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5 TELUS Tech Gifts to Get & Give This Holiday Season (+ Enter to Win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9)

TELUS Holiday Gift Giving - Tech Gadgets

Mike and I love our tech gadgets! But something I’ve come to realize over the last few years is that we tend to purchase tech online these days without trying it, testing it, feeling it, in person first.

It’s like the feeling you get when you’re holding and reading from a physical book. It’s a nice feeling, right? But I’ve been missing that feeling for certain things like that—including physical tech.

Why wouldn’t you want to hold, click, touch, test before you commit to buying something like tech? And in an increasingly digital world, it’s sort of nice to go back to how we used to shop. 

That’s something I got to do this month as a Team TELUS ambassador, when I visited the TELUS Connected Experience store in Southgate Mall.

Note: as a Team TELUS ambassador, I write about different ways TELUS makes my connected life easier and fun throughout the year. This is a sponsored blog post.

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Mike getting lost in gadgets at the TELUS Connected Experience Store.

TELUS’ Connected Experience concept stores are like a playground where customers can touch, test and play with more than 1,000 curated tech and gadgets meant to help enhance our digitally connected life.

The Connected Experience stores showcase the latest phones, headphones, health/fitness tech, speakers, tech toys, smart home devices, and other gadgets that often integrate with one another (connected!) and ultimately enhance our lives.

Honestly, it had been a long time since I had touched and tested products in a physical store. It was really nice! 

Below, I’m recommending a few tech/gadgets you can get a TELUS Connected Experience Store this holiday season (gift it, or get it for yourself). You can also keep scrolling for details on how to enter my giveaway for some fun tech too: a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

5 TELUS Tech Gifts to Get & Give This Holiday Season

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Mike, trying the Merge VR Googles and Cube!

1. Merge Cube and VR 360 Goggles

Who knew experiencing virtual reality could be so affordable? I was excited to see that the Merge VR 360 Googles and Merge Cube come in at under $30 each (the goggles are $29.99, the cube is $19.99—both currently on sale). The goggles themselves include hundreds of apps and virtual reality experiences so you can experience literally almost anything, while the cube is a really neat device that combines VR with augmented reality—games, holograms and other puzzles. It was really fun to play with in store! 

2. Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

Where are my Harry Potter fans at? This cool piece of tech is currently out of stock online so you should definitely head in store to grab it—build a wand, learn to code, MAKE MAGIC! Mike and I spent some time in the store trying to figure out different magic spells based on different computer coding language. It’s a cool way to marry magic with science/tech. And obviously you’ll look sweet waving a wand around lol. Cost: $109.99 (on sale form $129.99)

3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera

Okay, you can also enter to win one of these beauties below, but if you want to guarantee owning a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera, you should just buy it yourself! This isn’t new tech, but it’s so awesome that I’d include it on any gift giving guide, anytime. These compact cameras come in multiple colours (I have white but also want the pink one lol), is super easy to use and is really a nod to the olden days of polaroids. Point, shoot, and immediately get a photo print. These Instax cameras are so great for events, travel, you name it! Currently on sale for $79.99, and if you did want a newer version, there’s an SQ6 model that’s currently only in available in stores. 

4. Google Home Minis (Buy One, Get One Free) 

Mike and I were pretty torn on whether we should have gotten Amazon’s Echo (Alexa) or the Google Home. If there had been a deal like this when we were in our smart home assistant search, we may have gone for Google lol. This holiday, TELUS is offering Google Home Minis at a Buy One, Get One Free special! They’re also on sale from $79.99 down to just $39.99! We love our smart home assistant. If you haven’t gotten one yourself, this is a great time to try it!

