Toronto Sales and Deals

10% Off TurboTax 2013

All you organized people out there know it's time to start getting your receipts in order for tax time! I've used the online editions of TurboTax Home & Business for the last couple of years and I'm happy with the software. It's easy to use and I feel like I don't miss any credits that apply to me. Whether you were planning to buy the online or CD versions, click here to save 10% on the 2013 edition of TurboTax. I recommend going with the online versions, they are cheaper, there is nothing to install and you can get started right away. Rosie :)

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50% Off Select Tide Laundry Detergent

Tide is on sale until December 22nd at Well.ca. Stock up because shipping is free if you spend $25. Limit two per customer. Happy holidays! Rosie :)

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Starbucks One-Day Deal

Until midnight on Monday December 2nd, you can save $25 on orders over $60 at the Starbucks online store. Also, shipping is free. If you have coffee lovers on your Christmas list this could be very helpful! Rosie :)

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Shop the Neighbourhood

Saturday November 30th is Shop the Neighbourhood, a one-day event that is meant to get us out in our communities supporting small businesses. Many shops have special deals running, and if you follow @ShopTheHood_ca on Twitter there are contests and fun promotions like this one:

Even the CN Tower is getting in on the action- it's turning yellow in support of the event, which is sponsored by Yellow Pages:

Visit the Shop the Neighbourhood website to find out about the exclusive deals in your area. Rosie :)

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Sunny Mummy Spa on Queen West

Sunny Mummy Spa is not only a lovely Queen West spa that uses yummy-smelling Aveda products, but it is a spa that will watch your child while you get a rosemary-mint body scrub. This mommy-and-baby-friendly space is really advanced. You can hold your baby while getting your services, or hand him/her over to the lovely people in the supervised children's room while you are pampered. Right now for $69, you can get one of their Aveda facials with a head massage and foot treatment. You can choose from a few different types of facials including the plant peel, radiance facial, discolouration facial, acne relief facial or skin renewing facial. Rosie :)

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$69 for an Aveda Facial with Head Massage and Foot Treatment at Sunny Mummy Spa ($170 Value)

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American Apparel Deal

Right now there is a Groupon running where you can get $20 for $40 or $40 for $60 worth of in-store or online purchases at American Apparel. I am a big fan of their leggings, especially this time of year. This deal has a limit of one voucher per person (you can buy one more as a gift) and can be used at all Canadian locations when shopping in-store. Rosie :)

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Clothing and Accessories In-Store or Online from American Apparel (Half Off). Four Options Available. Canada Only

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Well.ca Diaper Sale

DEALENDEDThere is a huge sale on Pampers until November 10th at Well.ca. Economy Packs are $33.99 (save $12) Easy Ups Super Packs are $22.99 (save $12) and Pampers 5x Wipes are $9.99 (save $5). The Easy-Ups sell out fast so check it out soon! Rosie :)

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Toy Sale at Sears Until October 5th

I really like Sears for kid's stuff. The quality is great and I love getting everything shipped to my door. I have got an early start on my Christmas shopping with the toy sale that is going on until October 5th.

Shipping is free over $99 and there is an amazing selection to choose from. Check it out! Rosie
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Loom Band Deal & 10% Off at Parents Canada

DEALENDEDLoom Bands, the stretchy rubber links you weave together to make colourful bracelets, are one of this year's super hot toy trends. Right now Parents Canada has an offer where you can get 600 Loom Bands for only $9, including taxes and shipping. Each pack comes with 600 rubber bands in assorted colours and 24 S clips. And until Friday, you can save an additional 10% off any purchase at Parents Canada if you use the code SWEET at checkout. Rosie :)

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$2 Vitamin Deal from Well.ca

DEALENDEDWell.ca is celebrating non-GMO month with a great offer on New Chapter vitamins. A bottle of the Women's One-A-Day Vitamins are only $2 (regular price is $18.99.) Just use the coupon "2NONGMO" when you checkout. The offer expires Sunday and is limited to the first 300 customers using the coupon - one per customer. These daily vitamins for women are non-GMO, certified organic and naturally gluten free. Rosie :)

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10% Off Promo Code for Buytopia: TORONTOSCOOP10

DEALENDEDSpecial deal for My Toronto Scoop readers. From today until August 13th, you can save an extra 10% off at Buytopia by entering the promo code TORONTOSCOOP10 when you checkout. There are some great offers right now including tickets to see Maroon 5 on August 29th, a shellac mani-pedi for only $29 and Blue Jay tickets for $15. Rosie :)

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Stay at the Old Mill Inn for $179

DEALENDEDI am a little biased about the Old Mill Inn, because I got married there and I think it is just beautiful. A Toronto landmark, the Old Mill dates back to 1793 when English settlers built a mill on the banks of the Humber River to process lumber for all the new homes. It's motto is: Vallis Humbria Angliae Pars Anglisa Procu which means "In the valley of the Humber, a bit of England far from England." I love how the Old Mill feels like a luxurious and historic oasis in the middle of the city. It's a perfect place for a quick romantic getaway, and right now there is a deal where you can get a one-night stay for two in a luxury king room with chocolates and a bubble bath for $179. In the winter they often have deals which include snowshowing, but in the summer you can hike the grounds or try out the lovely spa. Rosie :)

