September 2013

Sep 30 2013
Sept 30, 2013 We recently caught up with Tara Muldoon and group of young women involved with the ground-breaking anthology about forgiveness, F:You: The Forgiveness Project: Memoirs of Violence and Compassion, a compilation stories of forgiveness from youth all over Toronto. more...

Sep 30 2013

Carbohydrates 300x222 The # 1 Rule To Follow When Choosing Carbs

Carbohydrates are part of a macronutriently balanced meal. We need carbs in our diet to provide our brain and muscle cells with energy. I don’t know about you but I know I’ve had days when I just didn’t eat enough…

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Sep 30 2013

This is the first official recipe for Muffin Monday. We couldn’t be more excited to bring you new muffin recipes every Monday. Baking sweet (or not so sweet) treats is a favorite pastime in our home. Somewhere we got into the routine of baking muffins on Sundays.

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Sep 30 2013
Tim Hague overcame the odds when he went from a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease to—just three years later—becoming the inaugural winner of CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada (hosted by Jon Montgomery). Tim’s message of strength and courage leaves audiences motivated to meet life’s challenges and do more than they ever thought they could: One of... more...

Sep 30 2013
    Aries (March 21-April 19) Do not wish to be someone else. If you desire change then simply re-create yourself. It is easy if you put your mind to it. It starts in the mind. Think differently and the difference will affect your life.   Taurus (April 20-May 20) Read more and watch less television. Share your time with [...] more...

Sep 30 2013
Style at Home has featured one of Halina’s beautiful designs on the cover of their September Ultimate Kitchen Issue.This timeless architectural kitchen, the hub of the newly built four-bedroom home in Richmond Hill, is featured in the magazine with a stunning four page spread. http://www.styleathome.com/kitchen-and-bath/kitchen/kitchen-interior-timeless-architectural-kitchen/a/53277   more...

Sep 30 2013
まず、なんといっても、オーダースーツはオシャレを楽しむことができます。 女性用の既製スーツって、オシャレ感を出すの難しくないですか? 生地や色、ラインのバリエーションが少ないからか、インナーを変えたりしてオシャレに見せよ […] more...

Sep 30 2013
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer has unfortunately touched my family, and the cause is very near and dear to my heart. Up until I sold my first company in 2006, I donated a percentage of our yearly sales to various breast cancer efforts. For the newer WomenOnTheFence readers, I wanted to share my own personal experience, and keep the awareness going. Let this serve as as your reminder to CHECK YOURSELF. Check yourself. more...

Sep 30 2013
You've probably all already seen this SNL spoof of the show Girls, but just in case there's one person out there who hasn't, I figured I'd post it. It's too hilarious to miss. Their impressions of the characters are SPOT ON—especially Hannah and Jessa. I was laughing out loud the whole time. more...

Sep 30 2013
Mark Bowden, communication expert and author of Tame the Primitive Brain: 8 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work,  paid a visit to Breakfast Television Toronto the other day to discuss how to deal with difficult people with the show’s host, Dina Pugliese. You can watch the clip here. more...

Sep 30 2013

We would like to give you a little insider info by shining our designer spotlight...

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Sep 30 2013
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2013 – Tune-in tonight for episode three of season two’s Extraordinary Women TV, when host Shannon Skinner speaks with guests Heather Hartt-Sussman, former broadcast journalist and E! Entertainment TV host, now a children’s author of the popular ‘Noni’ and ‘Nana’ series, about why it’s important to say “no.” Plus technology expert, Avery [...] more...

Sep 30 2013

Have you registered for iDate 2014? The largest internet dating super conference is fast approaching and I’m so excited to be hosting the date coaching and matchmaking track along with Julie Ferman of Julie Ferman and Associates. This is the 12th annual iDate and it will take place from January 14th – January 16th, 2014 once again in Las Vegas! If you are in the dating industry or are thinking […]

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Sep 29 2013
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Sep 29 2013


Do you have any rules of engagement with your clients – guidelines of how you will work together?  Well maybe you need one.


At our Kitchener breakfast during introductions, Jennifer Roggemann, a local lawyer who had switched to focus on immigration law, shared what she tells clients at the outset.  It was so good, that several of us asked her to repeat it, so we could write it down. 


