Ready for a Change? Join the #TDAeroplan Twitter Chat!

August 24, 2015

There is it. That moment when you look at the calendar and realize that summer is on its way out the door, ushering in the brisk, fresh fall weather. Yes, the days will get shorter and the nights will be cooler, but fall happens to be my favourite season for travelling; you can appreciate the beauty of the Canadian landscape without fighting the opposing elements of summer and winter.

To answer the questions of where to go and what to do, join the #TDAeroplan Twitter Chat. We’ll share some of our favourite Canadian destinations that are perfect for weekend getaways (with or without kids). From a classic mountain retreat in the Rockies to a scenic stay in a European-inspired village, these laid-back escapes promise relaxation and offer a unique appreciation of the season!
TD AeroplanTo thank you for participating, we’ll be giving away some pretty amazing prizes! RSVP below for a chance to win, and see you on Thursday night.  (more…)

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Back to School with Grand & Toy!

August 21, 2015

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!

This year, there are three things you absolutely need to know:

1) Camo is *always* in style. This year, rock the trend in a subtle way with a camo hat, cell phone case or book bag. For the girls, pair it with metallic solids for street-style perfection.

2) Put an end to bullying. Make it part of your back-to-school “to do” list to talk to your children about behavioural expectations throughout the school year. Remember, no one likes a bully.

3) Grand & Toy has an online shop, where you can find some of the hottest back-to-school products and prices. YES, Grand & Toy!

Grand & Toy offers Canadians a complete selection of office supplies, furniture, the latest tech and of course, back-to-school products for kids, teens and the college crowd! It’s all available through their online shop, where you can take advantage of fabulous sales, discounts and promos you won’t find anywhere else (like this Starbucks gift card offer or this bonus China Glaze nail polish set).

Want to learn more? We thought so! Join the #grandandtoyB2S Twitter Party on Tuesday, August 25th at 8pm EDT! We’ll have all the scoop on the hottest back-to-school products that you can order online in time for the first day of school.
To thank you for joining, we’ll have some AMAZING prizes up for grabs – you won’t want to miss it! RSVP below for a chance to win (Canadians only), and we’ll see you on Tuesday night.  (more…)

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Get Ready for Back-to-School with #HeritageB2S

August 15, 2015

Sitting here, gathering my thoughts to write this post, I have only one question: Where did summer go? It’s like I snapped my fingers and poof! It’s gone!

Which means September is around the corner. And the kids will be going back to school. And I’ll have my sanity back.

Hello! Summer is sooo overrated, isn’t it?

Back-to-school season is upon us; shopping for school supplies, setting new routines and more. Heritage Education Funds wants to help start the school year off right, so they’re hosting the second annual #HeritageB2S Twitter Party on Wednesday!
Heritage B2S Twitter Party RevisedTo thank you for joining us, they’ve teamed up with Save.ca and DK Canada to offer over $1300 in prizes that you – and your kids – will love! Up for grabs:

3 x $100 Visa gift cards
2 x Book Prize Packs (valued at over $100 each)
2 x HP Chromebooks (valued at $399 each)

RSVP below to be eligible for prizes (Canadians only). Good luck, and see you on Wednesday!  (more…)

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#TDThanksYou Then and Now

August 4, 2015

From test drive, to owning a ride.
From building blocks, to building a business.
From tree house, to first house.

Think about your then and now. And then think about how far you’ve come.

At TD Canada, they’ve been there through some of their customer’s biggest life moments. To say thank you, they turned a trip to the bank into a journey through their years together.

What are some of life’s major moments that have inspired your then and now? Join us for the #TDThanksYou Twitter Chat on Thursday, August 6th at 8:00pm EDT. We’ll celebrate your best throwbacks, recall the times you felt lucky in life, and of course, have a heartwarming chat centered around gratitude.
TDThanksYouTo thank you for joining us, we’ll give away five (5) x $100 Amazon Gift Cards. To participate in the chat, simply follow @TD_Canada and join your hosts @Listen2Lena, @FeistyFrugal, @Kidsumers and @SassyModernMom while tweeting on the #TDThanksYou hashtag.  (more…)

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Hands Up if you Love a Good #VarageSale!

