Protect Valuables from Theft, Fire and Flood with the SentrySafe Alarm Safe-Giveaway

When I was young, the basement in our house once flooded quite badly. I don’t remember all the details but I do remember that so many important things were ruined, from personal documents to papers from my parent’s law practice to cherished memorabilia. For years after that, if we needed something and couldn’t find it, the assumption was that it had been destroyed when the basement flooded.

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That event really helps me understand now, as an adult, why it’s so important to protect valuable and important items from the unexpected. A flood is only one of the risks that can threaten a house and I want to know that our most cherished possessions are safe from harm no matter what. So I was thrilled when I was given the chance to review the SentrySafe Alarm Safe.

This digital safe has all the features I wanted to help keep important items safe. It’s been tested to survive in a fire of up to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit for up to one hour and is verified water resistant for up to 24 hours in as much as eight inches of water. But that’s just the start of what makes this safe such a perfect choice for a family! [Read more...]

Start a #2015Revolution This Year with Special K-Giveaway

I’ve said many times in the past that I don’t much like the concept of a New Year’s Resolution. I find that people tend to end up having an “all or nothing” attitude when they make resolutions, which results in many giving up completely at the first misstep. However, I do think that the new year is a great time to set some goals for the coming months. Knowing that success might not be immediate takes off the pressure and lets me move forward at my own pace, something that’s led to my accomplishing many of my goals over the years.

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Recently, Special K surveyed Canadians to see how they felt about New Year’s Resolutions and the results showed that I’m not the only one that’s not a fan of the popular tradition. In fact, according to participants, only 23% of Canadians have ever achieved a New Year’s Resolution. That’s not a very good success rate for any goal! And almost half of the women surveyed had no motivation to complete a resolution at all. [Read more...]

Stay Connected When You Travel in the U.S.A. and Mexico with Roam Mobility

Travelling is a passion of mine and has been ever since my mom took me to Finland and Cyprus when I was just eight years old. Since then I’ve made it a goal to see as much of the world as possible and while having children did keep me at home a little more for a while, my boys are now finally old enough that I can travel freely again…with Zackary and Benjamin right beside me of course!

Travel has changed a lot since I was a child and one of the biggest changes is the need to stay connected while away from home. It goes without saying that my smartphone comes with me when I travel and there’s always plenty of work to catch up on when I eventually connect to a WiFi network. I remember travelling through South Africa in my twenties and buying a phone card with 100 minutes on it so that I could call home every few days from a pay phone. Smartphones have made that unnecessary, but paying for talk, text and data can add up quickly.

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Luckily, for those close-to-home trips, I discovered Roam Mobility. Offering the absolute lowest prices on talk, text and data while travelling in the United States, getting a Roam SIM card and plan was a great way for me to still be able to phone loved ones, send texts and share our family’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram while touring the U.S.A. [Read more...]

Add Luxury to Your Bathroom with Towel Warmers from WarmlyYours-Giveaway

Living in a house that requires quite a bit of fixing up means that I really notice the difference adding a new appliance or fixture can make to the comfort level of my house. Whether it’s something major like new flooring in the living room or something minor like a handy kitchen gadget, simple additions to our home don’t just improve the look, they help to make everyday life feel almost like a vacation.

That’s exactly the experience I had recently when I got the chance to review the Barcelona Towel Warmer from WarmlyYours. I have to admit that as much as I’ve sometimes coveted a towel warmer, I likely wouldn’t have ever gone out and bought one. Not only can they be quite pricey, but they also take up extra space and our tiny bathroom just doesn’t have a whole lot of that to spare.

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Start the New Year Right with Financial Tips for Kids from RateSupermarket.ca-Giveaway

Financial literacy is something that I take very seriously, in large part because it’s something that took me some time to master. Bad financial decisions in my early to mid twenties meant a few years of struggle, plenty of learning and, eventually, a determination to help my boys develop good financial habits so that they wouldn’t have to face similar problems as adults.

Of course, one of the best ways to teach is to lead by example and that’s certainly something I do. From regularly depositing money into a savings account to searching for money-saving deals, everything adds up when it comes to effective money management. That’s why I love the tips and instruction on RateSupermarket.ca. The site features plenty of practical and actionable advice to help families manage their budgets wisely. And to help kids get started with financial literacy, the company has some great tips to share!

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Kids and Parents Will Both Love New Kids Gourmet Slammers SuperFood Snacks-Giveaway

When my boys were toddlers, they loved Baby Gourmet Squoosh Snacks. In fact, they enjoyed eating the squeezable pouches of pureed organic fruit right up into their school days. And why not? The pouches are portable, mess-free, healthy and taste great! But unfortunately, since the products are targeted towards infants, they have a design that’s more baby than big kid.

That’s why I was so excited to learn that Baby Gourmet’s sister company, Kids Gourmet, had created a brand new organic fruit pouch like the ones my boys used to love so much with a size and design that’s perfect for school-aged children. New Kids Gourmet Slammers SuperFood Snacks come in four delicious flavours to fuel your kids with the energy they need anytime and anywhere.

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Make a Fresh Start on Your 2015 Reading Goals and #ReadMore with Kobo-Giveaway

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for a new start and for me, that means expanding my knowledge with some great new books! My Kobo Glo is an essential in my life and for 2015, I’m loading it up with all kinds of great hit titles I want to read!

The biggest challenge for me each year is finding time to read, but getting a fresh start means making plans to overcome my challenges and that’s what I’ve been doing! First of all, I decided that every Saturday morning, a time that’s generally a very relaxed one for me, would be spent reading a new book. Secondly, I decided to expand my reading by exploring some great new genres!

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I’ll be the first to admit that I have an obsessive weakness for science fiction and fantasy novels. And while I do sometimes read other books, I tend to gravitate back to the same genre again and again. This year, I’m planning on diving into non-fiction a lot more and I started already by downloading The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs. Just a few chapters in, I’m already hooked and I can’t wait to finish it tomorrow! [Read more...]

Give Your Bathroom a Quick Makeover with an American Standard Speed Connect Faucet-Giveaway

The holiday season is officially over and I have to say that I loved every minute of it! Visiting with friends and family is a huge part of our holiday season and that means that I have some extra work to keep my house looking its best. This year, American Standard helped me give my bathroom a quick facelift with a new Speed Connect faucet especially designed to be incredibly quick and easy to install!

The Speed Connect collection features over fifty stylish faucets that contain just four parts and install in mere minutes for the easiest update to your bathroom décor imaginable. I received the round Times Square Widespread faucet to review and I absolutely loved its sleek and modern design. The brushed metal finish and curved look made it a great compliment to any bathroom.

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