This Summer, Do You Expect More? {w/Recipe}

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Thank goodness summer has finally arrived! School is out, the days are less structured, the sun is shining and the barbecue is getting a great workout. I love the relaxed, easy-going vibe of summer! This year President's Choice© invites you to expect more from summer, from the food we eat, to the experiences we share. More sunny days. More spontaneity. More laughter. More human connection. And more food that makes these human connections complete. Some of this summer's "must try" items … [Read more...]

Caprese Salad

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Want to wow your guests? Make a Caprese Salad! Caprese Salad is without a doubt one of the easiest and most impressive dishes you will ever make. It is so simple! Because of the salad's simplicity, you want to make sure your ingredients are top-notch. This isn't the place to use out of season tomatoes, cheap olive oil and bargain mozzarella. The ingredients need to stand on their own and should be of the highest quality. Use the freshest ingredients you can find. I purchased these … [Read more...]

Let’s Get Outside and Play! #WannaPlayChat

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I don't want to sound like some old-timer, but "back in my day", we would come home from school, drop our books and head outside to play with our friends. We would reluctantly come home when called, not on a cell phone, but by hearing your mom or dad holler,"Monica, dinner time". After dinner we would go back outside until the street lights came on! You remember doing that, don't you? My friends and I would spend hours playing Hopscotch, Simon Says, Hide-and-Seek, Red Rover and of … [Read more...]

My First Time Using the Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush

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I mainly use an old-fashioned, manual toothbrush to clean my teeth. However, as I have been getting a little older, I have starting to worry more about the health of my teeth and gums. I am not eighteen anymore and lately I have wondered if my manual toothbrush is keeping my teeth and gums as healthy as they should be. I also love coffee and red wine, so I want a toothbrush that will also help to whiten my teeth and remove any staining. Lately, I have noticed a few videos and have read … [Read more...]

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month ~ Do You Know What Scleroderma Is?

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Unless you know someone who has this illness, or are in the healthcare profession, you may not be aware of the devastating disease, scleroderma. I personally have no family or friends with scleroderma. However, when I worked as a nurse on the hospital units, on a couple of occasions I have treated patients with this little known disease. What is Scleroderma?   Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease with no known cause and no cure. It is a rare disease that involves the hardening … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef Twitter Chat ~ June 10th at 8PM ET

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The weather has been beautiful lately and it finally feels like summer has arrived. It is so nice to be able to relax out on the deck in the evenings! And, with the arrival of great weather comes all types of fun activities like gardening, camping, travel, family dinners and of course barbecuing! We have a brand new shiny barbecue and are so excited to be tossing the first steaks and burgers on the grill and making lots of salads and sides to go with them! If like us, you are looking … [Read more...]

Do You Know About #WinkDay? {w/Twitter Party Details}

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Do you know about #WinkDay? What is #WinkDAY On June 18, 2015, the beauty industry will be encouraging women to buy a blue eyeliner/eye shadow, and for one day, to colour their eyes blue in support of women going through the emotional trauma of the Cancer Blues. What is the Cancer Blues? Simply put, a term for the emotional distress caused by cancer and its treatment is an oft-ignored result of the disease that can affect a woman's ability to fight and endure through … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Muffins

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When my kids were little, I baked a lot of muffins. Usually blueberry, bran, pumpkin, banana, rhubarb...I tried to keep them relatively healthy. However, the type they always begged me to make was  Chocolate Chip Muffins, they were far and away their favourite! My daughter now lives on her own. She is only about 15 minutes from home, but if I know she is dropping in, I always try to make a special treat. Sometimes it's cookies, a sweet bread and often times it's muffins. She usually NEVER … [Read more...]

The Dyson DC78 Cinetic Vacuum is My Cleaning BFF

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I am late getting started on my spring cleaning. No real reason why, I guess I was just procrastinating. Consequently, now when I want to be out in the garden enjoying the nice weather, I am stuck inside cleaning. There seems to be a never-ending, ever-growing, "Things to Do" list on my kitchen island. The winter bedding needs to all be switched out, winter clothing washed and packed away, then there is the house itself. Walls to wash, cupboards to organize and clean, curtains and blinds to … [Read more...]

OneWalk to Conquer Cancer ~ Twitter Party – June 2/2015 #OneWalkShoeSelfie

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The Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is your opportunity to be part of a game-changing movement to conquer cancer. We hope you will join our Twitter Party and show your support!   #OneWalkShoeSelfie Twitter Party Details   Hashtag: #OneWalkShoeSelfie  Date: June 2, 2015 Time: 8:00pm E Hosts: @thePMCF @ChristineLasky @OneWalkToronto Prizing: Ten (ten) $100 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Cards Please note: Everyone welcome … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef Twitter Chat ~ May 27/15 8PM ET

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Spring has finally arrived and with spring comes all the fun activities like gardening, camping, travel, family get togethers, and of course barbecuing! I know most of you can barbecue all year-long, but here on the east coast, for many of us, it is a seasonal activity…especially this year! We have a brand new shiny barbecue and are so excited to be tossing the first steaks on the grill and making lots of salads and sides to go with them! If like us, you are looking forward to a fun summer … [Read more...]

Waikiki Meatballs

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A few days ago I was looking through my "organized recipe catalogue".  For those of you who believe I am a super organized type A…have a look at the "file" containing my favourite recipes! We were in a bit of a dinnertime rut and I was craving something different from the usual pork chops, chicken, meatloaf, casserole routine. That's when I came across this recipe I had for Waikiki Meatballs. I used to make these delicious and different meatballs on a fairly regular basis; but we … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Hallmark 2015 Father’s Day & Graduation Must Haves {w/(2)Giveaways}

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After a long winter signs of spring are popping up everywhere. The gardens are slowly coming to life, people are out working in their yards and kids are counting the days until the end of the school year. This time of year always reminds me that Father's Day and graduations are right around the corner. Father's Day 2015 with Hallmark    You can celebrate dad, step dad, grandfather, uncle, son or any other special man in your life this Father's Day with the help of Hallmark. Whether … [Read more...]

16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks

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  Are you like me? You love cooking and baking, but not the amount of time it takes to actually execute that perfect dinner, cake, bread or lunch? Over the years I have learned lots of shortcuts as well as some tricks for making the entire cooking and baking process much more enjoyable. My 16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks   1.) Read Entire Recipe BEFORE you Begin Cooking Ever get partway through a recipe only to discover you are missing an ingredient? Yeah, I have … [Read more...]