The goods

By Christine Davis

Paint Your Life

Preserve your memories with this personalized art service. Simply submit your photos – from family to pet shots and anything in between – online, choose your style of painting and an artist will paint it. It’s a simple process that includes approvals to get it just right. Available at From $189

Ironman Essential 42 watch

Featuring a soft silicone rubber strap and Indiglo light-up dial, this analog watch is perfect for daily wear. Available in various colours, it’s also water resistant to 100m. Available at $90

BlackBerry KEY2

The most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet has arrived and it’s perfect for those who use their smartphone for communications rather than gaming. It features the BlackBerry keypad that users love, and it’s 20 per cent larger than the previous model and now features a fingerprint sensor spacebar in addition to a host of other upgrades. Available in black from Bell, Rogers and Telus. From $95 on a 2-year term. Available in silver unlocked at,, and From $829.99

Cold Brew Coffee

Keep cool with the hottest trend in coffee. Available in an assortment of styles and flavours at Pusateri’s. Califia XX Espresso Cold Brew with Almond Milk, $4.69 each, Kicking Horse Coffee Smart Ass Cold Brew, $3.99 each, Pilot Coffee Cold Brew ‘Latte’, $4.49 each, Station Cold Brew Coffee Co. Nitro Organic Mocha, $4.29 ea

Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker

Cool down with homemade frozen treats in as little as 20 minutes with this compact machine that makes ice cream, frozen yogurt, custard, sorbet and gelato. Available at $56.99

Rubbermade FreshWorks product saver

This new storage container uses FreshVent technology to keep produce fresher longer than original packaging by regulating the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide in and out of the container while the CrispTray at the bottom elevates produce away from moisture to prevent spoilage. Choose from six sizes. Available at Loblaws,Walmart and Canadian Tire. From $9.99

Black Fly beverages

These small batch craft mixed drinks are made with such quality ingredients as vodka, tequila, rum, whisky and gin, as well as real juices and cane sugar for ready to drink cocktails that are perfect for the dog days of summer. Choose from 22 varieties. Available at the LCBO. Various prices

J.P. Wiser’s Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail

Experience this classic whisky cocktail more conveniently at home with this pre-made Old Fashioned. The mix of whisky, simple syrup, sweet orange and bitters is in perfect proportion and is easy to serve by simply pouring over ice and adding an optional orange peel. Available at LCBO. $29.95

WonderBra Gravity Defying Bra

Keep cool and comfortable during hot summer days with this bra that looks and feels great thanks to its back-smoothing design. Available in assorted colours. Available at The Bay. $48

Kashi joi bars

Try the imaginative flavour combinations in these bars, which are available in two distinct formats. Nut Bars provide a wholesome boost with Raspberry Dark Chocolate Hazelnut, Pistachio Fig & Lemon and Coconut Cranberry Almond flavours, while the Almond Butter Energy Nut Bars offer 9 to 10 grams of protein in flavours such as Dark Chocolate Espresso Nut, Banana Chocolate Nut and Blueberry Maple Pecan. Available at Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart. $1.99/bar; $21.46/dozen

Rose Reisman’s Personal Gourmet Cottage Boxes

Enjoy nutritionally balanced, delicious, frozen meals delivered right to your cottage with this new service. Fully cooked and ready to heat and eat, choose from three options: the Muskoka, the Kawartha and the Haliburton. Each has different offerings that serve from 10 to 20 people depending on the box. Available at $100 – $200

Weekender Chevron Chic

Be chic any day of the week with this stylish watch from Timex. Featuring a woven strap, rose gold case and a light up watch dial it’s water resistant up to 30 metres. Available at $75

Bernardin Smooth Sided Jars

Showcase your summer jams and jellies in these new jars. The 250mL size is ideal while the smooth façade perfectly accommodates personalized labelling and decorating for crafting, décor and sharing. The SureTight lids keep foods sealed up to 18 months. Available at Walmart, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware and Loblaws. Case of 12 with lids $9.99

Conair Battery Operated Trimmer

Clean up around your ears and neckline with this battery operated trimmer that provides easy free hand convenience for on-the-go. Available at Walmart and $24.97

Aqualia Thermal by Vichy

Keep your skin hydrated with this new line from Vichy. Made of 97 per cent natural ingredients the hypoallergenic formulas are available in rich and light creams, gel and serum to leave your skin fresh, plump and luminous. Available at drug stores and $39.95 to $42.95

DYLN Living Water Bottle

Offering easy access to alkaline antioxidant water, which can help maintain the delicate acid-alkaline balance in the body, this reusable bottle is easy to use. Simply  fill it with purified or filtered water, wait 15 to 20 minutes while the VitaBead Diffuser at the bottom of the bottle creates the alkaline water, then enjoy. Available at  $46 US