Swarovski Stars for Wishes Workshops

DIY Christmas Ornaments For A Great Cause!

Swarovski Stars for Wishes Workshops

Nothing says Christmas like making your own ornaments to hang on the tree! But with a million-and-one other things to do between now and December 25, who has time, let alone energy, to transform the living room into an arts and crafts studio? Not us!

That’s why we’re so excited about the Swarovski Stars for Wishes Workshop running every Saturday between November 19 and December 10 at the Toronto Eaton Centre.

Not only do you and your kids get to make your own glittery Christmas tree ornaments with sparkly Swarovski crystals—but you also get to support a really good cause!

For the past few years, Swarovski has been running these awesome family-friendly workshops in the Toronto Eaton Centre to help raise money for The Children’s Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children afflicted with a high risk, life-threatening illness. Each ornament kit is $20 and all proceeds go to Children’s Wish Foundation.

It’s totally win-win … and oh so Festive!

This year, we got so excited about the idea of ornament making, that we decided to get involved. Each Saturday morning one YMC blogger will be on site at the Swarovski Stars for Wishes Workshop to mingle with crafty families and partake in the fun!

So grab your kids and head down to the Eaton Centre! Workshops run from 10 am to 12 pm and take place in half-hour increments. Learn more about the Swarovski Stars for Wishes Workshop. Visit the Swarovski Gallery Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre or call 647-439-8584 to pre-register.

And, you never know, once you’re at the mall you might actually get some holiday shopping done!



Pay It Forward With Heart and Stroke

The Perfect Way To Show Gratitude

Pay It Forward With Heart and Stroke

This time of year we’re always looking for creative ways to Pay it Forward, or say thanks to those people who make our multi-tasking mania a little more manageable.

You know, the teacher at your tot’s daycare who has more energy than you ever will (even after four cups of coffee); or the neighbour who’s always available to pinch-hit when your meetings run late; or your mother-in-law who admittedly is helpful, most of the time. Or any of those "Hard to Buy For" folks who deserve something nice.

We’ve found the perfect way for you to thank all these people …while supporting life-saving research in the process.

It’s the Heart and Stroke Foundation Calendar Lottery—a $25 gift that comes with the possibility of winning daily cash prizes every day of the year!

Each calendar comes with an official lottery number, your chance to win three daily prizes of $5,000 plus weekly, monthly and holiday Jackpot prizes too.

Free money; important medical research; the perfect way to show gratitude— All of this makes us very happy!

So, we wanna ‘Pay it Forward’ to you—our cherished members—by giving five charitable mummies from Ontario a chance to win TWO calendars each: one for you to keep and one for you to give away to someone special.

That’s how we plan to keep the chain of giving going all holiday season long.

For your chance to win, just leave a comment below by November 30th, telling us who you would give your second calendar to and why.

To buy a calendar or find out more about the program visit the Heart & Stroke Calendar Lottery Facebook Page. And spread the word over Twitter - @HSF_Calendar and #giftandwin. It's good karma.

This blog is proudly sponsored by our friends
at the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Yummy Rules and Regs for Calendar Giveaway: You must be a member to win. Click to sign up! It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until November 30, 2011. Contest open to Ontario residents only. Winners will be picked using