Friday, July 27, 2012

Bed Bath & Beyond Offers University Shopping Solutions

Bed Bath & Beyond Offers University Shopping Solutions for Campus & Beyond

The preparations for living in residence or off-campus housing can be a fun but overwhelming experience for both students and parents. Bed Bath & Beyond™ is the destination for campus essentials, providing students and parents with products and solutions that make the shopping experience easy and enjoyable. Post-secondary shoppers are greeted with our knowledgeable experts and a wide assortment of stylish products to get everything a student needs within budget.

These key tips from Campus & Beyond™ will make for a smooth university shopping experience.
Shopping Prep 101—Know Before You Go
Step 1. Research School Rules: Students should research their school specific rules and regulations before shopping. Check with your school for do’s and don’ts before starting your university shopping plan. This will help avoid purchasing items that a school won’t allow or the school may already provide. We’ve researched all the major Universities and have this information available in stores.
Step 2. Master the Checklist& Budget: University shoppers preparing to furnish a residence or off-campus home should use a checklist to stay organized and on budget. It breaks down all the essentials students need to bring for their bed, in-room organization, bathroom, studying and for snacking or dining in their new digs. Bed Bath & Beyond offers a campus and beyond shopping checklist that can be found in all stores or online.
Step 3. Roommate Tag Team: Once a student receives their housing assignment, they should reach out to their future roommate(s). They should decide ahead of time who will be bringing what items to the room for community use, and decide if/how they want to coordinate their style. Creating an online registry gives parents, grandparents, family and friends great tips on what to get students for graduation. The online registry can also allow students to share with their roommate the bedding patterns and other items they’ve selected for their room.

Step 4. Shop Here, Pick up There: Bed Bath & Beyond has a great FREE service, “Shop Here, Pick up There”, to help students easily get their stuff to school. The service is especially beneficial for students going to school far away from home, by plane, train or automobile. Students can shop for all their student housing essentials at a store near home and have everything ready to pick up at our store near campus.

Style &Solutions Guide 101

Sleep in Style & Comfort:

The bed is the biggest and most important décor statement in a residence room and it’s where students spend the majority of their time. Bed Bath & Beyond has a wide assortment of bedding styles in complete sets with coordinating pillows and sheets. Orla Kiely’s Stem Bed Set and the Amelia Dorm Kit can add a feminine touch while a pattern like Nautica’s Biscayne Bay is more masculine.

For a truly modern take on bedding style, Bed Bath and Beyond has partnered with Threadless (an innovative crowd-sourced design community) producing a line of bedding accessories with bold, inventive design elements.

Comfort is key when it comes to the bed for power naps to increase brain power. Standard issue mattresses tend to be only 6-inches thick, often made of plastic, and provide little support. Make a big difference by adding a layer of comfort with a memory foam topper or fibre bed support.

Mattresses are used by different residents year after year so it’s important to have a mattress protector (that protects the mattress against bed bugs!) like the Allergy Luxe® or Protex Premium Bed Bug Mattress Protector.

The mattresses in some residences have twin extra-long mattresses which require twin extra-long sheets. Students should make sure to confirm whether the mattresses in their residence are standard twin size or twin extra-long prior to purchase. Regardless of the length, at Bed Bath & Beyond, students can choose from cotton and alternative fabrics in a variety of colours and styles.

Organize all that “Stuff”:
Students will have a lot less space in residence and will have to share it too. Luckily, there are some great ways to create more room by using storage and organizational items under the bed, over the door and in the closet. The Cube Grid and Three Drawer Rolling Cart are stylish and simple ways to organize belongings.

Residence room closets are notoriously small and Real Simple’s Slimline Hangers allow students to hang more clothing per unit of space, and a double hanging rod doubles the space!

An over-the-door shoe rack keeps shoes organized without taking up more closet space. Use an array of specialized over the door hooks to store hats, purses or towels.

Where allowed, maximize the under bed space with bed risers to fit more storage bins for sweaters, t-shirts and accessories.

Look Fresh & Impress:

In addition to having a nice residence room, students will want to feel good about the way they look too—especially when meeting new people.

Students should have all the comforts of home including personal care items. Girls should bring essential hair styling tools like the Conair™ Infiti Pro Hair Dryer and You Wave Ultra Waver. The guys should bring a shaver like the Philips PowerTouch Shaver to look fresh for class.

