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!

RSVP below for a chance to win, and see you on Monday night!  (more…)

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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.

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

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Poutine at the Park? Alrighty Then.

April 30, 2015

If you’ve never been particularly blown away by the food offerings at Canadian sports stadiums, here’s some great news for Rogers Centre attendees.

Elizabeth Rivasplata, who competed in Season 2 of Top Chef Canada, is the stadium’s new executive chef! The new menu is inspired by the city’s many cultures and neighbourhoods, and she’s keen on utilizing local ingredients and suppliers to the fullest extent.

So, what can we expect? How about the Hogtown Grill Peameal Bacon Sandwich, which is served on a cornmeal bun with optional honey mustard and caramelized onions, or the Distillery District Roast Beef Dip Sandwich (jus, roasted garlic aioli, horseradish mayo, crispy red onion and rocket greens on a herb baguette) available at Muddy York Market.

And my pick? The Liberty Village Poutine, available at Toronto Street Eats.
IMG_2568 (2)The Sausage Poutine features gravy, cheese curds, caramelized onions, sauteed peppers, smoked farmers sausage and peameal-bacon sausage. Go for a plain poutine for $8 (pictured above), or blow your diet with the fully loaded version for $13.95, taxes included.  (more…)

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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.

RSVP below, and we’ll see you on Wednesday night.  (more…)

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Meet Your Texas Traveller!

April 29, 2015

It all started with a simple photo contest, where I was asked to select four pictures which represented my ideal Texas vacation. Having never been, but possessing a strong desire to visit, I decided to stick to tried-and-true “Texas To Do” bucket list items… food, fashion, road trips and rodeos.

It was a recipe for success.

Hey, folks! You’re looking at the WINNER of the Texas Tourism contest! Because you voted for my photos (and a HUGE THANK YOU to y’all for each and every vote of support!) I’ve won an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio, Texas! Yee-haw!
LenaTexasWinnerIt gets better. Because we are passionate about family travel, we’re bringing the kids too! After nabbing a seat sale on flights for the two little guys, we decided it was too good a chance to pass up. Therefore, there will be four Texas Travellers this spring!

We’re presently in the process of planning our epic vacation. First up: accommodations. We’ll be staying at the stunning Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Set along the spectacular River Walk, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio is steps from trendy downtown bars, hot clubs,  Zagat-rated restaurants and all the sites and attractions that make San Antonio one of the most culturally rich cities in the country.

Two words: Rooftop Pool.
472-p037r-pool-satgh“Take in dramatic views of the city below from the sundeck surrounding our stunning outdoor heated lap pool. The hustle and bustle of the renowned River Walk seems to vanish within the sanctuary of our roof top setting. Crystal clear water awaits you as you swim your daily laps in serene silence.” << I’ll take you up on this, Grand Hyatt San Antonio.  (more…)

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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 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.

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Friday afternoon.  (more…)

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Is it Time for an Upgrade?

April 28, 2015

There are things I upgrade all the time.

My cell phone. My handbags. My hi-lites, patio cushions and iTunes collection.

I love to be on the up-and-up of the newest technology, the latest trends, and of course, the most sought-after products of the moment. It may not be your cup of tea, but that’s what makes everyone different, right?

But, how often do you upgrade your small appliances – like vacuums? Conventional wisdom says, “As long as it’s working, why do you need a new one?” And I’m not here to find ways to empty your wallet; rather, let’s have a congenial discussion on some of the reasons you’d want to make the investment.
dysonTime. Older technology small appliances like humidifiers, fans and vacuums often take longer to get the same job done. How many times have you pushed a hand vacuum over the same area multiple times, or cut the same area of lawn twice? While it’s tempting to make do with an older product, the smartest thing to do is place a value on your time spent. What could you be doing if you weren’t fussing with an inferior machine?

Performance. Closely related to time, the performance of a small appliance is one of the main reasons consumers tend to upgrade in the first place. Imagine if we all used manual washboards, or made coffee with a French press! With technological advances comes improvements in performance and automation. And when a product performs well, your quality of life improves.  (more…)

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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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Find the Chef. Follow the Chef. Signatures Restaurant, Toronto.

