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    Turning Back the Hands of Time to Spend More with the Ones You Love

    It’s such a busy time of year. Christmas parties, office parties, Christmas concerts, holiday shopping, Christmas baking, Christmas decorating, wrapping presents, traveling to see loved ones….and the list goes on and on and on.

    As a parent, the holidays are so different than when we were little. When we were younger the only thing we had to worry about was waking up Christmas morning and hoping that gift we had dreamt about for months on end was wrapped up perfectly under the tree just waiting for us to rip it open and play with it! But as we grew into adults and then parents, Christmas morning started to look a little different. We are the ones making sure the halls are decked, the trees are trimmed and the turkey is stuffed. It’s still exciting but in a completely different way. And let’s be honest, it can be exhausting because everything falls on YOU to get it done and we often find ourselves out of time and wishing we had more of it. 

    For me this year, I feel like I’m constantly chasing time. I need more time to shop, to bake, to work, to wrap, to clean, to do just about everything. 

    Are you feeling that holiday stress too? Looking at your calendar for the next couple of weeks and wondering where you will find TIME?! Wondering how you will get it all done?

    While it’s literally impossible to add more hours to our days, I’m here to tell you today that it IS possible to take back some time so you can spend it more with those you love most…doing the things you love the most. 

    I want to introduce you to Masterpass – a digital wallet that makes your online shopping safer, more convenient and ultimately faster…giving you back some TIME! Let me tell you how it works.

    Most of us have become online shopping savvy these days with so many merchants offering an amazing selection of goods at incredible prices (and many with next day delivery service too!) Did you know that 38% of Canadians prefer shopping online over shopping in a store and 76% of those Canadians believe that they can find a better deal online.*

    But part of the problem is always having to remember your credit card information when it comes to checking out. Even if you have an amazing memory, having to take the extra few minutes to enter and re-enter your payment information every time you shop can really start to add up…taking that precious time away from doing other things.

    With Masterpass, you are able to sign up (for free) and load in all your major credits cards (not exclusive to Mastercard), debit card and prepaid cards in one place. So when you are shopping and go to check out, all you have to do is select Masterpass as your digital wallet from participating merchants online or in app, enter your password and you are done! No more time spent entering your card and address info. It’s already all done for you! 

    While we never “turn back the hands of time” it IS possible this holiday season to reclaim some small moments so that you can in turn spend those moments doing the things you love most…like family movie night! With Masterpass we were able to order from Pizza Pizza in minutes, allowing us to have more time to snuggle in for a family movie night at home!

    What’s even more exciting is that Mastercard wants to help you save even more by offering a $250 pre-paid Mastercard so you can create some holiday magic with your friends and family this year! Find all the details below on how to enter! Contest is open to Canadians only and will close January 3rd, 2018. Winner will be notified by email. GOOD LUCK!

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    So don’t stress about the lack of time for things this holiday season. Instead be armed with tools, like Masterpass that will save your time for you!

    Happy Shopping!

    Love & Blessings,





    Note: This post was sponsored by Mastercard Canada where I have received products and/or compensation in return for my honest opinion. 

    * Stats provided by Mastercard Canada


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  • Reply Angela September Smith December 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

    oh my gosh how exciting!!
    I’d love to use this towards a weekend getaway with my 3 boys
    A little staycation with room service, movies and maybe a waterpark in Niagara Falls! :O

  • Reply Tricia December 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    What a generous giveaway. I’d use the pre paid card to order in dinner especially on winter nights when my motivation to cook reaches an all time low, lol.

  • Reply Melissa Marie December 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I would do a family dinner night at home in the family room. Followed by story time around the fire.

  • Reply Amanda M December 22, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    We like to explore new places on weekends, we’d use for a Safari park, or butterfly conservatory. Something to enjoy together.

  • Reply Stephanie December 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I would do a movie night with the family!

  • Reply Deepti Madan December 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    My daughter loves pizza ? and cooking it at home is a lil time consuming so I’d probably order online and spend that time playing with my daughter. Also going to the mall can be super tiring with a toddler ?so if I win I’d shop online and enjoy quality time with my family!! Thank you for such an amazing giveaway… so kind and generous of you. Keeping my fingers crossed!!??

