December 2013

Dec 31 2013
You are going away on holidays... your dog really does better in his/her home environment.... Who do you call?A pet sitter!Where do you find a pet sitter?What about an organization like Pet Sitters International?Beth Stultz- PAWsitive Radio Guest ... more...

Dec 31 2013
You are going away on holidays... your dog really does better in his/her home environment.... Who do you call?A pet sitter!Where do you find a pet sitter?What about an organization like Pet Sitters International?Beth Stultz- PAWsitive Radio Guest ... more...

Dec 31 2013

Co-founder Kristy stops by Global Morning Toronto for NYE makeovers with Kris Reyes. Watch part...

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Dec 31 2013

As you enter 2014 what are your plans to take your business forward?  Will you be repeating what you did last year, or making changes?  Have you considered doing the same thing, but delivering it differently?


Kudos to Tim Hortons for going where the trends are going.  They could so easily just have stayed where they were – with a Tim Hortons on every corner, and their cans of coffee sold in local supermarkets, but no.   They realized that more and more people are using the fancy coffee making machines, that require individual packages of coffee. And not wanting to lose out on this market, have set about packaging their coffee that way.


They saw where the future was going, and went there too, instead of providing the same old, same old.


Last year we started to offer webinars in a big way – with three sessions a month – and apart from some technical glitches beyond our control, it has gone well.  We recognized that women don’t always have the time to travel and meet face to face, in order to benefit from the knowledge of others, and with webinars, they can be in their PJs taking in useful information when it suits them best.


My goal for 2014 is to do more online, and maybe even deliver a few webinars myself.  Now this is a stretch goal, because I am technologically-challenged, but I am determined to move with the times.


I challenge you to ask yourself if there is something you are doing that you need  to change?  Is what you are offering still attracting the same audience, or do you need to change it up?  What are the new trends in your industry?  Think about it. When we put our client/customers’ needs front and centre, instead of what we want to offer or sell, we provide what they want to buy.


As Henry Ford said  “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”  Maybe it is time to change.  Take a risk, venture out and offer your programs or services differently. You might be surprised at the results.




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Dec 31 2013

As you enter 2014 what are your plans to take your business forward?  Will you be repeating what you did last year, or making changes?  Have you considered doing the same thing, but delivering it differently?


Kudos to Tim Hortons for going where the trends are going.  They could so easily just have stayed where they were – with a Tim Hortons on every corner, and their cans of coffee sold in local supermarkets, but no.   They realized that more and more people are using the fancy coffee making machines, that require individual packages of coffee. And not wanting to lose out on this market, have set about packaging their coffee that way.


They saw where the future was going, and went there too, instead of providing the same old, same old.


Last year we started to offer webinars in a big way – with three sessions a month – and apart from some technical glitches beyond our control, it has gone well.  We recognized that women don’t always have the time to travel and meet face to face, in order to benefit from the knowledge of others, and with webinars, they can be in their PJs taking in useful information when it suits them best.


My goal for 2014 is to do more online, and maybe even deliver a few webinars myself.  Now this is a stretch goal, because I am technologically-challenged, but I am determined to move with the times.


I challenge you to ask yourself if there is something you are doing that you need  to change?  Is what you are offering still attracting the same audience, or do you need to change it up?  What are the new trends in your industry?  Think about it. When we put our client/customers’ needs front and centre, instead of what we want to offer or sell, we provide what they want to buy.


As Henry Ford said  “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”  Maybe it is time to change.  Take a risk, venture out and offer your programs or services differently. You might be surprised at the results.




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Dec 31 2013
Happy New Year from cloudy Florida. I wanted to take this moment to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2014. I don't think I could say it more perfectly than this. Thank you to Chenice, one of our first readers for sending me this. I do believe it's quote from the movie New Year's Eve. more...

Dec 30 2013
Great Leadership:  The Call To Lead Greatly It is time to get inspired by what we  can be, do and achieve.  © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results Building 3Q Skills That GROW At The Speed Of Change Is My Commitment To A Better Future 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 30, 000+ Social Media Followers & …

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Dec 30 2013

Hi Friends,

Wishing you all the very, very best for 2014. In case, you missed any of my fantastic monthly 1 minute ‘Shelf Help’ Videos this year- not to fret. The videos are all here on one glorious page.

Here was a fan favorite of 2013.

 

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Dec 30 2013

Who we are: Rent frock Repeat is a collaborative consumption organization dedicated to providing high-end,...

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Dec 30 2013

The year is coming to an end and what a year it has been. We...

