Friday, October 21, 2016

Shedding Light On National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but bullying—and cyber-bulling—are problems children face every day, every month. The best way to help children and teens is by raising awareness and helping those who need it most. I wanted to talk about this issue because I have children in grade 3 and grade 6, and although they haven't faced any serious issues, I see that not all children are as kind as they should be when I'm volunteering at the school. I asked Ottawa's Stuntman Stu some questions about this issue, because he and the team at Majic 100 started the No More Bullies campaign—which has received great feedback from schools, the youth, parents, and the community. Although the program is currently on hold, there are ways we can still promote kindness and remind children and teenagers the importance of being kind—to everyone.

How did you come up with the No More Bullies campaign? What has the feedback been like so far? 

The campaign started by accident. Back in September 2011 there was a bullying story in the newspaper and we talked about it on MAJIC 100. I was shocked that this stuff still existed and told my own story of being bullied in high school. We spent all morning taking calls from frustrated parents and students and after the show I tweeted that If I have to visit every school to promote anti bullying, I would. Needless to say, after a few hundred re-tweets the idea was born. 

Although you're not currently touring schools in the Ottawa region, what are some important messages you deliver to students who are being bullied, and how can they get the help they need? 

First off, tell the teacher and if the problem continues (which is usually does) then ask to speak with the principal. It’s their job to asses the situation and find a solution. Sometimes that’s not always the easiest but you have to respect the process that the schools must follow. When I was growing up we were taught to just fight back and knock out the bully. I don’t want my kids, or any kids doing that, because it’s not the answer. Some people have been critical of my stance on that, but knocking another kid out doesn’t get you any closer to a solution. The bully needs to understand what they’re doing is wrong and the effect he or she is having on the victim. 

What are some tips you give to students and children who are being bullied?

First off, you’re being unfairly targeted and a bully likes to pick on someone for a variety of reasons. I’ve seen too many kids think it’s their fault for being picked on. You must tell someone, because if nobody knows they problem is going on then they can’t help you. 

I know I went through a period in middle school where I bullied... at the time, it seems like an impossibly hard place to be. What do you tell a child who feels overwhelmed at school, and doesn't know where to go for help?

There’s always someone who’s able to help. Kids Help Phone, the Distress Centre, YouthNet at CHEO, so many resources that are a click and phone call away. Parents, siblings and school officials are always there as well.

Do you address the people who are doing the bullying? What do you say to someone (or in general) if they are doing the bullying? 

I would sit them down with the person they’re picking on and explain the situation to them. Many times they don’t realize the damage their causing or scars they’ve left. 

Bullying starts from a very young age, with children picking on other children, whether it's about their weight, appearance, or just because they look different. I tell my children to always treat others the way they want to be treated, and to never make anyone feel excluded. If they see someone sitting alone, to go talk to them. What is the advice you give to your children?

I give my kids the same advice. We’re all different and we don’t make fun of someone for any reason. My kids are online now and I’ve explained that most times sadly, comments are nasty and they should never read into them and I don’t want to see them being negative on any site. 

Thank you for taking the time to chat with me, Stu. It's great to have you and the station show your support to the community with the No More Bullies campaigns, and it's always a good time to sit down with our children to discuss these important issues. Nothing is easier than being kind.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Shopping Designer Shades Is Easy With SmartBuyGlasses

I am a collector of fine things, especially designer handbags and sunglasses. Women (and men) can never have too many pairs of gorgeous shades to wear, because sunglasses are the perfect accessory to any outfit. I easily justify the cost of new sunglasses by wearing them every day—no matter the season.

I've had the pleasure of partnering with SmartBuyGlasses several times and received some gorgeous shades to review from their site. I'm always so impressed with the quality of the shades I receive, since SmartBuyGlasses sells a variety of designer shades from Gucci to Ray-Ban to Tom Ford and Fendi. (And Burberry, Dior, Persol, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, Prada and so many more).

SmartBuyGlasses offers the largest selection of sunglasses, eyeglasses, and ski goggles online, with over 180 brands. The only hard part will be deciding which pair of glasses to go with—I can spend hours browsing through the sunglasses and deciding on which pair to go with. And each time, I tell myself to go with something a little different, but I just can't—I always stick to the classic style, with  black frames.

My recent pair of Tom Ford shades were a huge hit, and I love wearing them. They're classy, stylish, and do a great job at protecting my eyes from the sun.

