Easter Full Moon Meditation – FREE !

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This coming Monday April 10th, 2017, there will be a FREE presentation and group Meditation in the Peter Kaye Room at the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Gerogia, Vancouver, BC).

Celebrate the New Moon and Spring.

Look forward to OMing with You ❤

FREE MOVIES for ALL !

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You read correctly, your eyes are not deceiving you!

I wrote “FREE MOVIES for ALL!” and its true for the most part.

This Saturday October 22nd Cineplex Cinemas is giving back to the Community.

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Cineplex Cinemas is offering FREE Movie day for all who attend. It s asked that you help Cineplex by making a donation to WE by buying a $2 bracelet.

*Some conditions apply.

All donations are in support of WE Charity. WE Charity is part of the WE movement that empowers you to create positive change.
Canadian Charitable Number 88657 8095. Offer valid only for select movies and at select times on October 22, 2016.
Seating is limited, not guaranteed, and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information,
including local start times and movies, visit Cineplex.com/CommunityDay. ™/® Cineplex Entertainment LP or used under license.

The buzz is all about National Coffee Day

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​I love the black stuff, the dark oil, the café! I love coffee, coffee in all forms. Well, I have yet to meet a type of coffee that is unpalatable… maybe that super expensive kind Two-Chains be sippin’ on.

Thursday September 29th, 2016 is National Coffee Day! In celebration of this buzz worthy event many local  Vancouver business’ are giving discounts, samples, and FREE COFFEE !

Here are some of the best places to pick up a discount cuppa Joe today:

  • Second Cup locations are giving away FREE cups of coffee.
  • Tim Hortons has cups of coffee on for a $1! Tweet the hashtag #TimsCoffeeDay to win a $10 TimCard.
  • Starbucks is offering up FREE samples of Thanksgiving Blend. Starbucks is also commiting to donating a coffee plant for every bag of coffee sold.
  • Shell gas stations’ self-serve coffee bar, Costa Coffee, is offering a FREE coffee in any customization, from café lattes to an Americano!
  • Q7-Eleven Canada has been giving away FREE coffee all week, promoting their rewards app. “Free Coffee Week” now through October 1 (offer valid only with 7-Eleven app).
  • Trees Organic Coffee is doing a “Triple Coffee Stamps” promo.

*Two-Chains drinks Kopi Luwak Coffee.

The most expensive coffee is called Kopi Luwak. It is made from…wait for it….coffee beans in Sumatran wild cat poop. This “magical” creation costs up to $600 per pound.

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Moving Mayhem

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Kinda can not believe it myself, I moved twice in the past year! I moved for different reasons both times. It does not matter what has prompted your need to change your living situation, when it is time it is time. Every once in a while the earth tilts under your feet and You have to shake things up. Sometimes the Universe will open doors, when these opportunities present themselves strike while the iron is hot but…

Things Can Get Messy!

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Moving is a common life experience, it is often life changing and challenging! The Life changing part can be enough to make your head spin. Relationships can grow or die off, new jobs are offered to you in a new city, housing situations can turn out to be ‘different’ than advertised, stranger than strange room mates do happen, situations where the Land Lord suddenly ‘needs’ the space… If you have not encountered one of these moving or shaking experiences yet, be prepared, you are likely to deal with something of the sort in your lifetime of living on this planet.

That being said let me give you a hand up with your move, some assistance in containing the ‘Mess’.  Having moved twice in the span of 5 months I will assist you in this huge endeavor with my address updating checklist and some tips and hints for packing.

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Packing should not seem a daunting chore… OK it is that, but it can be relieving too. Yeah I said relieving, just keep my tips in mind and make yourself a copy of the check list. You’ve got this!

Moving Tips & Hints

Tip 1. First and foremost give as much notice as possible. If the perfect place suddenly appears on your radar give as much notice as you possibly can(but expect trouble).

Tip 2. As you go through your stuff question when the last time you used that item was?? If it is not a sentimental momento (Which, why is this out? It should go in that box with all the ‘feels’ stuff), maybe its time consider re-homing it or donating said item? Now you literally have less to move to your next place.

