Win It! Second Cup Gift Card

September 17, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

It’s bold. It’s rich. It’s velvety. It’s a Flat White: an espresso-based coffee that has become a favourite of espresso lovers around the world – and now, it’s available at Second Cup. Second Cup is the first Canadian specialty coffee retailer to introduce the Flat White to its espresso menu. To help celebrate its availability in Canada, I’m so pleased to offer you the chance to win a $100 Second Cup Gift Card.

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‘Tis the Season to #PurifyYourAir

September 11, 2014

Take a peek at the calendar. Allergy and flu season are here! And Canadians invest $9.1 billion annually in janitorial and sanitation supplies to clean surfaces, remove odours and kill germs with touch-free hand sanitizers – all of which address an issue that does not kill the key contributor to illness from air transmission. Because even with all these products, if your child has asthma, there’s a 1 in 4 chance he or she will be heading to hospital in September.

How scary is that?

Every year, up to 25% of the annual hospital admissions for asthma flare-ups among Canadian children occur in September. With the new school year approaching, so comes some of most frequent asthma triggers: germs, low use of appropriate asthma medications over the summer months increasing vulnerability, and unventilated classrooms that may contain dust, mould spores.

Most asthma exacerbations are caused from the air we breathe. The dirty truth is that inside air is five times more polluted than outdoor air and we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors. Hopefully with preventative care we can decrease asthma sufferers’ reliance on steroid-containing inhalers as a first line of defence, an issue which has been receiving much dialogue among parents.

This is a subject I’m passionate about, as we have both allergy and asthma sufferers in our family. And that’s why I adore Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers. The ONLY Air Purifier to be certified by the Asthma Society of Canada, AeraMax units safely remove 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. That means cleaner, safer air for you and your loved ones.

Learn more at the @FellowesCanada #PurifyYourAir Twitter Party on Monday, September 15th at 8pm ET.
PurifyYourAir Twitter Party GraphicIn addition to providing you with information on how you can keep your air clean this fall and winter, we’ve also got some terrific prizes up for grabs:

2 x $100 Staples Gift Cards
2 x AeraMax 100 Air Purifier (value $189.99)
2 x AeraMax 200 Air Purifier (value $290.99)
1 x AeraMax 300 Air Purifier (value $349.99)

RSVP below for your chance to win. – and see you on Monday night!  (more…)

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Shell V-Power Formula for Driving Excitement

September 3, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Whether you’ve been on a road trip across Canada or cruising to your local watering hole, we bet you’ve been on some exciting drives this summer. That’s why Shell just launched the Shell V-Power Formula for Driving Excitement Contest – to honour and discover the best drives in Canada.

From now until September 9, casual road trippers and driving enthusiasts can enter to win a chance to make their exciting drive a reality at www.shell.ca/shellvpowercontest. One Grand Prize winner will receive a week-long luxury car rental and a year’s worth of Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline!

ShellYou can also win $100 in Shell Free Fuel Gift Cards here! Simply fill the form below with you qualifying entries.

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Back to School: Set Me Up Best Buy!

August 26, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Back. to. School. If you’re a parent, those three words rule your world right now! And with the kiddos set to enter the classroom for another year, the crunch is on to get ready, get prepped, and go!

You’ll likely be partaking in a little shopping – and, you’ll have a choice on where to spend your hard-earned money. So, what should you look for in a retailer? Let me make a case for Best Buy – they’ve got everything to set your kids up for success this back to school, making it easy for you to shop for what you want, where you want and how you want all at the lowest possible price.

i. Lowest Price Guarantee: Best Buy’s Lowest Price Guarantee to customers is the best in Canada. They guarantee it both in-store and online.

ii. Reserve and Pick-up: Customers can reserve their product online without entering any credit card information and pick up their item at the store of their choice in as quickly as 20 minutes.

iii. Assortment: Nobody in Canada can offer a better selection of products.

iv. In-store Pick-up and Web kiosks: If they don’t have something in-store, their Blue Shirts will assist customers to purchase the product online at one of the in-store web kiosks and have the product shipped to their home or the store for easy pick-up.

Okay, so maybe you’ve considered Best Buy for your electronic needs. But not only does Best Buy have all of the latest and greatest in technology for back to school, they also carry a wide assortment of backpacks, lunch bags, school supplies, musical instruments, educational toys and more. It’s true!

