November 2014

Six Black Friday Deals at Indigo You Don’t Want to Miss!


Our Best Black Friday Sale Ever! 1000s of Items at Amazing Prices!

I buy at least 50% of my Christmas gifts at Indigo/Chapters. Why do I love it so much? Probably for the same reasons that you do; they have a fantastic selection of gift-type items for everyone on your list, shipping is easy and often free with a certain dollar amount and they are a Canadian-based company. What’s not to love?

Like our neighbours to the South, Canada widely recognizes Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Indigo has some great deals that will not only make your gift search easier, but cheaper too.

Below I have selected some of my favourite items from Indigo that are on sale for Black Friday and you can check back here on Monday where I will share the Cyber Monday deals.

SHOP THE DEALS

Indigo Black Friday Sale

  1. Monogram Mugs – Reg: $8 – $12 Sale: $6
  2. 50% Off Super Soft Scarves
  3. 10% Off Beats Mixr & Solo HD Drenched Headphones
    • On Sale: Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2014
    • Save: 10% off regular price
    • The world’s most famous headphone has been completely redesigned and reimagined. The new Beats Studio® is lighter, sexier, stronger, and more comfortable, with precision sound, Adaptive Noise Canceling, a 20-hour rechargeable battery, and RemoteTalk™.
    • The Solo 2 has arrived. Beats’ most popular headphone has been redesigned from the inside out. With updated and improved acoustics, the Solo 2 lets you feel your music with a wider range of sound and enhanced clarity.
    • David Guetta challenged Beats by Dr. Dre to create the perfect set of world-class ear cups.
    • Shop Beats Mixr & Solo HD Drenched Headphones
  4. 25% Off Regular Priced Toys
    • On Sale: Nov 28, 2014 Only
    • Save: 25% off regular price (excludes Lego & American Girl)
    • In-store and online
    • Shop Indigo Toys
  5. $20 Off Fitbit Flex – Reg: $99.95 Sale: $79.95
    • On Sale: Nov. 28, 2014
    • Save: $20
    • See how you’re stacking up against your daily goals 24 hours a day. It track steps, distance, calories burned, and monitors your sleep and wakes you with a silent alarm. Access your stats wirelessly with computers and select mobile devices.
    • Shop Fitbits
  6. iHome iW3 AirPlay Wireless Speaker – Reg: $199 Sale: $79
    • On Sale: Nov. 27 – Nov. 30, 2014
    • Save: $120
    • The iW3 is an AirPlay wireless speaker system that uses your Wi-Fi network to connect and control your iTunes library (Mac + PC) for wireless audio anywhere in the home with rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for portable placement.
    • Shop iHome iW3 AirPlay Wireless Speakers

Happy Shopping!

Note: Affiliate links are used in this post.

City Mom

Top 5 Stocking Stuffers For Your Pet From PetSafe {#Giveaway}

PetSafe Canada

Did you know that according to a recent PetSafe survey that 98% of Canadians consider their pet to be part of the family?

If you’re a pet owner, this statistic probably doesn’t surprise you. As a pet owner myself, I know that our hamster, Hammy, will surely be receiving some treats under the tree this year.

Lucky for us pet-lovers, PetSafe has put together their list of top 5 stocking stuffers for our pet(s). This takes the guess-work out for us and makes shopping for our additional family members a breeze. Check them out below and read on to enter to win all five items for your pet ($80 CAD value).

