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Giveaway Contest! Tickets to the Toronto’s Fall Home Show!


untitledI am happy to announce my very first giveaway contest!  I will be awarding to 2 Sets of 2 Tickets to 2 very lucky winners to the 25th Annual Toronto Fall Home Show October 3rd – 6th at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place.  Before I get into the nitty gritty of the contest rules, I will give you a little background on the event.

2013 marks the 25th anniversary for the Toronto Fall Home Show, which is the largest fall consumer show this city has to offer with almost 32,000 people attending every year looking for advice and ideas for their homes.  At the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, there will be more than 300 renovation and design experts that can give you ideas and help for all your household projects.  Celebrity Experts such as Jonathan & Drew Scott (Property Brothers), Annie Sloan, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, Glen Peloso, Vicky Sanderson, Janice Fedak, Staci Edwards, Erica Gelman and many more will be giving demonstrations throughout the show.  The Property Brothers 2

You also will want to see the 2nd Annual Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged, where 25 celebrity experts and Style & DIY Bloggers will be sourcing and restoring 25 doors from Habitat for Humanity Toronto into functional upcycled items or pieces of art. The doors will be on display in the Habitat Toronto Exhibit Area at the Fall Home Show and throughout the show and will be up for auction during the show. Visitors can also vote for their favourite door on the Facebook Page and the door with the most votes will receive the grand prize of a $500 Visa card.  All proceeds from the bids will be used to support the ongoing work of Habitat for Humanity Toronto.

New this year is the Lowe’s Kitchen Inspiration Station where visitors can utilize interactive tools and how-to videos to get that kitchen of their dreams.  Class designers, contractor’s, culinary experts, and product specialists will be onsite to provide consultations.

The 25th Annual Toronto Fall Home Show will be at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place (151 Princes Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) from October 3rd – 6th.  Here are the show’s dates & times.  For more information on the show, click here for the official website.


Thursday, October 3, 2013                                      11am to 9pm
Friday, October 4, 2013                                               11am to 9pm
Saturday, October 5, 2013                                          10am to 9pm
Sunday, October 6, 2013                                             10am to 6pm


Adults:                                                                              $15.00 at the door / $12.00 online
Senior (65+):                                                                    $13.00 at the door / $10.00 online
Children 13-17:                                                               $13.00 at the door / $10.00 online
Children 12 years & Under:                                          FREE


Thursday, Friday                                                             $14
Saturday, Sunday                                                            $15 Thursday after 4pm
FREE Friday, Saturday, Sunday after 6pm                   $11

AND NOW FOR THE SUPER FUN PART! I will be giving away 2 sets of 2 tickets ($30 value per set) to 2 winners so they and a guest can attend the Toronto Fall Home Show.  Here are the rules, regulations and how to enter!


  1. Bloggers.  In order to be entered, you must A) Like this post, B) Reblog this on your site and C) Follow me
  2. Twitter. In order to be entered, you must A) Follow me on Twitter @CarleyAFisher and B) Retweet this post / Tweet this link mentioning me
  3. Facebook.  In order to be entered, you must A) Like this post on my Facebook page and B) Share the post on your page


  • The Contest starts September 19th and will end September 26th at midnight Eastern time.
  • You can enter up to 3 times (1 entry for each social media site) however you can only win one set of tickets.
  • Winners will be picked at random on September 27th.  I will contact you that day to let you know you have won.
  • You must provide a valid mailing address so I can send you the tickets by September 28th otherwise another name will be drawn.
  • Once all winners have been contacted, I will post who won on all 3 sites.

I hope you enjoy entering this contest and I cannot wait to see who wins!!!!!!

Mom’s, It’s Time to Get the Red Carpet Treatment!


Sherway Gardens Red Carpet EventAs Mom’s, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to be the very best Mom to our children and wives to our spouses.  And in the process, we often don’t make ourselves a priority.  We’ve all heard the jokes about the ‘Mom jeans’ and ‘Mom haircuts’.  Let those jokes roll off your shoulders and come to Sherway Garden’s for Star Style Meets VIP at Hello! Canada’s Exclusive Red Carpet Event!

