Attention Bloggers: Check out Henkel Insiders!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

If you are a fellow blogger you should definitely check out Henkel Insiders. It is a great program that allows you to sign up and receive exclusive products as well as products that have not yet hit the market to try out and enjoy. This gives you a chance to review these products and share your findings with your readers. Sometimes, you can even receive free product coupons that you can share with your readers.

Henkel brands and partners include products such as Purex, Soft Scrub, Dial and many, many more. This program allows you to connect to other bloggers as well as have a voice in the types of products are produced. I signed up myself and you can go here to apply.

Bloggers who write about savings, product reviews and giveaways, are Canadian residents, have family friendly content and are active on social media, will be a great fit for this program, and benefit most from it.

Having City Fun Without Leaving Town

Not all of us can live near the hustle and bustle of the city, and some of us don't want to. As much as we love the rural life sometimes you can crave the excitement of an urban area. Here are some ways you can have a little big city fun without having to leave your small town postal code.

Dinner theme nights:

If you cannot go to the hottest restaurant in town, make the food come to you. Talk with some friends and maybe have an international potluck, or even try something you saw on the food channel. It can be a great a frugal way to try a new dish.

Check online for entertainment:

Casinos and Bingo parlors are a source of entertainment for many folks, however if you do not have one in your town (or just don’t feel like going out) you can head online and check out live casino reviews at Try out some games, but make sure to set a budget, and stick to it.

Be a tourist in your own town: 

Sometimes we can get too comfortable where we live, and it may be hard for us to see what others find spectacular in your area. It may be the time to hit the local information center and see what they recommend to people stopping by, and then check it out. You may discover some wonderful things that you didn't know where hidden right in your very own back yard.

Review: Sabatasso’s NEW Thin and Crispy Gluten Free Pizza

Today it seems that more and more people are opting for the gluten free lifestyle. While there are many reasons why people would try to give up gluten, most of us can agree that it can be very difficult sometimes to find gluten-free foods to love.  Not only do they require trips to specialty stores, some of them do not taste like the real thing. Good news that what were once considered gluten rich foods such as pizza are no longer off limits.

Recently, I had a chance to review Sabatasso’s NEW Thin and Crispy Gluten Free Pizza. While the crust was chewier than most regular pizzas we've tried, it was nice and thin. I did not think you sacrifice taste at all with this gluten free pizza. Best yet, it is available at Costco, so you can easily pick it up on your regular grocery run, without having to check lots of natural food stores. Good for you food - convenient and delicious and  no longer hard to find.

                          ** Added some pepperoni on the left half to Gerry's side of the pizza!

 Gluten-free does not have to be a dirty word, with delicious taste and accessibility check out Sabatasso’s new pizza, whether you are already living a gluten free lifestyle or are just trying out a healthier alternative.

Today's Winner

Saturday, June 29, 2013
This was our giveaway for today- 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!

Day 3-Vancouver

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Well, we didn't do too much today. I have a cold and was taking medication that was suppose to be non drowsy but really made me tired- and it's been like that for the whole day!
We will be leaving though tomorrow, to fly back into Saskatoon for the evening, before leaving for home on the 28th.

Today we only went to eat a few times and went from the airport area,where we are staying, into the far end of Vancouver for a one hour harbour cruise with Harbour Cruises. We really enjoyed and highly would recommend. The boat is covered  so you can view from the deck or inside the boat. As well they do a play by play commentary so we learnt alot about the harbour.

                                                         Boat we were on.
                               Canada Place and Holland America cruise ship docked.
                                                              Me-  on deck
We did want to see a few other things, including the zoo, but just too far out of the way from where we were staying.Also was disappointed to go to Canada Place to check out the Imax and find it to be closed. 
Will be packing up tomorrow and saying good bye to Vancouver.
We both must say that although we enjoyed the top attractions in the area, we won't miss the busy city. City life is not for us.

Review: VikingCycle Dark Age Motorcycle Jacket for Men

There are a few things in men’s fashions that have stood the test of time- a well made suit, a good pair of jeans, and a leather jacket. Everything else seems to date the wearer to a specific decade, however these three things look right at home from the Mad Men era of the 1950s and 60s to the modern day, with minor modifications of course.

Recently, Gerry had the chance to review one of these three main stays in the man’s wardrobe a VikingCycle leather jacket. This was a black leather motorcycle jacket which was fabulously priced at under $100, which anyone who has ever shopped for a leather jacket knows is a great price.

The jacket is made of quality cowhide leather with very nice antique brass hard ware. The lining can be zipped out which makes this a great jacket for all types of weather, which is good living in Canada. There are also zipper vents on the front, the back and the sleeves, which are very practical and also add a little extra something to the look and the feel of the jacket. Of course there are several zippered pockets which as every man know are a must, especially when using this jacket on a motorcycle. When ordering there is a sizing guide to follow, and we found that the jacket does fit true to size, which was great, no surprises.

