Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Juice Plus Gummies Review & Giveaway!


Have you ever wanted to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible but realized it is never gonna happen. With the rising cost of food and the small amount of time any of us have have anymore it is an impossible goal to eat as many fruits and veggies as we would like to. That is why I decided to try Juice Plus!

So what is Juice Plus? Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 25 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Juice Plus+ helps bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day. Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.

I have only been taking them for a couple weeks so I don't have any major changes in health to report I am just happy to be getting this much fruit and veg into my body daily. My kids are also taking them which is fantastic! With the children's health study you can actually buy gummies for yourself and then you get a child's gummies for free! Contact a rep to find out more.

They have other fantastic products available as well. The prices are not the lowest but it is worth it for what you are getting! 

Now for the giveaway. I am not being compensated to write this post in any way and the gummies are paid for out of my pocket to show appreciation to my readers and fans.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Coturnix Quail Hatching


Yesterday I hatched 5 baby coturnix quail. It was an experience I would highly recommend to anyone interested in birds, farming, or educational experiences. The eggs were so tiny when they arrived and I had originally started off with a homemade incubator. Lets just say that was a learning experience and if you have a busted thermometer your not going to hatch anything. I got a new batch of eggs from a local coturnix quail farmer I found on our local classified ads. If you live near the Okanagan and are interested in getting some farm animals this is where you should look: Castanet Farm Ads. I also rented an incubator from a local farmer who does educational hatch a chick programs around town: Quality Farms.

Here is some useful information about hatching coturnix quail:

Incubation of eggs
*Incubation period is 16-18 days
*Turn eggs 3 times a day
*Stop turning 3 days before eggs are due to hatch
*Keep the temps in between 99.5F and 101F. Keep humidity in the 40's until hatch time then raise it to 60%

Kids love counting down the days and reading the thermometer. There is many things to learn about hatching and kids enjoy every aspect of it.

Once your babies hatch they go into a brooder and will turn active and fluffy with in a few hours. They begin eating and drinking the day they are born so make sure they have food (I use turkey starter) and fresh water. When they are first placed in the brooder dip their beaks in the water to show them where it is. I did this a few times per chick to ensure they found the water supply. They can drown quite easily so be sure to fill your water dish with rocks, marbles, or just get the same water supply I have below, I got mine for under $5 at our local farm supplies store.


Quail are adorable, and they are useful! You can raise them for eggs, meat, pets, retrieval training, and they are a very useful educational tool. Here are some great pics I have taken the past two days!
















Wednesday, 18 March 2015

CIL Disney Chalkboard Paint Review


My kids love to draw, and do pretty much any arts and crafts you can name. They get their artsy side from me (obviously) and I couldn't be prouder. Finding ways to engage in outdoor arts and crafts can be a challenge if you are extremely busy and need your kids to entertain themselves while you are working on other things. That is why I have come up with the outdoor chalkboard using CIL Disney Chalkboard Paint

CIL has a reputation for amazing paint products, this paint is no exception. I bought a 946 ml can from Walmart for $18 which says it covers a 7 foot square with two coats. I also purchased a large sheet of OSB chipboard from Home Depot for $9 to use as the chalkboards surface. You can buy just regular plywood but it is twice the price as OSB and the only difference is the texture. If you want a perfectly smooth finish pay the extra and get plywood, kids are not too picky about how smooth the surface is trust me. 

It took me less than an hour to apply the paint in two coats. It is very smooth, silky, and spreads nice and evenly no matter what level painter you are. I easily covered my 8x4 foot surface with two coats and had some leftover. 


My new outdoor chalkboard cost me $35 including the chipboard, paint, and brushes. 

This paint exceeds the expectations I had and the kids are going to love it. This week I am also building a canopy type shelter to keep my outdoor chalkboard in perfect shape, safe from rain, snow, etc. So stay tuned to see my next project. 

I was in no way compensated for this post. All expressions and opinions are my own, I want to share what I think are the highest quality products with you by sharing my experience. 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Free Tax Software


It is tax time. For some this means paying the government a ton of their hard earned cash and for others it means a nice return! Before I share a list of free tax software programs I know and trust I thought I could dig up some Canadian statistics about taxes.

  • $11,747 – Total income tax a person with an annual income of $50,000 will pay in Quebec for 2011, the highest regional amount in Canada. 
  • $500 – Amount families can claim annually in sports and fitness activity fees per child under the age of 16.
  • $50.3 billion – Total amount of corporate income taxes collected by federal, provincial and territorial governments in 2009.
  • $20,000 — Amount of principal each Canadian could have in tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) in 2012 without paying a penalty.
It is interesting to know how much money our government is getting from us, it is also good to know what you can claim when it comes time to file. Here is an article by the CRA that shows what you can deduct. 

Free Tax Software
There are lots of other programs available if you are willing to pay or have to pay because you have a lot to claim. Most of the free services are for simple and small returns nothing too complex. The best paid one I have tried is H&R. It is reasonably priced and you don't pay until you have prepared your return and are satisfied with the result. 

I hope this helps you get your taxes done. It is really simple to do, give it a try before you decide to spend money getting someone else to do it for you.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Getting a Product Off The Ground


My son does not like reading. When he has trouble with a word he gets frustrated and wants to quit, even with lots of positive reinforcement. He is 6 and in grade 1. I have been looking into all these websites that are supposed to be helping your child learn to read and yes some of them look great and probably do help, but I want to be involved more then just plopping my son at a computer and letting him learn on his own. I also don't want him glued to a screen. I am a huge advocate of getting out and being active with your kids. So what can I do to create a get up and go reading tool?

All I can tell you is that I have figured out a way to keep my son engaged in reading, happy to read, and getting him moving all while keeping myself very involved in the process. This application can be used at every age and kids get excited to do it. I am in the process of creating a product and cannot wait to make it readily available to the public! Not only will it involve reading but general life skills.

There are lots of different things I am working on at the moment, prototypes, patent search, as well as product testing. To try and turn your dream into reality there are tons of things that need to be considered. Here are a few articles I have been reading to help me through the process!

Luckily for me my product is helpful, affordable, expandable, and very useful! I can't wait to get some samples ready for you!