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A Shiny New ‘Cue May 22, 2009

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PC Eco GrillAfter I saw this spiffy new barbecue at Superstore, I began to harbour secret longings that my current barbecues (one at the lake and one at home) would die a quick death. Oh how I want one of these  PC Eco Gas Grills!

It has 42,000 BTUs, plenty for doing pretty much an job on the ‘cue. But what I love is the stylish green powder coated steel frame. There’s a reason why it’s green. This barbecue uses 30 per cent less fuel for the same BTU output as other models. That means you are less likely to run out of propane when you have 18 hungry people over for a barbecue (never happened to you, right?)

I have a feeling these are going to sell out fast so get yours soon.

$479.99 at Superstore and Loblaws


Your New Fave Flave May 21, 2009

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08BJ_1000000Flvrs_EN3D_HRSummertime is an excuse to eat more ice cream. Of that, I am certain. I’m definitely a quality over quantity girl when it comes to the cold, sweet stuff. I’d rather splurge on 500 ml of high end ice cream than cart home 4 L of the cheap stuff. I was very pleased this week to sample the new Ben & Jerry’s flavours called If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours, and as you guessed, it’s a partnership with Canadian band Barenaked Ladies (based on its hit song, If I Had 1,000,000 Dollars). In fact, the band’s share of royalties goes to ABC Canada Literacy Foundation.

This is Ben & Jerry’s first ever Canadian flavour and I’m quite sure it will be a knock-it-outta-the-park success. It starts off a little like Rocky Road, but it’s a jacked up, blinged out, hopped up version with chocolate covered toffee, white chocolate chunks, choco-covered almonds and peanut butter cups, and not just little bits of peanut butter cups. Big ones! It has everything I love about ice cream, which is lots of things in the ice cream and not so much ice cream itself.

My 11-year old has nearly polished off the pint. His only comment, between spoonfuls, was, ‘they should add bubblegum to this”. After all, he is 11.

Around $7 for the 500 ml tub


The Edible (and instant) Garden May 19, 2009

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PC EDIBLE GARDENI have a teeny, tiny garden out the back door of our house. It’s reserved for tomatoes and herbs. This year, however, I’m a little worried that our very late spring here on the Prairies is going to put a damper on my herb harvest. No worries though. I have a back-up plan.

That plan is something called PC Edible Gardens. These 12 inch designer pots are pre-planted with a selection of herbs that are ready to harvest right now and will keep your barbecue meals tasty until the snow flies (wow, do I hate to use the word snow at this tome of the year!)

Available in three combinations: Barbecue Favourites, Culinary Classics and Presto Pesto. Get ’em while they grow!

$24.99 at Superstore and Loblaws


What Are Minerals? May 15, 2009

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Nature's Minerals Foundation SPF 25 5

Have you been hearing a lot about mineral make-up lately? Me too and I had no idea what it was until I did a little research. Here’s what The Body Shop has to say. They are among many companies that have launched mineral lines.

A mineral is a chemical compound, usually in crystal form, that has specific physical properties like being highly reflective, moisture-resistant, or highly-pigmented. Minerals you’ve probably heard of include amethyst, talc, copper and quartz.

I’ve been using the Nature’s Mineral foundation from The Body Shop and I’m impressed. It helps a great deal with oil absorption (I have oily skin) and I love the way it gives me an even tone, even though I will never have flawless skin.

Among other minerals, the foundation includes titanium dioxide  that helps protect skin form the sun. The SPF 25 in the foundation is currently the highest in the mineral make-up market.

The line includes foundation, colour for cheeks and eyes, bronzers and brushes.

Foundation, $25. Brush, $26. At The Body Shop


New Dishes for Summer Dining May 13, 2009

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HS-4DIt’s been a long, cold winter. Time to take it outside!

I love flipping thought spring magazines and seeing all those perfectly set tables. You know the ones I am talking about—an impossibly long oak table, draped with crisp cotton, blowing effortlessly in the wind, 100 tea lights illuminating the path to the after-sunset dinner party. And how about those good looking and well dressed friends!

My reality isn’t quite like that. We have a nice table in the verandah but tea lights would be a fire hazard for the kids (and some adults too). Still, I like to dress it up when I can and this year it will be easy thanks to all the new melamine dishes on the market.

