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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

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What’s Going On this Weekend? Santa Claus Parade Edition

We’ve barely left Halloween behind and yet we’re already getting started on Christmas! This time of year just seems to fly by with all the events, and Pickering and Ajax each have one of their most popular events going on this Saturday: The Santa Claus Parade(s)!


Saturday Morning at 10AM marks the Pickering parade, running from Dixie and Glenanna, down Glenanna and finally ending at Pickering Town Centre. You can view more information about the parade Right Here

After all the excitement dies down in Pickering, Santa heads to Ajax for their parade. The Ajax parade begins at 6:00p.m. at Bayly and Mackenzie and proceeds east on Bayly Street to Harwood Avenue and north to Achilles Road. Ajax will also have a tree lighting immediately after the parade at Heritage Park. You can see more info Right Here


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Happy Halloween!

It’s finally come: Halloween! One of my absolute favourite times of the year. I hope you all have a safe and happy evening of trick or treating, and try to stay as dry as you can with all this rain.

Reader’s Digest has a great list of safety tips for trick or treaters you can look at HERE.

Carving pumpkins? Check out Pumpkin Master’s free carving patterns HERE.


Finally, if you’re still decorating, check out some of these great homes for inspiration:

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Finally, I may not have any kids of my own but my lovely dog Jarvis always gets dressed up for me!




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September Gardening Tips


The changing weather means it’s time to change up your garden routine. September can be one of the busiest months in the garden, so in case  you’re wondering what to do in your garden for the month of September, here are a few tips:



  • Stop pruning and fertilizing
  • Bring summer vacationing houseplants back indoors while the windows are still open. Check carefully for hitchhiking pests
  • Start fall clean-up in the flower beds, cutting back anything that has finished blooming or is diseased
  • Take cuttings to overwinter indoors
  • Start winterizin your water garden
  • Watch for frost warning and cover tender plants
  • Photograph your gardens and containers for a record of the year’s triumphs and frustrations
  • Give the compost a last turn

Flowers and Other Ornamental Plants



  • Clean up fallen fruit

Trees & Shrubs

  • Plant trees and shrubs. Keep well watered, if there isn’t sufficient rain.


  • Dispose of any diseased or infested plant debris, to avoid overwintering the problem


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Check out the Durham Region Website

I just thought I’d share a great resource if you’re ever looking for something to do, somewhere to eat, or someplace to stay while you’re in Durham region:


Lots of great info and you can even sign up for the monthly calendar. Check it out!


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Back to School Lunch Ideas


Since Tuesday marks the big day, I thought I would share a few ideas for quick and easy back to school lunch ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Civic Weekend is Here!



Well, it’s finally here. I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend doing something you love! Sit by the water, enjoy a cold drink, or head to the ex (just don’t eat a cronut burger!!)

I hope everyone had an amazing summer, and that you’re looking forward to autumn as much as I am!

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The Unofficial Last Days of Summer Part 2

Can you BELIEVE it’s the last week of holidays before the long weekend?! It’s a bit sad, but honestly we’re entering into my absolute favourite time of year: Autumn!

Before the leaves change and school starts, here are a few more tips on how to spend your last few days!

1) Spend a day at Frenchman’s Bay
Soak up some sun, take a swim and just all around enjoy yourself down here. Cute shops, tasty food and delicious ice cream are abundant down here. If you want to skip the crowds stop by in the evening or skip over to West Shore for the beach there, which is dead quiet, crystal clear and a great hidden gem. To get to West Shore just head down Bayly to West Shore (Just east of Whites). Follow West Shore til the end and take the dirt road on your left until you reach the parking lot. Beach is on the other side of the road.



2) Hike the Seaton Trail
A 12.9km path through Duffins Creek in Pickering. Absolutely gorgeous! You can enter the trail from a number of spots, but if you have a dog the best is to drop by Valley Farm and Third Concession where there is an off-leash park along the trail. For more info visit

3) Have a picnic in the park
There are so many beautiful parks in Durham region, and they all make an excellent picnic location. Whether it’s Rotary Park in Ajax, Heydenshore in Whitby or any of the others, a picnic is the perfect way to enjoy the warm days outdoors.



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The Unofficial Last Days of Summer

We’re unfortunately nearing the end of summer, and I thought I’d give you a few ideas on how to make the most of the next couple of weeks!

1) Pickering Farmer’s Market (Tuesdays 11-6)
The Farmer’s market contains some great vendors from fruits and veggies to desserts, meats, soaps and much more!


2) Classic Auto Show (Saturday Nights 6:30-8:30 at Durham Centre)
Check out some great classic cars at Kingston and Harwood in Ajax. This event is also a food drive, so be sure to bring a non-perishable item!


3) Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons
By far one of the most things I tried this summer. Yogata in Pickering (Frenchman’s Bay) offers intro stand up paddleboard lessons, more advanced classes and even yoga. A first-time paddleboard lesson is about $39 and includes a 90 minute class, paddleboard rental and SO much fun. Check out


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3 ways to avoid moving-day headaches

I came across this article on the Toronto Star and thought it was a good read – let me know what you think!


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