Monthly Archives: September 2013

Kids ‘n’ Pets Stain and Odor Remover Review

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I was introduced to this great company in the USA called Kids & Pets. They make Kids & Pets Instant all-purpose stain & odor remover, like no other. I actually have a great little story to tell you about this product. The day it arrived  was the same day that our beloved family dog of 12+ years had to sadly be put down 😦 It was a very sad day for us all. It just so happens that she had peed in my mom’s huge area rug the night before (because she had certain bladder problems and couldn’t always hold it) and my mom was just going to throw it away because it smelt bad and she didn’t have anything to clean it with until now! So getting back to how Kids ‘n’ Pets really saved this rug and let me still have something that would always remind me of my fur baby♥ (because I am now the owner of the rug 😀 ..) We soaked it with product and let it for about 10-15 minutes then scrubbed it, rinsed it and let it dry! Then we wanted to be extra sure AND it smells so good, we sprayed the rug 1 more time with kids ‘n’ pets before bringing it to our house.

I honestly couldn’t believe it took the smell of pet urine completely away. You know when you get your car cleaned and it smells like Cherry? That is exactly what this product smells like 🙂 I love it. The bottle is huge and you don’t need much of it to get great, fresh smelling results. Unfortunately this product is not yet available in Canada but they are slowly working on getting over here. Buy KIDS ‘N’ PETS on Amazon: http://amzn.to/etHmoW

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Kids & Pets have been seen on different Mommy blogs, newspapers, magazines and on tv shows nationwide. They also have a 5-star rating on amazon.com. The absolute best part of this product (other than it really does remove odors) is it’s Non-Toxic, Biodegradable and cruelty-free. All KIDS ‘N’ PETS products naturally eliminates urine, vomit, feces and most food and beverage stains and odors from carpets, clothing, upholstery, mattresses and more!

Find more info about this and other products online: www.kidsnpetsbrand.com

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Frugal Living – #Frugal #MoneySaving Tips

What do you and your family do to be #frugal and #SaveMoney?

 

Feel free to list any and all …Love hearing ideas!!!

Maybe together we can all help each other live a Greener Lifestyle with a few bucks in our pockets!!

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Here is a list of tips and tricks we do to Save Money. 

