Get into this: Ultima Foods (iögo) innovates yet again with iögo 0% with stevia extract

Calling all health nuts and foodie maniacs: Ultima Foods is launching, across the country, its all new iögo 0% yogurt with stevia extract, a 100% natural origin calorie-free sweetener. This innovation on the Canadian yogurt market arrives barely one year after the remarkable launch of the iögo brand.

logo_iogo_horizontalWhat is stevia, you asked?

Stevia extract is a 100% natural origin calorie-free sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana). Its manufacturing process is the same as for natural flavours. Known first as the “sweet herb”, stevia is a native plant of Paraguay, South America. For centuries, people have traditionally grown, harvested and used the leaves of this plant to naturally sweeten their herbal teas or foods. It is 200 to 300 times sweeter than white sugar. When used in very small quantities, stevia extract can replace a portion of the sugar generally used in food products.

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iögo 0% with stevia extract is free of fat, gelatin, colours and artificial flavours. With a small amount of cane sugar and only 50 calories per 100-g container, iögo 0% with stevia extract is part of the iögo 0% product line. It comes in the flavours of raspberry, blueberry, vanilla and mango-passion fruit.

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“One year after its remarkable entry into the Canadian market, iögo is innovating yet again with the launch of a new yogurt with stevia extract. Canadians have adopted iögo, and this iögomania that has unfurled across the country has forced us, as a company, to do even better and surpass ourselves to continually create products tailored to consumers’ tastes and needs,” stated Mr. Gerry Doutre, President and CEO of Ultima Foods.

“By using all-natural, calorie-free stevia extract in its new line of iögo yogurts, Ultima Foods is offering consumers yet another delicious and healthy food choice. iögo 0% with stevia extract is part of the iögo 0% product line, and it enhances the range of products for people looking to decrease their intake of carbohydrates and fat,” explained Patricia Chuey, dietitian.

Did you know that there are many creations and treats you can make using this innovative line of yogurts? This weekend, relax and try your hands at baking this flavourful yet fluffy, low-sugar Raspberry Mango Loaf, recipe courtesy of iögo yogurts, Ultima Foods.

Serves 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lemon zest

¾ cup iögo 0% Raspberry yogurt with stevia extract

1 cup chopped mango, divided

1/2 cup raspberries

¼ cup melted unsalted butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 large eggs

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking spray

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the loaf pan with cooking spray and dust with a little flour; tap out extra.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, and salt. In a large bowl, the yogurt with baking soda and baking powder, let stand for 5 minutes.

Mix the lemon zest, eggs, maple syrup, unsalted butter, and vanilla extract into the yogurt.

Mix the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture. Fold in raspberries and mango.

Add batter to the prepared loaf tin.

Bake for 1 hour or until top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Raspberry Mango Loaf

Nutritional Information per serving: 1/8th of loaf

Calories 184, Fat 5.9 g, Cholesterol 15.5 mg, Sodium 73 mg, Carbohydrates 28 g, Fibre

2.2 g, Sugars 5.1 g, Protein 3.4 g

To find out more about iögo 0% with stevia extract, visit www.iogostevia.ca.

Suggested retail price is  $7.99 and $8.99 per 16 x 100-g containers, now available  on shelves in most Canadian supermarkets

 

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Celebrate Mideastro Yorkville Birthday with Exquisite Mediterranean Flavours!

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One of Yorkville well-loved fine dining restaurants, Mideastro Yorkville is ready to celebrate its second anniversary. This writer frequents the charming establishment in Yorkville quite often for weekend brunches and catch-up dinners with friends and family, and even with clients who prefer a more intimate setting. Located across the street from the new Four Seasons Hotel on Yorkville Avenue, the 150-person space allows patrons to enter Sicily, Greece and Morocco all at the same time. Influences of the Mediterranean are fused with Middle Eastern undertones with ingredients that are flown in from over 11 countries overseas, to create unique and mouth-watering dishes that draw both locals, tourists and celebrities alike.
The restaurant is a cultural destination for food lovers that are ready to take risks. Food elements that would not typically be thought of together are beautifully blended to create an exciting and elegant menu; think pasta with dried fruits, boneless quail on a root vegetable, and coconut cream topped with sesame paste, date honey and roasted pine nuts. The brains behind the out-of-the-box menu is Head Chef Benny Cohen, who was born in Israel and raised in a small town with neighbors from all over the world.
 
In a population of 500, I grew up smelling cuisine from 30 cities,” said Chef Benny. “While I was classically trained to become a Certified Chef, my hometown was a melting pot of different cultures that can be found in Mideastro’s eclectic menu.”
 
Below are some fantastic fares that are being offered by Chef Cohen.
 
Above: Wild catch, pan seared Halibut  with whipped fennel cream, quinoa tabule, spanish almonds, sweet arisa preserved lemon pesto, syrian olives, baby artichoke, okra and lemon raki
 
Date & maple syrup parfait served on Ontario strawberry coulis topped with local apple and honey strudel pastilla
 
Above: Date & maple syrup parfait served on Ontario strawberry coulis topped with local apple and honey strudel pastilla
 
Appetizer- Ground lamb & rice stuffed grape leaves in pomegranate & mintAbove: Appetizer of ground lamb & rice stuffed grape leaves in pomegranate & mint
 
 
 
Red Grouper on a broth of concasse tomatos, roasted fennel, tumeric, zaafran & poached baby artichokeAbove: Red Grouper on a broth of concasse tomatos, roasted fennel, tumeric, zaafran & poached baby artichoke
 
 
 
Lamb Duet
Above: Duet of lam chops and sirloin,  crusted with honey date pecan, accompanied by roasted Jerusalem artichoke mash, caramelized baby beets, purple heirloom carrots and pomegranate molasses
 
At the helm of the wine list is award-winning Master Sommelier Bruce Wallner, who last year took first place at the Best Ontario Sommelier Competition and continues to compete internationally. Cocktails reflect the international influences as well, with each libation a tribute to a country that is reflected in the restaurant: The Lebanese consists of Bergaspina, Rum, Arak, Mint and Pineapple, while The Spaniard includes Mencia, Pedro Ximinez, Licor 43 and cola; nine cocktails, nine countries, endless palate pleasures.“The area around our restaurant is currently undergoing renovations with new residences and eateries popping up between Bay and Yonge on Yorkvile,” said Leon Goldstein, owner of Mideastro Yorkville. “We are proud that Mideastro Yorkville has been a staple in the neighbourhood for two years and are so excited to be a part of this cultural redevelopment.”Mideastro Yorkville is available for large party reservations as well as private bookings with an excusive room.The restaurant is open Sunday to Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm and Friday and Saturday 5:00pm – 11:00pm.Mideastro Yorkville is located at 27 Yorkville Avenue (between Bay and Yonge Streets). Visit mideastroyorkville.com or call 416.477.2427 for reservations.

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CIBC Launches Significant Enhancements to Aventura Travel Rewards Program (including new cards)

With fierce competition from other financial institutions, CIBC recently announced the exciting launch of their enhanced Aventura Travel Rewards Program, which allows cardholders to redeem their Aventura Points for travel on any airline, access every seat on the plane, and pay for flight taxes and fees with their points.

In addition to the flexibility for clients to fly where they want, when they want, the Aventura program offers a number of further enhancements including:

  • A special bonus of up to 30,000 Aventura Points to get clients started.
  • An enhanced Aventura Airline Rewards Chart, which will allow clients to enjoy new flight redemption values startingJanuary 1, 2014.
  • Short-haul flights will be available for as low as 10,000 Aventura Points, and long-haul flights to destinations acrossNorth America will be available starting at 25,000 Aventura Points.
  • The ability to earn more points, faster: Earn 1.5 Aventura Points on purchases at gas stations, grocery and drug stores.
  • And, comprehensive insurance coverage: New trip cancellation insurance to protect clients from the unexpected when they book travel, in addition to trip interruption and travel medical insurance, including travel medical insurance for Canadians 65 and over.

Other highlights of the CIBC Aventura Travel Rewards Program include:

  • Every Seat, Any Airline:  Get the flight you want, on the date you want.
  • No Cash Required: You can redeem your available Aventura Points for full airfare, including taxes and fees.
  • Freedom & Flexibility: Use points on any airline or any kind of travel – no blackouts or expiry.
  • Points on All Purchases: Earn 1 Aventura Point for every $1 spent using your card.

“Our new CIBC Aventura lineup was developed based on extensive research with Canadians on what they want in a travel rewards program,” said David Williamson, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, Retail and Business Banking, CIBC.

“Canadians told us they want to earn points quickly, with the flexibility to use these points to fly where they want, when they want, and even cover the taxes and fees for their flight. We’re excited to be delivering on their needs by adding our enhanced Aventura Travel Rewards Program to our credit card lineup.”

Marketing Campaign Launches Today

To support the Aventura card, CIBC also announced that it is launching a national, multi-channel marketing campaign aimed at highlighting the benefits of the enhanced Aventura Travel Rewards Program. The campaign, themed “So good even penguins can fly”, will feature print and broadcast advertising, as well as exciting contests that will leverage social media.