  • Reply linda December 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Would host a game night with lots of munchies.

  • Reply Natalie December 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    What a great giveaway!! I’d take my kids out for a date.

  • Reply Jenny Major December 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I would do a family dinner movie night!

  • Reply Vivian Dionne December 22, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I would save this to use towards a family staycation.

  • Reply Sarah Robertson December 22, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    It’s always a nice treat to someone else cook for you, even if you have to pay them to do it

  • Reply Sarah Robertson December 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    It’s always a nice treat to have someone else cook for you, even if you have to pay them to do it

  • Reply Amy Heffernan December 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I would buy groceries. Thanks!

  • Reply Sage December 22, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Id get a ticket for my daughter to come up from Toronto to see me and wed have a nice dinner out

  • Reply Carey Hurst December 22, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Our house is lacking in quite a few actual essentials so I would use it to buy those for sure . Thank you

  • Reply tanyab79 December 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Wow, nice. I would plan activities like bowling and going to the movies.

  • Reply Tracy D December 22, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    One of our favourite things is going to the Science Centre, I’d love to buy an annual family membership!

  • Reply Tara Betterley December 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I would use the Mastercard to purchase Mud Flaps for my hubby’s new truck – this will stop the snow building up on the step runners.

  • Reply Jenness M December 22, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    We’d probably do a skyzone vist then dinner at a fave restaurant!

  • Reply Florence Cochrane December 22, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I would get new winter boots and take hubby to a movie.

  • Reply Gillian Morgan December 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I would plan a day out at the jumping park.

  • Reply michelle December 22, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    i would buy us some delivery meals or the week so we wouldn’t have to worry for a while so we could spend more time together

  • Reply Erica Seaman December 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I would put it away to use during March Break to stay a night in a fun Hotel.

  • Reply Jackie M December 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I would put this towards getting a new car seat for my son.

    • Reply Jackie M December 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      So we can go out safely together 😉 otherwise a nice dinner out!

  • Reply Lacey Willson December 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I would spoil my very hard working hubby and our daughter

  • Reply Judy Cowan December 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I think we would plan a family dinner out and then maybe go to a movie, something we don’t do that often.

  • Reply Marla December 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I would use the extra money for a nice dinner out and movie night 🙂

  • Reply Alison Braidwood December 22, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I’d use it to pay for a weekend at a cabin in the woods this winter. A real fireplace with toasty toes and cocoa.

  • Reply Suzanne G December 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I would use the money to take my family out for dinner and then to a movie.

  • Reply lori butler December 23, 2017 at 6:44 am

    i would use to visit another city here and be a tourist

  • Reply Susanne December 23, 2017 at 7:56 am

    With teenaged boys family time is rare! If a winner this would help towards a trip!

  • Reply Jonnie December 23, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I would use this towards a fun family staycation in Edmonton being tourists in our own city for a weekend.

  • Reply Provi Fortini December 23, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Truthfully, I would use this to purchase new clothes for my nieces who’s apartment burned down in a fire this week. Family means everything to me and this would help brighten up their day during this challenging time.

  • Reply Brenda Penton December 23, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I would use it towards a game night for the family. There are a few board games my sons want us to buy and play with them. I’d also have a pizza night along with it.

  • Reply Lee-Ann J December 23, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I would order in chinese food and have a games night

  • Reply Kristine Rowley December 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Amazing giveaway! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Love your posts!

  • Reply Christina Im December 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I would hire a house cleaner to take care of my house needs.

  • Reply Londia December 23, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I would order a nice meal for our family that we would all enjoy.

  • Reply Darlene Schuller December 23, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I would put it towards a weekend away at Great Wolf or something.

  • Reply Jennifer Kitt December 23, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I would take my family on a road trip to visit famiky we’ve never visited before!

  • Reply MaryG December 23, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This is so great! I’d use this to make a epic movie night in for the family, with all the treats you can get at the theatre. I think the kids would love it!

  • Reply Mar December 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

    We’re planning a family trip to Ottawa to take the little one skating on the Rideau. This $ would definitely help!

  • Reply Marilyn Moore December 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

    How interesting… didn’t know Masterpass actually worked. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity… for Canadians only too!!! ?

