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Priceless Toronto: Summer in the City

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

It happens to most of us at one point or another. We hold a membership to a club or service, but don’t fully understand the perks. We pay out of pocket for health benefit plans, but don’t take advantage of the massage allowance. We carry a credit card in our wallet, but don’t capitalize on the member benefits.

Super fun thing #72: Being rewarded. Just because.

I want every single one of my readers to do one thing this week – look into ways you can reward yourself. Read the terms and conditions of your auto club membership for hidden discounts; take advantage of online deals when shopping at your favourite stores, and if you happen to hold a MasterCard, take advantage of a host of special treatments, savings and perks.

Introducing MasterCard Priceless Cities, exclusive to MasterCard cardholders. In cities across the globe, you can take advantage of a host of special treatments such as a look behind-the-scenes or a spot at the front of the line, as well as access to private experiences and tickets to the most coveted events. Simply visit and select the city you’d love to explore. Here, you’ll find downloadable vouchers for discounts, upgrades and more.

I’m so proud to share that Toronto has been included in MasterCard’s esteemed lineup of Priceless Cities! This summer, treat yourself to the luxury of the Ritz Carlton, and as a MasterCard cardholder you’ll be treated to a One-Bedroom suite upgrade. Visit the Canadian castle, Casa Loma, at a special price. Experience Ontario Wine Country like an insider with 25% off the regular price.

So, what can you do to have a priceless summer? You can…

Return to an Age of Bravery and Honour. As a MasterCard cardholder, only you are the recipient of a special price of entry to King Don Carlos’ court. MasterCard is proud to honour its cardholders with 30% off child general admission and 40% off adult general admission to witness the brilliance of all the cast at Medieval Times. (This is by far one of the most generous discount offers I’ve seen for this show! Take advantage while the offer lasts.)

We spent Saturday evening in King Don Carlo’s court, where our red knight - the truest son of mighty Castilla, Baron Ruiz de Roig – defended our honour in a mighty duel.

Medieval TimesYou can also let the family scream out loud at Canada’s Wonderland. Your family will get the best out of their day by exploring the park, and only your MasterCard gets you these thrills and adventures at a whopping $23 off the price of admission. (Hurry! These vouchers sell out quickly! Within hours of letting my Twitter followers know about this Priceless Toronto discount, they were sold out. But, good news! The site has been replenished and there are more available now.) We rounded out our priceless weekend soaring through the air on thrill rides.  (more…)


Second Cup Offers a Delicious Blast of Cool!

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 for more details.  (more…)


What’s in YOUR Minute Maid Lights Mocktail?

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…)


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

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

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


Sometimes, It’s ALL About the #TINYWIN

Taking the stairs at work. Parking farther away from the mall entrance. Dancing around the kitchen while making dinner. Sounds like a great idea!

Drinking eight glasses of water per day. Swapping fried potatoes for baked potatoes. Surviving on one less cup of coffee every morning. That’s doable, no?

A small change which can lead to HUGE lifestyle rewards. That is the #TINYWIN.

We believe every step in the right direction deserves a celebration! Because, let’s face it, life is short, but days can be long. Faced with the stresses of balancing work, family, social obligations and more, it’s not always easy to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle. But when you pause, take a deep breath, and give yourself a pat on the back for your #TINYWIN, you’re well on the way to making a positive life change.

Need a little inspiration to get you started? Join us for the @KraftCanada Crystal Light #TINYWIN Twitter Party on Thursday, July 24th at 8:00pm ET. We’ll share our best tips for living an active, healthy lifestyle, and how you can make small (er… tiny!) changes every day to keep you positive, motivated, and most importantly, feeling your best.

CrystalLight-TwitterPartyE-viteTo thank you for joining the conversation, we’ll have some amazing prizes up for grabs! So, think of your own #TINYWIN strategy, and get ready to share. Cheers to a healthier you! (Click here for official Twitter Party Rules.)

For your chance to win, RSVP below. Looking forward to partying with you!  (more…)


We’re Celebrating #HotDogDay with a Twitter Party!

Wednesday, July 23rd is officially Hot Dog Day in Canada! Yes, apparently every dog has its day.