FACT: Best Buy carries more than 300 backpacks online from top brands including JanSport, Swiss Gear, Roots, TUMI, OGIO, High Sierra and many more in a number of different styles, sizes and colours to suit every student going back to school.

BTS_Backpack_Campaign_ElementarySchoolFACT: Best Buy carries over 3,500 school and office supplies online so while you are shopping for your new laptop or tablet, you can also get your pens, notebooks and pencil crayons all at the same place.  (more…)

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Back To School in Style: #HeritageB2S Twitter Party

August 24, 2014

What are you doing on Wednesday night? No, seriously – what are you doing? Because there’s only ONE thing you need to do. Trust me on this. Clear your schedule. Call the babysitter. Set your PVR.

Newsflash: the ONLY place you’ll want to be is the #HeritageB2S Twitter Party at 9:00pm ET on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014. Because, in addition to sharing tips and tricks to make the new school year as stress-free as possible, we’ll be giving away a MacBook Air Laptop, valued at $999.
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(It’s okay if you need a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor. I get it, I really do!) We’ll also have $700 in gift cards from Oliver’s Labels and Target to give away, with seriously amazing denominations such as 2 x $50, 2 x $100 and 1 x $200 in Target gift cards. Now that’s how you’re supposed to start off the school year – winning at our Twitter Party! See full details here.

Be sure to follow our sponsors @HeritageFunds and @OliverLabels – and RSVP below for your chance to win!  (more…)

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Back to School: We’re #Eggcited4Eggs!

August 21, 2014

There are a LOT of things to obsess over with back to school around the corner. I’d list them all… but I don’t want to scare you away! And if you’ve got a kiddo or two (or three, or four…) chances are, you already know the drill.

One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about? Getting healthy, delicious – and most importantly, easy to make – meals on the breakfast table and in their lunch bags. And we’re here to help! With tips, tricks and the very best recipes from @eggsoeufs, you won’t want to miss the #Eggcited4Eggs Twitter Party on Thursday, August 28th at 8:00pm ET! (See official rules here.)

EFC - Twitter Party Graphic Promo Graphic - Final BIn addition to a fun-filled chat, we’ll also be sharing information about a new partnership between Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) and Breakfast Club of Canada. In Canada, one out of seven children goes to school on an empty stomach. As part of its commitment to social responsibility, EFC has partnered with one of the country’s major nutritional programs, Breakfast Club of Canada, which provides thousands of breakfasts to children every day.

“As farmers, we take our responsibility toward our community very seriously. Through this partnership, more children across the country will have access to a healthy start,” says Peter Clarke, Chair of Egg Farmers of Canada. “Every child deserves a complete breakfast before attending school and we are very proud to be partnering with Breakfast Club of Canada for such a great cause.”

To thank you for joining the conversation, we have some prize packs that will definitely get you #Eggcited4Eggs! RSVP below to join the fun, and see you on Thursday night!  (more…)

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Back to School with #airmilesshops!

August 19, 2014

I have fond memories of back to school shopping with my parents. Shuffling from store to store; checking the flyers, prices and sales, wading through crowds of kids and frazzled parents.

My boys won’t have the same memories – because I’ll be completing ALL their back to school shopping online! And with www.airmilesshops.ca, it’s easier than ever to reward yourself – from August 25th until September 1st, Collectors earn 5x reward miles just for shopping at their favourite online stores through #airmilesshops!

Earning AIR MILES reward miles while shopping online through airmilesshops.ca is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

Step One: Sign In – Sign in with your AIR MILES Collector Number and click “Shop Now”
Step Two: Shop – You will be taken to the retailer’s online site and shop as you normally would
Step Three: Earn – You will earn 1 AIR MILES reward miles for every $20 you spend!

All you have to do is remember to sign in through the portal and you’ll automatically earn rewards. And since your privacy and security is of the utmost importance, each and every retailer that is under the “virtual roof” of airmilesshops.ca uses a secure SSL checkout. Hence, you’ll always have peace of mind when shopping online – especially during the hectic back to school season.

So beat those crowds, grab the best deals, and get ready to WIN – join us for an @AIRMILES #airmilesshops Twitter Party on Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET. We’ll share tips and tricks for finding the hottest back to school gear and showcase the latest and greatest from top fashion retailers like Old Navy, The Gap, TOMS, Hudson’s Bay and more! Plus, we’ll be giving away some pretty sweet prizes, guaranteed to receive an A+ for awesomeness.

