July 2013

Jul 31 2013
Having a Plan B is not only important career-wise, it's also a key ingredient to happiness. Leah Eichler explains why. more...

Jul 31 2013
Simon Whitfield’s easy smile and exuberance has endeared him to Canadians across the country. After winning a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, Simon used his relentless drive to deliver another memorable performance and win a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and be chosen as flag bearer for... more...

Jul 31 2013
Looking for the positive spin on workers disengagement in North America? There's huge potential to optimize our workforce. Well over 50% of employees in the U.S. and Canada crave opportunities to achieve full potential, experience peak performance mom... more...

Jul 31 2013
Today's giveaway is from ShoeMint, a free, members-only website with an amazing selection of shoes, each for just $79.98. It's a collaboration between Rachel Bilson and stylist Nicole Chavez, and they're manufactured by Steve Madden. New styles are add... more...

Jul 31 2013
Living a fulfilled life is not easy, but it is rewarding. Along the way, we (you and definitely I) often encounter moments of confusion, uncertainty, frustration, and that powerful four-letter word: FEAR. In its fullest form, fear has the power … Continue reading  more...

Jul 31 2013
A little more than a month ago, Ray Zahab set out on an incredible journey. The 44-year-old athlete from Chelsea, Que., aimed to run across the inhospitable Gobi desert, the hardest physical feat he had attempted, he said, since he ran across the Sahara. Now, he’s back, and he tells The Globe and Mail’s Sean... more...

Jul 31 2013
The Be Amazing yoga workshop designed and led by Rashmi Biswas incorporates the motivational themes of her book “Rash Decisions: accept where you are and then…Be Amazing” with a hatha yoga class aimed at awakening the manipura chakra. Rashmi first held this workshop earlier in the summer and having received such great feedback is thrilled ... more...

Jul 31 2013
Lake and Associates will be at the CGTA Show in Toronto from August 11-14 where we will be talking to retailers about SmartAnalytics. Designed by Rick Besteman in partnership with Multipost Retail Systems, SmartAnalytics supports retailers in utilizing point-of-sale data to make better business decisions. Rick, President and CEO at Lake and Associates, has over ... more...

Jul 31 2013


The decision to transition to natural hair is a difficult one filled with questions of acceptance – will my workplace consider my look “professional”, what will my family say, will I still feel beautiful and attractive when I look in the mirror? This is a dialogue that goes through many converting sistas’ heads as they release their previous standard of beauty and create a new one defined on their own terms. But, a conversation that is not often brought up but is so important is how supportive you partner is through this process and also how the transition will challenge their definition of what they see as beautiful.


I read a fantastic blog post on Black Girl Long Hair written by a husband who went through the natural hair journey with his wife. He describes how initially, he was upset and felt insecure about his wife’s decision because he was taught that long, flowing hair was the “cream on top” for dating a black girl. Now, he loves and encourages other womyn to join the natural hair journey as well.


Check out the post over at Black Girl Long Hair.


What are your thoughts, have you had a difficult time getting your partner to accept your new natural look?




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Jul 31 2013


The decision to transition to natural hair is a difficult one filled with questions of acceptance – will my workplace consider my look “professional”, what will my family say, will I still feel beautiful and attractive when I look in the mirror? This is a dialogue that goes through many converting sistas’ heads as they release their previous standard of beauty and create a new one defined on their own terms. But, a conversation that is not often brought up but is so important is how supportive you partner is through this process and also how the transition will challenge their definition of what they see as beautiful.


I read a fantastic blog post on Black Girl Long Hair written by a husband who went through the natural hair journey with his wife. He describes how initially, he was upset and felt insecure about his wife’s decision because he was taught that long, flowing hair was the “cream on top” for dating a black girl. Now, he loves and encourages other womyn to join the natural hair journey as well.


Check out the post over at Black Girl Long Hair.


What are your thoughts, have you had a difficult time getting your partner to accept your new natural look?




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Jul 31 2013

We’re living for the weekend this Where & Wear Wednesday, especially since we all get...