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Dec 29 2013
TORONTO, DATE – Top Canadian fitness expert Stephanie Joanne and Core Strength have partnered to launch CORE STRENGTH1, an innovative all-in-one training system. Available online, at The Treadmill Factory and on The Shopping Channel beginning Jan. 28th, 2014, CORE STRENGTH1 uses body weight resistance and elastic resistance to provide a high intensity, full body workout for up to eight people at a time. more...

Dec 29 2013
It’s close to the eve of 2013 shifting into 2014. Every year people promise themselves this year will be different. This year I am going to “get fit” “take better care of me” “make more money” “spend more time with my family” “quit smoking” The list is endless and so is the frustration when, by […] more...

Dec 27 2013
I am married to a man who would say of every bird I'd ever roasted, "It's pretty good, but it's not as good as your mother's." My late mother, bless her baster, was renowned for the crispy golden skin on her birds (when she died, we gave out her roast chicken recipe at the funeral). I thought I'd given up on roast poultry, but guests were coming for Christmas. Time to take another shot at crispy skin! more...

Dec 27 2013
By: April D. ByrdThe controversy surrounding singer R. Kelly is crazy. The internet has blown up with the concept, to support or not to support his career. The discussion can't be considered too late, because it's far from unwarranted. It's not shockin... more...

Dec 27 2013
By: April D. ByrdThe controversy surrounding singer R. Kelly is crazy. The internet has blown up with the concept, to support or not to support his career. The discussion can't be considered too late, because it's far from unwarranted. It's not shockin... more...

Dec 27 2013

We caught up with Andrea Dineen,  Co-founder and designer behind Design Designs on the future of...

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Dec 27 2013
Throughout the month of December, we’ve been posting interviews with stakeholders from three important groups: volunteers, neighbourhood agencies, and tree owners. This third and final interview is with tree owner Jim Harris. Jim has two very fruitful apple trees in his yard and has been sharing fruit with Not Far From The Tree since 2009. Please [...] more...

Dec 26 2013
Winter's Here. What are some of your favorite activities to do with your dog during the long winter months?How about the fun photos with Santa Paws? Toby with Santa PAWS at Stella Dog Animal AcademyHow about creating fun videos on Jib Jab? http:/... more...

Dec 26 2013
Winter's Here. What are some of your favorite activities to do with your dog during the long winter months?How about the fun photos with Santa Paws? Toby with Santa PAWS at Stella Dog Animal AcademyHow about creating fun videos on Jib Jab? http:/... more...

Dec 26 2013

This week we are doing a special New  Years  Eve edition of Where and Wear...

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Dec 26 2013

This week we are doing a special New  Years  Eve edition of Where and Wear...

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Dec 26 2013
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Dec 26 2013
We love hearing your Signing Stories, and this one brought a tear to my eye! If you have a signing story to share, please send it to rcdirector(at)mysmarthands.com and you could be featured! – My daughter Bailey did her first sign, ‘milk’, at 7.5 months old. We had been working on that, along with Mommy,(...) more...

Dec 26 2013

RfR is pleased to introduce the newest addition to our rental collection, Canadian label Dineen....

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Dec 25 2013
By the time you read this I will be recovering from the 2013 Akande Christmas celebration.  I will be breathing the sigh of relief that says, “Now the real holiday begins!”  Let me explain…



Seven of the people I love most in this world are curled up sleeping in my house.  Incidentally, these seven people are also most likely to make me lose my mind!  Anyway, grandma, who my kids call nanny, is bunking with us for a few days until power is restored to her house.  Like so many folks in our city, our Christmas plans have had to change because of a bad ice storm.  My kids are so excited to have nanny full-time.  And I am so grateful that we are in a position to be the ones doing the caretaking. I am less grateful that my Nanny care-taking gig is coinciding with Christmas. 


My mom, although not a fan of cooking, is the one who always hosts family holiday dinners.  Her home is big and warm.  She loves having her eight grandchildren in the same home where she raised her kids and the grandchildren love Nanny’s house! But when Nanny’s power went out, we took her in along with the 20 pound turkey she had purchased to feed the 19 Akandes for Christmas Eve dinner.  I smiled my most welcoming smile, thinking to myself, “Oh good Lord, how will I pull this off?” immediately followed by “I better have some Ativan left!”   


You may or may not know this about me, but I really don’t like to cook.  I don’t even really like other people to cook if I am around.  Cooking gives me tremendous anxiety.  I have yelled at Wife many times for cooking.  “What are you thinking?  Why are you cooking now?”  She grumbles something about having to feed the kids and in order to feed children – something we are legally required to do (stupid laws), one of us will actually have to cook.  She is so show-offy about her parenting skills.  Cooking is messy and disorganized.   I just hate it. 