AIR MILES back to schoolRSVP for a chance to win, and see you on Monday night! 

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Do You Prefer to Live #ONatural?

August 12, 2014

It’s not a fad, or a trend. It’s not backed by the celebrity du jour. It won’t come with a long list of cautionary side effects. It’s not a miracle cure, and will never claim to be one.

It is found in nature, and perfected by science. It’s homeopathic medicine.

Introducing Orange Naturals. They make professional quality, naturopathic health products that are convenient to use and easy to understand. Designed by licensed, Canadian naturopathic doctors, Orange Naturals combines the core components of natural medicine into a line of professional-grade, yet family-friendly, naturopathic products.

Want to learn more? I’m so pleased to be co-hosting the #ONatural Twitter Party with @OrangeNaturals. Together, we’ll share information on their best homeopathic health products, including tinctures, supplements and ND shakes. And… the prizes will be amazing. Trust me.

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Enjoy the Flavour of FREE: #AIRMILESCash

August 6, 2014

Now raise your hands if you blinked… and found yourself in August. Yeah, me too!

It’s safe to say that the summer is in full swing, so it’s definitely time to kick back and relax. Whether it’s with family, friends or your significant other, this season is officially the best time to take a break and treat yourself. However, with demanding schedules for many of us, there’s often not enough time to plan a carefree outing. (Or, if I decide to bring the kids… it’s an outing, but not necessarily carefree. Lesson: leave the kids at home.)

But don’t fret – it’s easier than ever to break away from the grind with the newest AIR MILES Cash feature!

Heads up, peeps, because if you’re a foodie, you’ll want to take note: You can now redeem AIR MILES reward miles instantly online for any Cara Restaurant – think Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill & Bar, Montana’s Cookhouse, Kelsey’s and Harvey’s…. and East Side Mario’s, Casey’s Grill + Bar, Bier Markt and Fionn MacCool’s from the Prime family of restaurants. That’s a whole lotta deliciousness – time to enjoy the flavour of FREE with AIR MILES Cash!

With these new mouth-watering dining options to choose from, it’s a snap to share the reward with family and friends. Forgot to send a birthday gift to a steak lover on the east coast? No problem! You can use reward miles in your AIR MILES Cash balance to redeem for electronic vouchers (called ‘eVouchers’). Simply redeem 95 reward miles for $10 towards your purchase with a Reward Partner of your choice – up to $750 worth of reward miles per day. That’s more than enough for your next night out at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, one of the latest Sponsors to join current partners such as Cineplex and Starbucks. Bring on your appetite!

Want to learn more? We’re serving up a fun-filled chat with @AIRMILES at the #AIRMILESCash Twitter Party!

AIRMILES Cash Graphic v2Join the fun on Tuesday, August 12th at 8pm ET. To whet your appetite, of course we’ll have some ah-mazing prizes up for grabs. Plus, we’ll give you all the scoop on AIR MILES Cash eVouchers, the latest Reward Partners, and more! (See our official rules.)

RSVP below for your chance to win, and we’ll see you on Tuesday night!

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Food Hackers Unite! #IAmFoodHacks Twitter Party

August 6, 2014

“Get these. Do this. Done.” Sounds pretty simple, but do YOU have what it takes to elevate a meal, perfect a cooking method, or create an epic flavour fusion?

As you’ll recall from my post – Are YOU Kraft Canada’s Ultimate Food Hacker? – Kraft Canada is searching for our nation’s #IAmFoodHacks ULTIMATE Food Hacker. The selected winning candidate will be Kraft Canada’s official Food Hacker, develop new Food Hacking recipes and drive food hacking content through Kraft social channels. (BONUS: This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes with a one year contract including a total of $25,000 in compensation and a generous monthly food allowance designed to inspire creative food hacking solutions.)

Well, the finalists have been chosen, and it’s time to put their food hacking skills to the test! They’ll be the special guests at the #IAmFoodHacks Twitter Party on Monday, August 11th at 8pm ET! (See official rules here.)

IamFoodHacks v2At the Twitter Party, we’ll share our best tips and tricks – hacks, if you will – with a keen emphasis on creating delicious food, expanding your knowledge of cooking techniques, and combining simple ingredients for quick and easy meals. And just as you answer our questions, so will the finalists… so be sure to send some love (RT’s, mentions) if you like what they have to say! (You *could* say this is their official “Twitterview!”)

