Thursday, September 3, 2009

Vodka-Thyme Lemonade

Yum! We spotted this recipe on the Martha Stewart Living website and just knew it would be a real winner for an after-work cocktail. Invite some of your pals over and enjoy these last few days of summer! Vodka-Thyme Lemonade

Vodka-Thyme Lemonade

Serves 8

2 cups sugar
12 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 24 lemons
2 cups vodka

1. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the sugar and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.

2. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill.

3. In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka, and chilled syrup; garnish with thyme. Divide evenly among eight tumblers filled with ice; serve immediately.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Your dream job

Does your dream job resemble that of Dr. J.D. Dorian's? Check out this funny clip from the once popular NBC comedy-drama Scrubs:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Invest time into money management

Angela Self, one of the founders of the Smart Cookies money group, has some words of wisdom for those of us who say we don't have time to manage our finances. In Make the time for your money, Self has some great tips on how to get your financial house in order.

Click here to read to the entire article or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

Monday, August 31, 2009

Super Shopper

Confessions of a Shopaholic DVD

We’re fairly certain that most CCGs love to shop, and can even identify with some of the highs and lows the main character experiences in the hit movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla Fisher brings the fictitious ultra-shopaholic Becky Bloomwood to life in the film adaptation of Sophia Kinsella’s bestselling novel by the same name. Now available on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, this fun chick flick is filled with laughs, romance, and of course, fabulous clothes galore! A movie that's sure to put a smile on your face.

$40.99 (for Two-Disc Special Edition with Digital Copy) at

Friday, August 28, 2009

Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

Here's the classic 1983 debut hit from Cyndi Lauper to remind us that when the working day is done, we gals just want to have fun!

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you all on Monday!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gina's Morning Glory Cocktail

Here's a lovely cocktail by Gina Neely, co-host of Down Home with the Neelys on the Food Network. Makes for a great drink to serve not only to countdown the end of the work week, but at Sunday brunch too!

Gina's Morning Glory Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 min
Level: Easy Gina's Morning Glory Cocktail
Yield: 1 serving

1/2-ounce orange liqueur
1/2-ounce cherry brandy
Splash pineapple juice
Strawberry, for garnish

Fill champagne flute with orange liqueur, cherry brandy and a splash of pineapple juice. Top with champagne. Add strawberry for garnish.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Balancing career and family

As women, we will always be faced with the challenge of balancing our professional goals with our family commitments. Check out this video where author and advertising executive Nina DiSesa discusses this constant juggling act:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Social media for professional use

In this day and age digital networking has become an important way for establishing professional contacts. In How to Network in the Digital Age, Brandon Miller offers some great tips on how to use social media to your professional advantage.

Click here to read Miller's entire article or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bending All the Rules


We CCGs enjoy unwinding every now and then with a fun game, and we've found a new favourite--it's dominoes with a twist! Bendomino by Blue Orange Games has an innovative curved design that gives us much more control over the game since we need to ensure that the tiles match and fit. Challenging and strategic, it's perfect for our next "Game Night" with friends!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar

Here's a soulful song from rock band Carolina Liar to crank up during times when you want to be saved from being confused:

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Godiva Ice Cream Soda

For these hot summer days, there's nothing like a cold treat to cool us down. Try this yummy recipe tonight!

Godiva Ice Cream SodaGodiva Ice Cream Soda

Yield: 1 serving
Difficulty: Easy
Preparation: 5 minutes

1 1/2 ounces Godiva Liqueur
4 ounces cola
1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Pour Godiva Liqueur into tall glass. Add cola. Stir. Top with ice cream.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Land that job

Want to know the secrets to landing that dream job? Check out this video for some great tips:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Over-doing it with overtime

If you tend to work a lot of extra hours, here's some food for thought for you: check out Is overtime worth it? by Sarah Deveau to help you re-evaluate your reasons for spending so much time at the office and perhaps take a moment to consider the personal sacrifices you may be making.

Click here to read the article or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sweet Saviour

Laura Secord Candy Pouches

We've discovered a sweet treat to reward ourselves with after we've finished a gruelling report. These yummy Candy Pouches by Laura Secord are available in three heavenly flavours: Lemon Blueberry Shortbread, Chocolate Covered Blackberries & Raspberries, and French Mint Caramels. They all sound so good we don't know which one to buy--lucky for us, there's a deal when you buy three at once so now we can try them all!

