Remember last week when I thought, “winter isn’t going to be too bad this Christmas.” Fast forward a few days, minus 30 with a wind chill… I guess I will only be wearing this look indoors or under a parka from here on in.
The season of giving continues with one of my last gift guides of the season! Can you believe Christmas is 5 days away! Statically, I know that over half of you are not done shopping… so here are a few note worthy goodies for the big day.
YEG Box:the perfect way to gift everything Edmonton. My fav Melt is included in this pretty curated box. You’ve got something for everybody.
How cute are these Heart Mitts from Preloved? I love a good Canadian company. Plus they reclaim vintage fabrics and repurpose them into new garments. You’ve gotta check them out!
As promised on my Instagram stories, here is all the info on helping one of my favourite organizations The OLQP North Ranch. Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch Northern Alberta (OLQP North Ranch) is a registered nonprofit charity that partners with agencies throughout Edmonton area to provide a unique, enriching camp experience to thousands of children each year who require financial, emotional or social support. Contrary to the sound of their name, they are a non-religious charity and do not offer any faith based programming. Along with programming, they connect their clients with everyday necessities throughout the year: clothing, toys, household items, etc.
If you have time to give, here’s what you need to know:
They are sending out a call for Volunteers, they need Approximately 300 volunteers for the 9th Annual Children’s Christmas Party to be a success. They are looking for Edmontonians that are willing to donate their time & talents prepping for the event or volunteering at the event itself.
If you have monetary or item donations, here’s how you can help:
As well, you can understand the need in the city is great right now and their charity is still in desperate need of donations of:
200 pairs of brand new teen winter hats/gloves
150 winter toques for 12-16 yr old kids
New winter coats for teens
Stuffed Toy Drive – Edmontonians can drop off New & Gently Used Stuffed Animals at Welsh’s Cowtown (13715 Manning Drive – Edmonton), Eat Clean Healthy Grill & Juice Bar St. Albert (3500 Tudor Glen – St. Albert) or at the Ranch Office during business hours of 8:30am-5pm (903 153 Ave NE)
Year round they accept donations of gently used clothing for their Trading Post store. It is located at 903 153 Ave NE. The Trading Post donation hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm but please call ahead, it is volunteer operated. 780.475.7259 (Property is gated)
The Rocky Mountain Wine Festival is coming to Edmonton! In 1997, the first annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival was hosted, with 30 booths and 1000 guests. It has now grow into Alberta’s largest and most anticipated wine and food events, with hundreds of booths and over 25, 000 guests each year. During the Festival, guests sample and learn about a variety of different beverages like fine wines, premium spirits and quality beers. On top of that, local chefs from the best restaurants in the province are in attendance, serving up delicious fare to pair with the wonderful assortment of beverages.
I’ve got 2 tickets to this Saturday’s event at 6pm.
To win simply leave a comment below telling me what wine is your favorite Or what vendor you are looking forward to. Winner will be contacted by email Thursday by 10pm MST.
As you guys saw from my first ever youtube video in September, we hosted Alastair’s 4th birthday at The Rec Room in Edmonton. If you haven’t heard of The Rec Room yet, it’s over 60,000 sq. feet of games, amazing eateries and multiply forms of entertainment all packed under one roof! After my first visit I was hooked! And I’d only had the fast food take away, axe throwing and bowling to try. There are so many options in this massive complex.
For Alastair’s birthday we opted for family share pizzas, salads and drinks at The Loft. We reserved a private area where we brought in a few decorations, gifts and homemade dessert. Here’s the menu we enjoyed from one of my favourite restaurants in The Rec Room:
MARGARITA: fior di latte mozzarella, tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil
SUMMER IN CALABRIA: salami calabrese, roasted tomato, calabrian chili, castelvetrano olives, fior di latte mozzarella, baby arugula
LITTLE ITALY: roasted garlic, ricotta cheese, parmesan sauce, arugula, lemon zest, sea salt
BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER: pepperoni, red onion, house ground fennel sausage, parmigiano reggiano, chili flakes
After pizza and cake, we let the kids run wild in The Yard where they had arcade wristbands. They loved it! So many games to try and varying skill levels, perfect for the kids attending and the adults too. Thinking of booking an event? Ask their party planner here for a quote and option ideas.
Disclaimer: This post WAS NOT paid by The Rec Room. But promotional services were provided for review.