This past Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day; a day when we proudly wear pink shirts in honour and support of anti-bullying. Bullying is a major issue and sadly it’s not getting any better which is why we need to create awareness and ban together to put an end to it.
Did you know that…
Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13-years-olds category on a scale of 35 countries
At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently
Among adult Canadians, 38% of males and 30% of females reported having experienced occasional or frequent bullying during their school years
47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying
Any participation in bullying increases risk of suicidal ideas in youth
The rate of discrimination experienced among students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Two-Spirited, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) is three times higher than heterosexual youth
Girls are more likely to be bullied on the internet than boys
7% of adult internet users in Canada, age 18 years and older, self-reported having been a victim of cyber-bullying at some point in their life
The most common form of cyber-bullying involves receiving threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages and has been reported by 73% of victims
Those are just a few of the many scary stats that are out there. Bullying is real and doesn’t discriminate against age, sex, religion, sexual preference, or race. I hear cases of it at Samantha’s school with kids as young as 4 years old, with my nieces and nephews who are tweens and teens and hell, just a few years back I was a target amongst a group of online moms through social media. It’s name calling, it’s shoving and pushing, teasing, spreading rumours and lies, attacking and making fun of people in person and on social media. It’s sending threatening texts and emails and sadly the list doesn’t end there.
Something needs to be done to put an end to this all and the answer starts with YOU!
Wednesday evening I had the honour of being invited to attend the very first Pink Shirt Day concert at Vaughan Mills Mall from our friends at GIRL TALK Empowerment. It was simply fantastic! The vibe and energy was amazing and positive! They had a “Kindness Never Goes Out Of Style” pop up shop set up where people were able to go in and purchase a pink tee, take some fun pics and leave an inspiring message on their pink wall. The concert was the main event and rightfully so! Hosted by GIRL TALK Empowerment founder Katie Zepperi and featuring a Q&A session with YouTube star Meg DeAngelis and music from Ryland James and Tyler Shaw. Each of the young stars shared stories, experiences and positive messages with the crowd. Their message to be kind, to treat others as you would want to be treated and to stand up against bullying whether you are the victim or a witness, was something that hit close to home for many of the people who were there. It was exactly what these young people as well as the adults there needed to hear.
Bullying needs to end here and now! No more of this crap and no more of standing by and watching it happen! WE need to do something about it and WE need to start now! We as parents need to teach our kids right from wrong and lead by example because they are watching and learning from us. Our kids are listening to the words we are speaking and more importantly are watching our actions so we can’t just talk the talk, we actually need to walk the walk. If we say one thing but do the other what message our we sending our children?
So I decided to share a few tips with you Mammas and Papas because let’s face it, everything starts at home so if we can get it right, then it will help lead our kids in the right direction.
Show respect to one another in and outside of the home
Be kind because kindness is contagious
Be aware of your words and actions especially in front of your children
When you see someone being bullied DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT and lend a helping hand
In a world where people feel entitled and it’s easy to hide behind cell phones, computer screens and social media accounts, it’s important to spread the message of kindness and love rather than one of hurt and hate. Remember it just takes YOU to make a difference and if each one of us commits to that, than think of what we can accomplish together in this fight against bullying.
Special thanks to Katie Zepperi of GIRL TALK Empowerment and Vaughan Mills for putting on this stellar event and inviting me to tag along! Much love to everyone and wishing you all a fab and oh so CHIC day xoxo.
If you are fortunate in life, you will encounter some pretty special people. People that will empower you, inspire you, and genuinely care about you. This is exactly how I feel about my friend Renee Dimitrovski, owner and founder of the COCOLILY brand. Renee is an amazing woman, mother, daughter and friend who has helped many women over the span of her career which is why I want to share her story and share with you the wonderful things she’s doing with the COCOLILY Social coming up later this month.
This is Renee and this is her COCOLILY story…
The idea all started by Renee Dimitrovski, a single mom, entrepreneur, a daughter and a friend who is passionate about what she does, inspired by those in her life and committed to helping others. She also knows that in order to succeed, you need a tribe of amazing people who have your back.
Renee believes in being authentic, community over competition and she also believes in The COCOLILY Social : a creative event for the female entrepreneur – and she is hoping that you will too.The COCOLILY Social is very near and dear to her heart as she is trying to bring together a community of women who will be there for each other and support one another while providing a unique experience and inspirational event.
