Friday, 20 October 2017

Swago: Shopping Edition is Back!


The holidays are close and the online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save while you spend. 

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's
a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.  

Click here to get started!
Here’s what you need to know to get your 25 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Shop Swago will begin on Monday, October 23rd at 9am PT/12pm ET, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, October 27th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

Stock Up on Fall Supplies

As the days get shorter and it gets darker sooner, simplify your life by stocking up on the essentials to keep your household running. With upcoming holidays, busy kids after school, and weekend commitments, the fall is the perfect time to stock up. 
Here are a few of our favorite bulk household items we couldn’t live without. 

With flu season around the corner, prepare your whole family for the sniffles with this 12-count tissue pack from Boxed. We love Boxed for the brand names it carries, big sizes, and even bigger savings on most items compared to retail prices. Plus, enjoy free delivery on your first order and all additional orders $49+!
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With free shipping over $35 and free returns, Jet.com is a must for household essentials like this Gain laundry detergent. Stock up on other supplies for laundry, cleaning, food storage, and more. 
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Gone are the days where you have to lug paper towels out of your trunk. Stock up and save on these and many other household stock items from Overstock.com.
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Tailgating Like a Boss!

Prep for your next tailgate with these tailgating essentials.
 
This handy tailgate-in-a-box from Target is designed to make any tailgating experience an effortless one. Stocked with cutlery, trash bags, and even a portable grill, this kit takes the guesswork out of what to bring.
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Heat wave or cold streak, keep your favorite beverage warm or cold throughout your tailgating party. Featuring a push-button spout, this jug will make sharing your drink with friends easy. 
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Having comfortable seating is critical when tailgating for hours on end. This folding chair from Dick’s Sporting Goods comes equipped with a mesh cupholder in the armrest and a carrying case for easy transportation. 
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You can’t have a tailgate party without games! This customized tailgate toss game from Eastern Mountain Sports makes a fun addition to pre-game events.  
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Add warmth to your fall decor!

Whether hosting for friends, family, or neighbors, a few essentials will give your fall celebration just the right touch.
Here are a few of our favorite items for the perfect fall celebration. 

These pumpkin serving bowls from Crate & Barrel are sure to be the highlight of your fall celebration. Set them right in the middle of the table for guests to enjoy. 
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These chocolate dipped dried fruits from FruitBouquets.com are the perfect seasonal treat for adults and children alike. A premium selection of dried fruits, like figs and apricots, covered in rich chocolate are sure to satisfy your guests’ cravings for something sweet.
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This banner is the perfect addition to your fall celebration. Hang up in the doorway or on the mantel to add some seasonal flair. 
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Floating Comfort Pillow Giveaway!


Other than offering yourself as a middle-of-the-night babysitter, there’s only one item that friends and family can give a new mom this holiday season to help keep her from feeling like a zombie. It begins with “the gift of a great night’s sleep” on The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow, the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep. Life with a newborn doesn’t allow for much pillow time, so the few hours a mom can rest her head should be maximized. 

The Floating Comfort Pillow features an exclusive waterbase technology that provides responsive support by adapting to the shape of your head and neck as you move during sleep. No matter which way you lay, your head and neck remain in proper alignment, creating a totally different kind of sleeping experience. This is especially life changing for baby-wearing moms whose bodies always ache!

Here’s why The Floating Comfort Pillow is a must-give holiday gift that will not disappoint any new mom:  

> It’s the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep, as noted by a peer-reviewed study conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
> Benefits include deeper sleep (no more waking up to fluff your pillow!) and a reduction in neck pain
> It’s customizable. Choose your preferred filling (fiber, foam and feather) and level of comfort – just fill the pillow with tap water until you reach your desired amount of firmness
> Invented in Canada and ranked #1 selling pillow in six countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and China)
> Over 5 million sold – reaching #1 on global e-commerce platforms including Amazon, Shopify, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Alibaba with consistent 4+ Star reviews
> Reached #1 Bestseller in Amazon Home & Kitchen during July 2017 among 24,163,959 items

Better nights of sleep lead to better functioning days for new moms – and that’s something to benefit the whole family. This holiday season, show her how much you care about her well-being with the Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow. The MSRP is only $49.99, but the benefits are priceless. For more information, visit www.mediflow.com.

