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 June 15, 2014– I’d Rather Wear Flowers In My Hair, Than Diamonds Around My Neck

Life is in full bloom! Last Monday night we opened the windows, let the breeze in, and put flowers in our hair, literally! lululemon Kelowna, A New Leaf Florals, and Whitewood Studios hosted a floral crown making workshop at heArt School Studio, in downtown Kelowna, as part of a new workshop series.  This invite only event played host to creativity, amazing blooms, style, and community!

Located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, heArt School Studios is a hidden gem.  With it’s vintage loft feel, this converted space was the perfect stage for our night of boho flare.

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Melinda, owner of A New Leaf Florals, led us, a group of 20ish specially invited ladies, through the steps of making floral crown.  Let me tell you, it is harder than you would think! Crazy respect for Melina, and her team, who make it look so easy! Melinda brought with her a variety of beautiful blooms for us to choose from.  Everything from massive peonies, roses, purple veronica, to delicate baby’s breath, rounded out the stunning spread of choices.

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First we picked our blooms.  Depending upon the size of your crown, and whether you want large or small flowers, your number of pieces will vary.

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Next we grabbed our wire, and created a frame for our crown.  Wire cutters and green tape quickly became our best friends.  Melinda showed us different techniques of attaching our flowers to the frame.  Quickly, works of art began to take form.  Each crown was unique and really was a representation of everyone’s personality.

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December 31, 2013– HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELIES!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR MY LOVELIES! 2013 has been such a fantastic year for me! Met my love, graduated college, travelled for a month, ran my first race, my best friend got married, I moved to a new city, I got a new job, Tyler and I got our first house together, we got our precious puppy Lacie, and we reached over 100 followers! Such a crazy year looking back, but I have to say it’s been my favourite so far! I love 2013, but I know 2014 will only bring bigger and better things! Wishing you all a fabulous 2014!

XOXOXO    -Car

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December 16, 2013– 100! A BIG Thank You!

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Carly Paige Styled Living has reached over 100 followers! That is so exciting to me! I started this blog just over a year ago back in November 2013 just as a way for me to collect cool ideas, quotes, projects, etc, never did I think other people would actually read it!? This is just way too cool! I’ve now set my sights on a new goal! I want to add another “0” behind this number! I want to reach 1000 followers, will you help me!? I’m committed to adding more awesome content if you will continue to share my blog with friends, facebook articles, tweet posts, etc! I can’t wait for this next year of Carly Paige Styled Living, so much more awesomeness to come!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

-Car

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September 30, 2013- 12 Things Happy People Do Differently

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I came across this article one day before work and it totally scooped me in.  It was titled “12 Things Happy People Do Differently — And Why I Started Doing Them,” in the Huffington Post.  I’ve never seen myself as an un-happy person but reading these 12 things got me inspired to be that happy person the author was talking about.  The 12 points are so easy to implement in our daily lives its a wonder to me why I’m not already doing all of them since only greatness is the outcome, no negative effects here!  I wanted to share with you the 12 Things Happy People Do Differently:

  1. Express gratitude. — When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. Kinda cool right? So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness. And that’s without having to go out and buy anything. It makes sense. We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.
  2. Cultivate optimism. — Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism. No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it. She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life. People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times [3].
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. — Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous. If we’re somehow “better” than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority. Our ego inflates — KABOOM — our inner Kanye West comes out! If we’re “worse” than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made. What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place. If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.
  4. Practice acts of kindness. — Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.) Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside. What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness. How extraordinary is that? A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin. Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.
  5. Nurture social relationships. — The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships. Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely? WHOA! There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with. We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.
  6. Develop strategies for coping. — How you respond to the “craptastic” moments is what shapes your character. Sometimes crap happens — it’s inevitable. Forrest Gump knows the deal. It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan. It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.
  7. Learn to forgive. — Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being. You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion. When you “hate” someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are toxic for your well-being. You put yourself in a state of suckerism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day.
  8. Increase flow experiences. — Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task. Action and awareness are merged. You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional. You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing. Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus
  9. Savor life’s joys. — Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy. It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences. When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic. It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.
  10. Commit to your goals. — Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force. Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere. When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing. Counter-intuitively, having no option — where you can’t change your mind — subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.
  11. Practice spirituality. — When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us. We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever. It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with everything that exists. Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do.”
  12. Take care of your body. — Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be. If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected [4]. Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft? Not only that, but here’s the double whammy… Six months later, the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.

Excerpt from   12 Things Happy People Do Differently — And Why I Started Doing Them by  Jacob Sokol

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August 28,2013- And They Lived Happily Ever After….

