Wives – The Modern Day Super Heroes
Sep17

Wives – The Modern Day Super Heroes

Staring at a sink full of dishes and the bomb site that is my kitchen, I do what I always do; I roll my shirt sleeves up and start the cleaning process. Alas, this is my cliché married life. My husband is a good cook, but every time he cooks, the kitchen is a scene from a horror movie! He has tried washing up in the past, but I think he intentionally does it badly so that I don’t ask him to do it regularly! I put up with his feet up on the coffee table when he is watching TV; dirty clothes on the bathroom or bedroom floor; used mugs, plates, cutlery either haphazardly left around the tables, desks, and/or kitchen (but not sink!); even his annoying habit of emptying his pockets of keys, phone, lint, receipts, coins (why do men always just spend notes and leave the coins? What do they expect we’ll do with the jars and jars of change?) on the bedside table every evening instead of the designated “bowl” I have set aside for all his crap! Despite all of the annoying little things (that automatically become big things during the hormonal week!), he is the man who I vowed to love for better or for worse and that I am blessed to have him in my life. The jobs of today’s wives are not in any wedding rule books. Wives are now creatures that work hard, play hard and love hard!  We manage the home, the finances, the kids, the extended family, the friends, the extended friends AND the whinging husband! It’s a never-ending job,...

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First Dates 2: 28 Fun Things to Do
Mar13

First Dates 2: 28 Fun Things to Do

This is the second of three posts on first dates, which will run through to Saturday. While yesterday’s post armed you with what to do and not to do on a first date, today’s offers 28 fun activity ideas and tomorrow will be a list of 40 progressive questions to use throughout the date. We hope this little series will charge your first date batteries and get you prepared for Saturday night! Many first dates involve meeting in a bar or restaurant. Beside panacea that alcohol offers, this old standard could be what is making all those first dates so unremarkable. These are so many better options that will at least offer you both an interesting evening, even if you don’t hit it off. Do something creative that will make the date a super special and memorable experience. The ideas below might even provide just the sort of situation that you and your future amour bond over. Food and Drink 1. BYO-everything. It’s like a potluck, but better. One person is responsible for drinks and the other brings along bites, pick a fun location (a park, riverside, or really anywhere with a nice view), and chat it up about your love for cheese or obsession with the latest whiskey concoction. Though optimal for warmer months, it could even be fun to bring spiked hot chocolate in a thermos and stroll through the snow. (¡Que romántico!) 2. Take a cooking class. Cooking is always a great alternative to going out, but it can...

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7 Gardening Tips
Mar10

7 Gardening Tips

  Nothing bets fresh flowers and produce, and they are all the better if you’ve planted, grown and harvested them yourself. However, gardening is tricky and to get it right there is a lot more involved than just planting seeds and watering them. The following seven tips are an excerpt from a post on gardening that we thought rounded up the basics of gardening very well. 1. Compost Composting is the rare silk purse from sow’s ear, something for nothing, win-win. You start out with kitchen, yard and garden debris and wind up with two benefits: 1) a great soil amendment, and 2) many green points for avoiding the landfill. It’s easy to fall into thinking that compost’s last name is bin, and that careful layering and turning are part of the deal. But piling shredded leaves in a corner counts too. So does “trench composting,” handy for those with little garden space, and so does bringing your kitchen scraps to a place (try the nearest community garden) that will compost them if you can’t. 2. Use Compost Spread it around plants to ward off disease; put a bit in your potting mix to add slow-release micronutrients; top-dress beds with it to improve soil structure no matter what kind of soil you have; use it to help restore life to soil that’s exhausted from years of chemical abuse. Sprinkle it on the lawn spring and fall to encourage the shallow grass roots. It’s...

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Feng Shui Romance: 27 Tips
Mar06

Feng Shui Romance: 27 Tips

  Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China, basically a philosophical system of harmonising everyone with the surrounding environment. Feng means ‘wind’ and shui is ‘water’, both are associated with good health and good fortune in Chinese culture. The practice of feng shui is based on a complex system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi). This informs how to best balance the good and bad energies of any given space to ensure the energy is right for good health and good fortune for those who live there. For those who follow the philosophy, the effect of feng shui are taken into account when siting and designing buildings. What does this have to do with romance? Plenty, because if the feng shui is wrong, bad energy can have an adverse effect on relationships. To help you invite love into your life or rev up the passion in with your existing partner, following are 27 tips on how to create good romance feng shui. 1. Place objects in pairs in your bedroom (two candles, two hearts, a vase with two equal size flowers) to enhance your romance or marriage.2. A bedroom should be for rest and romance only, so remove things that keep you from focusing on love – especially clutter, dirty clothes, and the cat’s litter box.3. Replace any furniture that is broken, stained, torn, or...

