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Summer Entertaining Made Simple

Jun 09, 2017
From college and high school graduations to the Fourth of July and everything in between, there are many reasons to celebrate this summer. To help make sure you and your guests have a blast at your next event, we reached out to lifestyle expert and interior design guru Tyler Wisler. Best known for his time on HGTV’s Design Star and NBC’s George to the Rescue, as well as being seen in Architectural Digest and Elle Decor, Tyler had plenty of insightful advice to share with us. Check it out below.

Summer Entertaining Made Simple 
Tips & Advice from Tyler Wisler 

Summer Entertaining
Photo Courtesy of David Cremer

Summer is here and with that gloriously sunny weather comes the opportunity to throw some amazing get togethers! Whether you are entertaining for a group of 40 or just you and your besties, here are five simple tips to ensure you’re the host with the most:

1. Menu Motivation 
I think one of the first things to consider when you’re having people over is the food! Don’t go overboard with difficult dishes, especially ones that need multiple utensils. Love pasta? Skip the spaghetti with meatballs and opt for a cold pasta salad. It’s easier to eat, and you can make it ahead of time – that’s what we call a win, win. A selection of sliced charcuterie, crackers and cheeses keeps people happy and munching.

Tyler Tip: Choose hard or semi-hard cheeses so nothing melts in the heat.

Menu Ideas
Photo Courtesy of David Cremer

2. Sweet Surprises
Seasonal fruit is always a welcome addition to any menu. Light, healthy, and easy to eat, deciding to serve fresh berries and watermelon wedges is a no brainer!

Tyler Tip: Why not surprise your guests with beautiful, unexpected and exotic flavors? Ripe juicy mangos and cut up dragon fruit are sure to wow your crowd! 

3. Forget the Ice Ice Baby
When you’re shopping for your smorgasbord of finger foods, make sure to add a couple extra bunches of grapes to your basket. You might be saying, “What?! Why?!” Well I’m about to let you in on a summer game changer: frozen grapes make the perfect ice cubes. Keep that glass of Chardonnay nice and cold without watering it down!

Grape Ice Cubes
Photo Courtesy of David Cremer

4. It’s all in the Details 
Throwing the ultimate summer soiree is more than serving up scrumptious fare. You’d be surprised how a simple basket filled with sunscreen, hand wipes, bug spray and even a blanket can take your party to the next level – especially if you’re expecting kiddos at your bash. Summer days can turn into cool evenings, so make sure you have the necessities to keep your guests comfortable, whatever the weather throws at you.

Supplies
Photo Courtesy of David Cremer

5. You’re a VIP
Lastly, as the host, the single most important factor in creating a memorable evening is YOU! Make sure that you’re having fun and not stressing out about every last detail. Sit back, relax and enjoy! Cheers!

Can’t get enough of Tyler’s timeless tips? Be sure to follow the @NYDesignGuy on Instagram and Twitter, and stay tuned to see which Marketplace Events show he’ll be appearing at next. We hope you enjoy your summer!

Nacho Average Party

May 25, 2017
Looking for a fun and creative way to treat your party guests? Try setting up a DIY Nacho bar. You may be familiar with Make Your Own Sundae Bars or Mimosa Stations. The DIY Nacho Bar builds on these concepts, adding two elements that were notably missing: cheese and chips!

Nachos

Let folks know about the spread in advance, and encourage them to come hungry with some of their favorite nacho toppings. You provide the staples: chips, cheese, sour cream, and mild salsa. Guests can bring more unique and artisanal toppers to the party – anything from olives and tomatoes, to pulled pork or grilled pineapple.

Nachos

Preheat your oven and watch the magic happen! Guests can dress their nachos in the style of their choice, making their creation as bold or basic as they like. It’s a great way to try something new and see which of your pals has the best nacho recipe. Plus, folks with dietary restrictions can come to your party without worrying about what’s on the menu – and you don’t have to worry about what to make for them!

Nachos

Putting in a Nacho Bar at your next party? Be sure to share your favorite cheesy (or not so cheesy) creations with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We love to see what you create!

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Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

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 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

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 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

Give More This Mother's Day

May 01, 2017
This Mother’s Day SOS Children’s Villages Canada has just the thing to make the day a little brighter for moms everywhere.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

From now until May 14, when you send a FREE Mother’s Day eCard on the SOS website, Intact Insurance will make a $10 contribution on your behalf to help empower vulnerable mothers around the world.

