Santa Schedule 2016

I love going to see Santa. Even before I had Daughter, my mom and I would go and see Santa together. It was a ridiculous but fun family tradition. Now of course, we go every year and use it as an opportunity to have a family photo. Here we are at St. Vital Centre last year:


Since Santa visits are an important part of holiday shopping, I thought I’d quickly post Santa’s schedule here in Winnipeg during the 2016 holiday season.

CF Polo Park: Santa arrived on November 20th and his hours are: Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sundays 10am – 5pm; Black Friday: November 25th 9am – 8pm; Late Night Shopping: Thursday December 22nd 10am – 8pm; Christmas Eve: Saturday December 24th 10am – 2pm. Find more information here. As a side note, Polo has given their Santa display a facelift and it looks awesome. Here’s my quick snap of it from the second floor by the elevator.


St. Vital Centre: Santa arrived on November 16th and his hours are November 21 to December 23: Monday – Saturday 9am – 8pm; Sunday  9am – 5pm except for Wednesday, November 23 – 11:30am – 8pm; Thursday, December 24 – 9am to 1pm. Find more information here.

Portage Place Shopping Centre: Santa arrived on Nov 19th but his schedule at this mall is erratic so be sure to check their calendar with his hours here.

Grant Park Shopping Centre: Santa arrives Nov 26th and his hours are: Monday – Friday 2 pm – 8pm; Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm; Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm; Dec 24th 12 pm – 4 pm. Find more information here.

Kildonan Place: Santa arrived Nov 18 and his hours are November 20-December 23: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm; Sundays 11:00-5:00pm; Christmas Eve 10:00am-3:00pm. Just FYI, KP was the only mall to specify that outside cameras were not allowed but I’m not sure how thrilled the other malls are about outside cameras. Find more information here. KP is also one of two malls that do Santa visits with pets. KP schedules these on Sunday evenings during the Christmas season. Click here to see the details and plan to go early, it’s a huge hit.

Garden City Shopping Centre: Santa arrived on November 19 and his hours are: Nov. 19 to Dec. 23, Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm; Sunday: 12pm – 2pm, 3pm-5pm; December 24, 12pm – 3pm. Garden City also does “Paws and Claus” pet pictures with Santa every Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6pm – 8pm starting November 22 and ending December 21. For more information click here.

Oak Hammock Marsh: November 26th, 12 pm – 3 pm. Bring your own cameras to get a shot with Santa and “take part in many fun activities including cooking bannock and sipping hot chocolate over an open fire, face painting, and making a Christmas craft.” There are also wagon rides available for $5 per person. Click here for more details.

Did I miss Santa somewhere? Please let me know in the comments. Happy Shopping!


EDIT: After publishing time, Fort Whyte posted their Santa visit schedule, Sunday, November 27 & December 4, 11 am – 3 pm. Note that there is a charge to see Santa of $7 per family. Check out more information here.

Totally Random Friday – Sept 4: Things we did in Winnipeg/Manitoba Round-up

Hard to believe it’s September already! Where did the time go? Instead of doing a regular TRF today, I thought I’d do a round up of all the activities we did around Winnipeg/Manitoba this summer. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice some of these are repeats.

Dirty Donkey:


Cally and I commuted on the Water Bus one day:

We spend a few days at South Beach hotel and Grand Beach:  

And a few days in Lac du Bonnet area: 

And spent time at Grandma Dee’s camper, both with and without cousins: 

Even though summer went by too fast, we have lots of great memories. How was your summer? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – July 24th

Hey folks! It’s been longer than I care to admit since I’ve posted a TRF, so let’s get right into it.

This summer has been lovely weather and we’ve been out enjoying it:

At the playground at the Fort Rouge Spray Pad


The Fort Rouge spray pad


At the Earl Grey Community Centre wading pool


At Auntie’s house


At the Corydon Community Centre splash pad


Did I mention they are free? For a full list of splash pads and wading pools, see the City of Winnipeg site here.

We also went out to Edmonton last weekend and visited Rebekah and her family.

