Monthly Archives: December 2015

Living Donors and Islet Cells (Montreal Update)

As many of you know, I (J) recently attended a meeting with my transplant team in Montreal, Quebec. I received a lot of new information that left me searching for even more answers which I am keeping note of and will be asking the transplant co-ordinator.


I am currently on the list for a Pancreatic-Kidney transplant but have been informed that a pancreas will only last between 3-5 years and requires an extensive surgery. I was also informed about a method that has a 90% success rate and would not require surgery. This method involves a general anesthesia, a needle and islets which are clusters of cells found in the pancreas. This method would also require a live donor that would also be donating a kidney to me.

The reason that I would need both a kidney & the islets from the same donor is because my body will try to fight off these new body parts and it’s less likely that they’ll be rejected if they contain the same DNA.

This is a lot to think about for myself as well as those that are willing to donate their kidney & islets to me. There’s a lot to read into before making such a big decision as a donor and I want to make sure that those that have offered me an organ & cells are completely aware of the “pro’s” & “con’s” of being a live organ donor.


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While I’m still learning myself, the clock continues to tick so I’m directing potential donors to the sites below:

Healthy Canadians

Kidney Foundation of Canada

My decision has been made to go with a living donor and islets as it allows me 1 less surgery as well as a decreased recuperation time in hospital and has a great success rate as does the surgery.

If you would like to be a living donor for both procedures please feel free to send a private message with the subject Living Donor for my transplant co-ordinators contact info. My blood type is B- & I can receive organs from B- & O- only.

If you would like to help by supporting my fundraising campaign you can do so  HERE.




Comments are welcomed!

Holly & Jay

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Santa trap

We recently had the chance to review this great product just in time for Christmas. It’s called the Santa Trap and it’s perfect for your little ones.

santa trap

You and your kids will share this special Christmas memory by building this trap together to catch Santa Claus! Kids (and adults) will equally have fun building and decorating it thanks to the child-friendly design.

This kit is valued at $24.99 and it includes:

  • An Elf-sized construction vest,
  • a serious-looking badge and lanyard,
  • Reindeer-resistant stickers,
  • Christmas tree-flavored stick,
  • etc.

Don’t worry about being disappointed on Christmas Day; Santa Trap has you covered ;).

You can purchase your Santa Trap by visiting their website HERE. Hurry before Christmas is over 🙂

Over all I think this is a great product and think you should try it with your kids 🙂 I know that we are pretty excited for Christmas eve over here!!! 🙂

For more information please visit Santa Trap’s

Thanks for stopping by and have a Safe and Happy Christmas

Disclosure: We received product(s) for free in exchange for an honest review, which may differ from yours. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we’ve used personally and believe will be good for our readers.


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Holly & Jay

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Homemade Cinnamon Buns #HJrecipes



The dough

2 cups flour
3 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cups milk

In a bowl mix… flour, sugar, baking powder and salt

Then add in your butter and milk…

cinn 1


cinn 2


4 tbsp butter
1 cup brown sugar
4-5 tsp of cinnamon (I sometimes put a little more tho hehe)

Roll out your dough ,,, spread the butter to the top of the rolled out dough

Mix cinnamon and sugar and crumble it onto the top of the dough… Bake at 400 for 25 mins 😊

cinn 3


Comments are welcomed!

Holly & Jay

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Frugal Canadian Coupon Moms 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is right around the corner and some of our minds go completely blank when it comes to buying gifts for other people. We’ve got some ideas that we think will help 🙂


We have put together a list that we think would make great holiday gifts, it will make that little someone on your list who is hard to buy for, that much easier this Christmas season.


Please take a look at our Holiday Gift Guide and let us know if any of these goodies will be under your tree this season?!!

Wishing everyone * HAPPY HOLIDAYS *



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– Picture Keeper Stocking Stuffer (NEW)  4GB


“Some amazing features of the Stocking Stuffer:

  • Automatic Backup of your favorite photos
  • Easily restore photos to another computer
  • Easily share your photos with family and friends
  • Works with digital photo frames
  • Protects Photos from Facebook + Email Backup Attachments too”

Tune Keeper Home Edition (NEW) 16 GB


“Automatically Finds and Saves Your Music Files

  • Works on PC & Mac
  • No Software to Install
  • Just Click “Start Backup”

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#2 – Toilet Tree’s Fogless mirror


Original Fogless Shower Mirror  $29.95

GUARANTEED to be fogless for life.
By simply filling the back of the mirror with hot shower water keeps the mirror fogless.

  • Requires no annoying fog free sprays EVER!
  • Easy mounting with removable silicone adhesive and double sided tape. No more unreliable suction cups!
  • Available in Three Colors
  • Built in squeegee to clean off mirror after filling with hot shower water.
  • Convenient shelf to place your razor, sponge or tweezers so they are always accessible.

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#3 –  NEW* Softlips LUXE lipbalm


Experience revolutionary Softlips® 5-in-1 lip care in a sleek new shape.


  • Hydrates – formulated with Shea Butter to restore moisture
  • Replenishes – with antioxidant Vitamins A, C, & E
  • Smoothes – rich emollients leave lips silky and soft
  • Protects – with SPF 15 sunscreen
  • Adds Shine – for a perfect radiant finish




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#4 – Bean Boozled


The Jelly Belly BeanBoozled collection currently contains 8 colors of beans, and 16 flavors (8 “real” ones and 8…well…different ones). You can make a fun, and somewhat hair-raising, game out of it by giving your friends beans of the same color and seeing which flavors they get. But don’t be a chicken – you have to participate too. Just try not to get BeanBoozled

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#5 – Shopkins


Shopkins are the super cute, fun, small characters that live in a BIG shopping world! Kick-start your Shopkins collection with the 5 Pack! Collect all of the super-cute Shopkins characters and you might be lucky to find some rare characters too.

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#6 – Bellapulse


  • With a gentle, pulsating brush, Bellapulse loosens and removes makeup and dirt from deep within pores so that your face feels and looks cleaner than it ever has before.



Disclosure: We received product(s) for free to facilitate our 2015 gift guide. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we’ve used personally and believe will be good for our readers.

Comments are welcomed!

Holly & Jay

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