Freshly Baked Goods Delivered to your Door with ShopBake.com

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Have you ever just wanted a cupcake delivered to your door? Lots of things can be delivered – magazines, pizzas, groceries…but how about a fresh cupcake from a local bakery? The good news is that on September 17th ShopBake.com is launching! What does this mean? Well, you can now have that cupcake delivered fresh to your home with a click of a button from that lazy spot you have burrowed into your couch.

ShopBake.com is a unique online marketplace for Toronto bakeries to sell their items online. Usually cosy little bake shops only sell their freshly baked good in-store, but now their sweets and treats can be sold and delivered straight to your home.

 

 

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This service is great not just for those people who have these cupcake cravings like me, but also for those times you are having a party or event. Think of how much time you would save if your cake could be delivered to your house or party venue instead of you rushing to pick it up in time!

 

 

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ShopBake.com will be launching with 50 of the city’s most prominent bakeries, with more being added every day.

Buyers can create personalized accounts whereby its easy to simply click on what you want to order, and see it delivered to your door.

 

 

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I was lucky enough to preview some of the baked goods from the bakeries on ShopBake.ca, and they were awesome! The macaroons were gone in a second, and cookies were soft and fresh….everything tasted newly baked and were super tasty!

 

 

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Be sure to check out ShopBake.com on their launch date Wednesday, September 17th! Do me a favour, send me a cupcake!

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Hashtag #ShopBakeLaunch

Handmade Creations from Carberry Soap Company + A Giveaway!

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My first visit to Carberry Soap Company was on a whim when I was shopping for favours for a party I was having. My party included a night with my girlfriends where we did some private shopping at one of my favourite stores Turquoise in Whitby (I’ve got a post coming soon about them – stay tuned!), and then I had a cake pop making demonstration where all of the ladies were able to take home some of their own creations at the end of the night. I usually have a party favour for my guests to take home after one of my parties, and I was shopping around for something to go with my theme in some way.

What I found at Carberry Soap Company was perfectly fitting – individual cupcake soaps, packaged just for my event using the colours of my party theme. The cupcakes were incredibly life-like, and the smell of them was out of this world. Perfect, right?

I’ve been shopping there ever since for gifts for friends and family, and of course for myself when I need pampering, which happens pretty often!

The offerings are almost overwhelming, which is actually a good thing. For every soap there are a number of scents, colours and designs.

 

 

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Carberry’s Organic Babycakes soap is made with pure organic olive oil and fresh organic goat milk. It’s ideal for people with skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

 

 

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Their Gourmet Soap Collection is gentle, soothing, and they smell exactly like the gourmet flavour they are named after!

 

 

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My favourite offerings from Carberry Soap Company are from their Carberry Cakery collection!
All kinds of baked goods are transformed into amazing soaps! Cupcakes, cake slices, doughnuts – these creations look as decadent as they would be in real life. Not only do they look amazing, but their scents are out of this world.

 

 

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Carberry has a range of items for children as well. Their Soapy Pops look like real popsicles, which may entice your little one to actually want to scrub up and get clean! Soapy Pops are SLS free and all fragrance oils are phthalate free too!

 

 

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Carberry has a cute kids station right inside the shop for little ones to keep busy while mom’s take a moment to shop!

 

 

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And for those who love to have a relaxing bath there are even more handmade items such as Bath Creamers, Bath Blasters, and Recipe Soaps which include a combination of ingredients to create some yummy flavours.

 

 

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As I mentioned before, Carberry Soap Company was able to customize my party favours to match the colour and scent I wanted, and their team is willing to work with their customers to create the perfect favour for your event.

 

 

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I love the fact that Carberry offers hands-on workshops to learn how to make these fabulous soaps yourself. This is something I can’t wait to do. Classes are offered based on the type of soap you would like to make, and I think it would make an awesome girls night!

 

 

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And now – a giveaway!

You can win a gift bag full of goodies courtesy of Carberry Soap Company which includes one if their large fabulous cupcake soaps, a pack of three yummy mini cupcake soaps, and their very own Cake Mix Bubbling Bath Powder!

 

 

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I was lucky enough to try all of these items, and I literally smell like a walking bake shop right now. It’s pretty fabulous.

To win, all you need to do is enter using the Rafflecopter link below this post! You will need to like sparkleshinylove on Facebook in order to enter.

