Black Friday - Cyber Monday

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Friday is just around the corner. It's going to be a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early and at amazing discounts.  

You don't even have to go outside to get good deals- on Cyber Monday, you to do your shopping online  and avoid the crowds! 
Be careful though that the deal you think you are getting really is a deal- be a smart consumer always!

BIC® Pocket Lighters - Celebrating 40 years in Canada With a Design Contest !

BIC® Pocket Lighters is celebrating 40 years in Canada! To commemorate this milestone, BIC is launching a new website  today – and encouraging Canadians to enter the “BIC Flicktacular™ Contest” where you can submit original designs for BIC Pocket Lighter wraps.

With almost one-third (31%) of lighter customers saying that graphics and color are somewhat to extremely important when making a purchasing decision, the “BIC Flicktacular Contest” is inviting Canadians to fire up their creativity and try their hand at inspired designs!

BIC is also introducing eight limited-edition “Flick My BIC” funky designs to mark BIC Pocket Lighter’s 40th birthday.  Representing the carefree style of the ‘70s, look for them where BIC Lighters are sold. Other unique wrap designs include hockey team logos, beer brands, and fun, colorful mosaics.

Designs can be submitted from December 6, 2013 through to February 7, 2014 and the public can vote to “pick their BIC” from February 19 through to March 13, 2014. Each person can enter one vote per day for their favourite lighter and two vote entrants will be chosen by sweepstakes to win $1,000 each.  Late March, 40 design finalists will be revealed, out of which eight design winners will be chosen mid April. Each of the eight winning designers will receive a $1,000 prize. For full rules and entry details, visit:

November is Flu Awareness Month

Sniff, Cough, Hack. Those wonderful sounds are associated with flu and cold season. November is flu awareness month. Even if you choose to remain unaware, be warned, the flu could find you. So, roll up your sleeve, get a flu shot and stock up on vitamins and visit our friends below, who also don't want to give the flu or colds a fighting chance!


Kleenhanz® is the antimicrobial wellness towelette that cleans,
sanitizes and removes germs on hands. Developed with more than 10
years of research, Kleenhanz® represents a revolution in consumer germ
prevention by killing 99.99% of bacteria and germs, making Kleenhanz®
perfect for Handwashing On-the-Go®. “The increasing abuse and harmful
side effects of alcohol-based products are the reasons that Kleenhanz®
was created,” says Lance FitzSimon, the company’s Chief Operating
Officer and co-founder. Kleenhanz® is alcohol free and uses quaternary
compounds, Benzethonium Chloride and Benzalkonium Chloride, to kill
and remove germs with long-lasting protection. Kleenhanz® does what
alcohol-based sanitizers cannot by effectively cleaning, sanitizing
AND removing germs from hands. Kleenhanz® towelettes are used in many
schools as well as hospitals, clinics, restaurants, fitness.

Healthier Drinks To Get You Through a Busy Season

It's a busy time of year- and the holiday rush is on. Your busy running here and there, grabbing this and that. We've found some great ideas for healthy drinks to grab and go or mix at home.

Spartos launched in May of 2012 with the perfect balance of 10 grams of whey protein isolate, six major electrolytes, 18 essential amino acids, and 2,000 mg of glutamine. 
With an array of exotic flavors, Spartos has cane sugar sweetened and naturally sugar free options - perfect for everyone in the family. Spartos can currently be found at Whole Foods in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii for $2.29 per bottle.

Flavrz Organic Drink Mix is a liquid organic drink concentrate made with the real stuff - organic fruit juices, fruit flavors and botanical extracts. The result is a delicious, refreshing and organic drink made simply by adding Flavrz to still or sparkling water. Mix it strong or mix it light, at the table or on the go - it is totally up to you.  All Flavrz are USDA Organic, Gluten-Free and Non-GMO.  Flavrz is organically delicious with nothing artificial, ever -- the perfect alternative to high sugar sodas and fruit drinks that are loaded with the bad stuff. Flavrz ‘pure taste, less waste’ mission really is refreshing America, the healthy way. It's been a delicious, healthy drink journey at Flavrz. With the launch of Flavrz2Go, the great taste and organic goodness of Flavrz is now available in convenient and handy single serve packets. Ideally sized to make twelve to twenty ounces of organic refreshment when mixed with water, Flavrz2 Go is ideal for work, home, school or play.
Available Flavrz2Go include Superfruit Sport with Electrolytes, Fruit Punch Energy, Citrus Hibiscus Immunity and our original fruit flavors, Cherry Berry, Lemon Lime and Tropical Peach available in Flavrz2Go packaging.

