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#SELIVES: Avocados, Anytime

As winter approaches dinners out seem a little less appealing when you can easily pull things together in your very own kitchen using fresh ingredients in new and easy ways.

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I love cooking with fresh ingredients, especially when I’m trying new recipes, whether I’m being creative in the kitchen or I saw it on Slice it’s always fun to try new things and prepping fresh ingredients. Most people try and avoid prepping their veggies by using chopping and slicing appliances, personally I love the prepping part of cooking. I’ve always enjoyed chopping up fruits and veggies but avocados have always been a tricky one for me. I’ve tried many of the tips and tricks like slicing and using a spoon to scoop it out, and yes, this is a great option that I’ve turned to many times but, I find it doesn’t get the avocado sliced enough and ends up making more of a mess.

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We love Avocados from Mexico for not only being the world top avocado producers but for creating these great kitchen must haves that help make cooking with avocados so much easier. Weather you struggle with the pit, can’t cut through the peel or hate waisting even a little bit these kitchen supplies from Avocados from Mexico know how to handle and take care of Avocados the right way.

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Avocados are a great source of fiber, low in sodium and rich in potassium which makes them the perfect addition to any meal, anytime of day. For recipes ideas on how to cook with Avocados visit AvocadosFromMexico.ca and be sure to tag #SELIVES. We love new recipes and stories!

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#SELOVES: National Lipstick Day

Of all the holidays this one has to be one of my favourites. Happy National Lipstick Day to all my fellow lipstick loving ladies. Get ready to pucker your way through today by wearing your favourite lip colour. The all new COVERGIRL Katy Perry Matte Lipstick Collection is filled with desirable demi-matte shades that create the perfect pout to pair with any summer look.

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The collection includes 11 stunning Matte shades that both nourish and moisturizer your lips while still giving you a perfectly highly-pigmented lip in a selection of shades that will make it hard for you to pick just one favourite.

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Today, I’ll be wearing on of my favourite summer lip shades Cosmo Kitty by COVERGIRL Katy Perry Matte Lipstick. This hot new hue is the perfect way to celebrate National Lippy Day and kick start your long weekend.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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#SEHOLIDAYS: 12 Days of Giveaway, Day 12 WOW! mobile boutique Gift Pack

As the holidays are quickly approaching gift ideas are becoming harder and harder to think of, but what’s one thing that everyone you know has and uses on the daily? A cell phone, which is why there really is no better time to get yourself into a new phone. Whether your buying for yourself or a loved one WOW! mobile boutique is the perfect spot to satisfy all your technology needs and make shopping during the holidays a fun and rewarding experience.

SE Giveaways Day 12, WOW Mobile

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Bluetooth in-car speakerphone, $80, Jabra, iPhone 6/6s Case, $80, Lifeproof, Portable Charger, $30, Powerseed.

With great cell phones come great accessories, and everyone knows you can never leave with just a new phone. This holiday season we’ve partnered with WOW! mobile boutique on day 12 of our 12 Days of Giveaways to give away a gift pack that you and your new iPhone 6 or 6s can enjoy (valued over $190). To enter, just use the widget below!

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Contest is open to Canadians (excluding QC).
Winners will be contacted via email on December 17th and
have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
Contest closes December 16th at 11:59 PM EST

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#SEHOLIDAYS: 12 Days Of Giveaways, Day 9 DAVIDsTEA

When the weather outside is frightful, a cup of tea is quite delightful, so get ready to steep and sip your way through the busiest time of the year. The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family over a festive cup of tea and there’s no better way to celebrate than with teas that are as tasty as the holidays feel.

Day 9 SE Giveaways, DAVIDsTEA

This holiday season, we’ve partnered with DAVIDs Tea to give away a prize pack filled with delightful holiday teas, tasty treats and a Nordic tea mug to make your holiday mornings perfect (valued at $126). To enter, just use the widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest is open to Canadians (excluding QC).
Winners will be contacted via email on December 14th and 
have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
Contest closes December 13th at 11:59 PM EST

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#SELOVES: Animal Lovers Give Back with TOMS One for One

Giving back is always a great way to show your love and appreciation to the world we live in. With so much happening in the world around us it’s hard to keep track of everyone in need of protection. TOMS always finds a way to bring awareness to so many different partnerships with their the One for One programs.

This past fall TOMS announced their partnership with the National Geographic Big Cats Collection, as a cat lover the choice to support this great program came easy as I began to read some of the recent statistics of Big Cats in the wild that are disappearing in the world around us. The National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative has worked to reverse the decline through on-the-ground conversation and educational projects in Africa, Asia, North and South America.

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Nat Geo Leopard Noah, $189, toms.ca

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Nat Geo Women’s Jaguar Classics, $70, toms.ca

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Nat Geo Men’s Lion Paseos, $75, toms.ca

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Nat Geo Big Cats Backpack, $108, toms.ca

The TOMS and National Geographic Big Cats Collection features a special edition line of footwear, sunglasses and backpacks for men, women and children ranging from $38 to $168 CAD. The collection features design elements representing big cats as well as iconic photography from the National Geographic’s image library. The TOMS One for One Animal Initiative program will drive awareness and funding for global animal protection for Big Cats and with our support and awareness we can come together to help minimize the dangers that Big Cats are facing in the wild.

– Vanessa Cioffi

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