  1. We use coupons when we can.
  2. Buy your fruits and veggies in bulk or at 50% off and freeze them right away. It’s money well spent!
  3. During the summer Go To Yard Sales.  Saves you tons of money.
  4. Hang your clothes out to dry when possible, this will save you on your electricity bill each month
  5. Grow your own garden. Once the season is over, pickle and freeze your veggies. You wont have to buy veggies all winter 🙂
  6. Compost your food/leftovers you don’t want, this alone will cut down dramatically on your garbage.
  7. Instead of throwing away your bread ends from the loaf, (like I am sure most do hehe) make your own “shake n Bake” with them, feed them to the birds & squirrels
  8. Make your own gifts, I am not saying all of them has to be made, but if your made a lot of your own gifts for christmas/brthdays, this would save you lots.
  9. Keep things a little longer past their expiry date. Smell it of course to make sure it’s not completely bad but most times, a lot of food is good past their expiry.
  10. When shopping for meat, always look for the stuff towards the back, as it is the cheaper priced stuff 🙂 and sometimes 50% off stuff is great, especially if you are using it right away.
  11. During the summer, there are a lot of different fruits that you can pick and sell. We pick strawberries and black currants.
  12. Save our tv dinner trays to make proportioned meals
  13. Save empty toilet paper rolls for crafts and bird feeders.
  14. Recycle old clothes for rags
  15. We Always get our bread off the 50% rack at Superstore. We’ve gotta for as low as $0.50/ loaf
  16. Use rags instead of paper towels
  17. Don’t let the water run when we are brushing our teeth
  18. Take baths rather than showers to save on water
  19. Save our coffee grinds for homemade exfoliates, scrubs, compost.
  20. Re-sprout our green onions ad celery ( rinse bottom regularly )
  21. Make homemade jams with almost-expired fruits.
  22. Prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them.
  23. I don’t smoke cigarettes (can’t say the same for the hubby though lol)
  24. Recycle everything, less garbage
  25. Don’t leave unnecessary lights on around the house.
  26. Get some of our clothes at the thrift stores, play clothes and such ( not school clothes)
  27. I started drinking my coffee black to save on milk!
  28. We don’t do laundry at all on sunday (I am trying to go for 4/7 days NOT doing laundry.. And doing it at non-peak hrs.
  29. Sometimes use handkerchiefs instead of tissues (this is great when you are sick and are CONSTANTLY blowing your nose)
  30. Wash our clothes in cold water only
  31. We have energy saving lights all throughout the house
  32. Reuse plastic containers like butter..,,,,
  33. Make big meals for leftovers
  34. Have apple trees
  35. No credit cards
  36. Save our veggie scraps (peelings n such) for broths
  37. Save chicken turkey scraps for broths
  38. Re-use plastic bottles for water, etc….
  39. Buy our Garlic in bulk then conserve it in olive oil
  40. We follow a budjet every month
  41. We find activities to do for free or very cheap
  42. We find Free things to take the kids to
  43. We visit farmers markets in the summer
  44. Save our loose change
  45. Cut down on our coffee spending habits, at $2 a cup, it’s cheaper to buy ourselfs a big can and it will lasts up longer then 2 cups of coffee
  46. Don’t shop when your hungry as you’ll buy more foods that you don’t need/junk. This is proven over and over again lol
  47. Ask your physician to consider switching you over to generic brands, most are just as effective for half the cost.
  48. We don’t have overdrafts on our bank accounts.
  49. Shop around to find the cheapest gas stations and don’t forget things like Sobeys gas miles that will save you cents off (may use multiple coupons)
  50. If something is in walking distance then consider walking, even if it’s on the way there, that’s money you are saving yourself.
  51. Ask your local electric company for a free home energy audet. It will be worth it for them to tell you where you could be saving some money
  52. Put plastic on the windows in the winter
  53. In the summer, try keeping your home dark, it keeps the sun out and could save you on an air conditioner
  54. Search around for the best cellphone service
  55. When it comes to birthdays, we set a limit on how much we spend on each kid (my son’s cousins)
  56. Instead of gathering at a Restaurant for dinner have a pot luck or BBQ
  57. Get rainchecks for items that are out-of-stock
  58. I cut my own hair, as well as my son’s. The hubby shaves his own head also so we save money on hair cuts
  59. We always keep our extras such as salt, pepper, sugars, etc
  60. We bottle our own water (we have a Well, but a Brita would work fine also!)
  61. Shop around when you are going to make a big purchase, you may be able to find a better deal somewhere else.
  62. We eat for free on our birthday at certain restaurants
  63. We don’t play the lottery
  64. Use online banking, saves you time and money
  65. Check with your insurance company for cheaper options
  66. Bring/Send lunches to school, maybe once a month let them buy it as a treat
  67. Make your own cleaners for cheaper and healthier
  68. Buy everything second hand
  69. Go to the Library to read/rent books, it’s free 🙂
  70. Bring snacks when you go out shopping so you don’t get hungry while doing groceries
  71. Check how many hours you spend on long distance and determine if a calling card might be a cheaper option for you
  72. Instead of buying expensive rasors & blades we use the black ones from the dollar-store and they work great. You get 4 of them for $1 or $1.25
  73. Some No-Name things are just as good as brand name if not better
  74. We get our butter at walmart for $2.78 (unless it’s gone up again lol) cheapest around for the kind we eat! (walmart brand lol)
  75. DIY whatever you can
  76. I color my own hair and do my own nails.. Saves SO much money
  77. Don’t turn up the heat in the winter, just bundle up
  78. We price match (saves us gas money from running all over the place)
  79. Switch from Cable to Netflix
  80. We use SCOP when we notice it
  81. We re-use our grocery bags for SO many different purposes
  82. Take our own pictures and get them developed for cards & scrapbooks (so much cheaper then getting your picture taken), some places online (Jean-Coutu, Walmart etc…) give you great deals when you place you orders online so look around!!!
  83. We never buy Extended warranties on electronics
  84. We use our air miles at gas stations that accept it to collect points = free stuff
 
What are some things YOU do to Save money?

Prana Reviews

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I was recently introduced to an amazing Canadian company based in Quebec named Prana who produce nuts, dried fruits, seeds, sweet & savory snacks, trail mix, super-foods, cacao and coconut products, all of which are 100% (certified) organic and gluten free 🙂

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Prana has recently come out with a trail mix line that is absolutely delicious and healthy to boot! These trail mixes are loaded with dried fruit, seeds and nuts that are packed with antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals that help with keeping healthy 🙂 I love that Prana uses Algarve sea salt which is healthier than table salt, the most sodium was 120 mg (salty mix) which is great as I avoid salt as much as possible due to the kidney failure!
The combination of the lightly salted nuts with the sweet dried fruit and dark chocolate chips will have you eating the whole bag as I did with the Fuji/Premium salty mix 🙂 They’ve also made Annapurna (almond-goji-cranberry), Manchu Pichu (fruit & nut mix) and Kilimanjaro (deluxe chocolate mix). I do have to say that you may come across stems from the smaller fruits (raisins/cranberries) as you do with most dried fruits, I find them in my chocolate covered raisins all the time, Just saying 🙂

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I also really like that the creators of Prana had our planet in mind when they founded the company, with the condition of the earth and the atmosphere today it’s nice to have people like them that care about our children’s future planet as well as ours 🙂 They also keep their consumers needs and conditions 100% when making changes to their products and when creating new products which is something else that makes me feel good about this company!

