Beeswax Wraps

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Recently, I came across reusable beeswax wraps at the Antigonish Winter Market. Sandra Swinkels, the owner of Swinkels Bee Products, started making them as a natural alternative to plastic wrap.

I was thrilled to find them locally and was looking forward to trying them out. So, in case you were wondering…

 

 

What are they made of?

The wraps are made out of 100% organic cotton infused with beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil. All three substances are known to be natural preservatives and have antibacterial properties. The combination of the cotton fabric and the above ingredients result in a breathable storage solution.

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How big are the wraps?

The general use wraps come in two sizes: 8″ x 8″ and 11″ x 11″. The sandwich wraps measure 14″ x 14″ unfolded and 5″ x7″ folded.

 

How do you use them?

The wraps can be used to cover bowls, jars, plates, etc. They are very malleable and simply require the warmth of your hands to adhere to the rim of containers.

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They are very versatile too. You can turn them into snack bags by moulding them into a desired shape or simply use them to wrap leftover bread, fruits, vegetables, cheese, and more.

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How well do they work?

I compared the two methods of food storage by wrapping two halves of an avocado, one with cling wrap and the other one with beeswax wrap.

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Twenty four hours later…

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Not bad, eh?

 

As for the sandwich wraps, I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first… I wasn’t sure if my sandwich would remain fresh until the next day, but it did!

An added bonus was the sweet aroma of beeswax. A little aromatherapy during lunch break is always a good thing!

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What about care and storage?

The wrappers come with a sheet of instructions for use & care. It’s recommended to wash them with cool water and mild dish soap, otherwise the beeswax and resin might lose their adherence. And, since they cannot be cleaned with hot water, they should not to be used for storing meat.

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The large wrap can be stored flat, folded or rolled. I like to roll mine up and place it in a drawer to minimize storage space. The sandwich wrap can easily be stored as is.

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How much do they cost?

The small wraps cost $7.00, the larger ones cost $9.00 and the sandwich wraps, $12.00. They are reusable and can last up to a year, so it’s well worth the investment.

And, although I love the bumble bee print, there are many other beautiful and colourful prints to choose from. Here are just a few:

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You can find Sandra and her line of Swinkels Bee Products, including the beeswax wraps, every Saturday at the Antigonish Winter Market or you can purchase her products online.

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Eco-friendly  Sustainable  Reusable  Biodegradable

 

Food for thought…

If you use 1 sqft of plastic wrap for one sandwich per day, then this adds up to 260 sqft per year. For a family of 4, this number translates to 1040 sqft per year. Now say you were to switch to beeswax wraps only twice per week, this automatically cuts down your plastic wrap usage by at least 40%! Not bad, considering film plastics (which include plastic wraps) have such a negative impact on the environment and, now more then ever, we are strongly encouraged to reduce the amount of plastic we use; think of the recent plastic bags ban implemented in Montreal and possibly in Nova Scotia in the near future.

So, if you use plastic wrap daily for your sandwiches and snacks, why not try using beeswax wraps instead? Even once a week can make a huge difference!

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The Antigonish Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Antigonish Holiday gift guide 2017

Welcome to the first annual Antigonish Holiday Gift Guide!

 

This online resource contains a curated list of Holiday gift ideas provided by your local businesses. I hope this guide inspires you to shop local this season and to find something special for everyone on your shopping list.

 

Also, check out the wonderful GIVEAWAY PRIZES at the end of the post!

 

Happy shopping!

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Flannel Blanket Scarves

$20

Flannel blanket scarves with fringed edge perfect for the winter months. They are available in Cape Breton and Nova Scotian tartan.

Wild Orchid Farm · 837 North Grant Antigonish · 902.863.8865

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Fleece Tartan Blanket Throws

$45

These comfy fleece tartan blanket throws (50 x 80) are available in Cape Breton, Nova Scotian and Newfoundland tartan.

Wild Orchid Farm · 837 North Grant Antigonish · 902.863.8865

 

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Soy Candles

$10 each or 2 for $15

Soy candles in large variety of scents with a burn time of 40 hours.

Wild Orchid Farm · 837 North Grant Antigonish · 902.863.8865

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Sugar Scrubs

$10 each or 2 for $15

We carry sugar scrubs too.

Wild Orchid Farm · 837 North Grant Antigonish · 902.863.8865

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Goat’s Milk Soap

$5

Limited supply of our lovely Wild Orchid Farm Goat’s Milk Soap made from the milk of our own dairy goats. Available in lavender presently, with more scents to come shortly.

Wild Orchid Farm · 837 North Grant Antigonish · 902.863.8865

 

“Our products are available at the Antigonish Farmers’ Market.

 The Goat’s milk soap is made from farm fresh milk from our very own Alpine dairy goats.

 And stay tuned… our Farm Soap & Gift Shop will open in the New Year!”

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RL 1

Plow

$699.95 (save $103)

WARN 54″blade plow package. Mid mount most models. Price may vary marginally based on you machine’s mount cost. Taxes, installation if applicable, extra​.