When vulnerable mothers are empowered, they can provide their children with the safety, protection, and love they deserve. By building a mother’s capacity to care for her children -- providing her with fundamental tools and support in education, healthcare and vocational training -- SOS helps break the cycle of poverty and ensure that more families are able to stay together and contribute to strengthening communities across the globe.

SOS Children's Villages: Strengthening Families & Brightening Futures

Not only is SOS Children’s Villages a leading global organization dedicated to ensuring that every child grows up with love, security, and respect, its vital and targeted family strengthening programs work to build the capacities of families and avoid child abandonment, by providing material support, training, education and counseling, based on local needs.

SOS Children's Villages Stats

Statistics courtesy of SOS Children’s Villages International 

So this Mother’s Day, honour all the wonderful mothers and mother-figures in your life -- whether it’s a sister, aunt, grandmother or friend -- by empowering another. Send an eCard today and help make a difference. Now that’s a gift everyone can feel good about.

SOS Children's Villages eCard

 ----

 About SOS Children’s Villages 

SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self-sufficiency and prevent child abandonment.

DIY on a Dime: Embroidery

Apr 25, 2017
We’ve found your next hobby: embroidery! Improve your dexterity and engage your creative spirit with this inexpensive activity. All you need is hoops, fabric, and thread. You can find patterns online or draw your own (we highly recommend the latter!).

Embroidery Projects

Reflective of the “Maker Movement”, we’re sure you’ll take to this fun craft for a few different reasons:
  • It’s incredibly portable – Get in a few stitches on the bus, while you wait for an appointment, or on your lunch break. With no heavy equipment to lug around, you can practice this hobby anywhere. 
  • It’s completely customizable – Stitch a quote, animal, flower, or whatever you want! 
  • Its rustic simplicity is so on trend – Embroidered items work in almost any aesthetic. Create a unique juxtaposition amid modern decor, or go kitschy cute in an already pastoral space. 
Stop by your local craft store today to pick up supplies. We recommend grabbing a few hoops (so you can have more than one project on the go), light colored scraps of fabric, and a variety of complimentary colored thread. As you get more comfortable embroidering you can grab more thread to tackle complex patterns and designs.

Embroidery

Be sure to share some of your favorite creations with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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Spring Cleaning: Home Maintenance Musts

Apr 12, 2017
With winter weather behind us and spring temperatures consistent and warm, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the change in seasons. As you organize your closet, putting away sweaters and bringing out shorts, consider adding the following items to your spring cleaning list. These five simple chores are often overlooked, but can have a big impact on your home. Check ‘em out below and get your space ready for summer.

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1. Gutters and Downspouts – Everyone may be familiar with the adage April showers bring May flowers, but we can see a lot of rain throughout the spring and summer. Make sure your gutters are clear of debris so they can handle precipitation. Remove leaves, sticks, and rubbish to allow water to pass through them. Blocked gutters can cause water to overflow and damage your roof. Additionally, make sure your downspouts extend well away from your home so the water your gutters are collecting doesn’t seep into your foundation.

2. Roof - Now that the snow has melted off your roof, grab a ladder (and a friend!) or a pair of binoculars and see what shape it’s in. Are your shingles in good condition? Pay close attention to the area around your chimney, as winter’s freeze/thaw cycle can be especially hard on your flashings.

3. Foundation – In addition to extending your downspout, inspect the area around your home. Is the ground sloping toward or away from your property? Are your window wells collecting water? Doing everything you can to keep water from pooling around your home will help to keep your basement dry.

Pro Tip – Walk around your home right after a heavy rainfall to see where water is pooling to fully assess your space.

4. Windows and Doors – Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed to help with heat management and pest control. Simple caulking and crack repair can help ensure you don’t end up cooling the neighborhood this summer and can keep critters and bugs out.

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5. Smoke Detectors – You should test and change our smoke detector batteries approximately every six months. The change in seasons is a great reminder to tackle this vital task. You can also practice your evacuation techniques and go over other safety procedures.

Adding these maintenance items to your spring cleaning list will help keep your family and property comfortable this season. Think something is missing from our list? Share your maintenance musts with us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always on the lookout for new tips!

