Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Adventures of Steve - Day 7 through 12 #ElfOnTheShelf

Steve has been up to lots of mischief this week. But no matter what antics he finds himself a involved in, we love having him around.








Game night tonight with the melty things! #stevetheelf #christmas2015 #elfontheshelf

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Snack time with the big guy! #Stevetheelf #elfontheshelf #christmas2015

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Review: Read My Lips Lipstick #teezings

I was really happy to be among those selected to receive the Teeez Trend Cosmetics Glamsense box from TopBox. I love trying out new products and makeup is fun.  

When the package arrived, I had to take a minute to appreciate the packaging. The Teeez Trend Cosmetics box itself, is lovely and I plan on reusing it as a container for all of my makeup brushes. The packing for the lipstick itself is a work of art. I appreciate that. The colour of the lipstick is stunning. I love red lipstick, it is my colour and this shade is perfect.




The application was a little more challenging. The lipstick is plenty smooth but does not apply easily. The easiest work around for this is to prep my lips with a tiny amount of balm. It glides on my lips like a skate on ice with a little balm.

The lipstick does last 8+ hours like the product promises. In fact, to test it out, I wore it for a few hours and then wore it to bed. When I woke up my lips were still red, not quite as red as they were when I went to sleep. But they were still pigmented and I had been wearing it for over 12 hours at this point. In case you are wondering, the lipstick stayed on my lips and not on my pillow. I think the trick was wearing it for a few hours first.

I discovered that it was a good idea to keep some balm on hand to hydrate my lips on occassion. It refreshed the look of the lipstick as well. In the end though, balm or no balm, I absolutely adore the Read My Lips Lipstick in Red by Teeez Trend Cosmetics.




Disclaimer: I received this product for free from TopBox and Teeez Trend Cosmetics for review purposes, as part of the Glam Sense program. All opinions are my own and are based upon my experience with the product. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Zucchini Pizza Bites

I decided to make myself some Zucchini Pizza Bites, they were really easy to make. Because my youngest and I haven't been eating meat, I've been looking for alternative meals and snacks to make us. I also have a lot of zucchini in my garden to put to use. I gifted a couple to a friend a few days ago and she suggested that I make some zucchini pizzas. Since I had no pizza sauce on hand, I decided to use some salsa. I have to say that Newman's Own Black Bean & Corn Salsa is the BEST salsa I have ever had. You can read my review of Newman's Own Salsa here.


I oiled the pan, cut a few zucchini slices and then placed a dollap of salsa on each piece of zucchini. At this point you can add whatever pizza toppings you like. Since the salsa had so many great ingredients already in it, I opted to just add some feta. This salsa is so good, it's like chili. Seriously.


Isn't it pretty. The feta is Saputo brand. Love the way it crumbles.


I put them in the over until the bottoms were browned slightly. It took less than 10 minutes on 375. Just keep an eye on it, it depends on your oven. They turned out to be quite delicious. 





Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CBC Tapestry - Taking the Grim out of the Grim Reaper



While I was on my beach walk, on Sunday, I was listening to a really great broadcast on CBC's Tapestry, which is one of my favorite among many of the great shows that air on CBC.

The episode can be found here and talks about the psilocybin study being conducted at New York University. For those of you who are not aware, psilocybin is the active ingredient in Magic Mushrooms, it is a hallucinogenic and it is currently being studied for it's potential medical use, including it's use in terminal cancer patients facing existential distress.

One of the aspects that they touched upon during the episode was "Can Psychedelic drugs help ease the fear of death?'  It was interesting! They spoke with some of the participants that took part in the study.

While listening, I couldn't help but think of the shamans who guide people through their own experiences while they travel deep within the depths of their consciousness.

You can stream the entire episode here. 


Giveaways Ending October 9th



Sometimes, when the weather is just right, I love to stroll along the beach. Near my house I can easily access Port Maitland Beach. It's about an hours walk or 5 minute drive away. Closer still there is the Short Beach Breakwater, which has no sand. It is all rocks and it is about a 10 minute walk away from my house. That is where this picture was taken, while I listened to a live stream of CBC's Tapestry.


Giveaways Ending October 9th
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WIN A COLLECTION OF PRODUCTS FROM SHOPPERS DRUG MART (CANADA)


Daily Entry

WIN A NUME EMPRESS HAIR STRAIGHTENER (US/CAN)(REFERRAL)
WIN A BIC PRIZE PACK (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD + EBOOK: GRACIE, DEAD OR ALIVE (WORLDWIDE)
WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO CANCUN + WEEKLY PRIZES (CANADA)
WIN A BREVILLE HANDY MIX SCRAPER (CANADA)
WIN A COUPLE SMARTLAB SCIENCE KITS (CANADA)
WIN A REESE SPREADS PRIZE PACK (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A SHOPKINS SEASON 3 PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN A REESE SPREADS PRIZE (CANADA)(INSTAGRAM)
WIN A BIC PRIZE PACK (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A $150 SUBWAY GIFT CARD (CANADA)
WIN A NATURE'S PATH ORGANIC WEEK PRIZE PACK (CANADA)

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Giveaways Ending October 8th



Got some giveaways for you today from all around the web! As per usual, the links are clean except for the referral that I additionally provide you with in some cases. If you enter using my referral link, I get an a bonus entry in that giveaway. Thank you! Happy Contesting Lovelies! 


