Holiday Secrets Exposed! Share Yours to WIN!

December 19, 2014

It happened over 10 Christmases ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

I had just started dating a fellow university student, and he invited me over for Christmas dinner. As we had only been dating for three months, it was *slightly* awkward to spend the holidays with him, but it was even more awkward to turn down the invitation. So, I accepted.

At the dinner? Just his mom and brother, an uncle and “two ladies from church”. Okay, I got this. Asking what I should bring, the then 21-year old said, “Whatever, they like everything.” Hmm… everything? Well that certainly narrowed it down. I asked if there was anything I should know, to which my ex replied, “Nope, you’re good!”

WHY did I trust the word of a 21-year old?

So, I brought a bottle of wine for the uncle… who was a recovering alcoholic. I baked an eggnog cheesecake to present to his mom… who was lactose intolerant. And the handmade truffles I made for his brother? Turns out I added *a little* too much rum to them, and he proceeded to get sloshed. Problem is, the ex never mentioned his brother was only 11 years old.

At least the church ladies liked their candles.

Do you have a holiday gaffe? It’s okay – we’ve all had them! And while we’d normally never admit to a faux pas in the kitchen… like the time I added two tablespoons of dried sage instead of fresh sage to my stuffing (NOT the same thing!!)… Campbell’s Canada wants you to celebrate them! It’s our #HolidaySecretsExposed!

Campbells Holiday Secrets Logo (2)From burning the turkey to dropping the dessert, nearly everyone has a holiday gaffe to confess. Campbell’s is encouraging Canadians to spill the beans (or the wine, as the case may be!) at www.campbellsholidaysecrets.ca. In return for sharing your holiday flub(s), you’ll have a chance to win one of 100 pre-paid credit cards valued at $100 each. They’re sure to come in handy for last-minute purchases to help you survive the chaos of the season!

Visit Campbell’s Holiday Secrets Exposed now and click “Confess Here” to get started. And if you’re looking to feel a bit better about your own disaster, browse the other confessions – trust me, some are downright hilarious!

(As for that sage incident? Let’s just say I now have “Sage Advice” for others – yup, I confessed here!(more…)

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DIY: Quick Holiday Showpiece

December 16, 2014

When it comes to holiday decor, I’ve always been a believer that “more is more”.

Oh sure, simple and streamlined works for everyday life, but Christmas only comes once a year! Hence, I revel in the splendour of the season, and that includes holiday touches at every turn.

This year, I wanted to create a simple showpiece for the fireplace mantle that could double as a table centerpiece or side table decor. And thanks to my friends at The Home Depot, I was able to find everything I needed to make a stunning display. It’s not too late to find everything you need for the holidays in-store and online at www.homedepot.ca.

First, I hung up my brand new wreath – a Home Accents 32 inch Holiday Wreath With Silver Balls. I love that it’s incredibly large with a full, thick appearance. It fills the wall over my mantle in proportion to the allotted space, making it a great investment for corner fireplaces.
DSC_0052However, that’s not the DIY – just the inspiration behind it. You see, I’ve been playing around with mixed metals – wearing a gold watch with my platinum rings, coordinating a rosegold clutch with a bronze belt. And for the most part, I am loving the look. So it’s only natural that I channeled the same inspiration for my decor, and decided to a mashup of brown, copper, silver and gold.  (more…)

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This Holiday Season, Send Your #WellWishes

December 16, 2014

We do Christmas a little differently around here.

You see, for years, my boys have been spoiled – the fringe benefits of having a mom who works in social media. Toys, games – even trips to exotic locations – they show up on the doorstep, and in my inbox, with regularity. And while I won’t apologize for working hard to earn these opportunities, I am sensitive about how they impact my boys’ egos, lifestyle perceptions, and sense of entitlement.

So, during the holidays, I impress on them that it’s a chance to give back for all the wonderful products and experiences they’ve received throughout the year. And they rise to the occasion – they select items to gift and donate, have a generous heart and are happy to spread the joy of the season. I truly could not be more proud.

But what makes our Christmas different? Santa actually bypasses our chimney so he’s able to gift the toys to other boys and girls who are in need. Ryder and Reid understand this, and as such, expect only simple presents from immediately family – pajamas, socks and *maybe* a small LEGO set. I love that they don’t anticipate a mountain of toys; instead, they look for ways they can give back.