Students will need a shower caddy to keep all of their products organized. Since they will be sharing the space with other residents, this is the easiest way to get your items to and from the shower.
Stay Connected:

The Vivitar® Laptop Cooling Pad is a great way to prevent laptops from overheating as you chat online or type up a paper.

Students can use an iHome® Clock Radio to listen to their favorite music, set an alarm for class, charge their devices or listen to the radio.

With lots of devices to plug-in, students can use the Quirky™ Pivot Power Surge Protector. It’san adjustable surge protector with six outlets that can bend and flex. Plugs won't overlap, and it can be adjusted around furniture and other hard-to-reach places.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Browned Butter Pecan Shortbread

Sprinkled with Flour: Brown Butter Pecan Shortbread

1 1/2 cups butter, cut into pieces

3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

3/4 cup powdered sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans, toasted

In a large skillet, cook the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly. After about 6 to 8 minutes, the butter will turn golden brown, and form tiny brown specks at the bottom of the pan. Promptly remove pan from heat, and pour butter into a shallow dish. Do not cover. Chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator, until the butter is cool and begins to solidify.
In an electric mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add the sugars, mixing until smooth. Gradually incorporate the flour, beating at a low speed just until blended. Stir in the pecans. Shape the dough into 4 (8 inch) logs. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill 4 hours or until firm.

Preheat your oven to 350F. Cut the logs into 1/4 inch thick slices, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack.

Friday, July 20, 2012

This easy and delicious fudge recipe calls for protein-rich almond butter and antioxidant-rich raw chocolate powder, making it a decadent treat that is much healthier than conventional store-bought fudge. Although this fudge is made with all-natural ingredients, it is best to eat only one or two small pieces at a time, as eating honey-rich foods can stress one's blood sugar-regulating mechanisms.


2 cups almond butter

1/4 cup raw organic cocoa powder, sifted to remove any lumps

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons raw organic honey

1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil, melted (optional)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until well incorporated.

Spoon the mixture into a pan and flatten with the back of a spoon. Place in the freezer for an hour or so, then take it out to cut into bite-size squares or rectangles. Transfer the pieces onto a plate. Keep these covered and stored in the freezer.
An alternative is to spoon the mixture into candy molds and pop them out when they are thoroughly frozen. They have a chewy texture when frozen.

These must be kept in the freezer, otherwise they will become soft and mushy, to the consistency they were at before freezing. So if you take them out to eat, eat them quickly! Also keep this in mind when cutting the fudge and work quickly.

Varieties: You can also substitute dark cocoa for part or all of the cocoa. Also, try adding favorite nuts such as whole or chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds.

To see more of our collection of healthy holiday recipes:
Healthy Holiday Recipes

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Weight Watchers' -summer cocktail

Reason to BELIEVE #195: Because you can make a light summer cocktail in less than 4 minutes and with just 4 ingredients.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Watermelon Cooler Recipe

Looking for a refreshing summertime beverage? This simple blended drink using icy watermelon and limeade concentrate is great for picnics, parties or just cooling down on a hot day.Prep Time: 30 Mins

Total Time: 8 Hrs 45 Mins
Makes: 8 servings

8 cups 1/2-inch cubes watermelon

11/2 cups ginger ale

1/3 cup water

1 can (6 oz) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed


•Place watermelon cubes in single layer in 1-gallon resealable freezer plastic bag; freeze 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

•In blender, place half each of watermelon, ginger ale, water and limeade concentrate. Cover; blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour mixture into pitcher. Repeat with remaining ingredients; stir into mixture in pitcher. Serve immediately.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Expert Tips: How to Increase Your Wine IQ

Wine lovers are snobs- at least that’s the long- held perception. But the truth is that the wine consumer is evolving. Reports indicate wine consumption in Canada is steadily increasing and will grow much faster than the world average in the years to come.
In fact, new research suggests that the majority of Ontarians (60 per cent) are comfortable discussing wine. Interestingly enough though, the research indicates that 1 in 10 Ontarians who are comfortable discussing wine have faked their wine knowledge to impress someone else, indicating that there is still room to learn.

