Back to School with SportChek And a Giveaway

20th September 2015

sportcheck-logoWe are officially back in school and already in the third week, with September quickly coming to an end. Yikes. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the fall, but I HATE the winter, so slow down already.

I don’t know about you but I approached things differently with back to school this year. Instead of just going out and buying the kids a whole bunch of new clothes and things before school started, I picked up only the necessities like school supplies and indoor shoes, and figured I’d pick up the rest as needed.

I picked up a couple of pairs of shoes for each of the kids as well, but quickly realized the dude would require some really good running shoes for gym. Enter SportChek! They contacted me about checking out their site and picking out some shoes for the kids, which was very timely so I was so thankful about that.

I’ve been on the site before a few times for clothes, but never for kids’ shoes. Their selection is fantastic, ranging from running shoes and basketball shoes, to hiking and trendy options as well. They have a wide range of brands and price points, and often some great sales too – they have a 20% off sale on right now actually.

So what did we pick?  My son picked out athletic shoes: Nike LunarGlide 7 Kids’ Grade-School Running Shoes


And my daughter went for trendy and picked: Converse CT All Star Slip It Girls’ Trend Shoes


We placed our order and received our shoes a quick two days later! They were both great picks and the kids were thrilled with their choices. And personally, I just love being able to order online within Canada, and avoiding extra duties and taxes and exchange. SportChek has you covered from shoes, boots, athletic wear, sports equipment and even fitness/sports related electronics.

I’d love to give you a chance to do a little shopping online at SportChek as well, so I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and will run until September 28, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

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Canadian Online Shopping with Shop.ca #ReInventTheMall

21st November 2014


I have a little problem.

Let me rephrase that – my spouse thinks I have a little problem.

A shopping problem.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a problem because it’s relaxing and enjoyable.

It’s even more enjoyable, for me anyway, during the holidays because it’s a unavoidable necessity. I HAVE to shop.

I come from a huge family and have many nieces and nephews, and siblings, and parents, and of course my two little hyenas and the husband and a friends to shop for, so it unfortunately gets pricey pretty quickly.

I try to do as much of my holiday shopping online as possible, because there are so many more options than I can find in the small city that I live in.

This is why I really like Shop.ca.

The best thing about it for me is that it’s Canadian (I. Am. Canadian), so I can avoid duties and taxes and crazy surcharges and shipping, that is always the case when shopping on U.S. sites. There’s nothing I hate more than finding a great gift online for a great price and then having to let it go because the shipping is outrageous. With Shop.ca, shipping is FREE!!! Plus, I’m all for supporting great Canadian business.

I’ve been looking for presents for my 10 year old son who loves hockey and just by searching NHL on the site, I found over 2,300 results including autographed photos which of course, are on his birthday and Christmas lists this year. Success!! The site is super easy to navigate, not cluttered which makes a big difference in my opinion, and full of great products. If money was no object (where my money tree at?), I could do some serious damage.

I’m looking at you Nespresso machines. For starters.

If you have an Aeroplan account, you can earn 5X the miles on the site as well, which you can then redeem for things like Shop.ca gift cards. Double win! If you’re on Twitter and/or Facebook, definitely make sure to follow Shop.Ca because they’ve got great gift ideas posted and they’ll even help you find the perfect gift just by tweeting with the hashtag #ReInventTheMall. You’ll also find a helpful shopping guide on their site for all the lovely people in your life.

Happy Shopping!! Feel free to email me for my Christmas list. #Kidding #NotKidding

Shopping ShoeMe.Ca – Canada’s Online Shoe Retailer

21st July 2014

converseI love shopping online.

I love the searching for great sites, I love the choosing, I love the buying and I especially love the arrival of said purchase. I LOVE IT ALL.

Just ask my credit card (insert husband sad face here).

The great thing about having great online options in Canada is that you can avoid the additional costs of duties and taxes that inevitably get added on to your purchase. It’s also easier to return or exchange items when the company is within Canada, I think. Shopping a Canadian site is a nice, stress-free option.

Enter my new favorite – ShoeMe.Ca. If you love shopping for shoes, and who doesn’t, ShoeMe.ca is the best online option in Canada.

