Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain – Serenity Abounds

Life for so many of us is busy and rarely do we take time to rest and recharge. As a mother of 2 living in such busy times I was very excited when I was presented the opportunity to attend Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario to review their services.

The award-winning Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is renowned for the outdoor Scandinavian Baths experience. Guests spend hours soaking whilst enjoying the serenity of the surrounding natural environment. Minutes from Collingwood & Blue Mountain Resort, the year-round experience offers Registered Massages, Getaway Packages & a delicious Bistro. Open daily from 10am-9pm.

For quite some time I’ve heard my friends gush about the amenities and peace they’ve found at Scandinave Spa and of course I’d seen the beautiful photos on their website but I don’t think I was quite prepared for the deep sense of serenity which I found while there.

Even as I drove onto the property I was struck by the nature which surrounds the facility, they’ve managed to utilize the existing landscape to their advantage.

scandinave spa driveway Between the snow gently falling and the rustic feel of the place, it felt like I was entering a different world.

Once I arrived, I met my good friend Christine from MommyMatter.com in the parking lot and we slowly made our way into the retreat, chatting away. The Lobby is lovely, it continues with the rustic feel and the staff are warm and welcoming.

We were checked in and given our robes, water bottles, coupons for lunch at the Bistro and a brief tour of the facility from the HUGE windows overlooking the baths.

There are a few rules while at Scandinave Spa, guests are asked to be quiet (who knew that would be difficult for Christine and I?) and not to use cell phones or pdas(we were exempt for review purposes).

Scandinave Spa Robe

After changing into our swimsuits we threw on our robes, filled our water bottles and headed outside…brr!

Scandinave Spa is renowned for their Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges & relaxation areas.

Scandinave Spa Cold Bath

This is the sight that greeted us as we stepped outside, we were eager to jump in until we realized that this is actually the Nordic Waterfall which definitely would have to wait until we’d been somewhere hot.

There is a process which we were to follow if we wanted to maximize the health benefits of the baths. Essentially we were to enter a hot bath or facility for 15 minutes to dilate blood vessels on the surface of the skin, allowing for perspiration to expel toxins and then immediately follow with a cold one to close the pores. Then we were instructed to head to one of the relaxation areas to allow the body to regulate.

Scandinave Spa Eucalyptus Steam Room

This may be my new favorite place on Earth! I had never experience anything like this, it’s simply blissful.

Scandinave Spa Sober JulieChristine and I joked that we couldn’t possibly honor the Absolute Silence rule but as soon as I opened the door to the steam room I knew it wouldn’t be a problem. The eucalyptus scent seemed to sweep over my body as I was coated in mist, taking a step into the room it was like a dream.

I couldn’t see very far in front of me but realized that the round room had three levels of tiled seating. We chose a spot close to the door, at first we were quite tense but slowly as we breathed in the scent of the steam relaxation truly overcame us. Fifteen minutes felt like it flew by and too soon we left the cocoon of tranquility.

Both Christine and I agreed, this was an experience that touched us deeply and we could easily picture spending time meditating in the Eucalyptus Steam Room.

Scandinave Spa Cold Bath

As I said, the next stage was to be a cold experience but I have to admit we didn’t indulge. Between my migraines and back spasms we felt that stepping out into the freezing winter temperatures were enough cold for that day, instead we enjoyed some time quietly chatting by a fire outside.

Scandinave Spa paths

Scandinave Spa Relaxation Room

We headed into the beautiful relaxation room which overlooks the baths and allowed us to see the surrounding landscape. There were comfy loungers, magazines or simple solitude in the silent environment.

Scandinave Spa Tranquility

Scandinave Spa Relax Room

I can honestly say that the fine folks at Scandinave Spa have thought of everything to make your time here beneficial for unwinding. When I first learned of the silence rules I thought I’d have issues with it but quite the opposite was true. The atmosphere is conducive to relaxation and turning within to reflect.

