Last Minute Christmas Gifts – Delivered!



Enjoy the convenience of your last minute holiday shopping delivered with your groceries by Zum Zum! Here are some great gift ideas to check everyone off your list:




Be prepared for any conditions

APC BATTERY BACKUP BN1500M2-CA – $217.29

The new APC Back-UPS Pro models provide premium battery backup and surge protection. APC Back-UPS Pro models provide USB charging ports for your mobile devices and increased runtime for your critical electronics. Ideal for small or home office electronics, networking devices. And gaming consoles. The BN1500M2-CA UPS protects connected devices from dangerous surges or spikes in voltage. Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) technology consistently maintains safe voltage conditions without draining the battery, saving backup run time for power outages. The BN1500M2-CA also provides 1Gb dataline surge and spike protection for telephone, Ethernet,and coaxial cable connections.

  • Premium battery backup and surge protection for your critical devices like home office, entertainment system, gaming console, and business workstation
  • 1500VA / 900W
  • Recharge time: 16 Hours
  • Nominal Input/Output Voltage: 120v
  • LCD displays modes of operation, system parameters and alarms
  • 10 Outlets (6 battery backup and 4 surge protection only) and 2 USB Ports
  • 1080 Joules Surge Protection Rating
  • 6ft cord, NEMA 5-15P
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty and lifetime equipment protection policy
  • Included in the Box: APC Back-UPS Pro Tower 1500VA, USB cable, User manual
  • Dimensions: 10.24″ x 3.94″ x 14.49″

Don’t forget the batteries!

DURACELL OPTIMUM AA BATTERIES – $31.29$35.29 (-$4.00 until Dec 28)

DURACELL OPTIMUM BATTERIES HAVE A PROPRIETARY CATHODE SYSTEM – That can deliver Extra Power in some devices, or Extra Life in other devices, vs Coppertop AA/AAA, in a wide range of devices.

  • Pack of 30 batteries
  • Size AA

The gift of peace of mind

CAT 1200 PEAK AMP PROFESSIONAL POWER STATION – $166.29

The CAT 1200 amp professional 3-in-1 power station is your perfect solution for easy power on the go and help in dealing with common roadside emergencies. Featuring a powerful 1200 peak amp jump starter, 200 W power inverter and 120 PSI digital compressor, it lets you top off tires, start up engines or get easy household power anywhere you go.

  • Jump starter 1200 peak battery amp
  • Starting amps: 500
  • 200 W integrated power inverter
  • 120 PSI digital air Compressor with Sure Fit™ Nozzle for easy inflating
  • 4 x 6.2 A USB Charger
  • LED light
  • Battery Status Indicators
  • Reverse polarity alarm notifies user of incorrect clamp connection
  • Jump starter power switch
  • Rugged tough housing
  • All metal powder coated clamps
  • Household extension cord included for charging
  • 1 Year Warrenty

Extend your patio season

WELL TRAVELLED GRAY COMMERCIAL PATIO HEATER – $227.49

The high output 46,000 BTU is the perfect way to extend your backyard entertaining season. This heater operates on a standard 20 lb. propane tank (not included).  Additionally, it has a reliable electronic ignition system, sturdy wheels for easy mobility, and a waterbox for added stability.

  • High Output 46,000 BTU
  •  Durable powder coated finish
  • Heat Range: up to 18 ft. diameter
  •  Reliable electronic igniter (1-AAA battery not Included)
  •  All stainless steel burners & heating grid
  • Uses standard 20 lb. propane tank (not included)
  •   Safety auto shut off tilt valve
  •   Sturdy wheel assembly included
  •   Waterbox for stability
  •   Consumption Rate (Approx.) 10 hrs 20 lb. LPG tank 

What do you get the family who have it all?

BULLSEYE SNACK STATION 8 OZ. POPCORN MACHINE WITH CART – $397.49

Bullseye’s Commercial Grade 8oz Black Popcorn Machine with cart will be the hit of every party. This antique style design and color will evoke memories of early days at the ball games, carnivals, or at the movie theater. Machine is 30L x 18W X 61H inches. Works on standard 110 volt 860 watts.

  • Deluxe model with 3 position control switch
  • Commercial switches include: spot light warmer, stirrer and pot heater
  • Direct drive motor, no belt or gearbox
  • Built-in warmer light
  • Heavy-duty steel and stainless steel construction
  • Cleans up with water
  • Works on standard 110 V
  • 860 W
  • Tempered glass doors and windows
  • 2 year warranty on the machine
  • 90 day limited warranty on all consumable parts including kettles and/ or light bulbs

Take care of your health

VITAMIX EXPLORIAN E320 + PERSONAL CUP ADAPTER – $536.09

Explore how easy it is to make healthy, whole-food recipes at home. From appetizers to dessert, the 1.8 L (64 oz.) container is ideal for blending medium to large batches for family meals or entertaining. Add the convenience of a personal blender to your full-size Vitamix® machine with the included personal cup adaptor. The individual portion size of the 591mL (20 oz.) cup lets you blend just the right amount and avoid food waste. Ten variable speeds allow you to refine every texture with culinary precision, from the smoothest purées to the heartiest soups. With the Pulse feature, layer coarse chops over smooth purées for heartier recipes, such as chunky salsas or thick vegetable soups.

