I have been going back and forth in my mind as to whether or not I should write this…..whether this is too revealing…..whether I should take the lid off this box of emotions that I have been desperately trying to keep under control for so long. But I’m tired of keeping it together, of pretending that I’m strong, when on the inside, I feel like I’m crumbling.

taking risksThis is one of my favourite pictures. My then 11-year-old daughter is showing off how well she rides without hands on the handlebars. You can't see her face but if you did, it would be the kind of pure exhilaration you only see in children. The absolute pleasure in the skill, the sensation, the slight frisson of danger. She is totally in the moment, in a way adults rarely are.

The other day, I was talking to my very pregnant friend.  She was telling me that if she hears the words, “Sleep now while you can, cause once you have kids, you’ll never sleep again” uttered by one more parent wanting to offer her advice, she was going to scream. I totally understood where she was coming from.  I remember before having my son, getting that same warning time and time again.

Aside from your centerpieces, linens, flowers and drapery, there is one element of any wedding that is often forgotten about, but can really help set the mood and ambiance for the night ahead, and that’s LIGHTING! Wedding lighting is often an area where people feel they can tighten the purse strings on, but honestly, it can be one of the best bangs for your buck when it comes to décor, for more reasons than one:

Guess what people?!  It's 2014 and contrary to all those “Chicken Little” predictions of last year, the market is still sizzling hot!!
Interest rates are still at an all-time low with banks practically giving away their money and posting rates as low as 2.9% fixed for 5 years.  Sales have gone up in most neighbourhoods and the prices of homes have gone up in many Montreal suburbs. Moreover, increase in supply of condos have softened that market and brought down prices, making it more affordable for buyers to get into the condo market.

Lately my life seems to be filled with lots of twists, turns, and obstacles.
It’s natural that with our busy and often non-stop routines we are bombarded with a multitude of daily challenges – some of which can be compared to tiny pebbles and others which feels like enormous boulders.  As I have mentioned before, as a mother, I spend a great deal of my life behind the wheel of my car.  While in the car this week, I found myself having to drive over many speed bumps, and lots of things became very clear to me…


The three repeated words that seem as obvious as the word itself, Location.
The official definition based on the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “a position or site occupied or available for occupancy or marked by some distinguishing feature”. Therefore, the position of the property, in relation to the area, that has distinguishing features to buyers is what makes the location so important. When one thinks of Beaconsfield South along the Lakeshore or Westpark area in DDO, we associate it with well to-do people or families because there location has prestige and sells well because they are in high demand for wealthy professionals.

For quite some time I was hunting for vintage or secondhand matching lamps for a DIY project to transform them for my twins' rooms. I wanted to make one for a girl's room and one for a boy's room to show how one lamp can look two different ways. I finally came across a pair at an antique shop in Saint-Sauveur.  As I was walking back to the car empty handed, I spotted them outside on the porch of the shop.

I was always fascinated by the story of the Titanic and her tragic fate ever since I was a little girl.
When I heard about this novel, I thought it might give me an idea of how things could have went down, even though it is fictionalized. This book is not only about the Titanic but about the well known British fashion designer, Lady Lucile Duff Gordon, who actually survived the sinking of the ship. The more unfortunate reality of the situation is that she had apparently saved her skin but did not allow others to join her rather empty raft, which carried her husband and several other passengers.  Alcott's novel focuses on what happens to Lucy Gordon and her secretary (or in this case, her maid and later seamstress) once they are safely on American soil.

Ingredients for Salad

I love salads. I love that salads are no longer simply lettuce, tomato and shredded carrots with a choice of 3 dressings. Salads are now practically a meal group of their own. The best are the salads that are easy to make and delicious in taste. The following recipe is super kid-friendly for them to make and eat. My daughter practically made it herself and gave it her 2 thumbs up rating for taste. Also, I highly recommend this salad for any pot luck or Holiday gathering you might have where you’d like to bring something that everyone takes seconds but is not labor intensive and is really affordable to make. This recipe is from the Liquor Commission Board of Ontario (LCBO)'s most fabulous publication: Food & Drink, Summer 2009 edition. Enjoy!

People love to have all of the facts.  They hear a tidbit of information or half of a story and find it necessary to ask as many questions as possible in order to feel as though they have all of the details.  Then they piece together the information that they have gathered, add in anything they feel is missing and share the “story” with others.  Sadly, much of what they share is fiction, and that is how rumors and gossip are created.

Have an anniversary, milestone or wedding coming up? Before getting into the nitty gritty of planning your event, one of the first things to do is find the right venue. With Montreal acting as your backdrop, you are privileged to have a vast amount of...