Scandinave Spa Hot BathBetween these gorgeous views, the effects of the hot and cold amenities I was truly relaxed when we headed into the Bistro for lunch.

Scandinave Spa LunchI enjoyed a ham & cheese sandwich on a pretzel bun with a delicious homemade mushroom soup. The bistro serves healthy, delicious foods made from fresh ingredients and is well worth it.

If you’re looking for a way to rest and recharge you really must look up the Scandinave Spa! You can connect with them on Facebook or Twitter or via their website.

Diamond Earrings Giveaway Event – Value $899 US/CAN

Union-Diamond-Giveaway-2Welcome to the Union Diamond giveaway event, sponsored by Union Diamond and hosted by Happy Mothering. During this event, we’ll be giving away a beautiful pair of 14kw Princess Cut Diamond Studs 1/3ctw (valued at $899.00) to one of our readers!

About Union Diamond

6  RING-2Founded in 2001, Union Diamond offers the highest quality certified diamonds and impeccable customer service, a vast selection of settings and competitive prices. They can even take your vision for a piece of jewelry and make it into a beautiful piece that you will treasure forever!

Union Diamond’s mission is to be the absolute best place to buy diamonds on the internet, and they take their slogan, “Just Expect More” to heart. Their educated staff has a strong focus on customer service, and they pride themselves on returning phone calls, answering emails and providing a superior product. In addition, all of their diamonds are conflict free.

Union Diamond has been rated Forbes “Best of The Web” and have an A+ rating with the BBB. They even offer a 30-day return policy. If you’re shopping for a beautiful piece of jewelry backed by excellent customer service, visit the Union Diamond website.

You’ll find gorgeous pieces like these: Diamond Ring Set

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Diamond Ring The Giveaway

Now onto for your chance to win these beautiful princess cut diamond earrings from Union Diamond, valued at $899!

princess cut diamond earringsThis giveaway will run from March 1, 2013 at midnight EST through March 31,2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST and is open to the US and Canada. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Smile Brilliant Review & Giveaway

As someone who cares about my appearance I was eager to try do a Smile Brilliant review when they contacted me. Listen, after years of drinking red wine and coffee my pearly whites have seen better days.

I’ve priced out dentistry whitening and haven’t yet been able to justify the $350+ dollars I was quoted. When I heard about Smile Brilliant’s at home teeth whitening system I was pleased to see a $39 price tag.

The Smile Brilliant at home system is simple to use and the fact that I can do it from the comfort of my own home is a bonus.

I received the Brilliantly Simple Package which includes:

  • High intensity Ultra-Blue LED activating light (batteries included)
  • Protective trays(top & bottom)
  • 4ml Professional whitening gel pen (35% concentration)
  • 30 Day money back guarantee
  • Life-time tray replacement warranty

While my teeth may not look horrible to you in this before photo, I notice how yellow they look in each photo taken of me.

smile brilliant before

As I was doing my background research I was happy to read that this product has received an average score of 4.9/5 based on 702 customer reviews.

What kind of results could I expect?

“Many people can see a difference after the teeth whitening session. Dramatic results usually come in 5 to 6 days. We recommend that the initial teeth whitening process be continued for 12 consecutive days. After those 12 days, you only need to whiten your teeth as often as you want. If you want a continuous white smile, then you will need to bleach at least once a month. If you just want your teeth white for special occasions, then bleach them the night before and 30 minutes before the event. Most people’s teeth get up to 7 shades whiter in one day using our Lab Direct Teeth Whitening Process!”

Here are the steps I took:

1. Brushed my teeth well.

2. I used the whitening gel pen to pain whitening gel onto my teeth.

smile brilliant pen

3. I put the whitening tray into my mouth to keep the gel from coming off onto my lips.

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4. Turned on the LED light and waited for 40 minutes!

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The Results of my Smile Brilliant Review:

Smile Briliant result

After only completing one 40 minute treatment I see an improvement!

