a bit of this, a bit of that

4:08 PM

Blog Podium...this is what you missed...

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Happy Tuesday Everyone,

So, it was Friday of last week, I was contemplating all of the craziness that was to happen for the upcoming weekend!  My son and his buddy were attending a conference called AnimeNorth at the Toronto Congress Centre, about 45 minutes from my home in the east end of the city. They were sleeping over (no sleeping involved, I might add).  He would require a pick-up at 10:30pm Friday, a drop-off 9:00am Saturday as well as a pick-up at 10:00pm, another drop-off Sunday 9:30am and of course he would require a pick-up on Sunday at 4:00pm.  Not to mention all of the other events, chores and general weekend blah blah blah that I had committed to complete this weekend.

Oh em gee, but do I not receive a Direct Message through the Wonderful World that is Twitter around 11:00am, informing me that I was next on the waitlist and would I like to (still) attend Blog Podium.  WHAT….of course, are you kidding me.  I would still love to attend, so, what is the problem you ask, oh, no problem, it’s on Saturday, that’s right, this Saturday.  Oh, and I guess I neglected to mention that I also offered my services to help out, so, I had to be there for 10:00am, yikes……nevermind….I am jumping up and down…Blog Podium…here I come!!


The first of it’s kind north of the boarder, brought to us from the incredibly creative minds of Jennifer Flores writing at Rambling Renovators and Lindsay Stephenson with Little House Blog.  These lovely ladies filled a crater in the Canadian conference arena.  Design and Lifestyle Blogs are gaining popularity and Blog Podium ~ Design Blogger Series is just what the doctor ordered.


The Acadian Loft (formerly the Acadian Court) was the perfect venue, the tables were adorned with lovely roses as well as seasonal wildflowers by the fabulous We Create Hoopla !

The Keynote, delivered by the absolutely lovely Laura Balch made her first trip across the boarder to north country from Chicago where she founded Making it Lovely.  
We were fortunate to have Laura share her intimate knowledge of the behind the scenes tips and tricks for monitization of your blogs and websites.  So much insight to share and we had her all to ourselves.

‘The Business of Blogging’ was discussed in length by the diverse panel including Cheryl Kozoriz  -Manager, Marketing and Communications, glucksteinhome @cherylkozoriz,  Laura Muirhead - Community Cultivation Manager, Tribal DDB  @lauraroni, Christine Dovey Blogger: bijou and boheme  Expertise: Boutique Ads and Lindsay Stephenson Blogger:Little House Blog Expertise: Campaigns with Brands.  This exciting, lively and candid conversation was moderated by the fabulous LeighAnn Allaire Parrault @leighannallaire, all around design diva and moderator extraordinaire.

Next Up ~ fill those bellies and your kinetic mind with a vendor meet and greet cocktail party.
Engaging Brands reaching out to Canadian Lifestyle & Design Bloggers to be the first to spread their wings and ride the blogger wave.  We like it, a sampling below!!


A day full of meeting in real life some of your design hero and sometimes, just gawking from a across the room (Okay, I may be talking about myself here).  Networking at it's best with like minded peeps who get you and your blogging ways as well as your near obsession with all things pretty.  I learned a ton, met some fabulously stylish (in every way) creative ladies and gentlemen, my heart and head are full of inspiration!

All of the lovely photos were created by Mango Studios

I simply cannot wait for next Blog Podium in the Fall!!

{Hey that's me, found this on Jen's blog....scared the **** out of me}


Once again, Lindsay and Jen, you two are simply the best, 
great job, you have found your calling!!

Enjoy the Day !!!

Do something Creative that brings you JOY!

Peace and Hugs

10:17 AM

Spring Garden Glimpses

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Hi Friends

Just had a bit of time
so I thought I would share
some shots of my 
early Spring Garden

Please visit
to join this pretty
Pink Party


I hope your day
is filled




4:12 PM

Happy Mother's Day

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Warm Wishes


Big Hugs

to all the Lovely Women

We call Mother








We appreciate all

You do for Us

Know that We would not be

what We are without You


 Your Support

Thank You

I Hope You Enjoyed

Your Day!!


Peace, Love and Hugs
xOxO Nerina

6:00 PM

Support Hunger Awareness Week!!

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Hello Friends

I hope you are enjoying this lovely Sunday!

Were you able to catch a glimpse 
of the magical Super Moon last night...
I did and WOW....it was spectacular

Tons going on around here

Did you know that May 7 - 11 
Hunger Awareness Week in Canada

We want to raise awareness 
of the solvable problem of  Hunger in Canada

Many people do not realize the extent of hunger’s reach in this country. Each month, close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks, and 38% of those helped are children and youth.

The problem of hunger is a persistent one, with food banks providing comparable levels of food and other assistance 
for the better part of a decade.

Who is turning to food banks? 
There is no single, typical profile. 
The people helped include families with children, 
employed people whose wages are not sufficient to cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance,
 and Canadians living on a fixed income, 
including people with disabilities and seniors.


ShesConnected is pleased to partner

to help spread the word about their 

National Campaign 

On the evening of May 9th MPs

 are fasting for the day, 

and will be breaking fast on May 10th

Please tweet or email 
the Member of Parliament in your area 

Encourage him/her to submit 
fabulous chicken sandwich recipe 
so that they will have the opportunity 
to win up to $10,000 for their local Food Banks 
(2nd prize is $5000, 3rd prize is $2000)! 

Don't know your local MP, find them here and don't forget to include the #WinWithChicken hashtag 
in your tweet 
that will be used 
throughout the campaign on twitter

How fabulous would that be, directly impacting
 the hunger issue, in your own backyard

The winning recipe will be served
to over 10,000 people 
at the 20th Annual Great Canadian Chicken BBQ
in Ottawa on Canada Day 

Also, don't forget to participate
 in the “TW-EAT In” Twitter Party 
on May 9th from 8-9:30 
in support of Hunger Awareness Week!  

Learn more about the contest
and Canadian chicken
Food Banks Canada 
and Maple Leaf Foods!
Win great prizes as well as 
receive awesome tips for hunger relief 

I invite you to join in the conversation
to encourage our MPs to participate
and get creative
 to support their local Food Banks
and help feed Canadians!


Let's all do our part to

End Hunger in Canada 


Peace and Hugs

Disclosure – “I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada program by http://ShesConnected.com. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.” 

8:39 AM

Welcome to Pink Saturday

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It's been a lovely and exhausting week friends

The weather has been insane

one day is full of rain

another is so misty  
you cannot see 50 feet in front of you

yet another day brings the sunshine
humidity of full blown summer

I've taken a few shots of my garden in transition 

Enjoy the emerging garden delights
as the try to survive the elements

Please take some time today

our hostess for this

to renew your love of Pink.

What does this weekend find you doing?

I hope your Saturday is full
of Creativity and Joy!!

Peace and Hugs


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