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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


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


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.


The Joe Fresh Beauty Makeover (without PhotoShop) April 25, 2009

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Ta da! Here is the result of my makeover courtesy of Joe Fresh Beauty’s travelling roadshow ( First, let me say that I did not PhotoShop either of these images, although I really, really wanted to erase about 15 years of crow’s feet. What you see if what I really look like, with and without make-up.

The Makeup

As you know, Canada’s favourite brand recently launched a line of cosmetics called Joe Fresh Beauty. There are products for face, lips and eyes as well as tons of accessories. All the make-up, and you’re gonna love this part, costs between $4 and $8. Even in these challenging economic times (I hate that phrase), you can treat yourself to a new lip colour without feeling like you’ve tucked into the family grocery budget.

The Results

There are many, many things I liked about getting make-up applied by a professional. The most critical is that she knew what she was doing, and I don’t, but I did learn a few tricks. I liked the way the lightweight liquid foundation evened out my skin tone. I need some evening out after all those years suntanning with baby oil and facing the wind in a speeding fishing boat. I also learned that it’s very important to darken and define my eyebrows. It gives a frame to my face at the top end. Adding some colour to my lips provides a frame to the bottom end of my face.

How Did I Feel?

Confident! Ready to face the day! I have this recurring nightmare that I am stopped on the street by a television crew and asked to give my opinion, on camera, on the latest political landscape. At this point I shriek like I have been bitten by a northern pike and high-tail it like a deer on opening day. With my new make-up tricks in hand, I feel like I could face that camera and not shield my eyes when the 6 o’clock news came on.

Where to Get It

Look for Joe Fresh Beauty items in the health and beauty section of Superstore and Loblaws. You won’t find it in the Joe clothing section, although you will find some great new pieces, but I digress. I’ve cruised the Joe Fresh Beauty section a few times and found the staff to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They seem just as excited about the new cosmetics as everyone else is.

My Picks

If I had to buy only three Joe Fresh Beauty items, they would be: Silk eyeshadow ($4) , Blackberry tinted lip balm ($8) and Nude cheek tint ($4).


Your New Spring Coat March 21, 2009

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jfs-classic-trench-59One morning it’s winter and by afternoon, spring has arrived. That’s the way it is in Canada. And there’s me, without a new spring coat. Once again, I have to turn to Joe. This classic trench from Joe Fresh Style also comes in a perky coral colour. There’s also a shorter version, which I recently purchased, and stepping out of my safe black/navy zone, bought it in the raspberry shade. The styling does wonders for any figure and the sizing is bang on, maybe tipping slightly to the generous. Wear it with some funky rubber boots, tights and a jaunty short scarf. $59 for the trench, $39 for the shorter version at Superstore and Loblaws.


Put A Lid On It March 19, 2009

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Have you set foot in a Superstore or Loblaws lately? The spring merchandise from Joe Fresh Style is in! The spring merchandise is in! The new crop has a decidedly nautical feel with lots of navy shades and wide legged pants. Get your hands on the large format flyer (it’s in a rack at the store). It has a $10 coupon on the last page. That’s like getting this snappy fedora for free. It’s only $8 and tops off any outfit very nicely.


Joe Fresh Beauty: Flawless Face March 17, 2009

1-flawless-faceGet ready for it. Everyone’s favourite grocery store fashion brand has jumped the aisle into the cosmetics department. That’s right. Joe Fresh has moved into beauty. You’ll start seeing products for face, lips and eyes from Joe Fresh Beauty at the end of this month and  in keeping with what Joe has done for fashion, the quality is top notch and the prices rock bottom. Take for example the bronzer, $8, and the duo concealer, also $8. Single shade eye shadows start at $4. Time to give your make up bag a spring makeover! At Superstore and Loblaws.