Pick 10: Winter Date Ideas to do Indoors in Saskatoon

Woman looking out over city at dusk

Saskatoon may be known for its extreme sub-zero temperatures, but this post isn’t about the weather. You can get through some of the coldest days of the year without giving up and hibernating if you put a bit of thought into your winter date ideas.

This week, I asked Do Sask’s private group members if they prefer indoor or outdoor activities during the winter. It was no surprise that the winner by a landslide was indoor.

So in the spirit of the group’s choice, I’m inviting you to try some new things while the weather is keeping you locked up indoors. This post gives you ideas on where to go to do everything from laser tag and axe throwing to making laser cuts and painting pottery.

Here are my top winter date ideas in Saskatoon.

Got cabin fever? Make a plan to get active indoors with these winter date ideas:

Pretend you’re in a real-life shooter video game.

In a little over 30 minutes, you’ll get your codename, backpack, and laser gun and run around forming a team with other players. Each laser tag game is 15 minutes in length. BONUS: you won’t come out of it with welts like you would with paintball.

Where: Prairie Jurassic Family Fun Centre

Hurl an axe like a lumberjack (beard and flannel not required).

When my friends ask me for a memorable first date idea I always recommend Timberjaxe. Not only will you learn how to swing a throwing axe into a giant wooden tree trunk target, you’ll get to know whether your date is adventurous or not. That beats dinner and a movie any day of the week.

Where: Timberjaxe Throwing Sports

Make your date do flips up the walls for you.

I’m not the only one who’s dreamed of a world full of trampoline floors. The good news is that there’s a place in Saskatoon that’s making it happen one jump at a time. Go during open jump hours, or Club Apex where DJs spin and disco lights cascade across the entire park.

Tip: 30 minutes is really all you need to wear yourself out if you’re an adult. But if you’ve got a bit more energy you can book up to 2 hours here.

Where: Apex Trampoline Park Ltd.

Scale up the cliffs of Saskatchewan…

When was the last time you climbed up the walls? If you can only remember doing it when you were a kid, it’s probably time you tried rock climbing. With a combination of top rope, lead, and boulders, Grip It is Saskatoon’s rock climbing facility. You can go with your date, or try it solo since they have auto belays to hold your rope and plenty of rental gear to get you started.

Where: Grip It Indoor Rock Climbing

Yell fore in the middle of winter at the province’s only indoor golf dome.

Most of the golf courses in town are now cross-country ski destinations, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your game on pause. Take advantage of off season and hit the range. With over 37 driving ranges in a temperature-controlled environment you likely won’t have a problem finding time to drop-in for some practice.

Where: The Golf Dome

Speaking of golf… Mar’s Mini Golf is an indoor, ocean-themed, 3D glow course. Just sayin’!

Now that you’ve worked up a sweat you can get crafty at these 6 DIY-lover locales:

Supplies ain’t cheap, so this place is making it more accessible to art.

When you’re scraping by getting artsy is a luxury – especially when supplies run you hundreds of dollars. SCYAP is a Saskatoon non-profit that provides a place to get creative for little to no cost to you. All-ages drop ins are Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can also register for a workshop or class on whichever type of medium interests you.

Where: SCYAP

Art doesn’t have to be so intimidating for newbies.

Pop in for some free doodling time, or get to know the intricacies of linocuts. Creative Commons is a non-profit dedicated to providing the tools you need to immerse yourself in arts and crafts. They run regular workshops in a variety of artistic techniques for beginners to the more experienced.

Where: Creative Commons/Void Gallery

Up your maker game by learning how to use high-end technology.

So you want to get even more hands on with your crafts than ever? You don’t have to dump thousands of dollars into your own machine shop. Take advantage of the full lineup of tools and other equipment to make things like decals and wood furniture. Membership, events, and drop-in rates available.

Where: Saskatoon Makerspace

Is your date a foodie in training? Help them take their cooking skills to 100.

Visit the sophisticated clubhouse that lets you get hands-on for sustenance’s sake. The Local Kitchen is a collaborative space where you can learn how to cook with others. Check out any one of their upcoming events, or apply to teach one yourself. (Be quick. Many of their events sell out!)

Where: The Local Kitchen

A workshop space where you’re only limited by your own imagination.

Pick a piece of pottery, or canvas and paint it any way you like. Wet Paint Pottery is a place to drop in for a little relaxed craft work. If you think you aren’t creative enough – think again! Choose from many designs for beginners… and no one will judge you if you want to get a little subversive with your cursive.

Where: Wet Paint Pottery

Produce your own movie, or print a huge photo.

That blockbuster movie script you wrote back in high school now has a chance to be produced. Rent the studio to create any type of new media project from photography to audio production. There are many different free, or nearly-free workshops if you don’t know where to begin.

Note: PAVED Arts is not for business use, so anything made must be for passion’s sake.

Where: PAVED Arts

I challenge you to do at least half of these winter date ideas before the snow melts. You can do it! And if you finish them all and want to try something else, Do Sask has plenty of indoor events for cold days: brewery tours, speed dating, and craft parties.

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Make $100 Fast this February at Remai Modern: How Art is Paying You in More Than Exposure

Japanese culture crash course at What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me.

Learn how to make $100 fast at Remai Modern before February 27, 2018. 

These days, there’s a way better way to earn some cash for your talents than waiting for some bozo to pay you in “exposure”. Sharing your knowledge is a critical part in helping you grow beyond helping others understand new concepts. It’s so important to Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn that he will pay you $100.00 if you can teach him something he doesn’t know.