ShoeMe.Ca has over 180 fantastic brands to choose from, for Women, Men and Children’s shoes (they also sell socks, shoe care and Herschel bags and products). They offer specialty sizing for wide and narrow feet, for smaller feet (size 6 and below) and bigger feet (size 10 and above). They even sell Steel Toe/CSA Approved options!

ShoeMe.Ca also offers FREE SHIPPING AND RETURNS within Canada – LOVE IT. And you must check out the Outlet section so you can check out all the shoes on sale, and clearance. Right now you can take an additional 20% off with the Outlet!20 promo code.

I was given the opportunity to try out the site and order some shoes and it took me forever to decide, because I wanted SO MANY PAIRS! They’ve got so many gorgeous shoes, from flats to heels to sneakers and boots, it was just difficult to decide. The list of brands is incredible – Fly London, Franco Sarto, Toms, Converse, Sam Edelman, Keds, and Rocket Dog, just to name a few. The selection is incredibly diverse and fantastic. It is impossible not to find something you’ll love. That was my problem – I loved many, many pairs, but in the end I went with my ultimate favs – Converse.

Specifically, I chose the Converse Women’s Chuck Taylor Metallic Silver Hi-Tops and I’m so glad I did. I LOVE THEM.






ShoeMe.Ca is a great online Canadian option for buying shoes for everyone in the family. They accept all credit cards and Paypal for payment options. Connect with them online on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for the newsletter to stay in the know about their sales and promotions.

Need some shoes? Use my promo code BoredMommy25 to get $25 off your next purchase over $100!!

*This is a sponsored post, but my words and opinions are my own.*

Online Shop Love – Minted.com

22nd March 2013

I recently discovered Minted.com via Pinterest and I just love what they have to offer. They sell everything from cards and invitations, prints, party decor and stationary – you can even get Minted business cards and they’re gorgeous!

I’ve been buying new art prints for our house and I found some great ones on the site. Every print comes in various sizes and the site smartly has each photographed with a model holding the print so you know what to expect in terms of size. Prints can also be purchased framed or unframed, and they’re very affordable which is a big plus in my book.

There are so many styles of prints available that it’s hard to decide what I like the best, although I love the abstract Highway Wildflowers for my daughter’s room:

Great custom prints are available too. The family trees would make a sweet gift – I especially like this one for me and the husband.

I’m also a bit of an addict when it comes to stationary and cool products and their very unique SKINNYWRAP™ address labels are right up my alley. Such a cool idea. 

Minted also offers party decor a la carte or in various bundles for showers, holidays and birthdays – love this birthday themed one.

Another favorite that feeds my journal obsession are the gorgeous ones offered on the site. You you can choose from lined, graph or blank paper in every style. There are tons to choose from and as with many items on the site, you can get personalized ones too. My kids would love the ones with their cute mug on them I’m sure.

Need help deciding on what to get? You could also check out the customer and designer inspired inspiration boards on the site – personally, anything with an owl has my vote!

So go spend your money and buy yourself something pretty – p.s. my birthday is in July so shop for me too.

You can find Minted on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well.

This Shopaholic Needs Her Fix

1st October 2009

So yesterday, I was tweeting about how shopping online, when you’re in Canada, kind of sucks the big one. With the shipping, and duty and taxes and exchange rate, it kind of ruins the joy of the actual shopping. It has to be something REALLY great and fab and unique, in order for me to ignore all that and buy it anyway. Truth be told, I don’t really know that many great online shopping sites that will ship to Canada, and that are NOT kid-related. I’m kind of all over the shopping for my kids all the time, because they have EVERYTHING they could possibly need, and then some, and then some more.

SO, I’ve been in a shopping mood lately, and living in a smallish city with few options, that I personally like, is kind of bummer. Here’s where my fellow shopaholics, fashionistas, online experts, yada yada, come in. I want to know where you LOVE to shop online for yourself, whether it be for clothes or shoes or handbags or makeup or whatever. If they are Canadian sites, great, but I’m open to U.S. sites too, as long as they have great stuff! Please let me know online sites that you love, that you visit often, that I must discover, in the comment section below, so that I can fulfill this need to spend. If you love Etsy, and I know many of you do, I would love for you to be specific in which Etsy shops to visit, since there are SO many to discover. I thank you in advance (my husband does not). In fact, lets keep this to ourselves — if my husband finds out, his head may implode.

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