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The Joys Of Empty Nesting!!

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Just to start off this post with a little disclaimer….I love my wonderful daughters very much and miss them every day!!  But it is a normal process in life that your children will grow up and move on to create their own nuclear family.  And I can proudly say that they are both doing very well and being very successful in their new lives with their partners.

Since my husband, Will and I are now empty nesters, our lives have changed dramatically.  It has been 26 plus years since we have lived on our own without children in the house.  We are having to adjust to living with just the two of us.

And it has been wonderful!!!  It is just the two of us now and I was initially a little concerned that we would have forgotten how to be just us again.  But my fears were for not…it has been fantastic.  I think we are closer now than we have ever been.  When we first met and then were newly married before our girls came along, we were too young to appreciate the alone yet together time that we had.  Now we are more mature (I hope), we have raised our wonderful girls and have had a lot of amazing experiences together as a family.  But now it is time for us to be together just the two of us.  I have the opportunity to get to know my husband again as just my husband, not just the father of our children.  I had forgotten how amazing he is, how funny, how sweet he is in the midst of the daily business of being parents.  We will never stop being parents, but now it is much less of a hands on situation, and we get to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labours and see our girls grown up and being successful adults.  It has been 4 months now and I am loving every minute of being with my sweet baboo!!

If you have kids, or don’t, what stage are you at in your life and relationship with your partner?  Cheers, Michele

Happy New Years!! One Hundred Subscribers!

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Now that 2016 is coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year.  It has been a wonderful year for my blog and I now have one hundred subscribers from around the world.  I never expected anyone other than me to be interested in my ramblings, my recipes and my thrifting and refashioning posts.  So thank you to all of you who have subscribed or who have read my posts and especially to those who have taken the time to comment or give me feedback on my posts.  You can’t imagine how much I appreciate the fact that you took the time to let me know what you think.  It is wonderful to hear from you.  I look forward to each new comment with great delight.

Now to look forward to 2017.  I hope the up coming year brings you health, happiness, love and lots of memorable adventures in your life.  May your hearts be filled with joy and love and may you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.  Happy New Year!  Cheers, Michele

Why I Love The Comox Valley, British Columbia!!

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I recently spent a wonderful week with my dad and his girlfriend Carol in their beautiful new home in the Comox Valley.  We had a truly lovely time and I got to meet some members of Carol’s family as well.  I previously lived in Comox for a total of 16 years of my life and my husband and I would love to return here and retire.  Here are just some of the many reasons I love the beautiful Comox Valley.

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The mountains and glaciers.

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The beaches.

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The farmers’ markets.

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The food and wine.  There are several wineries and artisanal breweries here in the valley.
The best part about the valley is that we will be able to renew old friendships and make new ones.  I will be able to be close to my family.  And one of the best things is that it rarely snows in the valley as it is a rainforest climate with short rainy winters and long sunny summers.  Here is hoping that the next year or so has my husband and I having a new Comox valley address.  Wish me luck!  Cheers, Michele

Thank You For Over 10,000 Views!!

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Don’t forget to sign up for the anniversary giveaway, just subscribe to my blog and then send me a note to tell me which bundle of prizes you would like to be entered for.  Giveaway closes September 30th!

When I started this blog a year ago I never thought I would have as much interest in what I tend to ramble on about as I have, so I am completely delighted to have finally reached over 10,000 views on my blog.  I know some bloggers get 10,000 views per day, but this is a pretty big milestone for me and my little blog.  I want to thank all the lovely people who have taken the time to look at and read my blog as well comment and give me encouragement to continue this journey.  Thank you so much.  Cheers, Michele

The Savoy Brasserie Ottawa!! Restaurant Review!

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For my birthday on Saturday we went to the Savoy Brasserie here in Ottawa to celebrate.  I love this restaurant very much, the food is always stellar, the service is very good and I love the atmosphere.  So I thought I would review our latest visit to this wonderful place.

My husband Will, our daughter Katie and her boyfriend Chris went with me to celebrate and so the company was terrific to begin with.We were seated by the window so we could do some people watching, which reminds me of our time in Europe and how much fun people watching is while enjoying delicious food.  We enjoyed some delicious cocktails while we waited for our food.

I had already checked out the menu on-line to figure out my main dish, but I already had a good idea what I wanted because the type of dish I wanted is one of my favourite ways to eat.

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We ordered 40 raw oysters and 20 large prawns to share for starters.  Will ordered the moules and frites (mussels with French fries and garlic aioli) in a beer, blue cheese and lardons sauce.  He was very nice and shared with me.  Katie ordered the vegetable tartar and a risotto.  Chris ordered the deconstructed grilled Caesar salad.

