Sometimes you find something that you want to share with the whole world. This series of blogs intends to do just that. It’s kind of like that song “These are a few of my favorite things”… Continue reading My Karmic Finds – #1
Category: Around Home
Starting my Feng Shui Journey
I cleared a space at the dining room table to start my journey. I sat down with The Feng Shui Journal – A guided workbook to bring harmony into your Life (by Teresa Polanco). I made myself a cup of mint tea in my “angel” mug (as I know I will need all the extra help I can get). Continue reading Starting my Feng Shui Journey
My Feng Shui Year – 2016
I need to change my life and I plan to use Feng shui to do it…
I am so glad that you’ve decided to join me on the journey to find my new “Karma”. Anyone who knows me will tell you that it is likely to be a bumpy ride. You may even find it’s a roller coaster, rather than a speedy highway or a tranquil forest trail. I woke on January 1, 2016 and decided my life needs to be different. Continue reading My Feng Shui Year – 2016
Maritime Brown Bread
When my kids were growing up, every Saturday morning we went to a local bakery in Mississauga and came home with a loaf of bread called Maritime Brown Bread . It was a flavorful sandwich bread because it was made with molasses, which gave it a distinct smell and taste. It goes great with baked beans too, which was often a Saturday favorite lunch. When I started making home-made bread in my bread machine, I found this recipe for Maritime Brown Bread in my favorite bread book. Whenever I make this loaf, my kids still recognize it because of its distinctive aroma. It’s a family favorite. Continue reading Maritime Brown Bread
4 Reasons Why I Sleep Better
Wouldn’t we all love to have better and more sleep?
I know so many people who suffer from some type of insomnia these days. Some who cannot fall asleep. Others who wake up in the middle of night and lay awake for hours – falling asleep again shortly before the alarm goes off . And a third group who wake at the crack of dawn – too early to rise – but they cannot get back to sleep.
The Reasons Why I Love Making Bread
What do you love most about fresh bread? The taste, smell, texture, shape, or what you can put between two slices of it? I must admit, I love all of these. But smell is my favorite – that sweet, yeasty aroma. And, I certainly love the taste of fresh home-made bread – with butter and jam, toasted or as sandwiches.
The other major reason for making home-made bread is that I know that the ingredients that I choose are natural and healthy for me. Continue reading The Reasons Why I Love Making Bread
Giving Children Independence
Children learn how to make decisions and develop their own good judgement when you give them the freedom and independence to do so. Letting go of the reins to let them do this – while keeping them in a safe environment – is always a challenge for parents and grandparents.
We want them to learn about the world on their own and to handle awkward or challenging situations. We also want them to be safe and to feel protected. How do we balance these two needs?
Need for Change – The Answer is Within
…when we are ready to make a change in our lives. We need to listen to our own wisdom – rather than that of others. We will know when it is the right time to act. After all, we are the ones that must live with the consequences.
Recently while I was telling a friend about my solo backpacking trip to Ireland, she asked: “What advice do you have for a gal who is also making her way through this world? I have some changes and work to do on myself, and as yet have not taken the steps that I need to.”
Firstly, I told her that advice should be listened to – but not necessarily followed. Nonetheless, I am a person who always has advice to give. And what follows is my counsel…
3 Reasons Why I Drink Coffee at Home
By the time I finish my workout at the gym in the morning, I am craving my first cup of coffee of the day.
I pass the local coffee shop and I am tempted to stop. But instead I blissfully wander home drawn by the vision of a relaxing brew at my dining room table, while I do a crossword puzzle and listen to classical music (my Zen).
There are several reasons why I prefer a coffee at home: Continue reading 3 Reasons Why I Drink Coffee at Home
The Zen of Gardening
April showers bring May flowers! It’s raining today which means I am inside catching up with indoor work and grateful that I was able to garden on the weekend.
While gardens are beautiful to look at, good for the soul, and a benefit to our environment – they also are work! And before we start to see results in May and the rest of the summer season, plenty of effort is required. Continue reading The Zen of Gardening