June 2016

Jun 30 2016
Meet Nikita. A young girl who hears and feels the world in a whole different way. This is the story of how music has changed her life. Click here for more info on the Regent Park School of Music. Thank you to Any Good News for this wonderful story! Th... more...

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Jun 30 2016
Meet this week’s gorgeous customer, Isabelle! Thank you for another fabulous dress! – Isabelle Isabelle was a vision of elegance and romance in our Sleeveless Midnight Garden Tea-Length Dress by Cynthia Rowley at her friend’s wedding. Everything from the richness of the soft satin to the opulence of the full skirt will make you feel like the queen of the garden (or wedding party). Take a note from Isabelle and pair this dramatic […] more...

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Jun 30 2016
Everyone likes a good deal. However, not everyone has the time to sort through coupons and flyers or check out every store. Sometimes you might settle for a price and then find the item on sale ... Read More more...

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Jun 30 2016

Have a tumbling ball of energy? Check out Toronto gymnastics classes for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Jun 29 2016
Girls, I am taking my annual 4-week July blogging break. I do this every year for my mental wellbeing, and for the quality of this blog. It is my gift to myself. It is not easy to continuously keep things fresh, relevant and interesting, so every July, I rest my blogging brain to come back recharged, refreshed, and ready to give you more. Over the next four weeks, I will be working, relaxing and traveling. My kids leave today for camp, and I want to take in the last moments before they go. more...

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Jun 29 2016
The federal government doesn’t need to tighten mortgage lending conditions because “housing bubbles do not exist in Canada,” says a Mortgage Professionals Canada (MPC) report. In the report, MPC chief economist Will Dunning says proof of ... Read More more...

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Jun 29 2016
With a busy workweek and constant errands to run, thoroughly researching skin care ingredients is not always the first thing to enter our minds before we reach for our daily beauty creams. And, with so many amazing beauty brands to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which one is safest for our skin. Enter Sahajan. An all-natural beauty brand that combines the ancient practice of Ayurveda with modern […] more...

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Jun 29 2016
I love airports. I love reading the departures board, watching planes take off, and the overall feeling knowing that I’ll soon be off and exploring another destination. For me, the journey starts as soon as I ... Read More more...

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Jun 29 2016
Your credit score is more than just a three-digit number because it has an impact on your financial future. But what exactly is a credit score? A credit score (between 300 and 900) measures your financial ... Read More more...

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Jun 28 2016
Summer wedding season is upon us, for those attending, this means it’s time to find the perfect dress. From traditional weddings to outdoor affairs, it can often be difficult to choose the right ensemble. Our Director of Business Development, Fatima Zaidi discusses with The Morning Show the perfect wedding guest outfit for any venue this summertime season! Watch the segment below. more...

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Jun 28 2016
When you have to commit to something, it’s almost always better to choose a shorter term. Why sign up for a two-year mobile plan when you can get pay as you go? Why sign a one-year ... Read More more...

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Jun 28 2016
One of the main premises in David Chilton’s The Wealthy Barber is that individuals need to harness the power of compound interest. In other words, when you save money, you earn interest on those funds. In ... Read More more...

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Jun 28 2016

Pre-made meals, pre-portioned ingredients, healthy weeknight family dinners? Yes please!

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Jun 27 2016
There was a time when I was feeling drained, depleted, small, powerless, isolated and unhappy with myself. But then I took a self-portrait. And the person I came face to face with was a strong, powerful, capable, brave, beautiful, successful woman. I couldn’t believe she was me. “That one photograph opened my eyes to a whole new world.” That photograph opened my eyes to a whole new world. That photograph awakened something in my soul and led me to my journey of self-realization. more...

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Jun 27 2016
Sponsored by: After eight years of living in her apartment, Karen began having the same feeling many renters experience. She loved her neighbourhood, a vibrant area close to shops, restaurants and parks. She never bothered driving ... Read More more...

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Jun 27 2016
Condo seekers just starting their search and looking to get a better grasp of how far their dollar will go in Toronto’s heated high-rise market have plenty of useful tools at their disposal, including mortgage calculators ... Read More more...

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Jun 26 2016
Many credit cards offer a wide range of insurance coverage that can protect you and save you money. Some credit card purchase protection offers extended warranty insurance, which can extend the warranty on eligible purchases for up ... Read More more...

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Jun 25 2016
When you apply for a mortgage pre-approval, your mortgage broker will ask you a series of questions about your financial situation. They’ll want to know the size of your down payment, your employment history, whether or ... Read More more...

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Jun 24 2016

It lay in a suitcase for eight years, lovingly folded and protected from time and the elements in an airtight zipper bag. Eighty-two-year-old Emily Benko couldn’t finish it, but she also wasn’t going to just donate it to a thrift store. Then, on June 5th, 2016, Emily found her answer. “I was sitting in the kitchen […]

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Jun 24 2016
Bonds or fixed-income investments have some good attributes. They’re often safer than stocks—which can be very volatile—and they provide a steady stream of interest payments. Unfortunately, as we’ve discussed before, there’s one large risk when buying ... Read More more...

