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Marina Hildebrand Beautiful Designs for a Beautiful Life

CONSIDER A CRUISE By Cathe Offet

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Cover Story Marina Hildebrand

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In this Issue

Our Team Publisher Compass Advertising Ltd. info@getcompass.ca ART DIRECTOR & Managing Editor Mustapha Itani moe@getcompass.ca GUEST Editor Jenn Smith Nelson jennsn@myaccess.ca WRITERS Jenn Smith Nelson jennsn@myaccess.ca Lee Parent shayneandlee@yahoo.com Jessica Reimer jrwritesthings@gmail.com Cheryl Kirkness cheryl@momsandmunchkins.ca Sara Lindsay info@saralindsay.ca Riley Lawson style@rileylawson.com Joy Amistad carmeljoyamistad@gmail.com CharMaine Luscombe charmaineregina@gmail.com

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Beauty column by Sara Lindsay

21 new year, new trends

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Fashion column by Riley Lawson

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24 Design Matters

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Note from our Guest Editor

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first issue of 2014! I am thrilled to return this year as Pink’s Guest Editor. The New Year brings with it such a renewed sense of spirit and inspiration. What I love most about my role at Pink is getting knee deep into the stories of so many fascinating and inspirational Saskatchewan women, young and old, from all walks of life. I feel especially grateful for this opportunity. Gratitude. It’s one of two of my New Year’s resolutions. My goal for 2014 is to take the time to acknowledge, feel and hand out large doses of it. Days slip by so quickly and living in the present moment, taking stock of what’s really important, often gets missed. So, this year I resolve to better appreciate and share the gifts that daily life brings, which are plentiful. My second resolution is one I think many of you will relate with and I encourage you to add it to your resolution list. I am going to learn to say ‘no’ more. Say it with me now – ‘I am going to learn to say no more’. Together, let’s acknowledge that we cannot always take on everything even if we want to. And, to ensure we stay the best healthy and happy version of ourself, let’s decide to choose our commitments more wisely. Trust me; you will be grateful if you do. Did you make any resolutions for the New Year? We would love to hear them! Best wishes for a wonderful year ahead and good luck with whatever you have resolved to achieve in 2014!

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Author Hazrat Inavat Khan made famous the following expression: “Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.” Marina Hildebrand, interior designer and owner of Marina Hildebrand (MH) Design, has aligned her passion and career by making beautiful places. Her company motto (‘Structure, Design and Beautiful Things’) is just as much a testament to her brand as it is to her personal philosophy. “Beauty is my antidote to the mundane,” says the former Manitoba resident who now calls Regina home. “When you surround yourself with things you love in a space you love to be in, you go out into the world with an improved perspective.” Hildebrand captures the essence of this statement in her comprehensive and committed approach to design. As owner of Regina’s only full-service interior design company, Hildebrand is invigorated by the interpersonal nature of her business and enjoys working with her clients from concept and working drawings, through to installation and finishing touches. She employs a multisensory approach to deliver on her commitment to provide spaces specially tailored to her clients’ aesthetics and personalities. She takes care to spare no detail. “I strive to achieve a concept that suits my client’s vision and their budget,” she explains, also crediting the hard work of her assistant, Alicia. “We take the time to listen not just to what is said, but also to those things that aren’t said. Saskatchewanians are hearty people that work hard for their money. I respect that and am grateful for the opportunity to share with them my passion for design.” Hildebrand further sets herself apart from her competitors by offering visual representations of clients’ conceptual designs through SketchUp, a 3D modeling software. SketchUp enables clients to take a virtual tour of their proposed space; this allows them to understand the layout and get a sense of the space before committing to design particulars. “With SketchUp, we capture everything right down to your kitchen coffee maker,” she says. “I want my clients to be sure of the product they are receiving and feel confident in moving forward with a great design.” Hildebrand’s ability to listen and create professional and appealing spaces has not gone unnoticed. She is the recipient of numerous design awards and is well-known and respected in the design community. When asked about her experiences as a design professional in Saskatchewan, she

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““Beauty is my antidote to the mundane, when you surround yourself with things you love in a space you love to be in, you go out into the world with an improved perspective.” described her interactions with professional colleagues, project team members, her clients and the community as positive and rewarding. “The residents of Saskatchewan are so friendly and really embrace the services of design professionals,” she says. “People clearly understand the value of a strong foundation in planning and the impact this has on achieving or even exceeding their desired outcome.” Like many creative professionals, Hildebrand identified her passion and eye for design at a young age. While at the time she felt shy and awkward about her “abstract approach” to how she looked at the world, in hindsight her early creative process makes a lot of sense. “Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by my surroundings,” says Hildebrand. “From the texture of the barn boards to the study of line, horizon and colour, I have always been engaged with my environment.” 10 |

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As a child immersed in issues of ‘Architectural Digest’ or poring over the house plans section in the Saturday edition of the ‘Winnipeg Free Press,’ she recognized her interests were dissimilar to those of her peers. “I always felt different because I was more interested in design magazines than ‘Young Miss’ magazines. Looking back though, I see how that difference serves me today.” In order to better understand the intricacies of interior design, Hildebrand completed a Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) through the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture in Winnipeg, MB. Additionally, she obtained National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification, a prestigious marker of her competency and qualification to practice interior design. Her formal education led her to work on various hospitality, retail and commercial design projects and even to co-host HGTV’s ‘Kitchen Crimes’ – a residential kitchen inspection


and makeover production – in 2005. One thing is for certain: Hildebrand brings with her a wealth of experience, drive and commitment. “I learned quickly that creativity and fear don’t go well together,” says Hildebrand. “My experiences growing up taught me how to believe in myself and pursue my passions, even when I felt uncomfortable or unsure.” Hildebrand took a significant risk in 2008 when she resigned from her corporate design position in order to pursue a longtime dream of launching an independent residential design company. “I didn’t want to be 80 years old and think to myself how I wished I’d gone into business,” says Hildebrand, who admits she was unnerved by the United States marketplace collapse mere months after leaving the corporate industry. “A former client of mine consoled me by saying, ‘Well kiddo, you can always go out and get a job.’ That stuck with me and helped me to recognize that the time was right to take the next step.”

