#30IN30 – DAY #4 – Heartbreak Boutique

Every time I drop in to Heartbreak Boutique – I’m reminded that none of my clothing is awesome. I don’t mean that my current wardrobe is bad, I mean that I do not have a single cat on any of my sweaters. None of my gym tanks tops say that I “WISH YOU WERE BEER”. My Christmas dress does not have a fox on it*

*I’m going to be able to help you with that one.

Heartbreak Boutique is my go to for fun birthday gifts, stocking stuffers, (eventually when I get some guts) Roller Derby gear and T-Shirts.

Take a peek below at the items that caught my eye when I popped in this week!


Loving the jewels on this crop top.

The selection of cards and goodies that Pam has is extensive – featuring local artists and those from away.

She has quite a selection of prints, tees and cards from Saint John artist turned Halifax resident, Geordan Moore.

Do you need a new pair of whimsical socks? Pam has you covered. Every time I wear my “Cats with Umbrellas” socks to the gym – they get many compliments. I’m sure the Dinosaur/Taco will get similar compliments.


I addition to Pam’s great Boutique on Germain Street – she also has a large heart.

This holiday season, Pam Wheaton and Kelly Morrell have started what they’re calling A Code Red Christmas.

After seeing a video online about the struggle to find feminine hygiene products as a homeless person who menstruates, Pam and Kelly began a group they now call Code Red.

The goal of their group is to create period packs and distribute them monthly to locations where they can be picked up by those who cannot afford to purchase these “luxuries” each month.

This holiday season, Heartbreak Boutique will serve as a drop off location for donations of pads,tampons and sanitary wipes. The team will assemble the items into packs and will distribute to various locations throughout the city.

Fantastic. Thank you girls for bringing attention to this.


Pam has offered up any Holiday Dress in store as a giveaway diring #30in30!

Want to win? Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 – DAY #3 – Heroes’ Beacon

I might be the last person to get the memo re: board games – but I’m there. Memo received.

I’ve recently been introduced to the very fun, challenging and co-operative world of gaming.

I was eased in with a simple 2 player tile game called Patchwork. Amy was able to explain this game to me while we played. I was then introduced to a hilarious drawing game called Looney Quest. In a nutshell, you draw blindly on a clear piece of plastic and cross your fingers that when you place it on the game piece – you didn’t draw on top of a bomb. Next came a quick and easy card game called Colorfox. I LOVED this game – because there is a winner. And I won.

I was then thrown to the deep end with a “cooperative game of terror and adventure” called Eldritch Horror. My pal Matt actually said the following to me – “we’ll need a bowl for the monsters”. Uuuhhh… OK.

Since starting to play – I’m in love. I was so excited when Heroes’ Beacon invited me to drop by and check out their shop on Charlotte Street. I was even more excited when they told me about their giveaway… Can I enter this one?

I asked Chris and Steve to suggest games that might appeal to a first or early “gamer” and this is what they came up with (with a few choice sentences about each from Boardgame Geek).

Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads …

Munchkin – Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Back-stab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.


7 Wonders Duel – Over three ages players acquire cards that provide resources or advance their military or scientific development in order to develop a civilization and complete wonders.

In Ghost Blitz, five wooden items sit on the table waiting to be caught: a white ghost, a green bottle, a cute grey mouse, a blue book, and a comfortable red chair. Each card in the deck shows pictures of two objects, with one or both objects colored the wrong way. With all players playing at the same time, someone reveals a card, then players grab for the “right” object – but which object is right?

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role: One of the Werewolves, a Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, or one of a dozen different characters, each with a special ability. In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf….

**I have played this game a number of times over the past month or so and it’s HILARIOUS. I would recommend it to anyone heading to a friends house over the holidays that needs a hostess gift! 

Heroes’ Beacon has a HUGE selection of games available for purchase. I highly recommend you drop by to check them out. The guys have n problem talking your ear off about games to play for different occasions or ways to add to games you already play… (I had no idea so many expansion packs exist!)

I addition to board games, Heroes’ Beacon has a large collection of graphic novels and comics!

I was also extremely pumped while browsing their gift-ware section – socks (ankle, short and tall), umbrellas, mugs, cups and action figures!

