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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ Lilikin&Friends Review & Giveaway!!

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

 

 

 

 

Intro­duc­ing Lilikin&Friends, the hottest new plush toys avail­able on the mar­ket!

Most peo­ple absolutely adore stuffed toys, both young or old! We all have many emo­tions that we share … smil­ing when we are happy, frown­ing when we are sad, the look of won­der when we are con­fused. But no mat­ter what, Lilikin&Friends stand by your side no mat­ter what!

“Lilikin&Friends are top qual­ity plush toys made with cot­ton fab­rics that are cer­ti­fied organic by the Global Organic Tex­tile Stan­dard (GOTS). They’re stuffed with eco-conscious recy­cled polypropy­lene fibres, and have been tested and approved as safe for even the very youngest of our friends.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lilikin & Friends were born in the sum­mer of 2009. Cre­ated by Kim­ber­ley Cle­land a sea­soned toy designer with 10 years of indus­try expe­ri­ence with children’s toys. The com­pany is based in Mon­treal and is 100% Cana­dian which rocks!!

Lilikin is the melan­choly grey kit­ten. Mol­ly­cod­dle is the ultra-dainty albino bunny, and  Eleven is the small-for-his-age mon­key! They are so soft, adorable, cer­ti­fied organic, and each has their own lit­tle personality!!

 

 

 

 

We had the oppor­tu­nity of review­ing the Mol­ly­cod­dle: The Ultra Dainty Albino Bunny and baby Riley went crazy over her! Mol­ly­cod­dle has fit in per­fectly since Riley loves bun­nies, and she shares her love of baked goods and cake pops with Mol­ly­cod­dle!! She is so beau­ti­ful because she’s more girly and wears a pretty pink bal­le­rina skirt!

 

 

 

 

 

Mol­ly­cod­dle is 18″ from head to toe and weighs approx­i­mately 1 lb.  All brand­ing mate­r­ial is printed on recy­cled post-consumer waste paper with vegetable-based inks. Stuffed with poly­ester fiber and recy­cled poly­eth­yl­ene pel­lets for a heavy, droopy body that can be gen­tly posed!

 

 

 

 

Lilikin&Friends gets a huge thumbs up from Cool­Canucks, and I rec­om­mend that every­one own one, or all three!

 

 

♥→I received prod­uct for review. The opin­ions within this post are of my own and I was not influ­enced in any way. Please do your own research before pur­chas­ing prod­ucts. Your opin­ions and results may dif­fer than mine.←♥

 

 

Win It!! Enter my sweep­stakes give­away below for a chance to win a Lilikin&Friends of your choice!! Open to Cana­dian & US res­i­dents only.

 

 

How to enter: All entries must be sub­mit­ted using the Raf­fle­copter form below. After you com­plete the easy manda­tory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you’d like to increase your chances of win­ning. I will be check­ing for dupli­cate entries to make sure it’s fair, and no cheat­ing will be tolerated!

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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ Tatcha Japanese Skin Care & Beauty Products Review & Giveaway!!

Friday, August 24th, 2012

 

 

 

Japan­ese geisha are well known world­wide for their mys­tery and beauty. When Vic­to­ria Tsai, founder of Tatcha, learned of a book pub­lished in Japan in 1813 that described 156 skin care ingre­di­ents and detailed instruc­tions about how to use them, she was inspired to cre­ate a 4-step skin care reg­i­men, or “rit­ual,” based on that of the geisha.

Peo­ple by the mil­lions have been singing the praises of Tatcha blot­ting papers since they first swiped one across their oily fore­heads in 2009! Tatcha founder Vic­to­ria Tsai def­i­nitely proves that her phe­nom­e­nal com­pany is no one-hit won­der with the release of a full skin care line based on authen­tic Japan­ese beauty rituals!!

“To be clear, this is no Mem­oirs of a Geisha fan­tasy. Years of hard work, befriend­ing Kyoto locals, and much sleuthing led Tsai to a 200-year-old text and a rare oppor­tu­nity to meet with a real geisha girl (with skin so flaw­less, it brought the brand founder to tears).

Tsai enlisted schol­ars to trans­late the text and met with sci­en­tists who helped her for­mu­late a base recipe of green tea, Oki­nawa red algae, and rice bran. The awe­some result was a skin care col­lec­tion span­ning camel­lia cleans­ing oil, exfo­li­at­ing enzyme pow­ders, licorice-rich bright­en­ing serum, and a silky moisturizer!

 

 

 

 

When one looks at a Japan­ese ladies face, they see noth­ing but sheer beauty. You see per­fectly gor­geous milky white flaw­less skin, and never notice a flaw in my per­sonal expe­ri­ence. I am so jeal­ous of their nat­ural beauty, and often won­dered why their skin was always per­fect. After being able to review the Tatcha Japan­ese Skin Care prod­ucts, I see why now!! Have you ever seen a geisha that had a blem­ish or pim­ple? I haven’t!

The newly launched skin­care line cen­ters around 4 key prod­ucts; a 1-step Camel­lia Cleans­ing Oil, Rice Enzyme Pow­der, Bright­en­ing Serum and the Mois­ture Rich Silk Cream. Rather than load you down with unnec­es­sary prod­ucts, these are essen­tials per­fect for every day use. The Camel­lia cleans­ing oil is light­weight, yet loaded with camel­lia and rice bran – ingre­di­ents filled with skin heal­ing anti-oxidants.