I’m impressed and am looking forward to what my teeth will look like as I continue using it.

How To Buy It

The Smile Brilliant package is normally priced at $130 but right now it’s on promotion at just $39.95 and they’ve provided me with a discount code to share with you all.

If you order a kit today you’ll receive an additional 20% off by using the code SMILE20.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with Smile Brilliant you can find them on the Smile Brilliant Facebook Page, or on Twitter @SBWhitening.
 

Enter to WIN Your Own Brilliantly Simple Package

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One fortunate reader will win a Brilliantly Simple Package as outlined above. Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. I will choose the winner on February 22nd and the winner has 48 hours to respond. This giveaway is open to residents of the US & Canada.
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Sammy Gs Personalized Gifts – A Great Christmas Gift

I am a pyjama lover, the minute I walk in my front door I race to change into something super comfy and usually not so attractive. This has led to quite a few raised eyebrows when unexpected visitors stop by but I’m all about comfort first.

In October I attended the ShesConnected Conference and my fabulous roommate @ChancesMommy and I decided to host a #TOTweetUp the night before the actual conference. @ChancesMommy is truly a brilliant woman and proved it once again when she thought to contact @SammyG to see if she could bring some of her unique, personalized gifts to show the bloggers who were coming.

Sammy joined us and I was so pleased with the super-comfy, uber cute SAMJAMS which she brought me.

SAMJAMS

Sammy Gs is an independently owned company who specializes in unique, personalized, quality products. Sammy herself is a high-energy, passionate woman who is determined to ensure each of her customers receives the attention they deserve. Sammy Gs carries a wide variety of products for babies, children, adults and even pets.

Unfortunately my photos from the #TOTweetUp were lost with my recent computer virus but my friends managed to give me some shots of the evening.

@ChancesMommy & I being goofy in our SAMJAMS thanks to AskMamaMoe.com for the photo

SAMJAMS-Pillow-Case

This is the lovely personalized pillow case Sammy Gs made for us, we had visitors to our room sign it.

SAMJAMS-pj@ThisLilPiglet and I hanging out before attending an evening event…yes I wore my SAMJAMS everywhere.

With Christmas coming I decided to tell you all about my three favourite Sammy Gs products, not only so you can create your own list but perhaps someone will be in the mood to send one to me…..just saying….

Sammy Gs Mohair Throw

This blanket is hands down gorgeous! It’s luxurious, high-quality and a family keepsake for years to come.

“Classic comfort to bring out the best in your home decor! Fringes add definition and text adds the thoughtfulness of this client, wedding, engagement, housewarming, special birthday, thank you gift!
Measures approximately 70″ x 53″

 

 

Youth Hooded Robe

Sammy brought a few of these little robes which are not only cute but built to last. They are made of high quality material, very light and actually machine washable! My girls would love these personalized robes.

“Whether your child is attending or having their own Spa Party our Personalized Hooded Waffle Robe is the perfect gift!  Get together with a friend and give the birthday girl a gift to remember her chic day with girlfriends.  

Typically fit sizes 7-11. Available in white only.

Price includes 1 name across the back or 2-3 initials on left chest”

 

 

 

SAMJAMS Shorts

After falling in love with my SAMJAMS now I would like a pair of the SAMJAMS shorts to wear on warmer nights. They’re made of a lovely, soft flannel which is comfy and cozy.

 

 

 

 

The days are counting down friends, Christmas is coming and if you’ve got someone special on your list you really should check out what’s available on Sammy Gs. You can be certain of great quality, unique products from a lovely woman whose attention to detail will make your shopping experience pleasurable.

 

 

 

 

WIN $25 Marks Work Wearhouse Gift Card

Marks Work Wearhouse has been having an exciting month as they’ve launched their Fall/Winter collection and unveiled an Ontario wide rebrand. As if that’s not enough, they’ve also launched their new website Marks.com.