The giveaway that Heroes’ Beacon has offered is FUN. A Family Game night complete with Ticket to Ride, snacks and a fun card game!

Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

See you tomorrow!


#30in30 – Day #2 – ECMAs

The Saint John City streets will come alive from April 26th to 30th, 2017, when Saint John hosts Atlantic Canada’s biggest celebration of music – The East Coast Music Awards.

This is a good lead up post for the next couple of days – when I’ll feature my favourite record shop in the City, Backstreet Records. 

Tickets, wristbands and weekend passes are on sale now for the 2017 event. (Click here for more information)

A wristband or pass is the best – and most affordable – way to experience the ECMAs. Over 500 musicians will play at over 50 events and venues in five days. Having a wristband or a pass will allow you to hop from venue to venue to take in as much live music as possible.


I’ve always wanted to go to a live music award show – bands playing between prizes, all of my favourite musicians lined up and down the aisles waiting to hear if their name is called. My hope is that somehow I can swing a +1 to sit with Wintersleep – think that’s doable? 🙂

Lisa Gribbons, the ECMA Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair, has provided an AMAZING prize for #30in30 – 2 tickets to the ECMA Songwriter’s Tour at the Imperial Theatre on February 15 as well as some sweet SWAG – including an ECMA fleece and some CDs!

Enter below!
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See you tomorrow!

For more information on the 2017 ECMAs, go to www.ecma.com.

#30in30 – Day #1 – Lolë

Christmas is COMING. The Santa Clause Parade Saturday night, the frost on my windshield this morning and the eggnog latte in my hands has me in the Christmas spirit. I’m so thrilled to be sharing gift ideas from Uptown Saint John shops and businesses – thanks for following along! You will not be disappointed.

I visited Lolë last week* – located on the 2nd floor of Brunswick Square.

*the last week part isn’t necessary, they are my go-to for workout wear, headbands and outerwear.

I went with #30in30 in mind and came out with a new coffee mug and a pair of gym pants.

Take a peek below at the beautiful pieces to add to your winter wardrobe, your gym routine or your every day!

I have been trying to reconcile my love of outerwear with my … lack of love … for colder weather. The scarves, hats, jackets and mittens available at Lolë are beautiful.

The cross stitch print of this top had me – I was taken.

I am obsessed with this hoodie. I love the leatherette details on the pouch and the almost-cowl-like neckline.

Hint – someone get this for me for Christmas.

When browsing the shop – I couldn’t help but see my entire winter wardrobe in front of me. The sweaters, tops and pants are perfect for Saturday errands (and in some cases) Monday work meetings. Plus – I can’t handle how much I love the colour palette this Fall.

Since discovering the manduka headbands, I think I’ve purchased one in every colour. Not only do they stay put on my head during burpees, weights, stretching and running (I wore one during my Marathon by the Sea 10 k!), but they’re $5! What a steal.

Lolë carries quite a bit of the manduka line – foam blocks, yoga mats (cloth and foam) as well as various straps and yoga gear.

The girls at Lolë have a great giveaway in store for you – the LILY tote, a GLOW mat and a S’Well bottle in Birchwood!


Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

See you tomorrow!

#30in30 – 30 Giveaways in 30 Days kicks off TODAY!


Welcome back to #30in30!

My oh my – where has the time gone? After a brief pause, I’m so pleased to partner with Uptown Saint John this holiday season to bring #30in30 back!

If you’re new to #30in30 – here’s what you need to know…

Over the next 30 days I’ll be making use of Uptown Saint John’s web space to post 30 giveaways to Uptown businesses – and believe me, the giveaways are good.

You want to win, right? (of course you do).

Every giveaway will have a rafflecopter widget loaded into the post. Login with your Facebook or e-mail address, click the buttons when you’ve liked, tweeted and posted and you’re all set! (see below for an example)


Although not required, you’ll find that you get the most entries to the giveaways by following each participant on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You’ll get bonus entries if you share the giveaway on social media and sign up for newsletters. You’ll get EVEN MORE bonus entries if you visit the participating store and snap a photo of yourself there or refer friends to the giveaway.

Giveaways will last about 5 days, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your entries in.

Everything kicks off TOMORROW – so warm up, start your Christmas shopping lists and see you then!