WIN a BlackBerry Q5 OR a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 #TelusBack2School

As the summer is coming to a close many of us are scrambling to prepare our children for their upcoming school year. I’m pleased to announce that I have partnered with This Lil Piglet, Mommy Matter and Life on Manitoulin to offer you all an amazing Back To School giveaway with Telus! The #TelusBack2School event will be one everyone in Canada should enter, the prizes are amazing.

Telus has kindly given us 2 devices to giveaway, this means that one person will win a BlackBerry Q5 and another will win the Samsung Galaxy Note 8!

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BlackBerry Q5

blackberry_q5Know a teen begging for a smartphone? Win some serious back-to-school shopping points with the BlackBerry Q5 from TELUS – it’s the perfect device for youth/teens looking for their first smartphone. Similar in functionality to the BlackBerry Curve 9320, but with the power of the new BlackBerry 10 platform, the BlackBerry Q5 will provide all of the features that BlackBerry fans know and love, at a price point and intricacy level that makes sense for a ‘starter device’. Here are some of the most unique BlackBerry Q5 features to get excited about:

  • BlackBerry Instant Action lets you find anything on your BlackBerry right from the home screen, in an instant.
  • BlackBerry Pictures Editor allows your inner artist to shine with tons of design and crop features and 16 photo filters to choose from like Lomo, Sepia and Watercolour.
  • Time Shift mode and Story Maker – the perfect pair, Time Shift captures the perfect moment in every picture, while Story Maker weaves the photos together in a few simple swipes, complete with music and titles.
  • BlackBerry® Tag (NFC) makes it easy to add friends to BBM, share photos, connect to an NFC-enabled accessory and discover hundreds of apps.

Learn more about the BlackBerry Q5 from TELUS, available for just $49 on a two-year term.

 

 

Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 4G LTE

samsung_galaxy_note_8Highly-portable, super smart and great for keeping track of to-dos, college class itineraries and everything else to keep you organized and connected for back-to-school season, the LTE-enabled Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is now available at TELUS with Easy Tablet interest-free financing options. This hot new tablet represents the evolution of the popular Note series with advanced features that include:

  • S Pen – The perfect tool for jotting down notes in class, personalizing emails, creating works of art or just doodling (after all, they say doodling makes you smarter!).
  • Air View – S Pen can help you preview content without actually opening documents.
  • Peel Smart Remote – Manage your TV, cable, satellite, DVD player and Blu-ray
    while on-the-go, thanks to this universal remote that is compatible with any TV.
  • AllShare Play – Share your favourite videos, photos and music across your connected devices while viewing content from anywhere.

Learn more about the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 from TELUS, available for $579.

TELUS Easy Tablet Program 

TELUS’ new Easy Tablet program is just one of the many ways that TELUS can help keep student’s bills in check, and will give parents peace of mind! With TELUS Easy Tablet, customers can purchase a brand new tablet from any TELUS store across the country at a low upfront cost, paying off the remaining balance over a set term in equal monthly payments (over a one or two-year term, completely interest free).  For example, you can get your hands on the new Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 at TELUS for a cool $99 upfront + $20/month over two years, or $339 up-front + $20/month for one year. Thanks to these financing options, TELUS customers will get unmatched flexibility to purchase the hottest tablets for back-to-school!

Learn more about TELUS’ Easy Tablet program.

TELUS SharePlus 

Moving a plane or train-ride away from home for school? The TELUS SharePlus plan includes unlimited nationwide talk and text so you can talk to your family and friends all over the country without worrying about overages or long distance charges. But what will make Mom and Dad really happy is this plan’s data sharing ability: with TELUS SharePlus, you can share data across multiple devices and people within the same household – so you can share with your favourite student (and keep track of their usage, too). Best of all, smartphones and tablets can be added without having to increase data – they just share data from the same bucket and everyone in the household will get full value of the data that was purchased.  So the more devices you add, the bigger the savings.

TELUS SharePlus is all about simplicity, choice and value with less commitment. Here’s how the plan works:

  • Step 1: Pick Your Device – Either purchase a device outright or bring your own device and get unlimited nationwide talk and text for just $35 a month. A device in the Smartphone Lite category on a two-year term which includes mid-tier devices (such as the Samsung Ace II X), is a $45 entry point and then up to $55 for high-end devices in the Smartphone category like the Samsung GALAXY S4 or BlackBerry Q10.
  • Step 2: Pick Your Data Package – With data sharing, the primary account holder adds the desired bucket of data to their plan and additional devices or people on the same account can simply share data with the primary account holder.

