Saturday, 30 November 2013

My Christmas Gift List: Divas Secret Wilderness Spa

Are you like me and choose half of your Christmas presents yourself? You might want to reward yourself or someone very special on your list this year with a gift certificate from my next gift suggestion. How excited would your Mom or Daughter be to open their gift Christmas morning to find that you had arranged a day of pampering at Divas Secret Wilderness Spa?

Darlene Kimmerly: Owner of 

Divas Secret Wilderness Spa

I welcome you to my Humble Home where I do all the treatments myself and never overbook.

I enjoy what I do and look forward to my clients visits.
The girls tell me they love the warm cozy atmosphere and the privacy here. The drive itself is truly part of the experience.

I specialize in BioSculpture Nails...the" Best in the Industry". No need for artificial tips or extensions....when you have strong healthy nails. Now also offering En Vogue Gel Nails a nonporous gel and another quality product line......great for girls whose hands are in a lot of water!

Ask about Moor Facials ..all natural, all wonderful. I still love my Aloette Skincare. We offer a full waxing service with brows starting at $10.00 including shaping. Express Pedicures start at $25.00 and go up for Gel Toes and Spa Pedicure.

Let Darlene pamper your loved one this Christmas with a special trip to Divas Secret Wilderness Spa. Contact Darlene to have her personally help you select the perfect gift.

Phone (613) 478-1729 or 
Visit her on Facebook Divas Secret Wilderness Spa

Friday, 29 November 2013

My Christmas Gift List: Mommies Craft Boutique

This is the first year in a very long while that I have not had a wee little girl on my Christmas list.  My daughter is well past the hair bows and tutus stage. I remember well all the pretty dress up clothes and sparkly hair accessories. If you have a sweet little girl to buy for this year, Mommies Craft Boutique has such cute items you will have a hard time choosing. Tutus, hair ties, bows and all manner of sweetness await. I wonder if she makes tutus in my size.....some days you just want to feel like a ballerina. Meet Sheila, the talented artist behind Mommies Craft Boutique.

I am a mother to two beautiful little girls who are 1 and 3. They are the reason I started my business. As my maternity leave ended we realized me going back to work wasn't right for our family. I have tried a few direct sales businesses but didn't enjoy them as much as I do making my own items. My girls keep me fairly busy but on my down time I enjoy doing crafty things to keep busy.

My husband and I have been together for 11 years, married for 2. My family are great supporters in me starting my own business and offer great encouragement. Our plan is for me to be a stay at home mom as long as I can.

Although I am a regal and avon rep, my home business Mommies Craft Boutique is my main focus. I have many ideas of new handmade items to come. I welcome custom orders and requests. Although my main items are focused around girls I am looking to expand and offer items for boys as well.

I started making hair bows and tutus for my girls as something to do. From there I decided to offer my items for sale and started my business. I am happy to say the response I got was great.

Contact me today to place an order or visit

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

My Christmas Gift List : One Earth

There is something magical this time of year that resounds in my heart like no other time of the year. People make that extra effort to try to make the world a better place. Many of us try to make a difference every day and even small gestures can cause large ripples in the tides of happiness.  The next lady that I want to introduce you to represents a company that is trying to make a real difference. One Earth's mission statement says it all. You get to feel that warm fuzzy feeling knowing that your beautiful gift will be appreciated by the recipient as well as the developing nation where the product came from.

Heather Ferguson Donavon

Born and raised in Belleville, Ontario Canada and now residing in Frankford, Ontario Canada with my husband of twenty years and two teenage sons. After being a stay at home mom and raising two very self sufficient, independent boys what was I going to do for the rest of my life? One Earth excited me and I could truly make a difference by helping people in developing countries. What a unique and amazing concept. One Earth is going to revolutionize the direct sales market and I’m proud to be one of the first to sign up. Join Me! Make a difference, it’s about people helping people.

View the entire One Earth Catalogue Online One Earth Catalogue

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

My Christmas Gift List: Gold Canyon

There are several folks on my list that love home decor items. I can't tell you whom exactly just in case they read my blog. If you are looking for some spectacular candles please go look at Cathy's beautiful selection. There are so many reasons to buy quality candles but i will let Cathy explain the difference to you in the information she sent me. 

Cathy is the Mom of two boys, Matthew & Brandon (18 & 11). She has been married to her husband Dave for almost 19 years. She started selling Gold Canyon Candles in 2012 for some extra income for her family to have some extra fun :) Isn't that what we all need! I have known Cathy for at least 15 years and I am thrilled to be able to introduce her to all of you. If you love candles but can't afford to buy some for yourself before Christmas talk to Cathy about how you can earn free and discounted products...thats right ladies free and discounted.

Gold Canyon Candles

"The quality, value, and performance of Gold Canyon scents are unmistakable, and their superior fragrance is what makes these products world renown. Each candle, flameless fragrance, body product, and home cleaning product goes through extensive testing and modifications by a team of certified fragrance experts."

