August 2017

Aug 31 2017
Event: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Ontario Gala Date and Time: Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 5:30 PM EDT Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building What To Wear RfR Model w... more...

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Aug 31 2017
Ratehub.ca looked at five banking-related keyword categories in an effort to better understand how Canadians save money. Methodology The five keyword categories are: Savings, chequing, RRSP, TFSA, and GICs. For each category, we used SEMRush to ... Read More more...

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Aug 31 2017

Maybe etiquette is the last thing on your mind as school approaches, but did you know that etiquette is really about making others feel comfortable, respected and valued. Now that’s something we can all get behind. And etiquette matters in all arenas of life including school. Sunita Padda, the well-mannered mother behind TableSmarts outlines 5 […]

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Aug 30 2017
Toronto International Film Festival is almost here which means there will be plenty of opportunities to dress up like a movie star. Check out Rent frock Repeat in Toronto.com‘s article on how to experience the glitz and glamour of TIFF like a celebrity, including renting a designer gown worthy of any red carpet. “If your LBD is looking a little tired, Rent Frock Repeat can make all your sartorial dreams come true. Rent a […] more...

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Aug 30 2017
Toronto International Film Festival is almost here which means there will be plenty of opportunities to dress up like a movie star. Check out Rent frock Repeat in Toronto.com‘s article on how to experience the glitz and glamour of TIFF like a celebrity, including renting a designer gown worthy of any red carpet. “If your LBD is looking a little tired, Rent Frock Repeat can make all your sartorial dreams come true. Rent a […] more...

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Aug 30 2017
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Aug 30 2017
It wasn’t until my first son was born that I began using tea for its medicinal properties. He had a sensitive tummy and our Yugoslavian caregiver recommended using chamomile tea to soothe the discomfort. He loved it and it worked wonders. more...

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Aug 30 2017
Payday loans are a dangerous borrowing vehicle. I’m going to provide you with two statistics that may or may not surprise you: One in 10 people admit to using a payday loan or short-term loan and ... Read More more...

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Aug 29 2017
Event: Hatsquerade Date and Time: Friday, October 27th, 2017 6:00 PM Location: Universal Event Space, Vaughan What To Wear RfR Model wearing Navy and Gold Floral Tapestry Dress by David Meis... more...

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Aug 29 2017
Do you love delicious food and homegrown Ontario cider? Are you hoping to complete volunteer hours, add more to your resume or just volunteer for fun? If any of these apply, we want you to volunteer at City Cider! City Cider is Not Far From The Tree’s all-ages urban harvest celebration put on in partnership with […] more...

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Aug 29 2017
Do you love delicious food and homegrown Ontario cider? Are you hoping to complete volunteer hours, add more to your resume or just volunteer for fun? If any of these apply, we want you to volunteer at City Cider! City Cider is Not Far From The Tree’s all-ages urban harvest celebration put on in partnership with […] more...

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Aug 29 2017
Weddings are a big business. With the average Canadian nuptials costing around $30,000 and planned at least a year in advance, engaged couples can look forward to constantly opening their wallets to secure a venue, catering, ... Read More more...

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Aug 28 2017
Event: CF Progress Gala Date and Time: Thursday, November 9th, 2017 6:30 PM Location: Windsor Station, 1100 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montréal, QC H3B 2S2 What To Wear RfR Model we... more...

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Aug 28 2017
Event: 2017 Chief’s Gala Date and Time: Thursday, November 23rd,  2017 6:00 PM  EDT Location: Allstream Centre, 105 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3 What To Wear RfR Mod... more...

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Aug 28 2017
Event: Black Tie Bingo! Date and Time: November 18th, 2017 6:00PM EDT Location: Ottawa Conference and Event Centre 200 Conventry Road, Ottawa What To Wear RfR Model wearing Long Sleeve Blu... more...

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Aug 28 2017
Event: Cars For Kids Gala Date and Time: September 1st, 2017 6:00 PM EDT Location: Lansdowne Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3 What To Wear RfR Model we... more...

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Aug 28 2017
There’s one feature that some lenders offer with their mortgage: The option to skip a payment. While it could be helpful in times of financial duress, it comes with some consequences. Take a look at how ... Read More more...

