October 2013

Oct 31 2013
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Oct 31 2013

"In New York City, subway conductors have to point at a black and white sign. At every hour of the day. At every stop. They do this to show that they've fully arrived on the platform. We decided to show our appreciation for their work." —Yosef Lerner.

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Oct 31 2013
How many of you just love to read books? I know I do. They open up the world to me and I can get lost in the pages of a book for hours and hours. Business books and autobiographies are my favorite. “People who say they don’t [...] more...

Oct 31 2013

"In New York City, subway conductors have to point at a black and white sign. At every hour of the day. At every stop. They do this to show that they've fully arrived on the platform. We decided to show our appreciation for their work." —Yosef Lerner.

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Oct 31 2013
Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to go backstage after the final production of Pucini’s La Bohéme at the impressive Four Season Centre to personally congratulate and have a photo taken with soprano, Simone Osborne. Simone is a rising star with the Canadian Opera Company who I recently interviewed on my talk show, Extraordinary Women [...] more...

Oct 31 2013
In 2007, at the age of just 28, Scott Kavanagh co-founded “The Art Of,” a company based in Toronto that is focused on producing high profile business conferences throughout North America. These conferences attract over 15,000 professionals annually and Kavanagh has had the opportunity to work with over 75 New York Times bestselling authors and... more...

Oct 30 2013

 

One of the ingredients from my workshop, ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’,  is healthy mental activity. Some of my favourite ‘shelf help’ books offer me great insight everyday.

 

Susan Jeffers, author of the classic ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’, says that one of the biggest mistakes we make as [...] more...

Oct 30 2013
Captain David Marquet single-handedly “turned his ship around” when he became captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear powered submarine which had a crew ranked dead last in retention and operational standings. By treating his crew as leaders, not followers, Marquet’s sub went from “worst to first.” The author of Turn The Ship Around:... more...

Oct 30 2013
We’re honoured to be on the Toronto Life, Best of The City list again this year in the Interior Design category.  Thanks for noticing more...

Oct 30 2013
In honor of tomorrow night, one of my favorites of the year (behind The Grammys and American Music Awards), here are some fun, last minute, Halloween Do-It-Yourself craft ideas for your home to make you look like the Domestic Goddess you are. I give you... this week's Global TV Parenting segment. more...

Oct 30 2013
Join Jennifer Ettinger for the Fit Your Style Vemma Bode challenge. You will be walked through Step by Step with Jennifer... How to work out for your body type, What to eat and More! Message us on Facebook, Tweet us or email us at jennifere@fityourstyle.com to join. About Bode Bod•ē Shake™Transform Your Body with the "Powell Perfect" MealDesigned to meet the nutrition specifications of Chris and Heidi Powell, the Bod•ē Shake is a one-of-a-kind, nutrient-dense m [...] more...

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Oct 30 2013
Join Jennifer Ettinger for the Fit Your Style Vemma Bode challenge. You will be walked through Step by Step with Jennifer... How to work out for your body type, What to eat and More! Message us on Facebook, Tweet us or email us at jennifere@fityourstyle.com to join. [...] more...

Oct 30 2013
Josh Linkner is on a mission to make the world more creative. Named the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a “President Barack Obama Champion of Change” award recipient, Linkner both inspires and entertains: in speeches and workshops alike, he provides powerful and practical techniques to jumpstart creativity, getting people thinking out... more...

Oct 30 2013
 While black media is still buzzing and outraged over racial profiling in national department stores and the offensive use of black face for Halloween, recently NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr. made significant history as the First African Am... more...

Oct 30 2013
 While black media is still buzzing and outraged over racial profiling in national department stores and the offensive use of black face for Halloween, recently NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr. made significant history as the First African Am... more...

Oct 30 2013


 Toby the dog here... barking out some news about Thankful Paws!
 
Photo Credit-ThankfulPaws

 Can you imagine 30 pounds of pet food?  That is 30  ten foot box trucks filled to the roof. I’m drooling! 




My mom interviewed Lynn about a year ago and brought her back on her PAWsitive radio show.  Here’s what I learned when I was listening in on their interview. 

