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Pokète Sweatshirts & Scarves | Finally Pockets for Women!

Product Feature: Pokète sweatshirts & Scarves

Montreal Designed Sweaters and Scarves

Pokète sweatshirts and scarves allow women to carry their own stuff in the most comfortable, practical and pretty way possible. In their very own pockets!  No need to carry a purse, just be able to go wherever and whenever, hands-free. Historically, most women’s clothing either have unusable pockets or none whatsoever which leaves them with nowhere to put even their most basic essentials! 

Women wearing a Pokète sweatshirts and scarves

Canadian Born Brand

Pokète is a new Canadian brand born out of the need for women to have functional and practical clothing and accessories with pockets. Its focus is on making women’s lives easier. The styling is timeless and great quality because women should love what they wear and be able to keep clothing for many many years. All styles feature hidden zip pockets to keep valuables safe. 

Inspired by Everyday Experiences

Pokète’s collection is inspired by a few common and everyday experiences. These include travelling (or not), taking the dog for a walk or going to play in the park with kids, all without having to drag an oversized bag. Also, wearing clothing and accessories with pockets that look great and are not clumsy or bulky is a nice addition to the wardrobe.

The Founder

Andrea Majnemer is the founder and “Head Pokèteer” behind the brand. She used her extensive years in the fashion industry to bring this idea to fruition. The lightbulb moment to jumpstart the project was her lifechanging cornea transplant that restored her vision. This event propelled her desire to see as much of the world as possible and instilled immense gratitude for her recovered independence.  She sees Pokète evolving into offering more items, ideas and services around making all women’s lives easier. 

 

 


 

The Products are useful in so many situations:Girl wearing Pokète sweatshirts and scarves

  • Run all errands hands free with a place to put your essentials (keys, credit card, ID and phone)
  • Hold someone’s hand without having to constantly adjust a purse strap
  • Play with your kids without a bag dragging you down
  • Going for a walk with your dog and always having a place for the “bag”
  • Have your passport and boarding pass readily available for airport security (when that happens again)
  • Commute to work with all you need in your pocket
  • Feel safe from pick pocketers with your valuables safely hidden on you
  • No need to dig under your seat or in an overhead bin for your earphones while traveling
  • Keep needed medications on you
  • Bike ride with a functional pocket
  • Go to music festivals and free up your hands
  • Any time you just don’t want to carry a purse! 

 

You can see all of Pokète’s styles on their website www.pokete.net

 

Through these especially difficult times we could all use a little more love. MontrealTips is proud to feature the “Share Love Celebrate” webinar speaker series of 2020. With an all Canadian cast, the speakers will live stream and share their amazing and inspiring stories to us all. The purpose of this is to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. The event is specifically supporting “Conquer COVID for Cancer” and “The Home Front”. With so many great speakers who all come from different backgrounds it is a great opportunity to be a part of this amazing experience and learn from some of Canada’s greatest minds.

The event begins on Saturday, May 30th at 2 PM EST and you can sign up for free to the webinar here http://www.sharelovecelebrate.com/

 

Meet your speakers and entertainers:

Alice Li

  • Miss Canada 2018 and Miss Global International 2019
  • Accountant, Subway Musician, and Humanitarian

Alvin Law

  • Attitude Expert, Bestselling Author, Hall of Fame Speaker
  • Helped Raise +$175M for Charity

Bhante Saranapala

  • World Civility Ambassador
  • The Urban Buddhist Monk

Codi Shewan

  • Former Funeral Executive Turned Motivational Professional Speaker
  • Author of Everyday Legacy: Lessons for Living With Purpose, Right Now

Dan Shaikh

  • Co-Founder of Speaker Slam, Canada’s Premier Inspirational Speaking Competition
  • On a mission to hit 1 billion views through viral videos that inspire the world

Jamil Jivani

  • Illiteracy Survivor, Cancer Survivor, and Activist
  • Author of Why Young Men: The Dangerous Allure of Violent Movements and What We Can Do About It

Nkechi Nwafor-Robinson

  • Bank Executive and Professional Bodybuilder
  • 5 million views of her inspirational talk

Peter Katz

  • JUNO Award Nominated Singer-Songwriter
  • 13 million views of his hit YouTube video

Samra Zafar

  • Recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and a “Top 25 Canadian Immigrant”
  • Author of the national bestseller A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose

 

Come join us support some incredible causes and people and get inspired with us!

