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All Creatures Big and Small…..

After such a significant amount of rainfall, now some warmth, we have the pesky mosquito to deal with.  Apparently they are important to our everyday. Thought this article may shed some light.  Got any great tips? We`d love to hear them.

http://insects.about.com/od/flies/f/what-good-are-mosquitoes.htm

 

 

We’ve Celebrated Mom…Now It’s Dad’s Turn

Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12, 2013 Menu

Deck the Halls – Part 5 Last Minute Gift Giving Guide

Tis the season for giving but this doesn’t mean that you need to break into a sweat just thinking about finding a spot in the mall parking lot, or that your charge card has been used so much that the magnetic stripe is wearing off! We told you we would take special care of you this Christmas and we won’t disappoint! And so, seeing that there are approximately 10 days until Christmas, it is time to address any last minute gifts and we have you covered. You may not even have to leave the comfort of your own home, and you may not have to dread your impending credit card bill! I know what you are thinking, “it’s a Christmas miracle!”

Follow our step by step guide to great gift giving and a stress free, ‘more pennies in the piggy bank’ start to 2013…

Step 1 – Get organized!!!

There is nothing worse than what I like to call ‘present panic’! You see people in the mall who have it; they are running around buying everything in sight regardless of price, or worse, if the recipient of said gifts will even enjoy them, which is the entire point of giving, to bring joy! Do us a favour, before you frantically hop in the car and circle the parking lot for at least 30mins, which puts you in a Scrooge frame of mind and not ideal for gift shopping, take 10 mins and do this one simple thing…..MAKE A LIST!!!

Make a list of who you have gifts for, who you have partial gifts for, who you have no gifts for and set a budget!!! Also, before you start running around like a madman, come up with some ideas for said gifts! Next, have a method to your madness, don’t zigzag across the mall, start at one end and pop into places as you go along. Better yet, bring a spouse, friend, someone who owes you a big favour (this is good one to cash it in on, we promise) and divide and conquer! But before you jump in your car and contemplate parking illegally after said 30 min parking spot search try the following…..

Step 2 – Shop online!

The past few years this has truly been Christmas’ gift to me! Honestly, pretty much every store that you are going to frequent at the mall will have a website which you can order from. And, if you have followed from Step 1 and organized yourself before hopping online, it will be that much easier! The great thing is that many websites will provide free shipping if you spend a certain dollar amount, talk about doing you a favour! Now, this doesn’t mean spend an extra $30 to save $5 on shipping but it does mean to see if there are a number of gifts that you can purchase from one place. Another bonus is that some online stores will gift wrap and ship your item to whomever it is you need to send it to!
A few of my go-to sites in the online department are:
Chapters Indigo – Trust me they are way more than just books, you will find all sorts of neat things for everyone on your list! Check for coupons and use your rewards club card if you have it, even more savings!
Amazon – Again, a great site that has a pretty good array of gift giving goodies. Check to see if your items qualify for free shipping!
Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic – Do yourself a favour and sign up for their emails, they usually send out some sort of sale/coupon almost every day between the three of them! Plus the shipping and handling are great; I recently purchased a number of items that came in a nice box to my door with pre-paid shipping stickers and a return sheet if I needed to send anything back. Double bonus!

Step 3 – Mall Shopping Tips (these can save your sanity)

1. Go early, preferably on a weekday – The malls are packed on the weekend, this isn’t news to anyone. If you can spare it take a day off, or even a half day, through the week and get it all done at once. It is kind of like ripping off a Band-Aid, the thought is painful but you are always happy when it is quickly over.
2. Leave your jacket in the car – About 5 mins in you will be too hot and then it is just another massive thing to carry.
3. Wear comfortable shoes -This is a marathon, not a sprint. Santa doesn’t care if you bought Lego in 5 inch stilettos or flip flops. Do yourself a favour and keep the barking dogs at bay!
4. Eat, Drink and Be Merry – Christmas shopping is like a sport, a marathon so to speak as mentioned in tip #3. Be sure to go well fed, nothing good will come of plummeting glucose levels, trust me from personal experience. Also, if you have room, bring a bottle of water and keep yourself hydrated. This may not seem like a concern but it will definitely help you throughout the day. Lastly, be merry. Who do you think is likely to get the last Angry Birds game, the person treating the sales associate with kindness or disrespect? Think of how you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes dealing with hundreds of last minutes shoppers every day and, tis the season!
5. Bring your own bags – Give a gift to Mother Nature this Christmas, less bags, packaging, etc., to cart to the dump on Dec. 26th. Not only is bringing your own bag good for the environment, some stores will donate the price of what a bag would have cost to a local charity!

