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“I want to get organized”…. this is what I often hear at this time of year. I wanted to share with you a fantastic organizing product for your home office.. STAPLES Canada sent an assortment of items from the fabulous Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery available exclusively at STAPLES Canada. >>> read more
Get the lessons we can all use to lead our best possible lives. My journey discovering myself and learning what Oprah has to teach me while visiting Chicago. >>> read more
A client called me in to discuss ideas for organizing her basement and storage area. She showed me her back storage room. It had a variety of items. >>> read more
I told you a few weeks ago that I had the opportunity to host three of my blogger friends for dinner. So last Friday we got together at my house, chilled some wine, made a meal and had a wonderful time. Our #winewithchicken evening was hosted by these three great sponsors: Chicken Farmers of Canada, Chateau des Charmes Wines and Emily Henry. >>> read more
We relived the stories of that horrific morning with our children so that they could understand what we saw, how we felt, where we where. It was 11 years ago... We were incredulous about what was unfolding before our eyes..his would be our ‘Kennedy’ moment – the defining moment of our generation. >>> read more
LinkedMoms could NOT be more excited! We have manage to secure a ‘rock star’ for bloggers. Angele Lafond is a blogger, entrepreneur and tax specialist for bloggers. As the CEO of HotMESS Consulting, Owner of Shoebox-Be-Gone Bookkeeping Solutions she bring extensive knowledge on tax and financial issues that is applicable to bloggers.
Paula and I first met Angele when she was a session leader at Blissdom Canada in October. We loved her direct, no nonsense approach to taxes and finances. She was very helpful and we know that she can help you understand what Bloggers need to do to make sure they are in line with CRA (Canada Revenue Agency).
If you are starting to think about your 2013 Tax Returns you have to join us. Angele has been gracious enough to donate 3 Ultimate Shoebox packages(Original OR Blogger’s edition). Each is a $60 value!
This explains Angele’s philosophy in a nutshell (from her aboutme.com profile):
“Forget everything you think you know about accountants – my distinct approach to the often dry world of tax law and accounting is both engaging and informative. I am the Founder of Shoebox-Be-Gone and the creator of Shoebox Parties™ - a revolution in business bookkeeping. I am the leading expert in blogging and taxes.
I bring a fresh take on accounting, finances, and entrepreneurship; I have been speaking for 15 years and current topics include taxes, leadership, self-motivation, and the power of YOUR influence. My wealth of knowledge and experience as well as humour and anecdotes are sure to engage any crowd.”
Parenting Blog: Domestique Manager: Parenting, Wifing, Living
Business Blog: Making Cents of Business: Bookkeeping Made Easy
Please join us for this very important and fact filled hour on #LinkedMomsTaxes:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)
@ShoeboxBeGone – Angele Lafond
I have joined up with a bunch of my Canadian Blogger colleagues to bring you a Canucks Content Carnival. Every month we will be tackling different topics so you get to know us and our blogs better. The inaugural post will be about our hometowns.
I love my home town... I lived there for over 22 years and there is not a day that goes by that I don`t think about the life I had in Montreal.
My family came from Colombia in the summer of `69 and move to suburban Montreal. We lived on the West Island (the term for a series of municipalities that are situated in the western part of the island).
Did you know that Montreal was an island? Some people don’t know that Montreal is an island but the suburbs extend off the island to the South Shore, the North Shore, Longueuil, Laval, Vaudreuil-Dorion, L'Île-Perrot and L'Île Bizard. All of these areas have very distinct charms. They are francophone, Anglophone, a mix of both. Some areas have predominant ‘communities’ (Portuguese, Italian, Asian, Jewish or Latin).
This mix of cultures makes Montreal one of the most interesting cities in Canada. I think that if you want to experience a truly amazing experience you need to do the following when you are in Montreal:
Do not let the frigid weather dissuade you from going shopping. Montreal has one of the most extensive underground shopping experiences. All connected through underground passageways and stores, you can go from one section to another – all underground. This means that you can stay inside but still be able to visit different stores.
Photo Credit: Maison Ogilvy Website
If you are looking for a more traditional store, you can visit the quintessential Ogilvy’s. Also located on St. Catherine’s Street. When I was growing up, this store catered to the wealthy Anglophone market. This iconic department store has everything from high end designers to one of a kind baubles. One of the fun things that happens at Ogilvy’s is the bagpiper that plays between 12-1pm in the store. When I was a child, they use to close the store with the bagpiper walking in front of the store and playing. It only happened on Saturdays but I am not sure that still happens today.
Ride the Metro - If you take the train to Montreal you can connect via the Metro (subway). Practical and very safe, even in the evening. You can get a one day, three day, weekly or monthly passes to use. This gives you plenty of flexibility and will you options for some perfect tourist adventures.
