January 2016

Jan 30 2016
It has been a year since I began a wine specialist certificate program at Toronto’s George Brown College – and […] more...

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Jan 29 2016
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Jan 29 2016
Do you find you and your partner argue often? Small disagreements can be healthy and are a sign that you are both sharing your needs. What matters more is not whether you fight but how you fight and how you … Continue reading more...

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Jan 29 2016
Today is Oprah's birthday. For those of you who are big readers of this blog, you know that Oprah is my hero, my queen, my inspiration. I've met her, I've attended her LifeClass taping, the Weekend with Oprah, I've filmed 5 episodes of The OWN SHOW on OWN TV, etc... more...

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Jan 29 2016

So your wee one finally has hair long enough to cut? Woohoo! These are the best places to bring your babe for a fresh haircut in Toronto. Melon Head Rocket ship and Thomas the Tank Engine chairs will help shy kids hop up to their first cut, and in-store movies keep wiggly ones still. Weekends […]

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Jan 28 2016
2016-Science and Technology Increasingly Converge Part 2 In my previous blog, I have been discussing some of the technological and scientific opportunities in preventative health care. So what does personalized medicine mean? PERSONALIZED MEDICINE AND GENETIC PROFILING ON THE RISE Personalized medicine is an emerging practice that uses an individual’s genetic profile to guide decisions […] more...

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Jan 28 2016
Tips from my personal experience for emotional wellbeing during the trying timeafter finding a lump or abnormality.I put the cart in front of the horse. I requested a mammogram minutes before a lump was discovered at my annual exam. As a women in her late 40’s I felt it was time to have a mammogram, it having been 7 years since my first.  That moment in October forever changed my life. After the exams I got into the car with my 12 year old daughter trying to keep [...] more...

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Jan 28 2016
It was three years ago today, that I sat nervously in the green room of Global Television. I was starting my new weekly job as the Parenting and Lifestyle Correspondent on The Morning News. more...

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Jan 28 2016
This past holiday season, LE CHÂTEAU honored the spirit of gift giving with a pledge of much needed clothing and footwear to local charities. From December 26th to 31st, every dollar sold at any LE CHÂTEAU Outlet stores across Montreal, as well as from the LE CHÂTEAU Outlet website, the Company would donate an equal amount of clothing, shoes and accessories to charitable organizations in Canada. Organizations who would benefit from this initiative were the West Island Women’s Shelter, Le Chaînon, La Maison Bleue, as well as those in need at AJOI, Dans la Rue, Sun Youth and The Old Brewery Mission, SIC (Service d'Intégration à la Collectivité) and the United Way. These organizations are well known for the range of programs they offer to get people on the path to security and independence. For many, these organizations are a safe haven and the support offered by them is essential to their well-being. more...

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Jan 28 2016
I am often asked what I do, specifically, to generate revenue each and every day. A few years ago, I heard it said that when you focus the first hour of your business day on a revenue-generating activity, you can double your monthly revenue. Well, I’m always up for that kind of challenge. Aren’t you?... more...

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Jan 27 2016

Luke Anderson (second row, second in from left) with a group of volunteers. A passionate athlete, Luke Anderson had a thirst for adventure and a drive that pushed him to new heights. Anderson moved to BC to pursue his love of mountain biking, but in 2002, while on a trail, he came up short on […]

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Jan 27 2016
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;

teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."


Well maybe not, according to Jeff Walker.  His rationale being that these days people seek instant gratification, so catching the fish is not enough.  You need to fillet and cook it for them too!



Literally food for thought. 


Do we expect too much?  Are we asking people to do too much for us, rendering us incapable of looking after ourselves in whatever we are trying to do – be it starting a business or mastering new technology.


Certainly people seem to want the short cuts, the fast track to being successful whether it is in their business or personal lives. Trouble is there is no real magical recipe for success.  No sure way to get ahead.  For most of us it involved trial and error, hard work as well as the tenacity to stay the course.


But what’s the message that the “helicopter parents” are giving their children when they do everything for them. Little wonder there is a sense of entitlement out there. 


Yes, we want to protect our children from harm’s way, but truth is they are going to have to face their own challenges, make the own decisions and with that, make their own mistakes.  It’s called growing up, becoming an adult.  And yes, some of us aren’t there yet.J  


Trouble is, I am as guilty as the next in terms of pulling the pathetic pose,  especially around technology.


