April 2016

Apr 30 2016
Rich Watson purchased his first home in June 2014, right before the oil crash. The 23-year-old tax accountant picked a condo in downtown Calgary that would give him easy access to work, and would maintain its ... Read More more...

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Apr 29 2016

It looks like rain this Sunday, so take the whole family to your local YMCA for the Healthy Kids Day on May 1st. It’s a free open house for members and non-members. What happens at YMCA? If you’ve never been, it’s more than an affordable gym with childminding (though that’s a great part right there!). […]

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Apr 29 2016
CALLING ALL WOMEN AND MOMS WHO WANT TO EARN EXTRA MONEY! Field Agent is the first app that pays you while you shop! Complete short tasks or surveys and make some extra money while you go about your daily tasks. We have paid Agents in Canada $1.5 million for the tasks that they have completed and you can withdraw your funds anytime to PayPal. Our Agents have used the money to pay their cell phone bills, get a phone upgrade, pay for family vacations or to cover the cost of a coffee date with a friend. The possibilities are endless! The Field Agent app is available on both Android and iPhone devices (including iPad) more...

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Apr 29 2016
The deadline to file your tax return is fast approaching. If you’ve been procrastinating and don’t want to pay someone to do it for you, we’ve compiled a list of some options that don’t cost a ... Read More more...

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Apr 29 2016
For some time now, the biggest downside to Canada’s most popular loyalty program has been the fact that you can’t redeem your Aeroplan Miles to cover the entire cost of a flight. You could redeem a fixed ... Read More more...

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Apr 28 2016
In true Wordless Wednesday fashion, I'm super excited to make a fun announcement above. I have your Mother's Day gift giving covered-- mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, we have the perfect gift to usher in summer at the PERFECT price!! You asked, we answered. For a little bit at least... ;) Till May 4th ONLY. SHOP THE COLLECTION TODAY AT 50% OFF: HADRY.CO/SHOP! If you recall, back in November I showcased the beach fashion accessory invention I had been working on for two years. If you missed that blog post, it went a little like this... more...

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Apr 28 2016
If you’re the type of spender who tends to let your credit card debt pile up, then you may want to consider using zero interest credit cards as your solution. It should be noted that whenever ... Read More more...

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Apr 27 2016
Happy Wednesday, ladies! I started Hump Day off with my weekly parenting segment on Global TV. Today we chatted Monster Mother In-Laws. If you are currently dealing with Jane Fonda as your Monster-In-Law, I shared some tips and strategies. All jokes aside, if you struggle with difficult in laws, please tune into today's segment for tips on how to establish peace in the home. more...

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Apr 27 2016
When a celebrity dies, public interest spikes. What caused the death? How large is the estate? Who gets the money? Prince was only 57 and left many unanswered questions. On the surface, Prince didn’t need life ... Read More more...

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Apr 26 2016

The weather is finally clearing up and we can start to imagine camping again. There are many lovely campgrounds within a decent drive of the city, so pack up your stuff! It’s worth noting that booking ahead is critical, and you’ll have more luck if you can manage mid-week camping. Sandbanks Provincial Park Right in […]

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Apr 26 2016
The RfR Wedding Series is a collection of blogs that all have one common theme, weddings! From the perfect bridesmaid dresses, to what to pack on your honeymoon, RfR is breaking down everything your need to know for your big day! Here comes the bride, here comes the bride… But before she says, ‘I Do’, she needs to have have one more fun and fabulous night before she ties the […] more...

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Apr 26 2016
By John Ferriter Half a life ago, and Half a life to go… I moved to Los Angeles exactly half my life ago. No money, no job, just the determination to create a better life with a career that mattered where I could live a good, hopefully, healthy life, and influence careers and pop culture. I didn’t know whether I’d be a writer or a singer or a musician or a... Lire la suite » more...

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Apr 26 2016
When it comes to teaching your kids about money, it’s not just about dollars and cents. When was the last time you paid for something in cash? With all sorts of new technology, from tap cards ... Read More more...

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Apr 25 2016
The East Coast Charity Ball is like no other –  it includes a formal dinner that leads into a exciting party, all with an East Coast twist. This is an event that should be marked on your calendar. The East Coast Charity Ball is East Coast Connected (ECC)’s flagship fundraising event in support of the IWK Health Centre Foundation. The IWK is a champion of excellence in women’s and children’s health and medicine. Funds […] more...

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Apr 25 2016

Get ready. I’m about to turn your (Instagram) world upside down. I’m about to introduce you to your new best friend. It helps me bring you awesome images like these on the daily:    If you’re not following me on Instagram you’re 100% missing out!   Maybe you’ve hung out in the same crowd (because […]

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Apr 25 2016
When Harry Schachter and Lily Sarno were looking at homes, they didn’t always have to wait for an open house. Instead, they were able to visit them virtually. “We would walk down the street and we ... Read More more...