I’ve been styling some new outfits:



Pants: H&M; white tank: Gap; and denim jacket with Birkenstocks (both so old I don’t remember where I bought them)


My new hat from Urban Waves in Osborne Village


Yellow dress: Out of the Blue; jacket: Hush in Osborne Village


And my wonderfully ugly Adidas jacket from Platos Closet

And ran in the 5K Foam Fest with my hubby and some friends:

I start summer vacation tomorrow and it can not come fast enough. Looking forward to two weeks of visiting family, playing in the pool in the front yard, going to the beach and generally just not going to work.

How’s your summer going? Happy Shopping!

Win tickets to The Best of Me Premiere in Winnipeg

Get your girls together for a fun Girls’ Night Out! I am SUPER EXCITED to be able to offer my first giveaway in conjunction with eOne Films. I have five double passes to the Winnipeg special advance screening of The Best of Me on Wednesday, October 15th at SilverCity St. Vital at 7 pm.

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Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

The film stars Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden and Liana Liberato. Click here to the see the trailer.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below. Contest closes on Sunday, October 12th at midnight and names will be drawn by random number generator on Monday, October 13th at 10 am.

The film opens everywhere October 17th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

October 13th UPDATE:

Used a random number generator today and the five winners are:

Amber Magus
Shirley Ramos
Martha Stoesz
Trysh Chipman
Florence Loewen

Thanks everyone who entered! Hope you ladies have an amazing time at the movies!

Totally Random Friday – Sept 5th

I had a comment made to me that my TRF’s weren’t actually random. They were getting kind of predictable. I explained that the only real randomness to the post was the fact that they didn’t have a theme and the items commented on (or shown) in the post didn’t have to connect to each other. I’m basically giving myself free reign to babble about whatever I want. Does that make sense to you? Or would you prefer TRFs to be completely random? I would appreciate your thoughts on this issue.

1. This week I went to check out the Simpsons’ collab at a MAC counter but they didn’t have it, so I will try to make it to my local MAC store in St. Vital Centre (which is actually not really that close to me and the only MAC store in the city) this weekend. But MAC also released MAC Look in a Box this week on the website that look pretty neat. They seem to be three different sets that include lipstick, lipglass, a small eyeshadow palette with three complimentary shadows and an eyeliner. They retail for $47.50 CDN.

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2. I bought some things from Joe Fresh on the weekend. They were having 25% off full-priced items on the website and you know what a cheap-skate bargain-hunter I am. That was too good to pass up. I posted some of the things that I bought in my post, How to Update Your Wardrobe for Fall.


3. Also Joe Fresh related is their collaboration with four fashion bloggers called Turn Color On that they released this week. It’s only on the US site but it’s still interesting to see the picks for each blogger. I also find the Joe website a little overwhelming sometimes to browse and I think this campaign highlights interesting pieces that you may otherwise overlook. I also keep meaning to check out the blogs of the featured bloggers but it’s been a little busy this week so I haven’t had a chance.

4. We are probably heading out to check out ManyFest this weekend. ManyFest is a block-party, street festival, farmers’ market, fun run/race and kids’ play area all rolled into one that is held right downtown on Broadway. Last year we took Cally and she was too little to really understand what it was all about but this year should be better (this is also the way I feel about her birthday, Halloween and Christmas). I’m looking forward to the Food Truck Wars,  and the Mini-Fest Kids’ Zone. I really wanted to do the Electric Donkey but it just didn’t work out. Oh well, maybe next year.

What are you up to this weekend? Enjoying the last bit of summer that is hanging around? I’d love to hear about it. Happy Shopping!

South Beach Casino and Resort Review

IMG_4450.JPGLast month was my third wedding anniversary and my husband and I always like to try new things on our anniversary. Our first anniversary, we went to 529 Wellington but last year I think we just went to a movie, nothing exciting. So this year we decided to visit the South Beach Casino and Resort on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Reserve on Hwy 59.

They have a great weekday room rate of $77 per night and we had heard great things about their Thursday Night Seafood Buffet. So then it was easy to pick which night we were gonna go. Thursday, it is!

