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VIVA Best Buy ~ Helping Me Enhance a Healthier Lifestyle and a $100 GC Giveaway ~ CAN 10/05

| September 5, 2014 | 164 Comments

Blame it on lack of exercise or hormonal changes in my body due to pre-menopause, but I have gained a few extra pounds over the last 2 years. I definitely don’t exercise as much as I used to and have been wanting to get back into incorporating an exercise program in my routine. I find this is the hardest to do as there is always something that comes up to alter it and I end up not following through. It’s funny how when I asked the universe for some incite and, not long after, I received a wonderful email wanting me to work with Best Buys and try a couple of products from their unique VIVA line that carries everything from health products to fitness gear and accessories. I am thrilled to review two amazing products that will help me with my weight lost journey and to get fitter, the Fitbit Flex™ and the Blendtec Designer Series Blender!

What is a FitBit Flex™? I asked myself that same question. No, it’s not a new type of dumbbell, but a Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband that I have been wearing day and night. At first, I thought I would only wear it during the day, but found it to be very light and slim, so I kept it at night to track my sleeping pattern. I have to say that it’s a wonderful motivator to keep me more active and eat healthier no matter what. You get addicted to it as you want to see your daily progress, thus keep you going to reach your weight goal. The FitBit Flex™ tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. Once you sign up online, you can add your weight, pounds to lose, food you eat throughout the day, activities, and so much more! You can also use their App to keep track on your phone. It can even wake you up in the morning by vibrating,  just set it up on their website or from a compatible mobile device. It’s also waterproof, so you can take your shower with it!

Fitbit Flex

I selected a medium food plan intensity to loose 1 pound a week and am on target to achieve my weight loss goal. You can select 4 different types of intensity to help you lose weight at a moderate pace or faster. My plan is to have a daily calorie deficit of -5oo calories per day and lose 1 pound per week. It’s not a set number of calories per day plan, but the difference between the calories that you have eaten versus the calories that you have burned. Some days I eat more and have to be more active to reach my daily calorie deficit goal. I get going and start walking, exercising, running, dancing, etc… I like the fact that I don’t deprive myself from eating the foods I enjoy such as a cookie or muffin once in a while, and for most part, I still make healthy food choices. The FitBit Flex™ really motivates you to move and reach your weight lost goal!

Fitbit Flex 2

Two things make up the FitBit Flex™  Food Plan:

Daily Calorie Estimate

Uses your average activity to give you an estimate of how many calories you should eat to meet your weight goal. This updates throughout the day if you are more or less active than usual. As you log food during the day, the calories you can still eat will update.

Calories in vs Out

This view is a real-time calculation of your calorie deficit and shows whether you’re in the goal zone set by your Food Plan. Your plan’s deficit is pro-rated over the entire day.

I am really enjoying the benefits of wearing a FitBit Flex™ Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband and will definitely continue to wear it to help keep me more active. Now the hubby wants to try it too! Like I said, very addictive!

Up next is the powerful Blendtec Designer Series Blender. OMG, this blender is so unbelievable! Finally, a blender powerful enough to make smoothies with ice cubes and frozen fruits in 40 seconds without stopping. You will be amazed!

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It’s 12 appliances in 1:

  1. a food processor
  2. an ice cream maker
  3. a hand mixer
  4. a coffee grinder
  5. a bread mixer
  6. an ice crusher
  7. a whole juicer
  8. a soup maker
  9. a milk shake mixer
  10. a meat grinder
  11. an immersion blender
  12. a grain mill

The Blendtec Designer Series Blender is so stylish and sleek that you will want to show it off on your counter top. Might as well have it handy as you will use it daily. The blend cycles are represented by illuminated backlit icons. You can manually control the speed, but you can also select any speed with a tap of the finger. The control surface is flat and easy to clean. Blendtec also makes commercial blenders for restaurants and they actually use the exact same motor and jar in their Designer series for household use. No wonder it’s so powerful with 1560 watts!


To keep up with my new healthier lifestyle, I would like to share a few recipes found in the Fresh Blends Recipes Book supplied with the Blendtec Blender. Of course, the first unanimously asked recipe by my family was to make our very own Ice Cream.

