December 01, 2014

I’m back from an unplanned blog hiatus because November was a pretty hectic month. There were lots of ups and downs which didn’t leave much time for writing and I can’t believe today is December 1st. The beginning of the last month of 2014 and one month until my birthday! It seems unreal that the year is coming to a close and it’s been quite an adventurous one.

Fort Myers Beach

Mom & I in Fort Myers Beach

 

But before all that end of year nonsense we’ve got the most wonderful time of the year… Christmas! We usually head to Florida in December, but this year we will be staying in Canada and having the most Christmas Christmas ever 🙂

Recipe to come!

 

I love this time of year, spending time with friends and family, nights in front of the fireplace and of course holiday parties! We’re going to do as many fun holiday things as we can this year, so if you have suggestions on things to do, then leave a comment.

Lotus Leaf #PRESSDAYS SS15 post to come!

 

My best friend is feeling better 🙂

My sister and I went to the Markham Santa Claus Parade on Saturday with our parents and some old family friends. It used to be an annual tradition when we were kids and it was pretty fun to gather at the big old house on Main St and cheer the parade along. There were some really great marching bands, talented gymnasts and dancers showing off their stuff and of course we go to see Santa!

 

 

 

 

 

Gideon was excited for Santa

 

Grandpa & Gideon 🙂

 

 

Tonight Jason and I went out and got advent calendars so we can count down the days to Christmas. Mom has always gotten us kids advent calendars and it’s a tradition I love and will continue. I thought today that we should make them, but maybe for next year.

I hope you’ve all had a great year so far and I’m sending you light, love and some holiday cheer!

 

 

 

HoHoTO is Back!

Earlier this year the organizers of HoHoTO announced that they would not be able to continue with this awesome charity event.  Luckily, it’s been saved and this year marks the 6th Annual HoHoTO to benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Each year 600 media and tech-savvy people gather together at the Mod Club to celebrate the holidays and to help make the world suck a little less. Called “the party that twitter built” HoHoTO is often sited as one of the first remarkable examples of a hyper-connected social media movement using the power of self-organizing online groups to make a real world difference. Since 2008, HoHoTO has raised over $280,000 for Daily Bread Food Bank.

The event takes place on Thursday, December 19th at 7 pm at the Mod Club (722 College St). Early bird tickets start at $40 and VIP tickets are available at $150 and include drinks and appetizers.

You can find us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HoHoTO and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HoHoTO.

Happy Thanksgiving

This year we did our family Thanksgiving on Saturday up at my Aunt & Uncles cottage.  Our family is pretty big and it’s a great time when we get together.  We had the 2 grandkids and 4 granddogs (Finn, Chance, Winston & Benson) playing all afternoon and evening and spent the day outside by the water, down at the dock and sitting in front of a day-long bonfire.

 

I am thankful for my close-knit and amazing family, my wonderful boyfriend, our friends, our pets and our health.  I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, wherever you are.  There is a lot of change and strife in our world today.  Stay true to yourself and fight the good fight for those less fortunate.  It is up to each and every one of us to be the best person that we can be.  Pay attention to what is going on in the world.  Help out wherever you can, be aware of the impact YOU have on our earth and the people around you.  Stand up for what you believe in.

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog over the years, commented, shared a post or entered a contest.  This is my outlet and my platform to share my voice.  I hope you enjoy it.

Carly-Anne

The gift for the person who has everything

Ok, this is kind of a sales pitchy post BUT to be perfectly honest it is something that I have purchased for someone on my list AND something that I’ve experienced myself.

As you may know I’ve been a Samba Days Sambassador for the past two years.  Samba Days is a gift card for an experience.  There are tons of different options to choose from, for people of all ages and across the country.  You can choose from Adventures – like Flight Lessons or Skydiving; to Body & SoulSalt Cave Tranquility & Massage or Yoga Sanctuary; to my personal favourite, the Gourmet Getaway – check out the Inn On The Twenty (read my review here).  They also have gift cards so you can let your gift receiver decide on their own experience as well.

I am a last minute Christmas shopper myself, so the ease of purchasing online is a real time saver for me.  The Samba Days cards are also available in store at places like Shoppers, Longo’s, 7-11 or Safeway.

I’ll be doing another amazing Gourmet Getaway in the New Year with Jason and we’ll be heading to Riverbend Inn & Vineyard In Niagara-on-the-Lake.  I’ll of course write about it here, so stay tuned for a review.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s a time for family & friends, good food & giving thanks for all the good in your life.  We’re going up to Mom & Dad’s today for dinner and I’m bringing homemade butternut squash soup (in a Mason jar – stay tuned I am obsessed with jar-ing things) and am waiting on the fresh pumpkin to be cooked so I can make a pumpkin pie.  The boys are already on their way up to close the pool and it’s a beautiful Fall day outside.

I’m so thankful for where I am in my life right now.  I have wonderful friends, a close-knit family, an amazing partner and feel like I’m on the right track with my job.  It’s been a long few years of hard lessons, picking up pieces and completely changing direction with my life.  It’s a struggle at times, but so worth it in the end.

So thank you everyone who has stuck by me, pushed me to do better and been an ear and shoulder to cry on when I needed it.  Thank you to all of you who read this and have kept me inspired.

 

I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving today and really takes a moment to reflect and give thanks for your life and those in it.  You only have one life and you should make the very best of it!

xo

Carly-Anne