We Have Been Given A Gift Of Time

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?

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...]

How to Make Perfect Meringue

Perfect Meringue

I have topped pies with meringue for as long as I can remember.  At least, since I was a pre-teen.  I remember my mom making Lemon Meringue pies and I would watch intently as she made the meringue.  I found it quite amazing that you could transform egg whites from this slimy gel-like substance to huge billowy clouds! The art of mastering the perfect meringue is something that takes time, patience and practice. Hopefully, though, I can help demystify the process and make it a little easier for … [Read more...]

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

Dogfighting

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

Spring

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...]

Tangerine 4% Money-Back Rewards & A Twitter Party!

Money-Back

Psst...want to earn 4% on your purchase the next time you buy groceries, gas, eat out, buy building materials or a host of other products? Sound too good to be true? It's not, it’s the real deal. All you have to do is apply and you can start earning cash rewards on your purchases. Ordinary credit cards make it easy for you to spend money. But with the Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card, it’s also easy for you to save money with every swipe. Tangerine is pleased to officially launch its … [Read more...]

What You Need To Know About Travel Immunizations

Travel Immunizations

It's minus 20 degrees Celsius, the snow is piled four feet high and all you can think about is getting out of here and heading somewhere warm and sunny. Or, it's March Break or summer vacation and you want to head out on a fun-filled family adventure. You have 185 lists of clothing you should take, you've dug out everyone's passport, the plane tickets and accommodations are booked. Now all that's left to do is cross off the days on the calendar and wait. Right? Wrong! You are missing … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ How to Easily Read the Nutrition Facts Table {w/$100 GC Giveaway}

Nutrition Facts

We've all seen them. They're found on pre-packaged foods in the grocery store and on boxes and bags located on your pantry shelves. They are white rectangles with black edges and they full of information on the foods you have purchased or are considering purchasing. Have you guessed what I'm talking about? I bet many of you already know, I'm referring to the Nutrition Facts table (NFt). Many of us have seen the NFt on packages, but, do we all know how to properly read it? FIRST, you … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl {w/ #PCInsidersCollection GC Giveaway}

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

After a fairly mild, but still very long winter, if I cautiously peek around the corner I can see spring finally making her way toward us. I can barely wait to shed my winter clothes, put out the patio furniture and start digging in the garden. for me, spring is always a hopeful time of year. It holds the promise of long hours of daylight, warmer temperatures, barbecues, hiking and finally being able to  get out of the house without twenty layers of clothing! I'm also trying to shed some … [Read more...]

How to Use the Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts Table

As a nurse, I, unfortunately, have first-hand knowledge of the variety of consequences related to a lifetime of eating the wrong types of food. Conditions like obesity, tooth decay, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and even some cancers have been traced to poor nutrition. I like to think my family and I eat a relatively healthy diet. We have fruits and vegetables daily, try to eat a high fibre diet and limit treats. Prior to purchasing a product … [Read more...]

An Easter Story About Rabbits and Eggs

An Easter Story

Happy Easter! Photo credit: Simply Viola via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-SA Don’t panic, but Easter is right around the corner. I was abruptly reminded of this on the weekend when I visited our local mall. It seemed every store featured fine displays of brightly coloured spring clothing, toys, Easter  baskets filled with dyed eggs, and chocolate bunnies.   On the drive home, I was thinking about these things and came to the realization that I had no idea why our Easter celebration involved … [Read more...]

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake

We always try to have a "big" dinner on Sundays and I almost always make something for dessert. Sometimes it's as simple as Chocolate Chip Cookies or Banana Bread, but other times I will make a pie or sometimes even a cake, like this dense and delicious Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. If you are anything like me, you always have a couple overripe bananas hanging around in a bowl on the kitchen table.  Usually, I will make banana bread or banana muffins, but today I wanted to try … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Hour 2016 on March 19th #ChangeClimateChange

Earth Hour 2016

Earth Hour 2016 is March 19th, 8:30 – 9:30 PM (Your local time) Earth Hour 2016 ~ Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and a huge concern for many of us. In Canada, where I live, we are already seeing its impacts, particularly on our Arctic and our oceans. Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to show that you want to be a part of the solution and it sends a powerful message that together we can make a difference. If you wish, you can follow the link and … [Read more...]

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day

Ireland ~ Photo credit: autumnal fires via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND "May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.” Anonymous ~ Irish toast Saint Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year everyone either is or wants to be, Irish. And why not! I mean really, it looks like so much fun. Who doesn’t want to spend time with friends telling Irish stories, singing Irish songs and raising a glass or two to..well.. you decide. Whether it’s the religious … [Read more...]