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Apr 24 2016
Travelling inevitably comes with a certain degree of uncertainty and unexpectedness that can range from a mild inconvenience to a serious problem that requires immediate attention. Although these things can’t always be prevented, having travel insurance ... Read More more...

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Apr 24 2016
If you’re a points guru like me, you’re familiar with the best credit cards rewards programs, and maybe you’ve used RateHub’s credit card comparison tool to evaluate the best dollar value return for your spending. An ... Read More more...

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Apr 23 2016
There’s a funny thing about mortgages. Despite the fact that interest rates are near record lows, what you see posted at the big banks aren’t necessarily the best mortgage rates available. This might come as a ... Read More more...

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Apr 22 2016
Research has shown that half of divorces happen in the first 7 years of marriage, this means if you are married longer than 7 years you are half as likely to get divorced. Research also shows that people who stay … Continue reading more...

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Apr 22 2016

Toronto's annual spring clean-up weekend, April 22-24 anticipates 150,000+ participants to help keep the city clean and green.

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Apr 22 2016
Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life Electric word life It means forever and that's a mighty long time But I'm here to tell you There's something else The after world A world of never ending happiness You can always see the sun, day or night - Prince RIP to the legends we grew up with. more...

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Apr 22 2016
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Apr 22 2016
Millennials are the largest component of the Canadian working population. We’re educated, hirable, and entrepreneurial. But, we’re also in debt. And despite having every piece of information available at our fingertips, it can seem overwhelming understand ... Read More more...

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Apr 21 2016
As a Certified Women’s Life, Business and Success Coach, I have worked with hundreds of women as a coach, consultant and mentor for over 15 years. And I will say, that any expert who says they "know it all," when it comes to the new reality of screens, smartphones, tablets, technology, and the REAL long term effects on our brains and cognitive learning is simply not telling the truth, in my humble opinion. As parents, we are all trying to navigate the sometimes rough waters and uncertain rules of screens in our lives. Smartphones are EVERYWHERE, literally - and we are always reachable, always on call, always accountable, and the temptation to answer that 'ding,' the minute it goes off, is palpable. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming. more...

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Apr 21 2016


“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than expected.”


 But we seem to have forgotten that.  Is it just me, or have we become a grumpier, more demanding society?


I ask because lately I’ve noticed how quickly people are to criticize, to point out faults and what’s not working, instead of appreciating or showing gratitude for what is.


Part of the problem lies in our use or abuse of email as a way of communicating our disgruntlement.  Perhaps the writer doesn’t realize just how her message sounds and perhaps too, we can read too much into the words chosen.


That said, I do find that people are often too preoccupied in what they want, and when they don’t get what they want, like the spoilt toddler, they have a tantrum thinking perhaps that will sway the decision and change the outcome.  Eh. No.


It’s too bad really because it is such a waste of energy, negative energy at that and I don’t find myself drawn or wanting to be around folks that give out such troubling vibes.


My advice?  Take a chill pill. 


Look at the big picture and perhaps reflect on the other person’s perspective.  If something is wrong, I’ve always found that being pleasant and polite gets you a lot further.  When we treat people with respect and value their time and expertise, they are more likely to work harder to fix the problem.


Gratitude and giving back is our theme for our upcoming conference on May 17.  I'm hoping people will listen and take notes.

As Andy Wooten suggests – “It doesn’t cost anything to tell someone thank you.” Try to say thanks to everyone that you can today.”





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Apr 21 2016


“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than expected.”


 But we seem to have forgotten that.  Is it just me, or have we become a grumpier, more demanding society?


I ask because lately I’ve noticed how quickly people are to criticize, to point out faults and what’s not working, instead of appreciating or showing gratitude for what is.


Part of the problem lies in our use or abuse of email as a way of communicating our disgruntlement.  Perhaps the writer doesn’t realize just how her message sounds and perhaps too, we can read too much into the words chosen.


That said, I do find that people are often too preoccupied in what they want, and when they don’t get what they want, like the spoilt toddler, they have a tantrum thinking perhaps that will sway the decision and change the outcome.  Eh. No.


It’s too bad really because it is such a waste of energy, negative energy at that and I don’t find myself drawn or wanting to be around folks that give out such troubling vibes.


My advice?  Take a chill pill. 


Look at the big picture and perhaps reflect on the other person’s perspective.  If something is wrong, I’ve always found that being pleasant and polite gets you a lot further.  When we treat people with respect and value their time and expertise, they are more likely to work harder to fix the problem.


Gratitude and giving back is our theme for our upcoming conference on May 17.  I'm hoping people will listen and take notes.

As Andy Wooten suggests – “It doesn’t cost anything to tell someone thank you.” Try to say thanks to everyone that you can today.”





