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Back to Basics Travel Series – Should I Use a Travel Agent?

Back to Basics Travel Series – Should I Use a Travel Agent?

I was always taught to book my own trips, find my own way, and make my own path. When I was growing up, I also grew up under the assumption that any form of help costs money, which, when your planning a trip, is no incentive. I also thought: to be a real ‘traveller’, I need to be able to do this myself. I have since learned, being able to is not the same as having to. If it is…

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First Timers Snowshoeing Weekend

First Timers Snowshoeing Weekend

Wait. February is already halfway over!? I feel like we have been living in fast forward for months now. This weekend was the first time in a long while that Cal and I finally got to go and hang out together – and it was still all hustle and bustle! But we finally got to try out snowshoeing! With some minor mishaps of course. We spent Friday and Saturday searching for deals on equipment and getting geared up – each…

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Back to Basics Travel Series: Carry-On Essentials

Back to Basics Travel Series: Carry-On Essentials

This might be one of the topics I feel the most strongly about. Here’s the thing. I’ve been known to be a bit of a princess. Now, don’t get me wrong, for short periods I’m fine with hiking, climbing, sitting in the dirt and washing my face in a river, but I always need to know that my adventurous discomforts are temporarily exchanged for experience. I will also wear the best gear, bring my own pillow to sleep in the…

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What to look for in a pet sitter while you are travelling

What to look for in a pet sitter while you are travelling

As the Holidays are upon us, many of us are either looking to go home for the holidays, or escape the cold. Travelling often brings up one issue for pet owners: What do we do with Fido? Whenever possible, many pet owners choose to bring their pets with them, which is great, if it is possible! Sometimes, limited flights or hotels that allow pets, pets health concerns, or even convenience may inhibit the ease of travelling with your fur baby….

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German Christmas Traditions

German Christmas Traditions

This weekend I get to hang out with my mom for the day and help her at the German Cultural Center in Edmonton, Alberta, and ‘man a booth’ with her for this years’ Christmas Market, or – Christkindlmarkt. I LOVE Christmas. I love the values underlying Christmas, the time to spend with family, and celebrate a year passed with them. I love the twinkling lights, the delicious dinners, baked goods, chocolates, and drinks you don’t get any other time of…

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What’s the Chefs Plate?

What’s the Chefs Plate?

If you ask anyone that knows us, they will tell you that Calvin is the cook in our household. If you ever come over for dinner – make sure he’s cooking, or grab a burger on the way over. I have literally turned chicken noodle soup into chicken noodle casserole (apparently there is such thing as too many noodles, no matter how tiny!). When Calvin’s colleague recommended Blue Plate, we were intrigued. I’ve now been telling some of my friends…

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