Erica’s Top 10 Favorite Products For a THRIVING Lifestyle

September 2nd, 2014

Happy September! I CANNOT believe Labour Day weekend has already passed. For me, this time of year symbolizes the end of summer. I welcome Fall… I love brisk walks in the park, the colorful trees, a great big cozy sweater, a pair of skinnies and a good pair of leather boots. But fall signifies the calm before the Montreal winter storm, which = INSANITY.

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Oh, never mind, it’s still warm and beautiful outside so let’s all live in the summer moment, shall we?! OHM. ZEN.

Today, I’m spilling the beans. Many of you have asked me over the years about my favorite things– about the products I often talk about on TV or in social media. The products I love, the things I do, what I can’t live without, and the stuff that has kept me healthy and sane (on most days). Today, I compiled a list of my favorite products I can’t live without, that keep me off the fence and thriving. These are not paid endorsement, nor am I spokesperson for any of these products, they just WORK for me. And from one girl to another, I thought I’d share.

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Children and Guns in America: Where Have We Gone Wrong?

August 29th, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kimberley Blaine

Taking a LITTLE girl to a shooting range? To shoot a gun that shoots 600 rounds a minute? I’m speechless because this is all COMPLETELY ABSURD. Don’t we want our little girls to learn which sport is healthy and best for them? Don’t we want them to learn about their connection to this peaceful earth?

Most 9 year olds are reading fun books, ice skating, playing piano or soccer or kicking a ball in the street and so forth. This type of object, which is a killing machine, an unnecessary type of gun to be at a public shooting range, was put in the hands of an innocent little child who had so much to look forward to in life. This trauma will now part of her thought process/autonomic nervous system and will be a life long coping process.

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Meeting Barbara Walters and Sage Advice

August 29th, 2014

It’s not everyday you get to meet trailblazers. Glass ceiling breakers. It’s not every day you get to meet people who were doing it FIRST. I have been fortunate enough to have met and interviewed some remarkable people over the years since starting this women’s lifestyle brand 5 years ago, next month.

(From left to right: Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Gene Simmons, Katie Couric, Marlee Matlin, Arianna Huffington)

This week, it was Barbara Walters. As a lifestyle and parenting correspondent on TV each week, you can understand why meeting broadcasting legend Barbara Walters was very special.

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Wordless Wednesday: Tremblant Living for the Loving

August 27th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I had the great privilege of vacationing in Mont Tremblant, a beautiful vacation resort about 90 minutes north of Montreal in the Laurentian Mountains. My family has been skiing at Tremblant for years, and while we are used to going during the wintertime, this was our first vacation there during the summer.

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I had stayed in the local hotels before, but never in our own home. We were fortunate to have stayed at a Tremblant Living property. For those who might not be familiar with Tremblant Living, founded in 2003, Tremblant Living specializes in superior luxury vacation rentals in Mont Tremblant, QC. They hand-pick their homes to bring the public exquisitely appointed properties located on –or close to- the prestigious Mont Tremblant resort. They are widely recognized as the leader in their industry for managing state-of-the-art homes ideal for entertaining friends and family or hosting corporate retreats.

THE TREMBLANT LIVING EXPERIENCE

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Happy 2014 Women’s Equality Day!

August 26th, 2014
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“At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.” (http://www.nwhp.org)

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Toxic Friends: 6 Different Types and What To Do

August 22nd, 2014

There are tall ships
There are small ships
But the best ships
Are friendships…

Unless of course, they’re not.

Yes, this post is about the dark side of friendship, a Global TV segment I did while on my blogging break end of July.

To be honest, I have not had too many toxic friendships over the years. I was never one of those bitchy girls either. I was raised to talk to everyone and I always had friends in many circles. I never liked cliques. But many of you have written in about the friends you’ve dropped, dumped and severed ties with.

One mom wrote in about her best friend’s daughter taunting  her own daughter and belittling her on Facebook. Another woman wrote in about her long time friend who was in a bad marriage, and out of jealousy, was gossiping and badmouthing her behind her back. These toxic friendships are unsupportive, draining, unrewarding and can be suffocating. Toxic friends stress you out and are generally one sided, whereby you don’t get back nearly half as much as you put in.

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Wordless Wednesday: Erica Diamond Barbie is Here

August 20th, 2014

It arrived this afternoon.

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It’s not every day Mattel makes a Barbie® to your likeness. To honor my role as Chief Inspiration Officer of Entrepreneur Barbie® with a mission to inspire entrepreneurship in girls across Canada, Erica Diamond Barbie® took 5 months to make.  I am beyond proud and humbled, and if I am to be honest, it’s probably one of the most momentous milestones of my career.

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 kind of like the pinnacle of your career.

Before I show you Erica Diamond Barbie®, 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 am sitting on a panel of judges helping award Mattel bursary money to 3 fabulous, young entrepreneurial girls with great vision and spirit!

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