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Entrepreneur Life

Entrepreneur Life

In the early years of my career I worked for many people in many sectors, just ask anyone who knows me. I had more jobs than some will have in a lifetime. If I didn’t like what I was doing, I would leave. Although I felt lost, I didn’t realize I was on a journey to understanding who I am and where I wanted to be.
I graduated from a post graduate in public relations in 2012 and I landed a position with one of Canada’s largest engineering firms. Landing a corporate job is what every graduate wants, isn’t it? I had my own cubicle, made money and worked among some of the most brilliant people, but for some reason I was restless and unsatisfied. My day consisted of completing a days work well before noon, finishing my lunch prior to lunch, checking the clock every hour, making multiple trips to the washroom and finding any excuse to leave early. I couldn’t understand how people celebrated 30 years at their job, let alone I didn’t think I was going to celebrate a year. I knew I needed out and that’s exactly what I did. I volunteered at a boutique PR company and within one account I knew I could do this on my own. I just needed the confidence and that’s exactly what that company gave me.
I’ve always loved sports and entertainment and thought if I get to create a job for myself I want to represent athletes and artists, but in a fun and exciting way. In 2012 I started my own public relations firm, which allowed me to work along side some of the worlds coolest artists and professional athletes from CFL players to Snoop Dogg. My days were never the same and usually fun. I absolutely loved what I did, but for unforeseen circumstances I had to take a break and put the company on hold.
Upon returning to my career I asked myself what am I truly passionate about, what did I not like about my previous company and if I could start another one what would it be?

Most of all I love fashion, I love to create, I love negotiating and making deals, building relationships and positively impacting the community in which I operate. Therefore it was a no brainer I needed to work for myself It’s been a long time in the making and on a true Canadian winter night at the Toronto Maple Leaf game @oliveandsplash was born. It took a VERY long time to somewhat understand an industry I never went to school for or had any previous experience in and I am still learning to this day.
It hasn’t been easy, there are many, many late nights, uncontrollable tears, abnormal amounts of stress, BIG mistakes, loneliness, burnouts and breakdowns. BUUUUT there are awesome accomplishments, challenges achieved, flexibility, creative control, relationships that will last a lifetime, personal and professional growth that some will never understand and for those reasons alone it is worth it. I was born to be an entrepreneur and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you’re thinking of making the leap I encourage you to do it. It’s been the best decision of my life and I wish everyone enjoyed working sixteen hours a day, seven days a week as much as I do.

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upmarket THE MAMA EDIT

upmarket THE MAMA EDIT

Not sure what to gift the moms in your life on Sunday, May 12? You can’t go wrong by splurging on a decadent, thoughtful gift. After all, Mother’s Day is all about showing her how much you care, and treating her to a delightful present she might not have thought to purchase for herself.

Here are seven delightful picks that are sure to please!

Surprise her with an unforgettable piece from Olive + Splash Bamboo Apparel, you can find them at The Mama Edit taking place in YORKVILLE VILLAGE May 8th-10th

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BAMBOO FOR BASE LAYERS

BAMBOO FOR BASE LAYERS

What is a base layer and why do you need to wear one?

A base layer is an insulating layer worn next to your skin. Base layers help regulate your body temperature by  moving perspiration away from your skin, which will help keep your dry. Staying dry allows you to stay warm and happy in the winter. Base layers come in many forms, from t-shirts to leggings, tights, briefs and sports bras. Some are designed to contour to your body while others are more loose fitting. Base layers also come in different weights or thicknesses to suit different temperatures and activity levels. 

Bamboo apparel is a great base layer for any winter activity weather dressing for skiing, skating, snowshoeing or hanging out in the cold, bamboo provides the best insulation and temperature regulation.

Bamboo is a powerhouse when protecting the planets resources, it has built in temperature controls to keep you warm in the cold and cooler in the heat. It's a breathable material that does not contain harmful chemicals and is hypoallergenic with a similar feel to silk. It's proven to have a 99.98% antibacterial rate keeping your material odorless and just as important, it is UV resistant.

Olive + Splash provides a full line of children and adult apparel for all of your outdoor activities and base layers.

Need help sourcing the perfect layers, we're here to help. Email or DM us your questions. 