When I was a wee one, “Hot Dog Day” meant a school lunch consisting of a boiled hot dog, a small bag of chips and overly sweet lemonade. Oh, how I adored Hot Dog Day! It allowed me the chance to have lunch at school with my friends, and savour three delicious foods at the same time. I can distinctly remember eating my hot dog s-l-o-w-l-y to relish every bite; popping the end in my mouth with a self-satisfied grin. At the time, ketchup was my topping of choice – but I’ve since evolved to include more inspired toppings such as smoked cheddar, salsa and even coleslaw.

(Extremely frustrating? I live with three boys who prefer NO condiments on their hot dogs. None! Zilch! Nada! Isn’t that like food blasphemy? Or are Maple Leaf Hot Dogs so good that no adornments are needed? Regardless, I’m still on team #ketchupmustardrelish.)

Now who doesn’t enjoy a good hot dog? Whether at a birthday party, ball park or in your own backyard, they’re one of the best handheld foods that the whole family loves. And today, the choices are endless! Maple Leaf Natural Selections, Angus Beef, Less Salt and more – there’s a hot dog to suit every taste and lifestyle. Pair them up with fresh Dempsters Hot Dog Buns, and you’re in flavourtown!

Hot Dog DayOf course, the best way to celebrate #HotDogDay is with a Twitter Party! Join @MapleLeafFoods as we pay tribute to the mighty hot dog. We’re starting the celebration one day early with a #HotDogDay Twitter Party on Tuesday, July 22nd from 8-9pm ET. There’ll be lots of yummy conversation and amazing prizes as always!

For your chance to win, RSVP below. Looking forward to partying with you!  (more…)


Celebrating 30 Summers Days with Staples Canada

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

At the beginning of June, I accepted the #30SummerDays photo challenge, sponsored by @StaplesCanada.

For the last month, I’ve posted themed photos that showcase my love for the season. And while y’all may have looked at my Instagram stream, thinking, “cute pictures!” – I actually have a little secret: I took them all with a handy little camera from Staples Canada!

30SummerDays4Staples Canada is the place to find Wifi-enabled cameras from Canon and Nikon, which allow you to upload your pictures and movies on-the-go. A social sharer’s dream! And, they just happen to have the BEST prices on some of the hottest cameras – like the Nikon COOLPIX S9600 Digital Camera, which features built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet.

30SummerDays3The 30 days flew by! I mean – newsflash – it’s the first of July today! And, if there’s one thing I learned from the photo challenge, it’s the importance of documenting life’s moments (big and small). Now would be the perfect time to pick up a Wifi-enabled camera from Staples Canada, to start cataloging your own memories.  (more…)


#ArmYourself Ladies! It’s a Bliss Spa Twitter Party!

We’re just a few days away from the official start of summer! You know what that means… drinks on the patio, freezies and fresh fruit, and… tank tops! Take a peek under that heavy clothing… are you putting your best arm forward?

Introducing Bliss Spa products, available exclusively at Sephora and at in Canada! Who says serious skincare has to be so, well, serious? Not the brains behind Bliss: Though their cult-favorite products pack seriously effective ingredients, Bliss’ cheeky names never fail to make you smile (FatGirlSlim, anyone?). Each blackhead-busting, cellulite-ridding, skin-smoothing treatment is created for the needs of actual Bliss Spa-goers. And even better, every Bliss tube, tub, bottle, and bar is injected with the same signature blend of humor, science, luxury, and ease that the Bliss spas are famous for—leaving you looking and feeling like you’re in a constant state of Bliss.

And now, we’re pleased to share with you the NEW FatGirlSlim Arm Candy.

What it is: An arm-perfecting cream to reduce redness while providing a firmer, smoother, and more toned appearance.

What it is formulated to do: Formulated with a complex of lactic acid, caffeine, white sapphire, and moisture beads, this powerful Arm Candy provides optimal results and beautiful, flaunt-worthy arms. It’s the only arm-perfecting cream, complete with a massaging applicator, proven to clinically reduce redness, firm, smooth, and create a more even skintone.

