10 Ways to Master Thanksgiving Prep & Planning

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Although I’m sad to see the long, laid-back, lazy days of summer come to an end, I’m actually excited for the start of autumn.  I find the cooler weather, vibrant colours, fuzzy sweaters, big family dinners and returning to more of a routine to be comforting. Speaking of big family dinners. Thanksgiving is almost here and Canadians are gearing up to celebrate one of their favourite … [Read more...]

How to Make a Traditional Apple Pie

Is it just me, or did anyone else think the summer flew by at light speed? Honestly, I can barely believe that we're more than halfway through September! When I think back over the summer, it seems like just a few weeks ago that our daughter and her two sweet puppies were home for a visit…and that was the end of May! While I will definitely miss the summer, there are many things about the autumn of the year that I love too.  Cool nights that make it easier to sleep, bright blue autumn skies, … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Allergies Under Control

This post is sponsored by Nasacort 24HR Canada. To be sure this product is right for you, always read and follow the label. I can barely believe another summer is drawing to a close. Honestly, where does the time go? My birthday was in early summer and I could swear that was just a couple of weeks ago! We’ve been enjoying the last few weeks of summer by spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors with lots of day trips to the beach, hiking and a few picnics. Just recently, … [Read more...]

Apple Crisp

We all need to have a fabulous recipe for apple crisp in a repertoire.  It is not heavy like a pie and has all the same tastes, but with fewer calories. Not only is it the perfect dessert for a Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, it is also easy to whip up for a midweek treat. I have made and tasted many apple crisps over the years, but none is as delicious as this one.  Honestly, you will want to hide in a closet with a pint of vanilla ice cream and a pan of this apple crisp and … [Read more...]

Where Did the Summer Go?

Where did this summer go? It seems May was just a couple of weeks ago and I can hardly believe it is now September! Although we didn’t do any major travelling, this was an awesome summer! The weather cooperated and with the exception of a few brutally humid days, it was perfect. Not a great photo at all, but our daughter grabbed a selfie of us. This was the first time in more than two years that we had all been together! Our son (a teacher) was home for the majority of the summer, which … [Read more...]

Saving with Quber {w/Giveaway and Twitter Party}

Music Man and I have talked for years about “someday” driving across Canada. We’re on Canada’s east coast and the plan is to take our time and drive to Victoria, British Columbia. The distance is roughly 6,000 km one way, so...although it will be a trip of a lifetime and take the best part of a month to drive out and back, it won’t be cheap! There’s gas, food, lodging and incidentals to consider in the total cost. As I mentioned, we have been “talking” about this for years, but we're getting … [Read more...]

Back to School Tips & “Meal Starter” Turkey Ragu

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. My birthday is in early May and I would swear that was just a couple of weeks ago...where did this summer go?  Even though I dread the thought of the long, relaxing days of summer coming to an end, the slight nip in the evening air is making it all feel real! With the end of summer upon us, we’re getting ready to adjust to new habits and back-to-school routines. Making the … [Read more...]

8 Smart Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Clutter Free

We have all walked into someone’s kitchen to find ourselves marvelling at how neat and tidy it looks. Not a spatula or a spoon anywhere within eyesight. It is at this point that we wonder to ourselves how they do it and what magic keeps their kitchen in organized bliss. The truth is, decluttering your kitchen and keeping it clutter-free doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it’s not magic at all, and anyone can do it. 1.) Keep Things in Cabinets Kitchens look much neater when its … [Read more...]

4 Important Women’s Health Facts

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. As a nurse who worked in the gynaecology service of our regional hospital, and as a woman, I cannot overemphasize the importance of women’s healthcare.  Women wear so many different hats (wife, mom, sister, daughter, coworker) and the reality is, we are constantly faced with new pressures and responsibilities. We are so busy juggling our various hats that we often put our own … [Read more...]

Our Annual (Upgraded) Sisters Trip

Each summer, for the past ten or twelve years, my sisters and I have gone on a little “sister’s getaway”.  Occasionally, one or two of our grown daughters will join us, but most often, it’s just the three of us. The spectacular ocean view from our deck!  (The tide is receding in this photo. When the tide is in (high tide), this entire area will be covered in several feet of water. Depending on what we plan on doing and where we are going, we usually stay for two to five nights. Camping at … [Read more...]

The Contents of a Well-Stocked Pantry

We moved a couple of years ago and are now a bit of a drive from a major supermarket. There is a small store fairly close by, which is great for emergencies, but it's not well stocked. To save on time, gas and inconvenience, now more than ever, we find it important to have a well-stocked pantry (and fridge).  Banana Oatmeal Muffins made with pantry staples. With some basic pantry supplies on hand, you'll easily be able to prepare a family meal or a last-minute dinner for … [Read more...]