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It's Show Time

Apr 06, 2017
The Winnipeg Home + Garden Show kicks off today, Thursday, April 6, and runs right through to Sunday, April 9 with real advice, fresh inspiration and trusted local experts for every home improvement project, inside and out, at the RBC Convention Centre. Don’t miss out on direct access to more than 270 of Winnipeg’s top gardening, home improvement, renovation, and design experts of every kind, along with interactive workshops and free consultations with the pros.

With so much to see and do, make sure you have a game plan before you hit the RBC Convention Centre for the show. To help, we’ve created a must-see and do checklist of insider tips to help you make the most of your visit to the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show. Read on!

Stop
Before you head down to the RBC Convention Centre to dig right into the details of your next home or garden project, be sure you have your Winnipeg Home + Garden Show tickets in hand. Save yourself $3 (and some time!) by buying your tickets online.

Now that you’re set, find your way to the RBC Convention Centre (375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB). If you’re bringing your car and planning to do some shopping, parking at the RBC Convention Centre is $3.00-$18.00 per car, or you can park at any auxiliary lot or metered parking spot surrounding the RBC Convention Centre. Check out the RBC Convention Centre Parking Map for more details. If you need more info on directions and the best spots to park, check out our Information Page.

BryanAndSarah

See
You’re here! Now that you’ve arrived, it’s time to take in all that #WHGS17 has to offer. Don’t miss the talent and expert advice on the Urban Barn Main Stage presented by the Winnipeg Free Press, located in Hall A. Get expert advice straight from the industry’s top home improvement experts, including HGTV Canada’s Bryan Inc., Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, HGTV Canada’s Home to Win stars Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt, DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, and a line-up of local favourites - plus more than 270 exhibitors and features designed to whip any home or garden into shape.

And PSST! Get a chance to meet Bryan + Sarah Baeumler after their presentations during their selfie sessions immediately following their presentations.

When: April 6-9, check out the full Main Stage Schedule.
Where: Urban Barn Main Stage presented by the Winnipeg Free Press, located in Hall A.

Lounge

Sip
We don’t know about you, but we couldn’t wait until the snow melted to start enjoying patio season. It’s time to kick back, relax, and take it all in in the Floform Lounge, presented by Western Living, furnished by Dufresne and decorated by Adorn Interiors. That’s right, grab a drink and check out the latest in landscaping to get you inspired for spring. Make a toast to your next home improvement project, all while taking inspiration from your stylish surroundings.

Where: Located in Hall C

Craft

Shop
What’s a show without a little shopping? Stop by the Scattered Seeds Pop Up Market presented by 94.3 The Drive for a little retail therapy between getting expert advice on that next DIY project. A showcase of Winnipeg’s emerging artists and creators, this artisanal craft market has something for everyone. With one-of-a-kind pieces to take any wardrobe, jewellery box or art collection to whole new heights, shopping local has never been so chic.

Where: Located in Hall C

Backyard Escape

Share
Now that you’ve had a chance to snap a selfie with Bryan & Sarah, found a unique trinket as a memento of the show, and mapped out your new backyard BBQ haven, be sure to share it all on your social media! Follow along and share on Instagram and Twitter with @HomeShowsMB and #WHGS17.

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Grand Slam Dip

Apr 05, 2017
Hey batter, batter! Swing batter, batter! Baseball season is once again upon us, and we cannot wait to get started. The beginning of the season is one of our favorite times of the year. Not only is the weather nice, but your team still has a chance of making it to the World Series. Plus, there’s nothing like having  friends over to watch the game! 

Grand Slam

Take your ballgame get togethers to the next level with a winning, flavorful dip that requires little to no prep time. That’s right, create a dip in less than 20 minutes and enjoy the entire game without the hassle of bringing out more treats for your guests. It’s filled with cheese, vegetables, and salsa - all the ingredients that make a win much more satisfying. Get ready to knock it out of the park with this tasty snack!

Cream Cheese Layered Dip
Serves 4-6 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz of original sour cream
  • 8 oz package of original  cream cheese
  • 1/2 pack of Boursin Red Chili Pepper Gournay cheese
  • 1/2 cup of salsa
  • 2 chopped peppers (green pepper works best)
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 1 cup of shredded marble cheese

Supplies

  • bowl
  • tray that is about 2 inches deep (if you are looking to bake this dip, make sure to use a glass or oven friendly tray)
  • mixer, hand or electronic
  • chips of your choosing (to dip!)

Step 1: Combine sour cream, cream cheese, and Boursin cheese in your bowl and whip together using a mixer.

