November 2017

Nov 22 2017
Hello! In case you missed our FIRST-EVER WomenOnTheFence.com Facebook Live, here is the link! Or shall, I say.... LINKS. Ugh. It was our first, and unbeknownst to me, I obviously have poor wifi signal strength in my home. So, we had to chop it up into three videos. The first two are not super clear (and unfortunately we lost quite a bit of info due to connectivity issue), but then we went off of wifi, and the third one we got right. Today all sparked out of a Facebook status update I posted two weeks ago asking my friends about their essential oil use. Many chimed in- some about their love and use of aromatherapy, and others who want to learn more. more...

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Nov 22 2017
2017 Year in Review A Bountiful Harvest This 2017 fruit season, our dedicated picking team harvested 15 kinds of fruit! The final tally is in and we harvested 12,159 pounds of fruit, a third of which was shared with our 35 partner agencies. Picking highlights from the year included: The joyous return of apricots after […] more...

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Nov 22 2017
I want you to take a moment and visualize your budget. Now think of the budget categories that you’d consider big-ticket items. Which line items jump out at you? Your rent or mortgage payment? What about ... Read More more...

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Nov 21 2017
I am delighted to shine the spotlight this week on one of our new Community… more...

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Nov 21 2017
Loblaw Companies Limited is testing a fee-based subscription pilot program for select PC Plus members who are also President’s Choice Financial Mastercard cardholders. The new program, called PC Insiders, has an initial cost of $9.99 a ... Read More more...

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Nov 21 2017
Saving for your child’s post-secondary education is one of the many financial pressures parents face. And when your child’s tuition will cost tens of thousands of dollars, you don’t want to give up a huge portion ... Read More more...

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Nov 21 2017

Looking for some terrific mom and baby fitness activities? Want to get moving with your baby but don’t know where to start? Here are five activities that can grow with your baby from infancy to school age. 1. Swimming Swimming with your baby is a great activity for many reasons. Your child can begin to […]

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Nov 20 2017

Every year, the good folks at One of a Kind challenge us, the artists, to create a special piece based on a theme. This year the theme is “Dear Santa”. The criteria are that you, the artist (not your helpers, if you have them) must build the entry piece, and it must be in your […]

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Nov 20 2017
I recently came across a LinkedIn post on mindfulness which was an article shared by the extremely talented, intelligent and inspiring Arianna Huffington. Set aside the fact that I have a completely platonic woman crush on this admirably successful yet humble woman, I am also equally intrigued by any information that can help me be a better me — hence, my immediate mental attraction to the article, titled “Tony Robbins Breaks Down the 10-Minute Exercise He Does Every Morning to Have More Energy.“ More energy? Hell yes, I need this! I sure as heck need more energy because between balancing children, work and marriage, I am freakin’ drained. As I looked a little closer, I noticed Huffington’s intro teaser referenced the word “priming;” a staple notion of Robbins. And no ladies, he is not talking about what you put on your face pre-makeup application. What Robbins is talking about is the fact that he has spent 30 years practicing this so-called “priming,” which is rooted in yoga and mindfulness. more...

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Nov 20 2017
Many first-time homebuyers have similar questions when it comes to mortgage rates and the steps to buy a house or property. One of the most common sources of confusion surrounds the difference between mortgage pre-qualification, pre-approval, ... Read More more...

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Nov 17 2017
“The greatest feature about RfR is the personal shopping experience. I tried on dresses that I wouldn’t normally choose, and it expanded my outlook. Mary Rose was especially attentive in helping me find the right dress, which fit me perfectly and looked like a dream!” – Nadia When our beautiful customer, Nadia sent us her engagement photos, we just couldn’t wait to share them with you! Between the forest setting, the […] more...

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Nov 17 2017
Here are some stories that caught our eye this week: Ontario eases regulations to help financial startups thrive Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, recently laid out a plan to help the province’s growing fintech sector. ... Read More more...

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Nov 17 2017
The hockey and sports season has kicked off, which means it’s going to be a busy winter for us moms with kids in sports. Between managing school work, getting to practice on time, keeping the kids fed with healthy food, and even traveling for tournaments – it can be hectic to juggle it all. As a hockey mom of 10 years and a life coach for more than that, I know firsthand the importance of establishing a routine early on. In collaboration with Holiday Inn Express, here are my tried-and-true tips for staying organized and helping your family win (off the ice too) this sports season. more...

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Nov 17 2017
Let me start off by saying (or writing in this case) that $100,000 in savings isn’t a huge accomplishment because it’s not enough to retire on in a city like Toronto. But saving a large amount ... Read More more...

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Nov 16 2017
Event: The Mortgage Hall of Fame and Awards Night Date and Time: Monday, November 27th, 2017 6:30 PM EDT Location: Scotiabank Niagara Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y9 What To Wea... more...

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Nov 16 2017
A lot of dilemmas in personal finance can be, in reality, pretty straightforward. Should you only make the minimum down payment to buy a house? Should you open an RESP for your kids as soon as ... Read More more...

