April 25th, 2012
A lot of us use emoticons in our communications these days, a crown, bishop, or skull is way more fun than a ☺. That’s why fashion editor Alexandra Suhner Isenberg is obsessed with CopyPasteCharacter.com: they’ve got all sorts of fun ic❄ns you can stick into your emails, although I don’t suggest sending them to your boss. Unless you are ♘☠✏☂ off!
Calgary editor Jaelyn Molyneux likes to peep into the closets of the rich and stylish and read the stories behind how they came to own such covetable items.
I don’t know if people were actually cooler back in the day or if black-and-white photos just make them look that way, but I can’t get enough of the attitude on The Impossible Cool. theimpossiblecool.
tumblr.com says lifestyle editor Kelsey Dundon. While beauty editor Anya Georgijevic chimes in agreement, "this Tumblr has Françoise Hardy rubbing elbows with Mark Twain. I could scroll for hours."
June 17th, 2011
Not everyone is a fan of games at a baby shower, but we need to keep the mom-to-be entertained while we drink all her champagne.
1. Match the celebrity and their baby. Print out lists of celebrities and their baby’s (ridiculous) names, ask the players to match each child with their parent. The one with the most correct matches wins. Do you know who Bear Blu, Moon Unit, and Princess Tiaamii’s parents are? The fun begins….
2. Decorate onesies while mom-to-be opens gifts. Unwrapping presents can take a long time, so provide a few sets of plain onesies and let the guests personalize an outfit for the baby. Non-toxic fabric paints and printed fabrics (for appliqués) make for some very memorable onesies.
3. Baby bingo. A great opportunity to hand out some fun little prizes, you could make your own bingo cards, or go the easy route and order these cute ones from Etsy. We love nail polishes or antique tea cups and saucers as prizes, and if many of the guests aren’t parents yet, baby making kits (sexy panties) are fun too.
January 21st, 2011
Inside time means quality time with your child and your iPad. Herewith, Canada’s media moms share their favourite kids’ apps.
Baby GO! (toddler) Free
Fabulous because it reinforces the letters along with the child’s keystrokes, and the girl's voice is adorable to boot.
Katherine Holland, VitaminDaily.com contributor and blogger at www.katherineholland.ca
Talking Carl (pre-schooler) $0.99
Fun little monster that repeats everything you say in a silly voice. Sort of like a real child!
Erika Pantages, VitaminDaily.com guest editor and blogger at www.thisishowistroll.blogspot.com
Pocket Pond and Cake Doodle (baby to adult/kindergarten) Free/$0.99
This realistic, serene koi pond lets you swish the water and make the fish change direction with a satisfying sound. Hours of zen. Got a little Cake Boss on your hands? With Cake Doodle, they can tip and shake the iPad to add ingredients, then mix, bake, ice, decorate and “eat” their cake creations.
Sarah Bancroft, VitaminDaily.com Editor-in-chief
Pocketphonics (pre-schooler) $1.99
I love this app because it helps children recognize letters and their sounds through repetition. It also tweaks their fine motor skills by having them trace letters. It involves three of their senses and thus reinforces learning. Just keep the volume down low because the mechanical voice makes you crazy.
Laura Keogh, co-founder of www.sweetpotatochronicles.com
Horse's Collection and Audubon Owls (pre-schooler to elementary) $1.99/$0.99
Budding equestrians will love identifying the different breeds of horses in this addictive memory game while little naturalists will be all over Audobon Owls, which is like an interactive field guide with pictures, fun facts and video.
Susie Wall, Vancouver reporter, eTalk.
Total Baby (moms) $4.99
A lot of moms I know rave about Total Baby. It keeps track of everything baby related (feeds, poops, naps, doctor appointments) so you can keep your head above water when you're too exhausted to remember your name.
Athena Tsavliris, VitaminDaily.com Toronto editor
January 20th, 2011
With the forecast calling for snow, snow and more snow, what better way to embrace the season than by zigzagging at full pelt down one of our city’s toboggan runs?
The hill is quite steep but still suitable for easy-riding toddlers and kids.
Thrill seekers will love this one. Look it’s not the Cresta Run, but it’s steep enough to get excited about.
If you live in the neighbourhood why not fit in a quick sled-ride on your krazy karpet before work? Sure beats a cold shower in the morning.