Entering an understandably hesitant market, Hildebrand continued to develop her client list and build her classic approach to design. In 2010 she was asked to team up with Munro Homes Ltd., a prominent Regina home builder, to manage the company’s interior design requirements, consult with clients and design their annual show home. While her primary and most beloved projects are private residential commissions, she enjoys show home design as a fun and unique way to exhibit her creative spirit. “I feel most joyful and inspired when I work residentially,” expresses Hildebrand. “[Residential design] is a perfect fit for me and resonates with who I am. Growing up I always knew I wanted to help others and now I’m able to contribute to the way my clients live, work and play.” Hildebrand values the flexibility and freedoms afforded to her as a business owner. As a committed family woman, she is able to attend to the needs of her aging parents by working remotely when required, all the while maintaining a strong connection to her clients and business.

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“Even though some of the day-to-day business operations aren’t inspiring, they are still necessary,” Hildebrand concedes. “I feel privileged to be a business owner and still have the opportunity to express my creative side every day.” Hildebrand’s partner Tom owns Tubello Stoneworks, a Regina-based granite company, and the two are avid travelers. Whether for business or for pleasure, the couple approaches each trip with an open eye and an open mind. “I am forever curious and looking to learn from everyone,” she says, acknowledging the valuable lessons she learns from Tom’s unique approach to and thoughts about design. “Whenever and wherever we travel, I embrace the many ideas I see and experience. Oftentimes while traveling I struggle to understand how these exposures will be incorporated into my design process, but I know and trust that my experiences positively impact the work I do.”

Hildebrand’s openness to new ideas and points of view is fundamental to both her integrated design philosophy and belief in the efficiency and effectiveness of collaboration. She believes that beauty is possible on any budget and thrives in challenging, collaborative environments. “Each individual contributes something different to the [design] team and we are supportive of and value each other,” says Hildebrand, who works in concert with structural engineers and other tradespeople to bring a design vision to life. “Ultimately, our shared goal is to create a beautiful, fluid space that resonates with the client.” Hildebrand’s passion for classic, straightforward design extends to her own home, which she describes as a space bathed in natural light and one that takes into account the relationship between the natural and built environments.

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“I love my home. It soothes my soul and is one of my favourite places to be,” she says. “When I’m in traffic and notice an irritable driver, I can’t help but assume that they don’t have a space they love to come home to. I want to create spaces for my clients where they experience feelings of love and connectedness.”

Hildebrand advises prospective and current interior design students to strive for authenticity and integrity, both in terms of the materials they select and their design processes. She challenges young hopefuls to stay on top of their “homework” by reading design publications, traveling or studying a particular designer’s technique.

With a strong housing market anticipated for 2014, Hildebrand finds herself scheduling start-up projects months in advance. From young clients investing in their first homes to established families looking to renovate or build, she is delighted by a steady flow of interest in well-planned, thoughtful design. Hildebrand identified increasing demand for outdoor living spaces and upscale “man caves” as popular design trends for 2014. Hildebrand has experienced an influx of clients that are interested in setting up high-end outdoor kitchens with pizza ovens and installing weather-proofed television set-ups in their backyards. Many clients are also interested in working on their golf swing year round and invest in indoor golf simulators and lounges to hang out with their friends in the comfort of their own homes.

“Explore, learn, be curious and – above all – trust in the process,” she says. “I’ve learned to listen to that whisper. When something resonates with you, you may not always know why but you have to honour what it asks of you and possess the courage to share it.” To contact Hildebrand about commissioning a residential design or to learn more about her brand, please visit her website at http://www.mhdesign.ca.

“We are definitely optimistic in Saskatchewan,” she says. “As a reflection of that optimism, I predict the use of vibrant colours and patterns and homes that integrate natural materials and personal, meaningful pieces to create spaces that are homey and welcoming.” One design element held close to Hildebrand’s heart is the integration of original art into the home. Although by trade her business has more to do with structure and less with décor, she is an advocate for incorporating art pieces that evoke an emotional connection with the client. Hildebrand works closely with the staff at Assiniboia Art Gallery (http:// www.assiniboia.com), a local gallery featuring a broad range of contemporary and traditional Canadian art. “Most of us are tapped for time and yet still feel the need for creative expression,” she states, adding that the gallery features an impressive array of Saskatchewan artists. “While it might feel intimidating at first to purchase an original art piece, I explain to my clients that they can ‘test drive’ a piece by taking it home and seeing if it fits with the design we’ve co-created.”

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BaBa’s BaBushka: a Magical ukrainian Wedding By Marion Mutala

Easter, Natalia learns the Ukrainian Easter traditions. With book three, Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding, the trilogy is complete. The number three is a very special number to Ukrainian people because of the Trinity and all three books capture the love inherent in my Ukrainian culture and family traditions. My grandparents, Tessie Woznakowski and Stefan Dubyk, emigrated to Canada in 1912, married and moved to Hafford, Saskatchewan. It was their story that inspired me to write these books, and pictures of my family members are included in the illustrations. My late mother, Sophie Mutala, was used as the model for the picture of baba in the story based on actual pictures of her wearing her babushka and my picture is used for the little girl, Natalia.

