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Moving Day is fast approaching! When you move, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, a little anxious and sometimes unprepared. With so many tasks to do, it’s hard to know where you should start. You’ll have to find a truck, movers, and equipment to help you not only move, but to also furnish your new home.
And of course, the fun begins when you finally move into your brand new home! This is a start of a new chapter in your life, and one where you should feel excited about.
Fortunately for us, we live in a digital world where all of your moving stresses can be cut in half just by finding what you like online and not having to leave your home!
This is where a resource such as Kijiji comes in. Kijiji is the ultimate classified website for everything related to moving, especially with trucks, movers, and equipment. Everything you need, you can be sure to find in a much shorter time than that it would going to a store and ultimately not finding what you need. Created just for movers, they’re currently running the “It Pays to Move!” contest, valued at $10,000 and will run from June 20th to the 27th.
11 gifts were actually purchased on Kijiji in the Greater Montreal area and are being given away to one lucky winner as a welcome package for your new home!
CLICK HERE to enter the contest for your chance to win all these amazing prizes!
Don’t forget follow Kijiji on Twitter and Instagram use the hashtag #MyKijijiGift!
Nick Cannon wanted to address ”hypocrisy” over the backlash to Kevin Hart’s controversial tweets.
The 38-year-old star took to social media this week to share past tweets from female comedians such as Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer using homophobic slurs after Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars over previous social media posts.
He told Buzzfeed’s ‘AM to DM’ show: ”I was sticking up for my best friend… I like to point out selective outrage and hypocrisy.
”And the only reason why I pointed out some of the other people, and I could’ve kept going, I did extensive research… it was just showing how we all grow… I was like, ‘Wow, we can invite Mel Gibson to the Oscars, but Kevin can’t come?’ ”
The rapper’s defence comes after Hart, 39, decided to quit his role as Academy Awards host just days after it was revealed he would be at the helm of the ceremony in 2019.
The ‘Night School’ actor had previously addressed his unacceptable social media posts in an Instagram video of himself lying on a bed.
He said: ”I swear man our world is becoming beyond crazy. I’m not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space that I am at now.
”My team calls me, ‘Oh my God, Kevin, the world is upset about tweets you did years ago.’ Oh my God. Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people grow, change, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past – then do you.
”I’m the wrong guy, man. I’m in a great place, a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity. If you’re not doing that, you’re not on my page.”
Kevin – who recently revealed he was set to host the 2019 Academy Awards, describing the moment as ”the opportunity of a lifetime” – later apologized LGBTQ community for his previous ”insensitive words”.
He tweeted: ”I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s … this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. (sic)”
On Sunday night, Kim Kardashian posted a series of videos on Snapchat in which West, her husband, was talking to Taylor Swift on the phone regarding his song “Famous” — a song that Swift has since labeled as offensive and derogatory and has claimed to not know about prior to West releasing the song.
During the conversation, you can hear Swift say “I really appreciate you telling me about it. That’s really nice. It’s all very tongue-in-cheek either way.”
In February, Swift and West had a very public fight over those sames lyrics she approve of in “Famous,”. During West’s fashion show at Madison Square Garden, he dropped the verse about having sex with Swift (“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous. God damn. I made that bitch famous.”)
In a statement to the press not long afterwards, her team said the lyrics were inappropriate, noting, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”
Kanye would later respond on Twitter, in now a series of delete Tweets.
The fight between the two culminated in a Grammys speech where Swift shaded West, implying that he was trying to take credit for her success.
Taylor Swift | Album of the Year | 58th GRAMMYs - YouTube
The conversaton Swift had with West, recorded and posted on Kardashian’s Snapchat contradicts Swift and her publicist’s claim that West didn’t call Swift to get her approval of the “Famous” lyrics.
Swift has since responded with this post on Instagram.
