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Huggies Holiday Giveaway for New Moms

It’s December so that means I’m in a festive mood. My perspective during the holidays has changed dramatically, and this year I am way more focused on giving than getting. Since I got pregnant and had Maxwell almost a year and a half ago, I gained a whole new demographic of followers than I was used to of moms and moms-to-be.  I have connected with so many of you and over the last 15 months you all have watched along as I figured out this thing called motherhood and supported me every single step of the way.

It’s now my turn to give back and give a little something to one lucky follower who is expecting or a new mama. I know many moms say the first month was a blur, but I remember every single detail of every single moment and I remember making the decision to choose Huggies as the diaper and wipes brand I was going to use for my baby like it was just yesterday. For you first time mamas, it’s kind of impossible to really know which diaper is going to be the best for your baby when you don’t even have a baby to test the diapers out on. So, I am going to give you a helping hand by gifting some of our favourite Huggies products that got us through the last year and a half to help make that diaper decision a bit easier and get you started.

Maxwell has worn Huggies Little Snugglers since the day she was born. When you welcome your baby into the world, you want them to have the best on their brand-new skin, and the Little Snugglers diaper is designed to emulate a hug and keep your newborn’s perfect skin clean and healthy. The Huggies Little Snugglers newborn diapers have an umbilical cord cut out that is the best thing ever to help baby belly buttons heal quickly,  and the Huggies diapers’ gentle absorb liner creates the most cushiony layer between your kiddos tush and the mess. I also have Maxwell’s nursery fully stocked with Huggies Natural Care Wipes and our diaper bags and my handbags always have a Clutch N’ Clean pack for messes on the go. It’s the brand’s simplest formula ever and is gentle on even the most delicate skin because it’s made with aloe and Vitamin E.

This is a special time, so I want to add in something sentimental for the occasion. When I was expecting I received tons of books for Max, so I am including her current favourite, The Hug Machine, to add to your bub’s collection, plus, a Hug Plan to help you prepare for baby’s arrival and Little Snugglers diapers and Natural Care Wipes...enough to get you started at least. For the mama, the gift of relaxation with a one hour prenatal massage at Spa My Blends Clarins at the Ritz Carlton in Toronto, plus a few other surprises because every mom needs a little pampering.

To be eligible and enter to win:

  1. Like and comment on my most recent Huggies post on Instagram (linked here)
  2. Tag friends who are expecting or new mamas for BONUS entries but be sure you tag each in a separate comment.
  3. You MUST live in the Greater Toronto Area

Contest closes Thursday, December 20th, at 9pm EST and the winner will be announced on my IG stories. In the meantime, to learn more about Huggies or to find a diaper and wipes to fit your baby’s needs visit www.huggies.com/en-ca/

This post is in partnership with Huggies Canada for however all opinions are my own

4 Simple Tricks to Stay Motivated When You Work Out Alone #TasteVectory

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Vector®. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you’ve just begun to work out or have been working out for years, there is one thing I’m sure everyone can agree on…it can be insanely challenging to work out alone. I am certain that more than half of the people that spend big bucks on trainers and pricey group classes do so because they need the motivation and accountability, not because they don’t know what they are doing.  Over the years I’ve learned some slightly tactical ways that not only help me avoid skipping solo workouts but also push me a bit more while doing them.

1. Find a Community Challenge:

Vector 21 Day ChallengePhotography by JessBaumung.com

Challenges are good. Finding a community is also good. Combining both is great motivation. I’ve seen both the Adidas and Nike Women community execute this so well over the years. One of my favourite aspects of social media is that other people’s posts can easily inspire you. You can discover new workouts, learn new recipes and even share your own progress if you want. In case you missed it,  I recently posted details regarding this summer’s Vector® Challenge which is perfect for those trying to stay on track with their solo workouts. The Vector® 21-day Challenge acts as a form of accountability in a way, as you must post an image of yourself on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook that shows how you push yourself physically or mentally using the hashtag #TasteVectory for 21 Days. Participating in the contest allows you to be eligible to receive Vector products delivered to your home for 21 days and also gives you an entry for the grand prize, a $1,000 fitness prize pack.

Vector 21 Day Challenge

*You can find full contest details at the end of this post.

2. Listen to Audiobooks or a Podcast:

It is much more easier to get bored on a relaxed, easy run than it is when you have an intense interval or speed workout. Even for those who don’t love running to music, you may be surprised at how many more kms you’re able to run when you are entertained by an entertaining podcast or an audiobook.