Update on Floor Renos

Monday, November 25, 2013

Well, we were able to use some of the last pieces of our flooring to change out the Walmart flooring in our main bathroom, and as well, mixed with part of our lino on our step into the kitchen from the porch.
Think both look mighty fine.

Home Depot Canada really has some nice flooring!

** Both are actually the dark wood but picture seems to show the top photo darker but bathroom the same color.

The Single Best Way To Eliminate Most Germs Inside Your Home

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's amazing how many people keep a meticulously clean home but fail to keep their bedding clean. Your bed is used more often than any other object inside your home. Which makes it the one object in your home prone to more germs, bacteria and dust than any other object inside your home. So yeah, it's a good idea to clean your bed as often as possible.

Here are four tips that will allow you to sleep in a clean bed every single night of the week.

1. Flip The Mattress. Most people flip their beds to simply prolong the life of their mattress. But most people don't realize that flipping the mattress actually allows you the perfect opportunity to vacuum it. Vacuuming your mattress removes all of the dry skin that have accumulated during your sleep time. Those dry skin particles are the perfect food for dust mites and other allergens. Flip your mattress at least once every quarter and vacuum the mattress and box spring each time as well.

2. Clean The Mattress. Remove the sheets so that your mattress is completely exposed. Then, sprinkle baking soda on your mattress and allow it to sit for at least four hours. The baking soda will remove moisture, dirt and odors from your mattress.

3. Wash Your Bed Sheets. A recent study showed that the average American washes their sheets once every seven days. Ironically, that's about as long as anyone should sleep on their sheets before using new ones. Washing sheets removes dry skin so it's a very important task when it comes to keeping a clean bed environment. So, wash your pillow and bed sheets at least once every week!

4. Keep Food In The Kitchen. A recent poll showed that 20% of people eat food in their beds. You can bet that 100% of those people have some food particles hiding in their sheets as a result. And of course, tiny bugs know this too. I know it's convenient but try to stay away from eating in your bed. Think about this way......little, tiny bugs are crawling on you while you sleep so that they can eat those microscopic food particles left behind after your midnight snack!

Germs can be found all over your home. And most people target the obvious places such as the bathroom and kitchen. However, your bedroom actually contains more germs than anywhere else throughout your home so make sure to use these tips and you're indoor health quality will recognize an immediate improvement.

Floor Renos-Complete!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Well, happy to say that the floor renos are all completed- well sort of! We actually have enough flooring left that Gerry is going to re-do the main bathroom that has the Walmart flooring currently in it. But other than that, all done- and very happy with our new look and the Home Depot  flooring we picked out for the job!

                                                                Laundry Room and closet

                                                                       Spare Room

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

A few weeks ago, we picked up this wall mount fireplace from Walmart for $118+ tax.
Have always wanted one. It works on 7 flame settings and 2 forced fan heat settings. Quite nice! Jakey usually likes laying in front of all he needs is the little bear skin rug!

Review: The Furminator

Monday, November 11, 2013

Review by: Erika and Jon

Pet owners know that removing excess fur from their pets can be a hassle, it soon ends up all over us and all over the house. The Furminator is a one of a kind tool that is designed to remove the undercoat from your pet. This specially formulated de-shedding tool, when used for 10-20 minutes, twice a week can work wonders for those of us who always see hairballs roll across our living rooms like tumble weeds. The tool works on the fur of dogs, cats and other furry animals. It can cut down shedding as much as 90%, which is amazing.

My daughter and her boyfriend reviewed this product on their dog "Be" and said:

"Our dog doesn't usually like getting her hair brushed but she LOVES the FURminator (as you can see in the photos).. It gets all the loose hair out while still being gentle on her coat and skin. The FURejector button is a great feature, which makes clean up a breeze. If your dog has a shedding problem, we highly recommend the FURminator!! "



Update On Our Flooring Re-Do With Home Depot

As you may remember, a few weeks ago I told you all about our trip to Saskatoon to pick up flooring from Home Depot. We were going to be re-doing all the flooring in the trailer, except the 2 bathrooms, which already had been done with Walmart flooring.

Well, Gerry has spent the last few days doing the kitchen, going over top of the old tile we had. Well, maybe not so old, but we had gotten it for next to nothing before on clearance, but I was never really happy with it.
                                              BEFORE :








We really notice a big difference with this flooring! Love it for these many points:

-better quality
-easier to cut and lay out
-less scratch resistant
-more defined, individual planks

Highly recommend it! Will be sharing more photos as Gerry continues on!

