How to Find Wedding Gown Bliss

I was once at a wedding where the bride had changed her gown four times throughout the evening. That evening’s gorgeous wardrobe change was like having front row seats at Vogue Fashion Week. When I asked her why the many gowns, she replied, “I just had to – I loved them all and couldn’t make […]

Walking through the rows with an award-winning winemaker

As a student, Thirty Bench winemaker Emma Garner travelled abroad, learning about Old and New World winemaking styles, before settling into her coveted position at Thirty Bench Winery in the Niagara region. Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and British Columbia were all on the list, and Garner’s passion for food and wine grew with each […]

Engagement Ring Shopping Made Easy

This topic deserves some special attention. Perhaps because the focus here is more on the Mr. Right in your life who is conducting endless hours of research on how to pick the perfect engagement ring. They say it’s easier for a guy to spend an insurmountable amount of money just minutes after a test drive […]

At Home in California with Grease actor Lorenzo Lamas

Janette Ewen interviews Grease actor Lorenzo Lamas For more than 30 years, actor Lorenzo Lamas appeared on our TV screens as a leading man on popular shows like Falcon Crest and Renegade. Lamas got his break early, by playing the role of “Tom” in the worldwide phenomenon known as Grease; set to celebrate its 40th […]

How to Keep Children Entertained at Your Wedding

You’ve heard so much about these beautiful invitations that you can hardly wait to see them for yourself. It’s arrived. You excitedly remove it from its envelope, unfold its delicate lace paper and you begin to read…. Mr. John Smith and Ms. Jane Doe request your presence as they celebrate the next steps of their […]

How to Drink 3x More Water

It’s summer, which means beating sun, hot temperatures, fun cocktails, and (hopefully) lots of time spent traveling and enjoying the outdoors. While all of these things are awesome, they’re a perfect recipe for straying from your normal routine and forgetting to stay hydrated. Here are some cool ways to make sure you’re drinking enough water […]

How to Get Through Planning Your Wedding (Without Landing Behind Bars)

So… Orange may not be the best wedding colour this season. But, have you ever dated someone whose mother disliked you for… well, for dating her precious angel? If you are dating that wonderful man-boy and all goes well and you’re truly madly deeply in love, you’ll one day become Mrs. Molly Coddled. Brides, you […]

10 reasons to Visit PEI This Summer

9 Reasons to Visit Prince Edward Island this Summer

There is nowhere in Canada where one can experience beauty, simplicity, and serenity like the provinces on the East Coast. Known as the birthplace of Canada, PEI hosted the inaugural meeting towards the country’s 1867 Confederation. As summer is just around the corner, for those who have yet to decide their vacation destination, the beautiful island […]

Where to Take a First Date in Toronto

First dates can be nerve-wracking, but the right setting can make or break the whole experience! It can be tough to pick a perfect place to impress a person you don’t know very well, especially with so many places to choose from in Toronto. We’ve narrowed it down to a few places that are hard […]

How You Know You’re a Traveler

  Instead of collecting shoes, you collect stamps in your passport. You can say “hi”, “please” and “thank you” in at least 5 different languages. When someone tells you they don’t like traveling, you immediately distrust them. When deciding to spend money, you weigh it against how many trips you could take instead. If you […]

Maximize Your Productivity with a Little Help from Clare Kumar

As a productivity coach, I like to look at productivity holistically. There’s a lot more to it than just managing a ‘to do’ list. To keep it easy to think about, I break productivity down into three areas, in my model, Productivity CPR™: COMPASS– Setting your direction and defining where you’re aiming. Simply put, setting […]

Janette Ewen on Colour, Design and the Rise of Microtrends

Janette Ewen lives partly in Toronto, partly in LA, and partly on Instagram. The ubiquitous interior designer and lifestyle expert needs to keep tabs on so many people, places and trends, it’s only natural that she lives part of her life in the virtual sphere. “I’m in a different city every few days; it’s a […]

The #metoo movement ushers in cultural change in Hollywood and beyond

It’s a Fascinating Time To Be A Woman Can we please just take a minute for Lady O! At this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Oprah Winfrey declared, and I quote: “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” While considering what to write for this column, all I could think about was the current #metoo #timesup movement, and how the world is alive. No question, the #metoo movement has shifted […]