Canadians Can Apply Now

CIBC Aventura credit cards are available today. Complete details about the CIBC Aventura credit card lineup can be found by visiting CIBC.com, calling 1-800-465-CIBC, or visiting the nearest CIBC branch.

 

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American Express launches travel rewards card marketing campaign

American Express Canada is launching an aggressive push in the travel rewards card market with a multi-channel campaign across TV, digital, out-of-home and social media platforms. The company is focusing attention on the AeroplanPlus suite of co-branded cards promoted to frequent travellers as well as its proprietary Gold Rewards Card that offers the ability to book any travel, charge it to the card and then pay for it with points or transfer points direct to Aeroplan.

As a key enticement to win new customers, American Express is also increasing its Gold Rewards Card welcome bonus to 25,000 Points when you spend $500 in the first three months – enough for a round trip flight to almost anywhere in North America.

“There has been an unprecedented level of attention in the rewards card market over the past few months,” says David Barnes, Vice President of Advertising & Communications at American Express Canada. “Many cardholders are considering their options right now, and this campaign focuses on the value and quality of service from American Express’ travel rewards cards.”

The mainstream aspects of the campaign feature the Gold Rewards Card. Two television spots have been developed (30 seconds and 15 seconds) and will be launching during season premiere week. Additional creative has also been produced for various digital and social channels, along with increased branding at Toronto Pearson International Airport, where American Express has an existing strong presence.

The AeroplanPlus cards will be promoted primarily through targeted channels aimed at frequent travellers, including travel sites, airport locations, and through in-flight media. Other elements will also be phased in throughout the campaign, including interactive Facebook and Twitter campaigns.

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CIBC enhances travel rewards with new Aventura program

CIBC is launching an enhanced travellers’ loyalty program, making good on its promise to broaden its offerings just two weeks after agreeing to sell about half its Aeroplan customer base to TD Bank.

Unlike Aeroplan, which originated as Air Canada’s frequent-flier rewards program, points collected with the new CIBC Aventura cards can be used to buy tickets on any airline.

CIBC has been the main issuer of Aeroplan credit cards for more than 20 years, under a series of long-term agreements that was set to expire at the end of this year.

Over time, however, other banks have brought out other travel points cards to compete with CIBC’s Aerogold and Aimia, the company that runs Aeroplan, has added a wider variety of partners such as retailers.

David Williamson, senior vice-president of retail and business banking at CIBC, said Tuesday, that the CIBC Aventura lineup was developed “based on extensive research with Canadians on what they want in a travel rewards program.”

The bank said the Aventura cards offer the most choice of any travel rewards program, giving them “the opportunity to choose the rewards program that best meets their needs.”

The changes follow a decision by Aimia to pick TD Bank Financial as the primary issuer of Visa credit cards for its flagship Aeroplan program. The deal comes with a 10-year term, starting Jan. 1, 2014.

CIBC, which had been the primary Aeroplan credit card issuer for more than 20 years, contested Aimia’s decision and eventually reached a deal that gives each bank rights to half of the portfolio of Aeroplan Visa accounts.

CIBC will keep the half of the portfolio that includes Aerogold customers with broader relationships with the bank. CIBC will continue to issue Areogold cards for another 10 years, starting Jan. 1, and introduce its own travel loyalty rewards.

TD has said it expects to acquire about 550,000 cardholder accounts from CIBC, representing approximately $3 billion in card balances and $20 billion in annual retail spending.

Aimia also agreed to pay about $312.5 million to CIBC for the shift of half its Aeroplan cards portfolio to TD, with Aimia funding about $150 million of the payments.

CIBC says the enhancements to the Aventura program mean customers will be able to redeem their points on any airline and select any destination they want, and have access to every seat on the plane.

They will also be able to use their points to pay for flight taxes and fees, and get additional perks like bonus points when they sign up, the option to earn points faster and trip cancellation or medical insurance.

TD has said the transfer of Aeroplan-branded credit cardholders from CIBC will be “seamless” without any interruption in Aeroplan miles earned by customers.

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Rogers launches location based SMS program

Several big brands have signed on to a new mobile marketing program from Rogers that takes advantage of a consumer’s location.

Sears, A&W, Future Shop and Pizza Hut Canada are among the first brands to advertise via Rogers Alerts, a text message based initiative the company launched Wednesday. Rogers mobile customers who opt-in to the service will be sent text message offers based on their location.

For example, a customer walking by a Sears store may receive a text offering 50% off a Jessica brand dress available in the store. The service relies on geo-fencing, a kind of virtual perimeter that can be applied to a physical location, set only to send marketing messages when consumers are in close proximity to a store.

The size of the geo-fence will vary based on the advertiser, according to Jack Tomik, chief sales officer at Rogers Media. For a large retailer like Sears, the geo-fence may extend to the highway near a shopping mall, while the geo-fence for a Second Cup, another brand signed on to the program, may only be one or two city blocks.

Subscribers will only receive ads in categories they sign up for, such as food or auto. The idea is to make the offers as targeted as possible, said Tomik, adding that in the future Rogers may also target by age, gender and other data, such as offers a consumer has previously purchased.

Rogers and its U.S.-based technology partner Placecast has been experimenting with geo-fencing technology for four years but had problems with either how well the system worked or the filters that dictate how many messages a consumer receives, said Tomik. Rogers Alerts will send a maximum of four text message offers a week to avoid consumers viewing the offers as spam.

Tomik said Rogers has been watching closely as brands like Pet Smart and Fitness First Gyms launched similar initiatives over the past six months. In the U.S. 28% of consumers who received a geo-targeted offer from Pet Smart made a purchase, he said.

Rather than package the product as an app, Tomik said Rogers decided to focus on text messages because of the format’s simplicity. “It’s simple, easy and straight forward. It’s something you don’t have to download an app for. There’s no muss and fuss,” he said.

Because it does not require an app, it will be available to all mobile subscribers, not just those who own smartphones.

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White Cashmere Collection 2013 Celebrates Decade of Design

Twenty Top Canadian Fashion Designers Create Cashmere BT Couture to Support Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 

Kruger created an unforgettable tribute to Designing a Future without Breast Cancer for the spectacular runway debut of the Tenth Annual White Cashmere Collection, Canada’s first and only fashion collection entirely crafted in pure, soft and luxurious Cashmere Bathroom Tissue (BT) at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario in September, 2013.

Ten years in the making and unique in the world, The White Cashmere Collection celebrated its tenth milestone year with its largest cast of designers to-date; a stunning runway show; high-fashion photography by Caitlin Cronenberg; and a Facebook contest and fundraiser.  The collection highlights Cashmere’s generous and ongoing support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and heralds the annual return of limited-edition Pink Cashmere, a fund- and awareness-raiser for the Foundation, with twenty-five cents from the sale of every package going directly to the cause, throughout October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A Milestone Anniversary-themed The Pink and White Gala and curated by Canadian fashion designer Farley Chatto, the White Cashmere Collection stars 20 top Canadian designers and an amazing range of glamorous gowns, show-stopping textural creations, avant-garde masterpieces and full-body accessories, all crafted in 100 per cent pure, soft and luxurious sheets of White and Pink Cashmere Bathroom Tissue, Canada’s best-selling brand.  To herald the introduction of Cashmere’s newest BT, Cashmere UltraLuxe, one garment was fabricated with Cashmere’s softest, most luxurious bathroom tissue ever.

This year stunning collection

A one-of-a-kind annual showcase for Canada’s established and emerging design talent, the White Cashmere Collection has featured more than 125 top Canadian designers since its debut in 2004 and the 10th annual collection features a star-studded cast of new and returning designers including: member of the Order of Canada, Marie Saint Pierre; and David Dixon, Canada’s King of fashion.  Other noteworthy names include:Lucian MatisPaul HardyVAWK by Sunny Fong; Joseph HelmerHoax Couture by Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell; Comrags by Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish; Anastasia LomonovaRita TesolinRod Philpott;Christopher PaunilCarlie WongJason MatloDavid Dunkley Fine MillineryL’Autre Couture by Luko Marion;MICALLA by Camilla Jørgensen; DylaniumKnits by Dylan Uscher; DUY by Duy Nguyen; and curator Farley Chatto.

This year’s packed-out runway show kicked off with a live retrospective, honouring the first nine collections, to build anticipation and excitement for the 2013 10th anniversary collection“We are extremely proud of what the White Cashmere Collection has accomplished in 10 short years and how it pays tribute to the courage and strength of women and their families affected by breast cancer,” says Nancy Marcus, Corporate Vice President, Consumer Marketing at Kruger Products.  “We launched the White Cashmere Collection in 2004 and since its inception, we broke ground by creating Canada’s first and only fashion collection crafted entirely in bathroom tissue and united Canada’s fashion community with a cause that is very important to our company.  We are honoured to now be one of the Foundation’s top five national partners and to celebrate this achievement with our biggest, most impressive collection to-date.”

The live runway show was hosted by Beverly Thomson, breast cancer survivor and co-host of CTV Canada AM, and featured Quebec fashion blogger and breast cancer survivor, Lolitta Dandoy, who walked the runway.