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Aug 27 2017
Farewell to my grandmother, Willene Skinner. more...

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Aug 27 2017
Farewell to my grandmother, Willene Skinner. more...

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Aug 25 2017
Event: Silver Gala Date and Time: Thursday, September 4th 2017 6:00 PM EDT Location: St.George Banquet Hall, Waterloo What To Wear RfR Model wearing Badgley Mischka Silver Satin One Shoulder... more...

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Aug 25 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: BoC rate hike is putting stress on Canadians’ finances Forum Research polled Canadians this week on the recent Bank of Canada interest rate hike, ... Read More more...

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Aug 25 2017
Where is our joy located? It’s an odd question. Perhaps you think joy is in your heart, or maybe you experience joy as a state of mind. It turns out, according to scientists, joy originates in the limbic system of the brain—the part of the brain that controls emotion, behavior, and long-term memory. Unlike happiness, which is a cognitive experience based in the brain’s neocortex, joy is an emotion we feel without conscious thought. We feel joy without thinking about it, and we can train our brains to feel it often. EMOTIONS ARE HABITUAL Just like any repetitive action, our emotional state becomes a habit. For most of my life, my emotional habit was some version of fear. From the time I was a small child, I was a perpetual worrier. I have a vivid memory of being 4 years old in a restaurant with my mom and her then-boyfriend, who happened to be a professional clown. The clown was entertain-ing, the meal was my favorite, but I couldn’t stop worrying about everything. more...

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Aug 25 2017
When most people think “job search,” the steps that come to mind include résumés, applications and interviews. That can feel scary. Especially if you've been working at your current company for many years, the thought of interviews and getting "out there again," could feel overwhelming, no doubt. But truth is, before you're even at that step of résumés and interviews, when you are looking to transition careers, your successful search starts far earlier than that. more...

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Aug 25 2017
Ratehub.ca was recognized Thursday by Startup Canada as a regional winner of the Startup Canada High-Growth Entrepreneurship Award, Ontario Region. Ratehub.ca accepted the award at a red carpet ceremony in Ottawa, Ont. attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators and ... Read More more...

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Aug 25 2017
What a time to be alive: Canadian women earn 87 cents for every dollar earned by men, yet an analysis by data mining firm ParseHub found women pay 43% more for personal care products. The “pink ... Read More more...

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Aug 24 2017
JOB DESCRIPTION:  LOGISTICS & OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE – TORONTO Description: You know how to look around corners, spot red flags, and pro-actively take control of potential issues to ensure incoming and outgoing orders arrive on time and in excellent condition.  In addition, the Logistics & Operations Associate will be responsible for quality assurance, inventory control, customer service and backroom organization.  This is a customer-facing role which means that each client interaction […] more...

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Aug 24 2017
I recently had someone comment on my channel that I shouldn’t use ASL in the title. Today I wanted to clear up the difference between ASL and SEE and to answer a viewer question. I had a viewer ask me how do you sign, “I’m learning sign language” In this video you will learn both!(...) more...

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Aug 24 2017
It’s Thursday.   I have to write my blog.  After three weeks (and two days) away on vacation, it’s been a tough week trying to switch back on.


I can’t remember when I last took that amount of time off … and I  mean really off.  My business was totally off my radar.  We were travelling, meeting with friends and being the tourist.  Lots of fun, new memories were created.


I highly recommend it, but have to say ramping back up is challenging.  And perhaps if I am being honest, I don’t want to.   I still want to bask in that mellow, free feeling of being Anne Day, not Anne Day, business owner.


However, reality is that I do need to get myself into gear.  There’s just one week left until it is back to school, back to work and a whole new year of programming ahead of us at Company of Women.


I remember when my girls were young having such mixed feelings about this time of year – longing for them to be back at school, and back in a routine, but dreading the thought of the school lunches and homework, and being back in a routine.


I know I am not alone with these mixed emotions.  Summer is such a short but special time.  One that I think we need (and deserve) to energize ourselves – both physically and mentally – for the year ahead.


How do you get yourself ready for the fall? 


1.              Make lists of what you have to do. I am a list maker.  It’s my lists that keep me on track, as I try to bring my head back into thinking business and what I have to do. 