5. Jimu Robot Mythical UnicornBot Kit

Similar to the Harry Potter coding wand, here’s another popular item that is not only magical and fun, but also teaches you really awesome coding skills. (I’m jealous of the kind of connected gadgets people have access to these days!!) With the UnicornBot you build and code your own mythical robot then customize its actions. Learn to code and introduce kids to STEM tech (science, tech, engineering, math) at a young age. Cost: $129.99 (on sale from $149.99)

That’s not all though, TELUS is offering a few pretty sweet holiday deals like ‘Double the Data’ (pay half for double the data, inquire in-store), get an Amazon Echo for free if you buy a Samsung S9 or S9 Plus, all Beats headphone products are 30% and they’re offering 20% off a 3-pack of any phone case, screen protector and charger. Thanks to Ajay from the Southgate Mall TELUS Connected Experience store for talking about the store concept and the popular tech/gadgets + TELUS deals! And if you can’t make it to the Southgate Connected Experience store, the TELUS retail stores in the area Edmonton area including West Edmonton Mall, St. Albert and 34th Avenue will have you covered, too. Alright, now for the freebies! 

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Now that you’re all excited about tech gadgets, enter to win one! I have a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 and I love it and I’m excited to be giving away one for you this holiday season. I whip out my Fujifilm Instax for a lot of occasions, and when we’re talking about that ‘feeling’ of physical touch, the Instax camera really satisfies that too with its instant print-out polaroid.

Enter to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 courtesy of TELUS! 

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Enter to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 courtesy of TELUS!

To enter, do the following: 

  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favourite tech in your life is and why! 
    • Note: the blog comment is a mandatory entry. You must leave a comment in order to qualify to win. 

For additional entries, you can do the following: 

I will randomly select a winner from all entries received by Jan. 2. 

Please note: comments are moderated so if your comment does not appear right away, no need to re-comment!



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Disclaimer: This blog was posted as part of my #TeamTELUS brand ambassador partnership. I’m a proud member of #TeamTELUS! This has no impact on opinions stated in this post. I love tech, and I love the connected tech that TELUS offers! Also, I really love my Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 and can’t wait to give it away for one of you! 

Linda Hoang is a Canadian blogger based in Edmonton, Alberta, who writes about food, travel, lifestyle and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda loves exploring the world with her husband Mike, eating their way through cities and photographing Instagrammable Walls. She is the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival and a fur-mom to two cats and two dogs.

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  • Kristin Blades

    My favourite tech device is definitely the smartphone!

  • Rez

    Favorite tech right now is definitely Google home and being able to play music and dim our lights on both floors of the house!

  • Brenden

    I love my MacBook Pro :)

  • Barb matwie

    I love my home mini google. It just makes life easier. And so would this camera. Going on a mission to an orphanage in Africa soon. Would love to capture every moment!!

  • Sarah Lee

    My iPhone is everything in my life and gives me instant access to information.

  • DAWN

    My I phone 6. It’s my life lol my camera, my alarm, my social media, my contacts , even my own mirror to check my hair :)

  • Steph

    My favourite tech device is my smartphone. A lot of memories on it.

  • Cherie

    My iPhone as it replaces so many other devices and keeps me connected.

  • Candice

    My favourite techie type thing is a toss up between the family iPad and my iPhone. We recently got a free Alexa dot with our purchase at Superstore; the kids have been asking Alexa everything under the sun!

  • Alison

    I love all of our smart products in our home. Our lights, blinds, front door lock, garage door, and a few smart plugs are all connected and it’s awesome. I love that I can talk to my watch and control all the automated devices!

  • Sheralee Tumm

    My favourite tech is my Samsung S9 Plus; it does everything and the battery life is amazing.

  • Steph

    My iPhone. Can’t live without it. I’d be late for everything without it.

  • Sheila

    It would be the smartphone: so many features in one device

  • Thuy

    My smart watch! I like keeping track of my steps, keeps me more healthier and more competitive.

  • Jamie


  • Teresa K

    My phone, which is also my camera, is my fav tech item in my life at the moment. I love taking photos (sometimes too many) and memory keep easily with it.

  • Kara

    My iPhone is my biggest piece of tech that I had but would love to try a smart watch too!

  • Janine

    My iPhone is the most important piece of tech in my life! These are cool tech gift ideas though, thanks for sharing! I would absolutely love the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 to capture awesome moments with friends and family!!

  • Lisa George

    My favorite tech is my iphone!

  • Camille L

    My favourite tech is my smartphone!!

  • Lisa George

    My iphone is my favorite! It gets me through the day and keeps me connected to my family and friends.

