We’re always hearing that things were much safer, back in the day. Tales of yesteryear would have us believe that doors were always open, children were free to roam the streets in safety, and the world was virtually empty of the sort of degenerates that seem to abound in the headlines today. Oh … [Read more...]
Our Favourite Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $100
I heart Valentine's Day! Okay, it's really a guilt free day of indulging with those you love right? But no pressure, really. I don't expect to be showered by expensive gifts. Hey, I've been with my honey since 1986 and I'm grateful for everyday that he's stuck with my antics! (Yes, we were really, … [Read more...]
What Happens When You Give Kids Unlimited Candy?
All hell breaks loose, that's what happens! As if we didn't already know, kids + sugar = crazy times. But in an attempt to remind us all how important it is to keep our kids' pearly whites clean during this candy (see: Halloween) season, Crest did just that. Watch as a dinosaur munches sour … [Read more...]
I read somewhere recently that experts say sugar doesn’t make kids hyper. In fact the article said that it’s basically “in the parents head” and that we imagine our kids being extra hyper after we know they ate a pile of candy. Well, these experts should swing by my house (I’m sure yours may be the … [Read more...]
Buy Good Chocolate.
[youtube id="YlVICw_kydM"] The last week of October to roughly the second week of February is peak chocolate-buying season, but do you know where your cocoa (and other candy ingredients) comes from? I mean, like, do you really know? I will never look at cheap coffee, chocolate or sugar the … [Read more...]
Memories of Summers Past
Few things can transport me right back to my childhood. Summers especially. Growing up, our summers started out with great anticipation as we waited for our guests to arrive. Those guests would include our grandparents, aunts and uncles who would travel from Northern Ireland, England and Wales and … [Read more...]
Negotiating With Terrorists.
It is 11:20 AM, and candy is Ava Scarlett's favourite food group. She: Can I have something to eat, please? Me: Yes, darling! What would you like? She: Can I have some Swedish Berries? Me: Um... okay. She: Can I have ten? Me: You can have six. She: *pleading face* … [Read more...]
Imagine a world without Chocolate.
Can you imagine that idea? A world without chocolate? The thought hadn't crossed my mind before, but it could happen. The world's supply is being consumed faster than we can produce it and toss in Mother Nature's antics - well, the future of the cocoa bean is uncertain.A recent survey (conducted by … [Read more...]
Have a Dessert…or Two!
During my university days I lived with a great group of girls. We were always there for one another, and in times of heartbreak we'd all dress down in sweat pants and head to the amazing bakery down the street. We'd each choose a dessert and bring it back to our house, where we'd eat it out of the … [Read more...]
I have mounds of Halloween candy stashed in the cupboards from our kids' trick-or-treating efforts tonight.We let them choose one treat at the evening's end (Avelyn fished out the one full-sized Coffee Crisp bar and wolfed it down before I could reason with her) and then put the rest of the booty … [Read more...]