Holiday Events 2014 in London {#LdnOnt}

Local Events Listing

Whoa the holidays came fast. So fast in fact that I have missed sharing some of the fun festivities taking place in the city. But you know the old saying; it’s better late than never!

 WINTER WONDERLAND AT VICTORIA PARK

  • When: Friday November 28, 2014 – January 1, 2015
  • Where: Victoria Park
  • Time:  5:30 pm to 11 pm (lights) 10 am – 10 pm (skating rink)
  • What: More than 75,000 lights decorating trees in the park, there are a variety of festive displays, and don’t forget Santa’s Mailbox for all those good little boys and girls who need to get their wish list to the North Pole. Victoria Park’s festive decorations and outdoor skating rink are a longstanding tradition in London’s celebration of the holiday season.
  • Cost: Free! Donations will be welcomed to help support 40 London agencies that offer support for vulnerable Londoners.
  • For More Information: Call 519-661-4500

BIRD’S EYE VIEW FROM CITY HALL

  • When: Starting December 17, 2014 to December 30, 2014 – various times:
    • December 17 to December 22 – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • December 23 – Closed
    • December 24 – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • December 25 & 26 – Closed
    • December 27 to 30 – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • December 31 & Jan 1 – Closed
  • Where: City Hall – 12th Floor Promenade Deck
  • What: Catch a bird’s eye view of the lights at Victoria Park.
  • For More Information: Call 519-661-4500

SHREK  THE MUSICAL

  • When: November 19, 2014  to January 3, 2015
  • Where: The Grand Theatre
  • Time:  Various performance times
  • What: Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is the heartwarmingly-upended fairy tale featuring a crusty but lovable ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his swamp. Together with a wise-cracking donkey, a defiant princess, a vertically challenged bad guy and a gang of storybook misfits, this unlikely hero discovers that real friendship and true love are not only found in fairy tales. Recommended for children 8+.
  • Cost: Various ticket prices
  • For More Information: www.grandtheatre.com

 BUDWEISER GARDENS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE SKATE

  • When: Sunday, December 21, 2014
  • Where: Budweiser Gardens – Enter via Gate 4
  • Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • What: Free skate where The Knights play! Children under 12 require a helmet.
  • Cost: Free! Toys and cash donations will be accepted at the door to help support the Children’s Aid Society.
  • For More Informationbudweisergardens.com

SNOWYBOOK VILLAGE

  • When: December 20 & 21, 2014
  • Were: Storybook Gardens
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus between 10 am  – 12 pm)
  • What: Make Snow Goo in the Elves Workshop, warm up at the outdoor campfire, and enjoy a skate on the beautiful outdoor skating trail.
  • Cost: Regular Storybook Gardens admission
  • For More Information: Visit storybook.london.ca

THE NUTCRACKER

  • When: December 21, 2014
  • Were: Centennial Hall
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • What: Highstreet Asset Management Presents: Canada’s Ballet Jӧrgen
  • Cost: Various tickets prices from $39 – $89
  • For More Information: Visit centennialhall.london.ca

Rockin New Years Eve

ROCKIN’ NEW YEARS EVE

  • When: December 31, 2012
  • Where: Victoria Park
  • Time: 5:00 pm to 12:00 am
    • 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm  – Family Skating
    • 6:00 pm  to 9:00 pm – hats, party favours, balloon creations
      5:00 pm to 12:00 am – Hot Chocolate and Coffee
      7:15 pm  to 7:45 pm  – My Perfect Princess Party (featuring Cinderella and Belle)
      8:00 pm – Cassandra Hodgins (TV coverage begins at 8:30 pm)
      9:00 pm – Children’s Fireworks
      9:15 pm – U-Turn
      10: 40 pm  – Spirit of the West
      MIDNIGHT – Fireworks
  • What: Ring in 2013 with skating, entertainment and fireworks!
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information: london.ca

NEW YEARS EVE HOOPLA

  • When: December 31, 2014
  • Where: Storybook Gardens
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • What: An outdoor New Year’s celebration event for families, that includes a campfire, outdoor skating, crafts, snack food, and a countdown to an early new year’s beginning at 8:30 pm.
  • Cost: Pre-Registration is required. $11 to $15. Children under 2 are free.
  • For More Information: Call 519-661-5575 to register or visit rec.london.ca (Use course code 261771)

Here’s to a happy a safe New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2015! From my family to your, happy holidays!

If you are aware of any other holiday themed events taking place in the city, please leave it in a comment below. Thanks!

 

City Mom

Marriage Monday: The Five Love Languages and How it Affected My Marriage

Marriage Monday

The way I view my marriage is the same way I view anything that matters to me; hard work pays off. A marriage is not something that you can neglect or expect to run itself. It takes dedication, constant care and attention.

With life being as busy as it is with children, careers, finances, extended family, friends…the list goes on, it is far too easy to take for granted the relationship that exists between the two individuals in a marriage.

Quite simply put, if you want something special and amazing, you have to work at it.

One of the ways my husband and I keep our marriage running smoothly is by attending communication counseling. At first we went regularly. Now, we go occasionally to keep things “tuned up” much like one keeps care of his/her car engine.

Through our training we have learned so much about our marriage, our unique traits and how they compliment and contrast each other’s. We have learned many strategies to keep the lines of communication open and perhaps most importantly, we’ve learned that most marital issues arise when there is a breakdown in communication.

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES

The Five Love Languages

One of the tools that was recommended to us was a book by Gary Chapman called The Five Love Languages. If there is one thing that you could do today to improve and/or strengthen your relationship it would be to read this book.

