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2019 Father's Day Gift Guide

Friday, May 31, 2019




Looking for a Father's Day gift for a dad who consistently goes above and beyond? We have those gifts ideas from brands we hold near and dear to us.

To help you with your Father's Day gift shopping, we compiled a list of fun and useful gifts that fit any budget.

Big Chief Meat Snacks Inc-
The Road Trip pack features an assortment of 100% Canadian Big Chief jerky, perfect for keeping everyone satisfied on those long treks of dad's. Still family owned and operated in Calgary, Alberta, Big Chief Meat Snacks has been perfecting their jerky craft since 1971.
Their road trip snack pack includes:
1- 120G Teriyaki Jerky Bag
1- 120G Original Jerky Bag
1- 30G Jalapeno Pouch
1- 30G Original Beef Stick Pouch
1- 30G Hot Pouch
1- 30G Teriyaki Pouch
1- 30G Original Pouch

Honeydew Sleep Company-



Meet the Most Scrumptious Pillows in the World! Scrumptious Pillows for dad - The Perfect Place for him  to Rest His Melon!  Check out the classic pillow, side sleeper pillow, body pillow, and travel pillow for dad this Father's Day!

Casusgrill-



Grilling has never been this good! Dad's gonna love this one!  An organic biodegradable disposable grill . Something different for dad- great for at home, or outdoors, camping, playing, hunting, hiking, etc.

A disposable barbecue that inspiring others to become more healthy and environmentally conscious about the products they may encounter.
CasusGrill works and operates on four core values that they strive to achieve both internally and externally in their company:
1. Respect
2. Think Eco
3. Play the Team
4. Environmental Ambassador


Happy Father's Day Dad!




Buzz Bee Toys- For the dad that loves to have fun in the backyard with the kids!

Adventure Force Power Raider by Buzz Bee ToysThe Adventure Force Power Raider by Buzz Bee Toys provides both power and accuracy so you’re sure to soak your opponent every time! You can blast water up to 40 feet and use the battery operated Red-Dot-Scope for pinpoint aiming. With three adjustable nozzles and the capacity to hold up to 65 ounces of water, you will be suited up for your next water battle! MSRP $19.84


The Adventure Force Thermal Tracker by Buzz Bee Toys provides unbeatable target detection. Its heat seeking scope detects a heat source up to 60 feet away, and its cross hairs will turn red when on target! Coupled with blasting power of up to 100 feet and rail adapter, your opponent's escape is near impossible! MSRP $24.97

Mission Belt-



Mission Belt isn't just a belt company - it is THE belt company. Traditional belts with holes are only adjustable every 1”-- which usually means pants are either too tight or falling off. Mission Belts are adjustable every 1/4” so he'll get the perfect fit every time. They also not only want dad looking good but feeling good too. That's why a dollar from every Mission Belt goes to fight global poverty. To date, they have loaned over $3.6 million to people in over 70 countries. And yeah, it's that belt you saw on SharkTank. We personally love these belts. Gerry has a couple of them because they truly are his favorite belt!


** Watch this spot for more gift ideas coming soon!

Review: Laundry Tarts Powder Detergent

If your someone like me that wants a nice smelling laundry detergent and one that cleans great, my mom and I can tell you about the Canadian detergent : Laundry Tarts.


We tried their Apple Pie detergent and each had a 2.5 lb bag. I have a regular top load washer and she has a HE. It takes so little to wash a load of clothes- only a few tbsp full. The clothes come out clean and smelling so fresh. We can't even begin to describe the fresh smell. Just the one word: FRESH! I'd wash extra clothes just to smell them after they were done washing!!

We both weren't sure how clean it would get our clothes with no bubbles in the wash, but the detergent did a fabulous job. We're not even needing to say more than that.. its environmentally friendly, safe for sensitive skin, smells good, washes good- yup we love it!

There are currently over 50 scents! Made with fine ingredients and for sensitive skin.


The concentrated powder is long lasting and affordable. With just 1-2 scoops, getting 45/90 loads per bag. There are no toxins, fillers, preservatives or harsh chemicals in our *ingredients.  It's time for you to go now and order your own bag,and check out their other laundry products. You can thank us later!


 Sodium bicarbonate, sodium percarbonate, sodium carbonate, sea salt, rosemary extract, saponified canola and coconut oil, phthalate-free fragrances, essential oils, plant extracts and absolutes.

How To Make And Save Money At Home






Everyone is feeling the economy closing in. The price of gas, groceries, education and all of our daily living expenses is inflating and our salaries are kind of on autopilot making it near to impossible to save money. Earning money isn’t easy, in fact if it was everyone would be doing it, but there are a few tips and tricks you can utilize in order to save some money and create a comfortable next egg over the next few years or save for a getaway by the end of the year. If you are considering it, check out these ideas to help you get ahead.

