Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer is about to hit!

For those of you who read my post about earlier this week, you knew we had planned on going to Bingemans.
It wasn't the warmest day, but we were determined.
Well when we pulled up half an hour after it opened, I felt like Clark Griswold entering the parking lot at Wally World (National Lampoon's Vacation - now you get it right?).
The parking lot was empty & none of the water areas were running.
Well that doesn't stop little old me! We hopped out of the Blue Beast (aka Mini-Van) & entered the Funworx building. The attendant then tells us that a bird hit a wire (que the Aaron Neville) & knocked out the power 2 hours earlier. Apparently they were working on it.
We waited a bit (more families showed up) & a manager came & said that we could walk down the hill & play mini gold while we wait. Before we went I spoke with the attendant about the Ticket Opps situation (see earlier post), she couldn't believe it & said that Ticket Opps has the wrong info. After that we were about to head to the mini golf (as a bunch of others had) & all of a sudden all of the power came one.
Guess what? We were 2nd into the waterpark & 1st at the Splash Pad. My son had it all to himself for about 15 mins.
Summer truly did hit! Don't believe me yet? Take a look & click the pic below.

Here's to keeping it Sunny!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Help me rid myself of my Fiasco

Hey Sunshine Followers

You could help me win $15,000 toward a new IKEA space. All you have to do is vote for my entry. The more votes I get, the better chance I have to win. Just follow the link below, click VOTE and I'll be one step closer to winning this much needed makeover.

Here's where you'll find my space:

Thank you for your help.

Lisa McDonald

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Good thing I have a Sunny Outlook

I really want to take my son to Bingemans this week, & I know there are usually discounts at the Ticket Ops through Shoppers Drug Mart.
I called Bingemans to see how much tickets were & they said $22.95.
I went to Ticket Ops & with their SO CALLED discount they are $22.55 (plus tax for both). It says that when you buy the Ticket Ops ticket you save $1.55

I emailed to let them know that they have the price wrong & you aren't saving $1.55 at all (plus they have a service charge)

Take a look of my emailling (their answers are in the italics)
Do you realize that your prices for Bingemans water park passes are not a discount?

You can receive a discount price for Bingaman’s Water Park when purchasing online, if you have a promotional or group code from your place of employment.

I mean the passes you get through Shoppers. They are the same price as the waterpark day passes you buy on site (& no service fee)

Normally when you purchase tickets for different venues through Shoppers Drug Mart online or at the store you will receive an additional savings than purchasing the tickets directly at the park. If you want to know the price of the tickets when purchasing them directly at Bingaman’s Water Park, please contact their customer service department. They can be kindly reached at: (519) 744-1555

Yes I did that.
I'm letting you know that their regular gate price is the same as your discounted price (the regular price you have listed is wrong).

I’m sorry but we are TicketOps the ticketing agent and not the actual venue. If there is a pricing difference on their website you will have to take it up with Bingaman’s Water Park’s customer service.
I apologize for the inconvenience.

I don't think you are understanding.
Your price listed for Bingemans is $24.10 & then with the TICKET OPS discount it becomes $22.55 (plus service charge)
For the Big Splash adult through you.

But if you just go to Bingemans the price for a Big Splash adult is $22.95

how do you save buy choosing Ticket Ops?
It says you save $1.55 by choosing Ticket Ops when you truly don't.

I think you are misunderstanding. For the Big Splash through ticket-Ops the regular price is $24.10, now $22.55 (before taxes) with a savings of $1.55. If you purchase one ticket it will total $24.04 (after taxes). Whereas if you purchased one ticket directly through Bingamans, it would be $22.95 (before taxes) and $24.10 (after taxes).

Therefore the difference would be .06 cents and would increase with more purchases.
Ticket-Ops Big Splash Adult $24.04
Bingemans Big Spash Adult $24.10

Difference $0.06

Please go to the purchase page if you wish to purchase tickets, under ticket-Ops the first email address you provided.

Does this not sound like False advertising?
You're supposed to save $1.55 per pass, but you're only saving 6 cents per pass (plus you'll end up with a service charge on top of it)

Why would you buy it from them?

Does anyone else understand? Or is there something I'm missing?
As you all know I don't get mad, I get ONLINE!
Here's to keeping Sunny!

Lookie what I found

Tip drop is new service that works like twitter.
Once you are registered (free & easy to do, you get to post tips. You can start a tip sheet yourself or you can add tips to tip sheets written by others.

The more you post, the more credibility you have.

You can also Follow other Tip Droppers (just like twitter) & vote for their tips.

It doesn't have to be specialized. Tips on anything you can add information to.

After you are registered you go to the My page link (near the top under the title in blue). Then under your name pick the Tip Sheets link. Next you'll pick a category that your tip falls under. Then you'll ask a question regarding your tip & in the box underneath you will put the answer & submit it.

You can see what others are giving tips for by hitting the Home link on the page & then scrolling close to the bottom where the newest tips are posted, or choose from the list on the right side of the home page.

It can help you with questions you have, or if you have a tip to add go ahead & add it!

For example my 1st tip sheet was How to get your new business out there & my answer was to find out about local trade shows (ofcourse!)


I also added tips about educational kids video games & taking great photos of kids (neither were questions of mine).

So go ahead & give it a try

You'll be glad you did.
Thanks again for stopping by & I hope this adds a little Sunshine to your day!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

What more rain? Not on my Sunny Blog!

