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ULTA Now Shipping To Canada + Free Shipping When You Spend $100


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Beauty lovers rejoice.  For years, Ulta had many exclusive brands and products and did not ship to Canada but now you can get your hands on all of those goodies.  While they are not opening any Ulta stores in Canada and still ship from the US you can order from their website with a number of shipping options including BorderFree where you prepay the taxes and brokerage so there are no surprises at the door.

Prices are shown in Canadian dollars so you know exactly what the item will cost you.  There are various options for shipping and you can get free USPS/Canada Post delivery when you spend $100 Canadian or more.  Just choose Postal as the option when checking out and it will reduce the shipping charge to $0.

Ulta Shipping To Canada - No Prepaid Taxes

If you want to prepay taxes or spend less than $100, shipping is very expensive.  Even for a small package, the prepaid taxes option was $22 for my order plus $20 in taxes – on a $120 order with two small items!  So well worth spending $100+ to get free shipping.  Canada Post will charge a fee of $9.95 to pay taxes for you, plus whatever duties or taxes are applied if it gets caught at the border – but I often get packages over the minimum with no taxes applied.

Ulta Shipping To Canada - Prepaid Taxes

One of the issues has been free gifts with purchase.  The checkout page will not let you proceed without adding the free gift option but some of them are not found in the international database.  Some products from the main Ulta site are not available for shipping to Canada either, so make sure you choose Ship to Canada (found at the bottom of the page) before shopping.

Shop Ulta’s global shipping site here.


WestJet Canada Planning to Launch New Ultra Low Cost Carrier at End of 2017


Flying nowadays has become a pricey endeavour. Between needing to pay for checked bags, extra bags or even carry-on bags, it sometimes feels like hopping in your car and driving might be the more budget friendly option – though this option won’t really get you across the Atlantic/Pacific. WestJet Canada has recently recognized that their low-cost carrier services that initially made them so popular in 1996 when they first opened have become difficult to maintain, especially with their more than a 100 worldwide destinations and state-of-the-art aircrafts.

That is why WestJet has decided to launch a new ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) at the end of 2017. This ULCC is a kind of carrier that has become more popular in the past few years with other airlines. The airline essentially strips a flight of all the additional frills to a very low price, and then with each additional ‘frill’ you add to your flight (e.g. airport check-in fee, checked baggage, etc.) you will add an additional expense to your flight.

The carriers are also more densely packed than regular airlines, but the prices are much cheaper than others making those tighter quarters more bearable. WestJet has yet to give an official name to this ULCC, but they have said that they plan to launch officially by the end of 2017, hopefully in time for you to begin booking inexpensive holiday travel.

You can learn more about the launch of the ULCC from WestJet Canada here.


Food Recall Warning: Longo’s brand Ontario Lean Ground Veal Recalled Due to E. coli

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Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. is recalling Longo’s brand Ontario Lean Ground Veal from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.The recalled product was sold from the Longo Brothers Fruit Market located at 5636 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Click here to read more information about this recall.


Food Recall Warning: Miss Vickie’s Brand Jalapeño Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Recalled Due to Salmonella

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Miss Vickie’s Canada is recalling Miss Vickie’s brand Jalapeño Kettle Cooked Potato Chips from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Click here to read more information about this recall.


Toys R Us Canada FREE Family Event: Play Day Event, April 22 From 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Toys R Us Canada has a great FREE Family Events in April on Saturday including fun make and takes, product demos, giveaways and more.

Visit your local Toys“R”Us store to take part in the exciting promotions and activities your kids will love. All events are offered In-store only. While quantities last. Giveaways and make and takes are limit to one per child. Events recommended for children ages 5 years and up.

Today: Saturday, April 22, 2017  from 11am – 1pm

Play Day Event:

  • Plant & Take
  • Demo and Play with Little Tikes
  • Come Monkey Around with Us!
  • Get Artsy with Crayola!
  • Giveaways!

Click here to view the Toys R Us flyer.

 


Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies Promotions: E.T Extra-Terrestrial For $2.99/Ticket, Today, Saturday, April 22 at 11AM!


Cineplex Canada has released their new schedule. The Cineplex Canada Family Favourites Movies include:

  • Today, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11am the film E.T Extra-Terrestrial. Science Fiction, Adventure, Family, is the Family Favourites for $2.99 (2h 01m).

Here’s the upcoming movie every Saturday morning at 11am for Cineplex Family Favourites at $2.99 each:

April 2017:

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017: Sing

May 2017:

  • Saturday, May 6, 2017: The Lego Movie
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017: Heidi
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017: Storks
  • Saturday, May 27, 2017: Trolls

June 2017:

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017: A Dog’s Purpose
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017: The Muppet Movie

Click here to see a list of Cineplex participates in the Family Favourites event.