Making Extra Money Online

Online sites offer the potential to make money. Try Bitcoin mining or gaming or try something more fun and visit this game page. Making extra money online playing games may not sound quite like your thing but if you give it a go you may just discover a whole new side of yourself.

Out With The Old

People have a natural tendency to horde, that is, until they start to get rid of the old. By joining social groups on platforms like Facebook, you can discover a world of people who enjoy buying other peoples junk. Don’t throw it out, sell it. Create your own group online, and begin selling things you don’t use.

Opening A Savings Account

You will need an account for the money you are making through gaming and selling off old goods. If you open a savings account you can immediately transfer your extra earnings into this account. The trick is not to use this money, which can be difficult because as Murphy would have it, your car would probably break down and you would need to tuck into these funds. In order to avoid this kind of situation from playing out, you should look into opening a fixed savings account where you will be unable to access the funds without giving X amount of notice.

Linking Your Savings To Your Bank Account

Find out if your bank delivers a service where you are able to link the savings account to your everyday account and bank your change. For every transaction to take place, the remaining change is rounded off and deposited into your account. The transfer is so small you won’t even recognize the money being deducted from your bank, but given just the right amount of investment time, you will begin to notice your nest egg growing.

Saving money isn’t that difficult, you simply need to change your mind set and be positive. Bank any money you find lying around, don’t carry cash as we tend to go through cash far quicker than using our credit cards and be positive about your savings. The less you go out, the more you save. Get into the mind set of saving and change the way you live. Live simpler, easier and you shall find that your lifestyle adjusts quickly, quicker than you thought possible.

Cheaper Ways To Reduce Wrinkles Than Surgery

We all get a little concerned when we look in the mirror and see a line that wasn’t there before. It should surprise no-one that there are people willing to shell out a lot of money to see those lines eradicated through expensive surgeries. However, it may surprise you that there are much easier ways to treat wrinkles and fine lines. You don’t have to pay to go under the knife, you should simply try these methods instead.

Improving your lifestyle
Let’s start with the ugly truth of wrinkles. If we all did a little more to protect our skin from the risk of their appearance, we wouldn’t have to invest in anywhere near as many treatments and procedures. So, even if you’re looking for a cost-effective treatment, make sure you take care of your skin, as well. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight, sweaty plenty with enough physical activity, avoid eating too many sugars, and make sure that you get a good night’s sleep for one. Protecting yourself from UV radiation is the most important of all. Not only does it dehydrate your skin, cause sunspots, and increase the chances of inflammation, but you should never forget about the risks of skin cancer.
The natural route
Nutrition is very important to your skin. Making sure you get your supply of Vitamin A, B, and C is all essential for the health of your skin. One ingredient, in particular, in your skin care products that you should look for, however, is hyaluronic acid. This is the substance that strengthens the connective tissue beneath the surface of the skin. When our skin starts to lose it, that’s when it starts to sag. There are plenty of skin creams and moisturizers that come with hyaluronic acid that you can apply topically. Otherwise, try to keep your skincare as natural as you can. There are a lot of artificial chemical ingredients in moisturizers and exfoliating creams that can actually do us more harm than good, so be selective.

Injection treatments
There are anti-aging procedures that are still something of an investment, but nowhere near as expensive as going under the knife. The different injection treatments are a good example. The most famous is Botox, and treatments like the lip flip use this to reduce lines of activity, such as frown lines and smile lines, by effectively freezing the bits where the skin is connected to the moving facial muscles. On the other side, dermal fillers can reduce the lines of rest, such as the sagging that comes naturally with age. It does this by rejuvenating the volume in the skin and by directly supplying the connective tissue with that all-important hyaluronic acid. It can take a few tries to see the effects of injection treatments, but there are highly effective and have far fewer complications than surgery, which is why they’re so popular.
Microdermabrasion
This treatment doesn’t necessarily get rid of wrinkles, but it does reduce the appearance of them, as well as fighting other signs of aging in the skin. Effectively, microdermabrasion involves refining the texture of the skin by removing the flaky dry skin that builds on top, as well as breaking down the bumps caused by trapped oils. Furthermore, it can erase some sun-damage spots while it smooths out your skin. It’s an option that comes with minimal pain and has results that last from two to three weeks, so it’s something to go back for occasionally when needed.

