Back in the Swing of Things

I’ve been neglecting this blog over the past few weeks, and being laid up with mysterious neck pain I can’t seem to kick is only partly an excuse.   After the busyness of the holidays, I’ve been craving simplicity, relaxation, and to be perfectly honest shirking all but the most necessary responsibilities.  I think I’ve stretched my down time as far as I can reasonably make excuses with myself to go, so to get back into the swing of things here are some highlights of Christmas dinner at our house and the rest of the holiday break.

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Shop Local Challenge: Holiday Food Fairs and Craft Markets

I heard on CBC Radio that Christmas is only 38 days away!  Yep, that’s soon.  No matter what holiday traditions you celebrate, most of us are doing a fair amount of shopping this time of year, whether for food, gifts, decor or treats for yourself.  (Treating yourself is important too!) Why not focus some of those shopping dollars on local shops and artisans?  Here’s a few reasons why:

–       Supporting small businesses in your community helps the local economy.

–       Avoid mall crowds!  My decision to shop local this holiday season was cemented when I spent an hour shopping with a friend at the Rideau Centre on Sunday.  So freaking crowded!

–     Sustainability.  Stuff made locally by hand is less resource intensive than mass-produced junk that traveled halfway around the world to get to you. Continue reading

Shop Local! A Holiday Challenge

I saw this on Facebook today on Ottawa Locavore Artisan Food Fair‘s page and had to share.  This is my manifesto.  I challenge myself this holiday season to shop local whenever possible – food, gifts, decor, everything!  So dear family and friends, expect to get maple syrup and beaver tails for Christmas!  I kid.  Ottawa has many great local shops and craft shows, and I`m excited to have an excuse to spend money at them.  Starting tomorrow with Urban Craft!