Welcome back bloggybuds!
I've been on a bit of a hiatus from my blog as I have been quite busy with the 3rd MeFest coming up.
This also took away from the Clear It! & Clean It! Challenge on my end, but NOT ANY MORE!
Today I took the bull by the horns (& by bull I mean medicine cabinet) by the horns!
I pitched so much expired stuff it's amazing it hadn't ate through the packaging.
After taking it all out, wiping it down, pitching tons & reorganinzing so it makes sense, the medicine cabinet is now a happy SUNNY camper.
Now to the 2nd daunting task LAUNDRY-I don't mind sorting, washing & drying, but it's the folding that gets me all the time.
I tried a trick today. I always find I can start folding a load, but when I get half way it's just too repetitive for me.
My new IDEA! Instead of full loads I did half size loads. I know it may sound ridiculous to some, but truly it was less time consuming for me.
I set my washer on Mid Size load (usually on oversized). Each after each load it went straight in the dryer. Usually my next load of wash is done before the 1st load in done in the dryer. Not today. The smaller loads dried quick, so there was an easy switchover. When I sat down & folded I was done in under 5 mins.

Now the question is... who's going to help me put all this away?

Got some great cleaning tips? Need to get some tips?
Head on over the the Clear It! & Clean It! challenge hosted by Those2Girls
Start with the June posts & work you way up to today.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Our Fall Flyer!

So excited that our new flyers have arrived
Take A Look!
Click the pic !

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pamper & Purge!

Good Day Blog-Buds!
Today is my FUN DAY with my gal pals for the afternoon!
I told myself I need my only FULL day off to always be fun.
The problem is I'm still playing catch up with the Clear It & Clean It challenge over at
You see I work weekends too, so I need to make time for sleeping, doing dishes etc.

I knew I needed to start the declutter part (what I am worst at), so I thought I'd make it fun.

(I also includede 2 frugal tips in this post)
I read in a book about how to give your hair a great conditioning treatment, & to keep it on as long as you can. So I turned my purging into pampering! I put the conditioning treatment on my hair & went to work on 2 drawers in my bathroom.

Frugal tip #1
My drawers are really odd sizes & I can find dividers that work, so I made my own years ago (read it in a book as well, I'm not that clever). It said to cut off the bottoms of cereal boxes, milk cartons (washed obiviously) & yogurt cups (again washed). I used the box option with a cereal box & a CLUB PACK size box of instant rice. This one I came up with on my own... I also used empty baby wipe containers. This system has stood the test of time, since I haven't purchased baby wipes in years!.

I used my main drawer to organize makeup, pony tail holders (I use daily for work), manicure items & hair accessories.
I purged this drawer & got rid of lots of old makeup & made a donation bag for samples I just won't use. I'll give it to a friend of mine who works at a school for young mothers trying to finish their education. If you don't have something like that in your area, I'm sure the local women's shelter or food bank can distribute them to those in need.

For my other drawer I use it for travel size items, that I can quickly pack up without routing through cupboards for.

Then I hopped in the shower, washed my hair (unfortunately 3 times). After I got out of the shower & towelled off, I used that towel to quickly wipe down all the water so no water bead marks are left (the towel is going in the wash anyway).

Frugal Tip #2
Hair treatment
It said to warm some water in a dish then put another dish in it with a teaspoon of olive oil. Once the oil is warm rub it all over your hair (dry hair), wrap it up in a plastic bag (I used a Neilson's Milk bag, good size, twisted up the end & tucked it under the front of the bag). It said leave on as long as possibe so then I did my purging. It said your hair will need to be shampooed twice to get it all out (it took 3 times for my shoulder lenghth hair) & no conditioner is required. After I had it all out of my hair it was a tangled mess, but after getting all the tangles out, it feels okay. I don't know if it's any better than using a regular conditioner, but will see if my hair stay shiny as the day goes on.

Tomorrow is my garbage day so I hope to finish my bathroom cupboards tonight.

Now off to Celebrate with Gelata & my SYS Pals

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Get the condiments out of your shower/bath area

Thanks for stopping in
It's catch up day for me!
Thankfully if you get behind in our Clear It & Clean It challenge over at
it's easy to catch up. We all have so many things on the go (just read older posts I have on here with all the stuff I have going on)
so Diane is breaking it down into tiny things, which together equal BIG accomplishments.

Yesterday I did my tub area, now most people have an assortment of shampoos, conditioners, body wash etc all over their tub. Not only does this make it cluttered, the water from the shower gets "gungy" under those bottles.
It ends up looking like a messy condiment display at a hot dog stand.
If you're in the need of a solution, here's what works best for me.
My SHOWER DISPENSER. I got it at Zellers years ago & it still works great! Mine has 4 holders (some have more). Mine openes up & you can refill each one individually. I'm not sure if all dispensers are the same.
The only things I keep in my shower surround are my son's Bubble Bath & his vapour bath (for when he has a cold), our body wash "puffs" my foot scrubber/stone (it's sandal weather finally!) & my Schick Intuition razor.
Here's a link to the Schick contest & I've read online that there are instore coupons at Wal-Mart & Zellers

After everything was refilled, I cleaned it all with the PC scrubbing paste that I listed in an earlier post. Look back up at the pics. My tub surround is so shiny that you can see my bathroom window in the reflection-Now there's the AHHHHHH feeeling that Diane mentions.

Want to join in? Just go to
& scroll down to our 1st Clear It! & Clean It! post-then work your way up.

Let us know how you're doing. We can all use the encouragement!
Enjoy this SUNNY day!
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