Girls Movie Night Has Arrived!

We have been talking about doing a Girls Pizza / Movie Night for so long and it is finally here! There will be lots of yummy treats, wine and pizza. The only thing is we aren't sure  what to watch yet so I am bringing the following 3 Netflix ideas to the table: The Discovery SUPER weird idea that this scientist has discovered where you go when you die. Or has he? Millions of people around the planet decide to kill themselves to go where he says they will go but what really happens to them? I have seen this movie and…

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Lacy Angel Wings Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornament My daughter received something like this lovely little angel ornament long ago when she was in Junior Kindergarten. Since then, we have modified it to look even more cute. You can use these on your tree, on gifts, or as gifts. I think they'd make lovely placeholders too. To make them you need pipe cleaners, wood beads, lace with a straight edge and a seam on one side. Also a fine tipped marker and something to hang them with. I added faces to the wood beads before I put them together in case I messed it up.…

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Do you ever get that feeling?

Have you ever been watching something on your phone, or other device in public and felt like you weren't the only one? It seems that 45% of us have noticed someone 'backseat bingeing', and some were actually embarrassed about what they were watching. I don't know about you, but I'm not going to watch anything in public that would make me feel embarrassed. Especially since in a recent survey conducted by SurveyMonkey, it was discovered that 27% of the 'snoopers' have actually interrupted the viewer to start a conversation about it! This cracks me up.  When I travel I like…

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Chocolate Pretzels!

This is a neat little treat with any size of pretzels that you can make with every seasonal colour. Today we are going to use Christmas colours. My very good friend Micheline Kerswell, taught me how to make these.  We used to get the kids together at Christmas break to do up hundreds of these pretzels when they were younger. Micheline is from a traditional French Canadian family and they have some amazing recipes and I've been fortunate enough to try many of them and even more fortunate to learn the secrets of how they are made.  I'll use images to illustrate…

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My body this year

As we enter this last month of the year, I am thinking about some of my accomplishments from the past 11 months. There are many including financial, career, family, creative and of course health. It wasn't until I sat down to think about that I realized how well things have gone. I figure it is appropriate now to end the year sharing a little about how I started it - with the specific intention to improve my health. Surprisingly it's just little things. I move more and am more aware of my eating habits - and I have changed these…

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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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How the Strike Stole Christmas

This post was submitted by concerned Ontario College student Emma Harris.  It was 5 weeks before Christmas, And all through the campus, Not a student was stirring, Not even a hippocampus (apparently). The seasons have changed but the strike has not. With Christmas fast approaching, over 500,000 students in Ontario are waiting to hear a solution to this historic strike. In the weeks leading up to the strike my classmates and I were reassured that “it’ll only last a week or two”; and that they’ve "never lost a semester before”. That is obviously not true now that we are entering…

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Building A Better Wish List

Do you ever feel like Christmas gift giving is going over the top? For me it got to the point where I felt like I was buying and buying and buying but it was not satisfying. It felt hollow to just pile on another present that is nice but not really necessary.  Plus, how many gifts do your kids really use after they open them anyway? My son has a bunch of things in a bag from 2 years ago that he hasn't even gone through since he unwrapped them and took them up to his room.  It makes me sad thinking about…

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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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The Core Needle Biopsy I Had to Check for Breast Cancer

Every year for the last 10 years I've been getting an annual mammogram. I started going fairly early on because I had some nasty mastitis issues during my breast feeding years and my doctor wanted to keep an eye on the scar tissue. Then I was added to the breast screening program and it became a regular thing.  The process is pretty straightforward - go in, take everything off from the waist up, have a technician put your boob on the cold glass plates, flatten the plates around your breast and crank it really tight. Turn this way, grab that…

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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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A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.

Food banks are so important to communities and it's getting to be that time of the year when people start thinking about them. Here is something I bet you didn't know: I will admit that in the past five years, my family has needed help from them. A Hand Up I was in school full time, just starting the second year and bound by contract to complete the course. My husband got laid off from a job he'd had for twelve months and a day with no notice or severance. Right before Christmas. It isn't that we weren't trying to…

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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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