DreamEgg Sleep Machine – On Sale with Coupon at Amazon

During this time of uncertainy and lockdown, many people are finding it more difficult to get a good sleep. Some people find that a sleep machine – or a white noise maker – can really help them ease themselves into sleep. This sleep machine by DreamEgg provides 24 different sounds that you set when you go to bed. The sounds include:

  • 7 varieties of white noise sounds
  • 7 varieties that sound like whirring fans
  • 10 sounds of nature: birds, babbling brook, ocean waves, crickets, campfire, rainfall and more.

Encourages a relaxing environment in which you can more easily fall asleep. Anything natural that will help you sleep is well worth it! Receives 4.5/5 stars on Amazon.


White Noise Machine – Dreamegg Sound Machine for Sleeping & Relaxing, 24 Non-Looping HIFI Sounds, 3 Auto-off Timer, Soothing Night Light, Noise Machine for Baby/Kid/Adults/Office
$49.99 with Limited Time $3.00 off coupon=$46.99

Sleepytime is a little closer at hand with this beautiful sleep machine. Sleep well!

Twinings English breakfast tea – On sale with $3.00 coupon on Amazon

Amazon has some awesome coupons right now for Twinings tea. We already discussed the Irish breakfast tea (some tea that’ll put a good bit of hair on your chest! Yes, it really is that strong…) and now we’re on to a classic favourite: English breakfast tea. Breakfast teas are always a bit stronger, as they give you a good kick of caffeine first thing in the morning! This one has a caffeine rating of 4/5 leaves, according to Twinings. (If you want something even stronger, than try the Irish breakfast tea. That one has a full 5/5 caffeine rating.)

When you check out, ensure that you’ve clicked the $3.00 off coupon that’s available on Twinings tea at Amazon. This offer is for a 6-box pack, so it’s perfect for re-stocking your tea cupboard. And yes, if you love tea an awful lot (like my hub!) then you have a tea cupboard.

Amazon $3.00 off offer on Twinings English breakfast tea


Twinings of London English Breakfast Tea Bags, 20 Count (Pack of 6)
$28.15 for 6 pack – $3.00 coupon = $25.15 or $4.19 a box

Sweet Tea Gifts

I found these cute tea gifts that I thought were worth a brief mention while you’re here perusing some tea bargains.

Whatever tea you choose, enjoy that cuppa, friends! There’s nothing more lovely than starting the day with a good cup of freshly brewed tea. Enjoy!

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Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea – Sale on at Amazon with coupon

If you love a really good strong cup of tea, then Irish breakfast may be your new favourite tea that you just haven’t encountered yet. Today we have a deal on a 6-pack of Irish breakfast tea – which means you can stock up your everyday tea cupboard! Irish breakfast is the strong coffee of tea, which means this makes an excellent bold cup first thing in the morning. (Or anytime at all, of course, if you’re not sensitive to caffeine consumption later on in the day.)

This deal on right now at Amazon includes a $3.00 coupon – make sure you click that coupon before checking out!

6 pack Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea – on sale with coupon


Twinings of London Irish Breakfast Tea Bags, 20 Count (Pack of 6)
Current price $28.15-$3.00 coupon = $25.15 for 6 boxes. Or $4.19 a box

Stock up while the sale is on, and again – remember to click on the $3.00 off coupon box before you checkout. Have a lovely cuppa!

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PC Optimum Points Offers this Week – Superstore and Shoppers Drug mart

pc optimun card to highlight this week deals

Hey everyone! Are you ready to prep your shopping skills to get the maximum amount of PC Optimum points this week? Great, then you’ve come to exactly the right place. We’re searching to find the best ways to optimize your PC Optimum points. Basically, we’re doing all the work for you! So get your app or Optimum card ready to go and earn a bunch of points.

Seniors’ day is Thursday, August 13, 2020. Save 20% on almost all regularly priced merchandise.

