Win a StayBrite Sample kit from Reynolds

Over the next two weeks (until March 14, 2013) you can enter to win a sample kit containing StayBright™ products from Reynolds® Canada! Click the 'Samples' tab at the top of the Reynolds Canada FB page to enter or click here

These cupcake liners are so cute!  I just picked up the polka dot ones for my daughter's birthday party this weekend.



2013 Cut-A-Thon for Parkinson’s

Parkinson Societies of Ontario will be hosting their annual Cut-a-thon event on April 7th, 2013 across salons in the province. The event has been active for over 20 years. Stylists donate their time and their talents. Joico is the Ontario-wide sponsor. The company donates all the supplies for the event which includes the products for the stylists to use and gift bags for participants and stylists to take home.

All participants receive a cut, style, dry, and Joico gift bag for $40 or less (depending on the location this represents a significant discount). 100% of that amount is directed to the charity. Due to the generosity of our participating salons and their talented stylists, all funds raised through Cut a Thon for Parkinson’s are put towards research, advocacy, education and support services for Canadians living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

A full list of the participating salons can be found here:  In Toronto, Prairie Girl will be donating cupcakes at the event as well. That is not all! The Parkinson Societies has partnered with Deerhurst Resort for a giveaway. To enter do an online booking for a Toronto salon and you will be in the running for a chance to win a two night stay with breakfast for two. Details for this giveaway can be found here.

With your help, we can make a better life and a brighter future for Canadians living with Parkinson’s today – a world without Parkinson’s tomorrow.


Great Deals I picked up Yesterday!

Yesterday was a big shopping day for me. My daughters birthday is coming up plus we needed groceries. Here are some of the best deals I picked up yesterday~

First stop was Walmart,

6 Vector Cereal Price Match FreshCo @$2.99-6x$2 coupons= $.99/ box (for food bank donation)
Always pads $3 - $.50 coupon from Brandsaver=$2.49
Zantac pills $2.22-$3 coupon, I made 78 cents!
Dial hand soap(pump) $1.97 x4 -buy 2 save $2.50 coupon(no longer available) =72 cents each
Finish Quantum $5.47-$3 SmartSource printable= $2.47
Kinder goodie bags for my daughter's party 7@$3.97=27.79 less $25 gift card I won=$2.79(+tax)
Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner $3 x2 - buy 1 get 1 free coupon= $1.50 /can
Srubbing Bubbles toilet bowl cleaner $3- $2 coupon=$1
Kraft Dressing $2-$1.50 Checkout51 rebate=50 cents
Classico pasta sauce $2 -$1.50 Checkout 51 rebate= 50cents
MM OJ carton $2- $1.50 Checkout 51 rebate=50 cents
1/2 and 1/2 cream $2

Carnation milk $1 can - $1 coupon from smuckers jam booklet FREE! (I use for baking and "cream" soups)
Kik Yogurt drink, a rare treat for the kids lunches 6@$.99 - 2X$1 coupon=66 cents/bottle
Reynolds staybrite cupcake liners(super cute! for DD's party) $2.49-$.50=$1.99

Schniders naturals frozen wings (nibbles for the birthday party) $8.99-$4printable sent to me in an email(one time print) $4.99
Small cans of flavoured tuna Clover leaf-88 cents, no name 77 cents



Giveaways that end soon

Have you entered these contests yet? If not you need to act quickly!

Ending Feb 22/2013 at 5PM Win a 3-pack of Juicy Couture fragrances Enter here

 Ending Feb 23/2013
 Win a Sephora Studio Cosmetic Set- 16 eye shadow trios & 15 shades of lipstick. In all there are 63 colours to choose from. Enter here


Butterball Turkey Thursday Giveaway

Butterball is at it again. From the Butterball Turkey Facebook page~

 "Butterball Fans! Stay tuned tomorrow for another Turkey Thursday Giveaway!!"

Hmm...maybe more turkey bacon?  We'll see tomorrow!


Free Lysol Foam Antibacterial HandSoap {mail-in rebate}

Purchase the new Lysol foam Hand soap and receive up to $4.29 plus taxes and postage back with THIS mail in rebate form.

Purchase must be made between Feb 9-March 18/2013 .

One rebate per individual, family or household.  Allow 6-8 week for delivery.


Kitchen Blunder that lead to Discovering something Super Yummy

Yesterday was Family day here in Ontario. We had the great pleasure of getting together with our friends and their kids. I made the kids a pizza party with a movie to watch and the adults got to enjoy a meal around the dining room table uninterrupted...... for the first time ever!

