Attn Movie Buffs: Meet Redbox

October 22, 2014

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

On a day-to-day basis, I’m a romantic comedy kind of girl. Chick lit novels, Seinfeld reruns, stealing kisses from my husband. It’s a nice genre to live in.

However, like everyone, there’s a little drama in my life too… and while I steer clear from episodes of horror, raising two children always places me firmly in the adventure category. And action. And often, satire.

Am I a movie buff? Sure, but I tend to gravitate towards one category in particular… brace yourself… I am a science fiction geek. It’s true! If it involves space, mutant warriors, sorcerers and/ or rebel starships, I am all over it. In fact, I’d rather spend three hours with X-Men than some sappy Nicholas Sparks hero. So, when I do find time to relax and unwind, you can usually see me popping a good old sci-fi flick into my DVD player.

Now I know there are ways to get your movie fix. But what if I told you that you could watch everything from NEW RELEASES to old school favourites, in the comfort of your own home, for just $1.50 (plus tax) a day? That’s Redbox, friends.

Canada_KioskYou’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. (Just not American Pie, k?)

Simply find a location online and select your disc (DVD, Blu-ray or Video Game) and reserve it. Go to the box, touch “pick up”, swipe you card and grab your disc. (Enjoy the show.) And the best part? You can return your disc to ANY Redbox location in Canada. That means if the boys are getting antsy at the in-laws, I can rent a movie from a Redbox in Oshawa and return it in Toronto. And hello, just $1.50? SOLD.

Now here’s the thing. Fridays get all the attention – it’s the end of the work week and the start to a care-free weekend. Redbox is changing that with Free Movie Thursdays offering customers a free one-night DVD rental each Thursday at all Redbox kiosks across Canada throughout the month of October.

“What’s better than getting a quality movie when you want it, where you want it, all for free?” says Kate Brennan, Senior Communications Manager at Redbox. “We’re inviting our customers in Canada to get a headstart on the weekend by picking up a free one-night rental at Redbox. Whether you’re a returning customer, or new to Redbox, we hope you’ll enjoy a movie on us!”  (more…)

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Enjoy McCafé at Home

October 9, 2014

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It is day 10 of McCafé at Home. Three cups per day, taken as my usual double milk, one sugar. The cups are all consumed within 17 minutes of being brewed. And, I have a very unusual side effect to report.

I’m happy all the time.

Why? Because I am drinking McCafé at Home! McCafé Premium Roast ground coffee, as well as on-demand single-serve formats compatible with both the TASSIMO and Keurig brewing systems, are now available in major grocery retailers across the country. This means that the consistently rich, smooth and delicious taste of McCafé coffee can be enjoyed in the comfort of my home – and that’s enough to put a smile on this girl’s face!

Think I’m overly enthusiastic about coffee? I’m not alone. Consider this: 65% of Canadians aged 18-79 drank coffee yesterday, and coffee drinkers consume on average 3.2 cups of coffee per day. (Look at that! I’m completely normal.) In fact, coffee and tap water are the most commonly consumed beverages in Canada.

But there’s also an emerging trend in coffee consumption – the single cup brewer. Single-cup machines are now in a strong second place (25% of past-day coffee users drank a coffee prepared using a single-cup machine). And single-cup brewer ownership is markedly higher in Canada than in the United States (20% vs. 12%).

Of course, McCafé has got you covered, offering both formats for your enjoyment. We generally brew a pot of McCafé Premium Roast ground coffee in the morning, and then switch to single-cup brewing in the afternoon. It’s convenient, it’s delicious, and it’s a huge win for coffee lovers everywhere.
McCafe at Home(Also: this Songza playlist, developed by McCafé, is what I like to call fabulous “brewing music.”)

What are your coffee habits? Do you fit nicely into the survey averages, or do you drink more/less coffee every day? Do let us know in the comments! And there’s definitely something in it for you… the chance win a McCafé Premium Roast Coffee Prize Pack, valued at $145! (more…)

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The #MATCHGirlTalk Twitter Chat

October 5, 2014

I am a female, in Canada, in the year 2014.

The above statement requires thanksgiving, praise, and sheer reverence for my complete and utter fortune. Because I am very aware that not every woman is as lucky as I.

Are you a female, in Canada, in the year 2014?

