December 2010

My Top 10 Highlights of 2010

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Tis the season to be jolly…and to reflect on the triumphs of the year.  What better a day to do so?

In no particular order I wanted to share some of my highlights of 2010…

  1. Moving from the suburbs to our condo in downtown London 
  2. Creating City Mom
  3. Finding London again and seeing it in a whole new light
  4. Meeting some amazing and inspirational women through the blogging world
  5. Finding Twitter and meeting new, amazing people
  6. Interviewing the (then) Mayor of London Anne Marie DeCicco-Best and (now current Mayor) Joe Fontana
  7. My trip to Virginia with my entire family (what a rare opportunity)
  8. Gaining an exciting volunteer opportunity to write for the company I work for
  9. Learning I am capable of so much more than I knew!
  10. Watching my daughter reach milestones, grow and flourish and become an even more amazing little girl

And imagine what is to come in 2011!?

To all my readers, thank you from the bottom of my heart for contributing to a great year!

Happy New Year and all the BEST in 2011!

City Mom

G Rated New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year 2011

 

 

Happy New Year 2011

Photo By: luigi diamanti

 

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?  

Does that sound familiar? 

That’s the first line of the traditional song (Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns) sung on New Year’s Eve.  And where will you be singing it?  

The answer depends on who you are, where you are and who you’ll be with. 

For us, we’ll be ringing in the New Year twice.  First we’ll be celebrating New Year’s At Noon at the London Children’s Museum.  Next up we’ll be having fun at the  Rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration at Victoria Park. 

New Year’s At Noon 

When:  Friday, December 31 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where:  London Regional Children’s Museum 21 Wharncliffe Rd. S. London.  Hit the site for a half price off admission coupon. 

What:  Enjoy lots of festive family fun including live music, cookie decorating, face painting, balloon animals, glitter fireworks, crafts and activities from around the world! 

Highlight:  The countdown to the balloon drop at noon! 

Victoria Park 

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve 

When:  Friday, December 31 starting at 5:00 p.m. ending after midnight fireworks 

Where:  Victoria Park 509 Clarence Street, London 

What:  Everything from skating to a princess party for the kids and live entertainment for the adults.  Check out the full listing of events here

Highlight:  Children’s Fireworks at 9:00 p.m. 

However you choose to celebrate this year, we hope it’s a good one and we wish you all the best in 2011.  Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve! 

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! 

Here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday and all the best in 2011!

Ho ho ho!

Photo by: jscreationzs

To My Friends

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Best Friends Forever

What I’m about to tell you is a memory that is so very clear in my mind. And even though the event took place about 15 years ago, it’s still quite vivid.

It was in my high school math class and it was out in one of those portables. I think it was grade 10 and I remember the teacher asked which of us had a best friend. Of course we all raised our hands. He went on to tell us that having even one person whom you could call your best friend was truly a blessing and that we should consider ourselves lucky.

Something about this stuck with me and I’ve always kept it at the forefront of my mind. I am very fortunate when it comes to my friendships. And as we’ve grown older together and life has become more serious, they’re even more important.

Best Friends Forever

We’ve reached the age where most of us are married and having kids. We’ve all stood up for each other at weddings. We’ve said the speeches and thrown the showers. We’ve celebrated the last nights of singlehood in style and we’ve attended the first birthday parties. We’ve nursed the breakups and the disappointments. We’ve truly been there for each other through thick and thin.

Best Friends Forever

Sure, life and geography have intruded but none of that seems to wear on the relationships. We go through our ups and downs but we always come out on top. A gathering that finds us all at the table is sure to be a laugh-fest. Add some wine to the mix and it’s going to be a night of hilarity.

But tonight we did something together that we haven’t done before. We came together to support one of our own through the loss of a parent. We’re too young to be doing this. It’s too soon and sadly I know it won’t be the last.

Best Friends Forever

Sometimes life gets tough and I spend too much time in fear of that. But tonight I felt a little more at peace because there we were, getting through it together.

If the saying is true that your friends are a true reflection of the type of person you are, then I must pat myself on the back and say I’m a damn good person!

To my friends: yesterday, today and tomorrow, you’ll always have a big piece of my heart!

Downtown London: Not Just a Great Place to Raise Kids

Downtown Wedding

Photography by The Last Forty Percent

Downtown London is a lot of things to a lot of people.  To me and my family its home.  To Marika and Scott Webb, its the setting in which they became husband and wife.

As the first ever couple to marry in the Central Library Rotary Reading Garden, Marika and Scott fell in love with the trendy downtown vibe that London has to offer years before their nuptials actually took place. 

A number of years before, Marika’s sister (who is a jewelry maker) held a show at The ARTS Project.  When Marika and Scott attended her show, they fell in love with the space. 

Come wedding planning time they knew they liked the feel of an art gallery for their reception but weren’t wild about the formality that a venue like Museum London would offer.  The ARTS Project seemed the perfect place. 

In planning for the ceremony, they wanted to ensure their forty-five guests did not have far to travel from ceremony to reception.  When the idea of the Central Library Rotary Reading Garden was suggested the couple was thrilled.  Yet they were soon to learn the cost was out of their price range.   It must have been Kismet because eleven months later they became husband and wife at that very location. 

Money didn’t magically appear for this couple; it was thanks to their caterer/planner Colin Foster from the Braywick Bistro/Wicked Catering.  Colin not only prepared the picturesque food for the affair but also managed to negotiate the price of the reading garden to make it affordable for Marika and Scott.

Colin is part of the London Downtown Business Association and did some networking to help get other downtown vendors on board with this urban espousal.  After all, the entire wedding, including their gift registration (which was at Kingsmills) was to be taking place in the downtown core. 

Downtown vendors responded to the call and to the unique event of the first entirely downtown wedding:

  • Hotel Metro provided a complimentary suite for the couple on their wedding night
  • Kingsmills and other vendors provided the couple with Downtown Bucks as a wedding gift
  • The Delta Armories provided brunch the following morning
  • Citi Plaza provided free parking to Marika and Scott’s guests and covered the cost of security
  • The Yew Tree Spa provided Marika with a manicure before the wedding

Marika and Scott credit the success of their wedding to Colin Foster and the other vendors from the downtown core. “They gave us their support which was the biggest thing.  They made it known that they wanted this to work out well.  They wanted it to be a successful downtown wedding and they helped us get past some of the obstacles.”

With the newlyweds spending their honeymoon in the city of New Orleans, Scott previously attending university in downtown Toronto and their downtown wedding, these two lovebirds have proven themselves true urbanites.  With possible future plans to raise children in the downtown core, we may just see them again in these parts.

 Now where is the best downtown venue to hold a baby shower?
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The Sweetest Christmas Gift Giveaway Winners

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Congratulations to Kat, Lindsay, Gingermommy and Mom2Michael, the winners of the Hallmark Recordable Storybook!

Thank you to everyone who entered.  Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways in 2011! 

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