It is easy to navigate through the site, and there is a great selection of prescription glasses at great prices, too. One thing I love about SmartBuyGlasses is how they provide comprehensive information on all the products they're selling, to help you make the right decision.

You'll get information on the product and lenses and the fine details like the dimensions, and what the glasses are made of. I love that there are several images of each pair of sunglasses, so you can get a look at the pair you love from every angle.

"We pride ourselves in offering our customers great deals daily and guarantee an enjoyable shoping experience, with 100 day returns and a price match guarantees."

SmartBuyGlasses is part of the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group, one of the world's leading online designer eyewear retailers with operations in Canada, USA, and Italy.

Disclaimer: In partnering with SmartBuyGlasses, I receive special perks and products from SmartBuyGlasses. All views and opinions are my own.

Friday, October 14, 2016

How To Stay Healthy During The Fall Spike Season

The school year is in full swing, and we're already nearing the end of October. There is so much to look forward to now that it's fall, except for colder weather and "germ" season.

That's right... it seems like as soon as the kids are back to school, they get sick with a cold or the flu. And of course, cold and flu prevention is important year-round, but it's even more important to make healthy choices and take preventative measures to protect yourself and your family in preparation for the "Fall Spike"— the increase in sickness, which ranges from colds to severe asthma flare-ups, that's associated with children going to back school and the upcoming flu season.

I'm thrilled to be working with Loblaw as part of the #LoblawFluCrew to spread the important message (not germs!) on how we can keep our families healthy this season.

Studies show that school children bring germs home from school and spread them to us lucky parents and even to their younger siblings, causing sicknesses ranging from the common cold to severe asthma flare-ups. Oh, the joys of the fall spike.

Here's how you can keep yourself—and your family—healthy this season:
  • Stock up on healthy foods. When you're grocery shopping, look for foods that contain vitamin C and E, which contribute to good overall immune health. (These vitamins contain antioxidants that are important for the maintenance of good health and can be found in citrus fruits, seeds, and nuts).
  • Increase your zinc intake. You can increase your zinc by eating more potatoes and butternut squash to help maintain proper immune function.
  • Eat your protein. Whether you're getting it from beans, meat, eggs, seafood, legumes, nuts, or milk products, protein will help build and repair body tissues and antibodies to help you stay healthy and strong.
  • Keep it green. B vitamins, found in leafy greens, will also help you maintain good health, so eat your salad. (B vitamins are also found in whole grains, too).
  • Probiotic food. Probiotic foods like yogurt contain probiotic bacteria that can modulate immune function. Eating foods that contain probiotic is better than taking probiotic supplements because you'll also be getting the other nutrients in the food, as well, like protein and calcium.
If you'd like to find out more about eating healthy and what you should be shopping for, make sure to consult with your free Loblaw in-store dietitian. They are a wealth of knowledge and can help you prepare for the cold and flu season by suggesting which nutrient-rich foods you should be stocking up on.

They'll even give you handy recipes to make meal preparation easier for you. (Like this sweet potato and carrot miso soup recipe, or the sweet potato nacho bake—both so delicious and perfect for fall!)

And while you're at local Loblaw store, you can visit your in-store pharmacist for your free flu shot, too, which is the best way to prevent the flu for the entire family.

From the food aisle to the pharmacy, your local Loblaw store has great products to help you stay healthy during cold and flu season.

Disclaimer: In partnering with Loblaw, I have been compensated for this post. All views and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Hottest Fall Boot Trends

The thing I love most about fall isn't the gorgeous, changing colours on the trees or the fact that there is a cool breeze in the air every morning—for me, it's all about the boots. And, oh, the boots this season! There is something for everyone, and it is so easy to pull off a stylish look with the right pair of boots no matter the occasion.

The must have boots this season? Well, there are a few, from the lace-up boot, to the ankle booties, and of course, the wedge heel—not just to be worn in the summertime. What's most important to me is comfort and style, and I found some great boots from some of my favourite stores that are both stylish, on-trend, and comfortable. Trust me, you need comfort when you're working all day long and keeping up with the kids before and after school!

I was on CTV Ottawa Morning Live today talking about what's hot in boots for fall, and I showed some of my favourite looks from ECCO, Geox, Aldo, and Le Chateau.

