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Cleaning your refrigerator

Preparing for Winter: The Fridge Files

The kitchen is truly the hub of your home. It’s the command centre, gathering place, and social headquarters for most families. If it’s running smoothly, everything seems under control. But if it gets chaotic, that chaos can spill outward into other areas of the home and into your life and before you know it local drive-thru window staff know your children by name. It goes without saying then that by keeping your kitchen clutter und … [Read More...]

Quick dinners for kids

Dinner On The Go: When the Dining Room is a Minivan

With four kids under 13, I try to keep the extracurricular activities to one or two per child at any given time. But when you multiply that by the number of kids in my family, it still means we are out during dinner time multiple times a week. On these days, dinner is served in our family's dining room #2, also known as the back seat of the van. Dinner on the go is a regular occurrence for many families, and short of hitting the … [Read More...]

bacon spinach salad

Apple Bacon Spinach Salad

I can just about guarantee we're not going to be gifted with an Indian Summer this year; I can smell fall in the air already. The trees have begun to turn colours here and there, and while we had a *SURPRISE* hot couple of days finally, in the evening the temperatures are chilly. School starts next week, and apple season in Ontario begins right shortly.  Apples are a staple at my house. I'm more of a citrus gal, myself, but … [Read More...]

Making your own moisturizer

Make Your Own Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Moisturizer

I’m writing this because I am either a hippy dippy, tree hugging granola woman who makes her own deodorant and moisturizer, or because I’m a person who needs to compensate her affinity for hair dye and oven cleaner with natural beauty products. You decide. Or can I be both?  I dislike the idea of big companies making a ton of money selling me chemical-filled products that cannot be good for me or the environment, especially … [Read More...]

Who’s Hungry?

Quick dinners for kids

Dinner On The Go: When the Dining Room is a Minivan

With four kids under 13, I try to keep the extracurricular activities to one or two per child at any given time. But when you multiply that by the number of kids in my family, it still means we are out during dinner time multiple times a week. On these days, dinner is served in our family's dining room #2, also known as the back seat of the van. Dinner on the go … [Read More...]

bacon spinach salad

Apple Bacon Spinach Salad

I can just about guarantee we're not going to be gifted with an Indian Summer this year; I can smell fall in the air already. The trees have begun to turn colours here and there, and while we had a *SURPRISE* hot couple of days finally, in the evening the temperatures are chilly. School starts next week, and apple season in Ontario begins right … [Read More...]

Bento Box School Lunches

Healthy School Lunches in 5 Easy Steps

Five years ago, had I come across photos like the ones I now post of my kids’ school lunches, I’d probably think "Behind this lunch is an over-achieving mother,  trying to keep up appearances." Because, COME ON. Who has the time or energy to make school lunches everyday—let alone lunches containing all four food groups and a drink? And it's true; I do … [Read More...]

Chilled Dilled Cucumber Soup

Chilled Dilled Cucumber Soup

When I moved to Canada, everyone thought I was nuts for leaving Florida. But the truth is, I hate hot weather. When it's too hot out, I can barely think. I get all headachy, and sweaty behind the knees. I'd take cold over hot any day. A wise man once said: you can always put more clothes on. Public decency means you can only get away with taking so much off, and … [Read More...]

A Word From…

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Love Your Boobs – Run for the Cure

By the time I was in Grade 5, I was fully developed. When I say developed, I mean I was no longer training my chest, it had exploded overnight it seemed into full size cans, jugs, chesticles…..big honkin boobs! Whatever y … [Read More...]

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The 100 Foot Journey and Patak’s Canada

The best part of being a Patak's Mom this past year, aside from all the great food I've been trying, is the way Patak's Canada encourages us not just to learn about Indian food but the culture as well. They have sent us … [Read More...]

best chicken salad recipe

The Best Chicken Salad Recipe Ever

Who ever coined the expression "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" was obviously standing over a stove in July when they said it. The heat here the last few days has been oppressive (as a good Canadian … [Read More...]

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Experience Prince Edward County

Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, picturesque Prince Edward County should be on everyone’s vacation list. Though there is an abundance of activities for families, the County is a fantastic place for parents to play … [Read More...]

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