5 tips for shopping online for Black Friday





Black Friday is chaotic in the store. Trying to get the best deal of an item on someone’s wish list or an item that you really want.

I find shopping online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday makes life so much easier.

The packages come to my door and I don’t even have to fight the crowds and traffic.  And the best part? You can shop in your pjs. With it being a rainy day today where I am. That is a BIG Plus!


Here are 5 tips for shopping online for Black Friday:

  1. Ebates ~ This is available to both Canadians and Americans. Ebates is easy to use and it puts a percentage of the cash back in your pocket by you shopping through them. (Example Old Navy right now is 8.0% and Keurig Canada 10.0%)  Just sign up and then in the search bar type what store you wish to go to, hit enter and then hit Shop Now. CLICK HERE to go to Ebates. 
  2. TopCashBack ~ TopCashBack is very similar to Ebates. It is great to sign up because you could get a better rate from them than Ebates. So it doesn’t hurt to check both places to see who gives the bigger percentage cash back. CLICK HERE to go to TopCashBack
  3. Budget ~ Be sure to set a budget. It is easy to go overboard with shopping. Make sure you stick to your budget.
  4. Cyber Monday ~ Even though you are having fun shopping on Black Friday, be sure to set some money aside for Cyber Monday. Always great deals then so you will not be disappointed.
  5. Have a list ~ Make sure you have a list of what you are looking for and cross it off when you find it. That way you know what is coming to you. Plus save an receipts that go to your email.



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5 Random Thoughts for this Week


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This week I decided to do 5 random thoughts this week going on with me and what has been happening on Canadian Basics.

This week has been busy for me and the blog. It will get busier next week too!

Here are 5 Random Thoughts for this Week. 

  1. Great giveaways going on this week on the blog and more coming up! Check out our Facebook post with the links to the giveaways HERE  Canadian Basics Giveaways #giveaway #contest #worldwide #canada #US
  2. With the Holiday Season upon us, Random Acts of Kindess is a great way to celebrate the holidays and spread some cheer. Here are 25 Random Acts of Kindness that you can do this season. CLICK HERE  Pay It Forward
  3. Looking for something to do Saturday mornings with your children? Check out the Cineplex Family Favourites for a list of movies for $2.99! CLICK HERE family favourites
  4. Yesterday was a good day for my son, Spencer. He got the cast off his arm. The poor kid has had it on for 5 weeks. Yesterday he was sore and when he went to bed he said to me ” Mommy my brain is confused. I looked at my arm and saw no cast, I thought to myself, did I break it off? Then I remember that I had it taken off today!” Today it is doing well and he still has 2 more weeks of babying it and protecting it and then he should be good. spencer6
  5. Best post of the week was this meme post. It is still funny! 12243594_992803670741095_2288579745063662713_n


Check out the bloggers below for their Five on Friday 

If you’re interested in making life simpler, and also honesty from a nerdy mom of three check out Shawna from Simple on Purpose. http://simpleonpurpose.ca/tag/fiveonfriday/

For five funny things that will make you feel better about your own parenting skills, check out Jac and Juli at TwoFunMoms! http://www.twofunmoms.com/

My blog is basically all things interesting to me. Variety keeps it interesting. http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/tag/fiveonfriday/

Local to Edmonton, this mom is blogging about a little bit of everything. Things to do with the family, a simple DIY, or life as a family of 5. http://justanotheredmontonmommy.com/category/five-on-friday

Louise, of Surrey, B.C., shares about the reality of family life with some very energetic kids at Talk Nerdy To Me www.talknerdytomeblog.com

For tips on green living on a sensible budget with a smattering of parenting, ranting and raving, check out Juicy Green Mom! http://juicygreenmom.ca/category/fiveonfriday/

Product Junkie http://www.ProductJunkie.ca

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Old Navy Black Friday Sale


Old Navy Black Friday Sale


old navy 50% off #BlackFriday Sale


Old Navy has 50% off sale in store and online 

Go through Ebates to get 8.0% cash back

Ends Tomorrow at 11:59 pm est 

CLICK HERE to go to Ebates and then in the search bar type Old Navy.


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Win a $25 Amazon GC or $25 Paypal Cash From Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My!

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the picture book “Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My!” by Sherrill S. Cannon.

Mice & Spiders & Webs... Oh My!

Title: Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My! | Author: Sherrill S. Cannon | Illustrator: Kalpart | Publication Date: March 19, 2015 | Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC | Pages: 30 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)

Summary: Is your child a good listener? Rosemary is a little girl who is worried about returning to school after her teacher warns the class that they would soon have some mice, spiders, and webs in the classroom. Could Rosemary have misunderstood something? How can mice and spiders and webs belong at school? Full of “Computer Speak,” this story introduces young readers to basic computer terms in a delightful way! See if your child can discover the mystery of the misunderstood words, and learn about the fun of computers with Rosemary.