It is only fitting that the third book in my trilogy should be a wedding book. Ukrainians love to have three day weddings.My third book,Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding is here. Will it be the last one? Now, that would be telling. Wedding bells are ringing in the past! The wind brings Natalia a babushka just like the ones her baba used to wear, taking the young girl on a magical journey to an autumn long ago to discover the wedding traditions of her Ukrainian heritage. And love is definitely in the air! Even if you do not believe in Christmas or Easter from my two previous books you could believe in marriage and love. So to recap, in my first historical fiction, children’s book, Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas, Natalia, the little girl goes back in time to Ukraine at the turn of the 20th century and meets another little girl, who turns out to be her baba. Natalia learns the very precious and varied traditions of Ukrainian Christmas. Book two, Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian

So check them out and enjoy book number three: Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding or perhaps book number one, a national best seller, a bestselling children’s book at McNally (2010,2011), and winner of Anna Pidruchney award, Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas (third printing) or Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Easter (Nominated for a Sask Book Award, 2013). These three books really are perfect Christmas, Easter or Wedding presents or great additions to your library. All three books are available at McNally, Indigo, Coles, and Amazon.ca or from your nickels worth publishing or check out my website at www.babasbaushka.ca. Marion Mutala has a master’s degree in educational administration and taught for 30 years. With a mad passion for the arts, she loves to write, folkdance, sing, play guitar, garden, travel and read. Marion’s teaching and life experiences help her develop unique stories and songs and her poetry has appeared in print as well. Marion Mutala@2013 baba1@sasktel.net www.babasbabushka.ca www.yournickelsworth.com

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How do you typically spend your day?

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What about your schedule when on tour?

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Is there something you can tell me that not everyone knows about you?

When I’m home, I wake up and have a nice breakfast and morning with my partner Warren. Then he goes to work and I go to work on my laptop in the office. I never thought I could do a desk job but I have one. Then in the evenings when my partner gets home, I try to shut off the internet and phone and have a calm evening. When I’m home from tour, it’s important to be present and take the time you need to chill and be with loved ones. That would be an ideal day though, when I don’t have an interview or a Skype call or a deadline, and everyone working on different time zones. Sometimes it just doesn’t happen that way.

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In the fall of 2013 you completed a country wide tour to promote the release of your newest CD Coalition; was that as successful as you hoped? I always find that a hard question. ‘Successful’ is based on so many different factors. The tour was up and down and good and bad; I guess if you take what you learned from the ‘ups’ and the ‘downs’, then it’s successful in my mind. It’s all about growth… growth as a musician and as a person. If I measure it that way, then yes it was successful. Every tour and every album is a journey. This is the one I’m on now.

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What’s the biggest misconception about your job/ career?

That it’s somehow easy and a really chill way of life or that it’s always fun. It’s extremely hard and it’s not always the time of my life. Its absolute multitasking with deadlines, stress and working all the time. It’s planning the next five years of your life month by month, tour by tour. You don’t go home and then your work is done when you walk through the door. It’s with you every second. It is absolutely amazing to be able to do what I love but there are a lot of sacrifices that come with that. Being away from family and friends is one of the hardest things to deal with, as well as financial stress. It’s an ever changing industry that constantly keeps you on your toes. I went to school for music, not business; I should have probably done a double major and taken business as well. However, this industry is not something you can go to school for and then know what you’re doing. It’s making mistakes every single day and picking yourself back up and learning from them.

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When I’m on tour, every day is a new day to prepare for a new show in a new city. So it’s waking up, packing, driving, eating, driving, eating, driving, unpacking, sound check, set up the cd table, eat, play, pack, drive, eat, drive, sleep. If you get any time to sit in a cafe and explore the internet, enjoy a nice supper with a glass of wine or to take a morning run, then that is a good tour day.

I’m really strong, but I’m really soft. I have a big front and I can use it when I need to but for those who know me, I am really sensitive and I feel everything in a big way. Also, loyalty and respect are two things I value most in a person.

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Do you think the new Saskatchewan prosperity will affect your future in a positive manner?

I think it will for sure. In fact, I recently experienced a good example of this. Saskatoon was my best show on my whole cross Canada tour! The venue was amazing (Village Guitar! Go to a show there!), and it sold out. The vibe was unreal and I sold a ton of CD’s. The music coming out of the prairies lately is remarkable, too. There are some really, really strong musicians and groups on the rise. It opens up new tour avenues in the prairies which is a huge market for me. I’m in Saskatchewan four times a year visiting family and touring and I’ve already felt the effects of the “new Saskatchewan”.

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Can you describe a defining moment in your life?

Moving to the east coast was a defining moment. It changed the direction of my life in a big way and it was completely unexpected. It’s still, and always will be, hard


to be away from family and friends and the prairies but you have to be where you have to be and for me, it’s a log cabin in the woods outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

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Did you ever dream of doing something totally different?

Yes, for sure. Teacher, cop, nurse, touring vocal coach, booking agent, carpenter, interior decorator, I’ve thought about them all. The list goes on and on; long drives make for long contemplations.

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What advice would you offer a woman considering in career as a singer?

Learn to be a flexible, adaptable, multitasking, “I can handle anything” kind of woman and you’re good to go. Always be as prepared as you can be and then if it doesn’t work out, you know you did the best you could, and the rest, like most of life, is out of your control. Learn to be okay with that fact. If you’re ok with that, then hit the road.

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How do you relax & relieve stress?

Good question! Ha ha! I’m still working on that. Actually, spending time with friends and family when my head completely forgets about work is really good for me. Also, I love, love, love movies. Movies are a total escape for me ... I get lost in them. The movie theatres make a lot of money off me! I also clean to relieve stress ... a lot. I don’t think about anything when I’m cleaning; my head is just silent. My house and car are always clean so that’s a bonus.

