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Summer Camps In Vaughan 2016

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Looking for Summer Camp Programs for Kids In Vaughan? Vaughan Moms always have you covered with the TOP Vaughan Mom Approved camps to choose from.

Color Me Mine – Maple & Woodbridge

CreARTive Camps at Color Me Mine
Let your Imaginations Run Wild by enrolling in our fun and exciting ART & CRAFT Camp!

We have some way cool projects planned, and we can’t wait to spend some time with awesome campers! Our campers, aged 4+, will have a blast while creating functional pieces the whole family can use or gift while spending time on creative exploration! Kids are grouped and seated based on age (ages: 4-7, 8-12, 13-17).

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Activities include:
• Pottery Painting
• Glass Fusion
• Fun with Clay
• Canvas Painting
-Stretching & Kids Yoga during Breaks (Two 15 mins & 1 hr for lunch)

GREAT VALUE – Up to 4 pieces per day! Paint clothes recommended. Campers are challenged based on their abilities and no two campers will have the same project.

3 time frames to choose from :

– Half day (9-12pm or 1-4pm) – $39+Tax
– Full day (9-4pm) – $69+tax
– Full week (M-F) – $269+tax

Before and After care is also available for $20/hr.

A tax receipt for TAX DEDUCTION may be picked up at the studio.

Camps are paid in full upon enrollment and are non-refundable. In studio credit will be issued based on 10 days notice cancellation. No Shows will not be credited. Please let us know as early as possible as our camps tend to fill quickly and we want to give everyone a chance to participate!

Book your Full Week Camp below or call 416-705-9898 to book your full day or half day option or Register Online HERE

Bricks 4 Kidz Woodbridge

Register for summer camp now!
We have many different camp themes such as Mining and crafting, Ninja Brick turtles, Brick Olympics, Superhero Academy and much more.

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Locations:

  • Vaughan Sportsplex II (Langstaff/Keele)
  • Playcious (Jane/Langstaff)
  • Pine Grove PS (Islington/Rutherford)

$260/full week
$175/half week
Use coupon code: 56FEFF5954644 before May 15th and get an additional 10% off with early bird pricing!

For more detail call 647-926-2221 or Register HERE

Peak Performance Golf

Peak Performance Golf presents our full summer day camp! Held inside and outside their 26,000 square foot facility, offering a well rounded multi sport experience with a golf focus. They emphasize play based learning and exploring all avenues of individual and team development 13164340_239904996400181_1346147799187280723_nwith creative, educational and fun activities.

Running weekly from July 4th-August 26th.
Each camp runs Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Programs start July 4th and end August 26th

Early Drop off (7.30am) and Late pick up (5.30pm) is available for $15/hr.

Holiday Week Camps run Tuesday to Friday. 20% discount applies.*

Sports and Activities during Camps

Golf/Volleyball/Tennis/ Badminton/ Basketball / Baseball/ Soccer/ Throwing/Running/ Jumping/ Physical Fitness

Regular Rate: $399+hst per week

Family Rate: $349+hst per camper for 2 or more campers

Multiple week discount (same camper): $349 per week

*Deposit of $200 required at registration

*$100 Administration fee applies on all cancellations

For more information check out www.peakperformgolf.com or contact erin@peakperformgolf.com for registration questions and forms.

More information HERE

Glama Gals Tween Spa Vaughan

Join us at Glama Gal Vaughan for SUMMER GLAMP CAMP 2016 where children ages 5 to 13 years old will let creativity, imagination and positivity soar. Each day is a different theme and includes a take home craft, spa service, physical activity session & confidence booster activity.

Themes include an Emoji day, Glamkins, Glam Scientist, Tropical Beach Sparty and so many more! 💞

Register HERE

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4Cats Art Studio – Woodbridge

WELCOME TO OUR HIVE OF CREATIVITY!

They are a team of happy artists who love what we do and create good art! They believe whole, whole heartedly that art brings joy, a love of learning and makes the world a better place. 🙂

The really great thing about 4Cats is that we encourage a love of learning through creating, questioning and laughing.

They all feel sooooo lucky to be part of the Woodbridge community! The community is so amazingly vibrant and creative. We are so happy and grateful you are part of the 4Cats family!

