Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to Vancouver for a tenth year with stars of American Ballet Theatre making their debut perfromances in Vancouver for the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Prince.
A Vancouver holiday tradition, Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns for its tenth year this holiday season. Devon Teuscher and Alexandre Hammoudi from New York’s renowned American Ballet Theatre (ABT) join as Principal dancers in the iconic roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Prince. Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker will run for five shows at Queen Elizabeth Theatre from December 21st to the 23rd with matinee and evening performances.
The Principal Dancers will join a cast of over 250 dancers comprised of local and international cast members, performing to choreography set by Emmy award winner and Canadian choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes. Each performance will feature live music from members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. This year, Goh Ballet will offer an interactive VIP experience that includes exclusive pre and post show activities including, a private champagne reception, mingling with the cast, photograph opportunities, and backstage tour access.
Principal dancers bring international star power to Vancouver’s favourite holiday tradition
The tenth production of Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker will run five performances at their new venue of Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre from December 21st to 23rd
This year’s exclusive VIP experience includes private photo op with cast and backstage tour access
About Goh Ballet
Since 1978, Vancouver, Canada has been home to Goh Ballet, a vibrant, innovative and diverse dance organization. Following the vision of its founders while expanding on current artistic aspirations, Goh Ballet pursues technical and artistic excellence while raising cultural awareness in our communities through performance productions. The Goh Ballet is synonymous with excellence, training talent and fostering the presentation of classical ballet. It provides extraordinary opportunities for dancers to reach their full potential, while contributing to the artistic well-being of our city and country. Goh Ballet is always at the forefront of the arts community.
With a wide-ranging and ever-expanding repertoire that encompasses classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, character, and national dance, the Goh Ballet’s reach extends internationally. Performance tours have been made to the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, France, and the U.S.A. The achievements and visibility of our cast members who fill the ranks of world-renowned companies continue to prove Goh Ballet is a justly celebrated cultural ambassador on world stages.
How do you maintain your wellness routine and keep yourself healthy this time of year? I’m excited to be teaming up again with Botanica Health heading into the holiday season with some ideas to help you stay calm and relaxed while enjoying something warm to unwind with at the end of the day. We all know eggnog is a hit this time of year, but if you’re looking for something warm and not loaded with sugar I’ve got two ideas you might want to try (plus a recipe!).
Botanica Health has just released two new products in time for those evenings you want to stay cozy indoors (or go for a Winter walk), and unwind at the end of the day: Reishi Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Turmeric Golden Mylk. Both are modern takes on traditional beverages (reishi mushrooms are believed to help the body relax and support a healthy stress response, while turmeric is a popular ingredient in ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties). With the added decadence of chocolate, they’re the perfect drink for when you want to enjoy something warm and comforting without being loaded with sugar and artificial additives (bonus points for actually being good for you!).
The Reishi Hot Chocolate is my favourite of the two, and I decided to give it a try in a recipe: reishi chocolate chia pudding, a new take on this chia parfait recipe. I like that chia pudding is a tasty, healthy snack full of nutrients and how simple it is to make. Whether you enjoy the Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix to make a warm drink on a cold day, or to add into a snack like this one, it’s a refreshing option worth a try. See below for the recipe!
Reishi Hot Chocolate Chia Pudding
2 cups milk (regular, coconut, or pick your favourite)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tbsp Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Vanilla Greek yogurt (optional)
Cinnamon or cocoa nibs for garnish
1. In a jug, mix the Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix until combined, followed by the chia seeds
2.Cover for half an hour or overnight
3.When ready, pour the chia seed mix into mason jars and top with cinnamon or cocoa nib shavings
4.For an extra dose of protein, layer the chocolate chia pudding with Greek yogurt
Start getting into the holiday spirit with OHP’s 12 Days of Giveaways!
For the next twelve days you’ll find a new giveaway each day here on OHP just in time to treat yourself or someone you know for the holiday season. Come back each day to see the latest prize up for grabs and enter to win! See below for more info and each giveaway as it’s added.
