a bit of this, a bit of that

4:18 PM

Tis the season

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It really is the best time of the year, our lives are full of festive gatherings enjoying new friends and old .

I am fortunate to have the best job ever and with that comes fabulous events

This year our Holiday Party was held at the Historic Gooderham and Worts Distillery District

A charming reclaimed area that is the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture in North America.

Annually, this site becomes a beautiful Christmas Marketplace complete with vendors, ferris wheel, merry-go-round, pretty lights, cobblestone walkways and the most wonderful tree.

We arrived for the afternoon function when the area was buzzing with school groups and those that were lucky enough to have the day off to enjoy the distillery district during the day.

Our venue ARCHEO was just breathtaking, originally a 150 year old carpentry shop, the original timber with gorgeous, giant artwork and beautiful light....just breathtaking.  The atmosphere was superb and the food outstanding.

That's me in the middle

We all had a fabulous afternoon.  

When our function concluded, we strolled around the corner to the Mill St. Brewery (tricky with heels on cobblestones) and as night was falling it became magical.  

When we left Mill St. Brewery it was as though we were transformed into a European Market or extras in a movie. Every where you looked, was just beautiful.  I will be back to savour every corner of this little hidden gem right in the heart of the city (only with more sensible footwear)

I hope you are enjoying the most that the season has to offer.  
Get out there and be a tourist in your own town.


Peace Love 


10:21 PM

Pay it Forward

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Don't let grumpy negative people 

dull your sparkle


spread that sparkle 


make their day 



Peace Love 


8:46 PM

It's here...

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Happy December Lovelies

I hope you are all feeling the holiday bliss decorating your homes for the fast approaching festivities.  I have been very busy tidying up and making room for all of the Christmas goodies that I sprinkle about and making me happy just to look at them.

The outside of our home is full of lights and festive colours that overshadow the death of my beloved gardens and live colour. 

The inside is a much slower process.  We have many styles of décor to choose from as we have collected holiday décor for many years and throughout these we have updated many times.  I happen to love the traditional red, white and metallic. 

The past 2 years we have gone with a crazy lime, purple and red scheme that showcases our love of Dr. Suess and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  We have tons of Grinches that take on many forms and they are scattered thorough out our home. 

This year I think we will be going with a combination of both.  The brighter colours have been fun, but I miss our time treasured ornaments and have decided to incorporate them this year.  

I will be taking a day off this week and doing the majority of the inside.  As we always have a real tree, this will have to wait a couple of weeks, they dry out far too quickly to purchase it now.  I love the scent of real greenery and it does make it seem a bit more authentic.

Anyway,  I am attempting to squeeze in a bit of physical activity everyday as I know from previous years that this season is a real energy zapper.  I, unfortunately was taken down the past 7 days with a bug that just knocked me out, so I am drinking tons of water with lemon and ginger, moving more and just trying to get as much colour into my diet as possible to get a leg up.

Take extra care of yourselves and have fun getting ready for family and friends.  

The next 25 days are going to be a whirlwind of shopping, socializing, decorating, baking, cooking and just plain fun.
Enjoy it all!!

Peace Love


11:39 PM

Thanksgiving Wishes

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A Blessed Wish 

to all of my 





for a 



Happy Thanksgiving

Tell me what you are thankful for today...

Peace Love


5:46 PM

10 Easy Ways to be Merry

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My name is Nerina and I am a list maker.

As a compulsive A type personality, there have been times when my lists have simply consisted of wake-up, shower, dry hair, all for the satisfaction of crossing items off and helping me feel immediately fulfilled.

This time of year gives me legitimate reason to make several lists and in turn bringing me copious amounts of happiness.  I thought that I would share with you my list of 10 ways to help your holiday season be filled with less stress and more merry.

1. Projects. Make a list of household pick me ups that would make you happy if they were done before the holidays. I know that I would love to paint my powder room, now would be a great time to do so and not on December 22nd when I will have a ton of other things to fill my day.  Will I be fine that it is not done, will this cause me grief and unhappiness, hence the list, do it now and save the headache.

2. Outdoor. Check the outdoor decorations, sometimes in our haste to put away the season, we just throw everything in a box, now would be the time to check the lights, broken decorations, old weather beaten and tired décor could be sending you to the 50% off racks before the rush.

3. Events. Make a list of all holiday functions and the logistics/items that require your attention for each. If for example you are attending a company function, will you require child care, are you to bring a gift, what will you be wearing, do you need accessories.  Are you fortunate enough that you have conflicting events, what are your contingency plans. I love to have all of these things brought to my attention in advance. Preparation is the thief of grief.

4. Gift Giving. Decide upon your holiday gift giving recipients, whether it be gifts for friends and family or donations that you are generously providing to those in need. List the name and the already purchased or anticipated gift for each.  Cross off (lucky you) those that you have taken care of and highlight those that remain. Carry this with you always, you never know when you will have a spare moment to pick up something.

5. Mail Greetings. Make a list of all greeting card recipients and purchase cards. Take the time to write a couple each night while you enjoy your favorite show. Maybe during the commercial so you do not miss all the action, Poof, done before you know it and ready to mail, taken care of long before the postal cut-off.

6. Tidy Up. Declutter your home and sprinkle with holiday goodness.  We all love the special feeling that comes when our homes are decked out in festive finery.  Pull out the boxes, decide on this year’s theme and where all of the special treasures will be displayed. Play around with placement and enjoy the experience of sharing the holiday merriment with those you love.