$5.99 each or 3 for $15 at Laura Secord stores; visit to find a store near you

Friday, August 14, 2009

Faith - George Michael

Have faith, ladies! The weekend has arrived. Here's an oldie but a goodie from George Michael:

Have a great weekend, ladies and see you all on Monday!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea is a classic cocktail that's a trusty favourite all year round. Look forward to the weekend by mixing up this popular drink tonight!Long Island Iced Tea

1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz light rum
1/2 oz gin
1 dash Coca-Cola
Twist of lemon peel (or lime)

Mix all contents in a highball glass and sitr gently. Add dash of Coca-Cola for the colouring and garnish with lemon or lime twist.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vows wow

From the looks of it, there were less than 100 guests in attendance to witness Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz tie the knot at their June 20th ceremony, but due to the phenomenon that is YouTube, their unique wedding entrance has so far generated over 18.5 million views online.

Watch the couple and their bridal party as they boogie their way down the aisle to Forever by Chris Brown:

Addendum: So popular was their dance number that the entire bridal party was invited to recreate it live on the Weekend TODAY news show. Click here to watch the wedding entrance on Weekend TODAY or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Gossip gals may be the first to go

So what can one do to potentially save oneself from company downsizing? In Loose lips sink careers in tough times by Janis Foord Kirk (originally published in the Toronto Star on October 18, 2008), suggestions such as doing an attitude check, going the extra length, and other actions are office worker de rigeur which may prevent you from getting the pink slip. A great article that offers up starightforward advice on how to make yourself shine as a star employee during tough times.

Click here to read the article or copy and paste this link into your web browser:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Posh Drinkware

Cin Cin Acqua Tumblers Drinking eight glasses of water a day is going to look very chic with these gorgeous Cin Cin! Acqua Tumbler glasses. Handmade from Mexican 100% recycled glass, these tumblers are a beautiful way to brighten up the dinner table every night or pull them out for home entertaining.

$96 USD for set of 6 at

Friday, August 7, 2009

Stop - Spice Girls

Here's a classic from the Spice Girls. Take it from the girl power group and slow it down to have some fun this weekend!

Have a great weekend, ladies and see you all on Monday!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dolce Vita's Surubao

Dolce Vita's Surubao

There's still an entire month of summer left for enjoying delicious drinks on the patio! Here's a fabulous cocktail by David Rocco, host of David Rocco's Dolce Vita on the Food Network. Cheers!

Dolce Vita's Surubao

Yield: 1

10 x fresh raspberries
1 tbsp raspberry syrup
1 tbsp sugar
1 x lime, freshly squeezed
1 oz vodka (or 2 ounces if you prefer)
4 ounces cranberry juice
crushed ice
A slice of lime to garnish

1. In a large sturdy glass, combine raspberries, raspberry syrup, sugar and lime juice. Use a pestle to gently crush and mix ingredients. Then add vodka and cranberry juice.

2. Add ice and shake vigorously using a cocktail shaker. Pour back into the glass. Garnish with a slice of lime. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

How to re-enter the workforce

Are you a CCG-turned-SAHM (stay-at-home mom) who's now looking to head back into the working world? Check out this video for some great advice on how to do just that from career coach Maggie Mistal who also hosts national weekly radio show "Making a Living with Maggie" on Martha Stewart Radio:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Paycheque makeover

If you're a CCG who finds herself anxiously awaiting every pay day to arrive, it's time to take hold of your personal finances. Check out How to stop living from paycheque to paycheque by Jess Aldred for some great tips and steps you can start taking now to get yourself into better shape financially.

