The Neely G Festival of Music

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The NeelyG Festival of Music will feature the best of Folk, Roots, Celtic and Bluegrass music for three fabulous days on July 17, 18, and 19. I feel a very personal connection to this amazing event. My good friend, Sheree, created this event to honour the memory of her beautiful daughter, Neely. It will soon be two years since she lost her beloved daughter. Sheree conceived this festival as a way to honour Neely's love of music and her musical spirit. "It is a celebration of all that she … [Read more...]

Happy Canada Day! {Facts, Figures & Fun}

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{Image attribution: Creative Commons} Celebrate Canada Day with some fun facts & trivia and a classic Canadian video! FACTS: CAPITAL – Ottawa (originally named Bytown after Colonel John By, who headquartered there while building the Rideau Canal to connect the Ottawa River with Lake Ontario.) NATIONAL ICON – Beaver MOTTO – “From sea to sea” TREE – Sugar Maple STATISTICS: CONFEDERATED – Canada became a country on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act was passed … [Read more...]

‎Guiding Stars Follow-Up & My Meeting with a Registered Dietician ‬

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  A  few weeks I wrote a post outlining my goal to eat healthier. In the post I talked about my discovery of the Guiding Stars® Program at Loblaws® stores and how I am in LOVE with not only the Guiding Stars® Program itself, but also my ability to track my Guiding Stars Personal Profile. If you wish, you can read my post,  Follow My Journey with the Loblaws #‎GuidingStarsCA‬ #‎PCStars‬ Program, for all the details, but here is a very brief synopsis: Guiding Stars Program … [Read more...]

My Thoughts on the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush

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A couple of weeks ago I did a little "first experience" post and video where I documented my first experience with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush. I promised you an update, so today I am going to delve a little deeper into the specifics of DiamondClean toothbrush and talk about my likes and dislikes. Items included with my Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush:   Handle - Mine is pink but they also come in white or black. I found the brush head was easy to snap … [Read more...]

Saturday June 27th, 1PM ET, Join the Exclusive Live Q&A with #1 NHL Draft Pick and Future NHL SuperStar, Connor McDavid

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We are extremely excited to tell you about an upcoming chat with the NHL's presumptive number one draft choice Connor McDavid.  Eighteen year old McDavid, from Richmond Hill, Ontario has been called, "The Next One".  He is currently captain of the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In March 2012, Hockey Canada granted McDavid exceptional player status allowing him to play in the OHL a year earlier than he otherwise would have been able to. Know one knows Canadian hockey better … [Read more...]

This Summer, Do You Expect More? {w/Recipe}

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Thank goodness summer has finally arrived! School is out, the days are less structured, the sun is shining and the barbecue is getting a great workout. I love the relaxed, easy-going vibe of summer! This year President's Choice© invites you to expect more from summer, from the food we eat, to the experiences we share. More sunny days. More spontaneity. More laughter. More human connection. And more food that makes these human connections complete. Some of this summer's "must try" items … [Read more...]

Caprese Salad

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Want to wow your guests? Make a Caprese Salad! Caprese Salad is without a doubt one of the easiest and most impressive dishes you will ever make. It is so simple! Because of the salad's simplicity, you want to make sure your ingredients are top-notch. This isn't the place to use out of season tomatoes, cheap olive oil and bargain mozzarella. The ingredients need to stand on their own and should be of the highest quality. Use the freshest ingredients you can find. I purchased these … [Read more...]

Let’s Get Outside and Play! #WannaPlayChat

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I don't want to sound like some old-timer, but "back in my day", we would come home from school, drop our books and head outside to play with our friends. We would reluctantly come home when called, not on a cell phone, but by hearing your mom or dad holler,"Monica, dinner time". After dinner we would go back outside until the street lights came on! You remember doing that, don't you? My friends and I would spend hours playing Hopscotch, Simon Says, Hide-and-Seek, Red Rover and of … [Read more...]

My First Time Using the Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush

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I mainly use an old-fashioned, manual toothbrush to clean my teeth. However, as I have been getting a little older, I have starting to worry more about the health of my teeth and gums. I am not eighteen anymore and lately I have wondered if my manual toothbrush is keeping my teeth and gums as healthy as they should be. I also love coffee and red wine, so I want a toothbrush that will also help to whiten my teeth and remove any staining. Lately, I have noticed a few videos and have read … [Read more...]

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month ~ Do You Know What Scleroderma Is?

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Unless you know someone who has this illness, or are in the healthcare profession, you may not be aware of the devastating disease, scleroderma. I personally have no family or friends with scleroderma. However, when I worked as a nurse on the hospital units, on a couple of occasions I have treated patients with this little known disease. What is Scleroderma?   Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease with no known cause and no cure. It is a rare disease that involves the hardening … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef Twitter Chat ~ June 10th at 8PM ET

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The weather has been beautiful lately and it finally feels like summer has arrived. It is so nice to be able to relax out on the deck in the evenings! And, with the arrival of great weather comes all types of fun activities like gardening, camping, travel, family dinners and of course barbecuing! We have a brand new shiny barbecue and are so excited to be tossing the first steaks and burgers on the grill and making lots of salads and sides to go with them! If like us, you are looking … [Read more...]

Do You Know About #WinkDay? {w/Twitter Party Details}

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Do you know about #WinkDay? What is #WinkDAY On June 18, 2015, the beauty industry will be encouraging women to buy a blue eyeliner/eye shadow, and for one day, to colour their eyes blue in support of women going through the emotional trauma of the Cancer Blues. What is the Cancer Blues? Simply put, a term for the emotional distress caused by cancer and its treatment is an oft-ignored result of the disease that can affect a woman's ability to fight and endure through … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Muffins

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When my kids were little, I baked a lot of muffins. Usually blueberry, bran, pumpkin, banana, rhubarb...I tried to keep them relatively healthy. However, the type they always begged me to make was  Chocolate Chip Muffins, they were far and away their favourite! My daughter now lives on her own. She is only about 15 minutes from home, but if I know she is dropping in, I always try to make a special treat. Sometimes it's cookies, a sweet bread and often times it's muffins. She usually NEVER … [Read more...]

The Dyson DC78 Cinetic Vacuum is My Cleaning BFF

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I am late getting started on my spring cleaning. No real reason why, I guess I was just procrastinating. Consequently, now when I want to be out in the garden enjoying the nice weather, I am stuck inside cleaning. There seems to be a never-ending, ever-growing, "Things to Do" list on my kitchen island. The winter bedding needs to all be switched out, winter clothing washed and packed away, then there is the house itself. Walls to wash, cupboards to organize and clean, curtains and blinds to … [Read more...]