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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Arts Umbrella Splash Raises Over $540,000 for Youth Arts Education

Arts Umbrella Splash Raises Over $540,000 for Youth Arts Education

On Saturday, October 14, one of the most anticipated events of the season returned for its 35th year with a big splash! Arts Umbrella's Splash art auction and gala showcased nearly 100 works by prominent B.C. artists, and raised a record-breaking $540,000 in net proceeds to help make high-quality arts education accessible for young people in British Columbia.

Every year, Arts Umbrella, Canada's leading non-profit arts organization for young people hosts a gala and coveted art auction where they can meet acclaimed local and international artists and fellow art lovers while browsing and bidding for original pieces. Celebrating the 35th anniversary, Splash was held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and once again attracted over 500 business and community leaders, patrons and art aficionados.

"With a record-breaking art auction, this was a landmark evening for Arts Umbrella," says Paul Larocque, president & CEO of Arts Umbrella. "We are truly honoured by the generosity of our community, including the many extraordinary artists who gave their very best to support our mission to help young people explore their potential through the arts."


Gala emcees Fred Lee and Gloria Macarenko

The spectacular event was co-chaired by Christie Darbyshire and Bruce Munro Wright, emceed by Gloria Macarenko and Fred Lee, and throughout the night attendees were treated to dynamic performances by the Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Pre-Professional Theatre Students. The evening was anchored by a live auction led by Canadian multidisciplinary artist, curator and cultural leader Hank Bull. Immediately following the auction, guests were treated to a lively afterparty set to the musical stylings of DJ Chloe.

Splash was made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor TD Bank Group. Arts Umbrella was also pleased to partner with luxury jewellery brand David Yurman, which donated a stunning signature raffle piece.


Canadian sculptor Marie Khouri and Scottie Dunn

Arts Umbrella believes art can change the lives of young people in profound ways, which is why the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 22 to find and explore their artistic voices, regardless of their socio-econonic status. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year, with more than two thirds participating at little to no cost to their families. Since Splash was introduced in 1983, Arts Umbrella's largest annual fundraiser has raised over $6 million in net proceeds, all of which supports youth-oriented initiatives, including free community programming, scholarships and bursaries.

For more information, visit Artsumbrella.com.

About Arts Umbrella
Art can change the lives of children in incredible ways, which is why Arts Umbrella helps young artists cultivate creativity and grow self-confidence through dance, theatre and visual arts. Since 1979, the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 22 to find and explore their artistic voices. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year, with more than half participating at little to no cost to their families.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Eating Well to Win: Inspired Living Through Inspired Cooking {Recipe Book by Richard Ingraham}


Richard Ingraham (private chef of actress Gabrielle Union and NBA veteran Dwyane Wade) had just launch his first cookbook in late September 2017 called "Eating Well to Win". This cookbook is includes flavorful recipes that help his celebrity clientele reach their peak performance.

Do you love to eat? Most of us do and of course, we want something that is healthy and delicious at the same time. I had a chance to look through this amazing cookbook. The recipes are amazing and creative. I refer to it when I need inspiration on making a home-cooked, healthy meal for the family.


How you can have a peak performance diet and learn the benefits of eating well to win?

Chef Richard’s book is designed for those who want to change their diet to achieve peak performance, whether that be at the gym or the office. This is an insider’s guide to how it really happens. Step-by-step in 90 recipes he will show the CrossFit enthusiast, the working mom and the weekend golfer how to eat for optimum performance because he knows all of the secrets, and it’s not all kale smoothies and grilled chicken. In addition to his recipes, Chef Richard will share what he’s learned about eating well to live well throughout his career from his parents and grandparents, who were his first culinary instructors, to his celebrity clients. Readers will get advice on how changing what you put in your body will change what you put out into the universe and make you feel better physically and emotionally. It’s not just about making sure you get the right mix of veggies and carbs. This is about feeding your spirit as well. Chef Richard is serving up recipes for inspired living.

Peak performance eating from Chef Richard ─ chef to the stars:

Chef Richard Ingraham has been personal chef for NBA star Dwyane Wade for more than a decade. The Miami native is also a Chopped contender and the founder of the private chef network, ChefRLI, which caters to professional athletes. Now this chef to star athletes is ready to share the secrets of cooking for a peak performance lifestyle. He’s worked with top tier athletes in all the major sports including Asante Samuels, Santana Moss, Antrel Rolle and Michael Oher from the National Football League, Manny Machado and Jon Jay from Major League Baseball and NBA stars Patrick Ewing, John Wall and of course, Dwyane Wade. Chef RLI has also worked with top entertainers such as Gabrielle Union and Kelly Rowland. The company’s corporate clients include the Food Network and Walmart.