Step 4 – Think before you buy

The holidays are the perfect time to share gifts and enjoy each other’s company, but before you do all of your holiday shopping take a minute to think of who you are buying for and what they would like. Gift giving doesn’t necessarily mean spending lots of money, or perhaps in some cases none at all. Below are some alternative ideas to ponder over before you bust out the ribbons and wrap…

1. A charitable donation (time, money, or items) – Many of us more blessed than most in the world, even in our city. Perhaps donating time with a friend or family member is something that might resonate with them. Or, perhaps directing the money you would have spent on them towards a donation of some sort would make them feel good as well as allow others to benefit. Maybe you might even want someone to do this for you instead of a traditional gift, help them out and let them know.
2. An experience – Is there something that you know someone has always wanted to do, why not make that the gift? Go cross country skiiing for an afternoon, hike in the mountains and take a picnic, take a cooking class, etc. Creating a memory is a gift that continues to give.
3. A homemade gift – Do you have a special talent that you can share with those you love? Are you an excellent cook, baker, mixed CD maker, master crafter, dog whisperer, photographer, etc.? Create a gift or give a coupon for your expertise and encourage the receiver to make plans to use it!

Step 5 – Solid stand-byes

Even with the best of intentions sometimes we are just stumped and time starts to run out. Not to worry, below is a short list of good go-to items that you can pick up in a flash and won’t break the bank.
1. A classic board game – For about $30 you can pick up Monopoly, Scrabble, Pictionary, the list goes on. Not only is it a gift that someone can keep and use for years, but in the techy world we live in sometimes it is nice to turn off the TV and spend a little family time the old fashioned way.
2. A magazine subscription – This is one of my personal favourites, it is the gift that gives all year long! Many magazine have very reasonable rates (approximately $15-$25 per year), so think of what that special someone likes and find a magazine that corresponds. This falls into something you can do online as well!
3. A household item – With the chilly winters out this way, warm up your loved ones with a variety of cold weather friendly gifts such as an iconic Hudson Bay fleece throw (approx $40), a great pine scented candle to light while watching some of the Christmas movies featured in our last few posts, a nice picture frame with a recent photo of you and your family or pets in it, a great olive oil and balsamic vinegar duo, etc., the possibilities are endless!
4. Gift cards – Although some may think this is a bit of cheat, I disagree. If you know that someone loves a restaurant, music, books, etc., then this is a great gift to give as they will get exactly what they want and will appreciate that you know what sort of things that they like. Also, gift cards are great for items that you know people may want to buy but are out of your price range. For example, your brother needs a new computer but it is out of your price range; get him a gift card to the electronics store that you know he is wanting to buy it from and add a nice note in your Christmas card to say that you wanted to help him get one step closer to bringing it home.

So there you have it, our Christmas gift giving survival kit! We hope that it helps you though the last few weeks of the holidays and allows you to have that warm fuzzy feeling inside when you are giving your gifts knowing that others will genuinely enjoy them. Best of luck and we will see you next week!

Happy holidays and enjoy the weekend!

Deck the Halls – Part 2

As promised, we have been “Decking The Halls” at The Crossing and now we have a few photos to prove it!  The team has been very busy, as you can see, and the entire place is looking and feeling magical!  Right from the moment you step out of your car, twinkle lights galore illuminate your path to the festive entrance way.  On the main floor of Remington House alone you will find three beautifully adorned Christmas trees which are just the tip of the festive iceberg!

The holidays are always a special time at The Crossing and this year we are very excited to be welcoming back our friend, and photographer, Tracy Connery this upcoming Tuesday!  Her keen eye and feel for the magic in the air will do the entire place justice and properly show off The Crossing in all of its’ holiday splendour (note the photos in this post are only teasers taken today with an iPhone and, although lovely, we know that Tracy’s will really show them up).

Over the next few weeks as we all make our naughty and nice lists, visit with friends and family, brave the local malls, trim the tree, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa, keep checking in with us on the blog, Facebook and Twitter as we continue to post recipes, gift ideas, favourite holiday songs, etc., everything to, “make the Yuletide gay, from now on your troubles will be far away,”…you see where we are going with this right?  So join us everyday to see what we have in store to make your holidays even brighter!

Early Season’s Greetings and a Happy Weekend!

 

Update from Us….

We would like to inform all that The Crossing was fine through the heavy rains.  We have a photo taken on Father’ Day 2013 which was a spectacular day and then we have a photo a little further back that was taken on Thursday afternoon when the rain slowed down for a minute.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our many friends and family that have been adversely affected by the Flood of 2013.

Have you made your reservation? We Have…..

Call today to reserve your spot at our table.  Call 403-932-3392.

It’s Mother’s Day this week and we officially want to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” to all our Mothers, young and younger!

