April 14, 2015

Glama Gal Boutique to Open in Blue Mountain Village! #GGBlueMtn

Here Ye, Here Ye!

By now, you've all heard about my deep love for Glama Gal Tween Spa. In addition to being an amazing venue for Birthday parties, summer camps, and special events, Glama Gals goes over and above to reinforce their philosophy of confidence and inner beauty for young ladies.

I'm also so proud and continually in awe over the owners and founders of the company: two young, female entrepreneurs who have taken a single-standing location in Vaughan to a multi-location, fully franchised enterprise. They are beautiful and kind, generous and so, so smart. It's no wonder Glama Gals does so well. It's Laura and Josie's passion, and it shows.

And so, it gives me great pleasure to help announce their latest surprise. It's time for a brand new Glama Gal concept -- it's their newest, shiniest, most posh location to date....and it's coming to....BLUE MOUNTAIN!

You heard right! In addition to locations in Ajax, Markham, Vaughan, Toronto, Sudbury, Newmarket Oakville and Barrie, Canada's foremost provider of tween spa services and self-esteem workshops will now also call Blue Mountain Village Home.

Opening in July, Glama Gal Tween Boutique in the Village will offer a tailored version of the spa's most popular features. And in typical Glama Gal fashion, there are also some new, extra special features for GGBlueMtn:

• First-ever Bath Bakery including sorbet scrubs, gelato-inspired bath bombs and cupcake soaps

• First-ever Glama Gal Doll Spa so dolls can be pampered, too!

• Mini Tween Spa for our famous manis, pedis, facials, hair, make-up and more

• DIY spa product bar where girls create their own lip gloss, perfume, and sugar scrubs

• Trendy tween retail boutique

• Drop-in craft sessions with unique and engaging workshops like Nail Design 101, Be You Workshops, trendy jewellery making and more!

If you haven't been to Blue Mountain, it is an ideal location for a mini getaway or even a full fledged vacation. In addition to water activities, great restaurants and boutiques, it's only a couple hours from Toronto and close to some beautiful beaches, too. It was always child-friendly, and now it's Glama Gal friendly, too.

I guess we're heading up to Blue this summer! I can't wait to spend an afternoon with Isabelle at the new Boutique. I can just picture it now: sipping mocktails overlooking the beautiful Blue Mountains, making our own sparkly lipgloss and taking a walk though the Village sharing a Beavertail.

Come on, Summer.

Disclaimer: I am a Glambassador and receive special perks as part of my affiliation. The opinions expressed on my blog remain my own.

April 11, 2015

BabyTime Show is Back #contest #BabyTime15

Whether you're a mom-to-be, new mom, or onto baby #2, 3 or even 4, you'll want to know that The BabyTime Show is back for its Spring showcase at the International Centre in Mississauga. This bi-annual event is the GTA's biggest baby and toddler show, so mark your calendars for April 24-26.

Now in it's 17th year, more than 250 exhibitors will be on hand to display the must-haves for spring and summer. Here's a glimpse of what you can take advantage of at the show:

For the Parent-to-Be:
  • Anything and everything from diapering, to breast feeding, clothing sales, sleep routines, baby gear, car seat installation clinics and more!
  • Ask an expert, start a registry and get lots of ideas!
For the New Parent:
  • Participate in many contests, ask the pros if you have any newborn concerns, RESP info, and of course, lots of shopping!
  • Chat with Nanny Robina and learn all about baby sleep patterns, and how minor changes can make a big difference to your life!
  • Diapering and Breast Feeding areas available, so bring babe!
For the Parent of a Toddler:
  • Bring your kiddie, and your camera! The Toddler Time stage features performances by Toopy & Binoo and Barney. And don't forget to catch Angelina Ballerina for a quick pas de deux!
  • Enjoy some time in the PlayDoh Centre and sample new and exciting foods for kids of all ages.
  • Start thinking about what happens if you have another child -- look out for double stroller deals, furniture options and how to prep a toddler's for this big change. 
There's tons to see and do -- I haven't missed a show in more than 3 years! 

The BabyTime Show comes to the International Centre Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.

Show Dates/Times: 

Friday, April 24 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Saturday, April 25 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Sunday, April 26 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 


International Centre, Hall 5

6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Cost: Parents and friends: $16

Grandparents: $10

Children 12 and under: Free

Parking: FREE!