As always, there will be fabulous prizes up for grabs – RSVP below for your chance to win. And, start thinking of your own food hacks and get ready to share- we’d love to hear them! See you on Monday night!  (more…)

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Second Cup Offers a Delicious Blast of Cool!

July 24, 2014

NOTE: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

If there’s anything better than a refreshing icy beverage on a hot, summer day – like… oh… today! – I don’t want to know about it. In fact, if I was ever offered compensation in the form of frozen drinks… I just might consider the offer.

I suppose my love affair with iced coffees, fruit drinks and smoothies began years ago, when every celebrity was photographed with an iced beverage in tow. There’s just something about the combination of designer handbags and delicious drinks that makes want to have that lifestyle. And I’m not alone; the iced coffee market has grown in Canada in recent years, and a recent survey commissioned by Second Cup reveals that the majority of iced coffee beverages are still consumed out-of-home.

At Second Cup, customers can order an iced version of any espresso-based beverage, coffee or tea, any time of day, any time of year, and it will be handcrafted to exact specifications. And now… they’re offering a delicious blast of cool with the NEW Frozen Lemonade and a Black Cherry Smoothie! So, whether you’re craving an icy coffee or something a little different, there’s a chilled beverage on the menu for you.

Second Cup Summer Drink FestivalTo celebrate, the Second Cup Summer Drink Festival is featuring one of five favourite drinks at a special price – $3.49 for a medium (while supplies last) – all summer long. These icy heroes include:

  • Chillatte – a chocolate frappe, ice cold, creamy and lightly sweet; made with Second Cup premium espresso
  • NEW Black Cherry Real Fruit Smoothie – made with real black cherry fruit puree
  • NEW Frozen Lemonade – Crisp, clean and refreshing; with a light and tangy real lemonade flavour
  • Frrrozen White Hot Chocolate – The deliciously decadent taste of white chocolate blended with milk and ice
  • Matcha Green Tea Frappé – a creamy and sweet source of antioxidants, with the revitalizing flavours of fresh herbal and green tea notes

The featured beverage changes every two weeks, so keep popping into Second Cup to find your favourite, and visit the Company’s new website at www.secondcup.com for more details.  (more…)

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What’s in YOUR Minute Maid Lights Mocktail?

July 21, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

Last week, I shared with y’all details from the Minute Maid Lights brunch in Toronto. I’m ecstatic that there are so many cocktail and mocktail lovers among us! And as promised, I’m back today to share the recipe for Nadine Hughes’ Lemon Ginger Punch, which will, by all accounts, change your life. Love lemonade? Love the sharp, spicy bite of ginger? This drink is for YOU.

Minute Maid Lights Lemon Ginger Punchhalf English Cucumber, cut into thin rounds
Small handful of fresh mint leaves
1 lemon, cut into thin rounds
7 cups Minute Maid Light Lemonade
2-3 cups Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale
Crushed Ice

This recipe is so simple to follow, you’ll find yourself making the punch over and over again. (Clearly, I speak from experience.) You can also add your own touches, like substituting basil for mint, or adding fresh raspberries.  (more…)

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On the Go? We’re Serving Up #DinnerIn15!

July 19, 2014

It’s 6:00pm, on any given night. Tick tock tick tock. Really, dinner should be on the table. Instead, you:

– sort through takeout menus for a dial-a-dinner
– rummage through the freezer for food packaged in a cardboard box
– climb a kitchen chair to peruse the (dusty) top shelf of the pantry
– jump in a car hell-bent for the nearest drive-thru

Sounds familiar? Yeah, it happens to me too. And the thing is, dinnertime is inevitable. There’s just this informal social custom that you have to feed your family every night (rolls eyes). Also inevitable? Those nights when you know you *could* whip up something fantastic, but dammit, you just don’t want to. And the second your will starts to waver, you begin your path to the dark side… which often ends with, “Would you like fries with that?”

But what if you could create a delicious, wholesome meal in just 15 minutes? Put that takeout menu away, sister! It’s time for #DinnerIn15!

From the gastronomic geniuses at Maple Leaf Foods, they’re created inspired ways to assemble a hearty meal in 15 minutes or less, starring their scrumptious ham products. Think Reuben Ham Skillet Dinner. Tropical Ham and Cheese Pizza. Hamexican Tostadas. YES, I said Hamexican!!!

