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10 Ways to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

10 Ways to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

Each time I tell someone we always plan our Walt Disney World trips to take place during the month of August, I'm always asked about the heat. Yes, it's HOT in Florida in August...but the timing just works well for us for several reasons. The kids are out of school, it's a fun last hurrah before September rolls around, and there are often discounts available at this time. Not to mention, we really don't mind the heat. Over the … [Read More...]

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Fun Weekend Project: Vintage Map on Wood

You've seen the Pinterest posts telling us how to make things with scrap pieces of wood, or leftover pallets, or barn boards. Inevitably the projects end up on a funny Pinterest Fails slideshow somewhere when the instructions become too complicated and we lose steam.  Seriously, if the fun weekend project loses its fun appeal, we're checking out. I'm not about to tell you that there's isn't planning and commitment necessary … [Read More...]

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Vegan Breakfast Recipes Everyone Will Love

On a recent drive to the cottage my university aged daughter and her friend announced, “Guess what? We are going to try eating vegan!” My daughter's friend has had digestive concerns since she was a little girl and my kid is an adventurous eater who loves animals so, I support their choice. I really do! But let’s face it, it wasn't going to be convenient. At least not that weekend. My plans of tossing a bunch of chicken … [Read More...]

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How to Find Zen In The Laundry Basket

©Remon Rijper If there is a more Sisyphean task than laundry, I don’t know what it is. There is no such thing as being caught up on laundry; someone always needs clean underwear and socks, and then the towels need washing and the bedding needs to be changed. Until we all transform into a nudist society, we will always have dirty clothes to wash, until the end of time. It reminds me of Newman’s breakdown on Seinfeld, about the … [Read More...]

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Green Goddess Dressing

My friend Anita tries to pretend she's not all that and a bag of chips in the kitchen, but I know differently. The girl jars her own salsa for Pete's sake! One day she served me this dressing with a green salad. I almost licked the bowl. It's also delicious as a dip for fresh vegetables. Green Goddess Dressing 1 anchovy fillet* (or 1 tsp/5ml anchovy … [Read More...]

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Grilled Flank Steak with Sesame Sauce

While there's nothing better than a filet mignon cooked in a cast iron skillet, the price makes it somewhat unappetizing for entertaining. Let's just keep the finer cuts for a romantic rendezvous, shall we? As I've mentioned here before, I'm a big fan of flank steak; an affordable cut of beef that can make a big impression when having friends over. You'll find … [Read More...]

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#Dinnerin15 Grilled Tex Mex Sandwich

Dinner in 15 is no joke in this house. It's a real occurrence twice a week when my children fly through the door after school and have exactly 30 minutes to get changed, eat and then leave for their four hour cheer practice. Dinner has to be perfectly planned to include three key elements—it must be fast, it must be nutritious and it must be portable if we're … [Read More...]

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Lasagna

Lasagna is a hearty, stick to your ribs, comfort food. It's also a great meal to make for your freezer. I found this recipe at All Recipes and I think it is simply the best I've ever had. It makes one 9 x 13 Pyrex dish of lasagna. It can easily feed a family of four for two meals. It can be time consuming to make so I quadruple this recipe and make three 9x13 … [Read More...]

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How to Find Zen In The Laundry Basket

©Remon Rijper If there is a more Sisyphean task than laundry, I don’t know what it is. There is no such thing as being caught up on laundry; someone always needs clean underwear and socks, and then the towels need … [Read More...]

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Medical Care Near Disney

You've planned that magic trip to Disney forever and a day and what does one your little angel go and do when you get there? They get sick. Of all the stinkin' luck. Plus you're in a foreign city, possibly country and … [Read More...]

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Churchill, Canada

I'm a proud Canadian, of that there can be no doubt, but I have to admit that I've not spent enough time exploring this incredible country. Especially west of Ontario. Or north for that matter. In fact, upon further … [Read More...]

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Five Day Trips from Paris

Every trip to France is a chance to explore hidden or off the beaten path gems. The region around Paris, or Île-de-France, holds many treasures that don't see the same traffic as their more famous neighbours Euro Disney … [Read More...]

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How Universal Orlando Blew My Mind

I am a holder of many preconceived notions. I can't help myself. I am able to draw conclusions in a single bound and so for many years I assumed that Universal Orlando was not the theme park for us. The reasoning for … [Read More...]

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