BLOGMAS | Writing Our First Letter To Santa

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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On Nov. 23, I had my daughter write her very first letter to Santa. A little early yes, but I love getting to the holiday season early. I can’t wait to finally start decorating the house… and the TREE!!!

Canada Post has a program where kids write to Santa, and Santa writes back as long as a return address is included on the letter. They also provide you with templates for little kids to fill out if they don’t feel like making their own. I used their template because a big snow man is more fun to look at than a blank page. Atleast for my daughter. 🙂

I also love that none of the templates asks for toys or any sort of present at all from Santa. They’re more of telling him things about themselves like what they’re favourite colour is, favourite animal, what they like to do during the winter time, things they like to do with their friends.

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I can tell my daughter is excited. We have seen Arthur Christmas enough times so she has an idea of what writing to Santa is all about. So if your kids are writing a letter to Santa this year, make sure you send them in by Dec. 11 to get a letter from Santa himself.

 

** This post is NOT sponsored by Canada Post

 

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BLOGMAS | 3 Things I Miss About Christmas In The Philippines

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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I have not been one for Christmas since I moved here in Canada, and once in a while I miss it. Don’t get me wrong the holiday season here is amazing! There’s snow, Santa Clause activities, holiday movies every night. However, there are certain things I miss about spending Christmas in the Philippines that pop in my mind overtime the holiday season starts.

  • Spending the season with my family. I grew up with the tradition of meeting with my father’s side of the family every Christmas day. Sometimes the venue changes, sometimes it doesn’t. We don’t always attend though when the location is a bit of a drive. But when we do get together, it’s crazy. Presents everywhere, tons of food, little cousins running and playing around, aunts and uncles catching up with everyone, and there are games for the little kids (and the big kids too). It gets pretty chaotic throughout the day but what is Christmas without a bit of craziness?
  • The ham. It’s a bit weird, yes, but I can’t seem to find the perfect ham that mimics the taste of what we have back home. The closest thing I can find is bacon from work.
  • The carollers / going carolling. When I was old enough, my parents let me go carolling with my friends. We can’t stay out too long though so we’d hit up as many houses as we can. I remember bringing kiddie toy instruments with us, avoiding a house because so-and-so lives there, avoiding a street because they have far too many terrifying dogs. We’d have a bucket where we collect our money in, and by the end of the night we’d divide up all the change we got and come home with extra cash in our pockets.

There are other things I miss about spending the holidays in the Philippines. Hopefully I get to go home in the future so my kids can experience them.

Have you even missed a holiday celebration back home? What was the holidays like from where you live?

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BLOGMAS | VLOG: Santa Claus Parade

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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When my husband and I started dating, we went to the Santa Claus Parade regardless of not having any kids to take with us. Although, when I think about it I might have been pregnant at the time. The Santa Claus Parade, in my opinion, marks the beginning of the Christmas season here in Saskatoon because the parade itself is the “arrival” of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Since then, taking our little girl to the parade has been one of the little traditions we have. It’s letting her know that Santa’s here, and Christmas is coming.

Happy Holidays!

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PREGNANCY UPDATE: Week 28 – Current Pregnancy Favorites

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For my pregnancy update this time, I am bringing you my current pregnancy favourites.I never imagined I would end up having preferences on my second pregnancy because I din’t with my first. No, I am not including food items. I am currently at 28 weeks—hello 3rd trimester!—and in a few months I will hopefully be giving birth to healthy little baby girl.

Here are the things helping me throughout this pregnancy:

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  • Bella Band – I purchased this earlier on in my pregnancy when I was starting to feel uncomfortable with buttoning my jeans. These are great for when you’re too small yet for maternity pants, but too big for your jeans / current pants. I have now transitioned to yoga pants but once in a while I switch it up as I’m still able to fit my jeans.
  • Yoga pants – Maternity pants are expensive. Even maternity leggings are expensive especially if you’re only using them for 3 or 4 months. The next best thing? Yoga pants! I have three yoga pants: one I wear exclusively at work, the other two I wear everywhere else. The great thing about them is you can get them cheap. I bought one from Walmart which costed me about $20 CAD. The other two we got from Costco which didn’t cost very much a pair either.
  • Body Lotion / Body Butter – Oh the joys of having your 2nd and 3rd trimester during the fall and winter. That combination of dry skin and cold weather. I don’t remember having the need to constantly moisturize my belly during my first pregnancy. Then again, my first sat closer to my back. This time around though, the total opposite. She’s sitting more up front which meant I showed earlier and faster. I realized I needed to moisturize more when the area close to my belly button started itching. I never experienced any itchiness during my first pregnancy so I made sure I had enough cream to lather on my belly. I’m currently using The Body Shop’s Body Butters. I love how it melts like butter on your skin regardless of how thick it feels. It’s also especially moisturizing. I put it on after I shower in the afternoon / evening and my belly still feels wonderful the next day. These Body Butters comes in a variety of scents for you to choose from.

There you have it. Those are the items I am loving for my current pregnancy. What about you? What are the things, or products, you enjoyed (or enjoying) the most during your pregnancy?

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2017 Sephora VIB Sale Haul

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Twice a year, Sephora rolls out a sale for its Beauty Insider members. The discount amount depends on what your membership is. You don’t have to pay for membership as it all depends on how much money you spend altogether in a calendar year.

Because Sephora rarely do sales like these, I make sure to take this time to stock up on things I need, and purchase products I’ve been meaning to try.

I made two “trips” (one in-store, one online) this year because there was a certain item I needed which is out of stock online.

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