Shopping


I love a good sale. Who doesn’t? I have been faithful to some of my sample sales for five years and will NOT miss the sale under any circumstance. I will share all this information with you too. Don’t ya worry.

Jun
23

Indigo recently opened the world’s first cultural department store for booklovers at CF Sherway Gardens. It offers a fully immersive experience, including a cross-section of ‘shops-within-a-shop’ with seamless integration of books and lifestyle products, all merchandised to inspire and delight.

The store is 33,000 sqf and quite impressive!!

indigo - merchandising

This magazine selection blew me away. Can’t remember the last time I saw this type of selection.

indigo - magazines

The merchandising at this particular Indigo is also brilliant. If you are looking for any gift for any occasion – this would be store you should go to.

Need a cottage gift? A hostess gift? A birthday gift? A teachers gift? There’ s no shortage of options.

indigo - gift

While at the event I managed to muster up the courage to ask Heather Reisman for a photo.

indigo- heather

After taking the photo with her, I noticed this amazing wall with Heather’s Picks.

indigo - heather picksOne book in particular that grabbed my attention was this book. I liked the name of the book and the tag line too!!

indigo- book

Happy Reading!!

PS what are you reading these days?

For more information

CF Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, Toronto ON

Indigo

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Jun
19

When I was pregnant (back in 1998), a lot of my friends gave me this piece of advice: Do NOT buy a diaper bag.

I actually listened to this piece of advice and instead I bought this particular knapsack in 1998.

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It was indeed a great piece of advice and I loved this knapsack for decades. It got me thru two pregnancies, day trips, numerous flights, festivals and events.

Fast forward to 2016. It was time to upgrade my knapsack to this gorgeous beauty by WillLand Outdoors. I love the shape, the straps, and the colour too.

knapsack - new

Check out their range of backpacks by clicking here. They also have luggage/travel backpacks and backpacks for exercise and sports. Not to mention camping accessories too.

Who are WillLand Outdoors? They are a company that believes in the combination of QUALITY, DURABILITY, and SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. I love their commitment to: NO QUESTIONS ASKED WARRANTEE, and their determination to keep all of their customers happy with a 100% HAPPINESS SATISFACTION GUARANTEE.

Not to mention they are a Canadian Company. #supportlocal.

Can’t wait to use it as I envision myself going on a few day trips over the summer and I know this backpack will come in handy!

Website: www.WillLandoutdoors.com

Disclosure: The backpack was provided to me, however all opinions are my own.

 

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Apr
14

The 2016 William Ashley Warehouse Sale is taking place April 15th to 20th and I swear this is one sale you don’t want to miss. How can you say no to 30.000 sqf of shopping? I know I can’t.

WA - sign

Prices and selection are nothing short of fabulous at this warehouse sale.. Therefore I was eager to grab my trolley and start shopping as I totally scored, the last time I went to this warehouse sale.

WA - trolley

There’s plenty of home decor, china, bedding, bathroom accessories, Mother’s Day gifts, Bridal Gifts, China (of course), kitchen stuff and more!!

WA - decor

More proof:

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In less than an hour I managed to buy two tablecloths, two napkins (of course), two sets of placements,  some serving bowls, stunning placemats and 6 gorgeous glasses. I totally scored. #LoveThisSale. Note: I really did want to buy more but I have limited storage space. (le sigh)

WA - my bucket

This is what you need to know:

William Ashley Warehouse – 111 Creditview (Hwy 400 and Langstaff) Vaughan, Ontario

Friday April 15 from 10 to 8

Saturday April 16 from 10 to 6

Sunday April 17 from 10 to 6

Monday April 18 from 10 to 8

Tuesday April 19 from 10 to 8

Wednesday April 20 from 10 to 8

Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card, however all opinions are my own.

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Apr
11

I’ve heard of a Man Cave before but I’ve never heard of a She-Shed till I attended the Lowes Spring/Summer Media Preview.

The concept of a She-Shed is nothing short of brilliant. A relaxing shed designed for women – complete with soothing colours, comfy pillows and magazines.

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It took me a nano second to jump into the she-shed and make myself comfortable.

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At the preview I noticed a few other items that are now on my “dream-list”. For example, this rectangular fireplace caught my attention.

lowes - fireplace

Also, this fire pit which is perfect for making amores.  #want

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Not to mention this STUNNING cabana.

lowes - cabana

Patio trends for the 2016 season include: Nautical, Natural Beauty, Culture Trek and Recolonial. Please click on this link here to find out more about Patio Trends at Lowe’s.

