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Beauty & Pampering Gifts for Her

EYES & LIPS Spoil the makeup lover on your list with an Enchanted Eyes Liquid Shadow Set with three travel-size Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows in high-shimmer sheen and three travel-size Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows with dazzling, ultra-sparkle finish. Stila also offers an All Day Lipstick Trio for weightless, creamy, full coverage. […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Little Ones

STOCK UP  Fill their stockings with colorful gifts they can use at home and school like this fun calculator, available in a variety of colors. Sharp, www.sharp.ca BUILDING BLOCKS Encourage creativity in children and adults of all ages with LEGO building sets. Help Stephanie battle it out on the tennis court with LEGO Friends Stephanie’s […]

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Creative Giving: How to Give a Gift Card

THE PERFECT GIFT IDEA Gift cards are the perfect choice for those hard to shop for individuals on your list. Pick a gift card from a store with multiple departments so they have plenty of choices! – Giant Tiger, www.gianttiger.com SEW IT UP Crochet a cute gift card ornament that will also become a keepsake […]

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: Chocolates with a Twist

Chocolate is the universal holiday gift idea. It’s the perfect gift for a hostess, a client, a hard to shop for loved one or the person who has everything. Nearly everyone loves a good chocolate. The problem is that with so many people giving chocolates as the go-to gift, it can seem a little “been […]

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Holiday Travel Favorites for Christmas

MONTEGO BAY Escape the cold with a sunny family vacation they’ll never forget! The Holiday Inn Resort  + Spa Montego Bay offers all inclusive packages for worry-free vacations with plenty of activities available to please every member of the family! Conveniently located just ten minutes from the airport! – Holiday Inn, www.holidayinnresorts.com/OfficialSite/MontegoBay PUERTO VALLARTA Enjoy […]

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Marc & Mandy’s Favorite Gift Ideas for Guys

KINGSMEN GROOMING PRODUCTS Conquer your beard with the right tools! Beard balms, beard oils and Kingsmen’s grooming gift sets make thoughtful gifts for the distinguished gentleman. – Kingsmen Grooming Products, www.kingsmengrooming.ca THE BARBER SHOP PRO Conair’s Magnetic Motor Clipper features Japanese Steel blades for an amazing cut through any hair type and comes with an […]

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Marc & Mandy’s Favorite Gifts for the Fashionista

MIA & LUCA HOBO BAG Available in a variety of colors, this hobo bag offers plenty of space, suede details and tassels for a look that is classic and stylish but with just a bit of fun. – Bentley, www.shopbentley.com EVERYWEAR PANTS Comfy, yoga-style pants in regular and Ponti weight fabric for chilly weather. Laila […]

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Marc & Mandy’s Favorite Gift Ideas for Chefs and Foodies

MINI-PREP PLUS PROCESSOR Grind or chop ingredients instantly at the touch of a button. Features a 3-cup bowl with handle and auto-reversing SmartPower Blade. – Cuisinart, www.cuisinart.ca SUPERSTEAM + It’s 3 ovens in one: whether you’re cooking with Superheated steam, regular steam, or convection heating, you can cook anything just the way you want. – […]

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Marc & Mandy’s Home & Decor Gift Ideas

A FRESH COAT Update your home before guests arrive with colors from Simon Chang’s 2019 Trend Collection! – Beauti-tone, www.beauti-tone.ca QUALITY DIY Create DIY tabletops, artwork, jewelry and more. Low odor formulation allows for indoor use, with no ventilation required! – Ecopoxy, www.ecopoxy.com PHOTO ART Turn your photos into affordable, stunning wall art that is […]

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Marc and Mandy’s Delicious Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients: 1 seeded pumpkin 3 cups water 1tbsp salt olive oil Seasoning variation: Seasoning salt Barbeque seasoning/ salt Red pepper flakes/ paprika/ cayenne/ salt Cinnamon/sugar/salt Parmesan cheese/black pepper/ salt 1. Seed a pumpkin using a large metal spoon. 2. Use a colander and water to separate the seeds from the stringy pumpkin insides. 3. Bring […]

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8 DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Looking for a last minute way to dress up your Halloween treats? We’ve got a few great ideas for you.

