#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #29 – RIVER AND TRAIL

River and Trail has been such a great addition to the Valley. Specializing in everything needed to be outdoors anytime of year – camping equipment, snow shoes, pots & pans, boots and shoes, jackets and long johns.

They’re located at 47 Clark Road in Rothesay.

Sean has a great selection of clothing for men and women including the North Face, Arcteryx, Mountain Hard Ware and Lolё.

River and Trail is open until 3pm Christmas Eve!

Check out the gift ideas!

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I feel like this is a gift every Dad would love:

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In addition to the huge clothing selection, there are great camping tools and accessories available:

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The Paracord Survival Grenades from INCH Survival are made right here in New Brunswick! They come packed with items you may need in various types of emergencies.

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Sean has a great selection of GoPro Cameras and Accessories. I specifically loved the pieces that attach the camera to your helmet or attach itself to your camera to make sure it doesn’t sink when you lose it water skiing.

Sean also has various “selfie poles” – that’s not actually what they’re called – to get  the full view on your next adventure.

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #28 – HAPPINEZ WINE BAR

I looked back at the #30in30 post for Happinez from 2013. Wow, those words are more and more true as the months go by….

“It has come to my attention that once you hit a certain age … *cough* 30 *cough* … it’s harder and harder to get together with your girlfriends.”

Starting in the Fall of 2013 and all through this year has been the year of the baby. I’m finding more and more that to have the stars align and have all of my very best girlfriends in the same room on the same night is RARE.

BUT, over the past year, it’s happened. Not all hope has been lost.

What was the first place that came to mind to get together, have a drink and girl talk? Happinez, of course!

Happinez is the sweetest wine bar on Princess Street, tucked in just below Britt’s Pub.

Peter Smit (interviewed here) is the owner, operator and wine lover/expert. He is an amazing community supporter.

He has kindly offered up a $25 gift certificate for one of you to win. It will be perfect for that serendipitous moment where all of your friends can get together. Or maybe you will just head to Happinez with your love and sit on the Homage to the original “Come a Little Closer” bench. Either way, It will definitely put a dent in the bill!

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Photo c/o Judith Mackin

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #26 – THE FEEL GOOD STORE

Everyone loves the Feel Good Store – located at 89 Germain Street in Uptown Saint John.

Anne carries everything from loose tea, bath & body products to water bottles and yoga mats. If it feels good – she can probably give you some tools to get it done.

Check out the gift ideas from the Feel Good Store. Drop in this week and give Anne a “high five” for me! (*cough* and snap of a photo of said “high five” for 5 extra entries!)

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These Barefoot Venus products got two thumbs up from Anne – hand soap, massage oil, body butter and many more bath products.

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These sea sponge soaps would make a neat gift – the sea sponge is embedded in soap, so it’s easy to get it lathered up in the shower – in one piece!

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Love this attractive packaging! Bottles of bubble bath and a jar with a soy candle in it.

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As soon as I saw this hammock in a small plastic package I thought – “holy, that would make an AMAZING Secret Santa gift!!!”

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These cuppow Mason Jar inserts are incredible.

Anne carries two styles – one that makes your mason jar into a “bento box” of sorts (perhaps separating your carrots from your dip?) and one that fits under the lid to turn your jar into a travel cup!

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Anne has loose tea “a la cart” – cute little bags of tea in any flavour you can think of.

Add to your gift: pick up a tea diffuser in a cute shape – maybe a Kokeshi Doll or a candy cane!

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Stocking Stuffers galore:

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Bath & Body products for me – beard oil, manly soap and natural skin care products:

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The Feel Good Store is offering up an amazing prize package featuring:

  • Beanstock bath bomb
  • Rocky Mountain vanilla candy cane body butter
  • Rocky Mountain vanilla candy cane body wash
  • Beanstock vanilla candy cane soap
  • Rocky Mountain vanilla candy cane body scrub
  • Rocky Mountain vanilla candy cane lip butter
  • Stash organic merry mint tea
  • A box of organic surf sweet candy canes

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #25 – Heartbreak Boutique

I had to give my head a shake today… 9 days to Christmas? Whaa? Where has 2014 gone?!

By now, you likely have the bulk of your Christmas shopping complete…. ha, or maybe not. I find there’s always one or two people in the back of my mind that I haven’t found the right thing for. While checking out the goods in Heartbreak Boutique on Saturday – I think I may have found just the thing!

Heartbreak Boutique is located at 120 Germain Street in Uptown Saint John.

Pam Wheaton is awesome. She carries vintage inspired fashion and Roller Derby gear and apparel…

Check out the gift ideas!

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LOVE the skull hanging from the side of these flats,

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Judith Mackin – I feel like this skirt was made for you?

