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.
LIVE ON PERISCOPE
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.
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.0
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. With the holiday season coming up, it’s important to remember those who are less fortunate
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
Watch the video here:
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.0
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.0
My favorite part of fall? Bundling up by the fire with a hearty meal that warms the soul! One of my favorite recipes for the chilly fall days is this beef stew – the slow roasted chunks of beef just melt in your mouth!
2 hours 30 minutes
6 to 8 servings
1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
1.5 kg well-marbled boneless beef blade roast, cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm cubes)
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
2 ribs celery, diced
1 onion, diced
2 tbsp (30 mL) tomato paste
1/2 cup (125 mL) dry red wine
450 g mini white potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
3 large carrots, cut in 1 1/2-inch thick (4 cm) chunks (halve bigger pieces)
10 sprigs fresh thyme
6 sprigs fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
3 cups (750 mL) sodium-reduced beef broth
1/2 tsp (2 mL) Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup (175 mL) pickled cocktail onions, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup (175 mL) frozen peas
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper; toss with beef to coat.
In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium heat; working in small batches, cook beef, stirring, until browned, about 20 minutes total. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside.
Add remaining butter to Dutch oven; cook celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits, for 2 minutes.
Return beef and any juices to Dutch oven. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, stirring occasionally to loosen any remaining browned bits from bottom.
Cover and braise in 350 F (180 C) oven for 45 minutes. Stir in cocktail onions; cover and braise for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until vegetables are tender and beef offers no resistance when pierced with tip of knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in peas; cook for 5 minutes.
Skim any fat from surface of stew; remove thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe via Canadian Living0
It’s that wonderful time of the year when we can’t get enough of hot chocolate, candy canes, family dinners, and the never ending festive feeling. To add on to this holiday spirit, you can attend the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, which will be performing its 111th annual ceremony this week!
On November 15th, Santa Claus and more than 25 animated floats will commence the march from the Christie Pits (Bathurst and Bloor) at 12:30 and make its way down to St. Lawrence Market (Front and Jarvis). The parade will also include 2,000 costumed participants and 200 Celebrity Clowns who will be leading the way and providing added joy to the crowd. Check out the parade route here.
What makes the parade so special?
Other than getting the chance to see Santa, the parade holds historic significance for the city of Toronto. Initially started in 1905, The Santa Claus Parade has become a local tradition that is celebrated and enjoyed by Canadians all across the nation and worldwide. It is broadcasted across North America, and is also enjoyed by viewers as far as New Zealand, Norway and Iceland. The Toronto Santa Claus parade is considered the longest running children’s parade in the world and holds great significance in initiating the festive season.
This year, the parade will be displaying not only a Harry Potter themed float but will also include American League East division champions Toronto Blue Jays, the upcoming Disney-Pixar motion picture The Good Dinosaur, childhood favourite Thomas the Tank Engine, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Three floats from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment also return this year with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto FC taking part in the celebration.
Canadian Tire is a proud sponsor of the event. They will be hosting Mrs. Clause on the second last float of parade! Mrs. Clause will help you entertain for Christmas with the complete line of My Canvas products from Canadian Tire.
Check out what products Mrs. Clause will be using on the float:
This Stemless Wine Glass set is perfect for entertaining!
How fab is this 16-piece Dinner Set?
This 3 Tier Serving Stand is perfect for storing sweet treats!
This sleek Flatware Set will match any table setting!
How good will your scrumptious sides look on these Porcelain Serving Pieces?
Love the subtle holiday hues on this 4-Piece Bowl Set!
These Highball Tumblers are perfect for any beverage you’re pouring!
Today I wanted to share something non-food related, that’s a really amazing event. It’s the Beauty Gala hosted by Shoppers Drug Mart, in support of Beauty Gives Back.
And if you’re not familiar with Beauty Gives Back here’s a quote from their website:
We dedicate ourselves to treating the emotional fallout from cancer. Using the sum total of our knowledge, experience, expertise and resources, we do what women trust and rely on us to do – to make them feel human again in the face of the ravages of cancer and its treatment. In doing so, we help restore their confidence, and the confidence of those around them, to continue fighting with conviction and living with dignity.
This beauty gala will be hosted at participating Shoppers Drug Mart in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland on November 7.
Tickets for the evening are $10, with $5 going towards Beauty Gives Back, and $5 for guests to spend during the evening. Guests will also enjoy skincare consultations, makeovers, and free samples.
