Beyond Bedding Review & Giveaway

Last year we redecorated Chelsea’s room into a pink wonderland, I don’t know if there’s any room she could love more than she loves hers. Sydney was promised that we’d get around to her room the following Fall…..well its a year and a half past that promised date and we’ve finally begun the project.

Sydney has dreamed of having a surfer room, of course to her that means actual palm trees, boards and sand on her floor. To me this means the laminate flooring will represent the sand, I’ll get a funky mat and paint the upper walls a cool teal blue shade. We are mounting a wake board above her bed in lieu of a headboard, hey here in Suburbia, Ontario we rarely find surfboards!

Choosing the bedding wasn’t easy, Sydney isn’t a girly girl nor was she into the typical “surfer” print bedding we found online. We finally found the perfect choice on Beyond Bedding’s website. Their kids bedding page is so easy to use, it’s separated by gender, color and theme. If you can’t find what you like in their stock products, they also make custom childrens bedding. For those of you with other children, not to worry you’ll find everything your child is looking for in the custom teen bedding section.

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It was so refreshing to sit with Sydney and have her make a choice easily, she’s not usually fun to shop with and takes forever to make a final decision….but this time she fell in love with the Deco Dot Modern Teen Bedding. I was tempted to order the entire set but curbed myself to the bedding and bed skirt for the time being.

I love this set, the colors are so fresh! See that teal green, that’s the color we’re going to paint the top half of her room.

 

Beyond-BeddingWhen it arrived the excitement level was ridiculously high, and then Sydney came home from school and I had someone to share my excitement with! The bedding is wonderful, it’s well made with higher quality fabrics and attention to detail.

We’ve painted the bottom half of her room and wanted to wait to use her new bedding but Sydney was eager, here she is showing off her new set.

You really should check out Beyond Bedding if you’re planning on purchasing a bedding set in the near future, their quality is wonderful and selection is huge. They do ship to Canada and the fees won’t break the bank.

OR

You could fill out the Rafflecopter form below to WIN a children’s bedding set (as seen in the links below), this GIVEAWAY is open to residents of the US & CAN 18+.

Sets can be chosen from: Toddler bedding sets, Kids Bedding or Teen Bedding.

Residents of Canada please note that Beyond Bedding is NOT responsible for any duty fees which may be charged.

Winner will be drawn on May 25th and have 48 hours to respond before an alternate winner is chosen.

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Spring Cleaning Doesn't Suck So Bad (Green Works Review/Giveaway)

If you knew me in real life you’d know that I’ve never enjoyed the process of cleaning but I do love a clean house. This time of year is when Hubby and I always used to do HUGE Spring clean. Nowadays poor Hubby has to do most of the cleaning, with my disabilities I can only perform light housework which leaves him carrying the load of the clean-team.

I’ve always used cleaners which include harsh chemicals, the smells in our home were enough to clear it out. This was quite handy when I need quiet-time but frankly I know it can’t be good for us. Maybe it’s because I’ve become so aware of my health and that of our children but when I was presented the opportunity to review Green Works cleaning products I was inclined to do so. Frankly I wasn’t expecting much, in the past when I’ve tried “Green” products they just haven’t performed well and I hold a high-standard when it comes to cleanliness of our toilet. With 2 children, a husband and a pesky dog this is a chore.

More about Green Works:

  • products are made with plant- and mineral-based cleaning ingredients
  • are biodegradable and are naturally derived
  • Green Works products are not tested on animals
  • are acknowledged by the EPA’s Design for the Environment program
  • You can find more information on these products here:  http://www.trygreenworks.ca/

When I opened the package I was pleased to see all of the choices of products I received, I just knew Hubby would be so happy with his new gifts!

I personally used the glass and surface cleaner, the dish washing cleaner (water lily) and the biodegradable cleaning wipes. All of these had a soft scent, didn’t irritate my sensitive skin and were effective cleaners. I will be buying them in future.

Hubby used the all-purpose cleaner, the bathroom cleaner, and the toilet bowl cleaner. His verdict: thumbs up. Frankly I didn’t appreciate that the kids weren’t driven out of the house by the scent but I’ll get over it.

