Friday, 19 December 2014

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil FACE ~ Review

The Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil FACE with vitamin E comes in a plain brown bottle with a eye dropper applicator cap. The reason it's in a brown tinted bottle is because it contains retinol which will break down when exposed to sunlight. It also contains 10 Pure Oils, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin C & Cetesomate-E Complex.

The oils help smooth fine lines & wrinkles while they moisturize your skin. The vitamin C & retinol help to improve and brighten tone & texture. The Cetesomate Complex helps deliver all of the essential vitamins & nutrients directly into the epidermal layer of the skin.

It's light weight & non greasy. It absorbs very quickly into your skin giving you a younger looking, firmer appearance. On top of all that, it's Hypoallergenic, Paraben-Free, Phthalate-Free & Dermatologist Tested.

I have to comment on the fragrance. It's a Rosehip scent and quite honestly it reminds me of when I was a little girl playing in my Grandpa's rose garden. It's one of my favourite scents.

I am not a fan of the eye dropper applicator.
It does not hold the formula securely so if you aren't careful, it will drip all over the place. It only takes a couple of wasted drips before you smarten up & keep it positioned over the bottle or your hand. You only need a few drops for your skin which is wonderful. A little really does go a long way.

I didn't grow up knowing about moisturizing skin. My mom only ever washed her face with soap & water, she never used lotion of any kind, so this is new to me.  About a year ago, before my 39th birthday, I was told my skin was dry & that I needed to moisturize more. I started using hand cream thinking that would be enough. Hey it was more than I ever used before, so it had to be good.

I didn't notice any sort of improvement. I have been lucky by rarely having acne so I figured my skin was fine, even though I had more wrinkles & fine lines than other women my age have. That's why when I was offered the chance to do a review on the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil FACE, I was excited & eager to try it.

It's only been 2 weeks, but I can already see a difference.  My skin is softer & silkier & yes, even brighter looking. It's not oily looking by any means, which was a fear of mine considering that it's an oil. It also helps, I think, because I massage my face after applying it.  I put it on at night time and in the morning wash my face and go about my day.

I know this will be a constant staple on my dresser for the rest of my life. If you are looking for a new product to try, I strongly recommend you giving Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil FACE a try before you buy anything else.

For More information, check out Palmer's  on their WEBSITE, FACEBOOK & TWITTER.

I received these products complimentary for testing purposes

I have a few bottles of Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil FACE to give away. I will giveaway ONE (1) bottle at a time. Please make sure you read the terms & conditions below & Follow ALL rules. 

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You MUST like [CCF CANADA's]( facebook page & also [Palmer's Canada]( facebook page.
All Entries will be verified. If you do not like BOTH pages and your name is drawn as a winner, you will forfeit your prize & a new winner will be drawn.
Contest open ONLY to Canadian residents.
We will be holding  giveaways between Dec 22, 2014 & December 31 2014.
Each contest will run as follows:
1 Dec 22 - Dec 24 at 11:59 PM
2 Dec 25 - Dec 27 at 11:59 PM
3 Dec 28 - Dec 30 at 11:59 PM

Prize is sent directly from the sponsor, CCF Canada is not responsible for lost or stolen prizes.
Winners will have 48 hours to reply to the email sent or a new winner will be drawn.
1 prize per household.

Keurig 2.0 400 series ~ Review

I was given the new Keurig 2.0 400 series to test & review for free. I was so excited because I have wanted one but never bought one because I did not know enough about them. I had seen the machines in various offices & stores, and heard about them from others. I had never tried it myself because, well to be honest, I was scared I would break it.

When I opened the box I was amazed to find that you can make either a single cup at a time or a whole carafe! The carafe they said holds about 4 cups of coffee depending on what size mug you use. They sent me 2 carafe k-cup pods & 3 single k-cup pods.

Immediately after doing the quick wash out ect hubby & I set it all up, it was super easy; just put it on the counter, slide the drip tray in front of the machine, fill the water reservoir & slide into place.

We followed the instructions & ran just hot water through first. Then we inserted the K-Cup pack & while reading step by step in the manual, proceeded to brew our first of many single servings of coffee!