Here's what I'm loving right now:


These classic biker booties are so fun, and can be worn with your favourite jeans or dress and tights. Best part? You can wear them all day long and still be comfortable.

I am also loving these beige ankle booties from ECCO with a stacked heel. Comfort, class, and style all in one pair of boots. And when you're shopping for boots, think about longevity; if you're spending a lot of money, you know it's going to last you a long time. Quality is key.

For something fun and fun, try the boots with fringe. Fringe detailing on boots are SO in right now. Ad how cute are these? 


Geox is another store I love shopping for shoes and boots—not only for me, but for my children, too. 
These boots are elegant and classy, and you don't have to sacrifice style, either, because you'll be rocking the stacked heel. I love the chestnut colour and the suede (with a side zip!) on these boots.

Sometimes, finding the perfect pair of knee-high boots can be difficult, but I found my new favourite pair at Geox. These black suede boots with stretchy elastic are so easy to take from day to night. I love the heels and the rounded toe, and they're amazingly comfortable, too, thanks to the platform heel and memory foam upper.

Le Chateau

You can find great boots at all price points this season. I love the look of these boots from Le Chateau—perfect for a night out on the town with a cute little black dress and tights. These pointy toe ankle boots get a "Victorian-inspired" update with corset-like laces and a folded cuff. Totally sexy, too.

How about adding a touch of colour to you boots this fall? I don't often stray from classic black or beige, but these wine coloured boots are calling my name. I love the straps that wrap around the boot, –totally chic and stylish for fall. And this is a great way to incorporate some colour into your otherwise only-black wardrobe.


Aldo has been my go-to store for years to find the perfect pair of heels, but it's also an amazing store to shop at for accessories and boots. With so many boots to choose from, deciding on one pair is next to impossible.

Now that you're out of your comfort zone when it comes to boots with colour, get a little more daring and go red. These boots are on sale, so you can buy them and not feel bad about wearing them only a few times.

If you love a higher heel, these boots are great, because they're perfect to wear with skinny jeans, and the stacked heel means you can wear them all day long.

What boots are you loving for fall? From the stacked heel to the ankle bootie, there truly is something amazing for everyone right now.

Thank you to ECCO, Geox, Le Chateau and Aldo for collaborating with me on this! I'm loving all the great styles of boots this season.

Happy shopping!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Fashion For Less

Fall is officially here, and as much as I already miss summer, I am so excited for all the wonderful things that come with fall—especially shopping for new clothes like sweaters, leggings, and boots. Dressing for fall is the best, because there are so many different ways you can style your outfits, like layering tanks and tees with cute knits, wearing leggings with big cozy sweaters, and rocking a cute dress with tights and boots.

I love finding new pieces I can wear to work, to parties, and when I'm out on the town with friends on weekends. The truth is, I had never thought about shopping at Walmart for clothes, but I kept hearing about how great Walmart's private apparel line, George, is—great pieces at ridiculously affordable prices. Being the shopaholic that I am, I decided to venture into the clothing section at Walmart, and I was totally surprised by the great pieces I found for fall. I left with three entire outfits—including jewellery—for just under $100. I can't think of any other store I frequently shop at that where I spend so little on so much.

My favourite new look from George is the pair of black leggings I found that are absolute perfection in every way—they are stylish, comfortable, and can be paired with some great sweaters, which I found at Walmart, too, like this beige George curved hem poncho.

Another fab find I found at Walmart? This gorgeous leopard print dress. I wear it with black tights and my favourite ankle booties. If it's cold out, I just add a cozy knit sweater. It's so cute with the necklace I found, too. (The necklace, by the way? Only six dollars... yes, you read that right!)

Walmart knows just what's on trend this season, and has done a fabulous job of having a variety of classic jewel tones in their selection of knits that are perfect to help you build your fall wardrobe at great prices. Love to layer it up like I do? With the endless selection of George fall apparel, you can take your favourite jeans, long-sleeved tee, and add a knit sweater on top for a cute look.

Fashion for less means I can shop more... and leaving with bags full of clothes that are stylish and trendy makes me very happy. So make sure you check out Walmart for some great #FallLooksForless with #George!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Build a Fall Fashion Look program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Clean And Green: Tide Purclean Delivers

Over the last several years, I've been very conscious about making wiser environmental decisions in my home, and teaching my children the importance of helping the environment any way we can. I love how much they know about the importance of recycling, and why we use energy efficient light bulbs. From the classroom to home, they are making smart decisions and learning along the way. We shop organic as much as we can, and bring reusable bags to the grocery store. It's the little things we do on a daily basis that will have a positive impact on the next generation and help reduce our carbon footprint while keeping our planet a happy one.

