May 13, 2015

Mark Your Calendars: Woodbridge Mom 2 Mom Sale

Kids are expensive. Scratch that. Kids' stuff is expensive. Between the clothing, the gear, the toys, (the toys, the toys, the toys), the furniture, the gadgets and the gizmos, chances are, if you're a parent, you've shelled out a LOT of dough for your little ones. The thing is, a lot of the stuff we "need" to buy gets used for a very short period of time. 

Wouldn't you like to be able to purchase that item at a great discount? 

Now in its 7th year, the Woodbridge Mom 2 Mom Sale is a great place to do just that. The Woodbridge Mom 2 Mom Sale runs like an indoor garage sale but instead of driving around visiting different yard sales, imagine 100 local moms gathered under one (indoor) roof. Parking is free and plentiful. This year's event takes place Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Vellore Village Community Centre in Woodbridge.

And the deals! Be prepared to score gently-used clothing and kids stuff for just a few dollars. 
Organizer Sandra Moniz Prencipe started the Woodbridge Mom 2 Mom Sale as a way to get rid of her children's gently used clothing and "stuff". This grass-roots event has grown from a small, 20 person gathering to a large-scale community give-back project. 

Each year, a different local charity is chosen to benefit financially and through awareness. This year, Kinark Family Services York Region is the benefactor and all monies collected from door entrance ($3 per adult) will be entirely donated to them.  Vendors are also invited to donate left over baby clothing to a group called the Silent Children’s Mission benefiting children in Malawi and Guatemala.

Vendor spots are FULL for this year, but that doesn't mean you can't go and do some shopping! If you're a smart, serious shopper, you'll go early to get the best selection (some people line up as early as 8 a.m.!). But, strategic shoppers also wait until the end to do their best bargaining. Whatever your strategy, be sure to make some room in your car for some great purchases. Gift bags will be available to the first 100 moms, filled with goodies. Happy shopping!

What: The Woodbridge Mom 2 Mom Sale
When: May 23, 2015 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Vellore Village Community Centre
Cost: $3 entrance fee; to be donated entirely to the Kinark Family Services York Region
Fun for the kids included courtesy of Glama Gals Tween Spa and Petite & Posh

May 05, 2015

Mom Makeup in 5 minutes (or less) #mom

I've always been a beauty product addict. Nail polish and lip glosses are my candy; it's rare for me to step into a drug store and not come out with a new piece of make up to try out. Drives my hubby nuts!

That said, when you're a mom of two little ones, finding the time (and energy!) to even put on a swipe of make up is a challenge. I've managed to find a way though, and it takes less than 5 minutes.


Step 1: Face

Start with a clean face. For any left-over residue, I use Marcelle Cleansing Cloths (left). I love that these cloths are non-drying, fragrance free and really soft all over my skin. In my opinion, Marcelle makes the best make-up removers, too, and I always have a variety of their products under my sink!

Then, all moms need some sort of concealer. Redness, under-eye circles, blotchy skin - we deal with it all. But I have zero interest in slapping on a cream foundation or loose powder. No thank you. I really like this La Roche-Posay CC Creme (right). This CC Cream is really like a moisturizer but provides full complexion coverage and evens out my skin. It's also tinted so it looks like I've applied bronzer, only I haven't! My favourite element -- SPF 30. It's a must for everyone, and now that the spring is here, I'll be spending lots of time at the park. Need to make sure my face is protected. Also in the La Roche-Posay collection, Hydreane BB Cream (SPF 20) and Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Fluid Lotion (SPF 50).

Face done. Less than a minute. I'm telling you.

Step 2: Eyes and Lips

Here we go: an easy way to apply eye shadow -- no brushes needed. I'm a fan of the Power Stay Shadow Stick (far left) by Canadian cosmetics brand SST Cosmetics Inc. This combination eyeshadow/eye liner pencil is water-based and water-proof! It's so easy to apply and then you can blend with your finger. I really like the water lily shade (on the right). It's perfect for every day use. The #OMG! shade is ideal for shading, or can be used as a brow pencil, too. SST Cosmetics products are made with finely milled minerals; all products are talc free, boron nitride free, paraben free and gluten free.

