It’s Time to Get Outside
May long weekend is coming up. You’ve been cooped up all Winter (is it just me, or did anyone else miss Spring more than usual this year, too?!). You’re ready to get outside, enjoy the blooming trees, breathe in the fresh alpine air, and soak up the sunshine (hopefully the rain, or at the very least, snow stay away this year).
As you’re packed up and on the road to your destination, or you’re about to sit down and enjoy your chilled beverage by the fire, you realize you forget an essential item. I’m here to remind you of a few items that you won’t want to forget!
Nothing can ruin a trip to the great outdoors faster than a dead phone, being soaked from the rain, grimy hands, or *shudder* . . . mosquitoes. Here are the essentials you’ll need (obviously beyond the basics, such as food, water, and good music).
Powerstation XL 10000mAh – Black
Transparent Rain Poncho
Bath & Body Works
Sunshine & Lemons Hand Sanitizer
House of Knives
9 Hour Citronella Candles
What’s the difference between campers and glampers? If any of these sound like you, you may be a Glamper.
- You crave the beauty of nature but don’t want to sacrifice your comfort.
- You want to look fabulous even if only the local wildlife and your camping pals see you.
Some may argue that sunglasses are, of course, essential to any great camping trip, but to really reach the coveted Glamping status, elevate your eyewear with some gorgeous polarized shades. The Ray-Ban Wayfarer will always have my heart and is a true classic.
I said earlier that good music is a basic essential of camping with near-equivalent status to food and water, and I stand behind that. However, with a Logitech speaker like this one, you’ll be the coolest around the campsite (just don’t go too crazy with those tunes). Plus, it’s waterproof, so if you wanted to take it out on a boat or a canoe – don’t sweat it. Glamping status achieved.
Rain boots but make it fashion. These gorgeous Chelsea boots from Hunter will keep you dry and fabulous! Wait ‘til you see these Hunter boots in kids’ sizing.
You’re not a regular camper. You’re a Glamper, which means you’re probably bringing your Keurig, or you’ve got a French press, ready with delicious freshly-ground coffee beans ready to brew. This means you need a fabulous enamel mug to accompany your brew. This enamel mug from Mountain Warehouse is a selfie-ready option.
Wayfarer Folding Classic
Shoppers Drug Mart
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Original Chelsea Gloss
Enamel Mug – Wander
So you’re kickin’ around for the weekend, maybe using this time to get your garden ready, organize the house, or to just relax. If the weather’s right, why not have an elevated picnic with the kiddos or as a date night? Check out visitreddeer.com for seven beautiful spots in Red Deer (Heritage Ranch is one of my faves to explore).
Picnic essentials include an adorable woven basket that you can use after in your home with a couple of chic throws rolled up inside. Plus, pre-make your picnic charcuterie set to include Sunterra Market’s assortment of Snowdonia Cheese, Soleterra d’Italia salami, and fresh fruit.
Psssst! If you’re looking to level up your staycation oasis or patio with some fab furniture, check out our recent blog post by Adwoa, Marketing Manager for her top picks.
Large Wild Basket
Inverness Plaid Throw – Holly
Cutlery Set with Karabiner
The Fun House
Perhaps you’re staying home but looking for ways to entertain the kiddos while still encouraging them to enjoy the outdoors. Having fun on mine and my friends’ trampolines were some of my favourite memories as a kid and sure to give you the coveted label of the “Fun House”. This electric scooter is made for kiddos 6 years and up and will bring a smile to their faces ripping around the driveway and beyond. For the older kiddos, a skateboard is a great option. At Zumiez, you can purchase a pre-built skateboard or assemble your own custom board so your teens can express themselves. Lastly, the Triple Racer Waterslide is only $29.99 – a budget-friendly way to entertain the kiddos at home on a hot day.
Toys R Us
14’ Trampoline & Enclosure System
Speed I Electric Kick Scooter
Nice Day 7.75 Pink Skateboard Complete
Toys R Us
Triple Racer Water Slide
Explore Our Blog
Walking on Sunshine
Ahhhh . . . Summer is here! Something about this season makes me invigorated and ready to. . .
