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Planning a Family Friendly Visit to Bruges

Planning a Family Friendly Visit to Bruges

Bruges is the embodiment of European charm. This small Belgium city is the personification of romance and quaintness; even sceptical travelers can’t help but fall in love with it. Bruges is also clean, safe, easy to navigate, family friendly, and affordable. Here’s how to make the most of your time in what I think may […]

Family Trip Visiting Lake Placid, NY and a Spectacular Bobsleigh Experience!

Family Trip Visiting Lake Placid, NY and a Spectacular Bobsleigh Experience!

My family and I opted to take a 3 day trip this summer just to get away, but we didn’t want to travel too far and spend most of our time on the road. I started looking at cities that were 3 -4 hours away from Ottawa and stumbled upon Lake Placid, NY.  My husband had visited […]

Travelling to Barcelona with Kids

Travelling to Barcelona with Kids

As one of Europe’s most vivid and cosmopolitan cities, the friendly Catalan capital of Barcelona is an excellent choice for a family vacation. With its playful architecture, cozy stretches of beach and pic’n’mix tapas, Barcelona breaks offer plenty to appeal to both little and big kids. Read on for some of the best places you […]

Food

Tourtières/Meat Pies and Pets-de-Soeur Recipes

Tourtières/Meat Pies and Pets-de-Soeur Recipes

The Tourtière is another French Canadian recipe that is traditionally cooked during the holidays, but it’s so delicious that you will make it all year long. With the leftover crust pasty, why not make succulent Pets-de-Soeur for dessert. Tourtière Short Crust Pastry In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut the butter into […]

Pinterest: Tried and True…and Failed!

Pinterest: Tried and True…and Failed!

Have you spent hours browsing the social media site Pinterest completely in awe of what some people can create? I confess, I have – a lot. Generally, I prefer the cooking side of things and can browse and pin recipes for some time. It’s easy when I have the Pinterest app on my smartphone – […]

French Canadian Ragoût de Boulettes (Meatball Stew) Recipe

French Canadian Ragoût de Boulettes (Meatball Stew) Recipe

A French Canadian traditional meal in our home that you definitely have to prepare for Christmas! It will leave your tummy full and your house smelling wonderfully spiced! Enjoy! Grind all three meats together in a food processor. Place meat to a big bowl. Add onion, parsley, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, dry mustard, salt and pepper. In a small bowl, put the […]

Family

Raising Confident Daughters

Raising Confident Daughters

I believe that confidence is a great quality to have, but we do not all show it in the same way or know how to show our confidence in the same manner. Often, confidence is something that parents have to help their children find within themselves. This becomes more apparent when our kids are going […]

Discovering The Wonder Inside Curiosity Box #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Discovering The Wonder Inside Curiosity Box #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Picture this: It is a cold and snowy day. You have children at home who want to go outside, but it is just too cold and windy. Your kids are bored, and they do not want to play or watch television anymore. What can you do to keep your children entertained on days like this? […]

Battle You Way to Fun with Mutant Mania Mix And Match Wrestlers #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Battle You Way to Fun with Mutant Mania Mix And Match Wrestlers #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

The holiday season can become quite stressful. You know, gift shopping, baking, tree trimming and crafting while still trying to maintain your day-to-day life until the big day arrives. Especially at this time of the year, I need to let off a bit of steam and have a bit of fun. I also like spending […]

Reviews

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Collection Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Collection Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

When I first learned I was reviewing the limited edition “Glazed Apple” collection from The Body Shop, I was eager to find out how the apple scent would translate into bath & body products. I was ready to try something new, changing from the typical musky scent to a more light scent that smells pleasing to most. To […]

Discovering The Wonder Inside Curiosity Box #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Discovering The Wonder Inside Curiosity Box #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Picture this: It is a cold and snowy day. You have children at home who want to go outside, but it is just too cold and windy. Your kids are bored, and they do not want to play or watch television anymore. What can you do to keep your children entertained on days like this? […]

Battle You Way to Fun with Mutant Mania Mix And Match Wrestlers #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Battle You Way to Fun with Mutant Mania Mix And Match Wrestlers #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

The holiday season can become quite stressful. You know, gift shopping, baking, tree trimming and crafting while still trying to maintain your day-to-day life until the big day arrives. Especially at this time of the year, I need to let off a bit of steam and have a bit of fun. I also like spending […]

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Tourtières/Meat Pies and Pets-de-Soeur Recipes

Tourtières/Meat Pies and Pets-de-Soeur Recipes

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Tourtière is another French Canadian recipe that is traditionally cooked during the holidays, but it’s so delicious that you will make it all year long. With the leftover crust pasty, why not make succulent Pets-de-Soeur for dessert. Tourtière Short Crust Pastry In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut the butter into […]

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Pinterest: Tried and True…and Failed!

Pinterest: Tried and True…and Failed!