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Jul 31 2013


Today’s 1Thing illustrated by Sally Fung: “Watching my favourite show in bed on a stormy night”

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Jul 30 2013

Our W&W outfit suggestion for Milky Way Night! by rentfrockrepeat featuring patent leather shoes Alice...

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Jul 30 2013
When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the world’s top brands, they brought in none other than Mitch Joel. Dubbed “the rock star of digital marketing” by Marketing magazine, he helps companies understand and harness digital-marketing and new-media opportunities, allowing them to stay on top of, and ahead of, the trends—in social media, blogging,... more...

Jul 30 2013
Our friends at Raeallan are pleased to present… Personal Branding: Leadership Panel and Networking event Do you know your Brand?  Why is it important? What is a Personal Brand? How do you leverage it in your personal and professional life? Join our panel of industry experts – including PFW Founder, Katia Millar – as they share their expertise […] more...

Jul 30 2013
Last week was a very special one for Not Far From The Tree. On Monday, July 22nd, we went apricot picking with former Toronto mayor, David Miller. As a part of our recent crowdfunding campaign, he agreed to join five lucky fruit lovers on one of our fruit picks. Supporters of Not Far From The Tree [...] more...

Jul 30 2013
I believe with all my heart that women typically earn less money than men. The statistics prove this to be true. Women’s groups around the world advocate for financial equality on a daily basis. In the 70′s Jane Fonda noted that women earned 71 cents on the dollar: today, almost 45 years later we’ve climbed […] more...

Jul 30 2013

Flare Online names RfR as one of the Canadian Online Shopping: 13 Retailers To Try...

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Jul 30 2013
If ever there is doubt that one person can make a difference, Simon Jackson—and his incredible story of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition—puts that doubt to rest. Simon’s quest, at the young age of 13, to save the white Kermode bear gave rise to the world’s first and biggest youth-run environmental movement and the largest... more...

Jul 30 2013
Not much respect for the former Playboy playmate. more...

Jul 30 2013
Have you seen Baggu's soft leather tote bags? They've been blowing up on the internet! It's surprisingly hard to find lovely simple bags, but these are the kind of bags you'd reach for every day and carry everywhere, from work to farmer's markets to pi... more...

Jul 30 2013

Any time you make positive changes to your food choices there will be some side effects. As your blood sugar levels balance out, your hormones return to normal and you recalibrate your taste buds it’s very common to have unusually strong cravings for your favorite unhealthy foods.

Read more on 5 Tips To Abolish Food Cravings…

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Jul 30 2013
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Jul 30 2013


Today’s 1Thing illustrated by Sally Fung: “Buying new books this morning”

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Jul 29 2013
Today's blog is provided by an organization for whom we are champions and appreciate all the incredible work they do....Alberta SPCA.  

A study released by the Alberta SPCA in November 2012 revealed that 59% of pet-owning women in emergency shelters delayed leaving the abusive environment out of concern for their pets. In 36% of the cases, animals were threatened by the abuser – and 85% of those threats were carried out. Interviews with victims show how difficult it can be for women with pets or livestock to leave a violent relationship, and how the animals suffer as an abuser controls the victims by threatening or harming the animals.
 
Photo credit: Alberta SPCA


In addition, children often witness the animal cruelty – and in half of the situations it’s the child’s own pet that is threatened or harmed.

To address this situation, the Alberta SPCA is working with many other agencies to help both animal and human victims of domestic violence. A major goal of the partnership, known as the Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP), is to provide a province-wide pet safe-keeping network for family violence victims while they are in emergency shelters. 

AASAP includes professionals from law enforcement, social services, veterinary services, health, animal welfare, women’s shelters, legal education and other communities.
AASAP wants to start a pilot project in the Edmonton region, with the hope that it can expand to the whole province. 