BUT as the big moment approaches, something amazing is happening.  I’m getting excited.  First of all, I’m a bit of hero, because I am saving Akande family Christmas.  And I am receiving the torch.  The Akande baby is grown up enough to host a pressured filled family meal.



We don’t have a tree, (ours is a Jewish home).  We have only 8 chairs (there are 7 of us and I discourage guests during meal times).   We are short on space.  And I am pretty sure one of our kids has a raging fever.  But we’re doin’ this thing!  Bring on the Akande Family Christmas celebration.  Check back next week to hear how it went down. 


If you are celebrating Christmas this week, the Silverman-Akande family wishes you and yours a very merry and bright holiday season. 


XO Ajike


P.S.  Listening to my cuties having morning cuddles and chats with Nanny…  Nanny singing, “I’ll be home for Christmas” and G says, “No you won’t!  You don’t have power!” 



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Dec 25 2013
By the time you read this I will be recovering from the 2013 Akande Christmas celebration.  I will be breathing the sigh of relief that says, “Now the real holiday begins!”  Let me explain…



Seven of the people I love most in this world are curled up sleeping in my house.  Incidentally, these seven people are also most likely to make me lose my mind!  Anyway, grandma, who my kids call nanny, is bunking with us for a few days until power is restored to her house.  Like so many folks in our city, our Christmas plans have had to change because of a bad ice storm.  My kids are so excited to have nanny full-time.  And I am so grateful that we are in a position to be the ones doing the caretaking. I am less grateful that my Nanny care-taking gig is coinciding with Christmas. 


My mom, although not a fan of cooking, is the one who always hosts family holiday dinners.  Her home is big and warm.  She loves having her eight grandchildren in the same home where she raised her kids and the grandchildren love Nanny’s house! But when Nanny’s power went out, we took her in along with the 20 pound turkey she had purchased to feed the 19 Akandes for Christmas Eve dinner.  I smiled my most welcoming smile, thinking to myself, “Oh good Lord, how will I pull this off?” immediately followed by “I better have some Ativan left!”   


You may or may not know this about me, but I really don’t like to cook.  I don’t even really like other people to cook if I am around.  Cooking gives me tremendous anxiety.  I have yelled at Wife many times for cooking.  “What are you thinking?  Why are you cooking now?”  She grumbles something about having to feed the kids and in order to feed children – something we are legally required to do (stupid laws), one of us will actually have to cook.  She is so show-offy about her parenting skills.  Cooking is messy and disorganized.   I just hate it. 

BUT as the big moment approaches, something amazing is happening.  I’m getting excited.  First of all, I’m a bit of hero, because I am saving Akande family Christmas.  And I am receiving the torch.  The Akande baby is grown up enough to host a pressured filled family meal.



We don’t have a tree, (ours is a Jewish home).  We have only 8 chairs (there are 7 of us and I discourage guests during meal times).   We are short on space.  And I am pretty sure one of our kids has a raging fever.  But we’re doin’ this thing!  Bring on the Akande Family Christmas celebration.  Check back next week to hear how it went down. 


If you are celebrating Christmas this week, the Silverman-Akande family wishes you and yours a very merry and bright holiday season. 


XO Ajike


P.S.  Listening to my cuties having morning cuddles and chats with Nanny…  Nanny singing, “I’ll be home for Christmas” and G says, “No you won’t!  You don’t have power!” 



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Dec 24 2013
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Dec 23 2013

As a the CEO of WOW! Weight Loss and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist it usually falls to me to come up with the modification for any type of family meal. We have a number of food sensitivities in my family so our holiday meals might look a little different then most. Sometimes we even have two of the same dishes just made differently.

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Dec 23 2013
By April D. Byrd


Who will bring you before excellence if you don’t do it yourself? Our special gifting or talent that we authentically have makes room for us and brings us before great men. Making room means to create opportunities and opens doors.  It's up to us to Capitalize on that!

There is a saying that goes: "when the teacher is ready the student appears." Well when you are prepared for it, the opportunity comes. Being cognizant of your gifting and who you are is important. What are you passionate about? There is no actual set path to success, but it's important to be professional and confident in your gift.


Go towards your goals and express your talent with no reservation, because it's especially yours. When you go towards it, a way will be supplied. Where there is a will, there is a way. The world makes way for the person who knows where they are going. If you know where you're going, what you're doing, and exactly what you want to accomplish, then chances are you wont be very disappointed with the results you get. 




Taking action to express our gifts to the world, is a gift to the world. We were created with purpose it's up to us to fulfill it with passion. Be open to your positive, creative inspiration then open your greatness up and share it with the world. 





