Valentine’s Day as we know it is all about the romance: low-lit dinners in romantic restaurants, flowery poetry on greeting cards, smoochy couple photos all over your social media feeds. If you happen to be in a romantic relationship, it can be the most wonderful day of the year. But if you’re not, it can be the kind of day that makes you want to turn off your phone and stay in bed.
At the heart of it all (pun intended), it’s true that Valentine’s Day is all about the love. But it doesn’t just have to be romantic love. Valentine’s Day should be a day when no one feels left out. Everybody loves somebody sometime, so why not use V-Day to express your love and gratitude to all the people in our lives that make our hearts feel full?
Here are some ideas about how to say “My life is sweeter with you in it” to everyone in your life who deserves it. As we all know, the more love you give, the more you get back!
Family members never get tired of hearing “I’m glad we’re related” from their loved ones, so take some time to connect. A card or a phone call can mean a lot after the excitement of Christmas has worn off. If you’re looking to treat a family member, you can tug on your mom‘s heartstrings with a thoughtful custom photo gift, help your dad soup up his Man Cave with a new beverage fridge, and what grandma or aunt doesn’t love a little Almond Roca?
Your kids probably don’t have any problem knowing that you love them, but Valentine’s day is a fun holiday to really show how much you appreciate them in a special way, without all of the extra hoopla of other holidays. We love this tradition of writing one reason why you love your kid on a paper heart and sticking it to their door every day in February. And even though they might try to squirm away from the real thing, no kid can resist a big box of Hershey’s Kisses. Oh, and don’t forget the cards for their school class! London Drugs has a huge selection of cute and fun Valentine’s card kits.
Your pets don’t know what the heck Valentine’s day is, but that shouldn’t stop you from thanking your favourite furry friends for all of the unconditional love. Spoil Benji with this Totally Pooched Bolster Pet Bed for a cushy place to take a nap, and give Tiger the gift of not having a bath with Burt’s Bees Waterless Cat Shampoo.
Busy lives, work demands and family schedules can sometimes get in the way of keeping in touch with close friends, but good friendships can sustain the test of time. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to make sure your pals know that you’re thinking of them. To keep memories with friends close by when you have to be apart, a custom photo calendar can take them back every day to that hideous grad dress or that notorious weekend in Vegas.
Yes, you pay them, but these are the people in your life who save your skin on a daily basis. They work hard to make your life easier, and if you’ve ever worked in the service industry, you know that a little heartfelt thank-you is all it takes to brighten the worst of days. Why not show them how much you appreciate them with a surprise gift set?
We all know that self-care can be just as important as taking care of the other people in your life for a healthy balance, and a little pampering can go a long way. The Homedics Shiatsu Select Foot Massager will rejuvenate your tired feet with penetrating massage and soothing heat to melt away the tension of the day.
Treating your skin right is one of the best ways to show yourself a little love, and our Luxury Beauty Event will get you a $15 bonus with a minimum $75 purchase on select beauty brands.
Of course, romantic love should also be included in the Valentine’s Day celebrations, if that is a part of your life. Great romances don’t happen by accident, and we’ve heard from people with experience that you should treat your relationship like a job that you love: show up every day, do your best work, and don’t get lazy. Adding some spice can help get brownie points with your loved one, so set the mood right with some sensual aromatherapy scents, and a sexy surprise.
Most people know Valentine’s Day as a special day for lovers, but let’s take the opportunity to remember that it’s actually meant for everyone. It’s not just a day for passion; it’s a chance to lift the people around you out of cold, drab February and warm them with the sunshine of your gratitude and kindness.
The Dry by Jane Harper
Federal Agent Aaron Falk hasn’t been back to the place where he grew up in twenty years. Not since he and his father were run out of town.
Even when Falk gets word that his childhood best friend, Luke, is dead and his entire family murdered, Falk still isn’t planning on going back. But then he gets a note: Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral. And just like that, Falk is swept back into the secrets of teh place and people he left so long ago.