Up for the challenge?

Thomas’s limited-time immersive exhibit What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. at the Remai Modern is encouraging visitors to present workshops about anything and everything.

Posted on the interior wall is a piece of cardboard with a long list of at least 50 new things Thomas has learned since opening day last weekend (January 27, 2018). Do the math: that’s $5,000.00 paid to people who knew something he didn’t. One man has been back at least four times this week and has subsequently earned $400.00 for sharing his wisdom. 

What can you teach to make $100 fast?

Anything, really. Thomas says, “It can be whistling, it can be a dance, perhaps another language… From a human being to another human being — just one to one” (CBC News).

If you’re a little intimidated by Thomas, don’t be. He believes art should be free. It’s an attitude that’s in stark contrast to the elitist crowd that modern art tends to attract. Thomas is accessible and engaging. He will be hanging out at the exhibit from open ’til close throughout the month.

Thomas is hoping to create lasting experiences through this exhibit, according to this CBC News story.

What can you learn?

Some of the past workshops from this week include: bead work, Cree language, Manga, artificial flatulence (a.k.a. armpit farts), and a Japanese culture crash-course (pictured below).

Japanese culture crash course at What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me.

Strewn all over the Remai’s ground floor Connect Gallery are computers, tools, markers, paint, brushes, paper, etc., so you can get hands on away from the workshops. Draw on the walls, carve Styrofoam, or photocopy your… face. It’s all in the name of art. 

This Friday night, I brought my Swedish weaving project in hopes of earning $100.00. There was no way it was going to happen with the amount of people lined up ahead of me! My advice would be to go early if you’re planning on teaching. 

Due to the long lineups, some folks won’t get a chance to teach. However if you take part in a workshop you’re entitled to one of Thomas’s handmade “ART IS FREE” packing tape bracelets that give you free access to the rest of the gallery. (No need to wait until Free at Remai on February 19.)

Art is Free Bracelets

Teaching and learning something new sounds like a great way to spend a date night in Saskatoon, doesn’t it? Get to What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me. before it closes on February 27, 2018.

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The 5 Biggest Speed Dating Blunders You Should Avoid

Speed Dating Blunders can make or break your match potential. Note: no one pictured is guilty of that.

Now that Do Sask has passed the milestone of over a dozen speed dating events in Saskatoon, I’ve gotten to interact with hundreds of singles. Many of them are frustrated with the modern dating scene. As a professional speed dating host, I see the differences between the people who are successful in finding their match and the ones who aren’t. This post is about the five biggest speed dating blunders that all attendees should avoid.

What has really stood out to me during the past year is the behavior patterns that interrupt match potential. These can be improved with a little effort. My hope is that everyone who doesn’t know what to expect will read this, so that they know what to avoid doing at speed dating.

If you’ve attended a speed dating event in Saskatoon, you already know that it can be a really fun way to meet new people. Let’s keep it that way by steering clear of the most common speed dating don’ts.

Here are five of the biggest speed dating blunders you should totally avoid:

Setting sky-high expectations before you arrive.

 

There’s an entire segment of the (completely dateable) single population that may take you by complete surprise. Instant attraction is not a good indicator of match potential. Choose to get to know someone better if you like what they have to say.

Long-term compatibility is a whole lot more complex than visceral attraction. Keep your mind open to forming a more meaningful bond with the people you meet. You never know how the sparks could fly if you won’t take the time to find out more.

No one is perfect. And meeting someone who immediately checks all the boxes is a rare thing indeed. Plus, I don’t screen everyone who buys a ticket to be perfect for you. That’s the beauty of it!

Listen to your gut. That 4 minutes is designed to make it an easy choice for you.

Neglecting to show off your best side.

Before every speed dating event, I send a message with a few friendly reminders to attendees. One of the most important things on the list is to show up as your best self. 

There is no dress code at speed dating because I want people to be completely comfortable. However if being comfortable means you haven’t taken care of your basic hygiene, or kept stained/tattered clothing in your wardrobe – that’s a speed dating blunder.

Putting in a bit of effort not only shows your dates that you care about yourself, but it could make a difference in your match results.

Lacking the ability to live in the moment.

When you sign up for speed dating you’re indicating that you’ll be present for 2 hours. It’s a speed dating blunder to constantly check your watch, tear through Q & As, and forget to give your full attention to the task at hand: your 4 minute dateFocus on each person at a time to get the most potential out of the night.

For example, I will never forget the speed dater who asked every 4 dates when speed dating was over, so they could go to the next event they had planned that night. They even brought a friend who had to wait for them to finish in the pub downstairs.

Your dates will notice if you seem like you’re in a rush to get on to the next thing. If you’re stuck on how to break the cycle of distraction, check out this article.

Letting your nerves get the best of your confidence.

Everyone is a little nervous at speed dating. It’s totally normal to feel that way, but you’re in control of how you behave. It should come as no surprise that assertive people tend to get the most matches.

Aggressive behaviour such as calling out your date for an innocent comment, or asking way too-personal questions is a no-no. People avoid those who are too hostile towards others, even if it’s a joke.

On the other hand, when one of the dates makes up their mind that they’re not worthy of the other person’s attention, they “give up too soon”. This can creep up after the event has ended. For instance, when you have your match’s contact details in your inbox and you decide to text/email instead of setting up your first real (i.e. over 4 minute) date.

