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Join the #SupportPrincessMargaret Twitter Party and Periscope February 17, 2016 to help support Cancer Research

Amazing Events - Mama 1 - February 15, 2016

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation will be hosting a Twitter Party! Join the twitter party and find out how you can help support #CancerResearch at one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

#SupportPrincessMargaret Twitter Party
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm ET
Hosts: @thePMCF @PMLotto
Prizing: $1,500 in VISA Gift Cards
Canada Only

Details: http://twubs.com/SupportPrincessMargaret

About the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

With your help, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre will continue to lead the way as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.


Why Purchase a Princess Margaret Cancer Ticket Home Lottery Ticket?

Your ticket purchase supports:

  • Canada’s biggest cancer research program
  • One of the biggest cancer clinical trials programs in the world
  • Canada’s biggest and most comprehensive immunotherapy program
  • The biggest single-site radiation medicine program in the world
  • The biggest cancer surgical team in Canada

At one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

This year The Big Ticket jut got Bigger!

What is the BIGGER ticket? We’re glad you asked – get excited! The Princess Margaret Home Lottery is here featuring the BIGGEST Grand Prize Ever: A $3.7 Million Kleinburg Showhome + Muskoka Lakefront Cottage + $100,000 CASH! One winner gets it all.


Why is this the Biggest Grand Prize Ever?

They are offering the #BIGGEST grand prize ever because they are the BIGGEST cancer research program in Canada.

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The Cantina by Campbell’s – Pop-up Restaurant in Toronto

Amazing Events, Kids & Family - Mama 1 - February 1, 2016

If you’re like me, you’ll try almost anything to get your kids eating reasonably healthy – the whole hiding spinach in the spaghetti sauce trick. Like any kids they can be picky sometimes, and everyone wants something different. But I think the new pop-up restaurant opening tomorrow will be just the place to take them for lunch.

The Cantina by Campbell’s will feature original recipes, by Chef Matt Dean Pettit, using Campbell’s soups and broths. And Chef Matt has designed the recipes so that they can easily be recreated at home. And with all the fresh garnishes my kids can choose from, they’ll all have a different soup. Such a great idea to have a single soup base and let my kids add the ingredients they want.

The restaurant will also have a mosaic wall where we can place a sticker, and for every sticker placed Campbell’s Canada will be donating a can of soup to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

If you check out the pop-up restaurant, don’t forget to share your soup creation using #weallsoup.

EVENT DATES: Tuesday, February 2nd  – Sunday, February 21st
WHERE: 501 Queen Street West, Toronto

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Which Countries have the Most Work to do? #COP21

Amazing Events - Mama 1 - January 5, 2016

Being a mom means I don’t often have the time to step out and take a look at events that are happening in the world around us. So I find it really important that I make the time to learn about what’s going on, and sometimes that may be only learning about one world event a day.

So if you’re like me, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a little world news with you. Last month, world leaders met in Paris to discuss climate change and what actions needed to happen. And one of the big things was that we need to take steps to help ensure is that the average global temperature doesn’t rise more than 2°. And while a warmer winter seems like a nice thing, we need all that snow, and the water that melts off from it, and higher temperatures in the summer could become too hot for plant and wildlife. Rising global temperatures have a greater effect than just giving us longer summers/milder winters.

Carbon emissions cause a lot of the overall warming, and different countries produce varying degrees of carbon. While China has the highest overall fossil fuel use, North America has one of the highest per capita.

So what does that mean for us? Well, each country is responsible for creating a climate action plan to be completed by 2018. But we shouldn’t wait until 2018 to start thinking about our own personal carbon footprint. Turning down the temperature in the house, driving less, and even using reusable shopping bags can all have an impact.

What will you do in 2016 to lessen your carbon footprint?

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Singing Christmas Carols #CTChristmas

Kids & Family - Mama 1 - December 20, 2015

Now that school’s out and Christmas is just 5 days away, our kids are ridiculously excited. They can barely contain themselves. And I’m sure many moms will agree, the sentence “Is it Christmas yet?” is the theme of the week.

As the countdown continues we are definitely in the Christmas spirit. And of course that means Christmas Carols. Our kids like some of the silly made up up ones like “Jingle Bells, Batman smell…” but they also sing along to some of my favourite classics like “White Christmas” and “The Wassail Song”.

Our playlist has everyone from Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to Michael Bublé and even Arianna Grande. I’m sure it’ll keep growing over the next couple days before we narrow it down to the official Christmas Day Playlist. Which is mostly controlled by the kids. Through I do get the final veto power.

What’s your favourite Christmas carol?