 Lynn Molnar started Thankful Paws two years ago with a vision to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets by providing the first ever Mobile Food Bank for Pets in Maryland. Their priorities are seniors, veterans and individuals who are homeless.  In addition to providing pet food, supplies (like toys, leashes, food and water bowls, blankets), Lynn is also helping change the societal perceptions about homelessness.  Lynn told mom that many people are just one paycheck away from being homeless, and it devastates pet parents to be in a position where you can’t feed your pet.
Lynn Molnar and Hero- Photo Credit Thankful Paws

Lynn’s dog Hero (paws up for the pups) is almost six and he went with Lynn to file their incorporation papers 2 years ago, now look at them! She said Hero, who’s a therapy dog, is a walking model of societal acceptance and unconditional love. I think Hero should be on our Team Tobyteam!  

You’re probably wondering how can you help?

Dog food. Cat food. Money. Blankets. Leashes. Money. Water dishes. Food dishes. Good networking to help spread the word.

You can listen to mom and Lynn talking on PAWsitive Radio here:

 Come visit us at Team Toby....www.TheOriginalTeamToby.com

Lynn Molnar is originally from Belmar, New Jersey, and has lived in Europe for several years. She holds a Bachelors degree from Johns Hopkins University as well as Maryland Bible College, both located in Baltimore, Maryland. She has served the community of Maryland for over twenty years through various volunteer capacities. Her professional experience includes being a paralegal at the Attorney General’s Office of Maryland, and a medical researcher at Johns Hopkins University. Currently, Lynn is the president of Thankful Paws. It was her compassion for pets and people that led her to establish the first ever mobile food bank for pets in Maryland. Under her leadership, Thankful Paws has expanded its services to include the first ever hotline for homeless people with pets. In less than two years, Lynn has helped distribute nearly 30 tons of pet food.   www.thankfulpaws.org
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Oct 30 2013


 Toby the dog here... barking out some news about Thankful Paws!
 
Photo Credit-ThankfulPaws

 Can you imagine 30 pounds of pet food?  That is 30  ten foot box trucks filled to the roof. I’m drooling! 




My mom interviewed Lynn about a year ago and brought her back on her PAWsitive radio show.  Here’s what I learned when I was listening in on their interview. 

 Lynn Molnar started Thankful Paws two years ago with a vision to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets by providing the first ever Mobile Food Bank for Pets in Maryland. Their priorities are seniors, veterans and individuals who are homeless.  In addition to providing pet food, supplies (like toys, leashes, food and water bowls, blankets), Lynn is also helping change the societal perceptions about homelessness.  Lynn told mom that many people are just one paycheck away from being homeless, and it devastates pet parents to be in a position where you can’t feed your pet.
Lynn Molnar and Hero- Photo Credit Thankful Paws

Lynn’s dog Hero (paws up for the pups) is almost six and he went with Lynn to file their incorporation papers 2 years ago, now look at them! She said Hero, who’s a therapy dog, is a walking model of societal acceptance and unconditional love. I think Hero should be on our Team Tobyteam!  

You’re probably wondering how can you help?

Dog food. Cat food. Money. Blankets. Leashes. Money. Water dishes. Food dishes. Good networking to help spread the word.

You can listen to mom and Lynn talking on PAWsitive Radio here:

 Come visit us at Team Toby....www.TheOriginalTeamToby.com

Lynn Molnar is originally from Belmar, New Jersey, and has lived in Europe for several years. She holds a Bachelors degree from Johns Hopkins University as well as Maryland Bible College, both located in Baltimore, Maryland. She has served the community of Maryland for over twenty years through various volunteer capacities. Her professional experience includes being a paralegal at the Attorney General’s Office of Maryland, and a medical researcher at Johns Hopkins University. Currently, Lynn is the president of Thankful Paws. It was her compassion for pets and people that led her to establish the first ever mobile food bank for pets in Maryland. Under her leadership, Thankful Paws has expanded its services to include the first ever hotline for homeless people with pets. In less than two years, Lynn has helped distribute nearly 30 tons of pet food.   www.thankfulpaws.org
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Oct 30 2013

We spoke to  the Co-Founders of The Beauty Team Victoria Fedosoff and Jenna Sardo on their unique mobile...

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Oct 29 2013
We've all seen 'em in our communities. The girl who marries not for love, nor companionship, nor even looks for that matter. It's the woman who marries for money. Hello, remember Anna Nicole Smith? more...