Learn more about TELUS SharePlus.

ENTER TO WIN

Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway runs until September 24th, the winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond. Giveaway open to Canadian residents 18+.

Good luck!!

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All of your Bills in 1 Location With ePost Digital Mailbox from Canada Post #shop #cbias

I like to think of myself as a digitally connected woman; I prefer my communication via email, keep up with friends and family online but there is one area which I’ve neglected: mail. We are still receiving most communications via snail mail which has become a pain in the backside because I spend much of the summer at our trailer and often miss out on mail. Apparently there is an answer for folks like me, ePost Digital Mailbox from Canada Post!

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When I was asked to check out ePost Digital Mailbox from Canada Post my hopes were tentaively high, imagine one login, one password to manage all of our bills!

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ePost is SECURE

If you’re like me you’re very concerned with online security these days. All too often we hear of horror stories and frankly I’m unwilling to take a chance.  ePost is offered by Canada Post who is committed to ensuring your data is kept securely. ePost is the only company integrated into the online banking websites of all 6 major banks, now if they can trust them why can’t I?

All data resides in Canada. No data is replicated across the border or subject to foreign privacy laws.

In the event of a disaster such as an earthquake or flood, ePost is prepared with safety measures for stored data. They use Bank-grade security in their level 3 data centres, have disaster-recovery replication and off-site backups and have multiple redundant independent power supplies.

The Process

Setting up accounts online can feel like a hassle but honestly it wasn’t with ePost. I went to the site and created an account, this was your usual step-by-step process which took just a few minutes. Once I’d logged in I saw a welcome letter in my mailbox, it directed me over to set up my bills but there was also notification of a contest where I could win $1000!

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ePost Digital Mailbox From Canada Post Makes It Simple

Step 1 is to add in your “Mailers” which includes over 100 partners across Canada who mail out statements and bills to their customers.

Remember to get your statements together in order to have all of your account numbers on hand when you’re setting this up.

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The first account I set up was my Telus mobility account, it was simple to find in the list of 100 partners. I chose it from the list, hit next and was directed to a screen which told me I would be directed to the Telus site to confirm this mailer.

ePost Telus #shopOnce on the Telus site I logged into my account and it asked me for permissions and there was an agreement to confirm which stated I would no longer receive paper bills. Once I’d clicked I agree I was brought back to the ePost site where I saw confirmation of my account being added.

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Now my Telus account immediately showed up in my Mailer list with the status set to “Approved”.

As I continued in the process of adding in my bills it quickly became apparent that I would be unable to enter them all. Some of the accounts just aren’t on the list of approved partners yet, for example: my town’s property taxes, CAA and the banking institution which are mortgage is with. I hope these will be added in future because it would make our lives even easier.

Services

Canada Post’s ePost website includes more than this, click on the “Services” icon and you’ll see the different options. They provide contact information for Federal and Provincial government services,  current postal rates, postal code locator and more.

Check out my Google + album where I share even more images to show you how it works!

Oh I Wish I Could Switch to the Windows Phone But I Can't #SummerSwitch

As I told you almost a month ago, I’ve been using a Windows Phone for 1 month as a part of the #SummerSwitch program from Microsoft Canada. My good friend Chris from Canadian Dad nominated me to participate and I was quite uncertain about giving up my beloved iPhone entirely for a month.

In the end I was unable to rely upon the Windows Phone entirely for my social media needs, I’ll explain that in a bit. Right now allow me to tell you what I DO like about the Nokia Lumina 920 Windows Phone.

The Screen Size

The phone is larger than my iPhone 4, it has a 4.5’’ PureMotion HD+ display capable of 1280 x 768 pixels. I’m not a techy so if you’d like more technical info you can find it on the Rogers website HERE. I love that the screen is larger so I can see easier, but the downfall is that it’s more difficult to use with one of my small hands.

Tiles

On the main screen you have the ability to set up the apps you regularly use in the Tiles. This makes seeing updates simple and allows me to access everything immediately.

Battery Life

This phone has GREAT battery life, I didn’t once land in a spot where it died. Admittedly I wasn’t using it exclusively for hours at a time but I was impressed.

Camera

I wrote the technical details within my last post so suffice it to say I didn’t want to like the camera on this phone better than my iPhone 4 but oh yes I did!