 

 

 

 

 

For over 300 years, Japan’s geisha have been known for their beau­ti­ful, porce­lain skin. TATCHA dis­cov­ered their daily regimes in a 200-year-old man­u­script. Tatcha has worked with teams of sci­en­tists, schol­ars and geisha them­selves to deci­pher the rit­u­als and ingre­di­ents from this text.

Their all-natural for­mu­las car­ries the secrets of the geisha involv­ing the most pre­cious green teas, Oki­nawa red algae, rice bran and other time-tested ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

My own per­sonal main con­cern is red­ness on my cheeks and improv­ing the over­all tex­ture of my skin with­out irri­tat­ing it fur­ther as my skin is super sen­si­tive. I think Tatcha is an excel­lent line (if not, the best one that I’ve tried) for these kinds of issues. The biggest improve­ment that I’ve seen thus far after a week’s usage is the reduc­tion of red­ness and a clar­ity that hasn’t been there in years. It’s not instan­ta­neous mind you and does not acheive your best look overnight in just one dose, but with con­tin­u­ous usage it does work, I promise you that. After just over one week some lin­ger­ing spots have healed and light­ened! Tatcha Japan­ese Skin Care & Beauty Prod­ucts rock, believe me!!

 

 

 

I give Tatcha Japan­ese Skin Care & Beauty Prod­ucts a huge thumbs up, and rec­om­mend that every­one try these amaz­ing products!

 

 

♥→I received prod­uct for review. The opin­ions within this post are of my own and I was not influ­enced in any way. Please do your own research before pur­chas­ing prod­ucts. Your opin­ions and results may dif­fer than mine.←♥

 

 

Win It!! Enter my sweep­stakes give­away below for a chance to win a Sam­pler Set of their great prod­ucts!! Open to Cana­dian & US res­i­dents only.

 

 

How to enter: All entries must be sub­mit­ted using the Raf­fle­copter form below. After you com­plete the easy manda­tory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you’d like to increase your chances of win­ning. I will be check­ing for dupli­cate entries to make sure it’s fair, and no cheat­ing will be tolerated!

 

 

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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ SuperTooth’s newest introduction to its Bluetooth Speakerphone line – the Crystal Review & Giveaway!!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 

 

 

If you need to make a hands-free call while dri­ving or oth­er­wise, you need a solid Blue­tooth head­set as it is now the law to not be using your cell­phone up to your ear man­u­ally or face a hefty fine! Most phones sold these days have the awe­some speak­er­phone mode. This set­ting is usu­ally good enough for an impromptu hands-free call in a small and quiet office or space. How­ever, when you get on the road in a loud vehi­cle, the phone’s flaws are imme­di­ately made appar­ent. For exam­ple, the built-in micro­phone can be less than ideal for can­cel­ing the lev­els of road and wind noise present in a car at high­way speed, which leads to poor qual­ity on the receiv­ing end of your calls. I’m sure that you hate hav­ing to repeat your­self over and over to callers as much as I do, so SuperTooth’s bril­liant newest gad­get called the Crys­tal improves call qual­ity bigtime!!

 

 

 

 

 

The world’s best-selling intel­li­gent head­set just got bet­ter. The Super­Tooth Crys­tal is a Blue­tooth car speak­er­phone. This baby links wire­lessly by Blue­tooth with your phone and allows you to have hands-free calls while dri­ving. The Super­Tooth promises high qual­ity in-car Blue­tooth con­nected speak­er­phone action which is def­i­nitely does! Sim­ply clip in on your visor and it works excel­lent! It is com­pat­i­ble with basi­cally all cel­lu­lar phones such as the smart­phone, android, and even the iPhones! The metal clip con­nects to the actual device via the Crystal’s built-in mag­net, and you’ll be good to go if you want to keep the device up above you on your sun visor or if you want to pop the device off for a moment’s inspec­tion. This device is 130 x 50 x 14 mm, small enough to fit in your hand or pocket quite eas­ily, and has a bat­tery capac­ity that will have you talk­ing for 20 hours or work­ing with 40 days of standby.

The Super­Tooth Crys­tal is an awe­some Blue­tooth car speak­er­phone as it can play back music from Blue­tooth A2DP enabled phones, announce GPS instruc­tions as well as func­tion as a hands free sys­tem. This last fea­ture is great for those with strin­gent hands free dri­ving laws that are strictly enforced nowadays!!

I received a black one to review and I love it so much!!

 

 

 

 

 

Clip, con­nect, drive!

“The Super­Tooth Crys­tal is a Blue­tooth car speak­er­phone. It links wire­lessly by Blue­tooth with your phone and allows you to have hands-free calls while dri­ving. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel!

The Super­Tooth Crys­tal doesn’t require any instal­la­tion. Just attach it to your car’s sun visor via its durable, mag­netic clip and enjoy hands-free calls while driving!

Drive in style!

The Super­Tooth Crys­tal fea­tures an ultra sleek design and high-quality fin­ish­ings to fit per­fectly into any car.

It is user-friendly with its fore­front, big but­tons mak­ing access to the key com­mands much easier.

Talk around the clock!

The Super­Tooth Crys­tal pro­vides up to 20 hours of hands-free talk time or 40 days of stand-by time with a 3 hours charge of its lithium-ion battery.

You’ll never be short of bat­tery, as the Super­Tooth Crys­tal beeps when its bat­tery is low.

