Recognizing Our Biggest Champions: #ThankYouMom

June 19, 2015

Shaping, molding and nurturing one of our most important resources – our children – is no small feat, and is one that requires patience, perseverance and passion. Through countless hours, Canadian mothers play many different roles, whether it’s bringing a forgotten lunch to school, or cheering on a dedicated athlete at her track meet.

Sometimes, that athlete grows up and becomes an Olympian.

Meet Brianne Theisen-Eaton, an Olympian from London 2012. She holds the Canadian record for the indoor pentathlon with a score of 4768 points, and competes in the heptathlon and women’s pentathlon.

And meet Kim Theisen, her mom. “I did my best to be there for Brianne so that she could dedicate herself to the sport she loved. I relied on quality products for my family and taught Brianne to do the same.”

P&G’s #ThankYouMom campaign is about giving athletes an opportunity to thank their biggest champions – their moms. As a proud sponsor of moms, P&G products are used and trusted by moms every day so moms can focus on supporting their children.

This year, P&G has partnered with Athletics Canada to provide members of their team competing at the upcoming Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto and their moms an assortment of P&G products from brands like Tide, Bounty, Pantene and Gillette.

To learn more, please join us for the #ThankYouMom Twitter Chat on Monday, June 22 at 8pm EDT.
ThankYouMom Graphic v6We’ll be joined by very special guest Brianne Theisen-Eaton (@btheiseneaton), who’ll share her own experiences and examples of her mom’s support and selflessness throughout the years.

“I was honoured when P&G approached me to become involved in the Thank You Mom program,” says Theisen-Eaton. “This program gives me a chance to shine the spotlight on my mom – one of my biggest champions.”  (more…)

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Hello Summer! #LetsDoPicnic with Maple Leaf Foods!

June 18, 2015

It’s the Twitter Party you’ve been waiting for! Join all your favourite brands – @MapleLeafFoods, @PepsiCanada, @LaysCanada, @TostitosCanada and @WonderBreadCA for the #LetsDoPicnic Twitter Party on Wednesday, June 24th at 8pm EDT!#LetsDoPicnic Twitter Party Image aLove summer? So do we! Have questions about scrumptious picnic food? We have drool-worthy answers. Our special guest Chef Andrea Nicholson (@Andrea_n) will be serving up suggestions you won’t want to miss.

And OF COURSE we have prizes to give away – 10 coolers with all the picnic essentials (Pop, Chips, T-Shirts, Hats, Picnic Umbrellas, Coupons and Gift Cards) – each worth over $100! RSVP below for a chance to win and we’ll see you on Wednesday night.  (more…)

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Need a Moment? Don’t Worry, Fisher-Price has you Covered.

June 4, 2015

Oh, those Fisher-Price Mommy Moments.

From the moment your baby cries for the very first time… to the moment he takes his first step. And, every little thing in between. These are the moments we’ll always remember; the ones we’ll come back to again and again, reliving them as if they were happening before our very eyes. Those smiles. Those giggles. Those perfect memories, frozen in time.

And sometimes, the moments are as simple as sneaking in a shower, a second cup of coffee, or a long overdue phone call to a friend.

Need a moment? Don’t worry, Fisher-Price has you covered.
FPMommyMoments Graphic v2Fisher-Price, the world’s most trusted brand in toys, is there to support today’s parents with toys that are geared to each and every stage of your child’s growth, including all those milestone moments. Their wide range of innovative baby gear and fun and engaging toys are all designed to help today’s busy mom make the most of her time together with baby.

Today, I’d like to invite you to follow along as we share our #FPMommyMoments at our Twitter Party on Thursday, June 11th at 8pm EDT. Simply follow @thesocialcommon and @Listen2Lena and share your moment by answering the questions, remembering to add the #FPMommyMoments hashtag. To thank you for joining us, we’ll be giving away eight (8) prizes of Fisher-Price’s most sought-after gear, including a GRAND PRIZE valued at $750!

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

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It’s Always a Good Time to #StartSaving!

May 20, 2015

On the surface, I look like a shopaholic. I overspend on handbags, constantly invest in depreciating assets (ahem, my new Lexus), and collect Disney Pixar Cars. (See that? I’ve stopped pretending they’re for my boys.) So, at first glance, you may shake your head and think, she’s bad with money.

