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New Year's Eve In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 30, 2015 12:53

What a year 2015 has been! We at My Saskatoon are looking forward to all that 2016 will bring, and are excited to ring in the New Year! With so much happening in Saskatoon tomorrow night, there will not be a shortage of events to consider. With venues like Prairieland Park, Amigos and Capitol Music Club hosting NYE parties, there is defiantly something for everyone on the last night of 2015. Whether you are making it a night out around town, planning a party, or having a quiet night in, make sure you celebrate the coming of the New Year in some way. If you haven't made plans yet, here are a few ideas that leave your NYE unforgettable. 

 

 

 

House Party at Prairieland Park

If you are 19 and over and have $25.00 to spare, you can check out the party happening at Prairieland. You can expect to find happy hour pricing all night, music by Wonderland and DJ Anchor, a photo booth, party games and free "party swag". Don't forget free coat check! 

You can even get a ride home with the SAFE RIDE HOME program where $22.00 will get you home without having to wait in line for cabs! Sign up for it here.

                                      

                                          source: saskatoonnewyears.com

Host A Dinner Party

Bring those friends together in your home and have a cook out. Either set the menu around a certain theme or even try wine pairings, there are so many different ways to be creative. If your cooking Spanish, make sure you have Spanish wines to go with the theme. Try a fondue meal so that the dining experience will carry throughout the evening as it usually takes a couple hours. Here are some cool party game ideas.

                   

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Dine Out

Book your New Year's Eve dinner reservations at Leyda's Restaurant. With organic quality ingredients, live local music and a delicious five course meal for just $65.00, you can have a wonderful experience while ringing in the New Year. Check their Facebook page or website for the full menu or give them a call to reserve a spot at 306-244-0707. You can also book online here. 

 Kid-Friendly

The Saskatoon libraries also have Noon Year's Eve parties for children. Join the Cliff Wright Branch and the J.S Wood Branch for fun children activities and a countdown to 12pm.

Tobogganing 

With weather like this, you have to take advantage of Diefenbaker Park. Grab your closest friends/family, some hot chocolate in a mug and your fastest sled and make it an afternoon at the hill. 

         

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Plan A Safe Ride Home

Saskatoon Transit and SGI have partnered again this year to provide free bus service on New Year's Eve. Between the hours of 8pm-2:45am, customers can flag down a bus from the curb at any point along the route. 

 

 

 The My Saskatoon Team

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Shop Local For Boxing Week Deals

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 28, 2015 13:19

Now that Christmas is over and the family and food has gone away, take some time for yourself and do a little boxing week/month shopping. Here are some of My Saskatoon's favourite stores and their "after Christmas" deals.

 

Be sure to join 19th & Co. for their huge blow out sale on January 15th and 16th! Between the hours of 10am-4pm, 19th & Co. is offering the biggest sale they have ever had. So save your stocking money and take advantage of one of a kind, hand made jewellery for amazing prices! 

                               
                                

 

 Twisted Goods is having boxing week sales where you will find 30-50% off on select items. All knitted scarves, Matt & Nat bags and select signs are all 30% off. Now is the time to get ready for next year's holidays as all Christmas decor is 50% off. 

 

 

 

Until January 5th, Palliser Rooms is offering 20% off on sectionals! Hurry in for this boxing week special to get your dream couch that you have been waiting for. All you have to do is bring in your room dimensions and they will help you find the perfect sectional for your space! 

Don't forget the great deals on floor model discounts and warehouse clearance items as Palliser Rooms is getting ready for the New Year inventory!

 

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Boxing Day Sales At Palliser Rooms Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 22, 2015 12:02

                                                                                   

 

  We're celebrating Boxing Day at Palliser Rooms!!

From December 26th to January 5th, Palliser is holding a National Sectional Event and we are able to pass the savings from the manufacturer on to you! Choose from hundreds of configuration options in leather or fabric and save an additional 20% off. Just bring in your room dimensions and we'll help you figure out the perfect sectional for your space. See you on Boxing Day!

Our warehouse is getting ready for the New Year so now is the time to take advantage of great deals on warehouse clearance items and floor model discounts. Discover various "treasures" with products including dressers, dining chairs and tables, coffee and end tables as well as great buys on unique upholstered accent chairs.

