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Le Chateau Opens New Concept in Montreal

4/24/2014

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Le Chateau has been hard at work creating a brand new concept for their stores and I was invited to Montreal to check out the unveiling of their new look.

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Sleek, stylish, bright and inviting are the words that first came to mind when I walked through the chrome trimmed doors.   I was shocked at how different merchandise can look when it’s presented in a new way.  New displays allow the clothing to be showcased far better giving the customer more to be enticed by without having to rummage through racks.  The collections are separated nicely by colour and the white tiled floors, walls and small mosaic accents elevate the store to a whole new level.

 
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Thursday Thought: Sometimes I just wish I was a kid again…

4/24/2014

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The photo up above is me in grade 5 showing my mom and little brother a handmade book I created in class.

I think back to my childhood; a time when I saw the world through a different lens and dreamed in full color with a wild imagination, endless creativity and so much innocence. Sadly, I lost that sense of wonder in my teens but was fortunate enough to get it back years later. I think as we get older it’s easy to get caught up in what we think we are supposed to do and say. We tend to live for other people and often forget that we have the power to create our own paths, write our own rules and tap into our inner awesomeness. I don’t have a child of my own but I am the Godmother to a few little ones and every time I share special moments with them, I am often reminded of how much I miss being a kid again. If only for a second close your eyes and imagine when we were little girls who were either princesses or tomboys. Speaking of boys, remember when they all had cooties? Or when you had your first crush? I especially miss having little to no responsibility, nap time, kickin’ it on the block with my friends and talking about our dreams, the Spice Girls, and trading pieces from our Pog collection or Pokemon cards. Whoa, throwback. Talk about a trip down memory lane.

“Back in the days when I was young I’m not a kid anymore, but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.”  – Ahmad, Back in the Day, 1994

Kids today are growing up in a totally different world than we did, but believe it or not, there are many wise lessons that we can take away from their experiences.

Stay curious.
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4/24/2014

GP Inspired Jerk Chicken and Slaw

4/23/2014

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On our recent trip to LA we were this close to Gwyneth Paltrow and boy is she a beauty!  She was gracious with fans coming by to say hello and had a sunny Californian glow, despite the fact that she wasn’t wearing a stitch of makeup.

So this week’s recipe is inspired by the lovely and talented GP.  When the interwebs were all a twitter with the conscious uncoupling I was fixated on Goop’s series of recipes in their One Bird Three Meals post, namely the Grilled Jerk Chicken Breast with Slaw.  Growing up half Jamaican I’m quite familiar with jerk and I was interested in their take.  I’m also a huge fan of slaw so I couldn’t wait to test it out.

The recipe is crazy easy and although it isn’t traditional jerk, more of what I would consider a jerk/southern bbq hybrid, it was delicious all the same.  I also added a carrot for colour and because I’m a carrot in my slaw kinda girl.  This recipe is great as a meal on it’s own but can also be delicious in a wrap, add some pickles and plain Greek yogurt (as they suggest) and you’re in dinnertime heaven.

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Couple things to note:  I used a tablespoon of Dijon rather than a teaspoon.  I also couldn’t find spicy pimenton so after a quick google search I discovered smoked paprika is essentially the same thing.

Ingredients:

For the chicken

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons spicy pimenton (or smoked paprika)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

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For the slaw

Paddle Up For MS!

4/22/2014

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This Sunday April 27th a group of some really cool people, The Remix Project, SPiN and Team Forty,  have teamed up to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for MS.

My family, like many others,  has been affected by this disease where the brain and spinal cord are damaged by your own immune system.  The disease can be debilitating and many times can result in death, like in the case of my aunt.  She was young, a mother of three and an amazing lady and this disease stole her away.

Right now there is still no cure for MS but where there’s awareness there’s hope and the good people of Paddle Up for MS are planning to do just that.

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On Sunday April 27th join us at SPiN from 7pm-11pm for some ping pong and a great time in support of a great cause.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchase online HERE or at the door (but I wouldn’t risk the disappointment, early bird gets the worm!)

xxo,

COCO

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