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IMMUNE-BOOSTING CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

    It seems like cold and flu season has hit everyone extra hard this year- even now at the beginning of Spring, people are coughing and snivelling and feeling under the weather. We all know that chicken soup can help a sore throat and soothe a cold, but what about stopping the cold in the first place? Regularly consuming nourishing foods that support immune function is an amazing way to prevent illness. While a healthy diet in general is key to a strong immune system, there are some foods that have a little extra oomph in the immunity department!…

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BLOOM BABY MARKET

        This weekend, the Bloom Baby (& Kid’s) Market returns to the Fort Langley Community Hall!         With a focus on locally made and designed finds including fashion, decor, accessories, toys and treats, you’re bound to discover some amazing pieces!       FRIDAY Featuring wine and shopping on from 5:00pm to 9:00pm!   SATURDAY Shopping plus face painting for the little ones! Open 9:00am to 4:00pm.         THE DETAILS March 31st to April 1st   Fort Langley Community Hall   As strollers are not recommended inside the hall, there is free ‘valet’ stroller…

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THE PASSIONATE HOME

        The Journey: The Passionate Home       It all started with a tea table and then I had to save my marriage! Yup, some things can just get out of hand and that is just what happened to me one afternoon when I entered into my garage with a small square oak table, a handful of dollar store paints and a paint brush!         So let me just back up a bit. Our good friends had just had a baby girl, it was 2002 and I had just taken a One Stroke…

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CONTIKI STYLE

      If you haven’t heard of them, Contiki Holidays are youth travel experts serving 18-35 year olds. Since their first tour in 1962, with just one tour and one bus, fast forward to 2016 they now operate over 300 tours on 6 continents worldwide!     I was offered the opportunity to experience a Contiki tour in May of 2016, so I packed my bags and headed to Paris to what I thought would be an ordinary guided tour. I was wrong.           Upon arriving in Paris, I decided to take the Metro to…

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LUXURY VINYL

            Living with the NEW Vinyl Flooring             From: Mannington.com   For the longest time, vinyl flooring was that horrible stuff our parents put down in their kitchens and bathrooms. As Stimulistas bought homes, we proceeded to rip it out, scrape it up or put new flooring over it. But, like shag carpeting, vinyl is making a comeback in a whole new way.   From: Valleyfloorcoveringct.com   The new vinyl, known as LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile), should really be called LVF for Luxury Vinyl Flooring. It comes in tile or plank shapes…

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH & RED LENTIL SOUP

        In the spirit of Thanksgiving just passed, I have to say that I’m thankful it’s butternut squash season! This delicious vegetable is one of my favourite ingredients to cook with; it’s as versatile as it is tasty, with a richness that’s perfect for Fall and Winter meals. If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe to warm you up during this cold and soggy weather, this soup is it. Smooth, creamy and full of Fall goodness, it’s a perfect comforting meal you can throw together in less than 30 minutes.          …

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HOW TO WEAR: MAXI CARDIGAN

            If last weekend’s storm told us anything, it’s that fall weather is in full force. This means it’s time to get cozy!                 One of my favourite fall trends is the maxi cardigan. A fun twist on the staple wardrobe piece, the maxi cardigan adds a little extra length, a little extra warmth, and whole lot of style to your outfit. But what’s the best way to pull it off?   Visit Dynamite for this leopard maxi cardigan!   Check out the Nixon from Love Those Shoes!…

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OLD TURNS NEW WITH BARN DOORS

        One of the biggest interior trends to hit homes – and evolve rather than disappear – is the barn door. I don’t know what clever person came up with the idea, or who started making the barn door a trend a few years ago, but it has definitely taken off in all kinds of stylish ways.     Old has become new again – but definitely with some twists. While we call them barn doors, there are no creaky hinges on them. These barn doors are just “slabs” of wood or glass that slide on overhead…

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A VERY DOG-TASTIC BIRTHDAY CAKE

  My sweet little boy recently celebrated his first birthday! Yes, you are correct in assuming my sweet little boy is actually a big, drooling, furry, dog!   As I am always making cakes for everyone in the family, I wanted to make one for Cooper. It had to be special; quality, dog-tummy-friendly ingredients, and still look somewhat birthday cake-ish. I think I was successful!   Coming up with ingredients wasn’t that difficult. I pictured a meatloaf-type construction and went from there. I used canned wild salmon and mixed it with some cooked brown rice for a binder. Then I…

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TREND ALERT: INSPO TEES

Every now and then, we all need little reminders to live in the moment, enjoy life, and keep on keeping on. Now, you can wear those inspirational messages right on your sleeve—literally. It’s a trend that is putting positive vibes into our world, at a time when I think we could all agree we need it most.  Whether it’s a casual night out with friends, a trip to the beach, or a sweaty workout at the gym, these tees are great little reminders to include in your day. Here are a few of my favourite: OLD NAVY, TANK $9.97 SHE…

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