The ability to set your exposure and other settings is wonderful. Each of these photos are taken directly from the phone without editing, although there are some fun editing options available. The camera on the Windows Phone is by far the BEST camera on a cell phone I’ve tried to date!

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I adore the camera on the Windows Phone but unfortunately it’s not enough for me to switch fully at this time.

Why I Can’t Switch to Windows Phone

As a blogger I use my phone to interact online via social media daily. With the Windows Phone the 3rd party apps are pretty good but not enough for me to keep up my usual interaction.

There is not an app where I can efficiently manage my Facebook page which for me is a biggie. I’ve been unable to find one that allows me to add photos, reply or sufficiently access features of my FB page as of today.

The lack of Instagram is killing me! Oh how I wish Instagram was available for this phone….

The reception on this network was not as strong as my current provider. This to me is a killer, we spend most of our summer in Muskoka right now and my current provider’s reception was far superior to Rogers which means I simply cannot switch.

This is a wonderful phone which I WISH I could switch to…but as of today there aren’t the appropriate apps which can provide the functionality I need.

Disclosure: I am a part of the #SummerSwitch program and was provided a phone free of charge to share my opinions. I am under no obligation to give a positive review.

 

 

 

I'm Using a Windows Phone for 1 Month- My Initial Review #SummerSwitch

My good friend Chris from Canadian Dad recently nominated me to participate in Microsoft Canada‘s #SummerSwitch, a challenge to switch to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone for 30 days. This would mean giving up my beloved iPhone and learning new technology, I love a challenge and can never say no to Chris so I took a deep breath and picked up the device to see what it was like.

Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

The fine folks at Microsoft Canada sent me a Nokia Lumina 920 Windows phone in exchange for my participation and sharing my honest opinions.

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The phone comes with the usual headphones, charger, data cable and easy to understand instructions. For this challenge the phone is activated on the Rogers network who is the exclusive provider of this phone.

The phone is larger than my iPhone 4, it has a 4.5’’ PureMotion HD+ display capable of 1280 x 768 pixels. I’m not a techy so if you’d like more technical info you can find it on the Rogers website HERE.

The phone is noticeably heavier than my iPhone. There are rounded sides which assist with gripping but it’s a stretch to use the buttons on the sides or type on the screen with one hand as I have smaller hands. This will take some getting used to and honestly not certain I’ll ever be able to type with one hand using this phone.

I sat down immediately to set up all of my social media networks. I use my phone all day long for this, when you see me Tweeting, on Instagram or Facebook it’s all usually from my phone so these interactions are a must for me.

Windows Phone Features

Main Screen

To unlock the phone you swipe your finger upwards over the screen and you’re greeted with the live Tiles home screen. You can easily customize this screen to have all of your most used apps available immediately. These tiles can be set to display updates, latest tweets etc. They can be moved, removed and resized by holding down on them. Another new feature is the new, smallest size of live tile, allowing you to cram more on the screen.

Battery Life

Before I get into apps, let’s talk about the basics which have been issues in the past with other phones. The battery life on this Nokia Lumia 920 is good, I have yet to have it die on me during an 8 hour period.  Here are the power management specs which I’ve found it lives up to:

  • Maximum standby time (2G): 320.0 Hour(s)
  • Maximum talk time (2G): 7.5 h
  • Maximum talk time (3G): 9.0 h
  • Maximum standby time (3G): 320.0 Hour(s)
  • Maximum music playback time: 52.0 Hour(s)
  • Maximum video playback time: 5.0 hours
  • Wireless charging: Yes

Sky Drive

This phone is equipped with the ability to store all of my photos, music and files in one location called Sky Drive. I can easily access them all in one simple location, love this feature.

Camera

If there is one thing I could change about my iPhone it would be to replace the camera with this one from this Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 920 has with an 8MP, Carl Zeiss lens on the back of the handset and a front facing 1.6MP camera.

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It has the touch to capture feature, which makes the whole viewfinder a shutter button. Simply get your image on the screen and wherever you tap the camera will focus and snap.

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There are three dots in the bottom corner which appear as you’re using the camera function. When you touch them a menu area expands to show you have more options: photo settings and video settings, along with the four icons – lenses, flash, front-facing and video.

