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Do you remember your first place at University or College?


Do you remember your first place at University or College?

September brings back memories of Back to School, now that I no longer go to school! Do you remember your freshman year in University? I can vividly remember it. I distinctly remember it being the longest summer of my life. It couldn’t end quickly enough for me. It would be the first time I would be away from home and on my own. Away with no parents to tell me what to do, when to do things or what time I needed to come home.

I was going to have my own apartment. Well, not my own because I would be sharing it with 5 other girls. Three of us were high school friends and the other two were friends of friends. We were going to live the off-campus life.

Student Decor

The place came furnished with living room furniture and dining room furniture. We didn’t think to ask how old those couches were – we just didn’t care. The chipped coffee table didn’t seem to bother us either. Don’t get me started on the curtains which totally clashed with the couches. We didn’t care – we were in university.

We did have a dining table with 6 chairs. It could have been the one my grandmother had in her basement. It was that old. It actually was a matching set, but not a very nice looking one. Once again, we didn’t care. It was great to have a place we could “dine” even though we mostly ate our meals on the ugly couches in the living room.

Back then, no one seemed to care much about “decor”. Student apartments were exactly that. We would take anything from anyone who would offer it to us. My aunt gave us her old coat stand. One of my friends brought the television. Lamps were provided by one of the new girls. The other roommates brought extra chairs so that we would have seating for “guests”. Nothing matched of course. Once again, it didn’t bother us.


The Kitchen

I don’t think we had any small, fancy appliances. I think our work was as gourmet as we had back then. That was a gift from my mother. My hair dresser provided us with most of our dishes, cookware and kitchen utensils. We did have a coffee maker. But that was all about it.

No More Second Hand Junk for my cousin

Now it seems that everything has changed. As my cousin heads off to university, she is getting almost everything new – AND MATCHING!  She cannot believe that we would live with mismatched furniture and old used furniture. Have times changed?

Some great options from Canadian Tire include this gorgeous CANVAS Oslo Console Desk. The contemporary design features durable construction with solid wood legs and two large white storage drawers.


This Sauder white desk has a great compact design that includes a slide-out keyboard tray neatly contained behind Flip-down molding and an easy glide drawer. Featuring wood construction with a soft white finish.



This Sauder Salted Oak Desk will be the apple of your eye with its rustic elegance and contemporary flair. With a warm yet sophisticated salt oak finish, two smooth running drawers for storage, and ample surface space. I love the matching book case as well!


So did you have a well decorated dorm or apartment when you were away at University? Tell us, we would love to know!



Get Ready for Back to School with Canadian Tire

Stylish clothes designed to be as durable and fun as kids, and moms, need!


Stylish clothes designed to be as durable and fun as kids, and moms, need!

Giant Tiger Stores Limited has introduced 3 new children’s lines. Just in time for back to school, these three fun and fashionable clothing lines are sure to be a hit with kids and moms alike: Monkey Bars for girls and boys sizes 2-6X; Bella & Birdie for girls sizes 7–14; and Survival Gear for boys sizes 8-16.

These fashionable collections are designed to be versatile and stand up to the wear that naturally occurs with kids clothing. From their $4 mix and match separate program to their $8 durable denim program, they have worked to create on-trend items at price points that are in keeping with Giant Tiger’s low price philosophy.”

The three brands have unique personalities, each reflected in the styling and assortment. Monkey Bar is energetic and fun, perfect for playdates to preschool; Bella & Birdie is all about confident and cool girls who are ready to explore their inner fashionista; and the Survival Gear boy is fun, fearless and always up for adventure. The quality fabrication, stylish designs and outstanding prices make these new lines the perfect additions to the growing Giant Tiger family of private brands.

Bella & Birdie. (CNW Group/Giant Tiger Stores Limited)
Bella & Birdie.


As part of the launch of the kids’ lines, Giant Tiger is pleased to introduce the Happiness Guarantee. “At Giant Tiger, our priority is our customers and creating a shopping experience to make even the busiest mom’s life a little easier,” explains Karen Sterling, Vice President of Marketing. “We listened to our moms and created our ‘Happiness Guarantee’ which is designed to create an entirely risk-free shopping experience for parents. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it along with the receipt for a full refund, no time limit. It’s that easy. Our goal this back to school season is not just to help moms survive back to school but to succeed at it!”