Click here to get tickets from Cineplex online


The Home Depot Canada FREE Workshops: Repair a Deck! Today, April 22


The Home Depot Canada has a new list of workshops! The Home Depot Canada today FREE workshops includes: Repair a deck. Inspection and basic repairs.

The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops is valid today, Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

To book your slot at a workshop, contact your local Home Depot location.

Click here to get all Home Depot Canada online offers.

Click here to view The Home Depot flyers


Shoppers Drug Mart Spring Beauty Gala on Saturday May 6th


Shoppers Beauty Gala Spring 2017 Date and Details

Looking to refresh your makeup look for the warmer weather? The Shoppers Drug Mart Spring Beauty Gala will be held on Saturday 6th May across the country.

Tickets are just $10 to show yourself a little love with a makeover and skin consultation.  You will receive a $5 coupon to be used against any cosmetic purchase and the other $5 will be donated to to community-based women’s mental health programs supported by SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women and other prominent mental health charities.

In my experience, stores vary a lot when it comes to Galas.  In the past, they have had goodie bags if you purchased a ticket and I have received Smashbox samples at one store and what I am guessing were testers at another.  The consultations vary a lot too.  Some are done by the regular staff while others get reps from big cosmetic brands in.  So if you have multiple stores near you, ask them what they are planning.  The cosmetics manager is usually happy to get early interest.

The Galas are beauty themed and that means we have a very good chance of a beauty themed Optimum offer in the flyer for that weekend.  If beauty products are not your thing, you may want to pay extra attention to the upcoming flyers to shop ahead of the beauty-heavy flyer that usually accompanies the Galas.


Tim Hortons Unveils New Canada 150th Anniversary Cup


What could be more Canadian than a cup of Tim Hortons coffee warming your hands while you sit on the bleachers of your kid’s minor league hockey game? I know I spent many a nights in high school using Tim Hortons hot chocolates to keep body from dropping to an unhealthy temperature, so seeing this Canada 150th anniversary cup on Tim Hortons’ Twitter, which will be released this week, really tugged at my heart strings.

The cup features a number of iconic Canadian animals and experiences, including, of course, an animation of a cup of Tim Hortons coffee. There’s also a beaver, a VIA rail train, a maple leaf, an inukshuk, as well as a box of Timbits!

This limited edition cup doesn’t have a firm deadline for when they’ll stop serving coffee in them, but I know I’m going to be saving at least one cup as a souvenir!

Click here to find the nearest Tim Hortons Canada.


The Home Depot Canada FREE Workshops: Build a Planter Bench! Today, April 19


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The Home Depot Canada has a new list of workshops! The The Home Depot Canada today FREE workshops includes: Build a Planter Bench. Planning, cutting, assembling and finishing touches.

The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops is valid today, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

To book your slot at a workshop, contact your local Home Depot location.

Click here to get all Home Depot Canada online offers.

Click here to view The Home Depot flyers


Subway Canada Introducing Four New Paninis To Lineup


This may be a publicity stunt to detract attention away from Subway Canada’s previous reputation with ‘transparency’, but it sure is a delicious sounding one if that be the case. Subway is introducing four new paninis to their menu, which are being described as gourmet sandwiches as they will feature the freshest vegetables, quality meats and melted cheese.

The sandwiches will include:

  • Chipotle Steak & Cheese: 100 per cent Canadian steak, green peppers, red onions and cheddar cheese on the new ciabatta bread
  • Triple Cheese: Cheddar, Swiss and Monterey cheeses, baby spinach, red tomatoes and crunchy red onions
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu: Canadian ham, grilled white meat chicken strips, Swiss cheese, baby spinach and tomatoes drizzled with creamy honey mustard
  • Italian B.M.T. Melt: Genoa salami, pepperoni, ham, cheddar cheese, spinach, tomato and red onion drizzled with house sandwich sauce

This is all part of a rebranding strategy that Subway Canada’s Senior Marketing Director described as “a declaration of our commitment to the sandwich.” She described how there are a number of “exciting” changes coming to Subway’s across Canada, including new packaging and uniforms in their sandwich shops.

The gourmet paninis will be touring across Canada in a truck called the Panini Express. Beginning in Toronto and making their way east to Charlottetown, and then back west to Vancouver, the paninis will be showcased in a one-of-its-kind transparent food truck so that customers can see how the sandwiches are prepared from start to finish.

