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RBC rewards 101 + a giveaway!

28th August 2014

Are you guys ‘points’ people? You know, have the cards for the different places you shop and earn points that you can redeem for various products? I DEFINITELY am. My mum was always big on points, and we took quite a few family trips thanks to various travel rewards programs.

Dan and I both had travel reward type credit cards when we first met – he was with RBC and I was with another Canadian bank. One of our early Christmases together he brought me down to Florida on RBC points, and after seeing how easy it was to book the exact flight I wanted, it lured me over to RBC. I have since been converted to their visa card program, with it’s excellent rewards system.

Speaking of that Florida trip, here we are back in 2007… before careers, house, baby, and all that. Plus super blonde hair and oversized hoop earrings. They were my jam.

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We tend to always save up the points for travel, but when the #RBCRewards101 campaign came out, I headed on over to to check it out. I totally hadn’t realized the number of different products you can purchase with points – it’s not just flights and car rentals. You can get gift cards, Best Buy and Future shop products, all kinds of stuff. We love to save ours up for travel though, so what I was even more excited about? The fact that if you shop through you can earn WAY more points per purchase — that trip to Mexico (or Italy? Or Turks and Caicos? Ahhh …) will come sooner than we planned! The retailers that have signed up to give you bonus points include the Apple Store, ALDO, Banana Republic, Forever 21, GAP, The Home Depot and Lowe’s (!!), Indigo, Old Navy, Vistaprint, Walmart, and hundreds of others. Seriously how did I not know this?? I am definitely going to be purchasing through the RBC “eMall” from now on when I’m doing online orders.


I’m not quite in the “back to school” rush yet with Maya as she is only 1 year old … but I know a lot of other parents who are doing some big orders right now. This would be a perfect way to get a little extra bang for your buck. Maybe let you go on that March break trip you’re dreaming of? RBC has also created a “Back to School” hub with some videos that you can check out here.

Okay so now for a giveaway. This one is only open to Canadians (sorry non-Canadian readers – another giveaway to come soon..!). The prize? A $25 gift card to either Target, Esso, Indigo, or Best Buy. You’ll rank your preference and they will do their best to get you your top pick. Enter through the rafflecopter widget below.

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Finer details: You may enter to win across multiple blogs (that are participating in the RBC Back to School campaign), but can only win on one. You must be 18 and live in Canada (excluding QC). You can expect to receive your prize 4-6 weeks after the contest closes.

Disclosure: I am part of the RBC Rewards Back to School Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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CIL Paint Giveaway

21st July 2014

Are you itching to do a project around the house? Definitely the fastest and easiest way to fix up a space or piece of furniture is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Seriously, works wonders. Sometimes you can get into a bit of a paint paralysis situation where you deliberate and deliberate on what colour to go for – I have been known to do this for sure – but it’s always best to just bite the bullet and go for it. After all, it’s only paint.

The bunkie has been painted (more on that soon!), and my Mum and I also just decided to take on re-doing my room in our cottage as well. So painting that room is up next for us there!

Do you need some paint for your next project? CIL Paints has offered 3 free gallons of paint to one lucky reader! You can find CIL in Canada at The Home Depot, Rona, Walmart, Canadian Tire, and at independent stores across Canada. You can check out their “Stop Paint Paralysis” campaign here – you can sign up to get 20% off your paint purchase!

Here is a gorgeous room for inspiration – the back of the built ins is painted in Peking Blue (56BG 23/355*) by CIL Paint.

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Contest open to Canadian residents only. Contest closes on Friday July 25th 2014. Enter using the RaffleCopter widget below.

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What would you use the paint on? Is there a room in your pad that is desperate for a new coat of paint? Maybe a piece of furniture that needs re-doing? What colour would you choose?

etsy giveaway

etsy giveaway!

7th February 2014

Hey lovebirds. With valentine’s day coming up (check out my love day etsy roundup here), now is the perfect time to win a gift card to my faaaaavourite spot for handmade goodies… etsy, obvy!

etsy giveaway

I log on to etsy daily to check out the latest beauties on their homepage, and then to monitor my own shop’s activities. Some of the stuff I have been eyeing lately?

