Monthly Archives: December 2013

FREE Movie ‘Hugo’ Download today on iTunes.. Day 6 of ‘Apple’s 12 Days of Giving’


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I’ve been out of the loop for a few days now suffering from post-Christmas syndrome, but look what I just found! I know we’ve already missed a few days, but I always say, better late than never… and can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings! 

Apple is running a “12 Days of Gifts” giveaway which started December 26 and continues daily through January 6. They are offering users samples of a variety of content, including songs, apps, books, movies from across Apple’s digital stores. 

Click here to read more and dowload the actual 12 Days of Gifts app.. 

12 Days of Gifts is a universal app available for free in the App Store.  

Day 6 is Martin Scorsese’s movie ‘Hugo’ on iTunes US/Canada. It is described as ‘a magical world of spectacular adventure! When wily and resourceful Hugo discovers a secret left by his father, he unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place he can call home. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese invites you to experience a thrilling journey that critics are calling “the stuff that dreams are made of.” *Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE’

Hugo is 2 hours and 6 minutes long, and is available in 4.31GB 720p and 1.85GB SD downloads. Apple also gives away an iTunes Extras behind-the-scenes feature on the film, which includes interviews with cast and crew.

CLICK HERE to download the movie… 

You Can Ring My Bell! Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Helps Local Families



I am a huge supporter of the Salvation Army and the good work they do in communities across Canada, so when I had the opportunity to help the Kitchener Waterloo branch out with their annual kettle campaign I was delighted to get involved.  Nationally they do incredibly good work helping those in need and locally, they helped 17,1113 adults and 10,982 children alone in their 2012 food assistance program. (read about their entire list of programs below). Every community across Canada has a branch so find the one in your hometown to find out what they are doing and where the kettles are located.

I am consistently amazed by people’s generosity as they drop donations in my kettle and this experience has truly filled my heart and restored my faith in humanity.My experience on the kettle has been incredibly heart warming. I have heard some touching stories from people from all walks of life who’ve been helped by acts of kindness from the Salvation Army at some point in their lives.  Some stories are recent, some are from 20 years ago when they were going through a rough patch, and some stories stretch back as far as World War II. But the common thread in all of these stories is the permanent impact the Sally Ann had on each individual which now compels them to tell others how much they love this organization and their need to give back.


Cutest little Santa came to visit me in the mall and put in his donation.

When you give to a kettle in Waterloo Rgion, EVERY penny raised in these kettle stays in Waterloo Region to help local families and individuals in need. The Salvation Army also has a wonderful track record with more than 90% of all fundraising going directly to help those who really need it …. not wasted on administrative and overheard costs like some charities. Here is a list of some of the local projects your donation will help support:

  • Emergency food, clothing and furniture – assist families & singles with food and clothing in emergency situations
  • Daily bread program – free bread and food items to those stretching their budgets – In 2012 they helped 254,726 people
  • Summer camps – sending children age 7 – 17 to provincial camps
  • Computer lab & classes – basic and advanced MS Office courses for adults
  • Pre-employment course for women – job readiness course
  • Share the Warmth coat program – free winter wear for those who need it.. in 2012 they distributed 1344 adult & 1095 child coats along with 1360 winter wear items and 664 pairs of footwear
  • Toys & Food Drive at Christmas -working with the Christmas bureau to assist families with toys and special food needs for Christmas… in 2012 – 21,987 toys distibuted and 2167 families helped
  • Operation Outreach Street Ministry -community vehicle street ministry (food/drinks) 3623 people helped in 2012
  • Regional Emergency & Disaster Response Member
  • Women’s Support Groups
  • Spiritual/Chaplaincy Services
  • ‘Back-to-School’ Program
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • kettleshot100s

    Best day ever on the kettle! Not one — but TWO crisp $100 bills dropped in on the sly by a nice gentleman who didn’t even stop to chat…


This is a huge undertaking across the Waterloo Region with 17 kettles running at any given moment across the area all run by dedicated team of 0f volunteers young and old.  Even if you can spare as little as 3 hours to help run a kettle for one shift, please contact the coordinator Bob D at 519 581 7392. Every little bit helps. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

My Kettle theme song.. a little disco hit called RING MY BELL.

