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Come To The Mohawk Metro Pace This Weekend

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After my behind the scenes trip to Mohawk last month, I’m excited to return this Saturday for the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace.

Some things you should know before heading out to Mohawk this weekend for the big event:

  •  The first 2000 guests through the door will get a free tee, and their first bet is on the house (so get there early)!
  • The BBQ options sound amazing: corn on the cob, hot dogs, chili dogs, sausage, chipotle pulled pork, poutine, and the Pacer Burger – made just for this event.
  •  Live music and strolling entertainment will be featured throughout.
  • Snagging a seat in the dining room will get you a panoramic view of the races.

It’s also one of the premiere racing events in the country, so if you’re interested in checking out horse racing in person for the first time, this is a great one to start with!

Oh and don’t forget, you still have a chance to win that $1000 gift card if you snap a selfie in front of the track and post it to Twitter or Instagram using the #OffToTheRaces hashtag while you’re there, so you should probably do that.
See you at the races!

 Lisa

How To Reorganize Your Closet Like A Pro

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Today’s post comes to us via my very helpful, very wise intern, Reja Zaidi. I have always struggled with keeping my closet organized and tidy, so I was eager to hear her tips on this subject. Excuse me while I give my closet an overhaul. 

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a moment when you looked (at the mess) inside your closet and wondered – how am I a functioning adult/human being? It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’ve experienced this moment quite a bit.

Now you’re probably wondering to yourself – why is this girl writing this post?

Well, I’ve been on a mission – a mission to conquer the constant mess and disorganization of my closet, using all the valuable skills I learned while working in a retail clothing store.

Here are a five tips I picked up while on the job that have helped me – and will hopefully help you – reorganize your closet.

MAKE A PLAN

Have you ever wondered how clothing stores always look so well stocked and organized all the time? How everything seems to fit in all the shelves and racks without spilling over? That effortlessly tidy look actually takes a lot of planning.

Stores can get shipments of new collections from as little as every month to as often as every few days. Each time these new pieces come in, workers are required to do a mass overhaul of the store. They need to make it fit perfectly and look appealing. Even though our closets aren’t as big as an entire retail store, it can only help to have a similar plan for your closet. You can do this by doing your own inventory.

Take a look at how many items you have and rethink where you put it. Have an idea of where you’re going to put all your jeans, your shoes, and so on. If you have an established place where you always put something, you will always have a home to return it to after you’ve used it.

FOLLOW THE SEASONS

Since retail stores get new collections every few weeks, all the clothes they don’t sell tend to add up. When they start getting new collections in for the fall season, they need to get rid of their old collections to make room for the new stuff – hence those glorious end of season sales with huge markdowns.

Unlike retail stores, we can’t exactly make room for the new seasons’ clothes by throwing out our old ones. But you can implement a seasonal rule for your closet. With the fall season rapidly approaching, you can take out all of your summer and spring clothes that you won’t be wearing in the coming months and put them away in storage.

Pro tip: when you’re packing up your seasonal clothes, make sure to take out all the clothes that you didn’t wear during their season and put them in a bag to donate. You can also use this time to throw away any clothes that you’ve worn threadbare and are no longer wearable.

INVEST IN STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Trust me, proper storage units are the key to success. It will do wonders to make organization easier – and they’re not particularly expensive.

You can buy cheap hanging shoe racks that eliminate the clutter from the floor of your closet from your local dollar store. They don’t just have to be for shoes, you can use them for socks or undergarments as well. If you have the time and money you can even look up ideas on Pinterest, or pictures of your favourite celebrity closets for inspiration.

LEARN HOW TO FOLD

If you’ve ever worked in at a clothing store, chances are there is one skill you learned that you’ll never be able to forget – precision folding techniques. You’ll be surprised to know how much folding things properly helps with space.

So how do retail workers learn this magical skill? It’s all thanks to the magic of the folding board. They’re normally a hard plastic board about 10 by 12 inches, with lines on them. You can purchase them online or even make your own using cardboard. Once you have the board you can find videos online that teach you different techniques to fold. You can even ask any friends who’ve worked in retail in the past, or your friendliest retail worker at your favourite store, to teach you.

Learning how to fold properly may not seem like a big deal – but it goes a long way in making your closet more neat and organized.

HAVE A CLEANUP SCHEDULE

Believe or not, retail stores have a separate cleaning schedule to ensure the store remains spic and span. If you want to keep your closet looking clean, you should consider doing the same.

Be realistic with the schedule – for example if you have weekends off, take some time every Sunday to vacuum, dust, and put away freshly washed clothes. If you want to avoid a mass of clutter, it’s useful to get into the habit of tidying up every night before bed. Don’t just throw things on the floor, put them back in their proper place.

