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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Join The #CallForChange & TELUS will donate $10 to Free the Children

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Change seems to be the constant in my life. And it was almost 2 years ago, that the BIGGEST CHANGE happened (for the better)... I became a Mother to an adorable baby boy.

So issues around youth have been more on my radar and a bigger focus in my life. When Telus invited me to participate in We Day, I felt really honoured and excited!

We Day is a powerful, life-changing international event that combines a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change.

See those little sparks?

That’s 20,000 supporters (mostly kids) filling up the ACC! As I stood in the centre of it all, I was enveloped in the most amazing energy. The kind that sends goosebumps down your arm and warms your heart.

I had to hold back tears as I realized that this millennial generation is more than what the media has portrayed them to be - spoiled, entitled and emoji obsessed.

Here were thousands of kids who dedicated a year to community service and acts of kindness (one local and one global) and as a reward, they got to attend We Day. You couldn’t buy a ticket to this exclusive event but had to earn your seat. How cool is that?

Throughout the day, I hung out with fellow bloggers in the TELUS media box. Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendez, Carly Rae Jepson, Hedley and Francesco Yates (which I got to meet backstage!) rocked the stage to be expected. But the best part of the show for me was the inspiring speeches by Craig and Marc Kielburger, Alex Deans, Toni Morgan and more.

The common theme was that we have the power to change the world.

My favourite speech was delivered by Tevi Gerrivson. As a blogger, it really resonated with me. She talks about how she started her fashion blog thinking she wasn’t original enough. Hard to imagine because if you’ve read any of Tavi’s stuff you will be stunned to learn that her work is stacked with authenticity and creative witty thoughts - that girl can write!

Tavi’s advice is simple... soak up as much as you can of other people’s work and eventually, you’ll learn to spin it and make it your own. She uses the example of Vincent van Gogh, who copied Jean-François Millet in his earlier work. It’s called “inspiration”! And the outcome? Tavi’s annual masterpiece: Rookie Year Book which is HER creation but also SHARES the DNA with some of her favourite people and things.

As cliche as it sounds, We Day left me motivated, inspired and definitely sparked my passion to encourage me to make changes in my life so I can create a better world for my son.

Join The #CallForChange Movement!

This is our time. With technology, we have the power to inspire the world like never before. Our networks are vast and our reach is limitless.

TELUS, MTV, Francesco Yates, and YOU teamed up to remix the hit song "Call" into the most inspiring anthem of our generation.

Watch the remix and share with your friends. For every share, TELUS will donate $10 to Free the Children between September 7 to December 18, 2015.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Skechers Go Walk Memory Foam Shoes

By: Lisa Ng

I’ve discovered the most comfy shoes in the world.

Ever since we adopted BINGO, Paul and I have been walking a lot more than usual. Our step counters went from 6,000 steps to almost 12,000+ steps a day! It’s crazy, but BINGO gets at least three walks a day. So I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of easy slip-on shoes and I came across the Skechers Go Walk Memory Foam collection and instantly fell in love.

They are seriously the comfiest shoes in the world. They look sporty like a running shoe and I’ve been getting lots of compliments on the bold teal colour I picked out. I wear them everywhere! 
The Skechers Go Walk shoes are great for walking your dog, for the grocery store, running errands or when I’m traveling and exploring a new city. It’s the perfect daytime walking shoe without the bulk of a running shoe. No more flimsy sandals or flip-flops for me. I’ve seriously been converted and I’m telling the world!

Worried about stinky shoes with no socks? Agion Antimicrobial scent protection technology is built into my Skechers Go Walk shoes. My feet also didn’t get super sweaty and I found the material breathable. 
I really can spend an entire day walking around in these shoes, they are super light and the memory foam curves the insole to the shape of my foot.
To see the full Skechers Go Walk collection, visit them online.

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 Seasons Christmas Show 2015

By: Lisa Ng

It's seriously hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. But DO mark your calendar for the upcoming Seasons Christmas Show which will be held at The International Centre in Mississauga from November 20th to 22nd, 2015.

It's a great way to kick-start your holiday shopping and supporting local artisans and small businesses. Over 300+ vendors will be featuring everything you need from holiday decorating, entertaining and gifting. A mainstage program will also feature guest appearances by popular TV celebrities and holiday-inspired workshops.
The show runs from: 

Friday November 20, 2015                          10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
Saturday November 21, 2015                    10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Sunday November 22, 2015                       10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

For more info 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.

Friday, October 2, 2015

What's Your #ThisMoment?

By Wendy Kam Marcy

You may have seen the #ThisMoment hashtag making its rounds across the Twitterverse lately and it's got you thinking what's up?!

We spotted fellow #AmexAmbassadors enjoying their moments...

Coco and Cowe was at Canada's Wonderland for a mother & daughter fun day out...

... while our favourite globetrotting duo, Deb and Dave paused their world travels to take in the Stratford Festival during their recent staycation.

Yep, our friends at American Express are behind yet another fun campaign that promotes making the most out of living in #ThisMoment.

Whether this means getting a table at the restaurant everyone is talking about or scoring tickets to a big concert through American Express Invites, or in my case, taking my son to his FIRST concert: TreehouseTV's Big Day Out at the Molson Canadian Amplitheatre... being a Cardmember opens the door to memorable experiences we think you'll love.

It's your chance to say “I was there”!