Hot cocktails to warm you on a cold winter day

Hot cocktails to warm you on a cold winter day

By Christine Sismondo Anyone can add a splash of Irish cream to a hot cup of coffee. But, delicious as that is, it’s hardly enough liquid fortitude to make it through the polar vortex months. Summer cocktails abound, but when it comes to winter warmers, we are too often creatively challenged and end up short-changing […]

Spicy Cheddar Shortbread

Spicy Cheddar Shortbread

Spicy Cheddar Shortbread is a hit at our holiday gatherings and so easy to prepare!  You can freeze the logs of uncooked dough for up to a couple of months and you can also keep a log in the fridge for about a week and just slice off as many cookies as you are going […]

Bomba White Bean Crostini

You can make the bean mixture ahead of time, as it keeps well in the fridge for a few days, and then just slice up as many baguette slices as you need for the evening. No need to use the entire recipe in one evening if you only have two guests, right? Recipe creation by:  Carole […]

The Best Ski Wear to Buy now

Choosing the best ski jacket for you is an important decision. A ski jacket will keep you warm, dry and comfortable on the slopes, so picking the right one is vital for your enjoyment of your time skiing or snowboarding.  Here is a comprehensive gift guide for the snow bunny in your life.

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Vitalize Magazine brings you this indispensable guide to the best gifts of the holiday season. We promise you’ll find something nice. And once your shopping is done, don’t forget to give to someone in need

Expect Average This Christmas

This Christmas, Expect Average.

Spend less, do more and keep your expectations in check. Oh, holiday season. You changed your name from Christmas—to be more inclusive—so that holiday stress, anxiety and exhaustion can be shared with adults and children everywhere. What a gift! Thank you so much! Call it what you want, Festivus is stressful. When I was married, […]

Tips and Decor Ideas for Holiday Entertaining

Tips and Decor Ideas for Holiday Entertaining

By Janette Ewen Where do you start if you’re planning to entertain over the holiday season? I always start with a theme. For example, I held a vintage 1930s Christmas party last year. A theme will shape the decor, cocktail menu, food, invites, gifts, music—even the scent of your home. For 2017, the top holiday […]

Holidays more meaningful

10 Ways To Make Your Holiday More Meaningful

Live in the Moment This Holiday Season! What does living in the moment really mean?  Taking it all in and being present can seem like an unreachable goal when you are stressed to the max and it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Sometimes all it takes is not losing sight of […]

Canada’s Beautiful Winter Resorts

Explore Canada’s Beautiful Winter Resorts

Nobody does winter like we do!  Join us as we explore Canada’s Beautiful Winter Resorts By Cindy McGlynn There’s nothing more Canadian than hitting the slopes—or the apres ski scene—and making the most of the white season. Our country is home to some of the best winter resorts in the world: international award-winners that reward […]

Thanksgiving

Keep It Wild This Thanksgiving: Try Some Yummy Seafood

Yes, it’s Thanksgiving and this is a special occasion to enjoy some tasty seafood. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has teamed up with chef Charlotte Langley to inspire new traditions around the Thanksgiving table, all centered around eating more mindfully and keeping it wild with certified sustainable seafood. Historically focused on celebrating the fall harvest, […]

Top Ten Tips To Slow Down

Hey you – slow down! It’s never been easier to connect with someone on the other side of the world, yet it’s so easy to feel disconnected from the people closest to us. We have more tools than ever to simplify tasks and accomplish more things quickly, yet our to-do lists have never been longer. […]

Chili Lime Sweet Potatoes

Summer Delight: How To Make Chili Lime Sweet Potatoes

End of summer is nearing but there is still loads of time for family gatherings and BBQs with friends. Sick yet of the endless same old burger and hotdog routine? No problem, I have created a summer recipe that you can use this season to spice up your taste buds, leaving you both nourished and […]

Greek Pasta

How To Make A Greek Inspired Sweet Potato Zucchini Pasta

Love a pasta salad but want to get more veggies into your diet? If you haven’t tried your hand at a new tool called a spiralizer yet you are really missing out. This sweet gem turns veggies into spiralized noodle like portions. For this recipe my KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer does double duty with a […]

