Looking out the window, I see that the neighbours are busy with putting up Hallowe'en decorations! A few houses around our neighbourhood have some too. It's that time of year!
If you're planning on hosting a Hallowe'en gathering you'll be wanting some Hallowe'en decorations for inside your house too! Maybe you like humourous, maybe a little spooky. Do you want something automated, or a holiday banner? In all cases, your local Hallmark store has you covered! The latest Hallmark Press Pause box has arrived - full of Hallowe'en goodies! What would you like to use to decorate your house?
Friday, October 24, 2014
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
First of all, in case you're not sure exactly what The Healthy Shopper is, let me fill you in. They simply help Canadians get natural and organic foods into their lives. Their focus is on healthy ingredients and their goal is to help families make simple changes in their homes to get rid of conventional products and replace them with natural ones. They do the research, ingredient-reading and carefully select their top picks every spring and fall. The Healthy Shopper is a fabulous resource for busy families.
So, let's take a peek at what The Healthy Shopper has chosen for fall 2014. There are some great ones that are definitely going to be staples in our pantry in the future! Their first choice for this fall is Olympic Dairy's new Chia yogurt! I've often heard about how healthy Chia seeds are - and even have some in my own pantry, but rarely find places to use them, so I was excited to try this new combination of Chia & yogurt from Olympic Dairy. Olympic Dairy has great ingredients to begin with (no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives), but the Chia, which is considered a super food, makes their yogurt even healthier! Did you know that Chia is the richest plant-source of healthy Omega 3 oil, important for heart and cholesterol health? Combine that with the pre- and probiotics that Olympic Dairy yogurt gives you and you've got a winning product!
Posted by Andrea at 7:49 AM
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Drizzlecorn! The name says it all as the popcorn is drizzled with amazingly delicious flavors to add a special twist to your popcorn snacks.
We tried the latest flavor of Drizzlecorn and immediately fell in love with it. Their latest type of Drizzlecorn is Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn...doesn't just hearing the name make your mouth water?! ;) Although it won't be a good fit for anyone with peanut allergies, it certainly fit well into our home...one taste and our kids were begging for more! Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it as well...and our first bag of Drizzlecorn disappeared VERY quickly!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Recently, I received some new products from Vichy's Idéalia collection. New BB Cream and Eyes were included, and I was intrigued to try them both.
This "wonder-cream" performs 6 actions on skin:
- evens the complexion
- smooths fine lines
- refines skin texture
It's marketed as "anti-grey" technology, which means that it reduces grey tones in the complexion and increases pink tones. It contains pink corrective mineral pigments to help with grey surface issues, and kombucha which reduces grey tone at every layer of the skin. Of course, it's formulated with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, which is rich in 15 rare minerals and helps fight irritation, inflammation, and skin discomfort.
I noticed how easy it was to apply and smooth in the cream. I like that it comes in 2 tints (light and medium) to suit your natural skin colour. And, I like that it will help make my skin look younger! :) My skin feels soft and smoother after I've used the cream.
Posted by Julie at 4:04 PM
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Monday, October 20, 2014
DK Canada has recently added some adorable Pull the Tab Books to their selection and one of them is on animals! The Pull the Tab Book, Animals has already been very much loved in our home! Our two year old daughter especially enjoys this book and it has made some great entertainment for her during "quiet times" such as church or in the van when we are traveling. The book has all kinds of animals to look at and they are shown with real-life photographs (no cartoons or drawings). I love that they get to see real images of moths, rabbits, pets and more! Of course, pulling the tab is great entertainment as well. Our kids love to 'find' the animals on each page as they pull the tabs.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The zBoard Storage cabinets were VERY simple and easy to put together. The instructions were clear, to the point and had helpful diagrams to help me along. It didn't take long and all the storage cubes were put together and ready to go...and I must say that I was even able to complete the job with 4 of my children present and wanting to help! By the time I was putting together the last one, my 8 year old son knew exactly what to do and was basically able to do it himself...that's proof of how simple these are to assemble. I love it!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
That said, even in their plain-jane version, I've been a fan of The Idiot's Guides for a long time! Recently though, things have changed! The Idiot's Guides have been re-imagined with new author, pages and pages of all-new, full color photography and images as well as with new topics! There's been a lot of new things going on with the Idiot's Guides and DK Canada wants to share these latest and greatest Idiot's Guides with you. They're doing this by running a special boutique just for the new Idiot's Guides books. They're available for 30% off right now, so you'll definitely want to head over and take a peek!
Most of us enjoy the thought of learning something new...however, when it comes right down to actually doing it, we often sluff off and just 'never get around to it!' Well, with the latest Idiot's Guides you really will have no excuse. They have step by step instructions...and picture by picture instructions! They've got images to help you see what they are talking about, and images to get your imagination and creative spirit working overtime. And the best part is, these photos are all in full-color!!
Posted by Andrea at 4:00 PM
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We've been a fan of Hasbro's Baby Alive dolls right from the time the first of our little girls came into our home. In fact, her first Christmas gift was a Baby Alive doll...and it has had a lot of 'mothering' over the past few years! Baby Alive has one extra special doll though that will give your "little Mother" some real practice. Baby Alive, My Baby All Gone is a one-of-a-kind doll that does almost everything that a real baby will do! Your children will be able to feed their baby (which includes mixing up 'food' in her bottle) and then after a good feeding, Baby All Gone will need her diaper changed! And this isn't just a pretend diaper change because 'pees' and 'poops' just like a real baby! In addition to this, the doll also have over 30 phrases that she can respond with. She's perfect for hugging, cuddling, and is the idea doll for a little mommy-want-to-be!
Monday, October 13, 2014
Blurb Goes Global! Exclusive 25% Off on Canadian and Australian Blurb Photo Books
It was only a matter of time before the easiest and most comprehensive way to publish photographic art made its way to other countries—Canada and Australia, you are the lucky ones! Blurb, the complete publishing platform, is making its global debut, and in the process they would like to celebrate with 25% off photo books for our Australian friends with code: AUSTRALIA25 and 25% off photo books for our Canadian friends with code: CANADA25. Photo books are the perfect unique, handmade gift for the holidays, and a wonderful way to start off a new publishing relationship with Blurb. Don't wait to get started on your first masterpiece today—these offers only last until October 31st!
Posted by Andrea at 8:44 PM
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Our universe truly is amazing and each planet is so unique. My personal favorite is Saturn...I love the beautiful rings that surround it. My son? He'd say Jupiter was his favorite! It's a lot of fun to read about and study the planets together as a family and we've learned a lot of really interesting facts.
Smithsonian Planets is a top-notch book that we recently added to our shelves. We are looking forward to diving into the 256 pages of information and images of the planets in our solar system. This book has all-new 3D models throughout it that uses data that's bee gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency...so you can be sure that it has the latest, up-to-date information and facts that we have. Smithsonian Planets also takes a good look at the sun as well has hundreds of moons and thousands of asteroids and comets. They've really 'taken care of everything' when it comes to helping us understand more about our solar system.
Posted by Andrea at 8:04 PM
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