The jackets are have a heavy feel to them which is a must when riding a motorcycle, as it offers maximum protection in the event that you meet asphalt, but it is nice to have great looking jacket that offers this type of protection. MotorcycleHouse offers many different types of leather jackets so you can find one that suits not only your style but also your ride.

Day 2- Vancouver

We had another rainy day here in Vancouver, but that doesn't stop alot of folks from going out and seeing the sites. After all this is Vancouver- and it is known for it's rain. The vegatation here is amazing though. Such nice trees and plants everywhere. 
We headed yesterday to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park- a must see and a place I've wanted to see for a long time. It's a must see area, and so well put together.

I must admit I took no pictures while actually on the bridge. I almost didn't think I would mentally make it across.. but did better and was more prepared walking back across. It sways and sometimes more than others, depending how many people are walking on it, and on which sides.Something that you have to mentally prepare for. I just kept thinking of that guy that walked across the Grand Canyon and how he must have felt on that tightrope!

Gerry on the Cliffwalk. No problems here and no swaying!

Above the ground- in the TreeTops  Adventure.

After our stop at the Capilano Suspension Bridge we headed a bit more up the road to Grouse Mountain. Another must see! Took the Skyride to the top of the mountain. Once up there, we enjoyed the Lumberjack Show, very entertaining and comical.The weather was terrible but they really did not let that damper how they entertained! Hats off!

The Grizzly Sanctuary was also at the top.But missed the Eye of The Wind due to weather and visibility.
The Refuge for Endangered Wildlife is principally comprised of a five-acre mountaintop habitat that is home to two orphaned Grizzly Bears, and a three-acre Timber Wolf habitat located at the base of the mountain, which we saw on the ride down.

All in all a great place to visit. Make sure BOTH are on your list of things to do when you stop in Vancouver.

Back for the evening at the Delta at the Airport. So relaxing!

Be sure to check out Vancouver Tourism  for your complete source of Vancouver hotels, attractions, and things to do - Tourism Vancouver is the official source of tourist information for Vancouver BC -Canada.

Delta Airport Vancouver

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Will be laying our heads tonight and Wednesday night, at the Delta Vancouver Airport. The Delta Airport is situated on the waterfront, overlooking an adorable marina. If there is one thing that Vancouver is known for it are the mountains and the water, so its nice to have a great view of one of them.

Delta Vancouver Airport is accented by the charm of boats floating in the 138-slip marina on the banks of the Fraser River. Connections with nature are everywhere. More than 20 kms of riverside trails surround this haven among Vancouver airport hotels. Yet it lies only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver and on the doorstep of the Vancouver International Airport.

There are some wonderful restaurants very close to the property, including one that is a pier situated in the middle of the marina. There is also a bar as well as a lovely restaurant in the lobby of the hotel.  For those looking to stay fit while travelling, the Delta Airport also features a great fitness center which includes a pool. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day.

The hotel rooms have the features that I always look for while travelling, such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a good television, etc. Items like a tub in the room, a hair dryer and complimentary in room coffee, can be the little things that make your stay great. Be sure to also check out makes their hotel great for families travelling while in Vancouver.

Day 1- Vancouver and Area

Monday, June 24, 2013

We seemed to have a full day of rain today. Good thing I heard what Vancouver weather can be like- so if your visiting, check that forecast before you come here. You may need to bring umbrellas. Lots of gals out today with their stylish rain boots, and umbrellas.
Stopped in Stanley Park today. Beautiful place to stop while on your stay here. See the Lions Gate Bridge -(behind me in the background here), Rose Garden, the Totem Poles, and much more! Check out the Stanley Park Horse Drawn Carriages and even the Vancouver Aquarium!

Also visited the Vancouver Lookout today. It has a great 360 degree view of the city, with an elevator that goes along the outside of the building.

                          View from the Vancouver Lookout- cruise ship and Canada Place.

                               another view from up top- some of Vancouver city..
              we were even surprised to see trees planted on a few of the buildings!

Be sure to check out Vancouver Tourism  for your complete source of Vancouver hotels, attractions, and things to do - Tourism Vancouver is the official source of tourist information for Vancouver BC -Canada.


Arrived Last Night-Vancouver

Made it in to Vancouver late last night. Well, at least late our time back home. They are two hours behind us, so a bit hard to get used to the time difference. Back home I am usually up by 7:30, so guess what? Got up at 5:30 today. Gerry slept for a few more hours and I played around on the lap top, but my tummy is telling me it's way past breakfast, so Gerry is just showering and we'll be heading down to the continental breakfast here at the Days Inn near the Vancouver airport.