April 26, 2015

When travelling, it’s one of those things you’d like to take for granted: finding a world-class restaurant in the hotel where you are staying. Because whether you’re enjoying a romantic dinner à deux, or meeting colleagues for drinks and a brainstorming session, your hotel’s preferred dining options should be stellar ones. Look for a warm environment, an innovative menu and of course, an avant-garde chef.

Look no further than the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville.

Savour marvellous cuisine and stylish settings within each of the restaurants and bars at this acclaimed Toronto Yorkville hotel. Choose from the award-winning Signatures restaurant, which features seasonally inspired International and Mediterranean fare served in a sleek, colourful atmosphere; the swanky, see-and-be-seen Proof Vodka bar; and SkyLounge, an outdoor patio tapas restaurant which was selected as the best patio in Toronto.

And what do the three eateries above have in common – besides their convenient location inside the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville? The restaurants are all under the watchful eye, talented hands and culinary artistry of Chef Andrew Frastacky.
signaturesPictured above: Marinated octopus and tomato salad, with black olive crumble, baby basil and olive oil. The octopus is tender, melt-in-your-mouth divine with the correct amount of acidity for a perfectly balanced bite. I’ve dreamt about this dish at least a few times per week since our visit in March. Chef Andrew prepared a tasting menu for the #FamilyTravelCA crew, and I’m pleased to take you through some of my favourite dishes today, all of which will be featured on their NEW Spring/ Summer 2015 menu.  (more…)

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Peer Pressure is (Probably) Okay

April 25, 2015

In fact, it’s probably good for you, too.

It all started when Zeba of Ella Pretty Blog assured me that I should totally buy the Michael Kors “Colette” Medium Leather Messenger in Sun. Normally, I wouldn’t necessarily be swayed – it takes me forever to make a new handbag purchase, and even then, I create spreadsheets to analyze pros and cons – however, it was just before my birthday and I thought hell yeah, I totally should buy this.

Solidifying my decision was the fact that it was sold out everywhere (trust me, we checked!) which of course, created an inflated sense of “need” based solely on the fact that I couldn’t “have” it.

Introducing YES! An online MK shop for Canadians, where (for a limited time) you can take advantage of FREE ground shipping to Canadian addresses, plus, the Canadian prices are on par with the US. It was literally a sign from the handbag gods that I happened to discover the online shop at the exact moment I decided to purchase a Michael Kors messenger bag, so I threw caution to the wind and smacked my credit card down onto the virtual checkout.

And four days later, ta-da! Sunny days ahead.
michael kors colette medium leather messenger toteI’m so happy with this purchase. Not only is it the perfect size – holding my oversized wallet, sunglasses and phone with ease – but I love that I can wear it messenger-style, as a shoulder purse, or remove the strap completely and use it as a tote. Plus, it brightens up practically every outfit that I’ve paired it with! See? Peer pressure is probably – no, definitely – a good thing from time to time.

Outfit: Jean Jacket, Express; Black Top, Marshalls; Leggings, Sweet Legs; Shoes, Tory Burch.

Have you made any impulse purchases this season? Do tell!

(Psst! With the warming weather returning, I think it’s time to bring back the covet list. So many things I want, need, have to have! It’s a good thing I’m fabulous with my finances… always practice safe spending, friends!)

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SupportHER: Where We’ve Been. Where We’re Going.

April 24, 2015

She’s always been there for you.

She’s the first call you make when you have good news; the last person you text before going to bed at night. She will give it to you straight (“Yes, your butt DOES look big in those jeans”) and will cut anyone who dares to cross you (insert: ex-boyfriend). She’s always had your back, and you’ve always returned the favour. She’s a SupportHER.
#SupportHER High Tea Event - The King Edward Hotel  (2)Think about the relationships you have with the most important females in your life. And think about how you relate to one another; how you communicate, and most importantly, how you support each other in times of crisis. Does it begin with a visit? A worrisome text? Does your loved one reach out to you immediately for solace and comfort? Or do you instinctively know something is off – after a phone call goes unanswered, an email ignored – and it’s up to you to uncover what is wrong.

How can you show support in a way that is acceptable, and appropriate, to the person who needs it most?

