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Cover Me Urban: Food, Fashion, Drink, Music, Fun

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Cover Me Urban: Food, Fashion, Drink, Music, Fun


On Wednesday April 5th, I had the opportunity of attending Cover Me Urban a fundraising event for Youth Without Shelter as a guest of Tangerine Bank.

The event was held to raise money and awareness about Ending homelessness…one youth at a time, one step at a time.

About Youth Without Shelter

Youth Without Shelter (YWS) is an emergency residence and referral agency serving homeless youth who are dedicated to providing shelter and support programs for homeless youth ages 16­-24 and provide an independent shelter, committed to diverse client ­focused services, in a safe, non­judgmental supportive environment. Their programs enable youth to live responsibly and independently in society.

Frustrated with the lack of safe, emergency housing and support programs for their students, in 1986 a group of teachers and guidance counsellors created Youth without Shelter. Since that time YWS has helped more than 15,000 homeless youth to build their confidence and life-skills and to find long-term stable housing and jobs. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they are dedicated to providing getting youth off the streets permanently by providing shelter and support programs in a safe environment.

About Cover Me Urban Event

The event was held at the Maison Mercer. It was fun filled night with great food, fashion, drink and conversation – all in support of Youth Without Shelter.

Check out the event pictures and partcipant links below


Aura by Cashew & Clive
Big House Pizza
CHASKA Indian Street Food Obsession 
Coastline Catering

Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Award Winning Culinary Team
Fonda Lola Mexican Bistro
Medium Rare
The Cheese Boutique
Sweet treats from Cocomira and More Than Pies
Thistletown CI Culinary Program with Chef Keith Hoare, 2015 Chopped Canada winner and student competitors 2015 Chopped Canada
Team YWS 
Yorkshire Pudding Inc. 

AROMA Espresso Bar
Mill Street Brewery
Brickworks Ciderhouse
Oyster Bay Wines

Cover Me Urban fashion show, featuring spring urban wear from Saks Fifth Avenue (CF Sherway Gardens).

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Time to paint the Guest Bedroom! #PaintWithPremier


Time to paint the Guest Bedroom! #PaintWithPremier

I finished painting my living room in December. It should have been November but I kept putting off painting the trim. The next room on my list is the guest bedroom. I really like light colours, but may decide to go a little more dramatic. It is a small room, so I need to think of any DIY projects for that room at the same time.

I am the type of person that likes to paint one room at a time. Even if I select the same colour of paint for my entire home, I will still only paint one room at a time. I only want to move furniture one room at a time. I frankly don’t have the patience to do more than one room.

I don’t hire a painter, I instead, rely on my family and friends.  I host a painting party and provide food and cocktails. I get quick results. One room gets done quickly and my family and friends don’t mind coming in for a short period of time instead of an entire day or weekend of painting.

My Paint of Choice

I used the Canadian Tire Premier Paint for my living room. I noticed the new brand at the end of 2016. I picked the Premier Active. I was very happy with it, so I will choose this paint again. (Note to self, I must write a blog post about my living room). I do have a ton of CTMyPoints which I can also use to purchase my paint and accessories.


Check out the new Premier Formulation from Canadian Tire


Here is a chart to help you select the right paint for your room. You can select from Premier, Premier Active and Premier Infinity.

The bedroom is currently a creamy white colour so I won’t require great coverage like I did for my living room. I will select Premier regular line.  I will double check with the paint representative at Canadian Tire just to make sure.


You can check out all of the wonderful paint colours online. Click here to find the perfect colour for your next room! There are over 1,000 colours to choose from!


Don’t forget your paint accessories. There are specific brushes and rollers for each paint type.


Now I just have to select the colour, pick up my paint and accessories and then pick a date and time to host my painting party. If you are interested in helping out, please let me know!


Curvalicious Canada Looking for 12 Beautiful, Curvy Ambassadors

JOIN THE MOVEMENT - Curvalicious Canada is an organization where plus-size people can find a place to be themselves and meet like-minded people. We invite you to connect with us and get involved in our various events. Come to relax, party, meet new friends and be yourself without being judged. (CNW Group/Curvalicious Canada)

Calling all my sexy, curvy readers! Are you curvy and confident? Then this one is for you!

Are you ready for a chance to show your beauty? Curvalicious Canada is launching a curvy model ambassador search. They are looking for 12 confident, beautiful curvy ladies to be included in their 2017 Diva Calendar. There will also be a documentary made showcasing their lives.

Curvalicious Canada is an organization that allows plus-sized people to be themselves and meet new like-minded friends. It’s a place where everyone can be themselves without fear of judgment.

Starting from September 22, 2016, the Curvalicious team will be visiting 11 cities across Canada in search of 12 bodacious, confident curvy babes to be featured. The cities to be visited are Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Saint John, Charlottetown, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

To be considered, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 19 years old and be a size 8 or more. More importantly, you need to be confident, strong, and PROUD of your figure.