There are also 4 Lenses which you can choose from; Bing Vision, Panorama, Cinemagraph and Smart Shoot. Bing Vision essentially scans a barcode, DVD cover etc and searches for it on the web. Cinemagraph allows you to create hokey GIF images which I don’t know if I’ll ever use. Panorama allows you to take sweeping photos like this one I shot in my backyard. It is important that it be a scene with bright lighting or the location marker seems to lose it’s spot.

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As you can tell by this photo the camera doesn’t product a super-sharp image and is overly bright in my opinion. I can change the settings, by setting the exposure to -1/3 I’ve noticed an improvement.

I’m still figuring out the camera to be honest, I do find it has fantastic stabilization and I like the ability to use the touch screen focus but am not yet convinced. I’ve read rave reviews about it’s low light abilities but when I’ve used it there seems to be an issue with any light source being overly bright. Here is an example where the light source in a dimly lit room overtook the shot.

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When I zoom in for a shot in low light the same thing happens, here is one from my daughter’s theatre production:

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As I zoomed out the image lighting improved, but it’s still overly bright.

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Perhaps over time I’ll become more adapt at using the camera settings properly for the shot, but right now I’m finding it difficult to use.

APPS

First impressions aren’t great. Hate to say that but it’s true. I rely heavily on social media apps and one of my main apps is missing. Instagram isn’t available for this phone, I NEED Instagram…enough said. The Twitter app is decent, comparable to any other I’ve used on a handheld.

Facebook isn’t quite up to snuff. The main reason is that I cannot sort my pages. This is a pain for me, I have to sort through all of the pages I’ve liked rather than seeing a list of the pages I manage. Once I get into my page I cannot update a status as my page, instead it updates my personal profile. I’m hoping this is simply my mistake but as of today I have not been able to find an answer.

Final Thoughts

Right now I still rely upon my iPhone for Facebook and Instagram. This means that most of the images I’m taking are with my iPhone. Hopefully over the next few weeks I’ll become more comfortable but as of now the transition isn’t complete.

Twitter Party

Join us on Twitter on Tuesday, June 25th for the 2nd @MicrosoftCanada Twitter Party! Grand Prizes: two Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phones {ARV $599} and one XBOX 360 50GB Kinect Bundle Gaming System {ARV $349}.

#SummerSwitch Twitter Party Details:
When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Time: 8 to 9pm {EST}
Follow the Hashtag: #SummerSwitch

Make sure to head over and RSVP before the party begins!

Disclosure: I am a part of the #SummerSwitch program and was provided a phone free of charge to share my opinions. I am under no obligation to give a positive review.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker & Tropical Fruit Sorbet Recipe

Something strange happened to me in my late 30’s, something which wasn’t impressive at all. Every time I eat ice cream I become very bloated and feel awful. As I’m sure you can imagine this ticked me off and so I began paying attention to what was in the ice cream and quickly realized the store-bought items I thought were ice cream or sorbet…weren’t at all. They were iced desserts.

When I eat ice cream or a sorbet which is homemade I don’t end up with stomach aches; I actually am able to enjoy the desserts, thank goodness! This is why I was super excited to receive a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment to review here on my blog, the company has provided me with the attachment in exchange for sharing my honest opinion with you all here.

The ice cream maker is used with the KitchenAid Stand Mixers and makes up to 2 quarts of your chosen frozen dessert. The unit itself must be put into the freezer for at least 12 hours prior to use, we decided to store it there. While space may be an issue for some, we simply put some items from the freezer into the bowl of the ice cream maker which freed up some room. It comes with a 1 year warranty and a book of instructions and recipes which we plan to try over time.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Tropical Fruit Sorbet Recipe

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Begin by putting the Ice Cream Maker into the freezer for at least 12 hours. During this time you can make the dough. I read through the KitchenAid recipes and decided to use the tropical fruit I had on hand to make my own Tropical Fruit Sorbet.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Tropical Fruit Sorbet Ingredients

First you’ll need to prepare 1-1/4 cups of simple syrup. Prepare simple syrup by boiling equal parts water and sugar until sugar is fully dissolved.

Next chop up 1 dragon fruit, 1 mango and 1 cup of raspberries (I used frozen) and add in 1-1/4 cup simple syrup.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Tropical Fruit Sorbet Step 1

Blend all of the ingredients together until you have a smooth mixture. If you don’t care for seeds in your sorbet, this is the time when you should strain them out.

