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Preparing Teens for Back To School; It All Starts with A Scribble

Upon reflection I now realize that getting my kids ready for back to school when they were younger was a snap. As their benevolent dictator, er, I mean mom, I was able to manage the transition from summer mayhem to school schedules with relative ease because frankly, I ruled the roost back then. I naïvely thought it would always be so. Somewhere around age ten though the clothes I picked out, and the supplies I came home … [Read More...]

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Analog Vacationing in Ontario’s Southwest, or, “How I Convinced My Teenager to Put Down the Phone”

The great family road trip with Mom and Dad: parents singing show tunes with the younger kids, the surly teen sitting in the back, eyes rolling, gum chewing, and music blasting into headphones to cancel out “family experience” around him. You know the scene – it’s in any classic 80’s family road trip movie. The modern version is similar but with everyone — save the driver — staring at devices. Mom is reading historical fiction … [Read More...]


How to Combat Summer’s Deadly Sins

  I remember that day like it was yesterday: the summer heat was over, and I traded my seasonal stretchy skirts for jeans. It soon became apparent that summery, stretchy skirts hide a multitude of pounds, because I had to jump around like Kriss Kross to get my jeans over my hips, and the button, once fastened, was threatening to burst off and become a lethal weapon. Maybe it’s the sudden burst of heat in a Canadian … [Read More...]

Frozen Berries and Vanilla Yogurt Pops

Frozen Berries and Vanilla Yogurt Pops

I love summer and I love summer foods.  I think we tend to live on BBQ meals, cold ones and tons of frozen pops.  Since we seem to inhale every frozen pop around in a matter of a day,  I started to make these super easy and delicious Frozen Berries and Vanilla Yogurt Pops.   Making these frozen pops is really too easy.  The kids will enjoy making them and creating so many different flavours. … [Read More...]

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No-Bake Lemon Mousse Cheesecake

Hi guys, this is my first post here at Life In Pleasantville and I am hoping it's a yummy one.  I was feeling all Springy (is that even a word?) and my mind drifted off to sunshine, yellow and then whoaaa!  Cheesecake, Lemon Mousse Cheesecake to be exact.   It's been awhile! Feeling like I should share this amazing burst of pure deliciousness on … [Read More...]


Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Ummm, this ain't no ordinary, come in a box gingerbread house. No sirree bob, this house is a true original that takes two months to build. This is what you'll need to build a Gingerbread house Disney style. Recipe provided by Disney's Grand Floridian. Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Disney 1,050 pounds of honey 800 pounds of flour 600 … [Read More...]

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Homemade Lemonade

I am not a food purist by any stretch. Not everything has to be from scratch and convenience foods can and do make my life a whole lot easier when it comes to cooking. However, do NOT mess with me on lemonade, ok? Simply put, store bought lemonade has never and will never taste as good as homemade. I'm going to share my mom's recipe for Easy Homemade Lemonade … [Read More...]

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Foil Pack Bombay Potatoes

I'll have to admit that when the summer rolls around I tend to think that Indian food becomes a little too heavy for the season. I tend to think of all those rich, delicious sauces as comfort food and so in the past I deprived myself of amazing Indian food in the summer. That is until now. Meet my new best friend, Foil Pack Bombay Potatoes. These little babies … [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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Dining At Disney

Whether you’re planning your first trip to Walt Disney World in Florida or your tenth, if you haven’t taken advantage of their specialty dining options, you’re missing out on some magical moments. Character dining and … [Read More...]

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Toronto Ultimate Travel Show

by Candace Derickx My husband and I are in the process of planning a getaway this spring and we are all over the map in our planning. Do we take the kids? Leave them at home? Do we want a quiet week relaxing or an … [Read More...]

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Island Hopping In Massachusetts

You've no doubt heard of Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket. These islands are synonymous with Massachusetts and known the world over for their beauty and authentic charm. They are however, not the only islands to … [Read More...]

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