Giveaways Ending October 8th
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COUPONS: OB Tampons (FPC)



Right now you can try a box of OB Tampons for free. Click on the link below and then click on the coupon tab. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the coupon for $1 off. You will then be redirected to Save.ca, where you will find a coupon for a Free 18ct box of OB Tampons. Hurry, this won't be active for long.

PS: You can still order this coupon even if you did previously in late 2014, early 2015.




October 5th is World Teachers Day

There have been a few teachers who have greatly impacted me. My grandfather and a teacher I had when I lived in Nepean, Ontario, named Mrs. Ward greatly shaped who I am musically and as a performer. In high school, back in Nova Scotia, Mrs Churchill and Mr. Egan inspired me both helped inspired me artistically and as a thinker. I was graced with some amazing mentors while taking digital film making in University.

We've all had a teacher in our lives who have directly impacted and inspired us. Let's take a moment to say thank you to all of the educators make it their business to pass knowledge onto us.

This infographic was originally posted on Grammarly.

World Teacher Day

Giveaways Ending October 7th



I love taking pictures of some of the things that I see on my travels. This picture was taken while walking by the lake last Sunday. Here are a list of giveaways from around the web, put in one place for your entering pleasure. I have provided you with clean links for each of the giveaways. In a few instances I have also provided my referral link, if you enter via my referral link I will gain a bonus entry in that specific giveaway. Thanks! Happy Contesting Lovelies! 

Giveaways Ending on October 7th
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Daily Entry

WIN A $100 PAYPAL (WORLDWIDE)


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Review: Newman's Own Salsa

Last month, I won one of Newman's Own Canada's Facebook giveaways and received a very generous prize pack filled with Salad dressings, Salsa's, BBQ Accessories and lots more! The prize pack was valued at $150. I'm very grateful to have received it. The products are of excellent quality. But what really sold me on the company? I found out that Newman's Own donates 100% of the profits earned after taxes to charity. That is a stand up company. To top it all off, one of my salad dressings had a leak in it and they immediately offered to ship me a new one. I'm just blown away.


All of the products are amazing, but I really want to focus on the salsa's that I received. All three were medium hotness, perfect for me. Even my husband, who aside from Sriracha sauce, doesn't care much for spicy, enjoyed the heat.

I thought that my favorite was going to be the Mango salsa. I love mangos! As a salsa, I found it a little too sweet for my taste. It is however great for dipping. I think the mango salsa would perfectly compliment certain recipes though.

The Original was delicious and I really enjoyed it with my nachos. It hands down beat pretty much every store bought salsa that I have tried to date.

The show stopper for me was the Black Bean & Corn salsa. This was so delicious and thick that it tasted like chili. I've been putting it on everything. I'm definitely going to buy this in the future. 

Check out Newman's Own Canada's website to learn more about the company and to see how much they have donated to charity to date!



Disclaimer: I received these products as the result of a giveaway I won on Newman's Own Canada's Facebook Page. They did not ask me to review their products. I did it because I'm really impressed with their products and the company as a whole. Keep up the good work!

Begging for Breakfast


Last week my youngest son decided that he wanted to take steps towards Vegetarianism. I decided that the best way to support him was to take these steps with him. I've been quite curious about the lifestyle myself and have some Vegan friends who are there for additional support and advice about healthy eating. 

My husband and other son are still eating meat but they have decided to incorporate more Vegetarian meals into their diet. 

Tyler and I decided that we will not eat red meat, or chicken but we are still at this time having small amounts of seafood on occasion. We are also still eating eggs and dairy right now, but will choose alternatives to eggs and dairy if they are available to us at the time. Baby steps, but I'm proud. He is a very compassionate child and I want to encourage him. 

The last week, I've been working on getting my eating and portions in check. For breakfast, each day, I've had Oatmeal, with plain Greek yogurt and frozen wild blueberries. I sprinkle chia seeds on top.

My furry companion was very interested in my breakfast this morning. He's a cute one. We could probably teach him circus tricks for food. He loves food.

Would you be willing to alter your diet for your children?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Giveaways Ending October 6th



This picture was taken at the lake near my house. The following giveaways end on October 6th. I have provided clean links for your entering pleasure. I also provide occasional referral links in addition to the clean link. If you enter via my referral link, I will earn an additional entry in the giveaway. Happy Contesting!