The art of being well-prepared Would you run a marathon without training first? Would you climb Mount Kilimandjaro without knowing what to expect? Giving birth is surely the biggest physical and psychological test you’ll ever undergo, hence it’s best to be prepared. Here are a few tips that we hope will help you better experience this special moment.
1.Get informed What is the cervical mucus plug? What should you do if your water breaks but you don’t have any contractions? Which positions can lessen the pain? What are the risks associated with epidural? What are the different stages of labour? To learn the answers to these questions—and many more—take part in prenatal courses. Some are offered free of charge through your municipality, so why go without them? Or you can opt for private courses for a more personalized approach. (These courses aren’t free, but you can request a receipt to later claim the cost from your insurance provider, if applicable.) Read books, and have discussions on internet forums regarding childbirth; watch movies and documentaries; ask questions to women who have already given birth… The more informed you become, the more confident you will be when comes time for you to give birth.
2. Get moving Being pregnant doesn’t mean you should stop all physical activity. (Unless you’ve been instructed otherwise, of course!) Our suggestion: swimming. Why? In addition to learning the importance of breathing, preparing and simulating pushing, you’ll also learn to relax, which is very important during labour. Practicing this sport also ensures better blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, and joint pain relief. What’s more, the movements required strengthen certain muscle groups solicited during pregnancy and childbirth. Are you convinced? Type “prenatal swimming” into Google, followed by your city, and you’ll quickly find courses offered at a public pool near you.
3.Make judicious choices During your pregnancy and labour, you’ll be called upon to make certain decisions: doctor or midwife? Hospital, birthing center or at home? Lying down, standing, or in a pool of water? Epidural or natural birth? Take the time to evaluate the different options available to you and do what pleases you, not your parents or your partner! You’re the one who will be giving birth; hence, it’s best to put in place all the elements and the environment that will put you at ease and that will enable you to live this intense moment exactly how you wish to experience it.
4. Surround yourself well It is highly likely that you want to give birth with your partner present. But have you also considered enlisting the services of a doula? Whether you wish to have a natural birth or not, a doula offers personalized services tailored to your needs and lends her support to both you and your spouse, as well as your unborn child. She is the one who, during your delivery, will reassure you and guide you, in addition to helping your spouse to be fully involved. (Because, let’s be frank, our poor little sweeties are often at a loss for what to do while their beloved in pain!)
5. Tame your fear Although women have been giving birth since the dawn of time, and that it is one of life’s most natural acts, fear is often associated with childbirth. You have undoubtedly heard horror stories, which have caused you to have exaggerated fears about the big day. However, there are tonnes of wonderful childbirth stories. Some women even reach orgasm when giving that final push. Labour is far from being a nightmare. The proof: we usually go through it a second time, and even more times than that! Several methods, such as the Bonapace program, self-hypnosis, or acupuncture, coupled with confidence in your ability to give life, can help tame your fear. Get informed and trust in yourself!
We want to know: How did your delivery go? Share your experience with us in the Comments section below!
We all love to travel, but packing for a trip is another story. If you are anything like the average woman, you won’t wear most of what you pack. As Diane Von Furstenberg once said, “I get ideas about what is essential when packing my suitcase.” Being a chronic over packer, I know that I’ll likely wear the same two pairs of shoes for a trip, so why do I feel the need to pack another four? With the average airline having a 23kg (62 inches or 158 centimeters) weight restriction for checked bags and a 10kg maximum (9 x 15.5 x 21.5 inches) for cabin bags, a girl has to pack smart, but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice fashion. Here are out top tips for travelling light(er) and still staying stylish:
Use a packing check list – You can find a number of checklists online that will remind you to pack everything from clothes to medications and even your phone charger. This will help you stay on track and remind you of everything that you need whether you are going on a short business trip or a longer dream vacation.