What else you need to know: This is not a weight or fat loss product. As part of your body-bettering routine, use in conjunction with regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular vigorous massage, and the rest of the Bliss fatgirlslim regimen.

Based on a clinical study of healthy females from 22 to 45 years of age after 4 weeks of use:
- 96% said arms felt soft
- 90% said arms felt smoother
- 80% said skin feels smoother
- 93% said it was easy to use

Want to learn more about it? And… want a chance to WIN ONE OF SEVEN Bliss Spa Gift Baskets, valued at over $250 each? Join the #ArmYourself Twitter Party – Thursday, June 19th at 1pm EST!

Twitter Party Invite - Bliss Rev5 (1)RSVP now for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Thursday night!  (more…)


AIR MILES Cash = Instant Gratification

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only. 

Chances are, you participate in at least one rewards program you don’t quite understand.

How many reward miles  equal a dollar? How are rewards applied? How do I earn reward miles? And most importantly… how the heck can I redeem them?

It can be *slightly* tricky, especially when you have to convert reward miles into dollars. Now for those saving up for a dream vacation, I suppose the learning curve is well worth it. But what if you’re an “in-the-moment” kind of person who wants instant gratification? That is, what if you want to simply earn, spend, and repeat? If this sounds like you – rejoice! AIR MILES Cash is right up your alley.


And now, there’s a NEW way to redeem with AIR MILES Cash! Not only can you redeem instantly in-store at participating Sponsors, but you can also redeem online, giving you even more flexibility and the chance to choose how your AIR MILES reward miles are redeemed.

(I’m an online shopaholic and I approve this redemption feature.)

The new AIR MILES Cash eVoucher feature makes it easy to take cash off everyday purchases like movie tickets, groceries, apps and music, cab rides or even your daily latte fix, thanks to a variety of popular participating partners. Here’s what you need to know:

1) First, sign up for AIR MILES Cash at and set a balance preference. Any reward miles earned going forward will be deposited in your AIR MILES Cash and/or Dream balances related to the preference you have set. For example, 100% Cash, 100% Dream, or a preference in between!

2) You must have at least 95 reward miles in your AIR MILES Cash balance in order to redeem. Ninety-five (95) reward miles from an AIR MILES Cash balance can be redeemed online for $10 or more worth of value at participating Reward Partners, or you can redeem right in-store at participating partners for cash off your bill. For example, if you have 960 miles in your AIR MILES Cash balance, you can redeem for eVouchers up to $100 in value (950 reward miles = $100 in eVoucher value). What did I tell you? Instant gratification.

3) You can redeem up to a maximum $750 value in eVouchers per day, across all eVoucher partners.  (more…)


Baby’s First Summer: #DisneyBabyCA Twitter Party!

Often, when I look at my boys with fondness and wonder, I ask myself, “HOW are they 4 and 6??” It seems like just yesterday that they were experiencing their very first summer. Walks down to the lake in the stroller; testing the texture of grass, peeking out from a cool sunhat and even cooler shades. (I think my ovaries twinged for a moment. Hmm… nope. False alarm.)

Baby’s first experiences are major milestones every mother loves to share (and re-live!). To make sure this summer’s moments are magical, we’re getting together for a #DisneyBabyCA Twitter Party! Join us on Monday, June 16th at 9pm ET where we’ll share our best tips and advice for upcoming summer travel, ways to enjoy the outdoors with baby, keeping sun safety at top of mind or simply what to pack if you’re heading to the park. In short, we want you to get outside – with baby in tow!

Disney Baby GraphicSo what’s in it for you besides fabulous conversation? Oh, just OVER $700.00 in Disney Baby prize packs! That’s right – if you’ve got a little one under two, or know someone who does, you won’t want to miss the party!

RSVP now for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Monday night!  (more…)


Delissio Vintage Pizzeria: Official Pizza of Pizza Night

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

It’s no secret. We go through a lot of frozen pizza chez Lena. And can you blame me? I’ve got two boys (and a husband) with hollow legs, limited time to put together snacks fulfilling enough to keep their hunger at bay, and a swanky new pizza maker that cuts down on baking time.

In fact, you could say we’re frozen pizza connoisseurs. 