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I was very impressed with this line of trail mixes and am super excited to try their Tamari almonds, Yum 🙂 I definitely recommend that anyone with gluten intolerances, celiac disease or are vegan try these and other products from Prana which you can find here: http://pranana.com/en/products/

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As an added bonus they’ve supplied a 15% discount code for online purchases (1kg bags) available until Nov 30th 2013 🙂 Code: FCC1513 (1 time use)

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Effeclean Eco Products Review

 

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When I hear gluten free I automatically think of food but it never occurred to me that the products I use on a daily basis can or do contain gluten! As I become more aware of my disease, Celiac, I am also becoming more aware of the fact that I need to stay away from gluten as much as possible in order to live a healthy life. This is why I’m extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to become a product tester for Effeclean Canada, an eco-friendly products manufacturer that specializes in extreme eco cleaning products that are biodegradable as well as Gluten Free.

 


I was given the opportunity to try 2 products this month, the first being the 
Eco-Baby Bathroom Cleaner. This product is free of phosphates, chlorine, ammonia, alcohol and VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compound) meaning that this product does not release or contain any toxic substances! It’s also non-flammable, non-corrosive and non-caustic, meaning that it is not capable of burning or destroying your skin, and yes I did have to look the meaning of that word up as well as VOC’s (I may know big words but I’m no dictionary. Lol 😉

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I love the fact that Effeclean bathroom cleaner is something I’m able to use on all the surfaces of my bathroom. With a little man just learning to aim, I use it to clean the exterior of the toilet as well as for the toothpaste stains left in the sink. Best of all was the bathtub: after leaving the cleaner sit for a few minutes on the crayon (made for the tub but similar to a real crayon), it easily came off with little scrubbing. It’s a time saver for the family. There is a mild scent to the cleaner that dissipates very quickly.

tabThe second product I was given to review is Genuine Eco-products Tablet & Laptop Screen Cleaner. This product is a handy little tool for people with kids who like to leave their fingerprints on all of your screens. Not only is it great for tablets and laptops, it’s also great for plasma, LCD TV’s as well as computer screens. I also tried it on my glasses and it worked great as well. The best part about this product is that it only has 4 ingredients which I can actually pronounce: water, coconut extract, corn extract and a mild water softener, which to me is perfect as our little one like’s to touch everything and we do worry about the chemical residue left behind on things he’s able to touch!  I have only found 1 other company that made products completely from nature but unfortunately they weren’t in Canada. Thankfully, Effeclean Canada is a Canadian company based in Toronto. I highly recommend this company as well as these products to anyone who is or wants to be environmentally conscious. Especially to all my Gluten Free readers!

 

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World’s Best Cat Litter Review

I have always loved animals, Cats especially. Growing up I had a cat named Jingles (got her when I was around 5 years old) but we never had to deal with a litter box because she was an outdoor kitty. She sadly passed away 15 years later. Well since moving into my house and getting 2 new Kitties that are indoor cats, I had to start using litter boxes.

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Now that is one thing I cannot stand is changing the litter box, but with this awesome Cat Litter from Worlds Best that I recently got to review, my opinion has since changed and I no longer dread changing it. It’s Made with 100% all natural scented lavender oil and it doesn’t stick to the sides or bottom of the litter box like most litters. The scent that comes from this litter is very fresh smelling and perfect to hide the stinky odors my kitties sometimes produce (giggles), even if I don’t get to chance to clean it right away and it also has very little dust that comes from it. That alone is reason enough to switch brands!

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World’s Best Cat Litter has 3 different types of litter : Clumping Formula, Multiple Cat Clumping Formula, and the Scented Multiple Cat Clumping Formula.They are all Toxic Free and All Natural ingredients so you know that you and your cats can trust this brand! The bag seems to last me longer then buying those bulky boxes used to. I can truly say that this is the World’s Best Cat Litter 🙂 They really own up to their name!

