September 2013

You’re Not a Real Londoner Until You’ve…

City Mom's Real Londoner

If you’re a fan of the TV series How I Met Your Mother, you may remember the episode called Subway Wars from 2010 where Robin’s status as a New Yorker is in question simply because she had yet to see Woody Allen on the streets of NYC.

Sidebar: I just recently started watching this series so in City Mom-time, this episode just happened.

This starts a discussion among the friends about what it takes to say you’re a true New Yorker; stealing a cab from someone, killing a cockroach with your bare hands and so on.

It got me thinking…how can Londoner’s (Canada’s London of course) prove their worthiness as a true Londonite?

WHAT MAKES LONDON?

I’m turning this into a challenge and I’m putting it in your hands London!

From our Fanshawe and UWO students to our artists and our families; from our politicians to our LHSC employees to our teachers; from our retirees to our children and everyone in-between, I want to hear from you!

What makes you a true LONDONER?

What rite of passage must a London resident complete before saying ‘I’m a Londoner’?

Must one have attended a baseball game at Labatt Park to become a real Londoner or visited Storybook Gardens as a child? Are you not a Londoner until you’ve attended the Canada Day celebration at Harris Park or enjoyed a pint at The Morrissey House? The possibilities are endless.

HAVE YOUR SAY

I’m asking for your help London! Please share your blurb on what it takes to claim ‘Londoner’ status in the comments below and help me to compile the greatest list ever created on declaring our true London worth!

Please share with all your London family and friends (past & present) by answering the question…

You’re not a real Londoner until you’ve…

Check back in a few weeks and I will share the final list that determines what Londoners think makes us the real deal!

City Mom

 

Autumn Inspiration: PC’s Harvest Soup with Walnut Pesto

Did you know that if you spent $10 of your weekly food budget on locally grown food items that it would cause a 2.4 billion dollar influx into the economy? Furthermore, it could create 10,000 jobs? This is a true fact and more information is found at The Ontario Table including how to buy local food.

CONTRIBUTING OUR $10

Vegetables

I’ve said it before on City Mom, but when fall arrives my creative juices start flowing. More specifically, my motivation in the kitchen really gets going. I love working with fresh, local ingredients and though we make an effort all year-long, I am particularly driven in the fall which makes spending my $10 a breeze!

This past Sunday marked the first day of fall in 2013 and the weather seemed to take the cue. There was a cool crispness to the atmosphere and that smell that can only be described as the “fall smell” filled the air. It only seemed fitting to travel to a farmer’s market to collect some delicious, local fall fare.

THOMAS BROS. FARMER’S MARKET

Thomas Bros. Market

London is ideally located; nestled within some of Ontario’s most fertile land so finding a farmer’s market isn’t a difficult task, but on this day, we chose Thomas Bros. Market. Located just outside of Lambeth on Colonel Talbot Road (Hwy 4), this market is easily accessible and overflowing with well priced, local produce.

I love teaching Little S about seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as  eating and buying local. A trip to the farm is both an educational and entertaining experience. We filled our cart with carrots, parsnips, pears, leeks, mini pumpkins, ornamental corn and the list goes on. I had trouble stopping myself.

PC’S HARVEST SOUP WITH WALNUT PESTO

Harvest Soup with Walnut Pesto

Now that we were in ownership of luscious fall fare we needed a recipe! Another place I love to turn to for kitchen inspiration is President’s Choice and of course they didn’t disappoint. This recipe is not only easy to make but allows you to make use of some amazing autumn vegetables.

The star of the show is definitely PC’s Black Label Walnut Pesto. If you haven’t tried this before I suggest that you do. The nutty taste mixed with the notes of garlic is a wonderful surprise. When combined with the earthy flavour of the roasted, pureed vegetables, the tangy palate of the goat cheese and the crispness of the fresh Italian bread cubes, exciting things happen.

If you’re going to make any soup this fall, I highly recommend you make this one. It’s full of healthy root vegetables that create a hearty, sustaining meal.

This delicious recipe is found at presidentschoice.ca.

What is your favourite fall recipe to make? How to you celebrate all the things that are fall?

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated by President’s Choice for my views. I just really love this recipe.

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mía mariú: Colors For Your Every Mood Giveaway {Can/US}

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I recently learned of this cosmetics and skincare line, mía mariú and I’m glad that I did. I was asked to try out a few of the cosmetic products and I was very impressed. But let’s back up a bit and learn more about mía mariú.

BEAUTY & HEALTH IN HARMONY

mía mariú is a health and beauty company that promotes beauty inside and out. It is based out of Dallas Texas and is founded by CEO Jeannie Price.  Mía Mariú botanical skin care, mineral cosmetics, natural health supplements and fragrances are available exclusively through Independent Advisers and online.

mía mariú also offers a flexible business opportunity with and innovative approach to social selling using the power of e-commerce, social networking and personal service. Women can easily balance their career and personal lives without sacrificing their time with family and friends

THE PRODUCTS

I got to try only a few items from the extensive mía line; the Uniquely You Touch Up Kit, three of the Hydrating Stick Glosses and one of the perfecting brushes. There are so many other products that I would like to try like the mineral blush and the perfecting mineral foundations.