August 2, 2015

I know what you’re thinking. What’s a VarageSale?

Hold onto your hat (but only if you don’t want to sell it) – because VarageSale is like a virtual garage sale on your phone! It’s a FREE marketplace app that allows families to buy and sell pre-loved items with their neighbors. Started by an expecting mom in 2012, VarageSale has evolved into a worldwide movement that touches the lives of millions. Visit VarageSale at www.varagesale.com, or download the mobile app, available on iOS, Android and Kindle devices.

Millions of members love the VarageSale app for its ease of use, convenience and safety. Use it to:

– Buy items you love at a fraction of the retail price
– Make money decluttering your home and selling unused items
– Buy and sell with people you can trust
– Have fun connecting with people in your community

Want to learn more? We’re celebrating the Ontario launch of #VarageSale with a Twitter Party this Wednesday, August 5th at 8PM EDT. We’ll be talking about clutter, organization and favourite finds. (Psst – we hope you’ll download the app before Wednesday to check out how VarageSale works!)
unnamedOf course, it wouldn’t be a Twitter Party without great prizes! We’ll be giving away four (4) $150 Visa Gift Cards and one (1) grand prize of a $400 Visa Gift Card throughout the party. This party is open to Ontario residents only. RSVP below to be eligible for prizing.

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Let’s Chat About the Playground! #PolyHealingIndex

July 30, 2015

You don’t know what fear is until you let two young boys loose at the playground.

“Don’t jump – it’s too high!”
“Watch your step… no pushing!”
“Slow down, you’re going to bump into something or someone!”
“STOP! Just STOP!”

(All words bellowed by me at one time or another while taking my kids to the local park.)

And you know what? I’m not alone. According to a recent survey of 500 Canadian moms with at least one child between the ages of 2 and 10, 71% have pain on the brain according to POLYSPORIN’s Healing Index, with the majority expressing that they are concerned about their children getting hurt while playing. In fact, 8 out of 10 mothers monitor their children closely with the aim to prevent any kind of physical harm. Sounds like you? Me too!

However, I know that the playground is an important place for child development, and want my kids to have freedom when playing even if it leads to getting hurt. Minor cuts and scrapes are part of being a kid! And I do realize that while accidents aren’t always preventable, I can do my best to kiss those boo-boos better.

Are you a helicopter parent? Like me, do you fall into the trap of being “too cautious” with your children? Join @PolysporinCA for the #PolyHealingIndex Twitter Party, where we’ll chat about the value and benefits of outdoor play!
Promotional Image2 (2)Co-hosting the chat is Dr. Shimi Kang MD (@drshimikang), author of #1 Bestseller The Dolphin Parent. She’ll be on hand to share her best tips for letting go of those parental fears, and if minor mishaps do happen, how to treat/comfort the kiddos.

Of course we’ll have some amazing prizes up for grabs! We’re giving away 4 x #PolyHealingIndex prize baskets valued at $90 each. In it, you’ll find a variety of Polysporin products, plus a $50 Walmart Gift Card! RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Tuesday night.

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Hello Summer! #LetsDoPicnic with Maple Leaf Foods!

July 24, 2015

What happens when you have an incredible, summer food-themed Twitter Party with all your favourite brands? You do it all over again, of course!

Join @MapleLeafFoods, @PepsiCanada, @LaysCanada, @TostitosCanada and @WonderBreadCA for the #LetsDoPicnic Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 29th at 8pm EDT!
#LetsDoPicnic Twitter Party Image (2)Now I know what you’re thinking: The last party was insanely good! How can you top it? Well, let’s start by upping the prize value – with over $1500 in prizes available to be won! – and you know we’ll be serving up scrumptious picnic food suggestions you won’t want to miss.