No two women are the same; some – myself included – will immediately shy away from open communication, while others will need to rely on the strength and kindness of loved ones to make it through. And for a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the need for tailored support is particularly significant.
#SupportHER High Tea Event at The King Edward Hotel (2)Recently, I hosted an intimate High Tea Experience at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. Surrounded by local influencers, and the women who support them – mothers, daughters, friends and extended family – we touched on a topic that we simply don’t discuss enough: how we can be a SupportHER. How we can be there for our loved ones who are living with breast cancer, and ensure we give them what they need (emotionally, physically and spiritually) to help see them through their treatment.

Because today, women are living with breast cancer, and they are surviving.  (more…)

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Cluck You, Mila Kunis

April 22, 2015

EDIT: As predicted, the lawsuit is indeed frivolous, and Mila’s response is cluckin’ awesome.

In the wee hours of morning, I read an article on TMZ which had me scratching my head, wondering if I was indeed still asleep.

Mila Kunis Sued – You Stole My Chicken, So Cluck You.

Instantly, I (incorrectly) assumed that this had something to do with an errant package of organic chicken breasts at Whole Foods Market, or a similar misunderstanding of LA-style proportions.

So, you could have knocked me over with a feather (pun totally intended) when I learned that Mila is actually being sued by a former childhood friend – I’m talking about a friend from 25 years ago, making Mila just 6 years old – who claims that Mila stole her beloved pet chicken. What ensued was years of pain, suffering and anguish, and eventually, therapy, which Kristina Karo (the quack in question – again, totally punny) now claims Mila is responsible for.
0421-mila-kunis-kristina-doggie-karo-getty-instagram-4(^^ That’s a TMZ photo. In case you’re wondering, the chicken’s name was “Doggie”.)

You can read the full article here, which includes quotes like “Kristina says Mila’s conduct has prevented her from pursuing the American dream,” and “Kristina now needs shrink money, and a little extra for all the emotional distress … in all, $5k.”

Now whether I believe this is a frivolous lawsuit is besides the point, because all I want to do is discuss the issue of sh*t little girls do. Little girls make you feel bad about wearing pink when everyone else is wearing purple. Little girls take their skipping rope away just as it becomes your turn at Double Dutch. And sometimes, little girls steal your chickens.

Grow up. Move on. Buy another chicken to show you’ve grown up and moved on.  (more…)

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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 Gift Cards to help you spruce up your digs!

RSVP below for a chance to win, and see you on Thursday night. (more…)

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Attn Foxy Ladies! It’s a Foxy Originals Sample Sale!

April 19, 2015

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, and happen to love fresh, fashionable and ALWAYS foxy jewelry, have I got a sale for you.
10452958_10152787083498015_4288149784710178308_oIt’s the Foxy Originals Spring Sample Sale! Taking place on April 24th and 25th this year, you’ll find Foxy Jewelry at 80% off, and Jeannie Lottie Brand purses at huge savings too! (Honestly, do not adjust your computer screen. You read that correctly.)

There are two things you need to know, so pay attention and I promise you’ll thank me later.  (more…)

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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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Find Your Oasis

April 17, 2015

10 years ago, I viewed the appearance of spring-like weather with nothing more than a renewed excitement for warmer days ahead. Coats became jackets; boots were swapped for ballet flats, and every pink lipstick in my beauty arsenal was moved to the top of my makeup bag.

Today, the promise of higher temps still brings about all those exciting changes, in addition to one more: revealing more of my “winter body”, once safely ensconced in bulky, cold-weather clothing.

Let’s just say that Dolman-sleeve sweaters are an upper arm’s best friend.

Alas, before we know it, Canadians will be treated to our long-awaited summer, and this year, I plan on being a few steps ahead of tank top season.

First and foremost, I’ve lost 20 pounds! (If you’re sick of me mentioning it, I apologize. But this is BIG news in my life, and I plan on gushing about it for a while… and then a little longer.)

Second, I’ve rediscovered physical activity. No, I haven’t joined the gym or signed up for a boot camp just yet… but I have decided that as long as I’m moving at least as often as I’m sitting, I’ve achieved a good physical balance in my life.
DSC_0740Finally, I’ve made breakfast a priority. Perhaps I should clarify: I’ve always enjoyed breakfast, but now, I ensure that I have a GOOD breakfast. Tons of fruit and whole grains. Low-fat dairy and lean protein. It keeps me going throughout the most hectic part of my day – morning – and gives me the fuel I need to think clearly and stay on plan.

