~ CLOSED ~ Canucks Rock the New Year with a $550 CDN Giveaway

Okay, be honest, is anyone else feeling a little down after all the excitement of the past few weeks? I know I am.  I love all the hustle, bustle and fun of the recent holidays, but I always find this time of the year a little depressing. Nothing much to look forward to except a few bills rolling in...lol! So, in an attempt to make January a bit more fun, a group of Canadian bloggers (including myself), have banded together, to create a little January excitement. We pooled our resources and … [Read more...]

Super Popular Recipes ~ The Top 16 Recipes of 2016

As cliché as it sounds, it really is difficult to believe that 2016 has come and gone. It was a busy year for me. With our kids now grown and living in other provinces we decided to downsize and in September, sold the home that we had lived in for close to twenty years. Music Man and I have set out on a new, exciting and hopefully fun adventure. We are presently renting a great house, but are hoping, in the very near future, to find the perfect "fixer-upper" to renovate. Stay tuned as I am … [Read more...]

Bulletproof Coffee, It’s Just the Beginning!

It is no secret that I LOVE coffee. Pouring myself a hot cup of delicious coffee is just about the first thing I do every morning. And...I'm a bit of a coffee snob too. Cream and sugar, those are for other people. Until recently, I always had my coffee steaming hot and black. When I started to write this article, I was trying to remember the first time I ever had coffee.  Although I couldn't recall specifics, I am pretty sure I developed my love for coffee back in high school. Which believe … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Must-Haves From the 2016 Hallmark Holidays Collection {w/Giveaway}

The Christmas holidays have always been, by far, my favourite time of the year. The holiday “season”, is aptly named "season" because it’s far more than just a single day. It seems to be the only time of year that we all come together and share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract we have all have signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. If you are still out, searching high and low for the perfect gift for that special … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Creating Memories with my Instax SHARE SP-2 Printer (w/Giveaway & Party)

The Christmas holidays are easily one of my favourite times of the year.  However, this year is going to be a little different for us. Our daughter is living in a remote area of the Northwest Territories and won't be home for the holidays. I think she is missing many of our family traditions like baking together, decorating the tree and the house, going out for a festive dinner with a group of family and close friends, Christmas at the market, apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes and the … [Read more...]

#WarmWishes From Our Friends at Tim Hortons

If you like to pick up a "Tims" on your way to work or before heading out shopping or if you follow along on social media, then I'm pretty sure you are aware that the Tim Hortons #WarmWishes trucks were recently doing something VERY special! On November 16 from 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., Tim Hortons set up in Moncton, N.B. among six cities across Canada asking the community to submit their good deeds and wishes to be granted by Tim Hortons. The Tim Hortons Warm Wishes trucks took wish submissions … [Read more...]

Santa Claus, Fact or Fiction? The Man Behind the Myth

I must admit that as a young child, I suppose like many young children, I never really thought a whole lot about Santa Claus. Don't get me wrong, I certainly was aware of him, and like most children I nervously awaited and anticipated his annual visits. However, the origins of his story were far beyond the interests or attention span of an overactive youngster. That type of information was best left for the adults in my life. Something to be learned when I was much, much older, like say in my … [Read more...]

This Year, Give the Gift of Hygienic Humidification

Call me crazy, but I really don't mind winter. (Shhh...don't tell my husband!) There is just something so cozy about being snuggled up inside a warm house with a ginormous blizzard raging outside. Plus, snow is so pretty and I love how it covers everything in a shiny, white, pristine blanket.  How can you not love how clean, fresh and quiet everything is after a recent snowfall? Even I will admit, this may be a bit much, but it is still really, really pretty! Give me a mug of hot … [Read more...]

Eating Nutrient Rich Foods Helps Combat the “Fall Spike”

Studies show school children bring germs home from school and spread them to their parents and younger siblings, causing sickness ranging from colds to severe asthma flare-ups – known as the Fall Spike. So, is it inevitable that we get sick during the Fall Spike?  No, it is not!  You’ll be happy to know, measures can be taken to decrease the likeliness of becoming a victim of the Fall Spike! Along with impeccable hand washing and receiving the annual flu shot you should: Make a free … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Create Some Treats and Make a Difference

Make Some Treats and Make a Difference! My favourite time of the year and a time of year that is loved by many is quickly creeping up on us.  I have (just...lol) started some holiday shopping, some of the homes in our area (not mine, yet) are decorated for the season and Christmas parades have started winding down the streets of local communities. It's the most wonderful time of the year...or is it? Thanks to the good folks at Kellogg's and The Salvation Army, for many it promises to be … [Read more...]

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers

Last week I was going to a girls get together with some family and friends. I wanted to take some of the burdens off the host and offered to bring along an appetizer. (Although, that being said...there ended up being enough food on the buffet table to feed a small army for a week...lol, so I don't think I was much help!) A couple of Christmases ago, I made some Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers...but apparently, we were all quite hungry that evening.  As it turned out, they … [Read more...]

Traditional Roast Turkey with Apricot & Pecan Stuffing

The upcoming holiday season is by far, my favourite time of the year. And, I think the word "season" describes it perfectly, because the holidays are so much more than just a single day. This seems the only time of the year that we all share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract that we have all signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. It’s funny, but when I think about the holidays, my thoughts are never about gifts, … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ #HoHoHoliday $400USD Giveaway {via PayPal, Open WW}

#HoHoHoliday $400.00 USD Giveaway {Paid via PayPal, Open WorldWide}   Please tell me I'm not the only one who hasn't given a lot of thought yet to the holidays!  I know they are in the rear view mirror and will be arriving before too long, but I haven't even begun to get ready! I haven't started to write even one of my famous "to do" lists. By now, I usually have started making detailed lists of:   What to bake Gift ideas Decorating Parties Christmas Eve dinner, … [Read more...]

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Once you make this easy recipe for Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, you'll never again reach for a boxed Mac & Cheese. Yes, you're right, making it from scratch does take a little extra time. But honestly, not that much and there is absolutely no comparison in the quality and taste! It's really easy: Add flour to butter and onion. Cook flour for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  You are basically making a roux and cooking the flour ensures you don't have an unpleasant "raw" … [Read more...]