 

 

 

 

Top 5 at Home Exercises That Aren't Running to Get You in Shape

With the gyms being closed, many of us have found ourselves in a situation where we have to look for alternative ways to workout. Don’t get us wrong, running is a great exercise and workout but it’s not for everyone, and that’s okay! Whether you find it boring or you have leg or knee pains or are just looking for something different don’t worry we’ve got you covered. The article will also introduce ways in which you can maximize calories burnt while utilizing the exercises we provide. There are more options out there than you think that still abide by social distancing and quarantine rules. So let’s dive in and discover our top 5 exercises you can do that aren’t running! 

 


Here are 5 exercises to do if you hate running:

 

  • Skipping

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    Photo by Charlotte Karlsen on Unsplash

 

When we think of skipping our minds wander to our adolescent days or if you’re me, to the Rocky movies, but skipping doesn’t have to be so leisurely or so intense for you to make a difference. Skipping is a great way to exercise especially if you have knee and leg issues because it actually has less of an impact on them than running does. Skipping is also a full-body workout and according to a study by Shape America “After six weeks of daily 10-minute jump-rope exercises, participants demonstrated the same levels of improvement to their cardiovascular health as individuals who jogged for 30 minutes a day.” 

Skipping as you can see is also great for someone with not a lot of time on their hands and they can still make a bigger caloric impact than running can. Skipping really goes well if you look for a circuit or HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout that can really push you to the next level in a short amount of time. So what are you waiting for, get out there!

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Source:https://shapeamerica.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10671188.1968.10618043

 

 

  • Frisbee

 

Okay, hear me out, while we know you can’t really play frisbee by yourself unless you are freakishly fast if you’re at home with someone it’s a really fun exercise you can do together that can easily burn calories. While frisbee requires a little bit of running shorter distances, it is still less impactful on your joints than running on concrete for example. It also isn’t the first thing people think about while burning calories but trust us, there’s a lot more going on under the hood. What I especially love about it is the fact that you can run short sprints back and forth almost like suicides that really get the heart rate up. Mix this with some jumping catches and you’ve got yourself a tiresome workout that will shred those calories in no time. What I like to do especially is to tell my partner to throw it away from me so It forces me to be quick on my feet and run for it and keep the heart rate up. 

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  • Orange Theory at home Youtube Videos

 

For those of you who don’t know what Orange Theory is, 

Orangetheory is a science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out. The hardest part of our workouts is showing up – we make it simple for you to push yourself, be your personal best and give you more. MORE results. MORE confidence. MORE Life. More than a gym. Because you shouldn’t live to exercise. You should exercise to live.” 

They currently have gyms in Montreal and surrounding areas but obviously they are closed for the time being. If its something you always wanted to check out or are new to it, they have started to put out free at-home classes on youtube that require little to no equipment for all of them. They are a good comparison to what you can get with the real gyms but these classes still provide great HIIT workouts that can be very challenging and you will definitely get your sweat on.

Find the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Otheoryfitness

Source: https://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/

 

 

  • WOD’s

 

This one is for all of you really looking to push yourselves to the limit. WOD or Workout of the Day is a term used in CrossFit and if you find that intimidating, you should because this really isn’t easy. However challenging it may be, the results you will get by doing these is hardd to argue with. They usually consist of full-body workouts so be prepared! They are an excellent and effective way to burn off calories and make you stronger at the same time.

As the name suggests, there are different workouts per day and also include male and female weight suggestions. While some of the workouts do need some sort of equipment you can look through to find some that have exercises with the equipment you already have. If you find them too difficult simply reduce the rep range to something that is doable but still challenging for you. Overall WOD’s can be an exceptional alternative to running but be prepared for a hell of a challenge.

Find the WOD’s at https://www.crossfit.com/

 

 

  • Hiking

 

Hiking or trail running can be a great alternative to running on concrete. Yes, trail running does include running but it is generally a little slower paced because you have to watch your footing and you are also running on the ground as opposed to concrete which helps reduce joint pains. While hiking, in general, is an incredible leg focused exercise, it really excels over running because of the constant shift of elevation and traversing through difficult terrain can really put in work for your lower body.  A hike is taxing on the body and what’s great about it is that you can get some great scenic views and a sort of freedom of exploration if you will whenever you go on a hike. 

Guy Hiking in Nature

Photo by Boxed Water Is Better on Unsplash

 

All you need to get started is a great pair of hiking shoes and you’re good to go!

