Cloud b Tranquil Starfish REVIEW

Tranquil Starfish™
I received this Cloud b Tranquil Starfish to review. My son, now 20 months old, has always needed a light and white noise to sleep. This is helping him sleep faster, and more and more in the dark.
When it arrived I was excited, not only to try it out, but it fit perfectly with the theme of his room already. It is durable (he was able to play with it as well as have it on his shelf at night).
It features a 23 minute automatic timer , then creating complete
darkness, helping ease fears of the dark. The soothing sounds are similar to white noise and help little ones fall asleep.
This Tranquil Starfish plays soothing sounds and features a unique textured shell
which creates an underwater light effect. As you can see in the photos, my son's room has an underwater/fish theme, so I was delighted to add this to his decor and nightly routine!
Age: 0+
MSRP: $48.99
Available now at independent toy, gift and baby stores across Canada
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SmarTrike 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic Tricycle REVIEW

SmarTrike® 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic Tricycle
I was asked to review this tricycle, and right from assembly I was very impressed. I would highly recommend this 4 in 1 Trike for anyone with a child that fits in the age range of 10mths - 3 yrs. My son was 19-20 months as we tested this and it is the perfect age to try it at stages 1 & 2. I look forward to him growing with the trike and transitioning through the various stages. We have been using this for  little over a month, and LOVE it! For starters, I unpacked the SmarTrike Tricycle and put it together. It took me a total of 20 minutes by myself. Easy and extremely quick assembly, made me very happy. Who likes spending hours trying to piece together toddler toys or accessories? No worries with this SmarTrike! This tricycle has the easiest steering I have experienced in a Trike or even stroller. Apart from being an amazingly easy tricycle to steer, my favourite feature of this parent assisted trike is the telescopic parent handle. I am 5'10" and the most difficult part of being a tall mom is finding a stroller, trike or other children's vehicles that allow me to steer without bending over. The telescopic handle is perfect for me, being tall, and is adjustable so that others can lower and push at their comfort level. The extendable UV protective canopy helps keep your little one protected from the sun. My little guy hates to wear a hat, with the canopy I did not have to worry about loading his hair with sunscreen. Just pull it out and shade his head. My son, Clayton, loved being able to have his cup within reach with the bottle/cup holder.There is also a toy phone attached to the handle bars, which he chats away on 🙂 In addition to the ease of use and fun details for my son, I appreciated the storage compartments included on the SmarTrike. As you can see in the photo, there is plenty of room for your wallet, phone and other small items in the small compartment on the top of the handle. There is also a covered compartment for the basket of the trike. This allows you to fit much more in the larger compartment with solid plastic basket at the bottom. You take this shopping or to the park and store your picnic or shopping bags in the larger compartment. Overall I feel this is an excellent value, as it will grow with your child. ~ Ruth Ann & Clayton (20 mth old)
Here are the stages and ages recommended for each stage.
Stage One – Parent-controlled trike: At 10 months, the baby is comfortably seated in the high back padded seat with full control in the parents hands.
Stage Two – Guided trike: At 18 months, the back support is removed while still being fully controlled by the parent.
Stage Three – Training trike: At 24 months, the footrest is folded in and the child learns how to pedal.
Stage Four – Classic trike: At 36 months, the parent handle is removed and the child can ride independently. Age: 10 months – 3 years old MSRP: $169.99 For more information visit their website: Product Page for SmarTrike 4in1 Touch Steering Chic Tricyle  *The opinions expressed in this review are mine, I was not paid in any way to offer my opinion.