DUDE!!! Pipes & Rails Skateboard Competition is today – Sat Dec 14th! FREE EVENT


Pipes and Rails

Happening today .. for some indoor warm fun for the skateboarder in you life…you can either enter or just go watch! PRIZES! For youth of all ages and abilities.   Click here for official poster.. 

I don’t often find events suitable for the teen crowd and especially for boys so here is a good one!

2013 Skateboard Pipes & Rails Competition
Saturday, December 14th, 2013
3:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Duncan McIntosh Centre, 200 Christopher Drive, Cambridge, Ont
Registration begins at 3:00pm. Open to all ages. Some prizes will be awarded.

Home Depot Christmas Building Workshop Sat Dec 14


The latest in this monthly free workshop series at your local Home Depot.  This cute snowman napkin holder would make a lovely homemade gift for someone on your list. Merry Christmas everyone!

This Saturday December 14 at The Home Depot another free kids workshop with a cute snowman napkin holder 

 Build a Snowman Napkin Holder

Snowman Napkin Holder…

  • Come build The Home Depot’s spectacular Tabletop Ship!

Build a Snowman Napkin Holder

Workshop Duration: 2 Hours



In celebration of the Holiday season, kids will learn how to build a snowman napkin holder with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

  • A great hands-on free activity for children ages 4-12
  • Kids will learn how to build a snowman napkin holder
  • Offered at your local Home Depot stores between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.
  • One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

Workshop Duration: 2 Hours

Click here to register online.only takes about 2 minutes!

Another fabulous & FREE kids project brought to you by The Bargain Huning Momma!

‘See It First’ Presents FREE tickets to see preview of “Saving Mr Banks” TONIGHT Waterloo Galaxy!


This one is for the movie lovers!!! 

SeeItFirst Codes

Be one of the first people in Canada to see Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” by getting your complimentary tickets for tonight’s advance screening right here through See It First! 

TONIGHT in Waterloo or Ottawa at 7pm! 

Register NOW!! Can’t make tonight’s movie? No problem! Join anyways and get on the list for the next one! 


START THE CAR! IKEA Midnight Madness Sale Friday December 13th! 50% Off Hundreds of Items!



Start the Car Ikea

This is a classic commercial from IKEA that still makes me laugh!!

IKEA Canada Midnight Madness is happening this Friday! Shop in-store only for these deals at IKEA stores across Canada Friday December 13th, 2013 to take advantage of hot deals with up to 50% off hundreds of items Midnight Madness! The IKEA winter Sale will kick off this Friday with amazing offers at IKEA’s Midnight Madness.

Sale runs from 6pm to Midnight.


Find you local IKEA and shop until you drop during Ikea’s Midnight Madness Sale this Friday December 13th! Here is a sneak peak of what Midnight Madness sales might come to your area..

Here are the Ontario Midnight Madness Items that will be on sale at Ikea

This is happening cross Canada but sale items vary by Ikea…

Find you local IKEA and shop until you drop during Ikea’s Midnight Madness Sale this Friday December 13th!  

Here is a link to the Burlington store.. the closest one to Waterloo Region shoppers.. 


Just for fun.. this is a funny commercial.. an oldie but a goodie.. from IKEA…

50% Off – Lots of Last Minute Gift Ideas at The Record/Guelph Mercury Auction NOW ON!


Some good deals to be had in this auction.. or finish up your Christmas shopping!


Bidding starts today at 9 a.m.
Waterloo Region Record &
The Guelph Mercury present

Our Annual Holiday Event

Over 40 Local Advertisers are participating in this year’s event.
This is your opportunity to buy the perfect gift for someone you know.
The event starts this morning at 9 a.m. and wraps up on the evening of
Friday, December 13th.Click here for Waterloo Region Record items

Take Your Kids to a Bookstore FREE Community Event Saturday, December 7th at Kitchener’s New Wilson Education Centre!