I got a new computer for Christmas and it’s taken me four weeks to start using it.  Why?  Because I was scared to transfer files and lose stuff. Instead I waited until my daughter’s partner was around to do it for me.


And while I didn’t fillet and cook fish in return, I did make a great bowl of mushroom soup.  Perhaps we should call this bartering, not avoidance on my part. 


Whatever. I just know left literally to my own devices, the computer would still be in the box.  Now that I have nailed myself as technophobic, I am determined to take charge of a new software program we’ve just purchased and learn it for myself.  If nothing else but to prove the old brain cells are working. 


No more waiting for others to do it for me.  No, instead, you will be the ones waiting for me to set it up as it’s for the Company of Women AcademyJ  So stay tuned.  You have a vested interest in my success.







  

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Jan 27 2016
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;

teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."


Well maybe not, according to Jeff Walker.  His rationale being that these days people seek instant gratification, so catching the fish is not enough.  You need to fillet and cook it for them too!



Literally food for thought. 


Do we expect too much?  Are we asking people to do too much for us, rendering us incapable of looking after ourselves in whatever we are trying to do – be it starting a business or mastering new technology.


Certainly people seem to want the short cuts, the fast track to being successful whether it is in their business or personal lives. Trouble is there is no real magical recipe for success.  No sure way to get ahead.  For most of us it involved trial and error, hard work as well as the tenacity to stay the course.


But what’s the message that the “helicopter parents” are giving their children when they do everything for them. Little wonder there is a sense of entitlement out there. 


Yes, we want to protect our children from harm’s way, but truth is they are going to have to face their own challenges, make the own decisions and with that, make their own mistakes.  It’s called growing up, becoming an adult.  And yes, some of us aren’t there yet.J  


Trouble is, I am as guilty as the next in terms of pulling the pathetic pose,  especially around technology.


I got a new computer for Christmas and it’s taken me four weeks to start using it.  Why?  Because I was scared to transfer files and lose stuff. Instead I waited until my daughter’s partner was around to do it for me.


And while I didn’t fillet and cook fish in return, I did make a great bowl of mushroom soup.  Perhaps we should call this bartering, not avoidance on my part. 


Whatever. I just know left literally to my own devices, the computer would still be in the box.  Now that I have nailed myself as technophobic, I am determined to take charge of a new software program we’ve just purchased and learn it for myself.  If nothing else but to prove the old brain cells are working. 


No more waiting for others to do it for me.  No, instead, you will be the ones waiting for me to set it up as it’s for the Company of Women AcademyJ  So stay tuned.  You have a vested interest in my success.







  

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Jan 27 2016
A couple of weeks ago we shared a video of Fireese teaching the ASL numbers, 1-10. Now you can learn numbers 11-20! Please visit our YouTube channel for more great ASL videos which make learning FUN! more...

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Jan 27 2016
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Jan 27 2016
I enjoyed this morning's Global TV segment, as we chatted trends, and what recent surveys say will be hot parenting trends to look out for in 2016. Helicopter parenting-- in or out? Eating for two while pregnant-- in or out? Tune in... more...

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Jan 26 2016

If you’re dreaming of building a mega business and you’re stuck and don’t know where to start… I have one word for you: Influence. The way to make money doing what we—fitness and health experts—do is to become an influencer. (And yes, it’s perfectly ok to make money! It’s a great thing! You got into […]

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Jan 26 2016

A new year, means a new year of styles, trends and fashions to try. Pantone has dropped their colours of the year, and personally, we here at RfR are super excited for the colours. This year’s colours of the year from Pantone are: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. Rose Quartz is a soft, yet warm pink hue. It is feminine and universally flattering. Also, did you know, it is the stone of love? […]

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Jan 26 2016

Next month, Toronto will host the first ever NBA All Star Game to take place outside the United States.

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Jan 25 2016

It was really not to long ago I sat down and had a real biz talk with my buddy and client Joe Arko (you can find his awesomeness here joearko.com). We talked about how our projects were going, and what our plans are and what my experience of moving my personal business model from one […]

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Jan 25 2016
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who [...] more...

