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Twas the night before birthday

'Twas the night before birthday, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (okay, maybe a fruit fly or two). The tent was hung in the backyard with care, In hopes that St. Birthday Fairy soon would be there; The child and her father were nestled all snug in their sacks, While visions of Pokémon and DS games danced in her head. Now mama was draped in her flannel pjamas, And had just settled down … [Read more...]

Mama got her groove back


I've been having a great vacation. Lots of relaxing. Hanging out. Laughing. All that sort of thing. But for some reason, I've been feeling a little, well, blah. Not a lot. Just a bit. I wondered why ... then I realized that I was spending a lot of time on the beach watching people walk around in bikinis while I was wearing a bathing suit that was handed down to me by a friend who'd lost weight and gave me all her "fat" clothes. Now, … [Read more...]

A “downeast” meal


After spending a beautiful day in Bar Harbour, Maine, we decided to treat the family to a downeast meal. The restaurant was literally on the pier, and we sat happily looking out at the lobster boats and the sea. First on the list was clam chowder. As a kid living in Nova Scotia, I can remember running about the beach and digging up clams with my brother. Then my mom would make us all a delicious clam chowder. I don't know which I enjoyed more … [Read more...]

Workin’ 9 to 5


For a young woman in the 1980s, working in the business world meant typing and serving coffee for the boss. At least if Dolly Parton’s iconic movie “9 to 5” was any kind of reflection of the times. But I guess Elaine Nadeau must have missed that movie because instead she just “poured herself a cup of ambition” and opened her own business instead ... [to read more, please click here] Feel like singin' along with Dolly? Here's a sing-a-long … [Read more...]

The Winter Resolution Series: Getting the Gear

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On December 4th, I made a public resolution on this blog. And that was: Find a way to enjoy winter. Notice how I didn't use the word "love," but simply "enjoy" (as in, "not hate with a bitterness that last three months"). On today, the first day of not only a fresh new year, but also a fresh new decade, it seems like an apt time to share an update. The experts (i.e. my husband) insist that enjoying winter is all about getting the right gear. … [Read more...]

A quick batch of cards


Hot out of the oven! … [Read more...]

New Moon, the movie

"If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all." Nuf said? … [Read more...]

LeapFrog Tag Reading System (toy review)


In follow-up to my "Ho! ho! ho! ribbit! ribbit! ribbit!" post, I am happy to share this toy review* with you -- just in time for Christmas. It's for the LeapFrog Tag Reading System. What is it? The Canadian Toy Testing Council awarded this toy with the Children's Choice Award in 2009 and since then the company has continued to expand its library of books to accompany the system. It's a unique system and I think the best way of really … [Read more...]

Winner of Disney on Ice tickets

As promised in my Disney on Ice post, I used on Friday to select a name from those who commented and expressed an interest in this 4-pack of tickets to Disney on Ice. And the winner of these opening night tickets is ..... Kelly! Congrats Kelly! I will email you directly to let you know how you can collect your tickets. I'm sure you and your "princess" will have a ball! If anyone else is still interested in this show, you are … [Read more...]

Linky love

I've been working on updating my links -- see down toward the bottom of right hand column -- in categories. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if you'd like to have your blog added! I'm here to please. :) … [Read more...]

Getting the H1N1 vaccine in Ottawa

If you're looking to get the vaccine, here's all the info: Clinic locations across Ottawa (City of Ottawa website) Wait times at clinics (City of Ottawa Twitter) H1N1 virus: questions & answers (Public Health Agency of Canada) … [Read more...]

Some housekeeping items

Thanks to all of you for following me here to this custom blog site! I've been working with Brendan to learn the in's and out's of some of the more technical aspects of blogging. (I'm still at the Sesame Street level, but he's really patient.) Some of my learnings include: 1. Techies do not like Internet Explorer. I had no clue that it was such a big issue, but I think Brendan has pulled out his hair on many an occasion as a result of … [Read more...]

It doesn’t take much to make me happy


My new socks make me happy. … [Read more...]

Drum roll please …

Voila! A fresh new design, just for us! I really hope you like love it. Yes, I'm using the "l" word here. Too much? Okay, I'm pretty invested. But I really do hope you like it lots and lots. Check out these features designed to make the blog more friendly for you: Categories: Along the top are the categories of Living, Family, Travel and Media. This means that is you can't stand reading about diapers and kids' birthday parties (the … [Read more...]

One last housecleaning item

Dear readers, Thanks so much for your encouragement and I am really looking forward to sharing my new blog design with you! There is one last housecleaning item to take care of though so that I don't lose you. If you've been reading my blog via, could you please update that to Also, if you're a subscriber, don't forget to update the RSS feed link! And if you haven't subscribed -- come on, … [Read more...]

Overheard at the bus stop

Father:  "That used to be Mommy's church." Son: "You mean she owned it?!" … [Read more...]