V-Tech Smartwatch Review

We had fun testing out the VTech Smartwatch. It was provided to me to offer my opinion and share with you.
This watch is so much fun! Both of my children played with it. Having an 11 yr old and toddler gave me a chance to see what the watch could really do.
First off, it looks great, and will fit any child well. The carmera "points" out the side of the watch, for a unique angle and fun perspective for kids. My boys were able to be creative and add frames to their photos, making it more fun and interactive for them. Recording their voices was their favourite feauture by far. This watch is not only educational, it is so much fun!!
I recommend this Smartwatch for children learning to tell time. It allows them to change clock faces and play learning games as well. The only downfall was that my little guy did not want to take it off!
~ Ruth Ann, Clayton & LorneHere are some of the features of this watch. The watch we tested is bright green, but is also available in Pink and Blue.
Features include:
 Camera with photo effects
 Video recorder
 Voice recorder
 Touch screen
 4 learning games
 Durable design
 Connects with VTech's Learning Lodge™
 Available in blue, green, and pink
 Splash and sweat proof
 Rechargeable
 Digital and analog watch displays
 Timer and alarm clock
 50+ clock face designs
 Exclusive white colour for Walmart
Age recommendation: 4+ years
MSRP: $59.99
Retail availability:
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Couponer’s Convention: Almost here!

It's almost here! The day will be packed with learning, prizes and fun. Do you have your tickets yet?
Check out the offer we have for you. Grab a friend and come out for the day.

You won't want to miss this! We have THOUSANDS of $$ in prizes to give away!

EVERYONE can benefit from the tips and knowledge that will be shared. We have guest speakers who will be sharing their expertise in budgeting, organizing, negotiating, and more...

Buy One, Get One 50% off Tickets!

Are you planning to attend the Couponer's Convention on Sept 27th? 
If so, grab a friend and save when you buy 2 tickets!

REG price: $50, but if you buy 2 tickets you will pay only $75 for both!

CLICK HERE to register


Saturday, Sept 27th 9am-4pm
Registration starts at 8am
Future Inns (off Mapleton), Moncton, NB
Our team has put together an exciting line up of seminars to attract consumers wanting to save money and shop more strategically. We will provide seminars in couponing, meal planning, organization, saving strategies, and more.
The event is hosted by the Moncton Coupon Lady (Ruth Ann Swansburg), who has been teaching seminars in the Maritimes for the past three years. Along with Ruth Ann, we will have guest speakers with varying expertise offering seminars throughout the day.
This is the first convention of its kind in Canada. We are looking forward to hosting this as an annual convention, and increasing our audience every year.

Convention Agenda

  • Registration (8am-9am)
  • Welcome – Introductions
  • Keynote: How can a Coupon pay for a car?
  • Seminar #1: Increase Your Savings: More Than Just Coupons!
  • Coffee Break (snack & coffee provided)
  • Seminar #2: How to negotiate a large purchase
  • Seminar #3: Budgeting: Being Money Wise
  • Lunch Break* (On your own)
  • $500 Cash Giveaway from Zweet Inc
  • Seminar #4: Let’s Talk Food! Budget Friendly Kitchen Tips
  • Seminar #5: Kitchen Organization
  • Seminar #6:Tracking Tools For Super Savings - Stay organized for even more savings
  • MCL Team Q&A
  • Coupon Swap (bring any coupons you won't be using, and swap for some you can use!)
*There will be a coffee break provided in the morning, and Lunch will be on your own.
There is a restaurant on site, as well as several restaurants close by.

NEW Cash Back App from!

Mobile Cash-Back Feature on, CLICK HERE to get it.

Here are the details from their site! is excited to introduce our new Mobile Cash-Back feature! Download the app and start getting cash back by purchasing the brands and products you already love – it’s like you’re getting paid to do your shopping!

Download the App

Available on the App Store Android app on Google Play

How does it work?