About the only thing I don’t really like is the noise it makes when you make a cup of coffee. When it sucks the water up. It’s very loud & I thought at first something was wrong with the machine. Thankfully there wasn’t.

Keurig has also done something to attempt to counter the use of non-Keurig K-Cups in their brewers. They have made it so if it doesn’t have a special ring or a green dot on the K-Cup, the machine will give you an “oops” message and refuse to brew it.

They have a HUGE assortment of flavours  over 125 varieties and 20 brands & beverages you can choose from on the website. And once you become a member, you save a bit of money on items as well. On average you will be able to buy 24 k-cup box for under $18.00.

Now Keurig I have to say was awesome when it happened to me. You see I had been saving up all the sample K-Cups of coffee that various companies have sent out over the last 18 months. I planned on buying a machine one day, so why not. Unfortunately, not one of the packs would work in the Keurig 2.0. They ALL gave me the “Ooops” message. I was sad. Yet again, I followed directions & reached out to Keurig at the webpage they gave. A couple days later, I received a response & they made it all better. I don’t want to say how, because I can see ALOT of people taking advantage of it if it got spread around & in my opinion it isn’t fair to the company if that happened. I’m all for saving money, but not when it’s done illegally.

They tell you if you order from their website, which by the way, has really good prices compared to the stores, that ALL of the packs will be compatible with the 2.0 machines. However I needed some new coffee immediately because those 3 samples did not go far with 2 of us in the house. Luckily one of the stores close by was having a sale on the K-Cups. 12 for $5.99 (regular almost $10). So off we went. We bought 3 boxes thinking they would see us through a few days because we decided brewing the K-Cups would not be an every day occurrence.

So I eagerly opened up the Dulce de Leche and inserted it. Up comes the by now familiar “Ooops” message. Oh No…here we go again. Hubby’s Italian blend…got an “oops” too. My French Vanilla worked no problem! Yay…out of 36 new K-Cups, I get 12 I can use. Back to the website & report the new “Oops” again, they made it right.

What I love about the new Keurig 2.0 400 series is that we can each have a different flavour coffee. No worrying about what everyone else likes, no waste of dumping out a ½ a pot because no one wanted any more. I love that if we have guests, I can make a whole carafe, saving time & K-Cups.

It’s got a touch screen display that is easy to use, you can program it to turn on & off thereby saving power. You can select the different cup sizes & carafe sizes so you can have a strong or weaker cup of coffee at your leisure.

The only thing I don’t like as I said, is the noise it makes when it is brewing your beverage. It is pretty loud. That is the only drawback because I can not fault them for trying to ensure people are forced to purchase their brand of coffee. I mean would you go to Burger King & try to expect to order a Big Mac?

I can't stress how much I suggest if you are looking for a new coffee machine, that you give the Keurig 2.0 a try. 

For more information check out them out on their WEBPAGE or connect with them via TWITTER or FACEBOOK

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Monday, 15 December 2014

Monday, 8 December 2014


Enter now for a chance to win a new Mega Bloks prize every day, plus a chance to win the grand prize of all 12 sets for yourself and for the charity of your choice!
Enter only once. Your name will be included in every day's draw plus the draw for the GRAND PRIZE!
Day 1 (December 8): SpongeBob SquarePants Invisible Boatmobile Rescue
Day 2 (December 9): First Builders Safari
Day 3 (December 10): Hot Wheels 8-in-1 Super Race Set
Day 4 (December 11): All 3 Fairy Barbie sets (TreehouseGalaHideaway)
Day 5 (December 12): Jeep 3-in-1 Ride-on
Day 6 (December 13): Thomas & Friends Percy's Brave Tale
Day 7 (December 14): Hello Kitty Fun at the Fair
Day 8 (December 15): First Builders Build 'n Learn Table
Day 9 (December 16): Skylanders Cut Throat Carnival
Day 10 (December 17): SpongeBob SquarePants Krusty Krab Attack
Day 11 (December 18): First Builders Fast Tracks Raceway
Day 12 (December 19): Barbie Build 'n Play Fab Mansion 

All 12 daily prizes for your family AND 12 more daily prizes to donate to the charity of your choice!