Click here to read the aticle or copy and paste the link below into your Web browser:

Monday, August 3, 2009

A wife to sort out your life

Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders

We love finding books that are enjoyable for reading at the beach and Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders (Hachette Book Group) definitely falls into this category. Alex Hill is a woman with a high-powered job with little time on her hands to manage her home life. That seems to be okay when she's on her own but when her demanding mother has a bad fall that requires her to move in with Alex, she suddenly is in need of help. And not just a housekeeper who's going to cook and clean, but also someone who's going to be able to entertain her hard-to-please mum. A classified ad placed in the paper by her stay-at-home-mom gal pal leads to a caregiver named Ella who Alex's mum appears to be smitten with, but Alex is clueless as to why since she's never been at home to meet the domestic darling. This funny and light-hearted read will keep you entertained to the very end.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Hush Hush - Pussycat Dolls

Hush hush over your work troubles! Friday's here! Check out this awesome tune from the Pussycat Dolls to get you up on your feet and dancing your way into the weekend!

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Crazy for coconuts

If you're a fan of tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut, then a piña colada is just the frosty treat you need to cool you down on a hot summer day. Enjoy!

Piña Colada
Piña Colada
Yield: 2 drinks

1 1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen
2 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces coconut cream
1 1/2 ounces white rum
1 ounce dark rum
Pineapple slices

Put the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark rums into a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Philosophizing about work life

Here's an interesting take from Alain de Botton about why we have HR departments as well as other commentaries on wasting time and workaholism.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton
Want to hear more of de Botton's views on office life today? Check out his book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, which is a witty and insightful exploration of why people work the jobs they do, and wind up either feeling fulfilled or completely deflated. A worthwhile read for anyone who has ever had to make an honest living by working at a job.

$32.99 (hardcover) at

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It all starts with an idea

If you're looking to start your own business, check out this great article from The Globe and Mail. In What's the big idea?, Rosanna Tamburri interviews entrepreneurs of successful businesses to find out how they came up with their business idea as well as what else it takes to flourish as an entrepreneur.

Click here to read the aticle or copy and paste the link below into your Web browser:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Totally in Control

Cutler Fly-Away Control StickWhat gal likes having to deal with frizzy or static hair? Yes, just what we thought--none of us! We discovered the Cutler Fly-Away Control Stick, and it's just what every gal needs to keep frizzy strands at bay. This ultra-handy hair care product is made with a combination of shea butter and essential oils such as coconut, pistachio, castor, and sunflower seed which help to condition the hair as well as add gorgeous shine to it. The stick is also small enough to carry in our purse so that we're ready to combat static-y hair on the fly. Very cool!

$23 USD (50 ml / 1.7 oz) at

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bulletproof - La Roux

It's Friday, ladies!!! We are loving electro pop Brit duo La Roux and we've got their latest hit, the catchy and synthesized Bulletproof, for you so you can dance your way into the weekend!

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Soaring high

We discovered this cocktail on favourite recipe site Another yummy gin concoction, this time combined with maraschino liqueur, and topped off with a homemade maraschino cherry. We're sure this is one cocktail that'll be a sky-high hit with your tastebuds. Cheers!

Aviation cocktail by Eben Freeman
Yield: Serves 1

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup (2 ounces) gin
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) Maraska maraschino liqueur
1/4 teaspoon simple syrup
1 cup ice cubes

homemade maraschino cherry* or pitted fresh cherry

In cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, gin, maraschino liqueur, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe glass and drop in cherry.

Recipe by Eben Freeman, head bartender at Tailor Restaurant (525 Broome St, New York, NY)

*Bartender's note: To make homemade maraschino cherries: Fill a mason jar or sealable crock with pitted Bing cherries, add Maraska maraschino liqueur to cover, seal the jar, and let stand at least 3 months and up to 1 year.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Budget-conscious travel advice

Summer is the perfect time to take off and head to a new, exciting destination for a bit of adventure! For CCGs who are strapped for cash, travelling doesn't mean having to spend a lot of dough. Check out this video where Kim Mance, Editor-in-Chief of Galavanting (an online women's travel magazine), offers great money-saving tips for the globe-trekking gal:

For more advice, articles, and videos for women travellers, visit

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Work/life balance is in your control

When stress is the only state of mind you're in, it's a telltale sign that you're being overworked. How to solve the problem? Look within yourself to find balance. Check out Balance--you have it in you (originally published on September 26, 2003 in Canadian Business Online) to find out what Canadians attribute their ability to have proper work/life balance to.

