We have a family of all boys, yes, the whole family! With my own three sons and my three nephews we have a whopping 6 boys in the family and 5 of them are 7 years or younger! It makes for super fun family gatherings that’s for sure, my boys love their twin cousins! Shopping [Read On]
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A marketing agency has put the mayor on the naughty list—for a good cause.
Ever wonder how Santa Claus feels about crack-tape deniers, hair splitters, and husbands who reveal how much, uh, “mistletoe” they get at home? Well, the verdict is in. The big man says, “Naughty.” On December 20, Santa and a gaggle of elves will travel to City Hall and deliver a heap of coal to Mayor of Toronto—and [...]
I’d love to be in Bella’s shoes.. er paws.. right about now but I’ve got a list and I’m checkin’ it twice I’ve been dashin’, dancin’ and prancin’ around the town, just trying to keep my head above water.. er, snow! I’m hosting a dinner party on Wednesday night.. and I hadn’t even begun Christmas […]
I love everything about the holidays—the beautiful decorations, the festive parties, shopping for the perfect gift for everyone on my list, and most importantly—re-connecting with family members from out of town. There is something absolutely magical about this time of year.
Although travelling is my favourite thing to do after shopping, travelling during the holidays can be a little… stressful, to say the least. Thankfully, I’m not going anywhere in December, but I am welcoming family members from Washington, D.C.
My children are excited to see their cousin again, and I’m looking forward to catching up with my family from south of the border. Hosting extended family members can be a bit tricky and overwhelming during the holidays, when to-do lists are already a mile long, though. I love helping my guests with their accommodations, and I know when I book them at a Hampton Hotel near my home they’ll be well taken care of when I’m not with them.
Hampton Hotels (Hampton Inn, Hampton Suites, and Hampton by Hilton) provide their guests with friendly service, affordable accommodations, and clean, modern rooms. With over 1,900 locations worldwide, there is bound to be a Hampton Hotel near you to help make the holiday travel experience easier for your guests. Hampton Hotels really do cater to their guests.
Hampton Hotels offer:
To make things even easier for you during this incredibly busy month, here are some tips I wanted to share with you…
Holiday Hosting Tips:
Be the best off-site host ever: As much as we love our friends and family, having people stay in our home for more than a couple of days can be a little hectic. You may feel restricted from going about doing what you normally would, and leaving your house to take care of your to-do list might prove to be more complicated with houseguests. You may also not have enough room in your house for all your loved ones. The perfect solution? Put your family up in a Hampton Hotel—these hotels are clean, modern, affordable, and offer added perks like free wi-fi and free hot breakfast for the entire family.
Surprise guests with a welcome basket: I love leaving baskets of goodies for my out of town guests in their hotel rooms. I include things like cookies, a map of the city, small games and books for the children, toiletries, and my favourite hand cream. It’s also a great idea to include a set of keys to your home, so they know the door is always open. I leave a personalized note, as well, welcoming them, with all important contact information they may need. Hampton Hotels love welcoming guests with a favourite local snack (mmm… maple cookies, anyone?) or a fun local item to make guests feel even more at home upon checking in.
Plan a daily ritual: It’s great when your out of guests have time on their own to do their own thing, but it’s also important to make sure everyone stays connected. After all, the holidays are about keeping the family together, right? Plan something every day so that everyone can get together, whether it’s hosting dinner every night or a game night for the kids. Just make sure you let your guests know the itinerary!
Get outside: It’s winter, the snow is falling, and the lights are dazzling. Why not get everyone together and head outside for a big snowman building competition? Or how about lacing up the skates and taking a twirl on an outdoor rink? You can end your night sipping hot chocolate (or Bailey’s, perhaps?) in front of the fire place. The perfect holiday evening!
Want to stay in the loop and find out more about holiday hosting with Hampton Hotels? Join MomTrends on December 17th for a fun twitter party at 1 p.m. (Make sure you’re following @Momtrends and @Hampton on Twitter so you don’t miss out!)
And here’s something extra sweet for one of my lucky readers… just in time for the holidays!
Thanks to Montrends and Hampton, I am giving away a one night stay at Hampton Hotel! Happy holidays, friends. If you’re the winner, you’ll receive a “Be My Guest” card in the mail so you can enjoy a free night at a Hampton Hotel location of your choice, where you’ll get to experience the full Hamptonality treatment. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
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My heart sunk last week when I heard that the Bowmanville Zoo had lost a long standing member of their zoo family. Limba the Asian Elephant was a sweet and gentle old girl at the age of 50 and our family was lucky enough to spend some time getting to know her personally last summer. [Read On]
Don’t let carollers have all the fun—go and see one of the many holiday performances on this month in Toronto.
The Good Deeds Show Cheap Smokes VENUE: The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West) DATES: December 10 at 8:30 p.m. PRICE: $10 (food & toy donations also encouraged) Salacious sketch comedy duo Cheap Smokes have spent much of the past year in Los Angeles, but now that they’re back in Toronto, at least for the holidays, [...]