This year, I’ve found the perfect way to celebrate the season – we’re sending #WellWishes to children in hospitals, in support of Children’s Miracle Network.
Logo (2)Here’s how you can participate:

1) Kraft Canada will donate $1.00 (up to a maximum of $50,000) to Children’s Miracle Network with your purchase of any Kraft product from Walmart Canada. Or,

2) Send your #WellWishes to children in hospitals on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, remembering to use the hashtag. For every social mention, Kraft Canada will also donate $1.00.  (more…)

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This Holiday Season, Don’t Forget to Say Thank You

December 15, 2014

Be honest: How often do you say thank you to the special people in your life?

The truth is, it’s quite easy to take people for granted, especially the ones we depend on from day-to-day. Fortunately, there are always simple ways to show gratitude, including (my favourite)… the gift of chocolate! And no one knows this better than HERSHEY’S.

Just in time for the holidays, HERSHEY’S has created the Thank You Store. Located at 473 Queen St. West (Queen & Spadina) in Toronto, the store will be open from December 19th – 21st and will give away FREE chocolate to store visitors. The only ask: gift the chocolate to a special person who deserves a sweet “Thank You!” And for those thoughtful enough to pop by, you can indulge in complimentary hot chocolate (and a break from the cold winter air).

Not in the Greater Toronto Area? HERSHEY’S hasn’t forgotten about you! HERSHEY’S wants to help you say “Thank You” – with the #HersheysThankYou Twitter Party!
Hersheys graphic v2Join us this Thursday, December 18th at 1PM EST as we thank those special people who have made our 2014 a little brighter. Of course, a fabulous Twitter Party celebrating friends, loved ones and all things chocolate wouldn’t be complete without fantastic prizes! Up for grabs, six (6) prizes valued at $50.00, and a Grand Prize valued at $250.00!

RSVP below to join the fun, and see you on Thursday afternoon!  (more…)

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Flipp for the Holidays!

December 14, 2014

I have a theory. It hasn’t been verified or anything like that, so please don’t hold me to it. However, after years of testing it out for myself, I’m a firm believer. So here it is –

When shopping, all things the same, 9 out of 10 times, Walmart Canada will have the lowest price.

Simply put, that means you can’t lose shopping at Walmart – on staples goods, brand names, groceries and gear, you can shop in confidence knowing that the prices are not only competitive, but in some cases, a downright steal.

And who doesn’t love a steal?

I must admit; I’d been so spoiled by Walmart’s fabulous prices, I stopped looking at flyers. And for a smart and savvy shopaholic. that was no bueno. But the hassle! The frustration of sorting through mounds of paper (often damp from being left on my doorstep), and the endless coupon clipping… list making… price checking.

Then, I was introduced to Flipp. Flipp is the easiest way to browse flyers and save money. Quickly browse the brands you love, clip items straight to your shopping list, and highlight top deals across flyers. It really is that simple! And, it allows me to organize my shopping lists, so I stay within budget, and don’t overspend.

On average, flyer readers save 40% more on their weekly shopping.

So here’s the deal – the amazing everyday prices at Walmart allowed me to go easy on my flyer reading. But why not save MORE money? Why not be aware of fabulous savings, limited time offers and exciting promotions?

This weekend, I had one major shopping goal: purchase a few toys for the children at a battered women’s shelter that I donate to every Christmas. Normally, I’d just swing by Walmart and pick up a few items, but this time, I decided to read the flyer via the Flipp app.
Flipp 1I am so glad I did! Instantly, I found amazing savings on some of the hottest toys of the season – plus great deals on a few stocking stuffers that I wanted to include.  (more…)

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Maple Stuffed Turkey Breast with Roasted Carrots

December 14, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Ah, holiday entertaining. It usually involves a great feast, a large gathering… and a fridge full of leftovers. But what about those one-offs? The times when friends or family stop by to celebrate the season? In our family, it’s usually the week between Christmas and New Year’s… when everyone decides that they just have to see each other again. So an invitation is offered, a small group is summoned, and we do Christmas part two. Or three.

While I love being surrounded by loved ones, I don’t love trying to think of meal ideas. That’s why I love this recipe for Maple Stuffed Turkey Breast with Roasted Carrots from Maple Leaf Prime; it’s a tribute to the season on a much smaller scale, and it’s perfect for entertaining over the holidays.
Maple Leaf PrimeSays Maple Leaf: “This mouth-watering Maple Stuffing will leave your guests wanted more! A perfect dish to serve at during the holiday season.” Find this recipe, and more, at Appehtite. Appehtite is a community of people who love to cook, share recipes and celebrate how food brings us together.