We know what we like. A thin, crispy crust; rich, flavourful tomato sauce; crisp and tasty toppings. And to top it all off, the perfect ratio of bread:cheese. I thought I had zeroed in on the boys’ favourites, allowing them to indulge on a regular basis, until we discovered Delissio’s NEW Vintage Pizzeria.

Delissio’s NEW Vintage Pizzeria is the official pizza of #PizzaNight! This new great-tasting line is inspired by the traditions of authentic pizzerias with the crust drizzled with olive oil and free of artificial flavours. The four Delissio’s Vintage Pizzeria varieties (Pepperoni, 4 Cheese, 3 Meat and Deluxe) will satisfy the entire family.

DelissioWE LOVE IT. It’s everything we look for a pizza, and more! Super deliciousness packed into every bite. Now normally, I’m not a crust person – tossing them to Ryder to finish off. But Vintage Pizzeria are infused with the fruitiest of olive oils, making them soft, scrumptious and incredibly flavourful. THIS is the frozen pizza we’ve been waiting for!

Want to make Delissio’s NEW Vintage Pizzeria the official pizza of YOUR #PizzaNight? Enter to win a Pizza Night Prize Pack, which includes coupons for Delissio pizza as well as a pizza cutter, pizza pan, napkins and a great board game – everything you need to have a fun pizza night with the entire family! (Total value$100.)  (more…)


Change. Your Life. With Bacon. This Bacon.

Yes folks, it’s that time again. It’s time to #ChangeYourLifeWithBacon.

Remember the iconic commercials from a year ago? Lucky mom! With the help of Ready Crisp Bacon from Maple Leaf Foods, she had her family at her beck and call. Light bulbs were changed, dishes were washed, tables were set. In short, Bacon = Power.

Well, the family is back! This year, the power of bacon is taken to a whole new level with a science fair project:

Now if you’ve watched the video and are looking for a little “Baconspiration” (I am trademarking that word, BTW) be sure to visit Appehtite, where you’ll find a wealth of recipes where bacon is the star attraction. Roasted Potato Leek Soup With Bacon, Bacon Mac and Cheese or Bacon Quiche anyone? You can find all these recipes – and more – at Canada’s Kitchen.

Still wanting more? We aim to please! Join us for a YUM-MAZING #ChangeYourLifeWithBacon Twitter Party with @MapleLeafFoods on Wednesday, June 11th at 8:00pm ET!

TwitterParty-1Now, you want to talk about prizes? Okay, let’s talk about prizes. How about FIVE winners of Bacon for a YEAR (52 coupons)! And if that wasn’t enough to make you drop everything, we’ll also be giving away #BonusBacon to any partiers who catch our eye with tweets, whether they be funny, creative or show ultimate Bacon Love. And, we *may* have yet another special surprise up our sleeves, but you’ll just have to join us to find out!

RSVP now for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Wednesday night! (more…)


Travel in Style: Pack N’ Go with Heys!

Note: The following giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only.

It’s Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. So, if you’re tired and cranky after a 12-hour flight, and your cell phone is dead and your ears are popping, and you can’t remember how much you purchased abroad so you “guesstimated” on the customs declaration form… then of course your suitcase will be searched.

And, as you stroll towards the dreaded room reserved for security checks, there is only ONE thing on your mind… What does my packed suitcase look like?

Because the only thing worse than a customs agent discovering that Michael Kors hobo handbag you totally forgot to declare (and rip the tags off – amateur mistake there) is the realization that in about 2 minutes, he’ll be rifling through a cornucopia of dirty laundry, grungy ballet flats, various forms of birth control and a large bottle of Vodka. (NOT that this has happened to me.)

So what can you do to avoid this dreaded encounter? Well, practically nothing – cause if you’re gonna get searched, you’re gonna get searched. But you can avoid the panic over a less-than-pristine suitcase: just travel in style with Heys Pack N’ Go Travel Bags.

Heys Pack N GoGreat for any trip, Pack N’ Go Travel bags help you save space and keep you stylishly organized.

