September 2014

Renovating our Guest Bath & Saving With #CAARewards

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 Back in July I shared a post with you that explained all the benefits of a CAA Membership. The focus was really on the fact that CAA offers so much more than Roadside Assistance.

My ‘to-do’ was to spot one of the CAA Partners and report back to you on my experience using my CAA Membership to save. Today I’m really excited to share my experience.


CAA Rewards

Of course in order to save, I first became a CAA Member, which I did with ease. Next I visited the list of CAA Partners to learn all about the saving options.

For me, I knew right away where I wanted to save; we are redoing our guest bathroom as we haven’t touched it since we moved in almost five years ago. Everyone knows that the most effective and cheapest way to revitalize a room is by applying a new coat of fresh paint.

Luckily for me, I discovered that CAA Members receive a 25% savings at DULUX Paints. So off to the shop we went; but the story gets even better.

When we arrived to the store, we discovered that DULUX was already running a promotion for 40% off their manufactured paints. I figured that I would probably use that promo rather than my CAA Reward as it was a greater saving; I was pleasantly surprised to learn that CAA Members receive an additional 5% savings on top of any promotion that DULUX is already running. How great is that?!

CAA Rewards

Most reward programs have that fine print that says something along the lines of “not to be combined with any other offer”. The gentleman at the store (who was extremely helpful) let us know that they offer CAA Members a discount in addition to their sales. Both my husband and I were really impressed!


CAA Rewards

The gentleman at the shop was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We showed him our inspiration (see photo below) and explained that we wanted to brighten up the dark room with a shade of white that did not match the plain white trim, but also didn’t clash with it.

He led us to the colour palate wall and explained that we should find a colour that matched with our inspiration and then work up the wall to find the lightest shade. This way it doesn’t clash with our white trim and matches our inspiration art.

Our Inspiration

Overall we had an exceptional experience at Dulux Paints and with a CAA Membership you get to save big which is always a bonus!

For what would have normally cost us $69.99 (before tax) as CAA Members it cost us $38.49 + tax (with their sale). And guess what? Their sale is on until October 12th  so that gives you enough time to get your CAA Membership and save like us, not to mention many other saving options!

Have you checked out the CAA Partners yet? Where would you like to save?

Disclosure: I am participating in the CAA campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

The Digital Dilemma: Free ‘Parenting in the Multimedia Age’ Talk in #LdnOnt

Child With Laptop

If you’re like my husband and me, the thought of your child having their own computer, Facebook account, Instagram etc. scares the *#&@ out of you!

For me, I’m in a bit of a denial stage where I have quietly placed the thought in a hidden corner of my brain with a Post-It note that says ‘Address this later’.  But let’s face it; our children are getting older and technology is infiltrating them at younger ages than in the past.

From LeapPads to iPods, portable DVD players to handheld gaming devices; technology is everywhere you turn. Couple that with the fact that parents are busier and busier than in times past, we often turn to the ‘digital babysitter’.


Little S, who turns seven in just a few months, has already started saving for her own laptop. Together my husband and I are praying that it takes her a long time to save; however she is quite determined and has already reached a total of $118 towards her goal.

This opens up the topic of a whole other post (which will come shortly) as we are working diligently with her on the ‘Save, Spend, Give’ approach of learning about finances. So, we are supporting her goal because it’s the right thing to do (in our opinion) but we’ll definitely need some guidance on how to manage and oversee her use of technology.



This brings me to this timely opportunity for parents in the London area to attend a guest speaking event sponsored by Montessori Academy of London.

This free event, open to the public will take place at the Wolf Performance Hall at the London Public Library on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM.


Katie Cole, Media Specialist and Mom will cover topics including:

  • Is Facebook okay for kids?
  • Is this video game too violent?
  • What qualifies as over sharing?
  • How do I keep my kids safe on social media?
  • How much screen time is okay for my child?
  • What’s cruelty and what’s a crime online?

Katie will also walk us through media management strategies for our family and how to stay on top of what’s trending in technology today.


I have a feeling that this is going to be a ‘sold out’ event so I’ve reserved my free tickets and you can too by visiting From the event page you can access a link to reserve your tickets to this wonderful information session.

Hope to see you there!

Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at

City Mom

I’m Running The CIBC Run for the Cure and Here’s Why


Did you know that statistics say that one in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime? This is shocking! That means that within my close-knit group of friends that at least one of us will deal with this disease; and that’s why I’m running!

I’m running for me, for them and for every woman who has ever had to face Breast Cancer! I am running for the future, so my daughter never has to hear the word breast cancer when she visits the doctor!


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Sadly, everyone seems to have a connection with cancer in one form or another. As a woman, breast cancer is particularly alarming because of the statistics. Already, at our relatively young age, a couple of my friends have had to deal with breast cancer scares. I want to help to put an end to this.

Whether you are registered for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure or not, everyone has their reason to want to run (or walk). What is yours?


For me, participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure is twofold; I can help to raise money that will be put towards innovative research and I can achieve some fitness goals that I have been working towards.

I will be participating in the London CIBC Run for the Cure at Victoria Park this October and I am thrilled to work towards my goal of running a 5K.

Last winter I was training for a marathon and suffered a show-stopping stress fracture. Since then I have been working my way up to the distance I was running during training so that I can complete my marathon goal. Completing a 5K in October will come at the perfect time in my training schedule.

What are your fitness goals? Have you run a 5K before? Using something like the CIBC Run for the Cure to achieve a long-term goal is a win-win situation for everyone! So lace up your runners and hit the pavement…there’s lots of time to train towards a 5K!


Click here to register to walk or run and if you don’t fancy yourself a runner/walker you can still contribute to the cause in various ways; you can donate or volunteer.


Get involved in the conversation with @CBCF_Ontario on Twitter and @CBCFOntario on Facebook. Share your thoughts, learn more about healthy living, regular breast cancer screening and examinations, and support for women in your family and community.

Stay tuned to City Mom’s social media profiles for race day pics and results!

This post was generously sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit

City Mom

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