“It’s impressive to be part of the collection’s remarkable growth and success and the diverse embodiment of Canadian fashion over the past decade!” says 2013 collection curator and designer, Farley Chatto. “I am proud and honoured to collaborate with Kruger Products to commemorate this important milestone with an incredibly talented cast of my peers who are amazingly creative Canadian designers that support the breast cancer cause.”

Make Your Vote Count – VOTE Couture for the Cure

Canadians can view the collection and support the cause by joining Cashmere’s unique Vote Couture for the Cure™ initiative at www.Facebook.com/Cashmere from September 25 through November 1, 2013.  Fans are invited to vote for their favourite design and Cashmere will donate $1 per vote, up to $10,000, to the Foundation in the winning designer’s name.   Votes will be entered in a draw to win a shopping spree worth $10,000.

Latest limited edition from Cashmere BT

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World MasterCard Fashion Week – Get Ready for This Season’s Hottest and Trendiest!

As a new season bestowed upon us, fashionistas and enthusiasts alike are gearing up for another World MasterCard Fashion Week 2013.

This season’s spectacle will continue being hold at David Pecaut Square the week of October 21, 2013. Walking the runways are collections from seasoned and upcoming talents, including Pink Tartan, David Dixon, Soia & Kyo, Mackage, to name a few

Schedule

NEW this year is the Fashion Saturday, presented by BMO for the public to get a taste of what #WMCFW has to offer.  Registrations are now open. Visit http://worldmastercardfashionweek.com for tickets and more information

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Go Loco for Vita Coco

We love coconut water. Everybody loves coconut water. What not to like? The subtle nutty flavour has made pure coconut water a favourite among both every-day and celebrity consumers. Vita Coco has shown up in the hands of such famous trend setters as Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson, Lenny Kravitz, Neil Patrick Harris, and Dave Matthews. This summer alone, Canadian-born actor Anna Paquin was seen enjoying Vita Coco on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past in Montreal.

Already a market staple in the US, coconut water continued making a big splash in Canadian grocery stores this past summer.

Coconut water has kicked off a trend towards all things coconut including:

  • Coconut flour
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut milk-based beverages yogurts and ice cream

Introduced in 2004 in New York, Vita Coco has since become a leader and a driving force in the coconut products industry.

Did you know?

  • Coconut water comes from younger, often green coconuts and contains no cholesterol or fat
  • Vita Coco uses only fresh, 100 per cent pure coconut water that is minimally processed before it’s packaged in 330mL, 500mL and 1L Tetra Pak cartons.
  • Other brands use concentrated coconut water that is processed up to 6 times before being packaged.
  • When trying coconut water for the first time Vita Coco recommends Canadians enjoy coconut water the same way many of us enjoy winter – at about 4C.
  • Coconut water offers heightened hydration benefits from naturally occurring electrolytes and has more potassium per serving than a banana

Vita Coco is available now in available at: Loblaws, Target, Costco, Safeway, Longo’s and Whole Foods. Visit http://www.vitacoco.com for your nutty indulgence!

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Whisky Rocks: A Celebration of Music and Whisky

Calling all music lovers!

Whisky Rocks – a celebration of Canada’s best music and whisky – returns Thursday, November 7 with platinum-selling Vancouver band, Theory of a Deadman (theoryofadeadman.com) live in concert. Performing at the London Music Hall, 185 Queens Avenue, London, Ontario, tickets are on sale now.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., as part of LCBO‘s annual fall whisky promotion, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and discover the unique tastes of five premium Canadian whiskies. This year, sample Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Whisky, Canadian Club Classic, Crown Royal Maple, Forty Creek Copper Pot and Wiser’s Spiced Vanilla Canadian Whisky.

The evening also features performances by the top three finalists from the Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition – an unforgettable opportunity for musicians and bands ages 19+ to open for the main act.

To enter, bands can upload their original music demo to Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition at whiskyrocks.com between September 23 at 10:45 a.m. EST and October 11 at 4:15 p.m. EST.

The finalists with the most votes will be announced at whiskyrocks.com on or around October 30 at 4:15 p.m. EDT. They will face off on stage November 7 at the Whisky Rocks Showdown Concert, where a panel of judges and Theory of a Deadman will select and announce one grand prize winner of a $5,000 gift card for musical instruments and equipment for Long & McQuade (long-mcquade.com).

For only $30, attendees can enjoy music, taste a variety of Canadian whiskies and rock out to a full closing set by Theory of a Deadman.

Tickets are available online at londonmusichall.com/events/ in person at the London Music Hall Box Office, 185 Queens Avenue, or at the door. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Dixon Hall, a United Way member agency, and its youth programs which include opportunities to attend music school and music camps across Ontario, with participation of youths from London-based service organizations.

For full rules and regulations for the Whisky Rocks Showdown Competition, visit whiskyrocks.com/competition.

Concert goers must be 19 years of age or older and valid ID is required.

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What’s new in the KFC world?

Not to be outshone by its sister brands that are Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, KFC has been offering quite a few new and adventurous additions to its menus across the ocean.

 

The KFC Zinger Pie

The KFC Chicken Flavoured Rice Balls

The KFC Deep Fried Soups

 

 

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LivingWorks launches online Suicide Awareness Program

LivingWorks Education, an international company dedicated to suicide intervention training, has announced the launch of its first-ever online awareness program. Called esuicideTALK, the program aims to increase awareness about suicide risks and encourage learners to become involved with suicide prevention activities. The launch coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day, a global awareness day celebrated on September 10 each year.

“For many years, suicide awareness and prevention training was almost exclusively face-to-face,” explained Richard Ramsay, President of LivingWorks. “Now more and more people are going online for answers. They want to understand the issues surrounding suicide, and whether it’s safe to talk openly and honestly about it. It made sense for us to develop a tool that would address those questions,” he said. Although esuicideTALK is LivingWorks’ first online program, the company is a thirty-year veteran in the field of suicide intervention training with thousands of workshops delivered worldwide.

“Suicide is preventable,” noted Ramsay, a former social work professor whose contributions to the suicide prevention field have been recognized by the United Nations. “Most people with suicidal thoughts are struggling with the uncertainty of living, but don’t truly want to die—and so they invite help to stay alive.” Learning to recognize and act on these invitations for help is a core part of LivingWorks programs, including esuicideTALK. “Awareness is the first step toward suicide prevention,” Ramsay explained. “When they understand that anyone can experience suicidal thoughts, people are better prepared to help when they encounter someone at risk.”

Over a million people die by suicide each year around the world, and global suicide rates have risen nearly 60% since 1970. Suicide is also a leading cause of death among young people in many countries. LivingWorks is part of a worldwide group of organizations working to stem this tide by encouraging the development of “suicide-safer communities”—places where people in distress can access the help they need. A 2010 review confirmed that the company’s programs help participants feel more ready and willing to intervene in cases of suicide risk.

“Although awareness is the main goal of esuicideTALK, there’s much more to it than that,” said Ramsay. “There’s the value of breaking down the stigma that often causes people to suffer in silence. And perhaps most importantly, there’s the idea that everyone has a part to play in preserving and promoting life. We want people to come away from this program with a newfound appreciation for how they can make a difference.”

esuicideTALK, accessible at www.esuicidetalk.net, replicates a workshop environment and is designed for English speakers aged 15 and up. LivingWorks reinvests revenue from the program in training and awareness initiatives around the world. The company’s website, which includes information and resources for suicide prevention, is located at www.livingworks.net.

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Caesarstone Canada wows with brand new designs

You probably heard the name on Top Chef Canada, or participated in their activation events during Fashion Week, but among home decor lovers and experts, Caesarstone is more than just a pioneer in the use of high quality quartz surfaces – it’s a name to be trusted.

Today, Caesarstone Canada introduced six new designs to its dynamic Classico collection.  New to the line are striking patterns, rich in colour and texture, designed to complement any space.  As quartz and surface industry market leaders, Caesarstone Canada developed the new line of designs in response to global colour trends.

These latest cutting-edge designs are inspired by some of the world’s most beautiful natural stone.  Among the new decadent hues are four additions to the already successful Supernatural series including 5100 Vanilla Noir, 5110 Alpine Mist, 6003 Coastal Grey and 6131 Bianco Drift. Both 5100 Vanilla Noir and 5110 Alpine Mist are characterized by beautiful striking veins while 6003 Coastal Grey and 6131 Bianco Drift were designed with an opulent granite texture, refined by a clean and glossy feel that evoke the look of innate stone.

Also joining the Classico collection are the 4000 series additions 4130 Clamshell and 4460 Summer Rye. Both of these patterns add rich colour and texture to the series and bring an element of nature with their warmth and depth. These designs fuse together a sophisticated blend of soft-tones with intricate details, offering the versatility to suit a variety of interiors and colour palettes.

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Caesarstone surfaces consist of up to 93 per cent quartz, one of nature’s strongest minerals. They retain the cool tactile qualities of natural stone, while offering design freedom with almost unlimited application possibilities. Caesarstone quartz surfaces are virtually maintenance-free, making them the ideal choice for kitchen countertops, backsplashes and bathroom vanities.

