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Etsy Item of the Day: Hippo Christmas Cards

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Hippos, polar bears, and snow—oh my! The Memorable Image creates cards featuring photographs of scenes made with miniature animal figurines, and boy are they cute. So adorable, in fact, that I couldn’t decide which hippo card I liked best, so I just have to highlight both!

Check our their other Christmas cards for additional animal options, such as dinosaurs, owls, penguins, and more.

Etsy Seller: The Memorable Image

Raymond Around the World: Rome

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After travelling to London, New York City and the Blue Ridge Mountains this year, Raymond and I thought it would be interesting to visit another city where we could soak up a lot of history. Raymond was particularly interested in checking out old ruins and historic buildings, so we decided to make our way down to Rome, Italy!

It was incredibly hot while we were in Rome—possibly even hotter than when we went to South Korea last year. Let me tell you, when you live at the North Pole, you aren’t used to heat and humidity! In between purveying the sites, Raymond and I ducked into the shade and made sure to drink plenty of water.

For our first stop, Raymond and I visited the Pantheon, which was built nearly 2,000 years ago. Used as a Roman Catholic church since the 7th century, the Pantheon is beautiful and incredibly well-preserved.

Raymond in the hot sun outside the Pantheon
Admiring the coffered concrete dome and oculus inside the Pantheon
Tempted to hop into the water of the Fontana del Pantheon to cool off in Piazza della Rotonda

Next we decided to stop for some lunch. As you may remember, Raymond and I are both vegetarians, and thankfully there is a plethora of vegetarian Italian dishes. Some days we couldn’t decide… Pasta? Pizza? Salad? Gelato? All of the above? :D

About to chow down on a caprese salad. Yum!

Raymond and I could eat Italian cuisine all day, but we had other sights to see, so we ventured forth in the Roman sun. We came across a large building that turned out to be Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II. Built in the early 1900s, this monument was erected in honour of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of unified Italy.

In front of Altare della Patria, also known as Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II
With the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the background

From Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, we passed the Roman Forum on our way to the Colosseum. Raymond was fascinated by the ruins, as some of them date back nearly 3,000 years!

Enjoying a visual history lesson

A trip to Rome would be incomplete without a visit to the Colosseum. Completed almost 2,000 years ago, the Colosseum is the largest amplitheatre in the world. Raymond and I both loved the Colosseum in its beautiful ruined state.

Excited to check out the Colosseum
Some estimates say the Colosseum could hold between 50,000–80,000 spectators—yowza!
“Buongiorno!”

Raymond and I had a blast in Italy, taking in the historical sites and tasty cuisine. Where else do you think Raymond went this year? Stay tuned to find out! :)

Add Some with Pizzazz These Holiday Headbands

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When you’re getting ready for a holiday soirée, it’s fun to add a dash of festive flair to your outfit. You could do this with jewelry or tights, but one of my favourite ways to jazz up a Christmas outfit is with a unique hair accessory. Whether you wear it to your company Christmas party or Christmas dinner, any of the headbands below will give your outfit that extra bit of merry.


Sequin Green & Red Christmas Bow Headband Oversized Black Bow Elf Hat Headband Mistletoe Headband Christmas Knotted Headbands Swanky Celebration Feather Fascinator Cocktail Hat Top Hat Fascinator

  1. This top hat fascinator is perfect for when you’re feelin’ festive and fancy.

  2. The spray of red feathers on this swanky celebration feather fascinator cocktail hat will instantly upgrade any outfit. [Bonus idea: You could also wear this on a date on Valentine's Day!]

  3. Add some subtle holiday cheer to a more casual outfit with these knotted headbands.

  4. Just for giggles, you could don this mistletoe headband. Maybe your sweetie will even give you a smooch ;)

  5. If you’re an elf-wannabe, sport this elf hat headband along with some red and green striped tights.

  6. An adorable statement piece, this oversized bow would look great with a little black dress and some sparkly jewelry.

  7. Not only is this sequin green & red Christmas bow headband cute, but it also lights up!

Psst… All of these hair accessories are available for two-day shipping [some even with Amazon Prime], so you can still get them before this weekend!

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Etsy Item of the Day: Plush Octopus Ornament

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These chubby octopus ornaments are so adorable that they practically made me squeal with delight. Soft, squishable, and available in a variety of colours, one of these ornaments would be the perfect gift for the cephalopod lover in your life. FuzziMutt Creations also has larger octopus plushies for sale, and they are equally darling!

Etsy Seller: FuzziMutt Creations

The Christmas Tree Deconstructed

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With there now only being 11 days left until Christmas, I imagine that most of you have your Christmas trees up and decorated. If you’re anything like me, then you might even have more than one Christmas tree at your home! What can I say—as an elf, I love Christmas decorations :)

Did you know that the first written record of a decorated Christmas tree dates back more than 500 years? To learn where this Christmas tree was located and other interesting fir facts, check out the infographic below!
The Christmas Tree Deconstructed

Click on the image for an even closer look! Infographic via UberSignal

Etsy Item of the Day: Heart Christmas Crackers

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Covered in charming hearts, these Christmas crackers will be a fun addition to your holiday celebration. Not only is the recycled paper screen printed by hand, but the crackers themselves are handmade as well. Each Christmas cracker contains a festive badge, a candy cane, a joke, and a Christmas party hat. Also available are multi-coloured chevron, gold & white chevron, and metallic chevron Christmas crackers.

Etsy Seller: Sophia Victoria Joy

Raymond Around the World: London

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During our elfy downtime this year, Raymond and I have enjoyed our travels together. So far we’ve told you about our adventures in New York City and the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we also journeyed to other spots in the world outside of the United States. Any guesses? Here’s a hint: We went back to a place we visited in 2012 during the Olympics…

Yep—London!

London is one of my absolute favourite cities, and Raymond had a blast when went there a couple years ago, so we decided to go back so that Raymond could explore some more.

One evening we headed over to Knightsbridge to pick up some biscuits and chocolates at the Food Halls at Harrods. What can I say—Raymond and I both have a sweet tooth.

Hey, double-decker bus, you’re in the way!
Excited to visit the amazing Food Halls at Harrods

The next day we went for a walk along the River Thames so that Raymond could take in even more sights, both historical and fun.

Scoping out the London Eye
Pausing on Westminster Bridge for a quick photo
Checking the time on Big Ben

Raymond liked riding on the subway in NYC so much that I knew he would really love riding the Tube, which we took to get all over London.

Raymond heeding the warning
London Underground train approaching on the Circle line
Hopping on the Tube

After traipsing around the city, Raymond and I were parched, so we popped into a shop for a cold drink. Raymond was so excited to see his friends’ names on the Coke bottles!

Christmas Reindeer Coke Bottles - London
But where’s the ‘Raymond’ bottle!?

I think Raymond might love London almost as much as I do, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the two of us visit there again! In the meantime, where else do you think Raymond went this year? Stay tuned to find out! :)

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