Click here to read the article or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wonderful Wellies

Hunter Wellington Boots Huntress design

We’ve fallen head over heels for one of the hottest footwear trends… Hunter Wellington Boots! Once a traditional symbol of British country life, these rubber boots have become a modern day fashion statement on the other side of the pond. We tried on a pair of these hip waterproof wellies and were pleasantly surprised to find that water was impenetrable through them. With its flattering cut for women, as well as a rubber company logo distinctly stitched in front, the Huntress design is our pick for a trendy and comfortable way to splash through puddles while getting to work on a rainy day!

$150 at Hills Of Kerrisdale (2125 West 41st Ave., Vancouver, BC); Gravity Pope (524 - 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB); Heel Boy (682 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON); and Get Outside (437 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON)

For additional retailers, visit (Canadian distributor for Hunter Wellington Boots).

Friday, July 17, 2009

Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

It's been 24 years since this catchy pop tune was released by one-hit wonder group Katrina and the Waves but we haven't grown tired of it yet!

Have a fun weekend, ladies and see you on Monday!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blueberry Collins

Berries of any kind in a cocktail are just what's needed to instantly add natural sweetness and a vibrant touch of colour to the drink! See for yourself what we mean by mixing up this fresh twist on the classic Tom Collins:

Blueberry Collins
Blueberry Collins
1. Add 12 fresh or frozen blueberries to a tall glass and crush them with a muddler or the back of a spoon.
2. Top the glass up with ice and pour in 1 1⁄2 oz. Tanqueray gin, 2 oz. lemon juice and 2 oz. simple syrup.
3. Stir, add a splash of soda and garnish with a few more blueberries.

For more delicious cocktails, visit!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Brown bag it & save!

Looking to load up on nutrients while cutting down on expenses? Here are some great ideas from nutritionist Kerri Glassman for healthy, affordable and yummy lunches you can make at home and bring to work:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Organizing your email

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number of work emails you're inundated with? For some of us, reading messages and clearing out our inbox might even be a daily source of distress. If so, check out Managing Your E-Mail by Susan Gregory Thomas for five excellent tips on fine-tuning your inbox maintenance skills.

Click here to read the article or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

Monday, July 13, 2009

Luxurious Lather

Pacifica Lotus Garden Natural Soap

Taking a shower is one of the small pleasures in our daily lives that some of us may take for granted. Those precious minutes in the bathroom is a time to shut yourself from the outside world and simply indulge in a peaceful and relaxing moment. We recently discovered the Pacifica Natural Soap collection, and we could hardly wait to start lathering ourselves in these heavenly scents. These paraben-free vegetable soaps are handmade, blending Pacifica's signature perfumes with essential and natural oils. There are over 20 different scented soaps to choose from including three of our personal favourites--the fragrant Waikiki Pikake, the tropical Brazilian Mango Grapefruit, and the invigorating Lotus Garden. No matter which scent suits your fancy, we're quite sure shower time is about to get a lot more luxurious.

$5 USD (6 oz. bar) at

Friday, July 10, 2009

Holiday - Madonna

If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice!

We hope you celebrate life and all the happy times this weekend by simply living in the moment. Here's a classic track by Madonna from her 1983 self-titled debut album for your listening pleasure:

Have a great weekend, ladies and see you all on Monday!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Guy Fieri's Silver Sangria

Guy Fieri, host of Guy's Big Bite on the Food Network, concocts recipes that are fun and fearless which is why we simply had to try his awesome sangria that's loaded with fresh peaches and apples (green and red!), a medley of liqueurs and, of course, white wine. Delicious!

Guy Fieri's Silver Sangria

Prep Time: 20 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

6 cups ice
6 ounces light rum
1 (750-ml) bottle Sauvignon Blanc
3 ounces peach schnappsGuy Fieri's Silver Sangria
3 ounces sour apple liqueur
6 ounces fresh lime juice
4 ounces fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
6 ounces lemon-lime soda
6 ounces soda water
1 green apple, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 red apple, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 peach, peeled and cut into small pieces
6 fresh lemon wheels, for garnish
6 fresh limes wheels, for garnish

In a pitcher add ice and stir together all the ingredients except for the garnishes. Serve drinks over ice garnished with lemon and lime wheels.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Let the good times roll

Posted on YouTube less than a week ago, this incredibly cute and highly creative Evian commercial has already had 1,915,672 views--and counting!