April D. Byrd (@aprilinspired) is a Writer, Producer, and Creator of Breath Of Life Daily.
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Dec 23 2013
By April D. Byrd


Who will bring you before excellence if you don’t do it yourself? Our special gifting or talent that we authentically have makes room for us and brings us before great men. Making room means to create opportunities and opens doors.  It's up to us to Capitalize on that!

There is a saying that goes: "when the teacher is ready the student appears." Well when you are prepared for it, the opportunity comes. Being cognizant of your gifting and who you are is important. What are you passionate about? There is no actual set path to success, but it's important to be professional and confident in your gift.


Go towards your goals and express your talent with no reservation, because it's especially yours. When you go towards it, a way will be supplied. Where there is a will, there is a way. The world makes way for the person who knows where they are going. If you know where you're going, what you're doing, and exactly what you want to accomplish, then chances are you wont be very disappointed with the results you get. 




Taking action to express our gifts to the world, is a gift to the world. We were created with purpose it's up to us to fulfill it with passion. Be open to your positive, creative inspiration then open your greatness up and share it with the world. 





April D. Byrd (@aprilinspired) is a Writer, Producer, and Creator of Breath Of Life Daily.
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Dec 23 2013
Happy Monday All! First off,  a BIG-time Happy Birthday shout-out to one of my dearest friends Tara Shanahan! There is not enough space to write and words to express how much you mean to me. The memories are great but … Continue reading  more...

Dec 21 2013

As the year comes to a close, it seems timely to reflect on what I’ve learned this year, both personally and professionally.  

Like most women, I find my work and family life often overlap, each impacting who I am, what I do and how I think.  


To me, 2013 was a year of personal and business growth, loss and gain.  It was a year of transition, as we moved from our family home of 28 years and with it came adjustments and change.



Personal


                        1.              Selling a home is a lengthy, stressful process.

2.              Decluttering frees you from the past.

3.              With old friends, you can pick up where you left off.

4.              When you meet a kindred spirit, you can become instant good friends.  

5.              Losing a pet is tough.

6.              Being generous with your time can mean a lot to other people.

Business


1.              Near perfect is OK

2.              Ignore competition.  Believe and stay true to your vision.

3.              Step outside your comfort zone, and doors open.

4.              Pay attention to synchronicity, it can lead to great outcomes

5.              Do the math. Make sure everything is included before you set a price.

6.              Do what you love, delegate the rest.


What about you?  What have you learned about yourself this year?  

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Dec 21 2013

As the year comes to a close, it seems timely to reflect on what I’ve learned this year, both personally and professionally.  

Like most women, I find my work and family life often overlap, each impacting who I am, what I do and how I think.  


To me, 2013 was a year of personal and business growth, loss and gain.  It was a year of transition, as we moved from our family home of 28 years and with it came adjustments and change.



Personal


                        1.              Selling a home is a lengthy, stressful process.

2.              Decluttering frees you from the past.

3.              With old friends, you can pick up where you left off.

4.              When you meet a kindred spirit, you can become instant good friends.  

5.              Losing a pet is tough.

6.              Being generous with your time can mean a lot to other people.

Business


1.              Near perfect is OK

2.              Ignore competition.  Believe and stay true to your vision.

3.              Step outside your comfort zone, and doors open.

4.              Pay attention to synchronicity, it can lead to great outcomes

5.              Do the math. Make sure everything is included before you set a price.

6.              Do what you love, delegate the rest.


What about you?  What have you learned about yourself this year?  

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Dec 21 2013
Most of us have unmet needs and insecurities. When we were kids, whether or not we had loving parents, we had needs that were not met. Whether our parents were either too busy or we were part of a big … Continue reading more...

Dec 20 2013
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Dec 20 2013
Canadians trust Maclean’s Magazine‘s Senior Columnist Paul Wells for the inside scoop on politics as one of the foremost commentators in the country. We took a moment to find out a few interesting things you never knew in our latest Spotlight On: What inspired you to want to be a speaker? In 20 years in Ottawa,... more...

Dec 20 2013
Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, an expert when it comes to deciphering our fast-paced, ever-changing world, applies his knowledge and passion for the environment to situations that affect us every day. In his latest contribution to The Globe and Mail, he invites readers to take a step back from the hype and consider the impact of new... more...