Redline Sports & Cycle · 3998 Old South River Road Antigonish · 902.735.5500

 

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Snowmobile Boots

$79.95 (regular value $139.95)

Zero Factor Snowmobile Boots Special. Rated to -85°C.

Redline Sports & Cycle · 3998 Old South River Road Antigonish · 902.735.5500

 

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RL 3

Sled Wheel Kit

$49.95 (regular value $69.95)

Essential to move your snowmobile with ease.

Redline Sports & Cycle · 3998 Old South River Road Antigonish · 902.735.5500

 

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Trail Fighter Tires

$375 (save $185)

6 ply, directional tread, smooth ride, lightweight, (2) 25×8-12, (2) 25×10-12

Redline Sports & Cycle · 3998 Old South River Road Antigonish · 902.735.5500

 

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Light Bars

$99.95 to $139.95

RTX 7.5″ LED Light bar and RTX 13.5″ LED Light bar special (regular value 149.95 and $214.95). Includes mounts and wiring harness.

Redline Sports & Cycle · 3998 Old South River Road Antigonish · 902.735.5500

 

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Louis Garneau Snowshoes

$110.99- $210.99

Keeping active this winter has never been so easy. With Louis Garneau Snowshoes, one can explore our winter wonderland with ease and confidence. This is the perfect gift for the adventure seeker in your life or for the ones who just want to get out and take advantage of this winter.

Highland Bike Shop · 254 Main St. Antigonish · 902.735.3320

 

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OAC Hybrid Skis

$419.99-$599.99

Developed in Finland these offer the best of both worlds. Superb traction and stability as well as an amazing glide. These skis allow one to trek up and ski down. Best feature is its universal bindings, your favorite boots don’t have to sit at home while you head out to enjoy your winter day.

Highland Bike Shop · 254 Main St. Antigonish · 902.735.3320

 

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Darn Tough Socks

$25.99-$31.99

Warm and breathable and cozy with a lifetime warranty these socks are the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast or the bookworm in your life. Made in the USA.

Highland Bike Shop · 254 Main St. Antigonish · 902.735.3320

 

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Smartwool Socks

Starting from $19.00

Cozy Smartwool socks that will keep you warm all winter long.

Antigonish Five to a Dollar · 245 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.2571

 

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Carhartt T-Shirts

$26.95

Comfortable and durable T-shirts.

Antigonish Five to a Dollar · 245 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.2571

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Learn-to-Play Xylophone

$11.99

Melissa and Doug Learn-To-Play Xylophone

Antigonish Five to a Dollar · 245 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.2571

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Cobble Hill Puzzles

$19.99

We carry a variety of Cobble Hill Puzzles

Antigonish Five to a Dollar · 245 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.2571

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Canon T6i Kit

$649.99

Take advantage of this great deal on our Canon T6i Kit! (price valid until Dec. 23, 2017)

Antigonish Five to a Dollar · 245 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.2571

 

 

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Bath Bombs

$3 to $7

Relax and unwind in a hot bath during the holidays with one of our fizzing bath bombs, unicorn horn bath bombs, or bath salts. Scented in a variety of aromas from lavender to lollipop, coconut to margarita. There’s a scent for everyone. New this year: “Lumps of Coal” bath bombs, for the Naughty people on your list!

Funky Munkys Bath & Body · www.funkymunkys.ca · 902.318.0109

 

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Lip Balms & Lip Glosses

$3 & $8

Protect your lips this winter with our lip balms that come in 11 fun flavours, from black cherry to raspberry and mint to chai. Add some colour with one of our lip glosses, in 6 sassy shades. They make great stocking stuffers!

Funky Munkys Bath & Body · www.funkymunkys.ca · 902.318.0109

 

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Salves & Creams

$6 to $10

Muscles sore from hanging all the decorations? Why not try one of our Munky Balms to help soothe the tension away. Or check out our many different balms and salves. We have chest rubs, diaper creams, outdoor creams, and body butters to keep your skin feeling soft this winter.

Funky Munkys Bath & Body · www.funkymunkys.ca · 902.318.0109

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Hand-crafted Soaps

$5 to $6

Stuff some stockings with our hand-crafted soaps, made the way great-grandma used to make them! We have a variety of scents and colours for even the hard to please people on your list. We also have a laundry stain stick to help clean all the holiday spills and splashes.

Funky Munkys Bath & Body · www.funkymunkys.ca · 902.318.0109

 

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Sprays & Lotions

$9 to $25

We carry a variety of room sprays, spray away toilet deodorizers, foaming soaps & lotions. Over the holidays, refresh any room in your house with one of our scented room sprays. In the bathroom, Spray Away those offensive odours with our toilet deodorizers and delight your house guests with our scented foaming hand soaps. After all the gifts are unwrapped, keep your skin feeling soft with our hand and body lotions.

Funky Munkys Bath & Body · www.funkymunkys.ca · 902.318.0109

“Funky Munkys Bath & Body has been locally owned and operated for over 5 years. We hand craft all our products in small batches in our own home, using our own tried-and-true recipes. We never use pre-mixed bases or pre-made melt & pour. All our products contain natural ingredients, and are never tested on animals (unless you include our family and friends!). You can find us every Saturday at our booth at the Antigonish Farmers’ Market. Almost all our products come in an unscented option for those with sensitivities. And you can never go wrong with a gift certificate! Happy Holidays!”

