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‘Tis the season for making memories… and last minute shopping! ‘Tis the season for making memories… and last minute shopping!
‘Tis the season!!! ‘TIS!!!  The kids are out of school, there’s snow on the ground from Canadian coast to Canadian coast, and it’s downright... ‘Tis the season for making memories… and last minute shopping!

‘Tis the season!!! ‘TIS!!!  The kids are out of school, there’s snow on the ground from Canadian coast to Canadian coast, and it’s downright time for a little break!

Christmas is a big deal for our family.  It was such a special time for my brother and I growing up and I love it even more (if that’s possible) now that I have my own kids!  Portia and Madeleine (ages 6 and 3.5) now fully understand this time of year and we’ve been enjoying all-things Christmas for the past few weeks.

Portia has taken an interest in photography as of late, and always wants to use my phone to take pictures. While I do allow this sometimes, other times I am either using my phone myself or I’m concerned about said phone losing its life (or at the very last, its screen!). So, I thought it would be so fun for her to learn some of the basics of photography with her own camera.  The other night, we spent some time working on setting up and framing her pictures, with the theme of ‘all-things Christmas’.  It was so much fun.  Portia used her new Instax Mini 8 (on sale HERE) which was great because she got to have immediate and tangible photos.  We were able to talk about lighting and angles based on her previous shots.  It was such a nice little evening together.

Portia loved watching the ‘magic’ pictures appear!

TELUS instax mini north shore mama

She got right into the ‘flat lay’ concept.  I guess she sees me taking pictures way more often than I knew! She even made me hold objects (as seen below) and I was instructed to ‘hold still, mommy’.  Haha.

Our house has pretty poor lighting and it was nighttime, so a lot of the shots are darker, but it was such a fun way to spend some one-on-one time together. I’m putting another box of film into her stocking and plan on having another Portia-mommy date to take some pictures together.  This time, we’ll do it during daylight and outdoors :)

instax mini TELUS north shore mama teamtelus

At this time of making memories, it’s also a time to surprise our loved ones with some goodies under the tree. Gift giving has always been about giving gifts of significance to the people in our lives that matter most so, I thought I would help you tick some boxes for those YOU love in the gift-giving department!   I am SO that last minute shopper! Sigh… I just never learn my lesson. If you are a last minute shopper too, TELUS stores have got you COVERED! Check out my top picks for those wonderful people in your life:

Instax Mini 8

instax mini 8 TELUS christmas gift guide 2016

Remember the old school polaroids?  This is the ‘new school’ version of it and it’s awesome! The Instax Mini 8 is what Portia was using the other night.  It’s currently on sale for $79.99 which makes it extra awesome!

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones TELUS christmas gift guide 2016

Yes, these Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones are beautiful, but they are also award-winning for their sound quality.  They are also on sale and would make a great gift for the music-lover in your family!

WowWee MIP AutoBalancing Robot

WowWee MIP AutoBalancing robot TELUS christmas gift guide 2016

You know how your hubby/sister/crazy uncle has EVERYTHING they need and more? Those are the hardest family members to buy for! This WowWee Robot is one of those gifts that is pure fun (which we all need in our lives!).

Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2 TELUS christmas gift guide 2016

Your mom LOVES to walk and now she can track everything from her steps to her sleeping patterns, helping to maintain her healthy lifestyle.  The Fitbit Charge 2 is sexier than ever and it makes wellness feel like even more of an accomplishment than ever before! (Ahem- also ON SALE!)

Perfect Drink 2.0

perfect drink 2.0 TELUS christmas gift guide 2016

The ultimate entertainer in your family, needs the ultimate in drink-making technology.  It’s a fact!  The Perfect Drink is so cool! The scale connects to your phone via bluetooth and helps you mix the perfect drink.  It has over 400 recipes available for you to choose from.  Cheers!

These are just SOME of the amazing gifts available at TELUS stores and online. To see many many more, click HERE!

Wishing you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas!


Disclosure: I am a member of #TeamTELUS. I receive special perks from TELUS as a thank you for helping to spread the word about their exciting products and news.  All opinions are my very own!


Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

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