The Crowne Plaza Beaverbrook in Fredericton, N.B. ~ Hotel Room Tour

Crowne Plaza Beaverbrook

 A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Fredericton, N.B. with my daughter.  She was there on a course and invited me to come along - well, we all know I was not going to refuse that offer.  Just ask my kids, I'm always pounding it in to them; my motto is: "If you have the choice to sit it out or dance, you should always dance." So, I threw a few things into a suitcase, kissed my husband and kitties bye and with a promise of a stop at our local Java Moose for a moose size … [Read more...]

Bladder Control Problems? Let’s Talk! #DependFitFlex

Bladder Control Problems

Bladder control is not a topic we tend to discuss with others.  We may joking say to our girlfriends or sisters, something like, "don't make laugh so much, I'll pee my pants".  But, I don't recall ever sitting down with anyone, including my doctor,  and having a serious conversation about bladder control.  I'm a nurse, the rational side of me knows this happens to many men and women, including me, but I have never really had a frank discussion about Bladder Control Problems (BCP) with … [Read more...]

Loblaw Commits to Remove “every extra bit of sodium” from President’s Choice® line up!


Today's consumers, you and I, are very aware of the quality and nutritional value of the foods we eat.  Not only do we have the ability to "Google" anything we want to know, but, we also have valuable information, in the form of the Nutrition Facts, which is found on every packaged food we buy. It is now simple to find the amount per serving of fiber, sugar, sodium, vitamin A, fat...and much more, in any packaged food. It is at our fingertips, neatly laid out in the Nutrition Facts label.  It … [Read more...]

50 Things You Need to Know About Camping ~ A Camping Round Up

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50 Things You Need to Know About Camping ~ A Camping Round Up   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 wagon and set … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ What’s New & Hot at Your Atlantic Superstore Flower Market! {w/$50 GC Giveaway}

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Well...the epic snowfall of this past winter is finally a memory, each day the temperatures are getting warmer and FINALLY it is time to get some long-awaited gardening done.  Whether I am looking for annual bedding plants, perennials or baskets; the Atlantic Superstore Flower Market is usually my first stop. For me, it is only a 10 minute drive and I love the selection of locally farmed plants, as well as their reasonable pricing. On a recent trip to the Superstore flower market, I picked up … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ This June, Hallmark Has You Covered! {w/Giveaway}


June is always a very busy month for our family.  We have three birthdays, plus there is Father's Day and very often graduations and end of school gifts to buy.  Like most people, I always try to buy gifts that are thoughtful as well as meaningful to the recipient. I usually can find a special gift for birthdays with very little trouble, but Father's Day and graduations...well, that is a different story! Finding something special for those occasions can often be tough.  Honestly, if my … [Read more...]

Are Allergies Ruining Your Quality of Life?


I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. I enjoy just about everything related to springtime. I'm so happy to finally be outside without wearing ten pounds of winter clothing.  To me, spring/summer means finally being able to work in my garden, warmer temperatures, barbecues, campfires, sitting on the deck, camping, hiking and my newest obsession, sangria. … [Read more...]

How to Make Classic French Toast

Classic French Toast

French toast has been a breakfast staple in our home for years.  It's quick, easy and can be as simple or fancy as you like. When my kids were little I would often make it for weekday breakfast and would use whatever bread I had on hand.  They weren't fussy at all and would always gobble it up. (That is, until they became teenagers and suddenly were way too cool for breakfast...*sigh*) I still whip up a batch on a regular basis.  It's often a bit of a last-minute idea, so I just use … [Read more...]

Take the Pledge & Commit to Fit™ with #SUBWAYFreshSwap


Like most people, my family and I look forward to the week-ends.  In fact, my favourite day of the week is Friday.  I love the anticipation of the relaxing, mostly schedule free weekend that lies ahead! We have a long-standing tradition of eating pizza for Friday night dinner.  It started out as picking up a pizza from a local pizza takeout, and then, because we questioned the nutritional value...morphed into us gathering together and making a pizza from scratch. I'm a vege lover, but my … [Read more...]

~CLOSED ~ Have You Heard of a Guest Book Tree? {w/Giveaway}

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 What is a Guest Book Tree?    I grew up in Ontario, Canada in a family of 6 daughters. I thought I would stay at home forever, I loved living with my family. Surprisingly, I not only moved away from home but out of the country, and to Texas of all places! There I married and began my own family.  I started SpottedNest on etsy first as a way of selling heat packs. While living in Texas, I was a massage therapist and my clients loved the heat packs I used in my sessions and wanted a … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Wishing a Happy 25th Anniversary to the PC® Green Line! (w/Giveaway)


  I am all about living as green as possible and my family and I do everything we can to reduce our footprint on the environment. This includes an awareness of our choice in cleaning products.  We already use many of the PC®  line of products, but just recently learned the GREEN™  line was celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Think back 25 years, to  the year 1989.  Probably, many of you were not yet even born. In my part of the world,  green living was still in its infancy.  I … [Read more...]