Oct 29 2013
Farah Perelmuter is the CEO and Co-Founder of Speakers’ Spotlight. In this guest post, Farah writes about the importance of vision when moving toward your entrepreneurial dreams: I was born an entrepreneur. I started my first business when I was nine (performing at birthday parties and being paid with cake), then at 16 came a... more...

Oct 29 2013
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Oct 28 2013
A dog with a blog... This blog is life as Toby the Dog sees it:I was listening to mom talking to David Rust from the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities. I love these guys because they are out there making a difference in schools thro... more...

Oct 28 2013
A dog with a blog... This blog is life as Toby the Dog sees it:I was listening to mom talking to David Rust from the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities. I love these guys because they are out there making a difference in schools thro... more...

Oct 28 2013
October 27, 2013 Playing intramural sports has invaluable benefits physically, mentally, and socially for students at all levels. more...

Oct 28 2013
      Aries (March 21 – April 19) Be true to yourself and do not accept something that is unworthy of what you deserve. If it is beneath you then pass on it. Regardless if it is a love partner, business partner or even a job opportunity, do not be afraid to let it go and wait for [...] more...

Oct 28 2013
As a psychotherapist I counsel many eligible woman in their late thirties, early forties. They want to have children. They are attractive and brilliant. But single. These women tell me that  they are single because they are afraid when they … Continue reading more...

Oct 28 2013
NEWS RELEASE:     Tune-in tonight for episode seven of Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV Special guests soprano Simone Osborne & burlesque/women sexuality historian Kaitlyn Regehr TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 – Tune-in tonight for episode seven of season two’s Extraordinary Women TV, when host Shannon Skinner sits down to chat with soprano Simone Osborne, [...] more...

Oct 28 2013
As Senior Columnist for Maclean’s magazine, Paul Wells is one of Canada’s foremost political commentators. Fresh, funny and authoritative, Wells speaks in both official languages on all of the matters of the day, from Canada’s position in the global economy, to the inside scoop on what’s really happening inside the Parliament buildings. Wells has just... more...

Oct 28 2013

We wanted to shine the light  on one of our favorite  services and long time...

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Oct 27 2013
I can't help but ask myself: is it possible to overcome all of our fears? I have reflected upon what some of my fears are -- there are many -- and, more importantly, what I do about them. Here are my top ten. more...

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Oct 27 2013
I can't help but ask myself: is it possible to overcome all of our fears? I have reflected upon what some of my fears are -- there are many -- and, more importantly, what I do about them. Here are my top ten. more...

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Oct 27 2013

Feature Image WOW Weight Loss Muffin Monday Chocolate Chip Chia Muffins

In honor National Chocolate Day I whipped up these amazing Chocolate Chip Chia Muffins. I try to include chia seeds whenever I can when I bake to increase the fiber content. The more fiber you add the less impact the baked good has on your blood sugar levels. One of the goals we have at WOW! Weight Loss is to provide you with foods, recipes and nutrition tips that keep blood sugar levels stable, regulate your weight loss hormones and help clear up confusion around nutrition, food and weight loss.

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Oct 27 2013
Move over fear, hello bravery… With a small group of Saudi women getting behind the wheel and driving their cars in defiance of the obscure unwritten rule in Saudi Arabia that, at its basic core, restricts women’s freedom, I took pause and thought about the courage it takes. These rebellious women are doing more than [...] more...

Oct 26 2013
This past week, I was in LA filming a video featurette series — and had a blast! The video featurette is directed and produced by my friend, Marsh Engle, which was filmed at her studio. I can’t wait to share it!               The day began with a visit to [...] more...

Oct 26 2013

As someone originally from the non profit sector, I truly enjoyed and got what Jonathon Fields had to say at the recent The Art of Small Business event.


I am sure as others heard him talk about the social revolution, they questioned the relevance to small business, but you know what, if they didn’t get it, they were missing out.  Because when it comes down to it, what he was really talking about was building a tribe, and who doesn’t want more loyal customers, more followers, and people who believe in us.


Jonathon was giving us the tools, but perhaps it was a stretch for some.  In fact, without appearing too sexist, I suspect the men in the audience may have been more cynical, because what he was talking about was building a business based on relationships rather than transactions.


Much of it related to how groups could be united over a common concern or challenge, and as he spoke, I certainly identified with that bond that women entrepreneurs share as they strive to succeed in a world that still favours men.


