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...]

How to Efficiently Pack for Vacation

It doesn’t matter if you are going away for a week or a weekend, there is no need to bring so much luggage that you need to employ “the Hulk” to carry it. With a few simple storage techniques and a little bit of planning, you should be able to pack your entire trips worth of stuff into a smaller, more manageable suitcase. If you pack too much you are suddenly paying to check your luggage. Keep in mind there are usual ways of doing laundry at your destination, be it a laundromat or a laundry … [Read more...]

4 Things to Consider When Booking a Vacation

If the time has come for you to book a much-needed vacation, you may find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed with the process. Vacations create long-lasting and amazing memories but can also be expensive. Not only can travelling be costly but planning the trip can be very time-consuming. Here are a few things you need to figure out before you go ahead and start booking: 1. Reviews Talk to friends and family about destinations they have chosen for vacation. Not only will you get a … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Mishap-Free March Break

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. March Break is rapidly approaching. A time for a welcome change from the wintertime routine and hopefully an escape for some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether your idea of a vacation is relaxing at home, spending some quality time with family in a warm location or a deluxe trip to Vail for some skiing; we all want our vacation to be mishap-free. A well-deserved rest … [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...]

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...]

Kings Landing Historical Settlement, New Brunswick, Canada

I have visited Kings Landing a couple of times in the past and for the last several years have talked about going again. But life always seemed to get in the way and for a variety of reasons, the return trip never materialized. Photo attribution: Catherine White, Oak Lawn Images This year I made a pact with myself to make it happen, and it did! My sisters and I got up bright and early last Tuesday morning and after a stop for our prerequisite road trip coffee, we were on our way! If … [Read more...]

New River Beach Provincial Park in New Brunswick, Canada

A couple of weeks ago now, as a bit of a final grasp on summer, my sisters and I took a camping trip to New River Beach Provincial Park in New Brunswick. New River Beach is less than an hours drive from my home and I have visited it many, many, many times in the past. I have to say, that even though I have been there numerous times, New River Beach never fails to impress me with its natural beauty and breathtaking ocean views. Early morning fog drifting over the mud flats (low tide) … [Read more...]

Our Visit to Minister’s Island, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Minister's Island ~ Have you ever driven on the ocean floor? No? Well, that is exactly what you'll get to do when you visit the summer residence of railway builder Sir William Van Horne. This magnificent residence is open to the public during the summer months and only accessible by land during low tide. You can see a car driving over the now exposed sandbar toward Minister's Island. At high tide (which happens twice in 24 hours), this entire area will be covered by several feet of … [Read more...]

Our Visit to the Saltscapes East Coast Expo in Halifax N.S.

If you have never been to the Saltscapes East Coast Expo in Halifax N.S., I strongly urge you to mark it on your calendar for next year! A couple of weekends ago I was in the Halifax, N.S. area and by somewhat of a fluke, found out the Saltscapes East Coast Expo was happening that weekend. I am a long time lover and subscriber to Saltscapes magazine and even though I was aware of the Saltscapes Expo, which just finished its 12th year, I had never been in the area when it was scheduled. So, … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

A couple of weekends ago, we decided a little trip was in order and went to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax is about a 3.5-hour drive from where we live. In addition to spending some time relaxing and taking in the Saltscape Expo, which was happening that weekend, we also wanted to visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market. We had heard lots of good things about this market so got up early on Saturday morning to pay it a visit. If you're not familiar with it, the Halifax Seaport Farmers' … [Read more...]