One area where I haven't completely made the switch to "green" is with my household cleaning supplies. Many of the products I use contain chemicals that are harsh—but effective. I'm actively looking at how to make the switch to products that are better for our environment and for ourselves. However, I don't want to sacrifice clean for green—especially when it comes to using a better-for-the-environment laundry detergent.

As a mom of two active boys, laundry seems to be never-ending in my house—almost as bad as the grass stains I find on every pair of pants my boys wear! I have always used Tide to get out the toughest stains, because it works amazingly well at treating and getting out tough stains, so when I heard that Tide had a brand-new detergent called Tide purclean, I got pretty excited. Tide purclean is the first bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide that I've come to trust. Not having to compromise clean for green is really important to me, so I put Tide purclean to the test.

I was so happy with the results. Seriously, I couldn't tell the different between my original Tide and Tide purclean, and it even kept my white clothes looking new. It also works great at taking out tough stains on clothes, too. After putting it to the test through several loads of laundry, I was very pleased with the results, and even more pleased knowing that I can make the switch to a greener laundry detergent.  I'm glad that Tide has taken an important step towards a more sustainable future with the introduction of Tide purclean to the Tide family.

Here are some of the great benefits of using Tide purclean:
  • It's HE-Comaptible, and works in all machines.
  • Tide purclean is produced in a factory that uses 100% renewable wind power electricity—zero manufacturing waste to landfill.
  • It's free of dyes, chlorine, phosphates, ethanolamine and optical brighteners.
  • It's available in Unscented and Honey Lavender scent, which is delicious (and my favourite!)
  • It's available at all major retailers in Canada.

The best way to help create a more sustainable future is by using affordable, environmentally friendly products we use every day—like Tide purclean. It's a simple step in the right direction, and best of all, it works.

I love that I don't have to compromise clean when I'm choosing to be more eco-friendly.

Disclaimer: I am working in partnership with Tide and have been compensated to write this post. All views and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Getting Healthy In A Hurry: Tips That'll Keep You Fuelled Throughout Your Day

Now that we've settled back into the fall routine, it's important to take note of what we're eating as we move away from the carefree days of summer. I know I'm definitely more pressed for time now that I'm working a full-time schedule again, and with my boys in school, I want to make sure each meal is as healthy as it can be—so we're getting the proper nutrition we need, and the energy to keep us going all day. I go grocery shopping several times a week, but I've never considered using the support of an in-store Registered Dietitian at Loblaw. This great (and did I mention free?) service provides shoppers a range of services, like:
  • Grocery shopping tours to make healthier choices (You'd be surprised what you'll learn!)
  • Health and wellness workshops and lunch and learns 
  • Developing a customized meal plan based on your dietary needs 
  • Interactive cooking classes 
  • Tips for encouraging children to try new foods 
  • Nutrition check-ups to assess dietary habits
I partnered with Loblaw recently to see how this could benefit my family, and I loved how informative my Dietitian, Margaret Hughes, was in helping me come up with new meal ideas. (I'm terrible at meal planning!) I wanted to focus on healthy meals in a hurry—meals I could make my family in a limited amount of time, that were healthy and delicious. I was provided with a ton of information on how to eat "healthy in a hurry" and ways I could incorporate the foods we eat every week (like eggs, fish, and beans) into other meals.

Here are some great tips for you:

Get organized

  • Print a weekly meal planner (which you can pick up the next time you're grocery shopping!) and make a grocery list based on what you plan on cooking for the week.
  • Keep your favourite recipes and cookbook in the kitchen so you can see what ingredients you'll need when you're grocery shopping.
  • Browse the hundreds of "Healthier Choices" recipes on
  • Check your pantry, fridge, and freezer first, then include the food you already have into your meal plan. 
  • Make a list of staples—the items that are essential in your home like eggs, milk, and olive oil—and keep it handy so family members can note when something runs out.

Start planning

  • Cook once, eat twice should be your mantra. What you're having for dinner one night can be lunch the next day. 
  • Prepare your own lunch to bring to work so you're saving money and eating healthy. 
  • If your dinner is lacking in vegetables, add a salad, raw vegetables and dip, steamed veggies, or cooked frozen vegetables. They take a lot less time to prepare, too!
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day.

