Flipp for Early Thanksgiving Deals

We are almost at the end of September, which means another holiday is just around the corner. Save the hassle of last-minute grocery shopping with these early Thanksgiving deals. Prepare some of your meals ahead of time so you can spend more time with family.

If you are hosting a dinner, it is best to be prepared, if not, make a delicious dish to bring along with you.

Early Thanksgiving Deals

No Frills – Valid – September 14, 2017 – September 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Deals

No Frills have all the fixings. Turkeys, sides, and pies, oh my!

Food Basics – Valid – September 14, 2017 – September 20, 2017

It doesn’t always have to be fresh, pick up a few cans of vegetables to have on hand for any meal.

No Turkey dinner is complete without cranberries, gravy, and stuffing. Take the easy way out and make it Stove Top. Until Wednesday, you can also pick up a turkey for $.97/lb.

Bulk Barn – Valid – September 14, 2017 – September 27, 2017

It is the time of the year when many began the baking for the fall and winter holidays. Bulk Barn has some Flash Sales happening at the moment that you don’t want to miss out on.

Many of the items will make snacktimes easier and you can get an assortment of all of your favourites.

Save even more with the coupons. One expires on September 20, 2017, and the other is good until September 27, 2017.

 

 

 

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If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp so you always have them with you.

 

Dealing with a Sugar Addiction

 

Have you ever watched a documentary and it changes the way you think? Ever listen to a speaker and have it have a deep impact? Just over a week ago I was at the Archangel Summit here in Toronto and Dr Stephanie from the Health Loft spoke about fats and sugars. As she spoke I knew she was talking to me. I am a sugar addict and need to deal with my sugar addiction. Since that day I have also watched That Sugar Film on Netflix Canada. It was very insightful.

Many of the ” healthy foods” we eat on a daily basis aren’t all that healthy. For me add to that, I turn to sugar and food for comfort and have since I was a young child. I realized I had an issue and I need to deal with this. As I type this I am in the midst of a sugar detox. No sugars of any kind. Let’s just say my body is definitely reacting to the years of abuse.

As I watched the documentary it did teach me some things I never knew. The average person here in Canada averages 88 pounds of sugar a year. It is literally one in every five calories. If you are at the grocery store and looking at labels 4g= 1 teaspoon. Our kids eat almost double that! The documentary scared me as I do want to have a good number of years ahead of me and diabetes after the age of fifty and heart disease run in my family. Literally, I am a walking time bomb. This has to change and it can

Are you at all worried about how much sugar you are eating?Your family eating? Here are some simple swaps you can make.

Healthy Food Swaps for kids

 

 

How am I dealing with my own sugar addiction?

  1. No pop, did you know that just one can a day increases your chance of diabetes by over 20%? I was drinking on average 2 cans a day. Now I am drinking lemon water, carbonated water with lemon (made at home with my Soda Stream) and my herbal teas.
  2. I am eating healthy fats. I wasn’t doing well with these so I am increasing my fish and avocado intake.
  3.  There are no white sugars, hidden sugars in my diet currently. I am currently sugar-free.  No sugar substitutes either for now but I do know in the days ahead I will add Stevia, Maple sryup, and honey to a small degree.
  4. I threw out 4 bags of food that was full of crap.
  5. Increased my greens and nut consumption.

Are you ready to take a look at the labels and see how they hide sugar or try to give it a healthy name: barley malt, agave nectar, beet sugar, carob syrup, coconut sugar, cane juice, brown sugar, honey, lactose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, yellow sugar, syrup, rice syrup, confectioner’s sugar, oat syrup, maple syrup, maltose, malt syrup, galactose, ethyl maltol, dextran, and the list goes on. There are over 60 different ways sugar is hidden in the labels of food.

Seriously learning is not about counting calories but more important is making the calorie count. Will they help my body heal?

I will be documenting this journey on my Instagram account mostly if you would like to follow it. I also highly recommend the documentary That Sugar Film on Netflix.