Sweetie AND your boss! The Super­Tooth Crys­tal sup­ports Mul­ti­point tech­nol­ogy. It is very prac­ti­cal if you have both a per­sonal and a busi­ness mobile phone, as it can be con­nected to both phones simul­ta­ne­ously. You don’t have to choose anymore!

The intel­li­gent speak­er­phone The Super­Tooth Crystal’s fully auto­matic pair­ing fea­ture makes it easy to use for any­body. Just enter your car, bang the door, and the Super­Tooth Crys­tal will auto­mat­i­cally recon­nect to your phone. For added con­ve­nience, it will beep to con­firm reconnection.

Keep tabs on bat­tery life You’ll never run out of juice with Super­Tooth CRYSTAL. To check bat­tery sta­tus, glance at the bat­tery meter that auto­mat­i­cally dis­plays in the sta­tus bar of your iPhone .

GPS friendly The Super­Tooth Crys­tal sup­ports Blue­tooth A2DP to stream music directly from com­pat­i­ble phones. It can also announce turn-by-turn nav­i­ga­tion from all Blue­tooth A2DP-enabled smartphones.

 

Tech­ni­cal specifications:

- Blue­tooth hands-free kit ver­sion 3.0

- Quick fix­a­tion on sun visor via metal clip

- Head­set and hands-free profiles

- Mul­ti­point : 2 phones can be paired simultaneously

- Streams the music of your phone / Announces GPS instruc­tions of your smart­phone via Blue­tooth A2DP profile

- Low bat­tery audio signal

- Auto­matic pairing

- Full Duplex

- DSP

- Oper­at­ing range : 10 meters

- Fre­quency : 2.4 GHz

- Recharge­able Lithium-Ion battery

- Voice recog­ni­tion dial­ing (if phone supports)

- Last call redial

- Reject incom­ing call

Size and weight:

Height: 49 mm

Width: 130 mm

Depth: 14 mm

Weight: 100 grams / 113 grams (with metal clip)

Bat­tery life:

Talk time: 20 hours

Stand-by time: 1 000 hours

Charg­ing time: 3 hours

Bat­tery type: Lithium-Ion”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Super­Tooth Crys­tal gets a huge thumbs up from Cool­Canucks, and I absolutely rec­om­mend that every­one own one of their own!!

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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ Aurora World Crinkle Friends Review & Giveaway!!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

 

 

Aurora World is best known for it’s exten­sive quan­ti­ties of much loved children’s plush toys for boys and girls. Aurora World is the lead­ing sup­plier of afford­able, high qual­ity plush toys and gifts.

Plush toys are well loved by kids of almost all ages. Babies have their favorite plush toys and so do teenagers!

I know that I cer­tainly had my favorite grow­ing up, and I am sure that you also remem­ber your favorite! After find­ing Aurora World while surf­ing the net one day, I desired to know more about them!

Aurora World recently intro­ducted a line up of awe­some toys that are called Crin­kle Friends and are meant to stim­u­late the senses and grab an infant’s atten­tion at first glance with their bright, vivid colours!

The Crin­kle Friends are extremely edu­ca­tional and are designed to assist in help­ing your child learn at a very early age.

 

 

 

 

Crin­kle Friends include TOUCAN, PIG, CRINKLE FRIEND-CROAKER, TIMMY, ALLIGATOR, CRAB, and HEDGEHOG. They are all so adorable and aid in edu­cat­ing your child with inter­est­ing sounds and colours for end­less hours of stim­u­la­tion and fun!

I was ecsta­tic to have been cho­sen to review the alli­ga­tor. The alli­ga­tor is just the right size for baby’s mouth! The Crin­kle Friends were made just for baby. It’s a colour­ful and super soft alli­ga­tor that your baby will love to “Crin­kle”, “Rat­tle” and “Squeak”!

Aurora World Inc. knows that devel­op­men­tal skills mixed with com­fort is what we want our babies to have! Crin­kle Friends are hug­gable stuffed toys made from soft mate­ri­als and helps baby with devel­op­men­tal skills which is phenomenal!

 

 

 

 

 

All of the awe­some sounds that this Alli­ga­tor Crin­kle Friend makes are cre­ated to excite a baby’s curios­ity, and they really do! The alligator’s back makes a crin­kling sound, when you squeeze the nose, it squeaks, and if you shake the Alli­ga­tor, it rat­tles. The dif­fer­ent sounds are sure to awaken any baby’s audi­tory senses, and will keep them busy for a long time.

The Crin­kle Friends also make excel­lent bed­time bud­dies as they are so soft and huggable!

 

 

Crin­kle Friends are rec­om­mended for chil­dren ages 6 months and up and are priced very rea­son­ably. They can be pur­chase at retail out­lets or online at the Aurora shop. They are bright and absolutely delight­ful to babies and toddlers.

Aurora World get’s a huge thumbs up from Cool­Canucks, and I rec­om­mend them to everyone!!

 

 

♥→I received prod­uct for review. The opin­ions within this post are of my own and I was not influ­enced in any way. Please do your own research before pur­chas­ing prod­ucts. Your opin­ions and results may dif­fer than mine.←♥

 

 

Win It!! Enter my sweep­stakes give­away below for a chance to win one Crin­kle Friend of choice! Open to Cana­dian & US res­i­dents only.

 

 

How to enter: All entries must be sub­mit­ted using the Raf­fle­copter form below. After you com­plete the easy manda­tory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you’d like to increase your chances of win­ning. I will be check­ing for dupli­cate entries to make sure it’s fair, and no cheat­ing will be tolerated!