In the month of April Green Works has some promotions going on:

  • Green Works will be hosting a twitter contest with London Drugs where customers can tweet their favorite Green Works Product to #WinWithGreenWorks for a chance to win 1 of 5 $500 London Drugs gift cards
  • Green Works is teaming up with Sobeys for a promotion where you will receive 200 Sobeys Bonus points when you buy 2 Green Works products at Sobeys
  • Wal-mart will be offering an exclusive “special priced” 2-pack with Green Works All-Purpose Cleaner and Dish Soap. Wal-mart is also the exclusive distributor for All-Purpose Cleaner refills. Finally, they have educational demos scheduled for the weekend of April 14 and 15th, where you can learn more about the naturally-derived Green Works products in-store at participating Wal-mart locations

Green Works has provided me with a gift pack to giveaway to one Canadian reader.

The Gift Pack contains:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • toilet bowl cleaner
  • multi-surface cleaner
  • glass cleaner
  • bathroom cleaner
  • 2 dish liquids
  • cleaning wipes

Contest runs from until April 14th, 2012, winner will have 48 hours to respond. Open to Canadian residents only. Please be advertised that you may enter across multiple blogs, but may only win one prize.

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I have a lovely Spring Giveaway from Parsons Florist

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Parsons-Florist-signIt’s not every day that I find a company that is 95 years old!! Parsons Florist is located in our small town in Suburbia and has been creating fabulous creations since 1917. The owner happens to be a friend of mine, Chris has actually guest-posted here with here article titled God Given Time.

“Family Owned and Operated since 1917, this fourth generation florist is located in Orangeville Ontario and delivers to local areas with the freshest flowers which arrive daily from the worlds finest growers. Our service is second to none. Having received many awards and appearing on local TV and national printed publications, our wonderful staff will take care of your floral order as though it was our own. Customers are our passion. It shows in every thing we do. Experience what you have been missing. Call direct for that personal touch. In-store specials often sell out before they ever make it to our webpage. Follow us on Facebook

Parsons Florist has been serving our family since before I can remember, my Mum used to bring us in and while she’d choose the arrangement we were often allowed to explore the flowers. “No touching” was the mantra but it seems to me that as soon as her back was turned one of the kind ladies working there would bend down and reach our hands out to gently feel the petals. Trips to Parsons were a delight for me, I always left with a little bit more knowledge and whimsy!

Given the chance, I was excited to share Parsons Florist with you all because you don’t have to live here in Suburbia to be able to experience their quality products and reliable customer service. Parsons will deliver anywhere in Canada. While traveling a few years back a friend was in the hospital and I wanted to send over some flowers, I picked up my phone and called Parsons and they arranged a beautiful bouquet which met my request and was within my budget!

This is a company I’m proud to recommend, after being a customer since I bought my very first flower for my Mum at the age of 11 I know you won’t be disappointed.

TCupcake-Vaseoday Chris is bringing whimsy to one of my readers in Canada by allowing me to giveaway the CUTEST vase I think I’ve ever seen! It’s a chocolate cupcake and I’m in love with it!

Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below contest closes April 6th. This is open to residents of Canada and the winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

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Kids & Money – #MoneyWithLeo

Lately we have been teaching our girls about the value of money. When I was growing up this wasn’t really discussed and I ended up not understanding the serious nature of debt. Hubby and I are determined to take a different route with our girls, our eldest seems to have a natural understanding but Miss Chelsea Belle hasn’t quite gotten it yet, she is still under the assumption that we have endless funds as long as we have a bank card available.

We think it is important for our kids to value money even at this age so they are able to make informed decisions and establish a healthy relationship with money in the future.

RBC Royal Bank has released a new iPad application, Learning Money With Leo which we have been using with Chelsea.

Learning Money with Leo features a variety of kid-friendly and interactive games (Match It game, Gather The Coinsand Spot The Differences)to teach your children everything from earning, to saving, to spending money.

