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.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Does your child have the GRUMPS? (Giveaway)

We all have trouble dealing with emotions but for kids, talking and sorting out emotions can be especially difficult.  As parents, teachers and caregivers we are always looking for ways to help our children to understand and manage their emotions in a healthy way.

That is why I am so excited to share this book with you all.  The Grumps was written by Paula Hillick and it is a wonderful tool for parents to use with their kids.  Not only does it validate what they sometimes feel, it gives it a name and helps them to learn how to deal with this emotion in a healthy and supportive way.  It is a beautiful story with a heartfelt message.  

Paula has released this book as the first in a series of stories that are aimed to help children manage emotions and develop tools to deal with them.  This book can help parents, teachers and caregivers to empower children and show them that through their choices they are in control of their emotions, words, thoughts and actions. 

To purchase the book you can visit any of these 3 websites to purchase a copy of your own in e-book format or softcover.  Also take note of our great giveaway below.

Think Care Share:

Author Paula Hillick has also created a community called Think Care Share to foster an environment of positivity and help spark positive change in families, in communities and the world. It is a great resource for everyone.  I can't wait for the next books in her series.


I am VERY excited to be able to offer this book for free to 3 or my readers.  Enter the contest below for your chance to own your very own copy.

Good luck everyone!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Foodie? Pet Parent? Your dream has been answered

The trend these days is food trucks.  God knows my kids and I had some delicious meals over the summer from walking up to a food truck in Toronto.  How does lamb, purple carrots and coconut oil sound? No, it’s not dinner tonight for you but it could be for your pet all thanks to TruFood and their pet food truck.

After traveling across the U.S. the Wellness TruFood Wagon, a farmer’s market food truck for the most epicurean of pets, has made its way to the GTA.
Pet parents agree, our animals are like our babies and we want the best nutrition for them we can find.  Dogs and cats can both get in on this delicious new natural pet food made with whole foods such as whole prey protein, raw produce and antioxidant-loaded superfoods. Wellness TruFood is made with colorful ingredients you can see like chicken, beets, coconut oil, kale, pumpkin and live active yogurt cultures. TruFood recipes provide pets with the vibrant, natural nutrition they need to stay happy and healthy.  

Pet Parents - check it out:

  • Thursday, 9/10: PetSmart, 2311 Appleby Line, Unit 2, Burlington, 2:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Friday,  9/11 : Ren's Pet Depot, 980 Taunton Rd E., Whitby,  3:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Saturday, 9/12: Taste of the Kingsway Festival, The Kingsway, Toronto, 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Sunday, 9/13: Taste of the Kingsway Festival, The Kingsway, Toronto 11:00am - 9:00pm

Stop by and receive samples of the new gourmet Wellness TruFood, enter for a chance to win a year’s supply of pet food, win prizes from a spin-to-win-wheel, cool-off with a doggy drink station, and more.  Your pet will leave satisfied and you'll probably leave a little jealous!

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