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Dunlops

$119.99 to $219.99

They come in plain toe, steel toe, and a thermo moon boot.

Antigonish Farm & Garden Co-op · 91 St. Andrews St. Antigonish · 902.863.1436

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Bird Feeders & Bird Seed

$9.99 to $49.99

A wide range of bird feeders and bird seed for the bird enthusiast in your family.

Antigonish Farm & Garden Co-op · 91 St. Andrews St. Antigonish · 902.863.1436

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Farm Hoppers

$29.99

Inflatable bouncy animals for toddlers. They come in an array of colours and animals.

Antigonish Farm & Garden Co-op · 91 St. Andrews St. Antigonish · 902.863.1436

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Chilli Dog Sweaters

$27.50 to $30.50

Made from organic wool and hand knit in South America. Sizes ranging from XXS to XXXL.

Antigonish Farm & Garden Co-op · 91 St. Andrews St. Antigonish · 902.863.1436

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Schleich Toys

$3.99 to $150

 Good for the little farmer in your family!

Antigonish Farm & Garden Co-op · 91 St. Andrews St. Antigonish · 902.863.1436

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Natural Honey

$6-$12

Our honey is raw and unpasteurized which makes it a great source of antioxidants. Unpasteurized honey also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

SWINKELS BEE PRODUCTS · shop@swinkelsbeeproducts.ca · 902.863.5791

 

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Handmade Soaps

5$

Bar soaps made with a touch of honey for extra moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties. The soaps are GMO free, hypo-allergenic, non comedogenic, biodegradable, detergent-free, alcohol-free, not tested on animals. The soaps are available unscented and in a variety of bursting fragrances, patchouli, lavender, honey & oatmeal, black licorice, apple & ginger, pumpkin, peppermint, candy cane. There’s also acne soap, which is very popular.

SWINKELS BEE PRODUCTS · shop@swinkelsbeeproducts.ca · 902.863.5791

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Body Care Products

Starting at $4

A wide selection of natural body care products made with all natural ingredients. From lip balm and lip gloss to shampoo and deep conditioner, body scrubs, body moisturizers, face cream, face cleanser, eye cream, hand sanitizer, deodorant, and so much more. We offer scented and unscented options for all our products.

BEE PRODUCTS · shop@swinkelsbeeproducts.ca · 902.863.5791

 

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Salve and Sea Buckthorn Cream

Starting at $8

Salve & Sea Buckthorn Skin Relief Cream. The calendula & lemon balm salve has been reported to help with cold sores, burns, cuts, athletes foot, eczema, even hot spots for dogs. The sea buckthorn cream is made with ingredients that contain nourishing, revitalizing, and restorative properties for skin relief. It can be used for acne, dermatitis, irritated, dry and itching skin, eczema, and more.

SWINKELS BEE PRODUCTS · shop@swinkelsbeeproducts.ca · 902.863.5791

 

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Beeswax Candles

From $1.50 to $22

These honey scented candles are completely non-toxic, non-allergenic and non-carcinogenic. Beeswax candles burn so cleanly that they easily last 7-10 times longer than their identical sized paraffin counterparts.

SWINKELS BEE PRODUCTS · shop@swinkelsbeeproducts.ca · 902.863.5791

 

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Starting at $35

Gift baskets come with a variety of products tailored for your needs. They can include  honey, soap, facial cleanser, lip balm, lip gloss, leave-in conditioner, moisturizers, deodorants, candles,  and much more.

SWINKELS BEE PRODUCTS · shop@swinkelsbeeproducts.ca · 902.863.5791

“All Swinkels Bee products are available at the Antigonish Farmers’ Market & online.
Our products are made with natural ingredients and are GMO Free, hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic, biodegradable, detergent-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and not tested on animals.”

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Baker’s Floursack Dish Towels

$17.50

Baker’s Floursack dish towels by NowDesigns. These great quality kitchen linens come in a package of 3 in sweet berry patterns and made of 100% cotton. Practical and pretty!

THE POSH PEPPERMINT · 200 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.HOME

 

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LOVEFRESH Hand & Body Lotions

$20 each

LOVEFRESH Hand & Body Lotions available in many delicious scents. These are paraben and petroleum free and leave your skin feeling hydrated and smelling great!

THE POSH PEPPERMINT · 200 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.HOME

 

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Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

$49.50 each

100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase by Alamode Home. So luxurious and perfect for the hard to buy for person that has everything! Say goodbye to sleep creases and bed head!

THE POSH PEPPERMINT · 200 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.HOME

 

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Bathtub Caddy

$40

Aquala Bathtub Caddy in Natural by Umbra. This item makes relaxing easy. Perfect for holding a good read. Another great gift idea for that special someone on your list!

THE POSH PEPPERMINT · 200 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.HOME

 

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Baby Blanket

$50 each

Sweet 100% cotton baby blanket by Brunelli. These are a functional and fun idea for the littles on your list.

