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Monday 25 November 2019

Holiday Ornaments Aren't Just For Christmas Trees

Antlers up if you're a Christmas fanatic just like us! It's late November which means we can officially begin our Holiday season - no matter what that looks like to you and your brood.

If you're a Christmas hoarder (like many of us are) you've got a few tupperware bins full of ornaments lying around.
Rudolph & I ornaments at Fairview Mall 

Today I'm giving you the top 4 ways to repurpose Christmas ornaments this holiday season.

Turn It into A Gift Tag
Forget the paper name tags on the gifts -- personalize your presents with ornaments! Carefully write the gift recipients name on the ornament and attach with some ribbon and twine.
The Happy Camper 

A Christmas Keepsake
Personalized ornaments have grown in popularity thanks to their sentimental value. The spectrum of ornament thoughtfulness knows no bounds. You can find everything from Babies 1st Christmas, a holiday engagement, your favourite sports team or even profession!

Teacher Gifts 

Maple Leafs fan family 

Consider purchasing an ornament that can be personalized with a name, date or phrase.

Decorate Your Mantel
Grab some garland from your favourite holiday decor store (Dollarama has become the king of Christmas) and thoughtfully decorate with your most colourful Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Family 

Make a Holiday Wreath
Trim your doors with homemade holiday wreaths. Purchase a plain wreath and decorate to your content.

Pro Tip: securing ornaments is easy with twist ties from your local grocer.

Skating Enthusiast 

You can find personalized ornaments at Fairview Mall in Toronto and Quinte Mall in Bellville! Visit the Rudolph and I kiosks to pick your perfect ornament this year. Ornament personalization is free with every purchase! 

Rudolph & I Ornament Booth - Quinte Mall

Monday 18 November 2019

5 Ways To Save The Planet: Corporate Christmas Party Edition

If your company, like many others, are searching for ways to reduce your carbon footprint check out these ideas below on how to have an Eco Conscious Holiday Party this season! 

This year we're challenging your company to dump the packaging and waste gift giving creates. Ditch the wrapping paper and branded literature and decor that is destined for landfills and instead, get naked by suggesting an unwrapped gift exchange for your office this year.

How else can you get naked? Make this year's party favours sweet but providing a candy buffet complete with reusable mason jars to bring home. This further eliminates paper and packaging waste often associated with boxes of chocolates and employee appreciation gifts. 

Sharing our experiences on social media is the norm today and while it may not be for everyone, the effect it can have on a business' corporate party reputation is immeasurable.
Give everyone FOMO with interactive illuminated photo-ops and a company branded LED wall display. Say NO to the garbage created by single use step and repeat banners and photo booth props.
LED branded walls create brand visibility, a unique experience and shareable content worthy of social media. 

Corporate holiday parties produce A LOT of waste but reducing it is so easy! When organizing the catering for the evening pick a shelter close to your venue and let them know you're throwing an event nearby. Confirm their willingness to accept food donations and have a designated team member responsible for dropping them off at the shelter immediately following the event ensuring as little food waste as possible. 

It's not just about plastic straws. Many companies are investing in seeded products when planning their corporate events. Utilizing seeded cups and plates over paper and plastic significantly reduces the consumption of paper products and water waste from industrial dishwashers.
Seeded, bamboo or leaf products are easily compostable with the proper guidance. Provide clear signage directing your guests on how to properly dispose, recycle or compost their utensils and dishes. You're one step closer to a zero waste event.

Holiday bonus' help to boost your staff's morale and reward them for a years worth of hard work but is there someone or something else you should also be giving to?
Take an office poll of your employee's favourite environment focused cause and give Mother Earth the holiday gift of carbon offsets to better your planet and feel great entering the New Year.

We want to continue this discussion! Let us know any ideas you have to reduce waste from your corporate holiday party this season.

Happy Holidays πŸŽ„
The Aura Team

Thursday 14 November 2019

Belleville Christmas Fun for Everyone

The Holiday season is upon us and what better way to kick start your traditions this year than by enjoying some Christmas activities with your friends and family right here in your own neighborhood. 

Below is a list of Holiday events happening in and around Belleville starting this Friday, November 15th. 

Night Time Christmas Parade
November 17
A Belleville tradition for many years this night time parade will make memories that last your loved one's for many Christmas' to come. 

Quinte Christian High School Christmas Market
November 15
Support your local community and visit this artisan market. There will be plenty of handmade goods which make for unique Christmas presents. 

Festival of Lights
November 15
A truly magical experience awaits you and your loved ones at the Belleville Festival of Lights. Bundle up! 

Enchanted Holiday Night Market
December 7
Everyone loves a night time market. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping with whimsical creations and one of a kind items. 

Magical Moments Christmas in the Village
December 13
Come one, come all and experience Christmas as a kid again. 

Old Time Country Christmas
December 20
Nothing beats a country Christmas! 

Don't forget to stop by Quinte Mall to visit the Rudolph and I Personalized Ornament booth. We have a brand new collection of ornaments this year that come with free personalization. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ€ΆπŸŽ

Happy Holidays, Belleville!