Topbox Review: July – September 2016

I know… it’s been forever since I’ve produced a blog post and I was originally thinking I would be able to catch up on some while I was on vacation. Anyone who tells you they are super productive using their plane time is (in my opinion) incredibly impressive! So, obviously I failed on that front, but as my next Topbox is due soon – I feel it’s only good form to get back to my Topbox reviews… starting from a year ago. 😮

Here is also the moment where I own up to the fact that y’all are mainly getting more of a photo log than true review since I can’t recall a lot of how I felt about products unless they were something I really loved or something I did not like at all.

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Subscription Service Review: Sticker Swaps

Being a student (again) has been an exhausting and yet super rewarding experience, but it has certainly forced me to really think about how I spend my free time, and unfortunately, blogging has fallen to the wayside. But Reading Week is upon us and I have declared today to be a day off to do fun things, so let’s catch up on some reviews, starting with Sticker Swaps!

When I was younger, I was an avid sticker collector and spent huge portions of my allowance on stickers of all varieties, but Sandylion and Sanrio stickers were definitely my favorites. As an adult, I am still drawn to stickers, but wouldn’t really go out and buy them to put on things, I suppose eventually we have to “grow up”, although this hasn’t stopped me from putting a giant “sticker”/skin on the back of my laptop.

Sticker Swaps, which is based in the UK, reached out a while back and asked if I would be interested reviewing in their subscription service where subscribers are sent an envelope each month with high quality stickers and my inner child was like ‘YES!’. Sticker Swaps stickers are nothing like the ones of my childhood, but it did remind me of the ones that people put on their skateboards and of course, now I see a lot on laptops. As you can see – I received an envelope with 10 vinyl stickers of varying sizes and designs!

Sticker Swap Stickers!

Sticker Swap Stickers!

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Giveaway: Edo a Little, Help a Lot

December has rolled around really quickly this year! I feel like time has flown by and now I am semi-scrambling to sort out my life before the end of the year. One thing that happens a lot at this time of year are all the holiday charity campaigns and I struggle to decide where I can donate my money and time when both are quite limited – this year more than most.

The Edmonton Food Bank and Campus Food Bank are two organizations that are really important to me, because people shouldn’t have to decide between basic needs like shelter and food, so I appreciate the support that organizations like these contribute to the community. Ideally, I would love to see people not need these services, but until that time, I try to donate whatever I can to both organizations. With the Alberta economy taking such a huge hit with the decline in oil prices, I know that many organizations need as much help as they can get to ensure that they can help as many people as possible.

Edo a Little. Help a Lot Campaign

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Living La Vida Local: Canova Pasticceria

Hey friends! I am still here and kind of around… Even though we all know that I am not one of the most consistent bloggers out there (ha!), I do try to keep up on social media and I am just going to say it now – school is killing me on all the social media fronts! Somehow, I decided that completing all my classes by April (just in time for June graduation) was a good idea and I am taking seven classes this semester. Past me was obviously more energetic than current me! One of the upsides and downsides to doing a MBA program is the tremendous amount of group work that happens. The perks are working with insanely fun and bright people, but the downside is definitely trying to coordinate the schedules of 5 people – I have had meetings at 9:30pm and that makes me a sad panda… The only thing that makes group meetings fun would be snacks and coffee (lots and lots of coffee!), so luckily for me (and my group), Canova Pasticceria reached out to share their story and they offered to put together a pastry tray for our MBA group so that we could see what they’re about and to provide feedback on their products.

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Throwback Thursday: Alberta Open Farm Days – Reclaim Urban Farm

Sometimes there are moments when procrastinating on a post for over a year can actually work in your favour. I went to Alberta Open Farm Days last year with Cindy at Reclaim Urban Farm and never got around to posting about my experience, so here’s a throwback Thursday in time for this year’s Alberta Open Farm Days happening this weekend. I didn’t have a lot of time to drive out to some of the farms outside of Edmonton, so I popped down to the St. John’s Institute to learn more about Reclaim Urban Farm instead. I had some knowledge about Reclaim Urban Farm based on their farmer’s market booth and from a few presentations/panels they have been on.

Alberta Open Farm Days

Alberta Open Farm Days

Reclaim Urban Farm

Reclaim Urban Farm

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