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Tummy Stuffers

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Aren’t these just the cutest little things ever? They are called Tummy Stuffers. What is it you ask? It is basically a stuffed animal that You stuff (not with stuffing) but with stuff, toys, blankets & more. You can even used them for sleepovers.

We got the adorable Gator, he’s really soft, lovable and cuddly. As I mentioned above, you can fill them up with toys, clothes (clean of course), small blankets & pillows and so much more. He makes a great companion or addition to any child’s room. Tummy Stuffers can be used as a pillow, hamper, decoration, storage & more. Made with really durable (and extremely soft) materials.

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You can buy this or other cute Tummy Stuffers online for approx $19.99.. Read more about it here:

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Seat Pets – Lincoln the Lion

My son was beyond happy and excited when this review came in and so was I to be honest. How adorable is this little thing? His name is Lincoln the Lion. What is a “Seat Pet” you ask? It is a furry, lovable pet that you can bring on car rides so when the kids fall asleep in those really uncomfortable positions, they have something comfy to rest their little heads on! Their cute over-sized heads can be used a pillow and they also come with a velcro strap that turns the Seat Pet into a backpack. It has a zippered pocket on the side for storing little goodies and 2 pouches on the font for other things.

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If you are a parent, you’ve must have had a child fall asleep in the car and you know exactly what I mean by this “uncomfortable position where their little heads are bobbing around. Well this awesome companion will prevent this from happening. Now they will be able to nap in comfort and it might actually make them wake up in a good mood 🙂 When Riley seen this on T.V, right away he stated how much he loved them and he “just needed it” as he said (giggles). He also sings this made up song he put together hehe. Kids are so cute. Seat Pets are made to go across your chest on the seat belt. So buckle up and have yourself a nice cuddle♥.

They also have multiple purposes. I have put it on the front of my son’s Elmo Scooter so he can ride around and show off his new buddy!!! We are always looking for new ways to bring him with us!!! I have even strapped him on the broom and mop to make the house cleaning a little more fun!!!!

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You can find this other cute characters online here for approx $19.99 :

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Oxy Emergency Acne Vanishing Wipes

These great little wipes work rapidly on contact killing bacteria and instantly unclogging your pores. Oxy wipes are clinically proven to help heal acne breakouts and prevent new ones from occurring. Best of all they are dermatologist tested. They come in a pack of 30 medicated wipes for a month-long supply and have a convenient resealable flap. They are the perfect size to store in your purse, for those emergency cases 🙂 trust me. I had a head cold the day they arrived and it just so happen that I got a pimple that really hurt on my nose to top it all off. I used the wipe to clean my nose and the next day I can honestly say it was barely there and didn’t even hurt anymore.

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The wipes are just the perfect size to cleanse your face and perfectly moist as well. My face got slightly warm during the time I was cleaning “the affected” area 🙂 but it was easy to get used to, kinda nice actually. It’s alcohol-free formula prevents your skin from drying out and causing the redness that sometimes occurs.

What I love about it all is that it smells good, unlike other acne wipes or washes which can sometimes make you feel over powered by harsh chemicals but these have a nice light fragrance to them.

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You can read the reviews on these other great products by Oxy here: *Coming Soon

The awesome folks at would love to give you this awesome prize pack, to 1 lucky Frugal Canadian Coupon Mom reader!!!!! Who wants it??? 😀 You get everything in the picture below, aprox $50

• 1 Oxy Emergency Cleanser = $9.99
• 1 Oxy Emergency Spot Gel = $12.99
• 1 Oxy Emergency Wipes = $7.99
• 1 pHisoderm pH up = $9.99
• 1 pHisoderm pH down = $9.99

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BBBarfly Bottle Opener

BB Barfly is a stainless steel bottle opener created by Serge Shirinian in North America (Canadian yay) made for opening bottles but also for doing tricks which is something I used to dream of doing after watching “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise, it really is an amazing thing to see a bartender actually throwing bottles around/Juggling while making your drink! ” 1 of a kind beer tool, It flips, it tricks but it never slips” is the best Catchline ever for this product, it says it all 🙂

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We were given the opportunity to test 1 of these awesome products for a review and couldn’t wait to pop open a bottle and try it out. At the time I only had a beer in the fridge so that was my bottle and it came off so easily that it didn’t even feel as tho the cap had been on 🙂 I love the Canadian flag on mine as it’s as nice way to show my pride for my Country. They have many different designs to choose from and you are also able to have your own print put on, a great way to promote your company or blog or just to personalize as a gift for someone else 🙂

I have to say if you’re going to use it as an opener only it may seem a bit bulky it still does a great job of opening and is very durable so you won’t have to worry about it snapping on you as some tend to do, many of mine to be honest! The BBbarfly is available online for $20 which is a great price considering you can upload a photo of your own for them to work with 🙂 Christmas is coming up and these would make the greatest stocking stuffer if you know a bartender they’ll love this!

