We’re all trying to keep stocked up on groceries during this pandemic, and yet we’re also trying to keep within our grocery budgets, too. Not an easy task, bargaineers! And one thing I’ve noticed that can be insanely expensive during our weekly jaunts to the grocery store is spices.
Whatever type it is: cinnamon, basil (which, yes is an herb!), parsley, nutmeg, cloves…and on and on. Any type of dried herbs or spices can be very expensive, especially when we’re just shopping at one store right now. (We have, in fact, discovered one store that is pretty quiet early in the mornings. So, we just shop there, and only one time per week. But boy, are their spices PRICEY!!)
So, I discovered some online choices that will allow you to buy your dried herbs and spices in bulk and save a LOAD of money! You could even buy a bag or two and share with a friend to save even more money.
1 pound bags (454 grams) of Organic Cinnamon
Splendor Garden organic Cinnamon Ground,454.0 Gram
This is an awesome deal right now! (As always, prices on Amazon can change quickly, so snag this deal while you can. I am too!) We go through an awful lot of cinnamon – to sprinkle on homemade lattes, to add to oatmeal in the morning, and to use in baking. So, this 1 pound bag is a great deal. $10.85
Half pound bags of Organic Thyme (227 grams)
Splendor Garden Organic Thyme Leaves, 227 Grams is another great bargain by Splendor Garden! A great big bag for only a bit more than a fancy (and tiny) jar would cost you in the supermarket. Thyme is a wonderful addition to all sorts of savoury cooking, especially roasted meat or tomato sauces. $10.99
Organic Basil Leaves (dried) – Large 1 pound (454 grams) bag
Splendor Garden organic Basil,454.0 Gram
Basil is one of my very favourite herbs to cook with! I put plenty into any homemade spaghetti sauces I’m making, and it’s also delicious added to homemade salad dressings or dips. This big bag is on for only $16.30 – a bargain!
When you buy bulk herbs and spices you definitely save oodles of money. But, since they’re not sent to you in cute little jars or bottles, you’ll need a few options on how to properly store these spices. Remember to keep your spices in a cool, dry place to retain the flavour and intensity of the spices the longest. All of the containers we chose are highly ranked for sealing well, which means your spices will stay fresh longer.
Stainless Steel magnetic spice jars and tins – pack of 12
Bekith 12 Pack Magnetic Spice Tins Multi-Purpose Storage Tin, Clear Top Lid with Sift or Pour, Magnetic on Refrigerator and Grill.
If you’re short on space, these magnetic spice jars might be exactly the solution you need! You can literally fill them up with your favourite spices and herbs, and then store them on the side of your fridge!! And, this is a great gift for a grill master – they can keep all their favourite BBQ rubs and spice blends in a tin and store it on the side of the BBQ! (Awesome, right?) These jars have openings on the side so you can just shake out the spices, rather than having to open the tin up. And, this set comes with 144 labels. Can you tell I really love these? Ha! $26.99 for a pack of 12 with 144 labels
I hope our post helped you snag an amazing deal on some dried herbs and spices. Instead of paying up to $10 for a small jar, you can pay around the same and get about ten times the amount! That is a huge grocery bill savings, and we can use all the savings we can get right now.
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Ooh, baby! They are little, and adorable…and boy do they need a lot of stuff! New parents may feel overwhelmed by the list of necessities their little ones require, and that’s where the rest of us come in….by selecting a helpful baby shower gift. Yes, it’s time for another one of our baby shower gift lists!
Right now, baby showers feel entirely different, as we’re all staying home and staying safe from the pandemic. But, these online shopping options allow you to purchase a baby gift and send it directly to the proud new parents. So, it may be a baby shower over Zoom, but it’s still a baby shower! And if you send the gifts ahead of time, the parents can still ooh and aah over their new baby gifts, and show them off to you via Zoom. It’s a different format to be certain, but it’s still a memory to cherish.
