An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital + Win a copy! #Ottawa2017

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Ottawa is anything but boring, and An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital is the proof. Produced by a group of about 30 millennials led by multimedia co. Wingd‘s Zainab Muse, the book highlights the people, places and organizations that make the city an exciting, diverse and Instagram-worthy place to visit and live. Take a peek at the book trailer and tell me you don’t want to see more. Continue reading “An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital + Win a copy! #Ottawa2017”

Flotation therapy: good for body and soul #isospa

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A long hike in the forest. A good laugh with a friend. A fresh mani-pedi. All things you might enjoy from time to time that are good for the soul. Today I want to introduce another soul-lifting treat: flotation therapy. Last week my friend Sophie and I met up at Ottawa’s ISÖ Spa for a complimentary hour in two of the spa’s four float tanks. You strip down to your birthday suit and step into a space-agey pod filled with 1,000 litres of body-temperature salt water. (Warning: there may be naked pictures of Sophie in this next section.)  Continue reading “Flotation therapy: good for body and soul #isospa”

First look: Shopping the Rideau Centre’s *ah-mazing* new expansion

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When a three-year, $360-million project finally wraps up, naturally you celebrate with champagne — and lots of it! Such was the case at last night’s preview of the Rideau Centre‘s *ah-mazing* new four-storey expansion (only the bubbly was blue). I went with my favourite shopping buddy, Carolyn from The Fashion Fix, and enjoyed pretty nibblies while we shopped some of the 21 new stores. Simons. H&M. Anthropologie. Massimo Dutti. A new Zara. All gorgeous spaces with merch that is be-yond and more that we didn’t get to because heels and concrete floors. Here’s some of the highlights.  Continue reading “First look: Shopping the Rideau Centre’s *ah-mazing* new expansion”

Five things from Ottawa’s new Simons

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We’ve still got one more sleep before it’s open for shopping, but in this special edition of five things I’m sharing five sneak peeks at Ottawa’s new two-storey, 100,000-square-foot Simons store. It’s the anchor of the Rideau Centre‘s 230,000-square-foot expansion and the thirteenth store for the Quebec retailer. Simons CEO, Peter Simons, hosted a media preview last night in advance of the grand opening. Let’s take a look!  Continue reading “Five things from Ottawa’s new Simons”

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Happy Monday, friends! What does the week have in store for you? Today is the start of my second week participating in two photo challenges that are pushing me to see things in a new way.

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The first challenge is a creative exercise from Staples Canada that asks you to celebrate summer by taking photos throughout the month of June that correspond to a daily theme. Last Wednesday’s theme (“prompt” might be a better word) was “Look up”. I laid under a neighbour’s lilac bush to take this one and took a good long sniff while I was down there. Heavenly!

 

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The second challenge is a daily contest running until the end August. Lay’s Canada is asking fans to share pictures of their sandwich/Lays chips combos for the chance to win one of three weekly prizes of $150 and a grand prize of — get this — $25,000 smackeroos! Winners are randomly selected so it’s not about the quality of the photo, but I’m always trying to improve my photography so I’m pushing myself to submit the best pictures that I can.

I don’t know what’s more challenging — the photography or coming up with three months’ worth of combos. Do you have any to suggest? So far I’ve submitted:

  • turkey, lettuce and tomato on a ciabatta bun with dill pickle chips (above)
  • grilled cheese on whole wheat with classic (Lay’s name for “regular”) chips
  • cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches with dill pickle chips
  • avocado and tomato on pumpernickel with classic chips
  • ham, cheese and tomato on a multigrain bun with classic chips
  • ham and cheese on a croissant with classic chips
  • tuna on a multigrain bagel with dill pickle chips

Please send me your ideas!

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One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon is to hop the O-train out to our nearest big-box centre to pick up a few groceries, see what’s new at Joe Fresh and the GAP factory store and poke around Chapters with a tea. I often bring my tablet so I can sit at Starbucks and surf the Interwebs or work on a blog post. The smell of the coffee and the ambient noise puts me in my happy place.

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Last week I had a coupon for 30% off one item at Chapters, so I finally bought this print I’ve been eyeing for ages. Hello, gorgeous! It’ll be the first piece for the gallery wall I’d like to build above the couch, but I’ll have to hang it somewhere else until we have some more art to fill up the space. Apart from drawings by the kids, we’ve got just one other piece of art I won in a contest.

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Ottawa has so many beautiful green spaces. Will you join me for a walk along this pretty path?