Quick Strawberry Ice Cream

We opted to try the Quick Strawberry Ice Cream! It contains 150 calories per 1/2 cup. It was so delicious with an abundance of strawberry flavour. If you freeze it, you will have to keep it on the counter top to defrost before you can it eat. Best eaten after making it.


  • 1 cup of half and half cream
  • 3/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 20 oz of frozen strawberries (about 4 cups)


  • Add ingredients to jar in the order listed and secure lid.
  • Select “Ice Cream” and serve.

N.B. For any recipe, make sure you always add the liquids first followed by soft solids and hard/dense items.

Time: 45 seconds.

Quick Strawberry Ice Cream- Steps

I love juices, but it’s even better when you can prepare one yourself that is so easy to do. You just can’t beat the taste and aroma of a fresh juice!

Tomato Vegetable Juice

Tomato Vegetable Juice


  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • 2″ slices of red bell pepper
  • 1/2 green onion
  • 1/8″ slice lemon
  • 1/16 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 8 drops of Worcestershire sauce


  • Add ingredients to jar in order listed and secure lid.
  • Select “Whole Juice” and serve.

N.B. For more tomato flavour, add tomato juice instead of water.

Time: 50 seconds

Tomato Vegetable Juice- Steps

We enjoy eating salsa and tortilla chips while watching a movie at home, so the Easy Salsa recipe was ideal! The salsa was a big hit!

Easy Salsa


  • 4 oz can green chiles, not drained (you can add to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 chunk onion, approximately 2 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro leaves


  • Add green chilies, lime juice, garlic, salt and cumin, and secure lid.
  • Press “Pulse” 3 to 5 times ( start with 3 and verify the consistency)
  • Add tomatoes, onion, and cilantro and secure lid.
  • Press “Pulse” 3 to 5 times ( start with 3 and verify the consistency) and refrigerate or serve.

N.B. Always press minimum number of pulses in a recipe and verify the consistency after. It blends so fast that it can turn your salsa into mush easily.

Time: 7 seconds

Easy Salsa- Steps

You can also make bars, dips, dressing, sauces, soup, bread, baby food purées, exfoliating mask, treats for your pets, and more using recipes provided with the Blendtec Blender.

I just love the Blendtec Designer Series Blender and it is well worth the investment to purchase one for your family. It’s definitely helping me achieve my weight lost goal and enhance a healthier lifestyle now that I can make wholesome food and beverages from scratch under a minute!

You can purchase the FitBit Flex™ and the Blendtec Total Blender Designer Series at Best Buy’s VIVA line!


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Enter to Win $100 Gift Card to Best Buy!

The giveaway is open to Canadian Residents and will end on October 5th, 2014.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48  hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Judy Cowan says:

    Thanks! I have been eyeing the Fitbit for awhile now 🙂

  2. Andria CM says:

    Definitely the FitBit

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    I think I would snag a FitBit myself or another fitness watch!

  4. Anne Taylor says:

    I’d choose the HoMedics Ultra Plush Shiatsu Massage Cushion (SP-30H-CA) – Brown/Tan

  5. Jana L. says:

    I would purchase the Fit Bit. I need something to help me keep track of my activities.

  6. Julie Bolduc says:

    I would like Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker

  7. Suzie m says:

    I would get the fitbit

  8. Elaine G says:

    Zenzation Athletics Deluxe Yoga Kit

  9. Lori Jackson says:

    I have heard rave reviews on the fitbit and would love to try it!

  10. Lisa Neutel says:

    I heard great things about the Fitbit…I think I would.d get myself one

  11. Patricia says:

    I would purchase the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband!

  12. Alayne Langford says:

    I love the wireless wristband that tracks activity and sleep. Could sure use some zzzzzzz’s. Thank you 🙂

  13. kathy downey says:

    I really need a new camera

  14. Fan R says:

    I like Marcy Marcy Mini Cycle (NS909) – Grey/Orange

  15. Julie Dyer says:

    I’d love to get a fitbit.

  16. Jennifer P says:

    The fitbit sounds really neat – had never heard of it before. Would also like a new obus form for my car!