Remember: 10000 points = $10.00 to spend! We are talking free groceries, haircare stuff, household necessities and more. And I don’t know about you, but I heart free stuff. And this week there are more points offers than we’ve seen in a while, which is super cool if you ask me.

Please bookmark this page and come back on Thursdays every week! We’re planning to do this Optimum points post every single week. Woohoo! πŸ™‚

Shoppers Drug Mart PC Optimum offers this week

Please note – these offers begin Saturday, August 8, 2020 and run until August 13, 2020.

Health and Beauty offers

  • Batiste dry shampoo or waterless foam – $8.99 each Get 1000 points on each
  • Burt’s Bees lip balms – $3.99 each and Buy 2 get 1000 points (A better deal on Amazon this week. 3 pack of their peppermint lip balm for $9.19.)
  • Clairol Natural Instincts OR Nice ‘n’ Easy haircolor – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Compound W skin tag or wart remover – Up to 25% off – 5 x the points this week.
  • Divacup menstrual cups – Get 2000 points each
  • Dove body wash – regular size – $2.99 each – Buy 2 get 1000 points (Great deal!)
  • Gaviscon liquid or chewable foam tabs – $12.99 each 5x the points
  • Life Brand I-Care multivitamins or calcium products – Buy 2 get 5000 points
  • Life Brand menstrual cup – Get 10 x the points
  • Life Brand Vitamins – Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D or Vitamin E – Buy 2 get 2500 points
  • Listerine Go Tabs or mouthwash – $5.99 each – Buy 2 get 1000 points
  • Loreal Excellence or Age Perfect hair color – Buy 2 get 3000 points
  • Lotus Aroma – lavender floral water or essential oil – Get 2000 points
  • No. 7 skincare products – Buy 2 get 8000 points
  • Oxy or Phisoderm acne care products – Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Quo beauty – sponges or accessories – Spend $25 get 5000 points
  • Revlon classic nail enamel – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Revlon beauty implements – things like eyebrow tweezers and eyelash curlers – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • Secret antiperspirant, Old Spice or Olay body wash – Buy 2 get 3000 points (Wow!)
  • Secret collection – Tights – Buy 2 pairs and get 3000 points. (Not a bad time to stock up for fall and winter right now.)
  • Tresemme haircare products – selected size and varieties $4.99 each and Buy 2 get 1000 bonus points
  • Trojan condoms – 5 x the points
  • US Unisex razors – $9.99 each – Get 10x the points

Luxury Beauty products and skincare…and Fragrance

  • Lancome Absolue – Receive 10x the points on this brand this week!
  • Revitalizing eye cream, 20 ml $160.00
  • Regenerating soft cream, 60 ml, $265.00
  • Regenerating rich cream, 60 ml, $265.00
  • purminerals – 4 in 1 pressed mineral makeup compact Buy 2 get 18,000 points
  • Calvin Klein fragrances – 100 ml – 200 ml bottles – Get 12,000 points (A nice big bottle of Eternity for men is on for $86 this week at Amazon.)
  • Hugo Boss The Scent fragrances – 50 ml-100 ml bottles – Get 15,000 points
  • Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio 75 ml $129 – 20,000 bonus points
  • Giorgio Armani Ocean di Gioia – 20,000 bonus points

Food and Grocery offers

Superstore Optimum Points Offers this week

Food and Grocery

  • Cheetos or Smartfood Popcorn snacks Buy 2 get 1000 points
  • Frito Lays variety pack (Lays chips, doritos, ruffles chips and Cheetos) – 50 small bags – $14.78 on sale with a limit of 2; over limit is $16.98. Plus 3000 points!
  • Late July multigrain tortilla chips – Bonus 500 points each bag
  • Marcangelo European charcuterie – 100 grams – $7.00 each Bonus 1000 points
  • Oreos or Chips Ahoy (and other regular sized bags of Christie cookies) – 500 points
  • Remedy kombucha drink – 4 bottles of 330 ml in each box – 3000 points

