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CONTEST CLOSED Cheers to Mother’s Health – Mother’s Day Gifts and A Giveaway

Mother’s Day Gifts For a Healthy Mom

Why not give Mom something that will keep her healthy and make her happy this Mother’s Day? Sure chocolates and flowers are nice, but if you really love your mother you’d do the right thing and keep her future wellness in mind. Here’s some suggestions for Mother’s Day Gifts that are sure to please and a giveaway brought to you by Philips!

Scroll down for the Airfryer Giveaway. CONGRATS to Anastasia!

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Philips Sonicare Toothbrush

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? Certainly your mother would! The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean’s advanced technology removes 10X more plaque than a manual toothbrush, whitens teeth in just one week and improves gum health in only two weeks. It comes in a variety of beautiful colours including rose gold, amethyst and pink!

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InspiredHealth Cookbook

InspireHealth and Vacay.ca have teamed with Fresh Air Publishing to create a cookbook focused on providing healthy recipes and expert nutritional resources for all Canadians.Twenty amazing chefs from across Canada contributed to this gem! Proceeds will be used to fund InspireHealth’s initiative of providing top level supportive cancer care for Canadians. Purchase.

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Philips Airfryer

Philips just released their newest Philips Airfryer, now 20% smaller, a perfect fit for your mother’s kitchen counter top. Heat is evenly distributed throughout the cooking chamber in thus healthy Airfryer as it fries, bakes, roasts and grills with little to no oil. A perfect solution for fast, tasty and healthy meals and snacks! $299 at Best Buy.


Hydrafacial MD™ at Alfa Renaissance Skin Care Center

I’m addicted to these facials and just booked my third at Alfa Renaissance Skin Care Center. The HydraFacial MD™ takes less than 30 minutes and delivers long-term skin health and instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation. The HydraFacial MD® treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. Your mother will leave glowing!

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Vitamix A3300 1.89L 1500-Watt Stand Blender 

Mom will be thrilled to receive a Vitamix, I know because I just gave my mother one! This new fab blender makes short work of smoothies, soups, peanut butter, and even grinds grain. It comes with Variable Speed Control and Pulse blending, and also features a programmable timer, touchscreen controls, and hardened laser-cut blades. Enroll her in a Vitamix Cooking Course at Cook Culture s she’ll really  get the most out of this kitchen staple. I just took one and have so many more ideas of how to use this awesome machine. $699


Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish

Mom’s deserve great skin, and I’ve been using Apothekari these past months and love it. Why not spoil her with the Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish that revitalizes and invigorates skin with walnut shell powder, powdered bamboo and a light, refreshing essential oil blend of lemongrass, mimosa, and litsea. Apothekari.

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Silk Road Tea Wellness Tea Gift Box

My Mom loves Silk Road Tea and so do I, maybe I’ll send her this one! Contains a selection of expertly blending teas to soothe, comfort and uplift, packaged in an signature, eco-friendly red gift box.
The 6 tea assortment contains: Lullaby Tea (soothing sleep tea), BeauTEAful Skincare Tea (for a healthy complexion), Quench (electrolyte rich, replenishing tea) and Happy (uplifting, stress-reliever), Winter Warrior (cold & flu fighter) and Allergy & Hay Fever Defense. All teas come in 40 cup tea tin size. Purchase.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! Winner must pick up in Vancouver (Kitsilano).

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CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway $375 – 2 Tickets Fire Whisky World Chef Exchange Dinner at Timber Feb 1


Timber Hosts Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner – February 1st

Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco – to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner.

AND we have a GIVEAWAY for 2 tickets worth $375+ scroll down to enter. CONGRATS DAWN!

Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

This multi-course social dining feast will feel like a homestead gathering. Food served family-style paired with whisky based cocktails. The long-standing friendship between these two culinary masters will translate through to each element of the dinner, and is true to the authenticity of this program. There will be a smoker, open coal grill, and a spit in the Timber courtyard. Meet with these two great Chefs as they cook with fire featuring the best food from local producers. Purchase tickets to this spectacular one night event here.

