Edmonton Ice Castle

Edmonton Ice Castle

Edmonton Ice Castle

Hellooooooo ice. Here’s me at the Edmonton Ice Castle looking like a 60s girl group member meets 90s skater. And I’m into that. The jacket I found last winter while thrifting. When it comes to vintage coats, I gravitate towards anything quilted. This shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve been hanging around here for a while. Anyway, here are some frosty photos of me. Check out info on the castle here. For more vintage coat work, check out Thrifted Winter Coats.

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I Visited The World’s Largest Egg

I Visited The World’s Largest Egg

I Visited The World’s Largest Egg

If there’s a small town festival happening, you better believe I’m driving out to it. That’s how I visited the world’s largest egg. In all truth, I’ve been to Vegreville a few times now but this was my first time to the Ukrainian Pysanka Festival. As a Ukrainian, it was only a matter of time before I checked out this festival. Join us on this trip and watch the video! If you’re interested in more small town festival coverage, might I suggest checking out my posts on the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival here and here. And if you liked this video, I would love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel here. xo 😘

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Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room

Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room

Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room

One of my favourite date night plans is hitting up The Rec Room. Not only do they have some of my favourite games (pinball, bowling, throwing balls at fuzzy clowns 🤡 etc) there is also a few great restaurant options there too. It’s my one stop shop for a truly great time. If that wasn’t great enough, they’ve levelled up their date night outings with this fun offer. From now until August 29th, the Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room gives you two free movie tickets when you spend $55 at the Three10 Restaurant. And we all know, dinner and a movie is the classic date night experience one can never go wrong with! But time is of the essence before this offer is over! Keep scrolling to check out all the delicious things we ate. 🍽

What We Ate

Three10 has several vegetarian and plant based options that are super tasty. We tried out the Edamame Hummus, Crispy Green Beans (gah, they were so ridiculously good!!! AND might I add, drizzled with spicy vegan mayo!), Super Greens Pizza, a Roasted Beet & Ricotta salad, and my personal favourite: the Kale Pesto Noodle Bowl. 😍 Who knew ramen noodles with pesto could be such a great combination??? Check out the full Three10 Menu here.

Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room

This offer comes at such a great time since there are so many movies on my to-see list. Once Upon a Time In… HollywoodToy Story 4, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (based on the books that scared the living daylight out of me as a child!) Those are just a few I’m planning on checking out but not before I stop in for the Dine & Showtime at The Rec Room! For more information on this rad deal, check out The Rec Room site. 

This post is sponsored by The Rec Room. All opinions on this blog are my own.

 

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It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe! | Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair

Fall is upon us and with that comes one of my favourite annual spectacles: the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Fair! This was my third year attending and it did not disappoint. It was the 30th anniversary and boasted the heaviest pumpkin in the history of the festival! The pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 1884 lbs!!! But without further adieu, I present: It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe! Tune into the video above to get a vlog of the whole experience… right down to the infamous pumpkin drop!

A Real Sincere Pumpkin Patch

If this highlight reel didn’t sate the appetite for pumpkin related content, I suggest heading over to my Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival post. There you can watch a few short clips of the infamous pumpkin drop, see some pumpkin spiced baked goods, and see me blending in with my camo wear. 🙂

It’s The Great Pumpkin Sandy Joe!

Thanks so much for joining me on yet another random road trip! It’s more than likely that I will be attending this fair next year – rain or shine, I’ll be there. In the meantime, if quirky road trips are an interest, check out my post and video about 5 weird places to visit in Arizona. Or my lengthy backlog list of travel articles I have been compiling over the years. As always, if you enjoyed this video and want to see me on the regular, subscribe to my YouTube channel – I appreciate each and every sub as I grow this new corner of my offbeat empire.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Oh hey there! Were you wondering How I Spent My Summer Vacation? Look no further than this quick little video of an accurate summation of my summer. There was a healthy dose of cold ramen from Tokiwa, my favourite place to get ramen in Edmonton. In fact, the only place I will ever go for ramen in Edmonton. There was ice cream, canola fields, the farmer’s market, and more! Even an opening of the new Aga Khan pavilion at the Devonian Botanical Gardens. There is no shortage of random outings (I even went to the waste management facility) in this summer highlight reel. I intended this to be a monthly vlog but it turned out that an entire summer fit into one. So there’s that. Anyway, keep scrolling to watch the video. 🙂

And All The Other Things I Did

I suppose it wouldn’t be fair to say this is *all* I did this summer. I also ran a 10K race with Lululemon. I went to the Stampede with GMC Canada, and camped in Kananaskis. I also went to Road Tripping to Gabriola Island where I unplugged for two whole glorious weeks. A vlog from that is yet to come! If you enjoy my videos, be sure to head on over to my YouTube channel to subscribe to be alerted when these videos are hot off the press 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Sandy Joe Goes to the Stampede: A Memoir

Sandy Joe Goes to the Stampede: A Memoir

Sandy Joe Goes to the Stampede: A Memoir

Up until last year, I had never been to the Calgary Stampede. Which, if you’re from Alberta, is a highly unusual feat to have accomplished by 30. Imagine my surprise when, this year, I was asked to attend yet again. This time, GMC Canada extended an invite that sounded much too intriguing to refuse. The itinerary was stacked, so I drove down in a loaned GMC Terrain and never looked back. What ensued was three days of all things western and wild. I rode a horse for the first time, I ate 7/11 pizza at 3am and reviewed it (for your viewing pleasure), and I even drove a couple of trucks! If you want to know what a roadtrip with me is like, definitely watch: Sandy Joe Goes to the Stampede: A Memoir. Keep scrolling for photo highlights I managed to take while we were out and about. 🙂 Yehaw!

Gone Country

One cannot attend the Calgary Stampede without the proper attire. Despite being a country noob, I have been preparing to play the role of a country gal my entire life. (My collection of western belts tells that story eloquently) To top off my already cowpoke look, we popped by Lammle’s to boot up. I paired my Mae Cowgirl boots by Dan Post with my Bailey Cowboy hat.

Gourmet Cuisine

Describing the above photographs as Gourmet Cuisine is only half true. While we did dine at some insanely delightful places, (re: Pigeonhole, Proof) fair food and late night 7/11 was also on the menu. I regret nothing. Sandy Joe Goes to the Stampede: A Memoir would not be complete without a high / low dining experience. It’s a must. It’s a way of life. I also believe that one must specify both the circumstances and time of day a pizza from 7/11 is consumed because it provides much needed context for questionable choices.

Stampede in 10 Photos or Less

I think this collection of photos accurately depicts the highlights of the Stampede for me. Above is a shot from Nashville North, a large bar tent playing a healthy mix of country and rock music. It’s hard to say, I recognized very little of it. I quickly learned that as long as you had some item of clothing signifying a western style, then you could easily blend in without actually knowing anything. Fortunately, line dancing did not come up so I avoided being revealed as the true western poseur I am.

Sandy Joe Goes to the Stampede: A Memoir

If this wasn’t enough Stampede realness for you, check out my other two posts from last year: Out & About Calgary Stampede and my style feature Sweetheart of the Rodeo – titled after a Gram Parsons tune for The Byrds.

Many thanks to GMC Canada for having me on this amazing trip!

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