  • Mary McEleney

    My favourite tech gadget is my google mini because you just ask a question and get the answer and I have a lot of questions 😂

  • Cara

    My favourite tech is my phone! It can help me to multitask and accomplish so many things to stay connected and take photos!!

  • Aarushi

    Favorite tech has to be my phone! I can read, write, play music, listen to podcasts, watch videos, look up recipes and so much more!!

  • Kim

    I love my iPhone! I have had one for so long I don’t think I could live without it!

  • Ting Elger

    My iPhone is indespensible! How I book flights,check my bank account, cook my roast, set my alarm & chat with loved ones all over the world! And of course follow Linda Hoang in her food & techie adventures!!❤️💃🏻

  • Cailey

    I just bought some Bluetooth headphones and I love the noice cancelling and wireless feature!!

  • Maritess S

    My favourite is my bluetooth speaker. I take it anywhere without even the shower without worrying about plug-ins and wires.

  • Chris

    My favourite tech is my phone! Cause I manage social media accounts and it has 3 lenses for great photos!

  • Allison

    My favourite tech is my iPhone!

  • Kaitlynn Dyck

    Like many of the people above my iPhone! The fact that o can take photos, listen to music, podcasts and stay in touch with friends in family. I take it with me everywhere!

  • Janine Rutledge

    My favorite tech is my cell phone, so handy, portable reliable. It’s my go to tech item!

  • Lelde

    I would say definitely my iPhone 📱 6Plus since it replaces most of the other devices I need on daily basis, and one of my favourite features obviously is camera , thank goodness for the age we live in and being able to capture daily moments and document our days daily. 😍

  • Lisa

    I love my smart board! Don’t teach a day without it

  • Jason Olinyk

    My iPhone. What can’t it do?

  • Davita

    My OnePlus phone! It has a great camera and cheaper than other flagship phones

  • Karen Fraser

    I love my mini iPad. It’s small so I can throw it in my purse and take it everywhere with me. And so handy!

  • Lauren R

    I know it’s unoriginal but my phone! I have to say that the Harry Potter coding kit sounds AMAZING.

  • Norman Chan

    My favourite tech is my portable projector. As I can carry with me anywhere and watching anything I want or play games with the kids on it.

  • Violet Poon

    Right now it’s my iPhone but I’m hoping soon it will be an assistant for our home!

  • Belinda

    Can’t live with my smartphone!

  • Shar

    My iPhone because it helps me with everything!

  • Tyler Dziwenko

    I can’t live without my Beats X wireless headphones. Wireless tech changed my life. I would always wear those wires headphones that would come with your phone, but I can’t count the amount of times they would be ripped right out of my ears because they would get caught on something. Wireless headphones is the way to go!

  • Christine T

    My favourite tech device is my MacBook Air!

  • Clara S

    My favorite tech is my phone… Do everything on it, can’t live without it

  • Matthew Matyszczuk

    I love the playstation VT set and beat sabre! I don’t game much but it makes gaming fun!

  • Kathleen Jo

    I cannot live without my iPhone. It’s a planner, an alarm clock, notebook and so much more that I use on a daily basis.

  • Fernanda

    My iPhone is still my favorited tech item. I do everything on it.

  • Paula

    I love my iPhone because there are so many free and useful apps available for downloading.

  • Nikki Wood

    Would be really cool to win one. Thanks!

  • Tania Shewring

    My favourite piece of tech without a doubt is my iPhone!! I live pretty far away from my parents and we have a group chat between us and my sister and we talk to each other daily! It also lets me send pictures of my adorable rescue puppy Pickles 😍😍!! I’d looove to win this contest to have more creative ways of taking cute snaps of him!!

  • Linda M

    Crossing my fingers ♥️ I love my MacBook Pro

  • Andrea

    My phone for sure! I can connect with friends and family, take photos, and navigate any city thanks for having Google maps at my fingertips!!

  • L

    Love our Google home!

  • dennis kunimoto

    my iphone

  • Connie Chow

    I love my smart phone. Probably should turn it off more but I’m addicted

  • Lea

    My favourite tech, that’s a tough one. It would have to be a tie between my Samsung note 8 phone and my Olympus camera.

