A Whole World of Flavours With Craft Coffee Canada

Friday, March 26, 2021

2020 was a tough year for travel, and many of us are itching for a bit of adventure. The globe-trotting withdrawal was particularly acute among direct-trade coffee roasters like those at Oughtred Roasting Works, who would normally make regular trips to coffee-growing origins like Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, etc. When pandemic lock downs rolled in, rendering even a trip to a local coffee shop nearly (if not entirely) impossible, the team at Oughtred sought a way to relieve both wanderlust and coffee cravings. While we were all sheltering in place, they resolved to bring the far-away destinations and specialty coffee experience right to the doors of thirsty coffee-drinkers.


That’s how their new online shop, Craft Coffee Canada, came into being in November, 2020. Functioning as a hub (much like a major airport) for coffees arriving from countries like in Peru, Sumatra, Ethiopia, and countless others, it brings a whole world of flavors and origins into one place, available for purchase and delivery to the homes of coffee-lovers nationwide. From essential to exotic, you can choose your own adventure from your couch, kitchen, or desk, with a wide variety of award-winning beans right at your fingertips!


The site is the new HQ for four main brands — Oughtred Crest, Tug 6Notch, and the new Farm & Forest — all of which source their beans directly and sustainably from devoted and reputable farms. A number of the coffees support local organizations like the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Society, Big White Ski Resort, The Nature Conservancy of Canada, and soon, Mamas for Mamas. There’s something for every coffee-drinker, from smooth and approachable caramel-toned espressos to adventurous offerings with notes of jasmine, rhubarb, or tobacco. You’ll also find beautifully blended teas, all-natural drink mixes like turmeric lattes and hot chocolate, barista-approved plant-based milk alternatives, and coffee-brewing tools prized by industry experts. And because the company is also devoted to coffee education and training, they’ll be adding a number of resources like brew guides, origin overviews, recipes and more to the site in the near future, to help you take coffee-making to new heights!

We love Craft Coffee Canada and hope you'll pay their site a visit! What we liked about the Farm & Forest Western Red Cedar Coffee we tried was the rich, full body flavor, with no bitter after taste. Their Tug No 6- El Colombian was a light roast with a medium roast flavor and also enjoyed the award winning Outred Crest's Guatemala Milagro El Crucero for it's fine flavor.

The Sweet Side of Easter

Treats for adults or treats for kids, we all love the sweet side of Easter. Perfect for Easter basket filling, or just having as a treat. Great businesses to check out for Easter include:

Ferrero continues to inspire families to celebrate the holidays in exciting new ways, and is unveiling limited-edition Easter products from Kinder®Kinder Joy®Nutella®Tic Tac®Butterfinger®CRUNCH®Baby Ruth®Ferrero Rocher® and Fannie May®. In addition to these tasty treats, Kinder® has launched the Kinder® Kalendar, an online destination featuring daily activities to help families countdown to Spring and Easter. 

Knipschildt Chocolatier manufactures and markets award winning, handmade, artisan chocolate confections, truffles, bonbons, pastries ,dessert sauces and a tasty Easter Collection.

British Corner Shop is on a mission to help British food lovers around the world satisfy their cravings for the products they love and miss from the UK. Whether you’re an Expat yearning for crumpets or you just love a proper brew, British Corner Shop are making it easier than ever before to access quality British products worldwide. British Corner Shop stock over 6,000 products and deliver straight to customers’ doors in 146 countries – it’s no wonder that they’ve become the go-to online supermarket for British expats and earned themselves a 4.7/5 star rating on Trustpilot!

With Easter just around the corner, they are helping reunite people all around the world with their most-loved Easter goodies. From Creme Eggs to hot cross buns, people are turning to British Corner Shop to create the perfect Easter in their home abroad. If you’re looking to send a loved one a taste of the UK this Easter, why not check out their popular special edition Brit Kits? A selection of delicious Easter treats packaged in a charming gift box – what’s not to love?!

Exclusive Brands-

Exclusive Brands is a one-stop-shop for novelty candies, cookies, snacks, nutritional products, and baking d├ęcor! We are a proud Canadian-based confectionery company that strives to build long lasting business relationships through exceptional quality, dependability, customer service and company values. With our wide selection of products, for both kids and adults, there’s something for every sweet tooth...

Visit us on Instagram @exclusivebrands_candy

ANNE Chocolates-

Anne’s playful and precocious personality has inspired many products at ANNE Chocolates. They strive to reflect her colorful and creative charm in everything they do. Their scrumptious chocolates are handmade right in PEI, Canada.  So LOVE LOCAL for EASTER!

 At ANNE, they deliver happiness one chocolate at a time!