UniquelyYouTouchUpKit

Uniquely You Touch Up Kit:

I really liked the mía mariú touch up kit. It comes complete with Magic Satin Powder and three eye shadows in Sexy, Flirty and Savvy. The kit also comes with a cute little application brush that I was able to use to apply my eye shadow and use to line my lids. In the photo below, I used just the cosmetics and tools included in the kit (as well as mascara) to create this look. It took me less than three minutes!

eyeShadow

The eye shadow is of good quality. You don’t need to use too much to get a noticeable effect. It also lasts all day long. The size of the compact is 3.5” x 3.5” so it fits easily into handbags. The mirror inside is the same size so it’s big enough to actually use for application. It truly is an on-the-go touch up kit.

miamariu_lip

Hydrating Stick Glosses:

I was able to choose three of the eleven shades of hydrating gloss so I chose Beso, Encanto and Capricho. I love them all and for different reasons. Beso is great for a daytime look and really brightens your face. The Encanto could pass for a bold day look or a nice evening shade, and the Capricho is a nice neutral look for day or night.

I love the smooth texture of the hydrating glosses and I know how they got their name; they hydrate your lips efficiently without being sticky and gooey. It’s the perfect combination of colour, style and purpose!

THE GIVEAWAY

ColorsForEveryMood

One City Mom reader will win a Colors For Your Every Mood Set which includes:

  • 1 Uniquely You Touch Up Kit
  • 3 Hydrating Stick Glosses (colours of your choice)
  • 1 Perfecting brush

This giveaway has a retail value of $109 and is open to Canadian and US residents. You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Tech Time Out: We Took the Pledge!

Tech Timeout

Back in June I shared with you that my family was about to take the pledge! The pledge I am referring to is the Tech Timeout Challenge by life insurance provider Foresters.

Tech Timeout Challenge (TTO) is an initiative with the goal of promoting families to put their electronic devices down and spend more quality time together. The average American household has 24 electronic devices within their home. This means that often each family member is plugged in at once.

Participating families are encouraged to disconnect from all their electronic devices for one hour a day to help spouses, parents and children build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved in each other’s lives.

Fast forward three months and our pledge has come to an end and I’m happy to share our experience with you today.

Tech Time Out

MY PREDICTIONS REALIZED

In my first post, I predicted that I would be the one to struggle the most with the pledge; turns out that I was right. As suspected I went into withdrawal without my iPhone even though it was just an hour a day, but as any addict knows, being told you can’t have something makes you want it more.

We found the best way to overcome this challenge was to get out of the house and do something outdoors. During the summer we all belong outside anyway, so I was thankful for the motivation to do so. Sometimes it is too easy to sit behind the computer to work and rely on a movie to entertain the kids.

HOW LONG WE LASTED

As with most new routines, we were really motivated at the start but as time passed it became harder to stay on top of our task. At first we missed a day and then we missed another day and so on and it became real work to carve out that hour each day. It’s not that we didn’t have the hour to spare; it was more that we weren’t so official in saying “now is our tech time out hour.

Consciously I chose not to bring my phone with me when we were going out so that when Little S was playing at the park, I wasn’t inclined to grab it and distract myself. This proved to be priceless as I was able to spend more focused time with her and interact at a greater level.

Overall I am confident in reporting that we made it the whole summer but maybe not totally official. We definitely spent an hour a day without using any technology most days this summer.

OUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES

Because we live in a high-rise, it’s not feasible for Little S to run around outside alone like she would if we had a backyard; thus, we are already in the habit of leaving technology behind in favour of the park (except that I used to bring my iPhone with me), walks around downtown and so on.

We enjoyed going for walks to get some fro-yo, window shopping, walking to the grocery store instead of driving and so on. I knew we would not be successful just sitting around the house as technology is everywhere and it’s super tempting!

WHAT I LEARNED

Participating in the TTO confirmed for me that each member of family is very reliant on technology. From Little S’ iPod and LeapPad to my husband and I watching TV and movies, we are constantly using some form of electronic entertainment whether it’s at home or in the car. It was a little disheartening to realize that we needed to force ourselves to do without.

What I have taken away with me at the end of this adventure is that sometimes technology can drive you a little crazy and like everything else in life, moderation is the key. In today’s fast paced world, it might mean taking a pledge like the Tech Time Out to get this much-needed moderation. I’m also happy to pass on this attitude to my daughter so that she can carry this habit forward into her future.

If you haven’t taken the pledge yet, I highly recommend that you do so. You may be surprised by what you learn!

This post was generously sponsored by life insurance provider Foresters, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.techtimeout.com.

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