  • Ese

    My favourite device is obviously my smartphone as it’s with me everywhere I go and helps me multi task, stay connected, do things on the go, and helps saves from always getting lost due to navigation apps I have on it. 😄

  • Nicole B

    Definitely my iPhone. It keeps me connected to family that lives in other cities/countries!

  • Matthew Jones

    My favourite tech toy in my life right now, would have to be my iPhone XS mainly for the fact that I love to FaceTime my mom so she can match my children grow up with us!

  • Anika Wong

    My favourite tech gift is the Samsung galaxy smartphone series! Any one of them is a truly great gift and I’ve had the pleasure of organizing the gifting of one this year!

  • Alison carter

    My 2 favorite techs this year are my new smartphone (lg g7) I love the camera and my ring doorbell get to see all things that happen when I am not home 😀
    Merry Christmas!

  • Alison c

    My 2 favorite techs this year are my new smartphone (lg g7) I love the camera and my ring doorbell get to see all things that happen when I am not home 😀
    Merry Christmas!

  • Shirley Goodbrand

    My favorite tech at the moment is my new Samsung Note 9. The pen has been indispensable in all of my holiday list making!

  • HayleySavanna

    I loveee my iRobot vacuum as I dislike vacuuming with all my heart!

  • Jessica

    Favourite tech toy…. without a doubt our Dyson Animal vaccum. That counts as tech right? We’d be suffocating in a mountain of Chili fur without that puppy. No pun intended.

  • Deepika

    My Panasonic Lumix has been so good to me… but I have been wanting the Fugi instamax for ages!!! Pick me!!

  • Deepika

    My Panasonic Lumix but I have been wanting this camera!!

  • Shawna

    Definitely my iPhone! It keeps me connected to what’s going on in the world.

  • Meagan S

    My favorite tech is definitely the facetime function on iOS technology! It’s so nice to see friends and family when I’m talking to them from miles away. Definitely makes this huge world feel a little smaller, especially around the holidays. :)

  • Josh S

    My smartphone. I use it every day.

  • andrea amy

    My favourite tech is definitely my iPhone! Thanks for the chance. Tweeted (mommy2fiveboys), instagram andrea_hockeygirl and Facebook Andrea Amy. Merry Christmas!

  • Jessica Rutledge

    I love my MacBook Pro

  • Janet

    The iPhone is my life!!!

  • Jenna Taylor

    My number one tech item is my iPhone. It takes on all the most important tasks- searching out review of businesses (so I can make the best selection), takes amazing photos and keeps me connected to all my loved ones. Tech makes life easier!!! Such a fun giveaway.

  • Steven Phan

    I got to say the best piece of tech that I love is my iPhone 8 because it allows me to take videos photos of my greatest moments and memories. Plus what I do you is leaving reviews at businesses such as restaurants auto dealers and dental offices. I got to say the best piece of tech that I love is my iPhone 8 because it allows me to take videos photos of my greatest moments and memories. Plus what I do you is leaving reviews at businesses such as restaurants auto dealers and dental offices. My only iPhone 8 allows me to do this with ease and helps other businesses get customer reviews.

  • Shannon

    Phone!! Couldn’t live without it — esp things like Google maps

  • Poonam Mittra Kamal

    I love my phone and my computer equally. They help me work, play and aspire. I dream of finishing a project but it’s finding the time and perhaps this upcoming year will be the one I put me first….

  • Poonam

    My phone and my computer are used for work, play and aspire me to fulfill my dreams… maybe this will be the year!

  • Jonnie

    My favorite tech is my laptop because it brings the whole world to my fingertips

  • Liliana Cordeiro

    My iPad (various versions) with cell has been my connection tool, entertainment centre, travelling aide, since 2012. Love it more that smartphone!

  • Sarah Newton

    I have the google home assistant and love it!! It’s definitely my favourite tech gadget!

  • Caryn s

    I love my smartphone it is a lifeline to keep me on track with my busy life!