THE POSH PEPPERMINT · 200 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.HOME

 

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Plum Tree 1

Cotton Work Socks

$19.99

100% cotton work socks which are made in Canada. These socks come in two sizes, medium and large, with writing on the bottom; we have wine, beer, rum, coffee and tea.

THE PLUM TREE GIFT SHOPPE · 225 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.735.7586

 

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Bee by the Sea Natural Products

$4.99 to $45

Bee By The Sea natural products are made in Canada. The products are paraben-free, petroleum-free, sulfate-free and not tested on animals. These products are great for eczema, sunburns, dry skin, rosacea, psoriasis, age spots and scars. We carry lip balm, body cream and face & eye serum.

THE PLUM TREE GIFT SHOPPE · 225 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.735.7586

 

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Shy Giraffe Jewellery

$42.99 (for the necklace)

Shy Giraffe jewellery made by an artisan in Halifax, NS. She uses sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls, natural gem stones and sea glass. Her designs are all handcrafted to suit every taste.

THE PLUM TREE GIFT SHOPPE · 225 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.735.7586

 

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Anne Marie Chagnon Jewellery

$108

Anne Marie Chagnon is an artisan from Montreal. All her jewelry is handmade and her pieces are one of a kind. She uses magnetic pewter, limpid glass, luminous resin and lavish gold.

THE PLUM TREE GIFT SHOPPE · 225 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.735.7586

 

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April Cornell Apron

$44

April Cornell is the company from where we buy our linens. All 100% cotton and the quality is amazing. We carry tablecloths, napkins, apron and pillow covers for all occasions and seasons.

THE PLUM TREE GIFT SHOPPE · 225 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.735.7586

 

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Trendys 1

Yest tunic

$99.95

Yest navy tunic/dress. Great with leggings, jeans or dress pants.

TRENDYS CLOTHING Ltd. · 4045 South River Rd. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1662

 

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Light Weight Jacket

$125

Neon Buddha hidden button light weight jacket/sweater.

TRENDYS CLOTHING Ltd. · 4045 South River Rd. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1662

 

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Snowman Canvas Print

$76

Friendly snowman canvas print.

TRENDYS CLOTHING Ltd. · 4045 South River Rd. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1662

 

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Quilt

$200

Beautiful queen size quilt with stitching detail. Comes with 2 shams.

TRENDYS CLOTHING Ltd. · 4045 South River Rd. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1662

 

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Wall Clock

$150

Beautiful 23 inch metal wall clock.

TRENDYS CLOTHING Ltd. · 4045 South River Rd. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1662

 

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TS 1

Clark Boots

$180

Clark boots in dark tan.

TRENDYS SHOE SHOPPE · 100 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1119

 

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Remonte Boots

$175

Remonte boots in brown combination (left) or red combination (right)

TRENDYS SHOE SHOPPE · 100 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1119

 

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Rieker Boots

$160

Rieker boots in brown.

TRENDYS SHOE SHOPPE · 100 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1119

 

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Sorel Boots

$285

Sorel boots in grey (left) or black (right).

TRENDYS SHOE SHOPPE · 100 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1119

 

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Remonte Boots

$200

Remonte boots blue combination (left) or red combination (right).

TRENDYS SHOE SHOPPE · 100 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.863.1119

 

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Boots

Starting at $59

We carry a variety of durable boots for any outdoor recreational sports: fishing, hiking, hunting, etc.

LEAVES & LIMBS · 4167 Hwy 4 South River Antigonish NS · 902.735.3800

 

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Fishing Rods

Starting at $59

Fishing rods, fishing gear and supplies for all your fishing needs.

LEAVES & LIMBS · 4167 Hwy 4 South River Antigonish NS · 902.735.3800

 

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Bows

Starting at $219

Great selection of compound bows (starting at $219) and crossbows (starting at $449) for archery and hunting.

LEAVES & LIMBS · 4167 Hwy 4 South River Antigonish NS · 902.735.3800

 

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Trail Cameras

Starting at $119

A variety of trail cameras for all your outdoor adventures.

LEAVES & LIMBS · 4167 Hwy 4 South River Antigonish NS · 902.735.3800

 

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Spices & Jerky Sets | Outdoor Oven

 $6.99-$399

A wide selection of spices and Jerky King sets for outdoor cooking ($6.99-$79). Outdoor oven for all your cooking needs ($399).

LEAVES & LIMBS · 4167 Hwy 4 South River Antigonish NS · 902.735.3800

 

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Gift-a-Book

Starting at $5

Gift-a-book to the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. The perfect gift for the library-lover on your list is the gift that keeps on giving: a library book (or DVD or audiobook)!
Gift-a-book to your local public library and dedicate it to a special someone. Your purchase will include a card to pass along to that person and a bookplate will placed in the book to acknowledge your gift. Tax receipts are also available for gifts of $10 or more. Books can be purchased for all ages, reading levels, and interests. For more information and to see our wish list, stop by your local library branch or visit the website.