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Recognizing Our Biggest Champions: #ThankYouMom

June 19, 2015

Shaping, molding and nurturing one of our most important resources – our children – is no small feat, and is one that requires patience, perseverance and passion. Through countless hours, Canadian mothers play many different roles, whether it’s bringing a forgotten lunch to school, or cheering on a dedicated athlete at her track meet.

Sometimes, that athlete grows up and becomes an Olympian.

Meet Brianne Theisen-Eaton, an Olympian from London 2012. She holds the Canadian record for the indoor pentathlon with a score of 4768 points, and competes in the heptathlon and women’s pentathlon.

And meet Kim Theisen, her mom. “I did my best to be there for Brianne so that she could dedicate herself to the sport she loved. I relied on quality products for my family and taught Brianne to do the same.”

P&G’s #ThankYouMom campaign is about giving athletes an opportunity to thank their biggest champions – their moms. As a proud sponsor of moms, P&G products are used and trusted by moms every day so moms can focus on supporting their children.

This year, P&G has partnered with Athletics Canada to provide members of their team competing at the upcoming Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto and their moms an assortment of P&G products from brands like Tide, Bounty, Pantene and Gillette.

To learn more, please join us for the #ThankYouMom Twitter Chat on Monday, June 22 at 8pm EDT.
ThankYouMom Graphic v6We’ll be joined by very special guest Brianne Theisen-Eaton (@btheiseneaton), who’ll share her own experiences and examples of her mom’s support and selflessness throughout the years.

“I was honoured when P&G approached me to become involved in the Thank You Mom program,” says Theisen-Eaton. “This program gives me a chance to shine the spotlight on my mom – one of my biggest champions.”  (more…)

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Need a Moment? Don’t Worry, Fisher-Price has you Covered.

June 4, 2015

Oh, those Fisher-Price Mommy Moments.

From the moment your baby cries for the very first time… to the moment he takes his first step. And, every little thing in between. These are the moments we’ll always remember; the ones we’ll come back to again and again, reliving them as if they were happening before our very eyes. Those smiles. Those giggles. Those perfect memories, frozen in time.

And sometimes, the moments are as simple as sneaking in a shower, a second cup of coffee, or a long overdue phone call to a friend.

Need a moment? Don’t worry, Fisher-Price has you covered.
FPMommyMoments Graphic v2Fisher-Price, the world’s most trusted brand in toys, is there to support today’s parents with toys that are geared to each and every stage of your child’s growth, including all those milestone moments. Their wide range of innovative baby gear and fun and engaging toys are all designed to help today’s busy mom make the most of her time together with baby.

Today, I’d like to invite you to follow along as we share our #FPMommyMoments at our Twitter Party on Thursday, June 11th at 8pm EDT. Simply follow @thesocialcommon and @Listen2Lena and share your moment by answering the questions, remembering to add the #FPMommyMoments hashtag. To thank you for joining us, we’ll be giving away eight (8) prizes of Fisher-Price’s most sought-after gear, including a GRAND PRIZE valued at $750!

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It’s Always a Good Time to #StartSaving!

May 20, 2015

On the surface, I look like a shopaholic. I overspend on handbags, constantly invest in depreciating assets (ahem, my new Lexus), and collect Disney Pixar Cars. (See that? I’ve stopped pretending they’re for my boys.) So, at first glance, you may shake your head and think, she’s bad with money.

Not true. In the 20 years I’ve had my Visa Card, I’ve never paid a cent of interest. I’ve maxed out my RRSPs for the last few years. And I have a hefty rainy day fund – my trusted Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). It’s like my best friend.

Wondering if a TFSA is right for you? I daresay it’s right for everyone! Unlike other types of savings, you’re not taxed on the income you earn. It’s a great way to save for your short or long-term goals, because it lets your savings grow – tax-free.

