There’s Still Time To Go Camping {w/ Checklist}

When our kids were little, Music Man and I always took them camping a few times every summer. Back in those days we pitched a tent and slept in sleeping bags on the floor. Our luxury item was "bubble pads", think bubble wrap in a large sheet, but there were no air mattresses like we have now.  We have lots of great memories (and some not so great...but we laugh at them now!) from those early days of camping. It's not too late to enjoy some time in the great outdoors! As a matter of fact, my … [Read more...]

Day Tripping on the Fundy Trail, N.B., Canada

Earlier this week we visited the breathtaking Fundy Trail which is located in southern New Brunswick, Canada and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. This photo was taken at St. Martins beach on the way to the Fundy Trail. We stopped here for a quick visit. The tide is on its way out, but at low tide, you can reach all four huge caves which are located in the background of this photo. It was not our first time visiting the Fundy Trail. My siblings and our families try to get together … [Read more...]

14 Fabulous Blueberry Recipes

I love the summer. Not only is the weather beautiful but there is always an abundance of freshly picked fruit and vegetables available. Here in Atlantic Canada, strawberry season is nearing the end but the good news is, wild blueberry season is right around the corner! Fresh blueberries are one of the most popular summer treats of all time. They are sweet, succulent, full of nutrients, and can be eaten freshly picked as well as incorporated into a variety of recipes. Wild blueberries grow … [Read more...]

Bayer Has Everything You Need For A Happy Summer

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. I am so happy that summer has arrived. Like many of you, this is my favourite time of the year. Summer has such a relaxed and laid-back vibe about it. This is the season for spending time at the cottage, the beach, tending to gardens, camping, travelling with family, barbecuing, deck time and evening bonfires. Really, what's not to love about all those summer … [Read more...]

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

It's not too often you have the opportunity to celebrate a 150th birthday, but today we got to do just that! One hundred and fifty years ago today, Canada officially became a country. While the weather was uncooperative here in Southern New Brunswick, it didn't dampen our spirits and people came out in droves to celebrate this special day. I met my sister, "in town" (aka Saint John) and we ventured "uptown"...Saint John's city centre is at the top of a hill and has always been called … [Read more...]

43 Amazing Strawberry Recipes

One of my favourite times of the year has finally arrived...STRAWBERRY SEASON! I don't know why, but for me, summer doesn't officially arrive (even if the calendar says otherwise!) until I have my first strawberry. They're cold, they're sweet and they are absolutely delicious! I also like how versatile the common little strawberry is. You can eat them as a component in the most elaborate dessert on the planet and they are scrumptious or... eat them individually, fresh from the … [Read more...]

100 Interesting Facts About Canada to Celebrate #Canada150

Canada is having its 150th birthday this year, to celebrate I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 100 Interesting Facts About Canada to Celebrate #Canada150. While a variety of theories have been put forward for the origins of the word Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement". (This post is part of a blog hop so be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the #ECMCanada150 blog posts.) Image … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Instant Pot Prize Pkg Blogger Giveaway, $280 Value

I love to bake and cook and have been hearing so many fabulous things about the relatively new Instant Pot. If you're unfamiliar, Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being safe, convenient and dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. I am very sad to say, even though it is on my "wish … [Read more...]

Help End the Cycle of Violence Against Women {w/Twitter Party}

May 1-31 marks the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s annual Campaign To End Violence. As the only national foundation in Canada, the Canadian Women's Foundation is dedicated to giving women and girls a chance for a better life.  They specialize in helping women move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. The Canadian Women's Foundation's Campaign to End Violence is an initiative to raise awareness and funds for more than 450 emergency shelters and violence … [Read more...]

2017 Spring WOW Guide Twitter and Instagram Colouring Contest

We all know that kids love to colour and are always so proud of their work. Now you have an opportunity to showcase your emerging Picasso or van Gogh and just maybe they will be the winner of a new bike in the 2017 Spring WOW Guide Colouring Contest! Definitely a budding Picasso right here! It's fun and easy for the kiddos to enter. All you need to do is grab your new Canadian Tire Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue, which is now available! (If you didn't get your copy in the mail, just … [Read more...]

The Agricultural Alphabet Starts with Bee

The Agricultural Alphabet Starts with Bee ~ I’m someone who truly appreciates nature, including, and probably most importantly, the wondrous bounty of fruits, vegetables, and flowers it provides us with each year. My sensibilities as a cook are always greatly heightened with the arrival of each year's new crop and the anticipation of using fruits and vegetables literally bursting with flavour and freshness. Photo credit: Florian Martys via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA Let's face it … [Read more...]

Let’s Do Our Part to Give Poverty The Boot {w/Twitter Party}

Did you know Roma Boots merges fashion with philanthropy to give poverty the boot? Well, they do! Their mission is to bring impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education. For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. Honestly, why can't every company do this? It would make such a huge difference in the lives of so many! ABOUT ROMA BOOTS Roma was founded in 2010 by Samuel Bistrian, who wanted to … [Read more...]

It’s Heart Month ~ What To Do If You Suspect a Heart Attack!

I am very excited to announce that I was chosen as a 2017 brand ambassador for Bayer. As a brand ambassador, I  have been compensated for this post. However, as always, all opinions expressed are my own. It’s hard not to have hearts on your mind in February. Every store is full of them: chocolate hearts, heart-shaped cakes, heart-shaped frames. This annual celebration of romantic love isn’t the only reason to give that blood-pumping organ in your chest a second thought this month. February is … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Have You Tried the New Kellogg’s Products? {w/Giveaway}

Well, there is no doubt about it, we are definitely in the midst of the belly of the beast known as "Winter". The weather has been cold, snowy and icy and if you're thinking there is not much to look forward to, except, more of the same, then I have a fun surprise for you! This year, Kellogg Canada is debuting eight new products that are sure to satisfy your taste buds and make this long cold winter more bearable. From quinoa and dark chocolate to mixed nuts and real fruit pieces, these … [Read more...]