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library  · 283 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.867.4276

 

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I Am Peace

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library  · 283 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.867.4276

 

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$20.95

In My Room

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library  · 283 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.867.4276

 

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My First Yoga Class

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library  · 283 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.867.4276

 

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$12.95

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Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library  · 283 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.867.4276

 

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Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library  · 283 Main St. Antigonish NS · 902.867.4276

 

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Mugs

Starting at $9.99

A variety of mugs for cat and dog lovers.

ONE STOP PET SHOP · 3063 Post Road Antigonish NS · 902.863.1215

 

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Horse Products

Starting at $8.95

We carry many horse-themed products; socks ($8.95), tote bags ($18.95), pink lunch bag ($19.99) and water bottle ($19.99). We also have a wide selection of horse products in stock, from horse treats to grooming supplies, and so much more.

ONE STOP PET SHOP · 3063 Post Road Antigonish NS · 902.863.1215

 

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Pet Toys

$4.99-21.99

We carry a lot of toys in all shapes and sizes.

ONE STOP PET SHOP · 3063 Post Road Antigonish NS · 902.863.1215

 

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Winter Sweaters & Coats

$26.99-$65.99

A wide selection of winter sweaters and coats for various sizes. We can fit dogs from teacup sizes to extra large.

ONE STOP PET SHOP · 3063 Post Road Antigonish NS · 902.863.1215

 

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Pet Beds

$24.99-35.99

We carry a variety of pet beds and have many in stock in various sizes and prices.

ONE STOP PET SHOP · 3063 Post Road Antigonish NS · 902.863.1215

 

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Festival Antigonish

FAST holiday FAST Gift Certificate

$50

A wonderful stocking stuffer idea that will be greatly appreciated by any theatre lover. The gift certificate can be redeemed for 2 tickets next summer. This offer is available until December 14.

FESTIVAL ANTIGONISH SUMMER THEATRE · 1 West St Antigonish · 902.867.3333

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Board Games

$25.95-$97.95

We carry the largest selection of board games in Eastern NS!

LOST REALMS · 17 James St. Antigonish · 902.968.9400

 

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Card Games

$39.95-$64.95

We are the go to place for Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon card games in Antigonish.

LOST REALMS · 17 James St. Antigonish · 902.968.9400

 

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Role-Playing Games & Accessories

$39.95-$67.95

We are the source for Role-playing games and accessories.

LOST REALMS · 17 James St. Antigonish · 902.968.9400

 

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Novels & Comics

$17.50-$32.95

We carry a wide selection of graphic novels and comics for all ages.

LOST REALMS · 17 James St. Antigonish · 902.968.9400

 

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Used Consoles & Games

$39.95-$199.95

We offer a large selection of used consoles and games.

LOST REALMS · 17 James St. Antigonish · 902.968.9400

 

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Fragrance Sampler

$85

Fragrance sampler with certificate. This offer is exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart!

SHOPPERS DRUG MART  · 303 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863-6522

 

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Gift Cards

$5-$250

We carry hundreds of gift card options.

SHOPPERS DRUG MART  · 303 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863-6522

 

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Kids Toys

Prices vary

Many popular gift items for kids.

SHOPPERS DRUG MART  · 303 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863-6522

 

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Gift Mugs

$12.99-$14.99

We carry a variety of simple gift ideas for teachers or hostess.

SHOPPERS DRUG MART  · 303 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863-6522

 

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Games & Electronics

$349.99-$499.99

A wide variety of electronic gift options.

SHOPPERS DRUG MART  · 303 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863-6522

 

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Brook Ridge Farm

 

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Comfy Wool Throws

$85

We sell a variety of wool throws 52″x76″

BROOK RIDGE FARM · 1997 Nova Scotia Hwy 4 Antigonish · 902.318.3989

 

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Cozy Wool Blanket

$150

The perfect gift to keep warm throughout the winter months. Queen size wool blanket: 76″x104″.

BROOK RIDGE FARM · 1997 Nova Scotia Hwy 4 Antigonish · 902.318.3989

 

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BF balls

Wool Dryer Balls

$30

Wool dryer balls are great for reducing static, wrinkles and drying time! Simply toss them in the dryer with your clothes and save on your energy use. This is a wonderful stocking stuffer.

BROOK RIDGE FARM · 1997 Nova Scotia Hwy 4 Antigonish · 902.318.3989

 

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Dusters

Starting at $15

We sell wool dusters of different sizes. The soft lambswool fibers act as a magnet to naturally attract and hold dust particles without the use of chemicals.

BROOK RIDGE FARM · 1997 Nova Scotia Hwy 4 Antigonish · 902.318.3989

 

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BF ear muffs

Wool Earmuffs

$25

Another lovely stocking stuffer idea. A wonderful cozy gift to keep ears warm throughout the harsh winter.

BROOK RIDGE FARM · 1997 Nova Scotia Hwy 4 Antigonish · 902.318.3989

“All our wool products are available at the Antigonish Farmers’ Market
and by call order.

Visit the Farm Wool Shop! We’re open by chance and by appointment.”

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Camerons Jewelly

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Bering Watch

$295

Beautiful Bering watch. A timeless piece of minimalistic Danish design inspired by the beauty of the arctic.