For dinner I made homemade Salisbury steak with onion gravy, crispy roasted potatoes and garlicky sauteed veggies.  I was a little stuck on what to make for dessert.  We don't eat dessert often but I think it's a must when company is dining with us.

I decided on oatmeal cookies.  I whipped up a batch with no problems,  I've made this basic recipe many times before.  They turned out terrible.  Dispite following the recipe exactly I ended up with cookies that were half risen and had gooey spots.  I tried one and they tasted like baking soda.  I thought I did something wrong!

I pitched the cookies and made a batch of "muffins that taste like donuts".  Once again, a recipe I have made many times but it didn't turn out.  I measured the baking soda very carefully but these little babies didn't taste like donuts, they tasted like baking soda.

Then my daughter said,"maybe something is up with the baking soda".  I think she was right, no more yellow box no name baking soda for me!

I pulled out a box of cake mix and made 2 dozen cupcakes.  I wanted to frost the cupcakes but I was out of icing sugar and the grocery stores were closed for the holiday.

I started looking on the internet for icing recipes using regular granulated sugar.  Boy, did I ever find a recipe!  It's called "The best frosting I've ever had' and it TRULY is!  It's not too sweet and it turned out light and fluffy.

I've never made a cooked icing but I am now a convert!  Who knew that flour, milk, butter, vanilla and granulated sugar would make the best icing ever.  Get the recipe here


New Kashi cereal & $2 Websaver coupon

I was recently sent a box of the new Kashi cereal Blueberry Oats Clusters and Flakes to try out. Like all Kashi products, this was a big hit at my house! My husband really, really likes cereal and blueberries are his most favourite fruit. This cereal is now one of his top breakfast choices.  The only problem with this ceral is only eating ONE portion :o).

From Kashi~ 
 Made with the perfect blend of natural ingredients, including whole grain oat clusters and sun-ripened blueberries, this cereal has a lot to love. Not only does it taste great, but each 1 cup serving of Kashi Blueberry Oat Clusters & Flakes offers 45 percent of the daily amount of fibre shown to help lower cholesterol – just in time for Heart Health Month. With 6 grams of protein per cup, the cereal is free of trans fats, low in saturated fat and has no artificial flavours or colours.

Right now Websaver has a $2 coupon (print or mail) available for ANY Kashi cereal.  Kashi usually goes on sale for $3.99-$4.49 a box so combine this coupon with a sale to get the best deal.



Free Cream of wheat Cinnamon Swirl! HURRY!

Visit Cream of Wheat on Facebook. They are giving away 10,000 cinnamon swirl cream of wheat free samples today!  

At 2:15PM EST there are 9,781 samples left, hurry to get yours!

" It's back for a limited time — Our Free Sample Giveaway! Request a sample of Cream of Wheat™ Cinnamon Swirl, a new flavor in our Variety Pack, http://on.fb.me/13zYpSm "



Last Chance to Win these Great Prizes!

Have you entered these contests ending in February?

Ending Feb 16/2013

 Win a Wilton Cupcake baking/decorating prize pack Enter here ends Feb 16/13

Ending Feb 17/2013
Win a Sephora prize pack Enter Here Ends Feb 17/2013

Ending Feb 18/2013
Walking Dead Season 1 & 2, Zombie Playing Cards, Edible Zombie Blood Energy Pack, Zombie Survival Guide, Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit  Enter Here Ends Feb 18/2013

Ending Feb 22/2013

Win a 3-pack of Juicy Couture fragrances Enter here Ends Feb 22/2013

Ending Feb 23/2013

Win a Sephora Studio Cosmetic Set- 16 eye shadow trios & 15 shades of lipstick. In all there are 63 colours to choose from.  Enter here  Ends Feb 23/2013

Other Deals available in February

Curves is offering a free, no obligation consultation for a limited time. A perfect time to check it out! This free offer is available to everyone~ current, past or new members.



A Sunny & Warm Holiday on a Budget

The recent dumping of snow we received has made me really regret not booking a warm weather getaway this winter!

 A few days ago we woke up to oodles of snow.  It was coming down so hard I couldn't see my neighbor's house!  The picture to the right shows about 2/3 of the snow we received.

Dear Florida, we miss you!

My family has visited Florida three times in the past five years.  We planned our first BIG family trip in 2007 followed by 2009 to Liki Tiki Village and last year to the Orange Lake Resort.  With the dollar being at par a Florida vacation was very affordable and still is!  At the time of our first visit my kid's were 6 and 7 so it was the perfect time to visit Disney!