And with almost every breakfast, I enjoy a low-calorie, low-fat and nutritionally-dense fruit smoothie.

This season, try my Cranberry Razz Smoothie. It’s made with Oasis Nutrisource, a great tasting cranberry juice cocktail that offers an alternative to sugar and sucrose (stevia) with no compromise on fruit taste – and only 40 calories per serving. What a refreshing way to get healthy!  (more…)

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Celebrate with a #housie and WIN!

April 16, 2015

Note: The following contest is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec, who have reached the age of majority in their province. See complete rules here. 

My first home was actually a mansion.

It was modern, with three floors and spacious rooms. And unlike my present home, it came almost fully furnished… but the husband was sold separately. (And the place was pink – did I mention that?) It was the Barbie Dream House, of course.

At one point, I wondered if my perception of a “dream home” would be skewed by a plastic toy from the 80’s. Would I need the picket fence and three-car garage? Should all homes come with a private elevator? Thankfully, when I set foot inside my brand new abode – complete with furniture I worked to purchase, and a husband I worked to put a ring on it – I was completely, utterly in love. And that’s when I realized that when a home is YOURS – whether it’s a new home you’ve purchased, the first condo you’ve rented, or the forever home you just can’t bear to leave – THAT’s your dream house.

Love your home? Why not show it off with a #housie?

You may have caught the hashtag on Twitter or peeked inside homes on Here, you’ll find home owners from across Canada celebrating their favourite rooms and outdoor spaces, showcasing their personality, decor, and of course, what makes their space unique!
11088406_10153812148299126_23929010960894144_nSo, how do you take a #housie? It’s simple!

1. Record a 360° video selfie of your home (or outdoor space)

2. Keep your video short — no more than 15 seconds

3. Share it to Twitter or Instagram to join the TD #housie tour (make sure your account isn’t private)

4. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #housie (otherwise it might not show up in the tour)

5. Go to to see your #housie, enjoy the #housie song, and celebrate all the amazing places we call home

Check out the full guidelines so you can be sure to be included in the #housie celebration.

Still sitting on the fence? Here’s a little inspiration – I’ve got FIVE (5) $200 Gift Cards to give away to readers who upload their #housie before April 30th! Simply follow the instructions above and share your #housie on Twitter or Instagram. Then, copy the status link and paste it in the comments section of this blog post so we can check it out!  (more…)

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It’s Time for #RandomActsOfPizza!

April 16, 2015

It’s a FACT: Once you go Panago, you never go back.

“Say hello to the next era of great pizza. Hot, bubbly, delicious – a whole lot tastier plus a tad bit healthier. Everything fresh. Nothing fake. Even organic juices. Panago is everything you want. Nothin’ you don’t. All at affordable prices.” – Sincerely, Panago Pizza.

First, start with the perfect crust – and don’t expect a cheese-filled one, yuck! They’re not about gimmicks, just the best pizza dough ever. Whether it’s the chewy Original Hand-tossed, Italian Thin, or the healthier Multigrain – which comes in thick or thin, Panago Pizza’s crusts are a big part of what makes their pizzas so tasty.

Next, select a sauce. Sweet, savoury, light or exotic, they’ve got it! Sure, you could stick with the classics, like Italian tomato or pesto, but you can also indulge in chipotle cilantro, cheezy cheddar, coconut curry or butter chicken.

But what’s a pizza without brilliant cheese? Pick one or blend ‘em for that bohemian artisan feel. Choose from five different types of cheeses, each are perfect for any style of pizza or personal taste.

Hungry yet? You haven’t even selected your toppings!

Be adventurous. It’s time to put the finishing touches on your masterpiece. Often, I’ll stick with spicy pepperoni and sautéed mushrooms, but sometimes I like to walk on the wild side.  Capicollo, caramelized onions, wild pink shrimp  or fire-roasted tomatoes, anyone?