Renee is striving to start a movement that allows for women to know that they are not alone on their journey and putting it out there that when women support each other, incredible things happen. Society has done enough damage where we are accustomed to be catty, competitive and mean. She is trying to change that and bring together women who also believe in the COCOLILY manifesto. Be kind, be real, speak words of wisdom, support each other and help someone – not because there is something in it for you, but because it feels amazing for the soul.
With your support and contributions, this event will be possible and it will start a new community of wonderful things to come. An eternally grateful heart for the believers and dreamers who help make this dream come alive. It will let others know that when you have hope in your heart, anything is possible.
The funds being contributed and received will assist towards the total bill for food & beverage at the venue in addition to event rental space. The fees at the venue:
meals for 150 guests (breakfast, lunch and dinner and breaks) $25,410
audio visual/electrical $3,500
That is just the venue alone and does not include insurance costs, decor, rentals, and printing. The $15,500 will help to cover some of the cost for the meals – asking for over $25K is shooting for the stars. Coming to realize this, Renee knows she can’t do this alone. COCOLILY has been built by one person, Renee, and she does not have a team of mavens. She is the accountant, bookkeeper, marketing manager, sales manager and logistics coordinator – and she simply doesn’t have the manpower or marketing funds to go full throttle unfortunately.
This event is not for profit and the goal is to come together as a community, build your tribe, celebrate, dream, relax, collaborate, learn from each other and share experiences.
A lot of us chase those dreams alone but Renee is trying to change that. Have your dream, take it with you to The COCOLILY Social, share it with your new tribe and know that you have a lot of support. Whether it’s asking a simple question, needing advice or letting go of those fears of failure.
You have a dream…now what? You have an idea…now what? You’re scared and feel alone and lost…you don’t have to feel that way. A lot of us have been there and Renee knows how it feels to turn on the computer, try to be the best mother/wife/daughter/friend, juggle everything, be surrounded by your family and friends but still feel alone. An idea pops into your head but there’s no support system like you have when working at a company. She gets it – and that’s why she is giving this her all to make this event work and bring together all of those who felt what she felt.
With The COCOLILY Social you get to be yourself and come as you are rather than pretending to be something you are not just so others perceive you in the light you think they should.
You get to actually talk to other like-minded female entrepreneurs who ‘get you’ while having a coffee.
You get to be inspired with the workshops run by the top business-savvy women.
You get to be motivated and talk in depth about what YOU choose to attend as each session is ‘choose your own’ so you can pick which workshops and sessions you would like to take part in, that will actually help you rather than being forced to attend workshops on an agenda that don’t interest you at all. And the Tea Talks are there for the purpose of being honest and open about a topic with 6-8 other women; sharing experiences, advice and learning from each other.
That’s a true intimate and interactive experience for actually getting to meet your kindred spirit, making those connections for future collaborations and knowing that when you turn on the computer on Monday morning – you’ll have your tribe who will support you. Renee wants women to walk away from this event saying “I can’t wait for the next one” and smile.
Building an unparalleled event like this from scratch requires a passionate heart, creative thinking, courage and, an even greater amount of financial support.
By lending your support and your leap of faith in supporting the event and vision to come to life, you will be a part of an incredible new chapter and movement for women entrepreneurs everywhere!
Renee has produced numerous events and some events back to back along with other challenges such as road closures one year for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, time changes, etc. But she always overcomes those challenges and does what she promises to do and what is within her control. While she cannot control if people attend events but she can control how she produces them – gracefully and honestly with passion. With The COCOLILY Social she is still going full speed ahead with the marketing plan, partnerships and a PR campaign but she knows that won’t be enough.
THANK YOU FROM RENEE
I graciously ask that if you cannot contribute financially, then please help spread the word about the campaign by using the Indiegogo share tools to notify your friends and make some fierce noise.
Please share it with your social media portals and friends who you think might love to contribute or even attend.
By building this event, I am trying to build on the vision and message that we’re all in this together and you’re not alone – BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IS A TRIBE WHO HAS HER BACK – that’s The COCOLILY Social. And most importantly, be your authentic self – as that will attract the right people into your life.
If I have your full support, then I will be eternally grateful. I know in my heart that the right people will step forward and support the event. I’m doing my best to make it absolutely wonderful – but I am only one person and I can’t do this without my tribe and community of fabulous supporters with a kind heart.
Thank you for taking the time read about Renee and her story. It’s with people like you that we can make these great events possible. Come join me and an incredible tribe of women on Saturday, May 28th at Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It’s going to be an amazing day and one that you surely don’t want to miss out on.
Get your tickets NOW before it too late as Monday May 23rd is the last day to register for The COCOLILY Social. To purchase your tickets CLICK HERE and get a “The Classic” full day ticket with meals for ONLY $94.50 (Reg Price $189.00) when you use promo code: chic16.
Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, trust me I know first hand as woman and as a Mamma with 3 businesses under my belt. There’s so much to think about, deal with, juggle and the pressure…well let’s just say it can be overwhelming at times. The number one question I get asked is how do you do it? What’s the secret? Well, plain and simple it all has to do with support. Support from your family, your friends and all those around you including the other amazing entrepreneurs in your life. These are the people that will motivate you, empower you and inspire you which is exactly why Chic Mamma is PROUD to be an event partner of the COCOLILY Social.
The COCOLILY Social is the most anticipated and desired social soiree for artist, visionaries, tastemakers, planners, dreamers, trendsetters, and passionate women-owned businesses. It’s a one-day creative event for female entrepreneurs filled with fabulous workshops, intimate tea talks, motivational sparkle sessions, delicious food, conversations, coffee & cocktails!
This is the perfect opportunity to get out there with like-minded entrepreneurial women, share ideas, get ideas, meet new people through networking, learn, brand, unite and of course have a great time while doing it.
So come and join us because you deserve it, your brand deserves it and right now we have an incredible offer where you can save $100 OFF Classic full day tickets making them ONLY $89 when you use promo code chic16. This is one event you just can’t afford to miss!
Guest Blog Written By: Linda Vercillo from Tra Di Noi
Photo By: Lisa Crispo Photography
Your baby is turning 1…all these emotions start racing through your mind! Do we have a large or small party? All the key questions who, what & where?!…grrrrr….stay calm….
We all know that our one year old won’t remember a thing about the party but, this party is for the “chic mamma.” After a year of trying to figuring it all out…LOL…being a first time mom or now being a mom to 2 to 3 kids…it’s a big accomplishment that after the first year you’ve made it through & you remembered to brush your teeth.
YOU’VE SURVIVED! Now it’s time to party!!!
The most important thing to remember when planning your child’s first birthday is to have it geared towards kids & adults….which can be difficult. Children want to see bright colors, games, fun entertainment, party food so many details to think about. Also remember that adults love the children’s menu much better…ever notice that adults are always eating from the children’s station.
The most important thing is to have fun with it. Don’t over think it, it’s not a wedding or an adult only event.. Have fun!!!
As a parent planning fun stuff for the family isn’t always easy, so when I hear about great local events happening I always jump on them and of course spread the word 😉 .
Next weekend (Saturday, May 2nd) the Our Rugrats Expo is happening at the Trios Sportsplex Event Venue (located at 601 Cityview Blvd in Vaughan from 10:00am to 5:00pm) and we couldn’t be more excited! This family friendly event is geared towards children of all ages, parents, grandparents and parents to be. The best part is that it’s FREE!
They have so many amazing things planned for the day and of course not just for the little ones but for us parents and the parents-to-be as well. New this year to the show is the Pretty Mamma and Dapper Dad Zone where parents and parents-to-be can go to get pampered and have some fun with businesses like Arboone, Stella & Dot, It Works!, Golf Lab, Barber’s Cave and more!
Another new and exciting addition this year are the FOOD TRUCKS! Now who doesn’t love food trucks . Everything from an ice cream to Mini Donuts and of course famous BeaverTails which aside from their signature sweet and delish pastries they have yummy french fries and hot dogs perfect for lunch or great to just snack on. All stuff that you and your little ones will love after you build up an appetite inside running around and visiting all the great interactive activities for kids like bouncy castles, Reptilia meet and greet with the reptiles and of of course the Legoland Discovery play area which is bigger and better this year.
The Our Rugrats Expo has all your favourite vendors under one roof. It’s definitely the place to be and you can guarantee the whole family will leave happy.
Alright Chic Mammas we’ve got an event coming your way that you won’t wanna miss! We of course are talking about the Our Rugrats Expo happening Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Trios Sportsplex Event Venue (located at 601 Cityview Blvd in Vaughan from 10:00am to 5:00pm). This family friendly event is geared towards children of all ages, parents, grandparents and parents to be!
Right now the Our Rugrats Expo is looking for exhibitors and so if you’re a Chic Mamma business owner this is for you, especially if you have a business or service that directly serves children or Mammas like us ;). Did you know that Mammas make 84% of all household purchasing decisions, and they show high consumer loyalty by using the same vendors at home and at the office. Mammas control over a trillion dollars in spending every year. The Our Rugrats Expo exhibitor categories ranging from childcare, education, health, toys, family entertainment, food, clothing, insurance & financial, novelties and more, theOur Rugrats Expo can accommodate your needs regardless of if you are a large company or small home-based business.
