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The Art of Good Guesting

In my books, cottaging is a part of what defines a great Canadian summer. That is, the practice of traveling to ones own or a friend or family member’s remote(ish) cottage (or “cabin” as it is called in the west), preferably near a body of water for the purposes of relaxation and enjoyment of each other and the great outdoors — Read More —
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Time to Kill….in (sweltering) NYC

A recent getaway to NYC was an opportunity to update my list of must-dos for the Big Apple. It is a list that I am constantly curating and since so many New Yorkers leave the city to beat the sweltering heat, the summer is a good time to return to continue my ongoing research. If you plan on heading there any time soon, read on for a few dos (and one don't.) — Read More —
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Time to Kill….in Calgary

Calgary is not usually top of mind when I think of the great cities of the world; places rich in history, art, food and other exciting ways to spend a couple of days. But a recent visit revealed that, in spite of that depressing oil situation, (Or maybe because of it?) Calgary is finding a new groove. — Read More —
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Finger Licking Goodness: Overcoming Your Fear of the Deep Fry

When it comes to my diet, I live by the 80/20 rule. That is, I try to make healthy choices 80 percent of the time. With the remaining 20 percent I allow myself to be free to eat (and drink) whatever I want. And that works well for my new cooking obsession: deep frying. — Read More —
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The Beach Babe’s Shopping List

The summer months mean it's time to get your bronze on. And for those of us who were born beyond pale that means a trip to the drug store, not the actual beach. Here's my list of must have products for skin and hair to give you that gently sun kissed look. — Read More —
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Anna’s Summer Reading List

If you plan to be lazing about on a beach, a dock, campsite, boat or sofa this summer, you'll need a good book.  Here's my list of 5 to take you through to Labour Day. — Read More —
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Your Father’s Day Menu

As promised, here are my suggestions for cooking for the dad(s) in your life this Father's Day. This is a labour intensive but not difficult list of dishes so of course feel free to pick and choose and I'm including a couple of short cuts along the way. — Read More —
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Cooking With A Charcoal Grill (and other death defying activities)

There are certain things in life I avoid due to a fear of failure. And I don't mean big, death defying challenges like skydiving (check) or entering a rodeo (double check. Got the belt buckle to prove it), but rather small everyday things like cooking over a charcoal grill. — Read More —
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The Art of Small Talk

Networking events are a necessary part of working in any professional field. Sooner or later you're going to have to stand around with a bunch of people you don't know and think of something to say. These experiences are often boring and can be downright paralyzing, especially if there is someone in the room you want to impress. — Read More —
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Taking Stock

A friend of mine died this week. Cancer. Fortunately for him, he didn’t suffer for long and when he passed he was surrounded by people who love him. We should all be so lucky. — Read More —