 

 

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Simplify Your Life with Erica Ehm and BIC Velocity Bold! ($100 Giveaway!!)

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Study Reveals Cana­di­ans Choose the Power of the Pen to Help Orga­nize Hec­tic Lifestyles

BIC Inc. part­ners with multi-faceted mom, Erica Ehm to offer tips and advice on how to sim­plify our lives with hand­writ­ten notes and doable to-do lists

Life is busy.  Work. Gro­cery Shop­ping.  Errands.  House­hold chores.  More errands. Add a child or two and life gets even busier.  Some­times, there’s the need to take a moment, grab a pen and paper, and write a to-do list!

Reliance on tech­nol­ogy for many every­day tasks is at an all-time high, yet a recent national study of adults by BIC, con­ducted by Cana­dian Omnibus, reveals that 85% of Cana­di­ans most often hand­write notes or lists to stay orga­nized.  A global leader and dis­trib­u­tor of ball­point pens, BIC has part­nered with founder/publisher of yummymummyclub.ca, Erica Ehm, to help pro­vide sound advice on how to orga­nize our lives with effec­tive hand-written notes and to-do lists.

“From my own expe­ri­ence, I face multi-tasking chal­lenges every day, so I under­stand all too well the impor­tance of hand­writ­ing notes and lists to help sim­plify my life,” says Erica Ehm, an author, actress, jour­nal­ist, busi­ness­woman, mom and wife who jug­gles it all.  “No doubt tech­nol­ogy is impor­tant – but the fact remains that when you write some­thing down such as a to-do list, you seem to get it done!  This leads to a hap­pier more pro­duc­tive and less stress­ful lifestyle within both the work place and home.”

 

How to Make Your To-Do List Doable

Do you often feel over­whelmed by the amount of work or chores you have to do or do you some­times just for­get to do some­thing impor­tant?  All of these are symp­toms of not keep­ing a proper “to-do list.” There’s no bet­ter feel­ing than check­ing some­thing off your list — Fin­ished! Com­plete! Mis­sion Accom­plished!   To ensure your to-do list guides you through your day, Erica has these time-saving tips!

  • Set aside 10 to 15 min­utes before you go to bed or as soon as you wake up in the morn­ing to jot a to-do list for the day;
  • Keep your list short (under 20 items) and ensure it is on one page and can be car­ried with you wher­ever you go;
  • Try assign­ing tasks to hourly slots, even if exact tim­ing isn’t crucial;
  • Fig­ure out when you are most pro­duc­tive and alert. Sched­ule the more demand­ing tasks dur­ing these times;
  • Sched­ule an easy job after a dif­fi­cult one or a long task after a short one to keep your­self stimulated.
  • Use spe­cific, active verbs when you tell your­self to do some­thing and include as much infor­ma­tion as pos­si­ble (i.e. Phone the den­tist at 555‑1235 to book an appoint­ment the first week of October)
  • Keep a pen and pad of paper by your bed at night.  Write down any ideas or tasks you think of thru the night so you can clear your mind and have a rest­ful, worry-free sleep.
  • Log your com­pleted tasks and revel in your own productivity!

“The process of putting pen to paper for impor­tant notes and lists makes it a per­sonal com­mit­ment and helps retain the tasks more firmly in our minds,” says Erica. “I also believe a person’s hand-writing is expres­sive and very spe­cial and I love receiv­ing hand writ­ten lists and notes from my chil­dren.  Know­ing they took the time to hand­write a note or card for me is very inti­mate and shows thought and care.  Those take pride of place in my office!”

Cana­di­ans Want Hand­writ­ten Praise!

The study also revealed many Cana­di­ans pre­fer to receive a hand­writ­ten note of praise or thanks from each of the fol­low­ing peo­ple com­pared to an email – espe­cially from our family!

Hand­writ­ten Note vs. Email

  • From our Spouse/Partner 64% 7%
  • From our daughter/son 54% 9%
  • From a Fam­ily Mem­ber 49% 17%
  • From a Close Friend 44% 20%
  • From our Boss 37% 25%

Reduce emails and con­nect with fam­ily & friends by send­ing them hand­writ­ten notes, birth­day cards and thank you notes through­out the year.  Include a hand­writ­ten note in your husband’s suit­case before a busi­ness trip and your child’s lunch­box or overnight bag for their first sleep­over.  The sim­ple act of writ­ing a note of thanks and appre­ci­a­tion speaks volumes!

Make a Smooth Tran­si­tion Back to School and Work!

The sur­vey also indi­cates that 90% of Cana­di­ans feel writ­ing smooth­ness and over­all qual­ity are impor­tant fea­tures when using a pen to hand­write a note.  Hand­writ­ing should be smooth and pol­ished and a good qual­ity writ­ing instru­ment is key!  To help Cana­di­ans make a smooth tran­si­tion back to school and work after a lazy, warm sum­mer sea­son, BIC offers the Smoothest Pen in the Uni­verse™ — the Veloc­ity® Bold ball pen.

This retractable pen fea­tures the Easy-Glide Sys­tem® — BIC’s exclu­sive ink tech­nol­ogy, for smoother writ­ing and a more vivid line. Its moulded rub­ber grip and 1.6 mm bold point gives the user writ­ing con­trol when putting pen to an impor­tant con­tract or exam with a more bold, vivid line of ink. Veloc­ity Bold ball pens are avail­able at major retail­ers. Manufacturer’s sug­gested retail price is $4.49 for a pack­age of four.