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Nov 15 2017
If you recall back in August, I accounced that I was thrilled to collaborate again with Lancôme. I had had a magical trip representing Canada at the Lancôme 80th anniversary in Paris a couple of summers back. Having watched my mother take precious care of her beautiful peaches and cream skin my whole life with Lancôme products, Lancôme to me always represented a strong woman, with true inner beauty. And so I continued that tradition, and have been caring for my skin for the past 15 years with Lancôme creams, gels, washes, masks, and makeup too. I wasn't blessed with my mother's flawless skin, so I have to work extra hard. I really do. I exercise, practice mindfulness, drink a lot of water, practice and teach yoga, and really take care of my skin. I can honestly say, even in my college years, I never went to bed ONE NIGHT with makeup on. I just have always had to work harder - God didn't give me the best skin! more...

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Nov 15 2017

Experts tell us 80 % of all communication is story telling. On a personal level you likely know that even a short story or one joke can inspire, create connection and even help with remembering difficult concepts. You may be very good at storytelling when you are telling stories with friends and family. But telling a business story can often intimidate you. Read the full article...

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Nov 15 2017
As a Canadian who spends thousands of dollars on gasoline every year, I’m a bit of a self-professed expert on the topic of saving money on gas. It’s one of those monthly expenses that’s a complete necessity, but ... Read More more...

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Nov 15 2017
Did you know most credit cards charge a foreign transaction fee? You may have not noticed it since your statement automatically factors in that fee when posting charges to your account, but trust us, you’re getting ... Read More more...

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Nov 14 2017
Event: ORBA’s Holiday Gala Date and Time: Saturday, November 18th 2017 6:00 PM EDT Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. 181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7 What To Wear ... more...

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Nov 14 2017
Event: 2017 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Date and Time: Saturday, November 18th, 2017 5:45 PM EDT Location: The Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J1 What To Wear ... more...

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Nov 14 2017
Event: St. Andrew’s Charity Ball Date and Time: Saturday, November 18th, 2017 6:00 PM EDT Location: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3 What To Wear RfR Mo... more...

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Nov 14 2017
Event: 2017 Pollution Probe Annual Gala Date and Time: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 5:30 PM EDT Location: Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3 What To Wear RfR Model is... more...

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Nov 14 2017
Learning how to manage your money can be challenging when moving to Canada. When you immigrate, you need to open a bank account, learn how to make bill payments, and build your credit from scratch. Since ... Read More more...

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Nov 13 2017
Happy Motivation Monday! Also, Happy World Kindness Day! I am coming off an empowering weekend doing my next level YogaFit teacher certification. A highlight from Saturday: learning how to replace negative thoughts, emotions and judgements in our OWN lives with positive ones so we can radiate it outwards to our yoga students when they get on their mats in class and then into the world. A highlight from Sunday: learning the art of surrendering to the universe and having faith that what is meant for us will happen at the right moment (ishwara pranidhana), making the best out of our situation and accepting what is and the concept of being present and in the moment (santosha), the willingness to be disciplined and committed (tapas), letting go of expectation and competition (stay and astray). more...

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Nov 13 2017
If you’re a hockey fan, you know that every player has a role to fulfill. The offence needs to score goals, the defence needs to prevent goal-scoring opportunities, and the goalie needs to keep the puck ... Read More more...

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Nov 12 2017
Shannon makes chocolate pots for Escalade in Geneva: video more...

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Nov 10 2017
Here are some stories that caught our eye this week: Loblaw to merge Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs Loblaw announced this week that it will be creating a new, unified loyalty program replacing Optimum ... Read More more...

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Nov 10 2017
Shannon's Weekly Travel Deal Pick: Azores Airlines seat sale: Toronto-Ponta Delgada/Toronto-Porto or Lisbon more...

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Nov 10 2017
If you don’t have a last will and testament, you’re not alone. A recent survey by TD Bank found that more than half of Canadians don’t have a one. I was among the will-less until recently when I ... Read More more...

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Nov 09 2017
Today, Ratehub.ca received a Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program award, in recognition of the company’s rapid revenue growth, bold innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit. Ratehub.ca ranked 32nd with 768.7% in revenue growth from 2013 to 2016. Now ... Read More more...

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Nov 09 2017

We're sharing suggestions for how to help your little ones understand what Remembrance Day is and why we honour it.