Looking for a fun, warm & interactive indoor activity tomorrow (Sat Dec 7th)?  Why not pay a visit to Kitchener’s newly opened Wilson Education Centre on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 and check out more than just their awesome bookstore… you can also visit their activity rooms and enjoy activities all about books!

While you are there, be sure to say to the awesome Sandra who is truly passionate about learning. Ask her about all the interesting classes coming up at the Centre such as DNA Class, Music & Rhythm, Christmas Crafts for Kids, Parent Forum, Painting & Pottery, Story Time, Lego Club, Babysitting Class, Red Cross PeopleSavers and more! Find out how you become a member or give the gift of learning for Christmas to someone on your list.

  • Find out how books are made!
  • Make your own bookmark or mini-book!
  • Browse the bookstore! 
The Wilson Education Centre is a community of students, parents, teachers and friends sharing and learning together. Come and be a part of our community, have some fun, and enjoy learning too!
This is a free community event!

178 Victoria St. S

Kitchener, On

3 of my favourite FREE Holiday Family Events this weekend in Waterloo Region! Live Nativity Story & Christkindl Market & An Amazing Christmas Concert!


2009 Pageant Cast

Well the pre-Christmas holiday celebrations are now in full swing with only 2 1/2weeks until the BIG DAY, what are you waiting for? This weekend is really loaded with some great events to get you in the spirit of the season…between the Christkindl Market in Kitchener City Hall,  the Bethany Nativity Scene and a lovely holiday concert in Bloomingdale I know I will be one busy lady! I am sharing this information on my top picks for this weekend with the hopes that you or someone you know might enjoy them too! So pass it on and have a wonderful weekend.

Pick #1 – 18th Annual Bethany Live Nativity Christmas Pageant

WHERE – Bethany Church – 160 Lancaster Ave Kitchener (between Krug Street and Frederick near Centre in the Square area)

December 6, 7 & 8th-  2013

3 FREE Shows Nightly at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm

This pageant really has it all and if you have not seen it, you should totally go. You will be amazed by the detail and effort this church puts into this show which retells the story of Christmas right from the bible. There is a cast of 145 volunteers wearing elaborate costumes and the show also features 40 live animals and a fantastic set and props. You actually feel like you are in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve watching the birth of baby Jesus.

This show is appropriate for anyone of any age and children in particular will be captivated by this incredible show. I know many local people who attend the show every year and have made it part of their Christmas tradition. Why not start a new tradition this year and check it out?

Some important details: 

* Presented outside in our Church parking lot.

* Bleacher seating so dress accordingly

*Optional inside seating also available with live video feed.

* Refreshments to follow inside the church.

* Get there about 15-20 minutes before the show to get a good seat and the entire show lasts about 20 minutes.

* The show is the church’s gift to the community but if you are so inclined to donate items for the Food Bank they will be accepted.


For more information visit:


Pick #2 – 5th Annual Koininia Church – “Christmas in Concert”

Pick #2 – Koininia Church – “Christmas in Concert”

4 FREE shows to enjoy!

Saturday December 7th 4pm or 7pm


Sunday December 8th – 4pm and 7pm

Inside Koininia Church, Bloomingdale, Ontario

NEW THIS YEAR!!!  A Woodstock show – Sunday December 15th at 7pm

Two years ago, upon the suggestion of a close friend, our family headed out to Bloomingdale to this free concert expecting a nice family evening. What we didn’t expect was to be blown away by the level of talent and professionalism of the musicians, the choirs, singers and the production as a whole. It was like something you would pay to see at the Centre in the Square – I kid you not – it is that good. The show far exceeded all of our expectations and we are now making it an annual tradition.

I can’t say enough good things about this show and most importantly, it filled my heart with joy and we all left the show feeling inspired and reminded of the real reason for the season and totally in the Christmas mood. It was fun, inspiring, and extremely entertaining. While it was held in a church and some of the songs were spiritual, this was not a religious show and I strongly encourage ANYONE to go no matter what your faith or beliefs. You will never feel uncomfortable and the congregation was so welcoming and kind — a really lovely experience. Our children, who were only 3, 5 and 10 at the time were captivated and sat quietly through the entire show.  Since going, we have now taken other families along and every one of them falls in love with this concert and makes it a new tradition. This year, there will be 6 families and all our kids taking in the show for about 30 people!