Single Entry



Daily Entry

WIN $25 PAYPAL (WORLDWIDE)


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Giveaways Ending October 5th



Happy first week of October! It is a lovely day today. It is a little on the cool side, but I walked around the neighborhood. I'm a chronic pain sufferer and I was having a flare up, so the walking was needed therapy. I was grateful to have such beautiful weather today.

Here are some giveaways open to Canadians. These giveaways expire on October 5th. I have provided clean links for your entering pleasure. In addition to the clean links, I have also provided Referral links to certain giveaways. If you enter via my referral link, I will earn a bonus entry. Happy Contesting, lovelies!


October 5th
Single Entry

WIN $800 PAYPAL (WORLDWIDE)
WIN A MAXI DRESS (WORLDWIDE)


Daily Entry

WIN A SCOTTIE BOX (WORLDWIDE)


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Giveaways Ending October 4th






Here are some giveaways open to Canadians. These giveaways expire on October 4th. I have provided clean links for your entering pleasure. In addition to the clean links, I have also provided Referral links to certain giveaways. If you enter via my referral link, I will earn a bonus entry. Happy Contesting, lovelies!


Giveaways Ending October 4th
Single Entry

TRIP FOR TWO TO ALASKA, AUSTRALIA OR AFRICA (CANADA)
WIN FRIGIDAIRE APPLIANCES + $1000 SEARS CARD (CANADA)
WIN A PAUL MITCHELL STYLIST KIT (CANADA)
WIN A CAT SKIING TRIP FOR TWO - ICEBREAKER APPAREL (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN AN ESTEE LAUDER PRIZE PACK (US/CAN)(FACEBOOK)
WIN A $300 AMAZON GIFT CARD (US/CAN)
WIN A SAMPLER PACK OF ORGANIC GARLIC (US/CAN)


Daily Entry

WIN THE TOO FACED HALL OF FAME COLLECTION (WORLDWIDE)
WIN A $100 WELL.CA GIFT CARD (CANADA)
WIN A $150 SUBWAY GIFT CARD (CANADA)
WIN A $50 WALMART GIFT CARD (CANADA)
WIN A $50 MARK'S GIFT CARD (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A $7500 TRAVEL VOUCHER & MORE (CANADA)
WIN A TIM HORTON PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN A REESE PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN A PRIZE PACK FROM NAIRN'S (CANADA)
WIN 1 FREE MONTH OF THE POTATO COMPANIES POTATOES (US/CAN)



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Reviewsio - An Amazon Review Exchange Program


Have you heard of ReviewsIO.com? It's a brand new service that allows you to get products for free, or for a very discounted rate, in exchange for a review on Amazon! The service is open to Canadians. Each day they have various products to choose and request. You can also earn points by referring your friends to the service and various other activities. You can redeem your points for Amazon gift cards. Sign up today and begin requesting products!


Disclaimer: If you click my link and sign up, I'll earn 100 points! I'll also be entered in a giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift card for sharing this service with you. Honestly, I was going to share anyway. :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Giveaways Ending between Oct 2nd - Oct 3rd




Here are a list of contests and giveaways that are open to Canadians and will be expiring on either October 2nd or October 3rd. As always, I have provided you with a clean link. In some cases, I have also provided you with a referral link and if you enter using my referral link, I will earn a bonus entry. Happy contesting!

Giveaways Ending on October 2nd
Single Entry

WIN A CANON, SONY OR NIKON DIGITAL CAMERA (WORLDWIDE)(REFERRAL)
WIN MINERAL MAKEUP SETS FROM GLO MINERALS (CANADA)
WIN A $150 WALMART GIFT CARD (CANADA)


Daily Entry

WIN TWO BOTTLES OF RENU 28 (US/CAN)
WIN A SIMPLE SKINCARE PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN REFERENCE LIBRARY BOOK - 1000 DINOSAUR FACTS (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A CASE OF SQUOOSH BY BABY GOURMET (CANADA)
WIN A $500 SHOPPING SPREE & TICKETS TO SEE THE INTERN (CANADA)
WIN SOMETHING FROM SEPHORA'S 10 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS (CANADA)
WIN A COVERGIRL OUTLAST PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN A BEN'S BEGINNERS PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN STELLA AND CHEWY'S PET PRODUCTS PRIZE PACK (CANADA)


Giveaways Ending on October 3rd
Daily Entry

WIN A TRIP TO LONDON, ENGLAND (WORLDWIDE)
WIN AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON + $25 PAYPAL (WORLDWIDE)
WIN AN LG ELECTRONICS ECOHYBRID DRYER (US/CAN)
WIN AN ORGANIC WEEK PRIZE PACK (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A TIM HORTON PRIZE PACK (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A REESE PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN A PRIZE PACK FROM THE EXTREME BEAN (CANADA)


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sample Source - Fall 2015 Sampler




Fall sampler packs are available for a very limited time from Sample Source. This is a good one and there are a potential of 14 free samples depending on how you answer the qualifying survey. Hurry, secure your sampler before they are all gone!

