We're giving away some incredibly terrific prizes on
Twitterthroughout the month of December. This is them:
Treat yourself and your fam this holiday season There'll be treats-a-plenty if you're the lucky winner of one of these two gift packs from The President's Choice Brand.
Get out of the kitchen and into the party with this crazy-delish Holiday Survival Kit loaded with yummy treats, valued at $100, including allll this good stuff:
MUST TRY! PC® The World's BestTM Jumbo Cashews
MUST TRY! PC® 100% Ground Coffee - Hawaiian
MUST TRY! PC® Dark Chocolate with Cranberry and Almonds
MUST TRY! PC® Gourmet Belgian Chocolate Collection
NEW! PC® Butter Tart Square (OMG, running out to buy these right now. BRB.)
NEW! PC® Cinnamon Buns Mix
NEW! PC® Cracker Collection
NEW! PC® Chocolate Fruit Fancies
PC® Baking Square Mix - Belgian Chocolate
A $10 PC® gift card to help stock your holiday survival kit with the MUST TRY! PC® Puff Pastry Hors D'Oeuvre Collection or the NEW! PC® Angus Sliders Mini Angus Beef Burgers
A copy of this year's President's Choice® Holiday Insider's Report® to help you entertain smarter, not harder this holiday season
For a chance to WIN one of two Holiday Survival Kits from The President's Choice Brand, just
follow @canadian_living on Twitterand tweet:
Follow @canadian_living and RT this for a chance to win a prize pack from PC: http://cdnl.vg/ep62RUStay healthy over the holidays If you're like me, getting enough veggies is the last thing on your mind during the hectic holiday stretch.
Luckily, one serving of Garden Cocktail has two full servings of veggies: it's just the thing to boost your health over the holidays. And Mott’s Garden Cocktail doesn't have that thick, tomato-y taste, so if you’ve tried vegetable cocktails before and didn’t like 'em, Mott’s Garden Cocktail might be your thing. There's also a low-sodium variety that has 78 percent less salt.
For a chance to WIN a Mott's Garden Cocktail Healthy Holiday Survival Kit, including a bunch of different kinds of Garden Cocktail, a $50 Loblaws gift certificate, fitness supplies, and what looks to be a very handsome basket, just follow @canadian_living on Twitter and tweet: Follow @canadian_living and RT this for a chance to win a Mott's prize pack: http://cdnl.vg/ep62RU
Stay safe on the roads over the holidays It's no surprise that almost 7 in 10 canucks say they find driving in snowy, icy conditions stressful and more than half of us avoid driving in bad weather altogether. You can stand up to old man winter and stay safe on the roads in all conditions with a Winter Warm Up Prize Pack, courtesy of Goodyear Canada, including:
a car trunk organizer
a handy-dandy winter car safety kit
a sweet travel mug with Timmy's gift card
Canadian toque and mitts from HBC (It's those new "red mittens", BTW, which I LOVE)
a rebate offer from Goodyear Canada to purchase new winter tires
For a chance to WIN a Winter Warm Up Prize Pack, just
follow @canadian_living on Twitter and tweet:
Follow @canadian_living and retweet this for your chance to win a Winter Warm Up Prize Pack: http://cdnl.vg/ep62RUMake the kids think you're hip this holiday season Grab-a-Scabs (icky name, cool product) are funky fabric sticker patches kids can stick on their backpack, jeans, sleeves – anything. They go on and they don't come off. The best part? There's no sewing or ironing required. And another best part? They're totally Canadian.
For a chance to WIN $25 worth of fab Grab-a-Scabs (and you get to pick which ones!), just
follow @canadian_living on Twitter and tweet:
Follow @canadian_living and retweet this for your chance to win a Grab-a-Scab Prize Pack: http://bit.ly/ftUhqRDon't forget your pets this holiday! Attention pet-lovers: We have two giant baskets (worth $300 each!) to give away, courtesy of our good friends at
Iams Home for the Holidays.
Each basket is stuffed with all this good stuff for you and your furry friend:
a holiday stocking
a pet photo frame
a paw shaped clock (so cute!)
a pet bed
a towel to wipe your pal's paws
an I.D. tag
a copy of the book, “Adopting the Right Animal For You”
disposable doggy bags
Iams dog/cat treats
a gift certificate
For a chance to WIN one of these two baskets, just
follow @canadian_living on Twitter and tweet:
Follow @canadian_living and retweet this for your chance to win a giant Iams Prize Pack: http://cdnl.vg/ep62RU Send your tweets by Sunday, December 19 for your chance to WIN. Tweet as often as you like! I'll announce the winners on Twitter on Monday, December 20. (We'll do our best to get the prizes to the winners by Christmas, but we can't make any promises.) And the fine print:
Here are the contest rules. (It's all the standard stuff, eh?) Good luck and I'll see you on Twitter (
Classic, healthy and savoury muffin recipes to bake fresh or made in advance and frozen.
Whip up a dozen moist muffins on a leisurely Sunday morning. Or better yet, set out the muffin recipe ingredients the night before and let the first person up bake a batch for everyone. Most of these muffin recipes can be made in advance and frozen.
Before you start baking your favourite muffins, take a few tips from The Canadian Living Test Kitchen about muffin recipe dos and don'ts in this article: Muffin know how.
"I've seen more changes this year than in the past three years," says Lisa Gittens, a tax expert at H&R Block.
Here are eight things families will want to be aware of when filling out their 2016 return.