So here are the ABCs that she’s developed:





A         Admit you need help.  Reach out and ask for it

B         Be engaged.  This is your life, not mine

C         Come clean.  I need to know all the pertinent facts if I am going to represent you. 


And you can see how relevant these particular conditions are – not just for a legal practice, but a counseling one or any other business where you are helping someone. 


So it started me thinking about what the ABCs would be for Company of Women – and of course, I came up with many.  Here’s my first attempt at it.


A         Attend.  Be an activemember, get involved.  Ask how you can help someone else.

B         Beauthentic.  Forget the aggressive sales pitch, it just doesn’t work in this group. Build relationships instead.

C         Connect with one another – personally and professionally. People do business with people they know and trust.  We are a community of women who care about each other.


What would your ABCs stand for?  It’s actually quite a useful exercise to go through as it

makes you focus and narrow in on what is important.


My thanks to Jennifer for sharing her story and creating an opportunity for us to think

beyond our usual definition of our business.

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Sep 29 2013


Do you have any rules of engagement with your clients – guidelines of how you will work together?  Well maybe you need one.


At our Kitchener breakfast during introductions, Jennifer Roggemann, a local lawyer who had switched to focus on immigration law, shared what she tells clients at the outset.  It was so good, that several of us asked her to repeat it, so we could write it down. 


So here are the ABCs that she’s developed:





A         Admit you need help.  Reach out and ask for it

B         Be engaged.  This is your life, not mine

C         Come clean.  I need to know all the pertinent facts if I am going to represent you. 


And you can see how relevant these particular conditions are – not just for a legal practice, but a counseling one or any other business where you are helping someone. 


So it started me thinking about what the ABCs would be for Company of Women – and of course, I came up with many.  Here’s my first attempt at it.


A         Attend.  Be an activemember, get involved.  Ask how you can help someone else.

B         Beauthentic.  Forget the aggressive sales pitch, it just doesn’t work in this group. Build relationships instead.

C         Connect with one another – personally and professionally. People do business with people they know and trust.  We are a community of women who care about each other.


What would your ABCs stand for?  It’s actually quite a useful exercise to go through as it

makes you focus and narrow in on what is important.


My thanks to Jennifer for sharing her story and creating an opportunity for us to think

beyond our usual definition of our business.

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Sep 29 2013


Today’s 1THING illustrated by Laurel Richardson: “Margaret Drabble”

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Sep 29 2013


Today’s 1THING illustrated by Laurel Richardson: “new beds”

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Sep 29 2013
One of the things I love the most about interviewing extraordinary women is uncovering the moment or event that put them on their path, leading to the point where they are today. In some cases, it was a turning-point event in their lives. For others, their journey began as a deep creative desire at an [...] more...

Sep 29 2013
Lisa Charleyboy is a Toronto-based Aboriginal writer and blogger who is dedicated to inspiring and empowering other young Aboriginal people to follow their dreams. Her popular blog Urban Native Girl covers pop culture with an indigenous twist. more...

Sep 29 2013
Lisa Charleyboy is a Toronto-based Aboriginal writer and blogger who is dedicated to inspiring and empowering other young Aboriginal people to follow their dreams. Her popular blog Urban Native Girl covers pop culture with an indigenous twist. more...

Sep 28 2013


Today’s 1THING illustrated by Laurel Richardson: “all the love”

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Sep 28 2013


Today’s 1THING illustrated by Laurel Richardson: “An inspiring and amazing TEDxToronto event that blew my mind.”

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Sep 28 2013


Today’s 1THING illustrated by Laurel Richardson: “The future doesn’t have to look any particular way.”

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Sep 28 2013

Animal Shelters require the support of volunteers, services and products in kind, donations, sponsorship and funding to provide a much needed and life saving service in communities.  Securing funds and sponsorship can be a challenge. Tim Crum of Animal Shelter Fundraising  joined us on PAWsitive Radio-All things Pets! to talk about tips for animal shelters and rescue organizations to successfully raise funds.
Tim Crum- Animal Shelter Fundraising. 