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I’m so so soooooo excited to say that I’m on my way home to celebrate my best friend Jennifer who’s getting married this weekend! The day is going to be filled with so much fun, excitement, laughter, and of course L O V E! Congratulations to both Jennifer and her soon to be husband Mike! Wishing you all the happiness in the world! Can’t wait to be apart of your big day! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE you both! xoxoxoxoxoxo
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August 26,2013- Yoga: Sun Salutation A

Yoga has become such a big part of my fitness routine lately, and I’m so so happy about that! I have noticed both a physical and mental shift within myself all of which has been positive! If you’re looking for a change in your routine I definitely recommend practising yoga. It provides restorative, strength, and flexibility aspects during practise. Awesome for those of you having to do rehab or physio, perfect for athletes, and dancers alike! It’s something you can do from the comforts of your own home, or share with others at a local studio. This video demonstrates a great sequence to get you started! Look for beginners yoga classes in your town and just try it out. You’ll be happy you did!

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July 27, 2013- Saturday To Do List: Relax!

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I checked in and surprise! Its almost August!!! That means fall is just around the corner and everyone’s schedule seems to get heavier. Take some time to relax this weekend (even if you’re working like me!)

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July 10, 2013– Happy Wednesday!

Halfway through the week lovelies! Yahoo!

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May 17, 2013- I’m baaaack!

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(Took some time for a little Sports Illustrated-esque photo shoot…why not right?)

Hey everyone! So sorry for not posting anything over the past month! I’ve been out and about traveling, my latest stop the Dominican Republic! The picture above was taken at the beautiful Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana, if you have a chance I suggest you go!

Now that I’m back I have lots of fun stuff to share with you! Watch for it all in the next few days!

Missed you! Love you all! Xoxoxo
-Carls
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March 4, 2013– So excited to share with you…Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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I jumped on my computer today to see something that made me so excited! Jaclyn, a fellow blogger has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thank you so much Jaclyn! I treat my blog as a sort of diary, a way to share my ideas on subjects I love! The award made me super excited just to know that others are reading it and finding value in it, it’s something I love doing and it makes me feel so awesome that others enjoy it too!

The nomination asks a few questions and has a few requirements:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

So, here are seven things to get to know me better:

  1. Fashion is my passion in life (as you can probably tell by the strong fashion presence of this blog) I have a Fashion Merchandising Diploma, as well as I’m currently completing my Bachelors in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing (BBA).
  2. I once had a costuming internship on a film, but unfortunately couldn’t complete it due to the fact I moved to a different city.
  3. My dream job is to one day own my own clothing store, or work with a major label or store (hello Aritzia!) doing their advertising campaigns and styling the photo shoots and their concepts.
  4. I’m a reality show junkie, The Bachelor(ette), Real Housewives of (fill in city here), every singing competition show, and every interior design show I watch (thank goodness for my PVR)
  5. I have a girl crush on Jillian Harris (hence my love for the bachelor and interior design shows….)
  6. I love sports, especially playing volleyball and watching hockey (I’m Canadian don’t cha know)
  7. I have a huge soft spot for dogs ( I cry every time I see that SPCA commercial with Sarah Mclachlan)

I really believe in paying it forward, and in the spirit of this award, “Keeping the Blogisphere A Beautiful Place,” here are fifteen blogs I have nominated and think you should check out! (in no particular order):

Thanks to everyone for reading my blog! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU ALL!

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February 15, 2013- Happy Weekend!

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February 14, 2013– Happy Valentines Day!

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February 10, 2013– Must Read: Fashioning Reality by Ben Barry

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I’ve found my newest page turner, Fashioning Reality by Ben Barry! Such a great read! I’m currently reading it for the Social Entrepreneurship class I’m taking in college and I can honestly say this is the first time I have enjoyed any assigned reading!

Ben Barry is a Canadian entrepreneur, author, and women’s health advocate. He is the founder and CEO of the Ben Barry Agency. The Ben Barry Agency is a modelling agency known for its use of diverse models.

At fourteen, Ben decided to help a friend who had spent money on modeling school but wasn’t receiving any work because she didn’t have ‘the right look.’ Ben sent her pictures to a local magazine and three weeks later, he had successfully booked his first contract’and found his career. He started the Ben Barry Agency in 1997 while still in grade school. Today, the agency scouts and sources models of diverse ages, backgrounds, and sizes; models who have appeared in high-profile fashion magazines and on runways around the world. Fashioning Reality is the fast-paced story of a young entrepreneur whose refreshing approach is changing the fashion industry and influencing the popular perceptions of beauty in the media. Ben shares his challenges, his successes, and his struggles to run a business that remains consistent with his personal values. In running a company that makes a profit by making social change, Ben is only one in a growing movement. He outlines this new model of entrepreneurship and shares the stories of other young business people who are doing well by doing good.
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This is a fantastic book for any of you obsessed with the fashion industry like I am. It really gives you a new perspective and a new take on a usually pretty black and white industry. I recommend this book to everyone!