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Coming to a Grocery Store Near You

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte will soon hit the shelves at local grocery stores. Yes, it’s great news indeed. Many of us are still sojourning through the dog days of summer but we’re close enough to Fall where we’re thinking about our first cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte, with hints of fall scents like cinnamon, nutmeg, […]

Innovative Personal Technology Helps You Look And Feel Your Best

There is lots of new innovative personal technology on the market that will help you look good and feel good. Take a gander at some of the new tech for beauty and health on the market. Innovative Personal Technology Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Dyson spent $71 million developing this new hair dryer and many are […]

The Four Seasons Private Jet

Travel The World In The Four Seasons Private Jet

Experience the epitome of luxury with a round-the-world tour aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet. Offering a 25-day global adventure, the Four Seasons Private Jet takes passengers to nine destinations worldwide, offering a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hope Aboard The Four Seasons Private Jet and See The World In Style The Boeing 757 jet, with its […]

Summer Dinner Menu

A Complete Summer Dinner Menu for Entertaining Your Guests

Are summer recipes on your mind? I’ve rounded up some of our favourite Vitalize recipes to create the perfect Summer Dinner Menu. You can either enjoy with friends or yourself! The option is yours, although we think you’re going to want to keep these all for yourself. Yum! Then again, it’s good to share some […]

Hey Canadian Moms! Stream Time is the New “Me Time”.

It’s the summer and Moms across the country are feeling the pains of having the children at home around the clock. So in today’s day and age, how are moms de-stressing?  According to a recent Canadian study from Netflix,  “stream time” is the new “me time,” with 9 out of 10 Canadian mothers saying that watching great TV […]

away without kids

How Cheryl Hickey Survived, Even Kind of Loved, Her First Holiday Away Without Kids

Thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, we have all heard of conscious uncoupling—but what about conscious coupling? Let me explain. My girlfriends and I were sitting around one day as our kids ran around us playing. We were talking about having real alone time away with our partners and husbands. I suddenly realized I had nothing to add to the conversation […]

BBQ Corn

BBQ Corn With Butter, Parmesan, Lemon & Tahini 

There are so many fun ways to dress up super sweet summer corn, but this is a favourite of mine. No need to pre-cook the corn; roasting on the BBQ for BBQ Corn does it perfectly. BBQ Corn Serves 4 Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients 4 fresh corn with husk on (makes for a great handle) 2 tbsp unsalted butter ¼ cup […]

Canadian Summer

10 Must Have Canadian Summer Experiences

We live in one of the biggest countries in the world! From the suburban city of Toronto, to the peaks of Canada’s Rockies. That’s right the possibilities of places to visit are endless. Are you looking to explore our great nation? Check out our 10 Must have Canadian Summer Experiences. Canadian Summer Experiences Train Across […]

Grown up sleepovers

Grown up Sleepovers – The Truth, The Planning and The Rules

Grown up sleepovers or, more precisely, just “overs,” because sleeping on the pull-out couch at your boyfriend’s house in your 40s means no sleep at all…and maybe a trip to the chiropractor Regardless of your age, dating—and the “sleepovers” that come with it—requires some planning. In my teens, I didn’t really date anyone because I was too busy […]

Chili Shrimp

Chili Shrimp With Beans & Edamame Recipe

“I don’t know if this Chili Shrimp with Beans and Edamame is Asian or Italian, but I do know it’ll make your mouth dance.”  Chili Shrimp with Beans and Edamame Ingredients 2 cups medium-sized shrimp, shelled and deveined 2 cups green beans, cut diagonally lengthwise 2 cups cherry tomatoes, larger ones chopped in half 2 […]

Strawberry Shortcake

Mile High Strawberry Shortcake

For Canada Day this year, I’ve created this super easy variation to the personalized Strawberry Shortcake that will allow you to prepare ahead, wow your guests and keep them coming back for more. I have to admit, I love June.  Why you ask?  Well it’s strawberry season.  It may be the only time you’ll see […]