Do it yourself
Face masks are an excellent way of hydrating the face and, with ingredients like coconut oil, can rejuvenate the nutrients that your skin needs to fight wrinkles. For instance, coconut oil contains antioxidant ingredients that fight free radicals, which are substances that cause inflammation and early signs of aging. There are plenty of homemade facial mask recipes you can follow, many of them using the super ingredient that is coconut oil. Buying all the ingredients and making it yourself, instead of finding store-bought face masks, can be just as effective but a lot less expensive. Similarly, you can find all kinds of recipes for scrubs, moisturizers, and other skincare products across the internet. Just make sure you know what you’re putting on your skin and its effects before you jump on it.

From better maintenance of your skin to the non-surgical options that, while still an investment, are much cheaper, there are plenty of cost-effective approaches to keeping your skin youthful. The five examples above are only the beginning, there are plenty of options to choose from so do your own research, too.

Trendy Birthday Gifts for Kids Under 12

Sometimes it may be hard to keep up with what is popular with today's kids. These things seem to be forever changing. What was in three month ago, may be out now.

When looking for fun, educational or  trendy gifts for kids, for gift giving, consider these suggestions below, that are sure to get a smile out of them.




These little guys make the perfect birthday gift for your friends who love all things glitter! Fingerblings monkeys shimmer and shine with their iridescent sparkles. You can also design them yourself and bling them out with the included gem sticker strips! $14.99/Ages 5+ 




These are the cutest new gift as we head into the summer! These adorable unicorns of the sea have many new ways to play. Have your Narwhal surf air waves, while sitting atop your finger, with new magic motion sensors. These Narwhals have a special mood horn that will light up different colors in reaction to interaction. When you pet them, Narwhals will flap their tails and blink their eyes to tell you how they’re feeling. The Narwhals will also give you Magical Kisses that get bigger and louder the longer you press their faces to your cheek. $14.99/Ages 5+





When it’s raining outside, Lottie is quick to pull on her raincoat and boots and go on a muddy adventure. She loves the sound of the squelch of her boots in the mud, and it is great fun to find the deepest, muddiest puddle and jump up and down in it. Lottie also likes puddle jumping with her friends and having a competition to see who can make the biggest splash.



Birthday Girl Sophia is Lottie's younger sister - with the same long blonde hair as her sister, but styled differently. She is another welcome addition to the Lottie family! She loves celebrating her birthday - sharing cake and treats with her friend and family, and playing lots of games! She is dressed to impress in her silver tutu and sparkly bag, and comes with an invitation, birthday card and a thank you card!




Lottie loves to be out in the countryside riding her pony, Sirius. A Welsh Mountain Pony, Sirius is strong-willed, excitable and very determined. Like Lottie's other pony, Seren, Sirius's name is also star-themed. Sirius is the brightest star in the Earth's night sky.



Why are Lottie, Finn &a Friends the perfect Birthday Gift?

“Lottie, Finn & Friends are the perfect gift for your little one - Lottie Dolls are Inspired by Real Kids and have been created with childhood in mind! We want all kids to embrace childhood, have some amazing adventures, and most of all, to have lots of fun!

We believe that childhood should be an inclusive place where every child belongs regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability and aim to reflect that in our collection. Lottie, Finn & Friends are based on nine-year-old children and the dolls are relatable to all the elements of childhood – Lottie’s motto is Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You!”

To shop the collection, or to find out more visit our Website here: www.lottie.com
You can also find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube & Pinterest!


Mo’s Nose series by Margaret Hyde-




The entire Mo’s Nose series by Margaret Hyde follows a rescued dog named Mo on several journeys as he discovers the beauty and wonder of colors through his sense of smell. The series invites readers of all ages to explore and use their many senses while reading stories that celebrate discovery, organic play and inspire feelings of compassion, service and stewardship. In Mo Smells the Ballpark, the newest book in the series set to come out in May, Mo and his friends experience all of the sights, sounds and SMELLS of the big game.  The charitable elements, charming illustrations and scent-tastic sense of adventure make Mo’s Nose the perfect birthday gift for a special little one! The series is available through MosNose.comBarnesandNoble.comAmazon.com, and select brick-and-mortar booksellers nationwide.





Barbie® Potty Training Taffy: Barbie Doll and Pet Playset-






·         Barbie® doll shows how much she loves her pets by taking good care of them

·         With the Barbie Potty Training Taffy set, you can help Barbie doll feed and clean up after her pets

·         Taffy® dog actually poops — just push her tail!

·         Barbie® doll looks adorable in casually cool capri pants and print t-shirt

·         Animal accessories include a dog food-toting backpack (attached to Taffy® dog), a doggie food dish with treats, a pooper scooper, “poop,” and a trash can!





Global Groove-



Fun hand-felted bag for your young fashionista!  Moss-green bag featuring mushroom scene, with flower and lady bugs.  A perfect garden scene for any little girl!  Made in Nepal. **Your purchase helps a certified fair trade organization that works with women, supporting and developing artisan co-ops in Thailand and Nepal.