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As your child plays each game they’re able to earn coins, which can be used to buy stickers for their very own virtual sticker book.

learn-money-with-leoChelsea loves the games, she can easily recognize the coins and has become quite serious about filling her virtual sticker book using the coins she earns in the games.

The application is available for free from iTunes in both English and French.  You can find out more tips on teaching your kids about money here on the RBC website.

RBC Royal Bank has provided me a $50 Visa gift card to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader!

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below, winner will be drawn on April 20, 2012.

 

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Pick a great mortgage

Picking a mortgage is a formidable task for most people, especially since the financial trends have changed so rapidly over the past several years. However, if you can understand what makes a mortgage right for you and how to go about finding it, you’ll be in a better position to negotiate the contract that you want.Mortgage

Mortgage lending is a science.

This means that unfortunately for you, you will probably be just a number to many lenders instead of a name. One of the other downsides of mortgage lending is that there is a strong possibility that the mortgage you sign now could change hands several times throughout the length of the contract. However, you can use this knowledge to your advantage by making yourself available to the lender with the best deal. This means that you don’t necessarily have to go with the mortgage that your bank would offer you out of sheer customer loyalty. In fact, it’s best to shop around to see what else is out there. Start with a preliminary search of mortgage rates with ratesupermarket.ca so that you have an idea of what the home lending market is like at the moment.

There are several types of lending institutions that handle mortgages. In addition to your bank, you can also contact credit unions and mortgage companies that deal exclusively with home financing. No matter which kind of lender you work with, be sure that you are signing a contract with a lending officer instead of a broker; brokers often work on commission, which means that you would pay additional fees that you could avoid elsewhere.

Your interest rate is negotiable.

Many people feel like they have no control over what interest rate is set for them, but this is rarely true. After you research mortgage rates in Canada with ratesupermarket.ca, there are several ways to make sure that you get a lower interest rate, but the most sure-fire of all is to have a great credit report and a low level of debt. Lenders often see this as an indicator of how much of a financial risk you are, so practicing good money management will set you up for the best mortgage deal possible.

Going hand-in-hand with money management, saving up enough to make a significant down payment (between ten and twenty per cent) is another good way to lower your interest rate. This will also lower the amount of interest you pay in all, since it will shave years off of your mortgage contract.

Depending on your needs and future plans, an adjustable rate mortgage may also be an effective way to save money on the interest of your home loan. ARMs usually start of relatively low, but you agree to such a contract with the understanding that the interest rate will change after a certain period of time, which means that you could pay more. However, if you anticipate that you will need more space or that you will want to relocate before that adjustable rate takes effect, you can avoid it by selling your house.
When it comes to interest, you can also save by pre-paying on your interest at the time that you purchase the home. An interest point is usually equal to one per cent of the home’s total cost, and buying them upfront is a good way to make sure that you lower your overall expenses over the length of your mortgage term.

Follow these tips, and you can get the home of your dreams and the mortgage of your dreams, too.

 

DIY Countertop Paint~Giani Granite What a GREAT Makeover

We moved into our home 8 years ago knowing it was a fixer-upper, we didn’t realize quite how big of a project we had taken on. We’ve lived with kitchen counters we didn’t like for years, we just haven’t been in the financial position to gut the kitchen yet…funny how home improvements you can’t see like replacing the furnace, roof and windows take presidence.
 
Through another blogger I heard about Giani Granite, they have a countertop paint kit which transforms even the ugliest counters into a thing of beauty. Specifically, it is a pre-packaged, ‘paint-by-number’ granite paint kit that can be applied to laminates, solid surfaces and ceramic tile without pretreatment. Sounds good to me!
 
Giani Granite was kind enough to send me the Chocolate Brown Countertop Paint Kit to review here and share with you all. It retails for $69.95 and after using it I have to say it’s AMAZING!
This is our kitchen before the kitchen counter makeover, I know you’ll be loving the 90’s faux wood grain!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 1 of the process was to tape off the walls, counters, sink….clean the counters well with an SOS pad and paint black.
Giani Granite Counter PaintGiani Granite counter top paint step1
 
My husband’s face was classic when he came upstairs to this look!
 
