• Featured Image #DIY Watering Globe

    DIY Watering Globes

     

    Going away for a week and worried about your house plants?

     

    beckUse your old glass bottles from your beer, pop bottles etc.

    Fill with water and stick the spout in the dirt.

    Going away even longer? Use a wine bottle.

    These bottles are free and most of us have some sort of bottle in our recycling box.

    The best part is these bottles are free and save us from spending money on watering globes.

    An easy DIY tip that will help keep your plants alive when you aren’t home!



  • Featured Image Octonauts Deep Sea Mission Review & Giveaway

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    This month Spencer and I got to review NCircle Entertainment Octonauts Deep Sea Mission.

    This movie has 6 episodes and also a bonus part to learn more about marine life.

    70Minutes long in length.

    The release date for it is Sept.2/14 and will be available on the NCircle Entertainment website CLICK HERE and also local retailers.

    Spencer and I sat down to enjoy the movie.

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    I loved the storyline. The Octonauts explore the world’s oceans and rescue the creatures who live there.

    They introduce kids to different ocean creatures. Both my kids loved the the Vampire Squid! They thought it was cool.

    I love how the cartoon animation. The cartoon had an almost 3D look to the cartoon. I loved how the story got kids thinking about the ocean. It gave us a lot to talk about!

    Both Hayley and Spencer ended up watching it right to the end. Even though Hayley is 13 and a bit old for it she enjoyed it. She thought it was a cute movie!

    I think if she was younger this would have been one she would have watched over and over again.

    Spencer loved it so much he skipped his morning Netflix and put on Octonauts again!

    If you child loves adventure cartoons, this one is a must have.

     

    NCircle Entertainment wants to give one Canadian Basics fan a chance to win their own Octonauts Deep Sea Mission DVD open to CAN/US Ends September 9/14

    Note** I received an Octonauts Deep Sea Mission DVD to review but all my opinions are my own

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  • 5 x $25 Amazon Gift Cards Giveaway ~ Author J.S. Scott Release Day Blitz August 26th

    Book Synopsis 
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     Jason Sutherland is a billionaire investor who has it all: good looks,
    billions of dollars, and every expensive toy a man could ever want. What
    he doesn’t have is the one thing he wants the most: Hope Sinclair.
    Unfortunately Hope, the little sister of his best friend, was off
    limits. But when he finds out that she’s getting married, he decides
    that he’s staking his claim before it’s too late, and it will take more
    than a little deception and risk to accomplish his goal. Hope could end
    up hating his guts, but after spending one forbidden night with her that
    he can’t forget, he knows he has to try to make her his forever.
    Hope Sinclair was born into money, but being rich has never made her
    happy. The one thing she wants is a man to care about her and not her
    bank account. The closest thing she’s ever found to real happiness was
    the magical, passionate night she’d spent in the arms of Jason
    Sutherland…until that night turned into heartbreak. So when he
    unexpectedly comes back into her life in the strangest of ways, Hope is
    determined to resist her attraction to him.

    Thrown together by Jason’s deception and with their passion still
    burning hot, can the two of them survive after the billionaire is
    unmasked?

    18+ only. Not suitable for children and teens under 18.
     

     

     

     

     

    If you want to try the prequel first you can check out Jason and Hope in this short read

    Apple/iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-night-with-a-billionaire/id908024688?mt=11
    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MLC4D1M
    Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/J_S_Scott_One_Night_with_a_Billionaire?id=7ug_BAAAQBAJ
    B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-night-with-a-billionaire-j-s-scott/1120171146?ean=2940046101119
    KOBO:http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/one-night-with-a-billionaire
    Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/465954

     Other Books In The Series 

    Mine For Tonight


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    Currently Free 

    Down
    on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a
    massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will
    surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a
    miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and
    overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is
    impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s
    never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to
    her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger
    to her emotional sanity?
    Reclusive billionaire Simon Hudson would
    rather be behind a computer creating computer games than rubbing elbows
    with the elite and he knows exactly what he wants…until he meets Kara
    Foster. Something about Kara touches Simon in ways he’s never
    experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For over a year, Simon watches
    over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit his desire to possess her,
    not even to himself. But when she ends up in a situation that could very
    well be her destruction, Simon steps up to help her, not realizing that
    in saving Kara, he might very well be salvaging his own soul.

