~ CLOSED ~ Perfect Gifts for Dads and Grads {w/Giveaway}

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I don't know about you, but June is a busy month in our household! We have birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate, not to mention the all important dads and grads! It's often sometimes tough to come up with a gift that will be meaningful to the recipient but yet doesn't tax the brain or the bank too much. I find I can usually count on Hallmark to take some of the guess-work out of my shopping. They seem to always have the perfect gifts for every occasion, including Perfect Gifts for Dads … [Read more...]

13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

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...]

Our Visit to the Saltscapes East Coast Expo in Halifax N.S.

Saltscapes East Coast Expo

If you have never been to the Saltscapes East Coast Expo in Halifax N.S., I strongly urge you to mark it on your calendar for next year! A couple of weekends ago I was in the Halifax, N.S. area and by somewhat of a fluke, found out the Saltscapes East Coast Expo was happening that weekend. I am a long time lover and subscriber to Saltscapes magazine and even though I was aware of the Saltscapes Expo, which just finished its 12th year, I had never been in the area when it was scheduled. So, … [Read more...]

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

If you are looking to re-create Peanut Butter Cookies like your grandmother used to make, you know the cookie; a little crunchy on the outside and totally chewy on the inside, then this is the cookie for you! This is a delicious, peanut buttery, old-fashioned cookie like your Grammie would have made. My hubby is a peanut butter cookie fanatic, so I thought this would be a fun cookie to make for him and hopefully it would bring back lots of great childhood memories. This is a very simple … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Show Your Legs Some Love This Summer

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!

Victoria Day

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...]

Vegetable and Cheddar Frittata

Frittata

Let me paint you a picture.  I am pretty sure you will recognize this picture, most of us have been there at one time or another.  It's 5:30 PM, everyone has just arrived home after a long day of...work, school, endless appointments, soccer practice, ballet or whatever, and "everyone" is hungry.  You go to the fridge, hoping by some miracle of miracles that something suitable for dinner has appeared, but there is not a dinner worthy item in sight. You go to the fridge, hoping by some miracle … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

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

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...]

Video Room Tour (& Amenities) Holiday Inn Express, Bedford, N.S. {Part 2 of 2}

Video Room Tour

Disclosure - We received a complimentary stay with IHG®, however, all opinions expressed are honest and my own. I recently went on a fun little road trip to Halifax with my sisters. In an earlier post, Room Tour ~ Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Bedford, N.S. {Part 1 of 2}, I gave you details of our room, as well as, a brief overview of the hotel Today, I thought it would be fun to share with you a video I took of our room and to also go into a little more detail on the amenities offered … [Read more...]

Spinach and Bacon Mason Jar Salad w/Poppy Seed Dressing

Spinach and Bacon Mason Jar Salad

I love having some of these made up in advance and tucked away in the refrigerator. They are so easy and let's face it...they're pretty darn cute too! Spinach and Bacon Mason Jar Salad  ~ Summer is almost here and that means everyone is spending lots of time outdoors, having fun. No one wants to make complicated, labour intensive meals. We all want something delicious, but it also must be no muss and no fuss to prepare. Check out the yummy layers of dressing, red onion, bacon, … [Read more...]

What is a Mother’s Love

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...]

Room Tour ~ Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Bedford, N.S. {Part 1 of 2}

Holiday Inn Express

Disclosure - We received a complimentary stay with IHG®, however, all opinions expressed are honest and my own. I am so lucky to have best friends that are also my sisters. We all live within a twenty-minute drive of each other and we try to get together as often as possible.  Sometimes it's just for coffee and a chat but at least a couple of times a year we like to take a little "girl's trip". Often it's just a day trip, maybe to a nearby beach or national park. Occasionally, we'll go on … [Read more...]

Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins

Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins

It's no secret at all, that I LOVE muffins! They are perfect as a grab and go breakfast or snack and equally perfect to enjoy while reading the newspaper and leisurely sipping your second (or fourth) cup of hot coffee. In fact, I find it hard to think of anything even remotely negative about muffins. Over the years, I have made many, many muffins of all sizes and flavours, but this recipe for Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins definitely ranks very near to the top on my list of all time … [Read more...]