Tip 3. Clean, wipe, dust or otherwise fix or mend items before you pack them to go to your new place. Unpacking sparkly fresh things that belong to you into your freshly cleaned (you vacuumed, swept, mopped, and wiped before you started bringing in the boxes to your new place cause your clever like that)

Tip 4. The Utility Bag; This is a reusable bag you stuff with all the tools and extra things you will need for moving day. The Utility Bag should include the following: Measuring Tape, Painters Tape, Magic Marker, Band-aids, Hand Sanitizer, Water Bottles, Snacks, Magic Erasers, Packing Tape, Small Jar of Wall Filler, Putty Knife, Ratchet Straps, and maybe Rope. Work gloves if ya got em.

Tip 5. Arrange Transportation for your materials ahead of time. If you are borrowing someones vehicle or they are driving you in their vehicle, be sure to check in with them the day before to make sure you are still booked in to do the move. Bring gas money, wash their windows, vacuum any crap out of their car that you spill. You know do the things you would want done for you 🙂

Tip 6. LABEL EVERYTHING ! That is what the Painters Tape and Magic Marker in the Utility Bag are for! Label all your boxes, go as far as to put the room it came from and then a short list of whats in the box, bag, trunk, moving apparatus. Your life will be easier when you wake up and can actually find the coffee and the press because you labeled the box.

Tip 7. Work room-by-room. That is to say, start in one room with ready made boxes and proceed to fill boxes and label them until that room is completely done. Leave behind last minute grab items like Hand Soap, and a Towel and Cleaning Supplies. You can grab these when you do your idiot check…

Tip 8. Do a lite clean, fill holes in walls, make the old place something you would want to move into. The next tenant will be grateful for your effort; and get this, the Land Lord is more likely to give you your damage deposit back!

Tip 9. Make a list of your things, especially if you share space with others. Knowing whats yours and being able to check off things so you don’t leave them behind may be the difference between you making fruit leather in the dehydrator at the new place or not.

Tip 10. Idiot Check. I am not implying you are an idiot, I would never do that, you are obviously smart as you are reading this article. An Idiot Check is that double check, last look around, opening all the cupboards and doors one last time tour of your living space. You will find that missing sock, the extra key to your bike lock, a note from your ex, and the hat you thought you lost 3 years ago. Check under the stairs, behind the dryer, in the garage, at the back of the shed. LOOK EVERYWHERE ! You will likely not be back to look again, so do it now!

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Phew! High Fives all around, YOU HAVE MOVED all your things to your happy new home and now you can just relax and unpack….ahhhhhhh!!

Wait just a minute here!

You are actually nowhere near done. Stop planning that dinner party next week, you have a tonne of people, branches, business, and departments to notify of your move. Believe me its better you do it now than let it slide till you can ‘Get around to it’. This is where the FRUGAL part of this post comes in.

You may not be aware but updating your address and information can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. What, How is that possible? If you do not stop some things like for instance your contract with your utility company they will just keep charging you, meanwhile you are unaware that hundreds of dollars in hydro is being racked up. So here is my must update post haste list to keep your pocket book in your… pocket.

Address Update List

  • Drivers License -You have 10 days from the date that you move to update
  • Health coverage – A list of all Health coverage providers by Province for Canada
  • Utilities -These Corporate Fat Cats like a lot of notice, around 2-3 months, be sure to check with your local provider for contact information and notice times.
  • Bank -Call your 1-800 Number, update on the app, or go right into the bank to update your information.
  • Work -Send an email to the head of HR, if you are a contract worker make sure you send the new information to everyone you want to continue to be employed with.
  • Telephone Provider -Call your provider and update, call back and confirm they updated it 😉
  • Friends & Family -A quick email will go a long way to staying in touch, and surprise mail from all over the world is a delightful treat!
  • CRA –Update Your address with the Government at My Account CRA
  • Previous Land Lord -You want any mail you might miss, and the damage deposit. It is integeral that you give your new address to your old Land Lord for legal purposes.
  • Work Safe/Employment Insurance/Welfare -Call to update, check your local area for contact information.

These are my hard errand tips and hints use them well this year of change and stay Fantastic and Frugal!

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Grocery Gripes No More

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The number one gripe I hear from people in the lower mainland is that “it is soooooooooo expensive to live here!” Yeah, thats what the news papers, and the news casters say, its so expensive… I am not gonna argue, some things are expensive; Rent, ICBC, MSP, TransLink, but these are all unavoidable expenses. Grocery shopping is unavoidable however the expense does not have to be. Let me teach you how Grocery Shopping can become a liberating experience and pleasurable for your pocket book.