Changing the world for women has to start with helping them live through the realities they face today. But in order to make real progress, we must also find ways to change those very realities. That’s why The MATCH Fund is committed to helping women hold the ground they’ve gained, while they look for new ways to break ground in securing the basic human rights they seek.

The MATCH International Women’s Fund works to increase the resources available to women’s organizations striving for change in their communities.This approach means that they are not a traditional charity. Direct-grant making ensures that money and resources reach the hands of women working for change in their communities. They support projects that dismantle barriers, challenge perceptions, change behaviours and, ultimately, transform society for a more equal world. From supporting education-based initiatives that also generate income to aiding survivors of violence by building capacity with midwives; the Fund is working to strengthen the ability of grassroots women’s rights organization to plan, respond and track their actions.

The rights of women around the world is an integral issue that warrants more discussion. As such, I’d like to invite you to the #MATCHGirlTalk Twitter Chat on Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00pm EDT. We’ll share ways to get informed and get involved. And to thank you for your participation, we’ll have hundreds in gift cards up for grabs.
MATCHGirlTalk Twitter Chat GraphicPlease, join us for a compelling and comprehensive discussion, because transforming society is not easy. Stopping the cultural, societal and physical oppression of women requires new thinking and novel solutions – innovations which harness new ways to bring about social change. RSVP below to indicate your attendance and to be eligible for prizing (Canadians only).  (more…)

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Giveaway: $200 Minute Maid Prize

October 3, 2014

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only. 

Earlier this week, I shared my views on childhood independence, and how it inspires individuality, confidence and competence.

(I also shared a kid-friendly recipe for Creamy Orange Fruit Dip, which is a big hit chez Lena!)
Minute Maid Creamy Orange DipNow, we want to hear from you –

How do you encourage independence in your children? Please take our short survey, found in the contest form below, to share your views. To thank you for participating, one lucky reader who answers the survey in full will have a chance to win a Minute Maid Prize Pack.

The Minute Maid Prize Pack, valued at $200, features everything needed to help nurture independence – especially as kids settle into school mode! The prize pack includes: a pitcher and wooden mixing spoon, two Minute Maid aprons and chef’s hats to get into the role of head chef, a large mixing bowl, a kitchen accessories kit, and a food processor (to use with a parent!) to create Minute Maid’s scrumptious recipes.  (more…)

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Purify Your Air.

September 25, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

It happens every year, like clockwork.

On a morning – just like this morning – I will wake up, rub the sleep from my eyes, and swallow. And I will have a tickle at the back of my throat. Later that day, my nose will twitch; my eyes will water. I will understand that the misery of seasonal allergies is upon me, and I will resign myself to weeks (maybe months) of discontent.

It’s a September thing.

Canadians invest $9.1 billion annually in janitorial and sanitation supplies to clean surfaces, remove odours and kill germs with touch-free hand sanitizers – all of which address an issue that does not kill the key contributor to illness from air transmission. And even with all these products, if your child has asthma, there’s a 1 in 4 chance he or she will be heading to hospital in September. Every year, up to 25% of the annual hospital admissions for asthma flare-ups among Canadian children occur in September.
Purify Your AirWhy? It’s simple – and complicated. With the new school year, so comes some of the most frequent asthma triggers: germs, low use of appropriate asthma medications over the summer months increasing vulnerability, and unventilated classrooms that may contain dust, mould spores and more.

Although I thought allergies were my biggest concern, I’m actually writing this post on the heels of a very disturbing phone call I received from Reid’s school, just this afternoon.

“Mrs. Almeida, we’re concerned Reid has been coughing a lot today, bordering on wheezing.”
“Oh!” I replied. “Well, he was sick recently…”
“Is he asthmatic?” she asked.
“Noooo….” I answered.

And now, of course, I’m wondering if he is. It’s Reid’s first time in a group environment, so naturally he is exposed to germs, allergens and a whole grab bag of potential triggers that I simply did not have to worry about before. I know that most asthma exacerbations are caused from the air we breathe, and the dirty truth is that inside air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. And, we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors.  (more…)

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A New Snack for the Lunch Box! #NVLunchbox

September 23, 2014

Every weekday morning, for the next nine months, during the hours of 7:00 – 8:00am… I will have only one purpose in life… to pack a healthy, delicious and peanut-free lunch box for both my boys.

Sounds simple enough? I suppose it is… except sometimes, peanut-free snack items let me down. Sure, I have my pick of cookies, bars, treats and more… but often, those snacks offer little more than a sugar rush and don’t always have a high nutritional value. Surely there has to be a better way to snack?