  17. Jennifer P says:

    Thanks for the recipes – am excited to try them – especially the ice cream 🙂

  18. Suzanne G says:

    I would choose the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband (FB401LE-CAN) – Lime

  19. seham merzib says:

    I would buy the FitBit!

  20. Andrea Amy says:

    I would get some jamieson vitamins.

  21. Jonnie says:

    I would buy the Marcy Marcy Mini Cycle. It would be great to use while I watch television

  22. holly o'gorman says:

    I’ve heard lots about the FitBit and would love to get one!

  23. Deanna Barkley says:

    I like the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband (FB401LE-CAN) – Lime. The Fit Bit also sounds interesting.

  24. Michelle james says:

    Oh the Vita Blender for sure

  25. Leah Lucas says:

    I would like to STOTT PILATES Pilates for Pregnancy Workout Kit

  26. D.Petch says:

    I would like to buy the PVL ISO Gold Protein Supplement – 2.27kg – Cookies & Cream – Online Only.

  27. Andrea Williams says:

    My son has been requesting that we get him a Fitbit Flex so we would be able to get him one.

  28. DARLENE W says:

    I would buy the FIT BIT

  29. Tina L. says:

    Probably the FitBit.

  30. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would like to get the Ab Wheel.

  31. Sean says:

    I’d get some supplements

  32. Andrew P says:

    I’d get the FitBit

  33. suzi says:

    I think I would get a Fitbit though I’m not 100% sure

  34. kristen visser says:

    Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband

  35. Tammy Dalley says:

    The fitbit!

  36. Patrick Siu says:

    i would get the Everlast Ultimate Total-Body Workout Kit

  37. ginette4 says:

    I would get a juicer

  38. Marie Constantineau says:

    HoMedics Ultra Plush Shiatsu Massage Cushion looks great.

  39. Lori Bazan says:

    FitBit is my top choice! Thanks for the chance!

  40. Silvia D says:

    GoFit Ab Wheel would be great.

  41. Anna Johnson says:

    fitbit flex, but also want to try the North Coast Naturals Ultimate Daily Greens and Raw Hemp Smoothies!

  42. Sarah Stickney says:

    GoFit Ab Wheel

  43. Emily L says:

    I would love to buy one of those Blendtec blenders!

  44. Gillian Morgan says:

    I would choose the Nike Sport Watch with TomTom GPS – White

  45. Lynn M says:

    Zenzation Athletics Deluxe Yoga Kit

  46. MV says:

    a Breville Juicer

  47. Jenny says:

    I would purchase the Fit Bit.

  48. kathryn says:

    With the winter approaching cold fx would come in handy

  49. Kelly Baker says:

    Lots of Skinnygirl Daily Weight Management and Energy – 80 Capsules.

  50. Jennifer P. says:

    I would put it toward the Nike Sport Watch with TomTom GPS – I would LOVE that product!

  51. Alayne Langford says:

    Love the concept of Hippos in the Bathtub, makes even squeamish ME want to go swimming and floating and all that fun stuff! Great Site! Thanks!! 🙂

  52. kathy downey says:

    I’d love to get a fitbit

  53. Karla Sceviour says:

    I would buy the Breville Juicer (BREJE98XL)

    Also,I put my pinterest name in wrong in the form,and now can`t change it,,it is ksceviour1,thanks.

  54. Doris H says:

    I would buy the FitBit to help me with my fitness goals.

  55. BlessedTA says:

    FitBit Flex™

  56. Alayne Langford says:

    I also love the Blendtec Designer Series Blender! What more do you need?! 🙂

  57. Mark Cook says:

    if the Garmin vivofit kept the time aswell, i’d go for it, if not, then Nike Sport Watch for sure.

  58. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’m fairly certain that I’d be putting the GC towards a Dyson Hot + Cool Fan (AM05) – Black – my flat is cold and I really need more warmth. These sound good and are safe so that’s what is on my shopping list.

  59. lisa bolduc says:

    I could use a new yoga mat, I like the STOTT PILATES Hot Yoga Mat (ST-02089) – Purple

  60. Suzie says:

    I wuld get the Monster iSport Intensity In-Ear Sound Isolating Headphones

  61. Heidi C. says:

    I would really love to get a FitBit!

