Listerine Whitening (473ml) is on sale for $4.99 this week (December 10-16th in BC) at Shoppers Drug Mart, and you can get it for free with this $5 Listerine printable coupon. Please note this coupon is one per purchase and per person. I was able to buy 3 as I went shopping with my 2 kids.

There is another scenario for free Listerine this week that I have posted in the class blog, class students please log in to view. Thank you!

Good Monday morning to you! For today's "Support a local Business" we are featuring Sarah Watts, Independent Beauty consultant for Mary Kay.

Mary Kay is the #1 brand of skin care and cosmetics in North America and has been in Canada for 35 years. It is sold in 37 countries in the world and is dedicated to "Enriching Women's Lives" through quality products and customer service and also as a proven business opportunity.
Mary Kay skin care is Hypo-allergenic, Oil-Free and Fragrance Free and the cosmetics are mineral based and good for all skin-types. We are also the leaders in the field for Anti-Aging products. We offer a wide-range of skin care for all skin types, beautiful on-trend makeup, luxurious body care as well as a full-line of men's products!

Sarah is offering a Mary Kay Holiday Gift Set - Peppermint Dream Body Gel and Body Lotion. To enter for this giveaway, please like Sarah's Facebook page and leave her a message there telling her MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper sent you!

A winner will be chosen on Thursday, December 8, and posted on Friday December 9. If you are looking to purchase some Mary Kay products for Christmas gifts, please visit Sarah 's website and use code "mrssmith" to receive 15% off (enter the code in the comments section when checking out).

Thank you, Sarah, for the giveaway and also for the discount. Thank you, readers, for supporting local businesses this Christmas season and beyond.

Disclaimer: MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper has provided this space to Sarah Watts, Independent Beauty consultant for Mary Kay, at no cost and has not been compensated in any way. This is my way of helping local women advertise about their products and services as I believe we should support small businesses, especially during this time of year! Please join me in supporting local and buying handmade whenever possible!

How would you like a Christmas gift that is not only timeless, but green? If this is what you're looking for, then check out Jocelyn Claire Photography. Photos usually don't come packaged in all that plastic packaging, and can capture memories for you and your family for years to come.

Meet Jocelyn, the primary photographer for Jocelyn Claire Photography. She says,"I’ve been photographing my worldwide travels for years now, and in “people” photography have found a passion for capturing feelings and faces in a timeless memory. I specialize in family, maternity/newborn, couples, and out-of-studio portrait photography, and am also expanding into engagement and wedding photography. I would love to work with you to create something wonderful that will endure in a personalized and special way."

Check out the Jocelyn Claire Photography site for beautiful images like these:

As you can see, Jocelyn Claire Photography can capture your special occasions or just everyday moments beautifully and I am excited to announce that Jocelyn Claire Photography is providing a giveaway to MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper readers!

You could win a free half-hour family or couples photo shoot valued at $125. The mini-session includes 5 professionally retouched photos on a CD (additional digital files available for purchase) and can take place in either Surrey or Langley, BC. Time and date to be arranged between the winner and photographer. Photo shoot must take place by March 31, 2012.

Here's how to enter for your chance for the photo shoot:

You can enter until 11.59pm Monday, December 5, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday, December 6!

Jocelyn Claire Photography is also generously offering a discount of 20% to all readers who book a photo shoot or wedding package (for dates up to and including September 30, 2012) and place a deposit for the photo shoot by December 21, 2011. Offer valid in the lower mainland only. Code MRSSMITH. A perfect opportunity to save if having professional photographs taken is on your Christmas list!

A little more about Jocelyn:
Traveller. Adventurer. Wife. Mom. Where is the chocolate? I received my first camera as a Christmas gift around age six, and I’ve had one attached to me pretty much ever since.
I am absolutely captivated by natural beauty, inside and out, and it is this inspiration that has kept me taking photographs throughout my life. Becoming a mother in the past few years has really spurred me on towards photographing both life's "big events" and also taking time to appreciate the joy in everyday relationship. We only have one life and it is so precious!

Thank you, Jocelyn Claire Photography for providing the giveaway and discount!

Disclaimer: MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper has provided this space to Jocelyn Claire Photography at no cost and has not been compensated in any way. This is my way of helping local women advertise about their products and services as I believe we should support small businesses, especially during this time of year! Please join me in supporting local and buying handmade whenever possible!


** GIVEAWAY CLOSED! THE WINNER IS.... Elizabeth Nguyen Sales!** Please contact MrsSmith at kmemeric (at) hotmail (dot) com on how to claim your prize! Congratulations!

In preparation for the Christmas holidays, MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper is pleased to present a few local small businesses and their services and products to the Extreme Shopping community. We've saved all year using the Extreme Shopping method and if you're looking to purchase gifts for the season, why not buy local and support handmade?

