Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kinder Eggs are banned in the US??? Huh... News Staff
Date: Friday Apr. 22, 2011 9:03 PM ET

To Canadian kids, Kinder Surprise eggs are a tasty chocolate treat with a fun little toy inside. But to Americans, they're contraband.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency issued a notice this week to remind Americans travelling outside the country for Easter that they are not permitted to bring home Kinder eggs. And if they do, the treats will be confiscated.
Kinder Surprise eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large chicken egg, and are packaged in a white and orange foil wrapper. Within the egg is an oval-shaped plastic capsule that contains a toy, such as a mini animal or tiny puzzle. The egg contains a constantly rotating selection of toys, says the Kinder Surprise manufacturer, the Ferrero Group.
But the eggs are banned in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration because they are classified as "a confectionery product with a non-nutritive object imbedded in it." The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the toys within the eggs fail to meet their small parts requirements for children less than three years of age.
Health Canada has deemed the toys, which are difficult for small children to take apart without the help of an adult, safe.
Though they're sold everywhere in Canada. Europe, Australia and parts of Latin America, Kinder Surprise eggs have been banned in the U.S. since 1997.
Yet even 14 years after that ban was put into place, U.S. authorities still have to periodically remind Americans – usually around Easter and Christmas -- that if they pick up the eggs on their travels, they will not be allowed to bring them home.
Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 25,000 Kinder Surprise eggs in around 1,700 incidents, the CBP says.
"While there are some commercial-sized seizures that occur, most Kinder Eggs are seized in personal baggage or at mail and express consignment facilities," the agency said in new release.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Why Treat Head Lice When You Can PREVENT it!

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hair and scalp while helping prevent lice infestation.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Brad's Deals - For USA customers

I have recently discovered Brad's Deals, and am so excited to share it with you!  here is a link to Brad's deals printable coupons, there is an AMAZING selection of printables for almost every store you can imagine!  Target, Kohls, Bed Bath and Beyond!!!  so, stock up your paper and check your ink, I have a feeling you will all be printing like crazy!  Have fun!!!

They have coupon codes, online shopping deals, a search engine to search for coupons you want, I am giddy!!!  "Thou Shal Not Pay Retail"!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Update on "lucky" the missing bear from B.C. * FOUND* !!!

Lucky, the missing bear whose safe return came with a hefty reward, has returned home thanks to a Vancouver resident who offered up an identical stuffed toy.
Langley, B.C., father Gregory Gron had plastered his neighbourhood with posters offering a $1,000 reward for the return of his four-year-old daughter Victoria’s beloved plush teddy bear, after he realized he drove away with the toy left on top of his car.
Lucky and Victoria had been inseparable since she was six months old and with its scruffy fur and stitched bottom, the bear was one of a kind, Mr. Gron said.
The father spent hours searching every garbage can and interviewing local businesses before a security guard told Mr. Gron he had seen a car stop and snatch the toy off the road.
Distraught, Mr. Gron and his wife turned to their pediatrician to decide how to break the news to their daughter. The doctor suggested they tell her Lucky was on vacation. Mr. Gron then launched an exhaustive campaign for the return of the stuffed toy.
Wednesday, his unusual efforts paid off after a resident of Vancouver’s North Shore called Mr. Gron to offer an identical bear in slightly better condition. Mr. Gron wouldn’t reveal any information about the person who gave him the new bear, but said both agreed the $1,000 reward should be donated to the Red Cross for earthquake relief in Japan.
Meanwhile, Victoria is happy with her slightly refurbished Lucky and hasn’t noticed the difference.
“She has taken a liking to him. He’s an identical carbon copy of Lucky,” Mr. Gron said. “We explained to her that he was on a trip and came back all cleaned up.”
Mr. Gron said that since he posted the reward, some people have criticized him for going to such extreme lengths to protect his daughter from the inevitable pain of losing a favourite toy. While he agrees a $1,000 reward for a teddy bear seems outrageous, Mr. Gron said he was willing to do anything to reunite Victoria with her beloved bear.
“Yes, she will lose things in the future. Yes, she’s going to lose best friends. Yes, she’s going to have hard times,” he said. “But, I guess I’m trying to preserve her innocence as long as I can.”

National Post, with files from Tamsin McMahon

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tim Horton's Canada to raise prices again

Starting next week, April 11, Tim Horton's restaurants across Canada will once again be raising their prices.  It is estimated that a large coffee will go up 7 cents, bringing it to $1.59.  No other prices have been confirmed/released yet.

With the price of gas here in Ontario today being $131.9 I don't question their motives, as well the cost of sugar has gone up 40% and the cost of wheat has doubled!

Nobody likes price increases, obviously, personally I feel $1.59 for a cup of coffee is pretty steep (I wonder how much the tea is going up! lol, get it?  STEEP!!)  Sometimes the coffee tastes like crap too, other times it's great, and demand, sure we can all brew a cup of Timmy's coffee at home, but really, who has time??

How do you feel about this price increase?