Register for camps HERE

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Kassem’s Taekwondo Dojang

Arabeez Creative Learning and Kassem’s Taekwondo Dojang are proudly presenting a one of a kind Summer Camp. Come learn some Arabic through singing, art and role play, unleash your inner ninja with Taekwondo and discover your movie making skills.

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Call Now 6472412109
www.kassemtaekwondo.com

Petite & Posh

Camp Weeks: July 11th to 15th/July 25th to 29th/August 29th to September 2nd
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Each day includes:
Princess Story Time, Craft, Etiquette Lesson, Dress Up, Princess Yoga & Dance Party, Princess Visit and a healthy mid morning snack and drink. All based on the the character of the day! Camp is from 9am to 12pm Ages 4 and Up
Camp runs from 9am to 12pm
$45 per day or $199 for the week

Register HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Day Camps in the City of Vaughan!

Summer day camps and programs are more than a way to pass the lazy days of summer. Research indicates the camp experience actually contributes to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child. We recognize the importance of our role and have developed camp experiences that enable children to laugh, learn and lead their way to a summer they will remember forever.

Summer Day Camp programs run annually in July and August.

More details are provided in the Spring & Summer Recreation Guide.

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Vaughan Moms Paint Night

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SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER for our Vaughan Moms PAINT NIGHT at Vaughan Mom Approved Color Me Mine Maple.

Join us for our scheduled workshop with our Colour Me Mine artists who will walk you through brush in brush how to make fabulous Wall Art you will want to display in the most visible places to boast about.canvas - the_red_umbrella Featuring the Lady In Red Painting the cost will be $45 ($37 include studio time, instruction, smocks, paint colors, 16×20 canvas, easels, etc.. and $8 for some wine and treats)
Invite a friend and let’s have some fun….

INVITE a friend and register here: http://vmpaintnight.eventbrite.com

 

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Ahhhh the toddler and preschool age is the perfect time to start teaching them everything and anything including oral health. At this age it is all about Monkey see, Monkey Do. It can be difficult to have our children clean up their mess, get dressed on their own, take a bath, get them to eat their veggies and fruit or even start brushing their teeth.
So where do we start and how do we get away from all the resistance they give us when it comes to this?
Moms, start doing the work, model it and show them that eating healthy, cleaning up, being more independent and brushing your teeth is fun and not so much a chore.
If children see you are doing it and enjoying it they will want to mimic you; “Monkey See, Monkey Do”! During this time it is always beneficial to read books about cleaning up, eating fruits/ veggies and brushing their teeth.

There are tons of really fun songs to along with cleaning up, eating, getting dressed and brushing teeth. Children should be brushing their teeth 2 times day for 2 minutes.

Make it a fun experience, encourage them to make bubbles and sing songs.

If your out at a grocery store, eating a meal or cleaning out the fridge make it a game.

Ask your child what food or snack item would make their teeth happy and what food or snack item would make their teeth sad; these are great teachable moments.

Make all those frustrating times a positive experience and before you know it your child will be brushing their teeth, getting dressed, eating fruits/veggies and cleaning up that big mess all on their own!

Check out the link below to encourage your children to start brushing!

https://doh.sd.gov/prevention/assets/ToothbrushingSongs.pdf

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smailesSmiles First Family Dental offers an unsurpassed level of care, and it is precisely this commitment to providing the highest quality of individualized care that sets us apart. Redefining the dental experience, Smiles First is a state-of-the-art facility with a courteous, friendly, and highly-trained staff of professionals and specialists who will completely change your perspective on dentistry. They always take the time to listen to your needs and concerns, and are there to answer any questions you may have and are currently accepting new patients.

Backpacks With Love For Kids In Fort McMurry

From May 10th to May 17th- Glama Gal Canada will be collecting backpacks for children in Fort McMurray. Backpacks need to be age specific and have a few not all of the following items inside. Glama Gal Canada has been in touch with a church in Edmonton which is an evacuee distribution center.

They will ship all backpacks to the church and Glama Gal Canada will cover all transportation & shipping costs. Items can be new or used. Please ensure you label them with age and gender they are for.

Click on link with info of what to put inside the backpacks, as well as Glama Gal locations you can drop off at & times. #backpackswithlove #albertastrong #kidshelpingkids
http://www.glamagalparty.com/backpacks-with-love

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Put Your Best Face Forward

Who needs a NEW HEAD SHOT?

