Sunday Steals – Bazaars, Gift Wrap and Holiday Drinks

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This week I found some great deals – and you might be able to as well. Although it’s only November 16th, it seems that all my finds this week were Christmas themed. I guess I’m in a festive mood! Around this time of year is when local churches and community centres start having their annual Christmas Bazaars. Last weekend my elementary school church had their bazaar, and yesterday my preschool had their bazaar. If they … Continue reading

Starbucks Holiday Drinks

Starbucks Holiday Drinks 2014

Starbucks holiday drink special is back! Buy one get one drink free from 2-5pm starting today. This special last’s for five days so if you’re a big Starbucks fan make the trip at least twice! Rather than thinking of one full priced drink and one free drink, take a friend and split the cost. That’ll mean you’re both getting a drink at half price. I kind of consider this the real signal that it’s Christmas … Continue reading

Flipp – the flyer app to save you time and money


If you’re trying to save, and spend a good portion of your time every week flipping through flyers and trying to find the best deal, then this flyer app is for you. First of all, it’s free. You download it and enter your location, and it comes up with flyers for all the stores in your area. You favourite the flyers – basically saying ‘yes’ to the stores you actually shop at, and then it … Continue reading

How to Get the Best Deals at Outlet Malls

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There are outlet malls everywhere – there are some really huge, well known ones in Niagara, and there are a few closer to home. One of my favourites is Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga. It’s where I recently found some amazing winter scarves and my hilarious owl phone case. Outlet malls can be a great place to find good deals, especially around the holidays when you’re trying to get the most gifts for the lowest … Continue reading

Sunday Steals – Sweaters, Design Lessons & Piles of Bread


The other day I went to Old Navy (because I love Old Navy and hadn’t been in a while) and I found a few sweaters that make me super excited that the cold weather is here. I also got some great deals on them since it was time to use super cash. I had $10, which you can use when you spend over $25. So, I split my bill into two. One one I used … Continue reading

What to Know Before Buying a Phone Online

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I’m going to tell you a story. It’s the story of my mom buying a phone online. It’s long and awful, but I will try to keep things short and to the point. Now, let me preface this story by saying that in 2012, I bought myself an iPhone 4s on Kijiji for a great price, and from a great seller, because I’ve had it ever since and love it. That was a great experience. … Continue reading

5 Beautiful 2015 Planners to Inspire You Next Year


I love making lists, keeping a calendar, and always having a written record of what I need to accomplish. It’s not just the writing things down that makes them more attainable, but crossing them off feels great too. I’m a firm believer in inspiration – surrounding yourself with beautiful things and tools will make it possible for any creative to reach their full potential. So, when it came time to get a 2015 planner for … Continue reading

Sunday Steals – A Huge Halloween Sale and Too Many Tapas

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This week I found some amazing deals that I’m absolutely in love with. On Friday I was waiting outside the grocery store and decided to browse for a few minutes in Big Deal – a store in Appleby Village (If you live in Burlington). I’d been in there a few times before, and their stuff is already really well priced – but right now they have a 75% off Halloween sale on, since their trying … Continue reading

A Cashier’s Guide to Saving on Groceries


Food is a huge portion of any family’s budget – in 2009, food made up 10% of a family’s spending. This means that any savings that can be found at the grocery store is important. I’ve worked at the front end of a Fortinos for over seven years now, and I see people come through everyday spending as little as $1, to as much as $700. I’ve seen the inner workings of the grocery store … Continue reading

14 Halloween Movies That Won’t Give You Nightmares

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When I was younger, my sister, my best friend and I were lying in the basement in the dark watching The Grudge – one of the scariest movies I had ever seen at that age. Just as the little boy with the scary eyes jumped out of the closet, my dog howled at the noise, and we all jumped up in the air and ran out of the room. Ever since then – I haven’t … Continue reading

Trick or Treating – How Old is Too Old?

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I still go trick or treating when I can. I love going out and participating in the atmosphere of halloween and having fun. Oh, did I mention that I’m 22? When it comes to trick or treating, I think you are never too old. The past few years I haven’t gotten to go trick or treating – with Halloween parties and get togethers, I just haven’t had the time. But I don’t want to say … Continue reading

Sunday Steals – Costume Materials & a Pile of Accessories

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This week’s steals were all really fun. I finally bought the materials to make my halloween costume (I’ve been procrastinating for a while). I’ve been working on it off and on after work since I bought the materials, and I’m almost done. I’m not going to give away the secret of what I’m being – but you might be able to guess. I spent $9 on some red material and an elastic from Fabricland, and … Continue reading

Why Blogging is all About Community – One Lovely Blog


There are always blogging awards circulating around in the interwebs, and in the past I always thought they were kind of silly. I could make one up myself, design a little picture, and then send it to people – what’s the point? But in the past few months I’ve realized that the blogging community is one of the most vital parts of being a blogger. One person recognizing another is what this is all about, … Continue reading

3 Ways to Read Magazines for Less


Despite the fact that everything is online today, I still love reading magazines. Something about having the pages between your fingertips and the vibrant colours of the pictures right there in front of you is really inspiring. I love reading magazines when I need some inspiration (and am tired of Pinterest). One of my favourites is Chatelaine. They’re based in Toronto, and the magazine always has a really great mix of everything: recipes, fitness tips, … Continue reading

Sunday Steals – a Magazine, a planner, & a delicious burger

Kate Spade Planner

This week I found a few really great steals that I’m in love with. I finally got the first magazine of my Chatelaine subscription – I ordered it a few months ago with my air miles points. Oddly enough, the magazine came the day after I sent Air Miles an email asking why I hadn’t received a magazine yet. It’s strange the way the universe works. I also ordered myself a day planner on Thursday. … Continue reading