To help you remember to check back every day throughout the 12 Days of Giveaways, visit and save this Facebook post to help keep updated as each new giveaway is announced. That’s also the post you’ll be directed to for some of the entry options throughout the giveaway, so it’s good to keep it handy).
Here’s how #OHP12DaysofGiveaways will unfold:
Check here every day from November 12- 23 to see the latest giveaway announcement and the entry form associated with that giveaway (hint: some entries you’ll be able to do more than once, so make sure you come back to those entry forms!).
Some giveaways will be open to Canada, some to the US and Canada, and some worldwide. You’ll find that info with each giveaway, but please also check the terms and conditions for each giveaway, as some require you to visit the giveaway partner in person and/ or some giveaways will close before the 12 Days of Giveaways is finished if they are time sensitive.
Winners will be contacted via email and in the giveaway widget (entry form)
Winner must be able to attend Vancouver Christmas Market in person. Please visit the event website for full details: https://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Vancouver Christmas Market. No cash value. Non transferable.
Perfect to get cozy with on cold Winter nights! This prize pack includes Botanica’s classic Turmeric Golden Mylk, Turmeric Chocolate Mylk, and Reishi Hot Chocolate. Enjoy a boost to your health without sacrificing a soothing yuletide beverage. Here’s to staying healthy this holiday season!
Treat yourself or someone else with these 100% soy candles and wax melts! A great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Choose from their seasonal scents perfect for the holiday season or classic signature scents. Photo credit: Captured in Squares
Shipping additional. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Canvas Candle Co. No cash value. Non transferable.
Prize: Your choice of an in-person or online personal training membership from Muscles and Mommies
Give yourself the gift of self-care with a FitB!tch fitness package from Muscles and Mommies! Choose from Option 1, one month of the Ultimate FitB!tch package ($200 value) or Option 2, two months of the The FitB!tch package ($180 value). See here for membership details.Please note you must live within or near the service area of Muscles and Mommies to claim Option 1 (if you are local to the Vancouver area but outside service area, you may still claim Option 1 as a prize, however standard travel fee will apply; otherwise Option 2 will be awarded as a prize. See terms and conditions in the entry form for more details.
Get your snack on with Free Yumms’ selection of healthy and allergy-friendly snacks! Enjoy a selection of their products that are free from the top 8 allergens: dairy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, and shellfish. Perfect for healthy snacking at school, work, or home.
Open to residents of Canada and the US. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Free Yumm. No cash value. Non-transferable.
Prize: $100 photo package from Akane Kondo Photography
A picture says a thousand words! Capture a special moment in time and enjoy the memories for a lifetime. Get those family photos you’ve been wanting, enjoy an engagement session, or save those first few precious days with a newborn shoot, the chouce is yours! Whtever the occasion, this prize is perfect to help save some special memories.
Winner must live within the Greater Vancouver Area. Travel fee may apply. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Akane Kondo Photography. No cash value. Non-transferable.
How can you go wrong when something is made just for you? Shop Ava to Zoe’s genuine leather keychains combine class with sass and add a little bit of fun to your daily routine. Keep one for you and give the other, or give them both for a handmade gift with personality.
Open to residents of Canada and the US. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Shop Ava to Zoe. No cash value. Non-transferable.
Enjoy some island vibes any time of year with Aloha Kai! The name of this clothing line means ‘love of the ocean’ in Hawaiian and makes the perfect gift for that person you know who loves the waves (and if that’s you, a fun excuse to enjoy some shopping!). A portion of each sale is donated to BC Children’s Hospital.
By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Aloha Kai Apparel. No cash value. Non-transferable.
Indulge in a little TLC with The Perfect Feather for the holidays! Take some time out from all the shopping and baking to enjoy some self-care. Choose from a Lash Lift and Tint ($100 value) or Teeth Whitening ($130 value). Winner must be able to attend appointment at the Perfect Feather’s studio. Winner may select from a Teeth Whitening service ($130 value) or a Lash Lift and Tint ($100 value). By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and The Perfect Feather. No cash value. Non-transferable.
