When it comes to women and our money, most of the surveys and reports we’ve read sum up our financial situation like this: we simply aren’t on a level playing field with men. It turns out women aren’t, for example, as confident in managing financial services, we’re often reluctant to talk about cash (it’s still considered taboo) and, no surprise here, we generally don’t earn as much as our male counterparts.
All of this got us thinking—is the relationship between Canadian women and our money as dire as it seems? To find out, we've created a survey that goes deep into the minds (and pocketbooks) of women across the country specifically to find out how you feel about all-things financial. Who pays the bills in your household? Have you ever asked for a raise at work? Do you know how much is currently in your savings account?
Take our survey and find out the results in an upcoming issue. Plus, one reader will win a $250 Visa gift card just for participating.
Fill out the survey above and click back here for a chance to win the $250 Visa gift card.
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Photography by Maude Chauvin
Gastronomes have long considered Montreal one of the most exciting culinary destinations in Canada. It's ridiculously easy to eat your way through the city, sampling the best bagels, smoked meats, poutine, artisanal cheeses and, due to its strong culinary ties to Europe, decadent chocolate treats. If you're the type to choose dessert over dinner, take note of these must-visit picks—you'll thank us later.
1. Chocolats Andrée
This beloved family-owned workshop and boutique first opened its doors in 1940. The timing was risky; the Second World War was underway, and the boutique's founders, sisters Madeleine Daigneault and Juliette Farand, depended on their clients for the sugar they needed to create their sweet masterpieces. But Daigneault and Farand were savvy, and the company prospered. Today, Daigneault's granddaughter, Stéphanie Saint-Denis, is the proud owner and operator, and she still maintains the sisters' commitment to traditional methods of chocolate-making. You won't find any conventional heavy machinery there; everything is prepared on-site in a tiny kitchen and workshop, where the chocolates are all expertly dipped by hand. You can also pick up nougats, caramels and beautifully shaped marzipan to satisfy any sweet craving.
Chocolats Andrée, 5328 Park Ave., chocolatsandree.com.
2. Cacao Barry and Callebaut Chocolate Academy Center
Get a hands-on lesson—and a sneak peek into the world of chocolate-making—at the Montreal location of the Chocolate Academy Center, founded on more than a century of chocolate-crafting tradition, with centres across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Pros can sign up for courses, which teach the skills needed to craft such confections as trendsetting treats, and even technique-specific master classes. The general public can enrol in pre-Easter and pre-Christmas classes to learn how to make holiday treats.
Photography by Maude Chauvin
Cacao Barry and Callebaut Chocolate Academy Center, 4850 rue Molson, chocolate-academy.com.
3. Chocolats Privilège
Of this chocolate boutique's six locations across Quebec, the Atwater Market outpost, which offers the charm of a small-scale chocolatier in the big city, is our favourite. Stop in to sample its unique truffle offerings, such as basilic et citron vert (basil and lime) and noix de coco et coriandre (coconut and coriander), and don't forget to pick up its can'tmiss product: a "bean-to-bar" chocolate. Most chocolatiers invent delicious sweet treats but don't produce their own chocolate. Chocolats Privilège's beanto- bar chocolate, on the other hand, is prepared in-house, with every step—right down to importing, roasting and grinding the best cocoa beans—handled by the staff.
Chocolats Privilège, Atwater Market, 138 Atwater Ave., chocolatsprivilege.com.
Cold temperatures and harsh winds can take a toll on your lips—and there is nothing sexy about a chapped mouth. The good news? Our favourite lip balms can help eliminate dry, sore and chapped lips. These affordable picks range from $4 to $32.
Blistex helps to relieve sore lips & restore moisture balance.
Blistex Deep Moisture Renewal with SPF 15, $4, walmart.ca
A 100% organic and 95% natural lip balm that's packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil.
EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm, $4.50, walmart.ca
Chapped lips are rescued instantly, thanks to a hint of eucalyptus—plus cooled by a touch of icy menthol.
Maybelline New York, Baby Lips Dr Rescue Medicated Lip Balm, $5, maybelline.ca
This natural lip balm is loaded with coconut- and sunflower oils and rich in vitamins.
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, $5, burtsbees.ca
This hydrating balm contains shea butter, beeswax, grapeseed oil, vitamin E and meadowfoam seed oil to keep your lips soft, comfortable and looking great.
Sephora Collection Super Nourishing Lip Balm, $8, sephora.ca
Formulated with soothing emollientsl ike Squalanea, Lanolin, Wheat Germ Oil and Vitamin E this pick helps to protect lips from the drying effects of cold weather.
Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, $12, kiehls.ca
This balm leaves lips soft, repaired, and protected through antioxidants like grape polyphenols and repairing apricot oil.
Caudalie Lip Conditioner, $14, sephora.ca
This 99% all natural lip balm helps to smooth dry and chapped lips.
Yes to Coconut Naturally Smooth Lip Balm, Coconut, $15.30, amazon.ca
A concentrated lip treatment that will keep dry lips smooth and soft. This formula includes honey, beeswax and propolis extract that helps to soothe skin and provides instant relief to dry lips.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm, $25, sephora.ca
This product acts as an ultra-hydrating lip treatment that conditions lips. Plus it also enhances volume and improvies the overall definition of the lip area.
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, $32, sephora.ca