This holiday season, we want you feel good about the food you serve to your family and friends. You can trust that Maple Leaf Prime Turkey is Canadian farm raised. In fact, whether fresh or frozen, all of their poultry products are raised here at home, in Canada. Maple Leaf Prime chickens and turkeys are ‘free roam’, which means they’re raised in open concept barns, not cages. They don’t get any growth hormones, either.  (more…)

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Step into Reality. Or, a Reality Show. Welcome to Laguna Beach.

December 14, 2014

I’m not ashamed to admit it: I love a good teen drama.

It all started back in the 90’s, with Beverly Hills, 90210. Yes, I’m talking about the original series – you know, the one with Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty – not the blasphemous facelift they aired from 2008-2013. The series where tween and teen girls everywhere wanted to be Brenda Walsh, not for her mousy brown hair or mom jeans, but for her uncanny ability to secure at least one lip-lock with Dylan per episode.

Until he, you know, got busy with her best friend while she was in Paris.

The particular drama spurred a worldwide interest in Californian teens and college kids, especially when it came to following their (often alcohol-infused) antics. Years later, when reality shows became all the rage, one particular MTV gem roped me in just as surely as the students of West Beverly High.

The show? Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.

The series, however – serving up just three seasons of guilty pleasure – was about more than just love triangles, bon fires on the beach and girl drama. (Although, they seemed to be the crux of the show.) To us older folks – you know, the 20-somethings who lounged in our condos, reveling in the throwback to our youth – it was a chance to live a different life; a life on the beach, in a gorgeous Californian town, surrounded by opulence and luxury. The kind of life that was far-removed from reality – served up on Tuesday nights.
laguna beachAnd during those reality tv binges, I promised myself that one day, I’d visit Laguna Beach; walking in the same sand as Kristen, shopping along the same streets as Lauren.

OMG. Shopping along the same streets as Lauren!

This past summer, as part of our #DisneyVacayCA, my family was afforded to opportunity to spend a day touring the beaches of Orange County. Included in our agenda was a stop in Laguna Beach – and it’s like years of MTV fandom suddenly became a reality. Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, this seven-mile stretch of sand and surf offers a year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beachgoers. (And, anyone who ever spent an hour on Tuesday nights following its most famous inhabitants.)

Welcome to Laguna Beach.  (more…)

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Movies, Memories and More…

December 13, 2014

It’s the holidays… and that means, my home is about to get noisy. Like, really noisy.

With the kids home for two whole weeks – and likely, high on a sugar rush from all the Christmas cookies – I’m already planning for ways to keep them entertained, busy…. OCCUPIED.

Thank goodness for Redbox Canada.

I can find our favourite Christmas movies, the most watched DVD and Blu-ray titles, and of course, NEW releases! I can’t tell you how amazing it is to grab the latest movies my boys have been eager to watch (or watch again). Renting through Redbox is an affordable and convenient way to keep kids entertained over the holidays.

And you can have it all for just $1.50 (plus tax) a day.

You’ve likely seen a Redbox kiosk at a big-box retailer, grocery or convenience store near you. Redbox is Canada’s largest DVD “rentailer” with more than 1,350 automated kiosks across all 10 provinces, and if you’ve ever used the service, you’ll know it’s as easy as pie.

Simply find a location online and select your disc (DVD or Blu-ray) and reserve it. Go to the box, touch “pick up”, swipe your card and grab your disc. And the best part? You can return your disc to ANY Redbox location in Canada.

So, how will you keep your kiddos entertained over the Christmas holidays? We’re gearing up for a fun-filled movie chat at the #RedboxCanada Twitter Party! 
redbox graphicJoin us on Wednesday, December 17th at 8:00PM EST as we chat holiday favourites, traditions, movie night must-haves. And to make your holidays even brighter, we’ve got some amazing prizes up for grabs! 10 tweeters will walk away with 10 free movie rentals, and 3 lucky tweets will win a Blu-ray player plus 5 free rentals!