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Great shoulder details on this form fitting dress…

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Lace details on this one…

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Pam has a great selection of pantyhose and fun socks…

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Great bow detail…

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And love the hearts – save these ones for Valentine’s day?

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While I was there, Adam bought me a pair of tall socks with cats on them. I guess he’s tired of my dead lift shin bruises?

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Pam has a great selection of men’s clothing, dress shirts and tees.

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With all of the babies popping up in my life (and even more of them on the way!).. I was excited to see a small section of Heartbreak Boutique dedicated to clothing for babies including onesies, tees and small little booties!

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Pam carries products from the Sussex Beard Oil Merchants and they are lovely. They smell GREAT and can help you on your way to being a full-fledged lumbersexual.

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Want some help with your Christmas shopping … or maybe you’ve spent all your money and still want a little treat?

Pam has a huge selection of dresses, cardigans, t-shirts (for mem and women)… You’ll definitely have to drop by and check it out!

This should help, too!

Pam is offering up a sweater of your choice from Heartbreak Boutique!

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #24 – Paddington Station

Today I have some ideas for the perfect gift for the babes on your list. Nieces, Nephews, sons & daughters – there is something for them at Paddington Station.

They’re located on the third floor of Brunswick Square. When I dropped by last week I was instantly happier. The space is so warm and inviting… and filled to the brim with TOYS!

Check out the gift ideas below:

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My kind of toy… (except my hardhat is white)

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With a niece on her way in early January (CAN’T WAIT) little tiny socks like these have a whole new meaning to me :) :)

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Paddington Station has a very large selection of clothing for girls and boys – newborn ++

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It won’t be hard to spend the gift certificate that Clare has up for grabs!

Enter below to win a $50 gift certificate to Paddington Station.

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #23 – Backstreet Records

Backstreet Records has been a fixture in Uptown Saint John for… ever.

I love stopping in each Saturday, checking out the new arrivals and catching up on the local gossip from Gordie and Corey. (See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

Since Adam and I have started buying and listening to records this year, we have been into Backstreet a lot more. I’m wondering if Adam bought me any of the goodies below for Christmas…. (update: the ALVVAYS album is in my hands! yay!)

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Here are a few gift ideas from Backstreet Records in Uptown Saint John.

Thanks to my pal Adam for snapping these photos!

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Reflektor, Neon Bible and the Suburbs by Arcade Fire.

I love all three of these records so much. They’re available at Backstreet on CD and on vinyl. 

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I love that Backstreet has such a large collection of Christmas records.

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Mark Kozelek’s new Christmas album… appropriately placed next to The War on Drugs.

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Joel Plaskett gracing the record holders on the walls of Backstreet Records. Truthfully, Truthfully (my FAVOURITE), La De Da, Ashtray Rock and Three.

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Love this Bon Iver record. Specifically the songs “Perth” and “Towers”.

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Me: “Adam, why did you photograph the Wu Tang album?”
Adam: “Because it’s awesome?”

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What Have You Been Doin With Yer Time by Little You Little Me might be the best album to come out of Saint John this year.

The band gave the CD away for free in the music issue of Hard Times. You can still get it on cassette or on their bandcamp page.

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My current most coveted album featuring “Marry Me, Archie”

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Featuring the killer song “Everytime the Sun Comes Up” – Sharon Van Etten rules.

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Thanks so much to Gordie and Corey for offering up a $30 Gift Certificate to spend on your favourite record from Backstreet Records!

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #22 – Corn Crib

The Corn Crib has been around in the Saint John area since the fall of 2012. They’re located at the top of King Street and serve the community with food, health, body care and nutritional products!

The Corn Crib is my stop for protein powder (I’ve just recently started using it, maybe I will report back in the new year with my comments on it), bulk staples (like flour, spices and oats) & treats as well as natural make-up products.

I stopped by this week and snapped some photos of gift ideas for almost anyone in your life.

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The Corn Crib has a great selection of natural beauty products including Pacifica and Logona.

Pacifica products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

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The roller ball perfumes were a treat. The Brazilian Mango Grapefruit was my favourite – fresh, citrus-y and not too strong.

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The packaging for the Pacifica products is so attractive. I’m imagining it in a Christmas stocking or if a gift bag for a friend.

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The body cares lines span far beyond Pacifica – Corn Crib has a selection of bath & body products for men as well as additional brands for ladies.

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The coffee selection at Corn Crib is so great.

Sissiboo is a coffee roaster from Bear River, Nova Scotia.

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Level Ground coffee is a fair trade coffee company from British Colombia.

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A large part of the Corn Crib in Saint John is their bulk food and spices sections.

After eating some of these salted lemon pistachios I was in heaven on earth. I bought about $1 worth. I’m thankful for this and also quite sad. I could have eaten about $7 worth… so maybe it’s actually a good thing I practiced some self control.

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These chocolate covered popped quinoa treats were incredible. INCREDIBLE.