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January 29, 2013- Style Inspiration: Loving Lanalana1

I have to share with you my newest girl crush, Lana Del Ray! Not only am I loving her music lately (her voice is so different!) but she has some of the coolest style I’ve seen in a while. With a throwback vintage feel Lana has perfected the modern vixen! Her style has even inspired the creative at H&M who featured her in their Winter 2012 commercial!

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lana3Listen to Lana’s Album here:

See her H&M Commercial here:

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January 9, 2013– What We’re Listening To: Ed Sheeran

What are we listening to?! Love this new song from Ed Sheeran! It was released as the sixth and final single from his debut studio album + on 21 November 2012! And if you think you’ve heard this song before…you probably have! The song was used in the episode 14 (“Dangerous Liaisons”) of season 3 of The CW series The Vampire Diaries. Enjoy!

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January 3, 2013– #readysetgoals

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This time of year is a popular time for many people to start setting goals and resolutions! A goal is defined as the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end. It’s been said that goals are wishes with an action plan. You’re probably thinking, thats all great but how to I do even start?! Here are some great ways to set goals (posted by Carolyn a fellow Lululemon employee!) and make them public, if made public, your goals are more likely to be achieved, fact.

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1. chalkboard goals

A set of goals buried away in a desk drawer or in an email folder somewhere doesn’t get you anywhere. Making goals public and visible is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you hold yourself accountable to your goals, and remind yourself what exactly it is you are hoping to accomplish out of this life.

I keep my goals visible on a BIG chalkboard in my kitchen, along with another chalkboard in my dining room. My partner sees my goals and I’m faced with my dreams and ambitions each and every day. This keeps me focused on action. Plus they do double duty as home décor.

2. goals on twitter

I tweet my goals! Any time I come up with a new goal I am working on, I share it with my followers and they help hold me accountable.

3. goals on facebook

I update my Facebook status when I set new goals, again ensuring that my friends help hold me accountable. This also leads to conversation around my goals, helping me flush out the details and create strategic and fun plans to support them.

4. blogging goals

I update my goals a handful of times a year on my personal blog. I like using a list format to feel like I am really making headway, and I cross the goals off through the year as I achieve them. There is a comment function on my blog, and it’s a great space to get support and create conversation around some of the biggest, baddest and scariest goals. I also share my goals on the lululemon.com blog and on our internal company blog. The more people that read my goals means more people that can support me in achieving them in one way or another.

5. goals at work

I have a framed copy of my goals front and centre on my desk at work; framed in a big white Ikea frame. At our office in Vancouver we post our goals in the stairwell. Everyone walking between floors sees our goals, and it’s an incredible way to start conversations and get related with our coworkers.

6. goals as art

I actually frame old copies of my goals and hang them on my wall at home. It’s a neat way to see a progression of my goals over time. It’s humbling to see the goals I set and revised or didn’t achieve, and inspiring to see all the ones I did!

7. writing goals; with a pen

As the Digital Innovation Manager for lululemon, I rarely use a pen anymore. I tote around two laptops most places I go, and am never more than a centimetre or two from a keyboard. Most of my goals are typed – in one form or another. For me, handwriting my goals feels quite special. I have a handwritten, paper version of my goals tacked to my fridge. There’s something about putting pen to paper that gets the creativity out of me. The format I use when I write my goals by hand also changes. I like to use a brainstorm bubble from time to time. This paints a more vivid picture of my life rather than using a rigid format.

8. email

I use a tool called FutureMe.org! This website allows you to email yourself in the future. Why not try emailing yourself your goals right before their due date? Just last week I got an email from myself (from 5 years ago no less) that asked me if I was “working for myself yet?” The answer is yes (I run a business in my non-lululemon time) and it felt great getting a kick in the bum from my past self!

9. online tools

43Things is another personal favourite online resource for me. Changing the format keeps goal setting fresh.

10. goals as passwords

I’m pretty sure this “goal setting tip” secures my fate as being the ultimate geek. For all my online passwords, whether it’s email, Facebook, Foursquare or wherever else I am online, I create a unique password that is tied to my goals. For example, if I had a goal to “Attend 30 hot yoga classes in one month” I might set a password like HotYoga30. Think about how many times you enter a password online each day. 10 times? 200? Each and every time you are faced with that login screen, you’ll also be reminded of your goals. This helps ensure your goals are top of mind and creates a space for goal setting 365 days a year.

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December 31, 2012– Happy New Year’s My Loves!