* I am no longer a member of the #streamteam so this post is not sponsored, no payment of any sort was received. My opinions as always are mind. Now go watch this documentary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Tips for a Healthy Night’s Sleep

Sometimes getting back into a sleep routine is hard work. I know for me as a parent of a teen getting her up early is a huge challenge and when we have a schedule to keep some days it seems like a nightmare. Ever been there? Both my teen and I are working on developing healthy night’s sleep. Did you know for optimal health for adults we need at least seven hours of sleep or more. For kids, they need more.  Here are some things that are working for us and they may help your family too:

Tech Time Outs

young cell phone addict man awake at night in bed using smartphone for chatting flirting and sending text message in internet addiction and mobile abuse concept

How many of you sleep with tablets or phones by your bed? Do you check yours right before you to sleep? Do you kids fall asleep watching the latest YouTube video? This was us. We have instituted a new tech time out rule. We are 3 weeks into it. My phone stays on my desk, it’s no longer near my bed.  My teen turns off her tech an hour before bedtime. This becomes our no screen time. For us it has been allowing us to chill as my teen says.

Make Lunches and Layout Clothes the Night Before

How many of you feel mornings are hectic? Some mornings I have to be out of the house at 5:45 am. Yes, that is early! To get a good night’s sleep and not be thinking of all those things that have to get done, I take 2o minutes and prep the night before ( the no tech time, gives me those extra minutes). I make my lunch so I don’t hit the food court. If my teen was heading to school she would be making hers too. I also layout out my clothes for the next day. This week I have been laying out 2 outfits, my workout wear and my outfit for the day. The workout wear reminds to get that 30 minutes of movement in as I start my morning before heading to the office. Self-care is so important. By taking this approach the checklist that would be playing in my head all night is gone. Ever not been able to sleep because you were thinking of everything you had to do the next day? That was so me. This new habit helps me get rid of that list.

Journal Before Bed

For me, one of the things I have been doing for a long time is journalling. It started when I was a teen. It helps me get rid of the stress of the day and reminds me of what I am thankful in that moment. Simply write what you feel and end with gratitude. Find the things you are grateful for that day. Even on the worst of days, you know the kind that would leave you sleepless it helps remind you of what you have and you can go to sleep with a more peaceful heart.

Bed time Rituals

Both my daughter and I have been avid readers since she was a toddler. Bed time was bath and then story time. Bedtime routines definitely help kids develop great sleeping habits. Even I would fall asleep reading a great story. While my teen was in high school we had gotten out of this routine. Both of us felt a longing for this ritual. Earlier this some we hit the book store and bought a few books. Our bedtime rituals are back in place. For us, it works. Bedtime rituals and routines help develop a rhythm that tells you head and body its time for rest.

No Caffeine After 4 pm

How many times have you as a parent had a coffee in the evening and not been able to sleep? Had a kid who had food or drinks that included caffeine and it caused them to bounce off the walls all night? Been there done that. I have one caffeinated beverage in the mornings. The rest of the day I stick to water and herbal teas, my teen does the same.

Take a Sleep Supplement

Getting a full night of quality sleep can be a challenge, but Vitafusion SleepWell gummies are the solution for adults of any age. Vitafusion SleepWell is a gummy supplement made with Melatonin and is designed to help increase the total sleep time in people suffering from sleep restrictions or altered sleep schedules due to shift work or jet lag. These gummies provide a tasty alternative to hard-to-swallow tablets.

Each SleepWell gummy contains 2.5 mg of Melatonin, a hormone that is released by your body when the sun goes down or it gets dark, which then tells your body it’s time to sleep and helps to regulate your sleep pattern. With hectic schedules and busy lives, sometimes our bodies need help getting a quality night’s sleep so that you can be ready to tackle the next day. SleepWell helps you get the sleep you need so that you can start your day feeling energized and refreshed.

