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Kristina’s Top Reads of 2014

If there is one thing I couldn’t live without, it’s books. (Ruby, you didn’t hear that I hope?) I get anxious if I don’t have one on the go, and unless I’m dead tired, it’s my favourite way to unwind and prepare for sleep.

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A&K’s Holiday Gift List 2014

It’s no secret that we like to shop. But we actually LOVE to shop for other people. That’s why this is one of our favourite times of year! Here’s a list of our favourite gift ideas for this holiday season.

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Take Back Your Vacation

A vacation might be the most highly anticipated event of the year. It is a reward for hard work and a much needed respite from the stress, weather and general demands of every day life. Personally, I get so excited during the planning stage – anticipating all that I will do or not do, what I’ll wear, eat, read and the fabulous people I’ll meet –  that by the time I arrive at the airport, train station or rendezvous my expectations are sky high. And nothing can bring all that crashing down faster then arriving to a far less than acceptable place to rest your weary head.

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Time to Kill…in Scottsdale

Sometimes you’ve just got to get out of dodge. That was the case for me last week, when after another day of Vancouver autumn rain I just couldn’t take it anymore. So I hopped a plane to the closest place I knew would be sunny: Scottsdale Arizona.

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Halloween Roundup

Just three more sleeps til fright night! Are you ready?! For those doing the last minute scramble, here are a few of my favourite AND EASY Halloween ideas.

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Hercule Poirot On The Case… Again!

His “little grey cells” are back at work. 38 years after her death, Agatha Christie’s family has authorized a new novel featuring one of the literary world’s most memorable characters, Hercule Poirot.

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The Doors

I have a thing for doors. Not only they are very useful for when you want to go in and out of places (or hide stuff away) but I also love their look and unending variety.

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Time to Kill…In Banff

The view from my hotel room in Banff says it all, doesn’t it? It is so mind-bogglingly beautiful it’s surreal. It is like the supermodel of landscapes; hard to believe and impossible to look away from. It looks more like a Disney set than real life. Except it is.

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Time to Kill In… Lisbon

Portugal, and Lisbon in particular, has always been on my must-visit bucket list. The red-tiled roofs and twisty cobblestone streets I’d seen in photographs, not to mention the promise of haunting Fado music luring me into back alley bars, had me intrigued. It sounded so romantic, with just the right layer of patina. After spending one week there in August, the Portugal I saw experienced definitely lived up to my expectations.

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Dog Days Of Summer

When I’m sweating buckets, I keep thinking about our four-legged friends in their fur coats. Despite the drippy tongues and excessive panting, they seem to weather the temperature with a certain insouciance.

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