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Monday, November 23, 2015

Pet Photos With Santa in Toronto

By: Lisa Ng

Purina Paws Way in Toronto will once again be hosting pet photos with Santa! So grab your furry friend and head on down to this pet complex located at Toronto's waterfront. Photo dates and times are as follows:

Saturday December 5 & Sunday December 6
Saturday December 12 & Sunday December 13
Saturday December 19 & Sunday December 20

11am-2pm and 3pm-5pm each day

Your participation also includes a contribution to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Children and families are welcome too!

Share your photos on Facebook and Twitter using #FunWithPets!

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Let's Go To #HoHoTo

By Wendy Kam Marcy

I attended my first HoHoTo in 2010. A holiday party with a call to arms on Twitter: Toronto’s digital mavens can do more for our community.

From that first event and every year that’s followed, HoHoTo has fed countless Torontonians with over $350,000 raised for the Daily Bread Food Bank. This year’s participating organizations include YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre and Ladies Learning Code.

Join in the fun on Friday, December 11 and let's jam the rafters at the Mod Club with 500 amazing people from the Toronto digital leadership, marketing, design, and tech community.

See the Facebook invite and find out who's going to be there!

Friday, November 20, 2015

My Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas

By: Lisa Ng

I've been doing a lot of online shopping these past couple weeks and I've been keeping my eye out for great Christmas Gift Ideas. I like to get started as early as possible, so there's still lots of stock, selection and time to ship and receive each Christmas gift. 

I like taking the last 2-3 weeks in December off and just focus on spending time with family + friends, relaxing and enjoying the holidays. Wrapping gifts, baking cookies and writing cards are waaay more fun than trying to hit up a mall in December.

To get you started, I put together my top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas I've come across this year!

1) Portable Humidifier - Is the dry winter air a bother? Check out The Satechi USB Portable Humidifier. Grab a water bottle and plug it into a laptop at work or use when you travel. Perfect for your co-worker or someone who travels a lot!

2) The Burrito Breakfast Maker – great for a student, a secret santa or work colleague. Just scramble an egg with your fave toppings, warm your tortilla and add salsa. I mean who doesn’t love burritos??? Check it out here!

3) Tarte’s Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case - $394 of make-up going for only $60! I love Tarte because their cosmetics are paraben and phthalates-free with good pigmentation and high quality construction. Exclusive to Sephora.

4) Moscow Mule Mugs - These gems from West Elm would light up anyone's bar cart and cocktail! Ginger is good for you and you can get your fix via this cocktail right?

5) Saje You're Awesome Yoga Kit - This relaxing kit is perfect for the yogi on your list. Spray the transition mist before your practice, rub the peppermint on your temples and use the mat cleaner to mop up after class!

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

8 Must-Have Products From The Whole Life Expo

By Wendy Kam Marcy

I'm always on the hunt to find alternative products that are natural, eco-friendly and free of toxins (or names I can't pronounce) so it was like Christmas when I received a beautiful gift basket from our friends at the Whole Life Expo.

Filled with all kinds of edibles goodies and lifestyle products, I spent the week testing everything out and wanted to share with you my favourites...

Pukka Organic Teas

A cup of good tea really hits the spot for me. I really enjoy this brand because they have such a unique and vast selection ranging from fruity to calming to teas with a purpose - such as the After Dinner tea for soothing digestion and a balancing Womenkind tea. Full of flavourful herbal infusion, I just need one bag to make a big pot. Plus how pretty and cheerful is this package right? (Starting at $4)

Healthy Crunch Kale Chips

Kale chips has taken the guilt out of snacking for me! Made in small batches, they are crispy, well seasoned and I'm totally addicted to the smoky sweet Big Chipotle and Say Chesse flavours - which is vegan too! ($8)

Made Good Granola Minis

These are my son's favourite snacks and they are definitely mom-approved! Each pack contains one full serving of vegetables from six different sources, are non–GMO verified and comes in 3 flavours. I also love keeping them around my office desk and purse to satisfy those 3pm hunger pangs and sweet cravings. ($5 for 4 pouches)

Green Beaver Products

I've been using this Canadian brand's floride-free toothpastes and sunscreen for over a year now so it's no surprise that I also really like their beeswax lip balms and new line of body lotions. The lotion goes on light and dries quick so I'll probably use it more in the summer (or my upcoming vacation to Montego Bay)! Available in 3 delicious natural scents: lavender, cranberry and coconut. (Starting at $4)

Maiga Facial Scrub with Organic Shea Butter and Black Soap

This is a gentle scrub made with apricot seeds and has a light shea butter scent. I use it twice a week and it was very compatible with my normal to dry skin. It did the trick in removing impurities and dead skin cells but didn't feel abrasive on my face and neck or leave me with that tight dried out feeling. (8oz for $20)

Carina Organics Skin Cream

Definitely a must-have for winter or those with sensitive skin. This body cream is stacked with certified organic plant, vegetable and fruit extracts, replenishing essential oils and nutrients to hydrate dry skin within minutes. Good as a hand cream too and comes in a sweet citrus scent or unscented. ($15)

Arayuwa Ground Tumeric

Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory and has incredible healing properities. This spice goes well in curries, soups and rice dishes. For me, I add a sprinkle of turmeric into my lemon water every morning. Gives the body a good flush, enhances digestion and kick starts my day right. ($3.75)

The 12 Trees of Christmas

By: Lisa Ng

Get into the holiday spirit with the 12 Trees of Christmas exhibition at Toronto's Gardiner Museum! Curated by Dee Dee Eustace, Canada’s leading designers and artists share their take on the Christmas tree with “The Joy of Creativity” as their theme. 