Check out some of the awesome tricks you can do with this amazing product, definitely something I can see in bars with Flair bartenders the ones that toss bottles, yes they actually exist it’s not just in the movies ;). Find them here –> Great Tricks

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KD Cloth Review

Q: What is the  KD Cloth?

 A: Use the KD Cloth to clean virtually anything in your home without chemicals or costly paper towels. It also cleans and polishes all hard surfaces. Great for cleaning your car, motorcycle and RVs… No more wiping over and over again!

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We were recently given the opportunity to try this great multi-use cloth from the lovely Canadian folks at  KD Cloth  At first I was a little skeptical on how this cloth would actually work like the packaging said. I have used similar ones in the past, claiming to do all the same things as this cloth does but with no such luck. Also most cloths should be thrown out either immediately or shortly after using it, unlike this awesome KD Cloth that can be washed and re-used. Saving you money!

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I can honestly say that I am 100% impressed with my results, It’s completely streak-free, spot-free and lint-free. The  KD Cloth guarantees to absolutely, positively never streak Glass, Mirrors or Windows. The only “Cleaner” you’ll ever need with this product is water. Yup you heard me correctly 🙂 This is a great start to living a Greener lifestyle.

Here is a list of ideas that you can use the KD Cloth for: Cars, Windshields, Chrome, Glass, Acrylic, Vinyl, Computer Screens, Mirrors, Tvs, Countertops, Glasses, Rims, Tiles, Microwaves, Leather, Stainless Steel, Aquariums, Plastic and so much more. It’s a great product to have on hand if you own a Garage or “Man Cave” 😛   Simply – Wet it – Wring it out – Wipes Any surface clean…And that’s it. So easy to use!

It will remove unwanted Bugs, Tar, Grease, Fingerprints, Soap scum and any general dirt & oil. I found it had that same feel as those “Bibs” they put on us at the Dentist Office (you know what I mean?)

As I mentioned above, the only cleaner you’ll ever need with this cloth is water. Here’s a Tip: Do Not dry your glass or mirrors, they will dry streak-free all on their own. The secret to all of this is the tiny fibers, up to 200 times thinner than human hair, which traps and absorbs any dirt or oils. And the best part is, it’s not expensive, $5 and will save you a bunch of money because you don’t need to buy all sorts of cleaners, if you have running water around somewhere your good to go 🙂

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The WotWots DVD Review

Q: Who are the WotWots?

A: Created in New Zealand and now available in Canada, these cute Pink & Blue Alien siblings are very lovable and educational! They teach kids all about Animals and different things, with actual footage from the animals, in a language they understand! DottyWot (voiced by Nathalie Boltt) and SpottyWot (Martin Baynton) — arrived on Earth in a steam-powered spaceship and learn to explore the zoo where they’ve landed.

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We recently received these great DVDS as a part of my Review. My son Riley likes the WotWots and these just so happen to be some episodes that he’s never seen. So you can imagine he was pretty excited. From my point of view, I think it’s just like Parents & Children. Sometimes kids speak in a language we don’t always understand and it’s usually the parents who do most of the explaining such as the narrator does with the WotWots (SpottyWot and DottyWot). They introduces preschoolers to a variety of zoo animals through the eyes of two curious and cute aliens, (shown with real live footage of animals)

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It’s educational and teaches you about these animals and other great things. Best of all it’s all on a child’s level so they actually understand. I love that these are movies that we can add to our “Kid-Friendly” section of our DVDs here at home.

 

You can find the Wotwots basically anywhere in stores and online where they sell Dvds and movies. They also pass on TV (Treehouse) from time to time but not as much as before. Each episode runs for approx: 11 Minutes and can be sold for around $14.99.

 

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AllerMates Review

(Hubby’s Review @JimminyMagee)

NB (This product is intended for Children but my hubby is the one with the Celiac so we used him for the Review)

I ABSOLUTELY love AllerMates, this product was designed by the Mother of a child with multiple allergies who was skeptical about the safety of her child when out with someone who wasn’t fully aware of their allergies such as daycare or school! She realized that a small child doesn’t really understand the concept of an allergy and decided that making a product that was both informative for caregivers as well as fun for the kids would be perfect and AllerMates is exactly that and as an added bonus; they’re backed by PTPA Media Inc!

