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Travelling the Adult Way

We just came home from an amazing vacation in Mexico. Full of things to do, see, smell and taste, my husband and I were enthralled with it all - including the margaritas. We had not flown anywhere without the kids in 22 years. It was epic.  We snorkelled in the Caribbean Sea in Cozumel, explored the grounds of 7000 year old pyramids in the Yucatan, and swam in two natural cenotes near Playa Del Carmen, amongst other things.  My brother and sister in law hosted our visit and organized the exciting site seeing. My brother was an excellent tour guide…

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a cup of tea

When I was a little girl my mornings would start with a sweet milky cup of tea on my bedside table. I’d open my eyes and see the back of my Dad as he headed to the next of the four kids to tell us it was time to get up for school. I had a white cup with Mickey Mouse on it and I could only drink it out of this cup. I remember sitting up in bed with my covers around me, putting the cup to my lips and tasting the warm sweetness of that first cup of…

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Very Scary

Are you a fan of scary movies? I am not. At least not any more. Something about being in control of my own life and having kids made me a scaredy cat of all that crazy stuff. When I was "not an adult" and had very little responsibility for my life, I loved scary movies. No longer. I just can't do it. Nope. It's not about being afraid of every day stuff - I can deal with that. It's when my imagination gets engaged and I realize all the things I am SURE are not real suddenly look so real!…

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Chilly Cozy Time

It's that time of the year where the weather in my area turns the warm muggy days of summer into the chilly, darker days of fall. This is my favourite time of the year and not just because the kids go back to school. It's also the beginning of bath season! With both my kids living away from home for college and university I am finding I have more time to take care of myself. I am a creature of comfort and tactile pleasures - I love the feeling of clean sheets on my bed fresh from the dryer, or…

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Empty Nest Bingeing

Up until a few weeks ago, there would probably have been great discussion about what show we should watch during the infrequent times we'd watch tv as a family. As the kids have grown up, we've spent less and less time together watching movies and shows. It's not that our interests became different - actually we all seem to watch the same kind of shows now that they are older. It's more that we had different preferences for when we watch. I'm more of an early evening kind of watcher whereas my kids prefer to stay up later. empty nest…

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Wandering in Perth, Ontario

When the kids were little we used to drive into a new area and explore it without a plan or a map and we called these trips 'Adventure Drives'. This summer marked the last time my daughter and I would have any adventures together until she returns from her first 18 months of college. We decided to bring back this old tradition to make fun memories to last the whole school year by visiting a few new places around Ontario. One of our stops was Ottawa where we walked our feet off checking out all the anniversary celebrations - stay…

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Decisions, Decisions…

Have you had one of those nights, or days, when you couldn't decide what to watch? Sometimes we want sci-fi, or comedy, other times something educational. I like that about Netflix - they separate shows and movies into categories to help us decide. We want to make sure that the rare moments we get to sit down together and enjoy some tube time are satisfying, entertaining and useful. I find when I have had a particularly adventurous day and am especially pooched by the end of it that science fiction or adventure is what I look for. I like disappearing…

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The Meaning of Netflix

I ran a contest on my Instagram account recently for some free Netflix and the qualifier was to nominate a friend who didn't have it. I thought that would be a tall order - doesn't everyone have it by now? Why would anybody want to have cable with the commercials, delays, and frequent broadcasting disruptions?  I was very surprised to learn that there are people out there who don't have it. Crazy right? I was asked 'What is Netflix' and I had to think about how to properly answer this question. Technically it is a service that allows you to…

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Romantic Options for Relationship Building

Imagine a weekend away at a romantic retreat for you and your honey - a welcoming fire, five course dinner, wine, outdoor hot tub - total pampering. What would you do? I have some suggestions based on the options we had on a recent visit the Couple's Resort just south of Algonquin Park in Whitney, Ontario.  There are so many things I love about this place - especially the flowers! Outdoor Activities There are so many options to choose from! You can journey around the gorgeous Galeairy lake like we did with a canoe or kayak quietly paddling by the islands blooming with…

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Peace of Mind on a Trampoline

Brought to you by TENA and TheCo. Every month I gather with a small group of female friends to get grounded and celebrate being a woman. It’s called a HER Women’s Circle, (Her Empowerment and Renewal) and for me, it is all about learning to become our true and authentic selves, inside and out. We confirm our strength as women, support each other, embrace our humanity and set our intentions. We have learned to trust each other in this special circle and share things here without judgement or the automatic reaction to jump in to try to solve someone's problems. We listen.  We…

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Probiotics for a healthy gut

Today I'm going to share with you a little bit of information about probiotics. I've always been sensitive to smells - I love the smell of flowers, freshly laundered sheets and the back of my dog's head. I don't like the smells of the fish department in the grocery store, rotten potatoes or car exhaust.  I can smell everything and it drives my family crazy. One day I noticed a rather unpleasant collection of odours wafting from different parts of me. I wasn't sure if this was another one of those perimenopause 'changes' I keep hearing about.  I tried many…

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6 Shows for a Rainy Day

With the very rainy summer we've had so far, I did a survey to find out what shows or movies my girlfriends would watch if they were away and it rained so hard for the entire time that they were forced to stay in. Most of the responses were about not watching tv but instead talking, drinking wine, playing board games, and dancing in the rain. D'oh!  After modifying my question slightly to see what they'd potentially watch with their female friends "if the rare and unlikely opportunity presented itself where they had no other choice," these are 6 of…

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The Summer Drive Hack

Have you heard the great news? (This is something I would have loved when my kids were little.) Netflix has teamed up with Rogers to give you free "Download Zones" on some major routes for every long weekend this summer - until September 1st! This is a great idea to kill time on the long drives up or if any 'overtired' incidents occur on the way back, stop off for a quick download on the way home. If your kids are anything like mine were, after a day of rabble rousing with the cousins or at an awesome park, they'd either…

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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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She’s on her way

I knew this day would come eventually but I never thought it would happen so fast. Especially after going through all the motions (and emotions) with my son a couple of years ago I didn't think this experience would be so hard this time. But it is. In five months baby girl will be packed up and moved into residence at her choice of college.  As a mother I feel her hardships as if they were my own. When she turns a certain way or gets a look in her eye I am transported back to when we first saw…

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