Wednesday 29 January 2014

Date it! Labels Review and Giveaway!

I never used to label anything. I just put stuff in bags or containers popped it in the freezer and assumed I would just know what was in there when I looked at it. We rotate our freezer stock monthly so our dates are never past their prime. But the other day I noticed I had some cubes in bags in my freezer, they were transparent and slightly yellowish/brown. Then I found another bag of cubes, some were orange, and some were green, and some were yellow. Ok so I had an idea of what the first bag was, those were chicken stock cubes but the last one was baby food cubes, but what kind of baby food? Peas? Green beans? Corn? No idea. No date on them either. They looked a little on the freezer burnt side so I tossed them. But what a bummer to just throw away good already prepared baby food just because I didn't know what they were and when they were made. Baby food cubes can look freezer burnt when they aren't just because of the moisture they contain but I am not chancing that with my baby.

 This brings me to my review. I got to try Lovable Labels Date It! Labels and I absolutely love them. I can put them on containers or bags and put the name of what it is and when I put it in or made it and here is the best part, if you write in permanent marker you can take rubbing alcohol and erase it and reuse that same label! Pretty sweet!

So I used them today in my frugal freezer prep. I went to Superstore today and found a beautiful roast. It was a Certified Angus Beef Inside Round Roast for 12.97 but it was marked down 30% making it only 9.07 and it was marked down early.

So I got a great deal already, then to stretch my great deal even further I took the roast and cut off 3 nice size steaks and now I have a nice roast dinner and a steak dinner for us.

 Date It! Labels have some super cute designs you can pick from. I chose retro because I love the nostalgic look. It makes me think of a simpler time.

So I labelled my meat popped it in the freezer and that was that. Now I know what it is, when it was packed, and saves my sanity and helps me feel more organized!

And now is everyone's favorite part, the giveaway! Lovable Labels has decided to give one of my lovely readers a set of their own Date It! Labels. So just enter the rafflecopter form and goodluck!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Oh and as my Daily Impact Day 2 update I decluttered some more and got a big bag of clothes to donate to the salvation army.

Saturday 18 January 2014

New Date It! Labels! From Lovable Labels!

Lovable Labels has brought another amazing new product to the table and I must say I am very excited to try them. I always have stuff in my freezer in containers but I usually don't have them labeled because I don't want to write on the container itself, I have used tape but it tends to fall off, there is other labels but they are not reusable. These labels are cute and reusable so you can write on them over and over. 

Lovable Labels has so many awesome products I can't pick just one that's my favorite. You will fall in love with them when you try them and they make the best gifts to. Everyone loves a gift that is practical! And by being one of my amazingly wonderful readers you can save 10% off any order by using coupon code AmandaGLB2 when you checkout at!

Monday 13 January 2014

Smartphone VS Tablet

Ok so my phone is like 4 years old with a qwerty keyboard and is only good for calling and texts. It is nothing special but it serves its purpose. A lot of people I know have been trying to tell me I should get a smartphone, because you can do so much on them. The camera is usually amazing, and you can access the internet. Well I was thinking I might get a tablet for all of my on the go work I do and just keep my current phone. So I decided to compare the 2 and share my discovery. 

Smartphone Pros:
  • Small enough to go anywhere, fits the palm of your hand
  • Cool apps 
  • Continues functioning as my text/calling device
  • They are the "in" thing
  • Wifi
  • Long battery life and holds a good long charge
Smartphone Cons:
  • Expensive not only do you buy the phone but have to pay the monthly plan cost to
  • Small screen
  • Site Compatibility (some sites web versions stink)
  • System upgrades are a pain
  • Some freeze a lot
  • Memory fills fast
Tablet Pros:
  • Just like a small computer
  • One time purchase payment
  • Easy to blog on the go
  • Ethernet or Wifi functions
  • Can use an app to text
  • Smaller than my laptop
Tablet Cons:
  • Too large to fit in your pocket
  • Battery doesn't last as long as a phone
  • Delicate
As you can see I don't have much bad stuff to say about tablets. And being my frugal self I would not be paying 6 or 7 hundred dollars I found some excellent deals on ebay for some really nice tablets for only 50-80 bucks!  Here is the one I have been thinking of buying on ebay! Click HERE! What's your opinion?

