July 2017

Jul 31 2017
Hi. My name is Erica. I'm a mom, businesswoman, life coach, TV correspondent, and believer in all women. I don't give up easily. I will fight for what I believe in. And I will fight for YOU too. I'm strong but extremely sensitive. My feelings are easily hurt if it's by someone I love. Otherwise, my skin is pretty thick. I cry when I'm sad. I cry even more when I'm happy. My biggest joys in life besides time with my family and friends, are live music concerts, comfort food, a good sweat, and a glass of Cabernet. more...

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Jul 31 2017
Apple season is coming up, and with the typical large bounty that comes from each tree, it can be difficult to consume so many apples in the short amount of time that they are optimal. Many of the agencies we serve with fresh fruit each year have at times been unable to take in all […] more...

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Jul 31 2017
Apple season is coming up, and with the typical large bounty that comes from each tree, it can be difficult to consume so many apples in the short amount of time that they are optimal. Many of the agencies we serve with fresh fruit each year have at times been unable to take in all […] more...

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Jul 31 2017
Your partnership with your real estate agent is an important one; they’re your guide through the jungle that is the housing market, and their advice can make or break your bottom line. Whether you’re looking to ... Read More more...

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Jul 30 2017
“I was so pleased with my RfR experience.  Mirit was my stylist and picked a few dresses for me to try on based on the questionnaire I had filled out.  It was so fun trying on the gorgeous gowns, and they all really suited me. But when I tried on the high low gown I knew it was the one, I felt great in it and I loved that it […] more...

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Jul 29 2017
Here's a roundup of what travel experts are advising for packing for trips. more...

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Jul 28 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: Parents would pay $24k to get their kids to MOVE OUT A recent poll by CIBC found that “Most parents who can afford it ... Read More more...

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Jul 28 2017
If you have a limited budget, term life insurance is your only choice for maximum coverage today. If you have money, you have other options. Often, the wealthy buy permanent life insurance. Let’s look at reasons ... Read More more...

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Jul 27 2017
I just completed a 3 day Reiki Retreat last week and by the end many of my students expressed feeling such comfort because they had “found their tribe”.  This expression describes the feeling of being in a group of like-minded people where it is safe to share our true selves.  We get to dream, explore our inner world, express our needs and feel supported instead of judged. more...

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Jul 27 2017
If you’re on the hunt for a pre-construction condominium, rather than a move-in ready unit, your buying journey is going to look quite different. From having to account for instalment-based deposit structures and pre-construction “sales cycles,” ... Read More more...

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Jul 27 2017
When you need a place to hold your money for a short period of time, the best place to stash your cash is in a savings account. But sometimes that account doesn’t pay a very high ... Read More more...

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Jul 26 2017
Signing and Singing is a great way to interact with your baby while teaching them ASL. Here is our Diaper song – Please Change Me! Learn the fun ASL signs for this song. Song only version – https://youtu.be/gOVwg9Sgrmo more...

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Jul 26 2017
Decades ago, traveling by plane was a luxurious experience. The flight attendants would hand you hot towels, there were spacious seats, and of course the fact that you could arrive at your destination so quickly. Unfortunately, ... Read More more...

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Jul 25 2017
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Jul 25 2017
When looking for the best chequing account, you have to consider what services and features you need and if there’s a cost involved. If there are no monthly fees and it comes with an unlimited number ... Read More more...

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Jul 24 2017

  For those of you who already follow me on Instagram (@lisaridout), you know that I don’t overwhelm you with many posts. I’m lucky if I actually post more than once a month. You also know that Instagram is really the only social media platform I participate in. If you’ve been looking for me on […]

The post Handmade…What does that really mean? appeared first on Lisa Ridout Exclusive Jewellery.

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Jul 24 2017
Would you visit the places where people are the happiest? As a traveller, this sounds ideal because while every country […] more...

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Jul 24 2017
I love Canadian robo-advisors, so I won’t devote any time explaining why their index investment strategies are attractive for investors. If you’re not convinced, check out this article that explain why Canadian mutual funds are rubbish. ... Read More more...

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Jul 23 2017
Our dear friend and customer, Heather In Heels recently visited our Toronto showroom with her besties in search of the perfect frocks for their upcoming high school reunion. With sushi, wine and lots of laughs, their Private Fitting Experience was like a mini high school reunion party itself. Heather ended up choosing our Obsidian and Rose Printed Jumpsuit by Cynthia Rowley while her friends wore the Catherine Deane Midnight Embroidered Dress and the Black and White Floral Graffiti Print Tea […] more...