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The bright vibrant colors really catch the eye and actually tend to be a conversation piece as people become curious about what’s on it, seriously it was the first thing my niece noticed 🙂 On top of bright happy colors their products have the cutest little characters on them which correspond with the allergy ranging from shellfish to gluten to diseases such as Diabetes, this being the fun for the kids. There are many different products available from lunch boxes & snack bags to accessories such as bracelets & dog tags! The best part about these is the durability of them. They have a nice strong rubber material which is great as young kids can be rough with jewelry, I can honestly say I’m no better as I’m EXTREMELY hard on jewelry too! I really like the fact too that the dogs tags are light as some can be heavy.

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The cute little snack bags are nice and bright as well with obvious declaration of the contents (Wheat Gluten Free) making it easier for people to find foods that need to be separate from others. They are made of a nice durable material with a plastic inside so you can easily clean up an accidental leak or spill 🙂

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As stated above, I absolutely love these products and think it is the greatest invention ever made for kids with allergies, I will definitely be recommending this company to friends and strangers for that matter! If you have a child or know someone with a child that has an allergy these are the best products for back to school as well as for gifts.

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Speaking of gifts 🙂 The lovely folks at Allermates have supplied me with a gift pack for 1 lucky reader 🙂 Prize pack includes: 1 Gluten Free snack bag, 1 GlutenFree dog tag & chain set, 1 pk of “Proud To Be Wheat & Gluten Free” stickers and 1 Gluten/Wheat Free bracelet!..Don’t forget to thank our sponsor and Good Luck 🙂

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Tilda Rice Review

Q: What is Tilda Rice?

A:  Delicious fluffy grains of Tilda Steamed Basmati rice are pre-steamed and can be heated in the microwave in just 2 minutes, or stir fried in a pan with a little oil in 4 minutes. They are a perfect lunchtime alternative to a sandwich, side to an evening meal.

I was given the chance to Review these 4 great tasting Rice flavors from Tilda. We received Pure, Wholegrain, Mushroom & Pilau. Now I will be completely honest with you here, I have never liked any kind of boxed/canned or bagged rice. I am  pretty much a Minute Rice type of gal. This rice is Gluten Free which is absolutely perfect for the hubby as he has Celiac disease. It is also low in fat, very low in sodium and has no cholesterol. It can be cooked in the microwave when we need a quick but healthy meal in under 5 minutes.

One thing I noticed right away after cooking it, was not a single grain of rice was stuck together, unlike the typical white rice that only takes 5 minutes. The packaging is fancy and makes me feel like I am eating gourmet almost 🙂 It also has a re-closeable zipper,

We tried all 4 flavors and liked everyone one of them. Even my son was impressed! Each has their own distinct flavor that can be enjoyed alone or it can be paired with veggies and meat for a complete nutritious meal! I really love that about Tilda

If you are wondering where you can purchase this rice, take a look at : Where to Buy

And for more info about this rice and the company, please take a look at their:

The generous folks at Tilda Canada is giving 4 sets of each of the 4 flavors…. So 4 lucky winners will get the chance to try the same Rice as I did in my Review 🙂

 

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Mega Bloks – Finn The Fire Truck

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My son Riley was given the chance to Review 2 great toys from Mega Bloks and he was overjoyed when they finally arrived. The 1st one we opened for him was the ever-so-cute Finn the Fire Truck which came with 13 building bloks and an action figure fireman. He loved driving it around and pretending to put out “fires” which seeing him smile, put a smile on my face! Good Job Mega Brand once again! 🙂

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The fire truck and pieces are big enough that young children can’t really choke on the parts. It is recommended for kids aged 1 to 5 years. Another great  thing that, I as a parent love, is that it is versatile enough that you can use other Mega Bloks Action Figures and Bloks with it. This Fire Truck Finn is great fun and durable. It’s also inexpensive for that quality of the toy, approx $29.99 at stores such as Toys R US, Walmart, Amazon and Target.

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As I mentioned, the great thing about these toys is that you can use pieces/people from other sets to mix & match. Just like Riley (3 1/2 years) did all on his own in the following picture (we previously owned Mega Bloks and the Sonny School Bus set). Daddy and Riley built this castle one afternoon and it was “on fire” so Mr. Riley – The Fireman came to the rescue and put it out with his cool new fire truck 🙂 . After he was done playing, he was able to store some of the bloks back in the fire truck for easy access later on!