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Have you spent hours browsing the social media site Pinterest completely in awe of what some people can create? I confess, I have – a lot. Generally, I prefer the cooking side of things and can browse and pin recipes for some time. It’s easy when I have the Pinterest app on my smartphone – […]

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French Canadian Ragoût de Boulettes (Meatball Stew) Recipe

French Canadian Ragoût de Boulettes (Meatball Stew) Recipe

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A French Canadian traditional meal in our home that you definitely have to prepare for Christmas! It will leave your tummy full and your house smelling wonderfully spiced! Enjoy! Grind all three meats together in a food processor. Place meat to a big bowl. Add onion, parsley, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, dry mustard, salt and pepper. In a small bowl, put the […]

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French Canadian “Ragoût de Pattes de Cochon” (Stewed Pig’s Feet) Recipe

French Canadian “Ragoût de Pattes de Cochon” (Stewed Pig’s Feet) Recipe

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A classic French Canadian meal to be served with the turkey for Christmas dinner, the “Ragoût de Pattes de Cochon” (Stewed Pig’s Feet). It is definitely a favourite meal at our house. The meat is so tender that it melts in your mouth! Take the pork’s feet and cut the skin from top to bottom with […]

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Bloggers Opp~ $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway

Bloggers Opp~ $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Planning a Family Friendly Visit to Bruges

Planning a Family Friendly Visit to Bruges

| December 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bruges is the embodiment of European charm. This small Belgium city is the personification of romance and quaintness; even sceptical travelers can’t help but fall in love with it. Bruges is also clean, safe, easy to navigate, family friendly, and affordable. Here’s how to make the most of your time in what I think may […]

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Gifting Stress

Gifting Stress

| December 17, 2014 | 10 Comments

This is the time of year for gifting stress. There is the actual stress of shopping – traffic, parking lots, crowds, lineups. I dislike shopping malls, and crowds make me crazy, so my ideal gift is purchased online and delivered to my door. There is also the stress of deciding what to buy for whom and […]

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Raising Confident Daughters

Raising Confident Daughters

| December 16, 2014 | 6 Comments

I believe that confidence is a great quality to have, but we do not all show it in the same way or know how to show our confidence in the same manner. Often, confidence is something that parents have to help their children find within themselves. This becomes more apparent when our kids are going […]

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The Body Shop Glazed Apple Collection Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Collection Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

| December 16, 2014 | 48 Comments

When I first learned I was reviewing the limited edition “Glazed Apple” collection from The Body Shop, I was eager to find out how the apple scent would translate into bath & body products. I was ready to try something new, changing from the typical musky scent to a more light scent that smells pleasing to most. To […]

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Discovering The Wonder Inside Curiosity Box #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Discovering The Wonder Inside Curiosity Box #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

| December 16, 2014 | 23 Comments

Picture this: It is a cold and snowy day. You have children at home who want to go outside, but it is just too cold and windy. Your kids are bored, and they do not want to play or watch television anymore. What can you do to keep your children entertained on days like this? […]

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Battle You Way to Fun with Mutant Mania Mix And Match Wrestlers #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Battle You Way to Fun with Mutant Mania Mix And Match Wrestlers #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

| December 16, 2014 | 19 Comments

The holiday season can become quite stressful. You know, gift shopping, baking, tree trimming and crafting while still trying to maintain your day-to-day life until the big day arrives. Especially at this time of the year, I need to let off a bit of steam and have a bit of fun. I also like spending […]

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Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival – A Rockin’ Review

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival – A Rockin’ Review

| December 15, 2014 | 5 Comments

My daughter is a fan of all things Disney and has not only been to Magic Kingdom where she was lucky enough to witness the fun, dance, music and magic of their daily parades, but has also attended a couple of the Disney ice shows, which also feature the perfect mix of music and fun. […]

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Getting Off to a Good Start with baby enRoute! #Review #Giveaway ~ Ottawa Area 01/05

Getting Off to a Good Start with baby enRoute! #Review #Giveaway ~ Ottawa Area 01/05

| December 15, 2014 | 13 Comments

You would think that buying toys for children at Christmas is a simple task. Well, it is a lot harder than you may think. When my other half and I want to get our kids toys for Christmas, we want for them to have items that they will be entertained by and learn from. We […]

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Body Shop Gift Sets Review and Giveaway! CAN 01/05

Body Shop Gift Sets Review and Giveaway! CAN 01/05

| December 15, 2014 | 46 Comments

I was very happy to have been given the opportunity to participate in this Holiday Gift Guide Review. I remember the Body Shop products as far back as the early to mid-90s, when the Body Shop t-shirts, promoting activism and condemning animal testing, were popular with all the kids. The Body Shop has built its […]

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Bring Drawings to Life with Violet and Dandelion and Stabilo Art Supplies! #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

Bring Drawings to Life with Violet and Dandelion and Stabilo Art Supplies! #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/05

| December 12, 2014 | 23 Comments

With Christmas beginning to knock on our door, some of us are scrambling to figure out what to get people on our gift-giving list. Artists, like my eldest daughter, are easy to shop for, since she loves art supplies. Sure, there are so many art supplies that are stacked on the shelves of stores just […]

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