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An Easy “Bubbly” New Year’s Eve Party For Kids

Posted December 19, 2014 by Guest Author

New Year’s Eve with kids is tough. I’m not sure if I can stay up until midnight, and I definitely do not want my kids to be awake that long. So this year, I’m having a Bubbly New Year’s party, […]

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A Look at SantaCon

Posted December 18, 2014 by Anonymous

Have you spotted any roaming hordes of drunken Santas in your town this holiday season? If so, then you’ve witnessed one of the newest and strangest holiday traditions: SantaCon.

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Celebrating The Holidays & Sharing Your #WellWishes

Posted December 18, 2014 by Anonymous

We are literally days away from Christmas, and Hanukah has already begun—it is well and truly the holiday season now. I’m pretty proud that I can say I’ve finished all my holiday shopping, my tree is up and decorated, I’ve […]

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

Posted December 18, 2014 by Elizabeth

Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress  Stress is a part of every day life, but during the holidays that stress goes up exponentially for most people. Don’t be a victim of holiday stress this year. Instead, use some of these techniques to relieve as much stress as possible.  Write it out Write down the stress you are feeling and try […]

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Charles The Butler’s Foolproof Guide To Holiday Entertaining

Posted December 18, 2014 by Sonya

Just breathe. Holiday entertaining can seem very overwhelming when you are faced with this heavy season of having friends and family over. I like to think I’m pretty organized when it comes to dinner parties. I tend to be pretty cool […]

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This or That? The Ultimate Gift Of #unBOXingPossibilities

Posted December 17, 2014 by Sonya

This time each year I’m on the hunt for “The Ultimate Gift” for a few people on my list. I’m on the look out for gift ideas that can give that wow factor.  I’m working down my list and almost […]

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Top 10 Items Food Banks Need Now

Posted December 17, 2014 by Sonya

We are in our local Loblaws more often these days as it’s a busy season of hosting company over for various get togethers and all kinds of reasons to be baking. The cookie exchanges, holiday parties and the pot luck […]

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His & Hers Holiday Beauty and Grooming Essentials from P&G {Giveaway}

Posted December 17, 2014 by Anonymous

During the holiday season, looking our best is top of our mind for both men and women! Between shopping and decorating, school plays and festive parties, spare time is hard to come by. This is why it is essential to have a few go-to products that are quick and easy to use and will leave [Read On]

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You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space

Posted December 17, 2014 by Betsy Mason
You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space

SAN FRANCISCO—People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. A team led by NASA scientist Miguel […]

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Top Five Reasons Why A WaySpa Gift Card Makes A Great Holiday Gift

Posted December 16, 2014 by Loukia

It’s the season for baking, shopping, wrapping, cooking, hosting, partying, attending Christmas concerts, and celebrating with family and friends. It is a busy month, to say the least, and I love giving gifts that I know people will love and really appreciate—like a gift card to WaySpa.

I love spa days and I love being a Brand Ambassador for WaySpa, because it’s my job to test out different spas every month and blog about my experience. It’s aways a wonderful and relaxing time, and I think that a gift card to WaySpa would make an excellent gift for everyone on your shopping list.
Here are the TOP FIVE  reasons to give the gift of a WaySpa gift card this holiday season to the people on your shopping list:
1. It’s a simple way to shop—just go to Wayspa.com and with a click of a button, your gift card has been purchased.
2. You don’t have to worry about wrapping your gift. Just put your gift card in a cute little box, or inside a holiday card, and you’re good to go. No need to worry about making the perfect bow. 
3. Stress-free shopping—everyone, and I mean everyone—appreciates a day at the spa, whether it’s for a massage, a manicure, a pedicure, a blow-dry, or a facial. 
4. It’s a gift that’s really appreciated this time of year because it’s calorie-free! Save the cookies for the exchange, and give the gift that’s all about pampering.
5. WaySpa is the world’s fastest-growing online spa marketplace in partnership with over 2000 spa around the world, and offers great prices to the best salons. If you’re looking for a perfect last-minute gift, purchases can be delivered digitally and emailed (or printed directly from your computer after you’ve made your purchase.) Last minute shopping made easy!
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6 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression

Posted December 16, 2014 by Elizabeth

6 Tips for Avoiding Holiday DepressionThe holiday season is often a time of stress and depression- you may have to deal with unwelcome guests, or face the holidays alone while others are with their loved ones. You may be facing financial issues, or you just don’t like to deal with crowds of people. Whatever the reason, there are some really […]

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Edible Holiday Gifts Perfect For Your Neighbours

Posted December 16, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie You’ve receive more pre-packaged biscotti than you know what to do with—to re-gift, or not regift? If you want your neighbors to add it to their pile of sugar-infused generic sweets, sure, hand ‘em over. But […]

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Holiday Gifts For The Whole Family

Posted December 15, 2014 by Anonymous

Are you thinking of getting a “family” gift to put under the tree this year? Or maybe you were hoping to find a family gift to give your neighbours or relatives. It may seem like a strange thing to do—buy […]

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Lucky Initials On #MonogramMondays

Posted December 15, 2014 by Sonya

How’s your holiday shopping going? I’m in frenzy mode now that I’ve realized that this is the last week of school. The final week before the kids are off and there’s little time left to finish off the shopping. There […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: For The Person Who Has Everything

Posted December 13, 2014 by Sonya

You know this person, we all do. The person who seems to have everything that you could possible think of. The person that always leaves you scratching your head when you try to buy them a gift. I have a […]

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My Holiday Secret: A Pancake Faux Pas & A Chance To Win!

Posted December 12, 2014 by Anonymous

Holidays can be very stressful. There is so much planning that needs to be done. Dotting all those i’s and crossing all those t’s while baking the perfect batch of cookies—it can be overwhelming. I have a confession to make. […]

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Top 5 Beauty Tips To Make You Radiant For The Holidays

Posted December 12, 2014 by Sonya

We’re into the festive season now with office parties, neighbourhood dinners and nights out with friends. We’ve getting our Secret Santa gifts all ready and finalizing our menus. Now, how about everything that keeps you from looking exhausted and frazzled […]

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Donny & Marie Bring Christmas Fun To Toronto

Posted December 11, 2014 by Sonya

I know what your thinking. Donny and Marie Osmond? Yes, remember them? I certainly do! They are in Toronto with their annual Christmas Show bringing everything they’ve got. They’re here until December 21st playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre […]

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Holiday Gift Guide For The Foodie On Your List

Posted December 11, 2014 by Anonymous

Social media has turned food lovers into somewhat of a phenomenon; if it isn’t #foodie, it’s #foodporn. And we eat it up, literally. For the person on your list who Instagrams every meal, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for […]

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Watch This: Canadian Tire Bring Holiday Cheer To Children’s Hospitals

Posted December 10, 2014 by Sonya

December always warms my heart. Ever since I was little, Christmas has been something to look forward to. Family traditions of gingerbread houses, decorating trees and wondering what to leave out for Santa are always a must. But seeing all […]

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Christmas Gifts For The Hard-To-Buy-For Dad

Posted December 10, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Lauren Sena Dads aren’t always the easiest person on your list to go holiday shopping for. To help you avoid getting him something that he won’t use (does he really need another tie?), we came up some neat […]

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The Most Delicious Holiday Desserts in a Pinch!

Posted December 10, 2014 by Sonya

Tis the season of entertaining! Our social calendar is filling up fast and we’re happy to partake in the fun of the festive season. Like any good guest, I like to bring something to the party and I often offer […]

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Home & Lifestyle Gifts for the Holidays: Lemax Christmas Village London Drugs

Posted December 9, 2014 by Jodi Shaw

I love stuff for the home, especially during the holidays. I especially love collecting things. We just moved into our new home a month ago and I so wished to Santa for some new home decor that was fit for the festive season. I wanted something I could showcase, and something that I could collect […]

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Top 5 Things You Need to Know When Traveling this Holiday Season

Posted December 9, 2014 by Jodi Shaw

Imagine being on a beach, soaking up the sun, or skiing the Alps before Santa comes to visit. It may seem strange to some, but many families travel during the holiday season to enjoy far off places. Some will jet off to warmer climates, while others will travel across country to be with their families. […]

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Customized Gift Ideas You’d Be Proud to Give This Holiday Season #LondonDrugs