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Nov 09 2017
This summer my husband and I took a long vacation – three weeks. And two days, my husband would add, which perhaps conveys his thoughts on all this family togetherness (the whole family came) and being away from his business for such a length of time. And he’s not alone.
In his chapter on recovery, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of Rest, shares that “For many people, the idea of leaving the office for two or three weeks feels impossible, and the thought of facing a mountain of work and an overflowing inbox on their return is more stressful than never leaving. “
But not taking a vacation has high costs too – to the individual and to the company as there is a higher risk of heart attack, burnout and lost productivity. All of which leads you to ask what length and type of break have the best return for employee and employer. For the last twenty years, German sociologist Sabine Sonnentag has been exploring that question.
Her findings are fascinating. In her research, she found that there are four major factors that can impact performance and health – relaxation, control, mastery experiences and mental detachment from work – and a combination of all four produces the best results. 
For relaxation, it’s an activity that’s pleasant and while not totally passive, not connected to work. For some, this could be playing golf or sailing, where you still have to concentrate, or gardening where you can get absorbed in what you are doing  – anything that takes your mind off work.
Or it could be volunteering. I spent several weeks sorting clothes for the refugee families coming to Guelph. It was such a pleasant break. I didn’t have to think too hard and it gave me a warm feeling to know I was making a small difference.
The impact of control on your recovery can be measured by the amount of control you have in your daily living. If you have the freedom to decide how to spend your time, energy and attention, then it is a quicker fix. If however, you have family commitments, work shifts and generally less control over your life, then it will take longer to recharge.
Mastery experiences could be a hobby or interest where you have developed some skill and talent, and which uses your creativity in a different way. My daughter, for example, is a prolific knitter and quilter, both activities help her to relax and switch off from the demands of work, and at the same time, she has something positive and tangible to show for her efforts.
During World War 11, the people working on the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park would play chess. The game still required their mental skills, but had rules and was concrete, unlike the work they were doing trying to crack the code.
Another example was a group of physicists who played in a rock band as a way to totally remove themselves from the mental demands placed on them every day.
One of the challenges to becoming detached from work is with our Smart Phones, and the Internet, it is much harder to switch off 24/7. Yet if you wish to avoid burnout, leaving your phone behind on weekends maybe the answer.
Going back to World War 11, apparently, when Eisenhower arrived in the UK, he was first based in a hotel in London, a hotel that was brimming with military personnel and where everyone was on call and on edge.
He chose early on to move out of the city and found a hideaway, Telegraph Cottage, where he would relax, get in tune with nature and not talk nor think about the war at all. Yet when he went back into London, he was alert, astute and in control. 
Many of us in Canada may already have our hideaway - our cottage - where we can escape from the pulls and demands of work.
As Jessica de Bloom, a psychologist and vacation researcher advises “vacations are like sleep, you need to take them regularly to benefit.”
So what’s my takeaway from reading this research – we need to switch off, and if possible, get away. Look at taking mini-breaks on a regular basis, every few months or so, and for your ideal vacation – researchers found it was eight days. 
But shh… don’t tell my husband! 
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Nov 09 2017
Are you having trouble maxing out your TFSA every year? Join the club. A recent BMO survey found Canadians contributed $4,592 to their TFSA last year—a decline of 17% from 2015. The most common reasons for ... Read More more...

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Nov 08 2017
Event: Premier’s Awards Gala Date and Time: Monday, November 27, 2017 Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9 What To Wear RfR Model is wearing th... more...

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Nov 08 2017
Let's consider this kind of a Wordless Wednesday. ;) This past Monday night, I, with great guilt, missed an event that I go to yearly called Choices. It's a beautiful gathering of 700 women who come together in one room to eat and drink and celebrate our community, and listen to an inspirational female speaker who has made some tough choices in her life. Hence, the name of the event Choices. I have chaired Choices in the past, and I fully support everything CJA related, but our school sent us this flyer a few weeks ago. And I made the choice to put my family first Monday night. more...

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Nov 08 2017
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Nov 08 2017
Loblaw Companies plans to merge the Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs into one. As of Feb. 1, 2018, the new program will be called PC Optimum. “Members of the Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus programs can continue to ... Read More more...

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Nov 08 2017
Learn how to sign the ASL alphabet with this easy ASL ABC lesson. In this video Fireese goes through the alphabet in a very slow and repetitive way. She explains the shape of each letter and has you follow along. If you do the alphabet with her you sho... more...

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Nov 08 2017
Last week I had a romantic date night dining experience in Montreal at a fantastic restaurant called Europea. It was all part of Aeroplan's latest food and travel initiative! When you think of Aeroplan, perhaps you might think of redeeming miles for air travel or hotel stays. But recently, Aeroplan partnered with some of Canada’s favorite culinary celebrations including Tourism Vancouver's Dine Out™ Vancouver Festival, the City of Toronto’s Winterlicious and Summerlicious programs and Tourisme Montréal’s MTLàTABLE, in a move that brought exciting dining opportunities for Aeroplan Members. In essence, Aeroplan is sponsoring food festivals across the country and you can come along for the ride! Read more here: http://ow.ly/G2LP30fNEmC more...

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Nov 08 2017
November marks the beginning of the spend-heavy holiday season, with Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) kickstarting a whirlwind shopping sprint. It’s also one of the best times of year for credit card ... Read More more...

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Nov 07 2017
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Nov 07 2017
Some bosses are tough, aggressive, direct, and curt. That might be considered acceptable behavior, even if it doesn’t suit you. But harassment and abuse are not acceptable. It can be hard to tell the difference, particularly when you've been heating up degree by degree. That’s what I found from my research on Millennials at work. Over the course of two years, I interviewed over 200 high performing, high potential women and men to explore how young leaders develop. Through story analysis, we found twelve important challenges that almost everyone faces during their first ten years of work. Sadly, working with an office villain is among them. more...

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Nov 07 2017
If you want a guaranteed rate of return on your money, you’ll probably want to purchase a GIC. To get a great rate, you’ll usually need to invest $1,000 or more. But if you don’t have ... Read More more...

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