Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5 Facebook Tips You Can't Live Without

I am the first one to check Facebook everyday, I admit it and I will shout it from the mountaintops, that Facebook is a great way to keep up with friends, be a bit of a voyeur and pass time in a waiting room  BUT ... it is amazing how many of us get time-sucked into endless news feeds of cats wearing glasses, pictures of people's dinner and "who is your disco soulmate" quizzes.

I am here to let you in on a few little Facebook secrets that will still allow you your guilty pleasure but help you avoid getting sucked into the Facebook vortex.  These are 5 AMAZING Facebook tips you won't be able to live without after you learn about them.


Did you know that you can select friends to be "Close Friends" so that you get a notification when they post?  No more scrolling and scrolling and scrolling to see what they're up to.  No more missing out on the things you want to see as you wade through items you could live without.

There are two simple ways of doing this.
1.  If you see a post come up in your feed of someone you want to add to your "close friends" list:

  • Hover over their name in the post.  You will see a pop-up appear.
  • Hover over the "friends" button in the pop-up.
  • Select "Close Friends"
2.  You can go to your friends list in Facebook and search for their name.
  • Hover over the "friends" button beside their name.
  • Select "Close Friends"

Save Posts for Later:

This is seriously my favourite tip.  How many times are you scrolling through Facebook and you see a post with a link or video that you want to look at but the timing just isn't right?  How many times have you cursed out loud when you couldn't remember who's post it was or where to find it?

Well, have I got a great secret for you.  It is the "Save for later" function.

  • When you are looking at a post there is an arrow at the top right of each post. Click on it.
  • You will see the option "save" or "save video".  Click it.

Later when you have time (or the boss isn't looking over you shoulder, or more likely, little ears aren't listening) you can go to your "Saved" tab in the left hand navigation and select the items you want to see.

Turn off Notifications:

Okay, your friend posted the most adorable photo of her newborn baby, I mean she is the sweetest thing ever.  You comment on the photo but then for the next 4 days you are receiving notification, after notification, after notification that every person and their dog has left a comment.  Suddenly this little bundle of sweetness is leaving you feeling agitated.

Don't stop commenting on your friends' posts - trust me, people LOOOOVE when you tell them how cute their kid, dog, eyeglasses wearing cat, etc. are.  Instead, turn off the notifications.

  • When you are looking at a post there is an arrow at the top right of each post. Click on it.
  • You will see the option to Turn off Notifications.  Click it.
  • NOTE: I suggest you do this immediately after a post that you know will get a lot of hits (baby, wedding, new job)
  • NOTE 2: Sometimes that Turn off Notifications, will say Turn ON notifications, click it then go back in and you'll see the option to turn OFF notifications.

Unfollow People:

I know, I know, this sounds mean but sometimes you need to do it for your own sanity.  Unfollowing someone is WAY different than Unfriending them.  You remain friends BUT you don't see their posts in your feed any more.  They have no idea that you've Unfollowed them.  They don't get any notification, it doesn't hurt their feelings.  

Why would you do this?  Why would you Unfollow someone instead of Unfriend them?  

Well, maybe it's a crazy relative who you don't see eye to eye with but you know it will cause family friction if you Unfriend them.  

Maybe you belong to a network of people with a similar interest and you've all "friended" each other.  All of a sudden you realise you are only seeing their posts and not the posts of any of your other life-long friends.  A good reason to Unfollow.

Maybe you only have limited time online and want to make sure you see posts from people who lift you up and not those that bring you down...unfollow.

  • Hover over their name in the post.  You will see a pop-up appear.
  • Hover over the "friends" button in the pop-up.
  • Select "Unfollow"
The great thing about Unfollowing someone is that you can see their posts whenever you want, simply search for them at the top and their whole feed will pop up on your screen.  You're not saying "goodbye", just "see you a little less often".

Know your Privacy Settings:

I like to post family photos as much as the next person but the truth is, most of us don't really KNOW everyone in our friend list and we most certainly don't know everyone online so get to know your privacy settings and select them appropriately as you post.

Have something inspirational you want the whole world to see...make that post "public".

Putting up a photo of your children...choose the privacy setting "friends only" for that post.

1.  To set up a default privacy setting:
  • Click on the little lock icon at the top right hand side of your screen.
  • Click on the little arrow beside "Who can see my stuff".
  • Select your preferred audience from the drop down menu.

2.  To change the privacy setting on a particular post:
  • As you create the post, at the bottom beside the "post" button is a button where you can choose who sees this particular post.
  • If you've already posted and decide you want to change the privacy settings, go to the post and underneath your name you will see a drop down arrow.  Click it.
  • Select the privacy settings you want for this post.

I hope these little Facebook tips help save you from hours of endless scrolling and allow you to enjoy this little guilty pleasure without it taking over your whole day!  

Let me know your favourite Facebook tip!  Oh, and don't forget to follow Creative Mama on Facebook!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Holiday Shopping for the Adults on Your List

It's Holiday Shopping Time!  Today I hit the mall.  I have to say, I am NOT a fan of line ups, squeezing past people, mounds of products strewn all over the place and never finding the sizes I want anyway. Last year I did almost all of my holiday shopping from my computer and today's foray into the craziness of the mall reinforced that I am an online shopper at heart.