  • Jess

    My favourite tech is definitely my iPad! It lets me do work, read books, and watch flicks on the go whether I’m home or traveling.

  • Erin Lewia

    Definitely my iPhone 8. I keep my life organized through it and would be lost without it.

  • Megan VanderDeen

    Love your Instagram page! This is such an awesome giveaway. My fave tech is totally my phone for obvious reasons. I also love a good heated seat/steering wheel 👌🏻 perfect for Edmonton haha.

  • Misty

    I love Telus products been a customer for 18 years

  • Jennifer Nguyen

    Definitely my smart phone!

  • Samantha

    My must have tech item is my desktop 🖥 computer (I know this is old school) but as a full time artist – I like to be able to sit down in a space and really concentrate on my documents and photos ❤️

  • Alisa Petrisch

    My favourite tech product is my IPAD. I just bought a keyboard for it and now I’m loving it even more. It’s like a mini computer for me.

  • Dana

    Definitely my phone! It tells me when and where to be!

  • Doris Calvert

    My favourite tech device is mi iPhone!!

  • Amy Heffernan

    I would have to say my lap top is. Its the only this I have lol. My cell is very old but my laptop is just 3 years old and works well. Thanks!

  • Laura Young

    Love the google home mini. Game changer especially in the kitchen for hands free cooking. Operation Kevin hummm I think I’m doing this next year.

  • Jeri Wolf

    I love my desktop computer. Sitting in comfort, drinking coffee, enjoying your blog posts.

  • Nancy Mah

    my tablet

  • Gordon Gee

    my phone

  • Kartik Gupta

    My iPhone is the gadget I spend the most time with and is indispensable. On my wish list though is the Nintendo Switch. I am also intrigued by these instant cameras and how they make one nostalgic.

  • Christine Shwetz

    My favourite tech device is definitely my smart phone! Can pretty much run my life off of it and stay organized:)

  • Marcene Phillips

    My fav tech device would have to be my smartphone lol. It has ALL my important info on it! It’s just super convenient to have all that info saved and handy at my fingertips 😌😁

  • Joan Chan

    My phone!!!

  • Joanne Ngo

    My laptop because it got me through my undergrad!

  • Melisa Garcia

    Lately I’m obsessed with smart home products. I have been upgrading all my house items to smart gadgets! :) I had no idea telus offered this :)

  • Karena

    As much as I love alllll the tech we have in our home, my iPhone still comes out on top. It’s amazing the technology we have at our hands (pun not intended) in this day and age!

  • Cheryl-Ann Ramdin

    I think my favourite gadget I have is my PS4. Video Games, Netflix, and TV box sets are what keep me sane in my busy life :)

  • Christine

    My favourite tech device is my iPhone mostly so I can take photos wherever I go and share them with family and friends!

  • Stefanie

    My iPhone 7 is by far my most needed and used piece of technology!

  • Juliee Fitze

    My favourite tech is my laptop.

  • Candy Chou

    My favourite tech is my 2017 MacBook Pro. It runs super smoothly and it’s a solid piece of tech! It’s pretty much my phone but bigger.

  • Diana

    My cell phone keeps my life organized

  • Geraldine Ching

    My favourite tech is my JBL wireless headphones. Convenient and noise-cancelling headphones to rock out while doing chores.

  • Kate

    I love my Surface Pro. Tablet and computer in one.

  • Sandra

    My favorite tech is my Google chrome!!!

  • VIvian

    I love my iPhone! I get so much done on it that I can’t imagine life without it.

  • Cecilia

    My favorite tech device is my phone! Currently use a Samsung S8 and it’s so handy for everything… texting, social media, amazing camera, GPS.

  • Gail Jones

    I am a very low tech person. I have a Smartphone, but sometimes, I am not “smart” enough to use it thoroughly. Right now, the timers on my Christmas lights are about the best “techie” thing I am enjoying right now.

  • Fredylyn Tingzon

    Definitely smartphones! You can do everything in ine simple tech gadget.

  • Linh

    My favourite is my Apple iPhone 10. Get many uses out of it such as a great camera, and lots of fun features. Works great when the kids need some entertainment too.