The exhibition runs from November 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016. You can see the trees as part of your admission to The Gardiner Museum over the holidays. On Friday December 4 from 5 - 8 pm, there will be a special 12 Trees holiday market in the lobby featuring current and new artists from the Gardiner Shop.

To learn more visit:

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Winter Woofstock

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Woof it's time for Woofstock! A festive tour de force with thousands of dogs and their faithful owners in tow.

Winter Woofstock is especially exciting because it combines festive holiday celebrations, entertaining attractions, a fashion show and a shopping extravaganza to help gift and outfit your furry loved ones. Also new this year is the first ever Doga (yoga for dogs) Guinness Book of World Records challenge.

I don't have a dog but I'll be there with my little son who recently figured out what a dog is, and is totally in love with them! We are looking forward to the 'Running of the Pugs' race and the new Children’s Activity Village. This is also a great event to do some research and scope out the different breeds of dogs if you are planning on becoming a dog owner yourself.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Best Events in Toronto THIS Christmas!

By: Lisa Ng

Getting excited for the holidays? 

Here's my round-up of the best events coming up around Christmas and happening in Toronto. Mark your calendars for the BEST holidays ever!

The Nutcracker - This holiday classic by The National Ballet of Canada returns on December 12th, 2015 at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Check out the time Wendy and I made a cameo appearance as Canon Dolls in The Nutcracker!

The Toronto Zoo - Hate the crowds on Boxing Day? Enjoy 50% off admission all day on December 26th. Check out the extensive Keeper Talk Program that offers a fun holiday theme and delightful seasonal treats for the Zoo's animals. 

CN Tower - Heading into the city for a shopping day? Treat your out-of-town guests to a prix-fixe lunch at the top of the CN Tower from $55. The 360 Restaurant revolves and offers incredible views of the city and you get to bypass the lines + the usual $20 admission fee to the top.

Yonge & Dundas Square - Will be hosting their first annual Toronto Christmas Festival! The 10 day party will include live music, shopping, sleigh rides with Santa Claus, laser light shows and more! 

Go Skating - There are so many fantastic places to go skating in Toronto! In fact, we've rounded-up a list of our favourite places to go skating in the city.

The Cavalcade of LightsThe event features the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, live music, a fireworks presentation and a DJ skating party at Nathan Phillips Square. This free event is a 49-year-old holiday tradition in Toronto and will return on Saturday, November 28, 2015. 

The Santa Claus Parade - This Toronto tradition has been running since 1905! Fantastic animated floats leave the corner of Christie and Bloor Street West in the company of two dozen marching bands and a couple of thousand costumed participants, cheered along by excited kids. The parade will take place on Sunday, November 15, 2015. 

What are you looking forward to this Christmas in Toronto?

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sony Brings Superior Sound Technology to the Ford Explorer Platinum

By: Alison Silveira

The Ford Explorer is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style. To mark the auspicious occasion, Ford partnered with Sony to create an audio experience unlike any other in its 2016 Explorer Platinum. The same technology of superior high-end home theatre audio systems has been replicated by Sony and is now available in the iconic Ford SUV, which is an industry first. 
A group of automotive enthusiasts and lifestyle bloggers, including myself, were among the first to hear the 500-watt, 12-speaker Sony premium audio system with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics technologies at the Sony Centre. The Clear Phase technology gives a crystal-clear sound the way that the artist intended. It's perfect for listening to your favourite rock bands and popular music. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Toronto Christmas Market 2015

By: Lisa Ng

The Toronto Christmas Market is back at The Distillery District in Toronto starting Friday November 20th until Sunday December 20th. The market runs from Tuesday to Friday Noon to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 9pm. 

Admission is free Tuesday to Friday and only $5 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Santa will be there for photos, there will be an outdoor beer garden, lots of twinkle lights, Christmas merchandise and gifts for sale by local vendors to help get you into the holiday spirit. It's definitely worth a wander around and to have a look at all the Christmas decorations around The Distillery District.

Learn more at:

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

The Royal Winter Fair

By: Lisa Ng

One of my favourite field trips as a kid growing up in Toronto was the annual visit to The Royal Winter Fair. I remember it was one of the very first time I got to see pigs, goats, chickens and cows in the city!

This annual agricultural festival is back in Toronto and is running from November 6th - 15th at Ricoh Coliseum and the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. Tickets are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors and $16 for children under 17.

There will be a horse show, dogs shows, barnyard animals and over 300+ vendors. The new Food and Lifestyle stage will showcase decorating and entertaining ideas from local and international chefs and experts. Look out also for the craft beer competition!

To learn more visit:

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.