Spoiler alert: your match wants to be asked out! The best thing to do with your match’s contact details is to set up a date at a time that works for both of you.

Giving everyone a shot… and losing yourself in the process.

In contrast to my first point on high expectations, some will want to connect with everyone they meet at speed dating. This is what I call “the shotgun approach”.

Attendees who mark every date as a ‘yes’ or ‘friend’ email me overwhelmed. They say they don’t know where to start and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

There’s a reason you have the option to mark someone a ‘no’. One of the most valuable lessons speed dating taught me was learning that not everyone is for me.  I talk about this point in nearly every speed dating introduction ‘how-to’.

Remember: dates you mark as a ‘yes’ could likely mark you as a ‘yes’. Be cognizant of that when you’re finalizing your decision after every 4 minute date. 

Learn from the mistakes of others and avoid these speed dating blunders. I hope these tips will help you improve your results the next time you attend a Do Sask speed dating event.

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Speed Dating Blunders can make or break your match potential. Note: no one pictured is guilty of that.
The people pictured above have nothing to do with the “speed dating blunders” topic of this post.

Kick Start the New Year: These Habits Help You Keep that Fresh Feeling Every Day

Simple habits to help you kick start the new year

This post is about simple ways to keep that fresh, hopeful feeling alive all year long. These habits will improve your mood and help you kick start the new year everyday of the week. Think of this advice as a reset button you can press when you’re feeling like you need to.

Note: If you love making resolutions, this article probably isn’t right for you.

New Year’s Eve can be one of the most hopeful nights of the year. You have a few drinks, spend time with your favourite people, and watch the ball drop/fireworks (or look it up on YouTube). There’s a super-connectedness with the people and the world around you in those fleeting moments.

So why would you let a resolution put a damper on your spirit?

All of the explosive joy can come crashing down as soon as the clock hits 12:01. Some of us feel anxious about the year ahead while others are too lit to notice the difference. If you’re from the former group, you may lay awake in bed coming up with ways you want to be better in the New Year. (If you’re in the latter group you will likely wake up in the afternoon singing sea shanties… but that’s a topic for another post.)

Self-proclaimed resolutions only set you up for failure. Only 8% of people actually keep theirs. So why are we wasting time making ourselves feel icky about who we are? You deserve to feel good throughout your day-to-day life, no matter what day it is.

Kick start the new year and get a fresh start all year long with these simple life hacks:

Get a new haircut

Back in 2015, I decided to kick start the new year by donating my hair that had grown for over 4 years to charity. It was at a hair college with a student that took over 3 hours to cut it all off. At the time, I was super nervous about letting go of my locks. Surprisingly, I’ve kept my shoulder length since then. Who says I can’t change my mind and snip it again any day of the week?

For under $50 at most salons, ask your hairdresser to give you a new look. Maybe it’s as simple as a nice trim, or perhaps you want to go from long to short. If you’re a dude, you can treat yourself to a professional shave or beard shaping. Whatever you’ve been waiting to try, do it! You may not recognize yourself, but that’s the point! Remember that hair always grows back.

Toss your old undies

Ladies, do the panties in your drawer have a stained crotch, ripped elastic, or fraying hem? Guys, do your boxer-briefs have holes in the crotch and skid marks?

We all have a pair that’s been worn one too many days. And yeah, you may only keep them around for certain days of the month, or laundry day. How do you feel when you put them on again and again and again? Likely, not as saucy and confident as you once did.

It’s time to release them out into the world. (I’m having flashbacks to that season of Orange is the New Black.)

There’s no denying that used up undies definitely aren’t going to make you feel fresh. So toss them now before you forget you’re wearing them on a date that’s going well…

Sort the pile of paper

The mountain of crap – bills, letters, receipts, etc. – that’s been sitting on your desk, kitchen table, or nightstand needs regular attention.

I tend to hoard receipts and handwritten notes. Last year, I spent several days of my Christmas holiday tallying them up on a spreadsheet. This year, I made an effort to regularly sort the pile when it got too large. Now I’m way ahead on organization come tax time. And I got more time to read and bake cookies over the holidays!

I still have a manageable pile on my desk. Baby steps!

Brush & floss your teeth

How good does it feel to have smooth pearly whites before you go to work and when you go to bed? Fang-tastic.

I resisted purchasing an electric toothbrush for most of my life. Since I started using mine around two years ago it’s made an impact come dentist time. Flossing regularly has also made a huge difference. I’d prefer not sitting in the dental hygienist’s chair any longer than I have to!

Make the bed

According to Psychology Today, bed makers are happier than those who don’t make their beds. It turns out that taking 30 seconds to accomplish something small before starting your day tricks your mind into maintaining other good habits.

When I was a kid my grandma taught me how to make hospital corners (she is a trained nurse), so I take pride in trying to make mine like she taught me.

Maybe this isn’t your thing and that’s okay! I’ve had debates with friends about making beds in the past, so I know there’s no convincing people who like messy beds.

Pick up that hobby you’ve forgotten

A hobby takes your mind away from the daily grind and onto something completely outside of your work, relationships, and obligations. It’s all about giving you pleasure in your off time. When I work on my hobbies it takes me to a state of flow. (Learn more about how to find your own flow point here.)

  • That canvas and paintbrush kit? They look like they need some colour.
  • The beautiful yarn? It could make a nice toque.
  • How about the bow and arrow? It’s time to hit the target.

