Friday, October 17, 2014

Trick or Treat Greeter via @Hallmark_Canada #Giveaway

This Hallmark Canada product is available in store.
This cheerful pumpkin could be yours. It is motion activated and says six different spook-tacular phrases.  Easy entry below for this quick turn around giveaway.  

Have fun and play nice!

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Disclosure: As part of the Hallmark Canada Press Pause Panel I receive occasional perks. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fun Halloween Decorations @Hallmark_Canada #PressPausePanel

Halloween is just around the corner and my girl is already making plans for this special treat-filled day.  She is going to be a bride and wants to Trick or Treat a little bit and then go to a friends' Halloween party for 6:30 pm.  To get in the mood for Fall and Trick or Treating, Hallmark Canada has a new crop of fun decorations.  These are two of our favourites.
Toe Tappin' Trick or Treater
retails for $15.95 with purchase of three
greeting cards.
*Available in store only.
 This product has taken residence on my coffee table and has enough space for a few handfuls of wrapped candies in the opening. The candies dance out as my daughter activates the sound and music, but that adds to the fun.

Trick or Treater Greeter
retails for $19.95 with purchase.
*Available in store only.
Even though the Trick or Treater Greeter is one of our favourite products for Fall 2014, we found the pumpkin decoration a little loud to be honest.  I prefer more than one volume setting on most music and sound products.  I have hung it on my door, between the exterior and storm door.

Disclosure: As part of the Hallmark Canada Press Pause Panel, I receive occasional perks with no obligation to post. All opinions remain honest and my own.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Elegant and Refreshing Home Decor #Lampeberger #Review

This elegant Lampe can be displayed in any room.
Starter kit prices start at $48. Or purchase the lampe
and fragrances separately. 
I used to work in a home decor and giftware store that had a small selection of Lampe Berger lamps and fragrances.  Lampe Berger Paris has been in business for more than 100 years and is what I would call a premium brand in the world of home decor and fragrance.  There are other brands who are producing and selling similar lamps I finally got a chance to try one out for the last two weeks.  

I have hoarded air freshening sprays and smelly candles for years. I have at least two problem areas in my house.  The air never stays fresh or pleasant on my upper level for long after a smelly dinner of poached salmon.  My basement space is rarely used because the cat box is in residence down there.
Lampe Berger boasts a unique catalytic action wick that actually removes odours and purifies your air when used as specified.

This video gives a demo of how to set up your lamp for the first time, please read and follow all directions in the booklet provided at time of purchase.  I have used this product in many places, but the Lampe Berger essence is very flammable so please take all necessary precautions. Never move it when lit and let the wick cool completely before trying to remove it to refill.

Verdict:  As with any flammable product, use with due care and caution.  Since lighting the Lampe Berger every night (usually after supper) for 20 minutes, I have reduced my use of air freshening sprays and candles. I am also enjoying my basement space much more since the Lampe Berger is in regular use down there as well. This product would be a great gift for many different occasions, it comes in many styles/colours/price points.


Lampe Berger Facebook

Lampe Berger Brand Page

Store locator for Lampe Berger Paris to show availability in Canada.

Disclosure: I received a Lampe Berger starter kit to aid my review.  All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Planting Seeds For Future Dreams #RESPwithRBC @RBC_Canada

Miss G is 5 years old and wants to be a horse
 trainer when she grows up.

This month marks a monumental milestone for me. As my girl begins her educational journey, mine is finally ending.  A rite of passage that makes me nearly weep with pride.  You see, I have been chipping away at my student loan debt since 1999.  On September 30 I will mark my final payment off my financial calendar and breath a huge sigh of relief.  I have shared my student loan woes in past posts, but want to now focus on ways to save my girl from the crippling debt that has prevented me from buying a home, car, travelling, and accomplishing many more dreams I have had. I did learn a lot about financial independence by finding my own way through college, but have resented the constant burden of paying for those loans.