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Things I wish I'd known - Mama 1 - December 15, 2015



On December 17th, Canadian Beef will be hosting a #CDNBeefExperience Twitter Party! Join us as we talk with our special guests on how you can create a magical get away right from your own home! We will be joining Canadian beef as they chat withKarisma Hotels, El Dorado Resorts, Canada Beef Mexico and blogger Jay Eatz!

Blogger Jason Eaton, also known as Jay Eatz, will be heading down to the incredible El Dorado Royale, a spa resort by Karisma in Cancun this week! He will be joining the Canadian Beef team in Mexico to help spread the word about how delicious Canadian Beef is! He will be participating in cooking demos, samples and pairings, and all sorts of other fun foodie festivities! The Canadian Beef Culinary series available at Karisma Hotels is the perfect getaway for any foodie.

Join us on December 17th at 8:00pm for all the fun!
Date: December 17th, 2015
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM E
Hashtag: #CDNbeefexperience
Host: @LoveCDNbeef
Guests: @Karismahotels, @ElDoradoResorts, @CANADABEEFMEX, @jay_eatz

New to Twitter Parties?

If you are a Twitter Party newbie, then we suggest you try using the Twubs Twitter Party platform. Click here to view the #CDNbeefexperience Twubs Twitter Party page.

Anyone can participate but only Canadians can win prizes excluding those in the province of Quebec.

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Christmas PJ’s #CTChristmas

Kids & Family - Mama 1 - December 13, 2015

There’s only 12 more days left until Christmas. And while you may be thinking to yourself, I better get shopping, or baking or decorating, I’ve got something else for you to add to your list. If you haven’t brought out your Christmas PJ’s, now is a great time!

Around our house, everyone is hanging out in their Christmas PJ’s on the weekends. I love how onsies for grown-ups is now such big thing. It’s so easy to find tacky Christmas PJ’s. And they’re pretty darn comfortable! Some of my favourite moments are when all of us are eating breakfast, watching cartoons, chilling in our Christmas PJ’s.

Luckily our kids are still young enough to think it’s fun. One day it’ll become embarrassing for sure. And then my husband and I will wear them whenever they have friends over, because it’ll still be fun for us!

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Christmas Movies #CTChristmas

Kids & Family - Mama 1 - December 6, 2015

When you have kids Christmas becomes exciting again (if not a little stressful). And while sometimes it can feel like it’s coming up too quickly, for my kids it can’t come soon enough (18 days to go!). But to help us slow down and get ready for the holidays (and enjoy some family-time), we like get together in the evenings to watch Christmas movies.

The favourite this year seems to be The Santa Clause (and truthfully we’re still watching Frozen around our house). But I’m making sure we get in the classics too, like The Muppets Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the original Miracle on 34th Street.

miracle on 34th street

What’s your family’s favourite Holiday movie?

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Amazing Events - Mama 1 - November 19, 2015

Can't make it to the event? We're going to be LIVE at Mirror Ball and Mirror Ball After Party! Join us on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope at @BGBCanada using the hashtag #MirrorBallAfterDark


This year’s Mirror Ball is slated to be one of the most glamorous events of the year – the black tie event brings together the biggest names in the Canadian fashion and beauty industries for an event that is not only glamorous, but gives back. The event is sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, Estee Lauder, Coty, Hudson’s Bay, Johnson & Johnson, Quadrant,Teva, TJX Canada, Hillberg & Berk.



Can’t make it to the event? We’re going to be LIVE at Mirror Ball and Mirror Ball After Party! Join us on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope at @BGBCanada using the hashtag #MirrorBallAfterDark. We’ll be speaking with the most influential people in the fashion & beauty industry. We’ll also be giving viewers an exclusive eye into the coolest party of the year! Miles Raine and the Collective will be playing to keep you dancing all night, and visitors can enjoy booths from Birchbox, Barefoot Wine, Swarovski, and Hudson’s Bay.

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How to join:

Download the free Periscope Apponto your smartphone
Sign in with your Twitter account or create an account
Touch the icon on the bottom far right of the screen (the three people icon)
Touch the search icon, top left of the screen
Type BeautyGivesBack
Follow! You’ll get a notification when we’re live or you can check by touching the TV icon on the bottom left of your home screen


Why Support #MirrorBall2015 ?

Mirror Ball is in support of two wonderful foundations – FacingCancer.ca and Look Good Feel Better. For a woman diagnosed with cancer, fear and uncertainty becomes a constant companion. The ravages of cancer treatments are horrifying – it can leave a woman anxious, shocked, and insecure. Beauty Gives Back is a charitable initiative of the Canadian beauty industry. They use the tools of the trade to help women look good and feel better every day, through cosmetic and hair alternative workshops and a strong community.