To start us off, I'd like to introduce Janelle of Original Cake Designs. I love that Janelle is local, and that her business grew from her talent and from serving her friends and family. She says,"My name is Janelle Van Dop and am the baker and cake designer behind Original Cake Designs. I am a wife and mother of two wonderful boys ages 2 and a half and 4 months. I am a public school teacher at the elementary level who also has a passion for baking and decorating. Original Cake Designs operates out of our home in Langley, BC. After decorating cakes and cupcakes as a hobby for many years and being told by friends and family I should turn it in to a business, I finally have! Although I can’t believe I decided to start up while on maternity leave! I love planning new projects, and creating cakes, cupcakes and cake pops that engage people and put a smile on their face. I don’t think you can hear, “wow” too often!"

She then adds,"I love cakes and cupcakes that can add that extra little something for that special someone or event you’re celebrating. I work with buttercream and fondant so there are lots of options on what can be produced in a variety of price ranges. Customers can come with an idea, inspiration, a theme or nothing at all and I will work to create something everyone will love. If you want something that doesn’t look like it comes from your average grocery store bakery Original Cake Designs is your key! We pride our business on fresh and tasty cake products. Choose from a variety of styles of cakes, cupcakes and cake pops. Whatever the occasion... celebrate it with cake! If you're not sure what kind of cake design you want don't worry. Let's work together. Contact me and I would love to come up with some ideas and suggestions for your next event!"

Excitingly for you readers, Janelle has graciously donated one dozen FREE standard cupcakes in chocolate or vanilla topped with buttercream frosting in the colour of your choosing ($20 value). As a added bonus you may select an additional colour of buttercream frosting FREE if you would like for a two coloured swirl effect or you can opt for a light or dark shade of the same colour for a two toned effect. Cupcakes will also include FREE decorative sprinkles or edible glitter depending on the colours chosen.

Here's how to enter for your chance to win some delicious cupcakes, courtesy of Original Cake Designs:

Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday at 6pm. In the meantime, Janelle has offered a 10% discount for MrsSmith readers, so get your orders in for your holiday festivities.

Disclaimer: MrsSmith-ExtremeShopper has provided this space to Original Cake Designs at no cost and has not been compensated in any way. This is my way of helping local women advertise about their products and services as I believe we should support small businesses, especially during this time of year! Please join me in supporting local and buying handmade whenever possible!

Looks like the Season for Caring and Sharing is here, and Starbucks will be offering 2 for 1 holiday drinks November 17-20 between 2-5pm. Who will you share your drinks with?

Christmas is just over a month away, and wouldn't it be nice to receive a windfall of $500 worth of Mattel toys for the boys and girls on your Christmas list? Enter here (click on link) for your chance to win. Good luck!

I found a new-to-me coupon booklet at PriceSmart's (Lougheed) customer service desk yesterday, and at first glance I thought it was just a calendar. So I was pleasantly surprised to find a few coupons inside! They include:

  • $1 off any 2 dozen eggs, UPC 35001519, good from January 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012
  • $1 off any Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers, UPC 44405872, exp October 31, 2012
  • 1 off any Bssili's Best 907g product, UPC 118117 exp December 31, 2012
  • 75cents off Staff Silverado Beef Chili or vegetable garden chili, UPC 85019354, exp December 31, 2012

Check your local grocery store's customer service desk to see if you can find them - they were just laying on the desk at the Pricesmart store I went to.

I do not have a PriceSmart location near me, but I was looking through their online flyer and noticed that they have Christies crackers on sale for $1.97 or $1.67 when you buy 4. I happened to pick up a $5 when you buy 5 participating Kraft products at my local Save On Foods this week in the snack aisle, which include the Christies snacking crackers up to 225g. So, doing the math, when you purchase 5 the cost would be $8.35. After the $5 coupon discount, it would be $3.35 for 5 items, or $0.67cents per box - a fantastic deal!

The coupon does indicate that it is only valid at participating Overwaitea, Save On Foods or Cooper's Food stores in Western Canada, and expires November 12. I'll have to ask at PriceSmart if they are covered under the "participating Overwaitea stores" banner and if they are, I will be able to use the coupon there. If not, I'll have to pick up a flyer and price match it at my local Save On Foods location.

Want to watch Colin Mochrie on TV again? Well, how about on the internet? You can watch a short video on Colin presenting his recipes for D'Italiano, answer a question and possibly win 1 of 3 $2000 giftcards! You will need a UPC code from an D'Italiano product, but you can also go to the D'Italiano Facebook page to request a PIN number.

Good luck!

This one is a fun one. You can enter to win a 2 minute Grocery Grab at your local Thrifty Foods location by placing your entry ballot instore until November 22. Up for grabs are $1000-$1500 worth of Smile Cards, or 2 minutes doing a Grocery Grab at the store. There will be one winner for each location, so there will be 27 winners!

Also, Thrifty's will choose a Grand Prize winner out of the 27 winners to participate in a 4 minute Grocery Grab and then donate the value of the items to local food banks.

No purchase necessary. Will you be participating?