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So as you can see, we were already fans of Mega Bloks prior to this review. I highly recommend these products to anyone with children who love to learn and explore with toys 🙂 and I mean which kid doesn’t? (I am 28 and I love playing with them (giggles)).

It’s a reliable & trusted brand that I will definitely continue to buy and tell my friends and family all about their great products. They also make very good gifts (hint, hint) Christmas is coming up…

You can find this and other great products here:

 

Check out other #Reviews we did on these toys from Mega Bloks

1. Mega Bloks Blitzen Monster Truck review
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2. Mega Bloks Barbie build ‘n play super star stage review
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Bona Hardwood Floor Mop Review

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If you have a child like mine you have food crusted to your nice clean floors that you just finished washing! I don’t mind scrubbing my floors but unfortunately it’s an exhausting task that I’d prefer doing weekly so I would much rather grab the mop, give the spill a clean and move on with my day! Bona is a clean air certified company that makes product specifically for quick jobs on hardwood floors, whether you’re looking for all-purpose cleaner, wax or a mop specially designed for wood floors you’ll find it with Bona 🙂 Best part is that it is SAFE for your family and the environment!

So I was given the opportunity to review their hardwood floor mop and was honestly thinking it might be like the other mop we have that the handle kept getting stuck. It was similar in looks but the quality is better! I loved the fact that the mop came with a full bottle of cleaner which is something we didn’t get with our old mop. I also like the fact that I’m able to wash the mop pad instead of having to continually buy the disposable ones, in turn saving us money 🙂 I found with our old mop I was having to squeeze the trigger many times to get enough cleaner to do anything, the Bona mop gives a nice broad spray covering a decent sized area and with only one squeeze without leaving streaks as well as leaving the floors nice and shiny! It was very easy to assemble with no tools required – it took about a minute to snap all the parts together and it even came with batteries (it takes 4 AA batteries). All in all I was/am very happy with the way this product works as well as how clean it leaves my floors 🙂 I also love with my Bona Hardwood Floor Mop as it has made my life way easier when it comes to cleaning our house!!!

For more information or to purchase Bona products please visit their

 

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Mega Bloks Blitzen Monster Truck review

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I must say a huge thanks to Mega Brands for giving me (my son) the awesome opportunity to review some of their *New fall toys, one of which being the “Hot Wheels Super Blitzen Monster Truck”

 

This toy is recommended for children 5 years of age and older so I did most of the building as my little one is better at destroying contruction toys than he is at building them, the little ones anyways 😉 I found that the instructions were fairly simple to understand although constructing it was a little more difficult as I haven’t put together one of these set in more than 15 years but after a few minutes it came back to me! This awesome toy can be made into 3 vehicles that are merely a few moved/added pieces making it very easy to switch vehicles once you have the main one made 🙂

One of the coolest vehicles I thought was the monster truck as there is a motorized piece that allows the truck to be pulled back and released to make it drive forward! I think my son liked that car best too as he drove it around forever lol. The kit also includes a Mega Bloks Team Hot Wheels micro-action figure who comes apart like the old ones but this ones is bigger so the pieces aren’t as easy to lose! I also really liked the fact that the pieces actually stayed together and nice and tightly too, so my son wasn’t having to ask for it to be rebuilt all the time 🙂

With Christmas soon approaching I recommend this product to anyone with a child that likes cars and likes to build. They will be overjoyed and amused for hours as well as to those of you parents that like to build, it is a great family activity! This product is sure to be a hit with any little boy whether he be a nephew, a son or maybe your kids friend. Some girls might like this also.. Hey who said Girls can’t play with cars & trucks?? 🙂

Look for Mega Brands *New Fall 2013 line in local retailers as well as through Sears stores and other outlets 🙂 For more information please visit their:

Check out other Reviews we did on Mega Bloks

 

 

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Boulangerie Grissol Sweet Thins from Dare Foods Review

Q: What are Sweet Thins???

A: Dare Foods just introduced Sweet Thins, thin, crispy slices of bakery-style loaves that are conveniently portion-packaged into 80-calorie packs. They are the perfect on-the-go snack for a sweet indulgence.

 

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Have you ever eaten a delicious Melba Toast? They are awesome on their own but now the folks at Grissol Canada made them with a little twist. All for the better of course. I was recently given the opportunity to try their 3 great flavors:

  • Lemon PoppySeed
  • Banana Bread
  • Chocolate Brownie

Oh My Goodness is all I am gonna say about the taste. I honestly didn’t know how I was gonna like feel about these but I was completely impressed with them. They are packed with flavor and I really do mean it. When I eat the Brownie ones (my personal fav) it taste just like I was eating an actual freshly baked brownie, and of course it goes best with a cold glass of milk.