With Spring in full swing, it’s time to bring the pleasures of the indoors…outside!. . .
A New Partner in Town
Sunterra Market has now been open in Bower Place for one month, believe it or not. If you’ve. . .
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
Are you the type to bake, brunch, or feast on Easter (or some variation of all three)? Whether. . .
Support Your Local Makers
Jenn, the demonstrator for our upcoming DIY wreath workshop on March 13, is the Owner/Designer. . .
To Dine For
Prep time: 20 min Total time: 2 hrs, 10 min Serves: 8
Cue the iconic quote from The Devil Wears Prada: “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.”. . .
Hope For All
For over six years, we have supported various charities in our community through programming. . .
A Passion For Joy
Our new friends at Joydrop believe the little things in life are actually the big things.. . .
Treat Yo’ Self
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love—this year, I’m adding self-love to that celebration.. . .
A Breath of Fresh Air
Here at Bower Place, we strive to give you the best of The Great Indoors. However, the. . .
New Year’s Eve In
I cannot believe 2021 is almost upon us, and New Year's Eve is only a few days away. What. . .
A Wicked Story
Our friends at Wicked Alternative Body Fashion have a great story to tell, starting 14 years. . .
I Gift My Best
Christmas is only a few short days away! *Alarm/Sleigh Bells* Some of us are busy or. . .
Bake on, Baker
Maybe you’re the one who shows up to every dinner with a freshly baked pie. (If so, let’s. . .
Top Ten Skin Tamers
If you’re like me, you’ve had skincare concerns most of your life. It can be a long. . .
Less is More
I’m definitely a less is more kind of person (except when it comes to guacamole, cheese,. . .
Bower Elf’s Shopping Day
I’m here to share with you, a Holiday shopping adventure, with a delicious lunch too!. . .
Festival of Trees
Bower Place welcomed the beloved Festival of Trees this year on November 14 in a different. . .
Here is a little hint of just a fraction of what is to come this Sunday, November 15th for. . .
Grab Your Gal Pals
Girl’s Night In is about more than crafting a perfectly rustic chic wreath or learning. . .
Winner, Winner, Time for Dinner
Troy is a self-proclaimed "foodie"— no surprise there. He was also one of 25 lucky recipients. . .
“Falling” for you
The season of pumpkin spice, crunchy leaves, corn mazes, and fabulous fashion is upon us. But. . .
As we start the 2020-2021 school year, it's important to find ways to make our lives easier. . .
Pretty MADE Things
Pretty MADE Things is a locally owned business, new to Red Deer and to Bower Place. This. . .
The B Nest Studios
The B Nest Studios is now open in Bower Place. In support of the Central Alberta Child. . .
Stage 2 Reopen PlanRead more
Let’s Give Them Something to Taco Bout
We love tacos any day of the week, but Taco Tuesday just hits different!
Embrace Event hosted by our very own retailers, Calyx, Saje and Lululemon
Ugly is the new Fabulous
'Tis the season for the Ugly Christmas Sweater
Extra Marshmallows, Please!
A Warm and Cozy Cup
The Gift of Whatever They Want
We all have that one friend or family member who is IMPOSSIBLE to buy for
Santa’s Arrival Aboard The Bower Place Express!
Grab your train ticket and your conductor hat, because it's time to join the Bower Place. . .
The Great Indoors Market!
You won't want to miss all this spectacular shopping!
Slightly Obsessed with Denim
What's trending in all things denim!
Tones Of The Season – Aspen Gold ✨
This spicy shade is a slightly deeper yellow with just a hint of orange; it is bright and. . .
Sunglasses are the staple spring and summer accessory - with shapes, sizes and colours to. . .
The Nose Knows
With feelings of romance and classic Hollywood aesthetics, perfume is a staple on every. . .
Have You Ever Been to Earth?
Since we are all inhabitants of this lovely planet, I think it’s necessary to recognize. . .