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Discount Tickets for Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Plus 10% Off

deal endedBuytopia is selling cheap tickets to the Blue Jays vs. Red Sox series on August 13th, 14th and 15th. It's $15 for a Level 500 seat, $49 for a Level 100 outfield seat, or $74 for a Level 100 infield ticket. And if you use the promo code TORONTOSCOOP10 when you check out, you get an extra 10% off until August 13th. Rosie :)

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Well.ca Overstock Sale & Free Soap Dispenser

Well.ca is having a huge summer sale on tons of their products until August 4th. There are discounts on brands like Medela, Nature's Harmony, Green Beaver and more. And the first 200 customers to purchase the Refreshing Aloe Vera & Vitamin E Lysol Healthy Touch No-Touch Antibacterial Hand Soap Refill and use the coupon LYSOLHANDS will receive a free Lysol No Touch Hand Soap Dispenser with their order. Rosie :)

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Starbucks Deal

Deal Sold OutThere is a Starbucks Groupon running right now that is just for Canada. $5 for a $10 Starbucks Card eGift (just print and use like any gift card.) Good deal! Rosie :)

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Six as Nine Designer Sample Sale

It was a long winter in Toronto. Seeing as we skipped spring and went straight to summer, closet overhauls are in order, fast. Perfect timing for a Toronto designer sample sale. Six as Nine is holding one for three days next week with some pretty sweet brands. We are talking Dr. Denim (perfect as my raw denim obsession continues) Belstaff (British design house that makes those waterproof jackets celebs go crazy for) outdoor garment clothier Museum and a selection of apparel from Denham. Great chance to pick up some high-end pieces for up to 70% off. So here's what you need to know. The Six as Nine designer sample sale takes place May 15th - 17th from 10am to 7pm at 72 Wingold Avenue, Suite 104 (Yorkdale mall area.) Bring cash; you can only use your Visa or Mastercard on purchases over $300. See you there! Rosie :)

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Well.ca Moving Sale

Well.ca is moving and clearing out a bunch of stuff in the process! Check out their moving sale, a huge selection of products are marked down and shipping is always free with orders over $25. Rosie :)

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Great Spring Deal for Great Wolf Lodge

DEALENDEDWe went to the Niagara Falls waterpark Great Wolf Lodge recently for the first time. It was really quite fun and also quite pricey if you don't have some sort of discount, so if you are planning a visit check out this deal: get a one or two night stay with water park passes (for up to eight people) from $229. That is the cheapest deal; there are six other options that are more expensive (some include dining credits and mini-golf passes.) You have to book by May 30th or June 13, 2013 depending on which option you choose. Travel dates are April 13th to May 30th and June 2 to 13th, 2013. Rosie :)

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One- or Two-Night Stay with Water-Park Passes at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, ON

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Spring Sample Sale: March 21-23

I've told you about this sample sale before- it's a real Toronto sample sale, and it's back for spring. Go early, ask for Jodi and be ready to try stuff on anywhere. Rosie :)

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RENT at the LOT

DEALENDEDI saw Rent in 1998, the first time it came to Toronto. I dragged my mom to a matinee because no one else would go with me. I wasn't distracted by the old people getting up to leave, clearly not expecting to see a rock musical about AIDS on their Saturday afternoon outing to the theatre. I sat there completely blown away, destined to hum Seasons of Love for the next six months. A recent reorganization of our CDs revealed two copies of the Rent double disc soundtrack that both my husband and I brought to our merged collection a decade ago. If you haven't experienced the more-than-one-song glory that is Rent, there is a deal right now for the performances at the Lower Ossington Thursday-Sunday from March 28 through April 21: two tickets to any performance for only $49. Rosie :)

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White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake

DEALENDEDIf you have still never been to Niagara-on-the-Lake there is a great offer right now for a stay at the White Oaks Resort, which is awesome- there is a 110,000-square-foot athletic centre with an indoor pool on-site. For only $189 you get a one-night stay for two people that includes all this:

  • $50 dinner credit at Liv Restaurant or Play Urban Café
  • $25 breakfast credit at Liv Restaurant
  • $10 Starbucks credit
  • $50 spa credit
  • Wine tasting for two at Peller Estates
Ready-made getaway, you don't have to plan a thing. Rosie :)

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Mattressonline.ca Grand Opening Sale

Are you planning to buy a new mattress? If the answer is yes, you are in luck. This weekend is the official grand opening of the Mattressonline.ca showroom. There are some amazing specials including a 14" thick queen SERTA euro-top mattress for only $599, with a $50 Vaughan Mills gift card thrown in. The sale runs from Friday March 1st to Sunday March 3rd at 80 Hanlan Road in Woodbridge. Lots of free prizes to be won and awesome discounts on furniture as well as mattresses. Rosie :)

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Family Week At The Sony Centre: Two for One Tickets

There are some really fun and creative family-friendly shows coming up at the Sony Centre, and to celebrate Family Day there is a great deal to get you and your gang to the theatre. From February 16-24, adults who purchase a full-price ticket receive another ticket for free. You can choose from five live shows: Scooby-Doo LIVE! Musical Mysteries, Rock of Ages, Compania María Pagés- Autorretrato (María Pagés is an internationally renowned Flamenco artist) Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, and the Eifman St. Petersburg Ballet Presents Rodin (this Russian ballet company is making their Toronto debut; this show is inspired by the art of French sculptor Rodin.) To buy tickets visit the Sony Centre website and use the discount code FAMILY. Rosie :)

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Macarons at Ruelo Patisserie