Commissioned by G. Marquis, a new local Ontario VQA wine line, the survey shows that while a majority of Ontarians are comfortable discussing wine (those aged 45-54 being the most comfortable), two in five of us are still uncomfortable (those aged 35 to 44 are the least comfortable).

For those Ontarians who need some pointers before becoming true oenophiles, G. Marquis offers the following tips:

· Wine tours –Whether it’s your first or one of many, attending a tour is bound to expand your wine knowledge. On a tour you can learn about wine regions, grapes from around the world, new food pairing suggestions and more. You may even have a chance to personally meet the winemakers behind your favourite wine.

· Compare notes – Taking notes will not only help you remember the wines you tasted but will help you carefully evaluate important aspects of a wine including wine colour, appearance and aroma. This helps guide your critical analysis of each wine and keep them consistent, without missing important details.

· Keep an open mind – While you may prefer only reds or whites from a particular region, keeping an open mind and being willing to try new wines is a great way to compare and contrast your preferences, some of which may surprise even the most skeptical wine enthusiast.

· Attend local events - Attending local events, such as wine conferences where you can convene with thousands of fellow wine enthusiasts and industry professionals, or wine tasting classes to discuss emerging wines, will introduce you to an array of information that will increase your wine IQ.

· Stay in the know – Take the time to get to know the staff at your local wine retailer and share your preferences. You’ll not only get the chance to discuss various wine options but they can also introduce you to new and interesting wines each time you visit the store.

For more information about G. Marquis wines, please visit

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bocconcini Appetizer Skewers

Bocconcini Appetizer Skewers

Thread mini mini Bocconcini on wooden or decorative skewers alternately with your choice of the following ingredients: cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, pitted olives, cubed fresh peppers and cucumbers.

Place on a platter and serve with a selection of little bowls for dipping filled with your choice of spiced oil, pesto, grated Parmesan, fresh chopped herbs, dried chili flakes, coarse salt or fresh minced garlic.

Serves 4

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Playful Crayola Mini Nail Polishes Debut

Crayola recently launched a set of eight nail polish colors housed in the iconic Crayola crayon package

 The mini-kit of nail lacquers -- two pinks, two blues, a yellow, purple and an orange polish -- retail for $12. Nail art stickers and scented polishes are also available.

The company also has a line of lip glosses ($4) available at Walmart or at the Crayola store.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Avoid Acne Breakouts With Obagi Clenziderm

One of the biggest causes of acne is hormonal changes. That’s why you see so many teenagers suffering from acne as they go through puberty. While acne can be hard to leave with, there are treatments like Obagi Clenziderm and other things you can do to keep it from becoming too severe.

Because your acne is most likely directly connected to hormonal changes, you probably cannot completely cure or prevent it, but you can keep breakouts to a minimum and greatly reduce the chance of any lasting scars. Avoid using oil-based products on your skin as they clog pores.

Any products that you use on your hair or face should be non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog the pores. Keep your skin clean. You should wash your face thoroughly in the evenings before bed, and give it a light cleaning in the morning and after any outdoor activity. Dirt and oil that accumulates on your face will block the pores, leading to more acne.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Sale - Up To 50% Off!

The Body Shop Canada

The Body Shop® offers a full assortment of naturally-inspired products, including bath & body, men's and women's skincare, and creative gift ideas for a variety of occasions. They also offer classic and unique fragrances, home fragrances, makeup, and accessories.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

When in Doubt, Add Butter

by Beth Harbison (Goodreads Author)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and---oh yes---butter.(less)

Hardcover, 384 pages

Expected publication: July 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Press

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Traditional Hummus Recipe

Another perfect option for vegetarians.

Takes very little to prepare and it is simply delicious. Making hummus is not too complicated although you need to have all the ingridients and having the right recipe. There’s nothing better than healthy and home made fresh hummus. It will taste 10 times better than any packaged hummus from the supermarket, plus no need to mention it is healthier as well. Chickpea contains iron and manganese keeping our energy levels up for entire day and our blood healthy. Hummus is one of the most popular Mediterranean region dips. Should be served with fresh (I like it most) or toasted pita bread. Do not forget about Tahini (sesame seed paste) which is must to have in the hummus ingredients and should not be replaced or omitted. Tahini is also high in protein and is a great source of calcium. Try to prepare it once and you see how good it is.