Our best moments come through experiences that are designed for us. So no matter what your taste, sound or style is, visit Amex Invites to pick your moments and start creating those memories. We promise they will be ones that will be #TBT worthy for years to come :)

That's Not All!

When I found myself standing in a sea of super excited kids screaming for The Wiggles, I whipped out my American Express Card and phewww, breezed through the line at the dedicated entrance at The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Cardmembers also get to sit back and relax in the Amex Lounges at Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theatre and The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, and of course, enjoy express service at the Amex Bar at Massey Hall.

Explore the learn more on some of the hottest upcoming events!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Zombies are once again taking over The Six!

Imagine you and your team trapped in a locked room for 60 minutes. There’s a zombie chained to a wall. While you solve hidden clues, puzzles and riddles, the hungry Zombie’s chain will be released one foot, every five minutes.

Sounds easy enough to me but only 10% of players are able to outsmart the zombie and escape unscathed!

Cult classic horror fans will especially appreciate that the room experience includes a full retro horror set and Toronto’s finest improv actors.

I think this is the perfect Halloween office event so I'm going to convince my boss that working together to battle zombies will build corporate culture and enhance team building skills!

Tickets and more info are available now at

Monday, September 28, 2015

Nuit Blanche 2015

By: Lisa Ng

Hold on to your hats!

Nuit Blanche is happening THIS Saturday in Toronto. It's one of my favourite art crawls that brings the entire city together. I generally like to start off by meeting friends for dinner at around 7 pm and having a good catch-up and a few drinks. At around 9 pm we head out to all the live installations that are usually in full-swing and meet up with a few friends along the way.

Make sure you hit up the Nuit Blanche website and pick 2-3 areas you really want to focus on. Booking dinner right downtown is always helpful! If you can get around my bike, TTC or uber - this is the BEST way to see as many exhibits as possible in one night.

The all-night art crawl runs until sunrise the next day. For more info, 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.

Friday, September 25, 2015


By Wendy Kam Marcy

Today is #UberHUNGERTO day which means our friends over at Uber has partnered with local restaurant The Goods, along with food rescue organization Second Harvest, to bring meals to those in need.

41% of people in Toronto go hungry at least once a week.

Pay it forward today! Every little bit counts so do your part by simply popping open your Uber app between 11am-2pm and order a meal through UberEATS. They will match your order and ensure someone in need receives lunch. Bon Appétit!

New to Uber? Sign up here and get your first ride free up to $20! I love Uber because there is no hailing, waiting or hassle!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Women Building Wealth Conference

By: Lisa Ng

Our good friend Ingrid Menninga is the founder of The Women Building Wealth Social Club and they are hosting its first annual Women Building Wealth Conference in Toronto on Saturday October 17th, 2015 at the Spoke Club.

The conference is geared towards women who want to learn more about taking control of their finances, talk money and build towards financial freedom. Ingrid wants to get women thinking and managing their money more efficiently.

The cost of the conference is $197, with early bird pricing of $97 before September 25th, and a girlfriend rate of 2 tickets for $150 ($75 each). Our readers can save an extra 
$10 off with the promo code: HUGPerks

Tickets can be purchased at the conference website:

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, September 21, 2015

Cask Days 2015

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Save the date: October 23 - 25 because Cask Days returns for its 4th year at Evergreen Brick Works.

Beer festivals are a dime in a dozen in The Six so it's no surprise that this one boasts 150+ participating breweries and 300+ offerings on cask... what makes it different from the rest is that Cask Days is a family run event that serves up cast-conditioned ales & ciders and also celebrates art, live music and local foods that complements real ale.

So what exactly is cask-ale?

Unlike most beer, which is delivered from the brewery in a finished state, cask-conditioned ale does not complete its fermenting until days or even moments before it is delivered to the drinker. I have always preferred cloudy (unpasteurized) beers for it's mildly carbonated and refreshing taste, and I think you will too. Cheers!

Check out the Cask Days website for more information & to purchase tickets.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Urban Eats @ Nonna's Empanadas

By: Lisa Ng

I love empanadas. 

I came across Nonna’s Empanadas in Los Angeles via Pinterest and stopped in for lunch when I attended the Saks Off 5th launch just around the corner a few weeks ago. OMG, these empanadas are little pillows of heaven and remind me of Jumbo Empanadas that I am homesick for back in Toronto.

Nonna’s Empanadas is a cute little family-owned cafe with quick-serve service just near Cedars-Sinai Hospital. There’s a shaded patio for seating, however parking is scant – so I recommend circling for street parking or walking over from a paid lot.

To get a little taste of it all, I opted for the $10 combo which nets you your choice of three empanadas and a drink. The Corn Empanada was a surprise hit with big juicy kernels of corn trapped in a web of melty, string cheese. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

Individually, Nonna’s Empanadas range in price from $3.25-$3.95 depending on the filling, so the combo is a great deal. My only wish was that they had a healthy side salad on the menu to counter the empanadas OR perhaps a combo with a salad!

What I liked best about Nonna’s Empanadas is that they don’t have that greasy, deep-fried taste that I’ve encountered at other places because they are baked. I didn’t have room for dessert or any of their sweet empanadas this time around, but they definitely look interesting!

If you check-in on Yelp, they give you a free cookie. Do stop by if you find yourself in the neighbourhood and grab some empanadas to go. Nonna’s Empanadas is a new LA favourite for me.

To learn more visit: Nonna’s Empanadas

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.