I *love* the custom house portraits that Amy Brearley does. I have this on my wishlist for our little pad…


The geometric of this brass necklace is gorge, right? It reminds me a bit of Navaho rugs. Love! il_570xN.435872364_aiho

I am dying over these prints. How sweet would they look in a nursery? The colours of the ‘rise and shine’ one would go in Maya’s room. I think this might have to make it into my shopping cart…il_570xN.436852007_d512

Are you seeing succulents everywhere these days? I definitely am. I love the look and their low maintenance needs (perfect for my I-forget-to-water-all-the-time tendencies). How stunning is this little wood vase for them? il_570xN.460503893_adub

And another necklace that I adore. It’s easy to fall in love with beautiful jewellery on etsy. This one would be great for personalizing with you and your sweetheart’s initials, initials of kiddos. or just other special people in your life! il_570xN.557499441_j2hl

So are you dying to treat yourself to something off etsy now? Well, enter to win this $50 gift card! Deets are in the rafflecopter box below. Good luck! Contest closes next Thursday night (so I can send the happy news email to the winner on valentine’s day!).

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*Disclosure: Affiliate links have been used in this post.

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a giveaway: Erin Wallace ‘I Am’ Necklace

11th December 2013

It’s giveaway day! I was recently approached by Erin Wallace, who I actually went to high school with. She’s an Ottawa gal who hand crafts really lovely, delicate jewelry.

Here is a little something about Erin —

Erin is inspired by geometric shapes, sculptural forms, and delicate textures. Fascinated by the push and pull of opposites, she balances masculine and feminine ideals; industrial and organic shapes; and hard and soft textures, while exploring themes of female strength and family treasures. She studied metal jewelry fabrication at the Haliburton School for The Arts, and earned a B.A.H. in Sculpture, Printmaking, and Art History at the University of Guelph. Erin Wallace Jewelry offers handcrafted sterling silver, gold, and bronze jewelry to clients around the world at


The giveaway today is for the ‘I am’ necklace, valued at $65. The simple design is really gorgeous, right? It would look stunning with just about any outfit. It is made of polished sterling silver and handmade, so each is subtly unique.

i am necklace necklace

Enter to win using Rafflecopter below. Prize will be shipped within Canada or the United States.

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Erin also has a line of jewelry with beautiful black lace detail. Follow Erin Wallace and her latest jewelry adventures creating metal art at on facebook, twitter (@EWallaceJewelry) and on her website,

Good luck!

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loved up with target: a giveaway!

1st November 2013

Target just opened up a few stores in Ottawa (finally!!), and obviously I have already been twice to do some browsing. Between the Nate Berkus stuff, the threshold collection, and the very Canadian “beaver canoe” line – I have a lot of items on my wish list. So when Target got in touch recently about their wedding campaign and catalogue, I was happy to take a look!

Isn’t this tablescape gorge? As soon as I saw it, I thought it would make such a sweet engagement party setup. Simple and low-key, but so pretty. Just the kind of party I would want.


Doesn’t the blue tableware and the white canister with sprigs in it totally make the table? The hubs and I didn’t have a formal engagement party, but this kind of reminds me of the lovely afternoon meals we had in France with Dan’s family shortly after we got engaged. Who doesn’t love to celebrate over wine and cheese? Deeelish.
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From left to right – cake stand, threshold wellsbridge dinnerware set in aqua, riedel vivant champagne flutes, threshold tablecloth, and the threshold stoneware canister.

Giveaway Deets

**This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Laura D.!!**

And if you’re digging any of those items yourself, you’re in luck! Up for grabs is a Target $25 GiftCard! Sweet, huh?

In order to enter head on over to the Target Wedding Catalog and then come back here and leave a comment with which product you would use or give as a gift at an engagement party! And if you’re planning a wedding yourself, you should go check out the Target Wedding Registry.

Giveaway closes on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5pm EST. Open to Canadian and US residents. Winner will be selected at random using

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

Feel free to follow along with the Wedding fun by following #TargetWedding on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

giveaway: baba souk

28th June 2013

It’s giveaway time, guys! This time I have partnered up with Stephaine from Baba Souk. Stephanie was a fashion designer for several years for a major Canadian retailer, and is now an indie designer and shop owner!