  • Pulse feature
  • 2.2 peak HP motor
  • Easy cleaning
  • Becomes a travel cup with spill-proof lid


Happy Holidays from Zum Zum!

Too-Easy Honey Garlic Sauce Recipe

A lot of our favourite sauces are incredibly simple to toss together before serving your meal. Once your pantry is stocked with a few basic ingredients you’ll probably find it too easy and delicious to whip up the perfect condiment to ever go back to store bought jars.

One of those condiments is Honey Garlic Sauce, and you might already have all the ingredients you’ll need on hand.

A classic addition to chicken thigh or breast sure to please the whole family!

Ingredients:









Preparation:
  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a dish before adding to fry pan with cooked meat or veg.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook until sauce reduces down and thickens to desired consistency.
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DIY: Fruit and Veggie Wash

Veggie washes, store bought or homemade, are typically billed as an effective, all-natural way clean your vegetables for safe consumption.

Most veggie washes on the market include surfactants to loosen debris or pesticides, and/or a sanitizer to kill microbes. But even when using a great sanitizer, water temperature, pH, or a dirty sink can make it less effective when actually applied to your veggies depending on the kind of debris you’re dealing with, and how much of the active ingredient is included.

Fresh fruits and vegetables do not naturally contain microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and parasites) that would cause food poisoning. However, fresh produce can become contaminated in the field through contact with soil, contaminated water, wild or domestic animals, or improperly composted manure. It can also come into contact with harmful microorganisms during and after harvest if it is not properly handled, stored, and transported. In addition, fruits and vegetables can become contaminated through contact with raw food items such as meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices. This can happen at the grocery store, in the shopping cart, on the conveyer belt when you’re checking out at the cash register, in the refrigerator, or on counters and cutting boards in the kitchen.

The groups at higher risk for serious health effects include pregnant women, children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 60, and people with weakened immune systems. You should see a health care professional and contact your local public health unit as soon as possible if you think you have a foodborne illness.

While much is being done at the farms and in the grocery stores to make sure that fresh produce is safe, there are still steps we can take in our homes to help prevent foodborne illnesses. By making sure that fruits and vegetables are properly handled, prepared and stored, you can enjoy the healthy benefits of these foods and help prevent foodborne illnesses. 

Follow Health Canada’s guidelines for washing your fruits and vegetables here.

Consider making your own fruit and veggie wash to loosen debris, remove pesticides, and eliminate some of the bacteria that other grocery shoppers passed on to your produce.

The recipe calls for vinegar, although it does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus. Vinegar is acidic however, which makes it a potent cleaner. According to NIH studies, household natural sanitizers like lemon juice and vinegar reduced the number of pathogens to undetectable levels.

Below, you’ll find two different set of instructions. One is for standard fruits and vegetables and one is for leafy greens, which should be cleaned separately.



How To Make Your Own Fruit & Veggie Wash

You’ll Need: Spray bottle, Measuring cup and spoons, Colander, Distilled white vinegar, Water, Lemon juice, Gentle scrub brush, Paper towels

Instructions:

  1. Mix 1 cup vinegar to 4 cups water inside your spray bottle, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Shake well to combine.
  2. Place your fruit or vegetable in a colander in the sink. Spray liberally with the mixture, let sit for 2-5 mins.
  3. Rinse off mixture thoroughly with cool water, using a vegetable scrub brush on thicker-skinned produce.
  4. Pat dry with paper towels.


How To Make Veggie Wash for Leafy Greens

Wash right before you eat the greens, as excess moisture can lead to faster decay in the fridge.

You’ll Need: Bowl, Measuring cup and spoons, Distilled white vinegar, Water, Salt, Colander or salad spinner, Paper towels

Instructions:

  1. Place your greens into a bowl. Fill the bowl with a solution of 1 cup vinegar to 4 parts water, add 1 tablespoon of salt.
  2. Let the greens sit in the solution for 2-5 mins then remove.
  3. Rinse off the mixture with cold water either in a colander or a salad spinner basket.
  4. Dry with paper towels or with a salad spinner.
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Happy Canada Day eh!










 



Happy birthday to our favourite country! Canada Day celebrations have once again been planned virtually, and everyone is invited to gather together online to express their national pride and reflect on Canada’s history and culture. Enjoy online access to concerts, contests and even fireworks through the Canadian Heritage website.


