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Screen Wars

Screen Wars I was a kid in the days of 12 channels on a round dial. We had two televisions - one colour and one black and white. As the oldest of 4 I had the privilege being "the channel changer", although that was a trap since one of the others usually stole my seat while I was getting up and down to do it. Screen Wars. When we accidentally broke off the power button, my dad stuck a screw into the hole so we could still use it. (Oh yeah - we were into high tech even back then.) We had a great tv schedule - morning…

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My Dad, My Rock

When I lost my Dad I felt like a part of me had died too. Grief was a tangible object that I held in my hand all the time and couldn’t put down. Like a jagged rock. I wasn’t ready for him to leave. He wasn’t ready to go. As the months and years went by I started to put my rock away in my pocket for little bits of time. I’d always put my hand in my pocket to feel the sharp edges. They were still there.  Grief was like that for me - a constant, ever present companion that hurt…

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This Nest is Best

Grim #LifeReady I've been thinking a lot about my financial future lately - usually between 2 - 4 am. It's just a thing I do occasionally. Most days actually. Well ok if I'm being completely honest, all days. Things have gotten - difficult - lately. An opportunity to discuss how I feel about my financial readiness for the future has come up. So here goes. 5 years ago Hubs was laid off from a job he'd had for 15 years since graduating. I'd been employed full time up until we decided I'd stay home to raise Things 1 and 2. Then…

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Moving in day…AKA the BIG LEAP

(Here is an audio version I recorded of this blog. Feel free to listen as you read through although I have to warn you - I get a bit emotional!) Listen: [audio m4a="http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Moving-In-Day.m4a"] or, Read: This was the day I had been dreading for months. The day my first born - Thing 1, moved out of our home to go to school for four years. Guess what? I survived. But it has taken me two weeks to sit down and write about it. The first week I still felt too fragile. Nothing was right when I woke up in the…

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Zipping Through BC’s Prehistoric Rainforest

Wordless Wednesday I'd like to share a memory with you from a life altering experience. We were in BC for my brother's wedding and went to visit my other brother's home in Whistler. They were constructing facilities for the olympics. If you've never been zip-lining, here is a little bit of what to expect: (Click on the picture)    

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5 Fun Family Things to do in Burlington Part 2

More Family Fun in Burlington! Day 2 After a great sleep at the Waterfront Hotel our friendly driver Don picked us up and drove to Beach Life Forever. He was the person who got us everywhere we needed to go on our first day on this adventure too. I love having someone drive me to the airport - I will definitely call Airways Transit the next time we take a trip. Don was a great driver. Friendly and knowledgeable about the area. 3. Burlington Beach Rentals - Yoga Here are some of the other fine bloggers I was on the tour with. There…

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5 Fun Family Things to do in Burlington Day 1

5 Fun Family Things to do in Burlington Day 1 Recently I was invited to participate in a tour of Burlington, Ontario. While not paid to write this review, I was able to sample services and products from the area. It was a most enjoyable trip. Waterfront Hotel guest services notions I stayed in the Waterfront Hotel at the end of Brant Street. The view from my room was spectacular. I could see the lake right out my window. The staff was friendly and the room clean and nicely appointed. There were big fluffy pillows to sink into at the…

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Attention all Picky Eaters! Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Last night I tried a new recipe. I'll now attempt to recreate it for you on this page. I lost the original link but it shows up on Facebook now and then. With a bit of customization, it's our favourite new dish. I even took pictures! You must understand that I live with people who all have different preferences. It's maddening. Thing one won't eat vegetables and fruit. Thing two doesn't like most dairy products. The spouse - well he will eat anything. I don't usually like seasoned potatoes. When I come across a dish that pleases them all -…

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I was on an Oprah Winfrey Network Reality TV Show – True Story!

And just like that, our lives were changed forever... The Oprah Winfrey Network's Second Season of Million Dollar Neighbourhood. None of us could have anticipated just how hard it would end up being. Imagine the chaos generated in putting 100 families from different backgrounds, races, economic status, sexual orientations, and opinions together for ten weeks. The expectation was that this composition of families would all struggle together to achieve weekly personal, financial and community goals. For ten weeks we were given seemingly impossible challenges and told they had to be completed within six days. Simultaneously, each family was required to…

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How to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

(Not sure who wrote this but it's too funny not to share) STEP 1: GO BUY A TURKEY STEP 2: TAKE A DRINK OF WHISKEY (SCOTCH) STEP 3: PUT TURKEY IN THE OVEN STEP 4: TAKE ANOTHER 2 DRINKS OF WHISKEY STEP 5: SET THE DEGREE AT 375 OVENS STEP 6: TAKE 3 MORE WHISKEYS OF DRINK STEP 7: TURN OVEN THE ON STEP 8: TAKE 4 WHISKS OF DRINKY STEP 9: TURK THE BASTEY STEP 10: WHISKEY ANOTHER BOTTLE OF GET STEP 11: STICK A TURKEY IN THE THERMOMETER STEP 12: GLASS YOURSELF A POUR OF WHISKEY STEP 13:…

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