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There are two main things I look for in a vehicle – fuel efficiency and space. The Honda Odyssey has both in spades. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been testing out the 2014 Odyssey SE, in fact we took it on a trip to Mackinac Island just to test out the gas mileage and see how it fared. This vehicle comes equipped with a V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. It offers 8-passenger seating,HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth wireless mobile phone interface with a text message. There is plenty of space in the back and the seats have Lower Anchors and Tethers […] Continue reading →


As you know, we are a big fan of Carnival’s new ships. The Carnival Sunshine isn’t technically “new” although you would never guess it when onboard. Previously the Carnival Destiny,  the Carnival Sunshine holds 3,002 passengers and features everything from an onboard waterpark, a SkyCourse, an incredible amount of restaurants and activities onboard.  Last November we were invited onboard this new ship and took part in the Christening festivities. During the dockside ceremony in New Orleans, Lin Arison, the widow of Ted Arison (founder of Carnival Cruise Lines) christened the ship. Carnival also made a donation of $25,000 to the YoungArts […] Continue reading →


My husband bought me a ring, a couple of years after we first met. It wasn’t fancy, or overly expensive, but it meant the world to me. The sterling silver band had intricate markings all around and there was a light blue gemstone in the middle, to represent my birthstone. I wore it every day, along with a gold anklet that he bought for me as a birthday present. The only time I ever took those pieces off was if I was working with my hands or wearing socks. During one of those rare days, I placed them both in […] Continue reading →


Looking for the best beignets in New Orleans? I’ve found them! Soft fluffy donuts with a crispy fried outer shell covered in mounds of white sugar. The beignet may very well be one of the best culinary masterpieces to come out of the United States. At least in my opinion. I finally, FINALLY had a chance to try one of these incredible treats during our trip to New Orleans and they definitely lived up to their reputation. Cafe Du Monde is the most famous spot to dine in New Orleans. It is the original French Market Coffee stand since 1862 […] Continue reading →

Royal Sonesta Pool

New Orleans is one of those cities that I’ve longed to visit for years now. When an opportunity arose for me to embark on the new Carnival Sunshine cruise ship for it’s inaugural sailing in New Orleans, I was thrilled! This would be our chance to visit one of the most talked about and popular cities in the United States. We decided to arrive a few days early in order to really experience the city, however my procrastination got in the way of accommodations and we happened to be visiting during a very busy time. There were a few conferences […] Continue reading →

Dog Car Seat

Yes, it exists – a dog car seat that is! While looking for a comfortable travel solution for our little Coton de Tulear puppy, I came across a product that will hold her weight both now and when she’s full grown. The Kurgo Skybox Dog Booster Seat that allows your dog to look out the window while still saying secured. I’m not a fan of a loose dog in the vehicle while I drive, which is why we’ve always had ours secured in a crate. The problem with a crate is that it takes up a ton of room and […] Continue reading →

Wye Marsh with Kids

The kids are out of school, which means many of us are busy travelling or planning day trips and other fun activities to keep everyone busy for the next couple of months. I like to take our children on trips that will both educate and entertain. The Wye Marsh Wildlife Center in Midland is ideal for kids of all ages and is located on 3,000 acres of wetlands, fern and forest near Georgian Bay.  As soon as you enter the building, you’ll notice the indoor displays. Here you can learn all about the wetlands and the variety of plant and wildlife located […] Continue reading →