7.  Baking. What are your plans Martha, are you a big box treat shopper, do you wait until the last minute or are you the baker?  Baker it is, decide what will be your show stoppers this year.  What ingredients are needed, what time will be required and put aside to bake this cornucopia of sugar laden goodness and get to it. Package, freeze, deliver, enjoy.

8.  Caring for Others.  Make sure that you schedule time to visit those that are not able to leave their homes, older relatives or friends of the family that will be spending this time of year alone.  Take them a bit of holiday cheer and make this time special for them.

9. Involve your kids.  Make sure the kids have taken part in the baking, decorating as well as creating special handmade gifts for teachers, friends and family.  The greatest gift that we can impart to our children is the gift of generosity without expectation.  They will carry this with them for life and hopefully be more fulfilled from the experience.

10. Invite Friends. Now that you have taken care of all of the holiday fussiness ahead of the game, you will have excess time to entertain those that mean the most to you.  Make arrangements to have friends and family over and enjoy the season, all decked out and serving your hand baked goodies in total serenity.

Do you have any special do ahead tips that you would like to share with me?

Peace Love

11:21 PM

Lest We Forget

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Remembrance Day 


the sacrifices that Canadians

made in armed conflicts

including World Wars I and II

The use of the poppy

as a symbol of remembrance

comes from a poem written by John McCrae

a Canadian doctor serving in the military

The poem is called

In Flanders Fields

and describes the poppies

growing in the Flemish graveyards

where soldiers were buried

Where will you be at 11:00am today?

We will observe two minutes of silence

at my workplace

Lest We Forget

Big Hugs

10:54 PM

Happy September

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Hi there

I hope you and your loved ones 
have enjoyed a fabulous Summer

I have been busy and am ready for Fall

Just a few of the wonderful experiences 
that I enjoyed since we last met


 Spent 8 days away on a GO team 
to assist getting one of our new malls open

Grand VIP Opening of 
our new outlet mall at Niagara-on-the-Lake

Purchased flowers for the garden

Work function ~ with me not wearing black

Beautiful views of the city from a work function

Bid farewell to work colleagues

Constantly refreshed myself

A shower for the happy couple
(they have since delivered 
a wonderful boy named Carter) 

Spent time with those that make me smile

Celebrated special events with friends

Enjoyed delicious food

Played ball every week and had a blast

Loved spending time 
with my Brother and his lovely wife

 Ate Cake

Went to the cottage to soak up the sun
 for the long weekend....glorious 

and so much more
 I am a bit tired, but energized

I cannot wait to see what Fall has in store for me....


What have you been up to... 

What are your plans for Fall...


Peace Love and Hugs


6:32 PM

Tosca Reno Live

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You know when someone has inspired you 
from a far
and then you meet them 
and they burst your bubble

When all that you believed 
about them was so spectacular
and motivational that they could not possibly 
live up to your expectations


Well, that is so not case with the 

Fabulous Tosca Reno

 via {Instagram}

Pumping up before this event, in her hotel room
‘when your energy is up, 
you are primed for learning’

The first time that I actually heard her speak live,
 was at the
International Fitness and Club Business Conference 
and Trade Show
held in Toronto in August of 2012.  

She was receiving the Life Time Achievement Award 
on behalf of  the recently deceased 
love of her life Robert Kennedy, 
the Publisher of such fabulous magazines as 
Muscle and Fitness, Oxygen 
and Eat Clean, to name a few.

Tosca has endured and thrived through 
a crazy roller coaster journey the past few years, 
with the passing of her stepson, 
husband and then 
most recently the bankruptcy of the business, 
which was such a huge element in their lives.

Throughout all of this, 
she has remained the consummate professional 
and dove into her clean eating lifestyle 
and fitness sensibility to cope 
with the huge burden of stress 
that was upon her, 
this would have crippled most ordinary people. 

She decided to use this time 
to get back in fighting shape
(what better way to combat stress, work it out)
 and participate in a physique competition 
and WIN that sucker 
(with Robert cheering from above) 

first place in the Bikini Grand Masters division 

via {Victorious}

she blew it out of the water


On Saturday, I was fortunate to be able to attend 
an intimate event
with the Eat Clean Lady herself.

Inspiration personified as I am in my 51st year,
 so without a doubt this was a huge thrill for me

I was a volunteer at this one day event 
sponsored by CanFitPro
Canada’s authority 
on the 
Business of Fitness Education and Certification

An inspiring
(and information packed)
talk on how 
Eating Clean
will guarantee 
you get more out of life


As a volunteer this found me there much
 earlier than the sun rising
The hoards of fans were still in bed, 
some were probably making their way
to the venue at that time.   
I was stationed at a post to direct vendors 
and delegates
to the event location 
within the large convention centre

Fortunately for me, 
I just happened to be there when she was arriving
to check out the staging for the big moment.
I briefly spoke with her 
and mentioned that I had just tweeted a comment
about her, she was with her daughter, 
she is lovely and gracious
and works just as hard
if not more behind the scenes
of this bold brand

AND when I got home, I was informed that.....

 I won an autographed copy of her new book

'The Start Here Diet'
I am super excited, 
all I had to do was tweet with her #hashtag 
throughout the event 
and my name was thrown in the hat

I will get into more detail of all
 of the fabulous Nutritional content
 from this event in my next post

I lapped up all of her knowledge 
that she delivered with passion
 and eloquence, like a well used sponge.

Look out, my renewed enthusiasm
 to get back to my fitness roots 
has been kicked up a notch.

I will take all of this advice, 
and then, 
look out,
 anything is possible.


Tell me what steps you are taking 
to shift your life into the next gear today!

I hope you had fun this weekend!


Peace Love



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