Tim stated that one of the growing trends is the number of shelters that are working on new buildings.
On the radio show Tim spoke about the importance of understanding sponsor etiquette and the set of requirements that sponsors have. Shelters that are building or remodeling their building to be more like a community and retail  venue are further ahead.  Some shelters have a retail store where they sell books, pet supplies, and gifts for animal lovers. Many also have a coffee shop or snack kiosk on site.  The shelters that create the images that they are a hub of resources and connection are further ahead, and, have a better likelihood of attracting corporate donors and sponsors. 

Tim suggested that one of the keys to corporate sponsorship success is to create an experience for the sponsor, the donor and visitors to the shelter. The other key is relationships.  


Fundraising is less about money and more about people and relationships. Tim reminded listeners that People adopt. People volunteer. People donate.  Make sure you manage this well.   

One tip for shelters and rescues is that every week, have board members call donors simply to share a story how their contribution made a difference and to say thank you.  Don’t ask for more money or longer commitment, just have a conversation and focus on the relationship.  Animalshelterfundraising.com and animalshelterservices.com

Listen to the whole radio show, and hear more of Tim's tips at:
 
 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/teamtoby/2013/08/28/animal-shelter-fundraising

Photo Credits: Animal Shelter Fundraising

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Sep 28 2013

Animal Shelters require the support of volunteers, services and products in kind, donations, sponsorship and funding to provide a much needed and life saving service in communities.  Securing funds and sponsorship can be a challenge. Tim Crum of Animal Shelter Fundraising  joined us on PAWsitive Radio-All things Pets! to talk about tips for animal shelters and rescue organizations to successfully raise funds.
Tim Crum- Animal Shelter Fundraising. 



Tim stated that one of the growing trends is the number of shelters that are working on new buildings.
On the radio show Tim spoke about the importance of understanding sponsor etiquette and the set of requirements that sponsors have. Shelters that are building or remodeling their building to be more like a community and retail  venue are further ahead.  Some shelters have a retail store where they sell books, pet supplies, and gifts for animal lovers. Many also have a coffee shop or snack kiosk on site.  The shelters that create the images that they are a hub of resources and connection are further ahead, and, have a better likelihood of attracting corporate donors and sponsors. 

Tim suggested that one of the keys to corporate sponsorship success is to create an experience for the sponsor, the donor and visitors to the shelter. The other key is relationships.  


Fundraising is less about money and more about people and relationships. Tim reminded listeners that People adopt. People volunteer. People donate.  Make sure you manage this well.   

One tip for shelters and rescues is that every week, have board members call donors simply to share a story how their contribution made a difference and to say thank you.  Don’t ask for more money or longer commitment, just have a conversation and focus on the relationship.  Animalshelterfundraising.com and animalshelterservices.com

Listen to the whole radio show, and hear more of Tim's tips at:
 
 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/teamtoby/2013/08/28/animal-shelter-fundraising

Photo Credits: Animal Shelter Fundraising

Remember to follow Team Toby:





 


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Sep 28 2013
What would you do if you went out to your backyard to find your gate open and your dog gone?Who would you call? Where would you start looking?  Photo Credit: PetHubThese were the questions that Tom Arnold, of PetHub, and I talked about ... more...

Sep 28 2013
What would you do if you went out to your backyard to find your gate open and your dog gone?Who would you call? Where would you start looking?  Photo Credit: PetHubThese were the questions that Tom Arnold, of PetHub, and I talked about ... more...

Sep 28 2013
In the latest episode of The Broad Experience, a show on women, workplace, and success, Ashley Milne-Tyte talks to two women about getting ahead and ditching guilt. more...

Sep 28 2013
More and more companies are presenting themselves as both good and profitable these days. Leah Eichler discusses why this business model is slowly gaining traction. more...

Sep 27 2013


Today’s 1THING illustrated by Laurel Richardson: “The possibility of a new friend”

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Sep 27 2013


Today’s 1THING illustrated by Laurel Richardson: “colourful tights”

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Sep 27 2013
During most of my life I’ve pushed myself to move forward, become successful, stay driven and achieve goals. I have recently taken up hot power yoga, which has completely transformed my life. During a class, the instructor said something that … Continue reading more...

Sep 27 2013
By Camille Dundas   Maliaka Bryce has been called the Ja’fakin Queen of Comedy because she’s a Canadian armed with some hilarious stories about her time living in Jamaica… delivered with an overwhelmingly convincing accent.   She speaks with rapid fire sentences punctuated with a sexy- yet girl next door kind of laugh. She has that trademark funny [...] more...

