• Featured Image #Sponsored Kiss Naturals #DIY Moisturizing Cream Kit Review & Giveaway

    Kiss Naturals DIY Moisturizing Cream Kit Review & Giveaway!

    Hayley and I sat down to try out the Kiss Naturals DIY Moisturizing Cream Kit at the table one evening. Hayley loves to make things so this was a perfect time to make something for herself.

    Again just like the Kiss Naturals DIY Lip Balm Kit, we watched the video on the Kiss Naturals site. There is also instructions on the box we can use but we like to watch the visual aid to make sure we are doing it right!

    We made up all 6 of the little bottles.

    We did one of each fragrance for each of us.

    So easy to make!


    The Kiss Naturals DIY Moisturizing Kit comes with 3 fragrance oil bottles. Chocolate (YES CHOCOLATE!!!!) , Jasmine and Rose.

    It also comes with 1 Moisturizing cream base and 6 mini bottles for you to fill.

    You also receive a syringe, small measuring cup and 2 little spatulas.

    The best part about all Kiss Natural DIY kits is that they are all natural.

    There are no fillers, dyes, additives or synthetics in any of their products.

    The box is even eco-friendly!

    These Kiss Naturals DIY kits are perfect gifts for any child in your life.

    CLICK HERE to purchase a Kiss Naturals kit


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    Kiss Naturals would like to offer 1 Canadian Basics fan a chance to WIN their own Kiss Naturals DIY Moisturizing Lotion Kit!

    Open to Canadian Residents 18+

    Ends September 19/14

    Enter in Giveaway Tool Below

    ** I received a Kiss Naturals DIY Moisturizing Kit to review but the opinions in this post are my own.


  • $2 Household Products Bundle on WagJag, $15 Milk Bone Pack & More!



    $2 Household Products Bundle on WagJag!

    It is for Pick Up only in these areas: Toronto, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington, Mississauga and Brampton

    For $2 on WagJag you will receive: a box of phosphate-free Cascade with Dawn, 50-pack of Glad Sandwich Zipper Bags and The Febreze Set & Refresh Starter Kit


    $15 Milk Bone Variety Pack on WagJag! (Shipping Included)

    Save 50%

    The package includes: Milk-Bone SOFT & CHEWY Chicken Recipe, Milk-Bone Mini’s Flavour Snacks,Milk-Bone Essentials Plus, Milk-Bone Brushing Chews,Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

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    $22 for a package of 6 Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies washable mascara! (Shipping Included)

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    To get this and other great WagJag offers CLICK HERE

  • Featured Image HURRY~ Limited Spots for TD Advisory Panel!! TD Customers Only!





    TD Advisory Panel gives TD customers the opportunity to voice their opinions on a variety of topics and issues important to TD. By joining the panel you become eligible to receive survey invitations and give your feedback to help improve the customer experience at TD. Get a chance to win $150 Amazon Gift Cards for participation.

    CLICK HERE to Join Today!

  • Featured Image #Sponsored #Giveaways



    Currently right now we have some great contests happening on Canadian Basics and Coupon Nannie!

    This page is to make it easier so you can get to all our sponsored contests in one place.

    ***Note: Make sure you do all the mandatory ballots in the contest so you aren’t disqualified for not doing it. (Most contests only have 2-3 mandatory ballots)



    Canadian Basics:

    WIN 1 of 5 Zevia 6 packs! Open to CAN/US 18+ Ends Sept 26/14


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     1 winner~ Kiss Naturals DIY Moisturizing Cream Kit

    Ends Sept 19/14 Open to Canada

    CLICK HERE to enter

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     1 winner for 1 Personalized Book (up to $19.99)

    Ends Sept 19/14 Open to Canadian Residents

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  • Featured Image Zevia #Sponsored Review & Giveaway!


    ~ Good For Dialysis Patients ~ Diabetic Friendly~ Non-GMOs ~ No MSG ~ Vegan ~ Kosher Diet Friendly ~ Gluten Free ~



    Many of our fans know that I have kidney failure and that I am on dialysis.

    Due to having kidney failure, I also have a special health diet.

    This diet tells me what to avoid and what to eat on a daily basis.

    Sounds easy enough to some but when you are no longer to eat or drink the foods you once enjoyed, it can be very hard to follow.