Introducing NEW Nature Valley Lunch Box bars. These peanut-free granola bars offer an amazing bundle of better-for-you benefits for the entire family. With 20% of your daily value of fibre, no artificial colours or flavours and 8g of whole grains, kids and adults alike will look forward to snacking on these scrumptious lunch box heroes!

NVLunchbox Graphic v2Join us at the #NVLunchbox Twitter Party where we’ll dish on the new Nature Valley Lunch Box bars and more.  To thank you for participating, you know we’ll have some fabulous prizes up for grabs! RSVP for a chance to win – and see you on Monday night!  (more…)

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Infiniti Q50 Twitter Party #InfinitiUndiscovered

September 22, 2014

At least once per month, my little family piles into our car and sets off on a road trip.

“Where are we going this time?” Ryder asks. “I don’t know”, I respond, which is the truth. We simply buckle up, choose our favourite tunes, and drive. There’s no set destination; no predetermined course that we’ll take. Each trip is an adventure, whether it be a winding drive through the Niagara Escarpment or a bumper-to-bumper journey into the downtown Toronto core.

As the kids grow, we push the final destination farther and farther away from home, with the hopes of one day embarking on an epic cross-Canada adventure. We’d love to explore New Brunswick’s Appalachian Mountains and enjoy a salty, gooey poutine in Montreal. I want to show my boys the beauty of Kananaskis Country, Alberta and set aside a shopping day in trendy Vancouver.

Alas, since a cross-Canada road trip isn’t in the cards for us just yet, we’ll settle for the next best thing – a new series called Canada Undiscovered, airing on nature and wildlife specialty channel Oasis. Hosted by TV personality Sean Moffit, the 3-part original series will highlight unique and rare natural wonders across Canada. Prepare to be taken on a coast-to-coast road trip while learning fascinating historical facts about some of Canada’s most unique locales including Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia, Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan and Sable Island in Nova Scotia.

Want to hear more? Please join our @InfinitiCanada Twitter Party: #InfinitiUndiscovered.

INF_FB_TwitterPrty_04Prizes include 7 x Infiniti prize packs (valued at approx $100 each), plus a GRAND PRIZE valued at approximately $300, which will include a $250 gas card! RSVP for a chance to win – and see you on Thursday night!  (more…)

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Fancy Winning Toys for a YEAR? #fpsmartstages

September 18, 2014

Picture it: You’ve just purchased a toy for your little one, or a little one you know. It’s cute, it’s colourful, and you’re sure he or she will love it… between the ages of six to twelve months, because according to the manufacturer’s claim, that’s how long it’s appropriate for. After that, you’ll have to buy a new toy, of course. And another. And then another.

Well, that’s great. And I’m sure it’s a great toy too! But what if I told you that you could purchase a universally-loved, quality toy from one of the most trusted toy companies on the planet… and that toy would grow with the child for months and months – or even years?

Introducing Fisher-Price Smart Stages technology, an exciting new way to change learning content as baby grows. Every baby develops at his/her own pace, and Smart Stages gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child. There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within the three levels of play – just slide the switch or enter baby’s age for automatic level changes.

In a nutshell, that means you can get A LOT more play out of the same toy!

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn products reward curiosity and encourage experiential learning through play. We know baby develops dramatically in the first two years of life, so Fisher-Price has created the first line of toys that evolves with age-appropriate learning content as your baby grows. The content keeps the baby engaged as he/she develops, and offers longevity of play value to parents!

(Now THAT’s ingenious.)

Want to learn more? Let’s make a play date… we’ll call it, oh, the #fpsmartstages Twitter Party!

FP GraphicIn addition to sharing the latest information on Fisher-Price Smart Stages technology, we’ll have some incredible prizes up for grabs:

2 prizes of a Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair + a $50 Visa Gift Card
4 prizes of a Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Toy + a $100 Visa Gift Card
Grand Prize is TOYS FOR A YEAR! (12 of Fisher-Price’s Most Popular Toys!)

RSVP below for your chance to win, and see you on Wednesday night! (more…)

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‘Tis the Season to #PurifyYourAir

September 11, 2014

Take a peek at the calendar. Allergy and flu season are here! And Canadians invest $9.1 billion annually in janitorial and sanitation supplies to clean surfaces, remove odours and kill germs with touch-free hand sanitizers – all of which address an issue that does not kill the key contributor to illness from air transmission. Because even with all these products, if your child has asthma, there’s a 1 in 4 chance he or she will be heading to hospital in September.