Some great facts about these 17g serving pack (2 slices) is there are:

· Only 80 calories
· No artificial flavours
· No artificial colours
· No cholesterol
· Trans fat free
· Low in saturated fat

Sweet Thins™ are baked in Canada at the plant in Sainte-Martine, Quebec.. My Province 🙂

Overall its a great tasting, healthy snack that fits easily in your purse for whenever you get a sweet tooth craving, it is perfect for school lunches, and the best part about it all is that you can eat it as a dessert without feeling the guilt of actually eating a brownie or slice of Banana bread (which these are equally delicious). These little treats are ONLY 80 calories per pack (each individual pack has 2 crackers in each). I really do urge you to pick some of these up and try them for yourself the next time you are out shopping. I seen them at Atlantic Sobeys for $2.99 a box. Great price. They are available at all major grocery and mass merchandise stores across Canada

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*UPDATE*: We were recently asked if this product was available in the United States and we’re happy to say that they ARE 🙂 For more information on where to find them please visit the US site here.

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Maniglam Hybrid Gel Nail Polish Review

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I had the opportunity to Review some products from Maniglam. I decided to give my sister a manicure when it arrived 🙂

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With 60 beautiful colors to choose from, I bet there is at least one of them you will fall in love with 🙂 Maniglam 10ml Gel Nail polish sell for approx $12 per bottle. It’s a little expensive but I would say worth it because you are left with a beautiful perfect finish, that lasts up to 2 weeks.

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I have made a list of Pros and Cons about this product! Here’s what my sister and I came to the conclusion of! When she first put her fingers in the Lamp, she found it was a little warm but she quickly got used to it.

Pros

  • It really is Chip Proof. She has had them on for a week now and they still look brand new! Not a single chip in them either!
  • It gives you the perfect finished look and with the neat LED lamp, it makes you feel like you’re at the Salon getting them done, for a lot cheaper! (I liked the change in the color of the nails when it was under the light.
  • Lasts up to 14 days without chipping or cracking.
  • They make your Nails more tough
  • There’s No Smell, so you don’t get the strong odor that regular nail polish would give off.
Cons
  • I found it took a little longer then 60 seconds to dry the nails
  • The color of my nail polish was not the same as on the bottle. I ordered a Reddish color and it came out bright pink
  • The LED light was a little small, as my sister had a hard time fitting all her nails in at once, usually the thumb was left out.
Here are the steps we had to take, in order to get this beautiful finished look.
  • First we buffed and pushed the cuticle back on her nails, then we washed her hands so the nails would be perfectly clean
  • Then we applied the Base Coat
  • Set them in the Lamp for 1 minute
  • Applied a thin coat of the colored Gel Nail Polish
  • Lamp for 1 minute
  • Apply another thin coat of the colored Polish
  • Lamp for 1 minute
  • Then apply your Top coat
  • Lamp for 1 minute

That’s it. less than 10 minutes for it all!! And the end result is beautiful nails. My sister even said she had a few compliments from strangers about them!

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The Lunch Punch – Match and Munch Review

I was recently given the chance to review this wonderful product called The Lunch Punch. I love anything that make lunches/snacks easy and fun, so it is no wonder that I love their products. With such a variety to choose from, these little kitchen helpers are sure to please any child’s taste. We reviewed the Match & Munch puzzle piece set. Riley absolutely adored these. I even have a bunch of fun making them for him!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Lunch Punch is a Sandwich cutter with many different uses. You can use it for cutting toasts, cookies, cheese, play dough and so much more. Just let your imagination run free. It’s also best to go with a “harder” type of sandwich like Sliced Ham as oppose to Cheez Whiz, because it seems to squish the softer ones a little.

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It’s made with durable plastic and is fairly easy to clean. Sometimes food gets stuck in the cracks but usually comes out after you soak it. I personally think the Lunch Punch is a great idea and a safe way for children to get involved in making their lunches and an even better way to encourage them to actually eat their meals. Parent Supervision is still required. Click for some ideas and Instructions for a Giant Party Puzzle

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The Lunch Punch comes in many different shapes. Each pack includes 4 different shapes, all within the same theme. You can find this and other cute shapes online on their Website…. I recommend this product to those who love to make lunches or snacks fun! It doesn’t require any extra time and can be done in seconds. Why not give it a try. I bet you won’t be disappointed 😀 Best part is that its BPA-Free and Dishwasher safe!

To find out more about this company, please visit one of their links below.

 

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