Posted December 9, 2014 by Jodi Shaw

There is only 15 days till Christmas and I know for many of us we are scrambling to find the right gifts for the people we love. Store bought gifts are great when they call for it, but for me I love gifts that hold a personal touch. Customized Gift Ideas are on the rise […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Little Gamers

Posted December 9, 2014 by Sonya

It’s an exciting time of year and many consumers will be including electronics/games as gifts over the holiday season. If you have little gamers making their wishlists, you’ll probably see one of more of these titles on their wish list. […]

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It Feels Good (To Give)

Posted December 9, 2014 by Loukia

It’s the season of joy, all things festive, giving, and receiving—but most imporant of all, giving to those who need it most. Although we should always remember those in need and those who have less than we do, the holiday season is a time to shine when it comes to giving back, and it’s the time of year we’re reminded about how much we have, how much we can do to give back to the communties we live in, and how much giving is actually the best gift of all—just knowing you’ve helped someone, in any way, is such a wonderful feeling.

This holiday season, McCain Foods is sharing good news stories to help motivate more people to give back and to help support Food Banks Canada. Until December 23rd, McCain Foods will be donating $5 (up to $50,000) for every good news story that is shared using the #McCainShareGood hashtag on Twitter, or by tagging the McCain Foods Canada Facebook page. Pretty easy and worthwhile to take part, right?

By simply sharing something good–how you helped your neighbour shovel the snow, how you treated a stranger to coffee, or maybe how you gave a scarf and gloves to someone in need–you, too, can contribute to this awesome initiative and give back in even more ways.

I have donated warm clothes to a shelter, and I’ve donated my children’s snowsuits that they’ve outgrown. I’ve sent out holiday cards to everyone on my list telling them I’m thinking about them during the holidays, and I’ve given back by donating to the charities that are near and dear to my heart. Those are just some examples of good news stories you can share with the the hashtag #McCainShareGood!

Even more good news to share: McCain Foods will be giving away a prize back to one of my readers that includes:

  • $25 in coupons for free McCain products
  • A McCain reusable tote bag
  • Tuscana Lasagna rectangle fluted bakeware
  • Cuisinart Elements Cake/Pie Server


    To enter, share some good news on Twitter, and hashtag #McCainShareGood to take part, and let me know you shared something good by leaving me a comment here (with your contact information.) I’ll randomly pick a winner on December 12th, 2014.


    Disclaimer: McCain Foods has compensated me for this post and has donated $50 in my name to my local food bank.

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    Bake It Forward With Cookies To Care

    Posted December 8, 2014 by Sonya

    There’s much talk this time of year about how to incorporate the spirit of “giving” into our holiday plans. No matter how much we have or how little we have to get by, I’m hearing from families in all different […]

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    Christmas Traditions For Every Family

    Posted December 8, 2014 by Guest Author

    Written by Lindsay Ducharme Growing up we had many family traditions for birthdays, seasons and holidays; however, none were more special than our yearly Christmas Eve traditions.  Without fail, each year we would attend church and come home to find […]

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    UrbanKitchen: PB&J Truffle Recipe For The Holiday Sweets Exchange

    Posted December 5, 2014 by Sonya

    Every year just after Thanksgiving I get asked to be in some sort of holiday cookie exchange. At that time, the visions of getting together and swapping sweets with friends sounds like a great idea. Every year. The baking tradition […]

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    How To Host A Cookie Swap In 2014

    Posted December 5, 2014 by Anonymous

    Written by Kait Fowlie If the term “cookie swap” conjures an image of festive-sweater-wearing ladies pouring over plates of cookies to Christmas carols as an apron clad host breezes around spreading cheer, you’re not alone. The tradition may be as […]

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    Holiday Gifting Etiquette 101

    Posted December 5, 2014 by Sonya

    We’re into December now and I’m sure you’ve made your list of who you need to get gifts for. You’ve got close friends and relatives. Check. You’ve got teachers and maybe neighbours. Check. Then there’s who I call the “fringe” […]

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    How To Get A Head Start On Holiday Shopping Using Your AIR MILES

    Posted December 4, 2014 by Anonymous

    I have spent all year saving up my AIR MILES and doing everything I can to earn miles faster. By using my American Express AIR MILES Card alongside my AIR MILES Collector Card, I was able to earn miles on […]

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    How To Make Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