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6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

4 sweet potatoes, cut into large French fries

Salt and pepper to taste

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/2 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

1/2 cup dijon mustard

1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon dried basil

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup frozen corn kernels 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro Directions: 1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned. 2. Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. 3. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.

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Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste, and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, basil, paprika, and parsley. Mix well. Pour 1/2 of this mixture over the chicken, and brush to cover. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and brush with the remaining 1/2 of the honey mustard mixture. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

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2. Toss the cut sweet potato fries with Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Arrange fries on a baking sheet in a single layer. 3. Bake for 30 minutes, turning once, or until fries are crispy on the outside.


Start 2014 off the right way with these nutritious recipes! Groovy Green sMootHie

Banana BlueBerry MuFFins

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Makes 2 Servings

Makes 12 Muffins

Makes 4 Crepes

1 banana, cut in chunks

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup grapes

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 egg whites

1 apple, peeled and cored

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup skim milk

1 (6 ounce) tub vanilla yogurt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 1/2 cups fresh spinach leaves

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions:

1 1/2 cups mashed bananas

1. Place the banana, grapes, apple, yogurt, and spinach into a blender. Cover, and blend until smooth, stopping frequently to push down anything stuck to the sides. Pour into glasses and serve.

4 egg whites

1/2 cup mixed frozen berries, thawed and drained 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup fresh blueberries

1/4 cup light whipped topping

Directions:

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan. 2. In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, egg whites, and vanilla extract. 3. Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until smooth. Fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan. 4. Bake 16 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

1. Whisk together the wheat flour, egg whites, milk, salt, and oil in a large bowl until smooth. 2. Lightly coat a skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet. Tilt the pan in a circular motion to allow the batter to spread to the edges. Cook until the bottom is light brown, about 2 minutes. Flip the crepe and place 2 tablespoons of the mixed berries in the center of the crepe; cook another 2 minutes. Fold the crepe in half and remove with a spatula to a serving plate. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, add whipped topping and serve.

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Snowbird beauty By Sara Lindsay

The holidays have come and gone for another year and as we welcome 2014, people are now turning their attention to sunny getaways. If you are planning to take a vacation this winter where the weather is hot and where there may be salt water and chlorine treated pools, there are a few things you might want to consider for your hair, makeup and body. It’s important to protect your hair from salt and chlorine, especially if it is colour treated as it can leave it damaged. Chlorine and salt can strip your hair and leave it dry and brittle. Chlorine can also leave a green tint to blonde hair, especially if it’s porous. A lot of sun exposure can also have damaging effects on the hair. ObviousIy, I recommend wearing a high SPF sunscreen on your face and body and you can also get further protection for your face by wearing a foundation with an SPF in it. Always use a foundation with some luminosity to it. Most hot spots are humid and wearing a matte finish can look unnatural and won’t tend to work well in those climates anyway. Skin looks brighter, fresher and more natural with a bit of a glow to it. Keep the nose, forehead and chin shine-free with a light weight powder but leave the rest of the face powder free. Use

(Products listed from Left to Right) -Protective Hair Veil (Water Resistant UV Defence Mist) -After Sun Hair Masque (Restores Sun Exposed Hair) -Hair & Body Cleanser (Removes Chlorine, Salt & Build-Up)

a liquid body shimmer to highlight your arms, legs, collarbones and cheekbones for glowing skin during the evening or on the beach. Protect your lips well with a good SPF and make sure to keep them slathered with a moisture rich hydrating balm. Lastly, consider packing a set of travel makeup brushes with you. Toiletries seem to take up so much space so minimize wherever you can. Keep this in mind for hair care, skincare, etc., as most brands offer a travel size option. I’ve pictured a few great products that can come in very handy while travelling. If you are off on a trip this winter, take everything you need to protect your hair, skin and body. Be safe and have a fabulous time in the warmth! For more in depth information, I offer private makeup lessons at my studio. Sara Lindsay Makeup Studio is located at 3420 Hill Avenue in Regina. Hair Director Melissa Mark offers full Aveda hair services in studio to complement all makeup services. www.saralindsay.ca info@saralindsay.ca (306) 347-7829

-Inglot Face & Body Illuminator -Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation with SPF 15

-Professional Travel Makeup Brush Collection -Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips

About the artist... Originally from Canada, and having spent many years of her career in the United Kingdom, Sara Lindsay is a professional makeup artist, with training from some of London’s top fashion academies. Having had the opportunity to work with some of Britain’s top artists, Sara brings an edge to her hometown of Regina. Sara’s professional experience includes runway work, editorial spreads, compelling commercial campaigns, weddings and special event clients. London Fashion Week and The London Clothes Show are just some of the highlights of her career. Sara was named Canadian Makeup Artist of the Year at The Mirror Awards 2011 and most recently was named a finalist for 2012. Sara’s successful freelance career, which complimented her time as a regional associate with MAC COSMETICS UK, gave her valuable experience in working closely with clientele to consult and direct their transformation to the extraordinary. In a consultative style, Sara works to achieve a look that is uniquely your own. 20 |

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New Year, New TreNds: The 2014 ForecasT by Riley lAW son style@rileylawson.com |w w w . r i l e y l a w s o n . c o m each year in the fall Pantone announces it’s color of the year to come. emerald was the color for 2013 and i was not thril ed. i did grow to love green more as the year progressed but i am very excited for 2014’s fab color: Radiant orchid. There are many ways to incorporate trends both in styling with the colors of the seasons – and at every age. Read about how below!