1. Last chance on certain tax credits
The government is phasing out a handful of tax credits and focusing on larger benefits. The children's arts and fitness tax credits will be halved for the 2016 tax year, and cut completely next year, meaning families will no longer be able to defray costs for things like swimming lessons, ballet and tutoring. For post-secondary students, the education and textbook credits are being eliminated in 2017, although education amounts carried forward from previous years will still be claimable.
2. No more income splitting
Also gone is the Family Tax Cut, which lets the higher-earning spouse transfer up to $50,000 of income to the lower-earner. During the 2015 election, the Liberals promised to cut it, calling it a "tax break for the wealthy."
With the benefit gone, Gittens recommends a spousal RRSP, which allows the higher-earner to contribute to the lower-earning spouse's RRSP and claim the tax benefit. "You may have an RRSP set up, but you haven't thought about setting it up for your spouse. This is an ideal time to use that strategy," she says.
3. Changes to child benefits
The Canada Child Benefit was a signature feature of the 2016 budget, replacing the old Universal Child Care Benefit and the Canada Child Tax Benefit. It's non-taxable, so you don't have to claim it. However, in order to continue to receive the benefit, both parents must file a return, even if one doesn't generate any income, says Gittens.
Also keep in mind that the benefit started in July, so you still have to claim the taxable UCC for the first six months of the year.
4. New tax rates
New tax rates mean you may or may not be pleasantly surprised by the size of your tax bill this year. If you're in the meaty middle that earns between $45,000 and $90,000, your rate will come down to 20.5 percent from 22 percent.
"Most Canadians will be receiving more money at the end of the day than they were under the old system," says Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning at CIBC Wealth Strategies Group.
However, high-income earners will be paying more due to a new 33 percent bracket for people earnings more than $200,000.
5. Child care expenses
Childcare costs are usually the biggest deduction available for families, says Golombek. But what many people don't realize is that it goes beyond simply daycare. If you have a nanny, you can claim that expense, but also babysitting, if it's during the day, and summer or day camp.
6. Disability tax credit and family caregiver amount
If you have family members with a disability there are certain credits that may be available to you. The Disability Tax Credit is available to people with disabilities to reduce their taxes. For children under age 18, a parent or caregiver may be able to claim the unused amount.
If you're a caregiver to a family member with physical or mental impairments, you may also be able to claim an additional $2,121, according to the Canada Revenue Agency.
7. Selling your principal residence
Selling your home has typically not been something you've had to report on your taxes, because usually Canadians don't get taxed for capital gains on their principle residence. But starting with the 2016 tax year, individuals who sold their principal residence during the year must report the sale. The government is ostensibly doing this to crack down on people who try to pass off income-generating homes as their principal residence.
8. eFile early, get your refund early
Tax deadline is April 30, but if you want to get ahead of the game, file early, before the government is inundated with last-minute returns. You can still file the old paper return, but Gittens says you'll be looking at a turnaround time of anywhere up to eight weeks, versus 10-14 days for a return filed early and electronically.
Buying art is easier than ever thanks to online shops that offer everything from contemporary abstracts to landscapes—often in a variety of sizes. With prices that won't blow the budget, you can curate an art collection from the comfort of your couch.
1. He and I wall art
The image wraps around the sides so you can enjoy its beauty from every angle.
Artwork has the power to transform the look of any room in your home, but it can be hard to find a perfect piece that fits your space and your budget. Our favourite online destinations for affordable art will help you decorate your walls without emptying your wallet.
Our editors share the items they are coveting this February—and they're all under $100.
As much as we love shopping, what we love even more is a good deal. Which is why we asked our style editors to share the items that they'll be shopping for this month. The good news? Everything is under $100, which means you don't have to feel guilty about picking a few things up yourself.
As I think about spring, I always begin to think about what sneakers I’m going to pick up. Spring is sneaker season, at least if you ask me. This year, I’m going back to basics with a classic pair of Vans. Bonus—they’ve been spotted on bloggers, models and off-duty actors, so you know this style is making a comeback. At the very affordable $80 price point, this will be money well-spent seeing as how I'll be living in them for the season. - Alexandra Donaldson, contributing editor
Graphic pants are everything at the moment. Dress them down with sneakers, add heels for a more professional look, pair it with a form-fitting top to keep it sleek. They'll go with everything. - Noelle Gauthier, style intern
Uniqlo women smart style ankle length pants, $40, uniqlo.com.
Easy to apply eyeshadow
If I’m wearing makeup beyond my under-eye concealer and mascara, it needs to be efficient. Which is why I have my eye on this Nudestix eye crayon. The metallic hue will add a bit of pizzazz to my makeup look, without too much extra effort.
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour in Twilight, $28, sephora.com.
How come boyfriend jeans always seem amazing in theory, but never translate into the model-off-duty look when worn? These "girlfriend" jeans have a tailored fit making them far more wearable.
Animal motifs have been hot on the runway—but if you can’t afford to spring for Gucci (and really, who can?) you can pick up this panther cropped sweatshirt from Forever 21. At $25 it’s a steal—and super cute to boot.
A few years ago I never could have imagined loving the kitten heel like I do now—but these days everything is old new again. The low-heel allows me to survive in them all day, so I'm thinking they'll be sticking around for awhile.
Say what you want about the Kardashians, but they have the perfectly tousled California-girl waves I'm after. Enter this new haircare line by their trusted hairstylist, Jen Atkin. I'm eyeing this texturizing spray to recreate their manes.