It’s Spring!

ImageWell it is! Old Man Winter is having his last laugh and he usually does this time in March but it really is Spring and that is always something to be joyful about. In my house we celebrate the Spring Equinox by gathering together to decorate eggs. To most this would be an Easter tradition but for us we prefer to celebrate the changing of the seasons in a way a little more ancient than The Church. Celtic or Pagan people would decorate eggs on this Equinox as a representation of the most fertile symbol on earth. There are traditions that some would lay their wishes for the season or the year ahead upon their decorated egg and then of course bury these eggs, the fertility symbol, in the ground as an offering to Mother Earth, the world’s only shared spirit of Mother, as an incentive for a bountiful growing season. And this is exactly what my family is gearing up to do this evening. However you may celebrate Spring in your house, be it with a feast or flowers, a cleaning or a little egg decorating – Happy Spring Everyone! It was a long, cold and snowy winter but officially it is over.

St. Patricks Day Celebrations

ImageKillarney’s Irish Pub in Cochrane, at the Riverview Golf Course Club House is probably going to be the best place to be in town this weekend and on Monday. They will be hosting a Taste of Ireland menu featuring 10 Irish-inspired items, the whole Guinness family is available as well as all the green you can drink. This weekend will also include live entertainment and a DJ and on Monday a live Celtic performance by singer/songwriter Rob Skeet with the accompaniment of a fiddler, beginning at 5pm – I always LOVE a fiddle! And don’t forget that this lovely little pub allows your little one’s in till 8pm, they even have an excellent kids menu.

The Cumbrian Arms Pub will be hosting Celtic & East Coast music by The Roving Stones & Friends this Saturday the 15th at 7:30pm. They will have 10 beers on tap with new additions of Stella, Murphy’s Stout and Rolling Rock.

March Break Idea’s

Brunching in the Clouds: Take the Banff Gondola 2,281 m up to the best meal of the day. This bruncher’s dream includes a buffet of Rocky Mountain cuisine and the view from on top of a mountain. From $50, includes gondola fare. Learn More Here

Snowmobiling Adventure for Two: Take a snowmobile ride with a guide who knows where to stop for photos and a hot BBQ lunch. Includes one night at the Stoney Nakota Resort (30 minutes from Calgary), breakfast and full-day tour. From $499. Learn More Here

Ski & Play for Free: For every night at the grand Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise this winter, you’ll get two tri-area ski passes or a $100 credit for dining, spa or guided mountain adventures like stargazing on snowshoes. From $349. Learn More Here

Disney on Ice

If you have anyone in your home under the age of 10, I can honestly say the $30 for a ticket is well worth the show that Disney has put on Ice. We took 3 little girls under 5 last night and they were thrilled to see some of their beloved Disney character’s in real life. The shows does run a little long – 2 full hours, which includes a 15 intermission and a really long – drawn out skit on Peter Pan. Personally our whole crew could have done without the intermission, that just gave all our girls a chance to get really tired, a short and sweet little skit on Peter Pan, just like the rest of the skits in the show and it would have been tidied up in an hour and a half. On a positive note the volume level is not in your face loud and the old Corral was toasty warm inside. But be prepared to spend at least $22 on a light wand of some sort – everyone one wants one for the dark. http://www.disneyonice.com

Calgary’s The Big Taste!

Join the foodie revolution March 7-16: Lunch $15 or $25/Dinner $25 or $35/Gourmet Big Taste $65.

Ever wanted to try a little something from some of the BEST Calgary restaurants? Now your chance! Great deals at the best Calgary has to offer during The Big Taste week, check here for a list of participating restaurants

Who needs paper? New high-tech toilet seats do the work for you

Global News

NEW YORK – Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive.

First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway. A new generation of toilets may one day make toilet paper – and the need to put one’s hands anywhere near the unspeakable – seem like chamber pots and outhouses: outdated and somewhat messy throwbacks reserved for camping trips.

Unlike traditional toilets, the high-tech version washes from behind and – if desired – in front with water. Better models allow for temperature, direction and pressure control, and have retractable spritzing wands and automatic driers as well. The best feature warm seats, automatic motion sensors to raise the lid, buttons to raise the seat, nightlights, self-cleaning mechanisms, music to mask unpleasant sounds, deodorizer spritzers and other conveniences.

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