CAMERON’S JEWELLERY · 239 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.1283

 

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Christmas Ornament

$55

A lovely unique ornament for your Christmas tree.

CAMERON’S JEWELLERY · 239 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.1283

 

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Skates Picture

$125

A beautiful picture to hang on the wall.

CAMERON’S JEWELLERY · 239 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.1283

 

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Snow Globe

$45

This wonderful snow globe can be displayed on the fireplace mantel or as a centerpiece for the Holidays. A great conversation starter.

CAMERON’S JEWELLERY · 239 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.1283

 

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Pendant & Chain

$80

A lovely pendant for someone special.

CAMERON’S JEWELLERY · 239 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.1283

 

 

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AHAahaColouring Antigonish

$20

Know someone who loves to colour? Why not buy them a Colouring Antigonish colouring book, created by local artists. Proceeds go towards arts health programming in the community and many local initiatives. The colouring books are available at Cameron’s Jewellery and The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts.

AHA! Colouring Book · artshealthantigonish@gmail.com · Arts & Health Antigonish

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HPC 1Nova Scotia Fisherman Products

$5.95-$12.99

Nova Scotia Fisherman lotion, soap, gift bags, and beard balm are all locally made in NS with all natural ingredients.

Haliburton PharmaChoice · 220 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.6060

 

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Scentuals Products

$3.99-$69.99

Scentuals Products ranging from Lip Balms, lotions, shoulder wraps, all natural essential oils and diffusers!

Haliburton PharmaChoice · 220 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.6060

 

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Hot Socks

$23.99

Hot Socks are great after a long hard day with tired achy feet! These products can be used hot or cold for maximum comfort depending on your need!

Haliburton PharmaChoice · 220 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.6060

 

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Paderno Products

Save money by using your Perks!

Use your PharmaChoice loyalty program perks to purchase various Paderno products. Paderno products are some of the best on the market! We have high quality water bottles, vegetable spiralizer’s, salad spinners, and frying pans! Water bottles are free with 40 perks redeemed, salad spinners are free with 50 perks redeemed, vegetable spiralizer’s are free with 60 perks redeemed and frying pans are free with 150 perks redeemed!

Haliburton PharmaChoice · 220 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.6060

 

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Christmas Giftware

$3.99-$179.99

A little bit of something for everybody, from mom and dad to coworkers to bosses to your friendly neighbors! Our giftware is sure to impress!

Haliburton PharmaChoice · 220 Main St. Antigonish · 902.863.6060

 

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Ross Screenprint

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Shirt with logo

$30

Have someone hard to buy for?! Why not get them a custom shirt that only they will have! Put their logo, favorite saying or funny image on a shirt for them. Price is for a coloured shirt with an image on the front.

Ross Screenprint · 4053 South River Road Antigonish · 902.863.4630

 

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Toddler Bulldog Sweater

$20

The perfect gift for that soon to be Bulldog!  These toddler size hoodies will look adorable on those little hockey fans! (price includes taxes)

Ross Screenprint · 4053 South River Road Antigonish · 902.863.4630

 

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Ross 3 Bulldog track Jackets

Track Jacket

Individual and team rates available. Contact for more info.

 

The Bulldog crested Bauer Tracksuit will be a favorite with any Bulldog player in your family!  Add a personalized name to make it extra special.

Ross Screenprint · 4053 South River Road Antigonish · 902.863.4630

 

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Ross 4 Bulldog Longsleeve Dryfit

Long sleeve shirt

$20

Whether they’re just hanging out at home, or training for the big game, these dry-fit shirts are what they need! (price includes taxes)

Ross Screenprint · 4053 South River Road Antigonish · 902.863.4630

 

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Toque

$12.50

Customize these toques with your company logo as a great gift!(price is for quantity of 12)

Ross Screenprint · 4053 South River Road Antigonish · 902.863.4630

 

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4-H is Back!

By Jennifer Van Den Heuvel and Regina Cozzi

 

I PLEDGE
My HEAD to clearer thinking,
My HEART to greater loyalty,
My HANDS to larger service,
My HEALTH to better living,
For my club, my community, and my country.

 

These are the core values of 4-H and what the four Hs represent.

 

What is 4-H?

4-H is a non-profit youth organization. It exists in over 80 countries, and has over 25,000 members Canada wide1.

 

How does it work?

Although 4-H is governed nationally by 4-H Canada, each province contains and supports multiple clubs. 4-H clubs are divided by region throughout the counties (e.g. West-River club, Heatherton club, St-Andrews club, Landing club, Goshen club, etc.). Each 4-H club organizes meetings and activities for their members, and has volunteer leaders for various projects.

The number of projects has flourished over the years. What originally started with agricultural competitions in the early 1900s1, has now evolved into an array of projects2. Here are a just a few:

projects-1If a club does not offer a project your child is interested in, then arrangements can be made to join the project meetings of another club that offers the project of interest.

Younger children (ages 7 & 8) known as Cloverbuds, can also become 4-H members. This non-competitive group can still take on a project, or simply join the Exploring 4-H program, which encourages them to explore more than one interest, yet allows them to complete 3-4 smaller projects within their capabilities (e.g. crafts, cake decorating, photography & woodworking)

 

Time commitment?