RSVP below to join the fun, and see you on Wednesday night!  (more…)

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Pür Minerals 5-Piece Holiday Perfection Collection

December 12, 2014

Presenting the Pür Minerals 5-Piece Holiday Perfection CollectionFor 24 hours only – beginning at 10:00pm EST on Friday, December 12th and concluding at 9:59pm EST on Saturday, December 13th, The Shopping Channel will be offering this set for just $47.95 (a $132 value).
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4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation: The newly enhanced formula has everything you love—and more!—about the original 4-in-1. It offers the same great coverage and same lightweight feel. It is the same no-mess mineral makeup, but now with new built-in skincare ingredients. This powder foundation can help correct, prevent and interrupt your skin concerns while helping smooth away the look of lines and wrinkles. It helps plump, lift and firm the skin’s appearance and also helps balance uneven skin tone.  (more…)

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RT to WIN with The Shopping Channel and Pür Minerals

December 12, 2014

Ladies, here’s a deal that you won’t be able to pass up. Heck; I don’t want you to pass it up! I want you to visit www.tsc.ca today at 10:00pm EST, find today’s very special showstopper, and take advantage of the makeup deal of the century.

Presenting the Pür Minerals 5-Piece Holiday Perfection Collection. A beautiful collection from customer-favourite brand Pür Minerals, this exclusive set helps you define or create the perfect look for the holidays and beyond! Included is the 4-in-1 Pressed Foundation, which includes skincare benefits that help make your skin look beautiful from the inside-out, and Pür’s chisel brush for application. You’ll also receive the brand’s new Soul Mattes Palette, which features eight beautiful matte eye shadows for that stunning holiday look. The Hello Bright Eyes eye pencil helps make the eyes pop to perfection, and lastly, to complete your wonderful look, a lip gloss in Tickled.

The value, if purchased separately, is 132.00. TSC normally retails this collection for $79.99.

Impressed? Oh, you just wait.

For 24 hours only – beginning at 10:00pm EST on Friday, December 12th and concluding at 9:59pm EST on Saturday, December 13th, The Shopping Channel will be offering this set for just $47.95!

The collections are offered in eight (8) different hues to match each complexion, and trust me ladies – they WILL sell out. The quality of the product, the reputation of the brand and the stellar Showstopper price makes the Pür Minerals 5-Piece Holiday Perfection Collection my pick for beauty junkies on your holiday list!

And if you LOVE what you see – I’ve got a special treat for my Twitter followers! Today only, RT for a chance to WIN before it goes on sale! From 8:00am to 9:59pm EST on Friday, December 12th, simply click on the photo below, retweet the tweet, and you’ll automatically be entered to win.
pur mineralsTo summarize, the collection includes: 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15(8g); Soul Matte Eyeshadow Palette (1.5g each); Chisel Brush; Tickled Lip Gloss (3g); and Hello Bright Eyes Eye Pencil with Smudger (.28g).

Good luck everyone! And, if you don’t win, be sure to grab your own collection for just $47.95. It’s a steal of a Showstopper, just in time for Christmas!

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Bucket List, Check: Turning My Home into a Toy Showroom

December 11, 2014

It’s not every day that I am afforded the opportunity to turn my home into a baby toy and gear showroom, so when I am… oh yeah, I go for it.
fpshowroomThis past weekend, joined by blogger friends from all over Ontario (some travelling in from London, St. Mary’s and even Ottawa), in addition to local moms of babies and toddlers, we celebrated the season with good wine, good food and of course, good cheer.

And, great toys, courtesy of Fisher-Price.

In fact, you could say that we were privy to the hottest toys of 2014! If you have a baby or toddler to shop for this Christmas, scrutinize the photos on this post – because, trust me, they’re the only shopping list you’ll need this season.
fpshowroomThe evening started (even before the festivities began) with the team at Spider Marketing Solutions putting together the toys for the showroom. It’s not exactly how I normally kick off my holiday parties, but hey, I’m not going to say no to a living room filled with the most sought-after baby gear.  (more…)

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Express Your Kitchen with Countertop Gems

December 9, 2014

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Thinking back to my wedding registry, I can divide the items I selected into three distinct categories: items I needed, items I wanted, and items that I totally, absolutely, positively lusted after.

Included in the third category? Denby Tableware.

Established in 1809, Denby has been making pottery in the heart of the English countryside for over two hundred years.