So, the hotel is about an hour from Winnipeg and by the time we got ready after work and left, we didn’t arrive until about 8:30 and we were starving. We quickly checked into our hotel room, which was spacious and clean, and headed down to the restaurant for some food.


Now, I’m not sure what we were expecting but the place was packed! We eat dinner between 6 and 7 pm so eating at 8:30 is extremely foreign to us. The restaurant is split into two sections, one for people with children and another, adults-only section, which looks out onto the casino. Lucky for us, the groups of six and seven in front of us both had children with them so we were seated within 10 mins in the adults-only section.

We didn’t even bother looking at the menu, just headed for the buffet. It spanned one wall and included a salad bar, with a cold shrimp appetizer-type dish, mussels in a cream sauce, pollock fillets, bacon wrapped scallops, tuna tartare, scalloped potatoes, rice, shrimp stir-fry and several different types of cakes and a sundae bar. One sign advertised stuffed crab legs but I didn’t see any. So Doug and I filled up our plates and came back to the table where a lovely waitress took our drink orders (margarita for me and a coke for Doug). Our drinks came fairly quickly and then she brought a plate with 3 half crabs including legs and two lobster tails. When Doug asked if I had ordered this, the waitress stated that it was included in the buffet. She also brought some butter and placed it over a candle to keep it warm – fancy! To say we ate until we were stuffed was an understatement. I must’ve eaten two dozen bacon wrapped scallops by myself. Doug wasn’t crazy about the crab (he’d never had it before) so I munched on that while he happily devoured the lobster tails. Overall and food and drink was delicious. Two thumbs up!

So, you’ll have to check out pics of the restaurant here cuz I was so hungry I forgot to take pics of the food or the restaurant or my drink, nothing. Just didn’t even think of it until there were shrimp tails and broken crabs legs left. And I didn’t think you would appreciate a picture of that. Lol.

Then we decided to check out the casino. Neither of us gamble although I’ve been to Club Regent Casino many years ago so I kinda knew what to expect (I’ve also been to Vegas but I didn’t expect it to be like that). We wandered around for a bit and had a drink in the lounge. Both of our drinks (Doug had a caesar and I had another margarita) were too salty (so salty, it was gross) and when we (politely) complained to our waitress, she said she would look into it and came back two minutes later and let us know we didn’t have to pay for the drinks. She was really polite and friendly the whole time and even though we hadn’t enjoyed our drinks, it still left us with a great impression of the place.

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Not knowing that we should bring cash to this place (seems like a big DUH, but I somehow was under the impression we put money on a card, like debit) we only had $10 between us. So we signed up for the loyalty card and got two $5 bills and were off to play the slots! lol.

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So, we didn’t win the jackpot but the money lasted for about 35 minutes of entertainment and when was the last time you paid $10 for a couple to be entertained at anything? Even though the restaurant had been packed, the casino didn’t feel full. It is huge though [the website says 40,000+ sq ft, almost as big as a football field], and it didn’t feel empty either which means there must’ve been quite a few people there.

We looked at the pool but didn’t get a chance to go in, which Doug was really bummed about.

We ate the breakfast buffet the next morning and it was also good.

Overall, it was a great experience. We enjoyed the food, the hotel room and the service. Every employee was friendly and polite and ranged in age from teens/early 20s to our breakfast waiter who looked like a grandpa.

It was also a very reasonably priced place. The seafood buffet was $20 per adult plus alcoholic drinks and the breakfast buffet was $11 each and included tea and coffee. I also want to mention that when we were headed home, we went across the highway to Wavers to get gas and we also received excellent service.

Doug and I do plan to go back and would probably take our daughter next time. The hotel is less than 30 minutes from Grand Beach and would be a great place to stay for a couple of days and not have to drive back to the city after playing at the beach all day. I really can’t tell you enough what a great time we had. If you are looking for some place to stay near Lake Winnipeg, I highly recommend the South Beach Casino and Resort.

Any summer plans left to check off your list? Happy Shopping!