Put Your Best Face Forward and update your professional head-shot.
Come network with fellow entrepreneurs…..
Get your hair and makeup touch up by The DollHouse Beauty Bar,
Jewls for your picture from Stella & Dot Style with Mir- Independent Stylist & Mentor
Photo taken by the talented Sono Photography and
500 Business cards with your package designed and printed by Launch a Mom

Date: June 1st 2016
Session 1: 10am-12pm
Session 2: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 159 Woodbridge Avenue, Vaughan
Register here… only 20 spots available  https://vmputyourbestfaceforward.eventbrite.com

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Thank You to our participating business

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Vaughan Moms Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway

They’re cooks, cleaners, taxi drivers, cheerleaders, and counselors. But most of all, they’re mothers! Mother’s day is May 8th! Instead of the usual flowers and chocolate from the family, Vaughan Moms and the business in the community that are Vaughan Mom Approved want to pamper one deserving mom with a few things for herself.

Nominate your mom or a mom you know that’s deserving of our Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway package!

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Here’s how:

1. Comment below telling us why you think this mom* is great and why she deserves to win The Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway in 200 words or less. Nominee must be a Vaughan resident.

2. “LIKE” all the business Facebook Pages of the business that have graciously offered a special gift in our package in the contest below.

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway Package includes:

        1. A fee 60 min massage from Mamma Care and the winner can choose what treatment she would like to have: Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Prenatal – Retail Value $100
        2. Lacoste wristlet from Zero 20 Kids – Retail value $60
        3. $100 Gift Card to Coppa’s Fresh Market
        4. A $65 gift certificate to www.mylegwearshop.com
        5. Classic Vehicle Detail from Go Tire Vaughan – Retail Value $99
        6. 2 $40 Floral arrangements from Kleinburg Nursery – Retail Value $80 (one arrangement with package)
        7. Signature Glamanence Facial 60 mins – Retail valued $80 from Glama Gal Tween Spa in Vaughan
        8. 20 minute outdoor photo session with 10 edited images from Silvana Marshall Photography – Retail Value $200
        9. One hour sleep consultation from Family Bliss ( Good for expectant mom’s or for mom with children up to 6 years old.) – Retail Value $150
        10. 1 hour gift certificate for a design consult with Monaco Interiors – Retail Value $150
        11. A $50 Gift Card to www.jrcouture.ca
        12. A one on one session with Lifestyle 4 Life with Voula Cicchelli, plus her 7 day kickstart plan – Retail Value $75
        13. A $75 gift certificate for any service at Copper Creek Medi Spa
        14. A $75 gift certificate for either Root Colour & Blowdry OR Partial Hilite & Blowdry with Hair By Mare
        15. A free underarm laser hair removal treatment from Freedom Medi Spa in Vaughan – Retail Value $110
        16. A baby sleeper from Zucchero by Solo Bambini – Retail Value $70
        17. $150 towards any event design by King & Co Event Designs
        18. Free furniture layout from Daniela Miceli Interiors – Retail Value $150
        19. $50 gift certificate to Porcello Cantina
        20. Stella & Dot Breezeblock Enamel Pendant Necklace – Retail Value $42
        21. Bread for a year from Cobs Bread – Valued at $210 (some conditions apply)
        22. A Giving Plate from Color Me Mine – Retail Value $44
        23. A $100 Gift Card to Vaughan Mills Mall from MatthewFusco.ca
        24. A Perfume Berger Gift Set from Desiree China & Gifts – Valued at $25
        25. $50 Gift Certificate to Itty Bitty Shoe Shop
        26. $75 car kit and $150 dinner certificate Grazie from Zanchin Auto Group

TOTAL VALUE: $2635

Nominations will be chosen by myself and the business involved will vote on which one is most deserving. Contest will close May 3rd 2016 and winner will be announced May 1st and the big prize will be delivered to the winner on May 5th 2016. Nominee must be a Vaughan Resident. Please read further qualifications below.

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Questions? Email vaughanmoms@gmail.com. Contest ends April 29th 2016 and winner will be delivered prize and expected to take photo that will be posted on the Vaughan Moms website and social media. Nominee must be local to Vaughan, Ontario or within 20km of Vaughan. *This includes friends, mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, godmothers, or the mother of your children. You cannot nominate yourself. A family member such as, a child or husband must nominate you. Moms can nominate their daughter if she is a mom. You understand and agree that your use of the prizes won is available and provided at your own risk. Vaughan Moms assumes no responsibly for any expired conflicts, unsatisfied customers or hardships incurred directly or indirectly by using any of the prizes given by the business on the Vaughan Mom Approved business directory.