  • Reply @loucheryl December 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I’d love to bring my boys to SkyZone with this. Our family loves to bounce! LOL! Then go out for pizza and treats afterwards.

  • Reply Jubelda December 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Would love to take my girls to the raptors game and this amount would be helpful to pay for the tickets.

  • Reply kristen visser December 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I would take my girls to Funworx in Kitchener so my daughters could enjoy the indoor playground and afterwards we could enjoy some bowling and pizza

  • Reply Diane To December 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I would take my family out for a nice dinner to have some quality time together

  • Reply Tina L. December 23, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    We would order in dinner and have a games nigt.

  • Reply Rebecca December 23, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I would love to use for a one day road trip before baby #2 comes.

  • Reply Robyn Bellefleur December 23, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I would use it to take the kids for dinner, then a movie and then to Skyzone for us to burn off the dinner we had.

  • Reply Jennifer Wilson December 23, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    First we would go to a movie at the cinema, then we would go to The Rec Room for some supper and fun!

  • Reply JULIE bolduc December 23, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I would put it towards going to the musium and dinner with the kids

  • Reply Lynda Cook December 23, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    This would be great to use for date night with hubby and then whatever is leftover spend it on the grandchildren!!

  • Reply Maritess S December 23, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I would take the family for a day trip to the Rockies.

  • Reply Elizabeth R December 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I’d enjoy a dinner and movie night out with the family.

  • Reply Juliee Fitze December 24, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I would put it towards airfare to see my son this summer.

  • Reply Gina Fleury December 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I would use the money to take my kids and foster son to go see the new Star Wars movie and then go out for supper wherever they want. It is getting harder to all get together as they get older and have partime jobs, activities,school and friend commitments.

  • Reply Michelle W December 24, 2017 at 10:49 am

    We would have a little road trip and visit family along the way!

  • Reply sharonne katz December 24, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I would put this towards a vacation for the kids

  • Reply Sara Lima December 24, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I would probably use Masterpass to buy some items from Costco online. (I.Love.Costco.) Then, I’d pick up some movoe tickets online (I think I coyld grab food vouchers, too!) and get to the fun stuff, fast!

  • Reply Doreen Lamoureux December 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I would take a one night holiday. A nice getaway.

  • Reply Cathy Oppedisano December 24, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I like spending time with family by going to a restaurant when we’re celebrating or having meals already prepared for me so I can also just relax and enjoy a meal at home. I’d spend the Mastercard in this way.

  • Reply Heather Sibley December 24, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I would use it to get some fun board games for the cabin.

  • Reply Andrea Patel December 25, 2017 at 2:03 am

    just enough to do a trip to gwl with the kiddies

  • Reply Shanley December 25, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Definitely hiring a house cleaner!

  • Reply Shane smith December 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    i would love to have a staycation in Toronto and take the kids swimming

  • Reply Nancy lafrance December 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Would use it to buy some winter gear my kids desperately need.

  • Reply Tava December 25, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    go to the restaurant at the local ski hill instead of packing our own snacks!

  • Reply jessica s December 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I’d buy seasons passes to the zoo, or tickets to skyzone for trampoline fun, a day out at the arcade etc. Experiences can be expensive but the memories are so worth it! 🙂

  • Reply jessica s December 26, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I’d buy seasons passes to the zoo, or tickets to skyzone for trampoline fun, a day out at the arcade etc. Experiences can be expensive but the memories are so worth it! ? Please delete other comment I made a mistake with my email address. Thanks!

  • Reply Christine w December 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I would use this for a family meal so the family can eat together!

  • Reply Jolie December 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I would book a room in a hotel and spend the weekend enjoying my family 🙂

  • Reply Dana December 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    We live out in the country, way out in the country lol, the kids would love us to build them a rink 😉

  • Reply Shepherd Winfield December 26, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I’d treat my husband, whom helps others constantly to a wonderful night out!

  • Reply Josie Tusa December 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I would put it towards a fun weekend getaway.

  • Reply Jeannie Lam December 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I think we would do some chinese take out and buy tons of board games!! It would be awesome to have some good family time playing games together!

  • Reply sunshine G December 28, 2017 at 12:15 am

    We’d use this towards yearly passes to the Aquarium!