Follow Caesarstone on Twitter for “stone-rific” ideas at @CaesarstoneCA

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Cathay Pacific “I Can Fly” Toronto 2013 program

Cathay Pacific is welcoming applications for the 3rd iteration of the successful “I Can Fly” Toronto program inviting young Canadians with a true passion for aviation on a unique educational adventure. Interested Grade 11 or Grade 12 high school students may apply online at www.cathaypacific.ca/icanfly on or before 23 September, 2013.

The “I Can Fly” Toronto 2013 program will run from 16 October until 11 December, 2013 and give high school students a comprehensive and “behind-the-scenes” look at the aviation industry.

Guided entirely by dedicated Cathay Pacific staff volunteers, the 8-week academy covers a range of topics and allows a group of classmates to learn various aspects from airport services to passenger sales to onboard catering. These real-world settings have shown to provide invaluable perspective for young students who are preparing to make choices in post-secondary education and their careers

The program runs weekly and operates after school hours out of Toronto Pearson International Airport, its vicinity or within downtown Toronto. For further details or to apply to the “I Can Fly” Toronto 2013 program, please visit www.cathaypacific.ca/icanfly.

The “I Can Fly” program was launched in 2003 in Cathay Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong and due to its success brought to Canada for the first time in October 2009.  So far, more than 100 students have completed the program in Canada.

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Go pink in home heating and help the Cancer Foundation

When shopping for a furnace, colour isn’t normally an option, but Ottawa Home Services now wants you to think about pink.

During its Pink Campaign, Sept. 9 – October 18, the local heating and air conditioning company is selling pink furnaces and donating $200 to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation for every new furnace installation.

“We want to help the Cancer Foundation in a way that really catches people’s attention,” said Ottawa Home Services Owner Marc Hannah. “We have already started installing pink furnaces. Customers love them and they’re especially pleased that it helps a great cause.”

OTTAWA HOME SERVICES - Go pink in home heating and help the Canc

Don’t let the pretty colour fool you, however, the company’s furnaces by Carrier, Trane and Amana pack a lot of punch. These products are designed with the latest technology, are highly energy efficient and keep home temperatures consistent. That means comfort and savings, even in the coldest days of winter.

Since its founding in 2003, Ottawa Home Services has become one of Ottawa’s leading residential heating and cooling companies, specializing in the installation, service and maintenance of furnaces, air conditioners, boilers and water heaters, as well as tank and tankless water heater rentals. The company services more than 3,500 homes across Ottawa, from Barrhaven to Cumberland to Kanata.

Ottawa Home Services also donates $10 to the Cancer Foundation for each Protection Plan it sells throughout the year.

To learn more, please visit www.ottawahomeservices.ca.

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Canadian Cancer Society youth advocates at TIFF to butt smoking out of movies

The youth invited TIFF movie-goers to pose on a red carpet, located near the intersection of King and Simcoe streets with a movie-themed backdrop to have their photos taken celebrity-style while raising awareness about the need to change Ontario’s film rating system.

“We know that the more youth see smoking in movies, the more likely they are to try smoking,” says 17-year-oldShadi Mousavi Nia of Richmond Hill. “The tobacco industry knows if they don’t get youth to try smoking before the age of 18, chances are they never will. We don’t want our generation to become smokers.”

The youth advocates also asked for support for smoke-free youth-rated movies in Ontario by collecting signatures on postcards and online. Ontarians can show their support for smoke-free movies at takeaction.cancer.ca/smokefreemovies.

“Tobacco companies are no longer allowed to directly market their products to young people through media such as TV, radio and print. It’s a problem that actors are lighting up on the silver screen because it displays tobacco use as more popular than it is. In reality, 16% of adults and 9% of youth smoke in Ontario,” says Nicole McInerney, Senior Coordinator, Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division.

The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on the Ontario Film Review Board to make changes to its movie rating system so that any new movies that have smoking scenes are rated 18A. This would ensure that all movies inOntario rated for children and teens (G, PG and 14A) are smoke-free.

Fast facts

  • Nearly 90% of smokers start before the age of 18.
  • 30% of cancer deaths and 85% of lung cancer deaths are caused by tobacco use.
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Hawaii – My first vacation in years!

“You must visit Hawaii at least once before you die” – Everyone.

I have always been that kid who enjoys sunny days, sandy white beaches and piercing blue oceans. It must be that therapeutic feeling I get whenever I take in the whole scenery that keeps me coming back for more.

In January, I was typing away at work one day when I suddenly realized that it had been two full years since I took a proper vacation (i.e. hop on a plane and leave behind the hustle and bustle of Toronto). I went home, researched my options and came up with Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and Hawaii. After much scouting and many TripAdvisor reviews, my legion lay with the First Lady of Waikiki.

March 29 was the first time I set foot on Honolulu and I couldn’t have picked a better resort to stay. The Moana Surfrider is situated right in the heart of EVERYTHING.

Regarding the facility, the resort has a charming and unique front that sets it apart from all other. If you stay, you must go with the Tower Partial Ocean View or up, and request higher floor. These rooms are spacious, more quiet and have a magnificent view. You will not regret it.

Spa at Westin Honolulu Waikiki

During my stay, I paid to reserve an umbrella and spot on the beach and it was worth every cent. Once in a while, the staff would go around and offer free fruit refreshment.

Relax room at the Westin Honolulu Waikiki spa

Partial Ocean View Room – Tower at Westin Honolulu Waikiki

I can not stress what an incredible experience it was for me. When you’re there, treat yourself to the spa, which has special offerings every day, have dinner at the restaurant and enjoy a glass of wine while let your mind drown in the sound of the ocean waves.

Relaxing with a glass of Riesling at the hotel restaurant, listening to the ocean waves beating ashore

View from the Westin Waikiki spa

View from the Westin Waikiki spa

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Rogers Receives Authorization to Launch Loyalty Credit Card in 2014

Rogers Communications today announced that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has issued an Order to Commence and Carry on Business, authorizing a subsidiary of Rogers to begin offering credit card services.

Picture above is only meant for visual purpose – not official.

“Our credit card business will allow us to deliver a valuable offering to our customers across the country and we are thrilled to have completed this final step in the application process,” said David Robinson, Vice-President of Emerging Business, Rogers Communications. “Within the next year, our customers will be able to participate in our credit card program that will give them the opportunity to accelerate the rate at which they earn rewards in the Rogers First Rewards program.”

Leading up to commercial availability in 2014, Rogers will roll out a pilot program to begin offering credit card services to a select group of customers.

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Living vicariously

Not all of us can afford to travel twice a year, and not everywhere we travel can be as beautiful as the magnificent Maldives. Click play and enjoy the hot days, sunny sky, blue ocean, and beauty of love.

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paradise on Earth

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts offers the greatest pleasures at the most beautiful destinations around the world, including Maui, Hawaii. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea presents a series of unforgettable events including cultural and athletic programs framed by the beauty and hospitality of Four Seasons Resort Maui. See you there in 2013?

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Imagination vs. Reality

Since I was a kid, I have convinced, and proved to myself that I am not good at drawing or painting. Therefore, every time I stumble upon a post like this , my jaws drop and I pick up the pencil to give drawing another try… Are you in the same situation? Show me yours, I’l show you mine!

Mid week slump pep talk

1. Don’t question the decisions you made in the past. They were all the right decisions, based on what you needed then.

2. You are on your own path – don’t compare it to anyone else’s.

3. You are strong, complete and whole.

4. You are exactly where you are meant to be on your path. Trust the process.

5. Don’t let laziness keep you from reaching your fitness goals – you have so much potential.

6. You are brave and steady.

7. This too shall pass. Be confident in what is to come!

8. Plan both small and big adventures. Don’t deny that curious part of you.

9. This is just a “down” time, which means “up” is next!

10. Just “be.”

Pitch your life

Nowadays, you only have one chance of 10 minutes to sell yourself. So how do you make sure you sell the essence of yourself and not just the wrapper? Harvard Business School would like to train you (for free!) by putting you in a situation where you have to pitch your self, business and goal to someone (imagine Steve Jobs) in an elevator – HBS Elevator Pitcher . The key analysis for your pitch is nothing new to the PR business: Who – What – Why and Goal. Then, HBS Elevator Pitcher will analyze your pitch and give you input on word count, how long your pitch might take, and the number of repeated words! Try it out for yourself:

100 Tips about Life, People and Happiness

My friend Julien over at inoveryourhead posted “100 Tips about Life, People, and Happiness” and I thought I should share with you. Feel free to change number 100 by the way.