Usually, each club holds a General meeting once a month. Later in the season, each project leader holds sessions with the members to complete certain projects. For example, in Woodworking, members can meet once a week to work on their projects from December to April. In waterfowl, weekly meetings only start once the ducklings are hatched, and take place from May to August. In general, project work occurs over a six-month period.

In March, each club holds a Club Rally Day. Members, including Cloverbuds, can either give a short speech or do a demonstration on a topic of their choice (they can talk about their pet, an experience, demonstrate a recipe, DIY project, etc.). Selected club members move on to the Regional Rally (in April), and then to the Provincial 4-H weekend competitions a month later.

Judging Day takes place in May. During this event, members become judges! They compare and evaluate four items (or animals) within their project category and rate them. For example, ‘Foods’ members might have to compare four cakes, rank them based on their appearance (and taste!), and give reasons to support their decision.

This is a great opportunity for members to develop their reasoning skills and be able to effectively communicate their reasons for making a given choice. This exercise also gives them a perspective on the standards and quality expected for their own projects.

Achievement Day.  Once all projects are completed, they are evaluated, by the 4-H local staff members, based on their quality (this is also based by age and years of experience in the project). All members need to participate in this event in order take part in the local Exhibition or 4-H Day, at the end of summer.

Run-offs. This is a county level competition, where one junior and one senior member, for each project, is chosen by the project leader to represent their club. Subsequently, run-off winners can compete at the provincial show.

Exhibition Day! (also known as 4-H Day). At the end of August-early September, 4-H members can take part in the Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition, ENSE. This is when members finally get to showcase their project work or show their animals (livestock showmanship), and get ranked against other members of their club and county.

4h-collageSome of the projects displayed in the ENSE.
The 2016 4-H theme was: “Let’s be Green in 2016!”

 

Winning members move on to the 4-H Provincial Show. Provincial competitions usually take place at the end of September. This is quite an event!

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Antigonish County project display (NS Provincial Exhibition, Truro)

 

What are the benefits of 4-H?

The 4-H motto is:

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Besides acquiring skills in a specific project, 4-H members develop numerous life skills, such as:

  • Public speaking skills
  • Judging skills
  • Communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Leadership skills (which could count towards High School Personal Development credits)

Last, but not least, 4-H offers many opportunities for scholarships, awards, mentorship from project leaders, leadership development conferences (e.g. StFX 4-H Society), national trips and exchange trips!

Group activities
4-H members take part in many fun group activities too. Each club organizes get-togethers like BBQs, entertainment, recreational activities (bowling, swimming, Christmas Bake-off, etc.), team competitions (4-H woodsmen, tug of war) and let’s not forget the famous Camp Rankin, a week-long summer camp based in Cape Breton. Loads of fun and a great way to develop lasting friendships.

Community service
4-H clubs actively contribute to their community. Whether it’s a community clean-up, ticket sales for charity, or caroling at Christmas time at the hospital, 4-H members learn at a young age the importance of helping others and how they can make a difference in their community.

 

How can my child join 4-H?

November is 4-H month! Registration is open. The deadline is Dec. 1st.
If you would like to register your child in 4-H, contact your regional Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, NSDA office, to find your nearest club. If you reside in the Antigonish or Guysborough County, click on the 4-H promotional brochure and visit the Antigonish County 4-H Council Facebook page for updates. For additional information visit 4-H Nova Scotia.

Testimonials from 4-H members

We asked 4-H members to complete this sentence: “I love 4-H because…”

Here is what they had to say:

“I’m always learning new things and having fun!”-Olivia

“I get to try new things, meet new people and go to new places.”-Nora

“my brother was in it.”-Cameryn

“I can be with my friends and make things.”-Brennan

“they always welcome me and I get to try new things.”-Marley

you learn how to do all kinds of cool things.”-Percy

it is lots of fun and way to stay busy.”-David

I love animals and because it’s a really good program.”-Sydney

of the life-long friends I have made and skills I have learned.”-Danya (parent and previous 4-H member)

of all the different things I can do.”-Mallory

I get to meet new people and get to hang out around the farm and cows.“-Mark

there are so many opportunities to become an active member and get involved in your community. 4-H allows you and challenges you to be a critical thinker and always learn, develop and better yourself on so many platforms.”-Iain

“you get to learn new skills.”-Ava

“I get to do new things that I can’t do at other places.”-Tony

“it is fun.”-Jacob

“you get to go outside.”-Ben

“I get to do a lot of different things that I like.”-Gabriel

“you learn lots of new stuff throughout the year.”-Baileigh

“I like showing calves.”-Ryan

“it is a really nice program and I love animals.”-Cassidy

“I like the variety of projects 4-H has to offer.”-Leah

“it encourages me to try and do new things.”-Casey

“it’s a great way to make you feel a part of a community.”-Emily

“they accept me for who I am. They help me accomplish things faster and they are always kind and cheerful. They challenge me to do my best.”-Maddison

“I love going to camp Rankin.”-Jaelynn

“it broadens my job options for the future.”-Angus

“it encourages learning and self development.”-Elliot

“they have free food and it’s a great experience.”-Hayden

“I get to go to camp Rankin every year and it’s always the highlight of my summer.”-Shannyn

“The projects are a lot of fun and the trips are great.”-Alex

 

Exhibition Day projects 2017

4H West River4H St Joseph

4H St Andrews

4H Landing

4H Heatherton

4H Havre Boucher

Hope you join us!