Hosting a party is easy and fun and the host benefits are AMAZING!!! My mother-in-law is doing her Christmas shopping for free this year with her host rewards - everyone is getting a Gold Canyon gift for their home. All of Gold Canyon's candles (exclusive of votives and tealights) are double wicked to ensure a clean, even burn with no waste. Dollar for dollar, they are a much better value for your money than other "name brand" candles. My personal favorites are the Heritage Diamond Light candles, which come in 4 sizes and over 40 fragrances, and the Homeology line of household cleaning products, which are safe for the environment and safe for everyone in my home.

I love hosting home parties, as well as attending special events as a vendor benefiting local charities. I can even assist you with your school, sports team, or social group's fundraising efforts!

Cathy Orr - Gold Canyon Candles

Friday, 22 November 2013

My Christmas Gift List : Jamberry Nails

Christmas Gift Guide Jamberry Nails

This is one of my favourite finds this year. I have been growing my poor pathetic nails out since at least September (b.t.w. I broke a nail typing this post) just so that I can sport these truly amazing designs over the holidays. Thats not a gift you say? Its a gift to me from me in celebration of accomplishing my goal of growing my nails. I am also eyeing up the cute junior sets for my oh so lovely daughter who is just transitioning from disney princess nails to something a bit more mature looking.  I can't wait to introduce you to Charlotte. I asked her to give you a bit of background information on herself and her business. You are going to fall in love with this gift.

Charlotte’s Bio

I am a mother of one adorable 15 month old baby boy, Bentley. He is my world and the reason for me wanting to work from home. I have an advertising diploma and am working on a joint degree in Women’s studies and Sociology but currently am a work at home mom that wants to stay that way J

Charlotte Barker Christmas Gift Guide
I am a Jamberry Nails consultant and I also have a home based business making baby items called Bonnets & Bums.

I try to live as green and natural as I can and have a passion for all things lacy, vintage and chic.

Jamberry Nails
Jamberry Nails are a super cute new fashion forward way to put style right at your fingertips. They are brand new to Canada and coming in with a bang!

So what are they? Jamberry nail wraps are a nail adhesive that stick to your nail in place of using polish. So what makes them different than the nail stickers already on the market? Jamberrys special adhesive requires heat and pressure unlike the other products which allows them to stay on your nails without chipping or fading for 2-3 weeks on your hands and up to 6 weeks on your toes!

The best part is they save you money and time! These wraps are much cheaper than a salon manicure or pedicure and can be easily applied at home in about 15 minutes. With over 300 designs, and a nail art studio that lets you design your very own nail wraps, you’re sure to find one (or 4) that fits your style.

Each nail sheet comes with various sizes to get the perfect fit on each nail and each sheet will do 3-4 manicures or pedicures.

We have also recently introduced a nail lacquer line that is 5-free (does not contain Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, or camphor), and a luxury hand care line!

We have some really great holiday designs right now as well as adorable juniors!
We also have the awesome promotion of buy 3 get 1 free…since it’s so very hard to only pick one!

And we just announced our holiday gift packs which includes exclusive designs and accent sheets only available in the gift packs!

I’ve never been a nail polish kind of girl because I just don’t have the time for it, (and I  don’t have the patience sooooo I always end up smudging it before it’s dry). So when I found Jamberry I fell in love first with the designs and second with the ease and durability of them. I absolutely love that I can incorporate my style onto my nails and have them look great, really really GREAT!

You can host your own Jamberry home party and get awesome rewards such as free wrap sheets and discounts! We treat our hosts very well!

 Bonnets & Bums

When I became pregnant I really wanted to be able to make something for my son but I am not a very crafty person. I loved the adorable crocheted hats I saw everywhere and thought I could give it a go. Well I did and I gave up. And then I tried again and again and again and I finally got it and made him a little hat. I was so proud and I wanted to do more. Then I had a photographer ask me to make her some props and then I started getting requests and after time my business developed into more than just crocheted hats and diaper covers. I now make headbands, nursing necklaces, teething rings, banners, props and more!

I love to create and B&B is my creative outlet J

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Cyber Monday Sneak Peek- Sisterhood Magazine

Forget Black Friday, I love Cyber Monday. Here  is a little preview that our friends at Sisterhood Magazine shared with us.

There will be a subscription of this under the tree for my tween daughter this year for sure.

My Christmas Gift List: Close To My Heart

Ok, I know its a little bit self serving to present Close to My Heart on the list but I really am buying allot of my Christmas gifts from here. Close To My Heart is introducing so many fabulous new items that I know would be perfect gifts this Christmas.

 I just purchased my first My Legacy Album and it arrived yesterday. It was packaged so beautifully it looked like it was destined to be a gift. The albums look like they cost a fortune but they actually cost less than what you would pay at a local big box store. The great thing about these albums is that they expand to hold a whopping 60 pages. Of course if you actually put that many layouts in it you would hardly be able to lift it off your coffee table. Imagine this under the tree for Mom or Dad or filled with your layouts to present to your grown children.