Also having to change out the register covers now too to dark brown- the tan ones just don't cut it with the dark floor. And going to try to sell the old flooring as alot of it is sell able.


Del Monte Enter For a Chance To Win Gold!

Del Monte Canada is giving away 1 pound of gold to one lucky winner, and 1 ounce of gold to 15 more winners, on their Facebook page!

Simply visit their Facebook page, LIKE their page, and fill out the short entry form.
Limit of one entry per person.

Contest is closing on November 29, 2013 so hurry and enter!

5 Simple Ways To Save $$

Thursday, November 7, 2013

1. If you have stuff around the house that you don’t need or want - sell it.

Clothes and small items are perfect for a garage sale or consignment store. Large items or items with significant value can be sold on Craigslist or eBay. Selling your unwanted stuff is an easy way to get extra cash to pay bills or to save for a future need.

2. Learn how to become a “deliberate spender” by creating a household budget.

Budgeting is a simple way to learn how you spend your money and to avoid impulse buying. With a clear spending plan and a little self-discipline, you can avoid the debt trap of spending more than you earn and relying on credit. If you’re really determined, a budget will help you save for a rainy day, or for a new car or family vacation.

3. Be a savvy shopper.

Stock up on store specials when you shop for groceries, and use coupons whenever possible. Avoid impulse purchases – make a shopping list, never shop on an empty stomach, and leave the kids at home.

When shopping for Back-to-School, don’t stray from your “needs list” – buying extra clothes and supplies will leave you with nothing to pay for unexpected expenses after school starts. And remember that many states offer sales tax holidays that will save you at least 5-8% on Back-to-School clothes, shoes, accessories, and supplies.

4. If possible, never pay retail.

Discount retailers make it easy to wear the latest fashions without having to pay full retail price. Know retailers’ seasonal cycles and wait for sales. Shop online – not only is it easier to comparison shop, but many online retailers offer special promotions, discount codes, and free shipping that will save you money. Don’t be afraid to haggle on large purchases and services. In many cases you can “name your price” or get free “add-ons.” Negotiating may even work with retailers, especially if you can point to offers from competitors.

5. You should have some fun, but save money on entertainment.

Many local retailers have kiosks where you can rent a movie for $1 per night – or less if you have a coupon. If movies aren't your thing, make a trip to the library. There are books available for all ages, including fantastic book series for children and teens. And reintroduce your kids to the things you did as a kid – arts and crafts, board games, card games, and playing outside.

6. If you can do it yourself, then do it yourself.

With the advent of home improvement stores, you can do simple projects yourself. Instead of going out to lunch, “brown bag it.” And for much less than you spend on your favorite latte at the coffee shop, you can brew your own premium brand coffee and add just about any flavor imaginable.

Tips provided by:

Holiday Gifts that Give Back

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The holidays are the ultimate season of giving and we're not just talking to each other.  As many of us are pulling together shopping lists, you might want to stop and think about a slightly different kind of gift – the kind that gives back.

This year, Hard Rock is making the holiday season all the merrier with the 2013 IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign which provides aid to the hungry and directly benefits Why Hunger and its grassroots partners worldwide.

By purchasing the limited-edition IMAGINE merchandise, you won’t only surprise someone special, you’ll also help someone in need!

Hard Rock’s 2013 IMAGINE products are stylish, affordable gifts that fit your budget and the spirit of the season.

·         IMAGINE Pin ($12) – 100% of proceeds benefit Why Hunger and grassroots partners

·         IMAGINE Bracelet ($2) – 100% of proceeds benefit Why Hunger and grassroots partners

·         IMAGINE  T-Shirt ($26) – 15% of proceeds benefit Why Hunger and grassroots partners

·         IMAGINE Scarf ($18) – 15% of proceeds benefit Why Hunger and grassroots partners

Winter is Coming - Tips to Save Money on Home Heating

Monday, November 4, 2013

Cold weather is definitely on its way, which means utility bills are about to start skyrocketing. I would love to share with you a new, FREE ebook I was told about with you to use as a resource. It is filled with ways to get ready for low temperatures, including tips for saving money on heating costs, identifying where homes commonly lose heat, how to easily find said air leaks, and simple DIY fixes to keep the warmth in.

Enjoy the savings!

What We Woke Up To Today!

I hate the cold and snow!! We had 18 cm of snow fall by this morning and it's calling for another 6 today.
Jake and I headed out to pick up the mail and paper today, and got stuck coming out of the driveway. Of course, it was a good thing the neighbor was there to help push me back into the drive way and then shoveled near the front of the driveway. Snow very heavy. Stayed close to home today and that was my only outing. Has the snow began to fall where you are?
Today was the day we both dug out our winter jackets and our snow boots.