Want to learn more? Join the @MapleLeafFoods #DinnerIn15 Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 30th at 8pm EST. We’ll be sharing our best recipes to get in you in (and out) of the kitchen in 15 minutes or less!

#DinnerIn15In addition to joining a fabulous conversation, we’re also serving up a chance to win a one-on-one online cooking class with Chef Bob Villeneuve, including a complete food hamper with all the goodies you’ll need to make a variety of 15-minute meals. Wowzers!

(We’ll also have tons of free product coupons up for grabs – this IS a Maple Leaf Foods Twitter Party, after all!)

Finally, we’ll announce the $1,000 winner of Appehtite’s Dinner in 15 Challenge LIVE at the Twitter Party. If you haven’t entered yet, what are you waiting for? Simply create a meal that can be made in 15 minutes or less using Maple Leaf or Schneiders ham, and submit your recipe to Appehtite.ca.

Sounds like we’ll have an awesome night! For your chance to win, RSVP below. Looking forward to partying with you!  (more…)

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Sometimes, It’s ALL About the #TINYWIN

July 17, 2014

Taking the stairs at work. Parking farther away from the mall entrance. Dancing around the kitchen while making dinner. Sounds like a great idea!

Drinking eight glasses of water per day. Swapping fried potatoes for baked potatoes. Surviving on one less cup of coffee every morning. That’s doable, no?

A small change which can lead to HUGE lifestyle rewards. That is the #TINYWIN.

We believe every step in the right direction deserves a celebration! Because, let’s face it, life is short, but days can be long. Faced with the stresses of balancing work, family, social obligations and more, it’s not always easy to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle. But when you pause, take a deep breath, and give yourself a pat on the back for your #TINYWIN, you’re well on the way to making a positive life change.

Need a little inspiration to get you started? Join us for the @KraftCanada Crystal Light #TINYWIN Twitter Party on Thursday, July 24th at 8:00pm ET. We’ll share our best tips for living an active, healthy lifestyle, and how you can make small (er… tiny!) changes every day to keep you positive, motivated, and most importantly, feeling your best.

CrystalLight-TwitterPartyE-viteTo thank you for joining the conversation, we’ll have some amazing prizes up for grabs! So, think of your own #TINYWIN strategy, and get ready to share. Cheers to a healthier you! (Click here for official Twitter Party Rules.)

For your chance to win, RSVP below. Looking forward to partying with you!  (more…)

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We’re Celebrating #HotDogDay with a Twitter Party!

July 15, 2014

Wednesday, July 23rd is officially Hot Dog Day in Canada! Yes, apparently every dog has its day.

When I was a wee one, “Hot Dog Day” meant a school lunch consisting of a boiled hot dog, a small bag of chips and overly sweet lemonade. Oh, how I adored Hot Dog Day! It allowed me the chance to have lunch at school with my friends, and savour three delicious foods at the same time. I can distinctly remember eating my hot dog s-l-o-w-l-y to relish every bite; popping the end in my mouth with a self-satisfied grin. At the time, ketchup was my topping of choice – but I’ve since evolved to include more inspired toppings such as smoked cheddar, salsa and even coleslaw.

(Extremely frustrating? I live with three boys who prefer NO condiments on their hot dogs. None! Zilch! Nada! Isn’t that like food blasphemy? Or are Maple Leaf Hot Dogs so good that no adornments are needed? Regardless, I’m still on team #ketchupmustardrelish.)

Now who doesn’t enjoy a good hot dog? Whether at a birthday party, ball park or in your own backyard, they’re one of the best handheld foods that the whole family loves. And today, the choices are endless! Maple Leaf Natural Selections, Angus Beef, Less Salt and more – there’s a hot dog to suit every taste and lifestyle. Pair them up with fresh Dempsters Hot Dog Buns, and you’re in flavourtown!

Hot Dog DayOf course, the best way to celebrate #HotDogDay is with a Twitter Party! Join @MapleLeafFoods as we pay tribute to the mighty hot dog. We’re starting the celebration one day early with a #HotDogDay Twitter Party on Tuesday, July 22nd from 8-9pm ET. There’ll be lots of yummy conversation and amazing prizes as always!

For your chance to win, RSVP below. Looking forward to partying with you!  (more…)

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Experience the Taste of Toronto!