Deal EndedThis is going to be short but very sweet- macaron sale! Right now you can get a dozen macarons for $19 at Ruelo Patisserie. Flavours are pre-selected and may include Fleur de Sel Caramel, raspberry, peppermint, vanilla, espresso, Earl Grey, chocolate, blackcurrant, banana and passion fruit. Gorgeous hostess gift, or to eat yourself while you watch Girls for the seventh time. Rosie :)

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Cupcakes Deal at Bake Sale in West Toronto

Deal EndedThere are a lot of good cupcakes in this city, and some of the best can be found at Bake Sale. I picked up some for my little man's birthday party and people are still asking me: where did you get those cupcakes? There are two locations of this amazing bakery, both in Etobicoke. Both of them are offering a great deal right now where you can get one dozen of their freshly baked made-from-scratch all natural cupcakes for only $15. You can choose from any of the flavours- vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, carrot, lemon, peanut butter, and chocolate mint- but I can tell you that the peanut butter is a must-try. After that, chocolate mint, then lemon... but that's just me. Rosie :)

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Toronto Tea Festival

DEALENDEDThe Toronto Tea Festival takes place at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, February 2nd. This is a perfect event for all the tea lovers in the city to learn more about their favourite hot drink. You can sample hundreds of teas, listen to talks by experts in the industry and shop for the best tea and tea-related products. There is also a raffle and silent auction. Right now you can get two tickets to the Tea Festival for only $15, which is a really reasonable price for such an interesting event. Takes place in the library's Appel Salon on the second floor from 10am to 5pm. Rosie :)

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Starbucks Promo Code for 25% Off Coffee Beans

Deal EndedI recently learned that Starbucks has an online Canadian store from which you can order their whole bean coffees. I can't walk by a Starbucks without buying something, and apparently now I'm not safe at home either. If you are looking to restock your coffee supply, right now you can save 25% on whole bean coffees with code COFFEE25 online at StarbucksStore.ca. This offer does not include Starbucks Reserve® and Casi Cielo coffees, is good while supplies last, and ends February 3, 2013.

I was just checking out their website, and shipping is free for orders over $75. Oh, and the Christmas blend is on sale. Rosie :)

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Rescue Vintage Winter Sale

There is a huge sale at Rescue, one of my fave vintage stores in the city. Starting today, fall/winter pieces are marked down up to 70% off, and all clothing in the shop is at least 20% off.

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Rescue Vintage is located at 102 Ossington Avenue. It's within walking distance of some great restaurants such as Fishbar, The Saint and Hawker Bar. Rosie :)

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James Bond Exhibition at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

DEALENDED A lot of fascinating props and wardrobe go into making those James Bond movies look as slick as they do, and now you can see exactly how it has been done for the past 50 years. RIght now, for $17 you can get two tickets to the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. This exhibit takes place from January 15 to January 17 at the Lightbox, which is the permanent home to the Toronto International Film Festival. It's located in downtown Toronto at King and John, and it's very cool. Rosie :)

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Mildred's Temple Kitchen Winter Meal Deal

DEALENDEDThis Liberty Village restaurant got a lot of attention in 2010 when it suggested on its website that customers have Valentine's Day sex in the unisex washroooms. Mildred's is a gorgeous space as you can see below by the beautiful photo by Tara McMullen, and the four private bathrooms are nicer than a lot of hotel rooms. Probably nicer than most people's bedrooms. Everyone went crazy, the Drudge Report mentioned it, and then media all over the world was talking about this naughty Toronto eatery that doubles as a bawdy-house. Perez Hilton blogged about it and it was all over Twitter. Poor Mildred's! They were just having a bit of fun. You really should go to Mildred's for the food, and there is a deal right now for a four-course family-style winter meal for two for only $49 that includes soup, appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Of course what you do after your seated is your business. Rosie :)

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Method Man at Sound Academy

DEALENDEDThe Legends hip-hop series have been hosting some pretty impressive acts at Sound Academy (Public Enemy, Talib Kweli) and now for only $25, you can see Method Man on Thursday January 10 at 8pm. The ticket is a G-Pass so you can head right into the venue; you don't have to redeem the Groupon voucher at will call. Toronto rapper Raz Fresco opens the show. Rosie :)

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Winter Bunny Hats: Save An Extra $3 With Promo Code 2013

Deal EndedNow this is a Canadian winter! There are proper snow banks outside for climbing and making snowballs, and putting snowpants and winter boots to the test. Last year I barely got out the hats and gloves, this year, they are all over the place. If you need a new super-cute hat for your little one, Parents Canada has really adorable winter bunny ones for only $15, and that includes shipping and taxes. There is also an end-of-year promo running right now: use promo code "2013" when you check out and save an extra $3 off any purchase. Rosie :)

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The High Tea Soiree in Yorkville

Deal EndedIf you are a frugal mommy who always sifts through the clearance racks at Sears and Winners before paying full-price, then you've earned a splurge and this is just the event to splurge at. The High Tea Soiree at the Intercontinental Yorkville Toronto Hotel is a luxurious event featuring a stunning selection of beautiful baby and toddler products and services. Admission includes a glass of wine which you can enjoy while you shop, as well as high tea (scones, little sandwiches, the works) entrance to the Mama Beauty Bar and tons of other treats. Right now Parents Canada is offering 40% off tickets to the High Tea Soiree, which takes place on May 26, 2013 between 11am and 5pm. Something posh to look forward to. Rosie :)

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Harlem Globetrotters Games in February