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When You are living Fantastic & Frugal you become smarter with Your money. For instance shopping at a branded grocery store on a main road means you are paying extra to that company for their: Branding, Location, Hours, and Purchasing Power. For certain grocery items it is necessary to stop in at these places where high end quality brand name products are available (like when you need semolina flour for pasta and it HAS to be the right kind). The smaller Bodega style grocery stores around town will ot have Kraft Dinner or Heinz Ketchup, what they will have is prices on Produce that under cut the Big Boys by half if not more.

Have you ever wondered at those tiny little ladies pulling the loaded to the gills cart across the crevices of  South Vancouvers side walks? I have! How did they afford to get all those groceries?? Who on earth are they feeding with that much food?? Seriously You had the same cart yesterday just as full of different food!!??  Yes these Ladies know about South Vancouvers dirty little secret; Fraser Street South!

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Fraser Street South also known as Sunset Neighbourhood is a lovely collection of family run grocers and little shops. Nestled between 33rd avenue and 52nd avenue on Fraser street, its a walkable open air mall of sorts. The shops are quaint and bustling, expect to be run into with a cart or three. Just enjoy the experience, pretend your on vacation in a foreign country 😉

The Prices will blow your mind, You may need to purchase a cart of your own to get all the tasty fresh food home. if a $20 is the new $10 then You need to come to South Fraser street to do Your grocery shopping; $20 should net you a hefty 2-3 reusable bags of fresh produce along with other little items like canned coconut milk and longinisa sausages.

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Personally I like to start or finish my shopping at Breka Bakery just south of 49th Avenue on Fraser Street. You saved a lot of money today, treat yourself to something special.

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Warning: The following pictures are EXTREMELY delicious and may have you salivating on your laptop/phone!

 

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Fishy Business

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It’s been so long you must think I had forgot about You. Totally not true, I just have a weird job with seasonal rushes. As a professional Event Decor Technician I have some strange days as far as timing goes. Three shifts in a day is not unheard of, however there can be some odd down time; what we in the industry like to refer to as “Hurry Up and Wait” moments.

Recently my Driver and I were smack dab in the middle of a “Hurry Up and Wait” situation that happened to happen over the lunch hour. The clever Driver suggested lunch and this little place I had not tried yet; Go Fish!

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Being from Alberta myself, fish is not really something I’m knowledgeable about. Given my lack of pescitarian experience, I had no idea that all the local Vancouverites swear by the fry at Go Fish!

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Go Fish

I do not really even like cooked fish, if you do, this place will have you happy as a clam. That being said, there was only one thing on the menu that I was after, the mildest of all fishes. I’m sure you have an inkling as to what I am refrring to, just in case you can’t guess…

I only went there for the HALIBUT!

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Ok, ok, that was terrible, but it’s the truth. Halibut is the most expensive fish on the menu and that is what made this trip Fantastically Frugal! I saved money all week by packing a lunch and snacks along with me to other jobs; Freeing up my pocket book for an extravagant $12 lunch break (this is actually cheaper than a lunch at Whole Foods). Not to mention more delicious! The tartar sauce is unique, a ‘must try for yourself’ experience, it’s over seasoned with love and fresh herbs in a palette pleasing way. I ate every last delightfully light crispy morsel of fried fish and fries! The driver got an extra piece for dinner; had I known it was sooooo good I would have followed suit.

The open air atmosphere of this fry shack, though chilly in the fall lends well to making new friends.

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The feathered visitors recommend the pomme frites 😉

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And the little visitors recommend stopping next door on your way home for fresh fish!
Myself, I recommend, Go Fish as a great catch for Lunch 😉
Google Maps link to Go Fish

Thank You for reading Fantastic Frugal today, Your presence is noted and appreciated 😀
I’ve had many more Frugal and Fantastic findings recently, check back soon for another adventure installment written by Jamie Learning!

Fishy Business

Fantastic Frugal

It’s been so long you must think I had forgot about You. Totally not true, I just have a weird job with seasonal rushes. As a professional Event Decor Technician I have some strange days as far as timing goes. Three shifts in a day is not unheard of, however there can be some odd down time; what we in the industry like to refer to as “Hurry Up and Wait” moments.

Recently my Driver and I were smack dab in the middle of a “Hurry Up and Wait” situation that happened to happen over the lunch hour. The clever Driver suggested lunch and this little place I had not tried yet; Go Fish!

image

Being from Alberta myself, fish is not really something I’m knowledgeable about. Given my lack of pescitarian experience, I had no idea that all the local Vancouverites swear by the fry at Go Fish!