 
I reassured him it would look different at the end and waited overnight for it to dry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 2 was to paint on the mineral layers.There are 3 different minerals in this kit, we poured them into paper plates and applied them ONE layer at a time.Step2 Giani Granit Counter top Paint
It says the step numbers right on the can so it’s super hard to mess up. Do a small section and then grab the next color and do over that section. We applied each color lightly as recommended, it made it easier to go back and add color as we wanted at the end.
Counter top paint like graniteAfter allowing the counter to dry again over night my husband sanded them down smooth with a 600 grit sandpaper.
Kitchen counter remodel
Step 3 – We applied the top-coat, allowed it to dry and then sanded and repainted another layer of top coat. We scored the tape with a knife, peeled the tape off and voila, we have beautiful new kitchen counters which look like granite. We have to let them cure properly for 2 weeks before heavy use but they’re so much better than before!
Counter top paint like graniteDIY kitchen counterGranite look counter    
Our kitchen looks fabulous, thank you Giani Granite for your fabulous product! I’d recommend this to everyone, how could I not with my kitchen looking like this?
DIY Kitchen makeoverYou can find Giani Granite on Facebook as well or see more photos on their online gallery.

LADY AND THE TRAMP Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

Disney Lady and the Tramp

A classic love story unfolds in the best Disney tradition as a lovely young pedigreed cocker spaniel named Lady, who lives a pampered life, finds herself falling romantically for Tramp, an amorous street-smart pooch without prospects. Although they have fun together on several dates, including a sentimental spaghetti dinner by moonlight at Tony’s restaurant, their relationship is strained not only by Lady’s loyalty to her human family and their newborn baby, but by Tramp’s devil-may-care attitude that eventually gets Lady in trouble and tossed into the dog pound. However, good-hearted Tramp redeems himself by saving the baby from potential harm and thus wins Lady’s love and the affection of her human family.

Share this timeless Disney Classic with your family as Walt Disney’s beloved classic, Lady and the Tramp, finally releases from the Disney Vault for the first time ever on Blu-ray. This heartwarming tale now charms a new generation of families and fans with its exquisite animation and unforgettable songs in one of the greatest love stories of all time. Featuring high definition sound and immersive bonus features your family can enjoy together, Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition is a must own addition to your Disney collection.

Blu-ray Bonus:

Disney Second Screen: Inside Walt’s Story Meetings*
Audio Commentary: Inside Walt’s Story Meetings
Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad
Three Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
Never Recorded Song: “I’m Free as the Breeze”

Classic DVD Bonus:

Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of Lady and the Tramp
Finding Lady: The Art of the Storyboard
Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film
PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs
“The Siamese Cat Song,” Finding a Voice for the Cats
“Bella Notte” Music Video
Trailers
Excerpts from “Disneyland” TV Shows

DVD Bonus:

Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad
PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs

Digital Bonus:

Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad
Three Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs
Disney Lady and the Tramp ValentineDisney Lady and the Tramp 2

GIVEAWAY

Lady and the Tramp Prize Pack

“Lady and the Tramp” – Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

Disney Lady and the Tramp DVD
Lady and the Tramp Read-Along storybook and CD

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This giveaway is open and closes Friday, February 17th. It is open to Canadian residents, with the exception of Quebec.

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Disorganized? Mabel's Labels can help!

I am probably one of the least organized people I know lately, I have notes everywhere reminding me to complete tasks. This has become a bit of a pain in the butt but honestly labeling things is helping me.

With the kids we’ve hit a point where they’re in lots of activities, going to school and going to friends houses. I’ve found that things seem to go missing easily, hats, mitts, shoes, water bottles…well just about anything you can think of.

Mabel’s Labels has come to my rescue!!

The kind folks at Mabel’s Labels sent me 2 of their Basic Kits and the Cord Control pack in hopes that I might become more organized or at least that my children might bring home their own things.

mabel's labelsThese cord labels are fantastic, now I can actually locate my laptop cord!

mabel's labels basic kitMy girls love their kits, Mabel’s Labels offered for me to choose the design, color and name on each item but I left it up to them. They really hit the mark, my girls had the tags on their backpacks in minutes and every shoe they own now has a label.

