~ CLOSED ~ Autumn is in the Air & Halloween is Just Around the Corner

Autumn is definitely in the air. The kids are back in school, pumpkins are popping up all over our neighbourhood, we've pulled out our wool sweaters, the leaves are changing colour and nearly every store you enter has an abundance of tempting candy and fall decor on display. This can all mean only one thing... autumn and Halloween will soon be here!  Witches, ghosts and pumpkins, oh my! I have found Hallmark to be the perfect place to buy all my themed home decor and party needs.  It's so … [Read more...]

I’m Back and Man Oh Man, Am I Ever Tired!

I'm back from my unplanned absence and man oh man, am I ever tired!  Late last week...or was it earlier this week...anyway, it was one of those times, (the days have become a blur and are all running together...lol), we moved for the fifth time. Now after moving five times, you would think we would have it all down to a science, wouldn't you? Not necessarily the case! In many respects we did; we had everything neatly packed, labelled and very organized as far as the movers were concerned. But … [Read more...]

Start the School Year Off in Style!

What signals the end of summer for you? For me, it's when work vacations are just a fun memory, the days are getting shorter, there is a distinct chill in the air most evenings and we're looking at the long relaxing lazy, hazy days of summer in our rear view mirrors. But is not a totally sad time of the year. In fact, for the kiddos heading back to school, in many ways, the fall of the year signals a new beginning.  New teachers, new classmates, and learning new things. Hallmark carries a … [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! Freshen Old Books:  If some of your favourite old books … [Read more...]

Follow Along As We Check Out Our New Leesa Mattress

A few years ago we bought a new mattress for our master bedroom bed. The old one had been kicking around for... well, I don't know how many years!  It was still in pretty good shape though, so we upgraded the twin bed in our guest room with our old double mattress. Well, that was six or seven years ago now and our guest room bed is now in desperate need of a new mattress. I know this because occasionally if I am having trouble sleeping I will move to the guest room. That way I can read and go … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ It’s Time to Take Control and Own the Throne {w/ 2 Giveaways!}

Why is it, that as a society, we openly discuss some common health issues, but not others? We meet for coffee and tell anyone who will listen about our hypertension, gallbladder disease, insomnia, arthritis, bladder infections and kidney stones, but we rarely discuss bowel issues? We all have bowel movements and sometimes we have bowel problems, such as diarrhea or constipation. But, we don't usually talk about them, why is that? Look, I'm guilty too. I'm a nurse, and I definitely know … [Read more...]

13 Essential Tips for Open House Success

Like many in our age group, my husband and I are now empty nesters. Our children have not only moved out, but they have both relocated to different...and yes, faraway parts of the country. Our son has lived in Ontario for many years now and that always seemed like a very long way from the Maritimes...that is until our daughter recently moved to the Northwest Territories. Now suddenly, Ontario feels relatively close. We have reluctantly come to the realization that there is very little … [Read more...]

Canada Day ~ Fun Facts, Trivia & Classic Videos

Canada Day ~ Tom Brokaw explains the relationship between Canada and The United States, in a pre-recorded short film that aired on NBC, prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Feb. 12th, 2010. The Molson Canadian 2006 commercial "I Am Canadian". Canadian Facts:  CAPITAL – Ottawa (originally named Bytown after Colonel John By, who headquartered there while building the Rideau Canal to connect the Ottawa River with … [Read more...]

The Biggest Breakthrough in Toothpaste Since Fluoride #HealthyRoutines

As a nurse, I know all too well, the consequences of not properly caring for your teeth. Nasty outcomes like gum disease, tooth loss, and bad breath. Taking care of your teeth and gums isn't just about preventing cavities or bad breath either.  Your mouth is often called the gateway to your bodies overall health and some evidence suggests that neglecting your oral hygiene may lead to systemic health issues as well. The more dental caries and gum disease I see, and the older I get, the more I … [Read more...]

The Two Format Canadian Tire Catalogue is Wowing Canadians

Do you know the Canadian Tire catalogue is back and is available in both a hard copy and a digital format? For me, there is something very relaxing about sitting down with a cup of coffee and thumbing through a paper catalogue. It's my time to plan and dream! However, in this fast-paced world in which we live, it is also convenient, in fact, I would argue, a necessity to also have information online and available at our fingertips. This year Canadian Tire not only brought back the familiar … [Read more...]

Are You Familiar with #WINKDay {w/Twitter Party Details}

  Cancer and its treatment rob a woman of many things, including her sense of self. Your participation in #WINKDay will help a woman with cancer see herself in the mirror again and bring awareness to the social and emotional challenges she faces. All money raised will fund Look Good Feel Better workshops that provide valuable cosmetic tips and tools to lift her spirits and help her face cancer with courage. LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER Look Good Feel Better offers free … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Perfect Gifts for Dads and Grads {w/Giveaway}

I don't know about you, but June is a busy month in our household! We have birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate, not to mention the all important dads and grads! It's often sometimes tough to come up with a gift that will be meaningful to the recipient but yet doesn't tax the brain or the bank too much. I find I can usually count on Hallmark to take some of the guess-work out of my shopping. They seem to always have the perfect gifts for every occasion, including Perfect Gifts for Dads … [Read more...]

13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

  Original Photo via Visual Hunt 13 Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip ~ 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 … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Show Your Legs Some Love This Summer

As a mom who carried two rather hefty babies and a nurse who has worked many, many, many twelve-hour shifts, I am now all too familiar with a medical condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (or CVI). I would often come home, especially in the summer months, after a long day of work with heavy, painful, swollen and very tired legs. And fairly early on in my career, I started to notice the formation of varicose veins in my legs.  During the winter months, when long pants and jeans were … [Read more...]