Archive for Holidays/Special Occassions

3 Ways to Keep Valentine’s Day in Perspective

3 Ways to Keep Valentine’s Day in Perspective

I like Valentine’s Day as a whimsical celebration that brightens up a cold mid-February day. It provides the perfect excuse to temporarily break any New Year’s resolutions to swear off sugar, and instead happily indulge in a decadent square of salted caramel chocolate. Yet, for…

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Roaming & Romance in Kitchener-Waterloo

Roaming & Romance in Kitchener-Waterloo

I have done a dizzying amount of travel in the past 15 months for a gal who rarely makes it out of her attic office. In the summer of 2016, we took a family trip to Greece. Then, I tagged along with John to England…

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Returning to Our Roots

Returning to Our Roots

In the fall of 2005, my sister and I visited our family cottage with my dad. He was dying and wanted to go there for the last time with his daughters. As we sat in the small living room, autumn leaves falling outside on a…

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Vacationing with your Partner’s Parents? 3 Ways to Make a Great Impression

Vacationing with your Partner’s Parents? 3 Ways to Make a Great Impression

It’s summer! Are you in a new relationship and visiting your partner’s parents’ cottage for the first time? Or, perhaps you’ve been in a relationship for a while and are getting ready for a return visit? My recently published column in eHarmony Canada is just…

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The Perfect BFF Get-Away

The Perfect BFF Get-Away

I went to Niagara Falls years ago when my kids were playing competitive basketball. Perhaps it’s not the best “mommy” behaviour to admit that I don’t hold any nostalgia for those weekends away. Staying in discounted chain hotels with hundreds of teenagers, eating at family…

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A Post for Nick & Julie on their 50th Anniversary

A Post for Nick & Julie on their 50th Anniversary

I was a flower girl at my Aunt Julie and Uncle Nick’s wedding 50 years ago. I don’t remember much other than the feeling of their nuptials being a very important occasion, and running around the fancy tables at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal…

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Dear Dad. Is Heaven Fun?

Dear Dad. Is Heaven Fun?

My dad died a decade ago—on the sixth day of the six month of the year ’06. Before his service, the funeral director took my two sons aside and invited them to write letters to place in his coffin. It was a way to give…

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Your First Vacation As A Couple? 3 Ways To Get Along!

Your First Vacation As A Couple? 3 Ways To Get Along!

Are you planning your first vacation as a couple? YAY, what a great step in your relationship. There is no better way to really get to know someone than spending concentrated time together, outside of your natural habitat. Unfortunately, for too many couples, their vacation…

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“Show” and “Tell” Your Partner Your Love This Valentine’s Day

“Show” and “Tell” Your Partner Your Love This Valentine’s Day

After decades of marriage, I can predict what my husband will get me this Valentine’s Day. It is the same every year. He writes a cute saying on a blank card, and places it next to a small box of artisanal chocolate for me to…

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You’ll Never Guess What My Husband Bought Me For My Birthday. Seriously, You’ll Never Guess

You’ll Never Guess What My Husband Bought Me For My Birthday. Seriously, You’ll Never Guess

Just when I thought John couldn’t possibly get any more romantic, he surprised me with a scale for my birthday today. Admittedly, he does have a knack for knowing just how to make a girl’s heart flutter with just the perfect gift—like with the cell…

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