If you’re feeling nostalgic here’s a 21 year old throw back to March 2000 and Molson’s iconic I Am Canadian commercial:

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Something for everyone on Canada Day!

Zum Zum delivers fantastic options for a fun Canada Day enjoyed in the great outdoors!


FRITO LAY CHIPS VARIETY PACK
50 x 28g @ $22.17($25.17 save $3.00 until Aug 01)
($0.39 / Bag)

  • 16 bags of Doritos Nacho Cheese
  • 10 bags of Lay’s Classic
  • 8 bags of Cheetos Puffs
  • 8 bags of Ruffles All Dressed
  • 8 bags of Lay’s Ketchup





MISS VICKIE`S POTATO CHIPS VARIETY
36 x 24g @ $18.07 ($20.87 save $2.80 until Aug 01)
($0.43 / Bag)

  • 12 bags of Miss Vickie’s original recipe
  • 12 bags of Miss Vickie’s sea salt and malt vinegar
  • 12 bags of Miss Vickie’s sweet chili and sour cream




LUMINUS LED STRING LIGHTS
$40.91

  • 7.3 m (24 ft)
  • STJW 16AEG/3, screw-down quick connections between sets
  • Watertight interconnects
  • Filament LED, gold vintage glass
  • 1W/100 lumens
  • 1,500 hours
  • 2,200 K
  • Connect up to 9 sets



VITAMIX EXPLORIAN E320 + PERSONAL CUP ADAPTER
$400.75 ($520.75 save $120.00 until Aug 01)

  • Pulse feature
  • 2.2 peak HP motor
  • Easy cleaning
  • Becomes a travel cup with spill-proof lid
  • Includes: Blender base
  • Personal cup adaptor
  • 1.8 L (64 oz.) container
  • 591 mL (20 oz.) to-go cup
  • Specifications: Dimensions (L × W × H): 33.02 cm × 30.48 cm × 43.18 cm (13 in. × 12 in. × 17 in.)  
  • Weight: 7.9 kg (17.5 lb.)



LIFETIME 65Q COOLER
$183.57

  • Insulated Body and Lid for 8-Day Ice Retention
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
  • BEAR RESISTANT: Certified by the IGBC testing facility to be strong enough to withstand a bear from breaking into your cooler for up to an hour when locked
  • Easy-to-Drain Spout with Garden Hose Compatibility
  • Hard Cooler Made of Heavy-Duty Polyethylene, Urethane, Polypropylene, Nylon Rope Handles
  • 65 Quart / 75 Can Capacity
  • Exterior: 28.4 in. L x 18.1 in. W x 17.5 in. H – Interior: 21-23 in. L x 12-13.7 in. W x 13 in. H – Weight: 25.5 lbs

Deliver the perfect gift to Dad!




Happy Father’s Day! Zum Zum has you covered for the perfect last minute gift, delivered to Dad’s door!




For the outdoor explorer:

$17.71 – MARTIN PORTABLE BUTANE GAS STOVE 8,000 BTU

  • Heating output up to 8,000 BTU/hr
  • Piezo-electric ignition
  • Windshield prevents flame blowouts
  • Includes a practical carrying case
  • Up to 130 minutes with one 228g butane bottle


$55.73 – CAMP CHEF HIGH PRESSURE SINGLE BURNER COOKER

  • Features one 60,000 BTU/hr Maximum Output cast burner
  • The Drum-style burner housing offers centralized heat distribution
  • The Maximum Output system provides a wide range of cooking options
  • The detachable legs make this burner easy to set-up and take down
  • Includes a 3 ft. hose and regulator






For the tech-head:

$50.10 – SANDISK ULTRA MICROSDXC AND MICROSDHC 256 GB UHS-I CARD WITH ADAPTER

  • Full HD video recording
  • Transfers up to 1200 photos
  • Ideal for premium Android based smartphones and tablets
  • Transfer speeds of up to 100 MB/s
  • Rated A1 for faster app performance
  • UHS Speed Class 1 (U1) and Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback
  • Waterproof, temperature proof, shockproof, and X-ray proof
  • Transfers up to 1200 photos a minute
  • SanDisk Memory Zone app lets you auto-manage media and memory for peak phone performance
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Model: SDSQUNI-256G-CN6MA



$23.10 – ULTRABRITE SCOT II LED DESK LAMP WITH WIRELESS CHARGING AND MOOD LIGHT

  • 5 levels of brightness dimmer function
  • 3 light modes
  • Qi wireless charging of mobile devices
  • RGB mood lighting
  • Night light



$213.78 – ION AUDIO TOTAL PA GLOW 3 BLUETOOTH PA SPEAKER

  • 500 W
  • Bluetooth
  • Tripod
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Electric
  • Portable



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Enjoy our free gift of YOUR CHANCE to become a multimillionaire – you will receive an Ontario 49 Quick Pick lottery ticket with every order. All you need to do is check your ticket! An amazing bonus on top of the time, money and energy your delivery saves, allowing the opportunity for more quality time with family and friends.