All entries must be received by Friday, December 19 by 11:59pm EST. 
This promotion is only available to residents of Canada or the United States.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Keurig Deals

Are you in the market for a New Keurig? Right now they are on sale at KEURIG.CA Ends Dec 12
Now when you buy a new Keurig 2.0 brewing system, you can add 1 Keurig 2.0 Brewer Accent, 1 box of K-Cups & 1 K-Cup Carousel to your cart for FREE! Click HERE to get this deal! Ends Dec 11 at 4:59 PM

Until Dec 25 at 4:59 PM save $10 on every 6 boxes of K-Cup packs Click HERE

 Get tips on how to set up a coffee Bar. Some neat ideas. Click HERE
Until Dec 31 get a free Carousel & Free Shipping with purchases over $45. Click HERE
 **Conditions apply, go to for full details.

"Your season to shine" ~ Contest

Find the Hidden Candy Cane Daily for a chance to WIN 1 of 4 Bosch dishwashers or one of 5 Secondary prizes

Prize: There is a total of four (4) Grand Prizes available to be won during the contest period. The grand prize will consist of one (1) - 24" Bar Handle Dishwasher 500 Series- Stainless steel, model SHX65T55UC

Secondary Prize
There are a total of five (5) Secondary Prizes available to be won during the contest period. Each week during the contest period, a random drawing will be held at the discretion of the Sponsor to determine a winner. Each Secondary Prize consists of one (1) TASSIMO Brewer, model TAS6515UC8

Ends Jan 10, 2015


To enter the MIRVISH’S DEAL‐A‐DAY HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY, answer the multiple choice trivia question each day to be entered in the given day’s draw.
All entries must be received by 11:59pm each day during the contest period.
There will be 23 prizes awarded (1 for each day of the contest). Prizes will consist of
 1 x Top‐price subscriptions for two (2) to the Mirvish 2014‐15 main season and to the Off‐
Mirvish season
 4 x Tickets for two (2) to the opening night and after‐party of THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD
 2 x Tickets for two (2) to the opening night and after‐party of ONCE (2015)
 2 x Tickets for two (2) to the opening night and after‐party of BLITHE SPIRIT (2015)
 1 x Tickets for two (2) to the opening night and after‐party of TITANIC (2015)
 1 x Tickets for two (2) to the opening night and after‐party of NEWSIES (2015)
 1 x Flights for two (2) to London
 1 x Flights for two (2) to New York
 1 x Flights for two (2) to Las Vegas
 1 x Flights for two (2) to Los Angeles
 1 x Flights for two (2) to Tokyo
 1 x Weekend stays at the Sheraton Centre Toronto
 1 x Weekend stays Westin Harbour Castle
 1 x $500 gift certificate for use at any single Circus Academy activity from Zero Gravity Circus
 1 x $100 gift certificate to Kit Kat Restaurant
 2 x $100 Gift Certificates to Red Tomato
 1 x $100 gift certificate to Quinn's Steakhouse & Irish Bar

Ends Dec 23

Win 1 of 5 FOREVER 21 Artist Eyeshadow Palette ~ Contest

Win 1 of 5 FOREVER 21 Artist Eyeshadow Palette
FOREVER 21 Eyeshadow Pallete features:
15 Shimmering shades
Applicator brush included

Ends Dec 11

Philips Game Face ~ Contest

Get your Game Face ready, because Philips wants to put you in front of 18 thousand cheering fans! Submit a photo of your well-groomed facial hair or clean shaven face for a chance to win tickets and your face on a Toronto Maple Leafs rinkboard. Three winners will be selected!

There are three (3) secondary prizes (“each a Secondary Prize”) available to be won, each consisting of:
• One (1) Toronto Maple Leafs signed jersey (size, style and player to be determined by MLSE, in its sole discretion); and
• One (1) Philips Shaver, Model – AT890/20
The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Secondary Prize is three hundred dollars ($300.00 CAD).
GRAND PRIZE - There are three (3) grand prizes (each a “Grand Prize”) available to be won, each consisting of:
• One (1) pair of tickets to a 2014-2015 Toronto Maple Leafs regular season home game at Air Canada Centre (40 Bay St, Toronto ON) (the “Game”) (specific date and seat location to be determined by Contest Sponsors in their sole discretion);
• The Prize Winner’s (or Designated Rinkboard Participant- if the Prize Winner has submitted another individual’s photo as part of his/her Entry) photograph on a Philips Rinkboard during the Game; and
• One (1) Toronto Maple Leafs signed jersey (size, style and player to be determined by MLSE, in its sole discretion); and
• One (1) Philips Shaver, Model – AT890/20.
The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize is eight hundred dollars ($800.00 CAD).
Ends Dec 18 at 11:59 AM