Fire + Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

The Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan, is a project initiated and produced by Tourism Vancouver, and supported by Air Canada and the Westin Bayshore hotel. The exchange shares Vancouver’s culinary story with the world, and brings the world’s great restaurant cities closer together by sharing ideas, experiences and talents through collaborative dining experiences.


* All Inclusive – includes welcome cocktail, multi-course homestead dinner, whisky cocktail pairings, tax, gratuity and ticketing fees.

Get Social:@DineOutVanFest

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#ContestClosed Brockmann’s Chocolate Celebrates 30 Years Chocolate Giveaway

Brockmann’s Chocolate – Making Chocolate in Canada for 30 Years

Contest now closed! CONGRATS TO LIESA!

I’ve been working with Brockmann’s Chocolate to spread the chocolate love and to let you all know that they’re a local, family-run company that’s been making chocolate in Canada for the past 30 years. We have a giveaway for a chocolate basket as an extra bonus and it’s been hard not to eat all the chocolate so I had to wrap it up! (Enter at the bottom of this post.)

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The truffle chocolates are available in bulk at Save On Foods and I’ve been stuffing them into little gift bags, adding to bigger gift baskets and giving away a chocolate here and there to those who’ve been nice! Perfect for the holidays.

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My friend Karen keeps some wrapped up by the door in case she needs a quick gift for someone that stops in.

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The Brockmann family has been creating delicious chocolate recipes for over 80 years, and is now celebrating 30 of those years of chocolate making in Canada with the recent release of two brand new truffle flavours, salted caramel and dark sea salt truffles, just in time for the holidays.

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The tradition began in the 1930’s in Munich, Germany with Willy Brockmann, a master confectioner, and his son Norbert followed in his footsteps and brought Brockmann’s Chocolates to Canada in 1986.  The family run business now includes a third generation of chocolatiers is still guided by Willy’s faithful commitment to quality, using only the freshest, tastiest ingredients in everything they produce.

Brockmann’s Chocolates produces both their Truffini truffles and their Crunchetti snacking chocolate in Delta, BC, making their chocolate a brand in line with many’s commitment to buying local. Learn more at: www.brockmannchocolate.com


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Premium dark, milk and white truffles available in gift boxes and foil wrapped bulk chocolates in 11 flavours that appeal to the choosiest chocolate fans. Pick your favourites from the bulk section of your local fine foods retailer.

Traditional Flavours: Cappuccino, Canadian Maple, Hazelnut Praline, Classic Milk, Lime Coconut, English Mint, Double Dark, Orange and Raspberry. Newest flavours this year: Salted Caramel and Dark Sea Salt truffles

Find Truffini at Save on Foods, Urban Fare, Fresh St Market, London Drugs, Safeway, IGA, Price Smart, Fairway Market, Thrifty Foods, and Nesters.

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The Brockmann’s latest creation, ‘Crunchetti’ is a line of premium snacking chocolate. These crunchy, bite-size clusters are made in small batches with toasted almonds and blended with fine-quality chocolate.

Crunchetti flavours are available in Dark, Milk and White Chocolate with Cranberries – each one designed to be the perfect snacking chocolate for your daily indulgence Find them at Save on Foods, Urban Fare, Fresh St Market, Choices, IGA, Price Smart, Fairway Market, and Nesters.


  • Made in BC
  • Natural ingredients
  • Preservative free
  • No artificial colours or flavours
  • Gluten free
  • Certified Kosher

#Brockmanns30yrs #BCBuyLocal

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Tsawwassen Mills Telus Giveaway

Start Checking Off Your Holiday Gift List with a Telus Giveaway

Let’s start the week off with a giveway to get you into holiday mode. I just returned from Christmas in November at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and I’m launching into the holiday season with bells on. Thanks Telus for this package.


