“Oh school routine, oh school routine, my sanity enhances,” I have never been so freaking excited to fill a backpack in my entire life. I love extra time with my growing son, but I have carefully and painstakingly planned his […]
For years we’ve struggled with the idea of travelling over the holiday season. We’ve had great experiences travelling to tropical paradises, ski getaways and everything in between during this time of year. It was always great to escape with the […]
The day is finally here, the last day of 2014. And to celebrate, people around the world will be attending parties, watching fireworks, staying in and popping champagne. No matter what you are doing, there is one tradition that goes […]
Well, this morning the kids got up waaay earlier than usual. Tip-toed down the stairs to see if Santa had visited, after all they have been really good this past year. So, good that Santa had to read their minds […]
The holidays are truly a magical time of year, especially for kids. It’s easy for them to get swept away in all the holiday excitement, and perhaps even easier for them to forget all their manners as well. So as […]
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, […]
As a foodie family we’re often asked where we like to eat out in the city. Since we enjoy eating out A LOT, we have several favourites and are constantly trying out new ones. La Societe (131 Bloor Street West, Toronto) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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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.
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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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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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:
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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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