It Takes Just a Minute, Have 2 Ways Out

This is fire safety week in Canada.  It seems like just weeks ago that my little girl and I experienced one of the worst nights of our lives. It was a deadly night. It took just a minute and we had a way out. The young woman who died just a few feet from where my daughter slept normally had no way out. My neighbour was in her early twenties when she died that night.  This is Fire Safety Week and often I think back on that night and remember. It takes just a moment to have a way out, it’s even better to plan two ways out.

I remember the firemen at my door, alerting us to the fire (the fire alarm had not gone off),  I remember wrapping my daughter in her favorite blanket and carrying her down the stairs. I remember standing on the street with her and watching the fire roar as it ripped through the 30 unit apartment building adjacent to mine. I remember the friend across the street who took us in and let me put my little girl back to sleep. I remember the hotel accommodation thanks to the Red Cross, Dress for Success who ensured I had clothes so I could go to work in a few days. I was blessed that with friends who helped in the days after the fire. It is an event I would never wish on any family.

My young neighbour died because she had no way out. The flames engulfed her unit very quickly. Had she been alerted, she may have been able to use one of the exits available.  Like her, we had just moved into the building a few weeks before. We were excited about a new larger place. I hadn’t even thought of an exit plan.  Since then, every time we have moved to a new home we develop an exit plan our first few days in the house. We know our two ways out.  With this being Fire Safety Week, it may be time to develop your own home fire escape plan.

So how do you develop a home fire escape plan?

  1. Ensure you have working smoke alarms on every story and near all sleeping areas. We have one hear my daughter’s room and one near mine. We replace the batteries twice a year. Did you know you should also replace your smoke alarm every ten years?
  2. Develop a home escape plan that is shared with all family members. Each member needs to know where the 2 exits are that they could use in the case of an emergency.
  3. Practice your escape plan with everyone.
  4. Help those who need it. Know who will help who. Who is responsible for the kids? an elderly parent?
  5. Get down and under the smoke. Most deaths are from smoke inhalation.
  6. Assign a meeting spot a safe distance from your home.
  7. Stay out. You never want to re-enter a burning building. Call the fire department from outside your home.

Please take from one who has lived through a fire, you want to have a fire escape plan. Tell me have you developed and practiced your plan lately? Now, might be a good time to do so.

 

 

Flipp for Coupons and Rebates this Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving is upon us and there are so many things that I am thankful for including my Flipp app. Week after week this wonderful app saves me money. I love that we all can use the app to price compare, price match utilize the coupons and get rebates.

This week I am not going to focus on any amazing deals. There are a few deals you may not want to miss out on so head on over to check them out. I want to tell you about the Coupons and Rebates section using Flipp. This week’s rebate coupons include Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, which are perfect for making treats this Thanksgiving weekend. (links to recipes below)Most of the stores have Pillsbury products on sale starting at $0.99 and most Betty Crocker items are around $1.97.

Coupons and Rebates

Have you taken advantage of the coupons and rebates feature within the Flipp app? If not you should be. Who doesn’t like receiving money back and getting an item for next to nothing or even free?

 

How it Works

Open up the app and head to the Coupons tab and then select Rebates. Search listed rebate coupons and clip the ones you want by using the little camera icon on the coupon. Be sure to read the details for each coupon. Some Restrictions may apply.

Coupons and Rebates

Before you purchase the product you can verify by scanning the barcode into the app

Select the store you will be purchasing the product at.

Redeem the Rebate

Once you have purchased your product, have the product and receipt ready to upload into the app.

Select the Redeem Rebates button and choose the items you have clipped and want a rebate on. If you didn’t verify the products for the rebate while in the store, you can do so now.

Select upload your receipt using the camera of your phone.  Make sure to capture the entire receipt and make sure to show the store information. Once the upload is done Flipp will process the rebate to your account where you can Cash out into your PayPal account.

For more detailed information, visit Flipp’s Rebate section.