Simply Suppa readers have the chance to win 1 of 5 available pairs of tickets to the show. Winners will be notified via email and tickets can be picked up at the show.

Enter the Rafflecopter below -- good luck!

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Disclaimer: I am a BabyTime Show Ambassador and receive special perks as part of my affiliation. The opinions expressed on this blog remain my own.

April 01, 2015

No Foolin' Around -- Enter the #GettheMostOutofLife #Contest

Happy April Fool's Day! I'm starting the month out right -- with a new, amazing program and great contests to go along with it. No foolin' around here. 

I'm thrilled to be one of of the newest #GettheMostOutofLife Bloggers with Life Brand and Shoppers Drug Mart. 

What does this mean for my readers? 

It means that in addition to getting lots of valuable information about fitness, wellness, family care and awesome products, you'll also get the chance to win, win, win amazing prizes courtesy of Shoppers Drug Mart.

How do you get started? Easy. Enter Here.

Boom. You're done. But come back tomorrow and enter again, and again, and again. The contest runs for the entire month of April and a new winner will be chosen every 3 days. That means lots of chances to win Life Brand Prize Packs -- just for reading Simply Suppa and entering.

While you're at it, make sure you're following me on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest, and send some love over to my friends at Shoppers Drug Mart, too. This way, you'll be sure to catch all the goodness I'm sharing.

Best of Luck! April Fool's! No, really, good luck.

February 17, 2015

One Person's Trash Is Another Person's Treasure #varagesale

How many of you out there have too much "stuff"? I'd like to think that I'm pretty good at purging, especially old, ratty clothes and regularly donating to charity, but the fact is, with two kids, we have tons of stuff. Between baby clothes, toys, shoes and various gear, we are often tripping over this "stuff" and finding ourselves stashing it in various corners of the house because it doesn't have a designated spot.

Kids stuff is tough -- I mean, you don't want to get rid of items you may need down the line. But sometimes, you need to do a good purge before buying new. My dad always said this: "When you buy a new pair of shoes, get rid of a pair." As teenagers, my sister and I often rolled our eyes to that. Yes, we NEEDED 5 pairs of booties. But now that I have my own (smaller) home, it's so true. Buy one, eliminate one.That way, you're not adding more inventory to your home. Less stuff to pick up and put away. Or, try a different tactic: if you haven't used/worn it in a year, it's time to let it go.

Sometimes, it's really difficult to purge items you love, but, that being said, it feels really good, too. How about making some money on your items, so at least you can recoup some of the expenses shelled out?

VarageSale is an online marketplace where you can buy, sell and connect with people in your local community. It was founded in 2012 by a mom, and now has more than 350 communities around the world, the newest community being Richmond Hill. VarageSale is free to use and the mobile app is available on iOS, Android and Kindle devices.

Here's how it works: members log on with their facebook account, ensuring full identity. Join a local community. For Richmond Hill, click here. An admin will review all user requests and will moderate the discussions in the community. 

Then it's time to shop!: You can post your own items or shop from thousands of items available in virtually any department thinkable: home, decor, kids, clothing, toys, homemade and LOTS more. If you're interested in an item, click the "Interested" button and the seller will be notified. You can also post comments or questions regarding the item in question.

Buyer Beware: Private Message a user to confirm final transaction details and pick up time/location. Users often meet at someone's home or a public space to complete the transaction. If you've had a good experience, leave praises on the member's profile so other members know!

Here's what I really like about VarageSale:
  • It's local. You're buying and selling from/to local moms/people in your own community. So you're helping each other out. 
  • It's not just kids stuff. You can find great kids stuff for sale FOR SURE, but there are thousands of other items, too.
  • It's easy to use, and user-friendly.
  • The Interested button. On facebook buy-and-sell groups, you always have to write "Interested" in the comment thread. Here, you click the button and boom, you're in the cue. Genius.
  • There's help if you need it. Between the online help and your community admin, if you have a problem or question, there's a person to help out.
  • It's free to join and use.
  • You can actually make some decent money on your unwanted items.

So there you have it! Enough incentive to join? If you'd like more information on VarageSale and specifically the Richmond Hill group, there are also local events happening all week long. To learn more, visit your community page on VarageSale.

Here's to great purging, making some money and helping each other out!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed on the blog remain my own.

