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Win $5000 towards Tuition!

Win $5000 towards Tuition!

Canada’s largest education and lifestyle fair is in Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Oct. 4-6 and admission is FREE by registering at www.studentlifeexpo.com!

Plus, you will also be entered for chances to win $5000 towards tuition, one of-S-trip Prizes, a Honda Giorno Scooter, or a Sony Student Prize Package. Receive 10 bonus entries by using the promo code vervegirl!

Get Creative and Make Your Own Virtual Quilt To Help Children In Need!

Would you like to take part in a great cause that brings comfort to children who are suffering from illness or hardship?

Camelot Fabrics and the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players just launched the #SewSocial Project, a charitable cause that will provide lap quilts with messages of hope to children in need via the Quilts for Kids foundation. All-star NBA moms, including Lucille O’Neal (SHAQ’s mom), recently got together at the Disney Yacht Club and created original artwork with family photos and messages of love, which have been transferred onto fabric for the children’s lap quilts. Watch the video here!

Would you like to design your own “virtual quilt” which will then be converted into an actual lap quilt and included in the donation?  Click here to visit Camelot Fabrics’ Sew Social microsite and let your creativity show!

Taste of the Kingsway Festival

Taste of the Kingsway Festival

16th Annual Taste of the Kingsway Festival

Come celebrate & have fun, food and music!

This Fall Festival take place along Bloor Street W. (from Prince Edward
Drive to Montgomery Road) is a food & entertainment extravaganza for the whole family.

Where: The Kingsway BIA (On Bloor Street West. between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road)

When:

Friday, September 6th, 6pm-10pm,

Saturday, September 7th, 11am-10pm,

Sunday, September 8th, 11am-6pm

Free admission.

 

For more information contact:
Email: info@kingswaybia.ca

Website: http://www.kingswaybia.ca/

Twitter : @thekingswaybia

Blessings in Disguise

Blessings in Disguise

I spent a lot of the long weekend with my family and we had quite a few interesting conversations. Something my cousin-in-law said to me really stuck with me; blessings in disguise.

It’s hard to look at the bright side of every situation. How do you stay positive when you, for example, don’t get the promotion you have been working so hard towards for months or end up with a failed relationship that you’ve invested so much time and effort into. One way is to to look at the situation as a blessing in disguise. God is planning something bigger and better for you. Remember that the plans we have for our lives are different from the plans God has for our lives. 

We don’t always get what we want or things don’t always work out the way we’ve planned but thinking of the situation as a blessing is disguise might help you look at the bright side of a not so bright situation.

Kannesha Suresh

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Are you a Royal or Rebel?

Are you a Royal or Rebel?

This school year, will you fit in or stand out?

The weight of a new year rests on your shoulders. Does it feel light as a feather or heavy as a knapsack full of books? Will you be the same girl as last year, or will this be the year that you break away and create your own true path?

Your choice is exciting, new, and may change with every Monday morning or new friendship. Just like you on the first day of school, the students of Ever After High will have to choose their own legacy. Will they do what they are told or will they choose a new path?

These are our kind of girls. The new generation of fairytale legends who are going through the same stuff as us: figuring out what we like, who we like and who we are. They’re learning, just like we are, that their destinies are yet to be written in permanent ink.

Meet the Royals and the Rebels:

The Royals 

Apple White is the daughter of Snow White—but she isn’t just another princess waiting for her prince to come to the rescue.  She’s more than just the “Fairest of them All”—she is a motivated, smart, natural born leader who takes her responsibility as the next Snow White very seriously.

Her friend Briar Beauty has another famously sleepy mom. The daughter of Sleeping Beauty, Briar is destined to sleep for 100 years. But you’d never be able to tell! She is spontaneous, energetic and always ready to seize the day. These girls are the Royals—they are always perfectly put together, and they know how to have a good time.

The Rebels

Raven Queen is destined to become a villainous sorceress, full of dark magic—but she is kind and a compassionate dreamer. She doesn’t have it in her to reign evil like her mom.

And Madeline Hatter, from Wonderland, is the smartest of the bunch. She loves riddles and puzzles, but isn’t sure about her future role of tea party hostess.

This year, walk alongside the Royals and Rebels of Ever After High and find your own destiny.  Will you be like Raven Queen, discovering that your past isn’t necessarily your future? Or will you rise to the occasion and live up to your tried and true like Apple White?

Will you be a Royal or a Rebel this year?

I’M PERFECT

It actually makes me really really upset when a girl who is younger than me is genuinely unhappy with her physical appearance. For example her weight or her teeth or her skin etc etc…  So i met a girl today who said that she felt ugly because she had gotten a couple of stretch marks on her body over the summer. I didn’t even know how to react, i mean, she was just going into highschool this September. I remember my four years of highschool pretty well and i don’t really remember ever feeling not beautiful. I am blessed with an amazing family who helped me build confidence during those years. Now that i’m 22 i know better. I know that society’s idea of “beauty” is just ridic. But do you know that when you’re 14? I wanted to strip into my bathing suit right there and show her every stretch mark and “flaw” on my body. God didn’t create us imperfectly so that an idiot calling themself a plastic surgeon can make us look “perfect”. I don’t really know how i got lucky but i never really ever felt conscious about my body. Somewhere along the way i just learned that this is my body and it’s beautiful, “flaws” and all. I’m perfect, through my eyes. I wish i could have made her realize she is too.