Product Features & Directions:

•                    Helps increase total sleep time and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep

•                    Reduces the side effects of jet lag, daytime fatigue or sleep disturbance

•                    Helps to reset the body’s sleep-wake cycle

•                    Adults take two gummies once per day, at or before bedtime – for use beyond four weeks, consult a health care practitioner

Medicinal Ingredient:

•                    Each gummy supplement contains 2.5 mg of Melatonin

 

Vitafusion SleepWell, $9.99, are available at mass retailers across Canada.

To ensure this product is right for you, always read the label before use and consult a health care practitioner.

Visit: http://www.gummyvites.ca/ for more information.

* This post is sponsored by #ChurchandDwight and I do receive product and payment, however, the opinion and tips shared are mine

 

 

 

Start Flipping for Easy Lunches and Snacks

The weekend is upon us and it is the last weekend before our kids head back to school. It is your last chance to head down the CNE and enjoy the sites and sounds. Tomorrow kicks off the Canadian International Air show and will be going all weekend long. If you haven’t picked up those grocery items for lunches and snacks, this is the perfect weekend to get all your last minute items.

The daily return of lunch making comes with back to school time. Many of us are not very fond of the chore about mid school year and begin running out of ideas. Lunches come home and are uneaten. We all try the best we can, some kids are just picky, even when they choose the meal.

Easy Lunches and Snacks

Freshco Valid August 31 – September 6, 2017

If you have a Frescho near by, this is the store with the best deals this week. If not just bring along your phone along, open up Flipp and do some price matching.

lunches and snacks

Have you been playing the Laughing Cow contest, Peel to Reveal? If you have and won a coupon, like me, use it up and get cheesy.

lunches and snacks

Walmart Valid August 31 – September 6, 2017

No Frills – Valid August 31 – September 6,2017

 

The grocery item above along with a few other items, you will be able to create a variety of simple and easy lunches and snacks every day. Having stackable containers or a Bento box help keep your food separated and easy for kids to prepare themselves.

Quick and Easy Lunches

Mini Pizzas

  • Pita or Naan Bread
  • pizza sauce
  • toppings of choice
  • cheese

Home Made Lunchables

  • meat rolled up
  • cheese
  • crackers
  • fruit

Mix up lunchtime and try to avoid sandwiches every day. Winter is coming, start to think about warm meals like soups. If you have leftovers, make sure to incorporate them into lunches.

All schools have their own rules when it comes to allergies. Most schools are peanut free, so those snacks are best for after school snacks at home.

Downloaded the Flipp app and don’t miss out on savings and cash back. Download Flipp from Google Play or the App Store and start saving.

If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp so you always have them with you.

Enjoy the weekend and have a great week for back to school.

 

 

The College Care Package and Advice from Mom #ChurchandDwight

It is hard to believe I have a high school graduate in the house. Time flies. Some days I wish we were starting elementary school but were are not. There are new realities when you have one heading off to college. There are important conversations to have, care packages to prepare, lessons to be taught. Will she remember every thing I have been talking about? I think not. That is what care packages and phone calls are for right?

No matter how old your kids get, you’ll never stop being their mom. So naturally, when that bittersweet milestone finally becomes a reality like it is in this house you want them prepared and you want to make sure they are ready with all the advice we can give.

Who’s kidding whom? They likely don’t want our advice so keep it short and sweet. Talk about life and the skills they need to get through the day.

First up, the talk

 One of the biggest challenges as a parent is how to talk to your kids about safe sex. At any age this is a hard conversation! The harsh reality is that kids are having sex, yet not properly protecting themselves. [1]In fact, a study found that almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of post-secondary students across the country had a sexual encounter within the past year. Furthermore, 72 per cent of students engaged in intercourse during their last sexual encounter, yet only about half (51 per cent) reported using a condom. Those are harsh stats, as a mom of a kid who is at the age where she is sexually active,this freaks me out. For a couple of years now, I have made sure she has had access to condoms.