Would you like to win one of these amazing pillows? Enter below!

Tips for your own killer makeup, from the artist making zombies at Screampark


 Legend has it that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is thinnest on All Hallows Eve.  
In days of yore, villagers would scamper across town singing songs or reciting verses while making offerings to the souls of the dead. But when doing so, they needed protection. Not wanting the demons and ghouls from the Otherworld to know who they were, they went in disguise.
“From the days when Halloween was a harvest festival that marked shorter days and longer nights, costumes have been an integral part of the day,” says Tabi Surette, owner and chief artist of DOA SpFx Makeup in Cambridge. “But your Halloween costume doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. With a little makeup and some patience, you can completely become a completely different person — or entity — to ensure your protection against the souls prowling around on Halloween.”


Tabi’s Cambridge-based makeup company has done work in films, theatre, music videos and photo shoots, and will be transforming a cast of actors for this year’s Screampark at Bingemans. She offers the following tips for those who want to do their own makeup for their Halloween costume this year.
·         First and foremost, make sure you’re using actual makeup that is meant for your skin — and more specifically, your face.  Always test it on a small part of your skin to make sure you are not allergic. This usually becomes an issue with liquid latex and not knowing you’re allergic to latex. 
·         Some of the products that can be used, and can be found at any Halloween or costume store, include:
o    Liquid latex
o    Cream makeup (Ben nye, mehron)
o    Water activated face paints (Wolfe fx, snazaroo)
o    Nose and scar wax 
o    Fake blood 
o    Sponges
o    Tissue or toilet paper 
o    Spirit gum 
·         To make fake wounds with:
o    Liquid Latex (after first testing it on a small patch of skin – not on your face – to ensure you are not allergic) — Apply small amount of liquid latex with a sponge and apply one layer of tissue or toilet paper. Add another layer of liquid latex. Continue process until you have the desired size of wound. Rip open using scissors, be very careful to give the ripped flesh look. Add darker colour paint to the inside to create depth. Paint your wound however you feel you want it to look and add blood. 
o    Nose and Scar Wax — Apply spirit gum adhesive to area where wound will be. Add nose and scar wax (you will need a tool with a flat surface — Tabi prefers a small sculpting tool) to blend out the edges. Paint and add blood.


Screampark is Canada’s most terrifying attraction, with more haunts than ever before. Make your way through the abandoned morgue of a long-forgotten village in Autopsy, trek down the dark, desolate path to find yourself surrounded by the aftermath of a ringmaster's revenge in Carnival of Souls, test your courage in the maze of Phobia and take a stroll through the Gore Gallery.

The hellish gates of Screampark will be open September 29th-30th, October 6th-8th, 13th-15th, and 19th-29th.
For a sneak peek of what’s to come, check out Screampark on YouTube or visit bingemans.com/screampark. Join the conversation on social media; follow Bingemans on Instagram and Twitter @Bingemans, Like it on Facebook and watch exclusive video on YouTube.
About Bingemans:
Waterloo Region’s leader in entertainment and hospitality, Bingemans is a multi-use amusement park, campground, conference and event centre and catering service located in Kitchener, Ont. With a heated wave pool, Spray “n” Play for kids and huge waterslides, Big Splash Waterpark is a great spot to cool down in summer’s heat. Explore FunworX all year long, a three-level indoor playground for children of all ages, boasting an arcade, climbing wall, ropes course and more. The camping resort features 450 sites for tents, trailers and RVs, seasonal camping, yurts and cabins. Bingemans is also home to Canada’s largest Boston Pizza, 28 lanes of 10-pin bowling at Kingpin Bowling, billiards, ping pong, outdoor beach volleyball, three food trucks and outstanding banquet and catering facilities for your business or wedding needs. Celebrate North America’s largest Oktoberfest celebration at Bingemans’ Koolhaus and experience Canada’s most terrifying attraction, Screampark.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Child Care Aware® of America Shares Brain-Building Tips During Vroom Week


A creative approach to everyday interactions can help build children’s brains

 Child Care Aware® of America is proud to sponsor Vroom Week from Oct. 16 to 20 to encourage families and caregivers to use simple prompts during daily moments to help build children’s brains.    