 

Kannesha Suresh

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5 Tips to Live Frugally and Still Lead a Satisfying and Enjoyable Life

5 Tips to Live Frugally and Still Lead a Satisfying and Enjoyable Life

At a time, when you can’t be too sure how long you can hold on to your job, it’s important to live well within your means. You need to save money for a rainy day, and as they say, “when it rains, it pours”. A frugal existence doesn’t necessarily have to be drab and lifeless. You can lead a happy and satisfying life even if you develop the habit of saving money. Frugality shouldn’t be equated with miserliness. If you are living frugally, you are trying to save money; but this doesn’t mean you are sacrificing a comfortable existence or going to bed hungry. The myth that being frugal means you can’t have any more fun in life, is what stops people from saving money by cutting down on their expenses. The tips given below will try and shatter this myth.

Here are a few frugal living tips that don’t take the fun out of your life:

  1. Learn To Say ‘No
    This simply has to be the first tip! You can’t imagine, the money you will save, if you can just learn to say no when you have to make a decision that involves spending money. If your friend asks you to come for a pub crawl, and you are already over you weekly budget, ‘Say No’; if you feel like making an impulse buy while window shopping, ‘Say No’; if your co-worker’s got herself a nice new bracelet and you feel like getting one for yourself, ‘Say No’. The art of saying No is to ask yourself once, twice and even thrice, whether you actually want to spend money on a particular product or activity.

  2. Don’t Slouch on the Couch
    There are a number of people who spend a major part of their off-work hours in front of their televisions. They spend a packet on cable and subscribe to on-demand movies and all other kinds of ancillary cable expenses that they can do without. So, one of the most ignored frugal living tips is to not depend on your TV for fun. Get off the couch and make it habit to get some fresh air. Whenever you have some free time, think of things to do that do not include watching TV, something like a walk in the park will be a very good idea. You could even join a library that gives you access to not just books, but even great DVD selections. There are some libraries that offer free internet access as well.What’s more, if you don’t watch a lot of TV, there is less chance of your being lured with those captivating advertisements which tempt you to buy products that you don’t really want.

  3. Group Holidays
    You aren’t the only one who wants to save money. There are others who would like to do the same, so join your forces. If you want to take a holiday, why not join a group of people that have likeminded interests and preferences. There are huge financial savings to be made if you holiday in a group as compared to, if you are travelling alone. Also, if you make it a point to go on group holidays, there is no need to tame your wanderlust, just because you want to live frugally. You can still give in to your need to travel and save some money while you are at it.

  4. Eat at Home
    The next time you have restaurant craving, just take a deep breath, and look towards your kitchen rather than your front door. Don’t make it a habit to eat out at the drop of a hat. You can eat home cooked food, save money and still satiate your craving to eat restaurant food. Why not learn some cooking skills? Cooking is difficult, but if you do it regularly, you will get the hang of it. If you know how to cook, not cutting down your restaurant visits will be criminal. So, as far as possible, try to cut down such expenses; but this doesn’t mean you must stop dining out altogether. Just keep your restaurant visits down to once or twice a month.

  5. Family Activities
    If you have a family, ensuring your kids have fun and enjoy themselves on weekends is going to be a little difficult without spending a lot of money. But, there are certain things you could do to save money and still make sure they have a great time. On long weekends, plan an excursion to the zoo or the museum. If they are a little order, plan a picnic or a barbecue with friends. On those long winter nights, a board game like Monopoly or Scrabble can have you spending some fun family time together. You could even get a family movie from your library and watch it together. Get innovative with your family activities; think of everything that your kids and the family at large enjoys doing, and pick an option that is the least expensive amongst all of them.

As you went through these tips, you must have realized that saving money isn’t such a difficult thing after all, and you don’t have to sacrifice a lot of things if you are living frugally. In fact, the whole process of frugal living can be explained as making intelligent spending decisions. If you are careful about where and how you spend money, you are essentially doing what you need to do to live a frugal lifestyle.

Pickering Town Centre’s Red Carpet Look at the Mortal Instruments City of Bones Premiere

Pickering Town Centre’s Red Carpet Look at the Mortal Instruments City of Bones Premiere

Rachel, host of Vervegirl’s Mirror in the Bathroom, was gorgeous on the red carpet of Mortal Instruments – City of Bones premiere in Toronto, Canada. She looked so good that Robert Sheehan, who plays Simon in the film, asked her out on a date right on the red carpet.  So jealous!!

Rachel spent the afternoon before the event at the Pickering Town Centre (PTC).  There is no need to go downtown to shop as all your favourite stores are at PTC, without the hustle and bustle of the city!

Like Rachel’s Red Carpet Style?