 

Perks to Take Advantage of While Servicing Your Vehicle With the Zanchin Auto Group

With spring waiting around the corner to be sprung upon us it’s a given that you’ll need to take your vehicle in to be serviced whether it may be an oil change, changing out your winter tires, wheel alignment. You’re probably thinking that you’ll spend your visit at your chosen dealership tinkering around your phone and trying to bide time – but our dealerships have so much more to offer!

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Children’s Play Area
First things first – having your little ones with you while you run errands can be tough with finding ways to keep them entertained especially if you’re sitting in a waiting lounge. Luckily many of our dealerships offer children’s play areas that you and your kids are free to take advantage of while you wait.

There are usually a variety of toys for them to choose to play with, and these areas are often sectioned off with good visibility so you don’t have to worry about keeping your eye on them at all times.

Café
What’s better than having a hot beverage while you sit in our customer lounge? All of our dealerships offer some variety of complimentary hot drinks such as tea or coffee. Ranging from the classic pots of coffee to modern Keurig or Starbucks machines – you’re guaranteed to find something suitable to sip on.

Also, at our Maple Toyota location, we offer hot food cooked to order for both breakfast and lunch. That way you won’t have to stress about bringing a snack with you or going hungry if the only time you can schedule your appointment falls at mealtime. Most locations also offer vending machines with snacks and bottled drinks for your convenience.

Shuttle
If you have places to be during your service appointment – don’t fret! We offer complimentary shuttles to the surrounding area of each dealership so that you can get around and get your errands done while your car gets back in tip-top shape.

Don’t be afraid to ask your service advisor to be dropped off at the office or at the nearby mall. This way you can get errands done or work instead of waiting in your dealership. We are happy to do it.

Guest Services Vehicle
If your vehicle is in for a major service, we have guest service vehicles available for you to use. These do book quickly so at the time you book your service please request one. Your service advisor will arrange to have it ready for you when you drop off your car at your appointment.

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Customer Lounge + Free Wi-Fi
We try to keep our guests as comfortable as possible, so we make sure to have enough chairs for everyone to get settled. We also know how important it is to stay connected, so we’ve ensured that all of our dealerships offer free Wi-Fi.

So there you have it, getting your vehicle serviced comes with a variety of perks for you to take advantage of. The Zanchin Auto Group boasts a total of 30 locations spanning the GTA. The majority of our locations can be found in the Maple Auto Mall in Vaughan and the Number 7 Auto Mall in Woodbridge, but our dealerships can also be found in Innisfil, Kingston, Whitby and many other cities. Visit www.zanchinauto.com to find the closest location for you!

Lastly, and most importantly, the Zanchin Auto Group believes in a comfortable pressure free atmosphere. Buying, servicing or calling to request information should not be a frustrating experience. We are always here to help!