When Falk returns for the funeral amid the worst drought in a century, long-buried mysteries resurface, along with the lies that accompanied them. And Falk will discover anew what he’s known all along: sometimes you have to go back home in order to finally leave your past behind.
An exciting book that keeps you guessing. The story keeps you engaged and wanting to read more! – Review by Laura
Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these books as well. Post your comments and let us know. The Dry is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of February.
The Big Game airs this Sunday February 4 in the afternoon, and while the marquee matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the (heavily favoured) New England Patriots should offer an entertaining diversion, we all know what the true point of hosting a viewing party is all about–having a great time with friends and family. Here’s our guide to hosting a world-class Viewing Party.
We all know why people are really gathering together. For the FOOD! Here are four recipes that take classic sports food fare to the next level. Or, get creative and bring your own flavour to the party. Make the following recipes your own!
Chili is a true American classic, and you can follow this recipe from Betty Crocker, or make it your own by substituting veggie ground round, ground turkey, or extra beans in place of the ground beef. Chili is a great make ahead meal that let’s you put that slow cooker you got for Christmas to good use.
Chips, melty cheese, assorted toppings, mmmmmm. Nachos are another game-day classic. The Guide to Perfect Nachos from Bon Appétit is less a recipe, and more a do’s and don’ts list for making absolutely mouthwatering nachos.
Have you heard? Avocado sales rise around the time of the Big Game. Really! And we get it: guacamole is delicious, and any excuse to indulge is good by us. Here is a great method from Simply Recipes that looks divine. Don’t forget the tortilla chips!
The Big Game is as good an excuse as any to upgrade your TV. Get the coveted true black screen of an OLED model like this 65 inch OLED UHD HDR TV from Sony. One cool feature is that sound comes to you from the entire screen, meaning you get to be totally immersed in the viewing experience.
Don’t have a big TV budget right now? No problem! Check out this Samsung 50 inch LED/LCD Smart TV. It’s currently under $600, and a heck of a good deal! Your party goers will be impressed by the crisp picture.
Help your attendees feel like they are in the stadium with a state-of-the-art sound system that brings the experience to your living room. This LG 320W 2.1-ch Soundbar with Subwoofer is a sleek option.
Not everyone loves to watch sports. And that’s OK! To ensure that these folks still have fun at your party, plan some fun activities that will help them get invested in the game. A no-money, no-skill-required football pool is a great way to get everyone involved. Provide your guests with fun themed prizes that anyone can enjoy. Sports movies, amazing TV shows about football, or an actual football make great prizes.
Another option for a fun viewing party game is Football Bingo. You can find several good ones online, but we liked the version below and this one from Sunny Day Family. Print out the cards in advance and see who wins!
There you have it! Everything you need to host a great viewing party. We’d love to see how you are celebrating the day. Share your party pics with us online at Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Happy Footballing!
As Canadians, we’re no strangers to snow. LOTS of snow. We’ve even just learned that the most snow on the planet is set to fall on British Columbia this month. We may complain about it, but most of us actually love it. Fact: everything just looks more magical when it’s covered in snow. The feeling is hard to put into words, so let’s allow these gorgeous photos of snow from around the country do the talking for us. Here are 10 photos that prove Canada is totally a snowy wonderland.
Fernie, BC is one of the snowiest places in Canada, so it’s the perfect location for cat-skiing resort Island Lake Lodge. Their cottage is so cozy, it kind of makes us want to just forego the skiing and get snowed in–on purpose.
The East Coast certainly gets its share of snowfall too, and the already delightful vistas of Prince Edward Island get even more stunning with a fresh load of the cold stuff.
Snow sports are serious business in Whistler, and no one knows that better than this proud pooch.
If you’re lucky enough to catch the sunset in Canmore, AB, you’ll be treated to this stunning scene. (At 4:30 in the afternoon.)