A number of craft projects that I’ve never finished are in a bag in the basement. For example, I’ve got all the panels cut and prepared to make a t-shirt quilt, but no sewing machine. I like that I have a bunch of things in the works to pick up at any time when I need a pick-me-up.

Write something down

As a full-time writer I sift through a tonne of details every day, so tasks like “call doctor” might get forgotten for weeks. My brain has a funny way of retaining information.

What’s worse is when something nags at you inside for a long time. It’s called repetitive ruminating and it’s not good for your health at all. Putting those thoughts into words is a great way to dump them and either: a) fix ’em, or b) forget ’em.

I don’t want to say write a journal, because that can be a daunting chore for most. In my own personal experience it has been freeing to write one or two sentences. Some people use bullet journals which are designed for efficiency and mindfulness. It’s fun to look back on the things that excited me, or tore me up inside.

Get outside and/or off of your butt

If the gym ain’t your thing, don’t feel pressured to go. Do something that gets you up and out of your chair.

I’ve tried lots of things over the years including kettlebells, kickboxing, belly dancing, cycle commuting, acro yoga, dance classes, running, rollerblading, skating, skiing, snow showing, tobogganing… and the list goes on. Don’t let the cold weather stop you – unless it’s frigid enough to make hot water evaporate into thin air.

If you really don’t want to get moving, then remind yourself of those stress-busting endorphins. Once you’re done moving, you’ll feel like a million bucks.

Prayer and/or positive affirmations

When I’m too in my head and up to my eyeballs in overwhelm I need to be reminded to stop and let it go. The best way for me to do that is to pray. Again, prayer might not be for you. But letting go of your worries is freeing.

How do you pray? Some speak out loud, some think, some sing, some memorize, some read, some have conversations.

Benefits of prayer include improving self-control, increasing trust and lowering stress, according to Psychology Today.

Put your phone away

There’s no denying that most people are addicted to their smartphones. And it causes major damage to our personal relationships and health. If you can’t cut it out cold turkey and replace it with a flip phone, you’ll have to come up with ways to wean yourself off of it to detox.

One way is to take an hour before bed each night to do something without your phone. Plug it in to charge in another room and buy yourself an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake up without it.

Making time to disconnect is one of the best daily gifts I give myself. Try it yourself!

Most importantly: do what feels best for you.

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2 Luxurious Winter Road Trips from Saskatoon You Can Take on a Budget

Luxurious winter road trips to take this winter from Saskatoon

In Saskatchewan, winter brings months of snow, cold, and dreary skies. You can pack your bags and deplete your savings account for a trip to Mexico,  sit around the house waiting for the weather to warm up, or make the most of it with these winter road trips from Saskatoon!

I’m giving you a couple of options to help you plan a few memorable winter road trips from Saskatoon: Moose Jaw and Waskesiu. They aren’t too far from home, but just far enough that you’ll feel like you actually got away from it all.

Did you know that Do Sask began back in January 2017 with the sole purpose to improve my outlook on living in Saskatchewan? Now that it’s December, I can honestly say that choosing to spend more time thinking positively about my home province has led to some great adventures here. Read about two of my favourite ones in this post about winter road trips from Saskatoon.

But first, what’s the number one thing to do before you take winter road trips from Saskatoon?

Check the weather. It’s going to be your biggest consideration before taking off on a spontaneous winter getaway.

Icy roads can be dangerous to maneuver if you don’t have a whip with 4 by 4 – especially when you drive a coupe like me. So before planning a trip make sure you check the highway road conditions and the weather in your destination. It’s probably worth getting a tune-up and topping up the air in your tires, too.

Winter Road Trip 1: Moose Jaw is for lovers of everything Great Gatsby

Head south for the magnificent 1920s murals, underground tunnels of time, and luxurious mineral waters. Moose Jaw is a nice choice for a weekend road trip. And it’s totally walk-able!

My mom and I surprised my grandma for her 80th birthday with a one-night stay at Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa this September. According to their website, it’s “one of the world’s top 10 spas for mineral springs”. We packed our overnight bags and checked out the city for a day.

On the way to Moose Jaw with Grandma and Mom

Either we planned the trip on the perfect weekend, or Moose Jaw’s tourism industry is on point because it was an action-packed 24 hours. We left at around 9:00 AM from Saskatoon and arrived in Moose Jaw just before our lunch reservation.

Lunch at Yvette Moore Gallery

We had the most delicious meal of our trip at their Gallery Café. Grandma and I both ordered the chicken salad sandwich with no regrets.

The old-school façade of this gallery compliments the artwork with its copper fittings. You could spend hours looking at all the pretty things on display. The local arts and crafts selection is one of a kind. I found a cute teal and gold glass pumpkin and some Barefoot Venus hand cream. 

Afternoon at Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum

(This spot isn’t open in the winter, but it’s worth checking out. You can swap it for a trip to the Tunnels of Moose Jaw which a wrote about here.)

Sukanen Ship Threshing Bee Car show 2017

Sukanen Ship’s Threshing Bee weekend was the perfect time to go. The vintage farm equipment was running, there were old-fashioned lemonade stands, and many souped-up hot rods on display. My mom, grandma, and I couldn’t believe what we had found! It was like we were right back in the 1920s. Grandma said the thresher looked like the same one from her childhood on the farm in Quebec.

