Make the holiday season Simply Better with Edo Japan

Edo Japan food bank campaign

Giving back during the holidays is as easy as buying a spring roll at Edo Japan. What does that mean exactly? Until January 1, 2017, Edo Japan will donate 25 cents to Canada’s food banks for every spring roll that they sell. Delicious, crispy spring rolls for the better good! Yes, that’s an easy win for all of us. I can’t wait to get my hands on that deep-fried roll of happiness.

Last year, Edo raised over $74,000 for food banks across the country and with more and more Calgarians using food banks each month, it’s never been View this Post

Etsy at Glenbow

Etsy at Glenbow Museum

Etsy at Glenbow artist collaboration is available for sale at the museum gift shop.

The Glenbow Museum is home to so many amazing pieces of Alberta art. Now, the collection is growing a little bigger with a unique collaboration between Etsy and the Glenbow.  A call-out for artists earlier in the summer resulted in a collaboration with Etsy shop artists to create new pieces specifically for the Glenbow Museum . The artists were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Glenbow archives to find inspiration in the designs, paintings and artifacts hiding in the museums vast repertoire of art. The artists View this Post

Find Your Mindful Collective

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Life is pretty busy and hectic so it can be pretty hard to find time for yourself sometimes. Between working a full-time job, cooking, cleaning, laundry, family, friends, blogging and more, I have no idea where my time goes! It’s just a continuous stream of go-go-go.

My friend Noelle felt similarly with with her busy life as a stay-at-home mom of 3 kids. She wanted to find her own personal outlet outside of parenthood and came up with Your Mindful Collective, a website for personal growth for people on the go. Sounds right up my alley!

The site features View this Post

Love for the black-haired girls

Black hair, don't care.

Black hair, don’t care.

You got your brunettes. You got your redheads. Blondes apparently have the most fun. But what about all us black haired beauties out there?

I’ve always wondered why black haired girls don’t get their own name grouping. It’s the kind of odd question you come up with as a child but there never seemed to be a good answer. This seemingly random question came to mind for me when I came across Vancouver clothier BRUNETTE the Label. Their cheeky clothes pay homage to the hair labels that people self-identify with – except, of course, for View this Post

From Farm to Car

I like learning about new sustainability initiatives that can make a difference for the environment. This Ford Motor Company x Jose Cuervo collaboration totally caught my attention for it’s unique partnership. Ford has been working on turning food byproducts and food waste into environmentally-friendly vehicle parts to put in their cars. What the heck?! How can food be turned into car seats and cup holders? That’s what a whole research department at Ford is working on by figuring out how to alter chemicals and molecules to make food products into sustainable fabrics, containers and more that can be used inside View this Post

Takeout tastiness at Una Takeaway

Una Takeaway

My favourite pizza in town has to be Una Pizza. The staple on 17th Avenue is always packed to the brim with tons of people eager to get in and enjoy their ‘za. I know I’ve rushed to beat the crowds by having dinner at 5 o’clock just to make sure I can get into the restaurant. That’s why I’m super excited that the Una brand has expanded to another shop right next door: Una Takeaway.

This takeout-based shop has a bunch of the Una favourites along with a Rosso coffee counter and tons of delicious baked View this Post

So You Want to Be an Influencer

So You Want to be an influencer

Providing my insights at the Next Big Thing conference.

The first-ever Next Big Thing conference has wrapped up and it was an amazing day of inspiration, creativity and motivation. I had a great day learning from some of my local faves like Lisa and Ian Davies of the Uncommons, designer Lauren Popadiuk, photograher Lori Andrews and more.

I sat on a panel called “So You Want to be an Influencer” to talk about my tips for, well, being an influencer. It was a short 30 minute session which flew by so quickly. I got great feedback from attendees View this Post

ATB Listens: Resonate

This may look like a slick music video for an up-and-coming artist, but there’s a twist. It’s part of a new branding campaign from Alberta banking institution ATB Financial. And boy, do I ever enjoy this song “Resonate” and it’s accompanying video ever so much. It speaks to me as an Albertan, as a Calgarian, and the common experiences we share in this lovely province. “Resonate” is described as an “Alberta version of Amazing Grace” which I find quite fitting with it’s wistful tones, sweet singing voice and melancholy feelings of home. The video plays off the View this Post

Win a Cool Little Towns prize pack

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Alberta is home to so many great places and I was so happy to visit the Cool Little Towns that are in and around Calgary. During my road trip I picked up a few little goodies and mementos that I want to share with a lucky reader! The prize pack consists of:

Blue Rock Gallery

  • Black Drop Designs earrings
  • Beeswax candle
  • Jonesy thank you cards
  • Issue 20 Uppercase Magazine

Branch Market & Studio

  • 5×7 art print by Made Pretty

Bar U Historic Ranch

  • Recipes from 1907 and cleaning cloth

Check out my Cool Little Towns blog post to find the View this Post

A Royal Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Palliser

Afternoon tea is a deliciously decadent way to spend your midday. It’s a truly tasty afternoon treat to experience the finger sandwiches, the scones, and the desserts paired with a quality loose leaf tea. The Fairmont Palliser is home to one of the most popular high teas in the city and has introduced a View this Post