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TBT: Food of the 60’s and 70’s
Feb19

TBT: Food of the 60’s and 70’s

  For Throw Back Thursday let’s look at the food of the 60’s and 70’s. This was a period of transition from the traditional food of the 1950’s, toward the leanings of the 80’s and 90’s toward higher end processed or gourmet foods. It was a time of meatloaf, green Jello salads, deviled eggs, Baked Alaska and tuna surprise. Indeed casseroles of any kind were big in the ’70s, mainly because there was very bad economy, and casseroles are a filling and cheap dinner option. There was also the woman’s lib movement of that period and helping women spend less time in the kitchen was the propertied goal of many processed foods that popped up during that time. The 1970s were a raging mess for everyone except those with the most hardcore sense of denial. The music was good, but the hair, clothing, politics and everything else were a stain on history. The nation was torn between progressing to the next level, building upon the revolutionary ’60s, and taking a step backwards, trying to shoehorn itself back into the gee-whiz future envisioned in the ’50s. The worst casualty of American life might have been the food. An entire cottage industry sprung up around the notion that housewives were fresh out of ideas for innovative meals that would delight and inspire their families. Test kitchens worked feverishly to outdo each other and the result was a culinary nightmare that lasted...

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15 things to get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day
Feb04

15 things to get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day

It is February and with the most romantic day of the year approaching many women have a burning question: What are good things to get a boyfriend for Valentine’s Day? Guys can just order flowers, plus maybe some chocolates and job done. However, for women the day of lovers can be a bit more difficult. Help is here! We’ve put together a list of some of the best things to get a guy for Valentine’s Day, and only one involves lingerie. 1. Dress the part The easiest way to spread Valentine’s cheer is to go elementary school and wear pink and red. Meet your boyfriend for a day date in skinny jeans and a pink top or sport a red minidress for your night together. For after hours, try Victoria’s Secret Valentine’s-themed lingerie. 2. Couple’s sports  A number one recommendation for a perfect Valentine’s date is ice-skating. If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it is that skating rinks breed romance. If there is no skating rink near you, find some other sport you can play as a couple, such as tennis or tandum cycling. So go have yourself a Serendipity moment and spend the day ice-skating or otherwise playing with your man. 3. Go skinny-dipping For something a bit less tame we recommend nighttime skinny-dipping. Seriously, few things are hotter than a steamy, late-night swim. Just be careful, please…getting caught trespassing might kill the mood. 4. Buy him tickets to a game If you want...

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TBT: Pigs in a blanket
Jan29

TBT: Pigs in a blanket

For TBT we delved into that haute cuisine of the 50’s: pigs in a blanket. While we thought it might be hard to come by ancient recipes it seems the Americans are still tucking into their beloved piggies.  For probably the most classic one we could unearth, you’ll find Martha Stewart’s recipe here. However, those crazy kids over at Buzzfeed have put together 19 audacious ways to make pigs in a blanket, seeing tradition thrown aside for versions that are spicier, healthier and, of course, more decadent. Our personal favourite is very simple: use a roll of refrigerated biscuit dough, such as Pillsbury, wrap each around a pre-cooked sausage or hotdog of choice and follow the directions for baking the biscuits. As they say in America…Enjoy!

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iPhone romance
Jan06

iPhone romance

This creative use of 14 iPhones and iPads adds a whole new take on real-time animation. The music video is an incredibly well choreographed dance with the devices, which feature equally well thought out and executed animations, all set to the catchy “Knock Knock” by Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes. However, the visual is a bit stalker-ish, with an odd bunny man relentlessly pursuing a woman who is clearly not interested. We’ll just appreciate the music, creativity and execution, not thinking too much about the meaning.  

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Get pickled!
Dec19

Get pickled!

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Christmas hacks
Dec18

Christmas hacks

You have friends popping over, now, and you forgot to buy their gift. Too late to even have Ready Flowers help. So what do you do? This video has life hacks to solve this and many other dilemmas, to make sure your Christmas holidays go smoothly. This is one of the milder videos from Grant Thompson, know as “The King of Random”. Videos from his channel usually carry a “do not try this at home” disclaimer. However, these DIY holiday hacks are all pretty safe and kid friendly.

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DIY paper snowflakes
Dec16

DIY paper snowflakes

These DIY paper snowflakes are super creative and festive, but they are actually fairly easy to make. Pure genius for decorating on a budget or just to impress. If this video is of interest to you, go to the full tutorial from the crafty people at Handimania.  

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DYI Christmas tree napkins
Dec13

DYI Christmas tree napkins

As if there wasn’t enough to do for the holidays, you also want to have pretty place settings with that special Christmas feast. It’s only once a year and you can sleep tomorrow, so go for it, with this tutorial on how to make cute Christmas tree napkins. If you like this but want more detail you can see Handimania’s full tutorial here.

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Kids in charge of Christmas
Dec09

Kids in charge of Christmas

What if Christmas trees had donuts, reindeer wore decorations in their antlers, snow was everywhere and rainbows were made out of cotton candy? The awesome people at Soul Pancake asked kids at a Boys & Girls Club to draw a picture of what the holidays would look like if they were in charge. The rest is simply #HolidayMagic.

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