3d body scanner

New 3D Body Scanner Will Help You Get Fit

There is a new fitness companion unlike any other that just hit the market and it will help keep you in shape. Called ShapeScale, this device is a scale and 3D body scanner in one. The base measures your weight and its robotic arm rotates around you. It has a sensor head with 3-degrees of […]

Canada 150

OH Canada! Our Staff’s Favourite Places in Canada

This year is Canada 150th Birthday and in honour of our beautiful country the team with Vitalize Magazine has put together a list of their “Favourite places in Canada. “ Get to know us better! We are proudly Canadian and loving it. Associate Publisher Trina Stewart’s favourite Canadian locale is Quebec City.  Sitting on the […]

Ritz Carlton Yacht

The Ritz-Carlton Takes To The Sea – First Luxury Hotel Brand To Offer Bespoke Yacht Experiences

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International, Inc., just announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea. Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., […]

Costa Rica

Costa Rica launches new campaign in North America

For the first time in its history, the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) has established a partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and CNN International to launch a new campaign: “essential Costa Rica. My Choice, Naturally.” This new advertising campaign will go beyond promoting traditional products, which has been the predominant approach […]

QBracelet

QBracelet will charge up your iPhone – Stylish, Innovative and Useful!

QBracelet is a brilliantly designed bracelet that’s now available on the market, one that is sophisticated and sexy looking. But there is more than just meets the eye. Called QBracelet, this device connects to your iPhone, giving it up to a 50 percent extra charge so your trusty phone will never run out of juice. […]

Emojis

Decoding His Emojis- What he is REALLY trying to say

We all love a good emoji when texting, there’s no ifs ands or buts about it. Women like to send them and so do men. However, believe it or not, there are hidden meanings behind the emojis we all receive. Women enjoy sending smiley faces, and kisses, but men on the other hand tend to […]

Siren Smart Ring

SIREN Smart Ring Helps Keep You Safe

It may look just like a really cool fashionable ring, but the SIREN Smart ring will do wonders in the horrific event you are being attacked by a criminal predator. You see, a team of inventors out of New York City have just developed SIREN, which is now being hailed as the first wearable alarm […]

Emojis

Decode Her Emojis- What do her Emojis REALLY Mean?

We live in a texting world full of emojis, and when you meet someone on a dating site, like Tinder of Plenty of Fish (POF), or in person, then it’ s a given that you will be using your trusty smartphone to communicate with them. That’ s right texting is the norm these days and […]

May 24

To Travel or Not to Travel on May 24 Long Weekend

The May 24 long weekend is fast approaching, kicking off summer festivities. Now, the question is, do I stay or do I go? For many, the May 24 long weekend is the time to distress and enjoy the warmer weather this world has to offer. Although many struggle with deciding whether to relax at home […]

New Shoes Transform

New Shoes Transform From Flats to Heels in Seconds- Mime et Moi

A start-up company based in Munich, Germany, has developed a very innovative line of new shoes that will be a woman’s new best friend 24/7. Mime et Moi add comfort and style for any occasion with their interchangeable heels that clip on and off in just seconds. With one click of a little button you […]

Date night

Date Night Ideas for The Best Thursday Date Night Ever

Date nights are essential to keep the spark in any relationship alive! It’s so important to connect and be together once in a while. If you want to keep your relationship strong, it’s great to set a date night. 5 Date Night Ideas for you to try This Thursday Thirsty Thursday Many restaurants and bars […]

Smart Tampon

my.Flow Is A Bluetooth Smart Tampon – Period

Everything is these days going high-tech, and this includes tampons. You see, a team of inventors in the United States have just developed my.Flow, which they claim is the world’s first smart tampon monitor and will “provide a solution to menstruation mortification” ​“The world’s first tampon monitor, my.Flow allows you to check how full your […]

Toronto Craft Brewer Launches Fake News Ale

A local startup brewery here in Toronto, ON, has just announced a charitable beer line to help reverse questionable policies and of course to help make beer great again. As Northern Maverick gears up for a summer launch, the Toronto craft brewer unveiled its first beer as part of a charitable line of beers that […]