**Watch this spot for more sweet treats- coming soon!


Monday, March 15, 2021





Bunch O Balloons - 

This spring the “go-to” water balloon around the globe that fills and ties 100 balloons in 60 seconds are now 100% recyclable!  ZURU  Bunch O Balloons, the original and best-selling water balloons are now made using recyclable plastics, saving 800 tons of virgin plastic each year.  In addition, balloons are made of natural latex rubber and biodegrade, further delivering on environmentally and sustainable practices.


With Crazy ZURU Bunch O Balloons Water, each stem comes with a completely new mix of multi-colored balloons for added backyard water excitement.  All ZURU Bunch O Balloons products in the USA, Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand will be fully recyclable through their new TerraCycle Recycling program. Consumers simply sign-up online, package all their used Bunch O Balloons packaging and balloon pieces then ship to TerraCycle, where they will then be processed and recycled into new materials.  Ages 3+, SRP $7.99, Available at Target, Amazon and Walmart!


ZURU Glove-A-Bubbles-  

The wildly popular glove with patent technology to make 1000s of bubbles when the glove is dipped in ZURU’s premium bubble formula and waved through the air, Glove-A-Bubbles eye-catching colors and on-trend characters make playing with bubbles so much fun. Improved to better fit your child’s hands, Glove-A-Bubbles includes the original animal-themed characters, Rainbocorns and Paw Patrol.   Each Glove-A-Bubbles packet contains a re-sealable bag filled with bubble solution and on-trend character. Available in 100% recyclable packaging through ZURU’s partnership with TerraCycle, Glove-A-Bubbles is available for the suggested price of $1.99. Ages 4+, Available at all major retailers in store and online at Target.


Robo Fish-

The hyper-realistic toy fish and one of the most popular toys of the last decade, the new Robo Fish incorporates ZURU’s advanced water-activated micro-robotic technology utilizing carbon sensors that allow it to come to life and swim as soon as it touches water.  In addition, each Robo Fish features all-new stunning color-changing fish scales, transforming in hues when it hits the water.   A magical experience for kids, the fish returns to its original color when it is pulled out of the water and scales are dried. The agile little robo-pet that mimics the actions of a live fish, swims in five different directions and dives over six feet.  Robo Fish is part of ZURU’s Robo Alive range, featuring functioning robotic pets that move and act like they're real.  Available in six different colors, and designed for children 3+, the Robo Fish school will be available for a suggested retail price of $7.99 at Walmart, Amazon and other retailers.


ZURU’s 5 Surprise Mini Brands Series 2-

A whole new ‘cart’ of 5 Surprise Mini Brands, favorite shopping brands that fit in your hand, is slated for release this April.  The viral TikTok sensation with over 1 billion organic views and counting, continues to be in-demand!  The chase continues as Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Cool Whip, Jell-O Instant Pudding, Blue Diamond Almonds, and Tapatio Salsa are among the nearly five dozen new brands to collect, in addition to  new shopping accessories. Can you find the rare Metallic and Glow in the Dark minis, and the Super Rare Golden Minis too? Collect them all to create your mini shopping world! Ages 4+, SRP of $6.99. Available at major retailers in April!


ZURU’s 5 Surprise Mini Brands Series 2-

5 Surprise Mini Brands, the viral TikTok with over 600 million organic views and counting, features a whole new series of favorite shopping brands that fit in your hand. The chase continues as Heinz Ketchup, Kool-Aid, Miracle Whip and Jell-O are among the 100 new brands to collect, in addition to new shopping accessories. Can you find the rare Metallic and Glow in the Dark minis, and the Super Rare Golden Minis too? Collect them all to create your mini shopping world! Ages 4+, SRP of $6.99. Available at Target, Walmart and Amazon.


ZURU 5 Surprise Toy Mini Brands-

ZURU 5 Surprise Toy Mini Brands, the hottest mini collectible, are a range of realistic miniature replicas of your favorite toy brands. Made exactly to match their full-sized counterparts, even down to the packaging, there are over 60 different nostalgic and currently in-market toys to collect including Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Backpack from Dora the Explorer, and Angelica from Rugrats.  Other miniaturized products include Crayola Crayons,  Rubik’s Cubes, WowWee Fingerlings, JoJo Siwa bow accessories, Nickelodeon Slime and Wham-O Frisbees. In addition, a selection of ZURU’s top toys including Rainbocorns, X-Shot and Bunch O Balloons have been shrunk! The assortment includes rare metallic and glow in the dark minis, and super rare golden Minis too! Collect them all. Ages 4+, $6.99. Available at Walmart, Target and Amazon.