Sep 27 2013
    Aries (March 21-April 19) Do not allow the opinions of others to dictate how you feel about yourself. Live your life and do the best you can do. Everyone learns according to his or her destiny and they succeed according to their works.   Taurus (April 20-May 20) Be careful when others are trying to convince you of [...] more...

Sep 27 2013
Kelly MacDonald-Hill is a Partner and Senior Vice President at Speakers’ Spotlight. She recently attended the CSAE 2013 National Conference and has taken the time to review three of our most popular speakers that were thrilled to participate in the program: Last week I attended the Canadian Society of Association Executives’s (CSAE) 2013 National Conference... more...

Sep 27 2013
So, I thought this would be fun for a Friday. It is an interesting exercise via Dr. Phil, and it doesn't take long to complete (only two minutes). Once we know more about ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses... the journey to self discovery is the one of the first steps to getting off the fence. more...

Sep 27 2013
Katty Kay is the lead anchor for BBC’s World News America where she covers the full gamut of American and global affairs―reporting on US elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies, and world trouble spots. She is also the co-author of Womenomics, providing a fresh perspective on the largely hidden power that women... more...

Sep 27 2013

  Here at RfR we know that each dress rental comes with its own story,...

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Sep 26 2013
If you missed Melissa on The Marilyn Denis Show this morning you can watch it here now > She was talking home living walls and www.PartTimeUtopian.com Custom Walnut Living Wall: www.PartTimeUtopian.com The Living Wall (LW) Series of plant walls were originally created for a large custom stairwell application in a downtown loft.  We’ve streamlined the design […] more...

Sep 26 2013
My friend Ann just wrote a wonderful memoir—Mastering the Art of French Eating—which came out today. I read it while breastfeeding Anton this summer, and it's one of those books that makes you pause to daydream while you're reading. She's a funny, sweet and disarming writer, and I got swept up on her journey.

Here's her story: Ann was thrilled when her husband was given a diplomatic assignment in Paris. Two years of stinky cheese, romantic dinners, road trips...she couldn't believe her good fortune. But right after they arrived in Paris, her husband was called away for a yearlong post in Iraq—alone—and she was left to find a life for herself in a new city. At first, she was lonely (she describes turning on all the lamps at home to make the rooms feel cozier; "the hours until dinner and bedtime stretched before me dry and uncompromising," she recalls), but then she had an idea. She could spend her time in France—traveling to small towns and meeting crazy chefs, farmers and restaurateurs—to discover the history and secrets behind the country's incredible signature dishes, from boeuf bourguignon to buckwheat crêpes.

Mastering the Art of French Eating is part funny memoir, part cookbook, part historical essays and part love story. (She describes her husband so sweetly; even though we know him, it was so lovely to see him through her eyes.)

It's such a wonderful book! If you like Julia Child or Amanda Hesser or Peter Mayle, this book will be up your alley. I loved it and would highly recommend it. Congratulations, Ann!
Are you reading anything good these days?

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Sep 26 2013
“Well, it all just looks so simple!” Don’t you just love it when people say that to you about something you’ve been working on for close to a year? I love that statement because it means that I have pulled it off – I have done a [...] more...

Sep 26 2013
Cultural Creatives are roughly about 35% of adults in all developed countries of the world. In addition to their concern about family and relationships, they are concerned about the environment, social responsibility, personal development and growth, both psychologically and spiritually, over their whole lives. The annual growth rate is about 3% from the 1960’s onward. We had 20% of the American population in 1986, probably 30 million adults and now 35% or 80 million. more...

Sep 26 2013
Dev Aujla has helped hundreds of thousands of people build careers that can change the world. The founder of DreamNow, a charitable organization that produces ideas that do good for people and the planet,  and the co-author (with Billy Parish) of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World, Aujla shows, step-by-step,... more...

Sep 26 2013
We start every year with great expectations for the days to come. Many people make resolutions to: a) give up a bad habit/vice b) embrace a new virtue c) be their best selves Enter life. Enter inconveniences. Enter temptation. Suddenly, … Continue reading  more...