 

Acknowledgements:
Thank you to Sheri Lambourne and Dawn Barrington-Hodgson for helping with this post.

Sources:
1 http://novascotia4h.ca/
2 http://www.novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/educational-resources/4h/

 

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4H Day!

Annual 4-H Christmas Cookie Bake

 

More Girls Should Be Doing This

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by Erin Aucoin

I have a question for you.  Can you even remember the last time you spent a day without using technology?  Probably not, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing!  Computers and technology have become so engrained in our lives because they are extremely useful and computer science is arguably the fastest growing career field.  You would think that we, as a society would be encouraging everyone to take advantage of this and to be more computer literate.  But we’re not.

Only 30% of Math and Computer Science students in Canada1 are female even though the job prospects for computer science students are consistently among the most promising2. In a time where most of the revolutionary products are technology related, this statistic is very discouraging.

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My name is Erin and I started a society for Women in Science at St. Francis Xavier University this year.  I was inspired to do so for a couple of reasons.  First, I am the only graduating female physics student this year and this has led to quite a few interesting conversations.  Secondly, I have spent two summers working for the X-Chem Science Camps at St.FX organizing the computer science camp and it was easy to see that the girls loved the activities just as much as the boys.  I think that there are a lot of fields of science and technology, which severely lack women.  A lot of really smart women don’t even consider a career in physics, engineering or computer science and this is a shame.

Women often think that coding isn’t for them because virtually all of the big names in tech are men (think of Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk) and we rarely hear about the female pioneers of computer science Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper and Katherine Johnson (featured in the movie Hidden Figures)

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Women pioneers in computer science: Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Katherine Johnson3,4,5

 

or the current female influencers in the field like Helen Greiner6 and Marissa Mayer7.

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Current influencers in computer science, Helen Greiner and Marissa Mayer6,7

 

Beyond this, the most fun part of computer science, video games, are generally marketed towards boys.  Even though there twice as many women over 18 playing video games as boys under 18.

Computer science is everywhere so I think that EVERYONE should learn how to code!  With this week being Computer Science Education Week, it’s the perfect time to teach yourself a little bit of programming!

The great thing about computer science is how easy it is to start!  There are thousands of tutorials online which will teach you the basics of any programming language you want.  My favourites are Code.org, Scratch.mit.edu, and Codecademy.com.   The first two are especially great for kids because they let you start programming right away without having to learn any of the syntax (commas and semi-colons that have to be in just the right spot).

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Image retrieved from http://partners.disney.com/hour-of-code/wayfinding-with-code?cds

 

In my opinion, one of the most rewarding feelings is coding your first program, getting the computer to draw a red circle or add some numbers together or even just to say “Hello World!”  It doesn’t matter how much of a background you have in technology, you just have to decide to start!

Happy Computer Science Education Week!

 

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Erin Aucoin, BSc Physics Student President of Women in Science Society erin.aucoin@stfx.ca

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Sources:

1 http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2013001/article/11874-eng.htm

2 http://www.monster.ca/career-advice/article/highest-paying-degrees-in-canada-ca

3 https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ada-Lovelace

4 http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/code-and-the-quest-for-inclusive-software

5 https://www.nasa.gov/feature/katherine-johnson-the-girl-who-loved-to-count

http://www.inc.com/will-yakowicz/best-industries-2016-drone-manufacturing.html

7 http://www.leadersbiography.com/marissa-mayer/

 

Have You Tried Mookies?

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Last year my youngest asked me to make mookies. I honestly did not know what he was talking about. He said they were ‘muffin-cookies‘. So I looked for a recipe and found this one online.

Turns out mookies (a.k.a. ‘muffin tops’) are delicious! We’ve been making them ever since. They’re great add-ins to lunches and after school snacks.

 

The following recipe was adapted from food.com

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Baking time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 20 mookies

Ingredients

1 cup melted unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped almonds or walnuts

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup raisins

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F

Line baking sheet with parchment paper

Mix butter and brown sugar until smooth

Beat in eggs and vanilla

Combine dry ingredients and blend in with butter mixture

Using a tablespoon, drop large scoops of the mixture onto baking sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart.

 

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Bake for 20 minutes

Let cool and enjoy!

 

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Star Wars fans? You might want to try this…

Make these simple changes to easily turn your mookies into Wookies!
1. Reduce the amount of flour to 3/4 cup

2. Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder

3. Substitute the raisins with 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

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Freeze & store

  • You can freeze mookies raw and bake them later.
  • You can bake mookies, then freeze them (up to 3 weeks).

If baked, then frozen, simply microwave them for 20 seconds and voilà… tasty as the day they came out of the oven.

 

Happy baking!

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