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I got a chaucutarie which had smoked duck, house made pate and foie gras.  It was so amazingly yummy.  After all that terrific food we were too full for dessert, but I can tell you from previous experience that the desserts are decadent and delicious.

We all enjoyed our dinner very much, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was delightful, not too noisy that you couldn’t have a great conversation over food.  It is an expensive restaurant, but you certainly get what you pay for, the quality of the food is very good as is the service.  Certainly a special occasion type of place.  But if you go during Westboro (the name of the neighbourhood that the Savoy is in) hour, oysters and prawns are only $1 each from 3:30 til closing every day.  So if you are into oysters and prawns and other appetizers, with a beer included, it is a reasonable and delicious meal option.

If you live in the Ottawa area, I definitely recommend that you try this restaurant out.  I give it 5 stars!!  Cheers, Michele

My Love Of All Things Body Shop!!

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I have had a long-standing love affair with The Body Shop back from when I was 15 and would take the subway down to the Eaton’s Centre in downtown Toronto and buy things using my hard-earned pennies from babysitting.  On my birthday today, I went into the location here in The Bayshore Mall in Ottawa and had a wonderful experience.  I was looking for products to feature in a future giveaway on my blog.  Chatting with the lovely girl at the counter, I revealed that I blog and wanted to giveaway some products.  She not only helped me pick out what I will give away but gave me a ton of sample and travel size products to try out myself.  Just a disclaimer, this post is not sponsored by anyone, the opinions are completely my own, and all photos are courtesy of The Body Shop website.

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She gave me some Drops of Youth, Youth Concentrate drops to try out.  I already know I love this product line from The Body Shop so I was delighted for more.  It is light and non-greasy and sinks in and leaves a luxurious softness to my skin.

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She also gave me the Oils of Life facial oil as well as a travel size of the night cream from this line.  It smells scrumptious and I am really looking forward to testing it out.  This lead me to remember the fact that I love the product lines from this store, they are ethically source for their ingredients, are really well priced, smell delicious and on top of that, really work.  Yet I haven’t been shopping there as much as I should be, all things considered.  Well that is going to change, welcome me home, Body Shop!!

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I am looking forward to getting closer to winter as they come out with my favourite product, the Raspberry Body Scrub which has real raspberries in it.  It smells so delicious that you almost want to eat it right out of the pot.  It leaves my skin so soft and silky that I look forward to using it every day, but ration it for when my skin is most in need of help.  My last hoarded pot of this gorgeous scrub is almost empty, so I will be buying up a bunch of tubs as soon as it goes back on sale.

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I bought some body butters, body scrubs and shower gels in my two favourite scents for an upcoming giveaway.  The coconut and the pink grapefruit are my favourites of all their scents.  The coconut is so warm and cosy and soothing that it relaxes me as soon as I smell it’s heavenly smell and the pink grapefruit is so fresh, sweet yet tangy that it wakes me right up.

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My all time favourite blush is the Guava shade by The Body Shop.  I have gone through a whole pot of this and am on my second.  It gives a soft subtle glow, without glitter or shine.  Perfect for my skin and skin colour.

So don’t be like me and forget how wonderful The Body Shop products are.  Check them out.  I will keep you posted about how the samples of the Oils of Life work out for me.  What are your favourite Body Shop fragrances or product lines? Don’t forget to sign up for my anniversary giveaway Here!  Cheers, Michele

A Bit Of A Different Find Of The Day!! A Big Surprise!

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It has been a hell of a day today.  We have had some kind of animal burrowing under out house for the last little while and since we have seen lots of rabbits and squirrels in our yard we thought it was one of those.  But then Katie our eldest daughter saw a groundhog in the yard yesterday, so we figured it was one of those.  So we bought a humane box trap and baited it with vegetables and cooked chicken and put it out.

My husband woke me up this morning and said he saw something in the trap and then went off with the dog for a long walk to leave me to sort it out.  So out I went and here is what I found.

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A little skunk!!  He or she was pretty ticked off but luckily I didn’t get sprayed.  I covered the trap with a big plastic bag after tying a rope to the latch of the door and took the whole thing to an open field near my house and let the little guy go.  Be free little stripey friend.  Glad you aren’t living under my house any more.  Hope your weekend was a little less stressful and exciting than mine.  Have you ever had an unpleasant experience with a skunk?  Cheers, Michele