Top 10 of 2017 – Blog In Review

As 2017 comes to an end this weekend, I was curious to see what blog posts were the most popular this year. It is interesting to look at the numbers and results each year to see what it is that YOU, my readers, are looking at the most. It also helps me in planning content for the future. 

Thank you for follolwing our journey and visiting and share the blog over this past year.  It is obvious from the stats that you like the travel and family content we have been adding, along with the meal planning and recipes. There will me much more content in these categories this year as we streamline the blog and offer you more content. 

Here are the top 10 posts of 2017!

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Cuso International ~ Helping Mothers & Babies Around The Globe

This post is sponsored as part of a partnership with Cuso International. As always, all opinions are my own.

This time 5 years ago, I was awaiting the arrival of Clayton. His due date was Dec 25th, 2012. My pregnancy had been amazing, as was my pregnancy with my oldest boy, 9 1/2 years earlier. Honestly, the only fear I had going into the week he was due, was hoping for good weather. Guess what!?!  He arrived late, on December 30th, in the middle of a snow storm! Our neighbour helped dig us out, flagged down a plow and the city plow helped us get to the main road. We arrived at the hospital with only minutes to spare, he was born 20 minutes after arriving.

Here in Canada, we’re fortunate to have access to amazing facilities, doctors, midwives and other health professionals.  Mother's in other parts of the World are not so lucky.

In countries like Ethiopia, that isn’t always the case. In Pawe, a small community in rural Ethiopia, mothers like Abeba have their babies in health centres that aren’t equipped for unexpected circumstances. Simple challenges that seem like a small hiccup in the labour process here, can lead to tragedy. The health professionals don’t always have specialized training, and infection and life threatening complications are common.

~ Cuso International

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Treasures from NB Beaches – Jewellery by East Coast Sea Gems *Review*

I am an ocean girl at heart. Spending as much time as possible in my younger years near the water. I grew up near a river and close to the Bay of Fundy. One of the things I love to do is beach combing and finding beach glass. Salisha is a beach comber as well, only her finds are inspiration for creating these stunning, one of a kind pieces of jewellery.

*I was provided with this set of jewellery for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
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Pamper Yourself with Laura’s Essentials *Review*

*I was provided with products for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

We all need a little pampering, anytime of the year, but especially in the Winter months when we tend to hibernate and neglect our bodies a little. If you need a little pampering, or have someone in your life who you would like to pamper, Laura's Essentials is here to help! 

Laura's Essentials produces a wide variety of products from bath products to specialty creams and balms. Hand made, All natural body products made with Essential oils.

In the past few weeks I was able to try some of these lovely bath and body products. I truly enjoyed all the products I tried, but I would have to say the Winter Hands Healing Balm and (more…)

Socks with health benefits – Voxx HPT Socks *Review*

Socks with health benefits!

*This is a sponsored review. All wording & opinions are my own.

So, I will be honest, as I am with all reviews. I was skeptical...socks that relieve pain, improve balance and athletic performance, really?

For the past 2 months I have had major foot pain. Getting up in the morning was painful or standing after a long time seated made me wince. I tried stretches, foot baths and creams. Taking pain meds helped a bit, but that just masks the pain and it kept returning. So when Ķelsie-Ann asked me to review the Voxxlife products, I was game to try anything! (more…)

$25 Meal Plan – Dec 7/17

Here is this week's $25 weekly meal plan.

These meal plans are suggestions for anyone trying to really cut costs, while keeping meals as "real food" and as unprocessed as possible. These are not my personal weekly meal plans, I will be sharing these in a separate post from now on. 

Please comment, offer suggestions, ask questions and share recipes. This feature is to help people see it IS possible to eat well on a tight budget.

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Lips that last! – review of Lipsense

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for review purposes. All wording , photos and opinions are my own.

Okay, I used to be a lipstick  girl...but over the years have not found a lipstick that I can wear all day and one that does not glob up on my lips. My many attempts to find a long lasting lipstick resulted in me giving up and just using lip balm or lightweight gloss. (more…)