Looking For Your Votes!

Please can you take a moment and VOTE for Jake in the Purina contest I entered him in.
Thank you-


Keep Cancer on a Leash

Did you know that one in four dogs dies of cancer? For cats, it’s one in eight.

It’s heartbreaking for pet lovers – but there is some amazing work being done at the Ontario Veterinary College and the work being done there is contributing toward better cancer care for people, since dogs develop many of the same cancers that we do.

Today, the OVC launches its ‘Keep Cancer on a Leash’ campaign, sponsored by Purina, to raise awareness (and fundraising) for this important cause.

We’d love your support in spreading awareness of this important cause on your site! Check out this must-see music video (“We Could Be Heroes”) performed by all-canine cast in support of pet cancer treatment and research as it really helps show the importance of this initiative. For every dollar donated, Purina will match up to $125,000 in individual donations to

Stocking Stuffers For: Babies

Sunday, November 3, 2013

One can easily be confused when buying stocking stuffers for babies. Often these are special keepsakes that the child can enjoy when they grow up a little bit. Alternatively, small little items can be placed in the stocking to make the parent's life easier. Whatever you decide, make it memorable. 

We give you some suggestions below:


For anyone who has babies to buy for this holiday season, be sure to also stuff their stocking with a cute baby toy at Kushies. Or add a gift certificate to their stocking if you'd rather mom and dad choose a gift for their little one.You'll have as much fun browsing as you will shopping for that special little one! 


MAM pacifiers make great stocking stuffers for baby as they combine technological innovation and trendsetting design to help give babies a healthy start in life.  Developed by leading pediatric dentists and developmental psychologists, MAM pacifiers provide maximum comfort and style for babies of all ages.

MAM Anti-Colic bottles are a great stocking stuffer for baby as they are designed in conjunction with leading developmental experts, help to reduce the stress associated with newborn feedings and help to decrease colic symptoms in babies by 80 percent.  

Jakey Shots!

Photo moment! 

Review: Molecule-R Mixology Kit

Review by : Ria

Got to review a Molecular Mixology Kit from!
What a great and tasty drink kit to impress your friends with your mixology skills at parties or dinners! Or just to bring out your inner chemistry geek! 

The Cosmopolitan R-evolution kit contained the tools and satchets to make fun drinks -like the Encapsulated Cosmo, Cranberry Foam and Citrus Caviar. 

The satchets are all pre-packaged/pre-measured for each serving and the included easy-to-read instructions show you how to mix all of the drinks properly. If you are not into alcoholic drinks, they have a few foodie recipes on their website that you can make as well with the additives. 

Check out the other food and drink mixology kits on their website! These would be fun to try at your Thanskgiving and upcoming Christmas parties!

The Mighty Winter Boot

Friday, November 1, 2013

Did you know that boots have been around as early as 1000 year B.C.? Thankfully, the style, and comfort have come a long way since its early animal hide origins. Today a variety of materials are used in manufacturing. Today, the average consumer can choose from a variety of functions and styles, from the work boot, to the hiking boot, the snow boot and even the stylish boot, along with many more styles. Winter is a great time to try them all, as you may never know as to which occasion may call for special boot.
Plus nowadays, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style.

We've come across some great boots for you to consider when looking this year:


Inspired by their popular women’s Montara Boot, the Northridge is ready to weather the storm in style and comfort. Chic and warm, the lightweight nubuck mid calf boot is lined with eVent® waterproofing and armed with 200 grams of insulation to keep feet warm and toasty in rain, sleet or snow. The medial zipper entry combined with the lace up functionality allows for easy access and a custom fit, while the Vibram® rubber outsole provides optimal traction to brave winter’s wonderland. 

**Update on these boots that I also got an opportunity to review:
The boots are awesome and I wear them everyday.
I didn't think they would be warm as I'm used to the traditional fur lining in boots, which these didn't have.  I have Raynauds so my feet HAVE to stay warm- and these have really been great !
They are also great for no sliding when walking!

M* Jewels- (boot accessory)-

Bored with your Uggs – Clip Em!
If you live in your Ugg’s this time of year….now there’s a way to enhance them with M* Jewels. They are simply beautiful embellishments, that add some pizzazz to your footwear. They’re even interchangeable and you will have fun figuring out just how many styles you can get out of one pair of footwear!  Added score - they are also great adornments for ponytail holders, headbands, shoes, necklaces, and more. Women, teens and girls can have fun and look great change’M up with M*Jewels.
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