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When the Lights Go Out…

February 26, 2015

… it’s not nearly as bad as when the toys go out. Trust me on this.

It was shortly after Ryder’s first birthday, which was incredibly almost six years ago (have you been following my blog for that long?). My husband and I, anticipating the influx of toys that would be bestowed upon him, stocked up on batteries just in case they were not included with the gift.

We thought we’d be incredibly clever and purchase the generic brand.

So, the toys rolled in as predicted, and Ryder wanted to get his hands on every single one right away. Since he was a single child and I had much more patience than I do now, I indulged him – ripping open the packages and setting up the robots, cars, playsets and more with the generic batteries we had purchased the day before.

Problem is, we underestimated how long a 1-year old could play with new toys. Hand on heart, the kid kept every single thing going at full blast for days on end… until seemingly en masse, all the toys gave out.

After about one week.
On a day which happened to be a national holiday.
So the stores were closed.
And we couldn’t purchase new batteries.

Can you picture the epic meltdown my toddler had? Because I still can.

We learned three very valuable lessons that day. First, set limits. There’s a difference between indulging and spoiling your kids. The boys now get to open one (maybe two) toys that they receive on special occasions, and the rest are set aside as rewards throughout the year. Second, always have extra batteries on hand, because you never know when you’ll need them. In this case, it was for toys – but it could have been for a flashlight, or another item for emergency use.

And most importantly? ALWAYS purchase quality, long-lasting batteries.

Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ is the world’s first battery made with 4% recycled batteries – and it also happens to be their longest lasting alkaline battery.
new-recycledEnergizer® EcoAdvanced™ creates less impact on the planet by requiring less mining of virgin material and reducing the amount of batteries consumers need to power their devices resulting in less waste. Translation: Enjoy performance for your most critical devices, while creating less impact on the planet.  (more…)

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I Saw, I KRAVED, I Purchased.

September 23, 2012

Last Thursday, you may have joined us for the very awesome SHOP.CA #KitchenKravings Twitter Party. We spent an hour chatting about all the kitchen gadgets and gizmos that we krave – and gave away some of SHOP.CA’s hottest small appliances!

As for me, I’ve long had my eye on the SodaStream Soda Makers. I love the idea of mixing carbonated water with juice or a squeeze of lemon at home – it allows me to a) control the amount of sugar, b) forgo expensive sparkling waters, and c) give the kiddos a “treat” from time to time – they think anything carbonated is “pop”.

The only thing holding me back? The cost. Having seen SodaStreams for $200+, I questioned if I wanted to spend that much money on a simple carbonating device. Call me cheap (which my husband frequently does), but when club soda is on sale, it’s less expensive to simply stock up with the same outcome, yes?

That is, of course, until I discovered the HUGE selection of SodaStream Makers at SHOP.CA – including this very affordable Jet Starter Kit. Take a looksee:

At just $99.99 plus FREE shipping, I allowed myself to be wooed into the home soda-making craze. (more…)

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Dreaming of a “Green” Collar Job?

September 9, 2012

Here’s one of those moments when I’m happy to share news on behalf of a great initiative. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area and have a keen interest in a) environmental protection and conservation, b) alternative and eco-friendly energy or c) hugging trees, this may interest you:

“Introducing the First Annual Green Jobs Forum. Green Living Enterprises is putting together a Green Jobs Forum to raise awareness about environmental career opportunities among youth. On September 17th, 2012, thousands of students, recent graduates and anyone looking for a career change will gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to learn all there is to know about jobs in the New Green Economy. The Green Jobs Forum is Canada’s first comprehensive, multi-sector platform for business leaders, visionaries and teachers to connect and exchange their knowledge with the next generation. The goal: To foster a greater understanding of real-life career opportunities and put youth in the position to seize them.”

Oh, and did I mention: Admission is FREE!

You all know I’ve recently committed to make small changes to do my part for the environment. On September 17th, you can be among people who’ve made a commitment to change the world. (more…)

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Are You Mowing Responsibly?

April 26, 2012

You’ve heard of driving responsibly – but do you MOW responsibly?

I’m sure there are many people who have not given a second thought to the type of lawnmower they use. New or old, as long as it gets the job done, right? In fact, over the years, I can remember hearing neighbours and friends alike declare with pride that their old dinosaur mower/trimmer/chainsaw is still working like a dream.

So why trade it in? Am I trying to make you spend money?

Not exactly. But consider this: just as cars release toxic pollution into the air, so does your lawn equipment, more so over time and with age. And since I’m fairly certain there will never be government-organized emissions testing for your lawn mowers, the responsibility really lies with YOU.

Here’s how you can help keep our air clean –

From Thursday, April 19th to Wednesday, May 2nd, visit your nearest Home Depot for the Mow Down Pollution event. Trade in your old gas-powered lawn and garden equipment for a cleaner alternative. You’ll receive up to a $100 instant rebate on the purchase of a more efficient mower, string trimmer, hedge trimmer or chainsaw and be assured that your old equipment is responsibly recycled.

Think no one cares about silly lawnmower emissions? You’re wrong. Since 2001, more than 54,000 lawnmowers, trimmers and chainsaws have been permanently retired and responsibly recycled across Canada, preventing the release of more than 2,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions. And since an inefficient two-stroke gas-powered lawnmower can emit as much pollution in one hour as driving a car more than 320 kilometers – almost the distance from Ottawa to Toronto – this initiative effects everybody.

(Did you know: Asthma, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, allergies, and many other health problems have been linked to smog and poor air quality. Click here to read more about the program, brought to you by Summerhill Impact.)

I admit ignorance on the make and model of our lawnmower, but since it was purchased less than four years ago, I’d like to think we made an eco-friendly choice. (Note to self: ask husband if we made an eco-friendly choice.) There are just a few days left to participate in the Mow Down Pollution event – tell me, will you be checking to see if your lawn equipment deserves a failing grade?

Click here to read FAQs for the Mow Down Pollution event.

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