Also feel free to follow them on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lowes_Canada

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/lowes_canada/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LowesCanada/

Hashtag: #EscapetoLowes

 

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Mar
20

I’ve recently discovered a few new items that I would like to share with you. Believe it or not, they are not food related items. Surprised ya, right?

These are items that can now be found in my bathroom! (still surprised, right?).

1. Tangle Teezer Blow Styling Brush (available at Sephora, Select Hudson’s Bay and Urban Outfitters)

product- brush

This hair brush is pretty awesome. Its light weight and I like how it “feels” in my hand. No joke… they spent two years of research and development to develop this brush.

2. Makeup Eraser (available at Sephora)
Say good bye to those eye remover products. All you need is this amazing product and some water. Bingo – my make up is now removed. This product was given to me as a gift and indeed it was the perfect gift for me. I’m now packing this magical product on all future trips.

True Story: I left it at a hotel en route to New York and on the way back I returned to the hotel to pick it up. That’s how much I like this product.

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3. Kinky-Curl
My sister (who also has curly hair) is a curly-hair-product– maven. I really do trust her when she says “buy this”. So I bought it (as did my cousin who was visiting from overseas) and let’s just say that my curls are very very happy. The conditioner does magical things with my knots and the custard keeps my curls ..curly without frizziness or feeling stiff. Hope that makes sense. If you have curly hair you will know exactly what I mean.kinky

product - kinky-curly
4. ELABLOOM

ELABLOOM was founded in 2011 by two partners that recognized the need to develop quality, affordable personal care products in the marketplace. So they created a lineup of unique products for your face and body. Lately I’ve been using a few of their facial products and I like how they smell and I like how they feel on my face too.

products - elabloom

Have you discovered any great beauty product these days? Do share.

Disclosure: some of these products were provided to me, however all these opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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Mar
17

My life looks like this:

a) My kitchen has been in the process of being renovated since Feb. 10th. Last week the counter, sink and faucet were installed and let me tell you – this was a big deal as I had been washing dishes in my bathroom for 3 weeks. Still need to decide on the back splash and the paint colour but I’m 98% done and I’m really (really) happy with my new kitchen.

life - kitchen

b) I went to the Saks Off 5th VIP Preview Party at Vaughan Mills. What made this event special was the fact that my daughter was the first customer (insert applause). Super impressed with this store…brands/price/selection and will definitely return to Vaughan Mills again.

life - saks

c) It just dawned on me that I need to get my snow tires removed. So much to do and so little time.

d) I bought this heirloom tomato (for slightly over $5). I normally am pretty careful with my $$ but I was excited when the store owner told me that it was his first shipment of the season and just bought it without thinking. I’m going to cut it up over the weekend and eat it with  St. Albert Cheese Curds. Not a bad plan, right?

life - tomato

e) I’ve successfully pre-planned my upcoming birthday weekend and will be heading to Niagara Falls to do something I’ve never done before. Believe it or not, I’ve never stayed overnight in Niagara Falls.  Now I can scratch that off my bucket list. Stay tuned for a blog post.

f) I’ve been planning a dinner crawl with another foodie couple for Saturday April 9th. The plan is to head to Boralia for mussels, then hit Wenona Craft Beer Lounge for BBQ’ed meat  (and craft beer, of course) and then head to another restaurant for dessert. I can’t wait.

life - boralia

Photo – courtesy of the internet

g) Finally got a PVR and can’t wait to start taping The French Open. I’m-a-tennis-junkie-and-I-am=proud.. #lifechanger.

h) I have a mental list running thru my head of all the stores I want to check out that have recently opened. My list looks like this:

H & M Home at Eaton Centre

Simons at Square One

-Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s at Sherway Gardens

The question is WHEN? LOL.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

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Jan
20

Fact: This is the first year I have ever bought winter tires. (insert: applause)

winter - tire

It felt like the right thing to do seeing as I spend quite a bit of time on the roads as a sales rep. Plus I understand that I can save money on my insurance if I have winter tires. (note to self: call my insurance provider tomorrow).

I explored getting my winter tires from Costco or getting my tires from Canadian Tire.