1. True wisdom and insight is always free.

2. Give your power over to no one.

3. Going into the unknown is how you expand what is known.

4. Get a library card.

5. Spend more time around people that both challenge and respect you.

6. Remain skeptical forever.

7. Fight for what matters.

8. There is a method that works. Find it.

9. Join a movement.

10. Drink your coffee black.

11. Never let anyone photoshop a picture of you. It creates a false sense of self-confidence.

12. Read more. Especially things you disagree with.

13. Get used to feeling stupid. It’s a sign of growth.

14. It’s easy for people to talk a good game, so watch how they behave instead.

15. Learn something from everyone.

16. Find things that inspire you and pursue them, even if there’s no money in it.

17. Starve if you have to, for as long as you need to.

18. Survive on a little just to prove you can do it.

19. Get one big success at an early age. It’ll help build your confidence for bigger things.

20. Do what you say you’ll do. No one is reliable anymore.

21. Be comfortable with abandonment, even of parts of your identity.

22. Learn a new language.

23. Eat more protein.

24. Keep people around you that will tell you the truth.

25. Genius gets you nowhere. Execution is everything.

26. If given the choice of equity or cash, always take cash.

27. Meet new people as often as possible. Offer to help them.

28. Don’t discriminate. Connect anyone in your network to anyone else.

29. If you can’t do a pull-up, you have a problem.

30. Nobody likes a know-it-all.

31. Get a passport. Fill it up with stamps no one has ever seen.

32. Quit your horrible job.

33. Read biographies. It’s like having access to the best mentors in history.

34. Go to bed, and wake up, early. No one will bother you, letting your best work emerge.

35. Scare yourself a little bit every day. It will expand your inner map.

36. Learn to climb trees.

37. Don’t buy a lot of stuff, and only buy the stuff you really love.

38. Be humble and curious.

39. Twitter followers don’t keep you warm at night.

40. Be as useful as you can in as many circumstances as possible.

41. Show up.

42. Repeat people’s names when you meet them.

43. Turn internet access off your phone. Wifi is fine.

44. Get a deck of Oblique Strategies cards. Use them.

45. Make your home a place where you feel safe.

46. Take people up on bets. Make more bets yourself.

47. Take cold showers. They’re better than coffee.

48. Learn to enjoy hunger.

49. Make everything either shorter, or longer, than it needs to be.

50. Always remember those who helped you. Deliver two or three times as much value back.

51. But also, help people who have never helped you, and can’t.
52. When you know that pain is temporary, it affects all of your decisions.

53. Get a tattoo. Don’t worry about regret.

54. Commit to things, regularly, that are far beyond your ability.
55. Meet with friends more often than you think you have to.

56. Learn to meditate. Go on a retreat if you have to.

57. Your stories are both more and less interesting than you think.

58. Learn to really listen.

59. Walk more.

60. Ugly is just a step on the way to beautiful.

61. Get to know your neighbours.

62. Don’t take anything personally, ever.

63. Consider avoiding school. Go to lots of conferences instead.

64. As soon as you can, buy some art.

65. Apologize more than you need to.
66. Find out if there will be food there.
67. A good haircut changes everything.

68. Read Man’s Search For Meaning.

69. Say no to projects you don’t care about.
70. Do things that are uncool. Later on, they usually end up becoming cool anyway.
71. Find your voice.

72. Have some manners.

73. Learn to play chess, go, and bridge. They’ll keep you from going senile.

74. Learn about the Tetrapharmakos.

75. Find ways to cheat the system– just don’t cheat people.

76. Be like Jesus, not like his followers. (This applies to all of them.)

77. At least once, date someone that’s out of your league.

78. Examine your jealousy. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.

79. Good connections are about people, not social networks.

80. Address small problems. They will become big problems.

81. Dress like a cooler version of yourself.

82. Yes, there is such a thing as bad press.

83. Add “adventurer” to your Twitter bio. Then, become one.

84. If the internet is the best thing in your life, you have a serious problem.

85. Give away your best work for free.

86. Find mentors. Just don’t call them that.

87. Actually write on your blog. Nobody cares if it’s hard.

88. Download Freedom. Use it for an hour every day.

89. Join a gym. Lift the heaviest you can. (This applies to girls too.)

90. Do some freewriting. It helps you think things through.

91. When you’re having supper with rich people, pick up the cheque.

92. Learn how to speak in public.

93. If you see someone who needs help, stop asking yourself if they need help. Instead, just help.

94. Bring a bottle of wine.

95. The best conversations are had side by side, not one in front of the other.

96. Protect your hearing. Trust me.

97. Do what’s most important first thing in the morning, before you check email.

98. Everyone feels like they’re not good enough. It’s not just you.

99. Courage is a learned skill.

100. Go to Iceland. It’s worth it.

The child who died from sadness

Written by my good friend Andy over at transience.ca . Since the first time I read it, I fell hopelessly in love as it reflected a part of my childhood. Thank you Andy for writing this masterpiece and sharing it with us!

There was once a small child who lived in a small house on top of a green hill under a big sky.

The child lived all by himself. Every morning he woke up alone, ate breakfast alone, brushed his teeth alone, and went out to play all alone.

One day, while the small child was having milk and fruit for breakfast, he happened to hear a knock, knock, knocking at the door. The child stopped his chewing and sat and listened. Knock, knock, knock came the sound from the door again.

The small child got up from his seat and walked slowly to the door.
“Who is there?” asked the child.
“It is me,” said a little voice from the other side of the door. “I am thirsty. Do you have any water?”
“Yes I do, please come in,” replied the child, and then he unlocked the lock and opened the door wide open.

A little boy stood outside, wearing a striped blue shirt and bright denim overalls. The little boy beamed at the small child.

“Thank you!” he exclaimed happily.

The small child set out a glass for the little boy.
“Would you like to have some milk?” asked the child.
“I would be grateful to have some milk,” replied the boy.
“Would you like to have some fruit with your milk?” asked the child.
“I would be very grateful to have some fruit with my milk,” replied the boy.
“Would you like to go outside and play after having your fruit and milk?” asked the child.
“Yes,” replied the boy. “I would love to go outside and play.”

The small child and the little boy drank their milk together, ate their breakfast together, and then went outside to play on the hill together. It was a beautiful day – the sun shone brilliant yellow rays, the emerald grass swayed merrily this way and that, and white butterflies filled the air like drifting spring petals. The two children played at knights and dragons, at hide and seek, and at cloud spotting.

When the sky began to turn purple and orange, the little boy said to the small child: “Look at the time, I must be leaving now.”
“Will you come back tomorrow?” asked the small child.
“Yes, I would love to come back tomorrow!” exclaimed the little boy.

The small child and the little boy said goodbye to each other. Then the child went inside the house, ate his dinner, brushed his teeth, and then went to sleep while dreaming about knights, hide and seek, and dragon-shaped clouds.

The next morning, when the small child woke up and prepared his breakfast, he set out two glasses and two bowls instead of one. He sat patiently in his chair and then, sure enough, there came a knock, knock, knocking at his door. This time without asking, the small child ran to the door and swung it wide open, and there stood the little boy.

The two children ate their breakfast and then went outside to play on the hill, just like the day before. The sun shone, the grass swayed, and butterflies flitted about. For a time, the two children forgot about everything else in the world.

For six days the little boy visited the small child at his house, and the sun shone brilliant yellow rays each time. On the seventh day, before the sky could turn purple and orange, the little boy suddenly asked the small child:
“Have you ever been beyond the hill?”

The small child thought about this for a minute, and then replied:
“No, I have always been here.”

“Would you like to go somewhere with me?” asked the little boy.

The small child beamed happily, but then he looked at his house, and then he looked at the hill, and then he looked back at the little boy.
“I would love to go somewhere with you, but I must stay here. I am waiting for someone.”
The little boy frowned. “Who are you waiting for?”
“I do not know, but I know that I must wait for them.”
“Do you know when they will come?”
“I cannot say, but it may be soon, or it may be long.”
“How will you know when they are here?”
“I will know because they will take me beyond the hill.”
“Oh, I see,” replied the little boy. “I must be going now.”
“I’m sorry,” said the small child.

The small child and the little boy said goodbye to each other. When the small child went inside and ate his dinner and brushed his teeth and went to bed, he did not dream about knights, hide and seek, or dragon-shaped clouds.

On the eight and ninth days, the little boy came to visit the small child. They played at knights and dragons, but the small child was always the victor. They played at hide and seek, but the small child always won. They played at cloud spotting, but the little boy could only name circles. The little boy kept looking beyond the green hill, longing to play other games.

The next morning, the small child woke up and prepared breakfast and set out two bowls and two glasses just like the day before. He sat patiently in his chair. He waited for a long time, but there never came a knock, knock, knocking at the door. Around noontime, when the sun sat directly above the hill, the small child put away the extra bowl and the extra glass. He went outside by himself, but he did not play. The small child sat on the emerald green grass and looked at the sky all day.

Two days had passed and the small child did not hear from the little boy. Each morning he woke up alone, ate breakfast alone, and brushed his teeth alone. But now he felt differently then the way he did before, even though he was doing the same things as he always did before.

For the rest of his days, the small child waited patiently to hear a knock, knock, knocking, but it never came. The small child sometimes wondered if he had said something wrong or did something wrong. The small child wondered when he would be found and taken away from the hill. The small child wondered about many things, and stopped doing the things he used to do.

One day, the house became very quiet. There was no one to make the bed, no one to put away the glasses and bowls, and no one to wipe the sink. The sun still shone yellow rays, the emerald grass still swayed this way and that, and butterflies still filled the air like falling autumn leaves. But it was no longer the same.