Available in three colours to suit every fancy, the travel bags are attractively priced at under $20 a piece. Mix and match or buy more than one bag depending on your own packing style and needs. But most importantly, keep your suitcase organized – and prevent your dirty socks from wrapping themselves around your curling iron :)

Now it’s no secret that I’m an organizing junkie when it comes to family travel, preferring to make elaborate lists, printing off much more paperwork than needed, and triple checking everything I’ve packed (so we don’t repeat The Case of the Missing Sunscreen).

In fact, I’m pretty sure a trip to Walt Disney World once necessitated a Venn Diagram.

Hence, you can probably guess the reasons behind my instant attraction to Heys Pack N’ Go Travel Bags.

Pack N’ Go – Clothes Packing Cube: The Pack N’ Go Clothes Packing Cube comes with unique features that help maximize space and make packing fun. Available in three colours, this packing cube is fully lined with a washable material, has an exterior pocket, and is a lightweight solution to organizing clothing on the go. Price: $14.99

Pack N’ Go – Compressible Laundry Bag: The Pack N’ Go Compressible Laundry Bag comes with unique features that help maximize space and make packing fun. This compact pouch turns inside-out into a large drawstring bag to store your laundry. Price: $9.97

Pack N’ Go – Compressible Sandals Bag: The Pack N’ Go Compressible Sandals Bag comes with unique features that help maximize space and make packing fun. This compact pouch turns inside-out into a large drawstring bag to store your footwear. Price: $9.97

Pack N’ Go – Shoe Bag: The Pack N’ Go Shoe Bag comes with unique features that help maximize space and make packing fun. This packing cube is fully lined with a washable material, has an exterior pocket, and keeps your shoes separate from the rest of your belongings. Price: $12.99

Pack N’ Go – Toiletry Bag: The Pack N’ Go Toiletry Bag comes with unique features that help maximize space and make packing fun. This compact bag features several compartments and pockets to hold all your toiletry essentials, and a hanging hook to keep your counter space clear. Price: $19.99  (more…)


Long. Live. PIE! A McCain Twitter Party

Years ago, it was quite easy to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Child: What’s for dessert?
Parent: Chocolate, Ice Cream, or Pie.
Child: I’ll have one of each.
Parent: I didn’t hear the magic word?

Ah, the simple life. When desserts were satisfying dollops of creamy goodness – not the strange, deconstructed variety they are today. (I’m looking at you artisanal doughnut. Or marzipan gelato. Or dragon fruit panna cotta.)

Friends, it’s time to rage against the pretentious dessert. Repeat after me: Long Live Pie! Let’s celebrate the classic and delicious taste of McCain Deep ‘n Delicious Cream Pie, made with real dairy and available in three yummy flavours (Cookies & Cream, Double Chocolate, Coconut and Cream).

Now THAT is what I call sink-your-teeth-into goodness: a chocolate lover’s dream with a graham cookie crust and indulgent chocolate filling, whipped cocoa topping and chocolate shavings. Just thaw and enjoy a slice of chocolate heaven!

Love what you see? Join us for the #LongLivePie Twitter Party - Tuesday June 10th at 8pm ET! We’ll be chatting about McCain’s scrumptious desserts, your favourite times to indulge, and of course, we’ll have YUM-MA-ZING prizes up for grabs: Free McCain Deep ‘n Delicious Cream Pie for a year (!) and over $1,000 in Visa Gift Cards!

McCain_LongLivePie_TW_Invite>> RSVP HERE << for a chance to win, and mark your calendar – we’ll see you on Tuesday night!

And, don’t forget to enter McCain’s #LongLivePie Giveaway, where they’re giving away a year’s worth of Deep ‘n Delicious Cream Pie, and entry is as easy as…pie!

So… Cookies & Cream, Double Chocolate or Coconut and Cream… which pie gets your vote?  


WIN a Ste. Anne’s Culinary Retreat (Value $1,100!)

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Okay, so by now, I know you may be a *little* envious of my recent Culinary Retreat to Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, ON. And trust me, I understand! Voted Canada’s Favourite Spa 2006 – 2013 (Spafinder Readers), the destination spa boasts an invigorating, Old World atmosphere, exceptional spa services and tantalizing menus.