They always say “You can’t win without a ticket” and, “Somebody’s got to win, it could be YOU!” ….and you’re a “Somebody”, so it could very well be you! 

I will admit that I’ve spent a bit of time dreaming about what I would do with a $2,000,000 jackpot while placing my Zum Zum order. Nothing wrong with that, is there? That’s one condo for me, one for my mom and if she’s nice to me, one for my sister 🙂

Let us know what you would spend it on below in the comments!

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Penne alla Vodka

One delicious pasta dish! Are you a penne alla vodka lover? Let us know in the comments! Prep time: 30 min, Serves 4-6 people

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Brown the prosciutto or ham/pancetta and onions in the butter and olive oil. Bring a pot of water to a boil to cook the pasta.
  2. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes, crushing the tomatoes with a fork while they are cooking. Continue cooking approx. 10 min more, add a bit of water if it is too dry.
  3. Add the vodka. (Optional: tilt the pan to one side and bring a lighter or match near the sauce. The vodka will ignite, giving a nice flavour to the sauce. Let flame continue until it goes out. Shake it around a bit to let it continue flaming.) Cook the pasta in your boiling water.
  4. Cook for a few minutes longer and add salt to taste (about 1 tsp).
  5. Drop heat before you add the cream at this point, or the sauce will separate and turn clumpy. Cook two more minutes, drain pasta and add to your vodka sauce. Add parmesan, stir and let sit for a few minutes longer for flavour to combine. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Recipe by ZumZum Food Contributor @Adriana Paolella, for more of Adriana’s recipes visit cooklybookly.com/adrianapaolella

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10 Top Tips to Plan Meals on a Budget

Who isn’t trying to pinch their pennies these days… An hour of meal planning every week could really help your wallet. Don’t listen to that little voice in your head saying you can’t find 4 hours in the month to plan nutritious meals for you and your family, it’s well worth it!

  1. Take inventory of your fridge, freezer and pantry before you sit down. It can sometimes be just like grocery shopping and you can feel the thrill of the hunt when you score some long forgotten goodies!
  1. Make your menu – easier said than done when you’re staring at a blank page. Don’t let an infinite number of recipes overwhelm you, start with what you know and realize its a work in progress. You WILL be editing and making changes on the fly throughout the week. So many items can be used for dinner then changed into next day’s lunch, inspiration may strike at any moment which will change your plan – and that’s ok!
  1. Plan your meals before you grocery shop and choose foods that are on sale for a win/win dinner – you’ll eat well and save your dollars.
  1. Occasional meals without meat are healthy and can be huge money saver – protein packed salads with eggs, tofu, and tons of leftover vegetables can take minutes to whip together, and will fill you up nicely.
  1. Grains are good! Rice, pasta, barley and quinoa delivered by Zum Zum are inexpensive and the epitome of versatile!
  1. Avoid recipes with hard to find or expensive ingredients. It takes time for an extra trip to a specialty store or can blow up your budget. Google is your friend to find acceptable substitutes – while searching you’ll learn about flavour profiles and why certain ingredients are used in the first place, which will naturally inspire your creativity in the kitchen!
  1. Recipes are SO much cheaper, heartier and tastier when the ingredients you’re using are in season.

  1. USE those leftovers! Freeze them for a later time or switch them up for a twist. Vegetable stir fry can be added to plain lettuce for a delicious meatless salad. Or enjoy the classics and keep a few boiled eggs on hand for a super quick egg salad sandwich!
  1. Make extras & freeze! When you buy a massive bag of fresh carrots or onions, cook them all up, bag meal size portions and freeze for quick dinner add-ons!
  1. Ensure the kids eat the food you’re spending money on, and stick with your family favourites to reduce waste. Simple meals like tacos, wraps, or homemade pizza are easy to customize in order to please everyone’s palates!



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Easy Peasy Baked Basa Filets

For a super quick delicious & healthy family dinner, this is it! I buy the case of frozen fillets, and bake them from frozen. Makes it easy and so economical!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper. Put basa fish on the baking sheet.
  2. Melt butter in the small glass bowl. Add paprika, dried basil or oregano, salt and lemon juice.
  3. Spread the marinate on both sides of fish using cooking brush or spoon. Marinate for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes uncovered. Enjoy 😀
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Last Minute Mother’s Day

It’s understandable, even holidays that fall on the same day every year can creep up on us – never mind those with changing dates that require extra brain power to remember!

Zum Zum has you covered with same day delivery Mon-Fri, here are a few thoughtful gifts so that Mom will never know you forgot to pick something up for her special day.