Find some amazing shoes here 

Women: https://montrealtips.com/2020/05/16/best-hiking-shoes-for-women-in-canada-2020/

Men:https://montrealtips.com/2020/05/11/best-hiking-shoes-for-men-2020/

So there you have it, our 5 alternatives to just running! Remember, while all of these great exercises will help you burn calories and help you get into better shape, nothing beats out a good diet and healthy life choices. I tend to believe that to lose weight and make a difference in your body training and workouts only count for about 20% of the overall effort and the other 80% is about having a good diet to supplement those hard-earned workouts.

Delivery and Take-out Options in LaSalle, Montreal.

Feature on BDR; A great option for delivery and take-out in Lasalle.

Over the last two months, life as we know it has changed in ways that we could have never imagined before. As the weeks go by, many of us are starting to miss our old habits and the simple joys of life like shopping or going out to our favourite restaurant.

With dining rooms being currently closed due to COVID-19, our eating-out options have become increasingly limited. Luckily, however, many restaurants remain open for delivery and take-out allowing us to continue to enjoy their delicious food from the comforts of our own homes.

If you happen to live in Lasalle or the surrounding areas, a place you might want to discover is Brasserie des Rapides, a family-run restaurant opened since 1990.

For many fellow locals, BDR as you can often hear it being called is practically a landmark in the Lasalle community. Managed by two brothers along with their mother Mama Maria, who’s been cooking in the kitchen ever since it opened offers a sense of family that is unlikely to be found anywhere else.

BDR is currently opened and proposes delivery as well as take-out every day of the week from 11 am to 9 pm. Their delivery zones cover all postal codes starting with H8N, H8R, H8P and H4H.

At this point, you are probably wondering what kind of food BDR offers? Let me start by telling you that your options are far from limited. Think homemade pizzas, marinated chicken wings, juicy burgers, cheesy mac n’ cheese, poutines and so much more!

And if comfort food is not your go-to when ordering out don’t worry! BDR offers many home-style meals like Mama Maria’s lasagna, rotisserie chicken, seafood dishes and BBQ ribs to name a few. Additionally, unlike what most people would think, they also have a few vegetarian options and can accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets as well.

Throughout the week, BDR offers different specials you can enjoy. For example on Mondays, you can order one of their tasty burgers served with fresh hand-cut fries and coleslaw for only 9.95$ and on Tuesdays, you can enjoy 2 for 22$ on some of their pasta. Yet still to this day, one of the fan favourites specials has proven to be on Wednesdays, where you can order chicken wings at only 0.70$ each. Last but not least, if you have a family at home you might not want to miss their Thursday special where you can save 15% off all their jumbo size pizzas!

The best way to order from BDR is by simply calling them up by phone or ordering through their online platform at https://brasseriedesrapides.com/delivery/. If it’s your first time ordering from their website, you can save 10% off your order with their coupon code BDR10. You can also find them on Skip the Dishes, however, keep in mind that additional delivery charges are likely to apply.

Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, BDR managed to stay true to its core values and has been actively giving back to the community. Up until now, they donated more than 100 meals to the Lasalle Hospital as well as raised money for the hospital’s foundation by donating 15% of an entire day’s worth of sales. They also donated an additional 100 meals to the Nazareth & Anne’s house, a non-profit organization that helps men and women who struggle with homelessness, mental issues and drug addictions. 

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Overall BDR proposes many reasons to give them a try. Great menu options, affordable prices, weekly specials and accessible delivery are amongst a few of them. Not to mention their sense of family, their active role in the community and the simple fact of being long-lasting restaurant for now over 30 years.

 

Leadership Coaching & Training Covered by the Government of Quebec

 

As the current pandemic situation remains uncertain, the Quebec government has launched a new program to refund businesses for leadership coaching and professional training, sending the message that businesses can not only thrive during this time, but can take the opportunity to strengthen and grow.

It seems like this pandemic is putting just about everything to the test: our healthcare system, social systems, economy and more. And we’re all feeling it on personal and professional levels.

There’s a saying going around that we’re not all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm. For businesses, we are all facing the same pandemic crisis, but each of us with different tools, resources and circumstances, meaning each business (and its people) is having to approach this crisis in its own unique way.

The new program announced by the Quebec government will hopefully give more freedom to businesses and leaders to take action when it comes to surviving and thriving during COVID-19 and beyond.

