Do you remember your first place at University or College?


Do you remember your first place at University or College?

September brings back memories of Back to School, now that I no longer go to school! Do you remember your freshman year in University? I can vividly remember it. I distinctly remember it being the longest summer of my life. It couldn’t end quickly enough for me. It would be the first time I would be away from home and on my own. My own place with no parents to tell me what to do, when to do things or  what time I needed to come home.

I was going to have my own apartment. Well not my own because I would be sharing  it with 5 other girls. Three of us were high school friends, and the other two friends of friends.  We were going to live the off-campus life.

Student Decor

The place cam furnished with living room furniture and dining room furniture.  We didn’t think to ask how old those couches were – we just didn’t care. The chipped coffee table didn’t seem to bother us either.  Don’t get me started on the curtains which totally clashed with the couches. We didn’t care – we were in university.

We did have a dining table with 6 chairs. It could have been the one my grandmother had in her basement. It was that old.  It actually was a matching set, but not a very nice looking set. Once again, we didn’t care. It was great to have a place we could “dine” even though we mostly ate our meals on the ugly couches in the living room.

Back then, no one seemed to care much about “decor”. Student apartments were exactly that. We would take anything from anyone who would offer it to us.  My aunt gave us her old coat stand.  My one girl friend brought the television. Lamps were provided by one of the new girls.  The other roommates brought extra chairs so that we would have seating for “guests”. Nothing matched of course. once again, it didn’t bother us.


The Kitchen

I don’t think we had any fancy small appliances. I think our wok was as gourmet as we had back them. That was a gift from my mother. My hair dresser actually provided us with most of our dishes, cookware and kitchen utensils. We did have a coffee maker. But that was about it.

No More Second Hand Junk for my cousin

Now it seems that everything has changed. As my cousin head off to university, she is getting almost everything new – AND MATCHING!  She cannot believe that we would live with mismatched furniture and old used furniture. Have times changed?

Some great options from Canadian Tire include this gorgeous CANVAS Oslo Console Desk. The contemporary design features durable construction with solid wood legs, two large white storage drawers.


This Sauder white desk has a great compact design that includes a slide-out keyboard tray neatly contained behind flip-down molding and an easy glide drawer. Featuring wood construction with a soft white finish.



This Sauder Salted Oak Desk will be the apple of your eye with its rustic elegance and contemporary flair. With a warm yet sophisticated salt oak finish, two smooth running drawers for storage, and ample surface space. I love the matching book case as well!


So did you have a well decorated dorm or apartment when you were away at University? Tell us, we would love to know!


Stylish clothes designed to be as durable and fun as kids, and moms, need!


Stylish clothes designed to be as durable and fun as kids, and moms, need!

Giant Tiger Stores Limited has introduced 3 new children’s lines.  Just in time for back to school, these three fun and fashionable clothing lines are sure to be a hit with kids and moms alike: Monkey Bars for girls and boys sizes 2-6X; Bella & Birdie for girls sizes 7–14; and Survival Gear for boys sizes 8-16.

These fashionable collections are designed to be versatile and stand up to the wear that naturally occurs with kids clothing. From their $4 mix and match separates program to their $8 durable denim program, they have worked to create on-trend items at price points that are in keeping with Giant Tiger’s low price philosophy.”

The three brands have their own unique personalities, each reflected in the styling and assortment. Monkey Bars is energetic and fun, perfect for playdates to preschool; Bella & Birdie is all about confident and cool girls who are ready to explore their inner fashionista; and the Survival Gear boy is fun, fearless and always up for adventure. The quality fabrication, stylish designs and outstanding prices make these new lines the perfect additions to the growing Giant Tiger family of private brands.

Bella & Birdie. (CNW Group/Giant Tiger Stores Limited)
Bella & Birdie. 


As part of the launch of the kids’ lines, Giant Tiger is pleased to introduce the Happiness Guarantee. “At Giant Tiger, our priority is our customers and creating a shopping experience to make even the busiest mom’s life a little easier,” explains Karen Sterling, Vice President of Marketing. “We listened to our moms and created our ‘Happiness Guarantee’ which is designed to create a completely risk-free shopping experience for parents. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it along with the receipt for a full refund, no time limit. It’s that easy. Our goal this back to school season is to not just help moms survive back to school but to succeed at it!”

Monkey Bars, Bella & Birdie and Survival Gear clothing are available exclusively at all Giant Tiger stores.

Just in time for Back to School! (CNW Group/Giant Tiger Stores Limited)
Just in time for Back to School! 


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Sephora launches Canada’s first-ever Beauty TIP Workshop store #BeautyTogether

Canada’s first-ever Beauty TIP Workshop store at the newly expanded Yorkdale Shopping Centre location in Toronto on Friday, August 19th.  The new Sephora Yorkdale is one of four stores in North America to feature the visionary ‘Teach, Inspire, Play’ concept, where digital technology and services fuse, culminating in a truly revolutionary shopping experience for modern day beauty enthusiasts of all ages to beauty together.

