Happy Planet Happy Soups To Go

Happy Planet Grab And Go Single-Serving Soup

We’ve often thrown a bag of Happy Planet Soup into our grocery bag for those times when we don’t have time to cook from scratch. Squash and cashew with coconut, tumeric and cinnamon is a favourite and we’ll usually grill up some cheese bread to complete our meal and pop open a beer or two as well.

Now it’s even easier to sup on soup even if you’re solo, or perahaps if your partners in the mood for one soup and you another, as Happy Planet has just released the Grab & Go single serving soups. They are super fresh,  delicious, healthy and filling! I work from home and sometimes can’t get out for lunch so I can now make a healthy meal that’s ready in three minutes; Michael has been taking a soup or two to work.

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There’s no messing up the kitchen as you can eat right from the bowl and then simply recycle. The soups are available in West African Squash & Cashew Soup (our favourite), Portuguese Kale & White Bean, French Lentil, Thai Coconut (close 2nd in our books) and Tuscan Tomato Soup. The soups are also gluten-free should that be an issure and made with fresh, premium, natural and certified organic ingredients; some are dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan options are available.

Grab a few the next time you are at the grocery store as they keep for several weeks and voila, healthy, tasty meals in minutes.

Brought to you by Happy Planet and GLV approved.

CND Flirtation and Spa Collection Premiers at Onyx Aesthetics

Testing Out The New CND Beauty Collections

Last fall I discovered Onyx Aesthetics Studio at 425 Abbott Street in Gastown and was thrilled (yes nails thrill me!) to return for the unvailing of a new collection of my favourite nail polish brand, CND.

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CND has the Shellac Brand, which tend to last about 2 weeks and the home Vinylux weekly polish. If you are in the salon there’s no reason not to get the Shellac, especially since you can take it off a home if you are patient with their nail polish removal system. This does takes patience, and I have failed at this several times and chewed off my nails and therefor damaged them. Don’t be a fool like me and your nails won’t get damaged. Pictured above is one of the fall colours, with some silver gift wrapping in celebration of the upcoming holiday season.

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The Top 5 reasons why you should pick SHELLAC® Brand 
1 14+ days of high-performance wear
2 Stunning crystal shine
3 Zero dry time
4 Amazing 5-minute removal
5 No nail damage (if you do it properly!!!!)

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The ladies at Onyx are amaze and it’s a pleasure to sit still for the brief time it takesto paint and decorate my nails. I actually relax and am reluctant to leave even when I’m done.  They use all CND products and are now stocked up with the new Flirtation Collection as well as the Spa 4-step Collection of soaks, scrubs, masques and lotions.

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I loved the Bright Citron fragrence best, but the Gardenia, and Cucumber smell divine as well. I’m using the scrub in the shower and my skin is feeling ultra-smooth (please don’t picture that).

I was good this time and went back to the salon and had my polish removed and changed with special Wine Festival theme nail art. Some say the Italian Wines were the star of the show at this year’s festival, others were pretty impressed with these nails.

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What’s Good In March

A Round Up Of What’s Good In March around Vancouver

VIFF presents Crushed

Her father’s death brings Elliot back to the family home and business, a 100-year-old vineyard on the brink of bankruptcy. Here, she unravels the mystery of his death by facing her own traumatic past. The film explores themes of loss, memory, and renewal, while paralleling the disintegration of a family with the corporate abuse of a landscape. This “environmental thriller” has been enthusiastically received by juries and audiences alike, screening at the Montreal, Napa Valley and Melbourne Underground film festivals.

Friday March 11th at 6:30 PM – Filmmaker in attendance
This film is followed by a ‘Whodunit’ Reception to assist in the investigation of women in genre. Donita Dyer reviews the film on Food and Wine Concierge herePurchase Ticket

Victoria Beer Week March 4-12 Every year we say we are going to get here, but alas! There’s still time for you though. Head over for a series of events highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries. The week is grounded in events that pair BC craft beer with local Victoria artisan food vendors, with a clear focus on showcasing quality BC craft beer and educating beer enthusiasts. Smaller tastings, seminars and micro-events happen at various venues throughout the week.

