It can be a daunting task to pick out a book for the book lover in your life. I’ve picked a few of my favourite books from this year that would make any reader happy!
Astrology: Using the wisdom of the stars in your everyday life This book is great for someone who likes astrology, and wants to learn a bit more about it. This book dishes up practical advice about careers, starting a family and more, customized to your star sign. A great gift for your spiritual friend.
The Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook Instant Pot fever has swept the nation. Even I have one, and use it to make pulled pork and apple pie filling, among other things. This handy book shares tasty healthy recipes that you can whip up in a flash using your magical instant pot. A must for any Instant Pot owner.
Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal Woman World is a funny, touching graphic novel. What if men went extinct? Where would women be? This book answers that question and so much more. Perfect for the graphic novel lovers in your life.
Spice This book is perfect for a foodie or cook. It breaks down the origin of spices from around the world with beautiful full colour photos, facts and recipes.
I can’t get enough of the recipes in this book! The recipes all have mouthwatering photos, and have fun names like Texas Trash Dip. The dishes are easy to create and for the most part, use items you might already have stocked in the fridge. This would be awesome for a foodie who’s getting into cooking.
Art This stunning coffee table book covers the history of different art movements from Greek to modern art. This beautiful book is a must for the art and culture lover in your life.
Thanks to DK, I’m giving you the chance to win your very own copy of Art or Astrology from DK. Enter below!
The Aurora Winter Festival has blown into Ontario Place, filling it with holiday magic. I checked out the festival just a day before it opened. So, what can you expect to see at the festival?
The Aurora Winter Festival inspires the festive spirit through magical winter experiences. Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating Christmas light displays and magical characters, and enjoy the market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and plenty of other exciting activities. From visiting Santa’s Workshop to lacing up your skates on the Frozen Pond, there is something for every age at the Aurora Winter Festival. (more…)
I’ve been going to the CNE with my family since I was a little girl. It’s a tradition that I’ve rarely strayed from each year. Even now that I’m an adult (when did that happen?) I still go with my parents and sister each year. This year I’ll be including my husband on the fun.
The food is a huge draw. The Food building is my jam, and it’s packed with lobster rolls, crazy burgers, raclette, bao tacos, and so much more. There’s always something new to check out each year. The CNE hasn’t announced what wild and wacky food they’ll be having this year, but I bet it will be something unique and tasty.
As a testament to the popularity of Toronto’s ever growing list of night markets, the CNE will be hosting its very own Asian food market this year. Visitors can check out the market from August 30th to September 3rd.
This year, it’s the 125th anniversary of the debut of the Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel was invented in Chicago. Be sure to ride the giant Ferris wheel in honour of this anniversary this summer.
This year, in honor of the year of Canada-China Tourism. 50 artists created 17 illuminated giant silk lanterns. It sounds beautiful, and I’m excited to see them.
What are some of your summer traditions? Do you go to the Ex each year with your family? Or will this be your first time? I’ve partnered with the CNE to giveaway general admission passes and Ride All Day Passes to the CNE this summer! To enter, see below. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more chances to win!
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This year is the first year that I’m going to have a stocking for my husband. I’m super excited to fill it with his favourite things, and a few surprises! I’ve decided to fill it with a variety of fun and practical (hello, socks) items. Kikkerland definitely brings the fun!
Here are my favourite stocking stuffers for the holidays.
- This mini messenger board is a fun way to communicate! Peg a Message Board ($15)
- With these lights, you’ll always be ready for a party!Disco String Lights ($10)
- A fun addition to your laptopMini Karaoke Microphone ($10)
- For those hard to reach spots!Brass Back Scratcher ($8)
- A handy tool to keep around.Crab Multi Tool ($20)
- Perfect for your daily commute!Bike Speaker ($20)
- This corkscrew will add a bit of pizazz to your wine.Narwhal Corkscrew ($25)
- A cute and practical way to keep your phone charged on the go.Cactus Car Charger ($10)
I’ve teamed up with Kikkerland to giveaway one of my favourite items, the messenger peg board! Wanna win? Enter below.
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It’s a little bittersweet, but it’s the last month of summer! Here to take the sting away from the end is the CNE rolling into town. This annual exhibition is a tradition that I never miss! The CNE runs from August 18th to September 4th this year.
This summer on the bandstand visitors can catch live performances from Kiefer Sutherland, Sam Roberts Band, A Tribe Called Red and Dear Rouge.
Food lovers, don’t fret. There’s always something new and delicious to try at the CNE. This year the CNE will be hosting a East Coast VIP Lobster Dinner. VIP Patrons will be seated in an exclusive area on Princes’ Blvd. illuminated by overhead Edison lights with a live soundtrack provided by the Celtic Rock Warrior Band, the Mudmen. Dinner will include a luscious Lobster with traditional sides of potato salad, (and) corn on the cobb all catered by Picton’s The Sand and Pearl. Tickets are $141 per person.
This year, the CNE will be unveiling a sign much like the icon TORONTO sign at City Hall. The 8 foot tall sign will spell CNE and include a maple leag. It’s sure to be popular with Instagrammers! At night, visitors can catch a new show, MZ Laser. The show features a “human lazer” which sounds intriguing!
Of course, my favouite part of the CNE is the food trucks and the iconic food building. I’ve partnered with the CNE to give away Ride All Day passes and General Admission passes to the CNE! Sound like fun? Enter below for your chance to win!
It’s Friday! On this rainy Friday I’d like to brighten it up a little with Disney!
As you may recall, I was super excited to see the live action of Beauty and the Beast earlier this year.
The film was perfect to watch if beauty and the Beast is one of your favourite movies. The film stayed true to the original while adding in some twists and turns such as a back story for Belle’s mother and a few new songs. The costumes and sets were beautiful. My favourite scene is the opening scene. I loved watching Belle sing through her French town and her indignation over Gaston’s attempts to court her. If you still haven’t seen this movie, now’s your chance! I’ve teamed up with Disney to give one lucky winner a copy of the Beauty and the Beast DVD packed the extras.
The winner will enjoy three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.
Sounds awesome, right? To enter, please see below. The winner must live in Canada.
Growing up, I loved anime and manga. One of my favourite animators remains a favourite: Hayao Miyazaki. The films of Studio Ghibli are beautiful, whimsical and haunting. If you’ve never seen a Ghibli film, what are you waiting for?
The TIFF Bell Lightbox will be showing his most popular films at Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli. From December 24th to January 6th you’ll be able to catch his most famous films, as well as lesser known ones.
If you don’t know where to start, My Neighbor Totoro is a great place to start, or my personal favourite, Howl’s Moving Castle! I’ve partnered with TIFF to give one lucky winner 2 tickets to see a Studio Ghibli film of their choice that’s playing before December 31st.
Enter below! Good luck.
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