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Jun 24 2016
Buying a condo is a great choice for those who don’t want the hassle of maintaining a house or for those downsizing and looking for a more affordable living option. Your condo fees support maintenance in ... Read More more...

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Jun 23 2016
The federal government will establish a working group to study the current state of Canada’s housing market and provide policy recommendations, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced on Thursday. The group will be comprised of officials from ... Read More more...

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Jun 23 2016

I’m always on the lookout for new parks to bring the kids to and I think they appreciate the change of scenery as well.

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Jun 23 2016



The nineteenth century was a fantastic decade for scandalous women, as more and more strong-minded, early feminists were stepping out of their male counterpart’s shadows to make their own names on the world’s stage.

In literature, this decade saw Mary Shelly galvanize readers with her controversial thriller, “Frankenstein,” and the Bronte sisters tear at the heartstrings of many—albeit not under their own names. However, one female writer from the 1800s overstepped so many of her
assigned gender roles at the time that publishing under her own name was probably one of the least controversial of her actions.

Isabella Bird was one of the most outspoken and daring adventuresses of her time, and although her first book was published anonymously, her age-old classic “A Ladies Life In the Rocky Mountains” proudly bore her birth name in all its feminine glory.


Early Outcry


Born Isabella Lucy Bird in 1831 to a devout Reverend in a small town in Yorkshire, she was known from an early age as having a smart mouth and quick wit. Reports have surfaced of an eager young Bird, fearlessly questioning an MP during his campaign trail, "Did you tell my father my sister was so pretty because you wanted his vote?”

It was this genuine interest and curiosity in the ways of the world that propelled her forward with eager drive and soon became her defining feature after long-term poor health brought complications to her life that she could have never imagined.

In reality, this illness was a pivotal moment for Bird, as the family doctor recommended fresh air as a cure for her ailments. Leading to the beginning of her traveling life, this instigated several summers spent in Scotland, followed by a trip to America, which was pre-empted by a sizable donation from her father and a weary warning to not come back until it was spent. It seemed her sharp intelligence and opened minded nature was all too much for her humble evangelical home life.



Overcoming Obstacles


Early accounts of Bird’s poor health described her as frail, a chronic insomniac, sufferer of stress headaches and several problems with her spine. Later on, a tumor was removed from around this area but her health problems still continued into later life.

Despite the fact that traveling with these constant discomforts must have taken its toll, the wandering adventuress had been bitten by the travel bug, and from here on, things were only set to become more epic.


Her next solo voyage took her to Australia, before quickly returning stateside to visit the tropical island of Hawaii. Here, she wrote her second book “The Hawaiian Archipelago” and spent her time hiking some of the greatest mountains in the area. It wasn’t until she heard that the air in Colorado, then a newly formed state, was incredibly healing for the sick and infirmed that she packed her bags again and set off on perhaps the most prominent adventures of her life.



The Rocky Mountains Years


One of the most notable images of Bird depicts her in practical, male influenced clothing, straddling a horse, with no shred of consideration for this being improper or unladylike. For most, this is a beautiful metaphor of the strength, character and delightfully controversial nature of this poignant early feminist.

Her time in the Rocky Mountains was documented, and later published, via a series of letters between her and her sister. Her tone in the writing is one of pragmatic wonder, describing her surroundings with enthusiasm and poetic vigor. Her recounts of the problems she faced along the way are tackled with levelheaded sensibilities, and her lovingly open-minded descriptions of the now-famed mountain man, Jim, is a testimony to the true uniqueness of Bird’s character and her wonderfully free perspectives on all that she encountered.

 
 
Her Scandalous Later Life


After her adventures in the Rockies, Bird was not done. She traveled to Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam and Singapore, never once letting man nor mind slow down her global gallivants. It wasn’t until the heart-breaking death of her beloved sister, Henrietta, that Bird finally succumbed to one of her many suitors and married Dr. John Bishop.

From this point, her health took a dramatic turn for the worse, and she was indefinitely grounded, until the death of her husband and subsequent heritage fund seemed to be enough to inspire her to pack a suitcase and tie up her traveling boots for once last time.

It’s hard to say whether the conditions of her marriage had been holding her health back, but one thing is undeniably clear: she was never a woman who was meant to be held down. Free, once again and back on the road, Bird visited India, Tibet, Persia, Kurdistan and Turkey before her swan song journey to Morocco. During these excursions, she set up a hospital, named after and
in memory of her late husband. If nothing else, this shows that the man did hold a special place in Bird’s otherwise wild and independent heart.

On the return from Morocco, her health finally got the better of her, and after seeing most of the world, writing a plethora of classic books and setting up missions and other charitable projects globally, Bird’s inspirational life came to an end in the comfort of her own home in England in 1904.