Marks Work Wearhouse

 

What’s new atMarks Work Wearhouse on Marks.com

  • Products available online –The new site will offer up to 2,000+styles with shoppers being able to view all the available product colours and availability in stores across Canada
  • Wish List – Putting together your holiday wish list? Start with Marks.com new Wish List feature allowing you to record all your favourite items and styles
  • Self-serve customer history/ customer order status –Keep organized with Mark’s new tracking features helping you stay informed of past purchases and allowing you to check the status of current orders
  • Faster delivery of online ordersMarks.com will continue to use our Fast Find service to fulfill all online orders. With the re-launch of Marks.com we’ve improved this service to deliver customers their orders even faster! 3-5 business days (up to 7 days in remote areas)
  • Gift Card Redemption and balance check –Gift giving is made easy with Marks.com as gift cards can now be redeemed online with shoppers being able to check their balance at any time
  • Spend and Saves Online – Shoppers will be able to access great deals at Marks.com using Spend and Saves when purchasing online
  • Online Events– Mark’s is now able to hostspecial events including Ladies Night online offering Canadians the great discounts and promotions available in stores
  • Store Inventory Check – Not sure if your local Mark’s has the item you want? Use the new Store Inventory Check to track down your favourite fashions and finds from Mark’s
  • Compare Tool – Compare up to four products to find the best fit, style and cut for you!

WIN $25 Marks Work Wearhouse Gift Card

To celebrate the launch of Marks.com I have been given one $25 gift card to giveaway to a reader who lives in Canada!

Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, winner will be chosen on November 14th and have 48 hours to respond.

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Shopping Is Painless With #SearsClubPoints

sears-logoWhen I see the blue Sears shopping bag come into my house I get excited! It’s a throwback emotion from my childhood which gets me every time. I grew up on small-town suburbia  where there weren’t many shops. My Mum firmly believed that Sears made quality products and she insisted that we do most of our shopping for clothing and Christmas toys there.

Back in those days we shopped by catalogue, who am I kidding we still do! I’m old-school….I still wait for the Christmas Wishbook from Sears to arrive so I can spend far too much time pouring over the pages, writing my name next to each and every thing that catches my eye. This year my children have gotten to the ages where they understand the beauty in the process and took the initiative to use permanent marker to brand their choices.

I have no qualms with ordering the children’s clothing, toys and household items from the Sears Catalogue, it’s a simple process because we have a catalogue store here in our town. When it comes to clothing for myself or hubby we drive 45 minutes away to be able to try on garments and ensure the right fit.

Sears recently gave me the opportunity to review their Sears Club Points program, they challenged me to use Sears Club Points to make a purchase and report to you all about the experience.

Let’s face it, there is always something that needs to be bought – shoes for the kids, replacing the broken refrigerator or another birthday present (really, another birthday party?!). Wouldn’t it be nice to know that all those things we need to purchase could end up providing you with something you really want to buy? With the Sears Club Points Program that’s exactly what happens. Whether online or in-store at Sears, you can use your Sears Club Points to purchase the items that you want.

When you receive a Sears Financial™ Mastercard® or Sears Card, you’re automatically enrolled in the Sears Club™ Points Program. That means you can get up to 2% back in rewards every time you shop!

Some of the Sears Club Benefits…

  • You can earn DOUBLE points at Sears everyday†
  • 1,000 points = $10 towards anything at Sears*, including travel
  • You can also donate them to Sears in your Community

You can redeem your points instantly when you shop at sears.ca, in your local Sears store and by phone at 1.800.901.9978. It really is that easy!

searsOff we went into the city, what you didn’t think I’d spend it all on the children did you? My hubby and I browsed around and realized that we’d chosen a great day to come because all Autumn outerwear was 30% off. I ended up purchasing a beautiful Burberry-style poncho and a tan suede jacket.

