WIN an Acer Iconia Tablet!

Lately I’ve had the pleasure of offering you all many chances to WIN some AMAZING PRIZES! The problem is that most have been for my Canadian readers but thanks to my good fiend Trisha at MomDot, today it’s all about my American friends.  How would you like to WIN an Acer Iconia 8.1″ 32G Tablet???


Listen, I’m a total technology love and this tablet looks amazing!

The Acer Iconia W3 Series puts desktop PC productivity in a tablet, so you can work on the go more conveniently than ever. At 8.1″, it is compact enough to hold in one hand, yet sports a screen big enough for comfortable viewing. Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 and sporting 8-hours of battery life, this tablet keeps you in touch and productive while traveling, at work or play. Rounding out this premium mobile-productivity package are Windows 8 and a robust Intel processor.

You can find out more about the Acer Iconia 8.1″ Tablet HERE.

Entry is simple, just out the rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway ends on October 11, 2013.  US only, winner will be notified via and have 48 hours to respond before new winner is pulled. Please allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery.


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We Are Heading to Walt Disney World! #DisneyHaunt

There’s something BIG on the horizon for our little family! Last week I received an email invitation which made me SQUEAL like a little girl…and believe me it’s been a while since that’s happened! Disney Canada has invited our little family down to Walt Disney World to stay at The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Lodge and experience Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party and the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!!! We’re tagging it #DisneyHaunt and hope you’ll all follow along on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag.


You know how we adore Walt Disney World, earlier this year I told you all about surprising our daughters with a trip to Walt Disney World for Christmas and shared our trip with you over 4 posts which detailed our favourite attractions at each theme park.

There’s not much time to prepare, we’re busy here with home renovations and normal daily activities but together we’re getting our things in order to be able to jet out of here soon to sunnier weather! We have never experienced the hotel or the festivities which we’re getting to go to but oh man they look awesome online! Here are some things we’re looking forward to!

The Cabins at Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World



“Escape to the rustic majesty of America’s Great Northwest. Inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge celebrates American craftsmanship and honors the beauty of the untamed wilderness. Soak in the splendor of the great outdoors, from nature trails through pine forests to rocking chairs that overlook a murmuring creek. Inside, discover towering totem poles, headdresses and more, and sink into a plush leather armchair in front of the roaring fireplace.”~

We are staying in a cabin which is super exciting, they’re rustic, quaint and private. They have so much to do at this resort; from campfires, archery, pools, movies to visiting Circle D Ranch I know the girls will be having a blast!


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween



“Don your favorite costume and get ready to trick-or-treat at this Halloween-themed event held in Magic Kingdom theme park.”

This is going to be AWESOME, ok I have to get some costumes together which is a challenge but we’re really looking forward to experiencing Mickey’s Halloween. There is trick or treating and eerie entertainment throughout the park. This event is one that you purchase passes to, it’s on from Sept 10- Nov 1st on select nights from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

18th Annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival


“The 46-day festival, celebrated for its inspired food-and-beverage marketplaces, high-energy concerts and premium dining events, debuts a Scotland Marketplace and adds fresh flavor to the Brazil Marketplace, returning by popular demand.  Griddled lobster tail with garlic butter sizzles at the Hops & Barley Marketplace by American Adventure, and the aromas of more than 25 ethnic and specialized marketplaces — Africa, France, South Korea and Florida Local included — waft across the World Showcase Promenade. Guests can have their own complimentary “passport” stamped at each location for a fun festival souvenir.”

Oh I’m sure you can guess how much I’m looking forward to this! We will be surrounded by delicious foods from around the world and I’ll have the opportunity to see and learn things I wouldn’t otherwise. With our park admission we’ll get authentic Taste seminars, Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Other festival highlights include:

  • More than 270 chefs including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country
  • Party for the Senses grand tasting events Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2 featuring tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.
  • Premium events including “Scotland: Land of Food & Drink” the new “Parisian Breakfast” on Sundays, ”3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery on select Fridays, and Cheese Seminars on Saturdays.The

The 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is presented by Chase Sept. 27-Nov. 11, 2013.

We are scrambling to prepare and cannot wait to head out but in the meantime if you’d like to offer your costume ideas I’d love the help! Keep up with the chatter on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #DisneyHaunt


WIN a KitchenAid Diamond Blender & Berry Smoothie Recipe #KADiamondBlender

Blenders have become the bane of my existence! There is nothing more frustrating that trying to whip up a Mocktail or smoothie only to have the ice caught in the blade of a blender. Usually I have to unplug the thing and begin prying the ice out to get things moving. It’s definitely a first world problem but one that could easily raise my blood pressure far too high. KitchenAid recently tasked me with testing out the new KitchenAid Diamond Blender and I was amazed to see that I just couldn’t jam this sucker up!