It was nice getting in to the airport last night and having only about a 5 minute drive over to the hotel, as it was raining and dark. Not a good combination when you don't know the area and looking for your hotel.
I think as well the weather is calling for rain all day today, so glad we brought a combination of clothes.
Will post later on about our day!


Sandman Hotels Great Giveaways ( Canada)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Be sure to check out Sandman Hotels Great Giveaways!

Count the number of sheep hidden on their website each month and you could win a free night at any Sandman Hotel Group location!

We’re so sure you’ll love their beds, they're giving them away! Book Sandman's ‘Get In Bed’ rate and you will automatically be entered to win 1 of 4 top-of-the-line Signature Serta pillow-top mattresses complete with linens and duvet courtesy of Eden Textile! 

And whether you’re just stopping over, or are in town for the week, Sandman Hotel Saskatoon makes all your travels a breeze.  A hotel we'll be resting our heads at on our way back from Vancouver.

Happy First Day of Summer!

Well, it's not too summery looking outside my window today- but today is June 21st- the First Day of Summer.
Will be getting my housework all done up, today and Saturday and getting ready for our trip to Vancouver Sunday.
I keep a day by day itinerary when we travel as well, so will need to get that together. In it I write all flight times, where we are staying  and things we will have to see and do, day by day. It's so much easier to travel like that than have a pile of papers and work blindly through it all. Does anyone else do this when they travel? 
Gerry was also happy that today was Friday-but not sure if he is taking the afternoon off work or not. With having the whole week off ahead of him, it will depend if he can get all his work done this morning or not.
Have a great weekend everyone!


Review: SO2 Laundry Detergent

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer is the height of laundry season. Between summer time BBQ, soccer games and staying out in the hot sun, clothing seems to get a lot dirtier. To make matters worse, doing loads of laundry also uses up a lot of hydro which is also charged at a premium during the summer. This is why I was very excited to recently review SO2 laundry soap.
SO2 is a pre moistened, organic and biodegradable laundry sheet, that replaces, your detergent, fabric softener and stain fighter. It is so jam packed with cleaning products that it will save approximately $1.20 per load. Those can add up to huge saving for household who do a lot of laundry. It is also great to use a product that is good for the environment. All too often do I wonder what happens with all those chemicals that go down the drain with the wash water.
In the most practical sense the laundry came out with a nice clean smell and cleaned them very well. It was also very easy to use. It’s great to have all these laundry products rolled into one. It saves time and hassle and is good for the environment.
 Now if only it would fold the laundry as well!

S2O retails for $19.99 for a 100-sheet tub and is sold at CVS, Bed Bath &Beyond,Walgreens, Rite Aid, Boscov's and other retailers as well as online at

June 21st Marks First Day of Summer!

Although it may not seem like it in all parts of the country, summer is just around the corner.
 June 21st marks the summer solstice, and is officially the first day of summer. 

Summer time is one of the best times of the year. Many people are taking vacations and have time to enjoy the nice weather. This is the time to relax and put your feet up while absorbing the summer rays. Or you can grasp full force at everything that summer has to offer, from the great weather (hopefully) for summer activities and festivals.

 Many peoples summer may be very booked already, and since time does fly it is important to ensure that we enjoy every last bit of summer time. So this summer solstice think of your summer plans, and vow to make this summer to do what you always wanted to do. Make this a summer to remember. Share your summer with the following brands:

Bai Brands, LLC-

Packed with flavor and NOT sugar, Bai5, is  a low-sugar, 5-calorie beverage created in response to customer's interest in even more healthful options to sugary, high-calorie drinks.
And now they add the introduction of Molokai Coconut, the brand’s first coconut beverage and its first flavor to boast electrolytes. 
The new flavor  will initially be offered as a summer thirst quencher, the first in a line of bai5 seasonal varieties. Share your Summer with Bai5!

June is National Candy Month

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Did you know that June is National Candy Month??

Finally there is a month that allows us to pay tribute to one of the most important the sweetest food groups. Everyone has a favorite, and if you don’t –there are so many choices out there for you to try out.  Along with a balanced diet, a piece of candy/chocolate can be a delicious ‘pick me up’ any time of day. 

So this month indulge your sweet tooth just a little bit, and enjoy the delicious goodness that is your favorite variety of this confection, including Chocolate!

DOVE Chocolate- ( Try Dove's newest additions!)

DOVE® PROMISES® Silky Smooth Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl is a beautiful combination of Mint swirled with silky smooth Dark Chocolate, which taste as amazing as they look. Each individually wrapped piece includes a special PROMISES® message for a truly unique moment.

Enjoy a rich DOVE® Cookies & Crème Bar, with crunchy cookie bits blended with sweet and creamy white chocolate. It’s the perfect combination of childhood indulgence and DOVE® deliciousness. 