July 15, 2014

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You know me and local food festivals. Oh, you don’t? Okay, I’ll explain – if there’s one happening, I WILL attend.

The chance to savour new and exciting cuisines. The opportunity to chat one-on-one with world-renowned chefs. The time to learn about cooking techniques, flavours and culinary inspiration. The thrill of purchasing sauces and spices that have yet to make it to market. THAT is why I love food shows.

Today, I’m happy to introduce the FIRST ever Taste Of Toronto, a Taste Festival.

Taste Festivals, an IMG event, is considered the world’s greatest restaurant festival. The festival concept began 10 years ago in London, England, and has rapidly grown into an international event with festivals in 20 cities around the world including Dubai, Amsterdam, Milan, Moscow, Melbourne, Dublin, Mumbai, Sydney, and Johannesburg, to name a few. Everywhere it goes, Taste represents a gourmand’s dream come true: delicious food created by the city’s greatest restaurants, world famous chefs, superb drink and outstanding entertainment, set in stunning surroundings.

Taste Festival, Regent's Park, London, 2008At Taste of Toronto, visitors can participate in a full schedule of cooking classes, demonstrations, chef Q&As, book signings and much more. Several special guests will be mingling with the crowd including Momofuku chef and owner David Chang; French-Canadian chef and television personality, Chuck Hughes; and cookbook author and Canadian chef, Roger Mooking.

With 17 of Toronto’s top chefs offering new culinary creations and over 50 signature small plates from their restaurants, sample the delicious fare over a picnic at the music stage featuring music performances by the likes of Jason Collett and The Darcys, curated by local record label Arts & Crafts. Be sure to tour the producers marketplace, including nearly 70 premium vendors, and visit the Officer’s Mess Kitchen for historical cooking classes for kids and adults alike.

Admission tickets start from $30 and give access to the festival grounds and programming listed below as well as $6 worth of ‘crowns’, the event currency. For more information or to purchase tickets visit tasteoftoronto.com(more…)

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Chill Out with the Wave Station from Hamilton Beach

July 5, 2014

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If I had my way, I’d play DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Summertime on repeat, all summer long. (Disclaimer: You need to be at least 35 years old to remember this tune, or have an affinity for early 90’s music.)

The weather is hot and girls are dressing less
And checking out the fellas to tell ‘em who’s best
Riding around in your jeep or your benzos
Or in your Nissan sitting on Lorenzos

When I was a young teen, radio stations would plop this anthem into rotation the minute the mercury rose above 20°C, where it would repeat endlessly until back to school flyers started circulating. It was the perfect “chill out” song.

Today, while I still love summer music, I also love cooling down with a refreshing fruit smoothie. After all, nothing says “summer in a glass” more than the tangy, cool blend of ripe fruit, creamy yogurt and refreshing ice. Until recently, I spent a little too much money ordering these delicious concoctions from drive thrus and juice bars, but now, I do it all at home.

Introducing the Hamilton Beach Wave Station Express Dispensing Blender. Two things you need to know right off the bat: First, it is currently on sale at Walmart Canada for just $14.94, so immediately after reading my review, I suggest you order one online or run out to your nearest store. (In fact, I’ll wait here if you need to quickly pop one in your cart. Remember, you’ll receive free shipping at Walmart when you shop online!)

Second, this machine is a beast. With a 500 watt peak power motor and 9 blending functions, the Wave-Action system continuously pulls mixture down into the blades for smooth results every single time. Plus, its 48 oz. dishwasher safe DuraBlend jar is large enough to make four 8 oz. smoothies at once – perfect for families and entertaining.

This summer, chill out with a Tropical Smoothie.

 Hamilton Beach Wave Station Express Dispensing BlenderThe following “recipe” (if you can call it that – I simply throw together some good foodie stuff) serves two. As you can see, there’s plenty of room to make four smoothies, all within a compact small appliance. And hello! Check out the fabulous, fun colour!  (more…)

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Celebrating 30 Summers Days with Staples Canada

July 1, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

At the beginning of June, I accepted the #30SummerDays photo challenge, sponsored by @StaplesCanada.

For the last month, I’ve posted themed photos that showcase my love for the season. And while y’all may have looked at my Instagram stream, thinking, “cute pictures!” – I actually have a little secret: I took them all with a handy little camera from Staples Canada!