Here’s what happened at Costco:

-I approached the friendly clerk who told me that I had to go online and book an appointment or come back at 6:30 am.

Here’s what happened at my local Canadian Tire (Lawrence and the Allen).

-I approached the friendly clerk who told me he could change my tires on the spot.

Guess who got my business? I left Canadian Tire in less than an hour with 4 new winter tires on my car.

YAY!!

Seeing as I’m writing about Canadian Tire, I want to mention that I’ve had several great experiences buying merchandise at this store. For example: During the summer, I bought camping equipment and a few things I needed from their kitchen department as well.

Thanks Canadian Tire for providing such great service. I’m seriously loving my new winter tires.

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Jan
14

I’m a huge believer in purchasing items second hand. At one my point in my life, I even owned a children’s consignment store).

Recently I was introduced to Tradyo, which allows you to buy and sell locally, and communicate via in-app chat engine. I really think that this chat engine is a cool feature!!  Users can  also set alerts for the items they are looking for and set the distance they are will to travel to get the item.  #loveit.

Even better? Tradyo has one of the first VIDEO listings tool. Users can make 15-second video ads, demonstrating the usability and quality, of the items want to sell.

Seriously, Tradyo has thought of everything.

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They even have an app for iPhone and Android users (that’s your cue to go download the app now).

I don’t know about you but I’ve got probably a dozen items that I could post at the moment. Stuff that’s just sitting around that I’m not using and just taking up space. Know what I mean?

For example, my Tassimo hasn’t been used in years.

tradyo  - tassimo

This glass tea pot that I bought on the Shopping Channel a decade ago (total impulse buy) hasn’t been used in years either. In fact I’m pretty sure I only used it once.

tradyo - tea

NewsFlash: You will get a guaranteed $25 Starbucks gift card if you post 10 items or more with #momwhoruns. Just post your items on Tradyo and place the hashtag where indicated. (see image below)

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Website: www.tradyo.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tradyo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tradyo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tradyo/

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, however all opinions are my own.

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Aug
05

A few years ago, I discovered Fluevog while walking thru the Distillery District.  I was instantly a fan. I knew that one day I would own a pair and guess what? This past week, I not only bought one pair but two pairs!!

fluevog - bag

I found out thru Social Media that they were opening up a new store at 686 Queen St and that there would be some additional savings over the weekend.  I’m all about savings so I put it in my calendar to drop by the new store.

Here’s what was in that gigantic Fluevog bag!! Note: If I were super savvy I would do a YouTube Unboxing Video. In the meantime, here’s some photos…LOL

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I’m in love with the colour, the laces, and the entire design of the boot!

Seeing as I found a boot, I had to find a pair of shoes to purchase too. Don’t you love how I rationalize my shopping purchases?

fluevog - shoes

I love the heel, the colour and basically everything about this shoe.

Here’s more about the Fluevog story: John Fluevog is an independent designer and retailer of forward thinking footwear, since 1970. There are Fluevog stores in Chicago, Boston, New York, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Denver, Washington, San Francisco…and the list goes on!!

Not only am I a fan of his shoes but I adore his marketing too:

fluevog - marketing

Happy Shopping!!

For more information:

Www.fluevog.com

Twitter; @fluevog

Instagram: @fluevog

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fluevog

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Mar
05

I think Spring is around the corner! :-)  There’s evidence that the snow is melting and this makes me smile!!

I’m also happy to report that Spring has arrived at Loblaws too! Soon you will see these gorgeous Spring items on the shelves. I don’t know about you but I really think PC, Life at Home and Everyday Essential products, nail it when it comes to price point and design.

I have a feeling know I will be purchasing these items, very very soon!

Here’s a few items that are on my wish list:

a) Yes – these plates have my name on them!  Sooo pretty. Soooo colourful.

spring - table

b) See this black table? Well it’s $69 and the perfect size for my balcony. Not to mention it will come in handy as a buffet when I entertain.

spring - blacktable

c) This water bottle is the perfect size for me to DRINK MORE WATER. I love the handle, the size of it, the giant straw and the fact that it will keep my water cool too.

spring - water

d) Last but not least, I adore this platter. It’s perfect for taco night.  Each container will soon be filled with sour cream, chopped lettuce, salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese and black beans.

spring - taco night

Hope you have as much fun shopping for PC products or Life at Home products as I will.

See you at the Real Canadian Superstore!!

 

 

 

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