Monthly Archives: March 2014

Saving Money With Vacation Rentals — Book Launch & Giveaway!



How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental

Discover the Secrets to Staying in Apartments and Houses Around the World!

Last Fall while attending a national blogging conference called Blissdom, I had the pleasure of meeting Gillian Duffy and was immediately fascinated and inspired by her great story and positive energy. She and her partner Jason were doing what many of us dream of doing.. they had given up their jobs, sold everything the owned and were living their dream of travelling and living around the world.  It started in 2009 when they took their first big trip – 14 countries round-the-world.

Gillian says it best in her own words on her travel blog called One Giant Step:

” In January 2013 our ‘home and native land’ for untold adventures in far away lands. Our plan is loose at best; our only goals are freedom and happiness. Follow along as we make, and tell, our stories.”

One Giant Step


So when I heard that Gillian had just launched her first book called How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental, I jumped at the chance to help her promote it. You can read her guest post all about it below. This book is all about saving time, money and hassles when vacationing with your family.  Gillian’s 60 page book  How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental shares the exact process she uses to book her own vacation rentals on her around-the-world adventures, so you can be sure that it will work for you too.

This digital book explains what a vacation rental is, who they are best suited for and  honestly states the benefits and drawbacks, including a cost comparison case study to show the financial value of vacation rentals. It is available for purchase on and is easily downloaded to your Kindle. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can also download a Kindle App and it can be read on any digital device.) If you want to BUY IT click here, or enter my contest below.

I am so glad that I met Gillian and I wish her well with this book and as a traveller at heart, I also look forward to following her adventures around the world and learning from her experience.



I have TWO digital copies of  How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental  by Gillian Duffy to giveaway to my lucky readers!  (If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry.. I also have it available in a PDF format). Good Luck!

To enter, simply comment on this blog post in the comment section
below answering  one of these questions:

 Where do you usually stay when you vacation with your family?

If you could travel anywhere in the world with your family, where would you go?

Where is the coolest place you’ve stayed with your famliy?  

Contest Closes April 15th.  

You may enter up to 3 times each, once per day. 





If you would like to learn more about this book, read reviews or buy it,  here is a link to  


Big Music Fest — Presale Codes! Tickets ON SALE TODAY March 26th at 10am!

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There are quite a few pre sale codes flying around the Kitchener’s much anticipated Big Music Fest coming in July 2014. See poster above for all the details but this is going to be a highlight for any music lovers in Waterloo Region!
Take your pick! pre sale starts TODAY – Wednesday March 26th at 10am.  General public sales – start Friday at 10am.
You can use either of these Pre-Sale codes:

Contest – Enter ‘The Eggs Factor’ .. you Could win an iPad mini! Ends April 22nd~!



The province-wide phenomenon THE EGGS FACTOR is back!

Contestants of all ages can whet their creative appetite and visit to decorate their very
own virtual egg. The truly amazing part of this contest is that for every valid entry, Egg Farmers of
Ontario will donate one dozen eggs* to school nutrition programs. Two lucky winners will then be
selected from each of the six age categories to win an iPad® mini.**


 Egg Farmers of Ontario are “egg-static” to bring back their popular online egg decorating competition 

for the third year. THE EGGS FACTOR judges will carefully inspect thousands of creative entries
and narrow down the finalists, but it will ultimately be up to Ontario voters to decide who truly has


 About the Contest

For full contest rules and more information, visit where delicious recipes,
downloadable colouring pages and traditional egg decorating tips are also available.


This “egg-citing” contest runs from March 25th to April 22nd , 2014 – so take a crack at a
chance to win an iPad® mini while helping hungry kids in need!


*monetary equivalent

** iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple®. Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. This contest is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Apple®.

Egg Farmers of Ontario represents the approximately 440 egg farmers and pullet growers in Ontario.
It is an independent, self-governing organization funded entirely by egg and pullet farmers. 


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For more information contact:


Bill Mitchell

Director of Public Affairs

Egg Farmers of Ontario



KISS & Def Leppard $30 Concert Deal will have you Rockin’ All Night Long!


$30 Tickets to see KISS & Def Leppard at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto

Tuesday, August 12th
7 p.m.

