold and it was impressive to have a boot on that finally kept them warm without having to double up  on socks. I tried them out snowmobiling and I must say that they stood up to the test. The boots are waterproof with moisture wicking lining, foam insulation a rubber sole (a must if you want to avoid skating down your driveway) and a stylish faux fur collar and a gusset tongue. They were great to take me from work into play without a necessary shoe change. It is great to have a versatile boot that keeps your toes warm and dry, but looks pretty nice too.I think you'd agree.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Organizing Your Home Business




These days many of us strive to achieve a balance between our work life and our home life. Long days at the office are not as popular as they once were. With the rise of telecommuting, many employees can work from home, and check in with their offices from time to time. Additionally, many people want to work for themselves and start a home business. However, there is much more to working from home, than just being able to stay in you pajamas all day, it is very important to have a good working space, because when you are working from home, a kitchen table won’t just cut it, you will need a home office.

 A home office is a great idea even for those who will just need it to organize their family’s finances and to have a place to store all the valuable documents. Apart from the obvious home office needs which are a desk and a chair, there are a few other items that you may need as you endeavor to set up a place to work.

One of the first things to get is office suppliesstorage boxes for important documents, binders so that loose sheets of paper don’t fly on by, paper clips, pens and pencils. You might want to invest in an organizer of some kind to keep yourself in check also. When you are starting out supplying your home office, it is a great time to make sure that all the items match. Working in a nice looking space will be much more pleasant than working in a cluttered and dull office. When looking for nice matching office supplies, checkout collections such as the Martha Stewart Home Office collection with Avery Dennison, everything in it flows so well together it takes the thinking out of office design.

In your home business, never underestimate the power of networking. Networking is cited time and time again as the greatest way to grow your business. As you network, be sure to hand out business cards to all the new people you meet. These should have your name and other valuable contact information. A great idea would be to make these cards stand out from all the other business cards, by making them somewhat unique and therefore more memorable. 

When setting up your home based business ensure that your work space and your work supplies are a reflection of you. It will make all the difference.