Carrie Underwood Rocks OPI! (G!veaway – Canada)

OPI Carrie UnderwoodOne of my favourite thing about OPI lacquers (apart from the colours themselves and their witty names of course!) are the fact that their collections often represent some of the best and brightest (and gorgeous) stars! 2014 has started with a collection that is no exception with a new collection featuring Carrie Underwood! This collection is beautifully diverse – it is comprised of 14 new nail lacquers and features a colourful mosaic of hues in a variety of finishes, including pink, red and coral crèmes; chunky and textured glitters in gold, silver and white; and rich eggplant and khaki green shades. Though I’ve never been a fan of green, these lacquers (particularly Goodbye Shoes) are stunning!

And OPI has something great for you as well! You can enter below for a set of 7 lacquers from the Selena Gomez Collection!

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Enter to win a set of lacquers from the OPI Selena Gomez collection – just click on the logo below!

Giveaway ends January 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Canada (excluding Quebec).

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Snuggle up with the Hulk? Yep – That’s What I’m Saying!

Even though holidays are drawing to a close, with the crazy weather that has decided to reappear, it is a great time to watch movies. Personally I’d hibernate like a bear if given a chance so snuggling up and watching movies are the next best thing!
One fun suggestion? Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United!

Marvel makes history again with one of the greatest Heroic team ups in the universe. Hulk’s brute strength and Tony Stark’s high-tech intellect come together to create a powerful duo necessary to face off against one of the most dangerous enemies.

When “Zzzax,” a seemingly invincible, energy devouring monster threatens to destroy the planet, these two Avengers are mankind’s only hope. Alone, neither can defeat the awesome power of Zzzax. As a team, they just might have a chance – if they can find a way to work together without smashing heads before time runs out!

Packed with explosive action, loaded with bonus features and presented in groundbreaking Marvel CG Animation, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is a must-own movie event that will blow you away!

 Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is now available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and can be found at stores nationwide.



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Amoré Almond + Dairy Beverage

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Alternatives to conventional dairy milk products are interesting things. A few years ago, a friend of mine suggested that I might have a dairy allergy and thought that I should try some dairy alternatives. While I tried a few that I enjoyed, nothing compared to my dairy products and I found myself switching back and forth (happily, as it were, because I discovered that I am not allergic to dairy). So I was tickled when I learned that I could get the best of both worlds with Amoré Almond + Dairy Beverage!

amore almonds + dairy vanillaAmoré combines the goodness of dairy with the creamy, nutty taste of real roasted almonds and can boost your daily milk intake. It is an excellent source of calcium, protein, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and riboflavin. In fact, Amoré contains 50 per cent more calcium per serving than milk!

There are also some great ways that it can be incorporated into a variety of different food and drinks! I love the fact that it has so many diverse uses and I’m looking forward to trying some!

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amore almonds + dairyAmoré Almond + Dairy Beverage comes in Original and Vanilla. The 1.75L cartons are available in refrigerated dairy section at grocery retailers across Canada and have a suggested retail price of $5.29.

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2014 Brings New Directions

As I reflect back on 2013, I hate to say it but the generally consistent thought I had was “blah”. There were, as always, some great moments but most of the time it was simply working to get things done during the day. As I look back on what I wanted to accomplish in 2013, I realize that most of what I’d set out to do simply fell by the wayside. For that reason I’ve decided to truly redirect myself to finish the things I have started. Time for new directions!


If this lumberjack can look at the top and keep going, then I can too!

The biggest focus will be putting a spotlight on losing the last 25 pounds to reach my target weight. My husband raised an excellent point a couple of monthes ago. He said that I was so busy looking at what I needed to do and feeling daunted by it that I hadn’t stopped to truly look at the big picture. Realistically, when I began this journey again I had approximately 75 pounds to lose. At this stage I have lost approximately 50 pounds. While I am no mathematical wizard (a great and grand understatement!) I have worked to achieve 2/3 of my initial goal and I only have 1/3 left to go. When put in that context, I realized that my greatest goal for 2014 is to reach that goal and to maintain it!

In order to do that, I have to make exercise and healthy eating my first priorities. While I have some hobbies that I enjoy doing, they have to take a backseat to losing this weight and keeping focus so that I can strike a balance to maintain my goal.

You will see a shift in focus here as I return to using this platform to examine what I find works for me, where I need to improve and the great resources I have been bookmarking along the way that I plan to utilize and share with you! I will also return to sharing my progress because I believe that it will provide another means of support to the development of this final chapter in what has been a journey that has been taking much too long!

And, because I am still one thrifty gal, I’m going to share what I learn about making healthy choices without breaking the bank!

Are you thinking about embarking on a new journey of type or, like me, facing the final battle? If so, you will appreciate this article on Why a healthy lifestyle could save your sanity (which I learned about thanks to Laina at Keeping Off 200 Pounds)

Today (after an indulgent holiday) I weigh 156 pounds and am only way to finishing what I started so long ago!

What are your plans for 2014?

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