04 Apr

Toddler Trunk

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My cousin had bought her husband a cute shirt, basically, it was a picture of a bum, with a hundred dollar bill sticking out of it.  The caption  said “My kids think I have money coming out of my …”!  You can’t really blame the kids, because let’s be honest here, children are expensive and we are always shelling out money for this, that and the other thing.

Before the internet existed, second hand stores and yard sales were the only places parents could shop to find deals, but it could mean hours spent going from place to place only to find nothing.  The internet has opened up the world of parenting, Moms and connecting in so many ways.  We can now shop, connect and get our questions answered all in the comfort of our own home (and even in our jammies if we please).

Toddler Trunk is an online parent community with saving parents money and sanity in mind.  The buy and sell website is specifically designed for parents to purchase or sell their gently used kids items.  They make it easy to get started selling and buying as you can log in with your Facebook or Twitter accounts.

What does your basement/garage/playroom look like? I don’t even want to show you mine, but there’s a huge spring cleaning in order.  If you have a few things to get off your hands or if you need to start filling up bedrooms, dressers and play areas because you have a little one on the way, Toddler Trunk can help.

Toddler Trunk also offers a very special “ruby” program.  Items can be given away in exchange for rubies.  Each Ruby is worth $10 and you get 5 rubies just for signing up, 2 rubies for adding an item for sale.  Rubies can be used in exchange to get the things you need!

Toddler Trunk is available in 21 cities across Canada including:


  • Calgary
  • Central Alberta
  •  Edmonton

British Columbia:

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria


  • Winnipeg


  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Brampton
  • Georgina- East Gwillimbury
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Kitchener-Waterloo
  • London
  • Milton
  • Mississauga
  • Newmarket-Aurora
  • Niagara
  • Oakville
  • Ottawa
  • Toronto

And now, including my very own city of Halifax!  So sign up, and start buying and selling!

**DISCLAIMER: THIS IS A SPONSORED POST. But I’m sure you will find it useful if you have some things to get rid of, or are looking to get a few things for your kids.  PLEASE SEE THE FULL TERMS OF USE.

24 Mar

Build Your Perfect Nursery – Get 15% Back

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Before my first baby was born, I spent hours (and hours and tooo many hours) surfing the net for that perfect nursery.  Eventually, we were able to turn my dream into reality and went for a pink, brown and white striped motif when we found out we were having a girl.  We used painters tape, a ruler and a chair railing to get everything just right!  I was incredibly proud of the beautiful room we created.  It was surprisingly easy once we got started!  We filled the room with a crib, dresser and rocking chair, it was the perfect little haven for my little angel that was growing bigger in my tummy each day.

With baby 2, my experience was a little bit different! First of all, I wasn’t expecting to become pregnant at all and had actually given away or thrown away all our baby gear.  Rather than getting a room ready early on I took on a new hobby!  I learned to crochet in September and was whipping up sweaters, booties, blankets, hats mitts – you name it, I was in full fledged nesting mode.  I should have probably been getting the baby’s room together. Thankfully, just before baby came we quickly painted the nursery, bought a new crib (and a van) and were ready for our new bundle of joy (the only thing missing? Curtains – which we still don’t have… oops!).

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So what do you need for a nursery?  Crib, mattress, bedding, rocking chair, change table, dresser … chandelier (yes, we have one in Baby 2’s room)!  It’s a lot of stuff, and while babies themselves are tiny, their gear can come with a big price tag.  Sears currently has a baby  promo, if you purchase $250 worth of nursery gear (before tax), you get 15% back on a cash card which can be used for future purchases.  For example if you spend $1000 outfitting your perfect new room, you can have $150 to spend at a later date – bonus!  Purchases must be made between March 22 – April 3, and the gift card can be used from May 1 – May 31.

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If I were to redo my nursery, I would get a white crib, and go all out with a theme.  I would get the complete full meal deal, rather than trying to piece things together.   My new favourite colour combo is pink and grey and I’m tempted to redo Baby 2’s room in the Emma and Jack theme pictured above – how cute is that?