I received some for review and I love them so much!! I love the way they feel in my hand while writ­ing, the glide so smooth and do not smear, and they come in a gor­geous array of colours!!

About BIC Inc.

BIC Inc. (Canada) is a sub­sidiary of BIC Cor­po­ra­tion (www.bicworld.com), a lead­ing dis­trib­u­tor of sta­tionery prod­ucts, lighters and shavers.  Since it’s found­ing more than 50 years ago, BIC has hon­ored the tra­di­tion of pro­vid­ing high-quality, afford­able prod­ucts to con­sumers every­where.  Through this unwa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion, BIC has become one of the most rec­og­nized brands in the world.

♥→I received prod­uct for review. The opin­ions within this post are of my own and I was not influ­enced in any way. Please do your own research before pur­chas­ing prod­ucts. Your opin­ions and results may dif­fer than mine.←♥

Win It

Enter my sweep­stakes give­away below for a chance to win a $100 give­away fea­tur­ing a vari­ety of BIC Sta­tionery items! Open to Cana­dian res­i­dents only.

How to enter: All entries must be sub­mit­ted using the Raf­fle­copter form below. After you com­plete the easy manda­tory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you’d like to increase your chances of win­ning. I will be check­ing for dupli­cate entries to make sure it’s fair, and no cheat­ing will be tolerated!

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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ Dog Trots Globe — To Paris & Provence (Hardcover book) Review & Giveaway!!

Monday, August 20th, 2012

 

 

This is the story of Chula, a Shet­land Sheep­dog who trav­els to France, from Cal­i­for­nia, at the grand old age of nine. It chron­i­cles her adven­tures from Provence, to Paris, and back home again. There is even a handy hints and tips for trav­el­ling on an aero­plane with a dog which is extremely help­ful!! This book was writ­ten about Chula’s point of view when travelling.

As a pet owner, I could really appre­ci­ate the humor­ous slant that the dog’s per­spec­tive gives.

Dog Trots Globe – To Paris & Provence does what every travel book aspires to: it con­vinces a reader who has never vis­ited a place to want to go and evokes mem­o­ries in those who have already been there. Toss in over 150 col­or­ful pho­tographs and a beau­ti­ful Shet­land Sheep­dog and you have an enchant­ing travel book!!

 

 

 

 

Author Sherry Long is not at all unfa­mil­iar to Pet travel. 8 years ago she started trav­el­ing across coun­try with her then 9-month-old Sheltie, Chula, get­ting her accus­tomed to and com­fort­able with the new expe­ri­ences that occur on a daily basis while trav­el­ing with your prescious dog, your best friend!

As over­seas travel with dogs appears to be sprout­ing wings (thank­fully), Sherry has come out with a book on her expe­ri­ence trav­el­ing to and in France – or should I say her dog Chula has? I per­son­ally detest leav­ing my dogs at home when I am off trav­el­ing, and yearn for them every sin­gle day that I am with­out them!! Dog Trots Globe is one dog’s view on the won­ders of the mar­kets, the fields and the sausages of Provence and the some­what less joie de vivre expe­ri­ence of Paris due to lim­its on where you can take your dog. Dogs are not allowed to expe­ri­ence art at the Lou­vre, but most restau­rants will allow them to dine inside if you ask prior to vis­it­ing!! :)

 

 

 

 

 

Chula endured a bit of a walk on the wild side, boldly snatch­ing a baguette from a shopper’s bag as the deli­cious aroma must have been too tempt­ing! Every day was a new adven­ture – even the scary one in the South of France involv­ing thou­sands of ani­mals Chula had never seen before, and that was a bit much for her accord­ing to Sherry, but Chula gamely con­quered her fears when she met these crea­tures later in the countryside!

 

 

 

 

 

This book is not dull or bor­ing, that’s for sure!! Pack with the most excel­lent adven­tures, I rec­om­mend that every­one own a copy!!

You can find this phe­nom­e­nal book called Dog Trots Globe at Ama­zon and iTunes in book, e-book or enhanced e-book for­mats. The research and exten­sive infor­ma­tion on pet travel to France and the prepa­ra­tion that involves is at the publisher’s site.

 

 

Now retired, Sherry Long founded and directed The Hampton-Brown Com­pany, a ” lead­ing pub­lisher of lan­guage and lit­er­acy mate­ri­als” K-12.  She served as CEO for National Geo­graphic School Pub­lish­ing after National Geo­graphic bought the com­pany in 2006.

 

 

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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ Ecover Natural Cleaning Products Review & Giveaway!!

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

 

 

As many of you know already, I am a huge fan of try­ing to coax every­body that I know to live a greener life. Going green is not as hard as one thinks, it can be done very eas­ily. Less waste, less cost, and less of leav­ing a foot­print on mother earth. I find all of this very impor­tant, as should you.

Recy­cling is an action you must take right now and a vital one con­sid­er­ing we are cur­rently using our planet’s resources faster than they can be renewed. Today, tonight and tomor­row recy­cling is an ongo­ing aware­ness to improve our abil­ity to sus­tain life on Earth. Your role in recy­cling can be as small or large as you want it to be. Most things can be recy­cled today, even with our present pro­cess­ing systems.

 

 

 

 

For some, it can be hard to imag­ine a world with­out plas­tic – espe­cially plas­tic bags.

