28 August 2014

$1,000 Back To School Cash Giveaway

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Did you know you can shop, earn, and donate all at once? You are already shopping online or on your mobile devices, so why not donate to a good cause while doing so. iMyne allows you to do just that. Many of the retailers you already know and love actually offer money back as an incentive to shop their sites, but these incentives are rarely cashed in on. iMyne works with these sites to send those savings back to you as well as your favorite charitable cause.

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iMyne is also very easy to use. Most cash back websites are hard to navigate and are complicated, iMyne is different. Once you are signed up with iMyne you simply click on the iMyne activation button that will be in your toolbar, as a plugin. If the button is green then you are ready to shop and earn! If you're on the go and using your mobile device such as your smart phone or tablet, you simply just use the SHOP tab located on iMyne's site.

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Another great incentive that iMyne offers is referral cash. You can invite all of your friends through Facebook, Twitter or email to join iMyne and you will get up to $1 referral cash back for every $10 they earn. Your friends will then sign up their friends and you can earn even more. The more friends you have in your iMyne network, the more money you will earn for yourself and your charity!

Why Shop with iMyne

Any cash back that you earn will automatically be added to your account, log in to view your funds and keep track, or you can cash out. You can always send your funds to the charity of your choice as well.

There are no forms to mail, no points to redeem and no fees. You earn rewards for you and your cause in real cash, automatically.

Sign-up for iMyne and start earning your rewards now.

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One winner will receive a $1,000 Back To School Cash from iMyne.

Organized by: Social Swayy ♥ with special guest: Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends September 10th at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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18 August 2014

5 Handy Home Security Tricks Everyone Should Know

Robberies have become an almost daily occurrence in most towns and cities. With break-ins on the rise, it’s important to do what you can to help reduce the risks to your home. Here are five handy home security tricks to help burglar-proof your property.


Lock It

Keep doors and windows locked even when you are at home. Thieves are becoming increasingly indiscriminate and no longer target only empty houses. There is a disturbing trend of violent home invasions taking place so for safety’s sake it’s imperative to keep your doors locked even when you are in it. Try to get into the habit of doing this every time you arrive home. While it can be awfully stuffy keeping your windows closed, if you can avoid it, keep low-lying windows shut when you head to sleep. Alternatively you can install security screens from companies like Stylewise Security on all windows, so you can enjoy the fresh air of open windows and still be safe.

Beware of Social Media

Be careful when using social media. While you may like to post that you are out of town on holiday you are sending an open invitation to thieves. If you must talk about any absences on social media be careful to assert that someone is still at the house. Also do not leave an absent message on your telephone answering service. It is better to say something like, “We are busy at the moment so please leave a message.”

Be Discreet

When it comes to home security it pays not to advertise! Install drapes or blinds at street level windows to avoid passersby seeing into your home and spying any expensive items you may have. Thieves look for items that are easy to dispose of, like computers, televisions and jewellery. You could even go as far as cutting up any cartons or boxes that your appliances came in before you put them in the bin.

Lighting and Visibility

It’s important to keep your entrance way highly visible to passing traffic. Make sure trees and shrubs do not obscure doors and windows. It is a good idea to install motion detector lights too. These lights will switch on automatically when someone is moving around the area. Not only will they make your home more secure they will make it easier for you to get inside when you arrive home after dark.

A Home Safe

A home safe is a really worthwhile investment if you keep jewellery and other valuables at home. Most thieves will head straight for the master bedroom where home owners commonly keep their precious possessions. By installing a safe you can prevent a thief from making a quick getaway with your valuables.
Remember, f you have any concerns or suspicions about criminal activity around your home do not hesitate to call the police. Keep an inventory of all your valuables in case the worst happens, and make sure you have a current insurance policy to cover your home contents.

26 July 2014

$100 Cattleboyz Gift Certificate & BBQ Starter Kit Giveaway


A Little About Cattleboyz:

CattleBoyZ Manufactures a line of Award Winning Gourmet BBQ Sauces that are meticulously mass produced and are being shipped to a variety of North American, and Other Global Destinations. The sauces come in many flavors; can be purchased at Retail Outlets, On-line, in Branded Gift Boxes, Private Labelled, or can even be Custom Labelled for Corporate Events and Promotional Items.

Joe Ternes, CEO and member of the Ternes Family who founded CattleBoyZ Barbecue Sauce says: “Our family has been raising prime Alberta beef for over 70 years so we know a thing or two about Barbecue and BBQ Sauce. When we started bottling Grilling Sauce in our own family kitchen and selling it at the family butcher shop in Calgary, we never dreamed that later it would be named as the nation’s favorite!”

CattleBoyZ produces Gluten Free Barbecue Sauces, BBQ Seasonings, and Barbecue Rubs that appeal to modern diets and to bring the unique Alberta savory Sauce sensation to a wider audience. Many known CFIA identified allergens have been removed from our secret ingredient blend to make CattleBoyZ the superior, nutritionally sound Gluten Free BBQ Sauce solution for any meal.

CattleBoyZ recently added a line of Premium Quality Pellet BBQ Smoker Grills and Other High Quality Barbecue Products To Our Award Winning Product Line.

CattleBoyZ BBQ Sauce is incredibly versatile and has proven to be the perfect condiment. Our BBQ sauces use only the finest all-natural ingredients to create a sweet, tangy barbeque sauce with a spicy kick.