    “Mine
    For Tonight” is book one of “The Billionaire’s Obsession” . Books in
    this trilogy do not stand alone and need to be read in order. They
    include:

    The Billionaire’s Obsession (Complete Collection)

     

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    This complete collection of The Billionaire’s Obsession includes:
    Mine For Tonight
    Mine For Now
    Mine Forever
    Mine Completely
    Down
    on her luck, nursing student and full-time waitress Kara Foster gets a
    massive blow to her already desperate financial situation that will
    surely find her living on the streets. Needing nothing less than a
    miracle to save her, Kara gets rescue from an unknown, unlikely and
    overwhelming source. Billionaire Simon Hudson makes her an offer that is
    impossible to refuse, but terrifying to accept from a man that she’s
    never met. Will the handsome, alpha billionaire really be a solution to
    her problems, or will he end up being a major complication and a danger
    to her emotional sanity?

    Reclusive
    billionaire Simon Hudson would rather be behind a computer creating
    computer games than rubbing elbows with the elite and he knows exactly
    what he wants…until he meets Kara Foster. Something about Kara touches
    Simon in ways he’s never experienced and definitely doesn’t like. For
    over a year, Simon watches over Kara, but stubbornly refuses to admit
    his desire to possess her, not even to himself. But when she ends up in a
    situation that could very well be her destruction, Simon steps up to
    help her, not realizing that in saving Kara, he might very well be
    salvaging his own soul.

    18 + (This book contains graphic language, very steamy love scenes and lots of emotion.)
    Heart Of The Billionaire (Book Two)

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    Author
    Note: This novel is the complete story of Sam and Maddie, but reading
    The Billionaire’s Obsession – The Complete Collection (Simon and Kara’s
    story) first is highly recommended to enhance your reading pleasure.

     

    Sam and Maddie are here!
    Billionaire
    Sam Hudson has pretty much lived his life with no apologies because he
    tries never to do anything that he’s sorry about…except for what he had
    done in the past to Dr. Madeline Reynolds. Many years and regrets later,
    Sam meets up with Maddie again by chance; his brother Simon is marrying
    Maddie’s best friend and the two of them are forced to be civil. But
    Sam wants to be more than polite, and he wants another chance to make
    things right, so he offers Maddie a bold proposition, an offer he knows
    she’ll have a very hard time declining even though she hates him.

    Dr.
    Madeline Reynolds adores her best friend Kara and her fiancé Simon, but
    being forced into the company of Sam Hudson, because they are both in
    Simon and Kara’s wedding, is pure torture. She’s hated Sam for years,
    but when he offers her a bargain, something near and dear to her heart,
    she’s torn between her dislike for the man and the offer of something
    she’s always desperately wanted. Once, Sam Hudson nearly destroyed her,
    but Maddie discovers that sometimes things aren’t always what they
    appear to be. Is Sam really a devious heartbreaker, or is there
    something more to him beneath the surface?

    Can two people with so many years of hurt between them learn to trust each other again?
    Please
    note: This is an erotic romance and not appropriate for YA readers.
    The book contains graphic sex, language and situations not appropriate
    for YA readers.

    The Billionaire Salvation (Book Three)

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    Billionaire
    Max Hamilton thought he was finally starting to find contentment, more
    than two years after losing his wife Mia in a tragic drowning accident.

    He’d
    been reunited with a sister he hadn’t realized existed. Finally he had
    family again, a reprieve from the pain and loneliness that had haunted
    him since his devastating loss. Yeah…he was as happy as a man could be,
    considering he had lost the other half of his soul and most of his heart
    when fate had torn his wife away from him.

    Or
    so he believed…until the day he rescued a mysterious woman in the park,
    a female who somehow had managed to reignite a part of him that he
    thought was long dead…

    Suddenly,
    Max’s protective, dominant, possessive male instincts flare to life,
    leaving him at a loss as to how lightning could possibly strike twice in
    one lifetime. Is he truly being given another chance at real happiness,
    or would it be dangled in front of him, only to be taken away once
    again?

    Find
    out by reading The Billionaire’s Salvation, Book 3 in The New York
    Times Bestselling series, The Billionaire’s Obsession. This is a
    complete contemporary erotic romance novel with no cliffhangers!

     The Billionaire’s Game (Book Four)

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    The Billionaire’s Game – The Billionaire’s Obsession ~ Kade

     

    With
    his professional football career over due to a tragic accident,
    billionaire Kade Harrison takes on the task of solving a mystery for his
    brother-in-law and friend, Max Hamilton. Without his former career to
    fill every minute of the day, Kade’s looking for something to challenge
    him–now that he’s lost the career that had meant everything to him.
    But what starts out as a simple favor soon becomes a whole lot more than
    he bargained for when the woman he’s seeking slips away from him every
    time he gets close to finding her. When Kade does finally corner her,
    things start to get even more complicated. Asha Paritala is nothing
    like he expected, and the female he had tracked down as a favor for Max
    soon becomes a woman he wants for his very own, a woman who makes
    protective and highly predatory instincts he didn’t know he had flare to
    life inside him. Kade soon discovers that he wants Asha’s total
    surrender to the desire and passion that vibrates intensely between the
    two of them, but he also wants her trust, the one thing Asha’s history
    makes it difficult for her to give. Can Kade convince her that some
    things are worth risking it all?

