Day Tripping on the Fundy Trail, N.B., Canada

Earlier this week we visited the breathtaking Fundy Trail which is located in southern New Brunswick, Canada and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. This photo was taken at St. Martins beach on the way to the Fundy Trail. We stopped here for a quick visit. The tide is on its way out, but at low tide, you can reach all four huge caves which are located in the background of this photo. It was not our first time visiting the Fundy Trail. My siblings and our families try to get together … [Read more...]

9 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar

Most of us have vinegar around the house. White vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid, water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. Although we often use it in the kitchen for baking, canning, cooking; vinegar is not just for use in the kitchen. It can also help with a variety of cleaning tasks since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer. Even if you are familiar with using it, you may still be surprised at some of these nine … [Read more...]

16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks

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   UPDATE - Forgot to add this tip that we have used for years and years. When freezing ground meat, put it in a freezer bag, flatten and remove all air … [Read more...]

19 Alternate Uses for Your Dryer Sheets

Did you know that dryer sheets aren't just for softening and reducing static in your clothes, bedding, and towels? I had used dryer sheets for a hundred years but had always tossed them out after one use. Not anymore! I've compiled a list of 19 alternate uses, tips and tricks for your laundry room's dryer sheets. Some are for unused dryer sheets, but many are for used dryer sheets. A great way to reduce, reuse and recycle!o Freshen Old Books:  If some of your favourite old books … [Read more...]

Money Resolutions Twitter Chat

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Tangerine Bank. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own. Oh, mid January, how I dread you! It's dark when I leave for work and dark when I come home. The temperatures haven't seen the plus side of zero in weeks and all the fun family times and excitement of the recent holidays are a distant memory. And to add insult to injury...along with the normal monthly expenses, the holiday bills are starting to roll in. To prevent this … [Read more...]

10 Easy Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill

The cold winter months with tons of snow and bone chilling temperatures have officially arrived. I don’t know about you, but after all the fun, family and food that happens during the holidays, getting back to a “normal” life has been tough. My daughter and I bundled up and heading out for a cold winter walk. January, February and even March here on Canada’s east coast can be brutal. I’m already longing for the warm days when I can sit out on our deck...but with lots of snow and minus 21C … [Read more...]

Do You Prepare A Nativity Tray?

Christmas Eve is tomorrow...YIKES...and I want to share with you a tradition in our home. This Christmas Eve will be our seventeenth year to prepare a Nativity Tray, which is actually a medieval English custom. I first read about this custom in the book, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I thought it was such a wonderful thing to do. To me, it epitomizes the spirit of, “goodwill toward men”. If you have the Simple Abundance book you can read all about the Nativity Tray on the … [Read more...]

6 ESSENTIALS TO PACK FOR EVERY VACATION

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Is it just me, or are winters becoming worse every year? Lately, it has certainly felt that way. We have already had a couple snowstorms with record-breaking low temperatures and it’s still November! This weather is starting to remind me of a recent winter we had here in Eastern Canada. It was a couple of years ago now and it was EPIC! From mid-January until the end of March we … [Read more...]

Winter Tips & Free Gas Giveaway with Desjardins Insurance

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Desjardins Insurance. As always, all opinions are my own.  Is it just me, or are our winters becoming worse every year? Lately, it certainly has felt that way. It was just a couple of years ago, that here in Eastern Canada, we had a winter of epic proportions. From mid-January until the end of March, here in southern New Brunswick, we received more than 17 feet of snow. Yes, you read that correctly, 17 FEET! Like most of you, even with all … [Read more...]

Type 2 Diabetes, One is Too Many

Do you know someone who has type 2 diabetes? I’m fairly confident your answer will be yes. I realize this because, like many of you, I know several people with this disease. Maybe it’s your mom or dad, or an aunt or uncle or it could be your brother, sister or best friend.  What I do know for certain is this; when it comes to type 2 diabetes, even one is too many. Why is it One is Too Many? One is too many because approximately one in two Canadians with type 2 diabetes will die … [Read more...]

I’ve Just Returned from a Trip in a Time Machine

I RARELY iron anything, in fact, I can’t even remember the last time I hauled out my iron.  I'm thinking it was probably to remove some wrinkles from my husbands dress shirt before we attended a wedding. Well, this morning all that changed.  I was stripping the bed to wash the sheets and noticed one of the pillow shams had a chocolate stain.  {I have no idea how it got there???... lol } Anyway, I gathered up both shams and threw them in the wash along with the pillowcases and sheets. BIG … [Read more...]