Says Denby: “We take our locally sourced clay and the expertise of our craftsmen here at Denby, and set about making some truly wonderful dishes. But we’ve not stopped there. Our design team have created some beautiful porcelain and china patterns too, working with specially selected partners, and carefully sourcing materials that are every bit as hardworking as our stoneware. And now they’ve taken their know-how from the dining room to the kitchen with our exciting cookware, glass and accessories collections.”
Denby CanadaDenby’s new Monsoon collection is filled with great pieces to bring life to your kitchen.The collection allows you to play up what your kitchen pattern says about you – with a variety of different patterns and pieces to select from, turn a drab kitchen into an eclectic masterpiece. This new collection is also the perfect hostess gift and keepsake.

The Antalya style (pictured above and below) is bright and fresh in shades of aqua and dark blue. Along with the colour scheme, the collection uses a total of four different graphic patterns called Antalya, Cadiz Turquoise, Granada, and Tangier. If you really like your shades of blue, these are the patterns to start with. Keep things traditional and simple by working in one or two patterns in simple accent pieces to a solid white collection.
Denby CanadaAlso included is a range of different materials used in each design such as ceramics, tins, textiles, glass and cork mats, bringing further options to the table.  (more…)

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Holiday Fashion with Style&co.

December 9, 2014

*BUMPING* Coupon expires December 11th! Use SnCoHoliday at www.thebay.com for $20 off purchases of $75 or more of regular, sale or clearance-priced Style & Co merchandise!

If there’s ever a time to double-duty fashion, it’s the holiday season.

How often to you find yourself juggling get togethers, office parties, family obligations, shopping dates, coffee with friends… honestly! The list goes on and on. And the last thing you need is to spend precious time worrying about what to wear.
DSC_0128My best tip? Find one or two key pieces, and then build your holiday wardrobe around them. And for stylish, on-trend fashions that are super affordable, I always look to Style&co. Exclusive to Hudson’s Bay in Canada, they offer authentic day-to-night ensembles that are perfect for women of all ages, shapes and sizes.

This season, I’m quite fond of this Style&co. Printed Sparkle Blouse with Draped Neck. Metallic glitter accents on the front of this blouse create a glamorous look, and the three-quarter sleeves and an elegant draped neckline finish this piece, making it perfect for both casual and dressed-up ensembles.

The blouse is ideal for layering under blazers (think boardroom) and leather jackets (think bar) alike. Plus, the stretchy fabric is super comfortable and forgiving, especially when you’ve had a gingerbread martini (or three).

However, the most impressive aspect of this gorgeous blouse? The PRICE! Currently on sale for just $20.40, here’s an example of chic, contemporary and sought-after fashion that won’t break the bank.

(In fact, ALL of Style&Co’s pieces are incredibly affordable, and most are on sale as we speak!)  (more…)

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So What is First Phone Etiquette? Find Out.

December 7, 2014

According to a recent survey by Microsoft Devices, almost all Canadians (98%) think it’s important for parents to set guidelines for their children’s smartphone use, with most of that group (88%) saying it’s actually “very important”.

Sounds reasonable, yes?

Well, it’s no surprise that parents grabble with “the first phone dilemma” around the holidays more than any other time. When is the right time to get your child a smartphone, and what should parents know before doing so, and after the gift is opened?

At 6-years old, Ryder is still a little young to start the discussion, but – gasp – I’ve seen a few of his classmates with smartphones. (I know, kind of crazy, right?) Hence, it’s pretty obvious that the time is coming, and I want to ensure – as tech savvy as I think I am – that I have a clear understanding of how to introduce a smartphone to my child and what expectations and guidelines we can set as a family for its use.

Just in time for the holidays (and beyond for parents like me!) we’re throwing a party to discuss, learn and share all things #FirstPhoneEtiquette with Microsoft Devices! Join us on Tuesday, December 9th at 12:00pm EST for a fun-filled and informative chat.
FirstPhoneEtiquette GraphicNow I just *have* to tell you about the prizes, because honestly, they’re pretty terrific. We’ll give away 6 prizes of a Microsoft Devices Lumia 830, valued at $500 each – and a grand prize, valued at more than $700, which includes:

Microsoft Devices Lumia 830 Smartphone
Wireless, Bluetooth connected speakers
Wireless charging stand
Portable USB car charger
Treasure Tag

With a total of 7 Microsoft Lumia 830 Devices being given away, I anticipate a lot of happy squeals on Christmas morning! I’m really looking forward to learning more about #FirstPhoneEtiquette – RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Tuesday!  (more…)

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My Home is a Showroom.