What does your perfect nursery look like?


10 Feb

Go to the Movies with General Mills ($50 GC)


Isn’t a night out at the movies a wonderful way to “get away”?  What’s better than going to the movies?  Why,,,, going to the movies for Free Of course.  If you have been to the grocery stores this week, you may have noticed some free movie tickets on some of your favourite products.

Here are some General Mills products that you will be able to grab BOGO movie ticket or free movie snacks:

  •  generalmills_feb_en_03Lucky Charms
  • Cheerios  
  • Oatmeal Crisp
  • Golden Grahams
  • Old El Paso®
  • Nature Valley
  • Betty Crocker
  • Chex Mix

The promo started February 3rd and runs until Mid May! 

To get your tickets:

  1. Find the unique voucher code located on the inside of the package
  2. Go to www.Cineplex.com/freemovieoffer to redeem your free movie ticket (Old El Paso® free movie snacks are redeemed in theatre, not online)
  3. When you go online to redeem your free movie ticket you will be asked to select a theatre location, date, movie and show time.
  4. Conditions: offer valid February 3, 2013 through May 30th 2013 for show times Sunday through Thursday (inclusive) only.


  • One Lucky Reader is going to receive a $50 Cineplex Gift Card

To Enter:

  • Complete the Rafflecopter form below

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29 Jan

StrawBerry Shortcake in Halifax Presale Code

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Strawberry Shortcake & the Doodlebops are coming to the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax on Sunday, April 7 at 1 pm & 4 pm

Tickets for the Musical Show go on sale Friday February 1st at Noon.

If you want to get the best tickets in the house before they are released to the general public, I have something very special for you – a Pre-sale code!

Pre-sale starts Wednesday, January 30th @ Noon until Thursday January 31st @ 6pm.  Visit the Box Office website and use the code “Berry” to get your tickets early.

For More info visit: www.StrawberryShortcakeOnTour.com or on Facebook

05 Nov

Celebrate & Save Coupons

Have you started Christmas shopping yet?  I’ve got a few things crossed off my list, but still have some special items to get for some very important people.  I’m a bit of a money saver, I like putting Pennines (which will soon be nickels) in my own pocket  before dishing them out to retailers.  I look online for deals, coupons and really love the weekly flyers to make sure I’m getting to best price out there.

Until December 31st, Fisher Price has some deals for you!  It’s Celebrate & Save time, $15 here and $10 there means extra money (to buy something for yourself or for someone else – of course).  Here are some deals you can’t go wrong with:

$10 off Jumperoo – I have one of these at home, well actually, it’s not in my home any more.  It’s been passed on to another family and then passed on to another family and then I think passed back to the first family that I passed it onto.  Needless to say, I think it’s been through 4 kids so far and will be on a 5th shortly!  You can’t get that kind of entertainment for only $89.  The Jumperoo with it’s lights, music and jumping action is a favourite for sure.  My daughter could spend hours having a blast in the Jumperoo and we have the adorable videos to enjoy now 4 years later.

$5 off Fantastic Gymnastic Dora – This is currently one of my daughters favourite toys to play with.  She’s had it for a few months and still pulls our Dora to do gymnastics.  She even uses a gym mat to do all of her gymnastic tricks.  She likes to be both Dora’s coach and a student copying Dora’s routine.  This toy is a huge hit in our home, although we have to watch where Princess Gymnast tries headstands and roundabouts.  Take advantage of the coupon, 5 bucks is 5 bucks.

The holiday season can be an expensive time of year.  Sure we like to spoil our kids (a little).  With coupons and discounts you can feel much better about yourself when your purchasing items for your loved ones.  Padding your pockets, but still making those that are special to you smile on the big day.

Check out Websaver.ca to check out all the Fisher Price coupons available until December 31st.