 

The cons of using plas­tic bags are so over­whelm­ing I don’t think I can think of any pros. They are a huge pol­lu­tion prob­lem, their light­weight design allows them to blow away eas­ily. The fact that they are free gives them no value so peo­ple don’t think about how they dis­pose of them. They are made from petro­leum, which could be used for fuel or energy. They don’t biode­grade, instead they break­down and are mis­taken for food and are often eaten by both land and marine ani­mals which is fatal. They are found every­where and many ani­mals become fatally entangled.

They are not biodegrad­able, so they will per­sist pretty much for­ever, wher­ever they end up. Land­fills if we are lucky, but because of their wide­spread use and their abil­ity to fly away in the wind, they can be a big part of the trash along roads and fields. If they get into the water, they look like food and end up clog­ging the stom­achs of a vari­ety of ani­mals, most famously sea tur­tles look­ing for jellyfish.

The recy­cling of plas­tic bags, while prefer­able to other dis­posal meth­ods, is not cost-effective. Plas­tic bags have only existed for 25 years yet the bil­lions that have been pro­duced since then have caused immea­sur­able dam­age to the envi­ron­ment and to wildlife.

With that in mind, I was ecsta­tic to find ECOVER while surf­ing the web who have already taken these steps toward a more happy and greener world!

 

 

 

 

 

About ECOVER:

 

 

 

Mis­sion

 

Our mis­sion state­ment is“Making a Healthy and Sus­tain­able Lifestyle Easy”.

 

Healthy

Healthy liv­ing is one of the most impor­tant ways that peo­ple can improve their lives and we feel proud to con­tribute to that. We only offer non-toxic prod­ucts that are safe and kind to human health.

Lifestyle

We believe that all peo­ple have a choice to live a way of life or style of liv­ing that reflects their atti­tudes and val­ues. For peo­ple who lean towards a healthy and sus­tain­able way of liv­ing, our goal and mis­sion is to help them dis­cover their jour­ney and make it eas­ier for them to live and main­tain this lifestyle.

Easy

At Ecover, we under­stand that lead­ing a sus­tain­able lifestyle requires peo­ple to act, be informed and make more deci­sions than ever – and this isn’t always easy. That is why for every­thing we do we have you in mind, mak­ing sure we offer qual­ity prod­ucts with an attrac­tive design, rea­son­ably priced, con­ve­nient to use and easy to find. Every day, we’re com­mit­ted to mak­ing inno­v­a­tive, fun and smart prod­ucts that are bet­ter for you, your fam­ily and the world we live in.

 

 

 

 

 

I was sent a huge assort­ment of Ecover prod­ucts from the very kind and gen­er­ous folks over at Ecover! These phe­nom­e­nal prod­ucts con­tain nat­ural ingre­di­ents and smell so awe­some! They clean just like any other prod­uct, but do not con­tain the harm­ful chem­i­cals that is used in a lot of other clean­ing products.

Their lineup of nat­ural clean­ing prod­ucts are exten­sive! Choose from Liq­uid laun­dry deter­gent, Ecover Toi­let Bowl Cleaner, Dish­wash­ing Liq­uid, Ecover dish­wash­ing tablets, Ecover Toi­let Bowl Cleaner, All Pur­pose Cleaner, Bath­room Cleaner, Glass and Sur­face Cleaner, Floor Soap, Cream Scrub, Limescale Remover, Hand Soap, Auto­matic Dish­washer Pow­der, Rinse Aid, Laun­dry Liq­uid 2.5X Con­cen­trate ZERO, Fab­ric Soft­ener ‚Stain Remover ‚Laun­dry Bleach, Laun­dry Liq­uid, Laun­dry Liq­uid 2.5X Con­cen­trate Sunny Day and Del­i­cate Wash!

 

 

 

 

You can fol­low the Ecover blog by click­ing here, and you can pur­chase these excel­lent nat­ural clean­ing prod­ucts by click­ing here to find the store near­est you. You may even want to join thou­sands of peo­ple by sign­ing up for their awe­some newslet­ter where Ecover keeps you informed about all sorts of fun news, activ­i­ties and fun events!

 

 

Ecover prod­ucts totally exceeded my expec­ta­tions, and def­i­nitely gets a huge thumbs up from CoolCanucks!!

 

 

♥→I received prod­uct for review. The opin­ions within this post are of my own and I was not influ­enced in any way. Please do your own research before pur­chas­ing prod­ucts. Your opin­ions and results may dif­fer than mine.←♥

 

 

Win It!! Enter my sweep­stakes give­away below for a chance to win some Ecover Nat­ural Clean­ing Prod­ucts as well! Open to Cana­dian & US res­i­dents only.

 

 

How to enter: All entries must be sub­mit­ted using the Raf­fle­copter form below. After you com­plete the easy manda­tory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you’d like to increase your chances of win­ning. I will be check­ing for dupli­cate entries to make sure it’s fair, and no cheat­ing will be tolerated!

 

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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ J&D Beauty Products Wet Brush Review & Giveaway!!

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

 

 

I am always in search of prod­ucts on the mar­ket that would be ben­e­fi­cial to me and was ecsta­tic to find J&D Beauty Prod­ucts on the net!

When it comes to hair brushes, I am pretty picky. Did you know that using the right brush will make your hair  look health­ier, shinier, and cre­ate and hold your style bet­ter? Believe me, there really is a method to the mad­ness behind all of the dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes of brushes you see in all kinds of stores. If you’ve always wanted to achieve a sleek, salon qual­ity hair­style but never took the time to learn about hair tools, you can now dis­cover what a qual­ity hair­brush can really do for you. Your brush truly does make a dif­fer­ence in how your hair looks and feels!