The child had finally left the hill.

Strongest solar radiation storm in 7 years is blasting Earth NOW.

First thing first: you WON’T die (because of this).

All you need to know: the storm affects aircraft traffic, some satellites’ computers and can cause radio blackout.

And here’s a clip that makes everything spookier than they are:

Still going to the gym?

I ran across this website  with a Muscle Directory and a matching Exercise Directory. There was a time I ran across the world wide web like a crazed hog looking for a website like this, and I found some good ones, but this website seems to be a very good source for reference.

Now let’s get back on that treadmill, would ya?

-A&g

You hate neon green.

So pick a color you like best:

Black

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.

White

Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colors. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.

Red

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention. The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

Blue

The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.

Green

Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.

Yellow

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.

Purple

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.

Brown

Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.

FYI: Did you know people are more relaxed in green rooms? And weightlifters do better in blue gyms?

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Tree house for true wolves.

I am well aware that there are people out there who prefer the life of a lone wolf. If you are planning for a TRUE lone wolf life in the future, you should also plan for an ideal place to spend your life because let’s face it, that might very well be your resting place.

This design by Robert Harvey Oshatz might give you some ideas. “The perimeter of the structure is pushed out into the forest around it, curving in and out to create views as well as a sense of intimacy with the coniferous and deciduous tree cover. The wood and metal detailing is incredible in its variety and customization – each piece designed to fit a particular form and function. Wood and stone carry naturalistic themes from the outside in and even the metal looks naturally rusted.”

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Compassion

“A dog’s seeing eye dog” – Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a bizarre medical condition required that she have both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Maddison, another Great Dane, has been her sight. The two are, of course, inseparable. – From TwentytwoWords

Remember to be nice to each other, and find a shoulder to lean on during tough times. 

A pointless poll

The rights to boast

Doesn’t it always feel good to say “Nope, I tried that. Didn’t work.” when someone mentions a health remedy? Well, here’s your chance! We ran across this health remedies list that is  quite interesting. Please note, take this list with a grain of salt. And don’t forget to let us know whether they work or not if you have tried any of the items on this list. Good luck :)

Common Healthy Remedies That Are Right In Your Home

The below are commonly found in the average home and can help in many ways.

1. Water: Because dehydration can cause a range of symptoms from fatigue to headache, a simple glass of water can sometimes work wonders. Other problems that can arise from lack of water include increased heart rate, dark urine, muscle cramps, and nausea. To avoid these, make sure you get your eight to ten glasses a day.

2. Club Soda : Not only useful for getting out stains, it can also help with an upset stomach or dehydration. Because it is free of the sugar and additives of regular sodas, you can get the benefits without the negatives.

3. Chocolate Milk : Often thought of as more of an indulgence than healthy remedy, there are actually benefits to your childhood favorite. When drank after a rough workout, chocolate milk can actually be very useful as a recovery drink. Check out this video from The Doctors to learn more.

4. Honey : From healing wounds to fighting infections, honey is said to be one of the most ancient and turned to remedies across the world. It is even used to combat diarrhea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis. Visit here to get more information.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar : From Hippocrates to modern day doctors, apple cider vinegar has been used to treat many ailments. They include aches, pains, lack of energy, warts, and are even used on animals.

6. Lemon Water : That yellow wedge on the end of your glass can be so much more than a garnish. Combining lemon with water helps alkalize both your blood and body, keeping it from becoming too acidic.

7. Cinnamon : Studies have shown that a half of a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol. Cinnamon can also help with diabetes, arthritis, and even leukemia.

8. Ginger : Used as a healthy remedy for centuries, the ginger in your home can actually help with many modern ailments. They include ovarian cancer, motion sickness, heartburn, and more.

9. Garlic : This clove has been used on everything from preventing the flu to the Bubonic plague. Raw garlic has also been used on a range of ailments including both acne treatment and managing cholesterol.

10. Hydrogen Peroxide : The subject of much controversy, this substance can help with everything from allergies to gingivitis. Check out this article by a doctor for more information.

Healthy Remedies To Help You Lose Weight

Avoid the dangers of supplemental weight loss pills by giving the below homemade remedies a try.

11. Milk: Studies showed that those who drank a glass of fat free milk before lunch experienced decreased appetite and calorie intake compared to those who drank fruit juice. Visit here to learn more.

12. Almonds : One of the healthiest of all the nuts, research has been found that people with a diet rich in almonds lost more pounds than those without. They also helped with blood pressure. Visit WebMD for the entire article.

13. Vinegar : Some studies suggest that vinegar can increase metabolism. This in turn helps the body process food and burn more calories.

14. Jalapenos : Similar to the above, the spice found here can also increase metabolism. In fact, many naturally spicy foods tout similar properties.

15. Evening Primrose Oil : The oil is extracted from a plant of the same name and contains an essential fatty acid that can help with metabolism. Other benefits include combating cholesterol, fatigue, improper hormone levels, and more.

16. Make It Raw : Because cooking food can remove nutrients while leaving fat, some people choose a raw diet. This site is maintained by raw food chef and published author and contains more information.

17. Coconut : The oil found in coconuts is said to have weight losing properties. Try taking a tablespoon or two before meals to see if it works for you.

18. Pine Nuts : Use these nuts as a garnish to many dishes to help naturally decrease your appetite. The pinolenic acid found in them is what makes it work.

19. Flaxseeds : Similar to the above, they also help suppress appetite. The seeds also contain omega-3 fats and fiber as well.

20. Other Herbal Remedies : Thinking about taking an herbal remedy such as Ephedra or St. John’s Wort? Then visit here to get an expert medical opinion on many weight loss herbs.

Healthy Remedies For Beauty

Look good on the outside as well with these homemade remedies for beauty.

21. Aloe: Most commonly used for sunburn, it can also be used to treat wounds and other types of skin inflammation. There are even studies suggesting that aloe can help with constipation.

22. Cocoa Butter : Extracted from cocoa beans, the white, waxy material can be applied to dry skin for a natural remedy. It can also be purchased at a store in stick or cream form.

23. Avocado : Often used as a main ingredient in face masks, the oils in avocados contain high levels of Vitamin E that are essential for healthy skin. Simply grab one, puree it, spread on your face, and leave for 20 to 30 minutes.

24. Toothpaste : Not just for a healthy smile, it can also be used as a spot treatment for acne. As soon as you feel a growth coming, apply toothpaste to the effected spot. If you feel it tingling, that means its working. Do not use as an overnight treatment.

25. Eggs : The protein found in eggs can be used to restore the strength of your hair. Simply mix one egg and one or two oils rich in moisturizing fats like coconut or sesame, apply to the hair, and wrap.

26. Ashes : Got a wart? Then grab some cool ashes from the fireplace to treat it naturally.

27. Banana Peel : Wrap one of these around a wart to help dissolve it. However, the time it takes to work – weeks to months – can have even the reasonably patient driving to the pharmacy.

28. Castor Oil : Use this on both your skin and hair for optimal results. The oil can also help with constipation, menstrual disorders, and more.

29. Mayonnaise : Coating your hair in this spread once a week can help restore its shine and manageability. Be sure to use the real kind, made of egg and oil.

30. Oatmeal : Not just a healthy breakfast, the beta glucan in real oatmeal can help your skin. Use a washcloth wrapped with oatmeal and rung into a sink to splash on your face for amazing results.

Healthy Fruit Remedies That Are Right In Your Home

That wicker basket in your home can contain a healthy remedy, along with a tasty snack.

31. Pomegranate: This super fruit can help with everything from anti-aging to fighting cancer. Simply choose a product that has pomegranate as one of the top three ingredients. This video from WebMD has more.

32. Acai Bery : Long before Oprah was touting its benefits, Acai berries were well known for their antioxidant content. These can help with free radicals, disease, and are often found in juice or granola.

33. Watermelon : Containing high levels of glutathione, the pulp in water melon is another powerful antioxidant. Because it is made up of so much water, it can also help with dehydration.

34. Grapefruit : The amount of Vitamin C alone found in this fruit is reason to eat it. However, it also contains flavonoids and other nutrients. But this fruit can also be bad for you if drenched in sweeteners.

35. Cherries : If you have arthritis or any kind of joint problem, cherries are sweeter than you think. The Arthritis Foundation recommends drinking tart cherry juice mixed with water three times a day for its anti-inflammatory properties.

36. Orange : Not just a high boaster of Vitamin C, oranges also have other uses. In fact, the peel of an orange can be rubbed against rough or dead skin as a healthy remedy.

37. Apples : It’s true that this fruit actually does keep the doctor away. Conditions it can help include prevention of cancer and Alzheimer’s, along with diabetes and cholesterol management.

38. Berries : Both raspberries and blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients that can help a number of conditions. Those with allergies should definitely give a daily dose of this fruit a try.

39. Tangerines : If you want to slow the growth of cancer cells, take a look at this home healthy remedy. Like many other brightly colored fruits, they contain the cancer fighting substance flavonoids.

40. Papaya : This fruit’s high levels of Vitamin C, E, and others help it combat a number of ailments. Anyone looking to combat a cold or cancer should reach for this.

