A Seaside Christmas is the Kind of Christmas for Me

Christmas at the Coliseum

@Shy Giraffe- Modern Artisan Jewellery

Going with the theme The Christmas Song (one of my favorite Christmas songs) by Nat King Cole, commonly known as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, I can’t help but think a seaside Christmas is the kind of Christmas for me. Although I love chestnuts roasting by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at my nose, turkey, and mistletoe, the thing I love most is a seaside themed Christmas. Most of my house and Christmas Tree decorations are turquoise and beach themed. Last year, I was able to spend the week before Christmas in Puerto Rico. Now that’s the perfect place to celebrate a seaside Christmas. Well, I found my Atlantic Canadian seaside Christmas, not by the sea, but at Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. Everywhere I looked I found sea inspired Christmas decorations. This Christmas extravaganza made me feel right at home. Although I won’t be on a tropical beach this Christmas, at least I know that I can surround myself with ocean inspired decorations, not to mention the fact that I’m conveniently located 20 minutes from the beach. Continue reading

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Turquoise Christmas

Christmas at the Coliseum

@Revamped Living- Bringing furniture back to life

Christmas at the ColiseumAfter spending this past weekend at Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum, I have come to realize that it’s beginning to look a lot like a turquoise Christmas (can you hear me singing?). I’m thinking that this is how Christmas should look–purely turquoise and festive. I had fun exploring the rows and rows of vendors in the coliseum, while trying to spot turquoise treasures. It wasn’t difficult to find turquoise all around, because it seems that every booth had at least one item in the colour of turquoise, if not an array of totally turquoise gifts. Continue reading

10 Reasons to Make Christmas at the Coliseum Part of your Routine

Christmas at the Coliseum

@Whirled Beet Farm wreaths

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum is an annual holiday arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. This holiday event is one of the largest annual events east of Montreal.   Continue reading

Christmas at the Coliseum: Yuletide Festival not to be Missed

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum

Want to win two tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details!


 

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

J.R.’s Kettle Corn

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. The annual Christmas event in Moncton celebrated its 26th anniversary last year. The arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. Greg and Claudette Turner produce the show in Moncton and each year they go over the top to produce an even bigger and better show than the previous year. With this year’s show coming up on November 21-23, 2014, Greg and Claudette are ready to put on the best Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves! Continue reading

Magic Hands Festival: Holiday Show & Sale

Magic HandsWant to win two VIP tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details! VIP passes include weekend passes, free parking, and complimentary coat check.


Magic Hands

Magic HandsWood & Pottery / Jewellery, Metal, & Glass / Textiles & Weaving / Lotions, Soaps, & Scents / Gourmet Food & Drink / Photo, Art, and Paint

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending the 4th annual 2014 Magic Hands Festival: Turner’s Holiday Show & Sale  at Casino New Brunswick Entertainment Center. This show is sanctioned by the New Brunswick Crafts Council and features the finest one-of-a-kind artisans from across eastern Canada . Hours are: Friday ( 5-9) ; Saturday ( 10-9 ) and Sunday ( 10-5 ). It features pottery, jewellery, woodworking, metalworks, and textiles . The arts-crafts-food-and-handmade extravaganza definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. With this year’s show coming up on November 14-16, 2014, I’m already waiting in anticipation! Continue reading

10 Reasons to (not freak out and) try Crossfit

CrossfitWhen people who haven’t tried Crossfit think about trying Crossfit they automatically think I can’t do that, Crossfit is for athletes, I won’t be able to do what they do, Crossfitters are crazy, or something alike (possibly even worse). The truth is, you won’t know until you try it. Before I tried Crossfit I had a similar mentality, but it wasn’t until I gave it a shot that I realized I could do it. I recently went back to Crossfit in the beginning of September after 14 months off while I was traveling full-time. It wasn’t that I wanted to stop Crossfit while I traveled, but I found it difficult to fit it into my hectic schedule while I transitioned from country to country. WOD’s (workout of the day) soon got replaced with yoga, walking, hiking, and swimming. My prior year of Crossfit training prepared my body for the extreme bucket list activities I tried while traveling, including (but not limited to) wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing, body boarding, paragliding, and surfing. Crossfit made me strong, confident to try new things, and it taught me to trust my body. It was then that I finally realized that Crossfit prepared me for real life. There is no need to be intimidated to try Crossfit, especially if you find the right box (gym) for you! Continue reading