EXCITING news for everyone in USA Cattleboyz BBQ Sauce is being listed with Safeway And THEY are a 30+ times award winning sauce company coming to 1400 Safeway locations in August"

ONE lucky fan has a chance to WIN - 100$ gift certificate, bbq starter kit and latest bbq sauce!

RULES to enter!
  • Open to USA/CAN 18+
  • void where prohibited (no quebec)
  • ends august 9 at Noon EST
  • ONE entry per household!
  • You will have 2 days from when name is drawn to email be back or a new winner will be chosen.

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23 July 2014

DIY – Unblocking a Clogged Toilet

So your small child has dropped a variety of toys down the u-bend? Or maybe you thought it would be a good idea to flush those photos of your ex-lover down the toilet as an act of revenge/closure? Now the bathroom is swimming in a couple of inches of (hopefully) clean water and you’re wondering what to do. Fear not! Here is what to do.


Stop flushing

If your toilet is blocked and has already started over-flowing, flushing it further will, in most cases, only add to the problem, so resist the urge to keep flushing. Lay a few sheets of old newspaper around the base of the toilet in order to soak up any potential over-spill and you’re ready to try one or more of the following methods.

The plunger

Most people have a plunger hiding somewhere in their cupboard but if you don’t have one, nip out to your local hardware/plumbing supplier and get one. It’s a purchase you won’t regret – even if you only use it once in a blue moon. If possible, scoop out some of the excess water from the toilet bowl before starting with the plunger. Try and get a good seal between the toilet and plunger and apply a good push/pull motion. The idea is to create enough suction to loosen the blockage, enabling it to go down the pipe. You may have to try a number of times to get the right action.

The coat hanger

If the plunger doesn’t work (or you don’t have access to one) then get a wire coat hanger and straighten it out so it’s as long as possible. Slowly feed this down the u-bend of the toilet and twist it in a circular motion. This is a method where you really want the blockage to be something innocuous such as a clump of hair or a child’s toy because you’re aiming to catch the blockage on your coat hanger and dislodge it. Pretending that you’re fishing for a giant barramundi may help in this instance.

The drain snake

Also known under a host of other names including the ‘flexi-snake’, this piece of equipment is a perhaps a touch more ‘hard-core’ than using the coat hanger trick. You can buy one at most hardware shops - or even possibly hire one. The principle is not dissimilar to using the coat hanger technique; feed the metal snake down the pipe and twist it about til the blockage comes out. Being a tool designed specifically for removing blockages, you may find that you have more success with this option.

Plastic bag and toilet brush

Secure a plastic bag to the head of your toilet brush and put the brush into the toilet bowl (there’s no need to put the brush right down the pipe) until it’s at the bottom of the bowl. This method is quite similar to using a plunger. Push the brush/bag combination up and down several times. With any luck this should dislodge the blockage.

Of course, if none of these methods are proving successful, it may be time to call in a professional like Capital Plumbing, to address the issue. Can you think of any other ideas to unblock a loo? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

21 July 2014

Five Tips for Choosing Comfortable Sheets

When shopping for sheets you can quickly become bombarded with options. Should you go with Egyptian cotton or a cotton blend? Which colors will be the most relaxing to you? How much does thread count really matter? You might find that even as you get answers, you are also finding more questions. You might get to the point when you start to wonder just how important the sheets really are. Take a moment to think about the most comfortable bed you have slept in. Chances are good that a significant part of that memory involves the sheets. In fact, because of the close connection between you and your sheets (and pillows and blankets), your bedding plays a prominent role in how well you sleep.



Follow these tips to make your bedding choices easier:

1.       Choose the Right Material

There are a few great options; linen and silk are almost as popular for sheets as cotton is. However, cotton has been a favorite and continues to be a favorite for some very good reasons:

·         Cotton can trap heat and let cool air pass through. It is a great choice for summer sleeping when you want to be cool. Blends might provide you with pretty good results, but for the best sleep, choose top quality cotton.
·         Cotton sheets are durable. As you consider the fact that you spend a third to half of your life in bed, it becomes quickly apparent that top quality sheets are necessary unless you want to replace them often.
·         Cotton is also a very comfortable option. Choose a luxurious cotton sheet to really enjoy a comfortable night. A sateen version will deliver top quality comfort.

2.       Pay Attention to Craftsmanship

You can easily be misled by high prices and high thread counts; neither of these qualities can guarantee that your sheets will be soft and inviting. Instead, find out how the sheets were crafted. For example, hand-picked cotton is often cleaner, more durable, and as a result, softer than other cottons.

3.        Choose a Relaxing Color

Remember that the primary function of the bedroom is to relax and take a break from the world. In other words, your bedroom should be a good place to de-stress and sleep – and very few other things. You might choose bright colors because that is what you really love, but for the best success at getting a soothing night’s rest, choose soft pastels and only subtle patterns, if any.

4.       Feel the Differences Between Weaves

If you like your sheets crisp and smooth or soft and supple, you can feel the difference when you pass your hand over the sheets. Percale provides a snappy crispness and sateen delivers a more forgiving softness. Jersey sheets are very soft, but may move around the bed quite a bit.

5.       Select the Best Fit

In order to enjoy slipping into bed at night without constantly adjusting the sheets, you need to carefully measure your mattress and pick sheets that are the right size. Look for an elastic edging around the fitted sheet that will accommodate the size and shape of your mattress. If you have a mattress that is not a standard size, look for sheets with special sizes.


As you remember these tips, your chances of successfully choosing sheets should improve. Stick to your own impressions concerning the feel and comfort of bedding. After all, your comfort at night should be the top priority.