This article taken from the following website: http://www.zenfamilyhabits.net/2010/01/dear-mom-thank-you/ maybe sums it up best:

WHAT I WOULD LIKE MY THANK-YOU NOTE TO LOOK LIKE

Dear Mom I’d like to Thank you:

  • for always being there.
  • for at least trying to understand where I’m coming from and for listening to me without judgment.
  • for allowing me to make mistakes and helping me deal with the consequences.
  • for teaching me to tell the truth even when the consequences may seem more than I can handle.
  • for teaching me to be kind, loving, generous and polite.
  • for teaching me to be respectful towards others while standing up for what I believe in and staying true to myself.
  • for teaching me to question things and to solve problems on my own.
  • for making me feel loved and showing me that the best gifts can not be bought.
  • for teaching me the value of money and the importance of budgeting.
  • for allowing me to be a kid, to explore, and to just have fun.
  • for showing me it’s okay to be wrong or not have all the answers. Nobody knows everything about everything.
  • for teaching me that happiness is a choice.
  • for showing me you’re not perfect and even the best make mistakes ;)

With Love Always,

Your child

 

Deck the Halls – Part 6 Comfort and Joy

We have a novel idea for the holidays….as you count down, slow down!

With all the hustle and bustle of the season it isn’t hard to get caught up and wound up, when really we should be doing the opposite.  We are going to keep this week’s entry short and sweet; take time to enjoy the magic of the season!  Forget about what ‘typically’ stresses you out and try to focus on the true meaning of this special time of year.  Just watch a child and it will brighten you from the inside out. With many of us having more than enough, help out someone who isn’t as fortunate and see how that makes you feel; all of a sudden traffic, over-staying relatives and last minute mall runs are something we are thankful for because it means we have places to go, people to see and the good fortune to be able to give gifts to one another.  Share this joy with others!

So put on the Christmas sweaters, pour an eggnog and sit back and enjoy all sights, sounds, smells, emotions. laughter and love that creates this very special time of year!

A very Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

 

Deck the Halls – Part 3

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer….Santa Claus is Coming to Town…Silent Night?

Miracle on 34th Street…It’s a Wonderful Life…The Grinch?

With so many songs and movies to get us in the holiday spirit we wanted to find out some of our team’s favourites and share them with you.  This week’s blog post is all about enjoying some time at home with friends and family, and curling up by the fire with your favourite tunes or dose of Christmas cheer on the silver screen.  We are happy to share our top picks with you, feel free to send yours to us on Twitter @TheCrossingGR!

The Crossing’s Top Christmas Song Picks:

3 votes – Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer
2 votes – Little Drummer Boy
2 votes – Silent Night
1 vote – Six White Boomers
1 vote – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
1 vote – O Holy Night

The Crossing’s Top Christmas Movie Picks:

2 votes – Miracle on 34th Street
2 votes – Elf
2 votes – The Grinch
2 votes – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
1 vote –  A Christmas Carol
1 vote –  It’s a Wonderful Life

Stay tuned next week as we bring you more holiday cheer.

Check out our mascot, isn’t she adorable!  We couldn’t get her in our holiday staff picture (coming soon) but she was too cute to not get a feature of her own!

Have a safe and happy weekend!  Get out and play in the snow!

 

Deck The Halls – Part 1

It is hard to believe that Christmas is less than 40 days away…yes, we just started the countdown, scary as that is!  The holidays will be upon us before we know it!  This upcoming week at The Crossing we’re getting our ‘decorate on’ and turning it into a beautifully cozy Christmas wonderland!  Over the next few weeks we will share pictures from around The Crossing showcasing all things ‘merry and bright’!

We realize that the holidays can sometimes be busy and leaving us feeling a little frazzled, so in addition to beautiful photographs we will be sharing some sure-fire ways to relax and really take in this special time of year with those near and dear to us.  From our favourite holiday songs to compile the perfect playlist, to no fuss entertaining recipes, we have you in mind as the countdown to Kris Kringle continues.

Trust us on our first holiday suggestion below, it may seem daunting at first but the payoff is worth it…

Holiday Homework Assignment #1

The first step is getting in the Christmas spirit, and what says Christmas more than lights?  So, head out to the garage and pull out that tangled ball of luminosity, aka Christmas lights!  Commence in spending the next half hour untangling it, then the next half hour replacing bulbs so that the entire strand lights up, and then proceed with caution hanging them indoors and out.  Then, go back inside and open a nice bottle of red, pour a glass, switch on the gas fireplace, and sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour;)  See, we told you it would be worth it!

We have your best holiday interests at heart, so stick with us and we promise not only to get you through the season, but to enjoy yourself while you are doing it.  The holidays are a time for giving and for being thankful.  We are so thankful to have you, our guests, friends, and family and look forward to giving you all that we can for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013!

Happy early holidays and enjoy the weekend!