Tracy (Redefined)

In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at VirtualOfficeResources.ca. She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine.

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Get a Leg Up on Fashion with Leggings from LegArt {A Review and Giveaway} ~ CAN 04/18

| March 17, 2016 | 139 Comments
Get a Leg Up on Fashion with Leggings from LegArt {A Review and Giveaway} ~ CAN 04/18

  I will admit it – prior to LegArt leggings I had never worn leggings. I didn’t know how to wear leggings, which to those of you who know how to wear just about anything and make it look good this might sound funny, but I dress for comfort and never really understood fashion. I […]

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Get Beside-U Handbags On Your Side! {A Review and Giveaway!} ~ CAN 03/31

| March 2, 2016 | 151 Comments
Get Beside-U Handbags On Your Side! {A Review and Giveaway!} ~ CAN 03/31

  When it comes to purses and handbags I look for functionality and comfort and then at style (and admittedly I am not a fashionista). Luckily, handbags and purses from Beside-U Canada combine all these features, making their bags the perfect addition to any woman’s handbag collection regardless of what it is needed for! When I was […]

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Healthy Eating with Meghan Telpner’s The UnDiet Cookbook {A Review and Recipe}

| February 18, 2016 | 7 Comments
Healthy Eating with Meghan Telpner’s The UnDiet Cookbook {A Review and Recipe}

Once in a while a cookbook comes a long that offers you a fresh perspective on healthy eating. A perspective that doesn’t make you roll your eyes or feel overwhelmed, but instead makes you realize that a healthy lifestyle can be simple, can make you feel good, and does not have to mean shopping for […]

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Freezing – Bigger, Bolder… Colder – Fantastic Family Holiday Fun in Ottawa! Review and Promo Code

| December 29, 2015 | 3 Comments
Freezing – Bigger, Bolder… Colder – Fantastic Family Holiday Fun in Ottawa! Review and Promo Code

Last year I kept hearing about a hysterical musical out of the Gladstone Theatre called Freezing. I had thought about taking my family to see it, but with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season time slipped away and before I knew it, Freezing was no longer running.     Luckily, Freezing has become […]

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Why I am ‘Running’ into the New Year

| December 28, 2015 | 4 Comments
Why I am ‘Running’ into the New Year

It’s that time of year again – people start thinking about what they can improve on in the New Year; and even before the holiday baked goods hit the table, health and fitness are usually top of mind. As a good friend of mine coined, I have been “r-alking” (run-walking) for a couple of years […]

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6 Purr-fectly PetSafe Christmas Gifts for Your Four-Legged Family Member ~ Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 01/11

| December 17, 2015 | 103 Comments
6 Purr-fectly PetSafe Christmas Gifts for Your Four-Legged Family Member ~ Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 01/11

In all the hustle and bustle of this holiday season it would be easy to forget your pets, but at the end of a long day of shopping who is the happiest to see you? More than likely it’s your furriest family member. So, whether you have a playful cat or an active dog, I […]

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Drive in Luxury and Comfort in the 2016 Lincoln MKC – A Review #LincolnMKC

| October 15, 2015 | 3 Comments
Drive in Luxury and Comfort in the 2016 Lincoln MKC  – A Review #LincolnMKC

Prior to test-driving the 2016 Lincoln MKC thoughts of Lincoln conjured up images of their classic town cars; solidly built luxury cars that have a reputation for style and comfort, but also for their boat-like size. So, when I picked up the 2016 Lincoln MKC for a week of test-driving I was shocked at how […]

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Save Time With Michael Smith’s Make Ahead Meals ~ A Book Review

| October 1, 2015 | 6 Comments
Save Time With Michael Smith’s Make Ahead Meals ~ A Book Review

Save Time With Michael Smith’s Make Ahead Meals ~ A Review   It’s been almost a year since I reviewed Michael Smith’s cookbook, Family Meals and I can honestly say that I refer to that cookbook regularly. I can also say that I was very excited to hear Michael Smith was publishing another cookbook, this […]

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Go Back In Time At Upper Canada Village

| September 24, 2015 | 9 Comments
Go Back In Time At Upper Canada Village

Prior to our most recent visit, the last time my family and I were at Upper Canada Village was during their annual Alight the Night festival (in minus 30 degree weather). And while I highly recommend visiting the village at that festive time of year I also recommend visiting every other time of year – including […]

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End of Summer Fun at the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival #OutaouaisFun

| September 17, 2015 | 5 Comments
End of Summer Fun at the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival #OutaouaisFun

I had always wanted to go to the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, so when I was offered passes for the purposes of a review I couldn’t resist! September 3rd to the 7th, 2015 marked the 28th edition of the festival and although the weather was less than cooperative for lift off, there was still […]

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Six Reasons Calypso Waterpark Is the Perfect Date Destination for Adults

| August 4, 2015 | 12 Comments
Six Reasons Calypso Waterpark Is the Perfect Date Destination for Adults

Not long ago I wrote about family fun at Calypso Waterpark, but this time I am going to explain why Calypso is the perfect summer date day destination for adults (also known as, the big kids). My family hadn’t even left the Calypso parking lot when my husband exclaimed that he would return to Calypso in […]

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Family Fun at Calypso Waterpark

| July 9, 2015 | 14 Comments
Family Fun at Calypso Waterpark

When Calypso Waterpark first opened several years ago I was excited to check it out, but was hesitant because my daughter was young. But, when I was recently presented with the opportunity to visit Calypso for the purpose of a blog review I agreed, knowing it was the perfect chance to see and experience Calypso with […]