    Posted December 4, 2014 by Anonymous

    Written by Kait Fowlie Salt dough is a super easy, bake-able clay that you can use to easily make sculptures and ornaments. It only takes 3 ingredients, all of which you likely already have on hand, and a few minutes […]

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    Holiday Gift Guide: Our Favourite Beverage Machines

    Posted December 3, 2014 by Sonya

    Throughout the year we’ve been introduced to numerous beverage machines. Weird right? I remember when the only beverage machine around was the fountain machine and I didn’t know anyone who had their own. We’ve tested out several and with the […]

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    Fun Indoor Activities To Fight Off Cabin Fever This Winter

    Posted December 2, 2014 by Anonymous

    Written by Emma Durand-Wood Ah, winter. The scenic season of fun and frolicking and adorable rosy cheeks, of Santa photos and sledding and hot chocolate. Winter is awesome—until it gets, well, too cold. And then, cabin fever sets in. Everyone […]

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    Making Wishes Come True

    Posted December 2, 2014 by Loukia

    The other night, my children begged and begged for me to put up our Christmas tree. It was a beautiful evening, the snow was falling, and we were snuggled up nice and warm indoors after playing outside. Well, with hot chocolate in hands and festive music playing in the background, I complied and we put up the tree. Sure, it’s early, but I’m in the mood to celebrate all things festive already, and so are my children. After all, it is such a magical time of year.

    I have so many wonderful memories of the holiday season from my childhood—decorating the tree, baking cookies, singing carols, writing letters to Santa, asking for the perfect gift (My Little Pony, a guitar, a globe, Rainbow Brite, and Strawberry Shortcake are some gifts I remember asking for and being so excited to receive!). For my sister, I’m sure her favourite and most memorable Christmas memory is when she received Cricket—the big talking doll. One memory that has stayed with me is of staying up really late to attend midnight mass and then coming home to eat a very late Greek dinner. We’d then get to open one Christmas gift before finally going to bed.

    The holidays are all about family, togetherness, and making wishes come true—it’s such a wonderful time, especially for children. It’s amazing to see the sparkle in my children’s eyes as they discover the magic of the holiday season, from giving back to those in need, to asking for, and receiving, that special something they’ve been longing for.

    I remember flipping through the Sears Wish Book, and circling all the toys I wanted when I was younger; now I watch my children do the same thing, with excitement. It’s fun to hear their giggles and excitement as they plan out what they want to find under the tree each holiday season.

    Waking up on Christmas morning is always so amazing, and now with children running through the house to see what Santa left them, it’s even better. Children grow so quickly, and though they won’t believe in the magic of Santa forever, the early memories will stay with them a lifetime. And even when they’re old enough to understand it’s not Santa leaving the gifts under the tree, they’ll still appreciate the magic and wonder of the season, because they’ll still receive that special something they’ve asked for.

    Have you or your children had the chance to flip through the Sears Canada Wish Book yet this year? I’ve got a few items circled off myself, and so do my children. Hey, as long as there is a healthy balance with giving, I see nothing wrong with receiving, especially at this time of year.

    To help get you in the festive mood, Sears Canada is giving away three $50 gift cards to three of my readers so that you can make someone on your shopping list very happy this Christmas. Simply leave me a comment below telling me what you love best about the holidays, and what a favourite holiday childhood memory is for you! (I’ll be randomly picking a winner on December 5th, 2014.)

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Sears Canada, however all views and opinions are my own. 

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    Make Holiday Shopping A Breeze With These Apps

    Posted November 28, 2014 by Sonya

    Holiday shopping can be stressful for some of us. Stepping into my nearby mall on any given weekend requires careful planning on my part. It’s not a time to browse with a latte in hand, if you know what I […]

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    Fun Ways To Countdown To Christmas As A Family

    Posted November 27, 2014 by Anonymous

    Mark the days and weeks leading up to Christmas exciting and memorable activities Written by Emma Durand-Wood Half the fun of Christmas is the anticipation. That’s why we’re chomping at the bit to put up our decorations by this point […]

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    15 Cool Stocking Stuffers For Kids

    Posted November 26, 2014 by Anonymous

    Written by Lauren Sena Fun gifts come in small packages… perfect for stockings. And what is better than tipping over that big red sock or reaching in to see what you’ve gotten from Santa? As a kid, the stocking is […]

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