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.

Jan
20

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

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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?

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Dec
21

I have a feeling that there’s more than a few people out there still looking for last minute gift ideas. Here’s a few suggestions:

FOR ANYONE:  A Gift Card or A Membership to Ripleys Aquarium. This is one special attraction that is sure to delight any one at any age! PS they are opened all year long. Did you know that?

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FOR THE BUSY MOM: May I suggest the Hamilton Beach Dual Sandwich Maker?  Just put in a few ingredients, plug it in the wall and push a button. After a few minutes you will have an amazing warm and satisfying sandwich.

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FOR THE STUDENT: What about a gift card from Aroma Espresso Bar, for their decadent hot chocolate or delicious sandwiches? Can’t go wrong.

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FOR YOUR PARENTS: a customized photo calendar. I’ve done this several times and it’s ALWAYS a hit.

FOR YOU..hee hee..nothing like treating yourself. (I’m a big believer, can you tell?). …can you say SPA? What are you waiting for? Just go. Some of my favorite spas include: Body Blitz, Ste. Anne’s and Healthwinds. PS the Korean Family Spa is open all year long.

FOR ANYONE: a subscription to NextIssue or Netflix. I think both of these gifts are perfect for anyone. NextIssue has 180 Magazines for only $9.99 a month. #loveit

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FOR THE FOODIE:  A SodaStream is going to compliment any kitchen. I promise. I’m loving the new sleek design and how easy it is to use. Anyone I know who has a SodaStream, loves it. #justsayin’

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FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING: Just head to www.Etsy.ca .there is something for EVERYONE on this special website.

FOR THE TECHIE: I’m in love with my Samsung Galaxy S5  and they will be too! I switched over from my iPhone 5 in a nano second and haven’t regretted the decision. Best features: the camera rocks and the fact that I’m not required to put in a password when downloading a new app or music is a HUGE bonus!

Happy Last Minute Shopping!!

 

 

 

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Nov
18

I finally went to the William Ashley Warehouse Sale. Hip Hip Hooray!! Many of my friends have gone to this sale and now I know why!

This year they’ve moved to a bigger space that features 30,000 square feet of shopping, with over one million items up for sale. There’s more to the sale than William Ashley’s signature china and dishware – there’s home décor, fashion items, candles, bath toiletries, even gourmet food.

See what I mean? Take a peek at the layout….

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This new location has another bonus!  Shoppers get to wait inside – and not in a heated tent!

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I walked thru the aisles and saw SO many different items that I wanted to purchase but all I kept thinking was “where am I going to put it”.

 

ashley - decisionspots It wasn’t easy to decide what to buy. But I did it!!

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-some colourful plates (for my blog of course)

-a candle that is going to crackle when lit (I’m a sucker for things like that),

-a few red small bowls that I’m going to use for an upcoming cheese fondue party

-some place mats that I really don’t need but I LOVE

-a brie maker (again for the cheese fondue party).

-candle holders that I know Im going to enjoy. One can’t have enough candle holders, right?

So here’s what you need to know:

William Ashley Warehouse Sale 111 Creditview Rd, Vaughan ON

Website: http://www.williamashley.com/warehousesale/

Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri. 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK! #Justsayin….

Happy Shopping!

Disclosure: I was provided a gift card to shop at this sale however all opinions are my own

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Nov
07

I’ve been wearing the same running shoes since 2011 (here’s the blog post  that was written in Feb 2011 ). I can’t believe I haven’t bought running shoes since 2011. Can’t explain it. At. All.

So last week, I went to Sport Chek  (2529 Yonge St, 416 932 9604) to fix this problem! I was super excited to hear that there’s two hours of complimentary VALET Parking available at this particular location. Sweet.

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I was also excited to try out their FREE GAIT ANALYSIS. I’ve never done this before but it involved running (barefoot) on a treadmill for a minute.

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Then my gait was analyzed using fancy technology. See the green lines with numbers on it? This is useful information so that I can run more efficiently and determine the best pair of running shoes for my running style. (err..shuffling style)

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After trying on three different brands, I finally decided on these new running shoes. (Asics – in the event you want to know the brand).

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I also walked away with several exercises so that I can run more better and pointers so that I can run more efficiently.

Sport Chek is definitely worth visiting if you are in the market for a new pair or running shoes. Don’t forget them for your holiday shopping needs too!

For More Information:

Website: www.sportchek.com

Twitter: @sportchekcanada

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

Disclosure: Sport Chek generously provided me with a pair of running shoes however all opinions are my own.

