Today is Giving Tuesday

Now that the madness that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, why not turn your time, attention and your money to a worthy cause? Today, December 02, 2014 is Giving Tuesday, a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering.

The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

“We have two days that are good for the economy. Now we have a day that is good for the community too.”


This year my loved ones will get a special gift of a donation given in their name. We’ve all got so many material things, and most everything we really NEED, so why not give the gift of charity this year?

Please check out this movement, read about it on the website and share with your fellow Canadians. We CAN make a difference. It starts with just one person and Companies, Groups, Schools & Individuals can all participate.

Click the image above or any of the links below for more information.


How To Get Involved

Find your volunteer match

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Whether you’re a volunteer looking to invest your time and talents in your community or an organization in need of skilled and passionate volunteers, here’s an online tool to help in your search.  Manulife Financial has partnered with Volunteer Canada to help Canadians and the organizations they care about find a great volunteer match.


Send a Charity Gift Card

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Send personalized Charity Gift Cards to friends and family this GivingTuesday. You choose the value and receive the tax receipt. You can even send them by email!

Double (or triple) Your Donation on GivingTuesday

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Charities and companies are announcing matching gifts for GivingTuesday. Find a cause you care about and multiply the impact of your donation. Here are some of the matching opportunities we’re aware of: The GivingTuesday Interac Online® donation matching program is back! PayPal 1% Donation Match Deloitte is matching GivingTuesday donations to The Alzheimer Society of […]


Fundraise for Charity

Get campaign fundraising tools

Check out these ways you can get involved and help support your favourite charity.

Post your #UNselfie

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Last year thousands of people told the world why they support the causes they care about by sharing an #UNselfie. This expression of giving took on a life of its own with world leaders and major celebrities joining everyday people to tell their giving stories. This year, you can help the causes you care about by […]


Be a Social Media Ambassador

Get social media tools

Anyone can help GivingTuesday grow. You don’t have to be a company, charity or media baron. If you can post an image, link or video then you can help all charities benefit from GivingTuesday. Become a Social Media Ambassador today. Download the toolkit and Feel Great Giving.



December 01, 2014

I’m back from an unplanned blog hiatus because November was a pretty hectic month. There were lots of ups and downs which didn’t leave much time for writing and I can’t believe today is December 1st. The beginning of the last month of 2014 and one month until my birthday! It seems unreal that the year is coming to a close and it’s been quite an adventurous one.

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Mom & I in Fort Myers Beach


But before all that end of year nonsense we’ve got the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas! We usually head to Florida in December, but this year we will be staying in Canada and having the most Christmas Christmas ever :)

Recipe to come!


I love this time of year, spending time with friends and family, nights in front of the fireplace and of course holiday parties! We’re going to do as many fun holiday things as we can this year, so if you have suggestions on things to do, then leave a comment.

Lotus Leaf #PRESSDAYS SS15 post to come!


My best friend is feeling better :)

My sister and I went to the Markham Santa Claus Parade on Saturday with our parents and some old family friends. It used to be an annual tradition when we were kids and it was pretty fun to gather at the big old house on Main St and cheer the parade along. There were some really great marching bands, talented gymnasts and dancers showing off their stuff and of course we go to see Santa!






Gideon was excited for Santa


Grandpa & Gideon :)



Tonight Jason and I went out and got advent calendars so we can count down the days to Christmas. Mom has always gotten us kids advent calendars and it’s a tradition I love and will continue. I thought today that we should make them, but maybe for next year.

I hope you’ve all had a great year so far and I’m sending you light, love and some holiday cheer!





Meet The Headhunter

I’m featured today on the IQ Partners Blog as the latest subject for our Meet The Headhunter series. I’ve also got a spiffy new profile photo courtesy of Jenna :)

Check it out!

Meet The Headhunter: Carly-Anne Fairlie, Public Relations Recruiter

Feel free to connect with me at fairlie[at] if you have hiring needs or if you are looking to make your next move. My specialty is in Public Relations but my practice area is Marketing Services, so Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations with a focus on digital, social media, SEO/SEM and analytics.



Halloween Costumes for Dogs

My friend Jenna sent me a link to a costume store and I’ve been sucked into looking at Dog Costumes. Finn is an XL sized guy, so there aren’t a lot of options for him, but if he would let me dress him up, then these could take his costume game to the next level.

Here are my favourites:

SuperDog is a classic

I can’t imagine Finn letting us put a wig on his head!



The Ninja Turtle costumes kind of make your pup look like an “Atat”

I think the Stegosaurus is my favourite one


Now your little Pup can look like a princess too!

I like the Dapper Dogs – can also double as a wedding outfit!

A leprechaun!


And last, but not least, there is a sexy costume for your dog. In the “Career Dogs” section, you can find the Chip N Dale-esque “Strip N Dog” costume


Happy Haunting!


Fall Trends 2014

I’ve been going through my inbox today and I’ve got all these great emails from PR’s with the hottest trends for Fall 2014. These are my top picks.


Lacc Beauty has launched some hot new colours from it’s La Couleur Couture nail polish. A vegan, cruetly-free and toxic-free nail polish has my name written all over it. I love the red, gun metal gray and gold polishes. The black is also a hot staple for fall/winter season and I can’t wait to get my hands on these and get a manicure!

Fall Trends from La Couleur Couture, a Canadian toxic-free, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly & fast drying nail polish


These three are my favourite of the Fall watch trends. I need the blue Fossil one.




Fossil – love the rose gold face



These boots from Pajar Canada are gorgeous! And they’re called Harli boots :)

Harli Boots from Pajar Canada $225


I have been in love with Nella Bella’s Vegan Handbags since I first saw Raymi & Casie with their gorgeous bags. The great news is that this Canadian brand is now in 250 Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across the country! Congrats to Tarek & Nella Bella for this awesome acomplishment!  The London bag will be mine one day…

I covet this bag – the Nella Bella London bag in Red $125

And last, but not least, this jewellrey by Magnolia is gorgeous. I’m in love with the Silver Flower-ish Chain with the green stone and I love how dainty the leaf necklace and rose bracelet are.