If you need some ideas for Thanksgiving treats and meal ideas check out this recipe for Turkey Gobbler cake from Betty Crocker or an easy side for your meal like this Green Bean Casserole Crescent cups from Pillsbury.

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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. Trust me the app is something you will be thankful to have on your phone.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp so you always have them with you. Saving you even more and helping you earn the things you want.

Flipp for Fall Feasts – A Harvest of Friends and Family

On Monday, October 9, 2017, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving. It became a nationally recognized holiday in Canada in 1879 and we give Thanks for a successful year and a bountiful harvest. A time for getting together and sharing fall feasts with family and friends.

During my search for deals, I did notice that many of the stores are having the same deals this week.  Below are a few that will make a lavish Thanksgiving dinner.

Fall Feasts

No Frills Valid September 28 – October 4, 2017

Fall Feasts

Food Basics Valid September 28 – October 4, 2017

Fall Feasts

Freshco Valid September 28 – October 4

Many stores this week have butter on for $2.88, time to stock up for the baking season.

Thanksgiving Stuffing

  • ½ c. margarine
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • 1 box chicken broth
  • 2 loaf sliced firm white bread
  • ½ c loosely packed fresh basil chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In 12-inch skillet, melt margarine or butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in rosemary, salt, pepper, sage, chicken broth, and 1/2 cup water; remove skillet from heat.
  3. Place bread cubes in very large bowl. Add onion and basil; mix well.
  4. Spoon stuffing into 13-inch by 9-inch glass baking dish; cover with foil and bake 40 minutes or until heated through.

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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.

Flipp for Meat Madness Deals

Many of us like to have meat with our meals. We tend to stick to one type of meat, depending on the price. These days meat seems to be so expensive. When you find a deal on a meat item, whether it be beef, pork or chicken, we tend to stock up on it. This week I have found a few deals that will help make many different meals. It’s Meat Madness week, head on out and stock up your freezers.

Meat Madness Deals

No Frills Valid September 21 – September 27, 2017

Meat Madness

Chicken is very versatile. So many different ways to cook for everyday meals.

Don’t want the usually Turkey for Thanksgiving, pick up a ham, leftovers go great in an omelette or in soups. Pork loin is perfect for a slow cooker meal such as pulled pork.

Freshco or Price Choppers Valid September 21- September 27, 2017

When it comes to bacon, we don’t usually want the 340 gr package, I always try to pick up a 500 gr package when it is on sale, which isn’t very often. So when I do find a great price like this I pick up a few and throw them in the freezer.

If you are looking to stock up on other food items, check out Food Basics $0.99 sale.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Ingredients
  • 2 – 2.5 lbs. boneless pork loin
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 bottle BBQ sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
Cooking Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on medium for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Shred and enjoy over rice or a bun.

 

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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.

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

 

 

 

Flipp for Soup and Sauce Deals

The cooler weather has come a wee bit early for some, while others enjoy the coolness of the fall air. It is a time for long pants and hoodies.  Pull out the big pots and slower cooker and prepare some freezer meals to warm your belly.  Harvesting of our gardens has begun and the grocery stores are overflowing with the perfect ingredients for these soup and sauce deals.

I have been breaking out my slow cooker. So I love that there are so many great deals this week on the Flipp app. What is your favourite slow cooker or soup recipe?

Soup and Sauce Deals

Freshco – Valid Sept.7 – Sept. 13, 2017

Sauce and Soup Deals

Soup and Sauce Deals

Metro – Valid Sept. 7 – Sept. 13, 2017

Canadian Supercentre – Valid Sept. 7 – Sept. 13, 2017

 

Here are a couple of simple fall recipes that you may want to try:

Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cup diced peppers

Directions

Heat oil in a pan and add in onions until soft, add in garlic for a few minutes and then add in the remaining ingredients. Simmer and stir for about 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

Chicken Vegetable Soup

In a large pot, combine broth, water, potatoes, carrots, celery, undrained chopped tomatoes, peas, and corn. Season with salt, pepper. Add in cooked chicken and bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

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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.

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.

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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.

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)