 

 

 

 

J&D Beauty Prod­ucts sent me one of their famous “Wet Brush” Hair Brushes and they are the absolute BEST Hair Brushes that I have ever used in my entire life! These phe­nom­e­nal Hair Brushes get ulti­mate brag­ging rights from CoolCanucks!!

The Wet Brushes are known world­wide for their dura­bil­ity and effec­tive­ness. These brushes can be used for every­thing – cre­at­ing curls, straight­en­ing curls, set­ting bangs, cre­at­ing vol­ume, etc…

 

 

 

 

There is so much that goes into hav­ing the per­fect hair…and brushes are no place to skimp if you want the per­fect look.

 

 

 

J&D Beauty Prod­ucts has the per­fect brush for you to achieve that look!!

 

 

Super soft Intel­liFlex™ bris­tles.
• Detan­gle hair with ease.
• Works great on wet or dry hair.
• Per­fect for men, women & kids.
• For thick, curly or straight hair.
• Great for hair exten­sions & wigs.

 

 

 

The Wet Brush is absolutely awe­some and scores a HUGE thumbs up from CoolCanucks!!

 

 

♥→I received prod­uct for review. The opin­ions within this post are of my own and I was not influ­enced in any way. Please do your own research before pur­chas­ing prod­ucts. Your opin­ions and results may dif­fer than mine.←♥

 

 

Win It!! Enter my sweep­stakes give­away below for a chance to win 1 of 5 Wet Brushes {5 win­ners of 1 brush each.}!! Open to Cana­dian & US res­i­dents only.

 

 

How to enter: All entries must be sub­mit­ted using the Raf­fle­copter form below. After you com­plete the easy manda­tory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you’d like to increase your chances of win­ning. I will be check­ing for dupli­cate entries to make sure it’s fair, and no cheat­ing will be tolerated!

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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ Back to School with Naked Binder Review & Giveaway!!

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

 

 

 

As most of you know, I am all about green com­pa­nies and eco-friendly prod­ucts, and Naked Binder is cer­tainly no excep­tion. Naked Binder is a com­pany com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing durable, very high qual­ity and use­ful prod­ucts that leave less of a foot­print on the earth.  They believe that long life, strength and beauty go hand-in-hand in the fight against an ugly, cheap, dis­pos­able soci­ety.  Naked Binder is con­stantly work­ing to improve their prod­ucts and processes, look­ing for ways to cut down on waste and pack­ag­ing.  All of Naked Binder prod­ucts are either recy­cled or recy­clable which is phenomenal!

 

I recently received an assort­ment of Naked Binders to review. I noticed right off the bat that these binders were much stur­dier than the vinyl binders that we nor­mally pur­chase for school use. They also sport a very pretty array of colours on the spines so you can colour coor­di­nate your projects or pick a spe­cific colour to blend into your decor!

 

 

• 100% recy­cled board, 97% post-consumer waste
• com­pletely recy­clable
• acid neu­tral board
• no plas­tic, vinyl or toxic chemicals

 

Using eco-friendly prod­ucts help con­serve nat­ural resources, such as; wood, elec­tric­ity, water and oil. Biodegrad­able and recy­clable prod­ucts will also cut back on waste that goes to land­fills and helps pre­vent pol­lu­tion from leach­ing into the ecosys­tem. Recy­cling helps pre­serve the envi­ron­ment and sup­ports the economy.

To make the biggest impact with eco-friendly prod­ucts you should both buy eco-friendly/recycled prod­ucts and reduce, reuse and recy­cle the prod­ucts you buy.

 

 

 

 

 

Using prod­ucts made from recy­cled mate­ri­als such as what these binders are made of, reduces the impact on the envi­ron­ment in a few ways. In the exam­ple of paper, less trees are being cut down. The num­ber of chem­i­cals used in the pro­duc­tion of new paper is reduced. Land-fill sites have been spared at least the amount of paper that was recy­cled! What a bril­liant way to par­take in liv­ing an eco-friendly lifestyle! Naked Binder is an Eco-friendly option for school sup­plies that kids or par­ents already buy but with­out all the vinyl and PVC. They are 100% recy­clable, 100% recy­cled, 100% PCW and FCS cer­ti­fied. Along with being green­their binders are also strong enough, for even the rough­est kids, to make it through the year with one binder. They were tested by flex­ing them over 250,000 times with­out fail, that is equiv­a­lent to using the binder 20 times a day for over 30+ years with­out it break­ing. They also go one step fur­therby being a mem­ber of the 1% for the Planet pro­gram. Being a mem­ber means 1% of their sales go to envi­ron­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions around the world.

 

About Naked Binder:

 

“Started in 2008, Naked Binder emerged hav­ing mul­ti­ple goals: sus­tain­abil­ity, great design, pre­serv­ing wilder­ness we love and giv­ing back to edu­ca­tion that helped us get here.

We designed the strongest, most sus­tain­able 3-ring binders avail­able — cut­ting waste in man­u­fac­tur­ing, pro­cess­ing and travel.  We make our binders, fold­ers and tabs in Des Moines, IA in the US of A out of FSC cer­ti­fied, 100% post-consumer waste binders board, 100% cot­ton cloth, a few FSC cer­ti­fied papers and metal rings.  No plas­tics, vinyls or toxins.

We designed our 3-ring binders to look so good you won’t want to get rid of them.  We have every­thing you might need to impress a client, store your taxes or dec­o­rate your office.

