Monday, September 1, 2014

Easy Room Transformations With Prints From Posterjack.ca #sponsor @Posterjack



Being in a rental space means I am limited to the amount of decorating I can do. I don't even have permission to paint this time around. The goal is to personalize, yet put as few holes in the wall as possible (I'm talking about hanging pictures, not partying). I've been in this rental house for two years and have struggled with what to put on the blank kitchen wall. I played around on Posterjack.ca one evening and tried to create a personalized art piece to change the focal point in my boring Kitchen. I flipped through the art gallery and chose some favourite images as back up in case none of my own photos were high enough quality for printing.
Posterjack has 5 photo art tips to make the most of the small space:
1. Make it feel bigger with reflections - Metal Prints and Lacquer Frames catch and reflect light which can make a space feel bigger.
2. Make a statement - on oversized Poster makes a statement and also creates a focal point, tricking the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it is.
3. Create continuity - use a collection of Canvas Prints that have the same soft colours and are the same size for a natural flow throughout the room.
4. Add personality without the paint - create a great accent wall without the paint or damage with Peel & Sticks and Photo Boards.
5. Inspiration boards - create a collage of all the people, places and things that inspire you – perfect for above a desk or workspace.
After studying the different types of products available, I decided there was a photo from my recent vacation that I wanted to use to make a Photo Board. The process was easy and Posterjack.ca prompted me through the steps in no time at all.

Decorating with photo art from Posterjack is as easy as 1,2,3:
Upload a photo, Select your print and size, Sit back as Posterjack delivers right to your door.

Verdict:
I love the fact that I can use my own photos for free or choose an image from the very large photo gallery for a small fee. I love the helpful hints, for example if my image was low resolution, the photo editor would tell me in their Image Quality Check rating. There are also helpful hints for finishing touches like frames and mounting hardware before checkout. I will post before and after pictures of my kitchen when my photo board arrives in the next few days.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Flipp App Helps Me Go Paperless and Save, Save, Save. #FREE #APP #Giveaway



I have been trying to go paperless for a few years now and feel like I'm losing the battle most days. Cancelling my local paper + flyer delivery was first on my to-do list after discovering a FREE app that lets me gain access to hundreds of store flyers in the palm of my hand. Flipp was free to download on my android phone, and can be customized to access the flyers I like best in my "favourites".  While travelling out of province on vacation this summer, I used Flipp to access local grocery and department store deals to save the cost of take out. It was simple to use, by updating the local postal code, I had easy access to current deals.  When I returned home, I once again updated my postal code to get current flyers and caught up on some grocery shopping to fill out post-vacation empty fridge.  I used the app again yesterday to see what back to school deals are advertised right now, because I haven't yet shopped for my girls return to SK.  My favourite use for Flipp is price matching!


About Flipp:Developed by Toronto-based tech company, Wishabi) can be downloaded in itunes and google play store
Flipp has a unique set of user-friendly features and functionality that set it apart from other apps, including:

  • Flip: Rapidly flip and browse between and within weekly circulars
  • Search: Easily search for a store, item, or brand
  • Clip: Clip items from any flyer straight to your shopping list by simply tapping on an item
  • Discount slider: Highlight items on sale to find the best deals and savings
  • Favorites: Save your favorite store’s flyers for easy reference and a personalized shopping experience every week
  • Share and Item Details are available on the iOS version.



Flipp is giving away an ipad mini online. Check out the easy entry here.


WIN IT!

Flipp is sponsoring a $50 VISA GC giveaway right here! It's my birthday so I was saving this giveaway announcement for today!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions on this blog remain honest and my own.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer 2014 Was A Treat! #KinderMom

It's been an exciting and fun-filled summer for us, we travelled to Newfoundland to visit my family and decided to book road trips while there. One highlight of the summer was going on a boat tour to search for dolphins. With long trips in the car and lots of airport waiting, Kinder Surprise treats played a big part in the bribery, um, encouragement to be patient. Surprising our girl with the toy-filled treat at random times helped distract her during unexpected delays or rainy cottage days.
This week starts with many mixed feelings. On a happy note, there are two birthdays to celebrate on Labour Day weekend. One emotional bump in the road- my girl starts SK next week and will be riding the bus for the first time, she will have all new teachers and friends as well. I'm glad the memories of our special summer adventures will be bright spots in our transitional back to school
time.

Kinder Canada is inviting you to share your summer smiles in their new “photo-strip” app. Visit Kinder® Canada’s Facebook Page – it’s a fun and interactive way for parents to capture and share moments of joy in a playful way. 

Once you’re a KINDER® Fan, create your FREE photo collage in just a few simple steps:
  •  Fan KINDER® on Facebook
  •  Start your photo-strip
  •  Upload your photos
  •  Choose a fancy KINDER® frame
  •  Choose a filter 
  •  Save & share 
  • Add #kindersmiles to any photo-strip and you can see your smile in the app’s gallery view.
If you are going to be in the Toronto area this week, check out these Kinder® Canada events celebrating the last hurrah to Summer 2014:

· KINDER®will be live on location at Toronto’s Eaton Centre until August 28 with a custom built interactive KINDER® Smile Booth. A surprise moment of joy, between parents and kids will be captured though photo/video that people can share with friends and family through social channels with #kindersmiles. Come check us out in Albert’s Way for the big reveal.

· A play zone will surround the booth, so you can take a break from shopping and enjoy some time with your kids before they head back to school. The Smile Booth will be happening from August 17 to August 28th at TEC, and August 30th to September 1st at the CNE.