Not true. In the 20 years I’ve had my Visa Card, I’ve never paid a cent of interest. I’ve maxed out my RRSPs for the last few years. And I have a hefty rainy day fund – my trusted Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). It’s like my best friend.

Wondering if a TFSA is right for you? I daresay it’s right for everyone! Unlike other types of savings, you’re not taxed on the income you earn. It’s a great way to save for your short or long-term goals, because it lets your savings grow – tax-free.

Want to learn more? Join the @TD_Canada #StartSaving Twitter Chat on Friday, May 22nd at 1:00pm EDT. Co-hosted by @LindaMacKay_TD, Senior Vice-President of Retail Savings and Investing at TD, we’ll take you through how easy it is to start saving. Whether you’re putting money aside for a down payment on a house, saving for a major purchase like a car or a vacation, building your rainy day fund or making sure you have enough for a comfortable retirement, a TFSA can help. Start Saving Graphic v2Of course, what would a chat be without prizes? To help you #StartSaving, we’ll be giving way $500 in cash prizes! I’m hoping it’s the perfect motivation for you to open, or transfer the money to, a TSFA. No RSVP required; see you on Friday afternoon!

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Are You #Nuts4Peanuts? Don’t Miss Our Twitter Chat!

May 13, 2015

It’s no secret: Canadians love peanuts! Did you know… the average Canadian consumes nearly three kilograms of peanuts and peanut butter per year, and 9 out of 10 Canadians report they have peanuts or peanut butter in their home?

(Waving both arms in the air over here.)

I totally get the peanut love, because when it comes to nutrition, the peanut packs a powerful punch. Just one serving (1 oz.) is chock full of protein, fibre, healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals recommended daily in Canada’s food guide. On top of that, recent research shows that eating peanuts in moderation can help to keep your heart healthy. They contain oleic acid, a heart-healthy source of unsaturated fat and are naturally 100% cholesterol-free.

Are you #Nuts4Peanuts? You won’t want to miss our Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 14th at 12:00pm EDT. We’ll celebrate the wide-“spread” love of peanuts and peanut butter, share recipes, nutritional tips and more!
PBC-Twitter-Chat-graphic (2)Have questions? We have answers! Dietitian and nutrition writer @SueMahRD will join the chat to share good eats, nutrition trends, and fascinating food facts. And of course we’ll have prizes – 5 grocery gift cards and a BONUS surprise!

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you tomorrow afternoon!  (more…)

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This Summer, Grab the Hottest Outdoor #LooksForLess!

May 9, 2015

It’s one of the biggest joys of the summer season in Canada.

PATIO LIVING!!!

And where can you find a wide breath of fun, colourful design accessories to brighten things up, and a fantastic selection of contemporary patio furniture – ALL at unbeatable prices?

Walmart Canada, of course! Next Thursday, join us for the @WalmartCanada #LooksforLess Twitter Party. We’ll showcase the hottest trends of the season, provide design and decor inspiration, and of course, give away a prize or two.

Okay, we’re giving away NINE amazing prizes – including THREE BONUS prizes! You’ll just have to attend to join the fun!
2015-Summer_Outdoor_Living_Icon_May 5Of course, we can’t give you decor advice without bringing in the experts! @LeighAnnAllaire – Cityline’s colour and design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and DIY doyenne – will be on our party to answer all your outdoor style questions. It’s a party you won’t want to miss! (Click here for Twitter Party rules.) (more…)

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Turn Laundry Time into Turbo Time

May 8, 2015

I just have one question for you: What could you be doing, if you weren’t doing laundry?

Good news – you just may have the chance to find out! Summer’s just around the corner, meaning more time outdoors and less time to worry about household chores that can often keep you locked inside. (Looking at you, laundry.)

Designed to address the issues moms (and dads!) most commonly face with their HE machines, HE Turbo Clean™ detergents save time, water and energy using proprietary, quick-dissolving Smart Suds™ technology that helps prevent HE Machines from running additional rinse cycles.

Translation: less time waiting for the laundry, and more time sipping lemonade on the patio.

