12 Charities For Christmas: Day 5 – Canadian Mental Health Association NL

Previous charities: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

If there’s a charity you’d like to add, please leave it in the comments!

Please share, and give if you can. If everyone gives just a little bit, we can make a surprising difference this Christmas.


Given the recent loss of Victoria Best from the music, mental health, and charity community, day 5 seems like the right time to spotlight the Canadian Mental Health Association NL.

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12 Charities For Christmas: Day 4 – The Gathering Place

Previous charities: Day 1Day 2, Day 3

If there’s a charity you’d like to add, please leave it in the comments!

Please share, and give if you can. If everyone gives just a little bit, we can make a surprising difference this Christmas.


For day 4, we’re looking at The Gathering Place, a service centre that provides help to people who don’t have adequate social support.

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12 Charities For Christmas: Day 3 – St. John’s Status Of Women Council

Previous charities: Day 1, Day 2

If there’s a charity you’d like to add, please leave it in the comments!

Please share, and give if you can. If everyone gives just a little bit, we can make a surprising difference this Christmas.


Today’s charity is the St. John’s Status Of Women Council, a nonpartisan, feminist organization that aids the women of St. John’s!

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12 Charities For Christmas: Day 1 – Diaper Drop

We’ve all heard the saying: Christmas is a time of giving.

But it’s also a time of need for many, many people. After talking with Jennifer about causes we’ve given to and causes we wish we could give to, I decided that the least I can do is spread the word! So for the next 12 days, I’m going to share 12 charities that are in need this season.

If there’s a charity you would like to add, feel free to leave it in the comments!

If everyone who reads this gives just a little bit, we can make a surprising difference this Christmas season.

For day one of 12 Charities For Christmas, we’re looking at Christmas Diaper Drop by WaterWerks Communication.

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Why Paris’ Latin Quarter Is The Perfect Home Base


How do you maximize your time in a new city when your visit is short?

You need to be close to the sights. You need to be close to transportation. You need to be close to delicious food!

When I visited Paris, my mother and I were only there for 4 days. We knew we needed to make the most of our time.

So we stayed in the Latin Quarter.

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Locals I Love: Maggie Burton

One of my favourite locally-focused travel blogs is Girl In Florence. Georgette writes a great series on her blog titled “Locals I Love,” and it has inspired me to do the same for Newfoundland! There are so many wonderful people making Newfoundland a smarter, brighter, more creative place, and I plan to profile some of my favourites.

Starting with Maggie Burton.

Maggie is a creative powerhouse on the local arts scene. She co-founded the St. John’s New Music Collective, is a regular name in local publications such as Riddle Fence, and a regular face on the music scene both as a performer and accompanist to other local acts.

Locals I Love: Maggie Burton is a powerhouse on the local arts scene in St. John's, Newfoundland

This week, she is releasing her first poetry chapbook, Hands That Knew Heat, at Broken Books on Thursday at 7. So before you read her beautiful poetry, let’s get to know her!

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Top Scoff: Tavola

This post has been a long time coming. (Really, any post has been a long time coming. It’s been a while.)

I went to Tavola with Liam in November (November!) for our anniversary. I had been wanting to go for ages, and our anniversary was the perfect excuse to get down there.

Let me tell you – I was not disappointed! The wait was certainly worth it.

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Top Local Spots To Shop For Christmas (And All Year)

Okay, so

We all know it’s coming. Some of you are (like me) super excited and are already eyeing those tinsel-filled boxes. (If you haven’t pulled them out already.) Some of you are plugging your ears and chanting “fa-la-la-notlistening-la-la-la” because it’s still November. But whatever your feelings at this point in the year, it’s still coming.

Christmas.

And let’s be honest. You want to beat the rush. You want to know all the best gifts and where to get them. And best of all, you want to buy local.

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Delaying Hibernation: Things To Do In St. John’s In The Fall

Okay, so I know a lot of people are super pumped about fall. And I get it. Comfy sweaters, warm drinks, colourful leaves, Halloween. Lots of cool things. But for people like me, summer is when we come alive. I’m a hibernator. When the weather gets cool, I crawl under my coziest blanket(s) and the only people who can get me to leave it are the ones who literally pay me to. (Pfft. Jobs and stuff, amirite?)

The summer is when I come alive. It’s my time to shine. So when it ends, I’m sad and cranky, and a little cold.

But that’s not fair to fall. It really is a great time of year, especially if you can get past the icky weather.

So if you find yourself feeling like this in St. John’s over the next couple of months, here are some suggestions to get you out of that hibernation prep feeling.

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