You can visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart beauty expert to find out if the store is hosting an event and pick up your tickets.
To help raise awareness for this event, Beauty Gives Back is hosting a Twitter party on Tuesday, November 3 from 8-8:30pm EST. Sherry Abbott, Director for Beauty Gives Back, and Look Good Feel Better will also be joining the conversation. You can join too and use #SDMBeautyGala0
Will you be watching the lunar eclipse with your family? The moon will appear large than normal because it will be closer to the earth. I think I might bake some moon inspired cookies today to celebrate!
Watch this video from NASA to learn more about it!
At Save On Foods in British Columbia, several Canadian beef ranchers have been helping teach urban consumers all about how cattle are raised and why beef is a great protein. So many Canadians know so little about how beef is produced and what a great way learn about it, especially when it is coming from a first hand source-the rancher. Just this past weekend ranchers were is several Save On Foods locations in British Columbia sharing the very best of the beef industry. Ranchers were in stores in North Vancouver, Abbotsford, Langley, and Maple Ridge.
Not everyone that lives in the city can get the opportunity to visit a ranch. This program gives us city folk the chance to meet real ranch families and understand where there beef is coming from, how it is raised, and instills confidence in the consumer when they are making our beef purchases. You even pick up a tip or two that makes you a better beef purchaser. They were sharing lots of excellent tips.
Consumers even got to taste test steak samples.
There was a lot of information shared as well from how cattle is raised, to the best cuts of beefs for what you are cooking, to storage tips to recipe ideas.
What a great way to learn more about Canadian beef but from those that are busy on ranches raising cattle every day.
To see all the great photos from the event you can check out the Meet the BC Ranchers Board on Pinterest.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about beef? Ever had questions about ranching and the beef industry? about animal health? food safety? how about wanting to know what cut of beef is best? need cooking tips? I know for me I am always thinking about what cut is best for what meal.
The Behind the Beef program to help you learn more about beef, and get a really good look behind beef and the beef industry. You can learn all about beef from someone who knows their stuff.
The purpose of the Behind the Beef program is to help you and me develop a relationship with beef and the cattleman. You can get help with your product selection, so you can always be confident in your selection of the beef cut you will be cooking. You can also gets tips on nutrition as well. Have more questions about the beef industry even those can get answered too.
You can learn about beef and the environment, and the place that they have in nature’s cycle and how they contribute to its balance by consuming and returning nutrients to its natural surroundings. You can learn about all 14 essential nutrients that can be found in beef and so much more. There is so much to learn from attending a Behind the Beef Program.
The events are delivered at convenient, popular venues such as grocery stores, fairs & exhibitions, schools and community events all over the province. You can click here to view photos from events.
Interested in learning more about beef, you can attend any one of the events. They will be happening all summer long. There will be events at every corner of the province from Vancouver, Langley, Chilliwack, Victoria, and many others. To check out the schedule you can click here. The Behind the Beef program will be in a location near you very soon. So what questions do you want to ask about beef?
Have a burning question that you would like an answer to right now. Check out Behind the Beef.
Have you ever wanted to ride the Western Frontier, or participate in a cattle drive? Well, Canada Beef and Travel Alberta are giving away a Family Ranch Experience.
Where would you be staying? The Sierra West Cabins and Ranch in Alberta. If you have ever wanted to ride high in the saddle this might be the contest you want to enter, as one very lucky Canadian family will win a 6 night stay for 4 at the ranch and the best thing about it, it is a working real cattle ranch.
That means one can saddle on up for ride the range experience, as well as many other ranching activities.
Here is a great video from the ranch.
Can you just imagine wide open spaces, the cattle grazing, the horseback riding, and of course one has to end the night with a bonfire right. You can do your own riding and roping, or if a beginner, the ranch hands will even teach you how. Nearby there are fresh water streams, rivers and lakes which a fisherman would love. The location is also close to historic sites, provincial parks and forest reserves allow for plenty of exploration by any family. Three log cabins on the banks of Todd Creek provide the lodging. Two of the cabins are newer additions, but the third was the original homestead, built in 1905, and there is even CowTown, a one street town to explore.
Sounds like the perfect ranch experience to me, and a fabulous way to see Alberta.
To enter simply go to enter on the Canada Beef site. Good Luck. You can enter till Sept 30th, 2013.