December 5, 2014

Or rather, it will be – after Fisher-Price works their magic.

I’m going to file this one under “Outrageously Awesome Things That Happen”. And tomorrow, I’ll just happen to open up my home to bloggers across the GTA as we celebrates the holidays with a Fisher-Price Showroom. It’ll be a night of drinks, dinner and merriment – and, a demo of Fisher-Price’s hottest toys for Holiday 2014!
fpshowroomFollow the hashtag #fpshowroom to join the fun. You’ll find posts from your favourite bloggers, a few drool-worthy design and foodie ideas (hey, it’s my house and it’s being catered, after all) and of course, the only shopping list you’ll need to grab the best toys for wee ones!

And now… I’m off to clean my house! Argh!! I’m expecting @SassyModernMom, @Kidsumers, @Candace_Dx, @InrDream, @GrowingYourBaby, @FabFrugalMama, @MayahoodBlog, @SandyEl, @TeacherMomofTwo, @Mom2Michael and more… so yeah, pressure’s on to clear the clutter!

(Side note, can anyone take my kids for the next 24 hours? They’re pretty much undoing my cleaning efforts in real time. Kind of like a chocolate-filled hurricane.)

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This Holiday Season, #BeEggsquisite

December 5, 2014

For those of y’all in the Twitter Party circuit, this one is sure to put a smile on your face: YES, it’s another epic @eggsoeufs Twitter Chat! Join us for the #BeEggsquisite Twitter Chat on Wednesday, December 10th at 9:00pm EST.

So, what does it mean to #BeEggsquisite? It’s a celebration of fresh, local, high-quality eggs, and the versatile role they take on in holiday celebrations. Throughout the #BeEggsquisite party, we’ll chat up a storm about your favourite holiday recipes, tips for entertaining and more. Bonus: we’ve even got a special guest! Everyone’s favourite chef Lynn Crawford will be joining us to share her own tips and tricks for this holiday season.
5881B_EFC_SocialMedia_Graphics_EN1 (2)To thank you for attending, we’ll be giving away over $1,500 in #BeEggsquisite prizes – perfectly in time for holiday entertaining, and great stocking stuffers for friends and family.

Up for grabs will be six (6) Get Cracking prize packs valued at $200. Each pack includes: one (1) microwave egg cooker, one (1) jar gripper, one (1) apron, one (1) Eggs 101 booklet, one (1) set of silicon kitchen tools, and one (1) $100 visa gift card. There will also be one grand prize which includes all the egg-related items PLUS one (1) $300 Visa gift card!

Click here to RSVP, and see you at the party!

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Last Minute Shopping? It’s an #airmilesshops Twitter Party!

December 4, 2014

Tick tock, tick tock. That’s the sound of the clock, counting down the days… hours… minutes left for you to complete your holiday shopping. So, how are you doing with that list? Have you crossed off all the names yet?

Reality: Last minute shopping happens.

Take a deep breath. And then log onto www.airmilesshops.com. With over 75 bonus offers from popular online stores, Collectors can earn more rewards on their holiday shopping, and find more great gift ideas for everyone on their holiday shopping list.

So, who are you shopping for this season? Because we’ve got you covered. With over 175 major brand name stores, including Sears, The Apple Store Canada, Dell Canada, Chapters Indigo, Amazon.ca, Bose, Victoria’s Secret, ALDO Canada, Toys “R” Us, Old Navy Canada and more – you can find the very best gifts quickly and conveniently. And while you’re making wishes come true, you’re also rewarding yourself! Remember, www.airmilesshops.ca is the ONLY online AIR MILES shopping mall that gives Collectors the ability to earn reward miles. Earning AIR MILES reward miles while shopping online through airmilesshops.ca is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

Step One: Sign In – Sign in with your AIR MILES Collector Number and click “Shop Now”
Step Two: Shop – You will be taken to the retailer’s online site and shop as you normally would
Step Three: Earn – When you check out you will earn AIR MILES reward miles on your purchase!

Looking for a little last minute shopping inspiration? Join us for the #airmilesshops Twitter Party!
21089_AMSHoliday_P4_LastChance_TwitterParty_Blog_665x494_R1[1] (2)On Monday, December 8th at 8:00pm EST, we’ll share our best shopping tips and tricks for finding the perfect last minute gifts. To thank you for attending, we’ll be giving away six (6) stunning holiday prize packs, filled with the hottest, on-trend products from AIR MILES’ most popular retail partners! (See our official rules here.)

