Month: October 2014

Three Tips for Safer Online Banking

October is Cyber Security Awareness month. As online banking has become a popular choice of paying bills and buying goods in this fast-paced world we live in, it is a good idea to be well-informed on how to protect your information from getting into the wrong hands. Follow three tips below for keeping your financial information safe: Beware of how your Financial Institution communicates—Most banks… Read more

Designs on the 2014 Calgary Home + Design Show

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Recently, I was wondering around the Calgary Home + Design Show, browsing booths of the latest trends and gadgets for the home, treating myself to some dairy-free gelato from the Fiasco Gelato food truck (so delicious) and hoping to catch a glimpse of HGTV host Bryan Baeumler as I have a weakness for do-it-yourself (DIY) and renovation shows. Sadly, I didn’t see Bryan Baeumler but… Read more

Go Green this Halloween

Now I don’t mean dressing up like the Hulk or Mother Nature for that matter.  I mean cutting back on waste while still having fun as a pirate, a pumpkin or a fairytale princess. Halloween is not only a time of over consumption of candy but also spending lots of money on costumes and decorations, that may be used only once.  Here are 5 ways you can cut back on the… Read more

Necole Gains Momentum with the Canadian Women's Foundation

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Check out this fantastic blog post and video by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, featuring Necole Hines, Momentum participant alumni and Participant Ambassador. Thank you Necole, for sharing your inspiring story with others! Also, a huge thanks to the Canadian Women’s Foundation for your funding support, and for helping to make dreams into realities for women like Necole.

Make Your Own Costume

Halloween is just over a week away and that means every retailer—from grocery stores to pharmacies—have a selection of costumes for you to choose from. But, have you ever noticed that some of the greatest costumes are ones that are handmade and not something someone bought pre-packaged? Are you planning to dress up in a costume this Halloween? Do you know what, or who, you… Read more

Blue Prairie Art – Business Spotlight

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Stef Doyle is the owner of Blue Prairie Art, a local company featuring the amazing and happy work of Stef herself. She operated a day home for 5 years, and during that time also developed a passion and expertise in furniture painting and restoration projects. She will restore or paint almost anything – dressers, beds, walls, even pianos. Stef is also a prolific painter on… Read more

Stretch your food budget with Good and Cheap

One of my favourite events of the year is a made-up holiday called Friendsgiving. It’s a potluck celebration of all the gifts the friendship brings to our lives. For four years I’ve been hosting this party on the Friday of the Thanksgiving weekend. The highlight is building a long dinner table out what we have on hand, and sharing a delicious home made meal. Seating… Read more

Finding Balance in Payday Lending Debate

With the Calgary city council voting to impose regulations on the payday lending industry, many citizens have been questioning whether or not this should be an issue for the city. Many are saying that payday lending is a provincial, or even a federal, issue—not a municipal issue. The Calgary Herald highlighted this recently in their October 9th editorial, “Making payday loans work.” The truth is,… Read more

Thank you Momentum donors, for teaching me these 5 lessons.

It is Thanksgiving—hard to believe but true. As a Calgarian, there is much I have to be thankful for…chinooks, the mountains nearby, and the privilege of being the Olympic host city that first introduced ski ballet. This Thanksgiving, I would like to focus my gratitude towards a group of people near and dear to my heart: Momentum donors. In particular, I’m thankful for the many… Read more

Three Steps to Make the Most out of Your Holiday Meal

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may end up with leftovers!  Here are a few ideas to keep enjoying the meals you prepared. Make “plan-overs.” Roast a turkey, chicken or ham one day and then use leftovers in a stir-fry, casserole or sandwiches. You can then finish off by making soup from the bones! Portion out individual servings into freezer safe containers and use… Read more