Want to learn more? Join the @TD_Canada #StartSaving Twitter Chat on Friday, May 22nd at 1:00pm EDT. Co-hosted by @LindaMacKay_TD, Senior Vice-President of Retail Savings and Investing at TD, we’ll take you through how easy it is to start saving. Whether you’re putting money aside for a down payment on a house, saving for a major purchase like a car or a vacation, building your rainy day fund or making sure you have enough for a comfortable retirement, a TFSA can help. Start Saving Graphic v2Of course, what would a chat be without prizes? To help you #StartSaving, we’ll be giving way $500 in cash prizes! I’m hoping it’s the perfect motivation for you to open, or transfer the money to, a TSFA. No RSVP required; see you on Friday afternoon!

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Are You #Nuts4Peanuts? Don’t Miss Our Twitter Chat!

May 13, 2015

It’s no secret: Canadians love peanuts! Did you know… the average Canadian consumes nearly three kilograms of peanuts and peanut butter per year, and 9 out of 10 Canadians report they have peanuts or peanut butter in their home?

(Waving both arms in the air over here.)

I totally get the peanut love, because when it comes to nutrition, the peanut packs a powerful punch. Just one serving (1 oz.) is chock full of protein, fibre, healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals recommended daily in Canada’s food guide. On top of that, recent research shows that eating peanuts in moderation can help to keep your heart healthy. They contain oleic acid, a heart-healthy source of unsaturated fat and are naturally 100% cholesterol-free.

Are you #Nuts4Peanuts? You won’t want to miss our Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 14th at 12:00pm EDT. We’ll celebrate the wide-“spread” love of peanuts and peanut butter, share recipes, nutritional tips and more!
PBC-Twitter-Chat-graphic (2)Have questions? We have answers! Dietitian and nutrition writer @SueMahRD will join the chat to share good eats, nutrition trends, and fascinating food facts. And of course we’ll have prizes – 5 grocery gift cards and a BONUS surprise!

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you tomorrow afternoon!  (more…)

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This Summer, Grab the Hottest Outdoor #LooksForLess!

May 9, 2015

It’s one of the biggest joys of the summer season in Canada.

PATIO LIVING!!!

And where can you find a wide breath of fun, colourful design accessories to brighten things up, and a fantastic selection of contemporary patio furniture – ALL at unbeatable prices?

Walmart Canada, of course! Next Thursday, join us for the @WalmartCanada #LooksforLess Twitter Party. We’ll showcase the hottest trends of the season, provide design and decor inspiration, and of course, give away a prize or two.

Okay, we’re giving away NINE amazing prizes – including THREE BONUS prizes! You’ll just have to attend to join the fun!
2015-Summer_Outdoor_Living_Icon_May 5Of course, we can’t give you decor advice without bringing in the experts! @LeighAnnAllaire – Cityline’s colour and design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and DIY doyenne – will be on our party to answer all your outdoor style questions. It’s a party you won’t want to miss! (Click here for Twitter Party rules.) (more…)

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Turn Laundry Time into Turbo Time

May 8, 2015

I just have one question for you: What could you be doing, if you weren’t doing laundry?

Good news – you just may have the chance to find out! Summer’s just around the corner, meaning more time outdoors and less time to worry about household chores that can often keep you locked inside. (Looking at you, laundry.)

Designed to address the issues moms (and dads!) most commonly face with their HE machines, HE Turbo Clean™ detergents save time, water and energy using proprietary, quick-dissolving Smart Suds™ technology that helps prevent HE Machines from running additional rinse cycles.

Translation: less time waiting for the laundry, and more time sipping lemonade on the patio.

