Thursday, September 18, 2014

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - #BeChildCancerAware

Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? 

This September, pediatric cancer groups across North America hope to draw attention to the tragedy of childhood cancers. You can help make an impact by donating online, as an anonymous donor has graciously offered to double any and all donations made online during the month of September! Let's take that challenge to task -- double your gift, double your impact! 

To find out more about the Alberta Kids Cancer Care Foundation,
visit their website 

The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta is a charitable organization that helps families fighting childhood cancer in Alberta. Their programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of the whole family at each stage of the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. (AKCC Website)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National Guacamole Day! #GuacitForward

September 16th is NATIONAL GUACAMOLE DAY! 

Wholly Guacamole wants you to take their favourite day of the year and make it extra special for someone! They're asking their fans to help make it a great day and to #GuacitForward. Simply perform a random act of kindness and let them know about it, by tagging them on social media with #GuacitForward .

Print your $1.00 Coupon here!

Find Wholly Guacamole at:

Facebook & Pinterest: Wholly Guacamole
Twitter & Instagram: @eatWholly

Here are a few ideas to help you #GuacitForward:

Compliment a stranger.
Hold the elevator door a little longer.
Text a long-lost friend with "Remember when we . . "
Put a grocery cart away for an elderly shopper or a mom with her hands full.
Everyone in your family donate one item from their room.
Cook a meal for someone.
Donate to your favorite charity.
Give blood.

Have fun!

Monday, September 15, 2014

7 #DIY Ways To Add Autumn Elegance To Your Home - #CHDS14

As the season shifts from summer to fall, we transition our wardrobe to follow suit-- but why not do the same with your décor!

Autumn is all about indulging the senses… the smell and taste of warm pumpkin pie, the sound of a crackling fire, the feel of a cozy knit sweater, and the sight of Mother Nature’s brilliant colour palette.

Incorporating seasonal touches into your home does not have to be a costly or a time consuming ­­­­endeavour.  Here are some of my favourite #DIY tips and tricks to freshen up your home for fall and bring warmth and texture into any space.

  • Replace fresh summer flowers with organic branches gathered from the yard to create a more rustic and casual arrangement.

  • Remove formal tablecloths to expose the rich beauty of a natural wood dining table.

  • Go accessory shopping at the farmers market.  I love styling with pumpkins, gourds, and dried corn stalks, and the best part is that once the season is over you can put everything in the composter instead of storing the fall décor.

  • A hollowed out pumpkin makes the perfect container for potted mums or a centre piece of fresh seasonal wild flowers.

  • Purchase, or if you’re crafty, make inexpensive chenille or velvet toss pillow covers that you can tuck your existing summer cushions into for an instant seasonal update.

  • Small dried gourds can be easily transformed into reusable autumn name place holders on your dining table with a quick spray of Rust-Oleum’s chalkboard paint.

  • Customize an inexpensive sisal door mat with some craft stencils and outdoor paint.

If you’re looking for more fall #DIY décor ideas, then don’t miss the upcoming Calgary Home + Design Show taking place from September 18-21 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. 

While you’re there, don’t miss the Upcycle Challenge sponsored by Rust-Oleum in support of Habitat for Humanity with creative #DIY makeover projects, executed by some of Calgary’s best and brightest design and do-it-yourself professionals in the industry.  And if you’re craving more fall tips for freshening up your home, join me on Friday, September 19th at 3:00 p.m for a main stage presentation filled with #DIY inspiration and how-to information.

This has been a guest post by:

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

Follow her on Twitter too!  @leighannallaire

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Snowmaggedon in September #yycsnomg

Mother Nature decided to swoop some Arctic air through the Rockies this week, so our last few days have been rather white. We are the butt of jokes far and wide and we should be --- THIS.IS.INSANE.

It's not that us Albertans can't handle the snow...

In fact, we are GREAT with the snow.