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Jan 25 2016
CONTEST RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. ENTRANTS MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF CANADA (excluding Quebec) AND OF THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR PROVINCE/TERRITORY OFRESIDENCE. SUBJECT TO ALL FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL, MUNICIPAL AND LOCAL LAWS ANDREGULATIONS. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The Rent frock Repeat Prom Referral Contest (the “Contest”) period commences at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on January 19, 2016, at 12:00 AM EST, and concludes on February 15, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST (the “Contest Period”). The person […] more...

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Jan 25 2016
I am a mom. And a psychologist who works with children and parents. Talk about an occupational hazard! But it is through wearing these two hats that I live the science of child development. I have the amazing privilege in my every day life of seeing the growth of my two boys and also the growth of my client families. Sadly, alongside that, I have also seen the heartbreak of discipline that is not aligned with contemporary theory and science. One of a child’s most foundational needs is that of relational connection. And yet, our dominant culture is consumed with approaches to discipline – time outs, rewards charts, and consequences to name a few –that sell out on this need, probably because on the outside such approaches appear to work in stopping the behavior. But this comes at a cost – our children’s healthy development. more...

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Jan 25 2016

Hip hop hoop dancers performing at the 7th annual Big Bam Boom festival this past June. Exposure to the arts is crucial to the development of well-rounded children. Early introduction to arts programs has been proven to nurture creativity, stimulate the brain and help foster social interaction. And more Canadians than ever believe early introduction […]

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Jan 25 2016

The Nightowl Bar in Toronto’s Little Italy is giving out free mocktails to designated drivers.

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Jan 25 2016

Family Literacy Day 2016 is coming up on January 27th, and it’s a great day to start some new family traditions around reading. Here are some ideas to get your started. Make a special book nook Whether it’s an under-used corner of their closet with one of those battery-powered push lights, a homemade tent, or […]

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Jan 24 2016

Last week Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to go ahead with Toronto's first street mural project, bringing bursts of colour to the city's streets.

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Jan 22 2016
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Jan 22 2016
If you think that your partner may be cheating the best possible thing you can do is confront them outright. The next best step to take is to seek help from a couple’s therapist and try to rebuild the trust … Continue reading more...

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Jan 22 2016

From I Don’t Want to be a Frog. I Don’t Want to be a Frog Written by Dev Petty. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. I Don’t Want to be a Frog is a great springboard for discussion with a child who is dissatisfied with his/her lot in life. The main character, Frog, announces that he wants […]

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Jan 21 2016
In Case You Missed It!Here's what you missed at the Deer Creek Wedding Show in Ontario's Durham region. Over 100 brides-to-be attended the Wondrous Wedding Show to meet talented vendors in person to help plan their weddings. Photo by The Wedd... more...

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Jan 21 2016
In Case You Missed It!Here's what you missed at the Deer Creek Wedding Show in Ontario's Durham region. Over 100 brides-to-be attended the Wondrous Wedding Show to meet talented vendors in person to help plan their weddings. Photo by The Wedd... more...

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Jan 21 2016

From art spots to sports parties, we’ve rounded up fun new ideas for celebrating your kid’s birthday in Toronto. These birthday ideas will have you wishing it was your special day. Great Kids Birthday Parties in Toronto 4Cats Art Studio Kids work together to create a giant paint-splatter masterpiece on a canvas that your birthday boy […]

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Jan 21 2016
A big congratulation if you’re the owner of a brand spanking’ sparkly new engagement ring! Wedding planning is very exciting but there are times when it can be incredibly stressful as well which is why a handy wedding checklist will be the thing you turn to again and again. In today's post, I give you a step-by-step wedding checklist to help you keep on top of everything. It’s based on a 12 month period, but it will give you a really good idea of what to do and when. It's time to GET OFF THE FENCE and plan your wedding! more...

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Jan 21 2016

Do you volunteer?   I think I have always volunteered – even in high school I was the editor of the school newsletter – which in hindsight, shows that I was on the right path in my career choices.


In my volunteer career I have done the gamut from being a volunteer probation officer, group leader for the Children’s Aid Society, gala event co-ordinator, served on committees, been a board member at the local, national and international levels, chaired boards – from a women’s shelter to a national board and am currently editor of our local newspaper.


You could say I am a professional volunteer.  I often joke that I must have written across my forehead – “works hard.”   But you know while giving back is rewarding, what you gain in return is way, way, more.  So it is not always that altruistic as you learn new skills, broaden your network and I even furthered my career because of my volunteer involvement.


