The Taste of Toronto Returns to Toronto this Weekend

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A photo posted by Hollie (@commoncentsmom) on Jun 30, 2015 at 1:15pm PDT One of my favorite events from last summer is back. The Taste of Toronto is returning for its second year on July 2, 2015, that’s today folks!  The four-day celebration (July 2-5) is at the Fort York National Historic Site at 250 Fort […]


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Create a Summer Budget and Have Fun

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Today marks the start of summer for many Canadians families as school it is out. Parents are busy planning vacations, summer camps for kids are being finalized and then there are the fun things you want to do close to home. It all adds up and many find it difficult to stay on budget during […]


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How to Save Money on Buying Prescription Eyeglasses

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  First off, a disclosure of sorts. This post is not sponsored. A few months back I started getting headaches and realized I needed new prescription eyeglasses. I headed to my local optometrist and got a new prescription. Then I went shopping for glasses and was shocked at the huge expense that can add up […]


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The Dragons: Race to the Edge Is Coming #StreamTeam

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If you read my blog with any consistency you know I am a huge fan of Netflix. Earlier this month, things may of seemed rather quiet here on the blog. The facts are I was under the weather, battling a reoccurring ailment which left me in bed. Well, what does one do in bed? Me […]


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5 Road Trips in Ontario that Won’t Break the Bank

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This is going to be a magical summer around our house. It is the last one I have with my daughter home before she graduates high school next year, so we have been planning some summer fun around her summer class and her karate lessons. Yes, she wanted to do a summer school course-she is […]


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Summer Fun in Toronto on a Budget

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So summer officially started yesterday and here my daughter who is in high school just finished her exams so we are planning out our summer fun. There is lots one can do on a budget here in Toronto; the choices are abundant. From things to do at home on those rainy days, to local adventures that […]


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How to Shop at a Thrift Store like a Pro

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If you’ve been inspired to start shopping at thrift stores to save money after reading about the 5 best things to buy at thrift stores, then you’ll want to make note of this post. I’m going to give you the secrets to making the most out of shopping at thrift stores. Over the years, I’ve […]


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The 5 Best Things To Buy At Thrift Stores

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By now you know that thrift stores are awesome places to shop if you’re trying to save money. But do you know what the best deals are in the thrift store? If you’re trying to get more bang for your buck, look for these items at your local thrift store!   Purses – If you […]


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Hallmark 2015 Graduation and Father’s Day Must Haves

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It’s June. so for many families there are extra celebrations like Father’s Day and graduations. Graduation, will come next year for us so it has been fun to watch those graduating this year and my dear teen is excited about her year ahead as she gets a taste of the college life. With so much […]


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Help Women Beat the Cancer Blues on Wink Day -June 18th ( Twitter Party Beforehand)

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Next week, on June 18th, the beauty industry is coming together to encourage Canadian women to support other Canadian women who are suffering from the cancer blues. They are encouraging Canadian women to put on blue eyeshadow, make a short video of themselves and post it online to their favorite media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) […]


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