Healthy Remedies For Your Immune System

With cold and flu season in full swing, these items found in your home can help boost your immune system.

41. Elderberry : Used to treat a Panamanian flu epidemic in 1995, its antioxidants are a powerful force. Available as a juice or supplement, it can also help with cholesterol, vision, and heart health.

42. Mushrooms : Not necessarily the ones in the backyard, but the right mushrooms contain both antioxidants and selenium to boost your immune system. The best kind are button.

43. Cabbage : Containing both antioxidants and glutathione, both help the immune system function. Don’t know which to get? Traditional, white, red, and even Chinese are all good sources of the preceding.

44. Wheat Germ : It contains both zinc and antioxidants to help fight infection, in addition to Vitamin B. Hate the taste? Then switch out part of the flour in a recipe to sneak in a little wheat germ.

45. Yogurt : The cultures found in it can both fight disease and keep them from happening. The best kind to get are those with no added sugar, low fat, and loaded with Vitamin D.

46. Spinach : Good for more than sailing cartoon characters, the folate in spinach helps cell production. It also contains fiber and Vitamin C for extra help.

47. Broccoli : Much like the above, even if you don’t like the taste of this vegetable, you’ll enjoy it more than having a compromised immune system. Full of Vitamins A, C, and D, it can help with a variety of ailments, including infection.

48. Sweet Potato : Switch out your baked or mashed potatoes for one of these to take advantage of the immune helping beta-carotene. They are also lower in carbs and contain high levels of Vitamin A for eye health.

49. Salt Water : Got a stuffy nose? Then help your immune system out by flushing your nose with salt water and removing virus particles. WebMD recommends mixing one quarter teaspoon salt, one quarter teaspoon baking soda, and eight ounces of warm water. Simply flush a few times with a bulb syringe to get results.

50. Eucalyptus : Often found in products like Vaporub, this plant can help clear congested sinuses and relieve pain. You can also use menthol or camphor as a substitute.

Healthy Remedies That Are Right In Your Spice Rack

These spices help make your food tasty, along with your body healthier.

51. Epsom Salt : Have you ever seen those foot detoxifier ads on television? Then save your money and instead soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salt to get the same effect. It can also help in a full bath and is even useful for treating sciatica.

52. Tumeric : Part of the ginger family, it can be used for a variety of home remedies. Ailments treated include allergies, obesity, Alzheimer’s, in certain cancers, and more.

53. Sea Salt : Have trouble falling asleep? Pour a little of this into a glass of drinking water and it just may help you fall asleep and stay that way.

54. Horseradish : Anyone with a case of congestion knows that a dose of horseradish can instantly help. However, you can also apply it to acne and melasma for a natural remedy.

55. Pepper : Not only does black pepper help your food taste better, it also has other benefits. The stimulation of hydrochloric acid it stimulates can help improve digestion and reduce gas.

56. Oregano : Did you know that one teaspoon of this spice has as much antioxidants as three cups of broccoli? Simply add a little to pizza, pastas, sandwiches, and more to experience its benefits.

57. Dried Red Peppers : These can include cayenne, paprika, and others. The spices help stimulate digestion and burn fat.

58. Rosemary : This small green spice has been shown to help in heart health. It also helps reduce inflammation that can trigger many diseases.

59. Thyme : Similar to oregano, this spice is also high in antioxidants. Studies are also looking into its benefits against respiratory functions.

60. Curry : Have heart problems? Then you might have the remedy in your home’s spice rack. Made from turmeric, it contains many of the same benefits, along with help against heart disease.

Healthy Cancer Remedies That Are Right In Your Home

Although there is no cure for cancer, use the below to both fight and prevent it without ever leaving your home.

61. Legumes: Use this hearty vegetable as a meat substance to get the protein benefits without the price. You can also use beans, lentils, and the like as well.

62. Soy : This substitute also has the same benefits as the above. Varieties such as tofu and miso also contain cancer combating nutrients called phytochemicals.

63. Tomatoes : Because they contain high levels of lycopene, they can reduce risk of cancer. Try a tomato paste or sauce to get the most amounts.

64. Fish : Healthy varieties such as wild salmon, tuna, and halibut contain many cancer fighting substances such as oil. They also contain cancer fighting selenium that can be dangerous as a supplement but useful in fish.

65. Orange Juice : Containing high levels of folate and Vitamin C, it can help combat cancer. Be sure and get a healthy variety that isn’t overloaded with sugar.

66. Curcumin : This spice is also part of the turmeric family. Sprinkle a little into your next dish to enjoy it’s cancer fighting and anti inflammatory aspects.

67. Walnuts : The antioxidants and oils in these nuts can help prevent or stave off cancer. You can also substitute pistachio, pecan, and other nuts for similar benefits.

68. Cauliflower : Along with broccoli, this vegetable helps create sulforaphane in the body to protect healthy cells from cancerous ones. It is also recommended to grow it in your own home.

69. Sunshine : Get your dose of Vitamin D right from your home with this simple remedy. Simply expose at least 40% of your body to ten minutes of natural sunlight to get it.

70. Tea : Containing nutrients called kaempferol, a cup or four of tea a day can help combat cancer. To find out which kind are the best, see the below.

Healthy Tea Remedies That Are Right In Your Home

Switch out your coffee for one or all of the below to instantly get a healthy remedy.

71. Green Tea: For its high content of both antioxidants and polyphenols, green tea gets the top spot. It can help fight cancer, stimulate metabolism, boost your immune system, and much more.

72. Tea Bags : You don’t just have to drink it to enjoy the benefits. Putting warm tea bags over your eyes can help reduce and alleviate pink eye.

73. White Tea : A cousin of green tea, it helps fight viruses and bacteria. Read this article for more information on a study done at Touro College.

74. Black Tea : If looking to combat heart disease and stroke, check your home for black tea. It even contains fluoride to aid in dental health.

75. Oolong : Burn calories, increase blood flow, and build stronger bones with the help of this tea. It can also help with an upset stomach.

76. Chai Tea : This tea also contains antioxidants and can help in digestion. It can even be found at your local Starbucks as a hot or cold beverage.

77. Vanilla Tea : This tea is an excellent choice for diabetics. Not only will it satisfy your sweet tooth, but it can help control blood sugar levels.

78. Red Tea : Most popular in Africa, this tea contains flavonoids that are useful against many ailments. It also helps with the nervous system, kidney stones, and can even be used as a sedative.

79. Chamomile : If you suffer from nervous disorders such as insomnia, panic attacks, and twitches, give this tea a try. It also helps with menstrual cramps and ulcers.

80. Tibicos : Think you can’t get tea from a mushroom? Then try this ancient and little known tea to cure endless ailments and has been used by the likes of Mother Theresa.

Healthy Remedies For Unusual Problems

Right in your home may be the answer to that embarrassing or unusual health problem.

81. Bananas: Got a hangover? Grab a banana. Better than a cup of black coffee, bananas contain potassium, which was depleted during that long night of drinking. They can also help with upset stomach and nausea.

82. Peanut Butter : Try eating some of this before drinking to stave off the hangover. This practice is most commonly found in Africa.

83. Tomato Juice : The last of the hangover remedies, there’s a reason why the Bloody Mary is the hair-of-the-dog drink of choice. The tomato juice contained in it actually helps your body speed up the process of alcohol. And, of course, it works best when there is no vodka in it.

84. Lemon Juice : If you have diarrhea and can’t leave the house to purchase an over the counter remedy, try reaching for those lemons. The juice in them can kill of the pathogens that cause it. Drinking the juice of one lemon three to five times a day should do it.

85. Powdered Milk : This substance carries the antibodies of the E. coli bacteria that can cause diarrhea and a host of other health problems. Some health food stores carry special kinds just for this kind of problem.

86. Gingkgo Biloba : Used as an herbal remedy for cardiac patients, it can also help with erectile dysfunction. The herb can improve blood flow to the arteries in the effected area.

87. Ginseng : This Asian herb is also used to treat the above. Be sure not to mix the two.

88. Licorice : Because women have embarrassing problems too, use the above to help treat yeast infections. Pouring teaspoon of licorice powder into a pint of boiling water can make a homemade douche.

89. Cranberry Juice : Also used to treat the above, the juice can even help with urinary tract infections. Be sure to get an unsweetened, 100% juice kind.

90. 24 More : For more on this health problem, click here to get a list of ways to treat and prevent if from How Stuff Works.

Lesser Known Healthy Remedies That Are Right In Your Home

When you think of the below, home healthy remedy doesn’t come to mind but should.

91. Bacteria: You read that correctly. Friendly bacteria in your intestines can actually help keep the more dangerous variety out. A variety of probiotics purchased over the counter can help. Check out this video from a licensed nutritionist for more.

92. Oysters : Because raw oysters are often seen to cause more problems than they solve, the benefits usually go unnoticed. However, the zinc found in oysters can help stave of the flu, heal wounds, and yes, increase male fertility.

93. Wine : The polyphenols found in wine actually can act as an antibacterial agent. They can help with everything from flu to diarrhea. Drinking more than one glass of red or white wine, however, can do more harm than good.

