Monday, September 29, 2014

Reward Yourself with Smarter Driving & Java Cafe Coffee from Shell #AirMiles

Shell stations across Canada want to make your day a little easier with less stops and more convenience!

1. Plan & Combine Trips – Avoiding rush hour traffic and construction zones can save a lot of time on the road. Did you know that trips of less than five kilometres do not allow the engine to reach its peak operating temperature, using more fuel and creating more exhaust emissions?  Driving with a warm engine to accomplish a few tasks saves all around!

2. Get your Java fix AND earn rewards – Get rewarded for something you already purchase and enjoy the always fresh and full flavoured Java Café coffee blends. Perfect for people on the go, with a variety of flavours and condiments available to choose from, customize your coffee any way you like it! In addition to a convenient quality coffee, now through November 9th, you’ll earn 5 bonus Air Miles reward miles with your Shell Java Café purchase.

3. Drive Smoothly – Stop n’ Go traffic can be a bumpy ride, but combined with speeding, quick acceleration and hard stops, can increase fuel consumption by up to 25 percent!

4. Measure your tire pressure once a month – Properly inflated tires last longer, making your vehicle drive safer and save on fuel.

5. Choose a higher quality gasoline – All 3 grades of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline contain five times the amount of federally-mandated cleaning agents. What does this mean exactly? It means that by using Shell gasoline, the car will clean up gunky intake valves and fuel injectors while it works. A clean engine is always more fuel efficient and produces fewer emissions.

6. Lighten Your Load – Heavy items in your trunk or on top of your vehicle can decrease the efficiency of your vehicles aerodynamics, increasing fuel consumption.

*Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency Auto$mart Thinking Program*


To kick off delicious and rewarding Java Café coffee at Shell stations across Canada, we have a fabulous giveaway for one lucky reader of

To enter, you must be a Canadian resident over the age of 18. Ends Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 12am M.S.T.

Good Luck!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Do you have 'Simply Better' moments?

Do you have simply better moments?

You know, those little moments in your day that make you stop and smile.


Sunshine, rainbows and fresh breezes.
The smell of hot loose-leaf tea freshly steeped.
Going to the gym.
Hearing my children laugh.
Going for an hour long massage.
The feeling I have after volunteering in my community.

Whatever it is that makes your day simply better, Edo Japan wants to be a part of your day and to celebrate what makes each day simply better by turning the moments that make you happy into a reality.

On September 1st, 2014 Edo launched and wishes anyone and everyone to submit a simply better moment of their own. Until November, Edo will be selecting submissions from and will make a simply better moment happen for one lucky winner each week!

For example: 

(Submissions are limited to 119 characters - short and sweet!) 

Edo is dedicated to serving their customers fresh, healthy meals made with simply better ingredients, and they are excited to be going above and beyond by making simply better moments come true for the people who live, work and play in their communities.

Where to find Edo Japan online!

Website: Simply Better
Facebook: Edo Japan
Twitter: @edo_japan


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Ingredients - Paleo "Reese" Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • 1 cup Almond Butter 
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips 
  1. Place almond butter, coconut oil and honey in a glass bowl, then microwave for approximately 30 seconds or until melted.
  2. Stir in shredded coconut and mix thoroughly. (optional)
  3. Add a spoonful of the mixture into 12 mini muffin tins in a thin layer.
  4. Place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted.
  5. Pour melted chocolate on top of each, then place in freezer for 30 minutes or until set.


- I used silicone muffin pans this time, but next time I would use a metal pan with a muffin liner. Using the liner would give the "Reese" cup its traditional crinkles around the edges.

- I let my chocolate cool down too much and had difficulty spreading it. In the future, I might forgo the muffin tin shape and choose to freeze the almond/coconut middle and then dip in chocolate to coat.

But really though, no matter what these 5 Ingredient Paleo "Reese" Cups end up looking like... they taste great and are healthy(ish) too!


Monday, September 22, 2014

The Springfree Surprise - Two Families Jump for Joy

Remember that end-of-school springing surprise that I totally 'vaguebooked' about for weeks?

(Yeah, sorry about that!)

Here is the Springfree Trampoline commercial we made that day. 

(Reliving this surprise has brought tears to my eyes!)

Thank you Springfree!

We have had an amazing summer of jumping and look forward to a winter of jumping too!


DaddyO, Beebo & Xman too!

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


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