2.              Break down big projects.  You can reach your end goal, one step (task) at a time.  It makes it less overwhelming and easier to achieve.

3.              Pause.  Step back and look at what you really want and have to do, rather than over-committing yourself.  You don’t want to rush to get back on the hamster wheel again.

4.              Plan ahead.  You know how hectic the fall can be, so book some “girlfriend” time now, so you have eked out some time for fun and can stay connected to your “tribe.” 

5.              Be gentle on yourself.   Ease yourself back in.  Drop the need for perfection.

Already the temperatures are getting cooler, and you just know that fall is around the corner.


And with it comes a fresh start, a new season and maybe even a new you!






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Aug 24 2017
You have some cash you’re looking to put in a safe investment and you’ve decided a GIC is the way to go. Most financial institutions in Canada offer GICs, but is it better to get a ... Read More more...

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Aug 23 2017
Post Views = 48 Companies have long used competition and reward as powerful motivators to direct buyer behaviour. Just look at the prevalence of customer loyalty points programmes. Gradually, this technique of applying elements of game playing into non-game activities—known as gamification—has crept its way into executive education courses as well. Why gamify executive education? […] more...

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Aug 23 2017
It’s a phrase frequently parroted in personal finance journalism, but what exactly does “best credit card” mean, anyway? The truth is, there’s no single “best” credit card in Canada (if there was, we would tell you ... Read More more...

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Aug 22 2017
Last Saturday, Susan Poizner of the Orchard People returned with the third installment of her Tree Care Workshop series, this time talking about the prevention and treatment of pests and diseases. Here are some effective ways to prevent your fruit tree from contracting pests or diseases: Practice good hygiene. Sterilize your tools with rubbing alcohol […] more...

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Aug 22 2017
Last Saturday, Susan Poizner of the Orchard People returned with the third installment of her Tree Care Workshop series, this time talking about the prevention and treatment of pests and diseases. Here are some effective ways to prevent your fruit tree from contracting pests or diseases: Practice good hygiene. Sterilize your tools with rubbing alcohol […] more...

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Aug 22 2017
Are you spending more than you make? Do you find yourself living paycheque to paycheque? Maybe it’s time to look at how much you spend and see where you can slash your expenses. It’s a good ... Read More more...

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Aug 21 2017
Budapest: a photo essay from my trip with Viking River Cruises more...

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Aug 21 2017
As of September 7th, Toronto is going to be teeming with celebrities as the Toronto International Film Festival takes the city by storm. The 10-day festival calls for many red carpet appearances with some of the biggest stars, and we can’t wait to see all the fabulous dresses that they wear! In anticipation, we’ve chosen our top RfR dress picks for some of the celebrities coming to the silver screen. […] more...

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Aug 21 2017
Affordability in Canada is a hot-button issue in several housing markets across the country. Property prices increase and affordability decreases as the population flocks to major urban centres. For instance, the Greater Toronto Area’s population is ... Read More more...

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Aug 18 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: Should “non-banks” be able to use the word bank in marketing materials? Back in June OSFI issued an advisory stating non-banks like credit unions ... Read More more...

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Aug 18 2017
When it comes to insurance fraud, Canadians claim to be trustworthy: a 2014 survey by InsuranceHotline.com found that only 12% of respondents would claim unrelated damage from an auto accident, 11% would exaggerate what was stolen ... Read More more...

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Aug 17 2017
“I was told about RfR from a friend of mine after moving to Ottawa from Vancouver. I had a ‘black tie optional’ wedding to attend for a good friend of mine in Warsaw, Poland and had no idea what to wear to fit in (or stand out, but in a good way!). The team at RfR were fantastic – it was easy to book an appointment and I was told […] more...