  62. tennille says:

    I have a sore back today so I was instantly draw to this massager HoMedics Ultra Plush Shiatsu Massage Cushion

  63. pam says:

    I would get the Zenzation Athletics Deluxe Yoga Kit (

  64. Amy C says:

    I would get the Polar Loop Activity Tracker – Black.

  65. nikki robak says:

    the blendtec blender

  66. Jennifer L. says:

    I would choose the STOTT PILATES 28″ Stability Ball Power Pack (GP-85120) – Purple

  67. Viv Sluys says:

    I would get the Everlast 75cm Anti-Burst Fitness Ball and a Homedics 5 Motor Massager with Heat

  68. Florence C says:

    I love to have the Blendtec Blender

  69. Valerie Mallette says:

    I would get a Fitbit One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker.

  70. Oh, there are so many things that I would want to get. Maybe the Zenzation Athletics Deluxe Yoga Kit.

  71. Nicole B says:

    I’d get a fitbit. I have wanted one for awhile!

  72. Alayne Langford says:

    I really do like the fitbit to keep track of what I do (and what I don’t do for that matter) 🙂 thanks 🙂

  73. Crystal Lin says:

    I would buy the fitbit or the Jawbone activity tracker 😀

  74. jessica eapen says:

    i’m eyeing the FitBit.

  75. Julie G. says:

    I think I’d buy the Fitbit – it would really help me keep on track with my fitness goals.

  76. Marilyn Legault says:

    I like the Nike Sport Watch with TomTom GPS

  77. veRONIca says:

    Definitely the Fit Bit!

  78. Alex Conde says:

    I’d go for a Jawbone activity tracker. They look amazingly slick!

  79. angela m says:

    Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor

  80. KD says:

    I would buy two balancing balls and a yoga mat.

  81. Glogirl says:

    I’d love to get the Fitbit One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker.

  82. Cathy C says:

    I would buy the FitBit Flex if I won

  83. debbie p says:

    I love to have the Blendtec Blender it looks like a great blender

  84. fionpu(yan c) says:

    I will buy the Zenzation Athletics Deluxe Yoga Kit. Exercise with my friends.

  85. lori b says:

    fitbit for myself

  86. Eva Mitton-Urban says:

    New Year’s Resolution still going strong – haven’t reached goal weight yet but determined. Treadmill routine taxing and knees and back sporting some pain – after visiting BestBuy site, ideally the ObusForme Backrest Support – Large – Black would be great to realign my vertebrae…..tyvm for the chance.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  87. andie says:

    The “Zenzation Athletics Deluxe Yoga Kit (WTE10010)” for me.

  88. Darwin says:

    I would pick up a fitbit

  89. Tava says:

    The Avari Oval Jogger is very similar to a device I love at my physiotherapists office – it would be nice to have it in the house!

  90. Frank C says:

    I would get a Fitbit One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker.

  91. Piroska says:

    I’d love to get a ProGear 500 LS Flywheel Drive Energy Elliptical.

  92. Winnie B says:

    I am going to get the blendtec!

  93. suzi says:

    I think I’d get a fitbit

  94. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to get the Breville Juicer (BREJE98XL).

  95. Julia says:

    I’d buy a fitbit.

  96. Mark Cook says:

    i’d get the Garmin vivofit in Black.

  97. Tammy Dalley says:

    I want a fitbit

  98. Mark Cook says:

    the Nike Sport Watch 🙂

  99. Silvia D says:

    the FitBit would be one of my picks

  100. Karin Dollery says:

    Definitely the FitBit

  101. Erin W says:

    I’d get an Everlast Ultimate Total-Body Workout Kit

  102. Michelle L says:

    Thank y ou for this giveway

  103. Mark Cook says:

    yes definitely the FitBit.

  104. Mark Cook says:

    Yes definitely the FitBit…

  105. Vesper says:

    The Zenzation Athletics Hot Yoga Towel

  106. Renee Hewitt says:

    looks like a great buy

  107. veRONIca says:

    The FitBit for sure. Everyone is talking about how awesome it is

  108. Steph M says:

    The website isn’t working right now…but I’ve heard great things about FitBit. And their VIVA backpacks look awesome!