My husband and I bought the Audiobook version and listened to it while doing other tasks. We found this really helpful because it is hard to make time to sit down and read an entire book but listening while doing laundry or dishes etc. was really easy to do.

WHY I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK

My husband is one of the most hands-on Dads I know; he does so much around the house for both me and Little S. He keeps our household running smoothly, does the grocery shopping, laundry, housework; the list goes on and on.

I have always been so thankful for this fact and it even caused me to feel selfish and spoiled to ask for more. You see for me, while I was so appreciative of all he does, it did not translate to me as love. It was something that troubled me for quite some time as I was left feeling like I was missing something.

After reading The Five Love Languages, it all became clear; my primary love language is Words of Affirmation while my husband’s is Acts of Service. What does this mean? To best understand it you need to read the book in its entirety but I will summarize it for you today to give you a snapshot of why I think every couple should read this book.

Imagine if you spoke English and your partner spoke French and neither understood the other’s language. Can you picture how the communication could become misunderstood and even perhaps start to breakdown? Well, our love languages work in the same way. Without identifying your individual love language (and your partner doing the same) you can’t communicate to your full potential and your relationship could suffer.

Back to my example above: because my husband’s love language is Acts of Service, he believed that he was expressing his love for me through all the things he does to care for us. Each act was done with love and affection.

And while I appreciated each act he did, it just didn’t come across as “I love you”! For me, as a Words of Affirmation speaker, I would understand phrases such as “I love you because….” or “you make me feel…” etc. as signs of love and appreciation.

On the other hand, I can best show my love for my husband by surprising him and doing the grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon and letting him stay home and relax or do all the laundry before he gets home.

IDENTIFYING YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE

The Five Languages of Love is a really easy and enjoyable read as Dr. Chapman uses real-life examples of couples he has counselled. He shares stories of marriages that were on the brink of destruction that were reconciled because of love language identification and he shares stories of other couples who are just plain happier and more fulfilled in their relationship because their “love tank” is constantly full.

You will be able to easily identify your own love language and probably that of your spouse’s after reading this book. You are then given the tools needed to start speaking your partner’s language on a daily basis. It is not an overwhelming dump of information as each language is thoroughly explained in individual chapters with a list of 10 tips to make it easier to start speaking your spouse’s language.

You will discover that you and your spouse each have a primary love language in one of the following categories:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Acts of Service
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Physical Touch
  • Quality Time

Whether your marriage is doing really well or in a state of struggle, I highly recommend this book for every couple. My husband and I have had great success with the skills we learned from reading it.

I would also recommend this book to those who are single as going into a new relationship with the knowledge of your love language identified is invaluable. Dr. Chapman obviously agrees because he has created a version of this book for singles called The Five Love Languages Singles Edition.

I hope that you find this recommendation useful for your relationship and that you enjoy a greater bond because of it.

City Mom

Six Black Friday Deals at Indigo You Don’t Want to Miss!


Our Best Black Friday Sale Ever! 1000s of Items at Amazing Prices!

I buy at least 50% of my Christmas gifts at Indigo/Chapters. Why do I love it so much? Probably for the same reasons that you do; they have a fantastic selection of gift-type items for everyone on your list, shipping is easy and often free with a certain dollar amount and they are a Canadian-based company. What’s not to love?

Like our neighbours to the South, Canada widely recognizes Black Friday and Cyber Monday and Indigo has some great deals that will not only make your gift search easier, but cheaper too.

Below I have selected some of my favourite items from Indigo that are on sale for Black Friday and you can check back here on Monday where I will share the Cyber Monday deals.

SHOP THE DEALS

Indigo Black Friday Sale

  1. Monogram Mugs – Reg: $8 – $12 Sale: $6
  2. 50% Off Super Soft Scarves
  3. 10% Off Beats Mixr & Solo HD Drenched Headphones
    • On Sale: Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2014
    • Save: 10% off regular price
    • The world’s most famous headphone has been completely redesigned and reimagined. The new Beats Studio® is lighter, sexier, stronger, and more comfortable, with precision sound, Adaptive Noise Canceling, a 20-hour rechargeable battery, and RemoteTalk™.
    • The Solo 2 has arrived. Beats’ most popular headphone has been redesigned from the inside out. With updated and improved acoustics, the Solo 2 lets you feel your music with a wider range of sound and enhanced clarity.
    • David Guetta challenged Beats by Dr. Dre to create the perfect set of world-class ear cups.
    • Shop Beats Mixr & Solo HD Drenched Headphones
  4. 25% Off Regular Priced Toys
    • On Sale: Nov 28, 2014 Only
    • Save: 25% off regular price (excludes Lego & American Girl)
    • In-store and online
    • Shop Indigo Toys
  5. $20 Off Fitbit Flex – Reg: $99.95 Sale: $79.95
    • On Sale: Nov. 28, 2014
    • Save: $20
    • See how you’re stacking up against your daily goals 24 hours a day. It track steps, distance, calories burned, and monitors your sleep and wakes you with a silent alarm. Access your stats wirelessly with computers and select mobile devices.
    • Shop Fitbits
  6. iHome iW3 AirPlay Wireless Speaker – Reg: $199 Sale: $79
    • On Sale: Nov. 27 – Nov. 30, 2014
    • Save: $120
    • The iW3 is an AirPlay wireless speaker system that uses your Wi-Fi network to connect and control your iTunes library (Mac + PC) for wireless audio anywhere in the home with rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for portable placement.
    • Shop iHome iW3 AirPlay Wireless Speakers

Happy Shopping!

Note: Affiliate links are used in this post.

City Mom

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