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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Have Your Cake & Eat It Too #ShopbakeCAN



How's your sweet tooth? I tend to go more for the savoury treats myself, but a special little pastry with my afternoon cup of tea is always a treat. And who doesn't love to receive a bakery box full of decadent squares and tarts as a hostess gift!

Well, there's a new shop in town to cater to all your bakery needs, both the sweet and savoury. It's ShopBake.com, Canada's first and only online marketplace for bakeries.

ShopBake.com launches today, September 17, with 50 bakeries, and more to come. Whether you are searching for a local bakery and plan to pick up your order, or want to have some yummy treats delivered to your door, visit the site to see what's on offer. You can search by shop location, type of baked good (cupcake, cookies, bread, macarons, etc.), or event (birthday, Passover, Hallowe'en, ...). There's also an option to find bakeries catering to different dietary needs - gluten-free, egg free, Kosher, and more. What a great way to narrow your search for refreshments the next time you're entertaining guests.
Yummy, right?

We tried a number of delicious cookies and macarons for ShopBake bakeries. The mason jar in the picture is from Short & Sweet Cupcakes and contains two cupcakes worth of layered goodness. These would be great for gift giving. The box from Petal Dust Bakeshop contained an insanely good chocolate cake truffle and a cookie sandwich filled with creamy vanilla frosting. The cookie sandwich was delicious, but a bit sweet for me, and I couldn't finish it. 

So how does this all work? Sellers create an online account to promote their goods, and buyers can create personalized accounts for their shopping adventures. Simply click, order and enjoy!

Keep in touch with Shop Bake on Twitter or Facebook and keep watching for more additions to ShopBake.com in the coming weeks.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product as a thank you for promoting the launch of this new site. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WW - Women Build 2014 w/linky



It was an amazing day of friendship and hard work and inspiration. 
I'm still recovering.
Also - our walls were still up the next morning :)




Tea & Tiaras: Where High Tea Meets High Fashion

Tea & Tiaras logo

There's something truly special about a proper tea service. I love drinking my tea from a china cup and nibbling on dainty pastries and cucumber sandwiches. Add in some lovely conversation, entertainment and a fashion show, and you've got the recipe for an excellent afternoon!

The Starlight Children's Foundation is holding a new fundraising event this fall. Tea & Tiaras will combine a sophisticated afternoon tea with a live fashion show, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and more. There will be a Beauty Corner, where you can purchase discounted beauty items with proceeds going to Starlight. And of course, you will be able to purchase a collectible Starlight Bear on site for just $20.

The Foundation has set a goal for this event of raising $50,000 to assist them with their hospital programs for seriously ill children. These programs include many options to provide comfort and entertainment to the kids during their hospital visits and stays - tablets, video games, books, puzzles, craft kits, and more. These items go a long way to easing a long wait for tests or to fill the time a sick child must spend in their hospital bed.

Jennifer ValentyneThe Tea & Tiaras event will be hosted by the lovely Jennifer Valentyne, Live Eye Host on CityTV's Breakfast Television. If you live in the GTA, I am sure you've seen the show, and you'll be familiar with Jenn's enthusiasm and love for the community. She is sure to make it an outstanding event.

Tea & Tiaras will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 1:00-4:00pm, at the Royal York Hotel ‘Ballroom’ in Toronto. Tickets are available for $80 each, or $600 per table (8 guests).  Attendees must be 19 years of age or older. Get all the details and purchase tickets online at TeaAndTiaras.ca. Of course, if you are unable to make it to the event, You can still consider making a donation to support the Starlight Foundation in their work with seriously ill children. Donations are accepted via their website, StarlightCanada.org

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