Mabel’s labels products are all of great quality at reasonable prices and they are a fantastic company to work with!

Check out their Facebook page and enter their Fan of the Week Contest, by uploading a photo showing how you use Mabel’s Labels you have a chance to win free product!

It’s not just me who has been convinced, Mabel’s Labels is featured in February 2012 issue of Today’s Parent Magazine!

If you are fundraising, head over to their Facebook page, Mabel’s Labels will help! They have an entire section dedicated to helping people raising money and are full of great ideas.

While I don’t think this will make me totally organized it certainly helps and I’m not done ordering on their website.

Soon everything in my house will be labelled….that’s normal right?

Rhetorical question….

WIN a Kindle Fire or $75 Amazon Gift Card – US/Can

Kindle Fire

I’ve teamed up with 12 wonderful bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway!

We’ve all pitched in to give one Grand Prize winner a Kindle Fire and a Runner up winner a $75 Amazon Gift Card.

It’s super easy to enter! Simply “like” each Facebook page on the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Each “like” is an entry for a maximum of 13 entries!

Prize Information

Grand Prize Winner will win a Kindle Fire ($199 ARV) Runner Up Winner will win a $75 Amazon Gift

Entering is simple, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form blow, remember you may need to wait a minute for the Rafflecopter entry form to load.

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada and ends 1/24/12!

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KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer $149 Review & Giveaway

Ladies and Gentlemen please allow me to introduce to you my newest addition to the family…..

KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer

KODAK ESP Office 2170 printer front view

This printer was shipped to me a few days ago and I’ve fallen head over heels in LOVE with it!

I’ve been taking my laptop to different locations around our home and taking great pleasure in hitting the Print button.

It’s WIRELESS!

Yes people, I can be upstairs and print off coloring pages for my girls without having to come to the family room and start-up the family PC.

Enough about me, let me tell you a bit about my current favorite.

From the Kodak website:

Increase your income, not your ink budget

It’s hard to make business decisions when you’re thinking about the cost of ink. Stop overpaying and make the smart investment with the KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer. Kodak offers the lowest ink replacement cost. And a suite of features that will keep you productive in your home office. Features like the 25-page automatic document feeder, easy wireless functionality, easy-to-use controls, and low ink alerts. Plus now print from anywhere for less—you can print remotely from your smartphone, tablet or computer with Google Cloud Print™ or KODAK Email Print . It’s an affordable 4-in-1 bundle of business efficiency that makes the most of every dollar, and every minute. So you’ll never worry about hitting print again.

 

Efficiency and productivity you can count on

  • One system, four great functions—print, copy, scan, and fax capabilities
  • Put in a stack of paper and walk away with the 25-page automatic document feeder
  • Know how much ink you have before you print with low ink level alert
  • Refill paper less often with the 150 sheet paper tray
  • Send scans to your PC, e-mail, network folders, memory cards, or USB flash drive
  • Scan multiple pictures simultaneously up to 1200 DPI—software creates separate files automatically
  • Fast, efficient faxing at 33.6 kbps

Did I mention it has Wi=-Fi???

Seriously, this printer is fantastic. It prints quickly,with vibrant color and the Wi-Fi was incredibly easy for us to set up. We go through ink quickly here and I’m pleased to see that this printer has low-cost refills, we’ve found that this is where the high costs of printing comes in. The built-in fax machine will certainly help, Mama is sick of going to the copy center to fax.

At this point my Hubby is mocking me for my adoration but I challenge him to find me an all-in-one printer which can respond so well to the multiple print jobs I’m sending it and produce the great quality photos I now have!

What do you think, would you like one?

Well the fine folks at Kodak Canada were kind enough to give me one KODAK ESP Office 2170 All-in-One Printer to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader!

Entering is simple, just follow the steps on the Rafflecopter form below, the winner will be drawn on January 26th, 2012.

Good luck!

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