 

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The contest begins today, Friday, September 12th, 2014 and will end on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 12:00pm EST. This contest is open all US and Canadian residents, and the randomly selected winner will be announced on Sunday, September 21st, 2014.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

If you haven’t yet, you should also like the Carberry Soap Company Facebook page here to see all of the great products and incentives they are running. If you visit them in store and like their Facebook page while you are there, they even give you a free mini soap!

Carberry Soap Company is located at 629 Liverpool Road, Pickering, Ontario. You can visit their website at www.carberrysoap.com to learn more or order products online which may be shipped to the US and Canada.

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eBay Partners with Local Shops for Boutiques on eBay

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Ebay is trying to gain ground on the Etsy phenomenon by launching Boutiques on eBay. It’s a new virtual space on eBay’s website where they are carrying small capsule collections from select shops for a short period of time. It’s like an online pop-up shop! The idea is to feature local shops and independent designers.

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For the month of September Ebay has teamed up with This Little Piggy from Toronto’s Queen West (have you heard it was announced that it’s the world’s second hippest street this week?), and Crywolf from Ossignton Street in Toronto.

This Little Piggy is a children’s clothing shop, and the Ebay boutique features tee’s, leggings, and sweatshirts, while Crywolf is featuring adult shirts. All products are priced under $40.

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To shop the collection, or to see the next collection that launches in this space, visit here.

Unique Children’s Halloween Costumes Found on Etsy!

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Believe it or not I’ve been thinking about what my son should be for Halloween for a while now. I love this time of year. September has always been my favourite month because it’s starting to get a little cooler at night so I can pull out my cozy sweaters that have been put away for the summer, I travel every year during this month so I know I have a fun trip to look forward to, Pumpkin Spice Lattes come out at Starbucks which make me happy, and pumpkins start popping up everywhere which reminds me one of my favourite holidays are coming up – Halloween! I decorate the outside of our house with all kinds of crazy decorations for Halloween, and around this time I usually start hunting for new scary items to add to the house. My husband made me a coffin a couple years ago, and my reaction of utter joy made him laugh at my wackiness.

My poor son has a few more years of me picking his Halloween costume before he starts taking over the process. I have started to look around for something fun for him to wear, and I have found some really fun and unique costumes on Etsy. Have you noticed I am kind of an Etsy nut? The whole pushing one button and paying with Paypal adds to the appeal. It doesn’t feel like I’m buying anything if there is no card swiping!

Here are a few of my favourite costumes I have found along the way!

 

 

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Baby Rasta Hat

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Prince Charming Costume

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Wonder Woman Costume

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Little Red Riding Hood Costume

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Childrens Knight Costume

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Pink Polka Dot Clown Tutu Outfit

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Princess Leia Costume

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They’re Real! Remover Review

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If you read the blog, you know my absolute love for Benefit’s they’re Real! Mascara, and how much I was a fan of Benefit’s they’re Real! Push-Up Liner. The final item I needed to try was Benefit’s they’re Real! Remover. I feel like it probably would have been a good idea to buy this in the beginning, but I will get to that later.

I picked up this remover at Sephora, and likely the reason I held off on buying it right away was that it was $22. That’s a lot considering I already have a remover on the go, and although I am not sure it’s worth the price, I did have a great experience with it!

The remover is specially formulated to remove Benefit’s they’re Real Mascara and Push-Up Liner, which is exactly what I wanted to try removing.

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It is a bit different than the remover I am using now, which is Philosophy’s Purity. That remover is more of a liquid, and that makes it a little difficult to use on the eyes. It does dry my skin out a bit and I need to moisturize immediately after, but it does a great job of removing my make up. I also use Vaseline as well if I have a hard time with my eye makeup.

They’re Real! Remover is a white creamy gel, and in comparison it is very easy to apply. You can use a cotton swab, or in this case since it’s more of a gel you can even just put some on your finger and wipe. It actually works well with a Q-Tip to just remove a small portion of your makeup if you have made a mistake.

I found that this remover did not dry my skin out at all. I was really waiting for it to irritate my skin or make it feel tingly, but it didn’t at all. It felt like I was putting cream on!