Sunday 12 January 2014

Just a Drop Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
 I got the pleasure of reviewing Just a Drop Personal Toilet Odour Eliminator. I know that embarrassing bathroom odours are not the easiest thing to talk about but lets face it, we all poop. I know I'm not alone in saying I wish everyone could poop rainbows and fart butterflies but that is not reality. In my experience Just a Drop does a great job, my little ones sometimes need a hand in the "clean up" department after using the bathroom so I put in a couple drops before they go and when I lend a hand I am not bombarded with a foul odour. Parents everywhere will love this product.
 Simply add a few drops in the toilet before use and you’ll never have to worry about embarrassing bathroom odours again! This is a great invention because some of the aerosol sprays are way overpowering and don't really do anything.
 Just a Drop creates a deodorising layer on the water’s surface, blocking odours from escaping. All you’ll leave behind is a fresh scent. If you want to keep your bathroom smelling fresh, put a drop before you leave! It is small enough to fit in your purse so if you have to go while your on the go you won't have to worry about being embarrassed in a public bathroom either.
A 15 ml bottle of Just a Drop has enough liquid to last for 400 uses or around 90 days. Single use packs are equivalent to one drop each.
A 6ml bottle of Just a Drop has enough liquid to last for 200 uses or around 60 days.
Many people turn to Just a Drop for relief from embarrassing bathroom odour associated with a number of medical conditions and treatment side effects. Just a Drop is ideal for those suffering from a variety of disorders, including:

Cystic Fibrosis - Celiac Disease - Steathorrhea - Giardia - Colitis - IBS - Crohn's Disease - Bariatric Surgery

Visit their website 

Now Just a Drop would like to give one of my readers a chance to win some of their awesome products. 
The winner will receive:
  • 3 15ml bottles of Just a Drop (eucalyptus, refreshing spring, and floral oasis)
  • 10 Single individual use pouches
  • 1 6ml bottle of Just a Drop (eucalyptus)
What an awesome prize!
So Canadians Only enter below and good luck!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Leftover Rice = Rice Pudding & Giveaway!

I love rice, and I also love rice pudding so do my kids. So to use up my leftover rice that's just sitting in the fridge I make a nice batch of rice pudding out of it. Here is my recipe:

Rice Pudding

2 cups leftover or minute rice
3 cups of heavy cream
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

1. Add rice, milk, sugar and cinnamon to a saucepan on medium. Cook for about 5-10 mins depending on if your using leftover rice or minute rice.

2. In a separate bowl beat the egg with the vanilla. You need to temper the egg mixture otherwise you will have scrambled eggs in your pudding. To do this begin to add some of your hot rice/milk mixture 1 tsp at a time, mixing together between spoonfuls until the egg mixture is heated through, about 6 or 7 tsp.

3. Add the egg mixture to the milk/rice mixture. Let cook for 5-7 mins or until you reach desired thickness. The pudding will also thicken when it cools. Serve either hot or cold.

The weather is cold and snowy so I thought I would treat someone to some Tim Hortons this month. Contest is running until January 20th so enter while you can! My generous sponsors are responsible for all my fun giveaways and keeping this blog going so thank you to them and thank you to all my fans and followers. I wouldn't be here without you!

Friday 3 January 2014

Important things to know before hiring a mobile mechanic!

6 months ago I had a very nice car, it was an Eagle Vision. It was all leather interior, sunroof, power everything, just beautiful.

One day our car began making this horrible loud clunking noise and we were afraid to drive it to a mechanics because if it broke down along the way we need to pay for a tow truck on top of the repairs the car needed. So I searched online to find a mobile mechanic and seen one with a BBB rating at an A and the BBB is like a report card for businesses so this seemed good to me.

So I called the guy named Peter and he gave me a big speech about having 25+ years experience and the best prices in town, yada yada yada. So he came to my house and checked out my car. After the inspection he had decided the diagnosis was a problem with the head of the engine. He would need to tow it to his shop to fix it. Here is where you need to pay attention.