 

 

 



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Safety Training Courses at Victory Safety Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 21, 2015 11:28

 

"Wow, it wasn't even boring!"

At Victory we here this all the time. Why should safety training be boring when at Victory we have a great crew of instructors of many different courses including Standard First Aid (Red Cross), H2S Alive (Enform), Ground Disturbance level 2 (Global Training Centre), OSSA Fall Protection (Fusion Safety Svs.), OSSA Confined space entry (Fusion Safety Svs.) and much more available regularly at our location in Saskatoon.

We can also accommodate your group on your schedule as well.

So why settle for anything less when you can come to Victory for some of the most highly recognized training courses in the industry at a reasonable rate in a fun friendly environment. All because "At Victory, YOUR SAFETY IS OUR BUSINESS."

 

 

 

 


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Fun Activities in Saskatoon This Weekend

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 18, 2015 10:52

 

Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink

Located beside the infamous Bessborough Hotel, the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink is a popular spot for locals and tourists. With music, fire and a warm spot to tie your skates, this skating rink is a favourite past time for young and old! You can even rent skates so there is no excuse not to enjoy the park this Christmas season. You can find more information about the skate park here.

 

 

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Cross-Country Skiing with CanoeSKi Discovery Co.

 Have you ever wanted to learn how to cross-country ski or simply rent the equipment and go? Check out CanoeSki Discovery company at the Kinsmen Park ski training track. Courses are approximately seven hours long of practical instruction so it is a great idea to make a afternoon out of it. What a great way for fun and exercise while you ski through the trees of Kinsmen Park. You can find more information about CanoeSki Discovery here. 

                   

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Fireside Singers

The Fireside Singers will be preforming at TCU Place this upcoming Saturday and Sunday evening. For over fourty years, the Fireside Singers have graced Saskatoon with their masterpiece of music and voice. Be sure to check them out this weekend! For more information on show times and prices, click here. 

source: tcutickets.ca

 

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Era Style Loft Holiday Gift Guide

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 17, 2015 12:07

 

From top left: Lionette Avish necklace, $218. Lionette Tribeca necklace, $218. Jennifer Zeuner Erin necklace w/ diamond, $220. Jennifer Zeuner Faith bracelet w/ diamond, $195. Jennifer Zeuner Madrid handchain, $235. Lionette Lika necklace, $158. Lionette Leo ear jackets, $198. Dannijo Annabelle necklace, $210. Lionette Lennon bracelet, $168. 

  

From top left: Anine Bing Lace Bra, $89. Jennifer Zeuner Wishbone necklace, $185. Lionette Lilu earrings, $110. Sincerely Jules Oui tee, $59. South Parade Mornings sweatshirt, $165. Rebecca Minkoff besties pouch, $55. 

 

From top left: Tribeca necklace, $218. Genesis necklace, $488. Tali necklace, $468. Santiago necklace,  $268.

Copenhagen earrings, $255. Colette earrings, $278. Byron Bay earrings, $438. Shiri, $228. 

Slash cuff, $358. Debussi bracelet, $445. Liv bracelet, $138. Gilmore bracelet, $358. 

Omer ear jackets, $328. Yonti ear jackets, $198. Leo ear jackets, $198. Chloe ear jackets, $228. 

 

From top left: Shane crew sequin sweater, $458. Raquel slip dress w/ modeled croc print, $398. Garner vest, $678. Adalyn blouse w/ modeled croc print, $398. Kadley mens inspired blazer, $664. 

 

 

 

From top left:
Necklaces: Fanny, $188. Avish, $218. Lika, $158. 
Earrings: Lilu, $110. Gali, $158. Bea, $138.
Bracelets: Assi, $135. Liv, $135. Shu, $138. 
 
                            
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Fashion For Your Windows at Braid Flooring & Window

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 15, 2015 15:22

Regardless of when you read this blog, it's safe to assume you're close to a home or office window in Saskatoon. Take a moment to look at the window and the blinds that currently exist in that space. 

Do the blinds control the light? Do they add style and fashion to the room?

Chances are you've never truly considered window coverings as part of your home's fashion. But they actually play a key role beyond the control of light and privacy in a room. The Hunter Douglas Alustra blind collection provides the best of functionality and style for your home.