Monkey Bars, Bella & Birdie and Survival Gear clothing are available exclusively at all Giant Tiger stores.

Just in time for Back to School! (CNW Group/Giant Tiger Stores Limited)
Just in time for Back to School!


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Staples Canada Releases Top Trends, Must-Haves for 2016 Back-To-School Seaso


Staples Canada Releases Top Trends, Must-Haves for 2016 Back-To-School Seaso

Staples Canada is helping students, parents and teachers get ready to go back-to-school by releasing its annual short-list of the hottest trends.

Consumers will find a fresh and wide assortment of items that feature vibrant colours, small and compact shapes and sizes, loveable and huggable products, modern designs and ways to personalize and customize, as well as smart technology to increase productivity.

“Everyone wants and expects practical and unique items for the back-to-school season, while staying within budget,” said Pete Gibel, senior vice president of merchandising at Staples Canada. “That’s why we make it our mission to be ready with the broadest assortment, the latest trends and the lowest prices so our customers can have the best back-to-school shopping experience.”

Staples’ 2016 Top Trends Include:

Vibrant Colours 

Add a pop of colour to any homework station with the Poppin desk letter tray, pencil case or pen cup. Brighten up a locker area with the NeatLife Drippy Paint Magnetic Pencil Cups and Drippy Paint Magnetic Divided Bins that come in pink, purple, green and blue.

Loveable and Huggable 

Everyone needs a hug or a jolt of inspiration from time to time. Find lots of personal and practical gratification from Staples Animal Folders to the Thermos Chewbacca lunch bag. Keep crayons and the Maped Croc Croc rabbit-shaped pencil sharpener tucked away in a Staples elephant or kitten printed pencil case.

Small and Compact 

Pack only what’s needed, thanks to items such as compact desk clocks for teachers, the Sistema Bento Box all-in-one lunch container and food divider, Swingline mini staplers, 6-in-1 compact PowerCubePNY Micro Sleek USB and the HP Deskjet printer.

Favourite Characters

With action packed backpacks from Disney’s Star Wars and Captain America, to cute and cuddly lunch bags from The Secret Life of Pets and Finding DoryStaples let’s students take the movies to class.

Say it with Emoji’s

From Merangue Emoticon Locker Magnets to quirky Merangue Emoji Pencils, these fun products add personality and function throughout the academic year. The ZIPIT Grillz Backpack has an expressive exterior pocket for students who are looking to showcase personality and style.

All About Tech

Staples makes sure all bases are covered for optimal back-to-school productivity with slick and slim items like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4Galaxy TabPro SGalaxy Tab S2Skullcandy Wireless HeadphonesFitBit Fitness Tracker and the Logitech mouse that comes in watermelon or lemon patterns. The Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker saves space while offering powerful sound and quality, and also comes in fun colours such as mint, red, white or black.

Being Green

With items like Post-it Greener NotesStaples Recycled Poly Report Covers and Staples FSC-Certified Eco-Responsible Multiuse Paper, it’s easy going green. Save money by eliminating waste with re-usable lunch products like the Precidio Snack/Drink In The Box and assortment of Cryopak additions. 

Make it Personal  

In 2016, customers can expect custom classroom products from Staples which allows parents, students and teachers to personalize agendas, planners, labels and posters – to name but a few. Locker accessories like the Merangue Dry Erase Board and the Wall Pops! Fashion Locker Accessory Kit let students add a personal touch to their space at school.


For a complete list of the top trends and products from Staples for the 2016 back-to-school season, view the online lookbook by clicking here.

Staples has all the back-to-school products that students need at the guaranteed lowest prices with a 100% price match guarantee, great rewards and stress-free shopping. Back-to-school resources are available either in-store or online at www.staples.ca/backtoschool, or through the Staples mobile app. Throughout the season, parents, students and teachers can join the conversation around the latest trends, deals and back-to-school hacks using #ThinkStaples.

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Walmart Lauches New App for iPhone & Android Users

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Walmart Lauches New App for iPhone & Android Users


Digital shopping assistant lets consumers shop online, browse flyer features and read reviews

Walmart Canada announced today the launch of its new online shopping application for iPhone and Android users. Canadians can shop conveniently and anywhere they are, with the touch of a button. Not to mention Walmart’s low prices every day.… Continue reading