This will involve hiring a coordinator to take calls from human services professionals and match the pets with a volunteer network of clinics, shelters and foster homes. Working out of the offices of one of the partner agencies, the coordinator will also maintain a database of volunteers and ensure that adequate records are maintained. After a year, the pilot project will be assessed and an expanded program will be designed based on lessons learned; the pilot project is also anticipated to demonstrate the need to prospective funders.

 
Photo credit: Alberta SPCA

This initiative will have direct benefits to numerous individuals in need:

·       Domestic violence victims who would be able to leave violent situations to seek safety for themselves, knowing that their pets will be kept safe and cared for.
·       Children of domestic violence victims who will also be reassured knowing that their pets are safe.
·        Human services professionals – social workers, police, women’s shelter staff – who are often forced to scramble to find accommodations for pets of victims.
·        The animals themselves will be kept safe from abuse and neglect.

To find out more, please visit:   http://www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com/ideas/pet-safekeeping-for-domestic-violence-victims/

Team Toby appreciates the work Alberta SPCA and the AASAP is doing to help individuals and animals in need.  Thank you for sharing your project with us.  Together, we can make a PAWsitive difference!

You can extend your vote for Alberta SPCAs project at:
http://www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com/ideas/pet-safekeeping-for-domestic-violence-victims/ more...

Jul 29 2013
Today's blog is provided by an organization for whom we are champions and appreciate all the incredible work they do....Alberta SPCA.  

A study released by the Alberta SPCA in November 2012 revealed that 59% of pet-owning women in emergency shelters delayed leaving the abusive environment out of concern for their pets. In 36% of the cases, animals were threatened by the abuser – and 85% of those threats were carried out. Interviews with victims show how difficult it can be for women with pets or livestock to leave a violent relationship, and how the animals suffer as an abuser controls the victims by threatening or harming the animals.
 
Photo credit: Alberta SPCA


In addition, children often witness the animal cruelty – and in half of the situations it’s the child’s own pet that is threatened or harmed.

To address this situation, the Alberta SPCA is working with many other agencies to help both animal and human victims of domestic violence. A major goal of the partnership, known as the Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP), is to provide a province-wide pet safe-keeping network for family violence victims while they are in emergency shelters. 

AASAP includes professionals from law enforcement, social services, veterinary services, health, animal welfare, women’s shelters, legal education and other communities.
AASAP wants to start a pilot project in the Edmonton region, with the hope that it can expand to the whole province. 

This will involve hiring a coordinator to take calls from human services professionals and match the pets with a volunteer network of clinics, shelters and foster homes. Working out of the offices of one of the partner agencies, the coordinator will also maintain a database of volunteers and ensure that adequate records are maintained. After a year, the pilot project will be assessed and an expanded program will be designed based on lessons learned; the pilot project is also anticipated to demonstrate the need to prospective funders.

 
Photo credit: Alberta SPCA

This initiative will have direct benefits to numerous individuals in need:

·       Domestic violence victims who would be able to leave violent situations to seek safety for themselves, knowing that their pets will be kept safe and cared for.
·       Children of domestic violence victims who will also be reassured knowing that their pets are safe.
·        Human services professionals – social workers, police, women’s shelter staff – who are often forced to scramble to find accommodations for pets of victims.
·        The animals themselves will be kept safe from abuse and neglect.

To find out more, please visit:   http://www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com/ideas/pet-safekeeping-for-domestic-violence-victims/

Team Toby appreciates the work Alberta SPCA and the AASAP is doing to help individuals and animals in need.  Thank you for sharing your project with us.  Together, we can make a PAWsitive difference!

You can extend your vote for Alberta SPCAs project at:
http://www.fieldlawcommunityfund.com/ideas/pet-safekeeping-for-domestic-violence-victims/ more...

Jul 29 2013
    Ice cream sundaes are a longtime dessert classic – icy cool and easy to create for parents and kids alike. Another longtime dessert favourite is the cupcake. Whether it’s because of their small size and easy flavour customization or simply their nostalgic nature, cupcakes have quickly ascended the ranks to become the dessert of the [...] more...