Next time you're shopping, pick up the From Your Dietitian booklet—it's packed with helpful information like mindful meal planning and perfect portion sizes. It's a handy thing to have close by when you're in the kitchen preparing your next grocery shopping trip!

I'm excited to start meal planning and I'm even going to try some new recipes I know we'll all love. It's all about planning, shopping, prepping and enjoying the food we've made.

To learn more about the dietitian services and find out what store locations offer the service, visit

Disclaimer: I have been compensated by Loblaw's for this post. All views and opinions are my own. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

When In Andaz: New Boutique Hotel Opens In Ottawa's ByWard Market

There's a new hotel in Ottawa that's getting some well-deserved buzz. Andaz Hotel recently opened its doors right in the heart of the ByWard Market, but first, there was a grand opening party that was the talk of the town. As a lover of fine hotels, I couldn't be more thrilled with this new opening.

The grand opening party—complete with red carpet, of course, and champagne upon arrival—was a blast, as hundreds of invited guests mingled from floor to floor, checking out the sights of the new hotel and enjoying delicious food and customized drinks.

This new luxury boutique hotel is the first Andaz hotel by Hyatt in Canada, with 200 rooms and 16 floors. It's clean, modern, and perfect for Ottawa. It'll be a hot spot for locals and tourists alike, especially the top-floor outdoor lounge and restaurant, Copper Spirits and Sights. And what a sight it is from the 16th floor, with views of downtown, Parliament hill, and Gatineau. (I suggest going there to eat and catching a sunset—it's breathtaking!)

If you're looking for a place to stay, whether you're from out of town or wanting to enjoy a 'staycation' in the nation's capital, definitely book yourself a room here. You'll love the luxuriously hip and ultra-modern hotel with great food, drinks, and breathtaking views.

I can't wait to go back—I'm thinking the rooftop will be Ottawa's newest hot spot. Welcome to Ottawa, Andaz!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Keep It Simply Beautiful With Aveeno And Win

I'm all about using the best beauty products for my skin and hair and I love experimenting with new products that deliver great results.

With summer winding down, it's a good time to change up our beauty routine to keep our skin extra moisturized and hair as shiny and sun-kissed as a summer day as we head into fall and, sadly, colder days.

AVEENO is a name I trust when it comes to keeping my beauty regimen simple and effective.

Here are the latest products I tried that I love:

AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Body Body Wash and AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration are two incredible products I've started using. I love how they make my skin feel super soft after my shower, and smelling delicious. (They're also formulated with active naturals colloidal oatmeal).

AVEENO Positively Nourishing Shine Shampoo and AVEENO Positively Nourishing Shine Conditioner with active naturals wheat complex, are what you'll want to start using as part of your hair routine to keep that summer shine in your hair year-round.

AVEENO Positively Radiant Make-up Removing Wipes are a great product to help remove your make-up easily at the end of the day, or after a mid-day work-out. They help improve the five factors of radiance—tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots.

I'd love for you try these great products too, to keep the summer shine and soft skin going well into the fall months. 

Just leave me a comment below telling me something you love about fall, and I'll pick a winner randomly on September 14th.

Disclosure: I have received compensation/product for review for this post. All views and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kid Loved, Parent Approved: A Kellogg's Giveaway For Back To School

September is here, and although it's sad saying goodbye to summer, I'm definitely looking forward to getting back into the routine of fall—and I think the kids are ready, too. With school just days away, it's time to start thinking about quick and healthy breakfast and snack ideas that'll get everyone out the door quickly—and snacks that'll keep the children satisfied throughout the day.

Kellogg's is always a great idea in the morning—and Rice Krispies is a cereal I loved as a child, and still do—so do my boys.

Kellogg Canada has just come out with some tasty and healthy Nutri-Grain Fruit and Nut Medley Bars that are perfect snacks to eat after school on the way to the dozens of after-school activities. (I save these bars for the kids for after school because they contain nuts. I also make sure to have some in my purse for my hectic days, too, when I'm always on the go.) These bars are packed with real fruits and nuts, and whole grain gluten-free oats, and come in two flavours: Orchard Cherries and Almonds and Harvest Blueberries and Mixed Nuts. 