Baba Souk is a local Canadian shop out of Montreal (perfect timing for our Canada Day long weekend!). Many designs are made right in Montreal, and all of the imported products are great handcrafted finds. Stephanie and her partner visit traditional souks – colorful Moroccan markets filled with colors and gorgeous handmade creations – to hand-pick the best treasures they can find and bring them back for us. They like to encourage great designers from all over the world by showcasing them on their online shop. It is their way of promoting creativity and independent design.

Now let’s check out some of the goods. Here are my absolute faves…


basil poster, $45


citrus poster, $45

Honduras canvas print, $22handpainted-clutch-r abstract art pouch, $61.50stripes-candy-coin-purse

candy striped coin purse, $41.25mint-teardrop-vase-polka-dot

mint polka dot teardrop vase, $36round-ladybug

ladybug baba pillow, $49throw-pillow-morrocan-square

one of a kind moroccan pillow, $80

basket-tajine-pink-rtajine basket, $24


tiny scalloped bowl trio, $30


gold + cube necklace, $24handmade-ceramic-plates

6 mini hors d’ouevre plates, $60triangular-necklace

triangular necklace, $26



So what can you win? Your favourite item from the roundup I have just done here! Whatever your little heart desires!

*NOTE*: This giveaway prize ships only to Canadian and US addresses.

I’m giving RaffleCopter a try for this giveaway… so you should see a box below with options to enter. If you don’t want to login using your facebook account, you can just give your name and email address. Good luck and Happy Canada Day long weekend!


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giveaway: reminded designs

26th March 2013

Blogiversary week wouldn’t be complete without some sort of giveaway right?! Well, you guys are in serious luck. I recently met Christa, owner and designer over at ‘Reminded Designs‘. She hand creates the most beautiful jewellery from her British Columbia home. Her thriving etsy shop sells all kinds of gorgeous, delicate jewellery and she has been kind enough to offer some up for this giveaway.


Christa was the sweetest and even sent me a few pieces from her collection. Green and gold teardrop pendants and a simple matching necklace? So. In. Love.

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Even the packaging is adorable!
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I was giddy when my little package arrived in the mail and couldn’t wait to throw them on. I took a couple of selfies (man, I am terrible at those… it takes like 7 tries before I even can get my whole head in the frame without my eyes being crossed).


I wore the earrings out the other day (with my hair up to show them off!) and got SO many compliments. Check out the earrings in Christa’s shop here (only $26), and a similar pendant necklace here (only $24). instagram pic

So what is Christa giving away to two lucky readers?

One reader will get this ‘love’ necklace. Simple, delicate, perfection. I actually own a similar necklace that hubby gave me for valentine’s day and wear it on the regular. It’s ridiculously pretty, right?!

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And the other winner will receive this bird and branch necklace. I love the design of the branch and how the bird hangs through the leaf.

bird and branch

Here are the nitty gritties:

The prize: Necklaces listed above – ‘Love’ to one winner, ‘Bird + Branch’ to the other (randomly selected)

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me your fave piece in Christa’s shop. Are you a pendant necklace kind of gal? Love big earrings like yours truly? Maybe earrings that are a little more restrained?

Bonus entries: Do any of the following things, and leave me a separate comment for each indicating you have done so:

-Like the sweetest digs on Facebook.
-Follow the sweetest digs on Twitter.
-Follow the sweetest digs on Pinterest.
-Blog/tweet/facebook/tell a friend about this giveaway.

Who can enter: Prize ships to Canada or the USA.

Giveaway closes: Friday, March 29th at midnight EST (winners will be sent emails to claim prize).

Christa is also offering a discount code for everyone. Just type in “SWEETESTDIGS” upon checkout to get 15% off your order (valid until April 2). With such reasonable prices to begin with, you’d be silly not to indulge in a little something!

So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment! Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Laurie and Erika on their wins! Enjoy the necklaces, ladies! :) 

$100 giveaway: homesav

7th January 2013

**Giveaway now closed. Congrats to Michelle (winner selected through!**

New year, new look, right guys? Well, you’re in luck. HomeSav, the Canadian flash sale site where I bought my white eames reproduction chairs from – you know, the ones I put around my harvest table that I’m totally obsessed with? – has kindly offered up a giveaway to my readers. And not a stingy one either. A cool 100 beans.