For the beauty buff:


OLAY TOTAL EFFECTS SPF 15 ANTI-AGING MOISTURIZER – $39.97 (2 x 50ml)
Hydrating formula with niaconamide, antioxidants and vitamins, fragrance-free, broad spectrum SPF 15.
Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Fragrance-Free Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a daily moisturizer that revives skin and protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with a VitaNiacin Complex and skin conditioners, it fights 7 signs of aging for younger- and healthier-looking skin. Its vitamin-rich formula helps reduce the look of age spots, minimize the appearance of pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (See ingredients list here.)


GLYSOMED HAND CREAM – $17.51 (2 x 250ml + 1 x 50ml)
Glysomed Hand Cream contains a uniquely effective blend of glycerine, chamomile and silicone to deliver indispensable care, locking in moisture to relieve and help prevent rough, dry hands. Glycerine hydrates and helps to maintain and restore the skins’ moisture balance. Chamomile contains properties that work to calm and soothe irritated skin. Spreads easily and penetrates deeply to moisturize rough, dry hands. Apply throughout the day as needed, and after washing hands, Apply more frequently when temperatures are cold and the air is dry. (See ingredients list here.)

Bring baking bliss:


SAGETRA STAINLESS-STEEL PASTRY TUBE SET – $23.44
Take your pastry decorating to a whole new level with this 29-piece stainless steel pastry tube decorating set! Whether you are adding the final touches to a cake or topping off your custom cupcakes, this set gives you everything you need to create your signature designs. Plus, it all fits in an included hinged, plastic box for convenient storage. 
Made of durable stainless steel, this decorating set features a variety of helpful tools such as tubes for writing letters and tubes for creating stars, leaves, and a basket weaving pattern. 


SAGETRA 18-GAUGE BUN PAN 18 x 13 – $6.65
This full size aluminum sheet pan is built to withstand the daily demands of a busy commercial kitchen. Easy to clean and maintain, it’s a versatile addition to any kitchen!
Made of 18 gauge, heavy weight aluminum, this is a great pan for everyday use. Designed to resist warping and bending, it can withstand cold temperatures in the freezer and high heat applications in the oven. Plus, its natural finish is easy to clean to keep this pan looking great after each use.
The flat construction ensures even browning. It can also be used as a cooling area when you transfer your sweet treats to it after baking. Also makes an excellent tray for prep work!





SAGETRA MIXING BOWL 18.9 L / 20 qt – $16.91
This giant mixing bowl is lightweight, yet it’s built to last and made of durable stainless steel. Its attractive mirror finish adds sleek and shine to any kitchen.
19″ diameter / 5″ height



 


SAGETRA COLANDER 12.3 L / 13 qt – $14.48
Featuring a sparkling mirror finish, this 13 qt. stainless steel footed colander is durable and dent resistant! Equipped with both a base and handles, this colander is ideal for rinsing fruits and vegetables in the sink, as well as straining pasta and potatoes. The sturdy base sits well in the kitchen sink and the holes at the bottom are effective in draining liquids quickly. The added height of the base also improves sanitation when placed on prep tables. 
The handles are convenient for transport around the kitchen, and as an added benefit, the handles can be hung from hooks during storage, which will help save space and declutter your kitchen counters!  

SAGETRA INC. is a Canadian company based in Montreal dedicated to deliver excellent service and provide high quality products, and whose main objective is the satisfaction of their customers. SAGETRA INC. is recognized as a leader distributor of kitchen accessories and restaurant equipments in North American market.

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Easy Cards for Little Hands

Skip the dollar store greeting card – let the kids handle your Mother’s Day wishes instead. Grandma will proudly display their personal touch and she’ll be reminded of her talented grandkids everyday she sees the card!

Or share this post with Dad and keep everyone occupied with a fun afternoon activity! We’ve gathered a few simple-to-craft Mother’s Day cards below that are bound to make a lasting impression.

For the biggest impact, stock your art kit with the gorgeous colours in a new pack of 24 BIC INTENSITY Fashion Fine Point Assorted Colours Permanent Markers. Low odour, they’re quick-drying, fade and water resistant. Acid-free ink (no added acid; no measurable pH), ACMI (Art and Creative Materials Institute) approved, non-toxic, great for any project as they mark permanently on just about everything: glass, metal, plastic, photos, foils, coated paper, oily and damp surface.