Now pull the ice cream maker out of the freezer and twist it onto the Stand Mixer base. The kit includes an adaptor which is used on some styles don’t worry, it’s not difficult to figure out because the instructions are quite clear. There is also a “dasher” which you affix to the head of the mixer which does the rotating work.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Tropical Fruit Sorbet Mixing

Once you have the bowl and dasher in place, turn on the mixer to STIR and begin pouring in your mixture. Now go and do your dishes, read a book or relax for 20 minutes and allow this puppy to do the work!

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After 20 minutes you’ll find yourself a lovely mixture which may appear a bit runny still. Just scoop it all into a plastic container, seal with a lid and pop into the freezer for a few hours to firm up.

After a few hours you’re left with a sorbet to die for! It’s jammed with tropical flavours which will explode in your mouth without leaving you with a stomach ache.

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I’ve officially fallen in love with my KitchenAid Stand Mixer Ice Cream Maker attachment. It’s super easy to use and gives me confidence that I’m aware of the ingredients in the desserts we make using it.

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker & Tropical Fruit Sorbet Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
A homemade sorbet jammed with tropical flavors, made with the KitchenAid Stand Mixer Ice Cream Maker attachement
Ingredients
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Dragon Fruit
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1-1/4 cup simple syrup
Instructions
  1. Chop first 2 ingredients
  2. Blend ingredients
  3. Add mixture to Ice Cream Maker attachment bowl
  4. Turn Stand Mixer to STIR and leave for 20 mins
  5. Transfer sorbet to plastic container, seal lid and put into freezer for 2 hours
  6. Remove from freezer, serve portions and garnish

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Linkies at :
Tatertots and Jello,Whipperberry, 30 Handmade Days, Simply Sweet Home, The Answer is Chocolate, The Best Blog Recipes, Family and Friendly Fun, Six Sisters Stuff

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright vacuum Review & Giveaway

With Spring comes allergy season for so many of us. If you’re a person who lives with allergies or asthma you may not be looking forward to the onset of allergy season. There are a number of things people do to minimize the effects of allergins including using HEPA filter technology which is why I’m super excited to be reviewing the Hoover WindTunnel® Air Bagless Upright vacuum.

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Vacuum Features:

  • Only 12.4 pounds – the lightest Hoover® full-size bagless upright available – hoover vacuumeasy to use
  • WindTunnel® Technology – removes embedded dirt** and minimizes blowback or scatter
  • Quick Fit™ Hose – one-touch releases handle for easy attachment to hose so you can
  • Intuitive Power Controls – conveniently positioned where they should be – right at your
  • Brushroll Shut-Off – automatically turns off when vacuum is put in upright position
  • Fabulous Filtration – multi-cyclonic filtration system, rinsable filter and a high-quality filter made with HEPA media. HEPA media traps 99.97% of dirt, dust and pollens down to 0.3microns.
  • Carry Handle – on top of dirt cup so you can easily lift the lightweight vacuum for moving up or down stairs
  • 30′ Power Cord – vacuum a large room without re-plugging
  • Clear Nozzle with No Scuff Bumper – protects furniture and baseboards from scuffing and allows you to see Hoover® WindTunnel® technology in action
  • Deep Recline Handle – lets machine recline flat to clean under furniture
  • Limited 2-year warranty

On-Board Tools:

  • 3-in-1 Combination Tool
  • 30″ Extension Wand – extends reach of the hose
  • Crevice Tool – helps clean nooks and crannies
  • Upholstery/Dusting Brush – helps get furniture clean
  • 8′ Stair Hose – Attaches to the Quick Fit™ hose for 12 feet of cleaning reach on stairs without carrying your vacuum

My YouTube Review of the Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright vacuum

 

Hoover’s Allergy Defense Tips for Around the Home

  • Keep windows closed during peak pollen periods
  • Suck up pollen, dander and dust. Vacuuming is far more effective than sweeping at eliminating airborne particles – don’t forget spaces above cabinets, the tops of picture frames, wainscoting, windowsills, and baseboards.
  • Limit outdoor activity on high pollen index days (ratings available through your local news provider or The Weather Network)
  • Keep pollen build-up at bay by washing bedding every week in hot water
  • Wash pets regularly to decrease the amount of pollen that is tracked into your home by frisky pets
  • Keep family pets off furniture and remove them from bedrooms as much as possible to avoid dander deposits

WIN a Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright vacuum

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Disclosure: I was provided a Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Vacuum for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

I'm Reviewing the KitchenAid Architect Series 5 Speed Hand Blender on Video!