Since my princess was born I had intended to open a savings account for her and start an RESP.  Five years have gone in a blink, unemployment and low family income has seen us barely scraping by, let alone investing in savings. Our girl is now in Kindergarten, my income is more stable and I wondered if it's too late to start saving for her future? 
After chatting with a RESP specialist at RBC, I was happy to learn that it's not too late to start saving for my daughter's education.  With a commitment of $50-100 per month and help from family members, my goal of having at least $20,000 saved for her post-secondary studies, is achievable.

RBC wants you to know:
  • Saving for a child's education is easier if you start early and contribute regularly ($25 a week can add up to $50,911** in 18 years)
  • You can receive free money from the government! The Canada Education Savings Grant will match up to 20% on the first $2,500 contributed annually. That could mean up to an additional $500 a year in your RESP, up to a lifetime maximum of $7,200!
  • With advice from RBC, it's easy to start. No need to be overwhelmed. You have the flexibility to use the RESP for university, college, apprenticeship, non-credit courses etc., and if your child doesn't use the funds, you can use your contributions and earnings to fund your RRSP!
There are many ways to save for a child's education - with gifts from relatives and friends or a weekly contribution that fits your budget, maybe $25/week with an RESP-Matic®

Join the @RBC_Canada community for more information about RESP's and chances to win money!

  • Mark your calendar for the @RBC_Canada Twitter party on October 1! The hashtag will be #RESPwithRBC and participants can win one of 6 $100 gift cards.
  • Enter the Grow Your RESP with RBC contest. There are 4 prizes of $500 (towards an RESP) to be won, winners can get a head start in saving for their child’s dreams.

You can find more great tips on saving for your child’s education here: and

“Disclosure: I am part of the RBC RESP blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Image credit: RBC Canada facebook page

Monday, September 15, 2014

Easy Apple "Turkey" Craft {Preschool Activities}

Apple Turkeys

Items used:

  • large craft feathers
  • round toothpicks
  • small marshmallows
  • large apple preferably with a stem
  • turkey face printable

  1. Start by threading marshmallows onto toothpicks, leaving enough space to stick the toothpick end into the apple. 
  2. Choose feathers to press into the top of the apple like a fanned tail.
  3. Cut out the paper turkey face and use a toothpick to poke a hole in the middle, use the stem of the apple to secure the face.
  4. Optional: Use coloured marshmallows instead of feathers. Thread the marshmallows onto toothpicks and stick on the top of the apple in place of the feathers. 
If you're concerned about the hygienic issues of eating an apple after having craft feathers stuck in it, take a walk and leave it outside for the birds and squirrels to eat like we did.

Learning Outcomes:

Symbolism and representation- Using simple materials to construct a sculpture representing a turkey will help young children expand their cognitive functions.

Language - Chatting as you work on projects is a great way to introduce new words, explain traditions, and get your child to open up and process what is happening in their fast-developing minds.

Disclosure: This activity was inspired from four different sources. I printed the face template from

Friday, September 5, 2014

Seven Days Of Gratitude Challenge. #7Cards7Days and #HallmarkPressPause

I am a fan of traditional, old-fashioned, thank you notes and I still mail Christmas cards annually even though it seems to be falling out of fashion for some.  Hallmark Canada challenged me to send out 7 Cards in 7 Days as part of their Share the Love campaign. I decided it was a perfect chance to get my five year old involved in sending thank you's to people who have been generous and kind to us this summer while on vacation.

Thank you list:

  1. Gramma S. for looking after our kitty while on vacation.
  2. Miss Amanda for taking care of G this summer while hubby and me worked.
  3. Granny and Poppy in Newfoundland for taking good care of us on vacation.
  4. Auntie L and 
  5. Auntie C for the the rides to and from the airport.
  6. Auntie D for the vacation sleep overs and swims.
  7. Haddie the new pen pal for sending a birthday present.

Instilling acts of gratitude in young children can help foster caring and compassion.  It's also a great way to practice printing without calling it homework.


10 blank cards from Hallmark’s Sarah Richardson Collection 

These lovely note cards are available for one reader to win so they can share the love too.

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Disclosure: As part of the Hallmark Canada Press Pause panel, I receive occasional perks. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.