Click on the image below to view and it's guaranteed that you'll be smiling for the next minute:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Timele$$ advice

We read The 50 best ways to grow your money compiled by the staff at MoneySense for the magazine's August 2006 issue, and we're impressed that, even nearly three years later, this advice is anything but dated. We're especially fans of the 8 commandments they came up with, practical rules to fiscally follow such as paying yourself first, spending less than you make, and understanding the concept that time literally is money. There's also a wealth of info related to debt, shopping, insurance, home, taxes, investing, retirement, and family that's worth taking heed of.

Click here to read the entire article or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lost & Found

Never Get Lost Again: The Complete Guide to Improving Your Sense of Direction by Linda GrekinIt's something a lot of people who have, or rather, don't have, will poke fun at themselves for. The reality, however, is that lacking a good sense of direction is not always a laughing matter. For the directionally-challenged, it's often a frustrating and sometimes even scary experience to not know where you're going or how to get where you need to. Especially for us career gals who travel often for business, if we lack direction sense, there's undoubtedly a lot of additional time spent studying maps, going over routes, and pondering how to get from A to B. To help us conquer our fears and frustrations, we picked up a copy of Never Get Lost Again: The Complete Guide to Improving Your Sense of Direction by Linda Grekin (RDR Books), and we're so glad we did! The author herself admits to having a poor sense of direction and is therefore able to write with true authority on the subject. In her book, Grekin explains why people who are perfectly competent in other parts of their lives manage to get lost, and also what they can do about it. An invaluable and practical resource for those who want to find their way around!

$20.95 at & other major bookstores

Friday, July 3, 2009

Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

In spite of the downpour of rain, an estimated crowd of 200,000 people crammed into Montreal's downtown core this past Tuesday to enjoy a FREE outdoor concert by Stevie Wonder who kicked off this year's Montreal International Jazz Festival with quite a bang.

Here's one of our all-time favourite
Stevie Wonder tunes for all the lovely CCGs out there:

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hard hitting, smooth tasting

Mike's Hard Lemonade
Cottage time has arrived and we're rather fond of sitting on the patio deck with a bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade in hand. With the sun shining down on us, the aroma of burgers wafting from the grill, and this refreshing lemonade cooler to quench our thirst, we're hard-pressed to think of a better way to spend a beautiful summer day.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


HAPPY CANADA DAY to Canadian Career Gals all across this beautiful and wonderful country!

To commemorate the day, here's the classic 2000 Molson beer commercial:

Leave a comment on this post to let your fellow CCGs know why you are proud to be a Canadian!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

For whom the wedding bell tolls

In her book Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women, Dr. Christine Whelan reveals findings from a study she conducted to help bust myths about successful career women and marriage. Among some of her conclusions were that forty-five percent of high-achievers participate in online dating which, Dr. Whelan notes, is a great way to meet people and get to know them efficiently.

Click here to read some other highlights from her book or copy and paste this link into your Web browser:

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bright Breakfast

BODUM® Brazil French Press Coffee Maker and BODUM® BISTRO Toaster

We're total kitchenware addicts and we're loving our latest finds for not only being functional, but for adding funky flair to our home too! We're digging the easy-to-use BODUM® Brazil French Press 8-Cup Coffee Maker for manually brewing a perfect-tasting coffee. We also couldn't resist matching up the French Press with the groovy-looking BODUM® BISTRO Toaster. Made of stainless steel with a rubberized coloured finish, this two-slice toaster has variable browning and temperature settings as well as adjustable-width toasting slots and a removable crumb-tray. With both items available in eight different colours, breakfast time has become an extra bright highlight to our mornings!

$24.95 CAD for Brazil French Press 8-Cup Coffee Maker
$99 CAD for BISTRO Toaster
Items sold separately at; a
vailable in eight colours (red, pink, purple, green, brown, white, black, or grey).

Friday, June 26, 2009

Heal the World - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Thriller

In spite of all the controversy surrounding him, Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958-June 25, 2009) was undeniably a musical genius. Today we'd like to honour the King of Pop whose music has been incredibly influential to an entire generation.