3. Make Whatever You Do To Exercise Your Favourite Thing:

If you find an activity you love that counts as exercise, you are almost guaranteed to not miss a workout. And sorry loves, just because you love shopping – it unfortunately doesn’t count as cardio. I always giggle to myself when people say they hate running but have started doing it and find they struggle to stay motivated. Isn’t it a no-brainer that you will find every excuse in the book to get out of doing something you hate? Working out is a bit like a job. Find something you love and you will want to do it everyday. Just because everyone seems to be running or doing crossfit, don’t feel pressured to follow others. You may resonate more with rock climbing, kayaking, aerial/acro yoga or cycling.

4. Create Goals:

It’s not rocket science and definitely nothing new. When you work out day in and day out on your own with no coach or trainer to push you, it’s super easy to fall into a slump. Goals are something we should be setting for ourselves in all aspects of our lives and fitness should be of no exception. They can be big or small but in the best-case scenario, you are setting both. You may have a goal to do 10 pull-ups in a row without assistance or stopping or a goal of running a distance race (half-marathon or marathon). Whatever sounds fun and challenging to you and will make you proud of your accomplishment, set that as your target goal.

Vector 21 Day Challenge

To be eligible for the Vector® Challenge and make sure your entry is counted, please make sure that you tag the appropriate brand handles (Instagram/Facebook @Vector and Twitter @Vector_Ca) and ensure your profile is “public” on the platform you are posting on. Winners for the grand and secondary prizes will be chosen at random from those properly using the hashtag for the 21 days. *Contest is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec and ends September 5th. Click Try Vector®, Taste Vectory® for more detailed rules and regulations. Good luck!

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Join me in Vector’s 21 Day #TasteVectory Challenge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Vector®. All opinions are 100% mine.

In case you missed it, I recently announced my involvement in the Vector® Challenge. If you did, you can catch the first post here. For those who have been following me for a while now, you already know that I just can’t say no to a challenge and in an effort to not do it alone, I am inviting you guys to do it with me.

Most of us are aware of the importance of goal setting, but in the real world with demanding careers, personal commitments, health issues, family, etc, it’s sometimes difficult to see them through. I am always open and honest about the issues I encounter trying to stay on track, as I too find it challenging at times, which is why I happily accept challenges like these when they present themselves.

Vector 21 Day Challenge

Last week I talked about how speed work and weight training somewhat intimidates me, but as they say, great things never come from comfort zones. As of August 1st, not only am I tackling both during the Vector® 21-day Challenge, I’m also incorporating them in a 2-a-day workout program consisting of both a workout and run. 

Vector 21 Day Challenge

Haven’t tried any Vector products before? Perhaps this challenge is the perfect way to get you acquainted with their ridiculously delicious Vector® Meal Replacement, energy bars and granola. The cereal, aka the “meal replacement in a bowl” is not only a great option for breakfast, but because it contains proteins, carbs plus 22 vitamins and minerals, it becomes the perfect snack option when you’re too busy when there is not enough time to make something to eat.

Vector 21 Day ChallengePhotos by JessBaumung.com

Participating is easier than you think. Simply post an image of yourself on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook every day with the hashtag #TasteVECTORY for 21 days. To ensure your entry is counted, please make sure that you tag the appropriate brand handles (Instagram/Facebook @Vector and Twitter @Vector_CA) and ensure your profile is “public” on the platform you are posting on. These pictures should show how you push yourself physically or mentally. Everyone participating in the challenge will automatically be entered for a chance to win the grand or secondary fitness prize packs valued at $1000 and $500 respectively. Winners will be chosen at random from those properly using the hashtag for the 21 days. *Contest is open to Canadian residents only excluding Quebec. Click Try Vector®, Taste Vectory® for more detailed rules and regulations. Good luck guys!

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Schwinn Bike Partnership + #SayItWithSchwinn Contest

#SayItWithSchwinnPhoto by Lindsay Jocho

Whether it’s in my personal or professional life, I am constantly setting goals for myself to help keep me on track in the right direction of growth and development. The same also applies to me when it comes to fitness. Now that I have started accomplishing some of my running goals, I felt it was time to challenge myself again. I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be partnering with international heritage bike brand Schwinn during the spring/summer 2015 bike season. Many of my fondest memories as a child are linked to the experiences I had on my bike and in recent years, I’ve enjoyed indoor spinning as a form of exercise. I cannot wait for this new challenge and to take you through my cycle journey with Schwinn over the next few months…but for now I couldn’t think of a better way to announce my partnership than with huge contest news.

You too can ride in style with Schwinn this summer by entering the #SayItWithSchwinn contest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. How do you enter? Get creative and show us how you would use the world “Schwinn” in your everyday lingo or as a catch phrase, for a chance to win one of the following:

  • Daily Canadian Tire Gift Cards
  • Weekly Schwinn Shwag or
  • The Holy Grail Grand Prize (1 of 4 Schwinn Firewire 4.0 Mountain Bikes)

 

To get your creative juices flowing, check out the video below for some classic examples of Schwinn-isms

Say It With Schwinn from Schwinn Canada on Vimeo.

