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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 »

Christmas Shopping in Style #AvionVIP

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We are coming to that time of year again – time to hit the malls in search of that perfect gift.  And while I, myself, have never really been bothered by all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, there are many who are.  But your experience could be greatly improved with just  a few simple services. Imagine this. You ... 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 »

Saving (Memories) for Your Kids for a Rainy Day #OneDayKids


Full disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but all words, thoughts & ideas here are mine alone, and, for the record, I really, REALLY love the OneDay App. Go download it. Now. It’s FREE! Plus, you could win a $150 gift card to Amazon by downloading it. Keep reading for deets!  When I was still at my last place ... Read More »

The Secret Life of a Blogger


Alright, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that not all bloggers are like this – but the more time I spend on crafts & snacks with the kids, taking pictures for the blog posts, and then actually writing up the blog posts, the less time I spend organizing my house. That means that occasionally when I take ... Read More »

Sunday Musings – A Weekend Away from Being “Mommy”

I’m just returning home from a road trip to Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region with the girls from my Wine & Cheesy Book Club – as in, I’m writing this while sitting in line at the Niagara Falls border. Wanna see what we were up to? Search #wcbcroadtrip on Instagram & Twitter. I’m sure you’ll see a blog post ... Read More »