Autumn

Autumn

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude, enjoy delicious food, and gather with loved ones. While the traditional turkey dinner is a beloved staple, why not infuse some creativity into your Thanksgiving celebration this year? Whether you're hosting a gathering or enjoying an intimate holiday, here are some unique and creative Thanksgiving celebration ideas to make this year's holiday truly memorable.

  1. Global Thanksgiving Potluck: Celebrate the diverse flavors of the world by organizing a global potluck. Invite your guests to prepare dishes from different cuisines. From Indian curries to Mexican tamales or Italian pasta, this culinary adventure will introduce new flavors and create a delightful cultural exchange.
  2. Outdoor Picnic Feast:…

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The first weekend after the first week of school is a golden opportunity to unwind and recharge, It's time to indulge in a relaxing evening that sets the tone for a stress-free school season. Here's how to make the most of that precious first weekend:

1. Create a Stress-Free Environment: Start by creating a stress-free environment at home. Tidy up your space, light some soothing candles or diffuse essential oils, and put on your favorite calming music. A clean and serene space sets the stage for relaxation.

2. Disconnect from Screens: Take a break from screens, especially if you've spent the week on your computer studying and writing. Put away your phone, turn off the TV, and disconnect from social media. This digital detox allows your mind to…

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As the summer sun gradually gives way to the crisp autumn air, the excitement of a new school year begins to buzz. However, for many students, parents, and even teachers, the prospect of returning to school can also trigger a surge of stress and anxiety. The back-to-school season is a significant transition that comes with its own set of challenges. In this blog, we'll explore the various sources of back-to-school stress and provide practical tips to help you or your loved ones navigate this period with confidence and ease:

  1. Academic Expectations and Performance Pressure - The pressure to excel academically can create a significant source of stress for students. The fear of not meeting expectations, coupled with the anticipation of challenging…

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Back to school season is in full swing, with many grade schools starting classes as early as August! With the back to school season comes new schedules, activities, processes, people, and so much more. It can be an overwhelming and over-stimulating couple of weeks getting settled into a new routine; so be gracious with yourself and your loved ones as you navigate this transition. We know it’s exhausting, so take care of each other.

One of the ways you can be gentle on yourself and others during this season is to celebrate the start of the school year the best way possible: by ordering take-out and putting on a family-favorite movie. Jen Hatmaker, author and speaker, encourages her readers to make the first Friday of back to school season a pizza…

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Remembrance Day is today, November 11th.

On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, Canadians will stop what they are doing and partake in two minutes of silence to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Having a moment of silence on this particular day is not a trifle decision. It marks a very important day in Canadian history: November 11th, 1918, when "the Armistice was signed and the Canadians took part in the triumphant entry into Mons, Belgium," marking the end of World War I (veterans.gc.ca). 

Remembrance Day does not only commemorate World War I; it commemorates all wars, big and small, all veterans, past and present, and all Canadians who have been affected by war in any way. It is so important to…

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The Calgary Farmyard: The Calgary Farmyard has everything your heart could ever desire: baby goats, chickens, bunnies, lamas, mini golf, slides, fair-style games, a tractor pull, miniature train, corn maze, zip-line, snacks, drinks, a pumpkin patch and more! Throughout the yard are Instagram-worthy picture set ups, complete with all the rustic, autumnal charm everyone loves. While the ticket price is on the higher side at around $20/person (depending on the day and time), once you're inside the grounds, everything but food and pumpkin purchases are included. You could spend an entire afternoon and never run out of things to do. Check them out! Get your tickets here!

Ghoul's Night Out: Calgary's Heritage Park has always done an incredible job of…

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Happy Thanksgiving Long Weekend!

While indoor and outdoor gatherings are still largely restricted due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis here in Alberta, that won't stop people from enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Not sure what to cook, or looking to try something new? We have put together the ultimate unique Thanksgiving meal, complete with links to recipes. Here is what is on the menu:

D R I N K S

  • Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
  • Hot Mulled Cider
  • Thanksgiving Punch

A P P E T I Z E R S

  • Creamy Pumpkin Hummus
  • Bacon Rosemary Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Pumpkin Cheese Ball

M A I N   C O U R S E S

  • Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows and Maple Pecan Crumble
  • Sweet Bourbon Baked Ham
  • Roasted Garlic & Squash…

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This weekend is the September Long Weekend!

Monday is Labour Day, which is a national holiday. You may be wondering, what even is Labour Day?

Office Holidays writes, "the origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced back to a printer's revolt in 1872 in Toronto when labourers tried to establish a maximum 54-hour workweek. At that time, any union activity was considered illegal and the organizers were jailed. Protest marches of over 10,000 formed in response. This eventually led to the Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald repealing the anti-union laws and arranging the release of the organizers as well. The parades held in support of the Nine-Hour Movement and the printers' strike led to an annual celebration. The date was officially declared as…

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Back to school season is right around the corner! As schools begin allowing students to trickle in, some opening their doors for the first time since March 2020, it feels like a whole new world out there. If you have students in your household, here are some tips to get you mentally prepared for back to school season as we continue to grapple with COVID-19 and talks of mask mandates, vaccinations, lockdowns, fourth waves and more…

1). Create a Health Checklist: Patch Magazine writes, “create a checklist to help you figure out if your child is up to date with their immunizations, they're getting enough rest and if they are mentally prepared for the school year. You'll want to get them back on a sleep schedule, organize their medical records and schedule…

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

This thanksgiving feels like it hits a little different as many of us feel distinctly ungrateful for the chaos of 2020 and look forward to the year finally being over. However, it's impossible to fast-forward through three whole months. 2020, for all of its surprises, pain and beauty, has become a year of reflection as we dismantle the way of living we were used to and build something new. There's always so much to be thankful for, whether it be something big like welcoming a someone new into the family, or small like how crunchy the leaves are this October. So on this thanksgiving, we encourage everyone to reflect on their year with grace and hope.

This thanksgiving we want to share with you one of our favorite new…

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