Child Care Aware® of America is excited to partner with Vroom, an early education initiative based on the latest brain science research about children under five. With its website (joinvroom.org) app and corporate and nonprofit partners, Vroom encourages families and caregivers to use routine interactions, like bath time and grocery shopping, to engage with children, strengthening their neural networks.

Child Care Aware® of America will be posting Vroom tips on our social media feeds, as well as on our web site each day during Vroom Week.  Parents, families, and childcare providers will have the chance to win gift cards when they post on social media about their experience using the daily Vroom tip with the hashtag #Vroom4TheFuture. Child Care Aware® of America encourages parents and families -- as well as those providers who have written permission -- to post photos and video of their experiences.

Sample Vroom tips:
  • Before leaving the house, have children ages 6 months to 2 years flip the light switches off. Talk about how their actions turn the lights off for darkness, or on for light.
  • Before running errands, ask your 4- to 5-year-old to help you think of the list of things to do. Ask her to help you cross off the errands you’ve accomplished.
  • Let your 2- to 5-year-old  help you empty your pockets at the end of the day. Explain daily items, like, “This card lets me ride the bus.”

“Parents, families and child care workers are our children’s first teachers,” said Lynette Fraga, executive director of Child Care Aware® of America.  “Part of our mission of ensuring quality childcare for all is helping child care providers and parents access the best tools to nurture children’s cognitive development. We’re proud to highlight our work with Vroom this week as part of that effort.”

For 30 years, CCAoA has been the leading voice for quality, affordable child care in the United States. While CCAoA continues to pursue our vision of the future in which every family in the United States has access to a high quality and affordable child care system, the sharing of accurate and updated information remains critical.

More than 11 million children under the age of five are in some form of child care in the United States. As the nation’s leading voice for child care, CCAoA is comprised of 125,000 online advocates from across the country and more than 32,000 members. For child care providers, we offer training on emergency preparedness as well as technical assistance that emphasize health, nutrition and obesity prevention and more.

To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America’s work, visit childcareawareofamerica.org or follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.
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About Child Care Aware® of America
Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. CCAoA works with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. CCAoA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. To learn more, visit usa.childcareaware.org. Follow them on Twitter @USAChildCare and on Facebook at facebook.com/usachildcare.

About Vroom
Vroom is a set of tools and resources underwritten by the Bezos Family Foundation designed to inspire families to turn everyday activities into “brain building moments” by adding interactions that are essential to healthy brain development to existing routines. Vroom’s website offers a variety of tools available to download for free, as well as a mobile app that provides easy access to daily  “brain building” activities. Vroom was developed with input from early childhood experts, neuroscientists, parents, and community leaders.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

DISCOVER SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN DEALS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

From home decor to games, we’ve compiled our top Halloween deals that can’t be beat. Here are a few of our favorite finds. 

These festive pillow covers from Jane.com add the right amount of whimsy to celebrate the season. Assemble together on the couch or spread out to add a touch of charm throughout your home.
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The whole family will get in the Halloween spirit with this set from GroopDealz. Play tic-tac-toe and then eat your treats — even if you lose, you win! 
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This sweet jack-o’-lantern girl’s shirt is perfect for warm fall days. Browse Swap.com to find the best new and pre-owned apparel for baby, kids, men, and women. When you make your first order from now through 10/31, use code PUMPKIN40 for 40% off the Kids & Baby category; SCARY50 for 50% off the Men’s category; and SPOOKY40 for 40% off the Women’s category. 
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GET YOUR DOG IN THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT WITH MUTTROPOLIS

This Halloween, don’t forget to let your furry friend in on the fun. With so many adorable items to choose from, Muttropolis has Halloween options for dogs big and small.
Here are a few of our favorite Halloween picks.