A few extra tips you can use for your closet that aren’t retail related:

  • If you want to keep clothes in storage smelling fresh, throw a few scented dryer sheets in the bag or box. When you take them out, they’ll smell crisp and clean.
  • Get into the habit of hanging your clothes backwards. Then, once you wear an item, hang it in the right direction. Once it’s time to reorganize your closet for the next season, take a look at your closet and see which clothes are still hanging backwards. That’ll help you determine which clothes you never wear and need to give away.
  • Reward yourself after every closet overhaul by eating your favourite dessert, getting a massage, or indulging in whatever floats your boat. Cleaning burns a lot of calories, so you’ve officially earned it. Knowing you’ll get a reward after all that boring work will motivate you to get to it!

 

 Lisa

Behind The Scenes At Mohawk Racetrack

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As I mentioned earlier, I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Mohawk Racetrack last Thursday. Here’s a little rundown of how it all went down.

We started the evening at the Terrace Dining Room, which, after passing by last time, I was excited to check out.

After ordering a round of drinks and some apps, we watched the races begin and decided to try our hand at placing a bet on the horse with the name we liked best (great strategy, I know). Unfortunately, Deep Impact didn’t win, but our luck (and strategy) improved as the night went on.

For dinner we ordered the salmon tortellini and a pepperoni pizza, and despite being stuffed we had to follow it up with dessert because the brownie martini looked amazing (and the apple crumble was even better). The food was delicious – we were so full we could barely move once it was time to take the tour.

The dining room patio provides a perfect view of the track along with quick access to the betting machine, and the servers were all friendly and very attentive. If you head to Mohawk, I highly recommend staking your spot up there. But be warned – if you choose to sit on the patio, the mosquitoes get bad once the sun starts to set – my feet were covered in bites, so dress appropriately or bring bug spray.

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After the meal and a little success betting on a couple horses with good odds, Mark, the communications coordinator at Mohawk, took us over to the Paddock to get a behind the scenes look at how it all goes down at the racetrack.

The horses arrive from all over Ontario in their trailers, then they’re moved inside and grouped together based on the race they’re running in.

At the back of the paddock there’s a special area where they test the urine of the horse that wins each race, along with a random horse from each race, to ensure they haven’t been given any performance enhancing drugs.

Each horse has their own caretaker who carefully bathes them and takes care of them before and after the race. These guys are the true unsung heroes of the sport, who unlike the drivers and coaches, get no glory and have to deal with literal horse shit – but have deep love for the animals.

At Mohawk, the horses are all Standardbred – which I learned means they are more durable horses than Thoroughbreds (who can only run once a month because of their daintier bone structure). Standardbreds are able to run once a week without causing too much stress to their bones.

Just driving alongside the horses as they race, no biggie. @MohawkRacing #behindthescenes #offtotheraces

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By far the most exciting part of the evening was that, after the tour, we were able to get on the track in the car that drives in front of the horses to get them together in line as the race starts. Hearing their hooves clop along the pavement and being right beside them as they ran was an incredible once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. The power of the horses on the track is especially impactful when you get to be there right in the action of the race.

FYI Just a reminder that you still have time to make the quick trip to Mohawk this summer to take a selfie in front of the track and win $1000 gift certificate! Just post it to twitter and use the #OffToTheRaces hashtag and you’re all set. Remember, admission to the races is always free, and they’re open from 6pm to 11pm five days a week.

 Lisa

Today’s Quote – No Shame In Being A Boss

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Before accepting the offer to be on the cover of Forbes, I was told that a lot of women have previously shied away from doing it. I wondered if it was because they thought, socially, it would look like they were flaunting or bragging, or it wasn’t a humble decision.

Ladies, there is a difference between being humble and working hard to see the fruits of your labor blossom, and your dreams realized. Hopefully this cover can be an inspiration to women out there that it’s okay to be proud of hard earned success and that there is no shame in being a boss.

Lisa

Join Me At Mohawk Racetrack to Win $1000

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The time has come again for me to return to Mohawk Racetrack and try my luck at learning how to properly bet on the horses.

I’m heading over on Thursday evening where I will be lucky enough to get a Paddock Tour and view the races from their lovely Terrace Dining Room while testing out the lovely food and drink menu they offer. I think it’ll be a very different experience from my last trip, maybe more low-key – but I could be completely wrong about that. Excited to find out!

I am very much looking forward to a more behind-the-scenes look at what happens at the races and how it all works, and I will be sure to report back on all that I saw and learned, so stay tuned.

While you’re at it, you should probably consider making a quick trip out to Campbellville to visit Mohawk this summer. Not only will you learn about the sport and art of racing as I am, but you’ll also get that sweet chance to win the $1000 gift card.

To win, all you have to do is head to Mohawk Racetrack anytime this summer and snap a selfie in front of the racetrack. Just post it to Twitter using the hashtag #OffToTheRaces – and you’re entered! It’s never been easier to win a nice chunk of change.

Go on, indulge your inner selfie lover while making your peers experience the FOMO of an out of town trip to the races.

 Lisa