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Salt Spring In The City March 4-6 at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall at 15th & Main. The island’s bohemian lifestyle and fresh finds from from over 30 unique brands. From the modern to the rustic, chic to traditional — there’s something for everyone. Rumour has it there’s cider and wine!


International Women’s Day at L’Abattoir – Tuesday, March 8 6:00-8:00pm  Meet the female forces shaping Vancouver’s hospitality industry – An empowering panel discussion between some of the leading ladies of Vancouver’s hospitality industry. These high-profile women will discuss the challenges they’ve faced in getting to where they are now, as well as the positive steps they’ve seen taken in our industry.  Doors open 5:30-6:00pm, no latecomers Reception & cash bar 6:00-6:30pm Panel discussion 6:30-8:00pm Where: L’Abattoir Restaurant, private dining room (217 Carrall Street, Vancouver, B.C.) Cost: Entry by cash donation to a local rape crisis and transition centre ($15 minimum). How: To ensure a spot, please RSVP with your name and number of attendees to bronwen@labattoir.ca.

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Dining Out For Life THURSDAY, MARCH 10-  Dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to registered not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful.


Swallow Tail Supper Club – Saturday, March 12th – 6:30pm 5 Course Dungeness Crab Feast by Chef Jacob Deacon-Evans (Wildebeest/West) $69 3 Starters of fresh uni and octopus straight from the sea, followed by whole honey smoked Dungeness crab plus dessert.  It’ll be messy, decadent fun! – BOOK

Bombay Sapphire

3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. at BCLDB 39th and Cambie
Discover the complex and refined taste of Bombay Sapphire and Bombay Sapphire East. This carefully crafted gin is perfect for blending in premium cocktails!
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17TH Annual Healthy Chef Competition Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:30 PM at Hyatt Regency $90 The challengers will create, prep and dish up approximately 70 plates each including an entrée and dessert that includes the prominent use of fresh produce. BCPMA at 604-944-0179 or email info@bcpma.com.  Beach Grove Golf Club; EBO Restaurant and Lounge; The Arts Institute International Culinary Schools; Pretty Estates Resort; Torafuku;  Vancouver Community College; Wild Fig Restaurant (Executive Inn); The Hyatt Regency Vancouver and, new this year, White Spot.

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Swallow Tail Supper Club – Saturday, March 19th – 6:30 pm – TIKI inspired, tropical secret supper. Byo cocktails, they’ll supply the shakers. Escape the rain with Chef Jane Cornborough (L’Abattoir) $49

“poisson cru” marinated fish/scallop in coconut milk 2. lime and grilled cantaloupe, 3.  Lettuce rolls with sirloin and mango, spicy dipping sauce, 4.Tropical chicken roasted to succulent perfection 5. Pineapple upside down rum cake – BOOK

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BC Distilled Saturday, March 26 – Canada’s premier craft and micro-distillery festival, raises a glass to BC’s burgeoning distillery industry. The third annual festival, happening on will feature 27 BC-based artisan distilleries, offering attendees the opportunity to sample locally-made gin, whisky, liqueurs, vodka and more.



Family Run Hopcott Farms Growing Again

Hopcott Farms Expands Retail Space

Family-run Hopcott Farms opened their retail space in 2006 and has now increased it’s Pitt Meadow facilities to a total of 7,700 meat-filled feet!

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We never miss the chance to stock up on grass-fed beef, meat pies, sausages, bone broth and pepperoni if we are passing through, or even near Pitt Meadows, and now we can stop in for lunch as well.

We sampled menu items and toured the facilities in January and wish we lived closer! The Hopcott’s are now providing even more healthy “pick up and go’ dinner options, and there’s a bistro focused on locally-sourced and foraged ingredients.


They’ve also added cooking and butchery classes and are licensed and serving local artisan craft beers and wine.