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The Corn Crib is offering up an amazing prize package featuring:

  • Treemenda Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Lots of natural Luxury face & body products including: DermaE Very Clear face treatment, Burt’s Bees Mask & Lip balm + Kiss My Face, Weleda & More.
  • A delicious variety of quality protein bars
  • Aspartame & Sugar free PUR gum (sweetened w/ Xylitol)
  • And of course High Quality supplements for Energy & Vitality!

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #21 – Silver Daisy

I’m always looking for a “top off” for gifts – a cute notebook, a pair of earrings, a statement necklace or a scarf. Silver Daisy delivers.

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It doesn’t hurt that they have a very large selection of House of Harlow that I can get lost in for longer than I care to admit.

I dropped by this week for two reasons – to check out the EMERALD House of Harlow pieces that I had spotted on Instagram and to take gift idea photographs for this blog post.

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When I walked in this faux fur stole immediately caught my eye and stole my heart.

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Love this classic black cross-body purse

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ban.do headbands with extra glitter!

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Silver Daisy has a great selection of clothing – work appropriate, party appropriate, Saturday lounging appropriate.

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Principessa dry shampoo aka my lifesaver

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Love these Gorjana rings…

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Emerald House of Harlow <3

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#30in30 is not only about shopping and supporting local – it’s about informing you of amazing gift ideas available right her in Saint John and surrounding areas.

The “disappointing” thing about potentially winning a #30in30 giveaway is that you have to make the very difficult decision…. do you keep it or do you give it away?

Kate and the girls at Silver Daisy are making it a little easier – the only thing you have to decide is “which pair do I keep for myself?”

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #20 – Handworks

I’m sure you were as thrilled as I was when you heard Handworks had re-opened in time for the Christmas season at their former location on King Street.

Lisa Oland and Leslie Oland have re-opened and re-modeled the space and it’s incredible.

It has and will continue to be my favourite location to purchase local art and fine craft to gift locally and to send to my relatives in the USA.

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When I dropped by earlier this week there were no shortage of gift ideas for everyone on my list.

Take a peek!

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One of each, please!

Love these pieces by Denise MacLean…

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Beauties from Jeneca Klausen

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Art by NR Miller…

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Love this mini Rene Collins…

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Brent Rourke shaker boxes… a gift giving staple.

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Pottery by Darren Emeneau (MNO Pottery).

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Still crying over this Jeneca Klausen quartz ring being too large for me.

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There is something for literally every person on your Christmas list available at Handworks. And to top it off, you’re supporting a local business AND you’re supporting local artists & artisans.

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You guys, this giveaway RULES.

Well, to be honest, they all rule.

Lisa and Leslie are offering a pair of Jeneca Klausen “after nature” studs to one lucky reader!

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #19 – Element5

#30in30 has been so much fun this year. I absolutely love touring the stores and businesses I visit all year while they’re decked out for the Christmas Season. Visiting Element5 was no different.

You may have noticed that Element5 recently had a face-lift – they have moved the entrance to the spa to the top of the escalators on the second floor of Market Square. Their new storefront is so, so beautiful, spacious and modern.

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Live edge wooden tables, new light fixtures over the main counter, a live green wall… stunning!

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There are many gift ideas for you at Element5 (for everyone on your list).

The AVEDA gift packs are a huge hit with everyone on your list including teachers, babysitters, mothers, sisters, dads and friends.

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I was told during my visit that the hand relief trio is a huge seller this time of year as it makes an excellent “teacher gift” – small, useful and reasonably priced.

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Rosemary Mint is my absolute favourite AVEDA scent. This set is perfect as a hostess gift and features hand wash and lotion!

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Speaking of Rosemary Mint……

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Element5 has a very large section of products for men, including beard oils, shampoo, aftershave and shave cream.

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Need something fast, easy and perfect for anyone?

I was told “these colors look good on everyone” – and I believe it.

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In addition to the AVEDA gift sets and full range of their products (sold individually and in different formats and sizes), Element5 also carries OPI nail polish, various styling tools and a full range of AVEDA makeup.

I love these OPI FORD Motor Company nail polish colours. “RACE RED” and “50 YEARS OF STYLE” are classic FORD colours and classic nail colours.

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There are also gift packs with 4 mini polishes available:

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This styling wand comes with three wand sizes for a variety of curl options.

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If you’re making a purchase at Element5 and spend $100 – you get to spin the winning wheel:

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You can win anything from an Express Pedicure (valued at $60), a 30 minute massage (valued at $55) to a skin remodeling session (valued at $85)!

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Jenny and her staff at Element5 are offering up two (yes TWO) amazing prizes –

The first name drawn will win a massage and a hair cut. The perfect way to kick off (or end!) a day.
The second name drawn will win a makeup lesson with AVEDA products.

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