Is The Wine Still Making You Feel Fine?

I have always loved wine.  I grew up on wine.  My Dad was a winemaker, practicing his craft every evening in the basement.  The whole family had to taste the wine and give our opinion.  Some people drive to Niagara on the Lake for a wine tasting tour.  We got to enjoy tasting different wines in our own home.

Drinking wine in our family has always been about people gathering, lots of laughs and sharing stories.  It’s something I’ve grown to enjoy when I’m celebrating, in a good mood or when I want a treat for a week of hard work.

Since the pandemic my relationship with wine has (more…)

Blessings for Brooke

Three years ago my friend Kristee Lyle Aubin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Two of her biggest supporters during this challenging time were her neighbours, Brooke Maslink and her husband Ryan.

This lovely couple left Kristee’s neighbourhood to move somewhere quieter to raise a family.. It was such a loss for Kristee.  She and her husband had never had luck with neighbours in this particular house and they were so happy to have Brooke and Ryan there.

Kristee knew they would always keep in touch but no longer having them as neighbours left a void in her life.

Last month Kristee received the most heartbreaking news about (more…)

Only The Lonely . . .

Another holiday weekend has passed us by and although we may have created some wonderful new memories, many of us are longing for the way things used to be.

The pandemic has become an emotional roller coaster ride in so many ways.  On one hand, the slower pace of life can be a welcome gift but all of the self-reflection and isolation from (more…)

Girls Just Wanna Have Funding

Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Sophia Ruffalo, founder and CEO of femmebought.

After our interview I quickly registered for a membership and joined this incredible woman and her network of powerful female entrepreneurs.

Even before our chat, she totally got me with her clever branding and playful 80’s tagline, “Girls Just Wanna Have Funding”

As Sophia grows this business with a passion to give her time and resources to female entrepreneurs like me, she’s also discovered another way to (more…)

From Back Aches to Bike Rides . . .

Coming out of hibernation really is quite something.

How is it even possible that in one weekend I went from feeling 100 years old to 10 years old?

Listen, I could go on and on about the aches and pains I’ve had since the Christmas rush and how I’ve promised myself to never work those long hours again.  As my Mom says, pretty much daily, (more…)

To Infinity and Beyond . . .

Can we please NOT stop talking about International Women’s Day?  Week? Month? Year?

Let’s just recognize that this should be a lifelong conversation.

Celebrations last week were absolutely amazing.  I felt like it was my birthday.  Being celebrated for being a woman is a feeling we need to hang on to and never let go of!

My week started with being asked to speak at (more…)

The Magic of Women!

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year the celebrations feel more emotional for me than ever before.

A year of reflecting on my blessings has made me realize how full of love and support my world actually is.

One year ago today we all had no idea that the year to come would be like no other we have ever known.

When the pandemic came, my fears and anxiety rose as I worried about the things (more…)

Are You Grieving The Loss of What Was?

Happy Monday everyone and a very happy March the 1st to you!

I’m excited, this is the month where the seasons start to change.  We might have sunshine and melting snow one day and a storm the next but hey, we are moving in the right direction.

If it was a normal year, my Mom and I would be pulling into the White Sands Inn in Grassy Key FL for a nice dose of sunshine and warmth.  I’d be flooding my Instagram and FB posts with pictures of the sunny south.  Pelicans soaring (more…)

February – The Longest Short Month of The Year

Isn’t it crazy how this month tortures us?  January seems to go by in a snap, February arrives and we’re all feeling optimistic because, hey!  Spring is only a month and a half away.

But then February seems to just hang around like an unwelcome guest.  Ugggh, add on the pandemic and it’s really a challenge.  The feeling of overwhelm keeps building, it’s not like you can call up a friend and go sit in at a pub and chat over a glass of wine, just to get a change of scenery.  I would do anything for a pub night with friends right about now.

So, I ask you this?  How are you managing?

If I was to paint a picture of my perfect day in these pandemic times it would look like this: (more…)

You Are Family!

One of the most rewarding things about owning a small business is that you all become like family.  We eat together, we drink together, we enjoy parties together, we talk about life and we hug, a lot.

Then this pandemic happens and even though we can’t be together, nothing breaks the bond.

I was so incredibly grateful this weekend to all of you.  Last week was hard for me.  I was (more…)