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.

 

 

Win the Royal Treatment at Medieval Times in Toronto

Ever wanted to step back in time, to the days of knights, princesses, and kingdoms?  At Medieval Times here in Toronto, you can do just that. My daughter and I have been a few times now and enjoy the show every time we go. It is a great family fun night out and we love taking guests along with us. Our first time there we were with 20 friends, our second we took along another friend and on our most recent visit we had friends with us again.  It really is like stepping back in time for a night. From the moment you enter the castle, you are taken back in time. As a family we have celebrated birthdays, Mother’s Day and brought her guest

As you enter the castle you find out which knight will be yours for the evening, and can check out the bar, souvenirs, and even the see the horses. We have cheered for the green knight, the black and white knight and the blue knight.  In the pre show, my daughter was even knighted on one of our recent visits.

You will then be called into the castle where you will be treated to a four-course dinner that you eat with your hands, and a show of jousting and amazing horsemanship. The show is full of fun and pyrotechnics. The entire family will enjoy it.

 

Since we love getting to the castle at least once a year, this summer they are offering a SUMMER SAVINGS special rate of: Adults $42.95 & Kids $32.95 (Save up to $23 per person) by using the Code: SMR17 at time of purchase (cannot be combined with other offers or group rates). We always suggest checking out any specials the castle may be having no matter what the season.

Now to share some good news, one of my readers will win four tickets to Medieval Times including the Kings Royalty Upgrade from our friends at Medieval Times.

What does that include?

  • Priority Castle Access
  • VIP First Row All Section Seating or Second Row in Center Section
  • Priority Seating Access
  • Knight’s Rally Towel
  • Cheering Banner
  • VIP Lanyard
  • Framed Entrance Group Photo

If you are going this summer, you can always add this to your ticket for $22. Now to enter for the giveaway!

Please leave me a comment letting me know what you would enjoy and who you would take.

*Open to Canadian residents only who can attend the Toronto Medieval Times Castle. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Move Out Ready – The College Years with Flipp

This weekend is a long weekend, the 2nd last one before summer is over. Many plan getaways, camping trips or backyard BBQ’s. Some parents will be getting their kids ready for school. Perhaps your baby is all grown up and moving out on their own to attend college or University. Make sure you move out ready and have those items needed to fill an apartment or a dorm room.

Move Out Ready

Have a list ready of those must have items if you are moving out for the first time. If you have a small space then the items below will be a must have for storage and to save space.

Giant Tiger – Valid August 2 – August 8, 2017

Move out ready

Shelves are not just for books, store kitchen gadgets, shoes, whatever you think works for you.

Maybe you already have some of these small kitchens appliances, if you don’t, they are a must have. No one wants to spend extra money eating out or cafeteria food.

HomeOutfitters Valid July 3 – September 7, 2017

move out ready

Of course, a desk and chair is needed to keep up with the hours of studying and keeping in touch with family and friends.

move out ready

Saving time on quick and easy meals with these microwavable dishes, so you make it to class on time

Walmart Valid August 3 – August 9, 2017

move out ready

Storage is a big deal in a small space. The bins can be used when packing things up to move and will keep all those items neatly tucked away and easy to find. These can be used in the bathroom, kitchens, bedrooms, any room that has a need for one.

Planning on going camping or a BBQ? Head on over to Flipp and see all the great savings with more dollar sales at No Frills and Frescho.  Plan ahead and stock up on snacks and meals without spending a fortune.

Add the Flipp app to your college kids phone, you can’t be there to shop for them but you can certainly help them save money.

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.

Watch for more Back to School deals in the next few weeks.

Getting Ready for this Years CNE

It’s hard to believe that the Canadian National Exhibition here in Toronto is a mere seventeen days away. Opening day is Friday, August 18th! Our family and extended family have always loved attending the ex. We go several times each year. We have our traditions, memories and meeting places.  My teen loves the midway, youth day, and the candy apples. Where I love the shows, music, shopping and all the new foods every year.  If you want to do the CNE on a budget, now is the time to prepare.