Accessories This is one of the easiest and most cost efficient way to make trends work for you. snag a purse, some shoes, a scarf, jewelry or a belt for a pop of color! The price is typically low on these items and that makes them easily replaceable from season to season.

lips, eyes, nails The great part about trends is that they often leak into many other areas aside from clothing, so if you don’t love the seasonal color on you, you have options. i love colored lips! i’ve said it before, and it stil continues to be one of my favorite ways to change my look. Why not have fabulously orchid lips to compliment your black attire? This works well with other makeup like eye shadow or nail polish.

Wardrobe if you’re daring enough then go all the way into the trend and wear orchid from head to toe! or pick and choose specific items to purchase in this gorgeous tone. orchid looks great with navy, black, cream, grey and lighter tones in the purple family. This is a cute way to add color in your office apparel - wear a blouse in this rich hue under your blazer. FOR SASKATCHEWAN WOMEN | VOL. 3 ISSUE 1, JANUARY 2014 | 21


Try A New Short Hair Style And Feel Good Doing It By Joy Amistad from Visions Salon and Spa, Saskatoon If you’re in the mood for a new hairstyle and a fabulous short ‘do is on your mind, don’t just sweep it away into the trash. Instead, consider donating your hair to a worthy charitable cause. Many patients lose their hair due to cancer treatments. When a person loses their hair, they often lose some selfesteem too. Hair is very personal, it is part of you. That’s why donating your hair to create a natural looking wig for a person in need is such a great idea. During her battle with cancer, Farrah Fawcett said that the hardest part of chemotherapy was losing her hair. This is what opted Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank to grow her hair long and healthy so she could specifically donate it to the cause. Donating hair for cancer patients is extremely rewarding. You will feel good knowing that your short hairstyle has helped out someone who really needs it.

• Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails. If your local hair salon doesn’t have a hair donation program, you can still donate by sending your hair yourself through the mail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths or A Child’s Voice Foundation. Pantene Beautiful Lengths c/o Archway Marketing Services P. O. Box 434 2110 Kipling Avenue Etobicoke Station B, ON M9W 5L4 A Child’s Voice Foundation Angel Hair for Kids 3034 Palstan Road, Suite 301 Mississauga, ON L4Y 2Z6

Guidelines for Hair Donations: • Hair can be virgin or colored (depending on the organization). • Hair length accepted is 8 inches plus (depending on the organization). • Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable because of the variety of different lengths. • If shaving your head, first divide hair into multiple ponytails to cut off. • Dreadlocks cannot be used. • Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.

Joy Amistad is a passionate hairstylist who originated in Vancouver and has continued to develop her talent by further training not only in Vancouver, but as well as Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Miami and is now residing in Saskatoon. Her extended training has furthered her knowledge in precision cuts, hair colours and up styling. Hair is a fashion industry that is continually changing and growing; she truly values the importance of continually upgrading and enhancing her skills. She doesn’t believe hair dressing is just a job, it’s her passion. Joy is a stylist at Visions Salon and Spa in Saskatoon.

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DESIGNMATTERS GARY JACOB WEISBRODT

Cottage Kitchens HOT N EW KITCH EN DESIGN TREN D

Gary is responsible for the design and building of your housing dreams at gjConstructs House of Design. Gary’s thirty years of working with owners, Architects, Engineers, contractors, TD Bank, BLM Architects and the Regina Health Region provides you with a unique blend of skills and know-how for the delivery of your ideas. He’s a Design Builder which means working with you from design until the keys are turned over. An end to end no fuss no worry service.

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Windows and Walls Shutters Make A Statement Of Quality

Shutters were a vital piece in kitchens from a former time. Inside shutters set off a cottage style kitchen. Open them to let all the light in or close them for complete privacy. Shutters used on the inside of your kitchen are one form of interior window treatment that are rapidly gaining popularity for a diverse number of reasons. Shutters have challenged the number one window covering place, competing with blinds and shades. Shutters are able to give any style and interior design palette high praise. With their clean and crisp lines they forgo the saggy, wrinkled, aged look that without intention comes with years of use of drapes or blinds. Shutters Can be Custom Made

Uneven or beyond large windows profit a tidy amount due to easy to source custom made interior shutters. Your arched windows, circular windows, and large sliding glass doors can all be custom fit with shutters. Shutters are also made in a wide variety of materials and colours making it possible for you to choose a suitable match for your cottage kitchen. Shutters are Easy to Maintain

Cleaning and upkeep of your shutters is an easy task. A quick wipe with a lint free damp cloth picks up dirt, dust and grime. There is no need for you to take them down to clean as is the case with other window coverings. Shutters Improve Energy Efficiency

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The hanging of shutters is a dollar saving means that pays itself off many times over on windows exposed to many hours of sunlight. Tight fitting insulating shutters used on windows or glass doors aid in the war against rising utility costs. Shutters are Silent When Windows are Open

For windows and glass doors that are often opened to allow in a breeze, shutters are for the most part noise-free. Normal winds won’t clank and bang shutters the way blinds or shades do. They don’t flap in the wind like drapes and they can be adjusted to a precise setting to control the light, privacy and fresh air for your room. Timeless Sheers

Nothing is greater than sheer window treatments for transforming ordinary sunlight into stunning room ambience. Your curtains can be fun and flirty. Or, you can choose very simple and timeless sheers. Sheer window treatments portray a first sense of being very charming and light weight at the same time. A simple box pleat curtain, sheers, or just a simple gathered valance is all your cottage kitchen needs. Basic in form is the key element to window treatments with a cottage decorating style. Off white fibres having a colour quality of the unbleached and not dyed state are popular in cottage decorating. Colours and textures are always welcome as a choice. No other window treatment lends a lighter feel than sheers. Sheers complete your window with elegance. Sheer window treatments have always been popular among home owners and fashionably elegant interior designs. You will like them because sheers provide a measure of privacy without trading off light and structure.