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Delicious Gluten-Free {Almost Healthy} Berry Crumble

| July 3, 2015 | 19 Comments
Delicious Gluten-Free {Almost Healthy} Berry Crumble

  This recipe was inspired by the crumble topping in the “Baked Apple Crumble with Carrot and Raisin Spice Filling” recipe found in the recipe book, Sweet Goodness by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming. I made this recipe when I realized I had a few too many packages of fresh berries in my refrigerator. The great thing about […]

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“Miss Emily” by Nuala O’Connor – A Novel That Reinvents Emily Dickinson and Makes me Love Her Even More {A Review}.

| June 30, 2015 | 2 Comments
“Miss Emily” by Nuala O’Connor – A Novel That Reinvents Emily Dickinson and Makes me Love Her Even More {A Review}.

Other than her infamous poetry, which I studied in university, I was not fully familiar with the idiosyncrasies of Emily Dickinson’s life until I read the historical fiction novel, Miss Emily by Irish author, Nuala O’Connor. Within pages of the first chapter I found myself researching Emily Dickinson’s life to find out more about her solitude and preference […]

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Stuck On You Write On Labels – A Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 07/14

| June 18, 2015 | 47 Comments
Stuck On You Write On Labels – A Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 07/14

    School may be drawing to a close for another year, but summer camps will be starting up very soon, which means more labels will be needed for clothing, backpacks as well as lunch and snack containers. My daughter attends a few camps throughout the summer and last year came home with various pairs […]

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“Sweet Goodness” – A Gluten-Free Cookbook Review and Double-Chocolate Cake Doughnut Recipe

| June 12, 2015 | 5 Comments
“Sweet Goodness” – A Gluten-Free Cookbook Review and Double-Chocolate Cake Doughnut Recipe

  “Sweet Goodness” – A Gluten-Free Cookbook Review  I have encountered many cookbooks that claim their recipes are “unbelievably delicious,” so when the cover of Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming’s newest cookbook, Sweet Goodness claimed that very thing I didn’t immediately jump up and down in excitement. You may recognize Carolyn Hemming and Patricia Green […]

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The Gift of Creativity by Mail: The Doodle Post Review and Giveaway #KidsGiftGuide~ CAN 06/21

| May 21, 2015 | 21 Comments
The Gift of Creativity by Mail: The Doodle Post Review and Giveaway #KidsGiftGuide~ CAN 06/21

The offer to review a couple of craft packages from the Doodle Post came at the perfect time. My husband and I were planning our March Break road trip to Florida and we were scrambling to find things to keep our six year old daughter busy and happy during the long drive. The Doodle Post package […]

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Three Tips to Help Your #Dog Manage Seasonal Allergies #ItchyPetSeeYourVet and #Contest CAN 05/27

| May 13, 2015 | 14 Comments
Three Tips to Help Your #Dog Manage Seasonal Allergies #ItchyPetSeeYourVet and #Contest CAN 05/27

Until I had a dog of my own, I thought seasonal allergies in pets were just a gimmick thought up by pet care companies. Having owned an Australian Shepherd for over three years now, and having dog-sat my parents’ 9-year old Shih Tzu many times, I can safely admit that I was wrong. Seasonal allergies […]

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Adventures in Vegetable Gardening

| April 23, 2015 | 17 Comments
Adventures in Vegetable Gardening

It’s that time of year again when my daughter and I plan out our vegetable garden. It seems that each year we expand the garden a bit more, try to grow something different and plant something too early. This year, we have decided to fill our vegetable garden with: cherry tomatoes ground cherries mini cucumbers […]

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Kidsfest 2015 – Memorable Fun that Just Keeps Getting Better!

| April 15, 2015 | 5 Comments
Kidsfest 2015 – Memorable Fun that Just Keeps Getting Better!

This was my family’s third year at Kidsfest and it was a great one! From the moment we entered KidsFest at the EY Centre my daughter and the friends we went with ran from one booth to next. From Lego, to balloons, interactive toys, animals, and bouncy castles, Kidsfest 2015 brought a lot of big […]

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Construction Paper Flowers Craft

| April 13, 2015 | 14 Comments
Construction Paper Flowers Craft

    Construction Paper Flowers Craft If you are looking for a simple and fun craft that also makes a great gift, then you will enjoy this construction flower craft. I got the idea from the back of a package of Crayola construction paper. These construction paper flowers are easy to make and are fun […]

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Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy (A Review)

| February 26, 2015 | 8 Comments
Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy (A Review)

My daughter and I have been to several Disney on Ice shows as well as Disney Live! Mickey’s Rocking Road show. At the moment, her favourite Disney character is Bullseye from the beloved trilogy of Toy Story movies, so when she saw a commercial for Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy she was ecstatic at […]

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

| December 15, 2014 | 12 Comments
Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival – A Rockin’ Review

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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Two Perfect Cookbooks For The Family Chef and Food Lover On Your Christmas List

| December 11, 2014 | 11 Comments
Two Perfect Cookbooks For The Family Chef and Food Lover On Your Christmas List

My goal this Christmas was to find two good cookbooks for three people I know that love to cook, but have very different cooking goals. Two people were my brother- and sister-in-law. They have a young daughter and are interested in healthy family meals that are cost-effective, as well as nutritious and tasty. The second […]

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