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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shopping at Dixie Outlet Mall

Shopping at Dixie Outlet Mall

As I had mentioned last week, I am participating in the "She Who Hunts Finds" Blogger Challenge hosted by Dixie Outlet Mall. I was tasked with the extremely difficult task (sarcasm intended) of going shopping for a new spring outfit with the aim of finding the best #DixieDeals. Never having visited Dixie Outlet Mall prior to this challenge, I didn't feel confident that I would be able to find an entire outfit in one visit because I had this erroneous impression that outlet stores had limited selection and sizes. Plus, would I have the patience to sift through the endless racks of clothing and then try on every item that caught my eye? I didn't even know what outlet stores I would find or where they were located. Luckily, I did some research in advance and scoped out which stores I would target first using the store directory on

On the top of my list was one of my favourite stores. Can you Guess which one? I would have to say this was probably my favourite place to shop while at Dixie Outlet Mall. Not only was the expansive store full of fun and fashionable finds, they were stocked with a large variety of sizes and fashion must-haves at fabulous prices. And the service was fantastic. I think I spent the bulk of my time at Guess since there was so much to choose from and everyone who worked there offered to help me find what I was looking for.

Dynamite Garage Dixie Outlet Mall

Another one of my favourites is Garage Clothing or what is now Dynamite - The Garage Clothing Co. Depot. Lots of great basics to complement any outfit as well as cute affordable spring wear.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Save Time and Energy With Tide HE Turbo

Did you know that high-efficiency washing machines have more computer sensors than the first spaceship sent to the moon? Yeah, I was just as surprised. While these futuristic washers have been around for a number of years, detergent specially formulated for HE washing machines is slowly filling up store shelves. Luckily, P&G Fabric Care is introducing a new industry standard in High Efficiency (HE) Detergents – Tide HE Turbo. It's a first-of-its-kind seal that is available on select Tide products designed to help you easily find detergents specifically designed for HE washers.

HE Turbo products are made using a new proprietary quick-collapsing Smart Suds technology that can save time and energy. These HE Turbo Smart Suds avoid you having to set HE washers into additional rinse cycles, which means you could save up to 25 minutes and up to 10 gallons of water per wash. Take note that Tide HE Turbo products can be used in all washers, but are specially designed to maximize the energy and water saving benefits of HE machines. Seems only fitting to share this news with you as today is Earth Day, doesn't it?

Tide HE Turbo is now available at Walmart stores in Canada. To celebrate, one lucky reader will win a Tide HE Turbo bundle valued at $62! Here’s what’s included:
*Pricing is at the discretion of the retailer.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

#SupportHER High Tea Event at The King Edward Hotel

#SupportHER High Tea Event at The King Edward Hotel

A little over a week ago, I attended the #SupportHER high tea event hosted by Listen to Lena at The King Edward Hotel. It was my first time at the beautiful hotel and the high tea experience was simply divine. As much as I enjoyed the food and the tea, the real reason for us being there was to learn how to be there for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, how to be a #SupportHER in their time of need.

#SupportHER High Tea Event at The King Edward Hotel

I was invited to bring a guest with me and so I chose my mother-in-law who would drop everything in an instant if I ever I need her help. It was nice to be able to treat her to high tea, though she deserves a heck of a lot more than that. 

A photo posted by Diana (@torontomom) on

Following the tea service, we listened to Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley share an overview on breast cancer statistics as well as tips on what to consider when offering help to someone who has received a breast cancer diagnosis.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Warrior Dash Ontario 2015

Four years ago, I signed up for my first ever race of any kind. But this was not your typical race. It was an obstacle course. A very muddy, challenging obstacle course known as Warrior Dash. While I never saw myself as warrior-like by any means, I sure left feeling like one. It was the first time Warrior Dash had taken place on Canadian soil and there were about 10,000 people in attendance. It was crazy, busy, muddy and a whole lot of fun. From sliding down wet tarp-covered ski slopes to climbing cargo nets to jumping over flames of fire, I managed to accomplish something I never thought possible. 

Warrior Dash Ontario Warrior Roast

The sense of accomplishment I felt after having completed the 5k course in 53 minutes was unlike anything I had ever felt before. I am not a runner nor do I have a gym membership. I am a fairly active person, though, who enjoys bike riding, hiking, yoga, Zumba and salsa dancing when no one's watching. But I am not a runner. I just want to clarify that. Because I don't like running, let alone running up very steep ski slopes in the hot, hot sun covered in mud. And yet, I did it. While I nearly lost an arm (you can read more about my first Warrior Dash experience here), I knew I wanted to go back the following year. I did register in 2012 but my father had suffered a heart attack the week of the race. He needed to undergo a procedure and I wanted to be with him. 