Use sheer curtain panels together with panel curtains or pinch pleated drapes to add more detail. This looks elegant and refined while allowing a lot of light. Used alone sheer window curtains are your perfect choice when you want to create a very warm and relaxing effect and at the same time allow natural light in through your windows. Not decorated or elaborate white sheer fabric remains one of the most commonly used materials. You always have other choices like other plain colours and woven patterns. Light and pastel colours are picked first for smaller rooms. Experiment with bold and darker hues if the room is larger with high windows. I suggest making the colours and patterns you choose in tune with your main room theme. Sheer valances, sheer panels, sheer priscilla window curtains and sheer scarf curtains are other great backup treatments. Sheers are best kept away from cooking and wash up areas. Sheer valances are available in simple plain colours as well as woven patterns.

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REAL ESTATE 101 New Year’s Resolutions: Decluttering Your Home Tis the New Year… 2014! Hoping you had a wonderful holiday season! I have always loved the holiday season; there is something magical about lights and music that make me cheery… even in 40 below weather! What about you? There is something else though that the holiday cheer brings up - decorating, storage, clutter and more loot to find space for in the house. Where to store decorations? What to do with the new toys the children received? The Christmas balls are the size of basketballs now! I always used to have my kids go through their toys before Christmas and we’d make a trip to the shelters to donate and make room for the new ones. Well, my kids are now 20, 17 and 16 and somehow we haven’t done this for a few seasons, so we’ve got clutter! We would also go through winter clothes and outgrown items. It seems like I’m always challenged for time to do these things now.

have garage sales, put items in storage and simplify in order to sell the house. I really have an eye but when it comes to the emotional attachments I lack being able to do this for myself. I’m ready to hire someone to help me. What about you? I am writing this in December of 2013 to publish in January and I think in the new year (you see I haven’t fully committed… as it is scary) I have to make some changes and declutter, organize and give, give, give… keeping in line with the spirit of the season. Can I encourage you to do the same? There are many professionals that can help with decorating, designing, decluttering and organizing. I’m going to look into it for myself and simplify. Those size 10 rubber boots can go! Woohoo!

I always wished I was one of those organized, show home type people but somehow, the good Lord missed giving me that gene in the genetic mix! Someone used to say to me ‘With every bag coming in, a bag must go out’! It is great advice and makes complete sense, but I struggle. I love decorating, shopping and giving but just can’t seem to do it on my own. I’m sure I’m not alone here and by the way, my grandma did go through the Dirty Thirties… therefore, I’m justified in my “SAVING” tactics aren’t’ I? Someone may visit that fits those size 10 ski pants and rubber boots…. maybe grandchildren one day? I know I’m not alone; there are others of you that struggle as well… right?

Life changes and sometimes the universe delivers us something we are not ready for or expecting. Some of you may have lost loved ones, gone through life circumstances or were alone over the holidays. I too, am going through my own life changes and it’s difficult, but let’s look at the stars twinkling and give gratitude for what we can and be grateful for the year 2013, even if we’ve had challenges to grow from! Let’s embrace 2014!! We can start volunteering! The hospitals, children’s wards, the food bank, the shelters, whatever your passion to help is. We can make a difference! Wishing you the best in 2014 with your New Year’s resolutions and goal setting. If making a move is in your future this year, please give me a call, I’d be happy to help you. Happy New Year! Remember… live your dreams!

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Festival Goes Beyond the Blues

The Saskatoon Blues Festival By Jenn Smith Nelson Coming up on its 12th year, the Saskatoon Blues Festival is stronger than ever. If you were lucky enough to have attended last year, you will recall the memorable and vibrant performances of 2013 Juno nominee’s Shakura S’Aida and Steve Strongman, the exuberant and electric Marcia Ball, or the up close and personal acoustic sets of legends, Steve James and ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton. This multi-faceted festival offers up some of the best local, national and international Blues talent playing the circuits today making it a must attend.

the chance to take in the weekend performances. In fact, the notable ‘Blues in the Schools’ (BITS) program utilizes festival musicians to impart their knowledge on the history, art form, movement and relevance of Blues. Workshops, swap meets, concert series and cabarets make up the rest of the very full-bodied Saskatoon Blues Festival.

However, there is so much more than the incredible caliber of the weekend performances. For weeks prior to the festival, Blues music can be enjoyed at various Saskatoon clubs, bars and coffee shops. Leading up to and during the festival, volunteers and musicians can be found spreading the gospel of the Blues - offering insight on styles, education and history of why from its humble roots up to today, Blues matter. The outreach offers the chance for numerous Saskatoon communities to benefit.

The BITS program has run for 10 years and is a very important component of the festival. Last year alone, 19 schools and approximately 3,700 students participated in the program. Volunteer and Blues Society Member, Linda McFaul expressed the program’s ongoing value “as a vehicle to get students interested in the blues, and a valuable education on racism and music history.”

Outreach programming is extended to senior living facilities where over 400 individuals get the opportunity to have an artist visit them in their residence. And the same goes for schools, targeting the younger audiences who wouldn’t have

For the past five years, volunteering with the Saskatoon Blues Festival in a number of different capacities including as a board member, McFaul is back again leading the charge resurrecting the Blues Camp after the program took a brief hiatus. Along with its return comes a powerful theme for this year’s camp – ‘There ain’t no bullies in Blues’. Like the BITS program, the Blues Camp, sponsored by Cameco Corp., will offer youth, ages 12-17 the opportunity to learn about the Blues and its history while also getting to participate with a festival performance. The chance to learn vocals, bass, percussion, guitars and more, bring excited youth of varying ages together to take part in the camp that runs just before the festival from February 18-21. “It is incredible to see how these kids gel and how cohesive the groups became,” said McFaul speaking of past Blues Camps. “I really just wanted to see it happen again.” McFaul explained how Blues is a great platform for tackling this topic. “Blues music originated out of oppression,” said McFaul. “It’s a natural fit. The camp also has the ability for youth to work on their social skills and through the Blues, express their emotions.” “These kids really come together at the camp and even though they are from different backgrounds and are different ages, they all really get along. This [program] gives us the chance to be involved in some small way in talking about bullying.“