Another great snack option for kids to enjoy during school hours is the Rice Krispies Squares—now made with brown rice. (A healthier option, and kids won't even know the difference). Easy and healthy snack options make the mornings go by so much easier, and I know my boys will be happy with what I pack for them.

As a Kellogg Ambassador, I'm giving away a great package filled with these healthy snacks and an awesome backpack perfect for any child heading back to school.

To win this package, just leave me a comment below telling me why you're looking forward to fall. I'll pick a winner randomly on September 12th.

Good Luck with back-to-school!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome To the Jungle: Party The Night Away At This Year's Boobyball

If you love a great night out with friends in support of an important cause, then you have to attend this year's Boobyball. The theme? Paradise City.

It's going to be bigger and better than ever before, and tickets are now on sale.  (If you're ordering tickets, you can click on my name in the drop down box).

This year, Boobyball is celebrating 15 years of forward-thinking philanthropy and raising funds for Rethink Breast Cancer. So if you're ready to shake your tropical tails and fan your fancy feathers in support of Rethink Breast Cancer at the annual Boobyball fundraiser, get your tickets before they are sold out—because you're not going to want to miss this wild and fun night in Ottawa.

So far, Boobyball has raised almost $4 million dollars for Rethink Breast Cancer with the money going to educate, empower, and support young people around the world who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer. 

This year's wild jungle themed party will be so cool—guests will walk into a tropical setting filled with electric sunsets, majestic beats, and tiki treats, all while encouraging everyone to take charge of their breast health and help raise funds for those dealing with this disease. 

For more information about Boobyball, visit

Hope to see you all there—can't wait to see what you'll be wearing!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sicky Eyewear: Stylish Sunglasses For The Most Fashionable

You may say I have a thing for sunglasses—I have a lot of designer shades that I love wearing, no matter the season. They're a necessary accessory, after all. I'm always looking for a new pair, and even though I have many, I always need more. It's an addiction. A healthy one, though!

I was approached by the team at Sicky Eyewear to review one of their incredibly cool and stylish pair of shades, and of course I said yes.  I'm loving them hard and after only a couple of days, I've had quite a few people ask me where they were from and how they could get a pair, too.

Creator John Hildebrand was a photographer first and created Sicky eyewear when he felt disconnected from the brands of sunglasses he was seeing on store shelves. He set up studio in his Malibu garage and created his brand, using his nickname—Sicky. The rest, as they say, is history. (Well, let's just add here that Sicky creates the highest-quality eyewear on the market, and they're made in Japan.)

"Born and designed in Malibu, then meticulously handcrafted in Japan, our point-of-view is uniquely our own but our vision is shared by all creative underdogs. Bold design. Tirelessly refined production processes. Independent. No compromises." 

It seems that everyone is loving Sicky eyewear, too—they're on the faces of every celebrity and model out there, from Jennifer Lopez to Gigi Hadid and even Justin Bieber and Hayden Christensen. Basically, they are everywhere. Yes, they're definitely the shades to be rocking this summer—anywhere you are. Just check out SICKY'S World on Instagram to see more gorgeous people rocking these shades.

It was a really tough choice deciding which pair to go with, but in my classic style, I chose a pair I knew I'd love: the S11 Black Tortoise. These shades sell for $220.00. And I love them!

By the way, you may be wondering where the name Sicky comes from. Hildebrand says: "To me, SICKY means freedom of expression. No barriers, no worries.... it means aggression. It means passion It means hard work. It means full-of-life. Sick means being proud of your individuality and who you are as a person."

Now this is a company I can stand behind—I love the concept, and I love the glasses. If you have any questions on my shades or want to find out more, feel free to contact me.

Thank you, Sicky Eyewear, for bringing me into your cool world and giving me a new pair of sunnies to fall in love with.  These are my new favourite pair of sunglasses.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Shop Local And Win a $100 PC Gift Card

As summer comes to an end, (how did that happen?) I'm doing everything I can to enjoy the last moments before we get back into the fall routine. There is so much left to enjoy, especially spending time outside, with family and friends—swimming, BBQ-ing, and just soaking up the sun as much as we can.

An important part of my day-to-day life is gathering my family together for meal times, and in the summer, we kick back, relax, and enjoy eating fresh foods with each meal, outside. (It's just so simple to eat health during the summer months, isn't it?)