It is going to be a fantastic and fun event with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre sponsoring an interactive play area which will be bigger and better than the one at the last Our Rugrats Expo! Reptilia Zoo will host an amazing “Meet & Greet with various cold blooded critters” and Fiesta 4 Kids will sponsor bouncy castles and games to entertain the kiddies!
There will be a variety of opportunities for expo goers to engage and participate in interactive workshops, demonstrations, enjoy performances and learn about the newest most innovative products and services available to parents.
This hyper local event with expected 1000+ potential guests will celebrate parenthood and offer attendees a fun day out in their community.
For more information on this event or to find out how you can become an exhibitor be sure to visit them online at http://www.ourrugrats.ca or contact Mary Frasca (Director of Our Brands Media) via email at email@example.com or by phone at 647.461.7627. Find out how they can help grow your business and help you bring it to the next level!
Chic Mamma and Petite & Posh Present The Cinderella Royal Princess Gathering. It’s time for a Mamma + Daughter day at Petite & Posh with Cinderella! Come join us on Friday, March 13th to celebrate the opening day of the Cinderella movie. Have your little one dress up as her favorite princess and make your way over to Petite & Posh for a pre-movie red carpet event. Cinderella will be on-site for a meet and greet, photo shoot and of course we’ll have some royal peanut free treats for your little ones.
Mamma + Daughter package is $25 plus HST
(each additional child is $15 plus HST)
Meet and Greet with Cinderella
4×6 memorable photo of your child with Cinderella
A Princess tiara keepsake for each child
A Mini Sprinkle Cupcake for each child (peanut free)
Appointment Times (45 min to 1 hour in length):
10:00am (for the 11:50am showing of Cinderella)
1:00pm (for the 2:30pm showing of Cinderella)
To book your appointment call Petite & Posh at 905.856.8118. Appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis and must be paid in full with a valid credit card.
*please note that movie tickets are not included in this price and must be purchased separately at the movie theater (online ahead of time at by clicking here or in person at Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan)*
Chorus Music Academy March Break Music Mania: Enjoy a variety of awesome musical activities that span genres, instruments and cultures from around the world! Sing, dance, jam, perform and even create your own digital music masterpiece! This unique and fun-filled session ends with a final concert and dance party that sets the scene with stage lights and our own in-house DJ! Experience the Chorus Difference this March Break with music camps like no other!
Ages 5 to 13 – campers will be divided into groups based on age.
2 day camp: Tuesday, March 17th and Thursday, March 19th
9am to 4pm: $125+HST
8am to 5pm: $145+HST – extended care
Includes pizza lunch on Thursday
Concert on Thursday
3 day camp: Monday, March 16th / Wednesday, March 18th / Friday, March 20th
9am to 4pm: $160+HST
8am to 5pm: $190+HST – extended care
Includes pizza lunch on Friday
Concert on Friday
5 day camp: Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th
It’s the official GG Beach Tour. Each day they will travel to popular Caribbean destinations. Pack your bags and some tanning lotion. Camp is from 10:00am to 4:00pm and includes Spa Services, Crafts and More! **PLEASE NOTE LUNCH IS NOT PROVIDED CHILDREN MUST BRING A NUT FREE LUNCH** Ages 6 and up ONLY.
CLICK HERE to view the full camp itinerary or to sign up.
Mammas if you’re looking for some fun with your little ladies then this might be just the thing for you! How about a ladies day at LUX SPA? A Mamma and daughter mani and pedi? Perfect for girls of all ages…tweens to teens they’ve got you covered. Get pampered at this award winning spa and then grab a bite to eat and do some shopping in beautiful Yorkville!
For more information on packages and to make an appointment contact LUX SPA at 416.921.1680
March Break Camp is being offered at Bounce “N” Play II from March 16th to 20th.
Tons of activities, 2 large playgrounds equipped with bouncy castles, Xbox and Wii. Arts n crafts, science lab day, soccer clinic, movies, cooking, board games, tutoring and much more! PLUS LUNCH IS INCLUDED!
Providing parents with the peace of mind that their children are well cared for is a great gift!
Call them today to register your child! 905.851.9599 Limited availability
It’s time for some Perfectly Princess Tea Parties with our friends over at Petite & Posh!
Running daily between Tuesday, March 17th to Friday, March 20th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm your little one can dress up as her favourite princess, sip on some apple juice “tea” and feast on tea cut sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, mini cupcakes and veggie skewers.