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THE MODERN MOM SHOW

THE MODERN MOM SHOW

TMMS’ The Modern Christmas Market is an amazing family event this holiday season that will be fun, festive + modern. At The Modern Christmas Market there will be TMMS luxury gift bags, a hot chocolate+cider bar, live Christmas music and entertainment on the TMMS Centre Stage, the modern mom r+r area, styled seating areas and an Instagram worthy modern Santa family photo station in support of our local NICU. The Modern Christmas Market will be styled head to toe in modern minimalist Scandinavian Nordic Christmas decor that will not disappoint. Grab your friends + family and kick off the holiday season with us in style!
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Citizens Crafts Toronto Market Sunday November 4th

Citizens Crafts Toronto Market Sunday November 4th

Come shop the Olive + Splash collection at the first Citizen Crafts Holiday Market will be held at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West). With 45+ vendors specializing in artisan goods, food, and handmade wares.

Support local small businesses for your holiday goods and keep creativity and art alive in Toronto! The Market runs from 11am-6pm with FREE ADMISSION.

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Curated by White Oaks

Curated by White Oaks

COME SHOP OLIVE + SPLASH ON OCTOBER 27TH

Curated by White Oaks is a fashion, lifestyle and wedding show designed by women, for women. All women will enjoy this show because it's not all about weddings. Your ticket gets you the ULTIMATE girls' day out, which includes access to the exhibit floor, amazing brands to shop with, fashion shows, complimentary tastings, and a full wine garden to sip and savour! Our exclusive workshops, perfectly "curated" for women are only available to Curated ticket holders. Workshops have limited seating, so be sure to book right away!

Workshop tickets will appear on the payment page once you have purchased your admission ticket.

Take part in something totally new, unique and truly amazing!

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Backyard Party's for Your Kids

Backyard Party's for Your Kids

It's that time of year again! The sun is out and if your child has a birthday coming up, the best and easiest way to do it is outside. Even if it's not for a birthday, keep reading because there's some great tips for any summer backyard party.

Most parents stress for parties coming up with a handful of kids but not to worry, we have 10 simple ideas for an awesome summer backyard party!

  1. Make a Water Balloon Piñata: Instead of hanging a paper-mâché container full of candy from a tree or overhead trellis, try making a water balloon piñata instead. Simply fill some over sized water balloons with water and hang them from string at varying heights. Have kids use a plastic baseball bat or stick to swat at the balloons to try and break them. Fill more balloons than you hang so you can replace the broken ones as needed.
  2. Set up a Giant Bubble Station: This simple-to-assemble activity is so much fun for kids. Fill a kiddie pool with a homemade bubble solution and use a hula hoop as the bubble wand. Head here for more information and inspiration.
  3. Play Backyard Jenga: Kids (and adults) of all ages LOVE this game. Set it up on a low table (we use an inexpensive side table from IKEA) and have friends take turns playing throughout the party.
  4. Watch a Movie Outside: There’s something magical about watching a movie on a big screen set up in the backyard. So, this summer we want to bring our love for the outdoor movie to our own backyards by throwing a movie-viewing party for our kids and their friends. You can read more about how to execute this type of celebration here. If you’re stumped about what to watch, check out our list of the 12 best family movies ever. For snacks, we wholeheartedly suggest setting up a movie night popcorn bar for everyone to enjoy.
  5. Send the Kids on a Scavenger Hunt: In my experience, kids really love a scavenger hunt. As a parent, I also think they’re an excellent way to keep little ones occupied for an indefinite amount of time. Inexpensive to execute, they can also easily be customized based on the ages of the kids at your party. For little kids, try using pictures to illustrate what they need to find; for bigger kids, words will suffice. Also, don’t forget to have prizes (or birthday cake!) available at the end of the hunt as a reward for their hard work.
  6. Create a Simple Photo Booth: Photo booths are still popular with kids and here’s an inspired idea for how to make an easy one: hang a large over sized picture frame (you can probably find good ones at a thrift store) from a tree branch. Set out a basket of props and encourage them to be as silly as possible. Older kids can take turns taking the photos themselves if you’re comfortable letting them use your camera.
  7. Donut Eating on a String: When it comes to cheap and cheerful party games and treats, almost nothing can top the classic donut eating on a string game. Trust me, the kids will love it and it can work for any kind of party! To put it together, all you’ll need are three items: donut (one per participant), rope, and ribbon. Tie a length of rope between two trees and ask the kids to line up underneath it. Tie pieces of ribbon to the donuts and then to the rope, hanging them slightly above the kids’ mouth level. Let the children know that on the count of three they are to begin eating their donut without using their hands AND without letting it fall off the ribbon. The first to finish is the winner, and the prize is the eaten donut.
  8. Water, Water, Water: There’s a reason the ice bucket challenge was so successful: there’s something so thrilling about being soaked, or soaking someone else, with cold water. From water balloon fights to super soaker battles to water gun tag (the person who is “it” used a water gun to tag the players and once you are hit you are “it”) there is no limit to the amount of fun that can be had with water.
  9. Toppling Tug of War: Using milk crates and rope set up a simple toppling tug of war station as part of your party games activities. Players should stand a least six feet apart and the rope should have plenty of slack so those competing can have lots of cord to work with.
  10. Turn to the Country Fair: I find a lot of inspiration at the country fairs we visit in the summer months, and I use a lot of the games/activities we spot there in my birthday parties and family celebrations. From sack races to relay races to egg on a spoon races, there is no shortage of simple fun you’re sure to see at these types of events.

