@Aeroplan Turns 30 and Celebrates with a HUGE GIVEAWAY!

July 11th, 2014

Hi Girls! It has been a busy week on the blog after making a big announcement, so I figured I’d keep the momentum going. If you stay with me until the end, you’re going to be excited about an AWESOME giveaway today. Oh yes! It’s BIG.

So, let’s get right to it… Friday is a great day to kick off an exciting giveaway! You, my loyal readers, know that I have been a loyal member of the Aeroplan program, accumulating Aeroplan Miles as I have spent dollars (which I have redeemed for airfare, hotel, car rental, merchandise, and more), for almost 20 YEARS! I believe in this brand so strongly, so when I reached out to them and begged (yah I guess I begged) them to be their Brand Ambassador over a year ago, after over a year of discussions, Aeroplan said YES! ;)

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Well, Aeroplan is turning 30 TOMORROW!!! Happy Birthday Aeroplan! And to celebrate this milestone, we are giving away 30,000 Aeroplan Miles! Yup. You read correctly. That’s like 2 round trip flights to NYC, baby!

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Erica Diamond Named Canada’s ‘Chief Inspiration Officer’ For Entrepreneur Barbie

July 9th, 2014

I am beyond proud, excited and honored to make this announcement today. It is truly humbling and if I am to be honest, probably one of the most momentous milestones of my career.

As Canada’s only Chief Inspiration Officer for Entrepreneur Barbie®, I join the company of some remarkable trailblazing women representing Entrepreneur Barbie in the US – read this http://mashable.com/2014/06/18/entrepreneur-barbie-inspiration-tips/. As an entrepreneur since the age of 24 (now starting my fourth entrepreneurial venture), having written a book on female entrepreneurship, as a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, a life and business coach for female entrepreneurs, and having made it my life’s mission to inspire others to take the dive into passion, this feels like my calling.

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What I am most excited about, is the first-ever Barbie Business Bursary program – the search for Canada’s Next Young Entrepreneur, with Mattel funding girls’ big dreams. I will sit on a panel of judges helping award the Mattel bursary money to 3 fabulous, young entrepreneurial girls with great vision and spirit.

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Summer Blogging Slowdown

July 2nd, 2014

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Girls, I am taking my annual July (sometimes into August) blogging slowdown. I do this every year for my mental wellbeing, and for the quality of this blog. It is my gift to myself. It is not easy to continuously keep things fresh, relevant and interesting, so every July, I relax my blogging brain, check in less frequently in order to come back recharged, refreshed, and ready to give you more.

I actually just spoke about this on this morning’s Global TV segment.

Over the next few weeks, I will be making an exciting announcement (and posting it here too), traveling for business, coachingspeaking at Blogher in Silicon Valley, working on an invention I have been creating for the past year, doing my weekly Global TV lifestyle and parenting segments, and RELAXING! I am also sticking to my annual business tradition: Read the rest of this entry »

Embrace Your Child For Who They Are

July 1st, 2014

By Guest Blogger Lisa Brookman

The other day, I found my son Ethan in my closet. When I asked him what he was doing, he looked at me and said, ”Mom it’s time to clean up in here. You have such nice things but it’s so messy that you can’t find anything.”

I’m embarrassed to admit he was right. For the next two hours Ethan diligently organized my mess. The end result was breathtaking.

Ethan is my 10 year-old middle child. He was born on a cold spring day in 2003. From the minute I looked into his eyes, I knew he was special.

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Ethan’s not a “man’s man.” He’s soft-spoken, creative, warm, demonstrative and sensitive.

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Firsts

June 27th, 2014

Yesterday, with a steady flow of tears and an abundance of nervous energy, we sent my 10 year old son off to sleep away camp for one month.

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For the second summer… for his second time.

Here was last year’s post, exactly a year ago… the first time.

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If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, then you might have read my new favorite word: Godspeed. An expression of good wishes to a person starting a journey.

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How To Find A Mentor in Life and Business

June 25th, 2014

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This week’s Global TV lifestyle segment was on a topic very near and dear to my heart – MENTORING. I’ve been fortunate to have been on both sides of the coin in my life — I have been both a protege, as well as a mentor since the age of 25. I can tell you from experience, it is one of the most rewarding relationships out there.

If you have decided that you finally want to get off the fence and find a mentor, but don’t know where to look, who to ask, how to ask, or what a mentor-mentee relationship looks like, please watch this morning’s segment. I have given you the ins and outs of finding a mentor.

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The Studies Are In: Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework

June 20th, 2014

Yes, that was the headline from a fascinating recently published article in The Atlantic.

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“One of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children’s education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, and doing a hundred other things that few working parents have time for. These obligations are so baked into American values that few parents stop to ask whether they’re worth the effort.

Until this January, few researchers did, either. In the largest-ever study of how parental involvement affects academic achievement, Keith Robinson, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Angel L. Harris, a sociology professor at Duke, mostly found that it doesn’t. The researchers combed through nearly three decades’ worth of longitudinal surveys of American parents and tracked 63 different measures of parental participation in kids’ academic lives, from helping them with homework, to talking with them about college plans, to volunteering at their schools. In an attempt to show whether the kids of more-involved parents improved over time, the researchers indexed these measures to children’s academic performance, including test scores in reading and math.

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