We all want the designer look without the designer price tag, and Hello! Canada’s Fashion & Beauty Editor Julia Seidl will take the very best from the impressive roster of Sherway’s premier retailers and bring the latest in trend-setting styles to every woman!  Stop by Sherway Gardens this Thursday, August 29th from 7 – 8 pm in Centre Square.  The admission is free, so come take a night off and feel like you are front row at a fashion show in Milan.

The clothing retailers you can find are Michael Kors, Honey, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Juicy Couture, Ross Mayer, Melanie Lyne, French Connection & Holt Renfrew.  What outfit is complete without shoes?  Sherway Gardens has Stuart Weitzman, Nine West, Browns & Ron White.  And lets not forget the bling with accessories from Tiffany & Co., Birks, Pandora, Swarovski & Ben Moss Jewellers. For any budget, Sherway Gardens is the place to shop!

First School Dance


Today the Princess had her very first school dance.  The dance was for the fundraising the children had done to raise money for their school’s physical education program, with partial proceeds going to their sister school’s healthy snack program.  It was a “Hollywood” theme and the children were encouraged to dress up.  There was even a mini red carpet for them to walk down with parental paparazzi to take their photo.  Needless to say, the Princess posed and I even had one mother tell me I should enroll her in acting classes because she “just loves the camera.”  Tell me something I don’t know LOL!  The Princess danced the entire time and loved every minute.  It was a real joy to watch.

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How To Save Money When Buying Baby Stuff


It comes to no surprise that having children can be expensive.  It is estimated that to raise a child from birth to 18 (before university) can cost $243,660.  Now that Hubby and I are expecting our first son, the need to start buying baby supplies.  We were VERY fortunate to be given lots of gifts which ultimately limited the amount we had to buy for the Princess.  We are now fully aware of the true costs, both up front and hidden, and are prepping for the arrival of our Rainbow.   Here are just a few ways to save money on the initial costs.

  1. Buy on Sale.  Seems pretty obvious but some people leave shopping to the last-minute and end up paying full price on things that routinely go on sale.  Monitor stores that carry the items you are looking for and watch for them to go on sale.
  2. Coupons.  There are many sites that you can sign up for coupons that are mailed to your home.  In Canada, it’s much harder to Extreme Coupon but you are still able to save money on things such as diapers, clothes and baby wash.  Many of these same sites will send you free samples.  Also, feel free to email your favourite brands directly.  I LOVE Johnson & Johnson products and wrote to the manufacturer explaining that I really love their products and in response, they sent me free high-priced coupons as well as a voucher for a free pack of their assorted products.  The worst thing they can say is no and at the best, you receive free products and coupons.  Also, to maximize on the savings, apply coupons to items that are on sale.
  3. Baby Item Swaps.  As Mommy’s and Daddy’s, we have a group of fellow parents who like us, keep our baby stuff “just in case” we come to expect another baby.  So why not capitalize on free stuff while making room in your closets.  A friend of mine is expecting a girl and only has boys and I am expecting a boy and was elbow deep in girl stuff, so we met up and did a swap.  We were able to trade items at no cost.  A little piece of advice, don’t include clothes that are stained or torn.
  4. Donation Parties.  In lieu of baby showers, a new trend is Donation Parties.  Women who are expecting make a list of the things that they need and ask close friends and family who have baby stuff and go through the list and see who is willing to give you which items.  This may not be for everyone, and that is why it is best to only invite people who you are VERY close with and not your neighbour whom you only see occasionally.
  5. EBay or Kijiji.  These online sites are great for purchasing baby items at a lower cost.  Babies and children grow really fast and only wear items for a short period so most of the clothes are in great condition.  Be aware of what you are buying and ensure that it is the correct season for your child.  Also, ask to see pictures and know if the items come from pet or smoke free homes.  I wouldn’t recommend buying certain items, but clothing is usually pretty safe.  Be sure to wash it before you put it on your baby.
  6. Buy What You Need, Not Want.  You can find lists in every parenting magazine of things that you “NEED” for your little one.  Everyone would love those wipe warmers and new fangled gadgets, but your baby doesn’t need them and more often than not, they are money traps.  When we brought the Princess home, I dressed her in dress clothes, and what a disaster.  I have learned that less is more.  Sleepers and onesies are the best clothes in the first few months of life.  Babies eat, poop, sleep and repeat and do not care what they are wearing.  They have no preference for which items get stained in their latest diaper assault.
  7. Keep Stock of What You Already Have.  If you already have children, keeping essential items is always a great money saver.  Hubby and I kept our crib, breast pump, glass bottles, play pen and bedding (as it is gender neutral).  Do keep an eye on certain items that may be too old such as car seats as they expire after 5 years.