Dinner at Hopkins Dining Parlour

For grandma’s birthday dinner, we met up with one of my mom’s old friends at Hopkins. The restaurant that used to be a very large house is rumoured to be haunted, but I felt comfortable and ghost-free. I ordered the ribs and chicken. Grandma even got a complimentary slice of cheesecake for her birthday, so everyone was happy.

Relax in the Pool

During the wintertime, Temple Gardens mineral springs is as close to beach resort relaxation as you’ll get in Saskatchewan. It has an indoor/outdoor heated pool all year round that draws water from an ancient underground seabed. Soak in the healing waters outdoors during a snowfall if you want!

Grandma and I woke up early Sunday to try the pool yoga. It was fun to try a new activity before driving back home to Saskatoon.

Next up, my partner’s surprise birthday winter road trip to Waskesiu. 

Winter Road Trip 2: Disconnect from the noise of everyday life at Elk Ridge Resort

The rooms at this golfing resort are comparable in price to an average hotel room because winter is their off season. Plus, with fewer guests the quiet was an added bonus.

My partner Chris is usually pretty easy to please when it comes to gifts. He isn’t big on crowds and commotion. And spending a lot of money on material things doesn’t really do it for him either. So when time was running out to get him a birthday gift this year, Elk Ridge Resort helped me knock it out of the park.

Elk Ridge Resort Ice Sculpture

We left Saskatoon at around 9:00 AM Saturday morning and arrived in time for lunch at the hotel. I chose the chicken salad sandwich (again) and Chris had the Elk Burger with fries. Afterwards, we put on our snow pants and tried some of the free winter activities on the resort.

Get outside to make snow fun again!

No one likes to be stuck inside for 6 months a year just because there’s a little white stuff on the ground. You won’t be bored with options like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, curling, tobogganing, and snowmobiling. Elk Ridge also has an indoor pool with a water slide and hot tub, but we kept fairly busy exploring the outdoors.

Chris and I walked for over 5 kilometers in snowshoes, so we were ready for something to eat (and my hips were sore!). I remembered my friend Elle had mentioned how amazing the nachos at Walleye’s Pub were when she went this summer, so I had to get an order for Chris and I to share.

Eat nachos and drink beer at Walleye’s Pub

The server let us know that the nachos with added chicken would be enough for a meal. As you can see in the picture, they are layered with cheese and meat.

The best nachos in Saskatchewan at Walleye's Pub

Walleye’s definitely didn’t go chintzy like most pubs these days. (They even added free guac!) You can get a pitcher of Coors Banquet and a mound of the good stuff for under $40.

Brunch like a boss

Chicken and waffles, anyone? How Elk Ridge knew to put my favourite meal ever on the menu, I’ll never know.

Wish I was eating this for lunch again today… #chickennwaffles #latergram

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This version has bacon jam in-between a stack of two waffles. It’s the best brunch I’ve had in ions. Chris wanted to swap me his omelette. I declined, but let him have one of the two waffles instead.

Give the tobogganing hill your top priority

We rounded out our stay with a trip to the tobogganing hill and regretted not spending more of our time there. I had so much fun that I forgot to take a picture!

At the top of the hill, they had inner tubes ready to go and a warm-up shack complete with a nice wood stove. Flying down the hill and trying to avoid the snow ramp was both terrifying and hilarious at the same time.

I can’t express in words how much I want to do it again tomorrow, but I’ll have to wait until we can go back again…

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7 Tacky Last-Minute DIYs to Inspire You for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree

Between extended hours baking cookies at the stove, multiple deadlines before the end of the year, and getting crafty to make handmade gifts for my loved ones Christmas is the busiest most wonderful time of year at Do Sask Headquarters. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to get my outfit ready for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree.

Mixing eggnog into my morning coffee almost totally makes up for it!

If your holiday season is anything like mine, you’re probably wondering where to find the time to put together a prize-winning outfit for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree on December 12 and December 19 at the Hose & Hydrant Pub. Well, not to worry. I’ve done the work for you, so you don’t have to!

Here are some of the tackiest last-minute outfits I could find to inspire your look for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree:

1. Use your tinsel to steal the show as an eye-catching tannenbaum.

Photo via Pinterest

You might need a friend to wrap the tinsel around you, or you could tie it around a door knob and spin. Finish the look in 5 minutes or less!

2. Go bow-nanas with a chic take on tacky Christmas DIYs.

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Black shirt, leggings, tape and bows. This basic look may take 30 minutes or less with three of your friends taping and sticking.

3. Pimp your beard! Show off that luscious mane with battery-operated string lights.

Photo via Bored Panda

Once you’re finished weaving the lights into your beard hair, top off this colourful look with a flannel jacket and stylish cap.

4. Channel Lil’ Kim circa 1999 with a holiday spin in this sexy Rudolf getup.  

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There’s a NSFW ladies version, but this sweater seems like it’s better suited for adventurous/hilarious dudes.

5. This cold shoulder grumpy cat sweater is something I’d consider wearing regularly.

Photo via Homemade Home

Okay, minus the Santa hat. It’s kind of cute.

6. Paired up? How about this lovely couples’ sweater set…

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Because everyone can relate to Rudolf now and then. Especially at Christmastime.

7. Or this not-so-subtle Frosty the Snowman tribute?

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Props to this spirited couple for going all-in with their innuendo.