 Get Her Work

Amazingly, Kindle owners can download all of Bird’s works for no charge from the Amazon-based store. However, for users living in the Middle East or some of the world's more conservative countries, the titles may be blocked as some of their content can be viewed as controversial. Kindle Fire users can get around this by installing installing a VPN such as IPVanish on their device, which is a handy bit of software that allows you to gain access to all content, no matter where in the world you are.


If you're don't own a Kindle, then paperback copies are also available from Amazon, or you can download the PDF for free from
this site.


 About the Author: Isa is an entertainment blogger and an avid reader and passionate feminist. She loves the inspiring women of the nineteenth century and the way they paved the way for the modern world!
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Jun 23 2016
When you purchase a new item using your credit card you could actually save money in the event that something unfortunate happens to your purchase. If your credit card has purchase security insurance, you’ll be protected ... Read More more...

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Jun 22 2016
This morning, on a rainy Wednesday morning in June, I had my last weekly TV segment with Camille Ross. Let's just say I cry during Hallmark commercials, so I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep it together. Camille and I met after we auditioned 3 1/3 years ago, and got the jobs on a brand new morning show on Global TV. Camille as the co-host, me as the weekly lifestyle and parenting correspondent. We became instant friends, and I think viewers at home could feel our true chemistry. In honor of Camille's departure to London Ontario to move with her new husband, we created a trip down memory lane this morning and our favorite tv moments together from the past 3 1/2 years each and every week. more...

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Jun 22 2016
You can usually pay your life insurance premiums either monthly or annually. How often you pay is up to you. What’s better? Monthly is easier for budgeting Monthly premiums are deducted automatically, which is convenient and ... Read More more...

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Jun 21 2016
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Jun 21 2016

Plan your playground time and coffee treats appropriately! We rounded up some great coffee shops with parks near by.

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Jun 21 2016
RBC Royal Bank and Shoppers Drug Mart have made a “mutual decision” to end their co-branded partnership. “As part of our normal business practice, we periodically review the relationships we have to ensure they best suit ... Read More more...

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Jun 21 2016
How can you live happier in the midst of a storm? What do I know about storms, happiness and success? More than most.  I can honestly say that my expertise in all three areas may be unchallenged.   Read More  and More.  This year I faced a tragedy of enormous proportion, today I face myself and […] more...

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Jun 21 2016
I love saving and talking about money, but the one thing that really gets me hot and bothered is when people call me cheap. I think this is a ridiculous statement considering that I stress the ... Read More more...

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Jun 20 2016
Sponsored by: Before buying their first home, Rosemary and Andrew lived in a condo they rented in downtown Toronto. “It was a really busy building, and the elevators broke very often,” Rosemary says, describing her previous ... Read More more...

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Jun 20 2016
At RateHub, we spend a lot of time talking about mortgages. We also know that when it comes to your finances, small changes can make a big difference. That’s why this summer, we’re giving you a ... Read More more...

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Jun 19 2016
A majority of young Canadians feel real estate is a good long-term investment but they’re concerned about their ability to become a homeowner, finds a Mortgage Professionals Canada report. The report segments the next generation of ... Read More more...

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Jun 19 2016
Credit card travel insurance is a great idea for any trip. Many credit cards provide travel insurance, which can extend from medical coverage to trip cancellation coverage. It may also include flight delay insurance that’ll protect ... Read More more...

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Jun 18 2016
Bidding wars are becoming more and more common in hot housing markets, and buyers have to get creative to come out on top. As the average price for a single-detached house in Toronto and Vancouver continues ... Read More more...

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Jun 17 2016
There always seems to be some bad news if you’re an investor. But there will actually be some good news this summer. Starting in July, investment advisors and mutual fund companies (among others) will have to ... Read More more...

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Jun 16 2016
Visa Canada is standing by the merchant fees it charges Walmart. In an open letter published in a number of major newspapers, the credit card company says Walmart believes the cost to accept Visa should be ... Read More more...

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Jun 16 2016
Many credit cards offer a wide range of travel insurance. Some even include travel accident insurance. This type of insurance covers you in the event that you suffer from loss of life, limb, speech, sight or ... Read More more...

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Jun 16 2016

Our contributor loves getting her nails done, and she really knows where to go for nail art, and where to go when you need a cocktail with your pedicure.

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Jun 15 2016
Aeroplan is one of the most popular travel rewards programs in Canada and it’s also one of the oldest. It was originally founded in 1984 as a loyalty program for frequent flyers of Air Canada. Today, ... Read More more...

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Jun 15 2016
Although you can cancel your life insurance policy at any time, getting coverage again isn’t easy. Before you cancel, be sure you’re making a good decision. If you’re thinking about cancelling your coverage, here are some ... Read More more...

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Jun 14 2016

Quick and kid pleasing, pizza places are a classic weeknight dinner out solution. Here are our favourite west side options.

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Jun 14 2016
There’s a definite upside to having a high-interest savings account. Compared to a regular savings account, the interest you earn is simply much greater. In fact, while regular savings accounts typically pay anywhere between 0.05% and ... Read More more...

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