Our friends in Woodbridge were the first to introduce us to many Italian traditions. We feel like family when we see them. In fact their kids call us Zia and Zio. “Yes, my Zia is Chinese,” Steph would say without […]
Tired of supermarket shrimp rings and bad meatballs? Our panel of food editors, writers and bloggers is here to make you the star of the next holiday potluck. Whether you’re the one hosting or the one attending, our experts have […]
Our TV panel is getting ready to settle in for some holiday television specials — from retro classics to original programming new to this season, they’ll tell you what’s worth watching and what’s not. On our regular panel: Alex Strachan, […]
If you are ever to misplace cash in the streets of Winnipeg, Jolene Olive is the person you want coming along behind you to find it. Last week the 33-year-old mother found a “wad of cash” next to a parking … Continue Reading
Welcome to chocolate and peppermint season! It’s one of my favourites, for sure. There’s something about this combo that puts my taste buds in sheer ecstasy. So invigorating! So peppy! I feel like I can conquer the world when I’m eating peppermint and chocolate in the same bite. Strange, but true. A few of my […]
Santa Claus has a number of assistants that help him deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve, and those assistants needed to let off a little steam so they gathered together for a little jog through the City of Burlington. Beginning early on a lovely Saturday, December 7 on Brant Street right beside City Hall, Canada’s original, and largest, all-Santa race took place with only a few flakes of snow falling on the runners. The clear air and lack of fog meant that everyone’s favourite reindeer, Rudolph, did not have to guide the runners that day.
“This great family event will benefit Community Living Burlington and St. John Ambulance. All participants receive a Santa suit to be worn during the race. (Santa suits are mandatory and anyone not wearing the entire suit – including the beard – will be disqualified.) The Santa suits are lightweight and made for running and are available in sizes for men, women, and children. (Ladies and gentlemen if you are under 5’4” and 150 pounds order a children’s Santa suit. Santa suits are big.)”
The runners were put through a series of warm ups to get them ready for the 5,000 metre race and a marching band provided an early musical interlude.
The Thinking Drinkers say:
Aged rum is a quality substitute for any drinkers not comfortable with whisky this Christmas. There’s incredible range in the category and it’s a perfect pairing with chocolate. Try and keep the quality of chocolate in line with the rum……….
It’s no wonder Santa checks his list twice. A striking new study reveals that rankings don’t affect people’s valuations in the linear way you’d think, with the difference in worth between each number being equal. Instead, researchers find we have […]
The three of you who read my bi/tri-weekly column must have noticed by now that I am diplomatic, almost to a fault, to be as inclusive as possible. I certainly make a point to unearth and make public the best Canadian […]
Hello Fishies! This is the third year I’ve posted the Fishbowl Patron Gift Guide. I do it for a couple of reasons: (a) to show my patrons a bit of extra love. They are all people who are so passionate about what they do, and they help make Ottawa a wonderful place to live. I […]
Are you out of ideas on what to get the kids or your loved one for their stocking this year? Well, don’t worry. I’ve got some great stocking stuffer ideas everyone will love—items that are unique, practical, and affordable. (Even things I want to find in my stocking this year… hint, hint, Santa!)
Here’s my segment from CTV Ottawa Morning Live where I showed some amazing items from Tag Along Toys and HomeSense. There is something here for everyone in your family!
Also! I feel like Santa’s helper right now… the amazing items I showed from Tag Along Toys? I’m giving them away to one of my lucky readers! Leave me a comment below telling me what you want in YOUR stocking this year, and you’ll be entered to win! (Local residents only for this giveaway, please. Winner will be selected randomly on December 11th, 2013.)
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The tree is up; there is snow on the ground; and the excitement of Christmas is upon us! Once we start getting ready for Christmas, my kids are ready to dig out the Christmas movies and start watching. Not only do my kids love the Christmas movies that we watch from year to year, but […]
“Hey, what, like a good action sequence don’t belong in Christmas?”
Welcome to our home.. living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains means lots of snow both expected and unexpected.. I have a few of these silver orbs placed throughout my front rock garden. I love how they sparkle under a blanket of snow near our blue spruce trees. ♥ So come on over.. the […]
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“I See Me” has high quality, personalized children’s books for all ages. Christmas is the perfect time to gift a special child in your life with a personalized book that they can treasure. A Christmas Bear for Me is a beautiful, heart-warming, personalized story about a child’s Christmas wish for a special Teddy Bear friend. A […]
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Christmas is fast approaching and while some domestic divas have already completed all their holiday shopping, I know I’m not alone in admitting that I have yet to get up the nerve to brave the mall parking lots and (even […]
REGINA – A Regina woman who lost her suitcase on the highway is no longer singing the blues. Trina Owens says she reached out on social media and Kijiji after her suitcase fell off the back of the truck she … Continue Reading
Australia Broadcasting Corp. Parliamentary reporter Latika Bourke put the above on Instagram (taken at Kundalini Hair in Canberra, apparently) and minutes later (on my Instagram feed, anyhow) Gerald Butts, a top advisor to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau put this taken in the foyer of Canada’s House of Commons on Instagram:
For my kids, each December 1st brings with it the excitement that Christmas is ever closer and holiday season is in full swing. The house is decorated. Presents have been purchased. Cranberry candles are burning. Christmas baking has begun (the […]
More than 20,000 pounds of food will be delivered to local families in need this holiday season through a special donation made on behalf of the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation to the city’s food bank. “It’s the time of … Continue Reading