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Lifestyle || The Calgary Stampede || Things to see and do at the BMO Kids Day

My family and I have never been to the Calgary Stampede, so you can bet I’m so excited to be attending the Calgary Stampede in partnership with BMO this season. I had no idea the partnership with the Calgary Stampede is BMO’s longest-standing sponsorship, and the oldest in the country. BMO and the Stampede date back to 1899, and have continued as the official bank when the first rodeo took place in 1912.

BMO-Kids-Day (2015)-5 Now you are probably wondering what I’ll be doing with my little family at the stampede? Here are my two easy tips for having a little fun and saving a little money along the way: 

Tip #1: Take advantage of easy discounts on site.  

  • BMO customers receive a 15% discount at each on park store location when you pay with your BMO debit or BMO MasterCard

Tip #2: Enjoy the free daily activities. 

  • BMO Kids’ Zone (Open daily 11:00AM – 8:00PM): in BMO Plaza on the south side of BMO Centre, BMO Kids’ Zone is a complimentary area on park for families to enjoy a number of child friendly activities.
  • Free Activities include: Face painting, life-sized human foosball game, a basketball zone, character meet and greets, giveaways, live music, and “Acro-dunk” acrobatic slam dunk performances.
  • Wednesday is BMO Kids’ Day! Enjoy free admission for families before 9:00AM, complimentary pancake breakfast 8:00AM – 9:30AM and a complimentary Grandstand show 8:00AM -10:00AM.

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Join me July 13th for some Stampede BMO Kids Day fun at one of the best festivals in Canada! I’ll be live tweeting, snapping and of course instagramming all the family fun. Come say Howdy! 

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Style || Festival Looks with Holt Renfrew, High Grade Garments and Swish || Manulife Place

It’s festival season in the capital city and I’ve teamed up with Manulife place to style 2 looks head to toe for 2 of my favourite Edmonton events. Manulife Place serves the city with a high-level shopping experience at every turn, from valet parking to personal shopping assistants at some of their stores. You’ll find a number of local boutiques, Edmonton’s only Holt Renfrew, and convenient pedways to and from the area’s office towers.

My Taste of Edmonton Look

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My Interstellar Rodeo Look

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Style || Effortless Vaca Style: The 3 pieces you need to pack || And my TOP 5 Maui Restaurant Spots

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It’s pretty easy to over pack for a tropical vacation, try to stick to items you can wear in multiply ways. This kaftan is the perfect beach coverup, worn as a top (here) or as a dress for a lunch date. Pick a pair of shorts that has visual interest, this embroidered pair from J.Crew can be dressed up or down for both day to night events. Finally, a metallic sandal goes with EVERYTHING! If you choose a flat, it can be worn to the beach during the day or with a maxi dress for a dinner.

j.crew embroidered shorts embellished pom pom kaftan blogger style street look maui vacation restaurant suggestions The 3 items you need to pack for any tropical vacation:

  1. The Kaftan: this versatile piece can be worn in multiply ways throughout your trip. Perfect beach coverup, worn as a top (above), or as a dress with jewelry for dinner.
  2. Embellished Shorts: embroidered or beaded shorts are perfect for day and night use. Dress them up for an evening dinner, or wear them to the beach during the day.
  3. Metallic Sandals: Silver, gold or pewter goes with everything, think of a metallic as a neutral when putting together a look. By packing a metallic pair of sandals you’ll be able to wear them with almost anything in your luggage.

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We are lucky enough to go to Maui almost every year as a family. By saying that, once you’ve been a few times you start to develop a few favourite spots that you can’t help but go back to year after year. You’ll probably noticed I didn’t include Mama’s Fish House, for me I think it’s overpriced and too touristy for my liking. BUT if you haven’t been to Maui it is a place to try at least once. Here are my favourite Maui spots to eat and drink through the island:

5 Palms Restaurant Maui: Overlooking the beautiful white coastline of Keawakapu Beach this restaurant is a sunset watching hot spot. We specially go for the happy hour from 3-7pm nightly but we aren’t the only ones! We get all their delicious favourites for half the price so of course everyone tries to get in on this foodie happy time. You should arrive at the start of happy hour to get a seat, don’t show up late and be disappointed.

Menu Favorites: Wicked Arnold Palmer spiked tea lemonade, lobster dip, Chinese style BBQ, ribs, spicy tuna roll and the Luau pork Quesadilla. 

Moose McGillycuddy’s: This laid back diner style restaurant on the main Kihei main coast stripe is a must go for cheap eats and a family friendly atmosphere. We usually go a few times throughout the week for a fast and affordable bite to eat. BUT we make it a mission to get a table on the popular Taco Tuesday. Best tacos on the island and you can’t beat the crazy low price that day. People line up, if you aren’t there before 5:30 you will most likely have to wait an hour for a table. This taco night is not a secret but worth the visit.

Menu Favorites: Pulled Pork Taco, Mahi Mahi Taco, Maui onion rings, and the Hawaian egg rolls. 

The Sea House Restaurant: Located at Napili Kai Beach Resort, this beach front restaurant is known for it’s award winning food and sunset view. The dishes are straight out of a culinary magazine, it truly is a foodie dream. Reservations are highly recommended, again this is the kind of restaurant people crave for that authentic hawaiian experience without the tourist gimmicks. It’s plain and simple world renowned food.

Menu Favorites: Tenderloin Bruschetta, Crudo Sashmi, Macadamia Nut Crusted Hawaiian Fish, Kobe Burger and the Maui Mule.