Now, I’d love to share more details with you (and trust me, you’ll want to hear more!) so of course we’re throwing a Twitter Party! Join us for the #HETurbo Twitter Party on Monday, May 11th at 9:00pm EDT.
Tide BLOG_LRG_MY07Now, I know what you’re thinking… a laundry Twitter Party? What else have you got for me Lena? Oh, how about SEVEN (7) Tide HE Turbo Clean bundles and over $1500 in Visa Gift Cards? It’s true! In fact… the Grand Prize winner will walk away with a Tide HE Turbo Clean bundle and a $500 Visa Gift Card. Now THAT’s what I call cleaning up!

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

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Find #InsuranceThatFits!

May 1, 2015

It’s likely something you don’t often think about – yet something that crosses your mind, at least from time to time.

Home Insurance. 

Do you have adequate coverage? Have you considered your policy deductible? Do you know what your policy does NOT cover? If you’re scratching your head right now, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Truth is, home insurance is one of those things you know you should have… you’re just not sure what you do have. And, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all.

Let’s change that. Join us for the @TD_Insurance #InsuranceThatFits Twitter Chat on Monday, May 4th at 8pm EDT.
Invitation 1_v2 (2)We’ll have TD Insurance experts on hand to answer any questions you may have, and will be giving away Home Depot Gift Cards to inspire you to renovate or redecorate!

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Celebrate Your #AvoLove with an #AvoMexico Twitter Fiesta!

April 30, 2015

They just might be the world’s most perfect superfood.

I’m talking about Avocados from Mexico, of course! Fresh, delicious, authentic, and available year-round, avocados contain nearly essential 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds like 81 micrograms lutein and zeaxanthin, which research suggests may help maintain eye health as we age. And, more than 75 percent of the fat in avocados is considered “good” fat, with 3g coming from monounsaturated fat and 0.5g from polyunsaturated fat (per 1-ounce serving). Not only that, but avocados are also completely free of cholesterol and sodium.

But the most compelling reason to love Avocados from Mexico? GUAC.

At my house, it’s Guac O’Clock all the time! Guacamole with tortilla chips. Guacamole with veggies. Guacamole as a sandwich spread. Guac all the things!

And what better time to celebrate my favourite dip than Cinco de Mayo – that’s right, it’s time for a Twitter Fiesta!
AvosMexicoCA Twitter Party Graphic v2Join us on Tuesday, May 5th at Noon EDT for an authentic Cinco de Mayo party. We’ll share the most sought-after recipes, discuss party ideas and inspiration, and of course, introduce you to Avocados from Mexico (@AvosMexicoCA)! And, to thank you for joining us, we’ll have a few prizes that will allow you to indulge in your #AvoLove.

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Tuesday afternoon!  (more…)

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More Saving. More Doing… with Our Gardening Guru!

April 29, 2015

If you weren’t born with a green thumb, you’re probably not alone.

Each year, thousands of gardening enthusiasts flock to The Home Depot Canada for advice, inspiration, and of course, the highest quality products for a sprawling, luxury landscape.

Or, you know, a herb garden – which is what I’m attempting this year. Don’t judge! Small steps!

And if you’re like me, an hour with an expert – who’s at my disposal to answer questions, dispel myths and provide encouragement – is pretty invaluable. Good news! The Home Depot Canada is making this a reality.

Join @HomeDepotCanada on Wednesday May 6, 2015 at 8pm ET for the #ScottsSimpleSteps Twitter Party with renowned TV celebrity @FrankFerragine! As a talented gardening guru, he’s here to answer your questions – and we’d love for you to chat with us during this party on tips and tricks for bringing your lawn and garden to life this spring. Whether you’re interested in hearing about the latest trends in outdoor planting, or the simple steps to growing a better, greener lawn with Scotts products, we’ll be covering it all!
THD_FB_SpringTwitterParty-V11_invite (2)By participating, you’ll have a chance to win one of eight (8) gift cards for The Home Depot, with a grand prize worth $1,000! See official rules here.

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Blended… Drizzled… Layered… With Nutella!

April 29, 2015

Freddoccino made with Nutella. Banana Nut Muffin made with Nutella. Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich made with Nutella. Cheesecake made with Nutella. Bagel made with Nutella.

NUTELLA ALL THE THINGS!