I love that Loblaws provides a great variety of fresh, local ingredients, especially during summertime. In fact, 40% of produce sold in Loblaws stores is sourced by Canadian growers during this peak season, and Loblaws is also the largest purchaser of locally grown food in the country.

Loblaws recently teamed up the vegan YamChops butcher to create unique and tasty, seasonally inspired recipes perfect for summer dining and entertaining. I love finding new recipes I can make for my family, especially when they include local, fresh ingredients I'm already shopping for at my local Loblaws.

Smashed Fiesta Mini Potatoes and Corn and Miso Soup are two delicious options to make for dinner, with nothing but good-for-you ingredients.

How mouthwatering does the Smashed Fiesta Mini Potatoes dish look? It's delicious, and healthy, too.


This vegan‐friendly play on a classic nacho is a great way to mix things up for the summer – or any time of year. Turn any fiesta into a smash hit with these mouth‐watering savoury bites.

Serves: 6 people (allow 2‐3 smashed potatoes per person) 

Prep time: 60 minutes
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Chef: Michael Abramson on behalf of Loblaws



  •   16‐20 Mini New Potatoes
  •   2 tbsp PC® New World EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  •   1 tsp Sea salt
  •   1⁄4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
      Taco “Meat”
  •   1 cup Walnuts (toasted)
  •   1 1⁄2 tsp Mexican chili powder
  •   1⁄2 tsp Cumin
  •   1⁄4 tsp Sea salt
  •   1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
  •   1 tbsp PC® New World EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      Tomato Salsa
  •   1 1⁄4 cup PC® Flavour Burst Tomato of Yore Beefsteak Tomatoes
  •   1⁄4 cup Sweet onion
  •   1/3 cup Basil (or coriander)
  •   1 Small JalapeƱo
  •   2 tbsp Lime juice
  •   1 tsp Sea salt
      Cashew Sour Cream
  •   2 cups Raw cashews
  •   1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  •   3⁄4 ‐ 1 cup Water
  •   1 1⁄2 tbsp Cider vinegar
  •   1⁄4 tsp Sea salt


Wash potatoes well.


  1. Boil 10 cups (2500 ml) of water and add 1 tsp sea salt.
  2. Add mini potatoes and continue to boil until potatoes are easily pierced with a skewer –
    approx. 10‐12 minutes, but will vary depending on potato size.
  3. Drain potatoes and rinse well under cold water to halt the cooking process.
  4. Take one potato at a time and place between the folds of a double folded, clean kitchen
    towel. Press down firmly to “smash” potato to about 1‐1 1⁄2 cm thickness.
  5. Place “smashed” potato on a parchment‐ or silpat‐lined baking sheet and repeat with
    remaining potatoes.
  6. Preheat oven to broil. Brush "smashed" potatoes on both sides with olive oil and return
    to the baking sheet.
  7. Place in preheated oven and broil for approximately 4‐6 minutes until the edges just
    begin to crisp up.
Taco “Meat”
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and walnuts on a parchment‐ or silpat‐lined baking sheet. Place
    in oven for approximately 5‐7 minutes – shaking pan every couple of minutes. Look for them to darken a shade and smell "toasty". Be careful – toasting any nut can go from perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds.
  2. Place toasted walnuts and all other taco "meat" ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Keep a bit of texture.
Tomato Salsa
  1. Wash and seed tomatoes. Chop into fine dice and place in medium‐sized bowl.
  2. Finely chop onion. Add to bowl with tomatoes.
  3. Mince basil and jalapeno with seeds. Add to bowl.
  4. Add lime juice and sea salt and mix together gently; drain any excess liquid that has
    accumulated in the bowl prior to serving.
Cashew Sour Cream
  1. Add cashews to 4 Cups (1000 ml) boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and
    let cashews sit in water for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse cashews and add to high speed blender with remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend at high speed until you reach a "sour cream" consistency. Add additional water 1
    tablespoon at a time if required.
  4. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate if not using immediately.
Potato Assembly

1. On a serving plate, top smashed potatoes with 1‐2 tsp walnut taco "meat,” 1 tsp of fresh

salsa, 1 tsp of cashew sour cream and 1/2 tsp green onion.

TIP: “Smashed” potatoes and taco “meat” can be made up to 4 hours in advance. Fresh cut tomato salsa may be kept refrigerated for 2 days. Cashew sour cream may be kept for one week if covered and refrigerated.