    Caught
    between two worlds, Asha Paritala is homeless, broke and damaged from a
    life of abuse and neglect. Born of an American mother and an Indian
    immigrant father, Asha was raised as an Indian woman by a foster family
    after the death of her natural parents when she was little more than a
    baby. She’s spent her entire life under the control of others until
    finally breaking free two years earlier, and she’s determined to keep
    her freedom, even if it means she has to struggle to survive. But when
    she meets Kade Harrison, her resolve is tested. After Kade helps her
    through a bad situation, she finds herself beginning to trust Kade as
    she’s never trusted a man before. Kade is everything she always
    thought a man should be, but can she lose herself in him completely when
    she knows she’s damaged and confused. And is it really possible that
    she could be a lost sibling to two people like Max Hamilton and Maddie
    Hudson? Asha is tempted by the possibility of family, and the
    irresistible lure of a man like Kade Harrison. Can a woman caught
    between two cultures, so flawed and so backward, really reach out and
    take what she wants, or will the instinct to run from the pain of her
    past destroy the hope of happiness for her future?

    Find out if two broken souls can heal each other in The Billionaire’s Game, book 4 of The Billionaire’s Obsession series!!
    This is a complete novel with no cliffhangers. 18+ due to sexual situations and graphic language.

    After
    four years of working for “the billionaire boss from hell” Ally
    Caldwell thinks she finally has her life on the right track. Her fiancé
    is out of dental school, ready to go to work at a thriving practice, and
    it would finally be her turn to go back and finish her college degree.
    Unfortunately, her carefully planned future crumbles when she finds out
    that her fiancé, the man she’d nearly killed herself to help get through
    school, has been cheating on her. With her wedding looming in the near
    future, Ally’s blindsided, realizing she’d never even knew the man she’d
    been planning to marry. Suddenly, her carefully organized life is
    turned upside down, and not one single thing is turning out the way it
    was supposed to happen. Even her boss, Travis the Tyrant, is beginning
    to act differently, throwing Ally into an even more confused and chaotic
    state of mind. Travis, the one man who she’d always counted on to be a
    jerk, was now the guy who actually steps up to try and help her
    straighten her life out again. Unfortunately, she doesn’t much care for
    his highhanded arrogance or his methods of “helping.” Ally wants to hate
    Travis. It makes her life so much simpler to fight with him than to
    admit to the combustible chemistry growing between the two of them. But
    as she begins to see more and more of the real Travis beneath his dark
    façade, she can’t seem to resist the dangerous lure of their unlikely
    attraction.Billionaire Travis Harrison does
    everything he possibly can to repair the Harrison name after a scandal
    nearly destroyed his family years ago. He makes sure he keeps himself
    and his actions in check, his emotions buried under a thick layer of
    ice. Only his secretary and assistant, Alison Caldwell, makes him come
    close to losing his carefully constructed image. The obstinate female
    keeps shoving him closer and closer to the edge of sanity every single
    day. But when he finds out about her fiancé’s betrayal, his protective
    instincts roar to life inside him, making him want to ensure she’s never
    hurt again. The only problem is…Ally doesn’t want his help, and the
    infuriating woman does everything she can to push him away, even as the
    two of them are swept into an undeniable passion that neither of them
    can possibly ignore. Before long, Travis finds himself in ruthless
    pursuit of something much more important and elusive than just a
    business deal.
    Can these two very different, very stubborn
    people actually be meant to be together? Find out if Travis and Ally can
    let down their defenses and surrender to a love so powerful it will
    rock them to the depths of their souls in Billionaire Undone, Book Five
    of The Billionaire’s Obsession series.

     

    About The Author

     


    J.S.
    Scott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy
    romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature.
    Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary
    erotic romance stories and paranormal romance erotics. They almost
    always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she
    just can’t seem to write them any other way!
    Please visit me at:  Facebook  Amazon 
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    Please take a moment to read Mom to Bed by 8′s Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer review and see how a boring summer day can be changed in less than 5 minutes!