Tip: If you have a child heading off to school, buy condoms for them and pack them in their suitcase.  Trojan™ condoms are the number one condom choice of Canadians for protection. Make sure they understand the risks. Yes, they have been taught them is school but a gentle reminder from mom may be something they need.

 Laundry must get done

 Stain removers, sorting, and scooping are not for students. My teen has hated doing laundry. They’re just looking for an easy solution to the challenge ahead – no clean socks or underwear and they’ve got a date in a few hours. Send them off to school with a container of the new Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ 3-In-1 Power Paks. This all-in-one detergent tackles tough stains, doesn’t require any measuring or scooping and is student-budget friendly. If you’re lucky, it may also mean you’re not greeted with a load of dirty laundry every time your kid comes home to visit. Talk about a win for mom!

 Tip: Don’t be surprised when you receive a call or text saying, “Mom, how do I sort my laundry?” Or “Where do I find the washing instructions?” To help make laundry easier (and prevent shrinking t-shirts and colour bleed disasters at the same time!), educate them on the proper laundry symbols. In fact, you can download a fun laundry symbols postcard from Arm & Hammer Laundry here that lists the most common symbols and what they mean.

 Sometimes, kids know best! 

 Just because you’re the one who’s prepping the kids for back-to-school, doesn’t mean they can’t teach you a cool thing or two – beauty hacks are no exception! One must-have item that’s as just as popular amongst moms as with students is Batiste Dry Shampoo. My daughter loves this stuff! It is the world’s #1 dry shampoo* for a reason – it instantly refreshes your hair between washes, no water required.  It works by absorbing excess oil from the roots leaving hair looking clean and fresh.  So, whether you’re running late or just looking for an instant refresh, new Batiste Dry Shampoo Heavenly Volume is a saving grace as it has the additional benefit of transforming hair with gorgeous, touchable volume and bounce. This is one item you won’t forget anytime you’re in a pinch and who knows, you might even find yourself sneaking into her bag to borrow some when you’re out! Trust me I borrow this all the time right now. I may even have to buy one just to have at home.

Know of someone heading off to college/university this Fall? Help make sure they’re equipped with this student care package giveaway.

*Batiste is sold in over 50 countries

*GIVEAWAY*

  • OxiClean Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover
  • Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Paks in Fresh Scent
  • Trojan XOXO Condoms and Bareskin Lubricated Condoms
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo Heavenly Volume

 

Approximate. retail value $75

 Let me know are you and your kids ready for back to school? and what advice would you give a teen headed off to college?

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[1] 2013 survey among university students age 18-24, conducted by Trojan™ and the Sex Information Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN)

Litterless Lunch Box Deals with Flipp

Can you believe that summer is just about over and a new school year begins in a week? How did that happen so fast? It feels as though summer just began and here we are talking back to school. During the school year, we need to make sure we have a fresh and nutritious lunch. Finding the right litterless lunch box accessories is important for freshness.

Litterless Lunch Box

Real Canadian Superstore Valid August 24 – September 6, 2017

This week you will find all your lunch and snack needs at the Superstore.

Lunch Bag Deals

Staying hydrated is easy with any of these bottles. Add some water and freeze over night and you also have an instant freezer pack that will keep the food chilled until it is needed.

litterless lunch box

 

litterless lunch box

Take the kids shopping to help pick out the foods you know they will eat and let them help with the preparing of their lunches and snacks for school. Tips for making lunches easier.

Many of the recent deals shared are still available, so if you missed the ones you wanted, be sure to check with the Flipp flyers.

 

Downloaded the Flipp app and don’t miss out on savings and cash back. Download Flipp from Google Play or the App Store and start saving.

If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp so you always have them with you.

Flipp for teachers and win $1000 in supplies. Check out the details and nominate a favourite teacher. This ends Thursday, so be sure to nominate your teachers.