  • Reply Karla Sceviour December 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I would go on a little road trip to St Johns and spend some quality time with family and have a bit of relaxation.

  • Reply nathalie December 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    What a great giveaway! We’d use the money to go towards our next family weekend trip! We just came back from one in Niagara Falls and it was awesome!

  • Reply Lester C December 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Go on a family trip to Mexico

  • Reply Diane T December 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I would take a family vacation to Disneyland!

  • Reply Christine R December 28, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I think we would put it towards a Toronto Zoo pass!

  • Reply Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard December 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I would use it towards a hotel room (with a pool)and a night out with the kids

  • Reply Denise M December 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    To help spend more time with my family, I would buy zoo passes for our entire family so that we can do check out animals any time we want!

  • Reply Carole Dube December 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I would do a movie night with my family on New year Eve! Thank you!

  • Reply Andy d December 29, 2017 at 1:24 am

    I would use it for a night in Whistler with my hubby and daughter. We could go skiing and have a fun dinner out!

  • Reply Dianne G. December 29, 2017 at 1:40 am

    We love to cook together so I would probably get some ingredients that normally would not be in our budget and then I would buy a few months of Netflix so we could watch movies together whenever we wanted.

  • Reply Vicki Hill December 29, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I think dinner and a movie would be awesome!

  • Reply Tannis W December 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I would book a weekend at a hotel or plan a trip to a museum or zoo.

  • Reply nicoleroannef December 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I would spend it on a fun day of activities and dinner.

  • Reply Ann-Marie Vaughan December 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I would take my mom out for lunch or dinner.

  • Reply nicolthepickle December 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I would spend it on a night (or more) at a hotel for a fun mini-vacation with my kids.

  • Reply Krista M December 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    It would be such a dream to take my children to Banff to explore the town and ride the gondola all together this winter season!

  • Reply LILLIAN BROWN December 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I would use it to take the grand children to the movies, very costly to pay for 2 adults and 3 kids to enjoy a movie and then have a lunch

  • Reply joy December 29, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    we would go out to dinner as a family to start — we haven’t gone out for a meal together in such a long time – it is just too expensive!!

  • Reply Joey B December 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Not even joking, I would probably order Pizza Pizza for the fam!

  • Reply Monique L.S. December 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I would like to buy an annual pass to the Science Centre to hang out and learn with my girls.

  • Reply Maria Medeiros December 30, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I would order food for a week!!! Anything to get out of the kitchen. lol amazing giveaway!

  • Reply Renée Marcil Binette December 30, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I would get a Chinese meal for all of us.

  • Reply Casey Miller December 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I’d use this to stock our fridge with fun appetizers and go pick up some new games, video games, and movies to enjoy together.

  • Reply Catherine Robichaud December 30, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I would use it for the whole family to go out for a nice dinner.

  • Reply Debbie F December 31, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I would have a pizza and game night with lots of snacks.

  • Reply Amanda December 31, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I’d use it for nights out with my daughter

  • Reply Alana K December 31, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I’d use the money to buy board games and activities to do with our children. I think unplugging and going back to the basics is what’s needed to spend some quality time as a family. This would be a fabulous kickstart to the upcoming year

  • Reply Michelle I December 31, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I’d take my daughter to her 1st country music concert ??????????

  • Reply Linda January 1, 2018 at 8:35 am

    I would use this to get some food. With less prep time for meals, I could spend more time with my family.

  • Reply Zahra P January 1, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I would use some of it to get an instant pot so I can make meals in a shorter amount of time without compromising on nutrition. I would use the rest towards some movie night out passes so we can all spend time together doing what we love.

  • Reply peter January 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    movie nights

  • Reply Doris Humber January 1, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I would use it to take my family out for dinner and a night at the movies.

  • Reply ivy pluchinsky January 1, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    We would do a dinner and a movie

  • Reply Jess January 1, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I would love to take my family out for a nice dinner and then to an awesome movie!

  • Reply Andria Colwell January 1, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I would love to upgrade my computer with a $250 Mastercard

  • Reply Nicole Jubleew January 1, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I would put the money towards a family staycation so we can check out our city together.

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