Christmas Travel List, Travel Thursday

Normally I try to focus on places I have been (or will be going shortly) for my Travel Thursday posts; however, this one is going to be slightly different! I like to be at home with friends and family for the holiday season, and enjoying our snowy traditions. (Definitely going to have to go up into the mountains when I’m in Seattle…) However, there are some holiday destinations that I would love to see and will probably pick away at these over the years. This is my dream Christmas travel list that I will one day be able to complete!

Christmas Travel List

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Butter Tarts, Make It Monday

Butter tarts are a quintessentially Canadian recipe, and regional variations can be found all over the country! I know that every country and region claims that their food is the best, and while I completely accept that some Canadian food is kind of weird and bizarre, butter tarts truly are the best of the best. I’ve given butter tarts to many people visiting Canada, and they have been enjoyed every single time! (The same can’t be said of nanaimo bars, ketchup chips, and poutine.) This is an easy to make recipe for butter tarts, for the perfect addition to your holiday menu!

Canadian Butter Tarts Make It Monday

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The Shoebox Project… My Favourite Time of the Year!

My favourite time of the year is the holiday season, mostly because I think that it is a warm and cozy time of year that rejuvenates all of us in some way or another. However, there are many people who might not have a support system or family of any sort there for them. I think that the number one most important aspect of the holidays is giving back and paying it forward, and The Shoebox Project is a fantastic way to do that. Women in need are often left in the shadows, and this is the perfect way to reach out and help!

The Shoebox Project

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Preparing for the Holidays… Part II, Early November

Now that Halloween is past, the holiday season is getting into the full swing of things slowly. Whether you are in the US and awaiting Thanksgiving still, or somewhere else, the winter holiday season is approaching and we are all getting busier whether we like it or not. If you celebrate Christmas, you’ve got less than 60 days to find and make gifts, clean and decorate, organise get togethers, and who knows what else. This is a check-list for what you can tackle now to stay organised and on top of everything because the intense craziness sets in!

Christmas Prep Guide- Early November

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Christmas Prep: Craft Sales 

I know that a lot of us think of online shopping and Amazon and malls and outlet centres when we think of holiday shopping, but there are still other alternatives to getting your holiday shopping done. While I plan on making some of my gifts myself (DIY posts to come), there are somethings that I’m just not talented enough to make myself. Enter: the craft sale. I will admit to being that person who thinks that they are for moms and grandmas, but I am eating my words (and thoughts I suppose)! Today I’m sharing my craft sale experience and tips…

ChristmasCraft Sales

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Preparing for the Holidays… Part I, September

I know, I know, I will have pumpkins and leaves and scarves thrown at me with screams of “IT’S STILL FALL, HALLOWEEN HASN’T EVEN HAPPENED” but depending on how big your holiday celebrations are, you may have to start getting the wheels in motion now. There are less than 90 days until Christmas day, and putting in a little bit of time now makes the world of difference in eliminating some of the heavy-duty stress later on- you can do things at your own pace rather than running around Christmas at the Kranks style.

Holiday Prep,Part I,- September

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Travel Thursday, Harry Potter Gingerbread Village

Whenever M and I visit each other, we really try to get out into the city and do something! For this trip into Seattle, we decided to stay in the city overnight- it can make for a very long night to catch the shuttle back to Whidbey Island, and you have to make sure you are leaving the city by a specific time. We chose to stay at the Sheraton in Downtown Seattle, which is in a great location that is close to everything downtown! (Five minute walk to Pike Place, ten tops if you are walking slowly.) We were very lucky that while we were staying there, there was a gingerbread village, a gingerbread village with each “house” decorated for one of the Harry Potter books!

Harry PotterGingerbread Village,Travel Thursday

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An Historian About… Nutcracker 2016

One of my very favourite holiday traditions is and will always be The Nutcracker. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is a cultural icon and I go out of my way to attend as many performances as I can! You can see my Nutcracker post from 2015 here! The familiarity of it is part of why I love it so much, it feels like coming home at Christmas. You get to experience a wonderful score, fantastic choreography, and the chance to see younger dancers in more prominent roles! So, how was this year? Continue reading

Holiday Traditions (Blogmas 2016)

For many of us, we are winding down at work and school for a bit of a break, or at least for an extra few days, and I think that we are all looking forward to it! Yes, it is usually accompanied with a different kind of business, but I personally prefer the business of holiday visits and events than paperwork and emails at work. It is the time to embrace the cheer and warmth of Christmas lights and parties and enjoy the company of those around us. Today is all about those traditions that we have!  Continue reading