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Happy Thanksgiving To Our Canadian Readers

In: Behind The Cast, Donovan
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Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving a full month before our US counterparts. A few of my American friends find it odd that we enjoy Turkey Day before Halloween. Personally, I love having a greater gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Makes for a much longer and enjoyable holiday season.

Over the weekend, Brian and I held our third annual Friendsgiving dinner. It’s one of my favorite parties I hold the entire year. I definitely paid the price Sunday ;) Everyone gets in the spirit and brings a tasty dish and bottles of wine. Since we moved my office upstairs of our downtown condo, we held dinner downstairs for the first time. It was quite nice not having to lug up all the dishes and drinks up and down the stairs throughout the night.

Check out a couple of photos from the night below. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating the holiday today. Feel free to follow me on Instagram.

check out a couple of pics after the jump

Aloha Maui, It’s Been A Slice

In: Behind The Cast, Donovan
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After eight days in paradise, our time has come to end. And it’s been a blast. I need another vacation to get over this one. #seriously. Since today is our last day in Maui and a travel day, I won’t have any time to post any new articles. I’ll be back in full force Friday. Til then, check out our photos on Instagram (Donovan, Brian, Ben, Michael and Dave)

Behind The Cast: Hawaiian Vacay

In: Behind The Cast, Donovan
maui-vacation

Aloha bitches!!! I suppose that’s not really in keeping with the Hawaiian islands’ friendly spirit ;)

If you noticed the sparse number of posts this week, this is the reason why. I’m currently in Maui with a few friends for a little vacay. Typically, when Brian and I go traveling we love going out all day checking out the tourist landmarks and then hitting the nightlife. This trip, is a bit of a departure for us. It’s full-on relaxation mode. It’s been the beach, pool, drinks, day road trips and repeat. I’ve gotta say, I’m quite enjoying the downtime.

We’re about halfway through our trip and I wanted to share a few pics I’ve taken since arriving. So far, we’ve enjoyed a luau, driven the beautiful road to Hana, splashed around at Big Beach in Makena and ate lots of delicious food. Check out a few photos below. I’m here til Friday, so expect another week of limited posts. Hope everyone is having a great Sunday. Follow me on Instagram.

check out a few pics after the jump

In honor of Mother’s Day, some of the Homorazzi cast (past and present) decided to proclaim their love to their respective mothers on the website. We hope you enjoy this post which was originally published when the site first launched.

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I love my Mom, and just recently we’ve developed a relationship of being less Mother/Son and more friends who can share a good laugh and story over a drink or two. While growing up, I never thought that I would come to a place where I actually WANTED to hang out with my parents, but that day came knocking on my door a few years back after I invited them to my 23rd birthday party and they actually showed!

It dawned on my that my Mom is a pretty rad woman who cares a lot about her family and who’s sole goal in life is to make sure her children and grandchildren have everything in the world they could possibly want, even before her own needs. For this, I take my hat off to her, and say I love you with all my heart.

She hasn’t had the easiest life, but I would like to think that the few beers we shared in sun are well remembered and will keep her smiling!

Thanks for everything Momma, I love you!

- Daniel

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Merry Christmas From Homorazzi

In: Behind The Cast, Donovan

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

And just like that, after all the build-up and countless hours spent shopping, we’ve reached Christmas. Hope you’re all having a MERRY CHRISTMAS” and enjoying time with all your loved ones. For those who aren’t celebrating this holiday, I wish you joy on this day as well.

I would like to take this opportunity to say “THANKS” to all our loyal readers- new and old- for all your support. Without the love you’ve shown us since we’ve launched, we would’ve folded by now. While I’m at it, Patrick and I would also like to publicly thank all the Homorazzi.com writers (Adam, Alex, Brian, Dan, Dave, Jonny, Kevin, Matt, Nic, Redd, Rich, Saleem, Stephen, Tommy and Topher) for their amazing contributions. Shout-outs also go out to previous cast members, Jake, Jamie, and Landon for their help when we first launched the site.

Just like Halloween, I took pictures of the cast members for a holiday themed photo shoot. With the holidays being so hectic, I was only able to take pictures from half the cast members. Ironically enough, one of the cast members who don’t have a Christmas picture is yours truly. The others are Patrick (weird, right), Brian (yeah I live with him…lol), Dave, Saleem, Nic and Topher. But rather than focusing on the glass being half-empty, check out the pictures I took of those who were able to make it.

ADAM

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We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

If you’re an avid reader of the site, you might’ve noticed there was a shortage of articles Sunday. Reason being was, we were all busy having our Christmas staff party. Given everyone’s busy schedules this time of year, it’s almost next to impossible to find a date that works for everyone. Surprisingly, all but three of us were able to make it yesterday. That’s a pretty amazing feat considering our busy lives and Alex, Kevin and Topher not currently living in the same city as the most of us. Check out the pic above. The only people missing from the pic are Nic (his BF’s sis was in town), Stephen (was there earlier but had to leave for another engagement) and Alex (LA) and Kevin (Toronto).

