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Frugal Living: Back-to-School Freebies

You might be going back to school or back to work (bye bye mat leave), it’s time to stock up on your office/school supplies. Here are a few freebies that are available to Canadians (you’re welcome!):

Booster Juice – Does your birthday plan in August/September (or any of the other 10 months of the year?)? You can get a (free) smoothie on your birthday! Sign up for Booster Nation and get a coupon for a free birthday smoothie. 

Colgate – Fill out the form online and receive a free sample of Colgate Sensitive toothpaste. 

Crayola – These (free) colouring pages would be great for decorating your binder. All you need is a binder with a plastic sleeve on the front (like this one), print the colouring page and insert it in the plastic sleeve of the binder. No need to colour it right away, wait for a boring class lecture to let your creativity run wild!

Giggles and Print – This blogger made some super cute (free) printable lunch box notes for him and her. What kid (or significant other) wouldn’t love to find one of these note in their lunch.

Hallmark – Hoops and Yoyo have a variety of (free) back to school printables. You can find bookmarks, weekly planners and lunch notes all under “School Thingies”.

Hugo Boss – Boss Ma Vie (free) perfume sample. 

Ottawa Public Library – Borrow books and ebooks from the Ottawa Public Library. All you need is a valid library card.

Timothy’s Cafe – (Free) Coffee! Join their coffee club and get your free coffee coupon by email. 

Walmart Photo Centre – Get 15 (free) 4×6 prints by using code 15FREEPRINTS 

Do you have a freebie that you would like to share? 


Watching: Ed Hardy – Tattoo the World

From IMDbEd Hardy emblazoned on clothing worn by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger, on wine and dozens of other products. Now you’ll meet the real Ed Hardy, the godfather of modern tattooing and artist extraordinaire who gave up a promising career in the fine arts to pursue his childhood obsession: tattoos.

Don Ed Hardy – Wikipedia bio 

Personal Priorities


How do you set your personal priorities? I’m struggling with that a bit myself. There are so many things that I feel like I should be doing at the same time. I’m a great multi-tasker. As I’m writing this I’m drinking coffee, answering text messages, listening to Canada AM news, admiring this cute pin I found at Value Village and writing this blog post.

For myself, I’ve decided that family comes first. When my daughter is awake, I’m awake with her. We’re doing things, making her laugh, reading books. Those special moments are so precious, I don’t want to miss a beat.

I’m next in line. Me. I take this time to shower, brush teeth, drink coffee, sit for a minute, fitness, eat. I’m important too. I need to take care of me, in order to take care of everyone else.

Home. My home is my castle. Although it is messy most of the time, I do my best to keep it clean. I take this time to quickly Windex windows, take dishes out of the dishwasher, make the beds, etc…

This is where the blog comes in. Hello, this is where I’m at today. When I go back to work after maternity leave, things may shift a bit, but blogging will always be on my list.

Then my Etsy shop. Ha! Didn’t see that one coming!?! I’m working on an Etsy shop to sell my crafty creations and cool stuff I find in thrift stores. I’m a huge thrift store fan. I love #findthefind. It makes me feel good when I find something cool. I want to share it with the world. My house it pretty small, so unfortunately, I can’t keep everything, so I hope that someone on the Internet can find some love for the cool things I find.

Reading is also on my list. While on maternity leave, I’ve found a new love for the Ottawa Public Library. Lately, I’ve been into reading biographies and books on tattoos. It’s pretty cool stuff. Reading keeps me thinking creatively, so I’ve added it to my list of priorities.

Everything else comes after this.

What do you have on your list of personal priorities? Do you agree with my list?