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I was able to make a dessert recipe, Toffee Black Bean Brownies, and it turned out really good. My child couldn't even tell there were beans in them. Oh, and I took out the instant expresso.  You'll find it on page 166 of the cookbook. I sprinkled chocolate chips and peanuts for decoration and texture.

Toffee Black Bean Brownies
Toffee Black Bean Brownies

Non-stick cooking spray
1 cup canned black beans
½ cup canola oil
2 eggs
½ cup Hershey’s special dark
unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon instant espresso
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup bitter sweet chocolate bar pieces
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ toffee pieces

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease a 9-by-9 inch square, baking pan.
3. Using a blender or food processor, puree the beans with the canola oil.
4. Add the eggs, special dark cocoa, maple syrup, espresso and vanilla.
5. Melt the chocolate chips, and add to the blender or food processor.
6. Blend on medium high until smooth.
7. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
8. Add the flour mixture to the blender/food processor and pulse until just incorporated.
9. Stir in the chocolate pieces, and pour the brownie mixture into your prepared pan.
10. Top the brownie mixture with the toffee. You can take a toothpick and swirl the toffee into the brownies if you like.
11. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the surface looks dull around the edges and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with just a few crumbs.
12. Let brownies cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting and removing from the pan. I know it’s going to be hard to wait, but trust me it’s worth it.


Disclosure: I received a complimentary digital copy for review purposes. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.


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Super Mario Bros x Shu Uemura Holiday Collection

Super Mario Bros x Shu Uemura Holiday Collection

Shu Uemura had recently released their new collection in collaboration with Nintendo Super Mario Bros. this month of October 2017. I was so excited when I heard about this collab. I am a huge fan! I am quite impressed with the creativity this collection brings. The packaging is also really cute! Makes me want to dig out my old game console and start playing again.

Are you or do you know someone who is a makeup enthusiast, makeup artist, a gamer and/or a Super Mario fan? If you or someone you know are into all of that, then this Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. Collection will make the perfect gift this holiday season.


This holiday season, Shu Uemura & Mario will take you on a beauty adventure. Help Princess Peach by protecting the Mushroom Kingdom's makeup treasure. Along the way, gather Shu Uemura's powerful cleansing oil and colourful makeup to fight against the Evil Bowser. Never see the world in black and white with this playful holiday collection! Dive into beauty adventure and dare to win with colors!

I don't have all the items in the entire collection, but here are the ones I've received:

Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil


Swim with Mario into the sea of our epic ultime8 sublime beauty cleansing oil. a sublime combination of eight precious botanical origin oils deliver eight skincare benefits! The silky oil offers deep, effective cleansing in one step without drying out the skin or leaving a residue. The appearance of skin improves over time with continued use for a smooth and toned complexion.

My thoughts: The cleansing oil is nice; not too greasy. I like to use oil-based makeup remover to remove eyeshadow and eyeliner using a small amount on a cotton tip or Q-tip. The cleansing oil comes in two bottle sizes: 150mL and 450mL. I received the larger one. It will last me for a very long time.

Peach’s Eye and Cheek Palette 

Peach’s Eye and Cheek Palette Peach’s Eye and Cheek Palette

This sweet and audacious palette is inspired by the beloved Princess peach in two different princess look options in one palette! Pressed eye shadow shades include IR pink, S mauve, P plum, G gold light, ME orange, ME bronze. Glow-on from left: dreamy peach, brave orange.

My thoughts: The palette has nice neutral colors I like, but all of them are shimmery. I would love to see some matte shades as well.

Drawing Pencils



A multipurpose eyeshadow liner in soft and defining shades. Inspired by Princess Peach’s iconic peach pink dress, these colorful Drawing Crayons have a long-wearing formula that stays true all day. They feature easy-to-apply colors that naturally blend in for a delicate expression, and the creamy, soft texture allows you to draw lines or paint eye contours. Just blend in to use as a single color or as an eyeshadow base. Colors available: matte black, light orange, princess pink, and brick brown

My thoughts: The pencils are creamy and smooth. I love that it just glides over my eyelids without any tugging at all. I received the "princess pink" and the "matte black" shades.

Protective Moisture Primer

Shu Uemura Super Mario 
Protective Moisture Primer

Shu Uemura introduces the next start primer: stage performer block:booster. It moisturizes the skin from the moment it is applied, with Shu Uemura’s newest technology that boost light reflecting properties. It neutralizes skin tones, leads to less dull-looking skin, enhances foundation adhesion and lasting power.

My thoughts: This natural beige tinted moisture is used prior to my makeup routine. It keeps my skin moisturized while keeping my skin look smooth. I also like that it contains SPF50 to protect from the sun's harmful UV rays.