How scary is that?

Every year, up to 25% of the annual hospital admissions for asthma flare-ups among Canadian children occur in September. With the new school year approaching, so comes some of most frequent asthma triggers: germs, low use of appropriate asthma medications over the summer months increasing vulnerability, and unventilated classrooms that may contain dust, mould spores.

Most asthma exacerbations are caused from the air we breathe. The dirty truth is that inside air is five times more polluted than outdoor air and we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors. Hopefully with preventative care we can decrease asthma sufferers’ reliance on steroid-containing inhalers as a first line of defence, an issue which has been receiving much dialogue among parents.

This is a subject I’m passionate about, as we have both allergy and asthma sufferers in our family. And that’s why I adore Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers. The ONLY Air Purifier to be certified by the Asthma Society of Canada, AeraMax units safely remove 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. That means cleaner, safer air for you and your loved ones.

Learn more at the @FellowesCanada #PurifyYourAir Twitter Party on Monday, September 15th at 8pm ET.
PurifyYourAir Twitter Party GraphicIn addition to providing you with information on how you can keep your air clean this fall and winter, we’ve also got some terrific prizes up for grabs:

2 x $100 Staples Gift Cards
2 x AeraMax 100 Air Purifier (value $189.99)
2 x AeraMax 200 Air Purifier (value $290.99)
1 x AeraMax 300 Air Purifier (value $349.99)

RSVP below for your chance to win. – and see you on Monday night!  (more…)

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Shell V-Power Formula for Driving Excitement

September 3, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Whether you’ve been on a road trip across Canada or cruising to your local watering hole, we bet you’ve been on some exciting drives this summer. That’s why Shell just launched the Shell V-Power Formula for Driving Excitement Contest – to honour and discover the best drives in Canada.

From now until September 9, casual road trippers and driving enthusiasts can enter to win a chance to make their exciting drive a reality at www.shell.ca/shellvpowercontest. One Grand Prize winner will receive a week-long luxury car rental and a year’s worth of Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline!

ShellYou can also win $100 in Shell Free Fuel Gift Cards here! Simply fill the form below with you qualifying entries.

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Back to School: Set Me Up Best Buy!

August 26, 2014

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Back. to. School. If you’re a parent, those three words rule your world right now! And with the kiddos set to enter the classroom for another year, the crunch is on to get ready, get prepped, and go!

You’ll likely be partaking in a little shopping – and, you’ll have a choice on where to spend your hard-earned money. So, what should you look for in a retailer? Let me make a case for Best Buy – they’ve got everything to set your kids up for success this back to school, making it easy for you to shop for what you want, where you want and how you want all at the lowest possible price.

i. Lowest Price Guarantee: Best Buy’s Lowest Price Guarantee to customers is the best in Canada. They guarantee it both in-store and online.

ii. Reserve and Pick-up: Customers can reserve their product online without entering any credit card information and pick up their item at the store of their choice in as quickly as 20 minutes.

iii. Assortment: Nobody in Canada can offer a better selection of products.

iv. In-store Pick-up and Web kiosks: If they don’t have something in-store, their Blue Shirts will assist customers to purchase the product online at one of the in-store web kiosks and have the product shipped to their home or the store for easy pick-up.

Okay, so maybe you’ve considered Best Buy for your electronic needs. But not only does Best Buy have all of the latest and greatest in technology for back to school, they also carry a wide assortment of backpacks, lunch bags, school supplies, musical instruments, educational toys and more. It’s true!

FACT: Best Buy carries more than 300 backpacks online from top brands including JanSport, Swiss Gear, Roots, TUMI, OGIO, High Sierra and many more in a number of different styles, sizes and colours to suit every student going back to school.

BTS_Backpack_Campaign_ElementarySchoolFACT: Best Buy carries over 3,500 school and office supplies online so while you are shopping for your new laptop or tablet, you can also get your pens, notebooks and pencil crayons all at the same place.  (more…)

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Back To School in Style: #HeritageB2S Twitter Party

August 24, 2014

What are you doing on Wednesday night? No, seriously – what are you doing? Because there’s only ONE thing you need to do. Trust me on this. Clear your schedule. Call the babysitter. Set your PVR.