Click here to enter to win. Contest runs from March 23rd to April 3rd, 2015 and open to Canadian residents only. Winners of the #SayItWithSchwinn contest with by chosen and communicated by Schwinn Canada on their social media channels. Stay tuned to find out which Schwinn I will be riding in this summer and the destinations this new adventure will take me to!

Equinox “Truth” or “EquinoxMadeMeDoIt” Contest

Equinox Made Me Do It Contest

During the month of March, Equinox invites you to play along in their updated version of the classic “Truth or Dare” game we remember from our childhood, which they have appropriately titled, “Truth or #EquinoxMadeMeDoIt”. Unlike your other run-of-the-mill social media contests, this one will push you to reach far outside your comfort zones by accepting one of the brand’s weekly challenges.

What Could You Win?: Each week a different gift will be given away in addition to 2 all-access Equinox memberships (aka the Holy Grail) to one overall “Truth” winner and one overall “#EquinoxMadeMeDoIt” winner at the end of the contest.

To get started, simply follow @Equinox on Instagram which will allow you to stay abreast on the upcoming challenges and winners (this is the only account you need to follow to be eligible to play). The “Truth” and “EMMDI” challenges both have their own dedicated Instagram accounts, respective challenges and can be found at @EQX_Truth and @ESQ_EMMDI. You simply decide which challenge you want to take on (following these two accounts are NOT mandatory).

Equinox Contest Giveaway

Each Wednesday a new challenge will be announced with the weekly winners being announced the following Tuesday. Grand prize winners will be announced on March 25th, 2015. There’s still time to enter the first contest for a chance to win a pair of custom Equinox Beats by Dre headphones (above). Entries must be posted for the headphones before midnight EST March 2nd, 2015. Check out the “truth” and “EEMDI” challenges for week one here and here and stayed tuned to upcoming challenges via Instagram. CHECK OUT THE FAQ’S TO GET MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE CONTEST!

Best of luck to all who enter!!!!

Make Up For Ever Holiday Beauty Giveaway

Make Up For Ever Beauty Pack

Every single item in my “2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Her”, is either an item I currently have and love or one that is on my own wish list this season. I have been recently testing out some products from Make Up For Ever in preparation for the holidays and have religiously been using some of the products that come in the gift set pictured above. To help you achieve your festive beauty look this season, I am giving away one Make Up For Ever “Beauty Kit” to a lucky follower. To be eligible, you must follow both me (@SashaExeter) and Make Up For Ever (@MakeUpForEverCA) on Twitter and tweet the following, “@SashaExeter I want to achieve my festive beauty look with @MakeUpForeverCA’s Beauty Kit! #SoSashaxMakeUpForEver“. Contest begins Monday December 1st, 2014 at noon EST and ends on Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 at 10pm EST. *Contest open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

Yorkdale Celebrates Black Friday + Shopping Gift Card Giveaway

Yorkdale Black Friday Giveaway

For many years Yorkdale has been my one-stop destination for shopping – even before the shopping centre’s two luxury expansions. With the recent additions such as; Versace, Vince Camuto, Jimmy Choo, Montcler, Salvatore Ferragamo, newly renovated Holt Renfrew and Michael Kors in addition to Bulgari, Nordstrom and more arriving in 2016, it is by far the premier shopping mall in Canada and the perfect place to buy gifts for all your loved ones this holiday season.

Previously only celebrated by Americans and US retailers, Black Friday has gained popularity north of the border here in Canada and signifies the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Due to the increase in Canadian shoppers taking advantage of Black Friday sales in the last two years, the team at Yorkdale is offering a full suite of services to cater to you during this busy time of the year.

EXTENDED BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING HOURS

On Black Friday (November 28th) Yorkdale will be open from as early as 7:00am and will stay open until 9:30pm. For those of you who are early birds, the first 100 guests will receive a $50 gift card that can be used at a select list of retailers and restaurants, which can be found here .

DINE ON 3 RESTOS & RESERVATIONS

Dine on 3

Part of the appeal of shopping at Yorkdale is the amazing food experiences found in their specialty food locations, restaurants and Dine on 3, which features 19 options (4 with liquor licences) to satisfy even the pickiest shopper’s palette. My go-to’s are Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Espressamente Illy, Glow Express and Amaya Express.  Also featured on the third level during this period, complimentary fruit-infused water and your fave glossy mags to help keep you hydrated and entertained between burning calories shopping the expansive mall.

RBC AVION HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AND LOUNGE

Last year the RBC Avoin Lounge was a big hit and will return this season fully equipped with a parcel/coat check , concierge service and a VIP Lounge and Cafe, promising to enhance the shopper’s experience throughout the holidays. On Black Friday, shoppers will receive free gift wrapping for up to three packages. During the remainder of the holidays, the RBC Avion Lounge and Boutqiue services will be available to all RBC Avion cardholders for free and available to the general public for a charity donation.

