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Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costumes for Last Minute Parents

Before we get this party started, let's make one thing clear: this post is a judgement free zone. I know; it is sort of hard to believe you forgot it was Halloween tomorrow, but here in Pleasantville we understand "busy" so no worries - we're not judging. Maybe your kids are too small to remind you of the holiday, or maybe they're big and you assumed they'd taken care of it on their own. Perhaps you thought your partner was … [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 rushing out the door. That's where Maple Leaf Prime Oven Roasted C … [Read More...]

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Walmart Canada #MomoftheYear Twitter Party

I like to think I'm Mom of the Year sometimes when I shuttle my kids to cheerleading without complaint and spend weekends in hotels for competitions. Let's not forget all the meals I cook and laundry I do. Heck, we all deserve to be Mom of the Year, right? The truth though, is that there are a lot of moms out there that go above and beyond the call of duty. They're the super moms who touch so many lives around them in a … [Read More...]

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Bathing Suit Confessional

We're taking the kids on a mini-vacation to an indoor water park later this month, where we will either  have an absolute blast bonding together on water slides or catch waterborne Hepatitis. I started to pack a few things we'll need on our trip and one look at my current stretched-out, chlorine-faded swimsuit had me panicking. Maybe there's a way out of this, I wondered. I can probably fake an illness or give myself nervous … [Read More...]

Who’s Hungry?

grilled tex mex sandwich

#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 r … [Read More...]

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Celebrate World Pasta Day with Delectable Homemade Ravioli

Pasta is unleavened dough formed into various shapes and boiled. Did you know that there are over 600 shapes of pasta and that their names describe their shapes? Spaghetti means cord, vermicelli means little worms (ew), rotini are spirals ... you get the idea. Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine with the first official reference to pasta dating … [Read More...]

Hot Coffee Drink with Baileys and Chocolate Syrup

Thursday Night Cocktail – Chocolate Irish Coffee

 I sometimes like to brag about how terrible my job is. "Welp," I said, "Today I've an assignment to make and photograph an alcoholic coffee drink. It's a hard job, but someone's got to do it." Rotten tomatoes ensued, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I do like working as a food blogger. It doesn't pay nearly as well as my old job (at least not yet), but … [Read More...]

slow cooker applesauce

The Easiest Applesauce You’ll Every Make

I love the changing of the seasons, especially Fall, with it's red, orange, and yellow leaves. It's such a show-off. Kind of like this slow cooker applesauce. It takes the very best apples the season has to offer and mixes them into this incredibly easy recipe. So easy that you'll wonder why you ever made apple sauce on the stove top in the first place. What I … [Read More...]

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Family First Aid: Nexcare Has You Covered

There are a few things you want to have in your home and car at all times. My list is pretty simple: Number one is music. What is life without a soundtrack to live it by? The next item is food, because being hungry is … [Read More...]

Redbox Canada Giveaway

Movie Buffs Rejoice with Redbox Canada

When the wind is whipping outside and the snow is higher than my trusty Sorels, I love nothing more than curling up on the couch with a big blanket and a great movie. I use this time of year to get caught up on as many … [Read More...]

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How Technology is Transforming Healthcare

November 23rd of this year will mark two years since my husband had his heart attack. On that day and in the time since, he has received excellent care and we have a renewed appreciation for our Canadian health care … [Read More...]

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shoppping for a bathing suit

Bathing Suit Confessional

We're taking the kids on a mini-vacation to an indoor water park later this month, where we will either  have an absolute blast bonding together on water slides or catch waterborne Hepatitis. I started to pack a few … [Read More...]

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Why You Need To Visit A Dude Ranch

Let’s face it: getting away from it all is on everyone’s mind almost all the time. Maybe this general malaise we feel is rooted in the noise of our lives: running from one activity to another, juggling work, another late … [Read More...]

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Stay Healthy While Travelling

You spend months planning the perfect vacation. You pick a destination, save your pennies, and remember to update your passports — seriously, check those passports — only to fall sick five days into your trip. What a … [Read More...]

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How to Cope With Fear of Flying

I am not the adventurous type. I live in the same town I was born in, I married a guy I dated in high school, and we bought our house from my parents who bought it in 1978. I’ve had the same bedroom since I was five y … [Read More...]

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