You can follow the Panini Express tour on Subway Canada’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Click here to learn more about the paninis from Subway Canada.


Starbucks Canada’s Unicorn Frappuccino is Here!


Catch it while you can! Starting today, and for five days only, Starbucks Canada will be offering UNICORN Frappuccinos! Capture the colour-changing, flavour-changing, limited-edition-totally not-made-up-Frappuccino before it disappears!

This sweet and pleasantly sour spectacle is in participating Starbucks Canada stores until April 23rd 2017 only.

Did you try it? We’d love it if you share your experience with us (in the comments) once you do! 🙂

Click here for more information on Starbucks Canada’s Unicorn Frappuccino!


Home Depot Canada FREE May Workshops: Learn how to Select & Care for Assorted Perennials!


The Home Depot Canada has a new workshop in May 2017! The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops of May 2017 includes: Learn how to Select & Care for Assorted Perennials!

The Home Depot Canada FREE workshops is valid on Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

To book your slot at a workshop, contact your local Home Depot location.

Click here to get all Home Depot Canada online offers.

Click here to view The Home Depot flyers.


McDonald’s McCafé Canada Introduces New Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffin!


Better late than never! McDonald’s McCafé Canada is introducing a new banana chocolate chunk muffin. Made with 8 grams of whole grains, real banana, dark chocolate and topped with granola – it sounds delicious!

Furthermore, you can buy any muffin and coffee for only $1.99. The other muffins available are: blueberry, carrot, cranberry orange, and fruit and fibre.

Click here for more information on this McDonald’s deal.


While U.S. Plans to Cut Trans Fats, Canadians Reflect on Lack of Measures in Own Country


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving to ban all trans fats in the United States, citing the fats as being “a public health concern”. While the U.S. is taking steps to formally remove the artificial fats from their market, Canada still stands steps behind their southern counterpart as they have yet to meet their own 2007 goal of eliminating trans fats from products.

Trans fats can be naturally found in some meats, but the kind we’re talking about is the artificial kind, which are made by making oil into a solid through the addition of hydrogen (hence why they are also known as partially hydrogenated oils). Trans fats are often used to create a softer texture in manufactured goods, like baked treats, breads, deep fried foods, and margarine. They also extend the shelf life of food.

The problem, among many, with trans fats is that they raise your bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) while lowering your good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein). These artery cloggers have been linked to a greater risk of stroke, coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death.

And so, with the U.S. finally making steps to curb the use of these proven heart stoppers, where is Canada’s plan?

To understand Canada’s history with trans fats, you have to go back to 2007, when Health Canada asked the food industry to eliminate or at least reduce the use of trans fats in their products. They were given two years to meet this deadline, and if they did not meet it voluntarily, then the government said they would step in to make regulations that would force them to alter their trans fats usage.

In 2009, even with the voluntary bans in place, trans fats were still found to be in 25 percent of the food consumed by Canadians. And since then very little has been done (officially) to stop trans fats from being put into our food. What’s more harmful is that under food labelling regulations in Canada, if the food product you are consuming has less than half a gram of trans fat per serving, then producers are allowed to list the amount of trans fats as being ‘0’.

This may not seem like a lot, but trans fats are one of those unsaturated fats that any amount is considered bad for you, and those hidden amounts can really add up.

That being said, Health Canada is attempting to follow the steps of our neighbours to the south. On Friday, Heath Canada presented a “Notice of Proposal” which would prohibit the use of industrially produced partially hydrogenated oils. If passed, this shift would be the first major step in completely eliminating trans fats from the Canadian diet.

*Note: In B.C., they decided to take matters into their own hands and removed all artificial trans fats in foods prepared and served in the province in 2009. This included restaurants, schools and health care services.

Until then though, here’s a helpful little list of some of the biggest offenders for containing trans fats that you should be on the look out for (though you should always be checking the nutrition label to be sure your specific brand does or doesn’t have trans fats in it):

  • margarine (stick or tub)
  • shortening
  • microwave popcorn
  • deep fried fast foods
  • doughnuts
  • cream filled candies
  • frozen pizza
  • pie crust
  • pre-packaged frostings and baked goods
  • pancake and waffle mixes
  • non-dairy creamers
  • frozen/pre-packaged biscuits
  • frozen treats/creamy drinks (e.g. Dairy Queen blizzards)

This just a cautionary list of places where you could find trans fats. This is by no means an exhaustive list and it also doesn’t mean that because margarine is listed as one of the usual offenders for using trans fats that your specific brand of margarine also has trans fats in it (e.g. Smart Balance is a popular margarine that’s trans fat free).

Happy and healthy shopping!


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