The ones above are from Winners and Homesense and start at $1.99 each. I also have my eye on a blue and taupe floral collection from PC Home (Superstore and Loblaws) that come in at about the same price. I figure for around $50, I can have a table that looks just like the ones in the magazines. The only difference will be the ketchup blobs on the blue and taupe flowers on my new plates. And thank goodness for that.


Mom’s Day: Trollbeads May 8, 2009

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brOCEANbluegreen_curvedIf you’re stuck for what to buy Mom for Mother’s Day (and her birthday and Christmas and Easter and every non-occasion when you really want to give her a little something for being downright wonderful), this is the answer. Trollbeads is a system of customizable jewellery. Start with a simple bracelet or necklace, then start adding the individual beads that come in silver, gold, stone, pearl, precious stone and glass. Each bead tells a story. For example, if mom has just learned to play the guitar, give her a music box bead. If she’s just returned from a trip to India, pick up the elephant bead.

A silver bracelet will cost about $42. Silver beads start at about $30. Glass beads cost about $40 each. At the top end of the scale, gold beads can cost around $400 each.

Go to the Canadian Website to see where Trollbeads are sold near you.


Mom’s Day: Fruits & Passion Fragrance Kit May 7, 2009

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fragrance-discovery-kitNot sure if mom is fruity or floral, spicy or sweet? No need to make the decision thanks to this fragrance discovery kit. Fruits & Passion has combined six of its most divine fragrances so mom can sample all and find the one she likes best. Here’s the fun part. The kit also includes a gift card. Mom can take the card to a Fruits & Passion boutique to exchange it for the regular size of her choice of eau de toilette.

The sample kit includes Blue, Green Tea, Orchid, Apple Illusion, Human, and Grapefruit-Guava fragrances.

$38 Fruits & Passion


Mom’s Day: Sally Hansen Treatment Pens May 6, 2009

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Fishing season starts in four days. What does this have to do with Mother’s Day. Lemme explain. When fishing season rolls around, my nails suffer the most (besides the fish, maybe). They bend and snap when I try to hook my lures onto those stubborn leaders. My cuticles get destroyed thanks to all that cold, hard water that I’m constantly dipping my hands into. Boats, winches, anchors and fileting knives are uncommonly nasty on nails.

That’s why I was so pleased when samples of Sally Hansen Quick Care Nail Treatment Pens landed on my desk. Perhaps this year I can ward off some of the carnage. They are pens and for me, handling a pen is a lot more natural than handling a nail polish brush. There’s a pen for strength, growth and even clean-up (wow, does that come in handy!). Plus there’s a little cuticle pen/tool that has a nice oily concoction that gets massaged in to less-than-lovely nails.

So if your mom is an angler, go out and get her a set of these pens. Heck, even if she’s not an angler, pick up a set and let her have a mini pedicure in between making lunches and filing year-end reports.

$9.95 per pen at all major retailers


Mom’s Day: KitchenAid Pink Toaster May 5, 2009

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pink_toasterYou’ve had a rotten sleep. You’re facing a long, long week of work. Your youngest is probably coming down with another ear infection. Things are looking pretty bleak. Then you walk into your kitchen, see you sparkling pink KitchenAid toaster and a smile breaks out across your face. How could you not smile when you see that cheery appliance?

So put this toaster in your list for Mom’s Day (even if, technically, it is an appliance and we know that’s a no-no in the gift department). The news gets even better. The toaster sells for $59.99 and $10 goes to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). Maybe someone will use this handy gadget to make you breakfast in bed.

$59.99 at The Bay


FASHION FRIDAY: The Fashion Targets Breast Cancer T May 1, 2009


Feel good about making a donation.

Look great after doing it.

It’s easy with the new t-shirt from Joe Fresh Style and Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. And at only $12 a T, you can be sure that all the gals in my family will be getting a little gift from me this month.

It’s part of the national, annual campaign to raise funds and get woman thinking about the health of their hooters. 100 per cent of the net proceeds goes to research, support and awareness programs operated by Rethink Breast Cancer.

Pick up your t-shirts this month at all Superstore and Loblaws locations across Canada. MARK THE DATE: May 29 is designated Fashion Targets Friday and everyone is encouraged to wear their new threads that day.