  • Vivian

    My iPhone! (I want to get a new one though the battery is dying on me) thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays :)

  • Carolyn Truong

    I love my smartphone! I recently travelled abroad and it’s amazing how easy it is to stay connected with everyone at home using my device!

  • Ryan Purdy

    what a wicked little camera

  • Kristan

    I’m a wannabe techy, so I have to say my iPad is the the most techy thing I own that I love !

  • Linda

    My favourite tech is my ereader. I read so much more now that I can read on transit.

  • Jason E Woods

    My Samsung S5 is currently my favorite peice of tech, hopefully to be replaced soon with my next favorite peice of tech! S7? S10?

  • Heather and Sibley

    My favorite tech is my Kobo. I’m an avid reader and it makes reading on the go so easy!

  • Paula Dumont

    Gotta be my laptop cause it’s really the only tech I own, other than a Smart thermostat! Heck, I don’t even have a Smartphone. So my laptop keeps me connected to the outside world and I use it every day. Would be lost without the internet, for sure!

  • Amber Smith

    I couldn’t live without my smart phone. I have so much information on it that I use daily.

  • Syi

    my fav tech is camera . I love to take photo and moments that I don’t want to let it go. Even we know how good smatphone camera was ,nothing can’t beat camera power.

  • Brenda Reynolds

    My iPhone 7 is my fave gadget! The thought of losing it…😳
    But the phone seems so obvious. The other gadget is my HP laptop for school and my Google Chromecast to watch Netflix on the big screen.

  • Audrey SKINNER

    My favorite tech is my smartphone but I try to limit my usage.

  • Sherry Kinnear

    My favourite is my Kobo. Not very teckie, but I can’t go anywhere without it.

  • wilson king

    My samsung A8 as it is so versatile.

  • Alex

    I love our google home mini!

  • Suzanne Giroux

    My favourite tech is my MacBook Air

  • Alex

    Definitely my iPhone…can’t live without it 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Todd

    My favourite tech device is definitely the iPhone. I, as well as many others, would be lost without it these days.

  • Erin W

    My fav tech has to be my smartphone, but mainly for taking pics of my family! Love the convenience.

  • Josh S

    I recently installed an ecobee4 thermostat. I love it!

  • Maryanne

    My favorite tech is my smartphone!!

  • Marta

    My iPhone 8 keeps me connected with friends and family

  • Melinda

    My favourite tech is my iphone. I use it daily.

  • nicoleroannef

    I love my phone, probably too much!

  • tammy ta

    My favourite tch in my life is my computer-I like to be able to look up anything on it. It helps me in many ways daily.

  • Sara

    I loveeee my MacBook Pro and I have for a long time!

  • Sarah Fung

    I’m a sucker for all things Apple :) love my iphone and my Apple Watch

  • nancy stokell

    My favorite is my IPAD. I can take it anywhere and facetime with my family at any time.

  • Rebecca

    My Samsung S7 is the most important as it keeps me up-to-date with current events and family and friends

  • Kory deGroot

    I love my Canon 60D. I take it everywhere I go :)

  • Alana Fukushima

    Definitely my favourite tech is my phone!