Best Fitness Trackers of 2017

If you care about your health and well-being, you likely know how helpful fitness trackers and wearable technology can be: these activity bands provide inspiration, tracking and insights on your overall health 24/7.

canada 150

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada Celebrate 150th Birthday

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada have partnered to unveil an extraordinary new package, Après in the Air, a collection of offerings and experiences that provide unparalleled access and adventure at three of Fairmont’s most iconic Canadian properties. The ‘Après in the Air’ package includes a round trip […]

Dating

Dating in 2017- One Single Mom Tells All

I am a 46-year-old single mom of two girls and I’m dating in 2017. This is my ridiculous story. I was married. For 15 years, I was married, and lived with my baby daddy two years before that. I met my ex-husband at a comedy club and fell in love with him because he was […]

Miku Toronto Brings Famous Flame-Seared Sushi to Toronto

For impeccable service and outstanding sushi, MIKU Toronto is a must-visit for local sushi lovers. Open since late 2015, MIKU Toronto is the first of its kind in Ontario from the well-known Aburi Restaurant group, world renowned for the delicious flame-seared Aburi Sushi served at their original location in Vancouver. The elegant, open-concept 7,000 sq. […]

Potato & Prawn Salad with Lemon Yogurt, Capers & Radish

Serves 2 comfortably, serves 4 as a starter. Takes 20 mins Bright and light, this salad is bursting with bold summer flavours. 400 grams baby white potatoes, cooked to fork tender in well salted water, and cooled 250 grams large shrimp, peeled, cooked in well salted water and cooled 2 radishes thinly sliced (a mandolin […]

The Best Of CES 2017 To Charge Up Your Lifestyle

Every year, thousands of technology experts and enthusiasts from across the globe flock to Las Vegas to take in the massive Consumer Electronics Show. This year, Vitalize Magazine scoured the show, taking in 4,000 exhibitors to bring you our top 10 most innovative lifestyle tech products hitting the market. Lemon LEMON is the world’s first […]

Sun-dried Tomato & Feta Hummus

A luxuriously rich spin on a classic, this sun-dried tomato hummus is perfect on a crispy pita or as my girls do, dip n’ lick it off your fingers.  In a food processor combine until smooth: 3 cups of chickpeas (canned or cooked) ½ cup of sun-dried tomatoes 150-200 grams of feta juice of ½ […]

Lemon Cream Cheese Shortbread Snowstorms

I’m not a huge fan of the rigid recipe that’s typically required for baking—but this super easy, hard-to-mess-up, six-ingredient concoction hits the note for my daughters and I. And they taste like heaven.  Prep 45 mins/cook time 20 mins Cookie ingredients: 3/4 cup icing sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon salt […]

The World’s Richest Tomato Sauce

Sure, basic marinara sauce works OK, but this sauce takes it to the next level. Puree it for any dish that works with tomato sauce. I even use it as ketchup with my kids! Takes 20 mins – Serves 4-6 700/800g linguine or fettuccine 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced ½ white onion, finely chopped 1 […]

Hot Winter Cocktails

Anyone can add a splash of Irish cream to a hot cup of coffee. But, delicious as that is, it’s hardly enough liquid fortitude to make it through the polar vortex months. Summer cocktails abound, but when it comes to winter warmers, we are too often creatively challenged and end up short-changing ourselves at a […]

Visit Toronto

Toronto is having a moment right now. With internationally famous locals like Drake and The Weeknd dominating playlists across the globe, our cool is on the uptake—and we’re not talking about snow. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here, making Toronto one of the world’s most multiculturally diverse cities, and Canada’s biggest. It’s also […]

Smoked Nachos

The year was 1943, and a group of Americans straggled into the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, Mexico, after closing time. The chef had left, but the maitre d’, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, topped some tostadas with jalapeños and cheese and melted it under the broiler. A classic was born. His legacy lives on, and I […]

Honey-Cured Ham Ribs

Combine the briny, smoky, umami flavours of country ham with the crusty, gnaw-off-the-bone pleasure of barbecued baby backs and you wind up with ham ribs. I wish I could say I thought of it, but I got the idea from a man utterly obsessed with pork, smoke, and fire: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, […]