RSVP below for a chance to win – and be sure to bring your wish list to the party!  (more…)

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The Kobo Book Report: Top eReading Trends from 2014

December 4, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

When the weather outside is frightful, Canadians find eReading delightful – so delightful, in fact, that Canadians turned nearly 300 million virtual pages on Kobo devices over the holidays last year, with 16 million on Christmas Day alone.

Let’s all pause for a moment to digest that. 16 million pages were turned on Christmas Day alone. Like, what?? That’s crazy – but I can totally see it. Cozying up with my Kobo and a mug of hot apple cider kind of sounds like the perfect Christmas to me.

These are just some of the findings from Kobo’s inaugural Book Report, which reveals insightful 2014 eReading trends from its world-class platform, which includes a bookstore of more than 4.2 million titles. So, how does your library stack up? Check out the eBook best sellers of 2014:

1. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
2. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
3. Insurgent – Veronica Roth
4. Allegiant – Veronica Roth
5. Divergent – Veronica Roth
6. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
7. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon
8. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
9. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
10. Philomena – Martin Sixsmith

Do you use an eReader? Since purchasing my first Kobo back in 2010, I’ve been a loyal fan, upgrading my device twice. And it makes the perfect holiday gift!

The new 6.8-inch HD Kobo Aura H2O will continue to elevate Canadians’ reading experience in 2015 with its waterproof and dustproof features, giving readers the choice to enjoy their favourite stories anywhere. The eReader has customizable fonts, ample storage and reading stats, and the discovery of new titles is easy with on-device recommendations based on readers’ activity and preferences. Available in black, it retails for $179.99 (MSRP) online and in-store at select Canadian retailers.

Ralph Lauren Giveaway (2)Now listen up, because I’m going to try to duplicate that cozy-up-on-Christmas-Day experience for you. I’ve got a gorgeous Ralph Lauren throw and a $25 Kobo Gift Card to give away, courtesy of my friends at Kobo. This prize is valued at $150! To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries.

Of course, you *may* be wondering what’s currently in my Kobo library. This week, I’m reading Shopaholic to the Stars – “Sophie Kinsella returns to her beloved Shopaholic series with Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) newly arrived in Hollywood and starry-eyed.”

Chick lit at its finest, folks! Good luck!  (more…)

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The 411 on The BSO

December 3, 2014

Public Service Announcement: If you’re buying your hair care and beauty items from a regular retailer, you’re doing it all wrong.

There, I said it. And I don’t mean to reprimand you; truth is, for a long time, I didn’t know about the Beauty Supply Outlet either. But it’s very hard to deny the appeal of top brands at heavily discounted prices – and if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to get the best deal on items we use most.

Paul Mitchell at 45% off, anyone? Indeed.
the bsoThe Beauty Supply Outlet is your one-stop beauty product supply store that carries professional salon products for all of your hair and beauty needs. Hair colour, shampoos and conditioners, styling products and hot appliances are available from the most trusted brands, including Redken, Matrix, DESIGNLINE, Sebastian, CHI, Avanti, Babyliss, FHI and GA.MA.  (more…)

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Get into the spirit with the #HeritageHoliday Twitter Party!

December 2, 2014

Snowflakes falling, jingle bells ringing, the spirit of the holidays is here and Heritage Education Funds wants to help you find the perfect gifts for your family and friends!

That’s why I’m so pleased to invite you to the #HeritageHoliday Twitter Party. Be a part of a fun, fast-paced event, where we’ll share lots of great gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list. Of course, we are looking forward to hearing YOUR gift ideas, too – the more ideas, the better! And, to help make the holidays as stress-free as possible, we’re giving away fabulous prizes – including Target Canada gift cards – to make your holiday shopping a breeze!*
image_galleryJoin us on Thursday, December 4th at 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EST. There will be over $800 in prizes up for grabs, courtesy of Heritage Education Funds:

7 – $50 Target Canada gift cards
1 – iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 16GB Grand Prize (ARV $439 + tax)

*No purchase necessary. Open to age of majority residents of Canada (excluding Quebec and Nunavut). Skill-testing question required. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Click here for full contest rules.

RSVP below for a chance to win – and see you on Thursday night!  (more…)

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