How to Save Money on Groceries


Hubby and I have been doing a full makeover of our budget, and our grocery bill took a big cut.  Prior to our budget cut, we were spending an outrageous amount a month on groceries for the two of us, Princess and our pets.  We didn’t plan our meals, had a lot of food that spoiled and leftovers that didn’t get eaten.  But once we sat down and really looked at what we were spending, we were able to cut our budget by approximately $200.  We still buy our pet food, cleaning and toiletries and include that in our grocery shopping.  So I have compiled a list of things that we do to cut down on our grocery costs.

  1. Plan your meals.  I plan only 5 meals a week.  Sometimes we have leftovers one night or we order take out or have family dinner’s elsewhere, but Hubby and I only cook 5 nights a week.  We try to eat 1 meal of chicken, pork, fish, beef and a vegetarian dish a week so not to get bored.
  2. Watch the cut of your meats.  Most people know that certain cuts of meats are more expensive than others.  Boneless, skinless chicken costs much more than those with the skin on and bone in.  Also, pre-made hamburgers cost more than ground beef and made at home.
  3. Coupons.  While I’m no extreme couponer, there are many sites online where you can sign up for coupons to be sent in the mail or printed at home.  You may not have your entire grocery bill covered, but a few dollars here and there definitely help.
  4. Don’t Shop Hungry.  This may sound silly, but if your tummy is rumbling, you are more likely to buy food on impulse.
  5. Buy Fruits & Vegetable that are in season.  Fruits and Vegetables that are in season cost less than those that aren’t, so when planning your weekly meals, try for those that are in season.  For an up-to-date list on in season fruits and veggies in Ontario, here is the Foodland Ontario list.
  6. Compare Prices.  At most grocery stores, they will list the prices and sizes and sometimes in small print, they will have the cost per serving.  I like to check these so while I may be paying a little more for a product, it costs less money per serving, so it works out in the long run.
  7. Make Big Batches and Freeze.  Hubby and I are notorious for this.  We like to spend a majority of our Sundays cooking soups, stews, and sauces and then we freeze them for future meals.
  8. No Name Brands.  Paying for name brands can really add up.  If you are to compare a name brand can of soup with a no name brand, the ingredients are very similar but the no name brand costs less as the cost for branding is much less than the name brand.
  9. Shop the Outer Parts of the Store.  Not only are the food on the outer ring of the store better for you, but they are cheaper than the stuff down the aisles.
  10. Bring a List.  When you bring a list with you and stick to it, you are less likely to buy things on impulse.
  11. Competitive Pricing.  Some grocery stores have weekly flyers and also have competitive pricing.  So if you bring a flyer to your usual grocery store and their item costs more than at another store, sometimes, depending on store policy, they will adjust the price to stay competitive.

Bio Oil Challenge Revisited


On April 23rd, I posted that I would be partaking in the Bio Oil Challenge.  According to the company, by rubbing the oil on your stretch marks for three months, twice a day in circular motion, your stretch marks will fade.

I have to admit, I didn’t rub the oil on my belly twice a day for three months.  I was pretty intermittent with it actually.  I started off doing the twice a day for the first two weeks and I did notice a difference.  But life got in the way and soon it was once a day, then every other day and then once or twice a week when I remembered.