    I do follow my diet religiously because it is what keeps me healthy and strong and out of the hospital.

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    The one thing I use to do daily before I became sick was drink a can of pop. I loved pop! I can’t lie.

    But now I can no longer drink any dark pop. (Colas, rootbeer, Dr P.)  And I miss them!

    So I was excited to get asked to review Zevia!

    Finally a pop that is made for someone like ME! Someone on dialysis!

    Zevia is also safe for diabetics. A lot of my dialysis friends have diabetes so this is a perfect soda for them!

    Even those that love pop, like I once did. This is an healthier way to enjoy your pop without all the artificial sweeteners and sugar that are in regular pop drinks with all the taste!

    When the package was sent to me, I received Ginger Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Lemon Lime Twist, Cherry Cola, Caffeine Free Cola and Grape.

    While I enjoyed them all my favourite flavour was:

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    I loved the taste! It brought me back to when I was a child and use to drink Rootbeer as a “treat”.  I enjoyed the great taste and it was the first time drinking a dark pop in 2 years! (Since I found out I had kidney failure)

    I didn’t get a chance to finish the can of Rootbeer because my son, Spencer stole it from me and drank it.  (I guess we know which one out of the bunch he loved too!)

    I felt like the Lemon Lime Twist and the Ginger Ale were a close second!!  They tasted like regular pops.

    The Caffeine Free Cola and the Grape both needed more flavour for me. But if you like subtle flavours, these two would be to your liking.

    The Cherry Cola, you could really taste the cherry flavour. I enjoyed it. Tasted like I was drinking a fruity drink.



    Another thing I missed is making a Cola Roast! A Cola Roast is a recipe I use in the crockpot to make a roast up. It is the juiciest roast ever. I hate roast usually.

    A lot of people make it and it turns out dry. But with a Cola Roast recipe, you have nothing but the best tasting meat! You can eat it by itself or on a sandwich.

    Cola Roast

    Here is how to make it:

    • 1 Roast

    • 1 package of Onion Soup Mix

    • 1 cup of Zevia Cola

    • 1 cup of Water


    • Put Roast in crockpot.

    • Pour in Zevia and Water.

    • Pour in Onion Soup Mix.

    • Stir it around.

    • Place lid on crockpot and set it on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours.

    To find some recipes that you can use with Zevia CLICK HERE



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    Zevia is made with Stevia, not aspartame.

    It is more natural and a healthier alternative to aspartame.

    To find out more about the differences between Stevia and Aspartame CLICK HERE

    To find out more about Zevia and where you can purchase it in your area CLICK HERE

    Zevia also has COUPONS!! CLICK HERE

    ~Purchase Online CLICK HERE ~ Retailer Purchase CLICK HERE ~

    **I was given a 6 pack to review but the review are my own.



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    Zevia wants to give 5 Lucky Readers a chance to WIN a free 6 pack of your own!

    Open to CAN/US 18+

    Ends September 26/14

    Good Luck!

  • Featured Image 8 Simple DIY Projects To Prepare Your Home For Fall


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    Weatherproof windows and doors

    Unless your home and windows are brand new, there are probably some gaps that let the fall chill creep in, wrecking havoc on your electricity bill. Luckily, there are some DIY options to keep the cold weather outside, where it belongs. Caulk and less permanent weather strips can both be bought on the cheap at your local hardware store. The process of adhering weather stripping is easy, and there are many guides available, like this one from Home Depot

    Winterize sprinklers

    If you have a sprinkler system, it’s wise to blow it out before the first freeze. This will prevent pipes from freezing, which can cause costly plumbing repairs. Blowing out your sprinklers requires the purchase or rental of an air compressor. Though this may seem like a pricey job, ensuring your sprinkler system is properly winterized will save you a ton of money repairing it. The process itself is a fairly simple and painless procedure with simple step-by-step instructions.

    Clean gutters

    Over the summer months, leaves, debris and dirt have no doubt clogged your home’s only run off option. Once snow and rain start falling, these clogged gutters can cause the water to pool up in undesirable places, which can cause many problems. As the cheapest DIY option on this list, cleaning your gutters only costs the time it takes to complete. While you’re up there, it doesn’t hurt to check for any roof or gutter issues that can be dealt with before they require costly repairs.