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Hopcott Premium Meats is located at 18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road in Pitt Meadows and specializes in non-gmo, no-added hormones, natural beef.

Meet the female forces shaping Vancouver’s hospitality industry

International Women’s Day – Industry Insiders

This International Women’s Day, L’Abattoir invites guests to their private dining space for an empowering panel discussion between some of the leading ladies of Vancouver’s hospitality industry. Moderated by L’Abattoir’s Assistant General Manager and Wine Director, Lisa Haley, guests will include Andrea Carlson (Owner/Chef, Burdock & Co.), Kimberly Hall (Restaurant Manager, Hawksworth), Lauren Mote (Owner/Operator Bittered Sling, Bar Manager Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar), Karri Schuermans (Owner, Chambar), Jill Spoor (Wine Director, Fairmont Pacific Rim), and Meeru Dhalwala (Co-owner/Chef Vij’s and Rangoli). These high-profile women will discuss the challenges they’ve faced in getting to where they are now, as well as the positive steps they’ve seen taken in our industry.

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When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm

Doors open 5:30-6:00pm, no latecomers
Reception & cash bar 6:00-6:30pm
Panel discussion 6:30-8:00pm

Where: L’Abattoir Restaurant, private dining room (217 Carrall Street, Vancouver, B.C.)

Cost: Entry by cash donation to a local rape crisis and transition centre ($15 minimum).

How: To ensure a spot, please RSVP with your name and number of attendees to bronwen@labattoir.ca.


The Oscars – Where to Watch in Vancouver

Maybe this is the year that we watch The Oscars, or at least the red carpet part. There’s many a house party we’ve heard and if you’re invited to one, perfect, if not there’s still a few spots around town to celebrate.


Oscar Party at El Camino’s
Catch the Academy Awards during El Camino’s annual Oscar Party on Sunday, February 28, from 3 – 8 pm. Oscar-themed fun will take centre stage during the soiree, including rousing games of Oscar Bingo. Food and drink specials will be offered (including a Bocadillo and a Pacifico for $12). And of course — the Academy Awards! The El Camino’s team will be dressed to impressed and guests are encouraged to wear their glamour gear and walk the red carpet upon arrival. Prizes will be awarded to the “best dressed” and the Oscar Bingo winner. http://www.elcaminos.ca/

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Oscars night isn’t just the biggest night of the year in Hollywood, it’s also the biggest night of the year for movie fans everywhere. Donnelly Group will again be hosting a special Oscars Night celebration at Cinema Public House during the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday February 28th.

Cinema will be dressed up and decorated for the occasion and, with a red carpet and photo wall, and paparazzi on hand to snap photos, the party will allow guests to unleash their inner star they enjoy the show live and in HD. Along with a delicious three-course menu, special Remy Martin cocktails will be featured throughout the party.

Actor Jaime Callica and Ed Garcia of CFOX are the hosts for the party and they’ll keep the evening moving, even when the action slows down on TV. Prizes will be given out throughout the evening including the two most important awards, Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female. The Cinema Oscars Party begins at 4pm and will run all night.

Vancity Buzz has a few more here.

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Staying home? Why not whip up some Viewing Party recipes such as these stilton squares.

Bagel Chase

The Bagels are ready .. are you?

Bagel Chase combines two of my favourite things; running (well sort of) and bagels (TOTALLY). I did a few laps last year and will head out on the course once again this year for at least one on Sunday! Bagel Chase is on Saturday, February 27th and Sunday the 28th and raises funds for the Backpack Buddies program! REGISTER.