– Andria Zanchin of Zanchin Automotive Group
ALTA INFINITI
5585 HIGHWAY 7
Vaughan, ON L4L 1T5
Sales: 1 (866) 334-3092
Service: (905) 266-0498
Parts: (905) 856-8800
ALTA NISSAN RICHMOND HILL
11667 YONGE ST
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3N8
Sales: 1 (888) 739-1744
Service: 1 (877) 840-7071
Parts: 1 (855) 503-2101
ALTA NISSAN WOODBRIDGE
7625 MARTIN GROVE RD
Woodbridge, ON L4L 2C5
Sales: 1 (866) 980-8204
Service: 1 (877) 872-9183
Parts: 1 (877) 712-6024
International Auto Depot
193 Woodstream Blvd
Woodbridge, ON L4L 7Y1
Sales: 1 (888) 526-1283
Maple Acura
111 Auto Vaughan Drive
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (877) 761-0032
Maple Honda
89 Auto Vaughan Dr
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (866) 980-9498
Maple Hyundai
233 Sweetriver Blvd.
Maple, ON L6A 4G9
Sales: 1 (888) 905-5586
Service: 1 (888) 310-8576
Parts: 1 (888) 685-8102
Maple Mazda
110 Auto Vaughan Drive
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (866) 350-9904
Service: (905) 832-1556
Parts: (905) 832-1556
MAPLE NISSAN
100 AUTO VAUGHAN DR.
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (888) 277-0244
Service: (905) 266-0498
Parts: 1 (877) 731-5034
Maple Scion
88 Auto Vaughan Dr
Vaughan,ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (866) 980-9516
Service: (905) 417-9100
Parts: (905) 417-9100
Maple Toyota
88 Auto Vaughan Dr
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (866) 980-9516
Service: (416) 709-5777
Parts: (905) 417-9100
Maple Volkswagen
260 Sweetriver Blvd
Maple, ON L6A 4V3
Sales: 1 (888) 730-8971
MARTIN GROVE VOLKSWAGEN
7731 MARTIN GROVE RD
Woodbridge, ON L4L 2C5
Sales: 1 (866) 980-6213
Number 7 Honda
5555 Highway 7 West
Woodbridge, ON L4L 1T5
Sales: 1 (866) 981-4948
Service: 1 (877) 999-5962
Parts: (905) 851-2259
Prima Mazda
7635 Martin Grove Rd
Woodbridge, ON L4L 2C5
Sales: 1 (888) 249-0279
Service: (905) 850-8111
Parts: (905) 850-8111
WoodbridgeToyota
7685 Martin Grove Rd
Woodbridge, ON L4L 1B5
Sales: 1 (888) 301-9195
Service: (905) 851-3993
Parts: (416) 743-3262

Chilean Grapes and Chorizo

A fresh twist with Grapes to use as an appetizer or part of a meal.
Ingredients

4 Chorizo sausages cut into 1-½ inch pieces
1/4 pound fresh Chilean red seedless grapes
1/4 pound fresh Chilean green seedless grapes
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup dry red wine (Shiraz, Malbec or Merlot)
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

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Instructions

In a non-stick skillet over medium high heat add chorizo, allowing some of the oils to come out. If needed, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add grapes, oregano, and thyme.
Continue to brown the sausage and wilt the grapes to allow their natural juices to seep out. Grapes will start to pop, so monitor as the cook. All this should take about ten minutes.
Remove chorizo and grapes from the pan and put on a serving dish. Add wine to the pan and scrape down the bottom of the pan to release the drippings and flavoring. On low heat, reduce the wine slightly, then add the butter, one tablespoon at a time. Whisk the sauce until it reaches a rich glaze. Pour over sausage and top with parsley.
Use as a side dish, as a filling for pita, or roll into tortillas for a party snack.
Created by Kelly Springer MS, RD, CDN, www.kellyschoice.org
for Chilean Fresh Fruit Association
Chilean grapes are available in North America from December through May.

Why summer tutoring is important to your child’s learning

As you look for summer camps and other fun activities to keep your kids busy during the summer break, why not consider one-on-one tutoring? This is a great way to help your child avoid summer learning loss and head back to school with confidence.

While we all deserve some down time to do nothing but rest and relax, too much rest and relaxation can lead to learning loss. Here are some reasons why summer tutoring is important to your child’s learning and retention of previously learned information:

  • It helps children retain information they already learned the previous year and it also helps prepare them for the new information they will be learning the following year.
  • Children are able to catch up during the summer and focus on the things that were giving them a hard time during the school year.
  • The tutor can assign your child homework, so that your child will not get lazy and get out of the habit of doing academic work for the 2 to 3 months of summer break.
  • Tutoring gives your child a set routine, which is a very healthy thing in a young child’s life because it promotes stability.
  • If your children fall behind, due to learning loss, they may find themselves struggling throughout the rest of the school year – tutoring can solve this issue.

Making a small investment in summer learning can make a big difference in the fall, from growing your child’s skills and confidence, to giving your child an academic edge. The summer advantage program will pick up where the classroom leaves off, blending the latest teaching methods, engaging activities and games, and a fun reward system to inspire your child in learning. When the summer ends, your child will step into the classroom ready and excited about the new school year.

How Summer Advantage Program works:

This tutoring program focuses on specific skills or subject area- from math skills, to reading, to writing techniques- so your child can boost his or her confidence where needed.