So Groupon is featuring this totally awesome rock concert right now featuring a legendary 70’s classic rock band and a 80’s-90’s new wave heavy metal band and I think it’s too hot not to share! KISS and Def Leppard in one night.. kind of awesome don’t you agree??? The original members of Kiss in full make up & leather platforms as they celebrate 40 years along with the heavy metal, drum-synthesizing pyrotechnic explosion that is Def Leppard… Can you say ‘Rock On’ my friends! 

There are so many songs I remember.. Kiss’s Rock n Roll  All Night, Shout It Out Loud, Beth, Detroit Rock City, Heaven’s On Fire, Lick It Up and Def Leppard’s Bringing on the Heartbreak, Pyromania, Animal, Pour Some Sugar on Me, Love Bites, Photograph, Hysteria and on and on.. Seriously, round up the gang and plan a little get together at this awesome summer concert along the shores of Lake Ontario.. it’s going to be epic!  

The Deal

  • $30 for one G-Pass to see KISS & Def Leppard (up to $52.75 value)
  • Section: general-admission lawn
  • Door time: 6 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to buy the Groupon

How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app. Discount reflects the merchant’s current ticket prices – price may differ on day of event.


  • KISS’ members: lead singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, drummer Eric Singer and vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons
  • 40: the number of years KISS has celebrated music
  • 90 million: the number of albums KISS has sold worldwide
  • Year KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: this year

Def Leppard

  • Members of Def Leppard: vocalist Joe Elliott, guitarist Vivian Campbell, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick “Sav” Savage, and drummer Rick Allen
  • Def Leppard singles that will inspire a crowd sing-along: “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites,” “Armageddon It”
  • Breakout hit: “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” from 1981’s High ‘n’ Dry
  • Album that sold more than 20 million copies worldwide: 1987’s Hysteria
  • Organizations both bands support and have partnered with: USO, Hiring Our Heros, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, Wounded Warriors
  • Click here to buy the Groupon

Marvel Universe Live Action Show is Coming to Canada… Sneak Peek & Fill Out This Survey!

Marvel Universe Live Action Show is Coming to Canada… Sneak Peek & Fill Out This Survey!


While at the Disney on Ice show recently, my eagle eyes spotted a sign promoting an upcoming show that anyone with little boys (and girls too) will  absolutely LOVE. A new live action show called Marvel Universe Live is heading to Canada at select locations (still to be announced) for Summer 2014. Yes my Super Hero loving friends, Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and all the Avengers are headed our way and I can tell you that WE ARE EXCITED!

So imagine my delight and surprise when I was contacted this week to watch a sneak peek video clip from the promoters and to complete a short on-line survey to help them finalize their plans as to if and where they bring the show.

If you are interested in watching a video about the making of the show and taking part in a short 5 minute survey, your input would be appreciated. our input and interest may help determine if they bring this show to Canada so let them know what you think!  Click on this link below to go to the survey and see the YouTube trailer about the show.. They want all surveys completed by March 24th. Oh and stay tuned when Canadian dates are released I will let you know how you can get your tickets and there may even be some chances to win some FREE tickets to the show..

Click on this link:


This is how the show is being promoted…sounds good eh?




Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favourite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers – Iron Man, Hulk, and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza, coming to cities around North America. You’ll definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

In case you missed it above, here is the link again…Click on this link:

FREE Trees & Bees Workshop by Grand River Conservation Authority



Free workshop for landowners around Brant County: 

Are you tired of mowing your large lawn?

Are you looking to plant some new species but you’re not sure what to plant?

If you are a landowner with greater than 5 acres, we can give you customized advice.

Workshop takes place this Wednesday, March 19

In the town of Burford (between Woodstock & Brantford not far from Paris for anyone who didn’t know like me) 

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

For more info and to register:

One-Day Only Mabel’s Labels St Paddy’s Day Deal –Discount Code gets you the Luck of the Irish


Everyone can have a little luck this St. Patrick’s Day because Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Shamrock Sticky Labels. In addition to using shamrocks to decorate gifts and cards, these iconic labels are a fun way to tag your kids’ belongings while giving them a little luck. Starting5am EST and ending 11:59pm EST, Mar. 17th, use the coupon code MABELLUCK to receive 50% off of your purchase of Shamrock Sticky Labels. Plus, receive free shipping on all orders! Hurry – before this offer ends!