7. This mantle-place replica with stockings and fire get a standing ovation from me.

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Not sure if this girl dressed up for an ugly sweater party, or had to stand in as a fireplace at Christmas.

About Do Sask’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Singles Soiree

Do Sask is known for connecting people to new ideas and activities at speed dating events, art classes, and brewery tours in Saskatoon. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at the Hose & Hydrant Pub is the perfect opportunity to come and meet the Do Sask community. Registration is by donation with 50% of all profits donated to the YWCA Turning Points Program.

Friends and the curious welcome, regardless of relationship status.

Optional speed dating will be offered along with hilarious party games, prizes for ugliest sweater, and raffle draws. Do Sask throws out the old rules of speed dating for a more connective experience.

There are two Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirees for different age groups:
  1. December 12 – 38 and under. Click HERE for details and to register.
  1. December 19 – 36 and over. Click HERE for details and to register.

Both start at 7 pm and run ’til late. Please wear an ugly Christmas sweater if you have one! (Santa hats work, too!)

Tickets are by donation with half of all profits going to YWCA Turning Points programThe Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree at The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub, December 12 and 19, 2017 starting at 7 pm. Please share your tacky outfit ideas in the comments below.

7 of the Best Things to Do in Saskatoon this Fall

Autumn in Saskatoon 2017: 7 of the Best Things to Do

If it’s totally basic to be a fan of everything autumn — cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and colourful foliage — then hand me the North Face jacket and Ugg boots, ’cause this season I’m saying: #PumpkinEverything.

Fall has to be my favourite season in Saskatoon.  So in celebration of Do Sask’s sponsorship with Kings Court Events’ Autumn Extravaganza Trade Show this weekend at Prairieland Park, I’ve come up with a list of all of my favourite things to do this season.

This post will give you 7 fun things to do in and around Saskatoon this fall. From a map of the city’s spooky haunted (& historic) houses, to unique indoor activities that get you out of the chilly weather – you’ll find ideas and events that are outside of the box for your next date night out.

Scroll to the bottom for details on the Autumn Extravaganza trade show happening this weekend!

Here are 7 of the best things to do in Saskatoon in the fall:

Warmed Up Wardrobe

That cable-knit cozy feeling is everywhere you look! From your home decor, to entre options – you name it, when it’s fall in Saskatoon “comfortable” is your middle name.

The transition from summer to fall wardrobe pieces is an exciting time for most as they replace their shorts and sunnies with boots and sweaters.

It’s never too cold for flip-flops #FallFlipFlops #WalkWithPurpose

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But some locals still won’t let go of their flip flops until Old Man Winter rolls out his white carpet. Here’s a nifty sandals timeline in case you have questions about when to pack in your sandals for the year.

Crunchy Fall Fun

Black Fox Distillery Pumpkin Festival 2017
My friend Michelle getting ready to play pumpkin bowling at Black Fox Farm & Distillery.

From the corn mazes and pumpkin patches that sprinkle Valley Road, to the plethora of unique indoor activities going on all over the city – rake “fun” into a pile and then jump right on in. Some indoor activities on my radar include:

Fall Suppers

When it comes to handmade food, fall in Saskatoon delivers on its wide variety of options at church and community suppers. (You don’t have to be religious to celebrate – believe me, you won’t explode into flames upon setting foot in a church hall.)

Whether you’re all about the turkey, or prefer to ham it up you’ll spend next to nothing getting a feast prepared by caring volunteers that want to break bread with their neighbours.

Call me old school, but peanut butter marshmallow squares and grasshopper pie are definitely worth the hassle of checking a community cork board to track down the whereabouts of a Fall supper near you. (Check Do Sask’s private group for a listing.)

Mmm… dessert mashup!

Breathtaking Fall Foliage

Have you ever had an eyegasm? Then you probably haven’t looked at the Meewassin River Valley in the middle of autumn. Walk up and down the paths on the banks of the river to catch bright reds, glistening yellows, and gleaming golds as chlorophyll calls it quits for 2017.

Saskatoon’s Historic Places

Everyone knows Spadina Crescent’s lineup from its magnificent impact on our urban landscape. But have you spent time inside the lesser-known historic places that are sprinkled throughout our city?

Fall in Saskatoon brings out the Boomtown sprit that lives on in the little places that give our city so much quaint history. Do Sask partner location, The Hose & Hydrant Pub, used to be a fire station. And this helpful Wiki list gives you even more ideas for places to visit this fall.

With all our centuries-old history comes a generous helping of the paranormal. According to members of our private group, there are plenty of ghost sightings in popular historic locations around town like O’Briens Event Centre, The University of Saskatchewan, and the Delta Bessborough.

Saskatoon Haunted Houses

Speaking of ghosts, we’re lucky to have plenty of volunteers who transform their houses into scary haunts and walk-throughs every Halloween. Click here to add yours to the map, or visit the Scariest House in Saskatoon and Saskatoon Haunted Houses to plan your route this fall.

Don’t forget to get your ticket to Do Sask’s own Undead Lock & Key Halloween Party on October 31! Tickets on sale now at EVENTBRITE. Everyone 24 to 44 welcome.

Autumn Extravaganza Tradeshow

I consider myself a lover of handmade gifts, fresh baking, entrepreneurial spirit and local business. Kings Court Events combines them into Saskatoon weekend trade shows.