The Summer Advantage Program is available for Preschool and Kindergarteners up through grade 5.
Preschool- SK- 30 minute session @ $20.00
Grade 1- Grade 5-1 hour session @ $35.00 (reg. $40)
(Discount will apply to those with 2 or more children)
*All payments are due at the end of each session.

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Locations: Pierre Berton Public Library (Islington/ Rutherford) or Richview Library (Islington and Eglinton)
When does the Summer Advantage Program begin?
Summer Advantage tutoring program will begin on Monday, July 4th, 2016 and will end Friday, August 26th, 2016. Please register by Sunday, May 1st, 2016.
What to expect:
• Designed with engaging activities and games to make summer learning fun.
• Led by a certified Primary/ Junior teacher.
• Made to fit your busy summer schedule
• Aligned with Ontario Curriculum, so what your child learns throughout the summer break will make an impact in the classroom.
What workbooks will be use?
All workbooks will be purchased from Alpha Textbooks or will be put together by myself. All books that will be used throughout the summer are based on the Ontario Curriculum.

Please note: Not all books listed under your child’s grade will need to be purchased. I have incorporated different workbooks that schools may use. It is your responsibility to ask the teacher what math and grammar program the school uses. Cancellation Policy: Due to high volume of students, sessions must be cancelled 24 hours prior, or full session will be charged.

If you have any questions about the Summer Advantage Program please feel free to contact Michelle at 416-898-5577 or by email michelle_ds1@hotmail.com

 

Be Bold for Spring

How to use Spring’s hottest trends to refresh your home with bold new hues.

1. Peacock Blue and Tangerine

Blue and orange

Choosing decorative accents that are opposite on the color wheel, like peacock blue and tangerine, create a lively room with energetic colors. For a softer look, try tangerine and mint.

2. Blushing Rouge and Cream

Rouge and cream

A few small red details take this living room from traditional to bright and modern. Add some gold finishes and it becomes elegant and luxurious.

3. Emerald and Black

Emerald and black

The design inspiration in this room started with the emerald and black ikat area rug. An dramatic accent wall is covered in black wallpaper and the furniture is in a silver grey. For softer look, walls could be painted in a neutral color and drapery in a emerald and black fabric.

 
Daniela Miceli Interiors is a dream that has culminated from a passion for decor and design for the past 10 years. Her services range from design and redesign of an interior space to simply selecting paint colours and new furnishings. No job is too small or too large to take on. Her goal as an interior designer is make your design project easy, stress-free, uniformed and professional looking.

March is Nutrition Month!!

Each year dietitians across Canada make a special effort to promote nutrition and health during the month of March. This year’s campaign focus is “take a 100 meal journey.” The idea being to make small changes one meal at a time. As a dietitian I know “dieting” doesn’t work and change isn’t easy. However, I also know that small changes one meal at a time can work. Making small changes usually allows the individual to take the time to “master” this change, and ultimately make it a part of their lifestyle. Each and every time I work with individuals and families I encourage them to make small changes that work best with their lifestyle. After all YOU are the expert of your life and YOU know what changes would work best. I help the individual and family by supporting, guiding, and educating them through these small changes.

Take the pledge this month and make small changes one meal at a time. The change can be anything from adding an extra vegetable to your day, adding a fruit to your breakfast, or possibly eliminating sugar sweetened beverages. There are many different ways you can make small changes to your diet that improve your nutrition and overall well-being, so find what works for you.
If you need support making these changes, please do connect with me. I offer free 15-minute consults in person or via phone and would love to help you make small changes that stick!

Contact Angela, Registered Dietitian at P: 416-527-3106 or angela@eatrightfeelright.ca

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4 Helpful Steps To Follow While Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

 

zan01  As the days get longer with sun staying high in the sky, you’re probably feeling similar to a bear coming out of hibernation. Dirt, salt, trash and everything else add up over the winter months – that’s the beauty of spring-cleaning! Not just for cleaning out your closet, our scrubbing your floorboard, you can include your vehicle too!

So, let’s get started on the 5 vital steps you need to take when cleaning out your car to make way for the fresh start that comes with the spring blossoms.

Changing tires with the seasons

First things first, arguably one of the most important parts of your vehicle are the tires and it’s integral to both your safety and your vehicle’s performance that you’re using either all-season or summer tires during the spring and summer months.