Deal EndedIf you have never seen the Harlem Globetrotters do their thing, then this is a delightful deal. For $39, you can see them play at the Rogers Centre on February 9th at 7p.m. or February 10th at 2pm. There is a limit of eight tickets per person so you could organize a big group for a fun outing. Rosie :)

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Parents Canada Sweet Deals: Puppet & Magic Shows

Deal EndedParents Canada is a Canadian site that offers lots of family-friendly deals.They have offers running right now for shows at the LOT and the Puppermongers Theatre. What a great gift idea for kids; instead of more crappy toys, take them to a magic show or puppet performance and start teaching them how to behave at the theatre. For the next two weeks, you can get an additional $5 off any purchase at Parents Canada, just use the promo code Dec2012 when you checkout. Rosie :)

$19 For A Ticket to See The Amazing Mark Lewis Magic Show at the Lower Ossington Theatre

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$16 For A Ticket to See Cinderella in Muddy York at the Puppetmongers Theatre

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Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel

Deal EndedWhen I was expecting my son, some very dear friends did something that everyone should do for an enormously pregnant woman. They took me to tea at the Windsor Arms, a beautifully restored historic hotel very close to Yorkville. The tea room there is so pretty, and if you like girly fancy china like I do then you really have to experience afternoon tea at a place like this that does it right. Not only did a server ensure a steady supply of delicious treats, but there was literally pots of real cream on the table. Fantastic.There is a deal right now where for only $50, two people can enjoy afternoon (or twilight) tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel Tea Room from Monday to Thursday. The menu includes lovely little sandwiches, beautiful sweets and a choice of more than 30 different teas (I love the Earl Grey with Roses). Rosie :)

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Ice Cream Cake from Marble Slab Creamery

Deal EndedThis is such a great deal for the next time you need a cake for a happy occasion, and you want it to be made of ice cream. $18 gets you a large ice-cream cake from Marble Slab Creamery. Their signature Snickerdoodle cake is meant to be incredible, and they have lots of other fun flavours such as Chocolate Swiss with Skor, Turtle Cake and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. I don't get too excited about eating ice cream in a bowl, but I love ice cream cake. I usually get them from Baskin Robbins, but I want to try a Marble Slab S'More cake for my next party. There are several locations this offer is valid at including the one at Yonge & Dundas. Rosie :)

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Discount Toronto Raptors Tickets

Deal EndedWith a certain beloved sport missing from our lives I've noticed that there has been a lot of talking about- and watching of- basketball. I am so not into watching basketball on TV but going to see the Toronto Raptors at the ACC is a totally different experience. It is so much fun. There are great offers right now from Teambuy for games in November against the Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns. You can get tickets for as low as $15 in the Upper Bowl Balcony, which makes the crazy prices at the concession stands a little easier to swallow. Rosie :)

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Gambling in Toronto: Just Go To Niagara

DEALENDED My dear friend Marc and I were recently discussing the controversial casino proposal for downtown Toronto. Despite being a Toronto ex-pat living in London (the Europe one) he still gets as passionate as I do about all things Tdot. This has been a seriously hot topic since the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation chose the GTA as one of five sites upon which it would like to bestow a shiny new gaming facility, and Oxford Properties unveiled their $3 billion overhaul of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Without the casino element, the proposal is a total no-go. Personally, I'm so not down with a casino downtown. Marc thinks it is quite provincial of me to be so against it. Now, he prefers doing his poker-playing online from the comfort of his MacBook Pro (he's partial to partycasino.com) so the idea of a traffic-clogging "destination resort" at the current site of the Convention Centre on Front Street does not bother him in the least. While the amenities that go along with the proposed development excite me (sprawling urban park, yes! more restaurants and hotels, sure!) I still think gambling is best done at casinos that are a healthy drive from the city centre. What's the point of Niagara Falls if not to hit the casinos? Doesn't the word destination imply driving somewhere far? If all this talk about casinos has got you thinking you want to hit the slots, take a look at this deal: $55 gets you a one-night stay at the Ramada Plaza in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This offer includes dining, casino and gaming credits. And that's where you should go to gamble people. That's what Niagara Falls is for- you look at one of the world's greatest natural wonders, get soaked on the Maid of the Mist, laugh at Elvis impersonators on Fallsview Boulevard, and lose money at the casinos. Rosie :)

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Famoso Neapolitan Pizza Deal

DEALENDEDReal Neapolitan pizza is serious business. It's so serious that there is an association- the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN)- that sets the standard for what can be called an authentic Neapolitan pizza. The AVPN's strict guidelines require you use San Marzano tomatoes, highly refined Italian flour and fresh mozzarella made with either buffalo or cow milk. The dough of a real Neopolitan pizza must be hand-rolled. It cannot exceed a specific diameter and must be baked in a wood-fired oven for just 60 to 90 seconds. There are pizzerias in Toronto that follow the AVPN's guidelines including Famoso Neapolitan Pizzerias, and right now for $20 you can get $40 worth of pizza and more at Famoso. There are two locations: the new food court at Yorkdale, which is actually too fancy now to be called a food court- it's the Yorkdale Shopping Centre Dine on 3 and the Annex location on 386 Bloor St. West. Rosie :)

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Carlton Cinema Movie Deal: Tickets & Popcorn & Drinks & Candy!