Decide on what luggage you want to bring – If you are going away for a weekend away or an overnight business trip, why waste time at the airport waiting for your bag? Bring a carry-on and you can breeze off the plane and onto your destination. I like having luggage that is more fashionable and easier to spot if I am checking it. The Connex Hardside Carry On or large Hardside Case by Victorinox in the new Spring Spirit Floral print collection is on point! It is beautiful and stands out in a sea of black cases. They are also lightweight and easy to pack. The wheels make it easy to maneuver around busy airports. They even give you an extra 4 centimetres of packing space in case you shop ‘til you drop on your trip. Best of all, the carry-on comes with an integrated multi-tool complete with a USB port so you can charge your devices on the go.
Pack your toiletries and cosmetics first – This is typically one of the heaviest items in your luggage and it is an easy place to start taking items out. Certain things are non-negotiable (toothpaste anyone?) but, you may be able to get away with a travel size shampoo and conditioner and body wash. Travel is not the time to experiment with new makeup. Stick to your tried and true and bring one eyeshadow palette that you can get a variety of looks with versus many smaller ones which will just add unneeded weight to your luggage. You likely only need a couple of lipsticks – there is no need for a variety of nude glosses or liquid lippies when one will more than suffice. Bring a bolder colour for evenings out and you are all set! The Connex Hard Side cases come with a zipper compartment so that you can store your toiletry bag without having to worry about spills on your clothes.
Lay out your clothes before packing – Think about the type of trip you are taking. Will you be going to a number of places with different climates or is it more of a fun in the sun type of vacation? Will you need some dressier attire or is it a more casual trip? Don’t pack a fancy dress “just in case” if you are going to an all-inclusive. Pack neutrals so that you do not have to worry about matching, and use accessories for pops of colour. A little black dress is your best friend and can be dressed up with sparkly jewelry. If you are going somewhere and are unsure of the temperature, packable down jackets are great. They come with a small bag and easily fit in your suitcase or carry on. You need three pairs of shoes – a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a pair of dressier shoes in black (they go with everything) that are comfortable for walking in and a pair of metallic shoes or sandals. These never go out of style and will go with anything that you have packed. Make sure that you can walk in them and avoid high heels, especially if you are going to places with cobblestones. An injury can really put a damper on a holiday.
Use packing cubes – It is never going to be easy to pack, but these handy cubes keep your luggage neat and make unpacking a breeze. Get them in a variety of sizes. I use one for lingerie, another for shirts and sweaters, another for skirts and dresses, another for pants and one for assorted items like scarves, wraps, and gloves if it’s the winter). If I have a suit, I lay it across the top of the bag to keep it as wrinkle-free as possible.
Know what amenities that your hotel or Airbnb has – If you have access to an iron and a hairdryer, that will really help with the packing space and weight of your bag. Some hotels come with salon style shampoo, conditioner and body wash; even less to pack! If you are staying at an Airbnb and they have laundry machines, you can pack what you think you will need and wash your clothes so that you do not need to bring as much.
A little extra effort when you are packing and the right luggage will take the stress out of travel. Wherever you are headed this year, enjoy your trip and pack smart.
A few weeks ago, I realized that my skin was more dry than it usually is, and that my eyes were also dry in the morning when I woke up. With the intense cold that we are experiencing this year, the heat is constantly on, and that makes the air very dry in the house. The solution? A new Dyson Humidifier.
I have often expressed my love for Dyson products. I appreciate their state-of-the-art technology as well as their clean look that blends into any décor. This humidifier is no different. It’s small and has a cool futuristic look. It’s also easy to use and to maintain.
The best part of the Dyson is that it purifies the water before it is projected into the air, which most humidifiers don’t do. The device is not only technologically advanced, but it requires less maintenance because it does not require as much cleaning. In addition, it is safe for children as it closes automatically as soon as it is destabilized.
Still not convinced? The humidifier also turns into a fan during summer, and propels a refreshing and clean water stream into the room. Why buy a normal humidifier if you can get a Dyson?
The brand has also recently launched a new Pure Hot+Cool air purifier that has the ability to clean a whole room properly, with upgraded heating and cooling functions. This sounds perfect for our Canadian winter, right?
