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London

Christmas at the Historic Royal Palaces in London

Having recently become a member of the Historic Royal Palaces, I decided to visit three in London for their special Christmas events from 27 December 2015 – 3 January 2016: Kensington Palace, Tower of London, and Hampton Court (it’s in zone 6). Kensington Palace A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:52am …

London

Christmas in London

With one more week to go until Christmas, I’m sharing photos of the Christmas decorations and activities around London! #SevenDials’ #wreaths with #whiteroses. 🙂 #christmasdecorations #London #instalondon #igerslondon A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on Dec 6, 2015 at 4:52am PST The Royal Arcade – Est. 1879 #London #OldBondStreet #RoyalArcade #arcade #architecture #Victorian #christmasdecor #christmasdecorations …

Vancouver

Winter Food & Beverage Specials in Vancouver

Last year, I visited the top four coffee chain stores (Blenz, Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Waves) to try their Christmas/winter specials. Here’s a list of my favourites from each store!   Blenz (Vancouver only) In 2014, there were 3 different colour schemes for each size. Chai Eggnog Latte – Chai tea + Eggnog = creamy chai tea latte! Starbucks …

Lifestyle

How to Shop on Boxing Day

Boxing Day is just around the corner, filled with sales and LOTS of people. Some of you will go and find just what you want. Others will fail at every store and give up. I’ve had many a successful money-saving Boxing Day experiences so I’d like to share my strategy with you. 1. Make a …

Lifestyle

120th Anniversary of The Nutcracker Ballet

Ballet dancers and enthusiasts, My 300th post is dedicated to today’s 120th anniversary of The Nutcracker ballet, an annual Christmas favourite for people around the world. This is one of my favourite Tchaikovsky ballets, along with Swan Lake. My favourite part is the No 14 Pas de Deux. Something about the music just makes me …

Vancouver

The Benefits of having a Tangerine Account

As Christmas and other holidays are fast approaching, I would like to give you another little gift: a $50 bonus when you open a new Tangerine bank account! I’ve been saving with Tangerine since June 2012. Since then, I’ve lived financially stress-free. Why? NO bank fees to worry about I get to earn interest every …

Vancouver

Christmas in Vancouver

Update: I’ve compiled a list of Christmas events around Vancouver for December 2012. I have now pushed the past events to the bottom of the post. These do not include: the Lights of Hope by St Paul’s, the free Robson Square ice skating, charitable drives, or most craft fairs (see community list here). Thank you …

Lifestyle

Charity Spotlight: Operation Christmas Child

This Christmas, I’m not buying any presents for my friends or family. I’m not being selfish. Christmas isn’t about shopping or going broke or the absolute necessity of having to get something for someone. My friends and family will still get their Christmas cards, however. That is a part of me, through my writing, that …

Vancouver

‘Tis the Season for Sharing

We are PRIVILEGED to live in a First World Country. Maybe we’re not the richest and maybe we’re not the poorest. This Christmas, consider these two drives to help those less fortunate in Vancouver. The following information was taken from Miss 604‘s blog post and from Blanket BC. Share the Warmth – Lookout Society What …

Lifestyle

Christmas Shopping

There are 2 things you need to know about me: I LOVE Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year. I celebrate the TRUE meaning/origin of Christmas. I celebrate the time with family and friends. I HATE commercialised Christmas*. I HATE the wish lists (Oh you’re helping your family and friends pick something for you? Is …

Lifestyle

What happened to Christmas?

Every year there is less of Christmas around. The trees are bought, set up, and decorated with tinsel and ornaments. The presents are bought, wrapped and placed under the tree. The songs are playing, now quieter than usual, especially those traditional hymns of Christ’s birth. But the meaning is not there. I see greedy eyes …

Lifestyle

Happy Christmas! (Post in Icons)

“God bless us, everyone!” – Tiny Tim (The Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens) has always been my .  However, it’s become so commercialised that people have dismissed the fact that. ‘Tis the season to be jolly has turned to ‘Tis the season to be selfish.  This Christmas, the whole family’s not together, so we’re also …