DEALENDEDI haven't seen a deal in a while for discount movie tickets so I thought I'd point this out, particularly because it includes treats. Right now for $19 you get movie admission for two, one jumbo popcorn, two medium drinks and two candy selections (junior mints yo). This offer is for Rainbow Cinema/Magic Lantern theatres, so you can purchase the deal to use at the Carlton Cinema downtown, Market Square at 80 Front Street East, Woodbine Centre in Rexdale and the Promenade Mall in Thornhill. I see Argo is playing at Market Square, which is the next movie I want to see. Need a winner after The Master. Rosie :)

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Rush at the ACC on October 16

Deal Sold Out Remember the movie I Love You, Man with Paul Rudd? His character had no friends and he desperately needed to make one so he would have a best man for his wedding. I thought the fact that he and his newfound buddy (played by Jason Segel) bond over their love of Rush completely believable. The fact they have a man-date at a Rush concert (and the ridiculous way they air-guitar) is also completely believable- my husband went on a man-date to see them the last time they played in Toronto. Rush was just nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and whether you like their music or not, there is no denying their very distinctive sound and the love they seem to inspire in men of a certain generation. Right now there is a deal for their October 16th concert at the Air Canada Centre- $56 for one ticket, and that includes all fees. Personally I like "Closer to the Heart" and "The Spirit of Radio" when they come on satellite radio but that's about as much Rush as I can take. Rosie :)

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1/2 Price French Macarons at European Patisserie in Etobicoke

deal endedMacarons are the new cupcakes. I'm so into them- it's because they are made of meringue, which is divine. The only way any sweet beats a macaron is if you put a macaron on top of it, which they will do at Nadege. It's obscene. Macarons are pricey treats so all pastry-loving-deal-hunters should take advantage of offers like this one: $24 for 24 macarons at European Patisserie on Dundas West. You get a mix of flavours in a box such as lemon, fig, espresso, strawberry, passion fruit and chocolate. No choice. Don't worry, you'll love them all. Rosie :)

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$15 for a Toronto Ghost Tour

DEALENDED Toronto often gets criticized for its lack of impressive architecture but I think there are some pretty cool buildings with very interesting history. Apparently some even have haunted history which you can find out about on the Toronto Ghost Tour, offered by the Tour Guys. The Guys are known for their entertaining and informative strolls throughout the city and right now you can get a ticket for a two-hour Toronto Ghost Tour for only $15. They hold the haunted tours during September and October. I think this is an inspired idea for a first date. No awkward conversation, and since things could get spooky, it's a good excuse to hold hands. Rosie :)

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Toronto Bridal Show Sept. 28-30: Half-Price Tickets

DEALENDED Ah, wedding planning. Unless you make a nice, civilized trip to City Hall you can't escape it. And while we all start out saying we are going to keep it simple, we never do. (Although I resisted chair covers. Why do you need to cover chairs? Unless they are covered in offensive graffiti in which case you should probably rethink the venue, I see chair covers as a total waste of money.) Part of the joy of wedding planning is dragging people you love to events like bridal shows, and there is a deal right now that will help you save money on tickets which you can put towards your honeymoon, where most of the money should go. :) For $15, you get admission for two to the Toronto Bridal Show at the Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place) which runs from September 28 to 30. It's massive, with tons of vendors selling everything from DJ services to invitations to chair covers, if that's your thing. Rosie :)

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Loretta Lynn at Massey Hall on Sat. Sept. 15th

DEALENDEDLast week it was Public Enemy. Next week, it's Loretta Lynn! Groupon really does crank up concert deals that suit a wide variety of musical tastes, doesn't it? Right now you can get a ticket to see the country legend at Massey Hall for $40, and that includes fees. The show takes place on Saturday September 15th at 8p.m. and the ticket puts you in a seat in either the left-side floor, left/right-centre balcony or left/right-centre floor. In my experience everything sounds amazing at Massey Hall no matter where you sit, especially if you are seeing an artist who can sing like Loretta Lynn. (I saw Sarah McLachlan there and she sounded so gorgeous I had goosebumps.) Rosie :)

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NOFX at Riot Fest this Sunday September 9th

DEALENDEDThis is a great deal. It's going to sell out, because the people who will like it, will really, really like it. My punk on the inside husband has paid more than 30 dollars just to see NOFX in the past... and you would get to see them with nine other bands for just $30 this Sunday at Riot Fest! NOFX are the clown princes of southern California punk rock and are so fun live... (despite the title of their live album called "I Heard they Suck Live.") Also, The Descendants are legendary. You'll gain instant credibility for life in punk circles having seen them in concert. They were kind of like Green Day before Green Day existed. And Less than Jake are a fun ska band so it all shapes up to be something special for 30 bucks. The festival is happening at Fort York and you can see the entire line-up here. Rosie :)

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Public Enemy At The Sound Academy

DEALENDEDPublic Enemy is playing the Sound Academy on Sunday September 2nd at 8 p.m. and right now you can get a ticket on GrouponLive for only $15. There are two days left for this deal, which is amazing- Chuck D and Flavor Flav for only $15? What value! The tickets are a G-Pass, so you can go straight to your seats when you get there (you don't have to redeem the Groupon voucher at will call.) Rosie :)

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Half-Price Breakfast or Lunch at the Sunnyside Grill on St. Clair West

DEALENDEDThe prices are already quite reasonable at the Sunnyside Grill, so when this popular restaurant runs a WagJag it's hard to resist snapping one, or two, or three vouchers up (there is a limit of five.) Here's the deal- right now you can get $20 worth of breakfast or lunch for only $10. The menu features all the usual post-night-of-drinking faves like traditional breakfast for $6.95 and French toast for $6.50. The Toronto location is at 1218 St Clair Ave. W. and there are also locations in Oakville and Burlington. Rosie :)

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Toronto FC on August 28 + Free Pass to the C.N.E.