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Ripley’s Aquarium Buy One Get One FREE Admission Offer on until April 30, 2014


Since the Ripley’s Aquarium opened to much fan fare last fall, I have been searching high and low for discounts, coupons, deals of any kind with no success. I assume that they are busy enough and don’t need to offer any discounts as the place is selling out regular basis so perhaps in a year or two, these might start being offered. So be patient my friends… BUT imagine my suprise when I discovered this deal being offered until April 30, 2014.

If you are plum reward member through Chapters/Indigo you can now take advantage of this offer.. You do need to purchase a special book about the Aquarium to get a Buy One Get one FREE Admission Offer, so I still think it’s worth it.

The book costs $12.24 and the adult admission is $29.95 so you are still saving about $15 off so you can consider the book your souvenir.  Here is a little bit of information about the book..

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Ripley Publishing | March 4, 2014 | Trade Paperback

64 Pages    Published:March 4, 2014


Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is an informative commemorative guide showcasing our brand new Aquarium in Toronto.  Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto is now open, and to commemorate the occasion, we have gathered amazing pictures, incredible facts, and showcased the stunning exhibits into a commemorative guide.

Featuring sea creatures both large and small gathered from across the globe, you will be drawn into a dazzling world of mystery and wonder. Perfect for all ages, this beautiful book appeals to anyone who has ever been intrigued by water, from the smallest rivers and lakes to the depths of the oceans. Some of the Aquarium exhibits featured are:

Kelp Forest: Wander through a Multi-Level Kelp Forest, filled with exotic species

Dangerous Lagoon: Explore the exhibit where sharks, sea turtles and sawfish coexist with smaller creatures such as clownfish, angel fish and sea urchins

Coral City: Lose yourself in the Aquarium’s Coral City, featuring fish from the Indo-Pacific reefs


Here are some details on the plum rewards program .. which by the way is FREE to join and is basically a rewards program.

Plum Rewards – Current Member Exclusives


Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – Special Admission Offer!

Ontario Members ONLY: Buy a copy of the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada book in store and receive a Buy One, Get One FREE admission to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada! Offer ends April 30th 2014.

Click here to find a store near you!

Chapters Indigo Plum Rewards Membership
General Member Questions
Does it cost anything to become a member?
plum rewards is absolutely free to join and there are no annual membership fees.
Can anyone get a plum rewards membership?
To join plum rewards, you must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid Canadian address.
How can I join?
It’s easy. You can join plum rewards online or you can become a member at cash in any one of our stores by providing your first name, last name and a valid e-mail address or mailing address and telephone number.
Where can I use my plum rewards membership?
You can use your plum rewards membership at any Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Indigospirit, World’s Biggest Bookstore, SmithBooks and The Book Company locations, and online at
Where can I find out what’s new with plum rewards?
We do our very best to keep our members up-to-date on all the great benefits offered with plum rewards membership. By providing an e-mail address, we are able to send you notification e-mails as bonus plum points offers become available. We can also let you know quickly of exclusive, last-minute offers and promotions. For general program updates,
Earning Points
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How do I collect plum points?
It’s easy. Show your plum rewards card each time you make a purchase in-store. Your points will automatically be awarded to your account.
Where can I collect plum points?
You can collect plum points in-store at any Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Indigospirit, World’s Biggest Bookstore, SmithBooks and The Book Company locations.

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Hoot & Howl Family Event – Guelph Lake Nature Centre


Hoot and Howl

photo of a screech Owl

Hoot and Howl Nature Event

Saturday March 22nd 

Guelph Lake Conservation Area

Guelph Lake Nature Centre, 7677 Conservation Road Guelph, ON N1H 6J1

(about half hour drive from Kitchener)

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Get outdoors and have some fun learning about owls on an exciting night hike adventure. I participated in something just like this last month in Kitchener and it was a lot of fun. The kids loved it and we also learned a lot and it was a nice change from being securely planted on our warm cozy couch on a Saturday night..

Led by Nature Centre Naturalists, your night will begin with an introduction to some of Ontario’s owl species. Then the fun begins outside.. After your eyes adjust to the dim light and you quietly hike the trails in search of these elusive creatures. You must keep your ears open as you explore the exciting world of owls.

Dress warmly – you will be outdoors for part of the time.

Those 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced Registration Strongly Suggested – limited spots still available! 

Family of Four = $25

Single Adult – $10

Single Child (16yrs and under) – $5

Limited spaces will be available at the door for $12 per adult and $30 per family.

To reserve space please call 519-836-7860 and leave your name and contact information or register online via Eventbrite:  click here