Updated: Nov 15, 2018

Growing up I’ve been lucky to live in a home that adores Christmas. More specifically, my mother adores decorating for Christmas. Some years the decorations would be going up immediately after Halloween, with a blink of an eye, BAM! Christmas broke out into our home. It was awesome.

Here's a couple shots of my moms current decorations!

Just like my mom, I also love this time of year. The decorations, the delicious treats, the beautiful music, the fun parties, every aspect of it. It really is the most wonderful time of the year! However; by far my favorite part would be all the markets that pop up. I enjoy going to them with friends and seeing what I can find. Thus, in spirit of the upcoming holidays and my favorite part about them I’ve compiled a list of local craft fairs & markets for you. Click the links below to see where you can do some holiday shopping.

Local HRM MarketsNovember 17th: Sackville Kinettes Christmas Market

November 17th and 18th: Festive Craft Market

November 16th, 17th, and 18th: Craft Nova Scotia Christmas Show

November 23rd: The Dartmouth Maker 2018 Winter Market

November 30th, December 1st, and December 2nd: Halifax Crafters Society Winter Market

December 2nd: Holiday Craft Market at 123 Gary Martin Drive (Northwood Ivany Place - Right across from Stonington Park)

December 8th and 9th: Last Minute Christmas Craft Show

December 8th and 9th: Last Minute Christmas Craft Show 2018 at the Forum

December 9th: Christmas Craft Market

Day Trip Markets November 16th, 17th and 18th: 29th Annual Seaside Christmas

November 17th: Christmas at the Cove (near Portuguese Cove)

November 24th and 25th: Lawrence town Christmas Craft Fair

November 24th: Christmas by the Sea (in Lunenburg)

November 24th, December 1st, and December 8th: Christmas at the Barn (in Hubbards)

November 30th: Christmas Market (in Truro)

December 1st and 2nd: Lunenburg Christmas Craft Festival

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Hey everyone!

Today I’d like to talk about an article one of my colleagues had shared with me a few weeks ago: “The centenarians dominating one region of Sardinia”. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering why on earth would I want to talk about this? Well, the article touches on the importance of socializing and how it can lead to a longer life; thus, on par with my continued learning for Shaw Lifestyle (and I want to share that with you).

The above photo is an aerial shot of the Sardinia Island, beautiful right? Where on the island, that I am not sure.

Before I go any further, I feel it’s important to define centenarians.

Centenarians [sen-tn-air-ee-uh n]

adjective 1. pertaining to or having lived 100 years.


2. a person who has reached the age of 100.

Great! Now that we’ve got that out of the way I’ve decided to give you some main bullets (bullets are the best way to get information fast and efficiently, at least… I think so) of the article.

  • Early 2000’s, Dr. Giovanni Pes (demographer and physician) discovered two things among villages in central Sardinia aka “The blue zone”.

1. Low mortality rates

2. High life expectancies

  • Blue zone = a term used to refer to an area with extraordinarily long-living populations

  • These places have been identified as blue zones

1. Nicoya, Costa Rica

2. Ikaria, Greece

  • Seniors from the Sardinia blue zone are participating in more social and leisure activities VS. senior populations of other areas

  • Interviews along with historical data suggest that social and psychological factors are just as important as diet and exercise to live a long, healthy life

So, take the above information with a grain of salt – but, keep in mind that socializing can be quite beneficial. You could end up living to 100 or even longer! I, for one, think all of this research definitely should be explored further! We need to be more educated about the importance of social engagement, especially where it can have a big part in one’s overall wellbeing!

What are your thoughts?

Toodaloo, Joanie

Have any comments, questions, or just want to reach out? Comment below or email me at info@shawlifestyle.ca

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