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Apr 21 2016
Our Rent frock Repeat Customer of the Week is the beautiful, Jill Merilees! Jill looked like absolute royalty in our Gold Sequin Lace Gown by David Meister. This frock is the epitome of elegance, letting you make a statement the moment you walk through the door. We love this dress for so many reasons, and it is easy to see why! But, if we had to narrow it down, we […] more...

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Apr 21 2016
Low interest rate credit cards are a great option for those who tend to carry an outstanding balance on their statement. Unlike balance transfer credit cards, which have a temporary promotional period during which users will be ... Read More more...

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Apr 20 2016
Here is a fun reading activity for pre-readers. Try getting picture books and have the child tell the story of what is happening in the book. They feel like they are reading an adventure. It’s great for their imagination and encourages a love of books! more...

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Apr 20 2016
Your employer may give you term life insurance as a part of your employee benefits. This is often called group life insurance and doesn’t require underwriting. But is this life insurance good enough for you? Here ... Read More more...

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Apr 20 2016

Those super cute newborn photos are the best, aren’t they? Though the idea of getting organized for a photo session when your baby is brand new is overwhelming, we tapped experienced newborn photographer Alana McClure for her tips. Be prepared “It’s possible that it will be a lengthy session. Some newborn sessions can run up […]

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Apr 19 2016
What do you call twenty-eight women sitting in the living room spreading melted brie on rice crackers, pounding back cocktails, and yapping like crows sitting on a fence? If you said a Tuesday night book club meeting, you’d be close. The answer is a bridal shower for my cousin Francine’s daughter, Helen. It’s been a Read the full article... more...

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Apr 19 2016

Looking for a picturesque cake for your about-to-be one year old to smash? If your baking and decorating skills are not up to it, these bakeries specialize smash cakes. Let’s smash cake Toronto! Sonia’s Piece of Cake If you’re looking for a proper piece of buttercream artwork, Sonia can do it. Wilton certified and a […]

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Apr 19 2016
The RfR Wedding Series is a collection of blogs that all have one common theme, weddings! From the perfect bridesmaid dresses, to what to pack on your honeymoon, RfR is breaking down everything your need to know for your big day! Here comes the bride, here comes the bride… But before she can walk down the aisle for her big day, she needs to have a shower. The bridal shower […] more...

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Apr 19 2016
Raising a family is not for the financially faint of heart. There are extra mouths to feed, little minds to educate and bored teenagers to entertain. The financial commitments add up and cam get expensive very ... Read More more...

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Apr 19 2016
There are many benefits to having an RRSP. Saving for retirement is often the main reason why most people get an RRSP but they can also be used for other purposes. Here are five reasons to ... Read More more...

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Apr 18 2016
April 21 is DNA Day in Canada DNA Day connects Canadians with the science community to explore the fields of genetics and genomics. Learn more > more...

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Apr 18 2016
We are all about going green here at RfR. Reducing your waste, becoming more mindful, and creating a smaller eco-footprint are things we are always thinking about. On that note, it was such an honour to be featured on The Green Moms Collective. Want to... more...

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Apr 18 2016
By Guest Blogger Kathryn Weber When it comes to slipping between the sheets, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is feng shui in your bedroom. Yet it’s the feng shui of your bedroom that could just make the difference between a so-so romantic experience and an overarching deity of oohs and aaahs. Bedroom-Feng-Shui-These-Days Bedroom parity can solve the bedroom rarity of solid and satisfying sex for both partners. Yes it can. How can that be? Well, think about your bedroom as a symbol of your relationship. Is it broken down in the middle like the mattress and filled with laptops and tablets, similar to the way your work intrudes in on your love life? more...

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Apr 18 2016
Becoming a homebuyer and applying for your first mortgage is something you most likely weren’t educated about while growing up. You knew that your parents had one and that you would eventually need one, but you ... Read More more...

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Apr 17 2016
Credit card debt can be crippling. Aside from the obvious negative effects it has on your credit score, it also sort of feels like having a dark cloud hanging over your head everywhere you go. Credit ... Read More more...

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Apr 17 2016

Curious to get to know the real Stephanie Joanne Beekhuysen? Here’s who I am and what I’m all about, baptism-by-fire style: 1.  There are two Stephanie’s: Stephanie #1 – Athletic apparel, zero makeup, and hair in a pineapple bun Stephanie #2 – Dressed to the nines, fake lashes on, and photoshoot ready At any given […]

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Apr 16 2016

You want media exposure? It all starts with a kick ass pitch. Getting media exposure is, without a doubt, the fastest way to gain visibility for your brand and business. Achieving the right (the operative word here being “RIGHT”!) press attention is the holy grail of any business owner. Media exposure can: Elevate your business […]

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Apr 16 2016
There never seems to be any good news about Calgary’s housing market. But over in Edmonton, the news isn’t that bad. Kristilee Nixon and her husband Sam found that it’s more of a seller’s market when ... Read More more...

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