The bag ($200 value) includes the following items:

  • Drop Scale
  • Tangram Jump Rope Medium
  • Mad Catz Lynx Mobile Wireless Controller
  • Bosign Tablet Stand
  • Crayola Colouring Book (Frozen, Avengers)

About the TELUS Connected Experience Concept Store 

Have you been to Tsawwassen Mills? When you do, be sure to check out the new Connected Experience concept store where you can touch, test and play some of the coolest connected devices on available today.

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Designed with today’s digital lifestyle in mind, this concept store has more than 1,000 specially curated products to help enhance consumers’ increasingly connected lives ranging from smartphones and tablets to connected home, audio, toys, fashion and health and wellness products and connected devices.

Key features include:

  • Spacious store footprint measuring 2636 sq feet
  • Curated product selection, include connected home, headphones and speakers, toys and health and wellness, featuring key brands including Nest, Sonos, Beats, and Fitbit to name just a few
  • More than 1,000 products available, increased from less than 200 products in the previous store design to help you personalize your mobile experience
  • 10 charging stations and 5 wireless charging locations throughout the store in case your phone needs extra juice to get through your shopping day
  • Interactive sound bar experience for comparing the best in Bluetooth speakers
  • More than 100 live demo products to test and play with
  • Customers can book a complimentary TELUS Learning Centre session with our expertly trained Learning Centre Experts who provide one on one counsel to our customers to help them learn how to use their new mobile devices and connected products to maximize their use

Visit the TELUS Blog to read more about the new TELUS Experience and take a virtual tour of one of our new concept stores.

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Thanks to Josh Rimer for this Pic of the Giveaway. Read more about his Telus Experience here.

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#Giveaway 2 $35 Gift Cards+ Stocking Up For Holiday Cooking With Kin’s Farm Market

Holiday Cooking is made easy with Kin’s Farm Market

Last week I started doing Thanksgiving prep for our annual dinner and stopped in at Kin’s Farm Market in City Square.

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I picked up a big bag of mostly local produce; I did have to grab a couple California peaches, but the apples, squash, grapes, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant are all coming in from local farms.

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Don’t miss the local Okanagan Pink Grapes on special right now. I’ve been eating them by the bunch.

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Windset Peppers, big and small are also a great value, cut them up for spaghetti sauce or stuff them with rice and veggies.

I picked up at big bag of goodies for just over $35 and we now have 2 $35 Kin’s Farm Market gift certificates so you can do the same. In the meantime, I thought I’d offer up a why to use up some of that leftover turkey. Just add a wee bit more mayo if your turkey is a little dry. White and dark meat mixed works best in this and feel free to put a scoop on your salad greens, spread it atop crackers or use as sandwich filling.

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Turkey Waldorf Salad

2 cups left over turkey torn in pieces
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 TBSP Cranberry Sauce (if you have it)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup seedless grapes, halved crosswise
1 apple cut in small cubs
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (3 ounces)
3 tablespoons drained capers, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, and mustard and add in turkey and remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste.

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CONTEST CLOSED Win Tickets to MadeWithLove Cocktail Competition August 22

 MadeWithLove at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Contest Closed – congrats to Lesley S.

MadeWithLove™ and GLV have a contest this weekend. We are offering the chance to live the Regional Final at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, on Monday August 22nd.

14 bartenders are getting ready to compete at MadeWithLove™ shout out! The finalists will present exclusive cocktail recipes to impress the jury and the public. Judges and attendees will have the challenge task to taste and evaluate the cocktails based on originality, creativity and savour.