Did you think we could just stop at one dog photo? We couldn’t resist this gorgeous husky pup, basking in her element.
We have two words for you: WINNIPEG. MANITOBA.
Hey Winnipeg, we’ll see your stop sign and raise you…this road.
Nova Scotia could give lessons on how to make the best of a snow storm. Hang on to your hat, little buddy!
All skiers know that first tracks in the powder are the holy grail of the season, and Lake Louise is the perfect place for a powder quest.
We doubt this majestic Alberta elk knows his photo is being taken, so we’ll just assume that he woke up like this.
With February quickly approaching, many of us may already be re-evaluating our enthusiastic New Year’s resolutions…
There’s nothing wrong with setting your goals high, but sometimes there needs to be a little bit of wiggle room to keep them within reach. Maybe you’re simply hoping to add more vegetables to your diet – or perhaps you’d just like to cut out that second cup of coffee every morning. Whatever your resolutions are, don’t be too hard on yourself – sometimes it’s good to indulge (in moderation, of course)! If you’d like to make some healthy changes to your food choices in 2018, we’ve assembled some of our favourite healthy(ish) recipes to motivate you.
For those of you who follow a grain-free or gluten-free lifestyle, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious savoury meals! These spinach crepes require only spinach, water, chickpea flour and seasoning – and can be paired with your favourite fillings.
[Find the recipe at Occasionally Eggs]
Three, all-natural ingredients and 10 minutes is all you need to prepare these sweet and crunchy coconut cashew bars. Eat them for breakfast or grab them for an on-the-go snack!
[Find the recipe at The Bewitchin Kitchen]
When you think of chili, the word “healthy” doesn’t usually come to mind. However, this recipe features well-rounded flavours like pineapple, chipotle, gochujang, pork and maple syrup that make for a sumptuous – and nutritious – meal.
[Find the recipe at Pups with Chopsticks]
For parents out there who struggle with convincing their kids to eat real food – we’ve found the perfect short cut! Dupe their favourite canned meal and make your own homemade noodle and tomato dish with a handful of simple, fresh ingredients.
[Find the recipe at My Kitchen Love]
It may not be a salad, but this “healthy” take on beef and pasta boxed meals swaps cauliflower – rich in Vitamins C, K and B6 – for noodles, and requires real ingredients. For those who are gluten-free, omit the flour, butter and milk in the roux and replace with a cup of heavy cream and extra cheese!
[Find the recipe at Food & Whine]
Stir-fry meals are a go-to for any household on a time crunch or a budget. Thankfully, you can adapt your stir-fry to whatever food restrictions or preferences you may have. Add chicken, turkey, shrimp, pork or beef and sprinkle with a splash of soy sauce.
[Find the recipe at Green Healthy Cooking]
Make your own natural version of the well-known, crowd-pleasing hazelnut butter – but without the excessive sugar and preservatives! Perfect for anyone with nut allergies, easily blend together sunflower seeds, coconut oil, dark chocolate and a little bit of icing sugar and salt for a delectable spread.
[Find the recipe at Spice and Sprout]
Sweet potato and kelp noodles are life savers whenever those following a gluten- and grain-free lifestyle are craving some pasta. Make this fresh duck ramen with rich broth, bok choy, avocado – and any of your favourite soup toppings!
[Find the recipe at Flash Fiction Kitchen]
Impress your friends and family while sticking to your nutrition resolutions at your next dinner party or celebration. Filled to the brim with aromatic spices, olive oil, chicken and red onion – your guests won’t even realize what they’re eating is so good for them!
[Find the recipe at i am a food blog]
The cabbage craze has taken off – and for good reason, as the vegetable comes packed with nutrients and is a great source of manganese and fiber. Make your own delicious cabbage soup with ingredients you may already have in your pantry, including canned tomatoes and a plethora of spices.
[Find the recipe at Eff Yeah Food]