Giveaways Ending October 1st



Here are a bunch of giveaways that are going to expire on October 1st. As always, I have provided a clean link, in some cases I have also provided a referral link. If you enter using the referral link, I will earn a bonus entry. Happy Contesting, lovelies!


Giveaways Ending October 1st
Single Entry

WIN NUTRIENCE DOG FOOD FOR A YEAR (CANADA)
WIN 500 SQUARE FEET OF LAMINATE FLOORING (CANADA)
WIN A BLENDER (CANADA)(INSTAGRAM)
WIN A SILICON BAKING MAT (US/CAN)
WIN A $1000 TRAVEL VOUCHER (US/CAN)


Daily Entry

WIN A DOOR MAT (CANADA)
WIN A LAPTOP AND TICKETS TO SEE THE INTERN (CANADA)
WIN A BROTHER CANADA LABEL MAKER (CANADA)
WIN AN ASTRO A40S HEADSET (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A TIM HORTON PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN A TRIND SUMMER NAILS PRIZE PACK (US/CAN)
WIN A PHILIPS PASTA MAKER (CANADA)
WIN A NATURE VALLEY PRIZE PACK (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A GOGO SQUEEZ PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN A REESE PRIZE PACK (CANADA)(REFERRAL)
WIN A REESE PRIZE PACK (CANADA)
WIN A BOX OF SEXYLOOK FACE & NECK SHEET MASKS (CANADA)
WIN BOOKS, DECODELIRE, L'OCCITANE, SOAP AND MORE (WORLDWIDE)


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Giveaways Ending September 30th



Here are some Giveaways from around the web, all of them are open to Canadians. Each of them end on September 30th, 2015, so enter while you can! I always provide a clean link, but sometimes I also provide a referral link and if you enter with my referral link, I will gain a bonus entry into the contest. Happy contesting!


September 30 - 2015
Single Entry

WIN A SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 3 (CANADA)(FACEBOOK)
WIN A BEAUTY PRIZE PACK (WORLDWIDE)(INSTAGRAM)
WIN A DYSON DC34AN (CANADA)(INSTAGRAM)
WIN A CASE OF RUFFLES (CANADA)(FACEBOOK)


September 30 - 2015
Daily Entry

WIN $50 PAYPAL (WORLDWIDE)(REFERRAL)



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Monday, September 28, 2015

Coupon - Seeds of Change (FPC)


Visit Seeds of Change on Facebook (desktop link) and click in the map to vote for a participating community garden to register to receive a free product coupon.  

This campaign has been active for a little while and it will be active until December 31, 2015; or while supplies last. The coupon does arrive, I got mine last month. One coupon is available per Facebook account.

Seeds of change donates 1% of the proceeds from each sale in 2015 to a participating community garden. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: Cinnamon Chex


Have you tried the Cinnamon Chex? I find that they are even more delicious than cinnamon toast crunch. They are made with rice flour, so they are Gluten Free! They also do not use artificial flavours or colours. That is important in my household because I have an allergy to Yellow #5. Also, I find artificial flavours and colours sacrifice the overall taste. 

New Cinnamon Chex is so delicious, the box didn't even make it down to the cereal cupboard. I kept it upstairs for a secret snack. Now I have to buy a second box, so the rest of the family can try it too. I eat it dry, it makes a great sweet snack. 

The side panel of the box has a bunch of recipes for things like "Tropical Chex Party Mix", "Spiced Nuts Chex Party Mix" and "Chex Cookie Pizza". I would love to try these recipes, None of them are listed on the website though, which is slightly unusual. Guess you have to buy the box to try out the recipes. Smart, I guess. Which one would you like to try?


Disclaimer: I tried this product for free because of a BOGO free coupon that I acquired from Save.ca and Life Made Delicious over the summer. No one asked me to review this product, I chose to because I really enjoyed the product and I wanted to share that with all of you. All opinions are my own and honest. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Single Entry Giveaways (Ending 2015/09/20)

This is the last one from the rainbow moody sky series, I promise!! it is another one of my favorites though. It really was a great moment in time and I'm glad I was able to capture it.

Here is a list of Single Entry Giveaways from around the web. These giveaways all expire on September 20th, 2015. I always provide clean links, however, sometimes I provide a referral link in addition to the clean link. 

Happy contesting!




WIN A DOVE GIFT BASKET (CANADA)(TWITTER)


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