She wore a cute Black Lace Dress, $29.99 paired with a Leather Motor Cycle Jacket, $79.99, bracelets from Ardene, $15 and chain rings from H&M.  Her black shoes were from Aldo, $120.00, and to finish off the outfit, Betsy Johnston earrings from the Bay,$30.00.

Plus, check out Pickering Town Centre’s back to school Instagram contest. Snap it, Tag it, Win it! August 26th – September 8th, enter for your chance to win a $500 Pickering Town Centre BTS Shopping Spree or 1 of 7 $100 gift cards just by taking pics! Snap a photo from one of 7 categories, post it to Instagram with the corresponding hashtag, and tag @PickeringTownCentre. Our favourite is #selfiePTC !  The more you post, the more chances to win. Visit www.pickeringtowncentre.com to see all the categories and learn more about the contest!

2. WASH THE DISHES WITH ALL YOUR HEART

2. WASH THE DISHES WITH ALL YOUR HEART

If I had to share with you the greatest lesson i’ve learned thus far in my life, it is the beauty in living in the present moment. Sometimes i forget and catch myself regretting yesterday or worrying about tomorrow, and when i do, i remind myself that the present is all the life I will ever get.

Me, I hardly spent my time regretting yesterday but I would constantly find myself planning for tomorrow. This sums up what i have learnt;

Instead of going through life waiting for that vacation one month from today which will be perfect. Or that huge party next Friday that you’re going to which will be so much fun. Or that job interview tomorrow that you are going to nail. Instead of waiting for something in the future, i started viewing everyday of my life as an adventure. When I started viewing every day of my life as something exciting, it became easier for me to live in and truly enjoy each and every moment while forgetting the yesterdays & the tomorrows.

It’s ok to enjoy the grand adventures in life; the weddings, the vacations, the graduations… but instead of waiting around for them, start enjoying the simple adventures along the way; reading bedtime stories to your nephews and nieces, doing the dishes for your mum, or just staying in and reading a book with a cup of tea.

 

Kannesha Suresh

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FIRST-EVER BARBIE® NORTH AMERICAN MOBILE TOUR Barbie® is Moving and Calling on Canadian Fans to Help Inspire her New Dreamhouse

FIRST-EVER BARBIE® NORTH AMERICAN MOBILE TOUR Barbie® is Moving and Calling on Canadian Fans to Help Inspire her New Dreamhouse

Following the February announcement to put her Malibu Dreamhouse up for sale, Barbie® doll is packed up and touring North America to find inspiration as she searches for the perfect new home. Including two stops in Canada, the pink-tastic mobile tour will give young fans an all-access pass to experience the best of Barbie®. Fans can visit www.family.ca/barbie for details about the “Barbie® is Moving” mobile tour.

The interactive “Barbie® is Moving” mobile tour celebrates Barbie® doll’s fabulous world and will be making stops in Toronto (July 19-21) and Vancouver (August 2-4).

Barbie® fans will have a chance to:

  • Play dress-up and walk the doll-tastic runway in a glam fashion show, with tips from  stylists and a fab photo opportunity
  • Enjoy a Barbie® movie in the larger-than-life theater
  • Inspire Barbie® by creating a mood board for her new home
  • Build their very own Mega Bloks® Barbie™ room to take home

Can’t make it to a tour stop? Not to worry! On July 1st, all Canadians girls can join in the experience by visiting www.family.ca/barbie  and entering for a chance to win great prizes! The grand prize is a one-of-a kind Barbie® trip for four to the larger-than-life Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience in Florida, USA!

 

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Free The Children/RBC “We Create Change” Penny Drive Raises $1.4 Million and celebrates with a wagon convoy down Bay Street!

Free The Children/RBC “We Create Change” Penny Drive Raises $1.4 Million and celebrates with a wagon convoy down Bay Street!

To mark the end of the school year, Free The Children and RBC celebrated the incredible fundraising effort of hundreds of thousands of youth and their schools through the “We Create Change“ penny drive announcing the final total, which outweighs approximately 64 elephants and more than five empty Boeing 747’s.

Degrassi cast member Jacob Neayem, and Scott Willats, MuchMusic VJ joined over 100 students in Toronto to celebrate the last day of school and raising  140 million pennies ($1.4 million)!

All those pennies will provide  56,000 people with clean water for life!

Students created a caravan of red wagons filled with pennies, and pulled them down Bay Street, all while cheering and having fun!

Students at more than 3,000 schools across Canada participated in the “We Create Change” penny drive over the past school year. They emptied their piggy banks, held school-wide penny drives, canvassed neighbourhoods, family and friends, and set up collection jars in community centres and workplaces.

RBC president and CEO Gord Nixon and co-founder of Free The Children Marc Kielburger were there to welcome the students and their penny wagons into the bank’s Toronto main branch and to congratulate and celebrate their amazing fundraising drive.

The final day to drop off designated Free The Children/RBC $25 penny bags at RBC branches across the country is Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Pennies collected through We Create Change, in conjunction with the proceeds from sales of Me to We’s Water Rafiki Friend Chain, online donations, and We Walk 4Water, has enabled Free The Children to reach its year-long Water Initiative goal of providing 100,000 people around the world with permanent sources of clean water.