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  • Ugh. I LOVE Korean food and this was a good one. 😍 In between #JasperPJParty & mountain adventures, we checked out the Kimchi House in the town of Jasper this weekend. This japchae glass noodle dish with beef was delicious! Along with their bulgogi and army stew (budae jjigae). (The stew broth was so good and extra spicy. But why is there never enough broth? lol) I was sad the Kimchi House didn’t serve banchan (side dishes typically provided with a Korean meal) but was happy with the rest of the meal! 🤤 #lindorktravels
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  • A weekend in the mountains 🏔 is not complete without a mountain photoshoot! 😊📸 Thanks to the @fairmontJPL for inviting me to teach some Instagram / phone photography & editing workshops for #JasperPJParty!! 💕 Thanks to everyone who came to my sessions!! 🙏🏻 Thanks to @britl for being my session helper & mountain photog!! 📸 And thanks to @theporkgirl for lending me her hat!! 😍 I have been itching for a mountain road photo for a long time so am happy to check this off my list! ✔️✔️✔️ (We were very safe about it!) #lindorktravels #fairmontJPL #myjasper
#jasper #jasperalberta #jaspernationalpark #explorealberta #travelalberta #albertacanada #mountainphoto #explorecanada #parkscanada #canadianrockies #canadianblogger #yegblogger #yegblog #jasperparklodge
  • Ahhh it was two years ago this weekend that I got a photo at this iconic Instagrammable #PaulSmithPinkWall 💕 in Los Angeles, California and shortly after I started making Instagrammable Wall Guides to cities, organizing wall photo walks, and searching for these walls wherever I travel. 😍💗 This is still one of my favourite walls and I wish more buildings were painted bright, uninterrupted colours like this it makes me immensely happy. 💕 #InstagrammableWalls #Instagrammable #IGwallsofLA #lindorktravels
#pinkwall #pinkwalls #walltraveled #instagrammablewall #traveloften #doitforthegram #travelgrams #melroseave #melroseavenue #instagrammableplaces #canadianblogger #yegblogger #yegblog #yegtravel #igwall #discoverLA #visitcalifornia #visittheusa
  • ** UPDATE! **
Congratulations to @thefuramigoss & Sarah L on Facebook, winners of tickets to the Edmonton Hime + Garden Show! Thanks everyone who entered!!
The Edmonton Home 🏡 + Garden 🌸 Show returns March 21-24 and I’m giving away tickets to the show! 🎉 There’s lots of awesome features to check out including Cooking Stage demos from local chefs and  @masterchefonfox Season 7 winner @chefshaunoneale! This week I made one of his recipes, delicious lemon zesty blueberry cream cheese danishes (pictured here 💕) and I look forward to seeing what he cooks up at @yeghomeshows! Head over to the link in my bio to see what other features you should visit at #EHGS19 and enter below for a chance to win tickets to the show! 🎉
1. Follow me + @yeghomeshows
2. Leave a comment telling me what home renos, updates or projects you think you might work on this spring/summer! Also tag a friend to spread the word about the show + giveaway.
I’ll randomly select two winners from all entries received across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by March 18. Each winner will get a pair of tickets to the show! 💚💛
Thanks to @yeghomeshows for partnering with me to promote the show! (my blog and this post are sponsored). 😊
#yeg #yeghomeshows #exploreedmonton #edmonton #blueberrydanish #danishes #yegbakes #yegtreats #edmontonalberta #sprucegrove #lemonzest #chefshaunoneale #yegfoodie #yegfood #yegfoodblogger #edmontonfood #lindorkbakes
  • I always feel SO lucky that I get to meet the coolest cats on the Internet (and their pawrents) through the work I do with @yegcatfest! 😸 This summer, #YEGCatFest is bringing @sukiicat and her pawrent @enchanted.forest to Edmonton to meet festival attendees!!! 😻😻😻 Suki the Adventure Cat is a gorgeous bengal cat who loves adventure! 🏔🛶 Suki is definitely one of my favourite travel Instagrammers 😹, I’m one of her 1.3 MILLION Instagram followers!! 💕 And perhaps the coolest thing about Suki? She lives in Alberta!!! 🇨🇦🙌🏻 Head to the link in my bio or Story to learn more about Suki and be sure to pre-purrchase your Cat Fest tickets! Meet & greets are included with your festival ticket. ♥️ Thanks to @fairmontmac our Celebpurrty Cat Hotel Sponsor!!
Photo Credit 📸: @enchanted.forest @sukiicat