TOP 5 STOCKING STUFFERS FOR YOUR PET

PetSafe Stocking Stuffers

      1. INDIGO TRIPLE CHEWS: delicious, long-lasting chewable treats that are made with a recipe fortified with healthy ingredients. Available in small, medium and large sizes to suit a variety of dogs. $24.99
        • Premium ingredients including potato, chicken and blueberries
        • Grain free
        • Natural blue colour from fruit juices
        • No artificial preservatives
        • Hexametaphosphate to safely remove plaque and prevent tartar build-up
      2. LIKETY STIK: give your dogs and cats all the excitement and flavor of a moist treat without the sticky mess. A tidy roller ball dispenses all-natural liquid goodness — pets just lap it up! With LicketyStik, pets get all of the flavor and none of the bulk of other biscuits and treats that can fill them up.$3.49-5.99 (.84 – 1.69 Oz.)
        • Natural flavors with added vitamins
        • Over 500 licks per bottle
        • Only 1 calorie in every 10 licks and 50 calories per bottle
        • No-mess roller-ball
        • Great for training
        • Conveniently fits in your pocket
        • Available in 6 delicious flavors: Savory Chicken, Braised Liver, Smoky Bacon, Sharp Cheese, Peanut Butter,
          and Big Beef
      3. BUSY BUDDY JACK: a durable nylon and rubber treat-dispensing toy challenges your dog to figure out how to get the delicious natural rawhide treat. Perfect to preoccupy your dog for hours! $7.99-12.99
        • Durable nylon and rubber construction
        • Additional rawhide treat ring refills available separately
        • Hard chew strength, treat-dispensing toy
        • Dishwasher safe, top rack only
      4. EGG-CERCIZER CAT TOY: make playtime more fun or help your cat stay in shape. Adjust the dispensing holes to slow down cats that eat too fast and encourage exercise. Reward your pet, while providing exercise! $4.49
        • Treat or food-dispensing toy
        • Fun wobbly movement as cat plays with toy
        • Encourages playtime
        • Helps with your cat’s weight loss
        • Adjustable openings to increase or decrease the challenge for your cat
      5. FROLICAT BOLT: an interactive laser toy that projects a laser pattern allowing your pet to pounce, chase across the floor, up the walls, and over furniture. $19.99
        • Random laser patterns engage your cat in fun, interactive play
        • Automatic Mode moves the laser in random patterns for hands-free play session
        • Manual Mode lets you point the laser in unique laser patterns
        • Timer automatically turns off toy after 15 minutes
        • Adjustable mirror to aim laser across different surfaces

SHOP PETSAFE

PetSafe items can be found at your local pet supplies retailers. Visit petsafe.net to locate stores in your area.

ENTER TO WIN STOCKING STUFFERS FOR YOUR PET

One City Mom reader will win the five stocking stuffer items as listed above. Prize pack has a retail value of $80 CAD. Contest is open to Canadian residents (excl. Quebec) only and will run from Nov. 27 – Dec. 9, 2014 11:59 PM.

Please use the Rafflecopter widget below! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

City Mom

Magazine-Worthy Holiday Table for Under $50

Holiday Table on a Budget

When I received the most recent edition of Canada’s Style at Home magazine, I was really taken with the holiday dining table image on the cover. In fact, the entire issue had some gorgeous holiday design ideas. Sadly for me, I do not have the budget to recreate the image exactly, not even close in fact. I imagine the table accessorizing cost hundreds of dollars.

We are just not a hundreds-of-dollars-holiday-table kind of family so what is a girl to do who wants to have one but can’t? I decided that I was going to go out in search of items that could create the same sort of feel as the magazine design for a fraction of the cost.

I think I was pretty successful in my hunt and I was able to create a pleasing holiday table that not only fit our budget, but also our small dining table.

STICKING TO A BUDGET

I should note that I already owned the wine glasses, dinner plates and cutlery so they are not included in the fifty dollar budget.

I bought everything at Dollarama except for the red tea light lanterns; those I found at Loblaws for just five dollars each.

Holiday Table on a Budget

List of items I used are as follows:

  • Two sparkle pillar candles
  • Silver paper napkins and one set of red tree ornaments
  • Silver tablecloth
  • Pinecone greenery
  • Two snow-covered candle wreaths
  • Four silver serving platters
  • Four antique-looking china bowls
  • Two tea light lanterns
  • One LED Pillar candle
  • Dinner plates
  • Silverware
  • Wine glasses

Holiday Table on a Budget

I am pretty pleased with the outcome of my little project and now we’ll be ready for any drop-ins over the holidays as my table will always be set.

Holiday Table on a Budget

What do you think? What project would you love to try on a budget?

City Mom

Marriage Monday: Couples Resort Review

Marriage Monday

A few weeks ago my husband and I were fortunate enough to visit the Couples Resort in Algonquin Park, Ontario for one fun-filled, relaxing and romantic weekend. Our adventure was so good for the mind, body and soul as well as a priceless bonding experience for our marriage.

That is why I have selected our review of the Couples Resort to include in City Mom’s first-ever Marriage Monday feature.

MARRIAGE MONDAY

On the first Monday of each month, City Mom will focus on a topic, product, service etc. that will help to contribute to the quality and health of marriages. In today’s fast-paced society it is often too easy to put all of our focus on our careers, children and social lives; we often forget to put importance on our relationship with our significant other and that can wreak havoc on the well-being of the entire family.

Marriage Monday is meant to act as a great way to start your week with an enjoyable read that can help to bring some focus to your marriage/relationship with tips, reviews and personal success stories.

Without further ado, I am thrilled to share our experience at Couples Resort.