What spurred me on write this blog though is the realization that my latest volunteer activity is probably one of the most rewarding, and yet really takes little from me except my time, which granted is a precious commodity.  What am I doing?    I am doing a shift once a week at our local Salvation Army to sort donations for the incoming refugees to Guelph.


I think one of the reasons I like it, is frankly it doesn’t require too much of my brain power which is in short supply these days as I juggle two businesses and yet, I know without the help of volunteers like myself, it would be even more chaotic for the families arriving. 


Yes, it is physically tiring as you are standing for four hours and moving stuff, but to my mind, it is the least we can do and I leave feeling a sense of satisfaction that I made a dent in the overwhelming mounds of clothing that have come in. 


We all volunteer for different reasons and if you’ve never explored helping out with a cause you believe in – try it.  You will broaden your perspective. 


If you are going through a tough time yourself, try it.  You will realize that there may be people way worse off than you and it takes the focus away from your issues. 


And if you are out of work, try it.  You’ll learn new skills to add to your resume and maybe even discover new talents and a career to pursue.


You get a warm feeling inside knowing that you’ve made a difference. There is a quote I like – “all that we give into the lives of others, comes back into our own.”


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Jan 21 2016

Do you volunteer?   I think I have always volunteered – even in high school I was the editor of the school newsletter – which in hindsight, shows that I was on the right path in my career choices.


In my volunteer career I have done the gamut from being a volunteer probation officer, group leader for the Children’s Aid Society, gala event co-ordinator, served on committees, been a board member at the local, national and international levels, chaired boards – from a women’s shelter to a national board and am currently editor of our local newspaper.


You could say I am a professional volunteer.  I often joke that I must have written across my forehead – “works hard.”   But you know while giving back is rewarding, what you gain in return is way, way, more.  So it is not always that altruistic as you learn new skills, broaden your network and I even furthered my career because of my volunteer involvement.


What spurred me on write this blog though is the realization that my latest volunteer activity is probably one of the most rewarding, and yet really takes little from me except my time, which granted is a precious commodity.  What am I doing?    I am doing a shift once a week at our local Salvation Army to sort donations for the incoming refugees to Guelph.


I think one of the reasons I like it, is frankly it doesn’t require too much of my brain power which is in short supply these days as I juggle two businesses and yet, I know without the help of volunteers like myself, it would be even more chaotic for the families arriving. 


Yes, it is physically tiring as you are standing for four hours and moving stuff, but to my mind, it is the least we can do and I leave feeling a sense of satisfaction that I made a dent in the overwhelming mounds of clothing that have come in. 


We all volunteer for different reasons and if you’ve never explored helping out with a cause you believe in – try it.  You will broaden your perspective. 


If you are going through a tough time yourself, try it.  You will realize that there may be people way worse off than you and it takes the focus away from your issues. 


And if you are out of work, try it.  You’ll learn new skills to add to your resume and maybe even discover new talents and a career to pursue.


You get a warm feeling inside knowing that you’ve made a difference. There is a quote I like – “all that we give into the lives of others, comes back into our own.”


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Jan 21 2016

“I just wanted to say thank you so much! Last night was my cousin’s wedding, and my mother, aunt, and I all wore RfR dresses to the event! We absolutely loved all of them, and we got so many wonderful compliments on them! They were absolutely beautiful and helped make the night so special.” – Sarah Newman  This week’s Customer of the Week, is the gorgeous Sarah Newman! But, that’s not all, she […]

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Jan 21 2016
  ‘I just don’t have time to do it all.’ How often have you said that to yourself as you make every effort to grow your business? I hear this all the time from entrepreneurs – whether you’re a newbie and/or a seasoned entrepreneur. And I can tell you why you’re feeling that way, too.... more...

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Jan 20 2016
Post Views = 1019Practical Leadership Advice for New Managers By Guest Blogger, Ben Russel 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 54,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! Coaching, Consulting & Keynotes for a Better, Stronger Future              Not everyone is a natural born leader. Many new managers may fear taking a leadership role. These fears may …

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Jan 20 2016
What child doesn’t love the Old McDonald song? Here you can learn how to do the signs along with it, make learning FUN! Check out our YouTube channel for even more great video’s! more...

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Jan 19 2016
Hi Positive Fabulous Women, Do you know why I joined this group so many years… more...

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Jan 19 2016
Hi Positive Fabulous Women, Do you know why I joined this group so many years… more...

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