    • Siegel’s Bagels. We wouldn’t be the Bagel Chase, if you didn’t get a bagel.  So when you first check in, have a bagel on the house.
    • Vancouver Running Company. As runners, we can never have too much gear and gadgets, right? Show your wristband to the fine folks at Vancouver Running Company, and you’ll get $15 off a purchase of $50 or more.  Valid until March 31, 2016.
    • Tiux Socks. We’ve tested these socks and we can’t love them enough. So let’s share the love and take 10% off.  Valid until December 31, 2016.
    • SHOES.COM.  Um, yes. How about a $25 gift card?  We thought so. Valid until December 31, 2016.
    • Evo Car Share.  Car sharing is a must in Vancouver so let’s get you set up with a free membership and 30 free minutes.  New members only.


NEW!! This year, the Bagel Chase will have ‪#CrewPowerHours, hosted by Vancouver Running Company! Different run crews in the city will be available to run with YOU. Let’s connect this city with ‪#running! Schedule will be available Friday morning. Got a crew that wants to join in? Email!

Did someone say prizes??  Every lap you run puts you in the draw for some sweet prizes, thanks to partners like Famoso, Seawheeze, SPUD, New Balance, Siegel’s Bagels, The Right Shoe, Coast Mountain Trail Series, Vancouver Running Company, Cadence, 5 Peaks, Yaletown Brewery, and MORE! There’s too many to list.

What else can you win?  Well, we’re glad you asked.

Want more?  Here’s the full list.

CONTEST! Don’t forget to enter the contest to win additional minutes, available both to new and existing members:

Evo is teaming up with the Bagel Chase and we want to see how you prepare for this weekend of running! On Instagram or Twitter between Feb 20 – 26, take a photo and tell Evo how you prepare for Bagel Chase using the hashtag #EvoxBagelChase and you could win 100 Evo driving minutes!

For the past 2 years, we’ve supported the Backpack Buddies and we’re thrilled to announce that they are our charity of choice for the 3rd year in a row.

What does that mean?
More runners = more kids don’t go hungry.  Simple as that.


Cookbook – Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Recipes to the Rescue

I try to have something in the fridge or freezer that can be reheated for the nights where I get home later or don’t feel like cooking, but if I am really orgainzed I can plan ahead and have my slow cooker do most of the work. Hence I seek out new slow cooker recipes.
Last year I switched to a new slow cooker, one that is also a pressure cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker! I’ve yet to get through all the functions.
The Lux Electric Multi-Cooker from Fagor is my new favourite cooking appliance, check out the LUX  Quick Guide to preparing delicious meals.
I have managed to make a few meals now out of a book I picked up last year, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, a reprint, in paperback this time, with 120 simple kosher dishes.

For those who observe the Sabbath, and are not able to cook on Shabbat, the slow cooker is the perfect answer to a good meal. For others, it’s a great way to plan ahead and arrive home to a clean kitchen.

The book is divided by course and each recipe clearly indicates seasonal ingredients and if it is a meat, dairy, or pareve dish, but the book is a great resource for those no matter what their background or menu needs.

Slow Cooker Recipes
For New Year’s Eve we were out for the day so I cooked up the

LAMB TAGINE. I loved roasting up the spices so they were super fresh and having some fruit and veggies in the main course means a healthy meal is easy.


This dish is perfect for a special Friday night dinner, a Sunday feast, or for any festive meal. The tagine is also economical. The vegetables and dried fruit “grow” the inexpensive cut of lamb into an exotic concoction. Using the slow cooker to prepare it helps make it a dish even the cook can enjoy. Lamb tagine can be made and stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 1 month. To reheat gently, preheat the oven to 300°F. Place the tagine in a casserole and cover. Reheat in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.