Now, I’d love to share more details with you (and trust me, you’ll want to hear more!) so of course we’re throwing a Twitter Party! Join us for the #HETurbo Twitter Party on Monday, May 11th at 9:00pm EDT.
Tide BLOG_LRG_MY07Now, I know what you’re thinking… a laundry Twitter Party? What else have you got for me Lena? Oh, how about SEVEN (7) Tide HE Turbo Clean bundles and over $1500 in Visa Gift Cards? It’s true! In fact… the Grand Prize winner will walk away with a Tide HE Turbo Clean bundle and a $500 Visa Gift Card. Now THAT’s what I call cleaning up!

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Find #InsuranceThatFits!

May 1, 2015

It’s likely something you don’t often think about – yet something that crosses your mind, at least from time to time.

Home Insurance. 

Do you have adequate coverage? Have you considered your policy deductible? Do you know what your policy does NOT cover? If you’re scratching your head right now, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Truth is, home insurance is one of those things you know you should have… you’re just not sure what you do have. And, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all.

Let’s change that. Join us for the @TD_Insurance #InsuranceThatFits Twitter Chat on Monday, May 4th at 8pm EDT.
Invitation 1_v2 (2)We’ll have TD Insurance experts on hand to answer any questions you may have, and will be giving away Home Depot Gift Cards to inspire you to renovate or redecorate!

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Celebrate Your #AvoLove with an #AvoMexico Twitter Fiesta!

April 30, 2015

They just might be the world’s most perfect superfood.

I’m talking about Avocados from Mexico, of course! Fresh, delicious, authentic, and available year-round, avocados contain nearly essential 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds like 81 micrograms lutein and zeaxanthin, which research suggests may help maintain eye health as we age. And, more than 75 percent of the fat in avocados is considered “good” fat, with 3g coming from monounsaturated fat and 0.5g from polyunsaturated fat (per 1-ounce serving). Not only that, but avocados are also completely free of cholesterol and sodium.

But the most compelling reason to love Avocados from Mexico? GUAC.

At my house, it’s Guac O’Clock all the time! Guacamole with tortilla chips. Guacamole with veggies. Guacamole as a sandwich spread. Guac all the things!

And what better time to celebrate my favourite dip than Cinco de Mayo – that’s right, it’s time for a Twitter Fiesta!
AvosMexicoCA Twitter Party Graphic v2Join us on Tuesday, May 5th at Noon EDT for an authentic Cinco de Mayo party. We’ll share the most sought-after recipes, discuss party ideas and inspiration, and of course, introduce you to Avocados from Mexico (@AvosMexicoCA)! And, to thank you for joining us, we’ll have a few prizes that will allow you to indulge in your #AvoLove.

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More Saving. More Doing… with Our Gardening Guru!

April 29, 2015

If you weren’t born with a green thumb, you’re probably not alone.

Each year, thousands of gardening enthusiasts flock to The Home Depot Canada for advice, inspiration, and of course, the highest quality products for a sprawling, luxury landscape.

Or, you know, a herb garden – which is what I’m attempting this year. Don’t judge! Small steps!

And if you’re like me, an hour with an expert – who’s at my disposal to answer questions, dispel myths and provide encouragement – is pretty invaluable. Good news! The Home Depot Canada is making this a reality.

Join @HomeDepotCanada on Wednesday May 6, 2015 at 8pm ET for the #ScottsSimpleSteps Twitter Party with renowned TV celebrity @FrankFerragine! As a talented gardening guru, he’s here to answer your questions – and we’d love for you to chat with us during this party on tips and tricks for bringing your lawn and garden to life this spring. Whether you’re interested in hearing about the latest trends in outdoor planting, or the simple steps to growing a better, greener lawn with Scotts products, we’ll be covering it all!
THD_FB_SpringTwitterParty-V11_invite (2)By participating, you’ll have a chance to win one of eight (8) gift cards for The Home Depot, with a grand prize worth $1,000! See official rules here.

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Blended… Drizzled… Layered… With Nutella!

April 29, 2015

Freddoccino made with Nutella. Banana Nut Muffin made with Nutella. Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich made with Nutella. Cheesecake made with Nutella. Bagel made with Nutella.