Nutella is coming to Coffee Culture on Friday, May 1st! And when you combine Coffee Culture’s fresh, high quality foods and beverages with the “oh-my-gah-so-good” flavour of Nutella, you know you’re on to something good.

But why go on, when I can simply let a picture do all the talking?
Twitter Party (Nutella) April 2015 (2)(True story: I think that might be the most drool-worthy Twitter Party graphic I’ve ever laid eyes on. I’ll wait while you ogle a bit; I certainly don’t blame you!)

Love what you see? Join us for the #CoffeeCulture Twitter Party on Friday, May 1st at 12pm EDT. We’ll share the latest menu obsessions featuring Nutella, learn about your favourite indulgences, and of course, have some fabulous prizes up our sleeves!

BONUS: Attendees will be privy to a very special BOGO coupon… that’s all I’ll say for now! You’ll have to attend to get the scoop.

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Friday afternoon.  (more…)

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Investing in the Strength of Women and the Dreams of Girls

April 28, 2015

Did you know that half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16?

I’m proud to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation. They specialize in helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence – and are the only national foundation in Canada dedicated to giving women and girls a chance for a better life.

Why focus on women and girls?

Improving gender equality improves economic and social conditions for everyone.
Women and girls deserve a chance for a better life—free from violence, poverty, and stereotypes.
Women and girls face different kinds of economic and social challenges.
Helping women and girls is cost effective and creates very successful outcomes.

YOU can help. This May, raise hope for women who have experienced violence by purchasing specially marked Shop for Hope products at WINNERS and HomeSense stores.

Net proceeds from Shop for Hope product sales go directly to the Canadian Women’s Foundation Campaign to End Violence. Your contribution helps support over 445 women’s shelters and funds community violence prevention programs across Canada. This May, shop to make a difference in the lives of women and children – Shop for Hope!

Let’s start the discussion. Join us for the @cdnwomenfdn #raisehope Twitter Chat on Thursday, April 30th at 9:00pm EDT. We’ll celebrate women, share ways you can contribute, and of course, show off the latest Shop for Hope products (and give away six prize bundles, too!).
raisehope Graphic v2RSVP below for a chance to win, and see you on Thursday night.  (more…)

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Time to Celebrate! It’s a #housie Twitter Chat!

April 22, 2015

You’ve seen me share my #housie. You’ve been enticed to share your own with this amazing contest. And now, it’s time to celebrate homeowners with a #housie Twitter Chat!Housie GraphicJoin us on Thursday, April 23rd at 8pm EDT as we chat about buying a first home, design and decor, and of course, all the little things that make your space uniquely yours. And, since we love a good before/after, we’ll be giving away SIX (6) $100 Amazon.ca Gift Cards to help you spruce up your digs!

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

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You Asked… H&R Block Listened! Time for DIY x 2!

April 17, 2015

It’s less than two weeks away, friends… the deadline to file 2014 income taxes. Sure, you *could* curl up into the fetal position, denying the mountain of receipts and paperwork you need to tackle. Or you could suck it up, download H&R Block’s FREE Online Tax Software, and call it a day.

See? I said the good “f” word. FREE.

Now, chances are, if you’re still waiting to file, you may have some questions for the experts at H&R Block. And they are willing to assist! Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Download H&R Block’s FREE Online Tax Software.

Step 2: Prepare your tax return. With an easy interface, access to round-the-clock support and an accuracy guarantee, it just makes sense to give H&R Block’s Online Tax Software a go!

Step 3: Write down any questions you may have, and bring them to the #FileFreeOnline Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00pm EDT. An entire team of experts will be on the chat to offer last minute clarifications, answer your tax-related questions, and give you the final push you need to file your tax return!
FileFreeOnline GraphicTo thank you for joining us, of course we’ll have a ton of gift cards up for grabs – 5 x $100 Visa Gift Cards, and a GRAND PRIZE of a $250 Visa Gift Card! RSVP below for a chance to win, and see you on Wednesday night!  (more…)

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It’s Time for #RandomActsOfPizza!

April 16, 2015

It’s a FACT: Once you go Panago, you never go back.