With plenty of hills to choose from, High Park is a good option if your group includes both daredevils and wusses.
Don’t miss out on this sledding star. The longest hill of the lot.
No toboggan? Try thick a garbage bag, a baking tray or a For Sale sign.
July 9th, 2010
Does the thought of your daughter looking up to socialite panty flashers keep you up at night?
Creating an outlet for bright and funny females is web series Smart Girls at the Party. Hosted by Amy Poehler (of Saturday Night Live fame), the short webisodes are filmed with a wink towards Inside the Actors Studio, but instead of celebrities, you get intelligent females, like 7-year-old skateboarder and feminist Ruby.
This is Girl Power we can get behind.
Watch Smart Girls at the Party here.
June 22nd, 2010
Our new British girl crush isn’t Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe or even Georgia Jagger. It’s the Guardian's fashion editor Jess Cartner-Morley.
In her video blog, How to dress, Cartner-Morley expertly tackles a new fashion trend every week. From clogs and party dresses, to pulling off sorbet shades and the tuxedo look, she breaks new styles down from high-end to high street. We love how she translates even the trickiest trends for us mortals, without sacrificing the vital details. Her angle? Find what flatters you, instead of blindly following a fad from head to toe.
Watch How to dress and other Guardian Fashion videos here.
August 19th, 2009
Wedding vows, your resume, that break-up email… there are some things we agonize over for hours.
Look at your words with fresh eyes thank to www.wordle.net. The online toy creates striking word clouds from the text you provide and has quickly become our new obsession. The process couldn’t be simpler: upload your text, hit create, and let the algorithm work its magic. The more often words are mentioned, the bigger they appear in the word cloud, so you can tell instantly if you’re really getting your point across.
Our inner geek loves playing with the fonts, colours and layout for a one-of-a-kind piece of abstract art.
Now we’re off to experiment with our three favourite words: Vitamin Daily Toronto.
March 6th, 2009
What if Goldilocks went to the ball with the big bad wolf and Gretel shacked up with the three little pigs?
Put a little twist in classic fairy tales with whimsical toys from Toronto design house Fidoodle, makers of original wooden puzzles, blocks, and interactive mobiles.
Our little one loves the quirky Cinderella puzzle whose pieces turn into stick puppets for endless hours of imagination and play.
Plus they’re made in Canada with all-natural materials.
Now that’s what we call happily ever after.
November 29th, 2008
Not only has the mother of two been traipsing around premiers in ultra minis and sky-high shoes, but Gwyneth Paltrow has also found time to launch her own website, GOOP.
Billed as a “collection of experiences,” Gwyneth spills on her favorite tuna sandwhich recipe, best jeans (Grey Ant), and London hot spots. From philosophy (Deepak Chopra) to Philosophy (beauty products) it's like walking a mile in Gwyneth's lace-up booties as she dishes tips on how to find a little black dress, or whip up a perfect batch of buckwheat pancakes.
But nowhere does it mention how to survive on sashimi or if she really is the one in the house who gets to clean up the goop….
August 27th, 2008
While you may not find any of these words in the Oxford dictionary, we throw them around the office quite regularly.
Dumpster Driver: A person who pulls up to your recycling box in a car (usually in an affluent neighbourhood such as West Point Grey or Rosedale) and proceeds to pile your pop cans into their luxury SUV.
“When I put the recycling out this morning, the neighbourhood dumpster driver was waiting in his Land Rover.”
PC Break-up: Press Conference Break-up: An ex who very publicly spills the beans on your split.
“Did you see John Mayer on TMZ? I can’t believe he PC Broke-up with Jen!”
Naus-talgia: Remembering something with a sick feeling.
“I was just thinking about that date with Tony and I got a bit of naus-talgia.”
Risickulous: When something is sick and ridiculous.
“The new LV bag is 4 g, but it’s totally risickulous!”
Gaza Strip: A bikin wax gone bad.
“I went to that new spa down the street and they gave me a freaking
Ponis: A male ponytail
“I noticed Kevin finally cut off his ponis.”
And since we’ve discovered our knack for new verbiage we’ve been working overtime to push our vocab to the next level of pop-culture relevance.
Spill the beans on the words or phrase you use with your friends: Post them on our forum for a chance to win prizes (like spritzes and scarves) from Banana Republic and The Gap.