Springtime-at-Ste.-Annes-Spa_thumbMy husband and I celebrated my birthday weekend with two glorious days of serenity, pampering, and most importantly, sumptuous gastronomic delights prepared by Ste. Anne’s talented culinary team. And to top it all off – a private lesson with Pastry Chef Khushroo, the world-renowned chocolatier and confectionery genius. If you happened to miss my posts, you can always check them out here:

Thirty-Six Reasons to Go on a Culinary Adventure
Recipe: Ste. Anne’s Almond Cookies
Gastropost: Ste. Anne’s Spa Dining Room Menu
Ste. Anne’s Spa: The Art of Chocolate

Well, the time has come to stop teasing you and offer up something BIG – you too can experience a Culinary Retreat at Ste. Anne’s! That’s right – one lucky reader will win a Culinary Retreat for Two at Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, ON!

Included in the prize:

Overnight accommodations for two (2) in a beautiful deluxe room at The Main Inn (midweek stay; Mon-Thur)
A 3-hour culinary class (offered at dinner time) at their new culinary facility at Maison Santé
A 30-minute demonstration at Ste. Anne’s Bakery, which specializes in freshly prepared, gluten-free baked goods
$120 in spa allowance for each guest; you may choose from Ste. Anne’s full range of spa treatments
Breakfast for two, a 3-course lunch for two, and afternoon tea for two (see menus here)

For a total value of $1,100! Please note that transportation to/from the spa is not included in this prize, so whether you live near or far, you’ll have to find your own ride. Ste. Anne’s Spa is conveniently located just one hour east of Toronto. Trust me folks, this is a destination spa – worth the visit!

To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck all!  (more…)


#FamilyTravelCA: Let’s Talk Vacation Photography!

This month, me and my girls @ChildMode, @FeistyFrugal and @SassyModernMom are welcoming four NEW moderators just in time to chat about vacation photography. Please welcome @Candace_DX, @Kidsumers, @MommyGearest and @RossanaWyatt to the #FamilyTravelCA family!

FamilyTravelCAJoin us on Tuesday, May 27th at 9pm EST. We’ll tweet up a storm with suggestions and tips on how to capture the best memories by honing your vacation photography skills.

2-WifiBut hey, a chat wouldn’t be nearly as fun without prizes! This month, please say thank you to Nikon Canada – they’re our official prizing sponsor and have provided AH-MA-ZING prizes: two coveted Nikon COOLPIX cameras, which are perfect for toting along on your family travel adventures.

Nikon is perhaps most well known for its reputation as a world leader in imaging products, and its technologies continue to play a significant role in defining the photographic industry. Nikon’s COOLPIX cameras are helping reshape how people take pictures and share them with others. By integrating sophisticated automatic features, Nikon’s COOLPIX cameras are making digital photography more accessible to consumers and enabling anyone to take stunning pictures.

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


Only At Shoppers! A Fun Summer Giveaway

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

This summer, do you want to live healthier, feel rejuvenated, look beautiful and be organized? Great news – I’ve got the perfect online resource for you.

11_Home_SDM_ENG_woIntroducing This Summer Only at Shoppers. Here, you can find unique lifestyle content related to summer health, beauty and convenience products. There are blog articles, quizzes, polls, videos, coupons and more!

Love this article on Short Hair Styling Tips, especially this trick: “A flat paddle brush is necessary for creating a sleek, chic look. When used in conjunction with a hair dryer it cuts blow-drying time in half, thanks to its wide bristle spacing. It helps to enhance natural lustre, detangle and add structure and bounce back into each strand.” YES! Whenever I decide to lob off my hair, the first thing I invest in is a quality paddle brush.

Only At ShoppersPop on over to This Summer Only at Shoppers and find your favourite article, tip or trick. Then, enter this fabulous giveaway!

One lucky reader will win a “This Summer Only at Shoppers” beauty prize pack valued at $130.00! Included:

Balea Legs and body ready-to-use Wax Strips with Argan Oil
Balea Legs and body ready-to-use Wax Strips for Short Hair
Life Brand Intense 1 Hour Whitening System
Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream
Balea Dark Spot Overnight Peel
Balea Cleansing Oil
Life Brand Clear Action Body Wash Pink Grapefruit
Life Brand Spray Gel with Instant Bronze Tint SPF30
Balea Exfoliating Facial Wipes

You’ll be summer-ready in no time!

Simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Special thanks to Shoppers Drug Mart for sponsoring this amazing giveaway, and good luck everybody! And now, I’m off to peruse the “Feel Rejuvenated” section.  (more…)


SmarTrike 4-in-1 Chic Tricycle Giveaway

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

The sun is shining… the weather is warm… sounds like it’s time for a feel good spring giveaway! From the good folks at SmarTrike, introducing the SmarTrike 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic Tricycle.

Chic_new gridThe 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic tricycle is SmarTrike’s premium tricycle offering both parent and child the ultimate outdoor experience. Equipped with SmarTrike’s patented Touch Steering technology, the Chic enables parents to steer the trike just like a stroller, directing it easily in any direction with the lightest touch of the parent handle. Its red navigator button allows for easy transition from parent steering control to child steering control. Its 4-in-1 capability allows the trike to grow with your child featuring 4 stages for children from the age of 10 months up to 3 years old.  (more…)


Join Us for a #BananaBoatCA Twitter Party!

It had been a somewhat fruitless effort for the last few weeks. Upon checking The Weather Network every morning, I was confronted with the same old, same old – gusty wind chills, rainy days, decidedly unspring-like weather.

And then, folks – it happened. A promise of temperatures in the high teens and low 20′s for most of Canada by the end of the week. Could it be? Could the weather have finally caught up to the calendar?

(If you’re rubbing your hands together in glee, you’re not the only one!)

Now not to jinx it, but I’m simply too happy to not shout it from the roof tops – we are this close to patio weather! Woot! And when I think of summer, of course I think of Banana Boat sun protection. From Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotions, which are formulated with active ingredients sourced from 100% natural minerals, to NEW Sport Performance CoolZone Sunscreen Lotions, which instantly cool and refresh while protecting your skin, enjoying time outdoors has never been so much fun.

Want to revel in the warm weather, dish on your plans this summer and learn about enjoying safe sun, straight from the experts at Banana Boat? Join us for the #BananaBoatCA Twitter Party!

Banana Boat GraphicIn addition to a fun outdoors-themed chat, we’ll also have some AH-MAZING prizes up for grabs - 8 (eight) Banana Boat Summer Essentials Kits (approx. $60 each)! If you’re not ready for the warm weather, you will be after our party – promise :)

But hold on – because I haven’t told your about our very special BONUS PRIZE! Courtesy from the good folks at Ste. Anne’s Spa - Canada’s favourite spa as voted by SpaFinder Wellness Readers’ Choice – one lucky partier will win a 2-night stay for two at Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, ON, a whopping $2050 value!  (more…)


Shaw Go: Three NEW Disney Apps! #Giveaway

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Are you a Shaw Cable or Shaw Direct subscriber? Do you have a Disney fanatic (or two, or three) in your home? Then listen up – because this one’s for you!

Shaw Go kids apps Shaw Communications Inc. recently announced the release of three additional Shaw Go kids apps exclusively available to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct subscribers. Designed with kids in mind, these new apps will provide kids and parents alike with access to popular children’s shows including, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Austin & Ally and Mighty Med. Shaw Go Family, Shaw Go Disney XD and Shaw Go Disney Junior are available for download now on iOS and Android devices.

We all experience those times when a “patented kid distraction” is called for. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a snack, or a colouring book, and more often than not – with our little technical geniuses – it means we have to whip out a tablet or phone and cue up some on-demand entertainment. My boys are the perfect candidates for Shaw Go Disney Junior, which allows kids to watch their favourite shows from the Disney Junior network. It utilizes a character-driven carousel and easy-to-navigate display perfect for children ages 2-7. (Then again, my boys can figure out practically any electronic gadget, so the navigation is actually child’s play.)

To keep things moving along and the kiddos happily entertained, the Shaw Go Disney Junior app uses adaptive streaming, an innovative technique that ensures the quality of video is commensurate with the strength of your Internet signal. This way, even those using devices with weak signals are able to enjoy the content. Meltdown averted!  (more…)