And now that you’re in the mood for a hot, fresh Panago Pizza, it’s time for #RandomActsOfPizza!
Panago Pizza GraphicJoin us on Monday night as we unite pizza lovers across Canada for a scrumptious foodie chat, showcasing some of the most drool-inducing creations from the experts at @Panago_Pizza. And, if you need further incentive to come, two words: FREE PIZZA. Three more words: LOTS OF IT. In addition to giving away FIVE (5) “With Our Compliments” gift cards valued at $45 each, a grand prize winner will walk away with a $100 gift card – and a free Pizza Sweater!! << Game changer there.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a #RandomActsOfPizza Party if we didn’t give away #RandomActsOfPizza!

RSVP below for a chance to win, and we’ll see you on Monday night.  (more…)

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Protect Yourself! WIN a Fellowes Powershred 63cb Shredder

April 15, 2015

Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.

It’s annual. It’s unavoidable. And sometimes, it’s a pain in the behind. It’s tax season.

If you’ve already completed your 2014 income tax return, congratulations! Hopefully by now you’re enjoying your refund, or have paid the amount owing and put it out of your mind. And if you’ve yet to file your taxes… two weeks, friends! The deadline is in two weeks.

Of course, you may have a small reminder of tax season… papers, documents, receipts, invoices, agreements…. and what should you do with it all? If your gut reaction is simply to throw it in the trash, STOP! You may be putting yourself at risk for identity theft.

The answer? Shred, shred, shred.

I’m once again pleased to partner with Fellowes Canada, the global leader in paper shredder design and engineering, providing the highest quality personal and general office business shredders on the market. With their innovative “Jam Blocker” technology and Energy Savings System, they’ve earned a reputation as the “World’s Toughest Shredders”.

Now y’all know I love my Fellowes Powershred 63cb Cross-Cut Shredder; it’s a staple in my home office. Features:

– Jam Blocker blocks jams before they start
– SafeSense Technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening
– Energy Savings System provides optimal energy efficiency 100% of the time – in use and out of use
– Shreds 10 sheets per pass into 5/32”x 2” cross-cut particles (Security Level 3)
– Shreds for up to 8 minutes before a 20 minute cool down period
– One year product warranty and five year cutter warranty

I’ll never tire of saying this: every home needs a shredder. And Fellowes makes it easy and affordable to safely dispose of all your personal records, thereby reducing the chances of being a victim of identity theft. Every tax season, I put the shredder to the test with a whole year’s worth of statements and receipts. I’ve shredded old credit cards. I’ve shredded documents with staples and paper clips. I’ve even shredded CDs – yes, CDs!  (more…)

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The Road Less Traveled: Discover Loreto, Mexico

April 13, 2015

Earlier this year, I was offered a wonderful, unique opportunity to spend a week in luxury at The Islands of Loreto, Mexico. Located on the eastern side of the Baja Peninsula, the region boasts 155 miles of pristine coastline, 465 square miles of sea and the “Sierra de La Giganta” mountain range. Translation: Paradise on Earth.
16523314548_661468dfe5_z (2)Alas, an entire week away from my school-aged children is rarely in the cards, and this media trip was no exception. However, I couldn’t let this opportunity go to waste, so I enlisted my friend Elaine Atkins to take the trip and report back, and gratefully accepted photos from the talented Sheri McDonald, who I’m seriously considering hiring as photographer for all my upcoming vacations. Breathtaking! 

When most people think of Mexico, they either think Cancun or Cabo, and often associate Mexico with partying and crowds in their early 20’s.

While that may be appealing in our younger days, I think it’s safe to say that once you’ve reached full blown adulthood you want your vacation to be about the experience and the memories that will stay with you forever – not so much about the ones you’d rather forget!

When planning your next vacation, you’ll want to put Loreto, Mexico on your list. Water, mountains and beautiful scenery surround you wherever you go, and while tourism is growing in the area, it is very much a place looking to preserve its small town culture and the natural beauty of Loreto Bay.
16520335440_729fbf8671_zHow to Get There: Direct flights are available through the Calgary International Airport via WestJet. A connecting flight from Toronto or Vancouver to Calgary is easy enough to find, and if you’re looking to leave through the US, there are flights leaving directly out of LAX.  (more…)

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