How I saved money when booking my Vacation

Before I booked my first vacation I checked out the flight prices from a few nearby airports.  The difference between leaving from Toronto (YYZ) or Buffalo, NY (BUF) was staggering.  I knew that we would  be paying a bit more for direct flights but it was worth it.  Flying with the kids for the first time I didn't want to be worrying about connecting flights in February.

A direct flight (in 2007) from Toronto YYZ to Orlando MCO was $650.  A direct flight from Buffalo BUF to Orlando MCO was just under $200.  Since Buffalo is only an extra half hour drive for us it was definetly worth the extra drive to save about $1,800.

Harry Potter Village @ Universal...AMAZING!!
If you are flying out of Buffalo I highly, highly recommend JetBlue.  The first bag per person(within weight & size restrictions) is free, most other airlines charge $25 for your first bag(one way).  Everyone has their own TV, radio and lots of yummy snacks.  I even gave our flight attendant Dawn a shout out on twitter for her excellent customer service!  The kids had so many snacks it looked like a picnic and my husband and I could sit back and relax during the 2 1/2 hour flight.

Food!  Why are the kids always hungry?

Seriously, my kids are always hungry.  Before we head out on vacation I view the flyers for grocery stores near our hotel.  I have had good luck finding printable coupons for things like deli sliced lunch meats, cheeses, bread, crackers, cereal/cereal bars and juice. I always book a room with a kitchen or at least a kitchenette so we can make some of our own meals.

 Most days on vacation we will have cereal and milk with fruit or some sort of breakfast sandwich for breakfast.  For lunch, sandwiches of some sort fill the hunger gap with veggies and some fruit.  I always have extra fruits, whole grain crackers and cereal bars on hand to munch on.  I'm lucky, my family is very easy to please.

I don't always make dinner when we are on vacation, I need a break too!  Before leaving on holidays I will check out Groupon for restaurant deals near our destination.  Last year I purchased a Groupon for Lime Fresh, a mexican restaurant (we always eat here when we are in Orlando) and Giordano's Chicago Pizzaria.  I also recommend Cici pizza buffet for tasty pizzas, pasta, salad and desserts.   The staff is always very friendly and the price is right!
Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake

Park Tickets!

The first time we visited Florida we purchased our passes from the Disney store here in Canada.  The second time we vacationed in Florida we visited  Universal Studios.  I purchased my tickets online from OrlandoFunTickets and picked them up when we arrived in Orlando.  This was the best deal I found on tickets at that time.  In 2009 I purchased adult park hoppers passes buy 2 days get 2 day free to Universal for $135(+tax) and $122(plus tax) for one kid pass (ages 3-9).  In total $579.21 for four people for four days..  Not bad at $145/day for the whole family. Disney tickets are almost 2 -1/2 times the price of Universal Studios.

We have also visited the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Gatorland and Seaworld.  I recommend checking out the websites of places you would like to visit.  Sometimes they will offer discounts and coupons online.

Our Next Visit

We are definitely planning to visit Orlando next year, I can't wait!  The last time we visited we stayed at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake.  We LOVED it,  there is so much for the kids to do.  During our next trip I don't think we will be visiting  many theme parks, maybe a day at Busch Gardens in Tampa and a day at Universal Islands of Adventure(because it's our fave!)You can read about my last vacation here and here

If you are thinking about visiting Orlando you can order your FREE official Visit Orlando Vacation Planning Kit here!



Free McDonald's up for grabs

McDonald's Food Giveaway. Win 1 of 50 free McDonald's items, Ends March 20/2013
Enter Here>>>Win free McD's


Limited Time Free Offer from Curves

CurvesHave you ever wondered about Curves? For a limited time Curves is offering a free, no obligation consultation. A perfect time to check it out!

This free offer is available to everyone~ current, past or new members.

Check out Curves for FREE today! 



Let’s Talk Family Vacations – It’s A Twitter Party! #TCKF

It's a party and YOU are invited! The first Thomas Cook Tweet Chats is scheduled this Wednesday February 6th and again on February 9th @ 9pm EST.

Join your host Thomas Cook Travel (@thomascookca) along with blogger friends Candace Derickx (@Candace_Dx) from Life in Pleasantville and Corinne McDermott (@hvbabywilltrvl) from Have Baby Will Travel! to chat about all things family travel.

 To follow the twitter party use the hashtag #TCKF

There will be great prizes and great conversation – and here's another great thing!  A special $50 coupon for booking a vacation with Thomas Cook for all of you readers here at MoneySavingMomCanada.com!



Last Chance~Win a 42" Samsung Plasma TV OVER!

Last chance! Enter to win a 42" Samsung Plasma Television.  Contest Ends Feb 4/2013 at 5PM!

Enter here

Good Luck!