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Shop Local in 2014

Happy New Year! We trust everyone's rested (read: plumped) up after the holidays? We've eaten every last gingerbread man in the office and we're ready to move onwards and upwards. That brings us to resolutions. Whether or not you do the annual goal-setting thing, we hope you'll join us in keeping things even more local for 2014. We resolve to promote more local businesses and artisans, eat more delicious homegrown food and support more of our neighbours, charities and communities. Now doesn't that sound like a lot more fun than extra squats or cutting out cake? (Image by Diggit Shop Local Photo contest winner, Christine Roome of Sweet Memory Art)

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Mid-January Resolutions

Not surprisingly, the beginning of January brings talk of New Year's resolutions. Maybe this post is a little late as we're already half-way through January, but better late then never! I'm not a big fan of resolutions because I prefer to set goals as life moves along not just at the beginning of the year. Most New Year's resolutions tend to be set to fit social convention and not for personal growth, but that doesn't mean we can't try! (read more...)

Eat: Prime Rib Stew

"There are two bold winners for first place in comfort food: chicken noodle soup & beef stew. It's what to do with leftovers. I literally load it with the leftover veggies & meat from the meal before. The stock is so simple to make if you have the time to simmer those bones a few hours or overnight. The longer they cook, the deeper the flavour with less need for additional store bought stock, etc." ~ Janette Taylor | Get the recipe.

What's Happening Around Town

Simple Upholstery Class

This 4-week course at The Makehouse is an introduction to simple upholstery techniques. Experienced upholsterer Miro (Miro's Upholstery), leads you through the process. It's a great way to learn upholstery without major investments in equipment, plus you'll leave with a gorgeous newly upholstered item, detailed instructions and the skills to revamp the rest of your home! Learn more.

For Brides & Grooms-To-Be!

The 2nd Annual Westshore Wedding Show is coming to Langford February 23th, 2014, at the Eagle Ridge Community Centre from 10:00am until 4:00 PM. Brides from Langford, Colwood, Sooke & Cowichan will find everything they need to plan their wedding here! Brides from the core and outlying areas of Victoria will also find everything they could ever want! Tickets are $10.00 per person at the door, or buy 2 get 1 free when you pre-register. Learn more. 

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