Naked Binder donates to sup­port wilder­ness areas and schools around the US. Learn­ing to think and space to think in are impor­tant for a bet­ter world.
• 1” ring holds 170 sheets of paper”

 

I give Naked Binder a huge thumbs up, and rec­om­mend that you try these out for your­self! They are per­fect for all of your back to school needs that is very quickly approaching!

 

 

♥→I received prod­uct for review. The opin­ions within this post are of my own and I was not influ­enced in any way. Please do your own research before pur­chas­ing prod­ucts. Your opin­ions and results may dif­fer than mine.←♥

 

 

Win It!! Enter my sweep­stakes give­away below for a chance to win a misc assort­ment of Naked Binder prod­ucts!! Open to Cana­dian & US res­i­dents only.

 

 

How to enter: All entries must be sub­mit­ted using the Raf­fle­copter form below. After you com­plete the easy manda­tory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you’d like to increase your chances of win­ning. I will be check­ing for dupli­cate entries to make sure it’s fair, and no cheat­ing will be tolerated!

 

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CoolCanucks Blog Contest ~ Sharpie Canada ~ Sharpie Brush markers Review & Giveaway!!

Friday, August 10th, 2012

 

 

 

Grow­ing up, we used noth­ing but Sharpie when per­tain­ing to writ­ing prod­ucts. I always enjoyed colour­ing and draw­ing, and had so much fun cre­at­ing my own spe­cial lit­tle things on paper as they crossed my mind. One could say that I was often in my own lit­tle dream land, but it was a happy place, and didn’t want to leave it.

Sharpie is num­ber 1 in my books. I love the way they feel in my hand while I am writ­ing and/or draw­ing. They glide so smoothly on the paper, and never seem to be “blotchy” or smear unlike a lot of other writ­ing utensils.

Inter­est­ingly enough, I read an extremely awe­some arti­cle on the world wide web the other day, and it had listed the 10 most cre­ative uses for Sharpies!

I will list them right here:

 

1. Dec­o­rate ceramic tiles.

2. Be cre­ative with old encyclopedias.

3. Dec­o­rate your lap­top cover.

4. Dec­o­rate walls (but get your landlord’s per­mis­sion first if you are renting).

5. Dec­o­rate your car and guitar.

6. Tie-dye a t-shirt.

7. Cre­ate designs on wood.

8. Do art on sty­ro­foam cups.

9. Dec­o­rate a mug.

10. Turn milk car­tons into vases for fake flowers.

 

How bril­liant! I am sure there is at least one cre­ative use that you would love to try! These ideas are also great for peo­ple of all ages!!

 

 

 

 

Let’s
Get Expressive

Sharpie’s New Back to School Style

 
“Self expres­sion is all about demon­strat­ing per­son­al­ity and feel­ings through cre­ative­ac­tiv­ity.  Kids love it.  Teens are amaz­ing at it. They cravein­di­vid­u­al­ity and often express it through their school projects, style and cloth­ing.  Let’s face it… self expres­sion is fun!”

 

Brush
It Bold

 

“The new Sharpie® Brush Tip marker uses the famous bold per­ma­nent Sharpie ink but with a new brush tip that cre­ates fine lines, bold strokes and shad­ing all with a sin­gle marker!  They’re per­fect for express­ing cre­ative flareon tra­di­tional sur­faces like posters and note­books and on a wide vari­ety of irreg­u­lar sur­faces – hel­mets, skate­boards, bicy­cles, signs, and so much more.” 

 

 

 

 

It’s no doubt that Sharpie is the high­est rated and most pop­u­lar mark­ers in the world. I hap­pened to have the oppor­tu­nity to review these new Sharpie Brush mark­ers and they cer­tainly did not dis­ap­point just as I expected. They come in an exten­sive array of gor­geous colours, and I was sent 3 pack­ages con­tain­ing 8 brush mark­ers in black, berry, blue, light blue, orange, pink, pur­ple and green. I also received a cool ceramic mug with even more mark­ers in that, called a “Cup of Colour”.

With these brush mark­ers, one can cre­ate fine lines, bold strokes, and even shading!!

 

One Tip. Plenty of Tricks.

 

 

  • Cre­ate fine lines, bold strokes and
    shading
  • Con­trol the width of your lines — thick or
    thin — with the pres­sure of your hand
  • Make your ideas per­ma­nent on almost any
    surface
  • Cre­ate with brightly col­ored, fade– and
    water-resistant ink
  • Quick-drying ink AP cer­ti­fied non­toxic
    formula
  • 12 assorted col­ors to make your mark­ing
    unique

 

 

 

Sharpie Brush mark­ers get’s a huge thumbs up from Cool­Canucks, and I hon­estly rec­om­mend them to every­one out there!!

 

 

♥→I received prod­uct for review. The opin­ions within this post are of my own and I was not influ­enced in any way. Please do your own research before pur­chas­ing prod­ucts. Your opin­ions and results may dif­fer than mine.←♥

 

Win It!! Enter my sweep­stakes give­away below for a chance to win a Sharpie Marker’s Prize Pkg!! Open to Cana­dian res­i­dents only.

 

 

How to enter: All entries must be sub­mit­ted using the Raf­fle­copter form below. After you com­plete the easy manda­tory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you’d like to increase your chances of win­ning. I will be check­ing for dupli­cate entries to make sure it’s fair, and no cheat­ing will be tolerated!

 

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