TASSIMO Nice List ~ Contest

Enter to win A Tassimo T65 Home Brewer by BOSCH
Ends Dec 18

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Softlips ~ Review

Have you tried Softlips products yet? Softlips Cube are one of the different lipcare products available.

They are a 5-in-1 Lip care with Lip Perfecting Technology.
They contain Shea Butter which helps to hydrate & restore moisture. They have Vitamins A,C &E which help to replenish. Rich emollients leave your lips soft & silky. It protects your lips from dryness & also adds shine.

They come in a sleek cube shaped container which is great, I mean I don't know if most women are like me, but I have batteries (for flashlights) and other lipsticks & I am constantly pulling out an assortment of products from my purse in order to find one of the 3 tubes of lipgloss in the bottom. The cubed container makes it easier to identify using your sense of touch.

Go to their WEBSITE or the SOFTLIPS Facebook Page for more information.

Do you want a chance to win your very own Softlips Cube?
Go to our Christmas Cheer 2014 post & enter

Saturday, 29 November 2014

OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment wipes ~ Review

Pimples, acne, zits. There are many different names for the little heads that erupt from your skin. Almost as many reasons for getting them. Some people thing it's from eating too much junk food. Some because they don't wash their face enough. About the only thing everyone can agree on about them is that they are a pain in the backside.

I was pretty lucky. I had pretty good skin growing up & rarely had pimples. My daughter on the other hand has always had bad luck with them. Until that is, I won a sample pack of the OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment wipes about a year ago.I of course gave them to my teenage daughter in hopes that I wouldn't have to listen to how she couldn't go to school because of the enormous zit on her face. 
I honestly didn't expect much because she had tried so many products in the past & none really seemed to work. It seems she was unlucky enough to  inherit her father's oily skin.
Imagine my (& her) surprise when shortly after receiving the wipes, her face started clearing up. Maybe it was coincidence though right? Nope, when we ran out of the wipes, all of a sudden she had break out after break out. The only thing that really helped was the Oxy wipes.

OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment wipes are the only medicated wipe on the market with the acne fighting ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide. It's clinically proven to kill acne bacteria on contact & heal blemishes fast.

It relieves redness, reduces the size of pimples, controls oil & works to fight breakouts through out the day. It's been dermatologist tested & comes in a resealable package for handy on the go convenience. 

If you need more information, please go to the following links. 

Check out our Christmas Cheer 2014 post for information on how to win a couple of OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment wipes packs!

I Want That ~ Contest

Enter to win up to $2500 in prizes or 1 of 3 XBOX One Gaming systems!


  1. Read the hint above each gift.
  2. Select the one you want to “open”.
  3. If you want that gift, add it to your prize pack. If not, select again.
  4. Repeat 3 times.
  5. Enter for the chance to win your prize pack!


One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded: The potential gift box prize combination chosen by the winner in the entry process, as described above. Each potential combination of gift box prizes has a potential approximate value of between $479 and $2,300.

3 (Three) Additional Prizes will be awarded for those entrants who opted in to receive email communications from The Source: Prize consists of 3 Xbox One gaming systems valued at $399.99 each.

DEC 22 at 3:00 PM

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas Cheer 2014 ~ Contest

I don't know about the rest of you, but for me 2014 started out super slow. Once we hit September however,  it just seemed to speed up. I can't believe it's already the end of November & that Christmas is just a couple short weeks away!

We love helping to make Christmas time a little more special for people, so we donate to places like the infant food bank, regular food banks, toy drives...pretty much anything we can afford to. However we also like to try to do a little something extra special for our followers and that's why we teamed up with some great companies to hold a contest so that you have a chance to win some amazing prizes.

Below is a list of all of the companies & the fabulous prize each has donated.