Out of the 12 beautiful ladies, one winner will be selected by the public to become the next brand ambassador. The winner will receive:

  • A new 2017 car
  • A photo spread in Fashion Addition 14+
  • A sterling silver necklace with zirconia stones
  • 1-year modeling contract with Canadian Curves Model Agency
  • Cover on the Canada Plus Magazine

To learn more, watch this video:

I really love the idea that Curvalicious Canada is sending the message that ALL sizes are beautiful. Beauty isn’t just a number on the scale. Curvy ladies can be proud and healthy too. The chosen 12 belles will spread the message that confidence comes in all shapes and sizes.

The founder, Tracy Crosson, talks about her personal struggles and why she created Curvalicious Canada: “Personally, I struggled with being plus-size since the birth of my oldest child 28 years ago, once being a size six, now I am a size 24. When I was sixteen, I met a guy and had three kids with him. It was a toxic relationship and he was mentally, physically and emotionally abusive. Finally, after seventeen years I left him and I started feeling a lot better about myself, inside and out. I learned the importance of loving myself. Now, eleven years later, I am telling women my story and teaching them not to settle in any aspect of their lives.”

Curvalicious is a strong supporter of positive body image. All proceeds from calendar sales will go to the BCCA (Body Conference Canada Awards) and the NAAFA Canada Chapter (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance). Curvalicious Canada will also be donating toiletries to women’s shelters in cities across Canada.

So all my beautiful curvy ladies – get ready, put on a smile, and this could be YOUR chance!

To register, see the tour schedule, or learn more by visiting,

Join us for the #WINKDay Twitter Party June 16 with Look Good Feel Better Canada

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Join us for the #WINKDay Twitter Party June 16 with Look Good Feel Better Canada

#WINKDay is all about helping support women with cancer. Look Good Feel Better workshops provide these women with valuable Look Good Feel Better tips and tools to look and feel more like themselves during treatment. Confidence starts with a WINK! Learn more about what Look Good Feel Better offers and how you can help at


#WINKDay Twitter Party


Date: Thursday June 16, 2016
Time: 1:00pm ET
Hosts: @LGFBCanada and @ShesConnected
Guests: @EllyTweetyBird and @SherryLAbbott
Prizing: $500 in Shoppers Drug Mart Gift  Cards!
Canada Only

How can you help?

This year Shoppers Drug Mart is once again putting women’s health first, and taking it to the next level! Here’s how you can get involved on June 16, 2016.

Visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart store and snap a #WINKDay look to @shopprsdrugmart on Twitter or @ShoppersDrugMartOfficial on Instagram

SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Will donate $5 to a Good Feel Better to a max of $30,000.

Here are reasons why there is a #WINKDay

75% of cancer patients have symptoms of depression that go untreated. #WINKDay
87% of cancer survivors have had one moderate or severe psychosocial issue. #WINKDay
There is a 42% chance that a woman will develop cancer in her lifetime. #WINKDay
Why Look Good Feel Better? Because more than 96,000 women were diagnosed with cancer last year. #WINKDay
Look Good Feel Better takes place in 26 countries around the world. #WINKDay
2017 marks 25 years of Look Good Feel Better in Canada. #WINKDay
It takes over 1,500 volunteers to make Look Good Feel Better happen each year. #WINKDay
With your help, Look Good Feel Better put on more than 1,500 Look Good Feel Better workshops at 115 locations every year. #WINKDay
Look Good Feel Better has delivered workshops to over 170,00 women. #WINKDay
Approximately 10,000 women attend a Look Good Feel Better workshop each year. #WINKDay
April is #DaffodilMonth

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April is #DaffodilMonth

Have you been seeing lots of beautiful yellow flowers pinned to the lapels of passersby lately?  That’s because April is Daffodil Month! All April, Loblaws is selling fresh daffodils across Ontario to support those people who live with Cancer.

I don’t think anyone hasn’t known someone who has been touched by cancer. Unfortunately, cancer is a huge evil that many of us know too well. But the good thing is, there is hope. Scientists are doing amazing research to get us closer to the cure, and there are so many incredible volunteers helping sufferers through the disease. There are so many wonderful resources out there, from wig workshops to family information centres.

Did you know that because of Canada’s growing and aging population, cancer cases will jump up by 40% by 2030? That’s one of the many reasons it’s so important to support such a great cause. The Canadian Cancer Society provides vital services to cancer sufferers and their families. Donations go towards funding life-saving research, and incredibly important support services like counseling. With our help, fewer people will have to suffer through the ravages of the disease.

Buying and wearing Daffodil pins will support the society both financially, and show people who suffer from the disease that they do not have to face the disease alone.

“Loblaw’s generous support for Daffodil Month is especially important this year,” explains Susan Drodge, Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. “As a charity, we must do whatever it takes to ensure we can meet the expected jump in demand for our support services over the next 15 years. It is comforting to have a partner like Loblaw in our corner.”