It's that it is SEPTEMBER people! You know, that month where we should be enjoying the leaves changing colour, donning sweaters and eating soup! We are NOT supposed to be wielding snow brushes on our car windows, nor are we to be running around -- shaking snow off of the leaf-filled trees -- so they don't break under the weight.  None of this should be happening just yet.

AT LEAST we have humour... right??  (Cause you know, us Canucks are funny.)

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Me, I prefer this:

Cut it out Mother Nature ...

no one here is impressed.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dudley has #BackToSchool Locked & Loaded - #GIVEAWAY

It's that time of year again...

Back-to-Lunches and Back-to-School!

This year, Dudley has us covered with the new FULLY LOADED Lunch Kit and the Load n' Lock Pencil Pod.  These lunch kits really are deep...easily holding a can of soda upright (or a 6 pack- NOT that you would send soda to school, just sayin'). Plenty of room to store a days worth of snacks and lunch.
(Retails for $14.99)

The pencil pod has a hard, see-through compartment on top, with a large storage area underneath for writing utensils. It includes a resettable combination lock to keep items safe and a rotating divider with elastic band to secure items.
(Retails for $14.99 and comes in blue, pink, metallic, silver, green and purple.)

GIVEAWAY - and Dudley Canada want to give 2 readers a chance to experience these products! Simply follow the widget below to enter. All entrants must be Canadian residents (excludes Quebec) and over the age of 18. Ends Saturday, October 4/14 at 12am MST.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Satisfy Your Decorating Tastes at the Calgary Home & Design Show - Plus a Fabulous Giveaway!

The Calgary Home & Design Show is the ultimate DIY fanfare of all things design and home improvement. With over 350 exhibitors and a few sensational new features, there is enough expert insight, innovation and inspiration to go around! See your favourite design celebs, like Cottage Life TV's Colin & Justin of 'Cabin Pressure', HGTV's Bryan Baeumler of 'Leave it to Bryan', or celebrity chef Corbin Tomaszeski.

Be sure to look for:

- Friday, September 19th from 12pm noon until 5pm, is the 'ATB Financia Family Day'
- Saturday, September 20th from 1pm to 3pm - 'Samsung Cooking Challenge'
- Dine on Calgary's BEST food trucks at the 'Food Truck Eatery'
- The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge 2: Chairlift

To get your creative juices flowing, 'Peek Thru Our Window' has an amazing giveaway for Albertans, age 18 and over!

The giveaway is valued at $265 and includes:

·  Ikea giftcard
·  Marshmallows from Fiasco Gelato 
·  Free cooking class giftcard and spice tin from Ruby's Kitchen 
·  Paint can bundle from Interiors to Inspire 
·  Peanut brittle and toffee from Sweet 
·  T-shirt, belt buckle, stickers & bracelet from Anejo 

·  Calgary Home & Design Show '14 tickets 

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This giveaway ends Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 12 am MST.
Open to all residents of Alberta, over the age of 18.


Friday, August 29, 2014

The Last Road-trip Weekend of the Summer - A Fuel Giveaway

What makes a road-trip? Is it the car, the route you take or the music you listen to that makes the drive exciting? Whether you have been driving cross Canada or cruising to your local watering hole this summer, I'm guessing you have been on some exciting drives! That’s why Shell just launched the Shell V-Power Formula for Driving Excitement Contest--to honour and discover some of the best drives in Canada.

From now until September 9, casual road-trippers and driving enthusiasts alike can enter to win a chance to make their exciting drive a reality. One Grand Prize winner will receive a week-long luxury car rental, a hotel stay and a year’s worth of Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline. To enter, click HERE

Start planning your next road-trip right now!

GIVEAWAY: has $100 in Shell Fuel Gift cards to give away to one lucky reader!  Follow the rules of the linky below. (Must be a Canadian resident over the age of 18 to enter. Ends Friday, Sept 26/14 at 12:01am MST.)

Good Luck!

*Please note: Shell Canada provided the prize for giveaway, but is in no way responsible for the facilitation of the giveaway. *


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