Starfrit is donating a 10 piece Heritage The Rock cookware set (1 winner)
  • They have also generously offered a promotion code of CCF25 for everyone to get a 25% discount on any order you place on their website.  It cannot be combined with any other offer & is only available from January 1, 2015 to January 31, 2015. It can only be used at
Baby Butz has donated 2 large jars of Baby Butz Cream (1 winner)

Libre Tea has donated 1 Tea Glass (1 winner)

Andrea's Pacifier Clips & More has donated 1 pair of mitten Clips (1 winner)

Oxy & Softlips have teamed up to offer an awesome prize pack! (1 winner)

  • Softlips has offered 1 Softlips CUBE  lip moisturizer Berry Bliss, 1 Softlips CUBE lip moisturizer Vanilla Bean 
  • OXY has offered 2 packs of the OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment wipes based.  offered a prize pack 

Kiss Naturals has donated a DIY Hair Chalk Kit (1 winner)

Alokozay Tea has donated an Ice Tea set (1 winner)

Custom Comfort Scarborough has donated a $50 interact e-transfer (1 winner)

Ddrops has donated a prize pack (1 winner)

Paw Su-creme Foot Pad Creme has donated a prize pack containing 1 cologne, 1 tin & 1 stick (1 Winner) 

  • In addition to that though, if you sign up for the newsletter, you will get a slim lip tube size sample. Write SAMPLE and make sure you leave your address in the note. **Please note, sample is limited to ONE (1) per mailing address.

Beauty Lash - Younique by Charissa has donated 1 Black or Brown Liner (1 winner) & Also 1 Lipgloss of winners choice (1 winner)

Letters From Santa has donated Magical Letters from Santa Packages. (9 winners)

Baby Gourmet has donated a Sample Pack of their food. The sample Pack will have the following flavors : Juicy Pear & Garden Greens, Root Veggies & Beef and Veggie Beef Bolognese & Pasta Stars. (2 Winners)

Have you kept count? That's a total of 23 prizes for 23 WINNERS!!!! Can you believe it?

Our giveaway will run from November 28th at 12:00 AM until December 12th at 11:59 PM.
The winners will be drawn randomly & emailed at the address they signed in with. 
We are not permitted to require you to "like" all  of the facebook pages, but we have made it mandatory that you will visit the page & we sincerely hope that you like it on your own if you have not already.

There are a number of optional entries that you can do to increase your chances. Following the companies on twitter, posting a twitter comment, commenting on a blog post, commenting on the sponsors facebook page or just answering a question & of course sharing the giveaway.

Please read the Rules on the entry form.

Libre Original Glass'n Poly Tea Glass ~ Review

Libre sent me an Original Glass'n Poly Tea Glass. I will be honest with you, at first, I had no idea what a tea glass was. It wasn't until I received it & started reading up on it that I found out. It is BPA free, has a glass interior & a durable Poly Tritan exterior. You use it for loose leaf tea. 

I have to take a moment and comment on how absolutely beautiful the cap is. It has a copper/gold colored image in it that is spectacular to look at. It also has a design engraved around the cap which is very pretty as well. All in all, the designs make it look very elegant.

The Libre glass'n poly model can be used 2 ways:

1. You can add the loose leaf tea in the bottom of the glass & add your boiling water. Then when it has steeped enough (about 3-4 minutes) you unscrew the filter cap & drink from there. The filter will strain the tea as you drink so that you do not get leaves in your mouth.

2.  You can add the loose leaf on top of the filter, add the boiling water & then slowly to ensure you have a good seal, turn your glass upside down for 3-4 minutes for a time restrained steep. Then you turn it right side up & remove both caps at once and can drink your tea.

One of the most impressive things I have found about the Tea Glass, is that even with the boiling hot water in the glass, the outside of it merely stayed warm (a definite perk for cold winter days like today, you can use it as a hand warmer) The caps, while warmer than the glass, were just slightly warmer & I was still able to touch it easily. The tea stays hot for quite sometime as well!

I didn't really believe that it was "leak resistant" I mean, how many thermos's have you bought for your kids & next thing you know, their bags are soaked? The Libre Tea Glass really IS leak resistant though! I turned it upside down and once I saw it didn't leak I gave it a few shakes. Not one drop! 

