Who Will Care for the Carer? #CareForACarer

If you have ever been the carer for a loved one (“carer” is a term used to describe someone who provides unpaid assistance to someone in need), you will definitely understand what I’m about to say, “being a carer is often a lonely, stressful and overwhelming task”. I know this is true because I have been there. Before their deaths, I cared for my mother-in-law and along with my siblings, cared for my mom when she was in declining health. “Old women in Oxford Church of Christ” by Sami Ben … [Read more...]

11 Remembrance Day Facts

Photo attribution: Oak Lawn Images   "In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, ..." These are the opening lines of Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae's famous war memorial poem, In Flanders Fields. McCrae, an army surgeon, wrote the entire poem while sitting on the tailgate of an ambulance on May 3, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium. His ode to the fallen has become synonymous with Remembrance Day ceremonies around the world. 11 … [Read more...]

11 Blog Conference Essentials

I’m really excited, and a little bit nervous, to be attending my first blog conference! In my “other life” as an Operating Room nurse, I, along with my peers, attended many conferences, but this is different. I have never, in real life, met any of the people who will be there. Plus, I am also carpooling and sharing a room with two people I have never met. But, what the heck, my motto has always been, if you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I will always dance! I have communicated … [Read more...]

Autumn in Southern New Brunswick, Canada

Although I love the summer and I’m already missing warm summer evenings sitting on the deck, there is just something so absolutely beautiful about the autumn of the year. In my part of the world, Atlantic Canada, we have four VERY distinct seasons. Title:  Wood’s Farm Photo attribution: Catherine White, Oak Lawn Images Just in time for our Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations, the sky takes on this wonderful deep shade of blue and the deciduous trees put on a magnificent display of the … [Read more...]

There’s Still Time To Go Camping {w/ Checklist}

When our kids were little, Music Man and I always took them camping a few times every summer. Back in those days we pitched a tent and slept in sleeping bags on the floor. Our luxury item was "bubble pads", think bubble wrap in a large sheet, but there were no air mattresses like we have now.  We have lots of great memories (and some not so great...but we laugh at them now!) from those early days of camping. It's not too late to enjoy some time in the great outdoors! As a matter of fact, my … [Read more...]

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...]

14 Fabulous Blueberry Recipes

I love the summer. Not only is the weather beautiful but there is always an abundance of freshly picked fruit and vegetables available. Here in Atlantic Canada, strawberry season is nearing the end but the good news is, wild blueberry season is right around the corner! Fresh blueberries are one of the most popular summer treats of all time. They are sweet, succulent, full of nutrients, and can be eaten freshly picked as well as incorporated into a variety of recipes. Wild blueberries grow … [Read more...]

Bayer Has Everything You Need For A Happy Summer

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. I am so happy that summer has arrived. Like many of you, this is my favourite time of the year. Summer has such a relaxed and laid-back vibe about it. This is the season for spending time at the cottage, the beach, tending to gardens, camping, travelling with family, barbecuing, deck time and evening bonfires. Really, what's not to love about all those summer … [Read more...]

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

It's not too often you have the opportunity to celebrate a 150th birthday, but today we got to do just that! One hundred and fifty years ago today, Canada officially became a country. While the weather was uncooperative here in Southern New Brunswick, it didn't dampen our spirits and people came out in droves to celebrate this special day. I met my sister, "in town" (aka Saint John) and we ventured "uptown"...Saint John's city centre is at the top of a hill and has always been called … [Read more...]

43 Amazing Strawberry Recipes

One of my favourite times of the year has finally arrived...STRAWBERRY SEASON! I don't know why, but for me, summer doesn't officially arrive (even if the calendar says otherwise!) until I have my first strawberry. They're cold, they're sweet and they are absolutely delicious! I also like how versatile the common little strawberry is. You can eat them as a component in the most elaborate dessert on the planet and they are scrumptious or... eat them individually, fresh from the … [Read more...]

100 Interesting Facts About Canada to Celebrate #Canada150

Canada is having its 150th birthday this year, to celebrate I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 100 Interesting Facts About Canada to Celebrate #Canada150. While a variety of theories have been put forward for the origins of the word Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement". (This post is part of a blog hop so be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the #ECMCanada150 blog posts.) Image … [Read more...]