Makes breastfeeding OR bottle feeding a more comfortable endeavour for both Mama AND baby! Made of memory foam, it keeps baby at a comfortable position while feeding, unlike many feeding pillow which go flat very quickly. $39.99
Baby K’Tan Cotton Baby Carrier *Wrap/Sling*
Baby K’Tan Solid Cotton Original Baby Carrier Black – Size 6-8
This baby carrier is made of high-quality one-way stretch cotton material, allowing you and your baby the most comfort as you tote your little one around. And for Mom it’s as easy to put on as a t-shirt! Ergonomic positioning of baby means less stress on your back! $74.99
WaterWipes Baby wipes – Value pack
WaterWipes Baby Wipes Value Pack These wipes are about the purest baby wipes you can buy! Made of only purified water, and a small percentage of grapefruit seed extract, these wipes are super gentle on even a newborn baby’s skin. Package of 4 x 60 wipes=240 total wipes in this pack. *Hypoallergenic* $19.99
Skip Hop Luxury Diaper Bag Backpack – Quilted Look (Vegan Leather)
Skip Hop Linx Quilted Diaper Backpack Black
Wow, if you’re looking for a diaper bag as a gift for a very fashionable new Mama, this might be the one! This gorgeous quilted (vegan) leather bag is super stylish, and super functional.
* Easy access wide opening with plenty of pockets
* Insulated front compartment for keeping bottles cold
* Adjustable backpack straps
* Goldtone hardware
* Easily wipes clean Was $136.99 Now $101.00
Babyganics Bath and Skincare Essentials Kit
babyganics Bath & Skin Care Essentials Kit Chamomile Verbena
Babyganics makes gorgeous organic baby stuff, without any: parabens, sulfates or petrolatum, artificial colours or scents. Lovely! This little set includes: Shampoo and Body Wash; Baby Moisturizer; and Baby Bubble Bath. All in a gorgeous natural chamomile verbena scent. $19.99
Ahhh…there is nothing sweeter than a new little baby! And even in this unprecedented time of needing to stay home and stay safe, a baby shower can be a beautiful thing. Any of the baby shower gifts we chose today can be directly shipped to the new parents. We hope you had as much fun browsing through some truly beautiful and useful baby gifts as we did. 🙂
It’s funny where you can find inspiration for a blog post! As I was sipping on a can of Save On Food’s own brand grapefruit sparkling water today – boom! The sweet combined colours of lemon and pink just looked so perfect together. These colours truly epitomize what spring is! A splash of these very pretty pastel colours are just what your kitchen might need to drag it out of the wintertime doldrums.
So…here’s a little colourful inspiration for some new goodies for your kitchen. Whether you love the colours of pink and yellow together or on their own, they are lovely accents to brighten and cheer.
Lemon Theme Table Runner is bright and cheerful, with its unapologetic lemon theme. This lemon table runner is waterproof, and can be used indoors or out. $10.56
Cupcake To Go container in a cheerful shade of pink is the perfect way to tote a cupcake with you wherever you’re going! Or, if you want to drop off a gourmet cupcake to a friend, this is the ideal way to do it. (PS. A cupcake for a friend is ALWAYS a fine idea!) $6.29
Now Designs Jumbo Pure Kitchen Towel, Lemon, Set of 3 Now Design teatowels are some of my absolute favourites! They make beautiful cotton kitchen towels that really stand up to constant use. These ones in a fresh white and yellow pattern will add some springtime colour to your kitchen. AND they’re well made, absorbent and super useful.$22.00 for a pack of 3
Peony Bouquet by Torre & Tagus These lovely flowers really look perfect nestled into a white pitcher or a simple vase. An easy way to add a touch of pretty pink colour to your kitchen – and as low maintenance as can be! $24.95
I’m still drooling over that teapot, to be honest with you. And in that shade of yellow? LOVELY!! Anything at all can be made a bit better with a good, strong cup of tea if you ask me. Enjoy these springtime choices, and have a wonderful sunny Saturday!