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Jul 22 2017
Radio Host, Style Expert, Fashion Model, and #WeTheCurvy columnist, Meredith Shaw featured Rent frock Repeat in her Summer Wedding Dress Guide on Canadian Living. In her article, she narrows down the dress codes for various kinds of weddings you might be invited to this summer, from beach formal to white-tie (Enter: this dramatic Silver Swirl Sequin showstopper by Badgley Mischka). For a white-tie event, a floor-length gown is a must.  You must have fancy […] more...

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Jul 21 2017
“This is my second time using RfR and love the idea and the selection of dresses. They are unique and beautiful. The service by the stylists is amazing, and very personalized. I would and have recommended RfR to anyone. It really is terrific.” Our Customer of the Week Alison looks simply fantastic in the Midnight Garden Tea-Length Dress by Cynthia Rowley that she wore out to a fancy dinner. We love […] more...

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Jul 21 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: CIBC focuses on financial advice for travelers On Monday, July 24, CIBC will introduce a feature called Travel Tools to its banking app, in ... Read More more...

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Jul 21 2017

  Don’t be fooled looking at celebrity photos of stars walking the beach in Malibu all bronzed and healthy. It gives the wrong impression that looking good means getting a good tan in the summer. The truth.  Sun and skin cancer go hand in hand triggered by exposure to ultraviolet rays and artificial tanning beds. … Continue reading Skin Cancer–Summertime and the Living is Easy. But Not for Skin Cancer

The post Skin Cancer–Summertime and the Living is Easy. But Not for Skin Cancer appeared first on Dr. Vivien Brown - Talk With Your Doc.

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Jul 21 2017
Diamonds are forever—until your engagement ring slips down the drain while you’re washing dishes, or a thief swipes the necklace your grandmother left you. And while your homeowners’ or tenants’ insurance will kick in, it won’t ... Read More more...

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Jul 21 2017
It’s an annual tradition for RateHub staffers to share our financial resolutions for the coming year. But pledging change is easier said than done — actually following through requires effort. In the spirit of accountability, we’re ... Read More more...

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Jul 20 2017
As I listened to Debbie’s daughters describe what she was like, I started to wonder exactly what my daughters and friends would say about me after I died?


It’s an interesting thought isn’t it.  We all want our lives to have meaning, to bring meaning into the lives of others and to leave a legacy that will carry on long after we have gone.


Debbie, who was fondly known as “The Boss.” had played such an important role in planning her memorial service - picking the verses from the bible, the music to be played - that you felt she was in the room, watching over us.


I was listening to a podcast on CBC this week about a man who decided to have a living wake.  He was terminally ill and had chosen to have an assisted suicide, so he knew when he was going to die.  However, rather than the funeral after he was gone, he wanted to host this last party and be there for it.


It was touching listening to the tributes, and I found myself laughing when one friend lamented that the host kept pissing him off, to which he replied it was one of his great talents.  The friend then went on to explain that first he’d retired two years earlier than him, and now he was checking out earlier too.  It was all said with great love and respect.


All of which leads me to thinking that we need to say more to the people we love now while they are alive and able to hear us, and not wait for the eulogy to emotionally share with others about how we felt about the person who has just died.


When I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time,  I announced my news at a Company of Women meeting.   I did so because I wanted the women to go for the mammogram and not put it off, and also because as I said at the time, it was not convenient to “check out” right then, as I was busy and had too much to do.  I was touched by the outpouring of love I received.    


But that’s my point.  We shouldn’t have to wait until someone is dying or gets a cancer diagnosis to share how we feel about that person.  How much happier we would all be if we spoke up now, not when it’s too late for your loved one to hear, about how we feel about them.  


Granted we all show our love differently, as I learned when I read the Five Languages of Love.  For some it’s being of service, kind gestures or thoughtful gifts, for others it is more physical, but I can’t help but think that using our words, actually saying out loud how we feel means that the message is received and understood.



Love.  It is one four-lettered word that is under-used.  Time to change that.

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Jul 20 2017
Mistakes happen frequently. There was that time when Coca-Cola launched New Coke, when AOL merged with Time Warner, and when Microsoft introduced the Zune. While you might not make such bad errors in judgment, you can ... Read More more...

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Jul 19 2017
Sunday was our second class in Susan Poizner’s four-part workshop series on caring for your fruit tree, and it was all about pruning! If you want to read about Workshop #1 first, click here. The first portion of the workshop was classroom style, where we learned everything there is to know about pruning fruit trees […] more...

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Jul 19 2017
Sunday was our second class in Susan Poizner’s four-part workshop series on caring for your fruit tree, and it was all about pruning! If you want to read about Workshop #1 first, click here. The first portion of the workshop was classroom style, where we learned everything there is to know about pruning fruit trees […] more...

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Jul 19 2017
As the weather heats up, Canadians are looking for ways to get out of the house and enjoy the higher temperatures. Some will go camping, others will go hiking, but many will opt for an expensive ... Read More more...