Tonight is New Year’s Eve! Its the last day of 2012, and the beginning of 2013. I really wanted to share this little video with you, it really describes my feelings to a tee! I wish you all lots of love, laughter, and happiness in the new year! Be sure to stay tuned this up coming year, I have lots of fun goodies planned to share with you!

Happy New Year!

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December 30, 2012– Inspiration: Tomorrow’s Parties

All this week parties of some sort are on most peoples minds! Past Christmas parties and tomorrows New Year’s Eve parties! This time of year is so full of excitement and ‘magic’ I always feel like its over before we can really enjoy it. This year I want to make a conscious effort to appreciate it, especially the celebration of one year coming to a close and a brand new one in front of us. This upcoming year for myself is a year of decisions and life changing choices. And on that note…..here’s some inspiration. I hope it inspires you to dive into party season head first.

car wants to knowWhat’s everyone doing for New Years?!

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December 27, 2012– What Are We Listening Too? (Bruno Mars)

What are we listening to?! This album is keeping me writing today for all you lovelies!

Listen to the whole album here! Love you! -Car

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December 20, 2012– How to De- Stress Your Holiday Shopping

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With Christmas only five days away, stress can start to set in. Crowded malls with crazy holiday shoppers all looking for that ‘must have’ item does not sound like an ideal setting, does it? Fear not my sweets! Follow these simple tips from expert Nicola Enright-Morin and soon you’ll be sitting on the couch looking at all the wonderful wrapped gifts underneath!

1. Navigate the Net

During the Christmas rush, as malls get more crowded by the second, the Internet will be your best friend in winning the shopping battle. Before you even contemplate hitting the stores you can order many gifts online. Everything on a typical Christmas wish list is available: books, toys, DVDs, electronics, etc. And these days, most major stores have online services and often have great specials on shipping.

The best thing about Internet shopping is there’s no traffic, fights for parking, grumpy sales assistants or other shoppers. You can shop peacefully from the comfort of your own home, while still dressed in your housecoat.

2. It’s all about the list

Before you wage war at the mall, it’s imperative to have a detailed shopping list. Prepare contingency gifts just in case. Getting kids to provide you with an extensive catalogue of Christmas wishes isn’t usually a problem, but if you’re stumped for ideas, toss some thoughts around with your partner or a friend. Perhaps ask the person what they would like. Quite often, people are grateful to offer ideas for something they really need instead of receiving yet another unwanted gift.

3. Miss the mall mayhem

Hit the mall as soon as the stores are raising their shutters. You’ll be amazed how much more shopping gets done when you’re the early bird — no lengthy lineups and store clerks fresh and eager to help. If you can shop during the week, even better, and don’t wait until Christmas Eve. The sooner you get your shopping done, the better.

4. Go solo (if you have kids)
If you’re honestly going to get all your Christmas shopping accomplished in a day, it’s a quest you’ll have to brave alone. Kids can make the shortest shopping trip an epic journey, and going with a friend often means too much time spent in stores you don’t need. Lose the distractions — you’ll check more names off your list by going alone.

5. Always be prepared
How often do you receive an unexpected gift from a neighbour, family member, or thoughtful colleague at work? To avoid a last-minute scramble, buy a few extras to cover such emergencies; a nice bottle of wine, some quality chocolates, aromatic toiletries — generic gifts that can save the day and even if they don’t get used, they won’t go to waste.

6. Share the burden
If conquering your shopping list in one day feels daunting — call in the reinforcements. Even the most shopping phobic spouse can navigate the stores when armed with a list and cellphone!

(**side note from Car: or BFF in my case! Don’t you just love our picture (above) ?!)

Finally, remember that it’s only shopping! Take a deep breath, try to enjoy the experience and be thankful that Christmas only comes once a year.

HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING! COUNTDOWN IS ON! 5 DAYS, 5 DAYS, 5 DAYS!!!

December 3, 2012

It’s party season! Often times I’m not sure how much I should serve when hosting a party, usually its too much or not enough!Use this guide as a ball park!

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November 27, 2012– Little things like this!

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As kids I know we all loved our chocolate advent calendars, December was the one month of the year my mom would let me eat chocolate in the morning! But growing up isn’t so bad! Featured on Flying Fish Nanaimo’s facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FlyingFishNanaimo) is the grown up advent calendar!! I’d say this is one way to start the holiday’s off right!
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November 17, 2012

Yes ladies, its that time of the year! Its Movember! Its the month that makes every guy look like the evil villan from an old western, can you say handle bars?! If you cant grow a mo you can still support! Log on to www.cancerevents.kintera.org or http://ca.movember.com/mospace and find your favourite mo to donate! Every little bit helps!

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