With this extensive set you can compose a total fleet! Build a bulldozer, a fire truck, a forklift, a tow truck, a pick-up truck or a van! The cockpits, cabins, scoops, wheels and other attachments can be easily clicked onto the bars. All parts can be combined with all existing SMARTMAX® sets. Together with the bars and metal balls, you can create an endless range of possibilities.

All SmartMax vehicle sets compliment and work with the SmartMax construction sets. 








A cordless and battery-free, the boozik (bamboo + music) synergizes nature with the age of technology. Being both sturdy, compact and light, the boozik is perfect for amplifying on-the-go music, videos and phone calls. 
Watch the video- this is too cool!


Drawmaster-



They'll draw the perfect picture every time using Drawmaster™! Now kids can bring to life their favourite characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America and many more from the Marvel universe.


Science4you-


Science4you's scientific and educational toys help children to develop a wide range of skills and capabilities such as creativity, concentration, social skills among many others through combining fun with real-world education by fostering curiosity and experimentation. Finally, all Science4you toys are included into the STEM toys category as they provide kids with knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics while having fun.


Lumiluvs-




Lumiluvs are play friends by day and sleep pals by night! Just kiss your Lumiluvs to make it light up! These adorable pets are fun to cuddle, kiss and dream with.


CozyPhones-






CozyPhones Kid Character headphones are great for  kids. So much better than  those bulky headphones or those ear buds that keep falling out, they are made with their own built in concealed hearing pieces, and inside a cute headband perfect for young children.  Available in a variety of characters, they make a perfect birthday gift.


Shopkins Mini Packs-




Shopkins Mini Packs bring the world of grocery shopping into the minature scale. Kids love playing make believe with familiar market items like milk cartons. cookie bags, detergent bottles and more. 

Also kids can enjoy the Shopkin Shoppies that are so cute for ages 5+ to help in playing store. Each mini pack comes complete as well with 2 Shopkins inside... kids love these!



The Grossery Gang-





The Grossery Gang™ are the craziest, zaniest new collectibles with attitude!
Collect, swap and play with the coolest Grossery Gang™ characters around! Ages 5+ 






** Watch this spot for more trendy birthday gift ideas!

4 Steps to Thrift Shopping for Home

Tuesday, May 28, 2019



#1 Picking the Thrift Store
There are a couple strategies to picking the right thrift shop. In many cases, you can start your search online. Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are good resources for hunting.
Sometimes these unique finds are owned by private owners and other times they are sourced by a business. You can often follow one piece to a business that hosts dozens of thrifted pieces!
Local garage sales are another treasure trove of hidden gems. To maximize your time, try to plan your route the night before. This allows you to be more efficient and tactical in your shopping. Where possible, be sure to hit the “multi-family” sales. These are great “2 birds with one stone” opportunities and you never know what you can find in the mix of multiple family homes.
#2 Sorting Through Items
Again, go in with a strategy. Know what you’re looking for and try not to be distracted from things that you’re not interested in. If you’re looking to refinish a large piece of furniture (cool guide from HGTV on how to refinish a table), you can generally scan the area for just these larger items.
If you’re in the market for something smaller, it will take some digging. But stay dedicated. Head straight for the area that looks the most related to the item and start searching.
Small appliances can be a treasure trove if you know what you're looking for. Kitchen gadgets, smart home tech, air purifiers (guide on the best air purifiers), and other small appliances can be a big win. The key is to know what you're looking for in advance, or at least have a general idea of what brands you know to be worth the money.
If there’s an employee or private owner hosting the sale, don’t be afraid to ask if they have what you’re looking for. This can save you wasted time and allow you to spend more time digging at a different venue.
#3 Visualize an item in your home
Sometimes you can come across an item, but are not quite sure how it fits into your home. This is not an uncommon issue.
The trick here is to hone in on the aspects that you like about the piece. Is it the shape? The color? The function? If it’s “exactly what you’re looking for”, chances are that you’ve already imagined where this item belongs.
But if you’re unsure, think of the open areas you have in your home and how the shape, materials, and colors would fit in there. And when all else fails, snap a photo and bring it home first for confirmation before purchasing the larger item.
#4 What To Do Your First Time
If you’re new to thrifting, it’s important to understand that thrift shopping is a journey, not a checklist. Typical shopping involves simple “to-dos” and you can quickly walk through a store, grabbing the items you need.
Thrifting is just not like that.
It takes digging, searching, and many times visiting a number of thrift stores before you stumble across the perfect item.
Other times you don’t find the perfect item, but you find a decent item that (with a little love and some elbow grease) could BECOME the perfect item. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty and don’t be fearful of the long process it can take to get the results you're looking for.

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