“Say hello to the next era of great pizza. Hot, bubbly, delicious – a whole lot tastier plus a tad bit healthier. Everything fresh. Nothing fake. Even organic juices. Panago is everything you want. Nothin’ you don’t. All at affordable prices.” – Sincerely, Panago Pizza.

First, start with the perfect crust – and don’t expect a cheese-filled one, yuck! They’re not about gimmicks, just the best pizza dough ever. Whether it’s the chewy Original Hand-tossed, Italian Thin, or the healthier Multigrain – which comes in thick or thin, Panago Pizza’s crusts are a big part of what makes their pizzas so tasty.

Next, select a sauce. Sweet, savoury, light or exotic, they’ve got it! Sure, you could stick with the classics, like Italian tomato or pesto, but you can also indulge in chipotle cilantro, cheezy cheddar, coconut curry or butter chicken.

But what’s a pizza without brilliant cheese? Pick one or blend ‘em for that bohemian artisan feel. Choose from five different types of cheeses, each are perfect for any style of pizza or personal taste.

Hungry yet? You haven’t even selected your toppings!

Be adventurous. It’s time to put the finishing touches on your masterpiece. Often, I’ll stick with spicy pepperoni and sautéed mushrooms, but sometimes I like to walk on the wild side.  Capicollo, caramelized onions, wild pink shrimp  or fire-roasted tomatoes, anyone?

And now that you’re in the mood for a hot, fresh Panago Pizza, it’s time for #RandomActsOfPizza!
Panago Pizza GraphicJoin us on Monday night as we unite pizza lovers across Canada for a scrumptious foodie chat, showcasing some of the most drool-inducing creations from the experts at @Panago_Pizza. And, if you need further incentive to come, two words: FREE PIZZA. Three more words: LOTS OF IT. In addition to giving away FIVE (5) “With Our Compliments” gift cards valued at $45 each, a grand prize winner will walk away with a $100 gift card – and a free Pizza Sweater!! << Game changer there.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a #RandomActsOfPizza Party if we didn’t give away #RandomActsOfPizza!

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

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Protect Yourself! WIN a Fellowes Powershred 63cb Shredder

April 15, 2015

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

It’s annual. It’s unavoidable. And sometimes, it’s a pain in the behind. It’s tax season.

If you’ve already completed your 2014 income tax return, congratulations! Hopefully by now you’re enjoying your refund, or have paid the amount owing and put it out of your mind. And if you’ve yet to file your taxes… two weeks, friends! The deadline is in two weeks.

Of course, you may have a small reminder of tax season… papers, documents, receipts, invoices, agreements…. and what should you do with it all? If your gut reaction is simply to throw it in the trash, STOP! You may be putting yourself at risk for identity theft.

The answer? Shred, shred, shred.

I’m once again pleased to partner with Fellowes Canada, the global leader in paper shredder design and engineering, providing the highest quality personal and general office business shredders on the market. With their innovative “Jam Blocker” technology and Energy Savings System, they’ve earned a reputation as the “World’s Toughest Shredders”.

Now y’all know I love my Fellowes Powershred 63cb Cross-Cut Shredder; it’s a staple in my home office. Features:

– Jam Blocker blocks jams before they start
– SafeSense Technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening
– Energy Savings System provides optimal energy efficiency 100% of the time – in use and out of use
– Shreds 10 sheets per pass into 5/32”x 2” cross-cut particles (Security Level 3)
– Shreds for up to 8 minutes before a 20 minute cool down period
– One year product warranty and five year cutter warranty

I’ll never tire of saying this: every home needs a shredder. And Fellowes makes it easy and affordable to safely dispose of all your personal records, thereby reducing the chances of being a victim of identity theft. Every tax season, I put the shredder to the test with a whole year’s worth of statements and receipts. I’ve shredded old credit cards. I’ve shredded documents with staples and paper clips. I’ve even shredded CDs – yes, CDs!  (more…)

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How To Spring? We’ll Show You!

April 10, 2015

After a long – okay, extra long – cold, unforgiving winter, there are some things that *must* be done:

1) Ladies, whip out your razor. You know what to do with it.
2) Is it safe to take the winter tires off? Somehow, I am not confident we’re in the clear just yet.
3) The patio set and barbecue. Locate them, and keep them on standby.
4) Grab your favourite cleaning solutions and supplies. It’s time for a good spring cleaning!