Celine Ann Marie – Parlour
Katie Ingram – L’ABATTOIR
Melissa Logie – Fairmont Waterfront
Graham Masters – Guilt & Company
James White – Freelance Bartender

Riley Arnold – Fanny Bay Oysters
Peter Johanson – Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Félix Vallières – 86’d events

Reece Sims – Whiskey Muse
Chelsea Rose Schulte – Secret Location
Jasmine Radu – UVA

Alice Danielle Hudon – Secret Location

Lauren Maxwell – Chambar

Alex Duerst – The Shamefull Tiki Room

Mia Glanz – Odd Society

The barchefs needs you to win their spot in the National Final; one winner in each category, Public’s Choice and Judges’ Choice, will represent Vancouver at the National Finals held in May 2017. The cost of the ticket allows you to taste ALL the competing cocktails and enjoy unique food pairing

“MadeWithLove™ in Vancouver is now becoming a big thing. We can feel the atmosphere and ambiance getting bigger every year, explains Pierre-Olivier Trempe, MadeWithLove™ Founder. We feel privileged to have such talented bartenders in Vancouver that provide a great experience to each of us.”

Key information:
August 22nd 2016 from 6 PM
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Early bird pricing (until August 8th): 45$ / Pre-sale tickets: 55$ / At the door: 65$
Tickets available on our website www.enjoymadewithlove.com

To feel the atmosphere of MadeWithLove™, watch that video!
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About MadeWithLove™ – www.enjoymadewithlove.com
Founded in 2009, MadeWithLove™ mission is to demystify the cocktail culture and to offer an experience where creativity and diversity come together in a casual environment. Since its inception, MadeWithLove™ has hosted more than 70 competitions across Canada and Mexico.
Thanks to our precious partners :
 1800 Tequila / Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum / Campari / Disaronno / Skyy Vodka / Ungava Gin /  Wild Turkey



Come share a cocktail with me  during an amazing event! Win 2 VIP passes. Contest closes Sunday night.

To win:
– Like the MadeWithLove™ Facebook page
– Comment your post / article with your favourite cocktail


CONTEST CLOSED #GIVEAWAY 4 tics to Firecracker Improv Vancouver Theatresports

Firecracker! Explodes on Improv Scene

Watch out Vancouver as Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTSL) lights a fuse to Vancouver’s improv comedy scene shattering that it is presently, a male-dominated art form. We’ve got 2 sets of tickets for this giveaway, one for July 21, with the one and only Rebecca Bollwitt on stage, and one for July 28, when I, yes, I, Cassandra Anderton, will be on stage (if I don’t faint first).

Starting Thursday, July 21 and running every Thursday evening at 9:15 p.m., VTSL presents Firecracker – Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. “One of VTSL’s mandates is to increase the diversity in our company, and in the improv world,” states Executive Director Jay Ono. “I am very proud of the fact that VTSL’s ensemble includes very strong female improvisers. In addition, almost 50 percent of our Rookie League and Improv Comedy Institute (ICI) are women. This is an exciting time for the development of the art form thanks to these amazing improvisers – they rank among the best anywhere.”

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Through the medium of improv comedy, Firecracker! will explore what it means to be a woman in Vancouver. Themes such as dating and romance, career and work/life balance, female friendships and body image will all be examined through the audience suggestions motivating the improvisers’ wicked wit.

The first three shows will honour a special female guest whose stories of their life, work and achievements will inspire the performance. We are delighted to have the following guests join us for these inaugural shows.

  • July 21: Rebecca BollwittMiss 604, Blogger/Social Media Maven,
  • July 28: Cassandra AndertonGood Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator
  • August 4: Briana BuckmasterActress, Sheriff Donna on Supernatural

Firecracker! Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. Opens July 21 and runs every Thursday evening at 9:15 p.m. at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets, priced at only $10 at the Box Office (slightly higher online) are on sale now at www.tickets.vtsl.com For more information on Firecracker!, updates on special guests, or other VTSL productions, check the VTSL website

CONTEST CLOSED Secret Garden Tea Company – High Tea For Two Giveaway

The Secret Garden Tea Company is Expanding and Celebrating with a Giveaway For High Tea For Two

For two decades, the Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale has been offering a tranquil haven for Vancouverites to enjoy a spot of tea and delicious fresh-baked treats with friends and family.

WINNER- Congrats to Jill K!