Deal EndedEvery August the CONCACAF Champions League Soccer Match takes place at BMO Field, and every year I'm like- what a bad name for this tournament. CONCACAF. It's just so not catchy. Anyway, this year the Toronto FC will play Santos Laguna on Tuesday August 28 at 8 p.m. and right now you can get a ticket for $19 that includes full-day admission to the Canadian National Exhibition. Rosie :)

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Knot Genie Detangling Hair Brush

Deal EndedI'm always intrigued by products that swear they will get knots and tangles out of the curliest most tangled heads of hair. My mum would have loved one of these when I was a little girl, because combing out my hair every night was a painful process for all involved. (Remember that No More Tangle spray? Doesn't work. We went through bottles of it.) It is testament to how much she loves me that I wasn't sporting a buzz cut for most of my childhood. Instead I had two tight braids most of the time, and she had to endure my whining and complaining to make those happen. Apparently the Knot Genie detangling hair brush works like magic, effortlessly gliding through the toughest knots. Parents Canada has a deal right now where you can get one for $16, tax and shipping included. If I had a little girl, and if her hair was anything like mine, I'd be all over this brush. But since I have a boy... he has a closely cropped head of curls, and I have no stress. Rosie :)

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Projection Booth Cinema- Half-Price Movie Passes

DEALENDEDI really like small independent theatres that show interesting movies, especially ones that describe themselves as "militantly indie." Projection Booth Cinema in Leslieville is all about arty, festival and foreign movies you aren't going to get at your local AMC. I have a little internet crush on Projection Booth's website because they show the movie posters on their home page of the films currently playing. I love movie posters. They have a great deal right now for tickets on Ethical Deal- for only $7 you get TWO movie passes for any screening. This qualifies as an Ethical Deal because Projection Booth holds at least one charity event each month to support their community. It is also the oldest cinema in Toronto dating back to 1910. Rosie :)

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Babies Are Wiggly!

Deal EndedI just came back from visiting a friend with a 2-month-old and it never fails to amaze me how fast babies go from being wiggly jiggly little things to strong strappy toddlers. Holding her sweet little girl with her wobbly little head, I could barely believe that it was less than two years ago that my little man was so teeny. All my friends who car-nap their babies agree that sleep positioners are very helpful in getting them- and keeping them- to sleep in the car. I wouldn't use a sleep positioner in a crib, but in a car seat or a stroller, bring it on. Right now you can get the Peace of Mind Baby Snuggin Go Infant Positioner for only $32 No slumping = good sleeping! Rosie :) SNUGGIN_INFDKPINK__28536_zoom.jpg
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'Made in Canada' Baby Onesies

Deal EndedCanada Day is fast approaching and if you have a little one you would like to spoil, here is an adorable gift idea. Pico Charlie Cole makes really lovely baby stuff and you can get one of their "Made In Canada" baby onesies for only $12 right now. So sweet, and patriotic! Rosie :)

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Who Wants To See The Taj Mahal?

DEALENDED Travel is addictive. I want to travel to as many places as possible and have been chipping away at it since I was 16.I have never been on a formal sightseeing tour where the whole trip has a fully-planned itinerary from beginning to end. I have been told by friends who have travelled there that this is a good way to see India. This deal is a ten day tour of India taking you through New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Mumbai. It includes airfare, hotel and breakfast and dinners. Very cool. Rosie :)

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Father's Day Shopping

DEALENDEDFather's Day is this Sunday June 17th and you can really tell by the online deals available. There are plenty of offers for car washes, flight simulator packages and cubes for your desk that are meant to alleviate stress (who actually buys those?) This deal at Quattro Clothiers in Yorkville is pretty good: for $149, you get a made-to-measure dress shirt, or for $99 you get $300 towards other custom-made men's clothes. Every man should experience a bespoke shirt or suit at least once, and the tailors at Quattro know what they are doing. Rosie :)

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Keratin- Hair Crack

DEALENDED I have really long curly hair which is hard to deal with and every so often I enjoy making it a hair stylist's problem. Lately a few of them, while attempting to tame my mad locks into submission with a round brush and blowdryer strong enough to blow down a house, have leaned over and whispered "you need keratin." Their hushed tone is almost like a drug dealer from Avon Barksdale's crew in The Wire. They let it hang there for a moment, then give me a serious look, only to suddenly avert their eyes and say- "When you are ready, we should talk about it." OMG, what the hell is keratin? In hair salons it is spoken about as reverentially as health-food types talk about wheatgrass. A little research shows it promises to smooth out frizz for a really long time... but REALLY smooth it out, even after you wash it. So no more trying to wrestle it down with endless blowouts and heavy oily products. I don't know if I'm ready to go there, but if you are, here's a deal for a bunch of hair stuff including a keratin hair-smoothing treatment. It's at Studio861 on College. Rosie :)

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1 or 3 Brazilian Waxes... The Choice is Yours

DEALENDEDThis Groupon made me giggle. Right now at the Unionville Spa in Markham you can get one Brazilian wax for $25, or THREE for $65. There is no option for two- just one or three. I suspect the ladies buying just one Brazilian don't know quite what they are in for yet, and those buying three know the deal and have accepted what's involved. This offer is for new clients only, and you can't pop in unannounced- you must book your torture session, I mean extremely thorough hair-removal procedure, in advance. Rosie :)