Check back next week for some great lunch and snack ideas. There just might be some easy recipes included,

 

 

Total Eclipse of My Heart

Today was a special day here in Toronto. There was a partial solar eclipse. What made this day, even more, assume then the scientific and earthly beauty was they way it brought the community together.

All over the city and on the path of the eclipse, for a few brief hours, politics, the news was put aside to join together and view a beautiful event.

My teen and I headed down to Sunnyside Beach here in Toronto. She had brought a cereal box viewer she had created this morning and we waited for this celestial event. The best part, thanks to Fido’s new data byte deal we also got to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy explain the facts from a location that was getting the total eclipse in the USA. As the sun and moon traveled across the US and Canada, today, people of all stripes, colors, creeds, and affiliations gathered together to share an event. After what has happened over the past few weeks, we needed a moment like this, a moment that would draw people together without thought of politics for a moment in time.

The beautiful part of the day here for me was the sharing of the many ways to watch an eclipse. From a cereal viewer to certified watching glasses, to welders masks, everyone shared what they had brought with them so all could get a view. This is the way it was down on the beach today, on street corners across the US and Canada, in parks and at official viewing events. It brought joy to my heart as something as scientific and as beautiful as an eclipse would draw people together.

 

My daughter had a great time talking to an astronomy student who was down on the beach next to us, then we had some welders pop by, and a little group gathered sharing all the tools we had so all could participate in a magical moment.  Here locally it was kind of expected. In the US, where there has been much hostility I was unsure but it was a blessing to see genuine community sharing a great moment as the NASA cameras went from coast to coast.

We need more of those ordinary moments on camera. More of the simple acts of kindness.

Because this song has been going through my head and since it was 1979 when I saw a total eclipse thought I would share this song.

 

Flipping for Back to School Fashion

Back to school is the perfect time to go through your closets and remove all the clothes that no longer fit. Bag up those gently used items and donate.  Back to school fashion shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. Buy only what is needed, remember there are items of clothing in your closet that still fit and look good.

Back to School Fashion

Giant Tiger – Valid August 16 – August 22, 2017

Days and nights are getting cooler. These lined hoodies are perfect for adjusting to the weather change from summer to fall.

A wide variety of clothing for kids of all ages. Leggings and shirts for girls are between $4-$8.

back to school fashion

School kids usually need more than one pair of shoes. Indoor and outdoor foot gear are usually needed, which includes dress shoes, running shoes, rain boots, and winter boots. Having comfortable feet is very important but can be pricey when you have more than 1 child.

Walmart Valid August 3 – September 6, 2017

At Walmart you will also find deals on Tees, pants and more,

Globo  Shoes Valid August  – September 10, 2017

No matter what style or brand you choose, Globo has them all and priced just right.

Sears Valid August 17 – 30 2017

Sears has some trendy styles for teens and younger kids.

Downloaded the Flipp app and don’t miss out on savings and cashback. Download Flipp from Google Play or the App Store and start saving

If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp so you always have them with you.

Flipp for teachers and win $1000 in supplies. Check out the details and nominate a favourite teacher.

Check back next week for more back to school fashion and deals.

Backpack Fillers with Flipp – Back to School Deals

There are only about 3 weeks left before school starts and many parents will be scrambling to fill their children’s list for Back to School.  This is the time to head out and pick up the backpack fillers before they are gone. At this time of the year, those items we need the most, or those super heroes and Princess backpacks seem to go pretty quickly.

Backpack Fillers – School Supplies

First, a backpack will be needed for this task. Finding the right backpack isn’t always about finding the cheapest. If the one from last year is still in good condition, consider washing it up and continue using it. Kid’s can be picky and will want a certain character or colour, they have their minds set on a particular one. This week the choices are endless and prices are starting as low as $4.99 at a few stores.

Staples Valid August 9 – August 15, 2017

If you are heading to Staples this week, they have a variety of items on sale at low low prices.