At the counter I proudly whipped out the Sears Club Points card and the clerk happily swiped it and viola! It was that simple, with just one swipe I added two beautiful garments to my wardrobe without the pain of draining my bank account. There is still points remaining on the card which will be spent on some Christmas items I’ve chosen for the girls, hey it’s not ALL about me!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Sears Club Points program by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

The New and IMPROVED Marks Work Warehouse!

The New and IMPROVED Marks Work Warehouse!

Here I am for another lovely event on behalf of Julie. Have I mentioned how much I love my “job”?

If you are Canadian, you are probably familiar with Marks Work Warehouse. But did you know they’re getting a new look and rebranding? I got to attend one of the grand opening events and I was quite curious to see what was to come. Sharing a little secret with you- I’ve been going to Marks for years. And now that they are branching out with their new brand- I can see myself going much more frequently!


(Here I am, wearing my new favourite shirt. I never would have picked this colour for me, but I love it. I always get complimented whenever I wear it. Excuse the look on my face, I was only taking a picture to get help with my wardrobe for an event I was attending)

During this rebrand, they’re starting to shift their focus from mens clothes (how it started out) to both genders. You’ll find pretty much everything there- shoes, clothes, uniforms, socks, etc. They are also very committed about standing behind their products.

The first thing we saw were waterproof jeans. Instead of the water seeping into your jeans, it beads on the surface to keep you dry. That’s a pretty awesome thing to see. It reminded me of the summers my parents put waterseal our deck and watching the rain bead on the boards.

In some of the selected stores, they actually have a winter simulator. When I put that fact with a picture I took, many people laughed saying that we already know what winter is like. This is just another way the company is showing what’s new. Inside the simulator, it reaches a temperature of -40 C (that’s including the windchill) One of the people in my group was asked to put one of their winter jackets on to test it out. Even though he wasn’t in there for very long, he said the only place he felt the cold was on his face. Makes sense since it isn’t covered!


They had so many awesome products, I can’t wait to go back. Have you shopped there before?! I totally need to find another 10 shirts like the one above since people tell me I look skinny in it!


 Cheryl is a 30-year-old mother of 2 living in Toronto, Ontario. Lauren is a rambunctious 4-year-old and Jillian is a very active 2.5 year old. Jillian was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy at 13 months old. Cheryl can be found at Beautiful Side of Hectic and 5 Minutes for Special Needs.

Gorgeous Hair – Yes I Have a Beautiful Wig!

While Bald IS Beautiful it’s a mite chilly my friends! Honestly I hadn’t realized how much insulation hair had provided me with for so many years until it was gone. My husband doesn’t find this amusing at all as I lament constantly about it, with a hat upon my head and a hoodie over it…..yes I’m still cold and apparently have an inner need to share ALL of my emotions with him.

Being bald for me is a temporary situation, I made the choice to experience this but so many other people aren’t given a choice. For a variety of reasons many people find themselves with little or no hair when they’d rather have a full head of hair.

Growing up I had a friend with Alopecia, she was a beautiful girl who always felt “less than” somehow because of her lack of hair…..it broke my heart at the time and I can remember how happy we all were when she was able to secure a wig as a teenager.The change in my friend was dramatic, her self-confidence rose and she just felt more secure in general…..it wasn’t that she didn’t love herself to begin with (she was pretty darned amazing in this regard) but the first time I walked in public with my bald head bared I got a taste of what she had lived through daily.

People stare when a woman is bald.

They probably don’t mean to, it catches your eye….heck, I still startle myself when I catch my reflection in mirrors and doors. Having a wig which you love allows you to feel less noticeable which for some folks is a blessing.

As I was planning my head shaving I took the opportunity to contact Gorgeous Hair which is an online wig store based in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. After telling them about my fundraising efforts they agreed to send me a wig to try out. I specifically chose Gorgeous Hair because they offer a wide selection of hair products; from synthetic wigs, human hair wigs, to extensions they have it all. It can become quite confusing when you’re researching these types of products if you’ve never had experience but the fine folks at Gorgeous Hair made it simple for me. They are happy to answer any question, lend advice and support even after your purchase is shipped.

