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Black Friday Survival Tips

As I head out the door in search of Black Friday deals, I thought it a good time to remind fellow bargain hunters of a few important tips and strategies to help you avoid a bad case of retail regret. — Read More —

Waste Not Want Not This Thanksgiving

As some readers already know, Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year. It's all about the food, drink and fun and without the stress of gift-giving. Plus it's a shorter season than Christmas, since we've got to move on to the Halloween season. (Which is the other most excellent day of the year.) — Read More —


World’s Best Chili Recipe

There is nothing better than coming across a recipe that is easy to execute, made up of accessible ingredients and turns out to be The Best X You've Ever Had. Well, for anyone who likes a warm bowl of spicy chili on a crisp autumn night, here it is. — Read More —
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Everest – The Movie, The Book

I am not the outdoorsy type. I’ll hike on occasion, but you’ll rarely find me camping, let alone mountaineering or mountain climbing. And yet, I’ve always been captivated by Everest. — Read More —

Your Fall “Reading” List

My love for my dog Lola knows no bounds. The more time I spend with her, the deeper my loves grows. I even let her sleep on my bed.  I would walk across burning coals for Lola and the thought of her getting old and dying makes me want to vomit. That said, she requires a whole lot of walking and I must admit to getting bored once in awhile. — Read More —

The Summer That Was

Another summer has come and gone. Next week on September 23rd, the season officially fades to fall. It was a memorable one for me. There was cottage time, endless sunshine and not enough rain. There were road trips, plane trips and a few good parties. I mastered the charcoal grill, named the Aperol Spritz my summer drink, ran an 8km race, ran a half marathon and went on hike after hike after hike. I saw live music, threw the ball with Lola the dog, played in the sprinkler with my nieces and turned lemons into lemonade. Here is my summer in pics... — Read More —

My Lucky Underpants

I was in the changing room at Zara trying to squeeze into clothes made for women half my age when a potentially embarrassing situation nearly took me down. — Read More —


Peach Pie To Die For

I'm all about cooking with what's in season. Not because I'm a food snob - au contraire. When in season, ingredients are easier to find and taste infinitely better than those that have been shipped from a far away land. I'm referring mostly to fruits and vegetables here. Cooking with local produce makes my life easier and makes me look better as a cook! Flavours are deeper and more intense. Fruit is juicier. At the moment, I'm all about peaches. — Read More —
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Down In Front! Rock Concert Etiquette

This was the view from my second row seat at the Dave Matthews Band concert this week in Vancouver. You would think that with such excellent positioning I'd be able to catch more than just a glimpse of Dave himself. Instead I got a different kind of show. And sadly, these two just didn't do it for me. — Read More —

Not Okay Computer – A Tale of Suspense

If I had to rescue three things from my burning building, what would they be? That's easy - my jewelry, for sentimental reasons not financial ones, and my two trusty companions: Ruby and my computer. — Read More —

Lessons In Empathy

When something significant happens in my life, I go to any one of my three sisters to share, ask for advice or vent. The nature of the subject matter determines who I reach out to; like if I score a designer sweater on sale or I need to talk for hours (maybe days) about that person who wronged me, I go to the ever-patient fashion-loving Amy.  Then when I need a behavioural analysis that holds nothing back, its straight to the psycho analyst Lisa. — Read More —