Celebrate fall in Saskatoon by supporting a local artisan when you visit the Autumn Extravaganza, this Saturday and Sunday at Prairieland Park. Nearly 100 vendors are on hand with offerings from a variety of makers, crafters, and bakers. Click here for a full list of vendors. There will be swag bags, door-prizes, and, of course, tons of beautiful craft and artisan products.

Saskatoon trade shows are best enjoyed when you plan ahead. So wear comfy shoes (not flip flops — see my first point) and pack a granola bar or two because you may just find a reason to stay a while. (And you’ll likely walk away with a smiling kid who just got the most badass face paint ever. Everyone’s happy!)

Check out Kings Court Events on Facebook for details on upcoming shows like the Early Bird Christmas, October 28th in Warman and the Mega Snow Christmas Show, November 25th to 26th.

AUTUMN EXTRAVAGANZA HOURS:

Prairieland Park, Hall B – Admission $5, 12 and under free

  1. Saturday, October 14th 10am – 5pm
  2. Sunday, October 15th 10am – 4pm
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Studio Do: A Night of Crafting Presented by Do Sask and Wet Paint Pottery

Studio Do is where friends (and wine) make crafting more fun!
Do Sask’s mission is to cultivate meaningful relationships through fun events. We help people connect by producing experiences like craft workshops and speed dating in Saskatoon.
 
Do Sask, in partnership with Wet Paint Pottery, is thrilled to announce the creation of an after-hours, adults-only studio space where friends new and old gather, get inspired and create together.
 

Presenting Studio Do #1: a Night Out for Crafty Adults

Wet Paint Pottery will open its doors after-hours, while Do Sask provides everything you need to make a project you will be proud of and an opportunity to meet new people while you’re at it!
Do Sask is working hard to develop upscale craft projects all the time. Studio Do’s list of projects is growing to include jewellery, seasonal decor, glass work, and more.
I am looking for new projects all the time, so stay tuned for details and to register.
What you get when you register for Studio Do:
  1. Learn how to make your own crafts with my help;
  2. An opportunity to meet other crafty people through fun ice breaker games;
  3. A glass of wine as the cherry-on-top of an already jam-packed social mixer.
If you don’t see a project you’d like to make, leave a suggestion. I really listen.

How Studio Do #1 will shake down:

Happy shakedown guy via http://imgur.com/gallery/7cM0GqE
  • Break the ice with fun games that let you get to know the others before crafting begins.
  • Craft projects are short enough to finish in the allotted 2-hour time frame, but big enough to feel good about the end result.
  • All guests are entitled to one complimentary beverage with their registration.
Okay, on to the important stuff…  like YOUR INVITATION

Studio Do #1 – Wine Glass Terrariums

You’re invited to the very FIRST after-hours adult craft night. 
Studio Do #1
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
7 to 9 pm at Wet Paint Pottery
Must be 19+ to attend.
You will make your own Wine Glass Terrarium, potentially meet a bunch of new friends, and enjoy a glass of wine in a relaxed, casual environment. 
Click HERE to register.
 
Terrarium Kit Complete
Your complete terrariums will look like the one on the left except personalized with lots of cool decor.
What’s a terrarium? It’s a mini ecosystem complete with plants, moss, rocks, soil and more. Building a tiny terrarium is like creating your own little world. There’s a lot of power in mini-gardening. And it’s WAY less work than the real thing
Add some fresh greenery to your home, or give it as a gift alongside a bottle (or box) of vino. Easy and decorative DIY wine glass terrariums are incredibly stress-free to maintain, love an abundance of sun and are drought tolerant.
If you’ve always wanted to know how to go about creating your very own terrarium, this is the place to start.
 
Includes all materials:
  • Detailed instructions
  • high quality vessel
  • Coloured rocks/pebbles and other decor
  • Rocks
  • Soil
  • Filtration
  • terraring tools (chopstick and spoon)

I WANT YOU AT STUDIO DO #1!

It isn’t a party until you walk in.  So, please let me know if you’ll be there by clicking HERE.
IF YOU LIKE crafting with new friends, JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP TO find out about more events like studio Do.

Saskatoon Fringe 2017: Highlights and Reviews from the Street

The countdown is on to the last day of Saskatoon Fringe 2017 on August 14. Broadway has come alive over the past week and a half with strong, female performances. And fried food. Lots of fried food.

Here are the highlights from the shows we checked out this week:

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Indoor Theatre

Windy Wynazz is… Rich and Famous ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If Liza Minnelli, Mr. Rogers, Kesha and Andy Dick managed to raise a human together… you’d have Windy.

Before the show started Wynazz sat next to me and asked if she looked okay, or if she needed darker lipstick. Her face was caked in makeup with false eyelashes on both her top and bottom lids and a nude lip. I said no, you look like you’re channeling Liza Minnelli. Her incessant need for audience approval continued throughout the show.

Windy takes the audience on an augmented trip through her life from a bullied Jewish kid to an insecure druggie rockstar wannabe with a love affair for the transformational power of wigs. She sells her soul to the devil and doesn’t get what she wants most – fame. It’s outlandish while remaining relateable.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, Windy is nuts. She gave me two of her shoes and told me to talk to Liza and “her mother”. When I obliged she told me to shut up because it was her show.

I laughed so hard my face still hurts, but I felt wrong about it at times. Especially when she fed Chris blueberries and gave him a blindfolded lap dance.

The Merkin Sisters ⭐⭐⭐

What’s up with the hair obsession?