As of today I’ve made 3 smoothie recipes, 2 Mocktails and many purees using ice and not once did it jam. This is a gorgeous machine and it performs wonderfully!

Recipes Made with KitchenAid Diamond Blender

Last week I shared two recipes 20 second smoothie recipes with you which I made using the KitchenAid Diamond Blender. The first was the Energy Boost Smoothie which was in the recipe card which came with my blender. It is a gorgeous blend of fruits to fuel you up!

energy fruit smoothie recipe #smoothie

 The second is the Good for You Green Smoothie, this recipe also came with the blender and I must admit I wish I’d tried a green smoothie sooner because it’s delicious!

green smoothie recipe WM

Today I’m happy to share yet another recipe which I made using the diamond blender, I know you’ll all appreciate the fact that it only takes 20 seconds to make and it’s oh-so delicious!

Berry Smoothie Recipe

berry smoothie recipe


Berry smoothie recipe ingredients WM

  • 1/3 cup blackberries
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup of water


Berry Smoothie recipe 20 seconds

Toss all of your ingredients in, turn it on for 20 seconds and it’s ready. That easy; no prying ice out of a blade or any fuss.

beautiful berry smoothie recipe

KitchenAid Diamond Blender Review

The KitchenAid Diamond Blender, with exclusive diamond blending system, provides the ultimate blending performance to stir, chop, mix, puree and liquify, with pulse 1-5 settings and crush ice mode.   A robust motor, unique one-piece, BPA-Free diamond pitcher, stainless steel blades and electronic controls combine to create a powerful vortex that is fast and thorough for exceptional blending results.  Additionally, Intelli-Speed® Motor Control senses contents and maintains optimal speed to power through all ingredients. Retails for $199. 

What I love:

  • Looks beautiful (yup that matters!)
  • Crushes ice in seconds EVERY.SINGLE.TIIME.
  • Has a 60 oz BPA free shatterproof, scratch proof, stain proof, dishwasher friendly pitcher
  • Rubber feet on the base to hold it in place when I twist off the pitcher
  • Evenly blends ingredients by using the pulse option.
  • Five blending settings—stir, chop, mix, puree, and liquefy

Final thoughts:

This blender has renewed my faith! It hasn’t failed me yet and has been actively used by myself and my kids on a daily basis. There is no fuss and even better no splatters on my counters, this blender is worth every single cent in my eyes.

WIN a KitchenAid Diamond Blender

Today I have the pleasure of announcing I’m giving away one KitchenAid Diamond Blender a very lucky Canadian reader!


The #KADiamondBlender giveaway will run until October 20th, the winner will have 48 hours to respond via the email they enter with. All entries will be verified so please take your time and enter properly. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below and GOOD LUCK!

To check out other amazing KitchenAid products, recipes and connect with the folks there check out the KitchenAid Canada Facebook page where they’re active and very FUN.

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Disclosure: I was provided one KitchenAid Diamond Blender to perform this review but as always all opinions are my own.


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LuLuLemon Lovers will Dig Ivivva Athletica for Kids! $50 Prize Pack Giveaway

As the parent of 2 girls who are very active I can tell you I’ve learned that the quality of their athletic clothing matters! I don’t know how many pairs of capris, shorts and tanks I’ve had to throw away because they lose their shape, get holes or are just “too hot”. In the past I’ve push-poshed higher price tags but after doing the math on the money I’ve thrown away on cheap products, these days I seek out quality rather than a low price tag. Cue music and lights because Ivivva Athletica has come in to provide me with the perfect products for my busy girls.


Ivivva has Lululemon roots

For many of, the name LuLuLemon is associated with quality, fashionable activewear we adore. Ivivva is the sister store of LuLuLemon, specifically geared to the needs of active 4-14 year old girls. As members of the lululemon athletica family, Ivivva shares the same DNA. That means they use the same high-quality, technical fabrics in all of their clothing and that everything Ivivva make is designed for active girls who love to move and aren’t afraid to sweat.

This to me is an awesome find, not only will I have to purchase less over time but Chelsea immediately fell in love with the clothing and accessories. Ivivva kindly offered us some of their hottest products to review and as usual it took far too much time for Miss Chelsea to make her choices…picture me sitting with her on the laptop, repeatedly going from item to item until finally I had to give her a 1 minute countdown to make her choices. Oh how I love my fashionista!