Hip, Hop, Hurray!
Bunnies Make the Best Chocolate!
Turn your office space from drab to fab!
Stepping Into Spring
Goodbye winter boots, hello summer shoes!
Fresh, New You!
Check out the most fabulous hair trends for Spring 2019!
Red Deer is filled with fun activities for the whole family during these frosty months.. . .
Winter Skin Blues
Products your skin will love during these endless winter months.
Spread the Love
Happy Valentine's Day!
What’s the 411 on the ’90s?
The '90s are back and better than ever!
Morgan on the Move
Morgan Whitbread is not just a pretty face. Read more about this girl on the go.
Calvin Klein, a classic brand with lots to say.
The Great Indoors Market
Shop our locally owned businesses for unique gifts and treats!
Show Your Roots
Classic styles for everyone at Roots.
Winter Is Coming
From fashionable to functionable, there is a winter coat out there for you!
Cool Weather Ahead
‘Tis the season for layers, and multi-purpose clothing!
Wish You Were Here
Time to get Vacation Ready!
Too Much Lipstick? Never.
Happy National Lipstick Day!
Buckle-Up, Let’s Go!
Westerner Days Are Here!
A Tea for Every Tastebud
There is literally a tea for every occasion: hot, iced, sweet, smooth, rich . . . so many. . .
Things Are About To Get Sticky!
It’s that time of year again where we host the annual Bower Place Pancake Breakfast!
Oh, They Say When You Marry in June . . .
There’s nothing I love more than a wedding. Be it a small, intimate gathering of friends. . .
Take a Hike, Dad
When it comes to these holiday’s, Father’s Day included, I always try and find something. . .
Pass The Potatoes!
I don’t know about you, but "home cooking" is not my forte.
A Coffee For Every Occasion
Hi, my name is Megan and I’m addicted to Starbucks.
The Great Hat Hunt
For him, hats are a staple fashion accessory . . . He will always have the final say on. . .
The first long weekend of the summer us upon us in Central Alberta and it couldn’t have. . .
What better way to reward yourself after a long week of work than with delicious cheese. . .
Blue Jean Blues
Over the years, I have developed some tricks for myself (and my fellow tall people) for. . .
Young at Heart
We’ve all lived in Alberta long enough to know that a glimpse of sunshine in March is. . .
My Happy Hunting Grounds
I can still hear him yelling “STAY ON YOUR OWN TRAIL, STOP STEALING YOUR SISTERS EGGS”. . .
Stand Tall, Stand Out
Embrace your love/hate relationship with fashion
Smile lots, make funny faces, and just own it (don’t be afraid to go #nofilter)!
Motivating The Dead of Winter
Stepping into their brand new store is like stepping into a nordic spa oasis . . . I could. . .
Burst Your Bubble
I deserve a spa like experience where I can melt my troubles away surrounded by frothy bubbles!. . .
What’s For Dinner
Bet you haven’t heard that one before! Never fear, foodie friends . . . we’ve got you. . .
A Little Embellishment
Checking out some of my fave embellished things at Spring! No word of a lie . . . these. . .
Diffuse The Situation
I don’t know about you, but this weather is making my skin downright reptilian.
With #selfcaresunday becoming more and more of a thing (for good reason!), I’m sharing. . .
The verdict is in . . . Ultra Violet (aka Pantone 18-3838) has been deemed the colour of. . .
Fast (Fashion) Forward
It’s about that time of year when I start to get itchy. And by “itchy” I mean, despite. . .
Melissa Loves Chachi’s
Have I found my kindred foodie spirits or what?
Chin Up Vs. Fork Up
Here we are again, the dreaded season of internal conflict.
I am absolutely, unapologetically a fair weather girl! Unfortunately, I don’t have a fabulous. . .
Thai One On
I find home cooks usually fall into one of two categories . . . people who follow the recipe. . .
Did someone say, tacos?! If so, count me in whether it’s “Taco Tuesday” or not and. . .