The Dyson humidifier is available online for $599.99
* This is not a sponsored article, but the product was offered to us in order to test it. All opinions are ours.
A Good Wife – Escaping The Life I Never Chose by Samra Zafar recounts the horror a hastily arranged marriage brought into the author’s life and how she rose abuse and pursued her dreams. It is based on a 2017 article from Toronto Life Magazine; but it was a story that needed a deeper dive than the pages of a periodical could provide. Noted author and editor, Meg Masters collaborated with Zafar on this memoir.
Zafar was encouraged by her parents to be independent and to pursue her education. It was shocking that she was paired off in marriage to a man 12 years her senior, at the tender age of 16. Allowed to finish high school in Pakistan before she fully lived with her husband and in-laws, she dreamed of moving to Canada to pursue a higher education. Once there, the horror and cycle of abuse started, from her husband and passive aggressive in-laws. Having two children did not stop the sadness of her day-to-day existence, and that’s what she was doing – existing, not living in her predicament.
Year, after year, Zafar recounted her small steps towards living her version of an independent lifestyle. Everything from her parents constant fighting to happier memories of her young life in the U.A.E. and Pakistan are covered and we see the exploration of how her childhood both set the stage for the abuse that she suffered, but also helped her continue to dream about a better, more intellectually satisfying life.
Every bit of progress was met with a setback, usually through her own community and family’s ideas of the social stigma of divorce and a woman’s need to be married and her own lack of funds. Eventually, she realizes that the need to stand up against the people that were holding her back from being the woman that she needed to be, not only for herself, but for her two young daughters. The fact that Zafar was so vulnerable and open to sharing her weakest moments is another demonstration of her bravery. Her own pursuit of helping women from her culture, trapped in the same situation, shows her humanity.
A Good Wife – Escaping The Life I Never Chose is a must read, especially in a time when women are breaking through the barriers of inequality. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. The goal is to not only seek a more gender balanced world, but to celebrate women’s achievement. This book is a perfect example of what Women’s Day is trying to accomplish. DIVINE celebrates Samra Zafar for her courage and determination.
We have selected some of the newest ingredients under the spotlight in 2019 that have a wide variety of benefits for the body. Add or substitute these in your daily for a boost of nutrients and a change of habits!
Green banana flour
Bananas are known for their high content of potassium and the ripe banana is a healthy snack, ideal after workouts. However, we often forget the unripe, green banana. To differentiate with the plantain, the green banana is sliced, dried, then grounded into flour. It contains an incredible quantity of resistant starch that can help decrease blood sugar levels as well as cholesterol! Gluten-free, it’s also an amazing alternative for people who are gluten intolerant or have celiac.
More and more popular amongst beauty gurus, turmeric, a vibrant yellow powder, grounded from the roots of the plant is widely used as dye or a homemade face mask essential. In the kitchen however, turmeric is often used with flour to make bread or a beautiful, golden turmeric tea. Not only does this spice add a nice touch of color to the dish, it also is an excellent ingredient that detoxifies the body and relieves pain.
Blue-Green Algae has always been seen as a bacteria invading the oceans and ruining the environment. However, it can also be a great source of nutrients. As a matter of fact, it contains a high concentration of vitamins, proteins and enzymes that can be absorbed up to 97% by the human body. This vibrant blue powder can be added in smoothies or other recipes of choice to give it a splash of color and a boost of supplements!
Tired of olive oil and looking for a healthier option than canola oil? Look no further, avocado oil is here to save the day. Aside from containing almost the same nutrients as the olive oil, avocado oil can even lower blood pressure by increasing the “good cholesterol” in our system. It also has a high smoking point, which means it releases a very little quantity of cancer prone substances even at a high temperature for cooking. Moreover, avocado oil is a nice ingredient for skin care as it barely clogs pores but an amazing moisturizer, ranked as highly as jojoba and almond oil.