Canada Day is only a few days away so we’ve put together a quick list of some summery and Canadian celebratory essentials for what you can do and what you can eat this weekend!
WHAT TO EAT
Pusateri’s has some incredible recipes that will last you the entire long weekend. Check out their recommendations for the most delicious meals to celebrate Canada’s birthday this year. Check out their store hours here to see if you can make any last minute trips on Monday!
Canada Day typically means lots of chilled beer and cocktails, but if you’re looking for something a little simpler with less of an edge (and low caffeine), try DAVIDsTEA’s most Canadian blend, the Maple Syrup Oolong!
WHAT TO DO
It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL and HOT weekend (remember to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!), so what better way to make the most of it than by getting out of the city and enjoying nature! MEC has some great items for literally anything and everything you could want to do outside this weekend- from kayaking, camping amidst the trees, and even cooking your own pizza anywhere you go!
If the city is more your vibe, catch some sun and some sangrias on the Thompson Toronto rooftop! They’ve recently redesigned the space and it is simply stunning (and they also introduced some new summer cocktails that you just have to try)!
What are your Canada Day long weekend plans? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!
Mother’s Day is fast approaching- it’s only one short week away! Haven’t found the perfect gift for mom? Well, we’ve got you covered! Celebrate this Mother’s Day together and show your mom how much you appreciate her- because she deserves it!
WHAT TO DO
Afternoon Tea and Spa Day at the Windsor Arms
Enjoy tea for two in the beautiful Tea Room at the Windsor Arms! After you enjoy your biscuits and cakes, you can move upstairs to the relaxing and serene spa. Every mom out there would love a day to relax and unwind from her usual busy life. Windsor Arms has a ton of treatments to choose from to give your mom the day she deserves!
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Windsor Arms
With Mother’s Day on a Sunday, it’s the perfect day for Sunday Brunch! The Courtyard Café at Windsor Arms is a beautiful setting to celebrate your mom and show your love for her (and we guarantee she’ll love it too)!
Blue Jays Mother’s Day Game
This is the perfect gift for all the sports fans out there! It will be a great afternoon of baseball and, of course, quality family time. As an added bonus, the 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be transformed into an Oasis dedicated to pampering mom! She can get her hair, nails, and makeup done all while preparing to watch the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox!
Mother’s Day Walk for Breast Cancer
Help raise money for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada while spending time with your mom! Families all around the world are impacted by breast cancer, so it’s a great opportunity to show your support for ALL moms who have battled breast cancer. You can participate by joining one of the walks held in Mississauga, London, Sarnia, and Ottawa.
How will you mark International Women’s Day this year?
For me, the greatest influence begins at home
As long as I can remember, my family has always celebrated International Women’s Day. Every March 8, my father would give my mother a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It started when they first got married before my sister and I were born and has continued to this day. I asked my father once why this particular day was so special that he wanted to honour it with a gift to my mother.
He said it was his way of showing how much he loved, supported and respected my mother and the way she was raising my sister and me to be strong, independent, resourceful women. He felt it was important to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day with a symbolic gesture in celebration of an important event.
Perhaps because he was raised in a female-led household (with just his mom and sister as his father died during World War II) my father has always believed that women are equal and deserving of the same rights, responsibilities and rewards as men. In all the interactions I’ve witnessed my father has had with other people – men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life – I’ve always been struck how respectful, kind, friendly and fair he’s been, without fail.
I realize how lucky I am to have been raised in a family where both my parents believed that two little girls could do anything they dared to dream. They encouraged us to pursue our goals and not let obstacles or challenges deter us. They taught us the importance of giving back to our community and to pay it forward with the same respect that they showed each other and us. Although not perfect, I believe my parents taught my sister and I well.
So in thinking about this year’s International Women’s Day, an annual day when people the world over come together to focus on women’s issues and achievements, it may seem overwhelming to think what one person can possibly do to advance women’s rights towards a more balanced society with 50/50 equality. That’s an ambitious goal! For me, as it’s always been, the road to equality begins at home.
As much as we should change laws, institutions, pay and workplace culture (and we should) the one thing each one of us can do most easily begins at home within our immediate family. When my son was born years ago, I knew I wanted to raise a good man who valued all people as equals. I wanted to raise a man like my father who shared his traits of kindness, compassion and empathy. As I look at my son today, fully grown and starting his career, I feel immense pride for the man he has become.
And I realize that of life’s greatest accomplishments and greatest area of influence, it rests within one’s own family and immediate circle. That’s where the most impact and positive change can occur. And if you do it right, the ripple effect grows bigger and stronger.
So I wish each of you a happy International Women’s Day. Take the time to celebrate the women in your life and remind yourself how each one of us can influence and support those closest to us and in turn, support all of us.
Happy International Women’s Day! What does International Women’s Day mean to you? Tweet me @NatashaNKPR or leave a comment below.