  1. Download the App from the App Store for iPhones or the Google Play Store for Androids. If you already have the app downloaded, update the app for the latest version.
  2. Login with your account or sign-up for a new one.
  3. Browse the offers by clicking on “See All Offers,” and clip the offers you would like to purchase.
  4. Go shopping at your favourite store and purchase the items you selected, making sure they are the right size and product you selected in the app. If you are picking up other products on this trip, you can pay for everything on the same bill.
  5. Using your mobile app, take a picture of your receipt by tapping on the “Take a  Picture of Receipt” banner at the bottom of your phone. Ensure that your receipt is in the blue guidelines and that your photo clearly captures the store logo, transaction date, purchase total, and items purchased.
  6. If your photo is clear and meets all the requirements, tap on “done” in the bottom right  corner. If your receipt is too long for one photo, tap “add” in the bottom center. If your photo is blurry or is cut off any required elements, you can tap “retake” in the bottom left corner.
  7. Your receipt will take up to a week to be processed, so keep checking back to see when your account is credited with your cash-back funds.
  8. Once your account reaches a $5 balance, you can instantly cash out and deposit the money into your PayPal account.

Want to learn more? Check out our FAQs


OUT & ABOUT – Walmart –Sept 17th

OUT & ABOUT – Walmart –Sept 17th – couldn't resist the Anniversary Sale

  • 100 pc Mega Block $10 -Great price
  • Barbie Doll $5-$3 (TARGET coup)=$2 (only ones to chose from had bikini on so I figured I better get at least 1 outfit)
  • Barbie doll outfit $4.84-$3 (Target coup)=$1.84
  • Tylenol $3-$3=FREE x3 – I used printable Healthy essential and TP
  • Materna Vit $14.97 -$10=$4.97 x2 then claimed on Snapsaves $10 rebate =Free (pd taxes)
  • Carnation milk $1-.50=.50 x4 (booklet)Dempsters Bread $2.87-$2=.87 (save)
  • Snack cheesies $2.47 – no coup
  • Manns Broccoli Salad $1.27-$.75=.52 (booklet)
  • Manns Sugar Snap peas $2.97 --$1=$1.97 ( booklet)
  • Kale Salad $3.97-no coup
  • Deodorant $2.27 -$2=.27 x3
  • Scrubbing Bubbles $2 – Used BOGO plus $1= .50 each x4

Reg cost $98.17
Total  after Sales & coups $38.30 includes $9.77 tax

Make Your Own: Microwave Popcorn Bags

Not only is microwave popcorn expensive, but it is full of additives. 
Why not try this frugal alternative, and know exactly what you are eating!
It's super easy and cheap to make. You can add your own seasoning and butter.
See below for seasoning combinations.

~ Ruth Ann

Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn Bags
→1/3 cup popping corn kernels
→1 brown paper lunch bag

• Place 1/3 cup of corn popping kernels in a brown paper bag.
• Lay flattened out on counter and roll top of bag closed, two 1/2" fold overs.
• Microwave for 2-4 min (depending on microwave). Listen for popping to slow down, and then stop microwave.

Here are some yummy options for seasoning your popcorn. Do you have a recipe or favourite seasoning mix? Share in the comments below!

Toss 16 cups hot popcorn with:

Parmesan Rosemary

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Herb & Garlic
Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan, then add: 

  • 4 grated garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • sage
  • thyme 

Cook stirring 1 minute.
Drizzle over hot popcorn

Toss with 2 teaspoons kosher salt.

50 Flavoured Popcorn Recipes

Reader Tip: Flat Pop? Not in my house!

Thanks Prosser Pete for posting this tip on our Facebook page the Moncton Coupon Lady

"Dislike flat Pepsi like me? 
I buy two liter bottles on sale for 99 cents , Then I pour the contents into three 750 ml Pepsi bottles (it pours easy-no funnel - leave some room at the top, it should work out evenly). One or two inches of pop might go flat eventually in the smaller bottle but not so wasteful. You are really getting a cans worth of Pepsi (or Coke etc) for 15 cents. I think it is better pouring when all bottles are cold.   -  Prosser Pete"

Halloween Costumes: Tips, Tricks and Easy Solutions!

I have made the majority of my oldest son's Halloween costumes, and I am a bit of a perfectionist about it! lol

We usually try to find out early what he wants to go out as, and when he decides, it can't be changed (or this mama would not be a happy camper). 

Thinking about how indecisive children get as they get older, I thought these tips and solutions may come in handy!