Warrior Dash Ontario - Toronto Teacher Mom

Now, four years after my first taste of Warrior Dash, I am heading back and this time I'm bringing a team of teachers! You can blame lunch room chit chat for getting me started on how amazing it was. I am so excited for my colleagues and can't wait for the big day!

Are you thinking of trying out Warrior Dash? Here are some tips for Warrior Dash newbees:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Glama Gal Tween Boutique in the Village #GGBlueMtn

It is with a great deal of excitement that I share with you the amazing news that, in a few short months, visitors to Blue Mountain Village will be able to enjoy some Glama Gal fun at Glama Gal Tween Boutique in the Village! It is no surprise that Glama Gal, Canada’s foremost provider of tween spa services and self-esteem workshops, continues to expand. With creative crafts, confidence-building activities and tonnes of pampering fun, what's not to love? They even have a Glama Gal Oath that tweens are invited to make, one that represents what GLAMA stands for: Girls Leading And Motivating Altogether. It is part and partial of Glama Gals' mission: to help girls grow and nurture healthy self-esteem through a warm and fun Glama Gal environment. 

This new location is opening in the heart of Blue Mountain Village, one of my favourite family destinations. Glama Gal Boutique in the Village will offer a tailored version of their most popular features as well as the following:

  • First-ever Bath Bakery - sorbet scrubs, gelato-inspired bath bombs and cupcake soaps
  • First-ever Glama Gal Doll Spa - so dolls can enjoy some pampering, too!
  • Mini Tween Spa - manis, pedis, facials, hair, make-up and more
  • DIY spa product bar - create your own lip gloss, perfume, and sugar scrubs
  • Trendy tween retail boutique
  • Drop-in craft sessions and workshops - Nail Design 101, Be You Workshops, trendy jewellery making and more!

From their fingertips to their toes, tweens will be pampered, supported, encouraged and inspired to live the Glama Gal motto:

Be Confident! Be Positive! Be YOU! 

Big Brother Canada Viewing Party at the Brick #UnlockBBCANTOExp

On Sunday, I headed out to the Brick on Yonge and College for a fun Big Brother Canada VIP viewing party. This location is where you will find an exact replica of the HOH room complete with all of the wonderful furnishings provided by the Brick. 

We even got to go 'behind the scenes' and view the room from behind the two-way mirror, just like on set. It was pretty neat!

We enjoyed pizza and snacks while we watched contestants compete in the HOH competition, all from the luxury of a super comfy sofa. Unfortunately it didn't fit in my purse.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

"She Who Hunts Finds" Blogger Challenge #DixieDeals

"She Who Hunts Finds" Blogger Challenge #DixieDeals

For those of you who are mythology enthusiasts, you are likely aware of the relevance of my name. In case you need a bit of a refresher, Diana was the Roman goddess of the moon and of hunting. My parents had originally named me after Princess Diana but I often wonder if there were other forces of nature at work when my name was given to me. You see, the moon has always fascinated me ever since I was a child. And the sport of hunting can be likened to my obsession for puzzle-solving, whether it be 3D puzzles, word puzzles or finding Waldo. A challenge that requires a keen eye and mathematical computations would be right up my alley. Hence, I did not need to think twice when I was invited to partake in a "She Who Hunts Finds" blogger shopping challenge hosted by Dixie Outlet Mall in Mississauga. This #DixieDeals challenge had my name written all over it.

A photo posted by Diana (@torontomom) on

Dixie Outlet Mall, one of Canada's largest enclosed outlet shopping centres, is located in Mississauga near Dixie Road and the QEW. A frequent traveler between Toronto and Hamilton, I have passed this mall hundreds of times and not once did I think of making it a shopping destination. You see, from the vantage point of the highway, it did not appear to be such a large mall. And the one store that stood out the most to me was Michael's, so I never gave the mall much thought since there's a Michael's location much closer to where I live. Little did I know that Dixie Outlet Mall is home to more than 130 stores, including some of my favourites: GUESS Factory Store, Nine West Shoe Studio, and Danier Leather, to name a few. Did I mention GUESS? Seriously, I could have spent all day in that store!