3 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
2 large Spanish onions, diced
6 medium carrots, peeled and cut into large dice
2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored, and diced (reserve the fronds for garnish)
8 large garlic cloves, chopped
½ cup halved pitted dates
½ cup halved dried figs
½ cup halved dried apricots
2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons Moroccan Spice Mix (page 201)
2 tablespoons charnushka (optional; see Note, page 109)
3 to 4 cups Essential Chicken Stock (page 207) or water

Preserved Lemons (page 213), rind only, rinsed and sliced into thin strips; Harissa (page 181); chopped cilantro; Charmoula (page 187)

Steamed couscous

  1. Preheat a 6½-quart slow cooker to Low.
  2. Place the lamb chunks on a sheet pan or cutting board. Pat the meat dry with paper towels; this will ensure even browning. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Brown the lamb pieces on all sides, in batches, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the lamb to the slow cooker insert.
  3. Brown the onions in batches in the sauté pan, scraping up any browned bits (sucs; see page 7) left behind from the lamb. Transfer the onions to the insert.
  4. Sauté the carrots and fennel until they are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Be careful not to let the garlic brown. Transfer the vegetables to the insert.
  5. Add the dates, figs, apricots, tomato paste, spice mix, and charnushka (if using) to the insert. Add stock to cover. Cover and cook on Low for 4 hours, until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  6. Serve as is or with your choice of garnishes.


Making Lamb Tagine is more than making dinner. The exotic fragrances and rich texture of the tagine juices make this dish more than a meal—it is indeed a feast. With the slow cooker helping to make the tagine easy to “throw together,” I like to round out the meal by pairing the sensuous concoction with some simple side dishes. Of course, you can serve the Lamb Tagine with some easy couscous and still impress your family and friends. But why stop there? I like to serve my tagine with a variety of salads and garnishes including Sweet Potato Salad with Preserved Lemons and Olives (page 145). The bright orange potatoes and tangy olives are the perfect foil for the rich tagine. I also like to offer Carrots with Dried Currants (page 148) and small bowls of garlicky-hot Harissa (page 181) and citrusy Charmoula (page 187). These simple do-ahead condiments allow diners to customize their meal. The flavors of these dishes harmonize with the lamb and add textural interest. My idea for this feast is to dress your table with your brightest linens, scatter bowls of sauces, couscous, sweet potato salad, and, of course, the tagine on the table, and let your friends and family truly feast on an abundant and well-prepared meal. With your slow cooker by your side, you will hardly break a sweat.

Reprinted with permission from Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes by Laura Frankel, Agate Surrey, 2015.

Vancouver International Wine Festival Update Last Call For Tickets

The Vancouver International Wine Festival Update! Almost sold out!

Wine stars from around the world will travel to Vancouver for the 38th Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 20 to 28 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues in Metro Vancouver. Here’s the Vancouver International Wine Festival Update.

Each of the 155 wineries from the 14 participating countries will send a high-level representative (owner, winemaker, senior executive) to the festival to present their wines. They’ll participate in educational seminars, team up with Vancouver’s best restaurants for exclusive dinners and pour tastes of some of their top drops in the Acura Tasting Room. This year the theme country is Italy, which promises a week of spectacular wines and sophisticated vine stars. For details on the 54 festival events, check out the interactive Festival at a Glance at VanWineFest.ca, updated constantly with sales status.

All 60 participating wineries from Italy will have a principal in attendance in the ITALIA! section of the Acura Tasting Room and at the sumptuous Saturday lunch, Taste ITALIA!


Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place
Thursday, February 25, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2:30-5 p.m. – extra half hour!

Vancouver International Wine Festival

SPUMANTE & CO. Tuesday, February 23
Inform Interiors, 97 Water Street, 8-10 p.m., $69
Like brilliant bubbly, remarkable rosato and wonderful white wines? Chic surroundings? Terrific food from Dirty Apron Catering? All for a bargain price? Then Spumante & Co. is for you. Pop the cork on the 2016 festival in the stylish surroundings of Inform Interiors and sip and savour 22 wines – including a fine selection of the ever-popular Prosecco – from Italy. It’s la dolce vita!

Vancouver International Wine Festival

Tuesday, February 23
Glowbal 590 West Georgia Street 4-5:30 p.m. $90
Tuscany’s tradition meets innovation. Roccato represents the encounter between the roots of Sangiovese, the modernity of Cabernet, and the barriques used for its aging. Sergio Zingarelli, President of Rocca delle Macìe, will lead an eight-vintage vertical tasting of Roccato, sharing his passion for the Tuscan land, and his family’s determination to produce exceptional quality wines.

