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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Discovering Summer #ONatural

For many families ten weeks of summer can seem rather daunting.  And, I admit, that at times it can feel that way.  Keeping the kids busy is key to keeping the peace throughout the summer months.   This year my oldest daughter is working as the support person for a boy with disabilities in our community.  My youngest children have many structured activities such as overnight and day camp to keep them busy.   We also take a two week vacation when my husband's factory takes a summer shutdown.  As we have in recent years, we head to my family cottage in the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

In the late 1950's my grandfather bought several acres of undeveloped land on the Bruce Peninsula.  His brother (my great uncle) was a traveling hardware salesman and spoke of a beautiful little town he often visited.  It wasn't long before my great uncle had bought some land and his brother, my grandfather, had followed suit.  And, the legacy of a family cottage that would see generations into the future was born.

My parents were both school teachers and so we had the entire summer to spend at the cottage.  All of my summer time memories revolve around the cottage, the Niagara Escarpment and the crystal, clear waters of Georgian Bay.   Such fabulous memories as swimming in the bay at two o'clock each and every weekday afternoon with my Great Aunt Velma.  After we swam together, my aunt and I would relax on her 'sandy beach' and warm up in the sun.  My aunt would read a book or do a crossword puzzle, and I would either play in the sand or read a book as well.  Life was  simply wonderful  during those childhood summers.


Now, I get to take my own children to the cottage every summer for two weeks.  Things have changed a bit over time, yet somehow they stay the same.  During our two week stay, the kids are unplugged from video games, iPods, internet and even television.  The cottage has a telephone, so we can stay in touch, but that phone is rotary dial.   (Cell phones work if standing in the middle of the road.)

I often wonder if my grandfather had any idea what he was starting when he purchased the land and built his simple little cottage over sixty years ago?

There are critters (big and small) galore at the cottage.  This year in particular it is over-run with pesky mosquitoes and mosquitoes can ruin holidays.  Orange Naturals has homeopathic remedies to help soothe the bite and sting, which are available in liquid and new cream - coming soon.    These remedies are available for both children and adults.

 Insider tip:  Orange Naturals is pleased to announce that they are about to release a whole line of creams.  You can read all about it in July's newsletter

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Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.  




Monday, July 13, 2015

There's a Big World out There: Go Get it Girls! #LikeAGirl #PGMom

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.


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I've been blessed with two beautiful girls, whom I have the privilege of calling my daughters.  One is fierce and one is meek,  they really couldn't be any more different.  These girls are the spice of my life. 

It is important to me that they both develop into loving, responsible, unstoppable young women.   There is a big world out there and I want them to go get it!

Maybe you've heard of the Like a Girl movement through Always.    Always wants girls to feel that they are capable of doing what they want to do.  Always is on a mission to empower girls and smash their limitations.  A recent survey shows that 72% of girls felt held back by society and that society is dictating what they should and shouldn't do.  Always newest video shows just that in their social experiment:


There will always be people in the world who make girls feel that they aren't worthy, it's true, and we likely can't do much to change that. What we can change is the attitude of our girls.

 Girls, we don't have to change who we are to conform to who society thinks we should be.

 It's all about what's on the inside!


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Enter to Win a #SparklingClean Cascade Platinum Pack! #PGMom

   Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Summer time often means more entertaining of guests, often with barbeques and outdoor cook-outs.  It's also a time of more kitchen messes and an abundance of dirty dishes.  It's all good though!   With the kids being out of school for the summer and often saying : 'I'm bored' there are lots of hands on deck to help with the kitchen messes.  As for the abundance of dirty dishes, there is also lots of Cascade Platinum on hand to help with the sink full of dishes.

Even better - - how about some tips from our favourite chef: Michael Smith shares some of his tips for keeping a kitchen clean.  Chef Michael Smith makes any dinner party sparkle.


  1. Spend time to save time: Prep as much as you can in advance – from food to your table. Smart preparation will allow you to spend more time with your guests.
  2. Make your guests feel special: Thoughtful details tell your guests they are special. Set the mood with music, place cards, flowers and sparkling dishes and glasses. I use Cascade Platinum in every cycle to make sure everything is ready for a big event.
  3. Start with a bang! Do something collectively right away. A group activity subtly reminds everyone “We’re in this together!”
  4. Give your guests something fun to do: At some point, engage your guests in an interactive activity, something hands on, that’s not work.
  5. Clean as you go: Get the mess out of the way, and load the dishwasher as you prepare dinner. With Cascade Platinum, you don’t need to worry about pre-rinsing – it will clean stuck-on food in one wash.
  6. Share the work: Many hands make light work. After the main meal and before dessert, encourage everybody to pitch in with clean up.
  7. Grand finale: End the evening with something spectacular, something memorable, or my favourite—something flammable!

Visit www.foodnetwork.cacascade for more tips and recipes from
 Chef Michael Smith and Cascade Platinum.

Canadian Giveaway:  Readers please enter to win a Cascade Platinum Giveaway Pack valued at $57.  You will receive 3 tubs of Cascade Platinum.  18.99/per tub *pricing at the discretion of the retailer*