Take a moment to listen to the soulful and beautiful words from Heal the World, Jackson's biggest hit single from his eighth studio album Dangerous:

Rest in peace, Michael, you are surely in a better place now.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ina Garten's Fresh Whiskey Sours

We are adoring fans of the cheerful Ina Garten aka the Barefoot Contessa, chef and host of a Food Network show by the same nickname. We've taken a particular liking to her whiskey sour recipe which we think is a perfect after-work cocktail. So gather your career gal pals together after 5 and enjoy one today!

Ina Garten's Fresh Whiskey Sours

Prep Time: 5 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 cocktails

3/4 cup whiskey (recommended: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey) Ina Garten's Fresh Whiskey Sours
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
2/3 cup sugar syrup*
Ice cubes
Maraschino cherries

Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice, and syrup. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and pour in the drink mix 2/3 full. Shake for 15 seconds and pour into glasses. Add a maraschino cherry and serve ice cold.

*Note: To make the sugar syrup, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil, and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Chill before using.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wow 'em from Day 1

Wondering how to make those all-important first impressions when starting a new job? Here's some great advice from Career Counsellor and U.S. News Contributing Editor Marty Nemko:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Solutions to common money dilemmas

We recently read 11 Money-Etiquette Issues, Solved by Teri Cettina and we found Cettina’s advice about how to unstuck ourselves from sticky financial situations like splitting the bill, contributing to group gifts, and lending money to friends to be quite helpful.

If you find yourself in similar money predicaments and need ways to remedy the problem, click here to read Cettina’s article or copy and paste this link into your web browser:

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fancy Footwork

Swiss Masai MBT Shoes Chapa Heather

On their website, Swiss Masai calls their invention the "anti-shoe". We prefer to call it "the shoe that kicks our butt"--in the best way imaginable! Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) Shoes by Swiss Masai have had some serious thought and engineering put into them. Unlike ordinary shoes, MBTs are designed to distribute pressure equally across and along the whole foot. We gave them a try and from the moment we slipped these "anti-shoes" on, we were amazed by how differently and more effectively we were walking. With each step we take in our MBTs, we feel certain our posture has improved and we've even noticed less stress on our joints and muscles. There are four categories of style (sports, casual, sandals, and professional) and over 50 different womens' designs to choose from, so we're positive there's one to suit every gal's taste. And here's another bonus--now on days when we don't make it to the gym, we don't feel quite as guilty thanks to footwear that gives us an awesome workout!

$275 (Chapa Heather design); To find your nearest retailer, visit

NB: MBT shoes are regarded as a therapeutic training tool, and have recently received a Medical Device Establishment License #3579. Check to see if MBTs qualify for coverage under your employer's extended health and/or medical benefits package.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Butterfly Kisses - Westlife

It's Father's Day this Sunday which means it's a day to celebrate and thank your papa for helping you become the strong and intelligent woman you are! Here's Westlife's cover of Bob Carlisle's Butterfly Kisses for all career gals who have cherished memories of being daddy's little girl.

Be sure to give your dad butterfly kisses (and real kisses too) this Sunday! Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Christine Cushing's Apricot Bellini

Christine Cushing is a Canadian career gal who we admire for making a mighty fine living for herself using her fabulous culinary skills. We recently discovered this delightful nectar-based cocktail recipe of hers and knew it was just the drink we needed after a long day at the office.

Christine Cushing's Apricot Bellini

Christine Cushing's Apricot Bellini
1 oz apricot nectar (30 ml)
Prosecco, to taste

Pour apricot nectar into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.

Casting call alert! Cushing is currently working on development of a new show called "Fearless in the Kitchen". Want to be on her show? Click here for casting call info. To download the application form, click here!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sorority of compassion

June is convocation season and who better to offer the grads of today and leaders of tomorrow with inspirational and empowering words than the preeminent Oprah Winfrey? In fact, even us career gals can learn a thing or two from this moving speech. Check out this 4-minute video of highlights from Winfrey's Commencement Address to the Class of 2008 at the 117th Stanford University Commencement on June 15, 2008:

Want more? View the entire 30-minute commencement speech here:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Business travel ease

In Eight business travel tips for smart women by Marybeth Bond, the travel expert and author offers practical advice such as "sleep smart" and "pack lightly". These time-tested tips are sure to come in handy for any career gal with a job that requires her to travel.