Dairy Products with offers this week

  • Danone Activia or 100% natural yogurt 8×100 grams; or Oikos or Light and Free – 4×95/100 grams OR Danino drinkable yogurt 8 x 93 ml – Selected varieties – 500 points

Health and Beauty offers this week

  • Depend, Poise or Always discreet incontinence underwear of pads – $14.00 each 1500 points
  • Nivea skincare or cleansing wipes, 40’s – $6.98 each 1000 points
  • Vaseline or St. Ives skin care or St.Ives body wash – Buy $10 get 3000 points (that’s an impressive 30% back in points!)
  • Webber Naturals vitamins – 25% off and 750 bonus points (For a point of reference – Amazon has these prices currently: Bonus pack of 260 D3 Vitamins only $5.47; Weber Naturals magnesium 500 mg capsules $7.57.)

Whew! There we go…have a great time stocking up on necessities and all sorts of wonderful points this week. Happy shopping everyone!

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CERB Ending Announced -Merging into EI Program

a picture of woman looking at her finances denoting how will CERB ending announced will affect her moving forward.

CERB ending was announced a few days ago by the Canadian government and that the program will be replaced by a new EI program. There were not many details given on how this transition will unfold. However, they indicated that more details will be provided by the end of August. So what do we know about this change from the announcement?

CERB Ending Announced, When Does CERB end?

From the government’s website, a person can collect a maximum of 24 weeks of CERB within the time frame of March 15, 2020 to October 3, 2020. However, the new EI system will be ready in September according to the Employment Minister below:

“Speaking at a news conference later on Friday, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said the EI system is equipped to take in around four million applications at the beginning of September.”

Also, a quote from a recent CBC article indicates that those on CERB who already qualify for Employment Insurance will be moved to that program. So it seems at some point, perhaps in September, ones on CERB that quality will be shifted onto EI benefits.

What About People on CERB Who Do Not Qualify for EI?

It seems that the government will make a transitional benefit benefit for those who do not qualify for Employment Insurance. Here’s a quote from the Employment Minister about this:

“The government is promising a parallel, transitional benefit with EI-like components for those who can’t yet — and I emphasize yet,” said Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough β€” “get into the EI system.Β “

This provision seems to be temporary with the incentive to get people to qualify for Employment Insurance or back to work. However, we will have to wait for more details.

Will The Amount Payout Change with EI?

This appears to be the case as rates will be based on the Employment Insurance rate of 55% of a person’s normal weekly earnings up to a maximum of $573.00 per week. Here’s a quote from a recent article about this below:

“Benefit amounts may shrink for lower income recipients: Currently, EI regular and sickness benefits are equal to 55 per cent of one’s income to a maximum of $573 a week.”

As a result, the amount of money a lot of people receive will drop with the transition to EI. Many would have been receiving more with the $2000 per month CERB payment. Also, unlike CERB, ones on EI will have to be actively looking for work. However, it looks like the eligibility requirements will be lessened and training offered as indicated below:

“It will include access to training and the ability to work more hours without having as steep a clawback in benefit payments.Β 

The government is also promising to relax EI eligibility rules like the number of hours required to receive support payments.Β “

Conclusion, Why Announce CERB Ending Without Details?

It is a good question as the details are very thin. However, the point is that the government is giving sort of a “shot across the bow” to Canadians in that they want more Canadians back to work. This is because the government feels Canada is now in recovery mode from the virus. Here’s an excerpt from recent CBC article below:

“We believe that the CERB has served its purpose and the reason it was created is no longer the main focus of our efforts as a government to support workers,” Qualtrough said during a mid-afternoon press conference. “We are going to move on to something different.” 

And another quote from same article, “The Liberals are hoping the change prods more Canadians to either go back to work or look for a job as the economy moves into what the Bank of Canada has described as a recuperation period before a long, bumpy recovery.”