    Maintain fireplace and chimney

    If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, remember that if you clean and maintain it before winter rolls in then you can cozy up to a toasty fire when the first snow falls. It’s up to you whether you want to maintain your own chimney or hire someone to take care of it for you. Should you opt to take care of your own, there are many things to keep in mind, including inhalation, mess, wear and tear and proper damper position. To properly prepare, make sure you have a drop cloth on the floor, you wear a mask and you are ready with a vacuum to suck up the ashes. Other than the basic clean up it is also important to ensure the bricks in your chimney are holding up to avoid more costly problems down the line.

    Fall colors

    If you’re looking for a subtle change that’s easy on the back and wallet, simply working in some fall colors into your current décor can add autumn spice. Rather than going out and buying a bunch of new blankets or throw pillows, there are some simple color options that only cost as much as a sample bucket of paint. Pick up a few cheap picture frames from a thrift store or garage sale and a few sample cans in your favorite fall hues. Paint the frames one solid color and (ta-da!) you have a new décor. You can use these frames to re-frame current wall photos, or get more creative to make an interesting piece of art using leaves or other fall items on your mantel piece, like this one.

    A festive centerpiece

    Autumn is the season for gatherings. Whether it’s a football Sunday, Thanksgiving dinner or a Halloween party, there are many reasons to get together with friends and family come autumn. With everyone gathered around the table, why not put together a pretty centerpiece to get people talking? Pumpkins, leaves and corn are common fall adornments, but rather than simply spreading them all over the table, try a new trend that will get people talking. What you’ll need is a pumpkin, some fake flowers (preferably autumn hued) and some hot glue. Take your flowers and glue them to the pumpkin until completely covered. This unique floral project is appealing to the eye and can be made in any color scheme that suits your home.


    Oh the joys of pumpkins! Simply putting a few on your porch can evoke nostalgia, but if you’re feeling a little more ambitious, try making flower pots or vases with these seasonal gourds. For a festive flower pot, empty out a pumpkin or gourd as you would if you were carving a jack-o-lantern. Rather than filling with a candle, top it with soil and plant your favorite seasonal flowers. Another fun option is to use a gourd as a vase. Empty out the gourd and it’s ready to be filled with water and flowers as a beautiful table display. Gourds will stay water tight for about a week, but you can also insert a bud vase to ensure there’s no leakage.

    Autumn foliage

    There are many cool ways to use leaves in your fall décor. Some people adhere them to candles or use them in center pieces or wreaths, but there are other creative options. Make an interesting wall hanging or shelf topper by using an old book, some colorful leaves and picture frames. To create this look, remove a few choice pages from an old book. Select your page based on the passage or simply the look of the page (think dog eared or with gold finish.) Before you start, select your favorite colorful leaves then press them between newspaper in a heavy book. After a few days, you’ll have a dry and flat leaf for decoration use. Once the leaves are ready use the book page as the backdrop and place the leaves over it in a frame and you’ll have a very pretty piece of art.

  • Featured Image Thanksgiving Fun For Kids!




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    Get your children in the Thanksgiving spirit by doing some crafts and colouring.

    Online there are lots of FREE printables.

    1. Corn Place Setting Colouring Page ~ Decorate your Thanksgiving table with this colouring craft.

    2. Happy Turkey Day ~ Colouring page for your children to colour.

    3. Thanksgiving Day Bingo ~ Play bingo with the children. (5 different boards available)

    4. Thanksgiving Colouring Pages ~ Several pages for Thanksgiving fun

    5. Thanksgiving Worksheets ~ Fun sheets for children around the Thanksgiving theme.

  • Featured Image **RECALL** Organic Traditions Brand


    A recall as of September 11/14 for Organic Traditions Brand Chia and Flax Seed Powder.

    It is being recalled due to Salmonella.

    If you have these products throw them out or take them back to the store that you purchased it.

    Products with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled.



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    Affected Brands are as followed:

    Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 227 g AHM/SFCB19014
    Codes on packages: AHM621140814N AHM621140815D AHM621140825D

    UPC -8 54260 00621 6

    Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder 454 g AHM/SFCB19014
    Codes on packages: AHM547140815D AHM547140825D

    UPC8 54260 00547 9

    For more information go to the Alerts/Recalls on the Canadian Government Site HERE