February 13, 2015

Little Loves #craftymom #valentinesday

If you want an uber last minute Valentine's Day gift, or just want to add some lovely decor to your home, here's a craft that's equally simple and beautiful. Pick colours that complement your home, so once Cupid's jumped ship, you can still showcase this piece.

You can use paper, cardstock or canvas. I've done this on canvas.

Using painter's tape, create alternating stripes and paint canvas in a colour of your choice. I went for a medium shade grey, but you can do any colour you like. Allow to dry and remove the painter's tape to reveal stripes.

Pick another shade for your child's hand and feet. Arrange hand and feet first, and then paint a letter l and e to complete the word. Dust with sparkles if you wish.

Don't forget to date the piece on the back so you'll always remember.

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 12, 2015

50 Shades and Make Up For Ever #valentinesday #50shades

Tomorrow, millions of people will be flocking to theatres everywhere to peer into Christian Grey's red room when Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie, opens.
The highly anticipated film, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is expected to raise more than a few eyebrows; despite your views, many people want a piece of this fantasy.

Make Up For Ever, make-up partner of Universal Pictures and Focus Features, has developed a limited edition Spring make-up collection to commemorate the film's release. Even if you don't have a Christian Grey of your own (or even if you don't want one), you can experiment and play with being Ana.

The collection consists of the Tease Me lip trio (available in two shades, left), the Desire Me blush trio, and a larger makeup kit called Give In To Me, above.

What I love about the collection is its versatility; you can create simple, innocent looks, perfect for daytime or add some shine or sultry eyes for a more seductive, evening style.

I was able to test out the Tease Me lip trio in nude. It's sophisticated and innocent, offering a hint of glam with the Diamond Shine lip gloss. I love to wear the gloss during the day for an easy, on-the-run look. Or, add a dark, smokey eye for an irresistible look this Valentine's Day.

This barely-there lip trio is sweet, yet provocative and definitely a new favourite of mine.

The entire 50 Shades of Grey Limited Collection is available at Sephora. $38-79.

February 11, 2015

What's better than.....chocolate?? #valentinesday

What's better than chocolate? Seriously though, I'm an admitted chocaholic, as is my hubby and daughter. Isabelle actually calls herself a chocolate monster. Chocolate doesn't come to our home that often, because it doesn't stick around! 

You can't get more traditional (or traditionally cheesy) than chocolates at Valentine's Day. You know, the yucky chocolates in the red, heart-shaped box? Yah, those. You know, you've bought them before.

If you're opting for chocolate this year, why not kick it up a notch with a fine, organic chocolate that comes in unique flavours? Then, surprise your sweetheart with interesting ways to incorporate it into your Valentine's Day! 

Green & Black's Organic chocolate are made from fine, organic ingredients and are certified Fair Trade and come in all sorts of flavours from milk, to ginger, white and butterscotch.

Here are a few ways to incorporate these amazing chocolates into your sweet day (or life!):

  • Straight Up: Hello! This is chocolate we're talking about here. The G&B's Butterscotch is likely the best chocolate I've ever tried. It's buttery and sweet with a dark cocoa taste. Mmmmm. If you're on a diet, the 70% and 85% Dark Chocolate are full-bodied and complex. You really only need one or two squares, and the antioxidant benefits of chocolate have been proven again and again. Dark chocolate is good for you :)
  • Fondue: Melt it up, baby. Donny and I are actually having a fondue night on V-Day once the kiddies are asleep. Use the fine Organic Milk Chocolate or even a dark chocolate and your fondue will taste so much better. It's like using wine in cooking -- use a better wine/liquor and your food will taste better.
  • Mocha or Hot Chocolate: Try making a hot chocolate or mocha with the Organic Ginger. This one gives a nice zing! If you want a more traditional feel, go for the Organic White Chocolate. It'll warm you both up during our February Freeze! Cuddle up, and enjoy.
  • Bake, baby, bake: So, everyone knows I'm not a baker, but even I can see the possibilities of baking with G&B's. The Almond Bar is sweet, nutty and crunchy. You can totally eat this one straight up, or add it to a biscotti recipe, maybe. 

This Valentine's Day, instead of going with the typical, opt for a delicious alternative and experiment with chocolate. Get the family involved too, and then savour every bite!

Disclaimer: I received a sample of Green & Black's Organic Chocolate to test for this blog post. The chocolate didn't last long in my home! All opinions remain my own.