Have you noticed all the ladies talking about project life? Well Close To My Heart has launched a new product to compliment that style of memory keeping. If you have someone on your list that loves to scrapbook but has been feeling to busy lately to have the time this is an excellent gift idea. There are several themes to choose from so you can find the one that suits their personality exactly.
Close To My Heart Offers an astounding array of acrylic stamps to suit every occasion. From elegant to  whimsical you will find just the perfect stamp set for the stamper on your list. I recently found out that you never know who is going to fall in love with stamping. Choose your stamp set and one or two exclusive shades of ink and you have an incredible gift for less than $25. This is one product that is on the top of my daughter's wish list.
 Every crafter loves to be inspired. Close To My Heart has an amazing collection of "how to" books that will set the scrapbooker on your Christmas Lists imagination on fire. From cards, Scrapbook Layouts and even Interactive Design these amazing books give you the hands on instructions to create beautiful pieces of art. I have all of the collection and I refer to them constantly. The beautiful full colour photos and wide assortment of designs never leaves me strapped for fresh ideas.

Visit to peruse the current catalogue. Remember there is still time to take part in the special Holidays from the Heart campaign and earn free products with every $100 purchase.

Visit My Website to See the Holidays From The Heart Mini

My Holiday Gift List : All I want for Christmas

Christmas Gift Ideas Series
Just today I was on Twitter and someone said "Time to stop counting the months, we are down to weeks until Christmas". Weeks! Honestly I have not even started my Christmas shopping. I do however know what I am intending to buy for most of the folks on my list. This year I am trying to purchase the bulk of my gifts from independent business owners. Walmart gets the majority of my business all year so its only fair that I try to support small business with these year end purchases. I have some really fabulous small business owners that I am going to share with you. You can do your Christmas shopping in your jammies this year. The great part about this is that these ladies are so incredible you are going to want to continue doing business with them year round. Grab a cup of tea and let me introduce you to your new best friends.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Holiday Wishlist;She's making a list...checking it twice


Oh don't you love this time of year. The traffic, the crowds and the oh so lovely temperament of customers standing in line for their treasures. As with most things that I do I am hoping to get most of my Christmas Shopping done from the comfort and sanity of my home.  Just because I love you all so much I thought I would try to help you with your Christmas list as well.  No I am not loaning anyone my credit card. I am compiling a list of holiday gift ideas which I will be posting over the next few weeks.  So if you have more than a few "hard to buy for" recipients on your gift-giving docket then follow me as we cross off our list together in our slippers, with a big cup of hot cocoa.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Helen Mary Callaghan

Helen Mary Callaghan passed away on Saturday. That's not exactly surprising as we will all be there at some point. The beauty of the story is the 93 years prior to Saturday. In those 93 very full years she was a wife to her husband for 60 years until his passing. She had 8 children. One that she took care of until she had to leave her home a few months ago. 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and a whole community that she was revered in. She was a teacher, she was a musician, she was an avid card play (hmmm) and used to laugh at peoples faces when at over 90 she told them that she was not available to have tea because her group "the Happy Hookers" were getting together (knitters). I never knew what to expect from her. She had such a gentle way of telling you that you were an idiot that sometimes it was a few days until you figured out that you had been told off. I remember when I first joined the CWL. At 90 Helen was a very active president. She still attended conventions and regular meetings and was always on top of our church community. She even pushed me into being the secretary for a few years before I was let off the hook. She was one of those people that just inspire you by their presence. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to be a honour guard for Helen today. I know she would have been smiling gently at me, telling me not to let the wax from the candle drip onto the carpet. Helen Mary Callaghan.....I feel so blessed to have known you.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Copy-Kids: A Cute Way To Get Your Kiddo to Eat Healthy

Do you ever have a Monday morning where you open your email and find something that puts a smile on your face immediately? I did today. I received an email about this really cute video put out by a pediatrician (Dr. Jay Gordon, FAAP) to encourage kids to eat there fruit and veggies. Why does that make me smile? You have to watch the preview. My little man is off at jk today but i can't wait to show him this.  I know he will be chomping away with the other cuties.  I haven't seen the full movie yet but I can't wait to get my hands on it.  I thought I would share the preview with you so that you could check it out with me.  These little veggie eaters have almost inspired me to go grab a chunk of broccoli....almost....but I am sure my kidlet will take less convincing.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The trouble with multiple blogs!

 I can usually balance the workload of my two  blogs well but l am having trouble focusing this week. You see a friend I have made in the Mental Health advocacy forums is releasing her second book this week and I feel the need to devote all my available online time to promoting her book. Please pickup a copy of Kerry Connelly's new book "shaken"  and maybe an extra copy for someone that needs to hear that they are not alone. "Shaken" will be released November 7, 2013.

To get to know Kerry visit Meet Kerry Connelly and then read her current interview on November 8, 2013 at