Will you be partaking in a little scrub-and-shine fest this season? I’m pleased to report that my spring cleaning is underway, and this year, I can find everything I need to sponge, swab and scour from Walmart Canada. Like the Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer Trigger, which makes cleaning simpler, faster and easier. Or the super-versatile Vileda Easy Wring Spin Mop and Bucket; whether you need to wash wood, ceramic or vinyl floors, the Easy Wring System makes it a breeze.  As always, Walmart is your one stop shop for all your spring cleaning needs and household essentials.

Do you have spring cleaning tips or techniques you simply can’t keep to yourself? Join us at the @WalmartCanada #HowToSpring Twitter Party on Tuesday, April 14th at 8:00pm EDT!
HowtoSpring GraphicWe’ll share our best tips, tools and techniques for making your home summer-ready, and showcase the products to get you there. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Walmart Canada Twitter Party unless we had amazing prizes up for grabs – over $1000 in prizes! We’re giving away their most sought-after cleaning products and store gift cards – don’t miss it!

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Tuesday night. See official rules here.  (more…)

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Your Summer, Your Drink: Introducing the #Freddoccino

March 29, 2015

To some, this drink will need no introduction, while others may have heard of it for the first time from my post, “What’s Your Favourite Freddo?

It’s the Coffee Culture Freddoccino, of course! And if you’re lucky enough to have a Coffee Culture near you, you’ll know it’s a delicious, cold beverage made with rich espresso, ice-cream, all natural syrups and sauces, and topped with whipped cream. Could it get any better?

(Actually, it can: Freddoccinos are available in Caramel, Mocha, Oreo Crumble, or Coffee!)

So, think you need them in your life? You won’t want to miss the #Freddoccino Twitter Party, where we’ll chat coffee, your favourite ways to cool down, and more!
Twitter Party (Freddo) March 2015[4] (2)To thank you for participating, we’ll have a plethora of Coffee Culture gift cards to give away – including a grand prize valued at $100! RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Wednesday afternoon.  (more…)

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Celebrate Easter with #DanetteForEaster!

March 28, 2015

Ahh… holidays. The perfect time to get together with family, friends and loved ones, and simply indulge. Whether it’s soaking up attention from toddlers, reminiscing with friends about the good ol’ times, or savouring every last bite of a holiday meal, Easter is a time for celebration and enjoyment.

It’s also a time for dessert. Think outside the chocolate Easter Egg, folks!

Danette is perfect for Easter! Made with 75% Canadian milk, it has only 15 grams of sugar and comes in individual-sized containers that take the guesswork out of portion sizes. And, with a silky texture and six delicious flavours (including classics like Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Caramel, Choco-coconut, Vanilla and Coffee), there’s a Danette for everyone! Yum!

We want to hear your Easter – and Easter dessert – traditions! Join us for the #DanetteForEaster Twitter Party. where we’ll serve up a deliciously good time!
DanetteForEasterInvitation_V4 (2)Of course, we can’t chat Danette with you without giving you the chance to enjoy some! To thank you for participating, we’ll be giving away 6 coupon bundles – including Danetter for a YEAR for two winners! RSVP below and we’ll see you Monday.  (more…)

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Protect Yourself with #FellowesProtects

March 21, 2015

I’ve been a victim of identity theft. It can happen to you.

In my case, over $12,000 was charged to my account in just over six hours. I found out in the most inconvenient fashion; while exiting a parking garage after a rare romantic dinner with my husband, both our credit cards were declined at the checkpoint. Confused and frustrated – though lucky to have carried some cash that day – we arrived home to find two voice messages from VISA, asking us to call their fraud centre immediately.

Read about my ordeal here.
creditcardfraudSo, how can you protect yourself? From the Fellowes ID Theft Prevention Kit:

Shred, Shred, Shred! Invest in a good cross-cut shredder. Companies such as Fellowes make various models available at all price points. Shred all old bills, bank statements, credit card bills, receipts, personal documents and anything with your name or address on it.

Go paperless. Most companies (phone, cable, banks) offer customers the option to not have bills sent to their homes. This eliminates excess paper as well as lessens the chance someone else will pick up or intercept your mail.  (more…)

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