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Please note that 50% of the cost of Sherrill Cannon’s books go to the following two organizations: http://sbpra.com/curejm and http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree. Here are Ms. Cannon’s other books:

Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:03:15:20140315-145024:IMG_1139.JPGMy Fingerpaint Masterpiece deals with perspective, perception and self-esteem as a child fingerpaints artwork in class, and later discovers it as part of the town’s Art Contest.




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:06:12:20140612-155332:IMG_1287.JPGManner-Man is a Superhero who helps children cope with bullies, and teaches them how to look within themselves for their own superhero.




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2014:08:20:20140820-114042:IMG_1390.JPGGimme-Jimmy is about how a bully learns to share. His “New Polite Rule” helps him learn to make friends.




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2012:09:10:20120910-174324:TheMagicWord-6lg copy.jpgThe Magic Word helps Elisabeth learn the magic word “please”, and to use it every day. Please and Thank you are words that everyone needs to use!




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2013:11:06:20131106-210036:IMG_0871.JPGPeter and the Whimper-Whineys, helps parents cope with whining, disguised as a fun story. Peter is a rabbit who whines all the time, and might have to join the Whimper-Whineys.




Macintosh HD:Users:skcannon60:Dropbox:iPhoto Library:Masters:2013:11:06:20131106-210036:IMG_0873.JPGSanta’s Birthday Gift includes Santa in the Christmas story. (After reading a story of the nativity to her granddaughter, she was asked “But where’s Santa?”)




The Buzz About the Book

Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My! features a wonderful rhyming tale with an important underlying message about “being a good listener”. As an added bonus, the book also features bright and kid-friendly illustrations with cameo appearances of characters and covers from previous books. I highly recommend this (and other books by Sherrill S. Cannon) for children ages 4 to 8 years.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

I adored this fun story and know it will become a fast favorite among readers.~ Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks

“This book is educational, while entertaining too, and is a great teaching tool on being a good Listener.” ~ Lu Ann, Rockin’ Book Reviews

“This is a very fun book for both children and adults. It carries an important message, but at the same time introduces computer terminology that perhaps not every child will be familiar with.” ~ Crsytal @ Castle View Academy


About the Author: Sherrill S. Cannon

Sherrill CannonSherrill S. Cannon is a former teacher and a grandmother of ten, who is also an Award-Winning Best-Selling Author! Her multi-cultural books have received thirty-six 2011-15 National and International awards. Most of her books try to teach something, like good manners and consideration for others. All of her books are part of two fundraisers, one to help find a cure for Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease at http://sbpra.com/curejm/ and another for the anti-bullying campaign at imbullyfree.org at http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree 50% of the cost of her books on these sites will go directly to each organization!

Sherrill is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children, She is a resident of New Hope, PA and travels with her husband of 55 years throughout North America in their RV, sharing her books along the way!

Website * SBPRA Website * CureJM Website

Google+ * Twitter * Facebook * Pinterest * Goodreads


** Book Blast Giveaway **


Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: December 9, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Sherrill S. Cannon and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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50% off The Children’s Place Plus Free Shipping



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Right now going on with The Children’s Place for Black Friday is 50% off The Children’s Place plus FREE Shipping.

Prices don’t require a coupon to get in on this great day.

Stock up for gifts or because your children need great clothes.





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Enter to Win a Suzy Shier Gift Card


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Enter to win a $500 Suzy Shier gift card. You could either do your holiday shopping there or treat yourself!

Open to: Canada

Ends: December 3/15



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12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes



12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes


12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes! 1 Grand Prize Winner will receive a $500 VISA Gift Card & 12 Runners Up will receive over $200 worth of goodies for under the tree from I See Me!Chronicle BooksThe Picture People and Galison/Mudpuppy!

Open to: Canada & US (excluding Quebec)

Ends: November 30/15

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I See Me Personalized Children’s Books Giveaway


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Both my children don’t have unique names but yet it is really hard to find items with their names. (Hayley & Spencer)

For some reason Hayley is never spelled correctly and Spencer is never there. I would have thought their names would be easy to find.

That’s why I love I See Me Personalized Children’s Books.

I can get lots of great items for my children for gifts. Books, placemats, colouring books, lunch boxes and more!

Right now is a great time to order gifts because from now until December 16/15 get 20% off at http://www.iseeme.com/ with this promo code: SPECIAL

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Enter to win My Sing-Along Book and Personalized Music. (valued $39.99 usd)

Open to Canadian and US residents

Ends December 9/15 11:59:59pm est

Good Luck

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