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Good Luck—and enjoy the last few weeks of this wonderful season.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Affordable And Stylish Must-Have Products For Back To School

I can't believe I'm talking about this, but it's almost time for the kids to head back to school. It's crazy how quickly summer passes, isn't it? It's also too bad winter months never, ever seem to go by as fast. I wish summer lasted year-round, but let's be honest—my kids are definitely needing routine back in their lives. And as much as I love lounging by the pool for hours every day... I am also ready for more regular routine.

Yes, we've had a wonderful summer filled with great memories and vacations to Mont Tremblant and south Florida, and my boys enjoyed a couple of weeks of tennis camp, too. The rest of our summer days and nights were spent swimming and enjoying the great outdoors, and now... it's time to dust off the backpacks, and start thinking about making lunches every day. Are you ready? I am! (Except for the making lunches every day part. I could do without that.)

I was on CTV Morning Live today talking about essential and affordable back-to-school products kids will need this fall, whether they're starting kindergarten or university.

Here's what you need before the school year starts:

Sears Canada: For complete back-to-school looks for boys or girls, check out Sears Canada for fashionable and affordable finds. I love how it's so easy to shop at Sears Canada, and how you can find complete outfits for the kids for $65 or less. They also have a great selection of backpacks, too.

Mabel's Labels: I never start the school year without labels from Mabel's Labels. It is really important to label children's items for school, from backpacks to lunch bags to shoes and pencil cases. There are many different styles and icons to choose from, too.  I love that Mabel's Labels has allergy alert labels and stickers for kids with nut or other allergies, giving parents some peace of mind when kids are in school. 

Chapters Indigo: I could live in Chapters Indigo. It's more than just books, though books is the number one reason I go as often as I do. The back-to-school section is amazing, and offers many different and affordable option for the school year. From pencil crayons and markers, to calendars and lunch containers, you'll definitely find the stylish, affordable things your kids (and you!) will need for the coming school year. For more, check out 

Tag Along Toys: Shopping local is important to my family and I, and one of our favourite toy stores (in Kanata and on Bank Street) is Tag Along Toys. I love the great products the store carries, and the variety of items for back-to-school, including great lunch containers, backpacks, and the cool cup that will keep liquids (like milk) cold for kids throughout the day because of the freeze stick that comes in the container. For more information, visit Tag Along Toys in-store or online at 

Staples: Staples is another place I love shopping with my kids for our back-to-school supplies. We love stocking up on paper, pencils, erasers, pencil cases, and so much more.

MEC: If you're looking for great backpacks with extra padding and adjustable straps, visit MEC or for a wide variety of backpacks for students of all ages.

Happy back-to-school shopping, everyone. If you have any questions about any of the products I talked about, just let me know. I'd be happy to provide more information. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Strong Moms Inspire P&G Thank You, Mom Campaign

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games have come and gone—it's really amazing how quickly these last two have gone by! What did me in every time was watching the P&G Thank You, Mom commercial, knowing what a huge role family plays in these athletes day-to-day lives. The commercial follows the Olympic Games journeys of four moms and their kids, showing moments, both big and small, when a mother's strength makes all the difference.

Canada did amazing this year, winning 22 medals. It was especially heartwarming to see Brianne Thiessen-Eaton win the bronze in women's Heptathlon. She was amazing and inspiring. Thiessen-Eaton is also a Crest Canada ambassador, and it was great watching her #SmileThrough every tough challenge she faced during the Olympics. She really understands the power of perseverance, hard work, and determination.

And how amazing was Andre De Grasse? He's Canada's Bolt, and made the country proud with his triple win (a silver, and two bronze medals). I can't wait to see what's next for these two athletes.

As part of P&G's dedication to bringing the best to moms around the world every day, P&G brands partnered with Olympic athletes like Andre De Grasse and Brianne Thiessen-Eaton on their journey to Rio, and celebrated these athletes and their families by hosting them in the P&G Family Home in Rio, where they were able to enjoy a home away from home during the gruelling two weeks, complete with beauty and grooming treatments from P&G brands like Pantene, Gillette, and Crest.

As the Olympics wrap up tonight and we watch the closing ceremony, here's a look back a the P&G Thank You, Mom commercial, Strong,  that made me tear up every time I watched it:

Disclaimer: I am a Crest Brand Ambassador. I have received compensation for my post and all views and opinions are my own. 

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