I have lived in Edmonton all my life and every year I hear about The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree and year after year, I never go. Well that is all about to change because this year I will be able to attend on opening night! I was completely clueless about what The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree was all about – I just assumed that it was a choral concert where people sing while standing on a gigantic tree. Wow, was I ever wrong (this is a pretty much going to be a theme for this post) – The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation is an amazing organization that works to support the Edmonton community in many different ways. For example, this year, The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation made $50,000 donations to the Edmonton Food Bank and Santa’s Anonymous and also donated musical instruments to three elementary schools. The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation wants to bring Christmas all year round to children in need through gifts, food, and music education, which I think is an incredible mission.
With November coming to an end, I find my holiday season starting to ramp up with events and all sorts of craziness, but I love December anyways because of this super amazing energy that everyone has as they start getting ready for the holidays. While I would advocate for giving of time and yourself throughout the entire year, I know a lot of people (including myself) need that nudge the holidays provide to remember to give and be kind to others. And on that note, I would like to share with y’all an initiative coming from Edo Japan.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Edo Japan, you can generally find them preparing Japanese Teppan-style cooking in food courts and suburban shopping centres. Edo Japan was a staple of my university days and I haven’t had it in years but when I think back to the late nights at school, those memories are filled with Edo Japan noodles (and lots of sauce) and finance textbooks…
What Edo Japan is doing is sending Edo Japan Elves out and about in the Edmonton area to provide random acts of kindness between Nov 28 – Dec 21. The Edo Japan Elves will be surprising Edmontonians by performing good deeds all around the city in hopes of making the holidays a little brighter!
Let’s continue with the topbox reviews and talk about October and November shall we? I actually paid and upgraded my regular topbox for the Cosmetics topbox and I am so glad I did. This probably ranks as one of my favorite boxes over the last year.
It’s a been a while since my last topbox review, but I have finally gotten all my boxes organized and photographed! So let’s get this topbox review started with the summer boxes.
July was another prive box for me because I like control and knowing what I am getting every month is so tempting that I almost always pick one of the prive boxes over the regular (surprise) topboxes. July was the KMS box filled with hair products.
Wow. Time really does fly by when you’re having fun… but I am kind of back on the blogging wagon (or at least trying to get back on). So let’s talk about the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival! As you may remember, I went for the first time last year (and hosted a giveaway back then too) and while I never got around to posting a review of the festival, I will say I had a fabulous time and pretty much ate my way through the event (I think I had to be rolled home?!).
The Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival is back for the 12th year! How did I not know about this from years 1-10 – I blame the poor student budget for keeping away me from wine and food. Anyways, the Festival is back next weekend in the Shaw Conference Centre and I have a pair of tickets to give away to one of my awesome readers (despite a lack of reading material lately).