Newsflash: the ONLY place you’ll want to be is the #HeritageB2S Twitter Party at 9:00pm ET on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014. Because, in addition to sharing tips and tricks to make the new school year as stress-free as possible, we’ll be giving away a MacBook Air Laptop, valued at $999.
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(It’s okay if you need a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor. I get it, I really do!) We’ll also have $700 in gift cards from Oliver’s Labels and Target to give away, with seriously amazing denominations such as 2 x $50, 2 x $100 and 1 x $200 in Target gift cards. Now that’s how you’re supposed to start off the school year – winning at our Twitter Party! See full details here.

Be sure to follow our sponsors @HeritageFunds and @OliverLabels – and RSVP below for your chance to win!  (more…)

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Back to School: We’re #Eggcited4Eggs!

August 21, 2014

There are a LOT of things to obsess over with back to school around the corner. I’d list them all… but I don’t want to scare you away! And if you’ve got a kiddo or two (or three, or four…) chances are, you already know the drill.

One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about? Getting healthy, delicious – and most importantly, easy to make – meals on the breakfast table and in their lunch bags. And we’re here to help! With tips, tricks and the very best recipes from @eggsoeufs, you won’t want to miss the #Eggcited4Eggs Twitter Party on Thursday, August 28th at 8:00pm ET! (See official rules here.)

EFC - Twitter Party Graphic Promo Graphic - Final BIn addition to a fun-filled chat, we’ll also be sharing information about a new partnership between Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) and Breakfast Club of Canada. In Canada, one out of seven children goes to school on an empty stomach. As part of its commitment to social responsibility, EFC has partnered with one of the country’s major nutritional programs, Breakfast Club of Canada, which provides thousands of breakfasts to children every day.

“As farmers, we take our responsibility toward our community very seriously. Through this partnership, more children across the country will have access to a healthy start,” says Peter Clarke, Chair of Egg Farmers of Canada. “Every child deserves a complete breakfast before attending school and we are very proud to be partnering with Breakfast Club of Canada for such a great cause.”

To thank you for joining the conversation, we have some prize packs that will definitely get you #Eggcited4Eggs! RSVP below to join the fun, and see you on Thursday night!  (more…)

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Back to School with #airmilesshops!

August 19, 2014

I have fond memories of back to school shopping with my parents. Shuffling from store to store; checking the flyers, prices and sales, wading through crowds of kids and frazzled parents.

My boys won’t have the same memories – because I’ll be completing ALL their back to school shopping online! And with www.airmilesshops.ca, it’s easier than ever to reward yourself – from August 25th until September 1st, Collectors earn 5x reward miles just for shopping at their favourite online stores through #airmilesshops!

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 – You will earn 1 AIR MILES reward miles for every $20 you spend!

All you have to do is remember to sign in through the portal and you’ll automatically earn rewards. And since your privacy and security is of the utmost importance, each and every retailer that is under the “virtual roof” of airmilesshops.ca uses a secure SSL checkout. Hence, you’ll always have peace of mind when shopping online – especially during the hectic back to school season.

So beat those crowds, grab the best deals, and get ready to WIN – join us for an @AIRMILES #airmilesshops Twitter Party on Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET. We’ll share tips and tricks for finding the hottest back to school gear and showcase the latest and greatest from top fashion retailers like Old Navy, The Gap, TOMS, Hudson’s Bay and more! Plus, we’ll be giving away some pretty sweet prizes, guaranteed to receive an A+ for awesomeness.

AIR MILES back to schoolRSVP for a chance to win, and see you on Monday night! 

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Do You Prefer to Live #ONatural?

August 12, 2014

It’s not a fad, or a trend. It’s not backed by the celebrity du jour. It won’t come with a long list of cautionary side effects. It’s not a miracle cure, and will never claim to be one.

It is found in nature, and perfected by science. It’s homeopathic medicine.

Introducing Orange Naturals. They make professional quality, naturopathic health products that are convenient to use and easy to understand. Designed by licensed, Canadian naturopathic doctors, Orange Naturals combines the core components of natural medicine into a line of professional-grade, yet family-friendly, naturopathic products.

Want to learn more? I’m so pleased to be co-hosting the #ONatural Twitter Party with @OrangeNaturals. Together, we’ll share information on their best homeopathic health products, including tinctures, supplements and ND shakes. And… the prizes will be amazing. Trust me.