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7 Ways to Eat Halloween Candy Without Ruining Your Teeth

Halloween is a sweet time of year for kids, but it can be a nightmare for health-conscious parents concerned about excess sugar leading to cavities. But Halloween tricking and treating doesn’t have to be scary with these helpful tips from the Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association: If kids have a healthy meal before they go trick-or-treating, […]

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4 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

  Freeze it.  Candy can last anywhere from two weeks to a year, depending on how you store it. Check the labels or do a quick Google search to find out which treats will and won’t keep. For the ones that will, freeze and unthaw throughout the year to make sundaes, milkshakes, cakes, brownies, or […]

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Video Tutorials: Nail Art Ideas for Halloween

The best thing about Halloween is… getting to play dress up as an adult! While you might not be able to spend a lot of time in costume, these Halloween nail art ideas will let you play dress up, at least on your nails! 4 Easy Halloween Nail Art Designs: Five Cute & Easy Halloween […]

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Eating in Germany: Top Restaurants To Try

If you’re like most people, you know that one of the best parts of traveling is enjoying unique regional food. If you are taking a trip to Germany, you can look forward to some interesting and delicious options, such as currywurst and spätzle. To try the most authentic versions of these regional dishes along with […]

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love baking and I love Halloween so making this recipe was a lot of fun! I’m not sure what my kids and I love more; baking or taste-testing the final product. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I figured we could try making them into dinosaur footprint cookies by pressing a (cleaned) toy […]

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Melissa Maker’s Thanksgiving Cleaning Tips

Cooking can be messy business, especially when it comes to a big event like Thanksgiving dinner. That said, there are a few things you can do to set yourself up for success with minimal mess. Melissa Maker, from the YouTube channel Clean My Space, shares some tips on how to safeguard your kitchen from typical […]

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Games to Play With Your Family at Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you’re entertaining friends, family, or a combination of both this Thanksgiving, pre-planning a game or two can go a long way in ensuring your celebration is a memorable one. (The upshot: your guests will come for the food, but they’ll stay for the entertainment!)   Bingo Preparation for this game involves a quick survey […]

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Discover Fun Ways to Keep Your Pet Active this Fall

Getting outside with your pet in the hot summer for lots of activity isn’t always easy, but fall is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors together. Here are some great ideas for you and your furry friends to enjoy this colourful and crisp season: Visit a pumpkin patch. Grab the leash and bring […]

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7 Must-Haves for Your Fall Wardrobe

In contrast to the easy breezy fashion associated with summertime, piecing together a fall wardrobe tends to be a far more complex affair. (Think: layers, and lots of them!) Even so, fall is oftentimes the preferred season for those with an affinity or an appreciation for fashion. If you fall into this category, keep reading for […]

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Fireplace Mantel Decor Ideas for Thanksgiving

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Pumpkin Craft Ideas for Kids

‘Tis the season for fallen leaves, beautiful colours, and of course, pumpkins. As the weather starts to get chillier and the days get shorter, kids often get bored and don’t know what to do with themselves. Keep their little hands busy with some pumpkin crafts.   Pumpkin Bird Feeder A perfect fall craft that can […]

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DIY Centerpiece Ideas for Thanksgiving

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Creative Hacks for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Cooking a big meal, especially for a high pressure occasion like Thanksgiving, can be a intimidating and overwhelming. Chef Rob shares some of his tried and true hacks for getting through this big day. For your turkey: The best way to cook a turkey is overnight, slowly and on a low temperature. Chef Rob suggests […]

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5 ‘Natural’ Make Up Looks For Fall

Everyone wants to look natural when they go out. How does one achieve this look? 1) Smog Eye Shadow and Eyebrow Pencil: What you need: – Light foundation – Eyebrow pencil – One nude colored eye shadow – One coat of mascara and a bit of blush 2) Just a Little Mascara: What you need: […]

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