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Recently I’ve been introduced to two products that are making my life SO much easier more organized.

Item #1: P-touch Label Maker (by brother)


Here’s a few features that I’m loving:

• Large, easy-type keyboard and convenient top loading tape design. (seriously it took me a few minutes to figure it out – and trust me I’m challenged in this area)

• Large, graphical display which  lets you view text and layout before printing.

• Intuitive one-touch keys support quick, easy label formatting.

• Create detailed labels with up to 2 lines of text and graphics.

• Create labels for indoor or outdoor use. (very cool)

• Split back tapes for easy peel and stick. (easy peasy)

• Select the language of your choice

• 1-year limited warranty and free support for the life of your product.

I immediately used my labeller to help me organize my closet. Now I can find my upcoming Chanuka Decorations in seconds. #happydance


Plus I can find my cords in seconds. (how on earth did I accumulate so many cords?Don’t ask!!)brother-cords

Item #2 – A Mobile Colour Scanner (by brother)


As a sales rep, I’m always asked to scan forms and receipts back to head office. I hate to say it but it takes a whole whack of time when using the scan feature on my printer. Not to mention as a blogger, I’m also asked to sign the occasional contract and send it back to a publicist. Now I can use this handy printer that takes no space at all with no need to click, click, click  (you know what I mean)

Again, this scanner has some cool features:
• Scans up to 8 ppm in both colour and black&white
• Powerful software bundle including document and business card management programs.
• Compact and lightweight
• Powered via the included USB cable – no wall outlet required (HOW COOL IS THAT?)
• Easily scans documents, photos, plastic I.D. cards and more, from business card size up to 8.5″(W) x 32″(L)

I’m over the moon how small and compact this scanner is. The fact that it doesn’t require any batteries is a huge bonus!

Disclosure: Both items were provided to me, however all opinions are my own

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I’m off to the Mayan Riviera and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve had enough of “grey” Toronto!

This trip involves a few “firsts for me”, that I thought I would share.

-It was my first time using Trip Central to book a trip and it won’t be my last time either. Many thanks to my vacation expert Lawrence Solomon, this trip was booked in a heart beat. Lawrence got my attention when he said: “I check out hotels, like you check out restaurants”.

-It’s my first “Air Transat” all inclusive package

-It’s my first time travelling to the Mayan Riviera.

-It’s my first time packing so “light”. I simply threw in a few dresses, bathing suits, and shoes. The second bag contains my computer, tablet and stuff for the plane!

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So my bag is packed and of course it contains a few essentials:

-My Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf which I received on my 50th birthday gift and is the best gift-ever!! I wore it throughout my trip to Israel and Italy in April and will be travelling with it, once again.

mexico - scarf

-my Consonant travel size face wash and moisturizer. Love this brand so much that I must travel with it.

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-My Samsung tablet which has a ton of books on it as well as I’ve downloaded all my favourite magazines on Texture (which is the re-branded: Next Issue). I will never buy a magazine every again and never have to carry one in my carry-on either.

mexico - texture

Naturally I will be blogging about the property and the food, so make sure you come back and read my blog.

Happy Holidays!!


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I had the opportunity to visit the PC Insiders Collection Boutique last week, which is located at 363 King St. W (at the corner of Blue Jays Way and King St. W).  I had been following the hashtag #PCInsidersBoutique on Instagram so I had an idea what I was visiting but it was SO much better to experience it.

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Here’s 5 Reasons You Should Visit the PC Insiders Boutique:

1. There are 4 rooms and one room is nicer than the other.  I actually heard that they’ve been decorating the space since August. There’s 4 rooms in total with a theme of Dine, Brunch, Mingle and Gift.

This “Gift” Room put a smile on my face in a nano-second.

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2. You will be treated to yummy samples.  Specifically you will sample the PC® Insiders Collection™ line of products!!

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The Boutique features more than 70 new and innovative products that have been launched for the holiday season.  Here’s an example of some of the treats you will sample:

Black Forest Stuffed French Toast made with PC® The Decadent® Chocolate Cherry Loaf and the indulgent PC® Poutine Pie, along with new treats like PC® Speculoos Cookie Butter. You won’t be left disappointed.

3. It’s FREE. #sweet

4. It’s a fun activity to put you in the mood for the holidays.

5. You will go home with a gift!!

So head on over to 363 King St. W (corner of King St. W and Blue Jays Way) to experience the PC® Insiders Collection™ line of products in person at the President’s Choice® Insiders Collection™ Boutique. Please note that the Boutique closes on Dec 18th. So Hurry!!

For more information:


Facebook: President’s Choice

Twitter & Instagram: @PresChoice #PCInsidersCollection

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Are you looking for a “unique” gift? Well, Samba Days might be the answer!! Samba Days is all about giving a unique “Gift Experience”. Infact there are over 70 different experiences to choose from. There’s Body and Soul experiences, Golf experiences, Adventure Experiences and more.

Naturally I selected the  Gourmet Getaway Experience. I simply activated my gift card, picked the location for my Gourmet Get away and booked the date when I wanted to go.

Here's what the cards look like

Here’s what the cards look like

Pretty cool, if you ask me.

We chose to go to the Westover Inn which is located in St. Mary’s, Ontario.(about 2 hours away from Toronto). We could have selected from over 14 different properties throughout Ontario but this one caught our attention.

We weren’t disappointed with our Samba Day Gourmet Getaway experience at all! We were impressed with the property, the accommodations and the food!!

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My dinner consisted of a beautiful 4 course dinner – Spinach Salad, Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pancetta with a Roasted Pear Vinaigrette, an amuse bouche, Grilled Beef Striploin with Dark Ale and Madagascar Peppercorns with Roasted Fingerlings Potatoes and a warm apple tart for dessert! Could not complain.

My breakfast was equally as delicious. It was difficult to chose from the menu as there were so many delicious sounding options!

Seriously…if you are looking for a unique gift….please consider Samba Days!

For more information:

Samba Days: 1 888 95 SAMBA

Disclosure: I was approached by Samba Days to experience one of their gift cards. However all opinions in this blog post are my own.

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Back in November, my parents celebrated their 50th anniversary. This was a BIG deal and I wanted to mark this special occasion with the right gift. I knew how much my parents loved personalized gifts and wanted to give them one of those “special photo books”but I didn’t have the TIME or the SKILLS to do it. (in that order)

Then I had one of those “aha” moments. I called up an acquaintance (Susan) that I’ve known in the school yard for the last 14 years who did this as a business. She was all too happy to help me out. All I had to do was drop off photos at her house and she would do the rest.  Not to mention the photo book would be directly mailed to my parents in Ottawa, just in time for their anniversary.

My parents were thrilled with their personalized gifts and I was thrilled with this service.

My special parents!

The photo album contained some nostalgic photos:

That’s me in the blue overalls

There were some recent photos as well that I included:

My mom = a ton of laughs

I am so lucky to have such cool parents and to witness their amazing marriage. They are truly amazing individuals and amazing as a couple as well.

If you want to get in touch with Susan to help you make this type of personalized gift, here’s how you can reach her:

Susan Yalowsky
Photo Solutions Consultant, Reconnecting You With Your Memories!
P.S. It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentines Gifts (#justsayin’)



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