Maybe the Stephanie Morin-Robert and Ingrid Hansen were offering a bizarre commentary on the avant-garde visual art that takes samples and puts them on display. They demonstrated how unconventional hair can be.

The ladies start the show in bathing suits and swim caps, interrupting the audience by walking through different rows and tapping people in tune with the music.

Once on stage, they use an old sweater to depict the birth of a white glove baby. The white glove then helps them pluck hair from each other and audience members. The collection then becomes the magic concoction that transforms them into giant bouncing hair balls.

I’m pretty sure a few people walked out. But that didn’t stop the rest of us from trying to figure out what the whole show was about.

A bizarrely hilHAIRious show with the randomness of Robot Chicken.

Check out more indoor shows here.

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Street Performances

The Silver Starlets ⭐⭐⭐

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Silver Starlets
A male volunteer looks on from his sparkle spot while he gets ready to replace their third member “Olga”.

A bubbly Canadian aerial duo with some adult jokes and plenty of risky moves. Like bravely unravelling aerial silks down to the road from 20 Ft. above ground.

Hannah Cryle ⭐⭐⭐

Lazy days in Saskatoon are necessary preparation for big nights. #yxefringe #saskatoon #bigwheelshow #spiral

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-relied on mom and her daughter, Coco from the audience.
An Australian contortionist, hoola hooper, and a balancing act who combines all three atop a German wheel.
Her message: “Seriously it’s 2017 – we need to close the gender pay gap. The streets are the only place where we’re treated as equals.”

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Street Fair

Marc Rousseau Comics “A Miserable Guide to Saskatoon”

4 more days left! I’m set up at thr Saskatoon Fringe. Come on out and say hi! #yxe #yxefringe

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Rousseau’s comic preview is probably all you’ll get to see since all of his books have been selling out. From the first page you’ll be nodding in agreement and chuckling at his observations on the quirks of Saskatoon.

Example: “I’m very racist and I’m very sorry” – a reference to “I am the bridge” anti-racism campaign released by the City of Saskatoon this summer.

Books are selling for $18, but Marc can’t make them fast enough. (He prints them and publishes them himself.) Somebody at the StarPhoenix should hire this guy!

Saskatoon Fringe 2017 Food

  • Chick-a-lic Funnel Cake Sundae complete with Skor bits, chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream.
  • Strawberry Malt from Pink Cadillac.
  • The Hose & Hydrant Patio for tacos and a bulldog.
  • GIANT jugs of flavoured lemonade.
  • Wholesome ice cream rolls with different local flavours.

Make sure you get down to the Saskatoon Fringe 2017 this weekend to check out these shows and more before it’s all over.

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Make your own alcohol ink coaster at Thursday Night Art Market YXE

Saskatchewan Pride Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster
Learn how to become an alcohol ink artist!

Back by popular demand, this Thursday Night Art Market I’ll teach you how to make a custom alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster for $10. You’ll take home your coaster to show all of your friends what your artistic talents are made of!

*This is not a formal workshop and does not require advance registration. I’ll be taking “students” on a first-come, first served basis.

Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster Mini-Maker

Saskatchewan Pride Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster

Ceramic tiles are non-porous so alcohol inks won’t permeate the surface.

Supplies you’ll use:

  • 4×4 Ceramic White Tile
  • Ranger Ink Alcohol Ink
  • Isopropanol Alcohol
  • Cotton Pad
  • Q-Tip
  • Drinking Straw

Techniques:

1. Stamp the ink onto the tile with cotton pad,

2. blow the ink before it dries with a straw,

3. drip the ink with a paint brush,

4. sprinkle alcohol on top of the ink to create a star-like galaxy,

5. Remove ink for clean finish with alcohol soaked brush or Q-Tip,

6. Use tape or decal to create precise symbols that you will stamp over.

To protect your finished alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster you’ll need:

  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • EnviroTex Lite Resin Kit
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Disposable Mixing Dish
  • Cork or Felt (protects wood surfaces)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue

If you want to use your alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster for everyday coffee and tea you will need to protect it by using the following method:

  1. Paint Modge Podge onto your tile and let it dry for about 60 minutes. (This protects the colour from the resin.)
  2. Mix resin and hardener together in a disposable dish for two minutes.
  3. Once the resin has thickened from stirring drip the mixture onto your tile and spread the mixture evenly across it.
  4. Shake your tile to get bubbles out. There may be some bubbling, but remember this project isn’t perfect!
  5. Put the tile in a safe, relatively dust free area to set for up to 72 hours.
  6. Cut cork or felt to fit 4×4 tile and hot glue to the bottom.

New doers can WIN stuff!

If you like Do Sask, encourage your friends and family to come down to the Thursday Night Art Market and sign up to become a Doer. When they opt-in to the newsletter they will have a chance to Win a To-Go Terrarium Kit package for 3 – a $90 value!*

Terrarium Kit CompleteTwo draws will be made on July 27th and September 7th, 2017. Our first draw for the Terrarium Kit “Night In” happens this Thursday at 9:00 PM!

*To qualify, winners must be new Doers (you can always ask them nicely to share the prize).

Hope to see you at #ThursdayNightArtMarketYXE!

I’ll be set up at Market Square in front of the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market just off Avenue B and 19th street every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM until September 7th. River Landing is only steps away.

DO YOU LIKE supporting local SASKATOON artists? JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP TO find out about more events like the thursday night art market.