So are we in recovery from coronavirus? No one knows, as the virus is unpredictable and there is also fear of a second wave in the fall. However, the government is hoping that we are. Only time will tell.

Silicone Tea Infusers – 3 Cute styles to choose from

Brewing up a perfect cup of loose leaf tea is easy when you have the right silicone tea infuser to help along with the job. Simply pop open the infuser, fill with your favourite loose leaf tea – whether black tea, green tea or an herbal tea – and then pop into your cup. Fill with boiling water, and in only a few minutes you have a delicious, fresh hot cup of tea!

Silicone infusers are ideal to use, because they’re easy to clean! The silicone is also easier to use – customers say that the lids of these infusers are easier to remove than the traditional metal lids, which can be a bit cumbersome. (I find the little metal clasps on the traditional tea infusers are what makes them such a pain to deal with.)

4 piece Green Leaf set of silicone tea infusers – $3.00 off coupon


FOME Tea Infuser Leaf Strainer Handle with Steel Ball Silicone Leaf Lid (4 PCS, Green) + FOME GIFT
$15.99 with a $3.00 off coupon right now = $12.99!
  • Complete set of 4 infusers: 4 silicone and stainless infusers, and drip tray to go with each one.
  • Made of FDA-approved food grade silicone and stainless steel.
  • The silicone green leaf top makes these easy to take out of the tea when your tea is finished steeping/brewing.
  • Customers say the lids are very easy to remove, and that these infusers are very easy to clean. Dishwasher safe!
  • 4.5/5 star rating

Fred Purrtea Cat Silicone Tea Infuser


Fred PURRTEA Cat Silicone Tea Infuser
$14.50
  • Have we mentioned that we’re kind of big fans of cats around here? So when I saw this cute grey cat tea infuser, well, it was definitely going into today’s post!
  • Environmentally friendly – using a reusable infuser means you won’t be throwing out tea bags every time you make a cup of tea!
  • Genuine FRED product: made of food safe, BPA free silicone. Won’t add any taste to your tea.
  • To clean: Simply discard the used tea leaves, rinse with hot water and then pop into the dishwasher! Also super easy to clean by hand.
  • Comes in a super cute box – ideal for gift giving!

Pug Silicone Tea Infuser – so cute! (GooTrades brand)


GOOTRADES Silicone Tea Coffee Infuser Pug In A Mug Teapot Herbal Spice Strainer Filter (Beige)
$11.55 for the beige pug and only $8.99 for the white pug!
  • And who ISN’T a fan of pugs!? This adorable little fellow helps you to whip up a delightful cup of freshly brewed tea, over and over again. Goodbye wasteful tea bags!
  • 4.5/5 star rating
  • Super easy to use and clean – just pop off the lid, fill with loose leaf tea and then pop into your cup. This little pug makes teamaking super easy! When you’re done, just a quick hot soapy rinse will get him clean and ready to use again when the next craving for tea strikes. (And yes, he is DISHWASHER SAFE.)

Enjoy your next cup of loose leaf tea with the help of one of these cute, and highly functional tea infusers.

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Umbra Paper Towel holders – Sleek designs available online

Umbra makes beautiful household products. Their paper towel holders come in a variety of designs, and materials. Some have a sleek, matte black finish and others have stainless steel, nickel or even a real marble base. So, no matter what style your kitchen is, you’ll be able to find exactly the style of paper towel holder to keep paper towels near at hand in your home when you need them. And that’s the point of a good paper towel holder, isn’t it?