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There, I admitted it. It might have something to do with currently reading the City Baker’s Guide to Country Living. There is a LOT of delicious pie baking talk in that book, and I love every single crumbly bit of it! Or, of course, it might also have to do with these unusual circumstances we’re living through, and being home a whole lot more. Therefore, more time to bake pie! And, obviously, eat pie. 🙂
Whatever my inspiration (or obssession! ha!) might stem from, today is the day of the homemade pie. I found some awesome new pie gadgets, beautiful pie dishes to display your homemade lovelies, and other pie related goodies that were too cute to ignore. Enjoy, and then – dig in!!
First Out Pie Spatula by Fox Run
The First-Out Pie Spatula is a wonder as far as I’m concerned! It is exactly the right shape and size to make an easy job of removing that first stubborn piece of pie. A little gadget that you’ll use all the time if you love to make homemade pie. $5.29 CDN
Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin
Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin is the solution if you have a hard time rolling out nice, even pie crusts. With silicone bands on either end, you can easily control exactly how thick your pastry will be! Also handy for rolling out pizza crusts. $35.99 CDN
Porcelain Pie Dish is a beautiful and classic pie dish. This one will make your homemade pies look wonderful. $19.99 CDN
Pie Crust Baking Shield – Prevents Burnt Crusts
Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Pie Crust Shield, 10-Inch This ingenious invention allows you to place this on top of your pie to protect the outer edges of the pie from burning. Fits a large 10-inch pie plate OR a smaller pie plate that has handles. $9.19 CDN
Today – pie. Tomorrow…who knows!? See what inspires us next by signing up for our newsletter. And thanks for dropping pie. (Ha! See what I did there? Pie on the brain, indeed.) May you find inspiration to bake up something new and ooey-gooey good.
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I’m really trying to take advantage of this sudden extra time on my hands at home by writing more regularly in my journal. Are you guys into writing journals? Even as a child, I often had one of those adorable little girl journals with pretty floral covers and a tiny little golden lock on the side, which you could only open with one of the wee little keys that came with it. I loved to unlock my journal and write out what was on my mind and heart that day!
So, today’s post is about gorgeous journals that you’d love to write your thoughts and feelings in. In an unprecedented time like we’re currently living through, the very act of writing down your thoughts can be very therapeutic. Already, just looking back and reading my older journal postings from when the coronavirus crisis first began has been very interesting indeed!
Some of our Favourite Finds – Journals on Amazon
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Best Deals on Journals on BookOutlet.ca
The range of beautiful journals available on sale at Bookoutlet is incredible! The other day I had a great time wandering through their virtual shelves, perusing all of the beautiful and colourful journals for sale. The prices are unbeatable! To find your next favourite journal on Bookoutlet, simply click the link below and search for ‘journals.’ (I’m trying to find a way to post individual products from there, and when I figure it out I promise I will!)
PRANA is best known for their incredible packets of dark chocolate snacks. (Is it just me, or are we all especially excited to stock up on chocolate right now? I’m not lying when I say that chocolate even seems to be sneaking into my breakfast each day!) One of my favourites is their Algarve dark chocolate bark with almonds and sea salt. That small addition of the sea salt makes the combination the perfect balance between sweet and salty, and I keep dipping my hand into the bag for more!
#StayHome – Order Prana Chocolate online FREE Shipping with No Minimums
To ensure that you have a full chocolate stash to get you through this self-isolation, Prana is offering FREE shipping across Canada with absolutely no minimums. (I think this is one of the best shipping bargains I’ve come across yet!) So, load up on a few bags of their delicious snacks. Beyond chocolate, you’ll find organic trail mixes, dried fruit, nuts, and even nut butters. (This can be a handy place to order nut butter right now, if your local grocery store stock is still gone.) Their nut butters are: almond butter, pistachio nut butter, and hazelnut butter. (YUM!)
Prana’s online store remains OPEN for business. They are considered an essential business, because they sell food. Definitely pop by and take advantage of their generous shipping offer. Stay home, bargaineers, and stay safe. And add a little dark chocolate to your life, just because.