Lessons My Mother Taught Me

I have been blessed with a pretty amazing mother. I know you think that your mother is the best but I am fairly certain that I in fact have the best one. Over the course of my life I have learned many important and lasting lessons from her and in honour of the upcoming Mothers Day I thought I would share some of them with you. Food is the way to everyones heart My mother is a fabulous baker, her homemade bread is legendary. She would often get up in the morning before the rest…
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What I Miss About Canada

This week we will celebrate 5 years living in England. There are so many wonderful and challenging things about being an expat but I find as it gets closer to this landmark that I am reflecting more and more about the things that I miss most about Canada. So far I don't have any regrets about out decision to move abroad. It has been a rather monumental adventure, but in my heart there is still a tug towards my home in Canada. The longer I am away the more I am sure that this yearning…
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24 Quotes For When You Feel Down On Yourself

I don't think it matters what type of person you are, sometimes we all get down and discouraged or just need some extra motivation to get through the day. As a general rule I think of myself as someone that can talk myself out of a funk pretty effectively but I have to admit that that is not always the case. There are any number of ways that we can overcome and rise above the less than stellar days, go for a walk, hug a friend, vent to your partner (probably my most preferred method…
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Going Vegan For A Month

I want to stress before I get too far that I am not trying to make the world vegan or even vegetarian for that matter. I am already not a meat eater so I thought it might be a fun challenge to take it one step further and go full vegan for a month but if it's not for you there is no judgement here. (All my die hard vegan and vegetarian friends are probably shocked right now, sorry guys <3) The absolute truth is I didn't go vegetarian for big moral reasons so I…
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Valentines Day Gift Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Valentines is just around the corner and you may be starting to feel the desire to find something to express just how much you love that special someone in your life. I have to admit that I find gift giving an amazingly stressful activity. I am constantly worried about whether they will like it or not. I tend to overthink and not enjoy the chance to demonstrate my affection like giving a gift should. In reality I don't think a gift has to be expensive or over the top to do this. I believe pretty…
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Date Ideas on a Budget

Valentine's day is fast approaching and for some of us this can mean feeling the pressure to plan a romantic night. I personally am a big fan of this holiday—what can be better than a whole day devoted to telling people you love them? But, I think that there is far too much emphasis placed on spending tons of money and planning a rom-com worthy encounter. With a little thought and effort you can plan an inexpensive or even totally free evening that you will remember for years. I thought I would share a few…
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20 Years and Counting

20 years is a long time. When you married me I was just a scared teenager that had so much of life left to figure out. I could not have imaged all the twists and turns that our life was going to take us on as I stood next to you and said 'I do' all those years ago. I am certain that if I had known some of the things that were going to come up in our lives I would have turned and run out of the church as fast as I could,…
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My Crocheting Obsession

About six weeks before Christmas I found that my extreme organisation had actually left me with a little extra time on my hands and I got the idea in my head that I would do handmade gifts for my friends. I hadn't crocheted in years but I figured with the help of YouTube that I could learn how to do scarves for some of them. I went to the craft store and bought my needle and a couple  skeins of yarn and went to work. What happened next surprised me, I became obsessed with my…
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12 New Years Resolutions That You May Actually Keep

It is that time again—the beginning of a new year. A fresh start, a chance to make this year your best ever. I am a big goal setter, I love carefully choosing what things I am going to work on throughout the year. I get so much satisfaction from accomplishing something I have strived to achieved so it is fair to say that I get pretty excited when the calendar rolls over and I get to reflect on last year and set out the next years goals. Still I know that not everyone feels that…
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Favourite Holiday Movies

Hopefully by now you have finished all the things that make this time of year hectic and now you have some time to slow down and fully enjoy the season. One of my favourite ways to unwind has always been to curl up with a film. It is exactly the kind of activity that I find most relaxing, especially when my family is with me. Obviously at this time of year what we will be sitting down to enjoy are some Christmas classics so I thought I would share a few of my favourites that…
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