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Made in Canada Beanbag Chairs

I love sharing products with you that are not only gorgeous and high-quality but 100% Canadian, so I had to tell you about these amazing beanbags chairs. I know, when you think "beanbag chair" you don't exactly think chic decor. They sort of invoke images of dorm rooms and unshowered teenagers lying around playing video games. Not so the fabulous squishy bags from MyBeanBag.ca. I was searching for my son's playroom, because our current ones purchased at the now defunct Target do not have removable covers you can throw in the wash. There is enough unidentifiable food particles hardened on them that they needed to go. A good pile of beanbags chairs are perfect for my little guy and his cousins who enjoy flinging themselves everywhere and expect you to stop and drop at any moment for a big snuggle. The chairs from this Montreal-based company are stylish, high quality and have 100% cotton covers that can be zipped off and machine-washed. I ordered this denim one and having spent a sizable amount of hours in beanbag seats, I can safely say it is the perfect beanbag chair.

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Koya Edibles: Fruit Bouquets in Toronto

Have you ever received an edible fruit bouquet? It is such a lovely gift idea. We all enjoy eating perfect juicy delicious fruit, but no one wants to chop it up. And no one wants to arrange it in a stunning basket that is delightful to look at. This is why it is the perfect gift. A change from flowers, but just as bright and colourful. Koya Edibles is a local Toronto company that creates personalized fruit gifts for any occasion. Baskets and bouquets start from $30.00 and can be customized for any occasion:

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Not only are these bouquets gorgeous to look at, they are healthy and so delicious. An amazing gift or dessert centerpiece for your next party. For more information and to place an order visit the Koya Edibles website or call 416.997.KOYA. Mention you read about this company on My Toronto Scoop and receive 10% off your order. Rosie :)

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Fair Grounds Cafe: New Lakeshore & 24th Street Location

One of my favourite coffee shops in the city opened another location! There is now a Fair Grounds Organic Cafe further east on the Lakeshore from the 40th Street main location. It's smaller but still packed with all their amazing coffee and treats.

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They also carry the So-Ho-Mish skin cream made by the Honey Bee Store, which sells natural products that have been sourced from both Canadian and international producers that practice sustainable beekeeping.

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This Fair Grounds is located at 3261 Lake Shore Blvd. West (east of 24th Street on the south side west of Kipling). It's open everyday from 7am to 7pm. Rosie :)

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Embella Party Supplies and Giftware- NOW CLOSED

My little man loves balloons, so every year for his birthday we make sure to have a big batch of colourful ones. This year I picked them up from a great shop in my neighbourhood: Embella Party Supplies and Giftware. Not only do they have an excellent balloon selection and helium services, but they have a wonderful selection of gifts particularly if you have little girls to buy for. These tulle skirts and dresses are adorable:

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I love a good hair accessory. All the hairbands and bows will make your eyes pop:

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Most of the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and made by local artisans. These little crocheted shawls and dresses are beautiful.

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There is also a lovely selection of jewelry for mummies, as well as a party room, loot bag service and sewing classes. Embella Party Supplies and Giftware is located at 647 The Queensway in Etobicoke. Rosie :)

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Pop Goes the Easel Clearance Sale

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) came up with an awesome idea to revitalize their main strip. The Renew East Danforth initiative works with landlords putting temporary tenants in their empty buildings as pop-up shops. Pop Goes the Easel is one of the nine pop-up shops that have been on two blocks of the Danforth for the month of December. One of the shops, Pop Goes the Easel, is having a clearance sale of their beautiful paintings and prints over the next two days. A fun thing to do and a great part of the city to check out. Rosie :)

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Friends of ours have this canvas hanging in their home. Not only is it beautiful, but it is personalized, which makes it extra-special.

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Here it is up close.

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There are many design styles available of these family name canvases, which are the creation of Toronto artist Helen Billett. Helen is the founder of Meringue Inc. which offers a stunning selection of giclée prints (fine art digital prints) on fine art paper. The kids personalized prints are an inspired room decoration. Check out this hockey themed print, available in blue, red and pink. The jersey name and number are customized:

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What a great Christmas gift idea. If you get your order in by December 2nd, delivery of your canvas or print is guaranteed for Christmas. There is a special offer just for My Toronto Scoop readers: enter the discount code "scoop10" at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order. These also make really creative and different gifts for new parents: how special would it be to get something this lovely after your baby is born?

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Prints start from $40. They are inexpensive to frame as they are sized to fit IKEA frames. Visit the Meringue Inc. website to browse all the gorgeous designs. Rosie :)

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Cakesterpiece Custom Cakes

My little guy loves that crazy and strangely articulate blue monster Grover. I myself am a big fan of his wubba, wubba, wubba song. We both enjoy his dry sense of humour; it reminds us of Dada. For one of his many birthday parties my dad insisted he have a Grover cake. Of course my dad just makes these decrees and delegates them to my awesome aunt, who wasn't about to phone in any old Grover cake. She found the most incredible baker at Cakesterpiece who made a stunning replica of sweet Grover in cake form. I don't know how she managed to create icing fur in the perfect shade of Grover blue, but she did. Grover was delicious. Lucky boy! Rosie :)

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