It became a bit of a pain to remember to do it in the morning after the shower and then before I went to bed.  I found that I would have to wait a while until the oil sunk in and if I didn’t, my clothes would get the oil on them and a little would seep through the front.  I wasn’t a fan of oil marks on the belly of my shirt, looked like I competed in a greasy cheeseburger eating contest.  And I didn’t always have the time to wait as being a working mom with a toddler, my schedule doesn’t always allow me the free time to sit, rub oil on myself, much to my Hubby’s chagrin 😉 , and let it dry.

So despite my lackadaisical effort in the Bio Oil Challenge I created myself, I will say that there was some noticeable results.  My stretch marks are  lighter than they were and I’m sure with continued effort on my part, they will lighten even more.  I wasn’t expecting them to go away entirely, but I am impressed with how they faded taking into account my inconsistency.  Based on this, I give Bio Oil 3.5 out of 5.


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Vancouver Mom turns Children’s Artwork into Stuffed Toys


Princess’ Artwork


Like most Mom’s, my daughter’s artwork is slowly taking over our home.  I have a special box where I save the special items and have purchased picture frames to hang other pieces in her room.  But the Mom I read about in The Star today makes my efforts look amateur at best.

Wendy Tsao, an entrepreneur in Vancouver, takes children’s drawings and turns them into stuffed animals.  An idea spawned out of her child’s comfort, Tsao started Child’s Own Studio.  When she first opened her home-based business, she was only receiving 3-4 orders a month, but since it has now gone viral, she has a backlog of 500-600 emails from interested parents!  Goes to show what a litte ingenuity and hard work can do.

Melonhead Children’s Hair Care



When it comes to my daughter’s hair, only the best will do.  And that is exactly why I take her to Melonheads Children’s Hair Salon.  This salon only does haircut’s for children and the hair stylists have the patience that would rival that of a Zen Buddhist.  Instead of chairs, the children can sit in trains, planes and automobiles.  The price is reasonable and there is a wall of toys that you can buy for your little one’s after getting their hair done.  There are many locations all over Ontario and definitely worth checking out for your little one’s next haircut.

The Princess' First Haircut

Who likes free stuff?!


It was has been widely argued that from birth to 18, children cost approximately $250 000 and that doesn’t even include tuition!  That is a lot of change!  So whenever you can get deal, you got to take them.  I have compiled a list of sites where you can sign up from free stuff coupons and samples!

  1. Free Parent Stuff Free Parent Stuff is an online newsletter that searches the web for the latest samples and sends them to you once or twice a week.  Occassionally you will receive an email if there is a special discount that is going on.  It is easy to sign up.  I have received free Olay products, diapers, wipes, formula, recipes, Pull Ups and other mommy and kid stuff.
  2. Pampers Pampers allows you to join Pamper’s Village and you will receive free samples, coupons (and no mere $0.50 off, more like $2 – $4.00 off) and other promotions.  I am a Pamper’s fan and that was what my daughter used for a majority of the time.  I have to say that the amount of Pamper’s sample diapers I received would probably have amounted to at least a full box.  Granted not all at once, but 4 or 5 here and there.  But it adds up in the end!
  3. Huggies Much like Pampers, Huggies has the same kind of program.  They will send you samples and coupons, and also send you coupons for non-baby stuff like batteries, and other household essentials.
  4. Nestle Baby Club  I signed up for the Nestle Baby Club while buying maternity clothes and I received a Diaper Bag, Baby Formula, Baby cereal and a growth chart…all for free!
  5. Similac Club For all those who formula feed, you can receive containers of formula for joining the Similac Club.  I received at least 4 containers, not little bags, but actual containers of formula plus coupons for $15, $10 and $5 off.  With formula costing what it does, you can’t go wrong!
  6. Kids Free Samples This website offers a wide variety of free kid samples and coupons from an array of trusted baby and child companies such as Pampers, Huggies, Enfamil and Similac and many many more!
  7. P & G Saver  This site provides you with a coupon booklet of coupons for products that you yourself choose from and they mail them to you.  I received a booklet of $50 worth of coupons!