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!
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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”
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!
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.”
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
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!
One of those “deals that aren’t really deals” are generic cotton swabs. I’ve bought store brand on sale, ignorant to the existence of one of the worst product designs I can think of: Plastic Applicator Cotton Swabs.
Too bendy, too wasteful, who came up with them anyway? I won’t dignify that scourge on humanity with a google search. I’ll just learn my lesson, and eventually use up these plastic applicators in craft projects, rather than as single-use disposables.
Looking for sales on Q-Tips to coincide with my PC Optimum bonus offers used to be a regular activity. Zum Zum has crossed that task off my list with access to Costco Business Centre’s incredible everyday savings of 20% on brand name Q-Tips.
So, it only took me 32 years to learn the apparent common knowledge that bocconcini is NOT its own separate type of cheese. Translated from Italian, bocconcini means “morsels” or “small mouthful”, and Wikipedia describes “small mozzarella cheese balls the size of an egg.”
I just read Maclean’s local feature on fresh mozzarella. They visited the International Cheese Co. factory outlet in Toronto, where cheese marketed under the brand name Santa Lucia is made. The article from 2011 mentions their bocconcini’s win for “best mozzarella” at the seventh Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.
I have been hesitant to purchase Costco’s 1.5kg bulk tub of Santa Lucia Bocconcini Soft Cheese in fear of letting it go to waste. They’ve found my weakness though; I can’t pass up a 20% sale on fresh cheese. So I looked for a fewresources that explain the best ways to freeze fresh mozzarella for use in sauces, melted on sandwiches or on pizza, etc. (Click to grab Santa Lucia Bocconcini 50g Balls or 10g Minis, on sale for $1.14/100g – compared to the grocery store at $2.19/100g, that’s 48% savings until Apr 11th!)
The freezer will change the texture from soft to crumbly – defrosted bocconcini will not be suitable in salads, but I’m partial to gooey melted cheese anyway. Slice before freezing, lay flat either on a tray or with pieces of wax paper between each slice. Defrost in the fridge 24 hours in advance, and pat dry with paper towel before melting on pizza to avoid a soggy crust. Skip defrosting and use directly from the freezer if excess moisture won’t ruin your dish.