Once ensuring that you’ve switched out your winter tire, you should also check to make sure that your all-season or summer tires are properly inflated as this will contribute to keeping you and your family safe and also prolonging the lifespan of your set of tires.

Wash away winter

Your vehicle’s exterior is bound to have experienced the hardships of the winter snow, slush, ice, and salt. It’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? But, it doesn’t hurt to have a sleek looking vehicle.

You can always take your vehicle to a dealership for a professional detailing, but if you’re going to do it yourself ensure that you use a soap that is specifically designed for cars. This will clean off the dirt and grime while also protecting the paint.

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As a bonus treatment, waxing the outside of you car will not only give it a beautiful shine, but it will save you stress in the future when it comes to protecting from “hard-to-remove” stains and paint damage.

Clean sweep the interior

Moving inside the car, you’ll want to take extra care as this is where old coffee cups find their way under your seat, salt from children’s boots wedge into every crevice and mud and dirt cake onto your floor mats.

Start by clearing out any trash you’ve acquired over the winter. Take out the floor mats and shake them out, maybe even give them a hose down. If you use different mats in the winter you can proceed to store them or just hang them up to dry.

Once you’ve cleaned out and vacuumed the interior, make sure you don’t forget to organize your trunk, which may become the home of snow brushes, shovels, and miscellaneous winter accessories.

A well-oiled machine

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After those harsh winter conditions, it’s a good idea to take your vehicle to a certified technician so that they can take a peek and let you know if anything needs to be replaced, refreshed or if your vehicle is still road ready.

Staying on top of servicing your vehicle is going to keep your engine running smoother for longer and the Zanchin Auto Group has countless dealerships that would be happy to assist you with your annual spring service!

You’re now equipped with the necessary tips that will help you when that spring-cleaning bug starts spreading around. Follow these steps and your vehicle will be looking as good as new, and you’ll feel ready to spring into a fresh start!

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Grilled Peach and Blueberry Salad

with Arugula, Mint and Almond Parmesan Crisps Recipe courtesy of: Chef Drena Doran,Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

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Serves 2
1 large peach, peeled
1 cup Chilean blueberries
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon toasted sliced almonds
2 cups baby arugula, washed
1 cup butter lettuce, washed and chopped
1 ounce julienned red onion
2 sprigs fresh mint, chiffonade
Halve the peach and slice each half into 3 slices; set aside. Wash the blueberries
and toss them with 1 tablespoon of the preserves and set aside.
Whisk together the vinegar, remaining 1 tablespoon preserves, the lemon juice
and zest, 1/4 cup of the oil, and cayenne pepper until well mixed. Season with
salt and pepper to taste. Set the dressing aside to let the flavors combine
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Preheat the oven to 400°F. Mix the cheese and almonds together and spread
them into a 4- to 5-inch circle or square onto a baking sheet lined with parchment
paper. Bake for approximately 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the
cheese crisp from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature. When
cooled, cut or break it into two pieces.
Preheat a broiler or grill to medium heat. Brush the reserved peach slices with
the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Grill the peaches until slightly charred and
warmed through.
In a large salad bowl, toss the arugula, butter lettuce, mint, onion and 3/4 cup of
the blueberries with the prepared vinaigrette.
Divide the mixed greens between two salad plates. Arrange the grilled peach
slices and remaining blueberries next to the salads and garnish with a crisp.
Serve immediately.
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Pistachio Crusted Grilled Plums with Pecorino, Truffle Honey, Aceto Balsamico

Recipe courtesy of: Chef Cesar Zapata The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions, Miami, FL
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Serves 4 – ingredients can be purchased at Coppa’s Fresh Market
4 ripe Chilean plums, pitted and halved
2 ounces olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup pistachios, toasted and finely ground
1 cup agave syrup
2 ounces pecorino romano cheese, finely grated
Truffle honey
Aceto balsamico
Mint leaves
Preheat a grill to medium heat. Toss the plums in the oil and season with salt and
pepper. Grill the plums, cut-sides down, until warm and marked by the grill. Set
aside to cool, then cut each half in half again.
Put the syrup in a bowl and the pistachios in another. Dip each plum quarter in
the syrup, then in the pistachios.
Divide the remaining pistachios between four plates. Arrange 4 plum quarters on
each plate. Top with the cheese, then garnish with honey, balsamico, and mint.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.

 

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