Recently I attended the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference where I had the pleasure of finally meeting the fine folks from KitchenAid Canada. I say finally because I’ve been trying to get in touch with the PR department at KitchenAid Canada for quite some time.

You see, my husband’s company does all the shipping for KitchenAid and we are definitely fans of their products. From my apple green mixer to my food processing wizard, my kitchen is littered with some of KitchenAid’s finest products.

When they offered to send me the KitchenAid Architect Series 5 Speed Hand Blender I actually squealed. This is a small appliance I don’t have and I just knew I’d love to try it out.

The Low Down on the KitchenAid Architect Series 5 Speed Hand Blender

KitchenAid Architect Series 5 Speed Hand BlenderFeatures:

  • Detachable stainless steel mixing shaft reaches an immersion depth of 8 inches
  • 5 speed setting and variable control dial
  • 3 interchangeable bells, scratch guard, cup with lid, chopper, whisk, storage case
  • Calibrated 1 litre capacity container
  • Mixing container is composed of clear plastic with a sealing lid and a non-slip ring on the base; BPA free
  • Handle features ergonomic soft rubber insert
  • Dishwasher safe mxing shaft and container
  • 1 year warranty

The first time I used the blender I made my Cocoa Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie with ease, I was quite impressed!

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Rather than write about my experience using this product I decided to do a few videos which I’m sure will give you a fuller understanding how it performed. Please excuse my “uhhh” deer-in-headlight looks and focus upon the blender as it’s much more impressive.

And now onto a Mocktail!

So tell me what you think, isn’t this a FAB product….and how did you like my video?

Head on over to the KitchenAid Canada Facebook Page where you’ll find more information and all that’s new.

 

 

 

KMN Home Giveaway! Open to US

Welcome to the KMN Home Giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card OR (2) DrawerDecor – Customizable Drawer Organizer Starter Kits ($50 ARV).

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The KMN Home DrawerDecor system has been featured in magazines like Better Homes & Gardens and Real Simple as a sleek way to custom organize your kitchen drawers with modern style and a splash of color.

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Messy kitchen drawers will be a thing of the past and will finally look as nice as the rest of your kitchen. With the DrawerDecor everything stays in place and looks fabulous. Kitchen drawers will never be the same.

You can enter to win this awesome prize by using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway  ends May 20th at 11:59 PM EST and is open to the US only. KMN Home is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Decorating my Outdoor Space At Walmart for #WalmartFrugalHeroes

Some days when I open my email I cringe, it feels like I’m repeatedly offered to review products that just don’t fit my family at all. Well last week I received an email which had me excited at first glance. Walmart Canada approached me and inquired if I’d like to participate in their Frugal Heroes Challenge.

What…what ever could this mean? I had to reread the email a few times before I actually believed that I was being asked to shop at Walmart. Yes, it was true! Walmart had challenged me to join in on the first-ever Frugal Heroes Challenge. Walmart was calling on Canadian shoppers across Canada to set a goal and make the most $100 gift card.

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What would I shop for? The girls don’t need summer clothing, nor do I or my husband….the house doesn’t really need anything…then it hit me, with the warmer weather coming we would be spending most of our time outside. I decided to decorate our back deck with the $100 Walmart gift certificate.

Walmart Frugal Heroes Deck Before

I worried that Walmart may not have stocked their Garden centre yet so I went into our local Walmart in Orangeville, Ontario to take a look. Thankfully they had some of their summer stock out and I began to get ideas and compile a list.

Waiting for May 2nd to roll around wasn’t easy, as you may have guessed I’m a bit impatient and with the beautiful weather I was eager to get my outdoor decorating going. Finally the time came and my husband, myself and our little friend Charlotte who was with us for the day headed to Walmart.

Our backyard has a pool and we spend most of our time out there in the spring and summer. Last year we purchased a new patio set from Walmart after price shopping for some time. What was missing was greenery and flowers so first stop was the Garden centre where I compared pricing of potting soils.

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This is a money-saving tip I’ve learned over the years of garden planters: Each year I save my pots at the end of the year and replant them instead of buying pre-potted arrangements. In the photo above you can see my soil of choice is $6.97 but on the right it’s more than double the size for $12.97 which means I save $1!

For my $100 we needed 2 carts and filled them quickly, in fact my larger sized SUV was just large enough for everything I purchased.