Watch this short video for several before and after pictures showcasing the fashion these high quality blinds create.

 

To touch and feel this collection visit our showroom and experience the only Hunter Douglas Gallery in Saskatoon.

All of this and you still receive the top Hunter Douglas warranty in Saskatoon only available at Braid Flooring & Window Fashions.

 

 

 

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Glitter And Gold Christmas DIY

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 10, 2015 14:25
 Here are a few of our favourite Christmas DIY ideas! We are loving the glitter and gold this year and these easy and affordable crafts can make great gifts for the season.

 

Spray Paint a white coffee mug or wine glass with gold paint. A simple but thoughtful gift for your friend or sister! Add some of her favourite coffee beans in the cup for that extra touch.

 

 

source: Homemadecharlotte.com

 

Not only will this DIY craft keep your little ones busy, it will also be great oversized art for your home this Christmas. Spray paint popsicle sticks gold and hot glue them together in shapes of snowflakes.

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Your friends and family will appreciate this extra touch in your gift-giving this year when you make your own tags! The supplies include mod podge, a foam brush, glitter, twine, ink pads and alphabet stamps. You can use any type of material for the cards, although cork material could be very nice and durable!

 

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A perfect gift exchange idea! All you need is a clear bulb and letter stickers in any font you like. Fill the bulb with colourful glitter and tie a pretty bow on top. This DIY is easy and affordable and obviously very personal. 

 

 

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New Years Eve at Leyda's in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 9, 2015 14:46

 

Are you looking for a great night out this New Year's Eve? Join your friends at Leyda's for delicious food and live music! Check out what Leyda's is serving on New Year's Eve here.  Skip the wait in the lobby and book online, one of Leyda's newest feature!

 

Leyda's weekly food specials, focusing on whole foods, gluten and nut free foods.  

                  

 

Head to Leyda's Spotlight Profile for more information on the cafe, social media, hours and location.

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My Top 10 Favourite Family Christmas Traditions

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 7, 2015 11:12

Today's blog is brought to you by Laura Gawletz of Stretch Remarks. Laura is a mother of two and writes about being honest about parenting, healthy choices and home in her blogs!

Today we went and spent some time at my Auntie’s.  She was excited to share one of her favourite Christmas movies with us.  One of her family’s favourite traditions is getting together to watch holiday movies.  When I was a child I did not realize that all families had different ways of celebrating the holidays.  We moved around quite a bit and you would think my life would be so different from year to year.  However, my parents really had a way of practicing holiday traditions that glued the houses and our experiences together.  These are some examples of my favourite family Christmas Traditions, and how no matter where we were, our holidays were magical. I would love to follow, bring some of my husband’s family traditions and create some in my own family so that my children will feel as fond about the holidays as I do.

 

 

#10 Celebrating the Advent Season:
Durning Advent,  Mom would hide the Mary and Joseph of our nativity scene throughout the house.   They were on their travels before Christmas.  Jesus was never in the manger until Christmas morning. It was like our version of Elf on a Shelf, except they didn’t dive into the marshmallows or play with ribbons.  However, for my Advent’s at home I am thinking I might get Mary and Joseph to do some fun things each day and mix the two ideas.  Finding them was my favourite part of Advent.  My sisters and I did not get to keep a Chocolate Advent Calendar.  I only remember one year where I got one and I had to wait until after Christmas to eat all the little chocolates.  Imagine a child, opening the doors each day, and not getting to eat the tiniest little chocolate ever made.  No harm done, I turned out okay.  I do however, fondly remember the Advent wreath we kept and lit at home.  Every night before dinner, Mom would light the Advent wreath.  I know that this is a practice many families do at home.  Even if we didn’t get the tree up until later in the season, the wreath was on the table, getting us excited for the holiday!  It is a memory that highlighted the season for me, and so I will hope to carry on this tradition in preparation for Christmas.  I enjoyed getting to light the candles as I grew up.  During Advent, we donated.  We did not get many treats in December.  Looking back I realize it was to save and provide us with the best holiday my parents could.  Just like in Lent though, when we went grocery shopping in Advent, Mom would take any extra money that would maybe go towards a treat during the normal year and bought food for the food bank.  If we didn’t donate at the grocery store, we would get assigned a less fortunate family to buy presents for.  It was a tradition that showed us we did not need the treats.  We can do without a chocolate bar in the line up, when someone else gets to eat a meal or have a present to open.  We were always encouraged to give back year round.  We still are.

