Remember the joy of shopping for a newborn? What if you were a newcomer to Canada and were having a fourth baby and got to choose anything for the little one? We were blessed to be able to work with Best Buy Canada and a gracious young family to gift them some baby essentials of their choice. Readers know that I have a huge love of the Filipino community (as well as the Philippines!) and it was amazing to be able to interview Ronna about her growing family and her priorities this time around.
Typically, I am a positive, optimistic person. Glass half full. Seize the day. But after a very long, cold winter and an even wetter spring it’s been tough to harness a consistently cheery outlook. The world political climate has been terrifying, the state of our planet is like a horror film, and it’s near impossible to get away from negative news – fake or otherwise. Pause. An intervention is required, as I despise being negative. I am making some necessary changes, including turning off the news, becoming more of an environmental activist, and focusing on joy and pleasure for the entire summer.
Our family gets giddy for holidays. Knowing me as you do, it shouldn’t be a shock that I have an entire storage room dedicated to wreaths, décor and cookie cutters divided meticulously into seasons. Yes.. I do. And I gently rotate them throughout the year so that the next holiday’s treasures are easily accessible. Beloved traditions have permeated every Hallowe’en, Christmas and Easter in order to make memories and bond as a family. We have special recipes and songs, outfits and stories handed down through generations. While all of this adds sparkle to life, sometimes these traditions aren’t entirely selfless. At times, I focus more on the spectacle than actually spending real time with my kids. My heart races as I just admitted that.
Who didn’t love the enchanting cinematic excellence that was James Cameron’s AVATAR? It was a movie you could see over and over and still not manage to see everything. In one sitting, you could never capture every single aspect of the rich story line, the complexities of the thought-provoking underlying themes or take in all the exquisite pieces of the feast for the eyes.
The beauty formed from the detailed tapestry of the world created by Cameron’s meticulous and fantastical cinematography had no equal and won countless awards and critical acclaim. Tugging at the heartstrings and playing heavily to the audience’s sense of wonder, AVATAR awakened the audience to possibilities they never imagined and made everyone fall in love with characters and this richly constructed alternate reality.
The magical journey to the world of Pandora, visually stunning and live, is being brought to the stage by Cirque du Soleil when it returns to Vancouver this December. Cirque’s acrobatic and talented cast are performing the enchanting show: TORUK – The First Flight live at the Pacific Coliseum from December 14-18, 2016.
We are living in one of the most exciting technological times in the modern era. Every. single. day, advances are being made that improve our lives, bring families closer together and save us time and money. My home is a beautiful sanctuary, but it could operate more efficiently and be smarter. Partnering with Best Buy in advance of theVancouver Home + Design Show, we put 5 smart home gadgets to the test in order to enhance life. Best Buy will be showcasing some of their top Smart Home products at the BC Hydro Smart Home Booth this weekend and you will want to pop by! Products on display in the BC Hydro Smart Home booth are eligible for a BC Hydro discount exclusively at Best Buy.
I remember as a little girl – saving all of the ‘used-almost-to-the-bottom’ candles for the whole year to use for Hallowe’en. Our jack o’ lanterns would house a cornucopia of bright red and gold Christmas candles and a few yellow Easter ones. I would be a bit rattled that my beautiful pumpkin was getting red wax dripped all over, and then completely dejected that whenever I passed my own house (as I was doing the neighborhood candy marathon) the pumpkin would be dark. A gust of wind had just spoiled a child’s excitement at boasting artistic achievements to her friends. I’d quickly apologize and run up to grab a lighter or matches. And I can’t remember being anything other than a princess in chiffon so that + matches was clearly a bad idea…
This morning I made the school lunches and then opened my son’s backpack only to find a note stating that in addition to nuts, there was a severe allergy in his class that prevents me from packing any food containing cooked or un-cooked eggs. No meatballs, pancake bites, egg-containing breads or pizza dough. I can totally handle the restrictions but I feel so very sorry for all families that must deal with scary allergies. It’s a tough world we live in, and I can’t imagine the level of anxiety the child and parents feel trusting other parents to pack egg-free lunches in order to be safe in the classroom.
The Olympics have ended, and our Canadian women have certainly made a name for themselves. But of course, women tend to do just that. On September 20th at 9pm Atlantic / 8pm est, we will be taking to Twitter to discuss everything amazing about women – including how to take better care of ourselves. Because as fabulous as we all are, the whole self-care thing can often be a problem.
We have an incredible giveaway that will set you on a fresh start for fall’s new beginnings. Helping you be relaxed, happy, confident and ready for anything, the amazing folks at Asana are sponsoring a giveaway valued at $650. It includes:
1. Beats by Dr. Dre Solo 2 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones – Gold (Value: $299)
2. One Year of Asana Woman assorted pads and pantyliners featuring biowave technology: (value: $110)
3. One iTunes gift certificate (value: $25)
4. Philips Hue starter kit ($130)
5. La Senza Gift Card ($100)
It’s almost that time of year when darkness comes earlier, morning routines become more complex and lazy days transition into more serious pursuits. As the seasonal changes unfold, a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by. We’re not one for chemicals that claim to combat restless, sleepless nights so we’ve partnered with Dreamwater Canada to bring you tips and tricks to prepare you for the busy back to school season! Join us for a twitter party on Tuesday, August 23rd at 9EST, 6PST to help you transition easily into September! We couldn’t be more excited about the sleep conversations and tips we will share!