Prep Time: 5 minutes


•1 can of drained chickpeas

•3 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice or more depending on your preference

•1-2 tsp ground cumin

•2-3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

•2-3 Tbsp tahini paste

•freshly ground sea salt and pepper (red, white, green and black)

•2 garlic cloves - crashed

•3-4 Tbsp liquid from chickpeas

•season with extra virgin olive oil and decorate with fresh hashed parsley leaves

•pita bread to serve with


1. In a blender or any food processor, crash the garlic. Add canned chickpeas, reserving 1 Tbsp for garnish.

2. Combine tahini paste, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper, liquid from chickpeas, cumin and olive oil in a blender. Blend until creamy and well mashed.

3. Transfer your hummus to a medium serving bowl and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus. Garnish with hashed parsley leaves and chickpeas over the top. Drizzle with olive oil.

4. Serve chilled a bit with pita bread - fresh or toasted.

5. Hummus can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. If your hummus appears to be too dry, add a bit of olive oil and mix well.


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Monday, July 2, 2012

Sunscreen, is it safe?

Sunscreen, is it safe?

With all the buzz about harmful chemicals found in personal care products, is sunscreen safe?

Jul 2, 2012
By: The Health Local Staff

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Afraid of Flying? Finally there’s an App for That

NEW YORK—July 1, 2012— A new tool is now available to help the millions of Canadians who are afraid to fly. At JFK International Airport New York, the VALK Foundation, a Dutch research organization, launched the first scientifically-developed, web-based treatment for people who suffer from mild to moderate fear of flying. Already in use in Europe, the ‘Flight App VALK’ a mobile tool for iPhone, iPad, and Android users will be available for the first time in English.

The `Flight App VALK’ was developed as a result of 23 years of scientific research and treatments by the Dutch VALK Foundation. Last week the app was launched in Italian and Portuguese. Soon, the fear of flying application will also be available in Chinese and French.

Panic button

The Flight App is designed to help relax passengers before and during flights. It informs users about aerodynamics, flight safety and turbulence, sounds and sensations during departure, flight and landing. Practical audio exercises help lower flight stress. When the passenger’s flight stress reaches a panic level, users of the application can access the special panic button, which provides audio and written aid to decrease the stress level immediately. The Flight App can be used during the flight in the airplane mode. Once downloaded, the program does not require internet connection in the air.

Different causes

“Many airlines recognize the value of the program and are committed to converting fearful flyers, up to 30 percent of mature western World population , into tranquil passengers,” said Dr. Lucas van Gerwen, Director of the VALK Foundation. Fear of flying can have many causes, including a bad experience with turbulence, vertigo, a compulsion to remain in control, and claustrophobia. Consequently, the fear expresses itself differently for each person. “The fear of flying application we have created, aims to transfer all of the knowledge we have developed through our therapy program over the last two decades into a mobile application that will help ease travellers’ fears,” added Mr. van Gerwen. The VALK Foundation is one of the first centers for research and fear-of-flying-treatment worldwide and the organizer of three world conferences on fear of flying.

Intercultural study

The launch will also be the kick-off of a worldwide intercultural study about the prevalence and differences in passengers afraid to fly and the potential impact of the fear of flying application. According to Dr. van Gerwen, who is an aviation psychologist, clinical psychologist and professional pilot with more than 30 years in the field, intercultural prevalence research is extremely difficult because some cultures will never admit fear in public. In the near future, the Fear of Flying App will make it possible to fill in questionnaires on an anonymous basis. The number of downloads in different countries will be monitored. Dr. van Gerwen and his team have developed and validated the scientific questionnaires to diagnose the fear of flying. They are translated in 12 languages.

About Dr. Lucas van Gerwen

Dr. Lucas van Gerwen, Director of the VALK Foundation, is a European registered aviation psychologist, clinical psychologist and professional pilot. He has worked in this field for more than thirty years and has written several books and scientific papers on the assessment and treatment of fear of flying. In 2004 he received his PhD from the University of Leiden. Van Gerwen was Head of the Board of three International Fear of Flying Conferences, the most recent one was in cooperation with ICAO in Montreal. # # #

Editors Note: For more information on the Flight App, Dr. Lucas van Gerwen email: and/or call: + 31 71 5273733, + (31) 651154991, + (31) 653165789