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Monday, 23 December 2013

10 Ways to Celebrate Your Family This Christmas

Sure, Christmas is about drinking Starbucks peppermint mochas, trimming the tree and opening presents. But the most important part of the season is spending time with people you love- chosen family or blood relatives. Cheesy, but true! Here are 10 ways to show your family you care:

1 Take your time and write a thoughtful, heartfelt message in each loved one's card. They will cherish that more than any store-bought gift, no matter how sought-after, sparkly or expensive.
2 Bake some cookies or a casserole and take it to your relatives' house.
3 Sing Christmas carols together.
4 Sit around and look at old family photo albums or watch home movies. Reminisce.
5 Take your guy to the movies and let him choose what you'll see. Don't roll your eyes if it's 90 minutes of ass-kicking, gun-wielding and ridiculous special effects. Even if you really, really want to.
6 Organize a movie night for the guys, complete with beer, snacks and action flicks.
7 For the ladies, a swap party or an at-home spa day.
8 Gather the fam around the TV and watch your favourite Christmas movies. White Christmas and Elf are always popular choices in our family.
9 Regift party. Got a silly white elephant gift at work? Did Secret Santa bring you something you don't like, but your loved ones might? Gather the girls, anything you'd each like to regift, and some light refreshments.
10 After opening presents on Christmas morning, sit in a circle and take turns sharing your favourite shared memories from the past year.

How will you show your family you care, this Christmas?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

You'll go wild for the Cleveland Zoo!

With a zoo this cool, there's no reason to stay inside-- even if it's cold out! Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is home to 3,000 exotic animals representing 600 species from 6 continents. On our first visit, we were barely able to see half of them!

With so much to see and do, it's lucky the zoo is such an affordable excursion; only $8.25 for adults and $5.25 for kids in the winter (add $4 in the summer). Visiting at this time of year means you save money, you're likely to beat the crowds, and you can catch events like Breakfast with Santa and Noon Year's Eve.

Learn more about the zoo here & check out the snapshots Becca took on our last visit to the Cleveland zoo:

What's your favourite animal?