Category: Guest’s Stuff

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6 Reasons Why

This April we were introduced to a new show on Netflix that has stirred many passionate responses from people across the country. We have heard of youth facilities that have actually banned this show from their lineup concerned about how it will be perceived by youth. This response surprises myself, my husband who works with youth and my daughter who is an 18 year old teen. She was actually motivated to write this post to share her thoughts on why she thinks we should all watch 13 Reasons Why, get into it on a personal level, and talk.  My reasons why we should all…

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Social Media and Self Esteem

Welcome Guest Poster Emma Harris! Emma and classmates have been working hard on raising awareness for causes affecting not just teens but people of all ages and demographics. These kids mean serious business and have created videos, Twitter campaigns, Instagram galleries and promotional materials to get the word out. I'm very proud and will now step aside... For years now society has been aware of the unrealistic standards set by magazines, movies and fashion shows. There have been women strutting around in close to no clothing, men photoshopped to perfection, and diet pills and gym memberships advertised for even the…

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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 fruit trees. They have grown so high! Not so good for tomatoes though. This apple cake is very delicious warm out of the oven, cooled down or re-heated.  As I watched her prepare and bake this cake I realized how lucky I am to have: An apple tree in my backyard; A country to live in that has ever changing…

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Give the “Gift of Hope” this Christmas Season!

Thank you for having me back on as a guest poster, Carin. Holiday season is upon us now that it is officially November! Invites to Holiday corporate parties and festive get togethers are already on their way. If you are planning to do a 'Secret Santa' with your co-workers and/or family this year, why not consider something different .... like donating to a special cause as a group.  Instead of giving "Sue" another funny mug or "Ted" a set of wacky plaid socks, consider making a donation in their name or in your group's name. Whether your group is your…

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Lisa’s Cake Lollies – a Blissful Bite

I have recently become enamoured of a local business that sells decadent little bites of bliss on a stick. They are absolutely adorable mini cakes, in a ball shape, covered in icing, and made to look fancy. Lisa's Cake Lollies is another one of Bowmanville's best kept secrets. I ordered some for my son's 18th birthday party this summer and they were a HUGE hit. I've taken them to friend's places for dinner and they made the other desserts look bad. At our family reunion this year someone brought some amazing gourmet cheesecakes in several flavours but they were barely touched! These…

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