SEPHORA unveils its first Canadian BEAUTY TIP (Teach, Inspire, Play) WORKSHOP at the newly renovated Yorkdale Shopping Centre location on August 19th (CNW Group/Sephora)
SEPHORA unveils its first Canadian BEAUTY TIP (Teach, Inspire, Play) WORKSHOP at the newly renovated Yorkdale Shopping Centre location on August 19th (CNW Group/Sephora)

As part of SEPHORA’s ongoing plans for a year-long market intensification in the Greater Toronto Area, the newly renovated 9,146 square foot expansion of the Yorkdale store has been reimagined as a next-generation environment that is rooted in discovery and innovation. The new concept store will be a destination in the GTA with an endless paradise of beauty options, including a customized array of one-of-a-kind services and tutorials. Every visit to the store will be transformed into an elevated and personalized experience encouraging clients to Beauty Together through an interactive approach to beauty that is unlike any other shopping experience in Canada today.

At the heart of the new store concept is the BEAUTY TIP WORKSHOP that brings the Teach, Inspire, and Play approach to life. This new beauty space is paramount to a completely rethought in-store experience. The Workshop consists of an area for up to 10 clients to learn via group beauty classes led by Sephora experts, gain self-guided access to tutorials using iPad stations, or to gather inspiration from The Beauty Board, Sephora’s own shop-able gallery that showcases user-generated content via a large digital screen. Each station is equipped with its own product, iPad, USB port and wifi, so clients can play, browse and share looks on the digital screen and online, right from their seat.

The store also features an expanded Beauty Studio offering complimentary makeovers with larger stations for even more access to Sephora’s in-store services and expertise. The new set-up includes 12 beauty studio seats, and Sephora + Pantone Color IQ touchscreens, with updated IQ technology including foundation, lip colour and concealer for a scientifically precise match to complement your skintone from Sephora’s selection of 1,900+ foundations, 400 concealers and 3,500 lip shades, and new mirror and canopy lighting fixtures for maximum light exposure.

Coming this September! The Skincare Studio, offering one-on-one skincare consultations, complete with a sink station and four well-lit seating areas to facilitate the new Mini Facial service. Incorporated into The Skincare Studio is a unique touchscreen that offers instant access to Sephora’s exclusive Skincare IQ diagnostic, helping clients determine the best products based on their skin concerns and demystifying the wide range of skincare solutions Sephora offers.

Discover the world of fragrance with FRAGRANCE IQ. The innovative touch-screen technology allows users to shop an array of different scents with the simple tap of a finger. Take a quiz to discover your custom fragrance match, explore scents similar to those you already enjoy, or find fragrances based on scent preference! The large-screen display allows users to easily navigate the latest fragrances with cutting-edge clarity.

Sephora’s expansive Yorkdale store features an endless assortment of your favorite brands, including:

  • Colourful cosmetics and nail care including BITE Beauty, FORMULA X, Hourglass, Josie Maran, Kat Von D Beauty, Marc Jacobs Beauty, SEPHORA COLLECTION, Tarte, Too Faced and Nudestix
  • Innovative skincare and hair care brands including Algenist, Boscia, Bumble and bumble, Fresh, Glamglow, LANEIGE, Kate Somerville, Living Proof, Murad, OLE HENRIKSEN and Peter Thomas Roth
  • Fragrance offerings from Atelier Cologne, Elizabeth and James, NEST Fragrances and TOM FORD.

Take advantage of fast, fun and flawless brow-touch-ups, including waxing, tweezing or tinting, from the arch experts at the Benefit Brow Bar, another brand new feature of the reimagined store, with four seats available for clients to achieve brows that wow.

The renovated Yorkdale space also features digital signage throughout the store, brighter lighting, a larger cash wrap, additional mobile POS stations, easier-to-shop fixtures and navigation signage, and a dedicated gift wrap station.

Walmart Lauches New App for iPhone & Android Users

Shopping Technology

Walmart Lauches New App for iPhone & Android Users


Digital shopping assistant lets consumers shop online, browse flyer features and read reviews

Walmart Canada announced today the launch of its new online shopping application for iPhone and Android users. Canadians can shop conveniently and anywhere they are, with the touch of a button. Not to mention Walmart’s low prices every day.… Continue reading

Indigo Launches RECO, a Book Recommendation App


Indigo Launches RECO, a Book Recommendation App

Indigo has launched  RECO, the first iOS mobile application that provides users with access to a  global community of friends and influencers to  discover, share, capture, and discuss books through an easy-to-use and beautifully designed mobile experience.  RECO’s book recommendations are curated and shared by a trusted community of friends and experts rather than through the impersonal suggestions of an algorithm, as is widely used by other services.… Continue reading

Tangerine Announces Partnership with The 519


Tangerine Announces Partnership with The 519

Tangerine announces new partnership with The 519, a non-profit organization that operates a community centre in Toronto’s Church and Wellesley neighbourhood and is dedicated to the advancement of LGBTQ equality and inclusion. As part of Tangerine’s sponsorship and community investment program, #BrightWayForward, Tangerine will provide support through resources and employee volunteering to help the centre deliver on its programming to support the LBGTQ community inToronto and beyond.… Continue reading

2nd Annual Amazon Canada Prime Day #PrimeDay


2nd Annual Amazon Canada Prime Day #PrimeDay

On Tuesday, July 12, the second-annual Prime Day will feature more than 100,000 deals worldwide exclusively for Prime members, making it the biggest Amazon event ever. New and existing members in Canada, U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria, will find deals across nearly all departments and categories, ensuring there will be something for everyone. Members in Canada can shop starting at midnight PT, with new deals as often as every hour throughout the day. To find out more and also how you can participate in Prime Day, visit… Continue reading