I chose the Spotlight Wig Lace Front-Heat Friendly Raquel Welchin a lighter blonde color. This wig has a Sheer Indulgence Lace front which makes for a more natural look at the hairline and the Tru2LifeTM heat friendly synthetic fiber allows me to style it using thermal tools on medium settings up to 180C or 350F.

I chose this wig to try something different, I have always secretly wanted long hair but with all of the coloring my hair wasn’t healthy enough to grow out. This wig has loads of long layers that fall to mid-back and the side swept bangs which I like. Inside the wig there is a small velcro tab which I had to adjust to fit my oversized noggin (big brains as my Mummy tells me).

I am dead impressed with both the wig and the company. Gorgeous Hair is a classy organization who treat their customers like gold, available to answer questions and have a deep understanding of their product lines and popular preferences of customers.

The wig itself is wonderful, I feel so glamorous in it. Can’t you picture me covered in pink satin with a diamond tiara?? Ok that’s pushing it but it really looks natural and feels wonderful to the touch. It will take getting used to the feeling of it upon my head but I think that’s a learning curve with any wig.

I am still trying out styles and will be sharing more photos as times goes on….but for now here I am!

Gorgeous Hair WigFor anyone who is looking for a wig, whether it’s simply to try a new style or because your own hair needs some “help” I highly recommend Gorgeous Hair.

You can find Gorgeous Hair on Facebook or Twitter, go ahead and interact with them….they really do care!

 

Mark's Work Wearhouse Fall/Winter Preview

If you remember a while back I posted about the Mark’s Work Wearhouse Spring/Summer 2012 Preview, well, I’m at it again! I was lucky enough to attend a second event, the Fall/Winter 2012 Preview and, like their previous event, Mark’s did not disappoint! It was at a different venue this time, and interestingly enough, this venue was lighter and more airy in contrast to the moody venue that Mark’s Work Wearhouse chose for their Spring/Summer launch. I thought it was brilliant marketing, whether it was consciously done or not, having the opposite atmosphere to the season to make the clothing and accessories pop just a little bit more in the actual surroundings at the event!

I also love the Mark’s team – they are extremely friendly and personable, love their product and are so knowledgeable. I have to say they are all spectacular presenters and amazing people. Thank you so much for this opportunity to view your collections!

What I also loved, and have to say thank you to Mark’s for, is the free nail and hair bar that was set up at the back of the room for complimentary manicures and blowdries/hairstyles. It added that little extra touch to the event making it truly enjoyable rather than just an introduction to your new line – extra special treatment by the team at Mark’s is always appreciated!

Onto the clothing – as I said before, Mark’s did it again. They took inspiration from the London, New York and Milan Fashion Week runways and adjusted their line to include similar items to those in high end fashion, without breaking your budget and without straying from the sensible, real clothing that Mark’s is known so well for, while presenting a stylish and flattering wardrobe for your everyday. Many of their styles were styles you would find in any “high street” store or mall, but at a more affordable price with innovative technologies that give the Mark’s brand their little extra *oomph*.

Some of my favourites…

I absolutely loved their tops and favoured quite a few of them – I had to breathe and keep myself under control because their tops are so versatile and are definitely the type of thing I would be able to transfer from desk to dinner any day of the week with the use of one of their fabulous jackets. The colours were amazing and I loved that, in true Mark’s fashion, they were able to add little accessories and details to the clothing to make it just a little extra special.

Mark’s did a really good job of transferring colours and textures of the runways to their clothing Rich burgundy, comfortable knit, marvelous military inspirations and perfect plaid were all a part of the line up. In fact, their mannequins were so perfect for autumn that I just wanted to steal them right there and then! (don’t worry I didn’t. I did take a gazillion photos of them though!)

