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  Just looking at the calendar this time of year gives me chest pain! I have barely started preparing for the holidays and it is already nearly December. Usually by now I have definitely started shopping and have already made detailed lists of gift ideas, what I am baking, decorating ideas, what we will have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners...well, you get the idea. This year I have basically done none of the above. However, I do know that somehow, someway it will all be done before the … [Read more...]

Wish Now and Wish Often ~ #CTWishAndWin Contest & Twitter Party


By now, I usually have a very organized list of holiday shopping ideas tucked away in my purse. But not this year, I am behind in everything. I look at the calendar and see that Christmas is quickly approaching and it puts me in panic mode. My chest gets tight just thinking about everything that is left to do! I have started to scour the flyers, searching for gift ideas for everyone on my list. Just this morning I was looking at the Canadian Tire flyer and noticed a fun promo that is … [Read more...]

Ron Hynes ~ Good-Bye to an Original

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I awoke yesterday morning to the terrible news that Newfoundland singer/songwriter Ron Hynes had died. He had suffered from cancer for several years; but still, his death came as a shock. His songs were the songs of the people; his stories were our stories. He wrote about things that mattered to us all. His work embodied originality and was a world away from the hollow, predictable sounds of commercial radio. Very recently, I had the privilege to see this master perform in an intimate … [Read more...]

Hockey is a Canadian Tradition for Girls Too #WeAllPlay


Photo attribution - Shannon Leverette, Shannon's View From Here Saying that hockey is ingrained in Canadian culture, although true, would be a gross understatement. It dominates and permeates our collective psyches more than any other single event. Like many of you, we have a son who played competitive hockey for years. As parents, we went through all the trials that go along with that. Road trips, tournaments, bad driving conditions, 6 AM practices, and the list goes on. But, I have to say … [Read more...]

Six Week Bran Muffins Are A Powerhouse of Fibre #KelloggsAllBran


I don't need to tell you this, I think we all know how important it is to have fibre in our diet. The powerful health benefits of fibre are well documented. In fact, studies show that meeting the recommended daily intake of fibre can promote regularity, contribute to healthy cholesterol levels and even help to maintain a healthy body weight. What you may not know is one of the hottest food trends this fall is “comfort food moderne” — healthy, upscale comfort food. Simply by adding a … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Decadent No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Squares are a Holiday Secret #BakersSecret


The holidays are rapidly approaching and we will soon be in the midst of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve preparations. However, we will still have all the regular family and work responsibilities along with random potlucks, school plays, office parties, the kids extracurriculars, hosting dinners for family and friends and the list continues. My chest is getting tight just thinking about it! I don't know about you, but I often find it difficult to keep the holiday juggling act … [Read more...]

Are You Teaching Your Children to be Financially Fit ?

Financially Fit

Let's face the reality. For many, if not most of us, raising a family and all the financial responsibility that goes with it has been, at times, a struggle. As parents, we all want our children to enjoy a bright economic future, free from financial woes. But how do we equip the next generation with lifelong financial skills? That is often the question at the top of our minds. Whether your child is five, fifteen, or twenty-five, it is never too late to teach them to be financially fluent. Want … [Read more...]

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month {Part 3 of 3}

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month and this is the final post in my three-part series on adult urinary incontinence. In Part One, we talked about how six in ten women who have adult incontinence (AI), feel they are living with a secret. We discussed the need to remove the stigma, perceived or otherwise, associated with AI. We learned incontinence affects many people, men and women, and should not be a taboo subject or a source of embarrassment.   In Part Two, we delved … [Read more...]

Why We Wear the Poppy #LestWeForget

Rememberence Day

{Photo attribution ~ Oak Lawn Images} The opening scene, in the movie Saving Private Ryan, is what I can only imagine being the closest thing to capturing the absolute horror, confusion and brutality of war. I am always left with a feeling of absolute wonder as to how any human being could function in the midst of such chaos and under so much duress. It definitely underscores the sacrifice these soldiers made and the tremendous debt of gratitude we, as a society, owe these brave … [Read more...]

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

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For as long as I can remember, Peanut Butter Balls have been a Christmas tradition in our home. We always make them, often a double or triple batch. Christmas just wouldn't seem the same without them. Back when I was first married, every December, I would spend hours pouring over recipe books and magazines in search of the perfect holiday treats. Then, my mom and I would get together a couple of days before Christmas for an epic, daylong baking session. By the end of the day, we would be very … [Read more...]

Relieve Your Joint Pain, Save Money & Enter to Win

Joint Pain

My husband and I both suffer from joint pain. He played competitive hockey, soccer and baseball, as well as many other sports back in his younger days. I am a nurse and have spent many, many years lifting, moving, bending and caring for patients, as well as, 12-hr shifts on my feet. I also love to paint, do needlework and knit. Needless to say, all these years of these repetitive activities have now taken a toll on our bodies. We both have varying degrees of joint and back pain. Thankfully, … [Read more...]

November is Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month (FLM) ? Quick Facts: 2015 marks the 5th anniversary of November as Financial Literacy Month in Canada as proclaimed by the Canadian Parliament. The first month in 2011 was the result of work between the Financial Literacy Action Group and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). It brought together 75 organizations to hold 200 events across the country to strengthen Canadians’ financial literacy. FLM 2014 featured 1,266 … [Read more...]

The Unconditional Love We Receive From Our Pets a.k.a. I’d Rather Be With My Dog

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Love has many forms and faces, however, none is as true and undying as the unconditional love we receive from our pets. Dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, guinea pigs, tropical fish, bunnies, and the list goes on. Want to know what these potential pets have in common? They are all completely innocent creatures. Our little girls. Look at those adorable little faces! They have not asked to come into our lives. However, if they do, they deserve to be loved and properly cared for. If you … [Read more...]

Fall Re-Start of Book Club ~ See Our Choices for 2015-2016

Book Club

Fall has arrived in all it’s magnificent glory!  I had mentioned this in an earlier post, but I really do believe, fall is my favourite season of the year. The air is crisp and clean with no trace of oppressive heat or bitter cold. Maybe it is just me, but I think the sun shines more often in the autumn too.  The hustle, bustle and constant activity of the summer are just a fun memory.  Fall brings with it not only beautiful days but home gardens and Farmer’s Markets bursting with fresh … [Read more...]