94. Ice : If you have a black eye, putting a steak on it can actually make it worse. The raw meat can contain high levels of bacteria and cause an infection. A plain old ice pack will have to do.

95. Black Strap Molasses : This lesser known healthy remedy contains tons of nutrients including iron, calcium, and copper. It is said to help with everything from arthritis to going prematurely gray.

96. Beer : Another correct read, studies have shown that one to two glasses of beer a day can reduce the risk of stroke and other heart disease. The type and brand you drink doesn’t matter, and you can visit AskMen for more.

97. Tequila : Can a shot of tequila be good for you? According to Associated Content it can. A moderate amount can help with cholesterol, metabolism, and even stress. As with all alcohol, addiction can also develop.

98. Cayenne Pepper : You don’t have to be from Cajun country to enjoy the healthy remedy of cayenne pepper. Simply mix with water and drink to cure a sore throat. Repeat as necessary.

99. Vodka : Vodka can make a very healthy remedy straight from your home without ever having to drink it. Use it topically to cure toothaches, neutralize jellyfish stings, and even combat swimmer’s ear. Visit here to learn more.

100. Tobacco : Use this for more than a nicotine fix the next time you have a bee sting. Simply pinch off the end of a cigarette, wet, and place it on the sting to relieve it.

These 100 healthy remedies that are right in your home should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Consult with a qualified healthcare provider before making decisions about remedies or health conditions.

The Sound of Life

Did you hit that snooze button a bit too hard this morning? You’re not alone. I feel that way at times too , since stress can really take a toll on you. My solution is very simple: have a good meal, listen to a good song, and take a good shower (because who has time for a bath during the week?).

A GOOD MEAL

I find whenever I feel stressed, I go to Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill  in Distillery District and sit at the bar with my friends, eating the freshest and best oysters in town, sipping on spirits and having the best time of our life. The ambient atmosphere at Pure Spirits makes up half the dining experience. Harmonizing with the old European town vibe that sets the Distillery District apart from other entertainment venues, Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill dons a modern warehouse decoration, serving people from all walks of life: children to adults, casual to sophisticated.

My favourite is their PEI oysters. They do not have that fishy taste that puts people off, but rather have a sweet and slightly salty taste, and the right tenderness. You can eat them as they are, or with the sauces and horseradish provided. Of all the sauces, I love the one made by the chefs of the House. The price range is from 3$ – 8$ an oyster. For those who are oysters fanatic (I know you are somewhere out there), Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill offer 1.5$ oyster All Day every Tuesday!

Pure Spirit Oyster House & Grill is also one of the many restaurants joining the line-up of the Annual Toronto Winterlicious happening from January 27th to February 9th, 2012. This year, they offer set Lunch and Dinner menus (20$ and 35$, respectively) for your enjoyment.

Pure Spirit Oyster House & Grill is located at 55 Mill Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4. It’s recommended you make reservations ( 416-361-5859 ‎) if you are coming in during dinner rush and weekend’s evening.

A GOOD SONG

OR TWO

A GOOD SHOWER

What do looking at a picture of a beautiful beach, hearing a soothing sound, and smelling an extremely pleasant smell have in common? They help you relax. You do not need to have a massage to be relaxed. A little aromatherapy in the shower goes a long way toward winding down after a dreadful day. Of all their products, I LOVE The Body Shop Divine Calm Shower Gel. The pure French lavender essential oil relaxes the senses while the camomile promotes a sense of calm and soothes skin, working together to bring you to a state of total liberation. Beside this product, The Body Shop also provides a range of aromatherapy products to help you either when you want to energize yourself or relax and find your calm zone.

So there you have it, my resolution to fight off daily stress. You can also do so many other things: read your favourite book, soak yourself in your warm bath that smells like your dream, do yoga, etc. We live in a modern world where stress is inevitable, but it also provides us with means to destress and reenergize. Don’t whine about your long hours. Instead, rave about how those long hours give you what you have today, and make you appreciate other things in life.

TBTGives is giving away a TBS gift card valued at 50$ to the first person to tell me how they usually relax DURING work by commenting on this post. You must comment by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 18th, 2012.

-A&g

Can you see it?

This is a picture taken in Mexico during the No Pants Subway Ride movement this year. Can you pinpoint EXACTLY what I’m talking about!??!

To get you through today

Be inspired. Be VERY inspired.

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Cinnamom Sugar pull-apart bread

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The Buried Life: The life of playing basketball with Obama.

“Don’t listen to your critics or your supporters.” – Ben Nemtin

If you watched the MTV show “The Buried Life”, you would be familiar with a group of  four British Columbia guys: two high school friends, Dave and Jonnie, and two brothers, Duncan and Ben,  traveling across the country crossing off their Bucket List items, i.e. things to do before they die; and with every goal they accomplish, they help a stranger experience one of their life-long dreams as well. Why the name “The Buried Life”? “It’s the name of a poem Jonnie was assigned in English class. A man named Matthew Arnold wrote it in 1852. We chose it because we felt “buried” by all the BS in the world and weren’t doing the things we truly wanted to do.” Ben Nemtin explained in an interview with Blake Mycoskie, TOMS founder.

What’s significant is they started their mission with no financial backing:

“Duncan and Jonnie worked in the oil fields to raise enough money to buy a camera on eBay. I opened up the phonebook and called local companies pretending I owned a production company and asked for funding for the movie we were making. We knew we needed a van that could sleep us all because we couldn’t afford hotels. The only vehicle available was Jonnie and Duncan’s uncle’s old RV, so we pulled that out of a swamp in Calgary, put some new tires on it and hit the road.” Ben explained.

The four boys have come far with their goals, but it wasn’t without difficulties. If someone asked me to play basketball with The US President Barack Obama, I would have asked if they were double crazy because, first of all, what’s a basketball?!?!, and second of all, and most importantly, I think it is already a mission and a half to get Obama to take a look at me, let alone getting a sweat on with me on the court. After a lot of emails, stalking, rejection and devastation, their dream came true:

“We tried to track down Reggie Love (Obama’s body man) at the YMCA at 5am because we heard he worked out there before work and we found the Secretary of Treasury in the pool. We finally got a hold of Reggie. He ran the request through the press team, but they said “no.” We were devastated. We ended up going back to the White House a few months later. Reggie had invited us to see the basketball courts and said the President was out of town. While we were shooting around in the backyard of the White House, Obama strolled onto the courts and surprised us. Turns out he had heard about our mission and asked Reggie to bring us down. He wants to be an announcer for SportsCenter before he dies.” Ben shared.

As mentioned above, The Buried Life is not all about doing bizarre things. Every time they accomplish something on their list, they help a stranger do something on theirs. Giving back is a way they express their gratitude for all the support they received when their journey first started.

“One story that sticks out comes from a man named Sam, who we met alongside the road where he was selling art. When we asked him, “What do you want to do before you die?” Sam answered, “I want to reconnect with my son. I haven’t seen him in 17 years’. We managed to track down his son’s number through his college roommate on Facebook, and we called him to see if he was interested in meeting his father. He was. We gave the number to Sam and watched as he made the first phone call to his son in 17 years. Since that call, we’ve travelled back to watch them reunite for the first time in-person and stay in touch. They’ve not only become good friends… they’re now father and son again.” Ben remembered.

After years of laughter and tears, triumphs and failures, what’s their key to open that door locked by fear?  Reminding yourself that you WILL die one day and genuinely asking yourself what you would REALLY want to do. The clock is ticking, and there’s not much time left. Make life worth living. Love yourself and others, and remember to be be kind to each other.

Spirit, relationship, money, health, home, entertainment, style, travel

You’re a Harmonizer. Altruistic and thoughtful, you’re generous with your time and energy and definitely like it best when everyone’s getting along. You often put others’ needs before your own and find it easy to see different perspectives on the same problem. Reliable and trustworthy, you seek harmony and balance in your life. You forge strong, long-lasting friendships, and your friends value your honesty and frank opinions. You tend to value routine and security. Life may feel a bit boring at the moment. It would be good to find the confidence to make a shift and alter your life routine. When it comes to bringing positive change to your life, don’t try to move mountains. Baby steps are definitely the way forward. For example, if you’d like to lose weight, don’t set yourself up to fail with unrealistic goals. Be kind to yourself and remember that slow and steady wins the race. Have you ever written a list of your positive features or asked your friends to do the same? It’s a great exercise, and it might just surprise you. As a Harmonizer, it’s important to learn to trust your intuition and to know that everything will work out for the best. Learn to say yes to new experiences from time to time. Your confidence and self-belief will continue to grow. Sometimes a challenge or a change of scene could be just what you need. You like to have regular quiet time to listen to your inner voice. Being alone in the open air is a great way for you to connect to what really matters. Make sure you don’t neglect your spiritual needs and carve out some alone time as often as you can.

Be good to yourself.

You’re worth it.

 

Do not waste your life. Treasure your time.

Each second counts. Make life worth living. Paint life as a happy picture.

The awesome thing with paper

… is that you can make office toys out of them. Try this at your office tomorrow?

To get you through till 5pm

Here are some creative and :O pictures

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