What really resonated was when he talked about the common enemy.  Who is your dictator he asked?  My answer – networking groups that are transactional not relationship based, and taking it deeper – the old boys’ club which does not recognize the value and contribution of women entrepreneurs.


Next he talked about building your rally cry which he encouraged to be a strong story that united people.  One of the examples, he gave of where it can backfire was around the Occupy movement, where the end vision was not shared and in the end that divided those involved.


His advice was to build and craft a creed that would draw and bind you together, because when you have a shared language, you can become a tribe.  As for the leader, this needed to be someone who is driven to serve, was transparent and honest, and prepared to be both authentic and vulnerable.  Ihe individual leader and the crowd together should define the path and develop the key messages, he recommended.


In his closing remarks, he talked about the two key human needs he’d identified – people are looking for something to believe in and to belong to – something we foster at Company of Women, and in fact the theme for our 2014 Journey 2 Success Conference is Be bold. Be brave. Belong, so I felt validated in the direction I was taking our organization. Always good to know when you are on the right path.


This need to foster personal relationships actually dovetailed well with the comments made by the first speaker, Mitch Joel, who observed in this changing world, we all need to do business differently if we want to survive and thrive in today’s business environment.


Mitch emphasized the power of direct relationships.  All of us, he noted, need to build a direct relationship with our customer and how we do that has to be multi-faceted, or as he describes it, sex with data, where you relate on different levels and mediums such as social media, blogs and email.  Making it personal and relevant is important.  He highlighted  the example of Amazon, a company that is noted for its personal touch, such as the personalized emails about books you might like.


While each speaker approached their topic from a different perspective – one taking a technical/social media direction, and the other focusing on relationships and empowering people, each emphasized the need to connect with our customers, if we want to stay ahead.


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Oct 26 2013

As someone originally from the non profit sector, I truly enjoyed and got what Jonathon Fields had to say at the recent The Art of Small Business event.


I am sure as others heard him talk about the social revolution, they questioned the relevance to small business, but you know what, if they didn’t get it, they were missing out.  Because when it comes down to it, what he was really talking about was building a tribe, and who doesn’t want more loyal customers, more followers, and people who believe in us.


Jonathon was giving us the tools, but perhaps it was a stretch for some.  In fact, without appearing too sexist, I suspect the men in the audience may have been more cynical, because what he was talking about was building a business based on relationships rather than transactions.


Much of it related to how groups could be united over a common concern or challenge, and as he spoke, I certainly identified with that bond that women entrepreneurs share as they strive to succeed in a world that still favours men.


What really resonated was when he talked about the common enemy.  Who is your dictator he asked?  My answer – networking groups that are transactional not relationship based, and taking it deeper – the old boys’ club which does not recognize the value and contribution of women entrepreneurs.


Next he talked about building your rally cry which he encouraged to be a strong story that united people.  One of the examples, he gave of where it can backfire was around the Occupy movement, where the end vision was not shared and in the end that divided those involved.


His advice was to build and craft a creed that would draw and bind you together, because when you have a shared language, you can become a tribe.  As for the leader, this needed to be someone who is driven to serve, was transparent and honest, and prepared to be both authentic and vulnerable.  Ihe individual leader and the crowd together should define the path and develop the key messages, he recommended.


In his closing remarks, he talked about the two key human needs he’d identified – people are looking for something to believe in and to belong to – something we foster at Company of Women, and in fact the theme for our 2014 Journey 2 Success Conference is Be bold. Be brave. Belong, so I felt validated in the direction I was taking our organization. Always good to know when you are on the right path.


This need to foster personal relationships actually dovetailed well with the comments made by the first speaker, Mitch Joel, who observed in this changing world, we all need to do business differently if we want to survive and thrive in today’s business environment.


Mitch emphasized the power of direct relationships.  All of us, he noted, need to build a direct relationship with our customer and how we do that has to be multi-faceted, or as he describes it, sex with data, where you relate on different levels and mediums such as social media, blogs and email.  Making it personal and relevant is important.  He highlighted  the example of Amazon, a company that is noted for its personal touch, such as the personalized emails about books you might like.


While each speaker approached their topic from a different perspective – one taking a technical/social media direction, and the other focusing on relationships and empowering people, each emphasized the need to connect with our customers, if we want to stay ahead.