A princess tiara
A princess bracelet
A princess necklace
A royal dance party
Decorate your own glass slipper cookie
Meet and Greet with Cinderella and a 4×6 keepsake photo
Special princess certificate
ONLY $45 plus HST per princess!
Book today by calling Petite & Posh at 905.856.8118. Limited availability.
So there you have it! Your ChicMamma.ca go to guide for March Break 2015, be safe and have fun 😉 .
OMG it’s Super Bowl Sunday…this is what dreams are made of! Well not really, I could honestly give two facks about it if you want to know the truth haha.
Some people watch it because they love it, others enjoy the entertainment during half time and some just love the commercials. If you’re a Super Bowl commercial person let me spare you the pain of sitting through the game. All you need to do is click here and you’ll be able to watch all the Super Bowl commercials your heart desires (thank you AdBlitz 2015), you can thank me for this later 😉 haha.
Happy watching and Happy Super Bowl Commercial Sunday to you!
P.S. My money is on Seattle and for no other reason than that’s where Pearl Jam is from haha…yup that’s how I pick my teams!
Everyone thinks that Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers and couples but it actually goes beyond that…it’s a day for love in general…all kinds of love! Love for our friends and families and sometimes people we don’t even know. What if I could tell you that this Valentine’s Day you could help make a difference in the lives of many children who need your help?
Come join us for the 1st Annual Mountain of Smiles Valentine’s Day Gala on Saturday, February 14th.
What is Mountain of Smiles Childrens Charityand what are they all about? Allow me to share 😉 . Mountain Of Smiles Childrens Charity is all about supporting children and families in need within our community and giving back in any way that they can. In the past they’ve hosted toy drives, winter clothing drives and charity golf tournaments. They’ve donated generously to Sick Kids and the Salvation Army, but more recently they’ve looked for ways to reach out to families and children in need within the community. Currently they’ve worked with the Angel Foundation for Learning (a nonprofit organization who reaches out to over 37,000 children in the Toronto Catholic School Board) and they’ve donated hundreds of brand new articles of winter clothing that have helped dress over 100 underprivileged kids from head to toe and keep them warm during the cold winter months. Being there to watch these children choose their jackets and to see the excitement on their faces is a wonderful experience and one that they want to continue to expand on.
Mountain of Smiles has also donated directly to families in need within our community through the Rocky’s Emergency Fund. Rocky’s Emergency Fund was started to help families struggling to cope with a child or children dealing with an illness that requires regular hospital visits, prescription medications not covered by the Ontario Health Care system and daily life expenses.
Their goal for this year’s gala is to raise enough money so that they can continue to empower and support children within the community by providing them with food and clothing. They hope to reach out and help over 500 children in need throughout 2015. They would also like to increase their Rocky’s Emergency Fund so that they can reach out to helping at least 20 families in need. As well as add other initiatives to their charity in 2015 – such as painting and decorating rooms for those families who are struggling and need assistance. This year they will also be tracking all of they initiatives on Facebook so that everyone can see who they are helping and all that we are doing to reach out into the community.
So come and spend your Valentine’s Day in the company of the people you love all while giving the gift of love to those in need.
Date: February 14, 2015 Time: 7:00pm Venue: Paramount Event & Conference Centre
(222 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge) Tickets: Adults $135 / Kids Under 12 $65
(Call Spyro 416.881.5298 to order your tickets)
The holiday season is in full swing and that means it’s time again for one of my favourite things, TATTOOS FOR TOYS! Haven’t heard of it? Well let me fill you in. My good friend Derek Lewis of Lewis Family Tattoo Co. is a pretty awesome guy not to mention a crazy talented tattoo artist who happens to have an insanely huge heart. Well, every year he puts on an event in support of SickKids Hospital right here in Toronto and collects toys for the kids who are in the hospital during the holidays.
Wanna help out? It’s pretty easy! All you need to do is drop off a new unwrapped toy to Lewis Family Tattoo Co. at 2235 Dundas St. West (Tuesday – Saturday) and as a thank you they will enter your name into a random draw for your chance to win 1 of 2 prizes of $300 worth of tattoo work.
So when you’re out an about at the mall doing your Christmas shopping think of the kids who will be spending their Christmas in the hospital instead of at home with their families. Pick up an extra gift for them and be the reason that they smile on Christmas morning. As Derek said “In times like these the parents of these kids are preoccupied with other life issues to manage festive gifts or cheer. So I’m calling on all of you. If we all just pulled together and dropped of one toy, it would make a HUGE difference!”. Derek is totally right and together we can make a difference, so let’s start now!