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The First High Tea Served

Co-owner Kathy Wyder’s grandma was the inspiration for the tea room after lamenting there wasn’t one in Kerrisdale. So Kathy and a friend opened the tea room’s doors in October 1995. Since then, staff have poured countless cups of steaming tea in elegant china and served elegant sweets and scones, along with breakfast and lunch to anyone who simply want a break from the hectic pace of life.

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Secret Garden Tea Company Owners Kathy Wyder and Erin Wyder

Growing demand for a quiet, old-fashioned afternoon tea spurred the decision to move from its current home on West Boulevard to a larger location at 2138 West 40th Avenue. They will be able to serve more traditional high tea to customers later this summer when it opens, but the traditions you have come to love will remain the same.

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The larger Secret Garden will allow for milestone events and large gatherings such as bridal showers, birthdays and other celebrations in their customers’ lives.

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In honour of the move we are doing a giveaway for 2 for an afternoon tea. Tea Includes.

  • Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels
  • House Caesar Roast Beef on Mini Croissants
  • Smoky Caramelized Bacon on Petit Kale Muffins
  • Scone with Raspberry Jam and Devonshire Cream
  • Tea Cake Slices
  • Tangy Mini Lemon Curd Tart
  • Summery Upside Down Nectarine Cake with Salted Caramel Whip
  • Chocolate “Peanut Butter Cup” Tart
  • Pot of premium tea

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#Giveaway $100 MEC GC Entry for Easter Seals Camp Challenge and Waterfront Adventure

A Camp For Adults Raising Funds for Easter Seals

Adventure. Fun. Memories. The Easter Seals Camp Challenge, British Columbia’s only charity sports camp for adults, is back for its second year on Saturday, June 11 at 10AM to Sunday, June 12, 10AM at Camp Squamish. And we are giving away:

  • $100 MEC gift card
  • 2 tickets for a Sea Vancouver waterfront sightseeing adventure
  • Fundraising minimum ($100/person) waived for a team of up to 4 people

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Teams earn points for participating in a series of challenges and compete for the title of Camp Challenge Champions, then take part in afternoon lawn games, volleyball, tie dye, swimming, a campfire, and an optional camp-out. It’s the perfect kick-off to summer – and a seriously memorable way to help send over 800 kids and young adults with disabilities to a week-long camping experience at one of three Easter Seals accessible camps. To register, donate or learn more about the Easter Seals Camp Challenge, visit www.eastersealscampchallenge.com, and @CampChallengeBC. #CampChallengeBC

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June 11, 2016, 10AM – June 12, 2016, 10AM
PRICE: No registration fee
VENUE: Camp Squamish
41015 Government Road, Squamish, BC

Facebook www.facebook.com/24HourCampChallenge
Twitter @CampChallengeBC
Instagram @CampChallengeBC


For more information on the event and details on how to register, please visit www.eastersealscampchallenge.com or email info@eastersealscampchallenge.com.

Arnold Bread Giveaway – Enter to #Win Bread, A Toaster and Gift Certs!

We partnered with Arnold for an Arnold Bread Giveaway, with Gift Certs and a Toaster too!

Premium bread company named Arnold is available in four delicious varieties that include tasty ingredients like hazelnuts, potatoes and oats, each loaf is baked with love – so no artificial colours or flavours. Enter through Rafflecopter below for the Arnold Bread Giveaway!

One of the simplest ways to enjoy this premium bread? Toast! Artisanal toast, a trend that started in San Francisco has made its way across the border and is popping up on menus everywhere. Prepared with a multitude of savory delicacies, sweet spreads and unexpected ingredients, toast has become the coolest thing since sliced bread.

Arnold Bread Giveaway

We are giving away a $100+ prize pack!

  • A $50 grocery gift card
  • No Small Potato’s Arnold Bread  Loaf
  • When It Grains, It Pours Arnold Bread  Loaf
  • Tailor made recipes from two prominent Vancouver chefs – Chef Trevor Bird and Josh Gale – for a little inspiration
  • Arnold coupons for their family and friends

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For an amazing turkey club sandwich recipe head over to our friends site, The Food Gays! Recipe here. Photo by Food Gays too!