It was great to have so many of us together to laugh, catch up and reminisce about the early days of the site. Not to sound super cheesy, but there’s this amazing energy among all of us when we’re all in the same room. With our recent accomplishments, it was nice to sit back and relax for one night and pat each other on the back.

In between all the laughs and drinks, we decided to have a gingerbread contest. We split up into two different teams determined by names out of the hat. Team 1 (my team) won the right to pick either the house or the train. We opted for the train. Each team was given only 30 minutes to build, decorate, and come up with a theme for their creation. Now, we need your help to decide which team pulled it off better. Cast your votes so we can declare a winner and give one team bragging rights over the other.

THANKS again to all of you for making Homorazzi.com such a success in a short period of time. We have the best readers on the internet for sure.

view our gingerbread creations after the jump

My 5 Favorite Christmas Films

In: Behind The Cast, Movies, Tyrell

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Today is Christmas Eve and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the holidays. This year I won’t be enjoying it with my family but instead, partaking in the Christmas festivities with Patrick and his family: a first for us. Last year we spent time with my family back in Manitoba so we thought it only be fair that we both head up to Northern BC this time around.

Even though I spending Christmas with a new family and making new traditions, it doesn’t stop me from keeping a few old ones from yesteryear alive. In the spirit of that, I’d thought I’d share with you five of my favorite Christmas movies that I enjoy watching over the holiday break.

A few of these films have a very special meaning to me and bring back childhood memories while others just literally bring out the kid in me. In fact, Christmas day as a whole sees me acting like a grown-up, five-year-old. Enjoy my list of holiday movies below and please, share your favorites and family traditions in the comment section below. Merry Christmas!

Check out my five favorite Christmas movies after the jump.

AIDS Walk OKC group

We are 6 weeks into The Random Acts Of Kindness Tour, better known as #GetRAOKT, and it’s already been the adventure of a life time. For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently on a year long trip with my friend Jessica around North America doing Volunteer work and Random Acts Of Kindness. We left on September 2nd after doing a 6am interview on CBC Radio 1′s “The Early Edition.” Since then we have been on the road doing our part to try and make a difference.

So far we have been to Calgary, Seattle, Oklahoma City, Boulder, Denver and now reside in Nashville thanks to Greyhound! They’ve been getting us around this massive piece of land and it’s been really amazing to see all the different areas we wouldn’t be able to see if we flew. All along the way we have met incredibly inspiring people doing their part to help out in their communities. A few of our biggest events to date have been volunteering with the AIDS Walk in Oklahoma City and helping flood victims in Boulder after they experienced devastating floods.

Volunteering in Boulder

As our trip continues we’re always looking to meet and work with new people. Our hosts in Nashville found us on the website couchsurfing.org and read our story. He asked us if we would like to come and volunteer at the HOPE Family Health centre as part of our adventure and of course we said yes! Now we are having the best experience here and all because someone reached out to us and asked if we’d like to help out. We have the rough outline of our trip set out if you’d like to see when we might be in your area. If you work for an organization or simply want to host two crazy Canadians on an epic adventure we’d love to hear from you!

Most recently we we’re interviewed by Fiona Forbes on The Rush in Vancouver because they heard our story and thought what we are doing was awesome. We never imagined something like that would happen when we started this trip. We simply wanted to go out into the world and do something that we thought would make even a little difference. Being on the road constantly can be very draining but with what we’re doing I think it’s 100% worth it.

We’ve been making videos all along the way and posting them to YouTube so people can keep up to date on where we are and what we’re doing. We’d love for you to follow along and share your thoughts and ideas with us. Have you done any random acts of kindness lately? I think it’s a bit of a lost art in today’s world but if everyone did just one simple thing a day it could easily make a comeback. Maybe buy the next person in line their coffee or take some thank you cards to the workers of your local charity. There are a million ways you can help that won’t take up too much time or money.

Next up on the agenda is the Big Apple! It’s always been a dream of mine to go to New York City and now that it’s happening I’m beside myself with excitement! This whole trip has almost seemed like a dream, I find I need to keep pinching myself just to convince me it’s real. If you reside in the NYC area and have ideas or tips for Jessica and I please contact us and let us know! The best way is to email us at getraokt@gmail.com

If you want to see more photos of our adventures we Instagram like crazy! Just follow Calan_Travels and Jessicas_eyes to check them out.

Calan Breckon and Jessica Schafer of #GetRAOKT

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