We found three excellent designs that we think you’ll really like. Plus, they all get high ratings consistently, so we’re confident that these will work just as they should. Now, on to the paper towel holders…

Umbra Marla Real Marble base paper towel holder (with stainless steel post)


Umbra Marla Real Marble Base, White/Nickel Paper Towel Holder
$25.69

  • Real marble base – very unusual to find in a paper towel holder! I love the combination of the sleek nickel and the warm marble base. Really attractive.
  • Stable, non-slip base, so it’ll be safe (and not sliding all around) when you go to reach for a paper towel.
  • 5 year manufacturer’s warranty

Umbra Tug (One handed) paper towel holder in stainless steel


Umbra Tug Modern Stand Up Paper Towel Holder – Easy One-Handed Tear Kitchen Paper Towel Dispenser-Smoke
$21.69
  • Sleek and modern design
  • Patented design which allows for a quick, and easy one paper towel release – it’s all down to how the core of the holder is designed. Very neat!
  • Weighted base for added stability when you’re tearing off a paper towel.
  • Padded base means you can place this anywhere on your kitchen counter, and not worry about it scratching the surfaces of your countertop.

Umbra Squire Wall-mounted (or under cabinet mounted) black finish paper towel holder


Umbra Squire Multi-Use Paper Towel Holder for Kitchen, Bent Metal Wire Looks Like Cast Iron, Black
$17.78
  • Lovely black finish and modern squared wire design
  • Looks like cast iron – but is lighter in weight and therefore easier to mount on the wall!
  • Can be mounted to a wall, hung over a cabinet door or under a shelf. Lots of flexibility to how you can best use this in your space.
  • 5 year manufacturer’s warranty. (All Umbra products have this warranty.)

No matter if you have a country kitchen, a modern kitchen, or anything in between, you can find an Umbra paper towel holder that will fit the bill. This everyday necessity is something we reach for often, but it can look beautiful and still be functional.

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One Time Disability Payment Canada for Covid-19

A disability sign to denote that the one time disability payment is for ones with disabilities during covid-19

Last week parliament approved the one time disability payment to Canadians with disabilities. It was part of Bill C-20 that also had the changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program. The Canadian government says that about 1.7 million with disabilities should benefit from this program. So what are some details of this program? And how do Canadians who have disabilities apply to receive this one time payment?

One Time Disability Payment, How much?

The government of Canada’s website says that about 1.7 million Canadians can receive a one time payment of up to $600.00. Of note, this one time payment is non taxable and does not have to be reported anywhere. In a nutshell it is free money to spend as the recipients see fit. The government will move forward to start paying out on this once the bill receives Royal Assent.

How to Become Eligible to Receive the Payment?

The government of Canada’s website outlines three ways a person with disabilities can become eligible for the payment. Canadians with disabilities will have to fit in one of the three criteria the government has laid out. Here they are below:

  • They are holders of a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate (eligible persons not yet in possession of such a certificate would be able to apply for one up to 60 days after Royal Assent to be considered for the one-time payment).
  • Are currently receiving Canada Pension Plan disability benefits or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefits.
  • Or are in receipt of disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Conclusion

The government is hoping to help one of the most vulnerable groups to cope with the additional stresses due to COVID-19 with a non-taxable one time payment. This can be spent on whatever they need, and does not need to be tracked. During these uncertain financial times, any help that can be rendered is appreciated. Will it be enough to help Canadians during COVID-19? Only time will tell.

Argon oil shampoo (Argan oil) – Excellent for dry hair

Argon oil shampoo is excellent for adding lots of moisture to your hair, which is particularly helpful if you have naturally dry hair. Argan oil is derived from the argan nut of the argan tree, which grows in Morocco. That’s why the original argan oil products were all labelled as Moroccan argan oil – that’s where this stuff grows naturally!

The reason argan oil shampoo has become so incredibly popular is that it can add moisture to hair in a way that few other ingredients can. For centuries, people in Morocco ate argan oil, because it’s not only got a delicious, mildly nutty taste, but it also has amazing health benefits! For your hair, though, you’ll be able to tell a difference in the texture – argan oil can help to smooth out your hair. This is perfect if – like me – your hair tends to be a bit frizzy.