“Disclosure:  I am a Fisher-Price Mom and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

18 Oct

Sears The Baby Room – Everything Baby Sale

I could have never imagined I would become pregnant again.  I truly believed we would be a happy family of 3.  Well, surprise, surprise, here I am 6 1/2 months pregnant and despite being incredibly ill through most of it, I couldn’t be happier.  I also couldn’t have “picked” a better time to be pregnant with Princess # 2.

Last time I was pregnant it was early 2008.  We were through the roof to be pregnant (it “only” took 4 years,,,, like this time), and we were set on getting our house ready for our special arrival.  We did so much shopping – who know such a small person took up so much space in a house?  We spent a lot of time (and money) at Sears – who hasn’t?!?  This time around, I am incredibly fortunate to be a Sears The Baby’s Room Ambassador.  Sears has recently changed up their baby department and I will have a chance to check it out!  There are over 190 Sears Stores in Canada and only 22 ambassadors, so I feel incredibly lucky that both myself and the Halifax store have been selected for this opportunity.

Last week, I went into Sears to see first hand the changes sears has made to The Baby’s Room.  As I stepped off the escalator, my eyes lit up as I was greeted by the most adorable baby room, set up with a crib and a pink and brown decor – something I could picture in my home.  Being a Mom, we tend to lose our brain during this pregnancy stage, so physically seeing a bit of innovation, can easily give us ideas about what we can do in our own homes.  Yes, I need this innovation, with a 4 year old at home and a baby on the way, it goes without saying my brain is a “bit” mushy.  This is just one of 4 baby room displays laid out, there are other rooms with rocking chairs and change tables as well – something for everyone.

Other significant changes I noticed was the stroller section.  How many stores have you gone to where the strollers are physically tied down to the brick and mortar?  The Baby’s Room has a large wide aisle and all strollers can easily be moved around and tested out.

The car seats are also laid out by stages.  I know my fist time shopping for car seats I was a little overwhelmed as to what I needed when my bundle of “Never going to sleep the same again” came home.  It’s now laid out easily for expecting parents to make the right choices for the special day when their lives will never be the same.

I also had the chance to meet the store managers, Jim and Jennifer.  And over the next few months will have a chance to get to know them even better, as I visit the store regularly.

I was truly impressed with the chances made in the baby section at Sears.  It’s a huge improvement from how the store was laid out in the past.  Go check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

Oh, and one last thing, before I forget (preggo brain, remember).  There’s a “Everything Baby Sale” on this week till October 25th, most items are 15% off and clothing is up to 40% off.


**Disclosure: I am part of the Sears – The Baby’s Room Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own

15 Oct

Kinder Surprise 10,000 Giveaway

Hey Kinder lovers!

For the past 2 years, I’ve been a Kinder Mom and guess what, here I am again bringing you news for the 2013 program.  We love Kinder Surprises in our home – as a treat! I’ve also been known to give them away in party favours and Halloween treat bags because it’s the best of both worlds, Chocolate & a Toy! What kid (or parent) doesn’t love that?

To get things started, visit the Kinder Surprise Facebook page, cause guess what, they are giving away 10,000 Kinders starting today and you don’t want to miss it – head on over now, cause last time they went really quick! I’ll wait…. Did you snag a coupon? Great!  (Update: Ok, the page isn’t live yet, but keep checking, because it will be shortly and last year it nearly crashed Facebook they went so fast).

Also for 2013, there is a brand new collection of toys coming up including: Softy Tummies, Bouncing Monsters, the Combo Cars, the Ciao Rings and T-Rex’s.  The new 2013 collection should be starting this fall so keep your eyes peeled.

Whether you like Kinder Surprises for yourself, to giveaway or just to have on hand in case family, friends, kids, events, school functions come up, you can’t go wrong with the chocolatey treat with a fun little toy inside. I’m excited to see what 2013 brings.

Sorry to my dear American Readers, I’m sure you love kinder too, but this one is for Canadian’s only!

**Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.