A Recipe for Making Decisions: How to make an impossible decision in 7 easy steps


Information and Research

Gathering of knowledge from ‘the experts and specialists’




Weighing of Opinion


Evaluation of information


Gut Instinct



1. Gather as much information as you can through research. Mix this with knowledge and expertise from many sources (e.g. experts, specialists, others who have made a similar decision), placing an emphasis on those who are leaders in the area/topic on which you are trying to make a decision. Be prepared to search this information out internationally.

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How to Get Kids Outside: Epic Winter Lord of the Rings Edition


December in the Ottawa region is about a few things (other than Christmas): first real snowfall, tolerable outdoor temperatures, and epic movies. It’s December 3rd today, and like clockwork, the snow is on the ground and theaters everywhere are filling up to see the final Hobbit movie.

It’s not an easy time of year to get kids to play outside. Ice rinks and canals aren’t yet frozen, and the ski hills aren’t quite in full bloom. But, there are distinct advantages to December, if you venture into the forested regions of our environs.

Did you know that the area within 40 KM. of the MacDonald Cartier airport is 73% covered by forest? So, why not find a way to enjoy this predominant land feature?

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Five ways to make the most of your Christmas moments


Christmas is here again and that is stressful. But it’s also amazing and amazing for many different people and for many different reasons. That’s always been the case for me and my family but even then, I always find myself looking back on the Christmas season and thinking, “I should have enjoyed that more.”

But I don’t do anything about it except shrug my shoulders and plan to make better usage of my time the next year. This year, two days before Christmas, I’m doing something about it. I’m making my own list and I’ll be checking it many times over the next few days to make sure that when I look back on this holiday season  don’t regret my time spent.

1. On Christmas Day, before moving from one activity to the next, extend the moment for 60 seconds

Everything gets rushed on Christmas Day. You open gifts too fast, you eat too fast, you take pictures of your kids and relatives too fast because you’re always waiting to get to the next moment. This year, don’t do that. Sure, you might be in a hurry to get to the next thing, but if you can’t spend an 60 seconds doing something with your family on Christmas Day then you’ve made a wee scheduling boo boo. That extra 60 seconds can bring absolutely anything. it could be a hug by siblings or it could be this…

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Christmas Eve Traditions

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Every December we load up the kids in my hubby’s truck, go through the Drive Thru at Tim Hortons to pick up Hot Chocolate and Tim Bits, and then make our way to Orleans to drive down Taffy Lane.  We all love seeing the street that is lit up with lights and decorations covering lawns.

After we have driven through (normally twice to make sure we saw everything) we take a quick drive around a few other streets and then make our way downtown to see the tree’s that are lit up.

Christmas Eve we spend the evening at my mothers’ house with my family, and then we make our way home and get the cookies and milk ready for Santa.  Mr. J’s first Christmas he received a gift from his God-Mother – it was a set of plates and a mug for Santa.

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Blue Sea Lake Never Leaves My Heart

Growing up, one of the best things in my life was summer break. Yes, for all the reasons a kid might like that time of the year – no school, no tests, no homework.

But I had another reason. Each summer, I would spend time at my godparent’s cottage in Messines, Quebec with their sons and extended family. They have two cottages side by side on Blue Sea Lake and lots of family nearby to drop in for an early morning coffee or lunch. I loved it! Coming from a large family, it was fun to get some time “alone”, but I also thrived on all of the excitement of the cottage and the setting couldn’t be nicer, with clear and clean water nestled within a border of thick trees and quaint cottages.

In the weeks and days leading up to departure, I would make a “master list” of what I wanted to do while I was there – go for a swim and a boat ride, walk around the circle, have a bonfire, visit the island. The list was always flexible though. Because you never knew who would show up to this family cottage and what adventure you might have day to day – treasure hunts, building a teepee, going on long bike rides to the village. It was idyllic.

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Emergency Preparedness

Did you know that Emergency Preparedness Week is in May?

Does this look familiar?

If so, don’t worry. There are many things you can do to help prepare your family for an emergency, but there are 3 basic steps to getting prepared:

  1. Know the Risks
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Get a Kit

Today, I am going to focus on #3 and show you what I have been working on in my home.

I know at first look, it might seem like a big task to put together an emergency kit, but it does not have to be done in a day, and it shouldn’t be a major expense. Start with making a list and thinking about how you can use things you already have. Get Prepared is a great website that has interactive checklists to help get you started.

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