Backpack fillers

 

 

Walmart Valid August 10 – August 16, 2017

backpck fillers

You can choose from a variety of styles with this assortment of backpacks and fill them up and be school ready.

backpack fillers

Bulk Barn Bonus

Be prepared this season for all your baking needs with Bulk Barn and the Flipp App.

Downloaded the Flipp app and don’t miss out on savings and cash back. Download Flipp from Google Play or the App Store and start saving

If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp so you always have them with you.

Flipp for teachers and win $1000 in supplies. Check out the details and nominate a favourite teacher.

CDN Money Chats are returning and are just in time for Back to School.

Are you looking for some Back to School fun? Join me on August 15th for the #CDNMoney Chat at 7 pm ET.  and win some prizes from Flipp. See you there!

 

 

 

Getting the Dorm Kitchen Ready with Canadian Tire #CTBacktoSchool

o It’s hard to believe a chapter has closed and a new one will begin very soon. My daughter is at college and she is moving into the dorm. Last year we discovered the commute was a bit long. Sometimes it was 2 hours each way.  Who wants that at the end of a day of studying and thanks to scholarship dollars she will be able to afford it. So as we looked at meal plans and her dorm, and we decided to go with a lite dining plan that will have her cooking lots of her meals. Thank goodness my teen loves to cook!

Her dorm room is a single and she will have one roommate in their apartment. They also have a kitchenette that the two of them share and a larger kitchen on the floor. This means for her to cook some of her meals and store her kitchen gear, we need to get organized. Now thanks to our friends at Canadian tire we well on our way to having her kitchen set up.

Since my teen is sharing a kitchenette for lots of her cooking as do many roommates, it is always important to check with your roomie so you can make a list of what you need to get.

So what are some essentials all students should have to have the perfect dorm kitchen?

A Kitchen Cart

We love the For Living Microwave cart. It’s perfect for this compact spaces while giving you lots of storage space. My teen is using the top shelf for dish and mug storage and the middle shelf will be her coffee station. Every student needs a coffee station, after all, who wants to be stopping at the coffee shops every day? Not my teen. My teen was able to put it together in just a couple of hours on her own.

A Coffee Maker and Coffee Bean Grinder

Want to keep your teen from spending all their spare cash at the local coffee shop? Invest in a coffee maker and grinder. It gives the air of a treat without the expense. Having a quick and easy access to coffee will keep her and her roomie fueled for those late nights of studying.

Cutting Board and Knives

To prep your meals at college you will want a good cutting boards and knives. We are liking the Stainless steel Santoku Knife with cutting board. It is available as a 4 pc set.

Bakeware

My teen loves to bake. I can see her baking treats even while she is at college. We found a silicone bakeware set that is perfect for college life.  We love it because it is microwave-, oven-, refrigerator- and dishwasher-safe. How is that for being super useful! I see banana bread, muffins and cakes in her future.

Cookware

I can remember my dad buying me my first good set of pots and pans. He did the same for my sister as well. He was a big one in investing in a good set of pots of pans and this is where you prepare your meals. Sometimes you spend a bit more for things that will last long after college. We are loving her new  Master Chef® Stainless Steel Cook Set. It offers you everything you need to successfully prepare a variety of your favorite dishes. The stainless steel material does not interfere with food flavors, is durable and distributes heat evenly for optimal cooking results. The clear lids let you monitor the cooking process of each dish while sealing in heat and flavor.

 

My teen could not wait to use hers. She took it for a test spin last night and made a meal most college kids will eat several times a semester, ramen! Next week her and I will be sharing some simple back to school college meal options.

With all of this, you will want to make sure you add a few mugs, some dishes, dish towels, a large bowl, cutlery, a can opener and some Rubbermaid. All of which can be found at Canadian Tire.

Let me know if you have a college kid starting their dorm kitchen adventures and be sure to enter the Back to School With Canadian Tire Contest! 
Back to School with Canadian Tire Contest

*This post has been sponsored by Canadian Tire, I have been compensated with some of the items included in this post. As always my opinions are my own.