All of these great ideas can be turned up a notch with a theme as well! For example, use the water balloon pinata and scavenger hunt for a Moana-inspired party that children of all ages will love. Thanks to savymom.com for these great ideas and inspo for our next outdoor party!

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Did Your Mom Ever Tell You to Eat Your Sunscreen?

Did Your Mom Ever Tell You to Eat Your Sunscreen?

Summer is fast approaching and it is that time of year when we need to take extra caution to protect our skin from harmful UV rays and toxic overload from chemically filled sunscreens. The sun can sometimes hide behind loose clouds or disguise in a cool breeze, but do not be fooled, it's still there. Here are some healthy tips and tricks for safe sun protection this summer. 

Some sunscreens contain so many chemicals you would never think to ingest them, so why would you smother your largest organ in them, its pretty much the same thing.

Almost everything you apply to your skin seeps into the bloodstream and depending on its toxic make-up, it can harm us with free radicals and wreak havoc on our bodies.

Important things to know about sunscreen:

1. Most traditional sunscreen products contain cancer-causing chemicals

2. Majority of the population is vitamin D deficient, sunscreen actually blocks vitamin D production

3. Be aware most "chemical free" sunscreens are loaded with chemicals 

You can boost your internal sun resistance by what you eat. Foods that are high in anti-oxidants and carotenoids will naturally protect your skin from sun exposure. 

Here's a list of some super foods to live by:

Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps protect the skin against the free radical damage and reduce sunburn intensity. Drink fresh carrot juice daily to get maximum benefits.

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. Research has found that a long-term diet of vitamin C, together with vitamin E, can reduce the potential for sunburn. Citrus fruits contain limonene, which has been known to lower risk of skin cancer. Citrus fruits also contain antioxidants, which work to protect your cells from free-radical damage that could potentially lead to skin cancer 

Green tea is full of catechins, which prevent disease and protect against sunburn inflammation and long-term UV radiation damage.The most abundant type of catechin in green tea is called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and this is the one that provides sun protection

Watermelon is a great source of water packed with vitamins A and C and electrolyte potassium. The powerful antioxidant lycopene is found in watermelon and reddish-colored fruits,which tends to act as a natural sunscreen. Lycopene allows your skin to act as a natural filter, admitting enough sunlight through for your body to produce vitamin D 

These are just some of the super foods that play a role in sun resistance, here are some more foods to protect against the sun. If you haven't had enough edible sunscreen in your diet, make sure to protect your skin with UV protectant clothing. Olive + Splash is a Canadian made, eco-friendly clothing company that has made a whole selection of children's bamboo clothing, which are a stylish and easy fix to protect your little ones skin from harmful UV rays. 

Think twice about the products you lather yourself and little ones in, it might not be as safe as you are lead to believe. Sunscreen comes in all forms and we are loving the natural ones.

Next time you're at the grocery store or out for a bite, ask yourself have you eaten your sunscreen?

 

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The Importance of Getting 'Someone' Else to do Your Chores, Like Your Kids

The Importance of Getting 'Someone' Else to do Your Chores, Like Your Kids

We are loving this article written by Amy Morin published on verywell.com

Sometimes parents wonder if they should really give their kids chores. After all, isn't it the parents responsibility to manage the household? And don't kids need an opportunity to 'just be kids?'

Of course, today's kids have really busy schedules too. Many of them rush around from one activity to the next with little time to clean the house or mow the lawn.