Argan (Argon) Oil shampoos available online

We’ve searched for some of the highest rated, and still reasonably priced Argan oil shampoos available online. When possible, we give you two different options of where to purchase, so that you can choose the retailer you’d prefer to support. Okay…happy shopping, y’all!

OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo

OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo

$11.29 @ Well.ca or $6.99 @ Amazon.ca; 385 ml bottle

A consistent best-selling shampoo, this one gets rave reviews from customers! This shampoo claims to help restore moisture and health to even the most dry, damaged hair.

Here’s my favourite review: “Creamy shampoo that smells nice too. It made my hair silky and soft. Very nourishing for split ends.”

Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo

Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo

$13.99 @ Well.ca and on sale for $9.98 @ Amazon.ca (Regular price $12.49) – Family size bottle 750 ml

  • Excellent when used together with the matching conditioner to create softer, more manageable hair.
  • Nice light, natural scent that’s a mild nutty scent – smells lovely.
  • No SLS in this product (sodium lauryl sulfate.) If you’re trying to avoid this detergent ingredient, you can purchase this shampoo knowing there’s no sulfate in it at all. (So, the shampoo will not lather up as much BUT your hair will get just as clean.)

If you’re looking for an argan oil shampoo, then the two we’ve listed above come very highly recommended. You’ll get an awesome new shampoo, and your hair will look moisturized and beautiful. Hooray for good hair days!

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Toilet paper Amazon – Finding deals on toilet paper online

Remember at the beginning of the pandemic, when all the jokes were about toilet paper? If you were actually looking for toilet paper at that time – let’s say back in March and April 2020 – then it might not have felt like much of a joke to you! Pretty much any store you walked in to was completely wiped out (ha! Pun!) of toilet paper. One day, our friend came over and gave us a HUGE mega pack of toilet paper, since they had so much of it. It felt like we’d been gifted a sack of gold!

So, this time around we’re keeping you updated on what toilet paper is available online. At the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, even Amazon was sold out of toilet paper. But, at this time – end of July 2020 – there’s still lots of selection to choose from on Amazon. So, we did some research to discover what’s available right now, so that you can slowly stock back up on this necessary item. We know everyone has their own preference of toilet paper, so we’ll show a number of brands.

Cottonelle – 12 Mega Rolls = 48 regular rolls


Cottonelle Toilet Paper, Ultra Cleancare, Strong Biodegradable Bath Tissue, 12 Mega Rolls 12 count
Currently $15.99 per pack or $0.33/roll (based on 48 regular rolls)
With these mega rolls, you’ll need to change the toilet paper way less often!

Charmin Ultra Strong – 18 mega rolls = 72 regular rolls


Charmin Ultra Strong Toilet Paper 18 Mega Rolls Bathroom Tissue = 72 Regular Rolls
$22.98 = $0.32 per roll (based on 72 rolls)
Each of these huge toilet paper rolls is like 4 regular rolls of toilet paper!

Royale Velour Toilet paper – 12 double rolls = 24 regular rolls


Royale Velour, Plush & Thick Toilet Paper, 12 Double equal 24 rolls, 142 bath tissues per roll
$9.97 for a 12 double roll pack = $0.42/roll (based on 24 roll equivalent)
The Royale Velour toilet paper is definitely the priciest AND poshest toilet paper on our list! Customers rave about how soft and comfy it is. (And can I just say…I love that people review toilet paper! That made me giggle a bit.)

Based on prices right now, Monday, July 27, 2020 – the best deal on Amazon.ca for toilet paper is: the Charmin! (Our #2 choice, above. Yes, and I did just write #2. LOL)

The beauty of buying your toilet paper online is that it comes delivered right to your door. For many of us right now, the idea of NOT having to go to the grocery store any more than we have to is wonderful! Hopefully you found the deal you were looking for today, and can start restocking your supply of toilet paper. Then, you won’t need to go rushing to the stores if there’s another toilet paper shortage in the future. And you’ll even have enough to share an extra pack with a friend!

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