Mara Shapiro Family



Mara Shapiro (otherwise known as @ChickyMara) is proof that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. A former marketer and customer experience trainer, she is now a blogger, community manager, and social media consultant to small business  As if  that weren’t enough, she is also the mother of three teenagers, two dogs, (and one husband). She’s possibly the worst housewife in Canada (although not a hoarder. Never a hoarder.)


Known for a positive attitude, enthusiasm, and a unique outlook, Mara imbues her writing with humour, honesty, humility, and a joy for living.


Be Nice or Leave Thanks comprises all of the things that she loves:

  • Life & Laughter
  • Reading
  • Food, Cooking, and Healthy Living
  • A carefully edited selection of products and brands


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Mara never shares anything she doesn’t truly believe in or love. That’s why her community comes to her for recommendations and commentary in these areas:

  • Books
  • Entertainment
  • Recipes & Food
  • Parenting
  • Automotive
  • Technology
  • Retail therapy
  • Household products (shocking!)

Mara has ongoing relationships with many PR companies as well as the following brands:


  • Ford Canada
  • Rogers Media & Telecommunications
  • Random House of Canada
  • Harper Collins Canada
  • Simon and Schuster Canada
  • Penguin Canada
  • Loft Canada
  • Target Canada
  • Tim Hortons


She has worked as a Brand Ambassador or produced paid content for numerous brands including:


  • PTPA Media
  • Sygic GPS for Smartphones
  • ESET Smart Security
  • CAA South Central Ontario
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Sailun Tires
  • McCain Foods
  • SodaStream
  • Netflix
  • GM Canada
  • Poise
  • President’s Choice/Loblaw
  • Maple Leaf Foods


Mara has been a guest on and quoted in numerous media outlets and publications. She has been a featured guest on CJAD Radio Montreal, The Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Bonbon break, Blogher, Huffington Post live, and CTV News Channel, and has been quoted on, Rogers Redboard,, in Today’s Parent, and The Toronto Star. As well, she was in a video series about children and the theatre produced by The Stratford Festival. 


In addition, she volunteers her time with Princess Margaret Hospital and the Word on the Streets Festival. But, she rarely will say no if your organization needs help.


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What people say about Mara (or that she imagines they’re saying. She has a very active imagination):


“She’s always up for a party. Whenever we’re having an event we invite Mara and then we know it will be fun, even though we might run out of red wine.”


“I’m pretty sure she’ll do anything for attention!”


“She’s REALLY FUNNY! Sometimes I pee in my Depends when I read her blog!”


“She drives really fast. Good thing it was on a closed course.”


“She’s a really good cook. I would eat at her house if she’d invite me.”


“She reads a lot. I always take her book recommendations. Especially for the dirty books.”


“I trust Mara. She never lies. That’s because she doesn’t want her pants to go on fire. But, I’m pretty sure she exaggerates. Like 86% of the time.”


“When I work out with Mara at the gym I can’t walk the next day.”


“I would hire her.”


“She put really weird things on Pinterest. I wonder about that girl.”


“I heard she’s writing a book. I bet it will be good.”



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