Tiff Keetch is a photographer and blogger, author of a popular accordian-style, “I Love You Thiiiiiiiiiiis Much!” greeting card that went viral on Pinterest. Quick and simple, all you’ll need is some construction paper, markers, scissors, and glue! Trace the child’s hands onto construction paper and cut out. Fold a strip of paper into an accordion, and glue one end to each hand. Decorate with “I Love You” on one hand, “Thiiiiiiis” stretching across each fold of the accordian, and finish with “Much!” on the second hand. That’s it! Follow along with her original instructions here: “A Day in My Life – I Love You This Much Card”

For the older kids, Marisa Edghill is a Canadian craft designer and has shared a genius method to dress up a blank card with washi tape for a professional looking completed product. All you’ll need that you may not already have on hand is some washi tape (OR beautifully patterned paper from magazines, old wallpaper rolls, old books etc, you would just need to add glue), parchment or wax paper, and a mirrored print out of your design. Her instructions are wonderfully detailed here: “Omiyage Blogs – Make a Mother’s Day Card”

For the punny mom, take inspiration from a wide range of funny examples available in a simple online search. Hard to choose a favourite between the classics “You did a grape job raisin me” and “You’re one in a melon”, check out more ideas here: “Mother’s Day Puns”



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Essential Gifts for an Indispensable Lady

Where would we be without Mom?

Let her know you appreciate all those times she appeared out of nowhere, ready with her first aid kit the moment you fell off your bike! Ensure her shelves are still stocked better than a pharmacy’s with hand sanitizer, 99% isopropyl alcohol, Polysporin, Band-Aids, or a touchless infrared thermometer for Mother’s Day!




BROOKSTONE HAND SANITIZER – $8.05 (2 x 473ml = 946ml total)
Invigorating gel made from naturally-renewable Ethanol to disinfect your hands when soap and water are not available. Convenient flip -top lid. 70% ethyl alcohol v/v, kills harmful bacteria and germs, infused with botanical extracts
NPN # 80103156





PSP ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL 99% – $14.18 (4 x 500ml = 2L total)
Topical antiseptic for temporary relief of bruises, sprains and muscular aches. May be used to aid the preventing of bedsores or reduce excessive perspiration. Apply as required. Used as a solvent, antiseptic and as a basis for isopropyl alcohol rub. Apply full strength to affected areas and rub in. May be diluted with 2 or 3 parts water if desired for the alcohol rub.



POLYSPORIN COMPLETE OINTMENT – $22.44 (2 x 30g = 60g total)
“Our most advanced antibiotic ointment featuring a HEAL-FAST® Formula, POLYSPORIN® COMPLETE Antibiotic Ointment provides pain relief and infection protection to speed healing of minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Containing lidocaine hydrochloride for fast-acting pain relief and three antibiotics to ward off infection, POLYSPORIN® COMPLETE Ointment provides infection protection that works. Using this ointment with a sterile dressing helps minor wounds heal four days faster than with a dressing alone. Apply the non-staining, odorless ointment one to three times daily for infection protection to help speed healing.”




BAND-AID ADHESIVE BANDAGES ASSORTED – $19.51 (Pack of 210)
Includes assorted sizes: 50 flexible fabric, 25 SKIN-FLEX, 80 sheer strips COMFORT-FLEX, 45 clear strips COMFORT-FLEX, 10 extra large flexible fabric bandages and plastic storage case





BOOMCARE 3-IN-1 INFRARED THERMOMETER – $37.77
A touch free, infrared thermometer that can measure temperature either either Celsius or Fahrenheit. Nine memory settings & a fully backlit display. Three reading options: touchless, forehead & ear. Colour coded reading indication. Instant 1 second reading. Includes 2 AAA batteries





Mother’s Day is Zuming Around the Corner 🌺

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and we hope everyone has a way to show Mom their love and appreciation no matter the circumstances. Here are a few ways to show her she’s on your mind!




Drop off some healthy homemade frozen dinners: What says “I love you” more than a gifted homemade frozen meal? …Bringing her two homemade frozen meals? She’s sure to appreciate the gesture and enjoy her night off!





Get creative with decorations: While you’re dropping off her dinner, spruce up her front door with a spring wreath and put a smile on her face every time she looks outside. She might even have a spot on her front porch or in the garden for a creative display!







Have the kids draw with chalk: Let the kids express how much they love grandma, as only kids can. Collect some rocks, colour them with chalk and arrange a beautiful display on her porch. Or have them draw her a driveway mural – get them to prepare a rough copy at home so they have a plan for their final masterpiece!






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Shop Zum Zum for a useful Mother’s Day gift 🙂

Happy Mother's Day from Zum Zum!

Chef's Aprons - 5 pack $22.64

Oven Gloves $27.64

Flour Sack Towels - 10 pack $16.91

Kitchen Trolley - 300lb capacity $83.72

Digital Scale $84.52

Canadian Maple Butcher Block $39.57

Sagetra Cutting Board $17.91

Band-Aids - 210 pack $19.51

Infrared Thermometer $37.77

Isopropyl Alchohol 99% - 4 pack $14.18

Cambro Containers $27.94

Mixing Bowls - 2 pack $13.08

Full-size Steam Pan $17.41

Solid Steam Pan Cover $15.58

Chafing Dish Set $61.63

Roll Top Chafer $159.88

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Earth Week 2021: “Together, We Can Restore Our Earth”

This is the theme for Earth Week 2021, together we can restore our earth.