Vancouver International Wine Festival

Wednesday, February 24
VCC West, meeting room 121 1055 Canada Place 4-5:30 p.m.$125
The legendary Antinori Family has been making premium wines for over six centuries. These wines are of the highest quality, expressing the true appellation and varietal distinctiveness that only Antinori can deliver. Join us in a conversation and journey, through a vertical tasting of Tignanello and Guado Al Tasso, two first class Super Tuscans.


Saturday, February 27
VCC West, Level 3 1055 Canada Place 12-2 p.m. $115
Theme country Italy brings 60 wineries to the festival and every one of them is pouring two wines at this epicurean lunchtime trip through Italy. Sip and savour as you feast your way through a buffet that offers 19 dishes, including wild prawns, beef short rib Brasato lasagne, Zuppa di pesce “Cacciuncco”, fennel sausage/chicken, butternut squash agnolotti and wild mushroom risotto, to name a few. Click to see all the featured wines.

TD Your Story, Your Future

Plan Your Financial Future with TD Bank’s TD Your Story, Your Future Seminars

While we often talk only of food, travel and fun on the Good Life Vancouver, one can’t live very much of a good life without a thought towards finances. I partnered up with TD Wealth to help shine some light on this more serious topic and attended a seminar recently.

When it comes to finances, are you prepared for the future? Do you have a financial plan and have specific goals set out? Many people don’t and it’s difficult to know where to start and for women this is particularly troubling as stats show they control 70% of household spending and influence 1.3 trillion of the total Canadian investable assets. Furthermore only 12% of Canadian women feel successful with their personal finances, and I am not currently one of these.

But, after the presentation and discussion, I am more focused and am reworking my financial plan. These presentations take place frequently and can even be arranged at your own location of choice. The theme is “TD Your Story, Your Future” – a unique conversation for women about goal setting and investment considerations, and there was even wine!

TD Your Story, Your Future

TD Investment Advisors, Jillian Bryan and Tracey Lundell held this particular seminar downtown at TD’s newly renovated flagship branch, and while it is always a little painful to think about money, I came out thinking about it in a far smarter way. I once worked as a financial planner, but when it comes to my own finances, I often fail to plan. It’s easier just to live the good life, after all.

In the seminar we went over the top three goals for our future. I own my own home, am child free and self-employed so right now the most important things for me are completing this year’s taxes and paying them, planning my wedding and saving for retirement. Or so I thought until I thought about the fact that not having a car is driving me nuts, and not having steady income is driving me nuts so there are a few more things for me to remedy, as I am not happy taking the bus EVERYWHERE as you can see! For others their goals might be saving for a home, travel, estate planning or perhaps thinking about planning for your children’s education.

The next steps involved reviewing what would get in the way of these goals and then actions to take to start making my goals reality. These advisors were great communicators and there was room for discussion and interesting stats peppered in along the way. Did you know that 4 out of 5 new businesses in Canada are started by women and the one third of married Canadian women out-earn their husbands? I did not.

Onto the next steps toward a financial plan we reviewed the questions that you would be asked when you met with an advisor, which is the next step along the journey.

Do you have a monthly budget? Are there any expenses coming up? How sophisticated is your investment knowledge and what level of risk can you live with?

Creating a net worth statement of asset and liabilities and preparing some questions are also considerations before seeing a new advisor or meeting one for the first time.

Canadian women tend to retire around age 60 and their life expectancy is 83 years, so somehow we’ve got to come up with 25 years of retirement savings, yet only 3 in 10 have a financial plan.

I’d encourage you to attend a seminar and get some inspiration for yourself. I know I’ve got some number crunching ahead of me and I am going to need some further advice soon.

For further information:

Please contact Jillian Bryan or Tracey Lundell and learn more at www.tdcanadatrust.com

Good Life Vancouver is all about the good life in and around Vancouver and often far beyond!