Tip Tuesday – When A Child Gets Injured


Often when a child gets injured, it’s not just the pain that makes them cry. Seeing blood can trigger a stronger reaction as well. If your child is sensitive to the sight of blood, using something light in color to apply pressure or clean them up can just make the problem worse. I had a […]

Five Steps to Regaining Balance in Your Life


This is the slightly long-winded story of my wakeup call that it was time to make a conscious effort to regain the balance in my life. If you want to skip all this and scroll down to my practical suggestions, I won’t blame you. “If you don’t give your body and mind the balance they […]

12 Frugal but Sweet Valentine’s Day Ideas


      Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. The TV commercials may be showing luxury items like diamonds and long stemmed roses but we can still celebrate the day with something simpler and something much more budget-friendly. Check out these 12 Frugal but Sweet Valentine’s Day Ideas: Leave hidden heart shaped love notes […]

Dr. Seuss Framed Truffula Trees


Hey gang, it’s time for Craft Lightning – Dr. Seuss edition once again! Craft Lightning is hosted by The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Mom Endeavors. Craft Lightning projects are ones that you can make in under 15 minutes (minus drying time). The one I have for you today is so darn simple […]

Should Skipping School for a Family Vacation be Illegal?


I saw this report on the Today Show discussing whether it’s good or bad for children to be pulled out of school for a family vacation and whether it should be illegal or not to do so. Apparently in some places it is against the law and in some places like Britain where truant officers […]

January 2015 $300 Round Robin Giveaway (Jan 22-Jan 31)


  $15 isn’t a lot of money in the big picture but when you think about it, there’s a lot you can do with $15. I can have breakfast at Cora’s (one of my favourite breakfast places ever here in Canada) or at Bob Evan’s (my favourite one in the US). I can buy 8 […]

How to Disable Auto Playing Videos on Facebook


If I had a nickel for every time I saw someone complaining about auto playing videos on Facebook, I’d have enough to buy a fancy coffee at Starbucks. It’s actually really easy to do: On a computer – While on Facebook, simply go to the drop-down menu in the top right corner. Click on “Settings”. […]

Strange Magic Movie Opening in a Week


“Strange Magic”, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. […]

Marco the Cat Needs Our Help


  This is Marco the Cat. You may have already heard of him – after all, he is a local celebrity.  I met Marco a few days ago when I took my dog in to see our vet, Dr. Kyla Dillard but I had actually first heard about him on CTV News. You see, poor […]

The Cross at the Crossroads


I’ve always been in love with Effingham, Illinois.  Whenever my dad and I took a road trip to or from Arkansas, Effingham was often the place where we’d take a break for the night.  Every time we got there, the first thing we’d do is giggle at the name of the town – it was […]