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Once I got home we got to work. I took 2 of the 4 hanging baskets I’d purchased for $8.00, 3 spikes I paid $2 for, some soil and made some hanging planters and 1 potted piece. Usually I’d pay about $20 for each of these simply because of the maturity of the plants so this is a frugal way to get some attractive planters.

Walmart Frugal Heroes Baskets

We hung two of the planters on that blahhh wall and placed the others around the deck, added a fern I got at Walmart and voila, there was colour!

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I also bought some supplies for on the table, there were a bunch of patterns and colours to choose from but in the end I adored this blue and green look which compliments the pool and the patio set cushions.

Walmart Frugal Heroes Deck After

This challenge wasn’t simple, normally I would have blown through $100 with very few items to show for it. By being aware that I only had that amount, I found I was able to fully decorate my deck in a way I’m happy with.

Thanks to Walmart for the challenge, I can honestly say that I’ll be more aware when I’m shopping in the future….oh and this must have gotten my husband in the summer mood because he began opening the pool this morning!

Disclosure: I was provided with a $100 gift card to complete this challenge but all opinions are my own.

Reviewing the Keurig Brewer from Staples

I am a lover of coffee, combine this with the urge for instant gratification and you’ll understand why I was excited to hear that Staples Canada wanted to send me a Keurig Elite Single Serve Brewing System to review.

Who knew that Staples now carries the Keurig Brewers and Kcups?

I actually blogged about my love of Keurig 2 years ago when we bought our first brewer which has since hit the dust from over use, so of course I jumped on the chance to have a new brewer and some kcups in exchange for sharing my opinion.

Keurig Elite Brewer from Staples

The scent of coffee is forever imprinted upon my person as an identifier of my Daddy and my husband. Isn’t that lovely, for the rest of my life anytime someone brews a coffee or stirs an instant cup my mind is drawn to think of the two men in my life I love the most.

As a child living in a small commuter town North of Toronto the first sound to greet me early every morning would be the rhythmic tinkle of my Father’s spoon hitting the sides of his coffee cup. Before the sound had a chance to make its way through the sleepy haze of my brain, the scent of coffee would waft through our small house to gently prod at me cuddled in my bed.

As far back as I can remember my Father arose an hour before my Mum, sister and I and prepared for his hour-long commute into the city in relative silence. Still to this day I can recall his routine which rarely wavered but always began with his cup of coffee.

I would lie there listening to Daddy move around the house, warm and cozy in my squeaky old bed waking slowly imagining all of the fantastic things I just KNEW each day would bring. Once I heard my Daddy stir his second cup of coffee I knew it was safe to get out of bed and interact with him for a snippit of time before he went to his adult world of machines and math as an Engineer.

Fast forward 20 odd years and you’ll find me at the age of 27 not yet loving coffee. It wasn’t until I began dating my husband that I bothered trying coffee. I had a job which had me waiting for the train in the winter and my super-attentive boyfriend would wait with me, handing me his coffee to keep my hands warm. This may have been one of the reasons I married him…that and the fact he didn’t mind when I began sipping his morning java to keep warm.

Keurig Brewer Produces a Fine Cup of Coffee FAST

It was then that my love of coffee bloomed fully and now at the age of 40 I greet each day with a cup. The Keuirg brewer holds a prime piece of real estate in my kitchen, it’s the first gadget I reach for each morning as I struggle to greet the day with a smile.

cup of coffee brewed by Keurig Brewer

The Keurig is quick, it brews me a perfect cup of coffee in under one minute with very little preparation! There is a large variety of choices when it comes to the beverages it brews…my personal choice is a strong coffee but there are teas, hot cocoas, iced beverages and more.

If you are like me and want your coffee brewed quickly and yet deliciously this is the machine for you. It’s simple to set up, just fill the water reservior, load in your choice of k cup, place your cup under the spout, and hit the brew button appropriate to the size of your cup.

The Keurig Elite Single Serve Brewing System has three cup sizes to choose from, a 6oz, 8oz or 10oz cup of coffee at the touch of a button & the removable drip tray which allows for easy cleaning.

With a retail price of just $99 at Staples this brewer is a relatively inexpensive choice for anyone looking to brew a single cup of coffee which is delicious every time.

How about you, are you a coffee lover who wants a fast, reliable brewer on your counter each morning?

Disclosure: Staples.ca provided met with these items for review. The thoughts and opinions  expressed are strictly my own. Feel free to shop their entire line of Keurig Coffee Makers and Kcups online.