1. Why Target in Canada is better than Walmart

    I don’t enjoy shopping in store at Walmart. The trip is frustrating from beginning to end; from entering the parking lot, to navigating busy aisles, to long checkout lines. Simply put, it’s overcrowded, everywhere.

    Enter Target. I have been to multiple Toronto area locations on weekdays and weekends. The result is the same: parking at front of store, empty aisles, and no checkout lines. Okay, this one time I had one customer ahead of me, but the cashier actually apologized for the wait! Wait? What wait? I even bring my 2 year old toddler in tow as it’s so empty she can run freely around the aisles! She does not accompany me to Walmart.

    But let’s compare apple’s to apple’s shall we?

    Food - Starbucks vs. McDonald’s

    Upon entering (or exiting) I see a shiny beacon of hope, that I will get a much needed caffeine boost (and banana loaf for my toddler). I know some of you would actually prefer McDonald’s, but I’m a Starbucks addict so let’s chalk this win up to personal preference.

    Shopping Carts – new vs. old

    Target carts are so silky smooth that I can actually rest my open Starbucks coffee in it, without moving or spilling. Carts always appear clean, tidy and new. Walmart’s carts on the other hand, have seen better days. I seldom get one that doesn’t drive wonky, is clean, or doesn’t have garbage in it. Let’s just say, I wouldn’t rest an open coffee in one.

    Aisle and Checkout – empty vs. crowded

    Target’s aisle’s and checkout lines look quite similar: empty.  And yes, this probably is not a good thing as it means people just aren’t shopping there. But until they do, this is the best kept mommy secret – productive, efficient, people free shopping with ability to bring kids in tow. No toddler meltdowns while waiting in a checkout line, as there is no line. No battles with kids to stay in the cart because aisles are just too crowded to run free; there are no people.  As for Walmart, well it always looks like the photo below… enough said.

    But prices are lower at Walmart you say?

    I compared a few of my staple items and larger gift items at both Target and Walmart using regular everyday prices…

    I saved $0.07 at Walmart. I saved 30 min at Target. You decide.

    But Walmart is better than Target in another way

    I love shopping online at Walmart.ca. They have a strong eCommerce and digital presence that should be commended. They offer free shipping without minimums. I have ordered baby items online in the morning, and have received the package that same evening with a “thank you” enclosed.  Target.ca has no eCommerce solution for its Canadian clients. The website has little meaningful value to consumers, apart from presenting its digital flyer. 

  2. Live streaming of the Nicole Miller runway show starts tonight @ 6:00PM EST. There can only be wondrous things ahead, in her Fall 2014 collection! 
Live Feed: http://www.nicolemiller.com/fall-2014-livestream

    Live streaming of the Nicole Miller runway show starts tonight @ 6:00PM EST. There can only be wondrous things ahead, in her Fall 2014 collection! 

    Live Feedhttp://www.nicolemiller.com/fall-2014-livestream

  3. Batiste Dry Shampoo Review

    I have been trying to get on the dry shampoo bandwagon for years, but hadn’t found a product that lived up the minimal effort involved. A few months back, in a copy of LouLou Magazine, I took a mental note of their recommendation called “Batiste Dry Shampoo”. I had never seen the product in my local drug store so doubted I’d have an opportunity to get my hands on it… until last week when I saw it at Winners. $9.99 for a travel sized 3-pack? Um, YEP!

    As the mom of a toddler, I stopped washing my hair daily the day I gave birth. This week, I worked from home, which meant a trade of showering for extra sleep. By day 3 my hair had surpassed even what I would deem acceptable, so decided it was time to test out the Batiste Dry Shampoo.

    My hair was rejuvenated! The grease around my bangs, part and hairline were all erased. My hair now looked no different on day 3, than it had on day 1. It really was a shower in a can (minus the body wash part)! A dash of deodorant and a spritz of perfume, and I was a whole new mom again. ;) Don’t worry folks, I never left the house!

    Where to buy (because I looked it up just for you):
    Walmart.ca
    Well.ca
    * Or of course you can try your local Winners like I did

  4. fuckyawatches:

Nixon ‘The Time Teller’ Watch

Gorgeous women’s watch by Nixon!

    fuckyawatches:

    Gorgeous women’s watch by Nixon!

  5. One of my favourite picks for men right now, is this ultra luxe Diesel Men’s DZ1384 Watch. It’s simplistic, stylish and just plain old sexy. A good bet when shopping for him this Valentine’s Day!
More gifts for him: http://www.canada.com/shop/gift-finder/for_him.html

    One of my favourite picks for men right now, is this ultra luxe Diesel Men’s DZ1384 Watch. It’s simplistic, stylish and just plain old sexy. A good bet when shopping for him this Valentine’s Day!

    More gifts for him: http://www.canada.com/shop/gift-finder/for_him.html

  6. TOMS Burlap Alessandra Ballet Flats

    TOMS now available in cute ballet flats! Even better, TOMS Canada is giving 10% off ANY purchase with promo code TOMSCAFA10P

  7. Now Open!
    Toronto Premium Outlets
    13850 Steeles Ave, Halton Hills, Ontario

    Can you guess how I plan to spend my next solo vacation day next Monday (solo being sans kid and hubby)? I am being summoned by Kate Spade to witness the beauty that it is. I hope my bank account can forgive me! :)

  8. LOFT Canada Opening Weekend at Eaton Centre!

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    If you’re tired of seeing this signage on the third level of the Toronto Eaton Centre, don’t fret; LOFT Canada is finally opening downtown this Friday May 31, 2013.

    As per the LOFT Facebook page, shop this Friday and receive a special gift with your purchase of $75 or more (while supplies last), plus enter for a chance to win a $250 LOFT shopping spree.

    Happy shopping Toronto!

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Fashion, shopping and eCommerce from a 30-something, Canadian, digital first, mom!

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