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Contests with @lifeincalgary

Hi friends! This week I am running the @lifeincalgary Instagram account for a takeover! I’ll be sharing all my favourite things to see, eat and do around Calgary as well as some really amazing contests!

The @lifeincalgary Instagram account is from the folks over at the Calgary Economic Development. Each week, they have a new person/business “takeover” the Instagram account to show their perspective on what Calgary means to them. I had so much fun doing this IG takeover last year that I jumped at View this Post

Find your escape at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Say hello to the beautiful Kananaskis Nordic Spa.

Like any girl, I love to get pampered at the spa. There’s nothing like a little rest and relaxation to help you wind down from the daily grind of life, family, kids, work and more. But you’ve probably never had a spa visit like the unique alpine experience now being offered at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa.

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, just 45 minutes west of Calgary, the Kananaskis Nordic Spa is earning some rave reviews and for good reason. Focussing on a mix of hydrotherapy and massage, the spa offers View this Post

Mastering good skin with the XO Treatment Room

Good skin at XO Treatment Room

This lovely illustration about Good Skin is by Jenessa Drebnisky. Check out her work @jenoodles.doodles

Aging is often seen as a negative part of getting older, but it doesn’t have to be.  One of the best ways to combat the effects of aging is to take care of our skin. Our skin holds our bodies together, provides an outer layer of protection from the elements and, most importantly, shows off the first signs of aging. At a recent Camp Hooha event (more on these events soon!), I learned all about the best ways to take care of my skin from View this Post

Get your workout on at CrushCamp

CrushCamp in Calgary on 17th Avenue SW

Welcome to CrushCamp, home of Canada’s first studio for the revolutionary SkillMill.

There’s a new workout in town and they want to help you crush it this year.  The fun and energetic Crush Camp  on 17th Ave is changing up the HIIT game with the introduction of group training on the very cool SkillMill equipment (located at the former Surf Set fitness shop). With a new year and new fitness goals on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to try out a new workout.

So what is a SkillMill exactly? Well, it looks like a treadmill, but it is View this Post

12 creative and unusual sushi combos at Goro & Gun

If you are a sushi lover like me, then you probably are a fan of a few different kinds of sushi rolls and nigiri. I always need to fill up on a spicy tuna roll, throw in some salmon sashimi and maybe a specialty dish or two like some unagi or a sushi cone. But never have I ever been so sushi spoiled than at Goro & Gun’s Omakase sushi experience.

Omakase is a dining experience where the chef chooses your dishes for you. And you’re in good hands at Goro & Gun with head chef Tomo Mitsuno who View this Post

A day of chocolate making at Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut

Making chocolates at Bernard Callebaut

A day of chocolate fun at Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut by Cococo.

What do you do if you have a love for chocolate and getting crafty? Make a bunch of the sweet treats at Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut of course! For #LoveYYC day, Tourism Calgary sent my sister, niece and I to the Cococo Chocolatiers-owned shop for a day of chocolate making fun.

The premier chocolaterie has been a staple in Calgary’s food scene for many years and I was so excited to go ‘behind-the-curtain’ to see how the chocolate process works. We were put right to work on a View this Post

Take a field trip to Granary Road

Granary Road sign

Welcome to Granary Road.

Calgary is home to some great family attractions from Heritage Park to the Calgary Zoo to Calaway Park. Now there’s another location to add to the list with Granary Road! This new attraction is offering a new way to do educational programming with a ton of retail and restaurant offerings as well. Granary Road is broken into two main features: the Active Learning Park and the Public Market.

Active Learning Park

Active Learning Park at Granary Road

The Arachnid Web exhibit at Granary Road.

The Active Learning Park takes learning and play to a whole new level. There is an admission View this Post

Spark Joy of Tidying with expert Helen Youn

 

Helen Youn KonMari tidying

Helen Youn teaches a workshop on the KonMari tidying methods.

Catch Helen Youn’s tidying presentations at the upcoming Calgary Fall Home Show on the Urban Barn Main Stage on Friday, September 22 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m.

  • Want to win a copy of Marie Kondo’s best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up plus four admission tickets to see Helen speak at the Calgary Fall Home Show? Head over to my Instagram to enter!

There are a lot of home and décor trends that come and go these days. But there is nothing View this Post

Find Fresh with Wild Tea Kombucha

Kombucha may be relatively new to the Calgary scene, but the ladies behind Wild Tea Kombucha are trusting that the health drink alterative is more than a fad. Emily Baadsvik and Brigette Freel have been working together since 2015 to perfect their Wild Tea Kombucha blends. In just those few short years, the brand can now be found in over 50 locations across Western Canada including big grocers like Sobeys and Save-on-Foods as well as niche and independent retailers and restaurants.

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Phil & Sebastian brings the neighborhood to life after hours

An art show takes place at the Phil & Sebastian in Mission. Photo via Phil & Sebastian Facebook page.

The coffee shop is the community hub that is always on-the-go, filled with laptop workers, moms and strollers, friends catching up, and meetings outside of the office. With a revolving door of patrons coming and going, the coffee shop keeps its buzz going long after the caffeine has been served. Local café Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters offers just this social nucleus with their many locations all over the city. While visiting the coffee shop is often seen as a daytime View this Post

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