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Go Fish

I do not really even like cooked fish, if you do, this place will have you happy as a clam. That being said, there was only one thing on the menu that I was after, the mildest of all fishes. I’m sure you have an inkling as to what I am refrring to, just in case you can’t guess…

I only went there for the HALIBUT!

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Ok, ok, that was terrible, but it’s the truth. Halibut is the most expensive fish on the menu and that is what made this trip Fantastically Frugal! I saved money all week by packing a lunch and snacks along with me to other jobs; Freeing up my pocket book for an extravagant $12 lunch break (this is actually cheaper than a lunch at Whole Foods). Not to mention more delicious! The tartar sauce is unique, a ‘must try for yourself’ experience, it’s over seasoned with love and fresh herbs in a palette pleasing way. I ate every last delightfully light crispy morsel of fried fish and fries! The driver got an extra piece for dinner; had I known it was sooooo good I would have followed suit.

The open air atmosphere of this fry shack, though chilly in the fall lends well to making new friends.

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The feathered visitors recommend the pomme frites 😉

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And the little visitors recommend stopping next door on your way home for fresh fish!
Myself, I recommend, Go Fish as a great catch for Lunch 😉
Google Maps link to Go Fish

Thank You for reading Fantastic Frugal today, Your presence is noted and appreciated 😀
I’ve had many more Frugal and Fantastic findings recently, check back soon for another adventure installment written by Jamie Learning!

Get Low during the summer sunshine

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I try and get my grocery shopping done on the route home after work.

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Beverage Break

You can utilize this little foray into the market as a transitional “You Time” to unwind before you head home to your loved ones. Personally I have made a little ritual of after work grocery getting.
Start by stopping.
Yes that’s right make a 10 minute break at a cafe, bubble tea house, or coffee shop. If your feeling fantastic an treat yourself to a small drink. If your feeling frugal and budgeting for that dream vacay, pull up a chair and just enjoy being in a slower paced more relaxed environment than your workplace was.

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A decadent chocolate experience

10 minutes is up, Yes dinner does need to be on the table. Now is when you pull out your secret weapon *The List ! Where did this list come from? You made it at home last night before you went to bed, your so clever!
It has important ingredients you are out of on it and ideas for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks on it. I prefer to keep my lists in Keep a Google cross platform organization application available on Android(Play Store) Apple(iTunes) for phone and also available through web browser on PC.
Prepared for this now easy task, you can quickly weave through the crowds of hungry workers that are grabbing last minute fish stix on your way to the gourmet cheese counter for that real Parmesan for Your home made pasta bake waiting in the slow cooker at home. 😉
Be Frugal live Fantastically

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Get Low during the summer sunshine

Fantastic Frugal

I try and get my grocery shopping done on the route home after work. You can utilize this little foray into the market as a transitional “You Time” to unwind before you head home to your loved ones. Personally I have made a little ritual of after work grocery getting.
Start by stopping.
Yes that’s right make a 10 minute break at a cafe, bubble tea house, or coffee shop. If your feeling fantastic an treat yourself to a small drink. If your feeling frugal and budgeting for that dream vacay, pull up a chair and just enjoy being in a slower paced more relaxed environment than your workplace was.

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A decadent chocolate experience

10 minutes is up, Yes dinner does need to be on the table. Now is when you pull out your secret weapon *The List ! Where did this list come from? You made it at home last night before you went to bed, your so clever!
It has important ingredients you are out of on it and ideas for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks on it. I prefer to keep my lists in Keep a Google cross platform organization application available on Android(Play Store) Apple(iTunes) for phone and also available through web browser on PC.
Prepared for this now easy task, you can quickly weave through the crowds of hungry workers that are grabbing last minute fish stix on your way to the gourmet cheese counter for that real Parmesan for Your home made pasta bake waiting in the slow cooker at home. 😉
Be Frugal live Fantastically ❤

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Filzer Kitsilano Flat Lock (FL‑1) – Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Free Shipping Available.

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This amazing articulated all metal Bike Lock is on sale right now at Mountain Equipment Co-Op! Just $33 after tax!!

http://www.mec.ca/product/5037-945/filzer-kitsilano-flat-lock-fl-1/?bc=50002/50002+50038