 

#9 Decorating the Tree as a Family:
Each year was the same.  Even though some years we had a real tree and some years we had an artificial tree – each year was the same.  Mom and Dad would set up the tree, get the branches to fall just right.  After some discussion, the tree was spun until just perfectly set.  Then the discussion was louder as the lights were strung.  Then it was all Mom as she hung the garland just right.  There was drooping red layers at the the bottom and more glittery strands towards the top.  Finally, that evening, one by one we were handed an ornament from Mom to put on the tree.  We enjoyed sharing stories and memories of each special ornament.  Dad would help hang the tall ones.  I liked that we shared this as a family every year.  The ornaments even had traditional spots on the tree.  It was predictable but cozy.  The tinsel was such a tedious job, but Mom liked making each strand look like an icicle dangling.  No clumps allowed!  I enjoy putting up the decorations with my husband and son, now sons.  My four year old loves decorating the house and the tree especially.  There are groups of ornaments all over the bottom of the tree.  This is totally fine with me because I love that he likes examining them for the whole season.

#8 Not Picking Names:
These days our families are growing.  Over time we have decided to switch off who we exchange gifts with.  We have changed from picking names to now doing just the nephews.  I’m okay with this, I really just need to see family and let the little ones open the gifts. However, growing up I enjoyed having all the siblings and parents give to one another.  I enjoyed picking little gifts for my older sisters, or drawing them pictures on their cards.  Mom and Dad encouraged us to give.  Finding or making small items for each other was fun.  I have a lot of memories of buying small gifts at craft fairs for my sisters.  I’m sure they were not the best presents but it was the spirit of giving that mattered.  I hope that my children grow up wanting to make or find things that they recognize would make other people happy.

#7 Keeping Presents Hidden:
In our home, presents were not under the tree prior to the morning of Christmas.  We all bought, or made gifts for each other, and hid them in our rooms.  Any gifts that was given to us from our extended family were kept hidden from us as well.  Then on Christmas Eve, my sisters and I would bring our family gifts and put them beside our stockings.  On Christmas morning, the surprise was a huge bunch of gifts under the tree organized by Santa himself!  It was wonderful to have a big surprise to stare at!  This made the morning wait time entertaining.  We could peek from an arms length to look at tags and wonder what was inside.  No touching, otherwise they would all turn to dust!  Sometimes there was measuring from a distance, if you’re my sister.

#6 Baking Day:
I mostly enjoyed the eating portion of the dough and baking, in general.  However I was always excited for the blasting of Christmas music on a warn out old cassette.  Baking day was fun.  I know now as an adult that it is a daunting  task and a whole lot of work.  Mom will probably also say, it wasn’t just one day.  In my head it was one gigantic day of bowls of dough in the fridge, trays spread out and flour on the counter.  Out of the left over dough, Mom would get us to make Dad his own jam danish.  I’m not sure it was a danish exactly.  Dough folded into a star with jam in the middle and baked with butter on top… In any case – none of us ever got to eat it.  I think that might be one of Dad’s favourite traditions.

#5 Carolling:
After working in retail you come to hate the last day before Christmas.  My retail scars are beginning to heal finally and I can look back at the fun years of the night before Christmas.  The tradition has evolved now a days.  We try to get together before the holidays with cousins and even after the new year to connect and share a meal.  While we were growing up, Christmas Eve was an event!  We would usually go to church, and then gather with family after.  There would be treats and snacks to share!  I loved the food. The best part of the night, and probably most debated/hated/missed is the carolling.  We did not go door to door.  We sat in a big circle and all read off lyric sheets.   Some people would say they did not… but everyone enjoyed it.  We each got to pick a carol and we would all have to join in singing.  The songs were owned by certain people and you would not dare say someone else’s before it was the correct turn.   There were different lyric sheets, so it would take a bunch of time for people to coordinate the correct pages and numbers.  Everyone knew the words but still we wasted time as people insisted on having the song in front of them. These days we do not often have time to get out the carol books, but it is something I’d like to make sure happens with my children on Christmas Eve at home.  How will our children learn the songs if they aren’t forced to sing them off key in a group?