The remover lifts away waterproof eye makeup pretty easily, as long as you give it a minute. It took my liner right off, and I held the cotton swab on my eye for a moment with remover on it, and it took my mascara right off as well. I found that it needed more time to sit on my eyelashes for the mascara to come off, and when I waited it easily removed my makeup.

I washed my face with water when I was done to get rid of any excess make up, and it was a little scary to see all of that make up gone! So that is really what I look like under there? Ok maybe next time I will leave a bit of mascara on!

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I didn’t find this remover irritated my skin or eyes at all, which makes sense because it is formulated for contact lenses wearers and people with sensitive eyes.

Overall I was pretty happy with this product, but I am not sure it’s is worth the price. Yes I really like it, and I will be sad when my bottle is empty, but there are lots of things I can do with $22, and a jar of Vaseline is only a couple dollars….

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It does pair perfectly with my Benefit mascara and liner, so I feel like I need all of these products, but at the same time if I had to choose, I would be able to live without the remover.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can purchase it on the Benefit Cosmetics website here, or at Sephora here.

Forever 21 X Barbie Collection Launch

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On a completely unserious note, Forever 21 has launched an exclusive collection with Barbie! It’s a totally quirky and fun collection that I love. I desperately need the “I woke up like this” tank. How can you not love this collection? It’s so cute and girly, and it won’t break the bank with items ranging from $11.90 to $29.90. The full collection is below, and it’s shoppable online here.

 

 

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Elle by RW&CO Dress Collection Launching November 1st

 

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RW&CO. has partnered with ELLE to release a limited edition capsule collection on November 1st.  I’m excited because I am totally obsessed with dresses, and the whole collection is just that – dresses!

I am totally that girl who is overdressed for everything.  Anytime I’m wondering what to wear, I usually come up with the answer of a dress.  Birthday party?  Dress.  Road trip?  Dress.  Bowling?  Dress.  With cute socks for my bowling shoes to match.

There are 8 dresses in total for the collection, and unfortunately they are totally top secret right now except for one.

Only one image has been released which is a preview image for the collection with a great crocheted dress.

The collection promises to offer silhouettes that flatter all body types, and the fabrics will be ultra luxe and double layered to maintain their shape.

The price point will be between $149.90 to $169.00.

For more details, check out the RW&CO website here, and once the dresses are launched i’ll post them as well!

 

 

 

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Lux Keepsake Quilts

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From the moment I found out I was having a boy, I started shopping.  I actually drove from my 3D ultrasound straight to the mall to start on his wardrobe.

I obviously took his wardrobe very seriously right from the beginning.  The problem with this was that once he started outgrowing his clothes, they were so cute I didn’t want to let them go.  I ended up with bags of clothing that was too small for him to wear, but too precious to give away.

A solution I came up with was having a quilt made with some of my son’s favourite items from his first year.  I had (and continue to have) a slight obsession with baby and toddler Ralph Lauren clothing, so I decided I wanted a quilt made with all of the Ralph Lauren clothing he wore in his first year.

I looked all over for the perfect person to make this quilt, and I found Lux Keepsake Quilts.

Lux Keepsake Quilts is located in Orillia, Ontario, and they offer to take baby clothing, adult t-shirts, or other types of clothing to create a keepsake quilt.

I contacted Lux through their Facebook page here, and made arrangements to get things started.

The first step was to send all of the clothing I wanted to be included in the quilt to Orillia.  This was some pretty precious cargo so I couriered it over.  Once the package was received by Lux Keepsake Quilts, they contacted me so I could breathe a sigh of relief, and then pay my deposit.

Either $100 or up to 50% of the price of the quilt is due once you have placed an order.  My quilt was a total of $250.00 for what I wanted.  I ended up sending less than the optimal number of items for my quilt, which didn’t bother me at all. I envisioned a rich blue-coloured quilt with patches scattered, which worked well with the number of items I sent. All quilts are machine quilted and come with micro-plush backing in a coordinating colour, and the current turn around time for a completed quilt is about 16-20 weeks.

It was totally worth the wait!  I love my quilt!  It is the perfect way to remember an amazing first year.  This quilt will absolutely last a lifetime.

 
 

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The quality is very impressive, and it’s beautiful!

Lux Keepsake Quilts also ships to the United States.

 

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more you can visit their Facebook page here, or email them at luxkeepsakequilts@hotmail.com.