13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

  Original Photo via Visual Hunt 13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip ~ Finally, the weather has improved, spring has arrived and I have camping on my mind.  I’m not quite sure what I love about leaving my comfortable home with bathrooms, showers, bathtubs, stove, oven, electricity, running water and comfortable beds to live out of boxes & bags in the middle of nowhere, but I do! I have always felt I was born 100 years too late. I think I was destined to travel in a covered … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Show Your Legs Some Love This Summer

As a mom who carried two rather hefty babies and a nurse who has worked many, many, many twelve-hour shifts, I am now all too familiar with a medical condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (or CVI). I would often come home, especially in the summer months, after a long day of work with heavy, painful, swollen and very tired legs. And fairly early on in my career, I started to notice the formation of varicose veins in my legs.  During the winter months, when long pants and jeans were … [Read more...]

Wishing You a Happy Victoria Day, Here’s to the Queen!

Queen Victoria By Alexander Bassano - Scanned from the book The National Portrait Gallery History of the Kings and Queens of England by David Williamson, ISBN 1855142287, p. 153., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6640482 The Victoria Day weekend signals the unofficial beginning of summer in Canada. Yes, we are well aware that the season doesn’t officially start for another month but for we northerners, when the weather becomes warm enough to haul out the … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

A couple of weekends ago, we decided a little trip was in order and went to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax is about a 3.5-hour drive from where we live. In addition to spending some time relaxing and taking in the Saltscape Expo, which was happening that weekend, we also wanted to visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market. We had heard lots of good things about this market so got up early on Saturday morning to pay it a visit. If you're not familiar with it, the Halifax Seaport Farmers' … [Read more...]

Tweetstorm for Bill C-246 to Support Better Animal Cruelty Legislation

Tweetstorm for Bill C-246 to Modernize the Animal Protections Act This enactment amends the Criminal Code to consolidate and modernize various offences against animals. The enactment amends the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act to prohibit the importation of shark fins that are not attached to the rest of the shark carcass. It also amends the Textile Labelling Act … [Read more...]

What is a Mother’s Love

My Mom, taken shortly before she died. What is a Mother’s Love? ~ Through the annals of history, artists have devoted countless hours of creative effort trying to explain, or at least capture, just a tiny fragment of the emotion that has become known as a mother’s love. Writers have written novels, poet’s great odes, songwriters and lyricists music of all mood and description.   Defining a mother’s love is in truth, difficult. It may very well make more sense to look at the “how” of a … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Must-Haves {w/ Video & Giveaway}

  Mother's Day Must-Haves ~ Many Canadians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for mothers or mother figures. The Mother’s Day date in Canada is on the second Sunday of May each year. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood occur throughout the world and many of these can be traced back to ancient festivals. With Mother's Day just a couple of weeks away, Hallmark is keeping moms in the spotlight with products that are perfect for the upcoming season and are complete … [Read more...]

Beauty Gives Back Twitter Party Supporting #SDMBeautyGala

  On April 30th, Shoppers Drug Mart stores across the country are throwing an in-store Spring Beauty Gala. Gala guests will enjoy complimentary makeovers, skin care consultations, as well as free samples, refreshments, and snacks. This is the fifth year Shoppers Drug Mart LOVE.YOU. has launched the National Beauty Galas in support of women’s health. The Beauty Gala is a one-day event to help raise funds for The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in Ontario, British Columbia and … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef ~ Gather Your Family Around the Sunday Dinner Table

I did not grow up having Sunday dinners, but it was a Sunday tradition in my husband's family. Before we had kids and when they were little, we ALWAYS went to my in-laws for a big dinner on Sunday. My daughter and I, out to dinner with friends. As the years went by and my mother and father-in-law became older, the dinners were held more and more often at our home.  Even now, with our grown children scattered across the country, it is a tradition that my hubby and I continue every … [Read more...]

19 Innovative Uses for Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Non-stick cooking spray is something that I use almost daily when baking and cooking. Whether to spray cake pans, muffin tins, a loaf pan or pizza pan, it is a staple in our kitchen. But, did you know there are many other uses for that trusty can of cooking spray? In the Kitchen 1.  No mess ~ When spraying do it over the sink or an open dishwasher to prevent any messes. 2. Knives ~ Fresh garlic and dried fruit can stick to your knife like glue. Give both sides of you knife a quick … [Read more...]

We Have Been Given A Gift Of Time

Did you know that we have been given a gift of time? In case you thought it was just your imagination, it's not. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is considerably longer than winter. It’s true. I know, in the dead of winter it doesn’t always seem that way, but…take this year, for example, summer is almost a full five days longer than winter. And the really good news for all of us warm weather worshippers? Winter is getting shorter by one half-minute per year and will … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Visited a Sugar Shack?

Even though I have always lived in New Brunswick, which apparently is one of the three largest producers of maple syrup in the world, I had never been to a Sugar Shack. I couldn't let another spring go by without visiting one, so we booked a tour, bundled up and headed out to a local maple syrup producing facility, also know as a sugar shack. Because, by nature I ask a thousand questions, before heading out, I had to find out where the term "sugar shack" originated. So, if you're like me … [Read more...]

Dogfighting! In this Day & Age…Are You Kidding Me?

Photo credit: Bettie Page Styled via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes are one breed of dog that is used in dogfighting. Really? How could anyone do this to these innocent creatures? These puppies were actually euthanized for the crime of being born a Pitbull mix.  {Which is a whole other conversation.}  Perhaps that was better than the life they may have been destined for. Every once in awhile something surfaces, or in this case, resurfaces, that makes me question … [Read more...]

Canadian Tire Spring Tune-Up Checklist & Twitter Party Details

Compared to last year's snowmaggedon that took place here in the Maritimes, we have had a fairly mild, but still a long enough winter! I can barely wait to pack away my winter clothes, put out the patio furniture and start digging in the garden. It is also the time of year when I am inspired to throw open the windows and let in the fresh spring air, give the house a good cleaning, paint walls, organize my closets and generally get ready for the long, lazy days of summer. As we prepare for … [Read more...]