ZURU 5 Surprise Dino Strike Glow in The Dark Series 2-

ZURU ups the ante with 5 Surprise Dino Strike Glow in The Dark Series 2! Each capsule includes a battling dino ready to be assembled, armor, headgear as well as glow-in-the-dark customizable accessories to allow kids to build and gear up each dino and level-up the battles. There are 13 epic dinos to collect, such as Pterosaur, Triceratops, Raptors, plus a super-rare golden fossil T-Rex.  Ages 5+, SRP $5.99. Available at Amazon and Walmart.


ZURU 5 Surprise Dino Strike Dino Hunt Series 3 -

In the latest series to 5 Surprise Dino Strike, kids can build, hunt and trap!  Inside each capsule, find one of six bigger Dinos to build and battle, one hunting Jeep or hunting Helicopter to build and hunt and six different accessory traps. Ages 5+, SRP $5.99.  Available at Target and other major retailers!


ZURU 5 Surprise Glitter Unicorn Squad Series 2

ZURU’s 5 Surprise Glitter Unicorn Squad Series 2 brings sassy and collectible little unicorns with Glitter Hair, Neon Tail Hair, Glitter Stickers and New Glitter Unicorn Poop! Each capsule includes one sassy unicorn, interchangeable dress-up accessories, a comb for her soft neon tail, four themed stickers and a Collector’s Guide. Perfect for swapping and trading to complete your collection, the second series of 5 Surprise Unicorn Squad adds 13 new glitter unicorns and one rare platinum. Ages 4+, SRP $5.99. Available Amazon, Walmart and Target.

ZURU 5 Surprise Fairy Unicorn Squad Series 3 -

In the latest series to  5 Surprise Fairy Unicorn Squad, ZURU brings 13 new sassy fairy unicorns to collect!   Each unique Unicorn Characters features long tails, distinct hairstyles and magic wings and… color change, scented Unicorn Poop!! Each capsule includes one sassy unicorn, interchangeable dress-up accessories, a comb for her soft tail, four themed stickers and a Collector’s Guide. Ages 4+, SRP $5.99. Available at major retailers in Spring 2021.


ZURU Smashers Dino Ice Age Surprise-

Smash, fizz, build and battle with ZURU Smashers Dino Ice Age Surprise Epic Egg. The giant blue dino egg comes with over 25 different icy surprises inside. Follow the arctic scratch map through different ice age themed compounds to uncover each piece of your Smash-O-Saur. Piecing these together will reveal one of three exclusive ice age creatures - an Ice Raptor, Blizzard-dactyl or Frozen Mammoth. Each egg also includes 6 smaller smash-eggs with collectible Smashers inside. Ages 4+, SRP $24.99. Available at Amazon, Target and Walmart.



ZURU Smashers Dino Ice Age Mini Surprise-

is the newest never-before-seen item in the ever-popular Smashers line. Smash open to find and build one of six Icy Dinos like the Frozen Rex or the Slime-o-Saur! Mix & Match the Dino parts to make a new Smash-o-Saur! Each includes three compounds - stretchy snow, crystal slime, frozen slime - a rare skeleton Smash-o-Saur, three separate dino parts and a Dino Claw Scratch ‘n’ Surprise sticker. Ages 4+, SRP $9.99. Available at Amazon, Walmart, and Target!



ZURU Smashers Dino Ice Age Surprise 8-Pack - 

The flurry of unboxing with the unique, on-trend Smash-Egg element - where kids discover what they’ve collected only by smashing it open - continues, but Series 3 squeezes the new Smashball into a dino egg! Kids will take their collection to arctic levels with over 50 Ice Age Dinos to collect. Ages 4+, SRP $9.99. Available at Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Easter Basket Fillers For Kids

Sunday, March 14, 2021


                 Great ideas for those Easter basket fillers !


MIA AND NATTIE is a heartwarming book that teaches readers about problem-solving, teamwork, and love. On a visit to her grandma’s farm, eight-year-old Mia discovers a newborn, orphaned lamb outside in the cold and takes her to the laundry room, naming her Nattie. As she tries to nurse the lamb back to health, Mia discovers that Nattie is different from the other lambs and struggles to fit in with them like Mia does with other kids her age. When her grandmother says she will sell Nattie to a neighbor, Mia must come up with a plan to keep her friend around—one that will show the family just how special Nattie truly is.

 “MIA AND NATTIE is Unlike other children’s books, this one goes beyond looking pretty and teaches valuable lessons without patronizing kids. Bell’s writing style is clean and conveyed nicely by way of font choice and page layout. I think that the recommended audience of kindergarten through third grade is spot on. I recommend this book to anyone with children in their lives. In a school or childcare setting, this book is a great lesson on embracing differences and deserves a prime spot on every bookshelf. An uplifting gift for children during EASTER.”

 Laser Pegs-

Are you ready to enter a world of infinite possibilities?