#4  Stockings Only:
On Christmas morning, not before 7:30AM, we would wake up each sister one by one, depending on who was up first.  Slowly we’d creep into the dimly lit living room where just the tree’s lights were sparkling.  There under the tree, a bunch of never before seen presents would be laid out.  Of course, we’d shake our Mom and Dad awake begging them to come to where the stockings were stuffed with goodies for the morning!  The stockings were the only things we could open before brunch!  We couldn’t touch anything else orlegend said it would all turn to dust.  Only one year did we dare touch a tag.  We flipped it over in hopes of seeing who the art easel would be given to.  Why would Santa leave a present unwrapped, knowing that we couldn’t read who it was to?  It didn’t turn to dust to our surprise!  But we would have never tried again.  We had to occupy ourselves with whatever treasures were in the stockings.  Digging through the stocking was a tradition in itself.  First was the gifts (sometimes even wrapped).  This is different for my husband, and he only just started wrapping stocking gifts.  We would usually receive a game or puzzle item that would get us through the morning.  We would also usually receive a bunch of candy in a baggie to munch while opening presents or to scarf down while finishing stockings, right Dad?  There would maybe be an item to complete our Christmas outfit or hair clips.  In addition to the surprises we relied on the traditional gifts.  Every year, we would dig through and unwrap a new toothbrush!  Who doesn’t need a new toothbrush?  Man, Santa really knew what he was doing.  At the toe of the stocking would be one of the favourites.  At last, we would reach to the bottom of the sock an orange filled the toe.  Simple, not crazy or expensive.

#3 Brunch First:
Usually, we would have gone to church the night before, so Christmas morning brunch was the biggest hurdle to achieve before opening gifts.  A wonderful brunch of the Eve’s left overs and some bacon and eggs! Finally, Meat!  Of course it was delicious, but what were all thinking was how fast can we finish, get the dishes done and convince our Dad that he didn’t need a nap before gifts this year!  Every year after cleaning up the table Dad would insist that he was tired, he needed a nap!  Looking back I’m sure he did!  We learned later that often he and Mom were wrapping gifts all night on Christmas Eve!   When I was young I didn’t care how tired he was: I had waited all year for this; waited all morning for this…time to get started!  It was an even longer morning if we didn’t get to church the night before!  I guess the waiting made it more exciting to spend the whole afternoon together opening gifts.

#2 Opening Presents One by One:
On TV or in movies we often see Christmas morning as a mass chaos of ribbons, bows, paper and presents scattered around the room.  It seems as though everyone has a race to open presents!  I’m not sure how this is in real life.  If people do this I’d love to hear how it all goes down because that is the exact opposite of our opening presents tradition.  We would all get a spot in the room and one at a time our Dad would hand us a gift.  We all had to wait our turn.  Opening gifts would take all afternoon, but we enjoyed it!  We got to see and acknowledge each item, and see what everyone got!  It was fun, and I don’t think I could have it any other way. However, it would be interesting to see a random opening fest!

#1 Creating new traditions and reliving old ones with my children and nephews!     Seeing the holidays through a child’s eyes is a beautiful experience.  I like observing how breathtaking everything is for each child as they grow.  They are still surprised.  The holiday spirit is so genuine and contagious!  Every year I get more moved by how thrilled my son is and how magical the Christmas season is for him!  Kids keep the spirit of the season alive!

Now that I’ve grown up, I understand that families all have different traditions.  These rituals make the family unique and the holidays special.  It interests me where each tradition begins and how families keep these traditions going, or how they evolve.  Some people have every gift from Santa in the stockings, and not under the tree.  Some families open presents on Christmas Eve, or get a new pair of pajamas.  My sister’s family cut down their own Christmas tree each year.  Every year Santa brings my son a new Christmas book in his stocking.  I want to make sure I keep some traditions going and that my husband and I start some of our own.  Whatever the tradition, keep it up!  The memories and family experiences are the real spirit of the season.

 

 

 

   

                                 

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