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Enjoy the Flavour of FREE: #AIRMILESCash

August 6, 2014

Now raise your hands if you blinked… and found yourself in August. Yeah, me too!

It’s safe to say that the summer is in full swing, so it’s definitely time to kick back and relax. Whether it’s with family, friends or your significant other, this season is officially the best time to take a break and treat yourself. However, with demanding schedules for many of us, there’s often not enough time to plan a carefree outing. (Or, if I decide to bring the kids… it’s an outing, but not necessarily carefree. Lesson: leave the kids at home.)

But don’t fret – it’s easier than ever to break away from the grind with the newest AIR MILES Cash feature!

Heads up, peeps, because if you’re a foodie, you’ll want to take note: You can now redeem AIR MILES reward miles instantly online for any Cara Restaurant – think Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill & Bar, Montana’s Cookhouse, Kelsey’s and Harvey’s…. and East Side Mario’s, Casey’s Grill + Bar, Bier Markt and Fionn MacCool’s from the Prime family of restaurants. That’s a whole lotta deliciousness – time to enjoy the flavour of FREE with AIR MILES Cash!

With these new mouth-watering dining options to choose from, it’s a snap to share the reward with family and friends. Forgot to send a birthday gift to a steak lover on the east coast? No problem! You can use reward miles in your AIR MILES Cash balance to redeem for electronic vouchers (called ‘eVouchers’). Simply redeem 95 reward miles for $10 towards your purchase with a Reward Partner of your choice – up to $750 worth of reward miles per day. That’s more than enough for your next night out at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, one of the latest Sponsors to join current partners such as Cineplex and Starbucks. Bring on your appetite!

Want to learn more? We’re serving up a fun-filled chat with @AIRMILES at the #AIRMILESCash Twitter Party!

AIRMILES Cash Graphic v2Join the fun on Tuesday, August 12th at 8pm ET. To whet your appetite, of course we’ll have some ah-mazing prizes up for grabs. Plus, we’ll give you all the scoop on AIR MILES Cash eVouchers, the latest Reward Partners, and more! (See our official rules.)

RSVP below for your chance to win, and we’ll see you on Tuesday night!

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Food Hackers Unite! #IAmFoodHacks Twitter Party

August 6, 2014

“Get these. Do this. Done.” Sounds pretty simple, but do YOU have what it takes to elevate a meal, perfect a cooking method, or create an epic flavour fusion?

As you’ll recall from my post – Are YOU Kraft Canada’s Ultimate Food Hacker? – Kraft Canada is searching for our nation’s #IAmFoodHacks ULTIMATE Food Hacker. The selected winning candidate will be Kraft Canada’s official Food Hacker, develop new Food Hacking recipes and drive food hacking content through Kraft social channels. (BONUS: This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes with a one year contract including a total of $25,000 in compensation and a generous monthly food allowance designed to inspire creative food hacking solutions.)

Well, the finalists have been chosen, and it’s time to put their food hacking skills to the test! They’ll be the special guests at the #IAmFoodHacks Twitter Party on Monday, August 11th at 8pm ET! (See official rules here.)

IamFoodHacks v2At the Twitter Party, we’ll share our best tips and tricks – hacks, if you will – with a keen emphasis on creating delicious food, expanding your knowledge of cooking techniques, and combining simple ingredients for quick and easy meals. And just as you answer our questions, so will the finalists… so be sure to send some love (RT’s, mentions) if you like what they have to say! (You *could* say this is their official “Twitterview!”)

As always, there will be fabulous prizes up for grabs – RSVP below for your chance to win. And, start thinking of your own food hacks and get ready to share- we’d love to hear them! See you on Monday night!  (more…)

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Second Cup Offers a Delicious Blast of Cool!

July 24, 2014

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

If there’s anything better than a refreshing icy beverage on a hot, summer day – like… oh… today! – I don’t want to know about it. In fact, if I was ever offered compensation in the form of frozen drinks… I just might consider the offer.

I suppose my love affair with iced coffees, fruit drinks and smoothies began years ago, when every celebrity was photographed with an iced beverage in tow. There’s just something about the combination of designer handbags and delicious drinks that makes want to have that lifestyle. And I’m not alone; the iced coffee market has grown in Canada in recent years, and a recent survey commissioned by Second Cup reveals that the majority of iced coffee beverages are still consumed out-of-home.