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It Was Nice While It Lasted

DEALENDED So I guess last week was summer in Toronto. I really enjoyed it while it lasted, even got a bit of a tan. Ha! The apocalyptic skies of the last few days have got me craving sunshine more than ever. My research for travel spots for our next vacation have been increasingly veering towards places that have a very high likelihood for sunny skies. California wine country is on my radar, and this is a really cheap deal for a B&B in Napa Valley with an onsite brewery, which is kind of cool. For $59, you get a one-night stay at the Calistoga Inn. (You can buy up to two nights and it's valid Sunday to Thursday.) Included in the price is breakfast obviously, a winery pass (there are several nearby) and a $20 credit for dining at the inn's Zagat rated restaurant. It looks like a really pretty, scenic spot. If you haven't done the B&B thing, take note that the rooms are simple (no TVs) and have shared baths. Rosie :)

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Thai Food in Etobicoke

DEALENDEDThere are a couple of places in Etobicoke that have really good Thai food. One is Mangosteens on the Queensway (it's just east of Kipling, across from the mall with the Winners and not much else.) And the other is Longrain on the Lakeshore, also east of Kipling between 10th and 11th streets. Both deliver, both are awesome, both are vegetarian-friendly, and right now one of them has a deal. For $15, you can get $30 worth of dining at Longrain. It's a lovely spot and the service is as great as the food. Rosie :)

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Lisbon & Oporto

DEALENDEDJune is my favourite time to travel. The weather is typically lovely and sunny and not too humid, and it's not quite full-out tourist season. So when June rolls around I start peeking at travel destinations. This vacation package to Portugal caught my eye. $850 gets you a seven-night stay in Lisbon and Oporto (Oporto is about three hours north of Lisbon and is famous for it's port- it's considered the port wine capital of the world.) There is actually a cheaper option for just a stay in Oporto, but I think some time should also be spent in Portugal's capital. Breakfast and activities are included in the price but keep in mind airfare is not, so you have to sort your own flights. Rosie :)

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Go Ahead, Label Your Child

Deal EndedBefore I became a mom, I noticed that my girlfriends with kids were totally obsessed with labeling everything from sippy cups to snowpants to swimsuits. I remember thinking smugly, I can't imagine it's THAT hard to keep track of all your child's crap without plastering everything with perky shiny bubble-lettered stickers. I swallowed my words after my little man started daycare. Everybody's stuff looks the same and all toddlers think everything belongs to them. (When I was taking my guy home last week one little girl was also clearly ready to leave so she grabbed her coat, gave me her hand and declared I was mommy. Nothing and no one is safe.) I am still okay at this point with a good permanent marker but I do get where personalized stickers have their place. If you are in a really intense label-making mood, ParentsCanada has a great deal for a boatload of personalized labels for only $15. You can even upload your own images for the super-keen (you know who you are!) Rosie :)

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Talib Kweli At The Sound Academy

DEALENDED♬ This morning, I woke up.. feeling brand new... and I jumped up, feeling my highs, and my lows... ♪ ♫ Talib Kweli is performing at the Sound Academy next Friday June 1st at 9pm. And right now you can get tickets for $15. That, my friends, is a deal. Rosie :)

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Wild Water Kingdom

Deal EndedI love all water-related activities. Swimming, boating, running through a sprinkler, it's all fun. But what I love most is water slides. I love the water, and I love roller coasters, so the water park is the perfect combination of these for me. I can't wait until my little man is old enough to fly down the crazy twisty tubes at Wild Water Kingdom. If your crew is old enough and you are looking for a fun outing, right now you can get a day pass to Wild Water Kingdom for $14. The pass is valid for any day this June, and you can buy as many passes as you want. Rosie :)

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House Cleaning is Not Fun

DEALENDEDI have friends who tell me that they really like cleaning their homes. They say they find it therapeutic, or really good exercise. I call bullshit on all of them. There are about 18 million things I'd rather do for therapy or exercise than vacuum or clean toilets. One can organize house cleaning quite reasonably by snapping up deals like these. Right now you can get for $39 three hours of eco-friendly house cleaning from CondoClean, or for $39 for two hours of cleaning from Merry Maids (those merry maids are a little pricier!) Rosie :)

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Toronto Rock

Deal EndedLacrosse games are crazy fun to watch and there are a couple of deals today for a Toronto Rock playoff game at the Air Canada Centre. One is from Teambuy: $27 for a Lower Bowl Ticket on May 12th, and the other is the same thing, but from Groupon. The Rock play the Rochester Knighthawks for the East Division title. Rosie :)

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Paul Pecorella in Yorkville

DEALENDEDPaul Pecorella is a lovely hair salon on Cumberland. It's been around forever and it's excellent. If you don't mind trusting your head to a junior stylist (and at Paul Pecorella you have nothing to worry about) there is a haircut package today that will save you major dollars on your next cut. Right now you can get a shampoo, cut and style with a moisturizing treatment for $29. They use Aveda products which in my opinion is always a bonus- not because of the plant essence science blah blah blah, but because the rosemary-mint shampoo smells deeeeee-licious! Rosie :)