     

     

    Kids can run off energy and work out their body in this Little Tikes State Fair Fun House Bouncer!  This is a circus-themed set that has a lion, clown and dog silhouettes on the outside! 3 areas include a slide, ball toss area and room to play! There is an exterior storage pocket for your child`s shoes. High walls to keep your children in the area while they jump for safety!  Also has mesh windows to help parents to see their children and constructed with heavy-duty PVC material.

    Weight Limit: Up to 3 Children Capacity

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  • Featured Image Kiss Naturals #DIY Lip Balm Kit Review & #Sponsored Giveaway

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    As everyone knows, children get bored during summer holidays.

    This year in our area, weather has been so weird. The weather is cooler than normal, so that makes it a little hard to do normal summer stuff like swimming. I decided it was a perfect time to sit down at night and do the Kiss Natural’s All Natural DIY Lip Balm kit!

    So Hayley and I sat at the table and pulled everything out.

    The instructions were on the inside of the box but we decided to watch the “How To” video on the laptop instead.

    We had the video and did the steps as they did them. It was really easy!  Hayley did them all by herself with no trouble at all.

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    There were 2 fragrance oils with the DIY kit. (Boysonberry flavour and Bubble Gum flavour)

    Hayley and I did one lip balm of each flavour. Then we decided with the 3rd part of the shea butter we would do plain. The shea butter was such a nice smell. So we made up a batch of that. We ended up with all the left over shea butter having enough to make 2 plain ones.

    We let our creation set overnight.kiss2

     

     

    There were materials left over that we have enough to make more in the future.

    I really enjoyed this kit and am ordering some for my nieces for the Christmas season!

    Kiss Naturals is a Canadian business with ALL  natural products with no dyes, fillers or additives. (Their box is also eco-friendly!)

    You can see more products that are available at Kiss Naturals by going to www.kissnaturals.com 

     I did receive a Kiss Naturals DIY Lip Balm kit for this review to use but I was not compensated in any other way. The opinions expressed in this blog are my own.

     

    Kiss Naturals wants to give one Canadian Basics fan a chance to win their own DIY  Lip Balm Kit! Open to Canadian Residents 18+ Ends Sept 1/14

     



  • 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:

     

     

     

    Fun House Bouncer Giveaway (1)

    Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer

    1 winner ~ Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer

    Open to Canadian and U.S. Residents 18+ (excludes Quebec) Ends Aug 28/14 One entry per household

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    1 winner~ Win a Kiss Naturals DIY Lip Balm Kit

    Open to Canadian residents 18+ Ends Sept 1/14

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    Open to US/CAN 18 + Ends Sept 5/14

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    Coupon Nannie:

     

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    One fan will win a pair of Freshly Picked  baby/toddler moccasins of a colour of your choice!

    This contests is open to Canada & US (except where prohibited by law) Contest ends on September 6th. Once winner is verified, Freshly Picked will ship out your soft 100% leather moccasins.

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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 Cool Gel n’ Cap Review And #Sponsored Giveaway

     

     Cool Gel n’ Cap Review & Giveaway

     

    I was excited to try the Cool Gel n’ Cap because like every parent before me, my children tend to either get sick or have accidents.    My son, Spencer, tripped on his shoe laces last year and smacked his head good.

    This would have been perfect to have in my home to help him heal!

    When I got the package I was happy it wasn’t a girly colour. It was unisex in a grey bunny form.(Tulip the Bunny) Since I have both a boy and a girl, I try to keep things that they would share in neutral colours.

    I was reading the box and saw that the warm package was good for earaches too! Now I wished I had known about this earlier! Spencer had an extremely bad earache this winter. If I had it handy it probably would have done more to help him.

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    The Cool Gel n’ Cap comes with 1 easy to adjust hat and 2 non-toxic gel packs.

    The non-toxic gel packs can be placed in the freezer (cold) or in the microwave for 10 seconds (hot)

    If you don’t have a microwave then just place the non-toxic gel packs in hot water to heat up.

    All caps are machine washable.

    There are 2 styles to choose from:

    • Tulip the Bunny (which we received)

    • Toby the Puppy

    $12.99 plus shipping  from the Cool Gel n’ Cap site  (Free shipping if in U.S)

    CLICK HERE to go to the site

    If you have kids, this is a must have in your house!

    So easy to use and safe for children. I think any first aid kit should have one!

    Hayley and Spencer did a Youtube review about the Cool Gel n’ Cap CLICK HERE to watch 

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    Now time for the fun part! Cool Gel n’ Cap wants to give one Canadian Basics fan a chance to win a Cool Gel n’ Cap of their own!

    Open to CAN/US 18+

    Ends 09/05/14

    note** I was sent a Cool Gel n’ Cap to review but the opinion is my own.