Step 2: When ingredients are mixed well (you want the cream cheese to be as consistent as the sour cream), pour contents into tray and evenly spread.  

Step 3: Top the cream cheese base with salsa, also spreading evenly until the entire tray is covered.  

Step 4: Spread shredded marble cheese on top of the salsa.

Step 5: Add the peppers and onions on top of the shredded cheese.

Step 6: This dip can be eaten hot or cold. If you would like to bake the dip, set your oven to 350F and put dip in for about 10-15 minutes (until top layer of cheese melts).

Step 7: Serve!

We hope you enjoy this game-day cream cheese layered dip. We’re sure your guests will forget all about peanuts and cracker jacks when you bring this hearty snack out of the kitchen. If you serve up this tasty treat be sure to share some fun snaps with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. 

AIMExpo Acquired by Motorcycle Industry Council

by Joanne Carry | Sep 09, 2015
IRVINE, Calif. --The Motorcycle Industry Council today announced it has acquired the Motorcycle Group business segment from Marketplace Events LLC. The acquisition includes the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), America's premier motorcycle and powersports show, and the only powersports event in North America that caters to trade, media and consumers all under one roof, timed to showcase the powersports industry's new model year product unveilings....

IRVINE, Calif.--The Motorcycle Industry Council today announced it has acquired the Motorcycle Group business segment from Marketplace Events LLC. The acquisition includes the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), America's premier motorcycle and powersports show, and the only powersports event in North America that caters to trade, media and consumers all under one roof, timed to showcase the powersports industry's new model year product unveilings.

AIMExpo's show personnel, sales staff and management, including AIMExpo Show Director Cinnamon Kernes, and AIMExpo show creators Mike Webster and Larry Little, will form a new department within MIC titled “MIC Events.”

“AIMExpo’s early success has been the ability to prove an innovative concept that has delivered for exhibitors and attendees beyond what was envisioned when we conceived the concept just three years ago,” said AIMExpo co-creators Webster and Little. “We recognized the opportunity to take it to another level of industry value and excellence with the blue-ribbon reputation and capabilities of the MIC, and the power of its membership, management, and services to get us there. We presented our recommendation to Marketplace Events LLC management and they agreed.”

"In 2012, Marketplace Events made the commitment – under the leadership of Mike Webster – to launch AIMExpo with the explicit goal of changing and re-energizing the powersports business, and our AIMExpo team has been intensely focused and true to that promise,” said Marketplace Events CEO, Tom Baugh. “In less than three years, the AIMExpo platform has become the most important annual gathering for the industry. We’re very proud MPE successfully incubated AIMExpo, but we recognize the event will reach its full potential and greatest benefit to the industry under MIC ownership."

Dennis McNeal, MIC chair and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.'s vice president - Motorcycle Operations, said, "MIC’s primary goal is to ensure the show's ongoing growth and success, and that requires not only a depth of tradeshow experience, but broad experience in our industry. Mike Webster, Larry Little, Cinnamon Kernes and the entire AIMExpo team have that kind of experience, and the MIC Board of Directors, by unanimous vote, is excited to have them join the staff of the MIC."

"The concept of MIC owning AIMExpo is actually quite common in the association world where many trade shows are owned or operated by their industry trade associations,” said Little.

"This strategic configuration makes it much easier to build on existing industry synergies, align the industry's key stakeholders, and connect manufacturers and distributors of products and services in a valued face-to-face environment with retailers and consumers who have the greatest interest in their offerings."

“Overall plans for the 2015 show absolutely remain business as usual,” said AIMExpo Show Director Cinnamon Kernes. “For exhibitors, dealers, media, and consumers it’s absolutely business as usual and no additional actions on their part are required. Our focus is sharper than ever, and the team is committed to producing the industry’s best show experience once again this year. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Orlando in October!”

AIMExpo 2015 will take place October 15 through 18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show is open to credentialed trade and media professionals on October 15-16. The show then opens to the general public on October 17-18.

This year's AIMExpo is ramping up to be the largest and most impactful event to date with more manufacturers, vendors, dealers, and media outlets scheduled to attend.

For more information, please visit http://mic.org/AIMExpo.aspx.

Key AIMExpo Links

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect, and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

Contacts

Motorcycle Industry Council
Brian Hardyman, Media Relations
949-727-4211, ext. 3027