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And again like the BITS program, which traditionally brings actual Blues musicians into the schools, youth who attend the Blues Camp also receive mentorship from musicians. Musicians see it as an opportunity to give back making this a win-win partnership between mentors and mentees. This year, Nick Longpre and Brandon Ziola, members from popular Saskatoon trio, Apollo Cruz will be taking part and leading


the camp along with Saskatoon’s very own Canadian Idol top 5 finalist (2005), Josh Palmer. “It’s a neat marriage of these different levels of artists, they have all been mentored from someone and now have a chance to be together,” stated McFaul.

2013 Performer Shakura S’Aida

McFaul’s passion for the program is clear and it was with that intent she sought to see it reintroduced this year. “The chance to work with kids – I get such a warm heart – seeing them light up. See them blossom and their confidence grow throughout the week. I have a lot of admiration for these musicians,” shared McFaul. Youth are invited to the program through notices sent out to the schools and for those interested in applying; more information can be found on the website: www.saskatoonbluessociety.ca. The program costs $100 and can accommodate up to 20 campers. So keep your eyes peeled for the 2014 Blues Camp attendee’s appearance at the festival this year. Dates of the 2014 Saskatoon Blues Festival, presented by Cherry Insurance are February 24 - March 2. To the delight of Blues fans, like last year, this year’s headlining performances are impressive and include the following acts: Omar and the Howlers (omarandthehowlers.com), Suzie Vinnick (suzievinnick.com), Carolyn Wonderland (carolynwonderland.com), The Twisters (twisters.ca) The Silver Screen Scoundrels (silverscreenscoundrels.com), Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (tommycastro.com) Part of this event’s ongoing success has to do with how well it is set up. The two main venues used for performances are within walking distance of one another making it easy for music goers to go back and forth in order to take the smooth sounds of each space. And though there has a been a venue change from last year, the same vibrant weekend cabarets and up close and personal acoustic performances will be found at the PotashCorp Electric Blues Cabaret at O’Brians Event Centre and Acoustic Stage at Park Town hotel. The scene at the Park Town hotel is acoustic blues sets complemented by an offering of lounge style couches and an intimate atmosphere. Performers in this arena will often pause during songs to share stories to a very willing (and quiet) audience. If dancing is your thing you will most definitely want to head on over to the alternate space at O’Brians Event Centre where the electric blues cabaret will be rocking. It offers a giant dance floor that begs its audience sitting at table rounds to get up and move. You can expect a lot of energy, bigger bands and larger sound. New to the Blues scene? Make sure to get your tickets and check it out! The great news is that it is a very welcoming genre and one that can be easily appreciated. Blues music is really for anyone and everyone. Smooth sounds, relatable stories, heartfelt, emotional singing and feeling of connectivity to the artists make the experience of this festival so enjoyable. More details can be found by visiting: www.saskatoonbluessociety.ca.

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A NeW PLACe TO CALL HOMe

By Dale Strawford

permanent. It wasn’t going to be a year; it would be at least five years. We wanted to give ourselves a chance to acclimatize, meet people, fit in and start a life there in order to determine if we really could live overseas forever. Q. What made Australia the right choice for you? I travelled Australia extensively about 10 years ago and absolutely loved the country. I felt at home when I was there, oddly enough. Australia is everything we wanted in a home. It is never cold, surrounded by beaches and we would not have to learn a new language. People are incredibly friendly just like in Canada and the quality of life is very similar to Canada. Q. Australia is a big country, not unlike Canada, how did you find your new home? We decided early on that we would not settle far from the sea. Having grown up in a land locked province, the ocean was always incredibly beautiful to us. We always longed to be close to it, to spend our free time there. We decided that Yamba on the east coast of Australia was our ideal location, a small town with a relaxed personality and not too much hustle and bustle. We live about two blocks from the beach and can hear the ocean through the windows at night. We can see the stars, we can breathe the sea breeze, and we finally feel like life makes sense. Q. What were the biggest adjustments you made once you got settled and into a routine? Romantic notions about living in a foreign land – who hasn’t had them? Like many things dreaming about it only gets you so far. You need to make it happen. Karlene and Rick Panko recently turned dreams into reality and left the Saskatchewan prairie for Australia, where they now call Yamba home. Q. When did the idea first spark in your mind that living in a foreign land was something that you were going to seriously pursue? Both Rick and I always asked the question several times each year whenever we had to endure frigid dog walks, dig the car out of the snowbank or travel through a blizzard to go anywhere. Our dream to live in a warm climate evolved from a temporary escape to something long term. I always wanted international work experience and Rick loves adventure so we actually drew up and signed a formal contract to help us stick to our goal. We wanted to save enough money for us to survive a year without work in case we weren’t able to get jobs. Q. How did the dream become real for you? I recall a family gathering with everyone around for the holidays. I suddenly came to the realization that I would be missing many of these events that I love so much. Being with family defines the holidays and I don’t think it will ever be the same without them. Late in the planning stages, we decided to make things more 30 |

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Absolutely everything is just different enough than what we knew to have to learn it over again! When we arrived, I found that we started to communicate better. We worked together to search for places to live, a new car and job applications. We only had each other to rely on (and to talk to really!) so we had to trust each other. We made a lot of sacrifices to come here. We live a modest life and neither of us is keen to have the best of the best and that is why I think this worked for us. Q. What advice can you give people who are thinking about relocating to a new country? We may never do it ourselves but we need to feel it’s possible. I still look at Rick and ask him “Can you believe we live here?” It took us almost three years to prepare to move here and it was extremely expensive and complicated. There were a few moments when I wondered if we were doing the right thing but we persevered. It sounds so cliché but you have to follow your heart! Do a pros and cons list. What could you live without to make this happen? How long could you live without seeing the people that you love? These are important questions you should ask yourself before you decide to move. Moving overseas has been the most challenging and most rewarding journey of my entire life. Looking back on it, I would make the same decision a thousand times over again.