· Heading to the CNE for the last weekend before school starts? Kinder Canada will be there in CNE’s Kids Zone celebrating 40 years of KINDER®.

Enjoy your last few days of Summer. I've had a tonne of fun being a #KinderMom, thanks for reading and following my adventures!

 
“Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own”

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dolphins, Whales, and Icebergs OH MY! #Family #Vacation #Newfoundland

credit: Northland Discovery Boat Tours, St. Anthony NL


I was born in Newfoundland but don't remember doing tourist type activities while living on the island. Now that I travel back almost every year (since 1995), I yearn to explore the beauty that is laid out on every corner of my homeland. We started planning our trip in April, and searched the Newfoundland tourism site for ideas. My girl is turning five this month and has been asking to visit the dolphins in a certain theme park for her birthday. Since we had planned vacation in Newfoundland during the month of August, it doesn't leave much time for road trips when we return. We decided to cross at least one item off our bucket list while visitIng NL this year. We booked a whale watching boat tour. It meant a 7 hour drive north, to reach our goal. It was worth the drive!
We saw many dolphins frolicking and playing near the boat and two iceburgs while out on our two hour tour.  I highly recommend this once in a lifetime experience. It was moderately affordable-$160 (tax included)  for a family of three and found Northland Discover Boat Tours is a very professionally run business.  I have to admit I was terrified at the thought of bringing my petite four year old on the ocean but was assured that Northland Boat Tours has been operating with Canadian Coast Guard Safety Certification and is fully equipped with all the safety gear needed in an emergency.

Travel Tip:
When we first called to enquire about the boat tour, they gave us some great advice...dress the kids for winter and book the boat tour early in your trip in case it has to be rebooked due to inclement weather. Also, pack a waterproof camera that can take video as well (it's harder to capture moving creatures with still photography). The salt water spray caused our camera to malfunction but we did manage to capture some video of dolphins swimming near our boat.

Disclosure:  This post is not sponsored nor endorsed, merely an anecdotal account of my summer adventures.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back To School Surprises. #RockTheHalls @Sears_Canada #Giveaway #BacktoSchool

There is only one store that can be marked as my go-to brand for most of my clothing and household item purchases. Growing up in Newfoundland, there weren't too many choices in places to shop, now there are many more choices, but we we still choose Sears.  These days most of my shopping is done online, I love the ease of searching the Sears Canada site for deals and comparing items to see which products best fit my needs. The quality brands carried within the catalogues and stores have filled my parents and grandparents homes as well.  Sears Canada (online) is also a very convenient choice when I shop for gifts to send family members who still live in Newfoundland. I can select my gifts and send them to their nearest Sears Parcel pick up location, which is much cheaper than buying gifts and mailing through another parcel service, just sayin'.

My girl is going into senior kindergarten so this was our first time doing real Back to School shopping. My tip to survive shopping with a 5 year old that must try on everything before buying (she's very tall and slim) I don't tend to do large sums of purchases all at once, but pick and choose deals weekly to get all the must-have items on my list.

As people start the countdown to the new school year, Sears Canada is looking to brighten the day of some lucky families who have school aged children.  During the month of August, random shoppers will have a chance to win their children's clothing purchases in their Surprise and Delight event.  



I like to shop with retailers that are generous to the community-
Did you know...
Sears Canada have been a proud supporter for over 40 years of Boys and Girls Club across Canada (BGCC), Canada’s leading provider of quality after school programs that support the healthy physical, educational, social and mental development of Canadian children and youth. Sears shares Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s philosophy that providing all Canadian children and youth with access to opportunity is essential to helping them achieve their full potential and create a better future.  To help out with this year’s back-to-school season, Sears Canada and Converse will be providing the GBCC with $10,000 worth of BTS Apparel!
Connect with Sears Canada on facebook for a chance to win a $100 GC, follow on instagram, and twitter as well to keep up to speed on their latest deals and promotions.

WIN IT!

Sears Canada is giving ONE Mimi's Humble Pie reader a chance to win a $100 SEARS GC.  You may enter to win across multiple blogs, but can only win on one for this #RockTheHalls campaign. Entrant must be 18 years of age or older, and live in Canada (excluding QC).

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“Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Back to School Blogger Campaign 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.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Road Less Travelled #Family #Vacation #Newfoundland


This trip was on my bucket list.  Cape Norman Lighthouse was built in 1871 and operated by the Campbell Family since 1890. I am descended from this family through my maternal great-great-grandmother. Getting there was a once in a life time experience due to the remote location.  Cape Norman, NL is the north most point on Newfoundland and accessible through route 435.  Be prepared for about 20 kilometers of gravel road, no rest stops, cell phone service, or creature comforts of any kind. Hang on to your kids, there is a sheer drop off the cliff into frothy ocean below.


Fishing Point Lookout, St. Anthony, NL.
This was a much more family friendly excursion.  It features well maintained walking trails, and the most delicious seafood at the Lightkeeper's Restaurant (aka bathroom that doesn't require an emergency pit stop in moss). In certain months , icebergs will be visible and occassionally whales.  We booked a whale watching tour while in St Anthony, but that will be in another post.

Road Trip Survival Kit:

crayons
paper
small toys
granola bars (no chocolate for the summer months as it's a melty mess)
bottled water
wet wipes
roll of toilet paper
hand sanitizer
changes of clothes