I thought I would help you out by making some suggestions for the adults on your list that you can drop in your online shopping cart and have delivered directly to your door.

For the Men on your list:

We know that men can be the hardest to buy for and with Movember coming to an end there are going to be a lot of men who will be wanting rid of some facial hair.

Did you also know that men have a MUCH HIGHER RATE of SKIN CANCER! It's true. That's because most men don't protect against sun damage. Let's take care of our men!

BEYOND THE SHAVE is the smart yet simple approach to men’s skincare. Curated by the Doctors specifically to address men’s shaving needs, BEYOND THE SHAVE is clinically proven to alleviate dryness and razor irritation while revealing better-looking skin.

BEYOND THE SHAVE features three full-sized products:
1. UNBLEMISH Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash (used as a shaving cream)
2. SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment (used to counteract redness and irritation)
3. REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment (used to nourish & protect skin)

Available for a limited time and shipped in this handsome giftable box (cuff links and bow tie not included) .

For the Ladies:

Treat lips to REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum. Each peptide- and antioxidant-rich capsule helps lips retain natural moisturizing factors, visibly smoothes lip texture, and reduces the appearance of lip wrinkles.

Purchase during the holiday promotion and you'll receive the Lip Serum and a compact mirror in a beautiful blue gift box.  Men, you don't even have to fancy it up, we've done that for you.

Amazing Stocking Stuffers for Everyone!


This MICRODERMABRASION PASTE is a crowd favourite.

Available in a jar or in convenient sachets, perfect for travel.

Banish Tired Eyes:


Some people are calling this eye cream magical, I call it gold and won't go a day without it.  It combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles while special optical diffusers noticeably brighten the eye area. Ophthalmologist tested, this formula is ideal for maintaining the delicate skin around the eyes.

Erase the Wrinkles & Turkey Neck:

Yes, I'm a little addicted to this product.  It is so simple to use and really combats the drooping that comes with aging.  Take a firm position on aging skin with this patentented REDEFINE AMP MD™ System, which includes the noninvasive AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller and REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum.

The AMP MD System utilizes micro-exfoliation roller technology for visibly advanced skin-firming benefits. Many people pay hundreds of dollars for these treatments in spas and dermatologist's offices but you can do it regularly in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

My Gifts to You!

  1. Sign up as a Preferred Customer at the checkout and you will receive 10% off your orders and FREE shipping.  I will personally REFUND you the PC Enrollment fee.  Details here.
  2. I will REFUND the shipping cost for anyone who orders either the Lip Renewing Serum Holiday Package or the Beyond The Shave Holiday Package as they do not qualify for free shipping. 
These are my ways of saying "thank you" and putting a little more jingle in your pockets this holiday season.  

Make sure to order by December 11th 
to ensure they are delivered before Christmas!

NOTE: I am an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields.  If you'd like to learn more about any of these products or the business that is helping me spend more time at home with my family and earn a sizeable income, please contact me at:

Monday, November 16, 2015

HGTV’s The Expandables Casting Call:

You may or may not know that I am a SUPER huge fan of home renovation shows. Yup - it's my go-to television whenever I have time. You may or may not know that I also live in a 1600 ft bungalow of which we use every single square inch. That is probably why I loved the show The Expandables when it aired previously. I love seeing how they can add space without well, adding any space. I am totally type A and love a good neat home. I also love good space design (maybe by necessity) and storage.

Well, The Expandables is back and they're looking for new homeowners. Here are the details in case you want to get in on some of the renovation action.

If you love your home and neighbourhood, but you're running out of space, The Expandables can help! What might have been the perfect house when you bought it just might not be growing with your changing needs. Enter contractor Rob Evans and designer Mia Parres to come up with clever solutions to give you a more livable space - without adding a single square foot! When you can't make your house bigger, make it better with help from The Expandables!

If you're interested in having Rob and his team work their magic at your home, please consider the fact that:
  • You must own your home, and live within the Greater Toronto Area
  • You are outgoing and excited about having your space renovated on TV
  • You must be willing to find alternate accommodations for the duration of the renovation
  • Budgets vary depending on the scope of a project, but you must be able to contribute a minimum of $25,000 towards the renovation
  • You cannot have previously appeared on another reality TV show
The Pros:
  • We will provide you with an interior designer worth $5,000 and you will have input into the design
  • We will add $15,000 to your budget, as well as making the budget go further with discounts and freebies
  • The renovation is completed by a great team of licensed contractors who take care of everything and are dedicated entirely to your home
  • The entire renovation will be completed in 5 weeks! Meaning minimal disruption to your family
  • The shooting will take place in early 2016 so your dream renovation could be a reality in just a few months

Check out the show at to see what it’s all about.  If you are interested in taking part in the show, please contact Stephanie at  All submissions need to be in by November 30, 2015.

I hope to see some of my Creative Mama on a Dime readers on tv soon!

*Creative Mama on a Dime has no affiliation with The Expandables.  
CMOAD cannot be held responsible for any grievances you may have should you participate in the show.

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