Ivivva Stores are Unique


Ivivva stores aren’t your average shopping experience, Ivivva really caters to their customers. Within each change room there is a whiteboard where the staff will write the child’s name and their favourite activities, this really personalizes the shopping experience for the kids. The kids love strutting their stuff on the “run-way” which is located near the change rooms and how about a free dance class? You can sign up for free classes in many different forms from jazz to hip-hop!

Ivivva Quality

The difference between the quality of Ivivva in relation to the too-cheap items I’ve purchased in the past was apparent the moment I touched the first garment. The fabrics are thicker, the seams are flat, they are pre-shrunk, zipper garages protect little chins, fabrics are reversible which gives 2 different “looks”, the tags are placed within pockets so as not to irritate..honestly I was impressed. They have even pre-planned for growing kids by designing products with hems which can be let down and seams which can be let out in store as your child grows.

Ivivva Athletica pockets

The secret pocket and thumb hole

Chelsea’s Ivivva Choices

After much deliberation Miss Chelsea decided on 3 items; the Back 2 Basics headband, the Perfect Practice Jacket and the Rhythmic Short II.

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Chelsea putting her Ivivva gear to the test

Each are of amazing quality and as Chelsea says “super comfy & fashionable”. I was really pleased to find that the Perfect Practice Jacket has an extra hair elastic on the zipper for those moments when we’ve forgotten to bring one with us!

 Chelsea Ivivva Jacket close WM

WIN a $50 Prize Pack from Ivivva

Ivivva Giveaway

The kind folks at Ivivva Athletica have provided me with 3 items which value over $50 to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader! Within the pack is the Back 2 Basics Headband,  the Village Chill Scarf and the Drink Me Up H2O Bottle. Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, contest ends October 16th and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

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 Disclosure: We were sent the items within the review but opinions are our own.

WIN $75 Kit for Chicken Fajita Friday with Old El Paso #YouMexiCAN

Our house often feels like it’s overrun with kids, thankfully the gaggle of children who live on our street are pretty amazing! As Friday sets in the kids all arrive home from their respective schools and begin planning the weekend fun they will be enjoying together. This bunch spans in age from 5-15 and each have very different tastes in food but the one meal that we’ve found works across the board is an easy Chicken Fajita. My love for Mexican food is no secret, it’s simple, nutritious and makes me look really good to the kids in the ‘hood. Given the choice between supervising this gang in the pool or spending hours prepping dinner, I’ll choose hanging with the kids every time. The Old El Paso Fajita kits are fantastic when I want to whip up dinner in a pinch.

kids swimming

Chicken Fajita Recipe With Old El Paso

Chicken Fajitas WM Portrait


Chicken Fajita kits

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into strips (600 grams, frozen works fine)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • Old El Paso Fajita Kit


Add oil into a pan and cook the chicken strips until they are thoroughly cooked. Throw in the onion, peppers and Old El Paso stir in sauce and sauté.

Chicken Fajita in pan

Sizzle away, stirring or tossing until the chicken is browned keeping the veg crunchy. To warm the Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas pierce the packaging and microwave on full power for 35-40 seconds (cooking time may vary depending on microwave). To heat in the oven, remove packaging, separate tortillas and wrap in foil. 10 minutes at 200°C (180°C for fan assisted ovens), gas mark 4 should do it. Keep them covered and warm until ready to serve. Serve with sour cream, cheese, lettuce, salsa or guacamole!

chicken fajita recipe square WM

Our crew loves a good Mocktail with it, my Limeade recipe is always a favourite for Fajita Friday!

Limeade Drink Recipe Square WM

In just 20 minutes I go from frozen chicken to a lovely meal that becomes a Fiesta! Check out the Old El Paso Facebook page for more inspiration!

WIN an Old El Paso Kit worth $75

Old El Paso wants you to enjoy a Fajita Friday or Taco Tuesday and are providing me a kit filled with bowls, a cookbook and of course some Old El Paso kits worth $75! Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, this is open to Canadians and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Giveaway ends October 7th. a Rafflecopter giveaway


Why Do You Need Renters Insurance #RentersNeed2Know

When my husband and I were first together we rented an apartment for a few years while we saved for a home. I can remember the feeling of pride as we purchased our first few pieces of furniture and began decorating. We were living on a tight budget and weren’t exactly worldly when it came to realizing all of the responsibilities involved in renting. Sure, we knew we had to pay our rent on time but when my Dad asked us if we had renters insurance we were a pair of deer in headlights.

Why Get Renters Insurance

After a bit of research we were shocked to learn that we were responsible for anything that happened to people who were visiting us. For example if we had a guest who happened to slip and fall at our apartment they could actually sue us! WHAT?