At Second Cup, customers can order an iced version of any espresso-based beverage, coffee or tea, any time of day, any time of year, and it will be handcrafted to exact specifications. And now… they’re offering a delicious blast of cool with the NEW Frozen Lemonade and a Black Cherry Smoothie! So, whether you’re craving an icy coffee or something a little different, there’s a chilled beverage on the menu for you.

Second Cup Summer Drink FestivalTo celebrate, the Second Cup Summer Drink Festival is featuring one of five favourite drinks at a special price – $3.49 for a medium (while supplies last) – all summer long. These icy heroes include:

  • Chillatte – a chocolate frappe, ice cold, creamy and lightly sweet; made with Second Cup premium espresso
  • NEW Black Cherry Real Fruit Smoothie – made with real black cherry fruit puree
  • NEW Frozen Lemonade – Crisp, clean and refreshing; with a light and tangy real lemonade flavour
  • Frrrozen White Hot Chocolate – The deliciously decadent taste of white chocolate blended with milk and ice
  • Matcha Green Tea Frappé – a creamy and sweet source of antioxidants, with the revitalizing flavours of fresh herbal and green tea notes

The featured beverage changes every two weeks, so keep popping into Second Cup to find your favourite, and visit the Company’s new website at www.secondcup.com for more details.  (more…)

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What’s in YOUR Minute Maid Lights Mocktail?

July 21, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Last week, I shared with y’all details from the Minute Maid Lights brunch in Toronto. I’m ecstatic that there are so many cocktail and mocktail lovers among us! And as promised, I’m back today to share the recipe for Nadine Hughes’ Lemon Ginger Punch, which will, by all accounts, change your life. Love lemonade? Love the sharp, spicy bite of ginger? This drink is for YOU.

Minute Maid Lights Lemon Ginger Punchhalf English Cucumber, cut into thin rounds
Small handful of fresh mint leaves
1 lemon, cut into thin rounds
7 cups Minute Maid Light Lemonade
2-3 cups Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale
Crushed Ice

This recipe is so simple to follow, you’ll find yourself making the punch over and over again. (Clearly, I speak from experience.) You can also add your own touches, like substituting basil for mint, or adding fresh raspberries.  (more…)

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On the Go? We’re Serving Up #DinnerIn15!

July 19, 2014

It’s 6:00pm, on any given night. Tick tock tick tock. Really, dinner should be on the table. Instead, you:

– sort through takeout menus for a dial-a-dinner
– rummage through the freezer for food packaged in a cardboard box
– climb a kitchen chair to peruse the (dusty) top shelf of the pantry
– jump in a car hell-bent for the nearest drive-thru

Sounds familiar? Yeah, it happens to me too. And the thing is, dinnertime is inevitable. There’s just this informal social custom that you have to feed your family every night (rolls eyes). Also inevitable? Those nights when you know you *could* whip up something fantastic, but dammit, you just don’t want to. And the second your will starts to waver, you begin your path to the dark side… which often ends with, “Would you like fries with that?”

But what if you could create a delicious, wholesome meal in just 15 minutes? Put that takeout menu away, sister! It’s time for #DinnerIn15!

From the gastronomic geniuses at Maple Leaf Foods, they’re created inspired ways to assemble a hearty meal in 15 minutes or less, starring their scrumptious ham products. Think Reuben Ham Skillet Dinner. Tropical Ham and Cheese Pizza. Hamexican Tostadas. YES, I said Hamexican!!!

Want to learn more? Join the @MapleLeafFoods #DinnerIn15 Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 30th at 8pm EST. We’ll be sharing our best recipes to get in you in (and out) of the kitchen in 15 minutes or less!

#DinnerIn15In addition to joining a fabulous conversation, we’re also serving up a chance to win a one-on-one online cooking class with Chef Bob Villeneuve, including a complete food hamper with all the goodies you’ll need to make a variety of 15-minute meals. Wowzers!

(We’ll also have tons of free product coupons up for grabs – this IS a Maple Leaf Foods Twitter Party, after all!)

Finally, we’ll announce the $1,000 winner of Appehtite’s Dinner in 15 Challenge LIVE at the Twitter Party. If you haven’t entered yet, what are you waiting for? Simply create a meal that can be made in 15 minutes or less using Maple Leaf or Schneiders ham, and submit your recipe to Appehtite.ca.

Sounds like we’ll have an awesome night! For your chance to win, RSVP below. Looking forward to partying with you!  (more…)

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