How do WE do this? Seems like a massive project that requires worldwide participation, incredible planning and technical advances.

This of course would be ideal, as the environmental issues we are facing around the globe could be solved in no time with global cooperation.

Together we can individually restore the earth by making adjustments in our homes and daily life. Starting with the choices we make while shopping; how we get to the store, what products we choose to buy etc, all have a greater impact than we realize.

There are a ton of simple changes you can make that really would help restore the earth, perhaps slowly but it all adds up as you inspire others to do the same.

This week Zum Zum announced a new eco-friendly delivery option that reduces its carbon footprint within the GTA. If your delivery schedule is flexible, you now have the option to select “Deliver by 5PM” to ensure your order arrives via the most efficient route. As always, on the day of delivery you will receive our notification of the hour your delivery is scheduled.

While we’re all on stay at home orders, the idea of a flexible delivery schedule is especially appealing – one small change that will reduce the carbon emissions in your city!

In collaboration with our eco-friendly partner Cool Straw, Zum Zum will be handing out 400 packages of Beeswax Wraps in celebration of Earth Day!

Ditch the plastic wrap and use beeswax wraps for sandwiches, saving half an onion/avocado/tomato, to cover a bowl and so much more!

For more eco-friendly products and ways to reduce plastic in your home, check out coolstraw.ca

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11 Ways to Save on Your Groceries

Healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive, here are 11 ways to pad your wallet and avoid the temptations of take out (TLDR: it’s a bit of planning!)

  1. Build your meal plans around weekly sales to inspire variety in your diet.
  2. Learn the sale prices of items you buy often… Eventually you’ll know at a glance when a discount is actually worth stocking up on.
  1. Make a list and stick to it – hey, cliche advice can be concise!
  2. Buy Ontario fruits and vegetables in season. Stock up on the best prices during summer harvests and freeze your own fruit & veg at peak quality! Even just bulk freezing your most expensive and heavily consumed type of produce (looking at you, strawberries for smoothies) can inspire you to go all out in your bulk shops the next summer.
  1. Be assured by Penn State’s opinion on the quality of canned and frozen options: “Depending on the produce item, canning and freezing may actually preserve the nutrient value and even increase the availability of some nutrients to the body.”
  1. Shop in bulk where possible on your everyday staples (conveniently delivered by Zum Zum!)
  2. Avoid shopping when you’re hungry!
  1. Know your “forever foods” that will keep indefinitely in your pantry with proper storage. Stock up on basics like salt, pepper, sugar, rice and pasta on sale and never pay full price.
  1. Grow your own! If you can grow your own vegetables and herbs in the summer in your backyard or on your patio, you’ll not only have great tasting healthy food, you’ll gain a hobby and save your dollars!
  1. Refer to Canada’s food storage guidelines for recommendations on how long to store meat, dairy and produce in the fridge and freezer: apples can turn soft quickly when left at room temperature, best kept in the fridge. And we were recently surprised to learn that storing your tomatoes in the fridge isn’t a TOTAL criminal offense 😆
  2. Cook your own meals vs boxed meals or take out, you WILL amaze yourself with what you’re capable of! Have 10-15 trusted recipes on rotation that you can make in your sleep. And don’t ever feel defeated if you worry your meals aren’t gourmet or instagram ready! Is everyone fed?? You did great 🙂

Check out our fun and easy recipes that anyone can make, with Costco Business Centre savings delivered by Zum Zum!

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A Month of Self-Reflection and Charity



Break your fast with Medjool Dates or Desert Palm Pitted Dates, delivered after sunset by your friends at Zum Zum! Best wishes for a Ramadan as bright as ever!


Recognized for its health, spiritual and psychological benefits, fasting for the month of Ramadan is considered by Muslims as a means to shift their focus away from life’s pleasures, and to empathize with others who are less fortunate.


Fasting teaches control and self-discipline over our immediate desires. When you learn how to say “no” to what’s generally permitted you control your impulses, and can resist what is forbidden.


Yes, even water is included in the fast. #NotEvenWater


Here’s a quick and funny video, that just goes to show as a new generation of young Muslims like soccer star Mohamed Salah break on to the world stage, they are introducing their traditions to a whole new audience (regardless of how superficially that new knowledge is shared!)


Now considering the famous Snickers candy ad campaign, “You’re not you when you’re hungry” – it’s safe to say that everyone can relate to the irritation or lethargy we feel from a lack of food and coffee. We’ll be extending our Muslim brothers and sisters a little extra empathy during their most sacred month!


See the Islamic Foundation of Toronto for more information.

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If you “could eat a horse”, avoid the mall or feel remorse

We’ve all done this… It’s hard not to isn’t it?

Conventional wisdom is to have a light snack PRIOR to going to the grocery store to avoid those enticing, unplanned treats.