NUTELLA ALL THE THINGS!

Nutella is coming to Coffee Culture on Friday, May 1st! And when you combine Coffee Culture’s fresh, high quality foods and beverages with the “oh-my-gah-so-good” flavour of Nutella, you know you’re on to something good.

But why go on, when I can simply let a picture do all the talking?
Twitter Party (Nutella) April 2015 (2)(True story: I think that might be the most drool-worthy Twitter Party graphic I’ve ever laid eyes on. I’ll wait while you ogle a bit; I certainly don’t blame you!)

Love what you see? Join us for the #CoffeeCulture Twitter Party on Friday, May 1st at 12pm EDT. We’ll share the latest menu obsessions featuring Nutella, learn about your favourite indulgences, and of course, have some fabulous prizes up our sleeves!

BONUS: Attendees will be privy to a very special BOGO coupon… that’s all I’ll say for now! You’ll have to attend to get the scoop.

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Investing in the Strength of Women and the Dreams of Girls

April 28, 2015

Did you know that half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16?

I’m proud to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation. They specialize in helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence – and are the only national foundation in Canada dedicated to giving women and girls a chance for a better life.

Why focus on women and girls?

Improving gender equality improves economic and social conditions for everyone.
Women and girls deserve a chance for a better life—free from violence, poverty, and stereotypes.
Women and girls face different kinds of economic and social challenges.
Helping women and girls is cost effective and creates very successful outcomes.

YOU can help. This May, raise hope for women who have experienced violence by purchasing specially marked Shop for Hope products at WINNERS and HomeSense stores.

Net proceeds from Shop for Hope product sales go directly to the Canadian Women’s Foundation Campaign to End Violence. Your contribution helps support over 445 women’s shelters and funds community violence prevention programs across Canada. This May, shop to make a difference in the lives of women and children – Shop for Hope!

Let’s start the discussion. Join us for the @cdnwomenfdn #raisehope Twitter Chat on Thursday, April 30th at 9:00pm EDT. We’ll celebrate women, share ways you can contribute, and of course, show off the latest Shop for Hope products (and give away six prize bundles, too!).
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Time to Celebrate! It’s a #housie Twitter Chat!

April 22, 2015

You’ve seen me share my #housie. You’ve been enticed to share your own with this amazing contest. And now, it’s time to celebrate homeowners with a #housie Twitter Chat!Housie GraphicJoin us on Thursday, April 23rd at 8pm EDT as we chat about buying a first home, design and decor, and of course, all the little things that make your space uniquely yours. And, since we love a good before/after, we’ll be giving away SIX (6) $100 Amazon.ca Gift Cards to help you spruce up your digs!

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You Asked… H&R Block Listened! Time for DIY x 2!

April 17, 2015

It’s less than two weeks away, friends… the deadline to file 2014 income taxes. Sure, you *could* curl up into the fetal position, denying the mountain of receipts and paperwork you need to tackle. Or you could suck it up, download H&R Block’s FREE Online Tax Software, and call it a day.

See? I said the good “f” word. FREE.

Now, chances are, if you’re still waiting to file, you may have some questions for the experts at H&R Block. And they are willing to assist! Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Download H&R Block’s FREE Online Tax Software.

Step 2: Prepare your tax return. With an easy interface, access to round-the-clock support and an accuracy guarantee, it just makes sense to give H&R Block’s Online Tax Software a go!

Step 3: Write down any questions you may have, and bring them to the #FileFreeOnline Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00pm EDT. An entire team of experts will be on the chat to offer last minute clarifications, answer your tax-related questions, and give you the final push you need to file your tax return!
FileFreeOnline GraphicTo thank you for joining us, of course we’ll have a ton of gift cards up for grabs – 5 x $100 Visa Gift Cards, and a GRAND PRIZE of a $250 Visa Gift Card! RSVP below for a chance to win, and see you on Wednesday night!  (more…)

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