Have lunch at Swartz’s There is nothing like Schwartz's Deli on St. Laurent Street. You may have to wait to be seated but it is worth the wait. I once made my husband wait for 1 hour to eat there. It was his first visit, we had our, then, young children in tow and it was a hot summer’s day. Once we got in we had the traditional smoke meat sandwich (medium... not fat, not lean, medium is what you need to order), a pickle and a cherry coke. That’s right, its all pretty straight forward but you will never taste a better smoke meat sandwich in Montreal. If you want to go all out, you need to get their Schwartz’s Poutine – picture this: fries, cheese curds, smoke meat, all covered in gravy. It does not get any better then that!
photo credit: Schwartz`s Website
The beauty of fashion...(from my Soccer Sporty Spice’s Instagram)
The fun of chronicling a crazy night of fun!
Because of the Food
For the SUPER cute puppies:
and lastly for the concerts:
Make sure to follow me on Instagram. I’m the 8th one on the list. You can enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Make sure and support all those bloggers that take the time to set up these great giveaways.
Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.
I have been waiting for this moment for months. The day that Paula (@Inkscrblr) told me she had bought a house with a dedicated home office, I was perusing pinterest. I love organizing home offices but what is even better is setting one up from scratch. I have set up a few home offices in my professional careers as a professional organizer.
I had one client that needed to maximize a ‘dead’ space and re-define it as a home office. That was challenging but we ended up making it functional and stylish. Another client wanted to have a traditional desk configuration in his home office. Once again the space was small but the light was gorgeous. Walking him through the thought process of what he needed and what was available in our local Lover’s At Work Store was important. He opted for a used desk and custom shelves to match. With the limited space having the flexibility to customized the shelves was huge.
Paula and I returned this week to Lover’s to get a better idea of what is available currently and what needed to be ordered in. We both fell in love with this contemporary desk (see picture above): It had clean lines, additional storage and a bench for sitting. When you have two girls there might be some times that you need a place nearby for them to just sit and talk (while you chip away at your work).
Colourful chairs and accessories gave us an unlimited supply of decorating ideas. We have not finished just yet (we’ve barely just begun, really), we are still scouting out the perfect desk/shelving unity/credenza configuration. We are headed to Burlington and Oakville at the end of the week to see what more we can find.
Do you work from home? What can you not do without?
What would you change?
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What are you doing for March Break... I would love to tell you but then I`d have to commit you to secrecy. My girls are going away and I have a few surprises planned for them on their return. I have to say, I wish I could enter this great giveaway because I sure could use the $250 USD that you could win. Hurry up an enter... GO.GO.GO.
This awesome March Break giveaway for ---- USD PayPal cash is open World Wide from February 24th- March 7th. Winner will be emailed as soon as chosen and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. All entries will be verified, so please ensure you are completing the ones you are committing to! Thank you to Ninja Mommers (http://www.ninjamommers.com/) for Hosting this awesome giveaway! Good Luck!
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When was the last time that you had a look at Pinterest?
I go back and forth with Pinterest. Not because I don’t love it, its just that once you get on Pinterest, you could see entire hours go by in a blink of an eye. I have to admit one of my favourite things about Pinterest is the ability to curate content. Two of my most popular boards are Professional Organizers to Follow and Canadian Blogs to Follow. Both of these boards brings you the best of the best as far as I am concerned in one place. You can see what each one of these groups have to offer.
If you belong to either one of these groups be sure to send me a message (or comment below) to let me know you want to be added to the mix. The more contributors, the better the content.
There are some awesome blogs to follow and get great #organizing advice. So drop by and see what great info the have.
One of my favourite posts has been my blog roll of great Canadian blogs to follow that I put together at the end of last year. I think I will have to do another one just to make sure that you see some great blogs. Check them out, there is some great content.
There are many blog you can find on Pinterest. Be sure and follow some new ones and you may have the opportunity to win a $100 Amazon gift card. This is open to US and Canada.
Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.
In Canada one in six people struggle with infertility and in British Columbia 43% report that they have been impacted by infertility. That means that there are men and women that struggle everyday with the inability to conceive a child and create their dream ‘family’.
Understanding the complexities of infertility treatment and treatment innovations can be hard to manoeuvre. If you have a full professional team specialized in helping you, you may have a greater chance of securing your dream family. Advances in technology and treatment in this field are crucial. EEVA (Early Embryo Viability Assessment) for IVF is an innovative imaging diagnostic system used by IVF laboratories to analyse early embryo development. EEVA assists embryologists in selecting the best embryos for IVF transfer to optimise the chances for a successful pregnancy.
At times having a conversation about conceiving and infertility can be a difficult bridge to cross but when you have a qualified medical professional there to answer your questions, it makes asking those questions, that much easier. This week’s LinkedMoms Twitter Party will let you have an on-line conversation and information session with Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Medical Director at Genesis Fertility Centre. She’ll be discussing the first North American launch of the EEVA .
“If it is at all possible for you to safely conceive, we, at Genesis Fertility Centre, will find a way to turn your hope into a new Family.”
Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Medical Director of @GenesisIVFBC
If you are in the Vancouver area, you can attend an open house to learn more about EEVA. Genesis Fertility Clinic BC, is the first commercial clinic in North America to offer EEVA. This smart technology may optimize chances for a successful pregnancy. Register now to attend this open house next week to learn more.
The Open House details:
Time: Tuesday, February 25th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Address: 300 – 1367 West Broadway Ave., Vancouver, BC V6H 4A7 (close to Hemlock and West Broadway)
This week’s LinkedMoms t Twitter Party will be at a special time: 10 pm ET/ 7pm PT. Will be be chatting with award-winning Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Medical Director of @GenesisIVFBC. She will be discussing #IVF and infertility treatment options including ground breaking new technology EEVA.
We know our LinkedMoms community always like a good prize for lending us your time and your focused attention. With that being said, we would like you to RSVP and join in the conversation (by answering the questions during the party) to be eligible to win a Kobo Arc 7. You must RSVP and answer some of the questions that will be sprinkled throughout the hour.
The Rules for this event are such: you must have a Canadian mailing address to win. You must RSVP here. You must be present at the twitter party and make an attempt to answer each question. Winners have 15 minutes after the party to respond or the prize is forfeited. Another winner will be chosen (with 15 minutes to respond).
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19th, 2014
10:00 – 11:00pm (EST)
9:00 – 10:00pm (CST)
8:00 – 9:00pm (MST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (PST)
Follow the twitter party conversation on TWUBS with #EEVA1STBC hashtag.
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I live in a world of privilege. I have my health, a great husband and three beautiful children. I am lucky.
This weekend, I will be celebrating Family Day with my family. I think one of the best public holidays ever invented was Family Day. It’s the perfect time to re-connect and just have a bit of fun.
Creating a family was a dream I always had. When my husband proposed to me, I asked that he promise to give me children before I said ‘yes’. Without hesitation, he agreed, it was his dream too.
We are lucky. However, this is not what some couples experience. Their road is a tougher road to travel.
In the last 18 months my good friend and LinkedMoms colleague, Paula Schuck, has been working hard as the Community Manager for Conceivable Dreams to bring many of us an understanding that this does not happen easily for everyone. Not all couples are blessed with being able to conceive as easily as we did. Although, we too had our trials (I had two miscarriages) in the long run we were blessed with three happy, healthy children.
I have to admit that I had the best of care when I suffered those loses. It was truly amazing. It made the whole traumatic ordeal survivable. But these ordeals where nothing compared to the emotional roller coaster of infertility diagnosis and treatment. Going through IVF (in-vitro fertilization) treatment can be very emotionally straining and the cost can be exuberant for couples. What Conceivable Dreams is advocating for is for IVF treatment to be covered under OHIP.
To help us understand what some of this entails, LinkedMoms is hosting a special twitter party for Conceivable Dreams on Monday, February 18th at 8 pm – Family Day!
Please be sure and follow Conceivable Dreams on: Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation using the #OHIP4IVF hashtag.
Website: Conceivable Dreams
Please join us for this very important and fact filled hour on #OHIP4IVF:
MONDAY, FEB. 17th, 2014
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)
Below is a small list of blog posts that you can read from various bloggers that are or have dealt with IVF problems. Its is their view on why OHIP should cover a limited about of IVF treatments.
Great interview and posts by Paula Schuck @Inkscrblr
Funding around the world
Great Infographics from Sheri @Kidsummers.
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You can find all sorts of interesting things on Facebook... that is if Facebook wants you to see them. WHAT? you say...
In the past few months Facebook has made it harder and harder for you to see the content that people put out. That means that only a fraction of my 4,600+ followers on Facebook see the interesting repartee and commentary that I have to offer.
It is true that many of us ‘Like’ a number of Facebook pages but chances are you liked them for a reason and are interested in what they have to say. Here are a few tips to make sure you see more of someone’s feed:
So don’t be afraid to interact more on Facebook. They are making it harder and harder to get your attention. If you like the content, let me know. If you haven’t already, you can like my page below:
Contest ends Feb. 28, 2014
It is open to US and Canada
You can’t win if you don’t enter.
Makobi Scribe and Sason and Pobi are bringing you this Amazon Facebook blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open to Everyone :) Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.
This is the week... The week that we begin watching world class athletes compete on a world stage. Every four years all the great athletes, trainers, coaches and officials come together to celebrate the beauty of competitive sport – the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics began on Friday and it has been very exciting so far.
I thought that it would be fun to have a Wordless Wednesday post with some of the great tweets that are coming across my screen. Here are but a few. Enjoy! and
THAT WAS AMAZING!!! Thank you everyone for the continued support!! I LOVE you Canada and beyond! ❤️— Dara Howell (@DaraHowell) February 11, 2014
This is a Wordless Wednesday Linky...