Jul 29 2013
August Newsletter: ‘Judy’s 1 minute Shelf Help pick for August’

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I honestly didn’t think that this month’s  ’1 minute Shelf Help’ pick was going to create so much controversy but it did! Whatever your beliefs are, I think it’s a thoughtful read, nonetheless. Enjoy! Proof Of Heaven – A Neurosurgeon’s [...] more...

Jul 29 2013
Colonel Chris Hadfield became a star as commander of the International Space Station, when he harnessed  social media to offer the world glimpses into his life in orbit. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer spoke with Col. Hadfield about his efforts to keep the public interested in space travel in this brand new interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=206555369 more...

Jul 29 2013
July 29, 2013 Ken Wilden and Phil Harbut are passionate about helping people and the environment with their local business, FROGBOX more...

Jul 29 2013
  Aries (March 21-April 19) Do not feel ashamed of who you are. Be the best you that you know how to be and keep things simple. Making your life complex just to please others does not mean you are living the best life for you. It means you are pleasing others instead of pleasing yourself. So [...] more...

Jul 29 2013
Bestselling author and business visionary Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up. For over 20 years, Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee-engagement strategies and brand transformations. In the post below, Dr. Izzo discusses cultivating personal resilience in the face of workplace change: Change fatigue... more...

Jul 29 2013
I'm so glad to hear that recently released movie, Fruitvale Station, had a good opening weekend. It's great to see that people went out and showed their support for such an important film. I didn't get a chance to see it over the weekend, because I was... more...

Jul 29 2013
I'm so glad to hear that recently released movie, Fruitvale Station, had a good opening weekend. It's great to see that people went out and showed their support for such an important film. I didn't get a chance to see it over the weekend, because I was... more...

Jul 29 2013


Today’s 1Thing illustrated by Sally Fung: “The presence of mind to save old bread for french toast!”

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Jul 28 2013


Today’s 1Thing illustrated by Sally Fung: “Planless Weekend”

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Jul 28 2013
July 28, 2013 Teenagers Julia and Emma Mogus share the joy of reading with kids in remote Northern Ontario First Nations communities through their organization Books with No Bounds. more...

Jul 28 2013

…”start me talkin’” 1950’s look for one of summer’s simplest festivities Summer’s sizzling away but...

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Jul 27 2013
It’s hard to believe that August is around the corner. It feels like just yesterday that we were launching our Blossom Watch Campaign to track the arrival of fruit-bearing blossoms around the city, and now our baskets are bursting with cherries, mulberries, apricots, and crabapples with more on the way! With the arrival of all [...] more...

Jul 27 2013


Today’s 1Thing illustrated by Sally Fung: “The smell of summer rain”

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Jul 26 2013
I had a dream….And it came true! In 25 days, I wanted to find 25 locations in Acadian regions in the Maritimes to sell my CDs.  I did it! And the sweetest one of them all, is the one in Abram-Village, PEI that was co-founded by my maternal grandmother, Mémé Joséphine and built by her... more...

Jul 26 2013
What are you up to this weekend? We are hitting up some playgrounds like the parents we are:) Also! Alex and I just started watching the show Extras, and Ricky Gervais is hilarious. Have you seen it? We have even had to pause the show because we're lau... more...

Jul 26 2013
This morning, I woke up pumped for the day ahead. My plan was to stop by the Farmer’s Market when it opened, to pick-up one of their delicious cheese danishes for my wonderful husband as a Friday surprise. (Note: the … Continue reading  more...

Jul 26 2013
Most arguments are projections. What are projections? When we argue with our spouse or significant other, it’s less about them and more about the feelings that we project on to them. If someone is angry and we ask them why … Continue reading more...

Jul 26 2013
Ben Mulroney is a familiar face in the entertainment world, usually seen interviewing celebrities on the red carpet or on the television screen hosting eTalk. It’s sometimes easy to forget that underneath all the glamour, he enjoys many of the same things that his fellow Canadians enjoy! Post City Magazines interviewed Ben for their August... more...