Now you should remember that when you are steeping your tea, either way listed above, that sometimes the steam can build up. So when you are ready to drink, slowly twist whichever cap just a little. If there is no steam escaping, go ahead & open it the rest of the way.

Think how often you could use this. At work, school functions, shopping. This way you can have your favorite tea whenever you want & not have to worry about if certain places carry it or settle for a different brand.

Visit them on FACEBOOK or TWITTER or even head over to their WEBSITE for more information.

Libre Tea has donated a Original Glass'n Poly Tea Glass for 1 (one) lucky winner in our upcoming giveaway that is set to start on November 28th. Keep watching to see how you can be entered.

Letters From Santa ~ Review

Christmas is such a special time. I know that it's meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but even to those who are not religious it is a beautiful, magical time & most families prepare for Santa Claus to visit. They make cookies, decorate the tree & buy presents for their loved ones. There is also one more tradition that most families practice. The annual letter writing to Santa.

Sure you can mail a letter to Santa, but sometimes life gets in the way & maybe it gets misplaced. Then your only alternative is to leave a letter out along with the cookies, milk & carrots. 

Letters from Santa, provides parents a simple way to create beautiful, personalized letters from Santa that can be printed instantly. Available in both a free and low-cost Magical Package version ($3.99). 

Imagine now, how great it would be for your little one(s) to get a special letter back that's been customized to them? Can you just see the joy & delight in their faces? Their eyes would sparkle brighter than the moon off the snow. I can hear the shrieks of delight now!

Letters From Santa is a great way to bring that joy to your children. They have magical packages that are customizable to your child. There are 16 Magical Package Designs to choose from & 14 Magical Messages that you can select from. There is something for every circumstance by the looks of it. From moving, to gift requests, missing military loved one or child worried about not having a chimney.

In addition to these very special Letters from Santa, when you purchase a Magical Letter from Santa, it comes as part of a package which includes 2 envelopes, a lovely personalized printable Official Nice List Certificate (spectacular when printed out on heavy paper), a beautiful printable autographed photo from old St. Nick himself, and a 27-page printable Coloring & Activity Book! You also get a set of 16 adorable printable Christmas Lunchbox Jokes! Just think, you can put one in your child's lunch every day leading up to the school break. What a great way to count down!

They also have a BOGO offer that you can use so that you can give a letter to a 2nd child for free...all you need to do is sign up for their newsletter on their website homepage, and you will get a free coupon code for the second Magical Letter from Santa Package!

Once you have received the coupon code via email, all you need to do is enter the code into the coupon code space before you pay for the first Magical Letter from Santa Package. Then, after the first purchase, make a new letter using the same email address, and enter the code into the coupon code space once again, and voila! The second Magical Letter from Santa Package is provided free of charge. REMEMBER that need to enter the BOGO code for the first letter as well as the second.

To make the letters, just go in and make your Magical Letter from Santa, then enter the code when prompted. You will see that the links to download your Letter and goodies are available on the website right away. I would encourage you to download them directly off the site, as there is the rare occasion that the email is delayed, and that is no fun! In addition, people have very robust security systems these days, and they are sometimes blocked as spam and not delivered! 

To sweeten the deal, they even have extra freebies on their website...from jokes and entertaining videos, to printable gift tags and labels, to coloring pages, as well as an awesome Free printable Official Letter to Santa! 

Click the links below to check them out on your favourite platform. 

As a special treat for you, they have generously sponsored 9 Magical Letter from Santa Packages for our followers in our upcoming giveaway that is set to start on November 28th at 12:00AM. So keep watching & get ready for your chance to win!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Mitten Clips & Hair Clip ~ Review

I was given the chance to do a review for Andrea's Pacifier Clips & More for a pair of mitten clips & a non-slip hair clip.

Anyone that has children or has taken care of children knows how often they lose their things. This is especially true during winter time when it's cold & their little fingers run the risk of getting frozen quite fast.

I can't count how many pairs of mittens my daughter has lost. Not just of her own either, I've given her mine after she lost hers & next time I turn around, one of mine is gone too. It happened so often that even now, I carry at least 2 pairs of gloves with me at all times & I even keep an extra pair in the glovebox. It's aptly named after all LOL.