Who doesn’t love a brand with a positive message? That combines style and comfort? That gives back? FREE REIGN checks all those boxes, and the story behind how the company started is definitely worth a read! Get cozy this holiday season in one of their FW18 pieces, the ODYSSEY Hoodie Vest. Made from recycled water bottles, this vest is part of their Self Love Collection and has a hidden message sewn inside ($126 value).
What happens when you bring together an awesome group of people? Awesome things happen!!! To bring the 12 Days of Giveaways to an end with a bang, I’ve teamed up with some other amazing bloggers to spoil one lucky winner with a $250 Amazon Gift Card! How would that help with your Christmas shopping??? To enter, make sure you follow all accounts on Instagram plus don’t miss the bonus entry form to check out these peeps on Facebook! Open worldwide. Please note gift card is in CAD and if a winner is drawn from outside of Canada the gift card will be provided in USD at the respective exchange rate from CAD to USD.
At the end of the 12 Days of Giveaways, entries will close for all open giveaways and winners will be announced within 48 hours. If the first winner selected is unable to collect for their respective prize, another winner will be drawn. Please read the terms and conditions for each giveaway (located in the entry form), as the giveaways are not all open to as US and/or worldwide audience.
Whip up a batch of these cookies in just 20 minutes!
We’re heading into baking season (and bake sale season… and cookie exchange season…!) and while we have favourite classics, it’s always fun to try something new. I recently tried this cake mix cookie recipe from MomEh and it’s safe to say we’ll be making them again. Sometimes you just want a recipe that’s quick and easy, no fuss, and these cake mix cookies are perfect for that- especially if you’re looking for ideas to make for bake sales and cookie exchanges!
1 box of cake mix (I used the one with sprinkles already mixed in)
1/2 cup softened butter or vegetable oil
Optional: food colouring and/ or sprinkles
Preheat oven according to cake mix and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
Combine wet ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another (if your cake mix doesn’t have sprinkles already mixed in, add them to the dry ingredients). Mix together until batter is a smooth consistency
Roll into approx 1 tsp size balls, spacing them about 2″ apart
Bake for 10- 15 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
Looking for ideas for a bake sale or cookie exchange? These cookies are perfect!
The cookies in this post were made using a regular cake mix, but we also made a batch using a gluten-free cake mix and they turned out just as delicious.
Tip: If you make these cookies using a gluten-free cake mix, simply scoop batter onto cookie sheets if you can’t get the batter to form a ball.
For this recipe, I used a Betty Crocker Cake Mix and added sprinkles, but we’ve tried a few different gluten-free cake mixes including Kinnikinnick, and XO Baking CO and have enjoyed them. Your local grocery store probably carries some, but you can also find a variety on Amazon.
It’s that time of year where you want to layer up and be cozy! Whether you’re looking for a whole new wardrobe or hunting for a few staples, Joe Fresh has you covered from head to toe. I’m sharing a few favourites here from their #JoeFreshFall 2018 collection, but believe me when I say there’s waaaay more cute pieces where these came from (that velvet jumpsuit tho!).
If you’ve been looking or pieces that are comfortable, stylish, and easy-to-wear, look no further. You can enjoy refreshing your Fall wardrobe without breaking the bank account thanks to Joe Fresh and their pieces that bring together style, comfort, and affordability. Plus enjoy shopping at your local Real Canadian Superstore or Loblaws or shop online on the Joe Fresh website.
And speaking of online shopping…
Use code YMC25 to save 25% off your online order!*
Stock up on seasonal essentials for everyone in the family with this favourite Canadian fashion brand! Find lots of cute pieces for your hubby and kids- see links below to shop:
Fashion lover? Check out more posts like this on the blog’s Style page!
Discount Code Details
*Discount code valid until November 2, 2018, 4am EST on regular priced items only. Excludes Baby Gift Boxes and clearance items. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or promotional offers, is not redeemable for cash and cannot be applied to previous purchases. Valid in Canada only.
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