Dare To Dream w/ @Disney On Ice! #DisneyOnIce

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With Christmas being just around the corner, what better way to surprise that Disney fan in your life than an opportunity to Dare To Dream! My family and I have been enjoying Disney On Ice productions for as long as I can remember, but we are super excited to watch all of our favourite fairy tales come to life right before our very eyes.  

Hockey: When It's More Than Just A Sport #WeAllPlay

I grew up loving hockey.  I collected cards, played with the neighbourhood boys during the spring, summer, and fall.  I loved (and still love) hockey, but have yet to set foot on the ice with a stick and a puck.  I remember asking my parents to put me in a league for girls, but they always said it was too expensive.  I understood and took it at face value.  When my younger brother turned 10, he asked to be put in a league, and without hesitation money was found, equipment was purchased, and he was enrolled in less than a month.  I assumed that this meant I could ask again, and when I did, I was told "Hockey isn't for girls.  It's too rough, it's a boys sport."  I didn't understand.  They knew just how much I loved hockey, why couldn't they just let me play and decide for myself whether or not it was "too rough". Up until that point, I believed I could be and do anything I set my mind to, but my world changed that day.  I felt limited because I was a girl.  *Not cool mom and dad, not cool*  Time has passed, I've grown older and now am proud to have a daughter of my own.  She's a little diva who's willing to try anything, and both my wife and I encourage her to do whatever she wants.  Last year, after we attended her very first Leafs game, she told me that she wanted to give hockey a try.  I was overwhelmed with such joy and pride, and was taken by surprise as she's normally not into sports.  I wanted to do for her what my parents didn't do for me.  This was my way of somehow re-writing my past, by letting my daughter follow wherever her heart takes her.   Her skating may not have been perfect, her skill not refined, but there she was stick in hand, puck on the ice, and a huge smile upon her face.  I couldn't help but cry as I watched her live out both our dreams.  Things have changed over the years and now I sit with my mom and watch her cheer on my daughter with pride.

The Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival is an annual hockey festival set up by Canadian hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser. It draws teams from across Canada for seminars, workshops and a friendly tournament. This year, it takes place in Calgary Nov. 26-29, 2015. The festival is sold out for 2015 with 2,000 female players from 8-18 years old.  Learn more about it HERE!

Totally fan-momming over here knowing that I'll be tweeting along with Hayley and Meaghan.  Do you have any questions for them or just want to tell them how awesome they are?  Join the #WeAllPlay twitter party, where not only will you have the change to chat with these amazing athletes, but you might also win one of 10 $100 Canadian Tire gift cards (just in time for hockey season!)

Twitter Party Details:

Date: November 25th, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m. E
Hashtag: #WeAllPlay
Guests: @Wick_22 and @Mikkelson12
Join the Twubs page here.
Prizing: 10 x $100 @CanadianTire Gift Cards

Anyone can participate but only Canadians can win prizes, excluding those in the province of Quebec.

We Love Christmas, Let Me "TEAL" You All About It #MyCANVAS

As the days get shorter and the air gets crisp, I can't help but turn my thoughts to Christmas carols and stringing lights on our tree.  I don't know about you, but with our lives being so hectic, we usually find ourselves scrambling to get those last minute gifts and the cookies out of the oven before they burn!  This year, as it will be our first Christmas without both of our grandmothers, we've decided to focus on the most important things, spending quality time with the ones we love and savouring each moment.  Christmas without them will undoubtedly be rough and I'm sure there will be tears as we remember them and talk of Christmas' past,  but we'll be comforted knowing that they'll be around us.

We've taken advantage of the warmer than usual weather and brought all of our Christmas decor out of storage and immediately got started on decorating our porch.  For the last 12 years, somehow we've always waited until it was too late and had ended up decorating with blowing snow and negative temperatures surrounding us. Not this year!  We strung up our entire porch with green garland and then lined them with bright white lights.  It was when we went to turn on the lights at night that we discovered that some needed to be replaced!  A quick trip to Canadian Tire was definitely in order and off we went.

Now let me tell you that the moment we walked in, the three of us were in awe!  Right at the entrance there were beautifully decorated trees and fully blown-up lawn decorations on display.  I couldn't help but take pictures of them, they were so beautiful!  As we walked further into the store, the seasonal section had been overhauled and transformed into a Chrismtas decorator's dream.  Each aisle was tailored to a specific colour scheme, and what made it really impressive was that it all went together! I tend to find a way of mucking things up, so it was nice to see that they were thinking of me!

All of our current decor falls in the traditional Christmas colours of red and green, but once we walked into the teal aisle, I fell in love.  It looked so crisp, clean, and elegant.  After a very short discussion, we decided that this was definitely the year for change and that a new colour scheme would definitely brighten things up.  In less than 10 minutes, we were already in need of a second cart!  We got so caught up in all the excitement that we almost forgot the very thing that we had come in for, the outdoor white lights!  As we walked through the rest of the aisles, we picked up a few extras including Fir scented sticks to scatter through our artificial tree, Canvas Christmas crackers, and a new addition to our Christmas village. 

This year our little family of 3 will be hosting Christmas dinner, and it goes without saying that we are in need of more cutlery, dining and serving sets to create the most perfect place settings to host our loved ones.  We stepped into the dinnerware section and found such a wide variety to suit any colour palette and style.  We picked up a beautiful 16 piece Canvas Skyler dinnerware set for $99.99, which is now on sale for 50% off!  After seeing that most of the Canvas collection had gone on sale as of last Thursday, we added a stunning 40 piece Canvas Lattice dinnerware set to our collection for $79.99.  Luckily we were able to get this one at the sale price.  Add that to the 2 cutlery sets that we purchased, and we're all set for what this Christmas has to bring us, I think. ~I'm sure a trip or two to Canadian Tire might still be in the stars before the big day~

With all the decor and place settings being taken care of, all we can do now is wait patiently for our Elf-on-the-Shelf to arrive and start counting down the days until the one and only Santa Claus himself drops by for some milk and cookies.  

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town! #TOSanta #MyCANVAS

111th Toronto Santa Claus Parade!

This Sunday, there will be a warm feeling in the air, even though the forecast is calling for a brisk 10°C.  There will be children of all ages lining the streets, all huddled up waiting to get a peek at the big man himself, Jolly Ol' Santa Claus!

This year's parade includes more than 25 animated floats, 2000 costumed participants and 200 Celebrity Clowns! Check out the parade route to see where Santa will lead his friends so you can find a great spot to observe.

Rest assured that while all eyes will be on Santa himself, I'll be looking out for Mrs. Claus.  I hear she's got a few style tips for this holiday season.  She knows what's hot and what's cool!  She's teamed up with the good boys and girls over at Canadian Tire and will be decorating her float in the season's hottest, um I mean coolest trends and colours. 

You can check out the entire CANVAS Christmas Collection here!

For more information about the 111th Santa Claus Parade, visit their site.  Whether you're there in person or watching it from the comfort of your home like we'll be, be sure to tweet and instagram your experiences during the parade and follow along by using the hashtag #TOSanta.  You can also follow along their social media channels by clicking these links:

What floats do you look forward to seeing each year?  Let me know in the comments below :)

Disclosure: I am part of the Canadian Tire Santa Claus Parade and Christmas Crew and as such receive perks for my participation. As always the opinions are my own