RBC Avion Lounge at Yorkdale

With the help of my friends at Yorkdale, we want to give you a jump start on your holiday shopping by giving away a $50 gift card via social media. To be eligible to win, you must be following me on Twitter and tweet “I want a jump start on my holiday shopping with a @YorkdaleStyle gift card #SoSashaxYorkdale”. Contest begins Monday November 17th, 2014 at 9am EST and ends Sunday November 23rd at 9pm EST and open to Canadian residents only. The winner will be announced on Monday November 24th at 10am EST via Twitter. Best of luck!

For more information on Yorkdale and to stay up to date on upcoming store openings directory, holiday hours, valet, parking information and more, head to Yorkdale.com.

Grey Goose Canada x So Sasha WMCFW Giveaway

Grey Goose x World Mastercard Fashion Week

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the year again for Canadian designers to show their Spring/Summer collections at World Mastercard Fashion Week here in Toronto. From October 20th-25th; designers, media and fashion lovers will be flocking to David Pecault Square to celebrate what’s to come in fashion next season.

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Grey Goose Canada to give you all a chance to win a pair of tickets to the highly anticipated Mackage SS15 runway show. Mackage not only has the most impressive leather and outerwear collections but they are also known for having the most beautiful runway designs at the tents – for their last Fall/Winter show, the brand had maple leafs imprinted into the runway and the season before that, models strutted down a high gloss gold runway.  In all honesty, It is one of the shows I look forward to the most each season.  This year, Grey Goose Canada is celebrating both Canadian designers and tastemakers who fly beyond and defy expectations as an official sponsor at this year’s World Mastercard Fashion Week.

Entering the contest is really easy. Simply tweet “@SashaExeter I want to win a pair of tickets to see @Mackage’s SS15 runway show #GreyGoosexWMCFW” for your chance to win. To be eligible you must be over the age of 18. Winner will be picked at random. Contest ends Sunday September 19th, 2014 at midnight EST. Winner of the contest will be announced via Twitter on Monday October 20th at 10am EST. Good luck everyone!

Updated Post: DSW is Heading to Canada and There’s a Giveaway to Celebrate!

DSW Canada

I am no different than any other red blooded woman out there…I LOVE SHOES! Each time I make a new shoe purchase I convince myself, it will be the last one for a while and just the like addict I am, I am unconsciously back at it one week later. During my 7 years living in the United States, my love of shoes frequently took me to DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse, where I was able to purchase shoes from my favourite brands guilt-free because their amazing prices. I am thrilled to announce that the DSW team is coming north of the border this month and will open two DSW Canada locations (Mississauga and Newmarket) on Thursday August, 7th at 8am. For all you shoe crazed ladies, the first 200 of you to arrive at either location that day will  receive a $25 gift card to be used towards your purchase.

To celebrate the arrival of DSW Canada I am giving away a $100 gift card for you to spend on any pair of shoes and pssssst…they will be carrying some great brands like; Nike, Nine West, Sam Edelman, Lacoste and some fabulous “surprise brands” that I am sure you’ll love!

You can enter by posting your fave shoes on Instagram and tagging both @sashaexeter and @DSWCanada or head to my Facebook page and comment on the DSW Canada giveaway post telling me why you want to win the gift card.  Contest ends Sunday August 10th, 2014 at 6pm and the winner will be announced via social media and updated in this post on August 11th at 9am. *Please note, the gift card is only valid on purchases in Canada. Good luck!

AND THE LUCKY WINNER OF THE $100 GIFT CARD IS NATALIE PREDDIE! Please email me your mailing address to info@sosasha.com Thank you to everyone who entered! xx

Giveaway |Ride In Style With The 2014 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac ATSPhoto courtesy of roadandtrack.com

Cadillac is synonymous with luxury and style, which is why Christian of www.christianconfidential.com and I chose to partner with the brand during World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto. We have been enjoying riding around the city in our chic 2014 wheels and decided to give our readers a chance to win a weekend with the all new Cadillac ATS. With so many amazing features such as; a heated steering wheel, BOSE noise cancelling speakers, handcrafted cut & sewn leather interior, and CUE; the Cadillac User Experience system that acts as a in car tablet which lets you control safety, navigation, communication and entertainment features, this vehicle makes driving an enjoyable experience.

Entering is quite easy…all you need to do is tweet, “I want to #RideInStylexCadillac in the #2014ATS” for a chance to win. In order to enter, you must be 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and abide by the rules in the waiver. Contest runs from Wednesday March 19th at 10am until Friday March 21st at 6pm. *Please note, contest is only open to residents of the Greater Toronto Area.

Best of luck to you all!

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