Category Archives: Product Reviews

It’s Tax Time! Turbo Tax Review and Giveaway

When I was contacted to do a review & a giveaway of TurboTax last week, I responded that yes! I’ll do a giveaway, but I don’t need a copy of TurboTax… I already have it! You see, I’ve been doing my taxes (and my parent’s taxes) for YEARS with it (previously it was known as QuickTax), and I had already purchased it to do my 2010 taxes – yes it is THAT good! ( agrees with me and also rates them highly.)

So why have I been using TurboTax?
It’s easy! It guides me step-by-step – for all of my income and more importantly my deductions. It does basically everything except hold my hand during the process.  The prompts are also really easy to understand! My taxes are not overly complicated, so I use the standard edition. Our deductions are the three kids, student loan repayment, daycare fees, RRSP’s etc. It allows me to NETFILE and every year Ive gotten my return directly deposited to my bank account within a week of filing! Don’t believe it’s that easy? Then check out the great reviews that other people have left regarding their use of TurboTax. Also, if your taxes are a little more complicated than mine, there are other versions such as TurboTax Premiere or TurboTax Business.

I have TWO download codes for CANADA ONLY to giveaway!!

(Ends on March 28 , 2011)

Required entry:  Tell me why you want to win this!

Extra entries (Leave a separate comment for each entry):
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This giveaway will end on: March 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Good luck!

Disclaimer: I did not pay for this product. It was sent to me and in exchange, I’ve posted an honest review of it. I was not compensated nor was I encouraged by the manufacturer to post a positive review. This review is based solely on my experience with this product.

Why Didn’t I Think of That? Gifts for Women Runners

Every Christmas, birthday and mother’s day my family gets stumped over what to give me. So to make it easier for them, and for other spouses of women runners, here’s a list of things to make the runner in your life happy:

  • FuelBelt Helium 4 Bottle Belt because it distributes water weight around your waist evenly. I found using a single bottle hydration belt hurt my hips. Staying hydrated while you exercise has also been proven to increase your performance.
  • ASICS Coolmax Quarter Running Sock (3-Pack) because there’s nothing worse for returning to running than fresh new blisters. I find these socks wrap nicely around my arches to prevent friction and blisters.
  • Wahoo Fitness WFFisica01 fisica Sensor Key for iPhone
    – this neat little device enables heart rate monitoring and other sensors for all cardion activity including running and biking both indoors and out! Pair this up with Log Your Run GPS iphone app and you’ll be able to track your heart rate along with GPS info for your run without paying hundreds of dollars for a Garmin.
  • ASICS Women’s 6 Pack Headband – keep your hair outta your eyes and outta your face with these cute head bands!
  • Philips Flexible Earhook Headphones – these earphones don’t slip while you run! I personally LOVE listening to podcasts while I run, particularly Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone because it makes me feel like I’m running with the always inspiring Carla.
  • Saucony Nexus Sports Running Bra – this super supportive bra has a front closure makeing it easy to get on and off. It also allows easy access for breastfeeding runners (like me).

QUESTION: What running gear would you like as a gift?

Staying Hydrated with the HydraCoach (Product Review)

Water… Water… It’s everywhere right? Then why aren’t you drinking enough?!

Apparently only 34% of Americans drink the recommended 64oz of water our bodies need each day (Eight 8oz servings). Although not enough water is being consumed, most Americans do consume six 8oz servings of caffeinated beverages instead (ie: soda, coffee, tea…). Surprising?

Not really – although I’m not American, I’m just as guilty, so when I was asked by the great folks at Sportline to review their HydraCoach water bottle I eagerly agreed.

So what is this fabulous HydraCoach I write of?
The HydraCoach is the first intelligent water bottle that will track your fluid consumption. About 75% of Americans are dehydrated and need to drink more water. If you’re one of them, then the HydraCoach is the product that can help you stay on track throughout the day because of its advanced technology that keeps track of the ounces you’ve drank and lets you know how many more you need to drink by the end of the day.

Here’s what it does:

  • Calculates your personal hydration needs
  • Tracks your fluid consumption through the day
  • Paces and motivates you to ensure hydration goals are met

Pretty cool right?

It’s even cooler when you factor in that it fits into the side pocket of my diaper bag perfectly!

Fits in my diaper bag!

As a breast feeding mom, water and hydration is every important to me. I’ve read that how much water I drink won’t affect my milk output that much, but it will impact my energy levels and my own personal hydration. So I need to drink my water, as we all know a new mom certainly needs to keep up her energy in order to meet the demands of her family. Besides, water also makes up more than 70% of the body’s tissues and plays a role in nearly every body function!

I’ve been using my HydraCoach for 3 days now and I have to admit that it certainly has helped me keep up my water intake. Wednesday I drank 72oz thanks to it’s coaching, and yesterday I drank 80oz. You know what? I feel better than I have in days!

Thanks SportLine for giving me the opportunity to review & test this product – it’s fantastic and I highly recommend it!

Disclaimer: I did not pay for this product. It was sent to me and in exchange, I’ve posted an honest review of it. I was not compensated nor was I encouraged by the manufacturer to post a positive review. This review is based solely on my experience with this product.