Moncton’s Marriott Residence Inn

Moncton Residence Inn

Moncton Residence InnAfter days of travel from Oceania to eastern Canada and after spending nearly a week in Nova Scotia, I made it back to New Brunswick. My jet-lag body was yearning for relaxation, yet my mind was busy thinking about all of the things I wanted to do before leaving again. I was excited to make it back to my home province after spending months away to recoup and rejuvenate before my next journey abroad. With only a short amount of time in New Brunswick, I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity I had to sample the best of what Moncton has to offer, just as I would in any city while traveling. The Moncton Residence Inn welcomed me home with open arms. Although I wasn’t in my home per say, the Moncton Residence Inn couldn’t have been closer to it. Continue reading

Turquoise Thursday: Turquoise Arts and Crafts Show

It seems that everywhere I look this Christmas season, I see turquoise. I don’t know if it’s because my favorite colour is turquoise, my blog’s name is Turquoise Compass, I write about something turquoise every Thursday, or because my eyes have now been trained to spot turquoise. In any case, I love seeing turquoise all around me, especially during my favorite time of the year- Christmastime. To jump start my holiday season I recently attended Moncton New, Brunswick’s annual Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. It would appear to me that the colour of choice this year is turquoise! I’m not just saying that because I found a few turquoise items. There were turquoise items at literally almost every booth at the event. With other 400 exhibitors at the Christmas event, I roamed through a sea of turquoise. I loved every second of it. Continue reading

Christmas Extravaganza in Moncton

Christmas at Celebration Center

Christmas at Celebration Center

Photo Credit: @2013 Celebration Center

Each year, Moncton New Brunswick’s Celebration Center hosts a Christmas spectacular, but this year they have gone over the top to create a new Christmas show: Celebration at Celebration Center. The city’s Celebration Center is known for its annual Living Christmas Tree, yet this year the Celebration Center has created an entirely new Christmas event. Attending the Living Christmas Tree with my family each each year had become tradition. I was slightly disappointed when I heard the Living Christmas Tree would not be happening this year in Moncton. I was skeptical that the new event could ever top the beloved Living Christmas Tree. I was wrong. The producers of Christmas at Celebration Center claim to have created a “powerpacked evening filled with variety and excitement that will become a night to remember”, and I couldn’t agree more! The show was overflowing with music, entertainment, and talent beyond what I ever expected to show up on a cold winder day in the Maritimes. Continue reading

Tasting at the World Wine and Food Expo

The World Wine Food Expo

World Wine and Food Expo

St. James Gate Chocolate Cake

The ever popular annual event World Wine and Food Expo in Atlantic Canada at the Moncton Coliseum Complex allowed me the opportunity to taste dozens of wines from all over the world. Popular wineries from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, France, Canada, United States, among others had representatives eager to speak to the happy guests in New Brunswick for their 23rd edition of Atlantic Canada’s largest wine event. Each year, more and more wines are added to the tasting tour. The one of a kind grand tasting event provides visitors the opportunity to purchase wines not normally available on the East Coast of Canada. New and up-and-coming wines are working their way into the market and with growing popularity, into liquor stores. The wine expo is the best opportunity to try endless varieties of red, white, rosé, Rosado, and sparkling wines. My taste buds were dancing for joy with unlimited selections of the world’s best Champaign to taste. If you don’t know what kind of wine you like, attending Moncton’s World Wine and Food Expo is the perfect place to sample boundless selections of wines while deciding on your favourites. Continue reading