 

 

In love with this!

I also really appreciated their outerwear – and completely fell in love with a black trench that they were displaying – no matter what I looked at I could not tear my eyes and my thoughts away from it. I know it will be in my wardrobe in the future, and perhaps in yours? It was a short, black, waterproof trench complete with a hood and completely lined with micro-fleece for warmth. It is a perfect jacket for when I move to the UK, since a lot of my Canadian jackets are proving to be too warm for the climate! I can’t wait to pick one up!

Almost as a compliment to my jacket, I also found a jacket to compliment my husband. It looks like a wool jacket in that it looks more professional than a sport jacket, but is also waterproof and lined. I think the cut will also emphasize my hubby’s wide shoulders and I’ll just swoon to see him in it.

*ahem* sorry. Back to Mark’s.

The men’s wear did not disappoint either – most of it reminded me of Canadiana in that it seemed to be a very sporty, outdoorsy type of look they were going for. I personally don’t dig this because my husband is European and doesn’t really look good in the Canadiana type of clothing, but for most of the Canadian men I know, the plaid shirts, fleece lined jackets, amazingly tough looking boots and the casual elegance of the line will definitely emphasize the Canuck in your born and bred Canadian fella.

Ooh baby…

I left the best for last. As Julie very well knows, I am completely addicted to accessories and shoes. Well Mark’s did not disappoint with an entire range of jewellery, belts, scarves, gloves, bags, shoes and boots to suit every possible occasion you may find yourself in during the Fall/Winter season of 2012. Trust me these are worth it! I fell in love with a pair of red leather gloves that were as soft as a baby’s bottom, yet sexy and demure at the same time. AND it matched my purse. What other sign do I need that they were made for me?

Mark’s shoes were spectacular and ranged from sensible work shoes to fantastic high boots with fur trim. Their scarves were absolutely fun and they had some very, very nice ties for the gentlemen in your life (think 50 shades of grey kinda ties…whether you hate it or love it you must love Christian’s wardrobe…).

All in all, Mark’s presented a completely fashionable, sexy style for Fall/Winter 2012 and it is completely worth your time to go check it out. The vibrant efficiency of the clothing is straightforward and the wearability of the styles is classically Mark’s. So go on over, shop Canadian and don’t forget to bling yourself out on the amazing accessories that match the line perfectly.

Have a good one and please do feel free to send photos of your new purchases!

 

Serena is a 30-something, PR-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, “smug-married”, self-proclaimed people-watching allergy-queen just trying to navigate this obstacle course called life. Her blog, Bewildered Bug, is her attempt to relay her everyday experiences. Feel free to contact her there, on Facebook or on Twitter.

The Children's Place $500 Giveaway! #babyshower

The Children’s Place has become somewhat of a staple in our home. Our daughters have very different styles but a trip to The Children’s Place always seems to work out for both the “girlie girl” and the “tomboy”.

Shopping for children’s clothes can become exhausting, I often find the quality is low and the prices are high.I can remember the first time I came upon The Children’s Place after a friend urged us to go there, as I looked at the first price tag I remember being surprised. These were some stylish, good quality choices for children at reasonable prices!

Even I was able to come up with some very hip outfits, The Children’s Place makes it easy to mix and match pieces to make a fabulous ensemble!!

That day we came home with a full wardrobe for Sydney who was just a wee baby and today we still shop there for Sydney who is now 8 years old. The Children’s Place carries clothing and accessories from newborn to size 14 which means we’ll have a few years until Sydney outgrows this store.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to be participating in the BabyShower event with a wonderful group of bloggers.

The Prize: $500 Gift Card for The Children’s Place.

Entry is simple, just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter form below, giveaway is open to residents of the US & Canada and will run from July 24 – Aug. 24th.

Good luck everyone, I’d love for one of my readers to WIN.

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Thank you to Kidsumers (www.kidsumers.ca) for hosting this giveaway.