Go for the Advance Purchase options

By purchasing your tickets early you can save up to 34%. Purchase CNE Gift Card Tickets at participating GTA supermarkets and Canadian Tire stores in early July. Tickets are also available for purchase at participating GO Transit stations. Click here to purchase online.

Download Your Child’s tickets

Taking kids, can’t find your passes that came with their report cards? Download a free pass for them before August 17th. Be quick though these free passes are not available once the CNE begins.

Plan Your Days

From new events like the East Coast Kitchen Party opening weekend to the classics like the Air Show, there is lots going on at the CNE this year. We are loving the music line up and make sure you check out the international performers as well. By the way, do you know who is headlining the Ice Show this year? Elvis Stokjo.  With this year being Canada’s 150th year there is lots of  Canadian content to this year’s ex. So much to see and do!

 Take Advantage of All the Free Things to Do

Some of our favourite things to do are free. We have always visited the farm, Kids World is full of fun activities for the little ones, we always take in a show everytime we are there and don’t forget the daily Mardi Gras parade at 6 pm. As well as all the free performances, do check out the exhibits as well. This year I am looking forward to checking out the Celebrate Canada exhibit and the Quilt of Belonging.

Let me know what are you looking forward to at this years CNE?

Dollar Daze of Summer – Flipp

There is only a little over a month left of summer and soon the kids will be heading back to school. It has been a rainy and chilly break for us all. This week with all the great dollar daze of summer. This week I have found some deals that will make dinners a breeze. If you like quick and easy meals that can be made in a slow cooker or 1 pot, keep reading.

Dollar Daze of Summer

No Frills Valid July 27 – August 2, 2017

Dollar daze of Summerhe

Frescho Valid July 27 – August 2, 2017

dollar daze of summer

Combine some meat with the vegetables below.

Basics July 27 – August 2

Pick ups some nacho or tortilla chips and make a batch of guacamole dip. Here is a quick and easy recipe to use.

Easy Guacamole Dip

  • 2 avacados
  • 1 ripe tomato diced
  • 2 green onions chopped finely
  •  clove garlic minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Just mash the avocados in a bowl and combine all ingredients and it is ready to serve.

With all the different vegetables and meat combinations, there are many 1 pot meals to be made. Make it an easy week in the kitchen.

Pull out your device and head on over to Flipp and see all the other amazing dollar daze of summer deals. From quick snacks to cake mixes this week is a win for grocery shopping.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as we prepare for all the best Back to School deals.

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 and you always have them with you.

mom sneak Netflix

How to Get Your Netflix Time In #StreamTeam

Have you ever found yourself with no time to do the things you love? Life has been getting busy here. My teen will soon be off to college and there are now 4 kids under five under the roof ( 2 born in the last 3 months and two that are starting school this fall). It seems when I am not spending time with my own girl I have two little boys and two little girls to delight in. We are three families under one roof after all.  When I am not at work, I am currently either spending time somewhere in the house. There is an old saying many hands make light work and that is definitely what living in my house is like. So how do I find the time to do the things that I love? How do I get my Netflix time in? For me sometimes, I have to sneak it in.

Recently Netflix did a survey and found moms are great at the #momsneak. I know I am. Check out this infographic:

mom sneak Netflix

 

I know for me there are 3 places I sneak some Netflix time. I have a one hour commute to work each day. A few times a week when I am not listening to some of my favourite podcasts I am catching up on a show that I have downloaded from Netflix. If you have not downloaded a show I highly recommend it. I also sneak some time in when I head to the laundromat. It’s just enough time to watch a movie while I get the laundry done. The last place I sneak Netflix time is in the bathtub. There is nothing like a great soak, a favourite beverage, and a great flick.

 

So tell me, what kind of mom sneak are you? How do you make time for you each day? For me, it is all about that magical balance that allows me to steal a few minutes here and a few minutes there.

* I have been a proud member of the #Streamteam for the past 3 plus years but this is my final post as a member of the team. I did receive compensation in the form of free Netflix and some swag, no cash ever. I will miss the team and getting to bring you my readers exclusive content but there is a time and season for all things.