Despite those concerns, however, giving your child chores may be one of the most important things you'll ever do.

Kids who do chores learn responsibility and gain important life skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Benefits Kids Gain from Doing Chores

Kids feel competent when they do their chores. Whether they're making their bed or they're sweeping the floor, helping out around the house gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Doing chores also helps kids feel like they're part of the team. Pitching in and helping family members is good for them and it encourages them to be good citizens.

Research from a well-known 75-year Harvard study examined what psychosocial variables and biological processes from earlier in life predict health and well-being later in life. Researchers found that children who were given chores became more independent adults. 

Chores for Preschoolers

Preschool children can be given simple chores that involve picking up after themselves. Chores should include picking up their toys each day.

They can also begin to learn how to pick up their room and put their dishes away after a meal. These sorts of chores teach them that they need to be responsible for their own messes.

Young children can respond well to a sticker chart to help remind them to do their chores. Since preschoolers usually can’t read, a chart with pictures of each chore can be a reminder to them.

Then once they’ve completed each chore, they can earn a sticker. A sticker can be enough of an incentive for young children while older children will need more of a reward to motivate them.

Chores for School Age Children

When children begin attending school, their responsibility with chores should increase as well. School age children should continue with chores that relate to picking up after themselves. For example, teach children to put their shoes and backpacks away when they get home from school.

As chores become more complex, teach them in a step-by-step manner how to do each task. For example, if a child is expected to put his own clothes away, teach him where to put the clothes and discuss your expectations. Praise them for their efforts and encourage them to keep practicing. Don’t expect perfection.

Chores for Tweens

There's no need to reward a tween for every task he completes. Picking up after himself and cleaning his room, for example, are part of pitching in and helping the family.

But, paying your tween an allowance for doing extra chores can be a good way to start teaching your child financial responsibility. If you don't want to pay your tween real money, create a token economy system.

Chores for Teenagers

Teenagers need chores that will prepare them for the real world. Assign chores such as meal preparation, cleaning the bathroom, mowing the lawn, or doing the laundry. These life skills will be important after high school so your teen can live independently.

Giving your teen an allowance can motivate him to do chores. It can also serve as a way to teach your teen about how to manage money.

Make an allowance system similar to the way your teen will earn money at a job. Provide payment one time per week.

Don't give out any loans and don't hand out money if your teen hasn't earned it.

Sources

Harvard Medical News: Sparing chores spoils children and their future selves, study says.

Michigan State University Extension: Benefits of Kids Doing Chores.

Image from yummymummy.ca

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Writing The Truth About Santa

Writing The Truth About Santa

Are you stumped on how to break the news to your little believer that Santa isn't real, without ruining the spirit of Christmas? 

Children spot multiple Santa's over the holiday season, and that can lead to some curiosities and questions, "Who is Santa? Is he real?" I don't believe parents want to lie to their little ones or ruin the magic of Christmas.

If your kids have figured out the truth about Santa or you are considering telling your children this holiday season, Sharon Silver, contributing writer on popsugar.com suggests writing a letter kindly explaining what your role is and who Santa really is.  

Here is an example she published on popsugar.com

Dear ...,

Thank you for your letter. You asked a very good question: "Are you Santa?"

I know you've wanted the answer to this question for a long time, and I've had to give it careful thought to know just what to say.

The answer is no. I am not Santa. There is no one Santa.

I am the person who fills your stockings with presents, though. I also choose and wrap the presents under the tree, the same way my mom did for me, and the same way her mom did for her. (And yes, Daddy helps, too.)

I imagine you will someday do this for your children, and I know you will love seeing them run down the Christmas magic stairs on Christmas morning. You will love seeing them sit under the tree, their small faces lit with Christmas lights.

This won't make you Santa, though.

Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to have belief in something they can't see or touch.

It's a big job, and it's an important one. Throughout your life, you will need this capacity to believe: in yourself, in your friends, in your talents, and in your family. You'll also need to believe in things you can't measure or even hold in your hand. Here, I am talking about love, that great power that will light your life from the inside out, even during its darkest, coldest moments.

Santa is a teacher, and I have been his student, and now you know the secret of how he gets down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve: he has help from all the people whose hearts he's filled with joy.

With full hearts, people like Daddy and me take our turns helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible.

So, no, I am not Santa. Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. I'm on his team, and now you are, too.

I love you and I always will.

Happy Writing!

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