  109. Doris H says:

    Fitbit would be great to buy

  110. holly o'gorman says:

    The FitBit would be awesome to try out

  111. nicolthepickle says:

    I would go for this yoga mat. STOTT PILATES Hot Yoga Plus Mat (ST-02091) – Blue/Grey

  112. Anna W says:

    I wouls buy the Blendtec, looks awesome.

  113. Laura says:

    I would choose some of the great yoga gear, I’ve only started practicing and only have a basic mat at this point.

  114. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I’d like the Samsung Gear Fit.

  115. Zachary Thor says:

    I would absolutely put a bit of extra money towards a Jawbone UP! A good looking piece of technology makes it more worthwhile to wear, I think.

  116. Carole B. says:

    I’ll buy the Organika Health Organic Greens Powder

  117. Mark V. says:

    Id put it towards Nike Sport Watch with TomTom GPS

  118. I definitely need to buy a FitBit! 🙂

  119. Sylvia says:

    Obusforme backrest support is my choice.

  120. Virginia Buck says:

    I would like to buy the FitBit. Wonder if it can be worn on the ankle. Can’t wear any jewelry at work for saftey reasons and that is where I get the most exercise.

  121. Mark C. Dias says:

    The FitBit

  122. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    I would by the FitBit for my husband because I have one and LOVE it and he wants one now!

  123. diane welburn says:

    a FitBit!

  124. MrDisco says:

    definitely the Fitbit

  125. stacey dempsey says:

    There has been so much talk about the fit bit that would interest me

  126. stacey h says:

    i would love the Stamina Kathy Smith Adjustable Kettle Bells for my workouts.

  127. Sunshine Gudlaugson says:

    I’ve been wanting to try a Fitbit, just to see what it’s like!

  128. i love all their products!! I need a full set of weights so I’d start my collection!

  129. Judy Cowan says:

    Definitely the FitBit!

  130. victoria W says:

    would like to try the fitbit

  131. Monica says:

    I would buy a kettle bell and protein powder

  132. kathy downey says:

    Zenzation Athletics Hot Yoga Towel is nice

  133. Peter Banka says:

    The FitBit

  134. Sherry K says:

    I will get the Fitbit Flex – I have the Zip and love it but would like to have the extras.

  135. Dawn walsh says:

    the fitbit

  136. Jolie says:

    I would buy the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband (FB401BK).

  137. Cahley says:

    The Fitbit looks a great way to motivate yourself!

  138. ginette4 says:

    I would get the Fitbit

  139. Emily H says:

    Would definitely be interested in the fitbit!

  140. Rene says:

    The Hydro Therapy Foot Massager might just get my vote!

  141. wobbles13 says:

    I’d get a new laptop!

  142. Jenn says:

    I would love to use it towards the blendtec – I’ve been wanting to try green juicing!

  143. A.J. Carano says:

    I’d probably buy something like the Organika Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

  144. Nicole says:

    I’d love to try the FitBit!

  145. Chelsea V. says:

    If I won I would love to get the Fitbit … sounds like its a must-have! 🙂

  146. christina barany says:

    Lifecore Fitness Rowing Machine to add to my home gym!

  147. Karine says:

    I’d like an ipod so i could listen to music while I work out 🙂

  148. wilson king says:


  149. Kelly H says:

    I would love to try the fitbit! Perfect for the busy lifestyle

  150. Lori P says:

    I’d put it towards the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale.

  151. Rosanne Robinson says:

    I would put this Gift Card towards purchasing a Blendtec.

  152. Audrey Skinner says:

    I would buy a massager.

  153. Manuel Vizcaya says:

    I’d get a Fitbit

  154. Craig Silva says:

    I’ve been looking at the Jawbone UP24 Activity Tracker to replace my aging Nike FuelBand.

  155. Greg says:

    Standing all day at work I definitely need the iComfort Foot Massager

  156. Shannon says:

    I would use the gc for a fitbit!

  157. tammy ta says:

    I would buy the Fitbit with the gift card

  158. GARRY S says:


  159. Katy Emanuel says:

    I would use it towards Blendtec Designer Series 1 Litre Blender – Red

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