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Aug 17 2017

It’s a big question: How do you know when you’re on the right path? What’s usually driving that question is: What if I mess it up? What if I do it so wrong that nobody will like me, that people will abandon me, that I’ll be a bad person, that my business will fail… and […]

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Aug 17 2017

It’s a big question: How do you know when you’re on the right path? What’s usually driving that question is: What if I mess it up? What if I do it so wrong that nobody will like me, that people will abandon me, that I’ll be a bad person, that my business will fail… and […]

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Aug 17 2017
Subscribe! – http://bit.ly/1OT2HiC In today’s video I’m teaching a few random animal signs: Wolf, Fox, Polar Bear, Bison, Kangaroo, Koala, Donkey, mouse, rat, Lobster, crab, Shrimp, gorilla. If you have any questions for me please feel free to email me or post it in the comment section. Check out other view question and answer videos here:(...) more...

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Aug 17 2017
This summer I learned an important business lesson – when Plan A doesn’t work, be ready and embrace Plan B.   To allow the failure of your plans to overtake your dreams, just fosters further disappointment and festers away at your intent.


I had spent at least six months planning a big family trip to Scotland and the Isle of Man to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary and 50 years of being together as a couple.  We’d decided to celebrate the 50 years now when we were all able to travel, rather than wait.


It was a complicated itinerary, as I worked to ensure everyone got to do what they wanted to do, and we also had some down time and space away from one another.


The first dent in THE PLAN, occurred before we left.  Thank goodness.  We discovered, by chance, that the airline we’d booked our tickets to get to the Isle of Man, had gone into liquidation.  So we had to scramble to get seats with another airline and as I write, we are still trying to get our money back from the first one, but not holding up much hope.


We had gone ahead of the “kids” and were collecting them in Glasgow to head off  together for a few days in the Highlands.   Except, last minute because a truck had hit their plane, their flight was cancelled.  It was 3.00am in the morning before they got checked into a Toronto hotel, where the three of them were left to share one bed.  Ever chivalrous, my son in law, spent the night in a chair.


A day late, we met them at the airport.  Now we’d had to move hotels, as there was “no room at the inn” where we were staying, and with two big concerts taking place in Glasgow, hotel rooms were scarce.  We ended up having to tough it out at a five-star hotel, which while lovely, was not part of our trip budget.


But I had decided early on with these unforeseen delays, that they were not going to spoil our vacation, which they could just as easily have done.  Instead I encouraged everyone to think about the great stories they’d have to share about what had happened. 


And with one day short, we focused more intently on we wanted to do and see in the time left.


As leaders in our businesses (and families) we set the tone.  Being pragmatic and coming up with a Plan B is a good start, but so is having a good attitude. 



As John Lennon once said “life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”

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Aug 17 2017
This summer I learned an important business lesson – when Plan A doesn’t work, be ready and embrace Plan B.   To allow the failure of your plans to overtake your dreams, just fosters further disappointment and festers away at your intent.


I had spent at least six months planning a big family trip to Scotland and the Isle of Man to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary and 50 years of being together as a couple.  We’d decided to celebrate the 50 years now when we were all able to travel, rather than wait.


It was a complicated itinerary, as I worked to ensure everyone got to do what they wanted to do, and we also had some down time and space away from one another.


The first dent in THE PLAN, occurred before we left.  Thank goodness.  We discovered, by chance, that the airline we’d booked our tickets to get to the Isle of Man, had gone into liquidation.  So we had to scramble to get seats with another airline and as I write, we are still trying to get our money back from the first one, but not holding up much hope.


We had gone ahead of the “kids” and were collecting them in Glasgow to head off  together for a few days in the Highlands.   Except, last minute because a truck had hit their plane, their flight was cancelled.  It was 3.00am in the morning before they got checked into a Toronto hotel, where the three of them were left to share one bed.  Ever chivalrous, my son in law, spent the night in a chair.


A day late, we met them at the airport.  Now we’d had to move hotels, as there was “no room at the inn” where we were staying, and with two big concerts taking place in Glasgow, hotel rooms were scarce.  We ended up having to tough it out at a five-star hotel, which while lovely, was not part of our trip budget.


But I had decided early on with these unforeseen delays, that they were not going to spoil our vacation, which they could just as easily have done.  Instead I encouraged everyone to think about the great stories they’d have to share about what had happened. 


And with one day short, we focused more intently on we wanted to do and see in the time left.


As leaders in our businesses (and families) we set the tone.  Being pragmatic and coming up with a Plan B is a good start, but so is having a good attitude. 



As John Lennon once said “life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”

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