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Sep
03

Tastemakers Lounge was the first Canadian owned gift suite and it takes place during TIFF. It was founded in 2005 by Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski (Rock-It Promotions) and Lessa Butler (founder of Divine Lab) and this year they are celebrating 10 years!!

Tastemakers Lounge has long been a hotspot for local and International Talent ie. Brad Pitt, Woody Harrelson, Sarah Polley, Samual L Jackson and more.

It’s also open to the media…Lucky Me!!  Therefore, I was taken on a tour of the Lounge which featured products from Brita, Lush, Sorel, Danier Leather, Piloti, Tonia DeBellis, olive + piper, Consonant Skin Care (LOVE their products), Calvin Klein REVEAL and more! Most of these brands I was familiar with but some of them were new and now on my radar!!

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One company in particular caught my attention. …Rise Gear.  They have a very cool product called RISE Jumper Carry-On Bag. This is a Toronto Based company that has created the perfect piece of luggage. I have a feeling I will be using this bag on future weekend trips to Ottawa!!

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I was thrilled to see that Sorel has branched out and now offer stylish boots as well as heavy duty winter boots! I’m now looking forward to winter as I’m the proud owner of these Sorels (called Joan of Arctic – don’t you love it!!). Finally my feet are going to be warm this winter. Can’t wait!

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I was delighted to be able to help Tastemakers Lounge celebrate their 10th anniversary! Here’s to 10 more!!

For more information:

Hashtag: #Tastemakers10

Twitter: @rockitpromo

Instagram: @rockitpromo

Facebook: Tastemakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
25

I don’t know about you but I never seem to carry cash anymore. This drives my mom crazy – however I keep telling her “why do I need cash? I have an Interac card and almost everyone accepts Interac”. Truth be told, the only time I take out cash is for my manicures.

A while ago I received an Interac Flash card – (it has a little ” Wave” symbol on the front of the card) and this enables me to just flash my card at the point-of-sale reader. I adore the convenience and use use my Interac Flash card for all those small purchases – even a coffee.

In fact I remember the day when Tim Hortons started to accept Interac. I was so happy about this news – that I even blogged about it. (click here to read that blog post)

Last week I was invited to an event that was hosted by a wonderful team at Interac and learned a thing or two (or three) that I would like to share with you about  Intertac Flash – specifically about the safety of this technology.

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  •  Interac Flash has all the security features of Interac Debit, plus added security features – like spending limits – to protect you from theft or fraud. Some of the security features include:
  • Each Interac Flash transaction is unique and cannot be copied
  •  Interac Flash leverages EMV-based secure chip processing instead of magnetic stripe technology to protect against electronic pick-pocketin
  •   PIN authentication is required when your spending limits are reached (this resets the limits)

I’m a huge believer in technology and have embraced Interac e-transfers, Interac Flash and online banking…as much as I can. It makes my life SO much easier and more convenient.

The hashtag below is truly the way I live now…I’m paying in a flash with my Interac Flash for coffee, for froyo, and more!!

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I might have been apprehensive about paying for a coffee on my Interac debit card a few years ago – but no longer have those feelings. I truly believe that it’s perfectly acceptable these days. Dont’ you?

PS this blog post is sponsored however all my opinions are my own.

 

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Nov
06

This Sample Sale only opens to the public twice a year and it’s well worth visiting. Seriously.

Advantages:

1. You get the chance to buy your clothes 6 months in advance. This means, when I go to the sample sale in November, I’m buying my Spring clothes and when Spring (finally) arrives….I’m set to go.

2. You save $$$. Lots of it. Sample Sale prices are  wholesale.

3. You will always look unique as there is only ONE of each item at the Sample Sale. I have only bumped into two people in 8 years who were wearing the same piece I had bought at the sample sale (sadly…they bought it retail at a very different price).

4. It’s held in a showroom where the staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. I love asking them for advice and they have never steered me wrong.

Disadvantages:

1. Sample Sales are best suited if you are a size 6, 8, or a 10.

2. A lot of people can’t get their head around the fact that they are buying Spring Clothes in the Winter or their Winter Clothes in the Spring. I have no problem with this. (clearly)

Here’s a small example of SOME of the clothes I purchased in November 2011. (click here for more photos of what I purchased)

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Here’s a few of the WINTER merchandise I bought in April 2012. It’s hard to see the details of these blouses and sweaters but trust me….there’s detail. I bought another 6 pieces but I didn’t want to take too many selfies and I didn’t want to bore you.

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This years sample sale is taking place on Monday Nov. 11th, Tuesday Nov. 12,  & Wednesday Nov 13. All the details you need to know can be found on the flyer below.

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I will be there on Monday morning at 10 am sharp. Hope to see you there too.

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