30SummerDays4Staples Canada is the place to find Wifi-enabled cameras from Canon and Nikon, which allow you to upload your pictures and movies on-the-go. A social sharer’s dream! And, they just happen to have the BEST prices on some of the hottest cameras – like the Nikon COOLPIX S9600 Digital Camera, which features built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet.

30SummerDays3The 30 days flew by! I mean – newsflash – it’s the first of July today! And, if there’s one thing I learned from the photo challenge, it’s the importance of documenting life’s moments (big and small). Now would be the perfect time to pick up a Wifi-enabled camera from Staples Canada, to start cataloging your own memories.  (more…)

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#ArmYourself Ladies! It’s a Bliss Spa Twitter Party!

June 18, 2014

We’re just a few days away from the official start of summer! You know what that means… drinks on the patio, freezies and fresh fruit, and… tank tops! Take a peek under that heavy clothing… are you putting your best arm forward?

Introducing Bliss Spa products, available exclusively at Sephora and at Sephora.ca in Canada! Who says serious skincare has to be so, well, serious? Not the brains behind Bliss: Though their cult-favorite products pack seriously effective ingredients, Bliss’ cheeky names never fail to make you smile (FatGirlSlim, anyone?). Each blackhead-busting, cellulite-ridding, skin-smoothing treatment is created for the needs of actual Bliss Spa-goers. And even better, every Bliss tube, tub, bottle, and bar is injected with the same signature blend of humor, science, luxury, and ease that the Bliss spas are famous for—leaving you looking and feeling like you’re in a constant state of Bliss.

And now, we’re pleased to share with you the NEW FatGirlSlim Arm Candy.

What it is: An arm-perfecting cream to reduce redness while providing a firmer, smoother, and more toned appearance.

What it is formulated to do: Formulated with a complex of lactic acid, caffeine, white sapphire, and moisture beads, this powerful Arm Candy provides optimal results and beautiful, flaunt-worthy arms. It’s the only arm-perfecting cream, complete with a massaging applicator, proven to clinically reduce redness, firm, smooth, and create a more even skintone.

What else you need to know: This is not a weight or fat loss product. As part of your body-bettering routine, use in conjunction with regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular vigorous massage, and the rest of the Bliss fatgirlslim regimen.

Based on a clinical study of healthy females from 22 to 45 years of age after 4 weeks of use:
– 96% said arms felt soft
– 90% said arms felt smoother
– 80% said skin feels smoother
– 93% said it was easy to use

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Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge. {We Failed}

June 18, 2014

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only. 

There a few things my boys love more in life than die cast cars. (Popsicles and Christmas immediately come to mind; however, both are seasonal occurrences, whereas their love for Disney Cars and Hot Wheels is steadfast and endures throughout the seasons.) Hence, when I was approached by @HotWheelsCanada to join the Hot Wheels Parent Connector Club, of course I jumped at the opportunity. Heck, why wouldn’t I take all the credit for being a hero mom? I sensed exultation and accolades, and I wanted in.

Before long, a veritable cornucopia of Hot Wheels tracks, stunts cars, playsets and more arrived at our front door. The boys were in heaven! They immediately wanted to rip into the toys, but I cautioned that they’d have to wait, as we were tasked with participating in a Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge. This meant that I’d be inviting over some of their friends, having a little party, and challenging them to build the most epic Hot Wheels track ever. Sounds like fun, right? Gentlemen, start your engines!

Hot Wheels Track Builder ChallengeOkay, so there’s only one car at the start line. And that’s because there was only one boy at our “party” – Ryder. Now before you start feeling sorry for him for having no friends, let me explain.

It’s been a hard month. We’ve had an illness in the family, and I’ve been struggling to juggle the demands of momhood, business, family travel… and life’s little curve balls. Although we had originally settled on a date for the track challenge party, our guests had to postpone. Then we had to postpone. And then life got crazy. And every time I thought to myself, “Damn, I really have to host that party with the boys and the cars and the tracks and the noise…” … I shuddered a little.

So yes, it’s pretty much my fault.

But then, in between planning yet another playdate and trying to sync everyone’s schedule, it occurred to me that Hot Wheels are about play. So, I unceremoniously tore apart all the boxes, dumped some tracks on the backyard patio, and I told Ryder to play. And he did. From generation to generation, the trusted Hot Wheels brand has ensured hours of fun for children of all ages. The newest playsets are just as enjoyable, with innovation and ingenuity that is both anticipated and appealing.  (more…)

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