HomeSav features different sales every day. They have a great range of furniture, accessories, rugs, artwork, kitchen stuff, and so much more. And $100 could go a long way! Here are a few of my faves that are up on their site right now:

art ballard

light console duvet set runner sectional

window sofa tv cabinet wall clockPretty fab, right? Head on over to HomeSav to check everything out. So here are the giveaway deets.

The prize: $100 to Homesav to spend on whatever you like!

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me something you’d love to buy in the new year to spruce up your pad. Is it a new piece of artwork? A new light fixture? A throw for your couch? A new set of sheets? What’s on your wish list?

Bonus entries: Do any of the following things, and leave me a separate comment for each indicating you have done so:

-Like the sweetest digs on Facebook.
-Follow the sweetest digs on Twitter.
-Blog/tweet/facebook/tell a friend about this giveaway.

Who can enter: Giveaway is open to everyone!

Giveaway closes: Friday, January 11th at midnight EST.

Good luck!!

organization week: giveaway

12th October 2012

Let’s cap off organization week with a giveaway, shall we? When Monica, from etsy shop Print and Organize, contacted me about her personalized household binders, I was all over it. These personalized binders are sent to you digitally as printables, and you receive 22 sheets that include things like yearly calendars, to-do lists, house cleaning guide, bill payment checklists, etc. Having all of those important documents and information in one binder is so smart, and having it look so cute? Well that’s just the cherry on top.

Monica sent me a set of printables so that I could see what they were like. I giddily sent them off to Staples for printing (I had them printed on sturdy cardstock and in colour, costing me less than $8). Once I got them back I put them in this green binder full of recipes I already had sitting in my kitchen.

Just an FYI in case you’re wondering, we didn’t officially combine both of our last names into one looonnngg last name… I just kept my name so had to represent both on our binder!

What I really liked about this binder is if you are having people house-sit, pet-sit, or babysit your kiddos, you don’t have to write out all of the critical info for them – everything, including emergency contacts, is all in here.

One of the other printables that I particularly liked was the monthly menu planner. We try to write up our weekly meals (dinnertime only) on our kitchen chalkboard, but sometimes they get so repetitive. I took a moment to fish out our favourite recipes and jotted them down in this monthly menu planner. We won’t stick to it as a day-by-day thing, but we’ve been pulling it out to choose our 5 recipes for the week.

Ahh, my heart is pitter pattering with organization love. You can check out the whole household binder set here. Okay, so here are all the giveaway nitty-gritties:

The prize: Your own customized set of all 22 printables from the household binder series.

How to enter: Leave a comment on here with your favourite organization tip. Do you meal-plan? Use jars or labels in your pantry? Have a certain spot for everything in your house? Use drawer dividers? Or maybe you think I’m just a nut with all this organization stuff?

Bonus entries: Do any of the following things, and leave me a separate comment for each indicating you have done so:

Who can enter: This giveaway is open to everyone (worldwide).

Giveaway closes: Thursday, Oct 18th at 5pm EST.

Monica is also offering all readers 20% off of all her sweet printables (she’s got tons to choose from!). This will be valid from today until Thursday, October 25. Just enter the code SWEETESTDISC when checking out.

Good luck, and have a great weekend guys!!


Congratulations to giveaway winner, Anne, whose organization tip is to deal with paper as soon as it comes into the house – she files and recycles before it has a chance to build up. Have fun with your new household binder, Anne! 

back to canada & giveaway winner

6th July 2012

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m back home after a super wonderful 10-day trip to Nicaragua with two of my best gal pals. We had such a great time! I have hundreds of photos to sort through, so I’ll be back next week with a full run down of the trip. Here is a sneak peak, though, of one of my favourite buildings in Granada. Great colours, right?

In the meantime, congratulations to Courtney who won the Comfort Works giveaway! I actually did a house tour of Courtney’s pad a while back (see that here), so I know that those 5 gorgeous cushion covers are going to a great home. A big thank you to Comfort Works for hosting!

Hope you all have a fab summer weekend! I am planning getting outside, having a mother-daughter day, and getting caught up on my shelter magazines that came while I was away. What about you??  Oh and happy belated Canada Day and 4th of July to all my Canadian and American friends out there!