Laser Pegs is the light up construction system that sparks children's imagination and creativity! With Laser Pegs, there is no limit to what you can create!

Offering children and young adults a fun alternative to the traditional construction toy, Laser Pegs illuminates its surroundings thanks to their patented light bricks and vibrant colors. From Mega Trucks to Race Cars, Dinosaurs to Farm Animals -- the possibilities with Laser Pegs are endless!

Cat Junior Crew Fix-it Phillip -

The chunky preschool friendly Fix-It Phillip is a large 12" vehicle filled with personality and designed to make learning fun and easy for young ones! Driving to the job site will animate Phillip's face and bring a smile to your little ones. Transform the vehicle into an immersive teaching tool bench packed with fun with a push of the helmet. Your child will develop their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination as they interact with the friendly tool pals included. With a magnet safely secured inside the tools they can be moved around and stored on the magnetic pegboard until they're needed for action. Each tool has a unique shape and specific purpose which when matched to its corresponding part on the bench activates different lights and Kid-Vroom Sounds to let your child know they've completed the task successfully.

  • . Even the large wheels are fully removable for fixing a flat or creating a stationary workplace.
  • . When playtime is over cleanup is a snap, simply place all the tools back onto the pegboard and close up the vehicle for convenient storage
  • . Real Cat machines are known for their high quality, these toys are no different
  • built to withstand the tough demands of rugged play these vehicles will be your child's go-to toy
  • . Appropriate for ages 2 and up.

  • Rainbow High Cheer Dolls-

    Bright dolls with long hair, beautiful makeup (real eyelashes), in fashionable outfits and accessories!

    Rainbow High Cheer means that the collection contains dolls of the colors of the rainbow.

     L.O.L. Surprise! #Hairgoals Series 2.0-

    Unbox a fierce surprise doll with real hair with LOL Surprise #Hairgoals Series 2. Unbox the cute hairspray packaging to find a hairspray container with 15 surprises including a surprise doll inside.

    Each doll is an ALL NEW cute, collectible character with fierce style and fabulous hair. Unbox her fashions and accessories, then dress her and show off her outrageous style.

    Each doll includes a comb and hair accessories to style and accessorize her hair. And each doll includes color change – dip your doll in water to reveal a surprise. The hairspray packaging doubles as a salon play set and display case for your doll.

    Bright Fairy Friends Series 2 by Funrise Toys-

    Flying in to join their BFF’s are 12 new BFF Bright Fairy Friends! With a new, enchanted color for their Fairy Home, these BFF Bright Fairy Friends are ready to shine bright. Each fairy comes housed in its very own fairy home with bright, motion activated twinkle lights. You can also use your fairy home as a night light! Press your fairy’s necklace to make her wings glow with radiating multi-colored lights.

    Collect all 12 BFF fairy dolls from Series 2 and enjoy swapping out their fashions and accessories! Shine Together!

    Baby Born Surprise Mini Babies-

  • Surprise mini baby twins or triplet dolls: Unwrap a bundle of surprises. Inside each cute swaddle, find two or three cute, mini baby dolls inside. How many babies will you get?
  • Imaginative play: Each set of dolls has a cute theme to inspire little ones' imaginations.
  • Cute, soft swaddle: Babies come in an adorable, soft swaddle inspired by their theme.
  • Crib & blanket: Each set of Mini Babies includes a crib and real, soft blanket. Collect multiple cribs, and they can be stacked on top of each other for more fun.
  • Includes: 2 or 3 Mini Babies, soft fabric swaddle, crib, blanket and collector's guide with games.
  • Collect them all. Collect all the cute babies and adorable swaddles.

  • **Watch for more Easter basket fillers coming soon!

    Today's Random Thoughts

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    My dad passed this past Saturday of a massive heart attack. He hadn't been feeling well for a few days and complained of chest pain, yet he continued to go to work, shovel snow, and just not look after himself. At this time, I'd like to love for everyone to know more about the dangers of having a heart attack, by reading about the warning signs of a heart attack. My dad was 79.

    It's tax time! We will be off to pick up ours tomorrow. We've never had to pay in to the tax man, so always a nice time to look forward to, to have some extra money in the bank. Although just a few days ago our truck was back in the shop for more work... $800 later... we are all set again. Here I come back again to how nice it as to have our second vehicle- especially in times like these. Yeah it's rusting, but it's all paid for, and we weren't inconvenienced while the truck was in the shop for a few days.

    On a final note, I came across this business called Soapy Mate.  Look!  It's paper soap!  Mini paper soap sheets for travel, work, home... and great to take everywhere!  Soapy Mate is made purely from natural and raw ingredients, uses eco-friendly packaging, and is 100% biodegradable.  I'm definitely going to try it!

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