Dec 20 2013


The Late night comedy show Saturday Night Live wants black girl funny. Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels says he’s bringing seven or eight female African-American comediennes to New York to audition for the show, and one  will be added to the cast in January. SNL hasn't had a black female cast member for almost six years. The show has received criticism for it's lack of diversity, but Micheals said that it didn't attribute to the surge in interest to find a black actress. 
When Kerry Washington recently guest hosted the show, she had to play a variety of roles. Washington did Michelle Obama, Beyonce, and Oprah all in one sketch.Saturday Night Live again realized the lack of diversity, and even poked fun with an announcement:  

“The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight,” the Voice-over Guy said as Washington ran on and off stage changing costumes. “We make these requests both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent – and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast. As for the latter reason, we agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future, unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.”




SNL has now done multiple sketches to poke fun at the issue, but they're actively moving to do something about the situation. They held auditions earlier this month in Los Angeles, which attracted media attention because it was set up for black comediennes. Actor Kenan Thompson told T.V. guide that there hasn't been a black female cast member for so long because most of the time "they never find ones that are ready."



SNL will definitely make a role available to the right actress or comedienne. Black Womyn Rock and are clearly making a huge impact in media. Kudos to Maya Rudolph who was hilarious on the show for a long time.  Blogger Jasmine Brand was made aware of the opportunity, but it conflicted with her schedule for the show "Love That Girl" on TV One. Comedienne Tiffany Haddish also auditioned and interviewed with Inside Edition about the role. We hope to see more black comediennes shine on SNL and in the comedy arena as a whole.


Tiffany Haddish speaks out on the issue: (video)
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Dec 20 2013


The Late night comedy show Saturday Night Live wants black girl funny. Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels says he’s bringing seven or eight female African-American comediennes to New York to audition for the show, and one  will be added to the cast in January. SNL hasn't had a black female cast member for almost six years. The show has received criticism for it's lack of diversity, but Micheals said that it didn't attribute to the surge in interest to find a black actress. 
When Kerry Washington recently guest hosted the show, she had to play a variety of roles. Washington did Michelle Obama, Beyonce, and Oprah all in one sketch.Saturday Night Live again realized the lack of diversity, and even poked fun with an announcement:  

“The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight,” the Voice-over Guy said as Washington ran on and off stage changing costumes. “We make these requests both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent – and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast. As for the latter reason, we agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future, unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.”




SNL has now done multiple sketches to poke fun at the issue, but they're actively moving to do something about the situation. They held auditions earlier this month in Los Angeles, which attracted media attention because it was set up for black comediennes. Actor Kenan Thompson told T.V. guide that there hasn't been a black female cast member for so long because most of the time "they never find ones that are ready."



SNL will definitely make a role available to the right actress or comedienne. Black Womyn Rock and are clearly making a huge impact in media. Kudos to Maya Rudolph who was hilarious on the show for a long time.  Blogger Jasmine Brand was made aware of the opportunity, but it conflicted with her schedule for the show "Love That Girl" on TV One. Comedienne Tiffany Haddish also auditioned and interviewed with Inside Edition about the role. We hope to see more black comediennes shine on SNL and in the comedy arena as a whole.


Tiffany Haddish speaks out on the issue: (video)
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Dec 20 2013

Take A Chance!  Now…just swap the second “c” for a “g” because true “change” always...

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Dec 19 2013
After running a derivatives trading desk on Wall Street, John Coates retired from high finance to scientifically test a hunch he had–that risk taking, even financial risk taking, is a profoundly physical activity, and that our body participates in it just as much as our brain. In this article from the Financial News, John discusses... more...

Dec 19 2013
In highly competitive situations, you need to stand out, get noticed, and be remembered. Strategic communications and “soft skills” expert Mark Jeffries teaches audiences how to make smart moves that bring success. In this post from Mark’s blog, he shares some insights into making the holidays less stressful. The holidays may well be a time... more...

Dec 19 2013
Making snowmen, spinning dreidels, leaving cookies and milk out for Santa… these are some of the classic holiday traditions that are just for kids.  We, here at The Next Chapter, would like to add our Children’s Book Panel to that list.  Yes, Michele Landsberg and Ken Setterington have returned with a sack full of great... more...

Dec 19 2013
Here is a segment i participated in for Global News on First Book Canada, an organization I proudly support! First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.... more...

Dec 19 2013
Well my lovely ladies, it’s almost that time of year again- Christmas, holiday season, Nat King Cole and reindeers. It’s also the time where I close up the blogging shop for two weeks. Yup, I do. I rest my kepi (that’s Hebrew for head), and come back rejoiced with fresh content in January. Just a little note to wish you all a very HAPPY and HEALTHY New Year. As always, I am known to check in over a blogging break, so please do come and visit. Or, I am always in my playground: Twitter , Facebook and Instagram, should you wish to stay in touch. more...