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Happy “Whatever Makes You Happy”

Happy I read a fantastic post a couple of years ago by Jennifer Powell about celebrating something when YOU want to – not when the calendar says you HAVE to. (Moveable Feast) I really feel like I can do this now without feeling guilty…. Continue Reading →

Lacy Angel Wings Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornament Blog Hop My daughter received something like this lovely little angel ornament long ago when she was in Junior Kindergarten. Since then, we have modified her to look even more cute. You can use these on your… Continue Reading →

It’s Worth the Drive to Watertown

Watertown, NY Before you start your engines to head down to Niagara, New York, consider going the other way first. That’s what my daughter and I did recently when we were hunting down awesome deals on clothing, shoes, gift items and… Continue Reading →

Best Apple Cake Recipe

My very good friend and incredible baker Maria Jose Condesa recently visited me. She was determined to help me deal with the apple surplus I had from my tree this year. It seemed to be an excellent year for my… Continue Reading →

The Crown Cometh

There are so many great shows on Netflix these days I feel like I can’t keep up. Especially during the busy times like, well, now. I’m definitely setting time aside for this one coming up November 4th – The Crown. I… Continue Reading →

Protected Not Infected – the HPV Vaccine

If I could give my kids a vaccine for all the cancers out there I would. Our family has been impacted too many times from this hideous disease and 7 years ago when my son was twelve, we knew that… Continue Reading →

Quick & Easy Pastries

I love puff pastry. I think you can put just about anything in puff pastry and it tastes great. I’ve heard these called handpies, pastry pockets and turnovers. Whatever you call them, they are delicious, and flakey, and wonderful. Years… Continue Reading →

Cheers to 24 Years

A Good Long Time #24years  I can’t believe it’s been 24 years since I met the man of my dreams. Ironically we grew up within a dozen blocks of each other in Toronto, Ontario but never met until we went… Continue Reading →

Insta September

Insta Good September feels like the beginning of things. For most of my life it meant the start of school and it continues to be for the kids. It’s a weird time of year with the weather not behaving in… Continue Reading →

Our Romantic Getaway

My husband and I recently returned from an amazing trip up in the Muskoka Region in Whitney, Ontario.  The Scenario This was one crazy insane summer. My husband had two jobs, I had two jobs, both our kids had a… Continue Reading →

Friday Night Movie Night

Ever since the kids started school we’ve declared Friday night the time for sitting around the tube, eating popcorn and watching movies together. Even now with one of our ‘littles’ away at school, we still keep up the tradition. It involves the… Continue Reading →

Sweet Enough

I recently found out I have metabolic syndrome and was told to dramatically reduce the carbohydrates I take in. My understanding is that it means I have taken in so much sugar for so long that my body is sort of immune… Continue Reading →

Four Legged Fur Babies

Funny story – I told a few people I was asked to write about the Shih Tzus in our family and they all laughed. I guess you could say I’m a bit obsessed with my fur babies. It all started with… Continue Reading →

Tow Truck Adventures

Stories from the Tow Away zone… This summer both kids were licensed, working full weeks at their jobs and were on different shifts. My husband and I were both working too. Between juggling taxiing and letting them take the cars, things became… Continue Reading →

Packing Challenge

Today is another bittersweet day at our house. My son is up in his room contemplating packing for his second year at university where he will be living in a rental house with a bunch of friends. Last year we had… Continue Reading →

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