On their website, the church describes the show  ’an annual celebration of the best of Christmas music -a classy, nostalgic concert full of the joy of Christmas! With dance, live band & orchestra and a powerful choir, you’ll hear some of your favourite songs of the season from heart-touching ballads to swinging classics.’ Click on the video below to see a little commercial..

Choose from 5 FREE performances for the whole family on Saturday or Sunday in Bloomingdale or new this year, they have added a Woodstock show on Dec 15th.  Bloomingdale is a small village just outside Kitchener Waterloo – a 10 – 20 minute depending on where you are coming from. From the Stanley Park area, we are there in about 10 minutes.

How to Get Tickets

Tickets are free and available 1 hour before each show. (not in advance) 

You will receive seat assigment at the entrance.

People will be lined up if you want to be near the front but the theatre is huge so no worries about getting a seat. 


Visit their website:

Click here to watch a video about the show..

Map to the show..just minutes from Kitchener Waterloo


Pick #2 – 17th Annual Christkindl Market

Christkindl Market Home


Christkindl Market is NOW on!
See you Thursday through Sunday

Thursday, December 5, 2013    Open 10 am – 9 pm
Friday, December 6, 2013     Open 10 am -9pm
Saturday, December 7, 2013    Open 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday, December 8, 2013    Open 10 am – 4 pm

Every Christmas, since medieval times, towns and cities across Germany have come alive with  outdoor markets of cute wooden booths and stalls, full of traditional handmade Christmas ornaments,  nutcrackers, wooden figurines, delicious German foods to suit every taste, music and dancing.  These are just some of the sights, sounds and smells of your authentic German Christmas Market experience at Christkindl, where you will be welcomed by the oldest and largest German community in Canada – and by folkoric German Christmas characters like the Christkindl, Angels, Knecht Rurprect and Klaus the Organ Grinder.

Folklore, food and fun

Stalls selling mulled wine and delicious sugar-coated Stollen fruit cakes. The smell of apples, cinnamon, baked treats and grilled sausages fill the air. Choirs sing carols and visitors join in. The sounds of blacksmiths hammers and organ grinders remind of a time long forgotten. Orchestras and brass bands play and dancing troupes dance through the streets. As night falls, a giant Christmas tree comes to life, filling the town square with twinkling lights and glittering ornaments and dancing gives way to skating under the stars. Today, Christkindl markets have been exported around the world, spreading the unique spirit and experience that is German Christmas, to millions of people seeking to create magical memories of the season for their families.

Kitchener City Hall  Free Admission!

Entertainment Program 28 perfomances onstage, outside on Civic Square
Vendors  80 outdoor & indoor vendors, on the 1st floor & 2nd floor


Go Downtown – Enjoy Shopping & FREE Carriage Rides in Kitchener until Dec 20th!


parking carriage ride poster

Kitchener folks.. get in the Christmas spirit and get yourself downtown any Friday night between now and December 20th to enjoy a FREE carriage rides throughout the downtown between 5:30pm – 9:30pm. While you are out, you can do some shopping as stores will be open later these nights, grab a bit to eat or drink, or maybe go skating on the lovely outdoor ice rink in front of city hall. What a great excuse to get the family or some friends together for a great night out.  This Friday you can also take in the Christkindl Market while too so a really great time to check it out. Enjoy my friends and thank you to the Downtown Kitchener BIA for this lovely idea.

Here is a list of pick up and drop off locations and times:

Coffee Time – 255 King Street W

5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm

Coffee Culture – 1 King Street W

5:40pm, 6:25pm, 7:10, 7:55pm, 8:40pm

The Yeti – 14 Eby Street N

5:55pm, 6:40, 7:25pm, 8:10pm, 8:55pm

The Boathouse – Victoria Park

6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm

* please note these are estimated arrival times for each of the stops. We try to make the stops as close to the listed businesses as possible but may have to be moved slightly day of due to weather conditions