CAA to the Rescue! (…it had nothing to do with my car…)

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Funny story.  There’s a store in Hamilton called “Farmer Al’s.” It’s known for bulk meat & butcher’s cuts at cheap prices (but I’d check the exp date on dry goods before you check out…). It’s also a 20 minute drive from our house. I usually make the trek out to the far east mountain about once every three months for ... Read More »

Dear Target Canada: I Love You, I Hate You, I’ll Miss You

Target Canada Closing

Dear Target Canada: I’m not going to say that I’m surprised. I mean, I am, but not really. The writing was on the wall: every quarterly report that was released said the same thing: you were in trouble. But I thought that I’d have more time. I thought that maybe you’d close down four of the six stores within a ... Read More »

Where’s the Mute Button?

Mute Button

Two days ago as I was cleaning up the basement, I ran upstairs, puked in the bathroom, and then proceeded to spend the rest of the day half passed out on the couch, binge-watching The Paradise on Netflix as my children used my weakened body as a jungle gym. Right on the heels of that was the cold. It started ... Read More »

Sunday Musings: Christmas Tree Traditions


For as long as I can remember, the first weekend in December has been the time that our family puts up the Christmas tree. It could be because of the Sinterklaas traditions that we had, or it just could be that that’s when the Christmas Trees arrived in town and my parents were firm believers in getting fresh trees. Whatever ... Read More »

A Few of My Favourite Books

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 I was once what you’d call an Avid Reader. In elementary school, my mom would limit me to reading one book per day. I was captain of the Battle of the Books team for our school for two years (we won first place, both years, of course!) – would you believe that’s the only team that I was on during ... Read More »

Sunday Musings: A Moment of Confession

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In the history of this blog, I don’t think that you’ve ever seen me post for 23 days straight. And here I am, posting on the blog for the 23rd time this month. Yes, I love writing on the blog, and yes, I love sharing things with you – but, to be perfectly honest & lay all my cards on ... Read More »

How Snow Helps the Local Economy in Ontario

Some years, the snow doesn’t start flying until sometime into January, but on years such as this we find ourselves in a Winter Wonderland well before ‘winter’ has officially gotten under way. There are a few of us who are absolutely thrilled with the arrival of snow, but by and large, early snow seems to be met with a general feeling ... Read More »

Dear Children’s Clothing Designers: Why?

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There’s something that I haven’t been able to figure out yet, perhaps you can help me with this: Why are almost all of the Christmas / Holiday / Winter dresses for Toddlers sleeveless?  I understand why Christmas dresses for women are sleeveless: it looks far more elegant and quite a bit more sexy than their long-sleeved counter-parts. For the life ... Read More »