Our #PURELL30 Day Challenge Helped Reduce the Spread of Illness-Causing Germs

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A little while ago, in another post, I was telling you about our family taking the #PURELL30 Day Challenge. We made a commitment to help reduce the spread of illness-causing germs by using PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer at least three times a day. I just want to update you on how the #PURELL30 Day Challenge is progressing. To encourage use of hand sanitizer, when soap and water aren’t convenient or available, we have made sure it is easily accessible, by: Putting sanitizer in our … [Read more...]

Tangerine Switch Assistant Makes Banking Easy! {#ForwardBanking Twitter Party!}

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I think we are all aware that our economy has been in a slump these last few years. For me, as I am sure it is for most of you, it is more important than ever to make every nickel of our hard-earned dollars count. Have you ever checked to see how much you’re paying in bank fees? According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian is spending nearly $200 per year in bank fees. Over time, that really adds up and can make it harder to get ahead financially. It’s worth switching your … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Muffins


By now, I am sure many of you know that I LOVE muffins. I love baking them and unfortunately, I also love eating them! This past weekend, my sister, a friend and I were having a big multi-family garage/yard sale at my place.  The sale was starting at 8AM but we decided we needed to meet by 7:30 to put up some signs and make a few last-minute adjustments to the placement of some larger items. I knew we would be going through multiple pots of coffee...another of my weaknesses, so I wanted to … [Read more...]

Worried about Hand Cleanliness? Take the #PURELL30 Day Challenge

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Germs, which is the catchall name for bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms can be found most everywhere. They are lurking in our cars, our places of work, the stores we shop, at the office, movie theatres, restaurants and even though we may not like to think about it, they are also present in our homes. I worked for many years as an Operating Room Registered Nurse and I cannot overemphasize the importance of proper hand washing and hand hygiene. It was drilled into us from day one … [Read more...]

OneWalk to Conquer Cancer ~ Twitter Party – Aug. 26/15 #OneWalkShoeSelfie


I have had a few family members with cancer, including my brother-in-law who passed away at the age of forty-six. So the OneWalk to Conquer Cancer is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. If you have not been directly affected by cancer, I am sure you know someone who has been and can understand the importance of this event. Did you know that every day, over 500 Canadians will hear the words “I’m sorry, you have cancer” and their families, friends and co-workers will rally together … [Read more...]

Safely Hiking New Brunswick’s Fundy Coastline {$750 #WoodsExplorer Giveaway}


My family and I love to get out at least a couple of times each year and enjoy the rugged beauty of Canada's majestic Fundy shoreline. We are fortunate to live in relative proximity to many provincial parks, as well as Fundy National Park, Fundy Trail, Cape Enrage and the Fundy Footpath. Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Fundy National Park and with over 100 kilometers of trails, your favorite beach, river valley, or waterfall is just waiting to be discovered! Fundy's trails … [Read more...]

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Bacon in the Oven

This is one of those recipes (or cooking techniques) that once you have used it, you will be forever asking yourself, why did I ever cook bacon any other way? This method of cooking bacon is incredibly easy and totally frees you up to be doing something else. Another bonus, one that I really love, there is no bacon grease all over the cooktop, counters, floors, walls and my shirt. Am I the only one that has needed to spend 30 or 40 minutes cleaning the kitchen after frying bacon on the … [Read more...]

Loving the Great Outdoors #WoodsExplorer {w/$450 Prize Pkg}


As anyone who knows me will attest, I love camping and the great outdoors!  That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a vacation in a five-star hotel because I do.  It’s just that these are two entirely different experiences, each with their own pluses and minuses. Like many people, I sometimes find the daily grind of what to have for dinner and then cooking the meal a bit of a chore. So you would think I would absolutely dread cooking on a camp stove. Not the case! Maybe it's the laid-back relaxed … [Read more...]

Your Family Doesn’t Need to Rely on Dr. Google

Dr. Google campaign

I definitely know better; however, I need to confess, I have on occasion visited Dr. Google.  I didn't want to wait a week to get into see my family physician or I thought the problem was minor enough to treat on my own. I have typed "treatment for" and "cause of" such symptoms as, itchy rash; muscle aches; acne; seasonal allergies and sore throat into Google, a.k.a., "Dr. Google", often with erroneous results. A few weeks ago I had a terrible rash on my legs and torso. I needed to wait a … [Read more...]

Destination: Back to Campus {Plus #StudentLife Hack Contest & Twitter Party}

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I lived at home, with my parents, while pursuing a post-secondary education so I didn't need to worry about purchasing such items as living room, kitchen and bedroom furniture, all the accessories, and everything needed to outfit a kitchen. However, our son and daughter did not live at home and were both faced with setting up an apartment. Fortunately, they both had roommates, which helped make an overwhelming task become a bit more manageable. Between two, three or four people, you can … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Canadian Beef Twitter Party ~ August 18th at 8PM ET {& McDonald’s Giveaway}

Canadian Beef Twitter Party

This summer has been so beautiful, I want it to go on and on. I can hardly believe we are already more than halfway through August. However, instead of getting down about the approaching end to summer, I plan to make the most of the remaining sunny days and long evenings! It is so nice to be able to spend lots of time outside. We love most outdoor activities like gardening, camping, travel, family dinners and of course barbecuing! We have a brand new shiny barbecue this year and have put … [Read more...]

Amazing Venue and Talent at the Neely G Festival of Music


A couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Neely G Festival of Music in Long Creek, N.B.. This was the festival's inaugural year, so I was expecting a few small glitches in organizing such a massive endeavour, but that was far from the case. The festival was held at the newly built R10 Venue located near Sussex, N.B. and is an easy drive from New Brunswick's major cities of Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. The site itself is nestled in a rural … [Read more...]

Hiking and Exploring in My Skechers Flex Appeal


Last week, my sisters, niece and I decided to take a little break from our routine and head out on a little trek to the nearby Fundy Trail. We are a pretty laid back group and I love getting together with them; we always spend hours talking and laughing. It is so relaxing and such a nice escape from day-to-day life. We made a quick coffee stop and then spent a couple of hours exploring the St. Martins caves before continuing on to the Fundy Trail. (It was low tide when we driving by the … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ President’s Choice #GuidingStarsCA $150 GC Giveaway


  As I mentioned in a couple earlier posts, I am writing a four-part series on the #PCGuidingStars program. Part One invited you to, Follow My Journey with the Loblaws #‎GuidingStarsCA‬ #‎PCStars‬ Program -  I explained that like many of us, I am increasingly aware of what goes into my body and I am striving to eat a healthier diet, not only for myself, but for my family too. In the post I talked about my discovery of the Guiding Stars® Program at Loblaws® stores and how I am in … [Read more...]