As soon as we realized that we would be held responsible for this we decided to go ahead and get renters insurance. There were more benefits of course…these may seem obvious to you but for many of us renters insurance is something which we don’t think of.

Benefits of Renters Insurance

  1. As a tenant, you are liable for ANY harm caused to any part of the building and to others who live or visit there. This was HUGE for us; we had an incident when I had forgotten I was making something on the stove. Thankfully we caught the pan in time before a fire actually began but the reality of the situation certainly became clear to us.
  2. Your possessions have value. When we had that conversation with my Dad we laughed when he mentioned the value of our possessions, come on we had almost nothing right? Wrong. Once he began listing everything which was in our bedroom we began to see how much money it would take to replace it all. Just our wardrobes alone would be out of our budget. Renters insurance would help us recover the cost of any replacement items.
  3. Lawsuit protection. As I said above we were in no position to payout if anyone ever sued us for an accident at our apartment, knowing we’d have this kind of protection was important to us.

These are just some of the reasons why I’d recommend getting renters insurance to anyone who is renting a house or apartment. It’s not an expensive endeavour; Statistics Canada says tenant households that bought insurance spent an average of $309 on it last year — less than half the amount spent by those who owned their homes.


To learn more, head over to the IBC website where you’ll find everything you need to know.

Isn’t your peace of mind worth it?

Disclosure:  Although this post has been generously been sponsored by IBC, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect The Insurance Bureau of Canada.


Swim Parent of the Month With @ChickenFarmers

When I was a little girl our next door neighbours had a pool which we were in from sun up to sun down when allowed. Swimming has always been a huge part of my life, swimming lessons were a constant until the age when I became a qualified lifeguard. Now this has extended to my daughters who are either in our pool or in a lake in Muskoka during the warmer months. Swimming is a healthy past time, all of that exercise creates hungry children who are often in need of meals high in protein to keep them going. Chicken Farmers of Canada and Swimming Canada have teamed up to honour swim parents in Canada the swim parent of the month contest.


Are you that Swim Parent?

Do you go above and beyond to make sure you prepare nutritious, healthy meals in preparation for swimming? Swimming Canada and Chicken Farmers of Canada are jointly hosting a Swim Parent of the Month contest in recognition of parents who encourage eating well and being active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

To become one of our Swim Parents of the Month, all you have to do is email the information below:
  • The title of your favourite recipe at that you would prepare to fuel your swimmer(s)
  • The correct answer to this skill-testing question – What lean meat is “the official protein of swimming in Canada?” and
  • Register your child to join Canada’s Swim Team HERE 


The name of the monthly winner & their favourite chicken recipes will be posted on the Swim Parent of the Month webpage, and included in a National Swim Team Digital Cookbook to be published in December 2014. A “selfie” .jpg photo of the contest winner may be requested (but not required) for promotion of the contest and digital cookbook.
Enter the contest by September 15th and one individual will have a chance to win this food safety cutting board and BBQ utensil set.
To get more information and view the rules and regulations, go to the Swimming Canada website.

Twitter Chat:

Join Chicken Farmers of Canada on Twitter Friday September 20th at 1 pm ET for a 30 minute chat to kick of the parent of the month contest.  There is no RSVP required, just follow the #ChickenChat hastag.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign by ShesConnected. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own

WIN a Year Subscription to Netflix & 2 Scholastic Books

Well it has been a week now and we’re officially into the routine of school. Whew, that wasn’t an easy week but thankfully our schedule seems to be in place and the family is getting used to it. We allow our children to watch TV in the evenings but we are pretty hard core on limiting access and the amount of time they get to spend watching.


This school year, Netflix is helping families make the most out of their screen time by bringing popular television series and video content from Scholastic Media to the service.

Netflix subscribers in Canada can now stream The Magic School Bus, and several other Scholastic shorts and movies based on award-winning and best-selling books like: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories; The Babysitter’s Club; I SPY; and The Mouse and The Motorcycle.

This is the first time these beloved Scholastic titles have been available in the streaming format.

With the addition of these Scholastic favourites, parents can feel better about screen time routines and ensure little ones are exposed to quality entertainment.

Here are some back to routine tips for families:

  • Limit screen time: designate a specific period for screen time each night, whether it’s TV, on an iPad or other mobile device
  • Watch together: get into the habit of watching things together, that way you always know exactly what the kids are viewing
  • Bed time: reintroduce a regular weekday bedtime in the weeks before school starts to get into the habit before the first day school

 WIN a YEAR subscription to Netflix & 2 Scholastic Books

Our family loves Netflix as I’ve blogged about in the past so I am very happy to be giving away a prize which includes One Year subscription to Netflix and two books from Scholastic to one lucky Canadian reader.

Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends October 8th and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Open to residents of Canada 18+.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Fab & Free for Fall with Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart #FabnFreeBeauty

Fall is around the corner which means tans are fading and the colours of the season are changing. For many of us this creates a feeling of excitement; it’s the time of year when our clothing styles and colours change as well as our cosmetics.

As I am looking through my cosmetics from last Autumn I’m realizing it’s time to replenish and restock to keep up with the current trends. This can be an expensive exercise but Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart has some excellent promotions right now which I plan to take advantage of!

What is Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart.?

Murale is a one of a kind beauty store. There are 6 stand alone Murale stores, plus an eCommerce site, filled with the best beauty products from around the world. Murale focuses upon providing a high level of expertise uniquely suited to each individual shopper.


You can find Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart at the following locations or online at

  • Toronto, Shops at Don Mills
  • Vancouver, Oakridge
  • Calgary, South Centre
  • Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall
  • Montreal, Place Ville Marie
  • Ottawa, Bank and Laurier

Fab & Free For Fall

There are two fantastic opportunities that Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart is offering this Fall. Each are worth taking advantage of!

Fab & Free

Part 1 Monday, September 9 – Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Receive a free cosmetics bag with 20 deluxe samples worth over $288 when you spend $125 or more. Each Fab & Free tote will include a booklet with product information about each deluxe sample.

Products Included In the Cosmetics bag

  • B. Kamins – Nia-Stem Serum Kx – 6g
  • Benefit – Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain – 2.5ml
  • Bioderma – Sensibio H20 – 20ml
  • Caudalie – Hand and Nail Cream – 15ml
  • Clarins – Satin-Smooth Body Lotion – 30ml
  • Clinique – High Impact Mascara in Black – 3.5ml
  • Darphin – Stimulskin Plus Rejuvenating Lifting Serum – 2ml
  • Deborah Lippmann – Don’t Tell Mama Nail Laquer – 8ml
  • Dr Roebuck’s – Face – 25mL
  • Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum – 7ml
  • Eve Lom – Cleanser and Cloth – 5ml
  • Juice Beauty – Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer – 7ml
  • Lancôme – Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector- 7ml
  • Lancôme – Hypnose Star Mascara – 2ml
  • Ojon – Rare Blend Oil – 6ml
  • Prevage – Advanced AntiAging Serum- 5ml
  • Rodial – Glamtox Day SPF 15 – 15ml
  • Shiseido – Eudermine Moisturizer- 8ml
  • Smashbox – Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer – 5ml
  • StriVectin-TL – 360° Tightening Eye Serum – 7ml

Part 2: September 23, – October 13, 2013.

The Fab & Free Booklet includes an Optimum Bounce Back Offer (coupon): Receive 8,000 Optimum Points when you spend $75 or more at Murale on our featured regular sized Fab & Free products. This offer is available in-store only and coupon must be presented at the time of purchase. When a customer comes back from September 23 – October 13, 2013 and spends $75 or more (before tax) which includes a product that was featured in the Fab & Free booklet.

So go check it out, personally I love the idea of being able to try out different items at a lower price. When I know which ones I love I can return to the store and buy the full sizes and earn bonus Optimum Points!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post through my ad network, SheBlogs Media, for Shoppers Drug Mart. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


WIN an iPad Mini for Back To School #iPadMiniBTS

School has begun and we’re beginning to settle into a routine. As a celebration for the beginning of a new school year I’ve teamed up with Stacey from This Lil Piglet and Stacie from Simply Stacie to bring you the iPad Mini Back To School Giveaway.


Why give away an iPad Mini to celebrate back to school? Well why not! I know someone will be thrilled to have this beautiful device, perhaps to steal a few minutes of their own to watch a movie on or surf the web when nobody in the family is vying for their attention.



The iPad mini is a thinner, lighter, cheaper variant of the iPad as we know it, with a smaller screen and form factor that makes it even more portable than its larger sibling. Thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio, the iPad mini is actually superior to 7-inch tablets with a wide ratio. That is due to the more surface area available on the device’s screen, which results in a richer web browsing experience

Win an iPad Mini

We’ve invited some fabulous bloggers in and we’ve decided to giveaway 1 16GB iPad Mini valued at $329. to one very lucky reader in either the US or Canada. You must be 18+ to enter, Winner will be drawn on October 5th and have 48 hours to respond.

I’m so excited, good luck!

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