Look Good Feel Better is a program that creates workshops to teach women and men how to deal with the visual effects of cancer and improving their self-esteem. They offer complimentary group, individual and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community. They offer a wide selection of virtual guides and tips – from picking the right wig for you to step by step makeup tutorials.


FacingCancer.ca is an online support system for those facing the disease. It’s designer to offer support, provide a cancer information network and cancer support resources and tools to help women and their loved ones manage the social and emotional effects of cancer


By supporting Mirror Ball, you support an incredibly movement and ensure that the Look Good Feel Better and FacingCancer.ca programs continue to be available to women who need them. You also support the creation of vital new avenues of support.



The celebrations don’t end after Mirror Ball does – this year Mirror Ball is opening it’s doors for #MirrorBallAfterDark. #MirrorBallAfterDark is the most glamorous after party in town. Musical guests The Collective with Miles Raine will have you dancing and you’ll enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, premium bar and gifting suites.


Mirror Ball After Dark is presented by a selection of premium sponsors – including Notable.Ca, Swarovksi, BirchBox, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, FLOW Water, Toronto Life, and Hudson’s Bay.

Liberty Grand | 25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto
Doors Open | 10:00PM
Dress Code | Moonlight Glam

It’s not too late to get tickets! Visit mirror-ball.ca for more information.

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Support Food Banks #HungerCount

Amazing Events - Mama 1 - November 17, 2015

On Tuesday, November 17th, the annual Hunger Counts report was released. HungerCount is the only comprehensive annual national report on hunger and food banks used in Canada.

In March 2015, 852,137 people received food from a food bank in Canada. More than one-third of those helped were children.


Food bank use in March was 1.3% higher compared to the same period in 2014 and 26% higher than in 2008, before the start of the global financial crisis. Half of the provinces experienced increases in food bank use in 2015. Hardest hit was Alberta, where unemployment increased by 10% between March 2014 and 2015 in the wake of the dropping price of oil. Three-quarters of food banks in this province reported an increase in use. Nationally, 54% of food banks reported an increase in the number of people requesting food assistance.


It has now been seven years since food bank use reached a low point of 675,735 individuals in March 2008. The need for food banks spiked drastically in 2009 and has hovered at record levels ever since.


Help share these statistics to raise awareness about hunger in Canada! Read more at https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/Hunger-in-Canada/HungerCount-2015.aspx

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With the holiday season approaching, be sure to donate to your local food bank so someone less fortunate’s holiday season can be just as delicious as yours.

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Last Chance to #SupportPrincessMargaret

Amazing Events - Mama 1 - November 17, 2015

It is your last chance to support the phenomenal work at the #PMLotto by purchasing a ticket for the Welcome Home Sweepstakes. Hurry! The draw ends on November 19th!

It is your last chance to support the phenomenal work at the #PMLotto by purchasing a ticket for the Welcome Home Sweepstakes. Hurry! The draw ends on November 19th! These days, everyone knows someone, or has been personally struck by cancer. It is a horrendous disease, targeting anyone and everyone. The Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes is raising support for the phenomenal research done at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Wednesday, Nov 18th – Final Deadline is Midnight Tomorrow

Thursday, Nov 19 – Final Deadline is Midnight Tonight

It is the Last Chance to win the 4.2 Million Oakville Showhome Designed By Brian Gluckstein

It’s just One Big Prize after Another

50/50 is over 3.3 Million and growing – winner takes half! Think of what you can buy with  that!

Cash Calendars available until Midnight Thursday – $25,000 everyday in December with $100,000 Fridays! Cash calendars will be available even after Sweepstakes tickets sell out!

So Why Support the #PMLotto?

Why is not just a question. It’s our quest.At The Princess Margaret, we believe it is the most noble and necessary quest of all — to conquer cancer in our lifetime.Why drives everything we do. From Dr. Tak Mak’s discovery of the “Holy Grail of immunology,” the T-cell receptor, to leading the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine, why drives us every day.Pursuing why requires your support. Help us transform lives with breakthrough cancer research and new therapies.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is one of the top 5 Cancer research centres in the world, and with your help they can continue to pursue ground breaking research

How can you support?

By ordering one of the Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes Tickets you are not only supporting cancer research, but you are also entered to win one of many amazing prizes. There’s no time to wait so click here to head over to the site and order your tickets now. With your help, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre will continue to lead the way as one of the top five cancer research centers in the world. They can’t continue to do the invaluable work they do, in this fight against cancer, without your help. Visit their site, order your tickets, and together we will win this fight.

One of the beautiful prizes – A dreamy Kawartha cottage! Check out the rest of the amazing prizes here: http://www.princessmargaretlotto.com/

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