Mother’s Day with Hallmark

May. The month of spring flowers, warmer weather and of course Mother’s Day. To show your Mom how special she is give her a gift from the heart. A handwritten note or card. Technology provides a multitude of  options to stay connected to friends and family, but the art of the handwritten note can’t be matched.  The personal touch of the handwritten word has now become a unique treasure that allows people to connect on a more intimate level. Personally speaking, my hubby has written me notes and cards for the past 23 years and I have kept each one. They mean so much to me and each one has provided a history of our relationship that just can’t be captured in a text or email. Recently, I hosted an evening event with Hallmark. They invited people to revisit the art of the handwritten note. Of course, they had many of their gorgeous gifts and cards on display, but I was honestly blown away by the stunning Hallmark Signature greeting cards. The beauty of these greeting cards is almost a gift in itself. The cards are handcrafted and designed with such attention to detail; including premium paper stock, embossing and foil and high impact embellishments like gems, beads, fabrics and more. SO PRETTY! So this Mother’s Day, surprise your Mom with the beauty of a greeting card from Hallmark enclosed with that special, heart felt, handwritten message of what she means to you. Here are some photos from the event! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the special women in our lives- Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Cousins and Friends. ~...

Gifts That Give Back

I got such an amazing response from a recent “Gifts That Give Back” segment I did on Breakfast Television Toronto!! I wanted to share it with all of you and include the links for anyone who wants to know more about it! These are all really great gift ideas and you can give back at the same time! It’s a win win, really! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! ~ Shoana   *** Click HERE to watch the segment ***   List of gifts that I featured: Hallmark greeting cards Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Adopt and Elephant HomeSense Shop for Hope 26 Perfume – Artists For Peace And Justice Apple – (RED) Products TOMS – Shoes, slippers & Bags IKEA – Soft Toys For Education Etsy Cherry T Knit Co. – Mittens Etsy Human Kind – Candles Plan Canada – Scarf FOGO Island Shop – Quilt, hangers & tray KitchenAid Stand Mixer – Cook for the...

A New Favourite Find – Knotties Hair Ties

We are in the midst of our first heat wave of the summer in Toronto, but there are no complaints from me. I love the heat! But when those sizzling temps mix with that humidity it gets downright HOT! So, if you have long hair like me, trying to curl or style it during this heat seems pointless. Tying it back seems to be the only option. If you are a regular reader, you will know I am now sharing my favourite finds as I soon as I come across them.  So being true to my word, I have a new discovery that I want to share. They are called Knotties. They are new, super cute hair ties that are braided elastics.  Not only do they have a really great hold, but they don’t catch or rip my hair. I also love that they look like braided bracelets, so they are perfect if you are someone who keeps one on your wrist. I can even see people choosing to layer them and wear them as bracelets. I got my Knotties from Trade Secrets. They come in packs of 6 in an array of coordinating colours, costing  about $7-$8 per pack. So, don’t try to fight the frizz when it’s this hot. Just tie your long hair back into a cute bun, pony or twist and feel cute, while trying to stay cool. ~ Shoana  ...

Tech Tip – A Great New Smart Phone App

There aren’t many points cards I use anymore, but there is one I will not part with. The Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum card. I loooove my Optimum points and now there is an app to help you and I collect those points even easier. That’s right, the Shoppers Drug Mart app now lets you load your Optimum card right onto your smart phone, making it a digital Optimum Card. Instead of having to scramble and search for your Optimum card in your wallet, you can now easily open the app at the cash and scan it right from your phone. For those that love coupons, you can now choose to accept coupons that are customized to suit your personal tastes. This is a awesome feature because every week Shoppers will send you great offers that will help you save on products that are specific to your needs. Plus, they are saved in the app until you are in store to use them. The app even makes it convenient to order refills for your medications, too. I will admit, I’m a total tech nerd. However, I know not everyone is. But, trust me this is an easy peasy app to use. If you don’t have a smart phone, the Shoppers Drug Mart website includes those personalized coupons and medication refills options. But, the app is the best! ~...