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. 

The Great Balancing Act and The Thing We Hate to Talk About

Last week was some week in this house. It was a painful itchy one. My teen had gone to a pool party with friends and was in a swimsuit all day. She had a great time but can you guess what happened? If you guessed an infection down there, you are right.  We really had missed the summer, soaking up the sun, and the pool but dealing with a yeast infection is no fun.  For many women, the warmer temperature brings an increased risk of an “itch” that nobody likes to talk about – yeast infections. We really do hate to talk about it, so you know me I tackle the harder conversations.

 

Surprisingly, yeast infections affect more women than you think! It’s not just my teen dealing with one.  Approximately five per cent of women experience reoccurring yeast infections (3 to 4 infections in the last year)[1] and this has a lot to do with heat. The infection occurs when moisture gets trapped and yeast can overgrow, cause itching, burning, and discomfort. If you’ve had one, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

 

The good news is that with a few simple tips, you can avoid that pesky itch. Most of these my daughter forgot.

 

  1. Remember to dry off: Relaxing in a hot tub is the perfect way to enjoy a warm, summer evening. However, yeast grows best in a moist environment, making hot tubs a breeding ground for unwanted infections. This means it’s important to dry off well afterward and change into dry clothes right away. Use this same approach when spending the day at the beach or pool.

 

2. Know your pH: Many vaginal health issues, including odour, itchiness and yeast infections stem from an unbalanced pH. RepHresh™ Gel is a gynecologist recommended product and                       clinically proven to be pH balanced which can help to eliminate feminine odour and relieve feminine discomfort.

3. Wear cotton undies: Unfortunately, your tight skinny jeans may not be the best option this summer. Warm, tight clothing allows for little oxygen movement making the perfect breeding                   round for yeast. If you must rock the skinnies, wear cotton underwear.

4. Take healthy measures: RepHresh™ Pro-B reduces the number of urogenital pathogenic bacteria and yeast on vaginal surfaces. It’s clinically tested and works by balancing the yeast and                 bacteria that are naturally present in a woman’s body to help restore and maintain proper vaginal flora. Try adding one capsule to your daily routine to keep your body on track and ensure             nothing slows you down this summer!

 

When my teen had her itch down under we went in search of both of these. The teen reported the gel definitely helped her with the itch.

 

Are you ready to beat the summer heat? I would love your feedback if you’ve tried either of these products.

 

* This post has been sponsored by Church and Dwight, however, all opinions are my own.

 

Anniversaries and Home Office Steals at Staples – Flipp

Three years ago this week, I entered into a formal partnership with Flipp. I have loved being a part of the Flipp team for the last three years. For awhile I am their community manager and now love being a brand ambassador. I was one of the original Flipp moms. Over the last 3 years, I have saved thousands using the app. What about you? Are you using it weekly to continue to save?

I have been wanting to update my home office for awhile now and as back to school season is around the corner there are some great home office deals on the app this week.

Have you been wanting to update your home office with items that you need? This week I found some awesome home office steals at Staples that you might like.

Home Office Steals

Staples Valid – July 19 – July 25

This week Staples has some hot buys that will be beneficial if you have a home office. These are just 5 valuable deals I found and there are quite a few more just waiting to be seen.

If you occasionally knock your mouse off the desk and it bounces to the floor, it may or may not recover. The Logitech mice last a long time and can take a beating from the floor.

Home Office Steals

Although you can get AVG online for free, this provides extra safety for your browsing enjoyment.

Home Office Steals

When you sit at a desk for hours, it needs to be a comfortable chair that helps keep your back from aching.

Take your photos to the next level with the help of Photoshop Elements. Professional photos are only a few edits away.

Break up your day with a bit of fitness and keep track of your goals with a Fitbit. Take a walk around the block and stretch your legs. Did you know it so important to move every ninety minutes?

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 Sizzling Summer Sales

We are already half way through the summer and soon many stores will be switching gears to the next shopping season.  Have you been waiting for an item to go on sale?  Head on over to Flipp and swipe your way to these Summer Sales and more.

This week I think I have found a few items that you all will love. My only problem is deciding what colours and designs best suit me.

Summer Sales

Giant Tiger – Valid July – July 18

Summer Sales

Pick up summer gear while it lasts. These items will come in handy if your child has outgrown their current swim suits or you may just need one for winter swimming lessons or a vacation.

Summer Sales

Add some candles to light your back yard for aand keep those pesky mosquitos away.

Kitchen Stuff Plus Valid July 13 – August 30

Looking to add a touch of colour to your kitchen? Maybe up your food photography?  So many choices to choose from until the end of August. Don’t wait too long or you may miss out on the design you like best. There is so much more than pictured below and are a must check out and see.

Summer Sales

More for the backyard BBQ and take outdoor life to the next level. Grilling can’t get any easier with these tools.

Summer Sales

I think I just fell in love with this kettle, it does it all. Coffee, Tea, oatmeal and it comes with the removable diffuser. How cool is that?

Have you downloaded the Flipp app yet, you are missing out on savings and now cash back. Download Flipp today 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.

Enjoy the weekend and all that it brings.

 

Flipp for Fruits and Vegetables -Fresh or Frozen

During the summer we need to stay hydrated. When heading out for the day with kids, bring water and a variety of snacks. When I head out for the day I always add some of my favourite fruits and vegetables to my bag. If your favourites aren’t in season, you can always go with frozen ones, that are perfect for coolers and will keep everything inside chilled.

Fruits and Vegetables – Fresh or Frozen

No Frills – Valid July 6 – July 12

Fruits and vegetables

Freshco Valid July 6 – July 12

fruits and vegetables

Make lunches and dinners easier with salads and light meals. You can prepare everything ahead of time. Chop up and put into containers and only take out what you need for the day.

Loblaws Valid July 6 -July 12

Fruit and Vegetables

Berries are the perfect blend for smoothies or shakes, you will need yogurt or ice cream to make them.

Metro Valid July 6 – July 12

fruits and vegetables

Fresh and frozen vegetables are the base of a delicious stirfry.

If you want to really cool down with a taste that is sweet and will melt in your mouth, check out these Ice Cream deals over on the Flipp App.

Are you looking for something different? Check out the Boxing Week in July deals, Save the tax and sidewalk sales, some pretty fab deals on many items.

Have you downloaded the Flipp app yet, you are missing out on savings and now cash back. Download Flipp today from Google Play or the App Store and start saving.

Have a berry delicious weekend!