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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Help Me Crown the Ultimate Holiday Movie + a giveaway for you! #StreamInto2015

With a bit of a start, I realize that November is upon us.  Which means that the holidays are next month.  How in the world does a year fly by so quickly?  It just seems like we celebrated Christmas a couple of weeks ago.  Don't worry though, I always have loads of Christmas spirit.  In the weeks leading up to the big day, I enjoy decorating, baking, attending craft shows and cuddling up with my wee loves and watching some of our favourite Holiday Classic Movies.

This November, finding and watching those great movies just got easier, now that we are the happy owners of a Roku 3 Media Streamer from Staples

Ultimate Holiday Movie

Thanks to the Roku 3 Media Streamer, my family has access to some of the best entertainment selections.   The Roku 3 Media Streamer offers 450+ channels of movies, tv shows, sports, music and photos.  We are excited to get to  work  watching some holiday classics and not-so-classics in November.  Yet, we can always use some suggestions!  What do you suggest we watch with our Roku 3 Streamer?

The Roku 3 enables users to stream content in high-definition from sources like Netflix, or the Cineplex Store  (subscription required) . There are many free channels that have older movies, independent films, older television shows, or you can watch You Tube content.   The Roku 3 Media Streamer works with hi-def. television and users need a HDMI cable. 

Share Your Ultimate Holiday Movie and You May Win

Thank you to Staples for offering a great giveaway offer to two of my readers.  Give me your holiday movie selections and you can enter to win, below.  

Giveaway open to Canadians and there will be two prizes awarded to the winners who are looking to crown their ultimate holiday movie, just like we are.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tips on How to Get the Top Jobs in the Government/ Public Service Sector

A job in the public sector can lead you on the pathway to a rewarding career. Government positions tend to offer great opportunities for training and development, the opportunity to work on challenging or meaningful projects and fantastic working conditions. Positions in local, state and federal government departments are often coveted but have a reputation for being tricky to attain. Often there is far more applicants than there are positions to go around, and the criteria you need to meet in order to be shortlisted can be in depth, particularly for the higher level roles. Below you’ll find a list of tips that will help you land that government or public service role you want.


Find a Recruiter Who Specializes in Public Service Jobs

Don’t wait for the advertisement to hit the newspaper or online job boards before you start the application process. Most departments across all levels of government use external agencies to fill their contract and permanent positions. Building a relationship with a recruitment agency that specializes in government positions. They might not have the job you want now, but something suitable does come up, you’ll be on the top of their contact list. Make an appointment to meet with a recruitment consultant such as Chandler Macleod (http://www.chandlermacleod.com) to discuss your experience and aspirations. They can then work with you to help you achieve your goals.


Get Familiar with the STAR Formula

STAR stands for “situation”, “tasks”, “actions taken” and “results” and is the format favoured by many public sector recruitment decision makers. Think about each of these elements when you answer a question in an interview or as you write your selection criteria. One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is failing to outline measurable results or outcomes when speaking about relevant experience and skills. Be specific and avoid vague statements like “project came in under budget” – what was the budget? How much under budget were you? What did you do to contribute towards that result? Quantifying your experience is key if you want your application to get noticed.


Consider Contract or Temporary Roles

Often government positions are for fixed durations. Many are likely to be extended beyond the initial term, but even those that aren’t provide valuable exposure to the public service sector. This can be crucial in setting you apart from other applicants when it comes time to get your dream job. It can be daunting to leave permanent employment for a short term opportunity, but this is where working with a reputable recruiter will really pay off. They can help make sure you have another contract lined up to go straight into.
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Applying for jobs can be a competitive process at the best of times, and that is certainly true for many advertised government roles. A strong application and even stronger networking with recruiters is crucial to getting your foot in the door and landing the role you want.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into a government role?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Butterscotch Pops #RiceKrispiesHalloween

Scare up some time this week to whip up a batch of Rice Krispies Squares - with a special Halloween twist.    My children love rice krispie treats, and especially love when we make them together for a special occasion.  If you search www.ricekrispies.ca you'll find a plethora of easy and fun recipes in their special occasions section.

Spooktacular Butterscotch Pops

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 package of marshmellows (250g)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch flavour instant pudding mix
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal 


a) In a large saucepan melt better over low heat.  Add marshmellows and stir until completely melted.  Remove from heat and stir in pudding mix.
b) Add Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated.
c) Using butter spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13x9x2 inch pan coated with cooking spray.  Let cool.
d) Using cookie cutters to cut into shapes, insert lollipop sticks and decorate.

The hint of butterscotch is delicious in these Rice Krispie Pops.  My daughter, Jillian had a great time cutting the shapes and decorating with icing and lots of sprinkles.    Mommy enjoyed eating the left over scraps while she was decorating her shapes. 

Happy Haunting this October 31st.

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