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Posted February 14 By Jenn Fong

Greater calgary’s top coffee shops

Greater Calgary takes immense pride in its burgeoning coffee culture. You’ll find cozy cafes throughout the city that roast their beans in-house and serve exceptional craft coffee prepared by expert baristas. While it was difficult to narrow down, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite spots for getting your buzz on.

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Posted February 8 By Tracy O'Connell

Celebrate a happy & healthy valentine’s day

Ditch the high-sugar treats this Valentine’s Day and say “I love you” with healthy all-natural goodies and gifts. We’ve highlighted some of our favourite ideas below for sharing with family and friends on February 14th.

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Posted February 1 By Tracy O'Connell

Spice drawer essentials

Herbs and spices are essential in every kitchen pantry. Aromatic seasonings enhance the flavour of your soups and stocks, meat, fish and poultry, casseroles and baking. Check out our list of must have spices, as well as tips and tricks for storage, shelf life and usage.

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Posted January 31 By Tracy O'Connell

Events around town - february edition

Read our monthly events blog to find out the great events our city of Calgary and surrounding area has to offer. This month we look forward to Winter Festivals, a heated Valentines Day event and of course Winefest! Read on to find out the details of the events and how to take part!

Yogababe
Posted January 18 By Tracy O'Connell

Exploring your community: baby & me

Parenthood is a joyous, never-ending rollercoaster. Days can quickly turn into weeks, months and years when we’re juggling work and family life. Taking a few moments for ourselves every once and while is important to maintain balance. With its host of parks, playgrounds and recreation centres, Greater Calgary is an amazing city for parents with young children. Even better? You’ll also find some innovative health and wellness focused businesses that offer onsite childcare – allowing you to focus on your treatment or practice without worrying about your little ones. Here are a few of our favourite R&R spots in and around Calgary.

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Posted January 11 By Tracy O'Connell

Simple healthy meal ideas

After overindulging throughout the holidays we’re all looking for simple ways to add more nutritious food into our diet. Unfortunately eating healthier can often feel a bit daunting for busy families who are always on the go. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite, simple to make, healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas. We hope you enjoy! 

Skating
Posted December 21 By Tracy O'Connell

Playing in a winter wonderland

The kids are on winter break and the snow is calling their name. There’s no need to stay cooped up inside when you have an array of winter activities available right outside your door. From free family fun, to epic experiences, we’ve compiled our top ways to play outdoors in and around Calgary.

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Posted December 21 By Tracy O'Connell

Tips & tricks for a healthy holiday season

Tis the season for overindulging. Between the onslaught of holiday lunches, concerts and parties, and the goodies and gift baskets that magically appear in corporate lunchrooms, it’s virtually impossible to maintain our normal caloric intake. So, to help you make some healthier choices this season, and prevent a New Year’s resolution meltdown, we’ve compiled a few of our favourite tips and tricks for tackling December’s endless celebrations.

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Posted December 12 By Tracy O'Connell

Events around town – december edition

Read our monthly events blog to find out the great events our city of Calgary and surrounding area has to offer. This month we look forward to everything Christmas and New Years Eve focused!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year especially when there is Brunch, Butlers and Bubbly! Read on to find out the details of the events and how to take part!

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Posted December 8 By Tracy O'Connell

The gift of giving

The holiday season is officially upon us. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and hustle and bustle of it all. Parties fill up our calendars and we spend hours at the mall, and online, looking for the perfect gifts. December is also the time of year when those less fortunate feel the hardship of not having enough even more. The gift of giving is a wonderful lesson to share with family. Excel has always felt strongly about giving back to our community, and we encourage others – who are able – to do the same.  You’ll find many amazing non-profits to support in Calgary, including the organizations we’ve featured below. 

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Posted November 29 By Tracy O'Connell

Diy holiday gift guide

December is the season of giving. Throughout the month we’ll buy hostess gifts for holiday parties and thank-you gifts for our mail carrier, garbage collector, hair dresser and children’s teachers. And this of course is in addition to the presents we buy for under our tree – and in our stockings. Needless to say, January credit card bills are never a joy. So to help with your holiday budgeting we’ve come up with a few chic DIY gifts that will impress both the recipient and your wallet. 

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Posted November 17 By Tracy O'Connell

Hot home décor trends & tips for winter

Calgary has been blessed with an unseasonably warm fall this year. We’ve all enjoyed the double digit temperatures that have allowed us to spend more time outdoors. However, we can’t expect the dream to last forever. Winter is on its way, and we say let’s greet the change of season by refreshing our interior décor. Check out our favourite new tips, trends and treasures for Winter 2017.