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Jul 18 2017
RfR Customer Ayyyna and her sweetheart, Michael, took a romantic approach to their engagement session set in Toronto, Ontario. The lovely couple worked with Purple Tree Photography for stunning portraits in a beach setting. Ayyyna opted for our Ivory Floral Applique High-Low Dress by Narces for her engagement photos. The high-low cut makes this a modern take on a classic little white dress while the floral applique on the bodice gives it a […] more...

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Jul 18 2017
Shannon's Weekly Travel RoundUP: collection of travel gadgets recommendations from experts from across the internet. more...

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Jul 18 2017
Sponsored by:  When you want to stash some money away, a high-interest savings account is usually the best option because it offers better interest rates as well as greater flexibility and access to funds. Digital banks ... Read More more...

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Jul 16 2017
  “I was so happy with RfR and the women who helped us. The icing on the cake was their second style suggestion. I could have a second dress for $35 when I couldn’t make up my mind. I got both dresses!” – Laura.  “Our ‘Old Hollywood’ event was everything we imagined it to be and more, thanks to the dresses and great advice from the stylists at Rent frock […] more...

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Jul 14 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: A rate hike seven years in the making… The biggest financial story to come out of Canada this week was the July 12th interest ... Read More more...

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Jul 14 2017
So, your credit score is in the dumps. Maybe you consistently make late payments, maxed out your credit cards, or straight up ignored a bill until it was sent to a collections agency. Whatever the reason, ... Read More more...

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Jul 13 2017

None of us really knows what is around the corner.  Guess that’s why it’s best to take each day as it comes, to live life in the moment.

I am reflecting on this because this week has been darkened by news of death.  First the death of a friend’s mother who had cancer, then the 
death of a husband in his prime who took his own life and updates on a husband who knows 
he is dying and is making the most of the time he has left.


Suicide always leaves you with so many questions. Why?  What did we miss?  How could we have changed this outcome?  It is so hard for the family and friends.  It’s an emotional roller coaster – from being distraught and sad to feeling betrayed and angry.
And it is not something to be dismissed or swept under the carpet.


In fact that may be part of the problem.  While mental health issues are getting more recognition as something we have to pay attention to and not hide away from in shame; we still have a long way to go.


I had a cousin who committed suicide.  She’d had a son when she was 17, and as was common at the time, was forced to give him up for adoption.  Three years later, on his birthday, she took an overdose of sleeping pills and died.  Now this was over 50 years ago, and today, many children are born out of “wedlock” and raised by single mothers, but back then, there was a real stigma.


I remember once saying that I thought that suicide was such a selfish act, and I was quickly and correctly admonished by a friend who angrily told me that depression was an illness. It was a disease, one that the person wanted to escape from to end the pain,  with suicide seeming like the only option, the only way out.  


I’ve never forgotten her explanation. It has stuck with me. It changed my perspective.


The three women in these situations are part of the Company of Women community. This is when we need to rally round and be supportive.  We need to show we care, because in that caring, the family feels less alone and there is a glimmer of light, in a world of darkness.







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Jul 13 2017
When you’re looking to make an investment with virtually no risk of losing your money, GICs are a popular option to consider. GICs let you earn interest on your savings, and you’re always guaranteed to get ... Read More more...

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Jul 12 2017
By Natasha Mitchell: Owner Inspire & Drive Side hustle much? No, its not the latest Salsa… more...

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Jul 12 2017
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Jul 12 2017
Fashion blogger Sarah Zoschke took over the Sincerely Bri blog to share all the details from her Private Fitting Appointment at the Rent frock Repeat Toronto showroom location. “I met Mary Rose, my personal stylist for the day, and she guided me towards a seating area to chat about the event and what I am searching for. She was great and listened to all of my concerns, already thinking about the […] more...

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Jul 12 2017
Canada’s era of ultra-low interest rates is coming to an end. The Bank of Canada announced Wednesday morning it’s hiking its trendsetting overnight rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.75%, the first time ... Read More more...

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Jul 12 2017
For years, Canadians have been living with all-time low interest rates. The Bank of Canada announces changes to its benchmark interest rate eight times a year, yet hasn’t moved it from 0.5% since July 2015. Sure, ... Read More more...

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Jul 11 2017
If you have a young child you know that the simple act of eating a freeze can be stressful to them because it keeps falling back into the package as they eat it. My kids would get so angry if they couldn’t keep their freezie up. This is a simple trick to keeping freezies up(...) more...

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Jul 11 2017
For most Canadians, a TFSA is a truly tax-free account. But for others, there are instances where you might have to pay tax. The first instance is if you make an over-contribution to your account. This ... Read More more...

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