I have to say that I was pleasantly shocked by the quality of the clips. They have little "teeth" that will clamp down on the material of the child's clothing as well as the mitten itself. There is a nice sturdy silver top that is stiff enough that little fingers will have a difficult time opening it, but it's very easy for adults.

The material that is between the clips is also of good quality & from what I have seen on her website, there are lots of patterns you can choose from, over 100 of them actually. The material is perfect length so that the mittens are never far from the child's hand.

The Non-Slip Hair Clip is great! I didn't think it would hold in hair as well as it does & it doesn't catch hair when you remove it. So no little screams of pain & loose hairs to remove from it. It has material covering it too so it can be customized when you order it. The clip is strong enough to stay in hair, but not too strong to pinch & hurt little fingers if they happen to decide to play with them.

Andrea sells more than just mitten clips & non-slip hair clips though. She also sells:

Toy Clips, Sippy Cup Clips, Sophie the Giraffe Leashes, Nursing/Bib Clips, Belt Clips, Snap Hair Clips, Crochet Beanie Hats with Flower Embellishments & Headbands.

Click the following links to check out her amazing work & to get more information or to make an order.



I have a special surprise as well. Andrea has donated a pair of mitten clips for our giveaway set to start on November 28th at Midnight! The winner will be able to choose the pattern they want from her website!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Kiss Naturals Hair Chalk ~ Review

Kiss Naturals started because the creator's daughters love to craft & they also love lip balm. They decided to experiment & after what they say was MANY fun hours,  they came up with a recipe that the kids enjoyed making & they felt safe using. Their motto is: Natural, Pure & Simple.
What parent doesn't like hearing those words?

I was sent the Kiss Naturals DIY Hair Chalk kit. When I first found out I would be testing Hair Chalk, my first thought was "O.K this is going to look & feel like those huge pieces of chalk that we used to play with as kids." Nothing special there right? WRONG!

I opened my kit up & was shocked to see that it's a kit that allows the user to make the hair chalk. All of the ingredients are there.
There is a 60 ml bottle of Witch Hazel, 6 jars of chalk base in different colours, mixing spoon, a measuring cup & a cute silicone mould.

I have to say it was super easy to make the Hair Chalk. You measure 10 ml of witch hazel into the measuring cup, then pour the entire contents of one of the jars into it & mix.  Then you just pour it into the mould.
Repeat with the remaining jars and let it sit for 2 hours. Pop it out & let sit for another 2 hours. Then you can use it.

After the first chalk, I decided, "Hey, I can just pour the witch hazel directly into the jar of the chalk base" that would make it faster & easier. Boy was I wrong. I made a little bit of a mess doing it that way. But it was very easy to clean up.

One piece of advice (other than to use the measuring cup to mix it in) is mix from the lightest colours up to the darker colours. Or rinse out your cup & spoon between chalks. The hardest part was actually waiting the 4 hours to use it.

I was very surprised to see that it is 100% natural products, but that it's also Made In Canada!
On the outside of the box, there are fun interesting facts, and everything is in 3 languages. English, French & Spanish.

They have several kits to choose from, there is the Natural DIY Lip Balm, DIY Lava Lip Gloss, DIY Bath Fuzzies, DIY Solid Perfume, DIY Glycerin Soap, DIY Face Paint & of course the DIY Hair Chalk Kit. They have wonderful, How-To videos that you can follow.

They offer free shipping on all orders over $50
Check out their Facebook Page, Their Twitter Page or click the "More Info" button below to go to their webpage.

Also, I am thrilled to announce that they are donating a DIY Hair Chalk Kit in our Christmas Giveaway for 1 lucky person!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Hot-Cool Cup ~ Contest

Hot-Cool Cup contest from Subway 

A total of 5,408,000 unique PIN codes will be available on specially-marked SUBWAY® Restaurants cups until approximately January 16, 2015 or while supplies last, whichever is sooner.

