Friday, November 28, 2008
Today, the day after American Thanksgiving is traditionally known as 'Black Friday'. It signals the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. Stores in the States typically open in the early hours to allow for the crazy crush of shopping shenanigans to get a head start.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A modern day gem of a Christmas movie is about as hard to come by as an Elmo doll on Black Friday. Seriously, just give it a think for a moment. In the last few years we've had 'Elf', 'Love Actually' and um, that's it really! We'd have to step back into the 80s to pick up 'One Magic Christmas', 'Christmas Vacation', and...not much else. See! A good holiday movie is a dime a dozen (and don't get me started on the dreadful 'The Holiday'. Kate Winslet should be ashamed!).
The humble Girl Guide cookie. An institution. You don't mess with institutions - unless you live in Canada. When I heard that the Guides were tampering with their recipe for the famous sandwich cookies, I got nervous. But perhaps I don't have to worry -- the Guides, always caring, always helpful -- are busy sifting & measuring ingredients (or, more like Dare Cookies are doing the dirty work) to make a cookie with 90% less trans fats.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Internet shopping with all its ease & simplicity is a joy we take for granted but its in-home shopping predecessor, the catalog, is still alive & kicking, and racking up salesl!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
When you're a striking, blonde Victoria's Secret model, it's not unusual to leave the fashion world a buzz after your latest catwalk strut, or photo shoot frolic. But for Czech beauty, Karolina Kurkova this past weekend's Miami Victoria's Secret fashion shoot had people pointing for a whole different reason.
Post-it notes. Yep, they're pretty much a necessary for office life but also pretty boring! Luckily you have me to make office supplies fun! Yeah, I'm a big office supply geek -- so sue me!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It's raining, it's pouring and Stoke is in mourning!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Do you often sprint out the door leaving behind your iPod, subway tokens...maybe even your keys?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
If it wasn't bad enough that it's a dreary, wet November afternoon gloomily slipping into the dark ages of yet another winter...comes the news that the guilty pleasure that is 'Lipstick Jungle' has been cancelled by the brain trust at NBC. For shame! We need more female based television shows, not less! If only the peacock network gave shows a chance to find their audience like the plucky CW does. Not happy. Still hoping for a last minute stay from execution. NBC hasn't issued their official press release but if rumours are swirling, alas...it's probably a done deal.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I may be an adult, but toys like these food minis, send me right back to Grade 3! Teeny tiny plastic food items, ten different sets in all. You bet your Malibu Barbie, I want them all! No broccoli, no salads, just all the FUN stuff, like ice cream, fresh baked cookies & cupcakes, apple pie and donuts! They even offer s'mores and fair ground junk like cotton candy! Wahey!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sad afternoon. Owen Hargreaves, my favourite footie player, is officially done for the season, and will not be back in the Manchester United squad until next year.
Gossip Girl's Blake Lively brightens up the latest cover of 'W' magazine. I'm so relieved that the previous issue with the Angelina Jolie cover is now GONE from the newstand. Blake's fresh, vibrant...and lives up to her surname! The photo, however, is not the most attractive shot of Blake. She's a pretty girl, but looks hard here. Hmmm, what do I know? Guess that's why I'm not a highly paid photo editor. Read more here.
With today being November 11, Remembrance Day in Canada, I'd like to take a moment to comment on the importance of the poppy, the symbol of remembrance.
No Price Too High
What does a poppy cost? Would you donate a twoonie or a quarter...or maybe even a five dollar bill?
November 11 is here. The days when you would be greeted by distinguished Veterans offering poppies in malls and in subway stations seem to be a relic of the past as many vets have passed away.
I am an Associate member of the Canadian Legion, having had several relatives involved in both world wars. In my 10 years of volunteering in the Legion's annual Poppy Campaign, I have been saddened to see donations are dwindling. Perhaps it's no longer sufficient to recognize that these brave individuals fought for our freedom. I've actually heard people scoff that they never purchase poppies...because in their minds they fund the drinking sessions of old war mongers - men who like to sit around and glorify wars & fighting. Such opinions are not only incorrect but cruel. It's surprising to think that the cost of freedom isn't enough to make folks donate. Perhaps if people knew that their money went towards, they'd be more eager to contribute:
~ assistance to needy ex-service personnel & their families
~ medical equipment for community health centres & hospitals
~ bursaries for students
~ programs for seniors such as Meals on Wheels
All of these good deeds are done with little to no press coverage or fanfare. Yes, the money does pay for an easier life for those folk who fought to keep Canada free, but also benefits all of us in the communities in which we live. Communities that would be quite different if certain sacrifices weren't made by these veterans.
What does a poppy cost? Truth be told, there is no cost associated with the Remembrance Day poppy. Ask a veteran and they'll tell you that the cost is up to the individual...as the cost of freedom cannot be measured. There is no price too high.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thanks to c9 for the tip!
Mr. Inchworm...he's cute. Soft. Not a real insect, therefore, I like him.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Never fear! The days of having a tea that's too milky, or a cuppa that's too strong are OVER!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The enigmatic Chuck Bass...er...Ed Westwick, actually, is the new eye candy in the upcoming K-Swiss campaign for their classic sneakers.
It's a good month for magazines. First Kate Winslet graces the cover of 'Vanity Fair', and now Kate Beckinsale, the other wonderful British Kate, shows off for the December UK 'Elle.'
Some people never tire of the vampire genre. It's a particularly endearing topic for teens with vampires being painted as dark, misunderstood, a bit...different. What teen hasn't felt that way too? Even when I was a teenager, I didn't care much for blood sucking deviants but for one exception: 'The Lost Boys.'
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I'm in awe! I just love this Union Jack coffee table. Everything is illuminated - literally!
Once was definitely not enough, and now Kim Cattrall agrees! Speaking with Spice Girl, Mel B on the Paul O'Grady talk show in Britain yesterday, Kim confirmed that yes, there will be a 'Sex and the City' movie sequel. Kim didn't uncover any further details but her declaration is fantastic news for SATC fans.
Sure, Hallowe'en just wrapped up, and Christmas is a mere 7 weeks or so in the distance but is there *any* chance that the holidays could arrive several weeks early? They'd have to if we have any hopes of devouring this bounty of chocolate joy from Cadbury's! MASSIVE!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Residents of Brighton in the UK were dumbfounded when this huge Lego Man washed ashore last week.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Fans of Serendipity, and their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate will love this ceramic cookie jar version of the icy treat! Quite clever...hiding your yummy cookies & biscuits within a replica of the iconic New York dessert. Subliminally speaking, you won't be able to devour just cookies after diving in for some bite-size morsels. Make sure to have your favourite ice cream on hand -- OR-- dish up the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and indulge! Each cookie jar arrives with several packets conveniently packed inside.