We're almost there, although you could stop here and still look great. I line my eyes almost every day. I find it defines them and adds some dimension to my face. This Graphic Liner by Make Up For Ever (centre) is amazing. It's got a sleek felt tip that is smooth to apply. Perfect for the beginner, or a more advanced artist. If you want to try a cat eye, this is your product. Can be used for day and night. I've tried so many liquid liners and this one is by far, my fave.

And then the lips! Don't leave the house with some sort of gloss or hydrating lip treatment. I just tried this new Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil and I'm addicted. I have it on my dresser so I never forget to apply it. It makes your lips feel soft and plump, gives you a clear, natural sheen and isn't sticky. Again, perfect for every day use.

Mascara, under eye liner, and blush are all optional. There you go. 5 products, less than 5 minutes.

And here's the look:

Now you're ready to combat the park, the mall, the couch, or wherever your little ones will take you!

No one NEEDS makeup to be beautiful, but it is fun to play, right?

April 30, 2015

Beer-ific BBQ Chicken #CollectiveBias #VictoriaDay

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias.

Well, it's happened. Spring has finally sprung. The Toronto area has experienced double-digit temperatures for a few consecutive days now, so I'm feeling confident it's time to celebrate. Off come the socks, out goes the patio furniture and on goes the BBQ! 

This is probably the first winter in a long time that we haven't used our BBQ -- it was just too, too cold. But I've been craving some grilled goodness, and I'm not the only one. Hubby has become quite the grill-master over the years, and we love coming up with new recipes. 

Here's the thing: BBQing is great, but meat (specifically red meat) is expensive. So, we're always looking for ways to savour the grill and keep some money in our pockets. I think we found the perfect way: Beer-ific BBQ Chicken.

The ingredients for this recipe are just as easy as the recipe itself: 
  • 1 whole chicken (4 lb chicken)
  • 1 can beer
  • seasonings: pepper, onion powder, garlic powder (1/2 tsp each)
  • salt (2 tsps)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • aluminum foil

We do most of our weekly grocery shopping at our local Longo's. I'm mainly a perimeter grocery store shopper, and tend to stock up on lots of fresh produce, meat and seafood. I find this supermarket gives me a lot of options, and has a decent organic section, too.

This week, chicken was on sale, specifically whole chickens. I had never cooked a whole chicken before, but the price was right. At $1.99/lb, we were able to buy two whole chickens for $13.15. That's just a little over 6 bucks each, if you're doing the math.

So now, what to do with them? Turn it into soup? Make chicken cutlets? Stew? Cacciatore?

I have to credit hubby for this one -- he wanted to try Beer Can Chicken.

We didn't actually use a beer can for this recipe, but we did use about half a can of Coors Banquet, although any beer will do. Option 1: Place your whole raw chicken onto an open can of beer. Option 2: Use a handy-dandy Beer-Chicken caddy, like we have here. They can be purchased at specialty kitchen stores.

First, coat the chicken with olive oil and rub, rub, rub. Then, apply your mixture of salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder and smooth it all over your chicken.

If you're using the caddy, fill the canister with beer, put the lid on top and position the chicken. If you're simply using a can, opt for a taller can and position the bird atop. Either way, place tin foil or a BBQ-safe roaster underneath for drippings.

Heat your BBQ to 375 degrees, or medium. Once hot, place chicken onto the grill with tin foil underneath and close the lid.

Set your timer for an hour and you're set. Prepare your sides, spend some more time in the garden, play with the kids. Either way -- the majority of the "cooking" is done.

Once golden brown and crisp, it's ready!
Allow your chicken to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Of course, serve your Beer-ific BBQ Chicken with your favourite summer accompaniments -- we went with corn on the cob, grilled veggies and an ice cold beverage.

The chicken was deeeelish; it was crispy and crunchy on the outside and moist and super flavourful on the inside. It makes great leftovers, is easy to serve and perfect for kids.

And the grand financial total? About $5-7 per person for a stellar summer meal.

If you're having a summer BBQ this #VictoriaDay Long Weekend, or some other time this summer, why not forego the steaks and ribs and opt for a whole chicken?

What's your favourite BBQ meal?

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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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.