Click here to read Bond's five other travel tips or copy and paste this link into your web browser:,,563212_565967,00.html

EcoTools Bamboo Sleep MaskWe're definitely advocates of sleeping smart while travelling, which is why we're never without our EcoTools Bamboo Sleep Mask. Made of super soft bamboo fibres, we place the earth-friendly mask over our lids to ensure we get the proper amount of shut-eye while thousand of feet in the air. And even when we're in a hotel room or in our bed at home, this trusty eye mask is just what's needed for a good night's sleep.

$3.99 USD; To find a retailer, visit

Monday, June 15, 2009

Comfortable in Our Own Skin

Curel Continuous Comfort Fragrance-Free Lotion

The winter days that expose our skin to harsh weather elements are behind us (for now!), but it's still important to keep our skin moisturized in the warmer months--especially since we'll soon be showing off our tans! Part of our year-round daily beauty regimen is applying
Curel® Continuous Comfort Fragrance-Free Lotion to ensure our skin stays soft and silky smooth no matter the season. We just lather on this luxurious lotion, slip into a short sleeve top, flowy skirt and our favourite pair of sandals and we're ready to soak in the sunshine. Our tanned skin will certainly feel as good as it looks!

$11.99 for 380 mL; $3.49 for 100 mL at Shoppers Drug Mart & other major drug stores

Friday, June 12, 2009

Straight Up - Paula Abdul

Here's a blast from the past and some advice for your love life. Paula Abdul demands that her man to tell it to her "Straight Up" and CCGs everywhere would be wise to do the same with their significant others.

Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dirty laundry, pristine wine

Though most of us may not be lucky enough to take in the picturesque views of Okanagan Valley daily, we can certainly bring a piece (or, rather, a bottle) of it home with us! In beautiful Summerland, B.C. lies the gorgeous and cheeky-named Dirty Laundry Vineyard, producer of the voluptuous 2008 Gewurztraminer - Madam's Vines. The white wine's intense flavours and aromas of lavender and lychee (yum!) easily seduces our taste buds. Strong flavoured cheeses, seafood or simply "sitting back and relaxing on a warm summer day" are all vintner recommendations of what goes well with this delightful wine. Cheers!

$19.99 at

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Giving back because we can

We sometimes think we don't have it all, but in reality, we CCGs are truly more fortunate than most others in this world. Which is why it's important for us to give back to our community--both locally and abroad. Microfinancing is a relatively new concept that essentially involves the "haves" of the world assisting the "have-nots". Learn more about the concept by viewing this video on Kiva, which is arguably the world's current leading microlending institution:

Visit the official Kiva website at for more info about microlending

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Protect your identity

Thousands of Canadians are victims of identity theft every year, but you don't have to be one of them! We read the informative and helpful Simple Strategies to Avoid Privacy Leaks by Adam Bluestein in which the author outlines how various everyday scenarios such as opening a new credit card account, using your work computer for personal matters, and even making a phone call can put your private information at risk of exposure. Though some parts of the article pertain specifically to U.S. citizens and laws, there is still a wealth of practical advice that Canadian Career Gals would be wise to take to ensure they protect their identity.

Click here to read Bluestein's article or copy and paste this link into your web browser:

Monday, June 8, 2009

Choose cheese!

Chesse Straws by All The Best Fine Foods

Hmmm... what shall we have to satisfy our afternoon munchies at work? We've discovered the most pleasurable snack to curb our cravings! The oh-so-yummy Cheesestraws are just the savoury treat we like to nibble on before the clock strikes five. Handmade by Toronto-based specialty food company All The Best Fine Foods, the cheesestraws come in three delectable flavours: Herbed Chevre & Walnut, Sesame & Cheddar and our favourite, Lemon Cracked Pepper Reggiano. Keep a box of these crunchy, gourmet sticks stashed in your desk drawer--though we're willing to bet they won't last long in there! Makes for a fabulous party snack too.

$7.99; To find a retailer near you, go to