PEEPS® are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year! Easter 2013 was the first Easter when over 1 Billion PEEPS were consumed.  For all holidays and seasons combined, Just Born produces over 2 Billion PEEPS a year.  There are many shapes, colors and flavors of PEEPS. Chocolate covered and dipped PEEPS® are extremely popular.

Mars Chocolate-

Mars Chocolate recently unveiled two new products including M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Bar and SNICKERS® Bites. 

M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Bar
M&M’S is introducing the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Bar, which combines a creamy, smooth milk chocolate bar with the colorful fun and irresistible milk chocolate center of M&M’S®. It’s a match made in milk chocolate heaven, and proof that a classic American confection like the chocolate bar is even ’Better with M.’ Each M&M’S® Chocolate Bar is made with the best quality, delectable milk chocolate, infused with M&M’S® Minis and stamped with a beloved M&M’S character.

SNICKERS recently launched  SNICKERS® Bites a new hunger-satisfying innovation that offers the trademark SNICKERS® combination of chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat shrunk down in small, no fuss, "pop ’em in your mouth" milk chocolate cubes. The unwrapped treats are ideal for sharing, whether you’re watching a movie, or attending a gathering.

SweetWorks, Inc.-

SweetWorks, Inc. makes premium gourmet confections that are shipped throughout the world. SweetWorks’ chocolates and candies are marketed under the brand names: Niagara Chocolates®, Oak Leaf®, Ovation®, Sixlets® and Celebration by SweetWorks®.  Founded in 1956, the Company is headquartered in Buffalo, New York and operates Oak Leaf Confections, in Scarborough, Ontario. 

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park- Vancouver

The ‘suspension’ is building for our upcoming Vancouver trip! -suspension bridge that is. 

While in Vancouver, Gerry and I will visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It hard to believe that the bridge has been around since 1889 and stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River, and is just minutes from the busy city.

While at the park we will also take part in a Treetop Adventure. It is the one of a kind attraction, and offers a squirrel’s eye view of the thriving coastal forest. Visitors venture from one giant Douglas tree to another, taking in the breath taking scenery. It is a great thing for people looking for a little bit of an adventure, done in a perfectly scenic and safe way.

Those looking for more excitement can, just like us, check out the Cliffwalk at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. In this adventure you can take a trip through the rain forest on a cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out of the granite cliff face and overlooking the water. In some sections of the walkway you are standing on glass giving you a beautiful and maybe scary view of the forest and river down below.

We can't wait!! I AM kind of "iffy" about heights but I'm determined to do this and something to add to the Bucket List!


Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (Del Monte) announces its “Find Your Inner Chef” National Cook Off winner. Kara Adanalian from Fresno, California, earned the title and the grand prize retreat for two to the Napa Valley Culinary Institute. The online contest, which launched April 15 and culminated with the national cook off, encouraged consumers to submit their own favorite recipe using Del Monte® fresh fruits and vegetables.

Kara’s winning recipe, Red Pepper and Avocado Stuffed Chicken Breast with a pastry gremolata and white wine reduction, received rave reviews from the judges. It was a competitive cook off as the four finalists competed in a face-off / bracket challenge type setting. The national cook off was held on the campus of The Miami Dade College Hospitality School – Miami Culinary Institute. Each aspiring chef prepared a dish from their social media-winning recipe that met certain criteria (for example, using specific Del Monte® fresh produce or inspiring a certain taste). Each were given an hour to complete their recipes.

Judges based their final decision on the following criteria: 1) Creativity of the dish, 2) Taste of the Dish, 3) Use of Del Monte® fresh fruits or vegetables in the recipe, and 4) Presentation of the dish. The winner from each bracket moved on to compete for the Grand Prize and coveted title. 

To view the “Find Your Inner Chef” national cook off competition in its entirety, log onto

Days Inns -Vancouver, B.C

Monday, June 17, 2013

While vacationing in Vancouver British Columbia, Gerry and I will make our home away from home in the Days Inn family of hotels, both at the airport and at their downtown location Vancouver.

Days Inn - Vancouver Airport

The Vancouver Airport hotel is perfectly located 10 minutes from the airport, which will be ideal for a break after what surely will be an exhausting day of travel. The location is great for those looking to save some money, as it is located very close to public transportation, and has free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast. You know what they say that a penny saved is a penny earned? Why pay for those things if you don't have to?

The downtown location is right in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district and offers modern convenience in a historical setting.

Days Inn - Vancouver Downtown

Apart from the obvious beauty of the hotel, the guests have access to a bar/lounge, laundry facilities and meeting rooms. The guests also have access to a concierge service, which as many travelers know can be very valuable when travelling in a new city. The location also offers free Wi-Fi, which is a must for me while travelling, as I like to stay connected.  If you are renting a car and driving, this location also offers parking, which is always difficult to find in any city center.

We are very excited about our trip, and having the little things included in the price of our hotel stay is great, as it prevents us from expecting one price and paying another!

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