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Peachy Buy

Deal EndedOne of my favourite deal sites is Peachy Buy. It has really great parent-friendly deals. I find out about a lot of neat local stores from Peachy Buy, like Firefly Kids Lighting. When I was searching for a cool ceiling lamp for my baby's nursery, something with a map or globe theme, I could not find anything within Canada. I ended up with something totally boring from Home Depot... then I find this lovely Canadian owned and operated lighting store from a Peachy Buy deal. The current Peachy offer is a good one, particularly for those of you seeking excellent nut-free treats: for just $25, you get a box of cupcakes, cookies and biscotti from Baked with Joy, a delicious nut-free bakery. I have heard their salted caramel cupcakes are divine. This deal is particularly convenient for those of you who live in the Thornhill area (it's pick-up only.) Rosie :)

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Air Duct Cleaning, It's Good for You

DEALENDEDWe've lived in our home for almost a decade and never had our air ducts cleaned. I think deep down I thought it was like undercoating for your car, not really something real (remember Puddy on Seinfeld? "Undercoating ... we don't even know what that is.") But after lots of years of dust and cracker crumbs and god knows what else in the vents, even I realized that our vent lines could probably benefit from some intense suction. I found a Groupon deal to get it done from an eco-friendly company, and there's another one available right now. For $119, Nature's Air Duct Cleaning provides you with complete cleaning for up to 2,000 square feet of ducts. It felt great afterwards, the way it does after you get your teeth cleaned. Rosie :)

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Toronto Marlies, Round 2 of the Playoffs

Deal Ended Everyone knows how prohibitively priced seeing a Leaf game is. I thought seeing a Toronto Marlie game would be much more affordable but I was surprised to find it was more expensive than I thought for an AHL game. There are some Groupon deals right now that could get a family to a game fairly cheaply. For $16, you get one ticket for end-zone seating to see the Marlies play the Abbotsford Heat in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. You can buy multiple tickets but they all must be bought to sit together. These games take place on May 1st and 3rd at the Ricoh Coliseum and feature an actual Leaf, defenseman Jake Gardiner. Rosie :)

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St. Lawrence Market Right to Your Door

DEALENDEDThe St. Lawrence Market in Toronto is great. I love how literally all the stuff there tastes delicious. I love how National Geographic ranked it the #1 food market in the world. I also enjoy how you can buy everything from $20 hormone-free chicken fingers to a $2 bunch of leeks. The fun thing about the market for me is the hustle and bustle; strollers bumping into each other and hipster foodies preparing for dinner parties to impress ("why, this olive bread is sensational! Oh, we just picked it up at the market this morning".) But if you would rather the market come to you, here's a deal from online grocer Fooddel (Toronto Life rates them one of the top delivery services): $19 for $40 worth of food delivered from St. Lawrence Market. Fun to try, the Fooddel website is really neat. Rosie :)

If You Can't Be a Star, Name One

DEALENDEDWhen I saw this deal today it made me think of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer adopts a piece of a highway and then widens the lanes to make them more spacious. You may remember the hilarious chaos that ensued. I started giggling to myself the way I always do when I think of my favourite Seinfeld episodes. Anyway, right now for $14 you can get a star-naming gift set from Name a Star Live. You can choose to either name a single star or a binary star system. I have no idea what that means but I think it's kind of cool. I don't think you can do much with your star the way Kramer did with his highway, but hey, what a Mother's Day gift! You're welcome! Rosie :)
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Elmo, and Abby, and Bert and Ernie, LIVE!

Deal EndedI haven't yet experienced the world of live shows for kids but I am guessing Sesame Street Live is probably a good place to start. (I was almost tempted by the Wiggles last summer but little man was just too little. It really would have been just for me.) Peachy Buy has an offer today for Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo and Friends at the Rogers Centre on Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5. You get a code to access $20 per ticket pricing, which is a nice deal. The shows are at 10:30 a.m. and sound adorable. Rosie :)

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Lux Spa

DEALENDEDOne of my favourite things about getting a pedicure is picking the colour. I tend to peruse the corals and blush pinks and boring ballet slippers but in the end I always pick a purple or bright blue. I adore spas with lots of colour choices. Lux Spa has a massive selection of polishes. It's eye-popping, I have to allot myself at least 15 minutes to choose otherwise I get stressed out. There is a Groupon deal right now for the Yonge street location (there is also a Lux in Yorkville). Rosie :)
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It Must Have Been Love

DEALENDEDOk, I wasn't as obsessed with Pretty Woman as I think lots of girls were but I really did love that Roxette song. If it happens to come on satellite radio I get that warm fuzzy nostalgic feeling that many other of my favourite romantic retro faves invoke, particularly Alone, I Want to Know What Love Is, and Time after Time. I'm not sure I'd need to see an entire Roxette concert but then again, why not? Particularly if Glass Tiger is the special guest! Right now you can get a ticket to see Roxette (with Glass Tiger!) at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on August 30 at 8 p.m. for $50. Rosie :)

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Cupcake Crazy: Bo&Bon on Bathurst Mini-Cupcake Deal

Deal EndedIs it just me or are there cupcake places popping up everywhere? I'm totally fine with it, you can never have too much cupcake competition in my opinion, I just am having cupcake stress with all the different places to try. On the weekend we indulged in the delicious flavours at the Cupcake Outlet in Etobicoke... maple bacon, root beer, strawberry shortcake... this place is so pretty and yummy! All that sugar and artful frosting isn't cheap so if you are looking for a quick fix today, check out this deal at Bo&Bon on Bathurst: $13 for one dozen gourmet mini cupcakes. Rosie :)

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