Last Minute Gift Ideas That Aren’t “Things”

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We’ve got too much “stuff” and I’ll bet most of us don’t have our holiday shopping done yet. So… in the spirit of minimalism, efficiency, and in an effort to save us all from clutter and trash (while still supporting the economy), here’s my list of gift ideas that don’t involve shipping, wrapping, or waste of any kind!

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My Big Fat Canadian Holiday {2.0}

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This past Christmas was our third holiday spent in Canada w/ my man-friend and his boys. This time, Tango got to join us and we once again had a very Canadian holiday…  [Read more…]

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Christmas Decorating for a Tiny Rental

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Getting creative for the holidays, especially in a tiny rental, can be tricky.

I wanted to mix things up without spending a lot of money, and without putting holes in my walls…
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Live Tweeting A Canadian Neighborhood Hockey Game…

I’m in Canada for the week visiting my man-friend before our new year travel schedules start getting crazy. It’s been a very Canadian trip so far… but one of the things that was truly local was the New Year’s Day neighborhood hockey game. A few of my man-friend’s buddies organized a game and people just kept showing up with their hockey sticks and skates (like it’s a normal thing) and joined in the game. Even though it killed me to just sit and watch, and not participate – I didn’t have skates and hadn’t ice skated in about 15 years – I opted to take photos (instead of breaking my face open on the ice).  Naturally, a live-tweet began:
 
Apparently, this is how you choose teams:
everybody throws their stick into a pile, somebody goes in
and chucks the sticks left and right forming two piles.
You go where your stick goes.
The puck was flying around like crazy and I was sitting about 10 feet away
with no protection. I kinda wanted to borrow one kid’s face mask…
 
I brought my new mittens. They were well received.
These people have been skating since they came out of the womb.
It was incredible. I was grateful that I decided to stay out of the way.
The good news is, we went yesterday morning so I could learn to skate
and now I can… not much different than roller skating,
just a heck of a lot slippery-er and hurts more when you fall.
 I’m ready for the next game!
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