Instant Win Prizes (25 per Week; total of 275 available): one (1) SUBWAY® Restaurants $25 Cash Card

Sweepstakes Weekly Prizes (8 per Week; total of 88 available): There are eight (8) Sweepstakes Prizes available to be won each Week: 
  1. Hot Weekly First Prize (1 per Week): GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition* camera with surfboard mounts. ARV of the Prize is CAD$320.00.
  2. Hot Weekly Second Prize (1 per Week): Sunglasses Gift Card. ARV of the Prize is CAD $200.00.
  3. Hot Weekly Third Prize (1 per Week): Numark iDJ Live DJ Software Controller for iPad, iPhone & iPod. ARV of the Prize is CAD$150.00.
  4. Hot Weekly Fourth Prize (1 per Week): MOGA ACE™ POWER Controller for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and iPod touch. ARV of the Prize is CAD $80.00.
  5. Cool Weekly First Prize (1 per Week): Digital Gift Card for snowboard gear and apparel. ARV of the Prize is CAD $500.00.
  6. Cool Weekly Second Prize (1 per Week): GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition* camera with snowboard mounts. ARV of the Prize is CAD$320.00.
  7. Cool Weekly Third Prize (1 per Week): Winter Boot Digital Gift Card. ARV of the Prize is CAD $200.00.
  8. Cool Weekly Fourth Prize (1 per Week): $100 Orage Winter Gear Digital Gift Card. ARV of the Prize is CAD $100.00.

Sweepstakes Grand Prizes (Total of 2 available):

  1. Hot Grand Prize (1): Vacation to the Bahamas for four (4) people, and one (1) $1,500.00 MasterCard® Prepaid card. Trip portion of Prize (“Trip Prize”) consists of: round-trip economy coach air transportation for Winner and three (3) guests from a major airport near the Winner’s home within Canada to the Bahamas, one (1) quadruple occupancy standard accommodation for ten (10) nights (accommodation to be selected at the sole discretion of Sponsor) in Paradise Island at a four star hotel, and included meal-plan. Note: travel will require a valid passport. In the event the winner is not the age of majority in their province of residence, then they must travel with at least one adult who agrees to be responsible for any minors on the trip. 

    ARV of the Prize is CAD $11,500.00 depending on Winner’s point of departure and airfare fluctuations. Any difference between stated ARV and actual value of Prize will not be awarded. All details not specified in the Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
  2. Cool Grand Prize (1): Swiss Ski Vacation for two (2) people, one (1) CAD $1,500.00 MasterCard® Prepaid card, and $2,000.00 in spending money (awarded as a cheque payable to the winner). Trip Prize consists of: round-trip economy coach air transportation for Winner and one (1) guest from a major airport near the Winner’s home within Canada to Geneva or Zurich, Switzerland, round-trip train transfer to Zermatt, one (1) double occupancy standard accommodation for six (6) nights (four star accommodation to be selected at the sole discretion of Sponsor), and included meals. Note: travel will require a valid passport. In the event the winner is not the age of majority in their province of residence, then they must travel with at least one adult who agrees to be responsible for any minors on the trip. 

Weekly Sweepstakes Entry Periods (each a “Week”) and Weekly Draw Dates: 

Week #Entry Period Start Date/TimeEntry Period End Date/TimeWeekly Sweepstakes Draw Date/Time
1November 17, 2014 at 9:00:00 AM CSTNovember 23, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM CSTNovember 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM CST
2November 24, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM CSTNovember 30, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM CSTDecember 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM CST
3December 1, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM CSTDecember 7, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM CSTDecember 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM CST
4December 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM CSTDecember 14, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM CSTDecember 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM CST
5December 15, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM CSTDecember 21, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM CSTDecember 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM CST
6December 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM CSTDecember 28, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM CSTDecember 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM CST
7December 29, 2014 at 12:00:00 AM CSTJanuary 4, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM CSTJanuary 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM CST
8January 5, 2015 at 12:00:00 AM CSTJanuary 11, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM CSTJanuary 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM CST
9January 12, 2015 at 12:00:00 AM CSTJanuary 18, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM CSTJanuary 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM CST
10January 19, 2015 at 12:00:00 AM CSTJanuary 25, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM CSTJanuary 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM CST
11January 26, 2015 at 12:00:00 AM CSTFebruary 1, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM CSTFebruary 3, 2015 at 2:00 PM CST

Ends February 1, 2015