Stop by your local Loblaws, Zehrs, Valu-mart, Real Canadian Superstore and Your Independent Grocer locations across the province to pick up your daffodils! All locations will be selling daffodil pins, as well as fresh-cut and potted daffodils. For every potted or fresh-cut daffodil sold, the retailer will donate $2 to the great cause.

To date, the Canadian Cancer Society and Loblaws have raised over $221,000 through this phenomenal collaboration.

Fresh cut daffodils start at $4.99, and potted daffodils are $5.99. Pick yours up today!

Send me a photo of your freshly planted daffodils or tweet it here.




Honey bees have been ruling the world for the past 50 million (yes million!) years but there is bad news on the horizon for them – they’re starting to die out! Honey Nut Cheerios has started a new campaign to help try and shed light on this crisis.

Take a look at the following video featuring American entomologist Marla Spivak to find out more about the current crisis.

What can you do?

You can help turn this criss around by picking up some wildflower seeds and planting them in a garden near you! Go to the following link to enter the contest and get your free pack of seeds. Every entry makes you eligible to win one of five $5000 garden makeovers. The seeds will show up at your door, you can plant them wherever you’d like on a non-windy day, and you’ll have a beautiful patch of wildflowers in no time!


Fun Bee Facts

  • They’re Great Builders! – In 36 BC, Marcus Terentius Varro argued that honeycombs were the most practical structures around. Centuries later, Greek mathematician Pappus solidified the “honeycomb conjecture” by making the same claim,
  • There are over 20,000 different species of bees around the world!
  • Bees Can Recognize you – Honeybees make out faces the same way we do. They take parts—like eyebrows, lips, and ears—and cobble them together to make out the whole face. It’s called “configural processing,” and it might help computer scientists improve face recognition technology.
  • They-re super speedy – The honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to 9 KM, and as fast as 25 KM per hour.
Fun New #Spring Arrivals at #Indigo

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Fun New #Spring Arrivals at #Indigo


Indigo’s spring offerings have just landed in store, and my, do they put us in the sunshine-y spring mood! From books to home decore to tableware, there are so many colorful pieces to get you in that fresh spring spirit! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite gems that just hit shelves across Canada!

What are you most excited for this Spring? Are you planning on picking some great new pieces after an annual Spring cleaning? Be sure to check out Indigo for some pieces that will put a spring in your step!

You can see the full ‘Live in Color” collection here

20-oz. Cold Cup – Lemon

Wouldn’t this 20oz Cold Cup be perfect for a iced lemonade in the backyard?

Le Creuset Pepper Mill - Soleil

How lovely is the sunny wooden ombre on this Le Creuset peppermill?

Mini Poured Candle – Pure Peony Blush

I’m such a sucker for a beautiful scented candle – they make a room so much more cozy! Indigo has a huge selection of candles, including their in house brand as well as fine candle makers from across the world.

Small Bound Journal - On My List Green

The travel bug has hit! Although I don’t have anywhere on my list right now, this journal is inspiring me to hop on a plane!

Super Soft Throw – Poppy Red

This is one of my favorite pieces Indigo has to offer – a sumptuous throw in a regal color is the perfect gift for anyone!

The #makeitCDNbeef October Twitter Party is Almost Here!


The #makeitCDNbeef October Twitter Party is Almost Here!

Here’s one party you won’t want to miss! On October 22nd, join us for the Canadian Beef #makeitCDNbeef Twitter Party – International Chef Edition.


Here’s What You Need to Know:

Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET
Host: @LoveCDNbeef
Guest: Chef Clinton Zhu from China
Hashtag: #makeitCDNbeef

New to Twitter Parties?

If you are new to Twitter parties try using the Twubs Twitter Party platform to make it east to join in on the action. Click  to view the #makeitCDNbeef Twubs Twitter Party page.

Anyone can participate but only Canadians can win prizes excluding those in the province of Quebec. For full Rules and Regulations, click here.

Who will be joining as our special guest?

International Chef, Clinton Zhu, will be joining us all the way from Shanghai, China to answer our burning culinary questions. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Chef Zhu is a master in his field. He has participated throughout Asia as a judge at culinary competitions and sits on numerous culinary committees and associations.


Blogger Monika Hibbs releases #MyCanvas home and dining collection


Blogger Monika Hibbs releases #MyCanvas home and dining collection

Looking for a new addition for your living room? Feel like something is missing when you walk into your dining room space? Innovative blogger Monika Hibbs has partnered with Canadian Tire to release an awesome + affordable home and dining collection! I’m really excited about this! The colours are neutral enough to fit into any space, but fun and funky enough to make a statement. What more could you ask for?

The best part is .. Monika will be joining tweeps on a #MyCANVAS Twitter Party TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m. ET to discuss the collection, offer fun design tips and discuss home decor with YOU!


Twitter Party Details

Date: Monday September 21, 2015
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00 p.m. ET
Host: @CanadianTire
Guest: @MonikaHibbs

You DO NOT have to RSVP – and there will be $1,000 in prizes! Wow!

Watch this post to pump you up for tonight – it shows how Monica has used the CANVAS collection in her personal home!