One of the biggest changes facing many businesses is the sudden shift to remote work. If you’re a business leader, manager, CEO or owner, you’re probably asking questions like…

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“How do I keep people engaged and motivated?”

“Can I expect productivity when everyone’s working from home?”

“How do I talk to people about getting their work done, when everyone’s worried about this virus?”

“How do I lead other people when I’m feeling disconnected and overwhelmed?”

For a business to thrive, we all know the people who drive the business need to be working like a well oiled machine. That is never more true than in a time of crisis when you need everyone motivated and committed, working together, collaborating effectively, and bringing their best to the team and their work.

Right now, CEO of Your Life founder, Melissa Dawn, is hosting virtual leadership coaching workshops in partnership with Concordia University to help you create greatness out of crisis. These workshops can potentially be refunded under the new program, and help your business embrace the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.


4 Virtual Workshops to Help Your Business Thrive.

Here are 4 business and leadership workshops your business can capitalize on during Quarantine:

 

1. Talent Management & Retention: Engaging Millennials

Motivational posters are about as effective as a pat on the back. In today’s rapidly changing professional world, managers need a whole new set of skills that create optimal alignment between the organization’s needs and human resources.
In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to strengthen your value within the organization, build agile and relationship-focused leadership skills, develop talent to engage employees and support business objectives, and create a work culture that cultivates and supports A-players, all while working remotely and navigating the challenges of an uncertain environment.

 

2. Creating Human Connection While Working From Home

As more organizations move to work-from-home models, issues of connection, communication and collaboration are factors to consider. This presents a powerful opportunity to form new pathways of connection, strengthen leadership and transition office cultures into something better and stronger – something that thrives beyond physical walls!
In this workshop, you will be guided to start showing up more consciously (but remotely), taking a holistic and authentic approach to leading others, creating more human connection, and embracing distance-working as a powerful tool for connection. You will develop strategies to be intentionally aware of your impact, tune into your higher self, work on your physical, mental and emotional well-being and ensure the people around you are doing so too.

 

3. Creating Engagement in a Time of Crisis

Times of crisis can be strange and uncertain times. People are on guard, stressed and overwhelmed. Their attention is divided between work, home and media updates. As leaders, we can no longer overlook the humanity of our people, or expect them to show up in full work mode, leaving their personal life behind. This presents us with challenges, but also a powerful opportunity to evolve our leadership, building trust and engagement on a new level.

In this workshop, you will be guided to first lead yourself with confidence and courage. From there, you will work through strategies and coaching tools that will empower you to engage your teams where they are, both physically and mentally. You will come to understand how to approach and lead the whole person – not just the work persona – so that you can be a leader in calming anxieties and bringing people together in virtual environments. You will also develop tools and strategies to create a sense of shared direction and stability at a time when so much is outside our control.

 

4. Vulnerability and Courage in the Workplace

There are many misconceptions out there about vulnerability and its place in work environments. The truth is, it takes real strength to be vulnerable, but the payoff is huge. When we can drop all our fears, limiting beliefs and self-preservative behaviors, we show up with openness and authenticity, inspire others to do the same, and cultivate cultures of trust that continually take organizations to higher levels.

Vulnerability has the potential to empower dealing with difficult conversations, owning mistakes and learning from them, embracing unique strengths and talents, never worrying about what others might think or say… The possibilities are endless. Sound like a no-brainer? What if we told you there is a simple way to make all of this happen? Join this workshop and grasp the power of vulnerability.


Melissa Dawn is a renowned speaker and coach specializing in building strong teams, strengthening organizations from the inside out, and conscious leadership that transforms people and systems, empowering them to reach higher and higher levels of success.

“Connection has always been a big part of my coaching approach,” says Melissa. “First connecting with our truest selves – our inner leaders – then building on that to build stronger connections in our personal and professional lives. It’s that connection that leads to everything else – engagement, retention, productivity, collaboration, creativity, even attracting and retaining customers! So when this pandemic hit, one of my first thoughts as a coach was that people need to remember that connection is still possible from a difference. It may take a shift in mindset, yes, but making that shift will not only get businesses through this crisis (and any other that may come along), but also strengthen them to thrive in amazing new ways down the road. That’s what these workshops are about.”

If you are interested in strengthening your business to thrive during COVID and beyond, check out the workshop links above. If you’re a Quebec based business, don’t forget to look into what funding you might be eligible for under the Quebec government’s new program. Because growth is awesome, but even better when it’s free ;-)