Small Wonders Holiday Gift Round up + Giveaway Announcement

5.12.16 0 comments
The best holiday gifts are simple, and more importantly, useful. Before starting Small Wonders, we (as a family) celebrated few holidays. Now, I personally love to celebrate most holidays with my little group. Whatever the occasion, I always try to find gifts that celebrate, family, food, friendship, and fun. I think it's important to steer away from big and extravagant; sometimes small and meaningful is the way to go.

Here's our Gift Round Up/Wishlist for 2016 (friends & family take note) *wink*

A silly book to read with friends
Turkey Claus, by Wendi Silvano
Turkey is in trouble...again. He made it through Thanksgiving without becoming a turkey dinner, but now it's almost Christmas, and guess what's on the menu? Turkey decides the only thing to do is to ask Santa for help. He sets off for the North Pole, but getting in to see Santa on Christmas Eve isn't as easy as Turkey expected. It's going to take all his ideas- and his clever disguises- to find a way into Santa's house. After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise, and Santa has the perfect solution!

Take out Pizza
I'm dreaming of a nice quiet evening spent with family, over a pizza, or two. You? We all know the original pizza joints, but have you tried PZA Parlour? You must try their take out pizzas!

A Photo session with Chloe
Chloe Qho? Chloe Buie, of course! Okay, this has been on MY wish-list since the beginning of the year (hope my family is reading this). Holidays, birthdays, weddings - you name it, Chloe does it. Chloe is an amazing photographer, who is inspired by each family or individual that she connects with. I love her spirit.

Something for the tree
Have you seen Kathy Lycka's whimisical ornaments? She even has a Star Wars collection this season.
I have already purchased one for a friend, and it is very beautiful. If you are not down for ornaments, Kathy has a shop full of fun whimsical cards, jewelry, and prints. Take a look!

Sweet Treats (that everyone can eat)
I was lucky to stumble, virtually that is upon Sarah & Vanessa's Instagram page while searching for gluten-free in Calgary. These ladies are the force behind Baked from the Heart Calgary. They have a nice gluten-free and vegan menu that is literally sweetness. The only question is, how to choose from their yummy treats, and how much weight am I likely to put on, now that I can actually indulge in cupcake goodness, any day, anytime.

Christmas Cheer!
My family and I do not celebrate Christmas, but it doesn't mean that we shutter ourselves in all holiday season...why would we? We still like to get out and see the beauty of the city.
Until December 18th, between 9:30 am - 4:00pm, you can take a step back into true holiday enchantment  at Heritage Park. Families can enjoy wagon ride, singing carols or visiting jolly old Saint Nick himself. 

Other special activities include:
  • Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
  • Snow Painting (weather dependant)
  • Santa's Christmas Critters Petting Zoo
  • Christmas Train Display
  • Live Christmas Play in the Canmore Opera House
  • Children's Crafts
  • A 'Kids Only' store
  • Wagon Rides (weather dependant)
  • Christmas Carols
  • Vintage photo parlour
 Check the website for rates & other information.

 Socialize - FREE EVENT

Working with Studio C this year had to be the highlight for the little ones. I cannot say enough good things about the studio, their work, and the experience that we had in our art session, as well as our Art & Brunch. If you have no idea who they are or what they do, here's your chance to find out!

Small Wonders Giveaway

 Now, on to our giveaway announcement. Small Wonders has teamed up with a few local companies for the Oh, the Places you will Go Giveaway! I won't give too much details, but I can guarantee, that if you win this contest, you will enjoy getting out and about with your family and friends. 

The contest begins on Friday December 9th, and is open to Alberta residents. So please check back...

Weekending December 2 (2016)

4.12.16 0 comments
Our week in pictures...

1/ sparkly tree craft
2/ story time
3/ pumpkin soup (topped w/ shredded kale)
4/ crafting & apple pie
5/ baking...pumpkin cake topped w/ shredded coconut
6/ after circle time
7/ cooperation & sharing
8/ crafting
9/ cooking...loose parts
10/ the dinos go marchin' one by one
11/ loose parts 2

Have a great week everyone!

Gift-Giving Event- Week 3: Mobile Massage Therapy with RMT for *Small Wonders Familiies*

29.11.16 4 comments
Firstly, I would like to apologize for the late post. We have been under the weather. 
I must say that I was tempted to enter my name into this week's draw because I so need a relaxing massage. However, this is for the families, and I hope that  it will be useful for the winner.
So, without further adieu, let's get on to this week's draw.  
This week's draw is all about relaxation and de-stressing; something every parent needs, especially around this time of the year. I have partnered with Shannon Huisman, a lovely human-being, and one of Small Wonders' mommies for this give-away.

About Shannon Huisman
Shannon is a wife and mom of a 3 year old daughter. She has been a massage therapist for the past 5 years. She works at the Holistic Institute of Health & Fertility in Calgary, Alberta; specializing in prenatal, fertility, relaxation, Swedish, sports, and post natal massage.
Shannon is passionate about her work, and continues to build her strengths and broaden her expertise wherever the training takes her. Last year, she spent a lovely time in the United States, upgrading her skills.

When asked what she loves most about her work, Shannon says there are many that she cannot choose just one. From what I know of Shannon personally, she is very well-rounded, respectful and enthusiastic to help in any way that she can - whenever she can. Her clients are very lucky to have her.
This holiday season, Shannon Huisman RMT is generously offering a 60 minute relaxing mobile massage to one lucky winner.
This means 2 things: first, you will get a massage valued at $115 for FREE. Secondly, and this may be the best part, Shannon will come to you. No need to think about childcare. No need to hop in the car and drive through traffic- she will come to your door.  You can't really ask for more.
To enter this week's giveaway, please tell me why you need a massage (or who you will gift it to?) 
Comments will close at 12 am Mountain time on Sunday December 4th.
Winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced on December 23rd, at the holiday event.

Good luck! 

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