ABOUT COUPLES RESORT

Couples Resort Algonquin Park

As the name says, this resort if focused on couples meaning that there are NO KIDS ALLOWED! How refreshing right? This resort is set just outside of the Algonquin Park gates in Whitney, Ontario. This setting provides its breathtaking views that will keep you awestruck for your entire stay.

We visited in mid-October so we had just missed the true colours of fall which apparently are beautiful. We were however able to witness our first snowfall of the season and experience some chilly temperatures which made using the in-room, wood burning fireplace all the more enticing.

There are various types of rooms to choose from at Couples Resort. We stayed in a junior suite that included one extremely comfortable king size bed, large balcony with a lake view, in room Jacuzzi tub and wood burning fireplace (all the wood you can use included).

From the moment we pulled up to the entrance, to the moment we left (sadly) we were constantly impressed. Couples Resort is rated 5 stars and it’s very obvious why.

THE ROOMS

Couples Resort Room Review

The best words I can use to describe our room are cozy and rustic which combined, create an extremely quaint and romantic setting. We loved the romance that the fireplace and Jacuzzi added as well.

Other rooms that are available include a private outdoor hot tub, Chateaus, Master Suites, Chalets, Villas with Saunas and Exotics.

No matter the type of room that you should choose, they all include the following awesome upgrades:

  • Free – Internet high speed – WIFI & Hard Wired
  • Free – Netflix Video Streaming
  • Walkout Spacious Lakeside Balcony
  • Real Wood Fireplace (with FREE firewood and firestarter, 2 candles)
  • 2 bath robes, a cosmetic mirror
  • Hair Dryer
  • Irons/Ironing Boards
  • Keurig Coffee Maker (extra charge for coffee)
  • Phones – Free long Distance
  • 2 padded Chaise Lounge Chairs – Spring, Summer and Fall
  • Large Double Relaxing Soaker Jacuzzi Tub
  • Safes
  • Alarm Clock

ACTIVITIES

Couples Resort Activities

The natural beauties of Algonquin Park provide perhaps the best “activity” possible but Couples Resort offers a wide range of activities to enjoy during your stay.  A park pass is even included in your stay.

Depending on the time of year, the activities offered vary; dog sledding in the winter and horseback riding (extra cost) during the other seasons. Guests can enjoy the free use of mountain bikes, canoes and kayaks. In the summer you can make use of the salt water pool and lakeside patio with patio chairs and in the winter you can enjoy ice skating and snowmobiling (extra cost).

There are a lot of extras included that you don’t see at regular resorts. Check out the activities list to see all the inclusions.

My husband and I had a fabulous time making use of the mountain bikes and we rode the nearby trails. We also enjoyed a fun horseback riding experience.

THE FOOD

Couples Resort Food Review

I could not stop taking pictures and raving about the food at Couples Resort. If you follow City Mom on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram, you were probably very aware that I was having the time of my life at Couples Resort and the food was a huge contributor to that!

First, all meals (with the exception of lunch) are included in your stay. Dinner is a first class, five course meal. The culinary team is led by Executive Chef, Ronnie Coppens and the menu is full of fresh, seasonally available Ontario produced foods. It perhaps is the number one reason why you should visit Couples Resort.

We especially enjoyed having our meals delivered to our room (free of charge). It was pure luxury dining in our room for both breakfast and dinner with the warm ambiance of our wood burning fireplace. We got to eat in our plush robes and stay in the comfort of our cozy room.

THE SERVICE

From the moment we began our stay to our time of check-out, every single interaction with the staff was exemplary. Each was helpful, friendly and kind which contributed greatly to our feeling or relaxation and enjoyment. Something to note, that tipping is included in your stay, so while you will likely feel the desire to tip, it is not promoted.

OTHER AMENTIES

With only two short days, there were many things we didn’t have time to do such as the Spa which has been awarded one of North America’s top 100 Spas. This is definitely something I want to check out on our next visit.

There is also a games room/lounge area that includes pool tables, ping-pong, shuffleboard and darts.

BOOK WITH COUPLES RESORT

Regardless of the time of year that you should choose to visit, you will absolutely love your experience at Couples Resort. There are a number of seasonal packages available so be sure to check them out.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Taking time out from your busy lives and spending some “adult time” is a much needed activity to do with your partner. It allows for a deeper connection and stronger bond. While it can be difficult to find sitters for the kids and finances for the trip, it is something that you will not regret and something I highly recommend making a priority for your relationship.

My husband and I came back feeling refreshed, happy and connected. This is priceless and will last a lot longer than a single weekend.

Thank you so much to John and the rest of Couples Resort staff for helping to make our weekend so amazing!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary accommodations in exchange for my review but the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

City Mom

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