Peach’s Favorite Premium Brush Set

Peach’s Favorite Premium Brush Set


This limited edition brush set features four premium brushes heads to the retro graphical SUPER MARIO BROS world. Materials for face brush: goat. Materials for cheek brush, eye shadow brush, eyeliner & lip brush: synthetic fiber.

My thoughts: I love the adorable storage pouch it comes with. It features the yellow star accent. The pouch keeps all your brushes organized. There is also a little side pocket to fit the eyeshadow & blush palette. It's a nice compact size, perfect for traveling or taking it with you on-the-go in your purse. The bristles are soft and blends powder evenly.

Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick



Level-up your look in the Mushroom Kingdom with a princess-like sheer veil of color and winning matte finish. This lipstick features an array of inspiring shades formulated for exceptional moisture and comfort. It provides saturated color by combining Shu Uemura’s signature hybrid pigment technology with a new crystal core hybrid pigment. Meanwhile, the formula’s double moisture system provides ultimate hydration and care.

My thoughts: I received two colors called "Saved Peach" (peachy orange color) and "Stage Cleared" (peachy pinkish color). When I opened the package, it definitely caught my attention. I thought "OMG, the tube and illustrations are SO cute!" Makes me feel like Princess Peach with these lip colours.


I had so much fun sharing this with all of you, my lovely readers. The collection is availble through Shu Uemura's website, Sephora, and your local department stores. These are limited edition products so get them while you can.




Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Netflix brings Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe to Vancouver

Riverdale

Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe is coming to exclusive locations in Canada this week. Decked out with all the Pop’s essentials, fans will be presented with Archie’s classic dilemma: Betty (Old Fashioned Vanilla) or Veronica (Double Chocolate) and enjoy their milkshakes in Pop’s cups. To find the Pop’s closest to them, fans can visit popsdiner.ca.

There will be FREE milkshakes to the first 200 guests and drinks in Pop’s cups (while supplies last) on Friday, October 13 between 7:00 – 11:00 pm (or while supplies last) at The Templeton (address: 1087 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC).


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

André Rieu "Shall We Dance" CD/DVD - Released 10/6


Why is this man smiling? He’s dutch-born violinist and conductor, AndreRieu, who is happily bringing classical music to the masses with beautiful orchestrations of popular songs on his new album Shall We Dance. http://bit.ly/AndreRetail

He’s also launching his U.S. Tour next week so if you’re in one of the markets, his incredibly entertaining shows gets people up out of their seats and waltzing in the aisles! How many concerts can you bring both your kids and your parents (or grandparents) to where everyone gets in on the fun? Find out if he’s coming to your city: http://bit.ly/AndreRieuUStour

To get a good idea of what his shows are like, check out the 10-part series on Ovation TV that is airing now: http://bit.ly/RieuOvation.



Disclosure: I participated in the One2One Network campaign. This post is sponsored.



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Get a Boost of Energy with Premier Protein Shakes

Each Premier Protein Shake bottle contains essential amino acids, 24 vitamin and minerals, calcium and whey protein. The purpose of protein is to give your body a quick source of energy. It also helps your body take in the nutrients and repair your muscles after a workout.


Some people ask what's the difference between whey protein and casein protein. Whey protein is fast-acting (meaning it is digested quickly), while casein protein is slow-acting, meaning it takes longer to digest (which some people consume post-workout).

I received two flavours of the protein shakes: Chocolate and Vanilla. They are both rich and creamy with the right amount of sweetness (just 1g of sugar). It tastes pretty good. Sometimes when I'm in a rush early morning and I have no time to make breakfast, I just take the protein shake on the go. It's kinda convenient. Also, before I head out to my Taekwondo training, it gives me the extra energy boost I needed.



Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review as part of the ChickAdvisor Campaign. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.




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Monday, October 2, 2017

Create Beautiful Prints with MagicMemories.com

I was recently introduced to Magic Memories, a company similar to a Shutterfly or Minted. Products include calendars, photobooks, canvases, prints, mugs, posters, Mousepads, puzzles, and their one of a kind LEGO® Brick Wall. I do a lot of photography and always love to showcase my work. I decided to order some poster prints (23.4" x 16.5") from MagicMemories.com.




I was surprised to receive the parcel just after a week from placing my order - very fast delivery coming from Florida to Vancouver in Canada. Shipping was free. I also learned that they have offices in Australia, Europe, and New Zealand as well as United States.




I must say that I am very impressed with the quality of the poster prints and the thickness of the paper used. The colours are vibrant, just like the digital images displayed on my monitor. I ordered enlargements on poster prints because it costs lesser than having it done on photo prints. The posters look amazing on the walls. I would definitely order other prints again, even as a gift for this holiday season. Take a look at the photos below of how I placed the posters.





Creating and ordering is super easy. Visit the link at www.magicmemories.com to create your own account and tell me what you would create.


Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.


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