As we’re learning, you’re not safe from those impulse buys once you’ve left the grocery store either. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has linked unsatisfied hunger with a desire to buy non-food items.

The authors explain how your grumbling tummy may be rumbling the cash right out of your wallet, by triggering your brain into acquisition mode: “We conclude that a basic biologically based motivation can affect substantively unrelated behaviors that cannot satisfy the motivation.”

“This presumably occurs because hunger renders acquisition-related concepts and behaviors more accessible, which influences decisions in situations to which they can be applied.”

Norbert Shwarz, study author and a provost professor at the university of Southern California clarifies, “In the case of hunger its pretty straightforward. If hunger means ‘I want to get food’ then ‘getting stuff’ may be on your mind. When you then have the opportunity to ‘get stuff’ you may take a few things that are available that have nothing to do with satisfying your hunger.”

Researchers studied 379 volunteers over five behavioural experiments. Their results indicate that your hunger level has a direct impact on the number of items you buy, even when those items won’t satiate your need for food.

One of the experiments involved analyzing receipts of shoppers exiting a department store. Data from the receipts showed those who were shopping on an empty stomach not only bought more non-food items than those who were full, but that hungry shoppers also spent more money overall.

So if you want to stay within budget, EAT before shopping in person or online! Snacks such as sliced fruit, nuts, and granola bars that contain healthy carbs, fats, and protein will keep your hunger at bay!

Zum Zum has you covered with a great selection of granola bars on sale this week, always convenient when you’re on the go!

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Make Your Own Pizza!

Nothing fresher than a homemade pizza! Hot & crisp out of the oven – here’s a quick and easy recipe to make it happen!

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 8 cups flour
  • 3 cups water
  • Crisco or oil to grease pans
  • Toppings of choice…..basically whatever you have in the fridge!

Preparation:

  1. Combine yeast, salt and 6 cups of flour in mixing bowl. Using dough hook, slowly add warm water and mix until well combined. If needed, stop mixer and scrape sides. Add remaining flour, half a cup at a time and mix until flour is absorbed. Dough will be ready when no longer sticky to the touch and it comes off sides of bowl easily. This may take more or less flour and takes about 20 minutes to knead.
  2. When dough is ready, place it on counter and cut it into 4 portions (or 3 if using 3 large baking sheets) Form a ball and place each one in ziploc bag. Remove air and seal tightly. Let dough sit on counter for 2-3 hours. Dough will double in size and air will fill bag.
  3. Grease pan generously and heat oven to 420° F.
  4. Spread pizza dough starting from center and work outward slowly. Top with favourite toppings!
  5. Tips: Leave cheese off and add for the last 3 minutes of baking. Be careful not to get too close to the sauce as if it gets on the pan it will burn and stick. I drizzle olive oil over the dough before or after adding sauce.
  6. Bake pizza for 10 minutes, then drop oven temperature to 400° F. Remove pizza from the sheet and place directly on rack in your oven. Cook for another 3 minutes, browning and crisping the bottom. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Cook one pizza at a time to ensure even heat distribution.

Recipe from Zum Zum Food Contributor – Adriana Paolella @fortheloveoffoodandlife

For more of her recipes – cooklybookly.com/adrianapaolella

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Honouring Our Canadian Heroes Who Laid Their Lives on Vimy Ridge

In 2003, the Government of Canada declared April 9th to be “Vimy Ridge Day”, in honour of the Battle of Vimy Ridge that took place in 1917, during the First World War. For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force were assembled to fight as a corps, and the battle was made into a symbol of Canadian achievement and sacrifice.

The Canadian divisions were joined by the British 5th Infantry Division artillery, engineer and labour units, and supported to the north of the Souchez River by the 24th British Division I Corps, and by advancing XVII Corps to the south. The Canadian Corps received three times the artillery normally assigned to a corps for regular operations.

The attack began at 5:30am on Easter Monday, April 9th 1917, when every piece of artillery at the disposal of the Canadian Corps began firing in a synchronized barrage. Light field guns advanced in predetermined increments, 100 yards every three minutes in a non-stop bombardment, while medium and heavy howitzers established a series of standing barrages against known defensive systems further ahead. Before the night fell on April 12th 1917, the Corps was in firm control of the ridge.

The Canadian Corps suffered 10,602 casualties: 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded. The defeated German Sixth Army suffered an unknown number of casualties, with approximately 4,000 Germans becoming Prisoners of War. The Germans did not attempt to recapture the ridge, including during the Spring Offensive, and it remained under British control until the end of the war.

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial resides on land granted to Canada in northern France. It is inscribed with the names of 11,285 Canadian soldiers who were listed as missing or presumed dead in France. It stands as a tribute to all who served their country in battle and gave their lives in the war. Veteran Affairs Canada maintains the memorial, see Veterans Affairs Canada for more information.

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