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The delight of Italian meals

Bowl of Tomatoes on Tricolored Pasta

We love watching an Italian cooking show called Lidia’s Italy. Even if we’ve just finished eating our own dinner, the delectable food she’s preparing never fails to make our stomachs growl and mouths water! After watching the program several times we picked up on the phrase she uses to [click to continue…]

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Peace begins in my heart

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These days there’s a war being played out on my Facebook newsfeed in a polarized chaos of opinion and fact, fury and compassion, bigotry and heartbreak.

In the midst of my own sense of [click to continue…]

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Tangled Tuesday No. 14

A to Z Tangle Sampler - April, 2014

It seems as though I’ve been moving in slow motion ever since I returned home from BlogHer ’14, and as a result I’m getting buried deeper and deeper in my personal “To Do” list. I feel like I need another week off work – without any other commitments such as traveling across the continent to attend [click to continue…]

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Trying again

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This morning I did something that I haven’t done since, oh, sometime in May: I dragged out and dusted off the Wii Fit Balance Board, replaced the long-dead batteries in the remote, and… gulp… weighed myself, prepared for the worst.
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Today’s Gratitude List – Linkup No. 40

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I feel as though I should probably warn you in advance – just in case you happened to think it would be otherwise – my gratitude list today is going to be rather BlogHer ’14-centric! Because the whole trip was an amazing experience from start to finish, and left me feeling grateful in all sorts of ways – [click to continue…]

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BlogHer ’14 Recap: The Post is in the Comments!

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Several of you have mentioned that you were looking forward to hearing about my time at BlogHer ’14, and I desperately want to write a recap or two (or five), but honestly? For whatever reason I’m having a really tough time pinning down (and then shaping into something shareable) any of [click to continue…]

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Photo Friday: Big

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Today’s Photo Friday word – “Big” – left me a bit stumped at first, but as I scrolled through my photo archives I found what I realized would be the perfect response to the prompt!

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Photo A Day Challenge – July 17-31, 2014

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July has come to an end, and I’m happy to say that I’ve completed another month of daily blogging (with considerable assistance from some of my lovely blogging friends, who helped to populate this space with a series of wonderful guest posts while I was away at BlogHer ’14)… plus another month [click to continue…]

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Blogger Awards – Catching Up, Once Again

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I am a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Blogger Award Recipient.

Yes, yes I am… because once again I have had the thrill and honour of being nominated for several blogger awards over the past few months – and [click to continue…]

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Tangled Tuesday No. 13

A to Z Tangle Sampler - April, 2014

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig! Yes, I’m back in Windsor after a whirlwind trip across the continent to San Jose, California for BlogHer ’14. I had an absolutely FABULOUS time at the conference (more on that at a later date), and am now slowly returning to my regular routine – which, of course, [click to continue…]

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Today’s guest post is written by fellow blogger Robin R. Talbott. Robin is a Fine Arts Conservation scientist with a Masters Degree in both science and art. She is a Registered Medical Technologist, with a specialty in Clinical Chemistry. She is known for adapting a medical procedure, the [click to continue…]

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gratitude

Welcome back to the BlogHer ’14 edition of the Gratitude Linkup! This linkup has been open for one week and will continue to be available over the next week for you to share your gratitude posts (and yes, you may certainly add more than one if you are so inclined!). [click to continue…]

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Guest Post – On Being a Misfit

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Today’s guest post is written by fellow blogger Elaine Kehoe. Elaine is a freelance copyeditor and a writer whose work has appeared or will appear in the journals Rosebud, Word Riot, The Quotable, and Relief, as well as at 12Most.com. She blogs at Tea Leaves.
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Guest Post – If My Keyboard Could Talk

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Today’s guest post is written by fellow blogger Cathy Graham. Cathy is a creative spirit who is passionate about living each day with joy and gratitude. Her blog, Cattitude and Gratitude, is an eclectic mixture of original poetry, her own inspirational posters combining her photos and favourite [click to continue…]

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Today’s guest post is written by fellow blogger Sanch: 30, Child psychologist, Writer, Imperfect, Bibliophile, Outdoorsy, Feminist, Coffee Snob, Fitness Fanatic, Foodie, Adventurer. Sanch blogs at Living my Imperfect Life, and you can also connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. [click to continue…]

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Guest Post – 10 Easy Ways to Buy Happiness

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Today’s guest post is written by fellow blogger Vidya Sury. Vidya is a Mom, writer, editor and blogger. She loves coffee, books, music, cooking, DIY, people, photography, and collecting smiles. She blogs at Vidya Sury, Coffee With Mi, and Be healthy, Be happy. Connect with her on [click to continue…]

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Tangled Tuesday No. 12

A to Z Tangle Sampler - April, 2014

This has been a rather fun week of tangling, due in part to a last-minute pre-BlogHer ’14 creative project that was sparked by a link (along with a not-so-subtle suggestion!) sent my way by a friend and taken on by yours truly. I can’t share it with you just yet, as I’m not quite finished… but [click to continue…]

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Welcome, guest posters!

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My first time attending a BlogHer conference was for BlogHer ’12 in New York City. The conference fell smack dab in the middle of my attempt to stick to a daily blogging schedule for the entire year, and you know what? I did it! Yes, even in the midst of a hectic conference schedule I managed to [click to continue…]

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gratitude

Welcome to the BlogHer ’14 edition of the Gratitude Linkup! While normally our linkups are open for just one week, this special “accommodate Laurel’s travel schedule” edition will run for two full weeks of gratitude sharing goodness… so keep checking back for new links! [click to continue…]

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On the path to a goal

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Pursuit:
tackling with enthusiasm the gradual, uphill climb
clear of vision, destination, desires
energy expended bringing joyful successes
earning, receiving, deserving
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