Q. One of the biggest misconceptions about living in a new country is people think life is going to be like a vacation. Is it close? Life will always be life. You have to work to survive! I live where people vacation so it feels like I should be on vacation all the time. I constantly see people on their holidays while I am driving to work and think of how much I wish I didn’t have to be somewhere. My desire to escape the place I live is gone but things are still pretty fresh for us. Perhaps that desire will come back once we are accustomed to our surroundings and need a little adventure again. If you are the kind of person who likes to travel, I don’t think moving to a new place will find you feeling satisfied with life. Travelling is so much about seeing and experiencing new things. Moving to a new country is more about feeling comfortable where you are and making the things you enjoy in life possible the entire year round. Q. The world is a big place but technology has the ability to make things small. How do you keep connected to your family and friends with so much distance now between you? We have found that Skype and FaceTime have closed the distance between our family and us. We communicate with people more now than we ever did in Swift Current. I think just knowing that you can’t just go home anytime you like encourages you to keep in touch. Q. As we sit in the cold and you enjoy the warmth of the Australian sun do you ever foresee a return to Saskatchewan in your future? Do you miss the cold, even just a little bit? No … and no, that reminds me its sunny, blue sky and 27 degrees outside. It’s time to go to the beach!

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CONSIDER A CRUISE By Cathe Offet

There are plenty of health aids available including oral medications, the patch, pressure bracelets, herbal remedies, acupuncture, etc. Choosing the right itinerary, ship and stateroom can also help to minimize motion sickness. EVERYTHING IS ON A SCHEDULE – There is a lot of flexibility for onboard activities. One thing that is not though is boarding times! You miss the ship, you are on your own. Other than that, most cruise lines offer flexible dining times and venues, lots of entertainment options and plenty of alternatives for activities. Many cruise lines now offer longer port stays, even some overnight stays.

As specialists in cruise travel we have heard it all! Let’s review some of the cruise myths and provide some basic information to ensure you pick the vacation that is right for you - which may just be a cruise after all. There are cruise options to fit just about anyone’s vacation desires. With so many options available you are definitely wiser to use the services of a travel professional as they can often find you better pricing and options than are not available online. The options available on the Internet are huge and unless you really know what to look for – it is overwhelming with over 26 million hits on the search for “Caribbean Cruise” on one search engine alone. IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE – Like all other vacations – cruise lines and prices vary greatly but overall cruising is a great value when you consider that one price includes accommodations, dining, entertainment and the opportunity to experience multiple destinations with only unpacking your suit case once onboard! Some lines offer more inclusions including shore excursions, drink packages and even airfare. The wide variety of options makes a travel consultant extremely valuable in booking a cruise package to suit your needs. I MIGHT GET SICK - This can happen, but, fortunately not to many people. The good news is that most ships are now equipped with stabilizer systems which greatly reduce motion.

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Book Scavenger Hunt Happy New Year! For the first family fun article of 2014, I decided to try something a little different. Free printable games are one of the most popular areas on my Moms & Munchkins site so I decided to put together a fun little game here for you to enjoy with your family. This Book Scavenger Hunt is really easy to play and kids of all

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ages can participate. Most of us have a lot of children’s books at home (hopefully not collecting dust on the shelf!) and this game will require a little bit of digging inside your child’s favourite books. For each item on the Book Scavenger Hunt list, have your child find a page in a book that has that item. For example, the first item to search for is “something that would make a perfect gift for a friend” so your child could choose a page of a book with something like a doll on it. If your child is old enough to print, you can have them print their answer on the blank space provided. You can ask them to explain their answers too - I’m sure they’d come up with some hilarious explanations. Another example would be a page with a picture of a beach on it for the “a fun vacation spot” line. Make sense? Okay! Let’s jump right into the game!

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Something that would make a perfect gift for a friend

A fun vacation spot

A hobby you’d like to learn

Something that looks like a toy you have at home

A game you’d like to learn

A character that looks like someone you know in real life

A pet that you think would be fun to have

A song you think you could memorize

A character that taught you an important lesson

A character that you think should star in a movie

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“ WE MUST prESErvE ThE gEM WE havE in ThE UnivErSiTY of rEgina’S CollEgE avEnUE CaMpUS.” – DR. Jack Boan, Professor emeritus, eCoNomiCs, uNiVersitY of reGiNA over 100 years ago, the University of Regina opened its doors at the college avenue campus, then known as Regina college. For decades, through growth and during struggle, the campus provided a place for students to learn, grow and thrive. now it’s time to restore and revitalize this historic campus for the future benefit of our students and the community. as part of Building Knowledge – The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, the college Building, the conservatory and Darke Hall will be fully restored and adaptively reused as a fundamental part of the University of Regina.

This revitalized campus will be known as the University of Regina Leadership and outreach centre (Loc) and will offer a multitude of tangible benefits to the entire community. Students of all ages and stages of life will continue to populate the sustainably refurbished and easily accessible college Building, conservatory and Darke Hall. Help renew the University of Regina’s college avenue campus. Visit www.uregina.ca/building-knowledge or call (306) 585-4024 to learn more.


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