#yeg #yegcats #catsofyeg #catsofedmonton #edmontoncats #yegevents #yegpets #tailsofyeg #exploreedmonton #edmonton #edmontonalberta #albertacanada #yyccats #catsofcalgary #yycpets #adventurecat #explorecanada #catfest
  • Thanks @imedia_yeg for having me back as an emcee (with @tylerjackbutler) and speaker over the weekend! ☺️ I’m always up to talk anyone’s ear off about social media & influencer marketing. 💕🤓 And always love learning from talented digital marketers! 🙌🏻 Stay tuned now for a @dontcallmeaguru #iMEDIA19 recap podcast with the special return of Tyler, pictured here looking like a gangsta! 🎙
#yeg #yegblog #yegblogger #emceelife #speakerlife #edmonton #exploreedmonton #influencermarketing #yeginfluencer #edmontonalberta #digitalmarketer #influencermarketer #imediaconference #macewanu #yegdt #yegpodcast #albertapodcast #albertapodcastnetwork
  • Made ginger sesame ground beef with green beans and a runny egg on rice for lunch on this very slow-moving Sunday. 🤤💕 #lindorkcooks
#yeghomecooking #yeg #yegfood #yegfoodie #yegfoodie #yeggers #yegger #exploreedmonton #edmonton #fbcigers #edmontonalberta #sprucegrovealberta #sprucegrove #gingerbeef #sesameginger #asiancooking #asianfoodporn #runnyyolk #yolkporn #googlepixel3 #shotonpixel
  • 💛 Happy International Women’s Day! 💛 Today and every day, let’s #BalanceForBetter. Challenge gender stereotypes and bias. Insist on gender parity. Celebrate women’s achievements. Lift each other up. 💛 If you’re looking for a specific way to celebrate #IWD2019 today, consider supporting one of many women-owned or co-owned @edmontonmade businesses! 🙌🏻 NEW ON THE BLOG (link in bio), I’ve started a Guide to Women-Owned Businesses in Edmonton & Area!! There’s SO many wonderful businesses in a range of industries being led by women. Thanks to my friend (also a woman lol)  @argenplath for helping me compile this initial directory, which includes over 70 businesses!! 🎉🎉 Do check it out and I *know* I’m missing many more great ones so please comment and let me know who else should be highlighting and I’ll keep adding to the list! ☺️💛 #InternationalWomensDay2019
#yeg #yeglocal #yegmade #edmontonmade #madeinyeg #makesomethingyeg #edmonton #exploreedmonton #yegbusiness #yegbiz #yegentrepreneur #instagrammablewalls #IGwallsofyeg #edmontonalberta #yegblog #yegblogger #canadianblogger #madeinalberta
  • So thrilled to have found @banhcuonyeg through Instagram! 🤤 Bánh cuốn is a delicious Vietnamese steamed rice roll filled with ground pork, mushrooms and shallots. It’s one of my dad’s favourite Vietnamese dishes and something I used to eat a lot with him! When I found out the Khau family was offering made-to-order, fresh bánh cuốn for pick-up in North Edmonton, I *had* to try! 😄 They’re so good! And bring back great memories. 😍 @banhcuonyeg is charging $6 for a dozen rolls (one order). This week I got four orders and have been having some for breakfast, lunch and dinner! 😂🤤 My parents were so happy with the flavour and quality of the rolls (they hold up really well!) that they got the Khau phone number to make their own future orders (they’re not on Instagram lol) 💕 Also it’s always wise to have a bánh cuốn maker on speed dial lol. The rolls are best with Vietnamese ham (cha) but you need to get that separately.
#yeg #yegfood #yegfoodblogger #yegfoodie #yegblog #yegblogger #edmonton #exploreedmonton #edmontonfood #banhcuon #ricerolls #steamedricerolls #vietnamesefood #vietfood #banhcuonyeg
I love Date Night! And while @mikethyking & I have done lots of different things for Date Night over the years, there’s one tried and true outing that always delivers: dinner and a movie! ♥️ If @therecroomca is part of our Date Night, we also love playing games too! ☺️ Read my sponsored blog post (link in bio) for the Ultimate Foodie Date Night inspiration which includes great food, games and entertainment! 🎉
1. Be sure you’re following @therecroomca
2. Tag who you’d take to Date Night in the comments below! (one tag per comment. unlimited entries)
See the blog for more ways to enter and watch a Date Night promo video Mike and I did with The Rec Room! ☺️ I’ll randomly select a winner from all entries received on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by March 17. Good luck!! ♥️
#yeg #yegfood #yegfoodie #yegblogger #yegblog #edmonton #edmontonfood #exploreedmonton #therecroom #therecroomyeg #yegdate #yegdatenight #canadianblogger