Featuring ghosts, pumpkins, and “BOO!” all over, this dog collar and leash are must-have accessories to get in the Halloween spirit. Plus, save 10% when you buy a collar and leash together and enjoy free shipping on orders more than $49 through 10/31.
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Have no fear; the firefighter is here! With a fire jacket and matching firefighter’s hat, your dog will look like he belongs in the firehouse.
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These cuties are the perfect addiction to your pup’s trick or treat bag. Soft and durable, you’ll both have fun playing with these festive toys.
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SHOP YUMMY HALLOWEEN CANDY AND TREATS

Here are a few of our favorite Halloween treats for this year’s parties and trick-or-treaters. 

These chocolate covered strawberries from FruitBouquets.com are a sweet treat for “goblin” up at your Halloween party. Dipped and decorated as ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, or monsters, they arrive fresh and ready to be enjoyed by all. Save 20% on fresh fruit arrangements with code FRUITNOW.
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These special JellyBelly beans put your senses to the test. With 10 “treat” beans and 10 identical “trick” beans, you’ll never know if you’re about to eat a Booger or a Caramel Corn! From now until 10/12, save 15% on orders $29+ with code SPOOKY17.
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With more than 2 pounds of chocolate, this variety pack from Jet.com will make you the life of the party wherever you go this Halloween. Featuring iconic candies like Milky Way, Twix, and 3 Musketeers, there’s enough variety for everyone. From now until 10/15, earn an extra 5% in JetCash on Halloween costumes and party supplies
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TRICK OUT YOUR DINNER TABLE THIS HALLOWEEN

Make your Halloween dinner an event to remember with a tricked out dining table. Whether hosting for your family or the whole neighborhood, the right decor will get everyone in the mood to celebrate. 
Here are a few of our favorite picks for a festive night to remember. 

This LED candle set from Pier 1 Imports is the perfect addition to a spooky spread. The deep black color with the silver glitter accent adds a mildly gothic tone for those who take their All Hallows Eve fun seriously. All regular priced Halloween merchandise at Pier 1 Imports is 20% off through 10/29. 
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Your guests will take a second look when they reach for their drinks with these frightful cups from Oriental Trading Company — they are equal parts creepy and chic, perfect for adults and children alike. Save up to 50% on Halloween decor through 10/24, and score free shipping on orders $49+ with code AFFOTC17.
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These black paper plates from Target add just the right tone of gothic spook, while the gold leaf detail adds a sophisticated touch to dress up your dining table. Get free shipping on orders over $35, plus free returns on all orders.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

PUR ATTITUDE™ RELEASES TRIAL SIZE KIT OF BESTSELLERS


 100% Pure, All-Active, Carcinogen-Free Skin Care

PUR attitude™ announced that it will release a Trial Size Kit containing five of its bestselling products. By combining patent-pending technology with essential vitamins, anti-oxidants and nutrients, the PUR attitude brand redefines innovation in skincare with 100 percent pure, active, soap-free skin care.

“The philosophy behind PUR attitude is to provide better, safer, more effective skincare to consumers who are looking for an alternative to products that may not be delivering on promised value,” said Jerry Rayman, President of PUR attitude. “Creating a Trial Size Kit of our best-sellers allows new users to experience the product and prove the brand’s value. We are pleased to make trying the brand even easier.”

The PUR attitude Trial Size Kit features five key products, each of which contains 100 percent pure, active ingredients (no water) and follows the brand’s strict Safe Beauty standards:

HydroDrench Moisturizing Gel Cream (5 ml)This lightweight moisturizer can be used morning and night, as well as under makeup. The non-greasy formula replenishes electrolyte balance and leaves skin feeling soft, silky, and hydrated.
(Note: Full Size 1.7 fl oz MSRP $68.00.)

Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum (5 ml)This serum features four different forms of Vitamin C to help brighten and even out skin tone. It also improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, lightening age spots, and improving discoloration.
(Note: Full Size 1.0 fl oz MSRP $39.00.)

Insta-Results Face Lift Gel (5ml)This gel uses an apple-derived stem-cell technology and hyaluronic acid to create an instant firming effect (while moisturizing the skin), and can be used under makeup.
(Note: Full Size 1.0 fl oz MSRP $65.00.)

Multi-Effects Eye Cream (5ml)This cream gradually brightens the eye area and eliminates under-eye bags and dark spots. The ulta-lightweight formula can be used morning and night.  (Note: Full Size 0.5 fl oz MSRP $58.00.)

Fountain of Youth (5ml)This deeply hydrating anti-aging collagen serum targets areas of the skin responsible for elasticity and firmness.
(Note: Full Size 1.0 fl oz MSRP $90.00.)

Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and approved, backed by independent clinical studies, and follows the brand’s standards for “Safe Beauty,” avoiding harsh chemicals, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes. For more information, visit www.PURattitude.com.
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About PUR attitude
Based in Boca Raton, Fla., PUR attitude was created by a team dedicated to the research, development and manufacturing of advanced therapeutic topicals and skin care. All PUR attitude products contain only safe beauty ingredients. More than 1,300 chemicals have been banned from the company’s lab, which adheres to strict EU standards. Additionally, all PUR attitude products are created with 100 percent pure, active ingredients, and are not diluted with water.

These facial creations are fantastic! I have naturally oily skin and usually have major break out of adult acne after using a new product, but this one was different. My skin feels naturally clean and healthy instead of being coated in a film of chemicals. Thank you PUR Attitude you rock!

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo Named a Top 100 Event in Canada by Bizbash

GFWE is recognized as one of the most influential annual events in Canada

BizBash, the premier resource for event and meeting professionals in North America, has announced that The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo has been recognized on its annual list of Top 100 Events in Canada, for the second consecutive year. These influential events continually challenge the norm, push limits to evolve, and engage their audiences in an effective and meaningful way.

The Expo, Canada’s biggest food and drink event, is back for its 23rd year, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 16-19, 2017. Guests are invited to sip and savour through international gourmet cuisine, exotic delicacies, incredible wines, cutting edge cocktails, stunning craft beers and more, as the Six comes alive for four glorious days.



“People today value experiences over things, and the Top 100 Events are events anyone would want to go to,” said Beth Kormanik, BizBash editor in chief. “They represent the best of live events and provide attendees and sponsors ideal environments to gather to exchange ideas, network, and have fun.”

“Our Expo provides the perfect opportunity to explore and discover what’s new in the wine, spirits, beer and culinary delights,” says Melanie Klie, Sales and Event Manager of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. “We’re very honoured for this recognition and excited to continue bringing the best in gourmet food and wine and satisfying every unique palate that walks through our doors.”

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo and the rest of the Top 100 Events in Canada can be found at www.bizbash.com/top-100.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
BizBash editor in chief Beth Kormanik is available for additional comments. Photos are available upon request. 
ABOUT BIZBASH:
BizBash empowers event professionals with ideas, intelligence, and resources to create smarter events. Each month more than 225,000 unique users across North America and beyond look to BizBash for venue discovery, event style, technology, and tools for their next event. Visit us at www.bizbash.com. Follow at @bizbash on Twitter and Instagram or www.facebook.com/bizbash

ABOUT GOURMET FOOD & WINE EXPO:
The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo takes place November 16-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building. For more information, please visit www.foodandwineexpo.ca. Stay up to date by following on Twitter and Facebook.

DATES & TIMES
Thursday, November 16, 6pm-10pm (VIP Preview Evening & PRIDE Night Social)
Friday, November 17, 2pm-10pm
Saturday, November 18, 12pm-10pm
Sunday, November 19, 12pm-6pm  (Mott’s Best Caesar in Town National Finals)