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Oct 25 2013
Celebrity chef David Rocco brings his passion for food and healthy cooking to millions of kitchens every day, through his worldwide hit television programs, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita and David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway, along with his two bestselling cookbooks. David lends his wit, charm, and charisma to everything he does, whether hosting a unique event or... more...

Oct 25 2013
Cooler than cool….the French version of my song “Acadian Moon” called “Lune de mon Acadie” is sitting at #9 on the French country charts at a radio station in New Brunswick! Tune in this Saturday (October 26/13) from 8-9AM ADT (9-10EST) at CJSE 89FM in Shediac, NB or online at www.cjse.ca for an hour chat... more...

Oct 25 2013
Women Are Persons!  Love the statues on Parliament Hill dedicated to those strong women who fought for the vote and equal rights for women. They paved the way for so many accomplishments that many of us have gone on to do and take for granted.  Up to just over 100 years ago, we weren’t even... more...

Oct 25 2013
I moved to Los Angeles from Seattle ten years ago with a very mediocre body image. If I exercised and ate right, I felt better. I never had a six pack or anything hard core like that, but I still thought I looked okay. Then, when I arrived in Los Angeles (otherwise known as Lala Land) and started pursuing acting, the way I ‘felt’ wasn’t gonna cut it according to my agents and manager. more...

Oct 25 2013

Should Jay-Z cut his ties with major fashion retailer Barneys is the question that has been asked around the internet since two stories broke of Barneys racially profiling two black customers who tried to purchase high end items. The first case was of a 19-year-old, Trayon Christian who was arrested after purchasing a Ferragamo belt with a credit card. Store clerks called police on him and he was arrested as NYPD accused the young man of using a fraudulent credit card to make the purchase. His identity and credit card was identified and he was later released but the sting of the racial profiling remains. The second incident happened with Kayla Phillips who attempted to purchase a Celine bag and was told that there were tons of undercover cops roaming the store to make sure that no theft or scamming occurred.


This situation is not new because people of color have been wrongly accused and profiled for years from high end stores to lower end convenience stores (hey, even Oprah has been profiled many times before!). What has become a new issue and discussion though is that we have many black public figures who now are partnering and have lucrative deals with these major brands and institutions that are known to racially profile. So the question is, is it on these black public figures to make a statement by cutting ties with these companies. Should Jay-Z cut ties with Barneys?  The thing is that after contracts are signed and promotion is done, it is difficult to make that kind of move right now. Cutting ties would mean millions lost and hours in court with lawyers.


The interesting part of this story is that if Jay-Z was just Shawn Carter from Brooklyn, wouldn’t he fit the “suspicious” look that Barneys has been keeping an eye out for?



What are your thoughts on this scenario – would you cut ties with Barneys if you were in his situation?

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Oct 25 2013

Should Jay-Z cut his ties with major fashion retailer Barneys is the question that has been asked around the internet since two stories broke of Barneys racially profiling two black customers who tried to purchase high end items. The first case was of a 19-year-old, Trayon Christian who was arrested after purchasing a Ferragamo belt with a credit card. Store clerks called police on him and he was arrested as NYPD accused the young man of using a fraudulent credit card to make the purchase. His identity and credit card was identified and he was later released but the sting of the racial profiling remains. The second incident happened with Kayla Phillips who attempted to purchase a Celine bag and was told that there were tons of undercover cops roaming the store to make sure that no theft or scamming occurred.


This situation is not new because people of color have been wrongly accused and profiled for years from high end stores to lower end convenience stores (hey, even Oprah has been profiled many times before!). What has become a new issue and discussion though is that we have many black public figures who now are partnering and have lucrative deals with these major brands and institutions that are known to racially profile. So the question is, is it on these black public figures to make a statement by cutting ties with these companies. Should Jay-Z cut ties with Barneys?  The thing is that after contracts are signed and promotion is done, it is difficult to make that kind of move right now. Cutting ties would mean millions lost and hours in court with lawyers.


The interesting part of this story is that if Jay-Z was just Shawn Carter from Brooklyn, wouldn’t he fit the “suspicious” look that Barneys has been keeping an eye out for?



What are your thoughts on this scenario – would you cut ties with Barneys if you were in his situation?

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Oct 24 2013

Denise Deveau of MSN Money lists RfR as a way to live a life of...

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